Posted by Jeff Hata on May 09, 2019
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Bruce McGee.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Joe Strohman.
Guests of Margarida Eidson were Dave & Mary Jackson, Guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller and guests of the club were Adonis Campillo and Hyla Borrell.
 
I want to thank the greeter Margarida Eidson & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was a cheese board and a $50 gift certificate to Paradise Pantry.
 
 
Presidents announcements:
 
Thank you to Bruce and Kathy McGee for setting up a very nice dedication of Rotary Plaza and thank you to Adonis Campillo for directing traffic!
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 5/16 – New Member Interview – Cal Magro
    • 5/21 – Sip & See: Blend your own curry class
    • 5/23 – Dark
    • 5/30 – Scholarships
  • Hyla Borrell was introduced to the club. Hyla will be out going on a Youth Exchange to Japan next year.  Our incoming Exchange Student will be Sora Inayama, from Yachiyo, Chiba, Japan.
  • Board Meeting on Monday will be canceled due to scholarship interviews.
  • June 20 – D5240 Dodger Social
  • June 21 – Step Down
Avenues of Service:
Tim Hughes asked for volunteers to be greeters for the Scholarship Interviews next week.
President Jeff passed around the clip board to sign up for the social on May 30th at the Ultimate Escape Rooms.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Gray & John Borneman
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Kris Hansen.
 
Thought for the week…
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Walt Disney
Meeting May 9, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on May 02, 2019
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Alison Thompson gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Jeff Introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guest of Bill Spellman was Lynn VanEmmerick and guest of Bill Crookston was Miles Pritchard.
 
President Jeff thanked Tom Swan for  greeting  & Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthday 
    • Tom Swan
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 5/9 – John Nichols – 1928 St Francis Dam Disaster
  • We still need one more host family for our incoming exchange student next year. Please check with friends and family.
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
  • May 30 - The Ultimate Escape Room Social
  • June 20 – D5240 Dodger Social
  • June 21 – Step Down
Avenues of Service:
Joe Strohman invited everyone to come listen to Jazz in the Plaza at his office.
 
Joe Strohman also let us know that Rotaract is doing a Paint and Sip at Red Brick on May 8th.
 
Rich Stewart said that Rotaract "Flocked" his house with Pink Flamingos. Rotaract is doing this as a fundraiser. You need to pay $45 to get the flock to move on.
 
Happy $'s: Margarida Eidson, Bruce McGee and Midge Stork.
 
Thought for the week…
Life ends when you stop dreaming, hope ends when you stop believing and love ends when you stop caring. So dream hope and love…Makes Life Beautiful!
Meeting May 2, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 25, 2019
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
John Borneman gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Joe Strohman introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the club was Adonis Campanillo. Guest of Jim Word was Alberta, guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra, guest of Joe Strohman was Barbara and Sandy, guest of Tom Swan was Theresa, guest of Margarida Eidson was Melissa and Mary and guest of Christina Ahn was Margo.
 
President Jeff thanked Tim Hughes for greeting & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was a bottle of Labyrinth Sauvignon Blanc and a bottle of Four Brix Syrah graciously donated by President Jeff.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month
    • Kathy McGee
  • President Jeff presented Cal Magro with his Blue Badge
Presidents announcements:
  • Dodger tickets for the District Social are now on sale. President Jeff emailed out the link. If you would like to buy tickets and didn't get the link please message President Jeff and he will send you the link.
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 5/2 – Dan Holmes
    • 5/9 – John Nicols -  1928 St Francis Dam Disaster
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
Avenues of Service:
Ashley Pope passed around a sign up sheet for our social on May 30th at the Ultimate Escape Rooms in the Ventura Harbor.
 
Bruce McGee announced that the Walk for Kids and 920 walkers and raised $80,000 for the VCMC Family Rooms.
 
Rich Stewart let us know that a group of Buena High School students did their job shadow at VCMC this morning and that everything went very good.
 
Rich also let us know that there are 4 Interact meeting left for this year.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Cal Magro.
 
​​​​​​​Thought for the week…
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
 
Albert Einstein
Meeting April 25, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Letters from RYLA 2019-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 18, 2019
Roy Valdez led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Todd Juvonen gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Harriet Clune
We did not have any guests or visiting Rotarians other then our Students of the Quarter and their families.
 
President Jeff the greeter Vance Thompson & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Presidents announcements:
Dave Stork's Celebration of Life will be at the First United Methodist Church on Santa Clara. Midge has asked that all Rotarians who are coming to please wear their Rotary shirts.
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 4/25 – Shawn O’Hara
    • 5/2 – Dan Holmes
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
Joe Strohman presented the Student of the Quarter awards.
 
Kyle Diller with his mom and sponsor Bill Spellman
 
Aisha Alvarez with her parents and sponsor Harriet Clune
 
Avenues of Service:
Tim Hughes passed out the scholarship applications to the committee to begin reviewing. The interview schedule will be announced soon.
 
Margarida Eidson spoke about the Mother's Day Brunch on May 12th at the Poinsettia Pavilion.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Husam Hishmeh & Bruce McGee
 
Thought for the week…
You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky
Meeting April 18, 2018 Jeff Hata 2019-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 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
 
 
Meeting April 11, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 04, 2019
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute
 
President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Megan Hahn introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of the club was Adonis Campillo. Guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Noon was Laura Segura.
 
President Jeff thanked Kris Hansen for greeting & Tom Swan for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Cafe Ficelle!
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthday
    • Midge Stork
    • Sharon Daly
    • Tim Hughes
    • Kathy McGee
    • Amber Stevens
    • Tom Swan
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 4/11 – Direct Relief – Dean Axelrod
    •  
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
  • Autism Awareness Patch
  • Step Down dinner is June 21st at Strey Cellars.
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
 
Rich Stewart passed around a clip board for sign ups to attend the Interact meetings for the rest of April.
 
Olivia Strohman invited everyone to come to a Paint & Sip at Red Brick Gallery on May 8th at 6:30. The cost is $40 and proceeds will go towards Rotaract's Mexico Build this fall.
 
Harriet Clune spoke about a 2 for 1 offer from the Rubicon Theater. For more information, contact Harriet.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the 4 Way Test Essay Contest winners from Balboa will be at the club on April 11th and Buena will be April 18th. Administrative Assistants day will be on April 25th.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Tom Swan, Bill Spellman & Midge Stork.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our winner was our guest Lucille Miller!!!
 
Thought for the week…
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Charles R. Swindoll
Meeting April 4, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 28, 2019
Today our meeting was offsite at CAPS Media!
 
President Jeff led is in the Flag Salute and gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jeff Hata
Guest of the club was Adonis Campanillo.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the month: Amber Stevens
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 4/4 – Rancho Ventura – Bonnie Atmore
    • 4/11 – Direct Relief – Dean Axelrod
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
  • Autism Awareness Patch
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
Ashley – Jigsaw Puzzles
Jeff Burgh – District Assembly
Husam Hishmeh - Michael Reagan City Impact Golf Tournament on April 29th.
 
Thought for the week…
Remember that failure is an event, not a person
Zig Ziglar
Meeting March 28, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 21, 2019
President Jeff led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jeff Hata.
Guest of Roy Valdez was Adonis Campillo. Guest of Sharon Daly was Lucille Miller.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Noon was Laura Segura.
Visiting from the Rubicon Theater was Kary Lynn Burns and Bev & Kirby Ward.
 
I want to thank the greeter Amber Stevens & Megan Hahn for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Margarida Eidson.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Anniversaries
    • Tom & Georganna Swan
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 3/28 – Offsite CAPS TV
    • 4/4 – Rancho Ventura – Bonnie Atmore
    • 4/11 – Direct Relief – Dean Axelrod
 
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • May 4 – Downtown 100 year anniversary Party
  • May 4 – Rotary Plaza Christening
  • Autism Awareness Patch
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
 
Ashley – Jigsaw Puzzles
 
Jeff Burgh – District Assembly
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh & John Borneman
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was one of our job shadow participants.
 
Thought for the week…
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill
Meeting March 21, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 14, 2019
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Harriet Clune.
 
Joe Strohman Introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Tablisi, Georgia, USSR was Sid White.
 
Sid took a few minutes and told us about his Rotary Club and what they do. Sid and President Jeff Exchanged Club Banners.
 
I want to thank the greeter Christina Ahn & Judy Hoag for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card donated by Todd Juvonen.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays
    • Laura Shannon
    • Bill Crookston
Presidents announcements:
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 3/21 – Job Shadow
    • 3/28 – Offsite CAPS TV
  • Exchange Student Hyla Borrell
  • March 23 Interact will be doing a beach clean up at the end of California St.
  • March 17th is our Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update - We will be cooking a pancake breakfast for participants at the walk.
 
Ashley – Jigsaw Puzzles
 
Jeff Burgh – District Assembly
 
Joe Strohman - 4 Way Test Essays are being judged. We will have the winners announced soon.
 
Judy Hoag let us know that Carol Marquez is home and doing well!
 
Midge Stork let us know that Dave is coming home today!!!
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Roy Valdez and Husam Hishmeh.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the winner was Kris Hansen.
 
Thought for the week…
If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.
 
Meeting March 14, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 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
Meeting February 28, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-02-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 21, 2019
Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Vance Thompson
 
Visiting Rotarians were Jon Cherry from the Rotary Club of Bellevue Breakfast and Melody Thurman, President, the Rotary Club of Ventura-South.
Guests of the club were Cal Magro and Megan Hahn.
 
Melody Thurman announced the Rotary Club of Ventura-South's annual Mardi Gras Party.
 
President Jeff thanked Harriet Clune for greeting & Bill Spellman for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that the raffle prize was 2 delicious bottles of wine donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month: Margarida Eidson
Presidents announcements:
  • Meeting March 7th is being moved to March 6th Dinner.
    • Joint Meeting with Rotaract
    • Speaker Sylvia Whitlock
    • Need to sign up
 
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 2/28 – Family Law Court - Commissioner Redmond
    • 3/6 – Sylvia Whitlock
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
Ashley Pope – Jigsaw Puzzle Competition.
Bill Spellman - We need drivers for job shadow. There will be forms from the school available at our next meeting.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Bill Spellman and Jeff Hata
 
Raffle winner was Christina Ahn!
 
Thought for the week…
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
— Oprah Winfrey
Meeting February 21, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 14, 2019
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Burgh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Judy Hoag.
Guest of Tom Swan was Georgeanna Hawley, guest of our speaker was Andrea McGreevy and guests of the club were Cal Magro and Megan Hahn.
 
I want to thank the greeter Sharon Daly & Bill Spellman for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays
    • Ashley Pope!
Presidents announcements:
  • Meeting March 7th is being moved to March 6th Dinner.
    • Joint Meeting with Rotaract
    • Speaker Sylvia Whitlock
    • Need to sign up
  • Sip & See this Tuesday – Spice Vision Boards. Who will be coming?
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 2/21 – Craft Talk – Megan Hahn
    • 2/28 – Family Law Court - Commissioner Redmond
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update.
 
Bill Spellman – RYLA – Job Shadow
 
Sharon Daly gave a Mossy Foot update and spoke about their upcoming fundraiser.
 
Kathy McGee announced the ribbon cutting for Rotary Plaza will be May 4th prior to Downtown's 100th Year Celebration.
 
Rich Stewart lined up members to speak at upcoming Interact meetings.
 
Thought for the week…
Life is all about a card game. Choosing the right cards is not in our hand. But playing well with the cards in hand, determines our Success!
Meeting February 14, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 07, 2019
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Jeff gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting Rotarian was Cal Magro from the Rotary Club of Monrovia and guest of Husam Hishmeh was Megan Hahn.
 
President Jeff thanked the greeter Ken Kagan & Ken Kagan for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays
    • John Borneman
    • Amber Landis-Stover
    • Tom Hashbarger
 
  • We recognized three members for Paul Harris Fellows:
    • Tom Swan +5
    • Wendy Pazen +8
    • Steve Harbison received his first Paul Harris Fellow.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Thank everyone who came out to the Social @ Cask Alehouse January 28th
  • District Social June 20th Dodgers vs the Giants
  • Board Meeting 11th
  • Upcoming speakers
    • 2/14 – Jeff McGreevy – Trident Shield
    • 2/21 – Craft Talk – Laura Shannon
Harriet Clune has rescheduled her birthday cruise to a 3 day from Los Angeles to Ensenada. The dates are August 1 - 4th. If you are interested in going, please contact Harriet.
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
 
Tim Hughes announced that scholarship applications are out and that we are offering scholarships to all high schools in the Ventura Unified School District. We have $60,000 in scholarship funds to award this year!
 
Happy $’s: Kris Hansen & Tim Hughes.
 
Thought for the week…
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. 
― George Addair
Meeting February 7, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 24, 2019
Roy Valdez led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Joe Strohman.
 
President Jeff Introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting Rotarian was Jon Cherry. Guests of Ashley Pope was Brian Balke and Mary Jarvis.
 
President Jeff thanked the greeter Kathy McGee & Bill Spellman for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash generously donated by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month – Ashley Pope
Presidents announcements:
  • District Mid-Terms January 26. President Jeff and P.E. Jeff Burgh will be attending.
  • Social @ Cask Alehouse January 28th
  • Dark January 31
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Margarida Eidson, Husam Hishmeh and Roy Valdez.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Crookston.
 
Thought for the week…
“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” 
― Stephen King
Meeting January 24, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 17, 2019
Husam Hismeh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by President Jeff.
 
Bill Spellman introduced our guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Megan Hann and guest of Ashley Pope was Brian Balke. Also visiting today from Buena High School were Natalie Debbas and Scott Maninieri.
 
I want to thank the greeter Laura Shannon & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
Margarida announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Anniversaries
    • Bill & Kathleen Crookston
Presidents announcements:
  • District Mid-Terms Jan. 12 or 26.
  • Sip & See January 22nd 6:30 – 8:00 @ SpiceTopia
  • Dark January 31
Avenues of Service:
Margarida Eidson thanked everyone who participated in the Military Families program at Christmas. We adopted 4 families this year.
 
Tim Hughes announced that scholarship applications were now available.
 
Rich Stewart spoke about the Buena Interact club. Interact would like for members to come to the meetings and speak about their careers. Rich will pass around a sign-up sheet.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about a puzzle building competition as a fundraiser. More info to come!
 
Amber Stevens gave an update on the Ronald McDonald Family Room.
 
Joe Strohman awarded our Students of the Quarter.
 
 
Jordan Sandoval was presented a Student of the Quarter Award. Jordan's sponsor was Husam Hishmeh.
 
 
Jordan Callahan was presented a Student of the Quarter. Jordan's sponsor was Bill Hicks.
 
 
Jewel Ferras was presented a Student of the Quarter. Jewel's sponsor was Margarida Eidson.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Hicks, Joe Strohman, Wendy Pazen, Tom Swan, John Borneman, Husam Hishmeh, Harriet Clune and Laura Shannon
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Ken Kagan!!!
 
Thought for the week…
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
Meeting January 17, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 10, 2019
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Sharon Daly.
 
Joe Strohman introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Kris Hansen was Coral Hansen and guest of Alison Thompson was John Cherry.
 
I want to thank the greeter Jeff Burgh & Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Harriet Clune.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays
    • Vance Thompson
    • Michelle Cekov
  • Bill Spellman was congratulated for his engagement to Lynn Van Emmerick!!!
Presidents announcements:
  • District Mid-Terms Jan. 12 or 26.
  • Sip & See January 15th 6:30 – 8:00 @ SpiceTopia
  • Dark January 31 – Social 6:00 – 8:00 @ Mimi’s. Wine glass Painting
Avenues of Service:
Joe Strohman conducted the election for 2 at large directors for the RCVE Foundation. Nominated and accepted were Kris Hansen & Tim Hughes.
 
Amber Stevens spoke about the Ronald McDonald walk coming up on April 7th. Sponsorship packets were given to the club.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the upcoming Sip & See.
 
Happy $’s:Bruce McGee, Bill Spellman, John Borneman, Kris Hansen, Sharon Daly, Midge Stork and Alison Thompson.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was John Cherry. John donated his winnings to our speaker Tim Blackwell and the Suicide Prevention Hotline.
 
Thought for the week…
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Mark Twain
Meeting January 10, 2019 Jeff Hata 2019-01-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 20, 2018
Our Flag Salute was delievered by Margarida Eidson.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians by Vance Thompson.
Guest of Sharon Daly was Sheri Camm.
 
I want to thank the greeter Bruce McGee & Tom Hashbarger for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced our raffle prize was a 20th Anniversary bottle of Justin Isosceles Reserve donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month Rich Stewart
Presidents announcements:
  • December 27th Rotary Rose Parade Float Decorating
  • District Mid-Terms Jan. 12 or 26.
  • Annual Meeting Jan 10
  • Student interested in Youth Exchange. Need three families to volunteer to host.
President Jeff presented Christina Ahn with her Blue Badge.
 
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens: RMFR Update
Bill Spellman asked for volunteers to secure locations for Job Shadow.
Kathy McGee passed around "Miss You" cards for Carol Marquez-Olson & Jim Emch.
 
Happy $’s: Laura Shannon, Tim Hughes, Bruce McGee, Bill Spellman
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was President Jeff!!!!!!
 
Thought for the week…
 
The best Christmas gift is to realize how much you already have.
Meeting December 20, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-12-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 13, 2018
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Amber Stevens.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Harriet Clune.
Guest of Tom Swan was Georgeanna Hawley.
 
I want to thank the greeter Bob Noville & Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Alison Thompson.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Anniversarys:
    • Bill Crookston
    • The McGees!
Presidents announcements:
  • December 18th Rotaract Children’s Christmas Party at the City Center.
  • December 27th Rotary Rose Parade Float Decorating.
  • Someone left a women's pair of sun glasses at Wendy Pazen's after the Christmas Party. If you are missing a pair, contact Wendy.
Avenues of Service:
Amber Stevens announced that the Ronald McDonald Family Room walk will be on April 7th. More details to come.
 
Rich Stewart reminded everyone on the Salvation Army Bell Ringing schedule.
 
President Jeff announced our Annual Meeting. We will vote on new board members on January 10th.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Hicks, Rich Stewart, Christina Ahn and Alison Thompson.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!
 
Thought for the week…
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Zig Ziglar
December 13, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-12-13 08:00:00Z 0
Anyone in the club wishing to have their name submitted as a nominee for the 2 open board of director positions (2019-2022) for the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation, Inc. should contact Joe Strohman.
RCVE Foundation Board Nominations Joe Strohman Jr. 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 06, 2018
Interact President Carly Hansen opened our meeting today!
 
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Kathy McGee delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Bruce McGee introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Visiting today was Elaina Conroy and Jim Jordan.
 
I want to thank the greeter Roy Valdez & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Michelle Cekov!
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Birthdays:
    • Greg Jones
    • Roy Valdez
    • Steve Harbison
    • Dick Gallagher
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 – 7
  • December 18th Rotaract Children’s Christmas Party at the City Center.
  • December 12th Sip & See Cookie Exchange @ Labyrinth Winery
  • December 27th Rotary Rose Parade Float Decorating
Avenues of Service:
 
Rich Stewart said that we needed the 4-6 slot filled for Salvation Army Bell Ringing. Kris Hansen will take that slot.
 
Margarida Eidson showed the wrapped presents that we will be donating to the military families we will be sponsoring this holiday season.
 
Judy Hoag announced that we will net over $9,000 from Poinsettia sales this year.
 
Harriet Clune thanked Vance Thompson, Tim Hughes and Rich Stewart for calling past poinsettia buyers and getting more orders at the deadline.
 
Happy $’s: John Borneman, Husam Hishmeh, Wendy Pazen, Bill Hicks and Bruce McGee.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was Tim Hughes who promptly donated the $50 back to our club Foundation!
 
Thought for the week…
In crucial things, “UNITY”. In important things, “DIVERSITY”. In all things, “GENEROSITY”.
George H.W. Bush
Meeting December 6, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-12-06 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 29, 2018
Joe Stohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Jeff Hata.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Tom Swan
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Monrovia was Cal Magro.
 
President Jeff thanked our greeter Michelle Cekov & Judy Hoag for taking attendance.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the Month – Judy Hoag
Presidents announcements:
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 – 7
  • December 11th Rotaract Children’s Christmas Party at the City Center.
  • December 27th Rotary Rose Parade Decoration.
Bruce McGee thanked everyone who volunteered to help at the beer & wine garden for the Thomas Fire Remembrance at Libby Bowl on Saturday.
 
Bill Spellman reminded us that we need to solidify our RYLA attendees.
 
Thought for the week…
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Meeting November 29, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-11-29 08:00:00Z 0
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Inspirational Message was given by Jeff Hata.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians by Todd Juvonen.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Monrovia was Cal Magro.
 
I want to thank the greeter Bob Noville & Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize today was a $50 gift card to the Yardhouse generously donated by Margarida Eidson!
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Dave Stork is coming home tomorrow!
  • Owner of Borderline is Brian Hynes and he is a Rotarian in the Westlake Village club. Card being passed.
Presidents announcements:
  • Nov. 17th 4:00 Rotary Plaza Sneak Peek.
  • Nov. 20th 6:30 @ SpiceTopia – Sip & See #5
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 – 7
  • Tortuga project has been canceled. Opportunity for a Global Grant project.
  • We have received resignation letters from Jordan Eller and Melody Namikas.
Avenues of Service:
Margarida Eidson passed around the sign up sheet to make donations for the Military Families we will be sponsoring for the Holidays.
 
Judy Hoag asked the club to make one last push to sell poinsettias. We are about 200 cases behind last year.
 
Ashley Pope asked for volunteers to man the Wine and Beer concession for the Thomas Fire Concert at Libby Bowl on December 1st.
 
Alison Thompson announced to the club that she is leaving Lindsay and Company to start her own firm!
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Crookston.
 
Thought for the week…
I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done.
Lucille Ball
Meeting November 15, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-11-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 08, 2018
Past President Rich Stewart ran our meeting today.
 
Tim Hughes led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Past President Rich told the club that Harriet Clune's nephew works at the Borderline Grill and was at work on the night of the shooting. Thankfully he got out of the building safe. Rich asked the club to take a moment of silence for the victims and the survivors of this tragic incident.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Roy Valdez.
Guest of Bill Crookston was Miles Pritchard from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Midge Raffle announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift certificate to SpiceTopia.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Happy Anniversary:
          Jeff & Rosandra
          Jim & Alberta Word
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Nov. 12 Board meeting
  • Nov. 17th 4:00 Rotary Plaza Sneak Peek.
  • Nov. 20th 6:30 @ SpiceTopia – Sip & See #5
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 - 7
 
Thought for the week…
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Meeting November 8, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-11-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 01, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute by Tim Hughes.
 
Roy Valdez gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Dick Gallagher introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest of Amber Landis-Stover was Jon Stover and guest of Amber Stevens was Kate Bucey and Sherri Maresca.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tim Hughes & Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize was a $50 Bevmo gift card donated by Todd Juvonen.
 
Rotary Recognition:
 
President Jeff presented Amber Landis-Stover and Roy Valdez with their Blue Badges.
Happy Birthday:
          Margarida Eidson!
  • Rotarian of the Month – Joe Strohman
Amber Stevens and Kate Bucey presented Sherri Maresca with an Employee of the Quarter award. Sherri was recognized for her hard work developing the LiveStrong program at the Ventura Family YMCA.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Trivia Contest November 7th. Joe Strohman, Colin Hoag & Kris Hansen. 6:00 at the Tower Club
  • Nov. 12 Board meeting
  • Nov. 17th 4:00 Rotary Plaza Sneak Peek.
  • Nov. 20th 6:30 @ SpiceTopia – Sip & See #5
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 - 7
Avenues of Service:
Vence Thompson spoke about our upcoming Christmas Party and the Secret Santa Gift Exchange.
 
Joe Strohman spoke about Rotaract's upcoming Mexico Build. 
 
Margarida Eidson passed around a clip board for donations for supporting 3 Military Families for the Holidays.
 
Happy $'s: Bill Hicks & Jeff Hata
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!!!
 
Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal!!!
Les Brown
Happy $’s:
Midge Raffle Winner is???
Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal.
Les Brown
Inspirational Message – Roy Valdez
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Dick Gallagher
I want to thank the greeter Tim Hughes & Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
Midge Raffle – Todd Juvonen
John Borneman – Song
Rotary Recognition:
Happy Birthday:
          Margarida Eidson!
  • Rotarian of the Month – Joe Strohman
Employee of the quarter – Shari Maresca, Ventura Family YMCA
Presidents announcements:
  • Trivia Contest November 7th. Joe Strohman, Colin Hoag & Kris Hansen. 6:00 at the Tower Club
  • Nov. 12 Board meeting
  • Nov. 17th 4:00 Rotary Plaza Sneak Peek.
  • Nov. 20th 6:30 @ SpiceTopia – Sip & See #5
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 - 7
Avenues of Service:
 
 
 
 
Happy $’s:
Midge Raffle Winner is???
Life is more meaningful when you are always looking to grow and working toward a goal.
Les Brown
Meeting November 1, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 25, 2018
Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by President Jeff.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians by Dick Gallagher.
Visiting us today and guest of the club was our Faculty Interact advisor Jessica Castaneda.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tim Hughes & Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
 
Midge Raffle announced that our raffle prize was a bottle of Viogner from Labyrinth Winery and a bottle of Grenache from Strey Vineyards donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next week’s speaker will be Bill Hicks.
  • Harvest Moon Festival Volunteers
  • Trivia Contest November 6. Our team will be Colin Hoag, Joe Strohman and Kris Hansen.
  • Christmas Party Dec. 8th from 3 - 7
Avenues of Service:
Kris Hansen let us know that our next Interact meeting will be on October 29th. Kris will have a sign up sheet at our next meeting for club members to volunteer to attend the Interact meetings.
 
Bruce McGee invited everyone to come up to the Ventura Botanical Gardens on November 17th to get a sneak peek at Rotary Plaza from 4:00 - 5:00.
 
Greg Jones asked for sponsors for Student of the Quarter. Our first Student of the Quarter will be in a few weeks.
 
Joe Strohman told us that we will be awarding an Employee of the Quarter award next week.
 
Joe Strohman also said that we working with the Military Collaborative to sponsor 3 Military families for the holidays.
 
Joe Strohman passed around sign-up sheets for members to make donations to Ventura Rotaract for the upcoming Mexico build.
 
Bill Spellman asked for candidates for RYLA. The deadline is coming up.
 
Happy $'s: Sharon Daly and Bill Spellman.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!
 
Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.
St Jerome
Meeting October 25, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 18, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute by Jim Word.
 
Ashley Pope delivered the Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Amber Landis-Stover.
Guest of Ashley Pope was Mary Jarvis and guests of Michelle Cekov was Pam Lindsay and Steve Klinger.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Monrovia was Cal Magro.
 
President Jeff thanked Rich Stewart for greeting & Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift certificate to SpiceTopia generously donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • PP Harriet Clune – Certificate “Environmental Sustainability” Rotarian Action Group. Tree Planting last year.
Presidents announcements:
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Next week’s speaker will be either Jason Collis or Wendy Gillett. Following week will be Bill Hicks.
  • Harvest Moon Festival Volunteers
Avenues of Service:
 
Jim Word let us know that the Friends of the Library needed help for a book sale at the Hill Street Library.
 
Rich Stewart said that the Rubicon Theater was offering all Ventura-East members tickets to their new show for this evening. 
 
The club agreed to donate all Happy Dollars and raffle money gathered today to Ventura Rotaract's Mexico Build.
 
Bruce McGee thanked the club for their participation in the NAMI Walk. The event was successful and well attended.
 
Bruce also reported that the Rotary Site at the Botanical Gardens is coming along very well and there will be a "Sneak Peek" event on November 17th.
 
Vance Thompson reported that our Christmas Party will be December 8th from 3:00 - 7:00.
 
Happy $'s Ashley Pope and Judy Hoag.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag.
 
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill
 
 
 
Happy $’s:
Midge Raffle Winner is???
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill
Meeting October 18, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 11, 2018
We were offsite this week at the Rubicon Theater.
 
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians.
Bruce McGee introduced his guest Brad Nimletz.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Happy Anniversary
    • Mike & Julia Martin
    • Tom & Cynthia Hashbarger
Presidents announcements:
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • NAMI Walks
  • Next week’s speaker will be Sarah Junkin Woodward from the Center for Development in Central America.
  • 2 tickets to taste of Ojai on October 21.
Avenues of Service:
 
Rich Stewart asked for volunteers to go to the Interact meetings. Rich said there would be a sign up sheet next week to go and oversee the Interact club.
 
John Borneman reported that Pete Gallagher would like Rotarians to visit him. Pete is at the Tracy Villa at the corner of Loma Vista and Mills. Let the front desk know that you are a Rotarian when you arrive.
 
The Rubicon staff gave a report on how the Rubicon is doing and then gave us a tour of the theater. It was great to be there and see first hand the exciting things going on there!
 
The Minimum you accept is the Maximum you can expect.
Meeting October 11, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 04, 2018
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Inspirational Message was given by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Bruce McGee  
We did not have any guests of visiting Rotarians today.
 
I want to thank the greeter Wendy Pazen & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson announced that our raffle prize today was a gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond donated by Wendy Pazen.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the month: Happy Birthday
    • Bob Noville
    • Jordan Eller
    • Carolyn Diacos
Presidents announcements:
  • Off-site location for October 11th : Rubicon Theater
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for October will be here at the Pavilion on October 10th. Need to collect succulents
  • 3rd Interact meeting for the school year will be October 8th, 12:36 in Room 31.
  • Keep Kevin Daly in your thoughts and prayers
  • NAMI Walks on October 13th.
  • Next week’s we will be offsite at the Rubicon.
Bruce McGee spoke about our ongoing Poinsettia Sales.
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Rich Stewart, Margarida Eidson, John Borneman, Jim Word, Bill Hicks
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Gray!
 
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
Will Rogers
Meeting October 4, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-10-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 27, 2018
Our Flag Salute was led by Tom Swan.
 
Inspirational Message was given by Roy Valdez.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Todd Juvonen.
Guest of Bill Gray was Kim Gray and guest of Bruce McGee was Kat Merrick.
 
Congratulations to Bill and Kim Gray for celebrating their 26th Wedding Anniverary.
 
I want to thank the greeter Amber Stevens & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork let us know that Dave is recovering slowly in Ojai. It has been rough, but Dave seems to be getting a little better every day.
 
Midge announced that our raffle prize today was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
  • Rotarian of the month: Roy Valdez!
Presidents announcements:
  • Off-site location for October 11th : Rubicon Theater
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for October will be here at the Pavilion on October 3rd. Need to collect succulents
  • 2nd Interact meeting for the school year will be October 1st, 12:36 in Room 31.
  • Next week’s speaker will be a video from PETS, Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman in Rotary
Avenues of Service:
Amber – United Way Day of Caring.
             NAMI Walks
 
Midge conducted our raffle and the lucky winner was Bill Crookston!
 
People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Rob Siltanen
Meeting September 27, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 20, 2018
Our Flag Salute was led by Wendy Pazen.
 
Inspirational Message was given by Tobias Hildebrand.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Jeff Hata.
Visiting Rotarian today was from Ventura Downtown, Bill Kearney.
 
President Jeff thanked the greeter Tom Swan & Tim Hughes for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle today. Our raffle prize was a $50 Visa gift card donated by Harriet Clune.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Off-site location for October 11th : Rubicon Theater
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for October will be here at the Pavilion on October 3rd.
  • 1st Interact meeting for the school year will be Sept. 24th. 12:36 in Room 31.
  • Next week’s speaker will be Dave Creswell, VUSD Superintendent. Any guests???
Avenues of Service:
Community Service: Amber Stevens let us know that there were still some spots open for the United Way Day of Caring. We will be helping FoodShare this year. If you can give some time, please let Amber know.
 
Amber also reminded us about the upcoming NAMI Walk. Please go register for our team online.
 
Christina Ahn told us that her son is in the Junior Golf Tournament and she needs to sell some raffle tickets as a fundraiser. If you would like to purchase tickets they are $5 a ticket and you can get them from Christina.
 
