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April 18 District Breakfast Will Feature World-Renowned Roboticist!
 
 
April 18 District Breakfast Will Feature World-Renowned Roboticist! 2017-03-21 00:00:00Z
Why Do We Still Need To Donate To Polio Plus?
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Many Rotarians, and non Rotarians alike, have asked the question, "So why do we still need to donate to Polio Plus?  This disease is practically gone!" Well, it is not gone, and if we are not vigilant, the disease could rise up and become an epidemic again in our world.We are so very close to eliminating this dreaded disease forever.  We need to continue to immunize children in the third world countries so those that cross the borders from Afghanistan and Pakistan do not spread the disease.  There have only been four cases of polio this calendar year, which occurred in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Two years ago there were a total of 74 cases; last year there were a total of 35 cases.  Rotary International is so very hopeful that within two years, the disease will no longer appear in our world.

Why Do We Still Need To Donate To Polio Plus? 2017-03-20 00:00:00Z
2017 Pageant of the Arts 
On Saturday, March 11, talented high school students across the District participated in the annual Rotary Pageant of the Art contests. Competing in the categories of art, dance, music and speech, the students displayed their talents and passion for the arts. Click on the "read more" link for a complete list of contest winners. Photos by Lek Pollard. Visit our Facebook photo album for more photos. 
2017 Pageant of the Arts 2017-03-14 00:00:00Z
5K Color Run & Peace Festival 
Be a part of the Rotary's 5K Color Run to End Polio on March 18! Register HERE
5K Color Run & Peace Festival 2017-03-09 00:00:00Z
District & Global Grant Certification- April 1 District & Global Grant Certification- April 1 2017-03-06 00:00:00Z
"SOLD" A Film About Human Trafficking
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SOLD is a narrative, feature film adaptation of the globally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick. Based on true stories, SOLD, is the story of Lakshmi who journeys from a pastoral, rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel/prison called Happiness House in Kolkata, India.  Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the globe every year.  Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as the girl in the film.  SOLD was executive produced by Academy Award winner Emma Thompson. SOLD tells the story of an unforgettable 13 year-old girl and is both a call to action and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.  
"SOLD" A Film About Human Trafficking 2017-02-21 00:00:00Z
Let's End Polio Now! 
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Rotary has accomplished so much during our 31 year history of efforts to eliminate polio forever!  Rotary International has shared the following information for all Rotarians.

India has not reported a polio case since 2011, thanks largely in part to massive vaccination and surveillance campaigns that led to the country being officially certified polio-free in 2014. Subnational Immunizations Days continue in order keep India polio-free. For the first time, Rotary International staff members worked alongside health workers and volunteers in the field to help with polio eradication efforts. The World Health Organization along with Rotary International continue to provide immunizations to keep India polio free.

Let's End Polio Now! 2017-02-13 00:00:00Z
District Conference Registration Now Open! District Conference Registration Now Open! 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z
PDG Robert "Bob" White Passes Away

 

It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of one of our beloved District Leaders, PDG Robert “Bob” White. His wife, Beverly, was with him when he passed peacefully last Thursday evening at home. Memorial services are pending. The family and PDG Bob have requested that in lieu of flowers to please send any contributions to The Rotary Foundation in his name. PDG Bob was passionately devoted to Rotary service in The Rotary Foundation. 
PDG Robert "Bob" White Passes Away 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z
PDG Robert "Bob" White Passes Away
 
It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of one of our beloved District Leaders, PDG Robert “Bob” White. His wife, Beverly, was with him when he passed peacefully last Thursday evening at home. Memorial services are pending. The family and PDG Bob have requested that in lieu of flowers to please send any contributions to The Rotary Foundation in his name. PDG Bob was passionately devoted to Rotary service in The Rotary Foundation. 
PDG Robert "Bob" White Passes Away 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast Features Former Miss America! - Feb. 28, 2017 District Breakfast Features Former Miss America! - Feb. 28, 2017 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z
Presidents Dinner- January 10, 2017 Presidents Dinner- January 10, 2017 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z
Rotaract Ethics Forum 2017 - April 8, 2017 Rotaract Ethics Forum 2017 - April 8, 2017 2016-12-06 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Outreach- Giving Children A Day At The Theater  - Jan. 22, 2017
Rotary Youth Outreach is a program that gives Rotary Clubs the opportunity to share new experiences with under privileged children. Join us for Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical at the beautiful Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Learn More. 
Rotary Youth Outreach- Giving Children A Day At The Theater - Jan. 22, 2017 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z
Register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta!  - June 10 -14, 2017
We have about 200 days until the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta is upon us.  We currently have 103 members from District 5280 who will be attending.  Wouldn’t it be amazing to show up in full force representing the best District in Rotary!  Please sign up now to take advantage of the reduced registration fee, after December 15th as it will increase from $340 to $415.  Please Register at www.riconvention.org
Register for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta! - June 10 -14, 2017 2016-11-23 00:00:00Z
Celebrate The Rotary Foundation's Centennial Anniversary

Did you know that Rotary International's Foundation began 100 years ago? The first donation to the Foundation was $26.50.  To celebrate this milestone, each Rotarian throughout the world is being asked this Rotary year to donate $26.50, or for large clubs, $2650 in total to Polio Plus. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every Rotarian in our District 5280 would donate this amount to finish the job of eliminating polio forever? We already have clubs that have reached this goal. Can we count on your club to reach this goal? Last year, we were the first District in the world to have 100 percent of its members donate to Polio Plus. Let's do it again this year!

 
Celebrate The Rotary Foundation's Centennial Anniversary 2016-11-23 00:00:00Z
District Governor 2019-20 Applications Due December 3
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This is a call for nominations for District Governor for Rotary International District 5280 for the Rotary year 2019-2020.  In accordance with the by-laws of Rotary International, a candidate for District Governor must have completed a full term as a Rotary club president and have been a Rotary member in good standing for at least seven years by the time she or he assumes the office as District Governor. The deadline to apply is December 3, 2016. Learn More
District Governor 2019-20 Applications Due December 3 2016-11-09 00:00:00Z
Forum Against The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children - March 4, 2017
Register HERE
Forum Against The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children - March 4, 2017 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z
PREP Training For Presidents-Elect December 3
Register HERE
PREP Training For Presidents-Elect December 3 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z
PDG Chuck Reinhart Passes Away
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It is with deep sadness that we share with you the passing of one of our beloved colleagues, PDG Chuck Reinhart. He passed away on Tuesday, October 25th. Chuck was always a dedicated and generous Rotarian and will be missed a great deal by all. He had been recognized as an Arch C. Klumph Society member. Services for Chuck will be on Saturday, October 29th at 10 AM at the Blessed Sacrament Church at 6657 Hollywood Blvd. Click HERE to read his obituary in the Los Angeles Times. 
PDG Chuck Reinhart Passes Away 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z
Check Out The Live Auction Items At The Foundation Celebration! 
What will you bid on?! Learn about the Live Auction items HERE
 
Check Out The Live Auction Items At The Foundation Celebration! 2016-10-18 00:00:00Z
Pageant of the Arts 2017 -  March 11, 2017
Pageant of the Arts 2017 - March 11, 2017 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z
2016 District Youth Conference
2016 District Youth Conference 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z
An Olympic District Breakfast!
Don't miss our District Breakfast Olympic panel featuring 5-time Olympian Janet Evans, 2-time Olympian Haley Anderson, 12-time medalist and Paralympian Candace Cable and LA2024 Chief Communications Chair Jeff Millman! This will be one of the most exciting events all year! THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT. Make your reservations early. 
An Olympic District Breakfast! 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z
PDG Bill Plunkett Passes Away
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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of LA5 Past President and Past District Governor, Bill Plunkett. He passed away in his sleep on August 9th after a short illness.   A family service was held. His wife, Harriet, said “Bill lived a wonderful 87 years and is at peace with our Lord now.”
PDG Bill Plunkett Passes Away 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z
Help District 5280 Make History Again!
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During the last Rotary year, our District 5280 made Rotary history by being the first Rotary District in the world to have 100% of their members donate to Polio Plus! We are so very close to wiping out polio from our world.  There have only been a total of 19 cases this year of polio in our world, which were reported in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

It would be easy to say the numbers are few, and funds are no longer needed.  This is not true!  Immunizations still need to take place in these countries to make sure the remaining children receive immunizations and the newborns and very young continue to be immunized.  Monitoring for the next three years is also very important. Rotary International is asking every Rotarian throughout the world to contribute $26.50 this year for Polio Plus, as this is the Centennial Year of our Foundation, and this was the amount of the first contribution to the Foundation in 1917.

Help District 5280 Make History Again! 2016-08-23 00:00:00Z
"All Hands On Deck" Foundation Celebration 2016
"All Hands On Deck" Foundation Celebration 2016 2016-08-12 00:00:00Z
Literacy Breakfast Will Focus on Digital Literacy Literacy Breakfast Will Focus on Digital Literacy 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z
Check Out Our Speakers Directory!
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Are you looking for a good speaker for your Rotary club meeting? Look no further! District 5280 has a brand new Speakers Directory. Check out the Speakers Directory for speakers (Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike) on a variety of topics. The site will continue to be populated throughout the year. Learn More. 
Check Out Our Speakers Directory! 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z
"Hot August Night"- District Picnic & Cardboard Boat Race August 27
 
This year’s District Picnic will be an evening Beach Party on Saturday, August 27 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach.  Rotarian, Rotaractors, Interactors and their families are invited. The theme of the is party is “Hot August Night” (those of you who are Neil Diamond fans will know what this means!)   There will also be a DJ and possibly a Karaoke competition. Learn More. 
"Hot August Night"- District Picnic & Cardboard Boat Race August 27 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast To Feature Former LA Rams Tight End Bob Klein
 
We're kicking off the first District Breakfast with former LA Rams Tight End AND Rotarian Bob Klein! This District Breakfast is sure to sell out, so reserve your tickets today! RSVP by August 1 to save $5/ticket! Learn more. 
District Breakfast To Feature Former LA Rams Tight End Bob Klein 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z
July Edition of the Rotary District Newsletter Released
Read the July 2016 edition of the Rotary District Newsletter here! 
 
July Edition of the Rotary District Newsletter Released 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z
Imagine Rotary- A Message from District Governor Greg O'Brien
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One of the best things about attending a Rotary International convention is the opportunity to meet Rotarians from around the world.  At Rotary’s most recent convention in Seoul, I struck up a conversation with a Rotarian from the eastern U.S.  We have so much to be proud of that I suggested that Rotary should spend more money on public awareness.
 
Imagine Rotary- A Message from District Governor Greg O'Brien 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z
Thank you, DJ!
 
Thank you, DJ! 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z
2017 Humanitarian Trip to Merida, Mexico
Registration is now temporarily suspended for the 2017 Humanitarian Trip. More details will be released in the near future. 
 
2017 Humanitarian Trip to Merida, Mexico 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z
Congratulations, District 5280 Rotarians! You did it!
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Congratulations to each club, and each member, in our Rotary 5280 District! Through the combined efforts of everyone in our District, we have almost $18,000 in donations contributed to individual Polio Plus accounts during this spring 2016 drive.  We have shown the solidarity of our District Rotarians in their efforts to honor the workers and security officers that were killed during the past 27 months in Pakistan that were giving polio immunizations to finish the job of eliminating polio forever. We are likely the first District in the world to accomplish this large scope of donations from every Rotarian  in our District for Polio Plus in one Rotary year. Congratulations for moving this terrible Tragedy in Pakistan to Triumph of eliminating polio forever by your personal support and contributions!

-Shirley Giltzow, District 5280 , Polio Plus Chair

Congratulations, District 5280 Rotarians! You did it! 2016-05-06 00:00:00Z
District Assembly 2016 District Assembly 2016 2016-03-29 00:00:00Z
SOLD: A film on human trafficking
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SOLD is a film adapted from the internationally acclaimed novel by Patricia McCormick, and tells the unforgettable story of a girl who risks everything for freedom after being trafficked from her mountain village in Nepal to a brothel in India. The film is both a call to action and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit. The film is partnering with many organizations including Rotarians Against Child Slavery to spread awareness of human trafficking and fundraise with the films upcoming theatrical release.  You can watch the trailer here
SOLD: A film on human trafficking 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Rotarians Support Polio Plus
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GREAT NEWS!  A majority of District 5280 Rotarians individually support Polio Plus! Already, over 55% of our Clubs in our District have contributed funds for Polio Plus by 100% of their members during this spring drive. Why are we doing this?   A total of 65 health workers have been killed in the past two years doing the good works of Rotary by providing immunizations in Pakistan.  From this terrible tragedy, we are determined to triumph by finishing the job of eliminating polio forever in the two countries it still exists, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  These workers gave their lives for the cause of eliminating polio.  In tribute to these workers, and to the determination of Rotarians in District 5280, I have challenged every Rotarian in our District to make a donation, no matter the size of the donation, to Polio Plus during this next month.  The vast majority of clubs have already committed to being 100% individual contributors to Polio Plus, and are in the process of sending their checks to the Polio Plus Chair, Shirley Giltzow, made out to the Rotary Foundation.
District 5280 Rotarians Support Polio Plus 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z
Connie Baker's Celebration of Life
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Connie Baker, wife of PDG Doug Baker. She passed away after a courageous battle on February 17, 2016. Those who had the honor of knowing Connie remember her warmth, wit and generosity. A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, February 27 from 11:00am-2:00pm at Seacliff Country Club, 6501 Palm Ave, Huntington Beach. All who would like to attend are welcome. Donations may be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America or the National Parkinson Foundation. We send our love and support to Doug and his daughter Kelly during this very difficult time. 
 
Connie Baker's Celebration of Life 2016-02-20 00:00:00Z
Rotary Day of Service 2016 Rotary Day of Service 2016 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z
District Conference 2016- Registration Open! District Conference 2016- Registration Open! 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z
Pakistan Bombing: From Tragedy To Triumph
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John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary, announced this past week 15 security officers and civilians were killed outside a polio immunization center in Pakistan.  Even more tragic, a total of 65 health workers have been killed in the past two years doing the good works of Rotary by providing immunizations in Pakistan (read his statement here).
 
From this terrible tragedy, we are determined to triumph by finishing the job of eliminating polio forever in whatever country it still exists, which is now only Pakistan and Afghanistan.  These workers gave their lives for the cause of eliminating polio.  In tribute to these workers, and to the determination of Rotarians in District 5280, I challenge every Rotarian in our District to make a donation, no matter the amount of the donation, to Polio Plus during this next month. 
 
 
Pakistan Bombing: From Tragedy To Triumph 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z
Joe Vasquez Selected As District Governor Nominee-Designate
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Your District Governor Nomination Committee held their interviews last Saturday and selected Joe Vasquez of the Bellflower Rotary Club to serve as our 2018-19 District Governor. Various sections on RI and District by-laws allow for a 14-day period to challenge this selection. In the absence of any such challenge, on February 8, 2016 Joe Vasquez will officially become our District Governor Nominee Designate. Congratulations, Joe!
Joe Vasquez Selected As District Governor Nominee-Designate 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z
3-2-1 Go To End Polio Race 3-2-1 Go To End Polio Race 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z
February 11th District Breakfast Features Vision To Learn Founder Austin Beutner
Don't miss the third District Breakfast of the 2015-16 Rotary year on February 11. Our keynote speaker is Austin Beutner, founder and CEO of Vision To Learn. Vision To Learn provides free eye exams and glasses to children in low-income communities across California. This event is sure to sell out, so make your reservations early. Lock in the early bird price by reserving your club's tickets by February 4. Learn more. 
February 11th District Breakfast Features Vision To Learn Founder Austin Beutner 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z
Pageant of the Arts 2016
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Rotary and Loyola Marymount University have formed a wonderful partnership. On March 5, 2016 the energy and diversity of the two come together in our annual Pageant of the Arts. It's an opportunity for our clubs to sponsor and bring forth high school youth to demonstrate and perform their individual talent in art, dance, music or speech. Learn more. 
Pageant of the Arts 2016 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z
Giving To The Rotary Foundation
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Giving to The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation provides hope, health, and peace around the world.   So much good begins with these gifts: wells are constructed, children are vaccinated against illness, senior citizens are afforded meals and services, children and adults are educated and given professional opportunities. This work is vital to the children, families, and communities who benefit. Only when people’s basic needs are met, can they pursue the larger elements of human life including conflict resolution, community building, and peace.
 
Paul Harris Fellow
A Paul Harris Fellow is someone who contributes (or in whose name is contributed using Foundation recognition points), a gift of US$1,000 or more cumulatively to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or an approved global grant.  
 
Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow is a tremendous accomplishment and honor as these contributions impact communities around the world. Paul Harris Fellows, in a very tangible way, provide stepping stones to a more harmonious world.
Giving To The Rotary Foundation 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z
Rotaract Ethics Forum 2016
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Rotaract clubs across the District are encouraged to compete in the 2016 Ethics Forum. It is an opportunity for our Rotaractors to debate the ethical dimensions of the pertinent issues of our day. Learn More. 
Rotaract Ethics Forum 2016 2015-12-23 00:00:00Z
Polio Headlines As Of December 9, 2015
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Please read the most recent polio statistics here. Let’s hope and pray the total numbers remain under 100 cases for the year 2015. The entire world looks forward to the End of Polio, and Rotary is a huge part of this success. Keep up the great work!
Polio Headlines As Of December 9, 2015 2015-12-16 00:00:00Z
Sign Up For The RI Convention Korea Extended Trip!
Visit the RI Convention Korea Extended Trip page for more information
 
Sign Up For The RI Convention Korea Extended Trip! 2015-11-26 00:00:00Z
Polio Headlines As Of November 17, 2015
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In 2015, wild polio virus transmission is at the lowest levels ever, with fewer cases reported from fewer areas of fewer countries than ever before. Read the latest polio update here. 
Polio Headlines As Of November 17, 2015 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z
Calling all Presidents-Elect! PREP is December 12, 2015 Calling all Presidents-Elect! PREP is December 12, 2015 2015-11-10 00:00:00Z
World Polio Day Is October 24
Visit the End Polio Now website
 
World Polio Day Is October 24 2015-10-23 00:00:00Z
Niger WASH Project
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District 5280 Governor D. J. Sun has committed the District to an ambitious $1M project to provide safe water and improved sanitation to villages in Niger, the poorest country in the world. We need your help to meet the goal! Learn more about the Niger Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project here.
Niger WASH Project 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange 2016-17
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Live a Life in a Year!  We are now accepting applications for Rotary Youth Exchange for the 2016-2017 school year.  Students who will be a junior or senior in 2016-2017 are eligible.  Download the application for more information and to get the process started. Or contact Warren Bobrow.
Rotary Youth Exchange 2016-17 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z
Rotary Global Rewards
Rotary's new member benefits program gives Rotary members access to discounts on a variety of products and services selected with their interests in mind. Rotary Global Rewards offers discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. More products and services from companies around the world will be added throughout the year. Check back often to see what’s new in Rotary Global Rewards. Learn more. 
 
Rotary Global Rewards 2015-10-13 00:00:00Z
Rotaract School Supply Drive at District Breakfast
Our District Rotaractors are hosting a school supply drive at the District Breakfast on October 20. All of the items will be stuffed into 500 backpacks headed to Panama for local school children. Please help make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children by supporting the school supply drive. 
Rotaract School Supply Drive at District Breakfast 2015-10-09 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast October 20- Keynote Speaker Gil Garcetti
Join us for a dynamic District Breakfast on October 20, featuring keynote speaker Gil Garcetti. Since leaving the District Attorney’s office in 2000, Gil (father of Mayor Eric Garcetti) has become a full time photographer with seven published books and exhibitions and presentations around the world. Perhaps his most consequential book, Water Is Key, focuses on the rural villages of West Africa where millions do not have access to safe water. With his  photographs, essays, and stories from six trips to West Africa, Gil is able to motivate his audiences to help the rural villagers by bringing a bore hole well to their village, dramatically improve the sanitation, and provide resources for micro-credit entrepreneurs. As such, Gil is the perfect person to help us officially launch the effort in our District to raise a ONE MILLION DOLLAR Global Grant to improve the lives and health of over 25,000 Nigerians by providing increased access to safe water and improved sanitation and hygiene. Learn More.  
 
District Breakfast October 20- Keynote Speaker Gil Garcetti 2015-10-09 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast October 20- Keynote Speaker Gil Garcetti
Learn About the District Breakfast here Please bring school supplies to the District Breakfast
 
District Breakfast October 20- Keynote Speaker Gil Garcetti 2015-10-09 00:00:00Z
Global Grant Scholar Applications Due December 11, 2015
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The Rotary Global Grant Scholar program is designed to award college graduate-level students $30,000 to study abroad. Our hope is to provide an enriching experience of studying and humanitarian service, encouraging students to adopt Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self" as a lifestyle. Global Grant Scholar applications are due at the club level by December 11, 2015. For more information, visit the Global Grant Scholar page
Global Grant Scholar Applications Due December 11, 2015 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Strategic Plan District 5280 Strategic Plan 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z
Interact Leadership Conference
Register for the Interact Leadership Conference here
 
Interact Leadership Conference 2015-10-05 00:00:00Z
Halloween Festival at Camp Pendleton
For more details, click here. 
 
Halloween Festival at Camp Pendleton 2015-10-02 00:00:00Z
Polio Headlines As Of September 23, 2015
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The World Health Organization has released its latest polio update. There have been a couple of remarkable successes- only 41 cases of polio have been reported so far this year, compared to over 200 last year at this time. Also, Type II polio virus is officially eradicated. Read the full report here. 
Polio Headlines As Of September 23, 2015 2015-09-30 00:00:00Z
The Lion King- A Vocational Service Event
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Give the gift of an amazing life-long memory to an under-privileged child right here within District 5280. You and your club can sponsor a number of children to experience the exciting and live performance of Disney's The Lion King at at the beautiful Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more. 
 
The Lion King- A Vocational Service Event 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Peace Conference- Early Registration Ends Sept. 30!
Visit the Rotary Peace Conference website for details
 
Rotary Peace Conference- Early Registration Ends Sept. 30! 2015-09-29 00:00:00Z
Welcome To Rotary Seminar- October 3 Welcome To Rotary Seminar- October 3 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z
Foundation Celebration 2015- "Seaside Serenade"
Visit the Foundation Celebration 2015 page for all details
 
Foundation Celebration 2015- "Seaside Serenade" 2015-09-25 00:00:00Z
Potential District Governor Seminar Oct. 17
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Have you been thinking about the possibility of serving one day as our District Governor but felt the job too daunting?  Let us help you demystify it. Before you make that decision we invite you and your spouse or significant other to attend a Potential District Governor Informational Meeting.  It will provide you with all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.  Learn More. 
Potential District Governor Seminar Oct. 17 2015-09-09 00:00:00Z
Camp Pendleton Baby Supply Collection
 
Camp Pendleton Baby Supply Collection 2015-09-02 00:00:00Z
Polio Statistics as of August 22, 2015
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Rotary International has released the most recent statistics on the progress of eradicating polio from the planet. Read the statistics here. 
Polio Statistics as of August 22, 2015 2015-09-01 00:00:00Z
Panama 2016 Humanitarian Trip Sold Out!
Registration is now closed for the time being. To be added to the wait list as we work to accommodate more spaces, please contact the District Office. Visit the Panama Trip Page for more information.
 
Panama 2016 Humanitarian Trip Sold Out! 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z
July 28 District Breakfast Photo Gallery July 28 District Breakfast Photo Gallery 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z
New Focus Seminar: A New Voice New Focus Seminar: A New Voice 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z
Rotary District Picnic September 20! Rotary District Picnic September 20! 2015-08-13 00:00:00Z
District 5280 at the Special Olympics District 5280 at the Special Olympics 2015-08-12 00:00:00Z
Memorial Service For Angi Ma Wong
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A memorial service will be held to celebrate long-time Rotarian Angi Ma Wong. It will take place on Saturday, July 25 at 3:30pm at All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101. A reception will follow the service. The family invites you to join in the celebration and share any memories which you may have at the reception. No flowers, please. Instead, you are invited to give to the charitable organization of your choice:
  • Rotary International Foundation (c/o Lew Bertrand, 2068 Avenida Feliciano, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275)
  • Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (415 Bernard St., Los Angeles, CA 90012)
  • Sisters of Charity of Rolling Hills (28600 Palos Verdes Dr. East, Ranch Palos Verdes, CA 90275)
  • Friends of Banning Museum (P.O. Box 1927, Wilmington, CA 90748)
For further information and for estimation of attendance, kindly call Angi's husband, Norman Wong, at 310-614-7606 or n.wong99@cox.net
Memorial Service For Angi Ma Wong 2015-07-16 00:00:00Z
Rotarian Angi Ma Wong Passes Away
Angi Ma Wong, a long-time Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset, passed away on July 12, 2015 after a long battle. Angi, who was inducted into the Rotary District 5280 Hall of Fame at the District Conference this past May, leaves a long legacy of service in Rotary and the community. Angi is survived by her husband, Norman and their four children. We will announce any details regarding a service once we received them. Angi Ma Wong will be sincerely missed.
 
Rotarian Angi Ma Wong Passes Away 2015-07-13 00:00:00Z
Breakfast at Lawry's- A Rotary Literacy Event Breakfast at Lawry's- A Rotary Literacy Event 2015-07-10 00:00:00Z
Polio Headlines As of July 1, 2015
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The World Health Organization has released the latest statistics on polio cases worldwide. In its report, the WHO states, "In June, the wild poliovirus outbreaks in Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Kenya were assessed to be over by independent teams, having successfully interrupted transmission of the virus. While this is a sign that supplementary immunization activities and acute flaccid paralysis have been strengthened since all of the outbreaks began in 2013, it is essential for these gains to be maintained and built upon in order to protect children within these countries from the return of the virus. Read more about the headlines and statistics here. 
Polio Headlines As of July 1, 2015 2015-07-10 00:00:00Z
District Governor DJ Sun's Message
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It is time to start the new Rotary year with new leadership and fresh ideas. The incoming club presidents and District leaders have been prepared for their responsibilities through numerous training and educational seminars. 
 
Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran has chosen a beautiful theme for his year: "Be a gift to the world". Isn't it nice that we can provide a precious gift to someone? Rotarians have the power and capability to deliver wishes, whether they be clean water for remote villages, surgery for deformed children, eradication of the polio virus from the earth and the provision of tools for education. For over a century, Rotary International has built up a worldwide infrastructure with the most qualified human resources in any given region. Rotarians can address problems in our communities and around the world. We have the ability. We have the tools. It is up to us to engage and utilize our resources to improve the human condition. 
 
In order to facilitate the development of of acquaintance as an opportunity for service, our District is developing an e-directory to help members network. Each member will be included in a Rotary database searchable by profession. This year many clubs in our District will focus on projects within our community that have relevance, sustainability, and a substantive impact. We will strive for a new balance in our projects by allocating our funds for our community and the world. There are many local and global projects lined up for our members to involve themselves. Using the tools that Rotary has provided, we will achieve new levels of success in these endeavors. 
 
Let's make our Rotary the most respected charity organization in our community. Let's engage in Rotary activities with high energy, great passion,  and the desire to change lives for the better. Let's operate our organization in an efficient and productive manner. Let's be a gift to the community and the world. 
 
Ellen and I look forward to serving with you this year and supporting your efforts as your serve your communities and others in need throughout the world. 
 
-District Governor 2015-2016, DJ Sun
District Governor DJ Sun's Message 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast July 28- Keynote Speaker is Founder of Operation Smile District Breakfast July 28- Keynote Speaker is Founder of Operation Smile 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z
By Popular Demand, Special Olympics Tickets Still On Sale!
Rotary District 5280 is supporting thousands of international athletes at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies. Be a part of this amazing experience! Tickets are still on sale on a first come, first served basis. Learn more.
 
