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In Annual Veterans' Stand-Down
Provides Insight into Vocational Service
- Increasing awareness and monitoring one's use of time;
- Planning and prioritizing daily;
- Introducing structure into the daily routine for things we want to do in order to achieve balance.
At Ventura County Medical Center
With Presentation on Continent's Economy
on Washington DC Journalism
"Pediatrics on Steroids"
The Diagnostic Center has three pediatricians and 14 sub-specialists on staff. Together, they offer a medical "one-stop shop" that integrates multiple specialties, social work, behavioral health, an infusion center, and support groups for kids and their families. Kay noted that the Center also serves special needs children. "Our goal is to give every child in Ventura County the specialized care they need."
For Boys and Girls Club of Greater Ventura
Patti noted that the existing computers are approximately eight years old and are rapidly nearing the end of their useful lives. "These computers are in use five days a week, year round," said Patti. "They are the backbone of our homework program, and they have greatly contributed to the outcome of 97% of our members being on track to graduate from high school. We are extremely grateful for Rotary Ventura South's generous donation."
Present Dictionaries to Local 3rd Graders
About Stars of Hollywood's Golden Age
Ventura South Donates Funds and
Builds a "Can-Tree" for FOOD Share
Members of Ventura Rotary South gathered at The Collection shopping center in Oxnard on Saturday afternoon, December 6, to help build and decorate a "tree" out of canned food that the Club donated to FOOD Share, Inc., Ventura County's regional food bank. The Club donated $500 for this year's event, which consisted of a "forest" of more than 200 trees, stacked and decorated for the holidays.
Pictured in the photo above are (l to r) Sandy and Anne Warren, Bob Braitman, John Mattina, Monty Clark, Stacy Zaruka, Nils Johnson, Marilyn Scott, and Kendall Mattina. (Standing with Kendall is Maxwell, our official job supervisor for the day. Maxwell is the Mattina's grandson.)
For additional photos of the event, check out the link on the "Photo Album" section of our home page.
Thanks to all who turned out to lend a hand with the tree building and decoration!
Mayor Cheryl Heitmann Presents
"State of the City" to Ventura South
On Monday, November 10, Rotary Ventura South welcomed Ventura Mayor Cheryl Heitmann as our lunchtime speaker. Mayor Heitmann presented a comprehensive "State of the City" overview, complete with a PowerPoint presentation of images, charts, and descriptive data.
"These are exciting and challenging times for Ventura," said Mayor Heitmann. She described the City's efforts to help new businesses get started with an "entrepreneurial zone" at City Hall. She noted the recent increase in sports tourism in Ventura with marathons, water sports, and bicycle racing at the new BMX track at Community Park on Kimball Avenue.
Mayor Heitmann also described the City's efforts to maintain the quality of core services, despite budgetary challenges. Such services include street maintenance, water and wastewater services, fire protection, and law enforcement. The Mayor noted that violent crime has decreased nearly 10% and burglaries are down about 17%. She also described a renewed emphasis on senior services through the Ventura Council on Aging, including a focus on providing transportation to seniors in need.
"Ventura is a wonderful place to visit, live and work," said Mayor Heitmann. Her presentation to Ventura Rotary South certainly confirmed that!
Educator and Literary Agent Toni Lopopolo
Instructs Ventura South on Book Publishing
On Monday, October 27, members of Rotary Ventura South enjoyed a fascinating lesson in current trends in book publishing from local educator and literary agent Toni Lopopolo. With an extensive background in editing and publishing, including positions as executive editor with MacMillan and St. Martin's Press, Toni heads up her own agency which partners with authors in developing and editing their projects. She has created a unique series of fiction "bootcamps" and writers' groups that she has named "Tea with Toni."
"The world of book publishing has changed radically in the last decade," said Toni. "The explosion of electronic publishing via the Internet has created a huge new marketplace." She noted that, while the quantity of available literature has dramatically increased, the same cannot be said of the quality. Most beginning authors fail to perform a much-needed step in the writing process: self-editing. They get to the end of their first draft and decide it's ready for publishing. "Not true," said Toni, "The greatest writers in history have been relentless editors of their own work." She also noted how valuable a professional editor can be.
While the digital age has brought many innovations to the world of publishing, Toni still prefers the traditional bound book format. She noted that the vast majority of major publishing houses are now owned by European companies.
Summing up, Toni advised the aspiring novelists in attendance to avoid several common pitfalls: submitting a manuscript without thorough editing, failure to master the craft of plot development, setting, point of view, etc., poorly developed or boring characters, and the use of passive rather than active voice.
All in all, the members of Rotary Ventura South left Monday's meeting with a clear idea of the challenges and rewards of book publishing.
