Ironmen finishers and training partners Don Coordt (left, a former Rotary Club of Del Mar member) and Al Tarkington
Al's triathlon bike
In October 2017, Al Tarkington was the oldest finisher in the 39th annual Ironman World Championship, a race that includes a 2.4 mile open water swim, a 112 bike ride across hot, windy lava fields, and a 26.2 mile marathon.  At our February 15, 2018 meeting Al talked about his motivations to compete in Ironman races and his training regimens.
The Ironman began to settle an argument over which discipline was the toughest: swimming, biking, or running.  Now, 40 years later, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii include over 2,500 athletes who earned their spot by qualifying in one of 44 races held worldwide.  Al went to watch his first Kona Ironman in 1983, and in 1991 he completed his first Ironman race.
For Al, three factors are important in his triathlon success:  i) an understanding and supportive spouse (he and his wife Steve just celebrated 55 years of marriage); ii) time and commitment to train (retirement certainly gave more time for training; and iii) funds (bikes typically cost $5,000-10,000 and international qualifying races can be an easier route to the championship). 
Most weeks during the year Al trains between 10 and 12 hours.  The training time ramps up to 20-24 hr/week in the months immediately before the race, and then to as much as 40 hr/week in the month before the race.  Al said he likes to arrive in Hawaii one week before the race to acclimate to the weather and the time zone. During this week he’ll train very little and load up on carbohydrates to maximize his glycogen stores.  Al thinks of nutrition as the “4th discipline” behind his swimming, biking, and running training.  The swim alone consumes nearly all stored glycogen, so during the bike ride replacing lost calories and maintaining adequate hydration, particularly in the windy, hot conditions, is critical for making the finish. 
Al remembered the post-race dinners when contestants gather to talk about the race. Most vow never to do the race again, but in the subsequent weeks, most forget about that vow and resume training.  For Al, Ironman is a lifestyle and a means to stay physically and socially engaged. As Ironman founder John Collins put it: Ironman is an opportunity to “Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles- Brag for the rest of your life”. Al has certainly earned the right to brag! 
Al Tarkington Has What it Takes to Be an Ironman Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
Get involved in planning upcoming Sunset Soiree. The Organizing Committee will meet Wednesday February 21 from 4-5 PM at Tom Ryan's house in Solana Beach.  In Solana Beach. Check out Club Runner for the address, or watch for an email from Soiree Chairman Paul Chunyk, which will have the address and gate code.
Sunset Soiree Organizing Committee Meeting February 21 Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
All members are welcome to attend the monthly Board of Directors meetings, held at the Harper Branch of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club in Solana Beach.  Meetings start at 7:30 AM and end promptly at 8:30 AM.  Red Badgers need to attend one BoD meeting to achieve Blue Badge status.
Board of Directors Meeting: February 20 Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
We’ll hold our next Rotarians at Work Day on Saturday March 3 at Nativity Prep Academy (NPA)  We’ll join Nativity Prep Alumni and Staff, and students from our Interact clubs on the NPA campus to complete light projects- mainly painting.  Meet at the Cathedral Catholic High School parking lot at 8:00 AM to carpool to campus or make your own way there (2755 55th St. just off Hwy 94 using the Bayview Heights exit) to arrive by 8:30 AM.  We’ll work through 1 PM and then enjoy hoagie sandwiches from Mona Lisa Italian Deli. Download the flyer for the day’s schedule.
Rotarians at Work Day: Nativity Prep Academy March 3 Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
Patti Kurtz receives her blue badge from membership chair Matt Kurtz
We congratulate Patti Kurtz on becoming our newest Blue Badger.  Patti was also Rotarian of the Day and gave a brief “Who Am I”.  Patti has spent her career as an educator and is now an educational consultant. Fittingly, she referenced a quote by educator Colleen Wilcox: “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.”
Another Red Badge Turns Blue: Patti Kurtz Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
Garrie Rhodes with Erica Hwang
Erica Hwang performed the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s first violin concerto to win the regional leg of the District 5340 Music Competition held at the Chula Vista Library on February 14.  She will now move to the Competition finals, where she will compete for a $3,000 scholarship. 
Erica Hwang Advances to Finals of the District 5340 Music Competition Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Monthly Social: February 27 at Il Fornaio Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
Ironmen Don Coordt (far left) and Al Tarkington (third from right) join John Baranowski (second from right) and his friends, all Wisconsin natives (left to right): Phil Rouse, Don Janov, Rick Rouse and Andy Ogens
The great thing about living in San Diego is that friends living in colder climates are happy to come visit in the winter months.  At the February 15, 2018 meeting, five friends of John Baranowski, Phil and Rick Rouse, Dan Janov, and Andy Ogens, all originally from Wisconsin, joined us for lunch. Members are always welcome to bring friends and family members to meetings.
Friends are Always Welcome at Rotary Meetings! Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
Alan Mindell with his book "The Closer"
Some six years ago, when Alan Mindell hit 70, he began to think of ways to re-invent himself. At the February 8, 2018 meeting, he outlined how he became a first-time novelist, tour guide, dancer, college teacher, motivational speaker, and world-class sprinter- all after the age of 70.  While a baseball player at UC Berkeley, Alan said he earned the nickname “Motorbutt” for his fast running.  When he hit 70, he wanted to see whether his butt could still motor and he entered the 2012 San Diego Senior Olympics, where he won four gold medals in his age group for sprinting. The nice thing about age groups in competition, is that as you age you get better, so Alan is looking forward to turning 80, when he’ll again be the youngest in the class. Alan also is inspired by competitors in other age groups, particularly a 100 year-old who attempted to break 6 world records at the 2015 San Diego Senior Olympics (click here to watch him pole vaulting).
Alan used his own experience with baseball and horse breeding as subjects for his two novels: The Closer, about a knuckleballer, and The B Team, about a one-eyed horse who makes the Kentucky Derby.  When he was writing The B Team, Alan needed a jockey to ride his fictional horse, and he approached the very real Victor Espinoza, who agreed to play a role in the novel, which appeared prior to Espinoza’s triple crown win aboard American Pharoah.
In addition to running and writing, Alan leads tours of San Diego neighborhoods, dances, and teaches college courses about horse racing. He encourages everyone never to give up looking for new and interesting things to do.  
For Alan Mindell Life Begins at 70 Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
Preparations for the 2018 Sunset Soiree, to be held May 15, 2018 at Del Mar Plaza are already underway. Soiree Chair Paul Chunyk hopes that each member can contribute at least one auction item.  Based on previous years, “experiences”, such as an outing to a Padres game or a weekend at a vacation home, are top sellers. The Soiree is a major source of funding for the club’s activities, so please be thinking of items you could contribute and donors you could approach- sometimes securing a donation is a simple as asking!
Sunset Soiree is Fast Approaching Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
RYLA Facilitators for 2017- join the picture in April!
Youth Services Chair Larry Cook reported that more facilitators are needed for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) weekend, April 20-22.  Every year, the top high school juniors from across District 5340 gather at a camp in Idyllwild for a weekend of fun, motivation and inspiration. Each facilitator works with one “family”- a group of 8 juniors.  Facilitators are on hand to make sure the kids get where they need to be and to get discussions started- the kids take it from there! The joy of the weekend is watching these young people, all strangers from different backgrounds, come together to build strong bonds while learning new things about themselves and what they can do for others. For me, RYLA provides the chance to step out of my normally reserved personality, to dance, yell, and have fun with these kids.
All facilitators must submit an application, be youth certified (click here to become certified) and undergo a half-day training, which this year is April 14.  Click here to read more about RYLA, and feel free to talk to me, Haylea Minks, Christ Stewart, or the Cooks (all previous facilitators) about what to expect and what to bring.
RYLA Facilitators Needed Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
As Rotarian of the Day, Paul shared a quote from John Wooden that reminds us of the importance of seeking continuous improvement on our own terms.
Paul Chunyk as Rotarian of the Day Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski congratulates Tony Villasenor (upper panel) on his first Paul Harris Fellow and Lanh Tran (lower panel) on becoming a two-time Paul Harris fellow
We celebrated two more Paul Harris Fellows at the February 8, 2018 meeting. New member Tony Villasenor earned his first Paul Harris Fellowship, and in recognition of her tremendous contributions as Club Treasurer, the Club conferred Lanh Tran her second Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Harris Recognition for Lanh Tran and Tony Villasenor Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Mandy Shefman, Engagement Manager for Arts for Learning San Diego (left) with Maria and Dennis Fipps (second from left and far right) and Arts for Learning San Diego board member Miles Fleming
Carrie Ann Fipps in motion
Mandy Shefman, Engagement Manager for Arts for Learning San Diego (A4LSD), was our speaker for the February 1, 2018 meeting. She began by asking members whether they were artists, and if there were any arts that members wished that they had learned as children.  Learning a musical instrument, dance, and painting were common wished-for skills. 
Despite numerous studies that support the value of arts education in terms of reducing the rate of dropouts, alcohol and drug use, and delinquency, funding for art programs is constantly at risk for cuts. Even in San Diego, funding for arts program faces a 31% cut.  Meanwhile, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education is often emphasized as an important means for later success, but A4LSD advocates we instead refer to STEAM, where the “A” highlights the value of arts education in producing well-rounded students.
Founded over 50 years ago and now based in City Heights, as an affiliate of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, A4LSD partners with over 200 local performing artists practicing in visual arts, poetry, music, theater, and dance who provide assemblies, workshops, and family events to expose children a broad range of art. A4LSD also provides funding for artist residencies and professional development for local teachers.
One of A4LSD’s largest partnerships is with San Diego Unified School District’s Learning Through the Arts Initiative. This program helps teachers at Title 1 schools, which largely serve economically disadvantaged students, integrate arts education into their classroom to enhance engagement and increase parental involvement that together can improve academic achievements.  In the past few years, A4LSD has seen significant growth in the numbers of children served (now nearly 76,800 children- an increase of 35% since 2014), artists participating, and programs offered (now 1,710, up from 1,563 in AY 2015-16). 
Ms. Shefman introduced Dennis (brother of our President-Elect Don Fipps) and Maria Fipps, who are involved in one of many A4LSD partnerships. Dennis and Maria are the parents of Carrie Ann Fipps. By age 4, Carrie Ann showed a flair for dance, and she was a founding member of the dance troupe City Moves. Sadly, Carrie Ann passed away at the age of 15 after a battle with leukemia. In her memory, the Fipps established the Carrie Ann Fipps Memorial Scholarship, in partnership with A4LSD. Every year in May young dancers participate in a group audition and a panel of judges composed of a member of the Fipps family, as well as dance teachers and choreographers awards $1,000 to one student to fund one year of dance lessons. Several winners have since gone on to pursue careers in dance.
We thank member Miles Fleming, who is also a member of the A4LSD Board, for arranging to have Ms. Shefman present to our club.
Giving STEAM to STEM- Arts for Learning San Diego Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Kids for Peace Board Vice President Toni Hood (center) with International Services Committee (ISC) Chair Dugan Moor (left) and ISC member Patti Kurtz (right)
Toni Hood, Vice President of Kids for Peace, joined our February 1, 2018 meeting to thank club members for donating to their program to provide “growing shoes” for children in developing countries. These shoes expand up to five sizes, and thus can be worn for several years rather than just one.  These shoes can help prevent exposure soil-transmitted disease and parasitic infections and in turn increase overall health and the likelihood that children can consistently attend school. We look forward to learning more about Kids for Peace in an upcoming presentation.
Kids for Peace- Providing Shoes that Grow to Kids in Developing Countries Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Scott MacDonald (right) exchanges red for blue badges with membership chair Matt Kurth (left)
Scott MacDonald recalled this question from Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of his Rotarian of the Day talk
Congratulations to our latest Blue Badger, Scott MacDonald. Scott was also Rotarian of the Day and after opening with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., he gave a quick synopsis of the many places he’s lived prior to settling in Del Mar with his “better half” Patti Kurtz, also a member of our club. Scott founded MacDonald Scholars with the goal of helping college students offset the costs of higher education, while also giving back to their communities (see a synopsis of his presentation at our club in May 2017). 
Scott has already been a very active member of the club- he is serving as an advisor for the upcoming Model U.N. and will assume the role of Speaker’s Chair in July. 
Newest Blue Badger Scott MacDonald Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Paul Harris Fellows (l to r) Miles Fleming, Dugan Moor, Garrie Rhodes, Jim Davies, Dan Smargon
Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski recognized several new and multiple Paul Harris Fellows: Jim Davies, Miles Fleming, Dugan Moor, Garrie Rhodes and Dan Smargon. Their donations to the Rotary Foundation are critical for supporting Rotary’s many projects, both at home and around the globe.
Recognition of Paul Harris Fellows Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Charles Dorfan (left) with his sponsor, President Klaus Gubernator (right)
We’re delighted to welcome as our newest member, Charles Dorfan, who received his Red Badge from Membership Chair Matt Kurth at the February 1, 2018 meeting. Charles lives in Carmel Valley with his wife Victoria and young son Dov. He is an Executive Benefits Advisor with WestPac Wealth Partners. Klaus Gubernator is his sponsor and he will be mentored by Marty Peters. Charles is a UCSD graduate and comes with a desire to give back to his community, and in particular to help families in crisis, which stems from his experiences as a pediatric cancer survivor.
Welcome to Our Newest (and Youngest) Member, Charles Dorfan Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
Over 120 Rotarians and guests from around North County gathered at the Agua Hedionda Discovery Center in Carlsbad for the Rockin’ Rotary social. Lots of great Rotarians from several North County clubs, including Rotary Club Carlsbad Hi Noon, Encinitas, Oceanside, and Rancho Sante Fe were there, as were some potential new Rotarians.  Anyone wishing to enter the raffle had to meet five new Rotarians or guests. The music by JP Hennessy of the Rotary Club of Encinitas was fantastic- JB used to play for a band that once was the warm-up act for U2 (check out some video of the dancing at Rotary Club of Encinitas Facebook page).
Rockin' Rotary Social Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
William Bonitz (far left), Gisele Bonitz (second from left) and Larry Cook (far right) with Marianne Krystmas (third from left), who teaches William piano now and also taught Larry
Students competing in the District Music competition were encouraged to invite guests to hear their performances. Erica Hwang’s father, Sung-Sik Hwang joined us, as did William Bonitz’s mother, Gisele Bonitz. A special guest was Marianne Krystmas, who is William’s music teacher and also taught Larry Cook to play the piano! We congratulate Marianne on her success in teaching multiple generations of musicians in the San Diego area.
Multigenerational Music Students of Marianne Krystmas Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
Rotary Club of Del Mar members support the vendors who help sponsor our annual Sunset Soiree (May 14 this year), and we visited Soiree sponsor New English Brewing Company on January 25, 2018 for craft beer and Greek food from the Taste Around the World food truck. Yet when we arrived, the Barrel Room was already packed. Our social coincided with a meeting of the Veteran’s Brewing Club (VBC), which we learned is a newly formed, informal group that seeks to connect transitioning service members with military veterans and business leaders. VBC provides a more casual atmosphere for networking and discussions about effective strategies for transitioning back to civilian life.
January Social at New English Brewing Company Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
Andrew Zhao, Garrie Rhodes, Erica Hwang, and William Bonitz
Our January 25, 2018 meeting was filled with beautiful music performed by young musicians.  Erica Hwang and Andrew Zhao, both seniors at Torrey Pines High School, joined William Bonitz, a junior at La Jolla Country Day High School, to compete at the local level of the District 5340 Music Competition. William began the concert with “Introduction and Rondo” by Leroy Ostransky for the alto saxophone and followed that with “Valse Lente” by Oscar Merikanto for piano.  Erica played the first movement from Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in D Major. Andrew Zhao made great use of the Baldwin grand that lives on the St. Peter’s Parish Hall stage by playing Chopin’s Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1. Visit our Facebook page to see video clips from all three performances.
Members Garrie Rhodes and Miles Fleming, together with Niels Lund, president of Rotary Club Solana Beach Eco, acted as judges to evaluate musical technique, interpretation and stage presence. The quality of all the performances was excellent, and the judges named Erica Hwang as our representative at the regional concert, to be held February 14 in the Chula Vista High School library. If she is successful there, she will compete in March in the District finals, where the top performer will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Erica thanked the members for their attention, and expressed gratitude for all her audiences, which remind her that classical music continues to be valued. She said that this is the first time she played this piece without piano or orchestral accompaniment, and she enjoyed the freedom she had playing solo. Both she and Andrew will be auditioning for music programs at the university level.  We thank Garrie Rhodes for her hard work organizing the concert.  
Three Young Musicians Perform for District 5340 Music Competition Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
Chris Stewart, Haylea Minks and Barrett Smith work the eyeglass station (and modeled a few pairs)
A Stand Down in wartime was the removal of combat units needing rest and recovery to a safe and secure place after relief by rested units. Here, Stand Down refers to the opportunity for homeless veterans to remove themselves from the stress of the streets and allow community members to watch over them while they receive needed services.
First begun in 1998 by Veteran’s Village of San Diego, each year there are more than 200 Stand Down events across the country.  The 2nd annual North County San Diego Stand Down was held January 25-28, 2018. The goal of the Stand Down is to connect homeless veterans with service providers. Rotary Club of Del Mar members Haylea Minks, Barrett Smith and Chris Stewart volunteered at this Stand Down- they staffed the eyeglass station.  Outside of Stand Down events, the North County San Diego Stand Down organization accepts donations of cash as well as gently used clothing and household items collected by their partner, TeamAMVETs.
North County San Diego Stand Down Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2018
President-Elect Don Fipps (right) with District Governor Elect for District 2220 in Russia, Alexey Kutsenok (left)
Matt and Janice Kurth (left) model gifts from District Governor Elect for District 3000, Rvn Kannan and his wife Sarala (right)
We are fortunate that Rotary International holds its annual International Assembly right in our own back yard, at Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.  Each year, District Governor Elects (DGEs) are required to attend the Assembly to take part in training that will be critical for effective leadership of their districts. Their spouses are also encouraged to attend programming tailored to their role. Local Rotarians host DGEs and this year past DG (PDG) Janice Kurth and her husband Matt Kurth, together with PDG Marty Peters, invited eight DGEs and their spouses to their La Jolla home.  Each DGE told a bit about their home district: Barbara Wolf-Wicha (DG 1920) is proud to be the first female DG for her district covering the east half of Austria. Ismail Sadek, attending with his wife Doris, is DG for District 1910 covering western Austria, including Vienna. Alexey Kutsenok of Sochi, Russia, District 2220 looks forward to building membership for the 50 clubs in his district, the first in Russia. Sharmila Bhatt can build on the experience of her husband, Harish, who also served as DG for District 9211.  Sharmila will be busy visiting the 101 clubs in her district that covers Tanzania and Uganda. Jeff Bamford (spouse Putiry Mwendwa) is DGE for District 9212 that includes 98 clubs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan. Jeff’s overseas posting as an international banker brought him to Kenya, and subsequently to Rotary.  Dominique Venere, DGE of District 7030 will put in a lot of travel time to speak to clubs across the Caribbean islands and two clubs in Guyana. Jerry Chapman is DGE for District 5870 covering Central Texas- Matt and Janice’s daughter is a Rotarian in this district. DGE Rvn Kannan and his wife Sarala brought gifts for Matt and Janice. DGE Kannan will oversee District 3000 in India- he too will be busy with nearly 130 clubs.
We congratulate all the DGEs and wish them every success in their Rotary year.
Rotary Hospitality for District Governor Elects Sharon Schendel 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2018
Join us for the January 25, 2018 meeting, which will feature talented young musicians in our region competing in the first level of the District 5340 music competition.
A Musical Meeting for January 25, 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2018
Featured speaker Dr. John Blount, spoke about changes Rotary is making to maintain its organizational vibrancy
We joined five other clubs: Del Mar Solana Beach, Encinitas, Encinitas Coastal, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach Eco, at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar for our annual 6-way meeting. More than 130 Rotarians (including six past District Governors (DGs), Bob Blum, Janice Kurth, Philippe Lamoise, Marty Peters, and Marilyn Sanderson; two Assistant DGs, Steve Weitzen and Ole Prahm, and one DG elect, Marta Knight) attended to hear club presidents showcase their club’s activities. 
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach: 30 members, meets Fridays at 7 AM. President Bill Sutton told about their Bocce Ball tournament that raised funds to support Just in Time for foster youth and Solutions for Change that helps homeless families re-integrate into society.
  • Rotary Club of Encinitas: 95 members, meets Wednesdays at noon. President Jim Merrill reminded us of why this club earned the nickname “Animal House”.  Money raised at their annual Food and Wine Festival (June 2 this year) goes to support over 14 organizations, including their Home Team that provides help with household projects for seniors.
  • Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal: 44 members, meets Tuesdays at 12:15, President Richard Cohen. Their fundraiser, the Golf Ball Drop, supports the Navy SEAL Foundation and other organizations. A helicopter drops numbered golf balls over an Encinitas Ranch Golf Course green and holders of balls coming closest to the pin win one of several prizes.  Members also helped decorated the 2018 Rose Parade float and prepare hygiene kits to combat the recent hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego.
  • Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe: 80 members, meets Wednesdays at noon. President Luis Carranza noted that more than 50% of his club members are women.  Their Taste of Rancho Santa Fe event (October 18 this year) supports over 10 charities and organizations, including Spay-Neuter Project (SNAP), ConnectMed, and Future Legends.
  • Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco: 18 members, meets Tuesdays at 6 PM. President Niels Lund kicked off the meeting with a song he wrote: “You Can Do Good in Rotary”.  Their club focuses on projects that promote environmental responsibility and sustainability, including Latrines for Life in Cambodia, Project Amigo in Mexico, and Shelter Box.
The featured speaker, Dr. John Blount, DDS, from Rotary Club of Sebastopol, highlighted ways that Rotary is evolving to diversify membership and increase the number of younger members, including introduction of more flexible membership levels, while continuing to provide opportunities for servant leaders to enrich communities at both the local and international level.
North County Clubs Come Together for Annual 6-Way Meeting Sharon Schendel 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
New English Brewing in Sorrento Valley (11545 Sorrento Valley Rd., #305) is the site for our January social. This 10-year old brewery (positively ancient by San Diego craft brewery standards) poured their award-winning beers at our Sunset Soiree.  Join us on Wednesday, January 24 from 5-8 PM to try one of their 15 beers that you can wash down with Greek food from a food truck that will be on site. 
Club Social: January 24 at New English Brewing Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
Want more socialization with North County Rotarians?  Register to attend the Rockin’ Rotary Social on January 27, 2018 held from 6-9 PM at the Agua Hedionda Discovery Center (1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad CA 92008).  Guests are most welcome, but register early as only 200 tickets are available.  Tickets are $25 and include craft beer from Latitude 33 brewery, wine, pizza, and snacks.  The JP Hennessy Band of the Rotary Club of Encinitas will provide entertainment.  The club with the most club members in attendance will get a special prize.
Rockin’ Rotary Social January 27 at Agua Hedionda Discovery Center Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
Sharon Schendel (center) with San Diego History Center Development and Membership Coordinator Samantha Williams (left) and Executive Director Bill Williams (right)
San Diego History Center Executive Director Bill Lawrence (and Rotarian- he’s a member of San Diego Rotary Club 33) and Development and Membership Coordinator Samantha Williams joined our January 11, 2018 meeting to speak about the Center’s exhibits and show a few of the highlights of their collections.  This year the Center will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its founding in 1928 by civic leader George Marston.  Originally called the Junipero Serra Museum and housed on Presidio Hill, in 1982 the museum moved to its current location in Balboa Park’s Prado, where it occupies a 50,000 ft2 facility.
The Center seeks to collect, preserve, display and interpret the history of San Diego by offering content that provides a variety of perspectives to bring people together through a shared understanding of the past.  Bill showed some of the most precious documents among the Center’s 45 million: a recently discovered document bearing Abraham Lincoln’s signature and the diary of Ah Quin, a Chinese labor organizer in San Diego during the 1880s that gives insight into working immigrants.  The Center also has over 2.5 million photos of San Diego’s past, 17,000 objects related to the area, 1,700 pieces of fine art with San Diego and California themes, and one of the best costume collections in the nation. 
The Center’s Oral History Program, established in 1955, has recordings of San Diego pioneers, and continues today to collect stories of a range of San Diegans from different backgrounds.  The Center also publishes The Journal of San Diego History a triannual peer-reviewed journal that features scholarly articles on the history of the area. History Center members receive the Journal as part of their membership.  Bill and Samantha brought with them the Summer/Fall 2017 issue for club members to take home. That issue included an article about the American Red Star Animal Relief Program at Camp Kearny during World War I and the Moreton Bay fig tree in Balboa Park. 
Bill ended his talk with a Del Mar-specific trivia contest that in which members were asked to guess the name and year of a series of photos. Those who provided correct answers got a copy of the photo to keep (anyone who missed out or would like to see other photos available for purchase can visit the photo archive).
San Diego History Center: Connecting the Past, Present and Future of the San Diego Region Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
Youth Services Chair Larry Cook and Katie Cook with Berkeley Rotoract member Megan Wiener 
We were delighted to welcome back Megan Wiener, our 2017 scholarship winner, as Rotarian of Day at the January 11, 2018 meeting. Megan is off to a great start at UC Berkeley where is majoring in Psychology with a pre-law focus. Due to all her hard work at Torrey Pines High School, Megan actually entered with credits equivalent to a sophomore! She joined the Berkeley Rotaract, which of the 8,400 Rotaract clubs in 170 countries across the world, is the largest at over 200 members. Rotary Club of Berkeley is their sponsor, and the two clubs work closely together.  
Scholarship Winner Megan Wiener Returns as Rotarian of the Day Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
Karl Wagner reports that the San Diego Blood Bank is facing a critical shortage of blood- they have only a 2-week supply.  The Bloodmobile will be in the Del Mar Hilton parking lot on January 18, 2018 from 9:30-2 PM, so please sign up to donate badly needed blood. If that time doesn’t work for you, visit the Blood Bank’s website to schedule a donation appointment. 
Before or After the 6-Way, Donate Blood! Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
On January 18, 2018 at noon we’ll gather at Del Mar Hilton Derby Ballroom for our annual 6-way meeting.  In lieu of our regular meeting, join Rotarians from 5 other clubs:  Del-Mar Solana Beach, Encinitas, Encinitas Coastal, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach Eco.  Mix things up and sit with members from other clubs to learn about their projects and share what our club is doing. The Speaker will be John S. Blount, DDS who will cover a range of Rotary-related topics, including how Rotary International is interfacing with local clubs.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so soon. Click here to RSVP, indicate meal choice, and whether you’re bring a guest.
6-Way Meeting January 18, 2018 at Del Mar Hilton Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2018
Del Mar Hilton, site of January 18 Six-way meeting
In lieu of our regular meeting, we’ll join five other North County Rotary Clubs for a 6-way meeting on January 18, 2018 at the Del Mar Hilton.  John T. Blount D.D.S., program coordinator for the 2018 Rotary convention in Toronto and Chair of the 2019 convention in Hamburg Germany, is scheduled to speak. Dr. Blount has been instrumental in developing strategies to secure the future of Rotary and has moderated the international training program for all incoming Governors.
Six Way Meeting at Del Mar Hilton on January 18, 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2018
Julie Marner, Executive Director, Burundi Friends International, with long-time Rotary Club of Del Mar member Bessie Floyd
Burundi Friends International Board members and volunteers- founder Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian is in the center of the back row
A 2010 trip to Burundi to teach English led Julie Marner to her current position as Executive Director of Burundi Friends International (BFI).  Founded in 2007 by Burundian Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, who studied in the United States and hoped to give back to her native country, the mission of BFI is to foster partnerships for education, healthcare and economic empowerment that will sustain communities and fight poverty. 
Land-locked Burundi is about the size of the Maryland, and is a member of the East African Community (EAC). Although the official languages of Burundi are French (a holdover from Belgian colonization) and Kirundi, the chosen language of the EAC is English. As such, Ms. Marner noted that Burundians who are fluent in English have access to broader economic opportunities.
The country faces many challenges, including: poor infrastructure (very few roads are paved, and only 5% of homes have electricity), difficulty in exporting goods, poverty (average annual income of $280), high rates of malnourishment, lack of clean water, and high rates of HIV and malaria.  The family size in Burundi is large at ~6 children/family and as a result, the overall population is young- nearly half of Burundians are younger than 15 years old. 
BFI seeks to address these challenges through its three-pillared approach:  Education & English Clubs, Economic Empowerment Programs, and Healthcare & Medical Supplies. In her presentation, Ms. Marner focused on the Economic and English programs, which are closely related.   
Burundian youth in particular have been proactive in taking advantage of the resources that BFI brings to their country. Knowing that English skills are critical for advancement, Burundians are enthusiastic English learners. In addition to stocking libraries with donated books, BFI helped found English clubs that provide an open learning environment where club members can access technology and books for active English learning. Beginning with just one club of 35 members, the number of clubs is growing rapidly. In the last year alone, the clubs experienced a 375% growth rate and membership is now 3,600. Over 2,000 volunteer teachers lead the clubs and help recruit and train even more teachers. BFI also has a scholarship program that allows talented students to seek university degrees either at a national or international level.  Three of the students BFI assisted secured prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowships for young African leaders.
Coupled with the educational programs, BFI provides programs to help Burundians learn to save money and launch and manage their own businesses.   
Ms. Marner told about Innocent Niyongabo as an example of the changes that BFI programs have made. Innocent was orphaned at 4 years-old when his parents were killed in the 1995 civil war in Burundi. Despite these huge challenges, Innocent was highly motivated to learn English. In just a few years, he is now fluent in English and serves as Vice President of the BFI English Clubs while pursuing a college degree. He realized that his parents were killed in part due to the poor mindset of Burundians, and he made it his goal to change this mindset and help his fellow youth realize the same educational and economic opportunities he seeks. 
One of Innocent’s friends, Fabrice Bizimana, who is also active with BFI English clubs, summed up the resources that BFI provides: “Receiving a dictionary is like receiving a treasure.”  We are confident that under Ms. Marner’s leadership BFI will continue to provide education and economic treasures to the people of Burundi. 
Burundi Friends International: Bringing Educational and Economic Empowerment to Burundians Sharon Schendel 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2018
Bill Rawlings, Jim McClellan, Eric Nelte and Monty Woolley beside Bill's truck, filled with donations
Bill Rawlings kindly offered to take clothing donations to the Rotary Club of Escondido in advance of their clothing drive for the upcoming veteran’s Stand Down event.  Members stepped up with donations, and Bill had no trouble filling the bed of his pickup truck!
Donations to Stand Down Clothing Drive Sharon Schendel 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2018
Bill Lawrence will present at the January 11, 2018 meeting (Photo credit: John Gibbins)
Bill Lawrence, Executive Director of the San Diego History Center, will present this week about how the Center integrates in the San Diego community to fulfill its mission of telling the story of the San Diego region as well as educating community residents. The Center is based in Balboa Park and also maintains its original site on Presidio Hill. Mr. Lawrence is a graduate of San Diego State University and previously worked at KFMB and KPBS.   
Speaker for January 18 Meeting: Bill Lawrence, San Diego History Center Sharon Schendel 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 31, 2017
We elected Club Officers and Directors for the 2018 Rotary year at the December 21, 2017 meeting:
President:  Don Fipps
President-Elect:  Brett Mattei
Vice President: Sharon Schendel
Treasurer:  Kathy Reed
Sergeant at Arms: Chandra Collure
Secretary:  Donna Fipps
Director and Rotary Foundation Chair:  Matt Kurth
Director and Community Services Chair:  Barrett Smith
Director and International Services Chair:  Dugan Moore
Director and Program Chair:  Scott MacDonald
Director:  Paul Chunyk
Club Election Results Sharon Schendel 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 31, 2017
The speaker for our January 4, 2018 meeting is Julie Marner, Executive Director of Burundi Friends International (BFI), which was founded in 2007 as a three-pronged program to fight poverty by enhancing education, healthcare, and economic resources. Burundi that lies east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and just south of Rwanda, is one of the economically challenged nations in the world.
Ms. Marner has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Practical Theology from University of Colorado and University of San Diego, respectively. She has a long history working with volunteer organizations that focus on homelessness, the prison population, and the mentally ill. Ms. Marner first visited Burundi in 2010 and returned in 2011 to teach English Communication at Light University (as the majority of business in Africa is conducted in English, proficiency in this language is a key to increased economic success). She has since expanded her initial educational efforts to address economic empowerment and healthcare issues. 
January 4 2018 Speaker: Julie Marner of Burundi Friends International Sharon Schendel 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 31, 2017
Rotary Club of Escondido is helping with a clothing drive for veterans.  All clothing donations are welcome, but jackets, sweatshirts, shoes, plus-size clothing, and towels are particularly welcome. They are also seeking new underwear and socks for both men and women (goal:  500 and 50 pairs for men and women, respectively). Bill Rawlings kindly volunteered to transport any items brought to the January 4, 2018 meeting to the Escondido Rotarians.  If you can’t gather your donations in time for Thursday's meeting, you can bring the items to the drive at the Escondido Town Hall on Saturday January 6 between 8 and 11 AM.     