By Popular Demand, Special Olympics Tickets Still On Sale! 2015-06-12 00:00:00Z
District Humanitarian Trip To Guatemala Video District Humanitarian Trip To Guatemala Video 2015-06-12 00:00:00Z
Foundation Celebration Tickets On Sale At District Assembly
Tickets for the Foundation Celebration will go on sale at the District Assembly on June 20. Learn more.
 
Foundation Celebration Tickets On Sale At District Assembly 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z
Club Updates & Membership Figures Due To RI By July 1
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Rotary International would like to remind you that, in preparation for the July 2015 invoice, all membership updates must be reported to Rotary directly or through Clubrunner on or by 1 July. Invoices are calculated based on the 1 July club membership reported to Rotary on or by that date. No adjustments will be made to your invoice once it has been issued, so submitting membership data promptly will ensure you receive an accurate invoice.
Club Updates & Membership Figures Due To RI By July 1 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z
Farewell Reception For PDG Dave Woods
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A reception is being held for PDG Dave Woods’ Family at the Woodland Hills Country Club on Wednesday, June 3rd from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The family is asking that anyone that would like to share their thoughts about Dave, to please take the opportunity to do so at the reception. There will be an open mike. We mean a lot to this family. Let's show our love.
Farewell Reception For PDG Dave Woods 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z
Youth Scholarships Deadline Extended
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The deadline to apply for youth scholarships has been extended to June 15, 2015. It is that time of year to select candidates for the youth scholarships we award in conjunction with the California Community Foundation. The three types of scholarships available are the Patricia Kim Interact Scholarship, Meredith Olson Rotaract Scholarship, and approximately twenty five Jules Zentner Scholarships for high school seniors. Learn more.
Youth Scholarships Deadline Extended 2015-06-02 00:00:00Z
Past District Governor Dave Woods Passes Away
Past DG Dave Woods Believed in “Service Above Self”
 
Dave Woods, past president of the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills (1980 – 1981) and past District Governor of Rotary District 5260 (1990 – 1991), passed away on May 27.  He had a lifelong passion and commitment to be involved with projects benefiting children in our community and abroad.
 
Dave was born on Sept. 8, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1946 he enlisted in the Navy’s V5 program and while in the Navy he attended Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. After he was discharged from active service, he returned to graduate in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration.
 
In June 1950 Dave married his college sweetheart, Ruth, who preceded him in death. They had five children, three sons and two daughters, and 10 grandchildren.
  
Dave joined Rotary in 1965 and was an active member of his club including serving as president. He was on the District staff as a DG representative and he chaired many Avenues of Service. Dave was elected DG in 1990 and one of his goals was to promote district-wide world community service projects through the use of Rotary Foundation matching funds.
Past District Governor Dave Woods Passes Away 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z
District Assembly June 20
For more details and to download the District Assembly event flyer, click here.
 
District Assembly June 20 2015-05-22 00:00:00Z
Nepal Disaster Relief Fund
On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.9 Richter scale earthquake hit Nepal, succeeded the following day by a second earthquake of 6.7 magnitude. Numerous aftershocks followed. Approximately 6,000 people have been reported dead, with 11,000 other casualties identified, and still counting.
 
Our Rotary District 5280 fully understands the urgent need and is organizing a relief effort. Both immediate and long-term action plans need to be enacted. For immediate action, together with RI's endorsement, any club-generated financial support can be channeled through either:
  1. The D5280 Disaster Relief Fund in collaboration with Nepal D3292 c/o DG Kumar Piya, or
  2. Disaster Aid USA (provider of ShelterBox, tents, etc.) at www.disasteraidusa.com
Continue to read the complete instructions here.
 
Nepal Disaster Relief Fund 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 5280 April 2015 Newsletter
 
Rotary District 5280 is springing forward with fantastic service projects and events! Take a look at the April 2015 Newsletter- in this issue, we cover the 3-2-1 Go To End Polio Race, the District Art, Dance, Music, Speech contests, an exclusive interview with Past RI Director Ray Klinginsmith and much more. Read the April 2015 Newsletter here.
 
Rotary District 5280 April 2015 Newsletter 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z
Rotary Day of Service- Visit a Club Project!
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Rotary Day of Service is this Saturday, April 11. Rotary Clubs across District 5280 will be performing several service projects. Take a look at the Club Activities List if you would like to partner on a project or just see the impact the Club is making in the community. Let's show Los Angeles how Rotary makes a difference!
Rotary Day of Service- Visit a Club Project! 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z
Pedals For Polio
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LA to San Francisco Bicycle Tour to End Polio by District 5280 Interactors
 
Spring Break is usually a time for students to go to the beach, go on vacation, or just spend time with family and friends, and having a fun time free of school studies. Well, not so for three Interactors and their faculty advisor from the Hawthorne HS Interact Club! Club members Jose Diego, Sebastian Gonzalez, Chris Rendon, and Advisor Huy Hoang, are cycling LA to San Francisco on Spring Break to raise funds for End Polio.
 
Their goal, on this 8-day adventure, is to ride 500 miles from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Golden Gate Bridge and raise $5000. This amount will provide vaccines for 8000 children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. You can support them by going to GoFundMe and pledging with a contribution. WE ARE THIS CLOSE to ending polio worldwide. Won’t you join us to make this happen!
 
 
 
Pedals For Polio 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z
Rotary Day of Service- April 11, 2015
 
Rotary Day of Service- April 11, 2015 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z
District Awards Deadlines
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It's District Awards Time! You and your club deserve recognition for your accomplishments this year. The RI Presidential Citation Form must be submitted no later than March 31, 2015. The VIBRANT Club Award form must be submitted by April 15, 2015. And finally, the Unsung Hero Award must be submitted by April 15, 2015. Click on the various awards links for detailed information.
District Awards Deadlines 2015-03-11 00:00:00Z
Youth Service District Breakfast March 31
Join your fellow Rotarians for the Youth Service District Breakfast on March 31. The program speaker is Scott Greenberg, the author of The Third Factor for High Performance Leadership. During this inspiring discussion, Mr. Greenberg will give you tools to elevate personal and professional performance, and to lead others to do the same. Treat your youth clubs to this amazing program. You won't want to miss the final District Breakfast of this Rotary year! Early registration goes through March 24th. Reserve your tables early! For event details, click here.
Youth Service District Breakfast March 31 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z
The March District Newsletter Is Here!
The March District Newsletter covers our recent humanitarian trip to Guatemala, an interview with PRID Ray Klinginsmith, and highlights many of our upcoming events. Read the newsletter here.
The March District Newsletter Is Here! 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z
PETS 2015
Presidents-Elect and District Leaders gathered for PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) February 20-22, 2015. The weekend was both informative and a celebration of our future leadership. Congratulations to District Governor-Elect DJ Sun and his 2015-16 Rotary leaders! View more photos here. Photos courtesy PDG Rick Mendoza.
PETS 2015 2015-02-24 00:00:00Z
Future Leaders Training Seminar- March 7
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Are you looking to expand your Rotary knowledge? Or how you can explore opportunities of working with the District Leadership team? Go even further in the Rotary world? If so, then this Future Leaders Training Seminar is geared towards assisting you, our District Rotarians, in taking your leadership to the next level. Learn more.
Future Leaders Training Seminar- March 7 2015-02-13 00:00:00Z
The February District Newsletter Is Here!
Read the February 2015 edition of the District Newsletter here.
The February District Newsletter Is Here! 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z
Rotary Day 3-2-1 Go To End Polio Race March 21, 2015
Don't miss Rotary Day & the 3-2-1 Go To End Polio Race on March 21!
 
Rotary Day 3-2-1 Go To End Polio Race March 21, 2015 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z
Art, Dance, Music & Speech Contests
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Once again we are planning for another wonderful Vocational Service event for high school youth. The Art, Dance, Music, and Speech Contests will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). LMU has graciously offered to host this event again. Thank you to Judy Delavigne of the Westchester Club for making this happen!   Please contact SAG Vocational Service Ken Chong if you'd like to find out how to use this event as a membership event. The club contests are a great way to invite the community into your club by having guest VIP judges. Think of asking local professors, entertainment executives, and politicians, to be judges. Proud parents love to see their children perform. Bring new blood and energy into your club. Learn more about the contests here.
Art, Dance, Music & Speech Contests 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z
Deadlines Extended! Register for the District Conference by May 7
You're in luck! The deadline to register has been extended to May 7! Register by this date before Onsite rates apply. Join Skipper Elsa and her crew at Gillham's Island (also known as the District Conference!) This year's District Conference takes place May 14-17 at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Hotel in San Diego. Register for the District Conference and reserve your hotel room here.
Deadlines Extended! Register for the District Conference by May 7 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
Cozette Vergari Selected As 2017-18 District Governor
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Your District Governor Nomination Committee held their interviews last Saturday and selected Cozette Vergari of the Westchester Rotary Club to serve as our 2017-18 District Governor. Various sections on RI and District by-laws allow for a 14-day period to challenge this selection. In the absence of any such challenge, on January 26, 2015 Cozette will officially become our District Governor Nominee Designate. Congratulations, Cozette!
Cozette Vergari Selected As 2017-18 District Governor 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z
Ring In The New Year With The January District Newsletter!
Read the first Rotary District Newsletter of the New Year here!
Ring In The New Year With The January District Newsletter! 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z
Happy Holidays
 
Happy Holidays 2014-12-18 00:00:00Z
Jan. 13 District Breakfast Reservations Now Open
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Rotary District 5280 is proud to welcome District Breakfast program speaker Patrick McClenahan, President and CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. He will share with us the evolution of the Special Olympics from a backyard activity to a powerful global movement that promotes equality, acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Learn more.
Jan. 13 District Breakfast Reservations Now Open 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z
The December District Newsletter Is Here!
Read the December 2014 edition of the District Newsletter here.
The December District Newsletter Is Here! 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Compton Induction Gala
District 5280 welcomed its newest club, the Rotary Club of Compton, at a celebratory gala on November 22, 2014. The evening was attended by Rotarians across the District, including several Past District Governors. View a photo gallery of the Induction Gala here.
Photos courtesy Linton Morgan.
Rotary Club of Compton Induction Gala 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z
Participate in #GivingTuesday on December 2
 
This year, Rotary is participating in #GivingTuesday on 2 December, a global day of giving supported by 10,000 organizations worldwide. 
 
Members are encouraged to get involved by giving online. Online giving is the easiest and most efficient way to give to the Foundation and the causes you care about most. As an added incentive, President Gary C.K. Huang will send special video messages to the club and district that make the most individual online gifts to The Rotary Foundation on #GivingTuesday.
 
Participate in #GivingTuesday on December 2 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z
Deadline Extension- Community Project Grant
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The cut off date for the "Community Project Grant" electronic applications to be received will be extended to mid-night December 15, 2014.  Please be aware that there will be no further extensions and or exceptions.  Take a moment and determine if there is a need in your respective communities that your Rotary club can support.  
 
 
Deadline Extension- Community Project Grant 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Goes Back In Time For The Rotary Foundation Celebration
The annual Rotary Foundation Celebration was held November 8, 2014 at the historic Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. District Rotarians stepped back in time for a 1920s-themed evening. Chaired by Westchester Rotarian Cozette Vergari, the Rotary Foundation Celebration included both a silent and live auction to benefit The Rotary Foundation, dinner, 1920s entertainment and a special address by Terence Winter, creater of the HBO drama, "Boardwalk Empire". He was honored for the show's portrayal of a child diagnosed with polio. To see photos from the event, click here.
District 5280 Goes Back In Time For The Rotary Foundation Celebration 2014-11-21 00:00:00Z
Global Grant Scholar Program Now Open
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The Global Grant Scholar Program is designed to award college graduate students $30,000 to study abroad. Our hope is to provide an enriching experience of study and humanitarian service, encouraging students to adopt Rotary International's motto of "Service Above Self" as a lifestyle. Applications are due February 13, 2015. For full details and application, visit our Global Grant Scholar page.
Global Grant Scholar Program Now Open 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z
The November District Newsletter Is Here!
The season of celebrations is beginning! We look forward to gathering together for The Rotary Foundation Celebration, and later in the month with our families for Thanksgiving. Check out the newsletter. Learn about the wonderful work taking place around the District and beyond. At any time or day, there is a Rotary service project taking place somewhere close to home or around the world. There are no borders, there is no calendar, when it comes to “Service Above Self”. There is only the opportunity to serve, and for us to grasp. Enjoy the November Newsletter!
The November District Newsletter Is Here! 2014-11-08 00:00:00Z
Great Memories From The 2014 Youth Conference
Interactors, Rotaractors, Youth Advisors and more met at the University of Southern California for the annual Youth Conference. View more event photos here.
 
Great Memories From The 2014 Youth Conference 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z
Grant Applications Requiring MOU Due By November 30
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All grant applications requiring an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) must be submitted on or before November 30, 2014. Any questions should be directed to District Rotary Foundation Chair David Moyers.
Grant Applications Requiring MOU Due By November 30 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Welcomes The Rotary Club of Compton
District 5280 is proud to welcome the Rotary Club of Compton into the Rotary family. Led by President Willie Jones, the Rotary Club of Compton is 25 members strong and meets each Wednesday from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Douglas E. Dollarhide Community Center, 301 N. Tamarind Ave., Compton, CA 90220. Visit one of their meetings and get to know our newest club making a difference in the world! (In photo from left: Club President Willie Jones and Rotarian Neil Holmes)
 
District 5280 Welcomes The Rotary Club of Compton 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z
Global Update- World Polio Day
Where are we in the fight to end polio? What have we accomplished? Can we make history together? Find out on World Polio Day. Join Rotary on World Polio Day, October 24, for a live-streamed global status update on the fight to end polio. Guests will include Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors and special guests. Tune in at 4:30PM PST to watch the live event and take part in the conversation.
 
Global Update- World Polio Day 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Celebration Ticket Stubs Due November 7
The Rotary Foundation Celebration is drawing near. All ticket stubs and checks need to be turned in to Tori Hettinger at the District 5280 Office at 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA  90045 by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7.  The Multiple Donor Form MUST accompany the ticket stubs and checks. Learn more.
 
Rotary Foundation Celebration Ticket Stubs Due November 7 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary Alumni Took Center Stage At October 7th District Breakfast
The District Breakfast on October 7, 2014 focused on our Rotary Alumni, primarily former Ambassadorial Scholars and Rotary Peace Fellows. Keynote speaker Jeff Whitfield, a Rotary Peace Fellow alumnus, shared how his experience shaped him into an attorney focused on finding peaceful solutions to conflict. In the photo above, Rotary alumni reunite after sharing their Rotary stories with our Rotarians. For more photos, click here.
Rotary Alumni Took Center Stage At October 7th District Breakfast 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z
The October District Newsletter Is Here!
October is Vocational Service Month. Read all about it in the District 5280 October Newsletter here.
The October District Newsletter Is Here! 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z
Youth Conference 2014
Click here to view our event page.
Youth Conference 2014 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z
"Dance For The Children" Will Provide 28,000 Children With The Polio Vaccine
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On 20 September 2014, the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley took over the generously-donated Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks Studio to host its Fifth Annual “Dance for the Children” to raise donations to The Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus.
 
Rotarians and friends, “sponsored” for as little as $10 by friends and family to dance, enjoyed many different music styles, dance lessons from E-Club Member and Arthur Murray dance instructor Sharon Gorrell, tasty snacks, and the knowledge that their combined efforts had raised enough, in excess of $5,600 US with the Gates Foundation match on top of it, to vaccinate more than 28,000 children.  The event’s five-year total is close to 60,000 children.  Roughly half of the donations have come from outside of Rotary, making this a major public outreach event as well.   Local businesses sponsor the event, so 100% of the dancer donations can go to PolioPlus.
 
“We dance for the children who can’t dance due to polio,” explains Gorrell, “so that no child will ever have to say that again.” For more information, visit the club's website here.
 
 
"Dance For The Children" Will Provide 28,000 Children With The Polio Vaccine 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z
Register For The World Polio Day Webinar September 24
Eradicating polio continues to be Rotary's number one priority. On September 24 join RI for 30 minutes and learn how you can help eradicate polio as well as get ideas about how to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24. Dr. Carol Pandak will share a brief update on polio eradication before giving you a sneak-peak of RI's World Polio Day event and highlighting available event resources to help you plan your own event. Space is limited- reserve your spot today.
 
Register For The World Polio Day Webinar September 24 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z
Halloween Festival At Camp Pendleton
Help our military families enjoy the spirit of the season at the Camp Pendleton Halloween Festival October 25! Spend the day at Camp Pendleton volunteering at the game booth, beer garden, or visit with the families. We'll also have a chance to visit the Memorial Garden Project and much more. Learn more.
 
Halloween Festival At Camp Pendleton 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z
District-wide Baby Shower For Camp Pendleton
 
You're invited to our District-wide baby shower for military families! As part of our ongoing partnership with Camp Pendleton, join us October 18 at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills for an afternoon of donating much-needed baby items and celebrating with food, cake and games! Learn more.
 
District-wide Baby Shower For Camp Pendleton 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z
Join Us October 7 For The District Breakfast!
 
Celebrate and honor Rotary Peace Scholars and former Ambassadorial Scholars at the District Breakfast October 7, 2014. Rotary Peace Fellow Alumnus, Jeff Whitfield presents a powerful and eloquent message that articulates the importance of the Peace Fellows Program. This is the perfect opportunity for Rotarians who served as a Peace Fellow or Ambassadorial Scholar counselor to reconnect with their scholar and invite them to the breakfast. Learn more.
 
Join Us October 7 For The District Breakfast! 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z
District-wide Community Service Meeting September 20
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Looking to get more involved in the District's community service activities this year? All Rotarians are welcome to attend the District-wide community service meeting on September 20. Find out about important activities, including collaborations with Camp Pendleton and Homeboy Industries! Learn more.
District-wide Community Service Meeting September 20 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z
Glendale Sunrise Club Exposes All!
Sometime take a drive on Brand Avenue between the 134 Freeway and Colorado Boulevard in Glendale, and you will see a sight repeat itself. It was not enough that the Rotary Club of Glendale Sunrise expose itself once. No, they had to repeat it over and over again. Once loses count of the number of street banners that have the name “Rotary Club of Glendale Sunrise” on them. And as if this were not enough, Governor Elsa has also gotten into the act. For every street banner that identifies the Glendale Sunrise Club, there is a banner with the name District Governor Elsa Gillham on it.
Glendale Sunrise Club Exposes All! 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z
The September District Newsletter Is Here!
 
 
September is Youth Service Month! Read all about it in this month's District Newsletter here.
 
The September District Newsletter Is Here! 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z
Let's Stamp Out Hunger!
 
Let's Stamp Out Hunger! 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z
Calling All New Members! Welcome To Rotary Seminar September 20
 
 
Are you a new Rotarian or have you been a member for awhile and want to learn more about the Rotary organization and opportunities? Do you feel lost when hearing all that Rotary "language"? Wondering where you fit in and how you can get involved? Join us for answers to these and other questions as we try to take the mystery out of Rotary. Learn more.
 
Calling All New Members! Welcome To Rotary Seminar September 20 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z
Sept. 8 Deadline For Early Bird Raffle Ticket Drawing
There will be an Rotary Foundation Celebration Early Bird drawing at the District Picnic September 14. The winner will be entitled to full page color ad in the Rotary Foundation Celebration Tribute Program. The winner will remain eligible for cash raffle prizes to be announced at the Rotary Foundation Celebration November 8. Return ticket stubs and money on or before September 8, 2014 to be eligible for the Early Bird drawing. Learn more.
 
Sept. 8 Deadline For Early Bird Raffle Ticket Drawing 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z
2015 Guatemala Humanitarian Trip- Registration Deadline September 15!
 
 
REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 15! REGISTER TODAY! The indigenous people living outside Guatemala's major cities are the most wonderful people you can meet but also the poorest in our hemisphere. The population is expanding faster than the general services they require for education, health and general infrastructure, such as clean water. The Rotary Clubs of District 5280, along with the Rotary clubs of Guatemala have collaborated on six Global Grant projects to help the Guatemalans living in the countryside. The humanitarian trip attendees will experience first-hand the wonderful achievements from our generous donations. Learn more and register!
2015 Guatemala Humanitarian Trip- Registration Deadline September 15! 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z
Happy 107th Birthday To Westwood Village Rotarian Henry Tseng!
Westwood Village Rotarian Henry Tseng recently celebrated his 107th birthday! He served as President of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong in 1969-70 and is now a member of the Westwood Village Rotary Club. Congratulations, Henry! Thanks to PDG Paul Netzel for sharing this news.
 
Happy 107th Birthday To Westwood Village Rotarian Henry Tseng! 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z
Manhattan Beach Rotary President-Elect Russ Rothner Passes Away
Our club will really miss Russ Rothner, our President Elect. Russ was an active member of our club and was instrumental in building a long term relationship with Moffett School in Lennox and our club. He was a active community volunteer and worked for many years with the Jimmy Miller Foundation and served as our Community Service Director. One of the first things anyone noticed about Russ was that he always had a smile on his face.  He seemed to be someone who loved life and could become your best friend. He enjoyed the outdoors, but his true passions were his family, with a close second being skiing (water and snow).  Russ also loved a good party, whether it was with his drinking buddies or the entire Rotary Club.
 

 
Manhattan Beach Rotary President-Elect Russ Rothner Passes Away 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z
John Germ Selected As Rotary International President 2016-17
 
John F. Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2016-17. He will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates. Learn more.
 
John Germ Selected As Rotary International President 2016-17 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z
The August District Newsletter Is Here!
 
The August 2014 District Newsletter focuses on Membership. Read the current issue and past issues by visiting our District Newsletter page!
 
The August District Newsletter Is Here! 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z
Mark Your Calendars- District Picnic & Luah September 14!
Bring your friends and family to the Rotary District 5280 annual District Picnic and Luau! Head to Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach on September 14th for a day filled with great food, games, the wildly popular cardboard boat race and much more! Learn more.

 
Mark Your Calendars- District Picnic & Luah September 14! 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z
DG Elsa Visits Koreatown For First Official Visit
President Charles Kim welcomed members and guests to the first Official Visit by District Governor Elsa Gillham to the Rotary Club of Koreatown. Here we see Governor Elsa leading the crowd in the "happy clap", an idea originally shared by RI President Gary C.K. Huang.
DG Elsa Visits Koreatown For First Official Visit 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z
Join Us At The Literacy Breakfast August 13th!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
August is Literacy Month. This year's event focuses on literacy concerning both children and the elderly. Our guest speakers are Austin Beutner, founder of Vision To Learn, and Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. The Literacy Breakfast is the perfect venue for your club's literacy chair, vocational service chair, or anyone interested in literacy issues. Space is limited- sign up today! Learn more.
Join Us At The Literacy Breakfast August 13th! 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Visits District 5280!
The District Breakfast kicked off the new Rotary year on July 15, 2014. District Governor Elsa Gillham welcomed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul- Jabbar as the keynote speaker. Pictured above (from left): District Breakfast chair Pearl Leeka, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and DG Elsa Gillham. View all the photos from the District Breakfast here.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Visits District 5280! 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z
Hermosa Beach Rotarian Angela Peterson Passes Away
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It is with sadness that we announce that longtime Hermosa Beach Rotarian Angela Peterson has passed away. Rotarians are invited to her services. The services will take place Friday, July 18 at 2:30pm at First United Methodist Church in Redondo Beach. The address is 243 S. Broadway (at Torrance Blvd). Her husband, Steve Peterson has also shared a message about Angela that can be read by clicking on the following link.
 
Hermosa Beach Rotarian Angela Peterson Passes Away 2014-07-10 00:00:00Z
Memorial Service Arrangements For PDG Emilio Basile
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Memorial service arrangements for PDG Emilio Basile have been announced. The funeral will take place Tuesday, July 8 at 1:00pm at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, 11160 Stranwood Avenue, Mission Hills, CA 91345. Enter off Rinaldi, East of Sepulveda. A reception will follow the service. There will be no graveside services. Emilio's family have noted that the outpouring of Rotarian support at this difficult time has warmed their hearts.
Memorial Service Arrangements For PDG Emilio Basile 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z
Update- Interact Aloha Picnic New Location
We have a new location for the Interact Aloha Picnic- the LA Zoo! Join our District Interact clubs as they celebrate another year of Service Above Self! The day will consist of awards, lunch and admission to the LA Zoo. RSVPs must be received by July 22. Learn more.
 
Update- Interact Aloha Picnic New Location 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
PDG Emilio Basile Passes Away
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It with deep regret and sadness that we must relay to you the passing of PDG Emilio Basile on June 25, 2014. He was a cherished mentor and friend to many and will be missed greatly on many levels. PDG Emilio was a member of the Rotary Club of Greater Van Nuys. We will pass along service arrangements once they are made known.
PDG Emilio Basile Passes Away 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
Colombia Humanitarian Trip Video Now Available Colombia Humanitarian Trip Video Now Available 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z
Make Your Reservation For The July 15 District Breakfast!
 
Don't miss the first District Breakfast of the 2014-2015 Rotary year! Our keynote speaker is Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. For complete details, click HERE.
Make Your Reservation For The July 15 District Breakfast! 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z
Special Thanks To Mel Powell
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Congratulations to the Governor's Senior LA Kings Fan, Mel Powell! His devotion to the LA Kings is rivaled only by his devotion to Rotary District 5280. In addition to his service to his home club, the Rotary E-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley, Mel has been an instrumental part of our District's success this year. Let's just say Mel is the Justin Williams of the District. With an extensive knowledge of Rotary, Mel has been a great resource to both Governor Doug and all of our Rotary clubs. Mel has built ties with a number of Rotary clubs that have merged into District 5280 after having been a part of the former District 5260. Behind the scenes, Mel was a crucial member of the District Newsletter team, imbuing each edition with riveting material and his trademark humor. Thank you for your service, Mel! Congratulations on another Stanley Cup Championship!
Special Thanks To Mel Powell 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z
Rotarians and Rotary Club Recognized For Their Service
At the District Conference in May, several special awards were presented to Rotarians and Rotary Clubs for their outstanding service to the District and Rotary International. Linton Morgan (pictured above left), a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Inglewood, received the 2013-2014 "Rotarian of the Year" award. Many who have worked with Linton over the years have seen his dedication as both an Assistant Governor and avid District photographer. Larry Bender (pictured above right), a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Hawthorne-LAX-Lennox, received the "Rotary International Distinguished Service Award". Rotary International gives this award to only a select few Rotarians each year. Larry was recognized for his tireless work with the Polio campaign. Several other Rotarians and Rotary Clubs were recognized for their service as well.
Rotarians and Rotary Club Recognized For Their Service 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z
A Look Back At The District Conference
District 5280 celebrated the 2013-2014 Rotary year at the District Conference in Indian Wells. Over 300 Rotarians, friends and family attended dynamic plenary sessions, rallied at Hospitality Night, danced the night away at the Governor's Ball and more. A number of Rotarians were applauded for their service to Rotary with some very special awards. This year's District Conference brought Rotarians from across the District together and renewed spirits for all the work done and to be done through Rotary. To see more the gallery of photos from the District Conference, click here.
A Look Back At The District Conference 2014-06-12 00:00:00Z
Rotary's Historic Climb In Sydney

During Friday's world record-breaking Sydney Harbour bridge climb, Rotary members raised enough money to protect 240,000 kids from polio. Despite the physically grueling four-hour trek up and down the bridge's storied steel arches, the 340 participants kept their good spirits and stood side-by-side waving 278 flags. "When the helicopters were going around, you just felt like one great big nation," says Graeme Davies, district governor of the Rotary Club of Kincumber in Australia. Read more.

