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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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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Tara Saylor
    January 21
  • Roger Phelps
    January 24
  • Grant Kemp
    January 26
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Julia Taft Whitman
    January 1
  • Carin Huber
    January 6
  • Ronda Larue-Clements
    January 12
  • Louine Hunter
    January 17
  • Michael
    January 17
  • Rocky Kemp
    January 26
  • Jack Jacobs
    January 8
  • Leslie Bouché
    Bruce Bouché
    January 18
Join Date:
  • Bob Davis
    January 7, 1972
    48 years
  • Jack Jacobs
    January 8, 1971
    49 years
  • Leslie Clark
    January 11, 2006
    14 years
  • Dewayne L. Boccali
    January 18, 1991
    29 years
  • Sandy Buechley
    January 23, 2015
    5 years
  • Ron Polito
    January 25, 2019
    1 year
  • Donald G. Scanlin
    January 29, 1982
    38 years
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Jan 24, 2020
Get Acquainted with new member Brian Berman & octogenerian Bill Gilbreth
Club Assembly(ce)
Jan 31, 2020
Club Assembly - Officers & Directors
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
The Legacy of Astronomy in the Ojai Valley
Marty Babayco(bg)-Nordhoff Musical
Feb 21, 2020
Nordhoff Musical.
Living Treasures(ff)
Feb 28, 2020
Celebration of the amazing 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)-at the new Continuing Care Center
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(jm)
May 15, 2020
Award of Rotary Scholarships
Dr. Michael Harrington-Dementia Research
May 22, 2020
The traits of dementias, how different dementias are recognized, and help from the latest research.
DARK - 5th Friday
May 29, 2020
Ojai Music Festival (dd)
Jun 05, 2020
The Ojai Music Festival
Cheree's Demotion Party
Jun 26, 2020
Celebrate Cheree and her many accomplishments as our President extraordinaire
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