Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Lots of soccer balls got pumped up
Kathy Reed's decorated pine cone station
Patti Kurtz helps with the fused bead ornaments
Mary Rawlings helps put the finishing touches on a succulent planter
Tony Villasenor and Don Fipps doled out dinner
We had a great evening on December 12, 2018 at the La Colonia Community Center in Solana Beach where we hosted our annual children’s Christmas party for the members of the La Colonia Branch of the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) San Dieguito. The afternoon of the party, Donna and Don Fipps, Klaus Gubernator, Brett Mattei, Barrett Smith, and Chris Stewart inflated soccer balls that would be given to the kids when they got their presents later in the week.
Dozens of children and their families came to make ornaments, visit with Santa and enjoy a home-cooked dinner that featured tamales and rice. Kathy Reed oversaw the decorated pine cone station, Patti Kurtz helped kids make several different kinds of ornaments, Bill and Mary Rawlings along with Brett Mattei guided the kids as they made succulent planters, using cuttings from Klaus Gubernator’s garden, Donna Fipps brought out the beads and pipe cleaners for jewelry making, and lots of kids were sporting green lips after eating their creations at the station where they decorated ice cream cone “trees” that was staffed by new member (and BGC San Dieguito COO) Joe McLeod.  See all the pictures at our Facebook page or the club website.
Children’s Christmas Party at La Colonia Branch of Boys & Girls Club San Dieguito Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Don Fipps, Tom Ryan and Chris Stewart take a break from the assembly line
Just a few of the 350+ boxes we packed
Matt Kurth manned the stuffing station and Tony Villasenor helped stack the completed boxes
Each year the Community Resource Center (CRC), helps residents of San Diego North Country, particularly women and children and families, maintain self-sufficiency by providing domestic violence programs, food programs and emergency and transitional housing. During the holiday season, the CRC Holiday Basket program offers a free shopping experience to over 6,000 of our neighbors, including more than 3,000 children, 300 seniors and survivors of domestic violence. The centerpiece is a 50-pound food box that carries two weeks’ worth of nutritious staples and, when supplemented with a turkey and fresh produce, has all the trimmings for a full holiday meal.
Club members staffed the December 11, 2018 shift to pack boxes specifically for seniors in need.  During our two hours, we packed over 375 boxes that were chock full of pasta, beans, canned goods, energy bars, oatmeal and peanut butter.  Check out all the photos at our club website or our Facebook page
CRC Holiday Basket Packing Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
The party filled Parish Hall
Monty and Anne Woolley getting ready to enjoy carved prime rib
Dugan Moore, Janice Kurth and Philippe Lamoise
Five blondes a brunette
Kathy Reed secured the centerpieces for the tables
Joel and Kristi Candib with Caroline Morin and Brett Mattei
No shortage of cookies!
Bill Rawlings made the suggestion for the YouTube yule log
Over 50 members and guests gathered at St. Peter’s Parish Hall for our annual holiday party.  Flavor Chef again lived up to its name by providing a delicious prime rib dinner.  There were plenty of cookies to exchange- each baker told a bit about what made their cookies special, and Donna Fipps’s reindeer sugar cookies prancing among a pine tree forest were declared the winner.  We also had over 5 dozen cookies left over that we donated to the Interfaith Shelter.  Check out the photo album on our Facebook page or on the club website.
Holiday Party 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Deputy Chief Lifeguard for Del Mar Mark Rathsam and Lifeguard Kaitlyn Rosenthal demonstrate the features of the Aqua Lung rescue equipment
Brett Mattei outlined the need for a oceanfront Marine Safety Center in Rosarito Beach 
As St. Peter’s hosts the Interfaith Shelter, we moved our meeting site to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar on December 13, 2018.  The meeting included a thanks from Deputy Chief Lifeguard for Del Mar, Mark Rathsam for rapid response gear that will be critical for finding and rescuing swimmers in distress around Del Mar.  Lifeguard Kaitlyn Rosenthal demonstrated how quickly and easily the ~$2,000 Aqua Lung kits can be donned.  The club donated funds for purchase of two of the kits that will be part of the Del Mar Lifeguards battery of rescue equipment.
Our speaker for the meeting was President-Elect Brett Mattei, himself an experienced lifeguard, who is leading the effort to build a new Marine Safety Center for Rosarito Beach in the town of Rosarito, which lies just 10 miles south of the US border and is a popular destination for San Diegans and tourists alike.  
Brett explained that Rosarito Beach has around 800,000 patrons annually and is staffed by two year-round on call lifeguards and around 20 seasonal guards. Nonetheless, around 5 swimmers drown each year at Rosarito Beach- an unacceptably high rate that can be attributed in part to extended response times associated with the remote location of the lifeguard headquarters that are about 6 blocks from the beach.  The proposed Marine Safety Center will provide an oceanfront facility that will dramatically decrease response times and increase situational awareness of the lifeguards who staff the station. The project will be a collaboration between Baja and Southern California Rotary Clubs, with Rotary Clubs of Del Mar and Playas de Rosarito acting as leads.
Designs for the center were donated by club member Kit Leeger and her team with assistance from McKinley Associates. The advance team had located a site for the Center, and the local governmental agencies were highly supportive of the project, but unfortunately agencies at the national level already had plans in place for the proposed site, so the team is now looking for an alternate location. The budget for the project is $120,000 and is slated for completion between 2020 and 2021. Brett will be visiting clubs around District 5340 to seek support for the project and will also welcome donations that are designated for the project, as well as assistance with design of promotional materials.  Together, these efforts will realize a Marine Safety Center that will increase the confidence of visitors to Rosarito area beaches.  
Rotary Club of Del Mar Sponsors Marine Safety Center for Rosarito Beach Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Remember that we'll be at the Del Mar Civic Center for our December 20, 2018 meeting.  We'll have a special meal from Flavor Chef and will be electing officers and directors for Rotary Year 2019-2020. Write-in candidates are welcomed!
December 20 Meeting at Del Mar Civic Center Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
There will be no meeting on December 27, 2018 and January 3, 2018. Best wishes for wonderful holidays and a great start to a productive New Year!
Club Dark December 27 and January 3 Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Jim McClennan was double happy that his grandson continues to expand- he’s now up to 15 pounds; John Baranowski was happy for a successful cookie exchange and all the hard work that the Holiday Party committee put in to make the event a success; Marty Peters was happy that Notre Dame is in the final four of the NCAA football championship and to be home after an enjoyable cruise.
Happy Dollars  Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 16, 2018
Yasser Tahboub with Monty Woolley
Several guests attended our December 13, 2018 meeting, including Yassir Ashtabula, a member of the Rotary Club of Sulmaniya, who recently relocated to Del Mar, and Steve Ford, the new editor of Del Mar Lifestyle magazine, who took over for member Dan Austin. 
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Karl Wagner was Rotarian of the Day at the meeting on December 13, 2018, also the National Day of the Horse, which was designated by Congress (and by unanimous consent!) in 2004 as a day to “to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history, and character of the United States”.  The day was fitting for Karl, who said that he’s been riding horses ever since he was nine years-old.
Rotarian of the Day: Karl Wagner Sharon Schendel 2018-12-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
The holiday season is often marked by blood shortages. To help, please visit the San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile, which will be parked at the new Civic Center (1050 Camino Del Mar) on Thursday December 6 from 9 AM-2:30 PM.  There is plenty of parking at the Civic Center- 100 spaces under the building and 40 spaces above.  Entrances to below-ground parking are on 10th and 11th streets. If that time doesn’t work for you, visit the Blood Bank’s website to schedule a donation appointment. 
Save a Life- Give Blood December 6 at the Del Mar Civic Center Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
Brett Mattei presents Dr. Shalon Nienow with a challenge coin in thanks for her presentation
Dr. Shalon Nienow, a pediatrician at Rady’s Hospital who specializes in treating children who have been abused, joined our November 29, 2018 meeting to outline ways to recognize and report child abuse.  Although many people may think of child abuse as physical injury, the majority (60%) of child abuse referrals are for neglect, which can include failure of parents or guardians to provide adequate food, medical care and/or education.  Over one quarter of all referrals are for sexual abuse. An estimated 1 in 3 females and 1 in 20 males are victims of sexual abuse by the age of 17, although these rates, particularly for boys, may be higher since many victims never disclose their sexual abuse. Children can also experience psychological abuse, most commonly bearing witness to domestic violence.  In 2017, San Diego County Child Welfare Services received over 50,0000 allegations of child abuse, of which nearly 70% were investigated. In total, 11% of allegations were substantiated.
Dr. Nienow said that there are multiple factors that contribute to the incidence of child abuse.  Among factors associated with adults, substance abuse is foremost, but domestic violence, mental health issues, lack of education about parenting, or simply inappropriate expectations of how a child should behave are also prominent. 
Typical childhood behaviors such as excessive crying can provoke abusive behavior, as can toilet training accidents, interruptions of parental activities or refusal to eat.  Frequently, children placed in the care of non-relatives such as new boyfriends/girlfriends, who are often unwilling caregivers, are at risk of abuse.
Dr. Nienow next defined the term “mandated reporter”, which in California encompasses a broad range of occupations and volunteer activities.  Rotarians who are youth-certified and participating in Rotary-sponsored events such as RYLA are, in fact, mandated reporters. Mandated reporters who fail to report suspected abuse may be held legally liable.  Dr. Nienow emphasized that all suspicions of abuse should be reported- reports are kept confidential and the suspicions need not correct.  But in cases where abuse is occurring, timely reporting can help children, and their caregivers get the help and resources they need. 
Dr. Nienow noted that people often don’t report because they don’t want to get in trouble, don’t want to get involved, or don’t think that they’re right in their suspicions. But she said that the question they should ask themselves is: “Could I be right?”  
In terms of how to empower children to avoid abuse, Dr. Nienow said that teaching kids the proper terms for body parts is important, both so they can articulate what’s happened to them and so that they don’t feel that such parts are secret or shameful to discuss.  Children should also learn that no one has a right to touch their body without their consent and be able to identify several adults who are not their parents who they could tell if they are being victimized. 
If you suspect a child is being victimized, please report your suspicions. For emergent situations, dial 911, or call the 24-hour hotline at San Diego County Child Welfare Services: 1.800.344.6000.  Your actions could help save a child.
Thank you to Marty Peters for arranging to have Dr. Nienow speak to our club.
Taking Action to Help Stop Child Abuse Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
Our 2017 packing crew- the conveyor belts make it easy!
Use the Solana Gate entry off of Via del la Valle
Get packin’ at the Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Tuesday December 11 from 6-8 PM.  We will be packing boxes that provide nutritious staples for families in need in the North County region.  Enter the Del Mar Fairgrounds at the Solana Gate off Via del la Valle (see map) and follow the signs to volunteer parking. The grandstand can be chilly, so wear layers that can be easily shed as you warm up packing goodies.  Email Barrett Smith with any questions and bring a completed waiver form.  
Community Resource Center Holiday Baskets December 11 Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
Thank you to Kathy Reed for organizing production of Rotary Club of Del Mar polo shirts and baseball caps. Both are white and feature the club name and Rotary wheel. Caps are $15 dollars and shirts are $25- if you’d like one, please email Kathy to let her know. The cost will be charged to your Rotary account.
Rotary Club of Del Mar Shirts and Caps Now Available Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
La Colonia Children's Christmas Party DATE CHANGE Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
Al Tarkington was super happy that his wife Stevie’s cochlear implant surgery was a success and that two weeks ago he qualified for the half-Ironman World Championship; Karl Wagner was happy that the Blood Drive isn’t scheduled until next week rather than this soggy Thursday; and Sharon Schendel was happy to have met Gordon Shurtleff of the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines while they were on adjacent machines at Scripps Shiley Fitness Center. 
Happy Dollars for the Week Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
November 29, 2018 was the day after the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lights were lit. Rotarian of the Day Kathy Reed told about the tree’s evolution from its humble beginnings in 1933 when construction workers building Rockefeller Center decorated a 20 foot tree with tin cans. This year’s 72 foot-tall Norway Spruce was donated by Lissette Gutierrez and Shirley Figueroa. The couple learned not long after they purchased their home that the tree in their front yard they called “Shelby” was a candidate to grace Rockefeller Center.
Rotarian of the Day: Kathy Reed Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
At our November 29, 2018 meeting, Chris Stewart brought Alex Arriaga, who works in investments, and who made the wonderful suggestion that Chris join Rotary; Ryan Riell introduced Andrew Paul, a loan office; Eric Nelte welcomed back Marineke Vandervort and new member Joe McLoed, who are CEO and COO, respectively, of the Boys and Girls Club San Dieguito; Kathy Reed’s table was full of guests: her friend Annie Brown, Brand Ambassador for Mastercraft boats, returning guests Tom and Debbie Tucker of the Tucker Team real estate firm, and Rock Stone, who is returning to San Diego after a career with the FBI; Janice Kurth was happy to be joined by Tiffany Hsieh who relocated to San Diego to serve as Business Development Director for the San Diego Division of the American Heart Association.  
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 02, 2018
We're expecting a good crowd for the December 7 holiday party at St. Peter's Parish Hall
What cookies will you contribute to the Cookie Exchange?
There will be no meeting this Thursday in lieu of the club's holiday party on Friday December 7, at St Peter's Parish Hall starting at 6:30 PM.  Don't forget to whip up some Christmas cookies in advance to contribute to the Cookie Exchange.  Bake at least 3 dozen, and if your recipes lacks both nuts and alcohol, bring a few extra that will be shared with patrons of the Interfaith Shelter, which will be hosted at St. Peter's from December 9-23.  Also remember to bring a container to take cookies home.  
Club Dark for Holiday Party Sharon Schendel 2018-12-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
All members are welcome to attend the upcoming Board of Directors meeting to be held Tuesday November 20 at 7:30 AM. We’ll meet in the Youth Room at St. Peter’s. 
Board of Directors Meeting November 20 at 7:30 AM Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
We’ll be having a cookie exchange at the Holiday Party on December 7, 2018. The Interfaith Shelter will be hosted at St. Peter’s Parish Hall shortly after the party, so please consider baking a few extra cookies (in addition to the 3 dozen for the exchange) for shelter guests to enjoy. The shelter staff ask that for these cookies not include peanuts (or any peanut-based ingredient) or alcohol. 
Cookie Exchange Extras for Interfaith Exchange Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
Dan Blacker, trainer of thoroughbred racing horses
Trainer Dan Blacker came south from the Santa Anita track to join our November 15, 2018 meeting to talk about his career training race horses.  He said that a trainer, in essence, gets horses ready to race.  To do so involves overseeing the workout schedules of the horses he trains as well as the workout riders, hot walkers, grooms, farriers and veterinary care. 
Dan has always had a love for horses, ever since he saw his first one when he was 4 years-old in Oxford, England.  He rode competitively as a teenager before attending the University of Edinburgh to study Environmental Geosciences with an eye to working in the oil and gas industry. In addition to his studies, he worked with several horses trainers, and his love of horses eventually drew him to a career in the racing industry.   
He graduated from the Goldolphin Flying Start program where learned about horse racing and breeding at major sites around the world.  This training was instrumental for him to establish his own training enterprise, DB Racing, which he began in 2011 when he was not yet 30 years-old. He saddled his first winner as an independent trainer just weeks later.   
Dan answered many questions from club members, who are eager to better their typically dismal record at our annual Day at the Races. Dan said when he’s looking for horses for his clients, he looks for, among many things, credentials, breeding and conformation (e.g., longer legs). He finds the mare to be more important in selecting horses. Whereas a stallion might have some 200 progeny a year, of which maybe 20% are good, a mare will have just one foal.  When asked about claiming races, Dan explained the several levels of races: stakes, allowance, and claiming.  In claiming races, anyone can buy a horse running in the race and if a claim is put in, as soon as the gate opens the claimant owns that horse. 
Member Scott MacDonald is one of Dan’s clients- Scott owns a share in “Sir Eddie”, a horse that Dan described as “laid back” and “polite” meaning that he’s often likely to let another horse go ahead of him. Nevertheless, Sir Eddie usually manages a show or place and those results yield a payout check for his owners, including Scott.   
Dan Blacker- Trainer of Winning Thoroughbreds Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
Ryan Riell did double duty as Rotarian of the Day at the November 15, 2018 meeting.  Not only did he highlight November 15 as Great American Smokeout Day (which is also the 10 year, 10 month, 15 day and 2 h anniversary of Ryan’s last cigarette), but he gave his “Who Am I” as part of his Red Badger tasks.  Ryan grew up in Mesa, Arizona, a place that was to be a stopping point on his parents’ journey back to San Diego from Virginia, but ended up being their home.  Ryan majored in Chemistry at Arizona State University and started a PhD program in Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago, but the September 11 attacks changed those plans. He joined the Army and in 2004 accepted a commission before serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom between 2005 and 2006.  After leaving the service, he transferred back to UIC to continue his PhD work, but instead took a master’s in Exercise Physiology. That expertise landed him a position working with the USA Triathlon team back in Arizona, where he met his wife, Kristi. Ryan moved to the San Diego area in 2014 and is now working in real estate. Ryan and Kristi are now proud parents of Adeline Marie, who will turn one year-old in just a few weeks. You might have caught a glimpse of Adeline’s happy smile at our recent social at Americana. Rotary is a family tradition for Ryan- his father was a long-time Rotarian- and he welcomes the opportunity to be a part of Rotary and give back to his community and local area. Ryan is part of the Youth Services Committee and the Vocational Committee, and will be working to update our social media presence to highlight the club’s activities and recruit new members. 
Rotarian of the Day: Ryan Riell Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 18, 2018
The Browns, Chad, Ella and Maia are selling holiday poinsettias
Ella and Maia Brown were our special guests at the November 15, 2018 meeting. Along with their dad, member Chad Brown, they were selling holiday poinsettias to benefit the Encinitas YMCA.  Email Chad if you’d like to purchase a plant.
Holiday Poinsettias to Benefit Encinitas YMCA Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Nomination Slate for Rotary Year 2019-2010 Sharon Schendel 2018-11-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Gathering on the patio outside Americana
Philippe Lamoise and Scott MacDonald
Ryan Riell and his wife Kristi with their daughter, 11 month-old Adeline
Sherry Ryan offers Marty Peters some warm apple crisp
Reunion of Ressa and Daisy
Jim and Karin Davies, Joel Candib and Don Fipps enjoy happy hour drinks
Patti Kurtz, Dugan Moore and Suzy and Karl Wagner
We had a great turnout for our November social on November 7, 2018- pushed back one day to avoid conflict with election day.  Over 21 members and guests enjoyed Americana food on the patio.  The fish tacos and pastrami sliders were especially good.  The social was one small way to thank Randy Gruber for his faithful support of our fundraising events. 
November Social at Americana Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Rotarian of the Day and New Member Joel Candib holding the secret ingredient in Harvey Wallbangers- Galliano liqueur
Not to be outdone by Bob Sonnhalter’s calzone from last week, Joel Candib set up an impromptu cocktail bar to serve Harvey Wallbangers in honor of National Harvey Wallbanger Day. The origin of this cocktail is unclear- some say it might be in tribute to a surfer in south Los Angeles who used to like to get drunk and bang his head on the wall. The drink reached peak popularity in the 1970’s, which is when Joel discovered it as a student at University of Toledo. Harvey Wallbangers used to be the drink of choice to fill bota bags or flasks to keep hydrated during football games.
Joel is one our newest members and transferred from the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, which he joined about four years ago. As part of his transition from Red Badge to Blue Badge, Joel gave his “Who Am I” talk. Joel was born in the Bronx and spent his early years on the Grand Concourse- he could see Yankee Stadium through his bedroom window.  At the time, baseball players didn’t make the salaries they now do, and many of the players lived in Joel’s neighborhood. Joel recalls playing with Mickey Mantle’s son in the local playgrounds. In 1960 his family moved to Rockaway Park and Joel attended Brooklyn Technical High School. In 1972 he made the move to California to begin a career as an accountant. He sold his practice in 1991 and signed on with New York Life where he specializes in life insurance, and long-term care policies. Joel said that he is very excited to be a member of the club, and we’re delighted to have him!
Rotarian of the Day: Joel Candib Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Chistina Grobin (left) and Debbie Zambianco (right)- organizers of the St. Peter's Interfaith Shelter
For our December 13 and 20 meetings we’ll gather at Powerhouse Park and the Civic Center, respectively. During this time, St. Peter’s will be the site for the rotating Interfaith Shelter, which will use the Parish Hall to house up to 12 individuals or families who find themselves without a home. Many of the Shelter guests are professionals who’ve lost their home due to foreclosure, job loss, or loss of income due to illness. The Interfaith Shelter is managed by the Community Resource Center, which also helps participants access the resources they need to get back on track. This year marks the 32nd year that St. Peter’s has hosted the shelter. Organizers Chistina Grobin and Debbie Zambianco are seeking volunteers to help offer support to the guests and share meals and conversation with them. Email Chistina to learn more or to volunteer. 
Interfaith Shelter at St. Peter's December 9-23 Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
In addition to all the great food from Flavor Chef, at our Holiday Party on December 7, 2018 at St. Peter’s we’ll hold a cookie exchange. Rummage through your favorite recipes and whip up 3 dozen cookies to share.  Be creative with your display and be sure to bring an extra container to carry all the new cookies you’d like to try.  The only limitation is that they cookies have to be homemade.
Check Your Recipe Files for the Holiday Party Cookie Exchange Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Suzy Wagner was happy for a successful social earlier in the week; Jim McClennan was happy to have Dee House back at the club and to have a very bouncing new grandson who’s already put on 4 pounds to his prodigious 10 pound birthweight; Donna Fipps was happy to have a CCI puppy reunion between Ressa and Daisy; Dee House was super happy to be back at the club; Scott MacDonald was happy in anticipation of adding a third grandchild to his family; Tom Ryan was double happy in advance of the November 10 Marine Corps birthday; Marty Peters was happy that Notre Dame remains undefeated and that Gift of Rotary goes on.
Happy Dollars for the Week Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
At our November 8, 2018 meeting we welcomed Chistina Grobin and Debbie Zambianco from St. Peter’s, mortgage broker Richard Stewart from the Carlsbad club, and Ron Baez who owns a pool service and repair service. We also welcomed back former members Jim Brunner and Dee House.
Welcoming Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 10, 2018
Clem Brown, Environmental Sustainability/Special Project Manager for Del Mar
Clem Brown Environmental Sustainability/Special Project Manager for Del Mar was the speaker at our November 8, 2018 meeting. In his talk he told us about his role in developing strategies to ensure that Del Mar achieves the goals set forth in its Climate Action Plan (CAP) that was approved by the City Council in June 2016.
The plan involves first assessing how current lifestyles, including transportation, energy use, and waste affect the environment. Building on that information, Clem and his team are generating a road map to help the city reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50%, use 100% renewable power for city facilities, and generate zero waste by 2035.
In 2012, the GHG Emission inventory indicated that the bulk of GHG in Del Mar could be attributed to residential energy use (21%) and transportation (57%). To reduce GHG from energy production, the city is pursuing the concept of Community Choice Energy (CCE) in which North Coast cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside band together to purchase power directly from suppliers that will give the city more choices, particularly the choice of renewable power. One other step to addressing GHG related to energy production is already in place at the new Civic Center in Del Mar. Housed in the basement is a new photovoltaic and energy storage system that provides up to 90% of the power needs of the facility, even those at night when the sun isn’t shining. The Civic Center also has charging stations for electric vehicles, and the city is streamlining the permitting process for Del Mar residents to install charging facilities in their homes. These actions likely will help increase the city’s already high rate of electric vehicle ownership.
To reduce the car trips, Del Mar is exploring “Micro Mobility” solutions by allowing neighborhood electric vehicles, and facilitating adoption of bike and scooter sharing in the city, which would be coupled with increasing the safety of bike lanes and making the city more walkable through the new Streetscape project that will involve the area between 9th and 15th Street.
Clem pointed out that Del Mar has a number of ways to meets its Zero Waste goal. In addition to banning single use Styrofoam food containers and plastic straws, Del Mar will focus reducing the amount of organic waste (currently 34% of all waste generated in the village) by examining solutions that involve composting or other types of recycling.
Under Clem’s leadership, Del Mar is already well on its way to achieving these important goals that will mitigate our impacts on the environment. 
An Ambitious Climate Action Plan for Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2018-11-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
2019 Float Parade Committee with the float already in progress
Rotary will again be represented at the 2019 Rose Parade. The parade theme is “The Melody of Life” and the Rotary float will feature a piano-playing dragon and the tag line: “Service Rocks”. There are several ways you can get involved:  i) buy a raffle ticket for a chance to ride the float; ii) donate $10,000 for a guaranteed ride, or hoof it alongside the float for $6,000; iii) contact Don Fipps to sign up to decorate the float in the days before the New Year’s Day parade. The float is funded independently of Rotary International and provides fantastic visibility for Rotary via parade goers and a global TV audience. Rotary’s entry has won the Princess Award (most beautiful float under 35’) two years running. 
Rose Parade Rotary Float Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
Bob Gans, Del Mar Foundation Board President
Sandra Hoyle, Programming Chair, Del Mar Foundation
Bob Gans, President of the Del Mar Foundation (DMF), and Sandra Hoyle, who oversees DMF programming joined us at our November 1, 2018 meeting to highlight the many ways that DMF fosters connections and engagement within the Del Mar community.
DMF began in 1982 to help organize community events. But over the years, the mission of DMF expanded beyond event oversight to encompass support for causes and organizations devoted to promoting the community of Del Mar.  The DMF is staffed nearly entirely by volunteers to provide support for residents of the 92014 zip code, which includes all of the village of Del Mar and is bounded by the I-5 to the east, Via del la Valle to the north, and Carmel Valley Road to the south. 
Sandra Hoyle spoke about her initial involvement with the DMF, which started when she moved to the area 10 years ago and was looking to meet people in the community. She began by volunteering with the Kids Corner at the Del Mar Library and eventually got involved with the DMF.  She outlined the community events she spearheads, including the Summer Twilight and First Thursdays concert series, their version of TED Talks, DMF Talks, and special events like the Annual Picnic, 4th of July Parade and Halloween Dog Parade.
The DMF also offers grants that benefit the community.  In the past five years, their grant budget quintupled, from $20,000 to $100,000. The funded projects include capital improvement work to expand and beautify public spaces. A prime example is the $125,000 given to the Del Mar Civic Center to ensure the inclusion of public gathering spaces.  The Del Mar lifeguards received funds from the DMF to purchase a rescue boat, while older Del Mar residents benefit from the Del Mar Community Connection that brings groups together for lunch once a month.
In 2007 in honor of the silver anniversary of the DMF, an endowment program was established to provide stable, long-term funding for DMF projects.  The endowment is now over $2 million and grows annually thanks to donations to annual campaigns, multi-year gifts paid in installments, sponsorship for concerns, and bequests.  These funds, together with the efforts of DMF’s hard-working volunteers, will serve to strengthen the Del Mar community in the coming years and maintain the status of Del Mar as one of the best places to live. 
Del Mar Foundation Creates Community Connections Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
Recover from Election Day by joining us at Americana in Del Mar for our November social.  On Wednesday November 7 we’ll gather from 5-7 PM on the patio at 15th street and Camino Del Mar to enjoy the happy hour offerings, and thank owner Randy Gruber for his continued support of our Chili & Quackers Challenge and Sunset Soiree.
Monthly Social on November 7 at Americana in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
2017 Club Holiday Party
We’ll hold our annual club holiday party Friday, December 7 at St. Peter’s Parish Hall (our regular meeting site) beginning at 6:30 PM.  The cost is $50 per person and will include dinner from Flavor Chef and drinks.  We’ll reprise our cookie exchange- bring 3 dozen of your favorite homemade cookies to trade for 3 dozen new varieties. 
Club Holiday Party Set for December 7 Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
Larry Cook was happy to see the Boston Red Sox win the World Series- Larry was a Red Sox bat boy for their ’59-’60 season; Marty Peters was happy to have seen Notre Dame prevail over Navy at the SDCCU stadium; Ed Siegel was happy to be back at the club after attending a Rotary Club of Encinitas meeting, where he found there was no piano; and, continuing with the grandchildren theme of last week, Scott MacDonald was happy to learn that he will be a grandfather three times over as his son and daughter-in-law are expecting.
A Few Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 03, 2018
At our November 1, 2018 meeting we were pleased to welcome Joe McLeod, the Chief Operating Officer of Boys & Girls Club San Dieguito along with Nat Reade and Past President Dee House
Welcome to Our Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Rotarian of the Day Bob Sonnhalter speaking about the history of calzones
Special calzone from Flavor Chef just for the head table
In addition to being All Saints Day, November 1 is National Calzone Day.  Bob Sonnhalter was Rotarian of the Day and gave a bit of history for the calzone and how it earned a national day.  These half-moons of goodness are thought to have started in Naples and were designed to be eaten on the go. Bob said that calzone roughly translates to “pants legs” and are stuffed with traditional pizza fillings. In 2016 Minsky’s restaurant in Kansas City was successful in their petition to get a national day for calzones on the National Day Calendar, and if you find yourself at Minsky’s you can order their Deluxe Loaded Lobster and Bacon calzone.  Sitting at the front table had its benefits on November 1- Flavor Chef brought us our own calzone!
Rotarian of the Day: Bob Sonnhalter Sharon Schendel 2018-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Joann Lam from the new Rotaract E-Club
We had several guests at the October 25, 2018 meeting.  Janice Kurth introduced Joann Lam one of the founders of a new E-Rotaract club, which our club is proud to sponsor.  The club was just launched at the recent Big West Rotaract Conference held in Portland, Oregon.  Joann was a member of the SDSU Rotaract Club and upon graduation she wasn’t sure whether she’d be in San Diego for the long-term.  Given that uncertainty, an E-club was the perfect solution. Members meet virtually, and she could maintain her connection with Rotary in whatever new place she might land.  Joann said that the E-club Rotaractors are seeking career mentors, so if you’d like to mentor one of the members, please email Joann, who is now listed as an Associate Member of our club. 
John Voss joined us from the Bay Area, and we welcomed back former members Scott Thomas and past president Dee House.   
Welcome Guests Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Winning chili makers (L-R) Walt Strangman, Carol Kane, Don Fipps
Event chair Matt Kurth with Suzy Wagner, whose duck had the fastest return to shore
Marty Peters with one of many "duck retrievers"
District Governor Mel Gallegos and his wife Jude joined us for some beer and chili
Face (and other body part) painting was popular with everyone
Chris Stewart crushed a lot of ice for Sno Cones
Canine Companions for Independence puppies in training, Thyme and Ressa, had a fun time
Some more scenes from the day- to see them all, click here
Matt Kurth certainly earned Rotarian of the Month recognition for heading up the Chili & Quackers event held on October 20, 2018 at the Powerhouse Park in Del Mar.  We had a beautiful day for the event and the turnout was fantastic. After expenses we raised $5,770 that will go to support our club projects.  We had 14 chilis in all- the recipes for many are available on our Facebook page as part of publicity posts that Dugan Moore made over the past weeks.  For the kids attending, Karin and Jim Davies broadened the game offerings, and we had both face painting and balloon animals.  The Del Mar lifeguards were on hand to give CPR demonstrations and launch the ducks from one of their rescue boats. Brett Mattei got there very early for initial setup and helped decide where the ducks should be launched to ensure their safe return.  Chris Stewart and Brody Fleming manned the snow cone machine. Miles Fleming, Patti Kurtz, Scott MacDonald and Philippe Lamoise, were busy with on-site sales; Philippe also designed our website that enabled easy pre-purchases.  Garrie Rhodes staffed the drinks tent and Mark Matthess again grilled hot dogs. Val Myers gathered the prizes (over a dozen this year), and Sharyn Daly coordinated all the rentals.  Suzy and Karl Wagner brought on board several restaurants and Chad Brown secured the permits for alcohol sales. Dan Smargon led the cleanup team, which got great help from the Troop 713 Boy Scouts. John Baranowski was the MC for the day. Congratulations to Suzy Wagner for having the fastest duck, and to Don Fipps, Carol Kane, and Walt Strangman who took first, second and third place, respectively, for their chilis, and, no surprise, Randy Gruber again took top prize in the restaurant division.  Thanks to everyone who helped (and apologies to anyone I missed!) to make this such a great event.  We’re already thinking of ways to make next year’s installment even better.  Click here to check out my photos and also visit the gallery at Del Mar Times.
