Upcoming Events
District Assembly- May 18, 2013 Carson Civic Center
May 18, 2013 07:00 AM - 11:50 AM
TRF Club Certification Training Session #3 Carson Center
May 18, 2013 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Memorial Day: District Office Closed District Office
May 27, 2013
District 5280 Day at the Races Betfair Hollywood Park
Jun 01, 2013 01:00 PM
Interact Aloha Brunch Hacienda Hotel
Jun 09, 2013 11:00 AM
Rotary International Convention in Lisbon Portugal Feira Internacional de Lisboa & Atlântico Pavilion
Jun 23, 2013 - Jun 26, 2013
Foundation Celebration 2013 California Science Center
Nov 09, 2013 06:30 PM
Posted by Administrator Blair-Charnelle

Prepare for the upcoming Rotary year at the District 5280 Assembly. Round up your President Elect, Secretaries, Treasures, all 5 Avenues of Service Directors, Foundation Chairs, Membership Chairs, Public Relations Chairs & all Board Members to attend the very important informational sessions we have planned for you. Check out the scheduled program HERE. Cost of admission (which includes breakfast and sessions) is $35 by May 9th and $45 after that. Please utilize the registration form HERE. Remember, attending the assembly is a source of invaluable information that will assist your club though the upcoming year.

If 3 Civic Plaza Dr. is Not Coming Up in Your Navigation System, Try this Alternative Address to the Carson Center: 

801 E. Carson St., Carson, CA 90745

Posted by Administrator Blair-Charnelle

The District Assembly is your first opportunity to purchase tables for the November 9th Foundation Celebration event. You may select tables on a first-come-first-serve basis on Saturday, May 18th at the District Assembly. Tables for 10 or tables for 4-5 are limited so be sure your club representative brings a check (payable to District 5280) with them as payment secures your reservations. To learn more about the Foundation Celebration and the wonderful keynote speaker, General Kevin Chilton, please read the flyer HERE. Please email Cozette Vergari with any questions you may have,[email protected].
Posted by Bill Paul on May 01, 2013


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.

Posted by Jaimee Cantrell

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.
Posted by Diane Davis

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 [email protected] no later than June 1st. For the flyer click HERE
Posted by Emily Blair-Charnelle

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 [email protected]
Posted by Administrator Blair-Charnelle

Welcome to the District 2620 GSE Team from Japan! This is the last GSE team and they are in store for an exciting four weeks visiting us at District 5280.

Pictured Above (from left to right): Makiko Nakasone, Hiroki Ogino, Satomi Omata (leader), Minami Wada, Namiko Ishikawa, and Noriaki Oshimura.

To view photos from their welcome party, check out the photos provided by PDG Rick Mendoza by clicking HERE.

Posted by PDG Mendoza

To view more pictures from PETS follow the link HERE.

Posted by Bill Paul on Jan 22, 2013

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


Posted by Emily Blair-Charnelle

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.”

Posted on Aug 06, 2012

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