Rotary's Historic Climb In Sydney 2014-05-30 00:00:00Z
Honoring Our Veterans- Make Your Reservation By June 6
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Save Saturday, June 14th (Flag Day) to “Honor The Vets” at the American Legion Hall in Culver City at 5300 S. Sepulveda Blvd. $25/person. Limited capacity - 160. First come, First served. Music favorites, with keyboard and our favorite interact singer, from WWII and Korea, including the theme songs for all five military branches. Our special guest will be Bea Cohen, who recently turned 104, the oldest woman veteran in California. Food by Santa Maria BBQ. Please mail checks to: Linda Forman, 11260 Overland Ave., #9G, Culver City, CA 90230. Payment must be reserved by June 6 in order to guarantee your lunch and reservation.  Learn more.
Honoring Our Veterans- Make Your Reservation By June 6 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z
Rancho Park Rotary Club Makes Generous Donation
 
District Governor Doug Baker and District Rotary Foundation Chair David Moyers had the pleasure of visiting the Rotary Club of Rancho Park on May 7. The club  presented them with a check for our Rotary Foundation for $21,000 and also presented the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown a check for $5,000 for relief efforts in the Philippines. Shown in photo, left to right: Mark Ameli, Sam Pirnazar, DRFC David Moyers, DG Doug Baker, Rancho Park Club President Guity Javid.
Rancho Park Rotary Club Makes Generous Donation 2014-05-22 00:00:00Z
A Request From Governor Doug
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Upon returning from our District Conference I received a disturbing email from Club AG Matt Schaff, a member of our Woodland Hills Club. He shared with me that he had made only a few aware that he is a cancer patient, having Stage 4 Liver cancer. He also found out yesterday that he was not a candidate for a clinical trial. So for now, he must wait and hope for a new drug or a new treatment therapy.  He tells me that there is an epidemic of people ages 50-70 who are going through this.  They estimate 3.5 million in the USA and most don't even know yet.  Please, call it prayer, support, encouragement, karma, whatever the comfortable term for you might be, but do it, for Matt and for all other in our Clubs facing health issues.  It works!
A Request From Governor Doug 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z
District Conference Schedule Available
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The District Conference is underway! Click here for the Conference FAQs, which feature the schedule of events. See you in the desert!
District Conference Schedule Available 2014-05-16 00:00:00Z
District Conference Hotel Rates Rise Monday!
 
The 2014 Rotary District Conference is only 22 days away! Have you reserved your hotel room AND registered for the Conference?! Sunday, April 27 is the LAST DAY to reserve a room at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Indian Wells at the rate of $179.00/night (if rooms aren't sold out before) After that, your only options are to pay the quoted rate of $360/night or to stay down the street at the local motel (and trust us, you will regret that decision unless you like cold showers and scratchy sheets!) So act now and reserve your room! Click here for full details.
District Conference Hotel Rates Rise Monday! 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z
District Youth Lead Spirited District Breakfast
 
On April 8, our District Interact and Rotaract clubs hosted the final District Breakfast of the 2013-2014 Rotary year. These dynamic students, led by Interact District Representative Cierra Coughlin and Rotaract District Representative Darlene Fukuji, hosted a spirited and inspiring morning. The keynote speaker was Prophet Walker, who after being incarcerated for six years as a teenager, went on to create a program for other young inmates to earn college degrees while in prison. To view a photo gallery of the District Breakfast, click here.
District Youth Lead Spirited District Breakfast 2014-04-18 00:00:00Z
District Conference- Register By April 15 Before Prices Increase!
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Have you registered for the District Conference (May 15-18, 2014) yet?! April 15 is your last day to register before prices increase! Visit the District Conference page to sign up today. See you in Indian Wells!
District Conference- Register By April 15 Before Prices Increase! 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z
We Have A District Directory App!
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We're excited to announce that we have a District 5280 Directory app! Now you can look up club, District, and officer info with the swipe of a finger! The District 5280 Directory works on all mobile devices as well as the desktop. Simply visit www.rotarydistrict5280.com or click here.
We Have A District Directory App! 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z
Honoring Our Veterans- June 14, 2014
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Save Saturday, June 14th (Flag Day) to “Honor The Vets” at the American Legion Hall in Culver City at 5300 S. Sepulveda Blvd. $25/person. Limited capacity - 160. First come, First served. Send your check to save your place. Music favorites, with keyboard and our favorite interact singer, from WWII and Korea, including the theme songs for all five military branches. Our special guest will be Bea Cohen, who recently turned 104, the oldest woman veteran in California. Food by Santa Maria BBQ. Bring your checks to the district conference or mail them to: Linda Forman, 11260 Overland Ave., #9G, Culver City, CA 90230.  Learn more.
Honoring Our Veterans- June 14, 2014 2014-04-08 00:00:00Z
Support Rotaract at Free Cone Day!
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Here's a tasty combination- supporting your District Rotaractors and free Ben & Jerry's ice cream! On Tuesday, April 8, Ben & Jerry's at the Howard Hughes Center will be celebrating Free Cone Day. Customers usually leave a donation for the free ice cream, and the donations will benefit the Rotaract Day of Service project at Westport Heights Elementary School. Our own Rotaractors will be at Free Cone Day, scooping from 12-8pm. Stop by for a cone and support them!
 
Support Rotaract at Free Cone Day! 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary District Youth Scholarships Now Available
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Rotary District 5280, in partnership with the California Community Foundation, is proud to offer the 2013-2014 youth scholarships. Three types of scholarships are available-- Rotary-Zentner Scholarships, Patricia Kim Interact Scholarship and Rotaract Scholarships. The deadline to apply is May 30, 2014. Please visit our Youth Scholarship page for complete details.
Rotary District Youth Scholarships Now Available 2014-04-03 00:00:00Z
LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey Announces Partnership With District 5280
 
LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey held a press conference on March 31 with representatives from District 5280 and the Rotary Club of LA5. She announced a partnership between the LA5 club, District 5280 and her office for the Senior Scam Outreach program. 
LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey Announces Partnership With District 5280 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary International and Lions Clubs International Agree To Merge
CHICAGO, Illinois - The world’s two largest service clubs have agreed to join forces and merge their membership as of July 1, 2014. Rotary International President, Ron Burton stated that the move will help to engage more people in service and change more lives than either organization could do on its own.
Rotary International and Lions Clubs International Agree To Merge 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z
South-East Asia Declared Polio-Free
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The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) today congratulates the countries in the South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) on being certified polio-free, a historic milestone in the worldwide effort to end polio and realize the broad benefits eradication will bring. The 11 countries in the region – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste – are home to 1.8 billion people and represent the fourth of six WHO regions of the globe to be officially certified polio-free.
South-East Asia Declared Polio-Free 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z
So Many Rotary Moments In Colombia
 
Our District's 120 Rotarians who traveled to Colombia March 19-23, 2014 are still unpacking and reflecting upon the many Rotary Moments that took place in Medellin, Colombia. Here's a glimpse at the Alejandrio Project. A 3-hour bus ride from Medellin, Alejandrio is a rural village with a population in need. After a spirited welcome by children and adults alike, our Rotarians and Rotaractors distributed backpacks, school supplies, clothing and more to the children. Rotarians then visited the local hospital, which was the site of one of our grants. In the top photo, District 5280 stands outside Alejandrio Hospital. In the lower left photo, Santa Monica Rotarian Judy Neveau meets one of the local children. In the lower center photo, Executive Aide Jaimee Cantrell and Hollywood Rotarian Melody St. John are greeted by the children. In the lower right photo, Westchester Rotarian Edgar Saenz hands a backpack to a child. Stay tuned for more updates and photos.
So Many Rotary Moments In Colombia 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z
Celebration of Life For Julia Abreu-Mason
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A Celebration of Life will be held for long-time El Segundo Rotarian Julia Abreu-Mason on Friday, March 28 from 2:00-4:00pm at Chevron Park in El Segundo. Julia was the true essence of a Rotarian and will be deeply missed throughout District 5280. If you have any questions, please contact El Segundo Rotary Club President Len Bonilla at 310-612-7742.
Celebration of Life For Julia Abreu-Mason 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
RI President-Elect Gary Huang Visit To Woodland Hills A Spirited Event
 
On March 11, 2014, the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills hosted a very special guest- Rotary International President-Elect Gary Huang. RIPE Huang shared his vision for the 2014-2015 Rotary year and his theme, "Light Up Rotary". He also inducted a new Rotarian and helped honor some very special guests. The photo above depicts Woodland Hills Rotary Club President Gwyn Petrick with RI President-Elect Gary Huang. Click here to see the photo gallery.
RI President-Elect Gary Huang Visit To Woodland Hills A Spirited Event 2014-03-18 00:00:00Z
District Art, Dance, Music & Speech Contest Winners Announced!
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Once again, our District has found some of the best and brightest high school students in Los Angeles! The annual District Art, Dance, Music and Speech contests, chaired by SAG Vocational Service Cozette Vergari, were held March 1, 2014. Students showcased their skills in a variety of mediums, dazzling Rotarians and judges who specialize in the fields in which they performed. For a complete list of winners in each category, click here.
District Art, Dance, Music & Speech Contest Winners Announced! 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z
Don't Miss The Final District Breakfast Of The Year!
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The final District Breakfast of the year on April 8, 2014 will be hosted by our future Rotarians, also known as youth services! The keynote speaker is Prophet Walker, a remarkable young man who will share his journey of determination and perseverence. He will share how he went from prison to become a college graduate, community leader, a role model and an activist. Treat your club's Interactors and Rotaractors to this dynamic District Breakfast. RSVP by April 1st (and that's no joke!) for the early bird rate. Learn more.
Don't Miss The Final District Breakfast Of The Year! 2014-03-12 00:00:00Z
Nominate A Candidate For a Global Grant Scholarship
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The Rotary Global Grant Scholar Program is designed to award college graduate-level students $30,000 to study abroad. Our hope is to provide an enriching experience of study and humanitarian service, encouraging students to adopt Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self" as a lifestyle. The deadline to apply is April 18, 2014. Learn more.
Nominate A Candidate For a Global Grant Scholarship 2014-03-05 00:00:00Z
District Assembly Registration Open
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The 2014 District Assembly will give all club leaders the tools they need for a successful Rotary year. Registration is now open. Make your club reservations by April 26, 2014. Visit the District Assembly page for all details.
District Assembly Registration Open 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z
Long-time Rotarian Julia Abreu-Mason Passes Away
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It is with tremendous sadness and shock to announce the passing of El Segundo Rotarian Julia Abreu-Mason.  Julia was so active in so many ways throughout her Rotary career.  I have fond thoughts of her efforts in building, quite successfully and enthusiastically,  the Paul Harris Society. She was active within her Club, active in working with the Foundation, active in whatever responsibility she undertook. District Administrator Tori Hettinger recalls the times she took her grandchildren with her to the District Office while she worked on Rotary programs.  Most of all, we remember the devotion to her husband Bill. Details are not known at this time. We join together to offer our sympathy, fondness and prayers to her family.  We are all just stunned. - DG Doug.
 
Long-time Rotarian Julia Abreu-Mason Passes Away 2014-02-27 00:00:00Z
Rotary's Partnership With Vision To Learn Changes Lives
 
Rotary District 5280's partnership with Vision To Learn is making a difference to children across Southern California, one pair of glasses at a time. At Westminster Elementary School in Venice, over 60 children were provided free eye exams and eye glasses. The school nurse told Westchester Rotarian Nora McLellen that two twin sisters who had severe astigmatism had to sit in the very front of the classroom, straining to see properly. With their new glasses from Vision To Learn, the sisters will be able to concentrate on learning, not struggling to see the chalkboard.
 
Rotary's Partnership With Vision To Learn Changes Lives 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z
RI President-Elect Gary Huang To Visit Woodland Hills
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Rotary International President-Elect Gary Huang will address the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills and members across District 5280 at the club's weekly lunch meeting. A Rotarian since 1976, Gary is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan. He has served RI as District Governor, Director and Vice President, Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, and as chairman and member of numerous international committees and tast forces.
 
RI President-Elect Gary Huang To Visit Woodland Hills 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Commemorate Centennial at Camp Pendleton
On January 24-25th, Rotarians from District 5280 visited Camp Pendleton as part of this year's partnership with the Marines. The weekend included a ceremony commemorating the centenial of the 13th Regiment of the First Marine Division. The regiment held a solemn ceremony at its Memorial Garden (developed by the Rotary Club of Camp Pendleton) to remember all the regimental Marines and Navy Corpsman who won the Congressional Medal of Honor in the Regiment's history. (In above photo, Culver City Rotarian Joel Forman (left) and Camp Pendleton Rotarian Linda Sundram (right) in the Memorial Garden)
 
           
Rotarians Commemorate Centennial at Camp Pendleton 2014-02-10 00:00:00Z
New Generations Youth Symposium
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North America Rotary is hosting the 2014 New Generations Symposium, "Stronger Together." Join young leaders from across North America as they explore innovative approaches to improve communities through Rotary programs. Interactors, Rotaractors, Rotarians and young leaders are encouraged to attend this 2-day symposium March 29-30, 2014. Visit the New Generations Symposium website for all details.
New Generations Youth Symposium 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z
Grants In Action At Homeboy Industries
 
The Rotary Community Alliance (RCA), met at Homeboy Industries on January 21, 2014 for the opportunity to see first-hand what a grant can do for a community.  Homeboy Industries serves high-risk, formerly gang-involved men and men with a continuum of free services and programs. The partnering Rotary Clubs are Culver City, Glendale Sunrise, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, LA Colombo Americano, Rancho Park, Rio Hondo-Vernon, Thai Town, Westchester, Wilshire, Woodland Hills and designated funds from District 5280.
Grants In Action At Homeboy Industries 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z
District Community Grant Check Presentations
 
The culmination of submitting a District Community Grant application is being presented with the District check in support of your project. The District 5280 Grants Committee would like to thank all clubs, club members & community partners for submitting grants to make your corner of the world a better place. These grants are the backbone of community involvement and show commitment to making your community a better place. These types of projects raise awareness of what Rotary does locally, which provides an opportunity to promote your club, gather support within your local area for future projects and provide for an avenue to find new members. Click here to view more photos from the check presentations.
District Community Grant Check Presentations 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z
Rotaract Ethics Forum- January 31 Deadline
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The annual Rotaract Ethics Forum is an effective way to engage our Rotaract clubs in important ethical topics. The application deadline is January 31, 2014. Learn more.
Rotaract Ethics Forum- January 31 Deadline 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z
Yes, E-Clubs Do Meet In Person!
At the request of President Sara Vasquez, Immediate Past President Mel Powell of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley presents DG Doug Baker with a Really Big Check to represent their Club's donation to The Rotary Foundation in recognition of Doug's Official Visit to the Club on 26 January 2014. 
Yes, E-Clubs Do Meet In Person! 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z
January District Breakfast Another Success!
District 5280 kicked off the second half of the Rotary year with an exciting District Breakfast on January 14, 2014. In addition to keynote speaker attorney Mark Geragos, the morning featured dynamic presentations on the District Conference (May 15-18), RI Convention in Sydney, Rotary's Day of Service (April 12), and a kangaroo. Click here for event photos. Pictured above are members from the Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown. Photos courtesy Linton Morgan.
 
January District Breakfast Another Success! 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z
District Arts, Dance, Music & Speech Contests
DEADLINE APPROACHING: February 6 is the deadline to submit applications and payment for the District Art, Dance, Music, & Speech Contests! One of the premiere events that link Rotarians with our high school students is the Art, Dance, Music & Speech contests. This annual event is an outstanding way to not only recognize and celebrate talent among high school students, but also to engage Rotarians in serving our youth. Learn more.
District Arts, Dance, Music & Speech Contests 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z
District Conference 2014- Now Taking Registrations!

Registration for the District Conference (May 15-18, 2014) is now open! Register for the District Conference and reserve your hotel room today! Click HERE for complete details. See you in Indian Wells!
District Conference 2014- Now Taking Registrations! 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z
"Honoring Our Veterans" Program Update
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Collectively, we, the military and veterans of Rotary, have done a magnificent job, guaranteeing that our constitutional form of government survives. In the process, we liberated millions of people from tyranny.  Now, as Rotarians, we focus on service above self.  The purpose of Rotary’s "Honoring Our Veterans" program is to create an inventory of the accomplishments of the veterans in the District.
"Honoring Our Veterans" Program Update 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z
Get "Rotary Loud" For Rotary's Day of Service!
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Get your club ready to be "Rotary Loud" for District 5280's "Rotary Day of Service" on Saturday, April 12! Let's show Southern California just what Rotarians do!  Each club project will be listed on the District website to share how you're impacting the community. Visit the Rotary Day of Service page for more information.
Get "Rotary Loud" For Rotary's Day of Service! 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z
India Is Polio-Free!
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As of January 13, 2014, India completed three consecutive years without a single wild polio case being reported from any part of the country, thereby achieving the three-year milestone necessary to achieve polio-free certification from the World Health Organization. Read the full article from the Indian Express here. Other sources citing India's polio-free status include Rotary's End Polio Now page and BBC News India.
 
India Is Polio-Free! 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z
RYLA 2014 Is Now SOLD OUT
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We are delighted to announce that RYLA is completely SOLD OUT! Our thanks to the clubs who registered and paid for their attendees before the deadline (click here for a listing of club reservations). There will be a waiting list.  To be on it, please send your check for $190.00 payable to “Rotary District 5280” for each student.  Your check will be held pending the availability of any open positions.  And while we know that some clubs may be disappointed, please understand that the facility can only hold a limited number of attendees and consideration was given to all clubs who sent their count and check by the deadline. Any questions or concerns, please contact RYLA co-chair Elyse Beardsley at 310-466-0214.
 
With gratitude for your support,
Elyse Beardsley, RYLA co-chair
RYLA 2014 Is Now SOLD OUT 2013-12-27 00:00:00Z
Westchester Rotary "Home Makeover"
The Rotary Club of Westchester’s 2013 Home Make Over project was a great example of the community coming together to help a neighbor. With the hard work of Rotarians, contractors and 175 volunteers (including the Boys Scouts and Knights of Columbus), the Westchester Rotary Club repainted, replanted, and remodeled the entire home of Karen Ricks. Karen, her late husband Tim, and their children are long time Westchester residents who contribute their time to the Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus, the Choral Singers, and other activities that make our community a great place to live.  This was the Rotary Club of Westchester’s chance to give back to them.  Visit the club’s Facebook page to see more photos.
Westchester Rotary "Home Makeover" 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z
Shirley Giltzow To Represent District 5280 On Rose Parade Float
 
The annual Rotary International Float will again be featured in the upcoming Rose Parade in Pasadena on January 1, 2014.  This parade will have over one million viewers along the parade route, as well as it will be broadcasted on television to many countries around the world. It is a wonderful opportunity to publicize our organization and our dedication to ending polio throughout the world to the many millions of viewers along the route and viewers of the multiple broadcasts in the United States and throughout the world.
 
 
Shirley Giltzow To Represent District 5280 On Rose Parade Float 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z
RYLA Deadline Extended
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The payment deadline for RYLA registration fees has been extended to January 20, 2014. Make sure that your high school and Interact students are included in RYLA 2014! For complete details, click here.
 
RYLA Deadline Extended 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z
Philippines Disaster Relief Update
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Rotary’s Philippines disaster relief efforts continue to solidify. SAG International Service Marc Benard has been working with a number individuals locally and abroad to deliver aid to the Philippines. The Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown and their president, Leo Pandac, continue to provide details on relief efforts happening on the ground with their partner club, the Rotary Club of Cebu West, Philippines.
Philippines Disaster Relief Update 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z
Don't Miss The District Breakfast on January 14!
The District Breakfast marks the half-way point of our Rotary year, but we're just getting started! We are going to be getting loud in the second half as the work of your club will be showcased, publicized and envied by all! We'll kick off the most productive, entertaining, rewarding, and fun six months this District has ever had. The District Breakfast is also your first shot at reservations for the District Conference. Our keynote speaker is attorney Mark Geragos, known for several high-profile cases. Make your reservations early, as this event will sell out. Learn more.
Don't Miss The District Breakfast on January 14! 2013-12-13 00:00:00Z
Rotary Clubs Partner In Philippines Food Distribution
The Rotary Club of Historic Filipinotown has been coordinating relief efforts with their partnering club in the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Cebu City. Recently, Rotarians spearheaded a massive food distribution to typhoon victims in Malapascua, a town at the north tip of Cebu island. It is a fishing community that is home to 1,200 families (total population of 7,000 people). The cargo that the Rotarians collected was loaded onto a pump boat, which held nearly 3 truckloads of goods. The cargo was unloaded and unloaded by human hands- no forklifts or cranes. The base of operations was the Malapascua Legends Hotel. The entire hotel staff helped in the distribution of the food. When the distribution was over, about 800 of the 1,200 families on the island had received food bags. To find out how to contribute to relief efforts, please visit our Philippines Disaster Relief Efforts page.
 

 
Rotary Clubs Partner In Philippines Food Distribution 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Foundation- Help Rotary Win United Air Miles
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As a year-end holiday gift, United Airlines is offering a donation of 10 million miles to benefit charity miles partners.  Help Rotary win United Airline air miles by voting at  www.10millioncharitymiles.com. Visit and vote every day for Rotary International until December 31.  Charities receive a portion of the miles based on the percentage of the overall vote they receive.
The Rotary Foundation- Help Rotary Win United Air Miles 2013-12-09 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Cross-Town Rivalry Continues!
The cross-town rivalry continues! On November 26th, Rotarians across the District showed up at the 5th annual "USC vs. UCLA Tailgate Luncheon" hosted by the four Torrance Rotary clubs and Redondo Beach Rotary club. Rotarians supporting USC and UCLA were greeted by the school mascots- USC's Traveler and Tommy Trojan and UCLA's Joe Bruin. Once inside the Double Tree hotel, the fans were treated to a healthy dose of rivalry trash talking, a spirited live auction, and lively anecdotes from USC's J.K. McKay and UCLA's Kevin Jordan. UCLA rang the victory bell this year, but it was a win-win for the athletic programs of the Torrance Unified School District and Redondo Union High School, for whom the luncheon's proceeds benefitted. Click here to see photos from the event.
The Rotary Cross-Town Rivalry Continues! 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z
Rotary: Building Goodwill and Better Friendships...And Marriage!
On Friday November 8, 2013,  two members of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club combined their love of Rotary and the love for each other by having their wedding at the Club’s 7 AM meeting.  David Smith and Peggy Riddle announced their engagement at the first meeting of the new Rotary year on July 12, to which the club members gave a standing ovation.  This inspired David and Peggy to want to share their special day with their Club family. Seven years ago, David sponsored Peggy’s membership in Rotary and that was the beginning of the romance.
Rotary: Building Goodwill and Better Friendships...And Marriage! 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z
Update on District 5280 Relief Efforts To The Philippines
We are in the process of coordinating our relief efforts to the people of the Philippines, but just as important we are also developing the methodology needed to develop an infrastructure within our District for future disasters and our ability to assist in a meaningful and timely manner.  Governor Doug, DGE Elsa Gillham, Sr. Assistant Governor of International Service Marc Benard, Historic Filipinotown Club President Leo, members of that club and District Administrator Tori Hettinger recently discussed how best to accomplish what is needed and how to best respond.
Update on District 5280 Relief Efforts To The Philippines 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z
RI Convention 2014 Early Registration Deadline December 15
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Sign up for the 2014 RI Convention in Sydney, Australia by December 15, 2013 for a reduced registration fee! After this date, the price increases. Visit the RI Convention website for full details.
RI Convention 2014 Early Registration Deadline December 15 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
Greg O'Brien Selected as District Governor For 2016-2017
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The District Governor Nomination Committee held their interviews last Saturday and selected Greg O’Brien of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club to serve as our 2016-2017 District Governor. Various sections of RI and District by-laws allow for a 14-day period to challenge this selection. In the absence of any such challenge, on December 10, 2013 Greg will officially become our District Governor Nominee Designate.  Congratulations Greg!
Greg O'Brien Selected as District Governor For 2016-2017 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z
RI President Shares His Thoughts On Rotary's Polio Efforts
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Rotary International President Ron Burton recently shared his thoughts on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio. He touched on the concerns of Rotary's visibility in the polio fight, as well as addressed many of our successes. Read his letter here.
RI President Shares His Thoughts On Rotary's Polio Efforts 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
Philippine Relief Effort-Rotary Club of Cebu
November 18: The Rotary Club of Historic Filipino Town's sister club, the Rotary Club of Cebu, Philippines, has reached many of the towns hit by the typhoon. The club gave food to 6,000 families in just one town alone. They also gave food to thousands of families in more northern towns. The Rotary club reports that what these town need now are construction materials like galvanized sheets, lumber and umbrella nails. Please contact Leo Pandac, the president of the Rotary Club of Historic Filipino Town for further information on how to assist. Click here for more photos of Rotary's relief efforts.
Philippine Relief Effort-Rotary Club of Cebu 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z
Update: Philippines Typhoon Relief
November 13: Our District is working closely with the Rotary Club of Historic Filipino Town in typhoon disaster relief efforts. We will continue to post updates of our relief efforts. Leo Pandac, president of the Rotary Club of Historic Filipino Town, has the following update (as of 11/13/13):
 
"Our Rotary club is humbled and honored to take on the task to assist in every way possible the victims of the super typhoon “Yolanda” (known as Haiyan in the West) that hit the Philippines.  As you know we’ve had an ongoing project ‘RC HIFI PH Relief Good’, sending goods to the Philippines with our collaborating Rotary Clubs and a Religious organization who we have trusted to store and distribute as needed when catastrophe strikes the country.
Update: Philippines Typhoon Relief 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z
Filipino Relief Efforts
November 12: Filipino Relief Efforts have already started, not only with Rotarians and many of our affiliated organizations, but with a multitude of relief organizations.
 
The wheels of Rotary are somewhat slower, but more methodical.  Human nature is such that we all want to do something, now. But Rotary excels at being at the site of a tragedy long after all others have left. We excel at first determining actual needs coupled with how best to deliver them and, most importantly, getting them into the hands of those in need, and no one else.
 
