Project Speed

Posted on Nov 20, 2022
In 1899, Charles “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy, was the first to set a paced bicycle land speed record when he pedaled 60 mph behind a train in Long Island. In 2018, Denise Mueller set the current record of 183.9 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. She visited our club on November 17, 2022 to tell how she did it. Denise has always been fast on a bike. In the late 1980s, then teenage Denise was on a ride between San Francisco and San Diego. As she pedaled through Camp Pendleton, she drafted another cyclist for 8 miles. That cyclist happened to be John Howard, a 3-time Olympian, co-founder or the Race Across America and member of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. In 1985 John himself set the land speed record of 152.2, so he recognized her talent. John helped get Denise into competitive cycling and was her coach. She enjoyed success until, as she put it, she needed to start “adulting” and put aside cycling to focus on her career and family. Her career included running the family business Rancho Santa Fe Security, a company that was founded by her father.
 
Denise approached John Howard when her son was training to run all 19 Rock n’ Roll Marathons. John asked her whether she might return to cycling, and in particular, pursue a land speed record, which no woman had ever attempted. In 2012 she began training and in 2016 set the women’s record of 147.7 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Denise was further encouraged by Dutch cyclist Fred Rompelberg, who had held the record of 166.9 mph since 1995. Rompelberg even gave her use of the pace car he used in 1995 that looks a bit like a drag racer with a large hood at the back that serves as a wind shield. Having the car was one thing, but finding a driver in whom she had complete confidence was another.
 
Denise found Shea Holbrook to be that driver. In their attempts, Denise followed behind the pace car riding a customized bike with an extremely high gear. She explained that with one turn of the crank on this bike she could travel 131 feet (compare to a traditional ten-speed where one crank turn allows the rider to travel 31 feet).  Even to turn the crank she had to reach a speed of around 100 miles an hour. Shea had to get to around 130 mph within one mile, and when Denise cast off the tow rope in the final mile, around mile marker 4, she reached nearly 184 mph, far faster than she expected.
 
The attempt was not without danger. Denise brought with her a broken wheel hub. The hub cracked soon after the attempt, but fortunately held true as she set the record. One other great thing about Denise: she is a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe!
Click HERE to watch a video of Denise setting the record.
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The Journey to Safety

Posted on Nov 20, 2022
Olga speaks to the club (left) and Klaus Gubernator is hosting a family from Ukraine (right)
 
Thanksgiving Day marks nine months since Russia attacked Ukraine. On the day of the attack, Olga and her son began her journey to safety. Within one week of her departure, Vyshneve, where Olga lived with her three year-old son, was bombed. Olga had friends in Oceanside who advised her to get to a place that had planes leaving Europe. If she could find a plane, they would fund her tickets. Olga showed a video of her car ride to Rădăuți-Prut in Romania.  Cars were lined up for miles and Olga and her son ended up sharing a car with a woman who drove them to Debrecen, Hungary. In Hungary, Olga and her son boarded a plane to start the trip to San Diego, where they’ve lived since early March.  
 
Olga grew up in a family of doctors, but she followed a different path to become fluent in several languages, including English and Japanese. She worked for five years in the Embassy of Japan in Kyiv. Using these excellent communication skills, she has told her story and acted as a liaison for other Ukrainians in the San Diego area.
 
Olga and James Morrison, a member of Rotary Club of Point Loma who serves as District 5340 Treasurer and Paul Harris Society Coordinator, spoke to our club on November 10, 2022. James has helped organize District efforts to help Ukrainian refugees. In total, Rotary International has raised $15 million for Ukraine and these funds have been distributed through nearly 300 disaster response grants.  Our own John Baranowski and Candace Bahr helped Olga and her son when they drove her from Oceanside to Mission Valley to participate in the services fair hosted by the Amna Sanctuary.
 
James said that housing is the number one need of Ukrainian refugees. Klaus Gubernator has offered rooms in his home to house a Ukrainian mother and her daughters. If you are able to help in any way, please email James. 
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La Colonia Children's Christmas Party

Posted on Nov 20, 2022
Our annual Christmas Party for members of the La Colonia Clubhouse (715 Valley Avenue Solana Beach) of Boys & Girls Club San Dieguito is set for Thursday December 15. The party will run from 4PM to 7 PM.  Klaus Gubernator is organizing this year. He says that we still need one more craft table and volunteers to help serve food. Please stop by and lend a hand if needed. This party is always a wonderful time!  Email Klaus with any questions or to volunteer.
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Del Mar Village Association Community Cleanup
 

Posted on Nov 20, 2022
Don and Donna Fipps were out with Omeeka (who’s now at Oceanside in the next phase of training) last month for the Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) Community Cleanup.  A total of 50 people participated to collect nearly 180 pounds of trash. With their 7 pounds, Don and Donna did well above average! Sharon, Suzy and Toni will have a post-Thanksgiving meeting with DMVA leaders to talk about more collaborative projects.
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Club Holiday Party at Viewpoint Brewing Company December 13
 

Posted on Nov 20, 2022
Fun from the 2021 party at Viewpoint
 
December is rapidly approaching, so that means holiday parties! A sign-up sheet will be available at the December 1 meeting, or, better still click HERE to fill out the RSVP form.
Suzy Wagner and Dee House are heading up the planning committee this year. Cocktails and appetizers start at 5 PM and a buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 PM (plated vegetarian meals are available).   The cost is $55 per person (not including drinks). We’ll have a cookie exchange as usual, and also a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange.
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Happy Trails Walking Club November 26
 

Posted on Nov 20, 2022
Sharon Schendel, Klaus Gubernator, Kathy Reed and Janice Kurth on the inaugural meeting of the Happy Trails Walking Club
Join the Happy Tails Walking Club Saturday November 26 at 9 AM.  We’ll return to Gonzalez Canyon, but will turn left to explore the Torrey Pines Nature Loop.  Family, friends, and, of course, dogs, are welcome to join this ~2.5 mile hike. Park at the Sword Road trailhead. Questions? Email Sharon Schendel.
 
 
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Happy Thanksgiving!
 

Posted on Nov 20, 2022
We will NOT have a meeting Thanksgiving, November 24.  Best wishes for an enjoyable holiday!
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Walking Club Starts November 9
 

Posted on Nov 06, 2022
 
The Happy Trails Walking Group will meet for a kick-off walk Wednesday November 9 at 8 AM. Meet at the Sword Trail Head for Gonzalez Canyon off Sword Way in Carmel Valley. Dogs are welcome!  Click HERE for Gonzalez Canyon Trail Map and click HERE for Google Map link (the trail head is between Sword and Way at the bottom of the “U” of Sword Way).
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Club Citations for Rotary Year 2021-2022

Posted on Nov 06, 2022
 
District Governor Elect Don Fipps presented immediate past co-Presidents Suzy and Karl Wagner with a citation for meeting all the club goals they set for their term as well as recognition for contributions to the End Polio Now campaign. The club also had the third-highest per capita donations ($600) to the Rotary International Annual Fund that returns funds back to clubs in the form of District Dedicated Funds and supports Global Grants.  
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Sleeping Cottage Trim Out

Posted on Nov 06, 2022
Clockwise from upper left: Four cottages are nearing completion; Working on the front porch; Member of Troop 713 paint side panels; Cottage interior
Clockwise from left: Bob Muller trims out a side window; Members of Troop 713 took on all tasks; Painting trim work; Jan Grossnickle guides Scouts in painting panels; Klaus Gubernator works to install a front window
Clockwise from upper left: Caulking window trim; Dee House customizes some window trim supervised by Flash and Mira; Roof and window work; Kathy Reed with Pete and Jan Grossnickle; Steven McDowell cutting trim; Marty Peters helps a gal wield a mean reciprocating saw
 
Four cottages are now nearly complete and a fifth will soon be built to complete the first phase of the San Diego Peace Village.  Klaus Gubernator and Kathy Reed (along with Mira and Flash) put in a full day at the build site and were joined by Jan and Pete Grossnickle, Dee House, Steven McDowell, Bob Muller, Marty Peters, and Sharon Schendel. We’re grateful to members of Scout Troop 713 led by Scout Xander Schroeder, who reached out to us to offer help on our work projects. Members of the St. James Mission Circle rounded out the crew and Project Organizer Kathy Faller kept everyone busy and on track.
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Blood Drive Collects Over 3 Gallons
 

Posted on Nov 06, 2022
 
The San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile was back at the Del Mar Civic Center on Thursday November 3. We collected 25 pints, which can help 75 people in the San Diego community. Thank you to members Bob Fuchs, Dugan Lamoise, Kit Leeger, Steven McDowell, Joe McLoed, Marty Peters, Kathy Reed, Bob Sonnhalter, and Karl Wagner. Rotarians from Pauline Lim from Downtown Breakfast Rotary (also Model UN co-chair), Robin Chappelow from Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe also donated, as did Suzy Wagner’s daughter Pam Rudolph and KC Vafiadis. I was too close to my return from Brussels, so I’ll be visiting the donation site in Carmel Valley in the coming days.  
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MAEGA Celebrates 50 Years of Scholarships
 

Posted on Nov 06, 2022
 
Our club sponsored a table at the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Mexican American Educational Guidance Association (MAEGA). Our charter member Don Lapham was a co-founder of MAEGA and charter member Dr. Dick Wheelock was also devoted to MAEGA. Since its founding in 1970, MAEGA has awarded over 2.5 million in scholarship support to ensure that promising Mexican-American students can pursue higher education. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Jodi Kodesh led the evening, which featured Superintendent/President of Mira Costa College Dr. Sunita “Sunny” Cooke, and Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District.  Distinguished alumni provided video statements of how MAEGA helped launch their academic and eventually professional careers, and veterinarian and current Advisory Board member Dr. Nicole Zuniga thanked Rotary Club of Del Mar specifically for our support.  Thank you to Greg Harris, Candace Bahr, John Baranowski, and Sharon Schendel for attending.
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District Conference is Approaching! October 29
 

Posted on Oct 23, 2022
 
Register for the 2022 District Conference and Foundation Gala on October 29.  Click here to watch the video invitation. The Conference will run from 9AM-4PM. Registration is $150 per person and includes: Continental breakfast, plated lunch, interesting speakers, musical & aerial dance performances, and a raffle.  

Stay for the Foundation Gala from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with dancing following. Check in begins at 4:30 PM with aerialist performances beginning at 5:00 pm.  The dinner is $130 per person. Register for both at $250 ($30 discount).   
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Rotary vs. Lions Food Drive Challenge
 

Posted on Oct 23, 2022
 
Challenge accepted! Lions Clubs of San Diego and Imperial County made a friendly challenge to District 5340 Rotary Clubs to see which group could donate the most food (by weight) to local food banks during the month of October. Given our pallet of peanut butter donation, of course we have a lot of peanut butter, but we also have plenty of other healthy staples. All of this food will go the Miramar warehouse of the San Diego Food Bank, Monday morning (October 24), but there’s still a week left in case you’d like to make a separate donation (click HERE to see the items the bank needs most). Just make sure to note the weight of the food you donate! 
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Fisher House: A Home Away from Home
 

Posted on Oct 23, 2022
Fisher House Southern California Executive Director Linda Rahn, left, speaks to the club; The Naval Medical Center in San Diego has two Fisher Houses (left)
 
Imagine having a family member in the military, or who is a veteran, and they need medical treatment somewhere far from home. Also imagine that money is tight. How will you get to where they’re being treated? Where will you stay so you can support them during their recovery?
 
The Fisher House provides a home away from home where families of active military members and veterans can stay, free of charge, while their loved one is undergoing treatment. Executive Director of Fisher House, Southern California, Linda Rahn, was our speaker at the October 20, 2022 meeting. She explained that Fisher Houses provide lodging at spacious homes near military VA medical centers. The houses have between 8 and 21 guest suites, each with a private bathroom. Guests share a kitchen, dining room, laundry, and common living spaces. In essence, Fisher Houses are similar to Ronald McDonald houses where families can stay while children are receiving treatment for life-threatening illnesses. 
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Cornholin’ on the Beach
 

Posted on Oct 23, 2022
Clockwise from top left: Teams and Tents on the beach; Matt Kurth and Don Fipps keep track of their progress; Donna Fipps concentrates on getting the perfect trajectory; photobomb by Joe McLeod, club member and COO of BGC San Dieguito 
 
Our club fielded a team in the Boys & Girls Club San Dieguito 8th Annual Cornhole Tournament  on the beach at Del Mar. The sold-out event included 105 teams and was supported by community sponsorships from over 40 San Diego businesses and individuals. They netted over $40,000 that will go to support dozens of great activities. Visit the BGC San Dieguito Facebook page to see more photos from the day.
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Community Clean Up with Del Mar Village Association October 26

Posted on Oct 23, 2022
Join members of the Del Mar Village Association in a Community Clean up on Wednesday October 26 from 3-5 PM. Click HERE to register. Then, meet at the Jim Watkins amphitheater outside L’Auberge at 15th Street and Camino Del Mar (near our clock).  Afterward, celebrate making Del Mar more beautiful with happy hour at L’Auberge Ocean Terrace.  Prizes will be awarded for the most trash collected, largest item, and strangest item. If you attend, please take pictures!
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Walk to End Polio in Balboa Park
 

 
Don Fipps put on his End Polio Now socks and Converse shoes for the Rotary District 5340 Walk to End Polio hosted by Mission Valley Evening Rotary Club and the City Heights Rotaract Club. District Governor Chuck Pretto was also there, as was Elana Levens-Craig, best selfie-taker ever. They covered 5 of the 7 bridges and then enjoyed breakfast burritos and mimosas after. Visit the Mission Valley Evening Rotary Facebook page to see more pictures from the walk.
Remember that October 24 is World Polio Day
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Happy Trails Walking Club Starts November 2
 

Posted on Oct 23, 2022
Let’s get together and enjoy a nice walk with fellow club members. The Happy Trails Walking Group will meet Wednesday mornings at 8 AM, beginning November 2. Watch for an upcoming email with the meeting site. The low- to moderate intensity walks will be 2-3 miles. Dogs are welcome!  
We’ll order T-shirts to help publicize the club. T-shirt orders will go in next week. Please email Sharon to request a shirt (sizes, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL) based on men’s sizing). Cost per shirt will be between $18-20, depending on the numbered ordered.  
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Blood Drive at Del Mar Civic Center November 3
 

Posted on Oct 23, 2022
 
We’re hosting another blood drive on Thursday November 3.  The San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile will again be behind the Del Mar Civic Center from 9 AM-2:30 PM.  There are still spots available.  Click HERE to book an appointment for the drive and help us top the 21 pints we collected in July. If you can’t make this drive, you can always donate at one of SDBB’s convenient local collection centers. Remember: Every pint we collect can help three San Diegans. If you have questions or want to donate but can’t book online, email Karl Wagner.
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Battle at the Border Robotics Competition

 
Our club is a major sponsor of the Torrey Pines High School Millennium Falcons Robotics club and member Klaus Gubernator is one of the club mentors. On Saturday October 15 the Falcons were one of over 30 local teams that competed in the off-season Battle of the Border competition at Cathedral Catholic High School. The competition provides an opportunities for teams to have more time with their robots and give newer members a taste of what a competition is like.  
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Labor Day Lunch and CPR Training Manikins for the Del Mar Lifeguards
 

Labor Day lunches and CPR training manikins. From left to right: City of Del Mar Deputy Chief of Lifeguards Mark Rathsam, Sharon Schendel, Don and Donna Fipps, City of Del Mar Chief of Lifeguards Jon Edelbrock, Ranch 45 Chef Aron Schwartz and Ranch 45 General Manager Pam Schwartz
 
The Del Mar Lifeguards wound down the summer season on a very warm and busy Labor Day. To help keep them going, we donated 50 lunches from Ranch 45.  Chef Aron Schwartz and Manager Pam Schwartz delivered them. We also had the opportunity to see the set of CPR training manikins that the club donated with funds from the Community Service Committee. These manikins have lights that give immediate visual feedback to let the user know whether they’re using appropriate hand placement and pressure, as well as the right cadence. The training kit can also help users learn the placement and function of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Deputy Chief of Lifeguards Mark Rathsam said that the visual cues help users acquire skills much faster and also gives them confidence to use these skills in an actual emergency. The lifeguards use the training manikin set both to maintain the skills of their lifeguards and also to train members of the community in life-saving skills.  Thank you to Brett Mattei for coordinating the lunch delivery.
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Nutrition Support for Children in Southern Myanmar

 

Myanmar has been a site of extreme political unrest since a military coup in February 2021.  Through Marty Peters, the club was able to donate $500, which was used by the Good Shepherd Sisters to purchase two months’ worth of food for orphans in Yangon, a city in southern Myanmar.

 
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Keeping Cool at New Entra Casa

 
We always encourage members to find new projects that have needs the club can help fulfill. Community Services Committee member Linda Groom learned of a need of New Entra Casa, which has been serving women and their families in the San Diego area for around 50 years. 
 
New Entra Casa is a 6-bed facility for women who are involved with Child Welfare Services (CWS) or who have limited visitation with their children. As residents, these women receive education and support to reach their goal of reunifying with their children. Moreover, New Entra Casa is committed to helping individuals recover from substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders through counseling, small groups, and 12-Step and holistic therapy models that address the underlying causes of addiction and trauma.
 
