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Ventura South

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We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Wedgewood Banquet Center
5882 Olivas Park Road
Ventura, CA  93003-7673
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"Learning for the Love of Learning" at
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
 
Class was in session at our regular meeting on Monday, May 2, as members of Rotary Ventura South received a fascinating introduction to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University at Channel Islands. "There are no books, no tests, and no grades," said OLLI Operations Director Nick Fuentes (pictured above). "It's learning for the pure love of learning."
 
To participate, students must meet a single qualification: 50 years old or better. Classes are held in several locations around Ventura County, including the CSUCI campus, as well as satellite locations in Ventura, Thousand Oaks, and Ojai. Instructors are either CSUCI professors or recognized experts in their field of instruction.
 
OLLI classes are numerous and varied. Recent offerings include such subjects as the psychology of love and loss, Cuba, Alfred Hitchcock's cinematic work, and deep space astronomy, to name but a few. "We also have Peer Led Activities," said Nick. These have included field trips to museums, science centers, and archaeology sites.
 
Joining Nick for the presentation were Courtney Gross, OLLI Program Analyst, and Gary Collins, who has participated in OLLI classes for the past 10 years. "We offer three sessions," said Courtney, "fall, winter, and spring." Fees range from $40 for a typical class to $500 for a year of unlimited courses. Gary noted that, in addition to learning, "students make new friends - it opens up a whole new world for them."
 
Our thanks to Nick, Courtney, and Gary for a truly interesting presentation. For more information on OLLI, visit their website here.
 

 
 
 
Rotary Ventura South Supports
CDA Cares Charity Dental Event
 
From Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 17, two pavilions at the Ventura County Fairgrounds were transformed into a massive dental office to accommodate the California Dental Association's "CDA Cares" charity event. From early Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon, 1,884 people underwent 11,583 dental procedures, courtesy of 750 health professionals and almost as many community volunteers. All the patients were people who otherwise could not afford or had no access to professional dental care.
 
Rotary Ventura South helped sponsor the annual event with a financial contribution, and members of the Club and several spouses were on hand to help provide the dental services and offer logistical assistance. Pictured above are Club members Don MacDonald and Dennis Longwill. Together with Bob Keating, they formed the three-dentist team from Rotary Ventura South. Don's wife Barbara brought her dental hygienist skills to the event, and the group was joined by Bob and Mary Braitman, Dante Honorico, Dennis's wife Jeannette, and Marilyn and Don Scott who helped escort patients, serve food and enter patient data.
 
Dennis noted that the event "was well organized and so satisfying to help so many people in our community." Thanks to all who so generously gave of their time and skills to help make it happen!
 

 
 
 
Marathoner Extraordinare Jim Dawson
Shares His Road with Ventura South
 
More than half a million people completed a marathon somewhere in the U.S. during 2015. The fact that Jim Dawson is part of that group is not particularly noteworthy. What is noteworthy (or better yet extraordinary) is the fact that Jim has completed at least one marathon in each of the 50 States over the course of the past two decades. Jim visited Ventura Rotary South on Monday, April 11, to share some of his experiences with 60-plus marathons under his belt.
 
Jim noted that the difficult distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) requires physical reserves that the body alone can't deliver. That's when it becomes more of a mental challenge. When asked if running marathons gets easier after having run so many, Jim said simply, "No, but the fact that I can tell myself I've done it before helps somewhat when the going gets really tough."
 
A self-admitted history buff, Jim noted that he has run through some really interesting sites, including Civil War battlefields, a portion of the Lewis & Clark Trail, General Custer's route, Denali National Park (Alaska), Glacier National Park (Montana), Mt. Rushmore, and Crater Lake, among others. "This is a phenomenally diverse country," said Jim, "and I have been blessed to see so much of it up close and personal."
 
Thank you, Jim, for giving us a fascinating look behind the scenes of your remarkable achievement!
 

