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Rotary Club of Ojai Community Grants -- 2019


Community Grants Awards for 2019 Announced.

Thanks to the many participants submitting applications for a Community Grant.

A total of $15,000 has been awarded for the Rotary Club of Ojai Community Grants Program for 2019.

Click here for a listing of the allocation of these funds.

For more information regarding the Rotary Club of Ojai Community Grants Program, click the Community Grants Link.


Progress Update on Global Grant in India
Our $87, 515 global grant for education for indigent children in Puri, India, has been funded, and work is underway!  This is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Ojai, CA (D5240), and Srikshetra Puri Rotary Club in Puri, Odisha, India.
This grant will enable Prashanti International School (PIS) to provide quality education kindergarten through high school for indigent and fatherless children from Puri and surrounding villages, with an emphasis on English language learning and building strong values.  
The most urgent task is to complete the outside work before monsoon season starts in June, when torrential rains will make it impossible to dig foundations for the boundary wall and gates, grade the school grounds for flood control, or build the approach road.  It looks like we will meet this seasonal challenge.  Thanks to contractor Rtn. Rabi Mohapatra for starting work as soon as the grant was approved, rather than waiting for funds to be deposited into the bank account on April 12!  
These costly physical improvements bring Prashanti School one step closer to receiving the certification as an English education high school, so that bright indigent students will be eligible for exams that open up educational and vocational opportunities unimaginable without this schooling.
The photos below document the progress on the project in April 2019. What they do not show is the wonderful collaborative relationship, respect, and friendship that have developed between the Puri and Ojai Rotarians and the school principal as a result of the almost-daily WhatsApp communication about the grant.
Please click HERE for photos.
The Ojai Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 Scholarship Program.
Scholarships Available:
  • One four year John and Ginger Wilson College Scholarship of $20,000 per year for 4 years.
  • 20 one year College Scholarships for $3,000 each.
  • 4 one year Career and Technical Scholarships for $2,000 each.
Completed applications must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by March 22, 2019.  
For additional information, requirements, and applications, click on Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Foundation.
Rotary Hiking Club meets every Sunday morning
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Please follow the link below, to check out a District-5240 news article posted by our very own Leslie Bouché. The incredible work being done at the Prashanti School in Puri India, is a wonderful example of service above self and a heartwarming success story to boot. A special thanks to Leslie Bouché for sharing and for all your hard work! If you look carefully, you might just spot her amidst the many students.
Terri Wolfe of HELP of Ojai describing HELP’s nimble and enormous response to the Thomas Fire. 
Ojai residents were supported in 3 phases: emergency, housing, and financial.  Case management services continue and the impact of the fire is expected to last for 2-3 more years. 
Terri thanked Rotary Club of Ojai for our immediate cash award of $52,000. 
Rotary has always recognized how essential clean drinking water is for all people.  So in February, 2016, when the International Service committee of our Rotary Club of Ojai became aware of the immediate need for clean drinking water for children in a village school in India, they took immediate action.
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Member Birthdays:
  • Suzanne Scar
    November 23
  • Roger Phelps
    November 27
Join Date:
  • Anne Kaplan
    November 1, 2018
    1 year
  • Andy Gilman
    November 2, 2018
    1 year
  • Mike Weaver
    November 10, 2006
    13 years
  • Randall Roth
    November 10, 2005
    14 years
  • Patricia Anderson
    November 20, 2015
    4 years
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    November 24, 1998
    21 years
Judy Norris(bg)-Justice Ginsberg &My Other Mentors
Nov 22, 2019
Remarkable Supreme Court Justices, Particularly The Notorious RBG.
Paul O'Reilly(bg)-Great Books @ Thomas Aquinas
Dec 06, 2019
Dr. Paul O'Reilly, V.P. of Thomas Aquinas College, will describe their Great Books program.
Holiday Luncheon Party-Ojai Valley Inn Farm House
Dec 20, 2019
Holiday Luncheon Party @ Ojai Valley Inn Farm House, with Cartoonist Sergio Aragones.
DARK for Holidays
Dec 27, 2019
Hawk Koch(bb)-My Life In Hollywood.
Jan 10, 2020
Magic Time - My Life In Hollywood
Gary Wilde(mp)-Health Care Proposals
Jan 17, 2020
As Chair of the CA Hospital Assn., Gary Wilde will explain proposals for a single payer system.
Club Assembly
Jan 24, 2020
Club Assembly
DARK - 5th Friday
Jan 31, 2020
Jamie Fleming(bb) - Ojai Chamber CEO
Feb 07, 2020 12:00 PM
The State of the Ojai Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Jonathan Swift (tt)
Feb 14, 2020
Look Up to See the Universe
Marty Babayco(bg)-Nordhoff Musical
Feb 21, 2020
Nordhoff Musical.
Living Treasures(ff)
Feb 28, 2020
This Year's Inductees As Living Treasures
Bouche & Bliss-International Service
Mar 06, 2020
Back from India and other International Service projects.
BRAVO Music Program(bg)-2nd & 3rd graders
Mar 13, 2020
An experential program in which TopaTopa Elementary students sing and interact with the audience.
Max Copenhagen(bg)-Civil Grand Jury
Mar 20, 2020
The State of Ventura County's Civil Grand Jury
Dick Rush(mp)-CMH
Mar 27, 2020
Our Hospitals At the Crossroads, CMH Board Chair
Kerry Murray(bb)-ShelterBox
Apr 03, 2020
ShelterBox - an international charity that provides emergency shelters in times of disasters/crises.
Colleen Byrum(bg)-One of the first 50 @ Amazon.
Apr 10, 2020
What happened to me after Jeff Bezos called and offered me a job.
Dorjee Tsewang-Tibetan Aid Foundation (nk)
Apr 17, 2020
Healthcare and education in rural Tibet
Arbor Day(aw)- (DARK @ Soule Golf)
Apr 24, 2020
Arbor Day
John Fowler/Shannon Kelly(bw)-Affordable Housing
May 08, 2020
Peoples' Self-Help Housing
Scholarship Awards(jc)-DARK @ Soule Golf)
May 15, 2020
Award of Rotary Scholarships
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