2024 College Scholarship Applications
Multiple Scholarships up to $7,500.00 will be awarded.
Approximately $125,000.00 total will be awarded.
Available to graduating VUSD seniors who are attending two or four year colleges or vocational & technical schools.
College students who are prior recipients of a
Rotary Club of Ventura East scholarship may re-apply.
Click here to download the 2024 Scholarship Application
President's Message
Carin Kally
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Dear Rotarians and Friends,
This week is our Third Thursday Social and we have chosen the Greek at  Ventura Harbor.  Please let Dawn Knowles know if you will be able to attend and whether you will be bringing a guest.  Thank you to Margarida Eidson for arranging these socials!
             The St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser at Topa Topa Brewing is on!  March 17th from 1-6 p.m., 4880 Colt St in Ventura.   $25 tickets for Irish Stew and a Brew plus entertainment!.  Proceeds benefit the Walk For Kids and Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC.  Send the flier to all your friends and contacts! 
             We have a wonderful list of programs ahead, so please invite a guest to introduce to the Club.  This past week we had Connie Hood who has written several books and her most recent “Into Dark Corridors” will be made into a movie.  Thank you to Rich for introducing her to us.  Next week Sonny Horses 4 Kids will speak to us about their equestrian therapy program.  I know they have been doing amazing work with the Ventura County Autism Society.  Which reminds me, I would really like to have a RCVE team at the Aut2Run event on April 28th.  That is a Sunday and you can sign up to be on Gavin’s Team at 
             On March 23rd a YES, Youth Empowerment Summit, is being held at Rancho Campana High School in Camarillo. They need counselors, so let me know if you would like to volunteer.  This is an awesome opportunity to be a part of a team building, leadership training, life changing Rotary event. RYLA is a three day Youth Empowerment Summit held in Ojai in April for the entire district.  YES is a one day model that has been developed to be conducted locally.  In my opinion, this is one of the most effective ways Rotary can impact the future of our youth and promote peace.
              Notice the flier for the Wine, Beer and Food Festival we are partnering with the Girl Scouts for on June 8th.  We are looking for sponsors,  both $  and food and beverages for tasting.  See Cal for information to be certified for alcohol serving.  It will come in handy for most of our events. 
The Calendar:
Feb 15 – Social:  the Greek at the Ventura Harbor, 5:30
Feb 22 – Sonny Horses 4 Kids, equestrian therapy
Feb 29 – Christine Cardona-Threadgill – Friends of Fieldworkers
Mar 7 – YES Program with Mary Lingua
In recognition that this is an election year and that there is divisiveness in our country and the world,  I remind you that Rotary is a neutral zone.  Thank you for respecting and enjoying the a-political aspect of our organization.
See you on Thursday.

Carin Kally
President 2023-2024
Rotary Club Ventura – East
Meeting January 25, 2024
We were led in the Flag Salute by Jacquelyn Gargano.
President Carin thanked the greeter and Steve Harbison for helping at the front desk.
Thank you for the bottle of whiskey donated by Adonis Campillo for our Opportunity Drawing.
Jacquelyn Gargano announced that the Walk for Kids Kick off will be in the Ventura Room in a few weeks.
 Feb 8th 5 -7
Ventura South will be doing their Mardi Gras fundraiser. We can get a table. Let President Carin know if you would like to attend.
Tim Hughes announced that the City Center Fundraising banquet will be at Palazzio Event Center.
Inspirational message was given by Jeff Hata.
Today’s program was a club assembly! Thank you for everyone who attended!
Past President Margarida announced that our PEN for 2025-26 will be Kathy McGee!
Bruce McGee spoke about membership. To do some of our events, we need more people in the club, so please invite.
Happy $’s: Jacquelyn Gargano, President Carin
Rich Stewart conducted our opportunity drawing and the lucky winner was Judy Hoag!
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June 8, 2024
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Upcoming Events
Club Social
Feb. 15, 2024 5:30 a.m.
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Feb. 22, 2024
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Feb. 29, 2024
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Mar. 07, 2024 12:00 p.m.
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Mar. 14, 2024
Club Social
Mar. 21, 2024 5:30 a.m.
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Mar. 28, 2024
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Mar. 28, 2024
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Apr. 04, 2024 12:00 p.m.
Club Meeting
Poinsettia Pavilion
Apr. 11, 2024
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Rotary Club of Ventura-East
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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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