 
 
 
Past District Governor Wade Nomura
Shares His International "Rotary Family"
 
"As a member of Rotary, you have family all over the world." This was the message that Past District Governor Wade Nomura brought to Rotary Ventura South at our April 4 meeting. Wade used photos from his international travels on behalf of Rotary to illustrate his point. "I've been on more than 40 trips for Rotary," said Wade, "and without exception, there was always someone to meet me when I got off the plane."
 
Among his Rotary excursions, Wade shared his participation in a National Immunization Day in India, Rotary International project evaluation in Honduras, meetings with the R.I. President in Thailand, national health support in Guatemala and chartering two new Rotary Clubs in Chile. Closer to home, he has traveled multiple times to R.I. Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, and right here in Southern California he served as a personal aide to Past Rotary International President Gary Huang who rode on the 2015 Rotary Rose Parade Float.
 
"This is the big picture," said Wade, "and it's all part of the Rotary journey. I encourage all Rotarians to get involved on a global scale in one way or another. Remember - you're all part of the same family!"
 
 

 
 
 
Rotary Ventura South Goes Offsite
For a Tour of Mission Produce
 
For our regular meeting on Monday, March 28, members of Ventura Rotary South gathered at Mission Produce in Oxnard for a tour of the state-of-the-art avocado processing facility. The massive building was designed by our own Nils Johnson, who organized the visit. After enjoying sandwiches, apples, and chips in the employee lunchroom (thanks to the Wedgewood Banquet Center), members set off on a tour of the 20-acre site.
 
Decked out in orange safety vests and wearing oh-so-fashionable hair nets, the 25 members in attendance were given the full tour, from the receiving area where avocados arriving from groves throughout Central and Southern California begin their journey through the facility with a 40-degree cold shower, to the shipping dock where pallets of the luscious fruit are loaded into semi-trailers.
 
During peak avocado season (roughly February through September), Mission Produce processes and packs approximately 1,000 pounds of avocados per minute. (That's a lot of guacamole!) The fruit is kept cool throughout the various areas of the plant, which range from 36 to 50 degrees. For that reason, those in attendance were unanimously grateful for the recommendation to bring a jacket.
 
Thanks to member Nils for coordinating the visit and to our hosts at Mission Produce for a fascinating look behind the scenes at their impressive facility!
 

 
 
 
Mardi Gras Event Raises $27,000
For Turning Point Foundation
 
Our special guests at the March 21 meeting were Jason Meek (Executive Director) and Suki Sir (Marketing and Fund Development Manager) of Turning Point Foundation. They reported that the January 31 Mardi Gras event, organized by Ventura Rotary South, raised over $27,000 for Turning Point. Jason and Suki presented the Club with a plaque showing the names of the major sponsors of the event. The plaque will be displayed at the veterans shelter project. A special off-site club meeting at the center is being planned.
 
Also at the meeting, special recognition was given to longtime Club member John Zaruka and his wife, Linda, for their outstanding contributions to the Mardi Gras event.
 

 
 
 
Susan Scott Sings the Praises
of 2016 Ventura Music Festival
 
Susan Scott, Executive Director of the Ventura Music Festival, brought her passion for the event to our March 14 Club meeting and gave members and guests a taste of what to expect at this year's event. The Festival, in its 22nd year, will be held July 15-17 and 22-24 at venues throughout Ventura and Oxnard.
 
"We have another amazing program of musicians," said Susan. To illustrate her point, she showed video clips of several of the artists scheduled to perform, including piano duo Anderson & Roe, pianist Vadim Kholodenko, vocalist Ute Lemper, and the legendary performer, composer, and Grammy winner Sergio Mendes.
 
"This year," said Susan, "we moved the festival from its traditional May schedule into July." She explained that this was to put it in sync with other festivals in Southern California, and also to take advantage of the availability of more venues, including the Oxnard Performing Arts Center and the theater at Ventura College.
 
For information on artists, scheduled performances, and tickets, visit venturamusicfestival.org.
 