Club Service: Roy Valdez said that we need to get out and keep trying to sell poinsettias. Roy's goal for the year is to sell out of all 600 cases that have been ordered.
 
Bruce McGee said that there is a get well card being passed around for Dave Stork. Also, the next meeting for the Ronald McDonald Room will be on November 9th at 6:00 at VCMC.
 
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart, John Borneman, Wendy Pazen, Tim Hughes, Judy Hoag, Bill Spellman & Harriet Clune.
 
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was Sharon Daly!!!
 
Don’t worry about FAILURE, worry about the change you miss when you don’t even TRY!
Meeting September 20, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Sip & See #3  2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 13, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute by Ashely Pope.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Harriet Clune.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jordan Eller
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Moorpark was Jim Lewis, guest of Jim Lewis was Tracy Hart
 
Jim Lewis let us know how we stand with Polio cases in the world so far this year and invited us to find a donor to be a walker or rider on this years Rotary Rose Parade Float.
 
I want to thank the greeter Laura Shannon-Prange & Tom Swan for taking attendance.
 
Maragida Eidson conducted the raffle this week. Our raffle prize was a hand crafted wooden planter made by Jim Word.
 
John Borneman – Song
 
Rotary Recognition:
Anniversaries:
  • Amber and John Stover
  • Laura and Steven Prange
  • Jeff and Carol Burgh
Presidents announcements:
  • Need an Off-site location for October 11th , will be at the Rubicon.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for September is Sept. 18th at the YMCA. 6:30 – 8:00. Bring fabric.
  • About 70 students signed up for Interact
  • Board has voted to add a new level of membership
    • Family/business membership. 1st person is full pay 2nd is essentially Rule of 85.
  • Chamber mixer at CMH this evening. Tours will be given from 5:00 – 7:00. Say your with the Rotary Club of Ventura-East.
  • Rafael "Rafa" Canton has resigned from the club. The club agreed that we should make Rafa an Honorary Rotarian.
  • Passing around cards for Colin Hoag, recovering from back surgery and Dave Stork, recovering from an illness.
Avenues of Service:
Bruce McGee spoke about the District Conference. Topics will include Human Trafficking, Peace and others.
Bruce also let us know that the Rotary Site at the Ventura Botanical Gardens will be dedicated on November 17th. The hardscape is happening now. This is a very exciting time for the gardens.
 
Roy Valdez made an announcement regarding our Poinsettia Sales. Please go out and sell Poinsettias!
 
Our Happy Dollars today went to the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee: Joe Strohman, Bruce McGee, Jeff Hata, Tom Swan, Jim Lewis and Roy Valdez.
 
Margarida conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes!
 
If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough. Mario Andretti
Meeting September 13, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rafael Canton, M.D. on Sep 13, 2018
My Farewell to Rotary.
September 2018
 
Dear Jeff:
 
As you know, for about half a century, the Rotary Club of Ventura-East (after a couple of years in Downtown Ventura) was a high- priority activity in my regular life. In addition, I remember my visits to other countries.
 
Several visits were to the Rotary Club in Tijuana. We used to take them our collection of medication samples and medical supplies. My hope was that our contributions would be sent to a remote area in Baja California. Actually, I did visit such a remote Rotarian Club project in the mountains in Baja California. Several
Rotary Clubs were contributing to that project.
 
I especially remember going with the devoted Eric Nicolet to the early and ambitious project which he administered, in the huge and remote area of what, before the Spaniards arrived, used to be the Totonaca Empire - the Empire that sided with the Spanish Empire to conquer the Aztec Empire. I remember that we first visited a Rotary Club in Mexico City, which was the co-sponsoring Club. A member of that club held a high position in Rotary lnternational activities. A small bus that belonged to our Totonaca project, driven by a Totonaca Project employee, took us to our Totonaca project. It was a long drive.  Most of the time, we were the only vehicle on the road. There was no evidence of electricity. During that night, after everyone went to bed, it got extremely dark. Literally, I could not see my hand in front of my face.
 
Still another special memory is of my wife, Jane, and I going to the Rotary lnternational Convention in Japan, the year I was Club President. The number of persons attending was so large that the Convention was held in a stadium, in two sessions, in a city not far from Tokyo. After the Convention, Jane and I took a tour of several countries in Asia, during which we visited several Rotary clubs.
 
And, of course, I’ve always admired the many ways in which the Rotary Club of Rotary-East has been a positive force in our own community.
 
I've always been especially inspired by the Rotarian goals and achievements in promoting good will and peace, at all levels-locally; internationally and worldwide.
I have been fortunate enough so that my major problems in physical health have been solved. I take no medication for diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, etc. I try to lead a mentally and physically hygienic life. I still work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, full time, at my psychiatric clinic in Camarillo, and drive, by myself, both ways. I still do some active gardening, the other days of the week. However, I have to admit that, to a certain extent, Old Age (I am now 97) has significantly lowered my energy level. Therefore, I have been forced to reduce some of my activities. I no longer subscribe to Newsweek or to the Ventura Star. l have not gone to a movie in several years, etc. Regretfully, I have concluded that I should cancel my membership in the Rotary Club. Since you are the current President (and my long-time friend, and in charge of the Club's "Free Press"), I am hereby officially informing you that I am resigning from the Rotary Club. I am enclosing my check, to pay the bill I received a few days ago.
 
I would like to keep receiving the weekly issue of The Breeze, so as to be able to learn what the members of my Rotarian extended family members are doing.
 
             I am sending you, and all the members of our Club,
             AN AFFECTIONATE "GROUP HUG"!!!
 
Rafael Cantón   (a.k.a. Rafa) 
cantonjr@sbcglobal.net
 
Farewell from Rafael Canton Rafael Canton, M.D. 2018-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 06, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute Rich Stewart.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Amber Stevens.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians - Jeff Hata
Visiting today was Gines Arnau from Pacific Premier Bank and visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South was Bob Braitman.
 
Bob Braitman made an announcement to invite us to participate in the Ventura-South Trivia contest on November 7th.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Ken Kagan for taking attendance.
 
Margarida Eidson did our raffle today and announced that the raffle prize was a gift basket from the Rubicon Theater donated by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
John Borneman led us in our song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Birthdays:
  • Colin Hoag
  • Wendy Pazen
  • Melody O’Leary-Namikas
  • Carol Marquez-Olson
  • Dave Anderson
 
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Thank you to everyone who attended the Ventura Chamber Taste event.
  • Need an Off-site location for October 11th
  • Programs are everybody’s job. If you know someone who is interesting let us know.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See for September is Sept. 18th at the YMCA. 6:30 – 8:00. Bring fabric.
  • September 21st  the United Nations Association will be honoring P.D.G. Deepa Willingham with a Peace Prize. There will be a dinner in Goleta, more details to follow.
Avenues of Service:
Bill Spellman spoke about RYLA. It's time to get students registered.
 
Happy $’s: Rich Stewart and Michelle Cekov.
 
Margarida Eidson conducted the raffle and the winner of the Rubicon was our guest Jines Arnau and the winner of a driftwood/air plant planter was Margarida Eidson.
Good things come to people who wait, but better things comes to those who go out and get them.
Meeting September 6, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 23, 2018
Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by John Borneman.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guests of our speaker were Bonnie Landau, Deborah Morris and Julia Dominguez.
 
President Jeff thanked our greeters Ken Kagan and Christina Ahn & Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Panera Bread donated by Tom Swan.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Sip & See's are intended do be socials for the club. If you don't have an interest in the project, please come out and socialize with us. Let's all get to know each other better. Also, bring your spouse or significant other because we would like to get to know them better too. Also, it's important for our families to learn more about us and learn why Rotary is important to us.
Avenues of Service:
Tom Swan paid an advertising fee and announced a Social Security Workshop that he is holding.
 
Bruce McGee announced that he would be getting his first Social Security payout the end of the month.
 
Ashley Pope spoke about the NAMI Walk and asked for support of our NAMI Walks Team.
 
Happy $'s: Alison Thompson, Ashley Pope, Midge Stork, Harriet Clune, Vance Thompson. President Jeff presented our club foundation with $20 donated at the last Sip & See.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes.
 
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." Lou Holtz
Meeting August 23, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2018
Pictures from this month's Sip & See...
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 16, 2018
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was done by Rich Stewart.
We did not have any visitors or visiting Rotarians.
 
I want to thank the greeters Roy Valdez & Christina Ahn & Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing prize was a $50 gift card to Trader Joe's generously donated by Tom Swan.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Rotarian of the month: Bob Noville
 
Presidents announcements:
  • August 9th Peace, Love & Understanding Exhibition – Through August 21st. 4 Floor at the Government Center from 8 - 5.
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • RI $96.5 million in grants to end polio. Afghanistan $22.9 mil, Pakistan $21.7 Mil and Nigeria $16.1 mil.
    • Nigeria 2 years without a new case of wild poliovirus.
    • Afghanistan 10 cases this year
    • Pakistan 3 cases this year
    • 12 other African countries have been awarded some of this money to keep polio out.
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th
Avenues of Service:
 
Kris Hansen spoke about Interact at Buena High School. We are getting ready for another school year and will need 2 - 3 advisors to help lead this group.
 
Happy $’s: Husam Hishmeh, Harriet Clune, Midge Stork, Joe Strohman, Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Alison Thompson.
 
Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help and brave enough to ask for it.
Meeting August 16, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 09, 2018
Roy Valdez led us in the Flag Salute
 
The Inspirational Message was given by Kris Hansen.
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians was made by Bill Crookston.
Guest of President Jeff was Mike Stamakinley and THE Rosandra Esquivel and guests of Margarida Eidson were her sons Ryley and Derek.
Guest of Kris Hansen was Buena High School Principal Bobbi Powers and guest of Amber Landis-Stover was Jeffry George.
Visiting Rotarin was Jerry Dannenberg.
 
President Jeff thanked the greeter Roy Valdez & Christina Ahn & Christina Ahn for taking attendance.
 
John Borneman – Song
 
Rotary Recognition:
Birthdays:
  • Harriet Clune
  • Bill Spellman
  • Jeff Burgh
  • Jim Word
  • Bill Hicks
  • Bill Gray
Presidents announcements:
  • Back pack project with Downtown. August 8th 9 – 12 VUSD Headquarters on Stanley.
  • August 9th Peace, Love & Understanding Luncheon 12 – 1
    • Exhibition – Through August 21st. 4 Floor 8 - 5
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Meeting with Group 7 Presidents and talk about Ronald McDonald walk. There is interest.
Judy Hoag announced that Poinsettia orders forms are now available and that Roy Valdez would be helping with sales this year.
 
Happy $’s: Bill Hicks, Amber Landis-Stover, Margarida Eidson, Jeff Hata, Kris Hansen & John Borneman.
 
A bad attitude is like a flat time. You can’t go anywhere until you fix it.
Meeting August 9, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 02, 2018
Jordan Eller led us in the Flag Salute.
 
The Inspirational Message was given by President Jeff
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Jordan Eller
Visiting today was Ghada Bawab and Alex Stamakinley.
 
I want to thank the greeter Tom Swan & Kathy McGee for taking attendance.
 
Midge announced that our raffle prize today was a gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ donated by Bill Spellman.
 
John Borneman led us in our song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Rotary Anniversaries:
Amber Landis Stover, Bob Noville, Bruce McGee, Judy Hoag, Carolyn Diacos, Bill Crookston.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Back pack project with Downtown. August 8th 9 – 12 VUSD Headquarters on Stanley.
  • August 9th Peace, Love & Understanding Luncheon 12 – 1
    • Exhibition – Through August 21st. 4 Floor 8 - 5
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th.
  • Meeting last week at VCMC Ronald McDonald Room. We will be planning a Ronald McDonald walk in the spring. Will need many volunteers.
  • Thank you to everyone who attended the social at Wendy Pazen's home. The weather was beautiful and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves on a Saturday afternoon.
Avenues of Service:
Judy Hoag - Poinsettia sales are getting ready to start! 
Amber Landis-Stover - there will be a Kids for Kids Fundraiser at the Majestic Ventura Theater on August 11th.
Michelle Cekov - GoCare is starting the 3rd phase of our Global Grant. The political unrest is subsiding and it looks like it is safe to start phase 3.
Bill Spellman - Time to start putting together our RYLA candidates.
 
Happy $’s: Wendy Pazen, Sam Marsh, John Borneman, Kris Hansen & Midge Stork.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!
 
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandin
Meeting August 2, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
Make Me Smile Week 2018 2018-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 26, 2018
Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Greg Jones
 
Introduction of guests & visiting Rotarians – Margarida Eidson
Visiting us today was Juan Mendoza and guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
I want to thank the greeter Sharon Daly & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a $50 SpiceTopia Gift Certificate donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Rotary Recognition: Tobias Hildebrand – New job position
Ashley Pope - Mixer at SpiceTopia tonight.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Back pack project with Downtown. August 8th 9 – 12 VUSD Headquarters on Stanley.
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • Wendy Pazen Social July 28th. 4:00 pm - ???
  • District Conference October 5 – 6 
  • Nightmare on the Hill October 20th. Committee meetings to begin next week. First meeting Thursday August 2nd at 11:00.
 
Avenues of Service:
 
Amber Stevens – Make someone smile week
 
Happy $’s: Christina Ahn, Midge Stork, Laura Sharon Daly, Tom Swan, Greg Jones, Judy Hoag
 
Midge Raffle Winner for lemons & avacados was Kevin Daly and the winner of the SpiceTopia Gift Certificate was Laura Shannon.
 
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. — George Addair
Meeting July 26, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 19, 2018
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Bill Spellman.
 
President Jeff introduced guests & visiting Rotarians.
Guest of President Jeff was the one and only Rosandra Esquivel!
 
President Jeff thanked Harriet Clune for greeting & Rich Stewart for taking attendance.
 
Midge  Stork announced that our raffle was a bottle of Labyrinth Sauv Blac and a bottle of Four Brix Mouvedre from President Jeff & Rosandra Esquivel
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Rotary Recognition:
Birthdays Husam Hishmeh, Ken Kagan, Mike Martin and Judy Hoag.
Roy Valdez was recognized for being newly married.
We recognized our catering staff for doing such a great job for us every week!
Rotarian of the Month - Todd
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Social for D.G. Sandi is being postponed until VBG Ground breaking.
  • Ventura Chamber Taste Event August 30th. We need to sell a minimum of 40 tickets at $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price. We will in turn be given a “Gold” level sponsorship with all the benefits that go with it.
  • Wendy Pazen Social July 28th. 4:00 pm - ???
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Sip & See. Was a lot of fun.
Avenues of Service:
 
Amber Stevens – Make someone smile week
 
The club presented District Governor Sandi Schwartz with a gift basket from SpiceTopia and a check to End Polio Now in honor of District Governor Sandi.
Pictured from l-r: A.G. Bruce McGee, People of Action recipient and Rotarian of the Month, Todd Juvonen, People of Action recipient, Amber Stevens, D.G. Sandi Schwartz, President Jeff, Paul Harris Fellow recipient, Bill Gray, Paul Harris Fellow recipient, Jordan Eller and Paul Harris Fellow recipient, Sam Marsh.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Harriet Clune
 
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. Joyce Meyer
Meeting July 19, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Sip & See: #RotaryEastRocks!!! 2018-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 12, 2018
We were led in the Flag Salute by Bill Crookston.
 
The Inspirational Message was given by Bruce McGee.
 
I want to thank the greeter Ashley Pope.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Jeff Hata.
Visiting from Ventura-South was President Elect, Marilyn Scott and guests of Jeff Hata were Rosandra Esquivel and Steve Devericks.
 
John Borneman – Song
 
Harriet presented some awards to members who could not make it to the Step Down dinner.
 
Presidents announcements:
  • Next week is D.G. Sandi Schwartz’s official visit
  • Social with all 3 Ventura Clubs next Thursday at the Ventura Yacht Club. 5:30 - ??? This will be a pot luck so bring a side dish, salad or desert.
  • The Ventura Chamber has offered us a "Gold" level sponsorship if we can sell at least 40 tickets to their Taste Event on August 30th. The tickets will be $25/ticket. That’s $15 off the member price.
Ashley spoke about Sip & See next Tuesday at SpiceTopia.
 
Michelle Cekov & Jeanette, GoCare spoke about our projects in Nicaragua. Jeanette reported that the projects are doing well despite the unrest in the country. They are under a dusk - dawn curfew and it's pretty unnerving to hear the random gunfire throughout the city. The number of youth utilizing our projects is up and it's been determined the reason is our facilities are a safe place to go to get away from the violence that's occurring in the country. That was definitely some good news to hear!
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman, Tom Swan, Sharon Daly, Bill Spellman, Laura Shannon, Todd Juvonen, Bruce McGee, Harriet Clune and Jeff Hata
Meeting July 12, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
2018 Push-em Pull-em Parade 2018-07-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 21, 2018
Past President Tom Swan stood in for President Harriet today.
 
Greg Jones led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Amber Stevens gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. We did not have either today.
 
John Borneman led us in song followed by Tim Hughes who gave our joke of the day.
 
Amber Stevens spoke about the Push-em Pull-em parade on the 4th of July. We need about 7 - 8 more people to help block off streets.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that there was an article in the Rotarian on page 12 about Ventura Rotaract and the Mexico build they do every year.
 
Kris Hanesn spoke about membership and let us know that Christine Ahn would be inducted at President Harriet's Step Down dinner.
 
Tom Swan let us know that our meeting was being moved from Thursday to Saturday for the Step Down so please don't come up to the Pavilion for lunch next week.
 
Happy $'s: Laura Shannon and Bill Spellman.
Meeting June 21, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 14, 2018
President Harriet rang the bell for the last time as President at a club meeting. Thank you for all the hard work you put in last year Harriet!
 
We were led in the Salute to the Flag by Bill Crookston.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card for a massage!!!
 
Bill Spellman wanted to introduce guests and visiting Rotarians, but we didn't have either today!
 
Alison Thompson & Joe Strohman were recognized for celebrating Birthdays.
 
President Harriet told us that the Ojai Wine Festival was a lot of fun and there was a lot of good wine too!
 
Our meeting on June 28th is being moved to June 30th for the Step Down dinner. 
 
Happy$'s: Tom Swan, Tmi Hughes, Bill Gray, Melody O'Leary-Namikas, Rafael Canton, Midge Stork, Kris Hansen, Rich Stewart, John Borneman and Joe Strohman.
 
Amber Stevens talked about the Push-em Pull-em Parade on July 4th. The parade will be starting at 9:30 this year so we should gather around 8:00.
 
Amber also let us know that the YMCA will be trying to set a world record for the Largest Swim Lesson. Amber needed a volunteer to do a headcount. Jeff Hata will be there!
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Melody O'Leary-Namikas!
 
 
Meeting June 14, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 07, 2018
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Bill Spellman was Lynn Van Emmerik and guest of the club was Christina Ahn.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Lure generously donated by Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
Colin Hoag delivered our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
President Harriet announced that her LAST board meeting will be on Tuesday at Husam Hishmeh's office. This will be a joint meeting with this year's and next year's boards. All club members are invited to attend. Party to follow the meeting!
 
Margarida Eidson and Michelle Cekov volunteered to review the Revised District By-laws. 
 
President Harriet thanked everyone who worked at the Celebration of Life for Bob Pazen. Wendy Pazen also thanked everyone and gave a special thank you to Bruce McGee, Jordan Eller and Midge Stork for all of their work and help. Wendy also thanked everyone who spoke that day and to Bill Gray for the Driftwood planter!
 
President Harriet reminded everyone that this Sunday is the Ojai Wine Festival.
 
Since we had the scholarships last week, we couldn't properly greet Roy Valdez into the club so President Harriet asked everyone to please meet Roy after the meeting today.
 
Rich Stewart thanked everyone who responded to the Step-Down Dinner invitation. Please make sure you order your meal in the comments section.
 
Our meeting on May 28th is being moved to the Step Down Dinner.
 
Happy $'s: Joe Strohman, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh, Michelle Cekov & Bruce McGee.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and Margarida Eidson won the Driftwood Planter and Jeff Hata won the Lure gift card.
Meeting June 7, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wendy Pazen on Jun 05, 2018
A Thank you from Wendy Pazen and family...
 
On behalf of the Pazen, Garman and Watson family, I would like to thank the loving Rotary Club of Ventura East for the wonderful, delicious barbecue for Bob Pazen’sCelebration of Life. It was a lot of work and as Clint said, Rotary rocked it!
 
Bob was a member of RCVE for over 35 years as well as being a past president. This amazing club came together and in a tremendous show of support and love for Bob and our family by giving up their Sunday and working so hard to make this day so beautiful.
 
RCVE members Carol Marquez-Olson, Husam Hishmeh, John Borneman, Bill Hicks, Midge Stork and Dr. Bill Spellman shared some wonderful memories of Bob.
 
The Rotary Club of Santa Paula helped with the barbecue and member and friend, Dr. Chris Bartelson, shared heartwarming memories of Bob. The Rotary Club of Ventura South was represented by our friend and Bob’s successor, Dr. Kris Skromme, who also shared some personal and professional memories of Bob.
 
And finally, a HUGE Thank you to Bruce McGee and Jordan Eller for organizing and getting the venue set up! It was a fantastic day with great food and we couldn't have done it without your hard work and support!
 
I know Bob was looking down at this huge outpouring of love from his fellow Rotarians and feeling that his was a Rotary life well lived and loved.
 
Thank you Rotarians! You will stay in our hearts forever.
 
Love,
Wendy and Family
Thank you from Wendy Pazen & Family Wendy Pazen 2018-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on May 31, 2018
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Jeff Hata.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
 
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Camarillo was Carrie Lock and visiting from Ventura-Downtown was Rob VanNewburg.
 
Also visiting us today was Past District Governor and past member of our club Sally Adleblue. Guest of the Club was Roy Valdez.
 
President Harriet thanked Margarida Eidson for greeting and Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that we had a very special secret raffle prize donated by Rich Stewart and a Driftwood Planter with an Airplant donated by Bill Gray.
 
Our joke of the day was given by Greg Jones.
 
Announcements:
 
John Borneman reported that Pete Gallagher is doing much better and is fighting the nurses off!
 
Bruce McGee asked that everyone who is working the early shift for Bob Pazen's Memorial to please be at the park by 10:00 and if you are working the late shift, please be there by 12:00.
 
Kris Hansen inducted our newest member Roy Valdez!
 
Happy $'s: Harriet Clune, Rich Stewart, Jeff Hata, Husam Hishmeh, Kris Hansen and Midge Stork.
 
Both of our raffle prizes were won by scholarship recipients!
 
Class of 2018 Scholarship Recipients
 
Meeting May 31, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on May 24, 2018
Alison Thompson led us in our Salute to the Flag.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Ashley Pope.
 
Bill Spellman introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Ashley Pope was Chad Roberts and Guests of the Club were Roy Valdez and Christina Anh.
 
President Harriet thanked Bob Noville for being our greeter and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to SpiceTopia graciously donated by Ashley Pope.
 
Alison Thompson gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman and our song of the day.
 
Rich Stewart told us that planning for the Step Down Dinner on June 30th is well underway. Please keep your eyes out for an invitation coming soon.
 
Ashley Pope said that a FaceBook Event has been created for the Push-em Pull-em parade. Please click that you are attending and share the event.
 
Bruce McGee passed around the sign-up sheet to work at Bob Pazen's Celebration of Life.
 
Midge Stork asked that anyone who has greenery that can be used for table center pieces to please let her know. Midge will be doing the table decorations for Bob Pazen's Celebration of Life.
 
John Borneman let us know that he saw Pete Gallagher at Treacy Villa. If you want to see Pete you will need to call in advance and be cleared by Pete's case worker.
 
President Harriet said that the Rotaract fundraiser went well at Dominos last week and that we will be meeting in the Ventura Room next week for our scholarship program.
 
President Harriet also told us that tickets we purchased for the Ojai Wine Festival were being handed out today.
 
There was a couple of booklets about the history of the YMCA being passed around. Very interesting to look at.
 
Happy $'s: Michelle Cekov, Kris Hansen, Bruce McGee.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Gray!
 
Meeting May 24, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on May 17, 2018
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Midge Stork.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by President Harriet.
 
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica was Mike Pritchard.
 
Guest of Midge Stork was Todd Stork, guest of Jeff Hata was Mary Gray. Guest of the Club was Roy Valdez.
 
President Harriet thanked Tim Hughes for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Bevmo generously donated by Kris Hansen and a drift wood planter donated by Bill Gray.
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day and John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Joe Strohman reminded us that the Rotaract Pizza fund raiser will be on May 23rd from 5:30 - 9:30. $10 for all you can eat and a drink. This will be at the Petit store.
 
Bruce McGee passed around a sign up sheet for Bob Pazen's BBQ Memorial. We will need all hands on deck so everyone please take a shift.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about the upcoming board retreat and club social on May 19th.
 
Jordan Eller thanked the Scholarship Committee and everyone who assisted in interviewing potential scholarship recipients.
 
Happy $'s: Steve Harbison, Rich Stewart, Tim Hughes, Bill Spellman, Midge Stork, Roy Valdez and Harriet Clune.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the winner of the Bevmo gift card was Bill Gray!
Meeting May 17, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on May 03, 2018
Greg Jones led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Husam Hishmeh introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Camarillo was President Bob Harrell and visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-Downtown was Norm Blanchard.  
Guest of Joe Strohman was Max Inglehardt, guest of Husam Hishmeh was Christina Ahn, guests of Amber Landis-Stover was Kirby & Beverly Ward.
 
President Harriet thanked Rich Stewart for greeting and Bill Spellman for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork thanked Wendy Pazen for donating the "Mystery" raffle prize.
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our joke of the day.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Judy Hoag let us know that Bill Klope and Pete Gallagher are in the Victorian recuperating.
 
Joe Strohman announced that we will be awarding the prizes for the 4 Way Test Essay Contest next week.
 
Kris Hansen thanked Laura Shannon for donating pet supplies to the Ventura Chamber Ambassadors.
 
Husam Hishmeh said that there will be an "All you can eat" Pizza night again at his store on Petit to support Rotaract's Mexico Build. The date is May 23rd and there is a $10 donation.
 
Jeff Hata reminded the incoming board about the retreat on May 19th and the social following.
 
Tobias Hildebrand spoke about Ventura  High School's presentation of Suessical the Musical.
 
Margarida Eidson told us about a free wood chipping day at Kimball park on Saturday.
 
Jordan Eller asked for volunteers to be escorts at the upcoming Scholarship interview days.
 
 
Meeting May 3, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 26, 2018
Rich Stewart stood in for President Harriet today. President Harriet was not feeling well today.
 
Bill Gray led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of the club was Roy Valdez, guest of Tom Swan was Eric Jones and guest of Sharon Daly was Wendy Gray.
 
President Harriet thanked Carol Marquez-Olson for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork told us that the raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Snapper Jacks generously donated by Jeff Burgh.
 
Ken Kagan gave our joke of the day followed by our song of the day by John Borneman.
 
Kris Hansen reminded us that inviting potential new members is important to the health of our club and urged everyone to bring a guest and share what we all are enjoying.
 
Bruce McGee gave a list of members who are eligible to give Paul Harris Fellows. If you want to give a Paul Harris, please let Bruce know so we can award them at the Step Down Dinner.
 
Jeff Hata said that the Board Retreat will be on May 19th from 10:00 - 1:00 followed by a social from 1:00 - 4:00. Also, thank you to Tom Swan for arranging the shredding day. Thanks to Tom's efforts we raised $615 for the club.
 
Michelle Cekov spoke about the social unrest going on in Nicaragua. The President reversed the reforms he instated, but there still has not been any resolution. All of our GoCare people are OK and the learning centers are functioning on modified schedules. There are 500 students at the Polytechnic University that are holed up and refuse to leave until the President resigns.
 
Greg Jones and Natalie Debbas awarded two Buena High School students with Student of the Quarter Awards.
 
r-l Natalie Debbas, John Russell, Jodi Russell, Peyton Russell, Melody O'Leary-Namikas, Greg Jones
 
r-l Greg Jones, Jeff Hata, Evan Moody, Shea Moody
 
Members of the club read letters from our RYLA attendees thanking the club for the opportunity to attend RYLA.
 
Happy $'s: Kris Hansen, Husam Hishmeh, Margarida Eidson, Bill Gray, Midge Stork.
 
Midge Stork said that we raise about $4,000 with the Opportunity Drawing each year. Midge then conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Hicks!
Meeting April 26, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
Kathy & Bruce McGee Interview on WeAreRotary.TV 2018-04-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 19, 2018
Tobias Hildebrand led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Christina Ahn and visiting us today was Roy Valdez.
 
President Harriet thanked Bill Gray for greeting and Amber Stevens for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork told us that our opportunity drawing today was a gift basket which included two tickets to an upcoming performance at the Rubicon donated by Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Steve Harbison gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song.
 
President Harriet asked that Avenues of Service Award sheets be turned in, also, there are oranges in the lobby. Please take them home with you today.
 
Tom Swan spoke about the shredding party at his office tomorrow. $5/box to shred.
 
Amber Stevens invited everyone to come out to Healthy Kids Day at the Y on Saturday from 10:00 - 1:00. We will also be making blankets to give to residents at the City Center.
 
Jeff Hata reminded the incoming board that our 2018-2019 Board Retreat will be on May 19th from 10:00 -1:00 followed by a club social from 1:00 - 4:00.
 
President Harriet passed around a sign up sheet for the Ojai Wine Festival and told us that we would be planting 50 more trees on Saturday.
 
Jordan Eller let us know that we ended up receiving 18 scholarship applications. Our scholarship committee this year will consist of Jordan Eller, Tim Blackwell, Michelle Cekov, Ken Kagan and Tim Hughes. Jordan will need a few club members to be ushers on interview nights.
 
Bill Spellman announced that RYLA started today. We have 5 kids attending this year.
 
Happy $'s: Ashley Pope, John Borneman, Tim Hughes, Husam Hishmeh, Sharon Daly, Ken Kagan, Bill Hicks and Laura Shannon.
 
Husam Hishmeh said that we finally found Pete Gallagnher! Pete is at the Lexington.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was our speaker Jim Lewis.
Meeting April 19, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 12, 2018
Kathy McGee led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Amber Landis-Stover gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Our joke of the day was delivered by our President Harriet.
 
President Harriet thanked Bill Spellman for greeting and Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Marie Callendar's donated by Bob Noville.
 
John Borneman led us in our song.
 
Bruce McGee introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Crhistine, guest of Joe Strohman was our Rotaract President Olivia Strohman, guest of Midge Stork was her daughter Susan and guest of Melody O'leary-Namikas was Kelly McGrath. Guest of the club was Adrienne Stephens from the Ventura Land Trust.
 
Adrienne Stephens reported that the trees we planted last month are doing well and there will be another tree planting day on April 28th.
 
Amber Landis-Stover spoke about Nashville Gal at the Rubicon Theater this weekend.
 
Olivia Strohman reported that Rotaract is doing good. They did a project at the City Center at Easter for the children there. The enjoyed participating in the Tree Project with us. The next big project for Rotaract will be the Mexico build in November.
 
President Harriet asked who would be interested in doing CPR Training. We had 14 people express interest so we will schedule this in the near future.
 
 
President Harriet presented Joe Cahill, Ventura Botanical Gardens, with a check for our part of Rotary Plaza.
Meeting April 12, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-04-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 05, 2018
Past President and President Elect, Jeff Hata, led our meeting today. President Harriet was enjoying the sun and warmth of Hawaii this week!
 
The Flag Salute was delivered by Laura Shannon.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Joe Strohman was Joe's daughter, Marie. Visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South was Peter McClintock.
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Jeff Hata thanked Tom Hashbarger for taking attendance and Kathy McGee for greeting today.
 
Judy Hoag let us know that Bill Klope took a spill and in Community Memorial Hosiptal, room 423.
 
Jeff Hata invited the club to attend the social at Cryoworks. 
 
The 2018-19 Board Retreat will be May 19th from 10:00 - 1:00 with a club social following from 1:00 - 4:00. The location will be 3200 Golf Course Drive in Ventura.
 
D.G. John Weiss' Step Down Luncheon will be on June 16th at the Santa Ynez Marriott. It will be good to have a presence from our club.
 
