Collaborating on Global Grants in Africa
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2024
Philippe and Dugan with a picture of a leopard Philippe took on safari. The flags of Uganda and Burundi are on the left and right, respectively. 
 
Philippe and Dugan Lamoise spoke at our March 28, 2024 meeting about connections they’ve made with Rotarians in Africa. Dugan outlined our most recent Global Grant (G-2939) to help refurbish the maternity ward at Prince Regent Hospital in Bujumbura, the largest city and economic capital of Burundi. This grant devoted nearly $74,000 to upgrade showers and toilets as well as purchase beds for recovery wards. The grant also covered purchase of blood pressure monitors and installation of TVs in the wards that can be used to broadcast educational and training videos. Leading the grant were four Rotary clubs in the Bujumbura area. Six Rotaract clubs were integral to project planning and execution. These Rotaract clubs are now themselves qualified to lead their own Global Grants- an important demonstration of the role that Rotaractors can play at an international level.  Philippe summarized his long-term involvement with projects in Uganda, including an ~$83,000 Global Grant (G-2893) in partnership with Rotary Club Kampala North to upgrade the Namalemba Health Centre to a Level IV facility that offers a surgical theater, laboratory services and maternity care.  These projects arose out of connections made in part at Rotary International annual conventions. Click HERE to watch a video of their talk.
Collaborating on Global Grants in Africa  Sharon Schendel 2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Model UN Delegates Discuss Biodiversity and Counter-Terrorism
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 31, 2024
Over 80 students from 22 schools gathered at the Del Mar Civic Center on March 23-24, 2024 for the 20th annual District 5340 Model United Nations.  The delegates considered resolutions to mediate the loss of global biodiversity and to implement counter-terrorism measures to build a safer world. On Day 1 students gave ~2 minute speeches about the resolutions before breaking into caucus groups for closed-door negotiations. On Day 2, final amendments to the resolutions were made. Our own Don Fipps opened the meeting. The speaker panel featured Vice Admiral Charles Martoglio and Rotary Peace Scholar Bogdan Matuszynski.  Thank you to Kathy Reed for organizing the food and volunteers and Klaus Gubernator for securing the venue and wrangling the audio/visual. Thanks as well to Sharon Schendel, Walt Strangman, Steven McDowell and Marty Peters for helping at the event. Click HERE to view photos from the day.     
Model UN Delegates Discuss Biodiversity and Counter-Terrorism  Sharon Schendel 2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Mark Your Calendars: Demotion Party and Sunset Soirée 2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Sleeping Cottages Featured on KPBS
 

Posted on Mar 31, 2024
Example of a sleeping cottage interior
 
The sleeping cottages our members helped build on the campus of the Palomar were recently featured on KPBS.  Click HERE to read more and watch the report. 
Sleeping Cottages Featured on KPBS  2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Kurths Hosting Rotary Youth Exchange Student
 

Posted on Mar 31, 2024
We welcomed Toni Schoon, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from near Hamburg Germany, at our social and March 28, 2024 meeting. Toni’s host family is in Anaheim, and he’s staying with Matt and Janice and seeing the sites in San Diego while his host family is traveling. Have you ever thought about hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange student? Click HERE to visit the District 5340 Youth Exchange page to learn more. 
Kurths Hosting Rotary Youth Exchange Student  2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Our Newest Blue Badger: Beth Davidson  2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Salt + Lime Club Social

Posted on Mar 31, 2024
We had a great crowd at Salt + Lime for our March social on March 26, 2024.  The margaritas were excellent, the service was so efficient, and the Happy Hour menu offerings were perfectly sized.  Salt + Lime began as a food truck and we wish them much success in their permanent venue just across from the Del Mar Civic Center.    
Salt + Lime Club Social Sharon Schendel 2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

Annual 7-Way Lunch April 17
 

Meet members of Area 4 clubs and learn about their projects at the annual 7-way lunch at the Del Mar Hilton on Wednesday April 17.  Sign up details to follow when they become available. 
Annual 7-Way Lunch April 17  2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

District 5340 Music Competition Finals April 20
 

Posted on Mar 31, 2024
Garrie Rhodes presents a check to Lauren Suh, who will compete in the finals on April 20
 
Come on up to the Carlsbad City Library (1775 Dove Lane) to enjoy an afternoon of music from talented young musicians at the District 5340 Instrumental Music Competition on Saturday April 20 at 3 PM at the Carlsbad City Library.  The winner of our club competition, flutist Lauren Suh, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, will be competing in the finals.  Click HERE for the listing on our website’s Event Page. 
District 5340 Music Competition Finals April 20  2024-03-31 07:00:00Z 0

In memoriam: Al Tarkington

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 17, 2024
We were saddened to hear of the death of our long-time member Al Tarkington on March 13, 2024.  Al joined the club in 1973 and membership was just one aspect of his devotion to the Del Mar community. He was the Del Mar mayor from 1979-1980 and was instrumental in the acquisition of Powerhouse Park.  Al was an incredible athlete. In 2019, when he was 80 years-old, Al was the final finisher at the World Championship in Kona, just one of his many years at Kona (click HERE to see a story about Al’s 2017 presentation to the club).  Al was married to Stephanie (Steve) for 61 years and in 2022 we were happy to see them both chauffeur Karl and Suzy Wagner to their demotion party in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, one of several classic cars they owned.  Click HERE to read a memorial to Al. 
In memoriam: Al Tarkington Sharon Schendel 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Board of Directors Tuesday March 19 Zoom only 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Free Flight Field Trip

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 17, 2024
Field trip Friday on March 15, 2024. Instead of our regular meeting, we headed just a bit north to Free Flight bird sanctuary.  Isabelle Zapata, the Free Flight Learning Center coordinator, was our guide and introduced us to several of the delightful birds that call Free Flight home. After giving the birds a snack, we had our own snacks at Viewpoint Brewing Company.
Free Flight Field Trip Sharon Schendel 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Newest Blue Badgers Susan Maronde and RoseMary Pellegrino
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2024
Membership chair Dee House (third from left) and President Matt Kurth (far right) congratulate our newest blue badgers RoseMary Pellegrino (far left) and Susan Maronde (second from left)
 
Congratulations to Susan Maronde and RoseMary Pellegrino for completing all the steps on their journey to earn their regular badges.
Newest Blue Badgers Susan Maronde and RoseMary Pellegrino  Sharon Schendel 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Our newest member: Dr. Manu Sohaey
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2024
We are delighted to induct Dr. Manu Sohaey as the newest member of our club.  Manu had a successful plastic and reconstructive surgery practice in the Chicago area, where he raised three children with his late wife, Minoo. His daughter Dr. Roya Sohaey is a respected radiologist at Oregon Health Science University and daughter Jasmine Sohaey Grassi runs a retina care practice with her husband in the Chicago area.  His son Christopher is in real estate in the San Diego area.  Manu is proud to have been a U.S. citizen for more than 60 years and his family emphasizes the value that immigrants bring to this country.   
Our newest member: Dr. Manu Sohaey  Sharon Schendel 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Club Social: Salt + Lime on March 26
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2024
Past President of Rotary Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach Susan Hennenfent enjoys offerings from Salt + Lime at the 2023 Sunset Soirée
 
Even though Salt + Lime had just opened their doors in September 2023, they were enthusiastic supporters of our 2023 Sunset Soirée.  Join us for a social to thank them for being part of our event. As always, family and friends are welcomed and encouraged. Their Happy Hour starts early:  2:30PM-5:30 PM so come early to enjoy discounted prices.  
Club Social: Salt + Lime on March 26  Sharon Schendel 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Starlink Launch Tonight

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2024
For those of you who enjoy watching bright things hurtling through the night sky, Sharon Schendel’s husband Jim Kohn notes that there is a SpaceX launch tonight from Vandenberg AFB.  Look west tonight- the launch is scheduled for 7:13 PM PT. 
Starlink Launch Tonight Sharon Schendel 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

What happens when you Say YES: A trip to Eritrea that changed lives
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2024
Jude and PDG Mel Gallegos (far left), PDG Steve Brown, Chuck DuVivier, Dr. Nick Tsoulos and PDG Marty Peters shared memories of a trip to Eritrea 
 
As Marty Peters was preparing for his District Governor year (1998-1999) he had a simple idea:  encourage all Club Presidents during his term to raise $500 to give to Rotary International’s polio eradication efforts. That simple idea snowballed into something far more. Click HERE to watch a video that includes a brief overview of the polio virus and its impact by Dr. Matt Kurth followed by memories from Marty, PDG Steve Brown (1995-1996), PDG Mel Gallegos (2018-2019), Chuck DuVivier (Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club) and Dr. Nick Tsoulos (Rotary Club of Escondido).  
What happens when you Say YES: A trip to Eritrea that changed lives  Sharon Schendel 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

District 5340 Training Assembly

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2024
Wrapping up the Assembly (l to r) Patti Kurtz, Toni Mecaro, Sharon Schendel, Don Fipps, Matt Kurth, Steven McDowell
 
Our club great representation at the March 9, 2024 District Training Assembly.  Of course Don Fipps was there as District Governor, and Janice Kurth delivered the Global Grants session in the afternoon. International Services chair Patti Kurtz attended, as did members of the Presidential line:  Matt Kurth, President-Elect Toni Mecaro and Steven McDowell (nominee for Rotary Year 2026-2027). Past President Sharon Schendel was also there working with District Governor Nominee Luis Carranza.  Our club is now certified to participate in District and Global Grants in the coming Rotary Year. 
District 5340 Training Assembly Sharon Schendel 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

Over 60 pints collected at the March 7 Blood Drive
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2024
Beth Davidson stands on the Bloodmobile steps showing off a new addition to her wardrobe.
 
The San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile was back behind the Del Mar Civic Center on March 7 for another successful blood drive.  We collected over 60 pints, and donors got a T-shirt as a special reward.  If you couldn’t make this blood drive, click HERE to book an alternate appointment time at one of SDBB’s convenient donor locations. If you donate before March 31, 2024, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Magnum Pathfinder 500 fat tire E-bike. Thank you to Mary Savoy for organizing the drive.  
 
Over 60 pints collected at the March 7 Blood Drive  Sharon Schendel 2024-03-10 08:00:00Z 0

RYLA Interviews and Facilitators

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 03, 2024
RYLA 2024 is just six weeks away!  We have three applicants from Cathedral Catholic that we’ll interview on Thursday March 7, 2024 from 2-4 PM (right after the meeting).  Email Sharon Schendel if you’d like to help interview.  Gregory Harris, a member of the RYLA organizing committee, says that more facilitators are needed for the RYLA weekend.  Being a facilitator is truly amazing. You have the opportunity to meet spectacular young people and some of the coolest Rotarians in the district while spending time in beautiful Idyllwild.  Facilitators must be able to attend the entire weekend (late Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon) and be able to walk a few miles each day. Also, they MUST be Youth-Certified for District 5340. Email Greg if you’re interested in learning more about being a RYLA facilitator.
RYLA Interviews and Facilitators Sharon Schendel 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Rising Tide Sleeping Cottages

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 03, 2024
Over 10% of our club was up in Vista on February 24, 2024 working hard to build more sleeping cottages for the Rising Tide Ranch. Thank you to all the members who helped. There is another build on March 9, 2024.   
Rising Tide Sleeping Cottages Sharon Schendel 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Who Am I: Susan Maronde
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 03, 2024
Susan Maronde gave her “Who Am I?” presentation at our February 29, 2024 meeting. She was introduced to our club by Beth Davidson, but Susan was already connected to Rotary through her father, George Lewis, who’s a dedicated Rotarian in South Florida (click HERE to see the July 2023 story about George, including a video about George’s pet portraits). 
Susan is married to Mike and mother to son Harrison, who’s a freshman at Indiana University.  Susan, Mike and Harrison also share their home with two Westies, Fenway and Poppy. Susan has a Bachelor’s from USC and a Master’s at University of San Diego. She just retired from Wells Fargo after a successful 26-year career.
In addition to Rotary, Susan is involved in the Del Mar Women’s Giving Collective and next year will serve as its president. Each year the Collective supports organizations with around 60,000 in grants and to date they’ve granted over $500,000.  Susan will also assume a leadership role in our club in July when she will take over as Club Secretary. 
Who Am I: Susan Maronde  Sharon Schendel 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Perfect Sandwiches at Moxie Theatre

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 03, 2024
Members enjoy sandwiches before attending a performance of "Clyde's" at Moxie Theatre; Valentina Lunati (Development Director) and Desireé Clarke Miller (Executive Artistic Director; upper right) gave an introduction to the mission of Moxie Theatre
 
Our members met at the Moxie Theatre on March 3, 2024 to see “Clyde’s”, a play about creative expression and the importance of taking simple ingredients you have on hand to create something new and personal (click  HERE to read the story about Moxie’s visit to our club in January, 2024). The Moxie lobby was set up to look like Clyde’s sandwich shop in rural Pennsylvania, while the stage had the back kitchen of Clyde’s, staffed by Montrellous, Rafael, Letitia and Jason, who’ve all spent time incarcerated. All four strive to make “perfect” sandwiches while keeping to task of their boss Clyde, who struggles with her own challenges to keep the business afloat. 
In advance of the play, we all enjoyed some perfect sandwiches from Chēba Hut that were generously provided by Dugan and Philippe Lamoise, who are also title sponsors of the production.  There is still time to catch a performance of Clyde’s, which runs through March 10, 2024. 
Perfect Sandwiches at Moxie Theatre Sharon Schendel 2024-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Birds and Brew March 15

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2024
Klaus Gubernator with some Free Flight birds who visited us back in 2017
 
In lieu of our regular meeting, we have a field trip on March 15 to the Free Flight bird sanctuary near Del Mar Plaza on Jimmy Durante Blvd. (click HERE for a map).  Afterward, we can discuss our favorite birds over some Viewpoint Brewing Company brews.  The cost is $8/attendee for a guided tour and opportunities to feed the birds. There is limited parking near the sanctuary and dirt lots adjacent to Viewpoint.  Email Linda Saville if you have questions. For those attending: wear close-toed shoes that you're comfortable walking in. 
Birds and Brew March 15 Sharon Schendel 2024-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Musical Meeting

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2024
Event organizer Garrie Rhodes (far left) presents checks to the competitors (l to r) Lauren Suh, Annie Verkhoczy, Koe Goodsell, and Taj Aliotta
 
Four talented young musicians treated our members to wonderful performances in the first round of the District 5340 Instrumental Music Competition on February 22, 2024.  Taj Aliotta, a senior at San Dieguito Academy, began the competition by playing Cantabile el Presto by George Enescu for flute. Koe Goodsell, a Junior at Canyon Crest Academy, played the Allegro molto appasionato movement from Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, followed by another flutist, Lauren Suh, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, who played Danza de la Mariposa by Valerie Coleman. Annie Verkhoczy, a sophomore at Cathedral Catholic High School, finished the competition with a keyboard piece, Merry Go Round of Life from the Howl’s Moving Castle soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi.  The judging panel comprising Janice Kurth, Miles Fleming, and Lowell Gaspar considered the difficulty of the piece as well as the musical interpretation, musical emotion, stage presence and the command of the instrument. All four winners received a check from the Youth Services committee for their participation and the judges chose Lauren Suh to represent our club at the upcoming semifinals in March. Thank you to Garrie Rhodes for organizing our club’s competition. Click HERE from some clips of their performances (unfortunately, Facebook embargoed the video of the meeting). 
Musical Meeting Sharon Schendel 2024-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Blood Drive March 7

The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) Bloodmobile returns to the Del Mar Civic Center on Thursday March 7.  Reserve your appointment now and encourage family and friends to donate as well. Email Mary Savoy if you'd like to book an appointment, or click HERE to sign up online at the SDBB website (click HERE to book an alternate appointment if you can't make March 7). 
Blood Drive March 7 2024-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

District Training Assembly March 9

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2024
The Annual District Training Assembly is March 9 at Liberty Station. This once-a-year event will equip you with all you need to know about Rotary at the club, District, and International level. Learn from experienced Rotarians the ins and outs of club management, the Rotary Foundation, fundraising and more.  The afternoon session is particularly important for our club. To be eligible for District and Global grants, two members MUST attend and be certified.  Red Badgers- this is a great learning opportunity and it qualifies as a District event to satisfy one of the steps on the journey to a regular badge!  Also, are you looking to get Youth Certified, but still need a LiveScan?  You're in luck- you can get your LiveScan done at the conference for $20 (the club will reimburse you for the cost).  Click HERE to visit the registration page. 
District Training Assembly March 9 Sharon Schendel 2024-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat March 6

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2024
View from the aptly-named View Room where the Fireside Chat will be held
 
Attention all red badgers!  Our next fireside chat (one of the steps on the journey to a regular badge) is Wednesday March 6. All members as well as family and friends are welcome to join for an opportunity to talk with club members and officers in an informal setting. Enjoy pizza from Pizza Nova and learn more about our club's organization and projects, as well as how we integrate with Rotary International. Look for balloons to guide you to the Solana Beach & Tennis Club View Room (there is typically plenty of street parking). Click HERE for the map.
Fireside Chat March 6 Sharon Schendel 2024-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

A Celebration of Life for Bob Fuchs

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2024
Some of Bob's favorite jackets on display in the St. Peter's Parish Hall after Bob's Celebration of Life
 
A Celebration of Life for Bob Fuchs was held Friday February 23, 2024 at the St. Peter’s Church.  Bob served as club president in 2003-2004 and was instrumental in launching our Sunset Soirée and reviving Chili & Quackers in 2017. He also arranged multiple Rotary at Work Day projects at the San Dieguito Lagoon.  Bob led a full and rich life and he will be sorely missed. Click HERE to read Bob’s obituary and leave a memory in the virtual guestbook that follows.
A Celebration of Life for Bob Fuchs Sharon Schendel 2024-02-25 08:00:00Z 0

Sharon Out of Town

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2024
Sharon will be back home again in Indiana from January 26 until at least February 16 helping a family member recover from planned surgery. The newsletter may be sporadic during this time. If anyone would like to help write stories or take pictures, I'm happy to post them on the website and Facebook!  Just reach out by email.  
Sharon Out of Town Sharon Schendel 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam: Bernadette Watkins