The club provided funds for New Entra Casa to purchase a new refrigerator that can be used by the counseling staff.  Linda said that the staff members are happy to have dedicated space to store their lunches and other items. 
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Thank You from MAEGA Scholarship Recipient Daniella Hernandez

 

Every year the Youth Services Committee uses part of their annual budget to fund a scholarship for the Mexican American Educational Guidance Association (MAEGA). The club has a long history with MAEGA.  Charter Members Don Lapham and Dr. Dick Wheelock were both committed to MAEGA; Don was a co-founder and Dick served on the Board of Directors for two decades.  Daniella Hernandez is a MAEGA scholarship recipient this year and will use the funds to pursue a degree at SDSU. 

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Hands of Peace: Youth as Agents of Change
 

Melanie Stanek, San Diego Site Director for Hands of Peace
 
Hands of Peace (HOP) seeks to empower young people to find and raise their voice as agents of change. San Diego Site Director Melanie Stanek, our speaker at the September 22, 2022 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 volunteer host families. The program also involves around 200 volunteers during the program and throughout the year. 
  
HOP has a strong connection to Rotary. Multiple clubs in District 5340 have worked with HOP, which has received District Grant funding in recent years. 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. On September 28, 5:30-7PM, HOP will hold a Community Circle featuring alumni of the HOP program at the Encinitas Community Center. Visit https://handsofpeace.org/events to register.
 
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18th Annual Sunset Soirée

 
We had perfect weather for our 18th annual Sunset Soiree on Tuesday September 13, 2022.  After a streak of hot weather, we were fortunate to have a pleasantly warm night with little breeze.  Many of the restaurants returned this year and we were pleased to have Cevasco’s and Beeside Balcony as our two newest restaurants.  On the beverage side, Koi Zen and Solterra were first-timers.  Ruth Grayson was our auctioneer, assisted by her partner Michael Lewis. They kept the enthusiasm up during the live auction, but they also kept a close watch over the silent auction. The robust 70% average return on fair market value of all the auction items reflected their efforts. Meanwhile, the gift card tree was so big that we could split off two “saplings” that both offered a great selection of cards. 
Click HERE to access a Google Photo album with full-size pictures available for download and click “Read More” for important thank yous!
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Sunset Soirée this Tuesday!

 
It’s almost here! We still have plenty of tickets remaining, so please encourage friends and family to attend. The forecast is for clear, calm, and comfortably warm weather. We’ll have some new things this year: an auctioneer team, something different with the gift card tree, and a special gift for anyone who wins an auction item. Buy tickets now at www.delmarsunsetsoiree.org
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District Governor Chuck Pretto: Focusing on Youth and Raising Rotary’s Visibility
 

 
We had a fantastic crowd to hear District Governor Chuck Pretto speak on September 8, 2022.  During his term, Chuck is focusing on two main, youth-oriented projects: i) expanding mental health resources for young people in San Diego; and ii) installing peace poles on the campuses of local schools.
 
Rotary’s youth activities have long been of special importance to Chuck. At a time he was thinking of leaving Rotary, a fellow Rotarian in Club 33 asked Chuck if he might consider hosting a Youth Exchange student. Chuck thought:  Great. I’ll ask my wife, Kim, if we can do this, she’ll say no (particularly since his three children weren’t yet teenagers), and he can leave Rotary.  But Kim surprised him by saying “yes”. Eventually, he and Kim went on to host seven exchange students. The final student arrived when their children were out of the house. Kim allowed the hosting provided that Chuck was responsible for getting her to and from school, and any activities. Chuck said that because of this condition, he was perhaps closer to this student than he was to the others.
 
Chuck also talked about the importance of wearing a Rotary pin, and how the master brand is more easily seen than the classic small wheel.  He talked of one instance in the grocery store. The young man bagging groceries saw Chuck’s pin and said:  “Rotary changed my sister’s life.” A Rotary club had made it possible for this young woman to have orthodontic work that increased her confidence and enhanced her life outlook.  Wearing a pin fosters these conversations, or provides a starting point to say what Rotary is and why you’re a member of Rotary.  Chuck brought a magnetic master brand pin for every member in attendance.  Please wear your new pin- especially at the Sunset Soirée, since the program encourages guests to talk with club members about membership.
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Sunset Soirée Auction Item Tour 2022-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soirée Video to Share

 
Do you have friends wondering what will be available to eat and drink at the Soirée?  Please share this link with them (and also post on social media):  https://youtu.be/CURHtMhSCxw. Or, you can send them to the club website, www.delmmarotary.org, where the video is embedded.  
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Delicious Desserts!

 
President Sharon has a large sweet tooth. With the blessing of Jimmy O’s, we’ve launched a dessert of the week sign up. First up was Sharyn Daly, who brought pink boxes full of delicious coconut cakes and lemon tarts. If you’re hungry for more, these confections were prepared by member Casey Robison, owner of Darshan Bakery & Café, which has outposts in Del Mar and Encinitas. 
 
Beth Westburg kindly volunteered to bring dessert for our September 8 meeting.  No one has signed up for September 29, December 1, and December 29.  Contact Sharon if you’d like to be dessert master one of those weeks.   
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District Governor Chuck Pretto Visits September 8 2022-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

Using Genetic Genealogy To Make the Unknown Known
 

Amy Cheshire (upper left) spoke about how genetic genealogy helped identify the remains of her grandfather James Cheshire (lower left, with his young family). In July 2022 he was buried at Arlington Cemetery (lower right). 
 
In 2011 Amy Cheshire, our speaker at the September 1, 2022 meeting, was contacted by a Navy Genealogist about James Cheshire, her grandfather.
 
In 1941, James was serving as a Chief Pharmacist’s Mate aboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.  Amy brought the actual telegram her grandmother, Marion, received from Navy announcing in late December 1941, announcing that James had been declared dead. James was among men who were buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery on Oahu, and the family was left with only corroded mementoes found in James’ ship locker.  
 
The Navy Genealogist who contacted Amy was working for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and was seeking DNA samples. Amy contacted second cousins who would share DNA with her grandfather, and they provided samples that were eventually used to help identify her grandfather’s DNA as part of the USS Oklahoma Project that sought to identify remains of sailors who served on the ship.
 
Amy explained the difference between autosomal DNA, which is carried in the nucleus of nearly all human cell and is a blend of genetic material from the mother and the father, and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is inherited only through the mother. mtDNA is particularly useful for several reasons: i) there’s a lot of it in cells; ii) mtDNA is more likely to survive for long periods relative to autosomal DNA; and iii) its maternal lineage provides information for forensic identification when there is a gap between ancestor and descendent.
 
In 2018, Amy’s family was contacted by the US Navy, which had identified her grandfather’s remains.  After COVID-19-related delays, her grandfather was laid to rest with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery in July 2022. Amy now focuses on genetic genealogy, which is the use of genealogical DNA together with genealogical methods to identify possible genetic relationships between individuals.  She uses these approaches to help adoptees seek birth parents or as part investigative genetic genealogy used to identify crime victims.
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Sunset Soirée Vendor Tour 2022-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

Reducing Maternal Mortality in Rural Panama: Phalarope's Approach

Posted on Aug 28, 2022
Dr. Miriam Rittmeyer (center), founder of Phalarope (logo at top), and the community leaders of Phalarope's Programa Manchichi that seeks to partner with and educate comadronas to reduce maternal mortality in rural Panama
 
Imagine being pregnant in a community high in the mountains of Panama that is accessible largely by foot. Would there be anyone trained to help you in case something went wrong? Dr. Miriam Rittmeyer, our speaker at the August 28, 2022 meeting, founded Phalarope to help women in situations like this. Phalarope seeks to empower women through education and community outreach to enable families and communities in Latin America to reach their full potential. Phalarope has six priority areas, and in her talk Dr. Rittmeyer focused on projects to improve maternal and community health.  
 
Phalarope took the unique approach of partnering with comadronas, women who are highly respected and trusted community leaders. Comadronas carry out traditional birth practices in indigenous communities in Latin American countries like Guatemala and Panama. In rural Guatemala, Phalarope implemented a vocational training program, Programa Ixchel, to equip comadronas with medical skills and tools to monitor fetal development as well as detect hypertension and high blood pressure. Using these skills, the comadronas could identify signs and symptoms of high-risk pregnancy that can endanger the life of both mothers and their fetuses. This training is critical to reduce the rate of maternal morbidity and mortality, which can have long-lasting effects for families and communities.  
 
Building on the success of Programa Ixchel, Phalarope secured a Global Grant (G-2658) to start Programa Manchichi that will help six communities in the mountainous region of Panama. The Global Grant allowed expansion of preliminary findings from a Phase I project in which teams in these communities teams compiled detailed regional maps that identified where families are living, and the health status of family members. These data were used to generate a dashboard with health indicators that could provide alerts from the field when patients were in need of higher-level care.
 
The Global Grant funds a training program with a curriculum that focuses on cultural competency that respects traditional practices while allowing for active monitoring and response to high-risk situations as they emerge. The training is conducted within the remote communities where comadronas receive instruction in identifying high-risk pregnancies in addition to preventative screening for other communities members, many of whom are affected by chronic conditions like diabetes. The curriculum also includes training in prenatal care, particularly coaching to optimize maternal nutrition, determining fetal presentation, as well as post-partum care that is critical to reduce maternal mortality.
 
Dr. Rittmeyer is a native of Guatemala. She earned her MD in Guatemala and received a Ph.D. in Nutritional Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina as well as a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
 
In 2021, the Rotary Club of Del Mar International Services Committee partnered with Phalarope on this innovative Global Grant through the donation of $2,500 from the club and $2,500 District Designated Funds (DDF).
 
Reducing Maternal Mortality in Rural Panama: Phalarope's Approach 2022-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

MAEGA Annual Don Lapham Memorial Dinner

 
The annual MAEGA Don Lapham Dinners will be held at Tony's Jacal, Solana Beach on August 30 and September 6 (both Tuesdays) from 5-8 PM.
 
Tickets can be purchased at the door. Admission is $25 and include an enchilada-taco combination plate with beans, rice and salad. 
 
Don Lapham was a Rotary Club of Del Mar charter member who co-founded MAEGA to provide scholarships to academically talented high school students of Mexican descent were not attending college due to financial challenges. MAEGA was also championed by charter member Dr. Dick Wheelock, who served on the MAEGA Board of Directors for two decades.
 
The Don Lapham Memorial fundraising dinner honors MAEGA’s founding member and raises funds for MAEGA scholarships. Come enjoy some wonderful Mexican food while supporting the academic aspirations of local students.
 
MAEGA Annual Don Lapham Memorial Dinner 2022-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Back to the Track

Clockwise from top left: Sharon Schendel with District 5340 Governor Chuck Pretto; Brett Mattei, Bill Dougherty, Bill Rawlings; Sharon Schendel and Dugan Lamoise with Winner's Circle Connie Broge; Sharon Schendel and Dugan Lamoise with Bob Baffert and his winning horse, Peso; Garrie Rhodes with Chris Stewart
Clockwise from top left: Philippe Lamoise, Sharyn Daly and Linda Groom; Don and Donna Fipps; Suzy Wagner, Linda Strangman, Karl Wagner; Eric Nelte and Pat Dougherty; Walt Strangman and Pat Caughey
Spiraling in from top left: The losing ticket pile; Linda Saville with Assistant District Governor Luis Carranza and Dugan Lamoise, Garrie Rhodes celebrates a winning ticket; Jim and Karin Davies; Linda Groom and Linda Saville; the Rotary Race card (Peso was horse 9); Jan and Pete Grossnickle (Pete obviously dreaming about the days' winning- this picture was taken early in the day); Sharon Schendel with Bob Baffert, who walked off with the Maker's Mark, but not the peach roses
 
Every August club members are treated to a Day at the Races hosted by Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President and CEO (and honorary club member) Joe Harper. We had a fantastic afternoon at Il Palio restaurant high above the track.  This year the Del Mar Rotary Race was first on the card and the winner was Peso, a horse trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Juan Hernandez. President Sharon Schendel and Past President Dugan Lamoise were in the winner’s circle to present the Maker’s Mark whiskey and flowers (the flowers came back up with us). Winner’s Circle coordinator and Del Mar track fixture Connie Broge has the best job at the track. She gave Dugan and Sharon the inside scoop on some of the claiming races of the day and other things to watch for.  Our collective Pick 5 went down in race 2, but our members still picked some winners for other races.  As always, we thank Bill Dougherty for coordinating the day. Click HERE to see the video of the Rotary Race and watch through the end to see the winner’s circle presentation. 
 
Back to the Track 2022-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soirée Planning Committee Meeting TOMORROW!

 
It’s not only horses that are coming down to the wire, so is the Sunset Soirée!  We’re planning our volunteer roster and need plenty of Rotarian hands to help on the day of the event!  Here’s one way you can help right now:  BUY YOUR TICKETS, and encourage family and friends to join us.  
 
The next planning committee meeting is at Sharon's house Tuesday August 23, 2022 starting at 5:30 through 6:45ish.  Need Sharon's address?  Check ClubRunner or the reminder email sent August 22.
 
Can’t make it in person? Zoom is available:
 
Meeting ID: 845 7134 7525
Passcode: JOINRCDM     
Sunset Soirée Planning Committee Meeting TOMORROW! 2022-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Back to School Kits

 
After putting the finishing touches on sleeping cottages, Janice and Matt Kurth were at the San Diego Convention Center August 6, 2022 to help members of Rotary Club of Kearny Mesa to assemble school supply kits. They were part of a 400-volunteer force who made 10,000 back-to-school kits containing a total of $600,000 worth of school supplies. These kits will go to students around San Diego County. The event was organized by Supplybank.org, which is based in Oakland, and coordinates the distribution of vital essential goods to under-resourced families throughout California by drawing on a network of over 500 local organizations.
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Buy your Sunset Soirée tickets!

 
Purchase your tickets for the Sunset Soirée now! All members need to buy two tickets through the website at www.delmarsunsetsoiree.org (couples need to buy a total of two tickets).  Follow the instructions pictured above. Once you buy two tickets, any additional tickets are discounted 25% ($75 each). 
 
Please invite family and friends to attend this fun event. They can purchase tickets themselves and use your email as the reference code to get the discounted price. Or, you can purchase tickets on your guests’ behalf. If you’re not yet sure who will attend, you can still purchase tickets using “Guest” as the first name and your own name for the last name (for example, Guest Schendel or, for multiple guests, Guest 2 Schendel, Guest 3 Schendel, etc.).  Philippe can input credit cards on your guests’ behalf. 
 
Any questions or problems?  Email Philippe
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Annual Day at the Races August 18

 
We’ll gather at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Thursday August 18 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 generously tip our hard-working servers.
 
Look for Bill Dougherty stationed outside the gates beginning around 11:45: He'll give a pass to enter the grounds. The gates open around noon. If you arrive after Bill has packed up his table, go to the Will Call booth and let them know that you're with Rotary Club of Del Mar.
 
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.
 
Remember:  This is a member's-only event. 
Have questions? Email Bill.
Annual Day at the Races August 18 Sharon Schendel 2022-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Board of Directors Meeting on ZOOM Tuesday August 16 Sharon Schendel 2022-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Sunset Soirée Planning Meeting on ZOOM August 16 2022-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

New Rescue Boards for Del Mar Lifeguards

Left to right: Vice President and Community Service Co-Chair Toni Mecaro, Club President Sharon Schendel, Brodie Martin (President of the Del Mar Lifeguard Association; (DMLA)), Mark Rathsam (Deputy Chief Lifeguard), and Rick Schwering (Lifeguard and Treasurer of DMLA).   
 
 
We recently provided funds for the Del Mar Lifeguards to purchase three new rescue surfboards that will help them keep swimmers and surfers at Del Mar beaches safe. These rescue boards are lightweight and balanced, so they’re easier for the guards to paddle through the surf quickly. The lifeguards use the boards to transport up to six people safely back to shore, or to give distressed swimmers a good surface to hang onto until a rescue boat arrives. The boards’ yellow color makes them easily visible to beachgoers. Deputy Chief Lifeguard Mark Rathsam said that the guards used rescue boards in many of the 700 rescues they’ve made so far this year. We're proud to help add to the repertoire of life-saving equipment for the Del Mar Lifeguards.  Thank you to Brett Mattei for finding the large stickers of the club logo to decorate the boards. 
New Rescue Boards for Del Mar Lifeguards 2022-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

A Room of One's Own Part 2

 
Klaus Gubernator and Steven McDowell returned to continue building a sleeping cottage that was started last week. More members of St. James Mission Circle also returned.  
A Room of One's Own Part 2 2022-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Playing the Waves
 

Musicians with surfing coaches (upper left- Brett Mattei has the hat); Brett's student (upper right) learned quickly after Brett showed in the basics (lower right); This guy might look familiar: he's Val Myer's brother-in-law
 
Young musicians visiting San Diego for the District 5340 MusiCamp put down their instruments for an afternoon to join members of the Surfers United Fellowship of Rotary to try surfing the waves in Del Mar. Brett Morey of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary organized the event and our own Brett Mattei was there to coach some of the musicians on surfing basics.  By the end of the afternoon, many had gotten the hang of it and ridden a few waves.  If someone in the crowd looked a bit familiar, that’s Val Myer’s brother-in-law and Brett said that he’s one of the most enthusiastic surfing coaches ever. 
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The Rapid Development of the Antiviral Paxlovid
 

Dr. Martin Edwards uses a baseball and a mitt to demonstrate binding of a Paxlovid component into the active site of the SARS-CoV-2 protease
Model of the SARS-CoV-2 protease molecule with the Paxlovid molecule (stick diagram, upper right) blocking the active site (photo courtesy Dr. Martin Edwards)
 
Dr. Martin Edwards joined our July 28, 2022 meeting to tell the story of how Paxlovid, the treatment for COVID-19 was developed so rapidly.  After hearing initial reports from China in January 2020 that a newly-discovered virus could transmit person-to-person, Dr. Edwards thought to himself: “Nearly every person in the world could be infected.”  More than half a billion documented infections later, that thought seems to be coming true.
 
