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Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
Ventura East
Service Above Self
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
United States of America
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Upcoming Events
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Mar 09, 2023
Club Social
Mar 16, 2023 5:30 AM
Club Board Meeting
Mar 20, 2023
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Mar 23, 2023
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Mar 30, 2023
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Apr 06, 2023 12:00 PM
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Apr 13, 2023
Club Board Meeting
Apr 17, 2023
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Club Social
Apr 20, 2023 5:30 AM
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Apr 27, 2023
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Rotary Club of Ventura-East
Elevator Speech
We are a nonpolitical, nonsectarian social organization comprising local business, civic and professional leaders. We meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships and through that we are able to solve community and global problems with service projects. Like:
  • Scholarships at 5 local high schools,
  • Interact Clubs at 3 local schools.
  • Support the YMCA, City Center, Ventura Botanical Gardens
  • Promote literacy and career guidance in schools
  • Internationally we support a medical project in Ethiopia and contribute to eliminating Polio worldwide.
The Rotary Club of  Ventura-East meets Thursday noon to 1:30 at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura. Come and learn more about Rotary's humanitarian service, high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will in this community. Use your professional skills and talents to make a difference.
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Special Notice
 “The Club’s bylaws are being amended to confirm how the club elects the President, President-Elect and President Elect Nominee and to confirm their succession. The amendment also updates some provisions in the bylaws. Copies of the proposed amended bylaws will be available at the tables at club meetings for several weeks and can also be obtained upon request from Joe Strohman. The club will vote to amend the bylaws at a regular club meeting.
President's Message
Joe Strohman Jr.
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We have already zipped through January 2023, which a series of good programs (Margarida Eidson – Portugal; Monica de La Hoya - Peace Corps in Yap Micronesia; Abbi Hanoch – Japan.  Our club social on January 19, 2023 was held at Capriccio Restaurant.
On to February!  On February 2, 2023 our club held an offsite meeting at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Ventura County Medical Center. Our new club member Jacquelyn Gargano, Director of the Ronald McDonald House Ventura, gave us a great presentation and view of the family room and facility. Our club is a longtime supporter of this project and it’s great to see the beautiful completed room and how it is helping children and their families. Our club presented Jacquelyn with a $1,000 check to support the Ronald McDonald Family Room.  Thank you to Margarida for organizing the lunch and thanks to Jacquelyn for the program and hard work on this great community project.
We will be continuing that support with our St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17, 2023 at Topa Topa (Colt Street), Ventura.  Bruce McGee and his party committee are finalizing the details. We will have beer, food and several Irish bands. Plan on coming and bringing your family and friends. Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald Family Room.  Then on Sunday March 19, 2023 join the Ronald McDonald “Walk for Kids” to support this same great cause. Sign up!
At our club meeting on Feb. 9, 2023 our speaker Bryan Silvey will be educating us on the development process for modern drugs and medications. Our Feb. 16 meeting will be a night social at Peking Restaurant (Victoria & Telegraph, Ventura). Then on Feb. 23, 2023, DDA Mike Jump will present a program on the Ventura County Family Justice Center. Our club has been supporting the Justice Center through monetary donations, donations of new clothes (thank you Kathy McGee) and club members’ donations of essential items. Mike will bring us up to date on the Justice Center.
In March, mark March 9, 2023 for the visit by our District Governor Scott Phillips and again be there on March 17, 2023 for our St. Patrick’s Day Party at Topa Topa.
We have a great line up of speakers and the club is gaining members and helping our community.  Come and join us.
Co-President Joe Strohman
President 2022-23
Rotary Club Ventura – East
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Operation Ventura
l-r Back row Amy Bailey, Executive Director Ventura Family YMCA, Rich Stewart, Harriet Clune, Joe Bova
Front row Carin Kally, Jeff Hata, Margarida Eidson
It was a cold and chilly night, but the Rotary Club of Ventura East was present at the Ventura Family YMCA's final report night for their 2023 annual campaign. The $6,000 donation from our club helped the YMCA raise over $250,000 in the month of February to support the YMCA's Open Doors program. The Open Doors program is meant to allow membership to everyone regardless of their ability to pay for a membership.
Started in 2010 as Operation Splash, the Rotary Club of Ventura East has made a donation between $5,000 & $6,000 to support a program to provide Learn to Swim Lessons to underpriviledged youth in our community the opportunity to learn to swim as well as gain socialization skills that they may not learn in their situations. Since 2010 the program has expanded from just swimming to other sports that the youth may be interested in participating in. 
Meeting February 2, 2023
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
Jeff Hata introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the Club was Nancy D'Atillio
The Opportunity Drawing was a mixed box of Girl Scout Cookies donated by Tim Hughes.
President Joe thanked Margarida Eidson for staffing the Front Desk and Laura Shannon for taking attendance.
Harriet Clune gave our Inspirational Message.
Ashley Pope was presented a check to the Autism Society of Ventura-County.
President Joe read a note from Helene Rosenbaum thanking the club for the Poinsettia donations to Cypress Place.
President Joe announced that a revision to the club by-laws are on each table. Please review them, we will vote to ratify them in two weeks.
We will no longer do Zoom unless requested.
Meal cost will increase beginning March 1
$76.50/month - $92
Rule of 85 $18 – $20
Carin Kally is looking for volunteers to work the Front Desk at our meetings. Let Carin know if your interested.
Next week DG Scott Phillips will be making his annual visit. Please be sure to attend! Wear pink to the meeting.
Happy $’s: Sharon Daly, Emily Barany,
Our program was the St Patrick’s day event at Topa Topa Brewery.
Rich Stewart conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Charles Ferguson
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