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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Colin Hoag
    September 2
  • Wendy Pazen
    September 8
  • Melody O'Leary - Namikas
    September 9
  • Carol Marquez-Olson
    September 14
  • David Anderson
    September 20
  • Bob Noville
    October 4
  • Jordan Eller
    October 11
  • Carolyn Diacos
    October 18
  • Wendy Pazen
    Most Precious Pazen
    September 9
  • Amber Landis-Stover
    Jon Stover
    September 18
  • Laura Shannon-Prange
    Stephen Prange
    September 21
  • Jeff Burgh
    September 29
  • Mike Martin
    Julia Martin
    October 8
  • Tom Hashbarger
    Cynthia Hashbarger
    October 21
Join Date:
  • Todd Juvonen
    September 12, 2013
    5 years
  • Jeff Burgh
    September 25, 2014
    4 years
  • Alison Thompson
    September 29, 2010
    8 years
  • Sharon Daly
    October 1, 2016
    2 years
  • Tobias Hildebrand
    October 1, 2016
    2 years
  • Tim Hughes
    October 14, 2010
    8 years
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What is Rotary
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 Boys & Girls Clubs, Food Share and the Ventura Botanical Gardens.  This year in June we awarded $50,000 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 partner with “GoCare” in support of a project in Nicaragua, offering health care, educational opportunities, computer labs, English language lessons and much more.  A new project for us is 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 October, we throw a fun filled adult costume party called “Nightmare on the Hill.”  It is a very popular event.  Our second 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.
Jeff Hata
President 2018-2019
Rotary Club of Ventura East
The "Not" So Quite Corner
Third Time is the Charm, Sip & See #3
I know it is California and we wont need blankets for another month or so. However, we are making blankets for those who need them most. Do you know how to tie a knot? Do you know how to work scissors? Want to learn how to make a blanket without sewing? Then I have a project for you! Ventura YMCA had this as a project last year and it was so much fun that we had to do it again. 
The blankets are easy and idle hands are not a problem. Come join us at our 3rd Sip & See. I promise you will have fun and who knows, maybe you can get started on Christmas gifts with us!
Rosandra Esquivel
RCVE NAMI Walks Team
We are putting together a NAMI Walks team this year to support our President Elect Jeff Burgh. Please take the time to click on the link and register as a walker. You don't have to do the walk, you can come that morning and just be there for support, but please do take the time to register and ask your friends and family to please donate to NAMI.
We were led in the Flag Salute by Ashely Pope.
Our Inspirational Message was given by Harriet Clune.
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jordan Eller
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Moorpark was Jim Lewis, guest of Jim Lewis was Tracy Hart
Jim Lewis let us know how we stand with Polio cases in the world so far this year and invited us to find a donor to be a walker or rider on this years Rotary Rose Parade Float.
I want to thank the greeter Laura Shannon-Prange & Tom Swan for taking attendance.
Maragida Eidson conducted the raffle this week. Our raffle prize was a hand crafted wooden planter made by Jim Word.
John Borneman – Song
Rotary Recognition:
  • Amber and John Stover
  • Laura and Steven Prange
  • Jeff and Carol Burgh
Presidents announcements:
  • Need an Off-site location for October 11th , will be at the Rubicon.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for September is Sept. 18th at the YMCA. 6:30 – 8:00. Bring fabric.
  • About 70 students signed up for Interact
  • Board has voted to add a new level of membership
    • Family/business membership. 1st person is full pay 2nd is essentially Rule of 85.
  • Chamber mixer at CMH this evening. Tours will be given from 5:00 – 7:00. Say your with the Rotary Club of Ventura-East.
  • Rafael "Rafa" Canton has resigned from the club. The club agreed that we should make Rafa an Honorary Rotarian.
  • Passing around cards for Colin Hoag, recovering from back surgery and Dave Stork, recovering from an illness.
Avenues of Service:
Bruce McGee spoke about the District Conference. Topics will include Human Trafficking, Peace and others.
Bruce also let us know that the Rotary Site at the Ventura Botanical Gardens will be dedicated on November 17th. The hardscape is happening now. This is a very exciting time for the gardens.
Roy Valdez made an announcement regarding our Poinsettia Sales. Please go out and sell Poinsettias!
Our Happy Dollars today went to the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee: Joe Strohman, Bruce McGee, Jeff Hata, Tom Swan, Jim Lewis and Roy Valdez.
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes!
If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough. Mario Andretti
My Farewell to Rotary.
September 2018
Dear Jeff:
As you know, for about half a century, the Rotary Club of Ventura-East (after a couple of years in Downtown Ventura) was a high- priority activity in my regular life. In addition, I remember my visits to other countries.
Several visits were to the Rotary Club in Tijuana. We used to take them our collection of medication samples and medical supplies. My hope was that our contributions would be sent to a remote area in Baja California. Actually, I did visit such a remote Rotarian Club project in the mountains in Baja California. Several
Rotary Clubs were contributing to that project.
I especially remember going with the devoted Eric Nicolet to the early and ambitious project which he administered, in the huge and remote area of what, before the Spaniards arrived, used to be the Totonaca Empire - the Empire that sided with the Spanish Empire to conquer the Aztec Empire. I remember that we first visited a Rotary Club in Mexico City, which was the co-sponsoring Club. A member of that club held a high position in Rotary lnternational activities. A small bus that belonged to our Totonaca project, driven by a Totonaca Project employee, took us to our Totonaca project. It was a long drive.  Most of the time, we were the only vehicle on the road. There was no evidence of electricity. During that night, after everyone went to bed, it got extremely dark. Literally, I could not see my hand in front of my face.
