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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Bob Noville
    October 4
  • Jordan Eller
    October 11
  • Tom Hashbarger
    Cynthia Hashbarger
    October 21
  • James Emch
    Lita Emch
    November 2
  • Jim Word
    Alberta Word
    November 28
  • Rocky Ludes
    Susan Ludes
    November 29
Join Date:
  • Donna Louise Turner
    October 2, 2007
    8 years
  • Tim Blackwell
    October 2, 2014
    1 year
  • Tim Hughes
    October 14, 2010
    5 years
  • Augie Ponce DeLeon
    October 15, 2012
    3 years
  • Chris Norstedt
    October 16, 2008
    7 years
  • Laura Shannon
    November 28, 2012
    3 years

Club Leaderhip

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
District 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



President Bruce McGee and Past President Dave Anderson presented Michelle Cekov, GoCare, the first installment for the Nicaragua Global Grant Project. This payment was $66,554.74, the global grant will be over $200,000 when completed.
l-r: President Bruce McGee, GoCare CEO Michelle Cekov and Past President Dave Anderson

It was a beautiful evening for food, beverage and fellowship at the Poinsettia Pavilion.

Steven Prange, Laura Shannon, Jeff Hata, Alison Thompson & Michelle Cekov helped clean and organize storage units at the Ventura County Animal Services as part of the United Way's Day of Caring.

At our off-site meeting at Domino's, Husam Hishmeh presented one of his long time employees, Travis Cobat,  with a Rotary Employee of the Month award. l-r: President-Elect, Husam Hishmeh, Travis Cobat, President, Bruce McGee

President Bruce McGee presented 5 Paul Harris Fellows today. l-r President Bruce McGee, Bob Lynn, Andy Corliss, John Masterson, Judy Hoag, Tim Blackwell and D.G. Jim Bell

Daryl Cruser & Bob Pazen recently toured the "New" CMH hospital along with Wendy Pazen & John Masterson. If you would like to get a tour of the hospital under construction contact John Masterson and John will get it set up for you!

Jeanette Perez, Director, GoCare in Nicaragua, received a Paul Harris Fellow today!
L-R: Pamela Lindsay, Jeanette Perez, Michelle Cekov, President Bruce McGee

The 2015 Push em Pull em parade slide show is now online. Click on the link in the right column to view ...

Scholarship committee chair Jordan Eller and President Dave Anderson pictured with this years scholarship recipients: John Coupart, Jesse Sohn, Anne Sinclair, Zacharey Hernandez, Tatiana Franklin-Thomas, Lizabeth Comacho, Colin Brown, Emmanuel Mateo, Ciera Georgi, Elizabeth Nofziger, Madeline Riddle, Sheridan Posadas, Omar Garcia, Amber Walton, Riya Desai, Allison Villa, Kayle Walker, Avalon Elliot, Barrett Connelly.
This year the Rotary Club of Ventura-East awarded 19 scholarships for a total of $45,000!!!

Pictured l-r: Carolyn Woodburn, Carolyn Hertel, Michael Archangelo (First Place), Alren King (Third Place), Madison Halstead (Second Place) and President Dave Anderson

Student of the Quarter Hutch with sponsor Bill Spellman

Student of the Quarter Anders with sponsor Bob Lynn

30 year employee of Lindsay & Company, Carol Norton was presented a Paul Harris by P.D.G. Jane McClenahan for her long service to Jan Lindsay.
L-R: Michelle Cekov, Carol Norton, P.D.G. Jane McClenahan

Todd Juvonen presented Amy Bailey, Executive Director Ventura Family YMCA, with a check to continue Operation Splash. Operation Splash has been an ongoing program at the YMCA since 2010 to provide homeless and disadvantaged youth with learn to swim classes at the YMCA. Over the previous 5 years the Rotary Club of Ventura-East has provided about $20,000 in funding for this program.