 
 
 
Rotary Ventura South Holds Bake Sale
To Benefit St. Bonaventure Interact Club
 
With a table full of chocolate chip cookies, brownies, cup cakes, and other delightful treats, the agenda for our March 7 Club meeting was clear: the annual Bake Sale in support of the Interact Club at St. Bonaventure High School. Longtime Club member Larry Matheney took to the podium, accompanied by Interact Club members Andrea Rodriguez and Jayson Lopez, to auction off the delectable desserts to the highest bidders.
 
And bid they did! Between Club members and guests, we set a new record for money raised with a total of $1,405 in contributions! Many, many thanks to the volunteer bakers at St. Bonaventure who supplied the goodies, and to the generous bidders who continued the Ventura South tradition of supporting St. Bonaventure's great Interact Club!
 

 
 
 
Satya Mitra Offers a Wealth of Ideas
On How Rotary Clubs Can Gain Members
 
On Monday, February 29, members of Rotary Ventura South received a crash course on how to increase Club membership, thanks to an impassioned presentation from Satya Mitra, a member of the Rotary Club of Worcester, Massachusetts. "Rotary needs to have more members," said Satya, "so we can do more good work around the world."
 
Satya's qualifications for speaking on the subject are indisputable. In a single year as president of his club (which came after he was in the club just four years), he led an increase in membership from 48 to 130 members. Satya is quick to say that he didn't do it alone - "it was my team of current members and I who did it together."
 
Among the leadership principles that guided him in his term as president, Satya noted these:
  • Be genuinely concerned about those you lead;
  • Sacrifice for the good of the club;
  • Set goals.
"Always be ready to talk about the wonderful activities and benefits of Rotary," said Satya. He himself always carries a club application form that he can give to someone, together with a stamped, pre-addressed envelope in which they can return it. He also encourages Clubs to make themselves "the talk of their town" through active public relations. "Rotary's value is there," said Satya. "We just need to lift it up."
 
Thank you, Satya, for a most inspiring and informative presentation!
 

 
 
 
Ventura Botanical Gardens:
A Treasure for the Community
 
"This will be one of the most transformative projects that Ventura has seen in decades." That's how Executive Director Joe Cahill described the Ventura Botanical Gardens during his presentation to Ventura Rotary South on Monday, February 22. "Much more than a park," said Joe, "the Gardens will be more like a museum for children and adults alike."
 
The Gardens, a public-private partnership with the City of Ventura, began as a vision in 2005. Situated in the hills of Grant Park, just above downtown Ventura, the area boasts stunning views of the Ventura coastline. Phase I of the Gardens' development is well underway, and 35 percent of the first garden area (Chilean) has been developed, along with initial construction of water infrastructure, an entrance structure, and a new mile-long trail.
 
Joe noted that a variety of sponsorship opportunities are available, as well as annual memberships starting at just $50. "I encourage you to come and visit the Gardens," said Joe. "The spring wildflowers will be in bloom in a few weeks, and they will be spectacular."
 
For more information on the Gardens, visit venturabotanicalgardens.com.
 
 

 
 
 
April Event Will Offer Free Dental Services
To Needy in Ventura/Santa Barbara Areas

On the weekend of April 16-17, local dentists and other volunteers will gather at the Ventura County Fairgrounds to provide two days of free dental services to those in the area who otherwise would have no access to such care. Dr. Mark Lisagor (pictured here), Dr. Del Brunner, and Robyn Alongi visited Rotary Ventura South on Monday, February 1 to present an overview of the program.
 
Coordinated by the CDA (California Dental Association) Foundation, the "CDA Cares" Program is designed to improve the dental health of people who have been subject to trauma, domestic abuse, the effects of drug use, or general lack of proper care. "There's no judgment," said Dr. Brunner, "We don't ask people about their circumstances, we just ask them how we can help."
 