Clothing Drive for Veterans Sharon Schendel 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Foundation:  John Baranowski reported that half of our members have made their annual pledge to the Rotary Foundation and have paid the pledged amount.  Make your 2018 pledge early by completing the attached form and returning it to John.  Pledges can also be made online.
Membership:  Matt Kurth tallied the club census, which currently stands at 66 active members and 4 honorary members.  We have 7 pending Red Badgers who are working toward their Blue Badges. Our membership is 1/3 female and the median age is the mid-60s, with 18 members younger than 50.  Our membership is stable and enduring- in the club the average tenure with Rotary is 21 years.
Del Mar Rotary Foundation:  Bob Fuchs, chairman of the Del Mar Rotary Foundation Trust, reminded us that 5 years ago all donations were directed to the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation trust.  Most donations made to the trust are unrestricted, although members always have the option to designate that funds be given to a specific project or committee.  We are fortunate that a substantial proportion of the trusts funds are in an account that pays 6% annually, resulting in income from interest alone of nearly $10,000.   Have you made your suggested donation to the club's foundation yet?  Remember that these pledges are separate from those for the foundation.  Access the pledge form here.
The Community Service, International Service, and Youth Services committees all reported on their successful years and the variety of projects they sponsored. 
Lines of Service Reports Sharon Schendel 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
La Colonia park decorated for the holiday party
Donna Fipps ready for action at the bead station, where she was joined by Janice Kurth
Kathi Reed helped with the pine cone project- and one of our guests displays her beautiful finished project
Dan Smargon and Klaus Gubernator helped fashion buckeye-pipe cleaner animals (top), and Bob Sonnhalter and Bill Rawlings were ready to help with ice plant cuttings (bottom)
Plenty of balloons for twisting and cookies for decorating
Our guests could decorate stockings and advise Santa on how to fill them
Helping with Christmas cards- plenty of rocks were needed to keep the wind from blowing the cards away
Tony Villasenor helped serve dinner
Tom Ryan, Monty Woolley, Tom Woolsey, Marty Peters and Tony Villasenor enjoy dinner
On December 7, 2017 we hosted our annual Christmas party for local children who are members of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club Harper Branch.  The children could choose from several different craft stations to make Christmas decorations and presents. They could also visit with Santa and enjoy the food and refreshments.  The weather at La Colonia park in Solana Beach was breezy, but all the kids had fun and left with several momentoes from the party.  
Community Service Christmas Party at La Colonia in Solana Beach Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
Danny Maas (left) spoke about recent successes of the Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club, the Millennium Falcons, at the regional and national levels (Team photo credit- The Del Mar Times)
Daniel Maas, a Junior at Torrey Pines High School (TPHS), joined our November 30, 2017 meeting to thank our club for its support of the TPHS Robotics Club, the Millennium Falcons. The club has grown significantly in the past few years, and now numbers 35 members.  They compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competition (or, as FIRST likes to refer to it, “Coopertition” that emphasizes teaching and learning from teammates to assist and enable the success of others). In 2017, the Falcons won the San Diego regional competition and advanced to the FIRST finals in Houston, where they reached the semifinals. The club is looking forward to the January release of this year’s robot task and will start building their robot soon after. Support from Rotary Club of Del Mar is instrumental for the club to secure the necessary equipment to build their robot and travel to compete at the national level. 
Torrey Pines High School Millennium Falcons Robotics Club Seeks Continued Success Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
Marty Peters with Veteran's Village CEO Kim Mitchell and founder Jack Lyon
Kim Mitchell (second from left) and Jack Lyon (second from right) with Rotary Club of Del Mar members who served on active duty between November 1955 and May 1975 (l to r):  Monty Woolley, Tom Ryan, Jim McClellan, Bob Sonnhalter and Tom Woolsey
Jack Lyon, together with fellow Vietnam veterans Bill Mahedy, Randy Waite, Paul Grasso and Russ Kelly, founded Veteran’s Village in 1981 as a resource to help disenfranchised veterans access services to which they were entitled.  From its small beginnings, the organization has grown to serve more than 2,000 veterans annually by providing transitional housing and programs tailored to its five pillars of success: Prevention, Intervention, Rehabilitation, Aftercare and Employment Services.
Jack introduced Veteran’s Village’s newly installed CEO, Kim Mitchell, who co-founded the Dixon Center for Veterans and Military Services after having served in the Navy for 17 years. Ms. Mitchell, a Naval Academy graduate, reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands. In her last two years in active duty she was the Deputy Director of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Warrior and Family Support before assuming duties as a White House Military Social Aide for the Obama administration for which she helped host more than 500 military-related events.  Together these experiences provided a strong foundation to take over as head of Veteran’s Village.    
Ms. Mitchell has personal experience with how a little assistance can chance the course of a life.  She was found as an infant clinging to her dead mother and was eventually taken to the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Da Nang, Vietnam. There she was found by Air Force Technical Sergeant James Mitchell, who adopted her and brought her to live with his family in northern Wisconsin.  Sadly, her father, a farmer, was killed in a lightning strike just weeks before she was to leave for the Naval Academy. This experience taught her to cope with change and be aware that life can change in an instant. 
Ms. Mitchell’s immediate goals for Veteran’s Village are to increase public awareness of the services provided by the Village, increase community involvement through various events, including Stand Downs (which Rotary Club of Del Mar members have supported), and support partnerships with local businesses, which are instrumental to ensuring stable employment for veterans.  The Village’s various programs enjoy an 80% success rate. In keeping with the Village’s motto: “Leave no one behind”, for those who do not succeed on their first attempt, the Village welcomes and encourages them to keep trying until they do achieve success. 
At the end of her presentation, Ms. Mitchell referenced the national Vietnam Commemoration, which was authorized by Congress in 2012 to thank and honor Vietnam veterans. She asked club members to raise their hands if they were on active duty any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Those members who raised their hands received lapel pins to recognize their service and sacrifice during this period.    
Serving Those Who Served: Veteran’s Village of San Diego Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
Getting packing instructions from the CRC staff
Val Myers on the conveyor line
Global Scholar Jane Kinyua pauses for a picture
Matt Kurth and Walt Strangman man the cans
Haylea Minks and Don Fipps handled the pinto bean station
Boxes rounding the curve for the next stage of filling
Celebrating a job well done!
Rotary Club of Del Mar members, spouses and friends gathered at the Del Mar Fairgrounds grandstand to pack holiday baskets for the Community Resource Center (CRC).  Packing is efficient as boxes roll along conveyor belts in front of different stations stocked with staples. After supplementing with turkey or chickens, recipients have what they need to prepare holiday meals with all the trimmings. The CRC holiday baskets represent the largest distribution program in San Diego and will serve over 1,500 families who live in San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach or Del Mar and have an annual household income that is at or below 80% of the area median income.  Together, we packed nearly 280 boxes in just a few hours.
Packing Holiday Baskets for Families Served by the Community Resource Center Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
St. Peter's Parish hall was in a festive mood on December 16, 2017 for the annual holiday party. There were plenty of beverages- both hard and soft- and prime rib was the main entree. Cookies were available for exchange- Donna Fipps brought cookies topped with "Nutcracker" mice.  A great way to kick off the last 10 days before Christmas!
Annual Christmas Party at St. Peter's Parish Hall Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2017
Stacie Terry, Head Coach of SDSU Women's Basketball with the ultimate Aztec, Larry Cook
Coach Stacie Terry, now in her fifth year as head coach of the San Diego State University Women’s Basketball team (currently 4-0) was our speaker at the November 16, 2017 meeting. She began by recalling her own goals as an undergraduate at University of Texas Arlington, where she played basketball and continued her excellent 3-point shooting after graduating from El Capitan High School. At UTA Coach Terry was a Communications major, and she planned to become the first female sideline reporter for the NFL. Yet when she graduated, she didn’t have the experience she needed to break into broadcasting. When she got into coaching, Coach Terry made it her mission to provide the women she coached the opportunities she didn’t have.
Coach Terry has had success in recruiting, as evidenced by her nationally-ranked recruiting classes. When recruiting, Coach Terry looks for young women who have intangible qualities beyond basketball talent and considers whether they have a good attitude and work ethic. Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history advised her that she needed players who could “wake up and start their own engines.” Coach Terry makes a promise to the parents of her recruits: not only will their daughters become better basketball players, they will become more well-rounded young women.
SDSU players attend financial planning workshops and are encouraged to start saving a few dollars from the scholarship funds. Coach Terry also makes it point to expose her players to the local culture of the cities where they play away games.  For instance, when they played a tournament in New York, the whole team went to see “The Color Purple” on Broadway.  Academics are also emphasized and the team strives to see that each player maintains at least a 3.0 GPA. Players are coached to develop a media presence and conduct themselves with confidence. All of these skills will serve SDSU players well when they enter the work force. 
Beyond Basketball: SDSU Head Coach Stacie Terry Takes a Holistic Approach to Coaching Sharon Schendel 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2017
December will be a great month with the following events and activities:
On Thursday December 7, 2017, the club will be dark as we hold our annual children’s holiday party at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach. Fire up your Pintrest pages and find some interesting and simple craft projects that we can have ready for the kids who attend.
On Monday December 11, 2017 join us at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to help assemble Community Resource Center holiday baskets. Remember to complete the waiver form and return it to Barrett Smith.
On the evening of Thursday December 14, 2017, in lieu of our regular meeting, we’ll hold our annual club Christmas party at St. Peter’s Parish Hall.
Mark Your December Calendars: La Colonia Holiday Party, Holiday Baskets and Club Party Sharon Schendel 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
There will be no meeting November 23, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving. Best wishes for an enjoyable holiday with good food and good company.  Join us November 30, 2017, when Kim Miller and Jack Lyon, Veteran’s Village CEO and Founder, respectively, will present.
Club Dark for Thanksgiving 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2017
President Elect Don Fipps read the slate for incoming officers and directors for the new Rotary year. Elections will be held at the December 21, 2017 meeting. 
President: Don Fipps
President-elect: Brett Mattei
Vice President: Sharon Schendel
Treasurer: Kathy Reed
Secretary: Donna Fipps
Sergeant-at-Arms: Chandra Collure
Rotary Foundation Chair: Matt Kurth
Youth Services Chair: Larry Cook
Director/Community Services Chair: Barrett Smith
Director/International Services Chair: Dugan Moore
Director/Program Chair: Scott MacDonald
Director/Sunset Soiree Chair: Paul Chunyk
Slate for Rotary Year 2018 Announced Sharon Schendel 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2017
Members and guests visiting before the meeting gets underway
Il Fornaio in Del Mar Plaza was the site of our second Community Outreach meeting for 2017. We had another great turnout, with several guests in attendance. Vickie Barks brought her colleagues from the League of Amazing Programmers, Jackie Arsenau and Becky Deller; Garrie Rhodes invited Alton Hitchcock, real estate agent and home brewer; and Carrington Kingsley, guest of Kit Leeger, returned for a second visit. John Winfield, editor of Fine magazine joined us, as did Linda Strangman, wife of member Walt Strangman. The meeting was a family affair for member Chad Brown, who brought his wife, Dana, and their two daughters, Ella and Maia, who were selling poinsettias on behalf of the Encinitas YMCA Dreamcatcher project, which raises funds so that needy families can access YMCA facilities and services.
Community Outreach Meeting at Il Fornaio Sharon Schendel 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
Nat Read (top) recited poems by Robert Service (lower right) and discussed how Service's verse influenced his own work, "Poet Cop"
Nat Read is a frequent speaker at Rotary Club of Del Mar, and he never fails to entertain.  The poet Robert Service was the focus of his presentation at our November 9, 2017 meeting.  Nat began by reciting from memory Service’s poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, the story of the continuously cold prospector Sam McGee who finally found warmth on the shores of Lake Lebarge.
Nat told how, at the age of 20, Service left Scotland to sail to western Canada to become a cowboy in the Yukon wilderness.  His ambition as a young man was never to take a “respectable” job, and he fulfilled that ambition by taking on a variety of menial labor jobs. 
The charm of disrespectability soon wore off and Service migrated south, first to San Francisco, followed by Los Angeles, and he eventually responded to a job posting for what he thought was for a tutor for two young girls in San Diego, but was in fact a job as a replacement handyman at a brothel. As a parting gift, Service received a guitar from one of the brothel’s “residents”.
After drifting throughout the West, Service eventually secured employment with the Canadian Bank of Commerce and was transferred back to the Yukon.  While there, Service wrote “The Shooting of Dan McGrew”, which Nat also recited from memory (together, the two poems total nearly 2,000 words). 
Following more wanderings and a stint as a war correspondent and ambulance drive in World War I, Service lived more comfortably on the earnings from his 14 books of poetry and 6 novels.  He even landed in Hollywood for a brief period as movies were being made of his stories.  His turn as an actor was not as successful as his writing- he was deemed “ill-suited” to play himself in a movie. 
Nat noted that American poetry eventually moved away from poets like Service, in favor or less traditional poems such as “Makeshift”, which Nat read as a representative poem that appears in The New YorkerNat said that he’d talked with one of the former Poet Laureates of California, who said that his colleagues didn’t like Service, but the fact that his poems have never been out of print reflects their popularity. 
Nat is a poet himself, and Service was one of his inspirations.  His book of poetry, “Poet Cop” details his feelings about his work as a Reserve Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department.  His assignments for the LAPD included vice in Hollywood and gang suppression in the South Bureau. 
Nat Read Recalls Robert Service, “Bard of the Yukon”, and His Role in American Poetry Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
Our November club social will be Wednesday November 15, 2017, 5-7 PM, at Americana, located at the corner of the Coast Highway and 15th Street Del Mar (across the street from the Rotary clock).  Come enjoy a variety of draft beers and wines, and the Happy Hour menu, which includes duck & corn quesadillas, mussels, calamari, thin crust pizzas and potstickers, among others. We may catch a glimpse of owner Randy Gruber, who was also awarded “Best Chili” at our recent Chili & Quackers event.  As always, members are encouraged to bring guests. 
Club Social This Week at Americana Restaurant in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
The year-end meeting of the International Services Committee (ISC) will be held Tuesday November 14, 2017 at 5 PM at Dugan Moore and Philippe Lamoise’s home in Sorrento Valley.  All members, particularly new members, are invited to attend to discuss ongoing international service projects and ideas for new projects.
Members are encouraged to submit proposals for pilot projects. ISC Chairwoman Dugan Moore asks that the proposals be summarized in one page or less and should consider the following questions:  i) will I have personal involvement in the project and do I plan to have hands-on participation in the host country; ii) is the project sustainable and does it align with one or more of Rotary International’s six areas of focus; iii) what is the future potential of the project, how it will benefit the local community, and can the project be expanded. Dugan welcomes questions in advance of the meeting either by email or phone. Please also contact Dugan for directions to her home. 
Off-Site Year End Meeting for the International Services Committee Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
Rotary Club of Del Mar members and their guests enjoyed lunch and conversation at Pacific Del Mar
As St. Peter’s Del Mar hosts the Interfaith Shelter at our usual Parish Hall meeting site, we ventured just across the street to Del Mar Plaza for lunch at Pacifica Del Mar.  We had an excellent turnout, and more than two dozen guests, including Brett Davis, Marianela Davis, David Goodell, Pat Hayden, Carrington Kingsley, Martha Laudroche and Robert Vaughn, joined us to learn more about Rotary Club of Del Mar projects and to meet our members. The food and the service were excellent, as was the conversation. We look forward to our second Outreach meeting to be held November 16, 2017 at Il Fornaio in Del Mar Plaza. Please invite spouses, friends, and colleagues to enjoy the buffet lunch as our guests.      
First of Two Community Outreach Meetings Highlights Rotary Club of Del Mar Projects Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
Our November 16, 2017 meeting will be held at Il Fornaio in Del Mar Plaza. This meeting is another great opportunity to bring friends, colleagues, or anyone who would like to learn more about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Del Mar.
Fresh off a win in the season opener against Presbyterian, San Diego State University Women’s Basketball head coach Stacie Terry will take a break from a busy November schedule to talk about her team’s prospects for the year and the state of women’s athletics at SDSU. 
Coach Terry is a San Diego native who played for the El Capitan Vaqueros.  She played NCAA Division I basketball for the University of Texas at Arlington and professionally in the European Pro League. Prior to her appointment as SDSU head coach in 2013, Coach Terry was an assistant coach for UCLA and then LSU.
San Diego State University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Stacie Terry is Speaker for the Community Outreach Meeting at Il Fornaio Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 05, 2017
Barbara McNally, author of "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife"
Cover of Barbara McNally's book and logo for her foundation, with images for lover, mother, warrior, sage
Barbara McNally was a licensed physical therapist working with veterans to help them adjust to the effects of serious injuries and through that work she learned about the tremendous challenges that military members wounded in the line of duty face.  Several years ago, as she was driving across the Coronado Bridge, a motorist in front of her stopped his car, got out, and then, to her horror, jumped off the bridge. She later learned that the motorist was a veteran who left behind a wife and children. Barbara vowed to devote herself to helping ensure that no other veteran would feel such despair that s/he would be driven to suicide. 
 Barbara began her talk with a short video featuring wounded veterans talking about the thanks they get from strangers, and the spotlight that shines on them, but no one shines a spotlight on those who also deserve thanks and praise:  the spouses and family members of these wounded warriors. In an effort to increase the recognition for families of wounded military, Barbara launched the Barbara McNally Foundation, the logo for which includes images that represent qualities of many military caregivers:  Lover, Mother, Warrior, Sage. Her foundation seeks to empower these caregivers, particularly women, to gain the knowledge and courage they need to support and advocate for their wounded warriors.
Copies of Barbara’s book, “Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife: Not Just Surviving But Thriving” were at each table at our October 2, 2018 meeting. The book tells the stories of many wives whose lives were changed by injuries their husbands sustained, and how they grew and changed in response to the needs of their husbands. For many of these couples, their relationships changed in ways they never could have imagined, and were the richer for the experience.
A major project of the Barbara McNally foundation is co-sponsorship of Support, Purpose & Appreciation (SPA) days. At SPA days, caregivers get a much-needed rest and take time to focus on themselves, sometimes for the first time in years. SPA days give women the opportunity to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, and share how they’ve coped with the challenges they face.  Although hundreds of women apply to be a part of SPA days, only a small fraction can be accommodated. Many of our members who attended the meeting gave donations to allow more women to attend SPA days. Donations can also be made through Barbara’s website.  We congratulate Barbara on recognizing this important issue, and for her actions to ensure that the caregivers receive recognition for the invaluable services they perform.
Barbara McNally: Focusing on Caregivers for Wounded Warriors Sharon Schendel 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 05, 2017
Nat B. Read will speak about 19th century poet Robert B. Service, aka "The Bard of the Yukon"
This week's meeting will be held at Pacific Del Mar in the Del Mar Plaza
As St. Peter’s hosts the Interfaith Shelter over the next two weeks, this week our meeting will be held at Pacifica Del Mar. Thai grilled chicken salad, rock shrimp pasta, or turkey burger with fries are on the menu. Members are encouraged to bring guests, and anyone who would like to learn more about Rotary Club of Del Mar are encouraged to attend as our guest.
Nat B. Read will present on the poet Robert W. Service, known as the “Bard of the Yukon”. Service worked as a cowboy in the Yukon wilderness in the late 19th century, and his experiences were the foundation for many of his poems and stories. 
Community Outreach Meeting at Pacifica Del Mar with Nat Read as Speaker Sharon Schendel 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 05, 2017
Niels Lund, President of Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco
Niels Lund, the President of the Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco, which meets on Tuesdays evenings at 6 PM in the library of the LePort School, told us about his Club’s efforts to meet the tree-planting challenge. A recent District 5340 NewsBits newsletter posted a link to the Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco’s compilation of agencies that Rotary clubs could partner with to plant new trees in the San Diego area. The Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco is the fourth Eco Rotary Club to be established, and the number of Eco clubs is growing.  Eco Rotarians believe that all individuals should be able to enjoy a high quality of life while protecting, respective, and enhancing the environment.
Solana Beach Eco Club President Niels Lund and the Rotary International Tree Planting Effort Sharon Schendel 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 05, 2017
Jan Nelte (left) and Linda Shaw (right) are co-chairs of the Village Garden Club of La Jolla's Jacaranda Tree Project
Village Garden Club of La Jolla members planting a new Jacaranda tree (Photo credit:  La Jolla Light)
At the seminar for incoming District Governors held in San Diego in January 2017, Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenged each one of the more than 1.2 million Rotarians to plant one tree between July 1 and Earth Day, April 22, 2018.  Riseley outlined his belief that: “the greater result [of the tree planting] will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
President Klaus Gubernator invited Jan Nelte (wife of former President Eric Nelte) and Linda Shaw from the La Jolla Village Garden Club to speak about how the committee they co-chair, the Jacaranda Tree Project, could help us meet President Riseley’s challenge and also beautify public spaces in San Diego. The Project began in 1986, and since its founding has planted more than 2,200 Jacaranda trees, which the San Diego City Council named the “Official Tree of San Diego”, across San Diego county.  Sites that received trees include Miramar National Cemetery, the waterfront esplanade on Harbor Drive, the La Jolla YMCA, Horton Plaza Park, and the downtown Central Library.  In Balboa Park, the club cooperated with the Balboa Park Conservancy to plant 21 trees around Morley Field
The Club uses donations made to the Jacaranda Tree Project in their entirety toward the purchase and planting of trees. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations of $50 or more can be designated to honor the memory of loved one, recognize a special person, commemorate an event, or, for Rotarians, help reach the goal of 1.2 million newly planted trees.  No individual tree is designated for specific individual, but rather the Club recognizes all who donated at a special annual dedication ceremony. Download the donation form and follow the instructions to make a donation.
One New (Jacaranda?) Tree for Every Rotarian Sharon Schendel 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
Andy Stern, founder of the Lost Bird Project, which produces Smartfins to monitor ocean health
A bronze sculpture of a Passenger Pigeon, part of the Lost Bird project that seeks to help individuals connect with the earth through art (Photo credit, The Smithsonian Institution)
The inner workings of a Smartfin (photo credit:  AAAS)
One day, and he said it truly was one day, Andy Stern had an epiphany. He remembered thinking: “I know why I’m here.”  After 30 years of treating patients as a neurologist, he wanted to address one of the biggest threats to human health- climate change.   Andy felt that one of the reasons that humans are so prone to ignore the dangers of climate change is that they are disconnected from the earth and the environment.    
He founded the Lost Bird project, which seeks to help people connect more deeply with the earth through art.  His brother-in-law, Todd McGrain, a sculptor, created large bronze sculptures of five now-extinct bird species:  the Great Auk, the Labrador Duck, the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Heath Hen.  The sculptures were placed at the site where the last known member of the species was seen in the wild.  There is a film documenting the project, and the sculptures were also on display at the Smithsonian Institution. The Lost Bird project has a new film in progress, “Elephant Path- Njaia Njoku” which was submitted for exhibition at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.
Around five years ago Andy conceived the idea for Smartfin, a way to gather real time data for ocean chemistry. Although there is extensive research being conducted on the deep ocean, because surf zones are dynamic and high energy due to wave action, there was a gap in data collection for these areas. Smartfin seeks to fill that gap. The Smartfin can be fitted to a typical surfer board. Embedded within the fin are electronics that sample ocean pH, temperature, salinity, and other parameters. Once a surfer has finished his/her sets, s/he offloads the Smartfin data onto a smartphone, and the data are then uploaded onto servers. The resulting data are open access and available to oceanographers across the world. The beta-testing is now complete, and scaled-up manufacturing is underway to expand the availability of Smartfins to surfers.  During the development phase, Smartfin partnered with scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and will now enlist the help of the Surfrider Foundation to distribute Smartfins, free of cost, to chapter members.  Using this approach, Smartfins can be deployed to many different areas to help scientists learn more about ocean chemistry in the surf zone. The Smartfins will cost around $200 to manufacture, which is significantly less than other technologies used to monitor ocean health, such as floats in the Argo network. Through Smartfin and the data gathered by surfing citizen scientists, Andy and the Lost Bird project will be closer to achieving the goal of increasing connectedness between humans and the ocean, and promoting meaningful action to slow climate change.   
Smartfin Stokes Surfing Citizen Scientists Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
Global Scholar and Children's Peace Initiative Senior Project Manager Jane Kinyua exchanges flags with President Klaus Gubernator
Rotary Global Scholar Jane Kinyua joined our October 26, 2017 meeting to exchange a club flag from her host club, Rotary Club of Ruiru, and to talk about the Children’s Peace Initiative (CPI), a project that received support from a Global Grant on which Rotary Club of Del Mar was the primary international partner and for which Jane serves as Senior Program Manager.
For years, communities in northern Kenya have endured an ongoing violent cycle of tribal conflicts. CPI was founded with the vision of engaging children to break this cycle of violence. Jane described five interventions that CPI undertook to help children view members of neighboring tribes in a more positive way.  
Intervention 1 was a children’s peace camp that brought children from two warring communities together for a five-day camp filled with activities designed to help children develop cross-tribe friendships. Each child was given the goal of developing a new friendship with a member of the other tribe. Intervention 2 used storytelling to illustrate the beauty of the neighboring tribes that can help erase negative images and attitudes. For Intervention 3, CPI arranged an inter-community culture celebration to help participants embrace and appreciate cultural differences, while also reducing fear of opposing tribes. Intervention 4 involved an inter-community parent meeting. Jane said that if they had simply announced that such a meeting was being held, the parents would likely not have attended. Instead, they encouraged the children to ask their parents to come meet their new friends, and this approach raised participation significantly. Last, Intervention 5 they called “Grab Peace by the Horns” wherein parents of participating children who had gone above and beyond to promote peace between warring communities were rewarded with a heifer. When the heifer gave birth, the calf was presented to the other community, thus strengthening the bond between the communities.
CPI trained local community members in the approaches they used, thus ensuring program sustainability, one of the requirements for Rotary-sponsored projects.  The success of CPI’s efforts is evident in the adoption of this approach by other countries in Africa.
Jane holds a B.A. from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.  When exchanging flags with President Klaus Gubernator, Jane explained that the Rotary Club of Ruiru flag features a coffee plant, the main cash crop in the region. 
Children Promoting Peace in Kenya Through the Children’s Peace Initiative Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
New blue badger, Chandra Collure (center) with his sponsor Ed Siegel (left) after receiving his blue badge from membership chair Matt Kurth (right)
Chandra Collure was awarded his blue badge at the October 26, 2017 meeting. Chandra gave his “Who am I” earlier this year when he summarized the community improvement and infrastructure projects he oversaw as the City Engineer and Public Works Director for Solana Beach. Chandra has already taken on several roles in the club, most recently he served as “fire chief” for Chili & Quackers when he made sure that all our chili chefs were supplied with portable stoves to keep their chili hot (temperature-wise, of course!). He has also taken over Sergeant at Arms duties from Mark Matthess. We are grateful to have Chandra as a member of our club. 
Blue Badge for Chandra Collure Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
Barbara McNally, author of "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife, Not Just Surviving, But Thriving" will speak at the November 2, 2017 meeting
Barbara McNally authored the book “Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife, Not Just Surviving, But Thriving” to tell the stories of the inner lives of wounded soldiers, and how these injuries, both seen and unseen, affect the lives of those closest to them. Barbara is a licensed physical therapist who has helped her clients, both veteran and civilian alike, recover and regain strength. Through her PT work, she connected with spouses of wounded warriors, whose stories inspired her to write “Wounded Warriors” and launch the Barbara McNally Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of women by helping them access their personal strengths and potential.
November 2 Speaker: Barbara McNally, Helping Veterans and Their Families Thrive Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
Al Tarkington competing in the Ironman in Hawaii on October 14, 2017
Al at the finish line- looking fantastic at the end of a 140.6 mile day
Congratulations to Al Tarkington, who finished in the Ironman World Championship held in Hawaii on October 14, 2017.  Although there are now dozens of Ironman races across the world, the Hawaii championships remain the most prestigious. A full Ironman course requires racers to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a 26.2 mile marathon. Al finished 6th in the 75-79 year-old age division with an overall time of 16:42
Our Ironman Al Tarkington Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
Jorge Reyes Loaiza from Free Flight bird sanctuary holds "Mandy", an Alexandrine parrot
Red, a 20 year-old green tailed macaw, was often dancing during the presentation (see the video at our Facebook page)
Klaus Gubernator (holding Mandy) talks with Jorge while (l-r) Bird, Timmy, and Jesse look on
Jesse the Triton cockatoo gets a bit of bit of attention from Suzy
Five feathered guests at our October 19, 2017 meeting provided a splash of color and some of their own commentary to our usual meeting business. Bird (Blue Fronted Amazon parrot), Jesse (Triton Cockatoo), Mandy (Alexandrine parakeet), Red (Green-winged macaw) and Timmy (Ecletus parrot) are all residents of Free Flight sanctuary, which is located just a few minutes away from St. Peter’s. 
The sanctuary was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. Robert Stonebreaker, who recognized the need for a facility that could provide shelter for exotic birds in need of a home.  Avian Care and Visitor Liaison Jorge Reyes Loaiza explained that these birds can live as long as 80 years and thus often out-live their owners. In addition, exotic birds often bond to just one person, and the addition of new household members, be it a new partner or a new baby, can result in the need to re-home a bird. 
Free Flight currently houses 51 birds (49 parrots, one yellow canary, and one African crowned crane) who arrived at the shelter either because their owners could no longer care for them or had passed away, or the bird was no longer adjusted to its home. Among the residents, 20 are up for adoption, which requires visitations in advance of bringing the bird home to ensure that the bird is bonding with its new owner. For those who love birds but are unable to adopt, Free Flight has bird sponsorship programs. The sanctuary also provides boarding facilities for bird owners who are on vacation or otherwise temporarily unable to care for their birds. 
Free Flight has a variety of ways to get involved. Their Junior Docent program is a week-long training program for teenagers aged 13-17 who want to become docents at the sanctuary. Parrot Camp is for younger kids, grades 3-6, and provides education about parrots.  The Senior Docent program trains those 55 and older who want to volunteer as docents. Free Flight is also developing a program to involve veterans in caring for the birds. The Sanctuary is conducting a capital campaign to raise funds to replace the 25-30 year-old cages with new stainless steel cages that will be easier to clean and are larger and more mobile, as well as rust-resistant. 
The Sanctuary welcomes visitors daily from 11-4 (on Wednesdays 11-2).  They charge a small admission fee and food can be purchased to feed the birds and koi.
Feathered Friends from Free Flight Sanctuary Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
St. Peter’s parish member Chis Grobin is coordinating volunteers to participate in the Rotational Shelter, part of the Interfaith Shelter Network, which will be housed in St. Peter’s Parish Hall for two weeks from November 5-19. Volunteers can sign up for shifts by sending an email to Chis. 
They particularly need volunteers to serve as overnight hosts between November 16-18. Prior to their shift, all volunteers receive training about who the shelter serves, the challenges these individuals face, and how to be an active listener for their concerns.
The Rotational Shelter Program is the hallmark of the Interfaith Shelter Network. Over 70 congregations, of all denominations, host the program at their facilities for 2-4 weeks a year while another 50 congregations serve supporting roles such as providing meals, hosts, transportation, and funds. Shelter guests are first screened by local social service agencies to ensure the absence of drug, alcohol, or mental health issues. Guests must also agree to work with the referring social service agency to take steps to address problems that led to their homelessness.  On average, 12 guests are hosted at rotating congregation facilities. Guests may stay up to eight weeks in the network, although most stay fewer than six weeks.  Please consider getting involved in this important program. 
Interfaith Shelter at St. Peter’s in November Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
We'll meet at Pacific Del Mar November 9 and Il Fornaio November 16
Due to the Interfaith Shelter being held in November at St. Peter’s, we’ll hold our November 9 and November 16 meetings less than a block away, at Del Mar Plaza.  The meeting November 16 in particular is a perfect opportunity to bring friends, neighbors, or co-workers who might be interested in learning more about Rotary. Be sure to let Sergeant at Arms Chandra Collure know in advance if you’ll be bringing guests. 
November 9:  Pacifica Del Mar
November 16:  Il Fornaio
Off-site Meetings: November 9 and November 16 Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
Danielle Hoffer, Peace Corps volunteer and Paul Harris Fellow, spoke about her experiences working in Zambia
Danielle Hoffer, newly returned from serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, joined our October 19, 2017 meeting to talk about her experiences. In Zambia, she focused on improving education, food security and gender equality in the regions she served.  She also developed programs to provide information about HIV/AIDS prevention and implemented HIV/AIDS counseling and testing programs. While there, she learned to speak Bemba, one of the 72 languages spoken in Zambia.
