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
2023 Scholarship Application
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 2023 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.
Tim Hughes
Rotary Club of Ventura East
Past President Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute.
Jim Word introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guest of Margarida Eidson was Derek Eidson, Jerry Dannenberg visited today, Claire Hansen was a guest of the club, Guest of the club Charles Ferguson, guest of Emily Barany was Jennette Villanueva.
President Tim introduced Claire Hansen former scholarship recipient. Claire brought us up to speed with what she is doing now and how our scholarships helped her get through college.
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
President Tim recognized the Veteran’s in our club, Sam Marsh and Dick Gallagher.
Our opportunity drawing was donated by Ashley Pope, $50 gift card to Palermo’s.
President Tim gave us some upcoming dates to remember:
  • November 14 – Board Meeting
  • November 17 – RumFish & Vino
  • November 24 – Dark
  • December 1 – Poinsettia Delivery
  • December 15 – Christmas party at Bill Gray’s house.
Carin Kally and Abbi Hanoch talked about Poinsettia sales.
Sharon Daly announced that Mossy Foot is holding a Tea on December 7th.
Joe Strohman let us know that the Mexico Build is this weekend.
Margarida Eidson let us know that the Poinsettia Pavilion is selling Thanksgiving Pies again this year. You need order soon!
Happy $’s: Emily Barany
Joe Strohman introduced our speaker, Andy Ludlum, little Known Stories of WWII in Ventura County.
Rich Stewart conducted the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was Jeannette Villanueva.
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
President Tim told us a little about his recent trip to New York City and to Connecticut.
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
Mary Kaye Dubek spoke about a fundraiser for Tender Life Maternity, A Pop up Thrift Shop.
Joe Strohman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guest of Margarida Eidson was Derek Eidson, Tom Swan and Georganne Hawley visited us this week, guest of the club was Jacquyln Gargano and Alexis, guest of the club Charles Ferguson, guest of Kathy McGee was Mary K Dubek.
President Tim thanked Bruce McGee for taking attendance.
Our opportunity drawing was a bottle of Angel’s Envy Whiskey donated by Adonis Campillo.
Upcoming events:
11/10 – Ventura County during WWII
11/17 – Social at RumFish
11/24 – Dark
12/01 – Poinsettia Delivery Day
12/08 – Ventura PD K9’s
12/15 – Christmas Party at the Gray’s
12/22 – Dark
12/28 – Joint meeting with Downtown.
Jacquylin announced that the Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids is coming up. Sponsorships are available.
We have two students signed up for RYLA
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Jeff Hata, Adonis Campillo, Cal Magro
For our program today we called on past purchasers of Poinsettia’s.
President Tim conducted the opportunity drawing and the lucky winner was Cal Magro!
Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute
President Tim asked everyone to silence their phones.
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians
From Ronald McDonald House Charities Jacquelyn Gargano, guest of Rich & Harriet was Maria Lakin. Guest of the club no more was Abby Hanoch.
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message
Kathy McGee announced that our Opportunity Drawing was for a box of Poinsettias.
Kathy McGee also reminded us that Poinsettia fundraiser is coming very soon!
Tonight is the Taste of Ventura event at the Museum of Ventura County from 5:00 – 7:30.
Bruce McGee let us know on October 20th we will do an offsite at Ventura College and then dinner at Rincon after.
Rotaract Mexico build fundraiser at Himalaya.  Our club has donated about $2,000 to help with the build.
Vance Thompson announced that Mission Church is working to support FoodShare. They are asking people to fill a shopping bag to donate.
Ventura Friends of the Library has a book sale going on October 22nd.
Bruce McGee inducted our newest member Abby Hanoch.
Happy $’s: Margarida Eidson, Jeff Hata,
Our program today was Kathy & Bruce McGee. The spoke about the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC.
The next Ronald McDonald House walk will be on March 19th.
Tomorrow is the first organizing meeting for the 2023 walk.
The winner of our Opportunity Drawing was Harriet Clune.

My wife and I are nomads.  We sold our house, cars, and most of our personal belongings, and we live our lives traveling and seeing the world.  Eventually we will settle in either one place or do a rotation of a few select places, but for now, we move every 2-4 weeks. We are not on vacation!  We live our lives while traveling the world.  This requires a different mindset; we need to maintain an annual budget and not spend lavishly, as one may while on a vacation. We created a sustainable budget and we stick to it.  This allows us to fulfill our desire to travel wherever we choose.