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2024
We were sorry to learn that Bernadette Watkins, beloved wife of our member Jim Watkins, passed away last week. We will post information about services and the obituary when it becomes available.
In Memoriam: Bernadette Watkins Sharon Schendel 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Model United Nations 2024 Training Seminar
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2024
District Governor Don Fipps with members of the Secretariat General (far left photo l to r) Alex Radulescu, Jordan Smith and Ereny Tanious and with Conference Co-Chairs (far left photo) Kevin Cahill and Pauline Lim-Endresen; Center photo (l to r): Klaus Gubernator, Kathy Reed and Walt Strangman
 
The 20th annual District 5340 Model United Nations Conference kicked off on January 20, 2024 with a delegate training session. The session began with country selections, followed by introduction of the two resolutions for debate that concerned loss of global biodiversity and strategies to quell terrorism to build a safer world. The guest speaker was Dr. Ari Novy, the CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden, who focused on global efforts to preserve biodiversity.  Don Fipps also attended as District Governor. Thank you to Kathy Reed for again organizing the food, Klaus Gubernator, for securing the Del Mar Civic Center as the venue, and Donna Fipps, Sharon Schendel, Walt Strangman, and Ina von Ber for helping with check in.  Mark your calendars for the full session on March 23 and March 24.    
Model United Nations 2024 Training Seminar  Sharon Schendel 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Il Fornaio Fun

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2024
 
We had wonderful weather for our first social of 2024, which was at Il Fornaio in the Del Mar Plaza. Thank you to all members who attended and Il Fornaio for the wonderful food and service. We are grateful to Il Fornaio for their long-standing support of our Sunset Soirée. 
Il Fornaio Fun Sharon Schendel 2024-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Sleeping Cottage Build Opportunities in Vista

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 14, 2024
We have upcoming cottage build opportunities in February and March!  In partnership with the St. James Mission Circle Cottage Project, more sleeping cottages are going up at the Rising Tide Sober Living Ranch (2207 Guajome Lake Road, Vista, CA).  Help provide safe shelter those who are at transition points in their lives.
The builds will be February 10 and 24 as well as March 9.  Check the EVENTS page for details.  Wear your “Rotary at Work” shirt (ask Sharon Schendel if you don’t have one) and in general clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or painted.  Email Pat Caughey or Steven McDowell if you have questions. 
Sleeping Cottage Build Opportunities in Vista Sharon Schendel 2024-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 14, 2024
Scott LaRue (center) accepts check for MCRF Scholarships from President Matt Kurth (right) and Sean Barrett (left)
 
In 1962, a Marine veteran read in the newspaper that a fellow Marine veteran, a Medal of Honor recipient, could not afford to send their child to college. That veteran helped raise $1500 for a scholarship and represented the beginning of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF), which has since awarded scholarships worth 200 million dollars. Our members raised nearly $600 in Happy Dollars at the January 11, 2024 meeting to help support MCSF scholarships. 
MCSF Board of Director Member L. Scott LaRue told us that the MCSF current provides around 11 million dollars in annual scholarship support to help over 2,700 children of Marines. The scholarships are need-based and non-competitive so that all qualified applicants receive support. To qualify, the student must meet simple eligibility criteria:  1) Be a child of a Marine, Navy Corpsman, or Religious Program Specialist, living or dead, who received an honorable discharge; 2) Demonstrate need for financial aid; and 3) Have a high school GPA of at least 2.0.
The success of MCSF graduates in part reflects the work ethic of a Marine. Over 91% of scholarship recipients graduate in four years (relative 56% national average), and almost half are first-generation college students. Scholarship recipients study at a range of institutions, including community and 4-year colleges, as well as vocational schools. The MCSF makes what they perceive as a Cycle of Impact in which a Marine makes a sacrifice for his/her country, the child of the Marine receives scholarship support, and, using the education they receive, strengthens the nation as their parent did. We thank Pat Dougherty for bringing MCSF to our attention. 
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Sharon Schendel 2024-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

Model United Nations Training Session January 20

Scenes from the 2023 Model United Nations Training session
 
Model United Nations 2024 kicks off with a training session at Del Mar City Hall on Saturday January 20. Kathy Reed needs volunteers to come early (around 7-7:30 AM) to help set up, check in delegates, and manage refreshments.  Email Kathy to for more information and to sign up. Red Badgers: helping at this event qualifies as a “Club Fellowship Activity”.
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Board of Directors Meeting January 16- Zoom Only

Posted on Jan 14, 2024
The monthly Board of Directors meeting will be held Tuesday January 16 at 8 AM on Zoom. All members, and especially red badgers, are welcome and encouraged to attend. Watch for the Zoom link in an email.  
Board of Directors Meeting January 16- Zoom Only 2024-01-14 08:00:00Z 0

January Social: Il Fornaio January 17

Posted on Jan 07, 2024
Celebrate the new year with our first social at Il Fornaio in the Del Mar Plaza on Wednesday January 17 from around 4:00PM-6:00PM. As always, friends and family are welcome and encouraged. Il Fornaio would like a rough head count, so please email Suzy Wagner if you plan to attend.  
January Social: Il Fornaio January 17 2024-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Newest Blue Badger: Ina von Ber

Posted on Jan 07, 2024
We added our latest regular badge to the box for Dr. Ina von Ber, who completed all the tasks for Rotarians who transfer into our club. Congratulations Ina!
Newest Blue Badger: Ina von Ber 2024-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Ukrainian Holiday Party in Del Mar

Posted on Jan 07, 2024
Powerhouse Park was the site of a holiday party for Ukrainian children and their families that was hosted by Slavic Refugee and Immigrant Services. Our club helped support the fun through a donation of $750 from the Youth Services committee and $1250 that members raised in a single Happy Dollars session.  Thank you to Klaus Gubernator and Steven McDowell for helping to organizing and being onsite during the event. 
Ukrainian Holiday Party in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2024-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam:  Bob Fuchs

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2024
 
Our past president Bob Fuchs passed away on December 17, 2023 shortly after suffering a stroke. He was 79 years-old. Bob served as club president for Rotary Year 2004-2005, and was instrumental in making the Sunset Soirée a reality. He also revived Chili & Quackers in 2017 and organized several work projects at San Dieguito Lagoon, a place that was very important to him.  Bob provided strong leadership for the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation, which provides the funds to drive our projects.  We send our condolences to the Fuchs family and will have fond memories of Bob’s outstanding service to the club.  He will be missed.   
In Memoriam: Bob Fuchs Sharon Schendel 2024-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

New Member Induction: Wyatt Hinshaw

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2024
Wyatt Hinshaw (left) receives congratulations from his sponsor, Patti Kurtz, Membership chair Dee House, and President Matt Kurth
 
We’re delighted to induct our newest member, Wyatt Hinshaw. Wyatt gave his “Who Am I” at the January 4, 2024 meeting. Wyatt is a Hoosier by birth, but came to San Diego when he was 8 years-old after his mother accepted the CIO position for Scripps. After graduating from Bishop’s High School, Wyatt studied mechanical engineering at Berkeley hoping for a career in the automotive industry.  He joined Fiskar Automotive, an experience that demonstrated that the auto industry was not for him. In 2014 Wyatt joined biotech company Scientist.com working in corporate development.  Then, in 2017, Wyatt’s friend Charles Cole asked him to help with the finance side of a beer brewing venture, which would eventually become Viewpoint Brewing Company.  Wyatt is now working on a new project: he founded FundaMental Health, which seeks to help individuals struggling to access mental health obtain the help and resources they need.  Family is important to Wyatt. He’s one of seven children and is uncle to 9 nieces and nephews. He enjoys cars, surfing and snowboarding, and spending time with his black lab, Maggie Maude. 
New Member Induction: Wyatt Hinshaw Sharon Schendel 2024-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Who Am I: Sean Barrett

Posted on Jan 07, 2024
Wyatt Hinshaw, Donna Fipps, Val Myers, Dugan Lamoise, Janice Kurth, and Sean Barrett (l to r) all gave brief "Who Am I" presentations to kick off 2024
 
For our first meeting of 2024 we featured “Who Am I”s from several veteran members of the club and two of our newest members, including Sean Barrett.  Sean was born in Kentsville, Missouri and graduated college as the Viet Nam war was ramping up. Since his father had been in the military, Sean knew that entering the service would be his only option. Trying to secure a job as a supply officer, he listed Viet Nam for his top three duty stations, which explain why he was ultimately assigned to Guam.  After serving in Guam, he went to New London, Connecticut Naval Submarine Base, where he officially became a “bubblehead”: someone who served on a submarine.  After leaving the service, Sean earned an MBA from Indiana University and entered a career in banking. Sean wore a flat cap for his presentation to accompany a story about his being mistaken for a certain celebrity while traveling with his wife, Denise, by train between Paris and London. Apparently this celebrity, also named Sean, frequented the train, and there is indeed a certain resemblance. 
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New Paul Harris Fellows

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2024
Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris fellow, RoseMary Pellegrino, and to Val Myers, who earned her Paul Harris  +3, respectively. Rotarians who donate $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation are honored as Paul Harris fellows.  They earn additional recognition for each subsequent $1,000 they donate.  Support for the Foundation comes back to our club in the form of District and Global Grants. 
New Paul Harris Fellows Sharon Schendel 2024-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

New Favorites at Gianni Buonomo Vintners

Enjoying wines at Gianni Buonomo (lower photo, clockwise from left) General Manager Al Dorvinen, Linda Strangman, Sharon Schendel, Matt & Janice Kurth, Patti Kurtz, Roy Randall, Toni Mecaro, Ina von Ber, Suzy & Karl Wagner, Walt Strangman.  Keith Rolle and Al Dorvinen (upper center and right) were our guides, and Luigi Agostini of Pizzeria Luigi pizzeria stopped by. 
 
We wrapped up a year of socials in the heart of Ocean Beach, where we thanked our long-time Sunset Soirée supporter, Gianni Buonomo Vintners. Our tasting featured a variety of interesting wines, including a Blaufränkisch, Lagrein, and a Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc reserve. We extend our gratitude to the "Secret Santa" who picked up the entire tab! General manager Al Dorvinen was our guide in choosing some interesting bottles, and vintner Keith Rolle also stopped by to provide some insight into the inspiration for some of his wines.  Next time you’re on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, stop in for a taste!
New Favorites at Gianni Buonomo Vintners 2024-01-06 08:00:00Z 0
Board of Directors meeting Tuesday December 19- Zoom only 2023-12-17 08:00:00Z 0

Don't Miss the Boat! District Cruise April 26-29

Posted on Dec 17, 2023
Registration is open for the District Conference Cruise to Ensenada, which will be a casual, fun, educational, relaxing and affordable weekend cruise on Royal Caribbean's newly remodeled "Navigator of the Seas." The 3-night cruise will depart from Los Angeles at 4 pm on Friday April 26, sail to and dock in Ensenada and return to Los Angeles at 8 am Monday April 29. Our planned Rotary activities include a Welcome Aboard reception on Friday, Saturday Day at Sea with two Rotary General Session meetings and the option to participate in Rotarians at Work projects in Ensenada and a paella lunch on Sunday. 
 
Don't wait to register. Cabins are going fast!  After you register, join the District Facebook group dedicated to the District Cruise.  You can share information and ask questions, etc.  
 
Important:  Click "Read More" for some very vital information about the cruise. 
 
Don't Miss the Boat! District Cruise April 26-29 2023-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Merry & Bright at the La Colonia Holiday Party Sharon Schendel 2023-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
La Colonia Holiday Party December 14 Sharon Schendel 2023-12-10 08:00:00Z 0

Early birds: Volunteer for CRC Holiday Baskets December 9

Posted on Dec 01, 2023
    
Calling all early birds!  The Community Resource Center (CRC) is looking for help with holiday baskets on Saturday December 9 from 5:00AM-9:30AM (yes, that's AM).  Holiday baskets are fun, and they're even more fun if you get up super-early on a Saturday morning. This is a self-schedule.  If you'd like to help, email CRC staff directly at HBVolunteer@crcncc.org. The staff will provide additional details, include the work site.  
Early birds: Volunteer for CRC Holiday Baskets December 9 Sharon Schend 2023-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Amphitheater Booth at Del Mar Taste & Sip Sunday December 3

Posted on Dec 01, 2023

Tickets for Del Mar Village Taste & Sip are officially sold out, but you can still swing by Del Mar on Sunday December 3 from 1PM-4PM to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Our club will have a booth near the Jim Watkins amphitheater to unveil our plans for a tile enhancement of the amphitheater risers. The tiles will have a wave motif that echoes those on the nearby beach. We'll be raising funds to cover the cost of materials and installation; there are several levels of recognition for donors.  Contact Suzy Wagner if you have time to help staff the booth.  Thank you to Pat Caughey for preparing the graphics in the flier. 
Amphitheater Booth at Del Mar Taste & Sip Sunday December 3 2023-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Early Newsletter

Early edition for the newsletter this week because we have some events this weekend (i.e., tomorrow!).  As per Sharon's mantra:  "It's on the website", so if you miss any of the details, visit www.delmarrotary.org 
Early Newsletter Sharon Schendel 2023-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

FundaMental Health Inaugural Fundraiser Saturday December 2

Viewpoint Brewing Company is the site for the inaugural fundraiser for FundaMental Health, a 501(c)3 organization founded by our soon-to-be newest member Wyatt Hinshaw.  
FundaMental Health seeks to surmount barriers to access quality mental health care by awarding financial grants to individuals in need of mental health services and by building a third party network of mental health providers.  Through their efforts, FundaMental Health aspires to provide everyone equal opportunities for mental health care.  The keynote speaker is Elyn Saks, a professor of law at USC who specializes in legal issues associated with mental health. 

Click HERE to purchase tickets for brunch on Saturday December 2, 2023 at 10:30AM-1:30 PM. 

FundaMental Health Inaugural Fundraiser Saturday December 2 2023-12-01 08:00:00Z 0
Holiday Party December 12 at the Kurth's 2023-12-01 08:00:00Z 0

Me and My Drum

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2023
Sandy Abalos and Alan Havir gave a musical version of the 4-Way Test and members are at the ready to practice some rhythms with their new drumsticks
 
Conductors lead orchestras, but for rock bands the drummer is the lead and timekeeper. Past District Governor Alan Havir (he served District 5510, which in 2017 merged with District 5490 to form District 5495, covering Arizona) visited our club with his wife, Sandy Abalos, to talk about the history of Rock and Roll drumming. Alan has been a professional drummer himself for over 60 years. He demonstrated some major rhythms used by famous bands and how they evolved from ¾ time and the shuffle (e.g., Bill Haley) to more complex rhythms like Brubeck’s Take Five (5/4 time) and Led Zeppelin’s 12/8 and 17/8 time. Alan brought presents: a set of drumsticks for everyone to drum their own rhythm on the tables.  
Me and My Drum Sharon Schendel 2023-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

Another Successful Blood Drive

Posted on Nov 19, 2023
Our latest blood drive on November 2, 2023 was a great success. We collected 23 pints that can help 69 people. Thank you to Mary Savoy for organizing the drive.  Couldn’t make this drive?  Donate any time at one of the convenient San Diego Blood Bank donation centers. 
Another Successful Blood Drive Sharon Schendel 2023-11-19 08:00:00Z 0

Cottage Build Opportunities in Vista

Posted on Oct 15, 2023
We have another cottage build opportunity on November 4 at the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vista. These sleeping cottages are like those we’ve helped build in the past and will be part of the Decelles Unicorn Village that seeks to provide shelter for youth who are at risk of being homeless. We’ll again be working in partnership with the St. James Mission circle.
There are projects for all skill levels. Lunch and snacks will be provided.  You may bring your own tools or use those provided. Also bring your own work gloves, hat and your preferred sunscreen. Wear your “Rotary at Work” shirt and in general clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or painted.  Check the EVENTS post for details and location. Email Pat Caughey if you have questions. 
Cottage Build Opportunities in Vista 2023-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

Best Soirée Baskets

Posted on Sep 24, 2023
 
Early in the Soirée planning, Matt Kurth promised prizes to baskets contributed by members that were judged to have a little something extra, as judged by basket-maker extraordinaire Val Myers. The “Most Beautiful” basket prize was shared by Mary Savoy (It’s Cupcake O’Clock) and Dee House (Day of Brunch and Shopping).  “Most Profitable” basket was Karin and Jim Davies’ Death by Dark Chocolate, which earned 116% of its estimated value (special mention to the Fipps’ Crate O’ Scotch, and Mary Savoy’s Livin’ in Margaritaville, which both earned 100% of estimated value).  Richa Mohan’s Nothin’ But Blue Skies fitness basket won for best Red Badger basket (and also praise for including the Soirée logo). Dugan and Philippe Lamoise contributed six baskets that together brought in around 10% of gross profits, and Val Myers, Sharon Schendel, and Suzy and Karl Wagner each contributed four baskets.
 
