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  • Tom Swan
    May 23
  • Tim Blackwell
    June 9
  • Alison Thompson
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  • Jeff Hata
    June 21
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    June 25
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    June 27
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    May 3
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    Peggy Hughes
    June 14
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    May 1, 1983
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    May 5, 1990
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    May 12, 2016
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    May 12, 2016
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    May 12, 2016
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    May 23, 1963
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    May 23, 1963
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    May 23, 1963
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    June 1, 1989
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    June 9, 2008
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    June 16, 2016
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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.
New Member Proposal
The following
has been proposed as a new member of
the Rotary Club of Ventura-East:
Name:                          Margarida Eidson
Classification:                Business Management
Proposer:                      Jeff Hata
Publication Date:           May 16, 2017
Any objections to this person becoming a 
member of our club should be brought to
the attention of the President, President-Elect
or any Director within ten (10) days of this
President Husam led us in the Flag Salute.
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
President Husam reported that the Rotaract Fundraiser made $1,350 which will go towards their upcoming Mexico build.
Guests and visiting Rotarians...
Guest of Ashley Pope was Diane Quinn. Guest of Ayn DeVera was Alison Radcliff. Guest of President Husam was Steve Bennett. Guests of Kris Hansen were Annette Garcia and Tonya Page. Guests of Bill Gray were Kim, Tyler and Mason Gray. Guest of Joe Strohman was Greg Wordell. Guests of the club were Greg Morris, Ayn DeVera and Margarida Eidson.
Steve Bennett spoke about a Cornhole tournament to benefit youth exiting Child Protective Services. 
Tim Blackwell inducted Ayn DeVera and David Morris into the club.
l-r Tim Blackwell, Wendy Pazen, Ayn DeVera, David Morris, President Husam, Bill Crookston
Judy Hoag spoke about our upcoming Poinsettia Sales.
Alison Thompson gave our Joke of the Day.
Happy $'s: Tim Hughes, Wendy Pazen & Harriet Clune.
By Mary Kay Doubek
Saturday, April 29 was Rotarians at Work Day for 1.2 million members globally.  In Ventura, the Downtown, East, and South clubs joined forces on a single project so they could make a bigger impact in the community they love.  “Ventura Botanical Gardens is an ideal place to show the power of Rotary,” stated Downtown Ventura Rotary President Betsy Chess.  “60 local Rotary, Rotaract (18-30 ages), and Interact (high school ages) members set aside their Saturday morning and were able to clear invasive plants and brush from a quarter mile stretch of trail above Summit Drive.  There certainly was an impressive stack of weeds when we were done.”
Joe Cahill, VBG Executive Director, added, “The trails are in use more than ever this spring.  Along with the 60 Rotarians on site that day, there were thousands of trail walkers and 500 or more participants and spectators in the Ventura Police Department-sponsored Mud Run.  Later that afternoon, the Ventura Climate March came through the gardens too.  We are pleased to have everyone enjoy the special beauty here after the rains of winter.  All the flowers and plants have prospered, but so have the invasive plants.  In several places, the trail was nearly impenetrable through a seven-foot tall wall of mustard.  It is amazing how quickly these volunteers were able to get the job done.  Thanks to Rotary, now visitors to the upper trail can see where they are going!  An added benefit is that we got a jump start on reducing brush that is a concern during fire season.  It was such a positive experience; I look forward to working with more large groups of volunteers from other local clubs. 
After working up their appetites, Rotarians were treated to Domino’s Pizza from East Ventura Rotarian Husam Hishmeh at the future site of Rotary Plaza at VBG.  It was the first visit to the site for many Rotarians, who were enthusiastic about putting the Rotary name up at Ventura Botanical Gardens.  As they munched their slices of pizza, project organizers Bruce and Kathy McGee of Rotary East described the features to be developed for Rotary Plaza.  It will include a gathering place for 50 or more people, as well as the Rotary Wheel and Four Way Test, symbols of the “service above self” motto that Rotarians live by.  They will be placed in a setting which offers unobstructed panoramic views of the gardens below, as well as city hall, and the ocean and islands beyond.