Working with President Leo Pandac and the Rotary Club of Historic Filipino Town, we are making contact with Rotary Clubs throughout the Philippines to determine what we can gather and send, and how.  Our relief efforts will go directly to Rotary Clubs there who are establishing distribution points and methods. Rotarians working with Rotarians to enhance the lives of others; it’s what we do. Further details will be posted in the coming days.
Filipino Relief Efforts 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z
The Foundation Celebration A Stellar Event
This year’s Foundation Celebration was an out of this world experience. Hosted at the California Science Center, over 600 Rotarians sat under the wings and the belly of the Space Shuttle Endeavor. As attendees supported The Rotary Foundation, they also enjoyed a keynote speech by Space Shuttle Endeavor pilot General Kevin Chilton, entertainment from emcee Fritz Coleman, and of course, the breath-taking views of the space shuttle itself, floating just a few feet above their heads.
The Foundation Celebration A Stellar Event 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z
2013-2014 Presidential Citation
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It’s never too early for your club to start working towards the 2013-2014 Presidential Citation. The 2013- 2014 Presidential Citation will recognize Rotary clubs that achieve an array of accomplishments that promote membership growth, enhance humanitarian service, and strengthen community ties through the family of Rotary.
2013-2014 Presidential Citation 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z
Foundation Celebration-Frequently Asked Questions
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In anticipation of the Foundation Celebration at the California Science Center this Saturday, November 9th, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. This list addresses where to park, dress code, and more. This year's Foundation Celebration promises to be an unforgettable evening!
Foundation Celebration-Frequently Asked Questions 2013-11-07 00:00:00Z
November Is Foundation Month
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Throughout the Rotary year there are special emphases placed on each month. November is “The Rotary Foundation” month.  We keep The Rotary Foundation on our minds in a variety of ways: while working on projects in our communities and abroad, purchasing raffle tickets for the Paul Harris Celebration or sending another contribution to The Rotary Foundation to reach another level as a Paul Harris Fellow, Major Donor or Paul Harris Society.
November Is Foundation Month 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z
A Special Homecoming For The Governor's Home Club Visit
October 29, 2013- The Rotary Clubs of Downey and Bellflower held a joint meeting to celebrate the official Governor's Visit to Doug's home club- the Rotary Club of Downey. While the Governor's Visit to his or her home club is always a celebratory event, this meeting had special significance. The clubs, along with District leadership, showed their support to Governor Doug and his family as First Lady Connie continues her brave battle against cancer. All attendees wore pearl pins, as white is the official color of lung cancer awareness. In the left-hand photo, Doug poses with Past District Governors (from left): Brad Robinson, John Colville, Rick Mendoza, Chuck Anderson, David Moyers, Drew Frohlich, Lew Bertrand, Bill Bowermaster, Ed Bolden and Pat Cashin. The photo on the right is Doug with his wife, Connie, and daughter, Kelly. See all of the event photos here.
A Special Homecoming For The Governor's Home Club Visit 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z
A Very Happy Halloween At Camp Pendleton
It was all treats and no tricks at Camp Pendleton on October 26. In our District’s ongoing partnership with the military base, several Rotarians, Interactors and Rotaractors spent the day volunteering at the Camp Pendleton Halloween Party.
A Very Happy Halloween At Camp Pendleton 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z
One Drop Away From A Polio-Free World
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Ade Adepitan is a polio survivor, UK broadcaster and former Paralympian. He shares his fascinating and powerful survivor's story on Rotary's blog. Photo courtesy Rotary International.
One Drop Away From A Polio-Free World 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z
District 5280- "We Are This Close"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 6, 2013- At the most successful District Family Picnic to date, Rotarians, friends and family came together to show their support for the "End Polio Now" campaign. District 5280 is helping to make the final push to eradicate polio from the world. A special thank you to PolioPlus chair Julie Jenkins and District Picnic Chair Wendy Clifford for making this possible. Click here to see more photos. (photo credit- Rick Mendoza, Rotary club of Redondo Beach)
District 5280- "We Are This Close" 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z
National Immunization Day- An Interview With Julie Jenkins
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Julie Jenkins (Past President of the Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise) is our District's PolioPlus chair and a polio survivor. In February 2010, she and a group of fellow Rotarians traveled to Delhi, India, and then spread out in teams to take part in a "National Immunization Day" in support of the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. In November 2011, Julie sat down with the Rotary E-club of the Greater San Fernando Valley to share her story.
National Immunization Day- An Interview With Julie Jenkins 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z
Fund The Fight
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Polio has declined rapidly since 1985, but the fight isn't over. While polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, for as little as US$0.60, a child can be vaccinated for life. If we don't finish the fight right now, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed in the next 40 years. Rotary raises funds to make sure every child receives access to the polio vaccine. See the impact your contribution can make.
Fund The Fight 2013-10-24 00:00:00Z
Palos Verdes HS Interact Club Receives Community-Wide Attention
The Palos Verdes High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset, received warm accolades from the high school's principal. In a newsletter distributed to over 1800 parents, the principal said "I had the pleasure of speaking to the PV Sunset Rotary club about this year's school-wide goals and vision for PVHS. It was a pleasure to be joined by Interact advisor Cecilia Remeta and Interact members. The Rotarians were quite impressed with the maturity and enthusiasm of our students." We have Interactors of this caliber across our District-they are our future Rotarians! The Youth Conference is a dynamic way to give our young leaders the training and skills they need for their clubs and their lives-learn more.
 
Palos Verdes HS Interact Club Receives Community-Wide Attention 2013-10-18 00:00:00Z
Governor Doug Visits Glendale Moonlight Rotary
Club meetings can take on a lot of different looks, but this is a Rotary Club meeting, and a darn good one, too! In attendance at the Rotary Club of Glendale Moonlight's Governor's Visit was perhaps the youngest future Rotarian yet! You can help support the club's diaper donation drive-see the flyer. To see photos from Governor Doug's visits across the District, click here.
Governor Doug Visits Glendale Moonlight Rotary 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z
Celebrate Halloween At Camp Pendleton With The Military
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Rotary District 5280 works closely with the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. The program for October 26th is a continuation of our close relationship that has developed over the last few years. This program, which is very close to Halloween, will make the troops, especially the enlisted Marines, realize that their families are very important to Rotarians. Bear in mind that about 160 babies are born monthly on the base. There is a constant need for baby items, such as pampers. What would be ideal is for each club to make a concerted effort to collect baby items that can be brought down.
Celebrate Halloween At Camp Pendleton With The Military 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z
"We Are This Close"- District 5280 Rallies To End Polio Now
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October 6, 2013- At the most successful District Family Picnic to date, Rotarians, friends and family came together to show their support for the "End Polio Now" campaign. District 5280 is helping to make the final push to eradicate polio from the world. A special thank you to PolioPlus chair Julie Jenkins and District Picnic Chair Wendy Clifford for making this possible. Click here to see more photos. (photo credit- Rick Mendoza, Rotary club of Redondo Beach)
 
"We Are This Close"- District 5280 Rallies To End Polio Now 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
Vocational Training Team To Istanbul
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As you may know, our District recently assembled a Vocational Training Team to participate in its first Peace and Conflict Resolution Project, the Mediators Beyond Borders Congress, which just concluded in Istanbul, Turkey. The highlight of the Congress was RI Past President Luis Vicente Giay's address on how Rotary can engage in peace and conflict resolution work, and focused further on cross cultural negotiations, and skills and strategies to build peaceable communities.

 
Vocational Training Team To Istanbul Freddi King 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z
DG Doug Visits The "Torrance 4" Rotary Clubs
 
On October 2, Governor Doug visited the "Torrance 4" Rotary clubs. It was a joint meeting between the Rotary clubs of Del Amo, Torrance, Lomita-Torrance Airport and South Bay Sunrise. The meeting exemplified what it means when Rotary clubs come together to serve a large community. Pictured with DG Doug are the presidents from each of the Torrance Rotary clubs. To see photos of Doug's visits across the District, click here.
DG Doug Visits The "Torrance 4" Rotary Clubs 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z
Youth Conference- October 27, 2013
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Join us for the 2013 Youth Conference on Sunday, October 27 at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School from 8:30am-2:15pm. The conference is open to all Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, Youthactors, advisors and anyone interested in the Rotary Youth Programs. Five sessions will be offered. Participants will choose the sessions they would like to attend. Topics range from fundraising to how to prepare for a job interview. There are specific sessions just for Interact parents and club advisors. Our keynote speaker is Rotarian Karon Wright of The Greater Contribution.
Youth Conference- October 27, 2013 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Launches "Honoring Our Veterans"
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In a world where the word  hero is tossed around so loosely, we can lose sight of who is a true hero. We never should. And while defining a hero can be based on various criteria, one class of  hero, our Veterans can never be debated, nor should they ever be forgotten. Help us to remember them at our District picnic and throughout the year by letting us know who they are, or even better by giving the heroes of your club the Veteran Data Form to complete. Once completed, return it to Joel Forman and we’ll take it from there! And a special thanks to Joel Forman for spearheading this project.
District 5280 Launches "Honoring Our Veterans" 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z
Visit the L.A. County Fair and Help a Child in Need
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You won't want to miss the exhibits, the chocolate covered bacon, the incredible midway, wine tasting, and shopping! The fair's End of Summer Concert series will include well-known performers such as Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys, Lynard Skynard, Demi Lovato, and many more! Enjoy your day at the L.A. County Fair, a proud sponsor of Rotary, the Rotary ideals, and our youth.
Visit the L.A. County Fair and Help a Child in Need 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z
The Next Big Local Polio Eradication Event!
 
With World Polio Day (24 October) approaching, the Next Big Thing among District 5280 Clubs is the Fourth Annual DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN from the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley.  On Saturday, 28 September, 7pm to 10pm (an after-dinner event), at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio on Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks just south of the 101, we will dance for the children who cannot dance due to polio...but soon no child will ever have to say that again.  Will you "sponsor" us to dance?  Your donation to TRF for PolioPlus through our event, as a fellow Rotarian, will of course be credited to YOUR Paul Harris Fellowship totals and YOUR CLUB's giving totals.
The Next Big Local Polio Eradication Event! 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z
District Picnic-Deadline Extended & Veterans Tribute
 
The deadline to register your club for the District Picnic, Cardboard Boat Race and Chili Competition has been extended to Monday, September 30. Also, at this year's picnic, we will be honoring the veterans in our district. For complete details on signing up and our tribute to veterans, click here.
District Picnic-Deadline Extended & Veterans Tribute 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z
World Polio Day Is Coming
Rotary International and its partners have adopted a comprehensive strategy to eradicate polio by 2018 and urgently need the support of every Rotarian to make this happen.  There are several things you can do immediately.
World Polio Day Is Coming 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z
DG Doug Baker Continues On The Road
On September 10, 2013, Governor Doug and First Lady Connie visited the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset. They were joined by (from left) Assistant Governor Caroline Brady-Sinco, Executive Aide Jaimee Cantrell, Hampton Cantrell and Palos Verdes Sunset President Sandy Farrell. The Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Sunset meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm at the Red Onion Restaurant. Click here to see photos from DG Doug's other club visits.
DG Doug Baker Continues On The Road 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z
Burbank Sunrise Rotary Rises To The PolioPlus Challenge
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On Sunday, September 8th, the Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise celebrated its 25th anniversary in a very special way-club members raised $12,800 for PolioPlus! That is the equivalent of what the club usually generates in fundraising for all purposes over two years! In part to club efforts like this, we are "this close" to eradicating polio off the face of the earth. To find out how your club can get involved in PolioPlus efforts, visit Rotary's End Polio Now page.
Burbank Sunrise Rotary Rises To The PolioPlus Challenge 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z
Colombia Trip Deadline Extended To November 1st!
We have a very limited number of spots left! Join your fellow Rotarians on the trip of a lifetime! District 5280 is headed to Colombia in March 2014 for humanitarian work, fellowship and sightseeing. Registration forms are due by November 1, 2013. Sign up today before the trip is sold-out. Learn more.
Colombia Trip Deadline Extended To November 1st! 2013-09-09 00:00:00Z
Grant Application Deadline Nears
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The deadline to apply for a District Grant is September 30, 2013.  If your club signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and hasn't yet applied,visit our online District Grants page. It can be found in The Rotary Foundation drop down menu at the top of this page. That's where you'll find information about how to apply for a District Grant.  If you have any questions, contact information for District Grant Committee members PDG David Moyers and Lee Stacy can also be found on the page.
Grant Application Deadline Nears 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z
We Mourn The Loss of PDG Ed Bolden's Wife, Anna
In light of the passing of PDG Ed Bolden's wife, Anna Bolden, we'd like to inform fellow Rotarians about the September 7th arrangements to celebrate Anna's life.
We Mourn The Loss of PDG Ed Bolden's Wife, Anna 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z
Special Message From Governor Doug
 
 
 
Last Thursday my beautiful bride, Connie, was diagnosed with cancer. Yesterday, we learned it was of the lung and that it has spread. She faces a battery of tests and treatments while she fights this hideous disease. As the word of this drifted throughout the District we were genuinely overwhelmed with the outpouring of love, support and prayers. Then we were wondering why we were so overwhelmed; why would we have expected anything else from such a wonderful group of people? Please include Connie in your prayers, they are welcomed; but in doing so, please also remember others in our District who are undergoing their own struggles and health issues.
 
We have had to postpone some Club visits as I stay with Connie, at least until her treatment regimen is known and for that I apologize. Do know that I am proud to be your District Governor and will remain so with the support of all as we get through this incredibly different, yet wildly successful Rotary year. -Doug
 
At this time, please forward any inquiries or questions to Executive Aide Jaimee Sul-Cantrell at jaimee.cantrell@gmail.com or the District Office at office@rotary5280.org
Special Message From Governor Doug 2013-08-28 00:00:00Z
Granada Hills RC champions Granada Hills Veterans Park community project
Lead by PP and Granada Hills Veterans Park Project chairman Carl B. Melnik, the Granada Hills Rotary Club championed a true community project to completely refurbish the Granada Hills Veterans Park "triangle".
                                                      
Granada Hills RC champions Granada Hills Veterans Park community project Jillian Alexander 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z
Japan Youth Exchange 2013

Our District continued its Japan Youth Exchange with District 2550 in Tochigi (annual exchanges began in 1960) and had its first exchange with District 2620 in Shizuoka and Yamanashi.

Special thank you's to Japan Youth Exchange chair Dr. Vicki Radel for organizing fantastic experiences for all students involved as well as Tom & Stephanie Loo for often acting as day-hosts throughout our five guests stay in District 5280.

Japan Youth Exchange 2013 Jillian Alexander 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Foundation -- 2013 Goal: 100% Participation

November 9, 2013, is the Paul Harris Celebration at the California Science Center. Master of Ceremony will be Honorary Rotarian Fritz Coleman(LA5). Keynote Speaker will be Space Shuttle Endeavor Command Astronaut Pilot and General Kevin P. Chilton.
 
We seek 100% participation in our annual District-wide fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation. Remember, 50% of money we raise this year will be returned during 2016-2017 for local District 5280 projects. In the meantime, Rotarians will receive one Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Credit for each dollar contributed through any of these methods:
 
Purchase or sell Paul Harris Celebration Raffle Drawing Tickets. You need not be present to win. Those who are will be entertained by this year's auctioneer -- fast-talking and quick-witted Paul Harris Society chair and District Governor Doug Baker.
 
Donate or solicit items for raffle or auction.
 
Place advertisement or announcement in the event program.

The Rotary Foundation -- 2013 Goal: 100% Participation Jillian Alexander 2013-08-27 00:00:00Z
Hermosa Beach Rotarian Honored For 63 Years Of Rotary Service
 
In the year 1950, Harry S. Truman was president, James Dean appeared in his first commercial, and a new home averaged $8,500.00. 1950 was also the year that Hermosa Beach Rotarian Robert Peterson joined Rotary. For his 63 years of service, PDG Pat Cashin presented Mr. Peterson with a special honor from RI President Ron Burton.
Hermosa Beach Rotarian Honored For 63 Years Of Rotary Service 2013-08-26 00:00:00Z
DG Doug Baker Makes The Rounds
 
 Governor Doug visited the Rotary club of Granada Hills on August 22. The club meets Thursdays at 12:10pm at the Porter Valley Country Club. Send us your DG visit photos and we'll post them on DG Doug's page!
DG Doug Baker Makes The Rounds 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z
Foundation Celebration Updates
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Paul Harris Celebration
California Science Center – Space Shuttle Endeavour

November 9, 2013

 
Our annual Paul Harris Celebration recognizes the Rotary International founder and is a key District-wide fundraiser for The Rotary Foundation. New information has been released regarding the raffles, auction and advertising opportunities!
 

 

Foundation Celebration Updates 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z
Submit Your Success Stories
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Rotarians District-wide want to celebrate and learn from your successes. Our Success Story submission tool is in development and will launch soon. In the interim please send brief email about your Club's successes to both Office@Rotary5280.org or Doug Baker at DGDougBaker2013-2014@dwbaker.us.  Please include the name of your Rotary Club, its project or activity and activity beneficiaries, event or activity date(s), brief description of project or activity (including need and result), and a small photo.

 

Submit Your Success Stories Jillian Alexander 2013-08-09 00:00:00Z
What is Your Club Doing to Improve Your Local Community? Apply for District Community Grant Today!
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What is Your Club Doing to Improve Your Local Community?
Apply for District Community Grant Today!
 
Clubs throughout the District that have at least two trained members who have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the District may now apply online for a District Community Grant. Only members who have signed the MOU are eligible to apply online for a grant.
 
Click HERE to visit the new District Community Grants site.
 
Click HERE to submit a new District Community Grant.
What is Your Club Doing to Improve Your Local Community? Apply for District Community Grant Today! Jillian Alexander 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z
Now Boarding: District 5280 Is Going To Colombia!
 
 
We are now accepting registrations for the District 5280 humanitarian trip to Colombia! Join 100 of your closest Rotary friends March 19-23, 2014 for unforgettable humanitarian projects, fellowship and Rotary moments.
Now Boarding: District 5280 Is Going To Colombia! 2013-08-01 00:00:00Z
DISTRICT 5280 LITERACY BREAKFAST - August 9, 2013
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DISTRICT 5280 LITERACY BREAKFAST
hosted by Lawry's Restaurant
August 9, 2013 -- 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
 
 
 
GUEST SPEAKERS
Chris Palzis - Author, Goodness Gracious Kids Club book series
Major Kyle Smith - Salvation Army Re-Entry Programs
 
RSVP by August 1, 2013, to Gerry (“Gary”) Turner via telephone at +1 (562) 439-2111 or via email to gerryturner@msn.com. For more information, click here.

DISTRICT 5280 LITERACY BREAKFAST - August 9, 2013 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z
Rotary Community Alliance -- August 24 2013
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Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) meeting
August 24, 2013  - 10:00 a.m.
 
Come discuss and help plan this year's District-wide Rotary Community Alliance projects. For event information click here.
 
For more information about special projects, contact Rotary Community Alliance Chair Olivia Patterson via email at olivia5280@att.net or telephone at +1 310 946-5454 or Senior Assistant Governor - Community Service Cindy Williams via email at cjwill9105@gmail.com or telephone at +1 310-568-1024.
Rotary Community Alliance -- August 24 2013 2013-07-28 00:00:00Z
NEED TO MAKE-UP?
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Westwood Village Rotary Club
UCLA Faculty Center

July 25, 2013 - 12:30 p.m.
 
"Keeping Up With the Joneses" features a distinguished panel comprised of local Rotary Club Presidents, who will share their plans for their Rotary Clubs. Panelists include:
 

  • Susan Berk  - President, Beverly Hills
  • Guity Javid  - President, Rancho Park
  • Ken Chong   - President, LA 5
  • Nat Trives   - President, Santa Monica
 
Communications & PR Chairs -- send advance notice of your Rotary Club's upcoming anticipated exceptional speakers to D5280CommsJillian@conduitconsulting.com for the opportunity to be featured in this section.
NEED TO MAKE-UP? 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z
2013-2014 District Leadership Directory - Published
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District 5280 Rotarians may access and download the 2013-2014 District Leadership Directory now. This fully searchable guide contains Rotary Club meeting locations, days, times; District- and Club-level Executives and Officers names and contact information, and more. (Please do not print unless necessary.)
 
You must login first. Then, click on link at left-side of this page which will appear after successful login.
 
We are improving our ecological stewardship. Android and iPhone apps will be available soon.
2013-2014 District Leadership Directory - Published 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z
ROTARY DISTRICT FAMILY PICNIC - October 6, 2013
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Join 65 Clubs' Rotarians and their families at the annual
Rotary District Family Picnic
October 6, 2013 -- 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Redondo Beach - Seaside Lagoon
Cardboard Boat Rice and Chili Cookoff
 
For more information contact Wendy Clifford at clifford.wendy@ca.rr.com.

ROTARY DISTRICT FAMILY PICNIC - October 6, 2013 2013-07-21 00:00:00Z
Submit Your Success Stories

We are thrilled to be receiving announcements about upcoming activities. Rotarians District-wide want to celebrate and learn from your successes, too.
 
While we are awaiting ClubRunner bug fumigation to launch our Success Story submission tool, please send brief email to both Office@Rotary5280.org and D5280CommsJillian@conduitconsulting.com in the interim. Please include the name of your Rotary Club, its project or activity and activity beneficiaries, event or activity date(s), brief description of project or activity (including need and result), and a small photo. Please make certain photographs are no larger than 288 pixels x 360 pixels (4" x 5") and 72 dpi.

Submit Your Success Stories Jillian Alexander 2013-07-21 00:00:00Z
Food Drive for Valley Food Bank - August 2013
Humanitarian Service
 
August 4, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
One More Item Food Drive benefitting Valley Food Bank
 
Rotary e-Club of Greater San Fernando Valley, Rotary Club of Universal City Sunrise and Rotary Club of North Hollywood
 
Two Locations: Gelson's Sherman Oaks - 4520 Van Nuys Blvd. (between Moorpark and the 101 freeway)
                     Gelson's Valley Village (North Hollywood, to some of us who lived here a long time) - 4738 Laurel Canyon Blvd. (at Riverside Drive)
 
Please come and send friends to shop at either of these two Gelson's stores on August 4.
Food Drive for Valley Food Bank - August 2013 Mel Powell 2013-07-21 00:00:00Z
RI Convention - Lisboa, Portugal - 2013
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More than 90 Rotarians and companions from District 5280 attended the 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.
 
With more than 22,500 attendees, the RI Convention provided an excellent forum for learning about various methods to address Areas of Focus issues as well as reconnecting with old and making new Rotarian friends.
 
Highlights included opening ceremony speaker Portugal Minister of Solidarity and Social Security Pedro Mota Soares in addition to performance by Il Divo, and the fellowship amongst our members at the District 5280 Reception hosted by DGE Elsa Gilham. (Image from reception. Pictured left to right: Kai-Li Quigley, Jillian Alexander, Hal Quigley, PDG Ingo Werk. Photographer: Judy Neveau.)
 
RI Convention - Lisboa, Portugal - 2013 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z
It's a Bigger, Better, BOLDER Year II
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He's baaack ... PDG Doug Baker is once again serving District 5280 as our 2013-2014 Governor.
 
DG Doug, a.k.a. "Honcho", has engaged a team of Rotarians dedicated to Service Above Self and committed to the District roles are to serve the Clubs.
 
Click here to read DG Doug's Bigger, Better, BOLDER goals for the 2013-2014 year.
It's a Bigger, Better, BOLDER Year II Jillian Alexander 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z
Mendoza Endorses Flash Mob
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(VANCOUVER) Have you ever seen a flash mob in action?  If not click HERE to witness the official Rotary "End Polio Now" flash mob. This event occured June 1st, 2013 on the steps of the Vancouver Art Museum.  Rotarians from Vancouver and Seattle participated. The video was posted by the Rotary International Club of District 5050. "I know a couple of Rotarians who were at the event in Vancouver and they had a blast," said PDG Rick Mendoza. "Someone in our district should take this idea and run with it."
Mendoza Endorses Flash Mob Bill Paul 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z
Paul Netzel's Report on the RI Council on Legislation
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(Los Angeles) Past Rotary International Director Paul Netzel was District 5280's representative to the April 2013 Council on Legislation held in Chicago. "We owe Paul a debt of gratitude for his service in preparing for and participating in this week-long legislative event," said Governor Lew Bertrand.  Click HERE to read the summary of the Council's deliberations that Netzel prepared.

Paul Netzel's Report on the RI Council on Legislation Bill Paul 2013-06-12 00:00:00Z
Founders of Project Amigo Address Rotarians


(REDONDO BEACH) May 8, 2013 -- Project Amigo began in the late 1980s when founder Ted Rose came to visit the area’s volcano, and instead found a poverty-stricken rural village a great need to support the literacy campaign.  A few years later he and his wife, Susan Hill, moved to Mexico and set up shop to help the children of poor villagers.  There they joined the Colima Rotary Club.

Colima, Mexico is an agricultural town which attracts many other residents from different regions of Mexico. Currently the population in Colima is approximately 2,000 people. Project Amigo is enabling the poor children of Colima to achieve their highest potential by providing educational opportunities, material support, enrichment activities, medical and dental services.  

How successful are they? Well, they currently have 34 university graduates, 100 kids enrolled in higher education and 200 in elementary school that have benefited from Project Amigo. . Noe and Mireya are two great examples of the success of the university of Colima. They both graduated from there  and both stayed in the community to continue to improve the conditions of this town and also to ensure the literacy campaign continues to strengthen. There are several humanitarian service projects that are ongoing through Project Amigo.

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Ted and Susan are also here to reach out to other clubs in hopes of gaining support for scholarship programs for young students in Colima. For more information visit www.projectamigo.org

Thanks to Rick Mendoza, PDG, for bringing these Rotarians and their story to us.  President Nancy donated $250 club funds to Project Amigo.

Founders of Project Amigo Address Rotarians Bill Paul 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z
TRF Reports Polio Endgame in Sight

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The Rotary Foundation directs 90% of its spending to programs, far exceeding the benchmark of 65% that independent charity-rating services view as a measure of high efficiency.   This is jut one of several important facts reported in the April 2013 edition of the TRF Zone 26 Connections newsletter. It also reports that US$4 billion has been pledged toward the final eradication of polio.  Click HERE to open the newsletter.

TRF Reports Polio Endgame in Sight Bill Paul 2013-05-01 00:00:00Z
PDG Doug Baker Accepts DG Appointment to Second Term
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Following the untimely passing of District Governor-Elect Jim Dyer in mid-January, the current leadership of District 5280 turned to Rotary protocol to name a replacement.  After consulting with Rotary International officials in Evanston, Illinois, Governor Lew Bertrand announced that PDG Doug Baker will replace Dyer and serve as District Governor.  Following is the letter he wrote to the District Leadership Team announcing the appointment:

"This is to announce to the Leadership team of D-5280 that PDG Doug Baker has graciously accepted the appointment to serve as DG for the Rotary year 2013-2014. This appointment was made in compliance with the rules and guidelines as set forth by Rotary International in the RI Manual of Procedure and RI Code of Policies. This appointment was made in concurrence with PDG Scot Clifford, District Legal Counsel, and Jim Damato, Supervisor Club Administration at Rotary International.

 

"These references clearly define the line of succession as:

  1. The District Governor Nominee (DGN)
  2. The current District Governor (DG)
  3. Qualified Past District Governors (PDGs)

"DGN Elsa Gillham has made it clear she is not in a position to fill the vacancy due to personal needs and business obligations at this time.

"As the current DG, I feel that bringing the 65 clubs together has been a major goal of this Rotary year. I am confident this has been accomplished and I am very proud of the cohesive efforts on the part of all District leadership resulting in the successful merging of District 5260 & 5280. I am most flattered to have been asked by many Rotarians to continue as DG for 2013-2014, but my family has made it abundantly clear – they want and need me back. I will decline this position as DG for 2013-2014.

"Next in descending seniority is PDG Brad Robinson who has declined the position.

"Please join me in acknowledging Doug Baker as DG for 2013-2014 and extending our utmost support."