Special thanks also to Matt Kurth for serving as event chair, the Wagners for all their work in getting a fantastic lineup of restaurants to serve, Mark Matthess for lining up the wineries, Philippe and Dugan Lamoise for managing the event website and implementing the very successful online bidding, Janice Kurth for overseeing rentals and event furniture layout, Philippe Lamoise for suggesting the new auction layout that gave everyone more room to move, Marlene Gotz for donating the Yeti cooler and several wine baskets, in addition to securing hard-working helpers for the event; Boys & Girls Club San Dieguito's SuLynn Daugherty and Joe McLeod for coordinating BGC checkin volunteers; Toni Mecaro for overseeing club volunteers; Pat Caughey for early morning setup; Mark Barry for transporting glassware and other day-of items; Lorelei Nielsen for serving as table captain and donating several special baskets; Sharon Schendel for housing, photographing and writing descriptions of the auction items;  Dee HouseLinda Groom, and Patti Beck for helping get auction items  to the Plaza (Dee drove the van!), Tony Villasenor and his band for the music, Clay and Esther Sheffrey and Beth Westburg for staffing the raffle table; Patti Kurtz for donating a basket and helping people navigate online bidding; the Grossnickles for donating a wine basket; Rose Mary Pellegrino for donating the Midway and Aerospace basket; Kathy Reed for making sure vendors were paid and for donating a basket; Casey Robison for donating auction items and service delicious desserts at teh event; Chris Stewart for being Santa; KC Vafiadis for the sheaf of Stratford Square certificates; Brett Mattei for organizing the Del Mar Lifeguards, who provided several volunteers, Kathy Quillan for making all the baskets so beautiful, event sponsors Pat Dougherty (who also donated the Vail condo stay), Eric Nelte, and Marty Peters, and Dan SmargonWalt and Linda Strangman for securing the Paso Robles trip, Val Myers and her staff, Briana Leyba and Sara Hernandez (who both were also runners who got food to the vendors) for providing the "convenient post-event location" for basket pickup (all but one have been delivered!).  Thanks as well to ALL our members who contributed to the auction and attended the event.  It was one of the best ever.  
Best Soirée Baskets 2023-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Three Cottage Build Opportunities in Vista
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel
Scenes from earlier cottages builds in 2022
 
We have three upcoming cottage build opportunities (October 7 and 21; November 4) at the Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Vista. These sleeping cottages are like those we’ve helped build in the past and will be part of the Decelles Unicorn Village that seeks to provide shelter for youth who are at risk of being homeless. We’ll again be working in partnership with the St. James Mission circle.
There are projects for all skill levels. Lunch and snacks will be provided.  You may bring your own tools or use those provided. Also bring your own work gloves, hat and your preferred sunscreen. Wear your “Rotary at Work” shirt and in general clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty or painted.  Check the EVENTS post for details and location. Email Pat Caughey if you have questions. 
Three Cottage Build Opportunities in Vista  Sharon Schendel 2023-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

District 5340 District Seminar November 4

Posted on Sep 24, 2023
 
Every year the District Foundation Seminar showcases projects that best embody the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.  Our own Janice Kurth is this year’s organizer. The Seminar is always an inspiring experience and a wonderful way for newer members to learn about all the ways that Rotary is making a difference. For Red Badgers: the District Seminar qualifies as a district event on your Blue Badge task list.
Click HERE to register.
District 5340 District Seminar November 4 Sharon Schendel 2023-09-24 07:00:00Z 0
Suggest a Speaker: Dates Available 2023-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Social at WestBrew

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 24, 2023
 
We got started thanking our Sunset Soirée servers at WestBrew, just across the street from the Plaza. We enjoyed their beautiful new outdoor space at the corner of Camino Del Mar and 15th street.  The colors are beachy, and if the weather is cooler, there are soft blankets scattered around to cut the chill. For Happy Hour some of us had selections off the lunch menu, and others held out for the dinner menu. WestBrew has a wide range of their own brews to sample.  If you find yourself in Vista (their flagship) or in the Gaslamp, WestBrew has locations there, too.
Social at WestBrew Sharon Schendel 2023-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Buy It Now or Cry Later: The St. Peter's Thrift Shop

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 22, 2023
Thrift Shop manager Valerie Rieger outside the thrift shop
Mark Barry, Donna Fipps, and Garrie Rhodes checked out the Thrift Shop inventory right after the meeting
 
For over 50 years the St. Peter’s Thrift Shop in Del Mar has been raising funds that go to support the ministries of St. Peter’s and the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. Valerie Rieger, the Thrift Shop manager (and St. Peter’s parishioner), came to speak to our club on September 21, 2023.  As manager, Valerie draws on her extensive experience in retail, including 15 years at Nordstrom. Every month the thrift shop highlights a different organization. The Giving Jar on the checkout counter collects donations that go the organization of the month. This month the beneficiary is Beacons North County. Many of our members, but particularly Dee House and Steven McDowell, frequently check out what’s on offer at the shop. Shoppers must be decisive. Items sell quickly, thus the mantra: Buy it today or cry tomorrow. During hours (11AM-4PM Mon-Sat) the shop accepts new and gently used items that are clean and in good condition. You can also bring non-perishable food, which is transferred to the local food pantry. Click HERE to hear Valerie’s talk or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.    
Buy It Now or Cry Later: The St. Peter's Thrift Shop Sharon Schendel 2023-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soirée a Smashing Success

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2023
 
The 19th Annual Sunset Soirée was our most successful yet.  We grossed more funds than in any previous year, and all the money raised will fuel our projects over the next year. We also had one of the highest number of vendors, with 13 restaurants serving and a total of 13 wineries, breweries and tequilerias pouring.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the event.   Click HERE to visit a Google Photo album for pictures from the Soirée.
Sunset Soirée a Smashing Success Sharon Schendel 2023-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

In Memory: Stan Tomer and Ed Eginton

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2023
It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected death of our newest member, Stan TomerBill Rawlings introduced Stan to the club and we were delighted to induct him into the club just in August.  Click HERE to read his obituary.
 
We also learned of the death of long time member Ed Eginton earlier this month. Ed was a member from 1975 until 2000. Even after he left the club, he was still a supporter and often provided ceramics he produced as Soirée auction items. Ed was an architect in Solana Beach. No obituary is available at this time.
In Memory: Stan Tomer and Ed Eginton Sharon Schendel 2023-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

More Rescue Boards for the Del Mar Lifeguards

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2023
Brett Mattei, Steven McDowell, Matt Kurth and Toni Mecaro present a new rescue board to Lifeguard Aidan Goodman, who is vice-president of the Del Mar Lifeguard Association
 
President Matt Kurth, Community Service Chair Steven McDowell, Vocational Service Chair (and former lifeguard himself) Brett Mattei, and President-elect Toni Mecaro were down at the beach to present the Del Mar Lifeguards with another rescue board. Aidan Goodman, a Del Mar Lifeguard and current Vice President of the Del Mar Lifeguard Association accepted the board. These rescue boards have immediate life-saving impact. Aidan said that they use these boards in around 80% of their rescues. We’re proud to help make the Del Mar beaches some of the safest in San Diego County.
More Rescue Boards for the Del Mar Lifeguards Sharon Schendel 2023-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

Club Social at WestBrew September 19 at 4 PM

Posted on Sep 17, 2023
 
We have A LOT of restaurants to thank for serving at the Soirée. We’ll start this week at WestBrew at the corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar.  Come join us for Happy Hour from 4-6 PM. As always, encourage family and friends to come!  A note about parking:  Tuesdays are a busy night for St. Peter's, and our parking passes for their lot are valid only for our Thursday meetings. As such, please use the metered spaces along Maiden Lane, find street parking, or park at the Plaza. Click HERE for other nearby parking options.
Club Social at WestBrew September 19 at 4 PM 2023-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Board of Directors Meeting September 19 2023-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Backyard Wine Tasting of Castelli & Pizzarro Family Winery Wines Sharon Schendel 2023-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Freedom Park at Navy Pier

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2023
Pat Caughey presented on his firm's design for Freedom Park on Navy Pier near the USS Midway Museum
 
The USS Midway Museum has been a fixture alongside Navy Pier since it opened in 2004.  To mitigate loss of view, the California Coastal Commission mandated that a park be constructed. Freedom Park recently received unanimous approval of a development permit from the CCC. Pat Caughey’s firm landscape architecture firm Wimmer Yamada and Caughey is designing Freedom Park, which will connect with park areas adjacent to the Midway. The Park will include areas along the promenade and extend into the G Street Mall to the Bob Hope Memorial. Upon completion, Freedom Park will be the largest veterans’ park on the West Coast. Click HERE to see the video previewing the park that Pat showed in his talk, and HERE to read releases from the San Diego Port Authority about what the park will encompass.
 
Freedom Park at Navy Pier Sharon Schendel 2023-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome Rose Mary Pellegrino

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2023
 
We are delighted to induct our newest member, Rose Mary Pellegrino. After a career in finance, Rose Mary has long been engaged in community service by serving as a member of the Board of Directors for The Country Friends and Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito.  She was also the president of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce and was a torch runner for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Eric Nelte sponsored Rose Mary for membership. 
Welcome Rose Mary Pellegrino Sharon Schendel 2023-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soirée Ticket Purchase

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 13, 2023
 
It’s time to buy your Soirée tickets!  Please visit the Sunset Soirée website to buy your tickets and secure bid numbers. By buying through the website, you’ll get a bid number and expedite check in at the event. Members: even if you won’t be attending, it’s helpful to buy your tickets through the event website. Click HERE for a guide to buying your tickets and helping guests register for bid numbers.  
Sunset Soirée Ticket Purchase Sharon Schendel 2023-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Wine Tasting Social August 31

Posted on Aug 13, 2023
Val Myers is hosting the August club social at her home on Thursday August 31 at 6 PM.  Wines will be provided by one of the wineries that will serve at the Soirée. The cost is $35 person. Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email Suzy Wagner if you’d like to attend. Directions to Val’s home will be provided before the event, but if you know how to access the member area in ClubRunner or the ClubRunner mobile app, you can find her address there.
Wine Tasting Social August 31 2023-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat for Newer Members

Posted on Aug 13, 2023
Fireside chat attendees:  Row 1 (l to R) Mark Barry, Richa Mohan, Marty Peters, Donna Fipps, Jim Davies; Row 2 (l to r) Linda Groom, Steven McDowell, Sharon Schendel Row 3 (l to r) Don Fipps, Jen Segura, Karin Davies, Dee House, Toni Mecaro; Row 4: Greg Harris, Jennifer Caughey; Row 6: Pat Caughey, Jan and Pete Grossnickle, Stan Tomer, Brett Mattei
 
The Fireside Chat returned to the Solana Beach & Tennis Club on Tuesday August 8. These chats are an informal opportunity for newer members to meet club leadership, learn about the club organization, and hear updates on ongoing projects. All attendees shared what brought them to Rotary and what they hope to gain from club membership. No green flash, but the sunset was still spectacular! Thank you to Marty Peters for providing the venue and Pat Dougherty for the delicious food from Pizza Nova.  
Fireside Chat for Newer Members 2023-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Day at the Races: Sign Up By Monday

Posted on Aug 13, 2023
 
Our annual Day at the Races is Thursday August 17.  Click HERE to see who is signed up.  If you're not on the list, email Marty Peters by MONDAY AUGUST 15 to sign up. This is a members-only event and there is a dress code (jackets required for men, appropriate attire for women with dresses or suits preferred; no jeans, shorts or athletic wear). On August 17 starting a bit before noon, pick up your pass at a small table near the gate (see map). If you arrive late, pick up your pass at Will Call. Take the elevator to Il Palio restaurant. Please bring some cash for betting and for generous tipping of our servers. Newer members: Want to see what the day is like?  Click HERE for pictures from 2022.
Day at the Races: Sign Up By Monday 2023-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soirée Basket Update

Posted on Aug 13, 2023
 
Sunset Soirée basket activity is picking up!  We have around 20 so far and our goal is to have 50 within the next couple of weeks. Remember that, ideally, baskets should fit within one or two Rotary Club of Del Mar shopping bags. The deadline for basket completion is August 30.  Click HERE to check out the Google Sheet to see what we have and who we’ve approached so we can avoid duplicating efforts. Make updates to the sheet to note your efforts; Google Sheets work exactly like Excel. You can also email Sharon Schendel and she’ll update the Google Sheet on your behalf.   
 
Sunset Soirée Basket Update 2023-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday August 15 2023-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Prioritizes Safety

Posted on Aug 13, 2023
 
Honorary member and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) CEO Joe Harper made his annual club visit on August 10, 2023. The handle at the track continues to increase with 90% of bets placed off-track. Safety remains Joe’s top concern and for several years running Del Mar has been the safest track in the country. Currently 1,900 horses are stabled at Del Mar.  Now, invitations to trainers are based not only on race times, but also where and how often their horses race. In addition, DMTC now stations veterinarians at different points around the track to watch morning workouts. The vets are looking for any hints that a horse isn’t sound and they are empowered to pull horses off the track to prevent injury. The DMTC is working to change the culture of the entire horse racing industry to ensure that the safety of horse and rider always comes first. Joe and his team were instrumental in helping craft the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) that seeks to duplicate Del Mar’s safety efforts at other tracks around the United States.
DMTC looks forward to the return of the Breeder’s Cup in 2024 after hosting two highly successful Breeder’s Cup races in 2017 (the first time for Del Mar) and 2021.  Don’t forget that our own Day at the Races is Thursday August 17. 
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Prioritizes Safety 2023-08-13 07:00:00Z 0

Fireside Chat Returns Tuesday August 8

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 06, 2023
The fireside chat returns on Tuesday August 8 at 5:30 PM. All members as well as family and friends are welcome to join for an opportunity to talk with club members and officers in an informal setting. Enjoy pizza from Pizza Nova (generously donated by member Pat Dougherty) and learn more about our club's organization and projects, as well as how we integrate with Rotary International.  Thank you to Marty Peters for arranging the venue. 
 
Look for balloons to guide you to the Solana Beach & Tennis Club View Room (there is typically plenty of street parking).
Fireside Chat Returns Tuesday August 8 Sharon Schendel 2023-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Workshop for Warriors Graduation August 18 Sharon Schendel 2023-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Annual Day at the Races August 17

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 06, 2023
 
We’ll gather at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Thursday August 17 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.  If you haven't registered yet, let Marty Peters know you'd like to attend so he can get your name on the list.  Remember- this is a member-only event. 

On August 17, arrive around 11:45 and look for a small table staffed by members to pick up your pass to enter the grounds. The gates open around noon. If you arrive later and don't see a 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.
Annual Day at the Races August 17 Sharon Schendel 2023-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soirée Basket Bulletin

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 06, 2023
Completed baskets and bag dimensions. Baskets that fit within the bags facilitate transport, both to the event and home with the winner.
 
Last week Val Myers hosted a Sunset Soirée basket-making party. So far, we have just over a dozen baskets, with a goal of having at least 50 (last year we had 68), so we still have a way to go. If you have good relationships with local vendors, ask them if they’re willing to donate an item, or a gift card or gift certificate.  We can use these items to make more baskets.  In particular, we need golf items (e.g., certificate for a round of golf) and restaurant gift certificates.  If you’re making a basket yourself, it’s helpful to keep size in mind.  Baskets should either fit within our 13” x 15” x 10” Rotary swag bag, or be easily dissembled so the contents can fit within the bag and the basket carried separately.  If you have baskets or items, drop them by Sharon Schendel’s house or bring them to the weekly meeting.   
 
Thank you to those who’ve made baskets or have baskets in progress:  Karin and Jim Davies, Don and Donna Fipps, Dee House, Matt and Janice Kurth, Philippe and Dugan Lamoise, Brett Mattei, Toni Mecaro, Jennifer McDowell, Val Myers, Bill Rawlings, Mary Savoy, Sharon Schendel, and Linda Strangman.   
 
Thank you as well to Mark Mathess for coordinating the beverage vendors (we need more of those, too!) and Suzy and Karl Wagner for coordinating the restaurants as well as the city permits.  The Sunset Soirée is truly an all-hands-on-deck effort and we need every member to help.
Sunset Soirée Basket Bulletin Sharon Schendel 2023-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

Jarvis Leverson: The Morning Hero

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 06, 2023
 
When Jarvis Leverson was in his early 30s, he was coasting through life, until he found himself without a job and without his longtime girlfriend. This was an awakening for Jarvis, who saw the need to do something different. He read multiple books about the habits of successful people and took away two main things that they did:  (1) They got up early in the morning; and (2) They didn’t waste time.
 
From that revelation, Jarvis crafted his “Morning Hero” approach to a productive life that has three key components:  (1) The Power Hour, (2) The Zero Calendar, and (3) 30 Day Commitment.  The Power Hour involves getting up one hour earlier and devoting that hour to yourself. The Zero Calendar maximizes the hours in a day by scheduling, everything, not just work, but meals, naps, and hobbies, so your calendar has no blank spaces. For the 30-day Commitment, Jarvis gave the familiar example of a doubling a penny every day for one month. Starting with one penny and doubling every day for 30 days, yields ~$5.38 million, but doubling every other day yields only $327. Many people don’t commit and give up on their goals too soon. 
 
Jarvis now leads a community of Morning Heroes that he inspires every day on his Instagram feed, the.morninghero. Click HERE to visit Jarvis’ website and click HERE to download his Morning Hero journal, or click HERE to purchase a bound version.
Jarvis Leverson: The Morning Hero Sharon Schendel 2023-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
MAEGA Don Lapham Memorial Dinner at Tony's Jacal August 29 Sharon Schendel 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Don Fipps Kicks Off His District Governor Term

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 29, 2023
District Governor Don Fipps with President Matt Kurth
 
Don Fipps began his tour of District 5340 clubs at our July 20, 2023 meeting (click HERE to watch the recording). Don began by talking about his and Donna Fipps’ passion: raising puppies for Canine Companions, and he urged members to find support for their passion through Rotary. A life-long Californian, Don’s own journey with Rotary began at a high school convocation when he unexpectedly heard his name announced as winner of a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Delano, which helped fund his education in biochemistry at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he had a “meet cute” with Donna while they both were working on a Rose Parade float. This blog post tells Don’s backstory before he joined our club in 2012.  Don was club president in Rotary Year 2018-2019 and had an accelerated trip to the governorship after being nominated to serve in October 2021. As a veteran himself, veteran’s affairs are a cornerstone of Don’s term, and reflect the large role the military and veterans play in the San Diego community. Don launched the District 5340 Military Coordinating Committee to leverage the power of district Rotary clubs to help active duty military and veterans in San Diego. If you’d like to get involved, contact committee chairs Mike Fuqua (mfuqua.rbrotary@gmail.com; RC Rancho Bernardo) and Jim Mendelson (jsmclmax@aol.com; RC Fallbrook).
 
