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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

 
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 AIDS day event turns spotlight on world’s deadliest infectious disease
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the worst ever, has claimed several thousand lives and generated worldwide concern. But its impact pales in comparison to that of AIDS, which, despite advances in treatment, still kills more than a million people a year, the majority of them in Africa. "Even with the Ebola outbreak at its worst expected levels, it's never going to reach what we've seen with the HIV/AIDS epidemic," said Dr. Timothy B. Erickson, director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, speaking at Rotary's World AIDS Day event in Evanston on 1...
Statement by Rotary International on the deadly school attack in Pakistan
Rotary International condemns the horrific attack that killed more than 130 schoolchildren and wounded over 100 of their classmates in Peshawar, Pakistan. We believe that children everywhere have the basic right to receive an education in an environment unthreatened by violence or fear. Rotary extends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the families in Pakistan, including those of seven Rotary members, who have lost children as a result of this unfathomable tragedy. We stand with them in mourning their loss. Gary C.K. Huang, PresidentRotary International
Indoor air pollution linked to millions of deaths
After decades dreaming about the Himalayas, Rotary member George Basch went on his first trek through the mountains in 2001, when he was 64. A member of the Rotary Club of Taos-Melagro in New Mexico, USA, Basch found that the experience was even more than he had hoped. "My expectations were high, and dramatically exceeded," he remembers. But a less-than-pleasant aspect of the experience was the indoor smoke pollution he encountered in the guest houses and private homes he visited. Many families in the Himalayas use rudimentary cookstoves or, in some cases, an open fire pit inside the home to...
 
 
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