Chili & Quackers a Quacking Success Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Jim McNemanim, Senior Vice President of Forward Planning at Zephyr, goes over the site plan for the proposed Del Mar Resort
Jim McMenamin, Senior Vice President of Forward Planning for Zephyr gave the presentation at our October 25, 2018 meeting on plans to develop the property to the north of North Beach (aka Dog Beach) in Del Mar.  For nearly a century, the bluffs above Dog Beach were mainly privately owned.  Now, plans are in the works to develop the property to create what Zephyr refers to as a “Resort without walls”.  Visitors to the Montage in Laguna Beach will get a glimpse of the type of development Zephyr envisions: a 251 room hotel, 76 resort villas, four restaurants and a trail network along the bluffs for the public to enjoy.  Just over one quarter of the site will be occupied by the Del Mar Resort, and the remainder will be open space that preserves view corridors. The profile of the buildings will be limited to no more than 46 feet in height to preserve site lines.  All parking is to be self-contained and will not impact street parking.  The revenue from the property to the City of Del Mar- largely through transient occupancy tax (TOT)- is estimated to be around $7 million annually, or nearly 1/3 of the current city budget.  Jim explained that Zephyr has coordinated extensive outreach activities to gather public input and ensure that concerns are addressed.  Project completion is anticipated for 2022 and Zephyr put significant effort into developing the project in an environmentally sustainable manner to provide area residents with a new site to gather to enjoy the benefits of this unique space. 
Plans for Del Mar Resort Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Don Fipps kicked off the October 25, 2018 Happy Dollars by being happy to have won the Chili & Quackers cookoff with his IPA Spcial Chili; Suzy Wagner was super happy to share some her winnings from her speedy Chili & Quackers duck;  Kit Leeger was happy that after 3 years, the St. Peter’s renovation project she’s guiding has at last reached story pole phase; Janice Kurth was double happy in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Japan where she’ll reconnect with a Tokyo Rotarian she’s worked with over the years; Matt Kurth was super happy for the success of Chili & Quackers; Marty Peters was double happy that the fire department wasn’t really needed to get him back on his feet at Chili & Quackers and that he had a ticket to the Notre Dame-Navy game that he would exchange for a $50 donation to the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust; Ed Siegel was happy that Chandra Collure was a grandfather and that the latest installment of his calendar books- which he’s maintained since 1974- that he'd lost in Pensacola Florida were safely returned to him; Chandra Collure was of course super happy about the birth of his first grandchild in Santa Monica; and Marlene Gotz was happy that she was able to take her 14 year-old grandson Tyler with her to Boston to celebrate her mother’s 93rd birthday.  What will you be happy about at next week’s meeting?
Happy Dollar Windfall Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
New member Joel Candib (center) with Membership Chair Brett Mattei (left) and President Don Fipps (right)
Membership chair Brett Mattei inducted Joel Candib as the newest member of our club.  Joel is a financial services professional and is transferring to our club from Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle in part because our meeting time works better with his schedule.  He’s already on the fast track to upgrade to a blue badge through attendance at the recent fireside chat and helping at Chili & Quackers. We’ll look forward to learning more about Joel when he gives his “Who Am I” at the November 1, 2018 meeting. 
Congratulations to New Member Joel Candib Sharon Schendel 2018-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Karin Davies was Rotarian of the Day for the October 25, 2018 meeting, and when the choice was between National Chucky the Killer Doll Day and National Sourest Day, Karin of course chose the latter.  She explained the many ways that “Service Above Self” can make the sourest of things sweeter with help from the “Four Helpmates of Happiness”: Dopamine (helper’s high), serotonin (sense of well-being), endorphins (reduce pain), and oxytocin (the cuddle chemical). Doing, witnessing or even thinking about performing kind acts raises the levels of all four of these chemicals, suggesting that Rotarians are among the happiest of people!
Rotarian of the Day: Karin Davies Sharon Schendel 2018-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
Michelle Zive listens to a member tell his story
Michelle Zive spent many years helping others build stronger bodies as a clinical dietician. She works for the Center for Community Health at University of California at San Diego as Principal Investigator for the Healthy Network of California that uses social media to encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles. However, Michelle also has a lifelong love of learning and storytelling. More than 20 years after completing a Master’s in Nutritional Science, Michelle undertook PhD studies at University of San Diego to help others learn to tell stories that build trust and empathy and break down stereotypes and misconceptions. 
            One Tribe Connect grew out of her PhD studies.  In her presentation at our September 20, 2018 meeting, Michelle shared a quote from Jonathan Gottschall’s book: The Storytelling Animal, which said: “We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night telling itself stories.”  One Tribe Connect builds on this innate human desire to tell stories, and in the process promote cooperation among groups, develop social norms and shared beliefs that are integrated from multiple viewpoints, and transmit cultural knowledge between individuals.
            During her presentation Michelle showed an excerpt from the TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” by author Chimamande Ngozi Adichie who cautioned that in showing a people as one thing and only one thing, that one thing is what they become. Thus, we must remember to engage with the entire story of a person, since a single story alone can be polarizing and robs people of dignity.
            In her research during development of One Tribe Connect, Michelle considered these single stories, and strategies for instead hearing entire stories.  For example, if she asked a middle-aged woman to describe a Millennial, she might say “someone who is bored, entitled, and in front on a screen all day”.  Yet by bringing Millennials together with older women the stories that emerged provided a broader picture of both groups, and dispelled misperceptions. 
            Michelle’s talk prompted lively discussion among members who shared how their own biases and assumptions might have affected their interactions with others, including their own families.  Although authentic storytelling can be challenging and reveal vulnerabilities, it is a powerful means for building understanding and empathy.   
One Tribe Connect- Using Storytelling to Build Bridges and Enhance Empathy Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
I’ll be traveling over the next couple of weeks and will miss the September 27 and October 4 meetings. I’d be grateful to any of you who could take photos at these meetings- particularly of the speaker, but also of any other photo-worthy moments.  You can email me the photos with a brief accompanying blurb, or just send photos and a few notes.  I’ll then post them in the newsletter with your byline.  With my thanks in advance for your help- Sharon. 
Submit Newsletter Photos and Articles for October 4 and October 11 Issues  Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
Miles Fleming as Rotarian of the Day for the September 20, 2018 meeting
The age-old debate
In honor of National String Cheese day, everyone found a stick of string cheese at their plate (courtesy of Don and Donna Fipps). Rotarian of the Day Miles Fleming ran with the theme by polling members about their string cheese consumption preferences, i.e., bite versus peel and the strong attitudes about both methods. 
Rotarian of the Day: Miles Fleming Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
Manning the booth at the Del Mar Foundation picnic on September 22, 2018
Booth visitors eager to learn more!
The ducks are training and chefs are polishing recipes for Chili & Quackers, which is now less than four weeks away on October 20, 2018 from noon-4 pm at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar.  The C & Q team has been raising awareness in multiple ways.  We had a booth at last week’s Del Mar Foundation picnic and event chair Matt Kurth has been at the Del Mar Farmer’s Market.  Sign up with Matt to help get the word out at upcoming Saturday Farmer’s Markets.  We’ve had business cards printed that have a QR code for Chili & Quackers and the uptake has been good- we have plenty, so please take a few at an upcoming meeting and share them with friends. Speaking of sharing, Dugan Moore has been posting Chili & Quackers chili recipes on the Rotary Club of Del Mar Facebook page- if you’re on Facebook please share her posts to increase visibility.  If you’re on Nextdoor in your neighborhood, consider downloading the Chili & Quackers logo and sharing it with a Nextdoor post.   
Chili & Quackers Less Than One Month Away Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
District 5340 will hold its annual Foundation Seminar Saturday September 29, 2018 from 8 am-noon at the Grossmont Theater in El Cajon.  Rotarians from around the district will gather to learn more about projects sponsored by Rotary clubs throughout the district that have improved the lives of individuals and bettered communities both at home and around the world.  The Foundation Seminar is always a fantastic demonstration of the power of Rotary, and or Rotarians who embody this year’s theme:  “Be the inspiration.” Brett Mattei and Dugan Moore will be presenting on our Club’s projects. Arrive early for a free flu shot! For complete information and to register, click here.
Register to Be Inspired at the District 5340 Rotary Foundation Seminar Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
Dollars were flying at the September 20 meeting.  Pat Dougherty was double happy about celebrating his birthday;  Jim Brunner was happy for a great trip with his two sons to San Francisco, where they watched victories by the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, as well as Stanford (and he got his picture taken with the Stanford cheerleaders); Tom Ryan was super happy in anticipation of his daughter’s wedding in Montauk, New York on September 27; Philippe Lamoise paid penance for not cutting or biting his string cheese (on string cheese day- see Rotarian of the Day story), but rather cutting it to top his salad; Karin Davies was happy for the recognition giving to her Global Grant; Jim Watkins was super happy the Del Mar Streetscape project was given the green light with scheduled completion next summer; Marty Peters was happy remembering his recent four day fishing trip in Big Sky country; and Larry King prompted Dan Smargon and Jim Davies to contribute Happy Bucks for return of phone and hat, respectively, left unattended around the Parish Hall.
Happy Dollars Abound Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 23, 2018
The Cover of the October issue of The Rotarian that features an article about the Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia Global Grant spearheaded by Dr. Karin Davies
Check your mailbox for the most recent issue of The Rotarian, which features the project headed by our member Dr. Karin Davies, who partnered with Dr. Pat Bromberger to teach health care professionals in Ethiopia to deliver life-saving care to struggling newborns. If you’d like to help Karin share this issue with project stakeholders, please save your copy and bring it to Karin at an upcoming meeting.  You can also read the article online by clicking here.
Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia Global Grant Featured in October Issue of The Rotarian Sharon Schendel 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 16, 2018
The Woolleys- Ann, Monty and Basil- never have too far to travel to attend socials in the Del Mar village
Donna Fipps (left), Donna Johnson (center), Sharyn Daly and Don Johnson (upper left) and Janice Kurth (right) enjoy the evening weather
Bellied up to the Bleu Bar are (l to r) Jim Kohn, Suzie and Karl Wagner, Bill Rawlings and Matt Kurth
Around 20 members and guests met near the L’Auberge Del Mar pool to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and dinner at the Bleu Bar.  Thanks again to the Wagners for organizing our socials, which continue to be a great way to support local businesses who have sponsored club events such as the Sunset Soiree.  On October 2 from 5-7 PM we'll return to Viewpoint Brewing Company for our October social.    
September Social at L'Auberge Del Mar Bleu Bar Sharon Schendel 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 16, 2018
Matt Kurth has built on his experience as a physician-scientist working neurodegenerative diseases to advise a number of companies on drug development and clinical trial design.  At the September 13, 2018 meeting, Matt discussed how clinical trials of therapeutic compounds that are conducted in order to gain Food and Drug Administration approval are important for ensuring the safety and efficacy of drugs used to treat a range of diseases. During his presentation Matt outlined the different phases of clinical testing- Phase 1 through Phase 4. Drugs are first tested in Phase I trials involving only a few dozen patients to determine the effective dose and can progress up to Phase 3 in which thousands of patients are enrolled, often at the cost of up to $50,000 per trial subject. Such testing, together with the high failure rate of drug development, contribute to the high costs of drug research. Matt highlighted examples of the “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” of current therapeutics. Among “The Good” are personalized medicines, such as those used in certain cancers that consider a patient’s genetic makeup and advances in treatments for autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular diseases. For “The Bad”, effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Diseases are lacking, vaccination rates remain less than ideal, and the incidence of drug resistant bacteria is increasing while the number of new antibiotics is small. Finally, “The Ugly” is that millions of Americans still lack reliable access to basic health care services, which drives up the costs for the entire population.  Matt's presentation is the first in a series of vocational presentations. If you're interested in presenting on your vocation, email Vocational Chair Dan Smargon.
The Food and Drug Administration- an Important Guardian of Drug Safety Sharon Schendel 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 16, 2018
Banner welcomes attendees
Marta Knight leads a session on the qualities of effective leaders and developing good projects
Past District Governor Carl Kruse outlined how ethics fits into all Rotary Lines of Service
Janice Kurth, District 5340 Rotary Foundation Chair and Past District Governor (and Rotary Club of Del Mar member) discussed how donations to the Rotary Foundation help support current and future projects
Over 70 club president-elects, presidents, and others on the leadership track in Rotary gathered on the University of San Diego campus at the Joan B. Kroc Center for Peace and Justice to gain insight into the qualities of effective leaders, ways to build and sustain club membership, develop projects and fundraisers, and ways that contributions to The Rotary Foundation can strengthen clubs worldwide.  District Governor Mel Gallegos, along with District Governor-Elect Marta Knight and Past District Governors Marge Cole, Karl Cruse and Janice Kurth led sessions on a variety of topics designed to ensure that future club leaders have the tools they need to sustain the vitality of their clubs.  Rotarians in attendance had the chance to work in small groups to share ideas about what programs have been effective for their clubs and ways that Rotary can continue to flourish at the club, district, and international level. 
Rotary Leadership Institute Provides Guidance for Future Leaders of Rotary Sharon Schendel 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 16, 2018
President Don Fipps (left) and Rotary Foundation Chair Matt Kurth (right) with Suzie Wagner
President Don Fipps and TRF Chair Matt Kurth awarded Suzie Wagner her second Paul Harris Fellow (i.e., Paul Harris +1).  Remember that all donations to The Rotary Foundation count towards Paul Harris Fellow recognition and help provide funding for projects both locally and across the world.  Matt noted that 12/63 members have fulfilled their pledges to the foundation and reminded us that the club’s goal for the year is a $25 minimum donation from each member and $100 per capita donations.  Download the pledge forms to make your contributions to The Rotary Foundation (click here to download the form) and the club’s Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust (click here to download the form) today.
Congratulations to Paul Harris Fellow +1 Suzie Wagner Sharon Schendel 2018-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
U-TOUCH founder Deb Plotkin (second from right) with Dugan Moore, Matt and Janice Kurth and Philippe Lamoise, who all recently visited a U-TOUCH Digital Center in Gulu, Uganda
U-TOUCH students
Deb Plotkin’s journey to the founding of U-TOUCH, an organization that brings computer technology to the people of Northern Uganda, began when she was just four months old with a knock at the door of her family’s home. An officer had come to tell her mother that Deb’s father, a loving, compassionate man, had been shot and killed in an armed robbery. The loss of her father instilled in Deb a desire to search for meaning and purpose in life, and also fostered a sense of connection with all isolated children, particularly those who’d lost a parent. 
In 2005, Deb heard Sister Pauline Acayo speak at UCSD.  Sr. Pauline told of the violence in Uganda, particularly that associated with the Lord’s Resistance Army, which often forced children to become soldiers, and also was involved in a conflict that resulted in the displacement of thousands of Ugandans.  Deb and her daughter began raising funds for the Uganda Education Fund, which provided the means for Ugandan children to attend school. 
Although Deb and her daughter, together with students at La Jolla High School and Muirlands Middle School, raised more than $75,000 to support the education of individual children in Uganda, Deb felt the need to provide sustainable resources that could provide life-long benefits to Ugandans. In 2010 she founded U-TOUCH as a 501(c)(3) organization to provide education in computer technology. Through programs such as the Microsoft Digital Curriculum in which students gain expertise with the Microsoft Office suite, U-TOUCH students build their computer skills. Having learned the fundamentals of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), U-TOUCH students can expand their skills to include web design and internet connectivity, as well as learn how computers can facilitate business development.
U-TOUCH also emphasizes the important role of women in economic development through its Women’s Empowerment (WE) Program- a month-long course that that challenges traditional gender roles and helps women develop leadership and life skills, as well as tools needed to found their own businesses that allow these women to support themselves and their children.
Since its founding, over 5,000 Ugandans have obtained Microsoft Digital Literacy certification at one of 5 U-TOUCH digital centers in Northern Uganda. Its graduates see an increase in their income of up to 200%.  Deb began her talk with the statement:  Brilliance is equally distributed, but opportunity is not. The many success stories of U-TOUCH students illustrate the brilliance of these students that shines when they’re given the right opportunities. 
Learn more about U-TOUCH at their website (created by a U-TOUCH graduate) and consider attending their upcoming event, Gala for Giving Hope, to be held in Del Mar on Sunday October 14 at 3 pm. The gala will raise funds to support U-TOUCH activities.  
Bridging the Global Digital Divide: The Lives U-TOUCH are the Lives You Save Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
We’ll spend our September Social overlooking the ocean at the Bleu Bar at L’Auberge in Del Mar.  Join us from 5-7 PM to enjoy cocktails, beer and wine paired with bar bites, salad or sandwich (click here for the menu).  Remember to invite friends or colleagues who have interest in the San Diego biotech community in advance of our Vocational Series presentation by Matt Kurth at the September 13, 2018 meeting. 
September Social: September 11 at Bleu Bar in L'Auberge Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
Past President Klaus Gubernator now serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation trust (chaired by Val Myers).  At the September 6, 2018 meeting he explained the different ways that club members can donate to support both club and Rotary International-sponsored projects. 
  • Rotary Foundation:  The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization that supports the activities of Rotary International. Donations you make to the Rotary Foundation support a variety of activities, including the Polio Plus fund, Global and District Grants and scholarships and are fully tax deductible.  Our goal is to have 100% of members donate with a per capita annual donation of $100
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust:  Members are also asked to contribute to our Foundation Trust, also a 501(c)(3) organization.  The trust gives us greater flexibility to fund smaller projects (e.g., La Colonia Children’s Christmas Party; Community Resource Center; Del Mar Lifeguards rescue equipment).  Your donations to the Trust are also fully tax deductible.  Our goal is to have 100% of members donates and a per capita annual donation of $200
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar:  The club is a 501(c)(4) organization, which allows us to take positions that may be considered to have a political aspect.  Use of funds is not restricted and go to cover club expenses such as Parish Hall rental and catering 
Download the pledge forms to donate to the club’s Foundation Trust and Rotary Foundation and return the completed forms and checks to Klaus.  To ensure that your donation is tax deductible, make checks out to “Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust” and “The Rotary Foundation”, for donations to the Foundation Trust and Rotary Foundation, respectively.  Members can also make their donations to the Rotary Foundation online by clicking here.
Supporting the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation Trust and Rotary International Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
Marlene Gotz announced the 49th annual Dia Del Sol event to benefit United Cerebral Palsy will be held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar on October 10, 2018 from 10-1:30 PM.  In particular, she seeks several members who can assist children affected by cerebral palsy who will be participating in the event’s fashion show. 
Dia Del Sol is hosted by members of the Beach & Country Guild, an all-volunteer organization of women that raises funds to support children and families in San Diego who have been affected by cerebral palsy. The guild donates up to $250,000 annually to United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego for the direct benefit of the San Diego community.   
Annual Dia Del Sol Event to Benefit Cerebral Palsy Research Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 09, 2018
Scott MacDonald kicked off the round of happiness at the September 6, 2018 meeting by being happy for the return of Patti Kurtz from Europe and the impending publication in May of his new book, “Think Like a Dog”; Jim McClennan was happy in anticipation of the birth of a new grandson; Tony Villasenor was super happy that his son is to be married next week; and Chris Stewart was happy to announce that his book “Prayers, Punk Rock and Pastry” is doing great on Amazon. 
Happy Dollars for September 6, 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
President Don Fipps presents Dan Smargon with his sixth Paul Harris Fellow recognition
Marty Peters recognizes Jack Lyon as a Paul Harris Fellow
Congratulations to Dan Smargon on receiving his sixth Paul Harris Fellow recognition- he received a Paul Harris pin with a ruby for his contributions to Rotary International. We also congratulate Matt Kurth on receiving his second Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Rotarians can also recognize individuals as Paul Harris Fellows, which is what Marty Peters did on behalf of Jack Lyon, founder of Veterans Village of San Diego.
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
We’re just over five weeks from Chili & Quackers on October 20, 2018.  We’re gearing up to secure sponsors and need your help in getting the word out about this event.  If you’re on Facebook and haven’t already, please “like” the Rotary Club of Del Mar Facebook page.  Once on the page, please like and share Dugan’s posts about Chili & Quackers.  Through sharing we can maximize the number of people we reach.  Please also encourage your family and friends to visit our website to “adopt” ducks and pre-purchase chili tastes and food and beverage tickets is now live at the club website. Thank you to Philippe Lamoise for his work developing the site. Want to be involved in planning?  Email event chair Matt Kurth to find out ways to help.
Chili & Quackers Publicity Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
Judi Westberg, Regional Development Officer for Mercy Ships brought plenty of informational materials
Our Program Chair Scott MacDonald connected with Judi Westberg, Regional Development Officer for Mercy Ships who presented to our club on August 30, 2018, in an unusual way- through art.  Scott was purchasing work by local artist Tom Liguori, who instead of payment asks clients to donate to one of several charities, including Mercy Ships. 
Judi began her presentation by showing a 60 Minutes piece that aired several years ago.  In many countries in Africa, access to basic healthcare is extremely limited and access to surgical care is even more rare. Mercy Ships bring surgical care to countries identified by the World Health as being most in need. Don Stevens founded Mercy Ships in 1978 by Don Stevens and in its 40 year service has helped more than 80,000 individuals and their families by bringing 21st century medical care to those most in need.    
The Africa Mercy is a 500 ft converted rail ferry ship that carries a crew of 450, including 15 doctors. The ship has 78 beds and 6 operating rooms.  All crew provide their services for free, and each crew member must fund their own living expenses. Many of the crew are sponsored by churches and other organizations in their home communities. 
Mercy Ships provide only surgical treatment and specialize in maxillofacial surgeries, particularly those involving repair of cleft palates and removal of disfiguring benign facial tumors.  They also perform cataract surgeries that have helped dozens of patients regain their sight after decades of blindness. 
Mercy Ships is a faith-based organization that receives no government funding and thus their $55 million annual budget is supported solely on private donations and corporate partnerships. They are currently engaged in a capital campaign to raise $160 million to build a new ship that will be designed to meet surgical specifications. Judi invited us to learn more about Mercy Ships and keep abreast of its activities by signing up to receive their newsletters.  
Mercy Ships Bring Hope and Healing to Those Most in Need Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
On September 13 Matt Kurth will give the first in our new Vocational Series of presentations that will highlight the different vocations of our members. Matt will discuss biotech and pharma industry in the San Diego region. All members are encouraged to invite friends or colleagues who are in this field, or have interest in the topic, to attend. Members can also consider bringing guests to the monthly social on Tuesday, September 11, at the Bleu Bar at L’Auberge to talk about the biotech/pharma industry in an informal setting in advance of the September 13 meeting.  Interested in presenting on your vocation?  Contact Program Chair Scott MacDonald.
New Vocational Series Begins September 13 Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2018
Sharyn Daly was happy for being back into her house in the hills of Del Mar, while Ole Prahm, visiting from the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe, was happy to be able to attend a Rotary meeting within walking distance of his home.  John Baranowski is happy for an upcoming trip to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. John’s wife, Candace, hit on a great idea while they were looking for an Albuquerque hotel. She suggested that they reach out to local Rotarians to ask whether any members would be willing to host them during their trip and they would donate the funds they would have otherwise spent on a hotel to club projects. They had more than a few offers and will be looking forward to meeting Rotarians on their upcoming trip.
Happy Dollars for the Week Sharon Schendel 2018-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 19, 2018

Brett Mattei and Vickie Barks and the rest of our crew in attendance
Suzy and Karl Wagner with Monty Woolley
Larry Cook (big winner for the day) and Scott MacDonald
Don Fipps, Marty Peters, Bob Fuchs and Brett Mattei
Garrie Rhodes and Ed Siegel
Val Myers and Sharyn Daly with Kevin Fitzpatrick
Eric Nelte, Tom Ryan and Jim Brunner
Chad Brown with Bill and Pat Dougherty
Don and Donna Fipps (far left) in the Winner's Circle with the Del Mar Rotary race winner Fawree
Another beautiful day at the Del Mar Race Track for our annual Day at the Races. We gathered at Il Palio restaurant on the 6th floor of the grandstand to enjoy a lunch buffet and the window-side tables that have panoramic views of the track.  Instead of the usual Sick Picks, we had only five races this year, but the picks didn’t fare all that much better with the smaller card. Larry Cook collected winnings as usual, but regardless of the take everyone had a wonderful time.  Don and Donna Fipps were in the winner’s circle to greet the winner of Race 2, the Del Mar Rotary Race. Fawree, ridden by jockey Flavien Prat ran the one mile in only 1:38 to win easily over Tidal Effect and Impression and pay out $19 for a $2 bet. Click here to watch the complete race and the winner’s circle presentation. Thank you to honorary member and Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper for graciously hosting this event.
Annual Day at the Races at the Del Mar Racetrack Sharon Schendel 2018-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 19, 2018
Del Mar Civic Center (photo credit George J. Janczyn
For our meeting on August 23, we’ll venture from our usual meeting site down the road to the newly opened Del Mar Civic Center to hear City Manager Scott Huth present on the state of city of Del Mar affairs. We’ll also be able to tour the new facilities. The Civic Center is located on the Coast Highway (1050 Camino Del Mar) and there is plenty of parking at the Civic Center- 100 spaces under the building and 40 spaces above. Entrances to below-ground parking are on 10th and 11th streets. 
Field Trip: August 23 Meeting Will Be Held at Del Mar Civic Center Sharon Schendel 2018-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 13, 2018
Warm up band performs as the crowd settles in
Mary and Bill Rawlings
Suzy and Karl Wagner with their grandson Ashton (far left) and Suzy's daughter Pam and her husband Mike
Don and Donna Fipps 
Lanh Tran and Bill Nguyen with their daughter Skylar
Suzy says "hi" to Skylar
Steely Damned plays on as the sun sets
As a twist for our monthly socials, Karl and Suzy Wagner were up bright and early (i.e., 5 AM) on August 7, 2018 to claim a spot on the Powerhouse Park lawn in advance of the latest in the Del Mar Foundation Twilight Concert Series. Their early morning efforts provided us a close up view of Steely Damned and a place to enjoy early evening picnics.  Karl and Suzy’s grandson Ashton was visiting from Boulder, Colorado, where he’s attending University of Colorado Boulder, and Suzy’s daughter Pam and her husband Mike also joined us. Two other special guests were with Lanh Tran- her husband Bill and their daughter Skylar, who’s just a few weeks shy of her first birthday. 
August Social at the Del Mar Foundation Twilight Concert Series Sharon Schendel 2018-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 13, 2018
Eric Nelte reported that Doug Hall, former member of Rotary Club of Del Mar and Rotary Club of Encinitas, passed away on August 4, 2018 at the age of 86. After serving as Executive Director of the Carlsbad Boys Club from 1964-1966, Doug spearheaded the creation of a new Boys Club in the San Dieguito community and built three clubs in Encinitas, Solana Beach and Carmel Valley. Notably, the San Dieguito Boys Club was the first in the United States to admit girls. Doug served as Executive Director for BGC San Dieguito and retired as their CEO, whereupon he became President of the BGC San Dieguito Foundation for which he oversaw planned giving and contributions in excess of $20 million.
Doug left a lasting legacy at Rotary Club of Del Mar- Bob Fuchs said that when he was club president in 2004 Doug suggested that the club host a wine tasting festival, which endures today as the Sunset Soiree. 
In lieu of flowers, the Hall family requests that donations be made to the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito Foundation Doug Hall Scholarship fund (P.O. Box 871, Solana Beach, CA 92075) or the Grace Anglican Church (4055 Oceanside Blvd., Ste P, Oceanside, CA 92056. 
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held Friday, August 24, 2018 at 10 AM at the old St. Anne’s church building on 701 West Street in Oceanside. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Please wear “happy colors” to honor Doug’s preference for bright colors.  Contact Eric Nelte if you have any questions.   
Celebration of Life for Former Member Doug Hall Sharon Schendel 2018-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 13, 2018
District Governor Mel Gallegos (second from left) with his wife Judy (aka Hey Jude, far left) and (left to right) Don Fipps, Assistant District Governor Susie Callahan, Past District Governor Marty Peters and and newly named District Governor for 2020-2021, Steve Weitzen
District Governor Mel Gallegos visited our club on August 9, 2018 to give a presentation focused on how members can open the door to Rotary for others. In 1990, Mel’s wife Judy (aka “Hey Jude”) became a Rotarian. When they were both attending a District Conference in Lake Arrowhead, Mel was asked why he wasn’t a Rotarian, too. Judy said:  “He’s not qualified”, based on the thinking that Rotarians had to own their own business. At the time, Mel was working at Sharp Memorial Hospital- a business he of course didn’t own. But it was Lou Coviello who opened the door for Mel and let him see that he most definitely did qualify to be a Rotarian.  The door opened further at the 1996 Rotary International annual convention in Calgary, Canada, when Mel realized the international reach of Rotary. There he met Rotarians from all over the world, and even though they spoke different languages, he found that they shared similar goals and ideas.

Rotary opened the door for Mel to travel to Africa.  In response to a challenge by the late Jack Campbell, a Rotary Club of Escondido member and polio survivor, District 5340 raised funds to sponsor a National Immunization Day in Eritrea in Africa.  Mel was a member of the team that traveled to Eritrea to deliver the polio vaccine. This trip was the first of many Rotary-associated trips Mel and Judy have made to Africa.
Mel asked us to think about who introduced us to Rotary and how we remembered them. He then encouraged us to think of people in our lives who we might be able to introduce to Rotary. Across the world, around 1.2 million people call themselves Rotarians. Yet that number has remained stationary for over a decade, indicating that we lose as many members as we gain. Moreover, most of the current growth of Rotary is in Asia. Therefore, Rotarians in the United States need to find new strategies to maintain and grow membership by inviting service-minded people to join us. To help cultivate new members in our district, the District 5340 website lists a number of resources and the August 2018 issue of The Rotarian features innovative ways to help prospective members see the value of being a Rotarian. Above all, Mel called upon all of us to keep opening doors for others and in turn help Rotary grow and flourish. 
District Governor Mel Gallegos Encourages Rotarians to Open Doors for Potential Members Sharon Schendel 2018-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 13, 2018
In addition to welcoming club visitors Richard Fogg (Rotary Club of North County Inland), Carolyn Sparks (Rotary Club of Las Vegas), Steve Balch (Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle), honorary member Jim Brunner, and Dani Knapp as a new Associate Member, our members gave plenty of Happy Dollars to express happiness about recent events or people in town for a visit. Donna Fipps was happy to that her Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) puppy in training, Ressa, is the first water-loving CCI dog she’s had; Karin Davies was grateful that her University of Gondar colleagues were awarded all the necessary equipment to outfit a Level 3 NICU at University of Gondar hospital- site of training for her Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia Global Grant; Ed Siegel was happy to be have an upcoming interview with local raconteur Ken Kramer about his version of the Star Spangled Banner in the key of G; Charles Dorfan expressed happiness at the prospect of studying for both a law degree and MBA at Columbia starting in the fall; Karl Wagner was happy that the August 9 San Diego Blood Bank Drive at the new Del Mar Civic Center had already collected 13 donations; Scott MacDonald was thankful to have his son and daughter-in-law in from Morocco; Marty Peters donated Happy Dollars in recognition of a Paul Harris Fellowship he awarded to Fr. James Rude, S.J.; visiting Assistant District Governor Susie Callahan was happy that she yet again at a meeting with Richard Fogg; and Sharon Schendel was pleased to see publication of a collaborative study on improved treatments for Ebola virus infections that appeared in Cell.  The proceeds from all this happiness will go to support our many club projects.   
