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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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Jeff Hata
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Upcoming Events
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
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
May 04, 2023 12:00 PM
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
May 11, 2023
Club Board Meeting
May 15, 2023
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Club Social
May 18, 2023 5:30 AM
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
May 25, 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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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
Club Duties
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January 12, 2023
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.
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.
Meeting January 5, 2023
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.
Meeting November 10, 2022
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.
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