Last, Don encouraged members to register for the District 5340 Conference, which will be a cruise organized by our own Val Myers and Toni Mecaro! Attendees will board the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas that leaves Los Angeles April 26 and returns Monday April 29. Click HERE to check out the video made by Philippe Lamoise and email d5340conferencecruise@gmail.com with any questions. Ready to register?  Click HERE!
Don Fipps Kicks Off His District Governor Term Sharon Schendel 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Sunset Soirée Basket Weavers Back in Action
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 29, 2023
Guests at the 2022 Soirée check out the silent auction items
 
Funds raised by the Sunset Soirée fuel our club projects. The silent auction is an important component of the Soirée and appealing baskets drive intense bidding. Our first basket-making party will be at Val Myer’s house on Wednesday August 2 starting around 5 PM. Look for a reminder email that has Val’s address, or, check the ClubRunner app on your phone! Need ideas? Click HERE for a video showing all the baskets, and the reminder email will have a PDF attachment that lists the contents of all the baskets from last year. 
Sunset Soirée Basket Weavers Back in Action  Sharon Schendel 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Portraits for Palates

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 29, 2023
George Lewis, Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Venice-Nokomis, paints pet portraits and floral studies. For each portrait, he makes a donation to support his club's Global Grant that provides cleft palate surgeries for children in Latin America
 
Beth Davidson brought co-workers Vinay Agarwal and Allison Naui and friend Susan Maronde to the July 27, 2023 meeting. Susan’s father, George Lewis, is a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Venice-Nokomis in Florida. George paints pet portraits (14” x 11” oil on canvas) that can be purchased for $150 (he’s done nearly 600 portraits and does florals, too!). For each portrait, George donates $100 to support their club’s Global Grant that partners with AdventHealth and Sharing Smiles, which offers corrective surgery for children in Latin America born with cleft palates. Click HERE to watch a short video or email George (waterman6960@yahoo.com) to commission a portrait. 
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Who Am I: Beth Davidson

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 29, 2023
Beth Davidson (far right) with Vinay Agarwal (far left) and Allison Naui (center left) of Barry Estates and friend Susan Maronde (center right)
 
Beth Davidson gave her “Who Am I” presentation at the July 27, 2023 meeting. Beth grew up in New Jersey and attended Villanova University, as her did her father. After graduating, she lived and worked in New York City.  Beth has three children, Tripp, an Arizona State University student, Charlotte, who also graduated from Villanova, and Ben, who graduated from Canyon Crest Academy.  She has worked with Barry Estates for six years and is a member of the Luxury Coast Group in Del Mar (giving her a very short commute to our meetings). In addition to being a Rotarian, Beth serves as a board member for A Bridge for Kids that matches talented youth with sponsors who can help level the playing field, not only financially but strategically with help navigating college prep tests and applications. Beth is also a member of the Del Mar Women’s Giving Collective, which provides grants to non-profits in the San Diego community. 
Who Am I: Beth Davidson Sharon Schendel 2023-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

A Year of Engaging Programs

Posted on Jun 23, 2023
Engaging and interesting programs are the cornerstone of great meetings. Have a look back on all the speakers we had for Rotary Year 2022-2023. Special thanks to Program Chair Beth Westburg for such an amazing lineup!  
 
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RYLArian to Teacher

Posted on Jun 18, 2023
RYLArian Marisol Lopez (black baseball cap; this is RYLA 2017) is a new teacher
 
Marisol Lopez (in the black baseball cap) was a RYLArian in 2017 and Sharon Schendel was her facilitator. Last year Marisol earned her bachelor’s degree from SDSU, where she was a first-generation college student, and she just completed her Multiple Subject Bilingual Credential. Marisol accepted a position teaching second-graders in a dual-immersion format. Please consider helping Marisol outfit her new classroom. Click HERE to view her wish list. 
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Cristo Rey San Diego High School: A School that Works

Posted on Jun 18, 2023
Christo Rey San Diego High School co-founder David Rivera (left), Dean of School Culture Jacqueline Mendez (center) and Marty Peters (right)
 
More than 20 years ago, David Rivera, speaker for our June 15, 2023 meeting, co-founded Nativity Prep Academy to help economically disadvantaged middle school students start on a path toward higher education. In 2020, in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic, David helped launch Cristo Rey San Diego High School, which is part of a network of 38 schools that combines a rigorous college prep curriculum with work study experience that allows students to build solid foundations both in knowledge-based learning and practical skills that will apply to any career.  
The school has 155 current students and is off to an impressive start. All students exceed University of California A-G requirements for admission, 75% take at least one advanced placement (AP) course by their junior year, and 100% of seniors are taking AP math and computer science. Nearly two-thirds of students maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and 90% of graduates pursue higher education. 
Cristo Rey San Diego students spend one day a week working at one of range of corporate partners. The academic schedule is structured so the students can complete their classwork and devote themselves to work at the corporate partners. This work helps offset around 50% of the cost of tuition, with the remaining costs covered by fundraising (around 40%) and family contributions (around 10%, if possible).     
There are several ways corporate partners can help Cristo Rey San Diego succeed: Employ an on-site team comprising four students who rotate through the workweek (hybrid remote work options are also available) or sponsor a job through a tax-deductible contribution that underwrites a student team placed with a nonprofit organization. 
Cristo Rey San Diego High School: A School that Works 2023-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Bench Warmers Part 3

Posted on Jun 18, 2023
The Bench Warmers:  Mark Matthess, Bill Rawlings, Dugan Lamoise, Linda Groom, Philippe Lamoise (l to r, lower left); Donna Fipps (lower right); Suzy Wagner (upper right). Photo credit: Don Fipps
 
For the past three weeks Bill Rawlings has led small teams to sand and stain benches around Del Mar Village. Thank you to all who’ve helped already!  Bill needs another group- between 5-8 people to meet Thursday June 22 at 8:30 AM at the Del Mar Civic Center.  Email Bill (wmdrawlngs@aol.com) in advance to let him know you want to help.    
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Board of Directors Meeting: Note Date and Time

Posted on Jun 18, 2023
Pastries at Darshan (photo credit: Julie Maxey-Allison, The Sandpiper) then outdoor meeting at Del Mar Civic Center photo credit: BWE)
 
The last Board of Directors meeting for the Rotary year will be WEDNESDAY June 21 at 9:30 AM. After a year of meeting on Zoom, we’ll meet in person. As always, ALL members are welcome to attend. First, stop off at Casey Robison’s Darshan French Bakery, grab a pastry and some coffee, then cross the street to the Civic Center to meet on the deck. Can’t make the in-person meeting? Click HERE to join via Zoom. 
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Leave a Legacy: Live Like Jack

Posted on Jun 18, 2023
Fred Salas (upper left) told the story of his young son Jack (upper right; photo credit, Live Like Jack Foundation) and the importance of organ donation
 
On February 1, 2018, Jack Salas, only 10 years-old, suffered a severe asthma attack. Fred Salas, the speaker for our June 8, 2023 meeting, told about the farewell he and his wife said to their beloved son, and the decisions they made in the two days after the attack that would ultimately impact the lives of five other people. Fred and Jessica decided to donate several of Jack’s organs. A teenage girl received his liver. Both his kidneys went to fathers, and his heart valves helped two young girls.
In 2019 Fred and Jessica founded the Live Like Jack Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. They want to dispel myths about organ donation, especially that no one is too old to be a donor, and that there is no cost burden to organ donation.
Becoming a donor is simple and urgently needed: over 114,000 people are waiting for an organ.  If you aren’t already a donor, sign up at One Legacy, Southern California’s Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), which is part of a nationwide network of OPOs. If you’re renewing your driver’s license, be sure to check “Yes” that you’re willing to become an organ donor.  Also, be sure to let your loved ones know that you are an organ donor.
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Supporting Young Scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Posted on Jun 04, 2023
Two PhDs and an MD/PhD (upper left): Sharon Schendel (left) and Janice Kurth (right) with Prof. Erica Ollmann Saphire (center), President and CEO of La Jolla Institute for Immunology; (right) Dr. Dawid Żyła, a post-doctoral fellow in the Saphire lab, receives his award from LJI Board Director Barbara Donnell 
 
Launching an independent academic research lab can be one of the most challenging times in a young scientist’s career.  The Tullie and Rickey Families SPARK award at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) provides funding to help young scientists collect data projects they’re passionate about. These data form the foundation for competitive applications for larger grants that young scientists need to have a firm footing in the next phase of their career.  
Every year, dozens of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows submit proposals that are then reviewed by the SPARK panel comprising LJI scientists, leadership and the Tullie and Rickey families. The panel selects finalists, who then make a presentation to the panel about their research and their career goals. In addition to funding, the SPARK award provides recipients the opportunity to learn how to communicate their research and to lead an independent research project. The Rotary Club of Del Mar Community Service is proud to support young scientists through the SPARK award with a donation of $2,000. Current Club President (and LJI scientist) Sharon Schendel and past Club President and past District Governor Janice Kurth presented a check to LJI CEO and President Prof. Erica Ollmann Saphire at a reception for the latest SPARK awardees.  
Supporting Young Scientists at La Jolla Institute for Immunology 2023-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Skating, Playing, Belonging

Posted on Jun 04, 2023
San Diego Chill President Ryan Labrum (upper left) shows some concept drawings of the vision for the San Diego Chill center (lower right). The San Diego Chill welcomes all children to learn to skate and play hockey (upper and lower left)
 
Hockey, in San Diego?  Yes, San Diego has the Gulls and numerous club teams, but how does someone start with hockey?  And how might a child who is neurodiverse or is experiencing developmental challenges learn to play hockey? The San Diego Chill is dedicated to helping all children experience the joy of gliding on the ice and being part of a team. Ryan Labrum, President of San Diego Chill, spoke at our club June 2, 2023.  The Chill is open to all children with developmental challenges. They provide new hockey gear to the children at no cost and a chance to discover their own confidence and ability to be independent from their parents.  Ryan said that Chill coaches can have a child skating confidently within an hour using a technique involving two coaches and two hockey sticks.  Click HERE to watch an episode of “Making Good” that features the Chill and this training technique.
The volunteer coaches are high school students who have at least three years of hockey experience. The Chill also regularly invites child development and medical experts to meet with the teen coaches to tailor instructions to individual needs and abilities. The biggest challenge for the Chill is ice time.  After the closure of two rinks in Escondido, ice time is at a premium and the Chill must compete with other hockey clubs.  The dream of the Chill is to build The San Diego Chill Center, and, as a full-time architect, Ryan drafted some plans envisioning what the center might look like.  For now, the Chill is working hard to ensure that all of their members have a place for fun and independence.     
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Demotion Party Sunday June 25

Posted on Jun 03, 2023

The demotion party for Sharon Schendel will be Sunday June 25 at 5 PM.  Details to follow (i.e., Sharon is ignorant of the plans). Email Suzy Wagner with any questions. 

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Suggest a Speaker

Posted on Jun 03, 2023
 
After Beth Westburg’s fantastic turn as Program Chair, we’re trying something a bit different.  Incoming president Matt Kurth is asking all members to contribute suggestions for programs with Karin and Jim Davies coordinating speaker scheduling.  You may think:  I have no ideas! But many of our best programs were suggested by our members. There are several good sources for ideas, including:
  • Yourself and your story or agencies you’re involved with
  • Personal contacts
  • Community newspapers (e.g., Del Mar Times)
  • KPBS Midday Edition
  • Following other Rotary clubs on Facebook and their websites
Email Jim Davies with your suggestions, or click HERE to fill out a simple Google Form. 
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Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute Field Trip

Posted on Jun 03, 2023
 

White sea bass is a popular dish at many restaurants, but, like most seafood, sustainability is an issue. Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) is working to provide sustainable seafood and better understand ocean ecology in the face of climate change. In lieu of our regular meeting, on Thursday May 25, 2023 we had a field trip to HSWRI in Carlsbad. This field trip is a follow up to the presentation made by HSWRI President and CEO (and Rotarian) Don Kent to our club in January (click HERE to read the story).  At the Institute we saw tanks of teenage sea bass that breed millions of new fish, like the 100 day-old fish that were in a separate tank. We also visited the labs that carry out water quality testing and analyze tagged fish heads that are donated back to the Institute to study migration and genetic patterns. After, we headed south to the Windmill Food Hall for lunch.  

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Suggest a Speaker

 
Engaging and interesting speakers are the cornerstone of great weekly club meetings. For the past two years Beth Westburg has done an incredible job as Program Chair. For the upcoming Rotary Year, incoming president Matt Kurth is asking all members to suggest possible speakers. Maybe, like Beth, you met someone interesting at a party. Maybe you read an article in a community newspaper or heard an interview on the radio. When asked, so many prospective speakers say yes!  Members are our MOST important source for speaker ideas (when Sharon Schendel was Program Chair, over 30% of speakers she scheduled were suggested by members). Past Program Chair Jim Davies has kindly agreed to help coordinate/schedule speakers, so please start thinking of topics/speakers that you’d like to have visit our club. Already have ideas?  Click HERE to submit them. 
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Field Trip! Meeting at Hubbs-SeaWorld Institute May 25  2023-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

Club Social: Koi Zen Cellars

 
There’s a relaxing place tucked back in Carmel Mountain where guests can “uncork, sip back and relax”. Lisa and Darius Miller always dreamed of owning a winery. But after a health setback together with the realization of just what having a working winery entailed, they went the path of an urban winery and founded Koi Zen Cellars in 2015. Darius and Lisa hosted a special tasting for our members at Koi Zen Cellars on May 9, 2023 when they discussed how they source their grapes and make their wine. Koi Zen Cellars has already signed on for our 2023 Sunset Soirée and they also support several other wine-themed Rotary events around San Diego. Their tasting room is open Wednesdays-Sundays.
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Chili & Quackers Rough Seas

Posted on May 21, 2023
 
 
The ducks were back at the beach at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar on Saturday May 13, 2023.  We had a great crowd to enjoy the day (despite the full-on May gray), which included games, balloon twisting by Happy Twist Balloons by Keiko, face painting and chili dogs made with Don Fipps’ award-winning IPA chili, prepared by Viewpoint Brewing Company (they also provided the beer).
 
Special thanks to Suzy and Karl Wagner for organizing the event and to Philippe Lamoise for the event website and management of online duck adoptions. We are grateful to the Del Mar Lifeguards for rescuing Don Fipps, launching the ducks, and for helping shepherd safely back to shore when the waves were a bit rough. We also are indebted to members of BSA Troop 713, especially William Bowen, Jayden Schaffer, and Jason Ghalla, for all their help at the event.  Platinum sponsors were Janice and Matt Kurth and Mark Barry; At the Gold Level: Marty Peters, Sharon Schendel, Dan Smargon, Susan and Karl Wagner; Silver Level: Don Johnson/Walking Path Travel, Pat Caughey, Mayor Tracy Martinez and Alan Wittgrove, Steven and Jennifer McDowell; Bronze Level:  Jan and Pete Grossnickle, James and Wendy Morrison,  Malaeh Neary, and Pam Rudolph. 
 
Thank you as well to all the members who attended and particularly those who took on tasks to make the event a success:  Linda Saville for layout; Janice Kurth for securing rentals, Beth Davidson, Dee House, Clint McCalla, Bob Muller, Kathy Reed, Jen Segura, Walt Strangman, Karl Wagner, and Walt Strangman for a ready supply of chili dogs; Don Johnson, Toni Mecaro, Val Myers and Linda Strangman for staffing the onsite sale desk; Steven McDowell for bringing the pop-up canopies; Garrie Rhodes and Jeff Matthews for staffing the drinks tent; Brett Mattei for coordinating with the lifeguards; Don Fipps for drowning againJoe McLeod for bringing some fun games and for the kite flying; Mark Matthess for being the MC, and Linda Groom for taking the ducks home to dry.
 
There are lots of pictures from the day. Click HERE to download any you like from the Google Photo album. Dee House arranged for the Del Mar Times to take some pictures. Click HERE to see the article. Last, click HERE to view video of pictures from the day and the duck release.  Feeling nostalgic?  Click HERE to watch video from the 2010 edition of Chili & Quackers.    
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Chili and Quackers on the Rough Seas

 
The ducks were back at the beach at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar on Saturday May 13, 2023.  We had a great crowd to enjoy the day (despite the full-on May gray), which included games, balloon twisting by Happy Twist Balloons by Keiko, face painting and chili dogs made with Don Fipps’ award-winning IPA chili, prepared by Viewpoint Brewing Company (they also provided the beer).
 
Special thanks to Suzy and Karl Wagner for organizing the event and to Philippe Lamoise for the event website and management of online duck adoptions. We are grateful to the Del Mar Lifeguards for rescuing Don Fipps, launching the ducks, and for helping shepherd safely back to shore when the waves were a bit rough. We also are indebted to members of BSA Troop 713, especially William Bowen, Jayden Schaffer, and Jason Ghalla, for all their help at the event.  Platinum sponsors were Janice and Matt Kurth and Mark Barry; At the Gold Level: Marty Peters, Sharon Schendel, Dan Smargon, Susan and Karl Wagner; Silver Level: Don Johnson/Walking Path Travel, Pat Caughey, Mayor Tracy Martinez and Alan Wittgrove, Steven and Jennifer McDowell; Bronze Level:  Jan and Pete Grossnickle, James and Wendy Morrison,  Malaeh Neary, and Pam Rudolph. 
 
Thank you as well to all the members who attended and particularly those who took on tasks to make the event a success:  Linda Saville for layout; Janice Kurth for securing rentals, Beth Davidson, Dee House, Clint McCalla, Bob Muller, Kathy Reed, Jen Segura, Walt Strangman, Karl Wagner, and Walt Strangman for a ready supply of chili dogs; Don Johnson, Toni Mecaro, Val Myers and Linda Strangman for staffing the onsite sale desk; Steven McDowell for bringing the pop-up canopies; Garrie Rhodes and Jeff Matthews for staffing the drinks tent; Brett Mattei for coordinating with the lifeguards; Don Fipps for drowning againJoe McLeod for bringing some fun games and for the kite flying; Mark Matthess for being the MC, and Linda Groom for taking the ducks home to dry.
 
There are lots of pictures from the day. Click HERE to download any you like from the Google Photo album. Dee House arranged for the Del Mar Times to take some pictures. Click HERE to see the article. Last, click HERE to view video of pictures from the day and the duck release.  Feeling nostalgic?  Click HERE to watch video from the 2010 edition of Chili & Quackers.    
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Nativity Prep Academy Rotary at Work Day

Posted on May 08, 2023
We had a beautiful day for Rotary at Work Day on April 29, 2023. New members Beth Davidson and Richa Mohan teamed up with Nativity Prep Academy alumni as well as members Donna Fipps, Linda Groom, Dee House, Steven McDowell, Marty Peters, and Bill Rawlings (friends of the club Jim Kohn and Ina von Behr were also there) to take on two major tasks:  painting the old choir loft, which will serve as a new library space; and sanding and sealing the tables on the AMIGOS (Adult Mentors Inspiring Growth in Our Students) Patio. Parents of NPA students also helped to make quick work of the jobs.  NPA makes an 11-year commitment to its students. The journey begins on campus with middle school grades 6-8 when students take on rigorous classwork and to attend college-prep high schools around San Diego. After students enter high school, they return to the NPA campus at least once a week to meet with mentors and work towards applying for college.  During college years NPA continues to support their students, which all contributes to the high college graduate rate for NPA alumni.  Click HERE to watch a video with pictures from the day and click HERE to visit the Google Photo album to download your favorites.
 
