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Matilija Community Pavilion, completion slated for Fall of 2017!
2017 marks the Centennial celebration for the City of Ojai and the Matilija Jr. High School Auditorium holds a prominent place in that history. First built in 1929, as the “new” Nordhoff High School, today that original building serves as Matilija Jr. High. The majority of Ojai youth have attended Matilija before entering Nordhoff High or various private schools in the Valley, and this continued tradition make’s the Matilija experience a large part of our youth’s experience.
The Matilija Pavilion Project came from a joint desire of a number of community members to further enhance the auditorium for use by students and the community alike. With input from Matilija staff and Ojai Unified School Administrators and Board, the Pavilion Project was designed to accommodate outdoor classes, small assemblies and musical performances.
Many thanks to the organizations which submitted applications for the 2017 Ojai Rotary Community Grants.
The Rotary Club has allocated $23,500 for Community Grants in 2017.  Given this limit, we were not able to fund many very good proposals.
The selected awards were distributed to Topa Topa Elementary School, Summit School, Knitting in Recovery, Ojai Community Chorus, Ojai Center for the Arts, Nordhoff Visual Arts, San Antonio Elementary School, OVTC, Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center, The Girls Empowerment Workshop, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, Ojai Land Conservancy, MAESTRO: Nordhoff Music Department, Chaparral High School, HELP of Ojai, Ojai Valley Museum, Ojai CARES, and Ojai Valley Family Shelter.  For details, click on 2017 Community Grants.
The Ojai Rotary Club of Ojai Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 Scholarship Program.
Scholarships Available:
  • One four year John and Ginger Wilson College Scholarship of $20,000 per year for 4 years (new).
  • 21 one year College Scholarships Most are for $3,000.  One is for $4,000.
  • 4 one year Career and Technical Scholarships for $2,000 each.
Completed applications must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by March 17, 2017.  
For additional information, requirements, and applications, click on Rotary Club of Ojai Education Foundation.
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.
Community Service
Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Club Service
Community Service
International Serv
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Membership Chair
Family of Rotary
RC Ojai Education Foundation
Club Bulletin Editor
Global Grants
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bob Daddi
    September 4
  • Jack Jacobs
    September 10
  • Kay Bliss
    September 12
  • Catherine Lee
    September 13
  • Deirdre Daly
    September 13
  • Terry Beckett
    September 17
  • Anne Carper
    September 22
  • Colin Jones
    September 30
  • Marty Pops
    September 1
  • Amani Hishmeh
    Nick Hishmeh
    September 3
  • Allan J. West
    September 4
  • Charles B. Thompson
    September 9
  • Bob Roddick
    Taundra Roddick
    September 10
  • Terry Twichell
    September 22
  • Ian C. MacLean
    Ginny MacLean
    September 29
  • Michael Scar
    Suzanne Scar
    September 29
  • Suzanne Scar
    Michael Scar
    September 29
Join Date:
  • Bill Hatch
    September 5, 2008
    9 years
  • Suzanne Scar
    September 7, 2012
    5 years
  • Bill Gilbreth
    September 9, 2005
    12 years
  • Bruce Brockman
    September 11, 1987
    30 years
  • Colin Jones
    September 14, 2001
    16 years
  • Judy Gabriel
    September 14, 2001
    16 years
  • Kay Bliss
    September 14, 2001
    16 years
  • Bob Daddi
    September 15, 1995
    22 years
  • Leslie Bouché
    September 18, 2015
    2 years
  • Charles B. Thompson
    September 20, 1968
    49 years
  • Ronald L Wilson
    September 25, 1992
    25 years
Caryn Bosson (weaver intro)
Sep 22, 2017
5th Friday
Sep 29, 2017
Kim Maxwell - KM Studio
Oct 06, 2017
The importance of art in civic life
Patrick Zarate, COO, Behavioral Health VTA County
Oct 13, 2017
Opiate Use and Abuse in Ojai Valley
Kathleen Schafer
Oct 20, 2017
Interesting outlooks for Ojai
Craft talks
Oct 27, 2017
Joe Sohm — Visions of America
Nov 03, 2017
The intrepid photographer and author will discuss his time on the presidential campaign trail.
Will Garlington
Nov 10, 2017
Religous history in the middle east (Sunni and Shia Islam)
Jonathan Light
Nov 17, 2017
author of the "Encylopedia of Baseball"
Dark (thanksgiving)
Nov 24, 2017
Rich Block
Dec 01, 2017
Sb zoo update
Art Vander
Dec 08, 2017
Julie Tumamait-Stenslie
Dec 15, 2017
Dark (Christmas)
Dec 22, 2017
Dark (New Year's)
Dec 29, 2017
Club Assembly
Jan 12, 2018
Marty Babayco
Jan 19, 2018
Anatomy of a high school musical
Craft Talk
Jan 26, 2018
Rod Owen
Scott Daigre
Feb 02, 2018
James Hornstein, M.D.
Feb 16, 2018
Ethical dilemmas in medical practice
Robert Egan
Feb 23, 2018
The Ojai Playwrights Conference
Jon Christopher
Mar 02, 2018
Author of "Beowulf: The Bear's Son"
Craft talks
Mar 09, 2018
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