Rotary Ventura South Members Enjoy Club Social
Hosted by Dennis and Jeannette Longwill
On a picture-perfect late Saturday afternoon, October 25, some 50 members of Ventura Rotary South and their guests enjoyed a wonderful Club Social, hosted by Club President-Elect Dennis Longwill and his wife Jeannette at their beautiful beach-front home in Mussel Shoals, just a few miles north of Ventura. Tasty hors d'oeuvre, a catered Mexican buffet, and a range of tempting desserts formed a perfect menu for the casual affair, and most of those in attendance spent the majority of their time on the Longwills' spacious terrace, enjoying the warm sun and cool afternoon breeze.
Huge thanks to Dennis and Jeannette for hosting such a lovely event, and to Family of Rotary Chair Melody Thurman for her assistance in organizing the food and drink. As any Rotarian will tell you, the third element of our Four Way Test asks the question, "Will it build goodwill and better friendships?" The answer on Saturday evening, as the sun set slowly into the Pacific, was a resounding Yes!
For a look at photos from the event, check out the Photo Album box on our home page!
Jonell McLain Updates Rotary Ventura South
On Plans for Ventura Botanical Gardens
At our regular meeting on Monday, September 29, Jonell McLain, a Board member of the Ventura Botanical Gardens, provided members with an enthusiastic and comprehensive update on plans for the Gardens, currently under construction in the hills behind Ventura City Hall and adjacent to Grant Park. Jonell noted that, upon completion, the 107-acre garden will be significantly larger than the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.
"This will truly be a new destination of choice for visitors to Ventura County," said Jonell. We have over a hundred acres of lush coastal hillside overlooking one of the historic mission cities of California. This is truly a unique opportunity to enhance the already stunning beauty of the Ventura hills."
Jonell explained that the Gardens will actually be a combination of five garden areas: Australia, California, Cape, Chilean, and Mediterranean. "The Chilean section will feature the largest selection of native plants outside of Chile, including a grove of native palms."
Jonell also noted that there's an app for iPhone and Android, narrated by Stephanie Edwards, that will lead visitors through an audio tour of the completed Gardens, pointing out important botanic and geologic features. The Gardens will also include a library and visitors center.
For more information, visit the Gardens' website at venturabotanicalgardens.com. Thanks to Jonell for a terrific presentation!
Rotary Ventura South Welcomes New Member
During Visit from District Governor Loretta Butts
On Monday, September 15, our Club was honored by a visit from District 5240 Governor Loretta Butts and her husband, John. Loretta met with our Board members prior to our regular meeting at noon, then spoke to the general membership about current Rotary happenings at the District level, as well as her inspiring experience participating in a National Immunization Day (NID) in Nigeria some years ago. NIDs are an integral part of Rotary International's signature service project: the eradication of polio worldwide. When a member participates in an NID, he/she has the opportunity to actually administer the oral vaccine to children in an affected country.
Our September meeting was a doubly exciting event, as we welcomed Lee Ann Luongo as the newest member of our Club. Lee Ann works in fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club of Ventura. In the photo above, District Governor Loretta places a Rotary pin on Lee Ann, as Marilyn Scott, who recommended Lee Ann for membership, looks on. Welcome Lee Ann, and thank you Loretta for making our September 15 meeting so special and inspiring!
Professor Margaret de la M Offers Insights
On the Proper Use of Email for Business
At our regular meeting on Monday, September 8, Oxnard College Professor Margaret de la M treated members to a helpful "mini-class" in the proper use of email for business professionals. Among the many tips she shared were these:
- When writing an email message, paragraphs should be short.
- The best way to make several points in an email is to use lists with bullets or numbers.
- If you know the recipient is often in a hurry, the best way to send a supporting document is in the body of the message, rather than as an attachment.
- When sending a message, you should copy (cc) only those people who absolutely MUST know.
- When writing a subject line, be specific and brief.
In addition to her work as a college English professor, Margaret is a business owner who trains people in Writing Skills for the Workplace. Judging by the number of comments and questions from our members, she did some fine training during her presentation to our Club!
Ventura Rotary South Supports
2014 Veteran's Stand-Down
On Saturday, July 26, members of Ventura Rotary South gathered at the Ventura National Guard Armory to provide support to the Annual Veterans' Stand-Down, a three-day event that provides a variety of assistance to homeless veterans throughout the County. Gerardo Sanchez, our Club's Vocational Service Chair, coordinated member participation, which included serving a barbecue dinner to more than 100 hungry veterans. Pictured above, from left, are Dennis and Jeannette Longwill, Don and Marilyn Scott, Nils Johnson, and Anne and Sandy Warren. Other Club members who participated, but are not pictured here included Gerardo and his wife Maria, Beth Lyons, and Bob Braitman. Check out the photo album in the menu on the right of the home page for additional pictures from the afternoon's event.