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
2021 Scholarship Application
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.
Margarida Eidson
Rotary Club of Ventura East
Harriet Clune led us in the Salute to the Flag.
Board meeting changed to Tuesday due to Holiday
Upcoming meetings:
  • January 21 – Spencer Burke, National Park Service
  • January 28 – Darin Scindler, Ventura Police Chief
  • February 4 – Derek Poultney, Ventura Land Trust
  • February 11 – Beverly Critcher – Wildlife Experience Safaris
  • February 16 – Board Meeting
Opportunity Drawing was $50 gift certificate to Café Zack from Margarida Eidson
Avenues of Service
Ashley Pope reported that Interact will be meeting next week.
Joe Strohman said we will be running the Ron Hertel 4 Way Test Essay Contest. Still looking for 2 more people to serve on Foundation Board.
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation had about $3.4 million at the end of December. A more formal report to come.
Sharon Daly reported that International Service is discussing possible International grants.
Bruce McGee – Membership will be sending out speaker topics so we can invite potential members.
March 11 blood bank at the Pavilion.
Our speaker today was P.D.G. Wade Nomura.
We inducted Joe Bova today with the help of P.D.G. Wade Nomura. Joe’s sponsor is Tom Swan.
PP Jeff Burgh announced Cal Magro President 2021-2022, PE Roy Valdez, PEN Laura Shannon.
Happy $’s Cal Magro, Adonis Campillo
Opportunity drawing winner was Jeff Burgh!
Sharon Daily led us in the Flag Salute.
Upcoming dates to remember:
  • 1/14 – Our speaker will be P.D.G. Wade Nomura
  • 1/18 - Board Meeting
  • 1/21 - Spencer Burke - National Park Service
  • 1/28 - Derek Poultney - Ventura Land Trust
Opportunity drawing was a 2021 Axxess Card.
Roy Valdez let us know we sold 295 cases for $16,500. Our net was $4,700 - $5,000.
President Margarida shared a card from the residents at Cypress Place thanking us for the Poinsettia donations.
Amber Stevens thanked club members who helped with Bell Ringing at Christmas.
Ashley Pope let us know that Interact is going strong. Membership is currently about 15. They are trying to put together a drive to collect women’s products for a non-profit.
We have 5 RYLA spots and they are all filled at this point.
Joe Strohman reported that the Club Foundation needs two at large directors. If you are interested, let Joe know.
Joe also thanked everyone who donated for the toy drive at Christmas. The drive is still on going, they need toys year round.
4 Way Test Essay contest is a go. Balboa Middle school has confirmed they are going to participate. Ashley is checking on Buena High School.
Tim Hughes said that the 2021 Scholarship Application is posted on the website.
Joe Strohman let us know that the club foundation is at about $3.2 million.
Our program today was Ashley Bautista, Public Relations for the County of Ventura.
Opportunity drawing winner was Jim Word.
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope,               
The residents from Cypress Place Senior Living wanted to reach out and give us a "BIG" Thank You for the Poinsettias that were delivered to all of the residents. They appreciated the poinsettias very much and sent a few pictures for us to enjoy!
Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute today.
Visiting Rotarian today was Saraubh Bajaj President of Ventura Downtown and guest of the club was Joe Bova.
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
Presidents announcements:
  • Dec 12 – Ventura Family Justice Center Toy donations
  • Dec 16 – 2 – 5 Foodshare food pantry.
  • Dec 17 – Virtual Christmas Party. Charcuterie Boards from Pierano’s $25
  • Dec 24 & 31 Dark
  • California Office for Small Business Advocates – Small businesses can apply for a grant.
  • Opportunity Drawing Roy Valdez donated a $50 gift card, winners choice, Amazon or Starbucks
Roy Valdez let us know that we sold out of Poinsettias. Thank you to everyone who came out to help deliver. Sold 295 cases. Net about $6,500 this year!
Avenues of Service:
Ashley Pope said Interact will be meeting next week and Margarida will be speaking about RYLA
Joe Strohman let us know we need to Directors for the Foundation Board. Foundation is at $3.3 million.
Vocational Service – Toy drive is ongoing. Ventura Family Justice Center is virtual. Order through Amazon and deliver to them.
YMCA we adopted a family and we are also donating to Spark of Love.
Saurabh Bajaj is doing a fundraiser, Coffee Table book illustrated by local photographers. You can order online at
Our speaker was Carolyn Prijatel-Sutton with the Coalition for Family Harmony
The winner of the Opportunity Drawing was Kathy McGee.
Cal Magro led us in the Flag Salute today.
Our speaker was Ventura Fire Chief David Endaya.
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
President's Announcements:
  • Next week Caroline… Coalition for Family Harmony
  • 12/17 - Virtual Christmas Party
  • 12/24 - Dark
  • 12/31 - Dark
Opportunity drawing was from Todd Juvonen. $50 gift card to Peking Restaurant.
Roy reported that we sold our poinsettia plants. We ordered 25 more so we will deliver about 300!
Amber Stevens reminded us that next Wednesday is the Kids and Families Together event to help the set up for their event.
Sharon Daly reports that the problems continue in Ethiopia.
Ashley Pope  has the 4 Way Test information from the District. Joe Strhoman has conducted this and will do so again this year.
Next Interact meeting will be December 15th.
Bruce McGee said membership committee would be reconvening in January.
Joe Strohman let us know that the Military Collaborative is not doing their family support this year. We will instead be support Spark of Love, we will be adopting a family from the YMCA, and we will be donating toys to the Family Justice Center.
FoodShare at Oxnard College Park on December 16th from 2 – 5. Email Joe Strohman if you would like to help out.
Happy $’s: Cal Magro,  President Margarida, Sharon Daly
Opportunity Drawing winner was Ashley Pope!!!
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Vance Thompson
    January 1
Join Date:
  • David Anderson
    January 1, 2003
    18 years
  • Dick Gallagher
    January 1, 2003
    18 years
  • Harriet Clune
    January 1, 2003
    18 years
  • Husam Hishmeh
    January 1, 2003
    18 years
  • Midge Stork CFP, CSPG
    January 1, 1986
    35 years
  • Vance Thompson
    January 1, 2003
    18 years
  • Tom Swan
    January 26, 2006
    15 years
  • Rafael Canton, M.D.
    February 1, 1974
    47 years
  • Steve Harbison
    February 21, 2017
    4 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
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Ventura-East, Please click this link.
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
MargaridaEidson and Ashley Pope
Aug 20, 2020
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Anthony Caspary
Aug 13, 2020
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Den Linden
Aug 06, 2020
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January 2021
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