Danielle was president of the Rotaract Club at the University of San Diego, from which she graduated magna cum laude in 2014 with a B.S. in International Relations. In September 2017 she was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Naperville, for her embodiment of many of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus that aim to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support peace efforts.
Danielle is seeking to build on her Peace Corps experience by pursuing a career that would allow her to manage projects in developing nations.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Paul Harris Fellow Danielle Hoffer Speaks About Her Experiences in Zambia Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
As Rotarian of the Day, Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski reminded members to submit their pledges to support the Rotary Foundation.  John read the letter from Rotary International President Ian Riseley that opens the November issue of The Rotarian. The letter highlighted the importance of the Foundation in enabling Rotarians to accomplish projects worldwide.  The Rotary Foundation is one of the most efficient uses of a charitable dollar. Charity Navigator awarded the Rotary Foundation its highest rating as reflected by low administrative costs (91% of donations directly support projects) and high transparency and accountability.  In 2016 the Association of Fund Raising Professionals recognized the Rotary Foundation with its Outstanding Foundation Award.
Make your pledge today- download and fill out the pledge form and give your donation to John as soon as possible to receive tax credit for 2017. You can also use this form to donate to the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s Foundation, which is overseen by Bob Fuchs.     
Rotarian of the Day and Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
Dr. Andrew Stern will speak at the October 26, 2017 meeting about Smartfin, a surf board fin that allows real-time monitoring of ocean chemistry (pH, salinity, temperature) and characteristics (wave dynamics relative to position). The data collected by surfing citizen scientists using Smartfin-equipped boards are available to ocean scientists worldwide.
Smartfin was founded by Dr. Andew Stern and is an initiative of the arts-based nonprofit he also founded, Lost Bird, which is devoted to raising environmental awareness by using art to connect people with the Earth. 
October 26 2017 Speaker: Andy Stern, Citizen Scientists and Smartfin Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
Tony Villasenor (center) with his co-sponsors, Barrett Smith (left) and Marty Peters (right)
We welcome new member Tony Villasenor, who received his red badge at the October 19, 2017 meeting.  Tony is co-sponsored by Barrett Smith and Marty Peters, whom he got to know through the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito during his long service on their Board of Directors.  He is the Director of Commercial Real Estate for Ten-X, a leading online real estate marketplace. Tony and his wife Kelly (nickname KellBell) have a blended family- they each brought three children to their marriage. He has a history with Rotary, as his stepfather, Bob Dunn, was a member of Rotary for 65 years and was also a Diamond-level Paul Harris Fellow.
New Member Tony Villasenor Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 16, 2017
More than a dozen chili chefs faced off with their best chilis (top).  Organizer Bob Fuchs (lower right) worked hard all day together with Val Myers, who oversaw awarding of the prizes, and John Baranowski (lower left), who acted as MC for the day.  Don Fipps played "swimmer in distress" for a demonstration by the Del Mar Lifeguard Surf Rescue Team (middle panels)
Janice Kurth, Garrie Rhodes Karl Wagner (l-r, upper left) tended bar, Vice President Brett Mattei (with Deputy Chief Lifeguard Mark Rathsam) was there early in the morning for set-up (upper right), while Scott MacDonald, Miles Fleming, Patti Kurtz, and Val Myers took care of walk-up duck adoptions as well as food and drink sales
Kristin Brakespear, owner of Diamond Princess Parties was on hand to offer a great range of patterns for the kids.  Conner Chunyk shows off the snake pattern he chose.
The Del Mar Lifeguards took out nearly 900 ducks to launch in the surf
The winning duck made it back to shore very quickly!
Juniors and seniors (thanks Monty!) helped gather the ducks as they arrived on the beach
After all the ducks were gathered (that's Sharyn Daly's granddaughter Mason on the lower right) the Del Mar Lifeguards carried them back to the park
Our chili cookoff winners!  Suzie Wagner with her white chicken chili was third most popular, Eric Nelte's "Capital Punishment" took second (second from left) and Randy Gruber (second from right), owner and chef of Del Mar's Americana restaurant, was first with his "6 Hour Chili" was voted best chili by attendees.  John Baranowski (right) announced the winners.
Sharyn Daly and Bob Fuchs sorted ducks prior to launch (upper left), posing with the bean bag toss (upper right), Val Myers sorts the prizes (lower left), Monty Woolley signals his approval of the chilis (lower right)
We had a beautiful day on Saturday October 14, 2017 for the 6th annual Chili & Quackers chili cook-off and ducky derby.  We had all different chili varieties- from mild to spicy, white to red, and chunky to smooth- there was one to satisfy every taste.  Viewpoint Brewery provided their craft brews to wash down that chili.  There were plenty of games for the kids in attendance, many of whom visited Kristin Brakespear’s face painting booth (Kristin is owner of DiamondPrincessParties and also teaches at Painting With a Twist in Rancho Bernardo). Dano’s Island Sounds provided steel drum music for the event. 
At 2:30 around 900 ducks were at the beach ready for launch from a Del Mar Surf Rescue boat piloted by Del Mar Lifeguards.  The ducks found their way to shore quickly and we were indebted to all the kids who helped us ensure that all our ducks got back home safely. 
All attendees who purchased chili tastes were invited to vote for their favorite recipe. This year Randy Gruber, owner of Americana in Del Mar, with his “6 Hour Chili” was voted most popular.  Eric Nelte’s “Capital Punishment” was second and Suzy Wagner’s white chili with chicken was third. 
Special thanks go to organizer Bob Fuchs, for his tireless work on all aspects of the event, all our chili chefs, Brett Mattei for arriving so early for set-up, John Baranowski for serving as MC, Val Myers for coordinating the prizes, counting the votes, and overseeing the ticket booth, Patti Kurtz, Scott MacDonald and Miles Fleming for manning the ticket booth (Miles also volunteered to transport the slightly wet post-race ducks back home), Sharyn Daly for handling the rentals, Janice and Matt Kurth, Garrie Rhodes, and Karl Wagner for staffing the drink tent, and Boy Scout Troop 713 for help with the games. 
This event was a great way for the Rotary Club of Del Mar to give back to the community and to raise the visibility of Rotary and our many projects, both local and international. Please see the club’s Facebook page for full-scale versions of these and other photos.
Chili & Quackers Returns on a Beautiful Del Mar Day Sharon Schendel 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 16, 2017
Jorge Reyes, Avian Care and Visitor Liaison for Free Flight Bird Sanctuary, is the speaker for the October 19, 2017 meeting
Be sure to join us at this week’s meeting when Jorge Reyes, Avian Care and Visitor Liaison for Free Flight Bird Sanctuary will speak about the sanctuary’s efforts to offer shelter and re-socialization for companion parrots, and to educate the public about the mental, physical and emotional needs of these birds. A few of the sanctuary’s residents will likely join Jorge for his presentation, so the meeting may have some extra sound effects! 
Sunny With a Chance of Feathers- Free Flight Bird Sanctuary the Topic of this Week’s Presentation Sharon Schendel 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Lindsay Zehren of Resounding Joy spoke about music therapy for seriously ill children living in the San Diego area
Lindsay Zehren, Director of Special Projects for Resounding Joy, and a music therapist, gave a presentation on October 5, 2017 about how she uses music to enrich the lives of her clients.  Lindsay got her presentation off to a musical start- she played her guitar while singing the interactive song, “We’re in the mood for music today” that she uses to gauge the mood of her clients at the start of many sessions. Through this song she can assess how ready a child is to participate, what vocabulary they will use, and what movements they’re able to make. 
Resounding Joy was founded in 2005 by Dr. Barbara Reuer and develops therapeutic and recreational music programs that improve the overall well-being of individuals and communities. Their services are delivered through four core programs:  Healing Notes (music therapy that supports children undergoing medical treatments); Mindful Music (recreational music programs for seniors; Semper Sound (music that assists in rehabilitation); and Sound Minds (use of music to promote development of preschoolers).  Since its founding Resounding Joy has served more than 85,000 clients in the San Diego area. Lindsay’s presentation focused on a project she developed while she was an intern working with Resounding Joy that uses music therapy for children who have complex medical issues and are in palliative care. 
Lindsay explained that music therapy is evidence-based and draws on a large body of studies that concern human reactions to music, such as the concept of entrainment, a synchronization to music, which she said is most visible at sporting events, say, when Queen’s “We Are the Champions” plays.  
For her Healing Notes Palliative Care program, Lindsay works with seriously ill children and their families to help them use music to enhance their overall quality of life.  One of her case children, 3 year-old Joey, recently transitioned to hospice care for a chromosomal disorder that affects his heart and lung function as well as his motor skills.  Lindsay described how she taught Joey’s mother, Siobhan, the ukulele, an instrument that many people can master quickly and allows her to play music for Joey- his sister Grace also often joins in the music-making.  One of the services the program provides is a Legacy Project. For Joey, Lindsay worked with Siobhan and Grace to write a song that describes all the things that they love about Joey, and then they gathered at the Resounding Joy’s Sorrento Valley studio to record a music video of the song that featured Joey. 
Resounding Joy’s work is outcome-based, and clients or their parents frequently provide assessments of progress toward goals.  The programs regularly receive 100% positive assessments, and most parents feel that every session with Lindsay or other music therapists from Resounding Joy provide helps their children progress towards achieving a range of goals, including improved motor skills and vocalizations, strengthened family bonds, and development of a legacy.  From her presentation, it’s clear that Lindsay follows a quote by Ellen Browning Scripps: “The most important and beautiful gift one human being can give to another is, in some way, to make life a little better to live.”
Resounding Joy Harnesses the Therapeutic Power of Music Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Jim Benedict (left) and Barry Entous (right), members of the Finance Committee Sheriff's Sub-Committee, field questions about the feasibility of having an independent police department for the City of Del Mar
Jim Benedict and Barry Entous, members of the City of Del Mar Finance Committee Sheriff Sub-Committee, joined our September 28, 2017 meeting to discuss issues surrounding community law enforcement.  Currently, the City of Del Mar contracts with the San Diego Sherriff’s Department and for fiscal year 2015/2016, the cost was $2 million. There are several concerns regarding the existing service, including: i) a lack of city control over services provided; ii) limited traffic enforcement; iii) long response times for “Priority 4 Calls” that involve vandalism, prowlers and excessive noise, which represent the majority of calls in the City of Del Mar; iv) lack of additional support during peak summer months; and v) contract fees that rise on average 2.5% annually. Due to these issues, the Sherriff Sub-Committee was formed in 2013 to explore the costs and feasibility of securing dedicated community law enforcement. 
The committee estimated that the costs for a dedicated police department would be $2,260,500, with the bulk of that figure (~$2,000,000) going to pay 15 full-time and 4 part-time employees and the remainder to cover supplies and facility rental. There would also be associated start-up costs that are estimated to be around $1,200,000 that would be used to purchase equipment and vehicles as well as to recruit and train new officers. Jim and Barry noted that the Sub-Committee is continuing to explore the costs and issues associated with an independent police department and a detailed report of the Committee’s findings, including an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, was made publicly available on June 19, 2017.
Exploring Options for City of Del Mar Law Enforcement Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Scenes from Minocqua's Beef-A-Rama (clockwise from top left): the Rotary Beer Garden on the parade route; one of the beef roasters in competition for best roast; Rotarians "bull riding" in the parade of beef; lots of people wear at least one article of cow-themed clothing; and instead of ducks we could hire a cow and sell squares- the winning square is the one that receives the cow pie
You may have noticed that the newsletter was on hiatus for the past two weeks while I was making my annual trek to the north woods of Wisconsin.  Our visit always overlaps with Minocqua’s Beef-A-RamaTM (yes, it's trademarked), and the local Lakeland Rotarians, who number about 70 between their morning and noon groups, make excellent use of the event to raise funds for their projects. The noontime club hosts a beer garden while the morning club hosts the morning “Rump Roast Run”, in which nearly 1,000 runners participated. Together these events raise around $50,000 for club projects, and little effort is needed for publicity, especially for the beer garden, since there’s a hot market for beer in Wisconsin.
Rotarians on the Road: Minocqua, Wisconsin Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Scenes from Minocqua's Beef-A-Rama (clockwise from top left): the Rotary Beer Garden on the parade route; one of the beef roasters in competition for best roast; Rotarians "bull riding" in the parade of beef; lots of people wear at least one article of cow-themed clothing; and instead of ducks we could hire a cow and sell squares- the winning square is the one that receives the cow pie
You may have noticed that the newsletter was on hiatus for the past two weeks while I was making my annual trek to the north woods of Wisconsin.  Our visit always overlaps with Minocqua’s Beef-A-RamaTM (yes, it's trademarked), and the local Lakeland Rotarians, who number about 70 between their morning and noon groups, make excellent use of the event to raise funds for their projects. The noontime club hosts a beer garden while the morning club hosts the morning “Rump Roast Run”, in which nearly 1,000 runners participated. Together these events raise around $50,000 for club projects, and little effort is needed for publicity, especially for the beer garden, since there’s a hot market for beer in Wisconsin.
Have you made a trip recently?  I’d like to make “Rotarians on the Road” a regular feature, so please let me know about your travels (espcially if Rotary is involved) and share any interesting photos you have!
Rotarians on the Road: Minocqua, Wisconsin Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Vikki Bevers (center, left) joined our meeting in advance of her son Barrett's (center, right) birthday. The club honored her as a Paul Harris Fellow. They're joined in this picture by Haylea Minks (left) and Paul Chunyk (right)
Barrett Smith, chairman of our community services committee, turned 30 earlier this month and his mom Vikki Bevers came out to help him celebrate.  At our October 5, 2017 meeting the club presented her with a Paul Harris recognition to thank her for raising such a wonderful man who has been an important part of our club ever since he was inducted in August 2016.  We’re so proud that Barrett is carrying on the legacy of his father, who was also a Rotarian.   
Barrett Smith’s Mom Vikki Bevers is Honored as a Paul Harris Fellow Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2017
With characteristic modesty, Past President Eric Nelte accepts congratulations from current President Klaus Gubernator on his second Paul Harris fellowship.
Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski has been busy lately presenting Paul Harris Fellow recognition to new and multiple Fellows. We congratulate and thank Past President Eric Nelte for becoming a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.    
Paul Harris Fellows: Eric Nelte as Two-Time Fellow Sharon Schendel 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2017
Dr. Kathryn Ely spoke about Quench and Connect, an organization she founded to bring clean water and educational resources to Ugandan schools. A well-known structural biologist, she also showed some of her protein structures, which are just visible at left. 
In developed nations, access to clean water is taken for granted. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that, worldwide, as many as 800 million people lack access to clean water and around 2 billion people live in regions that have no sanitation systems. Water is fundamental for many basic human needs, including cooking, bathing, and agriculture, while lack of clean water can cause a range of health problems such as diarrhea, bacterial or parasitic infections, and other gastrointestinal disorders. 
Dr. Kay Ely, the founder and Executive Director of Quench and Connect, was the speaker at our September 14, 2017 meeting. Quench and Connect has dual goals of bringing, clean, safe, and readily accessible water to schoolchildren in Uganda as well as to provide educational tools that will enhance the academic achievement of these students. By installing borehole wells on the campuses of secondary schools, Quench & Connect is able to fulfill the first goal of increasing access to clean water. The Ugandan contractor DRACO, Ltd. drills these boreholes 150-200 feet below ground level to access aquifers to facilitate water delivery via a sealed pipe to surface hand pumps. Village residents receive instruction on how to maintain the well so that they can maximize the expected 10-15 lifetime of the boreholes.  Since Dr. Ely founded Quench and Connect in 2010, the project has helped install one dozen borehole wells in schools throughout Uganda.  These clean water sources have dramatically improved school attendance by decreasing the frequency of water-borne illnesses that keep children out of school.
Dr. Ely is a well-known structural biologist whose group solved the three-dimensional structures of proteins involved in signaling pathways that are important for maintaining cell structures and eliciting immune system responses (you can catch a glimpse of these protein structures in left of the pictures). Such structures are critical for understanding the mechanism of these proteins and for the development of targeted therapies for diseases in which these proteins play a role. Her scientific background helped fulfill the second goal of Quench and Connect: providing educational resources to Ugandan schools. To that end, Quench and Connect has donated both scientific equipment and teaching tools to allow Ugandan students to learn about modern scientific theories and techniques. 
Quench and Connect is a non-profit entity that is staffed entirely by volunteers. Neither Dr. Ely nor the Board of Directors receive compensation for their work to ensure that nearly all of the funds donated to Quench and Connect go to improve the health and education of students in Uganda. 
Quench and Connect: Providing Clean Water and Educational Resources to Ugandan Schools Sharon Schendel 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2017
San Diego Blood Bank professionals ready to take donations!
The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) Bloodmobile returned to St. Peter’s parking lot in advance of our September 14, 2017 meeting.  Watch for upcoming blood drives at St. Peter’s or make an appointment to donate at one of six SDBB donor centers- did you know that the closest for many Rotary Club of Del Mar members is in the Von’s plaza just off the 56?
San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile Returns to St. Peter's Sharon Schendel 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 10, 2017
John Baranowski (right) presents Ed Siegel with his latest Paul Harris Fellow recognition
We congratulate and thank member Ed Siegel for becoming a four-time Paul Harris Fellow.  Fellows like Ed provide critical financial support to Rotary International projects.  We also thank Ed for his frequent musical accompaniments at our meeting- it's always great to hear the concert grand piano that lives on the stage of St. Peter's Parish Hall being used, although the piano's music stand never gets to fulfill its purpose because Ed plays by ear!  
Ed Siegel Honored as Four-Time Paul Harris Fellow Sharon Schendel 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
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A toe-tapping ice breaker got things started and helped the Interactors get acquainted
Chula Vista High School Interactors created this problem solving tree to deal with an issue that's important to their club:  addressing homelessness
District Governor Scott Carr spoke to Interact Liaisons about the District's new Youth Protection Policy. Do you work with youth as part of Rotary?  Please get re-certified now by visiting the District's Youth Certification site
Small breakout session on "Making Meetings Work"
Symposium organizers and facilitators with Interactors who campaigned for District positions.  Organizer Richard Arroyo is on the far left, and Sharon Schendel's 2017 RYLAerian Anais Carrasco is in the center
Over 160 Interactors and Rotarian Advisors from across District 5430 gathered at the Liberty Station Conference Center (also meeting site of Rotary Club of San Diego to brainstorm about ways to enhance their Interact experience that involve building membership, developing leadership skills, and running efficient meetings. Throughout the day-long symposium, Interactors met in small groups to discuss challenges their clubs faced and share tips for running more effective meetings.  In particular, the Interactors learned about different leadership styles and how they can best work together to capitalize on member’s strengths. 
Rotary Club of Del Mar covered the registration costs for four Interactors from Cathedral Catholic: Brittany Espinosa (Joint Treasurer), Kylie Malvenda (Public Relations head), Denise Picazo (Joint Secretary) and Patrick McClean (President). I was delighted to see one of my 2017 RYLAerians at the Symposium, Anais Carrasco, who campaigned to be a district youth liaison.  Thanks to Richard Arroyo (Rotary Club of Chula Vista), District Chair for Interact, for all his hard work organizing the event, and Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle member Brett Morey for sharing his pictures from the day. 
Interact Symposium Focuses on Building Leadership and Problem Solving Skills Sharon Schendel 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
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Red Badger (but returning Rotarian) Chandra Collure gave his "Who Am I" talk
Chandra Collure was inducted into our club in June 2017. He was previously a member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach and his return to Rotary via Rotary Club of Del Mar was sponsored by Ed Siegel.  At the September 7, 2017 meeting, Chandra fulfilled his Red Badger requirement of presenting a “Who Am I” talk, which he began by telling the country of his birth, Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka.  He came to the United States for an education and earned his BA from University of Wisconsin Madison before pursuing a MS at University of California Berkeley. A job offer to be Senior Manager of the City of Oceanside Engineering Department brought him, his wife, and two children to San Diego County in 1988.  Chandra was the City Engineer and Public Works Directors for Solana Beach, and in that capacity oversaw many large infrastructure improvements.  Most notably, his efforts were critical in relocating the train tracks that crossed Lomas Santa Fe at the Coast Highway to below grade level. This project significantly relieved train-related traffic back-ups at this intersection. After his retirement, he consulted on foreign projects. Chandra said that he was looking to devote more time to his community, and welcomed Ed’s invitation to join the RCDM.   
Rotarian of the Day for September 7, 2017: Chandra Collure Sharon Schendel 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
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Dr. David Wellis, CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank, gave an overview of the Bank's broad-ranging projects
The Bloodmobile will be returning to the St. Peter's parking lot September 14
One of 1,800 pints collected at the 2017 Comic-Con Robert A. Heinlin annual blood drive- a 50% increase over 2016
CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), Dr. David Wellis, visited our club to talk about the many innovations that SDBB is undertaking.   The Rotary Club of Del Mar has long supported the SDBB by publicizing blood drives held at the St. Peter’s Parking lot- the next one will be on September 14, so be prepared to roll up your sleeves!
A veteran of the biotech industry, Dr. Wellis said that SDBB, established in 1950, was the oldest establishment he’d worked for. Despite its age, Dr. Wellis has made SDBB one of the most innovative blood banks in the country, while still adhering to its long-standing mission statement: Saving lives with quality blood services in partnership with the community. Indeed, when disaster or tragedy strikes, San Diegans supported SDBB, whether by lining up to donate after the PSA plane crash in North Park in 1978, or providing blood in response to 9/11, when SDBB supplied some of the first additional blood to arrive in New York through a partnership with the Navy.
SDBB has 7 donor centers in San Diego and Orange Counties, and in FY2018 is projected to take in 125,000 donations. In addition to whole blood donations, SDBB donors also provide platelets and plasma.  SDBB also has one of the largest cord blood repositories in the nation and has already facilitated more than 150 blood marrow donor matches to treat leukemia patients.
Dr. Wellis leveraged his background in basic research to facilitate partnerships with the strong biotechnology community in Southern California. One of the partnerships resulted in Clearsate- a platelet derived product that can be used to substitute for fetal bovine serum that is critical for cell cultures used in basic and translational research. Clearsate makes use of platelets, which have a 5-day shelf life, that otherwise would be discarded. 
SDBB is now embarking on a partnership with the National Blood Collaborative as part of an award from the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) to enroll volunteers into the PMI Cohort program.  The PMI Cohort mission: “All of Us” addresses a main problem with many efforts to translate medicines from the lab to the clinic: a heavy reliance on Caucasians, particularly male Caucasians.  PMI Cohort volunteers will provide information about health history, grant access to their health records and mobile health devices, as well as provide blood and urine samples from individuals who have a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds.  This information will be entered into a confidential database that can be accessed by researchers studying a wide range of diseases to give greater insight into how differences in genetics and health histories affect disease outcomes.  Dr. Wellis referenced a survey emailed to around 150,000 individuals to gauge interest in the PMI program. Within days, over 10,000 responded to express interest in filling one of the 70 slots.
But at its heart, SDBB gathers vital blood products, and donation rates can dip during the summer and holiday months. To address such decreases, SDBB hosts novel events, such as their long-standing Robert A. Heinlein blood drive at Comic-Con.  Heinlein was a science fiction writer who suffered from a disease for which he received many units of blood.  The Heinlein Blood drive is now 40 years old, and 2017 was one its biggest years with more than 1,800 pints collected.  In December SDBB will host “It’s in Our Blood”, an event aimed at maintaining blood supplies during the holidays when donation rates typically decrease. 
Overall, Dr. Wellis’s talk highlighted how SDBB has grown far beyond the realm of a typical blood bank, although donors remain at the heart of their services, so come to the Bloodmobile on September 14, or schedule an appointment at a SDBB donation center near you!
David Wellis and San Diego Blood Bank 2.0 Sharon Schendel 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2017
Assistant District Governor Steve Weitzen, District Governor Scott Carr, President Klaus Gubernator, Past District Governor and Rotary Foundation Trustee Steve Brown (apologies to Assistant District Governor Alex Robertson- not pictured here but very much in attendance)
The Golden Circle reminds us to start with the "Why" when thinking about Rotary
The question of “Why?” was the theme of District Governor Scott Carr’s talk at our August 31, 2017 meeting.  Each year, the District Governor visits each club in the District, which for District 5340 means 65 clubs that are scattered across San Diego and Imperial counties- as far north as the Fallbrook Village Rotary, Chula Vista Sunrise club to the south, and Rotary Club of Blythe to the east, near the California-Arizona border.  DG Carr thought about what to talk about to all these clubs, but, above all, each club he visits reinforces that Rotarians embody the new Rotary tagline:  “People of Action”. Rotarians are making things happen. He referenced Hurricane Harvey, and that so many Rotarians had already contacted the District Office asking how they could help. In response, the District launched a web portal where District 5340 Clubs and individual members can donate to relief efforts. 
For his Rotary Year, DG Governor Carr seeks to diversify District 5340 membership to better reflect the demographics of southern California. In terms of the simplest demographic- the men:women ratio, Rotary still has a way to go, as only 33% of Rotarians are women. Moreover, he noted the need to attract more members from groups that are currently underrepresented in Rotary, such as Hispanics. As a whole, Rotary embraces change- after all, the entire leadership changes every year, but to continue to diversify membership, Rotarians must consider new strategies for attracting quality members. In this regard, he told of Simon Cynek, a motivational speaker and marketing consultant, who is well-known for his philosophy of: “Start with the Why”. Cynek illustrates the concept in a “Golden Circle” divided into three concentric regions: What, How, and Why. DG Carr asked us to think of prospective members as individuals who are making a “purchase decision” about where to devote their time, talent and treasure. If you tell them the “What”, i.e., Rotary has 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million members, they might think: “Gee- sounds you like you’ve got a lot of people and are doing fine.” If you tell them the “How”- we raise funds for local and international projects and volunteer for hands-on community projects, they might not see how they could fit in or wonder if they have the time. But if you start with the “Why”- why are you a Rotarian, then people are better able to understand how they themselves could begin making a difference right away. 
DG Carr stated his “Why” simply:  Rotary brings light to places that are dark. He recalled an experience he had as a member of the San Diego Downtown Rotaract Club. The Club members hosted an event for foster children housed at Rancho Jireh foster homes that included a barbecue, games, clowns, and face painting.  During the event one little boy came up to him and just smiled. He never knew the child’s name or what happened to him, but that child made a difference in his life that day, and he’s hopeful that his service made a difference in that child’s life. DG Carr encouraged us all to think of a similar moment in our Rotary experience, and to think of our Rotary “Why”.
District Governor Scott Carr has had a long history with Rotary. His involvement began with the San Diego Downtown Rotaract club while he was an undergraduate at the University of San Diego. He met his wife through Rotaract.  DG Carr  served as President of Rotary of San Diego Downtown Breakfast between 2011-2012 and held several roles in District 5340, including Chief of Staff to DG Louise Andres, and Assistant Governor.  District 5340 has benefitted from his extensive expertise with both traditional and online communication methods through his service as website chair, public relations chair, and District Training Assembly Chair. Outside of his Rotary duties DG Carr is involved in a number of community organization such as the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), Senior Community Centers of San Diego, KPBS Radio Reading ServiceSepsis Alliance, and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. His three children, a 6-year old daughter and 3 year-old twin sons, also keep him very busy.
District Governor Scott Carr Starts With the "Why" Sharon Schendel 2017-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2017
Sharyn Daly, Karl and Susie Wagner, Brett Mattei and Janice Kurth enjoy twilight drinks and food
Monty Woolley, Donna Fipps, and Tom Ryan in front of the area housing the fermenter tanks and other brewing equipment
Del Mar Rotarians had two tables reserved for their August social at Viewpoint Brewery- Dagmar Gubernator (center left) looks pleased with the food and beer!
On August 29, 2017 Rotary Club of Del Mar members held their monthly social at Viewpoint Brewing Company off the Jimmy Durante Roundabout in Del Mar for early evening drinks and appetizers. The mussels and wings were especially good! Viewpoint Brewing Company is the first brewery to call Del Mar home, and we’re delighted that they’ll be pouring at the upcoming Chili & Quackers event on October 14 and then again in May 2018 for our annual Sunset Soiree.
Light bites are on offer at Viewpoint Brewing Company from 11 am to 4 pm with full-service dinner available after 4 pm. In the coming months, Chef and Brewer Charles Koll and Executive Chef Gunnar Scott Planter plan to offer Sunday brunch and counter service lunches.  The restaurant and brewery offers house brews as well as brews from other local brewers and is housed in a 7,000 ft2 warehouse-style setting that capitalizes on the lagoon views. This service-minded brewery is a good neighbor to the Lagoon- patrons can choose the menu item “Buy a Bird a Brew” to make a $6 donation to the San Diego River Valley Conservancy (a cause that’s also close to the hearts of Del Mar Rotarians). 
Great View, Great Brews at the August Social at Viewpoint Brewing Company Sharon Schendel 2017-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2017
Dr. David Wellis, CEO of San Diego Blood Bank, is the speaker for the September 7 meeting
The recent FDA approval of Kymriah to treat certain types of leukemia in children and young adults highlights the growing importance of personalized and precision medicine.  Dr. David Wellis, CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), will discuss how SDBB resources are being applied to precision medicine to develop new, personalized treatments for a variety of diseases.
Dr. Wellis received his B.S. from UC Irvine and both a M.S. and Ph.D. from Emory University, where his research focused on the biophysical mechanisms of olfactory function. He undertook postdoctoral research at Tufts University and UC Berkeley, as well as business training at Santa Clara University and UC Berkeley.  His experience in basic research forms the foundation for the involvement of SDBB with the extensive biotechnology community in San Diego and southern California.
September 7 Speaker: David Wellis and the rise of personalized medicine Sharon Schendel 2017-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Donna Fipps and Marty Peters with three generations of Canine Companions for Independence dogs: Jilly (left), Ressa (center) and Daisy (right)
Following up from earlier this month, the August 24, 2017 meeting had three CCI dogs in attendance.  Marty Peters is now the “person” for 11 year-old Jilly (left) and 2 year-old Daisy, who both got to meet Donna Fipps’s current puppy-in-training, Ressa. 
Canine Companions for Independence Reunion Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Join us at the August 29 social for great views and brews at Viewpoint Brewing Company
Be sure to come to the August Rotary Club of Del Mar social on Tuesday August 29, 2017 from 5-7 PM.  We’ll be at Viewpoint Brewing Company- Del Mar's first craft brewery- overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon and just off the new roundabout on Jimmy Durante Blvd. at 2201 San Dieguito Boulevard. Sample one of their five beers on tap, or choose from among 20 regional guest beers that are also on tap. Viewpoint Brewing Company will pour at the 2018 Sunset Soiree, so come thank them in advance for their support!
Rotary Social August 29 at Viewpoint Brewing Company in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Retired NCIS agent Jeff Seay spoke about his experiences that were the basis of his Ruben Carver novel series, of which "The Jihadist List" is the latest installment
Retired National Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agent Jeffrey Seay presented at our August 24, 2017 meeting to discuss his experiences as an NCIS agent, and how he used them as a foundation for his book series featuring fictional NCIS agent Ruben Carver, whose motto is: “You can never have too many friends or too many bullets”. 
A San Diego native, Jeff graduated from Helix High School, where Bill Walton was a classmate. He enrolled in Grossmont College as an art major, which didn’t exactly please his father. After discussing the military with a friend, on a whim he went to visit an Army recruiter (having told his father he was going for a job interview) and within a week he enlisted. The decision to enlist, Jeff said, was one of the best decisions he made in his life. The second best decision? Getting out of the Army.  
After his military service, he worked for San Diego Marine Construction, but his wife pressed him to seek an alternate career path. He applied to the CIA, and during the application process learned of the NIS, which he thought was the Naval Intelligence Service, but was in fact the Naval Investigative Service that in 1992 was renamed NCIS. Thus he began a 20-year career as an agent for the NCIS, which lists its mission as: “to investigate and defeat criminal terrorist and foreign intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps- ashore, afloat, and in cyberspace”. During his service, and particularly after the USS Cole bombing in 2000, NCIS began to focus heavily on counter-terrorism. 
Jeff was the mainland China Referent and in that capacity was responsible for advance coordination with the People’s Liberation Army (PLO) in advance of 7th fleet ships arriving in China and other Asian countries. He is also Mansfield Fellow, which allows U.S. federal government employees to gain an in-depth understanding of Japanese government, as well as business, professional and academic activities in Japan. Jeff now splits his time between the U.S. and Japan, where he headed security activities for several financial institutions. Several years ago after his last contract was up, he found himself nearing 60- the mandatory retirement age in Japan. His wife was still working, and he wanted to stay busy.
As with his Army enlistment, his writing career began on a whim. He created the character NCIS Agent Ruben Carver and began writing adventures for him. Jeff said that his wife found the draft one day and when she asked: “How does it end?” he knew the book had hope. He self-published the first book of the series, “Carver” in December 2014 and is currently completing the 5th book of the series.  The 4th book, “The Jihadist List” is available through Amazon and other online booksellers. At the recent San Diego Festival of Books he was part of “Author Alley”.  Jeff noted that he enjoyed speaking to Rotary audiences and seeing the different personalities of all the clubs.
From NCIS Agent to Author: Jeffrey Seay Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017