April 20 - 22 will be a Master PRLS Weekend at the Four Points Sheraton in Bakersfield. The cost for the classes is $250, but the club pays for that. All you will have to pay for is your hotel and meals.
 
President Harriet's Step Down is June 30th at the Saticoy Country Club.
 
July 4th is quickly coming...preparations for the Push-em Pull-em parade will be starting soon.
 
Todd Juvonen let us know that the invoice for our monthly bills have changed and the total balance of your invoice is now on your invoice.
 
Jordan Eller let us know that we have received 1 application for scholarships.
 
Amber Stevens showed a video for A Night to Remember. We have volunteer opportunities. If you are interested, let Amber know.
 
Amber also let us know about Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA on April 21st. We will also be making blankets at the YMCA that day to donate to the City Center.
 
Happy $'s: Bill Hicks and Bill Hicks.
 
Positive quote for the day: The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
Meeting April 5, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 29, 2018
Jeff Hata led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Hashbarger delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Amber Stevens was Doug Moe and guest of Vance Thompson was Kevin Brown.
 
President Harriet thanked Kathy McGee for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Kathy McGee announced that the opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch.
 
Our joke of the day was given by Bruce McGee followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
Amber Landis-Stover spoke about our social media and requested photos be sent to her.
 
President Harriet passed around the sign up sheet for the Ojai Wine Festival and announced that there is more tree planting on the way thanks to a $50,000 grant. Ventura County should get about $40,000 so that will be a lot more trees getting planted!!!
 
President Harriet presented Amber Stevens and Doug Moe and check for $6,000 to fund Operation Splash for another year. Amber and Doug thanked the club for our continuing support of the YMCA and let us know that many homeless children will benefit from our donation.
 
Kathy McGee conducted the opportunity drawing and our lucky winner was Jeff Burgh.
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman, Bruce McGee, Tom Hashbarger and Bill Spellman.
Meeting March 29, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 22, 2018
Midge Stork led us in our Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Bruce McGee.
 
President Harriet thanked Sharon Daly for greeting and Jordan Eller for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing was a $50 Visa gift card donated by Margarida Eidson.
 
John Borneman gave our joke of the day and then led us in our song of the day.
 
Announcments:
Tom Swan reminded us about the Shredding Day on April 20th from 11:00 - 2:00. This will be at Tom's office and there will be a $5.00 donation per box.
 
Rich Stewart talked about our club Step-Down on June 30th at the Saticoy Country Club.
 
Jeff Hata reminded the incoming board that our Board Retreat will be on May 19th from 10:00 - 1:00 followed by a club social from 1:00 - 4:00.
 
Jeff also told us that our program on April 5th will be Cryoworks and we will have a social that evening from 5:30 - 7:00 at Cryoworks.
 
Amber Landis-Stover spoke about King Lear which is running at the Rubicon Theater.
 
President Harriet told us that so far this year there are only 2 polio cases worldwide!
 
The Ojai Wine Festival is coming June 10th. There is a sign up sheet being passed around for discount tickets to this event.
 
Happy $'s: Margarida Eidson, Bill Spellman, Tom Swan, Jeff Hata, Melody O'Leary-Namikas and Jim Word.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Rich Stewart!
Meeting March 22, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 15, 2018
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute and also delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Tom Hashbarger introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guests of Sharon Daly were Kevin Daly and Lee Merritt and guest of the club was Adrienne Stephens from the Ventura Land Trust.
 
President Harriet thanked Michelle Cekov for greeting and Tim Hughes for taking attendance.
 
Steve Harbison presented our joke of the day followed by our song of the day and John Borneman.
 
Avenue of Service Announcements:
Community Service - Amber Stevens thanked everyone who came out for our tree planting day. It was wet, but it was a lot of fun. April 5th after our club meeting will be our next Community Service meeting and April 21st there will be a blanket making project at the YMCA.
 
May 17-18 we will be helping with "A Night to Remember." This is a prom for kids with special needs. More information to follow.
 
Vocational Service - Joe Strohman thanked Sharon Daly and John Borneman for doing Mock Interviews today at Buena High School. The essays have been turned in for the 4 Way Test Essay contest. Over 580 pages of essays to be read and evaluated this year! Sharon Daly has joined our group of judges to evaluate the essays this year.
 
President Harriet presented Sharon Daly and Lee Merritt with a check for $2,296.00 to further support the ongoing projects of Mossy Foot.
 
Rotarian at Work t-shirts are in and available for purchase. $10 per shirt.
 
The Ojai Wine Festival is coming June 10th. Discount tickets are available, please sign the sign up sheet how many tickets you want.
 
Tom Swan announced a document shredding fundraiser on April 20th. The event will be at Tom's office and each box will be a $5 donation to the club!
 
Adrienne Stephens brought photos and spoke about the Tree Planting event last weekend.
Meeting March 15, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harriet Clune on Mar 10, 2018
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. 
 
 
 
Trees, trees, trees and some rain!!! Harriet Clune 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 08, 2018
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.
 
Announcments:
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!
Meeting March 8, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 01, 2018
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!
Meeting March 1, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-03-01 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 22, 2018
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.
Meeting February 22, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

Dr. Robert Lawrence Pazen

Dr. Robert Lawrence Pazen passed away suddenly on January 25th, 2018 at CMH surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Los Angeles, CA, March 14th, 1938 to Dr. Arthur & Thelma Pazen. Bob was an only child and grandchild but insisted he wasn't spoiled? just loved! He is survived by his wife of 39+ years, Wendy Watson Pazen, his 3 sons, Rick Pazen of Westlake Village, Clint Garman (wife Gina) of Santa Paula & Travis Garman of Ventura. Bob was an awesome grandfather to his grandchildren; Sierra Garman, Orion Garman, Jonah Garman, Onalyn Garman, and the twins Gianna and Jake Garman. Bob is survived by his brothers in law, Terry Watson and Wayne Watson, nieces Tera Watson Davis, Chelsea Watson, nephew Derek Watson and great nephew Declan Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. Arthur and Thelma Pazen. 

Bob graduated from Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, in 1956. He graduated from Los Angeles College of Optometry - USC Campus (Marshall B. Ketchum University) in 1962. He served in the Air Force from 1962 - 1968. He was an optometrist for 55 years and spent 52 of those years in Ventura having purchased a practice in the original BuenaVentura Mall. He outgrew that space and moved to 801 S. Victoria Ave. where he enjoyed working every day until 2015 when he sold the practice to Dr. Kristopher Skromme. In 2010, Bob purchased "A" Street Optometry in Oxnard after the death of his dear friend Dr. Bernie Rubin. 

On December 1, 2017 Bob decided to officially retire and spend more time with Wendy and the family. Unfortunately, the Thomas Fire claimed their home on December 5th and forced Bob and Wendy to move to Oxnard and give serious thought about their future. His interview with CBS went national and so many people heard his ammunition being set off by the fires causing a little panic and laughter. The fire encouraged more adventures for Bob and Wendy to experience. 

Bob was a proud member of the Rotary Club of Ventura East having served as President in 2006 - 2007. He received numerous Paul Harris Awards 1986, 1994, 2004 & 2008. He also received the Avenues of Service Citation in 2014. Bob and Wendy became active in GOCARE through Rotary and had a library dedicated to them in Nicaragua. 

Bob was past President of the Tri County Optometric Society and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award in 2015 for 50 years of Optometry. He was twice voted Optometrist of the Year by his peers in 1985 and 1995. He was a member from 1965 to 2015 and was awarded the President's Award in 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985. 

He was voted Reader's Choice for Best Optometrist year after year by the VC Star Readers. 

Bob was the first recipient of the Vision Care Specialist of the Year in 2014 presented at the 21st Annual David Fanier, MD and Leo Tauber, MD awards banquet. 

Bob was a 32nd Degree Mason of Lodge 214 San BuenaVentura. He was due to receive his Golden Veterans award for being a Master Mason for 50 years this March.

He was also charter member of the Ventura Trade Club from 1972 - 1976. He served as a "Buenaventuran" (greeter for the city) at business openings.

He was a 50 yr member of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce. He belonged to the American Optometric Foundation, the American Optometric Association, The Tri County Optometric Association, Ventura County Youth Connection, International Footprinter's Association, Drug Abuse Preventive Center (Hacienda House), Aerospace Medical Association, National Eye Research Foundation, Ventura County Medical Reserve Corps and Rolls Royce Owners Club. He was a Lay Member for the Ventura County Bar Association, Consultant to the Ventura Police Department, Consultant to Ventura County District Attorney's office, Consultant to the Ventura County Sheriff's office, Director for the YMCA, Director for the United Way, Director for Al Malaikah Shrine Temple of Los Angeles, Member of Ventura Shrine and an Honorably Discharged officer of the Medical Reserve Unit for the US Air Force

Bob loved his family, his friends, his beautiful 1961 Silver Cloud II Rolls Royce and being with people. He loved being in Palm Springs to rejuvenate. He loved to travel whenever time permitted. A few years back Bob and Wendy purchased an RV and started out "glamping" and meeting some fantastic people. They were hoping to make it to Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon as well as a cross country trip. 

He should be remembered as a great man who loved his wife, his children, his extended family, his friends and everyone he came across. He truly was a man that many considered as their best friend due to the time he invested in people.

We will be doing a Celebration of Life in the springtime once things start to settle and we can honor him properly. 

We would like to thank the amazing staff of CMH CCU, the respiratory therapists as well as Dr. Gail Simpson, Dr. Chuck Pankratz, Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Arfei.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: 

Rotary Club of Ventura East - RCVE PO BOX 3012 Ventura, CA 93006

GoCare - 770 County Square Dr. #100 Ventura, CA 93003

or to a charity of your choice.
Remembering Bob Pazen 2018-02-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 01, 2018
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!!!
Meeting February 1, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
President Harriet announced to the club that Past President and long time member of our club, Bob Pazen, had passed away earlier that morning. A few of our members said a few words about Bob and what he meant to them personally and to the club.
 
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Bruce McGee.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was 2 tickets for Opening Night at the Rubicon on Saturday. The tickets also got the lucky winner into a Champagne Reception that night.
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in song.
 
President Harriet announced for Kris Hansen that we need to invite potential Rotarians to our meetings.  We haven't had many guests lately so let's start inviting again.
 
Amber Landis-Stover announced that she will be working on our club's social media...stay tuned for much more to follow!!!
 
Announcements from President Harriet.
There is a get well card being passed around for Jim Word who is home recovering from knee surgery.
 
Please update your info on the clipboard that is being passed around.
 
March 10th we will be doing a tree planting. There is a sign up sheet going around for the number of trees you would like to plant. The trees will be $45/tree.
 
February 7th we will be meeting at the Derby Club with Downtown and Ventura-South. P.D.G. Deepa Willingham will be our featured speaker. This meeting will be on Wednesday and not our usual Thursday.
 
February 9th will be the memorial for John Masterson. This will be at 4:00 pm at Saticoy Country Club.
 
February 15th we will be meeting offsite at the Ventura Family YMCA.
 
Pictures from our Veteran's Day Celebration are being passed around. Please take any pictures that you are in.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes.
Meeting January 25, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Ventura lost a great man and a good friend. John A. Masterson passed away suddenly on Friday, January 12th, 2018. John loved his adopted hometown and was one of its leading citizens for many years. In return, Ventura gave him many deep and treasured friendships, a successful professional career and a place to raise his children that he believed to be truly special.

There was no greater joy in John's life than his family. He met his wife Judy at the grand opening of Masterson Motors in 1961. She had come in with her girlfriend to sign up to win a free 3-day trip to Las Vegas. John, no fool, copied down her name from the entry and called her up for a date. What followed was a whirlwind romance where he not only had to win her over from another suiter, but also keep her from moving to Dallas for a new job. The force of his personality and maybe his smile and sense of humor won the day. They were married after a 12-week courtship on July 1, 1961. He would often joke, "She came in for a 3 day trip to Las Vegas, and instead she got a week's honeymoon there and a car dealership!" 

With four children and six grandchildren, family dinners were always an important time for him. He took the time to ask each of the children about their day and led a very lively meal with lots of laughter. He loved nothing more than a witty remark, even at his own expense. Even as adults, with our own families, we still continued to meet at Mom and Dad's for family dinner every Sunday.

John was born in Portland, Oregon on March 28, 1935 to Ruth and Ralph Masterson. He was the youngest of three children with brother Ralph Jr. and sister Marilyn. He was "Baby John" to the family. The family would soon move to Longview Washington where his father Ralph owned the local laundry and would later own the Chevrolet dealership.

John attended R.A. Long High School where he was a charismatic, friendly and popular student. He anchored the offensive line as the center of the 1952 state Football champions. He was active in the school theater winning an award for outstanding work in Speech and Drama. He was in the school band playing the trombone and was voted Student Body President his senior year.

When John was 16, he got a job as Santa Clause at a local business. In a Santa suit hand made by his sister Marilyn, complete with fur-lined cap and a matching bag, he continued to play Santa Clause for Friends and Rotary for the next 66 years. It was probably his favorite job.

In 1953, John made his way to Stanford University where he played on the freshman football team and was John Brodie's first center. He also joined the ATO fraternity where he met his best friend and future best man, Tom Williamson. He was the president of the Stanford Ski Club and on winter break worked Ski Patrol on Mt Hood. In the summers, he was a camp counselor on Mt. St Helens. He was known to occasionally play the gut-bucket with the Kingston Trio on some of their local performances. John studied Speech and Drama with a minor in Geography while at Stanford. He was an engineer and part-time disc jockey at the local Stanford radio station. When he graduated in 1957, he delivered the Class Oration.

In 1956, a college friend took John to the Pebble Beach road races and he was hooked. He entered his first race using his 1954 Corvette, despite the fact that it had an automatic transmission and white wall tires. His race gear was a white T-shirt and a Styrofoam helmet that he borrowed. He did not win that day but it did change his life. Racing became a passion that he pursued off and on for the next 40 years. Immediately, he formed the Stanford Racing Team, (the only college racing team in history). In 1957, he briefly worked in Reno as a Disc Jockey and bought his first real racecar, an old Ford special that he modified with a new fiberglass body. He christened the car the "Batmobile" (after the popular TV western ? Bat Masterson). For the rest of his racing career he was known as "Bat" Masterson. 

This car was heavy. It was very fast on the straightaway but turning was an adventure. It required muscle and dumb luck to keep it on the track. "Bat" quickly became known as the guy who always led the first lap, but sooner or later, hay-bails would fly or engines would blow. He was always a hard-charger in racing as well as life.

After a succession of wild, fast cars and the birth of his first child, Janna, John met his match at Laguna Seca in 1964. While driving a new Lotus 30, purchased using $12,000 borrowed the previous week, he hit an oil patch and lost control of the car. He slammed into a concrete pillar at 100 mph. He barely survived with broken bones, a punctured lung and severely bruised internal organs. The car was not so lucky. After recovering, Judy convinced him that it was time to retire, become a full-time father and automobile dealer. 

In 1979, John returned to racing on the vintage car circuit. He acquired racecars, like the HWM Stovebolt Special, a car he watched in that first race at Pebble Beach, and began his second racing career. With his trusty mechanic and friend, Phil Casanta, a big-rig for car transport and his family in tow to watch him for a change, he was soon tearing up tracks all over the United States. He no longer hit hay-bails but still blew an engine now and then.

In 1959, Ralph Sr., who had retired in Santa Barbara, decided to purchase the Volkswagen / Packard dealership from the Heck estate. Ralph Jr. and John were soon installed as the managers. In 1961, Masterson Motors moved "out of town" to 3111 E. Main St. Over the years, Masterson Motors held franchises in Volkswagen, Mercedes, Packard, SAAB, Alpha Romeo, Peugeot, Porsche, Audi and Hyundai. In the late 70's, John and Ralph Jr. split the business, with John taking Volkswagen and Ralph Jr. taking Porsche/Audi. John operated Masterson Motors for 35 years.

John founded multiple businesses during his long career. He owned a gas station, several used car lots in Ventura and Oxnard. He started a leasing operation called Translease and a Vintage Car restoration business called appropriately "Vintage Car Garage". He owned a bookstore, "The Book Nook" run by his sister Marilyn. He had a Rent-A-Wreck and a U-Haul franchise.

During his long automotive career, John served the auto industry in several local, regional and national offices. He was Secretary Treasurer of the U.S. Volkswagen Dealers Association and then became the National Chairman in 1979. He also served as National Vice-Chairman of the U.S. SAAB Dealers. He was Chairman of the Southern California Volkswagen Dealers and President of the Ventura City Motor Car Dealers Association. He was on the Board of Directors of the American International Auto Dealers Association.

Besides his family, I believe John was most proud of his community activism. Whether through elected office or as a marshal at the 4th of July Push-em/Pull-em Parade, he loved giving his time to make Ventura a better place. He was awarded the Jaycee Young Man of the Year award in 1961 and Ventura Citizen of the year in 1974. He was elected as a Trustee of the Ventura Unified School District (1974-1977) as well as a Port Commissioner (1978-1982). He was a founder of Ventura East Rotary, served as President, and was voted Outstanding Rotarian 4 times. 

John served as President of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce as well as served later on the Board of directors. He stayed active throughout his career serving on various commissions targeting economic development. He was also Chairman and a founding member of the BuenaVenturans.
 
John spent 18 years as a Trustee of the Community Memorial Hospital. He was Chairman of the Community Memorial Hospital Benefactors and an Executive Board member Community Memorial Health Care Foundation. John joined the staff of Community Memorial Hospital in 1992 as Vice President - Community Relations. He remained for 25 years retiring at the age of 81.

He was President and Founding Member of the El Cien Dance Club and served on the Ventura Grand Jury in 1969. He was a founding member of the Ventura College foundation and was deeply involved with local school sports serving as President of the Ventura College Booster Club, Chairman of the Ventura County Stanford Buck club and founding member of the St Bonaventure Booster Club. He was a great supporter of the Ventura Boys and Girls club and he was a member of the Ventura Boy Scouts council.

John was also a published writer. He wrote a column for the Star Free Press "Wheels" section for 10 years winning "Best Business Column" from The L.A. Press Club in 1993. He was a member of the Greater Los Angeles Press Club and the Motor Press Guild and contributed pieces to various automotive publications. In addition, he wrote an occasional piece for the Santa Paula Times on the theater called "Masterson on Stage". He was a Board member of the Santa Paula Theater Center. 

John pursued his love of the theater, appearing on stage in over 25 productions in Ventura, Santa Paula and Camarillo. He was versatile - taking parts in musicals, drama and comedies. It didn't matter if he was the lead or in the supporting cast (but he liked to be the lead.) 

John produced the weekly Western Automotive Consultant (WAC) report. He was Executive Director of the Ventura Auto Mall Dealers Association and spent 5 years on KVTA radio hosting "Auto-Talk" with Ross Olney as his partner. 

John was also an avid Cruiser. He and Judy took over 60 cruises together with highlights being a family cruise through the Panama Canal that included his mother and father. This passion for cruising led to the establishment of a new business, "Capt'n Cruise Travel" where he wrote a monthly Travel Newsletter and sponsored Cruises.

John is celebrated by wife Judy, children Janna, Jeff and his love Kelly Collins, Julia and husband Michael Martin, Mark and wife Jennifer. He loved his grandchildren Damien Masterson, Hannah Martin, Jack Tovey, Bethany Martin, Kate Tovey, Cooper John Masterson, his dear sister Marilyn Kisch and his many nieces and nephews. We are all fortunate to have had this amazing man in our lives and suspect his many friends feel the same. 

A celebration of his life is planned from 4:00 - 6:30 on Friday February 9th at the Saticoy Country Club. 

For those who desire, donations can be made in memory of John to the Community Memorial Hospital Building Fund for which he worked tirelessly. Make Checks payable to "Community Memorial Health Systems Building Fund. 2674 E. Main St Suite #210, Ventura, CA 93003.
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 18, 2018
Laura Shannon led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Midge Stork gave our Inspirational Message.
 
We had two guests today, Lisa Coppleman and Dina Davis.
 
President Harriet thanked Rich Stewart for greeting and Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a huge "TOWER" of chocolate donated by Rich Stewart.
 
Steve Habison gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song.
 
Husam Hishmeh said he would be putting a committee together to arrange a "First Responder" party.
 
Amber Stevens announced we would be having an offsite meeting at the YMCA and thanked the club for our $6,000 to help fund Operation Ventura.
 
President Harriet announced that we were trying to put together a program to plant trees for the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy on Arbor Day. More info to follow.
 
President Harriet read a letter from Felicity who is attending Brown University and was a scholarship recipient last year. President Harriet also read a thank you letter from one of the Military Families we sponsored for the Holidays.
 
  
Dina Davis presented President Harriet with a collage from our Veteran's Day celebration and also presented Tim Blackwell and Dick Gallagher with certificates thanking them for their service.
 
President Harriet asked everyone to please sign the cards being passed around. They were for Sharon Daly who is recovering from knee surgery, Bob Pazen who is in the hospital with respiratory problems and in memory of John Masterson. Harriet reminded us that John was a founding member of our club and that the Board of Directors voted to give a scholarship in John's name this year.
 
President Harriet also reminded us about moving books for the Friends of the Library on Friday at 10:00.
 
Joe Strohman passed out ballots for the RCVE Foundation Board. Margarida Eidson, Kris Hansen & Ken Kagan were nominated to fill 2 board seats.
 
Jeff Hata placed into nomination for the club board the following:
President Elect - Jeff Burgh
President Elect Nominee - Kris Hansen
Director at Large 2018-2021 - Ashley Pope
Director at Large 2018-2021 - Tobias Hildebrand.
 
Bill Spellman made a motion to close nominations and a 2nd was made by Bill Gray.
A voice vote was held and the slate was unanimously accepted.
 
Joe Strohman reported on the results of the RCVE Club Foundation Board vote and Margarida Eidson & Ken Kagan will begin their terms beginning July 1, 2018.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Kathy McGee!!!
Meeting January 18, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-01-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 11, 2018
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Kris Hansen.
 
Bill Hicks told us about a Thomas Fire Fundraiser being held on February 3rd at Plaza Park.
 
Kris Hansen introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Tobias Hildebrand was Anita Lynch.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to the Yardhouse donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Our joke of the day was given by Tim Hughes.
 
John Borneman read a poem today in memory of a friend he lost in the Montecito mudslides.
 
Avenues of Service announcements:
Joe Strohman announced that we need nominations for two at large directors for our club foundation.
 
Jeff Hata announced that we are moving our February 8th meeting to February 7th and we would be meeting at the Derby club with Downtown and South to hear Deepa Willingham speak.
 
Amber Stevens reminded us that the Community Service meeting would be immediately after the club meeting today.
 
Rich Stewart thanked Kris Hansen and Tom Hashbarger for volunteering to help the Friends of the Library move books on January 19th for a book sale to support the new Hill St library.
 
President Harriet let us know that the Board meeting was rescheduled to January 16th due to the rain and bad weather last week.
 
Jordan Eller let us know that scholarship applications will be available beginning March 1st through April 15th. We have $50,000 available to award this year. 
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh, John Borneman, Harriet Clune, Midge Stork and Tobias Hildebrand.
Meeting January 11, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 04, 2018
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests today were Karen Campbell and Kevin Daly.
 
President Harriet thanked Laura Shannon for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Our raffle prize today was donated by Jeff Hata, a bottle of Labyrinth Tempranillo and a bottle Eberle Sauvignon Gris.
 
John Borneman gave our Joke of the Day and then led us in our song.
 
Joe Strohman reported that our Club Foundation is up to $2.7 million. We need to elect 2 directors to the Foundation Board for a 2 year term beginning July 1, 2018. If you are interested, please let Joe know.
 
Joe also reported that Diana Davis who helped us with our Veteran's program will be here next week and the 4 Way Test Essay contest has begun. Carolyn Hertel will be donating $1,000 for awards again this year.
 
Amber Stevens reported that our Community Service meeting will be after our meeting next week.
 
Margarida Eidson let us know that there is free sand and sand bags available at the Poinsettia Pavilion for anyone that may need them.
 
President Harriet let us know that the Friends of the Library will need help on January 18th to load books to move to the Hill St library.
 
Happy $'s: Margarida Eidson, Jim Emch, Ashley Pope and Kathy McGee.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tom Swan, who had to leave early, so the wine was awarded to Bruce & Kathy McGee who lost their wine collection to the fires.
Meeting January 4, 2018 Jeff Hata 2018-01-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 21, 2017
Husam Hishmeh said a few words about the Thomas fire before the meeting started.
 
Tom Hashbarger led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Kris Hansen offered his help and advice for members affected by the Thomas Fire. Kris also offered the use of his van.
 
Laura Shannon gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
Amber Stevens will be having a Community Service Meeting after our club meeting on January 4th.
 
Tom Hashbarger presented Bill Crookston with a certificate for being a veteran.
 
President Harriet asked for donations of canned goods or monetary donations four Balboa Middle school.
 
President Harriet announced that our Annual Meeting would be January 11, 2018.
 
President Harriet also announced that Sharon Daly has been appointed to fill an open At Large Director's position on the board.
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman & Harriet Clune
Meeting December 21, 2017 2017-12-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 14, 2017
We were back after a week off due to the Thomas Fire. We met in the Canada Larga Room since the rest of the Poinsettia Pavilion was being used for assistance to fire victims.
 
Sharon Daly led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Tom Swan today was Ron French!
 
President Harriet thanked Juan Mendoza for bringing a sound system today.
 
Our speaker today, Tom Hilton from Project Understanding had to cancel today but we managed to get Deputy Director Curtis Updike from H.S.A. to tell us what is being done at the Poinsettia Pavilion to assist Thomas Fire victims.
 
John Borneman gave our Inspirational Message and our Joke of the Day.
 
Joe Strohman spoke about our project with the Military Collaborative. This is our 3rd year working with the and this year we will be sponsoring 3 families.
 
Rotaract President Olivia Strohman is a teacher at E.O. Green in Oxnard and her students made wreaths for Bill Gray, Carol Marquez-Olson, Bob and Wendy Pazen and Bruce and Kathy McGee who lost their homes in the fire.
 
Rich Stewart thanked everyone who participated by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. The kettle was so full at the end of the day, there wasn't any room to add any more money! Great job!
 
Rich Stewart announced that there were boxes of masks on the tables for us to take. Take as many masks as we thought we would need.
 
President Harriet passed around the list of people who signed up for Rose Parade Decorating. If you cannot go please let President Harriet know. If you can drive, please let President Harriet know.
 
President Harriet announced that we are forming a committee for Poinsettia Sales next year. There were numerous volunteers to join the committee so next year should be a banner year for us. Judy Hoag announced that we netted over $8,200 this year on Poinsettia sales. President Harriet told us that between Nightmare on the Hill and Poinsettia sales we have netted over $10,000 in fund raisers this year.
 
Happy $'s: Midge Stork, Melody O'Leary-Namikas, Bruce McGee, Ashley Pope, Jeff Hata and Bill Gray.
 
Jordan Eller had passed around a sign-up sheet to donate towards our Military Collaborative project and we collected $695!
 
 
Meeting December 14, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by John A. Masterson on Dec 06, 2017
Fire recap by John Masterson
 
I have waited until the “all clear but Smokey” siren before writing this.  It has been a tumultuous 48 hours.  One that I have never experienced in my 82 years of breathing oxygen.

Saying “I lost my home” doesn’t seem so tough but in that, you are saying, I lost EVERYTHING that I hold dear.  Unreplaceable pictures, personal items, wardrobe, medicines, all those things collected thru the years to provide you with comfort, now gone.  You are at zero!  (The older you are, the darker that zero becomes.)  While beautiful homes all around us burned to the ground, ours survived.  (I was asked what my pre-plans were and I replied, “pray to Jesus and buy a lottery ticket.”

When Judy rushed into the bedroom at 9pm Monday nite and breathlessly shouted, “we have to evacuate!”, I immediately pooh poohed that comment.  “It’s not going to happen”, I stated.  Ignoring my ignorance and indignation, she immediately began to pack a suitcase.  “Don’t forget your medicines!, she added.  Meanwhile my youngest son rushed to us to help out.  We decided to stay with his family until the warning was removed.  Our daughter, Janna, her new puppy Cosmo, Judy and I joined a long line of traffic heading out of Ondulando.

The city was extra depressing.  The electricity was off everywhere.  It was dark, cold and fiercely windy.  Flashlights were mandatory.  iPhones and IPads quickly ran out to power.  With no TV, and trying to ignore the raging fires silhouetted on the blazing hillside you were left with small talk and meaningless conversation.  Then we got a call from our neighbor, Steve Osman.  He stayed behind and was fiercely watching his and OUR houses stamping out embers being blown around by the unpredictable fire storm.
Meanwhile, homes all around us were going up in flames.

I slept fitfully on the couch until 5:30am.  I awoke to see good friend, Barry Nielsen, on the other couch.  He had lesser time to react as he left his expensive watch on his dresser as he rushed out the door.  (His home is gone along with all clothes, personal sundries and daily needs.  (Big day at Costco coming up shortly!)  now comes the HUGE problem.  Where do you live for the next year or two?  (It will probably take that long for the city to issue a permit!)
There are no rooms to rent anywhere.....period!

Then came the next alarming news.  We have been told to evacuate my son’s residence.  (He lives next to Buena H S.). “Holy Moly,” as Batman would say.  Where do we go now?

Janett and Roger Whitlock have been good friends for 60 years.  They have a lovely, spacious residence in Camarillo.  A quick call at 6:00 am and eight of us, plus cat and dog headed south.

Janett is the most fabulous host.  We have been treated like royalty.  It will be hard to go home but home we will go as we have one.  As I reflect on the past events, one thing is abundantly clear.  Having family, friends and good neighbors is a blessing not all enjoy.  Judy and I are triple blessed.  I can’t imagine going thru this conflagration without their support.  

We are blessed with a strong family who support each other.  We are blessed with long, deep friendships of people who care.  We are blessed by a neighbor who epitomizes the old fashioned, timeless care and concern.  And as an added bonus, we are blessed with our home of 47 years.

Life is good.

John Masterson
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 30, 2017
Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Amber Landis-Stover gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
There were not any guests or visiting Rotarians today so Bill's job was rather easy.
 
Todd Juvonen gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song.
 
President Harriet passed around a sign up sheet for our Christmas Party scheduled for December 10th at the Channel Islands Yacht Club.
 
Rich Stewart passed around a sign up sheet for Salvation Army Bell Ringing on December 9th.
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman, Jeff Hata, Rich Stewart, Tom Swan, Vance Thompson, Amber Landis-Stover, Bob Pazen, Bill Spellman, Jim Word, Husam Hishmeh and David Morris.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle with was a gift card to Rabalais. Our lucky winner was Laura Shannon.
 
President Harriet presented blue badges to Greg Jones and Melody O'Leary Namikas.
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Posted by Wendy Pazen on Nov 16, 2017
We met our new caterer today, Dave Tipton's widow. the food was delicious!
 
Joe Strohman presented Student of the Quarter awards with the help of Natalie Debbas.
Tony Arella, Auto Mechanics & Maintenance, was sponsored by Harriet Clune.
Sally Bitar from Syria was sponsored by Greg Jones.
 
Our team for the Ventura South Trivia contest held their own. Thank yous to Alex Namikas, Joe Strohman, Kris Hansen and Tobias Hildebrand.
 
Margarida Eidson was presented her blue badge.
 
Kris Hansen will be presented the Ambassador of the Year award by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.
 
Our raffle prize today was 2 tickets to the Rubicon Theater and a $40 gift card donated by Amber Landis-Stover.
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Posted by Kristopher Hansen on Nov 09, 2017
Past President Tom Hashbarger rang the bell and invited guests and visiting Rotarians to lead the lunch line!
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Kathy McGee.
 
PP Tom Hashbarger thanked Bob Noville for greeting and Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
PP Tom let us know that we had a group touring our projects in Nicaragua. Michelle Cekov was leading the group made up of Judy Hoag, Colin Hoag, Rich Stewart and Harriet Clune.
 
A reminder that the trivia contest is November 15th at the Wedgewood Banquet Center at 6:00 pm. Admission is $10 and our team will be Tobias Hildebrand, Joe Strohman, Bruce McGee and Rich Stewart as an alternate.
 
