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,
Welcome to March! We have so much happening this month. The Topa Topa St. Patrick’s Day Party to benefit the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC is the signature event we are building up to.  Sell tickets, spread the word, get your Irish green ready to rock to the Irish tunes while sipping an Irish brew.
Our program this week highlights the gem that Rotary has been polishing through the legacy of RYLA, by having a spinoff created that is a one day Youth Empowerment Summit. When you hear participants talk about how this one day has changed their lives, you will want to cheer them on and sign up as a counselor.  Welcome to Mary Lingua who has spearheaded bringing YES to our county.
Next week  Sonny Horses 4 Kids will be inspiring us with their equestrian therapy program enriching the lives of children and fostering trust with law enforcement.
We will celebrate the first day of Spring with our social on March 21. It will be another opportunity to have a beer, but probably a Modelo or Corona.
Cameron DeJong’s Football Showcase at Buena High is on Saturday, March 30th.  He is looking for some volunteers to check in the athletes, help set up etc.  so we will be circulating a sign up sheet for the next couple of weeks.  More information is on the club website. If you know any soccer (football) enthusiasts that would like to sponsor some part of the event, Cameron’s contact information is there as well.
We will be closing out our March programs with a visit from the Girl Scouts of the Central Coast.  Since we are partnering with them for our next fundraiser, the Beer, Wine, and Food Festival on June 8th, it’s a great time to learn more about their organization. And maybe they will bring a supply of Thin Mints. 
Mar 9 – District Assembly
Mar 10 – Mardi Gras event (Ventura South), Daylight Savings, Oscars
Mar 14 – Sonny Horses 4 Kids, Equestrian Therapy
Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day celebration/fundraiser at Topa Topa Brewing on Colt St.
Mar 21 – Social TBA
Mar 28 – Girl Scouts
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 February 29, 2024
Vance Thompson led us in the Salute to the Flag.
President Carin thanked Dawn Knowles for bringing a $50 Amazon gift card for the opportunity drawing.
Next Saturday is the District Training assembly. If you are an Avenue of Service Director or on the board, please register and attend.
Ventura – South Mardi Gras party is March 10th. If you would like to attend, let President Carin know.
Walk for Kids kick off is next week in the Ventura Room.
Cal Magro spoke about the Girl Scout fundraiser on June 8th. We need sponsorships and vendors for this event.
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
President Carin and Bruce McGee passed out a pair of tickets to all members in attendance.
Our speaker today was Gabriele Vignone with House Farm Workers.
Happy $’s: Margarida Eidson, Dawn Knowles, Jerry Dannenberg
Rich Stewart conducted the Opportunity Drawing and our luck winner was Steve Harbison.
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Ventura East
Service Above Self
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Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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June 8, 2024
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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If you would like to make a donation for Maui Relief, you can do that here. Please scan the QR Code or click on this link: Maui Fires Relief Fund
Upcoming Events
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
St. Patrick's Day Party
Topa Topa Brewing on Colt St
Mar. 17, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
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
Club Social
Apr. 18, 2024 5:30 a.m.
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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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