Still another special memory is of my wife, Jane, and I going to the Rotary lnternational Convention in Japan, the year I was Club President. The number of persons attending was so large that the Convention was held in a stadium, in two sessions, in a city not far from Tokyo. After the Convention, Jane and I took a tour of several countries in Asia, during which we visited several Rotary clubs.
And, of course, I’ve always admired the many ways in which the Rotary Club of Rotary-East has been a positive force in our own community.
I've always been especially inspired by the Rotarian goals and achievements in promoting good will and peace, at all levels-locally; internationally and worldwide.
I have been fortunate enough so that my major problems in physical health have been solved. I take no medication for diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, etc. I try to lead a mentally and physically hygienic life. I still work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, full time, at my psychiatric clinic in Camarillo, and drive, by myself, both ways. I still do some active gardening, the other days of the week. However, I have to admit that, to a certain extent, Old Age (I am now 97) has significantly lowered my energy level. Therefore, I have been forced to reduce some of my activities. I no longer subscribe to Newsweek or to the Ventura Star. l have not gone to a movie in several years, etc. Regretfully, I have concluded that I should cancel my membership in the Rotary Club. Since you are the current President (and my long-time friend, and in charge of the Club's "Free Press"), I am hereby officially informing you that I am resigning from the Rotary Club. I am enclosing my check, to pay the bill I received a few days ago.
I would like to keep receiving the weekly issue of The Breeze, so as to be able to learn what the members of my Rotarian extended family members are doing.
             I am sending you, and all the members of our Club,
Rafael Cantón   (a.k.a. Rafa)
We were led in the Flag Salute Rich Stewart.
Our Inspirational Message was given by Amber Stevens.
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians - Jeff Hata
Visiting today was Gines Arnau from Pacific Premier Bank and visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South was Bob Braitman.
Bob Braitman made an announcement to invite us to participate in the Ventura-South Trivia contest on November 7th.
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Ken Kagan for taking attendance.
Margarida Eidson did our raffle today and announced that the raffle prize was a gift basket from the Rubicon Theater donated by Amber Landis-Stover.
John Borneman led us in our song.
Rotary Recognition:
  • Colin Hoag
  • Wendy Pazen
  • Melody O’Leary-Namikas
  • Carol Marquez-Olson
  • Dave Anderson
Presidents announcements:
  • Thank you to everyone who attended the Ventura Chamber Taste event.
  • Need an Off-site location for October 11th
  • Programs are everybody’s job. If you know someone who is interesting let us know.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for September is Sept. 18th at the YMCA. 6:30 – 8:00. Bring fabric.
  • September 21st  the United Nations Association will be honoring P.D.G. Deepa Willingham with a Peace Prize. There will be a dinner in Goleta, more details to follow.
Avenues of Service:
Bill Spellman spoke about RYLA. It's time to get students registered.
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart and Michelle Cekov.
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and the winner of the Rubicon was our guest Jines Arnau and the winner of a driftwood/air plant planter was Margarida Eidson.
Good things come to people who wait, but better things comes to those who go out and get them.
Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute.
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by John Borneman.
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guests of our speaker were Bonnie Landau, Deborah Morris and Julia Dominguez.
President Jeff thanked our greeters Ken Kagan and Christina Ahn & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Panera Bread donated by Tom Swan.
John Borneman led us in a song.
Presidents announcements:
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See's are intended do be socials for the club. If you don't have an interest in the project, please come out and socialize with us. Let's all get to know each other better. Also, bring your spouse or significant other because we would like to get to know them better too. Also, it's important for our families to learn more about us and learn why Rotary is important to us.
Avenues of Service:
Tom Swan paid an advertising fee and announced a Social Security Workshop that he is holding.
Bruce McGee announced that he would be getting his first Social Security payout the end of the month.
Ashley Pope spoke about the NAMI Walk and asked for support of our NAMI Walks Team.
Happy $'s: Alison Thompson, Ashley Pope, Midge Stork, Harriet Clune, Vance Thompson. President Jeff presented our club foundation with $20 donated at the last Sip & See.
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes.
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." Lou Holtz

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Ventura East
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA  93003
United States
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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
Meeting Responsibilities
September 20
Hughes, Tim
Cekov, Michelle
Swan, Tom
Hildebrand, Tobias
Introductions of Guests
Strohman Jr., Joe
Opportunity Drawing
Clune, Harriet
September 27
Strohman Jr., Joe
Swan, Tom
Stevens, Amber
Valdez, Roy
Introductions of Guests
Juvonen, Todd
Opportunity Drawing
Swan, Tom
Upcoming Speakers
David Deutsch
Sep 20, 2018
Dave Creswell, VUSD Superintendent
Sep 27, 2018
State of Ventura Unified School District
Oct 04, 2018
Past Speakers
Amber Landis-Stover
Sep 13, 2018
Craft Talk
Michael Byrne
Sep 06, 2018
Social at the Ventura Chamber of Commerce Taste
Aug 30, 2018
Location Museum of Ventura County 5:30 - 8:00
September 2018
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2019-20 Rotary president selected

Mark Daniel Maloney selected to be 2019-20 Rotary

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Ventura, California  93006