ROTARY CLUB OF VENTURA EAST
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
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
President
2022-2023
Rotary Club of Ventura East
NEWS FROM VENTURA EAST
Recently Past Past President Tim ran the meeting in place of President Joe.
 
Adonis Campillo led us in the Flag Salute
 
Sharon Daly introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting today was Nancy for the second time and she put in her application.
Blanca De La Hoya from the City of Ventura was here and also our speaker.
 
Jeff Hata gave our inspirational message
 
Tim Hughes let us know that Cachuma spilled this weekend and Nacimiento will spill this week.
 
Dawn Knowles ran our front desk today and Ken Kagan and Jaquelyn Gargano greeted today.
 
Our opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Spazzo’s Italian Cucina.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the St Patrick’s day fundraiser on March 17th at Topa Topa Brewery. The fundraiser is supporting the Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids. Meeting Tuesday at 4:30.
 
Upcoming
Jan 19th Social at Cappricio's
Jan 26th Abbi Hanoch will be speaking about her International Student Exchange in Japan.
 
Tim Hughes has already received 4 scholarship applications
 
Laura Shannon announced that she has  a german shepard that needs to be adopted.
 
Joe Bova announced that we have 3 RYLA students from Buena Interact. Bill Gray’s daughter will also be attending RYLA.
 
Dawn Knowles let us know that community service has met and will be presenting ideas soon.
 
Sharon Daly let us know that Mossy Foot needs 20,000 pairs of children’s shoes.
 
Happy $’s: Vance Thompson, Margarida Eidson, Bruce McGee
 
Our Speaker was Monica De La Hoya who spoke about her experiences in the Peace Corps.
 
Rich Stewart conducted our raffle and the lucky winner was our speaker Monica De La Hoya.
Carin Kally led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Joe thanked Ken Kagan for greeting and announced our Opportunity Drawing gift was a $50 gift card to Larson's Grill, graciously donated by Cal Magro.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of Margarida Eidson was Rosa Maria Mendez, guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel, and visiting today was Nancy Datillo. Visiting Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Ventura-Downtown was Neal and Sandy Lasilla.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tim Hughes spoke about a possible fundraiser for the club. The Girl Scouts are doing a Wine and Food Festival at Rancho Arnez on June 23 and are asking our club to co-sponsor.
 
President Joe let us know that the Vocational Scholarship applications have gone out. We will be awarding 10 nursing scholarships this year. We have also sent out the 4-Way Essay test applications and Jerry Dannenberg will be helping President Joe with this project.
 
President Joe also let us know that our club Foundation is in need of 2 Directors for the term 2023-26. If you would like to serve on the club foundation board, please let President Joe know.
 
 
At its annual holiday party, the Rotary Club of Ventura-East collected “essential items” for the Ventura County Family Justice Center.  The club collected about 4 large boxes of clothes, diapers, etc.  In this photo Club Co-President Joe Strohman delivered the items to Vanessa Melendrez, Exec. Development Director for the Ventura County Family Justice Center Foundation.
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!
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Vance Thompson
    January 1
  • Dawn Knowles
    January 17
  • Emily Barany
    January 21
Join Date:
  • David Anderson
    January 1, 2003
    20 years
  • Dick Gallagher
    January 1, 2003
    20 years
  • Harriet Clune
    January 1, 2003
    20 years
  • Vance Thompson
    January 1, 2003
    20 years
  • Joe Bova
    January 13, 2021
    2 years
  • Husam Hishmeh
    January 26, 2006
    17 years
  • Rafael Canton, M.D.
    February 1, 1974
    49 years
  • Steve Harbison
    February 21, 2017
    6 years
Club Leadership
Co-President 1st Qtr
President-Elect
Past President
Secretary
International Serv
Community Service
Vocational Service
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Membership
Membership
Co-President 4th Qtr
Co-President 2nd Qtr
Co-President 3rd Qtr
Rotaract Advisor
Interact/Youthact Advisor
RYLA Coordinator
The Rotary Foundation
Youth Exchange
Sgt-At-Arms
3rd Year Director
1st Year Director
3rd Year Director
2nd Year Director
1st Year Director
 
 
 
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ROTARY CLUB OF VENTURA EAST
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
Support our Buena High School Interact Club!
UPCOMING EVENTS
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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