Heaps of Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2018-08-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2018
Carolyn Sparks of Rotary Club of Las Vegas and President Don Fipps exchange club banners
We always look forward to the introduction of guests at our weekly meetings. At the August 2, 2018 meeting, Janice Kurth’s sister, Jeanette McKnight, a speech pathologist from Fort Worth, Texas joined us, and Dani Knapp, member of the Rotary Club of Kona of Hawaii, returned for another meeting. Carolyn Sparks, member of Rotary Club of Las Vegas, brought us a banner to add to our collection, and Don Fipps gave her one of our banners. When you’re out traveling, use the Club Finder tool to find a meeting to attend. You’ll be given a warm welcome.
Welcoming Guests at Weekly Meetings Sharon Schendel 2018-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2018
Laura Lavoie, Director of Philanthropy at Rady Children's Hospital, with Program Chair Scott MacDonald
Examples of 3D models created at Rady Children's 3DVIP lab
Laura Lavoie, Director of Philanthropy for Rady Children’s Hospital, was our speaker at the August 2, 2018 meeting.  Laura has a personal connection with the hospital- her son Luke, who’s now 6, spent the first 37 days of his life in a Rady-administered NICU at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. She now has the opportunity to help give back to the hospital system that gave her and her son so much.
Rady Children’s began in 1954 as Children’s Hospital of San Diego, a 12 bed community polio hospital. In the nearly 65 years since, the hospital grew to a 550 bed facility that is one of the biggest children’s hospitals by volume. Last year they treated over 20,000 inpatients and almost 300,000 outpatients. Through its partnerships with pediatric medical groups and referrals, medical services for over 90% of children treated in San Diego county were in some way connected to Rady Children’s.  
The hospital is ranked in the top 10 for multiple specialties and has faculty who are affiliated with top research institutions in the area, including UCSD.  In her presentation Laura focused on four programs that are supported in part by community donations. 
The 3D Visualization, Innovation and Prototyping (3DVIP) lab uses 3D printing to create models and prints based on medical imaging that allows surgeons and other clinicians to hold in their hands a model of the organ they’ll be treating. Through these tactile models, clinicians can plan treatment strategies and also help patients and their parents visualize how they’ll be treated.
Faces for the Future (FACES), a four year academic and career development program, exposes students from Hoover and Crawford High Schools to career opportunities in healthcare. Through clinical rotations and shadowing staff at local agencies involved in healthcare delivery, FACES provides these students with mentors and with firsthand experience that will be critical to their future success. FACES is also helping to diversify the healthcare workforce by giving underserved students the skills and tools they need to enter training programs after they graduate high school.
Rady Children’s Philanthropy was also instrumental in obtaining funds needed to install NICVIEW cameras in their neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). These cameras are positioned above the isolettes and allow parents to see their newborns in real time by logging in to a secure online video feed. Parents value the ability to see their infants whenever they’re not able to be in the NICU itself- one family logged in more than 650 times in the first week of their child’s life. 
Since its launch in 2016, the Institute for Genomic Medicine at Rady Children’s has sequenced the genomes of more than 1,000 patients.  Sequencing of an entire genome once took weeks and cost millions. Rady patients now can receive results in just days at minimal cost. Of those patients whose genomes were sequenced at Rady, 35% received a diagnosis based on sequencing results (note that not all disease has a genetic foundation that can be detected by sequencing) and of those, the treatment plan for 70% changed course based on the sequencing findings.
Through these innovative programs, Rady Children’s stands as an invaluable resource not only for San Diego’s youngest residents, but also for children around the world who are referred to Rady Children’s for treatment. To learn more about how you can support Rady Children's programs, email Laura.  
Rady Children’s Hospital Keeps San Diego at the Forefront of Pediatric Medicine Sharon Schendel 2018-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2018
We’ll gather at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on August 16 for our annual Day at the Races event. The $20 fee for lunch and drinks will be billed to your account, but bring a few extra dollars- not only for betting- but to contribute to our Pick 5 pool and to tip our servers. After the gates open at noon, look for Bill Dougherty who will be stationed outside the gates to hand out passes to enter the grounds. Then 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 Outing Set for August 16 Sharon Schendel 2018-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2018
On October 20, 2018 the ducks will return to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar for our annual Chili & Quackers challenge. This year we’ll offer partnership opportunities for club members and local businesses (click here to download the form). Partners will see their name and logo on the event website and also received chili tasting tickets and duck entries. In addition, club members who purchase partnerships will be recognized with points towards their next Paul Harris Fellow award. We’re seeking around 15-20 chili cooks- so start thinking of which chili recipe you might have lurking in your collection that can beat out the stiff competition.
Chili & Quackers Fast Approaching Sharon Schendel 2018-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 04, 2018
Matt Kurth, our Rotary Foundation Chairman, reminds us to make our annual pledge to support projects sponsored by The Rotary Foundation. Rotary Club of Del Mar is particularly active in Global Grants, and giving to the Foundation is a great way to help support this important work.  This year our goal is a $200 per capita donation, which should be achievable given our 2017 rate of $266 per capita.  All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and contribute to Paul Harris Fellow recognition.  Click here to download the pledge form and bring the completed form along with a check for your pledge to Matt, or
Make Your Annual Donation to The Rotary Foundation Now Sharon Schendel 2018-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Save a Life- Give Blood August 9 at the Del Mar Civic Center Sharon Schendel 2018-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 24, 2018
Lots of members (including honorary member Canine Companion-in-training Ressa) and guests enjoyed sushi and sunset at Shimbashi in Del Mar Plaza
In thanks for their support of our Sunset Soiree in May, Shimbashi Izakaya in Del Mar Plaza was the site for our July social. Founded in 2009, Shimbashi Izakaya derives its name from “Shim” and “bashi”- the Japanese words for “New” and “Bridge”. Izakaya is Japanese for “pub”, and is a place to unwind with after-work drinks. Our members were on hand to enjoy the happy hour sushi specials and the variety of appetizers and drinks on offer. With our new banner, our socials are no secret, and we welcome anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and meeting our members to join in. Thanks again to Susie Wagner for organizing the event. 
July Social at Shimbashi Izakaya Sharon Schendel 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 24, 2018
Barrett Smith (right) with his traditional rabbit ears over new past president Klaus Gubernator
We congratulate Barrett Smith for being named Rookie of the Year. Barrett is an extremely active club member. In addition to participating in the majority of club events, in the past year he took over as Chair of the Community Services committee from Bob Sonnhalter and overseen several new activities by the Committee.
Rookie of the Year Barrett Smith Sharon Schendel 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 24, 2018
Bill Dougherty (right) introduces Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper (left)
Fresh off another successful Opening Day, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) CEO Joe Harper was our speaker at the July 19, 2018 meeting. Joe was a little late to the meeting as he was meeting with state legislators who were visiting the track that morning. When he visited us last year, Del Mar was gearing up to host its first ever Breeder’s Cup in November 2017. At Del Mar the Breeder’s Cup saw its highest ever on-track handle, which was up by 21% relative to the 2016 handle despite having only half as many attendees. Joe explained that the Del Mar facility offered more high-end tickets and the smaller attendance can actually increase the number of bets placed as fans have easier and faster access to betting windows.
An economic impact report indicated that the Breeder’s Cup brought more than 100 million dollars to the area from hotel bookings and spending at restaurants and other local businesses. Apparently the only complaint nearby restaurants had was that they didn’t have enough high-end wine on hand. Joe is hopeful that this impressive debut performance will set the stage for many return visits to Del Mar by the Breeder’s Cup.
Joe expects the 2018 summer meet, which runs through September 3, to be another success. They have another great concert series planned, and this year they’ll have Brigantine Wednesdays with free admission (for Diamond Club members- it’s free to join) and famous fish tacos from The Brigantine. There are plenty of other events planned for this year, including a return of the Food Truck Festival, Craft Beer Festival and Burgers and Brews, among others.  The DMTC will again generously host members of the Rotary Club of Del Mar on August 16- but consider visiting the track in advance to brush up your betting prowess so that our “Sick Picks” will be more successful this year.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper: Breeder's Cup and Beyond Sharon Schendel 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 24, 2018
Our new president Don Fipps gave a brief Who Am I at the July 19, 2018 meeting. Don grew up in Bakersfield and attended Delano High School, where he made his first contact with Rotary through a scholarship that together with a ROTC scholarship helped him attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and major in biochemistry. After graduating, he undertook active duty in the US Army and was a Medical Platoon leader in the Fulda Gap in Germany. During his time there he also administered local outpatient health clinics- a challenge for a 22 year-old newlywed in a foreign country.
Don put on his “Dream Sheet” his desire to be stationed at the Walter Reed Medical Center where, in addition to being involved in medical testing activities, he performed HIV research and eventually earned a master’s degree in biology from Bowling Green State University. In the mid-90s he was in charge of the Army’s medical humanitarian assistance for Africa before retiring from the service in 1997 after having achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He then worked for the American Red Cross in Charlotte, North Carolina. There he was promoted to Vice President of Quality, a position based in Washington DC. Rather than uproot his family, Don commuted from Charlotte to DC every week. He left that position to become CEO of Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services region for the American Red Cross. While there, he first joined Rotary. From Pennsylvania he went to Sacramento where he was Vice President of Research at blood center there, but in 2012 the center downsized their research operations, leaving Don out of a job and having to forgo being president of the Rotary Club of West Sacramento (club motto: “Mighty is as mighty does”) when he and Donna moved to San Diego to work for UC San Diego.
Before Don and Donna moved to San Diego in 2012, he began looking for Rotary Clubs to join. He thought Rotary Club of Del Mar was appealing because its meetings were in an Episcopalian church. Don is newly retired from his position as Administrative Director of Clinical Laboratories for the UCSD Health System and is looking forward to devoting himself fully as club president for 2018-19.    
Who Am I from Our New President Don Fipps Sharon Schendel 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 23, 2018
For the August social on August 7, 2018 we’ll try something new and meet in Seagrove Park to hear Steely Damned 2 who will be performing as part of the Summer Twilight Concert Series sponsored by the Del Mar Foundation. Suzy and Karl Wagner will stake out some space at the park early so that we can have a good view when the concert starts at 6 pm. Feel free to bring chairs. Also consider ordering a beach box dinner from either Il Fornaio or Pacifica Del Mar. The price of the dinner includes free parking at nearby Del Mar Plaza. (Photo credit: The Del Mar Foundation)
Social at Twilight Concert Series in Del Mar on August 7 Sharon Schendel 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 23, 2018
Kit Leeger (top) and John Baranowski (bottom) both contributed Happy Dollars at the July 19, 2018 meeting
John Baranowski contributed Double Happy Dollars in thanks for a recent successful fishing trip in which his group brought in more than 1,200 pounds of bluefin tuna. Kit Leeger also gave some Happy Dollars to recognize an article about her father, Jim Watkins, that appeared in Ranch & Coast and summarizes Jim’s vision for the future of Del Mar. 
Happy Dollars Sharon Schendel 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation Chair Matt Kurth outlines our annual goal for giving to The Rotary Foundation
Matt Kurth, who assumed the role of Rotary Foundation chair from John Baranowski, outlined our goals for Rotary Foundation giving for Rotary Year 2018-2019.  We hope to have minimum of $25 donation per member with average per capita giving of $100. Many of our members already donate to this level, so we expect to achieve these goals. We also seek to have 100% Paul Harris Fellows, which are awarded to members who give $1,000 within one year.  Monetary donations less than $1,000 per annum can be supplemented with recognition points to help members become Paul Harris Fellows. Matt also encouraged members to consider becoming sustaining members to give at least $100/year to the Annual Fund.  The Rotary Foundation supports many of our projects, so your gift will directly benefit our club.  
Goals for Giving to The Rotary Foundation in 2018-2019 Sharon Schendel 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 23, 2018
A calendar of upcoming events is now on display at each table. No need to worry that you might have missed a date and time- just have a look at the display. Feel free to take a copy with you at the end of the meeting, or snap a picture as a reminder. Thank you Donna Fipps for preparing these each week.
New Table Displays List Upcoming Events Sharon Schendel 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 23, 2018
John Baranowski (left) with former club member Larry Black (right)
We were delighted to see former member Larry Black return to our July 19, 2018 meeting. Larry was a member of Rotary Club of Del Mar and now lives in Hilo Hawaii.
Welcome Back to Larry Black Sharon Schendel 2018-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 15, 2018
Jim and Janie King provided transportation for Klaus in their Model A Ford
Klaus came prepared with his own beer stein.
Awaiting Klaus's arrival Matt Kurth (center) enjoys a laugh with Brett Mattei (left) and his wife Caroline Morin (right)
No shortage of Greek food to enjoy
A congratulatory cake reads "Thank you very much Klaus"
Flavor Chef always provides wonderful food for our events
Larry and Katie Cook (left and right) with Barrett Smith (center)
Monty and Ann Woolley with Tom Ryan
Jim and Karin Davies with Kit Leeger
Al (left) and Steve (center) Tarkington chat with Marty Peters (right)
Klaus has new experiments to perform with his chemistry set
A balaclava to keep warm while walking dogs
The donning of the traditional President's helmet
The joker made an appearance at last
A memento for a term well served
Thank you Klaus and Dagmar!
On June 16, 2018 we celebrated the demotion of President Klaus Gubernator after a fantastic year of service. The Club met the goals he put forth at the beginning of his Rotary year, most notably by growing the club roster through the addition of quality members, many of whom Klaus personally recruited. We thank Derek Carlson and his Flavor Chef staff for providing plenty of delicious Greek food, as requested by Klaus, Brett Mattei and his wife Carolyn for securing the venue in Solana Beach, and Jim King for providing limousine service in his Model A Ford.
The farewell gifts reflected Klaus’s expertise, club accomplishments and hobbies. First, we presented him with a chemistry set, which Klaus said reminded him of a similar set that sparked his interest in science when he as a child. A small tree represented Klaus’s efforts to ensure that the club satisfied the 2017-2018 Rotary Year mandate that every Rotarian plant a tree. Last, in honor of his dog Mira, Klaus received a German Shepherd-patterned balaclava- perfect to wear for dog walks on cold mornings (several members Klaus sponsored frequently join Klaus and Mira on walks with their dogs).  Klaus then donned the traditional Rotary Club of Del Mar helmet, which Bill Rawlings promised is guaranteed to enhance any club achievement.  Watch a video to see the helmet in action!
Congratulations to President Klaus Gubernator on a Successful Year Sharon Schendel 2018-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 15, 2018
Steven Solomon spoke about the ways that The Rotary Foundation affected his life
Steven Solomon spoke at the July 12, 2018 meeting about the ways The Rotary Foundation supported him: beginning as an Interactor and Boy Scout in Illinois, as a Rotary Scholar and a Vocational Scholar, all the way through to his current position as Senior Annual Giving Officer for The Rotary Foundation.
During his time as a Rotary Scholar, Steven worked in Durban, South Africa. When he returned to University of Wisconsin to finish his undergraduate work, he learned that Jane Goodall was scheduled to speak in Milwaukee. He managed to get a ticket to the event and waited afterward to have Dr. Goodall sign a book for him. Through that brief meeting, Steven became involved with Dr. Goodall’s organization, Roots and Shoots, which seeks to empower youth to become leaders who can make positive changes in their communities, and he was able to bring a Roots and Shoots program to Durban. Steven’s contacts with Dr. Goodall were instrumental in arranging for her participation at the 100th International Convention.
Later, a chance encounter with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and demonstration of his Zulu speaking skills led to Steven being a primary contact for Archbishop Tutu at a Rotary World Peace Symposium in England.  
Steven embodies what contributions to The Rotary Foundation can do. Whether giving to support for projects today through the Annual Fund, working to eradicate polio through the PolioPlus Fund, or planning to support future projects of The Rotary Foundation by giving to The Rotary Foundation Endowment, donations to The Rotary Foundation are put to work in ways that will touch many people around the world.  
Steven ended his presentation by recognizing Dan Smargon, who, just before his one year anniversary of induction into the club, became a Paul Harris Fellow plus four. Dan noted that, at a time when there is such wealth disparity in the world, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are needed more than ever to help those people who are at risk of being left behind. We thank Dan and all our Paul Harris Fellows for their contributions to The Rotary Foundation that help make the many projects the foundation supports a success.   
Changing Lives Through The Rotary Foundation Sharon Schendel 2018-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 15, 2018
Past District Governors Larry Scott (left), Marge Cole (center) and Marty Peters (right)
We were honored to have four Past District Governors attend the July 12, 2018 meeting. In addition to our members Marty Peters (DG 1997-1998) and Philippe Lamoise (DG 2005-2006), Larry Scott (DG 2001-2002), current District Paul Harris Society Coordinator, and Marge Cole (DG 2008-2009), who is the now the Zone 26 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, joined us for lunch.
Four Past District Governors in Attendance Sharon Schendel 2018-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Don Fipps presents Mike Spivey with a Rotary Club of Del Mar challenge coin
In 2017-18 we provided funds to support Mike Spivey, as he trained in snowboarding for the Paralympics held in South Korea in February. Mike joined us for lunch on July 12, 2018 and expressed his thanks for our donations and to let us know that he’s set his sights on being a member of the USA Paralympics team at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. He was joined by Bob Bishop, Surf Minister at The Torrey Pines Church Surf Ministry where Mike works with wounded warriors who are part of the Ministry community.
Paralympian Mike Spivey Visits Club Sharon Schendel 2018-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Don Fipps with the new welcome banner that can also be used at club events
Don Fipps presided over his first meeting as President on July 12, 2018. He’s already introduced several new items, including a printed Calendar of Events at each table, a portable banner for display at meetings, socials and other events, and challenge coins as speaker thank you gifts and to recognize other achievements.
First Meeting for President Don Fipps Sharon Schendel 2018-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Outdoor dining at Shimbashi in Del Mar Plaza
We’ll hold our monthly social on Tuesday July 17 from 5-7 PM at Shimbashi Izakaya in Del Mar Plaza. Shimbashi is an important supporter of our Sunset Soiree, so please join us in thanking them by enjoying happy hour sushi specials and a variety of appetizers and drinks on offer.
July Social at Shimbashi in Del Mar Plaza Sharon Schendel 2018-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 15, 2018
A beautiful evening to enjoy great food and fellowship. Clockwise from left: Monty Woolley, Tom Ryan, Linda Strangman, Suzy Wagner, Carl Wagner, Walt Strangman, Sherry Ryan
Clockwise from left: Don Fipps, Dagmar Gubernator, Patty Kurtz, Klaus Gubernator
Left to right: Karl Wagner, Walt Strangman, Jim Kohn, Sharon Schendel, Sherry Ryan, Monty Woolley, Tom Ryan, Linda Strangman
Bill Rawlings (center left) sold tickets for the opportunity drawing in advance of the demotion party (with Brett Mattei, left, Mary Rawlings, center, and Dugan Moore and Philippe Lamoise)
Crepes & Corks owner Nico Berucci makes his seafood paella with nearly as much seafood as rice
For the third year running, we returned to Crepes & Corks in the village of Del Mar on June 12 for a paella dinner. Nico Berucci and his staff provided excellent service and a paella that had no shortage of seafood. The wines were a bargain and their crepe menu provided the perfect cap to another great social. Thank you to Suzy and Karl Wagner for arranging the event. 
Annual Paella Feast at Crepes & Corks Sharon Schendel 2018-07-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2018
Paul and Lori Sutton with a poster for their documentary: "Straight from the Pen" that tells the story of the writing program that Dr. Sutton started for prisoners in California correctional facilities
Paul Sutton, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at San Diego State University, began his presentation on May 31, 2018 with some grim statistics:  in the United States nearly 1% of the population is incarcerated. Despite the billions of dollar spent, recidivism rates are more than 50%.  Very little money is spent on rehabilitation programs, even though most prisoners will eventually be released.
Dr. Sutton noted that most prisoners fail to see the value of communication and the benefits it can bring.  He wanted to change that mindset. He approached the warden of Richard J. Donovan (RJD) Correctional Facility Daniel Paramo to discuss the possibility of launching a writing program at the prison- Warden Paramo liked the idea. Dr. Sutton’s program began with 24 lifers and 12 SDSU Corrections Majors who met for four hours, once a week for 16 weeks. In contrast to much of prison life, in which most activities are mandatory, the writing program was voluntary, and participants had to apply for a spot. 
The program asked the participants to honor three rules:  Be honest, Be truthful, Respect each other and the audience. For the latter, the program insisted that the new writers learn grammar, elements of style, word choice, and, most importantly, the value of simplicity.  There was a weekly assignment and each participant had to read his essay aloud, which was a source of apprehension for some, since prisoners are reluctant to show weakness or fear. Indeed, their first essay assignment was about insecurity- and it had to be their own insecurity, not someone else’s. Yet through these writing assignments the behavior of the participants changed- the men began to help each other with their writing and to support them as they expressed deep-seated fears. 
Dr. Sutton and his wife, Lori, made a documentary about the project, Straight from the Pen, which has won several awards. They also compiled an anthology of the essays the prisoners wrote in the program. Among prisoners who attended the writing classes, and have since been paroled, none have returned to prison. One prisoner featured on the documentary, Melvin, summed up the benefits he gained from the writing class: “When I write, I’m free.”
Straight from the Pen: Writing in Prison Sharon Schendel 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2018
Klaus Gubernator’s successful term as club president is drawing to a close. Join us on June 16 at the super-secret location (email Brett Mattei if you missed where it is) to end Klaus’s term in style. Cost is $50/person. There is still time to RSVP at the upcoming meeting on June 14. 
Demotion Party for Klaus on June 16 Sharon Schendel 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2018
All members are welcome to attend the upcoming Board of Directors meeting to be held Tuesday June 19 at 7:30 AM. We’ll meet in the Youth Room at St. Peter’s. 
Board of Directors Meeting June 19 at 7:30 AM Sharon Schendel 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2018
Detective Mike Sherbondy of the San Diego Police Department Economic Crimes division, visited our club on June 7, 2018 to talk about ways to avoid being the victim of identity theft.  He covered what constitutes identify theft, how personal information is stolen and used and what to do if identity theft strikes you.  In 2016 over 15 million people in the United States were victims of fraud in the 2016, at a cost of over 16 billion dollars.
Identity thieves typically steal personal information in the form of names, social security numbers, birth days, driver’s licenses, PINs and credit/banking account statements.  They use a variety of tactics, from the more complex, such as skimming credit cards, to the simple- stealing mail or wallets/purses. They can then use this information to set up fraudulent accounts, take out loans, or even obtain medical treatment.
Detective Sherbondy outlined several ways to guard against identity theft, including liming the number of credit cards you carry, regularly reviewing credit/bank statements, practicing good password management, and signing up for account alerts. He also recommended shredding pre-approved cred applications, receipts and bills, as well as mailing items from secure mailboxes and avoiding having mail sit in your mailbox.
He ended his presentation with actions to take if you do become a victim of identity theft. First, file a police report and close the affected accounts. Notify credit agencies such as Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. Then, contact all creditors by phone and in writing and keep a log of all your contacts as you deal with the theft and make copies of documents.
Preventing Identity Theft Sharon Schendel 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2018
The joker remains at large, but at Klaus’s demotion party on June 16 he will be found no matter what. As in past years, we’ll draw tickets for a chance to win $1,000 (contrary to popular opinion Bill Rawlings does not always win- I got the joker last year), but this year we’ll sell ONLY 100 tickets. So buy early and often! You need not be present to win! 
Bill Rawlings will be selling tickets for $10 each at:
  • Paella Night, June 12
  • Our regular meeting, June 14
  • The demotion party, June 16 
Joker Card Draw at Demotion Party Sharon Schendel 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2018
Tomorrow night (June 12) at 6 PM come hungry to Crepes & Corks in Del Mar Village for the return of Paella Night. Suzy Wagner reports that the RSVP list tops 40, so this is an excellent chance to socialize over wonderful wine and food.  Email Suzy if you have any questions.
Paella Night at Crepes and Corks June 12 Sharon Schendel 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jun 11, 2018
Don Fipps (top, below the yellow arrow) is sworn in by new District Governor, Mel Gallegos (below, right)
Miles Fleming, Don and Donna Fipps, Dagmar and Klaus Gubernator before the Governor's Dinner begins
Dugan Moore, Philippe Lamoise and Matt and Janice Kurth
Last week the circus came to the Marriott in the Golden Triangle with soon to be Past District Governor Scott Carr serving as ringmaster. During the program multiple clubs were honored for their achievements and several Rotarians received individual awards. Our own Janice Kurth, Rotary Foundation Chair for District 5340, awarded several major donor recognitions and also announced that District 5340 was ever so close to raising $1,000,000 for Polio Plus. Several generous Rotarians got the District over the million mark by pledging more than $45,000 that night. Mel Gallegos was sworn in as new district governor, and Don Fipps was sworn in as our new club president. 
Governor's Dinner 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 27, 2018
We congratulate Karin Davies for recognition of her work with the Rotary Foundation Global Grant Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia. Karin was  a TWIN (Tribute to Women & Industry Awards) recipient at the recent benefit luncheon for the San Diego Country YWCA.  Karin and her husband Jim brought the award with them to our May 10, 2018 meeting and noted that it belongs in part to the Rotary Club of Del Mar for providing support to ensure the project’s success. 
Karin Davies Recognized at YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry Awards Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Three years of RYLA families
Idyllwild Pines camp was again the site for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) where nearly 300 of the top high school juniors in District 5340 gather for a weekend of fun and new friendships.  Each RYLA features inspiring speakers and a chance for these students to meet others who share their service-oriented mindset. This year, Alex Montoya told about overcoming physical challenges to achieve life-long goals, Fary Moini of Rotary Club of La Jolla Gold Triangle talked about the school she helped found in Afghanistan (we connected with these students via Skype), Edwin Oketch told the story of rising from the Kibera slums in Kenya to become a social worker helping orphans like him, and mountaineer John Beede shared how he achieved his goal of completing the seven summits and how students could use goal-setting techniques to reach their goals. 
All RYLArians are divided into 8 member “families” that are designated by colleges.  Family members bond quickly, and often develop lasting friendships. These students are inspiring and their enthusiasm is infectious.  Many go back to their schools and share the knowledge they gained at RYLA with their classmates.   
RYLA: Unite the Future, Create the Change Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 27, 2018
Marsha Hunt, Chief Financial Officer of Uganda Development Initiative (UDI), was our speaker at the May 24, 2018 meeting. UDI works to increase education opportunities in Uganda by building schools and by providing sponsorship programs, tutorials and support to agricultural, medical and small business programs.
Marsha told the story of a number of children who had been helped by UDI. She explained that many young children in Uganda must care for children even younger than themselves. One child, Joanna, began caring for an orphaned infant when she was only 8, and by the time she was 11, she was caring for three younger children.  Ugandan children like Joanna often put their schooling on hold while they care for these children.  UDI helped Joanna get the schooling she needed, and also to get medical care to treat a brain tumor that might have otherwise killed her. 
Through its work, UDI has facilitated sponsorships of many children living in and around the town of Kanungu in southwestern Uganda.  Kanungu was once the site of tragedy- over 300 members of a religious cult perished in a fire in 2000- but now, due in part to UDI’s efforts, is an educational center.  UDI has helped to build four elementary and high schools and one college. The town is also the site of the Kataate Medical Center, which will provide residents to access to surgical facilities.
Marsha Hunt is past president of Rotary Club of Woodland Hills and continues to travel regularly to Uganda to oversee UDI projects. 
Uganda Development Initiative Builds Educational Opportunities in Uganda Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 27, 2018
President-Elect of Rotary Club of Daybreak Lafayette keeps her morning meetings fun!
Sharon Schendel with two members of the Lakeland Breakfast club in Minocqua, Wisconsin
When I list the reasons why I love being a Rotarian, top on the list is being able to go to any club in the world and be warmly welcomed by members of local Rotary clubs.  The newsletter was on hiatus for a few weeks as I did some traveling and took a little break from weekly reporting.  During my travels, I visited two Clubs:  Rotary Club of Lafayette Daybreak and Rotary Club of Lakeland Breakfast in Minocqua, Wisconsin. The Lafayette Daybreak Rotarians were also getting ready for their annual fundraising auction, but President Elect Jeni Leaird, fresh off the district PETS, was encouraging her club member to keep in mind that being a Rotarian should be fun.  To get the fun started, they held a round-robin Rock’em-Sock’em Robot contest. Meanwhile, the Lakeland Rotarians are hosting international scholars and thinking about ways that they can make their annual Rump Roast Run at the Beef-o-Rama festival even more successful. 
Rotarians on the Road Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 27, 2018
We thank Karl Wagner for his continued support of Rotary International. John Baranowski awarded Karl his latest Paul Harris fellowship recognition. On a local level, Karl and Suzy Wagner work hard to set up monthly club socials and also are generous donors to the Sunset Soiree.
Congratulations to Karl Wagner for Another Paul Harris Fellowship Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 27, 2018
Join us at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla on Monday June 4 at 5 PM for the annual Governor’s Dinner. This event is a chance to thank outgoing District Governor Scott Carr for a job well done and to welcome incoming District Governor Mel Gallegos.  You can also see our President-Elect, Don Fipps, be sworn into office. The program also includes awards for outstanding club achievements and updates on District 5340 achievements over the past year. Register by May 31!
District Governor's Dinner Monday June 4 Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 27, 2018
Bob Fuchs, Klaus Gubernator with Mira, Garrie Rhodes, Barrett Smith and Marty Peters were some of our Rotarians at Work 
President Klaus Gubernator stands with a newly-planted Torrey pine while his dog, Mira, looks on
At the 2017 International Assembly held in San Diego, then President-Elect Ian Riseley challenged Rotary clubs to honor that the theme of Rotary Year 2017-2018: “Rotary: Making a Difference” by planting a tree for each one of their members.  
At our Rotarians at Work Day on April 28, 2017, our members gathered at the San Diego River Park to remove non-native species and plant Torrey pine trees.  These pines adhere to the mandate that trees planted in response to the challenge be compatible with the local climate and be sustainable without ongoing maintenance. Torrey Pines are found only in coastal northern San Diego county and Santa Rosa Island. Together with members of Boy Scout Troop 713, club members planted a number of trees that we hope will be enjoyed by park visitors for years to come.
Rotarians at Work: Planting Torrey Pines at San Diego River Park Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 27, 2018
Marty Peters, Monty Woolley, Bob Bobbitt, Ole Prahm (Photo credit: Jon Clark Del Mar Times)
The May 3, 2017 turned into a surprise birthday celebration for Monty Woolley, who started his 90s on May 1.  Monty is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar, and we made sure he attended the meeting by asking him to give a brief presentation of the club’s history- this presentation was co-opted by the party.  Some members from years past returned to wish Monty well.  Click here if you’d like to see the slide show.   