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Governor's Dinner June 26

Posted on May 08, 2023
Scenes from the 2022 Governor's Dinner
 
We have three tables booked and 8 seats remain at our tables for the Governor’s Dinner on Monday June 26.  Click HERE to email Sharon Schendel by JUNE 9 if you plan to attend.  If we can’t fill at least three more seats, we’ll release the table back to the general pool. Remember: this is our chance to support Matt Kurth as he’s sworn in as Club President, and to take part in a fun banner exchange (accessories provided!) to honor Don Fipps as he begins his term as District Governor.
 
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Sleeping Cottage Build at Rising Tide Ranch

Posted on May 08, 2023
Scenes from Cottage Builds at San Diego Peace Village
 
More cottages are springing up, this time in Vista at the Rising Tide Sober Living Ranch. We’ll again partner with St. James Mission Circle to raise more cottages to shelter those who are at transition points in their lives. The build will be Saturday May 20 from 9AM-4PM. Click HERE to sign up at the event page, or email Sharon Schendel directly if you’d like to help. There are jobs for all skill levels, and family and friends are welcome to join us.
 
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Millennium Falcons Fly at National Competition

Posted on May 08, 2023
Through our Youth Services Avenue of Service, our club is a Platinum sponsor of the Torrey Pines High School Robotics team, the Millennium Falcons. Klaus Gubernator is one of the team mentors, and the team credits him with spearheading the upgrade of their “pit”, where the team keeps all the tools and materials that are critical to keeping the robot in top working condition. Last month the team traveled to the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship in Houston, Texas. The Falcons team had 25 members in Houston, and they were among 700 teams that participated. The team did very well by advancing to the semifinals. For the finals, over 50,000 watched in the convention center (the same venue as the 2022 Rotary International Convention). Click HERE to watch the team’s robot (look for 3647) in action. You can also follow the team on Instagram.
 
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Club Social: Koi Zen Cellars

Posted on May 08, 2023
 
Come support one of our Sunset Soirée wineries on Tuesday May 9 from 5-7 PM. Koi Zen Cellars will provide a wine flight and light bites at their urban winery in Carmel Mountain. The cost is $35/person and you can bill your account. If you’d like to attend and haven’t yet signed up, email Sharon directly by 2 PM Monday May 8. 
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Paul Harris Plus!

Posted on May 08, 2023
Jim Davies (upper left), Donna Fipps and Mark Matthess (lower right) receive their latest Paul Harris pins from Foundation Chair Janice Kurth
 
Congratulations to Jim Davies, Donna Fipps, and Mark Matthews, who recently earned their Paul Harris +7, +7, and +3, respectively. Rotarians who donate $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation are honored as Paul Harris fellows.  They earn additional recognition for each subsequent $1,000 they donate. Through $6000 the pins have blue stones. Upon reaching PHF+6, the pins have red stones. Jim and Donna’s latest pins each have two red stones, and Mark’s pin has three blue stones. We are grateful to all our Paul Harris Fellows.
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Woman of Distinction

Posted on Apr 23, 2023
Janice and Matt Kurth at Salvation Army Women of Distinction event (photo credit: Luis Carranza)
 
Congratulations to Janice Hall Kurth for being recognized as one of the Salvation Army San Diego Women of Dedication for 2023. Janice is a past president and was Rotary District 5340 District Governor for 2015-2016. She is an invaluable guide for Global Grants in our district, and also serves on the Boards of the MiraCosta College Foundation and Girl Scouts San Diego. In an interview for La Jolla Light Newspaper, Janice said that she sees education as the best way beat poverty and thus providing educational opportunities is one of the best investments communities can make for their future.
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Area 4 7-Way Meeting
 

Posted on Apr 23, 2023
Members at the 7-way: Red Badgers Beth Davidson and Clint McCalla (upper left); Red Badger Jen Segura with Mark Matthess (upper right)
Beth Westburg with Karl and Suzy Wagner and Val Myers (center left); Klaus Gubernator, Linda Saville and Pat Caughey (center right); MC Paulette Britton with 4-way test speaker Dylan Stroba (right, lower left); Keynote speaker Jordan Harrison (lower right)
 
Members from all seven Area 4 clubs gathered at the Del Mar Hilton on April 19, 2023. Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe president Paulette Britton was MC and Jordan Harrison was the keynote speaker. Carlsbad High School freshman Dylan Stroba presented the talk she gave at the recent 4-way test competition that focused on the importance of self-care and mental health. Presidents or other representatives gave brief presentations on all the projects that their clubs had undertaken over the past months and it was amazing to see all the ways the clubs are helping their communities and growing their membership. 
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RYLA Returns

Posted on Apr 23, 2023
Naval Academy painting their family flag
 
After a 4-year hiatus, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) returned to Idyllwild Pines camp. Around 250 high school juniors from high schools all over San Diego and parts of Imperial County came for a three day weekend of fun and learning about servant leadership. We sponsored six students in all: Macey Milligan from Cathedral Catholic and Monica Mok from Canyon Crest Academy, as well as three students from San Dieguito Academy and one nominated by the RYLA committee. 
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Workshop for Warriors Spring Graduation
 

Posted on Apr 23, 2023
Spring Workshops for Warriors graduating class (top). President Sharon Schendel, District Governor Elect Don Fipps (left) and Past District Governor (Right) attended the ceremony. The dog tag (lower left) honors support from our club
 
The latest class for Workshops for Warriors (WFW) graduated on April 20, 2023. These graduates are new veterans and join more than 1,100 others who have undergone intensive, 16-week training courses in machining or welding during the 15 years since WFW was founded in 2008 by Hernán and Rachel Luis y Prado. By graduation, nearly all WFW students have jobs secured or will undertake additional training to gain more certifications. Overall, WFW graduates have earned nearly 12,800 recognized credentials. WFW is gearing up to extend its successful model to other sites around the United States to help provide more highly skilled workers to fill the over 800,000 open positions that require workers with advanced manufacturing skills.
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Rotary at Work Day April 29 at Nativity Prep Academy

Posted on Apr 23, 2023
"Rotarian Gothic" Dee House and Joe McLeod at a previous Rotary at Work Day at Nativity Prep Academy
 
We return to Nativity Prep Academy (NPA; 4463 College Avenue) on April 29, 2023 for our annual Rotary at Work Day. Click HERE to see details on the club website and to sign up. Come ready to take on tasks including painting, light cleaning, organization, or whatever else would help make the NPA campus the best it can be. Arrive at campus by 9 AM.  Enjoy Mona Lisa #8 sandwiches donated by Marty Peters when the work is complete.  As always, family members and friends are welcome to come help.
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Visit from Rotary Club of Tirupur
 

Posted on Apr 23, 2023
Rotarians Dr. Sivagamy (upper left) and K. Sivasami (upper right) from Rotary Club of Tirupur with President Sharon Schendel. At lower left, students at the Rotary Matriculation School, which the Rotary Club of Tirupur helped found 60 years ago
 
Dr. S. Sivagami and K. Sivasamy, members of the Rotary Club of Tirupur in southern India, joined our April 13, 2023 meeting during a visit to relatives who live in the area. Their club is nearly as old as ours, with a founding date of May 27, 1955. Members of Rotary Club of Tirupur are truly “People of Action”. As the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up, they spearheaded a district project that established a 400-bed hospital in only 45 days to provide a facility to treat patients suffering from COVID. Their signature project is the Rotary Matriculation School, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year. They exchanged additional banners with other Area 4 clubs at the recent 7-way meeting.  
Visit from Rotary Club of Tirupur  2023-04-23 07:00:00Z 0

Book Club Reading “Being Heumann” June 6

Posted on Apr 08, 2023
The book club returns to discuss “Being Heumann”, which tells the story of how the late Judith Heumann, who was paralyzed by polio at just 18 months-old, became of the most influential activists advocating for disability rights. Her work laid the foundation for a movement that would eventually culminate in the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).  The club will meet JUNE 6 at Sharon Schendel's house in Carmel Valley. Watch for an email with her address and directions.  
Book Club Reading “Being Heumann” June 6 2023-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Model United Nations Debates Hunger and Space

Posted on Apr 08, 2023
 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar was the host club for the District 5340 Model United Nations held at the Del Mar Civic Center on April 1 and 2, 2023.  Over thirty different nations were represented by teams of two delegates that debated two resolutions: (1) Specific actions to address global food insecurity and its disproportionate impact on women; and (2) Prevention of an arms race in space and continued peaceful and sustainable space exploration.  Teams began preparing in January with a kick-off training session. Over the past months with guidance from advisors, the delegates worked to understand how each resolution and delivered a two-minute speech outlining their country’s position at the General Assembly on the morning of Day 1. After closed-door caucuses on the afternoon of Day 1, the students returned for Day 2 to present final amendments to the resolution. Several distinguished speakers were also part of the program, including Vice Admiral Charles Martoglio (UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy), Janet White (Portfolio and Platform Lead, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Walter Lam (Alliance for African Assistance), Bogdan Matuszynski  (Rotary Peace Scholar), and Olga Ilinska (Ukrainian Women and Children Refugees). Thank you to members Kathy Reed for arranging all the food and Klaus Gubernator for A/V coordination. Click HERE to watch a video of scenes from the day.
 
Model United Nations Debates Hunger and Space 2023-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Buzzing at Beeside

Thank you to Beeside Balcony for providing a great club social on March 28, 2023.  Beeside gave us a sneak peek at the new happy hour menu they’ve now launched and the prices and variety couldn’t be beat (and the service was wonderful too. A delicious way to show our gratitude to Beeside for providing tastes at our Sunset Soirée.
Buzzing at Beeside 2023-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

The Quack is Back 2023

Posted on Apr 08, 2023
 
They’re coming- don’t let those big blue eyes and the long eyelashes fool you, these ducks are ready to swim.  Chili & Quackers returns to Powerhouse Park on May 13, 2023 from Noon to 3:30 PM.  Philippe Lamoise has generously fired up the website again, so there are hundreds of ducks just waiting to be adopted at www.chiliandquackers.org.  We need as many members as possible to help. Email Suzy Wagner to claim a role.
The Quack is Back 2023 2023-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Uncorked for a Cause

Posted on Apr 08, 2023
 
Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito’s Uncorked for a Cause returns to the Del Mar Plaza Ocean View Deck (same site as our Soirée) on Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The premise is simple:  teams of up to 3 people bring three bottles of the same red wine. One bottle goes to the jackpot, and the other two go into the tasting pool.  All teams blindly taste every team’s wine and vote their favorite. The top three teams who earn the most votes split the wine jackpot.  Click HERE to register a team.
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Uncorked for a Cause 2023-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Workshop for Warriors Graduation April 20

Posted on Apr 08, 2023
 
Our club is a supporter of Workshop for Warriors, which trains new veterans skills to land hand-demand, well-paying positions that require expertise in welding or machining.  The latest class is set to graduate on April 20.  Our club is dark that day, so let Marty Peters know if you would like to attend. 
Workshop for Warriors Graduation April 20 2023-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Trauma Intervention Program: Preventing the “Second Injury”

Posted on Apr 08, 2023
When emergencies happen, first responders are there to help those who are ill or injured. But often, spouses, parents or children are left alone to process what’s happening to their loved one. In those situations, first responders can call on the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) to send a specially trained volunteer who can listen to the loved one, support them, and provide guidance on what to do next. The presence of a TIP volunteer helps prevent what mental health professionals term the “Second Injury”, which can occur when, from the victim’s perspective, the emergency response system did not provide adequate support.  
 
Tarah Campbell, the Outreach Coordinator for San Diego TIP (and also co-owner of Handel’s Ice Cream in Del Mar Highlands) spoke to our club on April 6, 2023 about her experiences as a TIP volunteer. TIP was founded in 1985 by Wayne Fortin, a mental health professional working in San Diego county.  There are now 14 TIP affiliates who provide volunteers to help those in crisis in 250 cities across the United States.  Volunteers for TIP are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They can be on the scene typically within 20 minutes of receiving a call from police officers, firefighters, paramedics or hospital staff and upon arriving start assisting family members and friends who are experiencing trauma associated with death of a loved one, violent crime or accidents.  Volunteers usually take three 12-hour shifts per month. During those shifts, they are available to respond quickly when they receive a call for help.
 
You can help. To be a TIP volunteer, no special background is needed.  All candidate volunteers undergo mandatory 40 hours of classroom training that focuses on the five emotional first aid skills: reaching out, protecting, reassuring, organizing and reinforcing. They then undertake 3-month field training with experienced volunteers and participate in three hours of continuing education once a month.  Click HERE to learn more about volunteering for TIP.
Trauma Intervention Program: Preventing the “Second Injury” 2023-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

Granting Wishes Growing Hope

Posted on Apr 08, 2023
 
Having a serious disease is scary for anyone, but for a child it’s even worse. The granting of a wish to a seriously ill child can build hope and inspire strength. Heather Ginsky, Sr. Manager, Corporate & Community Partnerships, spoke at our March 30, 2023 meeting about her work for the San Diego chapter of the Make-A-Wish foundation.  Starting in 1980 with one seven-year-old, Christopher James Greicius, who wished to be a police officer, Make-A-Wish now has nearly 60 chapters across the United Sates. The San Diego chapter began in 1983 and has since granted more than 5,000 life-affirming wishes to children in San Diego and Imperial counties.
 
After a referral by medical professionals, Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers work with the child to discover their perfect wish.  Wishes typically fall into four categories:  I wish to (i) be; (ii) have; (iii) meet; and (iv) go.  For fiscal year 2023, the San Diego chapter hopes to grant 250 wishes, and already 99 have been granted. The most popular wish is a family trip to Disney World, but meeting celebrities or athletes are also popular.
 
The wishes have a big effect. In their National Wish Impact study, nearly all clinicians surveyed said that granted wishes had a positive impact on the child’s physical well-being. Nearly all parents surveyed said that the wish reduced the degree of stress in their child and brought their families closer together.  Most importantly, nearly all wish alumni said they felt more hopeful about their future after receiving their wish. 
 
The current average cost of a gift is $10,000, and, like everything else, costs of providing the same quality wish are rising.  Heather said that there are lots of ways to help Make-A-Wish grant more wishes.  In addition to a range of volunteer opportunities, donations of airline miles help fulfill wishes that involve travel.  You can also attend their Wine and Wishes gala in October. Reach out to Heather if you’d like additional information about helping wishes come true.  
Granting Wishes Growing Hope 2023-04-08 07:00:00Z 0

District Training Assembly

Posted on Mar 26, 2023
Thank you to all the members who attended the District Training Session at Liberty Station Conference Center on March 25, 2023.  Don and Donna Fipps (and Rosebud, of course) were there, with Don leading several sessions in his capacity as District Governor Elect, as were Clay Sheffrey, Matt Kurth and Rex Mize.  Sharon Schendel came for the afternoon session after attending most of the RYLA facilitator session in Encinitas (Greg Harris, RYLA committee member was up in Encinitas, too). Janice Kurth gave a comprehensive discussion of the ins and outs of Global Grants. Thanks to these members (apologies if we missed anyone), we’re ready and eligible to apply for District and Global Grants in the upcoming Rotary Year.
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Model United Nations April 1 and 2

Posted on Mar 26, 2023
We’re proud to host the District 5340 Model United Nations (MUN) at the Del Mar City Hall. Students from San Diego County and Baja California will debate two resolutions as MUN delegates. They will apply their knowledge of history, geography and science to seek peaceful solutions of real-world conflicts. As MUN delegates, students gain critical tools to become peacebuilders and community leaders.
 
Members are welcome to sit in on any sessions. 
EMAIL Kathy Reed to volunteer to help with check-in on Saturday April 1.
Model United Nations April 1 and 2 2023-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Sign Up for the 7-Way Meeting

Posted on Mar 26, 2023
It’s time again to meet with our friends at other Area 4 clubs.  Motivational speaker Jordan Harrison (he’s amazing) will be the Keynote Speaker, and the Area 4 presidents will give brief summaries of their club’s activities. Let’s have a great turnout this year!
 
If you’d like to attend, sign up by MONDAY APRIL 4 in one of three simple ways:  1) Click HERE to complete a short Google Form; 2) Sign Up at the club website (click the MEMBERS button in the online registration box on the left); or 3) EMAIL Sharon Schendel directly.    
Chicken is the default, so be sure to indicate if you’d like a vegetarian meal. The cost is $35 per person and will be billed to your account.
Sign Up for the 7-Way Meeting 2023-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club Members Visit Meeting

Posted on Mar 26, 2023
 
We were happy to squeeze in a bit tighter to accommodate 10 members from Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club, who are touring local clubs to meet more Rotarians and see different meeting styles. Encinitas Coastal has one of the coolest fundraisers going: their Ball Drop.  A helicopter drops hundreds of golf balls over Encinitas Ranch Golf Course and the balls that land closest to the pin win cash prizes. They’ll also have a silent auction. Funds raised benefit the Griset Clubhouse of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club, Lifeline Community Services and Warrior Freedom Foundation. Click HERE to buy tickets to the event and/or purchase golf balls.
Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club Members Visit Meeting 2023-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Red Badge Conversions

Posted on Mar 26, 2023
Membership Chair Dee House (center left) exchanged the red badges of Steven McDowell (far left) and Jan and Pete Grossnickle, who all received their regular badges
 
Three more red badges are back in the badge box (where they await use by new members)!  Steven McDowell gave his “Who Am I” presentation and then immediately turned in his red badge. Jan and Pete Grossnickle also exchanged their red badges to regular horse badges, overseen by Membership Chair Dee House.
Red Badge Conversions 2023-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Write Out Loud Fulfills the Need to Hear Stories
 

Posted on Mar 26, 2023
Walter Ritter, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Write Out Loud, uses a storybox to tell "The Empty Pot"
 
“Read me a story” is a request familiar to most parents.  Walter Ritter, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Write Out Loud, visited our March 24, 2023 meeting to give examples of storytelling for diverse audiences. Walter first read “A Life Without Left Turns”, a story about how three wrongs can make a right by Michael Gartner. This story is well-suited for audiences at assisted living facilities. He then brought out a small wooden case, a Kamishibai, a Japanese word (Kami= paper; shibai= theater) that roughly translates to “storybox”.  Kamishibai offers a unique combination of oral, visual and print communication that engages audiences, particularly children, without the distraction of page turning or the reader having to turn to show everyone the pictures.  Walter used the kamishibai to tell “The Empty Pot”, a Chinese folktale about honesty in which a childless emperor chooses his successor based on what grows with seeds he gives several children.
 
