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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
Eller, Jordan
Flag Salute
Stewart, Rich
Juvonen, Todd
Borneman, John
Joke of the Week
Canton, M.D., Rafael
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Polito, Ron
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.
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Apr 28, 2016
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Jun 09, 2016
Jun 16, 2016
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Upcoming Events
Offsite Meeting
MadeWest Brewing
Apr 28, 2016
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Mater PRLS5
May 21, 2016
Important Links
Ventura East Facebook Page
Ventura Rotaract Website
Rotary District 5240 Website
Operation Splash Slideshow
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Rotary International
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About Rotary
Joining Rotary
Rotary History
Rotary Foundation
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President's Message
Bruce McGee
member photo


This week our DA Greg Totten is our program. Elected Ventura County District Attorney in March 2002, Greg Totten assumed office on November 1, 2002. He was re-elected to his third consecutive term in 2010. He has been with Ventura DA office since 1982. He is always interesting and offers us another opportunity to bring guests. In addition we are doing our annual interact cake sale fund raiser. Bring your sweet tooth and wallet.
I have booked the large meeting room, let us fill it up this week.
Upcoming events
  1. Scholarship fundraiser was kicked off last week by Ron Polito, let Ron know if you are willing to contribute to his matching grant.Polito  
  2. April programs are published in breeze, we have many interesting programs slated, again, invite potential members
  3. Membership drive-remember your dominoes and add to the growing number of guests.
  4. If you have brought a guest in the last month or so, invite them back, keep them aware and cultivate their interest in the Club
  5. Social April 28-details to follow

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


Serving with the best,
Bruce McGee

What is Rotary?
Meeting April 14, 2016
Greg Frye led us in the Flag Salute.
Guest of Sam Marsh was Barbara Marsh and guests of John Masterson were Tammy Carlton, Cherisse Ormsby and P.I. Ceraos. Guest of the club was Amber Stevens.
Amber Stevens spoke briefly about what's happening at the Y. Amber thanked the club for our donation to Operation Splash and let us know that a new session had just started with 50 kids. Amber invited everyone to please come out to the Y and check out the program.
President Bruce asked for March birthdays. Bob Lynn, Tim Hughes, Midge Stork, Kathy McGee and Amber Stevens all celebrate April birthdays!
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Cafe Fiore generously donated by Todd Juvonen.
President Bruce invited John Masterson to tell us about his trip to Egypt. John said it was "TERRIFIC!!!"
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day.
Tim Hughes also reminded us about Kathy Hatten and her project to build a literacy center at Blanche Reynolds School. Ventura Unified School District came through with funding to buy the furniture. What Kathy really needs now are funds to purchase new books. Tim Hughes is taking donations to purchase books for Blanche Reynolds School.
President Bruce presented Tim Blackwell and Tim Hughes with "Membership" pins and presented Greg Frye with his Blue Badge.
President Bruce reminded us about Rotaract's house build in Mexico this summer and about the recipe project Rotaract has going on now to help fund this project.
President Bruce also told us that he put handouts at each table about the Rotary Foundation. If you need a tax deduction, this is something to consider.
Joe Strohman let us know that the 4-Way Test essay contest will be on May 12th. Carolyn Hertel has donated the prize money again this year and will be here for the presentation to the winners.

Joe Strohman and John Masterson presented Tammy Carlton from CMH with a well deserved Employee of the Quarter award.
President Bruce let us know that Andy Corliss hasn't been here for a month and that Andy is fine he's just been having some car issues.
Jeff Hata let us know RYLA started today and would go through the weekend. If you would like to check out what the RYLA participants are up to you are invited to go up on Saturday and /or attend the closing ceremony on Sunday morning.
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Kathy McGee!
News from Rotary International
Get live updates and vote totals from the Council on Legislation on beginning on 11 April. Representatives from Rotary clubs worldwide will gather in Chicago 10-15 April to consider changes to the policies that guide Rotary International and its member clubs.  Many of this year’s proposed changes are designed to increase membership by giving clubs greater flexibility in the timing and the nature of their meetings. Other proposals would amend membership requirements.
The Rotary Foundation and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at UNESCO-IHE's Delft campus in the Netherlands. The aim is to increase the number of trained professionals who can devise, plan, and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships also are designed to promote long-term relationships between Rotary members and skilled water and sanitation professionals. Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. The...
Interact clubs are making a positive difference in schools and communities around the world. Leaders of sponsor Rotary clubs and districts should make sure their Interact clubs get the recognition they deserve by verifying that they qualify for a Presidential Citation. First, ensure that the Interact club status is active in Rotary's database by checking the Listing of Club-Sponsored Organizations report in Rotary Club Central. If a sponsored club is not listed, submit the Interact Club Certification Form by 1 March. Then, verify by 15 April that your Interact clubs have qualified for the...
Rotary members, their families and friends can support Rotary’s work by bidding on antiques, artwork, jewelry, and collectibles through eBay Live Auctions events. Each month, Rotary will promote on its social media outlets a set of upcoming Live Auctions events, and eBay, the world’s largest auction website, will donate a portion of all sale proceeds from those events to Rotary. Live Auctions events enable buyers to participate in auctions across the United States -- held at such auction houses as Sotheby’s, Swann, and Freeman’s -- without leaving home. Under this proceeds-sharing...
A new email purporting to be from Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith is targeting Rotary members. The email falsely claims that members can become End Polio Now ambassadors if they email club information to a Gmail address within 48 hours. The fraudulent email has the subject line “BECOME AN END POLIO AMBASSADOR” and is sent from a fake email address. This is a scam. Rotary staff is working to resolve the issue. Avoid being the victim of scams by deleting any email that appears suspicious.
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