Happy Birthday Monty! Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 27, 2018
It's back! Join us at Crepes and Corks in the heart of the Del Mar village for paella night!  If you've ever visited our home page and saw the picture of the huge pot of shellfish and rice and wondered: what is that? Well, that's Paella Night! The paella is excellent and you can top it off with a delicious, freshly-made crepe.  This year, we’ll meet Tuesday, June 12 at 6 PM at Crepes and Corks. If you’d like to RSVP, email Suzy Wagner
Paella Night: Crepes and Corks Tuesday June 12 Sharon Schendel 2018-05-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on May 26, 2018
The 14th annual Sunset Soiree at the Del Mar Plaza was a wonderful evening filled with wine, food and friends.  Thank you to all who came and to all those who worked so hard to make this event one of the most successful we’ve had. Paul Chunyk was event chair and Kit Leeger again took on the huge job of getting all the auction items into appealing packages that were key for getting the maximum bids. Thank you as well to Marlene Gotz for taking care of event setup, Mark Mathess and Val Myers for making sure there were plenty of drinks to sample, the Wagners for securing the food vendors, Barrett Smith for making the check in and online registration so smooth, Monty Wooley for getting program advertisers, and Jim Brunner for printing the programs. We are grateful to all the vendors and auction item donors for helping us to raise the funds that support all of our club’s projects.  These are just few of the pictures- click here to view more- many were provided by San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club member extraordinaire, Jose Becerra. 
Another Successful Sunset Soiree Sharon Schendel 2018-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 16, 2018
If you have personal logos or those from Sunset Soiree donors, email them to Jim Brunner ( as JPEG or PNG files so that he may insert them in the Soiree program. 
Sunset Soiree Logos to Jim Brunner Sharon Schendel 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 16, 2018
All members are welcome to attend the monthly Board of Directors meetings, held at the Harper Branch of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club in Solana Beach.  Meetings start at 7:30 AM and end no later than 8:30 AM.  Red Badgers need to attend one BoD meeting to achieve Blue Badge status.
Board of Directors Meeting: Tuesday April 17 at 7:30 AM Sharon Schendel 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 16, 2018
Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski congratulates Donna Fipps on her third Paul Harris Fellow
Congratulations and thank you to Donna Fipps on becoming a Paul Harris fellow three times over! Paul Harris fellows provide critical support for the Rotary Foundation.
Donna Fipps: Thrice Paul Harris Fellow Sharon Schendel 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 16, 2018
Dugan Moore outlined the exciting itinerary that she and Philippe Lamoise, along with Janice and Matt Kurth, and several other Rotarians, will follow later this month. They will begin with the District 9212 District Conference and then visit several areas that have project sponsored by our club. A highlight of the trip will be a visit to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which has one of the few remaining colonies of mountain gorillas. Their trip will finish at the District 9211 Conference in early May. Philippe plans to host a live feed to connect with attendees at the overlapping District 5340 Conference at Knotts Berry Farm.
Rotarian of the Day Dugan Moore: Bon Voyage to Uganda Sharon Schendel 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 16, 2018
Jane Kinyua (center) with her Rotary Host Parents Matt and Janice Kurth
Rotary Global Scholar Jane Kinyua was the speaker at our April 12, 2018 meeting when she presented on Children’s Peace Initiative (CPI), a project that she co-founded. Jane expanded on the brief presentation she gave in October 2017 that outlined how CPI undertakes five interventions to engage children to break the cycle of tribal conflicts between communities in northern Kenya.  In this presentation, she discussed a collaborative study to assess the impact of CPI on the communities it serves.  
For years, communities in northern Kenya have endured a violent cycle of tribal conflicts. CPI was founded with the vision of engaging children to break this cycle of violence. Jane described five interventions that CPI undertook to help children view members of neighboring tribes in a more positive way.  
She highlighted indicators of peaceful co-existence between communities, including doing business together, visiting neighbors, free movement of people and animals, as well as letting animals graze in neighboring regions. The increased frequency of many of these indicators, particularly doing business together and visiting, could be directly tied to the friendships that CPI helped foster.
Jane introduced Mama Caleb as an example of CPI’s success. She explained that when women in Kenya become mothers, they often gain a new name: “Mama” followed by the name of their firstborn. Mama Caleb is a widow who works very hard, but tribal conflicts made it difficult for her to provide for her children. Sometimes her family would sleep under their beds rather than on them to avoid the bullets. Caleb was an early participant in CPI, through which he developed friendships with children in neighboring communities.  Kenyan society is very interconnected, so Caleb told members of his extended family and church members about his new friends and his fun with CPI. His participation encouraged the growth of CPI as more families felt safe in letting their kids join CPI.
As a result of CPI, Mama Caleb could increase both her harvest and her livestock holdings, allowing her to feed her family and generate additional income. Mama Caleb is only one family among the many that the efforts of CPI helped. The assessment of CPI indicates that over 33,000 family members have benefited from CPI since the program began in 2012, and, best of all, there have been no ethnic-related deaths during this period. 
With the advent of peace, these communities now have a strong foundation to address other issues that they face, including improving hygiene and sanitation, access to clean water, and educational facilities.
Upon completing her studies at the Joan Kroc School of Peace at USD next year, Jane plans to return to Kenya to apply what she has learned and build on the success of CPI. Jane gave a very special thanks to her host parents, Janice and Matt Kurth, and expressed her gratitude for funding from Rotary International, which helped support CPI.  
Jane Kinyua and the Children's Peace Initiative Sharon Schendel 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 09, 2018
Put on your best gardening clothes and gather at the Dust Devil Nature Trail (just off El Camino Real between Del Mar Heights Road and Via del la Valle) in the San Diego River Park (SDRP) on Saturday April 28 at 8:30 AM to help in our latest Rotarians at Work day project. We’ll be planting trees and removing non-native vegetation. Bring a hat, sunscreen, some water, and your gardening gloves and join your fellow Rotarians and members of Boy Scout Troop 713 to make SDRP a more beautiful place!
Rotarians at Work Day April 28: San Diego River Park Sharon Schendel 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 09, 2018
Anne Milhalkanin (center, left of the sign) with volunteers at the San Diego Women's Resource Fair
At a recent workshop for special needs youth held at the Jacobs Center, Anne gives instructions on techniques to stand up to potential threats
While serving as a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) crisis counselor, Anne Milhalkanin, speaker at our April 5, 2018 meeting, found herself in her car, pissed off. She had just counseled another sexual assault victim and was wishing she could do more. Thus, Pissed off Chicks (PoC) was born and in 2015 PoC was recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization. For over 20 years, Anne has been helping women find their voice and stand up for themselves to avoid becoming a victim of sexual assault. PoC seeks to improve the lives of individuals whose lives have been affected by violence and to help others avoid becoming victims. Anne has expertise in a variety of self-defense techniques, including Krav Maga, and she partners with her husband Mike, to give self-defense workshops around San Diego County.  In addition to these workshops, PoC collects monetary donations as well as household and personal items that are part of baskets given to help homeless and displaced individuals get back on track. These baskets include blankets, scarves, socks, toiletries, and make-up. Last July and September PoC also hosted Summer and Fall “Escapes” for young women who at risk for gang violence and human trafficking. During these special weekends, these young women gathered at a beach house in Oceanside, which served as home base and a place to gather after trips to the zoo, Belmont Park, the spa, and the beach. For many of these young women, it was their first visit to these places. 
I first met Anne in January 2016 when I started Fitness Challenges held at MMA Academy, which she co-owns with her husband Mike. Anne inspires me to work harder, because I know that she has seen first-hand what can happen when women fail to assert themselves in threatening situations.  Click here for a glimpse of what these classes are like (and that’s me on the right- on the left is Gianna, one of the bad-ass women in these classes).    
If you’re a woman interested in learning basic self-defense techniques, register for PoC’s 18th annual self-defense seminar/fundraiser to be held April 14 from 1-4 PM at MMA Academy Training Center in Sorrento Valley. Members of San Diego Police Department will also be attending to discuss sexual assault statistics in San Diego county.  All revenue from registration fees will be donated to support PoC activities.
Getting Pissed Off to Stop Sexual Assault Sharon Schendel 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 09, 2018
Delegates to the 2018 Model UN Conference
Kevin Kennedy, U.N. Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Crisis, was the Keynote Speaker
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peach & Justice at University of San Diego was the site for the 14th annual Rotary District 5340 Model United Nations Conference on April 7 and 8, 2018.  This year Rotary Club of Del Mar sponsored four teams to debate two topics: 1) Whether Palestine should be admitted to the United Nations; and 2) Strategies to protect oceans by reducing plastic waste. Daisy Waters (Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) Interact President) and Delaney Jacobs (TPHS Interact Treasurer) represented Guatemala. Eilee Shahidi (Canyon Crest Academy) and Hannah Newville (TPHS) were the team for Iran and Alexei Serguienko and Arda Ulug (both TPHS) represented Iraq. Mollie Waters and Taylor Newville (both TPHS) were delegates for the United Kingdom.  Club President Klaus Gubernator was the advisor for the Guatemala and Iraq team, while Scott MacDonald and Dan Smargon advised the United Kingdom and Iran teams, respectively. 
Up until this year Rotary District 5340 was the only District to have a Model UN Conference. This year Rotarians in Eugene, Oregon held an inaugural Model UN Conference patterned after the District 5340 program.
Participants in Model UN begin background research on their country during January and early February and also undergo training in analytical and negotiating skills. With support from their advisor, the teams draft their country’s position on the resolution and gather support for their position in the form of empirical data, statements from leaders, and research articles. During March they compile their speeches stating their position on the resolution and what changes they recommend.
During the two-day Conference, the student delegates present their prepared speeches to the General Assembly. On Saturday the teams broke into smaller caucus groups to form alliances as well as discus and draft amendments to resolutions. On Saturday evening the students enjoyed a banquet at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley where Kevin Kennedy, immediate past U.N. Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syrian Crisis, gave the keynote address.  On Sunday, the student delegates presented and debated each caucus group’s amendments to the resolutions, followed by a final vote on the amendments to the resolutions.
Through their participation in Model UN students learn strategies for peaceful conflict resolution and negotiating skills and also have the opportunity to develop critical and analytical thinking skills and craft oral presentation techniques.   
Rotary Club of Del Mar Sponsors Four Teams for Model United Nations Sharon Schendel 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 01, 2018
Dr. Carolyn Ross uses integrative medicine to treat a range of addiction disorders
Opioid addiction is a growing problem in American society.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016- more than were killed in the Vietnam War. In the last three years in particular, the death rates from opioid addiction increased dramatically. Each day, over 90 people in the United States die due to drug abuse.
Dr. Carolyn Ross began her presentation at our March 29, 2018 meeting with the story of Billy- he was the second of five children and had a close relationship with his father.  Sadly, Billy’s father died unexpectedly from a heart attack. The loss hit Billy particularly hard- he felt the need to take his father’s place in the family. In addition to being bright, Billy was also sensitive, and this trait, which is common among addicts, together with the stresses associated with the loss of his father led Billy to begin experimenting with drugs.  Although he spent time in prison on drug-related charges, and relapsed several times, Billy was able to overcome his addictions, eventually marrying and having children. 
The problem of opioid addiction is widespread and affects all socioeconomic classes. Nearly 50% of the American population has some connection with an individual who has experienced opioid addiction. Opioids are now prescribed more frequently- around 29% of patients receive prescription pain medications, and of these, 12% develop a full-on addiction and 4% turn to heroin. More than 80% of heroin addicts first misused prescription drugs. These addictions have both an economic cost in terms of lost productivity as well as health care and criminal justice expenses, but also a human cost through effects on family and community relationships. 
Dr. Ross is part of the medical community that is seeking to change the conversation about addiction. Traditionally drug addiction was seen as a moral failing. Now, the perspective is changing to see addiction as a chronic disease, and that individuals who suffer from drug addiction are subject to the same relapses and remission that a cancer patient might face. Many addictions can be traced to a childhood trauma, or adverse childhood event, such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Some individuals who struggle with addiction have impairments in production of the neurotransmitter dopamine that can affect the amount of pleasure they gain from usual activities (e.g., spending time with friends, having a nice dinner, physical activity) and opioids can supply that pleasure. Dr. Ross referenced a study by Volkow et al. that showed drug addicts can recover normal dopamine levels, but as they transition away from drugs their dopamine levels are low, leaving them particularly vulnerable to relapse. 
In her practice, Dr. Ross uses Integrative Medicine, a holistic approach that incorporates traditional and alternative treatment approaches that address both the physical and psychological challenges that addiction poses. In particular, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) that involves medications such as buprenorphine can help ease symptoms of withdrawal and increase the likelihood of success. Dr. Ross’s approach to healing drug addiction is to treat the trauma and realize that addiction is not a moral failing, but instead is an illness with a physiological basis. Dr. Ross ended her presentation by referring to the challenges that Billy overcame before his death last year, and noting her personal connection to Billy- he was her brother.
Carolyn Ross: Changing the Conversation About Opioid Addiction Sharon Schendel 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 01, 2018
Deb Plotkin, member of Rotary Club of La Jolla, and founder of U-TOUCH
Deb Plotkin, a Rotary Club of La Jolla member, joined our March 29, 2018 meeting to contribute a Happy Dollar in thanks for our Club’s contributions to the organization she and her husband Ron founded, U-TOUCH. The mission of U-TOUCH is to provide technology, resources, and training to help Ugandans become digitally literate and master the tools they need to help their country enhance its digital connectivity. Deb will present at our September 6 meeting to tell us more about U-TOUCH. 
Thank You from Deb Plotkin for Supporting Digital Literacy Education in Uganda Sharon Schendel 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 01, 2018

Debra Dupree speaks about resolving workplace conflicts
Dr. Debra Dupree visited our club on March 22, 2018 to give a presentation on strategies for effective management of conflicts in the workplace.  She began by contrasting the traditional view of “Transactional Leadership”, which largely links rewards to effort, with “Transformational Leadership”, in which leaders motivate their team members by arousing emotions and changing attitudes that together contribute to the overall success of the organization.
Dr. Dupree echoed points raised by Dr. Brian Alman, who also spoke at our club on March 1, 2018, that stress is a major factor in workplace conflict, and this stress can manifest as physical problems, including headaches, anxiety and depression. Many of our adult interactions are influenced by our childhood experiences. Dr. Dupree told the story of her father, who, like his father, sold dairy cattle in the Midwest. Her father was outgoing and enjoyed interacting with his clients. On the other hand, her grandfather was gruff and introverted, which led to conflicts between father and son that were never resolved. This dynamic laid the groundwork for Dr. Dupree’s interest in psychology and particularly interactions between people and how they can be improved to reduce conflict.
Awareness of both self and presence (Dr. Dupree gave an example of a client who was a hotel manager who often went about the property with an angry look- was it a surprise that his employees avoided contact with him?), together with authenticity, connection and effective expression are critical to moving toward effective transformational leadership. 
Dr. Dupree also emphasized the importance of active listening to resolving workplace conflicts.
To be a more effective listener she suggested that we listen to the “sounds” of the BEACH: Beliefs, Expectations, Assumptions/Attitudes, Concerns/Challenges, and Hopes and consider these points as we listen to what the other person is saying. Another trick to remember for active listening:  “silent” is an anagram of “listen”, and for effective listening we must be silent, not only in our words, but in formulating what we’re going to say in response.
Active listening, together with a greater sense of self-awareness and presence can contribute to a workplace environment where conflicts are managed effectively, which in turn can increase productivity and decrease employee turnover.  But overall, Dr. Dupree encouraged the practice of kindness for lessening the negative effects of workplace conflicts. She quoted Mark Twain:  “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Managing Conflict in the Workplace: Debra Dupree Sharon Schendel 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 01, 2018
Bill and Mary Rawlings, Donna Fipps (and Ressa), Don Fipps, Marty Peters
Val Myers and friends, Susie Wagner, Kelly and Tony Villasenor
Jim and Bernadette Watkins
Jeff Matthews, Matt Kurth, Karl Wagner, Don Johnson
Rotary Club of Del Mar members were spread all over Sbicca restaurant on March 21, 2018, enjoying great conversation and food, both at the bar and at the patio tables. Our socials are a good way to get together outside of our regular meetings and to support local businesses, particularly those who donate items to our Sunset Soiree, as Sbicca as done in previous years.
Socializing at Sbicca Sharon Schendel 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 01, 2018
Auction Chair Kit Leeger with the list of auction items we hope to secure
We’re just six short weeks from the 2018 Sunset Soiree to be held at the Del Mar Plaza on Tuesday May 15, 2018.  The Soiree provides over 2/3 of the funds we need to support the Club’s many projects, so we need everyone to get involved. Review the list of donors from last year and our wish list of new donors. Rack your brains to come up with ideas for auction items- “experiences” go over well, as do Padres tickets. When you approach donors, tell them about the good our Club does in the community (and beyond) and have the donation form ready to give to them. 
Sunset Soiree: Auction Items Needed Sharon Schendel 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Apr 01, 2018
Barrett Smith is managing the Sunset Soiree website and at the March 29, 2018 meeting he gave a brief tutorial on how to get your tickets. The website to purchase tickets for the Sunset Soiree is now active.  All members will be automatically billed for 2 tickets ($75 each, total $150)- use the website to get your information in for easy processing of any auction purchases you make.  Members can also purchase tickets for family and friends at a discount. In an upcoming newsletter we’ll have guide to the website that shows how to complete your ticket transaction. 
Get Your Sunset Soiree Tickets: Website Is Now Active Sharon Schendel 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 18, 2018
Seeds of  Wonder playhouse at San Diego Botanical Gardens (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens)
Another Super Happy Dollar donation at the March 18, 2018 meeting- this time from Bill Rawlings in celebration of hard work completed at  the San Diego Botanic Garden. Bill and his team of volunteers built and furnished a beautiful playhouse for young visitors to the gardens in Encinitas.  Bill is a long-time volunteer and supporter of the garden, which boasts 32 acres and 29 themed gardens.  As spring nears, pay them a visit to get ideas for your garden!
Super Happy Dollars from Bill Rawlings Sharon Schendel 2018-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 18, 2018
Join us on Wednesday, March 21 from 5-7 PM at Sbicca restaurant in Del Mar for the March social.  They'll be extending their happy hour prices by one hour just for us, so come by to enjoy items from their broad happy hour menu and a selection of craft beer, wines, and cocktails. As always, spouses and guests are welcome.  Thank you to Club Service Chair Susie Wagner for organizing our socials. 
March Social: Sbicca Restaurant in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2018-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 18, 2018
Marty Peters with Brian Hickey from Nativity Prep Academy
Painting a very green accent wall in the science classroom
Brian Hickey from Nativity Prep Academy was Marty Peter's guest at the March 15, 2018 meeting. Brian brought thanks from the students and staff at Nativity Prep for all their hard work beautifying the NPA campus on March 3.  
Brian Hickey Visits from Nativity Prep Academy Sharon Schendel 2018-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 18, 2018
Bill Ashman (Rotary Club of La Mesa), PDG Larry Scott and President Klaus Gubernator
I hate needles. I don’t have time. I got them when I was a kid. I didn’t know I needed them. Vaccines will make me sick.  These are just a few of the reasons that people give for skipping immunizations. Past District Governor (PDG), Larry Scott, our speaker at the March 15, 2018 meeting, rebutted each of these reasons and debunked a few myths during his presentation on the critical need for lifelong immunization.
PDG Scott is a member of the District 5340 committee Don’t Wait, Vaccinate.  The Committee was founded in 1994 in response to low immunization rates in the county. The Committee was a natural extension of Rotary’s global role in polio eradication, and a vehicle to harness the network of Rotarians to encourage members of their community to stay current with vaccinations.  The Committee and the District provided funding for high school students at Carlsbad High School to produce the film “Invisible Threat” that examines the science of vaccination and considered why parents choose not to vaccinate their children. The film is now an educational tool used by over 300 universities in the US and several countries across the globe. The American Academy of Pediatrics hosted a screening at their national conference and uses the film to help medical residents discover strategies to overcome parents’ hesitations to vaccinate.
Vaccination is a continuing source of controversy, as several groups contend that vaccination causes autism. Some of these beliefs arose from a 1998 study by the British physician Andrew Wakefield that contended the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine caused autism. This study has since been retracted and many subsequent studies debunk this myth.  Nonetheless, a small, but increasing percentage of parents choose not to vaccinate, putting not only their children, but others, at risk. PDG Scott explained the importance of “herd immunity” wherein the population that is vaccinated protects those who cannot receive vaccines because, for example, they have weakened immune systems or are allergic to vaccine components such as eggs. Furthermore, a high percentage of vaccination in a community stems or even eliminates disease outbreaks.
In addition to infants and children, teens and adults need regular vaccinations. Everyone should get the flu shot. Although this flu season has been particularly bad, those who had the flu shot were less likely to be infected and if they were, the infection was less severe. Tdap boosters beginning at age 10 and every decade thereafter (pregnant women should get a booster in the 3rd trimester) are important for everyone to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).  For teens, both boys and girls, the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine can reduce the risk of contracting the virus that causes genital warts in both sexes and is linked to cervical cancer in women.  The meningitis vaccine prevents bacterial meningitis infections that frequently occur on college campuses.  Adults aged 60 and over should be vaccinated against shingles. Even those who were already vaccinated should receive an improved vaccine, Shingrex.
Immunization is the most important health achievement of the last century and is estimated to have saved over 450,000 lives since their use became widespread over 50 years ago. But vaccines only work if you get them! 
Thank you to PDG Janice Kurth for arranging to have PDG Scott speak to our club and to past Asst. DG Bill Ashman for joining our meeting. 
What's Your Excuse: Larry Scott Presents on the Importance of Lifelong Immunization Sharon Schendel 2018-03-18 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2018
Barrett Smith gives the OK to the new dive gear for the Del Mar Lifeguards
As Rotarian of the Day at our March 1 meeting, Barrett Smith shared a letter from Jon Edelbrook, Chief Lifeguard and Director of Community Services for Del Mar, expressing gratitude for the new dive gear purchased with funds donated by our club.  Through the support of RCDM, the Del Mar surf rescue dive team has the resources they need to stay on the cutting edge of rescue techniques to keep Del Mar beachgoers safe.  Chief Edelbrook invited Barrett to participate in one of the training sessions with the new equipment- check out the video showing the Rotary-labeled SCUBA tanks and Barrett trying out the gear.
Thanks from the Del Mar Lifeguards for the New Dive Gear Sharon Schendel 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2018
Back row (left to right): K9 Officer Jonathan Wiese, Kristen Amicone, Scott Holslag, Nate Whann, Tracey Williams Trevor Phillips; Front row: Cooper and Paul Chunyk

Officer Tracey Williams of the Northwestern Division of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) was joined by four other SDPD officers, including K9 Officer Scott Wiese and SDPD Community Relations Officer Trevor Phillips, as well as Kristen Amicone, Director of Education and Technology for the San Diego Police Foundation, at our March 8 meeting.  Del Mar is part of the Northwestern Division of SDPD that covers a 42 square mile region from Via del Valle to the north, Miramar to the south, and from the North Torrey Pines State Beach to the west and Del Sur to the East. Community Relations officers are good points of contact for small disputes or law-enforcement-related issues, and they can be reached by phone or email (see the Division website for details).

Jonathan Wiese, K9 officer, presented on the SDPD K9 division. The costs of the K9 unit are not part of the city’s budget, and thus are supported largely by private donations gathered by the San Diego Police Foundation. The dogs are imported from several European countries where sporting programs produce dogs (most commonly Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd, and Dutch Shepherd) that have initial training that provides a foundation for police work. Upon arriving in the States, the dogs are acclimated with their handlers and trained in nose work and “bite-hold” tactics.

Officer Nate Whann brought his dog, Gucci, a 5 year-old Belgian Malinois, who gave a demonstration of the bite hold technique using Officer Scott Hoslag as a mock criminal. Gucci showed the enthusiasm that these dogs have for their work- to the point of a bloodied tongue. However, most handlers never have to resort to letting their dogs bite, as many offenders surrender on seeing the dog, at which point the dog is taken away from the situation. Officer Wiese noted that the dogs are the only tactic in their arsenal that has a recall- a dog can always be called off, but a bullet or Taser can never be unfired. After the dogs retire, their handlers often adopt them to live with their families as pets.

Kristen Amicone spoke briefly about the work that the San Diego Police Foundation does on behalf of SDPD officers, including securing donations to ensure that SDPD has a full K9 contingent. She invited us to attend the May 30 Friends of the Badge luncheon, which will show how SDPD officers serve their community and this year will feature an in-depth look at the SDPD Crime Lab.  The Foundation generously donated a tour of the K9 facilities that will auctioned at our Sunset Soiree.   

Thank you to Paul (and Cooper) Chunyk for arranging to have the officers present to our club.

San Diego Police Department K9 Unit- Bite and Hold at Rotary Club of Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2018
Our members joined forces with our Interactors, Rotactors and Nativity Prep Academy students and alumni to form a team of 32 that painted accent walls in five classrooms and cleaned many areas in the school. After all their hard work, the team enjoyed Mona Lisa sub sandwiches that were donated by member Marty Peters, who also organized the event. The NPA staff reported that the teachers and students were delighted with their updated surroundings, which will also help the school shine for visiting donors and supporters. 
NPA is a tuition-free Catholic school located in southeastern San Diego that serves over 200 young people each year. Students attend NPA for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and the NPA Graduate Support Program helps these students attend high-profile public and private high schools (including subsidizing tuition costs) and then navigate college admissions and financial aid processes. Their program’s success is evidenced by their 99% high school graduation rate and the 86% college attendance rate. The parents of these students are also committed to ensuring that their children develop the academic and life skills needed for a successful life. NPA is supported entirely by private donations. 
Rotarians at Work at Nativity Prep Academy Sharon Schendel 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2018
Dr. Brian Alman with his cousin, Marlene Gotz
Brian Alman, Ph.D., joined our March 1 meeting to talk about stress reduction techniques he’s developed as a practicing clinical psychologist. Dr. Alman’s own experiences with chronic back pain that began in childhood inspired him to pursue a career that allowed him to help others use techniques that engage both the body and mind to work towards healing.
Stress is a major contributor to health problems, and its economic impacts in terms of medical expenses and lost productivity are significant. Dr. Alman referenced the Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) study, ground-breaking work led by Kaiser Permanente that collected data on more than 17,000 HMO patients between 1995 and 1997. This study developed the ACE score to describe the number and types of adverse events that children experience, including mental and/or sexual abuse, or emotional and/or physical neglect. Later studies correlated higher ACE scores with lower health and increased risk for early death. Because children lack the range of experiences and coping skills of adults, these ACEs can translate to physiological effects that have long-term consequences. In the context of his presentation, Dr. Alman showed results from one study indicating individuals who have high ACE scores have a higher risk of depression.
Dr. Alman has developed several techniques that allow his patients to draw on inner resources to mitigate the negative effects of stress.  Many of his approaches are breathing based, and he shared one simple technique during his presentation.  He asked us to breathe normally, and, upon exhaling, say our name.  After several exhales, he then asked us to state a brief goal (e.g., “focus”, “accept”) during inhalation.  Overall, Dr. Alman thinks of stress-related symptoms as “signals” that should be acknowledged rather than ignored and that these signals can be used to create strategies to enhance overall resilience in the face of stress. 
Thank you to our member Marlene Gotz, for arranging to have Dr. Alman (who is her cousin) speak to our club.  Dr. Alman invites us to attend his March 29 workshop on stress management. All proceeds from the workshop will be donated to Father Joe’s Villages.
Stress as a Bridge to Resilience and Relaxation Sharon Schendel 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2018
Kathi Reed and Membership Chair Matt Kurth
Kathi Reed has been busy since joining the club last June. She's already a Paul Harris fellow and served as Interim Treasurer during Lanh Tran's maternity leave. Next Rotary year she'll take over as treasurer full time, so her badge has effectively been blue for some time!  Kathi is a great example of how our Rotary Club of Del Mar likes to get new members engaged in all club functions.   
Kathi Reed Receives Blue Badge Status Sharon Schendel 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2018
Kevin Fitzpatrick received his second Paul Harris pin from Foundation Chair John Baranowski
On essentially the one year anniversary of his join date (Feb. 29, 2016), Kevin Fitzpatrick became a two time Paul Harris fellow. Thank you to Kevin and all our Paul Harris Fellows for making Rotary Foundation projects possible. 
Kevin Fitzgerald Becomes Two-Time Paul Harris Fellow Sharon Schendel 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2018
Congratulations to newly-engaged Philippe and Dugan!
Since President Klaus Gubernator revived Happy Dollars, club members have expressed a lot of happiness. At the March 1, 2018 meeting, Past District Governor Philippe Lamoise gave a $100 Super Happy Dollars to deliver the wonderful news that he and Dugan Moore (chair of our International Services Committee) are engaged. Congratulations to you both! 
Super Happy Dollars- Congratulations to Dugan Moore and Philippe Lamoise Sharon Schendel 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Mar 10, 2018
Mike Spivey will represent the US in two snowboarding events in Pyeongchang
Tom Ryan passed along thanks from Mike Spivey for our contribution to his training fund that helped him qualify for the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.  Mike is now in South Korea gearing up for two events, Banked Slalom and Snowboard Cross, where riders race head-to-head. Tune in to NBCSN on March 11 at 8:30 PM PDT and on March 16 at 11 PM PDT to watch Mike compete.
Snowboarding Paralympian Mike Spivey Will Compete in Pyeongchang Sharon Schendel 2018-03-10 08:00:00Z 0
TODAY! District 5340 Music Competition Finals Set for March 18 in Carlsbad Sharon Schendel 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2018
We congratulate yet another first time Paul Harris fellow- Kathi Reed. Kathi has been a very active member since joining last summer, most importantly, she served as interim treasurer when Lanh Tran was on maternity leave.
Paul Harris Recognition: Kathi Reed Sharon Schendel 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2018
John David Wicker, now in his second year as Athletic Director for San Diego State University, was our speaker at the February 22, 2018 meeting.  He began by highlighting the increasing success of SDSU athletic teams. The football team completed its third consecutive 10+-win season, and the 2017 Armed Forces bowl was their eighth consecutive bowl appearance. The men’s basketball team played in the NCAA tournament 11 of the last 12 years, and SDSU teams collected 37 Mountain West conference championships in the past five academic years.
Mr. Wicker noted that SDSU takes a three-armed approach to ensure the overall success of its athletes. In addition to helping athletes achieve the highest degree of athletic performance, the athletics department works closely with SDSU faculty and staff to help student athletes maintain high academic standards and gain skills they need to succeed upon graduation. 
This approach is succeeding- SDSU athletes have a 97% four-year graduation rate and 61% are designated as scholar athletes by maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA over two years. The SDSU Going Pro program begins when freshmen athletes receive training in time management, financial literacy, media interactions, and sexual assault prevention. In subsequent years the programs expand to include leadership training, resume writing, and career fairs. 
Another important issue facing Mr. Wicker’s department is plans for the Mission Valley campus, which would take over the site now occupied by Qualcomm Stadium (now SDCCU Stadium). He outlined the SDSU vision for the site, which seeks to incorporate a college feel while respecting natural features, primarily the San Diego River and Murphy Canyon Creek (a source of flooding in the stadium area). Meanwhile, the plan addresses public concerns, such as maintaining a regional asset, capitalizing on the strong alumni support in the area, minimizing reliance on tax payer funding, and mitigating traffic impacts. 
