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.
Monika Fewtrell joined Rotary 2001 thanks to her husband Dean, past president and Area Representative. Monika has held several Club roles: Newsletter Editor 2002-2005, awarded Rotarian of the Year 2004-05, Club Treasurer 2006-2009, Club President 2010-11, Assistant Governor 2012–14, District Representative New Club 2023-15 (RC Salinas Santa Lucia), District Grants Chair and Trainer for CLTA and District Conferences. She and Dean also sponsored a Youth Exchange from Taiwan. Monika is a Benefactor, Paul Harris +3, and a Paul Harris Society member. She has sponsored five members.
Dean and Monika have been married since 1989. Monika states Dean has one big flaw…he does not laugh spontaneously with sincerity at her puns. Even though he has heard the same puns for all these years, her expectations of laughter still hold. (You can hear Dean groaning in the background.) Monika and Dean have a rescue puppy called Princess Gracie Rascal. Monika enjoys piano and singing.
Monika’s career background has been in business, administration and leadership training. She retired 2005. She has a BA in Music and Fine Arts and then studied business at Chico State University. Her actives include being a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club of Salinas serving on the Board as Treasurer and Secretary. Monika was also a founding member and served four years as President of Kinship Support Unlimited that supports Kinship Center serving children that have been abused and abandoned to find safe and loving permanent forever families. She is honored and excited to serve the great Rotarians of District 5230.
Rauden Howell Coburn III
District Governor Elect
“Dad, I would not be where I am today without Rotary” highlighted a family discussion following Rod’s selection as District Governor 2019-20. While joining Rotary to continue community service after being the President of the Fresno-Madera Dental Society and the Central Valley YMCA, little did his family know they were going to be a prime beneficiary of Rotary membership.
Rod and Shelly, married 51 years, along with their three children enthusiastically participated in youth exchanges as a host family for inbound students from Scotland, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, and Australia. Their children all had international experience, either as exchange students or living and traveling with families of their hosted students.
Rod had a family dental practice while at the same time teaching at UCSF, School of Dentistry. He ceased teaching when recruited to be a dental benefit consultant, which continues to today. Along the way, he and a group of dentists created a dental treatment network and a third party administration business to process group dental claims. As the children grew up, Shelly reentered education, following a twenty-year hiatus, as a classroom teacher and subsequently completed her Masters degree. Upon retiring from Selma Unified School District, she continues as a mentor instructor at Fresno Pacific University.
Rod served as President of Fig Garden Rotary Club in 2003-04, after previously being the chair of the district’s summer youth exchange program. He has also served the district as Lieutenant Governor and Assistant Governor. He is multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Rod served as Foreman of Fresno County’s civil Grand Jury. He is currently the Board Chair of the Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association and also serves as a Trustee of the Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District.
Rod and Shelly are excited to continue serving Rotary. Their passion is the ‘Family of Rotary and are looking forward to helping all Rotarians share Rotary.
Joy Gonzales Anderson
District Governor Nominee
A native of Carmel, California, Joy joined Rotary in 2012 as a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Monterey Cannery Row where she has served as Secretary, Public Relations Chair and Club President in 2014-2015. Joy served as District Membership Director in 2017-2018. She is a Paul Harris +2 and has sponsored 2 new members.
Joy served on the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau and on the Board of Directors for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce where she held the position of Chairman of the Board in 2011. She has served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Monterey Peninsula where she was a graduate of the Class of 1986 and has also worked with the YWCA of Monterey County. Joy also serves on the Advisory Council for Gathering for Women and Community Builders for Monterey County.
Joy was honored in 2014 with the prestigious Robert C. Littlefield Lifetime Achievement Award by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and in 2017 with the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Woman of Monterey County.
In her longtime career in hospitality, Joy has held positions as Director of Catering/Conference Services, Rooms Director, Director of Human Resources, General Manager and Regional Director for various hotel brands. She also held positions as Corporate Trainer for Best Western International and National Account Manager for Signature Worldwide Training. She has owned and operated her own business and continues to freelance in Marketing and Public Relations with a few select clients.
Now retired, she resides in Seaside, CA with her husband, Jim and their little dog, Luigi.
District Leadership Committee
Chief of Staff
Director Club Development
DiAnna L. Gamecho
Director Community Service - Coastal
Bruce E. Kleckner
Director Camp Royal
Director District Conference
Director Paul Harris Society
Nina C. Clancy
Director Community Service - Valley
Michael J. Andritch
District Rotary Foundation Chair
Belinda I. Daguio
Director Polio Programs
Troy F. Brooks
Director Youth Exchange
Director Youth Protection
Donald E. Kremer
Director Strategic Planning
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.