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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • John Borneman
    February 6
  • Tom Hashbarger
    February 26
  • Laura Shannon
    March 1
  • Bob Pazen
    March 14
  • Tom Swan
    Georganna Hawley
    March 5
Join Date:
  • Jordan Eller
    February 1, 2006
    11 years
  • Rafael Canton, M.D.
    February 1, 1974
    43 years
  • Bob Pazen
    February 2, 1970
    47 years
  • Cari Potts
    February 24, 2012
    5 years
  • Carol Marquez-Olson
    March 1, 1991
    26 years
  • Jeff Hata
    March 1, 2004
    13 years
  • Monte L. Widders
    March 1, 1975
    42 years
  • William Gray
    March 4, 2008
    9 years
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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.
Ventura-East Rotarian, Juan "DSongster" Mendoza recently auditioned for the TV Show America's Got Talent!
You get em Juan ... hope your phone rings for that call back!!!
Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute.
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guests of the club were Melody O'Leary and Steve Harbison. Visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South were John & Kendall Metina.
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
Tim Blackwell announced that we will be inducting Steve Harbison and Melody O'Leary. Tim also awarded blue badges to Kris Hansen, Michael Martin and Sharon Daly.
Midge Stork announced our raffle prize was a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card plus to other sweetheart gifts.
Joe Strohman and Natalie Debbas conducted our Student of the Quarter presentations. First Natalie thanked the club for participating in Mock Interviews and said they went GREAT! The students really appreciate us coming in.
Our first Student of the Quarter was Giovanni Flores from the Business Department. Giovanni's sponsor was Laura Shannon.
Our second Student of the Quarter was Brandon Fairweather from the Automotive Department. Brandon's sponsor was Carol Marquez-Olson.
Kendall Metina announced the Mardi Gras Party being hosted by the Ventura-South club on February 26th from 3 - 7. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to Turning Point Foundaion.
John Masterson announced that the cruise is one month away! Cabins are still available.
Happy $'s: John Borneman
John Borneman led us in a song.
John Masterson gave our joke of the day.
Bill Gray led us in the Flag Salute.
President Husam introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of the club was Melody O'Leary Namikas and guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
Bob Pazen gave our Inspirational Message.
Joe Strohman conducted elections for two new directors to our club Foundation. The nominees were Tom Swan, Bill Gray and Todd Juvonen.
Bruce McGee spoke about the club social at SpiceTopia last week. We had about 35 members and spouses show up. Vance Thompson brought the bar and Bruce & Kathy McGee brought the appetizers. It was a lot of fun!!!
Kris Hansen is having a ribbon cutting at his office next Thursday at 4:30. It would be nice if we could get as many club members there as possible.
Today's raffle prize was a gift certificate to Tommy Bahamas donated by Laura Shannon. The winner of the raffle prize was Greg Frye!
Jeff Hata gave our joke of the day.
Happy $'s: John Borneman, Husam Hishmeh, Wendy Pazen & Sara Masterson
Joe Strohman announced that the new Foundation Board members will be Bill Gray & Todd Juvonen.
John Masterson said that we have now sold 15 cabins for the cruise to Ensenada and there will definitely be a Rotary Meeting on board with free drinks!!!
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
The Inspirational Message was delivered by Laura Shannon.
Joe Strohman gave a brief recap of the RCVE Foundation Board Meeting. We currently have about $2.3 million in the foundation and there will be $50,000 designated for scholarships this year. Bill Gray was elected Foundation President and Midge Stork Foundation Vice-President. We still need 2 at large directors so if you are interested, let Joe know.
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Aloha Steakhouse donated by Bob Noville.
President Husam introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. We had two guests of the club today Steve Harbison and Melody O'Leary. Also visiting today was Kevin Daly.
Bruce McGee reminded us about the social at SpiceTopia next Wednesday. There will be heavy appetizers and Vance will be bringing the bar. We will be looking for ideas for new Community Service projects for the remainder of the year. 
President Husam said there would be a new member orientation for Melody O'Leary and Steve Harbison at his office at noon on Monday.
President Husam also let us know that the Board meeting would be rescheduled to February 8th due to the Social.
John Masterson said we only need one more couple to get to 30. There will be a Rotary meeting aboard ship and there will be FREE drinks at that meeting!
Greg Frye gave our joke of the day.
John Borneman led us in the song of the day.
Bill Hicks let us know that Monte Widders has been fighting cancer for many years. Monte is doing well at this time.
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
President Husam thanked Michelle Cekov for greeting today.
Tobias Hildebrand gave our Inspirational Message.
President Husam reminded us about the Community Service Social on February 1st at Spice Topia and said that the board meeting would be rescheduled.
Sharon Daly told us that Mossy Foot was doing a "Shoe Donation Drive" and if we had any gently used or new shoes that we would like to donate, please bring them to the club meeting in the next few weeks. 
Bob Pazen gave our joke of the day.
Bill Spellman told us that the Mock Interviews at Buena concluded today.
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Macroni Grill donated by Jeff Burgh.
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of the club was Steve Harbison and visiting from Downtown was Hutch!
Rich Stewart read a letter from the Salvation Army thanking us for bell ringing this year.
President Husam told us that Wendy Pazen's mother passed away this week. There was a card being passed around for everyone to sign.

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
Membership Corner
Meeting Responsibilities
Stewart, Rich
Flag Salute
Kreutz, Nicole
Gray, William
Hildebrand, Tobias
Joke of the Week
Shannon, Laura
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Spellman D.D.S, William J.
Upcoming Speakers
Mario Van Oorshchot
Feb 23, 2017
Do's and Don'ts of Divorce
Dr. Ron Bale
Mar 02, 2017
Dr. Jim Hornstein
Mar 09, 2017
Understanding our end of life choices
Past Speakers
P.D.G. Wade Nomura
Feb 16, 2017
Rotary Giving
Cheney Caldwell
Feb 09, 2017
World Tour & Working with Indigenous Peeps
Sharon Daly
Feb 02, 2017
Mossy Foot
February 2017
2016 Ventura County Fair Parade
News from R.I.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
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