SD Foundation Picnic

Posted on Sep 25, 2022
Sharing our Rotary Story at the Del Mar Foundation Community Picnic at Powerhouse Park 
 
Thank you Lew, Charles, Sandy, Patricia, Suzanne, Bill, Jan & Paul
 

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Rotary & Club News

Everyone was happy to reflect on our wonderful LobsterFest  last week where 100% of club members participated.
 
Charlotte updated us on current gross numbers which total aprox. $62,000, but are not yet final:
 
 
$33,750 sponsorships, $3,750 individual tickets, $8,000 donations, $3000 raffle tickets, $13,584 auction 
 
Happy Birthday to Susheela for her Monday birthday 
 
 
Patricia announced a change in venue for our October social on the 13th to Bush Fire in Del Mar instead of the Hilton and Paul reminded us  to focus on Education/teachers which is the classification for the month. The Holiday party will be 12/4. 
 
We got a wonderful presentation on our local geology and formation of our mountain ranges from Mike Thacker, who  is a Senior Staff R&D Scientist at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Carlsbad. Though his knowledge in geology is self taught, it has served him well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the San Diego Archaelogical Center since 2017
 
 
President Susan presented Mike with a speakers certificate showing our support for OEF in El Salvador 
 

 
 
 
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LobsterFest 2022

Posted on Sep 19, 2022
Another fabulous LobsterFest
Thank you everyone who participated and contributed
 
Casa de Amistad helped at the registration table; hosts & hostesses welcomed all; we had lobsters helping with raffle and auction items; and while guests seemed to enjoy the tequila tasting, our fabulous guitarist James Clarkston attracted the ladies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We then sat down on the beautifully decorated patio and enjoyed a wonderful lobster tail dinner, baja style
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Susan & LobsterFest Chair Vicky thanked everyone for their help and recognized our distinguished Veterans, and our Major Beneficiaries from Casa de Amistad and Just In Time for Foster Youth. Herb then proceeded to auction off tonight's paintings by artist Heather Roddy
 
 
 
 
Everyone enjoyed the music of Hot Rocks San Diego, and danced the night away
 
Clink the link below for full set of pictures:
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Sep 16, 2022
 One day til LobsterFest 2022
Di helping Sandy with the lobster hat
 
 Bill gave Steve a Rotary hat signed by Bob Marley (is it the truth?). The real one is available on our LobsterFest Auction site,
 
 
President Susan was seen and captured by The Del Mar Times supporting  Del Mar Rotary's Sunset Soiree - and no, she is not married to our former DMSB Rotary President Kirk Collins, but to the wonderful Mark Hennenfent on the left
 
We were honored to have District Governor Chuck Pretto with us today, who handed out two Paul Harris Fellowship Awards: a PH+6 pin to Art and  a PH+5 one to Vicky. Congratulations - well done!!
 
 
Chuck talked about how he joined Rotary to fill up his Rolodex but learned the true power of Rotary when he housed a Rotary foreign exchange student and learned how Rotary can create lasting changes in ourselves and the community. A top priority is adolescent mental health, and he has started a 5340 Mental Health Action Group along with Vista Hill and Rady Children's Hospital. Another goal is to put 30 Peace Polls in high schools throughout the county, for which Rotary International President Jennifer Jones will come and dedicate. Let's make it happen!! He ended by handing out the new Rotary pin which tells who we are. 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Sep 09, 2022
Counting down to LobsterFest on the 17th - this is the week that matters!! smiley
 
  • We're now over $40,000 revenue
  • The article in the paper got attention and Vicky helped two people register
  • Charles' friend has donated $1000
  • Jon signed up for another table
  • Venky donated $500 since he cannot be with us 
  • Monday is the cutoff as we need to give the Hilton a count
  • Check out more auction items
Susan updated us on the $9K District Grant we did with  OEF in El Salvador, that helped change the lives of fifty-nine children living in extreme poverty. Dinorah & Dinorah joined us on zoom from El Salvador and shared a video they made with the children, showing us how the funds were used
Happy Rotarians were: Patricia for 36 days of hiking in Europe; Charlotte for their new tortoise; Bill because he only has a stuffed one; Paul as he met Katie's Rotary foreign exchange student; Ken for each year of Queen Elizabeth's rein
 
Malcolm did a fabulous job when fine-master Steve had him recite the 4-Way Test; Susan held the wheel as he spun to see how much Molly would pay in his place
 
 
Contact Paul to sign up to help at the Del Mar Foundation Community Picnic on 9/25 from 1:00-5:00 at Power House Park. This is a good opportunity to share Rotary and attract new members (as is LobsterFest)
 
Our speaker today was Yigal Adato who shared his experience as a leadership coach to help each person be more successful in business and life
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 26, 2022
Happy Rotarians included Jan for her church's upcoming 90th White Elephant sale; Molly for Riley's 1st day of a 2nd year of school; Charlotte for Leif's 1st day of 7th grade; Vicky for the fun Powerhouse Park concert; Bill for a great trip to the Canadian Rockies with Suzanne; Di for upcoming silent retreat; Charles (happy & sad) to report he & Alicia will be selling their home and moving to La Costa Glen; Steve for a wonderful Rotary meeting where he was honored with his picture on a cake & members paid homage to his Jewish heritage
 
 
It was great to have Nicole back from sabbatical and she updated us on activities with Casa de Amistad: they are very excited to be one of our major LobsterFest beneficiaries; they are meeting in person again after two years of being virtual due to the pandemic; they are extending activities to La Costa; and they are adding kindergarten & college prep assistance
 
LobsterFest Update: We are currently at $37,525 in sponsorships; we need to encourage bidding on our online auction (Charlotte confirmed the trips with Travel Pledge are great); Di thanked everyone for their raffle restaurant support and Paul helped pick our $200 raffle donation winner which, appropriately, was Vicky!!
 
Sandra Scheller, curator of the "RUTH: Remember Us The Holocaust" museum in Chula Vista (which was named after her mother), shared  pictures saved in a trunk by her mother and touching stories of survivors who live in southern San Diego County. Bill, as presiding president today, presented her with our OEF certificate for speaking. 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 19, 2022
We had another great turnout of visitors to hear 3rd generation San Diegan & County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer update us on what she and other representatives are doing about homelessness, the train tracks, human trafficking, rotating  in/out of  jails, vaccinations, and more
 
 
Charles' daughter Laura Robinson joined us, as did Paul's granddaughter Zulima Butler Litsey, Di's friends Kelly McCormack and Bill Paxton, Barbara Berkovich for the 3rd time, and Rosy from Casa de Amistad
 
 
Happy $$s came from Charlotte on her upcoming 18th wedding anniversary; Venky for 11 family members visiting; Nicole for swimming with the manta rays; George for his trip to Washing DC; and Jan for Malcolm & Charles Koll Jewelers fixing her dad's ski trophy from 1936 that she brought back from Seattle
 
 
Vicky presented Sushandra her first Paul Harris Fellow award for donating $1000 to The Rotary Foundation, and Art on zoom his PH+6 pin (a ruby) for donating over $7000 to The Foundation. Thank you & well done!!
 
 
 
Susan thanked everyone for helping with Casa de Amistad Back to School Registration & Math Festival (but fined herself for not wearing Rotary attire). We helped over 200 children & families with backpacks, school supplies, snacks/beverages, games, and books donated in loving memory of Patricia Case's son, Dan. 
 
Sushandra talked about her non-profit in India, A View, that helps women who have mental heath issues, and auctioned off 3 beautiful quilts that they made

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 12, 2022
We had a great turnout for Visitor's Day, which included Catalina Beltran from Casa de Amistad, Ivan Chavez and Ryan Mancera from Just in Time, former Rotarian Kirk Collins, Susan's neighbor Barbara Berkovich, Paul's CPA Louis Tommasino, Lisa from Dan McAllister's office,  David Opperman, Malcom's cousin visiting from So. Africa, and Mark Hennenfent on zoom
 
 
 
We had two birthdays last week - Paul turned 67 and Art hit 68. Happy Birthday to both!!
 
Other happy Rotarians were Charles for a clean bill of health, Steve for 97 years with his father-in-law who just passed away; Charlotte for a trip to Sequoia National Park; Suzanne for surviving 3 days at Disneyland with 4 grandkids; Vicky, for a wonderful trip to the Flathead Lake area of Montana, and Jan for her 6600 mile road trip, where she got a chance to visit with Trish in her beautiful "new" digs (grandmother's former home) in San Luis Obispo 
 
 
Di with Community Service reminded us of the Casa de Amistad event this Thursday, 8/18, to bring gift cards for our LobsterFest  raffle & to enter our drawing, and shared that we will be doing a $5K District Grant with the Nature Collective. Herb with International informed us that the Board approved funds to help a student in Malawi with tuition and board. Paul filling in as Social Chair passed around a signup for the concert in Powerhouse Park on 8/23. Vicky as LobsterFest Chair said we are at 52% of goal from sponsorships to date. Every member should bring in a sponsorship, raffle gift card, and auction item. The online auction will go live on 8/17. 
 
Bryan and Ivan with Just in Time updated us on their activities out in the community during Covid  helping over 1200 youth. 98% of their funding is from non-governmental entities.
 
Dan McAllister, San Diego County Tax Collector gave an informative, often humorous talk about how the County uses the $14.5B investment pool serving 200 agencies including schools districts (42), fire, and water. SD has a 99.1% collection rate, was the 1st county to use recycled paper for it's bills, uses public feedback to simplify & make clear the bills (which Charlotte said are the best of any county), and decided again using a penguin (Taxi) as a mascot (the county owns the zoo).
 
Susan presented Dan with our new speaker certificate that shows our support of OEF in El Salvador. 
 
And this just in from  Switzerland on the wedding today of Rotarian Kevin Cahill & Sibylle Sticher, and attended by Patricia Case. Congratulations!! You all look fabulous!
 

 
 
 
 
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Coastal Farm Tour

Posted on Jul 17, 2022
Rotarians enjoyed a nice tour of the Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas, we learned about sustainable farming, how the farm supports the local community and purchased fresh vegetables at the "Pay what you Can" Farm stand. 
 
 
 

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Loyal Soccer

Posted on Jul 10, 2022
Rotarians cheer on the Loyal soccer team, who gave to our LobsterFest auction last year. It was a fun night, even though they lost. Thanks for arranging, Charles. 
 
 

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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jul 08, 2022
Susan kicked off her first meeting showing the new banner Imagine, that represents the seven areas of service around the circle. Rotary International's 1st woman President Jennifer Jones, wants us to imagine all the ways we can make a difference to transform the world
 
 
Susan then introduced our new Officers & Chairs
 
President: Susan Hennenfent
Past President/Foundation/Fund Raising: Vicky Mallett
VP: Bill Sutton
Treasurer: Charlotte Jones
Secretary: Suzanne Sutton
Community Service: Di Shimkus
International: Herb Liberman
Youth: Nicole Mione-Green
Membership: Paul Butler & Molly Fleming
Programs: Jon Fish, Sandy LeVine, Lew Williamson
Public Relations: Jan Parsons
Sergeant-At-Arms: George Sousa
Care Bear: Bev Liberman
 
Vicky gave happy dollars for her retirement and was fined for no longer being President; Charlotte joined us from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with family. Vicky also updated us on LobsterFest which now has open online sponsorships with $11,000 committed. The goal this year is $84,000 with 30% reached by August 1. 
 
Molly gave Sandy LeVine his blue badge today, as he has fulfilled all his requirements with the help of his mentor, Herb Liberman
 
 
Matt Wechter, Dep. Public Defender for SD County, joined us to explain how the  Homeless Court at Stand Down  helps veterans & families clear fines and tickets. Sign up with Bill to hand out water for Stand Down on July 29-31
 
It was so nice to have Ildiko Tesak from El Salvador with us today who said even though she is not always with us in person, we are always in her heart. She updated us on the current harsh and difficult situation in El Salvador
 
 
Laura Mello, Rotarian & 3rd generation San Diegan,  who is the Director of Gift Planning at Rady's Children Hospital, talked with us about how  strategic planning uses  wealth instead of income to help one's charity of choice 

 
 
 
 
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Rotary at the Padres

Posted on Jul 05, 2022
Another fun night at the Padres 
Susan & Mark joined other District 5340 Rotarians
 

 

 
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Governor's Dinner 2022

Posted on Jun 30, 2022
The Governor's Dinner with a sold out crowd wrapped up a successful year
We are so proud of our own Susan Hennenfent who was presented a People of Action Award by Outgoing District Governor Dan Gensler, before being sworn in as our new Club President
 
 
 
 
A lovely evening was enjoyed by Paul, Mark, Susan, Jan, Steve, Beverly, Herb, (and missing from this picture) Bill, Charles & Alicia, and Vicky

 
 
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Demotion Party

Thank you to our hosts, Alicia & Charles, for a wonderful Demotion Party,
and to the planners, Patricia & Suzanne 
 
 
After drinks and dinner, members Herb, Bill , and Charles thanked Vicky for a fabulous year and shared how successful & fun  her LobsterFest idea proved to be as our new fundraiser 
 
 
 
Then the roasting began with the lobster theme relevant all night.  Patricia presented Vicky with a stuffed lobster to cuddle and lobster sandals
 
 
Susan then surprised Vicky with a giant lobster that she could bring to the next LobsterFest and/or use in the pool
 
 
Kevin and Sibylle passed out champagne and Patricia led us in a toast to Vicky and the club
 
 
Vicky took to heart the warning to keep her remarks brief, before thanking her Board for a great, successful year and honoring Beverly and Herb as Rotarians of the Year
 
 
She  did a stalwart job of holding on to her gavel all year, but unfortunately it disappeared at the Demotion Party. Bill felt sorry for her and so gave up his last golden gavel
 
 
Just as she despaired of not having a gavel to pass on to Incoming President, Susan, Kevin came rushing out with a pot - could it be a gavel lobster pot? Yes!!!!
 