Dr. Edwards said that Paxlovid was propelled by earlier work done on SARS, a virus that is related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, but that failed to cause a global pandemic. Both SARS and SARS-CoV-2 make a protein called a protease that can snip apart different virus proteins so they can assemble to make new viruses that can go on to continue infection, or infect others.  Scientists at Pfizer already knew the three-dimensional structure of the SARS protease, and they knew from the SARS-CoV-2 DNA sequence that the SARS-CoV-2 protease would probably have a very similar structure. 
 
Pfizer scientists determined the structure of SARS-CoV-2 using x-ray crystallography, and then analyzed whether molecules in a library containing millions of different chemicals could nestle into a pocket in the protease called the “active site” and block the protease from snipping apart virus proteins.  Without the protease snipping, there are no new particles, and infection stops.  Dr. Edwards brought a baseball and a glove as an analogy to show how the molecules in Paxlovid fit into the active site pocket.  By December 2021, the FDA granted Paxlovid emergency use authorization, and millions of doses have since been administered.

Interested in learning more about the development of Paxlovid and why you might have heard of people “rebounding” (i.e., testing positive after receiving the drug and testing negative)?  Check out this NPR story, and articles in JAMA Network and Science.
 
The Rapid Development of the Antiviral Paxlovid  2022-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Event Registration Through Club Website

 
Many events on the club website will now have a registration button. Please use this feature to sign up! By signing up, event organizers can know who plans to attend. For our service projects in particular, having sign ups can help us better track volunteer hours, which we need to report to Rotary. We can also use this information to highlight to potential members and donors how much time our members devote to the community. 
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Get the ClubRunner App!

 
Wondering how to get to a member’s home?  What their phone number is?  What events are upcoming?  It’s all in the ClubRunner App. After a quick download from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android), you’ll be up and running with all the club information at your fingertips. Note that if an event is held at a member’s home, their address will NOT be posted on our website, so with the ClubRunner app, you can quickly find the address and get directions through your phone.  All information through the App is secure and available ONLY to members. Contact Sharon Schendel if you need help updating your profile.
Get the ClubRunner App! 2022-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Social at Cevasco's

 
Cevasco’s is one of the newest restaurants in the village of Del Mar and we’re delighted that they’ve signed on to serve at the Sunset Soiree. Happy Hour at Cevasco’s is a true bargain: $3 beers and $5 wine and good selection of tasty items for half price. Great to see so many members there. We had Don and Donna Fipps (and Omeeka, of course!), Steven and Jennifer McDowell, Brett Mattei, Jim Kohn and Sharon Schendel, Matt and Janice Kurth, Linda and Walt Strangman, Karl and Suzy Wagner (who also arranged the social).  Our socials are fun and important ways that we can support the restaurants that support our club.
Social at Cevasco's 2022-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soirée:  Items Needed!!

 
The countdown is on!  The Sunset Soiree is Tuesday September 13 starting at 5:30 at the Ocean View Deck of the Del Mar Plaza. We have some auction items, but we need more!  We also need gift cards for the tree and wine for the final $100 offer that was so successful last year.  Bring items to the meeting, or let Event Chair Sharon Schendel know you have something and we can arrange for a hand off.  The Soirée is our main source of revenue. Funds that we earn at the Soiree are critical for us to support our projects and maximize the good that we can do.  
 
The website will soon be live. Please also think of guests you might like to invite.  
Sunset Soirée: Items Needed!! 2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Book Club Monday July 25: Mountains Beyond Mountains

 

The Book Club will meet at 6 PM Monday July 25 (that's tomorrow!) at the Kurth's home on Rue de Roark.

We'll discuss Tracy Kidder's "Mountains Beyond Mountains" (find it on Amazon at:  https://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Beyond-Tracy-Kidder/dp/0812973011).


From the Amazon description:  In medical school, Paul Farmer found his life’s calling: to cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. Tracy Kidder’s magnificent account shows how one person can make a difference in solving global health problems through a clear-eyed understanding of the interaction of politics, wealth, social systems, and disease. Profound and powerful, Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes people’s minds through his dedication to the philosophy that “the only real nation is humanity.”

Sharon Schendel will moderate the discussion. She chose the book believing that Farmer's story echos the Service Above Self mindset of Rotary.

Book Club Monday July 25: Mountains Beyond Mountains 2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Social at Cevasco's

Our next social is Tuesday July 26 for Happy Hour at Cevasco's. Join us starting at 4 PM at one of Del Mar's newest restaurants. We're delighted that owners Christophe and Guenevere Cevasco are supporting our Sunset Soirée. 

Enjoy modern Italian cuisine with a focus on seafood and a bit California fusion mixed in. There are lots vegan and vegetarian options.

Social at Cevasco's 2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Designing Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases
 

 
After advancing several drugs to treat cancer, Dr. Marco Biamonte, our speaker for the July 24, 2022 meeting, founded Drugs & Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases (DDTD), a non-profit organization that develops news treatments and diagnostics for diseases that largely affect underserved populations. The goal of DDTD is to eliminate diseases that should belong to the past.
Designing Diagnostics for Tropical Diseases  2022-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

A Room of One's Own

Marty Peters, Sharon Schendel, Klaus Gubernator, Pat Caughey and Pete Grossnickle take a quick break from work (upper left, l to r);  Pete GrossnickleDee House, and Bob Muller roll paint on one of several cottage wall panels (center); Jan Grossnickle painted a lot of trim pieces (bottom center). The cottages will eventually have a small porch and will offer residents a private space to sleep, work and relax.  
Assembly line of cottage components (top) made for rapid progress on a second cottage. Poodle "Don Quixote" (aka Don) made sure everyone kept on track (and that no Dorito went uneaten). 
 
We joined with St. James Mission Circle, a social action program of the St. James-St. Leo Catholic Community in Solana Beach that is working with Casas de Luz to build transitional sleeping cottages.
 
As part of the Peace Village refugee resettlement program, which offers shelter to refugees and asylum seekers, these cottages are a first step for folks on their way to more permanent living situations. Residents typically stay fewer than 120 days. The cottages provide a bed, refrigerator, toaster oven, and heater, and a lockable door. They have no plumbing, but residents have access to communal shower and toilet facilities, as well as on-site laundry. Thank you for Marty Peters for coordinating this opportunity (and for working onsite). 
 
We had a great turnout. Members Pat Caughey, Jan and Pete Grossnickle, Klaus Gubernator, Dee House and Sharon Schendel, contributed, as did friends and family members Bob Muller and Tim Grossnickle. This project was particularly good because there were plenty of jobs for everyone, regardless of skill level and volunteers were rewarded with drinks and snacks. In addition, it was fun to work beside and meet all the volunteers from the Mission Circle. The project continues July 23 from 8:45AM-4 PM. Come join us to help build a few more cottages to help complete what will eventually be a village of 20.    
A Room of One's Own Sharon Schendel 2022-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

News From the Track

Perennial favorite speaker and Honorary Member Joe Harper, President and CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, stopped by Jimmy O’s for our July 14, 2022 meeting. Opening Day on July 22 is already sold out. In fact, tickets were gone 15 minutes after the sale began on June 13, and the crowd will be held to 22,000 this year. The Thoroughbred Club is coming off hosting its second successful Breeder’s Cup. Despite lower attendance due in part to the pandemic, the handle was high, and exceeded the 2017 value by nearly 10%. When the track does well, so does California: as a non-profit, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club returns its revenues to the state. Off-track betting now dominates with around 90% of the handle coming from bets placed offsite.
 
Joe said that the meet starts later as track requires preparation after the fair season, but it also ends later, which allows Del Mar to have one week during which it is the sole active track. All Joe Harper talks have a healthy old Hollywood component (his maternal grandfather was Cecil B. DeMille) and told favorite stories about his appearances as an extra in movies like the “The Greatest Show on Earth” and “Ten Commandments” that unfortunately ended up on the cutting room floor.  We thank Joe for his continued support of the club and look forward to our Annual Day at the Races on August 18. 
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Ukrainian Refugee Outreach Event

 
Amna Sanctuary, led by Executive Director Dr. Rasha Roshdy, organized a one-stop-shop for Ukrainian refugees to access services in the San Diego community. The Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley donated a ballroom where representatives from local agencies including Health and Human Services (HHSA), DMV and San Diego Unified School District helped refugees register for a State ID, enroll in school, and get work permits. Member John Baranowski and his wife Candace Bahr volunteered to help shuttle Olga and her son Lev, who are now living in Oceanside, to the event. Olga told him that the event helped her accomplish in hours what might have taken her months to do on her own. Watch the NBC7 news video to hear an interview with Dr. Roshdy and see scenes from the event. 
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Blood Drive Exceeds Goal

 
Our blood drive with San Diego Blood Bank on July 7, 2021 was a huge success.  We exceeded the 20-pint goal with 21 pints collected. Del Mar Rotarians and their friends and family comprised the majority of the donors and 5 donors were first-timers with the Blood Bank. We had 11 members donate, and organizer Walt Strangman pulled in his son Mike Strangman, and sister-in-law Carol Poole. The 21 pints we collected can help over 60 individuals in San Diego County. Many thanks to Walt for organizing and being at the Bloodmobile throughout the drive. The next drive will be November 3. Couldn’t make the July 7 drive? You can always schedule an appointment to donate at a location that’s convenient to your home or work.
Blood Drive Exceeds Goal Sharon Schendel 2022-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Demotion Party for the Wagners

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Scenes from Viewpoint Brewing Company (clockwise from upper left): Overlook of the fair; Karl and Suzy with a delicious cake; the "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament on the Tarkington's 1960 Rolls Royce; enjoying a view drinks before the program begins
Suzy receives her tiara, joining other female past presidents Val Myers, Janice Kurth and Dee House (left) and Karl wears the traditional chapeau of past presidents
Jim Davies (left), District Governor Dan Gensler (center), and Bob Brewer (center) said a few words in praise of the Wagners
Linda Groom received Rookie of the Year honors, and Don Fipps, along with Marty Peters (who couldn't attend) was recognized as Rotarian of the Year
 
We celebrated the highly successful term of our first co-presidents, Suzy and Karl Wagner, with a Demotion Party at one of their favorite places, Viewpoint Brewing Company.  With a nod to the Wagners’ yacht, “Night Wind”, the party had a nautical theme.  Al and Stevie Tarkington chauffeured Karl and Suzy to the party in their champagne 1960 Rolls Royce. The Wagners’ term was marked by substantial growth in membership, multiple Fridays devoted to beautifying the Del Mar village, and continuation of successful club projects at home and abroad.
 
Thank you to past-president Dugan Moore Lamoise for organizing the party, Philippe Lamoise for making sure all the speeches were easily heard, Val Myers for the fun table centerpieces (and personalized rum bottles), and Dee House for creating the nametags.  We enjoyed speeches from Jim Davies, former member Bob Brewer, and District Governor Dan Gensler.    
 
We recognized co-Rotarians of the year–one Past District Governor and one future District Governor–Marty Peters and Don Fipps.  Linda Groom was named our Rookie of the Year.  Congratulations to Suzy and Karl for steering the club to success and now that you’ve finished your term we know that you’ll likely be spending a bit more time sailing on Night Wind!
 
To download high-resolution versions of these and other pictures, click here. Also check out the story by Dee House and pictures in the Del Mar Times.
 
Demotion Party for the Wagners Sharon Schendel 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Leadership Changeover at the Governor’s Dinner
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Enjoying the Governor's Dinner (clockwise from upper left):  Bill Rawlings, Linda Groom, Dugan and Philippe Lamoise; plenty of wine to go with dinner; Karl Wagner, Don Fipps, and Suzy Wagner show off our newest banner; Sharon Schendel after swearing in of club presidents
The theme chosen by RI President Jennifer Jones is "Imagine Rotary". Don Fipps received his District Governor Elect pin from Chuck Pretto and thanks from outgoing District Governor Dan Gensler for his service as his Chief of Staff; Lower left: Pat Caughey, Klaus Gubernator and Celia Ramirez (Rotary Club of San Diego Southeast)
 
The ballroom at the Del Mar Hilton was full of just over 400 District 5340 Rotarians for the 2022 Governor’s Dinner.  Our club fielded two tables to see our own Don Fipps be elevated to District Governor Elect and Sharon Schendel be sworn in as President by the new District Governor Chuck Pretto of Club 33. Co-Presidents Suzy and Karl Wagner topped off a stellar year by accepting the award for best medium-sized club of the district. Philippe Lamoise made sure that everyone could see and hear all the presentations with his A/V expertise. Click here to view/download these and other pictures. 
Leadership Changeover at the Governor’s Dinner  Sharon Schendel 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members: Jan and Pete Grossnickle

Posted by Sharon Schendel
 
We are delighted to induct our newest members, Jan and Pete Grossnickle. You might remember Jan from when she visited our club as a speaker who presented on her work with those who are experiencing housing insecurity in San Diego. Click here to link to the story about her presentation. Thank you to the sponsors of the Grossnickles, Karin and Jim Davies
Welcome New Members: Jan and Pete Grossnickle Sharon Schendel 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

San Diego Airport Flying to New Heights

Posted by Sharon Schendel
 
Hampton Brown, Vice President, revenue generation, marketing and innovation for San Diego Airport (SAN), joined our meeting on June 30, 2022 to outline ongoing progress at SAN, particularly work to modernize Terminal 1. These improvements are urgently needed, since Southwest, which uses Terminal 1 gates, services 32% of SAN passengers. In addition, many of Southwest’s flights are within California, and the frequency of these flights is now back to pre-pandemic levels.
 
International service at SAN is also up by around 27% with options for non-stop travel between SAN and London Heathrow, Munich, Toronto, Montreal, and Tokyo. Hampton said that SAN is actively seeking more non-stop domestic flights, especially a return of flights to Reagan National airport.
 
Work on Terminal 1 began on November 1, 2021 and the new T1 parking structure is expected to open late 2024. Phase I of construction that will offer new Terminal 1 Gates 1-10 should open in 2025 followed by more new gates in Phase II, scheduled for completion 2027.  The wait will be worth it. The renovations will provide more than 1 million square feet of modern terminal space with an outdoor patio area and better access roads.  Click HERE to take a virtual tour of the new Terminal 1.
 
As work on Terminal 1 progresses, there will be traffic challenges. Hampton encourages SAN travelers to explore a variety of transit options. In particular, SAN passengers can take the Coaster or Trolley to the Old Town Transit Center, where they can transfer to the free, all-electric shuttle bus, the San Diego Flyer. The Flyer runs every 20 minutes and stops at both terminals.  Click HERE for information about the Flyer, with schedules and an informational video.
San Diego Airport Flying to New Heights Sharon Schendel 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soiree Planning Meeting July 5 at 5 PM

Posted by Sharon Schendel
 
The Sunset Soirée is Tuesday September 15, which is only 90 days away! Join the next planning meeting is July 5 at 5 PM on Zoom (Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83698874171?pwd=WQLK4D99i7sPOor7PELUCL_pNrBX7D.1).  
 
The Soirée brings in the bulk of our funds that support our projects. We need EVERY member to contribute in some way. If you would like to be on the planning committee mailing list, please email event chair Sharon Schendel to be added.  
Sunset Soiree Planning Meeting July 5 at 5 PM Sharon Schendel 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

New Dogtag at Workshop for Warriors

Posted by Sharon Schendel
 
There's a new dog tag hanging at the Workshop for Warriors (WFW) in recognition of our $5,000 donation. Students at WFW have recently been discharged from the military and work to earn certification in machining and welding. Our gift helps increase the number of students WFW can serve. Click here for the story about our visit to WFW on April 14, 2022. 
New Dogtag at Workshop for Warriors Sharon Schendel 2022-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Big Surf and Fast Ducks: Chili & Quackers

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Ducks waiting to be picked up while Dano's Island Sounds (lower left) played. Troop 713 members (center) helped with all aspects of the event while 
Patty Kurtz, Miles Fleming and Philippe Lamoise (lower right) staffed the duck/food/drink sales table
 
Viewpoint Brewing Company brought some beer and cooked Don Fipps' award-winning IPA chili that topped the chili dogs; Happy Twist Balloons by Keiko was back with a full menu of balloons; Beth Westburg (lower left) took a break from the "What's Rotary?" booth to visit with District 5340 District Governor Dan Gensler (center) as he waits for Garrie Rhodes (center right) to finish dressing her dog served up by Casey Robison (center right). Bob Fuchs (lower right, center) with Mary Savoy (lower right, left; Bob was Mary's sponsor) and her husband, Gene Helsell.   
 
