Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 08, 2019
Klaus Gubernator inflating soccer balls for donation to CRC holiday baskets
The soccer balls created some blind spots in Tony Villasenor's car
Children attending CRC “shopping” events will have the chance to pick out a new soccer ball- one of the dozens donated by our club and inflated and delivered to the fairgrounds by Tony Villasenor and Klaus Gubernator.  
Soccer Balls for Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets Sharon Schendel 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
This year we’ll be helping the Community Resource Center (CRC) inventory all the items that remain after their holiday baskets are distributed. These items will form the foundation for CRC giving throughout the year and for next year’s holiday baskets, so it’s important for them to know just what they have on hand. Meet at the grandstand of the Fairgrounds on Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 PM. Enter the fairgrounds through the Solana Gate off of Via Del la Valle and follow the signs. We’ll work until 7 PM, and, who knows, afterward maybe there will be opportunity to head over to a local eatery (Pizza Nova, anyone??).  For questions about volunteering, email Sharon Schendel.
Help Inventory CRC Holiday Baskets December 15 at 3:30 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 08, 2019
We’ll hold our annual holiday party in St. Peter’s Parish Hall (our regular meeting site) on Friday, December 13 at 6:30 PM.  Make sure to RSVP to Suzy Wagner by Monday December 9 to reserve your spot (note that December 9 is also the last day to cancel without charge).  All guests are welcome!  Your account will be billed for $50 per person. Flavor Chef will serve dinner featuring prime rib and dessert of course will be dozens of cookies at our cookie exchange. Bring at least two dozen of your favorite, home-baked cookies and be prepared to let everyone know why your cookies are special.  Also bring a container to take home some cookies. 
Holiday Party Set for December 13 at 6:30 PM Sharon Schendel 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 08, 2019
In advance of our holiday party we will NOT meet on Thursday December 12.
No Club Meeting December 12 Sharon Schendel 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 08, 2019
The slime station was very popular.  There are dozens of other pictures available- see links below.  
Patti Kurtz and Nina Wright helping guests decorate their christmas tree paintings
The serving crew: Matt Kurth, Mark Matthess, Marty Peters, Janice Kurth
Jake Owens and Dagmar Gubernator captained one of the ornament stations
Jim and Janie King dressed for the occasion
We missed the rain for our annual Christmas party for members of the La Colonia branch of the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito and their families. Santa returned this year, introduced by surprise guests, the San Diego Sockers soccer team. All our guests left well-fed from the buffet supplied by Jake’s Del Mar, and the children were enthusiastic about the craft stations. Thank you to Community Service Chair, Tony Villasenor, for leading the event, and our craft table captains:  Val Myers and Suzy Wagner kept the slime oozing; Donna Fipps and Sharyn Daly oversaw the bead station; Dagmar Gubernator, Jake Owens, Dee House, and Garrie Rhodes helped our guests make dozens of ornaments; Patty Kurtz and her team prepared canvases with pine trees pictures and Nina Wright helped kids decorate them; and Kathy Reed along with her friends Sarita Eaton, Jeri Opel and Beth Steusloff guided our guests in making succulent planters using clippings brought from Klaus Gubernator’s garden.  Matt and Janice Kurth, together with Mark Matthess and Marty Peters helped serve dinner.  Ed Siegel provided dinner music and Don Fipps led the clean-up crew.  Thank you to all who helped make this event a great success!  For pictures, visit our Facebook page or club website, or visit the Google Photo Album to download any pictures you like. 
La Colonia Children's Christmas Party Sharon Schendel 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019
Jo Sletbak, Consul General of the Norway Consulate General
Jo Sletbak, colleague of our President Brett Mattei, and current Consul General with the Norway Consulate General in San Francisco, swung south from his base in Pacific Heights to talk to our club. Jo began by comparing shorelines- despite its smaller size in terms of area, Norway has a longer coastline than all of the United States. Thus, a maritime lifestyle has long been a hallmark of Norwegian society.
Norway seeks sustainability in many aspects, from renewable energy sources, to its fisheries, to its investment in future generations.  Norway is a leader in hydropower technology, but still generates significant revenue from offshore oil and gas exploration. 
A democracy since 1814 with the drafting of its constitution (the world’s second-oldest), Norway is a member of NATO. Its location is a site of strategic importance that bridges eastern and western Europe. 
The “Nordic Model” describes the cooperation between government, employers and employees.  Although the tax rates are high, the population can readily see the benefits of these taxes, through public funding of health, education and welfare services- all are free to citizens.  Nearly one-third of Norway’s 5 million citizens have a college degree, and military service is compulsory for all young people, male and female.  This strong social network contributes one of the world’s longest life expectancies (~80 years for men and ~84 for women) and consistently high ranking in the UN Human Development Index, although having a more homogenous population contributes to this success.
Jo graduated from UC San Diego and the University of San Diego, where he received a Master of Arts in International Relations. Prior to becoming Consul General, Jo served as Deputy Director of Balkan Affairs at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Seafarers by Birth, Pioneers by Necesscity Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019
For Rotarian of the Month for October, we honored Beth Westburg for all her efforts for the very successful Chili & Quackers.  Beth and her husband Reid coordinated the food and she provided excellent ideas before the event and after, so next year’s installment will be even better. Thank you, Beth!
Rotarian of the Month: Beth Westburg Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019
New member Jake Owens (center) with sponsor Marty Peters (right) and Rotary mentor Don Fipps (left)
New member Nina Wright (center) receives congratulations from President Brett Mattei (right) and her Rotary mentor, Sharon Schendel
We’re excited to welcome our newest members, Nina Wright and Jake Owens.  Nina is a realtor with Coldwell Banker and her office is in Del Mar, just a few steps away from St. Peter’s.  Nina has a love of horses as well as hiking, dancing, music and the beach. Nina got a jump on Rotary life by attending the recent District Seminar. Sharyn Daly is Nina’s sponsor, and Sharon Schendel will be her mentor.
Jake came to our club the way many people do, by meeting Marty Peters. He is an independent promoter of health products and has a strong interest in wine as well as being a wine sommelier. Jake was a member of Interact in high school in Pensacola, FL where Rotarians provided support for his entry into the Naval Academy. He continues to serve as a Major in the USMC reserves. Marty Peters is Jake’s sponsor and Don Fipps will be his mentor.
New Members Nina Wright and Jake Owens Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019
Last year's cookie exchange 
It’s that time of year again- our annual Rotary Club of Del Mar Christmas Party is all set for Friday December 13.  The fun starts at 6:30 pm at our regular meeting site in St. Peter’s Parish Hall.  Rotarians and Associate Members are to bring guests- the cost per person is $50, which will be billed to your Rotary account.  Flavor Chef will be serving Prime Rib and Vegan Eggplant Parmesan.  We’ll have some wine on hand, but bring a bottle or two of your favorite vintage to share. 
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the cookie exchange.  Be creative and be prepared to give a little description about why your cookies are the best.  Bring at least two dozen of your own cookies and an empty container to take home your competitors’ cookies. 
Please contact event coordinator Suzy Wagner with any questions about the dinner and John Baranowski for questions about the cookie exchange.    
Club Holiday Party on December 13 at St. Peter's Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019
Instead of our regular meeting, on Thursday December 5 starting at 3 PM we’ll again sponsor a Christmas Party for members, family and friends of the La Colonia branch of the Boys and Girls Club San Dieguito at the La Colonia Community Center in Solana Beach (715 Valley Avenue).  Klaus Gubernator is coordinating the event, which will have several different craft stations, visits with Santa Claus, and dinner. We’ll need help with set-up, the craft stations, serving dinner and clean-up. Email Klaus to volunteer to help. 
La Colonia Children's Christmas Party December 5 Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019
There will be no meeting on Thursday November 28, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving.  Best wishes for an enjoyable holiday. 
Club Dark for Thanksgiving Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019
Ole Prahm was really happy to have such a warm welcome every time he attends our meetings; John Baranowski was happy to announce another Cookie Exchange at our upcoming holiday party; and Jim McClellan was super happy to have his good friend David Ringrose back in attendance.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019

President Brett Mattei with Paul Harris Fellow +3 Dugan Moore Lamoise
We recognized Dugan Moore Lamoise for her continued generous support of Rotary International (RI) with her third Paul Harris Fellow.  Dugan is also a member of the Paul Harris Society- Society members pledge to contribute $1,000 annually to RI.  Have you followed Dugan's lead and made your annual donation to RI?  These donations are critical for supporting Rotary projects around the world.   
Paul Harris Society +3 Dugan Moore Lamoise Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 25, 2019
David Ringrose says a few words about returning to Rotary meetings
Not a guest, but a regular member, David Ringrose returned for our November 21, 2019 meeting after an extended medical leave. David is the very rare individual who has survived both pancreatic and prostate cancer and we’re delighted to see him back; Dee House introduced her good friend Sylvia Herbert- they both participated in the recent Passion for Fashion event to benefit the St. Peter’s Thrift Store. Of course we had our resident regular- Ole Prahm
Guests and Visitors Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 17, 2019
"Krispie" ducks from Donna Fipps
Chili & Quackers Chair Matt Kurth with Bronze-level sponsors Jim and Kathy McClellan
The Line of Succession: Vice President Dugan Lamoise, Past President Don Fipps, President-Elect Sharon Schendel and Current President Brett Mattei
Beth Westburg, Garrie Rhodes, Sharyn Daly and Mary Alice and Marty Peters (along with Reid Westburg in the back) enjoy the potluck food
Janice Kurth with Chili & Quackers hot dog grill master Reid Westburg
Robert Muller and Dee House with Miles Fleming
Some of you may have seen this bit on the club website. Unfortunately, I forgot to include it in the newsletter last week, so here it is now!
 Thank you to Matt and Janice Kurth for hosting an Open House for everyone who helped make the recent Chili & Quackers “friendraiser” such a success.  Matt in particular went beyond the call- chairing the event just one week before his daughter’s wedding. 
Celebrating Another Successful Chili & Quackers Sharon Schendel 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 17, 2019
Dugan and Philippe Lamoise receive recognition from PDG Marge Cole for becoming Level 3 Bequest Society members (with PDG Janice Kurth and current DG Marta Knight)
PDG Janice Kurth speaks about the importance of supporting the Rotary Foundation
PDG Scott Carr congratulates current DG Marta Knight on becoming a member of the Paul Harris Society
San Pasqual High School SuperNurds robotics team (with faculty advisor Yun Lutgen, far right) demonstrate the skills of their latest robot
Rotarians from across District 5340 gathered at the Institute of the Americas at UCSD to learn about different community and international club projects, hear from Peace Scholars, and thank those whose generous donations to their clubs and Rotary International help make these projects possible. 
Past Rotary Foundation Trustee Steve Brown remembered the five Past District Governors (PDGs) we lost in the past year: Bob Tomko (PDG ’68-’69), Jack Mayo (PDG ’92-’93), Larry Scott (PDG ’02-’03), Dave Breeding (PDG ’10-’11), and, most recently, Wayne Cusick (PDG ’96-’97).  All of these PDGs made important contributions to the District, and Wayne founded the Paul Harris Society (PHS).  PHS members now provide nearly 1/3 of annual donations to Rotary International. 
PDG Scott Carr recognized current District Governor Marta Knight as one of our newest Paul Harris Society members.  PDG Janice Kurth explained that the apples scattered around (including on the podium) represented importance of continued giving- gifts made now plant the seeds for future Rotary successes.  This point was echoed by PDG Pam Russell, who outlined options for Legacy Giving, including the Bequest Society.  Pam recognized Dugan and PDG Philippe Lamoise as Bequest Society Level 3 donors. 
Rotary Peace Fellow Bogdan Matuszynski spoke about the training he received as a fellow in Peace and Conflict Resolution and his founding of iSERVE, an organization that uses education and mentorship to promote the idea of global citizenship.  Philippe Lamoise spoke about the Gamru Village School (see separate story for November 14, 2019 meeting) and Al Chalfant from Old Mission Rotary Club covered the support his club gives to the Thousand Smiles Clinic
The UCSD Rotaract Club was represented by Kaeley O’Shea who explained what a WAPI is (water pasteurization indicator) and WAPI-making projects they hosted to produce WAPIs for use in Africa.  Yun Lutgen, a math teacher at San Pasqual High School, introduced her SuperNURDs (Never Underestimate Robotic Domination) Robotics Team, sponsored by Rotary Club of Escondido- and the team members spoke about what the team has meant to them (for many, a change of career path). 
The 46th Annual Rotary District 5340 Foundation Seminar Sharon Schendel 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 17, 2019
Don Fipps looking at the rescue dive gear with Del Mar Lifeguard Tyler Grant
Del Mar Lifeguards Tyler Grant and Scott Henson didn’t have too far to walk to join us at the Powerhouse Park pavilion to thank us again for the dive gear that we donated. 
Sponsoring Safety on Del Mar Beaches and Beyond Sharon Schendel 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 17, 2019
Ed Siegel is really happy to be performing on the American Queen cruise ship as it plies the Mississippi river between New Orleans and Memphis; Ryan Riell is really happy about his latest listings and closing; Jim Watkins is double happy about that plans for the bluff-top resort north of Dog Beach will go to the voters on the March 2020 ballot; Marty Peters was double happy that skin doctors take the “pound of flesh” (almost) literally; Nina Wright is happy to have adopted a Tibetan Terrier mix who is adjusting to his new life beautifully; and Klaus Gubernator was double happy that the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust documents came to him just in time to make the filing deadline. 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 17, 2019
Philippe Lamoise sporting a hat that was a gift from Rotarians in India
Philippe Lamoise expanded the talk he gave at the recent District Foundation Seminar on the Gamru Village School, a project he’s been involved with for over 15 years.  Gamru Village School is located in Dharamsala in the Himachal Pradesh region of India.  The area gained fame for its monastery, where the Dalai Lama lives in exile from Tibet.  It’s also home to many Tibetan refugees, which brings attention to the region, but many donations go to support the refugees while few funds go to the locals. 
In 2003, Philippe volunteered his software engineering and video editing skills to Tibetan monks in Dharmsala, and while there he visited the Rotary Club of Dharamsala. In 2004, he returned to help locals learn computer skills as part of a project sponsored in conjunction with the Rotary Club La Mesa Sunrise.  During this trip, he visited a school for local children that was founded by Philip Adams.  Although school in India is free, the uniforms, book and transportation is not, and these additional costs represented an insurmountable barrier to education for many children in India. 
Through district grants Rotary helped fund resources for the school, including furniture, books and updated kitchen equipment (the school provides many children with their main daily meal). This support helps cover the $22,000 annual budget for the school, which has 9 teachers, two staff members and serves around 150 children.  The school recently started a nursery to help relieve female students of child care duties for their younger siblings that would otherwise keep them out of school.   The Gamru School is an example of how Rotarians like Philippe see needs on their travels and engage the power of Rotary to help fulfill those needs. 
Educating Children in the Himalayan Foothills: Gamru Village School Sharon Schendel 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 17, 2019
For our November 21, 2019 meeting we'll again gather at Powerhouse Park while St. Peter's is hosting the Interfaith Shelter.  Free on-street parking is available north of the Del Mar Motel or park in the St. Peter's lot (be sure to display your parking pass) and walk to the park.  
November 21, 2019 Meeting at Powerhouse Park Sharon Schendel 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 16, 2019
All members are welcome to attend our monthly Board of Directors meetings, held in the Youth Room of St. Peter’s. This month’s meeting will be held Tuesday November 19, 2019 at 7:30 AM and will last no more than one hour. Red Badgers need to attend one Board meeting to achieve Blue Badge status.
Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday November 19, 2019 Sharon Schendel 2019-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Bonnie and Krishna Arora showing their gear for a successful Camino de Santiago 
Jim and I were excited to meet with fellow Rotarians and their friends and spouses at the home of Bonnie and Krishna Arora, members of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, to start preparing for our first walk on The Camino de Santiago. We’ll have experienced guides through Spanish Steps, not to mention Bonnie and Krishna, who’ve walked the Camino 13 times via various routes. All profits from this walk will go to support RC La Jolla Golden Triangle projects. 
Rotarians on the Road to Santiago de Compostela Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
The 46th annual District 5340 Foundation Seminar will be on November 9, 2019 from 8:30 to noon at UCSD Institute of the Americas. Come a bit early to get a free flu shot before the main program begins.  The District Seminar provides a great opportunity to hear about the many projects that clubs all over the district are undertaking.  Click here to register.
District Foundation Seminar November 9 at UCSD Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Garrie Rhodes has some salad
Janice Kurth and Dee House study the vegetarian options
Ronnie working the front desk
Thank you to Pat Dougherty for sponsoring our lunch on Halloween (Flavor Chef was away in Las Vegas for a large event).  Within minutes of being asked, Pat had secured a dozen pizzas of all varieties and four trays of salad along with fantastic dough knots from Pizza Nova. Thank you to Pat and to all those who came early and stayed late to set up and break down the tables and chairs. Thanks as well to those who came in costume!
Pizza on Halloween Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Dr. Todd Morgan with happy patient Patti Kurtz
Dr. Todd Morgan, DMD, ABDSM joined our October 31 meeting to talk about his work with sleep apnea patients.  Dr. Morgan grew up in El Cajon, and after studying dentistry at Washington University dental school, returned to the San Diego area to practice. His interest shifted from traditional dentistry to sleep medicine and the importance that having good quality sleep can have on overall health. Dr. Morgan focuses on use of Oral Appliance Therapy that involves custom-made devices that are similar to a retainer or athletic mouth-guard. The appliance helps pull the lower jaw forward to open the airway to increase airflow. For many patients, this simple treatment is sufficient to resolve sleep apnea and snoring.  Dr. Morgan has other approaches that help patients increase muscle tone to enhance airway function.
Getting a Good (and Silent) Night's Sleep Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Matt and Janice Kurth will host an Open House at their home Sunday November 10 from 4-8 PM.  RSVP to Matt at and bring a dish to share. 
Chili & Quackers Open House Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Michael Louis Cusimano and Racquel Williams in The Last Five Years (photo credit: Karli Cadel Photography)
Rotary Club 33 hosted a reception on the patio in front of Cygnet Theatre for the first of five Rotary Nights at Cygnet.  The theatre is currently staging “The Last Five Years”, a play by Jason Robert Brown, who also wrote the Tony award-winning “Bridges of Madison County”.  The play focuses on the marriage of Jamie (played by Michael Louis Cusimano) and Cathy (played by Racquel Williams)- he a successful author and she a struggling actress- and the challenges that their different career trajectories bring to their marriage. Both actors are onstage for the entire play yet intersect only once. The show runs through November 17 and members of the Cygnet Theatre will be our featured presentation at our November 14 meeting.  
For every ticket purchased on Rotary Nights, Cygnet Theatre will donate $10 of the ticket price to their youth theatre projects. The next Rotary night will be Friday December 6 for “A Christmas Carol”.
Rotary Night at Cygnet Theatre Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Molly Stone, Facilities and Operations Manager for St. Peter’s stepped in on behalf of organizer Chis Grobin to put out a call for volunteers to serve when St. Peter’s hosts this year’s Interfaith Shelter November 10-24 at Parish Hall.  The rotating Interfaith Shelter visits churches around the San Diego community and at St. Peter’s will house up to 12 individuals or families who find themselves without a home. Many shelter guests are professionals who’ve lost their home due to foreclosure, job loss, or loss of income due to illness. The Interfaith Shelter is managed by the Community Resource Center, which also helps participants access the resources they need to get back on track. This year marks the 33nd year that St. Peter’s has hosted the shelter.
Volunteers are needed to serve 4 hour morning and afternoon shifts, or to spend the night as an overnight host.  Email Chis at to volunteer.
Interfaith Shelter Volunteer Hosts Needed Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Wayne and LeAnn Cusick with Rotary Foundation trustee Wilfred Wilkinson
Marty Peters expressed his fond remembrance of one of his Rotary mentors, Past District Governor Wayne Cusick, who passed away October 30. He was 76 years-old Wayne had the idea for the first Paul Harris Society that was launched at the District 5340 Foundation Seminar when Marty was District Governor (RY 1997-1998).  The idea was simple: create a special level of recognition for Rotarians and friends who pledge to contribute at least $1,000 annually to the Rotary Foundation. Now the Society has over 25,000 members worldwide and has raised over $30 million dollars to support RI projects.  Services will be handled by El Camino Memorial in Sorrento Valley and information is forthcoming. An online guestbook is available for condolences.
Remembering Past District Governor Wayne Cusick Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Foundation Chair Matt Kurth congratulates Chandra Collure on being a Paul Harris Fellow + 1
Congratulations to Chandra Collure on his Paul Harris Fellow + 1.  Make your annual pledges to Rotary International to get yourself a bit closer to your next Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Harris Fellow + 1 Chandra Collure Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2019
Tony Villasenor was happy that yet another San Diego State Aztec was named MVP- this time Stephen Strasburg for his pitching in the World Series (on the heels of Kawhi Leonard for the NBA); Matt Kurth was Super Happy to have his daughter married; Garrie Rhodes was happy to have Halloween as her one day a year to dress like a witch and have long hair; Brett Mattei was really happy to have returned from Calgary as part of his adjunct teaching for University of San Diego.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 27, 2019
Scholarships, RYLA, LEAD, Interact and Rotaract, Eagle Scouts, Model UN, Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club- all activities that the Youth Services Committee, chaired by Larry Cook, contributes to each year.  Our club sponsors Interact clubs at three high schools: Cathedral Catholic, Sunset and Torrey Pines High School in addition to the Rotaract Club at University of San Diego.  Klaus Gubernator is chief advisor for our teams participating as delegates to the District 5340 Model United Nations. In Model UN, teams of two students study a resolution, which is debated and amended at the district-wide conference held in early spring.  For RYLA 2019, Don Fipps, Sharon Schendel and Chris Stewart attended as facilitators and we sponsored six high juniors to attend.  Chris Stewart led mindfulness and meditation workshops at the recent Lead conference for eight graders held at Camp Cuyamaca.  We sponsor Eagle Scout projects for Boy Scout Troop 713, which this year added nine female members.  The Youth Committee disbursed around $10,000 in scholarships to students in the area and is looking forward to continuing its sponsorship of young instrumentalists in the District 5340 music competition in February.  Garrie Rhodes leads our contest and asks that we encourage any high school-aged instrumentalists to enter. 
Youth Services Committee Update Sharon Schendel 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 27, 2019
Author Andra Watkins with one of the many pictures she took along the Natchez Trace
Andra Watkins, author of several books that have appeared on the New York Times best seller list (and a Rotarian), began with a dream to be an actress. Her family reacted with horror at that aspiration, so she took a safer path to be an accountant. She left that job in 2008 to form her own consulting business, which was doing well until the 2009- a year in which she saw the economy crash, her business fail, and the first digit of her age change to a 4.
That year, Andra was inspired by Stephen Ambrose’s book “Undaunted Courage”, a biography of Merriweather Lewis, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition who was eventually governor of the Louisiana Territory. Andra wanted to write a novel starring Lewis. Again, her family was doubtful and thought she should get a real job- writing was just a hobby.  But her husband was in her corner and supported her efforts to write the book.
Book written, Andra went to launch it, but had trouble convincing any agents that the book would have broad appeal.  She hatched the idea of walking the Natchez Trace, a 10,000 year old path first forged by animals that later became a road. But the Trace now is not designed to be walked- she need a wingman.  Friends declined, and expressed skepticism given their assessment that Andra had minimal athletic inclination. 
On March 1, 2014, she began her journey, with the goal to reach Nashville on April 3, 2019, when author Ann Patchett, owner of the independent bookstore, Parnassus Books, agreed to host Andra and publicize her book.  On the third day, the weather was 20˚ and sleeting. By the second week she was in agony with every step, but the physical didn’t compare with the mental challenge of being with her eventual wingman- her 80 year-old father.  At mile post 135, her dad forgot to come pick her up.  A few days later, around mile post 160 she was violently ill with intestinal distress and hadonly three squares of toilet paper left (the Trace has few facilities within a mile of the route)- she resorted to Gatorade for the clean up job.   
At one point during her walk, she collapsed in a field and laid there, exhausted. So focused was she on the misery and the agony, that at least 15 minutes passed before she realized that she was surrounded by thousands of daffodils. The experience in the field taught her that we’re often too focused on the minor pains of life to notice the amazing in the every day. 
Andra Watkins Turning "I Wish I Had" to "I'm Glad I Did" Sharon Schendel 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 27, 2019
Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio (that's the atomic structure of the polio virus to the left)
Forty years ago, Rotary International began in earnest its campaign to eradicate polio and in 1985 launched PolioPlus to provide polio vaccines and disease surveillance to children across the world. In 1988, Rotary was the leading partner in the formation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a global consortium that brings together efforts of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In the last 30 years, the incidence of polio decreased by 99.9%, from around 350,000 case to just 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018. 
On World Polio Day 2019, wild polio virus Type 3 (WPV3) was declared to be eradicated. There are three immunologically distinct wild polio types, 1, 2 and 3.  Although the disease caused these three virus types is similar, the immune system responds differently to each type, so each must be eradicated.  Only wild polio virus 1 remains, and only in two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 
This past summer, Rotary International pledged to fund $100 million in grants to make the final push to eradicate this disease. In particular, funding will focus on Pakistan and Afghanistan, where children remain vulnerable to infection. 
Past District Governor Marty Peters had the idea in 1998 of printing a bumper sticker to raise awareness about Rotary’s efforts against polio.  Some 400,000 have since been sold, with all funds going to the PolioPlus fund. Marty continues to dispatch bumper stickers to those who request them through our website.  
World Polio Day Sharon Schendel 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 27, 2019
Enjoying food and drink at Viewpoint Brewing Company (clockwise l to r): Jeff Matthews, Val Myers, Keith Ward, Karl and Suzy Wagner, Don and Donna Fipps
Healthy and not- watermelon and petipa salad with truffle fries
A small crowd (was it competition with the first game of the World Series?  The odd time that Sharon put on the club website?) came to Viewpoint Brewing Company to enjoy craft beers and great food while looking out over the San Dieguito lagoon.  The social was our chance to thank Viewpoint Brewing Company for providing beer and entering a chili in the recent Chili & Quackers Challenge. 