Join us at the August 31, 2017 meeting to hear District Governor Scott Carr outline his plans for the upcoming Rotary Year.  Scott is a Past President of Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, served as Chief of Staff for District 5340 Governor Louise Andres in 2014-15 and most recently was Zone Communication Officer for Zones 25 and 26 of Rotary International.

Scott is CEO of Javelin Web and Media, which helps professionals promote themselves through a variety of traditional and online media. In addition to Rotary, he works with the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), Senior Community Centers of San Diego, KPBS Radio Reading ServiceSepsis Alliance, and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.   

August 31 Meeting Speaker: District Governor Scott Carr Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Although Rotary continues to grow and flourish, in order to continue to attract quality new members, Rotary International (RI) has granted individual clubs greater flexibility in instituting new membership categories. Rotary Club of Del Mar had three membership categories: Regular, Honorary, and members on Leave of Absence.  The Leave of Absence category became obsolete after the update to the meal policy (i.e., members are charged for meals only for meetings they attend).
The Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Del Mar recently adopted four new membership categories: Associate, Family, Corporate, and Young Member and our bylaws will be updated accordingly.
Regular members will pay $328 in quarterly installments. Of the total, $88, $46, and $194 go to Rotary International, District 5340, and RCDM, respectively. 
Associate membership is free, although donations are welcome.  This category is appropriate for individuals looking to learn more about Rotary.  
The following categories are half price at $164 annually ($88 to RI, $46 to District 5340 and $30 to RCDM).
1. Family membership: The first family member is a regular member, the second family member is half price, the rest of the family are associated members invited to all of our activities.
2. Corporate members: An institution like the city of Del Mar is invited to nominate two members, e.g. the mayor and the city manager. Both are half price, and the rest of the organization is invited to all of our activities through them.
3. Young members: Members under 40 will be charged half price for the first year, to be reviewed by the board at the beginning of each Rotary year.
Changes to Membership Categories Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Tours on offer from Ocean Discovery Institute Living Lab (top) and UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic (bottom)
Ocean Discovery Institute: For anyone interested in a guided tour of the Ocean Discovery Institute’s new Living Lab, which is scheduled to open in November 2017, our August 3 speaker, Deborah Seitz, invites us to join her at the Institute on August 31 at 4:30 PM. Please email Sharon Schendel for details and to RSVP.
UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic:  July 20 speaker Liam King and Clinic founder Dr. Ellen Beck have offered to host us on a tour of the downtown clinic on a Monday afternoon (around 5:30) in October.  If you’re interested, please email Sharon Schendel and indicate the October Monday that works best with your schedule.
Tours of Ocean Discovery Institute Living Lab and UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Departing member Laura Williamson (right) with Kevin Fitzpatrick (left) and Monty Woolley (center)
The August 24, 2017 meeting was the last for Laura Williamson at Rotary Club of Del Mar. Laura became an integral part of the Club in the all too short time that she was with us, and we will all miss her beautiful smile and hearty laugh. She will be moving on from San Diego to South Carolina, but given that her nephew Daniel just secured a job with General Atomics, we’re hopeful that she’ll make frequent return visits. Although we’re sad to see her go, Laura’s experience demonstrates one of the best parts of Rotary: no matter where a Rotarian may move to, s/he will always be to find new friends quickly and become a part of the community through local Rotary clubs. 
Farewell to Laura Williamson Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Karin Davies with her granddaughter, Nami- a Rotary International donor
The Rotarian of the Day for the August 24, 2017 meeting was Karin Davies. Karin was joined by her 9 year-old granddaughter Nami, who helped Karin make 50 stockinette caps and kangaroo vests for the newborn resuscitation kits for her recent trip to Ethiopia as part of the ongoing Global Grant, “Saving Babies’ Lives in Ethiopia”.  While birthday present shopping recently, Nami came in under budget by $15, which Karin suggested she save for another time. Instead, Nami asked to donate that money to the Ethiopian neonatal resuscitation project, and she presented President Klaus Gubernator with money to deposit in the international services committee account dedicated to the project. Thank you to Nami- your thoughtfulness and generosity at such a young age is truly impressive!
A Visit from a Rotarian in the Making Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
John Baranowski (second from left) awarded Paul Harris Fellows to Dan Smargon (far left) and President Klaus Gubernator (far right) and major donor recognition to Jim and Karin Davies
Foundation chair John Baranowski recognized new member Dan Smargon as a first-time Paul Harris fellow and President Klaus Gubernator as a five-time Paul Harris Fellow. Karin and Jim Davies also received major donor recognition. Jim noted that he could think of few better causes than Rotary International for their charitable dollars.
Paul Harris Fellows and Major Donor Recognition Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 19, 2017
Panorama view of the section of Il Palio reserved for Rotary Club of Del Mar (Dugan Moore and Phillipe Lamoise work on their picks at the center table)
The Fipps were off to a good start with Be a Lady in race 1
Larry Cook discusses his picks with Haylea Minks as Bob Fuchs looks on
 Susie Wagner celebrates a winning pick with Ground Rules in Race 2
The Il Palio lunch buffet was extensive and seconds (or thirds) were encouraged!
Bill Dougherty sorts bets for the Sick Picks pool
Race 3 post parade- Arch of Troy (my pick using the "I like the name" system) at 15:1 would win
Rotary Club of Del Mar triumverate?  Or just Monty Woolley, Tom Ryan and Jim King studying the forms
Katie Cook chats with Steve Weitzen and Marty Peters, while Larry Cook studies the program
Haylea Minks with Kevin Fitzpatrick and Barrett Smith
Matt and Janice Kurth with Garrie Rhodes
Sharon Schendel with Barrett Smith and Chris Stewart
Susie Wagner with Assistant District Governor Steve Weitzen
Karl and Susie Wagner with Kit Leeger
Our host, Del Mar Throughbred Club CEO Joe Harper, stopped by to say hello
Don and Donna Fipps (lower left) stand in for President Klaus Gubernator to present a bouquet to the winner of the Del Mar Rotary race, Silverspun Pickup- watch a video of the photo finish and the winner's circle ceremony
We had our annual (aka “Another Umpteenth Annual”) Day at the Races at the Del Mar racetrack in lieu of our August 17, 2017 meeting.  On the eve our outing, members of the “Rotary Mensa Society” gathered at Bill Dougherty’s house to go over the next day’s card and choose their five “Sick Picks”. Unfortunately, none of the Sick Pick horses saw the winner’s circle, but several of our members, including Larry Cook, the Fipps, Bill Rawlings, and the Wagners chose several winning horses to leave with more money than they came with. 
The lunch buffet at the Il Palio restaurant, on the sixth floor of the grandstand overlooking the home stretch, was generous and delicious, and the tables beside the panoramic windows made for a comfortable vantage point to see all the races.  We thank Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper for hosting the outing. 
Race 5 was the Del Mar Rotary race for maiden 2 year-old fillies that are California bred or sired. Don and Donna Fipps stood in for President Klaus Gubernator to present a bouquet to Silverspun Pickup, ridden by Martin Pedroza, who edged out Sing a Solo to win in a photo finish.  Click here to watch the race and the Fipps in the winner’s circle!
Another Umpteenth Annual Day at the Races Sharon Schendel 2017-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 19, 2017
Join us at the August 24, 2017 meeting to hear Jeffrey Seay, a retired Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Agent, discuss his experiences with the NCIS, and his Ruben Carver novel series that chronicles the adventure of NCIS agent Ruben Carver. His most recent installment, “The Jihadist List”, was published in 2016.  
Seay served in the Far East in counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, and force protection operations. He was the Personal Security Adviser to the Commander of the Seventh Fleet, and ran counterintelligence collection operations in support of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq between 2003 and 2004. 
This week’s speaker: Jeffrey Seay, from NCIS agent to author Sharon Schendel 2017-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
The annual MAEGA Don Lapham Dinners will be held at Tony's Jacal, Solana Beach on August 22 and 29
Youth Services Committee Chairman Larry Cook has tickets available for the upcoming Mexican American Educational Guidance Association (MAEGA) Don Lapham Dinners to be held August 22 and August 29 (both Tuesdays) at Tony’s Jacal restaurant in Solana Beach.
Don Lapham, publisher of the San Dieguito Citizen (also a Rotary Club of Del Mar charter member), along with Catalina Gonzales (Tony’s Jacal owner), Michael Breen and Dr. George Kirby (former superintendents of Solana Beach Elementary School District and San Dieguito Union High School district, respectively) founded MAEGA in 1970 in response to concerns that academically talented high school students of Mexican descent were not attending college due to financial challenges.  In the nearly 50 years since its founding, MAEGA has provided scholarships totaling more than $750,000 to local students.  Any senior of Latino descent attending San Dieguito Union district high schools (Canyon Crest Academy, La Costa Canyon High School, San Dieguito Academy, Sunset High School, and Torrey Pines High School) is encouraged to apply.
The Don Lapham Memorial fundraising dinner honors MAEGA’s founding member and raises funds for MAEGA scholarships.  Email Larry to buy tickets (they can also be purchased at the event) and enjoy wonderful Mexican food while supporting the academic aspirations of local Latino students.
Don Lapham Memorial Scholarship Fundraising Dinner at Tony’s Jacal Restaurant Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Detective Carlton Hershman (Ret.) presented on the common signs of dishonesty
In North by Northwest, Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill tells his secretary: “There’s no such thing as a lie, only expedient exaggeration.”  During his 32 years of service for the San Diego Police Department, the last 20 as a detective, Carlton Hershman has heard a lot of expedient exaggeration and from that learned a few things about lying, which he shared with the club at the August 17, 2017 meeting. He began with two ground rules: i) lying is a cooperative act; and ii) people lie for a reason, such as to avoid punishment, avoid embarrassment, or maintain self-esteem. He also distinguished lying from embellishing. People embellish to make a story more interesting, whereas lies are used deliberately to deceive.
Det. Hershman pointed out that lies take time to formulate, so liars often stall to decide whether and how to lie. When stalling, people will often repeat the question just asked, laugh nervously, yawn inappropriately, or change the subject.  In addition to verbal communication, many lies are given away by body language and, especially, facial expressions.  But in order to gauge normal body language, Det. Hershman said that “Baselining”, or making an initial set of observations of body language when a person is discussing a topic about which s/he would not lie that can used to compare with later behavior, is critical.  He also referenced body language “hot spots”, such as pursing the lips, touching the forehead and avoiding eye contact and/or excessive blinking.  Last, he said that feelings of contempt are not as easily disguised as feelings of delight (he used as an example of feigned delight at Valentine’s Day gift exchanges). Feelings of contempt are typically visible, particularly in the form of asymmetrical mouth movements or eye rolls. Det. Hershman ended his talk with a very short video of Alex Rodriguez (apologies to Yankees fans) that summarized many of these behaviors.   
Det. Hershman has lived in the San Diego area since 1979, when the Navy brought him to the area. He joined the San Diego Police Department in 1985 and became a Detective in 1997. As Detective, his assignments included the Homicide Unit, Sex Crimes Unit, Unit, Elder Abuse, and the Cyber Unit of the Technology Crime High Tech (C.A.T.C.H.) Team.  Det. Hershman frequently offers investigation and interrogation technique workshops to law enforcement agencies around the country, and also provides training at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy and to Sexual Assault Victim Advocates in the San Diego area.  
Spotting the Telltale Signs of Lying Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Val Myers (left) and Sharyn Daly (right) with Bob Fuchs are organizing the latest installment of Chili & Quackers
On Saturday October 14, 2017 our Chili & Quackers fundraiser will return to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. The Del Mar Lifeguards will be launching our duck flotilla- those who adopted the ducks that return to the beach the fastest will win prizes. Then, dust off your best chili recipe to face off against other chefs for the honor of being named best chili. Sharyn Daly and Val Myers together with Bob Fuchs are event chairs.  Invite your friends to join in for a fun afternoon on the beach. 
The Quack is Back! Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Bill Dougherty gives details of the upcoming Day at the Races on August 17 (L-R: Tom Ryan, Tom Woolsey, Bill Dougherty, Chad Waters).
Del Mar Race Track map- the circle represents roughly where Bill Dougherty will be with tickets
Just a few more days before the annual Rotary Club of Del Mar Day at the Races!  On Thursday August 17, Bill Dougherty will be manning a table near the entrance to the Turf Club (see map). The gates open at noon and the post time for the first of eight races is 2 PM. The cost is $20 (billed to your account) and includes admission and lunch. Parking is $15 (paid at the lot entrance).
There is a dress code:  men MUST wear a suit or sport jacket. Sport shirts and tailored denim may be worn with the sport jacket- ties are optional; for women, suits or daytime dresses are preferred and slacks or tailored denim may be worn with tailored jackets.
If you want to consult on your picks, Bill Dougherty is hosting a Pick the Winners gathering at his home on Wednesday August 16 at 7 PM.  Email Bill or check Club Runner for the address.  Good luck to all!
And They’re Off! Annual Day at the Races August 17 Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Rotarian of the Day Dugan Moore presented a quote from Mother Teresa
Dugan Moore, Chairman of the International Services Committee (ISC), was Rotarian of the Day. Dugan gave a quote from Mother Theresa that she felt characterized how much good Rotary does with comparatively little money. Not only does a relatively small amount of money go a long way in developing nations, but contributions by individual clubs are augmented by District and Rotary International funds, as well as funds from other clubs. Come learn about the ripples the ISC is making by attending their monthly meetings on the third Thursday, right before the regular meeting. 
Creating Ripples of Change with Global and District Grants Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Donna Fipps (holding Ressa, her current CCI puppy) with Marty Peters after a symbolic leash handoff
Daisy in May
Earlier this summer we said goodbye to “Daisy” the Canine Companions for Independence dog member Donna Fipps had raised from a 10-week old puppy to an 18 month-old adult. Just an hour before the meeting, Donna learned that Daisy, like 60% of dogs that undergo intensive training at Canine Companions for Independence Southwest Regional Training Center, would not go on to be a full-fledged service dog. This was both sad and happy news, because when Daisy came to Donna she made an agreement with Marty Peters that he would adopt Daisy at the end of her training if she did not go on as a service dog.  We’re hopeful to see Daisy again at an upcoming meeting. 
Former Honorary Member Update: Daisy Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
As a follow-up to last week’s story about Jose Becerra, member of the Las Colinas Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito who was elected 2017 Youth of the Year, here is Jose’s winning essay. We are proud to have sponsored this young man and wish him every success in pursuit of a career in construction management.  Visit BGC San Dieguito's Facebook page for more pictures of the evening.
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito 2017 Youth of the Year: Jose Becerra Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
In the interest of creating greater flexibility to accommodate the work schedules of our members, President Klaus Gubernator outlined a proposed change to our meeting timeline. In the updated timeline, a one hour main meeting will be bookended by optional social time so that if members have busier schedules on some weeks, they can budget less time for the meeting but still have all the benefits of attendance.  Prospective members may also find the updated timeline easier to fit into their schedules.  We will be trying this amended schedule (see table) in the coming weeks. Klaus also proposed to bring back Happy Dollars, with a $5 donation requested to share good news with the club, and a $100 donation for “Super Happy Dollars” for extra-special news.
Updated meeting timeline
Agenda item
Optional social time, lunch served
Club Business, announcements
Speaker presentation
Meeting adjourned
Optional social time
Proposed updates to meeting timeline Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
Deborah Seitz, Donor Relationships Coordinator for Ocean Discovery Institute, explains the holoistic approach the Institute takes to enhancing science education for City Heights youth
Artist's rendition of the Living Lab, set to open in late 2017- tours of the site are held every Thursday afternoon
Although the ocean is integral to the lives of San Diegans, many San Diego county youth have never even been to the beach. Moreover, despite the strong scientific research being conducted in California and San Diego in particular, in the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress that gauges knowledge of physical, life, Earth, and space sciences of 8th graders across the United States, only Alabama and Mississippi ranked lower than California. 
The Ocean Discovery Institute (ODI) aims to change these statistics for youth in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood that lies just east of the I805-15 split. Deborah Seitz, ODI Donor Relations Coordinator, was the speaker at the August 4, 2017 meeting and highlighted the exciting projects offered by ODI. The Institute was founded in 1999 and its three core programs focus on raising community awareness of the importance of scientific literacy, providing hands-on science projects in the classroom, and research opportunities through the Leaders Programs. Over 6,000 City Heights children have benefitted from ODI instruction, as reflected by the increased science GPA of participating students. 
Beginning in late 2017, ODI will expand its reach with the opening of the Living Lab, a 12,000 ft2 facility located within walking distance of many City Heights students. The Living Lab is part of a joint venture with San Diego Unified schools, and will allow ODI to provide thousands of hours of curriculum-aligned science education for more than 10,000 students. Deborah encouraged any interested members to register for tours of the Living Lab, which are held every Thursday afternoon at 4:30 PM. We congratulate ODI for their efforts to increase the quality of science education in the San Diego area, and help local youth aspire to careers in the sciences.
Ocean Discovery Institute- Hands-On Learning to Foster a Love for Science Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
Barrett Smith (right) with 2017 Youth of the Year Jose Becerra (left) and 2016 winner Yvette Conde (center)
(L-R) Pat Dougherty, Eric Nelte, Marty Peters, Mary Alice Peters
BGC San Dieguito CEO Marineke Vandervort with Foundation chair Eric Nelte and Board of Director Marty Peters
Bill Rawlings with Don and Donna Fipps
Rotary Club of Del Mar member (and BGC San Dieguito Development Director) Blake Johnson making rush deliveries to....
...people who raised bidder cards to donate to BGC San Dieguito (top: Marty and Mary Alice Peters, bottom, Sharon Schendel and Jim Kohn)
Youth of the Year nominees from each of the seven BGC San Dieguito clubhouses received backpacks and new HP laptops
The family-style Moroccan food was delicious, but when your arm is broken one of the benefits of marriage is having your wife cut your meat!
Rotary Club of Del Mar (RCDM) sponsored a table at the August 4, 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of San Dieguito Youth of the Year Celebration held in the Infield Pavilion of the Del Mar Racetrack. The theme, “Mo-Rockin Nights”, was in full evidence with belly dancers, sword dancers, and plenty of desert backdrops. The silent auction offered dozens of packages, while the live auction featured Turf Club tickets for the Breeders' Cup in November, a Stunt pilot experience from Sky Combat Ace, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the CBS series NCIS.  Before the live auction, attendees could raise their bidding paddles to make direct donations, as many of our members seated at Table 8 did, to help raise over $100,000 to support BGC San Dieguito programs.
The Youth of the Year award recognizes BGC members for achievements in leadership, community service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. Nominees embody the critical impact BGC have on the lives of youth.  Jose Becerra, from the BGC Las Colinas clubhouse, and sponsored by RCDM, was named 2017 Youth of the Year. Jose received a $1,000 scholarship and will represent BGC San Dieguito at the regional level. RCDM Member Blake Johnson, who serves as BGC San Dieguito Development Director, said that Jose is an amazing BGC member, and Jose said that he hopes to pursue a career in construction management. 
Youth of the Year Celebration by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
Rotarian of the Day Barrett Smith provided several quotes for consideration
Barrett Smith, the new Chair of the Community Service Committee, was Rotarian of the Day at the August 3 meeting.  Barrett began with a few timely quotes from Milton Berle and Thomas Edison, and then, as part of President Klaus Gubernator’s call to include more cyber in our meetings, shared a short video highlighting the Refugee Olympic Team, composed of 10 athletes from 4 countries who overcame adversity to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  These athletes are an inspiration for us to do whatever we can to make the world more peaceful.
Rotarian of the Day: Barrett Smith Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
Past President Lieutenant Commandeer Tomas G. Henderson (Ret.)
We were saddened to learn of the death of our Past President, Lieutenant Commander Tomas G. Henderson (Ret.). This Rotary Year is the 30th anniversary of Tom’s 1987-1988 presidential term. Tom was born in 1935 in Eureka, California, and was a graduate of Eureka High School and the United States Naval Academy. He was a carrier pilot during the Vietnam war. After retiring from military service, Tom founded Henderson Construction Company. Tom was a vital member of the Del Mar community- in addition to his Rotary membership, he was an active member of St. Peter’s Church in Del Mar. He is survived by Lois, his wife of 57 years, his two children Laurie and Alan, and four grandchildren. His burial with full military honors will be at the Miramar National Cemetery on Friday August 11 at 9 AM, followed by a memorial at St. Peter’s Church at 1 PM.  Donations may be made in Tom’s memory to Warrior Foundation Freedom Station of San Diego or St. Peter's Legacy Fund. Click here to read the full obituary that appeared in the Del Mar Times; an online guestbook is also available at the site.
Memorial Service for Past President Tomas G. Henderson Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 30, 2017
Daniel Ojeda presents on his connections to Rotary
Daniel Ojeda, a second year PhD student in Marcus Kaul's lab at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, joined us at our July 27, 2017 meeting to talk about his connections with Rotary.  Daniel grew up Oaxaca, Mexico and was first introduced to Rotary through his godmother, who is a Rotarian. Daniel was volunteering for a Rotary-affiliated project that was helping to repair cleft palates of local children. Daniel’s godmother encouraged him to apply for a Youth Exchange opportunity. He said he originally thought he’d go somewhere exotic- maybe Russia, somewhere in Europe, or Japan, but eventually he was offered a spot in Michigan. During the 2010-2011 school year he lived with three host families as part of the Rotary Club of Cedar Springs Youth Exchange program.  Daniel thinks of this year as one of the best of his life. He developed life-long friendships during his exchange year, and remains in close contact with host families.  Through Rotary Youth Exchange he met exchange students from all over the world and learned to adapt to various situations because his host families each had children of different ages and different approaches to parenting.  He also experienced winter temperatures and snow for the first time!  During his exchange year, Daniel challenged himself by taking the SAT. He scored well, and his strong academic record, together with his talent for long-distance swimming, earned him a swimming scholarship to Fresno State.
After swimming competitively for a few years, Daniel suffered a stress fracture that ended his tenure on the swim team and his athletic scholarship. Fortunately, he was awarded an academic scholarship that allowed him to continue his studies and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology. Daniel was a summer intern in Jason Bush’s lab at Fresno State, and was supported by a partnership grant from the National Institute of Health that aimed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in biomedical research.  Daniel said he always wanted “Dr.” in front of his name, and through this internship he met the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Guy Salvesen, who encouraged him to apply to their PhD program.
Daniel’s research focuses on the mechanisms of AIDS-related neurodegenerative diseases. He explained that many of the changes seen in AIDS patients with neurodegenerative disease mimic those of other diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Thus, findings from his research could have broad-ranging applications to a variety of neural diseases.
Throughout his talk, Daniel emphasized how much Rotary’s support helped in his academic endeavors, and how much he enjoys having the opportunity to tell about Rotary activities can make lasting impacts.
Daniel Ojeda Tells How Rotary Helped Him Find His Footing in America Sharon Schendel 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 30, 2017
Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito CEO Marineke Vandervort outlines activities at local clubhouses
St. Peter’s was having an event at their Parish Hall, our usual venue, so the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of San Dieguito Harper Branch kindly hosted our meeting on their shaded rooftop deck. Marineke Vandervort, BGC of San Dieguito CEO, gave a brief overview of all the activities that the clubs offer. BGC of San Dieguito has 7 clubhouses and over 6,500 registered members. In 2016 BGC San Dieguito impacted nearly 11,000 youth in San Diego’s north county.  Among its many activities, the BGC of San Dieguito offers after school programs, tutoring, and summer camps. The Harper branch in Solana Beach is home to the Pardee Aquatics Center, which, in addition to providing swim lessons for thousands of kids, hosts the San Dieguito Swim Team and San Diego Shores Water Polo.  Times for lap swimming are also available. 
Marineke got her start with the BGC when, at 15, she began as a swim instructor at the Aquatics Center.  After serving as Human Resources Director for BGC of San Dieguito for nearly a decade, she was elected CEO in January 2016. Marineke earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, where she held a swimming scholarship. 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar donates regularly to the BGC of San Dieguito and several of our members also have active involvement: Past President Eric Nelte is President of its foundation, while Marty Peters and Monty Woolley serve on the Board of Directors and Chairman’s Council, respectively.  Member Blake Johnson is Development Director for BGC of San Dieguito, and new member Laura Williamson supervises after school programs at the Allred Clubhouse in Carmel Valley.
We are grateful to the BGC Harper Clubhouse for hosting our weekly meeting, and we all enjoyed hearing the club members making full use of their clubhouse and its services. There are a number of ways to get involved or volunteer- learn more at the BGC of San Dieguito website.
Boys & Girls Club San Dieguito CEO Marineke Vandervort Welcomes Rotary Club of Del Mar Meeting Sharon Schendel 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 29, 2017
The Japanese food was plentiful at the social on July 25
Social selfie (clockwise from left): Blake Johnson , Matt Kurth, Val Myers, Janice Kurth
In thanks for their support of our Sunset Soiree in May, Shimbashi Izakaya in Del Mar Plaza was the site for our July social.  Founded in 2009, Shimbashi Izakaya derives its name from “Shim” and “bashi”- the Japanese words for “New” and “Bridge”.  Izakaya is Japanese for “pub”, and is a place to unwind with after-work drinks.  Our members were on hand to enjoy the happy hour sushi specials and the variety of appetizers and drinks on offer. Thanks again to Susie Wagner for organizing the event. 
Rotary Social for July held at Shimbashi Izakaya in Del Mar Plaza Sharon Schendel 2017-07-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 23, 2017
We now have an updated annual pledge form (click here to download). The Rotary Club of Del Mar asks each of its members to make a voluntary annual contribution of $350. Members can designate how their total donation is to be distributed between The Rotary (International) Foundation and the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust. Note that both foundations are 501(c)(3) organizations, and thus the donations members make to these foundations are fully tax deductible. 
Members may use this form to designate how their donations to the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust are to be used.  Meanwhile, funds given to The Rotary Foundation may be divided between the General Share Fund and the Polio Plus Fund.
Keep in mind:
  1.  For donations to The Rotary Foundation:
    1. Checks should be made out to The Rotary Foundation and given to Rotary Foundation chair John Baranowski
  2. For donations to the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation:
    1. Checks should be made out to RCDM Foundation Trust and given to RCDM Foundation Trust chair Bob Fuchs
New Annual Pledge Form Sharon Schendel 2017-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 23, 2017
UCSD MD/PhD student Liam King presents on the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic
Volunteers at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic work to provide medications to Clinic patients
Many individuals in San Diego lack access to healthcare. UCSD 5th year MD/PhD student Liam King presented at the July 20, 2017 meeting on the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic that seeks to provide a range of medical services for individuals who have either no or limited access to affordable healthcare. The Clinic was founded in 1997 by Dr. Ellen Beck and currently serves patients every weeknight at one of three clinics run out of the Pacific Beach United Methodist Church, the First Lutheran Church in downtown, and Lemon Grove Academy in east San Diego. The Clinic’s clientele base has grown steadily and treats more than 2,500 patients annually. Students at the UCSD Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy and members of the Pre-Dental Society, as well as students at the USD Hahn School of Nursing, and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine are primarily responsible for running the Clinic. Patients are further assisted by students working towards degrees at the SDSU School of Social Work and California Western School of Law. On any given night, more than 60 volunteers, including students and licensed professionals, staff the Clinic. 
In his talk, Liam outlined a typical night at the Clinic. He noted that the students take the patient’s history and perform a physical, and then present the case to licensed professionals who advise on the appropriate treatments for each patient. The Clinic serves homeless or low- income individuals and immigrants, both documented and undocumented. The most common problems these patients have are diabetes, heart disease, obesity or food insecurity. Patients have access to a variety of specialty clinics at the Clinic, where they can receive treatment for heart, eye, kidney, mental health, and dermatology issues, along with a range of other specialties. 
Liam told about two patients he had treated since he began volunteering at the Clinic at the start of his medical studies.  Both patients had delayed medical care due to financial or legal obstacles, and both required extensive help to address their varied medical issues. The Clinic was instrumental in getting them the help that they needed even to survive.   