The Del Mar Lifeguards rescued Clay Sheffrey (bottom, center) and representatives of the Friends of Powerhouse Park sold tiles to raise funds to refurbish the the playground.  Suzy Wagner (lower right) was ready to note the winners of the duck race and we had lots of help (lower left) corralling the ducks when they returned to shore.
 
Some future lifeguards check out the Zodiac rescue boat; balloon sword duels while Scouts collect ducks. Del Mar Lifeguards displayed rescue equipment, the purchase of which was supported in part by Rotary Club of Del Mar
 
Karin and Jim Davies spend some time with friends Pete and Jan Grossnickle outside the beer tent; the ducks get tossed in the surf (center left); Marty Peters and Karl Wagner were expert grill masters- Philippe Lamoise stopped by for a chili dog; Lots of beer and wine on offer.
 
Bob Muller and Dee House stop to say hi to Mary Alice Peters and Nelly (upper left); the moment of release (upper right)
 
The final Jenga match with Caroline Morin was riveting.  
 
May Gray was in full force for our Chili & Quackers “friendraiser” on May 21, 2022, but the weather made for a good tide that brought the ducks back to shore within minutes of release. The ducks had been virtual for the past two years, so we were delighted to bring them back in person to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. Returning to the beach were Dano’s Island Sounds with calypso music, the Del Mar Lifeguards who launched the ducks and demonstrated a rescue of a swimmer in distress who was expertly played this year by Clay Sheffrey. Marty Peters and Karl Wagner kept the supply of hots dogs ready to be topped with Don Fipps’ award-winning IPA chili, which was made by Viewpoint Brewing Company (they also supplied the beer).  District Governor Dan Gensler and his wife, Chris, took time out of their busy schedule to stop by. Special thanks go to Troop 713 members and their parents, who all worked so hard before and after the event. Thanks as well to co-presidents Karl and Suzy Wagner for overseeing the planning, Brett Mattei for getting up early and securing the site, Beth Westburg for leading the “What’s Rotary” information tent, Philippe Lamoise for developing the online site that ensured smooth and secure duck adoption and food pre-purchase; Karin and Jim Davies for organizing the children's activities; Marty Peters, Karl Wagner, Dee House, Casey Robison, and Gregory House for running the food tent; Keith Ward and Jeff Matthews for tending bar; Miles Fleming and Patty Kurtz for handling on-site purchases; Val Myers for day-of oversight and organization; Linda Groom for sheltering the ducks post-race; Linda Saville for spearheading the event layout (and flagging gopher holes); Bill Rawlings for tent transport; Janice Kurth for getting tables and chairs (no small feat given the busy party season); Dugan Lamoise for organizing the Troop 713 volunteers; and Steven McDowell for event breakdown. Last, we thank all the sponsors, donors, and duck adopters! 
Big Surf and Fast Ducks: Chili & Quackers Sharon Schendel 2022-05-22 07:00:00Z 0

Governor's Dinner - June 30th

Join all your Rotary friends from around the District for the year-end festivities celebrating the accomplishments of our outgoing District Governor Dan Genzler and ring in the new with the exchange of flags for incoming Governor Chuck Pretto.   All new incoming club presidents will be sworn in during this event as well.  Please let Suzy Wagner know if you're going to attend. 
 
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Rotarian at Work Day, April 30

On April 30, Rotarian at Work Day, the Rotary Club of Del Mar got together to seal new tables and build new bookcases for Nativity Prep Academy.  Nativity Prep is a private-independent, all-scholarship Catholic middle school and college-preparatory program for young men and women from low-income families who represent the first generation to graduate from college. Eleven years of support empowers our students to excel through high school, college, and beyond, becoming role models and leaders in their communities.  It is an honor to support these incredible students and amazing organization
 
 
 
        
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Rotary District 5340 Model UN. 2022-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

April Rotarian of the Month - Beth Westburg

Congratulations to Beth Westburg - April Rotarian of the Month
 
Thank you for all your contributions to the Rotary Club of Del Mar and especially for bringing all the wonderful speakers to our meetings! 
 
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Annual Chili and Quackers Challenge Saturday, May 21

The Quack is Back!  The Rotary Club of Del Mar Chili & Quackers challenge returns to Del Mar Powerhouse Park
Saturday May 21, 2022 from 12 PM to 4 PM. 

Ducky Derby:  Adopt one duck or multiple ducks to be released by Del Mar Lifeguards as part of a ducky flotilla. The adopters of the ducks that float ashore the fastest will win valuable prizes. 

The event is free to attend- adopting ducks is completely optional. Also enjoy chili dogs, soft drinks, beer and wine, which will all be available for purchase.  For the little duckies, we'll have games and balloon twisting. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Del Mar charitable service projects, both at home and around the world.

For more information, click here

 

 

 

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Workshop for Warriors

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Co-presidents Suzy and Karl Wagner present WFW CFO Rachel Luis y Prado with a donation.
 
Linda Groom, Marty Peters and Janice Kurth learn about WFW welding projects
 
Machining Instructor Randall Uerkvitz
 
Machining students take a break from class for our tour
 
Fiber laser cutter donated by Amada America
 
WFW welding shop
 
 
Near the General Dynamics NASSCO and BAE Systems shipbuilding and repair sites is a place of transformation: Workshops for Warriors (WFW). Around 200 students annually undertake intensive 4-month training programs in machining or welding at the WFW campus. After earning portable and stackable credentials, WFW students pursue manufacturing careers in their chosen skill. Around 95% of WFW students receive job offers and graduates work at a range of major manufacturers like Ford, General Dynamics, Boeing and SpaceX.
 
On April 14, 2022, Rotary Club of Del Mar members toured the WFW campus. We were led by Rachel Luis y Prado, WFW CFO and Chief Academic Officer, who is married to the WFW founder and CEO, Hernán Luis y Prado, and also by WFW Director of Operations, Keisha Javis-Jones, who is a Marine Corps veteran.  
 
WFW began in Hernán’s garage in 2008 and the campus opened in 2011. A Navy veteran, Hernán realized the need for resources to help veterans transition from the military back into civilian life. The need is particularly urgent in San Diego County, which has one of the largest veteran populations in the United States. Of these veterans, around 10% are unemployed or live in poverty. 
 
Students learn about WFW through word-of-mouth or collaborating partners like Camp Pendleton. Active-duty personnel nearing their End of Active Service Date are eligible to enroll. Accessibility is a key goal of WFW. Students who qualify receive scholarships and living assistance and the accelerated training program means that students can begin earning robust salaries rapidly.
 
In 2022, WFW will surpass 1,000 graduates who will help fill an emerging gap in the manufacturing sector: skilled machinists and welders are retiring and the demand for skilled workers to fill these positions is high. WFW is undertaking a capital campaign that will substantially expand the campus and allow more students to enroll.
 
Rotary Club of Del Mar is proud to donate $4,600 to help more WFW students earn skills and credentials they need and to ensure that veterans transition from the military to high-paying, in-demand jobs. 
 
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Recognition for Polio Contributions

Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of our longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
 
At our March 24th meeting, former District 5340 Governor Steve Weitzen awarded the Rotary Club of Del Mar a Certificate of Recognition for exceeding our fundraising goal to end polio.
 
Thank you to all who contributed!
 
  
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Solterra Social March 15

On March 15, several Del Mar Rotarians met to show off their winemaking skills in a fun evening of competition and wine tasting at Solterra Winery. Outfitted with the necessary tools and a brief tutorial, we got into groups of 4 and 5 and experimented with finding a blend of wine that best suited our palate! Owner and Winemaker Chris Van Alyea did the judging and the team lead by Sharon Schendel came in first place with a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.              
 
 
 
 
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La Colonia Gets a New Ramp!

Nearing completion (L to R) Karl Wagner, Pat Dougherty, Bill Rawlings, Matt Kurth, Suzy Wagner, Walt Strangman, Klaus Gubernator, Janice Kurth, Bob Fuchs, Dee House, Sharon Schendel
 
 
Kathy Reed sanding the railings smooth
 
Tandem painting by Matt Kurth and Karl Wagner
 
Finished!
 
Our members met at the La Colonia Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in the Eden Gardens neighborhood of Solana Beach to refurbish the access ramp to Casita de Gloria. Members installed new handrails and a fresh coat of paint to provide a pleasing pathway to the Casita, which houses mentoring programs and other club activities. Outside the casita, El Jardin de los Ninos provides hands-on experiences in organic gardening. Casita de Gloria was named to honor Gloria Castellanos, who spearheaded the La Colonia branch, and currently serves as the La Colonia clubhouse manager.
 
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HELP UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS

 
There has been an outpouring of concern on how we can help the citizens of Ukraine who are experiencing tremendous suffering and loss with thousands of women and children fleeing the country.   My classmate, District Governor Dana Moldovan from District 5240 (California Central Coast) is originally from Romania.  In her conversations with our fellow Rotarians in Romania she said, “Refugees are arriving in Romania with almost nothing, some are just walking over the border.  Most refugees are women and children as the men are staying behind to defend their country. It is still winter and yesterday it snowed again at the border.”  Of course, we’re all seeing the disturbing images on the news and naturally wondering how we can help. 
 
We have coordinated with District Governor Adrian Luca & District Governor Elect Florin Marginean from Romania Rotary District 2241 to provide support for the refugees.  Contributions will be used for food, clothing and shelter for the women and children refugees. 
 
If you wish to help, please make your checks payable to:
 
Rotary District 5340
Write: “UKRAINIAN REFUGEES” in the memo line. 
Mail check to:   Rotary District 5340   5052 Clairemont Drive #178651   San Diego, CA 92117

 Use the Donate Now Button to donate using your credit card.

Thank you for your generosity!
 
District 5340 Governor, Dan Gensler
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ROTARY NIGHT AT THE PADRES - April 19

 
Don't miss this chance to hang out with your Rotarian friends from all over the District!
 
ROTARY NIGHT AT THE PADRES
Padres vs. Reds
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | Game Starts 6:40 PM
Seats located in left field at "The Point"
Game Ticket: $35.00
 
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February Rotarian of the Month - Donna Fipps

Our February Rotarian of the Month is recognized for always being willing to help. She's been our Secretary for the past 5 years, keeping everyone up to date with all things Rotary Club of Del Mar, and she's been a constant volunteer for all of our most recent projects. Donna, we are so grateful for you! Thank you for all you do for Rotary and our club!
 
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Donna Fipps Recognized with a Paul Harris Society Certificate 2022-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Did You Know? Fun Facts about the Rotary Club of Del Mar

Did You Know?
The Rotary Club of Del Mar has been meeting in various location all over Del Mar since 1954:
MEETING VENUES FOR THE ROTARY CLUB OF DEL MAR:
1954-1955 Firepit, South end of Solana Beach
1955-1956 Hotel Del Mar(L’Auberge)
1956-1959 La Tienda (El Fuego)
1960-1961 Knight’s Room (Poseidon)
1961-1968 Namara Inn (Terraces Apts)
1969-1970 Firepit, Whispering Palms, Torrey Pines Inn, and Jolly Ox
1971-1993 Whispering Palms Country Club (Morgan Run Country Club),
1993-1995 Del Mar Hilton
1995-2001 Arena Room, Del Mar Fairgrounds
2001-2021 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
2021-2022 Jimmy O’s
 
Bring your family and friends and come join us at our latest spot, Jimmy O's, at noon on Thursdays!
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January Rotarian of the Month - Bill Rawlings

The Rotary Club of Del Mar is thrilled to announce Bill Rawlings as the January Rotarian of the Month!
Bill is a past president sitting on the Board 2022-2023. He organized the Del Mar Beautification Bench Refurbishment Project that was just recently acknowledged at a Del Mar City Council meeting! Bill built Christmas decorations for the Rotary clock and recently installed the education bird sign on the San Dieguito Riverwalk.
Thank you Bill for all you do for the Rotary Club of Del Mar and the community!
 
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Del Mar Riverwalk Gets a New Bird Sign

As part of the Rotary Club of Del Mar's city beautification efforts, the community service committee recently purchased a new bird sign to replace the old unreadable sign found on the Riverwalk.
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Rotary International Convention

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We are pleased to confirm that the 2022 Rotary International Convention will be an in-person event in Houston, Texas on June 4-8, 2022.
 
We are offering a special registration rate of $495 through 28 February.  Click here to take advantage of this offer.  
 
All Rotary International convention and preconvention participants must either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR provide a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival at the convention.  

Check https://on.rotary.org/3umeujx for updates as we continue to determine what safety protocols are necessary, based on the current recommendations for safe gatherings from the CDC.  We will see you in Houston! 
 
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District Training Assembly - March 19

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Held only once a year the District Training Assembly (DTA) offers training on a variety of subjects to Rotarians, including club officers, directors and committee chairs to help them be effective club leaders.  ALL Rotarians - especially Red Badgers - are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
Come learn about Rotary programs, tips on program and project management and best practices from other Rotarians.  DTA is also a great opportunity to meet and connect with Rotarians outside your club.  Register on the District website or use the link below.  Classes fill up quickly, so don't miss out, register today!
 
Two members of any club planning to apply for a District Grant MUST register to attend the District Grants Seminar, immediately following DTA.  The Global Grants Seminar will be held from 12:10 to 1:30 PM.  
 
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Rotarians at Work Day - April 30th

Rotarians At Work Day takes place the last Saturday of every April. Started in 2006 as a joint effort between two Rotary Districts (one in the United States and one in Mexico), Rotarians at Work Day continues to grow. Each year, Rotary clubs around the world identify hands-on projects that all members can participate in to help their local community.
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar is happy to announce that this Rotarians at Work Day, April 30th, we will be supporting Nativity Prep in along with the Rotaract Clubs of Torrey Pines High School, Cathedral Catholic, and Sunset High School with a work project on their campus.
 
The mission of this inner-city school is to provide a uniquely effective, integrated program of academic preparation, graduate support, and mutual long-term commitment that achieves nationally recognized excellence in terms of college graduation rates for their students. Nativity Prep develops their students and their families ability to live a life of opportunity, choice, and service.
 
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Del Mar Bench Refurbishment 

 
After completing the refurbishment of the benches in Del Mar so beautifully, the community service team was asked to also refurbish the tables, chairs, and benches at City Hall. The City of Del Mar recognized all who participated during their February 7th meeting
 
    
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Community Service Grants At Work

The Rotary Club of Del Mar proudly supports the Del Mar Lifeguards. Part of this year's grant went towards the purchase of the pictured EMT kits. To date two lifeguards have been able to complete EMT training, and more are scheduled. They are also available to Del Mar Firefighters.
 
Huge thanks to the Del Mar Lifeguards for all they do to keep everyone safe! It is our honor to support you!
 
 
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Rotary Club of Del Mar Holiday Party

We had a blustery night for our annual Christmas party, but these days a bit of breeze is healthy. So great to have so many members there–new, old, and some old friends who returned to visit (Blakely Johnson!). Thank you to Viewpoint Brewing Company for the wonderful food and great venue.
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Holiday Message from DG Dan Gensler

 
 
Happy Holidays!  As we approach the end of the year it’s a great time to reflect on what we have and to be grateful for all the good we have done as Rotarians during this first half of our Rotary year.  We have distributed funds for 70 District Grants and have 10 Global Grants in the works.  150 Rotarians from 27 clubs built seven houses in Tecate, Mexico and as Rotarians we have supported and engaged our community like no other organization.
 
Your gifts to the Rotary Foundation are more than donations. They bring peace, health, literacy and opportunity to people in need. Your dedication to helping people through service and your generous support of The Rotary Foundation makes all this possible. I wish you peace for the coming holiday season and happiness in the coming year.  Thank you for all you do for our communities near and far!
 
Yours in Service,
Dan Gensler
 
p.s.
 
If you would like to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation, the easiest way to donate is online through your My Rotary account-https://my.rotary.org/en/donate. -- Be sure to check "Annual Fund--SHARE" for the donation.  For tax purposes, donations to the Rotary Foundation must be made before December 31--including received by mail by December 31.  
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San Dieguito River Park Clean Up

December 4 was a busy day for the Rotary Club of Del Mar! Not only were we supporting Project Mercy building houses in Tecate, several of our members spent the day taking care of the San Dieguito River Park.
 
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La Colonia Christmas Party

The Rotary Club of Del Mar just held its annual Christmas party for the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito, La Colonia with food and fun. It's still a little different because of Covid-19, but fun was had by everyone involved, especially the kids!
 
    
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Rotary and Project Mercy House Building Project in Mexico

On December 4th, the Rotary Club of Del Mar with approximately 140 others from District 5340 traveled to Tecate, Mexico to build 7 homes for families in need.  The project was in conjunction with Project Mercy a 501-C (3) non-profit agency based in San Diego, California. The goal of Project Mercy is the improvement of basic living standards and quality of life for impoverished families who live in conditions precarious to their health in the shantytowns of the colonias east of Tijuana, Mexico. It was an incredible day of service and fellowship.  For those who wanted to stay overnight, their hard work was rewarded with a fabulous dinner.  
 
