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NEWSLETTER August through October is the time for Club Visits—here are just a few highlights from Tom’s visits around the District.

October Governor’s Message

Flatly stating that one Avenue of Service is our most important Avenue is always a recipe for getting yourself in trouble—so I am going to stay away from saying that Vocational Service is our single most important Avenue; but it’s really tempting to stir the pot by saying so.

Above: Glendale Sunrise Rotary Right: North Ho"ywood Rotary

We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.


Why? Because it is the one Avenue of Service that really and truly sets Rotary apart from so many other organizations that do good in the world. For someone who just wants to help out by serving his or her community or the world there are lots of groups out there; groups that don’t ask you to come to meetings once a week and pay dues. What makes a Rotarian a Rotarian is that while we want to serve others, we want to extend that service all the way down to what we do in our businesses and professions every single day. We honor all “useful occupations” and encourage our members to conduct their lives according to the Four Way Test. Rotary has five “core values” and three of them relate very strongly back to Vocational Service: fellowship, leadership, and integrity. We can’t ever forget that Rotary started out in 1905 as an organization for men (and now, thank goodness, women) who were engaged in business and the Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities.



Group Study Exchange! It’s that time of year again… Before you know it we will be sending another team of young, energetic professionals on a trip of a lifetime to another foreign country to learn their customs, their lifestyle, and interact with their professional counterparts. They will also learn about Rotary and how Rotary is changing the lives of those around the world. This is Group Study Exchange! This year we will be exchanging teams with District 4190 in beautiful Veracruz, Mexico. Our team will be spending 30 days, from Mid-April through their District Conference in Mid-June, in this beautiful beach community on the east coast of Mexico. We are accepting Team Leader and Team Member applications now. The Team Leader will be a Rotarian from our District and will be an integral part in selecting the Team Members. Team Members will be between the ages of 25-40, have been in their professions for 2 years, are Non-Rotarians, and be able to take the time away from work for the exchange. Candidates should be able to converse in Spanish, be team-players, and be available for all training sessions prior to the exchange. The deadline for Team Leader applications is October 15, 2011 with interviews to be held on October 23, 2011. The deadline for Team Member applications is November 26. Interviews will be held on December 3, 2011. Training for the team will begin in January so time is of the essence. The Applications are available on the District website ( ) on the lefthand side under District Links. Group Study Exchange is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most and I am looking forward to a wonderful, educational and uplifting exchange with the beautiful people of District 4190. Thank you, Craig F. Timm GSE Chair 2011-2012 661.917.2344


professions, and who wanted to associate with others who shared their ethical standards and beliefs. They believed in coming together in friendship once a week to share experiences and contacts, and to serve others. We have never really been a “business referral network”, and we are not supposed to expect any “advantage” from doing business with Rotarians, but our clubs have always been forums where individual Rotarians could trust in the integrity of their fellow club members, learn from them, and never worry about referring customers and clients in need of a product or service to a fellow member. Perhaps most importantly, Rotary Clubs have always been made up of people who are active and working in the community. Back in 1905 we were founded by a group of “thirty- somethings” who wanted to be connected to their communities. Our Clubs should still be fulfilling that roll as a place in our communities where business, professional, and community leaders come together to make things happen. This year, I am asking all the clubs in our District to implement a Vocational Service project that is directed to reminding Rotarians about our commitment to high ethical standards and personal integrity. While we have many Vocational Service projects, many of these are aimed at educating and helping non-Rotarians—so I want to see at least one project in every club for the members themselves that truly advances our commitment to being better individuals. Let’s remember that Vocational Service adds value back to each of us and gives us all a compelling reason to be Rotarians.

Photo courtesy Camille Levee: Interact BBQ



ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260! Win 1,000 extra recognition points by registering on Member Access From Rotary International News -- 13 September 2011 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------From 14 September to 14 October, Rotary club members are eligible to win 1,000 extra Rotary Foundation recognition points simply by registering on Member Access. Registrants will be entered into a drawing, and the winner will be announced after mid-October. Start the registration process by using a valid e-mail address to create an account.You may be asked to provide additional information to help us determine your relationship with Rotary International and match you with your record in our database. Within 24 hours, you will receive a verification e-mail with a hyperlink that will connect you to a Member Access screen to complete your registration. If you do not see the e-mail in your inbox, check your spam/bulk/junk folder.


Maybe I will go ahead and risk it— Vocational Service is our most important Avenue of Service.

Rocking on . . .

Member Access benefits Member Access is an easy and secure way to contribute to The Rotary Foundation online, view your personal donor history, and manage your Rotary publications and newsletter subscriptions. In addition, Member Access registrants in certain countries will soon be able to receive e-mailed tax receipts for Foundation contributions. If you have questions, visit the frequently asked questions for Member Access.You also can e-mail the Contact Center at or phone 866-9-ROTARY (866-976-8279) toll-free (within North America). The Contact Center provides services in English and Spanish and operates Monday-Friday, 08:00-17:00.