The Clinic relies on donations from Government agencies at the state level, as well as local and national foundations and individual donors. 
Liam is a Torrey Pines High School graduate and received his Bachelor’s degree from Berkeley.  He is currently performing the PhD portion of the UCSD MD/PhD program in the lab of Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire, at The Scripps Research Institute, where his research focuses on the use of structural biology to develop effective immunotherapies for filoviruses such as Ebola and Marburg. 
UCSD MD/PhD Student Liam King Describes His Work at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Sharon Schendel 2017-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 23, 2017
Assistant District Governor Steve Weitzen presents Val Myers with her second Paul Harris fellow
Assistant District Governor Steve Weitzen presented Val Myers with her second Paul Harris Fellow, while Dan Smargon, who was unable to attend, was recognized as a first-time Paul Harris Fellow.  Jim and Karin Davies, who were also unable to attend, are now Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation, a distinction given to Rotarians who have donated more than $10,000. 
Val Myers and Dan Smargon Receive Paul Harris Fellow Recognition and Karin and Jim Davies are Now Major Donors Sharon Schendel 2017-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 23, 2017
Scholarship committee chair Bill Dougherty (left) and Rotary Club of Del Mar President Klaus Gubernator with Neela Agjahan, who was awarded a $2,000 scholarship to go towards tuition at UC Riverside
Recent Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) graduate Neela Aghajan joined us at the July 20, 2017 meeting. Neela was the runner-up for the Rotary Club of Del Mar Scholarship, and she wrote a very kind letter to the scholarship committee to thank them for their consideration. The scholarship committee chairman, Bill Dougherty, read excerpts from Neela’s letter and Neela herself thanked the club. She noted that while students are usually encouraged to say nice things about others, there are fewer opportunities for students to reflect on what they’ve done and the good that they themselves have done. Neela said that her application for the Rotary scholarship allowed her to think about all that she’s already done so far, and that the confidence that the scholarship committee showed in her abilities was additional inspiration for her to continue to excel in college. In recognition of her letter, the scholarship committee voted unanimously to award Neela a $2,000 scholarship for her college tuition.
Neela graduated from TPHS with a 3.9 grade point average and was active in the Speech and Debate Club as well as softball. She also received an honorable mention at the 2017 Rotary Model U.N. In the fall, Neela will enter University of California Riverside where she plans to major in pre-med and biomedical engineering.
The Power of a Letter Sharon Schendel 2017-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 15, 2017
SURF Learn to Surf participants (top, Donna Fipps in the center near the wood board) and the two Bretts (below), Mattei (left) and Morey (right) carry in their boards after a good morning of surfing
The SURF board gains new signatures at each SURF event (left) and the joy of a successful ride (right)
Dr. Phil Bresnahan of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography tells about Smartfin technology
There’s a new Rotary Fellowship forming:  Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF), founded by Brett Morey of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club.  The mission of the fellowship is to “Combine the Aloha spirit of surfing with Rotarians from around the globe who share a love for the ocean and make a difference in the world”. More than 95 Rotarians and Rotaractors are listed as potential members since Brett founded the fellowship in May 2017. The fellowship is awaiting approval from Rotary International, and increasing the roster of interested members will be very helpful in gaining official recognition.
On Saturday July 14, 2017, SURF hosted the Rotaract Learn to Surf event, held at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. Over 30 new and experienced surfers were onhand to enjoy the morning waves. Rotary Club of Del Mar members joined in, with Donna Fipps watching over the gear during the lessons, and President Klaus Gubernator stopping by. Vice President Brett Mattei, who’s a very experienced surfer, took a few turns that morning. Rotaractors from the San Diego, City Heights, Pacific Beach and Tijuana New Generations Rotaract clubs were all in attendance.
In addition, Drs. Phil Bresnahan and Tyler Cyronak of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography informed the group about Smartfin, a surfboard fin equipped with sensors that gather data on various ocean parameters such as salinity, pH, temperature, oxygen, and wave dynamics. Smartfins allow surfers to become citizen scientists to provide important real-time data to the worldwide scientific community to further ocean research. 
The next events for SURF are on August 3, when they will participate in the 5th annual Rotary MusiCamp Learn to Surf event to introduce international symphony exchange students to surfing, and Life Rolls On, September 10, when SURF members will team with occupational and physical therapists to help differently-abled individuals experience the joy of surfing.  SURF welcomes all surfing Rotarians-visit their Facebook page or email Brett Morey to learn more. 
Proposed Rotary Fellowship Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) Hosts Learn to Surf Event for Rotaractors Sharon Schendel 2017-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 15, 2017
Klaus Gubernator with Scholarship winner Megan Wiener, Bill Dougherty and Debbie and Mike Wiener
We were pleased to have recent Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) graduate Megan Wiener and her parents, Debbie and Mike, join us at the July 13, 2017 meeting. The Rotary Club of Del Mar awarded Megan a $4,000 scholarship to go towards tuition at University of California, Berkeley in the fall.  Scholarship Committee Chairman Bill Dougherty thanked Scholarship Committee members Ed Siegel and Chandra Collure who interviewed the scholarship applicants, and outlined Megan’s many achievements, including graduating from TPHS with a 4.36 GPA and scoring 35 on the ACT (36 is perfect, by the way). 
Megan joined the TPHS Interact club as a freshman, and served as President her senior year.  Megan is truly a servant leader. Since she was a 7th grader, Megan and her mother have worked with the San Diego chapter of the National Charity League, whose members are mothers and daughters who participate in hands-on projects for nearly 30 agencies in the San Diego region. In 9th grade Megan began volunteering with San Diego Teen Court, in which local high school students learn about the juvenile courts by acting as judges, jurors, and attorneys as part of diversion services for juveniles involved with the justice system for the first time. 
Megan has already sought out the Rotaract Club at Berkeley, and we’re proud to help her finance the costs of her education as she works her way to achieving her career goal of becoming an attorney.  We wish Megan all success at Berkeley! 
Megan Wiener Receives Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 15, 2017
Honorary member Joe Harper spoke about scheduled events at the Del Mar Race Track
Arrogate overtakes California Chrome to win the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (above; Photo credit: Barbara D. Livingstone).  Arrogate will be stabled at Del Mar in advance of the 2017 Breeders' Cup series, to be held at Del Mar November 3-4, 2017
Honorary Rotary Club of Del Mar member Joe Harper kicked off the new Rotary Year by giving news about the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, of which he is President and CEO.  The 2017 summer meet opens on Wednesday July 19, 2017- the start of an exciting year at the Del Mar Race Track.  On November 3-4, Del Mar will host the Breeders' Cup. The site of the Breeders' Cup rotates annually, and although Santa Anita has hosted the Cup nine times since its inaugural race at Hollywood Park in 1984, this will be the first time the Cup will be hosted by Del Mar. Joe said that in his pitch to the site selection committee, he emphasized San Diego as a destination city that offers around 30,000 hotel rooms and several 5-star restaurants within 25 miles of the track.  Based on estimates for previous Breeders' Cups at Santa Anita, Joe’s efforts to secure the Cup for Del Mar will likely bring an additional $40 million in tourism revenue to the region. 
This year’s meet is also special because Arrogate, the all-time leading money winner in North America, will spend the summer in Del Mar. Joe noted that he encouraged his friend and Arrogate’s trainer, Bob Baffert, to stable Arrogate at Del Mar in advance of the Breeders' Cup in November, which would allow the horse to acclimate to the track conditions. Joe said that Arrogate is slated to run two other races in addition to the Breeders' Cup: The San Diego Handicap and the Pacific Classic, on July 22 and August 19, respectively.        
Joe realized early on that the track needed to find novel ways of attracting younger people to the track.  As a result of his insight, Del Mar now offers a number of events in addition to racing. There’s the Friday Night Concert Series, Family Weekends, with plenty of kid-friendly activities in the infield, giveaway days, and several food-focused events, including Burgers and Brews, Pizza and Beer Festival, the State BBQ Championship, and Tacotopia.
Every year Joe generously hosts members of the Rotary Club of Del Mar for a Day at the Races in the Turf Club.  We’ll all be looking forward to our outing in August, and to the many events at the Del Mar track in the coming months.    
Joe Harper Tells Tales of Horse Racing and About His Success in Bringing the Breeders' Cup to Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 15, 2017
Our new president, Klaus Gubernator, presided over his first meeting on July 13, 2017.  Fittingly, Klaus was Rotarian of the Day and told a bit about himself. His parents were both affected by World War II, and after marrying in Göttingen, settled in Belgium where Klaus was one of the first students at the European School of Mol, which was established for children of scientists employed at nearby research institutes. Klaus noted that this school was truly international, and teachers taught subjects in their native tongue- imagine having to learn Math, History, Music, and Physical Education in German, French, Italian, and Dutch, respectively!
Klaus earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Heidelberg University, and in 1997 he and his wife Dagmar moved to the United States. Klaus was instrumental in helping several drug discovery companies grow from having only a single lab and a few employees to either acquisition (CombiChem) or public offerings (Senomyx). In 2005, Klaus founded eMolecules, which he often refers to as the “Amazon of Chemicals”. eMolecules works with researchers around the world to provide chemicals and reagents that are critical for reducing barriers to drug discovery. He has since handed the reins of eMolecules to the capable hands of his son and daughter, and now uses his leadership skills as Executive Director of the St. Leo's Dental Clinic in Solana Beach.
Klaus joined the Rotary Club of Del Mar in 2006 after being introduced to the club by a banker who helped him secure a loan for his current home. He noted that at the President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) he learned why Rotary Presidential terms are limited to one year: “No one can ruin a Rotary club in just one year”, although we all know that this was never a concern for Klaus (or any other Rotary Club of Del Mar president!).  We look forward to a productive and progressive year under Klaus’s leadership.
Klaus Gubernator Presides Over His First Meeting as President Sharon Schendel 2017-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 02, 2017
Lanh Tran with Sharyn Daly, who organized the shower
Lanh receives a few more gifts from Chad Waters (left) and Marty Peters (right)
Lanh's new stroller will take Skylar from car to home in style
   In late August, our Treasurer, Lanh Tran, will welcome her first child, Skylar. Thus, the June 29, 2017 meeting had a baby theme to help celebrate our growing Rotary family.  We hope to see Lanh and baby Skylar soon in her new stroller and baby clothes!
Baby Gifts for Our Treasured Treasurer, Lanh Tran Sharon Schendel 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Bob Sonnhalter, Community Services Chair (left) and Larry Cook, Youth Services Chair (right) report on the year's activities
Karin Davies (center, back row) with just some of the clinicians her Global Grant (G-1172) helped train in neonatal resuscitation
Dugan Moore visits with students at the Gamru Village School, supported by District Grant P-1408
At the last meeting of President’s Tom Ryan’s term the Committee Chairs presented on their progress during the 2016-2017 Rotary Year. 
Sunset Soiree
Paul Chunyk, chair of the Sunset Soiree, delivered the fantastic news that the Soiree netted more than $38,000, which will be critical for our many club projects. He thanked all those club members who worked so hard and donated so much to make the event such a success.
Community Service
Chair Bob Sonnhalter summarized our projects at a local level, including: acting as a tee sponsor at the Canine Companions for Independence Golf Classic; donating textbooks for Casa di Amistad; contributing towards a new air conditioning unit at the St. Leo’s Dental Clinic; helping to purchase new dive gear for the Del Mar Lifeguards; sponsoring blood drives for the San Diego Blood Bank; and providing a wash-up station for the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito Allred Branch.
Del Mar Rotarians also participated in a number of hands-on projects such as painting and repairs at Nativity Prep Academy, volunteering at Stand Down San Diego, hosting our annual Children’s Christmas Party in Eden Gardens, removal of invasive plants at San Dieguito River Park, and campus improvement projects at Sunset High School and the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito Griset Branch in Encinitas.
Youth Services
The Youth Services Committee also had a busy year, as reported by Chair Larry Cook.  With the addition of the newly-installed club at Sunset High School to those at Cathedral Catholic High School and Torrey Pines High School, we now sponsor three Interact Clubs, which together have close to 100 members.  Torrey Pines High School fielded three teams at the Rotary-sponsored Model U.N. and we sponsored two Cathedral Catholic juniors at RYLA, as well as six juniors from inner city schools who would not otherwise have been able to attend.  We also sponsor the Rotaract club at University of San Diego, the Carmel Valley Girl Scout troop and Boy Scout Troop #713, which had five new Eagle Scouts this year.  The club also offered several scholarships, with $8,000 going to three scholarships at MAEGA (Mexican American Educational Guidance Association), 4 $1,250 scholarships at Sunset High School and one $4,000 scholarship to a senior at Torrey Pines. 
International Services
Dugan Moore was traveling, so I delivered the report on our international activities on her behalf.  The Committee completed projects for the Gamru Village School in India (P-1408), a Children's Peace Initiative (CPI) Peace Project in Kenya (G-308) and an Irrigation Project in Nkondo, Uganda (G-149).  Karin Davies’s Global Grant in Ethiopia (G-1172) is nearly complete and will be entering a new phase to integrate the training in neonatal resuscitation into medical school curriculum.  Other projects that are nearing completion include support for an Eye Care Center in India (G-723) and an Adopt-A-Village program in the Githunguri District in Kenya (G-155).
Private donations from Marty Peters helped fund a new school wall and play equipment in Vietnam and provided aid to Chechen refugees. 
Global Grants the club will be supporting in the next Rotary year include Mission Mental Health in India (G-1356) to improve mental health awareness and treatment in several regions in India, Wash in Schools in India (G-1336) to build sanitation facilities and provide hygiene education and India, and providing water tanks for schools in Ensenada (G-692). 
Click here for links to Rotary International projects that the club has supported since 2010.
Lines of Service Presentations Reflect on Our Service for the Past Rotary Year Sharon Schendel 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 02, 2017
Ressa, Donna Fipps's latest Canine Companions for Independence puppy
We were delighted to meet Ressa, who came to Don and Donna Fipps's home only the day before as their latest Canine Companions for Independence puppy.  Ressa is a black lab-golden retriever mix and she will be joining us at meetings over the next two years as part of her socialization activities. 
We look forward to watching her grow and learn!
A New 10 Pound (and Growing) Member for Rotary Club of Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 02, 2017
2017-2018 Presidents are sworn in. Rotary Club of Del Mar President Klaus Gubernator is below the yellow arrow
Past District Governor Carl Cruse (right) congratulates District Governor-Elect Mel Gallegos (right) and 2017-2018 District Governor Scott Carr (center)
Two former District Governors: Janice Kurth, District Foundation Chair, recognizes Marge Cole as a Level 3 Major Donor
Marilyn Sanderson accepts her Past District Governor pin from Carl Cruse
Bare feet were required for Marilyn's entrance to Bruno Mars's "Uptown Funk
The San Diego Marriott La Jolla was the site for the annual changing of the guard for Rotary District 5340 leadership.  More than 350 District 5340 Rotarians gathered at the Governor's Dinner on Monday June 26, 2017 to thank outgoing District Governor Marilyn Sanderson and welcome the newest District Governor, Scott Carr and the District Governor-Elect, Mel Gallegos.  Be sure to attend our August 31, 2017 meeting when Scott Carr will be discussing his plans for the upcoming year.
Governor Sanderson recognized several clubs for outstanding levels of participation, and individual Rotarians for undertaking special service projects.  Rotary Club of Del Mar member and 2015-2016 District Governor Janice Kurth, who now serves as District Foundation Chair, honored 2009-2010 District Governor Marge Cole for becoming a Level 3 Major Donor.  Major Donors have given at least $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation, and Level 3 Donors have given at least $50,000 cumulatively. 
Most importantly, our new President, Klaus Gubernator, was sworn in as a member of the 2017-2018 President Class.  
(Photo credits: Keane Studios)
New District 5340 Leadership Welcomed at Governor's Dinner Sharon Schendel 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 02, 2017
There will be no meeting on July 6, 2017 for the 4th of July holiday.
Join us on July 13, 2017, which will be the first meeting of Klaus's term. Joe Harper of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club will be the speaker.
Note that the newsletter will also be on hiatus next week.
Reminder: No meeting July 6, 2017 Sharon Schendel 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 26, 2017
Tom Ryan presents scholarship awards to Sunset High Students (L to R) Emmalee Strayer, Sofia Bishop and Cydny Dahl (not pictured, Ava Muzik)
Earlier this month President Tom Ryan awarded scholarships to Sunset High School graduating seniors to help them pursue higher education.  The Club donated four scholarships worth $1250 each to students chosen by Club members who did the interviews, including Chandra Collure, Bill Dougherty, and Ed Siegel.  Sofia Bishop, Cydny Dahl, Ava Muzik and Emmalee Strayer received $1250 that will go toward tuition at either Palomar College or Mira Costa College.  We are happy to help these talented students achieve their educational goals.
Scholarships for Sunset High School Students from Rotary Club of Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 26, 2017
Jim King's vintage Model A was Tom's chariot for the evening
Dan Smargon, Garrie Rhodes, and Karin Davies enjoy dinner
The dessert recognized Tom's Marine Corps service
"Judge" Bill Rawlings reviews Tom's presidential year, while Klaus Gubernator looks on
Tom's new "reminder system"
Don Fipps presents Tom with a state-of-the-art communication kit
Tom can stay both clean and think of Rotary while wearing Sharyn Daly's gift
Bill presents Tom with the Rotary "Crown"
No need for a nightlight with this chapeau
Our Rotarians of the Year- Kit Leeger and Paul Chunyk (holding his son- and perhaps future Rotarian- Cooper)
Steve Weitzen (Rotary Club of Solana Beach-Del Mar) drew the raffle tickets as the sun set
One of Donna Fipps's two tickets drawn
Some skepticism from the ticket holders about buy-out offers from the crowd (L to R: Bill Rawlings, Larry Cook, Mary Rawlings, Donna Fipps, Susie Wagner, Sharon Schendel, Monty Woolley, Katie Cook)
The joker surfaces at last
On Saturday June 24, 2017, we held our annual demotion party to thank outgoing President Tom Ryan for all the fantastic work he’s done on behalf of the Rotary Club of Del Mar during 2016-2017.  Incoming President Klaus Gubernator and his wife Dagmar kindly acted as our hosts at their home overlooking the Del Mar coast and fairgrounds.  Tom arrived in style in one of Jim King’s vintage cars. 
As thank you gifts, “Judge” Bill Rawlings presented Tom with a ball of string so he could tie strings round his fingers to remind him to line up Rotarians of the Day and a watch to keep the meetings running on time, while Don Fipps gave him a high-tech communication packet (stationery, stamps, and some Spam to filter out junk email).  Sharyn gifted a Del Mar Rotary apron. Last, Tom donned the Rotary Club of Del Mar “Crown”. 
Tom gave special recognition to several Rotarians. Blake Johnson was awarded “Rookie of the Year”- he thanked Tom with a lovely serenade- and Paul Chunyk and Kit Leeger were co-Rotarians of the Year. Paul and Kit served as Event Chair and Auction Chair respectively, for the very successful 2017 Sunset Soiree, which is our primary funding source for the Club’s projects. 
The evening ended with the ticket drawing to give away the $1,000 that had gone unclaimed throughout a year’s worth of ticket drawings.  Incoming Assistant District Governor Steve Weitzen served as impartial ticket picker, and I for one am delighted with the ticket he picked!
President Tom Ryan Demoted with Honors Sharon Schendel 2017-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 18, 2017
San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile
Jim King- a 10 gallon blood donor
The San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile arrived at St. Peter’s parking lot on June 15, 2017 to gather blood donations to serve the San Diego area.  The Blood Bank processes around 10,000 units of blood per month and supplies hospitals in San Diego and throughout southern California.  They are the primary supplier to Rady Children’s Hospital and are also designated by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) as the Southern California Regional Operations center to distribute blood in the event of a major disaster in California.   The Blood Bank welcomes new donors and invites the public to subscribe to its newsletter to learn about Blood Bank activities and upcoming blood drives.
We congratulate Del Mar Rotarian Jim King for becoming a 10 gallon lifetime donor- he even got a color-coordinated post-donation bandage!
Continuing Support from the Rotary Club of Del Mar for the San Diego Blood Bank Sharon Schendel 2017-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 18, 2017
Del Mar Rotarians enjoy paella and conversation at Crêpes & Corks
Karl Wagner thanks Crêpes & Corks owner Nico Berucci and his staff for the delicious paella
The Rotary Club of Del Mar supports local restaurants by holding monthly socials that are arranged by the Chair of Club Service, Susie Wagner. By popular demand, we revisited Crêpes & Corks for a paella dinner prepared by owner Nicolo Berucci and his staff.  Many wines were on offer at special prices, and several of our members capped their dinner with one of the delicious dessert crêpes.   
This year Crêpes & Corks will celebrate its tenth anniversary on Camino Del Mar.  The café provides a great atmosphere to enjoy some wine and a crêpe, or a full dinner.
Our next social will be held in July at Shimbashi Izakaya, a Japanese sushi and sake bar on Camino Del Mar.
Paella Social at Crêpes & Corks in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 18, 2017
Amy McDermott, zero8hundred Development and Marketing Manager 
On most military installations, 8 AM, or “zero eight hundred” marks the start of a new day. zero8hundred grew out of the belief that service members should have support as they navigate the transition back to civilian life.  Amy McDermott, Development and Marketing Manager for zero8hundred spoke to our club about the unique service that zero8hundred provides.
Many service members enter the military directly after high school, and thus had never lived independently, negotiated a lease, bought a car, or set up a checking account. zero8hundred helps military service members during a critical transition period- 9 months before they leave the service through 12 months post-service.
 As the end of their service approaches, all military members attend a mandatory transition class, or as Amy’s military husband calls it: “How to be a civilian in 40 hours or less”. During these transition classes, service members at San Diego County Coast Guard, Marine, and Navy installations are given the opportunity to partner with zero8hundred. Spouses also take transition courses, and they too can work with zero8hundred.
Transitioning service members who opt in are assigned a “Peer Navigator”, who is trained in social work and has been in the military or is part of a military family.  Service members meet regularly with their Peer Navigators, who can help them identify critical resources and services, as well as make personal introductions to individuals at these agencies, or who are working in fields of interest to the service member.    
zero8hundred is built on a Veteran’s Wellness Framework that has four key pillars: i) Education and Jobs; ii) Basic Needs; iii) Physical and Mental Health; and iv) Personal/Social Connections.  The agency also maintains a web portal with an extensive database of local agencies that address critical issues involving employment, education, health, and wellness. 
zero8hundred was established in January 2015 with the goal of serving 300 families.  They have already served nearly 2,000 families and many service members who partnered with zero8hundred said that they “saved my life” by reaching out during an uncertain time.  More than 200 clients have completed the 21-month transition period, and they report a 90% satisfaction rate with how zero8hundred helped them achieve stated goals. 
The agency is proud to help all service members, regardless of their discharge status.  They are currently funded by grants and local sponsors, but welcome donations from individuals who are interested in supporting these transition services. 
zero8hundred Helps Navigate the Transition Between Military and Civilian Life Sharon Schendel 2017-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2017
Sheriff Bill Gore speaks about the many services the San Diego County Sheriff's Department provides
Sheriff Bill Gore was our speaker at the June 7, 2017 meeting.  His San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is the third largest law enforcement agency in California, behind only the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA County Sherriff’s Department. He manages an annual budget of $865 million that allows the Department to provide law enforcement services to over one million individuals living in unincorporated areas of San Diego, as well as by contract to seven cities, including Del Mar. The Department also operates seven detention facilities such as the San Diego Central Jail and Las Colinas detention facility. Since their merger with the San Diego County Marshal’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department provides security services to San Diego county courts.
In his presentation, Sheriff Gore outlined several challenges the Department faces. One of the largest came in 2011, when the U.S. Supreme Court mandated that California reduce its prison population. This ruling affected the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in that its detention facilities began to house inmates who would have otherwise been sent to a state prison. Sheriff Gore also noted that mindset of correctional facilities is beginning to change from a “tough on crime” attitude to one that seeks ways to reduce the recidivism rate. In response, the Department has broadened its detention facility services, so that inmates receive mental health care, social services, and educational programming. Together these programs work to increase the likelihood that, upon release, inmates can successfully rejoin society.  He said that the Las Colinas women’s facility in Santee now serves a national model for how detention facilities can be better designed to deliver these services more effectively. 
Sheriff Gore ended his presentation by highlighting two of the Department’s outreach programs administered by the Senior Volunteer Patrol (SVP): The You Are Not Alone (YANA) program, which sends SVP officers to check on the well-being of homebound individuals; and free vacation checks conducted by SVP officers.  Other volunteer opportunities such as the Search and Rescue Detail are also available through the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Gore is a San Diego native and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Public Administration from University of San Diego and Seattle University, respectively. He has spent over 44 years in law enforcement, 32 of which were with the FBI. His wife, Natalie, was one of the first female FBI agents in the United States. He was appointed as the 29th Sheriff of San Diego County in 2009 and was elected to the post in 2010. He also is a member of the Rotary Club of San Diego
Sheriff Bill Gore Highlights the Broad-Ranging Services the San Diego County Sheriff's Department Provides Sharon Schendel 2017-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2017
Thanks for the wash-up sink purchased by the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club Allred Club using funds from the Rotary Club of Del Mar
St. Peter’s meeting hall had an extra splash of color from a large banner made for us by the members of the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club Allred Club in Carmel Valley to thank the club for its donation that helped purchase a portable wash-up sink.  Specifically, the funds derived from the Community Services committee budget. As evidenced by the banner, the members at the Allred Club take part in a lot of arts and crafts activities, and we’re happy to help them make sure that they don’t take home any extra mementoes from their work! 
Helping Keep the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club Allred Club Clean Sharon Schendel 2017-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 04, 2017
Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh presenting on non-surgical options to treat back pain
“Oh, my aching back”! is a common lament.  A recent literature review in the Lancet indicated that nearly 20% of those surveyed in a large study experienced back pain. Back pain is also a significant economic burden both in terms of health care costs and lost productivity.  Many back pain sufferers seek surgery or rely on opioid drugs for relief, but the outcomes are often disappointing. Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of SpineZone spoke to the Rotary Club of Del Mar to present his alternative approach to back pain relief that does not involve surgery.
As a Board-certified surgeon, Dr. Raiszadeh performed hundreds of complex spinal and reconstruction surgeries to treat a variety of back-related issues. During the past 20 years of his practice, Dr. Raiszadeh said that he noted a marked increase in the number of patients who sought surgical treatment to relieve neck and low back pain, but unfortunately, many were not achieving optimal results.  In an effort to shift focus toward preventing back pain and natural healing methods, Dr. Raiszadeh developed evidenced-based treatments that involve education, targeted strengthening, and careful attention to posture.  He has since opened the SpineZone, which has four clinics in the San Diego area, and in mid-June a fifth location will open in Del Mar.  In addition to his work with SpineZone, Dr. Raiszadeh is the Founder and Medical Director of the Spine Institute of San Diego at Alvarado Hospital.  Dr. Raiszadeh is also the author of “Take Back Control: A Surgeon’s Guide to Healing Your Spine Without Medications or Surgery” that outlines many of his non-surgical solutions for overcoming back pain.  The goal of Dr. Raiszadeh’s work is to help many more back pain sufferers take a proactive approach to managing their condition.
Dr. Raiszadeh completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and his medical training at UC San Francisco. He did his orthopedic surgery residency at UC Davis before undertaking a fellowship in pediatric and adult spine surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/NYU in New York City.  His foundation, the Spine Humanitarian and Research Education (SHaRE) is devoted to providing treatment for underserved populations in the United States and across the world, as well as supporting research and publication education about causes of and cures for spinal pain.
Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh outlines non-surgical approaches to relieve back pain Sharon Schendel 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 04, 2017
Sharon Schendel with former Del Mar Rotarian (now Lafayette Rotarian) Katie Nielsen
