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NEWSLETTER President Elect Training Seminar

Club Presidents Elect from all over Southern California and Southern Nevada gathered on February 24-26, 2012 for the annual President Elect Training Seminar at the Marriott Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport. Over 400 Club Presidents took part in the Oldest (and some would say best) Multi-District PETS in the Rotary World.

Photos: PDG Rick Mendoza, District 5280 and official SoCal Nevada PETS photographer. Clockwise from top: Makiko Nakasone, Past President of Glendale (Noon), with DG Brad Robinson and Catherine Robinson, District 5280, and RI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka. North East LA President Elect Rey Valtierra with RI President Elect Tanaka. Lacy J. Dalton performing Friday night. Makiko Nakasone, Past President of the Rotary Club of Glendale, and official interpreter for RI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka at PETS (she’s with current 5280 DG Brad Robinson and spouse Catherine Robinson).

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Governor’s Message for March

As we follow the Rotary calendar through the year, we find out that March is Literacy month. This is a little bit different than most “Rotary Months”. Most of the months aim at broad avenues of service―like Vocational Service Month; or equally broad topics like World Understanding, or the Rotary Foundation. March focuses right back on a very basic human issue that is part of all of our avenues of service―literacy. I’m not sure why literacy rates its own month on the Rotary calendar, but I think that part of it is because of who Rotarians are. We are business, professional, and community leaders, and to get to that place we pretty much have to be literate people. We are obtaining and using information from written sources―reports, news publications, the Internet, every single day. On one level, we have a tendency to take our own literacy for granted, and on another level we need to be reminded that many people don’t share the skills that we are so lucky to have. In some ways, the United States is a very literate nation―our literacy rate is over 95%. But, in the early twenty-first century, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy tried to look behind that broad number, and figure out where adult literacy in the U.S. really is. Some of the numbers are startling. While 15% of adult Americans were found to be

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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260! As if you needed a reason to go to Honolulu next January . . . RI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka has announced three RI Global Peace Forums for the 2012-13 Rotary year―and the closest to us will be on January 25-27, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Honolulu Forum features “The Green Path to Peace” and will focus on the importance of conserving and protecting our shared environmental resources and mitigating the effects of natural disasters as a prerequisite to peace. Special emphasis will be on New Generations and how to empower their visions of peace. The other forums will be held in Berlin, Germany from November 30, 2012 to December 2, 2012, and will look at “Peace Without Borders.” The third will be on May 17 to 19, 2013 in Hiroshima, Japan and is titled “Peace Begins with You.” More details will be available soon―for now, mark your calendar to be part of one of these Global Peace Forums. RI President Elect: Sakuji Tanaka

Burbank Sunrise Assists Salvation Army with Armenian Translation Machine Burbank Sunrise’s newest member, Kari Rudd, who, along with her husband Eric, is the new director of the Burbank Salvation Army post, proudly presents the Armenian translation machine we purchased for them for use in their church and other services. The unit works off of wireless transmitters and the Armenian translator translates from English into Armenian for their clients who wear the headphones that came with the unit. It is portable, which is how she was able to easily bring it to us, and so they will also be able to use it for events outside of the post. Besides church services, they also provide a language lab (for which this machine should really come in handy!), pottery classes, a homework lab, youth scouting, food distribution, family fellowship, and other programs, both educational and religious, for youth and adults.

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“fully literate”, about 41 to 44% of U.S. Adults are in the lowest level of literacy. They can read and write, but their skills are so low that they are significantly hampered from moving forward in society―a level often called “functionally illiterate”. The “average” American reads at only a 7th or 8th grade level. Rotarians aren’t about reading scary statistics: we are about trying to solve problems. What is your club doing to help increase the number of functionally literate people in your community―the kinds of people who will have the skills to get better jobs and be more productive for their families and friends? What more can we do? Many of our communities have excellent reading and literacy programs in place. Perhaps our clubs don’t need to be starting new programs, but what can we do to help other programs that are already in place. Rotary talks a lot about long-term strategic partnerships in all areas of service―literacy may be one of those areas where you club can pursue a strategic partnership with a school or adult education program. Go to them; find out what their needs might be, and work to fill in the gaps that are out there. If you’re reading this, then you know what a gift literacy is. It is the single most important key to a better life, no matter what your vocation. As we move into Literacy month, let’s think about how we can give that gift to others. Rock on . . .