Dr. Lisagor noted that a full range of dental services will be provided at the annual event, including cleanings, fillings, extractions, limited root canals, limited stay plates, dentures, and prosthetic repairs, as well as patient education and assistance in enrolling in government-funded dental programs. "We'll have 100 dental chairs where volunteer dentists, working alongside community volunteers, will provide dental services valued at approximately $2 million. We expect to serve about 2,000 people over the two days."
 
Approximately 800 volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and tear-down, as well as other tasks such as registering/directing patients and passing out water and snacks to the people waiting in line to receive care. Many wait for 24 hours or more. Donations and sponsorships are also welcome to help cover the $400,000 in event expenses. Click here to obtain more information on the program and find out how you can help improve the dental health of those who are less fortunate.
 

 
 
 
Rotary Ventura South Will Host Fundraiser
For Turning Point Foundation on January 31
 
On Sunday, January 31, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, Rotary Ventura South will be hosting a fundraiser for Turning Point Foundation, a local charitable organization that provides a wide variety of critical community support needs to the mentally ill in Ventura County. The Mardi Gras-themed event will be held at the Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. There will be food and drink, entertainment, a raffle, and a live auction with some really cool prizes, including trips to New Orleans, Las Vegas, Durango, and Carmel, among many other items. Proceeds will benefit Turning Point Foundation and charitable activities of Rotary Ventura South.
 
At the Club's regular meeting on Monday, January 25, Turning Point Executive Director Jason Meek (pictured above) provided an overview of the organization's purpose and goals. "We are driven by community needs," he said. "There is so much involved in providing mental wellness services for those in need."
 
Jason noted that Turning Point Foundation operates residential facilities in various locations throughout Ventura County, as well as a number of rehabilitation and recovery programs. "People on the street typically have a 25-year lower lifespan than the average person," said Jason. "We meet them where they are, whether it's an alley, a park, or some other location, and we do whatever we can to get them the help they need."
 
For more information on the January 31 fundraiser, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Suki Sir at 805-652-0000 or ssir@turningpointfoundation.org.
 
 

 
 
Businessman William Irion
Provides Insights Into China
 
Splitting his time between offices and residences in Santa Paula, California and Kunming, China, William Irion uses his decades of experience to assist others in navigating the often complex waters of doing business in China. In a presentation to members and guests of Ventura Rotary South on Monday, January 11, Bill offered insights from his unique perspective, which he has developed since his first visit to China in 1975.
 
"The U.S. and China are close in size, area-wise," said Bill, "but we have a population of about 300 million and theirs is roughly 1.4 billion, so the population density is much different." He noted also that China is developing at a pace in 30 years that took the U.S. more than a century to achieve in terms of industrial and economic development. At the same time, nearly a third of the people in China live on less than $1,000 a year.
 
"We offer businesspeople in both countries a variety of complementary services to help them succeed in China," said Bill. Those services include marketing and investment advice, translation service, seminars on American business in Asia, and import consulting. "We also help U.S. expatriates assimilate into life in China," Bill noted. He encourages anyone with an interest in the country to explore it more deeply. Thanks for an insightful and interesting presentation, Bill!
 
 

 
 
 
Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko
Presents "State of the City"
 
Our speaker on Monday, January 4, was the Honorable Erik Nasarenko, Mayor of the beautiful City of Ventura. He presented a brief "State of the City" address, then took questions from members and guests of Ventura Rotary South.
 
Mayor Nasarenko noted that Ventura is the oldest city in the County, having been incorporated in 1866. (The City is gearing up for its 150th birthday celebration this year.) Among the impacts of the City's age is the older infrastructure. "An example," said the Mayor, "is the damage to our pier that occurred during the recent high waves that pounded the coastline." This, of course, can be challenging from the standpoint of City finances, although Mayor Nasarenko pointed out that Ventura has had successive balance budgets in recent years."
 
"One of my goals is to raise the sales tax in Ventura to address many of the infrastructure challenges we face as a City," said the Mayor. An added penny of sales tax on each dollar would go directly to City services, as opposed to County and State obligations that consume the bulk of existing sales tax revenue." Among the Mayor's other goals is the establishment of a community center and library at the Community Park at the corner of Kimball and Telephone Roads.
 
Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for a timely and informative presentation!
 

 
 
"Drought is Not a Four-Letter Word"
Mohammed Hasan Explains to Club
 
"There are solutions to California's severe drought, but they will require innovation and political cooperation to implement," said Mohammed Hasan during his address to the members of Ventura Rotary South on Monday, December 28. The owner of Hasan Consultants, a local engineering consulting firm specializing in water-related projects, Mohammed noted that Californians cannot wait until the drought becomes a real crisis, "the day we ration water or turn on the tap and nothing comes out."
 
Rather than making a formal presentation, Mohammed invited members of the audience to participate in an extended question-and-answer session. Among the ideas that he brought out in his answers were the following:
  • Replenishment of the Salton Sea with local groundwater, followed by treatment and distribution through new infrastructure;
  • Importation and treatment of water from the Gulf of California;
  • Increasing use of recycled water
All of these solutions, particularly the desalination options, will require significant funding, Mohammed noted, and there are political hurdles to overcome. A Club member noted that major infrastructure development projects are challenging because politicians who support increased water rates or taxes on the front end to pay for the projects frequently are not in office to receive the credit when the facilities come on line years down the road.
 
Mohammed, however, remains positive about the potential for long-term solutions to the drought. "California is the innovation capital of the United States," he said, "and now more than ever we need to innovate." His book, "Drought is Not a Four-Letter Word," is available on Amazon.com.
 

 
 
 
Brain Injury Center of Ventura County
Provides Needed Support and Solutions
 
Twenty years ago, Linda Wells (pictured above) suffered a traumatic brain injury that profoundly altered her life. In an inspiring talk to the members of Ventura Rotary South on Monday, December 7, Linda explained how she was able to painstakingly rebuild her life with the help of the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County.
 
Linda's recovery included years of intensive therapy. "The person that I used to be has gone forever," said Linda, "and I basically had to relearn everything." She noted that her short-term memory has been severely impacted, so she carries a "memory book" to help remind her of people, places, and other things that are important in her life.
 
Joining Linda for the presentation were Jeanette Villanueva, Director of the Brain Injury Center, and Cheryl Smith, a doctor of physiological psychology. Cheryl noted that brain injury patients often suffer a great sense of isolation due to the debilitating and frightening nature of their condition. Jeannette pointed out that it is for that very reason that the support groups and other resources of the Brain Injury Center exist. "I don't know what I would have done without them," said Linda. She has made it her life goal to educate people about traumatic brain injury and to raise awareness of the need to help those who suffer from it.
 
Many thanks to Linda, Cheryl, and Jeanette for a truly inspiring presentation!
 

 
 
 
Members Learn About Long-Range Plans
For Ventura Botanical Gardens
 
At an offsite meeting on Monday, November 30, members of Ventura Rotary South gathered on a blustery hillside in Grant Park above the City to learn about ambitious plans for the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Joseph Cahill, Executive Director of the Gardens addressed the group and outlined the 40-year vision for the 110-acre site with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
 
"We have launched the first of nine phases of development," said Joe. "This has the potential to be one of the finest botanical gardens in the western United States." Joe noted that visitors to the site can already enjoy a 1.5-mile trail that climbs the hills behind Ventura City Hall. The first .3 mile is wheelchair-accessible.
 
"When completed," Joe said, "the Gardens will include five sections with plants representing the five Mediterranean climate areas of the world. The Chilean garden will come first."
 
For area Rotary Clubs, including Ventura South, the goal is to contribute sufficient funds to include a dedicated area with benches and an informational station about Rotary and its worldwide humanitarian efforts.
 
For more information about the Gardens, including sponsorship opportunities, visit the website: venturabotanicalgardens.com.
 