One of my favorite parts of being a Rotarian is visiting other clubs. Last week I attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of Lafayette, Indiana, which is now the home club of former Del Mar Rotarian (and my Rotary Sponsor) Katie Nielsen, who moved back to her hometown two years ago. It was great to see Katie- she now serves as Treasurer for her club, and all the club members love her as much as we did when she was in Del Mar. 
At the May 30 meeting the Lafayette Rotarians welcomed West Lafayette High School student Lucas Mockus to report on his experience at RYLA- he echoed many District 5340 RYLAerians- he walked in knowing no one and walked out with 90 new friends.  The speaker, Purdue Professor Emeritus Bill Harper spoke about Purdue Athletes Life Success (PALS), a youth development program that offers a one month camp experience that teaches a variety of life skills, as well as offering games and fellowship, to local children aged 8-14 whose families are below the poverty line. Some PALS graduates go on to enroll in the college preparation and scholarship program 21st Century Scholars. As an attendance incentive, PALS offers campers new bikes and at the meeting several of the Lafayette Rotarians offered checks to purchase bikes for the program. 
A visit with a former Del Mar Rotarian- Katie Nielsen Sharon Schendel 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 04, 2017
John Kirkwood (left), founder of Lord Meades Vocational College (below) and Tofta Educational Trust (TET) and TET Field Officer Peter Kalibbala (right) visiting from Rotary Club of Jinja, Uganda
We were pleased to welcome as our guests Peter Kalibbala and John Kirkwood from the Rotary Club of Jinja in Uganda. Mr. Kirkwood told about the organizations he founded, Lords Meade Vocational College (LMVC), and the Tofta Education Trust (TET), which supports the school.  Mr. Kalibbala has been in Rotary for two years and serves as a TET Field Officer. Mr. Kirkwood has a long history in Africa- in 1976 he taught at a secondary school for disadvantaged boys in Kenya, and in 1987 he moved to Uganda where he was a principal of a technical institute.  His mother, Janet, instilled in him the mindset that “with privilege comes responsibility”, and both LMVC and TET are the legacy of his mother’s teachings. 
TET works with LMVC to provide education opportunities for up to 800 economically disadvantaged children in Uganda. Students at LMVC can develop skills and receive vocational training. Since 2000, TET has provided scholarships to more than 1,500 LMVC students.
Rotary International has supported LMVC since 2006 through matching grants to provide educational resources. Several clubs in District 5340 have partnered in Global Grants to supply LMVC with textbooks and scientific equipment, in addition to installing wells to ensure that the school has access to clean water.
Peter Kalibbala and John Kirkwood visit from Rotary Club of Jinja, Uganda Sharon Schendel 2017-06-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 31, 2017
Art made by Sunset High School students for sale at the Art Up event
The Art Up poster invites all to check out the event at the D Street Bar & Grill in Encinitas
Sunset High Students provided music for the event
On May 25, 2017 members of the newly-founded Interact Club at Sunset High School gathered at the D Street Bar & Grill in Encinitas to sell art that they and their Sunset High classmates produced to raise funds for Stand Up for Kids, an agency that seeks to help youth break out of the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Club Liaison Chris Stewart reported that the event raised $1,100 for Stand Up for Kids, and was also a great venue for the students to display their extensive artistic (and musical) talents.  Rotary Club of Del Mar is proud to support this young Interact Club, which has gotten off to a fantastic start! 
Art Up event ups the funds for Stand Up for Kids Sharon Schendel 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 30, 2017
Klaus and Dagmar Gubernator with Auction Chair Kit Leeger
Looking over the silent and live auction items
John Baranowski chatting with our member Chris Stewart, who hosted a booth for his Buns & Roses Baking Company
Jan Fuchs with Marty and Mary Alice Peters
Sharon Schendel with Haylea Minks
Event chair Paul Chunyk (left) and Alison and Miles Fleming (right)
Rachel Motycka and Kevin Fitzpatrick (top panel) and Donna and Don Fipps (bottom panel)
Philippe Lamoise, Dugan Moore, Matt Kurth and Monty Woolley
Larry and Katie Cook
Sharon Schendel, Barrett Smith, Garrie Rhodes and Eric Nelte
Mark Matthess with John and Candace Baranowski (top) and Brett Mattei with his sister-in-law, Natalie (bottom)
Auctioneer Steve Hamann keeps the bidding lively while Blake Johnson keeps track of the bidders (top panel) and Monty and Ann Woolley and Tom and Sherry Ryan look on
Like father like son- Barry and Monty Woolley
Vicki Barks considers the silent auction items as the bidding nears a close
Jim Brunner and Tom Ryan check who won the silent auction items
We held our 13th annual Sunset Soiree Tuesday May 23, 2017 on a lovely early summer evening. The pictures best convey the spirit of the event. We are so grateful to our many vendors who ringed our auction tables with great food and spirits and to Del Mar Plaza for providing the venue. We also thank our generous donors who gave dozens of auction items and our auctioneer Steve Hamann for again ensuring that the live auction items went for the maximum amount. All proceeds from the event will be used by the Rotary Club of Del Mar to support the club’s many service-oriented projects as well as local and international organizations.
Sunset Soiree- a time for good wine (and beer and cider), good food, and good friends Sharon Schendel 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 21, 2017
Deputy Chief of Community Services Mark Rathsam (left) and Del Mar Lifeguard Hailey Horan (right) accept a donation from president Tom Ryan
Klaus Gubernator, Matt and Janice Kurth, and Kevin Fitzpatrick receive instructions before boarding the surf rescue boat
The 2016 Del Mar Lifeguards and Surf Rescue Team showing the boat that the Del Mar Rotarians took for a ride (Photo Credit: Del Mar Lifeguards
Instead of our usual meeting site at St. Peter’s, Del Mar Rotarians and guests met at the Powerhouse Community Center off the Del Mar beach. The location was in keeping with the speaker, Mark Rathsam, the Deputy Chief of the Community Services Department in Del Mar.   The Community Services Department oversees Del Mar Lifeguard Services, facility use permits for the city’s parks and beach area, as well as Parking Enforcement and Park Ranger Operations.  Del Mar’s lifeguards stay busy- in 2016 they conducted over 600 ocean rescues, more than 8,000 “safety contacts” (e.g., swimmer in distress), and provided ~900 medical aids.  Most importantly, in 2016 there were no drownings.  In addition to rescues, Del Mar lifeguards provide safety education, offer surf camps, and oversee the Jr. Lifeguard program- our Speaker’s Chair Brett Mattei got his start in lifeguarding through this program.
The rescue dive team was founded nearly 20 years ago, but their outdated equipment was a potential safety concern. In 2016 the Rotary Club of Del Mar donated gear that improved rescue diver communications, navigation, and personal safety.  This year the club made a donation of $5,300 that will help the lifeguards reach their goal of having 12 sets of identical gear- the standardization will simplify maintenance and repair, and also ensure that each team member uses the same equipment. Del Mar lifeguard Hailey Horan joined Mark to demonstrate the new equipment, which includes a dive computer that lets lifeguards monitor at a glance their bearings, depth and air supply. 
At the end of the meeting, several Del Mar Rotarians rode in the surf rescue boat. Channel 8 news reporter Brandon Lewis also played a surfer in distress in a mock rescue.  A story on the surf rescue team appeared on the May 18, 2017 broadcast.
Donations from Del Mar Rotarians Equip Del Mar Lifeguard Surf Rescue Team Sharon Schendel 2017-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 21, 2017
Kit Leeger, Auction Chair for the Sunset Soiree on May 23, 2017, reports that we’ve exceeded last year’s donations for our annual fundraiser. There are dozens of items that will satisfy all tastes. Have a look at the auction item list and plan your bidding strategy in advance! In addition to the auction, over 25 food and beverage vendors will be on the Del Mar Plaza terrace with plenty of samples to try.  Remember that your Rotary account was billed for two tickets, but please be sure to complete the online form using the code DMRCFree so that your name will be added to the check-in list. You can also input your credit card information if you want to bid on auction items. Use the code DMRC50 to buy any last-minute tickets at a discount.  See the quick guide for instructions on online ticket purchases.   
Sunset Soiree Auction Items Sneak Peek! Sharon Schendel 2017-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 21, 2017
Lauren Montague, Marketing and Special Events Manager for the Community Resource Center, with Community Services Chair Bob Sonnhalter and club president Tom Ryan 
Boys and Girls Club San Dieguito Foundation President Eric Nelte with club president Tom Ryan
We are pleased to continue our support of the Community Resource Center (CRC), based in Encinitas, with a $1,000 donation to CRC’s family crisis support services. The CRC was founded in 1979 with the mission of relieving homelessness and food insecurity for families in coastal communities. The CRC’s mission has since expanded to provide counseling services for families dealing with domestic violence, major life transitions, addictions, and many other challenges.  The overall mission of the CRC is to help its client families create paths to safety, stability, and self-sufficiency.    
In addition, Eric Nelte, Past President of Rotary Club of Del Mar and current president of the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito Foundation, accepted a $1,900 donation from the club to support local area clubhouses of the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito that are used by over 10,000 children each year.   
Continued Support for the Community Resource Center and Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito Sharon Schendel 2017-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 21, 2017
Paralympian Michael Spivey with Janice Kurth and Tom Ryan
Michael Spivey with his gold medal in Boardercross at the 2017 Paralympic National Championship held at Copper Mountain, Colorado
The Rotary Club of Del Mar is proud to help support veteran Michael Spivey in his efforts to compete in the Snowboard Cross and Banked Slalom events at the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.  Michael has had a great year in taking the gold at the Paralympic National Championship Boardercross race at Copper Mountain and the IPC NorAm competition. He has one more year to train and is holding a rally campaign to raise funds for training and housing expenses, travel costs, and registration fees.   
Michael grew up in Texas and served in the Marines as a Combat Engineer. After his first deployment to Iraq, in 2010 he was deployed to Afghanistan, where he lost his left arm below the elbow after encountering an IED.  While recovering at the Naval Hospital in Balboa Park, he undertook golf and surfing as physical therapy.  He eventually discovered snowboarding, and progressed quickly to earn a national ranking.  We wish Michael all success in his journey to the Paralympics next March!  You can follow Michael’s progress on his Facebook page and visit his rally campaign page to donate to his training fund.
Rotary Club of Del Mar Contributes to Paralympian Michael Spivey’s Rally Campaign Sharon Schendel 2017-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 20, 2017
After receiving her Paul Harris fellow award from Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski, Karin Davies gives an update on her Global Grant
Karin and Jim Davies wearing shirts that highlight the Global Grant partnership of the Rotary Clubs of Del Mar and Gondar Fasiledes (Ethiopia)
Congratulations to Karin Davies on being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for the 8th time.  Karin is a retired pediatrician and the lead on the Rotary Foundation Global Grant “Saving Babies’ Lives in Ethiopia”.  This grant partnered with the Rotary Club of Gondar Fasiledes to fund a “train the trainers” project that has taught more than 40 medical doctors, nurses, and midwives to teach neonatal resuscitation and post-resuscitation care techniques. These newly trained teachers have since instructed more than 700 other practitioners. The techniques that Karin and her team taught in Ethiopia are making meaningful differences as reflected by the 50% lower infant mortality rate in areas served by the providers they helped train. Karin submitted a second global grant that will fund the incorporation of these resuscitation techniques into the curricula of medical schools in Ethiopia. Karin’s husband Jim Davies, also a Rotary Club of Del Mar member, has also worked tirelessly on this project and accompanied Karin on each of her trips to Ethiopia in support of this grant- in fact, they’ll both be leaving for Ethiopia in late June.
Rotary Foundation Global Grants support projects that align with at least one of the Foundation’s six areas of focus: Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water and Sanitation, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, and Growing Local Economies.  Karin’s grants address several areas of focus, and also satisfy another requirement of global grants- that the projects be sustainable. We are so proud of the work that Karin and Jim have done to improve the lives of mothers and babies in Ethiopia and for their continued support of the Rotary Foundation.    
Karin Davies Recognized as 8-time Paul Harris Fellow Sharon Schendel 2017-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 20, 2017
Our newest Blue Badger, Dan Austin (center) with his sponsor Val Myers and Membership Chair Matt Kurth
Dan led the Pledge of Allegiance and Klaus Gubernator supplied the flag
From Sunset Soiree to Blue Badge in a little less than one year.  During his “Who Am I” talk, which all new members give to introduce themselves, Dan Austin noted that he was first introduced to the Rotary Club of Del Mar when club member Val Myers invited him to attend the 2016 Sunset Soiree. Dan said he enjoyed getting to know so many like-minded people and Val sponsored him for membership. 
Dan grew up on the east coast in Syracuse and graduated from Syracuse University, after which he took positions specializing in broadcast media and marketing. Nearly two years ago Dan moved to the Del Mar area to take a job in radio broadcasting and 18 months ago he took over Del Mar Lifestyle magazine, for which he serves as editor. Del Mar Lifestyle is a community-focused magazine that reports on events and businesses in Del Mar and Carmel Valley. 
Dan’s “Who Am I” speech was his last step in earning his Blue Badge and we’re all thrilled to have him as a member. 
Del Mar Lifestyle Magazine Editor Dan Austin Receives His Blue Badge Sharon Schendel 2017-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 17, 2017
Barrett Smith demonstrates online ticket purchases for the Soiree and Monty Woolley discusses the Soiree program
Just one more week to go before the Sunset Soiree on Tuesday May 23, 2017!  Last week Barrett Smith explained how to buy tickets online and the quick guide also provides directions. Although your Rotary account was billed for two tickets, please be sure to complete the online form using the code “DMRCFree” so that your name will be added to the check-in list.  You can also input your credit card information if you want to bid on auction items.  Use the code DMRC50 to buy additional tickets at a discount. Email Barrett or Paul if you need any help.
Thank you to Soiree Chairman Paul Chunyk, Barrett Smith for helping manage the online content, Monty Woolley for compiling the program, and Karl and Susie Wagner for the final push for auction items.  Special thanks to Auction Chair Kit Leeger for her hard work on gathering the packages and ensuring that the bidding will be fierce!
Sunset Soiree Preparations in the Final Stages Sharon Schendel 2017-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 17, 2017
Remember that this week’s meeting will be held at Powerhouse Center in Powerhouse Park in Del Mar (highlighted in blue).  Free parking is available at the old train station (in green).  Get to the entrance via 15th street by turning right (northbound) on Coast Boulevard and the entrance (yellow arrow) will be on the right just before the railroad tracks.  The lot will open at 11 AM. Thank you to club Treasurer Lahn Tran for arranging the parking!
 For this week’s presentation the Del Mar lifeguards will present a real time life saving drill.  The club will also be presenting checks to different organizations and we expect media to be in attendance.  If you can, talk up the Sunset Soiree to any members of the media.
May 18, 2017 Meeting at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 16, 2017
At the May 11, 2017 meeting Scott MacDonald spoke about MacDonald Scholars, a scholarship program he founded to help reduce the financial burden that most college students face. Scott is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, and as a student he worked in a factory to pay his way through school. He realized that the costs of college can no longer be easily offset by working, and he grew concerned about the debt many students incur as they pursue higher education. 
In response to these challenges, in 2005 Scott founded MacDonald Scholars, a “pay-it-forward” scholarship vehicle, first at Davidson College, from which his two sons graduated.  He then launched similar programs at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, IU Bloomington, the University of Michigan, and, most recently, at University of San Diego.  The idea behind the scholarship is to promote a mindset similar to that of Rotary: “Service above Self”.  MacDonald Scholars, who are identified by the participating university, are given $5,000/year for four years that can be used to defray tuition or living expenses.  In exchange, Scholars participate in leadership and educational programs available at their university and perform 280 hours of community service annually. 
Scott outlined several service programs that his MacDonald Scholars developed.  One Scholar raised funds to build and sustain schools in rural Ethiopia, while another instituted a program to provide solar lighting for houses in India so that the children would have light to study by at night. Still another Scholar founded “Hives for Lives” that donated proceeds from honey sales to cancer research. 
During his career, Scott was CEO of several companies. He wrote the book “Saving Investa”, which tells the story of how, as a Morgan Stanley executive, a one week trip to Sydney turned into a 5-year journey to guide Investa from near insolvency to being one of the largest commercial real estate companies in Australia.  He uses proceeds from book sales to support MacDonald Scholars. 
Scott is hopeful that other donors will be inspired by his experience to fund similar programs at other universities that can be used to train the next generation of servant leaders.  Visit the MacDonald Scholars page to learn how.
MacDonald Scholars Program Helps a New Generation of Servant Leaders Sharon Schendel 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 16, 2017
Rotarians and Boy Scouts ready to work!
Community Services Committee Chairman Bob Sonnhalter presents a donation from Del Mar Rotary to fund the mulch purchase
The park ranger gives a debrief on plant identification (top panel) and Brett Mattei (center with bucket) gets started mulching (bottom panel)
Chris Stewart and Klaus Gubernator (left panel) and President Tom Ryan and Sharon Schendel (right panel) take a break from work
Rotarian Gothic (Laura Williamson and Barrett Smith) at the Dust Devil Nature Trail
The San Dieguito River Park (SDRP) has long been special to the Del Mar Rotary Club.  This year Del Mar Rotarians helped remove invasive plants and mulch newly installed native plants near the Dust Devil Nature Trail. DMRC donated funds to purchase the mulch and more than 20 club members were on hand to help.  We were joined by members of Boy Scout Troop 713, which the Del Mar Rotary sponsors.  The Dust Devil Trail can be accessed from southbound El Camino Real and is a 1.7 mile loop that offers views of the ocean.
This project is another in a line of Del Mar Rotary projects for SDRP. The most prominent project was completed in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Rotary’s founding in 1905, wherein each club was challenged to undertake a significant project. Bob Fuchs conceived the idea of installing a boardwalk in the SDRP near Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Under Pat Dougherty’s expert supervision, Del Mar Rotarians installed more than 1,200 feet of decking in June 2007.  Bob still fondly remembers the reaction of his grandson, then 5 years old, to the sight of so many people coming together to accomplish a large project in one day.  His grandson looked at all the Rotarians working, shook his head and said: “This is really neat!”
Children enjoying the boardwalk installed by Del Mar Rotarians in June 2007 (photo from San Diego River Park)
Rotarians at Work Day focuses on the Dust Devil Nature Trail in San Dieguito River Park Sharon Schendel 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 16, 2017
Allred Branch Boys and Girls Club members enjoying the games at the ice cream social
Marty Peters with Doug Allred (top panel). In the lower panel, Barrett Smith scoops ice cream while Blake Johnson at the end of the table helps with the sprinkle station.  In the background, Laura Williamson chats with Doug Allred and on the right are Marty Peters, Eric Nelte, and Donna Fipps. Photo credit: Chris Brake Photography
On May 3, 2017 several of our club members were on hand to help with the ice cream social at the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito Allred Branch located in Carmel Valley.  The social was organized in part by DMRC member Laura Williamson. Boys and Girls Club Board member and benefactor Doug Allred was in attendance to meet the kids who use the many services the club offers.  Del Mar Rotary presented a gift of a portable sink and other washing equipment to help keep the club clean.  Thank you to Chris Brake Photography for providing all the fun photos!
Del Mar Rotary Club at the Allred Boys and Girls Club Ice Cream Social in Carmel Valley Sharon Schendel 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
Janice Kurth presents new banner to Del Mar Rotary Sharon Schendel 2017-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 07, 2017
Sharyn Daly and Susie Wagner decide who will draw the card, while Bill Rawlings and Mark Matthess look on
This week's $1,000 drawing had a twist: two tickets were drawn.  Sharyn Daly held the first ticket and had her choice of $50 guaranteed or a card draw. Susie Wagner held the second ticket and after some brief bargaining, Sharyn went for the card draw. Susie was the only one who walked away with cash! All proceeds from ticket sales go to support club projects. 
Sharyn "Monty Hall" Daly and Susie Wagner win the weekly ticket draw Sharon Schendel 2017-05-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 02, 2017
Del Mar Rotary welcomed Cygnet Theatre Associate Artistic Director Rob Lufty and frequent Cygnet performer Steve Gouveia for a presentation on Cygnet Theatre’s upcoming production of Shockheaded Peter, a musical based on the 19th century German children’s book Struwwelpeter. Like the book, Shockheaded Peter tells cautionary tales about the consequences of bad behavior. Steve, a Poway High School graduate and original cast member of Jersey Boys on Broadway, performed two songs from the production.
Rob explained that Shockheaded Peter will include dance numbers and elaborate costumes, as well as masks and puppets to tell the stories. He also gave a bit of history of the Cygnet Theatre, which started in 2003 and now calls the Old Town Theatre home. The venue holds 256 in stadium-style seating.  When deciding on a name for the new theater, the founders thought of their ambition to rival Balboa Park’s Old Globe Theater, named after the Globe theater in London. Another prominent theater in Shakespeare’s day was The Swan, but given that the new company was so small, they instead adopted the name of a young swan, Cygnet.
Shockheaded Peter begins May 18, 2017 and runs through June 18, 2017.  Cygnet Theatre’s 15th season will begin July 5 with Animal Crackers, followed by six plays, including A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music, and the world premiere of The Wind and the Breeze
Cygnet Theatre visits Del Mar Rotary Sharon Schendel 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 02, 2017
Congratulations to Laura Williamson, our newest Blue Badger.  Laura moved to the Del Mar area last September from Tacoma, Washington, where she chaired the membership and speakers committees for the Tacoma North Rotary Club.  Laura helped raise the three children of her late sister, Danielle, and when her nephew moved to San Diego to pursue engineering studies, she relocated to be nearer to him and his two sisters.  After having all three kids help with so many Rotary projects, she was delighted when her nephew expressed his desire to join Rotary- he’s now attending Golden Triangle meetings, which fit better with his school schedule. 
Laura began looking for a new Rotary club shortly after arriving in San Diego and she was surprised to learn that there were more than 60 clubs in the area!  A chance encounter over a salad at Piatti restaurant in La Jolla led to an introduction to Del Mar Rotarian Janice Kurth, then District Governor.  After joining Del Mar Rotarians at their annual Del Mar Race Track outing and a holiday party at Treasurer Lanh Tran’s Toys for Tots event at First Republic Bank in Del Mar, she felt that the Del Mar Rotary was the right club for her. Her fellow Del Mar Rotarian, Blake Johnson, who is Development Director for the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito, even connected her with her current position as Supervisor of After-School programs at the Boys & Girls Club Allred Branch in Carmel Valley. 
Laura has already been a very active member of the club, and we’re delighted to have her! 
Laura Williamson- Del Mar Rotary's newest Blue Badger Sharon Schendel 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Club Social at Il Fornaio Don Fipps 2017-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 20, 2017
NASA JPL Aerospace Engineer, Jordan Evans, gave an absolutely fascinating presentation on Mars rovers. Jordan talked about what it took to land the rover Curiosity on Mars in August 2012. Also pictured are some artifacts; parachute and scale model of the Curiosity, which is about the size of a Hummer.
How to Land a Car on Mars Don Fipps 2017-04-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 20, 2017
President Elect, Shivanand Bellare from the Rotary Club of Bangalore, Platinum City, India exchanged club banners with President Tom Ryan and Club Membership Chair, Matt Kurth.
Club Banners Exchanged Don Fipps 2017-04-20 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Apr 17, 2017
Adapted from writings of Stu Green, Founder, and Al Childs, 5th President
The Rotary situation in this area in the 1950s was very different.  The nearest Club was in Encinitas.  To the East, was Escondido, and to the South, La Jolla and San Diego.  So there was a large empty space comprised of the towns of Del Mar, Solana beach, Cardiff and Rancho Santa Fe with a population of maybe 8000 without a Rotary Club.
Sensing this vacuum, out of the Vista Club came Hiram Walker, District Governor.  He contacted Stu Green, the local pharmacist, who had been a Rotarian in Brawley, CA in the Imperial Valley.  This contact in early 1953 began the chain of events that lead to chartering the Del Mar Rotary Club in May 1954.
Stu Green persuaded Frank Strauss to become the solicitor-organizer and first President of the club.  At that time, Frank was a Vice President of NonLinear Systems, the predecessor company to KayPro of which Andy Kay was the President.  No one knew what Frank did at NonLinear, but he seemed to have a lot of time on his hands.  So it turned out that he was just right for the job.  Together Frank and Stu persuaded 38 men in the area to join up.  Most were in business in Del Mar, but in order to get enough to charter a club, they reached into Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe as well.
The Club received its charter at the Hotel Del Mar, current site of L’Auberge, on May 4, 1954.  Over 200 people attended the chartering ceremony.  Although the selection of officers is theoretically a democratic process in Rotary, for the next 20 years Stu Green wrote the script, choreographed and directed the whole operation.  He handpicked the Board and the second President, Roger Woolley who was the Corporate Attorney at the time for NonLinear Systems.  Roger was a good administrator and the Club prospered. 
In the following year, Stu Green picked himself to be President.  He was the joke and story teller of the period.  With a captive audience of 30-40 Rotarians each week, he couldn’t resist the temptation to tell and retell his entire repertoire.
In attempting to carry out the object of Rotary, The Del Mar Club has participated widely in community affairs and contributed much time, effort and money on these projects.  The most worthwhile projects in the first ten years were in the field of youth activities.  The Club sponsored the Del Mar Scout Troup with Monty Woolley, Chuck Ayars, and Doc Wheelock serving as Institutional Representatives.  The troop met at the Episcopal Church in Del Mar, where another member, Matt Curry was the Rector. 
In the 1961-62 year when Don Barley was President, the Club sponsored two VISA students, Lilian Dluhosch of Brazil and Barbara Miselli of Milan, Italy, who attended Palomar College and resided in the homes of Eddie Read, Frank Strauss, Andy Kay and Guy Matthews, all Del Mar Rotarians at the time.  Since then, the Club has sponsored an annual scholarship for a deserving college bound student from San Dieguito High School.
Over a period of years, our Rotarians had worked closely with the Del Mar Chamber of Commerce which has been led almost exclusively by member of our Club.  We have also been prominent in the administration of the new Del Mar City government and John Mamaux, Mike Shoulders, Lou Leeger, and lately, Tom Pearson and Paul Zimmer.
One of the most enjoyable events has been the Rotary Day at the Races as guest of the Del Mar Turf Club, courtesy of Donald Smith, the General Manager of the Thoroughbred Club and Eddie Read, who was in charge of publicity. 
1954-1955       Firepit, South end of Solana Beach
1955-1956       Hotel Del Mar(L’Auberge), 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
1956-1959       La Tienda (El Fuego), 1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
1960-1961       Knight’s Room (Poseidon), 1670 Coast Blvd, Del Mar
1961-1968       Namara Inn (Terraces Apts), 690 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
1969-1970       Firepit, Whispering Palms, Torrey Pines Inn, and Jolly Ox
1971-1993       Whispering Palms Country Club (Morgan Run Country Club), 5690 Concho de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe
1993-1995       Del Mar Hilton, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
1995-2001       Arena Room, Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2620 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar
2001-present   St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 334 14th Street, Del Mar
Early History of the Rotary Club of Del Mar Donna Fipps 2017-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 13, 2017
Air Force Captain Robert McInturff explained the F-22, the trill of flying it and the missions the aircraft is designed to perform.  His presentation was titled Life at the Pointy End of the Spear.
F-22 Air Force Pilot - CAPT Robert McInturff, USAF Don Fipps 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 13, 2017
Bessie Floyd received her Paul Harris plus 5 from John Baranowski, The Rotary Foundation Chair.  President Tom Ryan announced the Board of Directors voted to make Bessie an Honorary Member for life.  Congratulations!  Bessie's husband Ron watched and took photos.
Bessie Floyd: PH+5 and Honorary Member Don Fipps 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 30, 2017
At our meeting March 30, six young ladies rehearsed their Model UN opening statements. Rotary Club of Del Mar sponsored Torrey Pines High School Interact Club members consisted of Jacki Walker, Daisy Waters, Camryn McAllister, Hannah Newville, Eilee Shahid and Delaney Jacobs. The topics covered global warming and Brexit representing China, Sweden and Turkey.  The team received suggestions for improvement and coaching.  The Model UN will be held April 8 and 9. 
Model UN Rehearsal Don Fipps 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Jeremy Poincenot Don Fipps 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Chris Stewart Receives Blue Badge Don Fipps 2017-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 23, 2017
Dr. Jonah Cool from Organovo gave a technology laced presentation on 3D printing of human tissues.  They create functional human tissues using 3 dimensional bioprinting technology. And yes, it was very cool.
3D Printing of Human Tissues Don Fipps 2017-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Mar 16, 2017
Guest speaker was Lesley Sagar, President, Hope Without Boundaries, a local organization formed in 2008 to provide financial aid and volunteer labor primarily in support of charitable organizations operating in the poorest parts of Tijuana, Mexico.  The organization on the 2nd Saturday of each month feeds 300 people in Tijuana.  They support the homeless, those in hospice, provide school uniforms, and supports community centers and Boys and Girls Clubs.
Hope Without Boundaries Donna Fipps 2017-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Mar 16, 2017
The Rotary Foundation Chair, Bob Baranowski provided Bob Rosenfeld his Paul Harris +5 recognition.
Bob Rosenfeld Obtains PF+5 Donna Fipps 2017-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Garrie Rhodes on Mar 12, 2017