Don't forget to get out and sell Poinsettias!!!
 
Our program today was a salute to club members who are veterans. Diana Davis and Mandy Furlong assisted Joe Strohman and Tom Hasbarger in honoring our veterans!!!
Thank you for your service.
 
Meeting November 9, 2017 Kristopher Hansen 2017-11-09 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 02, 2017
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
 
President Harriet thanked Amber Stevens for greeting and Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Our raffle prize was donated by Bill Spellman which as a $50 gift card to Woodranch BBQ.
 
Tom Hashbarger gave our joke of the week and John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
President Harriet asked everyone to please get out and sell Poinsettias and INVITE guests.
 
Margarida Eidson said that we had a surprise inspection from the Health Department, which we passed, but we cannot use the kitchen to get to our supply cabinet going forward. Please go around, only the caterers staff will be allowed entry into the kitchen.
 
President Harriet thanked the succulent team of Wendy Pazen, Laura Shannon, Kathy McGee and Georganna Hawley for making the beautiful wreaths and pumpkins for Nightmare on the Hill.
 
The Rotary International Convention is coming up in June 2018 and early registration will end on December 15th. If you would like to attend the convention, let President Harriet know and she will get you an application for the convention.
 
The Trivia Challenge sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ventura-South is November 15th. Our team will be Tobias Hildebrand, Joe Strohman and Bruce McGee. Rich Stewart will be our first alternate in case one of our members can't attend.
 
Joe Strohman announced that our speaker will be John Gureany on November 16th.
 
Joe Strohman also announced that our Club Foundation meeting will be on November 16th.
 
Rotaract is going to Mexico this weekend for their house build and the next Student of the Quarter will be November 16th.
 
Jordan Eller is getting the names for the military families we will sponsor over the holidays and Carolyn Diacos and Bob Pazen will be doing the shopping.
 
Happy $'s: Tobias Hildebrand, Steve Harbison, Carolyn Diacos, Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville.
Meeting November 2, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Photos from Nightmare on the Hill 2017-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 26, 2017
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Tobias Hildebrand.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
 
We had two visiting Rotarians today who are also current Presidents. Visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South was President Bob Davis and from the Rotary Club of Camarillo was President Bob Harrell.
 
Guest of Jeff Hata was Tom Hilton and guests of Jim Emch was his grandson Beckett and granddaughter Ellis.
 
President Harriet thanked Rich Stewart for greeting and Jordan Eller for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Target donated by Laura Shannon.
 
John Borneman gave our joke of the day and then led us in our song of the day.
 
Bob Davis thanked us for allowing Ventura-South to come to Nightmare on the Hill. President Harriet presented Bob Davis with a check for our trivia team who will be competing in the Ventura-South Trivia Challenge on November 15th.
 
Avenues of Service:
Jeff Hata told us what time to arrive for various work shifts at Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Melody O'Leary-Namikas said that she had her sponsorship tickets to give away.
 
Margarida Eidson said that the City would be at the Pavilion from 6 - 8 to talk about City redistricting.
 
Tom Hashbarger said that our Veteran's Day Celebration is coming on November 9th. If you are a veteran, please sign up and include the branch of the military you served in.
 
Bob Harrell let us know that Atlas Elementary was hit with big budget cuts. The students raised about $9,000 and they need $20,000 for the programs that were affected. It appears that the District can use the funds that the students raised for whatever the district deems necessary so Bob has started a non-profit to protect the students funds so the district can't have access.
 
President Harriet gave one last appeal to members to sell tickets to Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Happy $'s: Jeff Hata, Harriet Clune, Kris Hansen, Tobias Hildebrand, Bob Harrell and Midge Stork.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Gray.
Meeting October 26, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 19, 2017
Past President Jim Word rang the bell and invited everyone to lunch ... guests and visiting Rotarians to the head of the line.
 
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tim Blackwell gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Ashley Pope introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Melody O'Leary-Namikas was Deborah Mansfield.
 
Past President Jim thanked Bill Spellman and Vance Thompson for greeting and Laura Shannon for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that the Opportunity drawing was a $50 gift certificate to SpiceTopia from Ashley Pope.
 
Steve Harbison gave our Joke of the Day.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Amber Stevens reminded us that the Community Service Meeting would be on October 24th at the YMCA at 6:00 pm.
 
Jeff Hata passed around the current Duty Roster sign up sheet as well as the job assignment sheet for Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Joe Strohman told us that we would be recognizing our Veterans on November 9th so if you served in the military, wear something from your service.
 
Greg Frye would not let us forget about Poinsettia sales. Please get out and secure orders.
 
Joe Strohman and Margarida Eidson presented long time Poinsettia Pavilion employee, Hector Andrade, with a well deserved Employee of the Quarter plaque.
Jeff Hata presented Ashley Pope with a Paul Harris Award on behalf of the club. Congratulations Ashley!!!
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh and Bill Spellman.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Blackwell.
Meeting October 19, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 12, 2017
President Elect Jeff stood in for President Harriet today who is off in sunny Hawaii!!!
 
Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Vance Thompson.
 
Kathy McGee introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Bob Noville took care of the opportunity drawing today which was a $50 gift card to Aloha Steakhouse donated by Bob Noville.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Joke of the Day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song of the day.
 
PE Jeff announced a class for the people working the bar and the welcome table for October 19th from 6:00 - 8:00 here at the Poinsettia Pavilion. The class will be conducted by Project Safer and you will receive a certification good for 2 years upon completion of the test. A sign up sheet was passed around for volunteers to sign-up.
 
The Rotary Club of Oxnard is hosting an Octoberfest on October 19th in Oxnard. Details are in the "Events" section of our website.
 
President Jeff thanked everyone who attended or worked at the District Conference. It was a well attended event by our club and it was great to see many of our new members in attendance or helping out. President Jeff asked attendees to say what impressed them most about the event.
 
Happy $'s: Bill Hicks, Bruce McGee, Melody O'Leary-Namikas and Carol Marquez.
 
Bob Noville conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag!
 
Meeting October 12, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
 
We are continuing to accept gently worn shoes to send to Funds2Org. They will pay Mossyfootd $.40 a pound. When we get enough shoes,
I could use help with bagging them.
Thanks,
Sharon
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 05, 2017
Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Bruce McGee.
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting from Ventura-South was Don McDonald, former member, Jim Baroca was also visiting today.
 
Don McDonald spoke about the Trivia Contest hosted by The Rotary Club of Ventura-South to benefit the literacy program put on by the Ventura County Library.
 
President Harriet asked for volunteers and got enough people to make two teams.
 
President Harriet thanked Bob Noville for greeting today.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Cafe Fiore.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Bill Spellman announced that all of our spots for RYLA have been filled.
 
Greg Frye spoke about Poinsettia orders.
 
Joe Strohman said that the Military Collaborative is in need of a new space. If you know of any vacancies, please let Joe know. Joe also let us know that Tom Hashbarger is working on a program to honor our military veteran's. Joe's last announcement was that Margarida would be honoring Hector with an Employee of the Quarter award next week.
 
President Harriet passed around a sign up sheet for Nightmare on the Hill work duties.
 
President Harriet was also passing around a condolences card for Lee Albee who passed away last week. Lee was a very long time member of our club.
 
The trivia contest at Garman's Pub was a lot of fun and 2 of our 3 team's won prizes!!! The team of President Harriet, Bob Pazen and Rich Stewart came in second and the team of Wendy Pazen, Dave Anderson, Colin Hoag and Dick and Mary Gallagher came in 3rd.
 
The District survey is out, please answer it. It's only 1 question so it won't take long to complete.
 
The catering committee being led by Carolyn Diacos has 4 bids. There will be a committee meeting after our club meeting today. Tastings from 2 caterers have been arranged and a decision will be reached soon.
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh, Jeff Hata, Kris Hansen, Wendy Pazen, Tobias Hildebrand and Tom Hashbarger.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville.
 
Meeting October 5, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 28, 2017
Awards presented by District Governor John Weiss and President Harriet Clune.
 
Paul Harris Fellowships:
Kris Hansen
 
Olivia Strohman
 
Not pictured: Bob Lynn
 
Paul Harris Service Awards
Devere "Pete" Gallagher
 
Joe Strohman
 
Jeff Hata
 
Awards Jeff Hata 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 28, 2017
We were led in the Salute to the Flag today by Kathy McGee
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Gray introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Bob Lynn was Marise Gartner, guest of Tobias Hildebrand was Mark Stallmaker, guest of Joe Strohman was Rotaract President Olivia Strohman, guest of Kris Hansen was Michelle Morter and guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel.
 
Also visiting today was Diana Davis and visiting from Ventura-Downtown was Dale Jaedtke.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $75 gift card to Bonzai Marina Sushi.
 
President Harriet thanked David Morris and John Masterson for greeting then David Morris gave our Joke of the Day.
 
John Borneman led us in our Song of the Day.
 
Tom Swan spoke about all the flags hanging in the room today and the tradition of club flags.
 
President Harriet thanked everyone who attended the reception for D.G. John Weiss.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about PRLS and what the program was. The district will be holding an Introduction to Rotary Class in conjunction with the District Conference next Friday from 1:00 - 3:00. Carolyn Diacos, Margarida Eidson, Sharon Daly and Tobias Hildebrand said they wanted to attend.
 
President Harriet and District Governor John Weiss passed out some awards.
Bob Lynn and Kris Hansen were recognized with a Paul Harris Awards and Joe Strohman recognized his daughter Olivia with a Paul Harris Award.
 
Jeff Hata, Joe Strohman and Pete Gallagher were recognized with Paul Harris Service Awards.
 
Midge Stork conducted our drawing and the lucky winner was Tom Hashbarger.
 
District Governor John Weiss gave his presentation to the club.
Meeting September 28, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 21, 2017
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Greg Jones.
 
President Harriet thanked Sharon Daly for greeting and Amber Stevens and Tim Hughes for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Olive Garden donated by Tom Swan.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Harriet recognized our members who volunteered some of their time last Saturday for United Ways Day of Caring. President Harriet shared a story about a volunteer who took a picture of President Harriet, Rich Stewart and Jeff Burgh and then realized that they were Rotarians. As it turns out the picture taker was a past Rotary Scholarship recipient and said that they could not have gone to college without the scholarship!
 
Announcements: President Harriet said that we could get either December 27th or December 28th for Rose Parade Float decorating times. There was a clip board going around and based on which day and time slot was most popular that would be the day we go.
 
The Disitrict Conference is October 6th - 8th. Members will get $50 back from the club if they register.
 
The reception for District Governor John Weiss will be Monday at the Ventura Yacht Club, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.
 
October 11th there will be a succulent party at the Pazen's to make raffle prizes for Nightmare on the Hill.
 
President Harriet has been meeting with the Presidents in our group and our offer for group rates on Nightmare on the Hill tickets have been well received.
 
Happy $'s: Rich Stewart, Sam Marsh, Jeff Hata and Bill Gray.
Meeting September 21, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 14, 2017
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was deliverd by Bill Crookston.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Bill Spellman.
 
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
President Harriet thanked Amber Landis-Stover for Greeting and taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our opportunity drawing was a $50 gift card to Aloha Steak House donated by Bob Noville.
 
Laura Shannon gave our joke of the day.
 
President Harriet read a thank you note from one of our 4 Way Test Essay winners.
 
Avenues of Service:
 
Joe Strohman thanked everyone who came out to support Rotaract at Leashless Brewing last night.
 
Greg Jones spoke about Student of the Quarter and asked for volunteers to sponsor the students.
 
Greg Frye spoke about Poinsettia sales and asked everyone to get out and sell, sell, sell...
 
Todd Juvonen spoke about the United Way Day of Caring this Saturday and thanked all the volunteers in advance for helping out. Todd also said that the next Community Service meeting would be on September 26th at 6:00 pm at the YMCA.
 
Jim Word passed around 2 flyers for the Ventura County Museum, one was information about becoming a docent and the other was for a lecture series at the Museum.
 
President Harriet announced that we would be participating in the Ventura-South Trivia contest. The proceeds from this fundraiser go towards Ventura County Literacy projects.
 
President Harriet also passed around a clipboard to sign up for the District Governor's reception on September 25th.
 
The District Conference is almost here and it's a great way to meet other Rotarian's in our district. The cost for the conference is $199 and the club will reimburse members $25 if they attend.
 
Joe Strohman conducted an interview with Ayn Devera, Ayn's last requirement to get her blue badge. After the interview was completed, President Harriet presented Ayn with her blue badge! Congratulations Ayn!
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Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Tim Blackwell.
 
Alison Thompson introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. 
 
Guest of Bill Spellman was Lynn Van Emmerick and guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
President Harriet thanked Carolyn Diacos and Amber Landis-Stover for greeting and Margarida Eidson for taking attendance today.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Casa Bella from Kathy McGee.
 
Bruce McGee gave our joke of the day.
 
President Harriet thanked Carolyn Diacos, Juan Mendoza, John Masterson, Tom Hashbarger, Margarida Eidson & Bob Noville for volunteering to help review our menu selections and caterers.
 
Kathy McGee passed around the duty roster sign up sheet.
 
Bill Spellman asked for the names of potential RYLA students.
 
Amber Stevens reviewed the United Way's Day of Caring on September 16th.
 
Judy Hoag spoke about Poinsettia sales and reviewed our upcoming Nicaragua trip.
 
Jeff Hata let us know that Nightmare on the Hill tickets are available and that we would like for each club member to sell 4 tickets. Jeff also went over what PRLS is and said he would like to see 3 - 4 people taking PRLS this year.
 
Husam Hishmeh also spoke about Nightmare on the Hill and also said he would match the first $500 in club donations for hurricane relief.
 
Joe Strohman thanked the club for our donation to Rotaract's upcoming Mexico build and spoke about the Rotaract Fundraiser at Leashless Brewing on October 13th from 6 to close.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the fundraiser for the Botanical Gardens on Friday.
 
Kris Hansen spoke about membership. We have had many quality members come into the club lately and we need to keep inviting potential members.
 
President Harriet reminded everyone about Trivia Night at Garman's Pub and also D.G. John Weiss's visit on September 28th. If you are on the Board of Directors we will have a meeting with D.G. John Weiss at 11:00 on September 28th.
 
President Harriet also let us know about a 3 Club Social at the Ventura Yacht Club on September 25 at 5:00.
 
We are trying to get a slot on September 30th from 8 - 4 to decorate the Rotary Rose Parade Float.
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Carolyn Diacos!
 
 
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Tim Hughes led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by Husam Hishmeh.
 
President Harriet informed us that Past President Steve Tucker had passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. There was a card being passed around for members to sign to send to Steve's wife.
 
President Harriet also asked us to keep the people of Houston and all of Texas in our thoughts and prayers.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Joke of the Week.
 
President Harriet thanked David Morris and Carolyn Diacos for greeting today.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Harriet presented Carolyn Diacos with her blue badge.
 
President Harriet thanked Bob Crookston for the College Football theme idea for todays meeting.
 
Tim Hughes, Jeff Hata, Bruce McGee & Greg Frye took a few moments to ask some football trivia questions.
 
Amber Stevens spoke about the United Way's Day of Caring on September 16th. There are 3 projects that we will participate in.
 
Husam Hishmeh let us know that Victor Cai will be passing through on his unicycle trip from San Francisco to Santa Monica. 
 
Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill and PRLS.
 
President Harriet reminded us about the Trivia Night at Garman's Pub. It looks like we will have two teams of men and women participating that evening.
 
President Harriet went of the survey results. We scored 95% in July and 83% in August, but only about 20% of the club responded to the questionnaire.  Please take the time to respond when it comes out. The questionnaire is only 1 question so it doesn't take a lot of time to do.
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Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute
 
Our Inspirational Message was delivered by John Borneman
 
President Harriet introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Joe Strohman was Rotaract President Olivia Strohman.
 
President Harriet thanked Melody O'Leary-Namikas & Vance Thompson for greeting.
 
Midge Stork announced our raffle prize was wine from Labyrinth Winery donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Bob Pazen gave our Joke of the Day.
 
Wendy Pazen announced that there will be a trivia night social at Garman's Pub on October 3rd at 6:00.
 
Kris Hansen inducted Carolyn Diacos into our club.
 
Avenues of Service:
Bill Spellman spoke about RYLA and asked club members if they had High School Juniors to nominate to go this year.
 
Jeff Hata said that there will be a Nightmare on the Hill meeting Wednesday October 30th at Panera Bread in Ventura at 11:30.
 
Judy Hoag spoke about Poinsettia Sales.
 
Midge Stork announced a fundraiser for the Ventura Botanical Gardens.
 
Joe Strohman introduced Olivia Strohman who then made a presentation about the upcoming Mexico build that Rotaract does every year.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Juan Gonzales.
 
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Bill Gray led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura was Hutch. Guest of the club was Carolyn Diacos.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Harriet thanked Greg Jones and Bob Noville for greeting.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by Wendy Pazen.
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day.
 
John Borneman led us in our song.
 
Avenues of Service:
 
Club Service - Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Youth Service - Bill Spellman let us know that we needed to get the names by the end of September for our RYLA participants.
 
Community Service - Todd Juvonen spoke about the Community Service kick off meeting last week. Todd invited everyone to come to the YMCA between 2 & 4 for the Operation Splash Back to School Bash. Also in the morning there will be a shopping trip for City Center children to buy back to school clothes.
 
President Harriet asked the BBQ team to stand and be recognized for the social at Limonera. Everyone had a great time and we should do this event again!
 
President Harriet then asked the participants for the Back Pack project to stand and be recognized.
 
President Harriet presented Joe Strohman with a check for the Club Foundation for members who made monthly contributions last year.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Margarida Eidson!
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Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our Inspirational Message was given by Rich Stewart.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting from the Rotary Club of Ojai West was Mike Caldwell, Lillian Tally and Ross Atkinson. Guest of Melody O'Leary-Namikas was Deborah Mansfiled. Guest of Steve Harbison was Mark Harbison. Guest of Rich Stewart was Carolyn Burns and John Stover. Guest of the Club was Carolyn Dicos.
 
Mike Caldwell spoke about the Rotary Club of Ojai-West. Their biggest fundraiser is the Ojai Wine Festival and this year they netted about $69,000.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ donated by Bill Spellman.
 
President Harriet thanked our greeter, Kathy McGee and Margarida Eidson for taking attendance.
 
Jeff Hata gave our joke of the day.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Kathy McGee passed around the duty roster. Please sign up for empty spots!
 
Husam Hishmeh reminded everyone about the Fair Parade Saturday and also the Board meeting on Tuesday.
 
Community Service, Amber Stevens said that the Botanical Gardens needed volunteers for an event on September 8th for a beer tasting event. They need volunteers to check in and check ID's.
 
Bill Spellman let us know that we need to get our RYLA participants lined up.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill. Jeff thanked Jordan Eller and Laura Shannon for signing up as sponsors!
 
President Harriet went over what we were going to do at Limonera next week. Remember there will not be a meeting at the Poinsettia Pavilion next week.
 
President Harriet also spoke about the District Conference coming in October. We will have a project table to show off our International Projects.
 
President Harriet presented Steve Harbison with his Blue Badge.
 
Kris Hansen inducted two new members, Amber Landis-Stover and Margarida Eidson. Amber's sponsor is Rich Stewart and Margarida's sponsor is Jeff Hata.
 
President Harriet thanked Kris for his help with the Friends of the Library last week! President Harriet also spoke about going to see "Anything Goes" last week in Ojai. Bill Spellman was very versatile filling a few roles in the play. 
 
President Harriet let us know that DG John Weiss had cancer surgery and is recovering well.
 
Carolyn Diacos has submitted her application and will be published for approval.
 
Happy $'s: Sam Marsh, Rich Stewart, Tom Swan, David Morris, Harriet Clune and Bill Spellman.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Laura Shannon.
 
 
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Husam Hishmeh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Greg Frye thanked Amy Towner for setting up our offiste meeting. The hospital was under going state certification testing so we really appreciated being allowed to tour while all that was going on.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of Bob Pazen was Carolyn Diacos. Guests of the club were Margarida Eidson and Amber Landis-Stover. Guest of Margarida Eidson was Mary Jackson.
 
Bruce McGee gave out instructions for those going to see "Anything Goes" in Ojai Friday. Bruce also spoke about the club social at Limonera on August 10th.
 
President Harriet said we will have visitors from Ojai West next week to see how we recruit new members. 
 
President Harriet told us about a community service opportunity Friday and Saturday. The Library is moving into their Hill Road facility and will need help moving books.  Kris Hansen has volunteered the use of his van and it would be nice if we had a few more members help out.
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Pictures from Sharon Daly on her travels through Ethiopia for the Mossy Foot Project.
 
 
Kids at one of our shoe distributions. They were so good and patient waiting. 
 
Wubitu (means "she is beautiful ") is one of our clinic workers and a former patient.
 
Checking in children from MF families who are registered to get shoes. The work goes on rain or shine.
 
More kids at another clinic waiting to get shoes.
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Kris Hansen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
John Masterson gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tom Swan introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Our current Ventura Rotaract Vice President, Parker Jellison visited today. Guest of Bill Klope was Mauricio Lito, guest of Greg Jones was Eric Bolland, guest of Joe Strohman was Patty Bolland and guest of Bob Pazen was Carolyn Diacos.
 
President Harriet thanked Jeff Burgh for greeting and Laura Shannon for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a bottle red and a bottle of white wine graciously donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Greg Frye delivered our joke of the day and then spoke about our offsite meeting next week. Please be at the Pavilion by 11:45 and VCMC will be shuttling us to our meeting place. Parking is very limited at VCMC so, please take the shuttle.
 
John Borneman led us in our song.
 
Jeff Hata poilled the club on whether to do our traditional Christmas Party's at a member's home or business or to do a joint party with Downtown and South. A majority of the members wished to do the joint party.
 
President Harriet presented Past President Husam Hishmeh with his Past President's badge.
 
President Harriet went over annual donations to the R.I. Foundation, RCVE Club Foundation and Fines. Each member was asked to complete the forms that were passed out and turn them in.
 
Dave Anderson gave an update on where we are with the GoCare Global Grant. The first two phases of the grant have been completed and funded. The third and last phase is in process.
 
Happy $'s: Joe Strohman, Kevin Daly, John Borneman, Jeff Burgh, Kris Hansen, Bill Spellman and Mauricio Lito.
 
Amber Stevens announced the YMCA 5K on July 29th.
 
Rotaract VP Parker Jellison did a presentation on Rotaracts upcoming Mexico build.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Melody O'Leary Namikas.
Meeting July 20, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-07-20 07:00:00Z 0
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Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Ashley Pope gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Visiting from the Rotary Club of Camarillo was President Bob Harrell. Guest of Jeff Burgh was Renee Higgins. Guests of Jim Emch were his granddaughters Aiden Carter and Alice Potter. Guest of the club was Margarida Eidson and guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
President Harriet thanked Bob Noville for bringing a wireless mike setup for us to try and Ayn Devera for greeting. President Harriet also thanked Greg Frye for taking attendance.
 
Midge Stork said that our raffle prize was a gift card to Sprouts donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Dave Morris gave our joke of the day.
 
President Harriet presented Husam Hishmeh with a badge proclaiming Husam Hishmeh as our club "Friendship Ambassador."
 
Kathy McGee passed around a clip board for duty roster sign ups.
 
Margarida Eidson announced the Poinsettia Pavilion's birthday party on October 21st!
 
Todd Juvonen spoke about the attendance and make-up policy.
 
President Harriet passed out district pins to those who hadn't received them already.
 
Avenues of service:
Vocational Service - Joe Strohman asked for members to make Vocational Employee of the Quarter nominations.
 
Community Service - Amber Stevens told us about two upcoming opportunities: United Way Day of Caring and the YMCA's Operation Splash Graduation Party.
 
Club Service - Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill scheduled for October 28th.
 
Youth Service - Jeff Hata asked for volunteers for Interact and Rotaract Advisors. We would like two people for each position. Joe Strohman will fill one of the Rotaract Advisor positions.
 
Husam Hishmeh apologized to the club for missing the Push-em Pull-em Parade and announced he would like to start an new Avenue of Service to take care of the elderly.
 
Vance Thompson announced an artist showcase from an artist at the Wave.
 
Bruce McGee thanked Jordan Eller, Steve Harbison, Tim Hughes, Vance Thompson and Tom Swan for helping with the BBQ trailer cleanup.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Harriet let us know that there is a trip to Nicaragua in the planning stages for November 5 - 11th.
 
President Harriet read a note from GoCare thanking the club for our donations to help Indiana's son.
 
Happy $'s Bill Spellman
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President Harriet rang the bell with the "HUGE" hammer she brought since she wasn't given a gavel after which the club promptly walked out. (This is a tradition at Ventura-East for the President's first meeting)
 
After order was restored, Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Vance Thompson delivered our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Rich Stewart.
 
Guests of Joe Strohman were two summer interns from his office Miguel & Aida. Guest of Rich Stewart was Amber Landistover.
 
President Harriet thanked Greg Jones for greeting, Vance Thompson for taking attendance and Midge Stork for handling the raffle.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Joke of the Day.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Lure donated by Mike Martin.
 
The Avenues of Service all gave a brief recap of what they wanted to accomplish in the coming year.
 
Happy $'s: Rich Stewart, Kevin Daly, Bill Spellman, Tobias Hildebrand and John Borneman.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Harriet said that we should plan on attending the District Conference October 6-8 at the Ventura Beach Marriot. There will probably be jobs that need to be filled for this event. President Harriet will keep us informed.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our luck winner was Tom Swan.
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Nancy Schram spoke about the new library on the east side which will be on Hill St. Kathy Thompson from Friends of the Library was also here. Kathy told us that Friends of the Library has made a $200,000 commitment to the Hill St. Library. Kathy told us that Friends of the Library has been around for 50 years and asked the club for muscle to help move books for a used book sale. 
 
President Husam led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of Bill Klope was is Granddaughter Elizabeth Oldenstock. Guest of Joe Strohman was his daughters Olivia, Hannah and Marie.
 
President Husam and Past President Bruce McGee passed out some awards that were late in arriving. President Husam also told us that we received a "Gold Club of Distinction" award and also a "Membership Achievement" award.
 
President Husam read a thank you letter from Trevor Godfrey, a scholarship recipient this year.
 
President Husam also thanked everyone who attended the Step-Down dinner.
 
P.E. Harriet Clune passed around a clip board with roster information and asked everyone to correct any "bad" info!
 
Todd Juvonen reported on the Push-em Pull-em parade and said that we need more volunteers to cover the intersections. The most important part of our job is to keep traffic off Main Street until the parade is over.
 
Olivia Strohman, incoming Rotaract President, reported on upcoming projects for the next year, Mexico Build in November, Christmas Party at the City Center. Olivia also thanked the club for all the support we gave last year and presented President Husam with a framed picture.
 
Midge Stork said that the raffle prize was donated by John Masterson and that the prize would remain a secret until the drawing.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Bill Hicks gave an update on Monte Widders. Monte is doing well and is cancer free!
 
Happy $'s: Bruce McGee, Bob Lynn, John Masterson, Husam Hishmeh, Kris Hansen, Bill Spellman and Sam Marsh.
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Laura Shannon led us in the Flag Salute.
 
The Inspirational Message was delivered by Jeff Hata.
 
President Husam thanked the club for a great year
 
Our raffle prize was a gift card to Cafe Fiore donated by Bill Gray.
 
President Husam reminded us that we will be dark next we because of the Step Down Dinner at the Tower Club.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians today were:
 
Rosanna Colin President of the Rotary Club of Ventura-South.
 
Michelle Cekov had Jeanette and Indiana from GoCare Nicaragua as her guests today.
 
Indiana thanked the club for the money we gave to her for her son.
 
Jeannette gave a recap on our projects. Jeannette is a Rotarian in Nicaragua.
 
Jeanette gave a big thank you to the club of all the ongoing support for their projects. This year they will serve 2,600 kids and adults about double last year. GoCare will also complete the construction on their new vocational center.
 
People are seeing how life has changed and are noticing the difference. Thank you for everything!
 
President Husam said that the attire for the step down is business.
 
Tim Hughes read a card from a scholarship recipient. Claire Hansen
 
Bill Gray said that the RCVE Foundation approved the $50,000 grant to the Rotary Project at the Botanical Gardens.
 
Todd Juvonen reminded us that the Community Service meeting will be next Wednesday at 5:30. Amber Stevens will be Community Service Director for 2017-18
 
Laura has the duty roster for July. Please sign up
 
Bob Pazen announced the G.O. of Ventura Pharmacy.
 
Jeff Burgh said that the VCMC has had it's ribbon cutting.
 
Joke of the day John Borneman
 
Joe Strohman interviewed 2 new members. Dave Morris & Greg Jones
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was President Husam
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The Rotary Club of Ventura-East awarded 16 scholarships to local Ventura High School Seniors in the amount of $50,000 total. Congratulations to all of our recipients!
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P.E. Harriet Clune stepped in for President Husam who was out golfing today with Kris Hansen & Bruce McGee!
 
John Masterson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Joke of the Day.
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. John Godfrey and his son Trevor along with Trevor's friend Emma were visiting today. Trevor will be receiving a scholarship from the club next week. Ken Kagan brought his daughter Sarah and visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura was Hutch.
 
P.E. Harriet thanked Kathy McGee for taking attendance today.
 
Avenues of service, no announcements today.
 
Tom Swan told everyone about Roxanne Nomura's Memorial Service on June 17th.  Tom also reminded everyone about our Step Down dinner on June 22nd at the Tower Club. The district Step Down luncheon will be on June 24th at Los Robles Greens in Thousand Oaks.
 
Michelle Cekov spoke about Indiana's son who had a terrible accident and was burned. There is an incredible burn center at the Palace Hospital in Nicaragua. Michelle let us know that Indiana will be here in two weeks for a GoCare meeting.
 
P.E. Harriet welcomed Tobias Hildebrand back and gave condolences for the passing of his mother.
 
Jordan Eller spoke about our scholarship presentations next week and thanked the committee which was comprised of Tim Hughes, Amber Stevens, Tobias Hildebrand, Michelle Cekov and Ken Kagan. We will be recognizing 13 students next week.
 
P.E. Harriet let us know Jim Emch had surgery on his ankle 2 weeks ago.
 
Kathy McGee spoke about President Husam's demotion. Bruce McGee would like to do a roast of President Husam. Please send any and all ideas to Bruce McGee.
 
The Push-em Pull-em parade is coming July 4th. A sign up sheet was passed for intersection/traffic control.
 
P.E. Harriet said that there were two vacancies on the current board that President Husam is filling with Melody - O'Leary-Namikas and Rich Stewart.
 
Happy $'s: Rich Stewart, Melody O'Leary-Namikas, Carol Marquez-Olson, Michelle Cekov, Jeff Hata and John Borneman.
 
Rich Stewart have a brief bio on John Borneman.
 
Todd Juvonen reminded the present board and next year's board that there will be a social at President Husam's parent's house.
 
Todd Juvonen also announced that Amber Steven's will be taking over as Community Service director next year.
 
Our raffle prize today was a gift card to Lure graciously donated by Melody O'Leary-Namikas and our lucky winner was Sarah Kagan!
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Bob Lynn led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Hashbarger gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Laura Shannon gave our Joke of the Day.
 
President Husam thanked Ashley Pope for greeting today.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of Joe Strohman  was Jane Monahue. Guest of the club was Greg Jones.
 
President Husam had purchased 10 tickets to the Ojai Wine Festival and then realized he had a conflict. President Husam asked for donations for his tickets and he would donate all the proceeds to GoCare's employee, Indiana's sone who was burned very severely with hot water and needs funds to get care at the hospital.
 
Laura Shanon bought 4 tickets for a donation of $200
David Morris bought 2 tickets for a donation of $100
Bill Spellman donated $100 and didn't want any tickets.
Carol Marquez bought 2 tickets for $100
Wendy Pazen bought 2 tickets for $100.
 
Greg Jones was inducted into the club by Joe Strohman and Bruce McGee.
 
President Husam celebrated Rotary's birthday with an ice cream cake! President Husam went around the room and asked each member how long they have been in Rotary.
 
Next week will be our scholarship presentations so our meeting will be in the Ventura Room.
 
