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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
April 18
 
Greeter
Thompson, Vance
 
Attendance
Stewart, Rich
 
Flag
Hansen, Kris
 
Inspiration
Juvonen, Todd
 
Introduction of Guests
Clune, Harriet
 
Opportunity Drawing
Crookston, Bill
 
April 25
 
Greeter
Hughes, Tim
 
Attendance
Juvonen, Todd
 
Flag
Strohman Jr., Joe
 
Inspiration
Borneman, John
 
Introduction of Guests
Stewart, Rich
 
Opportunity Drawing
Hata, Jeff
 
May 2
 
Greeter
Swan, Tom
 
Attendance
Thompson, Vance
 
Flag
Juvonen, Todd
 
Inspiration
Hughes, Tim
 
Introduction of Guests
Valdez, Roy
 
Opportunity Drawing
Hansen, Kris
 
May 9
 
Greeter
Eidson, Margarida
 
Attendance
Ahn, Christina
 
Flag
Crookston, Bill
 
Inspiration
Hishmeh, Husam
 
Introduction of Guests
Strohman Jr., Joe
 
Opportunity Drawing
Valdez, Roy
 
May 16
 
Greeter
Hishmeh, Husam
 
Attendance
Clune, Harriet
 
Flag
Swan, Tom
 
Inspiration
Valdez, Roy
 
Introduction of Guests
Hoag, Judy
 
Opportunity Drawing
 
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.
Speakers
Apr 25, 2019
Wine Tasting
May 02, 2019
Photographing the World
May 09, 2019
TBA
May 16, 2019
Craft Talk
May 23, 2019
Evening Social
May 30, 2019
Scholarships
Jun 06, 2019
Shelterbox
Jun 13, 2019
Craft Talk
Jun 20, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Sip & See: Blend your own Curry Class
May 21, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Sip & See: Cross Stitching
Jun 18, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
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Ventura Rotaract Website
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Rotary District 5240 Website
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President's Message
Jeff Hata
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The 40 Items - 40 Day Challenge is coming to an end. If you have been collecting items over the last 40 days that's fantastic. Remember, you can donate the items to a non-profit of your choice or you can bring your bag to Rotary and we will make a group donation. The charity we will be donating too is ARC of Ventura County. This is a charity that I have made donations too and they truly appreciate what you  donate. 
 
The Celebration of Life for Dave Stork will be held this Saturday, April 20th at the First United Methodist Church on Santa Clara. Midge asks that all Rotarians who attend to please wear a Rotary Shirt. Rotary meant a lot to Dave and it would mean a lot to Midge for us to show our support to her by wearing our Rotary shirts. There will be a light lunch at Midge's house after the service. I will have the address for both the church and Midge's house at Rotary this week.
 
Thank you to those who came out to the Sip & See on Tuesday. It was fun creating our visions and then sprucing them up with spices. It was also fun to hang out with those who came and get to know them better. I hope we can get a good turn out for the blend you own curry night next month. Speaking of next month, we will be holding a social at the escape rooms in the Ventura Harbor with a gathering at The Greek after. Keep May 30th open and be sure to come out and see if you and your group can break the code and escape the escape room!
 
I hope that everyone has a good Easter Weekend and that you have the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. 
 
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Jeff Hata
President, 2018-2019
Rotary Club of Ventura-East
The "Not" So Silent Corner
 
Easter
 
I grew up in a conservative, middle class family that went to church on Sunday and celebrated Easter like it was Christmas. Mom decorated from the day after St. Patrick’s Day in preparation and Aunt Elba always let me color as many eggs as I wanted. I loved all the pastel colors almost as much as wearing hats and white gloves outside of church.  This week always get’s me to think of how we celebrate the end of Lent almost as much as Easter itself. Easter just recalls how everything has a season.
 
I’m planning Jeff’s step down now and it is bittersweet. There have been a few items that I couldn’t wait to do but just could not get to and others that were far bigger than a one-year commitment. However, as I’m starting to prep, I see a very fulfilling year has taken place.  I think I’m going to miss the event planning the most. This year’s theme has been perfect! “Be the Inspiration” fit so well especially since Jeff is the only person in the club to serve a second term. The idea of bridging the past with the club’s future was a big reason why Jeff said yes to the role. So much is done but no one knows why that this year gave Jeff the opportunity to remind us of why we have Rotary Recognition or why it is important to read the newsletter.  How do we celebrate the past while inspiring the club’s future President? Come find out, I dare you!
 
Rosandra Esquivel
Stories
Meeting April 11, 2019
Jim Word led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Ashley Pope.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Todd Juvonen
We did not have any guests or visiting Rotarians today.
 
I want to thank the greeter Rich Stewart & Roy Valdez for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift certificate to SpiceTopia donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • President Jeff presented Megan Hahn with her blue badge.
  • Bruce McGee presented Paul Harris Fellows to Laura Shannon & Jeff Burgh.
Presidents announcements:
Melody Namikas spoke to the club about Dave Stork's passing.
 
President Jeff let the club know that Bob Noville has been under the weather.
 
President Jeff asked the club for permission to have flowers delivered to Dave Stork's Memorial. Permission was granted.
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 4/18 – Craft Talk
    • 4/25 – Shawn O’Hara
 
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
 
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
Joe Strohman introduced our 4Way Test Essay Contest winners and each of them ready their essays.
3rd Place - Tyler Hoff, 2nd Place - Ava Gutierrez, 1st Place - Amina Waqar
 
Avenues of Service:
P.E. Jeff Burgh spoke about the Rotary Cruise scheduled for August 1st - 4th which is also Harriet Clune's Birthday weekend.
 
Rich Stewart announced that there was a small group going up to Ojai to see Bill Spellman perform. If anyone else would like to go, please let Rich know.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the great turnout for the Walk For Kids. Plans are already underway for next year!
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the Sip & See on Tuesday and the Bob Pazen Memorial Membership Scholarship. 
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Melody Namikas!
 
Thought for the week…
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
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