We had the District Music Scholarship Competition at the Museum of Making Music, Sunday, March 12.

Our Candidate, Kana Shiotsu won first in the whole district.

What an exciting win!!!!



Del Mar Takes The Crown Garrie Rhodes 2017-03-12 08:00:00Z 0
Nativity Prep Academy Project 2017-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps
The following officers and directors were elected to office for the Rotary year of 2017-2018:
President - Klaus Gubernator
President Elect - Don Fipps
Vice President - Brett Mattei
Secretary - Donna Fipps
Treasurer - Lanh Tran
Sergeant of Arms - Mark Matthess
Director - Dugan Moore
Director - Sharon Schendel
Director - Barrett Smith
Director - Matt Kurth
Director - John Baranowski
Club Election Results Don Fipps 2017-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Mar 02, 2017

After 10 years in the planning, Ivan Alba took his wife and two preteen daughters on a "Rotary Year of Service" round the world journey. Hitting 24 countries, the family observed various Rotary projects around the world. His presentation challenged us to have more "sustainable " projects. Ones that change a community's behavior for the better for the future, not just a one-time donation. For more information go to his blog at



A World of Service With Rotary Donna Fipps 2017-03-02 08:00:00Z 0
U.S. Geostrategic Interests in Asia-Pacific 2017-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Feb 25, 2017
Membership Chair Matt Kurth trades Barrett's red badge for his new blue badge.  Congratulations!!
Barrett Smith Receives Blue Badge Don Fipps 2017-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Feb 23, 2017
From the March 2017 The Rotarian
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized The Rotary Foundation at the end of 2016 with it's annual Outstanding Foundation Award. The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others and involvement in public affairs. 
TRF Named World's Outstanding Foundation Don Fipps 2017-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barrett Smith on Feb 21, 2017

In an attempt to promote some additional ticket sales to this year's Soiree, several fellow Rotarians and I will be canvasing neighborhoods in Del Mar on March 23 inviting folks to the event.  We would love to have a few more members tag along and it may be a good opportunity for some of the more junior members, myself included, to get to know the community better.  Please contact either Paul Chunyk or me if you have even the slightest bit of interest in joining us.  Rumor has it Paul's going to conclude our day on the streets with a pub crawl! Thanks in advance for your help and if you have any ideas on other ways to stimulate ticket sales, send 'em my way and I'll be happy to help.

Sunset Soiree Update Barrett Smith 2017-02-21 08:00:00Z 0
Jim Davies Doubles Up for The Rotary Foundation Don Fipps 2017-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Feb 16, 2017
Encinitas Fire Marshal, Anita Pupping, visited the club Thursday, February 16, 2017. She reviewed key essentials of fire safety for residential and commercial properties.
Encinitas Fire Marshall Don Fipps 2017-02-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Feb 09, 2017
Susan Taylor from Scripps Health presented a wonderful talk on the various new gadgets and gizmos that can improve our collective health.  Great presentation!!!
Gadgets, Gizmos & Good Health Don Fipps 2017-02-09 08:00:00Z 0
Club Social at Americana Don Fipps 2017-02-07 08:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Del Mar supported the North County San Diego Veterans Stand Down.  The event occurred January 27, 28 and 29 at the Green Oak Ranch in Vista.   Stand Down is a military term designating that a combat unit has temporarily moved out of the field and back to base camp for rest and rehabilitation.  Homeless veterans are, in some ways, comparable to soldiers in a war zone – living exposed in the field, surviving by their wits with limited rations, and enduring extreme conditions.
Today, Stand Down refers to a time when our homeless veterans can remove themselves from the combat of the streets.  Stand Down is designed to create a transformational community of participants, service providers and volunteers that is based on dignity, respect and empowerment.  The three day intervention will bring a wide range of essential service to homeless veterans, while raising their morale and awakening their motivation.  Stand Down will provide men, women and children with shelter, medical, dental, legal, clothing, showers, haircuts, food, counseling, and other needed services.
North County Stand Down Don Fipps 2017-01-28 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 26, 2017
PDG Janice Kurth presented our club with a Polio Commendation certificate and discussed celebrating 100 years of doing good in the world. 
100 Years of The Rotary Foundation Don Fipps 2017-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 26, 2017
PDG Janice Kurth recognized PDG Marty and Mary Alice Peters as a new level 4 major donor for The Rotary Foundation. Level 4 major donors donate between $100,000 and $249,999 to TRF.  Congratulation to Marty and Mary Alice on reaching this goal.
Level 4 TRF Major Donor Don Fipps 2017-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 15, 2017
Above are photos from the 6-Way Meeting at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club with guest speaker Dr. Ramon Resa MD. 
26 Rotary Club of Del Mar members attended the meeting.  Dr. Resa talked about his rise from a child farm worker in the California Central Valley to becoming a pediatrician and Rotarian in Porterville.  His book Out Of The Fields is available at Amazon:
6-Way Rotary Club Meeting Don Fipps 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marty Peters on Jan 15, 2017

I was amazed at the outpouring of love and concern by many of our members last Thursday, January 12th.  When I had announced that the International Committee had approved $1,000 for the refugees in Grozny, many of our members came up to me and slipped bills to me; no names but thanks to all who donated.  I was handed some $440 in cash! As announced, I matched the donation up to $500. As a result we will give $1,880 to the incoming Governor of District 2220 Russia, Galina Lavrova, to take back to the Rotary Club of Grozny.  Rotary is truly amazing.  Thanks to all our members for your compassion and faith that Rotary really can make a difference!