Photo courtesy of SCV Rotary and Alyssa Janney

Photo: Tarzana Encino Governor’s Visit

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA “Vocational service projects seek to improve business relations while improving the quality of trades, industry, commerce, and the professions. Rotarians understand that each person makes a valuable contribution to a better society through daily activities in a business or profession.”



ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5260! DVD Sets for District Training Seminars Now Available



For those of you unable to attend this year's District Membership & Public Relations Seminar or the District Foundation Seminar, we are pleased to announce that through the efforts of PDG Howard Durbin, you can purchase DVD sets of both Seminars. | THE AMERICAS CDS staff is your key Rotary contact. We provide personalized service, training, and guidance on Rotary resources, policies, and procedures. Contact us if you have questions on Rotary resources and services Administrative procedures Board policy and Rotary constitutional documents Conducting Rotary business with Member Access

Each Seminar is available as a two DVD set, and are an absolute bargain at $5.00 per set (this just reimburses PDG Howard for his out-of-pocket expenses). You can order your sets by contacting PDG Howard Durbin at Thank you PDG Howard for making this educational opportunity available for all District Rotarians!

JAMES R. DAMATO, JR. | Supervisor

JOHN M. HANNES | Coordinator P: 847.866.3405 F: 847.556.2135 P: 847.866.3275 F: 847.556.2135

One Rotary Center | 1560 Sherman Avenue | Evanston, IL 60201 3698

Photo: Way to get the word out!

District 5260 Welcomes Two New Provisional Clubs We’re very proud to announce that our District has two new Provisional Clubs―the Rotary eClub of the Greater San Fernando Valley, and the Glendale New Generations Rotary Club. Both clubs are in the process of recruiting members―and both are aimed at new ways of thinking about Rotary. E Clubs are a great opportunity for folks who don’t have time for a set weekly meeting. Instead, the club meets via its website, and members can log on and “do” their program any time during the week, from anywhere in the world. The club still gets together for service projects and “live” meetings. It’s a “real” Rotary club―just a different way of meeting. You can visit the club―and do make-ups―by logging on to Have you lost a great Rotarian from your club because of they couldn’t make your weekly meeting? Refer them to the E Club! The Glendale New Generations Rotary Club (or GNGR―pronounced “Ginger”―for short) is a group of young professionals meeting Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at 320 W. Windsor Rd. (the Salvation Army conference Room) Glendale , CA 91204. While this Club is open to all, it aims at making Rotary affordable and “doable” for people starting off in their careers. Costs are lower, and the emphasis is on “hands on” service. When you can, stop in for a visit!





An Interact Minute by Camille Levee, District Interact Chair Put this on your calendar---Sierra Safari September, 2012!!! For Interact??!! YES! Bishop is a great place to visit, and the Interact Club up there is very active, as is the one in Mammoth.  We Rotarians experienced great fellowship and had some good conversation, while enjoying the great out doors.  I am sure that some clubs would love to go up for a weekend and do a service project with the clubs up there, and vice versa. (personally, I think a Rotary vs Interact baseball game would be fun!) Okay, what I am really trying to do is encourage you to reach wider and "Interact" with clubs from other areas.  I know that the young folks  are on the Facebook page for Interact, so that makes communication easier.  What better way to practice for a longer Rotary Youth Exchange than a weekend in another part of our district, or the next district?  And think of the support you will get from liaisons and advisors who are experiencing the same feelings/frustrations/ FUN that you are! Don't forget Interact Symposium Oct 22----and how about a holiday get together with your sponsoring Rotary Club?  Time to start planning that now! Remember, these are all opportunities to invite potential Interact members to.  As always, I'm happy to assist in any way.  And don't forget to take photos!!!! Camille Levee District 5260 Interact Chair  

Camille Levee Photos: The Great Paint Out at the East Valley Baseball Field in North Hollywood on September 18. Interact and Rotary of North Hollywood painted all morning. There was a great turn out of volunteers so more brushes meant fewer hours.  Universal Sunrise sent two volunteers to paint.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA “Vocational Service describes the opportunity each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and value of her or his vocation to the other members of the club, as well as the responsibility of the club to undertake projects related to such areas as career planning, vocational training, and the promotion of high ethical standards in the workplace.”





HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR CLUB OFFICERS Ro t a ry In te rn a tiona l | w ww . rot a r y .or g

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CLUB AND DISTRICT SUPPORT (CDS) Located around the world, the CDS staff is your key Rotary contact. CDS representatives provide personalized service, training, and guidance on Rotary resources, policies, and procedures. Contact them if you have questions on Rotary resources and services Administrative procedures Board policy and Rotary constitutional documents Conducting Rotary business with Member Access

MEMBER ACCESS Member Access is a members only area where Rotarians can manage their Rotary e mail subscriptions, register for meetings, access member benefits, and contribute to The Rotary Foundation. Club and district officers have access to additional records and reports. For example, club presidents and club secretaries can Update membership records* and club data with Rotary Report 2012 2013 officers (by 31 December 2011) Print the Semi Annual Report (SAR) and pay club dues to Rotary (July/January) Utilize the online Official Directory Run a range of club reports *Providing updated club membership data by 1 June/1 December ensures that the SAR will be accurate. Please click here if you have not already registered. Having trouble? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. Still having trouble? Contact your CDS Representative for assistance.

ROTARY WEBSITE RESOURCES You can download free copies of the Strategic Planning Guide, manuals, and much more at the Resources for Running a Club section of the Rotary website. The guide, Be a Vibrant Club: Your Club Leadership Plan, includes questions, ideas, and resources to help your club be more successful. See which of the recommended best practices your club is already using and which ones might take your club from good to great. Find your Financial Representative's contact information online for advice on club payments, Semi Annual Report (SAR) invoices, balances, and exchange rates. Rotary Leader is a free online publication featuring practical information, links and important deadlines. Current club presidents who have provided accurate e mail addresses via Member Access will receive it automatically, but club presidents elect and club secretaries are strongly encouraged to subscribe. For more helpful resources, follow these links:

Policy and Procedure



Manual of Procedure RI Visual Identity Guide Web Terms and Conditions

Membership Development Resources How to Propose a New Member Membership Growth and Retention Rotary Basics This is Rotary Welcome Bulletin for New Members

Tips to Make Your Website Shine Social Media Tips Webinars RI Video Magazine Additional Newsletters





Transitions The 2011-12 Rotary Year is one of transition for District 5260. Beginning on July 1, 2012, all of our clubs are being reassigned to other Districts. The six clubs of the Antelope Valley will be joining District 5300, while the four clubs of the Eastern Sierra will become part of District 5190. All of our remaining clubs will join District 5280. During the year, we’re going to try to keep you up to date on what is happening in our new Districts. For up-to-the-minute information, you can always check out:

Top: Just one of Tom’s now-infamous podium shots of Clubs - Burbank Noon! Bottom: Santa Clarita Valley Governor’s Visit

Coming up in District 5280: District 5280 Foundation Celebration. Come one come all, to a performance of Circus Vargas under the big top in the parking lot of the Del Amo Fashion Center Mall in Torrance. This November 6, 2011 performance will be exclusive for District 5280 Rotarians, family and friends (which includes District 5260 Rotarians).More information at

Coming up in District 5190:

The Rotary Year is ¼ over? Are you sure? Yes―we’re sure.

District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to Puerto Rico. Scheduled for February 8-13, 2012, the fiveday trip will feature 13 service projects as we partner with Rotarians in District 7000. District 5260 Rotarians are invited.

October 29, 2011 Membership and Public Relations Seminar. For more information contact Incline Village, NV. Details at John Ramey at

Three months have flown by, and we’re one-fourth of the way into our Rotary year. Is your club on track to meet your membership, Foundation, and project goals? If you haven’t looked at them lately, it is a good time to pull out the brochures for this year’s RI Presidential Citation and Changemaker Awards and make sure that you’re doing what you need to do to earn those recognitions.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA “Vocational service does not mean giving preferential treatment to your fellow club members. In fact, Rotary’s Manual of Procedure expressly states that a Rotarian should not expect, and far less should a Rotarian ask for, more consideration or advantages from a fellow Rotarian than the latter would give to any other business or professional associate . . .any use of the fellowship of Rotary as a means of gaining advantage or profit is contrary to the spirit of Rotary.”






PEACE CONFERENCE Palm Springs Convention Center 277 N Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA

Sunday, November 13, 2011 * 1:00 - 4:30 PM INSPIRING WORLD PEACE: ROTARY'S TRANSCENDENT GOAL Keynote Speaker: Mr. Arun Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi Founder of Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

Additional Speakers: Vanessa Contopulos, Rotary Peace Fellow 2008-2009 Michael Fryer, Peace-Builder and Educator

Breakout Session Focus Groups:        

Peace as a Process Technology for Peace Peace in our Homes/Communities Interfaith Paths to Peace Lessons from Rotary Peace Fellows Growing Model UN Programs Promoting Rotary’s  Efforts  toward  Global Peace and Understanding Rotary in Political and Social Upheavals

Other Conference Highlights: o Peace-building Rotary International Service Projects Displays: o Submitted by RI Zones 25 & 26 Rotary Clubs o Multicultural Festival: o Arts and crafts, folk dances, International/ethnic cuisine, etc.