In the SDSU plan, over half of the ~75 acre site is devoted to parkland, along with 16 acres of playing surface, an aquatics center, 8 acres of below-grade parking, and extensive hiking and biking trails. The site would also include a 35,000 seat stadium with the potential to expand to meet capacity for an NFL team, a hotel, and retail outlets geared to serving the market rate and affordable housing units planned for the site. Overall, the SDSU vision for the site is to create green space that engages the river while allowing the land-locked university to expand its capacity to supply additional educational opportunities for San Diego residents. 
The SDSU plan will go up against a plan put forth by private developers, SoccerCity, in an initiative that will appear on the November ballot.  Thank you to member Larry Cook for arranging to have Mr. Wicker present to our club.
San Diego State Athletic Director John Wicker: A Vision for the Future Sharon Schendel 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2018
Mandy Shefman, Engagement Manager for Arts for Learning San Diego (Arts4LSD), who was our speaker at the February 4 meeting, shared that Arts4LSD will have a fundraising event on March 11 at 4:30 PM at the White Box arts theater in Liberty Station.  Consider attending to support both arts education and resources for the homeless.
Arts for Learning San Diego Fundraiser: March 11 at Liberty Station Sharon Schendel 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 25, 2018
You can now download Donor letter and Donor forms for inviting donors to provide auction items for the upcoming Sunset Soiree.
The Soiree Committee will meet Wednesday February 28 from 4-5 PM at Tom Ryan’s house (watch for directions via email). Soiree Chairman Paul Chunyk emphasizes that packages containing “experiences” (e.g., outings to the ball park or race track, golf lessons, weekends at vacation homes) are top sellers, and encourages everyone to think of experience-based items (or other items, of course!) they could arrange to have donated. 
Sunset Soiree Donation Forms Now Available Sharon Schendel 2018-02-25 08:00:00Z 0
Ironmen finishers and training partners Don Coordt (left, a former Rotary Club of Del Mar member) and Al Tarkington
Al's triathlon bike
In October 2017, Al Tarkington was the oldest finisher in the 39th annual Ironman World Championship, a race that includes a 2.4 mile open water swim, a 112 bike ride across hot, windy lava fields, and a 26.2 mile marathon.  At our February 15, 2018 meeting Al talked about his motivations to compete in Ironman races and his training regimens.
The Ironman began to settle an argument over which discipline was the toughest: swimming, biking, or running.  Now, 40 years later, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii include over 2,500 athletes who earned their spot by qualifying in one of 44 races held worldwide.  Al went to watch his first Kona Ironman in 1983, and in 1991 he completed his first Ironman race.
For Al, three factors are important in his triathlon success:  i) an understanding and supportive spouse (he and his wife Steve just celebrated 55 years of marriage); ii) time and commitment to train (retirement certainly gave more time for training; and iii) funds (bikes typically cost $5,000-10,000 and international qualifying races can be an easier route to the championship). 
Most weeks during the year Al trains between 10 and 12 hours.  The training time ramps up to 20-24 hr/week in the months immediately before the race, and then to as much as 40 hr/week in the month before the race.  Al said he likes to arrive in Hawaii one week before the race to acclimate to the weather and the time zone. During this week he’ll train very little and load up on carbohydrates to maximize his glycogen stores.  Al thinks of nutrition as the “4th discipline” behind his swimming, biking, and running training.  The swim alone consumes nearly all stored glycogen, so during the bike ride replacing lost calories and maintaining adequate hydration, particularly in the windy, hot conditions, is critical for making the finish. 
Al remembered the post-race dinners when contestants gather to talk about the race. Most vow never to do the race again, but in the subsequent weeks, most forget about that vow and resume training.  For Al, Ironman is a lifestyle and a means to stay physically and socially engaged. As Ironman founder John Collins put it: Ironman is an opportunity to “Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles- Brag for the rest of your life”. Al has certainly earned the right to brag! 
Al Tarkington Has What it Takes to Be an Ironman Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
Get involved in planning upcoming Sunset Soiree. The Organizing Committee will meet Wednesday February 21 from 4-5 PM at Tom Ryan's house in Solana Beach.  In Solana Beach. Check out Club Runner for the address, or watch for an email from Soiree Chairman Paul Chunyk, which will have the address and gate code.
Sunset Soiree Organizing Committee Meeting February 21 Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
All members are welcome to attend the monthly Board of Directors meetings, held at the Harper Branch of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club in Solana Beach.  Meetings start at 7:30 AM and end promptly at 8:30 AM.  Red Badgers need to attend one BoD meeting to achieve Blue Badge status.
Board of Directors Meeting: February 20 Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
We’ll hold our next Rotarians at Work Day on Saturday March 3 at Nativity Prep Academy (NPA)  We’ll join Nativity Prep Alumni and Staff, and students from our Interact clubs on the NPA campus to complete light projects- mainly painting.  Meet at the Cathedral Catholic High School parking lot at 8:00 AM to carpool to campus or make your own way there (2755 55th St. just off Hwy 94 using the Bayview Heights exit) to arrive by 8:30 AM.  We’ll work through 1 PM and then enjoy hoagie sandwiches from Mona Lisa Italian Deli. Download the flyer for the day’s schedule.
Rotarians at Work Day: Nativity Prep Academy March 3 Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
Patti Kurtz receives her blue badge from membership chair Matt Kurtz
We congratulate Patti Kurtz on becoming our newest Blue Badger.  Patti was also Rotarian of the Day and gave a brief “Who Am I”.  Patti has spent her career as an educator and is now an educational consultant. Fittingly, she referenced a quote by educator Colleen Wilcox: “Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.”
Another Red Badge Turns Blue: Patti Kurtz Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
Garrie Rhodes with Erica Hwang
Erica Hwang performed the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s first violin concerto to win the regional leg of the District 5340 Music Competition held at the Chula Vista Library on February 14.  She will now move to the Competition finals, where she will compete for a $3,000 scholarship. 
Erica Hwang Advances to Finals of the District 5340 Music Competition Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Monthly Social: February 27 at Il Fornaio Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 18, 2018
Ironmen Don Coordt (far left) and Al Tarkington (third from right) join John Baranowski (second from right) and his friends, all Wisconsin natives (left to right): Phil Rouse, Don Janov, Rick Rouse and Andy Ogens
The great thing about living in San Diego is that friends living in colder climates are happy to come visit in the winter months.  At the February 15, 2018 meeting, five friends of John Baranowski, Phil and Rick Rouse, Dan Janov, and Andy Ogens, all originally from Wisconsin, joined us for lunch. Members are always welcome to bring friends and family members to meetings.
Friends are Always Welcome at Rotary Meetings! Sharon Schendel 2018-02-18 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
Alan Mindell with his book "The Closer"
Some six years ago, when Alan Mindell hit 70, he began to think of ways to re-invent himself. At the February 8, 2018 meeting, he outlined how he became a first-time novelist, tour guide, dancer, college teacher, motivational speaker, and world-class sprinter- all after the age of 70.  While a baseball player at UC Berkeley, Alan said he earned the nickname “Motorbutt” for his fast running.  When he hit 70, he wanted to see whether his butt could still motor and he entered the 2012 San Diego Senior Olympics, where he won four gold medals in his age group for sprinting. The nice thing about age groups in competition, is that as you age you get better, so Alan is looking forward to turning 80, when he’ll again be the youngest in the class. Alan also is inspired by competitors in other age groups, particularly a 100 year-old who attempted to break 6 world records at the 2015 San Diego Senior Olympics (click here to watch him pole vaulting).
Alan used his own experience with baseball and horse breeding as subjects for his two novels: The Closer, about a knuckleballer, and The B Team, about a one-eyed horse who makes the Kentucky Derby.  When he was writing The B Team, Alan needed a jockey to ride his fictional horse, and he approached the very real Victor Espinoza, who agreed to play a role in the novel, which appeared prior to Espinoza’s triple crown win aboard American Pharoah.
In addition to running and writing, Alan leads tours of San Diego neighborhoods, dances, and teaches college courses about horse racing. He encourages everyone never to give up looking for new and interesting things to do.  
For Alan Mindell Life Begins at 70 Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
Preparations for the 2018 Sunset Soiree, to be held May 15, 2018 at Del Mar Plaza are already underway. Soiree Chair Paul Chunyk hopes that each member can contribute at least one auction item.  Based on previous years, “experiences”, such as an outing to a Padres game or a weekend at a vacation home, are top sellers. The Soiree is a major source of funding for the club’s activities, so please be thinking of items you could contribute and donors you could approach- sometimes securing a donation is a simple as asking!
Sunset Soiree is Fast Approaching Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
RYLA Facilitators for 2017- join the picture in April!
Youth Services Chair Larry Cook reported that more facilitators are needed for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) weekend, April 20-22.  Every year, the top high school juniors from across District 5340 gather at a camp in Idyllwild for a weekend of fun, motivation and inspiration. Each facilitator works with one “family”- a group of 8 juniors.  Facilitators are on hand to make sure the kids get where they need to be and to get discussions started- the kids take it from there! The joy of the weekend is watching these young people, all strangers from different backgrounds, come together to build strong bonds while learning new things about themselves and what they can do for others. For me, RYLA provides the chance to step out of my normally reserved personality, to dance, yell, and have fun with these kids.
All facilitators must submit an application, be youth certified (click here to become certified) and undergo a half-day training, which this year is April 14.  Click here to read more about RYLA, and feel free to talk to me, Haylea Minks, Christ Stewart, or the Cooks (all previous facilitators) about what to expect and what to bring.
RYLA Facilitators Needed Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
As Rotarian of the Day, Paul shared a quote from John Wooden that reminds us of the importance of seeking continuous improvement on our own terms.
Paul Chunyk as Rotarian of the Day Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 11, 2018
Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski congratulates Tony Villasenor (upper panel) on his first Paul Harris Fellow and Lanh Tran (lower panel) on becoming a two-time Paul Harris fellow
We celebrated two more Paul Harris Fellows at the February 8, 2018 meeting. New member Tony Villasenor earned his first Paul Harris Fellowship, and in recognition of her tremendous contributions as Club Treasurer, the Club conferred Lanh Tran her second Paul Harris Fellow.
Paul Harris Recognition for Lanh Tran and Tony Villasenor Sharon Schendel 2018-02-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Mandy Shefman, Engagement Manager for Arts for Learning San Diego (left) with Maria and Dennis Fipps (second from left and far right) and Arts for Learning San Diego board member Miles Fleming
Carrie Ann Fipps in motion
Mandy Shefman, Engagement Manager for Arts for Learning San Diego (A4LSD), was our speaker for the February 1, 2018 meeting. She began by asking members whether they were artists, and if there were any arts that members wished that they had learned as children.  Learning a musical instrument, dance, and painting were common wished-for skills. 
Despite numerous studies that support the value of arts education in terms of reducing the rate of dropouts, alcohol and drug use, and delinquency, funding for art programs is constantly at risk for cuts. Even in San Diego, funding for arts program faces a 31% cut.  Meanwhile, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education is often emphasized as an important means for later success, but A4LSD advocates we instead refer to STEAM, where the “A” highlights the value of arts education in producing well-rounded students.
Founded over 50 years ago and now based in City Heights, as an affiliate of the Young Audiences Arts for Learning network, A4LSD partners with over 200 local performing artists practicing in visual arts, poetry, music, theater, and dance who provide assemblies, workshops, and family events to expose children a broad range of art. A4LSD also provides funding for artist residencies and professional development for local teachers.
One of A4LSD’s largest partnerships is with San Diego Unified School District’s Learning Through the Arts Initiative. This program helps teachers at Title 1 schools, which largely serve economically disadvantaged students, integrate arts education into their classroom to enhance engagement and increase parental involvement that together can improve academic achievements.  In the past few years, A4LSD has seen significant growth in the numbers of children served (now nearly 76,800 children- an increase of 35% since 2014), artists participating, and programs offered (now 1,710, up from 1,563 in AY 2015-16). 
Ms. Shefman introduced Dennis (brother of our President-Elect Don Fipps) and Maria Fipps, who are involved in one of many A4LSD partnerships. Dennis and Maria are the parents of Carrie Ann Fipps. By age 4, Carrie Ann showed a flair for dance, and she was a founding member of the dance troupe City Moves. Sadly, Carrie Ann passed away at the age of 15 after a battle with leukemia. In her memory, the Fipps established the Carrie Ann Fipps Memorial Scholarship, in partnership with A4LSD. Every year in May young dancers participate in a group audition and a panel of judges composed of a member of the Fipps family, as well as dance teachers and choreographers awards $1,000 to one student to fund one year of dance lessons. Several winners have since gone on to pursue careers in dance.
We thank member Miles Fleming, who is also a member of the A4LSD Board, for arranging to have Ms. Shefman present to our club.
Giving STEAM to STEM- Arts for Learning San Diego Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Kids for Peace Board Vice President Toni Hood (center) with International Services Committee (ISC) Chair Dugan Moor (left) and ISC member Patti Kurtz (right)
Toni Hood, Vice President of Kids for Peace, joined our February 1, 2018 meeting to thank club members for donating to their program to provide “growing shoes” for children in developing countries. These shoes expand up to five sizes, and thus can be worn for several years rather than just one.  These shoes can help prevent exposure soil-transmitted disease and parasitic infections and in turn increase overall health and the likelihood that children can consistently attend school. We look forward to learning more about Kids for Peace in an upcoming presentation.
Kids for Peace- Providing Shoes that Grow to Kids in Developing Countries Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Scott MacDonald (right) exchanges red for blue badges with membership chair Matt Kurth (left)
Scott MacDonald recalled this question from Martin Luther King, Jr. as part of his Rotarian of the Day talk
Congratulations to our latest Blue Badger, Scott MacDonald. Scott was also Rotarian of the Day and after opening with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., he gave a quick synopsis of the many places he’s lived prior to settling in Del Mar with his “better half” Patti Kurtz, also a member of our club. Scott founded MacDonald Scholars with the goal of helping college students offset the costs of higher education, while also giving back to their communities (see a synopsis of his presentation at our club in May 2017). 
Scott has already been a very active member of the club- he is serving as an advisor for the upcoming Model U.N. and will assume the role of Speaker’s Chair in July. 
Newest Blue Badger Scott MacDonald Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Paul Harris Fellows (l to r) Miles Fleming, Dugan Moor, Garrie Rhodes, Jim Davies, Dan Smargon
Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski recognized several new and multiple Paul Harris Fellows: Jim Davies, Miles Fleming, Dugan Moor, Garrie Rhodes and Dan Smargon. Their donations to the Rotary Foundation are critical for supporting Rotary’s many projects, both at home and around the globe.
Recognition of Paul Harris Fellows Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Feb 04, 2018
Charles Dorfan (left) with his sponsor, President Klaus Gubernator (right)
We’re delighted to welcome as our newest member, Charles Dorfan, who received his Red Badge from Membership Chair Matt Kurth at the February 1, 2018 meeting. Charles lives in Carmel Valley with his wife Victoria and young son Dov. He is an Executive Benefits Advisor with WestPac Wealth Partners. Klaus Gubernator is his sponsor and he will be mentored by Marty Peters. Charles is a UCSD graduate and comes with a desire to give back to his community, and in particular to help families in crisis, which stems from his experiences as a pediatric cancer survivor.
Welcome to Our Newest (and Youngest) Member, Charles Dorfan Sharon Schendel 2018-02-04 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
Over 120 Rotarians and guests from around North County gathered at the Agua Hedionda Discovery Center in Carlsbad for the Rockin’ Rotary social. Lots of great Rotarians from several North County clubs, including Rotary Club Carlsbad Hi Noon, Encinitas, Oceanside, and Rancho Sante Fe were there, as were some potential new Rotarians.  Anyone wishing to enter the raffle had to meet five new Rotarians or guests. The music by JP Hennessy of the Rotary Club of Encinitas was fantastic- JB used to play for a band that once was the warm-up act for U2 (check out some video of the dancing at Rotary Club of Encinitas Facebook page).
Rockin' Rotary Social Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
William Bonitz (far left), Gisele Bonitz (second from left) and Larry Cook (far right) with Marianne Krystmas (third from left), who teaches William piano now and also taught Larry
Students competing in the District Music competition were encouraged to invite guests to hear their performances. Erica Hwang’s father, Sung-Sik Hwang joined us, as did William Bonitz’s mother, Gisele Bonitz. A special guest was Marianne Krystmas, who is William’s music teacher and also taught Larry Cook to play the piano! We congratulate Marianne on her success in teaching multiple generations of musicians in the San Diego area.
Multigenerational Music Students of Marianne Krystmas Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
Rotary Club of Del Mar members support the vendors who help sponsor our annual Sunset Soiree (May 14 this year), and we visited Soiree sponsor New English Brewing Company on January 25, 2018 for craft beer and Greek food from the Taste Around the World food truck. Yet when we arrived, the Barrel Room was already packed. Our social coincided with a meeting of the Veteran’s Brewing Club (VBC), which we learned is a newly formed, informal group that seeks to connect transitioning service members with military veterans and business leaders. VBC provides a more casual atmosphere for networking and discussions about effective strategies for transitioning back to civilian life.
January Social at New English Brewing Company Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
Andrew Zhao, Garrie Rhodes, Erica Hwang, and William Bonitz
Our January 25, 2018 meeting was filled with beautiful music performed by young musicians.  Erica Hwang and Andrew Zhao, both seniors at Torrey Pines High School, joined William Bonitz, a junior at La Jolla Country Day High School, to compete at the local level of the District 5340 Music Competition. William began the concert with “Introduction and Rondo” by Leroy Ostransky for the alto saxophone and followed that with “Valse Lente” by Oscar Merikanto for piano.  Erica played the first movement from Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto in D Major. Andrew Zhao made great use of the Baldwin grand that lives on the St. Peter’s Parish Hall stage by playing Chopin’s Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1. Visit our Facebook page to see video clips from all three performances.
Members Garrie Rhodes and Miles Fleming, together with Niels Lund, president of Rotary Club Solana Beach Eco, acted as judges to evaluate musical technique, interpretation and stage presence. The quality of all the performances was excellent, and the judges named Erica Hwang as our representative at the regional concert, to be held February 14 in the Chula Vista High School library. If she is successful there, she will compete in March in the District finals, where the top performer will receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Erica thanked the members for their attention, and expressed gratitude for all her audiences, which remind her that classical music continues to be valued. She said that this is the first time she played this piece without piano or orchestral accompaniment, and she enjoyed the freedom she had playing solo. Both she and Andrew will be auditioning for music programs at the university level.  We thank Garrie Rhodes for her hard work organizing the concert.  
Three Young Musicians Perform for District 5340 Music Competition Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 29, 2018
Chris Stewart, Haylea Minks and Barrett Smith work the eyeglass station (and modeled a few pairs)
A Stand Down in wartime was the removal of combat units needing rest and recovery to a safe and secure place after relief by rested units. Here, Stand Down refers to the opportunity for homeless veterans to remove themselves from the stress of the streets and allow community members to watch over them while they receive needed services.
First begun in 1998 by Veteran’s Village of San Diego, each year there are more than 200 Stand Down events across the country.  The 2nd annual North County San Diego Stand Down was held January 25-28, 2018. The goal of the Stand Down is to connect homeless veterans with service providers. Rotary Club of Del Mar members Haylea Minks, Barrett Smith and Chris Stewart volunteered at this Stand Down- they staffed the eyeglass station.  Outside of Stand Down events, the North County San Diego Stand Down organization accepts donations of cash as well as gently used clothing and household items collected by their partner, TeamAMVETs.
North County San Diego Stand Down Sharon Schendel 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2018
President-Elect Don Fipps (right) with District Governor Elect for District 2220 in Russia, Alexey Kutsenok (left)
Matt and Janice Kurth (left) model gifts from District Governor Elect for District 3000, Rvn Kannan and his wife Sarala (right)
We are fortunate that Rotary International holds its annual International Assembly right in our own back yard, at Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego.  Each year, District Governor Elects (DGEs) are required to attend the Assembly to take part in training that will be critical for effective leadership of their districts. Their spouses are also encouraged to attend programming tailored to their role. Local Rotarians host DGEs and this year past DG (PDG) Janice Kurth and her husband Matt Kurth, together with PDG Marty Peters, invited eight DGEs and their spouses to their La Jolla home.  Each DGE told a bit about their home district: Barbara Wolf-Wicha (DG 1920) is proud to be the first female DG for her district covering the east half of Austria. Ismail Sadek, attending with his wife Doris, is DG for District 1910 covering western Austria, including Vienna. Alexey Kutsenok of Sochi, Russia, District 2220 looks forward to building membership for the 50 clubs in his district, the first in Russia. Sharmila Bhatt can build on the experience of her husband, Harish, who also served as DG for District 9211.  Sharmila will be busy visiting the 101 clubs in her district that covers Tanzania and Uganda. Jeff Bamford (spouse Putiry Mwendwa) is DGE for District 9212 that includes 98 clubs in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan. Jeff’s overseas posting as an international banker brought him to Kenya, and subsequently to Rotary.  Dominique Venere, DGE of District 7030 will put in a lot of travel time to speak to clubs across the Caribbean islands and two clubs in Guyana. Jerry Chapman is DGE for District 5870 covering Central Texas- Matt and Janice’s daughter is a Rotarian in this district. DGE Rvn Kannan and his wife Sarala brought gifts for Matt and Janice. DGE Kannan will oversee District 3000 in India- he too will be busy with nearly 130 clubs.
We congratulate all the DGEs and wish them every success in their Rotary year.
Rotary Hospitality for District Governor Elects Sharon Schendel 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2018
Join us for the January 25, 2018 meeting, which will feature talented young musicians in our region competing in the first level of the District 5340 music competition.
A Musical Meeting for January 25, 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 21, 2018
Featured speaker Dr. John Blount, spoke about changes Rotary is making to maintain its organizational vibrancy
We joined five other clubs: Del Mar Solana Beach, Encinitas, Encinitas Coastal, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach Eco, at the Hilton San Diego Del Mar for our annual 6-way meeting. More than 130 Rotarians (including six past District Governors (DGs), Bob Blum, Janice Kurth, Philippe Lamoise, Marty Peters, and Marilyn Sanderson; two Assistant DGs, Steve Weitzen and Ole Prahm, and one DG elect, Marta Knight) attended to hear club presidents showcase their club’s activities. 
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach: 30 members, meets Fridays at 7 AM. President Bill Sutton told about their Bocce Ball tournament that raised funds to support Just in Time for foster youth and Solutions for Change that helps homeless families re-integrate into society.
  • Rotary Club of Encinitas: 95 members, meets Wednesdays at noon. President Jim Merrill reminded us of why this club earned the nickname “Animal House”.  Money raised at their annual Food and Wine Festival (June 2 this year) goes to support over 14 organizations, including their Home Team that provides help with household projects for seniors.
  • Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal: 44 members, meets Tuesdays at 12:15, President Richard Cohen. Their fundraiser, the Golf Ball Drop, supports the Navy SEAL Foundation and other organizations. A helicopter drops numbered golf balls over an Encinitas Ranch Golf Course green and holders of balls coming closest to the pin win one of several prizes.  Members also helped decorated the 2018 Rose Parade float and prepare hygiene kits to combat the recent hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego.
  • Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe: 80 members, meets Wednesdays at noon. President Luis Carranza noted that more than 50% of his club members are women.  Their Taste of Rancho Santa Fe event (October 18 this year) supports over 10 charities and organizations, including Spay-Neuter Project (SNAP), ConnectMed, and Future Legends.
  • Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco: 18 members, meets Tuesdays at 6 PM. President Niels Lund kicked off the meeting with a song he wrote: “You Can Do Good in Rotary”.  Their club focuses on projects that promote environmental responsibility and sustainability, including Latrines for Life in Cambodia, Project Amigo in Mexico, and Shelter Box.
The featured speaker, Dr. John Blount, DDS, from Rotary Club of Sebastopol, highlighted ways that Rotary is evolving to diversify membership and increase the number of younger members, including introduction of more flexible membership levels, while continuing to provide opportunities for servant leaders to enrich communities at both the local and international level.
North County Clubs Come Together for Annual 6-Way Meeting Sharon Schendel 2018-01-21 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
New English Brewing in Sorrento Valley (11545 Sorrento Valley Rd., #305) is the site for our January social. This 10-year old brewery (positively ancient by San Diego craft brewery standards) poured their award-winning beers at our Sunset Soiree.  Join us on Wednesday, January 24 from 5-8 PM to try one of their 15 beers that you can wash down with Greek food from a food truck that will be on site. 
Club Social: January 24 at New English Brewing Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
Want more socialization with North County Rotarians?  Register to attend the Rockin’ Rotary Social on January 27, 2018 held from 6-9 PM at the Agua Hedionda Discovery Center (1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad CA 92008).  Guests are most welcome, but register early as only 200 tickets are available.  Tickets are $25 and include craft beer from Latitude 33 brewery, wine, pizza, and snacks.  The JP Hennessy Band of the Rotary Club of Encinitas will provide entertainment.  The club with the most club members in attendance will get a special prize.
Rockin’ Rotary Social January 27 at Agua Hedionda Discovery Center Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
Sharon Schendel (center) with San Diego History Center Development and Membership Coordinator Samantha Williams (left) and Executive Director Bill Williams (right)
San Diego History Center Executive Director Bill Lawrence (and Rotarian- he’s a member of San Diego Rotary Club 33) and Development and Membership Coordinator Samantha Williams joined our January 11, 2018 meeting to speak about the Center’s exhibits and show a few of the highlights of their collections.  This year the Center will celebrate the 90th anniversary of its founding in 1928 by civic leader George Marston.  Originally called the Junipero Serra Museum and housed on Presidio Hill, in 1982 the museum moved to its current location in Balboa Park’s Prado, where it occupies a 50,000 ft2 facility.
The Center seeks to collect, preserve, display and interpret the history of San Diego by offering content that provides a variety of perspectives to bring people together through a shared understanding of the past.  Bill showed some of the most precious documents among the Center’s 45 million: a recently discovered document bearing Abraham Lincoln’s signature and the diary of Ah Quin, a Chinese labor organizer in San Diego during the 1880s that gives insight into working immigrants.  The Center also has over 2.5 million photos of San Diego’s past, 17,000 objects related to the area, 1,700 pieces of fine art with San Diego and California themes, and one of the best costume collections in the nation. 
The Center’s Oral History Program, established in 1955, has recordings of San Diego pioneers, and continues today to collect stories of a range of San Diegans from different backgrounds.  The Center also publishes The Journal of San Diego History a triannual peer-reviewed journal that features scholarly articles on the history of the area. History Center members receive the Journal as part of their membership.  Bill and Samantha brought with them the Summer/Fall 2017 issue for club members to take home. That issue included an article about the American Red Star Animal Relief Program at Camp Kearny during World War I and the Moreton Bay fig tree in Balboa Park. 
Bill ended his talk with a Del Mar-specific trivia contest that in which members were asked to guess the name and year of a series of photos. Those who provided correct answers got a copy of the photo to keep (anyone who missed out or would like to see other photos available for purchase can visit the photo archive).
San Diego History Center: Connecting the Past, Present and Future of the San Diego Region Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
Youth Services Chair Larry Cook and Katie Cook with Berkeley Rotoract member Megan Wiener 
We were delighted to welcome back Megan Wiener, our 2017 scholarship winner, as Rotarian of Day at the January 11, 2018 meeting. Megan is off to a great start at UC Berkeley where is majoring in Psychology with a pre-law focus. Due to all her hard work at Torrey Pines High School, Megan actually entered with credits equivalent to a sophomore! She joined the Berkeley Rotaract, which of the 8,400 Rotaract clubs in 170 countries across the world, is the largest at over 200 members. Rotary Club of Berkeley is their sponsor, and the two clubs work closely together.  
Scholarship Winner Megan Wiener Returns as Rotarian of the Day Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
Karl Wagner reports that the San Diego Blood Bank is facing a critical shortage of blood- they have only a 2-week supply.  The Bloodmobile will be in the Del Mar Hilton parking lot on January 18, 2018 from 9:30-2 PM, so please sign up to donate badly needed blood. If that time doesn’t work for you, visit the Blood Bank’s website to schedule a donation appointment. 
Before or After the 6-Way, Donate Blood! Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 13, 2018
On January 18, 2018 at noon we’ll gather at Del Mar Hilton Derby Ballroom for our annual 6-way meeting.  In lieu of our regular meeting, join Rotarians from 5 other clubs:  Del-Mar Solana Beach, Encinitas, Encinitas Coastal, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach Eco.  Mix things up and sit with members from other clubs to learn about their projects and share what our club is doing. The Speaker will be John S. Blount, DDS who will cover a range of Rotary-related topics, including how Rotary International is interfacing with local clubs.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so soon. Click here to RSVP, indicate meal choice, and whether you’re bring a guest.
6-Way Meeting January 18, 2018 at Del Mar Hilton Sharon Schendel 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2018
Del Mar Hilton, site of January 18 Six-way meeting
In lieu of our regular meeting, we’ll join five other North County Rotary Clubs for a 6-way meeting on January 18, 2018 at the Del Mar Hilton.  John T. Blount D.D.S., program coordinator for the 2018 Rotary convention in Toronto and Chair of the 2019 convention in Hamburg Germany, is scheduled to speak. Dr. Blount has been instrumental in developing strategies to secure the future of Rotary and has moderated the international training program for all incoming Governors.
Six Way Meeting at Del Mar Hilton on January 18, 2018 Sharon Schendel 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2018
Julie Marner, Executive Director, Burundi Friends International, with long-time Rotary Club of Del Mar member Bessie Floyd
Burundi Friends International Board members and volunteers- founder Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian is in the center of the back row
A 2010 trip to Burundi to teach English led Julie Marner to her current position as Executive Director of Burundi Friends International (BFI).  Founded in 2007 by Burundian Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian, who studied in the United States and hoped to give back to her native country, the mission of BFI is to foster partnerships for education, healthcare and economic empowerment that will sustain communities and fight poverty. 
Land-locked Burundi is about the size of the Maryland, and is a member of the East African Community (EAC). Although the official languages of Burundi are French (a holdover from Belgian colonization) and Kirundi, the chosen language of the EAC is English. As such, Ms. Marner noted that Burundians who are fluent in English have access to broader economic opportunities.
The country faces many challenges, including: poor infrastructure (very few roads are paved, and only 5% of homes have electricity), difficulty in exporting goods, poverty (average annual income of $280), high rates of malnourishment, lack of clean water, and high rates of HIV and malaria.  The family size in Burundi is large at ~6 children/family and as a result, the overall population is young- nearly half of Burundians are younger than 15 years old. 
BFI seeks to address these challenges through its three-pillared approach:  Education & English Clubs, Economic Empowerment Programs, and Healthcare & Medical Supplies. In her presentation, Ms. Marner focused on the Economic and English programs, which are closely related.   
Burundian youth in particular have been proactive in taking advantage of the resources that BFI brings to their country. Knowing that English skills are critical for advancement, Burundians are enthusiastic English learners. In addition to stocking libraries with donated books, BFI helped found English clubs that provide an open learning environment where club members can access technology and books for active English learning. Beginning with just one club of 35 members, the number of clubs is growing rapidly. In the last year alone, the clubs experienced a 375% growth rate and membership is now 3,600. Over 2,000 volunteer teachers lead the clubs and help recruit and train even more teachers. BFI also has a scholarship program that allows talented students to seek university degrees either at a national or international level.  Three of the students BFI assisted secured prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowships for young African leaders.
Coupled with the educational programs, BFI provides programs to help Burundians learn to save money and launch and manage their own businesses.   