Marty Peters, PDG

One Happy and Proud Rotarian

Donations for Grozny Marty Peters 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 11, 2017
Competing for a $300 scholarship was Ryan Torres from Sage Creek High School on the piano and Kana Shiotsu from Torrey Pines High School on the violin.  The program was sponsored by Garrie Rhodes and Ed Siegel as judge.
Kana Shiotsu was the winner.  She now moves on to the District level competition.  Congratulations!
High School Music Competition Don Fipps 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 11, 2017
The Blood Bank of San Diego on January 12 brought one of their blood mobiles to the St. Peter' parking lot for the Rotary Club of Del Mar blood drive organized by Susan and Karl Wagner.
Rotary Club of Del Mar Blood Drive Don Fipps 2017-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 04, 2017
Charlotte Agostinelli from Voices for Children and our own Sharon Schendel discussed being a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.  President Tom Ryan also spoke about being a CASA; he has volunteered for a number of years.  To volunteer to become a CASA or to donate, please contact the local Voices for Children at
Voices of Children Don Fipps 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 04, 2017
The Rotary Foundation Chair, John Baranowski, was pleased to make 4 separate Paul Harris recognitions January 5th, 2017, starting The New Year off with a bang.  Recognized was President Tom Ryan for his 4th PHF, Miles Fleming for his 3rd PHF and for their first PHF recognition was Chris Stewart and Barret Smith.  Congratulations to all 4!
Four Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions Don Fipps 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Dec 15, 2016
On December 16, the Rotary Club of Del Mar held its annual Holiday Party at St. Peter's.  The event included collecting toys for Toys for Tots, Holiday Cookie Exchange, adult beverages and holiday carols.
Club Holiday Party Don Fipps 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Dec 14, 2016
The Community Service Committee coordinated volunteers at the Del Mar Race Track to make holiday baskets for the Community Resource Center to support families in need. 
Holiday Basket Preparations Don Fipps 2016-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Dec 11, 2016
On December 8, 2016, the Rotary Club of Del Mar sponsored and participated in a Holiday Party for local children at the La Colonia Community Center in Solana Beach. 
2016 Children's Holiday Party Don Fipps 2016-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Nov 30, 2016
USS Midway Museum docents Brian Butler and Steve Walker presented an outstanding program on the history of the USS Midway and some of the major exhibits on the ship. To purchase tickets or for more information, check them out at
USS Midway Museum Don Fipps 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Vicki Barks Recognized for Paul Harris Fellow Don Fipps 2016-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Nov 16, 2016
Rotarian and frequent guest, Nat Read was the guest speaker November 17, 2016.  He discussed his 2 books and reviewed his America's Greatest Speeches performance with fascinating details on the back stories of the speeches.  For more information on Nat's two books, Speed Bumps on the Yellow Brick Road and Don Benito Wilson, click on the link to his web site.
Guest Speaker Nat Read Don Fipps 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Nov 09, 2016
November 10th was the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  The guest speaker was Major John "Brillo" Licari, USMC (Retired).
Marine Corps Birthday Don Fipps 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Nov 08, 2016
On November 9th, many Rotarians from District 5340 and others descended on the Boys and Girls Club, Griset Clubhouse, for a community service project.  The project coordinator was Blake Johnson and involved hundred of volunteers including 150 Navy personnel from the CVN Roosevelt.  Afterwards, a number met up at the Karl Strauss Tasting Room for fellowship and networking.  This project was part of the West Coast Community Tour and District Service Project.
Connecting for Good Rotary Project Don Fipps 2016-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Nov 08, 2016

This week the RCDM presented Casa de Amistad with a $1000 check. Half the funds are from our club, the other from a District Grant. The money will help purchase books and educational material. Casa de Amistad is an after school tutoring program for low income families in Solana Beach. The RCDM supports the program both monetarily and has several members as tutors.  Bob Sonnhalter and Don Johnson present Nicole Mione-Green our Rotary check.

Casa de Amistad Receives $1,000 Donna Fipps 2016-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Nov 02, 2016
Membership Chair, Matt Kurth, inducted Dan Austin with his sponsor Val Myers. 

Dan Austin is sponsored by Val Meyers and Marty Peters.  Dan is the publisher of the Del Mar Lifestyle magazine.  He brings extensive experience in marketing and TV/radio management to his new endeavor. He loves outdoor activities, reading and traveling, among others.

Dan Austin Inducted as Newest Member Don Fipps 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Nov 02, 2016
Del Mar City Councilmember, Dwight Worden was the program speaker November 3, 2016.  He provided an update on the Del Mar downtown area and the different initiatives to improve commercial activities and parking.  
Del Mar City Councilmember - Dwight Worden Don Fipps 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Karin and Jim Davies Receive Paul Harris Recognitions Don Fipps 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Oct 26, 2016
Program speaker Dr. Matt Kurth discussed the developments in research and treatment of Parkinson's Disease. 
Parkinson's Disease Don Fipps 2016-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Connecting for Good Rotary Project Don Fipps 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Oct 19, 2016
Rev. Carmen Warner Robbins, Executive Director, Welcome Home Ministry was the program speaker October 20, 2016.  The mission of Welcome Home Ministries is to provide holistic faith-based, peer-driven supportive services for women in transition from incarceration into the community on an ongoing basis by renewing lives and restoring families. The rate of women returning to jail after being released nationally is 80%. The women in the Welcome Home program have a rate of only 13% by creating a Christ-centered program offering caring services through case management, referrals to Welcome Home community partners and a peer to peer mentoring model proven to work. One of their services is dental services provided at the St. Leo's Dental Clinic.
Rev. Carmen Warner Robbins - Program Speaker Don Fipps 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Bob Sonnhalter Awarded Paul Harris Plus 3 Don Fipps 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Oct 12, 2016
Manni Pacheco is the author and film producer of the Forgotten Hollywood describing important links between Hollywood and historical events including the March of Dimes and the search for the cure to polio that included Rotary International.  Manni stayed behind to autograph his books. Check out his web site at:
Forgotten Hollywood Don Fipps 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Oct 12, 2016

Alyssa Pardini is sponsored by Marty Peters and Jim Watkins. Alyssa is the marketing manager at L'Auberge Del Mar. Her wide ranging education and experiences has given her the outlook that “life is an adventure of both intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution”. 


Vickie Barks is sponsored by Marty Peters.  Vickie is a native Californian who now works at a local non-profit teaching kids to program in Java.  The goal is to give each student a skill that allows them to go straight into the work force.


2 New Members Inducted Don Fipps 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Oct 12, 2016
Membership Chair, Matt Kurth, presents Blake Johnson his official club blue badge after completing new member requirements.
Newest Blue Badge Member Don Fipps 2016-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Oct 05, 2016
Program Speaker Peter Zahn reviewed a presentation titled From Paris to San Diego: Bringing Global Climate Action Home.  Peter is the President of the Moxie Foundation and a member of the City Council of Solana Beach.
Climate Change Don Fipps 2016-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Sep 21, 2016
Troop 713 Eagle Scouts, Ajay Kumar, Robert Hou and Carter Gonzales reviewed their Eagle Scout projects.  Troop 713 is supported by the Rotary Club of Del Mar.
Torrey Pines High School and Cathedral Catholic High School Interact members spoke to the membership about their Interact Clubs, Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and leadership positions they have in school.
Thank you to Kate and Larry Cook and the Youth Services Committee for your leadership supporting youth activities and scholarships in our community.
Youth Services Day at Rotary Don Fipps 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Sep 21, 2016
Membership Chair, Matt Kurth, inducted Chris Stewart as our newest member.  Kate and Larry Cook are Chris' mentors.  Chris is the owner of Buns & Roses Baking Company in Vista.
Chris Stewart is Inducted Don Fipps 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
September 15th Program Donna Fipps 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Sep 07, 2016

The Emperor and the spy

Author Stan Katz talked about how he came to write the novel, The Emperor and the Spy. The book is based on the career of Colonel Sidney Forester Mashbir.  The author described how Colonel Mashbir's unprecedented personal relationship with Emperor Hirohito impacted World War II.  The book also mentions how the two were connected through Rotary.
For more information, review the UT article from May 2016 at the link below.
Here is the link to Amazon to purchase the book: 
September 8th Progam Don Fipps 2016-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Sep 06, 2016
Patrick Bruski received his red badge as a transfer from Key West, Florida.  Membership Chair Matt Kurth inducted Patrick with sponsor Peggy Martin and Rotary mentor Miles Fleming watching.  Patrick's transfer to California was to take charge of the Edward Jones Investment firm in Del Mar. 
New Member Inducted Don Fipps 2016-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Aug 31, 2016

Here is what happened

The membership sang Happy Birthday to Tom Woolsey as he turned 90 years old on September 1st.
The Program Speaker was John Ciullo, Executive Director of Nature & Culture International. 

"We are unlike traditional conservation organizations in philosophy, efficiency and results. Our projects are diverse – spanning multiple countries and numerous ecosystems – and we are guided first and foremost by a deep respect for local communities and culture. We’re protecting the areas in South America and Mexico that contain the greatest biodiversity on the planet by collaborating with the people who depend upon the land for their survival." Check them out at

September 1st Program Don Fipps 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Aug 27, 2016

community service supports boys and girls club

The Rotary Club of Del Mar supported the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito on August 28th for their annual Horseshoe & Cornhole Tournament at Del Mar North Dog Beach.  Volunteers grilled burgers and performed sales and support activities.  We also ate burgers and drank beer; someone had to do it.
Of course, tent shades could be obtained for a donation as did our PDG Marty Peters.  Jan and Eric Nelte cooled their heels in the shade.   The overcast weather provided an enjoyable event for all volunteers and contestants.   
Horseshoe & Cornhole Tournament Don Fipps 2016-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Barrett Smith Receives His Red Badge Don Fipps 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Aug 17, 2016

Day at the Races at the Del mar racetrack

Day at the Races Don Fipps 2016-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brett Mattei on Aug 12, 2016
Here is a video produced by Del Mar Lifeguards covering the donation of specialized scuba gear to the Del Mar Lifeguard Rescue Drivers from the Rotary Club of Del Mar. 
Rotary Club of Del Mar Donates Scuba Gear Brett Mattei 2016-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Aug 10, 2016

DG Marilyn sanderson Awarded 3 new Paul harris fellows

Rotary District 5340 Governor Marilyn Sanderson awarded Paul Harris Fellow recognitions to 3 outstanding professional women who are giving selflessly of their time and talents to bring success and purpose to the Club’s Global Grant ‘Saving Babies’ Lives’ in Ethiopia.  Each continues to travel to Ethiopia on training trips and engages in the work-intensive program designed to train the medical personnel at Gondar University Hospital in the life-saving techniques of neonatal resuscitation and essential care of the newborn.   These Paul Harris Fellow awards are Rotary’s way of acknowledging and saying thank you for “Service beyond Self” demonstrated by each of the ladies:  Elisa Imonti, Kathy Johnson and Carole Leland.
Paul Harris Fellows Awarded Donna Fipps 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Community Membership Luncheon Donna Fipps 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Aug 05, 2016

District 5340 and feeding America

Five Rotary Club of Del Mar Rotarians joined a hundred other District 5340 Rotarians assembling food packages for Feeding American.  The Del Mar group gleaned 1,400 lbs. of pears in 2 hours.
Kevin Fitzpatrick
Barratt Smith
Patrick Bruski
Donna Fipps
Tom Ryan
Feeding America Donna Fipps 2016-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Aug 03, 2016

carly auerbach

President Tom Ryan awarded Carly Auerbach, a senior from Torrey Pines High School, a $4,000 college scholarship. She will attend in the fall Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as a honors business major.
Scholarship Awardee Donna Fipps 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jul 26, 2016
About 2 dozen fellow Rotarians joined together for a Happy Hour at the Hotel Indigo.  The food, drink, view and fellowship was great! 
Club Social at Hotel Indigo Don Fipps 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jul 20, 2016

Year in review

Past District Governor, Janice Kurth, reviewed her past year as Rotary District 5340 Governor.  She chronicled the time from being nominated in 2012 to finishing her year June 30th.  She reminisced visiting over 60 District clubs and experiencing all of the different locations, projects and enthusiast Rotarians.  Janice answered questions from club members. Everyone found her experience every interesting. 
July 21, 2016 Program Don Fipps 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jul 13, 2016

Joe Harper visits

Joe Harper, CEO Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, visited the club July 14 to review the many aspects of the upcoming racing season at Del Mar.  Joe Harper, left, is with Bill Dougherty and Club Prez Tom Ryan, on the right. Tom seems to have a "head" for details. 
July 14, 2016 Program Don Fipps 2016-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jul 06, 2016

Here is what happened June 7th.

Tom Ryan, the Rotary Club of Del Mar President for 2016-17, conducted his first meeting of the new Rotary year. 
President Tom Ryan introduced our Assistant District Governor Steve Weitzen.  This is Steve's 2nd year as our ADG.  Steve noted he attended and thoroughly enjoyed our Demotion Party.
The club was treated to a piano recital from the founder of Amateur Pianists, Glenn Kramer.  His organization sponsors the San Diego International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs July 15th to 17th, 2016.  The Rotary Club of Del Mar donated $1,000 which will be used to award 2nd place of the competition.
Weekly Meeting June 7, 2016 Don Fipps 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jun 24, 2016
President Eric Nelte with some of farewell gifts.
Klaus Gubernator won the Jobs Award for his IT support to the club.
Peggy Martin won the Cinderella Award for all the magical things she does the club.
Mark Matthess won the Teddy Roosevelt Award and received the Golden Screw for his efforts.
Bill Rawlings won the He Saved My Bacon award for his support to the club president.
Lanh Tran won the Rookie of the Year Award.
Rotarians of the Year!
Karin and Jim Davies
President Eric Nelte's Demotion Party Don Fipps 2016-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jun 13, 2016
District Governor Janice Kurth and Matt Kurth at the District Governor's Dinner where Janice was demoted to Past District Governor.  Congratulations on a Great Year!!!
Congratulations to PDG Philippe Lamoise on receiving from DG Janice Kurth the prestigious Rotary International Service Above Self Award.
District Governor's Dinner Don Fipps 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Joanne Fink Receives Paul Harris Fellowship Donna Fipps 2016-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jun 01, 2016
Alison Fleming, wife of Rotarian Miles Fleming, gave an excellent presentation on the many aspects of long-term care.  Alison is a Financial Advisor for Waddell & Reed. For more information contact the firm at 
Long-Term Health Care Don Fipps 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jun 01, 2016
President Eric recognized some of the Sunset Soiree organizers present at the meeting; Blake Johnson, Mark Matthess, Paul Chunyk, Kit Leeger, and Susan Wagner.
Sunset Soiree Organizers Recognized Don Fipps 2016-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on May 23, 2016
May 24, 2016, brought the Rotary Club of Del Mar together for the 2016 Sunset Soiree at the Del Mar Plaza.
2016 Sunset Soiree Don Fipps 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on May 17, 2016
District Governor Janice Kurth addressing the conference.
Breakfast speaker PDG and Rotary International President's Representative, Eric Kimani from Kenya.
Meal preparation for children and introduction of a visiting Rotary delegation from India.
13 members of the Rotary Club of Del Mar attended!
Donna and Daisy at lunch, making LN-4 prosthetic hands and Gala dinner key note speaker, Olympian Rafer Johnson.
2016 Rotary District 5340 and 5320 Joint Conference Don Fipps 2016-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Monica Kinyia, Children's Peace Initiative for Kenya Donna Fipps 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Cinco De Mayo 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 29, 2016
Boy Scout Troop 713 of Del Mar helped the Rotary Club of Del Mar with trail maintenance and weed pulling at the San Dieguito Lagoon. 
Rotarians helped with facility maintenance at Nativity Prep.
Our Rotarian work crew at St. Leo's Clinic built benches and garden fence in the waiting area.
Rotary Club of Del Mar presented a check to the Rangers at the San Dieguito Lagoon.
More of the Rotary crew art Nativity Prep.
Rotarians At Work - April 30, 2016 Don Fipps 2016-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 27, 2016
New member Brett Mattei received his regular member blue badge.
Tomas Hagos received his first Paul Harris Fellow recognition from TRF Chair John Baranowski.
PDG Marty Peters talks about Polio Plus as the program speaker.
April 28 Meeting Activities 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 25, 2016
Tuesday night 32 fellow Rotarians met at Crepes and Corks for a Club Social and eat the special Spanish Night paella.  The Club Service event was held at Crepes and Corks for their support of the Sunset Soiree.  The food and fellowship was excellent.  Many thanks go to Susan and Karl Wagner for coordinating the event. 
Club Social at Crepes and Corks Don Fipps 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Mihalkanin Self Defense Instructor Don Fipps 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 20, 2016
John Burnett was named Rotarian of the Month by President Eric Nelte for his work as the Program Chair responsible for our speakers each week.
Rotarian of the Month - April 2016 Don Fipps 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 20, 2016
Four members of the Rotary Club of Del Mar have been awarded their Paul Harris Fellows; Michael Wexler, Blake Johnson, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Brett Mattei by TRF Chair John Baranowski and Bill Rawlings.  We are on our way to reaching The Rotary Foundation milestone of 100% membership as Paul Harris Fellows.
Four More Rotarian Paul Harris Fellows Don Fipps 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Apr 15, 2016

Pictured below are the two Torrey Pines High School freshmen students, Madison Chandler and Daisy Waters, with Rotarian Mary Savoy, that the Rotary Club of Del Mar sponsored for Model United Nations. They represented Czech Republic and they did a fantastic job delivering their speeches. Maddie and Daisy could not thank the Del Mar Rotary enough for giving them this amazing opportunity! They hope to do it again next year!


Model United Nations Don Fipps 2016-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Riverpath Chiropractic Explained Don Fipps 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Lanh Tran Receives 1st Paul Harris Fellow Don Fipps 2016-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Once Upion a Mulberry Field Don Fipps 2016-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 30, 2016
Brian Hall was inducted as a new member by Vice President Tom Ryan and Brian's sponsor Ed Siegel.
New Member Brian Hall Inducted Don Fipps 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 30, 2016
Attorney Eric Benink, from Krause Kalfayan Benink & Slavens, LLP talked about Proposition 218 and the limitation on government fees.
Proposition 218 Don Fipps 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 27, 2016
Here is a quick "elevator speech" when you are asked
"What is Rotary?"
What is Rotary? Don Fipps 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 23, 2016
IRC Executive Director, San Diego Office, David Murphy introduced the club members to the International Rescue Committee and it numerous international programs. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.  IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in more than 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. We resettle thousands of refugees each year in 26 U.S. cities.
IRC International Programs Introduced Don Fipps 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 23, 2016
Joanne Fink was inducted as a new member by President Elect Tom Ryan and District 5340 Assistant Governor Steve Weitzen. Joanne's sponsor was Lanh Tran.
New Member Inducted Don Fipps 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 23, 2016
New red badge members Garrie Rhodes and Jim Davies receive their blue badge.  With Garrie is sponsor Ed Siegel and with Jim is his sponsor and wife Karin Davies.  President Elect Tom Ryan and Assistant Governor Steve Weitzen over see the blue badge ceremony.
New Members Receive Blue Badges Don Fipps 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 23, 2016
Brett Mattei was named Rotarian of the Month by President Eric Nelte.
Rotarian of the Month Don Fipps 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 16, 2016
Marty Peters won the best dress contest.  There were a lot less adult beverages at the end of the meeting than there was at the beginning.  I wonder what happen to them?
St. Patrick's Day Don Fipps 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Mar 10, 2016
2016/2017 Officers and Directors
President - Tom Ryan
President-Elect - Klaus Gubernator
Vice President - Don Fipps
Secretary - Peggy Martin
Treasurer - Lanh Tran
Past President - Eric Nelte
Director - Brett Mattei
Director - Victor Svistoonoff
Director - Paul Chunyk
Director - Miles Fleming
Director - Matt Kurth
Election Results Don Fipps 2016-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly and Elections this Week Don Fipps 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Organizing Services Don Fipps 2016-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Feb 29, 2016
The Rotary Club of Del Mar met at Seasalt Seafood and Bistro March 1st for a Club Service Social.  More than 20 attended the event enjoying the food, drink and fellowship!  Don't miss the next Club Social. 
Club Social at Seasalt Donna Fipps 2016-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Feb 24, 2016

Matt Kurth received a Paul Harris Plus 1 pin.  Garrie Rhodes received her first Paul Harris.  John Baranowski presenting.  Congratulations to both!!!


Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded Donna Fipps 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Feb 24, 2016

Kevin Fitzpatrick received his Red Badge from District Governor Janice Kurth.  With him during the presentation was his wife, and his sponsor, Marty Peters.

Kevin Fitzpatrick Inducted Donna Fipps 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Matt Kurth Receives Blue Badge Donna Fipps 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Feb 17, 2016

The second speaker of the day was Don Fipps. He vividly recounted his experience of being a contestant on The Price is Right. There were lots of questions and the take home point was be prepared to pay taxes on any prizes won!  He did not win the Tesla.

Come on Down... Donna Fipps 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Feb 17, 2016

Susie Wagner was Rotarian of the month. She works hard every month to coordinate a Tuesday Happy Hour for our members to the various restaurants that support our Sunset Soirée. On March 1st we will be at Seasalt from 4:30-6:30. This is the first time for Seasalt to participate so we want to show them our Rotary support!

Rotarian of the Month - Susie Wagner Donna Fipps 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Feb 17, 2016

The first speaker of the meeting was Steve Hamann, our auctioneer for the Sunset Soirée. He gave us tips to get the most out of the silent auction. Consider alcohol; it always sells well be it wine, beer, or liquor. "Opportunities" sell well, especially if it is for a group of four or more people; think tours, excursions, parties, etc.   Think of the items you would want.  Our buyers are just like you.  Remember that items only bring in 55-60 percent of actual value. Try not to spend money for your items, ASK for donations, be specific!  Group no more than 4 items in a basket.


Tips for the Soirée Donna Fipps 2016-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Feb 10, 2016

Thursday's lunch was extra special with red clothed tables decorated for Valentine's Day.  The Rotary wine cellar was breached and a selection of wine was available for all. Lanh Tran, Rotarian of the Day, educated us about the Chinese New Year of the Monkey, along with its superstitions and provided handouts so all could find out what in which animal year they were born and corresponding characteristics.

Valentine's Day Meeting Donna Fipps 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Feb 10, 2016

Speaker of the week

Maureen Polmadei and Alex Macias from Second Chance presented a video and answered questions regarding their organization. Second Chance has a 4 week program to help their clients adjust to the "outside " world.  Eighty percent of their clientele have recently been released from prison. They provide a lifetime of assistance in legal matters, housing, employment and anything that helps bring an individual to fit back into the local community.


Second Chance Donna Fipps 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Feb 03, 2016
Walter Ritter was the program speaker on February 4 talking about Write Out Loud.  Walter gave several examples of the stories told by the actors in the organization.  In the picture is a Japanese children story board as Walter described the scene. For more information, please visit their web site at the link below.
Write Out Loud - Walter Ritter Don Fipps 2016-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 27, 2016
Christina Meeker was the program speaker on January 28 discussing the non profit organization Words Alive. 
"We believe that if you value reading and understand its fundamental connection to all aspects of your life, you will thrive as a lifelong learner, ready to transform your community.  Since 1999, we have focused on bridging the literacy gap among children from low-income households and at-risk youth—a gap in interest, access, and achievement.  Beyond just putting a book in their hands, we help them understand that reading is a tool that opens doors in their future. Through Early Literacy Services, Teen Services, Community Programs and the addition of the Rolling Readers program, we serve 8,000 children, youth and families throughout San Diego County each month."
Words Alive Don Fipps 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 27, 2016
President Elect Tom Ryan presented 3 new club members with their full member "blue badges."  In photo: sponsor Monty Woolley, Tom Ryan, Lanh Tran, Mary Savoy, sponsor Bob Fuchs, Dugan Moore and President Eric Nelte.
New Member Receive Blue Badges Don Fipps 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Club Service Social at Pizza Nova Don Fipps 2016-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 17, 2016
Six Rotary Clubs of District 5340 met at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club Monday, January 18th. Each club president gave a short overview of the club.  The guest speaker was Ambassador John O'Keefe, Executive Director, Open World Leadership Center. 
The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era. The program has enabled more than 24,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.
6-Way Rotary Club Meeting Don Fipps 2016-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 13, 2016
John Baranowski presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to Janine Wilson which was endowed by Past President Pat Dougherty in honor of her support during his presidential term.
Congratulations Janine!!!
Janine Wilson Receives Paul Harris Fellowship Don Fipps 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 13, 2016
The Rotary Club of Del Mar and the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation donated a total of $1,500 to the Del Mar Garden Club. Pictured below is Monty Wooley presenting the checks to a representative from the Del Mar Garden Club.
Rotary Club of Del Mar Donates $1,500 Don Fipps 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 13, 2016
President Elect Tom Ryan inducted Tom Hagos and Blake Johnson. Participating was President Eric Nelte and sponsor Dugan Moore.   Welcome Tom and Blake to the Rotary Club of Del Mar.
Two New Members Inducted Don Fipps 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Miles Fleming Receives Paul Harris Fellowhip Plus 1 Don Fipps 2016-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Master Gardner Paige Perkins discussed the class of insecticides called neonicotinoids that are the most widely used insecticide in the world but is fatal to bees.  Paige suggested alternatives to neonicotinoids and to place pressure on local retailers of plants to stop purchasing neonictinoid treated plants.
Bees and Neonicotinoids Don Fipps 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Jan 06, 2016
Two new members, Kim and Chris McHugh were inducted January 7th by President Elect Tom Ryan and PDG and sponsor Marty Peters.  Kim and Chris are doctors of chiropractic medicine and local business owners of RiverPath Chiropractic in Del Mar focusing on infants, children, children with behavioral and development disorders and pregnant mothers. Welcome Kim and Chris!!!!
Two New Members Indiucted Don Fipps 2016-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Alan Mindell - Author of "The Closer" Don Fipps 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
PDG Marty Peters Received 4 New Member Pin from RI Don Fipps 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
CRC Holiday Basket Club Service Project Don Fipps 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Club Holiday Party at Real Bar & Bistro Don Fipps 2015-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Dec 09, 2015
Haylea Minks reviewed her recent project to the El Tamborcito School in Nicaragua.
Nicaragua Clean Water Project Don Fipps 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Dec 09, 2015
Past President Bill Rawlings was recognized for his Paul Harris plus 5 donation level to The Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris Plus 5 Fellowship Awarded Don Fipps 2015-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Dec 02, 2015
Attorneys James Chodzko and Judith Copeland from the non profit West Coast Resolution Group discussed mediation, the different types, how to engage and select mediators and what we can expect from the process.  The legal aspects of mediation were reviewed; it is legally enforceable and the rates are typically much less than fees related to litigation.
Litigation Mediation Don Fipps 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Fipps on Dec 02, 2015
The Rotary Club of Del Mar was visited by the USD Rotaract Club. Our club sponsors the USD Rotaract Club.  Haylea Minks and Marty Peters joined the club members for lunch.
USD Rotaract Club Visit Don Fipps 2015-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Nov 18, 2015
Jim Sickman was our lunchtime speaker this week.  He is an independent playwright living in the San Diego area.  He outlined the trials and tribulations of getting a play produced, whether on Broadway, Off Broadway, or Off Off Broadway.  It was a very interesting presentation.  He is presently trying to get his play "Rope" into the production machination. 
Plays are Work! Donna Fipps 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Nov 18, 2015
Bret Mattei and Noah Babin were inducted as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Del Mar by Marty Peters with Jim Watkins in support.
New Members Inducted Donna Fipps 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donna Fipps on Nov 18, 2015
Mary Savoy and Sharon Schendel were given their first Paul Harris Fellow recognition by John Baranowski and Bob Fuchs received his third Paul Harris Fellow.  Congratulations!!!!
Paul Harris Felllows Recognized Donna Fipps 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Club Social at Pacifica Don Fipps 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0