History of District 5230
In 1915, Rotary International divided its clubs into separate Districts, improving administration and enhancing opportunities for growth. Originally, the region that was to become District 5230 encompassed a wide area including the cities of Albuquerque, Berkeley, Fresno, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Reno, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Stockton.
In 1957, District 522 was established covering the area from Sanger/Avenal in the south, Carmel/Monterey on the Coast, Fresno in the east, and Lodi in the north. On April 18, 1980 in Sparks, Nevada, District 522 Governor Donald R. Foppiano appointed a committee to study regrouping the clubs. The committee, comprised of nine PDG’s, including PRIP Cliff Dochterman, Chairman, District Secretary Martin Nelsen, and two AR’s, completed its work in 1982. It recommended regrouping clubs within Districts 522 and 524 to form District 523. Rotary International approved the change on July 1, 1982.
District 523 clubs were all within Fresno, Kings, Monterey, and Tulare counties. In 1991, the District number was changed to 5230. New clubs have continued to be chartered on a regular basis since. Presently, there are 56 clubs within District 5230.
Like all Districts in the Californian region, District 5230 began its life as the Western Division created as a consequence of the Duluth Conference in 1912. In 1915, the Western Division was named District 13 upon the introduction of the newly created “district system” of numbering. District 13 remained only for 3 years when, as a result of the growth of clubs in the region of California, renumbering became necessary. In consequence, District 23 was created in 1918 and incorporated the entire state of California. In most cases, renumbering procedures caused an advancement in numbers but in 1923, the district was numbered from 23 to District 2.
District Leadership Committee
Rauden Howell Coburn III
District Governor Elect
Joy Gonzales Anderson
District Governor Nominee
Chief of Staff
Bruce E. Kleckner
Director Camp Royal
Director Club Development
DiAnna L. Gamecho
Director Community Service - Coastal
Nina C. Clancy
Director Community Service - Valley
Director District Conference
Director Paul Harris Society
Michael J. Andritch
District Rotary Foundation Chair
Donald E. Kremer
Director Strategic Planning
Belinda I. Daguio
Director Polio Programs
Troy F. Brooks
Director Youth Exchange
Director Youth Protection
What is a Rotary “District”?
Since its founding in Chicago over 100 years ago, Rotary has spread steadily across the globe. Today, there are over 33,000 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide. Rotary Clubs are organized by Club, then District and then Zone. For instance, all the Rotary clubs in Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Monterey counties are included in District 5230. Collectively, these Clubs are supported by a District Governor and his/her assistants. There are currently 538 districts worldwide.
Each Rotary District is organized into what are known as Zones. For instance, Rotary District 5230 is part of Rotary Zone 26, which includes Districts in Central and Southern California, as well as Southern Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. Each Zone is managed by a Zone Director, who actually oversees two zones, and serves as a member of the Rotary International board of directors. Like the District Governor, the Zone Director is nominated by the clubs in the zone; however, each Zone Director is elected for a term of two consecutive years.
What is a District Governor?
The District Governor provides leadership, inspiration, and guidance to Rotary clubs under the general supervision of the Rotary International Board of Directors. In each jurisdiction or district, the Governor serves as the regional officer of Rotary, fostering success in their district at the club level.
Across the globe, Rotary Districts fluctuate in size and geography. District 5230 covers Fresno, Kings, Tulare and Monterey counties.
The District Governor is nominated by the Clubs in his or her District to represent Rotary International and serve as an officer of Rotary in their district. Each District Governor appoints Assistant Governors to assist in managing activities in the District, and to help facilitate projects that involve multiple clubs. Each District Governor serves a one-year term, but in most districts, that individual fills many roles in the lead-up to serving as District Governor. For instance, District 5230 has a District Governor (current year), a District Governor Elect (the next year), a District Governor Nominee (the following year) and a District Governor Designate.
Once a District Governor’s year has concluded, he/she becomes a Past District Governor (PDG) and will continue to serve as a de facto members of the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council is an advisory body that provides mentoring, guidance, and assistance to current leaders. Advisory Council members are invited to exclusive meetings and social functions throughout the year.