For more information and to register go to, and click on the link for the Peace Conference registration form.





Around 5260—What’s Up with Your Club? This year’s District Foundation Seminar was hosted—at the last minute—by Woodbury University. We had a great crowd find the new venue, and they enjoyed great presentations by the District Foundation Committee and by our special guests Anil Garg, PDG from District 5240 and our Assistant Regional Rotary Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, and Pam Russell, PDG from District 5340 and our Zone Future Vision Coordinator. The Burbank Sunrise Rotary Club hosted the first ever Burbank Sunrise Rotary Flappers Comedy Fundraiser on September 27. The event was held at the wonderful Flappers Comedy Club in beautiful downtown Burbank at 1st & Magnolia. A great fundraising idea!

The Rotary Club of Tarzana Encino led a joint District 5260 effort answering telephones for the annual Labor Day Weekend MDA telethon. Rotarians from other clubs including Sherman Oaks Sunset and Northeast Los Angeles also participated.

Don’t forget: The Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club is collecting stories of individuals whose life has been changed because of a Rotary project and or activity. We'd like to ask you to forward this e-mail to all of your club members so that they can share with us the inspirational stories and experiences they or that special person has experienced. And again, we would like to emphasize how individual lives have been changed or affected by the Rotary project. Send your story to:

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 Send a picture while you’re at it!





ultimate: [1] the last in a progression or series; [2] extreme, utmost; [3] finally reckoned.

June 8-9, 2012 The ultimate District 5260 Conference Plan to be there. Beverly Garland’s  Holiday  Inn 4222 Vineland Avenue North Hollywood, CA

Photo: Dance for the Children

On September 17, Rotarians and friends enjoyed the second annual Dance For The Children event to raise funds for The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus initiative. Participants included members of the Rotary Clubs of Sherman Oaks Sunset, Mid San Fernando Valley, North Hollywood, Granada Hills, and the provisional E-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley; and Arthur Murray students from the Sherman Oaks and Beverly Hills studios. E-Club member Sharon Gorrell, an Arthur Murray instructor, taught attendees several different dances during the evening. Donations are still coming in, but at press time the event had raised enough money to immunize more than 3500 children in polio-endemic countries. Plans are already in the works for the third annual dance, and plans are underway for similar events in Scotland, England, and Canada because of our local event.

Rotary Foundation Celebration November 6, 2011

Doors open at 11:00 am

Tickets: $65 adult

Pre-Show begins at 12:10 pm

$35 children under 16

Includes: Children and adults get one hot dog or nachos, one cotton candy or popcorn, and two beverages. Plus, each Adult ticket also gets one deli sandwich.

Del Amo Fashion Center Torrance 3 Del Amo Fashion Square, 3525 Carson Street, Torrance 90503

Tickets to Circus Vargas will be available at the First District Breakfast July 26th Tickets will be sold in packets of 10, adult tickets are $65 each. Children’s tickets sold in packets of 5, children’s tickets are $35 each. Bring a check or credit card, payment is required to buy tickets Jerrie Heslov, Paul Harris Foundation Celebration Chair

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL TRIVIA Beginning with the 1916 Cincinnati convention, “vocational sections” convened for Rotarians engaged in the same business or profession. They met to discuss how they could raise the ethical standards of their chosen trades.  Delegates to the same convention became the first U.S. organization to adopt a resolution calling for truth-in-advertising laws.









Calendar October 21-23, 2011 Southern California Interact Symposium Contact Camille Levee November 13, 2011 RI Zone 25/26 Peace Conference Palm Springs, CA December 10, 2011 Foundation Gala The Castaway Restaurant Burbank, CA January 21, 2012 Mid-year Club Presidents Meeting Sam’s Café at New Horizons 15725 Parthenia Street North Hills, CA 91343 April 19-22, 2012 District 5280 District Conference, San Diego, CA May 6-10, 2012 RI International Convention, Bangkok, Thailand May 15-18, 2012 District 5190 District Conference, Reno, NV May 31-June 3, 2012 District 5300 District Conference Lake Arrowhead, CA June 8-9, 2012 Final District 5260 District Conference Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn

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. Please submit items of interest to District Newsletter Editor Vickie Taton at Submission deadline is the 20th of the month prior to publication. Please visit 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 And visit our District 5260 Facebook Page!




December 10, 2011 11:30 a.m. Registration Castaway Restaurant 1250 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank, CA 91501 Special Guest speaker: Past RI Director John Blount More information coming to a Rotary Club near you! Visit for the latest updates.

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