Club Information
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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Venue Map
Bulletin Editor
Jeff Hata
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Meeting Responsibilities
Gray, William
Flag Salute
Swan, Tom
Rebibo, Jason
Joke of the Week
Stewart, Rich
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Gallagher, Dick
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.
Nov 03, 2016
Rescue California Education Foundation/Citizens Legislature
Nov 10, 2016
Ventura Chamber of Commerce
Nov 17, 2016
New Member Interviews
Nov 24, 2016
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
End Polio Concert Feat. Trombones Shorty
Arlington Theatre
Nov 11, 2016
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Rotary Rose Parade Decorating
Dec 29, 2016
4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Important Links
Ventura Rotaract Website
Rotary District 5240 Website
Operation Splash Slideshow
ClubRunner Tutorials
Rotary Links
Rotary International
RI President Home
About Rotary
Joining Rotary
Rotary History
Rotary Foundation
For New Members
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President's Message
Husam Hishmeh
member photo
As the Rotary District Conference 2016 passed, hats off to District Governor Nick Frankle and the organizing committee on a job well done.  It was a great gathering of friends, coming together to inspire one anther, whether it is a new or old project, to Polio eradication, to the most important project of all World Peace. 
As we join Rotary we start to realize we are stronger as a group (club) than individual, then coming to Rotary conventions and conferences that we are part of a organization that is bigger than any army, that really care about humanity and want to improve quality of life.
As a Rotarian we can change the world by bringing people together to show we are all the same, we want to live healthy and happy with no diseases or wars, building bridges of better understanding and inspire others to greatness.
      "The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood"
                                                                                                                                                         -Paul P. Harris-
      "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much"
                                                                                      Helen Keller
Nightmare on the Hill Sponsorship Information
Sign up for a sponsorship today and help us continue with local community service projects such as the Ventura Family YMCA Operation Splash, City Center Learning Center, Blanche Reynolds School Library and more.
SOLD  Presenting Sponsor - GoCare
SOLD  Venue Sponsorship - Savory Prime
SOLD  DJ Sponsorship - Domino's
SOLD  Casino Sponsorship - Retirement Income Specialist's
SOLD  Bar Sponsorship - Capital Mortgage Services
Ghoul Sponsor's
Bill Spellman
Mark Mulchay
Monte Widders
Alert Communications
Husam Hishmeh
Ventura County Pharmacy
Witches Sponsor's
A Street Optometric Center, APC - Bob Pazen
Rubicon Theatre - Rich Stewart & Harriet Clune
Four Brix Winery - Karen Stewart
Ventura Botanical Gardens - Bruce & Kathy McGee / Midge & Dave Stork
Lindsay & Company - Alison Thompson
Costello and Company, CPA Inc - Ken Kagan
Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc - Todd Juvonen
Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP - Joe Strohman
Mortgage Couch - Shelby Bishop
Team Dembowski Realty - Ellyn Dembowski
Cauldron Sponsor's
Norman Dowler, LLP - Tom Hutchinson
Coast General Insurance - Brenda Allison
Ventura County Credit Union - Natalie Yanez
Tim Hughes, RE/MAX Realtors - Tim Hughes
Raffle Prize Donations
Rosanna Colin - First Bank Ventura
Ashley Pope - Spice Topia
Laura Shannon - Savory Prime Pet Treats
Midge Stork
Clint Garman - Garman's Pub
Kristopher Skromme, OD - Two Trees Optometry
Meeting October 20, 2016
Kathy McGee led us in the Flag Salute.
Our guest today was a skeleton that Kathy McGee picked up at a Halloween store in honor of our fundraiser Nightmare on the Hill. On that note, Kathy is collecting decorations for Nightmare on the Hill and asked that anybody donating decorations bring them to our meeting next week.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Lure donated by Carol Marquez-Olson.
John Borneman led us in a song.
We sang Happy Birthday to Ken Kagan.
Michelle Cekov told us about her adventures at Old 'Chella last weekend.
A reminder to board members and new members who need their Blue Badges, the next board meeting will be in 2 weeks.
Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill. The good news is that we are in the black before we even have the event. We need to work on ticket sales, raffle prizes and decorations from now until the event.
Alison Thompson gave our joke of the day.
Judy Hoag spoke about Poinsettia sales. We need to sell. Large orders are preferred because we can drop ship orders 10 cases or more.
Bruce McGee read off the list of members who have enough points to give a Paul Harris Fellow award. We will be having a meeting about membership the first meeting in December and P.D.G. Wade Nomura will be attending. It would be a great thing to award a few Paul Harris Fellows that day.
Joe Strohman is looking for Employee of the Quarter nominees.
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Laura Shannon!!!
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

News from Rotary International
Rotary clubs in District 7020 (Caribbean) and the Disaster Network of Assistance Rotarian Action Group are collecting donations to replace the roofs of 1,000 homes in Haiti and the Bahamas after Hurricane Matthew devastated the Caribbean on 4 October. The funds will also provide 1,000 water filtration systems to combat the cholera outbreak. To use a wire transfer to donate to the disaster fund, please use the following bank account information:   Correspondent bank: Wells Fargo, N.A., New York, USA Swift code: PNBPUS3NNYC ABA code: 026005092 Beneficiary bank: First Caribbean International...
While the fight to eradicate polio suffered a blow this year when the virus re-emerged in Nigeria, Rotary leaders and top health experts focused Monday on the big picture: the global presence of the paralyzing disease has never been smaller. The headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, served as the site of Rotary’s fourth annual World Polio Day event. Some of the biggest names in the polio eradication campaign were there to reflect on the year’s progress and discuss what’s needed to end the disease for good. More than 200 people...
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