Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
Ventura East
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
United States of America
2024 College Scholarship Applications
Multiple Scholarships up to $7,500.00 will be awarded.
Approximately $125,000.00 total will be awarded.
Available to graduating VUSD seniors who are attending two or four year colleges or vocational & technical schools.
College students who are prior recipients of a
Rotary Club of Ventura East scholarship may re-apply.
Click here to download the 2024 Scholarship Application
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ventura-East
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ventura-East. Our club was chartered on May 23, 1963; 55 years of service to our community and the world.  We are also the first club to be a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club in our district and we were the 54th club in the world to achieve this distinction, having donated $1,000 per member to the Rotary International Foundation to fund projects in the United States and all around the world.
Ventura-East Rotarians meet for lunch from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura, 3451 Foothill Road.   A delicious lunch, fellowship and networking, a short business session and usually an informative speaker who presents current and timely topics.
Rotarians practice our pledge of “Service Above Self” through our five Avenues of Service committees:  Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service and Youth Service.  One of our most popular projects is the Push-em Pull-em Parade for youngsters and families on the 4th of July. We started this parade in 1976 and celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the Push-em Pull-em Parde this year (Click on this link to see photos PhotoAlbums/2017-push-em-pull-em-parade).  Operation Splash, partnered with the YMCA, teaches youngsters to swim and learn water safety.  We are, after all, a beach community!  We support The Ronald McDonald House at VCMC, Food Share and Autism Society Ventura County. This year in June we awarded $125,000 in scholarships to local High School Seniors with plans to attend colleges and universities.  This coming June we plan to also award scholarships to those students pursuing vocational programs.
Leadership training for our youth is an important part of what we do, sponsoring an “Interact” Club at Buena High School and sending High School Juniors to a program called RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a 4-day retreat for self-development and leadership experience. 
On an International basis, we are partnering with “The Mossy Foot Project” based in Ventura and providing medical and rehabilitation services through their project in Ethiopia.   
We have two major fundraisers each year to support our charitable work. In April, we host a jigsaw puzzle competition that benefits our club and Autism Society Ventura County and our club. Our second and most lucrative fundraiser is Poinsettia Sales for the holidays. Volunteer Rotarians deliver the cases of beautiful plants for each order to home or business.  For large business orders, we can drop ship the cases.  Ask us!  These fund-raising events allow us to continue our services to our local community and to the world.
If you have an interest in Rotary and doing good in our world, here locally and internationally, please contact us through our website or see us on Facebook. We welcome your inquiry and would welcome you to join us at lunch to investigate the opportunities of Rotary Membership.
Carin Kally
Rotary Club of Ventura East
Our Flag Salute was led by Nancy D’Attilio
President Carin gave our Inspirational Message.
Upcoming events:
11/9 – Chayah Children’s Home
11/14 – Board Meeting
11/16 – Poinsettia call day
11/23 – Dark
We have had some club members agree to serve on the Peace Building Committee.
Kathy McGee spoke about Poinsettia sales for this year. We now have 3 weeks to get all the plants sold.
Our speaker today was Wade Nomura who spoke about the Rotary Foundation.
Bruce McGee presented Margarida Eidson, Kathy McGee, Judy Hoag, Nancy D’Attilio & Charles Ferguson with Paul Harris Awards.
Happy $’s: Margarida Eidson,
Cal Magro conducted the opportunity drawing and the lucky winner was Charles Ferguson!
The Celebration of Life for Rafael Canton will be held on Friday, November 3 at 11 o'clock
at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston Street
Many Rotarians donated cash to purchase a floral arrangement. 
If you would like to donate, please let me know and we can arrange for you to do so. 
...Rich Stewart, 805-320-4388,
Cal Magro led us in the Salute to the Flag.
President Carin let the club know about the passing of Rafael Canton, MD.
President Carin passed the microphone around for people to talk about Rafa.
