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 Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ventura!
 

  Please join us at our meetings

We meet

Wednesdays @ 12:00 PM

in the

Island View Room 

of the

The Derby Club at Ventura County Fairgrounds

 10 West Harbor Blvd.
   Ventura, CA
93001

  

For a map of our location, click here

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2100 Ventura, CA 93002-2100
 

Home Page News

Call to Duty!! We need your help!
 
It's hard to believe but Cristhian has already been here just about 6 months. Time sure does fly by. Cristhian will be giving a mid term update at lunch soon, but in the meantime I wanted you to all know he's doing great in school and really enjoying his time so far. Please also remember to keep him in mind when you are out and about doing fun and exciting things. My wife and I took him to the Zoo on New Years Day and had a blast!
 
Now for some business. We are still in desperate need of a second host family. Dena Rogers has graciously extended her term until 01/23 so we really need to find him a home. Please let me know if you know of anyone interested in hosting, if even for a few months. Also Cristhian will be heading up to Big Bear with some fellow exchangers and needs some snow gear. If any of you have some and are willing to loan it would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks and all the best!
 
Lucas
805-796-4263
 
 
Rotaract of Ventura Past President, Jen Livia, is celebrating 8 years for her business, Red Brick Gallery. Please join her in her festivities and congratulate her on her success. She is hosting an Anniversary Party Saturday, January 24th from 6-9pm. Located at 315 E. Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 (805) 643-6400.
 
 
 
The Children's Christmas Party was a huge success!
Thank you for all that participated.
Please read the article about us in the VC Star. CLICK HERE
 
 
COATS FOR KIDS PROGRAM IN ITS 11TH YEAR
 
IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OTHERS, ONE COAT AT A TIME
 
DONATE YOUR USED COAT:
 WARM YOUR HEART AND WARM SOMEONE WHO HAS NO COAT!
 
The Rotary Club of Ventura, in collaboration with Four Seasons Cleaners in Ventura, Oxnard and Carpinteria, is once again collecting coats and jackets of all sizes, cleaning them and distributing them to families in need throughout the greater Ventura community.  Thanks to the incredible generosity of Rotarian Sonny Shah and his brother Scott, owners of Four Seasons Cleaners, thousands of underprivileged members of our  community will receive coats and jackets this winter free of charge.  Joining the Rotary Club of Ventura (Downtown) in the collection of coats this year are the Rotary clubs of Ventura South and Carpinteria.  The program runs from November 1 to December 31, 2014.
 
CLICK HERE for Drop Off Locations.
 
 
 
 
Time for the Dictionary Project!  Despite the internet, dictionary use is still a needed skill.  Each school year, Ventura Rotarians present “A Student’s Dictionary’ to 3rd grade students at 13 local Ventura schools.  Rotary Club of Ventura South distributes to the other 3 Ventura schools.  The Dictionary Project, a nonprofit organization, has the goal to assist all students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students a gift of their own personal dictionary.  At the teacher’s request, we also distribute Spanish/English dictionaries to some students and to the children in the bilingual Spanish immersion program at Montalvo Elementary.  Some quotes from teachers:  “Please know that you have touched the lives of our students in a very meaningful way” and “The gift of knowledge is the most precious gift of all.”  The happiness and wonder on the children’s faces is the gift we Rotarians receive.  To quote some students from their thank you notes: “The longest word is really cool.”  “That was nice of you to spend your money on the dictionaries for us!”  “I will always think of the Rotary Club giving all third graders such a useful gift.”  “You’re the best people ever.  Keep doing what you do best.”
 
We received a generous $5,000 donation from Ventura Marathon & Beach Party for this wonderful project!
Photo: Steve Doll, Jen Livia, Josh Spiker and President, Rob vanNieuwburg
 
-SusAnne Lee Chung
Chair of Dictionary Project
 
 

Polio Survivor In Ventura County Part Of Global Effort To Eradicate Disease

Posted on Friday, May 30, 2014 12:25 am
A now retired South Coast educator has traveled the world as part of his efforts to fight polio.

But, what many people don’t know is that not only is this Ventura County man a polio vaccination advocate, he is a member of an increasingly rare group.  He’s a polio survivor.

KCLU’S Lance Orozco has his story:  Polio Survivor Helps Fight Disease

 
 
 

Home Page Stories

How Our Club Started...
 
The first meeting of the Ventura Rotary Club took place on Wednesday, June 12, 1918 at the Hotel De Leon in downtown Ventura. James Briscoe, retiring President of the Santa Barbara Rotary Club, which had received its charter in January, 1918, and Byron Terry, a charter member of Rotary Club Number One, (Chicago Rotary Club, Mr. Terry actually knew Paul Harris), were present and explained the purposes of Rotary.
 
 
 
Our speaker, Chris Figureida, from late 2013 presented a large check to the club. He is getting lots of press along the way on his current bike trip across the country and keeps plugging Rotary Club of Ventura!
 
If you want to send Chris an email of encouragement, here is his contact info: cycle@cycleforheart.org
 

A man is riding his bike across the country to spread a message

 
 
 
 

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RI News and Info

Rotary releases $34.8 million for polio immunization activities worldwide
Rotary International released an additional $34.8 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, the three countries where the disease has never been stopped. The funds, whose release was announced 20 January, will be used by the World Health Organization and UNICEF for polio immunization and surveillance activities in the 10 countries, as well as to provide technical assistance in several other countries in Africa. The grants include $8.1 million for Nigeria to support its final push to eradicate the disease. Nigeria...
Future leaders ready to become gifts to the world
Incoming district governors said they'll leave this year's International Assembly with a deeper understanding of Rotary's top priorities, including eradicating polio, enhancing Rotary's brand, strengthening the Rotary Foundation, and building a strong and more diverse membership. For Mohamed Adel Hafez, governor-elect of District 2451 (Egypt), the assembly's varied workshops were invaluable. The workshops offered practical information and skills to help district governors-elect perform their duties. "I can speak to my clubs with more authority and knowledge about what needs to be done in the...
Promoting membership with new ideas, even some that challenge tradition
Strengthening Rotary's membership is not just important for incoming district governors, it's critical. That's the message they received from several key speakers at their training event, the 2015 International Assembly in San Diego. For membership to grow, leaders must be willing, for example, to ease stringent club meeting protocols and make other efforts to accommodate a younger, digitally oriented demographic. Seventy percent of Rotary members are 50 years or older, while half of the world's population is under 30, according to Rotary leaders. The contrast shouldn't be something to fear,...
 
 
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