 
   
       
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Rose Naigino - Rotary Global Scholar

The Rotary Foundation provides scholarships to graduate students who have demonstrated long-term commitment to certain areas of focus such as peace-building and conflict prevention, disease prevention and treatment, water sanitation and hygiene, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, community economic development, and a focus on environmental health. 
 
 
In June 2021, Rose Naigino received the Global Grant Rotary Scholarship intended to cover SDSU mandatory campus fees, living expenses, housing, health insurance, and travel expenses during the period of Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
 
Rose is a second year, Joint Doctoral Public Health student majoring in Global Health at San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kyambogo University, Kampala-Uganda and her Master of Health Services Research (MHSR) from Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda. Shortly after, Rose was absorbed into the Makerere University’s Public Health Department to manage the implementation of several research projects on behalf of the faculty. She then decided to complete a short postgraduate diploma in project planning and management to support the work that she did for the University.
 
If you missed our Rotary Global Scholar Rose Naigino speaking at our November 18th meeting, you can read all about her work, experience here and the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship here:
 
 
 
Rose Naigino leaning on an office desk
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Oyster Shucking Party!

On November 11, the Rotary Club of Del Mar visited the Carlsbad Aquafarm where we learned how our aquafarm protects the natural ecosystem and enjoyed a unique farm tour and fresh oyster tasting experience!

    

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Giving Tuesday

 
Giving Tuesday happens once a year, but your gift of Rotary will make a difference for a lifetime. This Giving Tuesday, consider making a special gift to The Rotary Foundation and together we can continue Doing Good in the World. 
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Welcome Pat Caughey

The rotary Club of Del Mar is pleased to introduce our newest member Pat Caughey!  Welcome Pat! Thank you for moving over to our club!
 
  
 
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2022 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION:
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 
Registration is now open for the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas. Join us next year to explore what’s possible in Rotary, in Houston, and in yourself.  
 
Whether you’re new to Rotary or a longtime member, it will be an unforgettable experience. Learn more at convention.rotary.org/houston. 
 
Register and pay by June 16, 2021 to take advantage of the promotional rate of $425. Don’t miss your chance to Discover New Horizons at the 2022 Rotary International Convention!
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Don Fipps Selected to Serve as District Governor 2024-2025

The Rotary Club of Del Mar is thrilled to announce that our very own DON FIPPS has been selected to serve as District Governor during the Rotary year 2024-25!!
 
In accordance with the provisions of Rotary International Bylaws Article 12, Rotary District 5340 created a Nominating Committee to review and interview candidates. This year's Committee included eight past, current, and future District Governors. and was chaired by Immediate Past District Governor Steven Weitzen.
 
Currently, Don is the Assistant Governor for Area 3 - Carlsbad Hi Noon, Carlsbad Evening, Tri City and San Marcos. He is also serving as Governor-Elect Dan Gensler’s chief aide. You may be familiar with Don as the man behind all the District Zoom meetings. Yes, Don is the brains behind the operations that brings us the Membership seminars, Foundation seminar, District Training Assembly and the monthly guest speaker program.
 
Join us in congratulating Don for this well deserved, hard earned honor!
 
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Congratulations Bill Rawlings - Paul Harris +8

Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.
 
On October 21, 2021, the Rotary Club of Del Mar recognized and congratulations BILL Rawlings, a Paul Harris + 8!!
 
 
 
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October Rotarians of the Month - Philippe and Dugan Lamoise
 

This month we recognize a Dynamic Duo, Philippe and Dugan Lamoise as October Rotarians of the Month.  The contributions are numerous, but we recognize them for their leadership in putting together the most successful Sunset Soiree  yet!
 
 
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Welcome Tian Wang!

Welcome Tian Wang!  Our newest Club member!  We are so happy to have you!
 
 
 
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Congratulations to Major Donor Don and Donna Fipps!

Generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. Donors are recognized to express Rotary's gratitude for the commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable a donor to honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.
 
When cumulative donations reach $10,000, Major Donors receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. 
 
At the Rotary Club of Del Mar's meeting October 21, our very own Don and Donna Fipps received this recognition and were presented this award by District Governor Dan Gensler.  
 
Beijing Rotary in 2020 (part 2) - Stuck in Beijing since 1980
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TRF TRAINING SESSION NOVEMBER 15

District 5340's Foundation Committee will be hosting a TRF (The Rotary Foundation) training session on November 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom 
 
Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation. Health and hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio. Economic development and new opportunities. Your financial help makes all this happen, and more. 
 
This training session is especially important for club presidents, AGs and Foundation chairs,.  Its an opportunity to learn about all the giving options Rotarians can  participate in and how important donations are to the success of Rotary International and our local District and Rotary clubs.    You won't to miss it.  
 
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September Rotarian of the Month

If you attended the spectacular Sunset Soiree this year, you noticed all of the wonderful basket arrangements for the live and silent auctions.  For over a month, these baskets were created and stored all over the home of our Rotarian of the Month.  This is just one of the many reasons we recognize VAL MYERS as Rotarian of the month.  Val, your contributions to our club are so very appreciated!  Thank you!
 
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Supply Drive for Afghan Families Coming to San Diego

 
 
The Community Service Team recently held a supply drive for the Alliance for African Assistance who is supporting 500+ Afghan families coming to San Diego. We dropped off piles of critically needed supplies and $1500 in cash! Thank you to everyone who made a donation! Stay tuned for future opportunities to lend a hand!
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17th Annual Sunset Soiree was a HUGE Success

On October 5, the Rotary Club of Del Mar held its 17th annual Sunset Soiree. The proceeds from this incredible FUNdraiser support the Club’s charitable activities in the local communities and underserved nations around the world.
If you didn't get a chance to attend this year, be sure not to miss us in 2022!
 
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It's The Night We've All Been Waiting For! The Sunset Soiree is Next Week!

 
 

WHEN:

Tuesday October 5, 2021, 5:30 to 8:30 pm

 

WHERE:

Del Mar Plaza, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

WHAT:

Del Mar Rotary Annual Fundraiser Event

Food Tasting: local restaurants showcase their specialties.

Wine and Beer Tasting: local wineries and local breweries offer tastings of their wines and beers.

Silent and Live Auction: over 50 fantastic auction items of a great variety.

More: Live Entertainment, Great Fellowship!

WHO:

Must be 21 or older to attend

COST:

Tickets are $75 each
Discounted tickets at $50 after you purchase the first 2 tickets at $75.
Food, Wine and Beer tastings at no additional cost inside the event.

WHY:

Proceeds support the Rotary Club of Del Mar's charitable activities in the local community and schools, and underserved nations around the world.

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Del Mar Beautification Continues!

After wowing the city with the refurbishment of 2 benches at the Public Works location, the Rotary Club of Del Mar has been enlisted to continue the effort refurbishing the benches on the streets of Del Mar.  On Friday, September 24 Karl Wagner, Bill Rawlings, and Walt Strangman met to work on the bench in front of Durante's Menswear.   
 
Shown here is Stacey Railey, proprietor of Durante's Menswear and Durante's newly opened Women's Shop admiring the work of Walt Strangeman, second from left, Bill Rawlings and Karl Wagner.
 
Strolling by, on the left is local resident, Steve Lewandowski who will be the auctioneer at the upcoming Rotary Club of Del Mar Sunset Soiree. 
 
 
 
 
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DISTRICT WIDE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 
 
Anti-Human Trafficking Volunteer Efforts – Sign Up!
 
Your District 5340 AHT Taskforce has some great volunteer opportunities for you and your club to participate. Reach out to Dave Oates at david@publicrelationssecurity.com to sign up! Space is limited:
 
October 9 – 8:30am – Noon – Refuge for Women landscape/clean-up work. This will be our first visit to this North County location between near the I-15/CA 78 intersection. We’ll conduct similar work that we’ve done for GenerateHope for the same purpose. There are 25 openings, so be sure to sign up ASAP!
 
Home Construction in Tecate
 
On December 4, District Rotarians will meet in Mexico to build homes for deserving families.  The Rotary Club of Del Mar is currently working on funding a home and providing volunteers for the construction.  Stay tuned for more details!
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World Polio Day is October 24

 
 
 
As World Polio Day approaches, the Rotary community is getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.
 
Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Now it’s time to intensify our fight to make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated. Last year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus, showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances. The wild poliovirus remains endemic in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can use World Polio Day to advocate for the support we need to end polio in countries where it still paralyzes children.
 
Inspire action

Take action for World Polio Day by promoting the importance of polio eradication, raising funds, and planning events. Let’s engage our communities in the fight against polio — because as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.
 
Use the World Polio Day Toolkit to find resources and tips for planning activities and promoting a polio-free world. Inspire others to join us by hosting virtual and community events, creating fundraisers, and sharing posts on social media.
 
Register your club’s participation in World Polio Day to show how Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs around the world are taking action to eradicate polio. If you register your events, fundraisers, and promotions by 14 October, you’ll get early access to a download of Rotary’s World Polio Day Global Update one week before the program will be shown on 24 October on Rotary’s Facebook page and endpolio.org.
 
Use Raise for Rotary to start an online fundraiser to benefit The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund for World Polio Day. Then, share it with your network! The top Raise for Rotary World Polio Day 2021 fundraisers will be featured on My Rotary.
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Del Mar Bench Refurbishment Project

It’s happening! 
 
It’s been a long process, over a year in the making!  We’ve just received approval from the Del Mar Village Association and the City of Del Mar to refurbish the ageing benches on the beautiful streets of Del Mar.  Thanks to the generous donation of Jim Watkins earmarked for beautification projects like this and the elbow grease of our very own Karl Wagner, Bill Rawlings, and Walt Strangman, we’re on the way.  As you can see from the photos, the benches were in desperate need of their care.  They sanded, brushed, cleaned, and then oiled these benches back to their original beauty.  And we have quite a few more to do! 
 
   
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August Rotarian of the Month 2021-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

Del Mar Rotary Delivers the Peanut Butter

 
In a normal year, the San Diego Food Bank serves about 10% of San Diego residents who are in need of food supplies. Before Covid, the Food Bank served about 300,000 people a month. Since Covid, the level of families who are food insecure and in need has increased dramatically, and the Food Bank now serves about 600,000 people monthly through its various partnerships with community groups.
 
When the Rotary Club of Del Mar asked what the Food Bank needed besides money, food bank officials responded with a request for peanut butter. Peanut butter is typically only sold in prepackaged jars and is considered too expensive for the Food Bank to purchase. Yet peanut butter is a good source of nutrition and very popular with area families.
 
Under the leadership of Rotary’s co-presidents, Suzy and Karl Wagner, and spearheaded by member Scott MacDonald, the Club mounted a campaign to raise funds and procure peanut butter for the Food Bank. As a result, one pallet of 18 oz jars of peanut butter or 1,620 jars was acquired by the Club and delivered to the Food Bank August 17.
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Reminder - Register for the Sunset Soiree

 
Reminder: Rotary Club members need to register for Member Tickets if you plan to attend the Del Mar Rotary Sunset Soirée on October 5, 2021. You will be billed for these tickets through your Rotary account, but YOU STILL NEED TO REGISTER FOR TICKETS. This tells us if you are going to attend the event, and also gives you an opportunity to let us know if you gave your tickets away to someone else. 

If you haven't yet registered, you received an email with instructions.  Click on your personal link in that email and you will be taken to the checkout page where you will be able to give the names of people who are going to attend the event, whether it is you or someone else. You will not be charged for this transaction.
 
Please register as soon as possible so that we can have a better count for the event. Once you have registered for your member tickets (no charge), you will be able to order more tickets at $50.00 each if you want to pay for someone else to attend the event.
 
If you want some guests to pay for their own tickets, but still get the $50.00 discounted rate, you can ask them to register on their own for tickets at www.DelMarSunsetSoiree.org and enter your email address in the "Referral Code" on the checkout page. Once they submit this information the price of the tickets will be adjusted on the payment page.
 
 
Activities Supported: Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Community Resource Center, End Polio Now,  Interact Service Clubs at Torrey Pines, Sunset and Cathedral Catholic High Schools, Leadership, Ethics and Determination training for 8 grade students, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Model UN, Nativity Preparatory Academy, San Diego Blood Bank, Support of medical training in Ethiopia; Youth and Women Empowerment in Burundi, medical clinics and a school in India; communities in Uganda, Kenya and Chechnya, Boys Scouts and local sports teams, Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club, and College Scholarships for local high school graduates.
 
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District Conference September 10-12

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to network with other district Rotarians and see fabulous speakers like our very own Dugan and Philippe Lamois
 

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District 5340 End Polio Now Auction

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Don't miss your chance to bid on fabulous items in the District 5340 END POLIO NOW AUCTION at the District Conference coming up September 10-12!
 
Click here for auction details 
 
 
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Rotary International is a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which also includes the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and countries throughout the world. Together, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since Rotary’s first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.  Today, Polio is endemic in two countries:  Afghanistan and Pakistan. 
This year, the Wine Tasting and Auction kicks off the District 5340 Conference.  Here’s your chance to help cancel Polio worldwide and have fun with your Rotary colleagues by participating in our District 5340 Auction and Winetasting fundraising event!
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LIVE Auction items will be auctioned “LIVE” at the End Polio Event, Friday, September 10th.  We have posted the Live Auction Items on this Site for you to VIEW.  Silent Auction Items are organized into “Categories”, or you can see all of the items by clicking “All Items”.
After the Silent Auction is closed (Monday, September 13th at 8:00 pm PST), you will need to go back into your account and a detailed statement will be available for your review.  You must authorize payment for your items against the credit card you provided.  Charges will not be processed against your credit card without your authorization.  Once payment has been received, some items will be emailed to you with the contact information and some items will be mailed (gift certificates).  For larger items, you will be provided with the contact information for the donor and can arrange pick-up of your item from them.
Taxes and processing fees will be charged to the winning bidder.
It is best to use a computer or tablet to view and bid; this website is not optimized for viewing on a smartphone.
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Day at the Races

On August 19, the Rotary Club of Del Mar was treated to a fabulous day at the races! This was a member only event - don't let your friends and family miss the next one, have them join our club today!
 
 
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Nominations for District Governor Now Open

 
Nominations for District 5340 Governor 2024 - 2025 are due no later than October 10, 2021.  Please submit nomination documents (BallotGuidelinesTimeline), to the District mailing address provided below:

Rotary District 5340
5052 Clairemont Drive #178651
San Diego, CA 92117
 
Interviews for District Governor 2024 - 2025 are Saturday, October 23, 2021, beginning at 9 am.
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The LEAD Conference Is Back 

 
It has been a long, frustrating year and a half for everyone who loves to serve our young people. Come join in the fun as the LEAD Conference restarts the District’s in-person youth programs!
 
Rotarians and Rotaractors are invited to be Advisors at District 5340's LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference. Best of all – there is no charge to Rotarians, Rotaractors, or to their clubs for serving as LEAD Advisors!
 
LEAD is a two-day weekend leadership camp for 8th grade students where Delegates discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, develop a positive outlook on service and life, and have fun with new friends. Delegates will originate from  middle schools throughout our District. 
 
We need 12+ Advisors to work with these wonderful young people. We provide an orientation for working with the students and guidance for meeting the District’s Youth Certification requirements.
 
Please go to the LEAD website, www.rotary5340lead.org, click on the Advisors link, and follow the instructions to complete the application. You may call Paul Pierce at 760-942-9911, or email him at pepjr@peplaw.com if you have questions. 
 
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August is Membership Month

August is membership month! Rotary clubs are known for the high-impact service projects they undertake locally and globally. To help drive membership, ahare stories about your service projects and how they improve lives on all your social media platforms using the hashtag #WeAreRotary
 
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Day at the Races - August 19

On August 19th, the Rotary Club of Del Mar is being treated to a day at the races!
 
This will be an amazing event with fantastic food, drinks, and friends! You'll find us right at the finish line.
This is a member only event. Don't worry about the FOMO, join our club! Not only are there numerous opportunities to serve, we have a lot of fun too!
 
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New Presidents Suzy and Karl Wagner Sworn In 2021-07-18 07:00:00Z 0

Governor's Dinner

The Governor's Dinner, an annual event to celebrate accomplishments, present awards, and induct new leadership, was held June 28 at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar.  This year, District Governor Steven Weitzen also passed the baton to incoming District Governor Dan Gensler. 
 
Pictured below is Dugan Lamoise being recognized as the Rotary Club of Del Mar President, and Suzy and Karl Wagner being sworn in as our next Co-Presidents.  
 
 
 
 
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Rotarian of the Month - Matt Kurth

Congratulations to Matt Kurth, recognized for his significant contributions to the Rotary Club of Del Mar and the community!  Thank you for all you do Matt!
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Chili and Quackers Success!

The Rotary Club of Del Mar’s June 7 ‘Ducky Derby’ component of the annual Chili & Quacker fundraiser at Viewpoint Brewing Company in Del Mar generated over $10,000 for area beneficiaries including the Del Mar Lifeguard Association (DMLA), Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, and the Del Mar Rotary Foundation Trust. 
 
On June 22, Chili & Quacker Chair Matt Kurth and Rotary Club President Dugan Lamoise presented proceeds from the Ducky Derby’s Lifeguard race to rescue diver and DMLA representative Amara Dumas.   Proceeds from the Derby’s Boys and Girls Clubs race will partially underwrite the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s yearly contribution for craft-making activities, presents and dinner for hundreds of children and their families during Santa Claus and His Elves’ December visit to the La Colonia Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.  The event also generated over $7,000 for Rotary-funded grant and scholarship programs in Del Mar and the region.
 
