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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Tom Swan
    May 23
  • Jason Ribibo
    May 24
  • Tim Blackwell
    June 9
  • Alison Thompson
    June 13
  • Jeff Hata
    June 21
  • Bruce McGee
    June 25
  • Rich Stewart
    June 27
  • Bob Noville
    Barbara Noville
    May 3
  • Tim Hughes
    Peggy Hughes
    June 14
Join Date:
  • Bob Lynn
    May 5, 1990
    26 years
  • Samuel Marsh
    June 9, 2008
    8 years
Club Leadership
Past President
Sgt. at Arms
Club Service
Community Service
International Serv
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Public Relations
Rotaract Advisor
Membership Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
RYLA Coordinator
Interact Chair
Club Bulletin Chair
Rotary Youth Exchange
Christmas Party Chair
Global Grants Chair
Program Chair 2-3-4-5-6
Program Chair 7-8-9-10
Programs Chair 11-12-1
Club Admin
Club Awards Chair
What is Rotary
New Member Proposal
The following
has been proposed as a new member of
the Rotary Club of Ventura-East:
Name:                           Colin Hoag
Classification:                Law Student
Proposer:                      Judy Hoag
Publication Date:          April 29, 2016
Any objections to this person becoming a 
member of our club should be brought to
the attention of the President, President-Elect
or any Director within ten (10) days of this

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.


I am certain most of us are aware of the earthquakes that took place recently in Japan and Ecuador.  There was another “earthquake” recently, on April 12th, in Evanston, Illinois, at our Rotary International Council on Legislation (COL).  Paul Netztel, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation called the changes both “evolutionary and revolutionary”.   The COL meets once every three years to consider and vote on “enactments” which, if voted in, change Rotary International’s constitutional documents (the Constitution, bylaws, and the standard club Constitution).  Each district sends a voting delegate so there are 534 voting delegates from around the world who attend.  This very progressive, forward-thinking Council made several important enactments, a few of which I will bullet-point briefly for you here:
  • (16-21)   Flexibility in Meetings/Attendance
    • How often a club meets is now up to the club except it must meet two times per month (there is no definition of “meeting”).
    • Attendance requirements are now up to the club.
    • (16-21) Allows clubs to remain the same or change accordingly.
  • (16-36)   Kinds of Membership
    • Clubs may now have other types of memberships than the standard “active and honorary” memberships.  This may include “corporate, associate, family,” etc.  memberships. 
  • (16-38)  Revise Qualifications for Membership to a club
    • This enactment eliminates business and professional criteria from membership qualification.
  • (16-99) Dues Increase
    • RI dues are currently $55 per year.   RI dues will increase $1 per year in 2016-17; increase $4 per year in 2017-18; increase $4 per year in 2018-2019; and increase $4 per year in 2019-20, reaching $68 per year in 2019-2020.  
    • Rationale:  investment returns are down; forecast shows deficits in next four years without a dues increase; more monies needed for upgrading the infrastructure (websites, etc). 
  • (16-01)  Requires written minutes of club Board of Director meetings
  • (16-02) Club Treasurer is added as an officer and board member, in addition to the Immediate Past President, President, President Elect, and club Secretary
  • (16-40) Rotaractors can simultaneously belong to a Rotary club.
  • (16-51) Transferring or former Rotarians are ineligible for membership in a club if they have debts to another club.
  • (16-82) E-Clubs - This enactment erases any distinction between regular clubs and e-clubs.  Regular clubs can have an on-line meeting; an e-club can have an in-person meeting.
There are many more important enactments (click here for a brief summary) as well as proposed resolutions and enactments that were rejected.   For a more in-depth look at the COL, our representative PDG Wade Nomura has a separate article in this newsletter.
- See more at:

Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
Husam Hishmeh reminded us that we would not be meeting at the Poinsettia Pavilion next week. The meeting would be an offsite meeting at MadeWest Brewery at 5:30 pm.
John Borneman led us in a song.
Guests today were our speaker Greg Totten. Guest of Jeff Hata was Ashley Pope, guest of Rich Stewart was Gordon Johnson. Guest of the club was Sara Masterson and visiting us today from Utah was former member Tom Shilton. Visiting Rotarian from Downtown was Hutch! Also visiting was our Buena High Interact Advisor Natalie Debbas and Interact President & Vice President.
We conducted our annual Interact Bake Sale today and we raised $1,300 for next year's Interact Club.
President Bruce said we were just a little short on Ron Polito's $2,500 matching funds pledge for scholarships. We were currently at $2,050. Bob Lynn, Michelle Cekov and Monte Widders all pledged $100 each and Husam Hishmeh pledged $500.
Jordan Eller announced that the scholarship applications are in and the team is currently reviewing them. May 23rd will be the interviews and on June 2nd we will be awarding scholarships.

