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The Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation (JGMF) is seeking grant requests through the membership of Rotary Club of Ventura. The acceptance period of these requests runs from February 1, 2015 through to February 28, 2015. Details and the grant request form can be found here.
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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
A man is riding his bike across the country to spread a message
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