Ms. Marner told about Innocent Niyongabo as an example of the changes that BFI programs have made. Innocent was orphaned at 4 years-old when his parents were killed in the 1995 civil war in Burundi. Despite these huge challenges, Innocent was highly motivated to learn English. In just a few years, he is now fluent in English and serves as Vice President of the BFI English Clubs while pursuing a college degree. He realized that his parents were killed in part due to the poor mindset of Burundians, and he made it his goal to change this mindset and help his fellow youth realize the same educational and economic opportunities he seeks. 
One of Innocent’s friends, Fabrice Bizimana, who is also active with BFI English clubs, summed up the resources that BFI provides: “Receiving a dictionary is like receiving a treasure.”  We are confident that under Ms. Marner’s leadership BFI will continue to provide education and economic treasures to the people of Burundi. 
Burundi Friends International: Bringing Educational and Economic Empowerment to Burundians Sharon Schendel 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2018
Bill Rawlings, Jim McClellan, Eric Nelte and Monty Woolley beside Bill's truck, filled with donations
Bill Rawlings kindly offered to take clothing donations to the Rotary Club of Escondido in advance of their clothing drive for the upcoming veteran’s Stand Down event.  Members stepped up with donations, and Bill had no trouble filling the bed of his pickup truck!
Donations to Stand Down Clothing Drive Sharon Schendel 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jan 07, 2018
Bill Lawrence will present at the January 11, 2018 meeting (Photo credit: John Gibbins)
Bill Lawrence, Executive Director of the San Diego History Center, will present this week about how the Center integrates in the San Diego community to fulfill its mission of telling the story of the San Diego region as well as educating community residents. The Center is based in Balboa Park and also maintains its original site on Presidio Hill. Mr. Lawrence is a graduate of San Diego State University and previously worked at KFMB and KPBS.   
Speaker for January 18 Meeting: Bill Lawrence, San Diego History Center Sharon Schendel 2018-01-07 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 31, 2017
We elected Club Officers and Directors for the 2018 Rotary year at the December 21, 2017 meeting:
President:  Don Fipps
President-Elect:  Brett Mattei
Vice President: Sharon Schendel
Treasurer:  Kathy Reed
Sergeant at Arms: Chandra Collure
Secretary:  Donna Fipps
Director and Rotary Foundation Chair:  Matt Kurth
Director and Community Services Chair:  Barrett Smith
Director and International Services Chair:  Dugan Moore
Director and Program Chair:  Scott MacDonald
Director:  Paul Chunyk
Club Election Results Sharon Schendel 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 31, 2017
The speaker for our January 4, 2018 meeting is Julie Marner, Executive Director of Burundi Friends International (BFI), which was founded in 2007 as a three-pronged program to fight poverty by enhancing education, healthcare, and economic resources. Burundi that lies east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and just south of Rwanda, is one of the economically challenged nations in the world.
Ms. Marner has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Practical Theology from University of Colorado and University of San Diego, respectively. She has a long history working with volunteer organizations that focus on homelessness, the prison population, and the mentally ill. Ms. Marner first visited Burundi in 2010 and returned in 2011 to teach English Communication at Light University (as the majority of business in Africa is conducted in English, proficiency in this language is a key to increased economic success). She has since expanded her initial educational efforts to address economic empowerment and healthcare issues. 
January 4 2018 Speaker: Julie Marner of Burundi Friends International Sharon Schendel 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 31, 2017
Rotary Club of Escondido is helping with a clothing drive for veterans.  All clothing donations are welcome, but jackets, sweatshirts, shoes, plus-size clothing, and towels are particularly welcome. They are also seeking new underwear and socks for both men and women (goal:  500 and 50 pairs for men and women, respectively). Bill Rawlings kindly volunteered to transport any items brought to the January 4, 2018 meeting to the Escondido Rotarians.  If you can’t gather your donations in time for Thursday's meeting, you can bring the items to the drive at the Escondido Town Hall on Saturday January 6 between 8 and 11 AM.     
Clothing Drive for Veterans Sharon Schendel 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Foundation:  John Baranowski reported that half of our members have made their annual pledge to the Rotary Foundation and have paid the pledged amount.  Make your 2018 pledge early by completing the attached form and returning it to John.  Pledges can also be made online.
Membership:  Matt Kurth tallied the club census, which currently stands at 66 active members and 4 honorary members.  We have 7 pending Red Badgers who are working toward their Blue Badges. Our membership is 1/3 female and the median age is the mid-60s, with 18 members younger than 50.  Our membership is stable and enduring- in the club the average tenure with Rotary is 21 years.
Del Mar Rotary Foundation:  Bob Fuchs, chairman of the Del Mar Rotary Foundation Trust, reminded us that 5 years ago all donations were directed to the Rotary Club of Del Mar Foundation trust.  Most donations made to the trust are unrestricted, although members always have the option to designate that funds be given to a specific project or committee.  We are fortunate that a substantial proportion of the trusts funds are in an account that pays 6% annually, resulting in income from interest alone of nearly $10,000.   Have you made your suggested donation to the club's foundation yet?  Remember that these pledges are separate from those for the foundation.  Access the pledge form here.
The Community Service, International Service, and Youth Services committees all reported on their successful years and the variety of projects they sponsored. 
Lines of Service Reports Sharon Schendel 2017-12-31 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
La Colonia park decorated for the holiday party
Donna Fipps ready for action at the bead station, where she was joined by Janice Kurth
Kathi Reed helped with the pine cone project- and one of our guests displays her beautiful finished project
Dan Smargon and Klaus Gubernator helped fashion buckeye-pipe cleaner animals (top), and Bob Sonnhalter and Bill Rawlings were ready to help with ice plant cuttings (bottom)
Plenty of balloons for twisting and cookies for decorating
Our guests could decorate stockings and advise Santa on how to fill them
Helping with Christmas cards- plenty of rocks were needed to keep the wind from blowing the cards away
Tony Villasenor helped serve dinner
Tom Ryan, Monty Woolley, Tom Woolsey, Marty Peters and Tony Villasenor enjoy dinner
On December 7, 2017 we hosted our annual Christmas party for local children who are members of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club Harper Branch.  The children could choose from several different craft stations to make Christmas decorations and presents. They could also visit with Santa and enjoy the food and refreshments.  The weather at La Colonia park in Solana Beach was breezy, but all the kids had fun and left with several momentoes from the party.  
Community Service Christmas Party at La Colonia in Solana Beach Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
Danny Maas (left) spoke about recent successes of the Torrey Pines High School Robotics Club, the Millennium Falcons, at the regional and national levels (Team photo credit- The Del Mar Times)
Daniel Maas, a Junior at Torrey Pines High School (TPHS), joined our November 30, 2017 meeting to thank our club for its support of the TPHS Robotics Club, the Millennium Falcons. The club has grown significantly in the past few years, and now numbers 35 members.  They compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competition (or, as FIRST likes to refer to it, “Coopertition” that emphasizes teaching and learning from teammates to assist and enable the success of others). In 2017, the Falcons won the San Diego regional competition and advanced to the FIRST finals in Houston, where they reached the semifinals. The club is looking forward to the January release of this year’s robot task and will start building their robot soon after. Support from Rotary Club of Del Mar is instrumental for the club to secure the necessary equipment to build their robot and travel to compete at the national level. 
Torrey Pines High School Millennium Falcons Robotics Club Seeks Continued Success Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
Marty Peters with Veteran's Village CEO Kim Mitchell and founder Jack Lyon
Kim Mitchell (second from left) and Jack Lyon (second from right) with Rotary Club of Del Mar members who served on active duty between November 1955 and May 1975 (l to r):  Monty Woolley, Tom Ryan, Jim McClellan, Bob Sonnhalter and Tom Woolsey
Jack Lyon, together with fellow Vietnam veterans Bill Mahedy, Randy Waite, Paul Grasso and Russ Kelly, founded Veteran’s Village in 1981 as a resource to help disenfranchised veterans access services to which they were entitled.  From its small beginnings, the organization has grown to serve more than 2,000 veterans annually by providing transitional housing and programs tailored to its five pillars of success: Prevention, Intervention, Rehabilitation, Aftercare and Employment Services.
Jack introduced Veteran’s Village’s newly installed CEO, Kim Mitchell, who co-founded the Dixon Center for Veterans and Military Services after having served in the Navy for 17 years. Ms. Mitchell, a Naval Academy graduate, reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands. In her last two years in active duty she was the Deputy Director of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Warrior and Family Support before assuming duties as a White House Military Social Aide for the Obama administration for which she helped host more than 500 military-related events.  Together these experiences provided a strong foundation to take over as head of Veteran’s Village.    
Ms. Mitchell has personal experience with how a little assistance can chance the course of a life.  She was found as an infant clinging to her dead mother and was eventually taken to the Sacred Heart Orphanage in Da Nang, Vietnam. There she was found by Air Force Technical Sergeant James Mitchell, who adopted her and brought her to live with his family in northern Wisconsin.  Sadly, her father, a farmer, was killed in a lightning strike just weeks before she was to leave for the Naval Academy. This experience taught her to cope with change and be aware that life can change in an instant. 
Ms. Mitchell’s immediate goals for Veteran’s Village are to increase public awareness of the services provided by the Village, increase community involvement through various events, including Stand Downs (which Rotary Club of Del Mar members have supported), and support partnerships with local businesses, which are instrumental to ensuring stable employment for veterans.  The Village’s various programs enjoy an 80% success rate. In keeping with the Village’s motto: “Leave no one behind”, for those who do not succeed on their first attempt, the Village welcomes and encourages them to keep trying until they do achieve success. 
At the end of her presentation, Ms. Mitchell referenced the national Vietnam Commemoration, which was authorized by Congress in 2012 to thank and honor Vietnam veterans. She asked club members to raise their hands if they were on active duty any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Those members who raised their hands received lapel pins to recognize their service and sacrifice during this period.    
Serving Those Who Served: Veteran’s Village of San Diego Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
Getting packing instructions from the CRC staff
Val Myers on the conveyor line
Global Scholar Jane Kinyua pauses for a picture
Matt Kurth and Walt Strangman man the cans
Haylea Minks and Don Fipps handled the pinto bean station
Boxes rounding the curve for the next stage of filling
Celebrating a job well done!
Rotary Club of Del Mar members, spouses and friends gathered at the Del Mar Fairgrounds grandstand to pack holiday baskets for the Community Resource Center (CRC).  Packing is efficient as boxes roll along conveyor belts in front of different stations stocked with staples. After supplementing with turkey or chickens, recipients have what they need to prepare holiday meals with all the trimmings. The CRC holiday baskets represent the largest distribution program in San Diego and will serve over 1,500 families who live in San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach or Del Mar and have an annual household income that is at or below 80% of the area median income.  Together, we packed nearly 280 boxes in just a few hours.
Packing Holiday Baskets for Families Served by the Community Resource Center Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Dec 17, 2017
St. Peter's Parish hall was in a festive mood on December 16, 2017 for the annual holiday party. There were plenty of beverages- both hard and soft- and prime rib was the main entree. Cookies were available for exchange- Donna Fipps brought cookies topped with "Nutcracker" mice.  A great way to kick off the last 10 days before Christmas!
Annual Christmas Party at St. Peter's Parish Hall Sharon Schendel 2017-12-17 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2017
Stacie Terry, Head Coach of SDSU Women's Basketball with the ultimate Aztec, Larry Cook
Coach Stacie Terry, now in her fifth year as head coach of the San Diego State University Women’s Basketball team (currently 4-0) was our speaker at the November 16, 2017 meeting. She began by recalling her own goals as an undergraduate at University of Texas Arlington, where she played basketball and continued her excellent 3-point shooting after graduating from El Capitan High School. At UTA Coach Terry was a Communications major, and she planned to become the first female sideline reporter for the NFL. Yet when she graduated, she didn’t have the experience she needed to break into broadcasting. When she got into coaching, Coach Terry made it her mission to provide the women she coached the opportunities she didn’t have.
Coach Terry has had success in recruiting, as evidenced by her nationally-ranked recruiting classes. When recruiting, Coach Terry looks for young women who have intangible qualities beyond basketball talent and considers whether they have a good attitude and work ethic. Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history advised her that she needed players who could “wake up and start their own engines.” Coach Terry makes a promise to the parents of her recruits: not only will their daughters become better basketball players, they will become more well-rounded young women.
SDSU players attend financial planning workshops and are encouraged to start saving a few dollars from the scholarship funds. Coach Terry also makes it point to expose her players to the local culture of the cities where they play away games.  For instance, when they played a tournament in New York, the whole team went to see “The Color Purple” on Broadway.  Academics are also emphasized and the team strives to see that each player maintains at least a 3.0 GPA. Players are coached to develop a media presence and conduct themselves with confidence. All of these skills will serve SDSU players well when they enter the work force. 
Beyond Basketball: SDSU Head Coach Stacie Terry Takes a Holistic Approach to Coaching Sharon Schendel 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2017
December will be a great month with the following events and activities:
On Thursday December 7, 2017, the club will be dark as we hold our annual children’s holiday party at La Colonia Park in Solana Beach. Fire up your Pintrest pages and find some interesting and simple craft projects that we can have ready for the kids who attend.
On Monday December 11, 2017 join us at the Del Mar Fairgrounds to help assemble Community Resource Center holiday baskets. Remember to complete the waiver form and return it to Barrett Smith.
On the evening of Thursday December 14, 2017, in lieu of our regular meeting, we’ll hold our annual club Christmas party at St. Peter’s Parish Hall.
Mark Your December Calendars: La Colonia Holiday Party, Holiday Baskets and Club Party Sharon Schendel 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
There will be no meeting November 23, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving. Best wishes for an enjoyable holiday with good food and good company.  Join us November 30, 2017, when Kim Miller and Jack Lyon, Veteran’s Village CEO and Founder, respectively, will present.
Club Dark for Thanksgiving 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2017
President Elect Don Fipps read the slate for incoming officers and directors for the new Rotary year. Elections will be held at the December 21, 2017 meeting. 
President: Don Fipps
President-elect: Brett Mattei
Vice President: Sharon Schendel
Treasurer: Kathy Reed
Secretary: Donna Fipps
Sergeant-at-Arms: Chandra Collure
Rotary Foundation Chair: Matt Kurth
Youth Services Chair: Larry Cook
Director/Community Services Chair: Barrett Smith
Director/International Services Chair: Dugan Moore
Director/Program Chair: Scott MacDonald
Director/Sunset Soiree Chair: Paul Chunyk
Slate for Rotary Year 2018 Announced Sharon Schendel 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 19, 2017
Members and guests visiting before the meeting gets underway
Il Fornaio in Del Mar Plaza was the site of our second Community Outreach meeting for 2017. We had another great turnout, with several guests in attendance. Vickie Barks brought her colleagues from the League of Amazing Programmers, Jackie Arsenau and Becky Deller; Garrie Rhodes invited Alton Hitchcock, real estate agent and home brewer; and Carrington Kingsley, guest of Kit Leeger, returned for a second visit. John Winfield, editor of Fine magazine joined us, as did Linda Strangman, wife of member Walt Strangman. The meeting was a family affair for member Chad Brown, who brought his wife, Dana, and their two daughters, Ella and Maia, who were selling poinsettias on behalf of the Encinitas YMCA Dreamcatcher project, which raises funds so that needy families can access YMCA facilities and services.
Community Outreach Meeting at Il Fornaio Sharon Schendel 2017-11-19 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
Nat Read (top) recited poems by Robert Service (lower right) and discussed how Service's verse influenced his own work, "Poet Cop"
Nat Read is a frequent speaker at Rotary Club of Del Mar, and he never fails to entertain.  The poet Robert Service was the focus of his presentation at our November 9, 2017 meeting.  Nat began by reciting from memory Service’s poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, the story of the continuously cold prospector Sam McGee who finally found warmth on the shores of Lake Lebarge.
Nat told how, at the age of 20, Service left Scotland to sail to western Canada to become a cowboy in the Yukon wilderness.  His ambition as a young man was never to take a “respectable” job, and he fulfilled that ambition by taking on a variety of menial labor jobs. 
The charm of disrespectability soon wore off and Service migrated south, first to San Francisco, followed by Los Angeles, and he eventually responded to a job posting for what he thought was for a tutor for two young girls in San Diego, but was in fact a job as a replacement handyman at a brothel. As a parting gift, Service received a guitar from one of the brothel’s “residents”.
After drifting throughout the West, Service eventually secured employment with the Canadian Bank of Commerce and was transferred back to the Yukon.  While there, Service wrote “The Shooting of Dan McGrew”, which Nat also recited from memory (together, the two poems total nearly 2,000 words). 
Following more wanderings and a stint as a war correspondent and ambulance drive in World War I, Service lived more comfortably on the earnings from his 14 books of poetry and 6 novels.  He even landed in Hollywood for a brief period as movies were being made of his stories.  His turn as an actor was not as successful as his writing- he was deemed “ill-suited” to play himself in a movie. 
Nat noted that American poetry eventually moved away from poets like Service, in favor or less traditional poems such as “Makeshift”, which Nat read as a representative poem that appears in The New YorkerNat said that he’d talked with one of the former Poet Laureates of California, who said that his colleagues didn’t like Service, but the fact that his poems have never been out of print reflects their popularity. 
Nat is a poet himself, and Service was one of his inspirations.  His book of poetry, “Poet Cop” details his feelings about his work as a Reserve Officer for the Los Angeles Police Department.  His assignments for the LAPD included vice in Hollywood and gang suppression in the South Bureau. 
Nat Read Recalls Robert Service, “Bard of the Yukon”, and His Role in American Poetry Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
Our November club social will be Wednesday November 15, 2017, 5-7 PM, at Americana, located at the corner of the Coast Highway and 15th Street Del Mar (across the street from the Rotary clock).  Come enjoy a variety of draft beers and wines, and the Happy Hour menu, which includes duck & corn quesadillas, mussels, calamari, thin crust pizzas and potstickers, among others. We may catch a glimpse of owner Randy Gruber, who was also awarded “Best Chili” at our recent Chili & Quackers event.  As always, members are encouraged to bring guests. 
Club Social This Week at Americana Restaurant in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
The year-end meeting of the International Services Committee (ISC) will be held Tuesday November 14, 2017 at 5 PM at Dugan Moore and Philippe Lamoise’s home in Sorrento Valley.  All members, particularly new members, are invited to attend to discuss ongoing international service projects and ideas for new projects.
Members are encouraged to submit proposals for pilot projects. ISC Chairwoman Dugan Moore asks that the proposals be summarized in one page or less and should consider the following questions:  i) will I have personal involvement in the project and do I plan to have hands-on participation in the host country; ii) is the project sustainable and does it align with one or more of Rotary International’s six areas of focus; iii) what is the future potential of the project, how it will benefit the local community, and can the project be expanded. Dugan welcomes questions in advance of the meeting either by email or phone. Please also contact Dugan for directions to her home. 
Off-Site Year End Meeting for the International Services Committee Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
Rotary Club of Del Mar members and their guests enjoyed lunch and conversation at Pacific Del Mar
As St. Peter’s Del Mar hosts the Interfaith Shelter at our usual Parish Hall meeting site, we ventured just across the street to Del Mar Plaza for lunch at Pacifica Del Mar.  We had an excellent turnout, and more than two dozen guests, including Brett Davis, Marianela Davis, David Goodell, Pat Hayden, Carrington Kingsley, Martha Laudroche and Robert Vaughn, joined us to learn more about Rotary Club of Del Mar projects and to meet our members. The food and the service were excellent, as was the conversation. We look forward to our second Outreach meeting to be held November 16, 2017 at Il Fornaio in Del Mar Plaza. Please invite spouses, friends, and colleagues to enjoy the buffet lunch as our guests.      
First of Two Community Outreach Meetings Highlights Rotary Club of Del Mar Projects Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 12, 2017
Our November 16, 2017 meeting will be held at Il Fornaio in Del Mar Plaza. This meeting is another great opportunity to bring friends, colleagues, or anyone who would like to learn more about Rotary and the Rotary Club of Del Mar.
Fresh off a win in the season opener against Presbyterian, San Diego State University Women’s Basketball head coach Stacie Terry will take a break from a busy November schedule to talk about her team’s prospects for the year and the state of women’s athletics at SDSU. 
Coach Terry is a San Diego native who played for the El Capitan Vaqueros.  She played NCAA Division I basketball for the University of Texas at Arlington and professionally in the European Pro League. Prior to her appointment as SDSU head coach in 2013, Coach Terry was an assistant coach for UCLA and then LSU.
San Diego State University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Stacie Terry is Speaker for the Community Outreach Meeting at Il Fornaio Sharon Schendel 2017-11-12 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 05, 2017
Barbara McNally, author of "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife"
Cover of Barbara McNally's book and logo for her foundation, with images for lover, mother, warrior, sage
Barbara McNally was a licensed physical therapist working with veterans to help them adjust to the effects of serious injuries and through that work she learned about the tremendous challenges that military members wounded in the line of duty face.  Several years ago, as she was driving across the Coronado Bridge, a motorist in front of her stopped his car, got out, and then, to her horror, jumped off the bridge. She later learned that the motorist was a veteran who left behind a wife and children. Barbara vowed to devote herself to helping ensure that no other veteran would feel such despair that s/he would be driven to suicide. 
 Barbara began her talk with a short video featuring wounded veterans talking about the thanks they get from strangers, and the spotlight that shines on them, but no one shines a spotlight on those who also deserve thanks and praise:  the spouses and family members of these wounded warriors. In an effort to increase the recognition for families of wounded military, Barbara launched the Barbara McNally Foundation, the logo for which includes images that represent qualities of many military caregivers:  Lover, Mother, Warrior, Sage. Her foundation seeks to empower these caregivers, particularly women, to gain the knowledge and courage they need to support and advocate for their wounded warriors.
Copies of Barbara’s book, “Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife: Not Just Surviving But Thriving” were at each table at our October 2, 2018 meeting. The book tells the stories of many wives whose lives were changed by injuries their husbands sustained, and how they grew and changed in response to the needs of their husbands. For many of these couples, their relationships changed in ways they never could have imagined, and were the richer for the experience.
A major project of the Barbara McNally foundation is co-sponsorship of Support, Purpose & Appreciation (SPA) days. At SPA days, caregivers get a much-needed rest and take time to focus on themselves, sometimes for the first time in years. SPA days give women the opportunity to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, and share how they’ve coped with the challenges they face.  Although hundreds of women apply to be a part of SPA days, only a small fraction can be accommodated. Many of our members who attended the meeting gave donations to allow more women to attend SPA days. Donations can also be made through Barbara’s website.  We congratulate Barbara on recognizing this important issue, and for her actions to ensure that the caregivers receive recognition for the invaluable services they perform.
Barbara McNally: Focusing on Caregivers for Wounded Warriors Sharon Schendel 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 05, 2017
Nat B. Read will speak about 19th century poet Robert B. Service, aka "The Bard of the Yukon"
This week's meeting will be held at Pacific Del Mar in the Del Mar Plaza
As St. Peter’s hosts the Interfaith Shelter over the next two weeks, this week our meeting will be held at Pacifica Del Mar. Thai grilled chicken salad, rock shrimp pasta, or turkey burger with fries are on the menu. Members are encouraged to bring guests, and anyone who would like to learn more about Rotary Club of Del Mar are encouraged to attend as our guest.
Nat B. Read will present on the poet Robert W. Service, known as the “Bard of the Yukon”. Service worked as a cowboy in the Yukon wilderness in the late 19th century, and his experiences were the foundation for many of his poems and stories. 
Community Outreach Meeting at Pacifica Del Mar with Nat Read as Speaker Sharon Schendel 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 05, 2017
Niels Lund, President of Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco
Niels Lund, the President of the Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco, which meets on Tuesdays evenings at 6 PM in the library of the LePort School, told us about his Club’s efforts to meet the tree-planting challenge. A recent District 5340 NewsBits newsletter posted a link to the Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco’s compilation of agencies that Rotary clubs could partner with to plant new trees in the San Diego area. The Rotary Club of Solana Beach Eco is the fourth Eco Rotary Club to be established, and the number of Eco clubs is growing.  Eco Rotarians believe that all individuals should be able to enjoy a high quality of life while protecting, respective, and enhancing the environment.
Solana Beach Eco Club President Niels Lund and the Rotary International Tree Planting Effort Sharon Schendel 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Nov 05, 2017
Jan Nelte (left) and Linda Shaw (right) are co-chairs of the Village Garden Club of La Jolla's Jacaranda Tree Project
Village Garden Club of La Jolla members planting a new Jacaranda tree (Photo credit:  La Jolla Light)
At the seminar for incoming District Governors held in San Diego in January 2017, Rotary International President Ian Riseley challenged each one of the more than 1.2 million Rotarians to plant one tree between July 1 and Earth Day, April 22, 2018.  Riseley outlined his belief that: “the greater result [of the tree planting] will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
President Klaus Gubernator invited Jan Nelte (wife of former President Eric Nelte) and Linda Shaw from the La Jolla Village Garden Club to speak about how the committee they co-chair, the Jacaranda Tree Project, could help us meet President Riseley’s challenge and also beautify public spaces in San Diego. The Project began in 1986, and since its founding has planted more than 2,200 Jacaranda trees, which the San Diego City Council named the “Official Tree of San Diego”, across San Diego county.  Sites that received trees include Miramar National Cemetery, the waterfront esplanade on Harbor Drive, the La Jolla YMCA, Horton Plaza Park, and the downtown Central Library.  In Balboa Park, the club cooperated with the Balboa Park Conservancy to plant 21 trees around Morley Field
The Club uses donations made to the Jacaranda Tree Project in their entirety toward the purchase and planting of trees. All donations are tax-deductible. Donations of $50 or more can be designated to honor the memory of loved one, recognize a special person, commemorate an event, or, for Rotarians, help reach the goal of 1.2 million newly planted trees.  No individual tree is designated for specific individual, but rather the Club recognizes all who donated at a special annual dedication ceremony. Download the donation form and follow the instructions to make a donation.
One New (Jacaranda?) Tree for Every Rotarian Sharon Schendel 2017-11-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
Andy Stern, founder of the Lost Bird Project, which produces Smartfins to monitor ocean health
A bronze sculpture of a Passenger Pigeon, part of the Lost Bird project that seeks to help individuals connect with the earth through art (Photo credit, The Smithsonian Institution)
The inner workings of a Smartfin (photo credit:  AAAS)
One day, and he said it truly was one day, Andy Stern had an epiphany. He remembered thinking: “I know why I’m here.”  After 30 years of treating patients as a neurologist, he wanted to address one of the biggest threats to human health- climate change.   Andy felt that one of the reasons that humans are so prone to ignore the dangers of climate change is that they are disconnected from the earth and the environment.    
He founded the Lost Bird project, which seeks to help people connect more deeply with the earth through art.  His brother-in-law, Todd McGrain, a sculptor, created large bronze sculptures of five now-extinct bird species:  the Great Auk, the Labrador Duck, the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet, and the Heath Hen.  The sculptures were placed at the site where the last known member of the species was seen in the wild.  There is a film documenting the project, and the sculptures were also on display at the Smithsonian Institution. The Lost Bird project has a new film in progress, “Elephant Path- Njaia Njoku” which was submitted for exhibition at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.
Around five years ago Andy conceived the idea for Smartfin, a way to gather real time data for ocean chemistry. Although there is extensive research being conducted on the deep ocean, because surf zones are dynamic and high energy due to wave action, there was a gap in data collection for these areas. Smartfin seeks to fill that gap. The Smartfin can be fitted to a typical surfer board. Embedded within the fin are electronics that sample ocean pH, temperature, salinity, and other parameters. Once a surfer has finished his/her sets, s/he offloads the Smartfin data onto a smartphone, and the data are then uploaded onto servers. The resulting data are open access and available to oceanographers across the world. The beta-testing is now complete, and scaled-up manufacturing is underway to expand the availability of Smartfins to surfers.  During the development phase, Smartfin partnered with scientists at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and will now enlist the help of the Surfrider Foundation to distribute Smartfins, free of cost, to chapter members.  Using this approach, Smartfins can be deployed to many different areas to help scientists learn more about ocean chemistry in the surf zone. The Smartfins will cost around $200 to manufacture, which is significantly less than other technologies used to monitor ocean health, such as floats in the Argo network. Through Smartfin and the data gathered by surfing citizen scientists, Andy and the Lost Bird project will be closer to achieving the goal of increasing connectedness between humans and the ocean, and promoting meaningful action to slow climate change.   
Smartfin Stokes Surfing Citizen Scientists Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
Global Scholar and Children's Peace Initiative Senior Project Manager Jane Kinyua exchanges flags with President Klaus Gubernator
Rotary Global Scholar Jane Kinyua joined our October 26, 2017 meeting to exchange a club flag from her host club, Rotary Club of Ruiru, and to talk about the Children’s Peace Initiative (CPI), a project that received support from a Global Grant on which Rotary Club of Del Mar was the primary international partner and for which Jane serves as Senior Program Manager.
For years, communities in northern Kenya have endured an ongoing violent cycle of tribal conflicts. CPI was founded with the vision of engaging children to break this cycle of violence. Jane described five interventions that CPI undertook to help children view members of neighboring tribes in a more positive way.  
Intervention 1 was a children’s peace camp that brought children from two warring communities together for a five-day camp filled with activities designed to help children develop cross-tribe friendships. Each child was given the goal of developing a new friendship with a member of the other tribe. Intervention 2 used storytelling to illustrate the beauty of the neighboring tribes that can help erase negative images and attitudes. For Intervention 3, CPI arranged an inter-community culture celebration to help participants embrace and appreciate cultural differences, while also reducing fear of opposing tribes. Intervention 4 involved an inter-community parent meeting. Jane said that if they had simply announced that such a meeting was being held, the parents would likely not have attended. Instead, they encouraged the children to ask their parents to come meet their new friends, and this approach raised participation significantly. Last, Intervention 5 they called “Grab Peace by the Horns” wherein parents of participating children who had gone above and beyond to promote peace between warring communities were rewarded with a heifer. When the heifer gave birth, the calf was presented to the other community, thus strengthening the bond between the communities.
CPI trained local community members in the approaches they used, thus ensuring program sustainability, one of the requirements for Rotary-sponsored projects.  The success of CPI’s efforts is evident in the adoption of this approach by other countries in Africa.
Jane holds a B.A. from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego.  When exchanging flags with President Klaus Gubernator, Jane explained that the Rotary Club of Ruiru flag features a coffee plant, the main cash crop in the region. 
Children Promoting Peace in Kenya Through the Children’s Peace Initiative Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
New blue badger, Chandra Collure (center) with his sponsor Ed Siegel (left) after receiving his blue badge from membership chair Matt Kurth (right)
Chandra Collure was awarded his blue badge at the October 26, 2017 meeting. Chandra gave his “Who am I” earlier this year when he summarized the community improvement and infrastructure projects he oversaw as the City Engineer and Public Works Director for Solana Beach. Chandra has already taken on several roles in the club, most recently he served as “fire chief” for Chili & Quackers when he made sure that all our chili chefs were supplied with portable stoves to keep their chili hot (temperature-wise, of course!). He has also taken over Sergeant at Arms duties from Mark Matthess. We are grateful to have Chandra as a member of our club. 
Blue Badge for Chandra Collure Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
Barbara McNally, author of "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife, Not Just Surviving, But Thriving" will speak at the November 2, 2017 meeting
Barbara McNally authored the book “Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife, Not Just Surviving, But Thriving” to tell the stories of the inner lives of wounded soldiers, and how these injuries, both seen and unseen, affect the lives of those closest to them. Barbara is a licensed physical therapist who has helped her clients, both veteran and civilian alike, recover and regain strength. Through her PT work, she connected with spouses of wounded warriors, whose stories inspired her to write “Wounded Warriors” and launch the Barbara McNally Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of women by helping them access their personal strengths and potential.
