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
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
Joe Bova led us in the Flag Salute.
President Carin thanked Charles Ferguson for running the front desk, Steve Harbison for greeting and Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
Guest of Jeff Burgh was Keith Taylor, Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Camarillo.
There was an error in your August billing. There should be a credit on your next bill.
September 28th is our 60th anniversary party and District Governor’s visit. It will start at 6:00 pm. All bar proceeds for the evening will be donated to Polio Plus.
Nancy D’Atillio gave a craft talk.
Mikyung Zdybowicz gave a presentation about her company, Jeden Bioscience.
Margarida Eidson and Bruce McGee reviewed what will happen on Saturday for the Beach Bash.
Bruce McGee asked everyone to invite past members to attend the 60th Anniversary Party next Thursday.
Happy $’s: Cal Magro
Our opportunity drawing was a bottle of Lunazul Tequila and the lucky winner was our guest Keith Taylor.
Renee Burke led us in the Flag Salute.
President Carin thanked Jerry Dannenberg for taking over for Rich Stewart today.
Our Opportunity Drawing was a $50 gift card to Café Nouveau, donated by Jerry Dannenberg.
President Carin thanked Renee Burke for putting the slide deck together.
President Carin spoke about the Maui Fundraiser put on by the Rotary Club of Ventura-South.
We will have a regular meeting next week and the following week will be our Social for D.G. Marta.
Cal Magro spoke about the Love Ventura morning of Community Service project at the YMCA. We need to fill 17 spots. More information to come.
End of Summer Beachside Bash is coming September 23rd. Please push VIP tickets.
Guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel.
Dawn Knowles gave our Inspirational Message.
Our program today was Art Fischer was our speaker on Rotary Peacebuilding.
Happy $’s: Jeff Hata,
Happy Birthday to Dave Anderson and President Carin’s is coming soon.
Jerry Dannenberg conducted the Opportunity Drawing and the winner was Joe Strohman.
Kathy McGee led us in the Salute to the Flag.
President Carin thanked Mikyung Zdybowicz for greeting and Charles Ferguson & Bill Gray for manning the desk. Jacquelyn Gargano took attendance today.
President Carin recognized everyone who came out for the backpack project last Saturday.
President Carin spoke about upcoming events. September is going to be very busy!
  • Sep 12 Maui Fundraiser Luau Breakfast
  • Sep 23 Beachside Bash
  • Sep 28 District Governor visit & social.
End of Summer Beach Bash will be September 23rd from 11:00 – 5:00. There will be live entertainment, a car show and the ribeye grilling competition. Get the word out and sell tickets!
Cal Magro thanked Rich Stewart, Harriet Clune, Bruce McGee, & Nancy D’Attilio for helping out at the BBQ.
Rich Stewart announced that the Opportunity Drawing was a $40 gift card to Target + a $10.00 bill.
Joe Bova let us know that RYLA application window has opened.
President Carin let us know that the club was awarded the Impact award for 2022-23.
Dawn Knowles introduced our speaker Beth Baumer founder of Neuroboxing Fight camp.
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
Happy $’s: Sharon Daly
Rich Stewart conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was President Carin!
Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute.
President Carin let us know there were 2 cards being passed around. One for Sharon Daly who had a knee replacement and one for Stacy Tipton, our caterer who had an accident and was in surgery.
Rich Stewart let us know that the opportunity drawing was a $50 bill graciously donated by Husam Hishmeh.
Guest of Nancy D’Attilio was her daughter Kim.
Jeff Burgh gave our Inspirational Message.
Next weeks meeting will be our social at Taste of at the Ventura County Museum.
Cal Magro announced a sign-up sheet for the backpack project on August 19th at 9:00.
Rotary Beachside Bash is coming September 23rd! We will need about 20 – 30 people from our club to help.
Bruce McGee presented Abby Hanoch with her Blue Badge and a Paul Harris Fellow!
Our program today was Glenda Mahon on CPR & AED’s.
Happy $’s: Vance Thompson, President Carin, Bruce McGee, Jim Word, Sam Marsh
Rich Stewart conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Margarida Eidson.
As we've all seen on the news this week, Maui and more specifically Lahaina has been horribly reduced to ash and rubble. We all know firsthand the trauma and emotions they must be going through.
District 5100 Foundation has set up a Maui Relief fund. If you would like to make a contribution you can do so by scanning the QR code or by going to the website: Maui Fires Relief Fund.
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Abbi Hanoch
    September 1
  • Colin Hoag
    September 2
  • David Anderson
    September 20
  • Carin Kally
    September 26
  • Bob Noville
    October 4
  • Laura Shannon-Prange
    Stephen Prange
    September 21
  • Jeff Burgh
    Carol Burgh
    September 29
  • Mike Martin
    Julia Martin
    October 8
Join Date:
  • Todd Juvonen
    September 12, 2013
    10 years
  • Jeff Burgh
    September 25, 2014
    9 years
  • Sharon Daly
    October 1, 2016
    7 years
  • Tim Hughes
    October 14, 2010
    13 years
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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
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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
For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, click on the image
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
September 2023
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