Write Out Loud was founded in 2007 and its artists travel around San Diego county giving engaging readings to a range of different audiences.  Walter asked for help in identifying senior living centers in particular that might enjoy their performances. Write Out Loud also gives story concerts at Old Town Theater. There are three performances remaining this season. Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Write Out Loud Fulfills the Need to Hear Stories  2023-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Club Social: Beeside Balcony on March 28

Posted on Mar 19, 2023
Caroline Moran and Brett Mattei enjoying food from Beeside Balcony at the 2022 Sunset Soirée
 
March is a two-for-one month for club socials!  Come by Beeside Balcony on Camino Del Mar Tuesday March 28 from 4:30-6:30 PM.  Beeside Balcony is our newest restaurant providing tastes at our Sunset Soirée, so it would be great to have a good turnout to thank them for their support.
Club Social: Beeside Balcony on March 28 2023-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Board of Directors Meeting March 21
 

Posted on Mar 19, 2023
All members are encouraged to attend the monthly Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday March 21 at 8 AM. The meeting will be via Zoom. Click HERE to join.
Board of Directors Meeting March 21  2023-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Ramping Up Reading With the San Diego Council on Literacy
 

Posted on Mar 19, 2023
 
 
Jose Cruz (upper left), CEO of San Diego Council on Literacy, speaks to our club. Shown are volunteers with some of the 350,000 new books the council has distributed to children since 2020
 
You probably don’t give a thought to the mechanics of reading, but for an increasing number of children, reading is difficult. Jose Cruz, CEO of the San Diego Council on Literacy spoke at our March 23, 2023 meeting about literacy statistics and ways to help. Currently, nearly two-thirds of children in the United Sates are not proficient in reading. Among low-income students, 4/5 aren’t on track with reading by fourth grade. Difficulties with reading can echo throughout life: students who aren’t on track to read by third grade are 4-fold less likely to graduate high school. Low literacy rates also have broad economic impacts.
In San Diego county, 34% of fourth graders read below basic levels. Multiple factors contribute to literacy rates including general poverty, lack of access to books, parents who themselves do not read well, and inconsistent use of effective teaching methods (click HERE to watch the video Cruz showed that discusses different methods to teach reading).
The Council seeks to unite the community in supporting literacy through advocacy as well as facilitating partnerships and resources. The Council serves over 100,000 people in San Diego county each year by working with 34 different agencies that provide services to promote reading and also sponsor book giveaways.
There are multiple ways that you can help increase literacy including donating new or like-new books to low-income communities, supporting programs like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library that delivers new books to children, or volunteering to be a tutor for a child or adult. 
Ramping Up Reading With the San Diego Council on Literacy  2023-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member: Richa Garg

Posted on Mar 19, 2023
Membership chair Dee House (left) inducted new member Richa Garg (center), who received her pin from her mentor, Linda Groom
 
We’re delighted to induct our newest member, Richa Garg. She first visited our club during the pandemic period, and we’re happy that she persisted as we worked through that rather strange time. Richa’s younger daughter recently started college and she was looking for ways to give back to her community. With the help of her mentor Linda Groom, Richa is already well on her way to exchanging her red badge for a regular badge.
Welcome New Member: Richa Garg 2023-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Badge Conversion: Clay Sheffrey

Posted on Mar 19, 2023
Clay Sheffrey after his "rescue" by Del Mar Lifeguards at the 2022 Chili & Quackers
 
Congratulations to Clay Sheffrey who traded in his red badge for a regular horse badge at the March 16, 2023 meeting.  He’s been an active member from the start, and at last year’s Chili & Quackers braved the chilly waters as our “swimmer in distress” who allowed the Del Mar Lifeguards to show off their rescue prowess. Clay was also a fantastic help at the Sunset Soirée. He’ll be part of the crowd at the upcoming District 5340 Training Symposium on March 25.  
Badge Conversion: Clay Sheffrey 2023-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

RYLA Facilitators Needed

Posted on Mar 19, 2023
Become a RYLA facilitator and you too can have a new dress, just like Don Fipps!
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is back in person for the first time since 2019. This year our club is sponsoring five high school juniors (including Greg Harris’s son Daniel and the Macey Milligan, President-Elect of Cathedral Catholic Interact Club and daughter of our great faculty advisor Mara Milligan). 
Greg Harris is on the RYLA committee and says that they are still in need of facilitators. Talk to Greg or Chris Stewart if you’d like to be a facilitator. It’s an experience you’ll always remember! Training is in Encinitas on March 25 from 8-noon and the RYLA weekend is April 14-16 in Idyllwild (facilitators must attend the entire weekend).
RYLA Facilitators Needed 2023-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Disaster Relief USA:  Rebuilding with Rotary
 

Posted on Mar 18, 2023
Scenes from Disaster Aid USA projects. Upper left: Mark and Nancy Matthews with a homeowner whose home they helped restore
 
It began with a visit to the House of Friendship, one of the best parts of the Rotary International Convention. There, Mark Matthews, a member of Rotary Club of La Mesa (and Val Myer’s brother-in-law), learned about Disaster Aid USA (DAUSA).  At the time, Mark was nearing retirement from the restoration company he founded in 1980, Christian Brothers Emergency Building Services. DAUSA provided a perfect opportunity for him to apply his skills to help those whose homes were in the path of a disaster.  Mark and his wife Nancy spoke at our March 2, 2023 meeting. They showed a number of pictures from properties they’d worked on in Texas and Florida.  
DAUSA was established in 2010 and members of its Board of Directors are all active Rotarians who represent all of the Rotary Zones in the United States.  They leverage the broad Rotary network to ensure that they work effectively with members of affected communities and focus their efforts on those most in need. They serve as a “muck and gut” team that tarps roofs, removes downed trees and vegetation as well as household debris. They also help prep meals.
DAUSA rebuilds communities by first assessing needs and then securing and delivering aid with the help of Disaster Aid Response Teams (DARTs) that work directly with those who have been impacted by disaster.  
Disaster Relief USA:  Rebuilding with Rotary  2023-03-18 07:00:00Z 0

Who Am I: Jen Segura

Posted on Mar 18, 2023
Jen Segura (center) and her family (clockwise from lower left: Marley, Cedella, Penny Lane, Gracie (black) and Hazy (blonde)
 
Red Badger Jen Segura gave her “Who Am I” presentation at the March 2, 2023 meeting. Jen had been a member of the Rotary Club San Diego Downtown Breakfast and is returning to Rotary after a hiatus. We’re delighted that she chose Rotary Club of Del Mar! Jen is the owner of West Coast Family Mediation Center and practices out of the Del Mar office. Through mediation, Jen and her team have helped families navigate divorce and also avoid divorce. She noted that communication is crucial: many couples simply don’t talk about basic topics like attitudes toward finances. Her practice focuses on minimizing conflict and maximizing harmony.
Jen is married to Juan “Johnny” Segura and together they have two daughters: Marley Jean and Cedella Schade. They share their home with a black dog named Gracie, a blonde dog named Hazy, and a cat named Penny Lane.
Who Am I: Jen Segura 2023-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Club Social at West End Bar & Kitchen 2023-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

Honor Flight San Diego

Posted on Mar 05, 2023
Ruth Gunther (upper right, left) and Saundra Cima (upper right, right) presented on Honor Flight San Diego and Ruth told of her personal experience working in the Hospital Corp in World War II (photos of previous trips courtesy Honor Flight San Diego)
 
Saundra Cima and Winona Ruth Gunther visited our March 2, 2023 meeting to tell us about Honor Flight San Diego. Since 2005, Honor Flight has been escorting veterans to Washington D.C. to visit memorials that have been built in their honor. In 2010 Dave Smith, the son of a World War II veteran, founded the Honor Flight San Diego hub, which has since flown over 1,500 veterans from every branch of service to Washington. The trips are funded entirely by private donations and the staff is all-volunteer so that all funds raised go to providing veterans with their tour of honor at no cost to t hem. Each packed weekend trip features a number of stops: Arlington National Cemetery, Military Women in Service, WWII Memorial, Korea War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, U.S. Air Force Memorial and the U.S. Navy Yard Museum.
 
In October 2021 Ruth Gunther took her tour of honor. Ruth is now 103 and she told us about her work as a nurse during World War II.  Pearl Harbor was attacked when Ruth was 21 years old and working in a drugstore as an apprentice pharmacist.  She said she felt drawn to contribute to the war effort. Ruth wanted to train as a physician, but met pushback and instead began serving in the Hospital Corp as a member of the US Navy WAVES in 1943. At the Corona Naval Hospital in Norco California, Ruth cared for sailors and Marines who had been seriously injured in the Pacific Theater. Ruth has authored two books: ‘What Would Your Father Say’ that describes her work during the war, and “Papa Said” that tells story of growing up on a farm in north central Indiana near the Wabash river.
 
There are many ways you can help veterans like Ruth take their tour of honor. Honor Flight San Diego publishes a newsletter (or follow them on Facebook) and always welcomes donations to support upcoming charter flights. You can attend a Welcome Home at the San Diego International Airport. The next flight comes home April 30, 2023 and all are welcome to gather at the Terminal 2 baggage claim at 2 PM to be part of the return celebration.  You can also encourage family and friends (especially young people) to contribute cards and letters that are delivered during “Mail Call”.  These cards are an excellent way to provide a personal note of gratitude to the veterans.  Send Mail Call letters care of Donna Hester, 645 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (donna@thehesters.com). Letters must be received by April 22. Happy Dollars at the March 9 meeting will be devoted to Honor Flight.
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District Training Seminar March 25, 2023

Posted on Mar 05, 2023
This once-a-year event will equip you with all you need to know about Rotary at the club, District, and International level. In the morning session from 8-noon, learn from experienced Rotarians the ins and outs of club management, the Rotary Foundation, fundraising and more.  The AFTERNOON session (Noon to 2 PM) is particularly important for our club. To be eligible for District and Global grants, TWO members MUST attend and be certified. Click HERE to visit the registration page.  Registration is FREE this year with the option to purchase lunch (the club will reimburse this cost). 
District Training Seminar March 25, 2023 2023-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Club Social at West End Bar and Kitchen March 7
 

Posted on Mar 05, 2023
Scene from our last West End Social in February 2020 (just before things got weird with the pandemic) From left to right: Janice Kurth, Kirsti and Ryan Riell (with Adeline), Karl and Suzy Wagner, Val Myers
 
Next up on our social list:  West End Bar & Kitchen. On Tuesday March 7 starting around 4:30 pm, come enjoy food and drinks while overlooking the Los Penasquitos lagoon.  Owner Sal Ercolano is a stalwart supporter of our Sunset Soirée, so we’d love to have a good crowd. As always, family and friends are welcome. In particular, bring friends who might like to learn more about our club and Rotary in a casual setting.
Logistics: Orders will be billed on one or a few checks, so please bring cash (and preferably small bills- tech savvy folks can share via Venmo) to cover the cost of your items.
 
 
Club Social at West End Bar and Kitchen March 7  2023-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Pacifica Del Mar Lunch Pre-Orders and Parking
 

Posted on Mar 05, 2023
 
Thank you to everyone who’s used the Google Form for Pacifica Del Mar lunch pre-orders. Having the orders in advance truly expedites and simplifies service. Please note that Sharon Schendel (not the restaurant) manages the form and submits orders.
The earlier you submit, the happier Sharon will be, but the deadline for pre-orders is 10 AM the morning of the meeting.  Any orders arriving after 10 AM may not be submitted. Sharon has parking passes for St. Peter’s church.  If you are a regular attendee and would like a pass, please ask her for one.  Discounted parking ($4 flat rate) is also available at Del Mar Plaza. Please ask the server for a voucher and have the cost added to your bill. 
Pacifica Del Mar Lunch Pre-Orders and Parking  2023-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Three More Gallons for San Diego Blood Bank
 

Posted on Mar 05, 2023
Walt Strangman (second from left) with Roger, Pam Rudolph, and Marty Peters (far right) in front of the SDBB Blood Mobile
 
We arranged another visit of the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) Bloodmobile to the Del Mar Civic Center on March 2, 2023. Thanks to members, family and friends, we collected three gallons (24 pints) of blood. That blood can help around 72 people.  If you couldn’t make it on Thursday, click HERE to schedule a visit at a SDBB donation center near you!  Thank you to Walt Strangman for organizing the drive. Walt is looking for someone to take over Blood Drive organization. The job is fairly simple and so important.
 
 
Three More Gallons for San Diego Blood Bank  2023-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Area 4 Presidents in Attendance

 

Posted on Mar 05, 2023
Area 4 presidents (left to right):  Paulette Britton (not shown, President, RC Rancho Santa Fe), Roshanak Clune (President-Elect RC Rancho Santa Fe), Susan Hennenfent (President, RC Del Mar Solana Beach), Julie Morisot (President, RC Solana Beach Eco), Maryzella Jimenez (President, RC San Diego Downtown Evening), Luis Carranza, Kent Pollock (President-Elect, RC Encinitas), Sharon Schendel
 
Assistant District Governor (and District Governor Nominee Designate for Rotary Year 2025-2026) oversees clubs in Area 4 of District 5340. Every month Area 4 presidents get together to talk about their club’s progress. Luis also encourages the presidents to join him when he visits Area 4 clubs. Luis was at our March 2, 2023 meeting and it was great to have almost all of the Area 4 presidents attend.
 
Area 4 Presidents in Attendance  2023-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Training the Trainers in Pediatric Orthopedics
 

In many regions in Africa, children affected by orthopedic issues, be they present or birth or caused by disease, have shortened lifespans or are denied economic opportunities. One of our newest members, Dr. Mark Barry, spoke at our February 16, 2023 meeting about the efforts of the non-profit he founded in 2014, Children’s Orthopedics Education for Developing Nations (COEDN).
 
Dr. Barry said that typical approaches to addressing the orthopedic surgery needs of low-income countries would involve: (i) Large teams of surgeons that provide service in the country for 1-2 sessions/year; (ii) Sending the country's best clinicians to train in other countries, where they often remain; and (iii) MDs from high-income countries practice in the low-income country for several years.  The mission of COEDN is different. It seeks to implement “train the trainers” programs in developing nations in Africa so that they themselves can train and maintain sufficient numbers of orthopedic surgeons.
Training the Trainers in Pediatric Orthopedics  2023-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rosebud

Posted on Feb 19, 2023
Donna and Don Fipps brought their latest Canine Companions puppy-in-training, a 14 week-old yellow lab named Rosebud. Our meetings offer great socialization opportunities for these puppies.
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Peace Village Community Room Comes Along

Posted on Feb 19, 2023
Peace Village Community Room flooring installation (l to r): Dee House, Klaus Gubernator, Betsy Winsett, Bob Muller, David R., and Kathy Reed
 
Klaus Gubernator and Kathy Reed have been spearheading the refurbishment of the community room at the San Diego Peace Village. Dee House joined in, bringing Bob Muller who spread quite a bit of thin-set mortar for the new floor, which is almost done (the ceiling is done). Kathy brought friend Betsy Winsett, who brought her husband David.  We always welcome the helping hands of family and friends!
 
 
Peace Village Community Room Comes Along 2023-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Book Club Meeting February 26

Posted on Feb 19, 2023
 
How are you doing with “Less”?  Our book club meets at Karin and Jim Davies' home to discuss the book on Sunday February 26 from 5 PM to 7 PM.  Look for a recent email with directions. 
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Back in Private Reserve Room

Posted on Feb 19, 2023
We’re back in the Private Reserve Room for the February 23, 2023 meeting. Look for a lunch pre-order link next week.
Back in Private Reserve Room 2023-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

Blood Drive March 2

Posted on Feb 19, 2023
We’ll hold our next Blood Drive for the San Diego Blood Bank on Thursday March 2.  Walk-ins are welcome, and there are still some appointments available between 12:45 and 1:45 PM.  Email event chair Walt Strangman to schedule, or click HERE to visit the drive’s registration site. One pint of blood can help and our goal is to collect 25 pints. If you can’t make March 2, click HERE to schedule an appointment at a nearby donor center.
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Thank you to Cook & Cook

Posted on Feb 19, 2023
 
We thank Larry and Katie Cook for their many years of service to the club. Larry joined the club in 2001 and Katie became a member almost 10 years ago in 2013. They have decided to leave the club, but we are grateful for all their contributions, especially to the Youth Service committee and for their many donations of SDSU ticket packages for the Sunset Soirée (the Cooks are stalwart Aztecs). We hope to welcome them back as guests should they be up in the Del Mar area on a Thursday afternoon. 
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Board of Directors Meeting February 21 2023-02-19 08:00:00Z 0

We're in the Gallery Room February 16

Posted on Feb 11, 2023
 
For next week’s meeting on February 16, 2023, we’ll be in the Pacifica Del Mar Gallery Room (behind the fish tank by the bar).  Our new member Dr. Mark Barry will be speaking about his Rotary-sponsored vocational training grant to train surgeons in Africa in pediatric orthopedic surgery. Look for the Google Form to pre-order lunch.
We're in the Gallery Room February 16 2023-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Rotarians on the Road: Guatemala Literacy Project 2023-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

Socializing at Sbicca

Posted on Feb 11, 2023
 
We had a fantastic turnout for our social at Sbicca Del Mar on Tuesday February 7, 2023. Organizer Suzy Wagner said she counted 27 members and guests gathered around the large table. It was great to see members bring along friends, who are always welcome and encouraged to attend.  Donna Fipps’ newest Canine Companions puppy-in-training, Rosebud, was also there enjoying all the opportunities for socialization.
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New Member Induction: Beth Davidson

Posted on Feb 11, 2023
New member Beth Davidson (left) with Membership Chair Dee House (right)
 
Membership Chair Dee House inducted Beth Davidson as our newest member at our February 9, 2023 meeting. Beth is a real estate professional working with Barry Estates as a member of their Luxury Coast Group. She has a meeting commute to envy: her office on Camino Del Mar is only about 500 feet from Pacifica Del Mar.  Beth is good friends with Mary Savoy, who will act as her mentor.
 
