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Ventura East
Service Above Self
We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Poinsettia Pavilion
3451 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA  93003
United States
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Meeting Responsibilities
March 14
Ahn, Christina
Hoag, Judy
Crookston, Bill
Clune, Harriet
Introduction of Guests
Strohman Jr., Joe
Opportunity Drawing
Spellman D.D.S, William J.
March 21
Stevens, Amber
Shannon-Prange, Laura
Hata, Jeff
Hishmeh, Husam
Introduction of Guests
Opportunity Drawing
Eidson, Margarida
March 28
Swan, Tom
Eidson, Margarida
Introduction of Guests
Clune, Harriet
Opportunity Drawing
Hata, Jeff
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.
Mar 14, 2019
Craft Talk
Mar 21, 2019
Job Shadow
Mar 28, 2019
Offsite Caps TV
Apr 04, 2019
Rancho Ventura
Apr 11, 2019
Direct Relief
Apr 18, 2019
Craft Talk
Apr 25, 2019
Wine Tasting
May 02, 2019
Photographing the World
May 09, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge Fundraiser at the YMCA
Ventura Family YMCA
Mar 30, 2019
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sip & See: Spice Vision Boards
Apr 16, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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Ventura Rotaract Website
Rotary District 5240 Website
Operation Splash Slideshow
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President's Message
Jeff Hata
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This week will not be a normal week for us. Don't forget we will be meeting Wednesday evening with the Ventura Rotaract Club and our speaker will be Sylvia Whitlock. The first woman inducted into Rotary. We played a video earlier this year of a speech that Sylvia gave at PETS two years ago and I'm sure you will find her talk amazing! I am looking forward to her talk. It will also be good to have the Rotaract Club with us and get to know them a little better and welcome them to our club.
The kickoff for the Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids is this Thursday evening. The Walk is just a little over a month away. If you haven't signed up for our team, please do so. It's a $25 donation but the benefits to our community will be so much more. I would like to see a good representation from our club and have heard that the Rotary Club of Santa Paula is really rallying their community in a big way. Let's show some competitive spirit and show Santa Paula who we are!
Don't forget about the "Forty Days - Forty Items" challenge. Starting on March 6th we are challenging you to remove one item from your closet that you no longer use or wear. At the end of the forty days either donate the items to a non-profit of your choice or bring your bag to the club and we will donate the items to a non-profit who can use the items. I know Rosandra and I will be participating and I trust many of our club members will also.
Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.
– Martin Luther King Jr.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Jeff Hata
President, 2018-2019
Rotary Club of Ventura-East
Time can be a friend or foe
We always think we have time: Time to start that diet, time to go on vacation, time to start a family, time to visit with friends. Time is the one thing that reminds us that we are not in charge. You see, last week, I thought I had time to do a lot of things but in a NY-minute, that all changed. When dad was admitted to the hospital, we began our marathon stay. The one thought that kept going through my mind was, “Someone made the decision about which chair I’d sit in for hours, the table I’d work from, even the carpet that would muffle the noise of the hospital. Someone who I will never meet, made sure I was taken care of when I waited for Dad to get better.” When we walk for the Ronald McDonald Family Room, we will be taking care of someone who at the time they are in the Family Room must be there while their child is recovering. The anxiety and anticipation of news were our constant companions, but I now know the difference space makes while the process is unfolding.
When dad woke up, he had lots of people praying and sending good wishes for a speedy recovery. I must share though that he smiled big when he read the card from The Rotary Club of Ventura-East. People who have met and worked along side Dad during Jeff’s year touched him by simply sending a card. This was a key point for Jeff when he started his year. We wanted people to get mail and know they were thought of for birthdays, anniversaries, and anything life threw at them. So normally throughout the week, I get to sign cards and send them out. Today, I got to see how this helps. Dad said, “I’ve enjoyed each of the projects Jeff has let me help with, my favorite one was the blanket one, but I didn’t think anyone would notice I was there.” I noticed and I know you did too. Thank you to all who sent wishes for a speedy recovery Dad’s way.
Rosandra Esquivel
Meeting February 28, 2019
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message.
Bruce McGee introduced  guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guests of the club were Cal Magrot and Megan Hahn.
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Laura Shannon!
Presidents announcements:
  • Meeting March 7th is being moved to March 6th Dinner.
    • Joint Meeting with Rotaract
    • Speaker Sylvia Whitlock
    • Need to sign up
  • We are doing  the Forty Days - Forty Items challenge. For the Forty days of Lent, starting on March 6th, we challenge everyone in the club to remove one item from your closet that you no longer need or wear and put it in a trash bag. At the end of the forty days, either donate the items to a non-profit of your choice or bring your bag to Rotary and we will donate the items to a place that can share them with someone who can really use them. Are you in???
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 3/6 – Sylvia Whitlock
    • 3/14 – Cal Magrot
    • 3/21 – Job Shadow
    • 3/28 – Offsite CAPS TV
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update.
Ashley – Jigsaw Puzzles
Jeff Burgh – District Assembly
Joe Strohman announced that we had the essays for the 4 Way Test Essay contest and his esteemed group of judges are evaluating the essays.
Kathy McGee passed around a card for everyone to sign for Carol Marquez. 
Happy $’s: Ashley Pope & Kris Hansen
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag!
Thought for the week…
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
– Winston Churchill
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