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Join us for the District 5260 “Farewell” District Conference Please make your plans now to join your fellow District 5260 Rotarians for our “Farewell” District Conference on June 8 and 9, 2012 at Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, California. We’re having the Conference “in District” this year, so that everyone will be able to attend. Most folks won’t need a hotel room, but for those that do we’ve got a great rate of $139.00 per night for our limited room block. Since the Conference will be shorter this year, the meal price will also be very attractive. Most importantly though, join us for the fellowship and the opportunity to see and hear more about the great things that Rotary does in the world. Friday night’s dinner will be our first event, and will be a “black tie optional” tribute to the history of our District. Then, Saturday morning we’ll look to the future with a morning plenary session featuring Past RI Director Paul Netzel as we “Reach Within” and look at great community and vocational service projects. Lunch will be when we recognize all our Clubs and the 2011-12 class of Presidents. RI President’s Rep Peter Bundgaard and Inge. That afternoon we’ll feature international service and the Rotary Foundation when we “Embrace Humanity.” Finally, we’ll close with a fabulous Saturday night dinner, including a keynote address Past RI Director Paul Netzel RI President’s Representative Peter Bundgaard from the Rotary Club of Ry, Denmark, and the final award of the Silver Bells. You won’t want to miss it! More information is available right now at www.rotary5260.org.

Rotarians at Work Day 2012 will be celebrated world-wide on April 28 this year. What’s your Club’s Rotarian at Work Day Project? It doesn’t have to be a big deal―but we want EVERY club in the District out doing a visible, hands-on Community Service Project. Start planning now for a great day! This is your club’s chance to serve the community, and generate great public recognition for what you do. You can get more information about Rotarians at Work Day at: http:// www.rotariansatwork.org. Impeccably dressed Rotarians at Work―Paul Harris Planting a Tree before anyone ever thought of Rotarians at Work Day. If Paul can do it, so can you!

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA As our Rotary Foundation implements the Future Vision Plan, it has adopted Literacy and Basic Education as one of six areas of focus―along with Peace and Conflict Resolution; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; and Economic and Community Development.

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Top Five Reasons to Go to the RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand 1.It’s cheap―relatively speaking. Thanks to support from the Thai government, registration fees are lower than they have been in years. Hotels are also amazingly inexpensive. 2.Thailand is full of Thai food. And Thai beer, for those of you who like that kind of thing. 3.Great speakers and programs. The plenary sessions at Rotary Conventions are always filled with amazing, inspirational speakers and great entertainment. The breakout sessions bring home tons of practical information that you can use to make your club better. 4.It’s the best place on earth to meet fellow Rotarians. Organizers are expecting over 40,000 Rotarians from all over the world―but especially from Asia. We are Rotary International, after all, and this is the best place to see how international we really are. 5.RI Conventions are FUN. ‘Nuff said about that.

Make your plans NOW, so that we can see you in Bangkok, May 6-10, 2012. Register on-line at www.rotary.org, and click on the Convention links. Youth Protection Training on March 17! All of our members who work with youth must be certified that i) they went through the Youth Protection training program and ii) have completed a background check. This includes members (or in that matter anyone over the age of eighteen who volunteers) working with such programs as Interact,Youth Exchange, school programs and RYLA. Many of our members have already completed the training and background checks, but we have new members and RYLA is coming up in April. The cost of the background check is $6.00 to the member or volunteer. DATE: March 17, 2012 TIME: 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. PLACE: Salvation Army Facility,Van Nuys ADDRESS: 14917 Victory Blvd.,Van Nuys, CA (just east of Kester) We do need a headcount from you as soon as possible of all who are planning to attend. With everything that has been in the news lately, it is even more imperative that our members attend this training, so please encourage their attendance. If you have any questions, I can be reached at either of the numbers below. Please RSVP to Bette Hall Cell 805-320-4656 Home Office 818-716-8852

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Announcing the 2012

Ethics Initiative Seminar Our Mission: To develop and provide resources that promote integrity and character in the personal and vocational lives of youth and adults through Rotary Clubs and Districts.

Ethics - The Heart of Leadership April 14, 2012, Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX, Los Angeles Join our Inaugural Seminar …… be on the cutting edge!