Socializing With a View at Viewpoint Brewing Company Sharon Schendel 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 27, 2019
World Polio Day is October 24, which this year fell on a Thursday.  In honor of the day we passed round the “Pennies for Polio” jar that District Governor Marta Knight presented to the club when she visited in September.  Club members contributed nearly $180 that will be given to the PolioPlus fund.  If you’d like to donate to Rotary International efforts to rid the world of polio, click here.
Happy Dollars for PolioPlus Sharon Schendel 2019-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 19, 2019
Pete and Jan Grossnickle with Karin and Jim Davies
Jan Grossnickle, our speaker at the October 17, 2019 meeting, has been a RN for over 50 years.  She said that she’s done all kinds of nursing, but her current position with the Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) has been her favorite.
San Diego County has the fourth largest homeless population in the nation. The latest Regional Task Force Survey on the Homeless found that over 8,000 individuals in the County were homeless and of these, nearly 4,500 were classified as unsheltered. High rents and stagnant wages in particular have contributed to the increase in the homeless population in our region over the past decade. The fastest growing sector of this population is the elderly, many of whom lost savings in the 2008 recession and are unable to work or have difficulty finding work.
Jan said that the homeless population is more likely to have chronic illness than the general population, and access to healthcare for these individuals is particularly challenging.  She works with CCSA, which was founded in 1972 by a group of churches to serve low income individuals living in the San Diego region. In 2018, the CCSA provided assistance for over 30,00 clients and distributed over $1 million in food as well as over 60,000 clothing items. CCSA has two facilities in Pacific Beach and Claremont. Both sites provide food, clothing and referrals to social service agencies.  The Pacific Beach site, where Jan works, also houses a Nurse’s Clinic where clients can be assessed, receive first aid, medical referrals and other support.
Jan and her colleagues at the CCSA Pacific Beach branch are one part nurse, one part social worker and one part cheerleader. In all interaction with their clients, the CCSA nurses exude respect, which can counteract one of the largest problems of the homeless: feeling isolated.
Clients can receive help with problem solving and goal setting, advocacy with health care providers, assistance in applying for benefits and health insurance program enrollment, but most of all, Jan and the other CCSA nurses provide hugs and reassurance that are critical for the clients to transition to independence and self-sufficiency.   
Helping the Homeless and Housing Insecure in San Diego Sharon Schendel 2019-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Join fellow Rotarians for evenings at the Cygnet Theatre.  Attend one or all of the upcoming Friday night performances and $10 of the ticket price will be donated to support in-school theatre workshops and student matinee performances sponsored by Cygnet Theatre. Rotarians are always early, so take advantage of the time by enjoying the Theatre on Tap beer event one hour before curtain time and stay late to talk with the cast and director about the performance. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. 
Rotary Nights at Cygnet Theatre Sharon Schendel 2019-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 19, 2019
We’ll hold our October social Tuesday October 22, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Viewpoint Brewing Company, located just after the roundabout on Jimmy Durante Boulevard.  Viewpoint Brewing Company has been a strong supporter of the club, contributing their brews at the Sunset Soiree, and both beer and chili to our Chili & Quackers.  As always, please bring relatives, friends, and guests who might like to learn more about Rotary. 
Club Social on October 22 at Viewpoint Brewing Company Sharon Schendel 2019-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 19, 2019
Marty Peters delivered a hat to Karl Wagner from the San Diego Blood Bank in thanks for all his efforts with the blood drives
Don Fipps was really happy to be voted best chili for the second year running at Chili & Quackers; Ole Prahm is happy to be welcomed so warmly at our club; Marty Peters was double happy that Notre Dame won and to educate his granddaughter on what the Notre Dame grotto is. Marty also presented Karl Wagner with his own hat to celebrate the work that he does on behalf of the San Diego Blood Bank; Mark Matthess is happy to be back at a meeting after a few weeks’ absence.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 19, 2019
Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Month for September, Kathy Reed.  Kathy is our treasurer- one of the most important positions in the club.  Kathy ensures that our club finances are in order, that billings are up to date and funds are transferred to our projects.  In addition to her treasurer duties, Kathy also arranged for embroidered shirts and caps for our clubs.  Thank you, Kathy!
Rotarian of the Month: Kathy Reed Sharon Schendel 2019-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 19, 2019
At our October 17, 2019 meeting we welcomed: Pete Grossnickle, husband of our speaker Jan Grossnickle and good friend to Jim and Karin Davies. The Grossnickles also taught the Davies sailing and are strong supporters of our Sunset Soiree (and beneficiaries of the Lamoise’s gastrofest); our regular visitor Ole Prahm;  Katherine Zacharias, a member of Rotary Club Encinitas Coastal who’s making up a meeting; Nina Wright of Coldwell Banker; Rory Cohen who was attending his first Rotary meeting ever; Amy Caterina who works in biotech communications and is advocating for lymphedema patients through efforts to support the Lymphedema Treatment Act that seeks to ensure fair and consistent insurance coverage for lymphedema patients; and Jake Owens, a graduate of the US Naval Academy, who Marty Peters invited as his guest. 
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
The weather was perfect on Saturday October 12, 2019 for the 8th annual Chili & Quackers Challenge. We had all different chilis of all varieties- from mild to spicy, white to red, and chunky to smooth- even vegetarian and vegan chilis. This year we even had dessert in the form of a giant cookie donated by U-Touch, one of our partners on an international grant that brings digital literacy to students in Uganda. Thank you to Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach for loan of the canopies that provided our chili cooks with much-needed shade. 
 Viewpoint Brewing Company and Prohibition Brewing Company provided their craft brews to wash down that chili.  Karin and Jim Davies organized games and crafts 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). They also could get a balloon sculpture from Happy Twist Balloons by KeikoDano’s Island Sounds provided steel drum music for the event. 
The Del Mar Lifeguards also played a big role. They had on display their surf rescue equipment (some of the dive gear was funded by our club) and gave a demonstration of a surf rescue- Don Fipps again played a swimmer in distress.  At around 3:30 the Lifeguards loaded more than 1,000 ducks into their surf rescue boat and piloted them to the surf line for launch. The ducks all found their way to shore quickly and everyone on the beach (and even one doodle) 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. The overall winner was Don Fipps with his waterless IPA Chili and Chef Pedro of Flavor Chef took home honors for the professional division.  Haley Merkel’s vegan Chil-E was voted best vegetarian chili.
Special thanks go to organizer Matt Kurth, for all his work on all aspects of the event, all our chili chefs, Philippe Lamoise for spearheading the online duck and chili sales and providing smooth check-in and registration; Beth Westburg and her husband Reid for coordinating the hot dogs and other food; Keith and Jeanie Ward for staffing the registration desk; Dugan Moore Lamoise for coordinating members of Boy Scout Troop 713, who provided all sorts of help, John Baranowski for serving as MC, Val Myers for coordinating the prizes and counting the votes (thanks as well to members of her State Farm office for helping serve chili), Miles Fleming for transporting the ducks, Sharyn Daly for handling the rentals and the Sno-Cone booth, Chandra Collure for making sure the propane kept flowing, Garrie Rhodes, for staffing the drink tent, Tony Villasenor for help with event break-down, Jim Brunner with Minuteman Press helped produce the banners and other event signage and Dee House for help coordinating volunteers. Thank you as well to everyone who attended the event!  
Our event sponsors provided critical support. Thank you to Janice and Matt Kurth, Philippe and Dugan Lamoise,  Marty Peters, who all donated at the Platinum level; Dan Smargon and Monty Woolley for donating at the Silver level, and Kathy and Bill Dougherty, Jim McClellan, Val Myers, and Ole Prahm, who all donated at the Bronze Level. 
We’re indebted to the local restauranteurs who competed in the Chili Cook-off:  Flavor Chef, International Smoke, Jimmy O’s, Milton’s Deli, Ranch 45, Viewpoint Brewing Company, and West End Del Mar.
This “friendraiser” is a way for our club to give back to the community and to raise the visibility of Rotary and our many projects, both local and international. Please see our Facebook page or the Club’s website for more photos. Visit the Google photo album to download any you like and please share any photos you have! 
No Lack of Quacks at Chili & Quackers Challenge Sharon Schendel 2019-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 13, 2019
All members are welcome to attend the monthly Board of Directors meetings, held in the Youth Room of St. Peter’s. This month’s meeting will be held Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 7:30 AM and will last around one hour. Red Badgers need to attend one Board meeting to achieve Blue Badge status.
Board of Directors Meeting October 15 Sharon Schendel 2019-10-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
Remember that there will be no meeting on Thursday October 10 in advance of our Chili & Quackers Challenge on Saturday October 12 from Noon to 4.  There are plenty of ways to help- starting with making advance purchase of ducks at Event Chair Matt Kurth reports that the odds of winning are currently quite high?  If you're on social media, share our Dugan Moore Lamoise's recent Facebook posts, and post the event on Nextdoor or related sites (Email me at if you need pictures and text).  
Parking will be available at the old train station (see picture and be sure to enter the lot from the south) on a first come, first serve basis. Email Matt ( or Dee House ( to find out ways that you can help with the event, and please be sure to invite your friends and family to attend.  Quack on!
Club Dark for Chili & Quackers on October 12 Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
Paddling standing and seated with dogs after helping serve beef sandwiches with Lakeland Rotarians at Beef-A-Rama
Even Moses had a beef roast- cooked in his own fatted calf- entered in the Beef-A-Rama
In addition to getting in the last paddles of the season, I helped at the 2019 Beef-A-Rama Rotary Beer Garden in Minocqua, Wisconsin.  I hadn’t planned to volunteer this year, but a chance meeting with PDG Sue Morris (District 6220) at PJ’s Burger Barn roped me in. Members of the Lakeland Noon Rotary are fortunate in their fundraisers- selling beer and beef in Wisconsin is simple!  I worked the beef sandwich line- we served more than 500 pounds of beef brisket in around three hours.  Proceeds from the Beef-A-Rama Beer Garden, together with those from the Lakeland Sunrise Rotary’s Rump Roast Run, go to fund the club’s many projects, including their very active youth exchange program. 
Rotarians on the Road: Beef-A-Rama 2019 Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
Kevin O'Beirne from San Diego Gas and Electric
Kevin O’Beirne of San Diego Gas & Electric spoke at our October 3, 2019 meeting about the ways that SDGE is working to keep pace with the growing energy demands of San Diego county. The setting was fitting- the building that now houses eMolecules has been open for less than one year and represents the growth in both infrastructure and population that SDGE must service. 
As the population of San Diego county grew by more than 10-fold in the past 70 years, so did the need for energy, particularly with the expansion of the list of items that require power. The region was originally serviced by the South Bay and Carlsbad Encina power plants as well as the San Onofre Nuclear plant, with supplements from peaker plants. Now power supplies are more varied and draw on a broader range of energy sources including natural gas, wind and solar.  SDGE even installed what is now the second largest lithium ion battery storage facility involving 400,000 batteries that store up to 120 mW hours of energy that can service 20,000 homes for four hours.
Despite these improvements, the county’s energy infrastructure, particularly that which supplies natural gas, is aging.  One of the main gas pipelines in San Diego was first laid in the 1940s when fewer then 300,00 people lived in the county. Meanwhile, over 90% of natural gas supplies originate outside California, with most gas delivered from Texas or Oklahoma via pipeline to storage fields located around Los Angeles.  Following the natural gas pipeline failure in San Bruno that claimed the lives of 8 people, energy providers now must increase the safety and reliability of natural gas infrastructure. In response to California Public Utility Commission mandates, SDGE is created the Pipeline Safety Enhancement Program (PSEP) and the Pipeline Safety and Reliability Program (PSRP) that will ensure safe and reliable supplies of natural gas to meet energy demands.
As part of the PSEP, more than 20 miles of pipeline around San Diego have been replaced and over the next five years more than 37 miles in both populated and rural areas will be replaced.  Existing pipeline will be subjected with strength testing while new pipelines will have multiple safety features including warning mesh to protect against damage from digging and fiber optic cables that enable remote real time monitoring. The pipe itself will be thoroughly tested prior to installation and will be constructed of stronger materials that are resistant to corrosion.   
All of these actions are needed to allow SDGE to continue to safely and reliably satisfy the energy needs of the San Diego region, both today in the future.
Keeping San Diego Powered for the Future Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
Nancy Stoke of Rotary Club of Torrey Pines for the Care n' Share Toy Drive
Over the past 10 years, the Care n’ Share Toy Drive has provided more than 100,000 new and gently used stuffed animals to children around San Diego county.  Rotary Club of Torrey Pines has been a sponsor of this effort and RC Torrey Pines member (and purchaser of Jim Davies’s treasured sourdough bread starter at our Sunset Soiree) Nancy Stoke attended our October 3, 2019 meeting to ask for help in transferring the project to another Rotary club. Please contact Nancy if you’d like to learn more about this project. 
Care n' Share Toy Drive Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
Mel Gallegos presents Don Fipps with a certificate in recognition of our Rotary Citation with Silver Distinction
Immediate Past District Governor Mel Gallegos is visiting all the clubs that earned Rotary Citations during his Rotary Year. During his Rotary Year 2018-2019, President Don Fipps steered the club to a Rotary Citation with Silver Distinction, meaning that the club fulfilled its goals and did a bit extra. 
Rotary Citation Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
20 gallon donor Marty Peters with Claudine van Gonka of San Diego Blood Bank
Claudine Van Gonka, Communications Manager for the San Diego Blood Bank, joined our meeting with a 10 gallon hat to present to Marty Peters, who just reached a significant milestone: he’s donated 20 gallons (that’s 160 pints) to the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB).  Somehow they missed getting a hat to Marty when he reached 10 gallon mark, when the hats typically are bestowed.  SDBB estimates that each pint donated can help save the life of three people, so Marty’s donations have helped nearly 500 people. If you missed the most recent blood drive, you can always make an appointment to donate at one of several SDBB locations around the community.     
Ten Gallon Hat for Twenty Gallons from Marty Peters Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
Filling up the conference room at eMolecules
eMolecules CEO Niko Gubernator
Ongoing construction complicated access to our usual St. Peter’s venue, so Klaus Gubernator generously offered a conference room at the new offices of the company he founded, eMolecules.  CEO Niko Gubernator described how eMolecules serves as a platform to help researchers find the chemical reagents they need to fuel drug discovery. eMolecules also recently launched a foundation to help provide treatment options for a range of neglected tropical diseases that affect millions of people globally but are not the target of pharmaceutical industry efforts due to low return on investment. In partnership with Novartis, eMolecules already demonstrated success in this research area through the development of GNF179, a potential treatment for malaria that is already in the late stages of clinical testing. 
Meeting at eMolecules Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
Our Rotary Superhero Donna Fipps (left, with Emerald) with District Governor Marta Knight
At each club, Marta Knight presents a Rotary Superhero award to one member who works largely behind the scene and can always be counted on. Our Superhero is Donna Fipps. As Club Secretary, Donna works to ensure that our member information is current and correct and that members have the resources they need. Donna has a flair for design that we all enjoy at member events- from beautiful cookies at the holiday party, to the gift card tree at the Soiree, to name tags at club events, Donna’s many talents are evident. We also love to have her Canine Companions for Independence puppies in training join our meetings.
Donna Fipps- A Rotary Superhero Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 06, 2019
District Governor Marta Knight (right) with Assistant District Governor Susie Callahan (left) and President Brett Mattei (center)
District Governor Marta Knight was our special guest at the September 26, 2019 meeting. She asked us to consider our Rotary “Aha” moment- the moment when we realized that Rotary was an important part of our lives. Marta’s “Aha” moment came as she was preparing to become president of her club, Rotary Club of Chula Vista Sunrise and was attending the Rotary International Convention held in Los Angeles in June 2008. In the convention hall she saw thousands of Rotarians from across the globe and listened to the Rotary International President speak about how Rotary allowed ordinary people to do extraordinary things. As she watched the parade of flags from each country in which Rotary had a presence Marta realized: this is my Rotary family! 
Marta is a third generation Rotarian.  Her grandfather was a founding member of a Rotary club in Mazatlán, Mexico and her father, Dr. Adalberto Rojo, a radiologist, served as District Governor for District 4100 twice, once for Rotary Year 1957-58 and again in 1972 when he stepped in for a District Governor Elect who died suddenly shortly before beginning his term.  Marta tells people that her father was so devoted to Rotary that if there had been Rotary diapers, she would have worn them.
As team leader of Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange that traveled to Ecuador for one month, Marta lived her “Aha” moment.  She saw a “mechanical cow” funded by a Global Grant secured by her club and Rotary Club of La Mesa that provided much-needed nutrition to local children and their families. Rotary logos marked bathroom facilities for one of the schools they visited.  At all schools they brought the children pencils and sharpeners. Marta said the children were fascinated by the sharpeners, and at one school, a young boy demonstrated how they used to use a knife to sharpen their pencils.  Examples of the ordinary becoming extraordinary. 
For her Rotary Year, Marta’s main goal follows that of Rotary International President Mark Maloney: Grow Rotary.  She challenged each club to find community-minded people who are passionate and fun, and practical and resourceful to join us in helping Rotary fulfill its mission. But most of all, Marta wants Rotarians to have fun while working together to make good things happen.
Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things Sharon Schendel 2019-10-06 07:00:00Z 0
Please remember to make your annual contribution to the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust.  This contribution is tax-deductible and is vital to ensure that we have sufficient funds to support our many projects.  All checks should be made payable to “Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust” and can be given to Klaus Gubernator.  Please complete this pledge form to remit with your check.  Don't forget to make your pledge to Rotary International as well!
Make Your Annual Pledge to the Club Foundation Sharon Schendel 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 24, 2019
Randy Willoughby, University of San Diego Professor of Political Science an International Relations
Randy Willoughby, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at University of San Diego kindly stepped in on short notice to speak at our September 19, 2019 meeting about the how single member districts and proportional representation systems differ and how they affect a country’s political activities.  In Single Member Districts, single votes are cast and the candidate with the most votes wins.  In countries with Proportional Representation, votes can translate into seats in a government body. In this system, which is used in Germany, small parties can have big leverage, as evidence by the emergence of the Alternative for Germany party (AfD).
Randy Willoughby and the Rules of Elections Sharon Schendel 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 24, 2019
With our many international projects, Karin Davies and her International Service Committee have a big job on their hands.  However, all of these projects embody the current year’st: Rotary Connects the World and began with a Rotarian seeing a need, connecting with other Rotarians, and together devising a way to meet that need.
Marty Peters met an incoming District Governor for Russia who was in San Diego for training that planted the seed for District Grant P-3001 that supplies winter coats, shoes and other personal needs to refugees returning to Grozny in Chechnya.  This project now includes seven other clubs. Participation in a Rotary Polio vaccination campaign led Dugan Moore Lamoise to see the needs of students at the village school in Gamru, India, which began District Grant P-2973 that provides funds for a free education and school furniture.    
Janice Kurth met Irene, a young woman from Ghana,  who established a foundation when she was 23 years-old to help local single mothers. Irene used funds from her bead shop to fund the foundation and Janice helper her get a Rotary International scholarship to study journalism in San Diego. Unfortunately, visa problems prevented Irene from carrying out her studies, but this connection was the basis for District Grant P-2951 that helps Irene’s foundation carry out its mission to provide single mothers with support.
Miles Fleming participated in Hope Without Borders to supply backpacks and school uniforms to disadvantaged schoolchildren in Mexico, and from this became involved in Global Grant G-1579 that seeks to provide clean water to residents in Baja, California.  
Through the Project Fair at the 2019 District Conference, Dugan Moore Lamoise began a collaboration with members of the Rotary Club of Tijuana Oeste for the Global Grant G-1928 Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children that brings dental care to children living on the outskirts of Tijuana.
Last, Karin touched on her own project, an extension of Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia (G-815), called Safe Deliveries for Mothers and Children (G-2009) that will provide Gondar Hospital with sterilization equipment that is vital for ensuring safe deliveries and supplies for obstetrical surgeries. 
Avenues of Service Report: International Service Sharon Schendel 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Vicki Barks's stowaway kitten
Brett Mattei was really happy to join with the SURF Fellowship to help autistic kids experience surfing; Klaus Gubernator was happy to report that, in response to Brett’s “Our World in Data” blurb about patents held by the United States, that Samsung, rather than IBM, is now the company that holds the most patents; Vickie Barks was happy that the kitten that stowed away in her car is now a happy and healthy member of her household; Tony Villasenor was really happy that his daughter is on her way to University of Oregon, despite a slight (4 hour) delay in the tarmac as a member of the Executive Branch of the United States Government paid downtown San Diego a visit; Suzy Wagner was happy for another good turnout for our recent social at Americana (mark your calendars for the October social, October 22 at Viewpoint Brewing Company); Marty Peters was happy to have played Spyglass at Pebble Beach.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Emerald V- Donna Fipps's newest CCI Puppy in Training
Jim King welcomed his daughter Nancy King, who is in from Atlanta where she works as a criminal defense attorney; Ole Prahm and Jim Brunner were of course also in attendance. Also welcome to Donna’s newest CCI puppy, Emerald V.  
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Patty Kurtz and Scott MacDonald enjoying the view from The Landing at Petco Park
St. Peter’s Parish Hall was dark on Thursday September 12 as we held our meeting at Petco Park to watch the Padres play (and beat) the Cubs.  We had a great turnout with nearly 30 members and friends enjoying the view from The Landing just below the giant scoreboard.  Visit the album at our website or click here to download (or upload) any you like. 
Take Us Out to the Ballgame Sharon Schendel 2019-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
The September 12, 2019 meeting will be at Petco Park.  We’ll watch the Padres Play the Cubs- first pitch is at 12:40 PM, but the gates open just after 11 AM so arrive early to get a good seat, watch batting practice and socialize while enjoying the buffet.  We’ve reserved part of The Landing at Petco, which is located just under the big scoreboard (see photo and attached map).  Tickets were reserved and distributed in advance, but at the September 5, 2019 meeting there were a few tickets available.  Email Chandra Collure to purchase or retrieve a reserved ticket.  Photo credit Matt Hoffman, KPBS.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame for the September 12 Meeting Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
Enjoying the art at Del Mar Art Center Gallery (from l to r) Karl and Suzy Wagner, Jim Watkins, Kelly and Tony Villasenor, Sharon Schendel
Our club is proud to sponsor the Del Mar Art Center (DMAC) Gallery, which recently relocated to a new at 1101 Camino Del Mar, just across the street from the new Del Mar Civic Center. The DMAC Summer Sizzle on September 7, 2019 featured some of the over 30 artists who are part of DMAC and gave visitors the chance to talk with the artists about their work.  A variety of art including watercolors, photography, fused glass, and jewelry is available for purchase at the Gallery.  Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday from 12-5 and on Saturdays the Gallery is open late, until 8 PM. Stop in soon! 
Del Mar Art Center Gallery Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
Assistant District Governor John Morris and his wife, Past District Governor Sue Morris of Lakeland Noon Rotary in Minocqua
Lakeland Noon Rotarians Paul Rohner and Andy Gee
The Lakeland Noon Rotary Club in Minocqua, Wisconsin wasted little time in acting on President Mark Maloney’s directive to grow membership.  In late August they hosted a gathering at the Northern Waters Distillery in Minocqua to give members of the community the opportunity to meet Rotarians and learn about club projects.  Past District Governor of District 6220 Sue Morris and her husband Assistant District Governor led the program, which focused on the District’s very active participation in Rotary Youth Exchange. This noontime club has flexible meeting times: they meet three times per month, two at noon and one in the early evening to accommodate different schedules. Also in attendance was Realtor Andy Gee, who helped my family find a dream lake house. Two of the great things about Rotary- being welcomed at clubs across the world and a resource to find talented and reputable professionals to do business with.   
Rotarians on the Road Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
Rick Schwartz Ambassador for the San Diego Zoo
Rick Schwartz, Ambassador for the San Diego Zoo, began his presentation at the September 5, 2019 meeting with some history. In 1915 while driving past the grounds of the 1914-1915 Panama Exposition Dr. Harry Wegeforth heard a lion’s roar- the sound of one of many animals left behind when the Exposition ended.  The roar inspired him to follow a lifelong passion for animals and start a zoo in San Diego.  In 1916 Dr. Wegeforth founded the San Diego Zoological Society, which still exists today to support the zoo’s activities. 
The San Diego Zoo has always been innovative. Dr. Wegeforth wanted the zoo’s animals to do what they do in the wild, so rather than cages he designed enclosures with moats that kept the animals safely confined.  That innovation carried through with Dr. Charles Schroeder, the zoo’s first full-time veterinarian.  Dr. Schroeder’s philosophy was that continuing to populate zoos with animals taken from the wild was unsustainable.  As early as the 1950’s Dr. Schroeder envisioned a facility where animals had room to roam, and to breed, which culminated in the Wild Animal Park in the San Pasqual Valley.  Schwartz said that Dr. Schroeder even made plans to have a monorail that eventually followed the path plotted by Dr. Schroeder. 
Now, the San Diego Zoo is carrying out its mission: “Ending Extinction”.  Evidence of their efforts is Edward, a southern white rhino born to Victoria. Edward was conceived using artificial insemination- the first successful birth in North America.  The Zoo is using this success to learn about rhino reproduction in hopes to gain more knowledge that can be applied to the northern white rhino, of which there are only two females remaining in the world.  Through the zoo’s work, fewer species will face extinction. 
San Diego Zoo Roaring Into the Future Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
Our club website is now headed by a link to the site for duck and chili ticket purchases.  You can also visit directly to pre-purchase ducks, chili tastes, and, if you’ve been envying the chapeau Matt Kurth sports at meetings, your very own duck hat.  Chili & Quackers planning is ongoing, so watch for the next bi-monthly meeting to learn how you can get involved to make our annual “friendraiser” a success. 