We live in 1 or 2 bedroom furnished apartments with a kitchen, a washer, free WiFi, and a view of the ocean, or the mountains or the old city center; the view changes whenever we want.

We use various methods of transportation.  Since we sold our cars, we are no longer burdened with the cost or responsibility of maintaining said cars, so we are free to take trains, planes or rental cars to reach our next destination.  We have used ferries, bicycles, water taxis, regular taxis, ride shares, buses, and of course our own two feet.  But this is the first time we have used a cruise ship for transportation.

And it won’t be the last time.

We wanted to transfer from Europe to North America.  The most expedient way was to fly.  Flying is quick, but certainly not easy, and chock full of stress and worries.  Between missed connections, to Covid-19 related restrictions, to the opportunity to lose our baggage, to just waiting in airports, flying is not fun.  And there is virtually nothing to see when we fly.  In our lifestyle, time is not an issue.

Being on board a ship, there is the ocean views and various ports of call we can explore and/or rediscover.  It is certainly slower, but as nomads, our ongoing expenses are places to stay, transportation, food and entertainment.  Plus tourist activities.  Again, time is not a consideration for us.  The ship itself satisfies our transportation needs as we move from one continent to another, there is a never-ending supply of food, and there is entertainment, all built into the cost of the cruise.  In the ports of call, we have the opportunity to be tourists and satisfy the craving to see new places.

As a means of transportation, cruise ships are ideal.  It is definitely a slower mode of travel, yet the journey is often more interesting than the destination.  But isn’t cruising expensive?  Yes and no.

Generally speaking, cruise ships are an expensive commitment, typically used as a vacation destination. cruise ships attract the clientele who want to travel in comfort and luxury, both of which cost money; often a great deal of money.  Going on a cruise ship is a way to pamper yourself.  Some cruise ships even provide your own personal butler while on board.  There are spas and fitness centers, amusement parks, water slides, overhead rope obstacle courses, theaters, a casino, excursions, promenades, shopping malls, bars and restaurants all onboard.  Lots of bars and restaurants.  And most people who travel on cruise ships do so for the luxury and to visit places they normally never would.  That accounts for about 99% of cruisers.

Nomads are most definitely in the 1% of travelers.  Nomads are no longer satisfied living in one place and striking out on two-week adventures. Nomads yearn to live a lifestyle composed of travel and exploration.  We can’t really explore much when we stay at home 50 weeks out of the year, so we choose to nomad.  We are also cost conscious.  Maintaining a budget is extremely important as it is very easy to go overboard (pun intended) on travel spending; especially on board a cruise ship.

Nomads search for ways to legally and morally hack the travel industry.  How can we modify the existing resources to our advantage? Using credit card mileage reward points, loyalty clubs, travel price alerts and dynamic pricing all can be used to our advantage.  Off season travel, early bird dining, matinee performances, and travel passes help us to live the life of our dreams while living within our means. Being nomads allows us the time to be flexible in our travel and entertainment planning.

But how can we use expensive cruise ships to expedite our travel while maintaining our budget?  There is a special kind of cruise known as a Repositioning Cruise.  Let me explain:

Cruise ships operate where tourists want to travel.  They thrive on having a ship full of passengers to get the most value out of their operations, their employees and their resources.  Cruise ships with thousands of passengers on board make for profitable enterprises.

But not many tourists want to cruise, or travel in general, during winter months, except where winter is warm and gentle.  For example: In the Mediterranean, there are hundreds of cruise ships operating during the spring, summer and autumn months.  But in winter months, it is difficult to get bookings, so many cruise ships would be dormant.  It is cost prohibitive for any company to have a multi-billion dollar cruise ship sit empty in a port somewhere.  The ship is designed to be on the move with a full compliment of passengers.  So, how does the cruise company solve this problem?  They move the ship to a place where passengers DO want to travel.  During the winter months people love to go to the Caribbean.  So the ship transfers from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. 

But the ship still has to buy fuel and water and food for its employees and crew.  All the food and supplies are still there.  The entertainment services are there.  Why not have passengers on board as well?  But who wants to travel across the ocean for several days with no, or very few, ports of call?  There are certainly some seasoned travelers who appreciate the comforts of the ship and are not interested in going ashore.  And there are passengers whose primary concern is transferring from one continent to another.  Such as Nomads.

