Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
Ventura East
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
United States of America
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ventura-East
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ventura-East. Our club was chartered on May 23, 1963; 55 years of service to our community and the world.  We are also the first club to be a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club in our district and we were the 54th club in the world to achieve this distinction, having donated $1,000 per member to the Rotary International Foundation to fund projects in the United States and all around the world.
Ventura-East Rotarians meet for lunch from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura, 3451 Foothill Road.   A delicious lunch, fellowship and networking, a short business session and usually an informative speaker who presents current and timely topics.
Rotarians practice our pledge of “Service Above Self” through our five Avenues of Service committees:  Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service and Youth Service.  One of our most popular projects is the Push-em Pull-em Parade for youngsters and families on the 4th of July. We started this parade in 1976 and celebrated the 43rd anniversary of the Push-em Pull-em Parde this year (Click on this link to see photos PhotoAlbums/2017-push-em-pull-em-parade).  Operation Splash, partnered with the YMCA, teaches youngsters to swim and learn water safety.  We are, after all, a beach community!  We support The Ronald McDonald House at VCMC, Food Share and Autism Society Ventura County. This year in June we awarded $125,000 in scholarships to local High School Seniors with plans to attend colleges and universities.  This coming June we plan to also award scholarships to those students pursuing vocational programs.
Leadership training for our youth is an important part of what we do, sponsoring an “Interact” Club at Buena High School and sending High School Juniors to a program called RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a 4-day retreat for self-development and leadership experience. 
On an International basis, we are partnering with “The Mossy Foot Project” based in Ventura and providing medical and rehabilitation services through their project in Ethiopia.   
We have two major fundraisers each year to support our charitable work. In April, we host a jigsaw puzzle competition that benefits our club and Autism Society Ventura County and our club. Our second and most lucrative fundraiser is Poinsettia Sales for the holidays. Volunteer Rotarians deliver the cases of beautiful plants for each order to home or business.  For large business orders, we can drop ship the cases.  Ask us!  These fund-raising events allow us to continue our services to our local community and to the world.
If you have an interest in Rotary and doing good in our world, here locally and internationally, please contact us through our website or see us on Facebook. We welcome your inquiry and would welcome you to join us at lunch to investigate the opportunities of Rotary Membership.
Cal Magro
Rotary Club of Ventura East
Dawn Knowles led us in the Flag Salute.
Jeff Burgh introduced Steven, Mark and Alison to speak about the Push-em Pull-em Parade. The parade route this year will be the same as in year’s past.
President Cal passed around the sign up sheets for club duties.
Margarida Eidson gave our Inspirational Message.
Joe Strohman let us know that the 4 Presidents for next year have been meeting and working on what’s going to happen.
June 9th will be the 4 Way Test Essay contest presentations and June 30th will be the nursing awards.
Today’s opportunity drawing was donated by Ashley Pope. A $50 gift certificate to the Garage Bar.
Husam Hishmeh spoke about membership. We need to add new people to the club because if we are not growing, we are dying.
President Cal spoke about our booth at the Ventura Chamber Business Expo then there is another event at The Grape.
Monday night is the club board meeting at the Poinsettia Pavilion.
Our program today was Samuel Campa from Santa Barbara who spoke about the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Sam Marsh gave a craft talk.
Rich Stewart conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Gray.
Next week our social will be at The Twist on Main Street.
Happy $’s: Bill Spellman, President Cal, Harriet Clune, Husam Hishmeh, Carin Kally
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute
Adonis Campillo gave our Inspirational Message.
Ashley Pope spoke about the Puzzle Contest
President Cal thanked Tim Hughes for a very successful scholarship program. So far we have donated over $700,000 and this year just a little over $125,000.
Bruce McGee introduced Colleen Refo. Colleen spoke about a fundraiser for the Ventura College Jazz program.
George Benz from the Rotary Club of Oxnard spoke about a water well project in Nairobi. There will be a fundraiser coming up. They are setting up a competition between Rotary Clubs with a poker tournament.
Jim Word gave a craft talk.
Jim Word then introduced our speaker, Annegret Riley who spoke to us about her experience growing up in Germany during WWII.
Happy $’s: President Cal, Judy Hoag
Our opportunity drawing was a $50 Lazy Dog gift card donated by Jeff Burgh.
Rich Stewart did the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was Bill Gray.
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute today.
President Cal led us in reciting the 4-Way test.
Joe Strohman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Joe Strohman was Hannah Strohman guest of Sharon Daly Teresta Campbell.
President Cal passed around a clip board for upcoming club duties.
Thank you, Harriet Clune, for donating our opportunity drawing today.
Next week we will have our social at Limon y Sal, we will not be meeting for our normal noon meeting.
Ashley Pope spoke about our membership drive and updated us on our upcoming speakers.