Chili & Quackers Now Available for Purchase Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
As part of the Red to Blue Badge transition, Beth Westburg gave her “Who am I?” presentation at the September 5, 2019 meeting.  Beth is a native San Diegan (she’s a “Sharp Baby”) and attended Grossmont College and San Diego State University to graduate with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting. She began her career as a loan officer at San Diego Trust and Savings before moving to LA to take a position with TRW as a business analyst. With the economic downturn in the late ‘80s she returned to San Diego to work with Dole Foods as well as National Medical Enterprises. 
By the 90’s Beth was working as a mortgage broker and realtor in Manhattan Beach when her father asked her to consider returning to San Diego to take over his financial planning business.  Beth and her sister agreed to run the business, now known as LS (for Lipman Sisters) Investment Management, which provides services for a range of clients.  Beth works from home and she and her husband Rich are parents to David (22) and Mark (18), who is just starting at The Ohio State University, and are the persons for a yorkiepoo and cattle dog mix.  She has already gotten involved in multiple club projects, including the upcoming Chili & Quackers. Beth is grateful to Vicki Barks for dragging her to meetings, for she feels that, in Rotary Club of Del Mar, she has found her people. 
Who Am I: Beth Westburg Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
Dr. Ray Terhune with Dee House
Ole Prahm was at his usual spot after a quick walk down the hill to St. Peter’s and Dee House welcomed back former club member Dr. Ray Terhune, a fellow Porsche 356 owner.
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
Donna Fipps with Emmy, fresh off the plane
Emerald lounging by the pool
Donna Fipps is happy to end her puppy-less days with the arrival of her newest Canine Companions for Independence puppy, Emerald, an 8 week-old black lab puppy;  Karin Davies is really happy that she and Jim Davies could go on their Alaska trip secure in the knowledge that her latest Global Grant effort, Safe Deliveries for Mothers and Babies (G-2009), in partnership with the University of Gondar, reached full funding with pledges totaling $104,000 that will go to secure equipment for sterilization; Klaus Gubernator is happy that President Brett Mattei set up the A/V in Parish Hall unassisted; Mark Matthess is really happy that his daughter Audrey was accepted to study for a Master’s degree at the University of St. Augustine Coral Gables; Marty Peters is happy that his granddaughter scored her first goal last Saturday; Sharon Schendel is happy that Don and Donna Fipps are joining her Thursday night bowling league team.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 08, 2019
Congratulations to Rotarian of the Month for August, Chandra Collure!  As Sargent of Arms, Chandra plays a crucial role in helping our club run smoothly.  He’s onsite early to set up for our meeting and stays late to ensure that all the badges are collected and meeting items are returned to storage. Chandra also keeps track of guests and happy dollar accounting, in addition to being a member of the Board. Thank to Chandra for all your hard work for our club! 
Rotarian of the Month: Chandra Collure Sharon Schendel 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 18, 2019
Matt and Janice Kurth, Marty Peters, Jim and Bernadette Watkins and Mary Alice Peters at Youth of the Year Celebration
Karl and Suzy Wagner with Larry Twomey and Carol Moore
Joe McLeod gets the 50s vibe
Back to the track for several of our members to celebrate outstanding members of Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of San Dieguito, a major beneficiary of Rotary Club of Del Mar.  Attendees and staff alike played to the theme of the 50s and Eric Nelte’s 1955 T-bird was featured right by the dance floor.  Kicking off the program, CEO Marineke Vandervort welcomed guests and remarked on the growth of the program over its 53 years- from just 50 boys to now over 7,000 boys and girls who are members of the seven clubhouses. The annual budget grew too: from 25,000 dollars 50 years ago to nearly 7 million dollars today.
Youth of the Year celebrates the achievements of seven outstanding club members who embody the values of leadership and service as well as maintain academic excellence and a healthy lifestyle. They represent the impact that Boys and Girls Clubs can make in the lives of young people.  Bella Andrade, Richar Ramos Hernandez, Cole Snider, Kyle Shyffer, Ron Jay Torres, Megan Woelkers, and Nick Young were Youth of the Year nominees. Cole Snider was named Youth of the Year and will be entered in the regional competition as part of the selection of national youth of the year. Cole will be a senior at San Dieguito Academy and benefitted from BGC of San Dieguito basketball leagues. To give back to the club, he and his brother founded “Access Basketball” at BGC San Dieguito and began holding skills clinics every Friday afternoon. Cole said he values the skills he’s learned mentoring younger club members and coaching basketball at Capri Elementary. All nominees were awarded an HP laptop and a $1,000 scholarship. Their stories provided motivation for a successful Raise the Paddle session, which raised around $50,000 to benefit BGC San Dieguito members.  View photos from the day at the club website and visit the Google Photo album to download any pictures you like. 
Summer Delight at Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito Youth of the Year Celebration Sharon Schendel 2019-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 18, 2019
IDM technical high school team in Guatemala
Join Rotary EClub of San Diego Global on August 22 from 6-9 PM at 163 Jupiter Street in Encinitas to enjoy tacos, beer, wine and dessert while benefitting their project: “Keeping Guatemalan Girls in School”. The suggested donation is $15 and there will also be auction and raffle items at this backyard event.  If you can’t make it but would still like to donate, visit the project GoFundMe page to contribute. In partnership with a small community in Guatemala, the vocational high school there and the Days for Girls organization, this project will help girls obtain resources needed to stay in school and to learn entrepreneurial skills that will provide them with financial sustainability.  Click here to email organizer Maureen Duncan for more information about the event.
Partner with Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global to Support Guatemalan Girls Sharon Schendel 2019-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 18, 2019
Brett Mattei and Sharon Schendel (far left) with Tequila Joe, winner of the Rotary Club of Del Mar race
Another great Day at the Races is in the books!  Around 30 members were at the Il Palio restaurant high above the finish line to enjoy food and fellowship while trying to make a few dollars with their picks. The Rotary Club of Del Mar was the second race on the card. Despite trailing much of the 1 mile race, Tequila Joe with jockey Joe Talamo aboard made a final push to edge out Snazzy Dresser for the win in just under 1 minute 50 seconds. The owners all looked a bit surprised in the winner’s circle, but were nonetheless happy to take home a bottle of Maker’s Mark presented by President Brett Mattei and the 24K prize for first. Thank you to Honorary Member Joe Harper for hosting our day and to Bill Dougherty for making sure we all got safely through the admission gate.  Click here to watch a video of the race and the winner’s circle presentation. View photos from the day at the club website and visit the Google Photo album to download any pictures you like. 
Day at the Races Sharon Schendel 2019-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 11, 2019
The countdown is on to the arrival of Emerald V at the Fipps' home
After a long wait, Donna Fipps is happy to announce that in one month she’ll welcome an 8 week-old black Labrador puppy, Emerald V, as her new Canine Companions for Independence puppy in training; Suzy Wagner was Happy that 21 people attended our August social at Shimbashi Izakaya; Jim Davies was Happy to have taught his sourdough bread class; Ryan Riell was Double Happy to have his wife Kristi join him at the meeting, to have closed a multi-million dollar house sale, and to raise awareness that in the stroller-vs-toe battle, strollers usually emerge victorious (and the vanquished end up on crutches, as Kristi did); Sharon Schendel was Double Happy to have her stepdaughter Kierstin move to San Diego to begin a new job; Rod Stewart was Happy to have been able to be at the Del Mar race track thanks to a Sunset Soiree package; and Brett Mattei was Really Happy to have his brother Craig Mattei in town for a visit.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 11, 2019
In the recent club satisfaction survey, members expressed a desire to undertake more community service projects.  New Community Service Committee Chair Tony Villasenor will do his best to help fulfill that desire.  In addition to our continued involvement with the CRC Holiday Baskets, San Diego Blood Bank blood drives, Rotarian at Work projects at the San Dieguito River Park and Nativity Prep Academy, supporting the Del Mar Lifeguard surf rescue team, and the holiday party at the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito La Colonia Branch, we’ll explore new options such as volunteering with the Casa de Amistad academic programs, the Del Mar Art Center Gallery (newly located on the Coast Highway at 11th street), and partnering with the Del Mar Foundation to serve at their community events. 
Community Service Committee Update Sharon Schendel 2019-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 11, 2019
Guests at the August 8, 2019 meeting: (first row, l to r: Brett Mattei, Craig Mattei, Josue Vasquez, Jean Stewart, Jeff Berend; back row, l to r: Dusty Renteria Soronson; Rod Stewart)
Lots of guests attended our August 8, 2019 meeting. In addition to our regular guests Jim Brunner and Ole Prahm, Ryan Riell was joined by his wife Kristi and we welcomed: Josue Vasquez, a soon-to-be junior at San Dieguito Academy; Rod and Jean Stewart; Dusty Renteria Soronson; Bob Teisher; and Jeff Berend.
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 11, 2019
Learning about membership best practices at the membership seminar (Photo credit: Rotary Club Chula Vista Eastlake)
In his Presidential Message, new Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney emphasized his theme for Rotary Year 2019-2020: Growing Rotary. One of the principal goals for the year is to expand membership to include new quality members who can help carry out Rotary’s mission.  Representing Rotary Club of Del Mar,  Jim McClellan and Sharon Schendel joined more than 70 other Rotarians from clubs around District 5340 at the Membership Seminar held August 10, 2019 at University of San Diego.  Seminar attendees heard from District 5340 Membership Chair Diane Crawford and District Governor Marta Knight about strategies to increase membership, and from Rotary Clubs of Old Mission, Coronado, Rancho Bernardo and Escondido about how they realized significant increases in membership.  Two themes were clear from their presentations and breakout group discussions:  (1) personal contacts are the most effective way to introduce potential new members to the benefits of being a Rotarian; and (2) increased flexibility, both in terms of meeting times and member costs, are important considerations for attracting, and, more importantly, retaining new members.  Think about ways that you could help grow our club by bringing in new members who could make valuable contributions. Also, log in to My Rotary to explore the resources under the Member Center tab, especially the Learning Center, which hosts a range of online courses about Rotary clubs and membership.
District 5340 Membership Seminar Sharon Schendel 2019-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 11, 2019
Members and guests enjoying a nice evening on the Shimbashi Izakaya patio
Patti Kurtz shows expert sake drinking technique while Monty Woolley and Scott MacDonald look on in amazement
Enjoying the libations on offer
Always great to get together outside of our regular meeting hours (top, l to r: Karl and Suzy Wagner, Matt Kurth; bottom, l to r: Dugan and Philippe Lamoise, Donna Fipps)!
We crowded the patio of Shimbashi Izakaya at Del Mar Plaza last Tuesday for our August social.  We had 21 members and guests on hand to enjoy sushi, beer, wine, and especially sake, expertly served by Shimbashi’s certified sake sommelier, Yuka Nakai, who also efficient managed over a dozen separate orders. Patti Kurtz demonstrated superior technique with the first sips of her sake. Our socials provide an opportunity to thank Sunset Soiree sponsors like Shimbashi Izakaya for their support of our annual fundraiser. Thank you to Suzy Wagner for organizing the event. 
August Club Social at Shimbashi Izakaya Sharon Schendel 2019-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 11, 2019
Craig Mattei speaks about his career in the Diplomatic Security Service
President Brett Mattei’s younger brother, Craig Mattei, was our featured speaker at the August 8, 2019 meeting. Craig serves in the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), the federal law enforcement and security arm of the United States Department of State, and is the Liaison for Diplomatic Security to the U.S. Capitol and White House. In that capacity he coordinates with U.S. Capitol Police, the House and Senate Sergeants at Arms, and the Secret Service to ensure the safety of visiting foreign dignitaries. He also frequently accompanies Congressional leadership on trips overseas as a security advisor.
At around 2,000 agents, the number of the DSS force is small in comparison to other federal law enforcement entities- consider that the U.S. Capitol Police, that carries out the challenging task of providing security to Congress and the U.S. Capitol complex, has around 1,500 members to patrol a roughly six block area of Washington, whereas the DSS serves across the globe as the most widely represented law enforcement entity in the world. Despite its size, the DSS is versatile and can fulfill security needs that bridge several areas. Craig said that these broad-ranging capabilities make the DSS akin to a Swiss Army knife, which has multiple tools in a small package. In addition to protecting foreign government officials, the DSS conducts passport and visa fraud investigations as well as administers counterintelligence and anti-terrorism programs. The DSS is also charged with protecting the United States Olympic Team during the games. One of Craig’s earliest assignments was as the security liaison for the United States Women’s Water Polo team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. On an annual basis, Craig said that the “Super Bowl” for DSS is providing security for thousands of diplomats attending the UN General Assembly held in New York City every September.
Craig joined the DSS in 2002. When he first moved to Washington DC he moved in with his brother Brett, who was already working for the Foreign Service. Craig was also part of the security team that was guaranteed to Hamid Karzai by Colin Powell as incentive to become Interim President in Afghanistan in 2004. Most recently, Craig was preparing to assume the role of Regional Security Officer in Cartagena, Columbia when his current position, which provides him with more stability for his family, became available. Life as a DSS agent has taken Craig all over the world- he’s traveled on behalf of DSS to over 50 countries.  He said that for him and his fellow DSS agents, politics is never a factor in their job, which is to ensure the safety and security of diplomats, foreign and domestic protected persons, and US citizens alike.
Diplomatic Security Service: Uncle Sam's Swiss Army Knife Sharon Schendel 2019-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
It’s August, so we’re just about two months out Chili & Quackers on October 12, 2019 at Powerhouse Park. Matt Kurth returns as Chair and he and his team made a lot of progress at their first planning meeting last month. Thank you to new member Best Westburg for volunteering to coordinate the chili chefs this year- start thinking about what recipe you might like to enter. Thanks as well to Philippe and Dugan Lamoise for donating this year’s shirts with the updated logo- check with Sharyn to put in your size request (they run a bit small) and wear yours around the neighborhood to raise visibility. All members are encouraged to contribute effort to our annual “friendraiser”.  Stick around after the August 8 regular meeting for the next Chili & Quackers planning meeting.  
Chili & Quackers Planning Meeting Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2019
President Brett Mattei exchanges club banners with former member Katie Nielsen

We welcomed back our past treasurer, Katie Nielsen, who moved back to her home town of Lafayette, Indiana back in 2016.  Katie continues to be highly active with Rotary- she’s now a member Rotary Club of Lafayette, an old (they’re over 100 years old) but vibrant club that has around 100 members.  Katie just participated in the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build (drywall hanging included). We’ll be proud to add her club’s banner to our collection.

Welcome Back to Katie Nielsen Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2019
Bob Sonnhalter, Emmett Coe, Barrett Smith and Sharon Schendel before tee-off
CCI tournament staff
At the Rotary Club of Del Mar tee box
Rotary Club of Del Mar sponsored a tee box at the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) on August 2, 2019 at La Costa.  Nearly 40 foursomes teed off on the Legends course, at we fielded one foursome:  Bob Sonnhalter, Barrett Smith, Sharon Schendel (late substitute for Ryan Riell) and Barrett’s friend Emmett Coe.  All proceeds from the tournament go to support CCI and help talented dogs receive the training they need to make a difference in the lives of the differently abled. Val Myers also had a nice booth with snacks and gifts at the 9th hole. Our foursome followed the 4-way test and shot 67, forgetting to make use of up to 8 “miracle putts” (effectively one putts), which might have lowered our score significantly.  Emmett is truly a gifted athlete- he’s a nationally-ranked paddle ball player and he can accurately drive the ball around 300 yards.  There were lots of fun side games- on one hole, rather than using our drivers, we used a bazooka for our tee shot.
Canine Companions for Independence Golf Invitational Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
We’ll gather at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Thursday August 15 for our annual Day at the Races event. The $20 fee for lunch and drinks will be billed to your account, but bring a few extra dollars- not only for betting- but to contribute to our Pick 5 pool and to tip our servers. Bill Dougherty will be stationed outside the gates beginning around 11:45 to hand out passes to enter the grounds. Once you pick up your pass, head to the elevators inside the grandstand and go to Il Palio restaurant, high above the track. Gentlemen- remember to wear a jacket (no denim or shorts) and ladies, well, you’ll know what to wear.  We’re grateful to our generous host and honorary member, Joe Harper, for sponsoring this outing.
At 7 PM, Wednesday August 14, on the eve of our Day at the Races, we'll have a "Handicapping" (formerly known as Mensa) gathering at Bill Dougherty's House to select the winners for the next day. Email Bill for more information.
Annual Day at the Races August 15 Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2019
Enjoying paddling in the Wisconsin Northwoods

The newsletter returns after a summer hiatus while I was in Minocqua Wisconsin.  Lots of time to paddle (both kayak and board) and enjoy the company of my canine and human nieces and nephews. On my first meeting back, I gave a “Who Am I”- my first since joining Rotary Club of Del Mar in 2015.  In short, I grew up in West Lafayette and remain a Purdue Boilermaker fan.  Science brought me to San Diego- after a PhD in biochemistry that focused on how proteins insert into membranes, I came to Burnham Institute (now Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute SBP) to study the mechanisms that govern cellular decisions to live or die; these processes are important for a variety of diseases, but particularly cancer.  I worked for the London-based Biochemical Society for about a dozen years and briefly worked with the SBP PhD program, which brought me to Rotary when Katie Nielsen arranged to have an SBP student speak about the microbiome.  I now am Project Manager for the Consortium for Immunotherapetuics against Emerging Viral Threats- an NIH-funded endeavor that brings together nearly 20 labs from around the world to develop new antibody-based treatments for people infected with Ebola virus and related filoviruses. My job requires a lot of writing, and writing the newsletter helps keep my writing sharp. I’m looking forward to my presidential year in RY 2020-2021!

Who (and Where) am I? Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Outdoor dining at Shimbashi in Del Mar Plaza
We’ll hold our monthly social on Tuesday August 6 from 5-7 PM at Shimbashi Izakaya in Del Mar Plaza. Shimbashi is an important supporter of our Sunset Soiree, so please join us in thanking them by enjoying happy hour sushi specials and a variety of appetizers and drinks on offer.
August Social at Shimbashi Izakaya Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Beth Westburg, Vickie and Thea Barks
Lynda and Bob Shaff are in from Tucson to visit Suzy and Karl Wagner
We had some special guests with us at the August 8, 2019 meeting. In addition to our regular guests, Ole Prahm and Jim Brunner, comedian Andrew Norelli joined us for another meeting and Realtor for Coldwell Banker Nina Wright came at the suggestion of fellow Realtor Sharyn Daly. The Wagners welcomed their long-time friends who are escaping the Tucson heat- Bob and Lynda Shaff.  Bob is Past President of the Rotary Club of TucsonVickie Barks had a very special guest with her, her mother, Thea Barks, and they were sitting with our newest member, Beth Westburg, who Vickie sponsored for membership. 
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2019
Alan Mindell returned to our club to speak about one of his many passions- horse racing.  Alan generously donates to our Sunset Soiree the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Del Mar track.  Members of the tour can watch the horses in their morning workout and meet jockeys and trainers who are at the track. Alan talked about one of his latest claiming horse- Sought More Pep (the name a combination of the sire and dam names, Sought After and  Sweetly Peppered).  Not long after he claimed her, she came in last in a race at Del Mar. Sought More’s trainer, Eddie Truman, told Alan- within Sought More’s hearing- that perhaps Del Mar might be too much for her.  Alan thought she took that as a challenge, and she won her next race.  She’s since had 8 wins out of 31 starts.  Alan will be leading his next Sunset Soiree tour later this month- look to bid on his tour at the 2020 Sunset Soiree! 
Alan Mindell- Claiming Victories at the Track Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2019
Brett Mattei was really happy that his brother is safely back from West Africa; the Wagners were really happy to the Shaffs in town; Vickie Barks was happy and a half to have her mother at the meeting, and for the good pre-meeting find at St. Peter’s thrift store; Jim Watkins was really happy that the proposed Del Mar Resort is now scaled back by 40% from the original 251-room hotel and 76 villas. 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2019
Newlywed Philippe Lamoise and his bride Dugan Moore Lamoise have been making the rounds of Europe this summer, so the August 2, 2019 meeting was our first opportunity to honor Philippe as Rotarian of the Month for June. Philippe designed the website for Sunset Soiree, which was instrumental in making sure that registration and bidding went smoothly.  He’s also already working on the site for the upcoming Chili & Quackers event.  Thank you Philippe! 
Rotarian of the Month for June: Philippe Lamoise Sharon Schendel 2019-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Switchfoot Bro-Am Sharon Schendel 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
At our June 27, 2019 meeting we welcomed Sally Schifman, Program Manager and Andrew Beecher, Associate Environmental Planner, both with Rincon Consultants, which is partnering with the Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) program to help local seniors use the SDG&E Energy Efficiency Rebate and Incentive Programs to maximize their energy efficiency and save some money. DMCC will help seniors take advantage of: i) Instant in-store rebates on efficient appliances; ii) Energy savings assistance program (ESAP) that helps renters and homeowners audit their energy use; iii) the Advanced Home Upgrade Program to defray costs of installing energy efficient upgrades; iv) AC Quality Care program to inspect air conditioning units; v) AC Saver, which allows SDG&E to turn off or reduce AC run time; vi) Solar Rebates and Incentives Programs; and vii) Residential lighting program that offers discounted energy-efficient LED lamps. If you know a Del Mar senior who could benefit from these programs, or would like a free in-home energy audit, please have them call 858.730.6131. 
Del Mar Community Connections Connects with SDG&E Energy Efficiency Program Sharon Schendel 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Don dons the Rotary chapeau.  Click here to see all pictures from the evening.
On June 22, 2019 we gathered on Solana Circle to say thank you to outgoing president Don Fipps for a job well done.  Oktoberfest was the theme and Flavor Chef had plenty of German-themed food on offer.  We presented Don with his very own Oktoberfest kit.  The year-end raffle was particularly exciting- Karl Wagner sold his envelope to Matt Kurth, who then sold it to Chandra Collure.  Chandra came out the winner of those transactions, for he held the envelope containing the grand prize- $800 cash.  Special thanks Dee House for organizing the party and Brett Mattei for arranging the venue. View and download photos at the Google Photo Album, or on the club website.
Demotion Party Sharon Schendel 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Brett Mattei awaits induction with other presidents of clubs within District 5340
Don Fipps dons shades for National Sunglasses Day- and his last day as RCDM president
Congratulations to Don Fipps for a packed presidency.  Don’s major initiative as President was updating our club logo and branding- we’ve all been enjoying the results of his efforts.  The Club was recognized by District 5340 with a Rotary Citation with Silver Presidential Distinction. Citations are award to clubs that achieve their goals for membership, Rotary Foundation Giving, Service and Public Image.  At the June 27, 2019 meeting, we reflected on all the past year’s projects performed by our Lines of Service Committees. 
Brett Mattei was inducted as our new president at the Governor’s Dinner on June 27, 2019.  We look forward to impact that Brett will make in his presidential year. 
Passing the Presidency Sharon Schendel 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Thank you to Donna Fipps for gathering many of the banner’s we’ve received from other clubs over the past year and arranging them on composite banners, which were on display at the June 23, 2019 meeting. 
Club Banner Displays Sharon Schendel 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Marty Peters and Donna Fipps with Jilly (far left) little Ressa (middle) and Daisy (right)
Klaus Gubernator is happy that the June 27, 2019 meeting marked the day on which he no longer holds any club office; Sharon Schendel is happy to congratulate Don Fipps on the last day of his very successful presidency; Bill Rawlings was really happy that past president Eric Nelte came through his hip replacement surgery with no problems and that Eric is well on his way to a full recovery; Jim Brunner was happy to have become a great-grandfather to Kapri (carrying on the tradition of names starting with “K”); Marty Peters was super happy that he and his wife Mary Ellen will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 21 and to have Daisy, the CCI dog from Donna Fipps, who was a great help after the loss of his older dog, Jilly; Brett Mattei was really happy to have the guidance of the four presidents who have served since he joined the club in 2015. 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to our Rookie of the Year for Rotary Year 2018-2019: Ryan Riell.  Ryan is carrying on the family tradition- his dad, Les, is a member of the Rotary Club of Mesa, Arizona and was also Ryan's sponsor. Ryan, a realtor and buyer specialist with the Wannebo Real Estate group, is a member of the Youth Services Committee and the Vocational Committee, and has been working to update our social media presence to highlight the club’s activities and recruit new members. 
Rookie of the Year: Ryan Riell Sharon Schendel 2019-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 17, 2019
Sharyn Daly’s home is a fantastic vantage point for viewing the July 4 fireworks (remember that the club will be dark July 4).  She’ll be hosting a viewing party at her house on July 4 from 6-11 PM.  All members and their guests are welcome- please bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner.  RSVP to Sharyn at 858.449.0936- she also has a flyer with directions and other details.  Since parking around her house essentially non-existent, get together and take an Uber to her house.  
Watch the Fireworks at Sharyn Daly's Home Sharon Schendel 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 17, 2019
Polly Cipparrone, Branch Manager of the Del Mar Library
Polly Cipparrone, Branch Manager of the Del Mar Library, spoke at the June 13, 2019 meeting about how libraries form part of our future. The Del Mar library was established in 1915 and is one of 33 branches in the San Diego Country library system, which has an annual budget of 46 million dollars and and 300 employees.  The library system is supported in part through property taxes.
The library can be thought of as a “third place”.  Home and work and first and second places, respectively, where we spend most of our lives, but a “third place” is a site for personal time.  Libraries are also conveners and connectors that work to bring the community together, not just in a physical place, but also by providing information about local events and resources.
Given its broad reach within the community, the Del Mar library hosts informational sessions delivered by experts on Medicare from Health and Human Services, retirement benefits from Social Security Administration, and parenting classes from Rady Children’s Hospital.