“There is no organization better suited to take ethics to the world than Rotary.” Michael Josephson

In 2009, The Ethics Initiative introduced a tenmodule ethics and leadership program, Living The Been involved with EI before? Four-Way Test. Piloted through RYLA, the topics Call this a Reunion! of Integrity and Leadership have resonated Coming for the first throughout our Rotary world. In addition to time? RYLA, Living The Four-Way Test materials have been incorporated into Interact, Rotaract, RYE, Call it your and Rotary Clubs. There is a thirst for more!

chance to change a life!

6 Great Reasons to Attend You will be introduced to the NEWEST module, The Rotary FourWay Test, created especially for Rotary Clubs. You will receive the ten-module Living The Four-Way Test manual, created in collaboration with the Josephson Institute of Ethics and used in multiple Rotary Clubs and Districts. We all will share experiences and best practices from the field. You will help define the direction of the Ethics Initiative and how we can best serve you, your youth programs, your clubs, your Districts, and Rotary. You will be inspired! Keynote address by nationally recognized speaker and EI Board member, Tyson Wooters.

CORE VALUES SERVICE FELLOWSHIP INTEGRITY DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP

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You will meet and share experiences with

Details, Details….. When: Saturday April 14, 2012. Welcome: No-host reception, Friday, 13 April 2012, Hotel bar, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Meeting: Saturday 14 April, 2012 8:30 a.m. Coffee; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Meeting and lunch. Location: Crowne Plaza LAX, Los Angeles. Please call 1-800-227-6963. Rooms are just $89 Mention ROTARY Ethics Initiative (limited room block - please register early). The Hotel is Just minutes from LAX, complimentary shuttle. Who Should Attend: Open to All! Rotarians with a passion for New Generations and the EI Project., New Generations Chairs, RYLA & Interact Counselors, Vocational Service Chairs, District & Club Leaders - all are invited!

other like-minded individuals who want to Cost: $65 per person, includes lunch and remake a difference, especially in the lives of our young people. The networking opportu- freshments on Saturday, Living The Four-Way Test nities will strengthen ALL of our programs. Manual, and The Four-Way Test Module (New). You will have a great time and go home with ideas you can implement immediately!

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi

Questions or more Information, please email Wyn Spiller, or call 530.913.6470. Space is limited. First Come, First Served. To Register: Please click here. Register Now.

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Club Recognition Deadlines this Month!!!!! Don’t forget that the deadline for the RI Presidential Citation is MARCH 31, 2012 and the RI Changemaker Award is MARCH 15, 2012! Remember, your club must earn both of these recognitions to be eligible for Silver Bell Consideration. Don’t forget that eligibility depends on your Club’s membership and Foundation giving records with Rotary International―so get those records up-to-date on Member Access, and make sure that those Foundation Contributions are actually delivered to the Rotary Foundation and reflected on your Club Recognition Summary reports! Copies of the Presidential Citation and Changemaker Award applications are available at www.rotary5260.org and at www.rotary.org. Any questions? You can contact District Awards Chair Sherri Dumin at d5260awards2012@gmail.com.

How is your Club Membership Program Going? It’s March, and too often as we move through the Rotary year we make a big deal out of membership in July and August, and then forget about it by the time spring rolls around―but there is never a time to not bring new members into your club! You will all soon be learning about the IGNITE membership program that Districts all over the West Coast will be promoting for the 2012-13 Rotary Year. Right now, though, you should all be trying to pre-ignite your clubs for solid, long-term membership growth. Put in the place the basics to make your club an attractive, energetic group of people whom others will want to join to make the world a better place. What have you done this year to bring in new, interesting programs for your weekly meetings? How many friends and colleagues have you invited to your club? What new projects have you organized? How have you helped spread the good word about your club? Now is the time to “pre-ignite” for a great future for your club!