 
The evening was saved and Vicky presented George with patriotic beads to thank him for his service to the Country and to us for his years as Sergeant at Arms. And then the real celebration began!!!
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

 
Happy Rotarians included George for having his two sons, Jim & Bill, with us today; Susheela for Venky's successful knee surgery; Lew for his and Sue's 51st Wedding Anniversary on Sunday; Jon for his 78th Birthday on Sunday
 
George Kamau Karuku, President-Elect of the Ruiru-Nairobi Rotary Club is visiting from Kenya where we are doing a global grant for an orphanage called Praisegate
 
 
Paul, in his last duties as Foundation Chair, presented Lew with his Paul Harris plus 3 pin for contributions over $4000 to the Foundation. He also reported we are again at 100% for donations by all members thus fulfilling the goal of EREY: Every Rotarian Every Year
 
 
Bob Brewer, Special Ops Ranger shot down during the Vietnam War, talked about the Vietnam Veteran; gave us a chronological history that led up to our involvement in Vietnam; and shared  the disillusionment with the war as it progressed due to lies told to the public by the government. He encouraged everyone to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC and remember the National Vietnam War Veterans Day each year on March 29. As he said, the best words a returning vet can hear is "Welcome Home".
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary at Petco Park

Posted on Jun 22, 2022
We had a great day at Petco Park with Del Mar Rotarians
- especially since the Padres beat the Diamondbacks 10-4

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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jun 17, 2022
 
We signed cards that Bill got for 14 graduates of Solutions for Change which included a $50 gift card. Congratulations for a job well done!!
 
 
 
Suzanne gave happy $$s for her Birthday today; Paul gave for having his granddaughter with them; Molly is happy they will be doing a family road trip to Tahoe; Herb was happy the Warriors won another NBA Championship; Vicky gave funds for her wonderful trip to Spain
 
The Del Mar Rotary sent us a thank you for the use of our popups at their Chili & Quackers event
 
Vicky led  our Celebration of Service with our LobsterFest video where we netted $28,000 to fund our projects throughout the year; and Herb with International  shared a slide presentation about our $9000 grant in El Salvador to help needy children
 
 
Other presenters included Jon as Treasurer who shared that after giving away $49,000, we still have $106,530 on deposit; Paul as Foundation Chair  reported we have given  $379,366 to the Rotary Foundation over the life of our club; Di, Bill, and Charles reported for Community Service and reminded of some of the events/organizations we helped: Feeding San Diego, SD Blood Bank, Nature Collective, SD Food Bank, CRC, Hope Without Boundaries, Casa de Amistad, Stand Down/Veterans Village, Solutions for Change; and Kevin shared our Youth contributions to Model UN and Cristo Rey scholarship
 
 
We remembered Lou Oberman for all his contributions to Rotary & Veterans, and Herb suggested naming the LobsterFest Auction in his honor as he was the one who introduced us to Travel Pledge
 
A big thank you went out to Jon who is stepping down as Treasurer after 12 years and Paul who is leaving his post of Foundation Chair after 6 years
 
We ended the meeting with a fine to Sandy from Vicky for meeting his last blue badge requirement by being at the board meeting on zoom (but they never saw his face); and Malcolm fining   Charlotte for making us all tired watching her on the treadmill; Nicole for her & Peter's 15th Anniversary; and Venky for his and Meera's 52nd Anniversary. He shared Venky singing a love song to Meera (click on link below to hear)
 
 
 
Thank you Vicky and club members for a great year
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jun 10, 2022
 
Steve reported on the Convention in Houston which he attended, along with 10,000-11,000 other Rotarians - half the number of previous attendees with Asia & Europe underrepresented. One of the largest breakout sessions was on human trafficking with many countries interested in finding  ways to prevent it. He also reported over $50 million have been raised by Rotary to eradicate polio
 
Join Kevin & Patricia in donating new or slightly used shoes for Nova Ukraine all of June
 
 
Malcolm generously gave many more than six 6-packs of specially crafted Lager for Ukraine which Viewpoint created to raise funds to help the people of Ukraine, but they went fast
 
 
Happy Rotarians were Charles who attended his school reunion & for Loyal Soccer Team tickets supporting last year's LobsterFest; Charlotte for Lief's graduation from 4th grade; Paul for his trip to Arizona to visit mom and son; Jan for the opportunity to join Parkland school shooting survivors' March For Our Lives in San Diego tomorrow at the Admin Building from 10:00-12:00 (join her at the Nobel Trolley Station at 9:00am if you'd like to participate)
 
 
and we surprised Suzanne a week early with a birthday card signed by club members for her June 17 Birthday
 
Di shared our long term commitment to The Nature Collective where we & the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club will be doing a District Grant,  before introducing Jennifer Bright, Associate Director and Elayna Flanders, Volunteer Director. Jennifer updated us on the completion of their lagoon restoration project and Elayna talked about various volunteer opportunities. 
 
 
 
Bill, acting President today, gave them our Joshua Orphan Care certificate along with a six pack of Lager for Ukraine
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jun 03, 2022
George started us off with a Patriotic "Proud to be an American" video in honor of Memorial Day
 
 
 
 
 
Happy Birthday to Charlotte on her birthday today
 
 Happy dollars came from Venky for a wonderful trip to India to visit family, Art for a great trip with Ildiko to Nova Scotia to see rock formations and the highest tide swings; George for son Rick visiting us today, Bill for his and Suzanne's fabulous trip to Morocco, Susan for the Hilton parking meter machine; Ken for his and Bebe's 18th Anniversary on the 22nd
 
Bill reminded us of Stand Down which will be July 29-31, where we will again hand out water.  Bring used clothes next Friday for needy Veterans which Bill will deliver
 
Bring shoes for  Nova Ukraine that  Kevin will collect, which are bought and donated to needy countries with the proceeds given to help Ukraine (And Viewpoint will give a 6-pack of its special brew to the first 6 donors)
 
 
Charlotte updated us on LobsterFest, September 17, 5-8
  • Thank you to Foster & Friends who will be a Premier Sponsor, and to CaliFino & Viewpoint who will provide libations
  • Website is up and will go live for sponsorships shortly which include: Presidential Premier - $6200; Premier - $5000'; VIP - $1500; Friends (table of 8) - $1250, Individual - $150
  • We are promising  a plated lobster tail dinner
  • Major beneficiaries are Just In Time for Foster Youth & Casa de Amistad
Susan presented the  Slate of Officers for next year that the Board approved and we voted on
We need a Program Director (to be divided  by 3 people for 3 months starting in October), and help with zoom so we can continue with hybrid meetings 
 
In lieu of a speaker, Trish talked about the program 
 
 
which allows participants to experience the San Dieguito River Valley, to follow its path from mountain to sea, to encounter plant, animal and human inhabitants, and to connect to the River Valley with heart and mind
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Celebrating our Partners

Posted on May 27, 2022
Celebrating with Casa de Amistad at the Future Leaders Scholarship Celebration, Class of 2022
where we gave $1200 for College-Ready Baskets, which was matched by a generous Rotarian
 
 
and supporting Opera for Kids as they performed The Enchanted Tail at a free concert in Balboa Park 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on May 13, 2022
 
We continue to pray for peace in Ukraine
 
 
Happy Rotarians included Jon for a wonderful trip to Amsterdam, Belgium, & Berlin; Patricia for a successful play directed by her grand-daughter; Trish for a spectacular hike in Morrow Bay, Herb for a fun trip to Sun River, Oregon; Paul for avoiding a $19,500 IRS penalty; Jan for Trish's recommendation of Dr. Bronner's Magic Balm
 
 
We enjoyed learning more about Sandy as he gave his Who Am I: he is a native San Diegan, graduated from SDSU and UCSD grad school; job offer from Westgate to become Human Resources Asst. Mgr, then Manager kept him from travelling to Europe after college; then on to SDG&E in HR,  software sales for 15 years before following  his passion for stocks 12 yrs ago when he became a money manager. He's lived in Del Mar for 26 years and married 3 years ago
 
 
Patricia reminded us of Upcoming Events: Thursday night meeting/social, Demotion Party, Padres Game, Coastal Farms Tour (see dates under Upcoming Events)
 
We will be donating $1200 for College-Ready Baskets for Casa de Amistad (more info to come from the Community Service Committee)
 
La Jolla Golden Triangle Foundation will be matching our $6000 for Ukraine
 
Paul shared a Rotary Foundation video that made us all feel good
 
 Dr. Michael Remson, President & CEO of San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, talked with us about how this organization (which was started 76 years ago)  provides cradle to college music programs with a vision of enriching lives through music. They have  partnered with Rotary International Youth Exchange for 18 years to form an International Youth Symphony MusiCamp with multiple performances in July of each year.
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on May 06, 2022
Goodbye, Good Luck & Thank You Phil as you ride off into the sunset of retirement
Bill presented him with a card signed by all, a box of popcorn, chocolates, & champagne to send him on his way
 
 
Even though Herb & Beverly were in Oregon (using a LobsterFest auction item), Herb was able to fine members for not wearing pins and not sharing a recent anniversary (he caught Susan, Ken, and Vicky (who just celebrated her 14th year with Farmers)
 
$6000 has been donated by club members and friends to help the victims in Ukraine, and we hope it can be matched
 
LobsterFest is set for September 17 with our flamenco guitarist, James Clarkston back along with Trish and Hot Rocks San Diego. Bill & Suzanne are again sponsoring a table for active military and sponsorship for a retired military table is available
 
Our own Steve Weitzen updated us on efforts to eradicate human trafficking in San Diego which include education and awareness.  This $32 billion industry includes organ, slave labor, and sex trafficking. Visit our district website at rotary5340.org for more information

 
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Rotarians At Work Day 2022 (RAW)

Posted on Apr 30, 2022
Thank you Di for organizing a great Rotarians At Work Day
We joined the Nature Collective  at the Stonebridge Trail head of the San Elijo Lagoon 
 
 
Volunteers led us on an informative hike, identifying native plants  before we began our work of pulling invasive ones
 
Native plants include the California poppy, cobweb thistle, and white sage 
 
 
 
 
While carrying out our bags and supplies we came across a  woodrat nest 
 
 
before heading to San Dieguito County Park for a quick lunch from Goodonya and more non-native plant pulling
 

 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Apr 29, 2022
"Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have"  Jim Rohn
 
  • Happy Jubilee Birthday to Patricia on the 30th, followed by Kevin's Birthday on the 1st, and Steve's on the 2nd. Best Wishes to all!
  • All happy dollars went to helping the people of  Ukraine, with many given for a wonderful 30th Anniversary Party
  • It was good to see Suchandra on zoom from India
  • As Shelter Box Ambassador, Patricia received  a solar-powered lantern 
  • Congratulations to Phil on his upcoming retirement with next Friday being his last day with us in person, and move to San Luis Obispo in July (close to Trish)
  • Best wishes to Nicole who received a well earned, three month, all paid  Clare Rose Sabbatical through the Fieldstone Leadership Network. Corey Ford, Casa de Amistad Program Coordinator will be filling in for her at Rotary
  • Kudos to Di who Paul presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. 15 of 29 have contributed this year to the annual fund; please do so by the end of May
  • Please confirm participation in the Aqua Farm tour to Patricia
  • Vicky announced the 2nd Annual LobsterFest will be on September 17. Mark your calendars & let her know if you'd like to help with the planning
  • Our speaker, Christine Garde Denning with CouldYou?, which started in Mozambique, has devoted her life to caring for the poor and especially women. 500 million women globally experience menstrual poverty every month, which could be alleviated by the CouldYou?Cup, which is cost effective, environmentally friendly, long lasting, and efficient. 

