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Michelle Cekov being inducted and introduced to the club!
December 6th was a busy day for the club. Building a "Can Food" Tree for FoodShare and Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army!
Thanks for everyone who came out to support both of these important organizations in our community.
Scott Manninen, Instructor, Bryce Hyatt, Student of the Quarter, and Harriet Clune, Sponsor.
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East was recognized as a major donor to the Ventura Family YMCA and for our continued support and creation of Operation Splash! 5 years ago. In those 5 years our club has donated over $20,000 to help the homeless children in our community learn to swim!
Past President Tim Hughes presented Principal Jennifer Dustin, Reading Teacher Katie Osborn and two student representatives with 105 books for the reading program at Atlas Elementary School.
Club members made cash donations and the club matched the members donations to make this contribution to the Atlas Elementary reading program possible.
Posted by Rocky Ludes
on Oct 23, 2014
Back in January, 2009, Bob Beckwith had a Trust prepared by his attorney John Orr. He set up various provisions, including successor trustees, and I was surprised when I was asked to serve as successor trustee.
Initially I was not involved very much, but sometime during 2010, I became involved in the accounting records of his business. Bob was still coming into the office every day, although he pretty much stayed at his desk and delegated tasks to others. Over time, he became more and more infirm. His store manager, Paul Polacek, spent additional time personally caring for him. One morning, during breakfast, Bob had a stroke. He was taken to the hospital, then to convalescent care for several weeks, then he returned home. He never went back to the store after his stroke. He remained at home with 24-hour care. Later he was moved to a very nice residential care facility in Camarillo. After another stroke, his health declined further and he died there. I was glad I went to visit him the day he died.
Bob’s life revolved around Rotary. He had 59 years of perfect attendance and was very proud of that. He enjoyed participating in Rotary events and special projects. He was always ready to drive his bobtail truck to pick up a few hundred boxes of poinsettia flowers for our plant sale.
Bob had been married once, for a fairly short period. There were no children from the marriage. However, he always enjoyed hearing stories from high school students who came to Ventura-East to receive an honor and those who received scholarships for the Ventura-East Foundation.
You can see how Rotary was a way of life for Bob. Rotary became his primary family. The students were, in a way, like nieces and nephews (or grandnieces and grandnephews). He believed in the high school students and wanted to encourage them through Rotary.
And therefore, when he planned his bequests, he left certain amounts to family and friends, and also remembered so charities. He then left the rest and remainder of his estate to the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation.
I am pleased to announce that Bob’s bequest to the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation will exceed $1.9 million. I have already transferred $1.5 million, and today I have another check for $250,000.
Posted by Dave Anderson
I need to give a huge THANK YOU to all of you came out to support our BBQ team at the Moorpark Beer Festival last Saturday. This was one of the largest work crews I’ve seen, and with everyone pitching in, the work went very smoothly.
However, we are facing some obstacles; The County Health Department is beginning to enforce a new set of rules that will prohibit our BBQ Trailer from being used for food preparation - as we have been accustomed to do in the past. Bruce McGee - with Jordan Eller, Augie Ponce de Leon, and the rest of the crew - went to heroic efforts to adapt our setup to the new regulations in short order – principally with the use of enclosed tents (Food Booths) to perform the food prep.
To make matters worse, despite all the work and effort that we put in, we enjoyed only a modest response from the public on Saturday – due to the large number of food trucks at the site.
We will need to reevaluate the entire BBQ operation in light of the more stringent County regulations, the increased competition, and our own ability to sustain the level of effort that it will take to be successful. We’ll be talking about this over the next few months.
Meanwhile, it’s back to Moorpark in a few weeks to feed the Civil War Reenactment!
Tim Blackwell was inducted into the club today!
l-r Joe Strohman, Tim Blackwell and Tim Hughes
Jeff Burgh was inducted into the club today. L - R: President Dave Anderson, Jeff Burgh and Tim Hughes
Harriet Clune presented Rich Stewart with a Paul Harris Fellow
Chuck Terra, FoodShare was inducted into the club today!
L-R: Past President Tim Hughes, Chuck Terra, District Governor Loretta Butts, President Dave Anderson
President Dave Anderson welcomes District Governor Loretta Butts to the club.
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