 
 
 
Ceramic Artist Michael O'Kelly Creating Work
In Celebration of Ventura's 150th Anniversary
 
Our primary speaker on Monday, November 23, was Michael O'Kelly, a ceramic artist and designer originally from Northern Ireland, but now a resident of Ventura. As part of the upcoming celebration of Ventura's sesquicentennial, Michael has been commissioned to create a mural in front of the Mission San Buenaventura depicting the City's history.
 
Michael has created decorative ceramic art in cities throughout California. "Our process of creating ceramic tiles is the same as that used in Spain over 1,300 years ago," he said. "Our job with this mural is to tell the rich and exciting story of the City of Ventura." He encouraged everyone to visit his studio, which is located at 5843 Towne Avenue in Los Angeles.
 
Ventura Councilmember Christy Weir was also on hand to provide information on the 150 days of celebratory events leading up to the official City "birthday" on April 2, 2016. "There will be lots going on," said Councilmember Weir, "including many opportunities for sponsorship of the celebratory activities, including this mural."
 
For information on the Sesquicentennial Celebration, visit celebrateventura.org.
 

 
 
Veteran Journalist Bret Bradigan
Sings the Praises of Ojai
 
"I'm basically a nosy person -- I like to know things." That's how veteran journalist and fellow Rotarian Bret Bradigan described the background that led to his current vocation as editor of two magazines that spotlight the picturesque town he lives in: Ojai, California.
 
"The main goal of the Ojai Monthly and the Ojai Quarterly is to represent Ojai as the cool and interesting place that it is," said Bret. "We strive to serve both the 7,500 people who call Ojai home, along with the 800,000 visitors we welcome each year. We love to tell the stories of Ojai."
 
Bret noted that the magazines' readership extends well beyond Ventura County. "You can find our publications in Oregon, Arizona, and even New York," he said. "Our stories are very focused on the people and places that make Ojai the delightful town that it is. When it comes to storytelling, I have found that the more specific it is, the more it applies to everyone."
 
Thanks, Bret, for a fascinating look at one of the jewels of Ventura County!
 
 

 
 
 
Club Members Put Spotlight
On Ventura-South Rotary Foundation
 
At our regular meeting on Monday, November 9, Club members received a refresher course in the purpose, structure, and activities of the Ventura-South Rotary Foundation, the arm of the Club that oversees charitable giving. Foundation President Bob Braitman (pictured above) provided the overview, together with Foundation Treasurer Marty Moss.
 
Bob explained that the Foundation has been in existence for about 20 years and is overseen by a Board comprised of seven Club members. In addition to Bob and Marty, current Board members include Guy Frick, Dante Honorico, Alan Kosh, Larry Matheney, and Marilyn Scott.
 
Bob noted that the Foundation Board typically receives charitable giving recommendations from the Club Board of Directors, or it may act alone in making its own decisions with regard to giving. Since March of this year alone, the Foundation has approved donations totaling more than $45,000 to organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Ventura, Ventura County Library Literacy Program, Canines for Veterans, Dreamcatcher Playground, Rotary Club of Olmue del Valle (Chile), Rotary International's Polio Plus Program, Ventura County Veterans Stand-Down, and a water project in Cameroon, Africa.
 
Marty presented a brief financial status update for the Foundation, after which he and Bob fielded questions from the members. A big thank you to both gentlemen for their presentation and for the time and energy they devote to this essential part of our Club!
 
 

 
 

 
Gerry Olsen Discusses
Don Adolfo Camarilllo
 
Imagine inheriting control of a 10,000-acre ranch at age 16. According to Gerry Olsen of the Camarillo Ranch Foundation, that's precisely what happened to Don Adolfo Camarillo, a patriarch of the City that now bears his name.
 
At our Club meeting on Monday, October 19, Gerry presented a fascinating profile of the very colorful life of Adolfo Camarillo, who ended up owning and managing the Ranch for 78 years until his death in 1958. He supervised the raising and care of 3,000 acres of lima beans, 500 acres of black-eyed peas, 1,000 acres of hay, 600 acres of walnuts, several hundred acres of citrus, plus corn, olives, wheat, barley, alfalfa, pumpkins, watermelon, and tangerines.
 