 
 
 
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30th Anniversary Party

Posted on Apr 23, 2022
Thank you Patricia & Suzanne for planning a fabulous 30th Anniversary Party and to everyone who helped make it a very special night
 
Mary Butler did a fabulous job on table decorations, and with the help of Bill, Jan, Patricia, Paul, Suzanne, and Trish, a beautiful venue & night awaited Rotarians & friends at Powerhouse Park 
 
 
The western theme was apparent in attire as guests enjoyed drinks & appetizers on the patio with the music from Hot Rocks San Diego playing in the background
 
 
Kevin, the club's 1st President (when he had more hair), was the MC;  Marty Peters from the Del Mar Club (of which were were spun off) congratulated him and presented Steve with a Has Been badge
 
 
President Vicky talked about all the wonderful projects we did in El Salvador and our trips there, which were acknowledged by Ildiko Tesak who was here for the festivities; Malcolm explained how our Bocce Ball Fundraisers & Tournaments came about; and Mary was recognized for her beautiful decorations 
 
 
Zoe Swift from Terra Lawson-Remer's Office with The San Diego County Board of Supervisors honored us with a Proclamation naming April 24, 2022 DMSB Rotary 30th Anniversary Day
 
 
We were treated to a fabulous sunset which everyone enjoyed, including Dwight Worden,  Major of Del Mar and two visiting foreign exchange students staying with Kevin & Sibylle, Andrea from Bordeaux, France and Joelle from Schaffhausen, Switzerland
 
 
 
And then Rotarians and guests moved inside for a fabulous tri tip & chicken barbeque with all the fixings catered by Bekker's
 
 
 
 
The Powerhouse Clubhouse balcony provided a good overview of the room....
 
 
 
and as Hot Rocks San Diego resumed play, (and a few die-hards let our handy volunteer bartender Rodger Price, long time friend of Sandy,  continue to pour)....
 
 
 everyone took to the floor and enjoyed dancing the night away (click on video link below)
 
 
 
 
Thanks to  Bill, Charles, Jan and Patricia for all the photos
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lou Oberman

Posted on Apr 12, 2022
Rest in peace, Lou - a beloved member of our club since 1996
 

 
 
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Rotary & Club News

 
We had a great turnout for Visitors Day with 7 guests joining  us to learn more about Rotary and to hear District Attorney Summer Stephan give an update  on her office's efforts to pursue justice, prevent crimes,  support victims, and fight homelessness across SD County
 
 
It was great having George & Phil back;
Charles was happy for his birthday & a trip to his 60th high school reunion; Steve was happy for his & Ava's 36th Anniversary; Di gave happy $s for her & Al's upcoming 41st Anniversary; Bill was happy to play in the Operation Game On Golf Tournament along with son Andy, and PDG Steve, where George was their putting coach
 
 
We will be dark the next two Fridays with our next meeting the 7-Way on April 20th at noon
 
Patricia & Nicole had a wonderful time at Casa de Amistad's 20th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser on April 2
 
 
And thanks to Kevin, Nicole, and Bill who helped make Model UN another successful event with over 100 students participating from 17 schools and Casa de Amistad
 

 
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Feeding San Diego

Posted on Apr 05, 2022
Helping Feeding San Diego help others
 
 

 
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Molly reminded us to plant seeds of love to make a better world
 
 
It was wonderful to have Phil back (though a little hoarse); Jan recalled her retirement 11 years ago today (& it was no April Fool's joke); Paul was happy to have Mary Beth back after batching it for a week; Susheela was happy to spend time with her sister from India showing her the Bay area; Susan was happy to encounter Kitty on Mark's birthday and joined her for  a lovely evening; Bill anticipated being happy after Model UN; Di is anxiously awaiting her son's marriage in 3 weeks
 
 Sandy avoided another fine by uploading his picture to club runner; but Fine Master Bill fined members for not wearing their Rotary pins, and Kevin, Jon, and Molly for not acknowledging recent birthdays of spouses/spouses to be
 
Susan reminded everyone of our Visitors Day next week with District Attorney Summer Stephan which will be in person only - not hybrid
Check the calendar for other upcoming events. Patricia confirmed a  Coastal Farms Tour on July 17
 
People should know that we're a pet friendly club as shown by Beverly and Tootsie
 
We enjoyed hearing about The Enchanted Tail and Opera 4 Kids from founders & renowned opera singers Bernardo Bermudez and Victoria Robertson, who will again be highlighted at the 7-Way Meeting on April 20
 

 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Mar 25, 2022
We continue to pray for peace in Ukraine
 
 
It was with heavy hearts that we said good-by & honored Lou today as he joins other Rotarians in the sky - he will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered 
 
  • Vicky began by remembering his smile and wry humor, and reminded us that he seldom missed a meeting in his 40+ years in Rotary
  • Steve remembered many golf outings with Lou, along with his love of Stand Down
  • Paul thought of their military background and Lou's dedication to being the best ref at Bocce
  • Herb recalled his love of Rotary and golf (Lou has asked that donations in his honor be made to our club)
  • Kevin enlightened us to Lou's inventive soul with patents involving golf
  • Bill thought of their mutual Marine background and how active Lou was with the Marine Aircraft Museum at Miramar
  • Ken shared that Lou was responsible for bringing him into Rotary, and reminded us to thank those who have made a difference in our lives while we still can
 
It was fun to see Mauer on zoom as Charlotte gave 12 Happy $$ for his 12th birthday today
 
A big thank you to Bill for getting the Rotary Wheel  from George, so Jan could use it as today's Fine Master. The wheel was generous to the club as it landed on 16, 16, 17, & 22. Donors were
  • Sandy for not uploading his picture to club runner
  • Kevin for keeping his surgery secret
  • Venky for not remembering the play Jan told him to see (Bhangin It at the La Jolla Playhouse about Indian music & dance)
  • Jon for scheduling his upcoming trip to Europe at the time of our anniversary party
 
 
(note the age of the wheel as our name included "Sunrise")
 
Bob Nascenzi, CEO & founder of Cristo Rey High School San Diego joined us on zoom along with Camila Tirado who Vicky presented with a $2000 scholarship
Zoe Swift, a fellow with The Office of SD County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, also joined us in person
 
  • Lew shared that the blood drive raised 37 units of blood, with 6 new donors (saving 111 lives)
  • Di reminded us of Feeding SD on April 5 that will serve over 600 families
  • Model UN is next weekend & RAW Day on April 30 will be at the Nature Collective
  • Paul reminded everyone to make their annual fund contribution to the Rotary Foundation (we need 17-18 more to donate to reach our goal of 100% participation)
  • Steve talked about the Power of Rotary in sending money and humanitarian aid to Ukraine
 
Our speaker, Jim Mendelson,  Foreman of the SD County 2021-2022 Grand Jury shared many fascinating facts about this organization made up of volunteers. Their mission is to represent the citizens of San Diego County by investigating, evaluating and reporting on the actions of local government and special districts. Common denominators with Rotarians & the Grand Jury is its Service Above Self and Is It The Truth. 
 

 
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District Assembly & Blood Drive

Posted on Mar 20, 2022
We had a great turnout for District Assembly and latest Blood Drive on March 19 - thank you to everyone who attended and helped
 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Mar 18, 2022
We continue to pray for the people of Ukraine
 
 
and our love goes out to Patricia whose son left this earthly life suddenly, and for Lou who is in hospice
 
We were happy to hear that Kevin is doing nicely after hip replacement surgery; Phil is doing well (but a bit behind)  full recovery from pneumonia/Covid; George continues to improve after his knee surgery; Venky has retired after 50 years with General Atomic; Di's son picked up his marriage license for an April 22 wedding; Paul was happy to see long time friend Armand  here as our speaker; Bill showed off the sweatshirt he bought on our Wolf Education Project visit
 
 
Venky (who forgot he was temporary fine-master) fined himself and Steve, just because he could.  Jan is fine-master next week and she loves to raise money for the club, so watch out
 
Susan reminded us of Visitors Day on April 8 when we will have District Attorney Summer Stephan here as our speaker. Ask guests and give their names to her or Molly
 
We learned much from Armand Olvera, a volunteer for 13 years with the San Diego Police Department's Retired Senior Volunteer Program, started in 1992. A walkie talkie is the only "weapon" they carry, but Armand's seal training (he was with Seal Team 1) serves him well. Qualifications to become a volunteer include being 50 yrs or older, semi or fully retired, valid CA driver's license, available at least 3 days/month
 
 
 
 
They encourage ride-a-longs for anyone interested and Bill asked about raising funds for much needed vehicle replacements. President Mallett presented Armand our Joshua Orphan Care Center certificate and explained all the wonderful things they do in Malawi, Africa, which we support
 

 
 
 
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Holi

Posted on Mar 18, 2022
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Mar 11, 2022
Along with Herb, we pray for peace in Ukraine
 
 
The Board approved sending $1000 to Shelter box for Ukraine and $1000 to the District's efforts through Romania for Ukraine, all from excess Community Service funds
 
We wish Sandy a Happy 66th Birthday next week, and a Happy 94th to Paul's mother.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Lou who is recovering from multiple surgeries and will be taking a 6mo leave from Rotary. 
 
Nicole thanked Bill for his mentorship for Model UN students,
and shared that we will again be giving Camila Tirado a $2000 scholarship to attend Cristo Rey San Diego High School
 
Di encouraged everyone to sign up for Feeding San Diego on April 5
and confirmed we will be helping the Nature Collective for Rotarians at Work Day on April 30
 
Paul presented four Paul Harris Fellowships to Charlotte (PH+1), Patricia (PH+2), Di (her first), and Bill (PH+3).
Congratulations and thank you to all!
 
Anne Middleton, Executive Director of EcoLife Conservation shared how they are helping humans and nature prosper together by making more fuel efficient stoves, creating biosphere reserves, and building aquaponic facilities
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Shelter Box Responding to Ukraine Crisis

Posted by Patricia Case on Mar 05, 2022

ShelterBox is deploying a response team to the region to begin assessing the humanitarian needs related to the displacement crisis in Ukraine, including the emergency shelter needs for refugees. The team from ShelterBox includes highly-trained security, safety, and logistics personnel, who will coordinate with other humanitarian agencies to understand the gaps in emergency shelter and what are the household aid items that will be needed over the weeks and months to come.”

- Kerri Murray, ShelterBox USA Preside

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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Mar 04, 2022
Kevin reminded us to open our arms and our hearts to the people of Ukraine 
 
 
and Patricia pointed out what a great job Shelter Box does in helping with humanitarian relief
 
 
Happy $$ went for having George back home and Venky in person at the meeting, and it was great to have Mauer with us again. 
 
Malcolm joined us after missing  3 months due to cataract surgery/ closing his store in Fashion Valley/starting construction on new store  in Sorrento Valley (for twice the budget & half the speed) /selling home in Del Mar/buying compound in Encinitas for his family
(WHEW!)
 
 
Kevin explained how Model UN is a simulation of the actual UN with high school students becoming ambassadors for "their" countries & representing their political views on selected resolutions. All are welcome to visit the sessions on April 2 & 3
 
35 members & guests will be visiting the Wolf Education Center on March 12 (great job Patricia). 
Let Patricia know by April 1 if you will be attending the Anniversary Party on April 23. The Board has been deputized to help with the party
 
Join Vicky, Susan, Di, Suzanne, Herb, Sandi, & Steve at District Assembly on March 19 and/or sign up to help with/give blood at our Blood  Drive the same day
 
Other  news includes Vicky selling her home, Susan & Mark recommending riding the new trolley line to downtown, Lou is doing well and has been moved to the Aviara Rehab facility, Phil still has pneumonia but has reduced oxygen needed and will be back on March 16
 
Dr. Steven Dowdy gave a fascinating and high-level talk on the research  his team is doing which focuses on the development and delivery of siRNA and ASO therapeutics to treat cancer. Less than 1% of RNA therapeutics get into cells as opposed to 30%-70% of viruses
 
 
 
Vicky "presented" Dr. Dowdy with our Joshua Orphan Care Center (who we support) Certificate for speaking
 

 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Feb 25, 2022
Paul reminded us that Rotarians are peacekeepers
 
 
It was great to have Phil join us on zoom (with a little help from his oxygen tube) and George again from his rehab bed
 
We have another walking wounded and learned that Venky will have knee surgery the end of March
Di & Ken helped count the homeless in Encinitas as part of a county wide effort
Our $40K Global Grant for Praise Gate is signed off by all and sent to RI for approval
See our Upcoming Events column for service projects & socials
Model UN has been moved to Del Mar City Hall on April 2 & 3
Vicky announced we will have a 2nd Annual LobsterFest in September that she will chair and invited members to help
 
 
Deb Martin, CEO & Executive Director for ElderHelp talked with us about all the wonderful things they are doing to help the elderly stay in their homes. See www.elderhelpofsandiego.org for more info
 
 
Vicky presented Deb with our certificate from Joshua Orphan Care Center in Malawi Africa that we support and explained how they house, school, and feed over 1000 children a day
 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Feb 18, 2022
 
A cloud still hangs over the club as we learned that Phil has Covid and pneumonia and is on oxygen 24/7, trying to get his numbers up. We're all praying for a complete recovery!!
 
Susan ran the meeting and was recognized as a new Paul Harris Society Member by District Governor Dan Gensler who presented her with a certificate and a pin  by District Foundation Treasurer James Morrison.  She has committed to making a $1000 donation each year to The Rotary Foundation - thank you, Susan!!
 
 
Dan also inducted our newest member, Sandy Levine, who joined us on zoom. Welcome Sandy!
 