The Del Mar library is updating its technology offerings.  Their bandwidth and internet speed is expanding to provide faster access to information and services such as teleconferencing and webcasts. San Diego County residents can sign up online to get a digital library card to access over 60,000 e-book titles using the Libby app or read magazines online. The library itself still receives many print editions, including The Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily and the San Diego Business Journal.  Stop by the library to learn about all the resources they have!
Libraries Are Our Future Sharon Schendel 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 17, 2019
Visiting another club while you’re traveling?  Slip one of our new club banners into your suitcase to trade with the clubs you visit.  If you can get your picture taken when you give the banner to host club leadership all the better! 
Trading Banners Now Available Sharon Schendel 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 17, 2019
We’ll celebrate a successful Rotary Year for Don Fipps on June 22 at 5:30.  Email Dee House at to RSVP and to get details about the venue. 
Demotion Party June 22 Sharon Schendel 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 17, 2019
Jim McClellan is super happy to be back at the club after recent travels and reports that his grandson is now 9 months old and nearly ready to walk;  Tom Ryan is super happy to have his daughter Kate Klenow and son-in-law Derek Klenow in town;  Karin Davies is super happy for all the efforts and support the club has provided to her projects; Scott MacDonald is happy that his sister and brother-in-law are in town. 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 17, 2019
Congratulations to Karin Davies, who is our Rotarian of the Year for 2018-2019.  Karin’s Global Grants to decrease the neonatal mortality rate in Ethiopia embody the Guiding Principles of Rotary and show what Rotary can do to improve the lives of others.  Her work was featured in a recent issue of “The Rotarian” magazine.  Karin will use her experience to chair the International Services committee in the coming Rotary Year. 
Rotarian of the Year: Karin Davies Sharon Schendel 2019-06-17 07:00:00Z 0
Don Fipps with Allie DeVaux, SANDAG project manager (left) and Tricia McColl (center) chief design engineer for HTNB
The Del Mar Bluffs are buffeted daily by a variety of pressures, including storm surges, waves, wind, erosion, and surface and subsurface runoff.  Preserving the bluffs between the Torrey Pines Bridge and Coast Boulevard has been a long-standing effort that involves multiple government agencies, with leadership by San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and North County Transit District (NCTD).   Tricia McColl, chief design engineer for the infrastructure firm HTNB and Allie DeVaux, project manager for SANDAG, joined our meeting to provide an update on the stabilization work.
After a 2000 survey that assessed multiple factors such as bluff stability, geological makeup, stability and potential for earthquake, the agencies prioritized the areas that were most vulnerable.  In the ensuing 19 years, drainage improvements and stabilization of two areas were undertaken, and currently stabilization of Del Mar Bluffs 4 is underway. Seismic and drainage improvements are planned for a region around Sherrie Lane and slope stabilization to slow retreat will also be done in an area south of 4th street. 
As the bluffs inevitably retreat and sea levels rise, additional stabilization measures will include replacement of old drainage structures, repair of existing sea walls and construction of more stabilization piles will be needed.  In the very long term, the possibility of tunnels in several routes is being explored, although the costs for that type of project will run well into the billions. 
Increasing the Stability of the Del Mar Bluffs Sharon Schendel 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 10, 2019
Dee House is heading up the Demotion Party for Don Fipps, which will be held on June 22, 2019.  Please let Dee (click here to email her) know if you will attend no later than June 14, 2019.  Please provide her with the spelling of the names of any guests who will accompany you.
Demotion Party Sharon Schendel 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 10, 2019
Don Fipps and Scholarship Committee members Bill Dougherty and Kathy Reed congratulate scholarship recipient Ella Chambers
We are proud to award one of our annual scholarships to Ella Chambers, a senior at Torrey Pines High School.  Ella maintains a 4.35 GPA and scored 34/36 on the ACT.  After volunteering for two years at the North County Immigration and Citizenship Center in Solana Beach, where she capitalized on her fluency in Spanish, Ella now has a paid position there as coordinator of citizenship tutoring and interpreting.  In the fall, Ella looks forward to attending Miami University in Ohio, where she plans a pre-law curriculum that she hopes will include study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country and internships to gain practical experience.  Our scholarship will provide $4,000 towards her educational expenses.
We thank Bill Dougherty, Kathy Reed, Tom Ryan, Chandra Collure and Chris Stewart for interviewing the 11 finalists from 20 applicants, who were evaluated based financial need, community service, and participation in Interact. 
Ella Chambers Awarded Rotary Club of Del Mar Scholarship Sharon Schendel 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 10, 2019
Our club is one of six in all of District 5340 that will receive the Rotary Citation for Rotary Year 2018-2019 for achieving our club’s annual goals. We anticipate that we will also receive Presidential Distinction in recognition of our efforts to support and strengthen club, increase humanitarian service efforts, and enhance our public image and awareness. Our club will be recognized at the upcoming Governor’s Dinner on June 27. Click here to register to attend!
Rotary Citation for Rotary Year 2018-2019 Sharon Schendel 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 10, 2019
Sunset Soiree Chairman Don Fipps gave the initial stats for the recent Sunset Soiree. We grossed $40,325.  In total, 186 attended, helping contribute to $12,000 in ticket sales. Program advertisement sales, led by Monty Woolley, netted $7,000. We raised $16,135 from auction items, while the Raise the Paddle effort brought in $2,850. Our gift card tree raffle- new this year- and expertly assembled from member-donated gift cards by Donna Fipps, yielded $2,240. Our expenses came in at $4,000 less than 2018, so in total our net was $29,663.  Thank you to everyone who supported our event, which is our main source of funds for club projects. 
Sunset Soiree Initial Tallies Sharon Schendel 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 10, 2019
We thank Val Myers for all her efforts, and for sacrificing the lower level of her house for around one month as a staging area for all the auction items. Val spearheaded the effort to package all the auction items into attractive displays that always up the bids. 
Rotarian of the Month: Val Myers Sharon Schendel 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 10, 2019
Sharyn Daly is super happy! We’re delighted that she successfully beat breast cancer after two surgeries and anti-estrogen therapy and is now declared cancer-free; Bill Dougherty is also really happy for Sharyn, and that his grandson, who’s lived with him and his wife since he was four, is heading off to college in Colorado. 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 10, 2019
We welcome back Ole Prahm, and, now that his house has sold and he’s a Del Mar resident, are wondering whether he’d like to become a permanent member of the club that represents his new home town; Jim Brunner also joined us, as did Peter Tomas, a charter member of the Rotary Club of Park City Sunrise.
Visitors and Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-06-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 02, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange Chair Erv Teichmiller with Shantel Pierce, just back from Thailand
Last month I was back in Minocqua, Wisconsin.  Two Rotary clubs serve this town, and I love the morning club, which has around 20 members. Fresh off her ~8 months in Thailand, Rotary Youth Exchange student Shantel Pierce spoke about her experience in Thailand.  She discussed all the cultural norms she learned, and the wonderful people she met. Shantel said that her youth exchange let her discover her strengths and weaknesses and how to cope with challenges more independently. She also thanked club members for their support in making her trip possible. Long-time Rotarian, and local institution, Erv Teichmiller, heads up the club’s youth exchange as part of District 6220’s very active youth exchange efforts. 
I’ll be back in Minocqua for the next few weeks- pictures for the June 13 and June 20 editions of newsletter are welcome!
Rotarians on the Road Sharon Schendel 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 02, 2019
Larry Brooks- Del Mar Historical Society President, points out features of Casa Del Mar in August 1886
As May wound down, we reflected on how the Del Mar Community has grown over the decades. Larry Brooks, President of the Del Mar Historical Society, joined our May 31, 2019 meeting to present some memories of Del Mar going back to the late 1800s when the town was founded by Colonel Jacob Taylor who moved to the area from Texas.  Colonel Taylor began platting the village of Del Mar in late 1885 and by 1886 had established a luxury hotel, Casa Del Mar. The hotel’s accessibility, reputation and beautiful location drew many visitors to Del Mar as a seaside destination, but in January 1890 fire destroyed the hotel.
After the loss of Casa Del Mar, growth of the village was stagnant for more than a decade until five Los Angeles-based investors, Henry Huntington, William Kerckhoff, Henry Keller, Charles Canfield and Edward Fletcher (whose name is attached to several local landmarks, e.g., Fletcher Cove, Fletcher Parkway) formed the South Coast Land Company in 1905 to begin making Del Mar what we know today. In the ensuing 30 years, the population of Del Mar quadrupled. In 1936 the village became home to the San Diego Country Fair and in 1937 the Del Mar racetrack hosted its first summer season. By 1959, the city incorporated.
Brooks told the story of the site of many current day buildings, including the Hotel Del Mar, that occupied the site where L’Auberge now stands, the path to the train station from the hotel, which pedestrians still use more than 100 years later, and showed a picture of the remnants of the Hotel Del Mar natatorium, which can still be seen at low tide. He also told how the Del Mar train station lost its status as an Amtrak stop and how the building came to be privately owned after transfer of a lease from the Santa Fe railroad.  Perhaps the most important story for the village of the Del Mar is efforts of city residents to shift the 5 freeway eastward to its current route that preserved the village as we now know it.    
Del Mar of Yesteryear Sharon Schendel 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 02, 2019
The weather was a bit gray, but the rain held off for our 2019 Sunset Soiree held May 21, 2019 on the Del Mar Plaza patio.  We had a great turnout and lots of bids on dozens of silent and live auction items.  Thank you to all our vendors for providing delicious food and beverages and all the Sunset Soiree Committee members for sacrificing many hours over the past months to ensure that the event went smoothly (my personal thanks to my husband, Jim Kohn, for taking pictures in my absence). View and download full resolution pictures in the Google Album or view them on the club website.   
Successful 2019 Sunset Soiree Sharon Schendel 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 02, 2019
Members attending the May 9 meeting completed a survey about club activities. If you missed that meeting, you can still provide valuable feedback. Please complete an online version of the same survey by clicking here.
Club Survey Sharon Schendel 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 02, 2019
With one month left in the current Rotary Year, mark these dates on your calendar:  1) June 22: Demotion Party- to be held at a secret location where we’ll induct new officers and recognize members for outstanding service to the club (note that the club will be DARK on June 20; 2) June 27: Governor’s Dinner- click here to register to attend. Brett Mattei will be inducted as our President, Marta Knight will be inducted as District Governor, and District Awards will be announced.
Mark Your Calendars Sharon Schendel 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 02, 2019
Karin Davies was Happy that Klaus Gubernator had been giving her lessons in purchasing major equipment for her new Global Grant in Ethiopia; Garrie Rhodes was Happy to have a new phone, and that she could use it; Bob Fuchs gave at the Super Happy level in memory of his close friend, John McGinnis, who was a Rotarian in spirit; Ole Prahm was Really Happy that the sale of his house closed that morning; and Sharon Schendel was Happy to have attended a recent Lakeland Rotary club meeting in Minocqua, Wisconsin.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
For the past 15 years, John Allcock, our speaker at the May 2, 2019 meeting, has practiced and taught mindfulness- the art of paying attention to the present moment without judgement, but with curiosity and openness. Practicing mindfulness mediation can free a person from being captured by thoughts or external events, as well as to choose how to respond to these events. 
John is the father of three daughters, and 10 years ago he began sending them emails outlining things that he’d wish he’d known when he was younger.  He eventually summarized these emails in his book “40 Things I Wish I’d Told My Kids”. Among the lessons he describes in the book are 1) Don’t be ruled by the tyranny of events; 2) 90% of worries are wrong, either the thing we worried about didn’t happen, or happened in some other way; 3) Thinking is overrated (and can lead to worry); 4) You can’t control what comes into your head, but you can control what happens when it gets there; 5) “You make me mad” is a fantasy- you allow yourself to become mad at the actions of others.
By practicing mindfulness, we can respond rather than react and create space that allows impulsive reactions to be replaced by thoughtful responses. Regular practice of mindfulness may even remodel the brain to increase the gray matter density of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus that control higher-order functions and memory, respectively, and decrease the size of the amygdala that controls the “flight or fight” response.
John incorporates mindfulness training at Sea Change Preparatory school in Del Mar, which was founded by his wife Cheryl as a school for students who learn best in non-traditional settings.
John Allcock and Mindfulness Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
Matt Kurth with his completed survey
We marked the 55th anniversary of our Club’s charter and again are delighted to thank Charter Member Monty Woolley for his vision of what Rotary in Del Mar could be.  To make our club even better, members spent some time at the May 9, 2019 meeting completing a survey about club activities. The survey had plenty of room for members to write their suggestions for improvement, and we will try to incorporate these ideas moving forward. If you missed last week’s meeting, please fill out the online survey by clicking here.
Club Anniversary and Survey Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
The front steps, hallway, front office and science lab at Nativity Prep Academy (NPA) got a dose of new color thanks to our members who participated in our recent Rotarians at Work day. New president Gil Brady was working right alongside us, as were several NPA graduates. Thanks as well go to Cynthia Villas and Mara Milligan, advisors for USD Rotaract Club and Cathedral Catholic Interact Club, respectively. Afterward, Marty Peters brought #8 sub sandwiches from Mona Lisa to celebrate a job well done. Check out the photo album to see more pictures from the day.
Rotarians at Work Day at Nativity Prep Academy Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Miles Fleming is Rotarian of the Month for April Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
Thank you to Dee House for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow four times over- she received her recognition from President Don Fipps at the May 9, 2019 meeting. 
Congratulations to Dee House on Paul Harris +4 Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
At our April 18, 2019 meeting, Brian Keating, a professor of physics at the University of California San Diego, spoke about his minor obsession with winning the Nobel Prize, and how he used the BICEP 2 (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization) Telescope at the South Pole to gather data that might describe the seconds just after the Big Bang when the universe began to expand.  In 2014 Keating and his team thought they had the first indirect detection of these early gravitational waves in the cosmic microwave background. Unfortunately, their discovery turned out to be contamination that was essentially dust in the Milky Way.
While dealing with the disappointment of learning that his finding was an artifact, Keating began to think about the nature of scientific awards, particularly the Nobel Prize. Using Buddha for inspiration, he came up with the Four Noble Truths about the Nobel, with the fourth truth being that “the way to overcome misery is through the eight-fold path”, which includes a correct view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and concentration.  Through his own introspection about his research and his drive for the Noble, Keating came to new realizations about his motivations for discovery.
Brian Keating, the Big Bang and Losing the Nobel Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
Don and Sharon with their UC Berkeley "family"
Chris Stewart models his costume
Don Fipps in his fairy costume- no talking when rendering the costume, or else you get a dose of duct tape (see right)
Don Fipps, Sharon Schendel and Chris Stewart were all facilitators at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) held April 12-14, 2019 in Idyllwild.  RYLA brings together talented high school juniors from all over District 5340 for a fun weekend of fellowship and learning about what it means to be a servant leader.  Each facilitator helps a group of eight students get to where they need to be and get discussions going.  This year, Don and Sharon were co-facilitators for the Cal Berkeley “family” and Chris Stewart oversaw the United States Air Force Academy “family”.  One less serious RYLA activity is “It’s a Wrap” that involves newspaper and masking tape to transform facilitators into different characters.  Don led off the pageant with his turn as a fairy. Watch the video in the RYLA photo album.
RYLA 2019 Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
Donating to the Rotary Foundation is now even simpler using the new button on the left hand side of the page (see picture above).  Clicking on the Rotary Wheel will take you to the RI site where you can choose to direct your donation to the General Fund, Polio Plus, World Fund, or Disaster Relief. You can also choose to make a recurring donation. When you donate, please make sure you sign in using your My Rotary ID and password so that Rotary Club of Del Mar can receive recognition towards its per capita donation goals.
Donating to Rotary Foundation is Easy Through Club Website Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
The Sunset Soiree is less than 10 days away.  If you haven’t already, visit to purchase your tickets.  All club members will be billed for two tickets, and any tickets beyond these two are $50.  Please be sure to visit the website to register a credit card to speed the checkout process if you win any auction items.
Sunset Soiree Fast Approaching- Get Your Tickets Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
Don Fipps (left) and Marty Peters (right) holding his Triple Crown Donor pin 
Congratulations to Marty Peters for being recognized as a Triple Crown Donor, which is a Rotarian who is: 1) A Major Donor; 2) Bequest Society Member; and 3) Grand Donor.
Triple Crown Pin for Marty Peters Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
Tom Ryan with his daughter, Kate Ryan Kleinow
At the April 18, 2019 meeting, we were joined by regulars Ole Prahm, Assistant District Governor Susie Callahan; District Governor Nominee (soon to be Elect) Steve Weitzen, and Nat Reade. Tom Ryan brought his daughter, Kate Ryan Kleinow.
On May 2, 2019 we were joined by Associate Member  Dani Knapp, Richard Haase, Nicole Merzi, Ole Prahm and Jim Brunner.  Vicki Barks brought her friend Beth Westburg.
Welcoming Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 12, 2019
Apologies for an extended absence in the past few weeks- I’ve been occupied not only with Rotary events, but with work, guests and travel. Here’s a brief summary of club happenings in the past month.  I’ll miss the May 16, 2019 meeting and the Sunset Soiree, so I’ll need your help!  Here’s how: 1) At next week’s meeting, volunteer to take a few pictures and a few notes about the amazing speaker, Linda Olson then email them to me; 2) Please upload any Soiree pictures to this Google Photos album (captions encouraged!).
Newsletter Returns and a Request for Help Next Week  Sharon Schendel 2019-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
District 5340 Music Competition Finals April 7 Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Sunset Soiree Ticket Purchase Website Now Live Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 06, 2019
We have two opportunities to serve at the upcoming Rotarians at Work Day on April 27.  We’ll be helping with projects at the San Dieguito River Park (SDRP) and some light projects on the Nativity Prep Academy (NPA) campus.  Email Community Services Chair Barrett Smith to volunteer for the SDRP project or email Marty Peters to help at NPA.
Rotarians at Work Day April 27 Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 06, 2019
Patrick Steusloff takes a swing with a Clubhub-equipped golf club
Scott MacDonald holds up an iPad paired to the Clubhub that displays information about Patrick's swing
Patrick Steusloff points out bowtie-shaped path (purple) of his stride and center of balance (blue dot) on an iPad that communicates with sensors in his removable shoe insole inserts
Patrick Steusloff is a startup technologist and was a product developer for early biotech companies in San Diego. At Hybritech he developed automated immunoassays systems and was Vice President of Development for Pyxis that provides medication and supply management systems. After founding IntelliDot Corporation, now PatientSafe Solutions, which delivers real-time patient information to clinicians, he took a break and pursued his passion:  golf.  He studied to become a professional golfer, but at heart he remained a product developer.
One of the most important factors in a golf swing is balance that comes from properly timed weight transfer. Steusloff began thinking about ways that he could help golfers learn effective weight transfer, and he began with bathroom scales, wired together at oriented at 45˚ angles, to capture information about weight distribution between the golfer’s right and left heels and toes. These early efforts led him to found Kinetek Sports and develop Clubhub, a sensor that fits into the drain hole at the end of a golf club grip. Using the Clubhub paired with an app on a smart phone or tablet, golfers can get real-time feedback and analysis on every swing they make. They see how far and where their shots went (and get GPS information on distances to the hole) and a 3-D video of their swing path. All of these data can be shared with instructors to help improve swing mechanics. 
While working with Kinetek, Steusloff had an office in Rancho Bernardo, where he would often see a physical therapist, who had a neighboring office, working with patients who were recovering from stroke or other brain injuries. Talking with the therapist, he realized that, as in golf, balance is a main issue for those learning to walk after a brain injury. 
Thinking back to the bathroom scales, Steusloff considered potential devices that could give brain injury patients real time feedback about their gait.  He designed a shoe insert that incorporates five sensors in the insole that are positioned under the heel, the “knuckles of the toes” and under the big toe. These inserts can be tailored to the patient’s foot and directly communicate with a smart phone or tablet to show him/her their center of balance and stride path. Through real-time feedback patients can immediately see whether their gait is on the right path, and together with a physical therapist they can develop strategies to improve their balance and gait. Most importantly, the device allows them to practice on their own, or with a caregiver, to ensure that they get the repetitions they need gain new muscle memory.  This device is in its early development stages, but has already helped several patients with brain injury improve their mobility and return to daily activities.     
Balance During a Golf Swing, Balance During Rehabilitation Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Uncorked for a Cause Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 06, 2019
Scott MacDonald was double happy that his new book “Think Like a Dog” has now been released; Donna Fipps was happy to learn that it was Vicki Barks who brought a Sunset Soiree auction item to the April 4, 2019 meeting; Matt Kurth was super (!) happy that Janice now has a brand new Tesla to replace the one that was totaled several weeks back and that they got full replacement value plus a little more; and Garrie Rhodes was happy in anticipation of hearing Isabella McCormick play at the upcoming District 5340 music competition finals.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 06, 2019
President Don Fipps (right) presents Al Tarkington (left) with his latest Paul Harris Fellow pin
Congratulations to Al Tarkington for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow + 3!  Contributions by Paul Harris Fellows are vital to support Rotary projects locally and around the world.
Al Tarkington Paul Harris Fellow +3 Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 06, 2019
Kit Leeger was Rotarian of the Day and chose to feature National Vitamin C Day.  She brought with her several examples of vitamin C-rich foods, including peppers, kiwis and lemons.  
For our vocational series, Kit talked about her career as an architect.  She explained that architects facilitate communications between those who have needs (e.g., clients, users, the public) and those who will make the spaces (e.g., builders and contractors) and also provide professional services that draw on their design and technical expertise to make a client’s desires into reality.
To become an architect, Kit had to refine her drawing skills while learning how to define and solve problems, and prioritize needs.  An architecture degree requires 5 years of study, and to become an independent architect Kit undertook nearly 6,000 hours of interning and a licensing examination (hers was a 4 day test during which she had to design a building).  She also must do continuing education to keep up to date with current trends.   
Being an architect in Del Mar brings special challenges to comply with Del Mar’s emphasis on neighborliness. Designs are considered by the city’s Citizens’ Participation Program (CPP) that gives immediate neighbors a voice in proposed projects, and can also be submitted to the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission. Depending on the project, the California Coastal Commission can be involved, and sometimes voter approval is needed.
Kit then gave an update on the St. Peter’s project she’s leading.  The new additions will provide an elevator, classrooms, a music room and ADA-compliant bathroom.  The project is on track for completion within the next 18 months.  Kit called back to the  Object of Rotary, and in particular how architecture can contribute to advancement of understanding and good will.
Kit Leeger Pulls Double Duty to be Rotarian of the Day and Discuss Her Vocation Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 06, 2019
Javier Martinez Luna, Oscar Bolaños, and Roman Chavez, all from the Rotary Club of Tijuana Agua Caliente attended the April 4, 2019 meeting to discuss their Las Memorias project that aims to help identify patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis; Vicki Barks brought her friend Beth Westburg to check out our club and Garrie Rhodes brought back her friend Brenda Short, who is visiting from England to see the flower bloom. Adrienne Hurt is finishing up her winter in Del Mar. Honorary member Jim Brunner as well as uber-regular Ole Prahm also attended.
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-04-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2019
Matt Kurth with Margaux Stack-Babich of the Immunity Foundation
Did you know that some viruses can cause cancers and that there is an effective vaccine to prevent infections by these viruses and in turn the cancers they cause?  The Immunotherapy Foundation (IF) has a three-pronged mission that seeks to: i) fund research to develop new immunotherapies for cancers that arise following infection with certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV); ii) raise awareness of the importance of vaccines (e.g., Gardasil 9) that prevent HPV infections and the cancers they cause; and iii) support patients diagnosed with HPV-driven cancers to find effective treatments and clinical trials.
Our speaker at the March 28, 2018 meeting, Margaux Stack-Babich, is a program manager for the IF. She told us that the IF was launched four years ago by Ralph and Fernanda Whitworth after Ralph was diagnosed with HPV-related cancer at the base of his throat.  After treatment, Ralph was cancer-free for one year, but the cancer returned and unfortunately Ralph died from the cancer in 2016. Fernanda now serves as President of IF.
Traditional cancer therapies involve surgery, drugs or radiation.  Many cancers cannot be treated surgically, while drugs and radiation often kill both healthy and cancer cells.  Immunotherapies unleash the power of the immune system to selectively target cancer cells. These therapies can be tailored to a particular patient based on mutations present in the cancer, are systemic and long-lasting, have fewer side effects and are less susceptible to resistance.
Although the rate of cervical cancer has decreased in part due to enhanced surveillance and screening, studies indicated that other types of cancers associated with HPV, including oropharyngeal, vulvar, penile and anal cancer are increasing. Thus, immunotherapies for these cancers are urgently needed.  IF provides seed funding for local researchers, including those at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, which has allowed them to gather preliminary data that are needed to secure larger grants from government agencies. 
IF also stresses the importance of preventing HPV infections through vaccination.  Both boys and girls should receive the vaccine, since males in particular often are unaware that they may have been infected with a cancer-causing HPV strain.  Ideally, children should be vaccinated between ages 11 and 12 so that they have time to develop an immune response long before they become sexually active.  Moreover, the immune response to the vaccine is stronger in the pre-teen years, meaning that vaccine-mediated protection is even more robust when delivered at younger ages. Thank you to Janice Kurth for suggesting the IF as a program topic.
The Immunotherapy Foundation- Unleashing the Immune System to Fight HPV-driven Cancers Sharon Schendel 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2019
Scott Carr welcomes Karin and Jim Davies and Don Fipps as new Paul Harris Society members
Some of our club's Paul Harris Society members and fellows
Past District Governor and current District Paul Harris Society (PHS) chair Scott Carr recognized three new members of the PHS: Karin and Jim Davies and Don Fipps.  The PHS was launched 20 years ago right here in our own District 5340 during Marty Peter’s tenure as District Governor. Nearly 120 districts now have their own PHS. PHS members contribute at least $1,000 annually to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus or approved Global Grants as a one-time gift, quarterly gift, or monthly gift of $85.  PHS members are critical to ensuring that Rotary International can continue to support projects in its six areas of focus.  Consider joining Karin, Jim and Don by becoming a PHS member. Click here to get started.