  ​  Sandford Thomas (Sandy) Waddell passed away February 22, 2015. He was a warm hearted, focused and determined man who cherished family and friends above all.
    Sandy was born on December 1, 1940 in Port Huron, Michigan, the son of Angus Thomas (Tom) Waddell and Elizabeth (Jean) Cleland Waddell. He grew up together with his 8 years younger sister Cindy, who passed away in 1974. His father Tom worked as a hospital administrator. Both father and son served in the Michigan National Guard for many years. His mother Jean was a home maker and china painter.
    After graduating Marysville High School in 1958 he attended Port Huron Junior College. Sandy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1963 where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau. He began his working career with General Mills in Minneapolis as a chemical engineer.
    Sandy was married to Dale Morgan in 1966 in Minneapolis. They moved to St. Petersburg Beach, Florida in 1970. His son, Andrew (Drew) Cleland Waddell was born in 1973. The Waddell’s relocated to Corona del Mar, California in 1974 when Sandy joined Fluor Corporation as Director of Strategic Planning. Sandy left Fluor Corporation in 1985, and moved to Pacific Enterprises, and later to Thrifty Corporation as VP of Finance in 1989. He continued his career as an independent financial consultant primarily serving as chief financial officer in turnaround and startup companies. Sandy was married to Madeleine de Jounge in 1983.
    Madeleine, originally from Sweden, brought son Jacob and daughter Johanna to the new family. They traveled each year to the island of Gotland in Sweden, where Madeleine’s family has a small summer home. Always interested in the community Sandy served for 8 years as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Port District of Ventura. He also was a long time member of Rotary International, being active with the organization in Florida and California at both the Balboa and East Ventura clubs. He was a respected member of Ventura’s Church of the Foothills, where he contributed in various roles. His open attitude led him into many different interests, prominent of which were, running, sailing, Scottish Country and Scandinavian Dancing.
    Later in his life his connection to his Scottish heritage and Madeleine’s connection to Sweden, led them to travel locally and worldwide to dances and workshops. He ran in over 100 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, Stockholm Marathon, and even twice in the 100 mile Western States Endurance Race. His interest in running also created a lifetime bond between him and his children. All three of them participated in running throughout either high school and/or college with Sandy’s coaching, support and enthusiasm. His passion for running never stopped. It was how he lived his life. Indeed it was his motto; Work Hard, Don’t give Up, Stay the Course.
    As a person, those who knew him say that there was no end to his warmth, supportive presence, helpful nature and his capacity to be trusted. Giving to others was an important part of his life. Not so noticeable in the foreground, he was uninterested in coming across as exceptional yet he actually was that person. A loving and loyal father, husband, son and friend, he showed us all his soul and we will miss him greatly.
Sandy is survived by: His wife Madeleine, his children Andrew (Drew) and his wife Tomoko, Jacob and his wife Pamela, Johanna and her husband Vincent and grandchildren Kaisei, Kengo, Chloe and Axel. The family would like to say thank you for the outpouring of support and help shown toward Sandy during this past difficult year.
    A memorial service will be held at Church of the Foothills, Ventura California on March 15th at 2 PM.
    Donations may be made in Sandy’s name to the Church of the Foothills Endowment Fund (6279 Foothills Road Ventura, CA 93003).

Student of the Quarter Brandon Neuro and Todd Juvonen, sponsor.

Student of the Quarter Noah Camion and John Masterson, sponsor.

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.


Jenna Selby, Student of the Quarter, and Midge Stork, Sponsor


Scott Manninen, Instructor, Bryce Hyatt, Student of the Quarter, and Harriet Clune, Sponsor.



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


Upcoming Speakers
Oct 15, 2015
Joe Paul
ARC Foundation
Oct 22, 2015
Ken Corney
Ventura Police Department
Nov 05, 2015
Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation
Past Speakers
Oct 01, 2015
Jessie Hawkins
United Way of Ventura County
Sep 23, 2015
Joint Meeting with Downtown - Offsite
Ventura Botanical Gardens
Sep 17, 2015
Husam Hishmeh
Onsite: Hishmeh Enterprises

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