Lew Bertrand
District Governor2012-2013
Rotary International District 5280

 

PDG Doug Baker Accepts DG Appointment to Second Term Bill Paul 2013-01-22 00:00:00Z
Map of District 5280 Club Locations
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Map of District 5280 Club Locations 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z
L.A. Times Supports Polio Eradication
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(LOS ANGELES) In an article on today's Opinion Page of the L.A. Times, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon writes that "health ministers will declare (polio) a global public health emergency" at a World Health Assembly conference in Geneva this week.  In his article he acknowledges that Rotary International, together with the U.N., is "driving the global campagn" against the age-old disease.  Click here to read the article in its entirety.
L.A. Times Supports Polio Eradication Bill Paul 2012-05-21 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Newsletter
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(Bangkok, Thailand)  The May 2012 issue of The Rotary Foundation newsletter, Our Foundation, contains several articles from the recent Rotary International convention in Thailand.  The lead article compares progress of Rotary's campaign to eradicate polio with the seemingly insurmoutable obstacles three-decades ago to eradicate smallpox.  That campaign was ultimately successful writes Jeetendra Sharma, associate editor, because a "dedicated, resourceful array of national and internationl staff persisted."  Sharma concludes that a "dedicated, resourceful array of national and international staff and the commitment of Rotary International" will be needed to defeat polio in the three remaining endemic countries.  Click here to read Sharma's article and learn about developments at the recent RI convention.
Rotary Foundation Newsletter Bill Paul 2012-05-18 00:00:00Z
Past RI President Rick King to Address Beverly Hills Rotary Club: May 21st

The Beverly Hills Rotary Club would like to invite all of District 5280 to attend their meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel to hear Past RI President Rick King speak. One of Rotary's most popular speakers, Mr. King has addressed Rotary International Conventions, Assemblies, Institutes, Seminars, Conferences and Rotary Clubs in every state in the USA and some 100 countries. As President, he let Rotary International to its greatest one-year growth record in its 105-year history, with 75,000 New Members Net, a global membership of 1,243,431 and 1,158 New Rotary Clubs in 2001-2002, more than one new club every 8 hours. In the same year, Rotarians contributed the highest amount of money ever raised for the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to President-Elect AJ Willmer at AJWillmer@BHRotary.org

 

Past RI President Rick King to Address Beverly Hills Rotary Club: May 21st AJ Willmer 2012-05-11 00:00:00Z
India Removed From Polio-endemic List
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The World Health Organization has removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. The news was announced at the Polio Summit 2012 in New Delhi, India. Click HERE to read a more complete article from the Rotary International Web site about this historic development.
India Removed From Polio-endemic List Bill Paul 2012-03-02 00:00:00Z
Lancaster Rotarians Race for Polio Plus
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Dear Fellow DGs and DGEs

As part of our transitional efforts (to District 5280), I wanted to forward to you this information from the Rotary Club of Lancaster West.  They are putting together a very unique event for April 7, 2012—and it is a fundraiser for Polio Plus.  Ordinarily, I would not send along information about an “ordinary” club fundraiser, but all the proceeds will go to Polio Plus, and it involves cars and Willow Springs Raceway. As you can see, they really want to make this a huge Polio Plus fundraiser.  I’m planning on attending—it should be a lot of fun!

Click HERE for a flyer with more information about this unique event. Or HERE to visit the Rotary Polio Plus event at the Willow Springs Raceway.

Tom Hardy
District Governor
Rotary District 5260
Lancaster Rotarians Race for Polio Plus Bill Paul 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Rotarians Make the News in Puerto Rico
District 5280 Rotarians Make the News in Puerto Rico Bill Paul 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z
RI President Kalyan Banarjee Shares His Philosophy of Service Above Self
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"When we in Rotary work for peace, we don’t do it by negotiating treaties or demonstrating in the streets. Instead, we build peace by example – by working together, whatever our nationality or background, and putting others’ needs above our own. We build peace by dealing with the problems that disrupt people’s ability to live normal, peaceful lives – whether those problems are a lack of water, or sanitation, or safe, affordable housing; whether they stem from a shortage of education or health care, or a need to build productive and positive connections between communities. In everything we do, we rely on our good name.

"This is why all of us have a responsibility to be sure that our good name is indeed known. We need to not just work through Rotary, but talk about Rotary – letting the world know about the work we are doing, the differences we are making, and the benchmarks we are setting. Our Rotary work speaks to our belief that a better, more peaceful world is possible, and we need to be sure that our voices are heard."

KALYAN BANARJEE
February 2012

 

RI President Kalyan Banarjee Shares His Philosophy of Service Above Self Bill Paul 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z
The Adventures of our GSE Team in India

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(CHENNAI, INDIA)  "Today we visited a couple of Rotary
projects in the rural villages of the District.  Our first
stop was at Kadalur village to visit the Swami Dayanada
Rotary Nursery and Primary School." 

Click here http://gsechennai2012.wordpress.com/ to
follow the District 5280 GSE team in India, as they
describe their daily activities in their blog.

 

The Adventures of our GSE Team in India Bill Paul 2012-01-24 00:00:00Z
2012-13 RI President Named, Theme Announced
 
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RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka unveiled the 2012-13 RI theme, Peace Through Service, during the opening plenary session of the 2012 International Assembly in San Diego earlier this week. Click HERE for more information about President-elect Tanaka.

2012-13 RI President Named, Theme Announced 2012-01-19 00:00:00Z
RI Exceeds Gates Polio Challenge Grant
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(SAN DIEGO) This afternoon at the International Assembly, Rotary International officials announced that the Gates Foundation Challenge Grant has surpassed the US$200 million mark and has raised US$202.6 million as of 17 January 2011.
 
In addition Jeff Raikes, Chief Executive Officer of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was at the Assembly and announced that the Gates Foundation has awarded The Rotary Foundation an additional US$50 million grant for polio eradication.  The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant; it results from Rotary’s early achievement of the $200 million milestone and of the need for continued funding support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  RI leaders are aware that there may be many questions concerning the additional grant from the Gates Foundation so to help answer many of these questions a Fact Sheet has been prepared. Please feel free to share the Fact Sheet with your fellow Rotarians. 

RI Exceeds Gates Polio Challenge Grant 2012-01-19 00:00:00Z
Rotary Cautiously Celebrates India's First Polio-free Year

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"January 13, 2012 will mark one year since the last case of polio was reported in India," predicted John Osterlund, general manager of The Rotary Foundation, at the District 5280 breakfast earlier this week.  Two days later the "polio-free" deadline came and went without a new case being reported. Meaning India has been free of any new cases of the dreaded disease for a year. "Now instead of the four so-called 'PAIN' countries, the only three countries remaining are Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria," he said.

Learn more about this momentous development on the Rotary International Web site and the significance it has for RI President Kalyan Banerjee. In his remarks thanking Rotarians worldwide for achieving this important milestone, President Banerjee urged avoiding complacency in Rotary's continuing effort to erradicate polio from the face of the planet.

 

Rotary Cautiously Celebrates India's First Polio-free Year Bill Paul 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z
District Simplified Grants Announced at President's Dinner

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At the recent 2nd President's Dinner at the home of District Governor Brad Robinson in Marina Del Rey, the distributed District Simplified Grants for the 2011-2012 Rotary Year were announced.  Altogether 27 grants were approved with 20 checks being issued.  Total amount of grants this year is $67,923.00. “We hand delivered six (6) checks and mailed to Club Presidents. It was a great evening for the Rotary Foundation,” said Chuck Anderson, PDG and chair of DSG activity this year. “A check for the Watts Learning Center for $8,000 has not yet been issued since we are trying to secure three additional clubs to sponsor in addition to Crenshaw Watts.”
  

District Simplified Grants Announced at President's Dinner 2011-11-17 00:00:00Z
Winning Bidders at Online Auction Announced

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Congratulations to everyone!  Listed here are the winning bidders for the several items that were auctioned off during the recent Paul Harris Celoebration at Circus Vargas on November 6th. Winners should receive a certificate from the District Office or the donor, or make arrangements to come to the district office to pick up their winning item.

Ritz Carlton at LA Live with Club Floor
High bidder: Frank Lavac
Santa Monica Rotary Club

Amount Bid: $950.00
Date Bid:  November 5, 2011

Goodyear Blimp
High bidder: James Hunter
Manhattan Beach Rotary Club
Amount Bid: $1,700.00
Date Bid: November 5, 2011

One Week at Playa Grande Resort in Cabo
High bidder: L. Young
Amount Bid: $700.00
Date Bid: October 17, 2011

Gourmet Dinner for Eight at Montecito Estate
High bidder: Monique Waite
Redondo Beach Rotary Club
Amount Bid: $1700.00
Date Bid: November 3, 2011

Dinner for Nine
High bidder: Janet Refoa
Beverly Hills Rotary Club
Amount Bid: $500.00
Date Bid: November 11, 2011

Family Group or Children's Portrait
Current high bidder: Monique Waite
Redondo Beach Rotary Club
Amount Bid: $100.00
Date Bid: November 3, 2011
 
Children's Portrait Session
High bidder: Mary Stauffer
Amount Bid: $300.00
Date Bid: November 7, 2011

Fully Stocked Wine Cooler
High bidder: Jim Vaught
LAX-Lennox Rotary Club
Amount Bid: $1050.00
Date Bid:  November 6. 2011

Desert Falls Country Club
High bidder: Kevin Paul
Lawndale Rotary Club
Amount Bid: $700.00
Date Bid: October 26, 2011

Rose Bowl Tickets
High bidder: Leon Scales
LA-5
Amount bid: $300.00
Date Bid: November 1, 2011

NCIS Site Visit
High bidder: Steve Scerra
Redondo Beach Rotary Club
Amount bid:  $900.00
Date Bid: November 5, 2011 

Ancient Chinese Pottery
High bidder: Arturo Velasquez
Columbo Americano Rotary Club
Amount Bid: $400.00
Date Bid: November 11, 2011

LAX Airport Tour & Dinner
High bidder: David Konheim
Beverly Hills Rotary Club
Amount Bid: $500.00
Date Bid: November 7, 2011 

Winning Bidders at Online Auction Announced Bill Paul 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z
Online Auction Now Closed

 

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Winning bidders to be announced this weekend! 

Online Auction Now Closed Bill Paul 2011-11-12 00:00:00Z
Video of District 5280 at Circus Vargas

 

 

The show is about 14 minutes long with about a minute of music at the beginning.  Enjoy!
 Video courtsey of Dave Whitehead, Redondo Beach Rotary Club

Video of District 5280 at Circus Vargas 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z
Celebrate World Polio Day

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An Open Letter to all Rotarians:

With your help, we have made tremendous progress in the fight to eradicate polio. We are at an historic moment -- less than 1% away from the end of polio forever. In honor of World Polio Day on 24 October 2011, we are asking for your help to tell the world about Rotary’s achievements and to finish the job.

We would like you to encourage your members to participate in two major online initiatives: a 2-for-1 donation recognition campaign and a social media push promoting Rotary’s global polio eradication efforts.

  

Celebrate World Polio Day 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z
Rotaractors Meet at Dockweiler to Build Cardboard Boat

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District 5280 Rotaractors gathered for a beach party and bonfire the evening of Saturday, Sept. 17th at Dockweiler Beach.  They met to build their entry for the district's cardboard boat race in October.  A bit of surf, a beautiful sunset over the vast Pacific Ocean, a warm bonfire complete with some old fashion s'mores.  "A great time was had by all," said PDG Chuck Anderson.  Click HERE for more photos. 

Rotaractors Meet at Dockweiler to Build Cardboard Boat Bill Paul 2011-09-17 00:00:00Z
Circus Vargas Raffle Tickets

Rotary Office:

Please provide me with _____ books of raffle tickets for the Rotary Foundation Celebration.

___  I will stop by the District Office and pick up the Raffle Tickets

___  Mail the tickets to me at:

First Name:

Last Name:

Telephone:

My Email address is:

When complete, return this message to me at office@rotary5280.org

Thanks,

Emily Blair
District Administrator
 

Circus Vargas Raffle Tickets 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z
Trustee Receives Global Citizen Diplomat Award

"The San Diego Diplomacy Council recently awarded TRF (The Rotary Foundation) Trustee Stephen R. Brown the     prestigious Global Citzen Diplomat Award 'for his seemingly impossible accomplishments in Afghanistan in Education, Technology and Medicine.'  Inspired to act after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, Steve has ...."  Click HERE to read more from the 2011 Zone 26 TRF Connections, including about the work of TRF Trustee Brown's and La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotarian Fary Moini's work in Afghanistan. Brown and Moini are shown standing with elementary students in front of a new school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Trustee Receives Global Citizen Diplomat Award Mendoza, PDG, Rick 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Culver City Donates Supplies to CCUSD Schools
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(CULVER CITY)  Congratulations are in order for the Rotary Club of Culver City. The club not only made some generous donations to the Culver City Education Foundation, but received publicity in the Culver City Unified School District's online publication.  Click "more" below to read about the Rotary Club of Culver City in the CCUSD's Culver Currents.  
   

 

Rotary Club of Culver City Donates Supplies to CCUSD Schools 2011-08-29 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Rotaract Board for 2011-2012

   

 

Rotaractors are busy as the school year begins, since most of the clubs are college- or university-based throughout the Los Angeles metro region, noted Jonathan Keisner, District Representative.  Shown here is the 2011-2012 board for the District 5280 Rotaract clubs. From left: District Representative-Jonathan Keisner, Executive Aide - Diana Priyankha Chowdhury, Secretary - Tiffany Panlilo, Treasurer - Michael Jang, Service Chair - Alejandra Oquendo, and Social Chair - Emre Eser.  Click HERE to visit the Rotaract section of the District 5280 site.   Or click HERE to visit the stand-alone Rotaract web site. 

 

District 5280 Rotaract Board for 2011-2012 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z
District 5280 GSE Trip Planned to India
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Interested in traveling to India?  Then click HERE to learn about the upcoming District 5280 Group Study Exchange to Chennai, India.  The trip departs Los Angeles on January 13, 2012 returning on February 14, 2012.  Team leader applications are due August 31, 2011 and team member applications are due October 5, 2011, said Jatinder "Jay" Singh, GSE chair.
District 5280 GSE Trip Planned to India 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z
Africa With Ray Klinginsmith
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The humanitarian projects of African Rotarians are a high priority for Rotary International.  As such, Rotary organized the Reach Out to Africa Committee to help motivate Rotarians from throughout the world to travel to West Africa, create friendships and support these projects.  How important to RI is this effort? Judge for yourself: None other than Immediate Past RI President Ray Klinginsmith will lead this 9-day trip to Dakar, Senegal. Click HERE for additional information.
Africa With Ray Klinginsmith 2011-08-05 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast July 26, 2011

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The first District Breakfast of Governor Brad’s New Rotary Year was a rousing success! And a lot of fun too as you can tell from this picture of Sergeant at Arms, Leon Bodnar and “Rasta Man” Inglewood Club President Wayne Spencer. Guest speaker Dr. John Deasy was a wonderful speaker and left a lasting impression about public education on the minds of all who attended. Be sure to join us for the next District Breakfast on September 27th! Click here for more pictures.  

District Breakfast July 26, 2011 Emily Blair 2011-07-26 00:00:00Z
San Diego Site of District Conference

 

(SAN DIEGO)  Mark your calendar for April 19-22, 2012. Those are the dates for the next district conference and we are returning to the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa. “We’ll play golf on Thursday and we're exploring dinner at a special venue and local attraction for that evening,” said Elsa Gillham, co-chair of the conference. Friday’s hospitality night will be held in the garden rooms around the bay (see photo above) and clubs are urged to reserve space early.  “It’s on a first-come-first-serve basis and we already have four reservations for the garden rooms,” she added.  Service projects are planned for Friday with youth events on Saturday at the San Diego Zoo or Sea World.  Hotel rates start at $169.00 nightly.  Click HERE to visit the resort’s Web site. 

San Diego Site of District Conference 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z
Alabama Tornado Disaster Relief
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Immediately following the devastating tornadoes across the South, Governor Doug asked me to contact Rotary District Governors in the affected areas to see where the greatest need was and how we could help our fellow Rotarians.  One of the hardest hit areas has been Northern Alabama represented by Rotary District 6860.  We have been communicating with DG John Valieant and his Disaster Relief Coordinator PDG J.G. Brazil who tell us that individual Clubs, along with State and Federal agencies are responding to the immediate recovery needs. Where they are looking for help is with the long term recovery and rebuilding that will take months and in many cases years.

Alabama Tornado Disaster Relief Tori Hettinger 2011-05-05 00:00:00Z
Governor Doug's Lonely Vacation

Governor Doug's Lonely Vacation Tori Hettinger 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief
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District 5280 Rotarian's - The 9.0-magnitude earthquake, Japan's largest in history, caused a devastating tsunami that swept over northern coastal towns. At least 10,000 people are assumed dead, but government officials say the death toll will rise. The emergency situation is still unfolding but what is clear is the immediate need for money to support relief efforts and shelter. 

 

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Jim Dyer 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z
Presidents Wheelchair Project Day- March 12, 2011
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Be a part of the Presidents Wheelchair Project Day-give the gift of freedom of mobility, independence, dignity and the hope for a better future.

Presidents Wheelchair Project Day- March 12, 2011 Melody St.John 2011-03-09 00:00:00Z
Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) Meeting March 24
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The next meeting of the Rotary Community Alliance occurs at 6:30pm at the Buffalo Fire Department Restaurant Torrance. We will continue our discussion of future plans and direction of the RCA as well as the collection for the next District Breakfast. 

Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) Meeting March 24 Tori Hettinger 2011-03-07 00:00:00Z
District Recognition Awards 2010-2011 Due March 18
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The 2010-2011 District Recognition Awards Packet is now available! To make sure your club is in the running for the various awards, get started early by visiting the District Recognitions Awards webpage and download the forms.  Since we are going "green" this year, the forms are interactive.
District Recognition Awards 2010-2011 Due March 18 Tori Hettinger 2011-03-07 00:00:00Z
PETS 2011- Training Next Year's Leaders

PETS 2011: The 2011-2012 Rotary presidents and District leadership. For more photos, click here

PETS 2011- Training Next Year's Leaders Tori Hettinger 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z
District Conference 2011: Daily Schedule Released!

The District Conference Daily Schedule has been released! View the schedule here.

The 2011 District Conference will take place at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells May 12-15. Visit the District Conference 2011 webpage to register.

District Conference 2011: Daily Schedule Released! Tori Hettinger 2011-02-04 00:00:00Z
The Presidents Dinner Took Flight at the Columbia Memorial Space Center

January 27, 2011: The Rotary clubs of Downey and Paramount co-hosted the Presidents Dinner at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey. Pictured are District Breakfast chair Pat Bennett, Westchester President-Elect Cindy Williams, and District Awards Chair Christina Chan. Click here for more photos. 

The Presidents Dinner Took Flight at the Columbia Memorial Space Center Tori Hettinger 2011-02-01 00:00:00Z
Afternoon of food, wine and fellowship benefit Foundation

January 23, 2011: Governor Doug and his wife, Connie hosted an afternoon of food, wine and fellowship at Finbar's Italian Kitchen in Seal Beach. All proceeds benefitted The Rotary Foundation. View the event photos here

Afternoon of food, wine and fellowship benefit Foundation Tori Hettinger 2011-01-25 00:00:00Z
Westchester Rotary Home Makeover Covered By KCAL News

Westchester Rotary's Home Makeover for a woman suffering from Cerebral Palsy and cancer caught the attention of KCAL news, who featured a story on their newscast. 

Westchester Rotary Home Makeover Covered By KCAL News Tori Hettinger 2011-01-24 00:00:00Z
Goodbye Polio Rose- Congratulations to the Carson-Gardena-Dominguez Club!
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Congratulations are in order for the Carson Gardena Dominguez Rotary Club, as they have recently supported the Polio Plus Campaign by ordering 140 of the Goodbye Polio Roses. The Club members purchased 40 bareroot roses for their Club members, and ordered another 100 bareroot roses as a fund raising project.  The Club members have arranged a table at the Carson Mall on February 12th, and will be encouraging shoppers to consider purchasing the bareroot roses as a Valentine's Day gift for a loved one.

Goodbye Polio Rose- Congratulations to the Carson-Gardena-Dominguez Club! Shirley Giltzow 2011-01-21 00:00:00Z
Rotary Cares Day- January 15, 2011

Rotarians across the District, armed with paint brushes and hammers, spent the day improving the community and enhancing the Rotary awareness. Governor Doug and his wife Connie visited a number of projects that day. Take a look at Doug's photos from his site visits here

Rotary Cares Day- January 15, 2011 Tori Hettinger 2011-01-19 00:00:00Z
RI President Ray Klinginsmith Drew Hundreds Across Southern California

Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith visited District 5280 on January 13, 2011. He shared how "cowboy logic" can be used by Rotarians around the world. Above, the President poses with members of LA5 Rotary. To see the full gallery of photos from the event, please click here

RI President Ray Klinginsmith Drew Hundreds Across Southern California Tori Hettinger 2011-01-19 00:00:00Z
Governor Doug's May Message
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Over four dozen members are involved in our District leadership this year. I anticipated all of them would stay busy but I really hoped one person would have nothing to do at all! Sadly, he's been busy, too.

Governor Doug's May Message Baker, DG, Douglas 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z
Art, Music & Speech Contest
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One of the premiere events that link Rotarians with our high school students is the Art/Music/Speech contest. This annual event is an outstanding way to not only recognize and celebrate talent among high school students, but also to engage Rotarians in serving our youth.

Art, Music & Speech Contest Raymond Brown 2011-01-07 00:00:00Z
Redondo Beach City Council Proclaims World Polio Day

 

(REDONDO BEACH) The Redondo Beach City Council issued a proclamation declaring October 24th as World Polio Day. The proclamation was presented to club president, Bill Paul, by Mayor Mike Gin.  The mayor, along with several other city officials, are also Rotarians.

Redondo Beach City Council Proclaims World Polio Day Bill Paul 2010-10-25 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Container To Haiti

Saturday, June 12th saw a group of over 55 Interactors, Rotarians, and friends involved in sorting and packaging humanitarian relief supplies at the Help the Children warehouse facility in Bell.

District 5280 Container To Haiti 2010-07-07 00:00:00Z
The Voyages of District 5280
The Voyages of District 5280 Marc Leeka 2010-06-30 00:00:00Z
Welcome From DG 2010-2011 Doug Baker
Welcome From DG 2010-2011 Doug Baker 2010-06-29 00:00:00Z
Thank You For A Great Year, Governor Susanne!

District 5280 sends a warm thank you to District Governor 2009-2010 Susanne Sundberg for a year of leadership, dedication, and Service Above Self!

Thank You For A Great Year, Governor Susanne! 2010-06-24 00:00:00Z
RI Convention 2010- Montreal, Canada

District Governor 2010-2011 Doug Baker and his wife, Connie at the RI Convention in Montreal. Click here for more coverage of District 5280 at the Convention.

RI Convention 2010- Montreal, Canada 2010-06-22 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Deadlines
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The Rotary year ends 30 June, so don't miss an opportunity to support the work of the Foundation this Rotary year. 2009-10 Rotary deadlines information for contributions.

Checks at WHQ lockbox: Must be postmarked 30 June 2010 or prior and received at the lockbox by Wednesday, 7 July 2010. Wire transfers: Must be initiated prior to 30 June 2010 and received in the bank by 3 July 2010. Credit cards: Online -- Must be authorized prior to 30 June 2010 midnight, Central Daylight. Via fax, phone, or mail to RI World Headquarters -- must be received and authorized prior to the close of business on 30 June 2010 (Central Daylight, 5 p.m.). Reclasses/Redestrib: Requests must be received in the TRF Corrections e-mail box prior to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, 6 July 2010.

 

Mailing information 

United States
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693

Rotary Foundation Deadlines 2010-06-21 00:00:00Z
"Stand By Haiti" Event June 12
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Join this Tour of the Town event and celebrate everyone's efforts in the collection of humanitarian relief supplies for our project "Stand By Haiti". A container filled with relief supplies will be shipped in June to Haiti for distribution to the many still in need. This container will be marked "Rotary International District 5280 Container". Join Governor Susanne and volunteer to sort and pack relief supplies. A tour and special presentation are planned.  For more information, click here.

"Stand By Haiti" Event June 12 2010-06-02 00:00:00Z
District Conference 2010-A Flyaway Success!

The 2010 District Conference took place at the La Quinta Resort in the desert city of La Quinta, California May 13-16. Governor Susanne Sundberg hosted District 5280 in dynamic plenary sessions, the ever-popular Hospitality Night, Governor's Ball, tennis & golf tournaments and more. Santa Monica Rotarian Jim Dyer chaired the Conference Committee. It was a spirited weekend! For more photos, click here.

District Conference 2010-A Flyaway Success! 2010-06-01 00:00:00Z
Rotary Day At The Races June 11
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Don't miss out! District 5280 and Inglewood Rotary Club are proud to host the 18th annual Day at the Races at the beautiful Hollywood Park on Friday June 11th at 6:30pm.  This may truly be the last year for live racing at the historic Hollywood Park so don't regret, get your ticket.  $75 ticket includes admission, program, valet parking and famous Gold Cup buffet.  For your convenience, you can pay with your credit card by calling Tori at the District Office or make your checks payable to Rotary District 5280 and mail to - Attn:  Jaimee Sul 3803 W. Manchester Blvd. Inglewood CA 90305.  Please check out the flyer for more details or call Jaimee at 310.412.3366.  See you at the race!

Rotary Day At The Races June 11 2010-06-01 00:00:00Z
District Recognition Awards
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The 2009-2010 District 5280 Recognition Awards were announced at the District Conference Governor's Ball May 15, 2010. To see a full line-up of awards, click HERE.
District Recognition Awards 2010-05-20 00:00:00Z
District 5280's Public Service Campaign on Radio
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(LOS ANGELES) In a move to broaden public understanding
of the wide range of community service that Rotary clubs provide,
District 5280 collaborated with District 5320 in Orange County, to
launch a public service campaign on area broadcast outlets.
Under the direction of Senior AG Lew Bertrand, chair of the
Communications and Public Relations Committee, four radio
public service announcements were created.  The spots will be
aired in April on several radio stations in the LA and Orange
County metropolitan areas. Click on any of the links below to
hear that radio announcement:

1) Bellflower Rotary: "Painting a School Auditorium"

2) Crenshaw Watts Rotary: "Blessing of Boxes",
& Rancho Santa Margarita del Sol Rotary: "Park & Play Area for Boys Town"

3) LA & Orange County District's: "RYLA - Leadership Camps for High School Students"

4) San Clemente Rotary: "Dictionaries for 4th Graders"
& Lawndale Rotary: "1000+ Reading Books for Lawndale Schools"

   

District 5280's Public Service Campaign on Radio 2010-04-24 00:00:00Z
Tour of Scotland comes to Redondo Beach
(REDONDO BEACH)  The Redondo Beach Rotary Club is sponsoring a Tour of Scotland, or as the tour is known among locals, Whisky University. The fund-raising event is scheduled for May 1st at the Toyota Museum in Torrance.  Click HERE to learn more about this exicting event.
Tour of Scotland comes to Redondo Beach James Jackman 2010-04-16 00:00:00Z
Past District Governor Oliver Hunt Passes Away
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We are saddened to report that Past District Governor Oliver G. Hunt (1992/1993) passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2010 at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes.  The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Community Church, 5640 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275, (310) 377-4661.  There will be a luncheon reception at the church immediately following the memorial service.  Everyone is invited. Please feel free to call Nedra, his wife, at (310) 541-5580.

Past District Governor Oliver Hunt Passes Away 2010-04-08 00:00:00Z
Ecuador Trip In
Governor Susanne's Words
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(Inglewood Rotarians with a wheelchair recipient)

 

Welcome back to all the Rotarians and friends who traveled to Ecuador March 18-21, 2010.  A very special thank you to District Trip Committee Chair Joe Vasquez, Co-chair S.P. Andrade, Wilson Benitez, Veronica Martinez, Elsa Gillham, and Tori Hettinger for their dedicated months of planning to make this trip successful.

Ecuador Trip InGovernor Susanne's Words 2010-03-31 00:00:00Z
2010 District Assembly
A Success
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The District Assembly held May 22 rang in the incoming Rotary year. For documents from the various training sessions, click HERE
2010 District AssemblyA Success 2010-03-30 00:00:00Z
District Recognition Award
Books Due April 5th
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Clubs are hard at work!  The reports are due to the District Office by 4:00 on Monday, April 5.  There will be no extensions.  Complete as many reports in each of the eight areas as the club has completed this Rotary year.  Also, nominate individuals active in the district for the Rotarian of the Year, the Hall of Fame for years of service and the Ian Jones Humanitarian of the Year. Download the  District Recognition Awards packet . Contact Carmela Raack, carmraack@aol.com or Pat Bennett, lexlady2@sbcglobal.net.

