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Wedgewood Banquet Center
5882 Olivas Park Road
Ventura, CA  93003-7673
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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.
 

 
 
District Governor Jim Bell
Visits Ventura Rotary South

On Monday, August 17, 2015-2016 District 5340 Governor Jim Bell came to our regular meeting and addressed the membership and guests. Among his motivating remarks, Jim noted that if every one of the 34,000 Clubs around the world participated in an average of 10 projects (large and small) each year, that would total 340,000 projects. "With just 10 individual acts of kindness per project," said Jim, "we're looking at 3.4 million acts of kindness worldwide, which is very powerful." He also noted that each is based on the individual member, the core of Rotary's strength. "Whatever your level of involvement with Rotary," said Jim, "stay active and stay committed. We will continue to do great things."
 
 

 
 
Rotary Ventura South President-Elect Rosanna Colin and her granddaughter Makayla represented the Club in the Ventura County Fair Parade on Saturday, August 9. Club member Bob Braitman drove the car and took the above photo.
 

 
 
 
Ventura South Members Participate
In Annual Veterans' Stand-Down
 
On Saturday, July 25, 15 members of Rotary Ventura South and family members came together at the Annual Ventura County Veterans' Stand-Down, a three-day annual event designed to provide a wide variety of assistance to homeless veterans within the County. Rotary Ventura South sponsored a barbecue dinner, and participants helped with the cooking and serving. Some 150 veterans enjoyed the tri-tip dinner with all the trimmings, including dessert.
 
For a look at the event, check out the photos on the Photo Album page.
 
 

 
 
Tony Sands Relates the Inspiring History
Of Family Theater Productions
 
The speaker at our meeting on Monday, July 20, was Tony Sands, Senior Producer of Family Theater Productions. He provided fascinating insights into the history of this company, from its radio roots in the late 1940s when it began as the Mutual Broadcasting System, to its current status as the production company of cable television specials, feature-length films, and inspiring public service announcements.
 
The company was started by Father Patrick Peyton. From 1947 to 1961, the organization produced more than 700 radio shows, many of them featuring A-list actors and actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood. At that point, the company transitioned into television, eventually attaining worldwide distribution of its programs. Feature-length films followed in the 60s and 70s, and additional television productions in the 80s and 90s.
 
Family Theater Productions is currently involved with cable distribution of TV specials, as well as reissuance of some of its classic radio shows. Tony noted that the company is adapting to new media environments, including the Internet and  smart phone applications, all in its mission of "Inspiring and entertaining families through faith-based short films, TV, radio, and billboards."
 
Thanks, Tony, for a fascinating look behinds the scenes!
 
 

 
 
President Dennis Longwill Introduces
2015-2016 Club Leadership Team
 
At his first meeting as the new President of Ventura Rotary South on Monday, July 6, Dennis Longwill introduced his Board and leadership team. Those in attendance pictured above are, from left, Don MacDonald, Dante Honorico, Allen Urban, Gerardo Sanchez, Kendall Mattina, John Mattina, Bob Davis, Rosanna Colin, Stacy Zaruka, and Dennis.
 
"We're looking forward to a great year," said Dennis.
 

 
 
 
Past District Governor Wade Nomura
Provides Insight into Vocational Service
 
"It's the one Rotary Avenue of Service that focuses on the individual." That's how Past District 5240 Governor Wade Nomura described Vocational Service in his presentation to members of Ventura Rotary South on Monday, June 21, 2015. Wade offered fascinating insights into the history of Rotary's Avenues of Service, as well as other historical highlights.
 
For instance, the well-known 4-Way Test originated in 1932 when Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor wrote and posted it on the wall of a business he had purchased, to serve as guidelines for his employees. The Rotarian Code of Conduct pre-dates that, having originated in 1915.
 
Wade focused most of his presentation on Vocational Service, one of Rotary's five Avenues of Service. "Vocational Service," said Wade, "encourages each Rotarian to represent the dignity and utility of his or her vocation. You can all benefit the world with the expertise you bring to your profession." He challenged members to determine what special skills they have as individuals that they can bring to their Rotary membership as a means of benefiting their communities and the world at large.
 
"Involvement in vocational service has a tremendous ripple effect," said Wade. "How can you personally use your professional talents to be of greater service?"
 
Thanks, Wade, for an interesting and challenging presentation!
 