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INTERACT NEWS by Camille Levee

This month, I would like to highlight a project started by the Interact Clubs in Santa Clarita. Sue Endress is the Rotary Club Youth Chair. Take a look at the difference we can make, working together!   The Interact Alliance has a number of clubs raising money for the mosquito net project. What is  your Interact Club up to??  Share the community service projects, fun and ideas with us.  Your information can be next month's column here! "Hello Everyone;  I just wanted to forward the attached e-mail that I received from Uganda today.  They finally received the wire transfer of funds that were raised last year on your Mosquito Net Project.  I cannot tell you how proud I am of all of your who participated and for the Saugus Club spearheading this project.  You can truly see what a difference you have made.  I sure would like to keep this project going if possible. CONGRATULATIONS!” SUE ENDRESS “Dear Willy and Susan, With much pleasure l inform you that we received the 1500 USD you sent to our club.We received the money on 10th Feb 2012 on our club account. The money came to our account in US dollars not pounds equivalent to Uganda shillings 3,188,600.We have secured 318 mosquito nets which we successfully distributed in three villages. Our focus mainly was; 1. Children under 5 2. Pregnant women 3. The elderly and HIV AIDS victims 4. 4. Mothers with New born babies. Accept our appreciation for the financial donation which enabled us to secure the nets for our needy community. We have attached photos taken during the distribution exercise and we request that our partnership for supporting our needy people in our community should continue. Let our contact continue even in other areas. Send our regards and appreciation to all your Club members. Thank You.” Rtn Kajaye Joseph RC of Kayunga.

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Antelope Valley Sunrise Club Sponsors New Interact Club District 5260 has another new Interact Club (that’s two this year!) sponsored by AV Sunrise in Palmdale. The new Interact Club is at Quartz Hill High School. The club is 20 members strong, and is working on an on-campus recycling program, and will be assisting AV Sunrise with their annual art auction to benefit the Yellen School. Congratulations to new Club President Isaias Ocegueda and all his colleagues at the Quartz Hill High School Interact Club.

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Around 5260—What’s Up with Your Club? On January 25, Shawn Tolleson, Writer/Director and Gregory Limpin, Executive Producer, spoke to Mammoth Lakes Sunrise Rotary about their new film, Saturn Returns. The film is set in the Eastern Sierra Mountains, in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California and the surrounding areas. Locations include Mono Lake, Inyo National Forest and Bodie, a historic gold rush town maintained in a state of “arrested decay” by the California Parks Department. Research has shown that when a movie location is named and featured in a film, visitation to that location increases significantly. The film team is looking for backers for a film that would help put summer time Mammoth on the map. Mammoth, as a resort town, could really use this additional publicity. The Provisional E Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley was busy helping out during the national Salute to Veteran’s Day at the

Rotary Club of Mammoth Lakes hosted its Winterfest 2012 over the weekend of February 4. Sometimes a picture says more than a story . . . if you missed this year’s Winterfest, we bet you’re sorry. Stay tuned for next year!

North Hills VA Hospital. The E Club is looking to build a long-term strategic partnership with the VA to assist vets in the San Fernando Valley. Tell us all about the fun and important projects that your club is working on. Send a short email to Newsletter Editor Vickie Taton at vtaton@gmail.com. Send a picture while you’re at it!

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA Rotarians have always been active in promoting literacy projects. For example, Australian Rotarians developed the Lighthouse for Literacy program in Thailand. The project’s teaching methods were so successful that the Thai Government adopted it for all of the nation’s schools.

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February 18 saw a jointly promoted E Waste collection event with the Rotary Club of North Hollywood and the Rotary Club of Van Nuys. This project not only raised funds for the clubs, but helped to rid their communities of tons of . . . E Waste. Look for a similar project from the Rotary Club of West San Fernando Valley in early March.

North Hollywood Rotarians (with some help from Universal City Sunrise), and a ton of E waste.

The Van Nuys E Waste Crew.

It’s getting to be DISTRICT ASSEMBLY TIME! Because of re-Districting, we won’t be having a District 5260 Assembly this year―BUT, Club Presidents Elect and their Club Leadership Teams need to mark their calendars for their District Assemblies in their new Districts: For the Clubs in Bishop and Mammoth: District 5190 District Assembly, April 21, 2012 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks, NV. More info at www.rotarydistrict5190.org. For all six clubs in the Antelope Valley: District 5300 District Assembly, April 14, 2012 at Victor Valley College. More info at www.district5300.org. For everybody else, District 5280 District Assembly, June 2, 2012. Keep an eye on www.rotary5280.org for more details.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA Rotary Clubs around the world have also sponsored the Concentrated Language Encounter program (CLE). At the 2007 RI Convention in Salt Lake City, 22 year old Emine Yuzay, from Turkey described how this program allowed her to grow from a 17 year old illiterate to a language instructor herself. A Rotary literacy program literally changed her life.