Jordan Eller reported that Downtown has agreed to the contribute $50,000 to the Botanical Gardens project so each club in Ventura will be donating $50,000 to the project over the next 2 years.
 
Todd Juvonen said that the YMCA would be doing a beach cleanup on C Street / Surfers Point on May 27th. The Rotaract Pizza Fundraiser was a huge success raising $1,350 to Rotaract's Mexico Build in November.
 
Rich Stewart, Harriet Clune, Kathy McGee and Ashley Pope all read thank you letters from our RYLA participants.
 
We had two raffle prizes today, a $50 Trader Joe's gift card and a $50 Wood Ranch gift card. Bob Noville won the Trader Joe's card and Laura Shanon won the Wood Ranch card. We collected $800 today and President Husam donated another $200 to make an even 1,000.
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Posted on May 22, 2017
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.” 
 
 
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Posted by Jeff Hata on May 18, 2017
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.
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Posted by Jeff Hata on May 11, 2017
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.
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Posted on May 11, 2017
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.
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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.
 
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Two of our RYLA participants spoke about their RYLA experience.
l-r Andy McCombs & Omar Bawab.
Omar received one of the RYLA scholarships that were awarded.
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Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Husam gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Husam acknowledged the club members who participated in the Rotarian's at Work Day at the Botanical Gardens. It was estimated that 2 truck loads of weeds were removed from the trails that morning. Great job everyone!!!
 
We had 3 guests of the club today. They were David Morris, Greg Jones and Bill Klope.
 
Announcements:
Jordan Eller reported that we had 15 scholarship applications turned in. Scholarship interviews will be starting on May 15th and Jordan will need a few volunteers to help directing the students at the interview location.
 
Jordan Eller also reported on the Rotary Site at the Ventura Botanical Gardens project. We need $125,000 to break ground on the project. Ventura-South's Foundation has approved a $50,000 donation to the project with the agreement that Ventura-East's and Downtown's Foundations match this donation within 2 years. Downtown's Foundation has agreed to match so our Foundation needs to decide what they want to do.
 
President Husam reminded the board that the next board meeting will be Wednesday May 10th. Todd Juvonen said that the next Community Service meeting will be at Rotaract's Pizza Fundraiser.
 
Joke of the day was given by Jeff Hata followed by John Borneman.
 
John Borneman then led us in our song of the day.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that next Thursday's meeting would be Student of the Quarter and the 4 Way Test Essay contest awards.
 
Joe Strohman also reminded Avenue of Service Directors to turn in their District Awards forms.
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Bob Lynn led us in the Flag Salute.
 
John Borneman gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bob Pazen gave our joke of the week.
 
Mike Martin donated a $50 gift card to Trader Joe's.
 
Happy $[s: Bob Pazen & Midge Stork.
 
Announcements: The Boatanical Gardens clean up day is Saturday. There are about 60 Rotarians from the 3 clubs signed up.
 
Rotaract is having an all you can eat pizza night to fund their Mexico build coming up in November.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag.
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Bob Pazen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tim Blackwell gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians were introduced by Joe Strohman
 
Guest of the club was Greg Jones. Guest of Joe Strohman was Hannah Strohman. Guest of Bill Crookston was Miles and guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
President Husam lamented about his recent trip to New York and Boston with his daughters to look at possible colleges to attend. President Husam doesn't know why kids want to go away to college...
 
Jordan Eller announced that we only received 15 scholarship applications this year, an all time low. We received 8 applications from Buena, 1 from El Camino, 3 from Foothill and 3 repeat requests.
 
Past Rotaract President Victor Cai spoke about his fundraiser. Victor will be riding his unicycle 525 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 8 Days. Note to Victor, the ride is not all downhill!
Victor pledged to match any donations up to $300 total.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Casa De Soria.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the 4 Way Test Essay winners will be announced on May 11th and we will also be doing Student of the Quarter that day.
 
Joe Strohman also asked all the Avenues of Service Directors to fill out their awards forms. Joe also showed a picture of Pete Gallagher from a book on the History of Ventura County.
 
Melody O'Leary-Namikas delivered our joke of the day, followed by John Masterson and Bob Pazen.
 
Rotaract is doing a fundraiser for the Mexico Build on May 17th from 6 - 10. All you can eat pizza for $10 at the Dominoes on Telephone & Petit.
 
Todd Juvonen said that the last Community Service meeting revisited socials. Our Rotarians at Work Day is April 29th. The YMCA will be doing a work day on the 21st from 2 - 5 at the Botanical Gardens.
 
Bruce McGee passed a sign up sheet around for the work day and announced that the Step Down Dinner would be June 22nd at the Tower Club. More info to follow.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
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Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of the club was Ashley Pope and guest of Ashley was her brother in law Bob Harrell. Guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel, guest of Joe Strohman was Greg Jones, guest of Husam Hishmeh was Annette Garcia, guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly, guest of Tom Swan was Brett Russell and guest of Rich Stewart was Amber Landis-Stover.
 
Visiting Rotarian from Ventura-Downtown was Brenda Allison.
 
Kris Hansen gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Trader Joes donated by Bob Noville.
 
Tim Blackwell led Ashley Pope's induction ceremony. Welcome to the club Ashley!
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Bruce McGee reminded us about the Botanical Gardens work day on April 29th.
 
Joe Strohman said that the 4 Way Test Essays have been judged and the awards will be in May.
 
Jordan Eller said that he has received one scholarship application so far.
 
Vance Thompson gave our joke of the day.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Crookston.
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Past President Bruce McGee led our meeting today for President Husam who was doing a college tour with his family in Boston and New York.
 
Bill Gray led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests today were guest of the club, Ashley Pope and Ayn DeVera. Guest of Kris Hansen was Annette Garcia. Guest of Jordan Eller was Hiro and guest of Joe Strohman was Greg Jones.
 
John Borneman led us in the song of the day.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message and the joke of the day.
 
P.P. Bruce McGee thanked all the board members who attended the district training last weekend.
 
Bill Hicks said that the Casitas Water District is taking over Golden State Water and are looking to finally hook into state water. Lake Casitas is now at 44% capacity.
 
Bill Hicks also let us know that Monte Widders is now cancer free and recovering! We hope to see you soon Monte.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was our speaker Gary Caveletto.
 
Our speaker today was Gary Caveletto who spoke about his history as an NFL referee.
 
l-r Past President Bruce McGee, Gary Caveletto, Greg Frye.
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Who is this handsome Rotarian??? 2017-04-04 07:00:00Z 0
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Tom Hashbarger led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests today: Guests of the Club were Ashley Pope & Ayn DeVera. Guest of Bill Crookston was Steven Morris and guest of Ashley Pope was her brother in-law Bob Harrell.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Trader Joes donated by Mike Martin.
 
President Husam reminded us about the District Training this Saturday and that the board meeting was rescheduled to April 12th.
 
Kathy McGee was passing around a sign up sheet for the Rotarian at work day.
 
Harriet Clune was passing a sign up sheet for the Ojai Wine Festival on June 11th.
 
Harriet Clune also went over the results of the survey she passed out last week.
 
Joe Strohman spoke about the Rotaract Easter Egg Hunt at the City Center on April 15th and the water symposium his firm is hosting.
 
Rich Stewart asked for volunteers to drive for Job Shadow in 2 weeks.
 
John Borneman gave our Inspirational Message and our song of the week.
 
Greg Frye spoke about our speakers for the last quarter of the year and that our speaker next week will be a NFL Referee.
 
Midge Stork did our raffle and the lucky winner was Melody Namikas.
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Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Tom Hashbarger gave our Invocation today.
 
P.E. Harriet Clune asked everyone to fill out the surveys on everyone's table and return them to her at the end of the meeting.
 
President Husam said that the club has finally hired a bookkeeper and that person is none other then Todd Juvonen. Jeff Burgh our club Treasurer said that Todd does the job so spectacularly why would we want to hire anyone else? Congratulations Todd.
 
President Husam also informed us that as of April 1st club dues are being raised $10/member. 
 
Tom Swan encouraged all incoming board members to attend the district training on April 1st.
 
Harriet Clune read an invitation form the Ojai West to come join them at their wine festival. If we purchase 10 - 19 tickets we will get a 10% discount and 20 or more tickets the discount will be 20%.
 
Todd Juvonen spoke about the Community Service meeting last week. The goal for Rotary International is to plant a tree for every member.
 
Kathy McGee told us about the upcoming work day at the Botanical Gardens on April 29th with the Downtown and South clubs. The work day will be from 8:30 - 12:00 with lunch at Rotary Plaza.
 
Judy Hoag has arranged for a tour on April 15th of WWII military hardware at her brother's in Utah. The pieces are being sold so this will be the last time to see them all together.
 
Joe Strohman spoke about the Ferguson, Case, Orr, Paterson symposium on water.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was $50 cash donated by President Husam.
 
Joe Strohman announced that Job Shadow will be April 13th.
 
John Borneman led us in a song and also gave our joke of the week.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Rich Stewart.
 
Guests of the club today were Bill Klope, Ayn Devera & Ashley Pope.
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Todd Juvonen / Carol Marquez-Olson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Mike Martin introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Our guests were Angelina Lopez, Sandra Buga, Coral Hansen, Cheryl Connery, Rima Hishmeh, Deborah Roberts, Larry Stevenson, Ashley Pope, Patty Garcia, David Perlman, Jan Baily, Lucille Miller & Bill Klope. Visiting Rotarians were Mario De Piedra, Mike Anderson, Brenda Alison, Hutch & Ben Unseth.
 
Jeff Hata read the Object of Rotary and Joe Strohamn the 4 Way Test.
 
Midge Stork announced that we had 2 raffle prizes today. The first was a St. Patty's Day Golf Gift Basket filled with lots of good stuff to help you celebrate St. Patrick's day donated by Rich Stewart and the second prize was a $50 gift card to Aloha Steakhouse.
 
Bob Lynn gave our joke of the day.
 
Harriet Clune shared what our club does. Our motto is Service Above Self and we do many projects which include Polio Plus, GoCare in Nicaragua, Operation Splash with the YMCA, Push-em Pull-em parade, City Center, Military Families at Christmas, Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, Foodshare Canned Tree drive, 4 Way Test Essay contest and more.
 
President Husam spoke about the Rotary Cruise. 30 people had the best time EVER! Thank you to John "Captn Cruise" Masterson for setting it up.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winners were Tim Blackwell and Husam Hishmeh!
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President Elect Harriet Clune led our meeting. President Husam and many other members of our club were off cruising to Ensenada, Catalina & Santa Barbara this weekend!
 
Vance Thompson led us in our Flag Salute.
 
Joe Strohman gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tim Hughes gave our Joke of the Day.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
P.E. Harriet let us know that former member of our club Gene Cherry passed away this week. 
 
Todd Juvonen reminded us that the Community Service meeting would be next Wednesday at his office. Todd also passed along a message from Kathy McGee that the Ventura Rotary Clubs would be doing a group work day at the Ventura Botanical Gardens on April 29th. Time TBA.
 
Jim Emch announced our guests and visiting Rotarians. Guests of the club were David Morse and Ashley Pope. Visiting was former member Deborah Roberts. Visiting Rotarian was Norm.
 
Jim Emch also told us that the St. Patricks Day Parade was this Saturday at 10:00 am. The meeting spot is Palm and Thompson.
 
P.E. Harriet told us to look for an article in the Star tomorrow about our upcoming speaker Ron Bamieh. Bill Crookston and Rich Stewart will be heading up PR in Harriet's year.
 
Tim Hughes read a note sent to us from Sabrina who was a scholarship recipient. Sabrina reported that her year was going very well and that she had been selected by her college to study abroad in Spain and in London. She said without the scholarship from our club none of this would have been possible!
 
P.E. Harriet gave information about the upcoming District Training Assembly.
Meeting March 9, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-03-09 08:00:00Z 0
On March 6, 2017, Eugene Cline Cherry, DVM, 80, passed away under the tender care of home hospice surrounded by his loving family.

Born in 1936, Gene was the oldest of four children. The family moved from Kansas to Los Angeles in 1941 where he raised parakeets and pigeons as a youngster. Always a lover of animals, Gene attended UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and fulfilled his dream of becoming a veterinarian in 1963. While at Davis he met and fell in love with Karen Soe, his wife of 55 years.

After graduation, Gene and Karen moved to Palo Alto, California, where they were blessed with the births of their two daughters, Carolyn and Deanna. In 1972, the family moved to Ventura where he bought what would become Buena Animal Hospital. Gene enjoyed over 40 years sharing jokes and puns with his clients along with providing excellent care to their pets.

Gene spent many years working and volunteering in the community including being an early supporter of Project Understanding, as a commissioner for Ventura Parks & Recreation, and as a member of Ventura Rotary-East. During his retirement Gene continued volunteering with the Ventura County Long Term Care Ombudsman Services and Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. The importance of community service was a central belief and he practiced his faith as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ventura, Our Redeemer, Oxnard, and Mt. Cross, Camarillo. Gene wanted everyone to know that he loved his Lord and knew that Jesus loved him. 

Gene had many hobbies including gardening and fishing. He especially enjoyed Ikebana flower arranging and won many blue ribbons for his talents at the Ventura County Fair. He also participated in the local Koi and Bonsai Clubs. In his leisure Gene enjoyed singing along to Barbra Streisand and Rogers & Hammerstein musicals. 

Gene is preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Agnes. He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters, Carolyn and Deanna; granddaughter, Haley; brothers, Ned (Marge) and David (Donay); sister, Susanne Kelley (Cliff) and many other relatives and their children. 

Gene's family thanks Assisted Hospice and Elite Caregivers for their care and kind attention during his last days. 

A visitation will be held at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura, on Friday, March 10, from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm. A Memorial Service will be at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 102 Camino Esplendido, in Camarillo, on Saturday, March 11 at 1:00 pm. Interment will be a private family service at Inglewood Cemetery, Los Angeles. 

In lieu of flowers, Gene's family would appreciate donations be made to Project Understanding (http://www.projectunderstanding.org) or Ventura County Animal Services (http://www.vcas.us). 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
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Greg Frye led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Husam thanked our greeters Melody O'Leary Namikas and P.E. Harriet Clune.
 
Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly and Guest of the Club was Ashley Pope.
 
Harriet Clune let us know about a Master PRLS weekend in Bakersfield. On March 10th - 12th you can have the opportunity to take all 5 Master PRLS classes in one weekend!
 
President Husam thanked the club members who turned out for Ventura-South's Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Turning Point Foundation.
 
Todd Juvonen let us know that the Board Meeting was rescheduled to March 8th and that the Community Service meeting will be on March 15th.
 
There will be a Rotary project coming up in April where all 3 clubs will have a work day at the Botanical Gardens. Details to follow.
 
Joe Strohman said that the 4 Way Test essays have been turned in and that Joe and his group of judges will be reading through them and selecting the winners.
 
Vance Thompson gave our Inspirational Message.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Todays raffle prize was donated by Bob Pazen.
 
John Masterson said the cruise is next week and there are 29 people signed up and ready to go!
 
Jeff Hata told the club about the Magic Show fundraiser at the Poinsettia Pavilion on March 11th.
 
Jeff Hata then gave our joke of the day.
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Nicole Kruetz led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests today were P.D.G. Wade Nomura. Guests of the club were Melody O'Leary Namikas and Steve Harbison. Guest of Carol Marquez-Olson was her niece Maryanne Schindler, guest of Kris Hansen was Moorpark Morning Rotarian Bill Gomez, guest of Michael Martin was Jesse Hancocks, guest of President Husam was Peter Duffy and guests of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel and Ashley Pope. Visiting from Ventura Downtown was Amy Bailey.
 
Tobias Hildebrand gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Our raffle prize today was a gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ graciously donated by Bill Spellman.
 
President Husam reminded us about the Mardi Gras Fundraiser being hosted by Ventura-South on February 26th.
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day and also gave our joke of the day.
 
Tim Blackwell inducted Melody O'Leary Namikas and Steve Harbison into the club.
 
l-r: Melody O'Leary Namikas, Melody's sponsor Midge Stork, Steve Harbison and Steve's sponsor Bill Hicks
 
Bruce McGee and P.D.G. Wade Nomura presented Paul Harris Fellowships to Joe Strohman and Midge Stork from former member Ron Polito, Alison Thompson, Amber Stevens from Jeff Hata and Colin Hoag from Judy Hoag.
 
l-r: P.D.G. Wade Nomura, President Husam Hishmeh, Joe Strohman, Alison Thompson, Amber Stevens, Jeff Hata, Midge Stork & Colin Hoag.
 
Jeff Hata let the club know that former member, Rocky Ludes' mother passed away last week. A memorial service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church on February 23rd at 2:00 pm.
 
President Husam read a thank you letter to the club for finding and returning a portfolio that Godfrey Harris left after speaking to the club a few weeks back. Godfrey sent a $25 donation to the club along with his letter.
 
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Ventura-East Rotarian, Juan "DSongster" Mendoza recently auditioned for the TV Show America's Got Talent!
 
You get em Juan ... hope your phone rings for that call back!!!
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Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guests of the club were Melody O'Leary and Steve Harbison. Visiting from the Rotary Club of Ventura-South were John & Kendall Metina.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tim Blackwell announced that we will be inducting Steve Harbison and Melody O'Leary. Tim also awarded blue badges to Kris Hansen, Michael Martin and Sharon Daly.
 
Midge Stork announced our raffle prize was a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card plus to other sweetheart gifts.
 
Joe Strohman and Natalie Debbas conducted our Student of the Quarter presentations. First Natalie thanked the club for participating in Mock Interviews and said they went GREAT! The students really appreciate us coming in.
 
Our first Student of the Quarter was Giovanni Flores from the Business Department. Giovanni's sponsor was Laura Shannon.
 
Our second Student of the Quarter was Brandon Fairweather from the Automotive Department. Brandon's sponsor was Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
Kendall Metina announced the Mardi Gras Party being hosted by the Ventura-South club on February 26th from 3 - 7. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to Turning Point Foundaion.
 
John Masterson announced that the cruise is one month away! Cabins are still available.
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
John Masterson gave our joke of the day.
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Bill Gray led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Husam introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of the club was Melody O'Leary Namikas and guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
Bob Pazen gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Joe Strohman conducted elections for two new directors to our club Foundation. The nominees were Tom Swan, Bill Gray and Todd Juvonen.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the club social at SpiceTopia last week. We had about 35 members and spouses show up. Vance Thompson brought the bar and Bruce & Kathy McGee brought the appetizers. It was a lot of fun!!!
 
Kris Hansen is having a ribbon cutting at his office next Thursday at 4:30. It would be nice if we could get as many club members there as possible.
 
Today's raffle prize was a gift certificate to Tommy Bahamas donated by Laura Shannon. The winner of the raffle prize was Greg Frye!
 
Jeff Hata gave our joke of the day.
 
Happy $'s: John Borneman, Husam Hishmeh, Wendy Pazen & Sara Masterson
 
Joe Strohman announced that the new Foundation Board members will be Bill Gray & Todd Juvonen.
 
John Masterson said that we have now sold 15 cabins for the cruise to Ensenada and there will definitely be a Rotary Meeting on board with free drinks!!!
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
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Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
The Inspirational Message was delivered by Laura Shannon.
 
Joe Strohman gave a brief recap of the RCVE Foundation Board Meeting. We currently have about $2.3 million in the foundation and there will be $50,000 designated for scholarships this year. Bill Gray was elected Foundation President and Midge Stork Foundation Vice-President. We still need 2 at large directors so if you are interested, let Joe know.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Aloha Steakhouse donated by Bob Noville.
 
President Husam introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. We had two guests of the club today Steve Harbison and Melody O'Leary. Also visiting today was Kevin Daly.
 
Bruce McGee reminded us about the social at SpiceTopia next Wednesday. There will be heavy appetizers and Vance will be bringing the bar. We will be looking for ideas for new Community Service projects for the remainder of the year. 
 
President Husam said there would be a new member orientation for Melody O'Leary and Steve Harbison at his office at noon on Monday.
 
President Husam also let us know that the Board meeting would be rescheduled to February 8th due to the Social.
 
John Masterson said we only need one more couple to get to 30. There will be a Rotary meeting aboard ship and there will be FREE drinks at that meeting!
 
Greg Frye gave our joke of the day.
 
John Borneman led us in the song of the day.
 
Bill Hicks let us know that Monte Widders has been fighting cancer for many years. Monte is doing well at this time.
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 19, 2017
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Husam thanked Michelle Cekov for greeting today.
 
Tobias Hildebrand gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Husam reminded us about the Community Service Social on February 1st at Spice Topia and said that the board meeting would be rescheduled.
 
Sharon Daly told us that Mossy Foot was doing a "Shoe Donation Drive" and if we had any gently used or new shoes that we would like to donate, please bring them to the club meeting in the next few weeks. 
 
Bob Pazen gave our joke of the day.
 
Bill Spellman told us that the Mock Interviews at Buena concluded today.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Macroni Grill donated by Jeff Burgh.
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians: Guest of the club was Steve Harbison and visiting from Downtown was Hutch!
 
Rich Stewart read a letter from the Salvation Army thanking us for bell ringing this year.
 
President Husam told us that Wendy Pazen's mother passed away this week. There was a card being passed around for everyone to sign.
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Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bill Spellman introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of President Husam was Susan Blanco. Guest of Tobias Hildebrand was Joan Aronson. Visiting Rotarians from Ventura-Downtown were Mario De La Piedro and Melody Namikas.
 
Midge Stork announced that today's raffle prize was a gift card to Macy's.
 
President Husam presented Midge Stork with a Paul Harris fellow given by Ron Polito.
 
Michelle Cekov spoke about the upcoming Nicaragua trip February 26 - March 4. The next International Service meeting will be January 18th at the GoCare offices.
 
John Masterson said that the cruise has 26 people signed up. We just need 2 more couple to get to 30 and a free cocktail party!!!
 
Todd Juvonen let us know that the next Community Service meeting would be February 1st and it would be a social at SpiceTopia at 6:00 pm.
 
Bill Spellman said that the first round of Mock Interviews were this morning and Vance Thompson and Bill were there. Next week it will be Bill, Bruce McGee and Jeff Burgh.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Husam thanked Bob Noville and Dick Gallagher for coming early each week to set up the room for us!
 
Bruce McGee said that there was a card being passed around to wish Tom Hashbarger a speedy recovery.
 
Sharon Daly gave our Joke of the Day.
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Vance Thompson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jim Word introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of President Husam was Rula Hishmeh. Guest of Harriet Clune was Les Lovette and his wife Marjorie. Guest of Bill Gray was Steve Harbison.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Husam presented Past President Bruce McGee with his Past President's plaque and gavel.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to Lure donated by Bruce McGee.
 
Harriet Clune gave our joke of the day.
 
Todd Juvonen said there was lots of Community Service activity in December sot there wasn't a meeting. Our next Community Service meeting will be held as a social toward the end of this month.
 
Joe Strohman said that the 4 Way Test Essay contest has begun. Our next Student of the Quarter will be February 9th. Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation meeting will be January 25th. We need 2 new directors. The Ventura County Military Collaborative was very appreciative of our efforts. Thanks to Sara Masterson and Amber Stevens for shopping for the families and to the club members who donated to make this possible.
 
Bill Spellman thanked Jeff Burgh and John Masterson for volunteering to be our club representative at Interact.
 
Mock interviews will be held on January 12th & 19th. We have 4 candidates for RYLA from the club and will be giving our remaining two spots to Downtown.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Michelle Cekov said that it's been 2-1/2 years since we started the Global Grant in Nicaragua. There is a trip scheduled for February 26th - March 4th and Michelle would like to see some of our club members to go on this trip. The plan is to visit the sites for the Global Grant and see what progress is being made. 
 
The next International Meeting will be on January 18th.
 
John Masterson said that there are cruise tickets still available so it's not too late to sign up!!!
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our winner was our speaker Chief Ken Corney!!!
 
President Husam presented Chief Corney with a $500 donation to the Ventura Police Foundation.
Meeting January 5, 2017 Jeff Hata 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Strohman Jr. on Jan 02, 2017
During the holiday season our Rotary Club of Ventura-East helped support three military families in Ventura County. Sara Masterson shopped for our first family which included two boys ages 1 and 7 and a 10 year old girl.  Amber Stevens shopped for our second family with four children, three boys ages 5, 12 and 15 and a 4 year old girl. My daughters and I shopped for our third family which was comprised of the mom (being deployed in January), the grandmother and a four year old boy.
 
We took the gifts (all marked) to the Ventura County Military Collaborative on December 17, 2016 and there was a line of children and their families outside. A large conference room had been arranged with donations for many organizations. Our gifts were provided directly to our three families. Kim Davis, the Executive Director, said the grandmother cried when she saw the gifts for one of our families. All of our families were very appreciative of our efforts.
 
I would like to thank all those in the club that helped support this project for our military families this year including the following: Jim Emch, Harriet Clune, Tom Harshbarger, Bob Lynn, Jeff Burgh, Tim Blackwell, Ron Polito, Husam Hishmeh, Bill Spellman, Wendy Pazen, Bob Pazen, Bill Crookston, Greg Frye, Carol Marquez, Judy Hoag, Todd Juvonen, Amber Stevens and Sara Masterson.
 
Joe Strohman, Vocational Service Chair
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 21, 2016
President Husam led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Husam then "Inspired" us by reminding us how amazing the Joint Christmas Party was. It was a great event and so fun to see fellow Rotarians that we only get together with once or twice a year.
 
President Husam then thanked Michelle Cekov for taking attendance.
 
Rich Stewart auctioned off a basket that Bob & Wendy Pazen won at the Christmas Party. President Husam bought it for $100.
 
President Husam introduced Marco Vasquez, a guest of Bob Pazen, to tell us a little bit about himself. Marco is a patient of Bob Pazen and a RYLA graduate. Marco just learned that he has received a full ride scholarship to Stanford! Marco grew up in Colonia in Oxnard and focused on his education because he didn't want to go the way of other people he grew up with. Many of the kids Marco grew up with got involved with gangs and are into drugs. Marco received his scholarship through National Scholarship Match.
 
Bob Lynn gave our Inspirational Message followed by Bob Pazen who gave our joke of the week.
 
Bill Spellman spoke about Interact at Buena and how we desperately need a Rotarian advisor to help Natalie with the program. We do not have any candidates for RYLA this year and the Interact club is down to about 10 students.
Meeting December 22, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 14, 2016
Bob Lynn led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guest of Bill Hicks was Steve Harveson. Visiting from Ventura College was Tina and also visiting to check us out was Judy Watson. Visiting from Ventura Downtown was Ben Unseth and Mike.
 
President Husam announced to the club that Andy Corliss passed away Friday morning. John Borneman, Bob Pazen, Joe Strohman, Bruce McGee and Pete Gallagher all spoke about Andy.
 
On a light note, Bob Pazen gave our joke of the day.
 
Bruce McGee announced the slate for new board members for 2017 which will be Mike Martin, Kris Hansen & Amber Stevens. A motion was made and seconded to accept the slate as presented and was unanimously accepted.
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Joe Strohman thanked Amber Stevens and Sara Masterson for helping with the shopping for our military families.
 
Joe Strohman also thanked John Borneman for helping Andy Corliss and his wife.
 
Joe Strohman said that our Foundation Board will need to elect 2 new board members and if you are interested in being on our Foundation Board, please let Joe know.
 
Billl Spellman said that we still have 3 openings for RYLA and we need to get the names to RYLA before the end of the year.
 
President Husam reminded us all that the Christmas Party is tomorrow at 6:00 at the Wedgewood Banquet Center. 
Meeting December 15, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Wow!  
We already have a fun group of 12 couples signed up for our first ever Ventura Rotary Cruise March 9th.  Best news?  There are plenty  of reserved staterooms for more!  This 4 day "Bash and Splash" party will kick off from SAN PEDRO on Thursday, March 9th with stops in CATALINA and ENSENADA.

Many Rotarians are taking family and friends with them.  What a great way to show off Rotary's congeniality.  "Good deeds AND good times".

Besides the plentiful activities and entertainment provided by our luxurious Princess Star, Capt'n Cruise (AKA John Masterson) has added group only excitements like a Rotary scavenger hunt, keroake contest and cocktail parties.

We have veranda staterooms (category BC) still available for a total price of $895 pp.  This includes all activities, PLUS Port fees, taxes, document charges, crew gratuities and transportation to and from SAN Pedro.

Don't miss the fun. Sign up today.  December 18th is our final deadline!

 
Ask your friends or other Rotarians to join us!
News about the Rotary Cruise John A. Masterson 2016-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
From Joe Strohman...
 
John Borneman just advised me that Andy Corliss passed away this morning, Dec. 9, 2016 at 4:30 a.m. 
 
I understand a service or remembrance  is being planned next month by the family.
 
As you know, Andy Corliss was a Charter Member of our club. His sponsors where John Masterson and Pete Gallagher. Andy served as President of our club in 1965-66
 
When I interviewed Andy at the club a number of years ago I remember him recounting how he volunteered for the Canadian Air Force because he wanted to join the fight in Europe as soon as possible.
 
Andy flew a British Spitfire on D-Day plus 1 over the Beaches of Normandy.  During that time a German Messerschmitt managed to get behind him and fire. The only thing that saved Andy was that Spitfires had a solid metal plate behind the pilot seat. The bullet hit that metal plate and that saved him. 
 
Andy leapfrogged across Europe, one air base to the next, from the French countryside to Belgian as the war progressed.
 
He had a great career in broadcasting after the war. His most recent story was telling how he was asked to train a young broadcaster from Bakersfield named Frank Gifford
 
It’s sad to lose another WWII Vet and club member like Andy.
 
I’m sure we can remember Andy at our meeting next week. 
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 07, 2016
Our guest, Victoria Jacobs, led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guest of Sharon Daly was her son Kevin. Visiting from Ventura Downtown was Kelly Peterson.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
John Borneman let us know that Andy Corliss was in hospice. Andy suffered a heart attack and stroke a few weeks ago.
 
Harriet Clune spoke about the Christmas Party on December 16th. Please bring a coat to donate for Downtown's Coats for Kids project. Each club has agreed to bring 3 - 5 items and we will raffle them off to raise money for the Botanical Gardens project.
 
Bob Pazen announced that former member Larry Storch passed away yesterday. Bob & Wendy gave their apologies to the speaker for leaving early because they are going to their first Kings game.
 
Bob Pazen also let us know about the exciting programs he's scheduled for the first quarter.
 
Todd Juvonen said there would not be a Community Service meeting this month. The Can Tree build went well at the Collections and the City Center Christmas party is December 16th at 6:00.
 
Joe Strohman announced that we gathered almost $1,000 for the 3 military families we are sponsoring for the holidays this year.
 
Judy Hoag announced that our Poinsettia Sales netted $10,000 this year. We sold 2,400 plants or 400 cases. Judy also let us know that her Aunt Lilian passed away this morning at the age of 104 years and 11 months.
 
Laura Shannon gave our Joke of the Day.
 
President Husam announced that we raised almost $6,000 from the opportunity drawing this year.
Meeting December 8, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 30, 2016
Our guest, John Hansen, led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests today were: Guests of Kris Hansen was Kris' wife, Coral, and son John who is deploying to Germany for 2 years. Guest of Bill Gray was Mason Gray. Guest of Michelle Cekov was husband Mark Mulchay and guest of Alison Thompson was Juan Gurerro.
 
Midge Stork told us that today's raffle prize was a bottle of Labyrinth Sauvignon Blanc and a bottle of Four Brix Rhondevous donated by Jeff Hata.
 
Tobias Hildebrand gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Rich Stewart reminded us that we are bell ringing for the Salvation Army in 2 weeks.
 
Todd Juvonen thanked everyone who brought canned goods today and that they would be used to help Rotaract with their can tree at the Collections in Oxnard on Saturday.
 
John Masterson thanked everyone who signed up for the cruise. Now we just need to book a few more cabins to get a complimentary cocktail party.
 
Harriet Clune reminded us that the Christmas Party is coming. We have 40 signed up so far.
 
Today is Poinsettia Delivery Day!!!. Judy Hoag told us that we have 267 cases to deliver today and that we had drop ships to Pacific View Mall, La Cumbre Mall and to Hishmeh Enterprises!
 