 
And Past DG Steve Weitzen presented Nicole Mione-Green her Blue Badge as she has met all of the requirements. Congratulations Nicole!
 
 
Many happy dollars went for having George at the meeting on zoom from his rehab bed and for the caregivers and physical therapists who are helping him 
 
 
Javier Guerrero, President & CEO of Coastal Roots Farm and Kesha Spoor, Director of Philanthropy, shared  how this 22 acre farm in Encinitas practices sustainable farming and shares their harvest with communities that lack access to healthy food, inspired by Jewish wisdom and agricultural traditions.  We can't wait to visit and help on the farm!
 
 
Susan presented Kesha our Joshua Orphan Care Center certificate as a thank you for speaking
 
 

 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Feb 11, 2022
A reminder from Trish:
 
 
Happy Rotarians included Vicky for a great day of golf; Nicole for being covid free; Ken for a great food bank night; Charlotte for her new niece Coco; and for our left-handers: Bill, Herb, Lew, & Steve; and especially Charles who brought this picture of a good-looking Captain George and son Bill, on his way to recovery from knee-cap surgery
 
 
Sandy Levine was approved as a new member at the Wednesday Board Meeting and will be given his Red Badge at the next meeting - IN PERSON at the Hilton on 2/18. Come and welcome him!! And hopefully we can present Nicole with her Blue Badge which she has earned by completing all the requirements.
 
We had a great Club Assembly focusing on Membership which Vicky began by reminding us that Rotary has been around 116 years, is in 200 countries, and has over 1.2 million members.
 
Susan then gave a great power point emphasizing the importance of bringing in new members and reminding everyone of the goal:
EACH ONE BRING ONE
 
 
 
We then broke into groups to discuss further ideas to grow our club led by Vicky, Paul, Molly, and Susan. Ideas included:
  • ASK
  • Focus on businesses using corporate memberships, church groups, friends, friends' grown children, and spouse memberships
  • Focus on stewardship and invite potential members to service projects
  • Remember 62 is the new 40
  • Set aside time to focus on this
  • Have socials every other month at the Hilton to get to know perspective members and they us
Next Perspective Membership Day will be April 8 with District Attorney Summer Stephan as our guest speaker
 

 
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San Diego Food Bank

Posted on Feb 09, 2022
Thank you Rotarians & Friends (and Di who organized) for lifting 8000 pounds of food, filling 655 bags, and providing 6823 future meals for those in need at the San Diego Food Bank 
 
 
 


 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Feb 04, 2022
 
It feels like there's a dark cloud over the club....George fell and shattered his knee-cap, Lou is in the hospital for his lungs, Nicole has Covid along with her son, and Phil's mother passed away - best wishes to all. As Bill said, we should all feel lucky and grateful to be here!! (Amen)
 
Good news from Patricia who is thankful to everyone after her successful surgery; Di celebrated a birthday on 2/2/22 and is full of love; Paul is back from Scottsdale where they packed up his mom after 55 years in the same place; Ken had a fun ride with his pilot-brother; Venky is happy to see his grandson join us & receive recognition from our speaker; Sandy is getting ready to start his red badge requirements as a new member; Beverly is taking on the position of Care Bear; we will again do hybrid meetings starting February 18.
 
Paul shared the attached video on The Rotary Foundation, which Charles highlighted as one of the leading foundations for usefulness and management. https://youtu.be/vvvt_8CC9F4 . Please make your Annual Fund donations by the end of May.
 
 
Susan encouraged members to sign up for District Training Assembly on March 19 at Liberty Station, as a way for current and new members to learn more about Rotary. And she shared that her #1 goal in 2022-2023 will be to get new members.
 
Our fabulous speaker today was Carl Nettleton, writer, speaker, water expert and founder of Open Oceans Global -www.openoceans.org who shared fascinating facts of where most of the plastic comes from (rivers), where it ends up (coastlines & beaches), and who is the largest polluter (the Philippines), and what we can do about it. 
 
 
 
And we were all proud to see how Venky's grandson was recognized for the work they are doing in India to fight pollution. 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Updates on/from members:
  • Susheela's knee replacement surgery is scheduled for 2/23 after a two year delay - she welcomes words of encouragement
  • Lou is having drainage from his lungs today - we wish him the best
  • And best wishes to Phil's mother who is in hospice & turned 92; who he cares for 24/7 
  • Susan is off to Pre-PETS this Saturday with PETS scheduled for 2/24-2/25 in LA
  • Trish's band, Hot Rocks San Diego, will play at our Anniversary Party. Patricia & Suzanne will shortly be sampling a recommended caterer's  barbeque (let them know if you'd like to join them)
  • Art is in Sayulita for his son's 2/19 wedding
  • Model UN training was last Saturday in preparation for April 2 & 3 with over 100 students attending virtually. One of the topics discussed was the possible Russian invasion of Ukraine
Happy Dollars came from:
  • Trish who had a clear chest x-ray after covid
  • Molly for their new nanny who the kids love and visit from her Rhode Island in-laws
  • Charlotte whose kids are back in school after covid and for Leif turning 10
  • Patricia for her successful surgery and all the kindness & generosity of club members 
  • Charles for Patricia's successful surgery & hopefully Susheela's upcoming one
 
Colin Khoury with the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Garden) showed how it has come a long way from its founding in 1970. This 37 acre urban oasis in Encinitas has more than 5000 plant species and varieties, including 300 plants that are only found at SDBG. Click on the link below to see more pictures of the 15 gardens they maintain that represent different regions of the world. 
 
 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jan 21, 2022
Paul reminded us to be grateful for each other & Rotary and to be mindful of those in need - to provide food for the hungry; heal the wounds of hatred with love; comfort those in sorrow; and bring peace to those living in areas of unrest. 
 
We so enjoyed seeing Finn, our youngest Rotarian,
 
 
 were so sorry to hear Charlotte is in quarantine after Mauer & Leif tested positive for Covid, and wish Patricia well on her rotator cuff surgery today. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help her over the next several weeks.
 
Molly was happy to have a new nanny start Monday; Charlotte passed her 3rd & final EA (Enrolled Agent) exam; Venky was happy to be back home from India; Charles & Alicia had a wonderful trip to Paso Robles wine country; Art likes Charles' beard & is off to skiing in Park City; Vicky is in Mexico, and Nicole was happy Lisa Montes could join us
 
It was agreed we should continue on zoom into February with no "soft date" yet set for our hybrid meetings
 
We will be sending the money gathered for outreach in India to Project Peanut Butter, as we are not able to send the funds to India as planned
 
The Grant for Praise Gate is on hold as Venky, the "premier commander," gathers more info for the Kenya DG
 
Lisa Montes from La Colonia Community Foundation informed us of ways they are helping youth and those with food insecurity in La Colonia Eden Gardens. She is a 4th generation Eden Gardens resident - the 1st neighborhood in Solana Beach founded by Mexican Americans who moved here to help in the agricultural area & citrus groves
 
 
Father Garrett Galvin from the Franciscan School of Theology at USD spoke with us on their mission and commitment to social justice.   They prepare men & women in theological education that allows them to  focus in solidarity with those on the margins of society with the realization that we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Unfortunately we could not see his slide presentation as USD was undergoing a blackout. 
 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jan 14, 2022
Nicole's impromptu invocation was the  prayer she recites to her kids each day as they head out:
 
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,
wherever He may send you.
May He guide you through the wilderness,
protect you through the storm.
May He bring you home rejoicing
at the wonders He has shown you.
May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors. 
 
 
We are again meeting on zoom through January due to the rapid Omicron spread. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Trish who got caught. We enjoyed seeing Vicky who gave happy $$ to be back;  Jan in her Girl Scout sash in honor of our speaker; Kevin in his scarf as he can't afford heat with inflation; Ken with his sheared finger tip growing back; Paul with his grandkids frog art on the wall; & Lou and Patricia who both will be undergoing surgery soon (Lou for heart issues/Patricia for rotator cuff)
 
Patricia is doing a great job on socials (see Upcoming Events and register). She needs a volunteer for our demotion party in June, and help with our April 23 western-themed Anniversary party. Herb will be riding in on a horse and Ken will be showcasing his lasso skills.
 
Ken showed  the Community Service Plan for the rest of the year and Di reminded members to register for upcoming food sorting nights on the website. Stay tuned for more info on RAW Day involving the CRC. She also encouraged Rotarians to join her & the CRC on 2/24 at 3:45am for a homeless survey.   
 
Nicole shared that Model UN training will begin next weekend. 
 
Liz Sheahan, Chief Advancement Officer for the Girl Scouts of America, joined us again on zoom to update us on current activities and remind of us all the skills they help young women achieve. 
 
 
The famous cookie sale will run from January 30 - March 8 and will again include Operation Thin Mint (which began in San Diego) and has sent over 3MM cookies to service members overseas. Liz encouraged Rotarians to promote scouting and interact with the girls when purchasing cookies 
 
 

 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jan 07, 2022
Paul started the New Year with the following Invocation
 
As the Calendar turns and another new year begins,
Let us be thankful for our Rotary friends and the changes our service can bring.
Let us rise to the challenges given
Let us aim to give more to the cause
Let us continue to make the world better
Even if no one gives us applause. 
 
Bill led the meeting as Vicky had jury duty; Venky joined us from India; everyone congratulated Lou on starting his 90th year; Paul celebrated his & Mary's 43rd Anniversary; Patricia was happy to be house sitting with Herbie cat; Art was happy to walk along the lagoon with a beer in hand from Viewpoint; and Happy Birthday wishes to Bill on his January 11 birthday
 
It was good to see Sandy Levine again who is meeting with Molly & Susan to learn steps to becoming a red-badge member
 
Herb updated us on the Praise Gate Grant in Kenya, which is awaiting signatures
 
The 6-Way meeting has been postponed until April, and we will be meeting on zoom only for two weeks. Sign up under Upcoming Events for our February 8 SD Food Bank Distribution, our March 12 Wolf Center trip, and our April 23 30th Anniversary Party
 
 Let George or Bill know if you'd like to contribute to Honor Flight
 
Paul reminded Rotarians to make their Annual Fund contributions to The Rotary Foundation
 
Kevin informed us that climate change will be one of the resolutions debated at  Model UN which will take place April 2 & 3
 
We learned how Project Peanut Butter seeks to advance the treatment of severe malnutrition in children in the poorest countries of Africa  (Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Ghana) in the talk given by former DG Marilyn Sanderson, who joined us on zoom from Palm Springs. Visit www.projectpeanutbutter.org for more information or to make a donation.
 
Bill presented Marilyn with a virtual Joshua Orphan Care Center Certificate and ended the meeting with his blue gavel (which he will paint pink to hand over to Vicky)
 

 
 
 
 
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Tecate Houses Furnishings

Posted on Dec 22, 2021
Our $1200 for furnishings & household items for the 6 homes we helped build in Tecate were well spent
 

 
 
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Casa de Amistad

Posted on Dec 21, 2021
Rotarians helping Casa de Amistad families - Thank you everyone who contributed
 

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Wreaths Across America

Posted on Dec 18, 2021
Thank you to everyone who helped lay a wreath on a veteran's headstone in Miramar National Cemetery for Wreaths Across America Day - it was a touching experience
 

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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Dec 18, 2021
Happy Dollars came from Jan who was Queen for the Day as it was her birthday, and was thrilled to be serenaded by Opera stars Bernardo Bermudez and Victoria Robertson with Opera4Kids as they sang Happy Birthday; 
 
 
Susheela was happy to be able to visit family over the holidays; Molly was happy for her best real estate year ever & for Riley's upcoming 3rd birthday; and Trish was happy for a large  donation to the SD River Valley Conservancy
 
We also heard that Lou is having a big birthday on the 28th - Happy Birthday Lou!!
 
 
As Youth Chair, Nicole reported that Casa de Amistad kids will make up two teams for Model UN in April. Please sign up to join Bill as an advisor. She also reminded members to drop off gifts for Casa families by Monday
 
It was a hard choice, but Patricia beat Herb & Phil for ugly holiday sweater champion!!! 
 
 
As District Annual Fund Liaison, Susan reminded everyone to make their contribution to The Rotary Foundation for 2021-2022
 
 
Walter Lam spoke to us on how the non-profit he started,  Alliance for African Assistance, is not only helping refugees from Uganda and  Kenya, but refugees from around the world, including  most recently a large influx from Afghanistan. He is especially proud of the hospital Rotary helped build in Atiak, Uganda and was very pleased to receive our speaker certificate which shows our support of the Joshua Orphan Care Center in Malawi, Africa 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Dec 12, 2021
Welcome again to Sandy Levine, on his 3rd visit to our club in anticipation of joining
 
Happy Dollars from Molly on her dad's heart doing so well; Charles for a great Holiday Party; Venky for his family off to India; Nicole for a great holiday gathering at Viewpoint; Malcolm for double projected sales at his store closing & upcoming purchase of 1-1/2 acre compound in Encinitas for his family; and Happy Birthday dollars for Vicky's upcoming Birthday on the 15th and getting her cast off;
 
Herb was happy to visit Mami and her new husband in San Francisco with Bev and her son;
 
 Susan was happy for her, Mark, Ken, and Bebe's participation in building 7 homes in Tecate with the District. We gave $1000 to help furnish the homes 
 
Steve presented the club with another Foundation Banner for our contributions to Polio Plus
 
 
And we presented a check to Dawn Wensel of Reality Changers for $9,724 from LobsterFest 
 
 
Thank you to Bev who has done a great job of getting speakers as we transition to Trish heading this endeavor. 
 
