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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.
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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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Dick Weirick
    July 5
  • Martin Babayco
    July 6
  • Jim Combs
    July 13
  • Fred Farkhani
    July 21
  • Michael Scar
    July 23
  • Haady Lashkari
    July 31
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Marty Babayco
    July 6
  • Michael Scar
    July 23
  • Haady Lashkari
    Anita Lashkari
    July 4
  • David Watson
    July 5
  • Alex Kim
    Jai (pronounced "J") Kim
    July 8
  • Cheree Edwards
    Don Edwards
    July 12
  • Frank M. Finck
    July 13
  • Sheila Cluff
    Donald Cluff
    July 16
Join Date:
  • Bill Prather
    July 1, 1986
    33 years
  • Judy Pugh
    July 1, 2010
    9 years
  • Lawrence Wilde
    July 1, 1983
    36 years
  • John Russell
    July 15, 2001
    18 years
  • Janet Campbell
    July 16, 1999
    20 years
  • Nathan Kaehler
    July 16, 2010
    9 years
Get Acquainted(bg) with Ray Powers & Al West.
Jul 19, 2019
Get Acquainted Talks
Scott Daigre(bb)-Tomatomania
Jul 26, 2019
Founder and Author of "Tomatomania"
Randy Strong(jj) - Rotary International Membership
Aug 02, 2019
Rotary International Membership Month
Catherine Meek(bg)-School on Wheels
Aug 09, 2019
School on Wheels - an education program for homeless children
Tiffany Morse(bb)-New OUSD Supt.
Aug 16, 2019
Challenges and goals for the Ojai Unified School District
Robert Stratton(sb)-Hoops for Hope
Aug 23, 2019
Local teen, Robert Stratton, founded “Hoops for Hope” to raise money for cancer and other causes.
Dark - 5th Friday Social/DG visit with Ojai West
Aug 30, 2019
District Governor Savi Bhim visit, joint evening event with Ojai Rotary West
Karen Evenden(bg)-Ojai Womens Fund
Sep 06, 2019
Ojai Womens' Fund
Ivor Davis (bb)-The Manson Murders
Sep 13, 2019
The Latest Concerning The Manson Murders
Rich Block(jr)-Santa Barbara Zoo
Sep 20, 2019
Santa Barbara Zoo
Dr. Gus Iwaz(mp)-Robotic Surgery
Sep 27, 2019
Your Surgeon May Be A Robot
Jonathan Light(mp)-Memorable Baseball Characters
Oct 04, 2019
The author of the Encyclopedia of Baseball describes memorable characters in baseball history.
Deborah Walsh(sb)-Survival during the Holocaust
Oct 11, 2019
Our family'survival in Poland during the Holocaust
Greg Totten, D.A.(bg)-Family Justice Center
Oct 18, 2019
Ventura County Family Justice Center
Pradeep Kapadia(bg)-What Scholarships Have Meant
Oct 25, 2019
The ripple effects of a tertiary education in developing countries - a 20 year case study.
Jamie Fleming - Ojai Chamber CEO
Nov 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Haady Lashkari(bg)-Ojai Hospital & Cont. Care Ctr.
Nov 15, 2019
The State of The Ojai Hospital and Continuing Care Center
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 Party Luncheon-Sergio Aragones
Dec 20, 2019
Holiday Luncheon Party 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.
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