Kathy McGee thanked everyone who came out to the Botanical Gardens Social. The Rotary Site campaign has begun and we have $99,500 pledged already. We need $125,000 in pledges to break ground!
 
John Hansen spoke about his military service experiences and what he looks forward to the next two years in Germany.
 
Midge Stork did our raffle and the lucky winner was Bob Noville.
Meeting December 1, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 09, 2016
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Burgh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bruce McGee let us know that our Annual Meeting would be in 3 weeks. Nominations are now open for club officers. So far Harriet Clune is nominated for President Elect and Tim Blackwell is nominated for President Elect Nominee. We are looking for nominations for Board Members at large.
 
Tim Blackwell nominated Amber Stevens for board member.
 
Today's raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Dargan's donated by Midge Stork.
 
Kathy McGee gave a presentation about the Ventura Botanical Gardens proposed Rotary Site.
 
Guests today: Guest of Kris Hansen was Chris Larwrence, guest off Jeff Burgh was Dr. Renee Higgins. Visiting today from Ventura-Downtown was Hutch!
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Joe Strohman asked Natalie Debbas to do our Student of the Quarter Presentations. Before that, Natalie let us know that Interact is finishing up their fall project which is decorated mini pumpkins. There are currently about 10 members include a few special ed students. Mock Interviews are going to be scheduled for January.
 
Our first Student of the Quarter was Damon Jones. Damon's sponsor was Harriet Clune. 
 
Our second Student of the Quarter was Lauren Bromund. Lauren's sponsor was Tim Blackwell.
 
Judy Hoag spoke about Poinsettia sales and how we need to get out and seek "Large" orders.
 
Happy $'s: Wendy Pazen, Tim Blackwell and Husam Hishmeh.
 
Important Date:
January 28th: STEPS Conference
December 16th: Christmas Party
December 10th: Rotaract Can Food Drive
December 13th: City Center Christmas Party
Meeting November 10, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 07, 2016
P.E. Harriet Clune stood in for President Husam today.
 
Bob Noville led us in the Flag Salute.

Laura Shannon gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Greg Frye introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Visiting Rotarian from Ventura-Downtown was Norm Blacher. Guest of Sharon Daly was Kevin Daly.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was brunch for 6 at Midge & Dave Storks home on a Saturday or Sunday to be arranged.
 
Jeff Hata gave a recap of Nightmare on the Hill. Our net profits will be well over $6,000. Attendance was good for our initial event. We have things we can work on to make the event stronger next year, but over all the club pulled together and we put on a very good event!
 
Our Rotaractors auctioned off 10 pumpkins that they carved and netted $600 so it was a great night for Rotaract also. The proceeds from this auction will go towards the Christmas Party Rotaract puts on for the children at the City Center.
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Tobias Hildebrand gave our joke of the day.
 
Avenues of service:
Joe Strohman announced that we will be awarding our first Student of the Quarter awards next week. Vocational service is also looking for a military family to sponsor for the holidays.
 
Bill Spellman announced that we need to have our RYLA Students enrolled by the end of the year.
 
Michelle Cekov told us that GoCare has finished the 2nd phase of the global grant.
 
Announcements:
Rich Stewart asked for volunteers for the Trivia Contest put on by the South club on November 16th. 
 
Harriet Clune's phone rang so she fined herself $50!!!
 
Now that Nightmare on the Hill is behind us we need to get out and get more poinsettia orders. We are way behind last year.
 
The Christmas Party will be December 16th at the Wedgewood. We will be celebrating with South and maybe Downtown this year. Members are covered, but guests will be $36.
Meeting November 3, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 26, 2016
Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests today were our speaker John Troxell and guest of Jeff Hata was Margarida Eidson.
 
Jeff Hata announced to the club that Carol Shiells was retiring and that Margarida would be taking over the business management of the Poinsettia Pavilion.
 
Sharon Daley gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Tim Blackwell asked if anybody picked up the wristbands that were left at last weeks meeting. 
 
Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill. Everything is in place and we need for our members to continue to sell tickets and try and get as many people as they can to our event.
 
Rich Stewart gave our joke of the day.
 
Bob Pazen said that he and Wendy had be traveling on a Viking River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. John & Judy Masterson were also cruising at the same time but in the opposite direction. They had hoped to get together somewhere in the middle, but that never worked out.  Bob said that about halfway the river was too low for the boat to sail through so they changed boats and continued on their trip. 
 
Rich Stewart and Harriet Clune also were back from 2 trips. First they went to the East Coast to see the fall colors then they returned for a few days before heading off to Hawaii!!!
 
Husam Hishmeh also was on a trip to Seattle checking out potential colleges for his girls. Husam and family loved Seattle and said it was a very beautiful city.
 
Happy $'s: Rich Stewart, Bruce McGee, Bob Pazen, Jeff Hata, Alison Thompson, Jordan Eller & Juan Mendoza.
 
Bruce McGee announced that there will be a social for all three Ventura Clubs on Sunday November 20th from 3:30 - 5:00 at the Botanical Gardens. More information to follow.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Carol Marquez conducted the raffle for a Target gift card donated by Sara Masterson. Our lucky winner was Jeff Burgh!!!
Meeting October 27, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 19, 2016
Kathy McGee led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Our guest today was a skeleton that Kathy McGee picked up at a Halloween store in honor of our fundraiser Nightmare on the Hill. On that note, Kathy is collecting decorations for Nightmare on the Hill and asked that anybody donating decorations bring them to our meeting next week.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Lure donated by Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
We sang Happy Birthday to Ken Kagan.
 
Michelle Cekov told us about her adventures at Old 'Chella last weekend.
 
A reminder to board members and new members who need their Blue Badges, the next board meeting will be in 2 weeks.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill. The good news is that we are in the black before we even have the event. We need to work on ticket sales, raffle prizes and decorations from now until the event.
 
Alison Thompson gave our joke of the day.
 
Judy Hoag spoke about Poinsettia sales. We need to sell. Large orders are preferred because we can drop ship orders 10 cases or more.
 
Bruce McGee read off the list of members who have enough points to give a Paul Harris Fellow award. We will be having a meeting about membership the first meeting in December and P.D.G. Wade Nomura will be attending. It would be a great thing to award a few Paul Harris Fellows that day.
 
Joe Strohman is looking for Employee of the Quarter nominees.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Laura Shannon!!!
 
Meeting October 20, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Oct 12, 2016
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Saute.
 
Our only guest today was our speaker Dr. Mike Babb.
 
President Husam gave our Inspirational Moment.
 
Tim Blackwell inducted two new members today...Sharon Daley and Tobias Hildebrand.
  
 
President Husam presented Joe Strohman with a check for $2,875 for contributions members made to the RCVE Foundation the past year.
 
Joe  Strohman then gave a brief history of our club's involvement with Ventura USD with the highlight being our scholarship program.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch BBQ donated by Kathy McGee.
 
Kathy McGee announced a meeting at Jordan Eller's office to review designs for the Rotary Site at the Ventura Botanical Gardens.
 
John Borneman led us in our song of the day.
 
Bill Spellman announced that RYLA is coming.
Meeting October 13, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Shannon on Oct 05, 2016
Greeter:  Mike Martin
Attendance: Kris Hansen
Flag Salute:  Jason Rebido
Inspirational Moment: Tim Hughes
Joke: Jordan Eller
Raffle: Bill Hicks
Juan D. Mondoza presented the club with a Recognition Award

Husam - Reminder

1)      Poinsettia Sales ongoing

2)      Happy to say our finances are improving

3)      NOH upcoming event reminder
Upcoming Meeting for Community Service: 10/12 at the offices of Todd Juvonen.
Saturday - October 8 - Story Fest from 9-2:00 p.m. Looking for readers!

Upcoming cruise in March - discussion by John Masterson
Social at Bob Lynn's Jewelry was successful. Thank you Bob! By Vance Thompson
Happy Dollars:  Ron Polito / Todd Juvonen / Benjamin Onsa / Husam Hishmeh

Song of the day - "October Hope" by John
Raffle donation by Bill Hicks. Winner: Sharon Daly $50.00 Gift Certificate from Casa de Soria! Ola'

Mark McKernen - Thanked those Rotarians that donated to his relief case. He returned from Baton Rouge, LA where they were able to apply a district branch donation along with ours to help the people affected by the devastation. In four days,  they were able to help 96 clients and staff. They assessed a church and its members and provided the best way to buy them supplies, blankets, utensils, sheets etc. The Baton Rouge, LA food bank was able to purchase 6,000 cans of chicken for donations. A total of 30 elderly were assisted in their homes as well. Big "Thank You" to WALMART for all their help!

Guest:
Tobias Hildebrand / Ken Daly
Mark McKernen & Benjamin Osna - Ventura Downtown Club
Sabrena Rodriguez - Running for school district chair
Tom Swan introduced: Guest Speaker - Katherine Kasmir - Program "Straight up Ventura County" - Youth development program: Reality Improvisation  Connection
Meeting October 6, 2016 Laura Shannon 2016-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harriet Clune on Sep 21, 2016
The bell was rung by President Husam Hismeh to start the meeting at noon with a call to lunch.
 
After the flag salute, led by Carol Marquez-Olson, the inspirational message was given by Harriet Clune.  Tim Hughes told a very funny joke; John Borneman led us in an entertaining song; Midge Stork announced the raffle prize of an Amazon gift card donated by Michelle Cekov (Bill Gray was the winner); Jordan Eller took attendance and President Husam thanked Amber Stevens for being Greeter and also announcing our visitors.  A thanks goes out to everyone who helped out at the meeting.
 
Announcements:  Our meeting on Thursday, September 29 will be a visit to Bob Lynn’s Jewelry to learn everything you ever wanted to know about making beautiful things!  Todd Juvonen announced Community Service opportunities and Tim Hughes presented the Access Book for sale at $30.  President Husam announced that our member, Jeff Hata, had undergone surgery on Wednesday and is recovering, expecting to return home on Friday.  Everyone wishes him a quick recovery.
 
Our speaker was Dr. Frochtzwajg, M.D.  He spoke about finding a new doctor when your current physician retires; it was a very interesting presentation.  He also described the process of becoming a new doctor and handling the usually 6 figure debt acquired during your medical school studies.  CMH has a comprehensive program now for training new doctors.  He also elaborated on the relative earnings differential between family physicians and specialists.  It was a very informative presentation.  Dr. Frochtzwajg remained after the meeting to answer questions from several members. 
 
The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
Meeting September 22, 2016 Harriet Clune 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Shannon on Sep 14, 2016
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Visitors today were Jerry Beckerman, Kevin Daley and Guest of the Club Sharon Daley. Visiting Rotarian Diedrea from the Ojai Club. Our speaker today was P.D.G. Deepa Willingham and her daughter Reena.
 
Amber Stevens received her blue badge today and Mike O'Neil was inducted into the club today with the help of Mike's sponsor John Masterson, Bruce McGee and P.D.G. Deepa Willingham.
 
Announcments:
Diedrea announced "Taste of Ojai" at the Ojai Valley Inn on October 23rd and Jerry Beckerman spoke about a Career Guidance Meeting.
 
Today's raffle prize was donated by Todd Juvonen with was a "Stay home or go out" $25.00 Cinema and $25.00 Amazon Prime Card. Our Lucky winner today was Bob Pazen.
 
Joe Strohman announced that the Foundation Board meeting would be Monday at 5:00 in Joe's office.
 
Joe Strohman also announced that Student of the Quarter is coming and Joe needs 3 people to volunteer to sponsor this award.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Bob Pazen then introduced our speaker P.D.G. Deepa Willingham who spoke about PACE.
Meeting Septermber 15, 2016 Laura Shannon 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Sep 07, 2016
Kathy McGee led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Midge Stork gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bruce McGee announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Cafe Fiore.
 
President Husam introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians. Guest of the club was Sharon Daley and our speaker Ayn Devera.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Presidents Announcments:
 
There will be a Basic PRLS class this Saturday.
 
Next Wednesday there will be a Community Service Meeting at Todd Juvonen's office at 5:30 pm.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill. Sponsorships are going well. We need to also focus on gathering raffle prize now too.
 
Bruce McGee announced that we will have a booth at the District Conference to help support GoCare. We will need help setting up, manning and tearing down the booth. 
 
President Bruce let us know that November is R.I. Foundation month. There will be programs about the Foundation coming up. Many of our members have donated over $1,000 which equals a Paul Harris Fellowship. Bruce read off a list of members who have $1,000 or more in donations. Please consider donating your points to the club to give out or plan on giving a Paul Harris Fellow when we have special meetings such as when the District Governor is here.
 
President Husam read a Thank You letter from Naomi Stodgy, a 2016 Scholarship Recipient.
 
Happy $'s: Joe Strohman, Tim Blackwell, Bill Gray, Tim Hughes, Harriet Clune, Kris Hansen, Husam Hishmeh.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Joe Strohman!!!
Meeting September 8, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 31, 2016
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bruce McGee gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Our guests and visiting Rotarians today were:
Guest of Rich Stewart was Dennis Goldstien, guest of Husam Hishmeh was Tobias Hildebrand. Guest of the Club was Sharon Daley. Visiting from Ventura Downtown was Mark Kerwin. Our speaker today was Doug Halter and here to help Doug was Joe Cahill.
 
John Borneman gave our joke of the day and followed that up with our song of the day.
 
President Husam told the club that there are lots of openings for Joke of the Day and Inspirational Messages so please sign up on the clipboard being passed around.
 
President Husam announced that he has sold 6 more cases of Poinsettias...Jeff Hata wanted to know why President Husam wasn't out selling sponsorships for Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Next week is the club board meeting at President Husam's office. 5:30pm!
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize is $50 in Visa gift cards donated by Kris Hansen.
 
Jeff Hata said that Nightmare on the Hill is coming along well we have almost $5,000 in sponsorships and if it happened today we would be positive before the first person came.
 
Harriet Clune gave a quick recap on our new catering situation. It's a work in progress and we are making progress. Everyone enjoyed the lunch today.
 
P.E. Harriet Clune spoke about the R.I. Convention in 2017. The convention will be in Atlanta and will be in June. There is an article in the Rotarian magazine. If you go to Atlanta you must go to the following places...The Coca Cola Factory, CNN, Stone Mountain, The Jimmy Carter Museum, Urick Primate Center and the Botanical Gardens!
 
Mark Kerwin spoke briefly about his mission to Louisana to help the flood victims. President Husam passed the hat and said he would match whatever the club donated and in total including President Husam's donation we gave almost $800.
 
John Masterson spoke about the upcoming Rotary Cruise in March.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Dennis Goldstien!!!
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 24, 2016
Laura Shannon led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Husam introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guest of Jeff Hata was Rosandra Esquivel, guest of Bill Gray was Mason Gray and guests of President Husam was Sharon and Kevin Daley.
 
President Husam remarked how beautiful it was to see such a full house!
 
P.E. Harriet Clune introduced us to our new caterer, Amy Tyrell from Morsels as you wish. Harriet then filled the club in with all the changes that have been happening with catering at the Poinsettia Pavilion and what the process was to hire Chef Amy. Harriet let us know the importance of having a good headcount so please call, email or text Harriet by the Monday before the meeting if you will be bringing a guest. It is very important that we have a good headcount.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
John Borneman then gave our song of the day.
 
Midge Stork let us know that the raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Trader Joe's donated by Mike Martin.
 
Ken Kagan gave our joke of the day and then President Husam gave another!!!
 
Michelle Cekov reported on the International Service meeting. They had a good turnout and decided to focus on the Leadership Conference with GoCare.  International Service is looking into having a booth at the District Conference October 14 - 16 to try and get other clubs interested in participating.
 
International Service may be doing a service project in Nircaragua with GoCare in February.
 
Michelle also spoke about the United Way's Day of Caring and a couple of Community Service project opportunities. First is a Fall Library Cleaning project and the other is a Barn Beautification Project at Ventura County Animal Services. If you are interested, let Michelle know.
 
Bruce McGee spoke about the sponsor opportunities for Nightmare on the Hill. Sponsorships are vital to have a successful fundraiser. We need to finalize sponsorships in the next couple of weeks so please get out and try to get at least one sponsor.
 
President Husam visited Downtown and sold a case of Poinsettias! President Husam also said that Nightmare on the Hill will be the party of the year so please get out and help promote this event.
Meeting August 25, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Remember the Alamo?
Nope...it's remember the WaytoGO!

Ventura East Rotary is celebrating "Rotary in Ventura County" with a "funtastic" Star Princess 4-day cruise featuring all day visits to Catalina island's hideaway, Avalon and Mexico's charming Ensenada.  The best part is it will be with your favorite friends and Rotary Club members.

Organized by 53 year Ventura Club member, John Masterson (aka Capt'n Cruise),  this will have the fun, food and fraternization (remember the Love Boat?) of a normal Princess Cruise with the added Rotary elements such as cocktail parties, unique scavenger hunt and an uproarious joint, all club meeting, held by our 2016-2017 leader and world traveler, Husam Hismeh.  Even transportation to San Pedro is included.

DONT MISS THE FUN!

WHEN?
Sailing Thursday, afternoon, March 9th 2017
Returning Monday morning, March 13th 2017

WHERE?
San Pedro
Catalina
Ensenada

WHY?
Spread the joy of Rotary!

COST?
Veranda stateroom $899 pp (inc. tax and port fees, prepaid gratuities and doc fee)
(Also available are lower priced inside and window staterooms, as well as, suites.)

For best selection, pick your stateroom now.  All arrangements go through Santa Barbara Travel, 3140 Telegraph Rd, Ventura.  Questions?  Contact John Masterson, Ventura East Rotary,Jmasterson@mindspring.com or 805-223-5808

 
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 17, 2016
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Rich Stewart introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting from Ventura Downtown was Past President Mario De La Piedra.
 
Guest of Amber Stevens was her mom, Lark Stevens and guests of President Husam were Sharon Daley and Tobias Hildebrand.
 
President Husam gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Greg Frye then delivered our Joke of the Day.
 
Todd Juvonen told us about the Community Service meeting. Community Service will be meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Todd wants Community Service to be driven by our members and thanked Tim Hughes and Jeff Hata for the opportunities they have brought to the club. Todd's commitment is to work with the other clubs to see where we can all work together.
 
The Fundraising committee had a meeting on Tuesday and there were a lot of great ideas presented. It looks like our next "BIG" fundraiser could be an Art Auction. Kris Hansen has done this type of event in the past and it was great for the community. The events were typically a Black Tie event and raised in the area of $17,000 - $20,000. Kris would like ideas and suggestions for charities to partner with. Kris would like to see this event held sometime in the spring.
 
President Husam read a thank you card from Mary Cassey O'Niel thanking us for our donation to the Blanche Reynolds Library.
 
Happy $'s: Bill Gray, Greg Frye, John Masterson and Tim Hughes.
 
John Masterson announced that March 9th would be the departure date for a 4 day cruise to Mexico called the "Rotary Splash Bash!!!" Information will be coming so keep an eye on our club website and future editions of the Breeze. President Husam's vision would be to see the boat filled with Rotarians!!!
 
Alison talked about her 33 mile hike over 3 days last week. 
 
Jeff Hata spoke about Nightmare on the Hill. At this time, we need to be gathering sponsorships. Jeff Hata also said Poinsettia sales are beginning and to see Sara Masterson for order forms.
Meeting August 18, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 11, 2016
l-r Brie Young, Kaye Woodburn, Rick Jeffrey, Amber Stevens
 
Ventura-East member Amber Stevens swam around the Ventura Pier today with the Jr. Lifeguards. Swimming with Amber were YMCA Board Members Kaye Woodburn and Rick Jeffrey as well as Aquatics Director Brie Young.
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Aug 10, 2016
Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Rich Stewart introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting Rotarians from Ventura Downtown was Rosa Lee Measures and her husband Albert Harris and also, Gary Wolfe. Visiting from the Rotary Club of Munich was Bea and Lawarence Fuhrman.
 
Visiting today was Harriet Clune's brother Wes Lovett, Bill Gray's son Tyler, Kris Hansen's son Ryan and Midge Stork's husband Dave.
 
Tim Hughes gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Husam thanked the crew from Scofield catering for their years of service to the club.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a copy of our speakers book and Laura Shannon's prize of $50 cash straight from Las Vegas.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Avenues of servce:
Todd Juvonen reminded everyone that the Community Service meeting would be August 17th at the Cave, 5:30 pm.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about our upcoming fundraiser, Nightmare on the Hill.
 
Bob Lynn gave our joke of the day.
 
Happy $'s: Sam Marsh, Todd Juvonen, Bill Hicks, Amber Stevens, Husam Hishmeh and Bruce McGee.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Laura Shannon!!!
Meeting August 11, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
President Husam announced to the club that we will be starting the business portion of our meetings 15 minutes earlier and ending our meetings 15 minutes earlier.
 
President Husam thanked our greeter Tim Blackwell. 
 
Rich Stewart then led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Husam introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Our guests were our speaker, David Fukutomi and Sharon Daley. Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Matt Lavear.
 
Tom Hasbarger gave our Inspirational Message. 
 
President Husam announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Trader Joe's.

President Husam announced that we needed to be at the assembly point for the Fair Parade by 9:00. Many thanks to Jim Emch for organizing this for us.
 
President Husam told us that Downtown Rotary would be doing their Back Pack for Kids program at the VUSD Headquarters on Saturday from 9 - 12. It will be nice if we can get some club members out for this.
 
Bob Pazen gave our joke of the day.
 
President Husam said that August is Membership Month so we should think about inviting potential new members.
 
President Husam spoke about the Trombone Shorty concert in Santa Barbara on November 11th to benefit End Polio.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Happy $'s: Alison Thompson, Rich Stewart, Jim Word, John Masterson, Sam Marsh, Bill Hicks, Husam Hishmeh.
 
Meeting August 4, 2016 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 27, 2016
Jordan Eller was our greeter today.
 
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Mike Martin gave our Invocation.
 
Guests today ... Guest of Juan Mendoza was his mother Raquel Mendoza.
 
Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Tobias Hilldebrand, guest of Joe Strohman was his daughters Marie and Hannah and guest of Kris Hansen was his wife Coral.
 
Announcements:
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was $50 Mastercard gift card donated by Michelle Cekov.
 
President Husam told us that the board meeting will be Wednesday August 3 at 5:30. Location is President Husam's office.
 
August 6th Downtown will be doing their backpack project and on August 10th Downtown will be meeting at the Museum of Ventura.
 
Sam Marsh let us know that his wife, Barbara, is still in ICU at CMH. Please continue your thoughts and prayers.
 
Juan Mendoza let us know that he will be performing at the Clinicas Health Fair on August 7th. Juan will also be performing at the Sandbox Cafe from 12-3 on August 13th.
 
Jim Emch reported that the fair parade will be on August 6th. All 4 clubs will be there and Pete Gallagher has secured the Fire Truck. Be there by 9:00!
 
President Husam reminded us that the District Conference will be the weekend of October 14th and that Trombone Shorty will be doing a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation that weekend also.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Harriet Clune has a very green thumb and is growing more vegetables then they can eat so she brought some produce if you would like it. First come first served!
 
Harriet also told us that there was a committee sign up sheet being passed around. Please get involved and sign up for a committee.
 
Harriet then gave our joke of the day.
 
Happy $'s: President Husam, Coral Hansen, Bill Spellman, John Masterson, Rich Stewart, Midge Stork & John Borneman.
 
Midge Stork and our guest Coral Hansen pick the winning ticket and Coral selected the ticket being held by her husband Kris Hansen!!! Congratulations Kris!!!
Meeting July 28, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 20, 2016
Past President Bob Pazen rang the bell inviting everyone to enjoy lunch. President Husam was vacationing in Spain. 
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 gift card to the movie theater at the Collections in Oxnard generously donated by Michael Martin.
 
Past President Bob thanked our greeter Alison Thompson.
 
Past President Bob was going to move on to other business, but Past President Bill Spellman jumped up and said that this was where we did the Flag Salute. Past President Bill then led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Past President Joe Strohman then got up and started to do a parody of the Republican National Convention but was interrupted by Past President Ron Polito who introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Guests were our speaker and fellow Rotarian and Mayor of Ventura Erik Nasarenko. Guest of John Masterson was Mike O'Neil. Guest of Michael Martin was Eric Reid. From the Mossy Foot Foundation was Sharon and Kevin Daley. Visiting from Ventura-Downtown was Brenda Alison-Hutchinson and her guest Karen.
 
Ron Polito gave our Inspirational Message.
 
John Borneman then led us in a song.
 
Dick Gallagher gave our joke of the day.
 
Sam Marsh asked everyone to please say a prayer for his wife. She has had complications from surgery and is in ICU. She is getting better, but recovery has been slow.
 
Mike O'Neil gave us a brief explanation on what Aegis is.
 
Happy $'s: Rich Stewart, John Masterson, Midge Stork, Brenda Alison and Laura Shannon.
 
Past President Bob thanked Bill Spellman, Ron Polito and Bill Spellman for helping with the dog and pony show. They did keep the meeting entertaining.
 
Midge Stork shared with us that her 50 year old niece had a stroke and passed away.
 
Midge then conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Rich Stewart!
Meeting July 21, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jul 13, 2016
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Juan Mendoza gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Bob Pazen introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Starting with our speaker, Sheriff Geoff Dean and his support staff Sgt. Denise Silva.
 
Guest of Michelle Cekov was her husband Mark.
 
Guests of Juan Mendoza were Elizabeth Jomali, Gala Mendez and Luis Mendez.
 
Guests of President Husam was Rula Hishmeh and Kevin Daley.
 
Guest of Tim Hughes was John Hughes.
 
Guest of Bill Crookston was Alex Ysguerle.
 
Visiting Rotarians from Ventura-Downtown were Gary Wolfe and Curtis Cormaine.
 
John Masterson spoke about a proposed 4 day cruise to Ensenada in February. If you are interested in going, please let John know.
 
Ron Polito gave a Club Foundation update. We are at an all time high. Our intent with the Beckwith account was to be able to give scholarships every year, but as we saw this year if there is a downturn in the market our funds could be limited. Our understanding was that if we did not award all the scholarship money that was profits from the Beckwith account that any monies left over would go into the corpus of the account. After having discussions with other estate attorneys, it has been decided that we can "bank" leftover funds from good years to use in down years.
 
Bill Spellman is doing the play Annie Get Your Gun. Bill's advice is that if you want to go, buy your tickets early because every performance has been selling out.
 
Jason Rebibo did the raffle for Midge Stork today. The gift was a $50 gift card to Wood Ranch donated by Bill Gray. Jason also announced that he has been AWOL the last few weeks because he's been escorting his wife to the doctor's office ... they are expecting their 1st? child!!! Congratulations Jason!!!
 
President Husam picked up Andy Corliss and brought Andy to the meeting today!!!
 
Todd Juvonen gave our Joke of the Day followed by John Borneman who led us in our song.
 
Bruce McGee announced that if you want to help Rotaract with the Mexico build you will have to drive down and meet them there. The bus is officially sold out!
 
Jason Rebibo conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Tim Hughes.
Meeting July 14, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John A. Masterson on Jul 07, 2016
We have been kicking around for many months now the idea of a Ventura Rotary East cruise.
 
To get our best price, we should have at least 20 people (10 couples?)  
 
Right now, Carnival and Princess are the two lines that are offering 3 and 4 day cruises out of San Pedro/Long Beach
 
Do you have any interest?
 
Presently we have seen prices as low as $65 per person, per day.  When you figure it out, that is $130 per couple which includes travel, food, entertainment and tons of fun.  Obviously that is
an inside cabin. ( not that bad, actually went 13 days thru the Panama Canal in one) or scale yourself on up the price ladder to the Owners Suite!
 
I am looking for some time in January or February.  Stops would include Catalina and Ensenada (4-day) or Ensenada (3-Day)
 
I am sure Bob and Wendy would hold their annual “in room” cocktail party, and there will be karaoke for those wanta be Frank Sinatra’s  (He’s dead isnt he?)
 
Plus other surprises I can wrangle out of the travel agency  and cruise line.
 
What I need from you is a measure of interest.  Say something to me personally if interested.  No commitment  yet, just a measurement of interest.
 
YOURS TRULY,
 
CAPT’N CRUISE  (AKA John Masterson)
Ahoy Rotarians (and all other jolly good fellows & fellowettes) John A. Masterson 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
President Husam rang the bell and to uphold club tradition the members promptly left the room!
 
Once order was restored and everyone returned to their seats, John Masterson led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Sheikh Bob Pazen gave our joke of the week.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a $50 Trader Joes gift card donated by Jim Emch.
 
Our guest today was Tobias Hilldebrand. President Husam met Tobias at the Push - em Pull - em parade.
 
President Husam said that he was very honored that all the tables were full for his first meeting.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Announcements:
Our District Conference and Foundation Gala will be October 14-16 at the Hyatt Westlake.
 
Our first board meeting for this year was yesterday and President Husam admitted to being very nervous for both! He's glad it's finally over.
 
Nightmare on the Hill will be returning on October 29th. Jeff Hata will be chairing this event. Jeff Hata explained briefly what Nightmare on the Hill is so the newer members will know what to expect.
 
President Husam would like to have a club social sometime in August. A search is currently on to find a place to host it.
 
President Husam introduced his board for 2016-17.
 
President Husam announced that the BBQ Team is available for private events only.
 
Midge Stork did the raffle and the lucky winner was John Borneman!!!
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Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Bruce spent a few minutes talking about the Fourth of July and the differences between her and Australia.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to the YardHouse donated by Jeff Burgh.
 
President Bruce then asked everyone to write down Husam Hishmeh's cell number and if you need anything after 12:00 am on July 1st please call Husam!!!
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Tom Swan spoke about the Push-em Pull-em parade. This year we will be giving out the streets to close on a first come first served basis, so if you have a favorite street, please get there early. We will want to block off the streets at 9:00 am.
 
Co-Rotaract Presidents Faye & Nicole were here to show off the cookbooks that Rotaract put together as a fundraiser to support their Mexico house build. The project has changed since the last time they were here. Rotaract has been asked to help with a community center build and all costs associated with the project will be paid for. This will be August 12th - 14th. Rotaract will be taking another trip down in November to do a house build.
 
President Bruce read a thank you letter from Sachi Tan for the scholarship we gave her this past spring.
 
President Bruce showed off the R.I. Presidential Citation we received at D.G. Jim Bell's Stepdown. Bruce also attended Ventura South's Stepdown, a club we sponsored.
 
President Bruce gave his final words:
  • We gained 10 new members and Tim Blackwell received an award for his hard work.
  • We still need to get more serious about fundraising.
  • As a club we need to do a better job of mentoring our new members.
  • The board was challenged this year to get more proactive and be a governing body. 
  • Avenues of Service need to do a better job of driving the bus!
  • We did more socials, but we need to do more.
  • We needed to do a better job with the projects we did. We need to learn to do more with we have and we needed to do more.
 
The District has set up a fire relief fund for the people affected by the recent brush fires.
 
Ventura-South has an interesting speaker on July 11th. Igor Davis will be speaking about the Charles Manson murders.
 
Husam Hishmeh introduced his incoming board.
 
Guests: Guest of Michael Martin was his wife Julia. 
 
Midge Stork did the raffle and our lucky winner was Carol Marquez-Olson!
Meeting June 30, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 22, 2016
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests today were former member, Donna Turner. Guest of Greg Frye was his son Zach and guest of Tom Hashbarger was Giovanni Mariscio (Rotarian from Milan, Italy). Visiting Rotarian from Taos, New Mexico was George Pilakas.
 
Sara Masterson gave our Inspirational Message followed by the joke of the day delivered by Jeff Hata.
 
President Bruce asked Giovanni to tell us a little about his club in Milan. Giovanni explained about the layout of Milan and that he is here because 10 years ago he fell in love with a woman from Ventura. Now they are planning on getting married!
 
Todays raffle prize was 2 Mastercard gift cards donated by Laura Shannon.
 
Pam Lindsay and Jeanette Perez spoke about what's going on at GoCare. Jeanette is here for GoCare's annual meeting. Jeanette is a member of the Rotary Club of Managua.
 
President Bruce took the opportunity to present Michelle Cekov with the Rookie of the Year award.
 