New Member Induction: Beth Davidson 2023-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

The Courage to Teach and the Power to Learn
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2023
Amarok Society co-founder Gem Munro speaking about the efforts to train mothers to teach their own children, and children in their communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh (photo credits: Amarok Society)
 
Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of the most deficient education systems.  Our speaker for our February 9, 2023 meeting, Gem Munro, along with his wife, Dr. Tanyss Munro, founded the Amarok Society in 2006 to change those statistics. The challenge was great. Gem quoted the Canadian Ambassador to Turkey who said: “of all the countries in the world, only Bangladesh made me cry”.  Improving education in Bangladesh couldn’t be done using normal methods like building schools and hiring teachers. Tanyss and Gem had a simpler idea: Teach mothers in the slums of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, to become teachers.  Agencies they approached declined to help on the grounds that: 1) The slums are impenetrable due to slum lords and corrupt police; 2) Even if penetrated, the poorest Muslim women living in slums are essentially controlled by their husbands and hard to reach; and 3) Even if reached, the women couldn’t learn.
 
But Amarok Society tried anyway.  Munro showed a video that featured a mother enrolled in an Amarok Society school reciting a nursery rhyme. When that mother began the program six months earlier, she had had essentially no education at all.  
The Courage to Teach and the Power to Learn  Sharon Schendel 2023-02-11 08:00:00Z 0

St. Leo’s Dental Clinic: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
 

Posted on Feb 05, 2023
It’s hard to function when your teeth hurt. The St. Leo’s Dental Clinic in Solana Beach began in 1991 as part of the St. Leo’s Medical Clinic that was founded by one of our charter members, Dr. Dick Wheelock.  Our club has long been instrumental to the success of St. Leo’s Dental Clinic. We’ve provided funds and labor to outfit the clinic, which in 2016 received upgraded flooring and updated dental chairs.  The clinic was running at full capacity when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
 
Paul McEneany of St. Leo’s came to speak to our club about St. Leo’s post-pandemic activities. After re-opening on June 8, 2022, the clinic began treating patients on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The focus is on serving low-income adults and prioritizes patients who are in pain. There is no cost to patients, but they are asked to make a donation, if they are able, to offset the operation expenses. Paul said that 85% of patients agree to make a donation, and of those who pledge to donate, 100% fulfill their pledge. As a free clinic, the dental professionals who volunteer their time are covered with unlimited liability insurance under a federal program. However, dentistry is equipment-intensive. St. Leo’s is in particular need of updated compressor and vacuum systems that are critical for proper function of dental tools as well as new X-ray equipment for rapid diagnosis and the latest software to track patient progress. 
 
The need for care is great: The CDC’s Disparities in Oral Health report indicates that 40% of low-income adults have untreated tooth decay that is associated with loss of millions of hours of school and work hours. Up to one-fifth of adults reported that the appearance of their teeth affected their confidence in interviewing for jobs. To assist with re-opening expenses and to help the clinic serve more people, our members raised $1140 in one Happy Dollars session in December, and an anonymous donor provided another $1000. We presented these funds to Paul at our meeting. Our club will continue to partner with the clinic to ensure that our neighbors have access to excellent dental care.  
St. Leo’s Dental Clinic: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow  2023-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Book club Reads “Less”
 

Posted on Feb 05, 2023
The Book Club is working on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Less”, by Andrew Sean Greer.  The New York Review of Books describes “Less” as a novel full of "arresting lyricism and beauty”. Karin and Jim Davies will host the discussion at their home on February 26, 2023. Details with address will be sent shortly before the meeting date.
Book club Reads “Less”  2023-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Club Social at Sbicca February 7

Posted on Feb 05, 2023
Join us at our next social on February 7, 2023 at Sbicca in Del Mar.  Happy Hour begins at 3:30 PM and runs through 5:30 PM, so we're saying "4ish" for a start time. Bottles of wine are also discounted. Come help support one of the restaurants that serves at our Sunset Soirée. As always, family and friends are welcome!
Club Social at Sbicca February 7 2023-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Rising Tide Cottage Build: Postponed

Please note that the cottage build project at Rising Tide Ranch is postponed as they work out some administrative issues. We'll re-post this service opportunity when a new date is set.
Rising Tide Cottage Build: Postponed 2023-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Induction of New Members: Clint McCalla and Jen Segura

Posted on Feb 05, 2023
Membership chair Dee House (far right) inducted Clint McCalla (second from left) and Jen Segura (second from right), who are with their mentors Linda Saville (far left) and Suzy Wagner (center), respectively
 
We are happy to induct two new members of our club: Clint McCalla and Jen Segura.  Clint is a CFP and Lead Advisor with LourdMurray Delphi in Carmel Valley. He is married to Sarah, and they have two children, Eunan and Annemarie. Clint is a native of Texas and a Texas Tech graduate. His father was a Rotarian.
Jen is a professional family mediator and has her own practice, West Coast Family Mediation Center, in Del Mar. She is married to Juan (Johnny) Segura and they are parents to Marley and Cedella. Jen was a member of Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast.  Thank you to Suzy Wagner, who will mentor Jen, and Linda Saville, who will mentor Clint.
 
 
Induction of New Members: Clint McCalla and Jen Segura 2023-02-05 08:00:00Z 0

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute: Seeking Sustainable Solutions
 

Posted on Jan 29, 2023
For 60 years the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI) has been fulfilling its mission of “To return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it”. HSWRI President & CEO (and member of San Diego Rotary) Don Kent spoke at our January 26, 2023 meeting about the Institute’s research areas and efforts toward sustainable solutions.
 
HSWRI is studying how marine animals respond to changing environments brought about by rising sea temperatures and how military activity or planned wind farms could affect animals that rely on sensory signals to communicate and navigate. They are also working to enhance science literacy of students ranging from kindergarten to college age.
 
Most importantly, HSWRI is working to provide novel approaches to aquaculture to meet the protein demands of a growing global population. For nearly 40 years, HSWRI has been developing aquaculture technology to secure and track populations of white sea bass. Some of the released fish are tagged and these tags can be recovered during fish processing to understand the migratory habits of these fish. HSWRI is applying knowledge gained from their sea bass project to other fish species to ensure that the world has access to sustainable seafood.
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute: Seeking Sustainable Solutions  2023-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Cottage Builds: New Site

Posted on Jan 29, 2023
Work is ongoing at the community center room at the San Diego Peace Village (here's Flash supervising the new tiling). The Mission Circle folks also reached out for our help with sleeping cottages at the Rising Tide Ranch in Vista.  Mark your calendars for February 11 and February 18.  The project coordinators have a variety of tasks that they can align with your skills.
Cottage Builds: New Site 2023-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Mentors Needed for New Members

Posted on Jan 29, 2023
We have a happy problem: lots of prospective new members!  Mentors are essential to ensure that new members are immediately engaged and understand the workings of the club.  If you’d like to take on this very important role, please email Membership Chair Dee House.
Mentors Needed for New Members 2023-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Pacifica Del Mar Private Reserve Room Directions

Posted on Jan 29, 2023
After a few weeks of musical venues, we will be happily ensconced in Pacifica Del Mar’s Private Reserve. This private dining room is just past the main restaurant.  Just walk past the main entrance, turn right and follow the arcade (star) to the end- the room is on the right.  If you’re coming from the St. Peter’s parking lot, just cross 15th Street and take the stairs by the fire hydrant (star). The Private Reserve room will be immediately to your left.
Pacifica Del Mar Private Reserve Room Directions 2023-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Meal Pre-Order and Parking

Posted on Jan 29, 2023
Thank you to all who pre-ordered their lunches on Thursday. The menu will be the same this week, but the selections will be rotating in the coming weeks.  Click HERE to submit your-pre-order.  Remember to submit your order no later than 4 PM on Wednesday
 
For parking, we have a limited number of updated parking passes from St. Peter’s. Pacifica Del Mar also offers a voucher for discounted parking:  $3/car (your account will be billed or you can pay cash- exact change highly appreciated). 
Meal Pre-Order and Parking 2023-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Dog Mar

Posted on Jan 29, 2023
Our club has a nascent YouTube channel. We’d like to add to it with videos featuring the many dog lovers in our club.  If you’d like to have your pup in one of the videos, email Sharon Schendel. We can use either stills, or have Sharon video you with your dog.
Rotary Club of Dog Mar 2023-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
A Wedding in Downtown San Diego  2023-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Winter Songs of Ukraine: Tomorrow!
 

Posted on Jan 29, 2023
Several of our members are hosting Ukrainian families. On January 30, 2023 The House of Ukraine is hosting Winter Songs of Ukraine, a rozkoliada that features a caroling of winter songs at the end of the holiday season to usher in the spring. This concert also recognizes the centennial anniversary of a 1923 performance by Ukrainian Republic Capella in San Diego. In this performance, the group sang  Mykola Leontovych’s Schedryk”, a new year’s song that features the melody of “Carol of the Bells”. All proceeds from the event will support the ongoing humanitarian response by the House of Ukraine. Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Winter Songs of Ukraine: Tomorrow!  2023-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

New Shelving for New Entra Casa

Posted on Jan 22, 2023
Dee House, Jim Davies, Linda Groom, Bill Rawlings and Executive Director Julie Brunetto after finishing some new shelves
 
Bill Rawlings supervised the installation of new storage shelving at New Entra Casa, a safe place for women who are transitioning back into the community. The shelves provide a much-needed space for storage of needed supplies and items for the facility. Thank you to Dee House, Jim Davies, and especially Linda Groom for making us aware of this project.  We are also so grateful to Pat Dougherty, who generously donated the supplies for the project. 
New Shelving for New Entra Casa 2023-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

Remembering Jim King

Posted on Jan 22, 2023
Jim and Janie King cut the cake at their wedding reception at the Old Del Mar hotel in 1951. 
Some of the many members who attended the Celebration of Life (l to r): Jan Fuchs, John Baranowski, Dee House, Bob Fuchs
 
Many members attended the Celebration of Life for Jim King on January 21, 2023 at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church in Solana Beach. Jim’s children Jim, Teri and Nancy, as well as his grandson Justin and many friends shared memories of Jim at the service. They all spoke of Jim’s love for nature. Jim told of how his dad learned to waterski in a rather non-traditional way:  in the ocean towed behind a car rather than a boat. Jim was also an excellent bodysurfer and taught his children and grandchildren how to ride the waves without a board. Throughout the service, the love Jim had for his family, and especially Janie, was evident. We all enjoyed the slide presentation with pictures of Jim and his family; he and Janie were such a beautiful couple who raised a special family.  Donations may be made in Jim’s name to MAEGA or the Community Resource Center, and, of course, follow Jim’s example and become a regular blood donor. Click HERE to read Jim's obituary, HERE to read Janie's obituary and HERE to read a story about Jim and Janie. 
 
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New Member Induction:  Dr. Mark Barry and Rex Mize

Posted on Jan 22, 2023
Mark Barry (center left) and Rex Mize (center right) are our newest members! They're pictured with their mentors Jim and Karin Davies (left) and Kathy Reed (right) along with Membership Chair Dee House
 
We are delighted to welcome as our newest members Dr. Mark Barry and Rex Mize, who were both inducted by Membership Chair Dee House at our January 19, 2023 meeting.  Mark will be mentored by Jim and Karin Davies and Kathy Reed is mentor to Rex.  Congratulations!
New Member Induction: Dr. Mark Barry and Rex Mize 2023-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

District 5340 Model United Nations

Posted on Jan 22, 2023
Scenes from the Model UN Training Symposium. Clockwise from upper left: Kathy Reed with Army Navy Academy students; Chair Ann-Marie Bryan (San Diego Downtown Breakfast club) starts the session; District Governor Chuck Pretto with Sharon Schendel, Pat Caughey, Beth Westburg and Kathy Reed who all helped with registration; Kathy Reed arranged a hearty breakfast
 
Klaus Gubernator and Kathy Reed were up early on Saturday January 21, 2023 for the Model United Nations (MUN) training session. Kathy organized the breakfast and the registration desk while Klaus made sure that all the audio-visual was ready to go. He also secured the Del Mar Civic Center for the symposium venue. District Governor Chuck Pretto welcomed the delegates to the training. Thank you to Pat Caughey, Sharon Schendel and Beth Westburg, who enlisted friend Shelly Carder, to help with the check-in table. Mark your calendars for MUN:  April 1 and April 2.  Everyone is welcome to attend! Click HERE for more information.
 
 
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Weekly Meeting at Pacifica Del Mar on January 26, 2023

The Gallery Room at Pacifica Del Mar
 
We will return to Pacifica Del Mar’s Gallery Room (see picture) for our January 26, 2023 meeting. In February and beyond, we will settle in the Private Reserve room.   
 
Weekly Meeting at Pacifica Del Mar on January 26, 2023 2023-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

Communication Preferences

Posted on Jan 22, 2023
 
You may have received a text message prior to the January 19 meeting. Our club now is sending group texts for weekly meeting and event reminders. These texts are sent from (858) 842-5310 to cell numbers filed in ClubRunner. You may opt out at any time. Email alerts will continue as usual. If you need to make an update,  email Sharon Schendel to confirm your preferred phone number/email. 
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Submit Your Lunch Order

Posted on Jan 22, 2023
 
The staff at Pacifica Del Mar did a fantastic job getting so many lunch orders ready last week.  They said it would be helpful if we could submit pre-orders so they can get lunch started a bit before we arrive at noon.  Make your lunch selection by clicking HERE.
Submit Your Lunch Order 2023-01-22 08:00:00Z 0

SONGS Sunset: Decommissioning Progress Update
 

Posted on Jan 15, 2023
Al Bates (left) speaks about San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) decommissioning, which is governed by principles of Safety, Stewardship and Engagement. Work to dismantle the turbine buildings (center) is going on right now
 
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is a familiar site near the northern border of San Diego county. The plant came online in 1968 and was shut down in 2013 after one of the steam generators failed and was too costly to repair. In 2014, the decommissioning of SONGS began.
 
Al Bates, the Principal Manager and Nuclear Regulatory Affairs and Technical Advisor to Southern California Edison CNO, visited our club on January 12, 2023 to provide an update on the SONGS decommissioning. All aspects of the decommissioning process are governed by three principles: Safety, Stewardship and Engagement. Safety is the top priority and encompasses nuclear, radiological, industrial and environmental safety. Stewardship has both financial and environmental aspects to ensure that public funds are used responsibly and efficiently and that the activities minimize environmental impacts so that the site is left in the same condition as before the plant was built. Engagement assures transparency and that the public is kept abreast of progress at the site.
 
Ten years into the 60-year decommissioning period, many of the support buildings have been demolished and work on dismantling the turbine building structures is underway. Much of the debris in these buildings is recyclable steel and nonferrous materials that will be transported away from the site using the on-site railyard that substantially reduces truck traffic on nearby I-5.
 
Eventually the iconic dome-shaped containment units will be dismantled using a bottom-up approach. Driving by the site, you might think that the domes are sinking, but really they’re effectively “sunsetting” as the deconstruction reduces the dome height by removing material from the bottom of the domes. 
 
All spent fuel will be stored onsite in sealed, stainless steel canisters that are passively cooled in dry cask storage systems. The storage units are seismically rated, resistant to corrosion and rated for more than 100 years. Currently there is no national storage facility, but the canisters can be transported when a site is built.
 
Bates encouraged community members to keep up to date on the decommissioning process and to be active in efforts to address the storage of spent fuels. You can sign up by visiting www.spentfuelsolutionsnow.com You can also learn more about SONGS decommissioning by visiting their website.
SONGS Sunset: Decommissioning Progress Update  2023-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Casey Robison is Our Newest Blue Badger

Posted on Jan 15, 2023
Casey Robison (center) with her mentor, Dugan Lamoise (left) and Membership Chair Dee House (right)
 
Congratulations to Casey Robison for receiving her “blue” badge at our January 12, 2023 meeting. All new members have a circular, red badge until they complete a list of activities that are designed to help them learn more about both the club and Rotary International and to get to know current members. Once they’ve accomplished all the activities, we exchange their red badge for a regular badge with our club logo. Red Badgers have a mentor in the club who is always ready to help.
 
Casey has a long connection to Rotary: She was a Youth Exchange student and spent a year in England. A chance spotting of Marty Peter’s pin in the bakery she and her husband co-own, Darshan Bakery, led Casey back to Rotary and membership in the club. Thank you to Marty for sponsoring Casey for membership and to Dugan Lamoise for being Casey’s mentor.
Casey Robison is Our Newest Blue Badger 2023-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Hosting Ukrainian Families
 

Posted on Jan 15, 2023
Ivan with Flash
 
In December 2022 the House of Ukraine in San Diego was looking for a host family for Ivan, a 16-year old Ukrainian who was injured by a Russian tank while he and his family were on their way home from the grocery store. Unfortunately, his stepfather was killed by the tank and Ivan lost a leg. Ivan is in the United States through the support of a collaboration between a foundation established by the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, and the US-based Right to Walk foundation.  
 
Ivan arrived in San Diego in September 2022 with Olena, a social worker who was empowered by Ivan’s mother and the Ukrainian Embassy to act as Ivan’s chaperone. Olena has also worked as a journalist and is studying psychology to help those coping with trauma associated with the war. Ivan is receiving physical therapy and will soon undergo another surgery on his leg. He is enrolled in the San Diego Union High School District adaptive education program and is working hard to master English.  
 
