At a special awards luncheon on May 29, 2019, the Camarillo Rotary Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarships to deserving local students. This year's winners (left to right) are Angela Shiflett (Adolfo Camarillo HS), Sara Saffari (Adolfo Camarillo HS), Luis Perez (John Muir Charter HS), Gabrielle Oroc (Rancho Campana HS), Amanda Myers (Rancho Campana HS), Jazmine Lucente (Adolfo Camarillo HS), Sarah Foote (Adolfo Camarillo HS), Lindsay Erdmann (Rio Mesa HS), Daniel Bucio (Ventura Training Center-Fire Academy), and Sahni Garcia-Baron (Rancho Campana HS). The Camarillo Rotary Foundation has awarded more than $85,000 in scholarships to deserving students in the last five years.
 
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Each year, our club holds an essay contest for local students, asking them to explain how Rotary's "Four-Way Test" relates to their lives and daily activities. This year, we asked students to tell us how the Test can be applied to conflict resolution.
 
Shown here are (left to right) Hazel Villapando (3rd place, Las Colinas Middle School); Ryan Weber (2nd place, Pleasant Valley Christian School); Glen McClellan (1st place, Rancho Campaña High School); Dr. Angélica Ramsey, Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent (and Camarillo Rotarian), and Kathy Long, Camarillo Rotary President. Dr. Ramsey supervised this year's contest.
 
Here is the Rotary Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do:
 

Is it the Truth?
Is it Fair to all concerned?
Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships?
Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

 

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On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Camarillo Rotarians planted 19 Live Oak trees at Camarillo's Oak Grove Park, helping to replace trees destroyed by the devastating Hill fire. Each tree was donated in honor of or in memory of a friend or family member. The Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District assisted with the planting project, which was originated by Rotarian Jay Berger, shown here with his wife Joni planting a tree dedicated to their grandchildren.
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Our 49th Annual Viva La Comida on Monday, January 28th was well attended and a big success. Thanks to the community for supporting this traditional event.  
 
Viva La Comida began in 1971. Chuck Welch, Camarillo Rotary President, and Mike Loza, then owner of El Tecolote restaurant, began the dinner to help raise funds for the Boys Club of Camarillo. A Monday night was originally chosen for the event because Mike’s restaurant was closed on Mondays, allowing he and his staff to work with club members in preparing the food. Since 1971, more than 35,000 meals have been served at Viva La Comida. In addition to the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo, the event benefits other community nonprofit organizations through the Camarillo Rotary Foundation.
 
See you next year for our 50th Anniversary Viva La Comida!
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One of the key pillars of Rotary is Service Above Self, which can be carried out in a number of ways, including through one’s vocation. Last week, Camarillo Rotary hosted its annual Business Ethics Awards, recognizing and celebrating individuals and businesses in our community who have exemplified service to others and have operated under the highest ethics. This year's honorees (left to right in photo, with Awards Chair Roberto Martinez and Club President Bob Harrell) are Gary Cushing, Tom Olson and Howard Gold.

As CEO of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, Gary directs the organization in advocating on behalf of the business community in Camarillo to ensure that Camarillo remains a great place to live and work.

Tom, a partner with the law firm of Benton, Orr, Duval & Buckingham, has been a respected community leader for more than 40 years, contributing countless hours of his time to various service organizations, including the Downtown Ventura Lions Club.

Howard, representing the Gold Law Corporation is an attorney who advocates for underserved populations, volunteers on a Probate Volunteer Panel for the Counties of Los Angeles and Ventura and does a significant amount of pro-bono work for disadvantaged clients.

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On June 14, Camarillo Rotary honored representatives of local businesses and organizations with Vocational Service Awards for their contributions to our community (left to right in photo):  Casa Pacifica (Steve Elson and Carrie Hughes), United Way (Eric Harrison), Camarillo Travel (Debbie Carpenter), Bob Kildee Clothing (Kevin Kildee), and Camarillo Yoga Center (Christi Harman).
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It was a beautiful day at Camarillo High last Saturday, as we put on our 55th Hap Rapp Memorial Track Meet. The weather cooperated, our volunteers did their jobs, the kids had a great time, and a few new records were set. Thanks to everyone who helped, both setting up on Friday and at the meet on Saturday. And a special shoutout to our perennial chairman Dave Drumright. Most of us don't realize how many hours Dave devotes to this event every year; without him, there would be no Meet. Thanks, Dave!
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On December 20, 2018, the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club was transformed into a holiday wonderland as the Camarillo Rotary Club put on its 27th Annual Kids Holiday Party with Santa, pizza, magicians (thank you, Paul Dwork), balloon animals, Christmas carols and wrapped presents. The event began in 1989, said Chair Mike Andonian, who was club president at the time. He asked members for community-service ideas, and Hank Crockett, the publisher of the Camarillo Daily News, came up with the idea. "He did it the first year, and I've done it every year since," Andonian said.

This year, Rotarians entertained approximately 190 kids ages kindergarten through 3rd grade.

To see lots of pictures from the party, click on the link in the Photo Journals section of our home page. Thanks to Tracy Saunders for the photos.

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The YouTube website now has dozens of Rotary-related videos available for  viewing, including an audio speech by Paul Harris, the founder of  Rotary. To check them out, click HERE.
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