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Officers & Directors

Immediate Past President
Club Service Director
Club Service Assistant Director
Community Service Director
Community Service Assistant Director
International Service Director
International Service Assistant Director
Youth Service Director
Youth Service Assistant Director
Vocational Service Director
Vocational Service Assistant Director
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Program Chair
Social Events Chair
Awards Chair
Rotaract Advisor
Interact Advisor
RYLA Coordinator
Club Bulletin Editor
 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


For a map of our location, click here

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

Home Page News

We need your help! The Color Run is coming to town and Ventura Rotary has the potential to raise an easy $10,000, but we need volunteers!
There are three opportunities to volunteer Oct 16 - Oct 17 - Oct 18
Simply click on the link below, follow the simple steps, and you are done.
I know a lot of members had a really fun time last year, I hope you will join in the fun this year!
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

Ventura Beach Party is a two day beach festival featuring a variety of

Live Music by Local Bands

Free Kids Activities

Beach Games

Food Trucks/ Food Vendors

Beer Garden

Humane Society of Ventura County Adoption Booths

Art & Crafts Booths

Sports Vendors

Local Vendors

All along the beach on the Ventura Promenade just North of the Pier and on C-Street Plaza.

The Ventura Beach Party is a Part of the Ventura Marathon Weekend of events which include Bike Rides of varying distances, Ocean Swim, Aquathon, Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K.


This event is the collaboration of Vendurance and Paint Ventura.  We hope to see you at the beach!

More information @ www.venturabeachparty.com

Rotary District 5240's Conference is coming up! It will be held in Monterey, CA from October 3-5, 2014. See the District website for more details.
Register HERE
District Conference Schedule of Events HERE

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


If you were responsible for a school or schools during the regular drive in the Fall of 2013, please call the office manager or Principal of each school and volunteer to pick up the coats and jackets when convenient for each school. We are grateful for their support so we should make every effort to accommodate their schedules! If you cannot arrange a pickup, please contact Larry Dawes. He and Carol have graciously offered to do the pickup for you.

All collected coats and jackets should be delivered to Hilford Moving and Storage, 1595 Arundell Avenue Ventura, CA 93003

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.  Best phone number is 643-3800.


With gratitude for your great support,

Kristin Taylor
Rotary Club of Ventura

The Polio Fundraiser in honor of Larry Emrich was a huge success! Under the leadership of Lynda Girtsman and Ellyn Dembowski; held at Doug and Randy’s home with the many cooks in the kitchen and the Ventura High School student volunteers; raised $7500.  AWESOME!!!  We were so pleased to have Larry in attendance at our last meeting.  We look forward to seeing more of Larry in the near future.
Recently we have had the honor to bring in new members: Amy Fonzo, Greg Abrams, Erik Dullenkopf, Ken Leandro, Mike Montoyo and Joe Schaaf to our Rotary family.  Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself to our newest members and “BE the friendliest” Rotary Club in the world! smiley

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


Upcoming Events


RI News and Info

Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event
Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information about joining Rotary's historic campaign. The program, being held before a live audience at 18:30 Chicago time (UTC-5), includes a performance from Tessanne Chin, 2013 winner of the TV show "The Voice," an introductory message and videotaped performance by reggae star...
Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives
When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become a safe haven for those fleeing oppression and war in neighboring Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. Alexandra Dawley, a former volunteer with the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan, emphasizes how something as simple as an art project can help young refugees adjust to their new lives in a foreign country. With...
Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger
Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations' World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), using the hashtag #RotaryHunger. During the chat, food experts will talk about ways to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in your community and around the world. Rotary (@Rotary) will moderate the chat, and experts from organizations including Rotary First Harvest (@RFHarvest), the...
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