Kathy Reed generously opened her home to both Ivan and Olena. Her Bernese mountain dog Flash is particularly fond of having Ivan share his home.
Hosting Ukrainian Families  2023-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Work Day January 28 Peace Village
 

Posted on Jan 15, 2023
Room that is being refurbished to serve as the Community Room at the San Diego Peace Village
 
On January 28, 2023 from 9AM-4PM we need some volunteers to help with ongoing work at the San Diego Peace Village.  We’re helping to refurbish a large room that will serve as a Community Room for those living in the Peace Village.  Email Klaus Gubernator to volunteer.
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First Club Social of 2023 at Pacifica Del Mar
 

Posted on Jan 15, 2023
Enjoying the food and drink at Pacifica Del Mar (l to r): Matt Kurth, Philippe Lamoise, Toni Mecaro, Dugan Lamoise, Klaus Gubernator
 
We gathered at Pacifica Del Mar on a somewhat soggy Tuesday night for our first social of 2023 (we didn’t know that we’d be right back at Pacifica Del Mar in less than 48 hours). We were pleased to welcome DaVina Hoyt and her son, Caleb Berry. DaVina had been a Rotarian in Pullman, Washington. Thank you to Suzy and Karl Wagner for organizing the event. Our next social will be February 7 at Sbicca Del Mar. These socials are a fun way to express our gratitude to local restaurants that offered tastes at our Sunset Soirée. 
First Club Social of 2023 at Pacifica Del Mar  2023-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Model United Nations Training January 21: Volunteers Needed 2023-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

International Assembly for Rotary International

Posted on Jan 15, 2023
 
Donna and Don Fipps (left) with Rotary International President-Elect Gordon R. McInally and Heather McInally
 
Every January Rotary International hosts the International Assembly that provides training and programming for District Governor Elects (DGEs).  The Assembly returned this year as an in-person event in Orlando, after being held for many years in San Diego. This year, Rotary International President-Elect (PE) R. Gordon R. McInally (member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, west of Edinburgh), revealed his presidential theme for Rotary Year 2023-2024: Create Hope in the World. The theme calls on Rotarians to inspire or restore hope through the projects they champion. PE McInally also recognized the importance of emphasizing peace, which provides the true foundation for hope. Click HERE to watch his announcement of the theme.
 
Our own Don Fipps is DGE for District 5340 and both he and Donna Fipps were in Orlando last week. Don’s bobblehead (with a bobbling Canine Companions dog) joined those of several other DGEs (click HERE to see Don’s and others). Follow the adventures of Don’s bobbling doppelgänger on Instagram at @bobbleheaddgdon.   
International Assembly for Rotary International 2023-01-15 08:00:00Z 0
Board of Directors Meeting: January 17, 2023 2023-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Services for Jim King January 21, 2023
 

Posted on Jan 15, 2023
 
The services for Jim King will be on Saturday, January 21 at 11 AM at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (120 Stevens Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075). 
A reception will follow. 
 
Click HERE to read Jim's obituary.  It mentions that Jim was a proud Rotarian and particularly dedicated to overseeing successful blood drives by the club. We will host our next drive March 2.  Please mark your calendars and donate in Jim's memory. 
Services for Jim King January 21, 2023  2023-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

Club Social at Pacifica Del Mar January 10

Posted on Jan 07, 2023
We kick off a year of socials at Pacifica Del Mar on Tuesday January 10.  Happy Hour runs from 4-6:30 PM (the rain is forecast to move on around 4 PM).  Come enjoy some great food and beverages as we us express our gratitude to one of our Sunset Soirée restaurants. Family, friends and anyone interested in learning about our club and Rotary in general are encouraged to join. 
Club Social at Pacifica Del Mar January 10 2023-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Partnering Kitchens for Lunch

Posted on Jan 07, 2023
 
During the slow winter season, Jimmy O’s is focusing on evenings and is not serving lunch.  Never fear, they are still opening on Thursdays for our meetings!  Jimmy O’s arranged partnerships with neighboring restaurants, primarily Americana.  Consider pre-ordering your lunch. Billing will be handled just like before with payment made to the servers. Jimmy O’s will provide drinks and also receive a small percentage of the check to cover operating expenses.
Partnering Kitchens for Lunch 2023-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

Tiling and Painting at the Peace Village January 14

Posted on Jan 07, 2023
 
Klaus Gubernator is back at the San Diego Peace Village and is looking for volunteers to help with tiling and ceiling painting on Saturday January 14 from 9 AM to 4 PM.  The site is the same as the sleeping cottage builds. Email Klaus with questions. 
Tiling and Painting at the Peace Village January 14 2023-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Happy Trails Walking Club: San Dieguito River Park January 11 2023-01-07 08:00:00Z 0

In Memory of Jim King

Posted on Jan 07, 2023
 
We were saddened to learn of the passing of long-time member Jim King at the age of 96 years-old.  Jim joined the club in 1990 and always had a ready smile (click HERE for brief video). The family is planning a service and will let us know the details. Gifts in Jim’s memory can be made to the San Diego Blood Bank, where Jim was a 10-gallon donor.  
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January 5 meeting cancelled

 
Due to a late-breaking speaker cancellation and inclement weather that's due to hit Del Mar around noon, the January 5, 2023 meeting is cancelled. We'll kick off the new year on January 12.  
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In memory of Jim King

Posted on Dec 29, 2022
 
We were so sorry to learn of the passing of Jim King, who had been a member for over 30 years. Jim was a devoted husband to his wife Janie; they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2021. Jim was a generous supporter of the club and the community. The first picture in the video was taken just after he'd made one of many blood donations along his way to being a 10 gallon donor for the San Diego Blood Bank.  Many club presidents arrived at their demotion party in Jim's butter yellow Model A Ford. We extended our deepest sympathies to Jim's family. He will be missed.  
 
If you wish to make a donation in Jim's memory, the family suggests the San Diego Blood Bank
 
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A Little More Holiday Cheer at the La Colonia Clubhouse
 

Posted on Dec 18, 2022
 
 
 
 
 
We hosted the second party of the week on Thursday December 15, 2022 for members of the San Dieguito Boys & Girls Club La Colonia Clubhouse and their families. Craft stations were ready for the children at the La Colonia park and included snow globes (Dee House, Rex Mize, and Steven McDowell) Santa stickers (Donna Fipps), cranberry and fir jars (Suzy Wagner and Linda Strangman), and reindeer blocks (Kathy Reed and Jennifer McDowell). Event chair Klaus Gubernator had robotics demonstrations. After the crafts, Santa and his gingerbread helper arrived to take notes on what the children wanted for Christmas. Thank you to San Dieguito BGC COO and member Joe McLeod who helped serve food and kept the music going, and  to Walt Strangman and Marty Peters who manned the ladles at the Christmas punch station.  We’re grateful to Jake’s Del Mar for donating wonderful food. There were plenty of leftovers that Janice and Matt Kurth, along with Sharon Schendel, helped package so families could enjoy second helpings at home.  
A Little More Holiday Cheer at the La Colonia Clubhouse  2022-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

A Little Holiday Cheer at Viewpoint Brewing Company

Posted on Dec 18, 2022
Clockwise from top left: Harold and Casey Robison with Don and Donna Fipps (who's holding Tube Man); Rob Vaughn wondering what he might do with hugging stuffed mice, which Jennifer McDowell, Garrie Rhodes and Kathy Reed find amusing; Karin and Jim Davies admire Tube Man, which they would possess only briefly; Donna Fipps brought melting snowmen cookies
Clockwise from top left: Mark Berry helps Jennifer McDowell extract a box from a snug-fitting bag; Matt Kurth holds the stuffed mice he stole from Rob Vaughn (mainly to get the Lindt chocolates that came with them) while Klaus Gubernator covets the gift; Kathy Reed displays her moose head punch set (which was never stolen) and Jeff Matthews and Val Myers with Suzy Wagner; RoseMary Pellegrino thinks of all the fun she can have with the game "Senior Moments" and Eric Nelte hopes he can play too
Clockwise from top left: Dee House and Suzy Wagner try to figure out the dice game Suzy won while Rob Muller and Casey Robison look on; Candace Bahr with Steven McDowell and Walt and Linda Strangman; Toni Mecaro with Pat Caughey and Steven McDowell; Matt Kurth admires the tequila that replaced the Lindt chocolate balls stolen by Klaus; Garrie Rhodes and Rob Vaughn; Don Fipps guards the cookie table
 
Everyone dressed warmly on Tuesday December 13, 2022 for an outdoor holiday party at one of our favorite venues, Viewpoint Brewing Company. There were plenty of appetizers and food at the buffet. Dinner was capped with offerings from the cookie exchange participants. We did a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange this year and lots of fun gifts found new homes, many after changing hands a few times. Sharon Schendel has been enjoying her burrito blanket brought by Val Myers every night since the party. Kathy Reed was happy to have a moose head punch set, and the Lindt chocolate balls passed through a few hands, including those of Matt Kurth, who ended up with a bottle of tequila instead. Jim and Karin Davies were certain that they might get to keep “Tube Man”, until Donna Fipps stole him away. Thank you to all who attended, and special thanks to Suzy Wagner for securing the venue, Kathy Reed for the lovely centerpieces, and Dee House for making the nametags. We’re also grateful to all the bakers and to those who provided gifts for the exchange.  
A Little Holiday Cheer at Viewpoint Brewing Company 2022-12-18 08:00:00Z 0
Monthly Board of Directors Meeting on Monday December 19 2022-12-18 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Trails Walking Club at San Dieguito Lagoon

Posted on Dec 12, 2022
For this installment of the Happy Trails Walking Club, Bob Fuchs (along with his dog, Rascal) Don and Donna Fipps, and Sharon Schendel enjoyed a nice easterly walk in the San Dieguito River Park from the staging area parking lot off of San Andres Drive to the Del Mar Horse Park. Bob recalled the multiple work projects our club has done to support the San Dieguito River Park.  The club is out walking on every on alternating Wednesday and Saturday mornings.  Interested in leading a walk on Saturday December 22?  Email Sharon and she’ll post the information on the club calendar. 
Happy Trails Walking Club at San Dieguito Lagoon 2022-12-12 08:00:00Z 0
No Meeting December 15 2022-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

La Colonia Christmas Party December 15 at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach
 

Posted on Dec 12, 2022
The Christmas Party for members of the La Colonia Clubhouse of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club returns to the La Colonia Park in Solana Beach (715 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach).  Craft Table Captains, please arrive by 3:30 PM for set up. Members, please arrive around 4 PM. Wear a Santa hat or other holiday gear if you have it! See picture for parking suggestions.
La Colonia Christmas Party December 15 at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach  2022-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Holiday Party December 13 at Viewpoint Brewing Company
 

Posted on Dec 12, 2022
The holiday party is all set for Tuesday December 13 at the Viewpoint Brewing Company.  The fun will start at 5 PM with appetizers followed by a dinner buffet.  For those participating in the cookie exchange, be sure to bring a container to take home offerings from fellow bakers.
To participate in the “Dirty Santa” exchange, bring a wrapped gift, ~$25 in value and be prepared not to get too attached to any gift you receive, since it may be stolen
 
Dress festively, but warmly! 
 
If you can’t find parking in the Viewpoint lot, recall that there is a gravel lot with paid parking just to the west of Viewpoint (see attached picture).  
Holiday Party December 13 at Viewpoint Brewing Company  2022-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

A Very Merry Verbivore

Posted on Dec 11, 2022
 
Richard Lederer returned to our club for the December 8, 2022 meeting to spread a bit of holiday cheer. In particular, he described how Clement Clarke Moore’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” together with Thomas Nast’s illustrations, formed the basis for many iconic Christmas images including Santa Claus as a jolly elf who enters homes via the chimney. Richard provided some noted basic facts to support that the reindeers pulling Santa’s sleigh were all females. Reindeer are the only member of the deer family in which both males and females have antlers. However, males lose their antlers after the fall rut and thus by Christmas in December only females would have the antlers seen in Nast’s pictures.
 
He also told how “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens helped popularize “Merry Christmas”. Dickens wrote the book in a frenzied 6 weeks and made liberal use of “Merry” rather than the more staid “Happy”. In a well-known quote, Ebenezer Scrooge tells his Christmas-loving nephew Fred: “If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”
 
Richard is the author of over 50 books (he is grateful to the local publisher Waterside Productions in Cardiff for his latest publications) and his column “Lederer on Language” appears every other Saturday in The San Diego Union Tribune. He is the founding host of NPR’s “A Way with Words”.  Follow Richard at his website: verbivore.com.
A Very Merry Verbivore 2022-12-11 08:00:00Z 0

Book Club at Bud's

Posted on Dec 04, 2022
Book club members at Bud's: (clockwise from left): Sharon Schendel, Linda Groom, Jim Davies, Karin Davies, Don Fipps, Janice Kurth, Matt Kurth, Beth Westburg
 
With crawdads in the title, facilitator Beth Westburg sought out a cajun-themed restaurant for Book Club members to discuss their most recent reading “Where the Crawdads Sing”. The food at Bud’s Louisiana Café in Tierrasanta was so good that there was just as much discussion about the dishes everyone got as there was about the book. There were even fresh beignets for dessert. The club will read the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner “Less” by Andrew Sean Greer.  Come join the next discussion!
Book Club at Bud's 2022-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Peace Village Cottage 5 Build

Posted on Dec 04, 2022
Marty Peters (left) paints panels that Dee House and Steven McDowell (center) loaded into the truck; Steven McDowell trims out the front window on Cottage 5
 
Mark Barry, Donna Fipps, Dee House and Bob Muller, Klaus Gubernator, Steven McDowell and Marty Peters were at San Diego Peace Village to help with construction of Cottage 5. These five cottages make up the first phase of what will eventually be 20 cottages that will provide private spaces for people to live as they integrate into the San Diego community.
Peace Village Cottage 5 Build 2022-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Trails: San Dieguito Lagoon December 7

Posted on Dec 04, 2022
 
Join the Happy Trails at San Dieguito Lagoon on Wednesday December 7 at 8 AM. We’ll walk part of the Coast to Crest Trail. Park at the staging area lot at San Andres Drive off of Via del la Valle.  Family, friends and dogs welcome and encouraged!  T-shirt update: estimated delivery on December 12.
Happy Trails: San Dieguito Lagoon December 7 2022-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

The Burn Institute: Fostering Recovery and Preventing Burn Injuries
 

Posted on Dec 04, 2022
The Burn Institute Director of Operations, Benjamin Hemmings (left), speaks to the club about the Institute's programs like Camp Beyond the Scars (upper right) and support groups for adult survivors of burn injuries (lower right)
 
For 50 years, the Burn Institute has been helping individuals who suffered burn injuries recover and has also developed educational resources and services to prevent burn injuries from happening. Burn Institute Director of Operations Brian Hemmings spoke at our December 1, 2022 meeting to outline the range of projects the Burn Institute oversees. The Institute hosts camps like Camp Beyond the Scars to help young people aged 8-17 who are affected by burns succeed on their healing journey. Through support groups, the Institute connects survivors who suffered a recent burn injury with those who are farther from their injuries to instill hope and share strategies for coping with the injury. Survivors of burn injuries and their families also receive support during treatment and recovery with parking passes, lodging, and medical equipment funded by the Institute.
 
The Institute offers burn and fire prevention programs like the Fire Safe Kid program in schools, emergency preparedness training, and education of parents to prevent scald injuries, which represent nearly 40% of burn injuries in young children. To ensure safe maintenance of smoke detectors, seniors (62+) can apply to have Institute staff change batteries in their detectors free of charge. Click HERE for the application.
The Burn Institute: Fostering Recovery and Preventing Burn Injuries  2022-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

Casey Robison: Who Am I

Posted on Dec 04, 2022
Casey Robison and her Rotary mentor, Dugan Lamoise, who's holding Casey's Youth Exchange pin-laden blazer
 
As her final step to convert her badge from red to regular, Casey Robison gave her “Who Am I” talk. Casey owns Darshan Bakery in the Del Mar village, where they make some of the best croissants in town. A conversation with Marty Peters at the café led Casey to our club so she could reconnect to some Rotary roots. Casey was a Rotary International Youth Exchange student sponsored by the Rotary Club of Walnut Grove near Sacramento California, to spend a year in England hosted by the Heckmondwike Rotary Club near Leeds. She has fond memories of her host family. Casey is married to Harold Robison and they are parents to two sons, aged 6 and 8.
 
Do you know a youth who might like to be like Casey and be a Rotary International Youth Exchange Student? Encourage them to attend an informational session, 6:30 PM, on Tuesday December 6 at Coronado High School. This session is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coronado and District 5340.  Click HERE for information about the session.
Casey Robison: Who Am I 2022-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

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! Click HERE to fill out the RSVP form or email Dee House. 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 $60 per person (the club covers the cost of tax and tip; drinks are separate). We’ll have a cookie exchange as usual, and also a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange. Please cancel by December 6 if your plans change, otherwise your account will be billed.   
Club Holiday Party at Viewpoint Brewing Company December 13  2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

La Colonia Children's Christmas Party: Craft Stations Needed!

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. PLEASE NOTE: we still need two more craft tables 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.  
La Colonia Children's Christmas Party: Craft Stations Needed! 2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

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.
Project Speed 2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

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. 
The Journey to Safety 2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

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.
Del Mar Village Association Community Cleanup  2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

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.
 
 
Happy Trails Walking Club November 26  2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Happy Thanksgiving!
 

Posted on Nov 20, 2022
We will NOT have a meeting Thanksgiving, November 24.  Best wishes for an enjoyable holiday!
Happy Thanksgiving!  2022-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Blood Drive Collects Over 3 Gallons
 

Posted by Sharon Schendel 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. Rotarian Pauline Lim from Downtown Breakfast Rotary (also Model UN co-chair) and 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.  
Blood Drive Collects Over 3 Gallons  Sharon Schendel 2022-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

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).
Walking Club Starts November 9  2022-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

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.  
Club Citations for Rotary Year 2021-2022 2022-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Sleeping Cottage Trim Out 2022-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

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.
MAEGA Celebrates 50 Years of Scholarships  2022-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

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).   
District Conference is Approaching! October 29  2022-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

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! 
Rotary vs. Lions Food Drive Challenge  2022-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

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. 
Fisher House: A Home Away from Home  2022-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Cornholin’ on the Beach  2022-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

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!
Community Clean Up with Del Mar Village Association October 26 2022-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

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
Walk to End Polio in Balboa Park  2022-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

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.  
Happy Trails Walking Club Starts November 2  2022-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Blood Drive at Del Mar Civic Center November 3  2022-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

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.  
Battle at the Border Robotics Competition 2022-10-15 07:00:00Z 0

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. 

Thank You from MAEGA Scholarship Recipient Daniella Hernandez 2022-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Labor Day Lunch and CPR Training Manikins for the Del Mar Lifeguards  2022-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

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.

 
Nutrition Support for Children in Southern Myanmar 2022-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

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. 
Keeping Cool at New Entra Casa 2022-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

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.
District Governor Chuck Pretto: Focusing on Youth and Raising Rotary’s Visibility  2022-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
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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. 
 
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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     
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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. 
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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.  
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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.
 
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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.
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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.
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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.  
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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
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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.  
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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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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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