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End of Year Recognition

President Dugan, during her demotion celebration, thanked everyone for a great year and followed with club recognition for these individuals who have made great contributions to their club and community:
 
Philippe Lamoise – AV Skills and Tech Wizardry
 
Don Fipps – Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
 
Toni Mecaro – Rookie of the Year
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San Dieguito River Park Service Project

On Saturday, June 26, members of the Rotary Club of Del Mar met for a service project at San Dieguito River Park. They spent the morning removing non-native plants so that native species can thrive
                                                                                                                                          
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Dugan Lamoise Demotion Party

As this Rotary Club Year comes to an end, we say good-bye to our G.O.A.T, President Dugan Lamoise. 
 
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Thank you, Dugan, for all you've contributed to the Rotary Club of Del Mar in the most challenging of times. You really are the Greatest Of All Time!
 
Dugan's demotion party was held June 19 at the Kurth's,  If you missed the festivities, you can watch them here: https://youtu.be/a6aIvN_BA1A
 
 
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2020-2021 Rotarian of the Year - Brett Mattei 2021-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
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Del Mar Vaccine Super Site Volunteering

Rotary clubs around the world have been mobilizing in their communities to support the introduction and delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations. Rotary has decades of experience in supporting the distribution of polio vaccines as well as highlighting their power and efficacy, which is a critical reason why polio is on the brink of eradication today!
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar organized volunteers for the Del Mar vaccination super site and with other area clubs contributed 750 hours of support to immunize San Diegans!
 
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9th Annual Chili and Quackers

ICYMI - The 9th Annual Chili and Quackers and the 2nd held at Viewpoint Brewery was Monday June 8th! It was an incredible time and a huge success raising money for 3 very worthy organizations - the Rotary Club of Del Mar, The Del Mar Lifeguard's Association, and the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito.
 
Our organizers and volunteers deserve a huge congratulations and thank you!
 
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Congratulations to Beth Westburg - A New Paul Harris Fellow!

Congratulations and Thanks to Beth Westburg, a new Paul Harris Fellow!
 
 
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Thank you for your generosity Sharon!
 
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Paul Harris Fellow +2 - Sharon Schendel

Congratulations and Thanks to Sharon Schendel, a Paul Harris Fellow +2
 
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Thank you for your generosity Sharon!
 
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Paul Harris Fellow +4 - Suzy Wagner!

Congratulations and Thanks to Suzy Wagner, a Paul Harris Fellow +4
 
Each Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Thank you for your generosity Patti!
 
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Rotarian of the Month - Jim Davies! 2021-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at the Padres - 2 Games Remain

Rotary District 5340 has teamed up with the San Diego Padres to offer four top-tier games with special seats at Petco Park reserved exclusively for Rotary members. Rotary has a long history of involvement with the Major League Baseball franchise. There are 2 games left!
 
Take me out to the ballgame.  Get back to the ballpark with your fellow Rotarians and reserve your ticket(s) today: 
 
1. Padres vs. Marlins - Tuesday, Aug.10, 2021 
2. Padres vs. Astros - Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 
 
Tickets are first-come, first-serve. Limit per person five (5) game tickets. Electronic tickets will be emailed to you by Erika, District Admin. Please allow two (2) business days for email. 
 
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Governor's Dinner - June 28 - Limited Seats Remaining

We have great news - we are getting together as Rotarians for this year's Governor's Dinner slated for Monday, June 28, 2021 at the beautiful Hilton San Diego Del Mar Hotel.  
 
Cocktails: 5:30PM to 6:15PM
Program and Dinner: 6:30PM
Cost: $50
 
The Governor's Dinner is the annual District awards and induction ceremony.  Join us as we celebrate club accomplishments and present awards.  District Governor Steven Weitzen also passes the baton to incoming District Governor Dan Gensler.  This year, you can either join the celebration in person at the hotel with dinner and parking included in the $50 price or you can attend from the comfort of your home via Zoom.
 
To register, click here.
 
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ICYMI - We've been social!

On May 14, The Del Mar Rotary had a "get out of jail" party of sorts at Casa Kurth.  Celebrating friendship and the success of vaccines we gathered for a taco feast and views to die for.  Just a few short days later, a second social get together was had at the Monarch in Del Mar.  As things continue to improve, prepare for a lot more opportunities to get together!
 
  
 
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Annual Chili & Quackers Challlenge

The hottest event of the summer is upon us!  Have you purchased your ducks??
 
Do not miss the 2021 Chili & Quackers "Friendraiser" at Viewpoint Brewery on June 7 at 5:00pm
 

We'll regale you with racing ducks quacking across your screens to the finish line!

Three races or "Cups" will highlight local associations that contribute to Del Mar's lifestyle including ours, Rotary Club of Del Mar. The scheduled Cups are:

  1. Rotary Club of Del Mar Cup presented by Viewpoint Brewing Co. - highlighting some of the contributions our club makes to Del Mar and surrounding communities
  2. Del Mar Lifeguard Association Cup presented by Ranch 45 - highlighting the historic relationship between our club and the Del Mar Lifeguards. This cup raises vital resources for their work
  3. Santa and his Elves Cup presented by the Rotary Club of Del Mar on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito in support of the annual Christmas party bringing Santa Claus joy to the children of La Colonia

Live entertainment between races will feature close-up magician Skyler King in person at Viewpoint and on Zoom

Act fast! Only 100 ducks available for sale in each race! Click here for detailed rules and prizes.

The live event with all 3 cups, magician and additional entertainment will take place in person at Viewpoint Brewery, Del Mar and online on Zoom Monday, June 7th. Doors open at Viewpoint at 5pm, first race live and online at 5:45pm. The races will run until about 6:15pm.

Please support Rotary Club of Del Mar's Chili and Quackers Live and Zoom Edition by participating in our races or making a donation here

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Rotary Club of Muthaiga

cream of the crop
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read about the power of Rotary at work and check out what our friends at the Rotary Club of Muthaiga
are up to in the latest issue of the Rotary Magazine!
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Don't Miss Out - 2021 District Conference

 
 
 
 
We are two months away from our Rotary District Conference.  Join fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, & guests for a weekend of celebration and connection on September 10-12, 2021 at the Hotel del Coronado.
 
The conference team is working hard to make this a fun celebration to reunite us in person. Join your Rotary family for this unique opportunity to exchange ideas, strengthen leadership and friendships as we celebrate our clubs’ successes! If you have any conference questions, please contact us at District@Rotary5340.org. 
 
Register today for the 2021 District Conference – click here. 
 
 
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Guatemala Literacy Project

It's not too late to sign up to join District 5340 in Guatemala in February 2022.  This will be a special opportunity to participate in a successful continuing Rotary project. The Guatemala Literacy Project is a network of individual Rotarians, clubs, districts and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education working to end the cycle of poverty through education in one of the poorest, least educated countries in the western hemisphere.
 
Join the effort to make a difference!
 
There are numerous ways you can get involved.  
 
You may choose:
 
a. Make a club contribution
b. Make an individual financial contribution
c. Visit the project in Guatemala with fellow Rotarians
d. All of the above!
 
To get more information on this project and ways you can help, email Dugan Lamoise – at duganlamoise@gmail.com.
 
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Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Workshop May 20

 
Victims of sex trafficking – San Diego Downtown News
 
Your District Anti-Human Trafficking task force has another excellent workshop on tap.
 
Join us for this insightful overview of how businesses in San Diego County and elsewhere are banding together to educate the San Diego employees to identify and effectively report indicators of sex trafficking. You’ll receive ideas that you can implement in your workforce the next day!
 
If you want to be part of stopping the $810 million illicit industry in our region, don’t miss this!
 
Online Webinar: How businesses can help stop human sex trafficking in San Diego
May 20, 2021
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Register now
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Rotary at Work Day at Nativity Prep Academy

Front row (l to r) Don Fipps, Matt Kurth, Marty Peters, Donna Fipps; On the stairs (l to r) Tranh Trinh, Dugan Lamoise, Philippe Lamoise, Brigid O'Reilly, Madisongrace Guerra, Dominique Guerra, Klaus Gubernator, Xavier Gonzales, Brian Hickey, Linda Groom, Tony Villasenor, Janice Kurth
Finishing painting the courtyard (Philippe's overhead drone work)
Linda Groom, Klaus Gubernator, and Philippe Lamoise take a break from painting
Tony Villasenor with NPA President Gil Brady (and some very thick gray paint)
Donna Fipps, Janice Kurth and Dugan Lamoise sport the latest in Rotary-themed work wear
 
We had a big crowd at the new Nativity Prep Academy campus for our annual Rotarians at Work Day. In 2020 the Academy took over its new home on College Avenue that is just over a mile walk to the San Diego State University campus.  In addition to gaining ~50% more square footage, internet service is far improved compared to their old campus.  Click here to see Philippe’s drone footage of the campus.
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Rotary Club of Del Mar Grant Pays Off!

Lifeguards | Del Mar, CA - Official Website  
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar Community Service Committee funded cliff rescue training for the Del Mar Lifeguard Department and their training came just in time for the real thing!

Del Mar lifeguards attended a 40-hour rope rescue training made possible in part by grants from the Del Mar Foundation and Del Mar Rotary. Days after their training was completed, it was put to use for the real thing.  During a rescue last week, Del Mar Lifeguards brought a man to safety after he became stuck below the Anderson Canyon rim.
 
Thank you Lifeguards for keeping us all safe!
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District Anti-Human Trafficking Webinar May 20

Don't miss our District's Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Webinar coming up May 20!
 
ICE honors efforts to combat human trafficking during awareness month -  Homeland Preparedness News
 
 
 
Join us for this insightful overview of how businesses in San Diego County and elsewhere are banding together to educate the San Diego employees to identify and effectively report indicators of sex trafficking. You’ll receive ideas that you can implement in your workforce the next day!
 
If you want to be part of stopping the $810 million illicit industry in our region, don’t miss this!
 
Online Webinar: How businesses can help stop human sex trafficking in San Diego May 20, 2021 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
 
Register here
 
 
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ICYMI - Suzy and Val's Cooking Class 2021-04-22 07:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Del Mar's First Hybrid Meeting

Today was the first opportunity we've had to get together in person since March of 2020 and it was a huge success for both those in person and those who joined by Zoom!  If you're fully vaccinated, join us Thursdays at noon at The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito at 533 Lomas Santa Fe in Solana Beach.  We meet at the Yellow Cottage behind the main building.  Lunches must be pre-ordered.

 
     
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Rotarian of the Month! 

 
Congratulations to Chandra Collure - Our Rotarian of the Month! Thank you for all your contributions!
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Rotary Volunteer Update:  Del Mar Vaccination Super Station

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Our deployment of volunteers to the Vaccination Super Station at the Del Mar Fairgrounds has really taken off.  
 
Five Rotary clubs have adopted five different days of each week, 
 
So far: 
Mondays – Del Mar
Tuesdays – San Diego
Wednesdays – TBD
Thursdays – D.M.-Solana Beach
Fridays – Rancho Santa Fe
Saturdays – Closed
Sundays – Pacific Beach Rotaract
 
Our volunteer initiative made the San Diego Union Tribune! 
 
 
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ICYMI - District 5340 Training was April 10

District Training Assembly is an annual symposium where clubs from across Southern California gather to prepare for the Rotary Year that begins July 1st.
 
District Training Assembly (DTA) typically happens in the spring, and is designed to provide training for President-Elects, club committee chairs, secretaries, treasurers, and board members. There is also a wealth of information for existing Rotarians and newer Rotarians.
 
DTA offers something for everyone, with roughly 40 different classes spread out across three different sessions. If you want to learn more about Rotary and all of the programs of District 5340, DTA is where you'll find the information you seek, and help you take your club to new levels.
 
You can catch some of what you missed here:
 
Philippe's Hybrid Meeting Session
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JwTMkO-sCs
 
Global Grants Video
https://youtu.be/zAXuQG6z0WM
 
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District Anti Human Trafficking Taskforce Update

Your District Task Force is well underway with initiatives to confront this scourge, thanks to many Rotarians and clubs' help. 
Here are just a couple:
 
Global Grant approved and funded – After a year-long effort, Rotary International approved a $70,000 global grant that will be used right here in District 5340 for anti-human trafficking initiatives. We'll be funding an estimated 700 area public school teachers to receive training on how to spot if one of their students is a victim of or getting recruited for human trafficking. If you have connections with San Diego County area public school administrators, feel free to send them this link. We're looking to receive online proposals through this form by April 30
 
Rehabilitation project – We’re helping GenerateHope tackle some extensive deferred maintenance work at its home for human sex trafficking survivors. The projects include driveway repair, structural first-floor work, foundational repairs to the first floor, and other projects. Be on the lookout soon for some opportunities to conduct outdoor landscaping work soon.
 
 
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Save the Date - 2021 Virtual Convention June 12-16 

 
Mark your calendars for an exciting opportunity to connect with Rotary members worldwide at the 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities, June 12-16. Registration will open in mid-April at a special rate of $49. After 21 days, you will pay $65 to register.
 
You can also join us early at a preconvention for intercountry committees, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Exchange officers, 10-11 June. Each preconvention costs an additional $20.
 
The 2021 Virtual Rotary Convention and preconvention events are open to all Rotary members and participants. Both the convention and preconvention fees include access to the virtual House of Friendship.
 
Don’t forget to visit the convention event page on Facebook to connect with others and stay up-to-date on event news and program highlights!
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Rotarians at Work Day - April 24

 
In the Rotary world, the last Saturday in April is designated Rotarians at Work Day.  Each year, clubs around the world identify a hands-on project that all members can participate in to help the local community.  
 
In 1911, Rotarians adopted the motto "Service Above Self" because it aptly expresses the ideals that the new formed organization was creating.  Past RI President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, selected this theme for the 2005-2006 Rotary year.  For over 110 years, this motto has served as our mantra carrying out humanitarian service as we work for international understanding and peace. 
 
This April 24th each of the 60 clubs within our District can participate in a project.  
 
Rotary Club of Del Mar will be doing a hands on exterior painting project at Nativity Prep Academy. Students at Nativity Prep will be the first in their families to go to college. 
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World Vaccination Week is April 24 - 30

 
During World Immunization Week, April 24-30, join with Rotary to combat vaccine hesitancy and misinformation by spreading the facts about why #VaccinesWork. 
 
You can help raise awareness for polio eradication and the importance of vaccines during World Immunization Week, April 24-30 by sharing some of these sample posts on your social media. You can also paint your pinkie purple and post a picture online using the hashtags #EndPolio and #VaccinesWork.
 
  • Fighting #COVID19 requires global solidarity. That’s why @Rotary #EndPolio is committed to lending its tools, workforce & surveillance network to help countries respond. #VaccinesWork endpol.io/cvxa1
  • Because #VaccinesWork, @Rotary & partners have reduced polio cases by 99.9% worldwide since 1988. @EndPolioNow won't stop until we end the disease for good. Donate to support #EndPolio: endpol.io/give
  • In countries where polio is a threat, kids’ pinkies are marked with purple ink after they’re immunized, helping #EndPolio health workers know which kids are protected. #VaccinesWork @Rotary EndPolio.org 
  • Through the science of immunization, @Rotary & partners have saved nearly 19 million children from becoming paralyzed by polio. #VaccinesWork #EndPolio EndPolio.org
  • This #WorldImmunizationWeek, I’m joining with @Rotary #EndPolio to advocate for equitable distribution of vaccines, like those for polio & #COVID19. #VaccinesWork endpol.io/cvxa1
  • #VaccinesWork & the progress made in the fight to #EndPolio is proof. Only 2 countries continue to report wild polio cases. Learn why @Rotary believes we can shrink that number to 0: endpol.io/5rsns
  • Amidst a challenging year for global health, the @WHOAFRO region was still certified wild polio-free because #VaccinesWork! Learn how @Rotary #EndPolio helped achieve this milestone: endpol.io/afro20
World Vaccination Week is April 24 - 30 2021-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Fast Way to Earn a Paul Harris Pin

 
Rotary District 5340 announces an April “Blue Light Special” for adding Paul Harris Fellows to your club.

Through the generous donation of one of our District Rotarians, we are able to match donations to the Annual Fund up to $500/member with up to 500 Recognition Points which will allow that member or his/her designee to become a Paul Harris Fellow with a pin and certificate to be awarded at the appropriate occasion.
 
To take advantage of this offer, contact our Paul Harris Society Chair James Morrison at james@westwood-llc.com and he will provide the information needed to match these Recognition Points to a Rotarian who has not yet achieved Paul Harris Fellow level of giving.  This is for first-time Paul Harris Fellows and may be awarded to a loved one, community member, or another deserving person.
 
This offer expires April 30.
 
 
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Teens in Quarantine Film Competition 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Philippe Lamoise Joins the Polio Plus Society 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Del Mar in Action

The Rotary Club of Del Mar has stepped up big time, promising to deploy ten volunteers to the Del Mar Fairgrounds Vaccination Super Station every Saturday for the next three months.    We've also partnered with  DM-Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe clubs, which adopted Thursdays and Fridays respectively, and the San Diego club, which has picked up Tuesdays. 
 
