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RI Convention 2012―Bangkok, Thailand!

It is impossible to describe the energy, passion, and motivation that flow through every Rotary International Convention. The 2012 Convention in Bangkok was no exception. District 5260 was proudly represented at the Convention―some of their photos, and photos from the RI News staff are presented here. Be sure to go to for much, much more about the Convention, and be sure to register NOW for the 2013 RI Convention in Lisbon, Portugal!

Charlene and Gene Melchers, President and President Elect of the Rotary Club of Rosamond.

DG Tom and Nancy arriving in Bangkok (not really― but they got to spend a couple of days in Chiang Mai Thailand before the Convention. Photo courtesy of District 5190 DGE Woody Wilbanks) We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.


Governor’s Message for June

This is the last opportunity that I will ever have to write to all of you as Governor of Rotary International District 5260. Unfortunately, it is the last time that anyone will write to you as Governor of this great District. This could be a message of melancholy and regret―but it isn’t. Rotary is not about what District your club is in; Rotary is about what we do, together, as Rotarians, and there has never been a more exciting and important time to be part of Rotary. Right now, we are part of a world that is changing and adapting faster than ever before. We are facing new challenges while many old challenges remain unresolved. Many times we talk about the resources that Rotarians bring to challenges―our time, money, and talent. But, I want to write about the most important thing we can bring to Rotary―our passion. Sometimes, as we work through our dayto-day Rotary lives, we lose track of the passion that we brought with us initially. We get bogged down in what seem like chores―membership, fundraising, going to meetings once a week. But if we take a few minutes to step back, and take a deep breath, we can feel that passion again. We can see that what seem like “chores” are the necessary tasks that make Rotary stronger, and that build a better, more peaceful world.

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.


ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260!JUNE 2012 RI Convention 2012―Bangkok, Thailand!

Rotary Club of Woodland Hills President Elect Matt Schaff and partner Wendy at the Zone 25/26 Reception.

Assistant Governor Julie Jenkins from the Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise.

PDG Les Grossman and Zorida Suarez with Nancy.


When we act with passion, membership is not a chore―we are eager to bring qualified, energetic leaders and future leaders into our clubs. We are eager to work with today’s professionals to make Rotary work for them, not to make them conform to practices from past generations. We are eager to keep our clubs relevant and vibrant. When we remember that passion, raising money for our Foundation is not a chore-we are eager to support our Rotary Foundation as it works to eradicate polio and to create peace through educational and humanitarian programs. When we think with passion, our weekly meetings are not a chore―we are eager to see our friends, learn about what is happening in our communities, and to be part of the civic and social structure of where we live and work. Living lives of integrity and high ethical standards is never a chore―we are proud to be part of an organization that values how we behave and act towards others as much as it does the physical service we give to others―and we are always passionate about that. Let’s move into the future determined to use our personal gifts and our passion to make Rotary everything that it can be. As we start our adventures in new Districts, let’s be proud to be members in an organization that lives the motto “Service Above Self”. Let’s be passionate about being good people, doing good things. For the last time, it is my privilege to ask you all to “Rock On”. I hope and trust that you will keep rocking on for many years, and enjoy many great Rotary adventures. Let’s all rock on to the exciting opportunities and challenges that our clubs will face in the future. So . . . Rock on . . . Tom Hardy


ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260!JUNE 2012 RI Convention 2012―Bangkok, Thailand!

Rotary Club of Bishop President Elect Mike Gable and partner (and Fiancé) Lori. RI President Kalyan Banerjee and Binota at the Opening Plenary Session.

Craig Diamond, Past President of the Rotary Club of Granada Hills.

Performance of the Thai National Anthem

Dr. Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies, and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization addressing the Tuesday Plenary Session.



ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260!JUNE 2012 We hope you’re registered for the 2012 District 5260 “Farewell Conference” on June 8 and 9! We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Conference, and hope that you have a great time. Here are a few important things for you to know: 1. The attire for the Friday evening “Celebrating Our Past” dinner is black-tie optional. This dinner will be a nostalgic tribute to the history of our District, and we’d like everyone looking their best. 2. The attire for Saturday will be business casual for the entire day. We know that many attendees won’t have rooms at the hotel, so please don’t feel like you need to dress for dinner. 3. Our first plenary session on Saturday morning, celebrating community and vocational service, will start at 9:00 a.m. in the Ballroom at the Beverly Garland. This will not be a meal session, although we will have coffee and baked goods. The hotel restaurant will be open if you really have to have a big breakfast―but get there in plenty of time to be in your place at 9:00 a.m. 4. Saturday’s lunch will be when we recognize Club Presidents and District Team members. If you’re a Club President, please plan on attending this lunch so that you can be recognized for your work this year! 5. Our second plenary session will be after lunch and will celebrate international service, our Rotary Foundation, and the GSE Team. You won’t want to miss this! 6. We will hold a brief legislative session at 4:30p.m. (immediately after the afternoon plenary session) in the Director’s Room. Club Presidents or Presidents Elect should plan to attend that session. We are required to approve the District financial statements for 2010-11, but that should be the only item on the agenda. 7. Get ready for a fun, inspirational weekend of fellowship and Rotary information. Let’s make this a Conference to remember!

Get Ready to IGNITE Your Club If membership is FUN...and it is...membership development just became even more fun with IGNITE! Led by RI Director Ken Boyd, we believe that if we IGNITE every Rotarian to assist in membership growth and retention, we will grow Rotary and increase our humanitarian efforts so desperately needed in our world. Get your Club Membership Development Chair to your District Assembly--it has been confirmed that for District 5280 the membership presentation will be about IGNITE and will guessed it...FUN!

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA What’s a District Conference? Every Rotary District has a conference annually. These meetings are considered so important that the RI President selects a knowledgeable Rotarian as a personal representative to attend and address each one. One of the added benefits of attending a district conference is the opportunity to become better acquainted with members of your own club in an informal setting. Lasting friendships grow from the fellowship time at the District Conference.



ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260!JUNE 2012 Rotary Club of Bishop Honors Scholars Polio Plus Funds raised by Woodland Hills Ferne Saltzman, Past District First Lady and Rotary Club of Woodland Hills member, raised $1000 for Polio Plus through the sale of her work at her club’s Arts and Crafts Faire. Ferne's generosity will make it possible for more than 1500 children to be immunized against polio!

Rotary Clubs of Granada Hills and Lancaster support Camporee

The Rotary Club of Bishop again provided and served desserts May 22nd, 2012 at The California Scholarship Federation Recognition and Awards Program for Bishop Union High School. Once a year, the Bishop Union High School Chapter of the California Scholarship Federation recognizes those students who have excelled academically. This year, Chapter 118 honored 38 seniors, 20 of whom are Seal Bearers and recognized 26 juniors, 29 sophomores and 27 freshmen. CSF President Natalie Gonzalez welcomed everyone attending and introduced speakers and people giving out the awards. The Guest Speaker was Jeff Griffiths, Past President of the Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club, who also helped serve the dessert.

Rotarians of Granada Hills and Lancaster joined together as supporters of the 6th Annual Cahuenga District WLACC BSA ‘Zombie Survival’ Camporee/Cuboree 2012 & Eagle Scout Parents ESP (Emergency Survival Preparedness) and CERT Tri-County Regional Refresher with The Young Marines. Over 600 participants actively "Supported" the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) & FEMA Programs for 'Whole Community Volunteer Emergency & Disaster Preparedness, Communication & Relief', with Hands-On In-The-Field Preparedness Training on the Tejon Ranch wildlife preserve.



ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260!JUNE 2012 RYLA 2012: “The Greatest Generation” By Jorge Vazquez, District 5260 RYLA Chair This year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp was by any measure further confirmation that this generation of youth are idealistic, caring, smart, and ready to face the challenges of tomorrow. The camp, a joint venture between District 5260 and 5280, was held at the Alpine Conference Center close to Lake Arrowhead. I did not go anticipating that I would learn anything new. After all I had lost count of the number of RYLAs I had been to. This was just one more. I was completely wrong. This group was a perfect example of cultural diversity. It was amazing to see so many youth from foreign countries. There were students from Finland and Spain. As they participated in the events, and talent shows one could not help but conclude how the differences that separate this amazing group of young people were so much less than the bonds that united them. They were not defined by their passports, but by their ideals. Their stories only served to exemplify their courage and faith. Casey, a counselor who has been attending for several years, pays her own way. But paying her own way means a round trip plane ticket from New York City to Los Angeles. When asked why she simply said, “I wouldn’t miss it for anything, I look forward to this every year. These people are my family”. Casey will be graduating from New York University NYU. Saturday evening provided a time for the many talents of this group to be exhibited. As they clapped and encouraged each other during the many performances, the greatest lesson was yet to come. That evening under a moonlit sky these incredible youth had the opportunity to share their stories. This Rotarian was fighting back the tears. The next morning one of the adult counselors asked me the question that perhaps defined the entire weekend: “Jorge, Do you really trust these youth with our future?” My response required only a fraction of a second in thought, “Absolutely”. As my thoughts turned to Casey and many others I had realized no other response to that question was possible. These young people will be the generation to solve the major issues facing our planet. As RYLARIANS they deserve nothing less than the admiration and support of Rotary. Driving down the mountain I thought that perhaps in 80 years stories would be written about this generation. Perhaps they will be the greatest. Looking back on RYLA 2012, I am humbled thinking I was a small part of it.




Rotary Club of Northridge/Chatsworth Helps the Homeless It is the plight of the Homeless in our own “backyard” that touched the hearts of Northridge/Chatsworth Rotary Club Members. Public restrooms are essentially closed to the Homeless of the San Fernando Valley. Bathing is out of the question unless they venture down to the polluted water of the L.A. Riverbed. Their situation is dire! The Club’s Shower Project has been a tangible way to constructively reach out to this community of more than 7,000 in desperate need of a hand of compassion. Recently, the Club donated Shower Project funds collected thus far to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission for use in their shower program. The faces of these people who are grateful for the opportunity to take a hot shower in a clean facility say it all. They are indeed grateful for people who give of themselves to help others. People like our fine Rotarians who believe in “Service Above Self.”

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA So, then, what’s the International Convention? Each May or June, RI holds a worldwide convention to “stimulate, inspire, and inform all Rotarians at an international level.” The convention is generally held in a different part of the world each year is the annual meeting to conduct the business of the association. The next one will be in June, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal―plan on attending!




ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA In this election year, did you know that campaigning is prohibited in Rotary? Our bylaws provide that “no Rotarian shall campaign, canvass, or electioneer for elective position in Rotary International.” This includes the offices of District Governor, RI Director, RI President, and any elected committees. It’s required that any Rotarian who becomes a candidate for an elective position in Rotary International must avoid any action that would be interpreted as giving him or her an unfair advantage over other candidates.




Group Study Exchange! This year, District 5260 has been truly graced by our visit from the Group Study Exchange Team from District 4190,Veracruz State, Mexico. If you haven’t met team leader Omar and team members Astrid, Will, Crysthal and Jessica, come see them on Saturday, June 9, where they will be presenting at the District Conference. And a big thanks also to District Governor Leobardo Garza Garza for sending us such a marvelous team.

Arriving at LAX

At Red Rock Canyon

Dining with Lancaster Sunrise and Friends.

At Bishop Sunrise with the Guv.






As a Rotarian, I will 1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities 2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary 3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others 4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings 5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society 6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community 7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians 8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship




Calendar June 8-9, 2012 Final District 5260 District Conference Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn North Hollywood, CA

Officers of Rotary International for District 5260 Kalyan Banerjee, Rotary Club of Vapi, India Rotary International President 2011-12 Ken Boyd, Rotary Club of Kerman, California, USA Rotary International Director, Zones 25 & 26, 2011-13 Tom Hardy, Rotary Club of Bishop Sunrise, California, USA District Governor, District 5260, 2011-12.

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