Saturday, 21 of April of 2012

April 2012

Reach Within to Embrace Humanity



Located in Southern California, District 5320 has 45 clubs with 2,000 members all located within 30 miles of each other, in Orange County and the best part of Los Angeles County.


Governor Greg Owen

The Rotarian Magazine – News You Can Use!

April is Magazine Month and a reminder that Rotarians possess, in my opinion, one of the best published magazines in the world.  From its humble beginnings as a 12 page periodical in 1911, The Rotarian continues to document the stories of our great work in a simple, beautifully laid out format.

On page 14 of this month’s Rotarian magazine, you will find a paragraph highlighting our District’s very own annual Angels End Polio Now event, through which we have raised over $65,000 to End Polio Now in collaboration with two neighboring Districts.  The accomplishments of our District 5320 Clubs are exceptional and something to be proud of and shared.  With the talents of the Angels End Polio Now Chair Kevin Padilla and his committee, we are sure to have another successful Rotary/Angels event.

Another article this month includes Rotarians’ comments on networking opportunities, in terms of both quantity and quality.  The Objects of Rotary encourage and foster the ideal of service as a worthy enterprise for the development of acquaintance, high ethical standards in all businesses, professions and communities to advance world understanding and peace.  All of us know quality people whom we network with daily and genuinely enjoy giving back to their communities.  It would be difficult for any one of them to not find their passion identified in one of our six areas of focus: water & sanitation; disease prevention & control; children & maternal health; education & literacy; economic & community development; and certainly peace & conflict resolution.

A special thanks to the Club Presidents and members who have made great strides in membership development.  Your efforts are paying off.  Our membership numbers are currently up for the year.  However, traditionally the month of averages 45 terminations, but we can change this trend!  My plea is this: please find and introduce 3 solid new members by May 30th.  Many clubs have 3-9 members in their pipeline and that is terrific.  You can make this happen.

It’s hard to believe, but the International Convention in Thailand is right around the corner.  There are currently over 27,000 registrants.  If you have never attended an International Convention I would encourage you to take advantage of this special opportunity.  The speakers, events, information and interaction with Rotarians from all over the world will be unforgettable.  Join Valerie and me in Bangkok for the experience of a lifetime.

Speaking of fun, this year’s District Conference to be held June 1-3 is going to be a spectacular event!  VIP guest speakers include Past Rotary International President (and a personal hero of mine) Cliff Dochterman, R.I. Presidential Representative Bansi Dhurandhar, Past District Governor J.T. and Jane Capps and our own two-time ambassadorial scholar Brad Darling.   Please watch for information from Conference Chair Roy Jefferson as he releases the exciting details.

My final request to you is this: if you haven’t already made a personal contribution to The Rotary Foundation, please do so in any capacity that you can.  This is one of the best investments we can make for future generations.  Our contributions are invested for three years, then, half of what we contribute to the Annual Giving Fund comes back to our district.  A benefit that many Rotarians don’t yet realize is that we will be operating within the structure of the Future Vision Plan when this money comes back to our district.  Under the plan, like now, the clubs that give can use these funds.  In the future, we will be able to use the funds for district community projects or world projects.

Thank you for all you do in Rotary.  It’s making a difference, saving lives, creating futures where none existed and transforming our world beyond imagination.  It’s pretty cool what we can accomplish together, and just remember: They haven’t seen anything yet!


Greg Owen, District Governor



Additional Magazine Resources:

The Rotarian Online

Past Issues of the Rotarian

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