November 2 Speaker: Barbara McNally, Helping Veterans and Their Families Thrive Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 29, 2017
Al Tarkington competing in the Ironman in Hawaii on October 14, 2017
Al at the finish line- looking fantastic at the end of a 140.6 mile day
Congratulations to Al Tarkington, who finished in the Ironman World Championship held in Hawaii on October 14, 2017.  Although there are now dozens of Ironman races across the world, the Hawaii championships remain the most prestigious. A full Ironman course requires racers to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run a 26.2 mile marathon. Al finished 6th in the 75-79 year-old age division with an overall time of 16:42
Our Ironman Al Tarkington Sharon Schendel 2017-10-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
Jorge Reyes Loaiza from Free Flight bird sanctuary holds "Mandy", an Alexandrine parrot
Red, a 20 year-old green tailed macaw, was often dancing during the presentation (see the video at our Facebook page)
Klaus Gubernator (holding Mandy) talks with Jorge while (l-r) Bird, Timmy, and Jesse look on
Jesse the Triton cockatoo gets a bit of bit of attention from Suzy
Five feathered guests at our October 19, 2017 meeting provided a splash of color and some of their own commentary to our usual meeting business. Bird (Blue Fronted Amazon parrot), Jesse (Triton Cockatoo), Mandy (Alexandrine parakeet), Red (Green-winged macaw) and Timmy (Ecletus parrot) are all residents of Free Flight sanctuary, which is located just a few minutes away from St. Peter’s. 
The sanctuary was founded in 1981 by the late Dr. Robert Stonebreaker, who recognized the need for a facility that could provide shelter for exotic birds in need of a home.  Avian Care and Visitor Liaison Jorge Reyes Loaiza explained that these birds can live as long as 80 years and thus often out-live their owners. In addition, exotic birds often bond to just one person, and the addition of new household members, be it a new partner or a new baby, can result in the need to re-home a bird. 
Free Flight currently houses 51 birds (49 parrots, one yellow canary, and one African crowned crane) who arrived at the shelter either because their owners could no longer care for them or had passed away, or the bird was no longer adjusted to its home. Among the residents, 20 are up for adoption, which requires visitations in advance of bringing the bird home to ensure that the bird is bonding with its new owner. For those who love birds but are unable to adopt, Free Flight has bird sponsorship programs. The sanctuary also provides boarding facilities for bird owners who are on vacation or otherwise temporarily unable to care for their birds. 
Free Flight has a variety of ways to get involved. Their Junior Docent program is a week-long training program for teenagers aged 13-17 who want to become docents at the sanctuary. Parrot Camp is for younger kids, grades 3-6, and provides education about parrots.  The Senior Docent program trains those 55 and older who want to volunteer as docents. Free Flight is also developing a program to involve veterans in caring for the birds. The Sanctuary is conducting a capital campaign to raise funds to replace the 25-30 year-old cages with new stainless steel cages that will be easier to clean and are larger and more mobile, as well as rust-resistant. 
The Sanctuary welcomes visitors daily from 11-4 (on Wednesdays 11-2).  They charge a small admission fee and food can be purchased to feed the birds and koi.
Feathered Friends from Free Flight Sanctuary Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
St. Peter’s parish member Chis Grobin is coordinating volunteers to participate in the Rotational Shelter, part of the Interfaith Shelter Network, which will be housed in St. Peter’s Parish Hall for two weeks from November 5-19. Volunteers can sign up for shifts by sending an email to Chis. 
They particularly need volunteers to serve as overnight hosts between November 16-18. Prior to their shift, all volunteers receive training about who the shelter serves, the challenges these individuals face, and how to be an active listener for their concerns.
The Rotational Shelter Program is the hallmark of the Interfaith Shelter Network. Over 70 congregations, of all denominations, host the program at their facilities for 2-4 weeks a year while another 50 congregations serve supporting roles such as providing meals, hosts, transportation, and funds. Shelter guests are first screened by local social service agencies to ensure the absence of drug, alcohol, or mental health issues. Guests must also agree to work with the referring social service agency to take steps to address problems that led to their homelessness.  On average, 12 guests are hosted at rotating congregation facilities. Guests may stay up to eight weeks in the network, although most stay fewer than six weeks.  Please consider getting involved in this important program. 
Interfaith Shelter at St. Peter’s in November Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
We'll meet at Pacific Del Mar November 9 and Il Fornaio November 16
Due to the Interfaith Shelter being held in November at St. Peter’s, we’ll hold our November 9 and November 16 meetings less than a block away, at Del Mar Plaza.  The meeting November 16 in particular is a perfect opportunity to bring friends, neighbors, or co-workers who might be interested in learning more about Rotary. Be sure to let Sergeant at Arms Chandra Collure know in advance if you’ll be bringing guests. 
November 9:  Pacifica Del Mar
November 16:  Il Fornaio
Off-site Meetings: November 9 and November 16 Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
Danielle Hoffer, Peace Corps volunteer and Paul Harris Fellow, spoke about her experiences working in Zambia
Danielle Hoffer, newly returned from serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, joined our October 19, 2017 meeting to talk about her experiences. In Zambia, she focused on improving education, food security and gender equality in the regions she served.  She also developed programs to provide information about HIV/AIDS prevention and implemented HIV/AIDS counseling and testing programs. While there, she learned to speak Bemba, one of the 72 languages spoken in Zambia.
Danielle was president of the Rotaract Club at the University of San Diego, from which she graduated magna cum laude in 2014 with a B.S. in International Relations. In September 2017 she was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Naperville, for her embodiment of many of the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus that aim to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support peace efforts.
Danielle is seeking to build on her Peace Corps experience by pursuing a career that would allow her to manage projects in developing nations.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Paul Harris Fellow Danielle Hoffer Speaks About Her Experiences in Zambia Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
As Rotarian of the Day, Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski reminded members to submit their pledges to support the Rotary Foundation.  John read the letter from Rotary International President Ian Riseley that opens the November issue of The Rotarian. The letter highlighted the importance of the Foundation in enabling Rotarians to accomplish projects worldwide.  The Rotary Foundation is one of the most efficient uses of a charitable dollar. Charity Navigator awarded the Rotary Foundation its highest rating as reflected by low administrative costs (91% of donations directly support projects) and high transparency and accountability.  In 2016 the Association of Fund Raising Professionals recognized the Rotary Foundation with its Outstanding Foundation Award.
Make your pledge today- download and fill out the pledge form and give your donation to John as soon as possible to receive tax credit for 2017. You can also use this form to donate to the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s Foundation, which is overseen by Bob Fuchs.     
Rotarian of the Day and Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
Dr. Andrew Stern will speak at the October 26, 2017 meeting about Smartfin, a surf board fin that allows real-time monitoring of ocean chemistry (pH, salinity, temperature) and characteristics (wave dynamics relative to position). The data collected by surfing citizen scientists using Smartfin-equipped boards are available to ocean scientists worldwide.
Smartfin was founded by Dr. Andew Stern and is an initiative of the arts-based nonprofit he also founded, Lost Bird, which is devoted to raising environmental awareness by using art to connect people with the Earth. 
October 26 2017 Speaker: Andy Stern, Citizen Scientists and Smartfin Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 21, 2017
Tony Villasenor (center) with his co-sponsors, Barrett Smith (left) and Marty Peters (right)
We welcome new member Tony Villasenor, who received his red badge at the October 19, 2017 meeting.  Tony is co-sponsored by Barrett Smith and Marty Peters, whom he got to know through the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito during his long service on their Board of Directors.  He is the Director of Commercial Real Estate for Ten-X, a leading online real estate marketplace. Tony and his wife Kelly (nickname KellBell) have a blended family- they each brought three children to their marriage. He has a history with Rotary, as his stepfather, Bob Dunn, was a member of Rotary for 65 years and was also a Diamond-level Paul Harris Fellow.
New Member Tony Villasenor Sharon Schendel 2017-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 16, 2017
More than a dozen chili chefs faced off with their best chilis (top).  Organizer Bob Fuchs (lower right) worked hard all day together with Val Myers, who oversaw awarding of the prizes, and John Baranowski (lower left), who acted as MC for the day.  Don Fipps played "swimmer in distress" for a demonstration by the Del Mar Lifeguard Surf Rescue Team (middle panels)
Janice Kurth, Garrie Rhodes Karl Wagner (l-r, upper left) tended bar, Vice President Brett Mattei (with Deputy Chief Lifeguard Mark Rathsam) was there early in the morning for set-up (upper right), while Scott MacDonald, Miles Fleming, Patti Kurtz, and Val Myers took care of walk-up duck adoptions as well as food and drink sales
Kristin Brakespear, owner of Diamond Princess Parties was on hand to offer a great range of patterns for the kids.  Conner Chunyk shows off the snake pattern he chose.
The Del Mar Lifeguards took out nearly 900 ducks to launch in the surf
The winning duck made it back to shore very quickly!
Juniors and seniors (thanks Monty!) helped gather the ducks as they arrived on the beach
After all the ducks were gathered (that's Sharyn Daly's granddaughter Mason on the lower right) the Del Mar Lifeguards carried them back to the park
Our chili cookoff winners!  Suzie Wagner with her white chicken chili was third most popular, Eric Nelte's "Capital Punishment" took second (second from left) and Randy Gruber (second from right), owner and chef of Del Mar's Americana restaurant, was first with his "6 Hour Chili" was voted best chili by attendees.  John Baranowski (right) announced the winners.
Sharyn Daly and Bob Fuchs sorted ducks prior to launch (upper left), posing with the bean bag toss (upper right), Val Myers sorts the prizes (lower left), Monty Woolley signals his approval of the chilis (lower right)
We had a beautiful day on Saturday October 14, 2017 for the 6th annual Chili & Quackers chili cook-off and ducky derby.  We had all different chili varieties- from mild to spicy, white to red, and chunky to smooth- there was one to satisfy every taste.  Viewpoint Brewery provided their craft brews to wash down that chili.  There were plenty of games for the kids in attendance, many of whom visited Kristin Brakespear’s face painting booth (Kristin is owner of DiamondPrincessParties and also teaches at Painting With a Twist in Rancho Bernardo). Dano’s Island Sounds provided steel drum music for the event. 
At 2:30 around 900 ducks were at the beach ready for launch from a Del Mar Surf Rescue boat piloted by Del Mar Lifeguards.  The ducks found their way to shore quickly and we were indebted to all the kids who helped us ensure that all our ducks got back home safely. 
All attendees who purchased chili tastes were invited to vote for their favorite recipe. This year Randy Gruber, owner of Americana in Del Mar, with his “6 Hour Chili” was voted most popular.  Eric Nelte’s “Capital Punishment” was second and Suzy Wagner’s white chili with chicken was third. 
Special thanks go to organizer Bob Fuchs, for his tireless work on all aspects of the event, all our chili chefs, Brett Mattei for arriving so early for set-up, John Baranowski for serving as MC, Val Myers for coordinating the prizes, counting the votes, and overseeing the ticket booth, Patti Kurtz, Scott MacDonald and Miles Fleming for manning the ticket booth (Miles also volunteered to transport the slightly wet post-race ducks back home), Sharyn Daly for handling the rentals, Janice and Matt Kurth, Garrie Rhodes, and Karl Wagner for staffing the drink tent, and Boy Scout Troop 713 for help with the games. 
This event was a great way for the Rotary Club of Del Mar to give back to the community and to raise the visibility of Rotary and our many projects, both local and international. Please see the club’s Facebook page for full-scale versions of these and other photos.
Chili & Quackers Returns on a Beautiful Del Mar Day Sharon Schendel 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 16, 2017
Jorge Reyes, Avian Care and Visitor Liaison for Free Flight Bird Sanctuary, is the speaker for the October 19, 2017 meeting
Be sure to join us at this week’s meeting when Jorge Reyes, Avian Care and Visitor Liaison for Free Flight Bird Sanctuary will speak about the sanctuary’s efforts to offer shelter and re-socialization for companion parrots, and to educate the public about the mental, physical and emotional needs of these birds. A few of the sanctuary’s residents will likely join Jorge for his presentation, so the meeting may have some extra sound effects! 
Sunny With a Chance of Feathers- Free Flight Bird Sanctuary the Topic of this Week’s Presentation Sharon Schendel 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Lindsay Zehren of Resounding Joy spoke about music therapy for seriously ill children living in the San Diego area
Lindsay Zehren, Director of Special Projects for Resounding Joy, and a music therapist, gave a presentation on October 5, 2017 about how she uses music to enrich the lives of her clients.  Lindsay got her presentation off to a musical start- she played her guitar while singing the interactive song, “We’re in the mood for music today” that she uses to gauge the mood of her clients at the start of many sessions. Through this song she can assess how ready a child is to participate, what vocabulary they will use, and what movements they’re able to make. 
Resounding Joy was founded in 2005 by Dr. Barbara Reuer and develops therapeutic and recreational music programs that improve the overall well-being of individuals and communities. Their services are delivered through four core programs:  Healing Notes (music therapy that supports children undergoing medical treatments); Mindful Music (recreational music programs for seniors; Semper Sound (music that assists in rehabilitation); and Sound Minds (use of music to promote development of preschoolers).  Since its founding Resounding Joy has served more than 85,000 clients in the San Diego area. Lindsay’s presentation focused on a project she developed while she was an intern working with Resounding Joy that uses music therapy for children who have complex medical issues and are in palliative care. 
Lindsay explained that music therapy is evidence-based and draws on a large body of studies that concern human reactions to music, such as the concept of entrainment, a synchronization to music, which she said is most visible at sporting events, say, when Queen’s “We Are the Champions” plays.  
For her Healing Notes Palliative Care program, Lindsay works with seriously ill children and their families to help them use music to enhance their overall quality of life.  One of her case children, 3 year-old Joey, recently transitioned to hospice care for a chromosomal disorder that affects his heart and lung function as well as his motor skills.  Lindsay described how she taught Joey’s mother, Siobhan, the ukulele, an instrument that many people can master quickly and allows her to play music for Joey- his sister Grace also often joins in the music-making.  One of the services the program provides is a Legacy Project. For Joey, Lindsay worked with Siobhan and Grace to write a song that describes all the things that they love about Joey, and then they gathered at the Resounding Joy’s Sorrento Valley studio to record a music video of the song that featured Joey. 
Resounding Joy’s work is outcome-based, and clients or their parents frequently provide assessments of progress toward goals.  The programs regularly receive 100% positive assessments, and most parents feel that every session with Lindsay or other music therapists from Resounding Joy provide helps their children progress towards achieving a range of goals, including improved motor skills and vocalizations, strengthened family bonds, and development of a legacy.  From her presentation, it’s clear that Lindsay follows a quote by Ellen Browning Scripps: “The most important and beautiful gift one human being can give to another is, in some way, to make life a little better to live.”
Resounding Joy Harnesses the Therapeutic Power of Music Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Jim Benedict (left) and Barry Entous (right), members of the Finance Committee Sheriff's Sub-Committee, field questions about the feasibility of having an independent police department for the City of Del Mar
Jim Benedict and Barry Entous, members of the City of Del Mar Finance Committee Sheriff Sub-Committee, joined our September 28, 2017 meeting to discuss issues surrounding community law enforcement.  Currently, the City of Del Mar contracts with the San Diego Sherriff’s Department and for fiscal year 2015/2016, the cost was $2 million. There are several concerns regarding the existing service, including: i) a lack of city control over services provided; ii) limited traffic enforcement; iii) long response times for “Priority 4 Calls” that involve vandalism, prowlers and excessive noise, which represent the majority of calls in the City of Del Mar; iv) lack of additional support during peak summer months; and v) contract fees that rise on average 2.5% annually. Due to these issues, the Sherriff Sub-Committee was formed in 2013 to explore the costs and feasibility of securing dedicated community law enforcement. 
The committee estimated that the costs for a dedicated police department would be $2,260,500, with the bulk of that figure (~$2,000,000) going to pay 15 full-time and 4 part-time employees and the remainder to cover supplies and facility rental. There would also be associated start-up costs that are estimated to be around $1,200,000 that would be used to purchase equipment and vehicles as well as to recruit and train new officers. Jim and Barry noted that the Sub-Committee is continuing to explore the costs and issues associated with an independent police department and a detailed report of the Committee’s findings, including an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, was made publicly available on June 19, 2017.
Exploring Options for City of Del Mar Law Enforcement Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Scenes from Minocqua's Beef-A-Rama (clockwise from top left): the Rotary Beer Garden on the parade route; one of the beef roasters in competition for best roast; Rotarians "bull riding" in the parade of beef; lots of people wear at least one article of cow-themed clothing; and instead of ducks we could hire a cow and sell squares- the winning square is the one that receives the cow pie
You may have noticed that the newsletter was on hiatus for the past two weeks while I was making my annual trek to the north woods of Wisconsin.  Our visit always overlaps with Minocqua’s Beef-A-RamaTM (yes, it's trademarked), and the local Lakeland Rotarians, who number about 70 between their morning and noon groups, make excellent use of the event to raise funds for their projects. The noontime club hosts a beer garden while the morning club hosts the morning “Rump Roast Run”, in which nearly 1,000 runners participated. Together these events raise around $50,000 for club projects, and little effort is needed for publicity, especially for the beer garden, since there’s a hot market for beer in Wisconsin.
Rotarians on the Road: Minocqua, Wisconsin Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Scenes from Minocqua's Beef-A-Rama (clockwise from top left): the Rotary Beer Garden on the parade route; one of the beef roasters in competition for best roast; Rotarians "bull riding" in the parade of beef; lots of people wear at least one article of cow-themed clothing; and instead of ducks we could hire a cow and sell squares- the winning square is the one that receives the cow pie
You may have noticed that the newsletter was on hiatus for the past two weeks while I was making my annual trek to the north woods of Wisconsin.  Our visit always overlaps with Minocqua’s Beef-A-RamaTM (yes, it's trademarked), and the local Lakeland Rotarians, who number about 70 between their morning and noon groups, make excellent use of the event to raise funds for their projects. The noontime club hosts a beer garden while the morning club hosts the morning “Rump Roast Run”, in which nearly 1,000 runners participated. Together these events raise around $50,000 for club projects, and little effort is needed for publicity, especially for the beer garden, since there’s a hot market for beer in Wisconsin.
Have you made a trip recently?  I’d like to make “Rotarians on the Road” a regular feature, so please let me know about your travels (espcially if Rotary is involved) and share any interesting photos you have!
Rotarians on the Road: Minocqua, Wisconsin Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Oct 08, 2017
Vikki Bevers (center, left) joined our meeting in advance of her son Barrett's (center, right) birthday. The club honored her as a Paul Harris Fellow. They're joined in this picture by Haylea Minks (left) and Paul Chunyk (right)
Barrett Smith, chairman of our community services committee, turned 30 earlier this month and his mom Vikki Bevers came out to help him celebrate.  At our October 5, 2017 meeting the club presented her with a Paul Harris recognition to thank her for raising such a wonderful man who has been an important part of our club ever since he was inducted in August 2016.  We’re so proud that Barrett is carrying on the legacy of his father, who was also a Rotarian.   
Barrett Smith’s Mom Vikki Bevers is Honored as a Paul Harris Fellow Sharon Schendel 2017-10-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2017
With characteristic modesty, Past President Eric Nelte accepts congratulations from current President Klaus Gubernator on his second Paul Harris fellowship.
Rotary Foundation Chair John Baranowski has been busy lately presenting Paul Harris Fellow recognition to new and multiple Fellows. We congratulate and thank Past President Eric Nelte for becoming a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.    
Paul Harris Fellows: Eric Nelte as Two-Time Fellow Sharon Schendel 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2017
Dr. Kathryn Ely spoke about Quench and Connect, an organization she founded to bring clean water and educational resources to Ugandan schools. A well-known structural biologist, she also showed some of her protein structures, which are just visible at left. 
In developed nations, access to clean water is taken for granted. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that, worldwide, as many as 800 million people lack access to clean water and around 2 billion people live in regions that have no sanitation systems. Water is fundamental for many basic human needs, including cooking, bathing, and agriculture, while lack of clean water can cause a range of health problems such as diarrhea, bacterial or parasitic infections, and other gastrointestinal disorders. 
Dr. Kay Ely, the founder and Executive Director of Quench and Connect, was the speaker at our September 14, 2017 meeting. Quench and Connect has dual goals of bringing, clean, safe, and readily accessible water to schoolchildren in Uganda as well as to provide educational tools that will enhance the academic achievement of these students. By installing borehole wells on the campuses of secondary schools, Quench & Connect is able to fulfill the first goal of increasing access to clean water. The Ugandan contractor DRACO, Ltd. drills these boreholes 150-200 feet below ground level to access aquifers to facilitate water delivery via a sealed pipe to surface hand pumps. Village residents receive instruction on how to maintain the well so that they can maximize the expected 10-15 lifetime of the boreholes.  Since Dr. Ely founded Quench and Connect in 2010, the project has helped install one dozen borehole wells in schools throughout Uganda.  These clean water sources have dramatically improved school attendance by decreasing the frequency of water-borne illnesses that keep children out of school.
Dr. Ely is a well-known structural biologist whose group solved the three-dimensional structures of proteins involved in signaling pathways that are important for maintaining cell structures and eliciting immune system responses (you can catch a glimpse of these protein structures in left of the pictures). Such structures are critical for understanding the mechanism of these proteins and for the development of targeted therapies for diseases in which these proteins play a role. Her scientific background helped fulfill the second goal of Quench and Connect: providing educational resources to Ugandan schools. To that end, Quench and Connect has donated both scientific equipment and teaching tools to allow Ugandan students to learn about modern scientific theories and techniques. 
Quench and Connect is a non-profit entity that is staffed entirely by volunteers. Neither Dr. Ely nor the Board of Directors receive compensation for their work to ensure that nearly all of the funds donated to Quench and Connect go to improve the health and education of students in Uganda. 
Quench and Connect: Providing Clean Water and Educational Resources to Ugandan Schools Sharon Schendel 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 17, 2017
San Diego Blood Bank professionals ready to take donations!
The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) Bloodmobile returned to St. Peter’s parking lot in advance of our September 14, 2017 meeting.  Watch for upcoming blood drives at St. Peter’s or make an appointment to donate at one of six SDBB donor centers- did you know that the closest for many Rotary Club of Del Mar members is in the Von’s plaza just off the 56?
San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile Returns to St. Peter's Sharon Schendel 2017-09-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 10, 2017
John Baranowski (right) presents Ed Siegel with his latest Paul Harris Fellow recognition
We congratulate and thank member Ed Siegel for becoming a four-time Paul Harris Fellow.  Fellows like Ed provide critical financial support to Rotary International projects.  We also thank Ed for his frequent musical accompaniments at our meeting- it's always great to hear the concert grand piano that lives on the stage of St. Peter's Parish Hall being used, although the piano's music stand never gets to fulfill its purpose because Ed plays by ear!  
Ed Siegel Honored as Four-Time Paul Harris Fellow Sharon Schendel 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 10, 2017
A toe-tapping ice breaker got things started and helped the Interactors get acquainted
Chula Vista High School Interactors created this problem solving tree to deal with an issue that's important to their club:  addressing homelessness
District Governor Scott Carr spoke to Interact Liaisons about the District's new Youth Protection Policy. Do you work with youth as part of Rotary?  Please get re-certified now by visiting the District's Youth Certification site
Small breakout session on "Making Meetings Work"
Symposium organizers and facilitators with Interactors who campaigned for District positions.  Organizer Richard Arroyo is on the far left, and Sharon Schendel's 2017 RYLAerian Anais Carrasco is in the center
Over 160 Interactors and Rotarian Advisors from across District 5430 gathered at the Liberty Station Conference Center (also meeting site of Rotary Club of San Diego to brainstorm about ways to enhance their Interact experience that involve building membership, developing leadership skills, and running efficient meetings. Throughout the day-long symposium, Interactors met in small groups to discuss challenges their clubs faced and share tips for running more effective meetings.  In particular, the Interactors learned about different leadership styles and how they can best work together to capitalize on member’s strengths. 
Rotary Club of Del Mar covered the registration costs for four Interactors from Cathedral Catholic: Brittany Espinosa (Joint Treasurer), Kylie Malvenda (Public Relations head), Denise Picazo (Joint Secretary) and Patrick McClean (President). I was delighted to see one of my 2017 RYLAerians at the Symposium, Anais Carrasco, who campaigned to be a district youth liaison.  Thanks to Richard Arroyo (Rotary Club of Chula Vista), District Chair for Interact, for all his hard work organizing the event, and Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle member Brett Morey for sharing his pictures from the day. 
Interact Symposium Focuses on Building Leadership and Problem Solving Skills Sharon Schendel 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 10, 2017
Red Badger (but returning Rotarian) Chandra Collure gave his "Who Am I" talk
Chandra Collure was inducted into our club in June 2017. He was previously a member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar Solana Beach and his return to Rotary via Rotary Club of Del Mar was sponsored by Ed Siegel.  At the September 7, 2017 meeting, Chandra fulfilled his Red Badger requirement of presenting a “Who Am I” talk, which he began by telling the country of his birth, Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka.  He came to the United States for an education and earned his BA from University of Wisconsin Madison before pursuing a MS at University of California Berkeley. A job offer to be Senior Manager of the City of Oceanside Engineering Department brought him, his wife, and two children to San Diego County in 1988.  Chandra was the City Engineer and Public Works Directors for Solana Beach, and in that capacity oversaw many large infrastructure improvements.  Most notably, his efforts were critical in relocating the train tracks that crossed Lomas Santa Fe at the Coast Highway to below grade level. This project significantly relieved train-related traffic back-ups at this intersection. After his retirement, he consulted on foreign projects. Chandra said that he was looking to devote more time to his community, and welcomed Ed’s invitation to join the RCDM.   
Rotarian of the Day for September 7, 2017: Chandra Collure Sharon Schendel 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 10, 2017
Dr. David Wellis, CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank, gave an overview of the Bank's broad-ranging projects
The Bloodmobile will be returning to the St. Peter's parking lot September 14
One of 1,800 pints collected at the 2017 Comic-Con Robert A. Heinlin annual blood drive- a 50% increase over 2016
CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), Dr. David Wellis, visited our club to talk about the many innovations that SDBB is undertaking.   The Rotary Club of Del Mar has long supported the SDBB by publicizing blood drives held at the St. Peter’s Parking lot- the next one will be on September 14, so be prepared to roll up your sleeves!
A veteran of the biotech industry, Dr. Wellis said that SDBB, established in 1950, was the oldest establishment he’d worked for. Despite its age, Dr. Wellis has made SDBB one of the most innovative blood banks in the country, while still adhering to its long-standing mission statement: Saving lives with quality blood services in partnership with the community. Indeed, when disaster or tragedy strikes, San Diegans supported SDBB, whether by lining up to donate after the PSA plane crash in North Park in 1978, or providing blood in response to 9/11, when SDBB supplied some of the first additional blood to arrive in New York through a partnership with the Navy.
SDBB has 7 donor centers in San Diego and Orange Counties, and in FY2018 is projected to take in 125,000 donations. In addition to whole blood donations, SDBB donors also provide platelets and plasma.  SDBB also has one of the largest cord blood repositories in the nation and has already facilitated more than 150 blood marrow donor matches to treat leukemia patients.
Dr. Wellis leveraged his background in basic research to facilitate partnerships with the strong biotechnology community in Southern California. One of the partnerships resulted in Clearsate- a platelet derived product that can be used to substitute for fetal bovine serum that is critical for cell cultures used in basic and translational research. Clearsate makes use of platelets, which have a 5-day shelf life, that otherwise would be discarded. 
SDBB is now embarking on a partnership with the National Blood Collaborative as part of an award from the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) to enroll volunteers into the PMI Cohort program.  The PMI Cohort mission: “All of Us” addresses a main problem with many efforts to translate medicines from the lab to the clinic: a heavy reliance on Caucasians, particularly male Caucasians.  PMI Cohort volunteers will provide information about health history, grant access to their health records and mobile health devices, as well as provide blood and urine samples from individuals who have a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds.  This information will be entered into a confidential database that can be accessed by researchers studying a wide range of diseases to give greater insight into how differences in genetics and health histories affect disease outcomes.  Dr. Wellis referenced a survey emailed to around 150,000 individuals to gauge interest in the PMI program. Within days, over 10,000 responded to express interest in filling one of the 70 slots.
But at its heart, SDBB gathers vital blood products, and donation rates can dip during the summer and holiday months. To address such decreases, SDBB hosts novel events, such as their long-standing Robert A. Heinlein blood drive at Comic-Con.  Heinlein was a science fiction writer who suffered from a disease for which he received many units of blood.  The Heinlein Blood drive is now 40 years old, and 2017 was one its biggest years with more than 1,800 pints collected.  In December SDBB will host “It’s in Our Blood”, an event aimed at maintaining blood supplies during the holidays when donation rates typically decrease. 
Overall, Dr. Wellis’s talk highlighted how SDBB has grown far beyond the realm of a typical blood bank, although donors remain at the heart of their services, so come to the Bloodmobile on September 14, or schedule an appointment at a SDBB donation center near you!
David Wellis and San Diego Blood Bank 2.0 Sharon Schendel 2017-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2017
Assistant District Governor Steve Weitzen, District Governor Scott Carr, President Klaus Gubernator, Past District Governor and Rotary Foundation Trustee Steve Brown (apologies to Assistant District Governor Alex Robertson- not pictured here but very much in attendance)
The Golden Circle reminds us to start with the "Why" when thinking about Rotary
The question of “Why?” was the theme of District Governor Scott Carr’s talk at our August 31, 2017 meeting.  Each year, the District Governor visits each club in the District, which for District 5340 means 65 clubs that are scattered across San Diego and Imperial counties- as far north as the Fallbrook Village Rotary, Chula Vista Sunrise club to the south, and Rotary Club of Blythe to the east, near the California-Arizona border.  DG Carr thought about what to talk about to all these clubs, but, above all, each club he visits reinforces that Rotarians embody the new Rotary tagline:  “People of Action”. Rotarians are making things happen. He referenced Hurricane Harvey, and that so many Rotarians had already contacted the District Office asking how they could help. In response, the District launched a web portal where District 5340 Clubs and individual members can donate to relief efforts. 
For his Rotary Year, DG Governor Carr seeks to diversify District 5340 membership to better reflect the demographics of southern California. In terms of the simplest demographic- the men:women ratio, Rotary still has a way to go, as only 33% of Rotarians are women. Moreover, he noted the need to attract more members from groups that are currently underrepresented in Rotary, such as Hispanics. As a whole, Rotary embraces change- after all, the entire leadership changes every year, but to continue to diversify membership, Rotarians must consider new strategies for attracting quality members. In this regard, he told of Simon Cynek, a motivational speaker and marketing consultant, who is well-known for his philosophy of: “Start with the Why”. Cynek illustrates the concept in a “Golden Circle” divided into three concentric regions: What, How, and Why. DG Carr asked us to think of prospective members as individuals who are making a “purchase decision” about where to devote their time, talent and treasure. If you tell them the “What”, i.e., Rotary has 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million members, they might think: “Gee- sounds you like you’ve got a lot of people and are doing fine.” If you tell them the “How”- we raise funds for local and international projects and volunteer for hands-on community projects, they might not see how they could fit in or wonder if they have the time. But if you start with the “Why”- why are you a Rotarian, then people are better able to understand how they themselves could begin making a difference right away. 