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
President Cal asked if any one knew what you call a rabbit with fleas? Answer: Bugs Bunny
Bruce McGee passed around the sign up sheet for the Walk for Kids and spoke about the drive to raise money to go to Rotary Clubs in Romania to help with the Ukrainian refugee crisis.
Bill Spellman gave a craft talk.
Ashley introduced our speaker Jacquelyn Naster and Andre Barbieri with Hangers Clinic.
 Happy $’s: President Cal,
President Cal announced we will have a WWII survivor speaking to the club.
Rich Stewart conducted the Opportunity Drawing and the lucky winner of $50 cash was Andre Barbieri!!!
Todd Juvonen took attendance
Adonis Campillo led us in the Flag Salute
President Cal led us in reciting the 4 way test.
President Cal brought the door prize, $50 to Peking Inn.
Our speaker is Monique from Heroes Hideaway.
Joe Strohman introduced our guests: NK from Rotary South, Debbie Martin from the YMCA & Walk for Kids, Olivia Strohman, Dan Glassman, Dante from Ventura South
Ashley Pope gave inspiration and brought some old memorabilia from the chamber office move relating to our club.
Debbie Martin talked to us about the need for walkers and volunteers for Walk for Kids.
Margarida Eidson talked about Romania and sending the team funds through the chamber in Romania.
NK and Dante talked about a program for $50,000 grant that will impact over 300 kids. They need $18,000 – they would like $3,000 for the Autism Project. The program is to help bring teachers and people to help identify autism in children. The region would be in Camaroon. The hope is that the project would become a template.
Sam Marsh gave us a short craft talk about Drivers Education and how/why it’s not free, and that it should be. He would like VCRE to help make Drivers Training free as a rotary project, because it should be funded through the general fund as it is collected from tickets.
NK won the raffle.
Tim Hughes ran the meeting today in place of our vacationing President Cal.
Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute today.
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Tim Hughes announced that Roseann Klope passed away. Graveside service will be April 23rd at Ivy Lawn
Thank you to everyone who brought in socks for the Mossy Foot Project! Keep bringing socks in!
Rich Stewart is selling raffle tickets. Thank you to Todd Juvonen for a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ.
Margarida Eidson spoke about an opportunity to donate to help Ukrainian refugees.
Ashley Pope spoke about our membership drive and Aut2Run.
Next week’s program will be a new non-profit who concentrates on First Responders.
Aut2Run needs volunteers so I you know anyone who would like to help out, let Ashley know.
The Puzzle contest is Sunday April 16th.
Bruce McGee spoke about Midge Stork’s memorial last Saturday. Thank you to Judy & Will Hoag, Rich Stewart, Harriet Clune, Emily Barany and Kathy McGee for helping out with parking lot duties.
Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids is coming on April 24th.
1st Wednesday of the month is our food distribution day with FoodShare.
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Magarida Eidson
Ashley Pope introduced our guest, Tracy Paplinski, with a Voice Discovered.
The winner of the opportunity drawing was Harriet Clune!
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Todd Juvonen
    June 6
  • Rafael Canton, M.D.
    June 9
  • Cal Magro
    June 17
  • Jeff Hata
    June 21
  • Bruce McGee
    June 25
  • Sam Marsh
    June 25
  • Rich Stewart
    June 27
  • Husam Hishmeh
    June 30
  • Roy Valdez
    Jess Valdez
    June 9
  • Tim Hughes
    Peggy Hughes
    June 14
Join Date:
  • Jim Word
    May 1, 1983
    39 years
  • Ashley Pope
    May 3, 2017
    5 years
  • Amber Stevens
    May 12, 2016
    6 years
  • Colin Hoag
    May 12, 2016
    6 years
  • Mike Martin
    May 12, 2016
    6 years
  • Margarida Eidson
    May 19, 2017
    5 years
  • William J. Spellman D.D.S
    May 23, 1963
    59 years
  • Roy Valdez
    June 8, 2018
    4 years
  • Sam Marsh
    June 9, 2008
    14 years
  • Adonis Campillo
    June 21, 2019
    3 years
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Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
Ventura East
We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93003
United States of America
Membership Corner
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Rotary Club of Ventura-East Avenues of Service Citation Recipients
Recognizing that the strength of the Rotary ideal is founded on the service carried out by club members worldwide, this citation program provides a means for Rotary clubs to personally recognize a member of the club for outstanding efforts in the five Avenues of Service. The citation commends the service carried out by an individual Rotarian in the club, thereby reinforcing the importance which Rotary places on the personal involvement of each club member in Rotary service activities.
Eric Nicolet - 1997-98
Devere 'Pete' Gallagher - 1998-99
Joseph Strohman - 1999-00
Sally Adelblue - 2000-01
Jan Lindsay - 2001-02
Richard Stewart - 2005-06
William Spellman - 2006-07
Husam Hishmeh - 2007-08
Deborah Roberts - 2010-11
Wendy Pazen - 2011-12
Jeff Hata - 2012-13
Past Speakers
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Dec 23, 2021
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