We are funding $2500 for Honor Flight for Vets to Washington DC next year, and invite others to contribute to reach our goal of $3750
 
See Upcoming Events for our February 8 date at San Diego Food Bank and sign up
 
Rotarian and author, Stephen Tako, creator of award-winning anti-bullying books and films for children, gave us helpful information on how to write a book and leave a legacy. We also learned the fun trivia fact that at 15 and 6'7" tall, he won best dancer on roller skates
 
 
Vicky ended the meeting with The Four Way Test, and thanked this Rotary Family for the great work done to date. Bill will Acting President next week and encouraged everyone to wear ugly holiday sweaters
 

 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Dec 07, 2021
Happy members included Patricia for the beautiful Hilton decorations; Paul for a wonderful Thanksgiving/Mary's birthday celebration/and moving his mother into a retirement home; Lew for his son's new job; Vicky for Malcolm's magic on her grandmother's wedding ring; and Steve for Paul's great work as our Foundation Chair as he presented us with two banners for 2020-2021: one for EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) and average $100 with 100% participation. Paul reminded everyone to go online to make this year's contribution.
 
 
 
Ron Kohl talked about a Rotary Foundation cruise next year and encouraged members to sign up
 
 
Members who neglected to bring Toys for Tots included Ken who Patricia made hop around the room; Molly who confessed to a guilty pleasure of watching dateline; and Susheela who had to walk  like a zombie
 
Visit Charles Koll Jewellers in Fashion Valley for spectacular savings as Malcolm & Richard prepare to close the store and move to a new location in Sorrento Valley (stay tuned for more info)
 
Jason Kuiper from the Wolf Education Project joined us on zoom from Julian along with Miigwan, the wolf. Their mission is to increase public awareness and understanding as to the true nature of wolves and the critial role they play in maintaining ecological balance in our environment. 
 
We're all excited for our January 29 field trip to the Center which Patricia has arranged (where Jason said we can hug the wolves & puppies), followed by lunch & a tour of the new nature center nearby. Let Vicky know of other fun places to visit in the future
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holiday Party

Posted on Dec 07, 2021
Thank you Patricia & Suzanne for organizing a wonderful Holiday Party and to Vicky for hosting in her beautiful home
We had delicious food and broke into teams after dinner for a fun game of holiday trivia pursuit  
 
 
 
 

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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Nov 19, 2021
It was a full house for Visitors Day - thank you Di, Linda, Malcolm, and Suchandra for bringing guests, and thank you Phil for the new room layout
 
 
Molly's invocation invoked Rotary's Four Way Test and reminded us of our commitment to help others
 
 
Patricia surprised George with cupcakes and a bag of cards from members for his 91st Birthday, and his heartfelt thanks to his Rotary friends brought a tear to many an eye
 
 
We were happy to present Don Wells with Just in Time for Foster Youth a check of $9522 as one of our major beneficiaries from LobsterFest
 
 
Suchandra & Herb shared information about the Global Grant we did in India for mentally ill homeless women, and Nicole gave members & guests  an opportunity to pick a Casa de Amistad family to help grant their wishes for a Happy Holiday - all 10 families were grabbed
 
 
Mark your calenders for our 30th Anniversary party in 2022 on the day of our founding - April 23. Patricia has secured Powerhouse Park Community Center where we'll dress casual and enjoy good food, music, and each others company 
 
Andrea Compton, Superintendent of the Cabrillo National Monument, told us the history of the monument that was formed in 1913 under the Department of the Army. She began her national park service career here in 2002 and returned in 2016 after taking a position as head of Resources Management at Joshua Tree National Park. Activities at Cabrillo include exploring the tide pools and we learned that they have one of the largest bee colonies in the country.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Community Service

Posted on Nov 18, 2021
Thank you Lou for coordinating Rotarians at a modified Stand Down and for the members who helped give out water at Veterans Village of San Diego 
 
Beverly, Herb, Suchandra, Jon, Jan, Lou, Charles, and Bill (not shown)
 
 
And to our head elf, Di, who organized a great crew of Rotarians for the CRC Holiday Baskets Sorting
 
 
Nicole, Patricia, Kevin, Jon, Mark, Susan, Jan, Bill, Charlotte, Paul, Trish, Charles, & Alicia, with Di in front
 

 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Nov 12, 2021
Jon's invocation went something like this: 
"All things in life, including you, are in an imperfect state of flux, so strive not for perfection, but for excellence instead."
 
Susan stepped in for Malcolm and fined Trish for trying to auction off her Viewpoint mug at River Fest and then remembered she already gave it to someone
 
Rotarians supporting San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy River Fest last Sunday
 
 
Proclamation naming November 7, 2021 Trish Boaz Day by the County of San Diego
 
 
We had a furry friend visit our meeting this morning via zoom
 
 
Patricia shared this Shelter Box video with an update on how they are helping after the earthquake in Haiti
 
Remember our Visitors Day next week and let Molly know if you are inviting someone to join us
 
San Diego Parks Foundation Founder and Chair, Marcella Bothwell talked with us about the Foundation and the state of our parks in San Diego. Since Covid, their programs focused on  providing free WiFi in recreations centers, free meals for kids in communities of concern, Come Play Outside programs, and city wide tree planting. Vicky presented her with our Joshua Orphan Care School Certificate for speaking.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Nov 05, 2021
 
Happy Rotarians included: Susan for mountain biking in Sedona; Bill for a fabulous Tahiti trip with Suzanne; Phil for the $80 Breeder Cup valet parking visitors; Paul for his 6yr old granddaughter( one of the first her age) who got the covid vaccine; Ken for all the upcoming Community Service events; for Suchandra being with us today; Trish who announced her retirement & move to San Luis Obispo at the end of the year  
 
Lew updated us on another successful Blood Drive where 25 units of blood were donated
Molly reminded us of Visitors Day - 2 weeks from today on 11/19 - invite all your friends & neighbors
Di has room with her non-profit, Everyday Mindfulness, for the CRC Distribution Day on 12/4. Contact her if you're interested.
 
Malcolm recognized Ken for his 15th and Jan for her 25th Anniversary with the Club this month, and fined everyone else 
 
Patricia shared the wonderful video below about Wreaths Across America which we will be doing on 12/18
 
 
Sherriff Bill Gore, Rotarian, San Diego native, former Asst. Director of the FBI, and Meritorious Executive Award recipient from the President of the United States, talked with us on his 51 years of public service. One of the biggest issues facing the community & the nation is dealing with mental health issues. Major accomplishments include spearheading the creation of the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center, the Homeless Assisted Resource Team, and the Mobile Crisis Response Team, all who work together with unusual cooperation and collaboration.  
 

 
 
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Blood Drive

Posted on Oct 30, 2021
 Thank you Lew & Rotarians for another successful Blood Drive
 

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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 29, 2021
Happy Halloween!! 
We arrived at the Hilton to these fun creations created by the staff
 
And words of wisdom from Patricia "to review our checkbooks, our hearts, and indeed, the registers of our lives with honesty as we consider our priorities and our opportunity to help others"
 
There were a lot of Happy $$ for the great job Paul did in covering for Vicky and for World Polio Day; from Molly for a fun trip to Big Bear; from Paul for his 3.4MM home sale & for the $775 raised to End Polio Now that increased to $5000 with District & Gates match
 
Jon reported final LobsterFest figures: a whopping $76,700 in Revenue with Profit of $50,475 - Great job!!!!!
Steve shared that we will be partnering for a $70,000 Global Grant with District 4100 in Baja
Herb informed us that $9K is on its way to El Salvador to help children with health & education needs
And Happy Birthday Wishes to Beverly for her upcoming birthday and to Scott for whom Charlotte paid a fine
 
Our speaker, Marj Cole, former District Governor and in her 3rd year as Foundation Chair, brought us up to date on the Rotary Foundation and our contributions: We have 27 Paul Harris Fellows (have given $1000 or more); 3 members are part of the Bequest Society (have included The Foundation in their Estate Planning; 3 members are Major Donors (have given over $10,000 to The Foundation); the Club has donated $11,000 to the annual Fund with an average of $378 for a total of $400,000. Rotarians on the west coast can  become a Polio Plus Society Member by donating $100/yr to Polio Plus. The Rotary Foundation has one of the highest non-profit ratings as 91% of its funds go philanthropic endeavors 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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World Polio Day 2021

Posted on Oct 24, 2021
Thank you Paul for arranging our fun activities for World Polio Day 2021
starting with the District walk in Balboa Park, followed by our Club Walk along the coast, and ending at Viewpoint for lunch and drinks. It was a fun time for all for this worthy cause!!
 
 
 

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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 22, 2021
 
We welcomed District Guests, Susie Callahan, Chief Asst. Gov.; Sandy Pugliese, Newsbits Editor & Area Asst. Gov.; & Luis Carranza, Area Asst. Gov.
 
Steve received two heart-felt books: a collection of tributes that Susie put together & Sandy's  book of Steve's Sunday Morning Musings commemorating the wonderful year of Steve's 2020-2021 District Governorship
 
Paul was President-for-the-day in Vicky's absense, and reminded everyone about the End Polio Now activities on Sunday. Steve proclaimed him the best Foundation Chair in the District. 
 
 
Visit our Upcoming Events & register for the CRC Holiday Baskets and Stand Down by clicking on the event. Bring clothes (new or worn) for Vets to the next two meetings and Lou will deliver them to Veterans Village on 11/5
 
Our speaker today, Fari Moni, Rotarian from the La Jolla Golden Triangle Club and a member of San Diego/Jalalabad Sister Cities Foundation brought us up to date on activities in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover. Things are not good and she is heartbroken over the  difficulties there. The government would like to see the computer center reopen, which the team will not do until the high school is open to girls. Money is being raised to help the 34 members of the team in Jalalabad with food and necessities, and Janice Kurth is leading the local Rotary effort to help Afghan refugees in San Diego. Contact Fari or Janice to help. 
 
 

 
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Octoberfest 2021

Posted on Oct 17, 2021
Vielen Dank to Susan & Mark for a fabulous Octoberfest
with brats & all the German trimmings from Tip Top Market, Vienna Lager from Viewpoint,
and a beautiful night on their terrace
 

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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 15, 2021
Happy Fall
 
 
 
We continue with hybrid meetings. Please see our Upcoming Events & mark your calendars
 
 
Kevin's invocation reminded us to focus on being quick to listen and slow to speak; melding our differences, creating unity; highlighting integrity, emphasizing service to others
 
Happy Rotarians included Charles for enjoying fall leaves while  hiking WV & Tennessee trails with daughter & family; Susan for upcoming birthday on the 24th (the same day as our End Polio Now Walk); Charlotte for 5 new clients; Steve for having Robert Brewer with us today; Ken for mother's successful move to SD & upcoming birthday; Paul for Alzheimer's walk tomorrow with Bev & Herb 
 
George & Bill welcoming Vets back from their Honor Flight last week
 
 
 Robert Brewer, Jr. talked with us about his 25 months as US Attorney for the Southern District of California, one of four Federal Districts in California. It took him 2 years to be approved by the White House, the US Senate, and the Dept. of Justice. He emphasized the high ethical character of the assistant US attorneys he appointed, and was very proud to reorganize the Criminal Division to include Violent Crimes & Human Trafficing (VC & HT), at the urging of Steve. Highlights of his term are shown below:
 
 
As a thank you for speaking, Vicky presented Brewer our Joshua Orphan Care School certificate where we help with school supplies & desks in Malawi, Africa
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 08, 2021
Happy $s: $50 from Phil in celebation of his & Cynthia's Anniversary where they ate at Born & Raised, and also for his son staying in San Diego; $25 from Steve for Chuck joining us today and for his 2nd grandchild; $30 from Bill for over 3000 people welcoming back our veterans from honor flight and the marines from Afghanistan to Camp Pendleton
 
Calendar Items:
- Octoberfest: Saturday, 10/16, 4-8pm at Susan & Marks
   11:00am, Club Walk starting at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar; Lunch after at Viewpoint Brewery; Donate to Rotary.org
- San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy River Fest: 11/7, 4-7pm, Del Mar Hilton (https://paybee.io/@sdrvc2020@34)
- Visitors Day: Friday, 11/19. We will have a speaker from Cabrillo National Monument. Invite all your friends and neighbors
- Tecate home building: 12/4
 
 
Paul shared an eradicating polio video emphasizing We're Not Done Yet!
 
