Meeting Responsibilities
September 4, 2018 Meeting
Pledge of Allegiance
Torres, Cynthia
 
Invocation
Mullin, CHA, Patrick
 
Inspirational Quote
Braime, Lalaine
 
September 11, 2018 Meeting
Pledge of Allegiance
Braime, Lalaine
 
Invocation
Ramakrishnan, Ram
 
Inspirational Quote
Kearney, John
 
September 18, 2018 Meeting
Pledge of Allegiance
VanConas, Kendall
 
Invocation
Morales, Cesar
 
Inspirational Quote
Spellman, Mark
 
September 25, 2018 Meeting
Pledge of Allegiance
Barber, Mike
 
Invocation
Laubacher, Tim
 
Inspirational Quote
Belcher, Bill
 
 
 
Recent Happenings
DRAGG is Drag Racing against Gangs and Graffitti... providing an alternative to gangs and graffiti through a positive learning opportunity, teaching youths responsibility and respect for others while working in a unique environment within the automotive industry and gaining hands on exposure, experience, and knowledge for career opportunities in automotive care. DRAGG is an innovative afterschool program in the City of Oxnard where Police Officers and people from the automotive industry mentor local high school students.  At-risk youth are provided a viable alternative to a life of gangs and graffiti through lessons learned at DRAGG that range from basic automotive repair to creative car customization.  It’s a new spin on an old idea; keep the youth focused on the future with positive influences and they will stay out of trouble. The program empowers individuals to make positive life choices, offering opportunities for continued education and employment.
 
 
Did you know?
As a Rotarian, you receive a monthly copy of The Rotarian... Rotary International's Magazine that covers all topics Rotary - worldwide! Hundreds of Thousands of Rotarians all over the world read this magazine each month to learn which clubs and members are exchanging ideas and taking action. Members read The Rotarian for learning & reference, for news, media, and member spotlights. The Rotarian  informs and reminds of of the many successes Rotary achieves throughout the world. September's Edition features the City of Hamburg, Germany, where our 2019 Rotary International Conference will take place June 1 through June 5.  Make sure you are receiving your copy so you can learn better how proud you should feel that you are an integral part of your own club.
The Rotary Club of Oxnard invites you to be our guest, Tuesdays, at 12 Noon, at the Oxnard Courtyard by Marriott in the Esplanade. Our Rotary Club is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders. We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through tat, we are able to get things done to help build a better community, both locally and worldwide. We bring speakers to inform the public of the great accomplishments happening in our community. We believe in Service Above Self! We trust you will enjoy Rotary... there's only one way to find out... Be our Guest!
With more than 20 years of Municipal experience, servicing major cities in California, Alexander Nguyen has taken on the responsibility as chief executive and administrative officer of Oxnard's City Council. Nguyen primary responsibility is to support the information and policy-making needs of the Council that appointed him, along with implementing Council decisions and directives, and managing the day-to-day operations of city departments. The Rotary Club of Oxnard invites you to meet our new City Manager and hear the vision he has for our great city at our regular Club Meeting, Tuesday, August 21 at Noon. The Rotary Club of Oxnard meets every Tuesday at Noon at the Oxnard Courtyard by Marriott in the Esplanade.
 
Last Tuesday, Emily Barany, shared with the Rotary Club of Oxnard, how she pulled together and leveraged her resources to create "Thomas Fire Help" - a grass roots level community-sourced online platform where survivors can quickly find what they need, from initial food and shelter to longer term needs like housing and recovery services. Emily enlisted volunteers at all levels to service those in need and achieve miracles that no one dreamed could be accomplished. Yet, there is still so much more that can be done and is needed. To find out how you can help, visit www.thomasfirehelp.com
The Rotary Club of Oxnard is honored to have Sheriff-Elect Bill Ayub share his knowledge and wisdom gained through decades of service to our community. As sheriff, Bill Ayub will oversee more than 1,200 employees, including 700 sworn officers, in five cities and in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County. Join us for lunch and learn the important issues Bill Ayub plans to address as our new Sheriff. He will also supervise the agency’s specialized units and manage the department’s multimillion-dollar budget. Ayub is looking at a “top-down review of the department” to reorganize staff and evaluate technology in the agency. When he officially becomes sheriff in January, Ayub’s first order of business will be to fill two vacancies in the agency’s executive team following the retirements this year of current Sheriff Geoff Dean and Undersheriff Gary Pentis. Ayub plans to maintain an economically conservative budget, keeping costs down as the department continues its operations. “I realize that if we’re not continuously paying attention, we’ll be using yesterday’s technology when there could be something better or cheaper,” he said. 
 
When he’s not working, Ayub enjoys running and bicycling outdoors, unplugging from social media and spending time with friends outside the agency, “something that’s kept me grounded over the years.” Ayub also stays grounded with support from Stacey, his wife of 26 years; his stepdaughter, Brittany, 32; and his sons, Braeden, 24, and Blake, 21.

