Rotary Club of Ojai is celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary Gala

Rotary Club of Ojai is celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary Gala with a fun-filled evening on Saturday June 3rd from 4-8 p.m. at the scenic Upper Ojai Ranch of Rotarian Dewayne Boccali & his wife Marilyn, 11675 Ojai Santa Paula Rd. Ojai, CA
Rotarians and friends will gather in a spectacular “pink moment” ranch setting beginning with wine tastings from Boccali’s vineyards in a fully working barn with music and tasty appetizers from 4-5:30 p.m. A beautiful sit-down buffet dinner and program on the lawn under the oaks with fellow Rotarians and special guests will follow to celebrate Rotary Club of Ojai’s 75 years of “Service Above Self”.
Rotary Club of Ojai was first co- chartered in 1948 by the Rotary Clubs of Santa Paula & Ventura, both established century old clubs in their own right!
For more info call 805.340.7575

75th Co-Chairs, Cheree Edwards & Tony Thacher. 
Rotary Club of Ojai is celebrating its 75th Diamond Anniversary Gala 2023-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
RCOEF awards scholarships totaling $155,000 in 2022  Terry Beckett 2023-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

RCOEF Scholarships Available

The Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2023 year.


You must be a resident of the Ojai Valley and a graduating senior who will enroll in a college or university or junior or community college, career/technical, vocational, or certificated program in the next fall term.

For information regarding the Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Foundation click on

To apply for a scholarship, click on


RCOEF Scholarships Available Terry Beckett 2023-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

2023 Rotary Club of Ojai Community Grants 

In celebration of Rotary Club of Ojai’s 75th anniversary year, we’re giving $25,000 to Ojai Valley area non-profit organizations.  Organizations that serve residents anywhere in the Ojai Valley are encouraged to apply.  This year’s focus will be on projects with an environmental, youth and/or educational impact. 
Submit completed applications to before the February 28 deadline.
2023 Rotary Club of Ojai Community Grants Terry Beckett 2023-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

July 4th Freedom Run

Every year Rotary Club of Ojai sponsors the Ojai Fourth of July Freedom Run, an event where every kid is a winner.  An hour before the Ojai July 4th parade starts, children ages 2 to 12 line up at the Post Office tower and run a loop down Ojai Avenue.
Rotarian Drs. Bob Skankey and Fred Fauvre started the event 27 years ago to encourage youth fitness.  As in past years, Fred and his loyal volunteers, including his daughter, Rotarian Renee Halbrook, arrived early July 4th to blow up helium balloons for an arch across Ojai Avenue, register eager participants, and organize fun warm-up exercises using a parachute.  Once kids (sometimes accompanied by supportive parents) were lined up at the starting line, Rotary Club of Ojai President Marty Babayco started the race.
  Some kids were experienced runners, and for some it was an accomplishment just to complete the half-mile or one-mile race, especially if they were preschoolers.  Each participant got cheered across the finish line and was given a ribbon and a bottle of water at the end.  About 50 kids participated, and it was a real feel-good smalltown event.  The kids felt good about themselves, and parents appreciated having something like this for their kids.
  Thanks to Fred Fauvre for his longtime leadership, and to Renee Halbrook for enriching the community with the July 4th Freedom Run!
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Diaper Bank Move

Rotary Club of Ojai’s projects aren’t always about giving money, although we did buy LOTS of baby wipes for Secure Beginnings Diaper Bank with a $3,000 district grant in April 2022. Last Wednesday during a record-breaking heat wave, intrepid Rotarians Wendy Barker and Tessa Turner and friend Dee Bennett helped Secure Beginnings move a roomful of Diaper Bank supplies to a storage pod. That is the true definition of “sweat equity” and service above self! 
Diaper Bank Move 2022-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
Investing in the future--Rotary Club of Ojai Educational Foundation Carl A. Gross 2022-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Ojai Portfolio Review Larry Beckett 2022-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
RCOEF awards scholarships totaling $150,000 in 2021 2021-06-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Invests in the Future

The Rotary Club of Ojai joined a club in Bend, Oregon and a club in Gaborone, Botswana to provide a $30,000 global scholarship grant in order for a young doctor in Africa to complete her advanced training to become a certified surgeon. She will be only the fourth fully certified surgeon in the public health system that services over 1.8 million people in Botswana.
Please click on the link below for the full story which is posted on the District 5240 newsletter.
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Please click on the link below to read a great story by Leslie Bouche, Chair of the International Committee.  It describes the efforts to generate a global grant for Prashanti International School in India.  It provides details of the grant and lists the many Rotary Clubs and other partners which provided the support.  The story was written for the District 5240 newsletter.


Please click on the following link to read an interesting story written by Carl Gross.  It outlines the history and services provided to  medical services to the underserved residents of the island of Roatan in Honduras.  The effort has been supported by our International Service Committee and several members of our club.  The story was published on the District 5240 website.

International Service Committee

Rotary Club of Ojai: International Service Committee
The Rotary Club of Ojai’s International Service Committee (ISC) is a very active part of our Club. Over the past several years, we have developed long-term, close working relationships with communities in several countries such as Roatan, Niger, India, Bosnia, Ghana, and Cuba. Ojai Rotary has provided grants to support and help create sustainable, positive change in the areas of medical care, economic development, education & literacy, and water & sanitation. Here is a partial list of our club’s international projects:
International Service Committee Leslie Bouché 2020-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Helping our International Partners During Covid-19 Emergency  Leslie Bouché 2020-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club and Help of Ojai Andy Gilman 2020-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Progress Update for India Global Grant Apr 2019

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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.
Progress Update for India Global Grant Apr 2019 Terry Beckett 2019-05-05 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Hiking Club

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Rotary Hiking Club meets every Sunday morning
For hike details text Deirdre (805) 640-5717
Rotary Hiking Club Deirdre Daly 2018-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Terri Wolfe on Thomas Fire response

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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. 
Terri Wolfe on Thomas Fire response Betsy Watson 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

A Partnership That Builds Peace And Hope

Posted on Dec 27, 2017
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.
A Partnership That Builds Peace And Hope Bryant Huber 2017-12-27 08:00:00Z 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina Update - July 2017 2017-07-25 07:00:00Z 0
Service to Women and Children Featuring Dr. Rob Skankey 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0

Clean, Safe Drinking Water For Children In India

Posted by Leslie Bouché on Apr 20, 2016
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.
Clean, Safe Drinking Water For Children In India Leslie Bouché 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0


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