 

District Recognition AwardBooks Due April 5th 2010-03-29 00:00:00Z
District Assembly 2010
The District Assembly is a great opportunity to learn, share, and become better informed about Rotary at the club, District and International levels, and introduce your club leadership to our new 2010-2011 District Governor, Doug Baker. You will also receive information and assistance in planning your new Rotary year from knowledgable and dedicated Rotarians. Plus, it's fun to be around committed, excited, and passionate people who believe in Service Above Self. For complete information and the registration form, click HERE.
District Assembly 2010 2010-03-26 00:00:00Z
Sundberg Invitational Golf Tournament
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LA QUNITA -- Reservations are now being taken for the Sundberg Invitational Golf Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2010 during the District 5280 Annual Conference, and will feature a shot-gun start at 12:30 p.m. Click here for additional information.
Sundberg Invitational Golf Tournament 2010-03-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Peace Fellowships Now Available
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Esteemed colleagues of the international community. Do you know someone who is interested in expanding their knowledge of peace building, conflict resolution, and mediation?
 
If you do, recommend him or her for a Rotary Peace Fellowship!  Rotary, one of the world's largest humanitarian service organizations has partnered with seven leading universities around the globe to host the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.

Rotary Peace Fellowships Now Available 2010-03-18 00:00:00Z
Family of Rotary
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(March 8, 2010) Susan Searey-Firmin, wife of Senior AG Rick Searey, suffered a massive stroke on February 26th.  Fortunately she survived and is now recovering at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey.  Rotarians interested in communicating their love and support for Susan can visit the CaringBridge web site created for her. Once you are on the site you'll have to register.  Then you can leave your message.  Or contact Rick directly by e-mail at rpsearey@aol.com or phone at 562-843-4673.
Family of Rotary 2010-03-08 00:00:00Z
Helpt the Children
Helpt the Children 2010-03-03 00:00:00Z
Goodyear Blimp Aids End Polio Now Campaign

February 23rd marked Rotary's 105th anniversary and was recognized with commemorative events around the world. Not wanting to be left behind, several District 5280 Rotarians teamed up to ensure Los Angeles joined the worldwide recognition. The Goodyear Airship, a familiar sight over the LA Basin, was enlisted to aid in the commemorative activity which saw iconic landmarks around the world illuminated with the End Polio Now message. Click here to see a slide show of the End Polio Now message in the skies above the Los Angeles Basin. (Photos by Rick Mendoza)

 

"When Shirley Giltzow was unable to obtain permission to illuminate the Walt Disney Hall with the End Polio Now logo in commemoration

Goodyear Blimp Aids End Polio Now Campaign 2010-02-27 00:00:00Z
Susanne's Desert Flyaway Susanne's Desert Flyaway 2010-02-26 00:00:00Z
District 5280 March In 111th Golden Dragon Parade

On a cloudless, sunny Saturday, February 10, a record number of 180+ Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors, families and friends of Rotary D5280 marched at the beginning of the 111th Golden Dragon Parade in Los Angeles Chinatown. Tens of thousands viewed the parade route which began on Hill Street at the Chinatown Branch Library, then looped at Bernard and continued up Broadway to end at Cesar Chavez Blvd.

   

District 5280 March In 111th Golden Dragon Parade 2010-02-25 00:00:00Z
Ecuador 2010 Advisory
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Airship 5280 has been assigned Flight #114 with destination to Ecuador by Governor and Chief Pilot Susanne Sundberg. Co-Pilots "Here" and "There" have successfully passed their examinations and have obtained their beginner permits. Chief Purser Pearl Leeka reports the passenger manifest is in order. It reveals about 110 members have registered for this exotic journey to spread hope and peace to a people long in need. This, after all, is the work of members in Rotary. Spaces remain available for members and others still wishing to take this journey.

Ecuador 2010 Advisory 2010-02-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Peace Scholarships
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In these uncertain times, there is a growing demand for well trained international leaders to promote national and international cooperation and peace throughout their lives, in their careers and through service activities.  The challenges of the 21st century require people skilled in the art of diplomacy, mediation and conflict resolution. The Rotary Peace Fellowship program was developed to meet this very need.
 
Rotary is seeking non-Rotarian professionals interested in expanding their knowledge in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies and conflict resolution or a related field.  Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships (50 master's degree fellowships and 50 professional development certificate fellowships) are offered on a competitive basis at six prestigious Rotary Centers around the world. 

Applications for the Rotary Peace Scholarship are due at the District Office May 10, 2010.The candidate interviews will be held June 6. Please visit the Rotary Peace Scholarship link for more information. Contact Rotary Peace Scholarship Chair Vicki Radel with any questions at drvictoriaradel@cs.com or 310-375-5609

Rotary Peace Scholarships 2010-02-23 00:00:00Z
"Stand By Haiti" Partnership
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Survivors of the Haiti earthquake will need humanitarian aid for a long time to come. For Rotarians, responding with charity in times of natural disasters around the world is nothing new. Amongst volunteer service organizations, Rotary International is a world leader and partner in humanitarian aid to those in need.

Governor Susanne is pleased to announce the partnership with Help the Children, an international humanitarian aid organization based locally in the city of Bell. Rotarians of all clubs are encouraged to organize and collect basic food items and supplies for shipment and distribution in earthquake-damaged Haiti. Help the Children will package and assemble the supplies for shipment to Haiti. The supplies will be received, transported, and distributed under the direction of specific humanitarian aid personnel already established in Haiti.

 

"Stand By Haiti" Partnership 2010-02-18 00:00:00Z
Career Conference Registration Form

The District 5280 Annual Youth Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Loyola Marymount University. All youth in the district are invited to learn the process of developing a future career.  Learn how to enhance your resume, job interviewing techniques, employment ethics and more.  Sign up for only $10.00. Click here for the registration form.

Career Conference Registration Form 2010-02-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Seminar- February 13

How to be successful with The Rotary Foundation in your Rotary Club

Presenters:

Annual Giving Chair: PDG Scot Clifford

District Rotary Foundation Chair: PDG Rick Mendoza

Matching Grant Chair: PDG Pat Cashin

Special guest speaker: David Bender, RI Major Gifts Advisor

Click HERE for more information

Rotary Foundation Seminar- February 13 2010-01-27 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Seminar- February 13

 

How to be successful with The Rotary Foundation in your Rotary Club

Presenters:

Annual Giving Chair: PDG Scot Clifford

District Rotary Foundation Chair: PDG Rick Mendoza

Special guest speaker: David Bender, RI Major Gifts Advisor

Click HERE for more information.

Rotary Foundation Seminar- February 13 2010-01-27 00:00:00Z
Shelter Box Publicity for Haiti Relief
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(February 13, 2010) Shelter Box pledges from Rotarians continue to pour in according to the District 5280 Shelter Box Committee.  The humanitarian effort is beginning to gain acknowledgement and publicity, as well. Click here to see a video of the publicity Shelter Box has received from Time.com. Any Rotary Club or individual wishing to contribute to Haiti relief can click here to download the Shelter Box Sponsorship Form .  Or click here to request more information from the District 5280 Shelter Box Committee .
Shelter Box Publicity for Haiti Relief 2010-01-26 00:00:00Z
RI President John Kenny Visits District 5280

The "I Love Scottie" party for RI President John Kenny was a smashing success last week. Kenny is RI's first president from Scotland. The crowd of more than 500 people enjoyed a Scottish-themed lunch with bagpipers, drummers, the induction of 29 new Rotary members, a formal introduction of the five candidates for District Governor, a hilarious Ode to Haggis procession through the audience and a rousing speech by President Kenny. Kenny gave information about Rotary's rapid deployment to the earthquake crisis in Haiti.

RI President John Kenny Visits District 5280 2010-01-19 00:00:00Z
2010 District 5280 Annual Conference

 

Our 2010 District Conference returns to the desert to the La Quinta Resort & Club, the quintessential desert resort in Palm Springs. Recently rennovated, this legendary hideaway of Hollywood legends is renowned for its charm and serenity. La Quinta has been the escape from the Hollywood Paparazzi for legends like Frank Capra, Errol Flynn, and Katherine Hepburn.  It was Greta Garbo's retreat when "she wanted to be alone." So mark your calendar for May 13-16, 2010 at the La Quinta in Palm Springs.

2010 District 5280 Annual Conference Bill Paul 2010-01-16 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast- A Focus On AIDS Prevention

January 12, 2010: The January District Breakfast featured keynote speaker Marion Bunch, founder of "Rotarians for Fighting AIDS". A decade after losing her son to AIDS, she started RFFA to educate at-risk children about making good choices. RFFA recenty joined the Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation, a US government-coordinated coalition working to stem the spread of AIDS amoung young people in sub-Saharan Africa. For more photos, click HERE.

District Breakfast- A Focus On AIDS Prevention 2010-01-15 00:00:00Z
Haiti Earthquake Relief-RI President's Message
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Dear Rotarians:

 

We are deeply saddened to hear of the recent earthquake in Haiti, and we are touched by the commitment of Rotarians to assist the communities affected by this disaster. Rotary International is coordinating relief efforts, and we are writing to you today to provide you with information on how you may work through Rotary to make a significant contribution toward alleviating this major humanitarian crisis.

 

Haiti Earthquake Relief-RI President's Message 2010-01-14 00:00:00Z
2010 Rotary Rose Parade Float

The 2010 Rotary Rose Float entry, winner of the Volunteers Trophy

This year, Rotaractor and District Office administrator Tori Hettinger represented District 5280 on the Rose Float. Read about her Rose Float experience HERE.

 

2010 Rotary Rose Parade Float 2010-01-06 00:00:00Z
Consul General of Ecuador Visits District 5280

December 1, 2009: Del Amo Rotary hosted the Consul General of Ecuador, Eddie Bedon. Above from left to right: Del Amo Rotary President Ralph Seifer, Rotarian Lindsay Walker, DG Susanne Sundberg, Consul General of Ecuador Eddie Bedon, and Rotarian Wilson Benitez. For more photos, click HERE.

Consul General of Ecuador Visits District 5280 2009-12-04 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Facts
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The Rotary Foundation has released a document of facts about the program this year. This is a useful tool for Foundation chairs and any Rotarian interested in learning more about The Rotary Foundation. To view the document, click HERE.
Rotary Foundation Facts 2009-12-01 00:00:00Z
Bloomfields Inducted Into Arch C. Klumph Society
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We are proud to announce that Manhattan Beach Rotarian Bill Bloomfield and his mother, Westwood Village Rotarian Peggy Bloomfield have been inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society. Their generous donations were recognized by Rotary International. To learn more, click HERE.
Bloomfields Inducted Into Arch C. Klumph Society 2009-12-01 00:00:00Z
All President's Dinner November 19, 2009

Torrance, California - November 19, 2009 - All President's Dinner. Governor Susanne Sundberg and Dennis with James Jackman, President Redondo Beach.  Photo images by Dick Thompson. Click herefor images & slide show.

 

All President's Dinner November 19, 2009 Mendoza, PDG, Rick 2009-11-28 00:00:00Z
USC Rally A Spirited Event

 

November 20, 2009-Hosted by a number of District 5280 clubs, this year's USC Rally was a celebration of our great crosstown rivalry as well as Rotary's partnership with "A Greater LA", an organization headed by USC head coach Pete Carroll aimed at improving Los Angeles. Even Traveller the horse made an appearance at this year's rally. A spirited event for Trojans and Bruins alike. To see more photos, click HERE.

USC Rally A Spirited Event 2009-11-23 00:00:00Z
PRLS (Pathways To Rotary Leadership)

November 14, 2009- PRLS (Pathways To Rotary Leadership) was a training seminar for both new and established Rotarians. Topics included The Rotary Foundation, Leading with Vision, Public Speaking, Your Rotary Club and more. To see more photos, click HERE.

PRLS (Pathways To Rotary Leadership) 2009-11-23 00:00:00Z
November District Breakfast

November 10, 2009- The second District Breakfast of the year featured keynote speaker Jean Irwin, a former Ambassadorial Scholar who now works with the deaf. In the photo above are Del Amo Rotarian Wilson Benitez, DG Susanne Sundberg, Consul General of Ecuador and SAG International Service Joe Vasquez. To see more photos, click HERE. To view a slideshow, click HERE.

November District Breakfast 2009-11-23 00:00:00Z
November District Breakfast
http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5280//html/76495/IMG_8910.JPG November 10, 2009:The second District Breakfast of the year featured keynote speaker Jean Irwin, a former Ambassadorial Scholar who now works with the deaf. To see more photos, click HERE. To view a slideshow, click HERE.
November District Breakfast 2009-11-23 00:00:00Z
PETS Registration
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PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) Registration is now open. The pre-registration deadline is January 28, 2010. Visit the official PETS website to register and for detailed information.
PETS Registration 2009-11-09 00:00:00Z
Membership Seminar 2009

October 17, 2009: The District Membership Seminar was an exciting morning that provided Rotarians with the tools, techniques and ideas to revitalize clubs and membership. In this photo (from left to right) are PDG Bob White, Herb Norman, Rick Searey, Jerry Brown, and Gerardo Jaramillo. For more photos, click HERE.

Membership Seminar 2009 2009-10-19 00:00:00Z
Foundation Celebration A Winning Night!

October 3, 2009: The 25th Annual Foundation Celebration took place at the Carson Community Center. This year's theme was Casino Night, and over 600 Rotarians spent the evening trying their luck at the gaming tables, bidding at the silent and live auctions, and enjoying Rotary fellowship. The Foundation Celebration is the largest District fundraiser of the year for the Rotary Foundation. For more photos, click HERE. To view the slide show, click HERE

Foundation Celebration A Winning Night! 2009-10-06 00:00:00Z
Library of Rotary Graphics
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Permission to freely use the graphics in this library for noncommercial purposes is granted to all Rotary Clubs and Rotary International.

When using any of the superb images please include a credit line recognizing Tord Elfwendahl and his website "Library of Graphics for Rotarians" as the contributor of the artwork. Click here to view The Library of Graphics for Rotarians.

Library of Rotary Graphics 2009-09-30 00:00:00Z
Rotary Family Picnic Splashing Success

Redondo Beach Seaside Lagoon - Sunday, September 20, 2009 - Rotary District Family Picnic a splashing success, attended by near 300 Rotarians, their family and friends. The weather was perfect for enjoying the friendship, fun and food. The "cardboard boat race" was the highlight (Colombo-Americano Rotary won the boat race!) with the "pie in the face" by the Interactors a good second place for popularity except the recipients of the pie in the face. Click HEREfor more images.

Rotary Family Picnic Splashing Success 2009-09-20 00:00:00Z
Our Rotaractors Featured on Rotary International
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District 5280 Rotaractors are featured on the home page of the Rotary International website, www.rotary.org. They are part of a feature entitled, "Making the Leap" about Rotaractors who make the transition to Rotary. Former Rotaract Governor Megan Cotugno, now a Rotarian in Orange County, is the focus on the video and written article. Rotaract are the future Rotarians of our District-to learn more about Rotaract, visit www.rotaract5280.org

Our Rotaractors Featured on Rotary International 2009-09-18 00:00:00Z
Literacy Breakfast Dynamic and Inspiring!

Aug. 28, 2009-District Governor Susanne Sundberg at the Literacy Breakfast with keynote speaker Daniel Armstrong, Literacy Chair Olivia Patterson, and Sr. Assistant Governor of Vocational Service Rick Searey. To view photos of the Literacy Breakfast, clickHERE.

Literacy Breakfast Dynamic and Inspiring! 2009-09-14 00:00:00Z
Silent Silent 2009-08-31 00:00:00Z
Time is Running Out for Silent Auction Donations Time is Running Out for Silent Auction Donations 2009-08-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary International President 2011-2012 Nominated
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The 2009-10 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2011-2012, having functioned in accordance with the bylaws of Rotary International, has indicated that it unanimously nominated Rotarian Kalyan Banerjee of the Rotary club of Vapi, Gujarat, India as Rotary International President 2011-2012. For the full story, click HERE
Rotary International President 2011-2012 Nominated 2009-08-12 00:00:00Z
Time2Win
Time2Win 2009-08-11 00:00:00Z
Gov. Susanne Visits Redondo Beach Rotary

District Governor Susanne Sundberg visited the Redondo Beach Rotary club. Redondo Beach Rotary is home to a number of PDGs. In the photo above are (left to right): PDG Jack Jones, PDG Pat Cashin, PDG Vicki Radel, Governor Susanne Sundberg, PDG Chuck Anderson, and PDG Rick Mendoza. Visit the District Governor's Club Visits photo gallery for coverage of her club visits throughout the year HERE.

Gov. Susanne Visits Redondo Beach Rotary 2009-08-11 00:00:00Z
Leadership Party

Leadership Party 2009-08-11 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation Celebration
& Casino Night
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Details of the upcoming Rotary Foundation Celebration and Casino Night are now available.  Click HERE for full details including Silent Auction Donation Form, Sponsorship Form and the registration form for the Texas Hold'em and Blackjack tournaments.
Rotary Foundation Celebration& Casino Night 2009-08-07 00:00:00Z
DG at PV Continuing Governor's Visits

 

August 4, 2009 -- District Governor Susanne Sundberg visited last night with the
PV Sunset Rotary Club. She is shown here with PV Sunset President Don Reeves.

DG at PV Continuing Governor's Visits 2009-08-06 00:00:00Z
DG at PV Continuing Governor's Visits

August 4, 2009 -- District Governor Susanne Sundberg visited last night with the
PV Sunset Rotary Club. She is shown here with PV Sunset President Don Reeves.

DG at PV Continuing Governor's Visits 2009-08-05 00:00:00Z
Governor Susanne's Leadership Reception

August 2, 2009 - Rio Hondo, CA - Governor Susanne Sundberg and Steven's Steak House hosted the District Leadership reception for over 100 leaders of District 5280. Club Presidents, Assistant Governors, Senior Assistant Governors, event Chairs, Governor Elect, Governor Nominee and even a few Past District Governors. Great fellowship, networking and "no speeeches". Generous morsels and beverages were offered. Photo credits Rick Mendoza and Henry Pedroza. Click HERE for more images.

Governor Susanne's Leadership Reception Mendoza, PDG, Rick 2009-08-02 00:00:00Z
Governor Susanne's First Official Visit

July 21, 2009 - Paramount Rotary Club. Today marked Governor Susanne Sundberg's first Official Club Visit to the Rotary Club of Paramount. Governor Susanne enjoyed a well attended meeting officiated by club President, Duane Mahan. (Click here for photos)

Governor Susanne's First Official Visit 2009-07-27 00:00:00Z
dg visit

dg visit 2009-07-27 00:00:00Z
Leadership Seminar A Proven Training Ground

Inglewood President Sam Bingham and fellow Inglewood Rotarian/AG Jaimee Sul enjoy the Leadership Seminar July 18. For more photos, click HERE

Leadership Seminar A Proven Training Ground 2009-07-27 00:00:00Z
July District Breakfast A Great Start To The Year!

District Governor Susanne Sundberg presides over the first District Breakfast of the year. For more photos, click HERE.

July District Breakfast A Great Start To The Year! 2009-07-23 00:00:00Z
Governor Susanne's First Official Club Visit

July 21, 2009 - Paramount Rotary Club. Today marked Governor Susanne Sundberg's first Official Club Visit to the Rotary Club of Paramount. Governor Susanne enjoyed a well attended meeting officated by club President, Duane Mahan. (Click here for photos)

Governor Susanne's First Official Club Visit 2009-07-21 00:00:00Z
829 Pints Shatters
District Blood Drive Goal
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(LOS ANGELES) Gov. Chuck Anderson (2008-09) set a goal
of 300 pints of blood for District 5280 Rotarians to donate to
the American Red Cross during his year as governor of the District.

Final results are now in according to Rick Searey, Senior AG
Community Service, and total giving exceeded Governor
Anderson's goal. The final count: 829 pints of blood were donated!  "That breaks down to 491 by district Rotarians and 338 pints by district Rotaractors," said Searey. "Thanks and
congratulations to everyone who participated."

 


 

829 Pints Shatters District Blood Drive Goal 2009-07-11 00:00:00Z
"Hi Larry" ShelterBox YouTube Video Goes Live
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It's here! The new ShelterBox "Hi Larry" YouTube video has gone live! PLEASE go to YouTube tonight, tomorrow, and this weekend and watch it, click it multiple times (so it records lots and lots of views), and share it with everyone you know. And don't forget to rate it and post it on your Facebook and other social media pages! We need to make this video climb in the ratings. "That way, more people will stumble upon it and we'll have a better shot at getting on Larry King Live!," said Jim Dyer, chair of the District 5280 ShelterBox Committee. 

"Hi Larry" ShelterBox YouTube Video Goes Live Jim Dyer 2009-07-09 00:00:00Z
Governor Susanne Sundberg's Message
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Congratulations to 2008-2009 District Governor Chuck "Chuckles" Anderson and his wife Terri for an outstanding year in District 5280!  RI President DK Lee asked us to "Make Dreams Real" and Chuck and his leadership team certainly did that and more.  Thanks to everyone in the District for their support of Governor Chuck and his goals.

 

 

Governor Susanne Sundberg's Message 2009-06-30 00:00:00Z
Resources for 09-10 Presidents & Secretaries
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Are you aware that Club and District Support (CDS) staff serve as your primary contact at Rotary International? Staff can answer any question about Rotary, as well as provide advice on club elections, constitutional matters, club traditions and customs, club operations, and RI Board policy. Below are some important web resources to assist in leading and supporting your club in the year ahead.
Resources for 09-10 Presidents & Secretaries 2009-06-30 00:00:00Z
Rotaract Ciao Dinner Honors Rotarians

At the annual Rotaract Ciao Dinner & Awards, Marc Leeka was honored with the "John Colville Service To Rotaract Award" for his tireless work with Rotaract's Heifer Ark International project. Rotaractors have raised more than $6000 to fund an ark of animals to Tanzania. Pictured above are PDG John Colville, Marc Leeka and Rotaract Gov. Kim Low

Rotaract Ciao Dinner Honors Rotarians 2009-06-25 00:00:00Z
"London On Ice"

London, England- During the Rotary International Convention, Gov. Susanne Sundberg and her husband Dennis, DGE Doug Baker and his wife Connie, and DGN Brad Robinson and his wife Catherine visited the Absolute Ice Bar, where temperatures dipped to a frosty -5 degrees!

"London On Ice" 2009-06-23 00:00:00Z
Thank You For A Great Rotary Year, Governor Chuck!

The Pride of Rotary thanks District Governor Chuck Anderson for a dynamic, meaningful and memorable Rotary year.

Thank You For A Great Rotary Year, Governor Chuck! 2009-06-16 00:00:00Z
Interact Aloha Brunch

The Annual Interact Brunch was a huge success!  The Hacienda Hotel was packed with Interactors, Rotarians and School Advisors.  Clubs and individuals were recognized for excellence with projects and activities for 2008-09.  Governor Chuck Anderson installed the new District Interact Leaders including Interact Governor Joshua Goldman from Mira Costa High Interact.  Congratulations to the new leaders!
Interact Aloha Brunch 2009-06-02 00:00:00Z
"Making Dreams Real on Route 66" Dist. Conference

For more photos of this year's District Conference, click HERE

"Making Dreams Real on Route 66" Dist. Conference 2009-06-02 00:00:00Z
District Conference Committee

(MARINA DEL REY) May 21, 2009 -- District 5280 hosted a thank you
dinner at Tony P's for members of the committee who organized the
recent District Conference in Costa Mesa. The committee was chaired
by Brad Robinson (shown at the top of the photo in the blue and white
stripped shirt). Next year Jim Dyer will chair the conference committee.

District Conference Committee 2009-05-22 00:00:00Z
Interact Zentner Scholarships
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Rotary District 5280 is pleased to announce 28 Interact scholarships available to graduating high school Interact Club Members this year.  Scholarships will be awarded through the District Youth Activities Program and through Rotary Clubs to their sponsoring Interact Clubs.

Interact Zentner Scholarships 2009-05-20 00:00:00Z
This is Rotary, on YouTube
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(CYBERSPACE) May 19, 2009 -- A new four minute video about Rotary International has been posted to YouTube. The video is accompanied by a brief discription of Rotary, links to 10 other Rotary-related videos on YouTube, and nearly a dozen text comments. Click here to view "This is Rotary - Rotary International." 

This is Rotary, on YouTube 2009-05-20 00:00:00Z
District Assembly 2009 A Success!

May 16, 2009. District Governor Elect Susanne Sundberg kicked off her year at the Rotary District Assembly. With the RI theme, "The future of Rotary is in your hands", current and future Rotary leadership attended a variety of workshops aimed to train, inform and motivate. Click HERE for more photos.

District Assembly 2009 A Success! 2009-05-20 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast-Tuesday, May 12
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Don't miss the last District Breakfast of this Rotary year! It will be facilitated by District Interact and Rotaract clubs. Our keynote speaker is Reverend Jeff Carr, Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs for the City of Los Angeles. RSVP with the District Office today for premium table seating at 310-670-9792 or office@rotary5280.org
District Breakfast-Tuesday, May 12 2009-05-07 00:00:00Z
District Assembly-Saturday, May 16

The District Assembly provides motivation, information, and training. There are 3 sessions providing a variety of programs-there's something for everyone! RSVP today with the District Office at 310-670-9792 or office@rotary5280.org. The cost is $35.00/person and includes a buffet breakfast.

District Assembly-Saturday, May 16 2009-05-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary Community Alliance
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The Urban Needs Task Force has undergone a name change- the "Rotary Community Alliance".

Urban Needs Task Force, the name has served District 5280 well. From its inception in the early 90's the name identified a group of Rotarians interested in serving communities. These Rotarians met regularly to identify and promote specific programs which helped to address many of the challenges faced by communities at the time. Over the years Rotarians from various clubs in District 5280 have joined and participated on this committee to learn and share ideas.

Rotary Community Alliance 2009-04-10 00:00:00Z
Music, Art, Speech Contests A Success!

Above are contestants from the "Four Way Test" Speech Contest.  Music, Art and Speech final results...

Music, Art, Speech Contests A Success! 2009-03-24 00:00:00Z
5280 Trinidad & Tobago Trip Makes Headline News

The District 5280 humanitarian trip to Trinidad and Tobago March 5-8, 2009 made front page news in the Caribbean. To see more photos of the trip, see the photo gallery HERE

5280 Trinidad & Tobago Trip Makes Headline News 2009-03-12 00:00:00Z
Best Cooperative Project Award
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Rotarians understand that bringing lasting change in their lives, communities and world requires working cooperatively with like-minded individuals. Every day, Rotary clubs work in concert with local governments, businesses, and other organizations to bring much needed improvements to people and communities both at home and abroad. In that spirit, Rotary International will recognize club service projects, done with other organizations, with the Best Cooperative Project Award. The award honors clubs that have increased awareness and understanding of Rotary by working with other organizations.

Best Cooperative Project Award 2009-03-06 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Reach Out To Australian Bushfire Victims
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Lomita-Torrance Airport Rotarians have been focusing their efforts on aiding the Rotarians of District 9810, Melbourne, Australia, an area hit hard by the devastating bushfires. District 9810 recently featured a letter from Lomita-Torrance Airport President Tom Blair in their monthly newsletter. Read more...
Rotarians Reach Out To Australian Bushfire Victims 2009-02-27 00:00:00Z
Landmarks Lit With "End Polio Now" Message

The Sydney Opera House in Australia is illuminated with an "End Polio Now" message February 23. The message was projected onto a number of iconic landmarks worldwide in honor of Rotary's 104th anniversary. Photo by Mark Wallace. Click HERE for more.

