Rotary Ventura South Serves up Support for 27th Annual Ventura County Veterans Stand Down

On a warm Saturday afternoon, July 27, a team of members and guests from the Rotary Club of Ventura South prepared and served dinner for more than 50 needy veterans at the 27th Annual Veterans Stand Down, a three-day event that provides a wide range of services to veterans from throughout the County, many of whom have found themselves without a permanent home.

Available services for the veterans included medical screenings and evaluations; optometry examinations and distribution of prescription lenses; dental screenings and care; psychological counseling; legal counseling; employment counseling and referrals; veterans benefits; general relief information; access to showers, toiletries and clean clothing; hot meals; and a range of other government and social services.

The team from Ventura Rotary South helped prepare and serve tri-tip, salad, beans, garlic bread, and cake. Our club has participated in the Stand Down for half a dozen years and donated $1,000 in support of this year’s event. In addition to food preparation and service, the crew performed the clean-up.

Ed Keay, Community Service Committee Co-Chair for Ventura Rotary South, coordinated the Club's participation. Other members of the team on Saturday included Diane Keay, John and Kendall Mattina, Jack and Carol Pollock, Marilyn and Don Scott, Sandy Warren, Marcy Belton, and Peter McClintock.


2019_Stand_Down-2: Club Members Diane Keay (left) and Kendall Mattina

2019_Stand_Down-14: Cake served as part of the meal.

2019_Stand-Down-32: Community Service Co-Chair Jack Pollock