District Governor Elect, Chuck Pretto was our speaker today and shared many fascinating facts about Kobey's Swap Meet - San Diego's biggest outdoor market. Started by his father-in-law, Monte Kobey in 1976, it is a family affair with Chuck, his wife Kimberly, son Anthony, & brother Joseph on the management team. At Anthony's urging it has expanded to become America's largest outdoor sneaker & vintage clothing swap meet, earning 30% of its income from sneaker sales and attracking over 13,000 people who pay over $1200 per pair. Chuck offered free space for Rotary and Roteract events. 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 01, 2021
  • Trish started the meeting with inspiring quotes from Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Albert Schweitzer, and Mother Teresa, who said "The fruit of silence is prayer; the fruit of prayer is faith; the fruit of faith is love; the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace".
  • Condolences to Vicky who broke her wrist in a fall & came in a sling 
  • Happy Dollars: George for his son Jim speaking today & restart of honor flights; Patricia for ESP/San Dieguito River Valley Conservatory; Malcolm for new fiber laser that he hasn't figured out yet; Charlotte for passing her latest financial services test; Di for all the heartfelt wishes & cards; Herb for having Bev at the meeting & Venky's efforts on the Global Grant; Andy for his son's upcoming wedding  where he'll only have to dress from the waist up since it is on zoom
 
  • Thank you to Venky who couldn't make LobsterFest so donated $1000 instead
  • Vicky shared upcoming District Events:
    • Oct. 5 - Del Mar Rotary Sunset Soiree, 5:30-8:30, Del Mar Plaza (let's reciprocate their support of our LobsterFest)
    • Oct 21 - Membership mixer, 6-8pm, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, Carlsbad
    • Dec 4 - House building in Tecate with overnight stay
  • Holiday Party will be Dec 5 at Vickys - more info to come
  • Membership: Susan reminded us to talk about Rotary and invite new members
  • International: District Grant for El Salvador is approved and awaiting funds; Global Grant for Kenya orphanage has been written and is awaiting  amount of host Rotary funding
  • Community Service: Committee will meet week of Oct 14; Contact Lew to help with the Oct 30 Blood Drive
  • LobsterFest: Numbers are not final, but Vicky shared that Total Pledged reached $62,000!!!!!!!! including a net of $17,738 from the auction and $2000 from the raffle. Vicky thanked everyone for their help (not just her committee). Wrap up meeting was last week, but let her know if you have any suggestions/comments, and let Herb know if anyone hasn't received their Travel Pledge certificate
  • Our fascinating, informative  Speaker today was Jim Sousa, Director of GS Fisheries Inc. and 4th generation of family tuna fishermen. The  U.S. tuna industry started  in 1912 when Portuguese fishermen arrived (including Jim's Great Grandfather in 1918) and grew steadily until 1984 when our canneries closed. Boats grew from 125ft long to over 300ft and from holding 250 tons of tuna to 1500 tons. As Jim said, the boats were made out of wood and the men were made out of steel (this is the 2nd most dangerous business behind lumbering). 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Sep 24, 2021
 
Bill presented flowers to Vicky and Charlotte for the great job they did with LobsterFest (and brought a bottle of wine for Phil)
 
Everyone agreed it was a wonderful event and fundraiser - numbers to come!
 
Condolences to Di for the passing of her father-in law; Congratulations to Molly on her 5th wedding anniversary (she was here at the Hilton exactly 5 yrs ago); Jan was happy that she won the Reality Changers Over the Edge auction item where she will get to rappel down the side of a 30-story building (which we will make into a social); Susan was happy for a fabulous sailing day; and we were all happy to have with us Dan Gensler, current District Governor and his Chief Aid, Don Fipps
 
 
Dan shared with us that he joined Rotary a decade ago to grow his business but quickly learned that this is the most successful organization to eliminate human suffering by focusing on compassion, charity, and service. Dan is passionate about humanitarian causes both here and abroad and chaired  the Millions for Hope fundraising drive in 2015 that raised over $30 million in bequests and donations to The Rotary Foundation. He was inspired by Sister Ethel who left Ireland in 1972 for South Africa to help fight apartheid, where he has gone many years to distribute shoes and help the poor. And he has also been involved with Limbs of Freedom in Ensenada, Mexico where Rotary helps build prosthetics for the needy. He encouraged everyone to following RI President Mehtas lead to grow Rotary - each one-bring one; each one-keep one. 
 

 
 
 
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LobsterFest 2021

Posted by Jan Parsons on Sep 23, 2021
 
 
...and the rest of the story that was cut...
 
Over 250 people attended the event Including Premier Sponsor Foster & Friends, and VIP sponsors Northstar Financial Management, Inc., The Sutton Family, PSRS, Charles Koll Jewellers, and Ergos. Youth from Just In Time and Reality Changers helped with set up, the raffle, and auction. When Premier Sponsor Alicia & Charles Foster were asked why they supported LobsterFest they shared that they feel very fortunate in life and want to express their gratitude by helping others. “We think that DMSB Rotary does a great job of helping people in need through well-chosen nonprofits, and especially for underserved kids and their families. We believe that improved education and mentoring can be the key to helping them overcome their and their parents’ lack of education, their views of potential opportunities, and other obstacles”.

DMSB Rotary President and LobsterFest Chair Vicky Mallett thanked her committee and said, “I am thrilled to have such enthusiastic support from our Community and our Club members for LobsterFest. The event raises funds to support our Club Programs and major beneficiaries, while providing a fun, social gathering in a beautiful setting.” Mallett ended by saying she hopes LobsterFest will be an annual fundraiser for the Club for years to come.
 

 
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LobsterFest 2021

Posted on Sep 20, 2021
Thank you Vicky for imagining and chairing a wonderful LobsterFest, and to Linda for running a great opportunity drawing
 
 
Invitees arrived at the check-in table manned by Rotarians Weilynn, Suzanne, & Patricia and Just In Time for Foster Youth, one who came as a lobster and enticed guests to purchase opportunity tickets for local restaurants
 
They were then directed to the VIP tequila tasting run by Carlsbads CaliFino Tequila and to our auction area, overseen by Charlotte, Mauer, and Herb
 
 
 
Guests enjoyed  the Spanish guitar music of James Clarkston as they sipped marqaritas, wine, or beer from Viewpoint Brewing Co., and found their tables in the courtyard of the Del Mar Hilton
 
 
 
 
 
 
Artist Heather Roddy invited guests to add to the painting she was doing for our live auction before a dinner of lobster tacos and all the trimmings, baja style
 
 
 
 
 
President Mallett thanked everyone for their hard work, and MC Steve Weitzen introduced our military dignitaries and the Leaders of Just In Time For Foster Youth, Dianne Cox & Don Wells,  and Reality Changers Management, Tamara Craver and Dawn Wensel. Then everyone sat back to listen and dance to the music of Hot Rocks San Diego with Trish at the mic
 
 
 
It was a great evening, enjoyed by all in a magical setting on a beautiful night!

 
 

 
 
 
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Rotary & Club Meeting

Posted on Sep 17, 2021
Vicky began the meeting with the following quote and thanked all her LobsterFest committee members for the fabulous job they have done. We are expecting about 260 people, and have raised over $12,000 in the online auction to date
 
 
Happy Dollars included Happy Birthday wishes for Susheela & Nicole; a $1000 check to the SD Foundation from Charles' friend; Charlotte for her auction intern Mauer, who joined us today; Patricia for a night at the fabulous Shell; Jan for a fun impromptu gathering  at Viewpoint where Malcolm supplied beer & munchies; Ken for surviving his 1st week at his new Seattle job; Bill for Phil & all his hard work; Andy for a very memorable 9/11 rememberance ceremony at Di's where as they reflected on those who died, a new life was being born by a participant on zoom
 
Charlotte won this special shirt as part of the We Are Baack drawing
 
 
Patricia as fine master again caught members lacking in knowledge about our members as three could not identify Susan as our President Elect. Paul escaped a fine by identifying Jan as Public Relations/Media Chair
 
Susan shared with us the beautiful booklet done by and about the women in A View, the non-profit in India started by our member Suchandra, to help & empower women with mental illness. She also showed us the fine quilts available in the LobsterFest auction that were made by these women
 
 
Visit aviewforwomen.org for more information
 
Susan also raved about the District Conference that she, Mark, Vicky, Beverly, and Herb attended and shared a video of Steve Brown's presentation on current happenings in Afghanistan. The future of the schools they built and support is uncertain, as there is a financial crisis right now. They are also  helping with visas for eligible Afghans who assisted them. He reminded Rotarians that the programs they funded were not sustainable without our help, but the capacity building they did in education and internet skills will be long lasting and very worthwhile.
 
 
LobsterFest Here We Come - tomorrow, Saturday, 9/18, 5-8pm
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Sep 10, 2021
Steve led us in prayer as we reflected on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
 
  • Malcolm invited all to come to Viewpoint on Monday from 3-6pm when a film crew will be taping; Susan rightfully bragged about a 33 mile bike ride she & Mark did; Charlotte was happy for her & Scott's 17th Wedding Anniversary; Trish will be celecrating her mothers 97th birthday on the 13th; and Bill showed us the centerpieces that will be on two LobersterFest tables reserved for the military
 
  • Paul, as todays Fine Master, showed that members are not paying attention as three of our Rotarians on zoom could not name our current  Club Secretary - Suzanne!!!!! But Susheela avoided a fine by giving the correct date for LobsterFest - next Saturday, Sept. 18!!!! Lew gave our next blood drive date as October 30.  Jon again won the We Are Baack raffle -  Batch & Box cookies.
  • Vicky shared that LobsterFest is currently at $42K gross plus $6K in auction proceeds. She is confident that we can reach $54K gross with everyone's help in promoting the auction and raffle. Linda has $100 gift certificates for the raffle from the Brigantine, Jake's, the Poseidon, Keis, the Fish Market, Pacific Coast Grill, In & Out, Patagonia Store, and Seaside Market, so encourage LobsterFest participants to bring cash or a credit card!!
We all celebrated our  newest  Blue Badge Member, Trish, as Susan shared the steps taken to reach this goal and presented her with her new badge.  Susan reminded us to invite friends and associates to Rotary - Trish came from a long-time Rotary family, but no one had asked her to join until now. We are happy she did - Congratulations Trish!!!
 
 
Anil Srivatsa, who is an active Rotarian &  has chartered two clubs, gave a passionate talk via zoom on the gift of life - organ donations. He has visited 44 countries and given over 550 talks championing the cause of Organ Donation with a goal of reaching a million donors with his message of compassion and fighting fear with love. He encouraged Rotarians to start Rotary Action Groups for Organ Donations. See the video he shared by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/hE8Gx8k9JFw or visiting the GOLA Foundation on Facebook
 
Nicole collected $200 from members to send to Anil's Go Fund Me page to help cover gas as he travels the world
 

 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 27, 2021
Healing wishes to Lew who broke his collarbone from an electric bike fall and to Beverly as she recovers from tremors as a result of her fall; best wishes to Ken who will be starting a new job with the Seattle company Arzeda
 
We have 54 items in our auction with $2030 raised to date. Send the following link to all you friends and colleagues & bid early and bid often:
 
Thank you to our Premier LobsterFest Sponsor and to our libation providers:
 
 
We Are Baack winners were Molly who got her Sees candy from last week and Jon who won a $20 gift certificate from Diesel Book Store in Del Mar Highlands Town Center
 
We enjoyed meeting and hearing from Tasha Matthews, Civic/Faith Specialist with Just In Time for Foster Youth. You are welcome any time!
 
 
And we got to congratulate Di again on being our newest blue badge member. Susan went over the transition requirements and Patricia shared how much she enjoyed being Di's mentor and how inspired she was working with her. Both Trish and Nicole are almost there too. How about Andy?????????
 
 
 
Susan Day from the Burn Institute gave an informative, fact-filled talk on all the wonderful things they do to provide fire prevention and burn survivor support. And we learned she was grateful to Rotary for RYLA, which her daughteer attended  a few years ago
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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LobsterFest Auction

Posted on Aug 21, 2021
Getting Herb and wine baskets ready for LobsterFest auction...oops... only wine!!!
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 20, 2021
Todays invocation
 
Charles was finemaster today and did not fine $50/each: Herb for Beverly's black eyes and Jan for her quick & consistent website postings; and lots of happy $$s were given to have George back 
 
 
We were sad to learn that Radia has resigned, but understand with a new little one, and that Suchandra has been working in San Jose & Monterey, and will soon be leaving for India again - we miss you in person!
 
