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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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Meeting Responsibilities
Spellman D.D.S, William J.
Flag Salute
Noville, Bob
Borneman, John
Hildebrand, Tobias
Joke of the Week
Frye, Greg
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Hata, Jeff
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.
Dec 01, 2016
Dec 08, 2016
United States Coast Guard
Dec 15, 2016
Building a school in Africa
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Simi Sunset Wine Club
Aug 22, 2016 – Dec 23, 2016
Rotary Rose Parade Decorating
Dec 29, 2016
4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Master PRLS 1
Jan 14, 2017
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President's Message
Husam Hishmeh
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As December starts, we start to eat and drink more, exercise and sleep less, yet we are suppose to be at our best, give more and be kind to others. My only advise is to be gentle and kind to yourself.
This week we need to bring canned food for the Food Share, and bring big a car or truck to deliver the Poinsettia plants for the friends and acquaintances that ordered  them.  It will be a short meeting and food will be served.  
December 16th we will be having our joint Christmas party with the other two Ventura Rotary Clubs, I encourage everyone to attend and invite people, come and enjoy the festivities, meet new and old friends from the other clubs.
                 ''We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give''
                                                                                                             Winston Churchill
Meeting November 10, 2016
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
Jeff Burgh gave our Inspirational Message.
Bruce McGee let us know that our Annual Meeting would be in 3 weeks. Nominations are now open for club officers. So far Harriet Clune is nominated for President Elect and Tim Blackwell is nominated for President Elect Nominee. We are looking for nominations for Board Members at large.
Tim Blackwell nominated Amber Stevens for board member.
Today's raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Dargan's donated by Midge Stork.
Kathy McGee gave a presentation about the Ventura Botanical Gardens proposed Rotary Site.
Guests today: Guest of Kris Hansen was Chris Larwrence, guest off Jeff Burgh was Dr. Renee Higgins. Visiting today from Ventura-Downtown was Hutch!
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
Joe Strohman asked Natalie Debbas to do our Student of the Quarter Presentations. Before that, Natalie let us know that Interact is finishing up their fall project which is decorated mini pumpkins. There are currently about 10 members include a few special ed students. Mock Interviews are going to be scheduled for January.
Our first Student of the Quarter was Damon Jones. Damon's sponsor was Harriet Clune. 
Our second Student of the Quarter was Lauren Bromund. Lauren's sponsor was Tim Blackwell.
Judy Hoag spoke about Poinsettia sales and how we need to get out and seek "Large" orders.
Happy $'s: Wendy Pazen, Tim Blackwell and Husam Hishmeh.
Important Date:
January 28th: STEPS Conference
December 16th: Christmas Party
December 10th: Rotaract Can Food Drive
December 13th: City Center Christmas Party
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

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