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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Mike Martin
    July 11
  • Harriet Clune
    August 1
  • Jim Word
    August 5
  • Daryl Cruser
    August 22
Join Date:
  • Ken Kagan
    July 22, 2010
    6 years
  • Bob Noville
    August 16, 2012
    4 years
  • Bruce McGee
    August 16, 2012
    4 years
  • Judy Hoag
    August 22, 1996
    20 years
Club Leadership
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What is Rotary

Rotary Club of Ventura-East Elevator Speech

We are a leadership organization comprising of local business, civic and professional leaders.
We are a nonpolitical, nonsectarian service club.
We meet regularly to get to know each other, form friendships and through that we are able to get things done in this community. 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 huge project our club started called GoCare in Nicaragua 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.
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
Juan Mendoza gave our Inspirational Message.
Bob Pazen introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
Starting with our speaker, Sheriff Geoff Dean and his support staff Sgt. Denise Silva.
Guest of Michelle Cekov was her husband Mark.
Guests of Juan Mendoza were Elizabeth Jomali, Gala Mendez and Luis Mendez.
Guests of President Husam was Rula Hishmeh and Kevin Daley.
Guest of Tim Hughes was John Hughes.
Guest of Bill Crookston was Alex Ysguerle.
Visiting Rotarians from Ventura-Downtown were Gary Wolfe and Curtis Cormaine.
John Masterson spoke about a proposed 4 day cruise to Ensenada in February. If you are interested in going, please let John know.
Ron Polito gave a Club Foundation update. We are at an all time high. Our intent with the Beckwith account was to be able to give scholarships every year, but as we saw this year if there is a downturn in the market our funds could be limited. Our understanding was that if we did not award all the scholarship money that was profits from the Beckwith account that any monies left over would go into the corpus of the account. After having discussions with other estate attorneys, it has been decided that we can "bank" leftover funds from good years to use in down years.
Bill Spellman is doing the play Annie Get Your Gun. Bill's advice is that if you want to go, buy your tickets early because every performance has been selling out.
Jason Rebibo did the raffle for Midge Stork today. The gift was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch donated by Bill Gray. Jason also announced that he has been AWOL the last few weeks because he's been escorting his wife to the doctor's office ... they are expecting their 1st? child!!! Congratulations Jason!!!
President Husam picked up Andy Corliss and brought Andy to the meeting today!!!
Todd Juvonen gave our Joke of the Day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song.
Bruce McGee announced that if you want to help Rotaract with the Mexico build you will have to drive down and meet them there. The bus is officially sold out!
Jason Rebibo conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes.

President Husam rang the bell and to uphold club tradition the members promptly left the room!
Once order was restored and everyone returned to their seats, John Masterson led us in the Flag Salute.
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
Sheikh Bob Pazen gave our joke of the week.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 Trader Joes gift card donated by Jim Emch.
Our guest today was Tobias Hilldebrand. President Husam met Tobias at the Push - em Pull - em parade.
President Husam said that he was very honored that all the tables were full for his first meeting.
John Borneman led us in a song.
Our District Conference and Foundation Gala will be October 14-16 at the Hyatt Westlake.
Our first board meeting for this year was yesterday and President Husam admitted to being very nervous for both! He's glad it's finally over.
Nightmare on the Hill will be returning on October 29th. Jeff Hata will be chairing this event. Jeff Hata explained briefly what Nightmare on the Hill is so the newer members will know what to expect.
President Husam would like to have a club social sometime in August. A search is currently on to find a place to host it.
President Husam introduced his board for 2016-17.
President Husam announced that the BBQ Team is available for private events only.
Midge Stork did the raffle and the lucky winner was John Borneman!!!

We have been kicking around for many months now the idea of a Ventura Rotary East cruise.
To get our best price, we should have at least 20 people (10 couples?)  
Right now, Carnival and Princess are the two lines that are offering 3 and 4 day cruises out of San Pedro/Long Beach
Do you have any interest?
Presently we have seen prices as low as $65 per person, per day.  When you figure it out, that is $130 per couple which includes travel, food, entertainment and tons of fun.  Obviously that is
an inside cabin. ( not that bad, actually went 13 days thru the Panama Canal in one) or scale yourself on up the price ladder to the Owners Suite!
I am looking for some time in January or February.  Stops would include Catalina and Ensenada (4-day) or Ensenada (3-Day)
I am sure Bob and Wendy would hold their annual “in room” cocktail party, and there will be karaoke for those wanta be Frank Sinatra’s  (He’s dead isnt he?)
Plus other surprises I can wrangle out of the travel agency  and cruise line.
What I need from you is a measure of interest.  Say something to me personally if interested.  No commitment  yet, just a measurement of interest.
CAPT’N CRUISE  (AKA John Masterson)

Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
President Bruce spent a few minutes talking about the Fourth of July and the differences between her and Australia.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to the YardHouse donated by Jeff Burgh.
President Bruce then asked everyone to write down Husam Hishmeh's cell number and if you need anything after 12:00 am on July 1st please call Husam!!!
John Borneman led us in a song.
Tom Swan spoke about the Push-em Pull-em parade. This year we will be giving out the streets to close on a first come first served basis, so if you have a favorite street, please get there early. We will want to block off the streets at 9:00 am.
Co-Rotaract Presidents Faye & Nicole were here to show off the cookbooks that Rotaract put together as a fundraiser to support their Mexico house build. The project has changed since the last time they were here. Rotaract has been asked to help with a community center build and all costs associated with the project will be paid for. This will be August 12th - 14th. Rotaract will be taking another trip down in November to do a house build.
President Bruce read a thank you letter from Sachi Tan for the scholarship we gave her this past spring.
President Bruce showed off the R.I. Presidential Citation we received at D.G. Jim Bell's Stepdown. Bruce also attended Ventura South's Stepdown, a club we sponsored.
President Bruce gave his final words:
  • We gained 10 new members and Tim Blackwell received an award for his hard work.
  • We still need to get more serious about fundraising.
  • As a club we need to do a better job of mentoring our new members.
  • The board was challenged this year to get more proactive and be a governing body. 
  • Avenues of Service need to do a better job of driving the bus!
  • We did more socials, but we need to do more.
  • We needed to do a better job with the projects we did. We need to learn to do more with we have and we needed to do more.
The District has set up a fire relief fund for the people affected by the recent brush fires.
Ventura-South has an interesting speaker on July 11th. Igor Davis will be speaking about the Charles Manson murders.
Husam Hishmeh introduced his incoming board.
Guests: Guest of Michael Martin was his wife Julia. 
Midge Stork did the raffle and our lucky winner was Carol Marquez-Olson!


Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!

Ventura East
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA  93003
United States
Membership Corner
Meeting Responsibilities
Strohman Jr., Joe
Flag Salute
Spellman D.D.S, William J.
Thompson, Alison
Polito, Ron
Joke of the Week
Thompson, Vance
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Martin, Mike
Upcoming Speakers
Jul 28, 2016
Joe Strohman
New Member Interviews
Aug 04, 2016
David Fukutomi
Homeland Security
Aug 11, 2016
Rich Slater, PhD
Deep Sea Diving All Over the World
Past Speakers
Jul 21, 2016
Mayor Eric Nasarenko
State of the City
Jul 14, 2016
Sheriff Geoff Dean
Ventura County Law Enforcement
Jul 07, 2016
Husam Hishmeh
Thoughts and plans for 2016-17
News from R.I.
Grant survey shows solid support for new model
More than 6,000 Rotary members in 154 countries reported on their experiences with the new grant model as part of an evaluation during the 2015-16 Rotary year. The results will help us improve the grant process and learn what impact the Foundation's global grants have on our areas of focus. Among the key findings: 90 percent of respondents support the grant model; 86 percent see it as an improvement over the former model. Grant activity and the average grant award continue to increase each year. Rotary members want more resources to help them apply for grants and design sustainable projects...
Committee members named to nominate 2018-19 Rotary president
The following Rotary members will serve on the 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2018-19. The committee is scheduled to meet on 8 August. Zone 2Kazuhiko Ozawa, Rotary Club of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan Zone 4 Sudarshan Agarwal, Rotary Club of Delhi, Delhi, India Zone 6 Noraseth Pathmanand, Rotary Club of Bang Rak, Thailand Zone 8 John B. Boag, Rotary Club of E-Club of District 9650, New South Wales, Australia Zone 10 Jackson S.L. Hsieh, Rotary Club of Taipei Sunrise, Taiwan Zone 12 Elio Cerini, Rotary Club of Milano Duomo, Italy Zone 14 Ekkehart Pandel,...
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