New Paul Harris Society Members Sharon Schendel 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2019
New member Yasser Tahboub added to our flag collection by presenting President Don Fipps with a banner from his previous club in Bahrain, the Rotary Club of Sulmaniya. This banner joins one that Philippe Lamoise recently brought back from Rotary Club Pertuis Sud Luberon, where his home in Provence is located.
Banner Exchange Sharon Schendel 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2019
Model United Nations Conference: April 6 and 7
Our club is sponsoring three two student teams for the 15th annual District 5340 Model United Nations Conference.  The teams will be considering two resolutions, one concerning protection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and citizens of Syria  and the other emergency responses to the outbreak of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis following the tsunami in the Philippines.  The event will be held April 6, 2019 at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.  You can also register to attend the dinner on April 7, 2019Email Klaus Gubernator for specific details about the event timeline.
District 5340 Music Competition Finals: April 7
The finals of the District 5340 Music Competition will be held Sunday April 7 at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium in the City of Carlsbad library.  Our representative, harpist Isabella McCormick, a freshman at Cathedral Catholic, will be competing as one of the finalists. Email Garrie Rhodes for details about the event. 
Rotary at Petco Park: April 16
Join other Rotarians from around District 5340 on Tuesday April 16 at Petco Park to watch the Padres play the Colorado Rockies.  Purchase tickets at a special price of $32 each by April 1 (that’s tomorrow!).  Bonus, it’s Taco Tuesday that night! 
Rotarians at Work Day:  April 27
We have two opportunities to serve at the upcoming Rotarians at Work Day on April 27.  We’ll be helping with projects at the San Dieguito River Park (SDRP) and some light projects on the Nativity Prep Academy (NPA) campus.  Email Community Services Chair Barrett Smith to volunteer for the SDRP project or email Marty Peters to help at NPA.
Mark Upcoming Events on Your Calendar Sharon Schendel 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2019
As of this month, 45 club members have accounts receivable that total $9,721.  If you think you might be in arrears, email treasurer Kathy Reed to find out and arrange for payment.  The easiest way to keep current is to have a credit card on file with our bookkeeper Darcy Sondag. Click here to email Darcy.
Club Finances Sharon Schendel 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2019
Donna Fipps was happy that her CCI puppy, Ressa, got her first “college report” and has all A-s; in other canine news, Kathy Reed was double happy that her Bernese Mountain dog puppy Flash has gone two weeks without eating a remote control; Klaus Gubernator was double happy that he has failed to retire for a fourth time, as the company he founded, eMolecules, has established a foundation to discover new treatments for neglected tropical diseases and elected him to lead the foundation; and Matt Kurth is happy to be happy on a beautiful day.  
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2019
Regular guest Ole Prahm was back in attendance, as were honorary member Jim Brunner and associate member Dani Knapp.  Past District Governor Scott Carr also joined us.
Guests and Visitors Sharon Schendel 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2019
As Rotarian of the Day for the March 28, 2019 meeting, Val Myers brought Tootsie Pops for everyone in recognition of National Something on a Stick Day, which challenges people to think about what foods would be more enjoyable when skewered.
Rotarian of the Day: Val Myers Sharon Schendel 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 24, 2019
Karin Davies was happy to have had a great trip to British Columbia, where she reconnected with a friend who lived with her family as an exchange student when Karin was a high school senior; Suzie Wagner was nearly super happy and gave $50 in recognition of Lanh Tran’s generosity at the recent social at Sbicca; Janice Kurth was double happy to have her Tesla, which was declared totaled after being hit by a drunk driver while she was attending a Rotaract event, replaced with an identical, new Tesla; Mark Matthess was happy that he filled his quota of 8 wineries for the Sunset Soiree; Scott MacDonald was happy for the first day of spring, and Chandra Collure was happy to have a break from jury duty, although he has to go back this week for another three weeks. 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 24, 2019
Real estate advisor Gary London spoke to our club at the March 21, 2101 meeting about the issues surrounding the real estate market in San Diego county.  London has over 35 years of experience in the San Diego market, and from a personal side, his family was one of the first to move into Carmel Valley in the early 1980s (he’s also a Rotarian, calling Club 33 his home club).  He has consulted on several large projects in the area, including the Del Mar Plaza and One Paseo in Carmel Valley.
London said that we are now in the longest post-recession recovery in modern times, although the recovery hasn’t been robust with an annual GDP growth of around 2%. His clients at London Moeder Advisors feel that the economy will likely shift in the near future, in part due to the Federal Reserve’s decision not to change the benchmark interest rate and record low capitalization rates with high risk and low rates of return.
Real estate is also affected by changing needs of society.  In the commercial real estate sector, the square footage of office space per employee is falling and the retail sector is changing, as more consumers elect to make purchases online rather than in brick and mortar stores.   From a demographic perspective, the Baby Boomer generation is reaching retirement while the Millennial generation, those born between 1981 and 1996, are dealing with student debt and entering the housing market later.
Unlike previous generations, the past is not prologue for the current real estate market.  London’s firm conducted a survey of local employers that effectively asked:  “What keeps you up at night?” The most common answer was their inability to find suitable employees.  The housing market in San Diego is contributing to that concern:  the median house price is $650,000 (compared to the nationwide average of $250,000)  and San Diego is adding only around 10,000 housing units annually when the need is closer to 15,000-20,000 units. Moreover, the type of housing that is being built isn’t where the jobs are and is more likely to be apartments rather than single family homes for young families. 
Overall, London said that politicians and residents alike need to take greater responsibility to promote adequate land use and intelligent growth of the San Diego community.
Past is Not Prologue In San Diego Real Estate Sharon Schendel 2019-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 24, 2019
We'll repeat this scene on April 27, 2019!
Our Rotarian at Work Day at Nativity Prep Academy is moved to Saturday, April 27, 2019.  March 30 proved to be a busy day across the District, so we’ll meet at this amazing school one month later to help them with some projects to update/beautify the campus.  Email Marty Peters with any questions and to let him know that you’d like to attend. 
Rotarian at Work Day Nativity Prep Academy- Date Change Sharon Schendel 2019-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 24, 2019
Marty Peters gave a vocational presentation at the March 21, 2019 meeting as part of the series sponsored by our Vocational Committee.  Marty said he stumbled into the financial services sector.  After college, he worked for the west coast division of RCA, which paid for him to attend graduate school at USC.  However, Marty encountered issues with the accounting style of that office and when he learned about opportunities for pension administration companies, he left with two friends to found his own company, which marked the start of his career as an independent financial advisor. 
For Marty, the best part of his profession is a chance to listen (he already had expert speaking skills) and from listening to determine what his clients’ priorities are.  Technology and laws inevitably affect the financial services sector and Marty stressed the need to keep current with regulations and to pursue continuing education.  Therein represents a challenge of being in financial services- the need to stay abreast of developments to give clients every advantage in managing their wealth.  In terms of ethical issues and how the 4-way test can apply, Marty goes a step beyond The Golden Rule to follow The Platinum Rule:  treat others even better than he would want to be treated.  Marty said that being an independent advisor who is not tied to any one company allows him to give his clients the broadest range of options.  Marty would advise young people looking to enter this profession to find a good mentor, join relevant professional associations, and, most importantly, always work with happy people. 
Vocational Series: Marty Peters Sharon Schendel 2019-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 24, 2019
Rotarian of the Day John Baranowski kicked off the March 21, 2019 meeting by recognizing National Common Courtesy Day and the ways that we can make everyday a Common Courtesy day (e.g., greeting others warmly, saying “please” and “thank you”, holding the door, letting others go first, letting a car in front of you).  He also pointed out someone who embodies Common Courtesy- someone who always greets others warmly, never leaves anyone out, is always there, rain or shine, and is always ready with a joke, of course that someone is Monty Woolley!
Making Courtesy More Common Sharon Schendel 2019-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 17, 2019
Fred Krakowiak takes questions about his experiences in Africa
A sampling of Fred's artwork
A grandfather’s lesson to color outside the lines and make boundaries invisible, in short, to be a maverick, made a lasting impression on Fred Krakowiak, our speaker at the March 14, 2019 meeting.  Despite a long and successful career as a financial manager who oversaw investment portfolios worth over $100 million, Fred felt unfulfilled.
Fred pointed out the importance of recognizing and acting on triggers for life changes. His trigger came after the 9/11 attacks when a client sued him for not fulfilling his fiduciary duties. Although the suit was dismissed as frivolous (Fred’s investment decisions for this client in fact led to a portfolio performance that exceeded that of the S & P by 30%), during arbitration Fred recalled looking out the window toward the Camelback Mountain and thinking: “I’m going to sell my practice.” 
This moment led to a career change that allowed him to pursue a passion for art and wildlife, particularly wildlife in Africa. During his talk, Fred used some of his wildlife photography to parallel some of the challenges that face people looking for change. He spoke of the need to manage stress and the importance of recognizing that not all stress is negative, but that some responses to stress are.
While tracking a lion pride in Africa, Fred and his guide disagreed about which way to go.  The guide pointed out to Fred that he had missed an important clue- the call of a baboon alerting others to the presence of lions. This situation illustrated to Fred the need to trust his senses, and, more importantly, how dulled senses can become during the course of everyday life. Now, when he prepares clients to go on walking safari, he encourages them to visit the grocery store produce section, close their eyes, and notice the smells- not just the sights. His travels to Africa and close encounters with animals also taught Fred to see how the behavior and posture of wildlife could convey life-saving cues.
Africa taught Fred the value of good guides, and that anyone making significant life changes needs a trusted guide as well as a detailed map that outlines the path to the desired change. Such changes are never easy and are often accompanied by anxiety, but Fred said that often life lies on the other side of anxiety. 
Fred Krakowiak Channeled His Inner Maverick to Change Careers Sharon Schendel 2019-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 17, 2019
Guests added to our Happy Dollars at this week’s meeting. Albert Martinez was happy to be among such friendly, service-minded people; Sue McKinney was happy to be in attendance with her dog Lucky and to give a gentle plug for Crila herbal supplements; and Ole Prahm was double double happy (that’s $20) for always receiving encouragement and warm welcomes at our meetings. Our members were happy, too.  Jim McClellan was super happy (another $100 from Jim) for a very beautiful day and to express the value and meaning that being a member of Rotary has for him and Marty Peters was happy at the prospect that maybe, just maybe, Ole might transfer his membership to our club.
On the other hand, I’m unhappy that I repeatedly misspelled Jim McClellan’s name in earlier newsletters. Although I always strive to spell names correctly, I do make mistakes. Please let me know if I get the spelling of your name wrong! 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 17, 2019
Kurt Vonnegut wrote in “Breakfast of Champions”: “We had tortured circles until they coughed up this symbol of their secret lives: π.” This year Thursday fell on March 14, 3/14, giving Rotarian of the Day Matt Kurth, the opportunity to share some fun facts about π. Besides expressing the ratio of circumference to diameter of circles, π is an infinitely long, irrational number- we can express π to more than 20 trillion digits. Despite being irrational, Matt explained that π is thought to be “normal” meaning that the digits 0-9 appear with equal frequency and that you can find any number sequence (e.g., your birthday, social security number) with the π sequence.  Click here to find where your favorite number sequence falls.
Rotarian of the Day for Pi Day, Matt Kurth Sharon Schendel 2019-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 17, 2019
Join us on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Sbicca restaurant in Del Mar for the March social.  Come by to enjoy items from their broad happy hour menu and a selection of craft beer, wines, and cocktails. As always, spouses and guests are welcome.  Thank you to Club Service Chair Susie Wagner for organizing our socials. 
March Social: Sbicca in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2019-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 17, 2019
Ryan Riell with his dad Les, mom Pam (center left) and wife Kristi (right)
Congratulations to Ryan Riell on receiving his Blue Badge at the March 14, 2019 meeting. Ryan is a Rotary legacy- his dad, Les, is a member of the Rotary Club of Mesa, Arizona and was also Ryan's sponsor. His mom Pam and wife Kristi were also on hand to see Ryan's badge turn blue.
Our Newest Blue Badger Ryan Riell Sharon Schendel 2019-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 17, 2019
Sue McKinney with her dog Lucky
We welcomed several guests to our March 14, 2019 meeting including: Tricia Hedman, publicist at Ollie Media; Sue McKinney, past president of Rotary Club of Uptown Oakland; Danny Sherlock, member of Rotary Club of Escondido and president and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego; and  Katherine Zacharias, member of the Rotary Club Encinitas Coastal and Small Business Life and Health Insurance Guru at Hera Hub San Diego. Tony Villasenor introduced his guest and neighbor, Albert Martinez; Ryan Riell brought along his dad Les, mom Pam, and wife Kristi. We welcomed back Adrienne Hurt (Lakeland Noon Rotary in Minocqua, Wisconsin), Associate Member Dani Knapp (also of Rotary Club of Kona, Hawaii) and Ole Prahm (Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe).
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Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 04, 2019
Richard Lederer spoke about his latest book: "The Joy of Names"...
... and demonstrated how "Wow" is both a written and verbal palindrome
We were delighted to have the original verbivore, Richard Lederer, as our featured speaker for the February 28, 2019 meeting.  Richard has authored over 50 books and his talk focused on his latest offering- The Joy of Names.  But first, Richard stopped to reflect on the word “Wow”, which he heard President Don Fipps say a few times. Richard pointed out that not only is “Wow” a palindrome, both written and spoken, but it’s an ambigram- a word that retains meaning even when viewed from varying perspectives. 
But back to names- Richard noted that names give us our identity. Infants as young as 5 months old respond to their name, and Dale Carniegie said that to any individual their names is the “sweetest sound… in any language”.  Humans are namers by nature, and names have evolved over the past century. For first names, John and Mary long held the top spot as most popular names, and while John holds on at 27th most popular, Mary has sunk to 126 (check out your own name’s popularity over the years at the Social Security website). Now parents frequently name their children so that their name makes them stand out, rather than fit in. 
Last names took on increasing importance as villages.  Last names often reflected geographical location (e.g., Woods), qualities (e.g., Stout), physical characteristics (Reed meant redhead), or occupation (e.g., Smith, Hooper, Chandler). Names can also be patronymic (e.g., Johnson, son of John). 
Richard ended with a bit on nicknames, particularly how Richard, William, Robert, and Sara come to be called Dick, Bill, Bob, and Sadie.  Some scholars believe that these nicknames, which all contain hard consonants, may simply have been easier and faster to pronounce.
Richard Lederer has a Way With Words Sharon Schendel 2019-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 04, 2019
Friday Project Fair chaired by Philippe Lamoise (thank you to Rotary Club Santee-Lakeside president Elana Levens-Craig for the photo)
Rotarians from around District 5340 gathered this weekend at the Catamaran Resort for the annual District Conference. Attendees learned about District programs (many of them youth-centered), including LEAD, RYLA, Model UN and MusiCamp. Our own Philippe Lamoise chaired the Project Fair on Friday March 1, 2019, which featured many projects in our sister district, District 4100, that are need of partner clubs.  On Saturday March 2, 2019 the morning session included presentations on community service projects, many of which yield a high return at low or no cost, such as Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo’s Rotarians at Work Day project that relieved residents of tons of trash at no cost, and the Rotary Club of Santee-Lakeside’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive that ensured that food collected by U.S. Postal Service workers stayed in the community.  The afternoon session highlighted the many international projects that district clubs support that address Rotary’s six Areas of Focus.  Rotary Club of Del Mar had one of the highest per capita attendance rates in the district!
District 5340 Conference Sharon Schendel 2019-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 04, 2019
Karin Davies was double happy to learn that one of her students in Gondar Ethiopia had posted about collaboration with doctors from Israel on remodeling part of the NICRU at Gondar Hospital; Marty Peters was happy that the Notre Dame basketball team beat Syracuse; Garrie Rhodes was happy to have seen a San Diego Fleet football game; Don and Donna Fipps were happy to have spent the past were with their 1 and 2 year-old grandsons in North Carolina; Tusu Tusubira was happy to have had the support of Rotary Club of Del Mar for multiple projects in Uganda.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 04, 2019
Phillippe Lamoise and Dugan Moore with Dorcas and Tusu Tusubira
At the February 28, 2019 meeting we welcomed Karim Pirani, founder of iBBQ (Interactive Barbecue), which markets tables that incorporate a barbecue that forms the center of social grilling parties; Melanie Capunay and Nichole Merzi from 22nd District of the Agricultural Association who manage events and exhibits at the Del Mar Fairgrounds; Adrienne Hurt from Lakeland Rotary in Minocqua is continuing to avoid the harsh Midwest winters; Clive Gill, who will speak to the club in early summer, stopped by to hear Richard Lederer; Tusu Tusubira and Dorcas Tusubira from Rotary Club of Kampala North and Rotary Club of Kamapla-Sunrise in Uganda were in town for the District 5340 Conference- Tusu is attending the conference on behalf of Rotary International President Barry Rassin. He was also a District Governor in Rotary Year 2006-2007 with Philippe Lamoise
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2019-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 04, 2019
Garrie Rhodes was our Rotarian of the Month for February. We recognized her hard work to make the music competition such a success, and also for securing the featured speaker for the February 28, 2019 meeting, Richard Lederer.
Rotarian of the Month: Garrie Rhodes Sharon Schendel 2019-03-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 24, 2019
Pacifica Del Mar is the site for our February social.  We’ll gather in their bar from 5-7 PM for specially-priced drinks ($2 off all beer, wine and cocktails) and bar menu items, which include chilled seafood, half plates and large and smaller bites.  As always, we hold our socials at restaurants that support our annual Sunset Soiree as a way to thank them for their support.
February Social February 26 at Pacific Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2019-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 24, 2019
Music competition organizer Garrie Rhodes (center) with judges Ed Siegel (second from left) and Jake Jamieson (far right) with contestants Devin Oswald (far left) Isabella McCormick (center left) and William Bonitz Newman (center right)
The first round of the District 5340 Music Competition was the program for the February 21, 2019 meeting. Our thanks to Garrie Rhodes for again organizing our competition, which featured three very talented young musicians. The contest is open to high school aged students in the region and the entrants are evaluated on the difficulty of the piece, their command of their instrument, interpretation and stage presence. Our own Ed Siegel and Jake Jamieson, who has a BA and MA in Ethnomusicology from UCLA (both have also performed at the Hollywood Bowl), served as judges. 
Devin Oswald, a freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School, started the competition by playing a movement from Haydn’s Concerto G Major for violin. La Jolla Country Day senior  William Bonitz Newman returned for the second year and played the 1st Concertino for alto saxophone by Georges Guilhaud.  Isabella McCormick, a freshman at Cathedral Catholic High School finished the competition with Impromptu for harp by Reinhold Glère. Isabella’s performance was judged the winner and we awarded a $300 prize.  She will move on to the Regional Contest in March to compete for a spot in the final round to be held in April. 
Isabella said that she started playing the harp when she was six years old, and began working on her winning piece just last month.  
We thank all the contestants for taking the time to play for us (and also their parents, Devin Oswald, Gisele Bonitz, and Patty and Kevin McCormick for joining us) and wish Isabella all success in the next round of the competition. 
Visit our Facebook page to see (and like!) video clips of the performances. 
District 5340 Music Competition Sharon Schendel 2019-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 24, 2019
The next meeting of the Sunset Soiree Planning committee will be 4 PM on Wednesday 27 at Tom Ryan’s house. All are encouraged to attend to learn how they can make this year’s event a success.  Also, if you have any gift cards that you don’t plan to use, please consider donating them for a gift card tree that Donna Fipps will be making. 
Sunset Soiree Planning Meeting February 27 Sharon Schendel 2019-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 24, 2019
Larry Cook was happy (although not Aztec Happy) that the SDSU men’s basketball team beat Nevada, which was ranked sixth in the nation; Karl Wagner was happy (and amazed) to see hail on his front porch- the first time he’d ever seen that in the 30 years he’s lived in Del Mar. 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 24, 2019
Adrienne Hurt (Lakeland Noon Rotary Club in Minocqua, Wisconsin) and Nat Reade (Rotary Club of Pasadena) returned for the February 21, 2019 meeting.  Amin Karbasi, a software engineer at Qualcomm joined us to learn more about Rotary, and Meri Anne Krystmas, piano teacher to Larry Cook attended to hear one of her current students, William Bonitz Newman, play in the music competition. 
Welcoming This Week's Visitors Sharon Schendel 2019-02-24 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 10, 2019
Adrienne Hurt and Alta Markeson returned for another meeting as they continue to avoid the cold in Wisconsin and Utah; Jim McClellan brought his guest, Karlos Copara, who founded a company, Accel Branding, that helps companies develop branding strategies; Garrie Moore welcomed Brenda Short, a law professor on a brief visit to the Del Mar area from England; and Tony Villasenor introduced John Douglas, a long-time resident of the Del Mar/Carmel Valley area. 
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Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 10, 2019
Donna Fipps with CCI puppy in training, Ressa
Ressa in June, 2017
Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) puppy Ressa, came to Donna Fipps nearly two years ago. At the February 7, 2019, we bid farewell to Ressa as she moves on to undergo intensive training at the CCI Southwest Training Center in Oceanside.  Ressa was in frequent attendance at our meetings and events, and never failed to wag her tail whenever someone greeted her.  We wish Ressa every success going forward! 
Farewell and Good Luck to Ressa Sharon Schendel 2019-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 10, 2019
Matt Clark from the Padres organization
Sergio Del Prado (Sergio del Prado, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships) and Matt Clark (Director of Group Tickets & Hospitality) joined our February 7, 2019 meeting to talk about the upcoming Padres season and events at Petco Park. Although the Padre’s 2018 season was lackluster (40% win rate), the concerts, including the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Def Leppard and Journey, held at Petco Park set attendance records, the sixth installment of Pedal the Cause raised nearly $3 million to benefit cancer research conducted in the San Diego area, and Trevor Hoffman was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Petco Park continues to be one of the top-ranked ball parks in Major League Baseball, but despite this success the Padres organization is still working to improve the facilities. The Premier Club is undergoing a significant refresh and the updated version will be ready for the 2019 season. The Park at the Park will be updated to provide a better experience for fans attending concerts and many fans will be looking forward to the Paul McCartney concert on June 22.
On the baseball side, 2019 is the Padres’ 50th anniversary. The outlook for the upcoming season is good, particularly given that the team has 10 of the top 100 prospects and one of the best farm teams in all of major league baseball. Young players to watch include Fernando Tatis, Jr., MacKenzie Gore, and Luis Urias. Our District 5340 will continue to host baseball nights, so 2019 looks to be a great year to watch some baseball downtown. 
Baseball and Beyond at Petco Park Sharon Schendel 2019-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 10, 2019
Help plan the Sunset Soiree meeting and discover ways that you can contribute to making our largest fundraiser- to be held May 21, 2019- a success. We will hold a planning meeting at 4 PM on February 12, 2019 at Tom Ryan’s club house in Solana BeachEmail Tom for directions, or check out his address on the Club Runner app
Sunset Soiree Planning Meeting February 12, 2019 Sharon Schendel 2019-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 10, 2019
All members are welcome to attend the monthly Board of Directors meetings, held in the Youth Room of St. Peter’s. This month’s meeting will be held Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 7:30 AM and will last around one hour. Red Badgers need to attend one Board meeting to achieve Blue Badge status.
Board of Directors Meeting February 12, 2019 Sharon Schendel 2019-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 10, 2019
As the first in a series of vocational talks, Ryan Riell discussed his work in San Diego real estate with the Wannebo Real Estate group. Vocational presentations will follow a similar structure: (i) Why the speaker chose his/her career path; (ii) The most rewarding/difficult aspects of their vocation; (iii) Impacts of technology; (iv) Trends, opportunities/challenges; (v) Ethical issues; and (vi) Advice for those looking to enter the vocation.   
Ryan entered the real estate profession because he wanted to help people solve problems and navigate one of the biggest purchases they will make- a home. He noted that over 93% of new agents wash out in the first year of this “learn-as-you-go” profession. Technology has definitely impacted real estate with the advent of the multiple listing service (MLS), which gives equal access to those in the housing market, but can also serve to drive up prices and increase competition among both buyers and sellers. From an ethical perspective, all agents have a fiduciary obligation to act in the best interest of their clients, regardless of how those actions affect other parties involved in the transaction.
Ryan gave a brief snapshot of the Del Mar/Carmel Valley market. The current median price for Del Mar is $2 million, up by $185,000 relative to 2018, whereas the median price in Carmel Valley is $1.055 million, also up by $185,000.  The Days on Market for Del Mar and Carmel Valley is 36 and 21 days, respectively, and the Months of Inventory is 7 and 1.6 months. If >7 months represents a Buyer’s market and <4 months a Seller’s market, Del Mar is currently slightly favorable for buyers while sellers have the advantage in Carmel Valley. Ryan said that new agents should consider joining in with a team who can provide valuable insights into the workings of the real estate business. 
Vocational Series: Ryan Riell and Real Estate Sharon Schendel 2019-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 10, 2019
Donna Fipps was happy (but not entirely) to see her Canine Companion for Independence (CCI) puppy Ressa graduate to advanced training; Jim King was double happy that his wife has a new Lincoln; Sharyn Daly was happy to invite club members to her house on the 4th of July.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 10, 2019
February 7, 2019 was Periodic Table and as Rotarian of the Day Dugan Moore summarized some of the history of the table and how Dmitri Mendeleev brought about the periodic table used today. 