DG Carr stated his “Why” simply:  Rotary brings light to places that are dark. He recalled an experience he had as a member of the San Diego Downtown Rotaract Club. The Club members hosted an event for foster children housed at Rancho Jireh foster homes that included a barbecue, games, clowns, and face painting.  During the event one little boy came up to him and just smiled. He never knew the child’s name or what happened to him, but that child made a difference in his life that day, and he’s hopeful that his service made a difference in that child’s life. DG Carr encouraged us all to think of a similar moment in our Rotary experience, and to think of our Rotary “Why”.
District Governor Scott Carr has had a long history with Rotary. His involvement began with the San Diego Downtown Rotaract club while he was an undergraduate at the University of San Diego. He met his wife through Rotaract.  DG Carr  served as President of Rotary of San Diego Downtown Breakfast between 2011-2012 and held several roles in District 5340, including Chief of Staff to DG Louise Andres, and Assistant Governor.  District 5340 has benefitted from his extensive expertise with both traditional and online communication methods through his service as website chair, public relations chair, and District Training Assembly Chair. Outside of his Rotary duties DG Carr is involved in a number of community organization such as the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), Senior Community Centers of San Diego, KPBS Radio Reading ServiceSepsis Alliance, and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. His three children, a 6-year old daughter and 3 year-old twin sons, also keep him very busy.
District Governor Scott Carr Starts With the "Why" Sharon Schendel 2017-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2017
Sharyn Daly, Karl and Susie Wagner, Brett Mattei and Janice Kurth enjoy twilight drinks and food
Monty Woolley, Donna Fipps, and Tom Ryan in front of the area housing the fermenter tanks and other brewing equipment
Del Mar Rotarians had two tables reserved for their August social at Viewpoint Brewery- Dagmar Gubernator (center left) looks pleased with the food and beer!
On August 29, 2017 Rotary Club of Del Mar members held their monthly social at Viewpoint Brewing Company off the Jimmy Durante Roundabout in Del Mar for early evening drinks and appetizers. The mussels and wings were especially good! Viewpoint Brewing Company is the first brewery to call Del Mar home, and we’re delighted that they’ll be pouring at the upcoming Chili & Quackers event on October 14 and then again in May 2018 for our annual Sunset Soiree.
Light bites are on offer at Viewpoint Brewing Company from 11 am to 4 pm with full-service dinner available after 4 pm. In the coming months, Chef and Brewer Charles Koll and Executive Chef Gunnar Scott Planter plan to offer Sunday brunch and counter service lunches.  The restaurant and brewery offers house brews as well as brews from other local brewers and is housed in a 7,000 ft2 warehouse-style setting that capitalizes on the lagoon views. This service-minded brewery is a good neighbor to the Lagoon- patrons can choose the menu item “Buy a Bird a Brew” to make a $6 donation to the San Diego River Valley Conservancy (a cause that’s also close to the hearts of Del Mar Rotarians). 
Great View, Great Brews at the August Social at Viewpoint Brewing Company Sharon Schendel 2017-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 03, 2017
Dr. David Wellis, CEO of San Diego Blood Bank, is the speaker for the September 7 meeting
The recent FDA approval of Kymriah to treat certain types of leukemia in children and young adults highlights the growing importance of personalized and precision medicine.  Dr. David Wellis, CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), will discuss how SDBB resources are being applied to precision medicine to develop new, personalized treatments for a variety of diseases.
Dr. Wellis received his B.S. from UC Irvine and both a M.S. and Ph.D. from Emory University, where his research focused on the biophysical mechanisms of olfactory function. He undertook postdoctoral research at Tufts University and UC Berkeley, as well as business training at Santa Clara University and UC Berkeley.  His experience in basic research forms the foundation for the involvement of SDBB with the extensive biotechnology community in San Diego and southern California.
September 7 Speaker: David Wellis and the rise of personalized medicine Sharon Schendel 2017-09-03 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Donna Fipps and Marty Peters with three generations of Canine Companions for Independence dogs: Jilly (left), Ressa (center) and Daisy (right)
Following up from earlier this month, the August 24, 2017 meeting had three CCI dogs in attendance.  Marty Peters is now the “person” for 11 year-old Jilly (left) and 2 year-old Daisy, who both got to meet Donna Fipps’s current puppy-in-training, Ressa. 
Canine Companions for Independence Reunion Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Join us at the August 29 social for great views and brews at Viewpoint Brewing Company
Be sure to come to the August Rotary Club of Del Mar social on Tuesday August 29, 2017 from 5-7 PM.  We’ll be at Viewpoint Brewing Company- Del Mar's first craft brewery- overlooking the San Dieguito Lagoon and just off the new roundabout on Jimmy Durante Blvd. at 2201 San Dieguito Boulevard. Sample one of their five beers on tap, or choose from among 20 regional guest beers that are also on tap. Viewpoint Brewing Company will pour at the 2018 Sunset Soiree, so come thank them in advance for their support!
Rotary Social August 29 at Viewpoint Brewing Company in Del Mar Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Retired NCIS agent Jeff Seay spoke about his experiences that were the basis of his Ruben Carver novel series, of which "The Jihadist List" is the latest installment
Retired National Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agent Jeffrey Seay presented at our August 24, 2017 meeting to discuss his experiences as an NCIS agent, and how he used them as a foundation for his book series featuring fictional NCIS agent Ruben Carver, whose motto is: “You can never have too many friends or too many bullets”. 
A San Diego native, Jeff graduated from Helix High School, where Bill Walton was a classmate. He enrolled in Grossmont College as an art major, which didn’t exactly please his father. After discussing the military with a friend, on a whim he went to visit an Army recruiter (having told his father he was going for a job interview) and within a week he enlisted. The decision to enlist, Jeff said, was one of the best decisions he made in his life. The second best decision? Getting out of the Army.  
After his military service, he worked for San Diego Marine Construction, but his wife pressed him to seek an alternate career path. He applied to the CIA, and during the application process learned of the NIS, which he thought was the Naval Intelligence Service, but was in fact the Naval Investigative Service that in 1992 was renamed NCIS. Thus he began a 20-year career as an agent for the NCIS, which lists its mission as: “to investigate and defeat criminal terrorist and foreign intelligence threats to the United States Navy and Marine Corps- ashore, afloat, and in cyberspace”. During his service, and particularly after the USS Cole bombing in 2000, NCIS began to focus heavily on counter-terrorism. 
Jeff was the mainland China Referent and in that capacity was responsible for advance coordination with the People’s Liberation Army (PLO) in advance of 7th fleet ships arriving in China and other Asian countries. He is also Mansfield Fellow, which allows U.S. federal government employees to gain an in-depth understanding of Japanese government, as well as business, professional and academic activities in Japan. Jeff now splits his time between the U.S. and Japan, where he headed security activities for several financial institutions. Several years ago after his last contract was up, he found himself nearing 60- the mandatory retirement age in Japan. His wife was still working, and he wanted to stay busy.
As with his Army enlistment, his writing career began on a whim. He created the character NCIS Agent Ruben Carver and began writing adventures for him. Jeff said that his wife found the draft one day and when she asked: “How does it end?” he knew the book had hope. He self-published the first book of the series, “Carver” in December 2014 and is currently completing the 5th book of the series.  The 4th book, “The Jihadist List” is available through Amazon and other online booksellers. At the recent San Diego Festival of Books he was part of “Author Alley”.  Jeff noted that he enjoyed speaking to Rotary audiences and seeing the different personalities of all the clubs.
From NCIS Agent to Author: Jeffrey Seay Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017

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

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

August 31 Meeting Speaker: District Governor Scott Carr Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Although Rotary continues to grow and flourish, in order to continue to attract quality new members, Rotary International (RI) has granted individual clubs greater flexibility in instituting new membership categories. Rotary Club of Del Mar had three membership categories: Regular, Honorary, and members on Leave of Absence.  The Leave of Absence category became obsolete after the update to the meal policy (i.e., members are charged for meals only for meetings they attend).
The Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Del Mar recently adopted four new membership categories: Associate, Family, Corporate, and Young Member and our bylaws will be updated accordingly.
Regular members will pay $328 in quarterly installments. Of the total, $88, $46, and $194 go to Rotary International, District 5340, and RCDM, respectively. 
Associate membership is free, although donations are welcome.  This category is appropriate for individuals looking to learn more about Rotary.  
The following categories are half price at $164 annually ($88 to RI, $46 to District 5340 and $30 to RCDM).
1. Family membership: The first family member is a regular member, the second family member is half price, the rest of the family are associated members invited to all of our activities.
2. Corporate members: An institution like the city of Del Mar is invited to nominate two members, e.g. the mayor and the city manager. Both are half price, and the rest of the organization is invited to all of our activities through them.
3. Young members: Members under 40 will be charged half price for the first year, to be reviewed by the board at the beginning of each Rotary year.
Changes to Membership Categories Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Tours on offer from Ocean Discovery Institute Living Lab (top) and UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic (bottom)
Ocean Discovery Institute: For anyone interested in a guided tour of the Ocean Discovery Institute’s new Living Lab, which is scheduled to open in November 2017, our August 3 speaker, Deborah Seitz, invites us to join her at the Institute on August 31 at 4:30 PM. Please email Sharon Schendel for details and to RSVP.
UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic:  July 20 speaker Liam King and Clinic founder Dr. Ellen Beck have offered to host us on a tour of the downtown clinic on a Monday afternoon (around 5:30) in October.  If you’re interested, please email Sharon Schendel and indicate the October Monday that works best with your schedule.
Tours of Ocean Discovery Institute Living Lab and UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Departing member Laura Williamson (right) with Kevin Fitzpatrick (left) and Monty Woolley (center)
The August 24, 2017 meeting was the last for Laura Williamson at Rotary Club of Del Mar. Laura became an integral part of the Club in the all too short time that she was with us, and we will all miss her beautiful smile and hearty laugh. She will be moving on from San Diego to South Carolina, but given that her nephew Daniel just secured a job with General Atomics, we’re hopeful that she’ll make frequent return visits. Although we’re sad to see her go, Laura’s experience demonstrates one of the best parts of Rotary: no matter where a Rotarian may move to, s/he will always be to find new friends quickly and become a part of the community through local Rotary clubs. 
Farewell to Laura Williamson Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
Karin Davies with her granddaughter, Nami- a Rotary International donor
The Rotarian of the Day for the August 24, 2017 meeting was Karin Davies. Karin was joined by her 9 year-old granddaughter Nami, who helped Karin make 50 stockinette caps and kangaroo vests for the newborn resuscitation kits for her recent trip to Ethiopia as part of the ongoing Global Grant, “Saving Babies’ Lives in Ethiopia”.  While birthday present shopping recently, Nami came in under budget by $15, which Karin suggested she save for another time. Instead, Nami asked to donate that money to the Ethiopian neonatal resuscitation project, and she presented President Klaus Gubernator with money to deposit in the international services committee account dedicated to the project. Thank you to Nami- your thoughtfulness and generosity at such a young age is truly impressive!
A Visit from a Rotarian in the Making Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 27, 2017
John Baranowski (second from left) awarded Paul Harris Fellows to Dan Smargon (far left) and President Klaus Gubernator (far right) and major donor recognition to Jim and Karin Davies
Foundation chair John Baranowski recognized new member Dan Smargon as a first-time Paul Harris fellow and President Klaus Gubernator as a five-time Paul Harris Fellow. Karin and Jim Davies also received major donor recognition. Jim noted that he could think of few better causes than Rotary International for their charitable dollars.
Paul Harris Fellows and Major Donor Recognition Sharon Schendel 2017-08-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 19, 2017
Panorama view of the section of Il Palio reserved for Rotary Club of Del Mar (Dugan Moore and Phillipe Lamoise work on their picks at the center table)
The Fipps were off to a good start with Be a Lady in race 1
Larry Cook discusses his picks with Haylea Minks as Bob Fuchs looks on
 Susie Wagner celebrates a winning pick with Ground Rules in Race 2
The Il Palio lunch buffet was extensive and seconds (or thirds) were encouraged!
Bill Dougherty sorts bets for the Sick Picks pool
Race 3 post parade- Arch of Troy (my pick using the "I like the name" system) at 15:1 would win
Rotary Club of Del Mar triumverate?  Or just Monty Woolley, Tom Ryan and Jim King studying the forms
Katie Cook chats with Steve Weitzen and Marty Peters, while Larry Cook studies the program
Haylea Minks with Kevin Fitzpatrick and Barrett Smith
Matt and Janice Kurth with Garrie Rhodes
Sharon Schendel with Barrett Smith and Chris Stewart
Susie Wagner with Assistant District Governor Steve Weitzen
Karl and Susie Wagner with Kit Leeger
Our host, Del Mar Throughbred Club CEO Joe Harper, stopped by to say hello
Don and Donna Fipps (lower left) stand in for President Klaus Gubernator to present a bouquet to the winner of the Del Mar Rotary race, Silverspun Pickup- watch a video of the photo finish and the winner's circle ceremony
We had our annual (aka “Another Umpteenth Annual”) Day at the Races at the Del Mar racetrack in lieu of our August 17, 2017 meeting.  On the eve our outing, members of the “Rotary Mensa Society” gathered at Bill Dougherty’s house to go over the next day’s card and choose their five “Sick Picks”. Unfortunately, none of the Sick Pick horses saw the winner’s circle, but several of our members, including Larry Cook, the Fipps, Bill Rawlings, and the Wagners chose several winning horses to leave with more money than they came with. 
The lunch buffet at the Il Palio restaurant, on the sixth floor of the grandstand overlooking the home stretch, was generous and delicious, and the tables beside the panoramic windows made for a comfortable vantage point to see all the races.  We thank Del Mar Thoroughbred Club CEO Joe Harper for hosting the outing. 
Race 5 was the Del Mar Rotary race for maiden 2 year-old fillies that are California bred or sired. Don and Donna Fipps stood in for President Klaus Gubernator to present a bouquet to Silverspun Pickup, ridden by Martin Pedroza, who edged out Sing a Solo to win in a photo finish.  Click here to watch the race and the Fipps in the winner’s circle!
Another Umpteenth Annual Day at the Races Sharon Schendel 2017-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 19, 2017
Join us at the August 24, 2017 meeting to hear Jeffrey Seay, a retired Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Agent, discuss his experiences with the NCIS, and his Ruben Carver novel series that chronicles the adventure of NCIS agent Ruben Carver. His most recent installment, “The Jihadist List”, was published in 2016.  
Seay served in the Far East in counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, and force protection operations. He was the Personal Security Adviser to the Commander of the Seventh Fleet, and ran counterintelligence collection operations in support of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq between 2003 and 2004. 
This week’s speaker: Jeffrey Seay, from NCIS agent to author Sharon Schendel 2017-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
The annual MAEGA Don Lapham Dinners will be held at Tony's Jacal, Solana Beach on August 22 and 29
Youth Services Committee Chairman Larry Cook has tickets available for the upcoming Mexican American Educational Guidance Association (MAEGA) Don Lapham Dinners to be held August 22 and August 29 (both Tuesdays) at Tony’s Jacal restaurant in Solana Beach.
Don Lapham, publisher of the San Dieguito Citizen (also a Rotary Club of Del Mar charter member), along with Catalina Gonzales (Tony’s Jacal owner), Michael Breen and Dr. George Kirby (former superintendents of Solana Beach Elementary School District and San Dieguito Union High School district, respectively) founded MAEGA in 1970 in response to concerns that academically talented high school students of Mexican descent were not attending college due to financial challenges.  In the nearly 50 years since its founding, MAEGA has provided scholarships totaling more than $750,000 to local students.  Any senior of Latino descent attending San Dieguito Union district high schools (Canyon Crest Academy, La Costa Canyon High School, San Dieguito Academy, Sunset High School, and Torrey Pines High School) is encouraged to apply.
The Don Lapham Memorial fundraising dinner honors MAEGA’s founding member and raises funds for MAEGA scholarships.  Email Larry to buy tickets (they can also be purchased at the event) and enjoy wonderful Mexican food while supporting the academic aspirations of local Latino students.
Don Lapham Memorial Scholarship Fundraising Dinner at Tony’s Jacal Restaurant Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Detective Carlton Hershman (Ret.) presented on the common signs of dishonesty
In North by Northwest, Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill tells his secretary: “There’s no such thing as a lie, only expedient exaggeration.”  During his 32 years of service for the San Diego Police Department, the last 20 as a detective, Carlton Hershman has heard a lot of expedient exaggeration and from that learned a few things about lying, which he shared with the club at the August 17, 2017 meeting. He began with two ground rules: i) lying is a cooperative act; and ii) people lie for a reason, such as to avoid punishment, avoid embarrassment, or maintain self-esteem. He also distinguished lying from embellishing. People embellish to make a story more interesting, whereas lies are used deliberately to deceive.
Det. Hershman pointed out that lies take time to formulate, so liars often stall to decide whether and how to lie. When stalling, people will often repeat the question just asked, laugh nervously, yawn inappropriately, or change the subject.  In addition to verbal communication, many lies are given away by body language and, especially, facial expressions.  But in order to gauge normal body language, Det. Hershman said that “Baselining”, or making an initial set of observations of body language when a person is discussing a topic about which s/he would not lie that can used to compare with later behavior, is critical.  He also referenced body language “hot spots”, such as pursing the lips, touching the forehead and avoiding eye contact and/or excessive blinking.  Last, he said that feelings of contempt are not as easily disguised as feelings of delight (he used as an example of feigned delight at Valentine’s Day gift exchanges). Feelings of contempt are typically visible, particularly in the form of asymmetrical mouth movements or eye rolls. Det. Hershman ended his talk with a very short video of Alex Rodriguez (apologies to Yankees fans) that summarized many of these behaviors.   
Det. Hershman has lived in the San Diego area since 1979, when the Navy brought him to the area. He joined the San Diego Police Department in 1985 and became a Detective in 1997. As Detective, his assignments included the Homicide Unit, Sex Crimes Unit, Unit, Elder Abuse, and the Cyber Unit of the Technology Crime High Tech (C.A.T.C.H.) Team.  Det. Hershman frequently offers investigation and interrogation technique workshops to law enforcement agencies around the country, and also provides training at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Academy and to Sexual Assault Victim Advocates in the San Diego area.  
Spotting the Telltale Signs of Lying Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Val Myers (left) and Sharyn Daly (right) with Bob Fuchs are organizing the latest installment of Chili & Quackers
On Saturday October 14, 2017 our Chili & Quackers fundraiser will return to Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. The Del Mar Lifeguards will be launching our duck flotilla- those who adopted the ducks that return to the beach the fastest will win prizes. Then, dust off your best chili recipe to face off against other chefs for the honor of being named best chili. Sharyn Daly and Val Myers together with Bob Fuchs are event chairs.  Invite your friends to join in for a fun afternoon on the beach. 
The Quack is Back! Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Bill Dougherty gives details of the upcoming Day at the Races on August 17 (L-R: Tom Ryan, Tom Woolsey, Bill Dougherty, Chad Waters).
Del Mar Race Track map- the circle represents roughly where Bill Dougherty will be with tickets
Just a few more days before the annual Rotary Club of Del Mar Day at the Races!  On Thursday August 17, Bill Dougherty will be manning a table near the entrance to the Turf Club (see map). The gates open at noon and the post time for the first of eight races is 2 PM. The cost is $20 (billed to your account) and includes admission and lunch. Parking is $15 (paid at the lot entrance).
There is a dress code:  men MUST wear a suit or sport jacket. Sport shirts and tailored denim may be worn with the sport jacket- ties are optional; for women, suits or daytime dresses are preferred and slacks or tailored denim may be worn with tailored jackets.
If you want to consult on your picks, Bill Dougherty is hosting a Pick the Winners gathering at his home on Wednesday August 16 at 7 PM.  Email Bill or check Club Runner for the address.  Good luck to all!
And They’re Off! Annual Day at the Races August 17 Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Rotarian of the Day Dugan Moore presented a quote from Mother Teresa
Dugan Moore, Chairman of the International Services Committee (ISC), was Rotarian of the Day. Dugan gave a quote from Mother Theresa that she felt characterized how much good Rotary does with comparatively little money. Not only does a relatively small amount of money go a long way in developing nations, but contributions by individual clubs are augmented by District and Rotary International funds, as well as funds from other clubs. Come learn about the ripples the ISC is making by attending their monthly meetings on the third Thursday, right before the regular meeting. 
Creating Ripples of Change with Global and District Grants Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
Donna Fipps (holding Ressa, her current CCI puppy) with Marty Peters after a symbolic leash handoff
Daisy in May
Earlier this summer we said goodbye to “Daisy” the Canine Companions for Independence dog member Donna Fipps had raised from a 10-week old puppy to an 18 month-old adult. Just an hour before the meeting, Donna learned that Daisy, like 60% of dogs that undergo intensive training at Canine Companions for Independence Southwest Regional Training Center, would not go on to be a full-fledged service dog. This was both sad and happy news, because when Daisy came to Donna she made an agreement with Marty Peters that he would adopt Daisy at the end of her training if she did not go on as a service dog.  We’re hopeful to see Daisy again at an upcoming meeting. 
Former Honorary Member Update: Daisy Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 12, 2017
As a follow-up to last week’s story about Jose Becerra, member of the Las Colinas Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito who was elected 2017 Youth of the Year, here is Jose’s winning essay. We are proud to have sponsored this young man and wish him every success in pursuit of a career in construction management.  Visit BGC San Dieguito's Facebook page for more pictures of the evening.
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito 2017 Youth of the Year: Jose Becerra Sharon Schendel 2017-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
In the interest of creating greater flexibility to accommodate the work schedules of our members, President Klaus Gubernator outlined a proposed change to our meeting timeline. In the updated timeline, a one hour main meeting will be bookended by optional social time so that if members have busier schedules on some weeks, they can budget less time for the meeting but still have all the benefits of attendance.  Prospective members may also find the updated timeline easier to fit into their schedules.  We will be trying this amended schedule (see table) in the coming weeks. Klaus also proposed to bring back Happy Dollars, with a $5 donation requested to share good news with the club, and a $100 donation for “Super Happy Dollars” for extra-special news.
Updated meeting timeline
Agenda item
Optional social time, lunch served
Club Business, announcements
Speaker presentation
Meeting adjourned
Optional social time
Proposed updates to meeting timeline Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
Deborah Seitz, Donor Relationships Coordinator for Ocean Discovery Institute, explains the holoistic approach the Institute takes to enhancing science education for City Heights youth
Artist's rendition of the Living Lab, set to open in late 2017- tours of the site are held every Thursday afternoon
Although the ocean is integral to the lives of San Diegans, many San Diego county youth have never even been to the beach. Moreover, despite the strong scientific research being conducted in California and San Diego in particular, in the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress that gauges knowledge of physical, life, Earth, and space sciences of 8th graders across the United States, only Alabama and Mississippi ranked lower than California. 
The Ocean Discovery Institute (ODI) aims to change these statistics for youth in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood that lies just east of the I805-15 split. Deborah Seitz, ODI Donor Relations Coordinator, was the speaker at the August 4, 2017 meeting and highlighted the exciting projects offered by ODI. The Institute was founded in 1999 and its three core programs focus on raising community awareness of the importance of scientific literacy, providing hands-on science projects in the classroom, and research opportunities through the Leaders Programs. Over 6,000 City Heights children have benefitted from ODI instruction, as reflected by the increased science GPA of participating students. 
Beginning in late 2017, ODI will expand its reach with the opening of the Living Lab, a 12,000 ft2 facility located within walking distance of many City Heights students. The Living Lab is part of a joint venture with San Diego Unified schools, and will allow ODI to provide thousands of hours of curriculum-aligned science education for more than 10,000 students. Deborah encouraged any interested members to register for tours of the Living Lab, which are held every Thursday afternoon at 4:30 PM. We congratulate ODI for their efforts to increase the quality of science education in the San Diego area, and help local youth aspire to careers in the sciences.
Ocean Discovery Institute- Hands-On Learning to Foster a Love for Science Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
Barrett Smith (right) with 2017 Youth of the Year Jose Becerra (left) and 2016 winner Yvette Conde (center)
(L-R) Pat Dougherty, Eric Nelte, Marty Peters, Mary Alice Peters
BGC San Dieguito CEO Marineke Vandervort with Foundation chair Eric Nelte and Board of Director Marty Peters
Bill Rawlings with Don and Donna Fipps
Rotary Club of Del Mar member (and BGC San Dieguito Development Director) Blake Johnson making rush deliveries to....
...people who raised bidder cards to donate to BGC San Dieguito (top: Marty and Mary Alice Peters, bottom, Sharon Schendel and Jim Kohn)
Youth of the Year nominees from each of the seven BGC San Dieguito clubhouses received backpacks and new HP laptops
The family-style Moroccan food was delicious, but when your arm is broken one of the benefits of marriage is having your wife cut your meat!
Rotary Club of Del Mar (RCDM) sponsored a table at the August 4, 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of San Dieguito Youth of the Year Celebration held in the Infield Pavilion of the Del Mar Racetrack. The theme, “Mo-Rockin Nights”, was in full evidence with belly dancers, sword dancers, and plenty of desert backdrops. The silent auction offered dozens of packages, while the live auction featured Turf Club tickets for the Breeders' Cup in November, a Stunt pilot experience from Sky Combat Ace, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the CBS series NCIS.  Before the live auction, attendees could raise their bidding paddles to make direct donations, as many of our members seated at Table 8 did, to help raise over $100,000 to support BGC San Dieguito programs.
The Youth of the Year award recognizes BGC members for achievements in leadership, community service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles. Nominees embody the critical impact BGC have on the lives of youth.  Jose Becerra, from the BGC Las Colinas clubhouse, and sponsored by RCDM, was named 2017 Youth of the Year. Jose received a $1,000 scholarship and will represent BGC San Dieguito at the regional level. RCDM Member Blake Johnson, who serves as BGC San Dieguito Development Director, said that Jose is an amazing BGC member, and Jose said that he hopes to pursue a career in construction management. 
Youth of the Year Celebration by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
Rotarian of the Day Barrett Smith provided several quotes for consideration
Barrett Smith, the new Chair of the Community Service Committee, was Rotarian of the Day at the August 3 meeting.  Barrett began with a few timely quotes from Milton Berle and Thomas Edison, and then, as part of President Klaus Gubernator’s call to include more cyber in our meetings, shared a short video highlighting the Refugee Olympic Team, composed of 10 athletes from 4 countries who overcame adversity to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  These athletes are an inspiration for us to do whatever we can to make the world more peaceful.
Rotarian of the Day: Barrett Smith Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Aug 05, 2017
Past President Lieutenant Commandeer Tomas G. Henderson (Ret.)
We were saddened to learn of the death of our Past President, Lieutenant Commander Tomas G. Henderson (Ret.). This Rotary Year is the 30th anniversary of Tom’s 1987-1988 presidential term. Tom was born in 1935 in Eureka, California, and was a graduate of Eureka High School and the United States Naval Academy. He was a carrier pilot during the Vietnam war. After retiring from military service, Tom founded Henderson Construction Company. Tom was a vital member of the Del Mar community- in addition to his Rotary membership, he was an active member of St. Peter’s Church in Del Mar. He is survived by Lois, his wife of 57 years, his two children Laurie and Alan, and four grandchildren. His burial with full military honors will be at the Miramar National Cemetery on Friday August 11 at 9 AM, followed by a memorial at St. Peter’s Church at 1 PM.  Donations may be made in Tom’s memory to Warrior Foundation Freedom Station of San Diego or St. Peter's Legacy Fund. Click here to read the full obituary that appeared in the Del Mar Times; an online guestbook is also available at the site.
Memorial Service for Past President Tomas G. Henderson Sharon Schendel 2017-08-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 30, 2017
Daniel Ojeda presents on his connections to Rotary
Daniel Ojeda, a second year PhD student in Marcus Kaul's lab at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, joined us at our July 27, 2017 meeting to talk about his connections with Rotary.  Daniel grew up Oaxaca, Mexico and was first introduced to Rotary through his godmother, who is a Rotarian. Daniel was volunteering for a Rotary-affiliated project that was helping to repair cleft palates of local children. Daniel’s godmother encouraged him to apply for a Youth Exchange opportunity. He said he originally thought he’d go somewhere exotic- maybe Russia, somewhere in Europe, or Japan, but eventually he was offered a spot in Michigan. During the 2010-2011 school year he lived with three host families as part of the Rotary Club of Cedar Springs Youth Exchange program.  Daniel thinks of this year as one of the best of his life. He developed life-long friendships during his exchange year, and remains in close contact with host families.  Through Rotary Youth Exchange he met exchange students from all over the world and learned to adapt to various situations because his host families each had children of different ages and different approaches to parenting.  He also experienced winter temperatures and snow for the first time!  During his exchange year, Daniel challenged himself by taking the SAT. He scored well, and his strong academic record, together with his talent for long-distance swimming, earned him a swimming scholarship to Fresno State.
After swimming competitively for a few years, Daniel suffered a stress fracture that ended his tenure on the swim team and his athletic scholarship. Fortunately, he was awarded an academic scholarship that allowed him to continue his studies and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology. Daniel was a summer intern in Jason Bush’s lab at Fresno State, and was supported by a partnership grant from the National Institute of Health that aimed to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in biomedical research.  Daniel said he always wanted “Dr.” in front of his name, and through this internship he met the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Guy Salvesen, who encouraged him to apply to their PhD program.
Daniel’s research focuses on the mechanisms of AIDS-related neurodegenerative diseases. He explained that many of the changes seen in AIDS patients with neurodegenerative disease mimic those of other diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Thus, findings from his research could have broad-ranging applications to a variety of neural diseases.
Throughout his talk, Daniel emphasized how much Rotary’s support helped in his academic endeavors, and how much he enjoys having the opportunity to tell about Rotary activities can make lasting impacts.
Daniel Ojeda Tells How Rotary Helped Him Find His Footing in America Sharon Schendel 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sharon Schendel on Jul 30, 2017
Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito CEO Marineke Vandervort outlines activities at local clubhouses
St. Peter’s was having an event at their Parish Hall, our usual venue, so the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC) of San Dieguito Harper Branch kindly hosted our meeting on their shaded rooftop deck. Marineke Vandervort, BGC of San Dieguito CEO, gave a brief overview of all the activities that the clubs offer. BGC of San Dieguito has 7 clubhouses and over 6,500 registered members. In 2016 BGC San Dieguito impacted nearly 11,000 youth in San Diego’s north county.  Among its many activities, the BGC of San Dieguito offers after school programs, tutoring, and summer camps. The Harper branch in Solana Beach is home to the Pardee Aquatics Center, which, in addition to providing swim lessons for thousands of kids, hosts the San Dieguito Swim Team and San Diego Shores Water Polo.  Times for lap swimming are also available. 
Marineke got her start with the BGC when, at 15, she began as a swim instructor at the Aquatics Center.  After serving as Human Resources Director for BGC of San Dieguito for nearly a decade, she was elected CEO in January 2016. Marineke earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University, where she held a swimming scholarship. 
The Rotary Club of Del Mar donates regularly to the BGC of San Dieguito and several of our members also have active involvement: Past President Eric Nelte is President of its foundation, while Marty Peters and Monty Woolley serve on the Board of Directors and Chairman’s Council, respectively.  Member Blake Johnson is Development Director for BGC of San Dieguito, and new member Laura Williamson supervises after school programs at the Allred Clubhouse in Carmel Valley.
We are grateful to the BGC Harper Clubhouse for hosting our weekly meeting, and we all enjoyed hearing the club members making full use of their clubhouse and its services. There are a number of ways to get involved or volunteer- learn more at the BGC of San Dieguito website.
Boys & Girls Club San Dieguito CEO Marineke Vandervort Welcomes Rotary Club of Del Mar Meeting Sharon Schendel 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0