Adolfo was extremely active in the local community and was a member of 38 organizations for an average of 24 years each. He was also widely known for the distinctive Camarillo White Horses that he raised.
 
Gerry noted that the Ranch property at 201 Camarillo Ranch Road is open for public visits, and guided tours are available. Information is available on the ranch website: www.camarilloranch.org. Thanks, Gerry, for a wonderful presentation on some of the distinctive history of our area!
 

 
 
 
Club Members Participate in Dedication
Of Chilean Medical Transport Van Via Skype
 
Several members of Ventura Rotary South participated by Skype on Friday, October 16, in a ceremony in Olmue del Valle, Chile, to dedicate a new medical transport van that will take people from outlying villages to city medical facilities.
 
Rotary Ventura South led the fundraising effort and coordinated the vehicle purchase logistics from the United States end. Additional funds in support of the project were contributed by Rotary District 5240 here in California, the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, the Rotary Club of Camarillo (Noontime), John and Linda Zaruka Charities, and the Rotary Club of Olmue del Valle and its District.
 
Pictured above on the Skype transmission are (l to r) Past President Dante Honorico (Ventura South Project Lead), John Zaruka (Past President of the Club and a principal of John and Linda Zaruka Charities), and Bob Braitman (Past President of the Club and current Chair of the Club's Foundation). On the video screen is Raimundo Bacquet, representative of the Rotary Club of Olmue del Valle.
 
Photo by past Club President Sandy Warren.
 

 
 
 
Salvation Army Offers
Variety of Community Services
 
Our guest speaker on Monday, October 5, was Lieutenant Manuel Gaytan from the Oxnard/Port Hueneme Corps of the Salvation Army. Lieutenant Gaytan provided a fascinating overview of the many services that the Salvation Army provides to people in need in the Oxnard area. Among them is a no-cost dental clinic, which has proven to be hugely popular. "We frequently have people camping overnight at the site in order to be certain that they can see a dentist the next day," said Lieutenant Caytan.
 
Additional services provided by the Salvation Army include an after-school program with homework help and other activities for kids, a food pantry that feeds upwards of 600 families per month, Sunday worship services, the familiar red kettle campaign at the holidays, as well as the angel tree toy donation program, and an Adopt-a-Family program, also during the holidays.
 
"It takes support from the whole community to make these things happen," said Lieutenant Gaytan. For information on how you can help, call the Salvation Army at 805-483-9235.
 
 

 
 
Dr. Emily Longwill Shares
Tips For Healthful Eating
 
At our regular meeting on Monday, September 14, Dr. Emily Longwill gave a wonderfully informative presentation on the importance of good nutrition and healthful eating. Dr. Longwill has practiced naturopathic medicine since 2011 and currently maintain an office in Ventura, which she shares with her husband Matt, a doctor of chiropractic.
 
"Adult and childhood obesity are dramatically on the rise in the U.S.," noted Dr. Longwill. "In fact, adolescent obesity rates have quadrupled over the past 30 years." She attributes this to the growing availability of unhealthful foods and their popularity. "Sugar is as addictive as cocaine," she stated, "and the vast majority of Americans eat far too much of it." Dr. Longwill noted that one can of a typical soft drink like Coca Cola contains more than the maximum recommended daily amount of sugar.
 
Dr. Longwill reviewed the current "food pyramid," noting that lots of water and colorful vegetables form its broad foundation, with very limited quantities of grain- and dairy-based foods. She also recommended the inclusion of "healthy fats," such as those derived from olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, and nuts.
 
"Healthful eating is just half of the story," said Dr. Longwill. "Exercise is the other piece of the puzzle. As human beings, we're designed to move, and to do so regularly."
 
Thanks to Dr. Longwill for sharing such valuable tips on how to achieve and maintain good health!
 