Rotarian of the Day: Dugan Moore Sharon Schendel 2019-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 03, 2019
Rotary-themed gifts from District 2333 in Russia (that's a giant polio virus on the left)
Al Tarkington was happy to see North Coast Rep production of Moon Over Buffalo  Marty Peters was super happy to receive gifts from District Governor Elect Anna Tumanova, who will govern essentially all of Russia, which has only one district, District 2223. Marty shared the Rotary-themed gifts: Matryoshka dolls bearing the Rotary wheel and a big stuffed polio virus (I took that one to my virus-themed lab); Ed Siegel was happy to have completed a 20 year study that definitely supported the theory that having his car washed brings on rain.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 03, 2019
Hands of Peace Site Director Sarah Heirendt with Program Chair Scott MacDonald
The interfaith organization Hands of Peace (HOP) seeks to empower young people to find their voice and raise their voice as agents of change. San Diego Site Director Sarah Heirendt, our speaker at the January 31, 2019 meeting, explained how HOP brings together Palestinian, Israeli and American teenagers between 15 and 17 years-old for intensive summer programs held in San Diego and Chicago. During the summer program, the participants engage in daily dialogue sessions about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that are moderated by professional facilitators, take part in team building and leadership exercises, as well as educational and cultural activities. They also have free time with members of the group and the HOP community. 
HOP youth who do not live in the San Diego area are hosted by one of 30 volunteer host families. The program also involves over 200 volunteers during the program and throughout the year. 
The Summer Program is the first of three phases of the HOP journey. In regional seminars held throughout the subsequent year, new alumni of the summer program have the opportunity to discuss the challenges they face as they take their newly gained knowledge and understanding back to their home communities. Older alumni are encouraged to continue their role as leaders of a new generation through internal dialogue or partnerships with other organizations. 
HOP has a strong connection to Rotary. Multiple clubs in District 5340 have worked with HOP, and the HOP has received District Grant funding over the past four years. HOP is currently working toward securing a Global Grant. There are multiple ways to get involved in HOP, including being a host family, encouraging local youth to apply to participate, volunteering time, and donating funds.
Hands of Peace and the Power of Dialogue Sharon Schendel 2019-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 03, 2019
Al Graff (center) with Ed Siegel and Bessie Floyd
Dessert for the day was, of course, cake!
We were delighted to help Honorary Member Al Graff celebrate his 100th birthday at our January 31, 2019 meeting. Al was born in North Dakota, but spent much of his life in Southern California. He attended Catholic grade school and Loyola High School in Los Angeles before studying mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley. He and his wife Marianne had 5 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. 
Al said that when he was ordained as a deacon in 1983, he was told that the most important thing deacons can do is to help the poor. He recalled several projects he co-founded or served that had a primary mission of helping those less fortunate. Al co-founded Esperanza International, which provides housing and medical care for residents of Tijuana. In 1991, Past President of Rotary Club of Del Mar Dr. Dick Wheelock approached Al to ask if he could find some space at St. Leo’s where he could see patients, which was the beginning of St. Leo’s Medical/Dental clinic. Al was instrumental in finding a home for Head Start chapters around the county, as well as for encouraging Rotary Club of Del Mar, which he joined in 1990, to sponsor a holiday party for Head Start students.  He also served on the boards of the Community Resource Center and the Mexican American Education Guidance Association (MAEGA) that raises funds for college scholarships for children of Mexican Latin American descent. 
To honor all of Al’s contributions to the community, Mission Circle, together with the St. James Scholarship Fund, established the Deacon Al Graff Scholarship that will provide tuition support for children of immigrants and low-income families to receive a Catholic education.  Al considers the tuition support he received to attend Loyola High School an instrumental part of his successful life. Please consider donating to the fund to help other young children receive similar support.
Happy 100th Birthday to Honorary Member Al Graff Sharon Schendel 2019-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 03, 2019
President Don Fipps says he always has a back-up Rotarian of the Day if he needs one- his wife Donna Fipps. Given the very special birthday we were recognizing, Donna gave a brief history of some birthday traditions. Credit the Egyptians for celebrating birthdays in the first place; the Romans for celebrating the birthday of every man (women finally got to celebrate their birthdays in the 12th century); Greeks and their god Artemis for lighting candles on birthdays; Germans and their Kinderfest for bringing a cake to put the candles on; and Pillsbury and their doughboy for making cakes simple to make. 
Rotarian of the Day Donna Fipps Sharon Schendel 2019-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 03, 2019
At our January 31, 2019 meeting we welcomed Alta Markeson and Adrienne Hurt, members of the Rotary Club of Logan Utah and Lakeland Noon Rotary in Minocqua, Wisconsin respectively, who are both wintering in the Del Mar area. Jay Hansen, lector at St. Peter’s church, together with Past Presidents Bob Bobbitt and Jim Brunner, and Honorary Member Bessie Floyd (with husband Ron) attended to help celebrate Honorary Member Al Graff’s 100th birthday. 
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Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 25, 2019
Jim McClellan was super happy (that’s $100, folks!) to see the Watkins family in attendance and that his friend and fellow Rotarian, Honorary Member Al Graff, celebrated his 100th birthday earlier in the week; Scott MacDonald is double happy that he contracted with Indiana University Press to publish his next book, which will concern student debt; Ryan Riell was double happy that his daughter Adeline, who celebrated her first birthday in December, walked down the hallway of her daycare all by herself that morning so she could go and play with friends; Cynthias Villis was happy in hoping for a good turnout at the upcoming 8th Annual District 5340 Kroc School Peace Forum to be held February 23 at USD; Brett Mattei was happy that his brother in the Department of State is in good spirits despite being temporarily without a paycheck; and Nat Reade was double happy to announce that he is seeking 2 couples to join 6 other couples on a 9 day rail trip, June 15-24, 2019, that will travel between LA, Seattle and Chicago before returning to LA. 
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Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 25, 2019
Deacon Al Graff- newly minted centenarian Photo credit Nancy Fisher
Honorary Member Al Graff recently marked his 100th birthday. Please join us at the January 31, 2019 meeting to help celebrate and hear him give a few words of reflection. Thank you to Jim McClellan for helping Al get to the meeting. 
Celebrating Al Graff's Induction Into the Centenarian Club Sharon Schendel 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 25, 2019
Mark your calendars!  Our annual Sunset Soiree will be held Tuesday May 21, 2019 on the Del Mar Plaza Terrace. Thank you to Tony Villasenor for working with the Del Mar Plaza to confirm the date. Don Fipps will take over from Paul Chunyk to chair the event committee. Please attend the first planning meeting at Don’s house on Tuesday, January 29 starting at 4 PM to learn how you can help make our most important fundraising event of the year a success. Email Don for the address and directions.
Sunset Soiree Date Set for May 21, 2019 Sharon Schendel 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
I’m proud to receive my second Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Given the many ways that Rotary helps, I can think of no better organization to support.
Sharon Schendel Paul Harris Fellow + 1 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 25, 2019
Marc Brutten, Founder and Chairman of Brixton Capital, owner of Del Mar Plaza
Del Mar Plaza now...
... and then
Marc Brutten, Chair of Brixton Capital Group, was our speaker at the January 24, 2019 meeting, when he outlined the history and future plans for Del Mar Plaza. Among the 140 commercial properties owned by the group, the Plaza is unique in size, location, and meaning to the community it occupies. The ~76,000 ft2 Plaza that was spearheaded by developers David Winkler and Ivan Galyer and designed Jon Jerde was narrowly approved by Del Mar voters. In 1989 it superseded the previous, more traditional 1950’s-era shopping center that housed a grocery, dry cleaner and bank. Over the past decade, however, the Plaza lost some of its original appeal, particularly when it was owned by a German investment group that had little expertise in managing retail properties. Brixton Capital acquired the Plaza in 2017 with the goal of returning it as one of the centerpieces of the Del Mar Village.
The Brixton group seeks to create a lifestyle-focused environment for the Plaza that engages the community to a better degree than in previous years. In addition to hosting events like our Sunset Soiree, the Plaza restored Seaside Sessions that feature local musicians and encouraged patrons of the Twilight Concert Series to dine at the Plaza prior to heading down to the concert. The Plaza hosts “Lil Tritons”- targeted at families with children that brings folk music and child-friendly activities. Over the holidays, the Plaza held pop up artisan markets that offered unique gifts made by local artists and a movie screening of “Elf”. 
Plans are also in place to bring a new restaurant to occupy the old Epazote site. The Social Syndicate restaurant group will bring in Waterproof, a gastropub restaurant with a tapas-style menu that will give Plaza visitors a moderately-priced dining option that can be visited regularly, rather than just on special occasions. 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar is grateful to the Plaza for supporting its main fundraising event, and we look forward to enjoying the newly revitalized Plaza.    
Making Del Mar Plaza a Community and Cultural Centerpiece Sharon Schendel 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 25, 2019
Welcome to our newest member, Yasser Tahboub
At the January 24, 2019 meeting we inducted our newest member, Yasser Tahboub, who recently moved to Del Mar from Bahrain, where he was a member of Rotary Club of Sulmaniya.  We are delighted that he chose our club to continue as a Rotarian in the United States. Yasser said that he’s been volunteering since his youth and sought out Rotary as a way to continue volunteering as part of an organization that has a global reach.  
Yasser Tahboub Inducted as New Member Sharon Schendel 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 25, 2019
USD Rotaract Club President Alvin Seepaul (center) with club advisor Cynthia Villis (left) and President Don Fipps
Sisters Kit Leeger (left) and KC Vafiadis (right) with Susi of Susi & Joni clothing boutique in Del Mar
Don Fipps with Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe members Mary Murray (left) and Assistant District Governor Susie Callahan (right)
Plenty of guests came to our January 24, 2019 meeting. We welcomed:  Jason Davis, Vice President and Private Banker at Union Bank; KC Baivatas, daughter of Jim Watkins and Kit Leeger’s sister, who introduced her friend Susi Wyetter, owner of Joni & Susi clothing boutique in the Del Mar village; and Nat Read, frequent visitor from Rotary Club of Pasadena. Past President John Sorenson (RY 1998-1999) was getting his fill of fish tacos while visiting from Minnesota.
The Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe was well-represented with members Susie Callahan (Assistant District Governor), Past Chief Assistant District Governor Ole Prahm, and Mary Murray, Vice President at Union Bank.
Alvin Seepaul, President of the University of San Diego Rotaract club- now 24 strong- attended along with Club Advisor from the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, Cynthia Villas.  Rotary Clubs of Del Mar, La Jolla Golden Triangle, and Coronado are proud to sponsor this Rotaract Club. 
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Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 25, 2019
Cans of PBR awaited all attendees of the January 24, 2019 meeting, courtesy of Rotarian of the Day Vickie Barks, who brought them in recognition of National Beer Can Appreciation Day.  We surely appreciate having Vickie as an active member.  Read more about Vickie’s current pursuits (and her shout-out to Rotary Club of Del Mar) in a recent Del Sol Magazine article. 
Vickie Barks Rotarian of the Day Sharon Schendel 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 25, 2019
Salvatore Ercolano (far left) with club members and guests (frong row, l-r) Walt Strangman, Donna Fipps, Suzy Wagner, Keith Ward, Linda Strangman, (back row, l-r) Tony Villasenor, Matt Kurth, Karl Wagner
Enjoying good food and company in the evolving restaurant interior
Salvatore Ercolano, owner of Seasalt, recently acquired another restaurant on Carmel Valley Road, which he’s named West End Bar & Kitchen.  Although the restaurant isn’t yet open for regular business, he welcomed our January social as part of a “soft open”. The chandeliers are in place and will eventually hang over booths as part of the reconfiguration of the space. 
January Social at West End Bar &amp; Kitchen Sharon Schendel 2019-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 20, 2019
There’s a new restaurant along Carmel Valley Road west of the 5- West End Bar & Kitchen.  Although the restaurant is new for us, the owners are not- they also own Seasalt just down the road. Join us on Tuesday January 22 from 5-7 PM for Happy Hour with special pricing on cocktails, beer, wine and the bar menu.  Please note that all orders will be included on a single check, so please bring cash (and preferably small bills) to cover the cost of your items.
Club Social January 22 at West End Bar &amp; Kitchen Sharon Schendel 2019-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 20, 2019
Featured Speaker and Rotarian Amy Scruggs shows this picture taken on a recent safari as illustration that satisfying needs can sometime involve discomfort
MC Don Fipps studying his schedule- done in characteristic military detail that kept the meeting to time
Walt Strangman with Sharyn Daly
Karl and Suzy Wagner
Klaus Gubernator, Gabrielle Benot, Dugan Moore and Barrett Smith
Area 4 Annual 7-Way Meeting
Last year it was the 6-way meeting, but District 5340 Area 4 has grown by one club to include the Rotary E-club of San Diego, whose members joined those from Rotary Clubs of Del Mar, Del Mar Solana Beach, Encinitas, Encinitas Coastal, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach Eco, at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar. Over 100 Rotarians (including Current District Governor Mel Gallegos, District Governor Elect Steve Weitzen, Assistant DGs Susie Callahan and Ole Prahm) attended to hear club presidents showcase their club’s activities. Our own Don Fipps acted as MC.
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach: 30 members, meets Fridays at 7 AM. President Ken Barrett 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 Deb Vaughn-Cleff said that funds raised at their annual Food and Wine Festival (June 2 this year) go 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 James Owen. Their fundraiser, the Golf Ball Drop, supports the Navy SEAL Foundation and other organizations.
  • Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe: 80 members, meets Wednesdays at noon. President Michael Taylor noted that their Taste of Rancho Santa Fe event has an attendance of nearly 800 to raise funds that support 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 Dave Peiser. This club focuses on projects that promote environmental responsibility and sustainability, including Latrines for Life in Cambodia, Project Amigo in Mexico, and Shelter Box. When they’re not meeting at LePort School in Solana Beach, club members take frequent field trips to environmentally sustainable projects.
  • Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global was founded in 2015 and has 15 members from all over the world, including San Diego.  They meet both electronically and face-to-face.  Treasurer Janet Mikelson summarized the e-clubs activities, including their partnership on a Global Grant Train for Change that will train teachers in Honduras, and equip these teachers with skills to train new teachers to decrease the high school dropout rate. 
The featured speaker this year is Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe member, and nationally known singer and performer Amy Scruggs. She spoke of the many times her “life GPS” had to “recalculate”.  From becoming a mother at a young age, to multiple job changes that eventually led her to become an established entertainer who opened for multiple country music stars, Amy related the importance of being “Contagious, Not Competitive”. 
Area 4 Annual 7-way Meeting Sharon Schendel 2019-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 20, 2019
Don Johnson (left) and Karin Davies (right) with DGE Joe Otin from District 9212 (center)
PDG Marty Peters hands out "Goodbye Polio Thanks Rotary!" bumper stickers
Donna Fipps and Ressa were at the San Diego airport with members of San Diego E-Club global greeting arriving District Governors
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 PDGs Marty Peters and Philippe Lamoise, invited seven DGEs and their spouses to their La Jolla home. Each DGE has some connection to Rotary Club of Del Mar- either through personal friendships or international projects on which the club partners. This year we were joined by: PDG Jean-Pierre Noirtin (District 1510, France) ;  DGE Peter Oser-Veltins and Suzanne Veltins (District 1900, Germany); DGE Anna Tumanova and her daughter Varvana (District 2223, Russia); DGE Pasha and Shakila Zameer (District 3000, India); DGE Jim Henry (District 5870 Austin TX); DGE Delma and Audley Maduro (District 7020, British Virgin Islands); Training Leader Najoua Azouz and his wife Lotfi, along with DGE Noureddine and Danielle Hafsi (District 9010, Tunisia); DGE Xavier and Brenda Sentamu (District 9211, Uganda); DGE Joe Otin (District 9212, Kenya- this district encompasses Ethiopia). We congratulate all the DGEs and wish them every success in their Rotary year.
Fellowship Reception for District Governor Elects Sharon Schendel 2019-01-20 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2019
To round out 2018 happiness, Scott MacDonald was happy that his newest book, “Think Like a Dog” is available for pre-order on Amazon; Bill Dougherty was super happy that his grandson was accepted at the University of Arizona; and Jim McClellan, at 80 years young, finds that life only gets better.  And to start  happiness in the new year, at our January 10, 2019 meeting Karin Davies was double happy that her 10 year-old granddaughter Minami wanted to use some of her Christmas money to help rescue wild animals and made a donation to Lions, Tigers and Bears Sanctuary in Alpine; Don Fipps was happy for Donna Fipps, whose birthday was that day; Marty Peters was double happy for his wife’s upcoming birthday and Notre Dame’s fine football season; Dee House was happy to see long-time friend and speaker of the day Dr. Bruce Bekkar.
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2019
Monty Woolley with his grandson, Anthony Gallo
President Don Fipps presents Americana restaurant owner Randy Gruber a plaque recognizing his prize-winning chili at the recent Chili & Quackers event
At our December 20, 2018 meeting we welcomed Patricia Wimmer, a member of the Rotary Club of Rochester Rotary Risers in Rochester, Minnesota; Janie King, Jim King’s wife of 68 years; and Steve Ford, new editor of Del Mar Lifestyle magazine. We also welcomed back prospective member Yasser Tahboub from Rotary Club of Sulmaniya in Bahrain.  At the first meeting of the new year on January 10, 2019, we were joined by frequent guest Ole Prahm, Adrienne Hurt of Lakeland Noon Rotary Club in Minocqua, Wisconsin, Nat Reade of Rotary Club of Pasadena, Gabrielle Benot, an artist who lives in Del Mar, and Anthony Gallo, Monty Woolley’s grandson who is a senior at Colorado State University.  Randy Gruber crossed the street from his restaurant Americana to accept a plaque recognizing his prize-winning chili at our October Chili & Quackers event. 
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Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2019
TPHS Robotics Club President Danny Maas points out the club logo on the Millennium Falcons team T-shirt worn by Jonathan Mi, Head of Design and Build
"Darth Elevader"- the team's robot for the 2018 season
We welcomed as our special guests at the December 20, 2018 meeting members of the Millennium Falcons, the Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club.  Team leaders Danny Maas (President and grandson of well-known Del Mar resident and former city mayor Earl Maas), Jonathan Mi (Head of Design and Build), Emmie Yao (Head of Business), and Farrah Kaiyom (Head of Outreach) brought this year’s robot “Darth Elevader” that had lift and climb abilities to satisfy goals for this year’s FIRST challenge.  Click here to watch the lift mechanism in action. The team works with an annual budget of $50,000 that covers the cost of building their robots as well as the team’s outreach activities that include teaching local elementary school students the basics of robot design. They mentor the Technobotic Dolphins at Del Mar Heights Elementary and helped the Casa di Amistad engineering club acquire a 3-D printer. The Falcons thank Rotary Club of Del Mar for being one of their Platinum-level sponsors. 
Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club Millennium Falcons Sharon Schendel 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2019
Dr. Bruce Bekkar spoke about actions everyone can take to mitigate climate impacts
Bruce Bekkar, M.D. practiced as a Board-certified Ob/Gyn before becoming a full-time climate activist.  As a physician, he was acutely aware of the many negative health effects that arise from a damaged climate. In his talk at the January 10, 2019 meeting, he outlined ways that climate is changing for the worse and the health impacts such changes can have. He handed out cards that listed ways to mitigate personal impacts on the climate. For transportation, individuals can choose to walk, bike, use public transit or carpool, or drive a hybrid or electric vehicle.  In living spaces, simple changes are switching to LED bulbs and “smart thermostats”, and bigger changes involve retrofitting windows, adding insulation and installing solar panels.  Overall lifestyle changes include water conservation, composting, shopping local and reducing meat consumption.  Advocacy for community choice energy, both locally and across the state can promote use of energy from renewable sources, and support of local climate action plans is important for creating large-scale changes that can turn the course of climate change. 
Dr. Bekkar co-chairs the health group of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps, serves on the board of San Diego’s Climate Action Campaign and is Vice Chair of the Climate Defenders Action Fund. He served as Vice Chair of the Sea Level Rise Technical Advisory Committee for the City of Del Mar and on a sub-committee for California's Fourth Climate Assessment.
Bruce Bekkar and Climate Action Campaigns Sharon Schendel 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2019
The meeting time for January 17, 2019 is still Thursday at noon, but we’ll gather at Del Mar Hilton with Rotarians from six other District 5340 Area 4 clubs (Rotary Club of Del MarDel Mar-Solana BeachEncinitasEncinitas CoastalRancho Santa FeSolana Beach Eco and the Rotary E-Club of San Diego Global) at our annual 7-way meeting.  The featured speaker is Amy Scruggs, a national recording artist who is an accomplished jazz/pop vocalist and pianist, as well as mother of six and a Rotarian whose home club is the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe. 
Seven-Way Meeting January 17, 2019 at Hilton Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2019
Induction of new members: Dee House (top panel), Joe McLeod (center panel) and Tom Tucker (lower panel)
We finished 2018 by adding three new members.  Tom Tucker is a well-known figure in San Diego real estate and owns Coastal Premier Properties.  In his spare time, Tom enjoys fly fishing golf and photography.  Joe McLeod is the Chief Operating Officer of Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito. A graduate of Lander University, Joe arrived at BGC San Dieguito after serving as Director of Operations for Outdoor Outreach San Diego, which introduces underserved youth to a variety of outdoor activities and helps them realize their leadership potential.  He and his wife Alexis are parents to three daughters. Dee House returns to the club from the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast.  Dee is a personal financial advisor and guided the club into the new millennium when she served as president for Rotary Year 1999-2000.  She also maintained another connection to the club by adopting Donna Fipp’s Canine Companions for Independence puppy, Jenny, now known as Jenga. We welcome Dee, Joe and Tom and look forward to having them as members. 
Induction of New Members Sharon Schendel 2019-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Jim McClellan was double happy that his grandson continues to expand- he’s now up to 15 pounds; John Baranowski was happy for a successful cookie exchange and all the hard work that the Holiday Party committee put in to make the event a success; Marty Peters was happy that Notre Dame is in the final four of the NCAA football championship and to be home after an enjoyable cruise.
Happy Dollars  Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Deputy Chief Lifeguard for Del Mar Mark Rathsam and Lifeguard Kaitlyn Rosenthal demonstrate the features of the Aqua Lung rescue equipment
Brett Mattei outlined the need for a oceanfront Marine Safety Center in Rosarito Beach 
As St. Peter’s hosts the Interfaith Shelter, we moved our meeting site to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar on December 13, 2018.  The meeting included a thanks from Deputy Chief Lifeguard for Del Mar, Mark Rathsam for rapid response gear that will be critical for finding and rescuing swimmers in distress around Del Mar.  Lifeguard Kaitlyn Rosenthal demonstrated how quickly and easily the ~$2,000 Aqua Lung kits can be donned.  The club donated funds for purchase of two of the kits that will be part of the Del Mar Lifeguards battery of rescue equipment.
Our speaker for the meeting was President-Elect Brett Mattei, himself an experienced lifeguard, who is leading the effort to build a new Marine Safety Center for Rosarito Beach in the town of Rosarito, which lies just 10 miles south of the US border and is a popular destination for San Diegans and tourists alike.  
Brett explained that Rosarito Beach has around 800,000 patrons annually and is staffed by two year-round on call lifeguards and around 20 seasonal guards. Nonetheless, around 5 swimmers drown each year at Rosarito Beach- an unacceptably high rate that can be attributed in part to extended response times associated with the remote location of the lifeguard headquarters that are about 6 blocks from the beach.  The proposed Marine Safety Center will provide an oceanfront facility that will dramatically decrease response times and increase situational awareness of the lifeguards who staff the station. The project will be a collaboration between Baja and Southern California Rotary Clubs, with Rotary Clubs of Del Mar and Playas de Rosarito acting as leads.
Designs for the center were donated by club member Kit Leeger and her team with assistance from McKinley Associates. The advance team had located a site for the Center, and the local governmental agencies were highly supportive of the project, but unfortunately agencies at the national level already had plans in place for the proposed site, so the team is now looking for an alternate location. The budget for the project is $120,000 and is slated for completion between 2020 and 2021. Brett will be visiting clubs around District 5340 to seek support for the project and will also welcome donations that are designated for the project, as well as assistance with design of promotional materials.  Together, these efforts will realize a Marine Safety Center that will increase the confidence of visitors to Rosarito area beaches.  
Rotary Club of Del Mar Sponsors Marine Safety Center for Rosarito Beach Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Lots of soccer balls got pumped up
Kathy Reed's decorated pine cone station
Patti Kurtz helps with the fused bead ornaments
Mary Rawlings helps put the finishing touches on a succulent planter
Tony Villasenor and Don Fipps doled out dinner
We had a great evening on December 12, 2018 at the La Colonia Community Center in Solana Beach where we hosted our annual children’s Christmas party for the members of the La Colonia Branch of the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) San Dieguito. The afternoon of the party, Donna and Don Fipps, Klaus Gubernator, Brett Mattei, Barrett Smith, and Chris Stewart inflated soccer balls that would be given to the kids when they got their presents later in the week.
Dozens of children and their families came to make ornaments, visit with Santa and enjoy a home-cooked dinner that featured tamales and rice. Kathy Reed oversaw the decorated pine cone station, Patti Kurtz helped kids make several different kinds of ornaments, Bill and Mary Rawlings along with Brett Mattei guided the kids as they made succulent planters, using cuttings from Klaus Gubernator’s garden, Donna Fipps brought out the beads and pipe cleaners for jewelry making, and lots of kids were sporting green lips after eating their creations at the station where they decorated ice cream cone “trees” that was staffed by new member (and BGC San Dieguito COO) Joe McLeod.  See all the pictures at our Facebook page or the club website.
Children’s Christmas Party at La Colonia Branch of Boys &amp; Girls Club San Dieguito Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Don Fipps, Tom Ryan and Chris Stewart take a break from the assembly line
Just a few of the 350+ boxes we packed
Matt Kurth manned the stuffing station and Tony Villasenor helped stack the completed boxes
Each year the Community Resource Center (CRC), helps residents of San Diego North Country, particularly women and children and families, maintain self-sufficiency by providing domestic violence programs, food programs and emergency and transitional housing. During the holiday season, the CRC Holiday Basket program offers a free shopping experience to over 6,000 of our neighbors, including more than 3,000 children, 300 seniors and survivors of domestic violence. The centerpiece is a 50-pound food box that carries two weeks’ worth of nutritious staples and, when supplemented with a turkey and fresh produce, has all the trimmings for a full holiday meal.
