About Us


What’s Rotary?

Rotary Club of Ojai West is a member of a volunteer

organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide

to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace. About

32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries conduct projects to address

today’s challenges-including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of

clean water, and environmental concerns- while encouraging high ethical

standards in all vocations.

Rick Turner demostrates use of water filters to the local community in Guatemala.

The Rotary 4-Way Test

Our motto is “Service Above Self “  We also do our best

to measure our words, thoughts and actions by :

Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotary-West President John Kenyon was featured in the September, 2008 multinational Rotarian Magazine. He is pictured dispensing polio vaccine to children in Nigeria.

Polio Plus is Rotary’s flagship Program. Rotary club members have contributed

over US$850 million and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than two

billion children  in 122 countries

The Ojai-West Board of Directors with the Race Against Polio auto. Left to right: Ross Atkinson, Jim Halverson, Jane McClenahan, Stephanie Midgett, Gayel Childress, Bill Shouse, Rene Briggs, Bryon Crawford, Les Gardner.


ROTARY CLUB OF OJAI WEST

The Rotary Clubof Ojai West, a 50 plus member club, was charteredby

Rotary International on November 20th, 1984. It is one of two Rotary Clubs in

Ojai.Our club meets on Tuesday mornings at 7am – 8:30 at the Soule Park Golf

Clubhouse Banquet facility at 1033 East Ojai Avenue.

The weekly meeting begins with breakfast, a chance to catch up with one another before the business meeting begins. Guests are welcomed , members are singled out for a Happy Birthday, or Wedding anniversary.

It's Bob Pergson's birthday

Ross Atkinson and Rene Briggs take the cake

The business of Rotary Ojai West is then addressed with reports from committees,club projects, community and international announcements, upcoming events and volunteer calls .

Everyone joins in...

We are an active club and have a lot of fun along the way…..

Our meeting includes a guest speaker who represents a community or internationaleffort or interest…

The meeting is concluded at 8:30am.July begins a new Rotary year and members get busy right away with the Ojai Band Concerts held on beautiful summer evenings at the Gazebo in Libbey Park,Wednesdays beginning in July and ending before Labor Day. The concerts are free and members set up and serve popcorn, lemonade and balloons to delight the heart of any child (no matter how old that child is!) The all volunteer Ojai Band has been giving concerts for 20 years and is a staple for the community.

JUST A FEW OF THE EVENTS WE SPONSOR

Rotary Community Park and the “Welcome to Ojai” monument at the “Y” intersection.
Free personal dictionaries each year to all Ojai third grade students.
Free public concerts by the Ojai Band in Libbey Park every summer Wednesday eveningbetween 4th of July and Labor Day.
The annual Ojai Wine Festival the second Sunday in June at Lake Casitas.
Interact Youth Service Clubs at Nordhoff High School
Floating Classrooms at Lake Casitas on our Rotary boat for schools, seniors etc.

Here is a partial list of organizations that we support…

Ojai Valley Museum

HELP of Ojai

Ojai Library

Ojai Schools

American Red Cross

Ojai Art Center

Nordhoff High SchoolFoundation Ventura Pier Foundation
Ojai Band Smart Start
Arnaz Elementary School Santa Paula Peace Officers Association
Ojai Valley Museum AYSO-Ojai
Ojai Independence Day Committee Twin House-Ojai
Friends of Scouting-Ventura County Chapter CREW-Ojai
City of Ojai Park and Cemetery Projects Ojai Educational Foundation
Shelters-Ojai Bike Trail Ojai Trail Shelters
Ojai Police Department-Bicycle Patrol Advocates For Primitive Cultures-Brazil
Ojai Homeless Shelter CSUN-Ventura
Matilija Junior High School Topa Topa Playhouse
Villanova School Rotarian Voyage ofDiscovery to Nicaragua
Chaparral School Vocational Scholarships
Ojai Library Direct Relief
Ventura County Special Olympics Aster Foundation
Ojai Group Against Graffiti Float the Boat
Brazilian Orphansto India Rotarian Polio Plus Trips

As a Rotarian you will :

·Enlarge your circle of friends and business contacts.
·Become acquainted with leaders of the community.
·Express yourself though“Service Above Self”.
·Understand vocational and business problems.
·Participate in Rotary’s International Program of World Understanding.
·Enjoy Rotary social occasions.
·Raise standards in your business or profession

Rotary Ojai West working at Rotary Park with the famous Horse Sculpture

by Ted Gall

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