Landmarks Lit With "End Polio Now" Message 2009-02-26 00:00:00Z
Rotary District 5100
Youth Exchange Tragedy

Jan. 25, 2009. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Portland, Oregon. On behalf of all of the Rotarians of Rotary District 5100, we would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families of the Rotary Youth Exchange students who were either killed or injured in the incident that occured Saturday evening in Portland, Oregon outside of a no-alcohol venue for youth ages 16-20. These students were participating in the celebration of the birthday of one of our inbound students when this senselss act of violence occured. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and our focus now is on supporting the surviving victims and their families, and the families and friends of the students who have died.

Rotary District 5100Youth Exchange Tragedy 2009-01-28 00:00:00Z
Gates Donates $255
Million to Fight Polio

Microsoft's Bill Gates says the grant will go to Rotary International. A World Health Organization expert estimates that it would cost $2 billion to stamp out the last traces of the polio virus.

Gates Donates $255Million to Fight Polio 2009-01-23 00:00:00Z
Women In Rotary Celebration

December 12, 2008 (Los Angeles): LA5 Rotary celebrated the 20th anniversary of women in Rotary. Many distinguished women Rotarians, including the first woman club president ever, Sylvia Whitlock, and District 5280's first female District Governor Carol Wylie, were honored. Click HERE to see more photos of this historic event. 

Women In Rotary Celebration 2008-12-17 00:00:00Z
PETS 2009 Registration Open
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The President Elect Training Seminar 2009 (PETS) registration is now open. PETS takes place February 19-22, 2009 at the LAX Marriott Hotel. The pre-registration deadline ends January 28, 2009. Registration prices increase by $100 on January 29, 2009. Visit the official PETS website to register and learn more about the seminar here: PETS Website . Contact PDG John Colville with any other inquiries at (562) 531-8340

PETS 2009 Registration Open 2008-12-11 00:00:00Z
3rd District 5280 Blood Drive

 

(January 22, 2009)  -- "We've collected a total of 238 pints of blood," said Senior AG Rick Searey. "That's 74 percent towards Governor Anderson's goal of 300 pints."

Clubs that conduct their own blood drive can report the number of pints they collect to the district and those pints will be counted towards the Governor's goal for the year, said Doug Baker, Executive Aide to Governor Anderson.  

 

3rd District 5280 Blood Drive Richard Searey 2008-12-04 00:00:00Z
Urban Needs Task Force Visit "Para Los Ninos"

The Para Los Ninos ("For the Children") charter school, located in downtown Los Angeles played host recently to a group of Rotarians. The visiting Rotarians presented school supplies which were donated and collected by Rotarians throughout the District. The collection of school supplies is one of four target campaigns the Urban Needs Task Force conducts throughout the Rotary year.

Urban Needs Task Force Visit "Para Los Ninos" 2008-12-01 00:00:00Z
Past RI Pres Dochterman
Predicts Rotary Growth
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(SAN FRANCISCO) Nov. 11, 2008 -- The future of Rotary service to the world is brighter than ever before, said Cliff Dochterman, the 1992-93 president of Rotary International. Dochterman offered a look at the second century of the world's premiere service organization during a Centennial Celebration Luncheon of Rotarians here to marvel at Rotary's first century of service. Click HERE for the full text of his vision.
Past RI Pres Dochterman Predicts Rotary Growth Bill Paul 2008-11-26 00:00:00Z
Membership Seminar 2008

November 1, 2008 (Shriners Children's Hospital): The District Membership Seminar provided Rotarians with the tools and skills to maintain and enhance membership in their Rotary clubs. Click HERE for more photos.

Membership Seminar 2008 2008-11-12 00:00:00Z
Make Dreams Real on Route 66

 

 

Governor Chuck Anderson has approved
this image as the official logo for the district
conference scheduled for April 30 - May 3, 2009
at the Westin Hotel in Costa Mesa. The theme of
the conference is "Make Dreams Real on Route 66."
Watch this Web site and your email inbox for
additional information about this exciting event!
Click HERE to learn more about the conference.

Make Dreams Real on Route 66 Bill Paul 2008-11-11 00:00:00Z
District Recognition Awards
2008-2009
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The District Recognition Awards 2008-2009 packet is now available online. To download the packet and read the instructions, click HERE
District Recognition Awards2008-2009 2008-11-04 00:00:00Z
Rancho Park Rotary Led Silent Auction Donations

Governor Chuck Anderson congratulates Rancho Park Rotary for donating the most items of any club in the District for the Foundation Celebration Silent Auction. Pictured are Rancho Park President Pari Abasalti (center) surrounded by members of the Rancho Park club.

Rancho Park Rotary Led Silent Auction Donations 2008-10-17 00:00:00Z
October is Vocational Service Month
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(OCTOBER 2008) -- October is my favorite month of the year. It brings back memories of the Fall colors in the Midwest, when I grew up in Chicago, football, Halloween, Indian summer walks through the woods, and the anticipation of the holidays. It is also the month I married Terri Anderson and my first son, Sean, was born. It is the month in Rotary when we celebrate Vocational services-my favorite and sometimes least understood Avenue of Service.
October is Vocational Service Month 2008-10-13 00:00:00Z
District Breakfast a Celebration of Values

Oct. 7, 2008-The October District Breakfast focused on diversity, vocational service and philanthropy. District Breakfast chair Angi Ma Wong with keynote speaker Judy Belk, a member of the first all-female GSE team.

District Breakfast a Celebration of Values 2008-10-13 00:00:00Z
Foundation Dinner a Medieval Masterpiece!

(October 12, 2008) Chuck "The Lion King" Anderson hosted the 2008-2009 Foundation Celebration Dinner at Medieval Times. Click HERE to view event photos.

Foundation Dinner a Medieval Masterpiece! 2008-10-13 00:00:00Z
Gov. Chuckles "The Lion King" is Ready

 

Gov. Chuck Anderson in costume preparing for
annual Paul Harris celebration at Medieval Times.

Gov. Chuckles "The Lion King" is Ready 2008-10-11 00:00:00Z
Rotary Family Picnic A Seaside Success

September 21, 2008 (Seaside Lagoon, Redondo Beach): The Rotary Family Picnic was a roaring success! Rotarians from across the District brought their families and friends to enjoy fellowship, fun and great weather! For more photos, click HERE

Rotary Family Picnic A Seaside Success 2008-09-30 00:00:00Z
Vocational Service Kick Off A Hit!

September 13, 2008 (Hacienda Hotel, El Segundo)-SAG Vocational Service Lew Bertrand, Manhattan Beach Rotarian Dave Harris and Santa Monica Rotarian Jim Dyer enjoyed the kickoff workshop. For more photos, click HERE

Vocational Service Kick Off A Hit! 2008-09-16 00:00:00Z
Every Rotarian an Example to Youth
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September is New Generations Month. Read an excerpt from DG Chuck's message in the latest District Newsletter. "We as Rotarians have an opportunity to be role models and mentors for the young people in our communities. One learns to serve by observing others. As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped  that they will achieve that same desire to serve future generations.
Every Rotarian an Example to Youth 2008-09-09 00:00:00Z
DG Anderson Honors
4 Beverly Hills Rotarians

Beverly Hills Rotary Club (September 8, 2008): District Governor Chuck Anderson honors four outstanding members of the Beverly Hills Rotary club. Pictured: AJ Willmer, DG Chuck Anderson, Gidas Peteris, President  Robbie Anderson

DG Anderson Honors4 Beverly Hills Rotarians 2008-09-09 00:00:00Z
Rotary Literacy Breakfast A Success!

Westchester Rotarians were among the large crowd that attended the District Literacy Breakfast at Lawry's The Prime Rib on August 15, 2008. For more photos, visit the photo gallery HERE

Rotary Literacy Breakfast A Success! 2008-08-20 00:00:00Z
2007-08 Foundation
Goal Achieved
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I've been asked to give an overview, here at the Leadership Conference, of what The Rotary Foundation seeks to accomplish.
2007-08 Foundation Goal Achieved 2008-08-02 00:00:00Z
Governor Chuck's First Club Visit to Redondo Beach

July 30, 2008-Governor Chuck and First Lady Terri enjoy the first club visit of the year at the Governor's home club, Redondo Beach Rotary. Click HERE for more Club Visit photos

Governor Chuck's First Club Visit to Redondo Beach 2008-08-01 00:00:00Z
1st District 5280 Blood Drive
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(EL SEGUNDO & BELL GARDENS) – Altogether 40 pints of blood were donated by District 5280 Rotarians during the first District blood drive of the current Rotary Year.  That represents about 13 percent towards Governor Chuck Anderson's goal of 300 pints.                                                            

 

Donation sites were at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo and the Rio Hondo Boys & Girls Club in Bell Gardens. Dates for the remaining three blood drives are: Nov. 3, 2008, Jan. 15, 2009, and May 14, 2009 said Searey.   "Four drives are planned," said Rick Searey, Senior AG Community Service. Sites will be announced soon, he added.

1st District 5280 Blood Drive 2008-07-24 00:00:00Z
Total Annual Giving Reaches Record Heights

                   

The final amount for Annual Giving to The Rotary Foundation for the 2007-08 Rotary Year is $1,578.262.49 or $685.60 per capita, according to PDG Rick Mendoza. While this is the official RI figure, he added, counting for the final Foundation contributions closes on Friday, July 18th.

Total Annual Giving Reaches Record Heights Bill Paul 2008-07-15 00:00:00Z
Governor Chuck Anderson's 1st District Breakfast

LOS ANGELES (July 8, 2008)- Westin Hotel,venue of Governor Chuck Anderson's first District Breakfast where he presented a very motivational speech about his goals and objectives this Rotary year in District 5280. And, District Breakfast speaker -

Dr. Danny Brassell,  Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and author of Readers for Life: The Ultimate Reading Fitness Guide (Heinemann, 2006), was the energetic speaker at the first District Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday, July 8.    Click here for More...
Governor Chuck Anderson's 1st District Breakfast 2008-07-14 00:00:00Z
LA Times Thanks District 5280
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(July 8, 2008) - District Breakfast Chair Angi Ma Wong shared with Rotarians at today's District Breakfast a thank you note she'd received from the Los Angeles Times for the Rotary Wide World of Books project at the recent RI Convention in Los Angeles.  The LA Times co-sponsored the activity. Click HERE to read Humanity in Motion.
LA Times Thanks District 5280 2008-07-09 00:00:00Z
Parade of Presidents

 

LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2008) -- It was a gala evening of recognition,
awards and transition of leadership. This year's Parade of Presidents
also saw a new district governor formally take over, and the
president-elect of Rotary International, DK Lee, in attendance. 
Click on the following links to see photos of the event:

HERE to learn about the awards;

HERE to learn about the evening's fellowship;

HERE to learn about Presidents & Governors.

Photos courtsey of Rick Mendoza, PDG

Parade of Presidents 2008-06-21 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Rotary Foundation Donations up 200%


LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2008) -- At the Parade of Presidents last Saturady evening, out-going District Governor David Moyers announced that District 5280 Rotarians raised more than $550,000 for The Rotary Foundation during the 2007-08 Rotary Year.

 

The sum exceeded Governor Moyers' original goal by more than $27,000. The Governor also announced an anonymous grant from a Manhattan Beach Rotarian of $1-million (that's right, one million) bringing the total District 5280 will contribute to The Rotary Foundation to over one-and-a-half million dollars, more than 200% higher than the original goal. 

"Keep in mind," added PDG Rick Mendoza, District Annual Giving Chair, "these are the funds that will come back to District 5280 in three (3) years for all of the wonderful funding for Ambassadorial Scholars, Matching Grants and District Simplified Grants.  Funds that you will be able to use for your humanitarian projects.  Governor David Moyers, the District Foundation Team, and all the humanitarians projects waiting to be funded, thanks all Rotarians in the District for this herculean effort."
  

    

District 5280 Rotary Foundation Donations up 200% Mendoza, PDG, Rick 2008-06-21 00:00:00Z
Welcome GSE Team Nicaragua, D-4240

Sunday, May 25, 2008 - A welcome Brunch was held today at the Spitfire Cafe at the Santa Monica Airport to recognize the inbound GSE Team from Nicaragua and to acknowledge the host Rotary Clubs and the families that will host this team for four weeks. Another great Rotary event. Governor David & Rita Moyers recogized and joined the event with GSE Team Chair Chuck Hanchett and Team leader from Nicaragua, Saskia Van Vuuren. (Click for more....)

Welcome GSE Team Nicaragua, D-4240 2008-05-25 00:00:00Z
The Rotary Foundation & The Group Study Exchange

The following is an email from a GSE team member currently in Central America to Chuck Hanchett, GSE Chair for D-5280 for the last few years. The idea of sending young professional adults on foreign exchanges is to open the eyes, ears and hearts of people in both countries of the exchange - to make the world a better place for all human beings. The content of this email is precisely what we want to see happen.

"Dear Chuck,

In contemplating the two amazing weeks thus far, I must thank you for encouraging me to pursue the GSE opportunity.

It has been an extraordinary experience that has resonated with my personal interests in international relations and social change. What an amazing experience to witness first-hand the great work Rotary is accomplishing throughout the world and to be inspired by such hospitable and altrusitic Rotarians. As these last two weeks have already changed my life, I can only hold my breath for the remaining two weeks.

Thank you!
Grace"

The Rotary Foundation & The Group Study Exchange 2008-05-18 00:00:00Z
GSE Team in Central America

          

(PANAMA CITY) May 15, 2008 -- If you're looking for the Group Study Exchange team that Los Angeles District 5280 sent to Central America, try poking around Panama City.

   This week the four-member team of young professionals led by Rotarian Wilson Benitez of the Del Amo Club arrived first class in canal country. The week-long stop in Panama follows visits to Costa Rica and Nicaragua and will be followed by a week in El Salvador. (More)

 

GSE Team in Central America 2008-05-18 00:00:00Z
District Assembly May 17, 2008

         

The Carson Community Center was the site of today's District Conference. Incoming District Governor, Chuck Anderson, introduced his Leadership Team and his goals for 2008-2009. Over 320 Rotarians of D-5280 participated in the event to learn more about Rotary at all levels and the up comming Rotary year Theme. (More....) 

 

District Assembly May 17, 2008 2008-05-17 00:00:00Z
Wyland's Mobile Classroom at RI Convention

                                          

LOS ANGELES -- The Wyland Foundation Mobile Classroom was on display in the registration area during the Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles. The 18-wheeler tractor-trailer combination featured a mobile classroom that offered a multimedia teaching program dedicated to water conservation.  Working jointly on a Matching Grant from the Rotary International Foundation, the Redondo Beach Rotary Club and CLUB ROTARIO La Paz-Bahia de La Paz in Mexico donated $50,000.00 to the Wyland Foundation to assist its efforts to teach youth about the vital importance of water to our modern way of life. The Learning Center will start a tour throughout the western United States shortly after the convention concludes. Click HERE to view the flag that appeared on the Wyland display.

Wyland's Mobile Classroom at RI Convention Bill Paul 2008-05-01 00:00:00Z
RYLA: "A Life Changing Weekend"

 

From April 11-13, 2008, over 170 participants, including Interactors, high school students, Rotaractors and Rotarians spent the weekend learning team building and leadership skills, built up confidence, used ethics in problem solving, and much more. RYLA students worked hard to include Communication, Compassion, Creativitiy and Cooperation in every activity. These students came back home invigorated with the Rotary spirit and are now trained to lead dynamic Interact clubs across District 5280!

RYLA: "A Life Changing Weekend" 2008-04-17 00:00:00Z
World Water Day

El Camino Rotaract walked for water from Santa Monica Pier to Venice.  March 22 each year is dedicated to World Walter Day by the United Nations and strongly supported by Rotary International.  El Camino Rotaractors carried water containers to symbolize the water by women and children in countries throughout the world.  Alton Kim, President Elect 08-09, Jennifer Lee, President 07-08, and Geoffery Udo.  They walked with around 40 Hawthorne Interactors and Santa Monica College Rotaractors.  Rotarians on the walk included Leo Middleton, Hawthorne Rotary; Linton Morgan, Inglewood Rotary, and a number of district Rotarians.  They were joined by a great turnout with Rotaractors from Sri Lanka and San Diego Rotaractors.

World Water Day 2008-04-09 00:00:00Z
RI Convention Sets Guinness World Record

LOS ANGELES (June 18, 2008) -- How many donated books does it take to set a world record? Answer: exactly 242,624.

 

That's the impressive total Rotary members scrambled to collect for the public school students of Southern California and Southern Nevada this week during the Rotary International Convention, which concludes today. Danny Girton Jr., an adjudicator for Guinness World's Records, has confirmed that Rotary now owns the record for Most Books Donated in Seven Days.

 

RI Convention Sets Guinness World Record 2008-03-26 00:00:00Z
March Is Literacy Month

PDG Jim Hamai, Rotary Club of Lawndale, reading to a classroom of young children.  Rotarians throughout District 5280 participate actively in donating books and reading often in both public and private schools.  Many Rotary Clubs donate dictionaries which are treasured by third graders.  This year Rotarians have accepted the challenge to gather more than 1,000 books per club for the Wide World of Books at the LA2008 Rotary Convention.  How is your Rotary, Rotaract or Interact Club doing?

March Is Literacy Month 2008-03-26 00:00:00Z
Thai Town Rotary Club
Thai Town Rotary Club 2008-03-14 00:00:00Z
Celebrate World Rotaract Week

The Rotaract LA2008 Planning Committee has put together some great activities for Rotaractors throughout the world who will be coming to Los Angeles in June. March 13, 2008 marks the 40th Anniversary of Rotaract, which was first chartered at the University of North Carolina in 1968. Today there are more than 7,000 Rotaract clubs worldwide. Shown here, District 5280 Rotaractors with RI President Wilf Wilkinson in Salt Lake City at the 2007 RI International Conference.
Celebrate World Rotaract Week 2008-03-13 00:00:00Z
Rotaract 40th anniversary
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Rotaract 40th anniversary 2008-03-13 00:00:00Z
D.K. Lee Visit Draws 100 to Redondo Beach Luncheon

 

REDONDO BEACH (January 9, 2008) -- More than 100 Rotarians turned out for a luncheon honoring RI President-elect D.K. Lee.  (from left) Rotary International Director Paul Netzel, District 5280 DGE Chuck Anderson, Past RI Trustee Mike Abdalla, President-elect D.K. Lee and spouse Young Lee, Redondo Beach Mayor Mike Gin, Redondo Beach Rotary Club President Colette Paul, Past RI Director and Executive Aide Mike Pinson, and Past RI Director Sam Greene. Click HERE for more photos and information about this event.

D.K. Lee Visit Draws 100 to Redondo Beach Luncheon 2008-01-10 00:00:00Z
RI President Announces
Polio Grant
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Dear Fellow Rotarians,

This is a historic day for Rotary. It is our great pleasure to inform you of a new partnership between Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that will provide a much needed US$200 million in support of our top goal of a polio-free world.

RI President Announces Polio Grant 2007-11-26 00:00:00Z
We Care About Our Neighbors, Nov. 7, 2007
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Dear Rotarians:

Although the smoke and ashes in our air have cleared, the devastation caused by the recent fires remains and many of you have asked how you can help. Here is an opportunity to show that you care about those who have lost so very much. ( Now click on More below for the rest of Gov. David's letter:)

We Care About Our Neighbors, Nov. 7, 2007 David G Moyers 2007-11-13 00:00:00Z
Zone Institute 2007 Long Beach, CA Oct 11-14th

The Zone Institute for RI Zones 23 & 24 was held at the Long Beach Hilton on October 11th to 14th. In addition to the Zone Institute there was the traditional Presentation of next year's District Governor, DGE Chuck Anderson & Terri, to RI President Wilf Wilkinson and RI Director Paul Netzel by DG Dave Moyers. Shown above (from left) Susanne Sundberg DGN, Chuck Anderson DGE, DG David Moyers and Scott Clifford, PDG. (Click here for more photos)

Zone Institute 2007 Long Beach, CA Oct 11-14th 2007-10-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Facts & Figures

Click on the documents to
the right to learn some
facts and figures about Rotary International.

(These links are all
from the Rotary
International Website.)

What is Rotary?

Rotary Figures

Rotary Basics

Rotary Foundation<a href="http://www.rotary.org/RIdocumen

Rotary Facts & Figures 2007-10-13 00:00:00Z
Verdi's Requiem October 6
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Please join District Governor David Moyers and wife Rita, along with the Los Angeles, Hollywood, Wilshire and Koreatown Rotary clubs for a very special event on October 6, 2007 . Wine tasting from 4:30 - 5:30; Concert from 5:30 - 7:30pm.  It is the LA PREMIERE of VERDI'S REQUIEM FOR PIANO & ORGAN, performed by 2 great classical musicians, from Italy.100% of the proceeds from the performance will benefit the Rotary Foundation. Prepayment to the Anderson Associates Office will be the RSVP and save you $10.00 per ticket, otherwise you can pay at the door.  If you want to charge your tickets, please call Karen Mikkelsen, Executive Director Rotary Club of Los Angeles  @ 213-624-8601 x102  or you can email her at:  larotary@pacbell.net   or go to the website   www.rotaryclubofla.com .  This promises to be an amazing evening of great music and wine and friendship. Click HERE for the flyer.  

 

Verdi's Requiem October 6 2007-10-04 00:00:00Z
Matching Grants Meeting October 20
Instructors PDG Pat Cashin and Matching Grants Subcommittee chair Larry Bender will help you navigate your way through the Matching Grants process. Please bring along any Matching Grants applications that are being worked on, any Matching Grant ideas, or any questions you may have about the process. Handouts will be provided, along with light refreshments. Please RSVP to Larry Bender at laurencebender@yahoo.com or (310)650-5700
Matching Grants Meeting October 20 2007-10-04 00:00:00Z
Toy Drive Collection October 30th
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Support your Urban Needs Task Force by bringing unwrapped, new, small toys, stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, etc. to the October 30 District Breakfast. Collected items will be donated to the Christmas Train to Tecate and Shriners Hospital for Children. Let's light up the lives of children this holiday season! For more information, please contact Marie Fremd at (323) 262-1101 x228. Click HERE for the flyer.
Toy Drive Collection October 30th 2007-10-01 00:00:00Z
Foundation Celebration A Night Under The Stars

District Governor David Moyers, First Lady Rita Moyers with Rebecca and Michael Klausman, President CBS Studio Center and Senior Vice President CBS Television City. Rotarians and guests experienced an outstanding evening under the stars at the CBS studios in Studio City. Rotarians and guests enjoyed an evening filled with fun,  laughter and outstanding fellowship. The successful evening was orchestrated by Lee Jackman (Past Pres. LA-5) and her Foundation Celebration committee. (click here for more photos) 

 

Foundation Celebration A Night Under The Stars Mendoza, PDG, Rick 2007-09-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Roundtable For Small Clubs A Great Success!
Our leaders in clubs with less than 25 members working together to strengthen their clubs
Rotary Roundtable For Small Clubs A Great Success! 2007-09-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Brush With Kindness/Habitat For Humanity
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A Brush With Kindness does exterior painting, landscaping, and completes minor repairs on homes of low income homeowners to assist them in their efforts to live in a safe and decent home. The Jimmy Carter Work Program has chosen Los Angeles as this year's building site, which will provide Rotary Exposure. Focusing on the eldery and disabled, Rotary clubs will come together to improve local homes. Each site is $10,000 to sponsor and our District has a goal to sponsor 3 sites. A week long building blitz will take place October 28-November 2, 2007. Click HERE for details.
Rotary Brush With Kindness/Habitat For Humanity 2007-09-21 00:00:00Z
Rotary Round Table for Small Clubs-September 20

The Rotary Round Table is an evening designed for clubs with less than 25 members. This discussion will focus on ideas, goals, proceedures, and achievements for small clubs. Club presidents, officers, and club members are encouraged to attend. Discussion topics will include weekly meeting proceedures, new member strategies, strategic planning and goal setting, and club management and funding.

Rotary Round Table for Small Clubs-September 20 2007-09-11 00:00:00Z
District Picnic-Sunday September 16

Fun for the whole family! FREE! The Rotary District Picnic returns to Rancho Dominguez, and this promises to be our most fun event yet. In addition to great food, we will also conduct our first ever "Rotolympics"-a friendly competition among clubs in sack racing, balloon and egg tosses, a tug-of-war, and much more! And don't miss the chance to soak DG David in the dunk tank! Fun for all ages 1-100!

District Picnic-Sunday September 16 2007-09-11 00:00:00Z
D5280 September Newsletter
To view the September 2007 edition of the District newsletter, "Sharing Rotary" please click HERE
D5280 September Newsletter 2007-08-03 00:00:00Z
Literacy Breakfast at Lawry's- August 10
The District is hosting the Annual Literacy Breakfast at Lawry's The Prime Rib Friday, August 10 at 8:00am. With keynote speaker Karen Hill Scott, this dynamic morning will give your club the tools needed to execute successful and meaningful literacy projects throughout the year. Lawry's is located at 100 N. La Cienega Blvd in Beverly Hills. There is no cost for the breakfast, but reservations are required through the District Office, office@rotary5280.org
Literacy Breakfast at Lawry's- August 10 2007-07-31 00:00:00Z
Funds Raised Exceed Pledges
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July 18, 2007 -- The official results are in. "Rotary International today certified the Rotarians of District 5280 raised $519,146 in the 2006-07 Rptary Year," according to PDG Rick Mendoza. 


Funds Raised Exceed Pledges 2007-07-18 00:00:00Z
D5280 Newsletter: Sharing Rotary

The July 2007 edition of Sharing Rotary is now available.  Click HERE to see the issue  (Adobe Acrobat required.)


D5280 Newsletter: Sharing Rotary 2007-07-07 00:00:00Z
Governor's Winter Message
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Dear Friends,

Have you ever watched a relay race? These are my favorite events in track. I prefer these events to many others in track and field because they require not only exceptional individual performances but also well coordinated team efforts.

Governor's Winter Message Scot Clifford 2007-02-27 00:00:00Z
West LA-Brentwood Rotary Enhances City Streets
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Some of Brentwood's foremost citizens gathered on the San Vicente Boulevard median, across from the Veterans Administration, to unveil the new gateway monuments on Wednesday, January 17.
West LA-Brentwood Rotary Enhances City Streets 2007-01-31 00:00:00Z
Lawndale Rotary Happenings
Lawndale Rotary Happenings 2007-01-29 00:00:00Z
Jim Chen Becomes A Major Donor

On January 10th current Redondo Beach Rotary President Jim Chen was honored with his Major Donor Crystal presented by District Governor Scot Clifford

Jim Chen Becomes A Major Donor Tori Hettinger 2007-01-26 00:00:00Z
Mid Year Seminar Recap
On January 20th, the Rotary leadership of 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 gathered to discuss ideas and responsibilities for the District. With sessions led by Governor Scot, Governor-Elect David, and RI Director Paul Netzel, Rotarians enhanced their skills, knowledge, and leadership training.
Mid Year Seminar Recap Tori Hettinger 2007-01-23 00:00:00Z
Mid Year Seminar-January 20th
The Mid Year Seminar (also known as Pre-PETS) is designed for ALL Club Presidents and District Leaders of 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Current Presidents and President Elects should attend together to ensure a smooth transition into the coming Rotary year. The Mid Year Seminar has a great program with great presenters!
Mid Year Seminar-January 20th 2007-01-11 00:00:00Z
"Just a Shoe In" District Shoe Drive
The Urban Needs Task Force has joined with the Kim Foot and Ankle Center to collect shoes for the needy locally and abroad. Please bring your used shoes to either the District Breakfast January 9 or the Hacienda Hotel on January 20 at the Mid Year Seminar.
"Just a Shoe In" District Shoe Drive 2007-01-05 00:00:00Z
Katra, Kashmir Polio Corrective Surgery Report
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Hawthorne Rotarian Larry Bender submitted the final report for the Polio Corrective Surgery Camp in Katra, Kashmir, held from December 1 - 3, 2007. There were some polio surgeries but the majority of patients presented club feet and other birth defect deformities.

