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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Laura Shannon-Prange
    March 1
  • Bob Pazen
    March 14
  • Bill Crookston
    March 16
  • John A. Masterson
    March 28
  • Bob Lynn
    April 5
  • Ayn Devera
    April 6
  • Midge Stork CFP, CSPG
    April 8
  • Sharon Daly
    April 8
  • Tim Hughes
    April 9
  • Kathy McGee
    April 13
  • Amber Stevens
    April 24
  • Tom Swan
    Georganna Hawley
    March 5
Join Date:
  • Carol Marquez-Olson
    March 1, 1991
    27 years
  • Jeff Hata
    March 1, 2004
    14 years
  • Monte L. Widders
    March 1, 1975
    43 years
  • Melody O'Leary - Namikas
    March 3, 2017
    1 year
  • William Gray
    March 4, 2008
    10 years
  • Joe Strohman Jr.
    April 1, 1986
    32 years
  • Daryl Cruser
    April 2, 2015
    3 years
  • Juan Mendoza
    April 14, 2016
    2 years
  • Kathy McGee
    April 16, 2015
    3 years
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Membership Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
RYLA Coordinator
Club Bulletin Chair
Opportunity Drawing
Club Admin
Christmas Party Chair
Club Accountant
Fundraising Chair - Poinsettias
Club Foundation Chair
Program Chair 1-2-3
Program Chair 7-8-9
Rotary Youth Exchange
Programs Chair 10-11-12
Program Chair 4-5-6
Global Grants Chair
Executive Secretary
3rd Year Director
3rd Year Director
Club Awards Chair
2nd Year Director
1st Year Director
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Online 2018 Scholarship Application
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; 54 years of service to our community and the world.  We are also the first club to have achieved a 100% Paul Harris Fellowship, 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 42nd 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 Buena 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 “Go Care” 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.
Harriet Clune
President 2017-2018
Rotary Club of Ventura East
Sharon Daly led us in the Flag Salute.
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Amber Landis-Stover.
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of Rich Stewart was Sher Heard. Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Rick Pazen.
Rick Pazen told us that he was going to be shooting in a clay pigeon tournament and that he was going to make a donation to the Leukemia Society in memory of his father, Bob Pazen, and invited club members to join him in making a donation.
President Harriet read a letter from Bill and Pam Hicks who are making a $200 donation to the RCVE Foundation in memory of Bob Pazen and John Masterson.
President Harriet thanked our greeter Jordan Eller and Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
The Opportunity Drawing was a $50 Vica Gift Card and a Journal of Ventura County History.
Bill Klope gave our joke of the day and John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
President Harriet let us know that today was International Women's Day and had some trivia questions about Women's Day.
Todd placed a hand out on all the tables about changes in Social Security.
Jeff Hata passed around the sign up sheet for a cruise in November and spoke about the District Assembly in Oxnard. Also, the Clubs Board Retreat will be on May 19th from 10:00 - 1:00 followed by a club social from 1:00 - 4:00.
Joe Strohman asked for volunteers for Mock Interviews. The 4 Way Test essay entries are in and ready to be reviewed. We are in the planning stages for Job Shadow.
Joe Strohman also announced that we had found 3 families to give to monies the Foundation had been given.
Bruce McGee spoke about the quilt give away being conducted by Georganna Hawley's (Swan) Quilt Guild this afternoon.
President Harriet asked Melody O'Leary-Namikas to speak about the clean up at the Cross a few weeks ago.
Sher Heard spoke about a book she read about peace. Something we should look into as a potential Peace Club.
President Harriet spoke about our tree planting project on Saturday. It will happen rain or shine! Information is on your tables and has been emailed.
President Harriet thanked Amber Stevens for getting our new "Rotarinan at Work" tshirts made.
Ojai Wine Festival is coming in June, discounted tickets are available now.
Our speaker next week is a Rotarian from Carpinteria who climbed Mount Kilimanajaro.
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner of both the Visa gift card and the book was Sher Heard!
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East and The Rotary Club of Ventura South, as well as Ventura Rotaract and our friends and families were very adventurous on Saturday, March 10.  We planted trees for The Ventura Land Trust after they lost nearly a thousand trees in the Thomas Fire around the Big Rock area and the Ventura River.  Not only did we plant trees, we did it in the rain.  And we carried trees, dug holes, planted and spread mulch.  We planted 135 California Live Oak saplings in less than an hour!  We got wet.  And I personally can’t believe how much fun it was!   Thank you, Rotary International President Ian Riseley, for asking us to do this.  We had over 40 people there, including District 5240 Governor Elect Sandi Schwartz.   We even had two Rotarians from Thousand Oaks who joined us.  Ventura Star Reporter Colleen Cason was there taking rather damp notes.  Even Mother Nature helped by providing a nice rain to help our trees along. 
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
Steve Harbison introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Wendy Pazen was her grand daughter Sierra Garman and guest of Bill Spellman was Sunny Stevens.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize today was a 1 hour massage from Massage Envy donated by Laura Shannon.
Dr Rafael Canton delivered our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
President Harriet read a Thank You card from the YMCA for our donation to Operation Ventura. President Harriet also read to letters, one in memory of Bob Pazen from Chris and Barbara Battleson and from Barbara Miester who donated $50 in memory of Bob to our Foundation.