Our goal is to have at least one club adopt each of the seven days of the week, so feel free to tell Rotarians in other clubs about this opportunity.  
 
  
Rotary Club of Del Mar in Action 2021-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

ICYMI - Don Fipps Featured in Steven Weizten's Sunday Morning Musings

This week in the District 5340 Newsletter, our very own Don Fipps is featured and recognized for all his contributions to the District.  
 
"We can’t thank Don enough for all he has done to help the clubs and District this year.  He has been selfless in contributing to the changes in the leadership plan, bylaws update and, of course, bringing Zoom technology to our members that eased the way for three membership seminars, monthly speakers of international repute, the Foundation Seminar and District Training Assembly."
 
To read the whole story, and the fascinating tale of how Don and Donna met, click here 
 
ICYMI - Don Fipps Featured in Steven Weizten's Sunday Morning Musings 2021-03-16 07:00:00Z 0
Introducing Our Newest Polio Plus Society Member: 2021-03-13 08:00:00Z 0

Reminder - District Training Assembly

 
The District Training Assembly offers training for ALL Rotarians including club officers, directors, committee & program chairs to help them be effective club leaders.  
 
All Club members, especially Red Badgers, are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come learn more about Rotary, club management tips and best practices from knowledgeable, experienced Rotarians.  This is a great opportunity to learn about Rotary and network with other Rotarians, all in the comfort of your home. We expect full attendance for each class so don't miss out.   Visit the District website to register and select your classes.   
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Congratulations to Mark Matthess - Paul Harris +2!

Each Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Thank you for your generosity Patti!
 
Congratulations to Mark Matthess - Paul Harris +2! 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow - Patti Kurtz! 2021-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

March Rotarian of the Month

Congratulations to Beth Westburg - Our March Rotarian of the Month!
 
Thank you for your numerous contributions to the Rotary Club of Del Mar!
 
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2021 Virtual District Training Assembly

The District Training Assembly offers training for ALL Rotarians including club officers, directors, committee & program chairs to help them be effective club leaders.  

All Club members, especially Red Badgers,- are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come learn more about Rotary, club management tips and best practices from knowledgeable, experienced Rotarians..  This is a great opportunity to learn about Rotary and network with other Rotarians. We expect full attendance for each class so don't miss out,  register today! Visit the District website to register and select your classes.  www.rotary5340.org

Schedule 

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Coffee & Fellowship
 
9:00 AM- 9:10 AM  District Governor Steve Wietzen & District Governor Elect Dan Gensler

SESSION 1  9:10 AM – 10:00 AM               
2020-21 Club Presidents                                                               
2021-22 Presidents-Elect & Asst. Governors       
2022-23 Club Presidents-Nominee                       
Club Secretaries                                                                        
Club Treasurers                                                                                      
Membership                                                             
                                                                                
SESSION 2  10:10 AM – 11:00 AM                       
Public Image, Branding & Social Media                                      
Fundraising – Finding $$$                                                               
Youth Service - RYLA & LEAD                                                                   
International Service                                                          
Vocational Service                                               
Community service                                               
  
SESSION 3  11:10 AM – 12:00 PM
District Grants                   
Rotary Foundation Fundamentals                        
Club Service – Rotary on the Job                         
Rotaract – Building Rotary                                                        
Running Successful Hybrid Meetings                   
My Rotary - Rotary Club CentralSetting Goals     
  
SESSION 4  12:10 PM – 1:30 PM
Global Grants    
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Congratulations to our Paul Harris Fellows!

Congratulations to Jim Davies and Marlene Gotz! And thank you for your generosity!
 
Each Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
 
   
Congratulations to our Paul Harris Fellows! 2021-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Another Polio Plus Society Member!

The Rotary Club of Del Mar is excited to announce our newest member of the Polio Plus Society Matt Kurth!
 
The Polio Plus Society is for Rotarians (and non-Rotarians, too!) who are dedicated to seeing that polio is successfully eradicated from our planet. Members commit to donating $100 or more per year and pledge to do so until polio is completely eradicated.
 
Thank you Matt for your generous contributions to this important cause!
 
 
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Congratulations to Our Newest Blue Badger! 2021-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

New PolioPlus Society Members!

The PolioPlus Society is for Rotarians (and non-Rotarians, too!) who are dedicated to seeing that polio is successfully eradicated from our planet. Members commit to donating $100 or more per year and pledge to do so until polio is completely eradicated.
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar proudly recognizes our newest members of the PolioPlus Society.  Karl and Dugan, your commitment and donations have provided tangible assistance to the global eradication of polio and advances world understanding, goodwill and peace.  We are so grateful!
 
  
New PolioPlus Society Members! 2021-02-18 08:00:00Z 0

Don Fipps - Paul Harris +6

Congratulations to Don Fipps! And thank you for your generosity!
 
Each Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
 
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Beth Westburg Our Newest Paul Harris Fellow 2021-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
February Rotarian of the Month 2021-02-04 08:00:00Z 0

Del Mar Rotary Club Donation to Doors of Change

What does it take to change the world? It starts with commitment to service above self.
 
Touched by guest speaker Jeff Sitcov from Doors of Change, the Del Mar Rotarians took quick action and raised almost $1,700 to support the programs of these neighbors and friends.
 
Since 2001, Doors of Change™ has been transforming the lives of homeless youth, one young person at a time. Recognizing that trust is often a significant barrier for youth in need of services, Doors of Change™ selected music and art as a non-threatening way to engage young people living on the streets. By offering music and art instruction in a small group setting, youth are given the opportunity to explore their feelings and challenges through the arts, achieve a sense of mastery for the first time, develop social skills that are positive and constructive, and create a vision for the future that is filled with possibility
 
Pictured: Karl Wagner of Del Mar Rotary and Jeff Sitcov of Doors of Change
 
Del Mar Rotary Club Donation to Doors of Change 2021-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Del Mar Rotary and Fuel the Frontline

The Del Mar Rotary Club is once again demonstrating our commitment to our friends and neighbors by problem-solving and taking action!
 
In partnership with the Del Mar Village Association and Fuel the Frontline San Diego, the Del Mar Rotary Club purchased lunches from our friends at Americana and delivered them to the very hard-working frontline workers at the VA hospital in La Jolla!
 
Pictured Below: Randy Gruber from Americana and Klaus Gubernator and Susan Wagner from Del Mar Rotary.   
 
 
 
Pictured Below: Karl Wagner and Klaus Gubernator from Del Mar Rotary with Jennifer McClellan and Tonya Masino from Del Mar Village Association dropping off lunch at the VA Hospital. 
 
 
 
About Fuel the Frontline:
Del Mar Village Association is spearheading and coordinating Fuel the Frontline San Diego, a program to support both local restaurants and San Diego frontline medical providers. Donations to Fuel the Frontline San Diego have now exceeded $13,000. One-hundred percent of the proceeds fund the meals purchased from the local restaurants. To date the initiative has delivered 2,500 meals to five hospitals from 11 local restaurants.
Del Mar Rotary and Fuel the Frontline Toni Mecaro 2021-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
And Another One! Donna Fipps Paul Harris +3 2021-01-14 08:00:00Z 0
Thank you Bob Fuchs! A Paul Harris Fellow +4! 2021-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Proudly Recognizes Donna Fipps as a Member of the Polio Plus Society! 2021-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Nina Wright Recognized as DMCC Volunteer of the Month 2021-01-11 08:00:00Z 0

Christmas Miracle!

The Nativity Prep Academy President Dr. Gil Brady and Philanthropy Manger Brian Hickey, along with many staff members this morning were overjoyed with today’s surprise $3,000 Covid relief check along with filling their food pantry from generous Del Mar Rotarian donations! Pictured below is the packed Cayenne, former church now classroom, outside patio areas soon to be turned into Covid friendly classrooms, with newly purchased student desks. https://nativityprep.org/
 
Thank you to all that helped make this happen so quickly! 
 
Christmas Miracle! 2020-12-23 08:00:00Z 0
Happy Holidays and New Year Don Fipps 2020-12-21 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Del Mar Supports Local Food Banks

In a normal year, almost 10% of San Diego residents do not have reliable access to sufficient food. With the pandemic, this has increased dramatically. Thousands of residents go hungry each day.
 
In response, the Rotary Club of Del Mar has raised money for the San Diego Food Bank and Kitchens for Good. Scott MacDonald of Del Mar and Kathy Reed of San Diego presented a check for $3,000 to Jim Floros, CEO of the San Diego Food Bank on December 20. The Food Bank normally serves 350,000 people each month, but the demand has significantly increased as a result of the Covid pandemic. According to Floros, the Food Bank now serves about 600,000 people per month, and the Food Bank is very appreciative of financial support during these challenging times from the Rotary Club and others. Information about Food Bank and donations can be made at sandiegofoodbank.org.
 
 
MacDonald and Reed, representing The Rotary Club of Del Mar, also delivered a check for $2,550 to Kitchens for Good, a San Diego non-profit organization providing food and culinary training and job development for individuals suffering from food insecurity and unemployment. They have trained over 300 individuals for jobs in the culinary industry. Sonia Diaz, Donor Relations Manager with Kitchens for Good, “We are so appreciative of the Rotary Club of Del Mar for supporting our efforts during these troubled times when so many are struggling.” Information about Kitchens for Good and donations can be made through their website, kitchensforgood.org.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar has been in operation since 1954, supporting community residents and initiating programs throughout the county and elsewhere including active programs overseas. According to Rotary Club President, Dugan Lamoise, “the Club raises funds and conducts programs annually to improve the lives of people.” With the pandemic, food insecurity has become a significant issue, and members of the Club contributed funds this year to the San Diego Food Bank and Kitchens for Good to provide food to needy area families. More information about the Del Mar Club is available at delmarrotary.org. 
 
 
Rotary Club of Del Mar Supports Local Food Banks Scott MacDonald 2020-12-20 08:00:00Z 0

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

December 17, 2020 - Jen Nation was the guest speaker representing Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center https://www.olivewoodgardens.org/ Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center’s historic 7.85-acre property in National City, California serves as an interactive, indoor-outdoor classroom for children and adults from around San Diego County. Our purpose is to build healthy families and a healthy environment. We do this through science-based environmental education and nutrition lessons, hands-on gardening and cooking classes, and job skills and leadership development programs for youth, adults, and families.
 
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center Don Fipps 2020-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

Club Elections

 
December 17, 2020 - Congratulations to the 2021-22 officers and directors for the Rotary Club of Del Mar.
  • Co-Presidents - Karl and Susan Wagner
  • President-Elect - Sharon Schendel
  • Vice President - Matt Kurth
  • Secretary - Donna Fipps
  • Treasurer - Kathy Reed
  • Sergeant at Arms - Jim Davies
  • Director - Toni Mecaro - Community Service
  • Director - Patti Kurtz - International Service
  • Director - Tony Villasenor - Membership Chair
  • Director - Beth Westburg - Program Chair
  • Director - Chris Stewart - Youth Service
The election was held using the polling function within Zoom Meeting.  See below:
Club Elections Don Fipps 2020-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

Food Insecurity Giving

December 17, 2020 - During the December 10 weekly meeting, President Dugan asked club members to donate funds to support those with food insecurity. Here are the results of the donations:
  • San Diego Food Bank - Full Match $1,500 for a total of $3,050
  • Kitchen for Good Matched - Funds: $1,250 for a total of $2,600
  • SUV full of nonperishable food December 15th going to Nativity Prep
Food Insecurity Giving Don Fipps 2020-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

2020 Holiday Party

The Rotary Club of Del Mar held it's annual Holiday Party amid the COVID-19 pandemic a bit differently December 15, 2020. It began with picking up dinner at St. Peter's while dropping off food for Nativity Prep. https://nativityprep.org/ Then at 5 pm, the club held a white elephant gift exchange using an app developed by Philippe Lamoise. The dinner and cocktails were provide by Sbicca Del Mar. https://sbiccadelmar.com/ Dessert was provided by a member cookie exchange which was also passed out with the dinner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020 Holiday Party Don Fipps 2020-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Support for Gompers Preparatory Academy

On Saturday December 12, 2020, Point Loma Rotary and the Rotary Club of Del Mar teamed up to provide grocery cards to families and student at Gompers Preparatory Academy.  http://www.gompersprep.org/
 
The mission of Gompers Preparatory Academy, in partnership with UCSD and our community, is to accelerate academic achievement for all students through a college preparatory culture and curriculum.
 
Support for Gompers Preparatory Academy Don Fipps 2020-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

La Colonia Holiday Craft Party

Thursday, December 10, 2020, The Rotary Club of Del Mar sponsored a Holiday Craft Party for children of La Colonia and the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito http://bgcsandieguito.org/.  
 
 
 
 
Leading off was Donna Fipps making bracelets and necklaces using beads and chenille sticks. Next up was Dee House making Christmas ornaments using wood ornaments cutouts and self sticking jewels. After Dee was Kathy Reed making 3 Christmas decorations using chenille sticks, tulle ribbon and self sticking decorations. Klaus Gubernator demonstrated decorative items and sticky foam nuggets of different colors. The foam pieces stick together when made damp.
 
A special guest appearance of Santa Claus was welcomed as he wished everyone a "Merry Christmas."
La Colonia Holiday Craft Party Don Fipps 2020-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

Viewpoint Brewery Club Social

Here are some photos of our club social Monday, September 14 at the Viewpoint Brewery. Participants tasted 3 beers with cheese pairings and then had a tour of the brewery. One member joined via Zoom after beers were delivered by Susan and Karl Wagner on Sunday.
Viewpoint Brewing Co.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Viewpoint Brewery Club Social Don Fipps 2020-09-18 07:00:00Z 0

Fuel the Frontline

The Rotary Club of Del Mar delivered meals September 18, 2020, through Fuel the Frontline San Diego and the Del Mar Village Association. The meals were obtained from Chef Christophe of the Beeside Balcony and dropped them off at Scripps Hospital, Encinitas. Seen below are Chef Christophe, Matt Kurth, Janice Kurth, Nina Wright, Marty Peter’s, Susan and Karl Wagner, and President Dugan Lamoise with representatives from Scripps.
 
 
Fuel the Frontline Don Fipps 2020-09-18 07:00:00Z 0

Robert Brewer US Attorney 

United States Attorney and past member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar, Bob Brewer addressed the club on the challenges of the office in the Southern District of California. To learn more about the Southern District, click on the link: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca 
 
Robert Brewer US Attorney Don Fipps 2020-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker - SD County DA Summer Stephan Don Fipps 2020-09-10 07:00:00Z 0

Fuel the Frontline San Diego

The Rotary Club of Del Mar supported the Fuel the Frontline San Diego effort on Friday, August 28th. The Club purchased a total of 55 meals from Del Mar restaurants Pacifica and Board & Brew and delivered them to healthcare providers at Scripps Emergency Room, Encinitas. Club members pictured are Brett Mattei, President Dugan Lamoise, Nina Wright, Don Fipps, Donna Fipps and Marty Peters. Photos courtesy of Philippe Lamoise.
Board & Brew
Pacifica Del Mar
https://www.fuelthefrontlinesandiego.com/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fuel the Frontline San Diego Don Fipps 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clock in Del Mar Renovated

The Rotary Club of Del Mar celebrated the completion of the Rotary Clock at the corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar in Mar Mar August 9, 2020.  In attendance were, Brett Mattei, Caroline Morin, Rotarian from Arizona, Karl Wagner, Sharon Schendel, Rotarian from Arizona, Susie Wagner, Jim and Bernadette Watkins, Marty Peters, Sharyn Daly, Dugan and Philippe Lamoise.
 
 
 
Rotary Clock in Del Mar Renovated Don Fipps 2020-08-10 07:00:00Z 0
New 2020-21 President - Dugan Lamoise Don Fipps 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
2020-21 Rotary International Theme Don Fipps 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Member Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The following club members volunteered to substantially increase their already generous direct support of  the Rotary Club of Del Mar charitable activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dugan Lamoise
Philippe Lamoise
Kathy Reed
Karin Davies
Jim Davies
Klaus Gubernator
Scott MacDonald
Dee House
Bob Sonnhalter
Suz Wagner
Karl Wagner
Mary Savoy
Brett Mattei
Tony Villasenor
Sharyn Daly
Janice Kurth
Matt Kurth
Marlene Gotz
Beth Westburg
Patti Kurtz
Garrie Rhodes
Don and Donna Fipps
Marty Peters
Sharon Schendel
Eric Nelte
Tom Ryan 

Member Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic Don Fipps 2020-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Help With Club Newsletter

Posted by Sharon Schendel
 
I apologize for the hiatus in our newsletter. My workload expanded substantially after the launch of the Coronavirus Immunotherapeutics Consortium (CoVIC). Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CoVIC is led by Prof. Erica Saphire and headquartered the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. The CoVIC seeks to find and optimized antibody-based treatments for COVID-19 that can be deployed in low- and middle- income countries to ensure that no one is priced out of life-saving COVID-19 therapies.       
Help With Club Newsletter Sharon Schendel 2020-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Red Badger Virtual Chat

Posted by Sharon Schendel
District Governor Marta Knight and District 5340 are hosting a district-wide virtual red badger chat on Tuesday may 26, 2020 from Noon to 1 PM.  The chat is an opportunity to hear from Marta about events in the district and to meet other new Rotarians and Rotoractors. This event also satisfies the Red Badge requirement of attendance at a district-wide event. Visit the District 5340 website to register. 
Red Badger Virtual Chat Sharon Schendel 2020-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Planting Seeds for a Cure for Diabetes Sharon Schendel 2020-05-17 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soiree Goes Virtual

Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 17, 2020
 
The 16th annual Sunset Soiree is going virtual. Many of the needs of our local and global community have grown in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The online auction goes live on June 1 and bidding will be open until June 7.  Please share the Sunset Soiree website link (www.delmarsunsetsoiree.org) with friends, family and your network and encourage them to donate to support our club’s many projects, both at home and around the world. 
Sunset Soiree Goes Virtual Sharon Schendel 2020-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
Support Our Sponsors 2020-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Message from President Brett

 
Thursday, March 12 2020, club leaders briefed Del Mar Rotarians on SAR-CoV-2 (aka Novel Coronavirus), the virus that causes COVID-19.
 