Katra, Kashmir Polio Corrective Surgery Report Larry Bender 2006-12-22 00:00:00Z
Westchester Rotary Club Home Makeover
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Manhattan Beach Rotarian Larry Johnson attended the December 20th Westchester Club meeting. This was the meeting where the Odum family was honored at the completion of the makeover of their home by the Club. It was a very moving experience, especially viewing the very professionally done video of the project and the family's first viewing of their renovated home.

Westchester Rotary Club Home Makeover Lawrence Johnson 2006-12-22 00:00:00Z
Governor's December Message
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Dear Friends,  

One of our priorities this year is to achieve vitality and continuity in our service.  To do this we must maintain a vigorous schedule of activities through the end of this Rotary year while laying the foundation for an early and ambitious start when the next leadership team takes the helm.  We ought to look forward to April, May and June, 2007, as months when we, as experienced Rotary leaders, can do our best work. 

Governor's December Message Scot Clifford 2006-12-22 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Supports Braille Institute Luncheon
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As they have done for the past 30+ years, District 5280 Rotarians showed up in force (with the help of Rotarians from other Districts as well) at the Braille Institute on December 8, 2006 to assist the Braille Institute students in enjoying their Christmas luncheon. Click here to view photos of the Luncheon.

District 5280 Supports Braille Institute Luncheon John Miron 2006-12-08 00:00:00Z
Second President's Dinner - Another Success
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The second President's Dinner was held Nov. 30, 2006 at the LAX Flight Path Museum in El Segundo. Sponsored by the Westchester Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Beverly Hills, the event attracted 70 Rotarians including a dozen or so club presidents.
Second President's Dinner - Another Success Bill Paul 2006-11-30 00:00:00Z
Truly "An Affair to Remember"!

On Saturday, November 4, 2006, the red carpet was rolled out for "An Affair to Remember". At the stroke of 6 o'clock, the spotlights illuminated Hollywood landmark Raleigh Studios, where the Annual Paul Harris Celebration took center stage. District 5280 Rotarians came dressed to the nines, ready for their close ups and poised with check books to support the Rotary Foundation.

Truly "An Affair to Remember"! Tori Hettinger 2006-11-29 00:00:00Z
Governor's November Message
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Dear Friends,

On Saturday, November 4, more than seven hundred Rotarians and guests gathered at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood for a joyous celebration of Rotary fellowship and support for our Rotary International Foundation. We do not yet have the final tally for your generous contributions, but it appears that your gifts at the silent and live auctions and through the opportunity drawing total nearly two hundred thousand dollars.

Governor's November Message 2006-11-27 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Paul Harris Gala

On Nov. 2nd, D-5280 Governor Scot Clifford hosted the 2006 Paul Harris Dinner. It was "An Affair To Remember."  Click here for more photos.

District 5280 Paul Harris Gala 2006-11-17 00:00:00Z
Governor's October Message
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Dear Friends,

Michael Josephson, founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and a nationally known lecturer on the importance of good moral character, spoke at our second District Breakfast . I hope you were able to attend, because building good character is one of our highest priorities this year. If you had to miss this exceptional breakfast, I urge you to visit Mr. Josephson's website www.josephsoninstitute.org.

Governor's October Message Scot Clifford 2006-10-25 00:00:00Z
The Ambassadorial Scholars Are In The House
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On Sunday afternoon, September 24, 2006, the annual Ambassadorial Scholar Reception was held at Tom Bergin's T a v e r n (celebrating its 70th year of business in 2006) on Fairfax Avenue in the Museum District of Los Angeles.

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First President's Dinner: An Amazing Evening
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The date was Thursday, September 21st; the place was the Santa Monica Masonic Center in Santa Monica; the theme was Persian; and the atmosphere was definitely festive. The Rotary Club of Rancho Park did a magnificent job of hosting the evening.

First President's Dinner: An Amazing Evening John Miron 2006-09-27 00:00:00Z
SCANEX Youth Exchange Students At Lake Elsinore

The Lake Elsinore International Campout, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lake Elsinore, was held last weekend (September 8-10) at  Lake Elsinore, to gather all of the Rotary Youth Exchange students in the SCANEX area together, so that they could meet and get to know each other.

SCANEX Youth Exchange Students At Lake Elsinore 2006-09-18 00:00:00Z
District 5280 Youth Exchange Students Have Arrived
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With the arrival of the 2006-2007 Rotary year, a recent record has been achieved in the number of youth exchange students hosted by this District. This Rotary year your District is hosting four students!Congratulations to Youth Exchange Officer Paul St. John for this hosting record.  

District 5280 Youth Exchange Students Have Arrived John Miron 2006-09-14 00:00:00Z
Rotaractors at USCC
The Rotaract USCC was held at UCLA this year. Rotaractors from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean met on the campus of UCLA for their Annual Conference. Click here to view pictures.
Rotaractors at USCC Tori Hettinger 2006-08-03 00:00:00Z
The First District Breakfast
At the first District Breafast on July 18th, DG Scot Clifford welcomed District membership to the first of four District Breakfasts. DGN Chuck Anderson of the Redondo Beach RC chaired the event. Keynote speaker was Dan Issacs, CEO of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Click her for photo images by Tom Quintana - Hawthorne Rotary Club
The First District Breakfast 2006-08-02 00:00:00Z
Governor's July Message
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Welcome to Rotary Year 2006-2007.

I am honored to serve as your District Governor this year. I consider it a profound blessing to be engaged in service with so many creative, energetic and generous Rotarians who truly do place the interests of others above their own.
Governor's July Message Marc Leeka 2006-07-01 00:00:00Z
Koreatown Rotarian Visits Operation Smile in Korea

 

(Story by DJ Sun, Koreatown Rotary).-Last month, I went to Korea and gave a presentation to seventeen Governor-Elects representing Zone 9 and Zone 10A about surgeries for children with cleft-lips and palate.  I was invited by District 3650 (Seoul, Korea) Governor-Elect, who is also the head of the group of Governor-Elects.  I showed them the slides we took during our mission in Vietnam.  The club I belong to, Koreatown Rotary club has been involved with Operation Smile in helping children with cleft-lips and palate to restore their smile for the last four years.  So far we have given 287 children their smiles back. 
 

Koreatown Rotarian Visits Operation Smile in Korea
Rotary District Breakfast July 16, 2013
Don't miss the first Rotary District Breakfast of the 2013-2014 year!
Our distinguished guest speaker is Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
 
This event is sure to sell out quickly.
Learn more.
    
 
Rotary District Breakfast July 16, 2013 Tori Hettinger
Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts
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Rotary International Districts 5770 and 5750 are supporting the relief and recovery efforts related to the tragic events in Moore, Oklahoma, and the destruction from the tornado that hit there on May 20.  Many families and friends have suffered great loss.  It is estimated that there were between 12,000 and 13,000 homes destroyed or damaged, in addition to businesses and schools.  

Tax-deductible donations to help in those efforts are being accepted.   Those who would like to help by donating may send checks  to :  

Foundation for Oklahoma Rotary, Inc. 

Attention: Bi-District Tornado Disaster Fund

P.O. Box 13800

Oklahoma City OK 73113-3800 USA             

Contributions may also be done online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover by clicking the "Donate Now" link below:

DONATE NOW 

Funds received by our Rotary Bi-District 501(c)3 Foundation will be used exclusively for the benefit of those affected by this terrible event.  Donations are tax deductible and all donations will be acknowledged.

The effort in helping the community and individuals who have been affected by these destructive forces is being coordinated by leaders from Rotary District 5770 (which includes Moore and Cleveland County) and Rotary District 5750 (which includes south Oklahoma City), and will work in conjunction with and in support of the Moore Rotary Club and local and state officials. 

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and support.

Promoting Peace through Service,    

Phil Moss Governor, 2012-13
Rotary International District 5770

This information is also available on the District 5770 Web Site.
Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts Administrator Blair-Charnelle
Rotary District 5280 Day of Service: April 6, 2013

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Pictured above (left to right): District Governor Lew Bertrand, Hollywood Rotarian & Day of Service Co-Chair Melody St. John, LA5 Rotarian & Day of Service Co-Chair Marjorie Heller, and DGNG D.J. Sun.

Congratulations to the Rotary Day of Service volunteers for a wonderful project!

On Saturday, April 6, Rotarians and their guests from 30 Clubs, Interactors from 16 high schools and Rotaractors from 5 Rotaract clubs within District 5280 joined hands and completed the rejuvenation of South Park Recreation Center in South Los Angeles.  With great pleasure, Governor Lew Bertrand of District 5280 presented a $7,000 check for South Park summer campership scholarships. All activities demonstrated Rotary’s commitment to our communities, making Greater Los Angeles a better place to live and work.

To read about this successful service event, please click the link below that says "more" and to view more pictures click HERE for the photo album.

Rotary District 5280 Day of Service: April 6, 2013 Melody StJohn
Interact 5280 Annual Aloha Brunch: June 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
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Be part of the fun at the Interact Brunch on Sunday, June 9th at 11am at the Hacienda Hotel in El Segundo. Admission is $20 per person, please RSVP to interact5280@gmail.com no later than June 1st. For the flyer click HERE
Interact 5280 Annual Aloha Brunch: June 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Diane Davis
Rotary District 5280 19th Annual Day at the Races: June 1, 2013
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Join Governor Lew, your fellow Rotarians, family, and friends for an exciting Day at the Races at Betfair Hollywood Park, hosted by the Inglewood Rotary Club on Saturday, June 1st at 1:00 p.m. The $75 individual ticket price will include admission, gold cup buffet, program, VIP seating, valet parking, and a picture at the winner's circle! Reserve your tickets now before they sell out! For details on how to make your reservations read the flyer HERE. After 75 years of horse racing, Betfair Hollywood Park will end its operations following the final race of its autumn meeting on December 22nd. You won't want to miss an opportunity to say farewell to this Los Angeles landmark. 
Rotary District 5280 19th Annual Day at the Races: June 1, 2013 Jaimee Cantrell
District 2620 GSE Team Departed, May 15, 2013
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Pictured from left to right are: Nori (Noriaki) Oshimura, Sammy (Satomi) Omata the team leader, Nako (Namiko) Ishikawa, Minami Wade, Oggy (Hiroki) Ogino, and Makiko Nakasone
 

My sincerest thanks to DG Lew and all the Rotarians in our proud D5280! Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from D2620 went back to Japan on May 15 with the fondest memories and much gratitude to all of you. They enjoyed the candid conversations they had with their host families on cultural differences and similarities. They were amazed by the advanced technologies used at each vocational site they visited, including ABC7, Glendale Police Department's jail, and Dr. Brian Bergh's orthodontic clinic.  They also learned California's rich mosaic history, including the Japanese Americans', Hispanics', and Armenians'.

 

For most of the team members, this was their first visit to Southern California. You gave them such an impression that they all want to come back to visit you. If you ever visit Japan, please make sure to contact them.

 

Proudly, I am reporting to you that we had a very successful final year of GSE. Many have complimented that this was the best GSE team. Our out-going GSE team received similar applauds in D2620. From next Rotary year, we will start our new tradition of Vocational Training Team and I look forward to this new exciting program.

 

Domo arigato again for your very warm support for GSE!

 

Makiko Nakasone

D5280 GSE Chair

District 2620 GSE Team Departed, May 15, 2013 Administrator Blair-Charnelle
PETS 2013-14

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To view more pictures from PETS follow the link HERE.

PETS 2013-14 Mendoza, PDG, Rick
Vocational Service Awards: March 15, 2013
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Do you know of a soon to be high school graduate who is interested in perusing a vocational career like plumbing, masonry, or nursing? Perhaps you should encourage them to submit an application for the Vocational Assistance Awards which can provide internship, apprentice or training programs. Or perhaps you can offer one of these opportunities to a recent graduate? Please read the letter from Patricia Bennett with more details HERE. And if you would like to fill out an application and submit a qualifying essay then click the link HERE.
Vocational Service Awards: March 15, 2013 Patricia Bennett
'Engage Rotary, Change Lives' is 2013-14 Rotary International Theme

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RI President-elect Ron Burton will ask Rotarians to Engage Rotary, Change Lives in 2013-14.

He unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2013 International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, the annual training event for incoming district governors.

“If we really want to take Rotary service forward, then we must make sure that every single Rotarian has the same feeling about Rotary that each one of us here has today,” Burton said. “We need to make sure that every Rotarian has a meaningful role to play, that they’re all making a contribution, and that their contribution is valued.”

'Engage Rotary, Change Lives' is 2013-14 Rotary International Theme Emily Blair-Charnelle
2013 Rotary International Convention Lisbon, Portugal: June 23 - 26, 2013
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Discover Lisbon - Perched on the west coast of Europe, Lisbon is a charming combination of old-world appeal and modern flair, a capital that is both energetic and languid. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, Lisbon can boast a colorful history that's been preserved in world-class museums and iconic monuments. Sun-drenched neighborhoods will offer a warm welcome as you learn more about Rotary while enjoying fresh seafood, traditional Fado music, and historic wonders. Whatever you choose to discover, one thing is certain: Lisbon is still an explorer's paradise. 

 

Early Registration Ended December 15, 2012:

  1. Read about the convention, entertainment and travel options available on the convention web site at www.riconvention.org or just click on the 2013 RI Convention logo from the Rotary web site at www.rotary.org
  2. Register and reserve a room online at www.rotary.org - member access. Just follow the instructions from the Register for Meetings link. Within two business days, you'll receive an email acknowledgment with your registration number.
  3. Register for host-ticketed events at www.lisboa2013.org 
  4. Make your travel arrangements
  5. Also, mark your calendar for the District 5280 Reception on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 12:30 between the two opening plenary sessions. The registration flyer for the District 5280 Reception can be opened HERE.   
For more information, check the convention web site at www.riconvention.org or contact DGN Elsa Gillham at elsa.gillham@rotary5280.org. 
2013 Rotary International Convention Lisbon, Portugal: June 23 - 26, 2013 Emily Blair-Charnelle
Group Study Exchange: Team Member Opening!
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There has been a last minute withdrawal of one of the team members selected to go on the trip to Japan and the GSE committee is accepting additional applications from qualified non-Rotarians to join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to travel to Japan from October 19th until November 20th. Please pass this on to prospective candidates as soon as possible. The application is attached HERE. Please have the candidate submit this by Wednesday, September 19th (interviews to be held on Saturday, September 22nd). Applications should be e-mailed to Makiko Nakasone at: district5280gse@gmail.com
Group Study Exchange: Team Member Opening! Emily Blair-Charnelle
Annual District 5280 Literacy Breakfast: Friday, August 10th
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On Friday, August 10th from 7-9AM at Lawry's Restaurant, the Literacy Breakfast will be featuring Rotarian guest speakers, Dr. Bob & Carole Donahue who founded the Rotary Nutritional Literacy Project, SOSMentor a program that educates, motivates, and empowers under served L.A. youth to make healthy eating choices, live an active lifestyle, and become health advocates in their communities. This event is free but please RSVP to Gerry Turner by August 1st; click HERE for the flyer with more information.
Annual District 5280 Literacy Breakfast: Friday, August 10th Gerry Turner
2012-13 Governor Club Visits
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The dates for the upcoming Governor visits are posted on the District website on the left hand side, under the block that reads "site pages". If you have trouble finding it then you can follow the link HERE.
2012-13 Governor Club Visits Emily Blair
25th Anniversary of Women in Rotary Celebration Luncheon: May 20th
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District 5280 invites you to attend a 25th Anniversary Celebration of Women in Rotary on Sunday, May 20, 2012, 11:30-1:30, at Killer Shrimp in Marina del Rey. This luncheon is open to all Rotarians, spouses, partners and friends. We are honored to have the first female Rotary Club President Sylvia Whitlock as our special speaker and she will share the story of her journey in Rotary which included a few brave men who decided to include women in their clubs.

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With your RSVP, please indicate if you would prefer Killer Shrimp or Salmon for your entree. Cost of lunch is $35 but without a reservation ahead of time, it does go up to $40. As an added bonus donate a door prize and receive 10 drawing tickets. For the flyer you can click the link HERE.

 

25th Anniversary of Women in Rotary Celebration Luncheon: May 20th Emily Blair
District Conference 2012: Schedule Update

(Current as of April 13, 2012)
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Click 
HERE for the full schedule

And click HERE for additional general District Conference Information

District Conference 2012: Schedule Update Bill Paul
Club Excellence & Recognition Awards as Presented at the 2012 District Conference
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Awards for Club Excellence and Achievement are available to view by clicking the link HERE. Awards not listed here will be posted soon.
Club Excellence & Recognition Awards as Presented at the 2012 District Conference Cozette Vergari
2012 Ethics Initiative Inaugural Seminar: April 14, 2012
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This Seminar which costs $65 per person, will take place at the Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel where the events start at a no-host bar reception on Friday, April 13th 6-7:30PM. On Saturday, April 14th, the meeting with lunch will start at 9AM and go until 3:30PM. This is a chance to be introduced to the New Four-Way Test Module and learn more about Living the Four-Way Test. You will help define the direction of the Ethics Initiative and how best to serve you, your youth programs, your clubs, your Districts, and Rotary. To learn more read page 3 in their newsletter, HERE.
2012 Ethics Initiative Inaugural Seminar: April 14, 2012 Emily Blair
Jules Zentner-Rotary Scholarship: Application Deadline April 2, 2012
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District 5280 has for the fourth year, a wonderful opportunity to provide 28 scholarships to needy students throughout Greater Los Angeles. These scholarships are available to Rotary Clubs or Rotarians sponsoring a student with a $500 scholarship that will be matched with a $500 scholarship from the Jules Zentner Scholarship Fund. The specifics for Rotarians and the application are now available on the District 5280 website, HERE. Reserve a scholarship or complete an application by Monday, April 2, 2012, or until all scholarships have been awarded.

Jules Zentner-Rotary Scholarship: Application Deadline April 2, 2012 Carmela Raack
India Removed from Polio-Endemic List

The World Health Organization has removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. The news was announced at the Polio Summit 2012 in New Delhi, India. To read more on the Rotary International website, you can follow the link HERE.
India Removed from Polio-Endemic List Shirley Giltzow
District Picnic Cardboard Boat Race Winner!

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On what was a truly beautiful seaside day, Governor Brad awarded the winning trophy to Playa Venice President Gail Goldstein for her clubs entry, Gail Force. Picture courtesy of Rotarian Alex Rosales.  Check out the photo gallery HERE.

District Picnic Cardboard Boat Race Winner! Emily Blair
Rotary District Breakfast- Tuesday, January 10, 2012 with Rotary Foundation General Manager John Osterlund
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The speaker will be John Osterlund, General Manager of The Rotary Foundation and he will update us on how Rotarians are changing lives around the world and provide a preview of Future Vision, Rotary Foundation's new grant model to support club and district humanitarian and educational projects. Starting in 2013 all districts will transition to the new grant model which offers two types of grants. District grants are block grants that enable clubs and districts to address immediate needs in their communities and abroad. Global grants offer opportunities to participate in strategically focused, high-impact activities within the six areas of focus. Global grants range from $30,000 to $400,000.

Register by January 4th to receive the Early Bird rate of $34. After the 4th, the cost of admission is $39. This is one you don't want to miss so make your reservation early! For the registration form, click HERE.

Rotary District Breakfast- Tuesday, January 10, 2012 with Rotary Foundation General Manager John Osterlund Emily Blair
Foundation Celebration at Circus Vargas

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Thank you one and all for your participation in the Foundation Celebration at Circus Vargas! What a sucessful event it was. Not only did we contribute to the Rotary Foundation but we also had a great time. Check out the photo gallery and see all the fun again! To see the gallery, click HERE. And if you missed Governor Brad's trapeze act, catch it HERE on You Tube!

Foundation Celebration at Circus Vargas Emily Blair
District Picnic Cardboard Boat Race Winner!

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District Governor Brad Robinson awarding the winning trophy to Playa Venice President Gail Goldstein for her clubs successful entry, Gail Force. Photo courtesy, Rotarian Alex Rosales.  

District Picnic Cardboard Boat Race Winner! Emily Blair
World Polio Day- Sample Op-Ed
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October 24th is World Polio Day and is the perfect time to bring attention to our effort to end polio. Read THIS summary of our work in End Polio Now. HERE is a sample proclamation for City Governments to recognize the work of Rotary. And HERE is a sample news release to publicize your clubs efforts to End Polio Now. We're in the final year of our $200 Million Challenge. Together we will finally "End Polio Now"! For more details email our Polio Plus Chair, Shirley Giltzow.
World Polio Day- Sample Op-Ed Emily Blair
Interact Symposium October 23, 2011
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Support tomorrow's leaders today! If you are interested in attending this event then please take at look at the flyer HERE. If you have any questions please email Olivia Patterson.
Interact Symposium October 23, 2011 Emily Blair
New Generations Conference October 9, 2011
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Join New Generations for their biggest event of the year! This event is open to all who would like to attend and is like PETS & the District Conference for New Generations. For the flyer click HERE. And for more details on upcoming events click HERE.
New Generations Conference October 9, 2011 Emily Blair
Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) Meeting- November 17, 2011
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The RCA meeting will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 17th at The People for Community Improvement (PCI) 13008 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles (cross street is El Segundo Blvd). Learn about projects Rotary grants have provided: A van, new computer lab, sports equipment and CURE Homework Club. Tour the facilities and see how we help young people at risk. These are very worthy Rotary projects that "Reach Within to Embrace Humanity". Enjoy a Italian dinner for $20.  

Please bring at least one unwrapped new toy for donation to CRLU's (Latinos Unidos) annual "Fill the Bag, Feel the Joy" program benefitting low-income and homeless children. For more information or to make a reservation please email Mindy Stogsdill HERE.

Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) Meeting- November 17, 2011 Emily Blair
Ethics Forum (4-Way Test) October 25, 2011 6:30pm
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Attend a fascinating Ethics Forum (4-Way Test) and 6:30 P.M. dinner. This event will be at the Radisson Hotel (LAX) 6225 Century Blvd. There will be a panel discussion with persons from legal, political, religion, sport and Rotary groups. Dinner is $25. Please make your reservations now to Creise Page 323-377-4859 or Pat Bennett 310-645-9610. For the flyer click HERE.

Ethics Forum (4-Way Test) October 25, 2011 6:30pm Emily Blair
New Generations & District 5280 Food Drive and Talent Show
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Donate non-perishable food items to this Food Drive and then attend or participate in the Rotary Talent Show November 5th. For more details on how to donate or participate click here for the flyer. The first collection will be at the District Breakfast on September 27th.
New Generations & District 5280 Food Drive and Talent Show Emily Blair
First Traditional President's Dinner- October 3, 2011
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October 3rd at 5:30pm is the first traditional President's Dinner and it is open to all Club Presidents, Assistant Governors and District Leadership Chairs. Please RSVP to the District Office by September 26th. Registration is $25 and you can make payment to the District Office or pay at the door. For the flyer click HERE.
First Traditional President's Dinner- October 3, 2011 Emily Blair
Circus Vargas Raffle Tickets

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Rotary Office:

Please provide me with _____ books of raffle tickets for the Rotary Foundation Celebration.

___  I will stop by the District Office and pick up the Raffle Tickets

___  Mail the tickets to me at this address:

First Name:

Last Name:

Telephone:

My Email address is:

When complete, return this message to me at office@rotary5280.org

Thanks,

Emily Blair
District Administrator 

 

Circus Vargas Raffle Tickets
Governor Brad Visits Westchester Rotary July 20, 2011
ImageThe Governor's First Club Visit was to Westchester Rotary on July 20th. Westchester rolled out the red carpet and made the Governor and First Lady feel at home with gifts of home grown flowers, protein based snacks and Transformer office supplies. President Cindy Williams honored Transformer Rowena Ake who was recognized by Governor Brad. For more pictures of the visit click here.
Governor Brad Visits Westchester Rotary July 20, 2011 Emily Blair
District Breakfast September 27, 2011
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The second District Breakfast is September 27th at 7am. Be sure to make your reservations to the District Office before September 20th  for the early bird price of $34. The speaker is Val Zavala who is the anchor of SoCal Connected and also serves as KCET's Vice President of News and Public Affairs. For the registration form and more information click HERE.
District Breakfast September 27, 2011 Emily Blair
New Generations & District 5280 Food Drive and Talent Show: Sept.1-Nov.12th
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Starting September 1st though November 12th, donate non-perishable food items to this Food Drive and then attend or participate in the Rotary Talent Show November 12th. For more details on how to donate or participate, click for the flyer HERE. The first collection will be at the District Breakfast on September 27th.
New Generations & District 5280 Food Drive and Talent Show: Sept.1-Nov.12th Emily Blair
Governor Doug...

 Time To Get Going

"It's been a wonderful experience this year and one that Connie and I are truly fortunate to have experienced. Thank you for being part of it all! We accomplished so much, shared so many memories and developed friendships that will last a lifetime. Be proud to be a Rotarian as I am to be able to say, 'I was once a Governor for the best Rotary District in the world'". -Doug Baker 

 

Governor Doug... Tori Hettinger
Governor's June Message
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Almost a million! We’ll get to the million in a bit, but first let’s recap the year and offer some gratitude.

Governor's June Message Baker, DG, Douglas
District Picnic and Cardboard Boat Race- Sunday, October 2, 2011

 
Get ready for the cardboard boat race at this year's annual district picnic. Scheduled for Sunday, October 2nd the activity will once again be held at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach. Contact Wendy at 323-938-0318 or click HERE for the rules governing the cardboard boat race. Deadline for the boat race submissions are Friday, September 30th and admission to the picnic is free but we need clubs to volunteer for food or entertainment services. Please volunteer or provide a donate so this event can be a success!

District Picnic and Cardboard Boat Race- Sunday, October 2, 2011
Changing of the Guards

Pictured: Tori Hettinger, Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith and Emily Blair

Tori says goodbye while Emily says hello. 

Changing of the Guards Tori Hettinger
Interact Aloha Brunch
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The Interact Aloha Brunch is one of the most spirited events of the year! Interactors and Rotarians are welcomed to attend! For more info, click here.
Interact Aloha Brunch Tori Hettinger
District Assembly 2011-Sign Up Today!
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Don't miss the 2011 District Assembly on June 11! Sign up today! For more information, click here.

District Assembly 2011-Sign Up Today! Tori Hettinger
Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) Meeting January 6
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The RCA meeting will feature updates on Rotary Cares Day and planning for our proposed projects for the spring.   Our guest speaker will be John Greenwood, a San Pedro Rotarian who is now the head of Coro Foundation, an organization dedicated to training ethical diverse leaders in our area. 
Rotary Community Alliance (RCA) Meeting January 6 Tori Hettinger
Rotary Rose Float Will Feature The Faces of D-5280
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The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Inc presents our 2011 Float: “Building Communities, Bridging Continents” the theme of 2010-2011 Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith. Eight bears—actually seven bears and one koala—are outfitted to represent the continents, as in “Bridging Continents.”

Rotary Rose Float Will Feature The Faces of D-5280 Tori Hettinger
Rotary Cares Day- January 15, 2011