President Harriet told us that Amber Stevens was not at our meeting today because Amber is moving into her new house. (Sounds like a fine is coming!!!)
Tom Swan let us know that there was an article about people who suffered from the fires and ways that they can take loans or withdrawals from their 401K's interest free.
Laura Shannon spoke about the duty roster and how people are not stepping up to help out with our weekly meetings.
Jordan Eller announced that scholarship applications are being accepted now and applications can be filled out online for the first time this year.
President Harriet spoke about the clean-up day at the Cross that Melody O'Leary-Namikas arranged. Rich Stewart, President Harriet and Bruce McGee all came out to help.
President Harriet also let us know that the St Patrick's Day Parade will be on March 17th.
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh, Rich Stewart, Bill Spellman and Wendy Pazen.
Midge Stork conducted our raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Hicks!
We were led in the Salute to the Flag by Laura Shannon.
Bill Crookston delivered our Inspirational Message.
Judy Hoag introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Margarida Eidson was Dawn Rosin and visiting us from Salt Lake City, Utah was former member Tom Shilton.
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing prize was a $50 gift card to Urbane Cafe graciously donated by Tom Swan.
Vance Thompson gave our joke for the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
President Harriet passed around the sign up sheet for our tree planting day on March 10th.
Husam Hishmeh spoke about the City Impact Golf Tournament on April 30th at Spanish Hills.
Bill Spellman let us know that all of our RYLA candidates are registered and ready to go.
Kris Hansen spoke about membership. All of our club members should look at how we all benefit from Rotary and share with others. 
Rich Stewart let us all know that Pete Gallagher is at Treacy Villa and encouraged everyone to go visit Pete when they get a chance.
Bill Gray gave a report on our club foundation. The Foundation had a 22.24% return last year and is at about $2.75 million now. The goal is to get to $3 million and have cash in the accounts to be able to fund 3 years worth of scholarships. We will be allocating $50,000 for scholarships this year.
We have about $1,300 to donate to fire victims. If you know of someone who needs help, please let Bill Gray know.
Jeff Hata let the incoming board members know that March 10th is the District Assembly and if you are new to the board or your Avenue of Service, you are highly encouraged to attend. Also, May 19th will be the incoming Board Retreat. The Retreat will be from 10:00 - 1:00 with a club social immediately following from 1:00 - 4:00.
Melody O'Leary-Namikas will be leading a group to do a clean-up at Serra Cross this Saturday. Meet at 10:00 behind City Hall.
President Harriet spoke about the monthly survey results and also discussed the list of activities that our club has been involved with so far this year.
Happy $'s: Tom Shilton, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh and Bill Spellman.
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message
Our joke of the day was given by Jeff Hata
Guest of Bill Crookston was Mike Pritchard, Past President of the Nassau Bahamas Club, also visiting us today was past member Tom Shilton.
President Harriet thanked Michelle Cekov for greeting today and Tom Swan for taking attendance.
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Larsen's Grill donated by Todd Juvonen.
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
Jeff Hata reminded us that we would not be meeting at the Poinsettia Pavilion for the next 2 weeks. We will be meeting next week on Wednesday at the Derby Club with Downtown and South to hear PDG Deepa Willingham speak about her projects in India and on February 15th we will be meeting at the Ventura Family YMCA.
Also, on February 15th we will have a social at Poseidin Brewery from 5:30 - 7:00.
Amber Landis-Stover spoke about our Social Media committee and will be working to get our social media up to speed.
We will be planting trees with the Ventura Land Conservancy to meet our pledge to plant one tree for every Rotarian in our club this Rotary Year on March 10th.
A Memorial Service for John Masterson will be on February 9th from 4:00 - 6:30 at the Saticoy Country Club. There hasn't been any announcement about services for Bob Pazen yet.
Special thanks to Carolyn Diacos, Tom & Cynthia Hashbarger & Bruce McGee for helping 805Strong this week.
Happy $'s: Ashley Pope, John Borneman & Husam Hishmeh.
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bruce McGee!!!
2018 Scholarship Application

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
Hughes, Tim
Flag Salute
Hishmeh, Husam
Cekov, Michelle
Hansen, Kristopher
Introduction of Guests
Joke of the Week
Harbison, Steve
Opportunity Drawing Donor
Eidson, Margarida
Upcoming Speakers
Kevin Clerici
Mar 22, 2018
Ventura Downtown Partners - Red Shirt Project
JB Drake
Apr 05, 2018
Past Speakers
Morris Franklin Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning
Mar 15, 2018
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Ashley Bautista; Ventura Police Department
Feb 22, 2018
Update on criminal activity in Ventura
Amber Stevens
Feb 15, 2018
Offsite: Ventura Family YMCA
March 2018
News from R.I.
Liberian nurse fights for peace

A nurse fights for peaceIn a nation once wracked by civil war, Liberian Rotarian Elizabeth Sele Mulbah has spent much of her life leading efforts for peace and reconciliation.A past president (2011-12) of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Mulbah has a remarkable

Rotaract: 50 years of changing lives

50 years ago, the first Rotaract club was formed to give young adults a place to connect and take action for good. Rotaract members from each decade share what the program was like and how it shaped their

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