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Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Ventura East!!
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 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
May 16, 2019
Craft Talk
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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
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Rotary History
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Join us for a fun afternoon of Jigsaw Puzzles and Pizza!

Do you love puzzles? Then this event is for you! Teams of up to 4 people will compete for the Ventura Rotary East Puzzle Championship. The challenge will start promptly at 2:30PM, where the puzzles will unveiled and the teams will get their focus on. We will have prizes for the top 3 teams! This event benefits Rotary Club of Ventura East and Autism Society of Ventura County. The fee for this event is $40 per team.  

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President's Message
Jeff Hata
member photo
What a great meeting we had with P.D.G. District 5300 Sylvia Whitlock, Ventura Rotaract, D.G. Sandi Schwartz, Li Gibbs and all of our visitors! We had the opportunity to hear Sylvia's story and if you couldn't attend the meeting you missed out on a great program! It's hard to believe that Sylvia's journey happened in our adult lifetimes. One day, may we live in a society without all the biases we have now. Thank you to D.G. Sandi Schwartz and Bruce McGee for making this evening happen.
We also inducted two new members to our club, Megan Hahn and Cal Magro. We will also be inducting Mary Jarvis into the club soon. Laura Shannon and P.E. Jeff Burgh were presented Paul Harris Fellowships at our meeting. Congratulations to Megan and Cal on becoming members and Laura & Jeff for receiving PHF's! 
The Kick-off for the Ronald McDonald Walk for Kids was last week and was very well attended. There is a great energy being created and we have a little under a month to fund raise to help reach the goal of $130,000. Thank you to Amber Stevens for being the Rotary liaison to the walk. Rotary is certainly getting a lot of recognition and we need to do all we can to live up to the press. Rotarian at Work day is April 6th and we will be putting our efforts in to helping with the set-up that day. Also, on the day of the walk we will be making pancakes and sausage for all the participants. More info to follow!
Last but not least, don't forget about our puzzle challenge on March 30th. That's the same day as the District Training Assembly, so it might be a long day for some of us, but it will be a fun and informative day! Please ask your friends and family if they would like to participate and let's see who's the best puzzle builders in the club! I'm looking forward to this event.
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.
If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.
– Anonymous
Yours in Rotary Service,
Jeff Hata
President, 2018-2019
Rotary Club of Ventura-East
Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History….
We have all heard it before, “You’ve come a long way baby!” Usually I smile at the catchy jingle that Virginia Slims made a household name in my childhood. I am immediately transported to those funny commercials that show women struggling to do everyday things. The final scene is always a glamorous woman, smoking while leaning back and the slogan in the background. 2018 seemed like a years away from this until I walked into PETS’s Spouse training. I was immediately transported to 1952 and told that my role as the spouse of the President would be to type his agenda, serve as hostess, do in other words all I could to make him look good. As a modern woman, I must admit I was floored, bewildered about what I had gotten into and to be honest, angry. Why angry? I had been Rotoract President, the last in a long line of women at CLU at the time but I was basically being told to just look pretty. Well, Jeff got an earful that afternoon.  I was ready to have nothing to do with his Rotary year, and then I heard Silvia Whitlock speak. With her demeanor and great ability to tell her story, I was reminded of one big fact: I stand on the shoulders of giants. Sylvia turned me around by reminding me that change happens not by screaming and shouting my displeasure, but by standing by my moral compass. I was mesmerized by her story and loved her humor so much that I immediately encouraged Jeff make her PETS speech part of his programs.
Last month, I picked up a book that was a collection of short autobiographies of women who misbehaved. It had the normal bad girls of history like Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Helen Keller, Nellie Bly and Bonnie Parker. However, it also boasted some not so known women like, Helen Gurley Brown, Anais Nin, Mary Blair, to name a few. What these women had in common was simple, they broke the barrier in one way or another.  Sylvia Whitlock, would fit right in. Because they lived life to the fullest, we can do some things that we now consider ordinary. Their struggle may not seem like a big deal now, much like what is the big deal for women to be Rotarians. I could assure you, it was scandalous and Silvia Whitlock in the humblest of ways, took up the torch and lead us all to today’s normalcy. 
So, this month as we honor the bad girls in history that we all know, let’s not forget that some important triumphs, may not seem big but created a whole new normal for us all. Let’s honor women like Silvia Whitlock not by claiming to be feminist but by living and embodying the 4-way test. I know I am not a Rotarian, but I know I have little girls watching and learning from me. We, as women today, set the tone for what us normal for our little girls when they become women. This is why I wonder, have we really come a long way baby?
Rosandra Esquivel
Rosandra Esquivel
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