 

 
 
Chilean Medical Transport Vehicle Project
Nears Completion at Rotary Ventura South
 
For well over a year, the Rotary Club of Ventura South has been working to assist the Rotary Club of Olmue del Valle in Chile with the acquisition of a much-needed vehicle to provide non-emergency medical transportation to clinics and hospitals for residents in outlying villages near Valparaiso. The necessary funds have been raised, the purchase and body customization is underway, and the vehicle will soon go into service.
 
Rotary Ventura South led the fundraising effort and coordinated the purchase logistics from the United States end. Additional funds in support of the project were contributed by Rotary District 4320 (in Chile), local Rotary District 5240 here in California, the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, the Rotary Club of Camarillo (Noontime), John and Linda Zaruka Charities, and the Rotary Club of Olmue del Valle.
 
A dedication ceremony for the vehicle purchase is planned for September; the members of Ventura Rotary South hope to participate via live video conference.
 

 
 
 
Speakers
May 09, 2016
Barbara MacDonald
Dental Health
May 16, 2016
Club Assembly
Membership
May 23, 2016
Offsite Meeting
Turning Point Foundation
May 30, 2016
No Meeting
(Memorial Day)
Jun 06, 2016
Jun 20, 2016
Commander Chris Dunn
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Jun 27, 2016
No Meeting
(Step-Down Dinner)
Jul 04, 2016
No Meeting
(Independence Day)
Jul 18, 2016
Nick Frankle
District Governor
Jul 25, 2016
Aug 15, 2016
Wade Nomura
Japanese Internment
 
 
 
Rotary News
Pope welcomes Rotary to Jubilee audience
Thousands of Rotary members, motivated by a special invitation from Pope Francis, gathered at the Vatican in Rome on Saturday to celebrate a message of compassion, inclusiveness, and service to humanity. At midmorning, the group -- numbering some 9,000 members from 80 countries -- made its way through the congested streets of Rome, past the tight security surrounding St. Peter's Square, and settled into the area reserved for Rotary in front of St. Peter's Basilica for the Jubilee audience. Francis, a 79-year-old Argentine, urged the crowd of more than 100,000, which included members of the...
What millennials love about Rotary
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian If there is one absolute truth about millennials, it is this: Anyone who says there is an absolute truth about millennials risks being subjected to their collective eye roll. Millennials are individuals, and fiercely so. According to the Pew Research Center, most of them don’t even like being called “millennials,” let alone hearing generalizations about their shared attitudes and behaviors. Case in point: Christa Papavasiliou, 31, recoils at the notion that older folks see her generation as a bunch of selfie-snapping smartphone addicts. “I’m the...
Crisis at the doorstep
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian More than a million refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan streamed into the European Union last year. Most entered via Greece after a harrowing raft trip across the Aegean Sea from Turkey. Once there, they made their way north, often on foot, traveling more than 1,000 miles through the rugged mountains of the Balkan countries toward Germany. That was the uncertain odyssey facing Muhammad Mallah Hamza, a 26-year-old ethnic Kurd, in late 2014 when he decided to leave his native Syria. The trip would lead the recent college graduate to a picturesque...
What's next for Rotary?
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian Demographic change is a drama in slow motion. It unfolds incrementally, tick by tock, but it transforms societies in fundamental ways – and the America of the early 21st century is undergoing two such dramas at the same time. Our population is en route to becoming majority nonwhite at the same time a record share of us (like me) is going gray. Either trend by itself would be the dominant demographic story of its era. The fact that they’re unfolding simultaneously has created giant generation gaps. The United States is at a moment in its history when...
Culture: Consuming passions
From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian A friend recently said something to me that was shocking, maybe even a little subversive. She could afford to retire now, she said, because of this amazing reality: “I don’t need to buy anything more. I have everything I need.” Was this America, home of the free parking with purchase and the brave doorbuster shoppers? The land whose fruited plains are dotted with storage lockers and Container Stores for all our excess stuff? My friend maintained her love of country but held firm. She has enough clothes; her house is fully furnished. She is done. And, at...