 
Cynthia Torres, CEO of New Dawn Counseling, shared her skills, knowledge, wit, and humor with the Rotary Club of Oxnard last Tuesday. Torres, a Licensed Therapist and Certified Clinical Supervisor, delivered an impactful Craft Talk that showcased her talents and expertise, while bringing smiles and laughter to all who attended. Cynthia shared the experiences that helped shape her life's journey, including that of her family housing a Rotary Exchange Student while a youth in Columbia. 
 
With her mother's blessing, Cynthia made the decision to leave her war-torn country for higher education in America... and we are glad she did. Cynthia's insightful journey through life, that she easily conveys, has given her a true sense of purpose. In Cynthia's own words, "Life is a journey, we meet people where they are at, and work collaboratively to create a road map to make life more rewarding."  
 
Her passion and empathy has empowered Cynthia to be a business and professional leader. We welcome Cynthia Torres as a Corporate Member, along with her two outstanding business partners, Veronica Urzua (Vice President) and Karin Lucero-Martinez (Clinical Supervisor and Licensed Therapist). The core values at New Dawn Counseling forward the Object of Rotary and Rotary's goal of Service Above Self. 
October 5-6, 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield
3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA
Join Leaders! Exchange Ideas! Get Involved!
Sign up for the this year's District Conference & Gala,
led by current 5240 District Governor, Sandi Schwarts.
District 5240 is made up of over 3,300 members, from 72 clubs, in 4 different counties within California, United States, Here is another opportunity to form new bonds and friendships and learn how we can improve lives locally and around the world.
The Rotary Club of Oxnard is NO LONGER dark on the first Tuesday of each month. We meet and greet each Tuesday of every month 12:00 noon, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 600 East Esplanade Drive, Oxnard. 
 PRLS STANDS FOR

PRACTICAL RELEVANT LEADERSHIP SKILLS 
AND IS A PROGRAM OF DISTRICT 5240, USA

The Object of PRLS

​To provide a training environment for Rotarians to learn effectiveness as individuals on a daily basis.

Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks addressed the club today and shared with us the new program facilitated through Turning Point Foundation called Growing Works.  Growing Works provides vocational training and horticultural therapy to those living with mental illness.  The program has launched the last two weeks, and has support from many different facets of the community.
Rotary District 5240 is offering a webinar Global Rewards. Rotary Global Rewards is a member benefits program for Rotary and Rotaract club members and Rotary program alumni. It offers discounts on products and services.  For more information, click here.
The Rotary Club of Oxnard was honored to have our new District Governor, Sandi Schwartz, visit our Club this week. 
 
Sandi has been a member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield East (BERC) since 1994.   She served her club as Director of The Rotary Foundation, Sergeant at Arms, editor/publisher of "The RotoNews", Club Service Director, Blood Bank Chair, RYLA Coordinator, and twice co-chaired her club's annual fundraiser Vino Amore. Bakersfield East named her Rotarian of the Year in 2009.  When she was Club president in 2013-14, her club grew by a net seven members, earned the RI Presidential Citation, District Gold Club Status Award and "Best Medium Size Club for Vocational Service".  Sandi is a recipient of the RI Avenue of Service Citation in 2013 and the District 5240 Jock McKenzie Leadership Award in 2014.
 
During her visit to the Club, Sandi shared information and goals for the upcoming year, and encouraged participation to all Rotarians.  Sandi joined us in presenting our newest member, Mayra Rincon, with her name badge and Rotary pin, and also presented three Oxnard Rotarians -- Kendall VanConas, Mark Spellman and Gary Davis -- with a "Rotarian In Action" Citation.  Thank you to Sandi, we look forward to a great year!
The Rotary Club of Oxnard was once again honored to recognize a hard-working and dedicated teacher in January.  Michael Flesher is a teacher at Pacifica High School and was recognized as one of 8 outstanding teachers that will be honored this year.  The Club was delighted to be featured on Pacifica High School's Triton Talk as Mr. Flesher received his award and well-deserved recognition.  We thank Mr. Flesher for all he does for his students, and the youth of Oxnard.
 
Along with a basket of goodies and supplies, Mr. Flesher receives a certificate for an overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, and check for $125 from the County Schools Federal Credit Union.  We congratulate and thank Mr. Flesher!!
 
Click Here to Watch Mr. Flesher receive his award!
 
The Rotary Club of Oxnard is proud once again to sponsor and support the Oxnard Rotary Annual Youth Basketball Tournament.  Now in its 70th year, the tournament is a hallmark event for our Club, and thousands of Oxnard youth have played in the tournament over the years.  This year, the girls tournament takes place the weekend of February 17-19, and the boys tournament runs from March 3-18.  The tournament takes place in various venues around the City of Oxnard.
 
We invite you to be a part of this tournament, perhaps the most impactful community event that the Rotary Club of Oxnard has the honor to be a part of.  With your support, this year’s tournament will carry on the traditions of community that is the hallmark of the Rotary Club of Oxnard.  Sponsorship information is available by clicking here, and Rotarians can sign up for scoring opportunities here.
 
Thank you for your support of this important community event . . . see you there!
 
 
 
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