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,
Thank you to all who came out to make the Topa Topa St. Patrick’s Day Party to benefit the Ronald McDonald Family Room at VCMC a success!!  Deep appreciation to Bruce McGee for being the Master Coordinator of this event.  And a HUGE thank you to our caterer Stacy Tipton who donated the Irish Stew and the crew to serve all afternoon. 
Our third Thursday Social is this week at Yolanda’s Mexican Restaurant, 2753 E. Main street at 5:30 p.m. Send an email to Dawn to sign up.
Last week we heard from Laura Libbey about how she and her husband Russell connect law enforcement and children and families using their amazing  horse named Sonny. Dialed in with many agencies to help heal trauma, create dialogue with special needs kids, strengthen relationships in the community, Sonny Horses 4 Kids is creating hope in the world.
             Cameron DeJong’s Football (soccer) Showcase at Buena High is on Saturday, March 30th.  Last week our Club presented a $500 check for sponsorship.  He is still looking for a few volunteers to check in the athletes, help set up etc. Find more information and contact Cameron at:
             Next week we will have representatives from the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast, with whom we are partnering for the Beer, Wine, and Food Festival on June 8th. (Keep looking for sponsors to participate in that event. And tell your friends to save the date.) For next week, we’ll learn about the objectives of the Girl Scouts in the 21st Century; and the enduring tenets of this organization; also, there may be cookies….
There is still time to volunteer to set up breakfast or dinner at the Youth Empowerment Summit, YES!  Coming up this Saturday March 23rd.  Contact Mary at : to let her know if you would like to show up for a couple hours and witness the magic of Rotary and YES!
             Thank you to all who attended the  District Assembly on Saturday, March 9th.  I hope you are inspired and gained insight into new ways of making our club even more exciting and effective. 
This week Paul Alexander passed away after living in an Iron Lung for 72 years. He contracted polio in 1952 when he was 6 years old. In his memory and in dedication to complete eradication of this crippling disease, please consider joining the Polio Plus Society for $100 a year until Polio is history.  It’s easy to sign up on or ask me for a contribution form.  
Mar 21 – Social at Yolanda’s, 2753 E. Main Street at 5:30
Mar 28 – Girl Scouts
April 3rd – *** special multi-club event replacing our April 4th meeting!
April 11 – Student of the Quarter 
April 18 – Social TBA
April 25 – Scholarship Awards
In recognition that this is an election year, I remind you that Rotary is a neutral zone.  Thank you for respecting and enjoying the a-political aspect of our organization.
I always look forward to seeing you.

Carin Kally
President 2023-2024
Rotary Club Ventura – East
Meeting March 14, 2024
Jerry Dannenberg led us in the Flag Salute.
President Carin’s announcements:
Thank you Charles Ferguson for Greeting, Bruce McGee for running the front desk, Bill Spellman for taking attendance and Cal Magro for donating our Opportunity Drawing Prize, a $50 universal gift card.
Adonis Campillo has reluctantly resigned from the club due to his new job. Hopefully he can come back soon.
Jacquelyn Gargano gave our Inspirational Message.
President Carin presented Cameron DeJong with a $500 sponsorship of the International Football Showcase.
Bruce McGee spoke about the St Patrick’s Day fundraiser coming up on March 17th at Topa Topa Brewery.
Tim Hughes announced we had 86 applicants for scholarships. 58 of those are graduating seniors! The scholarship presentation day will be May 28th.
Club social will be at Yolanda’s.
April 3rd we are having a joint meeting with Downtown and South for a presentation of the Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award to the Rotary Clubs of California.
April 11th we will have a Student of the Quarter Presentation.
Avenues of Service Chairs, please complete your District Awards sheet. One of the criteria is Polio+. If you can donate $100 per year, please see President Carin.
The Ventura Family YMCA has sent us a thank you letter for our donation for Operation Ventura.
Walks coming up:
  • April 21 – Walk For Kids
  • April 28 – Aut2Run
  • May 18 – Walk to Cure Arthritis
Our speaker today was Laura from Sonny Horses 4 Kids.
Happy $’s: Laura, President Carin, Harriet Clune,
Our opportunity drawing winner was Dawn Knowles.
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Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
Ventura East
Service Above Self
Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
United States of America
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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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