Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
Ventura East
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
United States of America
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East – Who We Are and What We Do
Rotary’s Vision Statement:
TOGETHER  We See a World Where PEOPLE Unite and Take Action To CREATE Lasting CHANGE  Across the Globe In our Communities and in Ourselves
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ventura-East. We meet from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura, 3451 Foothill Road for a delicious lunch, fellowship and networking, a short business session followed by an informative speaker presenting an inspiring and timely topic.  On the Third Thursday of the month we substitute a lunch meeting with an evening dinner social at a local eating establishment.  We invite you to join us for a meeting or social to learn more about Rotary. Follow us on FaceBook or Instagram or send an inquiry through the ‘Contact Us’ below.
The Rotary pledge is “Service Above Self”.  Some examples of our community involvement:
  • hosting the 4th of July Push-em Pull-em Parade for youngsters and families since 1976 (check out photos in the album section of the website);
  • partnering with the YMCA for Operation Ventura  teaching youngsters to swim and learn water safety.  (We are, after all, a beach community!) The program also offers homeless and at-risk youth opportunities to participate in classes at the Y. 
  • The Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC and the Autism Society of Ventura County are near and dear to us. 
  • We annually award $125,000 in scholarships to local High School Seniors with plans to attend colleges and universities.
  • We also award scholarships to students pursuing vocational programs.
Our signature fundraiser is Poinsettia sales for the holidays. Beautiful, locally grown plants are delivered by cheerful Rotarians to your home or business. Send an email request for order form to in early November.  On St. Patrick’s Day, join us at Topa Topa Brewing on Colt Street for a celebration featuring Irish Music, Food, and a special Brew.  These fund-raising events allow us to continue our services to our local community and to the world. Ask to be on our mailing list for event notices.
The Club promotes youth leadership by sponsoring an “Interact” Club at Buena High School and sending High School Juniors to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a 4-day retreat described as a life-changing experience.
As a humanitarian organization, we support a variety of International projects including those that promote women’s and children’s health and the campaign to end Polio.
Chartered on May 23, 1963, we are the first club in our district to be a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club, and 54th 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 across the globe.
Thank you to Derek Eidson, Nancy D'Attilio & Bruce McGee for helping out.
Cal Magro donated our raffle prize today which as $50 cash!
Visiting today were Norry Harn, Ryan Barrajas, and Phil Drescher were guests of Joe Strohman.
Derek Eidson introduced Monique Gonzalez and her mother, Tim Hughes introduced Dann and Jodi Plum with Chayah.
President Carin gave our Inspirational Message.
Don’t forget the Step Down next week at Bright Spark Brewing from 5:30 - ???
PE Dawn asked to be notified if you are volunteering for the Push-em Pull-em parade. We are having shirts made for the volunteers.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is having a fundraiser on June 26th at Urbane Café.
Tim Hughes presented Dan & Jody Plum with a $2,000 donation to Chaya.
Derek Eidson presented Monique Gonzalez with a Bob Pazen Nursing Scholarship.
Our speaker today was City Manager Bill Ayub.
Happy $’s: Bill Gray, Mikyung Zdybowicz, Sam Marsh, Harriet Clune, President Carin, Joe Strohman, Tim Hughes
Rich Stewart conducted the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was President Carin!
P.E. Dawn stood in for President Carin who was a little under the weather today.
Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute.
Our opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Café Ficelle donated by Kathy McGee
PE Dawn thanked everyone who helped with the meeting today.
Jim Word let us know that the Friends of the Library is having a book sale on April 6th and they will need help to move books. If you have a truck or a van, please let Jim know.
Bruce McGee reported that our meeting will be on Wednesday in the Ventura room. California Rotary clubs will be receiving an award that will be presented via Zoom.
If you would like to join the Polio+ society, talk to Bruce. The St Patrick’s day fundraiser at Topa Topa will make the club approximately $4,000 to donate to the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at VCMC. The club acknowledged Stacy Tipton and her crew for her donation of the food and labor for this event.
Upcoming events
April 11th – Student of the Quarter and Juan Torres with the Salvation Army.
April 18th – Social TBA
April 25th – Scholarship Awards
PE Dawn gave our Inspirational Message.
D.G. Marta’s Step Down will be June 29th.
April 21st – Walk for Kids
Our speaker today was Tammy & Summer Helmuth with the Girl Scouts.
Happy $’s: Margarida Eidson, Cal Magro, Nancy D’Attilio, Harriet Clune
Rich Stewart conducted our opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was Cal Magro!
Jerry Dannenberg led us in the Flag Salute.
President Carin’s announcements:
Thank you Charles Ferguson for Greeting, Bruce McGee for running the front desk, Bill Spellman for taking attendance and Cal Magro for donating our Opportunity Drawing Prize, a $50 universal gift card.
Adonis Campillo has reluctantly resigned from the club due to his new job. Hopefully he can come back soon.
Jacquelyn Gargano gave our Inspirational Message.