As nomads, we can utilize a repositioning cruise to transfer from Europe to North America. Or from North America to Asia, Australia or South America.  Or just back to Europe in the springtime.  It is an absolute fact that there are fewer passengers onboard a reposition cruise.  What happens in every industry when the supply outweighs the demand?  The price of the product drops, that’s what.

The cruise ship that has only 1/4 to 1/3 of the usual number of passengers will drop the price of the cruise to attract more passengers.  The cruise ship’s costs are mostly fixed; the more passengers they can attract, the higher their profits are. In the case of repositioning cruises, the losses will be lower if they can attract more passengers.  So, the prices are lowered for repositioning cruises.  Significantly.

Case in point:  We recently used a 19-day MSC repositioning cruise to transfer from Marseilles, France to Orlando, Florida.  Normally a 7-day cruise would set us back $5-10,000 total. But this MSC cruise had a bargain basement price of $499 per person for the entire 19 days.  That comes to slightly less than $1000 for the two of us.  Of course there are other expenses to add in.

Getting to the cruise ship is the first expense.  We had to get ourselves to Marseille, France.  As nomads, that didn’t incur any different expenses, we merely had to point ourselves in that direction. 

We determined that we didn’t want to stay in an inside cabin (the bargain basement offering), so we upgraded to a balcony suite for $1500 per person, so that brought us to $3,000.  Then there are other expenses to be factored in. Since I am still working, it was important to have an internet connection. so I purchased the onboard internet accessibility.  That cost is $245 for one device.  Ugh!!!  Onboard the cruise ship, the download speed is equivalent to dial up.  Well, not quite that bad.  But it is still slow and unreliable, particularly in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.  Dear Elon Musk, Fix this!

There are some entertainment events and specialty restaurants for which MSC charges a premium. We chose not to indulge in those options.

We spent some money in the spa for massages and a haircut.  The prices were what we would expect to pay in the United States, so we didn’t concern ourselves and spent the money to pamper ourselves.

We spent all our “extra expense budget” money on the premium charge for gelato. This ship has a fabulous gelato store.  For those who don’t know what gelato is, it’s time to crawl out from under your rock.  Gelato is ice cream made from milk, instead of cream.  Lower milk fats, less calories, and more delicious. We each had a scoop of gelato every day.  And the scoops were quite generous.  Good thing there’s a free fitness center onboard.

Our total expenditure, before gratuities was $3800.  Add in the gratuity of $570 (cruise tips are mandatory and charged separately) and our total spend was $4,370.  That covered our transportation cost, accommodations, food and entertainment for 19 days.  That comes to $230 per day total. Well within our budget.  

Yes, we will use repositioning cruises again.

President Tim Hughes stood in for President Jeff this week!
Our Flag Salute was led by Bill Spellman
President Tim introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the Club was soon to be new member Abby Hanoch, guests of Margarida Edison was Derrick Eidson, Jim Nicoll and Kristen Anderson. Visiting us for the second time was Charles Ferguson, guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guests of Joe Bova were Rene Rickard and Karrie Carey and visiting Rotarians from the Next Gen Rotary Club were Andy Conli and Matt Spiker.
Opportunity drawing was donated by Carin Kally $50 gift card to Wood Ranch
Upcoming programs are Ventura County Animal Services, Dawn Knowles will be speaking about her recent trip to Croatia and a field trip to Ventura College.
October 8th Family Farm Fest Sa’aliya ranch
Downtown Club will be doing a Polio event. 10/23 at Ventura College Theater Patio. Food by Peirano’s
Bruce McGee introduced Andy & Matt from NextGen Rotary club in Westlake.
They are putting together an event in Downtown Ventura “Crawloween” if you are interested we can go online.
Ashley Pope passed around the sign up sheet for Taste.
Margarida Eidson spoke about the Love Ventura service project at the YMCA this Saturday.
The District Conference is coming in November. Come up on Friday if you can’t make the whole conference.
Happy $’s Carin Kally, Ashley Pope, Bruce McGee, Margarida Eidson
Our speaker today was Stephanie Caldwell, CEO, of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
The opportunity drawing winner was Ashley Pope.
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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
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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