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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Michelle Cekov
    January 2
  • James Emch
    January 25
  • John Borneman
    February 6
  • Tom Hashbarger
    February 26
Join Date:
  • Midge Stork CFP, CSPG
    January 1, 1986
    31 years
  • Nicole Kreutz
    January 16, 2014
    3 years
  • Tom Swan
    January 26, 2006
    11 years
  • Jordan Eller
    February 1, 2015
    2 years
  • Rafael Canton, M.D.
    February 1, 1974
    43 years
  • Bob Pazen
    February 2, 1970
    47 years
  • Cari Potts
    February 24, 2012
    5 years
Club Leadership
President Elect Nominee
Past President
Sgt. at Arms
Club Service
Community Service
International Serv
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Membership Chair
RYLA Coordinator
Rotary Youth Exchange
Interact Advisor
Interact Advisor
Club Bulletin Chair
Opportunity Drawing
Club Administrator
Christmas Party Chair
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.
New Member Proposal
The following
has been proposed as a new member of
the Rotary Club of Ventura-East:
Name:                          Stephen Harbison
Classification:                Retired
Proposer:                      Bill Hicks
Publication Date:           January 12, 2017
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
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of President Husam was Susan Blanco. Guest of Tobias Hildebrand was Joan Aronson. Visiting Rotarians from Ventura-Downtown were Mario De La Piedro and Melody Namikas.
Midge Stork announced that today's raffle prize was a gift card to Macy's.
President Husam presented Midge Stork with a Paul Harris fellow given by Ron Polito.
Michelle Cekov spoke about the upcoming Nicaragua trip February 26 - March 4. The next International Service meeting will be January 18th at the GoCare offices.
John Masterson said that the cruise has 26 people signed up. We just need 2 more couple to get to 30 and a free cocktail party!!!
Todd Juvonen let us know that the next Community Service meeting would be February 1st and it would be a social at SpiceTopia at 6:00 pm.
Bill Spellman said that the first round of Mock Interviews were this morning and Vance Thompson and Bill were there. Next week it will be Bill, Bruce McGee and Jeff Burgh.
John Borneman led us in a song.
President Husam thanked Bob Noville and Dick Gallagher for coming early each week to set up the room for us!
Bruce McGee said that there was a card being passed around to wish Tom Hashbarger a speedy recovery.
Sharon Daly gave our Joke of the Day.
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
Jim Word introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of President Husam was Rula Hishmeh. Guest of Harriet Clune was Les Lovette and his wife Marjorie. Guest of Bill Gray was Steve Harbison.
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
President Husam presented Past President Bruce McGee with his Past President's plaque and gavel.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Lure donated by Bruce McGee.
Harriet Clune gave our joke of the day.
Todd Juvonen said there was lots of Community Service activity in December sot there wasn't a meeting. Our next Community Service meeting will be held as a social toward the end of this month.
Joe Strohman said that the 4 Way Test Essay contest has begun. Our next Student of the Quarter will be February 9th. Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation meeting will be January 25th. We need 2 new directors. The Ventura County Military Collaborative was very appreciative of our efforts. Thanks to Sara Masterson and Amber Stevens for shopping for the families and to the club members who donated to make this possible.
Bill Spellman thanked Jeff Burgh and John Masterson for volunteering to be our club representative at Interact.
Mock interviews will be held on January 12th & 19th. We have 4 candidates for RYLA from the club and will be giving our remaining two spots to Downtown.
John Borneman led us in a song.
Michelle Cekov said that it's been 2-1/2 years since we started the Global Grant in Nicaragua. There is a trip scheduled for February 26th - March 4th and Michelle would like to see some of our club members to go on this trip. The plan is to visit the sites for the Global Grant and see what progress is being made. 
The next International Meeting will be on January 18th.
John Masterson said that there are cruise tickets still available so it's not too late to sign up!!!
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our winner was our speaker Chief Ken Corney!!!
President Husam presented Chief Corney with a $500 donation to the Ventura Police Foundation.
President Husam led us in the Flag Salute.
President Husam then "Inspired" us by reminding us how amazing the Joint Christmas Party was. It was a great event and so fun to see fellow Rotarians that we only get together with once or twice a year.
President Husam then thanked Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
Rich Stewart auctioned off a basket that Bob & Wendy Pazen won at the Christmas Party. President Husam bought it for $100.