Venky reported that according to Steve Brown, the Taliban control of Afganistan will not affect the school they built in Jalalabad where they educate boys and girls,  or Nangarhar University. We hope that is true and continues. See interview below:
 
 
President Vicky wielded her gavel today and warned she will levy a heavy fine if it is stolen before LobsterFest
 

29 days to LobsterFest
  • Artist Heather Roddy will not only have a painting in our online auction, but she will be painting the night of LobsterFest. The painting will be sold during a live auction with Herb as auctioneer extraordinaire; and Steve will be the masterful Master of Ceremony for the night
 
  • Charlotte has done a fabulous job with our LobsterFest website (click link in menu line or donate button to give), and we will now have Spanish guitar music during cocktails. Let Suzanne know names of guests and any alternative food choices; and Vicky know if you have extra seats available so we can accommodate Rotary friends who would like to support us
Seth Tilly, a member of the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club, spoke to us today about the changing technology and regulatory landscape of residential solar power, to help with making informed decisions about solar power for your home. Due to a power glitch, we lost connection during his talk, so feel free to email him at seth@sandiegocountysolar.com with any questions or for more information (and congratulations on your new baby)
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 13, 2021
The LobsterFest Committee has done a great job!! We are still taking donations and need auction items, and contact Vicky if you have a sponsor or need more seats 
 
We wish George a speedy recovery from a brief hospital visit; Beverly successful surgery for a detached retina after a fall; and Happy upcoming  Birthdays to Paul and Trish
 
Charlotte won a Starbucks gift card and Reeses peanut butter cups (for which Vicky was reluctent to part) in our "We are Baack" drawing
 
We are very excited that Nicole will be the  Youth  Services Chair, and know she will do a fabulous job!!
 
And congratulations to Di who received her Blue Badge in record time - way to go!!!
 
 
Dawn Wensel, President of Reality Changers was our speaker today and updated us on what they have been doing during the pandemic. You can help them by volunteering as a tudor or mentor: www.realitychangers.org
 
 

 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 06, 2021
As part of her invocation, Trish encouraged members to share Love Notes with others
 
Venky won a gift certificate from San Clemente Pier Fisherman's Restaurant as part of the "We are Baack" campaign
 
We had a lobster visit us today in the form of Linda, to promote our September 18 LobsterFest. Let her know  restaurants you would like her to contact for auction items.
 
 
 
Get your reservations in soon for rooms at the Hilton as there are only 5 reduced-rate rooms left for the 18th. If you're inviting more than 8 friends, Phil can accommodate tables of 10 or 12. Herb asked members to visit other Rotary clubs to share our event. And Andy's & Phil's double teaming secured the tequila commitment from CaliFino Tequila: www.califino.com
 
 
Venky's grandson Karan talked with us about NBNA - Namma Beach Namma Chennai (Our Beach Our Chennai) and the wonderful work this non-profit is doing to raise awareness of and clean up beaches in India: www.reciprocityfoundation.in
 
 
Our speaker Chase Harr joined us from the top of Wildcat Mountain, New Hampshire to talk about Shelter Box and his goal to raise over $100,000  as he scales 1400 ft peaks throughout the country: www.ShelterBoxUSA.org/SecondSummits
 
 
In closing, we learned how Casa de Amistad is partnering with Reality Changers to meet the needs of 9-11 graders and older students through their college prep program. Mark your calendars for a fun picnic social on August 22, 2-4pm;  sign up for Trish's San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Friendraiser on August 12 at Viewpoint; and attend the District Membership Seminar on zoom on August 14, 9-10:30am.

 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jul 30, 2021
 
It was great to see Nicole in person who was our greeter today and picked the "We Are Baack" ticket for macarons from Le Parfait Paris. Vicky's name was drawn but she graciously abstained, and Malcolm was the lucky winner
 
Paul, in his cleaning out to move, shared a brochure he found  of the Rotary Youth Exchange in Germany from 1999, which his daughter, Katie attended
 
 
Andy showed his new LobsterFest shirt with the colors of Mexico (or "watermelon" as Trish said & fined him), and gave a colorful one made by a friend's company to Phil
 
 
Trish also fined members who didn't bring a bottle of wine for our LobsterFest auction, but we did collect a nice selection
 
 
And we got to see some of the pictures at the Hilton which will be part of our auction through Bidding for Good. Vicky informed us that individuals can be part of the tequila tasting for an additional $105, and members can split a table sponsorship
 
 
Our speakers today, Caulene Bussard and Lucy Njuguna, joined us on zoom from Canada and Kenya. They shared  the wonderful work Praise Gate Orphanage does to help, feed, and house former street children, orphans, and abandoned babies near Nairobi, Kenya. We are doing a Global Grant of $30,000 to assist them with water and solar needs for a new facility they are building.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jul 23, 2021
Mami joined us before taking a new job as counselor at an International School in San Francisco and was made an  Honorary Paul Harris Fellow for all her help with Youth, Cristo Rey San Diego, and scholarships last year
 
Di was center stage today as she was the greeter, gave the invocation, invited two guests, and did her Who Am I (and finished the last of her Blue Badge requirements). From the Chicago area, she is a life-long practitioner of mindfulness, and loves being named after the Goddess Diana who was the protector of women and children. Rotary fits her well as service and community are daily aspirations (and she gave blood for the first time as part of our blood drive).
 
 
 
Trish won cookies from Batch & Box as part of our "We are Baack" promotion. And she showed us Rotary pins that her 96 year old mother gave her that were gifts from or belonged to her Rotarian father - a Rotary wheel surrounded by a heart, a "small" PH pin, and a 35 & 40 year pin.
 
 
Malcolm shared a promotional video that Venky made to be considered for entertainment for our LobsterFest (open link below to watch)
 
 
Vicky reminded us that LobsterFest is only 67 days away and we only have commitments of $16,000. Everyone needs to get busy with sponsorships and auction items. Our auction theme is leisure activities, and Linda suggested making up baskets of wine for the in-person auction. Trish is finemaster next week and said she will fine anyone who doesn't bring a bottle.
 
 
 
Bill Payne, CEO of Second Chance, was our speaker today and we were very impressed to learn that they provided 3.1 tons of fruit & vegetables as part of their outreach to the Encanto community last year. Visit www.secondchanceprogram.org for more information.
 
 
As a thank you for speaking, Vicky provided Bill with our Joshua Orphan Care Center Certificate where we will make a donation  in his name

 
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Eid al-Adha

Posted on Jul 20, 2021
Eid Mubarak
Happy Eid al-Adha
 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jul 16, 2021
 
Past President Bill started off the meeting in Vicky's well-deserved absence as she vacations in Hawaii. He proudly displayed Herb's golden gavel lent to him, along with 1 of the 25 gavels he bought when  president after his was stolen at his first meeting (he says he didn't know our tradition)
 
Happy Birthday to Molly who gave $21 for her birthday on the 21st (and still looks 21) and $9 for the great news that her dad is able to put off heart surgery as his numbers look good
 
A Salt & Straw gift certificate went to Lew in our "We Are Baack" drawing - a two-week winner (better buy a lottery ticket!)
 
Phil deserves an award for the outstanding job he is doing with half his regular staff!! He is looking forward to today & race season as the crowd of happy drinkers are less demanding

 
 
Paul, as Foundation Chair, was happy to present next level Paul Harris Awards to Herb, PH+3, Steve, PH+6, and Lew, PH+2
 
 
 
The LobsterFest Committee is hard at work: Andy reminded us that personal relationships are the most successful to bring in sponsors; Bill & George are working on getting two tables for the military; and Herb asked for help with auction items. Charles reminded us that the purpose of LobsterFest is to raise funds to make a difference in someone's life!! Please join the LobsterFest Committee this Thursday, 7/22 at 5:00 at the Suttons
 
Mami will be at the meeting next week before leaving for San Francisco, so come to say goodby and wish her well
 
Our speaker, Karen Jongeward, told us about the wonderful volunteer program Crisis Intervention, that the San Diego Police Department began in 1987 to help individuals in the community during times of crisis. They provide immediate short-term emotional and logistical support to victims, witnesses, and other effected individuals who have experienced traumatic or potentially traumatic incidents. We are proud that our new member Trish, volunteers with them. For more information contact Officer Denise Mills at drmills@pd.sandiego.gov or by phone at 619-733-9352.
 
And Bill presented Karen with an actual (as oppossed to a virtual) Joshua Orphan Care Center Certificate where we make a donation in honor of our speakers

 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jul 09, 2021
Its a new dawn, its a new day... and Vicky started us on a new year, building on a strong foundation!!
 
 
Along with Kevin's inspirational invocation:
 
 
To encourage members to attend in person, Vicky started a "We Are Baack" drawing each week of gift cards and small gifts with the grand prize a $100 gift certificate - so come live, and come often!!
 
Members helped our coffers by being happy: Charles for Maggie, their new Lab puppie; Venky for his 1st in-person meeting; Lew for his birthday; Molly for Riley's 1st week of school; Bill for graduating from cardiac rehab center; Di for being able to get on zoom in Santa Barbara parking lot; Linda presenting Herb with a deck of cards; Herb for zoom working & thanking everyone for their help last year
 
Congratulations to our latest Paul Harris Award recipient, Phil on his PH+1
 
 
 
Charlotte shared the LobsterFest website which is up and running: dmsblobsterfest.com
 
And we ended the meeting with a wonderful speaker - Captain Jennifer Swain from The Salvation Army San Diego Adult Rehabilitation Center. She gave touching examples of how they work with body, mind, and soul to help those afflicted with addictions, and we learned where the phrase "fell off the wagon" came from.
 
 

 
 

 
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Governor's Dinner

Posted on Jun 29, 2021
Over 400 attended the Governor's Dinner in-person or on zoom
 
 
We were very proud (especially his Granddaughter Andrea)  to have George lead us in The Pledge of Allegiance
 
 
Steve thanked everyone for the wonderful job we did all year and expressed how proud he  was to be District Governor and a member of Rotary. Among his many awards given, one was a beautiful crystal and pins to Susan & Mark for being a Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation
 
 
 
And as Herb turned over the Home Club Banner to the Coronado Rotary, he passed off his Demotion Party wig to Steve
 
 
And Rotary Year 2020-2021 was a wrap!!

 
 
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Herb's Demotion Party

Posted on Jun 27, 2021
Thank you Bill & Suzanne for hosting a wonderful Demotion Party & Patricia for being the fabulous Master of Ceremonies
 
 
Kevin started the activities with a history of the gavel being stolen that started with his Presidency 29 years ago, and then the Random Acts of Kindness began after a scrumptious meal 
 
Bill presented Herb with the golden gavel for a job well done without one for the last few months; Vicky gave Herb a new shirt to replace the blue Rotary one worn at most meetings; Art, as chief physician, presented Herb with a bag of food (pickeled herring, spam, kippers, vienna sausage, etc.) to supplant all the breakfasts Herb missed running the meetings; Herb admired the watch given him by Phil (which Malcolm engraved) as a reminder of meetings starting late even though Herb was at the Hilton by 6:30; after Molly presented a wig for Herb in memory of all the comments about hair this year; Patricia gave Herb a picture showing his gavel travelling the world; Charlotte was overjoyed to unload all the auction paraphenalia to Herb as new auction chair
 
And at long last, Herb recovered his gavel with the help of Tootsie II, given him by Jan and passed it on to Vicky as incoming President before the end of the night
 
 
 
 
Herb gave out lots of trophies & awards but none more worthy than to his wife, Beverly, who has done an outstanding job at Program Chair - and love was in the air for the whole Liberman family
 
 
 
We toasted  Steve as he received this District Governor  pin from Herb, so beautifully designed & crafted by Malcolm & Charles Koll Jewellers (yes we want to see the pin AND YOU, Steve)
 
And we ended the lovely evening celebrating two other milestones - Jon's 77th Birthday and Kevin & Sibylle's engagement which was recently made official
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jun 25, 2021
  • Herb's last meeting as President and Celebration of Service - as he would say: SHOW TIME! He gave out "Stanley Cup" trophies or award pins to his handlers (Jan, Susan, Patricia, Sarah), and to committee chairs for a job well done in a difficult year 
  • Malcolm informed us he will be the Fine-Master Delegator, with a different member playing the role of Fine-Master each week starting alphabetically with Ken. Goal is to fine a minimum of $25/week or make up the difference 
  • Vicky confirmed that hybrid meetings will continue but as Molly said "we miss your face" (and the rest of you)! Let Herb know if you can help with setting up meetings Friday mornings
  • BocceFest: All agreed with Bill that our "non-event" that raised over $40,000 was our biggest accomplishment of the year and gave a big shout-out to Charles for coordinating
  • The Rotary Foundation: Paul shared that we  hit $10,521 in annual giving and $17,400 overall, with an average of $7,700 over the last 4 years, and per capita of $363 (the District average is $170). Great job for hitting the  100% EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) goal  again this year!
  • Membership: Vicky & Susan did a great job of bringing in 6 new members this year (Andy, Diana, Linda, Nicole, Trish, and Weilynn)
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jun 18, 2021
  • Herb started us off celebrating Juneteenth - the new federal holiday recognizing the end of slavery in 1865
  • He warned everyone to wear a Rotary pin next week or expect a fine
  • Happy Anniversary to Lew & Sue celebrating their 50th; Phil & Cynthia their 32nd; Nicole & Peter, and Venky & Meera  and Happy Birthday wishes to Jon, Charlotte, Suzanne, and Suchandra,  who Malcolm highlighted along with Herb in the attached video:
 
  • DG Steve presented George and Vicky their Paul Harris +4 pins, Malcolm his PH+6, and Susan a Major Donor Crystal Award & pin, which will be officially presented to her and Mark at the Governor's Dinner on June 28. Well done all!!
 