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The ONE Event You Won’t Want To Miss!

Bless the Beasts & the Children Dinner Extravaganza Saturday, May 19th! Join Malibu Pet Companions and The Rotary Club of Woodland Hills while we honor the work of Malibu Coast Animal Hospital and Rotarian Dave Woods for their dedicated efforts in giving animals and children hope for a brighter future! Proceeds from this event will go toward helping sick and injured homeless pets at the Agoura Animal Shelter as well as

From 6:00 – 10:00 pm, you’ll be treated to an extraordinary evening of:

Tickets are $100 For tickets/sponsorships call (818) 483.4228 or see: http://events.rcwh.org/

Get your tickets today!

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ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260 2012 DISTRICT CONFERENCE TOM HARDY – DISTRICT GOVERNOR Beverly Garland Hotel, North Hollywood, June 8 & 9 REGISTRATION FORM Please Print

Jay & Ferne Saltzman Conference Co-Chairs (818) 349-9683 JNsure@AOL.com

Name:__________________________________________Call Name:________________________________ Guest:__________________________________________Call Name:________________________________ Mailing Address:_____________________________________City:_________________________________ State:_______ Zip:___________ Rotary Club of:__________________________ District:_______________ Phone: H (____)_____________W(____)_____________C(____)_____________E-Mail:_________________ HOTEL RESERVATIONS The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn 4222 Vineland Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91602 Tel: 818-255-7492 Fax: 818-766-0112 1-800-BEVERLY Group Code: RTR $139 per night Hotel reservations must be made by Wed. May 9, 2012 as we have a very limited number of rooms available.

The first 100 Rotarians to register will receive a 5260 memento. Register early as there is a maximum capacity of 300 people at the conference this year.

Date

Activity

Choice

No. Cost

Dinner 7:00 p.m. Fellowship 6:00 p.m. Fri. June 8

Celebrate our Past

A._______ B._______ C._______

$50.00

Lunch Sat. June 9 11:55a.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m. Fellowship 6:00 p.m. Sat. June 9

Steak (A), Fish (B), or Vegetarian (C)

Total

Club Recognition $35.00

Buffet

Governor’s Dinner Embracing Rotary’s Future Prime Rib (A), Salmon (B), or Vegetarian (C)

A._______ B._______ C._______

$50.00

SUBTOTAL Registration Fee: $20 per person – 18 or older

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REGISTRATION Mail Registration Form To: Rotary District 5260 P.O. Box 289 Hot Springs, SD 57747 secox@pacbell.net To Pay by Credit Card: Name on Card_________________________________________MC_____ or VISA_____ Credit Card #__________________________________________Expiration Date_____________ Code:___________ If paying by check – Mail check to Rotary District 5260

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Calendar March 17, 2012 Youth Protection Training Salvation Army Facility 14917 Victory Blvd. Van Nuys, CA CA April 14, 2012 District 5300 Assembly Antelope Valley Clubs Victor Valley College 18422 Bear Valley Road Victorville, CA 92395 April 19-22, 2012 District 5280 District Conference, San Diego, CA April 21, 2012 District 5190 Assembly Bishop & Mammoth Clubs John Ascuaga’s Nugget 1100 Nugget Avenue Sparks, NV 89431 April 27-29, 2012 RYLA Arrowhead, San Bernardino Mountains, CA April 28, 2012 Rotarians at Work Day May 6-10, 2012 RI International Convention, Bangkok, Thailand May 13-14, 2012 Rotary Club Spring Show Moorpark Park 12061 Moorpark St Studio City, CA 91607

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.

June 2, 2012 District 5280 Assembly June 8-9, 2012 Final District 5260 District Conference Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn North Hollywood, CA

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Please submit items of interest to District Newsletter Editor Vickie Taton at vtaton@gmail.com. Submission deadline is the 20th of the month prior to publication. Please visit www.rotary5260.org for contact information for all of your District Officers and the latest and greatest of what is happening in our District. Rotary Trivia items are blatantly stolen from the ABC’s of Rotary by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman, and A Century of Service, by David C. Forward. Both are available for purchase at www.rotary.org. And visit our District 5260 Facebook Page!

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