President Husam introduced Marco Vasquez, a guest of Bob Pazen, to tell us a little bit about himself. Marco is a patient of Bob Pazen and a RYLA graduate. Marco just learned that he has received a full ride scholarship to Stanford! Marco grew up in Colonia in Oxnard and focused on his education because he didn't want to go the way of other people he grew up with. Many of the kids Marco grew up with got involved with gangs and are into drugs. Marco received his scholarship through National Scholarship Match.
Bob Lynn gave our Inspirational Message followed by Bob Pazen who gave our joke of the week.
Bill Spellman spoke about Interact at Buena and how we desperately need a Rotarian advisor to help Natalie with the program. We do not have any candidates for RYLA this year and the Interact club is down to about 10 students.
During the holiday season our Rotary Club of Ventura-East helped support three military families in Ventura County. Sara Masterson shopped for our first family which included two boys ages 1 and 7 and a 10 year old girl.  Amber Stevens shopped for our second family with four children, three boys ages 5, 12 and 15 and a 4 year old girl. My daughters and I shopped for our third family which was comprised of the mom (being deployed in January), the grandmother and a four year old boy.
We took the gifts (all marked) to the Ventura County Military Collaborative on December 17, 2016 and there was a line of children and their families outside. A large conference room had been arranged with donations for many organizations. Our gifts were provided directly to our three families. Kim Davis, the Executive Director, said the grandmother cried when she saw the gifts for one of our families. All of our families were very appreciative of our efforts.
I would like to thank all those in the club that helped support this project for our military families this year including the following: Jim Emch, Harriet Clune, Tom Harshbarger, Bob Lynn, Jeff Burgh, Tim Blackwell, Ron Polito, Husam Hishmeh, Bill Spellman, Wendy Pazen, Bob Pazen, Bill Crookston, Greg Frye, Carol Marquez, Judy Hoag, Todd Juvonen, Amber Stevens and Sara Masterson.
Joe Strohman, Vocational Service Chair
Bob Lynn led us in the Flag Salute.
Guest of Bill Hicks was Steve Harveson. Visiting from Ventura College was Tina and also visiting to check us out was Judy Watson. Visiting from Ventura Downtown was Ben Unseth and Mike.
President Husam announced to the club that Andy Corliss passed away Friday morning. John Borneman, Bob Pazen, Joe Strohman, Bruce McGee and Pete Gallagher all spoke about Andy.
On a light note, Bob Pazen gave our joke of the day.
Bruce McGee announced the slate for new board members for 2017 which will be Mike Martin, Kris Hansen & Amber Stevens. A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate as presented and was unanimously accepted.
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
Joe Strohman thanked Amber Stevens and Sara Masterson for helping with the shopping for our military families.
Joe Strohman also thanked John Borneman for helping Andy Corliss and his wife.
Joe Strohman said that our Foundation Board will need to elect 2 new board members and if you are interested in being on our Foundation Board, please let Joe know.
Billl Spellman said that we still have 3 openings for RYLA and we need to get the names to RYLA before the end of the year.
President Husam reminded us all that the Christmas Party is tomorrow at 6:00 at the Wedgewood Banquet Center. 

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Ventura East
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA  93003
United States
Membership Corner
Meeting Responsibilities
Frye, Greg
Flag Salute
Stewart, Rich
Cekov, Michelle
McGee, Bruce
Joke of the Week
Eller, Jordan
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Swan, Tom
Upcoming Speakers
Godfrey Harris
Jan 19, 2017
How American Government Really Works
Matt LaVere
Jan 26, 2017
Newest Ventura City Councilperson
Sharon Daly
Feb 02, 2017
Mossy Foot
Past Speakers
D.A. Greg Totten
Jan 12, 2017
New Laws and how they may affect you...
Police Chief Ken Corney
Jan 05, 2017
Policing Ventura
Joe Vaughn and Tim Weir
Dec 15, 2016
Building a school in Africa
January 2017
2016 Ventura County Fair Parade
News from R.I.
New Grant Center makes applying for grants easier
We are pleased to announce the debut of the new Grant Center, formerly known as the grant application tool. The new site has a fresh look and better organization. The grant application includes clearly defined steps so it’s easier for you to track your progress. Learn more about grants and how to apply.
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
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