Greg Frye led us in the Flag Salute.
Guest of Sam Marsh was Barbara Marsh and guests of John Masterson were Tammy Carlton, Cherisse Ormsby and P.I. Ceraos. Guest of the club was Amber Stevens.
Amber Stevens spoke briefly about what's happening at the Y. Amber thanked the club for our donation to Operation Splash and let us know that a new session had just started with 50 kids. Amber invited everyone to please come out to the Y and check out the program.
President Bruce asked for March birthdays. Bob Lynn, Tim Hughes, Midge Stork, Kathy McGee and Amber Stevens all celebrate April birthdays!
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Cafe Fiore generously donated by Todd Juvonen.
President Bruce invited John Masterson to tell us about his trip to Egypt. John said it was "TERRIFIC!!!"
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day.
Tim Hughes also reminded us about Kathy Hatten and her project to build a literacy center at Blanche Reynolds School. Ventura Unified School District came through with funding to buy the furniture. What Kathy really needs now are funds to purchase new books. Tim Hughes is taking donations to purchase books for Blanche Reynolds School.
President Bruce presented Tim Blackwell and Tim Hughes with "Membership" pins and presented Greg Frye with his Blue Badge.
President Bruce reminded us about Rotaract's house build in Mexico this summer and about the recipe project Rotaract has going on now to help fund this project.
President Bruce also told us that he put handouts at each table about the Rotary Foundation. If you need a tax deduction, this is something to consider.
Joe Strohman let us know that the 4-Way Test essay contest will be on May 12th. Carolyn Hertel has donated the prize money again this year and will be here for the presentation to the winners.

Joe Strohman and John Masterson presented Tammy Carlton from CMH with a well deserved Employee of the Quarter award.
President Bruce let us know that Andy Corliss hasn't been here for a month and that Andy is fine he's just been having some car issues.
Jeff Hata let us know RYLA started today and would go through the weekend. If you would like to check out what the RYLA participants are up to you are invited to go up on Saturday and /or attend the closing ceremony on Sunday morning.
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Kathy McGee!

Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
President Bruce said he sat next to Vance Thompson for lunch today and Vance did not mention anything about politics! AMAZING!
President Bruce thanked Rich Stewart for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
Guest of the club today was our speaker Patrick Davidson. Guests of Joe Strohman were his daughters Hannah, Marie & Olivia. Guest of Jeff Hata was Amber Stevens. Guest of Michelle Cekov was her daughter Stephanie. Guest of Bill Gray was his wife Kim.
Juan & Nicole were here from Rotaract to announce the cookbook that Rotaract is putting together as a fund raiser to help with the Mexico Super Build. Juan invited all Rotarians to submit recipes for the cookbook.
Juan & Nicole also did a presentation on what Rotaract has been up too..
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a secret donated by Michelle Cekov?!?
President Bruce asked everyone who attended the District Assembly to stand-up. We had about 9 people who attended the assembly.
President Bruce talked about Ventura's 150th Anniversary Celebration. President Bruce then conducted a recognition session about the City's history.
Rich Stewart asked for volunteers to fill out the rest of April and May for the Atlas School's homework club. Rich also asked for a show of hands on how many people would like to put together a Relay for Life team. 
Husam Hishmeh announced a social at Made West on April 28th.
Husam also reminded the board that there was a board meeting tonight at 5:30 at the GoCare offices.
John Borneman led us in a song.
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was Jeff Hata!!!

Jim Emch led us in the Flag Salute.
Guests today were our speaker, Courtney Lindberg from the City of Ventura and a member of the Downtown club. Guest of Michelle Cekov was her husband Mark Cekov.
Michelle Cekov announced that the duty roster is being passed around and if there are any blank spaces left after today she will just start assigning duties.
Ron Polito still has his offer to match up to $2,500 in club donations to scholarships on the table. If you would like to make a donation, please give Ron Polito or Joe Strohman a check.
Dave Anderson apologized for missing last weeks meeting and the Finance Committee meeting afterwards. He thanked Vance Thompson, Michelle Cekov and Todd Juvonen for holding a meeting. Dave was working on rebooking his daughters return flights home because her original itinerary was taking her through the Brussels Airport. We do live in a very small world. Glad your daughter returned home safely Dave.
Jason Ribibo was filling in for Midge Stork on the raffle today! Thank you Jason!!!
Jeff Hata announced that our raffle prize today was a bottle of Labyrinth Winery Sauvignon Blanc and a Strey Cellars Tennant!
Rich Stewart needs to get volunteers for the homework club filled through May at Atlas School. Rich will be traveling in May so please help out and again, sign up.
Rich Stewart said that we had enough volunteers for the City's 150 Anniversary Celebration on Saturday.
Tim Blackwell was talking about a big horse race this weekend. West Coast Nyquist vs East Coast Mohena for Kentucky Derby points. Tim Hughes asked Ron Polito if we could take the Foundation Funds and put it on the race??? Ron politely said NO!!!
Tim Blackwell also reminded everyone to keep their dominos on them and invite people to come visit!!!
Fundraising, Tim Blackwell, Jordan Eller and Bill Spellman are brainstorming options. The idea at this point is to do a festival similar to the Latin Music Festival except have a Country Western spin.
President Bruce said that the history of this club is to start something and then give up after a few years. President Bruce told the story about the Santa Paula club and how they thought outside the box. The Pumpkin Patch fell in their lap and because they had a committee working on fundraising they could put the Pumpkin Patch together quickly. The first year they made about $80,000 and over the next 7 years they netted about $120,000/year.
Jason Ribibo conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Carol Marquez-Olson!
President Bruce spoke about the Rotarian Magazine and read an article from January from RI President K.R. Ravindran
John Borneman led us in a song and then gave our Inspirational Message.


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
Flag Salute
Joke of the Week
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Upcoming Speakers
May 12, 2016
Cheney Caldwell
Trip to the North Pole
May 19, 2016
May 26, 2016
Cynthia Thompson
Ivy Lawn
Past Speakers
May 05, 2016
Kate Carter
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 21, 2016
Greg Totten
Ventura County District Attorney's Office
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