 

 
 
Ventura South Learns Time Management
and Productivity Tips from Eran Maor
 
Our speaker on Monday, June 15, was Eran Maor of Agent for Success. Among his specialties in coaching business professionals and students is time management, or, as he describes it, "unlocking the secrets to getting more done."
 
Eran's presentation focused on three core strategies:
  1. Increasing awareness and monitoring one's use of time;
  2. Planning and prioritizing daily;
  3. Introducing structure into the daily routine for things we want to do in order to achieve balance.
"Sometimes," Eran noted, "the biggest hurdle to getting things done is simply not getting started on a task that seems particularly large or challenging." When we do take the first step to addressing it, however, the anxiety decreases and it seems much less daunting very quickly.
 
Eran also observed that "It's not about getting everything done - it's about getting the right things done in the available time, and maintaining balance in one's life."
 

 
 
Rotary South Goes Offsite for Meeting
At Ventura County Medical Center
 
On Monday, June 8, Ventura South members held an offfsite meeting at Ventura County Medical Center. Hosted by Amy Towner, CEO of the Health Care Foundation for Ventura County (pictured above), the session included updates on the major new construction project underway (the largest such project in Ventura's history), as well as a detailed profile of the multitude of award-winning medical services provided by the Medical Center every day.
 
The new facility, scheduled for completion in 2017, will treat patients in an all-private-room setting with state-of-the-art equipment. Pediatric patients will enjoy family-centered amenities, including a Ronald McDonald center to accommodate family members from out of the area and a rooftop play area for ambulatory pediatric patients.
 
On the subject of pediatrics, Rotary Ventura South members also enjoyed a tour of the Pediatric Diagnostic Center from Director Kay Urban. The Diagnostic Center has three pediatricians and 14 sub-specialists on staff. Together, they offer a medical "one-stop shop" that integrates multiple specialties, social work, behavioral health, an infusion center, and support groups for kids and their families. Kay noted that the Center also serves special needs children. "Our goal is to give every child in Ventura County the specialized care they need, said Kay."
 
Our thanks to Amy and Kay for a fascinating glimpse into the multitude of services provided by the Ventura County Medical Center!
 
 

 
 
 
Bonaventure Wakam Completes Africa Tour
With Presentation on Continent's Economy
 
Ventura Rotary South Member (and Cameroon native) Bonaventure Wakam made a second presentation on Africa at our meeting on Monday, June 1. His comments concentrated on the continent's economy, including the global challenges and opportunities faced by the 55 countries that make up Africa.
 
Bon noted that most people are unaware of the sheer size of the African continent, which includes 20 percent of the earth's land mass. Its area could accommodate that of China, the U.S., India, and most of Europe. "Africa contains vast areas of valuable natural resources," said Bon, "including oil, diamonds, minerals, and agricultural land." He explained that recent growth has ranged from 2 to 6 percent, depending on the region, with political instability being the greatest limiting factor in certain countries, along with an average of 8 percent inflation in recent years.
 
"Trade within Africa remains more diversified and active than trade with the rest of the world," said Bon, "although external trade is gradually expanding, particularly with China, which is investing heavily in the continent." He noted that —labor market indicators are slowly improving, partly due to wage policies and harnessing of natural resources. While widespread poverty and high unemployment remain stubborn problems throughout Africa, Bon noted that indicators are favorable for long-term progress.
 
Thanks, Bon, for two great presentations on Africa!
 

 
 
 
Bonaventure Wakam Takes Members
On a Virtual Tour of the African Continent
 
Ventura South member Bonaventure Wakam gave a fascinating presentation on Africa to our Club members on Monday, May 15. He noted that the African continent remains one of the least understood by most people, partly due to its massive size and partly on account of its diversity. Bob noted that 55 separate countries make up the whole of Africa, each with its own culture, resources, opportunities, and challenges.
 
In terms of resources, Bon explained that rubber, gold, wheat, copper,and cotton are plentiful in various locations throughout Africa. And, oil is an increasingly important trade resource as well, with considerable exports to the U.S.
 
In terms of tourism, Bob explained that the most popular destinations are in Kenya and Tanzania, primarily for safaris. "There are, however, plenty of beautiful and exciting spots to visit in other parts of the vast continent, including South Africa and Cameroon."
 
Thanks, Bon, for a terrific presentation!
 

 
 
 
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Feb 15, 2016
No Meeting
(Presidents' Day)
Feb 22, 2016
Joseph Cahill
Ventura Botanical Garden
Feb 29, 2016
Satya Mitra
Rotary International (Joint Club Meeting)
 
 
 
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