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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Member Birthdays:
  • Harriet Clune
    August 1
  • Jim Word
    August 5
  • Daryl Cruser
    August 22
  • Wendy Pazen
    September 8
  • David Anderson
    September 20
  • Bob Pazen
    Sweetem's Pazen
    September 9
  • Wendy Pazen
    Most Precious Pazen
    September 9
Join Date:
  • Bob Noville
    August 16, 2012
    3 years
  • Bruce McGee
    August 16, 2012
    3 years
  • Todd Juvonen
    September 12, 2013
    2 years
  • Jeff Burgh
    September 25, 2014
    1 year
  • Alison Thompson
    September 29, 2010
    5 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



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.

The Rotary Club of Ventura East completed another successful BBQ Event this weekend at the Civil War Reenactment in Moorpark.
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.

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.

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!
Dave Anderson, AIA



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Ventura East
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA  93003
United States




Upcoming Speakers
Sep 03, 2015
Randy Friedman
Ventura County Animal Services
Sep 10, 2015
Sep 17, 2015
Husam Hishmeh
Onsite: Hishmeh Enterprises
Past Speakers
Aug 27, 2015
D.G. 5240 Jim Bell
District Governor's Official visit
Aug 20, 2015
Megan Gately
Museum of Ventura County
Aug 13, 2015
Rubicon Theatre Company

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