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Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
Ventura East
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA  93003
United States
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Bulletin Editor
Jeff Hata
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Meeting Responsibilities
Hansen, Kristopher
Flag Salute
Spellman D.D.S, William J.
Martin, Mike
Hughes, Tim
Joke of the Week
Hata, Jeff
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Hicks, Bill
Rotary Club of Ventura-East
Elevator Speech
We are a leadership organization comprising of local business, civic and professional leaders.
We are a nonpolitical, nonsectarian service club.
We meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships and through that we are able to get things done in this community. 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 huge project our club started called GoCare in Nicaragua 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.
Oct 06, 2016
Straight Up Reality improv
Oct 13, 2016
Superintendent Ventura Unified School District
Oct 20, 2016
New Member Interviews
Oct 27, 2016
Computer Forensics
Nov 03, 2016
Rescue California Education Foundation/Citizens Legislature
Nov 10, 2016
Ventura Chamber of Commerce
Nov 17, 2016
New Member Interviews
Nov 24, 2016
Dec 01, 2016
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Simi Sunset Wine Club
Aug 22, 2016 – Dec 23, 2016
District Conference
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Oct 14, 2016 – Oct 16, 2016
Nightmare on the Hill
Poinsettia Pavilion
Oct 29, 2016
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
End Polio Concert Feat. Trombones Shorty
Arlington Theatre
Nov 11, 2016
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Rotary District 5240 Website
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President's Message
Husam Hishmeh
member photo
October is where we work really hard and finish it off with a big party, just how life is suppose to be. Nightmare On The Hill (NOTH), is in less than four weeks, we need to sell as many tickets as possible, tickets are available at We also need to gather as many raffle prizes as we can. If you have a special restaurant or store you go to please ask if they will donate a gift card or basket. There will be weekly meetings until we reach the day of the event, please join us.
This week's speaker is Katherine Kasmir, Straight Up Reality Improv, and just from the title I'm intrigued by the possibilities of subjects.
''A dream doesn't become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work'' Colin Powell
Nightmare on the Hill Sponsorship Information
Sign up for a sponsorship today and help us continue with local community service projects such as the Ventura Family YMCA Operation Splash, City Center Learning Center, Blanche Reynolds School Library and more.
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SOLD  Venue Sponsorship - Savory Prime
SOLD  DJ Sponsorship - Domino's
SOLD  Casino Sponsorship - Retirement Income Specialist's
SOLD  Bar Sponsorship - Capital Mortgage Services
Ghoul Sponsor's
Bill Spellman
Mark Mulchay
Monte Widders
Alert Communications
Husam Hishmeh
Ventura County Pharmacy
Witches Sponsor's
A Street Optometric Center, APC - Bob Pazen
Rubicon Theatre - Rich Stewart & Harriet Clune
Four Brix Winery - Karen Stewart
Ventura Botanical Gardens - Bruce & Kathy McGee / Midge & Dave Stork
Lindsay & Company - Alison Thompson
Costello and Company, CPA Inc - Ken Kagan
Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc - Todd Juvonen
Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP - Joe Strohman
Mortgage Couch - Shelby Bishop
Team Dembowski Realty - Ellyn Dembowski
Cauldron Sponsor's
Norman Dowler, LLP - Tom Hutchinson
Coast General Insurance - Brenda Allison
Ventura County Credit Union - Natalie Yanez
Tim Hughes, RE/MAX Realtors - Tim Hughes
Raffle Prize Donations
Rosanna Colin - First Bank Ventura
Ashley Pope - Spice Topia
Laura Shannon - Savory Prime Pet Treats
Midge Stork
Clint Garman - Garman's Pub
Kristopher Skromme, OD - Two Trees Optometry
Meeting September 22, 2016
The bell was rung by President Husam Hismeh to start the meeting at noon with a call to lunch.
After the flag salute, led by Carol Marquez-Olson, the inspirational message was given by Harriet Clune.  Tim Hughes told a very funny joke; John Borneman led us in an entertaining song; Midge Stork announced the raffle prize of an Amazon gift card donated by Michelle Cekov (Bill Gray was the winner); Jordan Eller took attendance and President Husam thanked Amber Stevens for being Greeter and also announcing our visitors.  A thanks goes out to everyone who helped out at the meeting.
Announcements:  Our meeting on Thursday, September 29 will be a visit to Bob Lynn’s Jewelry to learn everything you ever wanted to know about making beautiful things!  Todd Juvonen announced Community Service opportunities and Tim Hughes presented the Access Book for sale at $30.  President Husam announced that our member, Jeff Hata, had undergone surgery on Wednesday and is recovering, expecting to return home on Friday.  Everyone wishes him a quick recovery.
Our speaker was Dr. Frochtzwajg, M.D.  He spoke about finding a new doctor when your current physician retires; it was a very interesting presentation.  He also described the process of becoming a new doctor and handling the usually 6 figure debt acquired during your medical school studies.  CMH has a comprehensive program now for training new doctors.  He also elaborated on the relative earnings differential between family physicians and specialists.  It was a very informative presentation.  Dr. Frochtzwajg remained after the meeting to answer questions from several members. 
The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Rotary Splash Bash
Remember the Alamo?'s remember the WaytoGO!

Ventura East Rotary is celebrating "Rotary in Ventura County" with a "funtastic" Star Princess 4-day cruise featuring all day visits to Catalina island's hideaway, Avalon and Mexico's charming Ensenada.  The best part is it will be with your favorite friends and Rotary Club members.

Organized by 53 year Ventura Club member, John Masterson (aka Capt'n Cruise),  this will have the fun, food and fraternization (remember the Love Boat?) of a normal Princess Cruise with the added Rotary elements such as cocktail parties, unique scavenger hunt and an uproarious joint, all club meeting, held by our 2016-2017 leader and world traveler, Husam Hismeh.  Even transportation to San Pedro is included.


Sailing Thursday, afternoon, March 9th 2017
Returning Monday morning, March 13th 2017

San Pedro

Spread the joy of Rotary!

Veranda stateroom $899 pp (inc. tax and port fees, prepaid gratuities and doc fee)
(Also available are lower priced inside and window staterooms, as well as, suites.)

For best selection, pick your stateroom now.  All arrangements go through Santa Barbara Travel, 3140 Telegraph Rd, Ventura.  Questions?  Contact John Masterson, Ventura East Rotary, or 805-223-5808

News from Rotary International
Nigeria reported three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August of this year. Following the World Health Organization's confirmation of these cases, the country returned to the list of polio-endemic countries. The other polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the first cases detected in the country since July 2014, and while this news is disappointing for all Rotary members, we are confident that Nigeria can defeat polio. Rotary provided $500,000 to assist immediately with the outbreak response, and an emergency response plan has been put...
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
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