Nicole Kreutz spoke about the opportunity to help out with the July Fourth Fireworks show at Ventura College and help out Downtown. Sign up sheets were passed around.
 
President Bruce spoke about the Push em Pull em parade. More to come next week.
 
President Bruce said this was your last opportunity to complete your roster sheet. If you do not turn it in you will be assigned an avenue of service to work in next year.
 
President Bruce and Jim Emch went through the storage locker and threw a lot of stuff away, but there is also a lot of history in the locker. President Bruce asked if anyone had some room to store what we have left and if anyone would like to be the club historian.
 
President Bruce showed off a new 4 Way Test banner that came out of the storage locker.
 
Jeff Hata let the club know that the Rotaract Cook Books were done and ready to sell.
 
Laura passed around the club duty roster, please take the time to sign up.
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A very cool inspirational message delivered by Sara Masterson.
Created by Rotary District 7680
 

THIS IS A ROTARY GARDEN

sept Inspiration

Plant three rows of peas: Peace of mind - Peace of heart - Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash: Squash gossip - Squash indifference - Squash grumbling - Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce: Lettuce be faithful - Lettuce be kind - Lettuce be obedient - Lettuce really love one another

No garden without turnips: Turnip for meetings - Turnip for service - Turnip to help one another

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love. There is much fruit in your garden, because you reap what you sow.

Our garden must have thyme: Thyme for God - Thyme for study - Thyme for prayer

 
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 15, 2016
Bill Spellman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message and our joke of the week.
 
President Bruce thanked everyone who attended the Step Down Dinner. President Bruce said that many members thanked him for wanting to do a formal event. In case you didn't attend the Step Down Dinner, President Bruce gave a "brief" recap of his speech. Most importantly, we need to keep inviting and adding new members. We've added 10 over the last year and we need to keep the momentum going.
 
Fundraising, we need to come up with fundraisers so we can keep doing the good work of Rotary. Watch what other organizations are doing and maybe we we can piggyback on them.
 
President Bruce also spoke about succession planning and how we now have the next 3 years covered, but we need to develop leaders so we never have the problem of not having leaders in the future.
 
We also need to have flexibility in our meetings. Maybe only 4 a month or shorten our meetings to an hour. Things for Husam and his board to think about.
 
Tim Hughes presented Kelly Hatten with a check for the new Blanche Reynolds Library in the amount of $1,050.
 
President Bruce asked everyone to help out and sign up for the duty roster and turn in your roster sheets today!!!
 
Tim Blackwell then led the induction ceremony for Kris Hansen! Welcome to the club Kris!!!
 
John Borneman led us in a song then Harriet Clune conducted the raffle for a $50 Trader Joe's gift card and the winner was Jeff Hata!
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 08, 2016
Bill Crookston led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Bruce took a few moments to tell us that the National Anthem at the NBA Finals game in Cleveland was sung by the crowd. Very impactful and moving!
 
Guests: Guest of Jeff Hata was Shelby Bishop, guest of Tom Swan was Laura Romano. Visiting Rotarian was Hutch from Ventura-Downtown.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Michelle Cekov announced that the raffle prize was a $50 Visa gift card.
 
Laura Romano spoke about what's going on at the Girl Scouts, besides selling cookies! The mission of the Girl Scouts is Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Bruce asked for people celebrating June birthdays or anniversary's to stand and be recognized.
 
Tom Swan asked for volunteers to help Downtown with the Fireworks at Ventura College and let us know that we needed to be ready to set-up for the Push-em Pull-em parade at 9:00 on the Fourth of July.
 
Alison Thompson gave our joke of the day.
 
President Bruce told us that long time Downtown Rotary member, Terry Schaefer passed away. Terry's funeral will be at 11:00 am on June 15th.
 
Bob Pazen gave a recap of upcoming programs.
 
Husam Hishmeh told us about his trip to the R.I. Convention in South Korea.
 
President Bruce asked everyone to please turn in their completed roster sheets and reminded us that the Step Down Dinner was 6:00 on June 12th at the Wedgewood Banquet Center. Dress code is shirt and tie for men and "Nice" for women.
 
Joe Strohman asked for employee of the quarter nominations to be submitted.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Judy Hoag!!!
Meeting June 9, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Jun 01, 2016
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Ashley Pope and Kris Hansen were guests of Jeff Hata. Visiting Rotarians from Ventura Downtown were Mary Saputo & Ken Leandro.
 
President Bruce gave a definition of Rotary for our Scholarship Recipients. President Bruce recognized:
  • Pete Gallagher for over 50 years of giving and service to our community.
  • Ron Polito for working with our Foundation for the last 20 years.
  • Jordan Eller for his tireless work with our Scholarship Committee for the last 5 years.
  • Midge Stork for the endless hours and money she has given to many organizations over the years.
This is what Rotary and Service Above Self is about.
 
Ken Leandro and Mary Saputo spoke about the fireworks show on the 4th of July at Ventura College. They can use some help and are looking for volunteers. If you can give some time, please let Ken or Mary know.
 
John Masterson gave our Joke of the Week.
 
Todd Juvonen announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory. Our lucky winner was one of our scholarship recipients Evans Abdulaziz.
 
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Here are the pictures from the 2016 Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
 
Congratulations to the 15 recipients representing 3 local high schools, Buena High School, Foothill Technology High School and El Camino High School.
 
A huge thank you to Scholarship Committee Chair Jordan Eller and his team, Tim Hughes, Tim Blackwell, Sara Masterson & Ken Kagan.
 
Also, thank you to the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Foundation and their board for being good stewards of the funds which make our scholarships possible each year!!!
 
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President Bruce asked all of our Veteran's to stand and be recognized.
 
Bill Spellman then led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
President's Announcements
Can anyone could pick up and take Andy Corliss back to his home in Camarillo for Rotary? Andy can no longer drive and misses his weekly Rotary meeting.
 
The Downtown club needs volunteers for the fireworks on the 4th of July at the college. They are looking for 10 - 15 volunteers. If you can do this let President Bruce know.
 
The Board of Director's meeting has been canceled for June 2nd. Too many people are on vacation or partying in Korea.
 
June 18th is the Board Retreat at Hishmeh Enterprises.
 
Dave Anderson spoke about the Step Down dinner and asked everyone to check the lists and sign up if you haven't done so already. We need a head count for the caterer. We want to bring some formality back to our Step Downs so this will be a business casual event.
 
Guests today were: Guest of Jeff Hata was Kris Hansen, guest of Pete Gallagher was Donna Turner and guest of Joe Strohman was Hannah Strohman.
 
Rocky Ludes spoke about Bob Beckwith. Bob joined the Downtown club in 1955 and then joined Ventura-East shortly after. Bob was very interested in our youth and vocational service in particular. Bob revised his estate plan and left the Rotary Club of Ventura-East's foundation $1.9 million to be used exclusively for scholarships. Rocky is the trustee of Bob's trust and is in the final phases of closing out Bob's estate. Today Rocky presented the Foundation a check for another $65,000.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Aloha Steakhouse! Midge asked for everyone to help out and buy tickets because Husam was not here today!!!
 
It was announced that Jim Emch will chair the Fourth of July Push-em Pull-em parade.
 
Joe Strohman asked for employee of the quarter nominations.
 
President Bruce read off a list of members who had Paul Harris Fellows available. The club is asking for members who have Paul Harris's available to donate your points to the club so we can give some PHF's at the Step Down. If you would like to donate your points, please see President Bruce.
 
Tim Hughes acknowledged Jordan Eller for his work on the scholarship process.
 
Jordan told us that we had a total of 21 applicants and we will award 15 scholarships ranging from $500 - $5,000. Jordan was especially proud that the Valedictorians from all 3 high schools were awarded scholarships. We will be awarding the scholarships on June 2nd.
 
John Masterson took a few moments to introduce us to one of our newest members Mike Martin.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was our visitor Kris Hansen!!!
Meeting May 26, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on May 18, 2016
Nicole Kreutz led us in the Flag Salute today.
 
Jeff Burgh announced that our opportunity drawing prize was a gift card to Larson's.
 
President Bruce recognized Pete Gallagher for his new wheelchair and Joe Strohman for wearing a tie today instead of a bow tie. Joe let President Bruce know that this was the second meeting in a row that he has worn a tie.
 
President Bruce thanked Joe Strohman for the great job Joe did in organizing the 4 Way Test Essay Contest.
 
Todd Juvonen gave our Inspirational Message followed by our joke of the week given by Jordan Eller.
 
Jordan Eller reminded us that scholarship interview are next Monday and Tuesday and that Jordan needs volunteers to chaperone those evenings. Judy & Colin Hoag volunteered for Monday and Alison Thompson will do Tuesday.
 
President Bruce asked for volunteers to fill out the duty roster for the remainder of the year or Michelle Cekov will just start volunteering you!
 
President Bruce thanked the people who scheduled our programs for the last year. President Bruce thought the program rotation worked out well. Bob Pazen will be scheduling programs for the 1st quarter of Husam's year.
 
President Bruce reminded us about the Push em Pull em parade on July 4th. This will be the 40th year we have organized this parade, please think about what we can do to get better PR and fundraising at this event.
 
The next board meeting will be June 2nd instead of June 1st.
 
Dave Anderson spoke about the Step Down dinner on June 12th at the Wedgewood Banquet Center from 6 - 9pm. Please sign up on the sign up sheets being passed around if you haven't done so online.
 
We had a visiting Rotarian today from Ventura-South, Nkosi Khumalo.
 
P.E. Husam Hishmeh let us know that the Board Retreat would be an Husam's office on June 18th starting at 11:30 then off to a BBQ at Husam's home afterwards.
 
Jim Word gave us a few words about water. If you live in Santa Paula, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks or Westlake you will get State Water ... the rest of us are in big trouble. Lake Casitas is at 40% capacity and we will have to conserve another 30% this year. The really bad news is that we are halfway through an 8 year drought. 75% of Ventura County gets its water from the Colorado River or State Water. 
 
To answer the question about desalination, it takes 14 years to get desal on line. Calleguas water is halfway through construction of a 30 mile brine line.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our winner was Jim Emch!!!
 
President Bruce asked everyone to take a Club Roster Information sheet and bring it back completed next week.
Meeting May 19, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
4 new members were inducted today!!! 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on May 11, 2016
Dick Gallagher led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guests today were our speaker, Cheney Caldwell. Guest of Kathy McGee was Ann McGee. Guests of Amber Stevens were her father Matt, brother Brian and her boss Amy Bailey. Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Morris. Guest of Ron Polito was Sara Masterson & Rick Masterson. Guest of Jeff Burgh was Renee Higgins. Guest of Alison Thompson was Yoshi Nomiki. Guest of Michael Martin was Julia Martin. Carolyn Hertel and her grandson Doug Woodburn were also with us to present the awards to our 4 Way Test Essay contest winners. Visiting Rotarian was Gary Wolfe from Ventura Downtown.
 
Joe Strohman did the presentations for the Ronald L. Hertel 4 Way Test essay winners. Present from Balboa Middle School were teachers Mayra Brady, Brooke Schmidt & Laura Mason as well as Principal Wes Wade.
 
Tim Hughes presented Reagen Riggins with the 3rd place award. Tom Hashbarger presented L J Chandler with the 2nd place award and Doug Woodburn presented Dylan Shirk with the 1st place award. Kathy McGee then presented Dylan with the 1st place award for the District contest! Congratulations to all our winners and to Dylan for winning the District contest. Click here to see the 2016 Ronald L. Hertel 4 Way Test Essay presentations
 
President Bruce then inducted 4 new members with the help of Tim Blackwell.
 
Please welcome Sara Masterson who was sponsored by Ron Polito, Micheal Martin who was sponsored by John Masterson, Colin Hoag who was sponsored by Judy Hoag and Amber Stevens who was sponsored by Jeff Hata to the club!!! Click here to see the New Member Inductions
Meeting May 12, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Ronald L. Hertel 4 Way Test Essay Contest winners 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on May 04, 2016
P.E.N. Harriet Clune led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a case of Mexican beer and 1.5 liters of tequila donated by Rich Stewart.
 
Ron Polito gave our joke of the week.
 
Guests today were our speaker Kate Carter from LifeChronicles. Guest of Juan Mendoza was his father Juan Mendoza Sr. Guest of Tim Blackwell was Lars Lundstrom. Guests of the club were Sara Masterson and Michael Martin. Guest of Tom Swan was Justin Schipp and visiting Rotarians were Brenda Alison and Hutch.
 
Brenda Alison announced a "Sushi & Sake" event at her move to benefit Casa Pacifica on May 19th. The cost is $200/couple.
 
Tim Hughes passed around a sign up sheet for donations to buy library books for the "New" Blanche Reynolds library.
 
President Bruce announced that there will be a club foundation meeting immediately after the club meeting.
 
President Bruce thanked everyone who came out for the Social last week. It was a lot of fun and there was pretty good club participation.
 
Dave Anderson let us know that GoCare had completed phase one of the global grant and that the second phase is now in progress.
 
Rich Stewart spoke about the Atlas School Volunteer breakfast. Many club members participated in the tutoring project last year and we look forward to another good year next year.
 
Tim Blackwell let us know that the smart money was on Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby this weekend.
 
Jordan Eller reminded us that scholarship interviews would be the week of May 23rd and we would be making the presentations on June 2nd.
 
President Bruce let us know that he and Kathy would be accompanying Rotaract on their house build in Mexico this year.
 
President Bruce thanked Tim Blackwell for doing the club orientation for Sara Masterson, Amber Stevens and Colin Hoag. We will be inducting Sara, Amber and Colin next week.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was Juan Mendoza!
 
President Bruce read a few letters from our RYLA participants.
Meeting May 5, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE - MAY 2016

I am certain most of us are aware of the earthquakes that took place recently in Japan and Ecuador.  There was another “earthquake” recently, on April 12th, in Evanston, Illinois, at our Rotary International Council on Legislation (COL).  Paul Netztel, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation called the changes both “evolutionary and revolutionary”.   The COL meets once every three years to consider and vote on “enactments” which, if voted in, change Rotary International’s constitutional documents (the Constitution, bylaws, and the standard club Constitution).  Each district sends a voting delegate so there are 534 voting delegates from around the world who attend.  This very progressive, forward-thinking Council made several important enactments, a few of which I will bullet-point briefly for you here:
  • (16-21)   Flexibility in Meetings/Attendance
    • How often a club meets is now up to the club except it must meet two times per month (there is no definition of “meeting”).
    • Attendance requirements are now up to the club.
    • (16-21) Allows clubs to remain the same or change accordingly.
  • (16-36)   Kinds of Membership
    • Clubs may now have other types of memberships than the standard “active and honorary” memberships.  This may include “corporate, associate, family,” etc.  memberships. 
  • (16-38)  Revise Qualifications for Membership to a club
    • This enactment eliminates business and professional criteria from membership qualification.
  • (16-99) Dues Increase
    • RI dues are currently $55 per year.   RI dues will increase $1 per year in 2016-17; increase $4 per year in 2017-18; increase $4 per year in 2018-2019; and increase $4 per year in 2019-20, reaching $68 per year in 2019-2020.  
    • Rationale:  investment returns are down; forecast shows deficits in next four years without a dues increase; more monies needed for upgrading the infrastructure (websites, etc). 
  • (16-01)  Requires written minutes of club Board of Director meetings
  • (16-02) Club Treasurer is added as an officer and board member, in addition to the Immediate Past President, President, President Elect, and club Secretary
  • (16-40) Rotaractors can simultaneously belong to a Rotary club.
  • (16-51) Transferring or former Rotarians are ineligible for membership in a club if they have debts to another club.
  • (16-82) E-Clubs - This enactment erases any distinction between regular clubs and e-clubs.  Regular clubs can have an on-line meeting; an e-club can have an in-person meeting.
There are many more important enactments (click here for a brief summary) as well as proposed resolutions and enactments that were rejected.   For a more in-depth look at the COL, our representative PDG Wade Nomura has a separate article in this newsletter.
- See more at: http://rotarydistrict5240.org/stories/governor-s-message-may-2016/#sthash.Pq7QiOH8.dpuf
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Apr 13, 2016
Greg Frye led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guest of Sam Marsh was Barbara Marsh and guests of John Masterson were Tammy Carlton, Cherisse Ormsby and P.I. Ceraos. Guest of the club was Amber Stevens.
 
Amber Stevens spoke briefly about what's happening at the Y. Amber thanked the club for our donation to Operation Splash and let us know that a new session had just started with 50 kids. Amber invited everyone to please come out to the Y and check out the program.
 
President Bruce asked for March birthdays. Bob Lynn, Tim Hughes, Midge Stork, Kathy McGee and Amber Stevens all celebrate April birthdays!
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a gift card to Cafe Fiore generously donated by Todd Juvonen.
 
President Bruce invited John Masterson to tell us about his trip to Egypt. John said it was "TERRIFIC!!!"
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the day.
 
Tim Hughes also reminded us about Kathy Hatten and her project to build a literacy center at Blanche Reynolds School. Ventura Unified School District came through with funding to buy the furniture. What Kathy really needs now are funds to purchase new books. Tim Hughes is taking donations to purchase books for Blanche Reynolds School.
 
President Bruce presented Tim Blackwell and Tim Hughes with "Membership" pins and presented Greg Frye with his Blue Badge.
 
President Bruce reminded us about Rotaract's house build in Mexico this summer and about the recipe project Rotaract has going on now to help fund this project.
 
President Bruce also told us that he put handouts at each table about the Rotary Foundation. If you need a tax deduction, this is something to consider.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the 4-Way Test essay contest will be on May 12th. Carolyn Hertel has donated the prize money again this year and will be here for the presentation to the winners.
 

Joe Strohman and John Masterson presented Tammy Carlton from CMH with a well deserved Employee of the Quarter award.
 
President Bruce let us know that Andy Corliss hasn't been here for a month and that Andy is fine he's just been having some car issues.
 
Jeff Hata let us know RYLA started today and would go through the weekend. If you would like to check out what the RYLA participants are up to you are invited to go up on Saturday and /or attend the closing ceremony on Sunday morning.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Kathy McGee!
Meeting April 14, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Bruce said he sat next to Vance Thompson for lunch today and Vance did not mention anything about politics! AMAZING!
 
President Bruce thanked Rich Stewart for greeting and Todd Juvonen for taking attendance.
 
Guest of the club today was our speaker Patrick Davidson. Guests of Joe Strohman were his daughters Hannah, Marie & Olivia. Guest of Jeff Hata was Amber Stevens. Guest of Michelle Cekov was her daughter Stephanie. Guest of Bill Gray was his wife Kim.
 
Juan & Nicole were here from Rotaract to announce the cookbook that Rotaract is putting together as a fund raiser to help with the Mexico Super Build. Juan invited all Rotarians to submit recipes for the cookbook.
 
Juan & Nicole also did a presentation on what Rotaract has been up too..
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a secret donated by Michelle Cekov?!?
 
President Bruce asked everyone who attended the District Assembly to stand-up. We had about 9 people who attended the assembly.
 
President Bruce talked about Ventura's 150th Anniversary Celebration. President Bruce then conducted a recognition session about the City's history.
 
Rich Stewart asked for volunteers to fill out the rest of April and May for the Atlas School's homework club. Rich also asked for a show of hands on how many people would like to put together a Relay for Life team. 
 
Husam Hishmeh announced a social at Made West on April 28th.
 
Husam also reminded the board that there was a board meeting tonight at 5:30 at the GoCare offices.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was Jeff Hata!!!
Meeting April 7, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
The City Center Project Tom Swan 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 23, 2016
Daryl Cruser led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Guest of the Club was Michael Martin. Guest of Tom Hashbarger was his son Chuck Hasbarger, guest of Bill Gray was his son Mason and guest of Judy Hoag was Tom Crozier.
 
Tim Blackwell gave our Inspirational Message.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Tom Swan told us that our raffle prize today was a gift card to Wood Ranch.
 
President Bruce recognized Pete Gallagher and Jim Emch for the work they did organizing the St Patrick's Day parade.
 
Tom Swan thanked all the club members that came out for the City Center Project last Saturday. We will need to go back again to do some "maintenance" on the gardening we did that day. Tom thanked Midge Stork for her efforts that day and for all the succulents Midge donated to help with the landscaping!
 
Nicole Kruetz thanked the club for the gift for her son Grayson. 
 
President Bruce asked the club members who were behind in their dues to please get caught up quickly!
 
President Bruce also reminded the Finance Committee that there was going to be a meeting immediately after the club meeting.
 
Husam Hishmeh reminded the board and Avenues of Service Directors that the District Assembly would be April 2nd.
 
John Masterson asked if our finance issues had anything to do with Husam Hishmeh's new BMW??? Husam empatically answered "NO", his BMW had nothing to do with the club!!!
 
President Bruce fined Judy Hoag for texting during the meeting.
 
President Bruce asked who was reading the Breeze? If members could get in the habit of reading the Breeze we could eliminate a lot of the announcements and possibly end the meeting a little earlier.
 
Joe Strohman thanked everyone for their donations for scholarships. Joe reminded us that if the club could raise $2,500 Ron Polito would match that amount.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our winner was Husam Hishmeh!!!
Meeting March 24, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 16, 2016
Jeff Burgh led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Bruce thanked Tom Swan for greeting and Joe Strohman for taking attendance.
 
Tim Blackwell told us that the raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Osabi Restaurant.
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message.
 
Guests today was our speaker Lt. Cmdr. John Sokol. Guest of John Masterson was his niece Sarah Masterson. Guest of Judy Hoag was Tom Crozier. Guest of Juan Mendoza was his mother Raquel, Shelly Linda and Bertha. Guest of Ron Polito was Nala.
 
March Birthday's in attendance was Bill Crookston!
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Bruce presented Jason Ribibo with his blue badge.
 
Jordan Eller gave a Vocational Minute followed by the joke of the week given by Juan Mendoza.
 
Ron Polito let us know that we are going to give $25,000 for scholarships out of the Schwab account and the Foundation checking account had $7,000 in it that is also going to scholarships for a total of $32,000. Ron will put up matching funds of $2,500 if the club can raise $2,500 also. That will give us $37,000 for scholarships this year. Thank you for your generosity Ron!
 
Tom Swan reminded us about the City Center project which will be starting at 9:00 instead of 8:00.
 
Dave Anderson thanked the Finance Committee for their hard work and announced that there will be a brief Finance Committee meeting immediately after next weeks club meeting.
 
Husam Hishmeh invited all Avenues of Service and board members to attend the District Assembly from 7:30 - 12:30 on April 2nd. The assembly will be at Pacifica High School in Oxnard.
 
Andy Corliss spoke briefly about St Patricks day and what it means to him.
 
Midge conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bill Hicks!
Meeting March 17, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 09, 2016
Tom Swan led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Visiting Rotarians today were P.D.G. Jane McClennahan, President of Ventura Downtown Mario de la Piedra and from the Rotary Club of Santa Paula Pam Lindsay.
 
Guest of Bill Crookston was Kelly Hatten, Principal from Blanche Reynolds School.
 
Husam Hishmeh donated our raffle prize today which was $50 in cash to the winner and a donation of $50 to the club foundation in the winner's name.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
President Bruce invited Kelly Hatten to speak about what's going on at Blanche Reynolds. The enrollment at Blanche Reynolds is about 500 kids K - 5. Enrollment has been decreasing of the last few years.
 
At Blanche Reynolds they are currently putting together an effort to redo the library. They have many books which are over 40 years old and is in a very small room. The goal of the library project is to move it into a bigger room and resupply the books that are available. They also would like to put in some electronics and furniture.
 
Tim Hughes asked to put together a project team to review the project with Kelly and see if there was anything we could do to assist.
 
Joe Strohman needs two more Student of the Quarter sponsors and the 4 Way Test Essay team is reading through the essays.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about the YMCA's Victory Dinner. Over the 6 week period of campaign the goal was to raise $170,000 and the campaigner's raised $184,000! Operation Splash is part of campaign and the presentation of our check was very well received.
 
Jordan Eller spoke about scholarships. The applications are out and Jordan will be looking for volunteers to help with the process in May.
 
President Bruce spoke about the St. Patrick's Day parade which was Saturday. Jim Emch is helping Pete Gallagher with the organization this year. Check in for the parade starts at 8:00 and the parade starts at 10:00.
 
Rich Stewart needs tutors for Atlas School, people to attend the parade and ambassadors for the City's 150th anniversary.
 
Tom Swan spoke about the City Center clean-up which will be March 19th from 8:00 - 3:00.
 
Harriet Clune encouraged everyone to go see the current production at the Rubicon Theater. Harriet said it's one of the best she's seen!!!
 
President Bruce thanked the presidents who stood in for him the past two weeks. Part of his absence was for work but the other part was a hike through the Grand Canyon that they had to cancel last year because of Kathy's accident. It was a great trip!
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was President Bruce. President Bruce donated the $50 he won to the Foundation so the Foundation was $100 richer today!!!
Meeting March 10, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 03, 2016
Members of our club were on hand at the Ventura Family YMCA's Annual Campaign Victory Celebration. The YMCA celebrates the hard work put in by their members, staff and board members to gather monetary donations to fund scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay for a full membership. The YMCA's goal is for everyone who wants to come to the YCMA can have that opportunity. This year campaigner's raised $184,000 during campaign, Amy's goal was $170,000!!!
 
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East was on hand to present Amy Bailey, Executive Director of the Ventura Family YMCA, with a $6,000 donation to fund Operation Splash for an additional year. Operation Splash was a program established in 2010 between the Ventura Family YCMA and the Rotary Club of Ventura-East to provide learn to swim lessons for homeless and underprivileged children in our community. In the years following Operation Splash's inception the program has been expanded to Operation Ventura where besides swimming other youth sports opportunities are being provided.
 
Besides water safety other benefits of the program has been:
  • These children have been learned socialization skills through interaction with other members of the Y.
  • Has provided these children with the opportunity to "just be kids" during the time they are attending classes.
  • Provided their parents with the opportunity to "decompress" and work on securing employment or taking care of other tasks without having to be concerned about what their kids are doing.
Children for this program are identified through programs at City Center, Project Understanding, Salvation Army to name a few.
l-r: Juan Mendoza, Tim Blackwell, Kathy McGee, Jeff Hata, Amy Bailey, Bruce McGee, Tom Swan, Midge Stork, Dave Anderson, Bob Noville
Ventura-East presents $6,000 donation to the Ventura Family YMCA to fund Operation Splash Jeff Hata 2016-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Mar 02, 2016
PE Husam Hishmeh rang the bell and invited everyone to lunch, guests & visiting Rotarians to the front of the line please.
 
PE Husam thanked our greeter Kathy McGee and also thanked Daryl Cruser for taking attendance.
 
Guest of Joe Strohman were his daughters Hannah and Marie. Guest of John Masterson was his son in law Michael Martin and guest of Jeff Hata was Ryan Rogers.
 
Joe Strohman led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
John Borneman gave our inspirational message and then led us in singing America the Beautiful.
 
Midge Stork announced that our raffle prize was a gift card to the Yard House generously donated by Jeff Burgh.
 
Dick Gallagher gave our joke of the week.
 
Happy $'s: Husam Hishmeh, John Borneman, Tim Hughes, Tim Blackwell and Midge Stork.
 
Joe Strohman updated us on what his daughters are up to ... Hannah is currently taking classes at Ventura College and Marie is taking acting lessons in Los Angeles.
 
Joe Strohman called on Nicole Kruetz to give us a quick vocational minute. Nicole recently returned to work after giving birth to her son, Colton, 5 months ago. Colton will be in Kindercare two weeks from now. For her day job, Nicole is the branch manager at the Ventura Branch of County Commerce Bank which has now merged with Citizen's Business Bank. County Commerce Bank went from $250 million in assets to $9.5 billion overnight! Nicole handles commercial lending up to $10 million.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville!!!
 
Announcements:
Juan Mendoza told us that he is involved with an international exchange "A Year in America" and he is looking for host families.
 
Tom Swan reminded us about the City Center project on March 12th from 8:00 - 3:00.
 
Rich Stewart needs tutors for Atlas school homework club and Rich is also looking for "Ambassador's" for the City's 150th year celebration.
 
Jordan Eller is looking for people to help with the scholarship committee this year.
 
Dave Anderson reminded us about the YMCA Victory dinner Friday night.
 
Midge Stork told us that Tom Hashbarger is very ill. Please email, don't call or go to visit.
Meeting March 3, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 24, 2016
Past President Joe Strohman stepped in for President Bruce today. President Bruce & Kathy were out on a walk about hiking the Grand Canyon.
 
Daryl Cruser led us in the Flag Salute.
 
PP Joe thanked Bill Spellman for greeting and Vance Thompson for taking attendance.
 
Harriet Clune donated our raffle prize today which was a Visa gift card! Daryl Cruser sold our raffle tickets for Midge Stork today.
 
Guest of Bill Gray was his wife Kim Gray and guest of Husam Hishmeh was his nephew Shaker.
Juan Mendoza gave our Inspirational Message in a rather unique way!
 
John Borneman gave our joke of the week followed by our song of the week.
 
Greg Frye gave a vocational moment. Greg is a Corporate Benefits Specialist. He sells insurance, annuities, etc and works closely with his clients to insure they remain compliant.
 
PP Joe reminded the Board that the next Board Meeting would be on Tuesday March 1st, not Wednesday March 2nd.
 
Husam Hishmeh told us about his PETS experience. It was very interesting and Husam came back with a lot of ideas for the club.
 
Rich Stewart talked about the Atlas School homework club. Rich also told us that the City of Ventura is looking for 150th Anniversary Ambassador's. If you are interested in serving as an ambassador let Rich know.
 
Tom Swan reminded us about the City Center project on March 19th. We will be doing painting and gardening from 8:00 - 3:00.
 
Joe Strohman asked Harriet Clune, Tom Hashbarger and Tim Hughes to stand. Joe then handed them binders with essays from the 4 Way Test essays to evaluate. Carolyn Hertel will be donating prize money.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about the YMCA Victory dinner on March 4th at 6:00 - 8:00 at the Masonic Lodge.
 
PP Joe Strohman reminded us about our joint meeting with the South club on February 29th.
 
PP Joe Strohman asked how many people had their dominos with them today. Most of us did have our dominos with them!
 
Daryl Cruser conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Rafael Canton. Rafa donated the gift card back to the club to use at another time.
 
Saturday is a Membership Seminar in Santa Barbara.
 
February 19th will be Tom Hashbarger's birthday. We all sang happy birthday to Mr. Hasbarger!!!
Meeting February 25, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 17, 2016
Tom Swan led us in the Flag Salute.

Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize today was a gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond generously donated by Bill Spellman.
 
Bill Gray brought two guests with him today, Steve Harbison & John Ellis. Visiting us from Ventura-Downtown was Norm Blanchard.
 
Joe Strohman conducted elections to the RCVE Foundation Board. The nominees were Bill Crookston, Jordan Eller & Vance Thompson. Club members were instructed to vote for two of the nominees.
 
The Foundation conducted their annual meeting last week and Ron Polito reported that the Morgan Stanley funds will not be available for scholarships this year. $25,000 will be used from the Schwab account for scholarships and some ideas were discussed about doing some internal fund raising to get additional scholarship funds.
 
Kathy McGee gave our Inspirational Message followed by Rafael Canton who gave our joke of the week.
 
Tom Swan passed around a sign up sheet for a Clean-up day at the City Center on March 19th from 8:00 - 3:00.
 
President's Announcements:
  • Michelle Cekov is leaving for Nicaragua for the next 2 weeks to follow up with the GoCare projects.
  • February 29th will be a joint meeting with Ventura-South.
  • There is a sign up sheet being passed to sign up to attend the YMCA Campaign Victory Dinner. We will be presenting the YMCA with a $6,000 check to fund Operation Splash.
  • Pete Gallagher was in the hospital for 5 days last week. Please give Pete a call and stop in for a visit if you can.
  • The Board has accepted the nomination of Harriet Clune to be PEN.
 
Rich Stewart and PEN Harriet Clune totaled up the votes for the RCVE Foundation Board election and Joe Strohman reported that Bill Crookston and Vance Thompson were both elected to 3 year terms beginning July 1, 2016. Congratulations to Bill and Vance.
 
Natalie Debbas reported that Interact is doing well. They are a small group, but MIGHTY! The big project continues to be working with the special ed kids twice a month. 
 