President Carin presented Cameron DeJong with a $500 sponsorship of the International Football Showcase.
Bruce McGee spoke about the St Patrick’s Day fundraiser coming up on March 17th at Topa Topa Brewery.
Tim Hughes announced we had 86 applicants for scholarships. 58 of those are graduating seniors! The scholarship presentation day will be May 28th.
Club social will be at Yolanda’s.
April 3rd we are having a joint meeting with Downtown and South for a presentation of the Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award to the Rotary Clubs of California.
April 11th we will have a Student of the Quarter Presentation.
Avenues of Service Chairs, please complete your District Awards sheet. One of the criteria is Polio+. If you can donate $100 per year, please see President Carin.
The Ventura Family YMCA has sent us a thank you letter for our donation for Operation Ventura.
Walks coming up:
  • April 21 – Walk For Kids
  • April 28 – Aut2Run
  • May 18 – Walk to Cure Arthritis
Our speaker today was Laura from Sonny Horses 4 Kids.
Happy $’s: Laura, President Carin, Harriet Clune,
Our opportunity drawing winner was Dawn Knowles.
Abby Hanoch led us in the Flag Salute.
President’s announcements:
President Carin thanked Cal Magro for Greeting and Mikyung Zdybowicz for running the front desk.
Jacquelyn Gargano donated a $50 gift card to BJ’s for our Opportunity Drawing.
Guest of Joe Strohman was Ted Andrews, Sr. Deputy District Attorney. Steve Harbison introduced Mark Riecle visiting Rotarians from Gig Harbor Washington and Lori Blumenthal from the Arthritis Foundation.
City Center Gala is March 2nd. We still have room for 4 people at our club table. If you would like to go, let President Carin know.
Ventura South’s Mardi Gras fundraiser is March 10th.
The Search Dog Foundation is doing an open house on May 4th. The deadline for registering is coming soon.
Jaquelyn Gargano spoke about the St Patrick’s Day event and the Ronald McDonald Family Room Walk for Kids Kick-off event.
Harriet Clune announced the Rubicon is putting on a play “Eisenhower”.
Joe Strohman gave our Inspirational Message.
Joe Strohman then held the election for 2 at large directors for the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation.
Bruce McGee gave  Mikyung her Paul Harris Certificate from a couple of weeks ago and presented Jeff Hata, Bill Gray and Steve Harbison with Paul Harris awards.
Our speaker today was Cameron DeJong   with Ventura Football Network
Happy $’s: Mark Riecle
Joe Strohman announced our new Foundation Board members will be Jim Word and Mikyung Zdybowicz.
Rich Stewart conducted the opportunity drawing and our luck winner was Cal Magro!
We were led in the Flag Salute by Jacquelyn Gargano.
President Carin thanked the greeter and Steve Harbison for helping at the front desk.
Thank you for the bottle of whiskey donated by Adonis Campillo for our Opportunity Drawing.
Jacquelyn Gargano announced that the Walk for Kids Kick off will be in the Ventura Room in a few weeks.
 Feb 8th 5 -7
Ventura South will be doing their Mardi Gras fundraiser. We can get a table. Let President Carin know if you would like to attend.
Tim Hughes announced that the City Center Fundraising banquet will be at Palazzio Event Center.
Inspirational message was given by Jeff Hata.
Today’s program was a club assembly! Thank you for everyone who attended!
Past President Margarida announced that our PEN for 2025-26 will be Kathy McGee!
Bruce McGee spoke about membership. To do some of our events, we need more people in the club, so please invite.
Happy $’s: Jacquelyn Gargano, President Carin
Rich Stewart conducted our opportunity drawing and the lucky winner was Judy Hoag!
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Ken Kagan
    July 1
  • Judy Hoag
    July 17
  • Jacquelyn Gargano
    July 22
  • Charles Ferguson
    July 31
  • Harriet Clune
    August 1
  • William J. Spellman D.D.S
    August 3
  • Jeff Burgh
    August 5
  • Jim Word
    August 5
  • William Gray
    August 25
  • Cal Magro
    Val Magro
    July 16
Join Date:
  • Dawn Knowles
    July 12, 2021
    3 years
  • Ken Kagan
    July 22, 2010
    14 years
  • Cynthia Hashbarger
    July 27, 2020
    4 years
  • Bruce McGee
    August 16, 2012
    12 years
  • Judy Hoag
    August 22, 1996
    28 years
Club Leadership
Past President
International Serv
Community Service
Vocational Service
Vocational Service - Asst. Chair
Marketing & Social Media Chair
At Large Director 2023 - 2026
At Large Director 2023 - 2026
At Large Director 2024 - 2027
At Large Director 2024 - 2027
The Rotary Foundation
Peace Chair
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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 p.m.
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
United States of America
Support our Buena High School Interact Club!
2023 Push-em Pull-em Parade
Membership Corner
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Ventura-East, Please click this link.
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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