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Member Birthdays:
  • Husam Hishmeh
    July 1
  • Ken Kagan
    July 1
  • Mike Martin
    July 11
  • Judy Hoag
    July 17
  • Harriet Clune
    August 1
  • William J. Spellman D.D.S
    August 3
  • Jeff Burgh
    August 5
  • Jim Word
    August 5
  • Bill Hicks
    August 19
  • William Gray
    August 25
Join Date:
  • Ken Kagan
    July 22, 2010
    8 years
  • Amber Landis-Stover
    August 2, 2017
    1 year
  • Bob Noville
    August 16, 2012
    6 years
  • Bruce McGee
    August 16, 2012
    6 years
  • Judy Hoag
    August 22, 1996
    22 years
  • Carolyn Diacos
    August 24, 2017
    1 year
  • Bill Crookston
    August 30, 2016
    2 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
Past President Tom Swan stood in for President Harriet today.
Greg Jones led us in the Flag Salute.
Amber Stevens gave our Inspirational Message.
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. We did not have either today.
John Borneman led us in song followed by Tim Hughes who gave our joke of the day.
Amber Stevens spoke about the Push-em Pull-em parade on the 4th of July. We need about 7 - 8 more people to help block off streets.
Joe Strohman let us know that there was an article in the Rotarian on page 12 about Ventura Rotaract and the Mexico build they do every year.
Kris Hanesn spoke about membership and let us know that Christine Ahn would be inducted at President Harriet's Step Down dinner.
Tom Swan let us know that our meeting was being moved from Thursday to Saturday for the Step Down so please don't come up to the Pavilion for lunch next week.
Happy $'s: Laura Shannon and Bill Spellman.
President Harriet rang the bell for the last time as President at a club meeting. Thank you for all the hard work you put in last year Harriet!
We were led in the Salute to the Flag by Bill Crookston.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card for a massage!!!
Bill Spellman wanted to introduce guests and visiting Rotarians, but we didn't have either today!
Alison Thompson & Joe Strohman were recognized for celebrating Birthdays.
President Harriet told us that the Ojai Wine Festival was a lot of fun and there was a lot of good wine too!
Our meeting on June 28th is being moved to June 30th for the Step Down dinner. 
Happy$'s: Tom Swan, Tmi Hughes, Bill Gray, Melody O'Leary-Namikas, Rafael Canton, Midge Stork, Kris Hansen, Rich Stewart, John Borneman and Joe Strohman.
Amber Stevens talked about the Push-em Pull-em Parade on July 4th. The parade will be starting at 9:30 this year so we should gather around 8:00.
Amber also let us know that the YMCA will be trying to set a world record for the Largest Swim Lesson. Amber needed a volunteer to do a headcount. Jeff Hata will be there!
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Melody O'Leary-Namikas!
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Bill Spellman was Lynn Van Emmerik and guest of the club was Christina Ahn.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Lure generously donated by Carol Marquez-Olson.
Colin Hoag delivered our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
President Harriet announced that her LAST board meeting will be on Tuesday at Husam Hishmeh's office. This will be a joint meeting with this year's and next year's boards. All club members are invited to attend. Party to follow the meeting!
Margarida Eidson and Michelle Cekov volunteered to review the Revised District By-laws. 
President Harriet thanked everyone who worked at the Celebration of Life for Bob Pazen. Wendy Pazen also thanked everyone and gave a special thank you to Bruce McGee, Jordan Eller and Midge Stork for all of their work and help. Wendy also thanked everyone who spoke that day and to Bill Gray for the Driftwood planter!
President Harriet reminded everyone that this Sunday is the Ojai Wine Festival.
Since we had the scholarships last week, we couldn't properly greet Roy Valdez into the club so President Harriet asked everyone to please meet Roy after the meeting today.
Rich Stewart thanked everyone who responded to the Step-Down Dinner invitation. Please make sure you order your meal in the comments section.
Our meeting on May 28th is being moved to the Step Down Dinner.
Happy $'s: Joe Strohman, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh, Michelle Cekov & Bruce McGee.
Midge conducted the raffle and Margarida Eidson won the Driftwood Planter and Jeff Hata won the Lure gift card.
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Jeff Hata.
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Camarillo was Carrie Lock and visiting from Ventura-Downtown was Rob VanNewburg.
Also visiting us today was Past District Governor and past member of our club Sally Adleblue. Guest of the Club was Roy Valdez.
President Harriet thanked Margarida Eidson for greeting and Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
Midge Stork announced that we had a very special secret raffle prize donated by Rich Stewart and a Driftwood Planter with an Airplant donated by Bill Gray.
Our joke of the day was given by Greg Jones.
John Borneman reported that Pete Gallagher is doing much better and is fighting the nurses off!
Bruce McGee asked that everyone who is working the early shift for Bob Pazen's Memorial to please be at the park by 10:00 and if you are working the late shift, please be there by 12:00.
Kris Hansen inducted our newest member Roy Valdez!
Happy $'s: Harriet Clune, Rich Stewart, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh, Kris Hansen and Midge Stork.
Both of our raffle prizes were won by scholarship recipients!
Class of 2018 Scholarship Recipients

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
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
The "Not" So Quite Corner
Hello friends! A new Rotary year has begun, and I am very excited to be Jeff’s not so-silent partner on his journey. I must share that when Jeff was asked to be President, I was terrified. After attending PETS and the International Conference in Toronto, I am fully on board to act as host and help in any way I can. This includes, giving you the behind the scene look at what it takes to be the support for the President and hopefully inspire each of you to come join us for some fun activities.
Little known fact about me, I was CLU’s Rotoract President 95-96. It was rewarding and I loved serving but all these years I have been silently helping Jeff with his project. Well, this year, I want to have a few fun projects that I will need your help to launch! Come to the Sip & See and we will chat about them!
Rosandra Esquivel
Membership Corner
Meeting Responsibilities
Meeting Roster 7/26
Stewart, Rich
Flag Salute
Clune, Harriet
Daly, Sharon
Jones, Greg
Introduction of Guests
Eidson, Margarida
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Pope, Ashley
Meeting Responsibilities 8/2
McGee, Kathy
Stewart, Rich
Swan, Tom
Introductions of Guests
Opportunity Drawing
Spellman D.D.S, William J.
Upcoming Speakers
D.G. Sandi Schwartz
Jul 19, 2018
D.G. Sandi Schwartz' Official Visit
Craft Talk
Jul 26, 2018
2 club members TBA
Club Assembly
Aug 02, 2018
Past Speakers
Jeff Hata
Jul 12, 2018
The Year Ahead 2018-2019
Jul 05, 2018
Jun 28, 2018
Meeting Moved to June 30th for Step Down
July 2018
News from R.I.
Laura Bush addresses Rotarians

Former first lady of the United States speaks at

International Inspiration

A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of

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