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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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Jeff Hata
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Strohman Jr., Joe
Flag Salute
Burgh, Jeff
Swan, Tom
Hishmeh, Husam
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Opportunity Drawing Donor
Blackwell, Tim
Rotary Club of Ventura-East
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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.
Mar 17, 2016
Mar 24, 2016
Mar 31, 2016
Apr 07, 2016
Apr 14, 2016
Apr 21, 2016
Apr 21, 2016
Apr 21, 2016
Apr 28, 2016
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Upcoming Events
City Center Clean-up Day
Mar 19, 2016
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Master PRLS2
Mar 26, 2016
Apr 14, 2016 – Apr 17, 2016
Basic PRLS
Apr 16, 2016
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Rotary District 5240 Website
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President's Message
Bruce McGee
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Our program this week is perfect for your prospective guest, Dr. Ron Bale PhD on Stress management.
As Tim Blackwell said earlier this week- I'm as Mad as Hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!! 
 I want you to get up right now!! I want you to get up right now and invite a potential new member to visit our club this week.
  1. Feb 29 - Joint meeting at Ventura South Wedgewood Banquet Center noon till 1.15
  2. Mar 4 - YMCA Operation Splash celebration Ventura Masonic Lodge 6-8 pm


We will strive to hit these goals, please review and commit to them


Serving with the best,
Bruce McGee

What is Rotary?
Meeting March 10, 2016
Tom Swan led us in the Salute to the Flag.
Visiting Rotarians today were P.D.G. Jane McClennahan, President of Ventura Downtown Mario de la Piedra and from the Rotary Club of Santa Paula Pam Lindsay.
Guest of Bill Crookston was Kelly Hatten, Principal from Blanche Reynolds School.
Husam Hishmeh donated our raffle prize today which was $50 in cash to the winner and a donation of $50 to the club foundation in the winner's name.
John Borneman led us in a song.
President Bruce invited Kelly Hatten to speak about what's going on at Blanche Reynolds. The enrollment at Blanche Reynolds is about 500 kids K - 5. Enrollment has been decreasing of the last few years.
At Blanche Reynolds they are currently putting together an effort to redo the library. They have many books which are over 40 years old and is in a very small room. The goal of the library project is to move it into a bigger room and resupply the books that are available. They also would like to put in some electronics and furniture.
Tim Hughes asked to put together a project team to review the project with Kelly and see if there was anything we could do to assist.
Joe Strohman needs two more Student of the Quarter sponsors and the 4 Way Test Essay team is reading through the essays.
Jeff Hata spoke about the YMCA's Victory Dinner. Over the 6 week period of campaign the goal was to raise $170,000 and the campaigner's raised $184,000! Operation Splash is part of campaign and the presentation of our check was very well received.
Jordan Eller spoke about scholarships. The applications are out and Jordan will be looking for volunteers to help with the process in May.
President Bruce spoke about the St. Patrick's Day parade which was Saturday. Jim Emch is helping Pete Gallagher with the organization this year. Check in for the parade starts at 8:00 and the parade starts at 10:00.
Rich Stewart needs tutors for Atlas School, people to attend the parade and ambassadors for the City's 150th anniversary.
Tom Swan spoke about the City Center clean-up which will be March 19th from 8:00 - 3:00.
Harriet Clune encouraged everyone to go see the current production at the Rubicon Theater. Harriet said it's one of the best she's seen!!!
President Bruce thanked the presidents who stood in for him the past two weeks. Part of his absence was for work but the other part was a hike through the Grand Canyon that they had to cancel last year because of Kathy's accident. It was a great trip!
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was President Bruce. President Bruce donated the $50 he won to the Foundation so the Foundation was $100 richer today!!!
Ventura-East presents $6,000 donation to the Ventura Family YMCA to fund Operation Splash
Members of our club were on hand at the Ventura Family YMCA's Annual Campaign Victory Celebration. The YMCA celebrates the hard work put in by their members, staff and board members to gather monetary donations to fund scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay for a full membership. The YMCA's goal is for everyone who wants to come to the YCMA can have that opportunity. This year campaigner's raised $184,000 during campaign, Amy's goal was $170,000!!!
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East was on hand to present Amy Bailey, Executive Director of the Ventura Family YMCA, with a $6,000 donation to fund Operation Splash for an additional year. Operation Splash was a program established in 2010 between the Ventura Family YCMA and the Rotary Club of Ventura-East to provide learn to swim lessons for homeless and underprivileged children in our community. In the years following Operation Splash's inception the program has been expanded to Operation Ventura where besides swimming other youth sports opportunities are being provided.
Besides water safety other benefits of the program has been:
  • These children have been learned socialization skills through interaction with other members of the Y.
  • Has provided these children with the opportunity to "just be kids" during the time they are attending classes.
  • Provided their parents with the opportunity to "decompress" and work on securing employment or taking care of other tasks without having to be concerned about what their kids are doing.
Children for this program are identified through programs at City Center, Project Understanding, Salvation Army to name a few.
l-r: Juan Mendoza, Tim Blackwell, Kathy McGee, Jeff Hata, Amy Bailey, Bruce McGee, Tom Swan, Midge Stork, Dave Anderson, Bob Noville
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