Due to the elevated health risk to fellow Rotarians, as well as their loved ones and neighbors, our March 19 and March 26 club meetings are cancelled.  The March 17 RCDM Board of Directors meeting is also cancelled, as is the Club Social planned for March 18.   
 
On March 30 club leaders will decide whether to cancel subsequent meetings through April. We will communicate our decision to you.
 
If we cancel some or all of our regular club meetings for April, we will provide an online meeting solution to ensure continuity of club operations and social engagement of all club members, starting with an April 2 virtual meeting. If we take this route, we will assist members in using this technology.
 
Also, by March 19, club members having expertise in clinical and research expertise will begin conveying vetted information about the SAR-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 and the effects they could have in our communities.  
 
A committee comprising Sharon Schendel, Don Fipps and Matt Kurth will vet, compile and distribute this information. Other club members who wish to help with this effort should forward their contributions to one of these committee members by phone or email.
Message from President Brett Brett Mattei 2020-03-13 07:00:00Z 0

Fun Presidential Facts for Winning Bar Bets

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Richard Lederer in patriotic attire
 
Verbivore Richard Lederer was again our speaker at the February 27, 2020 meeting.  This year his focus was on U.S. President trivia that can be used to win bets with your friends on drinking outings.  Read on for some fun facts. 
 
Fun Presidential Facts for Winning Bar Bets Sharon Schendel 2020-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Chris Stewart

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Chris Stewart (center) at RYLA 2019
 
Chris Stewart was Super Happy during our February 27 Happy Dollars for becoming a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.  At the age of 47, Chris decided to go back to school to earn the certificate and Rotary Club of Del Mar provided financial support to help cover the cost of tuition. As one his projects during his certification, Chris has been helping to develop a virtual reality therapy program to help prison inmates overcome addiction.
Congratulations to Chris Stewart Sharon Schendel 2020-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Honor Flight San Diego

Posted by Sharon Schendel
 
Sharyn Daly invites members to consider attending a celebration for Honor Flight San Diego to be held Saturday March 7 at the Del Mar Hilton.  Proceeds from the banquet will go to support the escort of San Diego veterans to Washington D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to their service. 
Honor Flight San Diego Sharon Schendel 2020-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month: Dugan Lamoise

Posted by Sharon Schendel
 
Congratulations to Dugan Lamoise for being named Rotarian of the Month for February.  Dugan, together with Joel Candib is chairing the 2020 Sunset Soiree.  Her committee has gotten off to an early and strong start so that the 16th annual Soiree can be our best one yet.  Mark your calendar for the next committee meeting on March 3 at Tom Ryan’s condo.  Watch your email for details and directions.
Rotarian of the Month: Dugan Lamoise Sharon Schendel 2020-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

Help Our Rotary Clock Get Ticking Again

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Diagnosing the Rotary clock
 
Our Rotary clock has stood in the heart of Del Mar since 2006 when it was presented as a gift to the city in honor of Rotary’s centennial.  The clock underwent exterior restoration in 2014, but now the clockworks are in need of repair so that the clock is right more than twice a day.  Donations of $3500 are needed to repair and update the clock mechanism.  Contact Marty Peters if you would like to contribute to this special fund.   
Help Our Rotary Clock Get Ticking Again Sharon Schendel 2020-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

District 5340 Music Competition

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Garrie Rhodes (center) with Zixnon Chen (left) and Isabella Yang (right)
Ed Siegel finds Isabella Yang's violin to be a bit of a challenge
 
We had three talented musicians perform at the February 20, 2020 meeting. Isabella McCormick, of Cathedral Catholic High School returned with her harp to play Légende by Henriette Renié. Zixnon Chen, also of Cathedral Catholic High School played Sonata No. 1 by Alberto Ginastera. Isabella Yang of Scripps Ranch High School performed Csárdás by Vittorio Monti by playing the piece on the Chinese violin, which has only two strings. 
District 5340 Music Competition Sharon Schendel 2020-03-01 08:00:00Z 0

WAPI Project with UCSD Rotaract

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Completed WAPIs ready for packaging and shipping
 
We joined Rotaract at UCSD Presents for its 6th annual WAPI Project. Over 100 volunteers from Rotaract, Rotary and other UCSD student organizations like the health pre-professional honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta helped assemble more than 1,000 water pasteurization indicators (WAPIs). 
WAPI Project with UCSD Rotaract Sharon Schendel 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

President Elect Training Seminar (PETS)

Posted by Sharon Schendel
LaShonda Delivuk with President-Elect Sharon Schendel at PETS
 
Each year, all President-Elects (PEs) of Rotary Clubs attend a President Elect Training Seminar (PETS).  The Southwest Rotary PETS brings together Rotary PEs from as far as Arizona to learn strategies to ensure the success of clubs they will lead in the upcoming Rotary Year.
President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) Sharon Schendel 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

February Social at West End Bar & Kitchen

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Families are welcome at Rotary socials (l to r) Janice Kurth, Kirsti and Ryan Riell (with Adeline), Karly and Suzy Wagner, Val Myers
 
The February social at West End Bar and Kitchen mixed business and pleasure- the Sunset Soiree committee met first before other members arrived to enjoy food and drinks at the long central table.  
February Social at West End Bar & Kitchen Sharon Schendel 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Road Trip Part 2: Cathedral Catholic High School

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Sharon Schendel (second from left) and faculty advisor Mara Milligan (back row) with Interact Club seniors (l to r): Evelyn Lopez, President Denise Picazo, Vanessa Delarvia, Angeline Arcos, Joey Kellogg, Nicole Milla, Salvador de la Rosa, Jonathon Jaramillo (kneeling)
 
Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS) was the site for our February 6 meeting.  Seniors from CCHS Interact Club, which our club sponsors, with their faculty advisory Mara Milligan hosted.
Rotary Road Trip Part 2: Cathedral Catholic High School Sharon Schendel 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0
Rotary Road Trip Part 1: La Jolla Institute for Immunology Sharon Schendel 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

Hosting District Governor Elects

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Top panel: Karin Davies with Patrick and Terry Obath; Bottom Panel (l to r) Susan Stacy, Astrid Durand Viel, Emidio and Auxiliadora Cunha, Dolly Sachdeva and Davinder Singh
 
During the annual International Assembly in San Diego District Governor Elects (DGEs) undergo training before beginning their term in July. Each year local Rotarians host DGEs in their homes- this year Dugan and Philippe Lamoise hosted a gathering for DGEs and other Assembly attendees. 
Hosting District Governor Elects Sharon Schendel 2020-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Build a School, Leave a Legacy Sharon Schendel 2020-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Offsite Meeting at La Jolla Institute for Immunology Sharon Schendel 2020-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

Entrants Wanted for District Instrumental Music Competition

Posted by Sharon Schendel
 
Garrie Rhodes, chair for our club in the District 5340 Music Competition, is welcoming all young instrumentalists who would like to play in the first round, which will be our program on February 20, 2020
Entrants Wanted for District Instrumental Music Competition Sharon Schendel 2020-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

Tom Woolsey Passes Away

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 26, 2020
Tom Woolsey (far right) at a 2017 meeting
 
We were saddened to hear that our long-time member, Tom Woolsey, passed away on January 22, 2020 at the age of 93. Tom joined Rotary Club of Del Mar in 1990 and was neighbor to Monty Woolley, who informed club members of his loss. 
Tom Woolsey Passes Away Sharon Schendel 2020-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

Welcoming District Governor Elects to the International Assembly

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 19, 2020
Raquel D'Garay-Juncal (Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley), Peter James-Robertson (DGE District 1285, Horwich, UK), John Mullin (Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo), Deborah Loveday (Rotary Club of Port Macquarie, District 9650), Celia Ramirez (Rotary Club of San Diego Southeast)
 
This year marks the last year of San Diego as host of Rotary International’s International Assembly- in 2021 the event will move to Orlando.  Volunteers from District 5340 were on hand to welcome District Governor Elects who will undertake crucial training during the Assembly so that they will have the tools they need to steer their districts toward success in Rotary Year 2020-2021. 
Welcoming District Governor Elects to the International Assembly Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Higher Expectations Produce Better Outcomes at Nativity Prep Academy

 
Gil Brady, President of Nativity Prep Academy (NPA), was our featured speaker at the January 9, 2020 meeting.  Although the Academy formally schools students for Grades 6-8, these are just three years out of an 11 year commitment.  The commitment NPA students and their families make is also significant. While students, they spend over 10 hours a day at NPA. This extended time is needed to ensure that the students, all of whom are from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, can catch up to grade level.
Higher Expectations Produce Better Outcomes at Nativity Prep Academy Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Annual 6-Way Meeting

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 19, 2020
Rotary International President Elect Holger Knaack
 
Rotary International President Elect Holger Knaack was our very special guest at the annual 6-way meeting attended by members of our club as well as those of Rotary Clubs of Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar-Solana Beach, Solana Beach Eco, Encinitas and Encinitas Coastal. 
Annual 6-Way Meeting Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 19, 2020
Torrey Pines High School Millennium Falcons (l to r) Advisor Klint Kirckconnell, Guy Nir, Douglas Liu, Minh Ho, Farrah Kaiyom, Fiona Ghatuari, Alisha Chakraborty
 
At our last meeting of the decade, members of the Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club, The Millennium Falcons, were our featured guests.  
Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Bench Painting in Del Mar

 
Jim Watkins at the new selfie site with Sally the Sea Lion
 
Our members took time on two consecutive Fridays to spruce up the benches on the southwest corner of L’Auberge.  The park has a new resident provided by Jim Watkins and securely installed by Bill Rawlings:  Sally the Sea Lion.  Next time you’re in the park take a picture of Sally- we’ll need think of an Instagram hashtag for her. 
Bench Painting in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

More Banners for Our Collection

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 19, 2020
 
 
Dugan and Philippe Lamoise recently returned from a honeymoon trip that included a lot of safari and just a bit of Rotary. They brought back for new banners from clubs they visited. 
More Banners for Our Collection Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Building Partnerships Between Rotarians and the Peace Corps

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 19, 2020
Brett Mattei with Cal Mann and a banner from Rotary Club of Stip in North Macedonia
 
Former member Cal Mann joined our first meeting of the new decade to talk about his experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in North Macedonia and how a chance meeting helped him begin to align the efforts of Peace Corps volunteers with Rotarians in the areas they serve. Cal brought with him a banner from Rotary Club of Stip. Read more about Cal’s story at a recent Rotary service blog post.
Building Partnerships Between Rotarians and the Peace Corps Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Welcoming Guests

Kathy Reed with Tom McCarthy
Jim and Karin Davies with granddaughter Keilani
 
At the December 19, 2020 meeting we welcomed Tom McCarthy, son of our member Kathy Reed. Tom is a graduate of both Torrey Pines High School and SDSU, and was an Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 713- the troop we sponsor. Karin and Jim Davies were happy to have their granddaughter Keilani for a visit.
Welcoming Guests Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Al Graff Still Serving

Al Graff (center) with Ed Siegel (left) and Honorary Member Bessie Floyd
 
Last January we helped Al Graff celebrate reach 100 years-old.  One year later, he’s still going strong and his works were featured in a recent news article for the San Diego Foundation.
Al Graff Still Serving Sharon Schendel 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Annual Holiday Party

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 15, 2019
Vicki Barks, Beth and Reid Westburg, Marty Rips
Kit Leeger, Jim and Bernadette Watkins, Monty Woolley
 
We had a great turnout for our annual holiday party.  It’s always great to have a chance to catch up with our members’ spouses and friends while enjoying great food from Flavor ChefPedro Hernandez of Flavor Chef carved up about 40 pounds of prime rib and members supplied dozens and dozens of cookies to exchange.
 
Annual Holiday Party Sharon Schendel 2019-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

Wrapping Up Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 15, 2019
Posing with one our "wraps" (front row, l to r: Jim Kohn, Brett Mattei, Sharon Schendel, Donna Fipps; back row: l to r: Matt Kurth, Jeff Matthews, Keith Ward, Jeanne Koskella, Val Myers, Janice Kurth, Don Fipps, Tony Villasenor, Kathy Quillin)
 
The holiday baskets themselves were already distributed, but even after some 7,000 individuals are served by the Community Resource Center’s annual event, there is still some work to do.  
Wrapping Up Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets Sharon Schendel 2019-12-15 08:00:00Z 0

La Colonia Children's Christmas Party

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
 
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. 
La Colonia Children's Christmas Party Sharon Schendel 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Soccer Balls for Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets

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

Help Inventory CRC Holiday Baskets December 15 at 3:30

 
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

Holiday Party Set for December 13 at 6:30 PM

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

No Club Meeting December 12

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

Seafarers by Birth, Pioneers by Necesscity

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.
Seafarers by Birth, Pioneers by Necesscity Sharon Schendel 2019-11-25 08:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Month: Beth Westburg

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

New Members Nina Wright and Jake Owens

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

Club Holiday Party on December 13 at St. Peter's

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

La Colonia Children's Christmas Party December 5

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

Club Dark for Thanksgiving

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

Happy Dollars

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

Paul Harris Society +3 Dugan Moore Lamoise

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

Guests and Visitors

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

Educating Children in the Himalayan Foothills: Gamru Village School

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. 
Educating Children in the Himalayan Foothills: Gamru Village School Sharon Schendel 2019-11-17 08:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Another Successful Chili & Quackers

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

The 46th Annual Rotary District 5340 Foundation Seminar

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

Sponsoring Safety on Del Mar Beaches and Beyond

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

Happy Dollars

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

November 21, 2019 Meeting at Powerhouse Park

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

Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday November 19, 2019

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

Rotarians on the Road to Santiago de Compostela

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

District Foundation Seminar November 9 at UCSD

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

Pizza on Halloween

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

Getting a Good (and Silent) Night's Sleep

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

Chili & Quackers Open House

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 mckurth@yahoo.com and bring a dish to share. 
Chili & Quackers Open House Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Night at Cygnet Theatre

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

Interfaith Shelter Volunteer Hosts Needed

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 grobanac@gmail.com to volunteer.
Interfaith Shelter Volunteer Hosts Needed Sharon Schendel 2019-11-03 07:00:00Z 0

Remembering Past District Governor Wayne Cusick

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

Paul Harris Fellow + 1 Chandra Collure

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

Happy Dollars

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

Youth Services Committee Update

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

Andra Watkins Turning "I Wish I Had" to "I'm Glad I Did"

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

World Polio Day

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

Socializing With a View at Viewpoint Brewing Company

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

Happy Dollars for PolioPlus

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

Helping the Homeless and Housing Insecure in San Diego

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

Rotary Nights at Cygnet Theatre

 
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 cygnettheatre.org for more information or to purchase tickets. 
 
Rotary Nights at Cygnet Theatre Sharon Schendel 2019-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Club Social on October 22 at Viewpoint Brewing Company

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

Happy Dollars

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

Rotarian of the Month: Kathy Reed

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

Welcome Guests

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

No Lack of Quacks at Chili & Quackers Challenge

 
 
 
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

Board of Directors Meeting October 15 

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

Club Dark for Chili & Quackers on October 12

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 http://www.chiliandquackers.org. 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 slschendel@gmail.com 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 (Matt@mattkurth.com) or Dee House (deehouse@juno.com) 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

Rotarians on the Road: Beef-A-Rama 2019

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

Keeping San Diego Powered for the Future

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

Care n' Share Toy Drive

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

Rotary Citation

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

Ten Gallon Hat for Twenty Gallons from Marty Peters

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

Meeting at eMolecules

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

Donna Fipps- A Rotary Superhero

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

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

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

Make Your Annual Pledge to the Club Foundation

 
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

Randy Willoughby and the Rules of Elections

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

Avenues of Service Report: International Service

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

Happy Dollars

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.
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Welcome Guests

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.  
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Take Us Out to the Ballgame

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. 
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame for the September 12 Meeting

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.
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Del Mar Art Center Gallery

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! 
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Rotarians on the Road

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.   
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San Diego Zoo Roaring Into the Future

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. 
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Chili & Quackers Now Available for Purchase

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 https://www.chiliandquackers.org/ 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. 
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Who Am I: Beth Westburg

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. 
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Welcome Guests

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.
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Happy Dollars

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.