President Bruce asked Natalie if it would be possible to have some of the Interact members participate in the St Patrick's Day Parade on March 12th. 
 
Student of the Quarters were presented today:
 
John Tappin from the Industrial Arts Department. John's sponsor was Laura Shannon who was unable to attend today's meeting so standing in for Laura was President Bruce.
 
Colby Silva from the Business Department. Colby's sponsor was Husam Hishmeh.
 
Tim Blackwell spoke about membership. Tim has been sending out emails to remind us to invite! It must be working because Bill Gray had 2 guests with him today!!!
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the lucky winner was Pete Gallagher!
Meeting February 18, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rafael Canton, M.D. on Feb 17, 2016
I remember a period -in the late seventies- when the membership of our Club was growing. I believe we were up to 80 members. During our meetings, the sliding wall that separates the Ventura Room from the Santa Paula Room was kept open in the middle. The buffet was served in the Ventura Room, so that we could meet in the Santa Paula Room. That worked out very well.
 
However, our members knew additional persons in the community who had expressed an interest in joining our Club. Several of us weighed the advantages and disadvantages of becoming larger. We agreed that if we became too large, the closeness of our inter-personal relations would suffer. We felt it would be better to create an additional Rotary Club. That would provide opportunity for more persons to enjoy the intimacy that we enjoyed, and to participate in the "Rotary Club Leadership" experience. However, at that time, we would not be allowed, by Rotary International, to create another club without the authorization of our "mother club" - The Ventura Rotary Club. Also, the new club would have to limit its membership to the east of the line of demarcation between the Ventura Club and the Rotary Club of Ventura-East.
 
Therefore, in 1978-79, when I was president of our Club, I and several other members of our Club's Board met with the Board of the Ventura Club. During our meeting, I said that it's harder to remember the names of members, the larger the club is. A member of the Ventura Club Board said: "I used to be a member of a Rotary Club, in Los Angeles, that had over 400 members. I remembered the name of every one of them." They denied our request. They told us we should grow bigger.
 
Subsequently, Rotary International changed the rules. After that, we created the Rotary Club of Ventura-South (4/29/83) and the Rotary Club of Ventura-Marina (3/29/85). For many years, our Club continued to have 75 - 80 members.
My memories of our club's growth Rafael Canton, M.D. 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
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.
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 10, 2016
Vance Thompson led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
Rich Stewart announced that our raffle prize was a bag full of Valentine's goodies!!!
 
Jeff Hata gave our Inspirational Message followed by Tim Hughes who gave our joke of the day.
 
President Bruce nominated Harriet Clune to a board position for 2016. The club unanimously voted Harriet onto the board. President Bruce then announced that Harriet has accepted the PEN position! We now have a succession plan for the next 4 - 5 years in place.
 
Tim Blackwell spoke about membership and reminded us about the domino theory. When asked how many people had their domino's with them about half the club said they did.
 
Joe Strohman let us know that the essays are coming in from Buena and we will need people to help ready through them. The Foundation Board had 3 people who have expressed an interest in serving on the Foundation. The Foundation will be meeting tonight at Joe Strohman's office tonight at 5 and Morgan Stanley will be there to report on our funds.
 
In regard to membership, Joe Strohman has gone through his Outlook (address book) and has identified about 15 potential members.
 
Tom Swan introduced his guest Cecilia Johnson. Cecilia was our program awhile ago speaking about "Scholarship" bootcamps and is interested in joining the club and possibly doing some bootcamps at Buena in conjunction with our scholarship application period.
 
Rich Stewart read a letter from the Salvation Army thanking us for our help with Bell Ringing this past Christmas. We raised $159.16 for the day! If you are interested in helping with the homework club at Atlas School, please let Rich know.
 
Tom Swan announced that he will be the club's Administrative Assistant for Husam and that Todd Juvonen will take over Community Service for 2016-2017.
 
Tom Swan also announced that we have a Community Service project tentatively lined up at the City Center on March 19th for Light maintenance and gardening.
 
President Bruce announced that there were 2 sign up sheets going around. One was for the YMCA Victory Dinner on March 4th and the other was for the joint meeting with Ventura-South on February 29th.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Bob Noville.
 
Cecilia Johnston spoke about college bootcamps and how to secure scholarships and grants.
 
President Bruce then led the club in a Club Assembly.
Meeting February 11, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Feb 03, 2016
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Bruce thanked Harriet Clune for taking attendance and Michelle Cekov for greeting.
 
Harriet Clune ran the raffle today for Midge Stork and announced that the raffle prize was a gift card that was good at many local restaurants.
 
Husam Hishmeh gave our Inspirational Message followed by the joke of the day given by Ron Polito.
 
President Bruce passed around the duty roster for the remainder of the year and asked everyone to please sign up.
 
President Bruce told us that the board meeting last night was very robust and was happy to announce that we have established a strong board the next few years and that many newer Rotarians have stepped up and will be getting involved with the board.
 
President Bruce also let us know that when we made the decision to drop the BBQ team we also lost about $4,000 in income that we need to make up. As a club we will have to come with a plan to correct this between now and the end of the year.
 
Jeff Hata spoke about Operation Splash and our donation of $6,000 to fund this program at the YMCA. The YMCA is having thier "Annual Campaign" celebration night on March 4th at 6:00 pm at the Masonic Lodge. We will be presenting the YMCA with a check on that night. We would like as many club members as possible to come out and show support for the program and also let the YMCA Campaigners see and get to know who we are.
 
Jeff Hata also spoke about the Magic Night at the Poinsettia Pavilion on February 13th at 7:00. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go to help the Poinsettia Pavilion with much needed funds to help with the maintenance of the Pavilion.
 
President Bruce asked how many people had their dominos in their pockets after Tim's membership talk last week. Only a few people raised their hands. President Bruce admonished the club to carry their dominos to remind themselves to invite new members. We don't have a membership problem, we have an inviting problem.
 
President Bruce went over the "Young Professional" designation. To qualify the candidate must be between the ages of 21 and 35. They must attend a minimum of 6 meetings/year and pay club, district and R.I. dues monthly. They must also be active in an Avenue of Service. They will only be charged for meals when they attend a club meeting. A person can hold this designation for a maximum of 2 years.
 
Kathy McGee said that the social last weekend to see Bill Spellman's play was a lot of fun! It was very entertaining watching Bill disappear through a trap door.
 
President Bruce did a recognition session with the topic being the Super Bowl.
 
Harriet Clune conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Greg Frye. We sold $120 in tickets today!
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
Meeting February 4, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Blackwell on Feb 02, 2016
46 = the number of active members
22 = the number of meetings left in Bruce's term
2 = If everyone invited just two guests/week
2,024 = the number of people who would be invited for the remainder of this Rotary Year.
506 = the number of visitors if 25% show up
50 = the number of new members is 10% join us.
 
Get busy and start inviting!
How will we double the size of Ventura-East??? Tim Blackwell 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rafael Canton, M.D. on Feb 02, 2016
Since I am now one of "the most experienced" members of my Rotary Club, I would like to share some of my Club-related memories1 for the members of our Club who were not here several decades ago. I am submitting these memories to The Breeze, in short narratives. These memories are not thoroughly documented or complete. I hope my contemporaries in our Club will feel free to offer their own memories, to supplement or correct mine. (If Jeff Hata agrees.)
 
The Totonaca Project
This project was directed by Eric Nicolet, and lasted quite a few years. It was funded by a grant from Rotary International, and it was sponsored by our club, by a club in Mexico City, and by a dub in the Totonaca region.
 
When the Spanish invaders arrived, the Totonacas were a powerful empire that was a rival of the Aztec Empire. They occupied a vast region to the east of the Aztecs. The Totonacas sided with the Spaniards. The Totonaca territory is now spread over several Mexican states.
 
Although the ancient Totonacas had left behind some impressive ruins of huge building, (which we were not aware of during our grant), in the twentieth century, the people were in great need of a variety of essential services, especially related to health and education. Our program was created to provide some of such services, and to teach the Totonacas how to help themselves, at least to some extent. High priority was given to promoting the building of latrines. The goal was to diminish gastro-intestinal infectious diseases, which were a major cause of illness and death among children.
 
The territory was vast and remote from cities. Our Club bought its own truck and had its own driver. On one occasion, I went there with Eric, for a couple of days. There were no electrical lights to be seen. I distinctly remember that, at night, it was so dark in my bedroom that I literally could not see my hand in front of my eyes.
 
 
THE TOTONAC PROJECT
(Rotary Club of Ventura-East History,
by Rafael Canton-For "The Breeze'', June 2005)
 
I think "The Breeze" plays a key role in maintaining our Club's history alive. In this spirit, I’d like to share some of my memories of the "Totonac Project." (John Carroll and/or Eric Nicolet would have done it much better.) I invite any corrections that may be more accurate or complete than my recollections.
 
This project received one of the earliest grants from the "Health, Hunger, and Humanity" Program offered by Rotary International. It was originally written by our Club but it was sponsored jointly with a Club in Mexico City and a Club close to the Totonac region. The original grant was extended a number of times, over almost ten years. I believe it added up to close to a million dollars.
 
Eric Nicolet was in charge of supervising the Project. He visited it many times. I was always impressed by the sacrifice and devotion that implied. Eric was extremely vulnerable to ''tropical diarrhea." Because of that and, I believe, because of his diabetes, the only thing he could eat in Mexico was bananas. He had to carry his own water, at a time when that was not as convenient as now. At one point, the personnel at the Mexico City airport became somewhat suspicious of this "Gringo" who was traveling, so frequently, with all that liquid... He would fly to Mexico City, be met there by a person from the Project and ride for several hours, to the Totonac Region. He usually stayed there for several days at a time. At one point, a local Catholic priest expressed the suspicion that Eric was really a spy and a member of the CIA That idea seemed reasonable to some people in that region-apparently, there was a rumor that the CIA had, in met, infiltrated at least one Christian mission, in Central America. There had been resentment, on the part of the Catholic clergy, of the Protestants missionary who had "invaded their territory." The fact that Rotary is non-religious might have been helpful.
 
The Totonacs are an American Indian nation which, at that time, consisted of many villages - about 60? - spread out over a large area Centuries ago, they bad built impressive stone buildings and cities. Like other civilizations, they were taken over by the Aztecs. When Hernan Cortez arrived, the Totonacs decided to help the Spaniards against the Aztec Empire. It didn’t do them any good. When we found them, their standard of living was extremely low. I think John Carroll, described it as "at Fourth World level."
My memories about the Rotary Club of Ventura-East Rafael Canton, M.D. 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2016
Leading us in the Flag Salute today was Dick Gallagher.
 
President Bruce thanked Daryl Cruzer for greeting today. 
 
Sam Marsh then gave our joke of the day followed by another joke from Jordan Eller.
 
President Bruce asked Daryl Cruzer what was new? Daryl said that he got a job!!!
 
President Bruce then welcomed two guests, Jeff Burgh & Ron Polito! Also visitng today was guest of Tom Swan, Ariel Burch and guest of Judy Hoag was Adam Laut.
 
We did not have the raffle today.
 
Celebrating a birthday in January is Jim Emch.
 
President Bruce reported that he has asked Jason Ribibo to give a recap on what's happening in the stock market the last two weeks and for some reason Jason has missed.
 
Husam Hishmeh announced that Downtown is holding a social at Himalaya Restaurant next Thursday at 6:00. We are also planning on doing a joint meeting with South on the 29th of February.
 
Kathy McGee is working on a social to see the play Bill Spellman is starring in on January 20th.
 
Husam Hishmeh also reported that he attended the Rotary Peace Conference and was very impressed. Husam said that the easiest way to get peace in the world is for everyone to gain inner peace. Sharon Stone was a key note speaker at the conference and is involved in quite a few peace related projects.
 
President Bruce asked how many people have visited the club FaceBook page recently. Sadly not many people raised their hands.
 
Bill Spellman reported that Interact is still working on their project with the special needs students. Also, in addition to Jason Ribibo, Jeff Burgh as expressed an interest in working with the Interact students.
 
Joe Strohman reported that John Masterson has nominated an employee from CMH for our next employee of the quarter. Joe also said that our next student of the quarter will be next month and that Carolyn Hertel has donated $1,000 for the 4-Way Test essay contest. Ken Kagan is working on setting up a 4 Way Test essay contest at Foothill.
 
Joe Strohman also announced that the Club's Foundation needs to elect 2 new board members. If you are interested in sitting on the Foundation board, let Joe know.
 
Ron Polito reported that the Foundation is at $1,600,000 in the Morgan Stanley account and $350,000 in the Schwab account.
 
President Bruce spoke about Rotary Peace Scholarships and that nominations are now being taken. This month's Rotarian has many articles about what Peace Scholarships have accomplished after graduation.
 
Tom Swan said that Rotaract is having their board meeting at Domino's on Petit Thursday, January 28th at 6:30pm.
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Jan 13, 2016
Sorry everyone ... tablets, the internet, dropbox ... they don't always play well together. As a result, I do not have the minutes for this weeks meeting.
Meeting January 14, 2016 Jeff Hata 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Bruce welcomed Nicole Kruetz back. Nicole has been on a maternity leave for the last several months. Nicole said that her son Colton is 3 months old and it's time to get back to work!
 
President Bruce introduced guests and visiting Rotarians. Past President Joe Amandoli visited today to say hello and goodbye. Joe and his wife Shawn will be moving to Santa Rosa, CA to be closer to his daughter and family. Guest of Husam Hishmeh was Chris Figueroa. Chris cycles to raise money for healthy living programs. Chris is sponsored by many Rotary clubs and is planning a trip from the Black Sea to Everest. Guest of Jordan Eller was former member Michelle Mercado.
 
Midge announced that our raffle prize was a Nordstrom gift card donated by Laura Shannon.
 
President Bruce spoke a little about his visit to his family in Australia. President Bruce told us what a good time he had explaining Donald Trump to his family!
 
Jim Word spoke about our recent rain and the effect it had on Casitas. Basically Tuesday's rain did not generate any visible flow in the Ventura River. Wednesday's rain showed a little flow, but not enough to divert water into the lake. So we had a good rain storm, but there was no effect on the drought. Jim said that we only need 900 inches of rain to fill the lake.
 
Jordan Eller said that he has received is first inquiry about scholarships. Scholarship applications will be available in March.
 
Bill Spellman reported that we did mock interviews at Buena High School this morning. Husam Hishmeh, Vance Thompson and John Borneman participated and next week it will be Bill Spellman and Joe Strohman.
 
Bill Spellman also reported that we are doing good with RYLA registrations. We are waiting on the two from Buena to complete their registrations.
 
Tom Swan gave a speaker update. Next week we will here about how to teach kids to find merit based scholarships.
 
Back to RYLA, Husam Hishmeh told us that he is having his twin daughters go to RYLA through the Downtown club and one of his daughters was accepted and the other was an alternate. 
 
Husam Hishmeh also told the club we still do not have a PEN. President Bruce said that he was ashamed that nobody will step up and become PEN.
 
Rich Stewart and Laura Shannon spoke about the tutoring at ATLAS school and how much fun it was. Rich urged everyone to sign up and help out. We need volunteers to keep this program going.
 
President Bruce said that the Breeze is online and to talk to Jeff Hata about getting your advertising in the Breeze and on the website.
 
Bill Spellman reported on Interact. The club has taken on a project to work with the special needs students on campus. This is turning out to be a good program because many times the special needs students are forgotten. Interact is working with the special needs students on crafts projects that they distribute to local assisted living facilities.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Husam Hishmeh.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Our speaker was Doug Ridley, Esq. who spoke to us about the science of a DUI.
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We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a very safe & sane New Year!!!
 
We will be dark December 24th and December 31st.
 
We will see you all again on January 7, 2016!!!
We will be dark ... 2015-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata
Joe Strohman led us in the Flag Salute.
 
President Bruce presented Rene, Ericka and Edi with Christmas Tips for last year.
 
Guests and visiting Rotarians. Juan Mendoza introduced his brother Cesar who is visiting for the holidays from Mexico.
 
President Bruce let us know that the raffle and Inspirational Message were going to be done by Kathy McGee, but Kathy was stuck on the road due to a road closure.
 
Tim Hughes gave our joke of the week followed by President Bruce who gave our Inspirational Message in place of Kathy.
 
Dates to remember: December 30th, RI President K.R. Ravindran will be in the area for a cocktail reception and dinner. January 1st, make sure you are by your television set and watching the Rose Parade. In particular, be on the lookout for the Rotary float.
 
If you know someone who can be nominated for a Rotary Peace Fellowship, please let President Bruce know. We would like to have a nominee sponsored by the club this year. 

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

Two types of peace fellowships are available.

MASTER'S DEGREE

We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, we award up to 50 master’s degree fellowships at these institutions:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE

For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, we offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at  in Thailand (). This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.

Rich Stewart and Vance Thompson thanked everyone for their help setting up and breaking down at the Christmas Party. The party was a great success and the play afterwards was very good.

Rafa Canton spoke briefly about why people freak out this time of the year!

Todd Juvonen let us know about our new invoice through email system. Attached to your invoice email is a pdf of your actual statement.

Bill Spellman asked for volunteers for Mock Interviews at Buena High School Career Center on January 7th at 7:00 am. Husam Hishmeh, Joe Strohman and Alison Thompson volunteered.

President Bruce asked for volunteers to help move the pallets left over from Poinsettia Delivery day. Husam Hishmeh was trying to locate a person to haul them away.

Midge Stork conducted the raffle and the winner was Carol Marquez-Olson.

Meeting December 17, 2015 Jeff Hata 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Ventura-East held their annual Christmas Party at the Rubicon Theater Saturday night. I don't think the Rubicon will ever be the same. We had an overflow crowd and over 40 of us stayed after the party to see the Rubicon's presentation of A Christmas Carol.
 
Check out the photo album in the right column. Thanks to Harriet Clune for supplying pictures of this great event!
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Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 09, 2015
Michelle Cekov led us in the Salute to the Flag.
 
President Bruce thanked Jason Rebibo for greeting and Todd Juvonen for the raffle prize, $50 cash!
 
President Bruce read a card from a YMCA Operation Splash participant thanking us for our continuing support of Operation Splash.
 
Bill Crookston gave our Inspirational Message.
 
President Bruce welcomed guests and visiting Rotarians.
 
Visiting from Downtown was CPA Gary Wolfe and guest of Husam Hishmeh was Peter Duffy.
 
John Borneman led us in a song and then gave our joke of the week.
 
President Bruce asked Jim Word how our water situation was. Jim reported that we are in deep trouble. The good news is it's projected to rain sometime next year!!!
 
President Bruce convened the club's annual meeting.
 
Daryl Cruzer, Tom Swan, Kathy McGee, Jeff Berg & Vance Thompson were all nominated to fill vacant board positions next year. Bill Spellman moved that nominations be closed with Joe Strohman seconding. John Masterson then called for the question. All 5 individuals were accepted unanimously by members in attendance.
 
Tim Hughes presented Kathy McGee with her blue badge.
 
President Bruce again asked the club for someone to step up and help with the Breeze ... President Bruce also said that the FaceBook page is amazing.
 
President Bruce spoke about Tim Pate's new paper, San Buenaventura Post, is the new paper in town. At this time the Post is digital only, but it's Tim's desire to begin a printed version with home delivery. President Bruce said that Tim ran an ad at no charge for the last 6 weeks to promote our poinsettia sales.
 
Speaking of Poinsettias, Judy Hoag reported that we delivered 2,265 plants last week or 374 cases! We are still waiting for the final numbers to come in before Judy can report our earnings. Great job Judy & Will!!! Judy also reported that after she made the last delivery her car blew up so Judy is on the hunt for a new car now.
 
President Bruce reported that Tim Blackwell's fundraising meeting went very well and that there were a lot of ideas generated and are under investigation.
 
President Bruce also commented on how active our Rotaract Club is having done the FoodShare Can Tree project and the Children's Christmas Party at the City Center in a matter of a few days. The Rotaractor's are truly inspiring.
Meeting December 10, 2015 Jeff Hata 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Many Rotarians from all three Ventura Clubs came out to support Rotaract at the City Center's Children's Christmas Party. It's been a busy 3 days for our Rotaractors!!!
 
 
City Center Children's Christmas Party 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Dec 02, 2015
Andy Corliss led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jeff Hata let us know that there would likely not be any parking in the Pavilion level next Thursday due to a paving project. We will be able to let people park on the Pavilion level if they are unable to navigate the stairs.
 
Rich Stewart went over the schedule for the Christmas Party and Vance Thompson asked for a few people to help with the set-up.
 
Husam Hishmeh reminded us about Rotaract's Can Tree Build for FoodShare on Saturday and the Children's Christmas Party at the City Center on Monday December 7th.
 
Judy Hoag passed out poinsettia delivery assignments.
 
President Bruce adjourned the meeting and asked everyone to drive safely while delivering poinsettias.
 
 
Meeting December 3, 2015 Jeff Hata 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

Vocational Moment

As I tour our clubs in District 5240, I am very excited about the renewed emphasis in our very first Avenue of Service - VOCATIONAL SERVICE. This is completely in line with Rotary International's desire to reignite an interest in this service area in all clubs.
 
Here is a quick tip on how you can help your club re-energize Vocational Service and also help those prospective Rotarians learn more about your members when they visit. Simply do this: When a member addresses the President in a meeting, have them begin with: Their Name; Their Vocation. It would sound like this: "President Gary, this is Jim Bell, Wells Fargo Bank..."
 
That's it! Simple. Easy to do. At no cost! Over time as your members learn to do this, remember, it's to help prospective members become acquainted with your members, and to encourage all your members to benefit from each other when they do business. After all, who better to do business with than someone you know and who cares about you from your Rotary Family?
 
 
Governor's Message - December 2015 2015-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 18, 2015
Rich Stewart led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Jason Rebibo with the help of Todd Juvonen took attendance.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a $50 Dominos gift card donated by Husam Hishmeh.
 
Tim Hughes gave our Inspirational Message followed by the joke of the day given by Alison Thompson.
 
President Bruce introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.
Visiting from Ventura Downtown was Hutch. Guests of Bob Pazen were Martha Duran & Lucy Perez.
 
President Bruce asked who invited last weeks speaker Barry Fisher. Jeff Hata said he did and President Bruce asked that we follow up and invite Barry Fisher back as a potential member.
 
President Bruce said that our membership goal is to get to 65 members. We started the year at 44 members and have added 3 new members so far this year. We have lots of room to grow so please invite potential Rotarians to come check us out.
 
Dave Anderson conducted nominations for the Rotary year 2016-2017. For our two director at large seats, Daryl Cruser, Tom Swan, Kathy McGee, Jeff Berg & Vance Thompson have been nominated. Dave Anderson told us we are still looking for a P.E.N.
 
Community Service, Rich Stewart, spoke about the Atlas School tutoring program. Last week Alison Thompson and Wendy Pazen helped out and next week will be Carol Marquez-Olson. If you would like to help out, contact Rich.
 
Rich Stewart also got volunteers for Salvation Army Bell Ringing on November 28th. Rich also reminded us about the Christmas Party at the Rubicon Theater on December 12th from 5:30 - 7:45. If you want to go to the show afterwards let Rich know ASAP.
 
Judy Hoag let us know that there will not be any pink or white poinsettia's this year. It's not too late to get order in so keep selling. The deadline is November 25th.
 
Rotaracts Children's Christmas Party at the City Center is on December 7th. Kathy McGee is working on buying $800 worth of gifts. If anyone wants to help Kathy spend money, please step forward and let Kathy know. We have 5 children to shop for.
 
We have $100 left over from the gifts donations so President Bruce asked for the Club's permission to donate it to Rotaract for the Can Tree event on December 5th.
 
President Bruce asked questions from the last edition of the Rotarian about the drought. It is very apparent that we need to read the Rotarian!!!
 
John Borneman led us in a song followed by the raffle drawing...our lucky winner was Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
Our speaker today was Rosandra Esquivel from the HR Firm.
Meeting November 19, 2015 Jeff Hata 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeff Hata on Nov 11, 2015
President Bruce rang the bell and thanked Wendy Pazen for greeting and taking attendance today.
 
Todd Juvonen led us in the Flag Salute.
 
Midge Stork announced that the raffle prize was a $50 gift card to Trader Joe's donated by Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
Rotaract President Juan Espinosa thanked the club for our generous to the Foster Children's Christmas Party. Juan gave us the following dates for the party:
November 30 - Wish list deadline.
December 3 - Gift Wrap party
December 7 - Party at the City Center
 
Ron Polito generously donated up to $250 in matching funds towards the Children's Christmas Party if the club would step up and donate $250. Many members raised thier hands to pledge $50 so we raised at least $500 for the Children's Christmas Party. Thank you to Ron and the members who pledged $50.
President Bruce also passed a sign up sheet for those who wished to help shop for the party.
 
Joe Strohman announced that John Masterson has nominated a CMH employee for the next Employee of the Quarter award.
 
President Bruce told us that Michelle Cekov is in Nicaragua checking over the projects.
 
Rich Stewart reminded us that the Christmas Party will be at the Rubicon this year and we can buy discounted tickets for the play "A Christmas Carol" after the party. Sign up now!
 
President Bruce reminded us that our club and Rotaract will be building Can Christmas Trees for FoodShare this year. Rotaract is currently doing a canned food drive and has boxes out in a few businesses. If your business can put a box out, let President Bruce or Juan Espinosa know.
 
Joe Strohman then handed out two Student of the Quarter awards to Micah Peterson sponsored by Tim Blackwell and to Kiyana Morris sponsored by Carol Marquez-Olson.
 
President Bruce let us know that the board has approved making Natalie Debbas an Honorary member of the club.
 
Midge Stork conducted the raffle and our lucky winner was Husam Hishmeh.
 
John Borneman led us in a song.
 
Our speaker today was Barry Fisher, Director of the Ventura Healthcare Agency. Barry filled us in on the progress of the new county hospital.
 
Meeting November 12, 2015 Jeff Hata 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Ron Polito tries to stump Joe Strohman with trivia about Ron's time at Notre Dame High School. Wendy Pazen modeled Ron's letterman's jacket.
Tom Foolery 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Student of the Quarter Micah Peterson Jeff Hata 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Student of the Quarter Kiyana Morris 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome Jason & Greg 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
President Bruce McGee and Past President Dave Anderson presented Michelle Cekov, GoCare, the first installment for the Nicaragua Global Grant Project. This payment was $66,554.74, the global grant will be over $200,000 when completed.
l-r: President Bruce McGee, GoCare CEO Michelle Cekov and Past President Dave Anderson
Nicaragua Global Grant Project 2015-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Steven Prange, Laura Shannon, Jeff Hata, Alison Thompson & Michelle Cekov helped clean and organize storage units at the Ventura County Animal Services as part of the United Way's Day of Caring.
United Way Day of Caring 2015-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
At our off-site meeting at Domino's, Husam Hishmeh presented one of his long time employees, Travis Cobat,  with a Rotary Employee of the Month award. l-r: President-Elect, Husam Hishmeh, Travis Cobat, President, Bruce McGee
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President Bruce McGee presented 5 Paul Harris Fellows today. l-r President Bruce McGee, Bob Lynn, Andy Corliss, John Masterson, Judy Hoag, Tim Blackwell and D.G. Jim Bell
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Daryl Cruser & Bob Pazen recently toured the "New" CMH hospital along with Wendy Pazen & John Masterson. If you would like to get a tour of the hospital under construction contact John Masterson and John will get it set up for you!
Daryl Cruser & Bob Pazen tour the "New" CMH hospital 2015-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Jeanette Perez receives a Paul Harris Fellow 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
2015 Push em Pull em Parade in Hyperlapse 2015-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
2015 Push em Pull em Photo album is online 2015-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Scholarship committee chair Jordan Eller and President Dave Anderson pictured with this years scholarship recipients: John Coupart, Jesse Sohn, Anne Sinclair, Zacharey Hernandez, Tatiana Franklin-Thomas, Lizabeth Comacho, Colin Brown, Emmanuel Mateo, Ciera Georgi, Elizabeth Nofziger, Madeline Riddle, Sheridan Posadas, Omar Garcia, Amber Walton, Riya Desai, Allison Villa, Kayle Walker, Avalon Elliot, Barrett Connelly.
 
This year the Rotary Club of Ventura-East awarded 19 scholarships for a total of $45,000!!!
Class of 2015 Rotary Club of Ventura-East Scholarship Recipients 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
2015 Ron Hertel 4 Way Test essay contest winners 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Student of the Quarter Hutch 2015-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Student of the Quarter Andres 2015-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Todd Juvonen presented Amy Bailey, Executive Director Ventura Family YMCA, with a check to continue Operation Splash. Operation Splash has been an ongoing program at the YMCA since 2010 to provide homeless and disadvantaged youth with learn to swim classes at the YMCA. Over the previous 5 years the Rotary Club of Ventura-East has provided about $20,000 in funding for this program.
Operation Splash Continues 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome our newest member Kathy McGee 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome our newest member - Daryl Cruser 2015-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Ventura-East at the Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
  ​  Sandford Thomas (Sandy) Waddell passed away February 22, 2015. He was a warm hearted, focused and determined man who cherished family and friends above all.
    Sandy was born on December 1, 1940 in Port Huron, Michigan, the son of Angus Thomas (Tom) Waddell and Elizabeth (Jean) Cleland Waddell. He grew up together with his 8 years younger sister Cindy, who passed away in 1974. His father Tom worked as a hospital administrator. Both father and son served in the Michigan National Guard for many years. His mother Jean was a home maker and china painter.
    After graduating Marysville High School in 1958 he attended Port Huron Junior College. Sandy received his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1963 where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau. He began his working career with General Mills in Minneapolis as a chemical engineer.
    Sandy was married to Dale Morgan in 1966 in Minneapolis. They moved to St. Petersburg Beach, Florida in 1970. His son, Andrew (Drew) Cleland Waddell was born in 1973. The Waddell’s relocated to Corona del Mar, California in 1974 when Sandy joined Fluor Corporation as Director of Strategic Planning. Sandy left Fluor Corporation in 1985, and moved to Pacific Enterprises, and later to Thrifty Corporation as VP of Finance in 1989. He continued his career as an independent financial consultant primarily serving as chief financial officer in turnaround and startup companies. Sandy was married to Madeleine de Jounge in 1983.
    Madeleine, originally from Sweden, brought son Jacob and daughter Johanna to the new family. They traveled each year to the island of Gotland in Sweden, where Madeleine’s family has a small summer home. Always interested in the community Sandy served for 8 years as the Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Port District of Ventura. He also was a long time member of Rotary International, being active with the organization in Florida and California at both the Balboa and East Ventura clubs. He was a respected member of Ventura’s Church of the Foothills, where he contributed in various roles. His open attitude led him into many different interests, prominent of which were, running, sailing, Scottish Country and Scandinavian Dancing.
    Later in his life his connection to his Scottish heritage and Madeleine’s connection to Sweden, led them to travel locally and worldwide to dances and workshops. He ran in over 100 marathons, including the Boston Marathon, Stockholm Marathon, and even twice in the 100 mile Western States Endurance Race. His interest in running also created a lifetime bond between him and his children. All three of them participated in running throughout either high school and/or college with Sandy’s coaching, support and enthusiasm. His passion for running never stopped. It was how he lived his life. Indeed it was his motto; Work Hard, Don’t give Up, Stay the Course.
    As a person, those who knew him say that there was no end to his warmth, supportive presence, helpful nature and his capacity to be trusted. Giving to others was an important part of his life. Not so noticeable in the foreground, he was uninterested in coming across as exceptional yet he actually was that person. A loving and loyal father, husband, son and friend, he showed us all his soul and we will miss him greatly.
Sandy is survived by: His wife Madeleine, his children Andrew (Drew) and his wife Tomoko, Jacob and his wife Pamela, Johanna and her husband Vincent and grandchildren Kaisei, Kengo, Chloe and Axel. The family would like to say thank you for the outpouring of support and help shown toward Sandy during this past difficult year.
    A memorial service will be held at Church of the Foothills, Ventura California on March 15th at 2 PM.
    Donations may be made in Sandy’s name to the Church of the Foothills Endowment Fund (6279 Foothills Road Ventura, CA 93003).
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