Club members staffed the December 11, 2018 shift to pack boxes specifically for seniors in need.  During our two hours, we packed over 375 boxes that were chock full of pasta, beans, canned goods, energy bars, oatmeal and peanut butter.  Check out all the photos at our club website or our Facebook page
CRC Holiday Basket Packing Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
The party filled Parish Hall
Monty and Anne Woolley getting ready to enjoy carved prime rib
Dugan Moore, Janice Kurth and Philippe Lamoise
Five blondes a brunette
Kathy Reed secured the centerpieces for the tables
Joel and Kristi Candib with Caroline Morin and Brett Mattei
No shortage of cookies!
Bill Rawlings made the suggestion for the YouTube yule log
Over 50 members and guests gathered at St. Peter’s Parish Hall for our annual holiday party.  Flavor Chef again lived up to its name by providing a delicious prime rib dinner.  There were plenty of cookies to exchange- each baker told a bit about what made their cookies special, and Donna Fipps’s reindeer sugar cookies prancing among a pine tree forest were declared the winner.  We also had over 5 dozen cookies left over that we donated to the Interfaith Shelter.  Check out the photo album on our Facebook page or on the club website.
Holiday Party 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Remember that we'll be at the Del Mar Civic Center for our December 20, 2018 meeting.  We'll have a special meal from Flavor Chef and will be electing officers and directors for Rotary Year 2019-2020. Write-in candidates are welcomed!
December 20 Meeting at Del Mar Civic Center Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
There will be no meeting on December 27, 2018 and January 3, 2018. Best wishes for wonderful holidays and a great start to a productive New Year!
Club Dark December 27 and January 3 Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Yasser Tahboub with Monty Woolley
Several guests attended our December 13, 2018 meeting, including Yassir Ashtabula, a member of the Rotary Club of Sulmaniya, who recently relocated to Del Mar, and Steve Ford, the new editor of Del Mar Lifestyle magazine, who took over for member Dan Austin. 
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Karl Wagner was Rotarian of the Day at the meeting on December 13, 2018, also the National Day of the Horse, which was designated by Congress (and by unanimous consent!) in 2004 as a day to “to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States”.  The day was fitting for Karl, who said that he’s been riding horses ever since he was nine years-old.
Rotarian of the Day: Karl Wagner Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
The holiday season is often marked by blood shortages. To help, please visit the San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile, which will be parked at the new Civic Center (1050 Camino Del Mar) on Thursday December 6 from 9 AM-2:30 PM.  There is plenty of parking at the Civic Center- 100 spaces under the building and 40 spaces above.  Entrances to below-ground parking are on 10th and 11th streets. If that time doesn’t work for you, visit the Blood Bank’s website to schedule a donation appointment. 
Save a Life- Give Blood December 6 at the Del Mar Civic Center Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
Brett Mattei presents Dr. Shalon Nienow with a challenge coin in thanks for her presentation
Dr. Shalon Nienow, a pediatrician at Rady’s Hospital who specializes in treating children who have been abused, joined our November 29, 2018 meeting to outline ways to recognize and report child abuse.  Although many people may think of child abuse as physical injury, the majority (60%) of child abuse referrals are for neglect, which can include failure of parents or guardians to provide adequate food, medical care and/or education.  Over one quarter of all referrals are for sexual abuse. An estimated 1 in 3 females and 1 in 20 males are victims of sexual abuse by the age of 17, although these rates, particularly for boys, may be higher since many victims never disclose their sexual abuse. Children can also experience psychological abuse, most commonly bearing witness to domestic violence.  In 2017, San Diego County Child Welfare Services received over 50,0000 allegations of child abuse, of which nearly 70% were investigated. In total, 11% of allegations were substantiated.
Dr. Nienow said that there are multiple factors that contribute to the incidence of child abuse.  Among factors associated with adults, substance abuse is foremost, but domestic violence, mental health issues, lack of education about parenting, or simply inappropriate expectations of how a child should behave are also prominent. 
Typical childhood behaviors such as excessive crying can provoke abusive behavior, as can toilet training accidents, interruptions of parental activities or refusal to eat.  Frequently, children placed in the care of non-relatives such as new boyfriends/girlfriends, who are often unwilling caregivers, are at risk of abuse.
Dr. Nienow next defined the term “mandated reporter”, which in California encompasses a broad range of occupations and volunteer activities.  Rotarians who are youth-certified and participating in Rotary-sponsored events such as RYLA are, in fact, mandated reporters. Mandated reporters who fail to report suspected abuse may be held legally liable.  Dr. Nienow emphasized that all suspicions of abuse should be reported- reports are kept confidential and the suspicions need not correct.  But in cases where abuse is occurring, timely reporting can help children, and their caregivers get the help and resources they need. 
Dr. Nienow noted that people often don’t report because they don’t want to get in trouble, don’t want to get involved, or don’t think that they’re right in their suspicions. But she said that the question they should ask themselves is: “Could I be right?”  
In terms of how to empower children to avoid abuse, Dr. Nienow said that teaching kids the proper terms for body parts is important, both so they can articulate what’s happened to them and so that they don’t feel that such parts are secret or shameful to discuss.  Children should also learn that no one has a right to touch their body without their consent and be able to identify several adults who are not their parents who they could tell if they are being victimized. 
If you suspect a child is being victimized, please report your suspicions. For emergent situations, dial 911, or call the 24-hour hotline at San Diego County Child Welfare Services: 1.800.344.6000.  Your actions could help save a child.
Thank you to Marty Peters for arranging to have Dr. Nienow speak to our club.
Taking Action to Help Stop Child Abuse Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
Our 2017 packing crew- the conveyor belts make it easy!
Use the Solana Gate entry off of Via del la Valle
Get packin’ at the Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Tuesday December 11 from 6-8 PM.  We will be packing boxes that provide nutritious staples for families in need in the North County region.  Enter the Del Mar Fairgrounds at the Solana Gate off Via del la Valle (see map) and follow the signs to volunteer parking. The grandstand can be chilly, so wear layers that can be easily shed as you warm up packing goodies.  Email Barrett Smith with any questions and bring a completed waiver form.  
Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets December 11 Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
Thank you to Kathy Reed for organizing production of Rotary Club of Del Mar polo shirts and baseball caps. Both are white and feature the club name and Rotary wheel. Caps are $15 dollars and shirts are $25- if you’d like one, please email Kathy to let her know. The cost will be charged to your Rotary account.
Rotary Club of Del Mar Shirts and Caps Now Available Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
La Colonia Children's Christmas Party DATE CHANGE Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
Al Tarkington was super happy that his wife Stevie’s cochlear implant surgery was a success and that two weeks ago he qualified for the half-Ironman World Championship; Karl Wagner was happy that the Blood Drive isn’t scheduled until next week rather than this soggy Thursday; and Sharon Schendel was happy to have met Gordon Shurtleff of the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines while they were on adjacent machines at Scripps Shiley Fitness Center. 
Happy Dollars for the Week Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
November 29, 2018 was the day after the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lights were lit. Rotarian of the Day Kathy Reed told about the tree’s evolution from its humble beginnings in 1933 when construction workers building Rockefeller Center decorated a 20 foot tree with tin cans. This year’s 72 foot-tall Norway Spruce was donated by Lissette Gutierrez and Shirley Figueroa. The couple learned not long after they purchased their home that the tree in their front yard they called “Shelby” was a candidate to grace Rockefeller Center.
Rotarian of the Day: Kathy Reed Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
At our November 29, 2018 meeting, Chris Stewart brought Alex Arriaga, who works in investments, and who made the wonderful suggestion that Chris join Rotary; Ryan Riell introduced Andrew Paul, a loan office; Eric Nelte welcomed back Marineke Vandervort and new member Joe McLoed, who are CEO and COO, respectively, of the Boys and Girls Club San Dieguito; Kathy Reed’s table was full of guests: her friend Annie Brown, Brand Ambassador for Mastercraft boats, returning guests Tom and Debbie Tucker of the Tucker Team real estate firm, and Rock Stone, who is returning to San Diego after a career with the FBI; Janice Kurth was happy to be joined by Tiffany Hsieh who relocated to San Diego to serve as Business Development Director for the San Diego Division of the American Heart Association.  
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
We're expecting a good crowd for the December 7 holiday party at St. Peter's Parish Hall
What cookies will you contribute to the Cookie Exchange?
There will be no meeting this Thursday in lieu of the club's holiday party on Friday December 7, at St Peter's Parish Hall starting at 6:30 PM.  Don't forget to whip up some Christmas cookies in advance to contribute to the Cookie Exchange.  Bake at least 3 dozen, and if your recipes lacks both nuts and alcohol, bring a few extra that will be shared with patrons of the Interfaith Shelter, which will be hosted at St. Peter's from December 9-23.  Also remember to bring a container to take cookies home.  
Club Dark for Holiday Party Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
All members are welcome to attend the upcoming Board of Directors meeting to be held Tuesday November 20 at 7:30 AM. We’ll meet in the Youth Room at St. Peter’s. 
Board of Directors Meeting November 20 at 7:30 AM Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
We’ll be having a cookie exchange at the Holiday Party on December 7, 2018. The Interfaith Shelter will be hosted at St. Peter’s Parish Hall shortly after the party, so please consider baking a few extra cookies (in addition to the 3 dozen for the exchange) for shelter guests to enjoy. The shelter staff ask that for these cookies not include peanuts (or any peanut-based ingredient) or alcohol. 
Cookie Exchange Extras for Interfaith Exchange Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
Dan Blacker, trainer of thoroughbred racing horses
Trainer Dan Blacker came south from the Santa Anita track to join our November 15, 2018 meeting to talk about his career training race horses.  He said that a trainer, in essence, gets horses ready to race.  To do so involves overseeing the workout schedules of the horses he trains as well as the workout riders, hot walkers, grooms, farriers and veterinary care. 
Dan has always had a love for horses, ever since he saw his first one when he was 4 years-old in Oxford, England.  He rode competitively as a teenager before attending the University of Edinburgh to study Environmental Geosciences with an eye to working in the oil and gas industry. In addition to his studies, he worked with several horses trainers, and his love of horses eventually drew him to a career in the racing industry.   
He graduated from the Goldolphin Flying Start program where learned about horse racing and breeding at major sites around the world.  This training was instrumental for him to establish his own training enterprise, DB Racing, which he began in 2011 when he was not yet 30 years-old. He saddled his first winner as an independent trainer just weeks later.   
Dan answered many questions from club members, who are eager to better their typically dismal record at our annual Day at the Races. Dan said when he’s looking for horses for his clients, he looks for, among many things, credentials, breeding and conformation (e.g., longer legs). He finds the mare to be more important in selecting horses. Whereas a stallion might have some 200 progeny a year, of which maybe 20% are good, a mare will have just one foal.  When asked about claiming races, Dan explained the several levels of races: stakes, allowance, and claiming.  In claiming races, anyone can buy a horse running in the race and if a claim is put in, as soon as the gate opens the claimant owns that horse. 
Member Scott MacDonald is one of Dan’s clients- Scott owns a share in “Sir Eddie”, a horse that Dan described as “laid back” and “polite” meaning that he’s often likely to let another horse go ahead of him. Nevertheless, Sir Eddie usually manages a show or place and those results yield a payout check for his owners, including Scott.   
Dan Blacker- Trainer of Winning Thoroughbreds Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
Ryan Riell did double duty as Rotarian of the Day at the November 15, 2018 meeting.  Not only did he highlight November 15 as Great American Smokeout Day (which is also the 10 year, 10 month, 15 day and 2 h anniversary of Ryan’s last cigarette), but he gave his “Who Am I” as part of his Red Badger tasks.  Ryan grew up in Mesa, Arizona, a place that was to be a stopping point on his parents’ journey back to San Diego from Virginia, but ended up being their home.  Ryan majored in Chemistry at Arizona State University and started a PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, but the September 11 attacks changed those plans. He joined the Army and in 2004 accepted a commission before serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom between 2005 and 2006.  After leaving the service, he transferred back to UIC to continue his PhD work, but instead took a master’s in Exercise Physiology. That expertise landed him a position working with the USA Triathlon team back in Arizona, where he met his wife, Kristi. Ryan moved to the San Diego area in 2014 and is now working in real estate. Ryan and Kristi are now proud parents of Adeline Marie, who will turn one year-old in just a few weeks. You might have caught a glimpse of Adeline’s happy smile at our recent social at Americana. Rotary is a family tradition for Ryan- his father was a long-time Rotarian- and he welcomes the opportunity to be a part of Rotary and give back to his community and local area. Ryan is part of the Youth Services Committee and the Vocational Committee, and will be working to update our social media presence to highlight the club’s activities and recruit new members. 
Rotarian of the Day: Ryan Riell Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
The Browns, Chad, Ella and Maia are selling holiday poinsettias
Ella and Maia Brown were our special guests at the November 15, 2018 meeting. Along with their dad, member Chad Brown, they were selling holiday poinsettias to benefit the Encinitas YMCA.  Email Chad if you’d like to purchase a plant.
Holiday Poinsettias to Benefit Encinitas YMCA Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Nomination Slate for Rotary Year 2019-2010 Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Suzy Wagner was happy for a successful social earlier in the week; Jim McClellan was happy to have Dee House back at the club and to have a very bouncing new grandson who’s already put on 4 pounds to his prodigious 10 pound birthweight; Donna Fipps was happy to have a CCI puppy reunion between Ressa and Daisy; Dee House was super happy to be back at the club; Scott MacDonald was happy in anticipation of adding a third grandchild to his family; Tom Ryan was double happy in advance of the November 10 Marine Corps birthday; Marty Peters was happy that Notre Dame remains undefeated and that Gift of Rotary goes on.
Happy Dollars for the Week Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Gathering on the patio outside Americana
Philippe Lamoise and Scott MacDonald
Ryan Riell and his wife Kristi with their daughter, 11 month-old Adeline
Sherry Ryan offers Marty Peters some warm apple crisp
Reunion of Ressa and Daisy
Jim and Karin Davies, Joel Candib and Don Fipps enjoy happy hour drinks
Patti Kurtz, Dugan Moore and Suzy and Karl Wagner
We had a great turnout for our November social on November 7, 2018- pushed back one day to avoid conflict with election day.  Over 21 members and guests enjoyed Americana food on the patio.  The fish tacos and pastrami sliders were especially good.  The social was one small way to thank Randy Gruber for his faithful support of our fundraising events. 
November Social at Americana Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Rotarian of the Day and New Member Joel Candib holding the secret ingredient in Harvey Wallbangers- Galliano liqueur
Not to be outdone by Bob Sonnhalter’s calzone from last week, Joel Candib set up an impromptu cocktail bar to serve Harvey Wallbangers in honor of National Harvey Wallbanger Day. The origin of this cocktail is unclear- some say it might be in tribute to a surfer in south Los Angeles who used to like to get drunk and bang his head on the wall. The drink reached peak popularity in the 1970’s, which is when Joel discovered it as a student at University of Toledo. Harvey Wallbangers used to be the drink of choice to fill bota bags or flasks to keep hydrated during football games.
Joel is one our newest members and transferred from the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, which he joined about four years ago. As part of his transition from Red Badge to Blue Badge, Joel gave his “Who Am I” talk. Joel was born in the Bronx and spent his early years on the Grand Concourse- he could see Yankee Stadium through his bedroom window.  At the time, baseball players didn’t make the salaries they now do, and many of the players lived in Joel’s neighborhood. Joel recalls playing with Mickey Mantle’s son in the local playgrounds. In 1960 his family moved to Rockaway Park and Joel attended Brooklyn Technical High School. In 1972 he made the move to California to begin a career as an accountant. He sold his practice in 1991 and signed on with New York Life where he specializes in life insurance, and long-term care policies. Joel said that he is very excited to be a member of the club, and we’re delighted to have him!
Rotarian of the Day: Joel Candib Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Chistina Grobin (left) and Debbie Zambianco (right)- organizers of the St. Peter's Interfaith Shelter
For our December 13 and 20 meetings we’ll gather at Powerhouse Park and the Civic Center, respectively. During this time, St. Peter’s will be the site for the rotating Interfaith Shelter, which will use the Parish Hall to house up to 12 individuals or families who find themselves without a home. Many of the Shelter guests are professionals who’ve lost their home due to foreclosure, job loss, or loss of income due to illness. The Interfaith Shelter is managed by the Community Resource Center, which also helps participants access the resources they need to get back on track. This year marks the 32nd year that St. Peter’s has hosted the shelter. Organizers Chistina Grobin and Debbie Zambianco are seeking volunteers to help offer support to the guests and share meals and conversation with them. Email Chistina to learn more or to volunteer. 
Interfaith Shelter at St. Peter's December 9-23 Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
In addition to all the great food from Flavor Chef, at our Holiday Party on December 7, 2018 at St. Peter’s we’ll hold a cookie exchange. Rummage through your favorite recipes and whip up 3 dozen cookies to share.  Be creative with your display and be sure to bring an extra container to carry all the new cookies you’d like to try.  The only limitation is that they cookies have to be homemade.
Check Your Recipe Files for the Holiday Party Cookie Exchange Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
At our November 8, 2018 meeting we welcomed Chistina Grobin and Debbie Zambianco from St. Peter’s, mortgage broker Richard Stewart from the Carlsbad club, and Ron Baez who owns a pool service and repair service. We also welcomed back former members Jim Brunner and Dee House.
Welcoming Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Clem Brown, Environmental Sustainability/Special Project Manager for Del Mar
Clem Brown Environmental Sustainability/Special Project Manager for Del Mar was the speaker at our November 8, 2018 meeting. In his talk he told us about his role in developing strategies to ensure that Del Mar achieves the goals set forth in its Climate Action Plan (CAP) that was approved by the City Council in June 2016.
The plan involves first assessing how current lifestyles, including transportation, energy use, and waste affect the environment. Building on that information, Clem and his team are generating a road map to help the city reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50%, use 100% renewable power for city facilities, and generate zero waste by 2035.
In 2012, the GHG Emission inventory indicated that the bulk of GHG in Del Mar could be attributed to residential energy use (21%) and transportation (57%). To reduce GHG from energy production, the city is pursuing the concept of Community Choice Energy (CCE) in which North Coast cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside band together to purchase power directly from suppliers that will give the city more choices, particularly the choice of renewable power. One other step to addressing GHG related to energy production is already in place at the new Civic Center in Del Mar. Housed in the basement is a new photovoltaic and energy storage system that provides up to 90% of the power needs of the facility, even those at night when the sun isn’t shining. The Civic Center also has charging stations for electric vehicles, and the city is streamlining the permitting process for Del Mar residents to install charging facilities in their homes. These actions likely will help increase the city’s already high rate of electric vehicle ownership.
To reduce the car trips, Del Mar is exploring “Micro Mobility” solutions by allowing neighborhood electric vehicles, and facilitating adoption of bike and scooter sharing in the city, which would be coupled with increasing the safety of bike lanes and making the city more walkable through the new Streetscape project that will involve the area between 9th and 15th Street.
Clem pointed out that Del Mar has a number of ways to meets its Zero Waste goal. In addition to banning single use Styrofoam food containers and plastic straws, Del Mar will focus reducing the amount of organic waste (currently 34% of all waste generated in the village) by examining solutions that involve composting or other types of recycling.
Under Clem’s leadership, Del Mar is already well on its way to achieving these important goals that will mitigate our impacts on the environment. 
An Ambitious Climate Action Plan for Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
2019 Float Parade Committee with the float already in progress
Rotary will again be represented at the 2019 Rose Parade. The parade theme is “The Melody of Life” and the Rotary float will feature a piano-playing dragon and the tag line: “Service Rocks”. There are several ways you can get involved:  i) buy a raffle ticket for a chance to ride the float; ii) donate $10,000 for a guaranteed ride, or hoof it alongside the float for $6,000; iii) contact Don Fipps to sign up to decorate the float in the days before the New Year’s Day parade. The float is funded independently of Rotary International and provides fantastic visibility for Rotary via parade goers and a global TV audience. Rotary’s entry has won the Princess Award (most beautiful float under 35’) two years running. 
Rose Parade Rotary Float Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
Bob Gans, Del Mar Foundation Board President
Sandra Hoyle, Programming Chair, Del Mar Foundation
Bob Gans, President of the Del Mar Foundation (DMF), and Sandra Hoyle, who oversees DMF programming joined us at our November 1, 2018 meeting to highlight the many ways that DMF fosters connections and engagement within the Del Mar community.
DMF began in 1982 to help organize community events. But over the years, the mission of DMF expanded beyond event oversight to encompass support for causes and organizations devoted to promoting the community of Del Mar.  The DMF is staffed nearly entirely by volunteers to provide support for residents of the 92014 zip code, which includes all of the village of Del Mar and is bounded by the I-5 to the east, Via del la Valle to the north, and Carmel Valley Road to the south. 
Sandra Hoyle spoke about her initial involvement with the DMF, which started when she moved to the area 10 years ago and was looking to meet people in the community. She began by volunteering with the Kids Corner at the Del Mar Library and eventually got involved with the DMF.  She outlined the community events she spearheads, including the Summer Twilight and First Thursdays concert series, their version of TED Talks, DMF Talks, and special events like the Annual Picnic, 4th of July Parade and Halloween Dog Parade.
The DMF also offers grants that benefit the community.  In the past five years, their grant budget quintupled, from $20,000 to $100,000. The funded projects include capital improvement work to expand and beautify public spaces. A prime example is the $125,000 given to the Del Mar Civic Center to ensure the inclusion of public gathering spaces.  The Del Mar lifeguards received funds from the DMF to purchase a rescue boat, while older Del Mar residents benefit from the Del Mar Community Connection that brings groups together for lunch once a month.
In 2007 in honor of the silver anniversary of the DMF, an endowment program was established to provide stable, long-term funding for DMF projects.  The endowment is now over $2 million and grows annually thanks to donations to annual campaigns, multi-year gifts paid in installments, sponsorship for concerns, and bequests.  These funds, together with the efforts of DMF’s hard-working volunteers, will serve to strengthen the Del Mar community in the coming years and maintain the status of Del Mar as one of the best places to live. 
Del Mar Foundation Creates Community Connections Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
Recover from Election Day by joining us at Americana in Del Mar for our November social.  On Wednesday November 7 we’ll gather from 5-7 PM on the patio at 15th street and Camino Del Mar to enjoy the happy hour offerings, and thank owner Randy Gruber for his continued support of our Chili & Quackers Challenge and Sunset Soiree.
Monthly Social on November 7 at Americana in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
2017 Club Holiday Party
We’ll hold our annual club holiday party Friday, December 7 at St. Peter’s Parish Hall (our regular meeting site) beginning at 6:30 PM.  The cost is $50 per person and will include dinner from Flavor Chef and drinks.  We’ll reprise our cookie exchange- bring 3 dozen of your favorite homemade cookies to trade for 3 dozen new varieties. 
Club Holiday Party Set for December 7 Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
Larry Cook was happy to see the Boston Red Sox win the World Series- Larry was a Red Sox bat boy for their ’59-’60 season; Marty Peters was happy to have seen Notre Dame prevail over Navy at the SDCCU stadium; Ed Siegel was happy to be back at the club after attending a Rotary Club of Encinitas meeting, where he found there was no piano; and, continuing with the grandchildren theme of last week, Scott MacDonald was happy to learn that he will be a grandfather three times over as his son and daughter-in-law are expecting.
A Few Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
At our November 1, 2018 meeting we were pleased to welcome Joe McLeod, the Chief Operating Officer of Boys & Girls Club San Dieguito along with Nat Reade and Past President Dee House
Welcome to Our Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian of the Day Bob Sonnhalter speaking about the history of calzones
Special calzone from Flavor Chef just for the head table
In addition to being All Saints Day, November 1 is National Calzone Day.  Bob Sonnhalter was Rotarian of the Day and gave a bit of history for the calzone and how it earned a national day.  These half-moons of goodness are thought to have started in Naples and were designed to be eaten on the go. Bob said that calzone roughly translates to “pants legs” and are stuffed with traditional pizza fillings. In 2016 Minsky’s restaurant in Kansas City was successful in their petition to get a national day for calzones on the National Day Calendar, and if you find yourself at Minsky’s you can order their Deluxe Loaded Lobster and Bacon calzone.  Sitting at the front table had its benefits on November 1- Flavor Chef brought us our own calzone!
Rotarian of the Day: Bob Sonnhalter Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Joann Lam from the new Rotaract E-Club
We had several guests at the October 25, 2018 meeting.  Janice Kurth introduced Joann Lam one of the founders of a new E-Rotaract club, which our club is proud to sponsor.  The club was just launched at the recent Big West Rotaract Conference held in Portland, Oregon.  Joann was a member of the SDSU Rotaract Club and upon graduation she wasn’t sure whether she’d be in San Diego for the long-term.  Given that uncertainty, an E-club was the perfect solution. Members meet virtually, and she could maintain her connection with Rotary in whatever new place she might land.  Joann said that the E-club Rotaractors are seeking career mentors, so if you’d like to mentor one of the members, please email Joann, who is now listed as an Associate Member of our club. 
John Voss joined us from the Bay Area, and we welcomed back former members Scott Thomas and past president Dee House.   