“We are confident we can build the financial support within Rotary to make this investment in Ventura Botanical Gardens,” said Bruce McGee.  “Any way you look at it, Rotary Plaza is a fantastic project.  Foremost, we want to endorse Ventura Botanical Gardens, the best and biggest new public asset in Ventura in our lifetime.  VBG is already a gift to every member of the community we love, and it will be enhanced dramatically over the next 30 years to be enjoyed for many generations to come.  Secondly, the superior location of the plaza at a crossroads by the top of the first trail, will naturally attract people.  Many will stop to look and learn about the values of Rotary via an online app they can access on their mobile phones.  Founded 110 years ago and now counting over 35,000 clubs globally, Rotary is committed to serve others near and far.  Now, more than ever, the world needs more people who live by our club’s guiding principles of truth, fairness, goodwill, and friendship.  Who knows, some visitors to Rotary Plaza at VBG may even decide to become Rotarians themselves in their own communities.” 
It was a busy meeting with lots going on today.
President Husam asked RYLA participants, Andy McCombs and Omar Bawab, to speak about their RYLA experience. Both young men said they were very grateful for the opportunity to attend and said that they got a lot out of the experience. Omar was one of the students who was awarded a scholarship from RYLA at the graduation ceremony.
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
President Husam gave our Inspirational Message.
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Visiting from Ventura-Downtown was Hutch. Former member and Past President Greg McCombs was here to see his son Andy get a Student of the Quarter Award. Carolyn Hertel and Cathryn Woodburn were Guests of the Club today and guest of Ashley Pope was Heather Baker.
Joe Strohman conducted the Student of the Quarter awards. Evan Portillo and Tyler Gutierrez were the recipients of these awards.
Joe Strohman led the ceremony to recognize the winners of the Ron Hertel 4 Way Test Essay Contest.
Todd Juvonen spoke about the Rotaract Pizza night and a Beach Clean-up being done by the Ventura Family YMCA.
Joe Strohman and his team of judges presented the winners of the Ron Hertel 4 Way Test Essay Contest with their awards today. We were honored to have Ron's wife Carolyn and Ron's daughter Cathryn present for the ceremony. All the students were from Balboa Middle School.
l-r: President Husam, Julia Nicely, Cathryn Hertel
Julia Nicely won the competition and was presented a plaque and a check for $250.
l-r: Kathy McGee, Amina Waquar, Tom Hashbarger, President Husam
Amina Waquar finished in 2nd place and was presented with a plaque and a check for $150
l-r: President Husam, Tim Hughes, Abby Block, Melody O'Leary-Namikas
Abby Block finished 3rd and was presented a plaque and a check for $100.
l-r Bill Spellman, Evan Portillo, President Husam
Evan Portillo was presented a Student of the Quarter award. Evan's sponsor was Bill Spellman.
l-r: Ken Kagan, Tyler Gutierrez, President Husam
Tyler Gutierrez was presented a Student of the Quarter Award. Tyler's sponsor was Ken Kagan.

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
Shannon, Laura
Flag Salute
Strohman Jr., Joe
Harbison, Stephen
Hishmeh, Husam
Joke of the Week
Hata, Jeff
Opportunity Drawing Donor
McGee, Kathy
Upcoming Speakers
Cody Foster
Jun 01, 2017
Teaches biology, earth science at Buena High school
Dave Rader
Jun 08, 2017
teaches for academia, business, government, and the military
Wade Nomura
Jun 22, 2017
Japanese Internment During WWII
Past Speakers
Amy Towner
May 18, 2017
Health Care Foundation for Ventura County
William Trammel
May 11, 2017
Retired Marine Corps
May 04, 2017
Cyber Security
May 2017
News from R.I.
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
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