Jeff Burgh donated a $50 Visa gift card for the Opportunity Drawing.
PDG Wade Nomura introduced his wife Debbie as a guest today.
This Saturday is the Flash Mob and Love Ventura project.
Thank you to all the volunteers from the Ventura Beachside Bash. Details are coming soon.
The District Governor’s visit was a lot of fun. We raised about $1,000 for Polio Plus that night.
Bruce McGee reminded the club about the D.G.’s offer to match funds to get Paul Harris Fellows.
Poinsettia sales are on the way. Be thinking about companies or organizations who may want to order poinsettias.
Our speaker today was PDG Wade Nomura to speak about the Rotary Rose Parade Float.
Happy $’s: Debbie Nomura, Jeff Hata, Harriet Clune
Rich Stewart conducted the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was Margarida Eidson.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Rafael Canton, M.D. Rafa passed away on September 30th at the age of 102.
Rafa joined the Rotary Club of Ventura-East on February 1, 1974 and served as President for the Rotary year 1978-79. We will always remember Rafa for his happy heart. Rafa believed that laughter was the best medicine and one thing you could be sure of was when Rafa did our Inspiration, we were in for at least a minute of laughter!
Rafa will be inurned with his late wife Jane later this month or early next month at Ivy Lawn Cemetery. We will keep you informed.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Vance Thompson
    January 1
  • Nancy D'Attilio
    January 14
  • Dawn Knowles
    January 17
  • Emily Barany
    January 21
  • Steve Harbison
    December 28
  • Dick Gallagher
    December 31
  • Bruce McGee
    Kathy McGee
    December 19
  • Kathy McGee
    Bruce McGee
    December 19
Join Date:
  • David Anderson
    January 1, 2003
    21 years
  • Dick Gallagher
    January 1, 2003
    21 years
  • Harriet Clune
    January 1, 2003
    21 years
  • Vance Thompson
    January 1, 2003
    21 years
  • Charles Ferguson
    January 3, 2023
    1 year
  • Derek Eidson
    January 3, 2023
    1 year
  • Jerry Dannenberg
    January 3, 2023
    1 year
  • Jacquelyn Gargano
    January 4, 2023
    1 year
  • Joe Bova
    January 13, 2021
    3 years
  • Husam Hishmeh
    January 26, 2006
    18 years
  • Carin Kally
    December 1, 2019
    4 years
  • Rich Stewart
    December 1, 1981
    42 years
  • Will Hoag
    December 12, 2008
    15 years
Club Leadership
Past President
Club Service
International Serv
Youth Service
Asst. Chair International Serv
Community Service
Vocational Service
Marketing & Social Media Chair
Fundraising Chair
2021-24 At Large Director
2023-26 At Large Director
2023-26 At Large Director
2022-25 At Large Director
2021-24 At Large Director
2022-25 At Large Director
The Rotary Foundation
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Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
Ventura East
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
United States of America
If you would like to make a donation for Maui Relief, you can do that here. Please scan the QR code or click on this link: Maui Fires Relief Fund
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2023 Push-em Pull-em Parade
Membership Corner
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Rotary Club of Ventura-East Avenues of Service Citation Recipients
Recognizing that the strength of the Rotary ideal is founded on the service carried out by club members worldwide, this citation program provides a means for Rotary clubs to personally recognize a member of the club for outstanding efforts in the five Avenues of Service. The citation commends the service carried out by an individual Rotarian in the club, thereby reinforcing the importance which Rotary places on the personal involvement of each club member in Rotary service activities.
Eric Nicolet - 1997-98
Devere 'Pete' Gallagher - 1998-99
Joseph Strohman - 1999-00
Sally Adelblue - 2000-01
Jan Lindsay - 2001-02
Richard Stewart - 2005-06
William Spellman - 2006-07
Husam Hishmeh - 2007-08
Deborah Roberts - 2010-11
Wendy Pazen - 2011-12
Jeff Hata - 2012-13
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