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Winning chili makers (L-R) Walt Strangman, Carol Kane, Don Fipps
Event chair Matt Kurth with Suzy Wagner, whose duck had the fastest return to shore
Marty Peters with one of many "duck retrievers"
District Governor Mel Gallegos and his wife Jude joined us for some beer and chili
Face (and other body part) painting was popular with everyone
Chris Stewart crushed a lot of ice for Sno Cones
Canine Companions for Independence puppies in training, Thyme and Ressa, had a fun time
Some more scenes from the day- to see them all, click here
Matt Kurth certainly earned Rotarian of the Month recognition for heading up the Chili & Quackers event held on October 20, 2018 at the Powerhouse Park in Del Mar.  We had a beautiful day for the event and the turnout was fantastic. After expenses we raised $5,770 that will go to support our club projects.  We had 14 chilis in all- the recipes for many are available on our Facebook page as part of publicity posts that Dugan Moore made over the past weeks.  For the kids attending, Karin and Jim Davies broadened the game offerings, and we had both face painting and balloon animals.  The Del Mar lifeguards were on hand to give CPR demonstrations and launch the ducks from one of their rescue boats. Brett Mattei got there very early for initial setup and helped decide where the ducks should be launched to ensure their safe return.  Chris Stewart and Brody Fleming manned the snow cone machine. Miles Fleming, Patti Kurtz, Scott MacDonald and Philippe Lamoise, were busy with on-site sales; Philippe also designed our website that enabled easy pre-purchases.  Garrie Rhodes staffed the drinks tent and Mark Matthess again grilled hot dogs. Val Myers gathered the prizes (over a dozen this year), and Sharyn Daly coordinated all the rentals.  Suzy and Karl Wagner brought on board several restaurants and Chad Brown secured the permits for alcohol sales. Dan Smargon led the cleanup team, which got great help from the Troop 713 Boy Scouts. John Baranowski was the MC for the day. Congratulations to Suzy Wagner for having the fastest duck, and to Don Fipps, Carol Kane, and Walt Strangman who took first, second and third place, respectively, for their chilis, and, no surprise, Randy Gruber again took top prize in the restaurant division.  Thanks to everyone who helped (and apologies to anyone I missed!) to make this such a great event.  We’re already thinking of ways to make next year’s installment even better.  Click here to check out my photos and also visit the gallery at Del Mar Times.
Chili &amp; Quackers a Quacking Success Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Jim McNemanim, Senior Vice President of Forward Planning at Zephyr, goes over the site plan for the proposed Del Mar Resort
Jim McMenamin, Senior Vice President of Forward Planning for Zephyr gave the presentation at our October 25, 2018 meeting on plans to develop the property to the north of North Beach (aka Dog Beach) in Del Mar.  For nearly a century, the bluffs above Dog Beach were mainly privately owned.  Now, plans are in the works to develop the property to create what Zephyr refers to as a “Resort without walls”.  Visitors to the Montage in Laguna Beach will get a glimpse of the type of development Zephyr envisions: a 251 room hotel, 76 resort villas, four restaurants and a trail network along the bluffs for the public to enjoy.  Just over one quarter of the site will be occupied by the Del Mar Resort, and the remainder will be open space that preserves view corridors. The profile of the buildings will be limited to no more than 46 feet in height to preserve site lines.  All parking is to be self-contained and will not impact street parking.  The revenue from the property to the City of Del Mar- largely through transient occupancy tax (TOT)- is estimated to be around $7 million annually, or nearly 1/3 of the current city budget.  Jim explained that Zephyr has coordinated extensive outreach activities to gather public input and ensure that concerns are addressed.  Project completion is anticipated for 2022 and Zephyr put significant effort into developing the project in an environmentally sustainable manner to provide area residents with a new site to gather to enjoy the benefits of this unique space. 
Plans for Del Mar Resort Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Don Fipps kicked off the October 25, 2018 Happy Dollars by being happy to have won the Chili & Quackers cookoff with his IPA Spcial Chili; Suzy Wagner was super happy to share some her winnings from her speedy Chili & Quackers duck;  Kit Leeger was happy that after 3 years, the St. Peter’s renovation project she’s guiding has at last reached story pole phase; Janice Kurth was double happy in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Japan where she’ll reconnect with a Tokyo Rotarian she’s worked with over the years; Matt Kurth was super happy for the success of Chili & Quackers; Marty Peters was double happy that the fire department wasn’t really needed to get him back on his feet at Chili & Quackers and that he had a ticket to the Notre Dame-Navy game that he would exchange for a $50 donation to the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust; Ed Siegel was happy that Chandra Collure was a grandfather and that the latest installment of his calendar books- which he’s maintained since 1974- that he'd lost in Pensacola Florida were safely returned to him; Chandra Collure was of course super happy about the birth of his first grandchild in Santa Monica; and Marlene Gotz was happy that she was able to take her 14 year-old grandson Tyler with her to Boston to celebrate her mother’s 93rd birthday.  What will you be happy about at next week’s meeting?
Happy Dollar Windfall Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
New member Joel Candib (center) with Membership Chair Brett Mattei (left) and President Don Fipps (right)
Membership chair Brett Mattei inducted Joel Candib as the newest member of our club.  Joel is a financial services professional and is transferring to our club from Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle in part because our meeting time works better with his schedule.  He’s already on the fast track to upgrade to a blue badge through attendance at the recent fireside chat and helping at Chili & Quackers. We’ll look forward to learning more about Joel when he gives his “Who Am I” at the November 1, 2018 meeting. 
Congratulations to New Member Joel Candib Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Karin Davies was Rotarian of the Day for the October 25, 2018 meeting, and when the choice was between National Chucky the Killer Doll Day and National Sourest Day, Karin of course chose the latter.  She explained the many ways that “Service Above Self” can make the sourest of things sweeter with help from the “Four Helpmates of Happiness”: Dopamine (helper’s high), serotonin (sense of well-being), endorphins (reduce pain), and oxytocin (the cuddle chemical). Doing, witnessing or even thinking about performing kind acts raises the levels of all four of these chemicals, suggesting that Rotarians are among the happiest of people!
Rotarian of the Day: Karin Davies Sharon Schendel 2018-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
Michelle Zive listens to a member tell his story
Michelle Zive spent many years helping others build stronger bodies as a clinical dietician. She works for the Center for Community Health at University of California at San Diego as Principal Investigator for the Healthy Network of California that uses social media to encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles. However, Michelle also has a lifelong love of learning and storytelling. More than 20 years after completing a Master’s in Nutritional Science, Michelle undertook PhD studies at University of San Diego to help others learn to tell stories that build trust and empathy and break down stereotypes and misconceptions. 
            One Tribe Connect grew out of her PhD studies.  In her presentation at our September 20, 2018 meeting, Michelle shared a quote from Jonathan Gottschall’s book: The Storytelling Animal, which said: “We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night telling itself stories.”  One Tribe Connect builds on this innate human desire to tell stories, and in the process promote cooperation among groups, develop social norms and shared beliefs that are integrated from multiple viewpoints, and transmit cultural knowledge between individuals.
            During her presentation Michelle showed an excerpt from the TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” by author Chimamande Ngozi Adichie who cautioned that in showing a people as one thing and only one thing, that one thing is what they become. Thus, we must remember to engage with the entire story of a person, since a single story alone can be polarizing and robs people of dignity.
            In her research during development of One Tribe Connect, Michelle considered these single stories, and strategies for instead hearing entire stories.  For example, if she asked a middle-aged woman to describe a Millennial, she might say “someone who is bored, entitled, and in front on a screen all day”.  Yet by bringing Millennials together with older women the stories that emerged provided a broader picture of both groups, and dispelled misperceptions. 
            Michelle’s talk prompted lively discussion among members who shared how their own biases and assumptions might have affected their interactions with others, including their own families.  Although authentic storytelling can be challenging and reveal vulnerabilities, it is a powerful means for building understanding and empathy.   
One Tribe Connect- Using Storytelling to Build Bridges and Enhance Empathy Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
I’ll be traveling over the next couple of weeks and will miss the September 27 and October 4 meetings. I’d be grateful to any of you who could take photos at these meetings- particularly of the speaker, but also of any other photo-worthy moments.  You can email me the photos with a brief accompanying blurb, or just send photos and a few notes.  I’ll then post them in the newsletter with your byline.  With my thanks in advance for your help- Sharon. 
Submit Newsletter Photos and Articles for October 4 and October 11 Issues  Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
Miles Fleming as Rotarian of the Day for the September 20, 2018 meeting
The age-old debate
In honor of National String Cheese day, everyone found a stick of string cheese at their plate (courtesy of Don and Donna Fipps). Rotarian of the Day Miles Fleming ran with the theme by polling members about their string cheese consumption preferences, i.e., bite versus peel and the strong attitudes about both methods. 
Rotarian of the Day: Miles Fleming Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
Manning the booth at the Del Mar Foundation picnic on September 22, 2018
Booth visitors eager to learn more!
The ducks are training and chefs are polishing recipes for Chili & Quackers, which is now less than four weeks away on October 20, 2018 from noon-4 pm at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar.  The C & Q team has been raising awareness in multiple ways.  We had a booth at last week’s Del Mar Foundation picnic and event chair Matt Kurth has been at the Del Mar Farmer’s Market.  Sign up with Matt to help get the word out at upcoming Saturday Farmer’s Markets.  We’ve had business cards printed that have a QR code for Chili & Quackers and the uptake has been good- we have plenty, so please take a few at an upcoming meeting and share them with friends. Speaking of sharing, Dugan Moore has been posting Chili & Quackers chili recipes on the Rotary Club of Del Mar Facebook page- if you’re on Facebook please share her posts to increase visibility.  If you’re on Nextdoor in your neighborhood, consider downloading the Chili & Quackers logo and sharing it with a Nextdoor post.   
Chili &amp; Quackers Less Than One Month Away Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
District 5340 will hold its annual Foundation Seminar Saturday September 29, 2018 from 8 am-noon at the Grossmont Theater in El Cajon.  Rotarians from around the district will gather to learn more about projects sponsored by Rotary clubs throughout the district that have improved the lives of individuals and bettered communities both at home and around the world.  The Foundation Seminar is always a fantastic demonstration of the power of Rotary, and or Rotarians who embody this year’s theme:  “Be the inspiration.” Brett Mattei and Dugan Moore will be presenting on our Club’s projects. Arrive early for a free flu shot! For complete information and to register, click here.
Register to Be Inspired at the District 5340 Rotary Foundation Seminar Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
Dollars were flying at the September 20 meeting.  Pat Dougherty was double happy about celebrating his birthday;  Jim Brunner was happy for a great trip with his two sons to San Francisco, where they watched victories by the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, as well as Stanford (and he got his picture taken with the Stanford cheerleaders); Tom Ryan was super happy in anticipation of his daughter’s wedding in Montauk, New York on September 27; Philippe Lamoise paid penance for not cutting or biting his string cheese (on string cheese day- see Rotarian of the Day story), but rather cutting it to top his salad; Karin Davies was happy for the recognition giving to her Global Grant; Jim Watkins was super happy the Del Mar Streetscape project was given the green light with scheduled completion next summer; Marty Peters was happy remembering his recent four day fishing trip in Big Sky country; and Larry King prompted Dan Smargon and Jim Davies to contribute Happy Bucks for return of phone and hat, respectively, left unattended around the Parish Hall.
Happy Dollars Abound Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
The Cover of the October issue of The Rotarian that features an article about the Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia Global Grant spearheaded by Dr. Karin Davies
Check your mailbox for the most recent issue of The Rotarian, which features the project headed by our member Dr. Karin Davies, who partnered with Dr. Pat Bromberger to teach health care professionals in Ethiopia to deliver life-saving care to struggling newborns. If you’d like to help Karin share this issue with project stakeholders, please save your copy and bring it to Karin at an upcoming meeting.  You can also read the article online by clicking here.
Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia Global Grant Featured in October Issue of The Rotarian Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 16, 2018
The Woolleys- Ann, Monty and Basil- never have too far to travel to attend socials in the Del Mar village
Donna Fipps (left), Donna Johnson (center), Sharyn Daly and Don Johnson (upper left) and Janice Kurth (right) enjoy the evening weather
Bellied up to the Bleu Bar are (l to r) Jim Kohn, Suzie and Karl Wagner, Bill Rawlings and Matt Kurth
Around 20 members and guests met near the L’Auberge Del Mar pool to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and dinner at the Bleu Bar.  Thanks again to the Wagners for organizing our socials, which continue to be a great way to support local businesses who have sponsored club events such as the Sunset Soiree.  On October 2 from 5-7 PM we'll return to Viewpoint Brewing Company for our October social.    
September Social at L'Auberge Del Mar Bleu Bar Sharon Schendel 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 16, 2018
Matt Kurth has built on his experience as a physician-scientist working neurodegenerative diseases to advise a number of companies on drug development and clinical trial design.  At the September 13, 2018 meeting, Matt discussed how clinical trials of therapeutic compounds that are conducted in order to gain Food and Drug Administration approval are important for ensuring the safety and efficacy of drugs used to treat a range of diseases. During his presentation Matt outlined the different phases of clinical testing- Phase 1 through Phase 4. Drugs are first tested in Phase I trials involving only a few dozen patients to determine the effective dose and can progress up to Phase 3 in which thousands of patients are enrolled, often at the cost of up to $50,000 per trial subject. Such testing, together with the high failure rate of drug development, contribute to the high costs of drug research. Matt highlighted examples of the “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of current therapeutics. Among “The Good” are personalized medicines, such as those used in certain cancers that consider a patient’s genetic makeup and advances in treatments for autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular diseases. For “The Bad”, effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Diseases are lacking, vaccination rates remain less than ideal, and the incidence of drug resistant bacteria is increasing while the number of new antibiotics is small. Finally, “The Ugly” is that millions of Americans still lack reliable access to basic health care services, which drives up the costs for the entire population.  Matt's presentation is the first in a series of vocational presentations. If you're interested in presenting on your vocation, email Vocational Chair Dan Smargon.
The Food and Drug Administration- an Important Guardian of Drug Safety Sharon Schendel 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 16, 2018
Banner welcomes attendees
Marta Knight leads a session on the qualities of effective leaders and developing good projects
Past District Governor Carl Kruse outlined how ethics fits into all Rotary Lines of Service
Janice Kurth, District 5340 Rotary Foundation Chair and Past District Governor (and Rotary Club of Del Mar member) discussed how donations to the Rotary Foundation help support current and future projects
Over 70 club president-elects, presidents, and others on the leadership track in Rotary gathered on the University of San Diego campus at the Joan B. Kroc Center for Peace and Justice to gain insight into the qualities of effective leaders, ways to build and sustain club membership, develop projects and fundraisers, and ways that contributions to The Rotary Foundation can strengthen clubs worldwide.  District Governor Mel Gallegos, along with District Governor-Elect Marta Knight and Past District Governors Marge Cole, Karl Cruse and Janice Kurth led sessions on a variety of topics designed to ensure that future club leaders have the tools they need to sustain the vitality of their clubs.  Rotarians in attendance had the chance to work in small groups to share ideas about what programs have been effective for their clubs and ways that Rotary can continue to flourish at the club, district, and international level. 
Rotary Leadership Institute Provides Guidance for Future Leaders of Rotary Sharon Schendel 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 16, 2018
President Don Fipps (left) and Rotary Foundation Chair Matt Kurth (right) with Suzie Wagner
President Don Fipps and TRF Chair Matt Kurth awarded Suzie Wagner her second Paul Harris Fellow (i.e., Paul Harris +1).  Remember that all donations to The Rotary Foundation count towards Paul Harris Fellow recognition and help provide funding for projects both locally and across the world.  Matt noted that 12/63 members have fulfilled their pledges to the foundation and reminded us that the club’s goal for the year is a $25 minimum donation from each member and $100 per capita donations.  Download the pledge forms to make your contributions to The Rotary Foundation (click here to download the form) and the club’s Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust (click here to download the form) today.
Congratulations to Paul Harris Fellow +1 Suzie Wagner Sharon Schendel 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
Scott MacDonald kicked off the round of happiness at the September 6, 2018 meeting by being happy for the return of Patti Kurtz from Europe and the impending publication in May of his new book, “Think Like a Dog”; Jim McClellan was happy in anticipation of the birth of a new grandson; Tony Villasenor was super happy that his son is to be married next week; and Chris Stewart was happy to announce that his book “Prayers, Punk Rock and Pastry” is doing great on Amazon. 
Happy Dollars for September 6, 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
U-TOUCH founder Deb Plotkin (second from right) with Dugan Moore, Matt and Janice Kurth and Philippe Lamoise, who all recently visited a U-TOUCH Digital Center in Gulu, Uganda
U-TOUCH students
Deb Plotkin’s journey to the founding of U-TOUCH, an organization that brings computer technology to the people of Northern Uganda, began when she was just four months old with a knock at the door of her family’s home. An officer had come to tell her mother that Deb’s father, a loving, compassionate man, had been shot and killed in an armed robbery. The loss of her father instilled in Deb a desire to search for meaning and purpose in life, and also fostered a sense of connection with all isolated children, particularly those who’d lost a parent. 
In 2005, Deb heard Sister Pauline Acayo speak at UCSD.  Sr. Pauline told of the violence in Uganda, particularly that associated with the Lord’s Resistance Army, which often forced children to become soldiers, and also was involved in a conflict that resulted in the displacement of thousands of Ugandans.  Deb and her daughter began raising funds for the Uganda Education Fund, which provided the means for Ugandan children to attend school. 
Although Deb and her daughter, together with students at La Jolla High School and Muirlands Middle School, raised more than $75,000 to support the education of individual children in Uganda, Deb felt the need to provide sustainable resources that could provide life-long benefits to Ugandans. In 2010 she founded U-TOUCH as a 501(c)(3) organization to provide education in computer technology. Through programs such as the Microsoft Digital Curriculum in which students gain expertise with the Microsoft Office suite, U-TOUCH students build their computer skills. Having learned the fundamentals of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), U-TOUCH students can expand their skills to include web design and internet connectivity, as well as learn how computers can facilitate business development.
U-TOUCH also emphasizes the important role of women in economic development through its Women’s Empowerment (WE) Program- a month-long course that that challenges traditional gender roles and helps women develop leadership and life skills, as well as tools needed to found their own businesses that allow these women to support themselves and their children.
Since its founding, over 5,000 Ugandans have obtained Microsoft Digital Literacy certification at one of 5 U-TOUCH digital centers in Northern Uganda. Its graduates see an increase in their income of up to 200%.  Deb began her talk with the statement:  Brilliance is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. The many success stories of U-TOUCH students illustrate the brilliance of these students that shines when they’re given the right opportunities. 
Learn more about U-TOUCH at their website (created by a U-TOUCH graduate) and consider attending their upcoming event, Gala for Giving Hope, to be held in Del Mar on Sunday October 14 at 3 pm. The gala will raise funds to support U-TOUCH activities.  
Bridging the Global Digital Divide: The Lives U-TOUCH are the Lives You Save Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
We’ll spend our September Social overlooking the ocean at the Bleu Bar at L’Auberge in Del Mar.  Join us from 5-7 PM to enjoy cocktails, beer and wine paired with bar bites, salad or sandwich (click here for the menu).  Remember to invite friends or colleagues who have interest in the San Diego biotech community in advance of our Vocational Series presentation by Matt Kurth at the September 13, 2018 meeting. 
September Social: September 11 at Bleu Bar in L'Auberge Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
Past President Klaus Gubernator now serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation trust (chaired by Val Myers).  At the September 6, 2018 meeting he explained the different ways that club members can donate to support both club and Rotary International-sponsored projects. 
  • Rotary Foundation:  The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization that supports the activities of Rotary International. Donations you make to the Rotary Foundation support a variety of activities, including the Polio Plus fund, Global and District Grants and scholarships and are fully tax deductible.  Our goal is to have 100% of members donate with a per capita annual donation of $100
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust:  Members are also asked to contribute to our Foundation Trust, also a 501(c)(3) organization.  The trust gives us greater flexibility to fund smaller projects (e.g., La Colonia Children’s Christmas Party; Community Resource Center; Del Mar Lifeguards rescue equipment).  Your donations to the Trust are also fully tax deductible.  Our goal is to have 100% of members donates and a per capita annual donation of $200
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar:  The club is a 501(c)(4) organization, which allows us to take positions that may be considered to have a political aspect.  Use of funds is not restricted and go to cover club expenses such as Parish Hall rental and catering 
Download the pledge forms to donate to the club’s Foundation Trust and Rotary Foundation and return the completed forms and checks to Klaus.  To ensure that your donation is tax deductible, make checks out to “Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust” and “The Rotary Foundation”, for donations to the Foundation Trust and Rotary Foundation, respectively.  Members can also make their donations to the Rotary Foundation online by clicking here.
Supporting the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust and Rotary International Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
Marlene Gotz announced the 49th annual Dia Del Sol event to benefit United Cerebral Palsy will be held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar on October 10, 2018 from 10-1:30 PM.  In particular, she seeks several members who can assist children affected by cerebral palsy who will be participating in the event’s fashion show. 
Dia Del Sol is hosted by members of the Beach & Country Guild, an all-volunteer organization of women that raises funds to support children and families in San Diego who have been affected by cerebral palsy. The guild donates up to $250,000 annually to United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego for the direct benefit of the San Diego community.   
Annual Dia Del Sol Event to Benefit Cerebral Palsy Research Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
President Don Fipps presents Dan Smargon with his sixth Paul Harris Fellow recognition
Marty Peters recognizes Jack Lyon as a Paul Harris Fellow
Congratulations to Dan Smargon on receiving his sixth Paul Harris Fellow recognition- he received a Paul Harris pin with a ruby for his contributions to Rotary International. We also congratulate Matt Kurth on receiving his second Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Rotarians can also recognize individuals as Paul Harris Fellows, which is what Marty Peters did on behalf of Jack Lyon, founder of Veterans Village of San Diego.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
We’re just over five weeks from Chili & Quackers on October 20, 2018.  We’re gearing up to secure sponsors and need your help in getting the word out about this event.  If you’re on Facebook and haven’t already, please “like” the Rotary Club of Del Mar Facebook page.  Once on the page, please like and share Dugan’s posts about Chili & Quackers.  Through sharing we can maximize the number of people we reach.  Please also encourage your family and friends to visit our website to “adopt” ducks and pre-purchase chili tastes and food and beverage tickets is now live at the club website. Thank you to Philippe Lamoise for his work developing the site. Want to be involved in planning?  Email event chair Matt Kurth to find out ways to help.
Chili &amp; Quackers Publicity Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
Judi Westberg, Regional Development Officer for Mercy Ships brought plenty of informational materials
Our Program Chair Scott MacDonald connected with Judi Westberg, Regional Development Officer for Mercy Ships who presented to our club on August 30, 2018, in an unusual way- through art.  Scott was purchasing work by local artist Tom Liguori, who instead of payment asks clients to donate to one of several charities, including Mercy Ships. 
Judi began her presentation by showing a 60 Minutes piece that aired several years ago.  In many countries in Africa, access to basic healthcare is extremely limited and access to surgical care is even more rare. Mercy Ships bring surgical care to countries identified by the World Health as being most in need. Don Stevens founded Mercy Ships in 1978 by Don Stevens and in its 40 year service has helped more than 80,000 individuals and their families by bringing 21st century medical care to those most in need.    
The Africa Mercy is a 500 ft converted rail ferry ship that carries a crew of 450, including 15 doctors. The ship has 78 beds and 6 operating rooms.  All crew provide their services for free, and each crew member must fund their own living expenses. Many of the crew are sponsored by churches and other organizations in their home communities. 
Mercy Ships provide only surgical treatment and specialize in maxillofacial surgeries, particularly those involving repair of cleft palates and removal of disfiguring benign facial tumors.  They also perform cataract surgeries that have helped dozens of patients regain their sight after decades of blindness. 
Mercy Ships is a faith-based organization that receives no government funding and thus their $55 million annual budget is supported solely on private donations and corporate partnerships. They are currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise $160 million to build a new ship that will be designed to meet surgical specifications. Judi invited us to learn more about Mercy Ships and keep abreast of its activities by signing up to receive their newsletters.  
Mercy Ships Bring Hope and Healing to Those Most in Need Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
On September 13 Matt Kurth will give the first in our new Vocational Series of presentations that will highlight the different vocations of our members. Matt will discuss biotech and pharma industry in the San Diego region. All members are encouraged to invite friends or colleagues who are in this field, or have interest in the topic, to attend. Members can also consider bringing guests to the monthly social on Tuesday, September 11, at the Bleu Bar at L’Auberge to talk about the biotech/pharma industry in an informal setting in advance of the September 13 meeting.  Interested in presenting on your vocation?  Contact Program Chair Scott MacDonald.
New Vocational Series Begins September 13 Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
Sharyn Daly was happy for being back into her house in the hills of Del Mar, while Ole Prahm, visiting from the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe, was happy to be able to attend a Rotary meeting within walking distance of his home.  John Baranowski is happy for an upcoming trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. John’s wife, Candace, hit on a great idea while they were looking for an Albuquerque hotel. She suggested that they reach out to local Rotarians to ask whether any members would be willing to host them during their trip and they would donate the funds they would have otherwise spent on a hotel to club projects. They had more than a few offers and will be looking forward to meeting Rotarians on their upcoming trip.
Happy Dollars for the Week Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 19, 2018

Brett Mattei and Vickie Barks and the rest of our crew in attendance
Suzy and Karl Wagner with Monty Woolley
Larry Cook (big winner for the day) and Scott MacDonald
Don Fipps, Marty Peters, Bob Fuchs and Brett Mattei
Garrie Rhodes and Ed Siegel
Val Myers and Sharyn Daly with Kevin Fitzpatrick
Eric Nelte, Tom Ryan and Jim Brunner
Chad Brown with Bill and Pat Dougherty
Don and Donna Fipps (far left) in the Winner's Circle with the Del Mar Rotary race winner Fawree
Another beautiful day at the Del Mar Race Track for our annual Day at the Races. We gathered at Il Palio restaurant on the 6th floor of the grandstand to enjoy a lunch buffet and the window-side tables that have panoramic views of the track.  Instead of the usual Sick Picks, we had only five races this year, but the picks didn’t fare all that much better with the smaller card. Larry Cook collected winnings as usual, but regardless of the take everyone had a wonderful time.  Don and Donna Fipps were in the winner’s circle to greet the winner of Race 2, the Del Mar Rotary Race. Fawree, ridden by jockey Flavien Prat ran the one mile in only 1:38 to win easily over