  • Trish gave a great Who Am I and we learned that she is very competitive (having grown up with 7 siblings), trees are part of her DNA, she loves nature, national parks, her job, and family & relationships are key in her life
 
And we heard that Di has some competition for
 
  • Solana Beach Mayor, Lesa Heebner was our speaker today and she updated us on traffic flow plans, housing issues, and the challenges of meeting affordable housing requirements in an affluent coastal community

 
 
 
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Hope without Boundaries

Posted by Jan Parsons on Jun 17, 2021
Del Mar Times/Carmel Valley News/Solana Beach Sun
 

 
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Just in Time

Posted on Jun 16, 2021
Thank you Just in Time for a wonderful evening of food and drink at the Sky Deck grand opening. We had a blast!!
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jun 11, 2021
  • Hot off the press - not Maine nor East Coast, but a Baja Style LobsterFest celebration on September 18, 5-8pm on the back patio of the Del Mar Hilton with music, dancing, special VIP tequila tasting, and yummy lobster with all the trimmings
  • Congratulations to Nicole's daughter who is turning 12 and was named student of the year
  • Di was happy for Cubs win on Rotary at the Padres night and for Rotarians accepting their cheering without judgement; next Rotary/Padres Night on July 12 - let Herb know if you can join him and Beverly
  • Molly's Small Act was encouraging neighbors to celebrate their kind mailman's birthday with cards, which they all did
  • Demotion Party on June 26 will cost $39/pp. Deadline to rsvp to Patricia & order vegetarian meal is 6/18 
  • Charles, as part of the Community Service Committee, presented a $1500 check to Paul & Leslie Sagar of Hope without Boundaries to buy school supplies and food for kids attending the Carretes Learning Center in Tijuana, Mexico
 
Leslie shared how grateful they, and all the needy families they support across the border, are for our continued assistance since the founding of HwB in 2008
 
 
  • And our speaker today, fellow Rotarian Matt Kurth, who has been in the clinical research & pharmaceutical world for more than 20 years, gave a very informative talk on how Covid-19 vaccines were developed so fast and yet are highly effective and safe. He ended with encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and to trust science. 

 
 
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Rotary Night at the Padres

Posted on Jun 09, 2021
A fun time was had at the Padres game last night with fellow Rotarians, but would have been better if the home team had won - although Chicago natives Di and Al were very happy!!
 
Al, Di, Patricia, Steve, Jan, Susan, Chuck, Mark

 
 
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Piedras Pintadas Trail Hike

Posted on Jun 05, 2021
Trish leading the group on  a 4.6-mile hike at Lake Hodges (often steep & rocky). The Piedras Pintadas Trail is part of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, of which she is the Executive Director. 
 
Mark, Art, Trish, Susan, Charlotte, Alicia, Charles, Patricia
 
Jackets come off as the day warms up
 
And celebrating after with refreshing brews and delicious food at Karl Strauss in 4S Ranch

 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jun 04, 2021
  • Welcome to our newest member, Linda Saville, a former Rotarian & Club President in Laguna Beach.
DG Steve, Membership Co-Chair Susan, Linda, and Mentor Ken.
 
  • We were entertained by a video about Steve, based on the song On & On, Down in "La Jolla" (click on link below)
 
  • We learned more about red-badger Nicole from her Who Am I and her lifelong dedication to helping youth & people with disabilities
  • And then we were treated to an Empower Party hosted by Dianne Cox and Don Wells from Just In Time for Foster Youth, where we received a great swag bag and watched a touching presentation where JIT staff & participants made a music video of  Keep Holding On.  And we heard moving testimonials from former foster youth on how much JIT has made a difference in their lives as they transitioned to life on their own and the love they receive from them, their volunteers, and contributors. 
Diane and Don gratiously invited all Rotarians to join Just In Time for a complimentary evening of food and drink at the Grand Opening of the Sky Deck in the Del Mar Highlands Shopping Plaza on Tuesday, June 15. Let Paul know if you will be able to attend. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Memorial Day 2021

Posted on May 31, 2021
Beverly & Herb watch as George & others are honored this Memorial Day on the Midway in recognition of WWII & Korean War Veterans. 

 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on May 21, 2021
  • Members were happy to be travelling again - Charles to Hawaii, Susheela to the Bay Area to see family; Bill for Suzanne's successful cataract surgery; Susan for the 100,000th car pass through the covid vaccination site; Ken for his 17th Anniversary & for our zoom meetings as he was in Telluride
  • Welcome to Bill Paxton, a guest of Di as she quickly fulfills her blue badge requirements
  • Anniversary Congratulations to Ken & Bebe and Susan & Mark which Malcolm helped memorialize (click link below), and Happy 63rd Birthday to him for his May 22 birthday (which he didn't share in a video)
  • It's official - Vicky was voted in as our new President for 2021-2022, as were her Board & Committee Heads:
    • President Elect: Susan Hennenfent
    • VP: Bill Sutton
    • Secretary: Suzanne Sutton
    • Treasurer: Jon Fish
    • International: Herb Liberman
    • Community Service: Ken Barrett
    • Foundation: Paul Butler
    • Membership: Molly Fleming & Susan Hennenfent
    • Fundraising: Andy Laub
    • Youth: Mami Takahara
    • Programs: Beverly Liberman
    • Socials: Patricia Case & Suzanne Sutton
    • Website/PR: Jan Parsons
    • Social Media/PR: Molly Fleming
    • Fine Master: open
  • We will be sending over $7000 to a hospital in India to help people who have covid and no health insurance. Members gratiously donated over $2000 which the club matched along with another $3000. 
 
  • George brought tears to many for his Small Act of hugging a woman who asked for it after seeing him & another Korean War Vet in their military jackets & sharing with them her thanks as she lost her husband in that war 
  • John Dobkens gave a very informative talk on the San Onofre Decommissioning Project and shared that they will again be restarting walking tours of the site this summer

 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on May 15, 2021
Words of Wisdom from our own District Governor, Steve Weitzen on his official Home Club Visit 
 
  • Many Rotary dignitaries attended our meeting in honor of DG Steve's talk. Members were ready to greet visitors and we started with a congratulatory mimosa toast. Steve told how an angel brought him to Rotary, but any member can go from  red-badger to club president to DG, as he did. He encouraged all Rotarians to  continue to be  warm and welcoming. Why we continue as Rotarians is because we want to change the world in service to others. He talked about the insidious evil in our country of human trafficking: organ, slave labor, and sex and the reason he instigated a $50K global grant to fight it. He ended with the reminder that Rotary opens opportunities to repair the world - to heal ourselves. Marty Peters ended the meeting with a "has been" sticker that he attached to Steve's badge.
 
  • President Herb shared Malcolm's video in honor of Steve (see link below)
 
  • Love is in the air as happy dollars were given by Art for the announcement of son Brandon's upcoming wedding at his place in Sayulita, Mexico and Di whose son proposed to his beloved on her & Al's  40th Wedding Anniversary 
  • And congratulations to Mami on her May 15 graduation

 
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Soul Swap Meet

Posted on May 08, 2021
 
Jan & Patricia visited Soul Swap Meet as suggested by former speaker Shawn McClondon, founder of the Sister Cities Project, and got ideas for a fun social activity. Malcolm will be happy to know Viewpoint Brewery was packed (socially distanced, of course) on this beautiful Saturday.
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on May 07, 2021
 
  • Charles let Nicole know that there were extra vaccines available yesterday & many of her Casa de Amistad families were able to get a shot
  • Happy 40th Aniversary to Di and husband Al
  • Prayers go out to former Rotarian Sanjiv whose parents are in the hospital in India with Covid-19
  • We will be dark the Fridays before Memorial Day, 5/28 and 7/2 for 4th of July Holiday
  • Malcolm sent out a Happy Mother's Day message:
 
  • And congratulated Di and Nicole (two of our new red-badgers) for posting their pictures to their profiles on clubrunner:
 
  • Suzanne Veta, Training Manager for Tender Loving Canines (part of Guide Dogs of America) gave a wonderful talk showing the four program areas where these service dogs transform the lives of individuals: Veterans (helping with PTSD), Autism, Facility (schools, hospitals, court appearances), and Prison Training.  As one of the inmates said "these dogs teach you to love" - a win, win, win - for the dog, the trainer, and the recipients
 
  • After the meeting Jan met with Nicole and was able to "pin" her
 

 
 
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Cinco de Mayo Social

Posted on May 05, 2021
 
A fun time was had by all at our Cinco de Mayo Social at the Hilton
 
Thank you Patricia & Phil
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on May 02, 2021
1st Club Assembly of the Year 
 
  • Jan gave the invocation below and ended with Be Love
 
  • We started with a  Small Acts of Kindness video about the NY Waldorf-Astoria Hotel & it's first manager George C. Boldt
Some member small acts included: Venky-feeding a parking meter that was expired; over 50-person half days at vaccine site as highlighted by Charles; Paul-Knights of Columbus cemetary clean-up; Bill acknowledging Alicia for books on eating healthy; Di-setting up free horseback riding lessons for Klohie (daughter of Lived Experiences founder Oscar Ortega)  
 
  • And we welcomed our newest member, Caterina Hunter born 4/1/21 to proud mom & Rotarian Radia & husband Sean
 
  • Malcolm shared fun videos for birthdays: Patricia's Friday 4/30, Kevin's 5/1, and Steve's 5/2:
 
 
 
 
 
  • Members want to continue zoom & hybrid meetings as they are efficient and easy to join, especially when away. Huge thanks to Sarah for all her work on setting up the hybrids, and Patricia for her continued zoom assistance
  • Patricia reminded us of Cinco de Mayo social on the Hilton patio on 5/5 from 5-7pm; May 10 visit to Cristo Rey HS at 11:00 with Andy & Di; June 5 hike with Trish, and June 26 demotion party at the Suttons - more info to come
  • Committee Reports highlighting accomplishments to date included:
 
 
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Blood Drive

Posted on Apr 26, 2021
 
More pictures of Rotarians helping garner 31 blood donations at our 2nd Blood Drive: Herb, Lew Wiliamson, Bev, Ken Barrett & daughter Issie, Vicky. Lew, Tootsie, Herb, Bev, Vicky, Paul, Ken. Not pictured: Charles Foster, Molly Fleming, Mark & Susan Hennenfent, and George Sousa. (Sorry if I missed anyone)
 

 
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Rotarians At Work Day

Posted on Apr 25, 2021
DMSB Rotarians help Oceanside Rotary Club at Rotarians at Work (RAW) Day
with food drive and bingo to assist Lived Experiences
 
 
 Diana Shimkus & Charles Foster in back row.
 
Diana, Lived Experiences founder Oscar Ortega & daughter Klohie, and Andy Laub. Beverly, Herb, and Tootsie. Diana & Oscar with donated food. A great time was had by all and much food and funds were collected, including $300 from our Community Service budget. (Thanks to Andy & Charles for the pictures & info).
 
Word has it that Diana was the big winner at bingo (and a known "bingo hustler" in Oceanside). She graciously donated her winnings to Oscar's non-profit and he claimed that she was "Legit" - a good thing!!
 
 


 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Apr 23, 2021
What a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood.....at Rotary!!
 
  • HAPPY 29th ANNIVERSARY TO US!! DMSB Rotary was spun off from the Del Mar Club on April 24, 1992, as testified by 1st President & current member Kevin Cahill
  • Charlotte & Molly joined us on zoom from their cars in line to get their covid vaccines
  • Camila Tirado, our Cristo Rey High School scholarship recipient joined us on zoom, along with Sean Green from Pontem Path
  • Rotarians & friends Andy, Alicia, Charles, Diana, Klaus, Lorelei, Mark, Molly, Sanjiv, & Susan helped yesterday at the DM vaccine superstation where Scripps gave a record 6000 shots (more than at Dodger Stadium as Andy pointed out)
  • DG Steve started with the induction of FOUR new members, 3 on zoom and Trish in person where her mentor Susan pinned her. Welcome Diana "Di" Shimkus, Director of EveryDay Mindfulness; Nicole Mione Green, Exec. Director of Casa de Amistad; Trish Boaz, Exec. Director of San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy; and Weilynn Chiang, Product Development Business Owner. WELCOME ALL!!!
  • Steve then had the honor of presenting Sarah Taylor with her first Paul Harris Fellow Award & pin, and gave Bill & Suzanne their PH+2 pins. Then came another surprise when Herb presented Steve with his PH+5 pin. CONGRATULATIONS!!
 
  • Marissa Kennerson, author of the podcast Age Thoughtfully, spoke about her mission to help individuals age with intention & vibrancy
 
  • Susan & Vicky shared the new Baja LobsterFest mailer  & encouraged members to sign up to help with planning
 
  • Patricia reminded us of the Cinco de Mayo social at the Hilton on 5/5 from 5-7, and to mark calendars for the Demotion Party on June 26
  • And we ended the meeting with a sad note from Herb that his gavel was stolen (it has been seen out partying with our BocceFest visors)
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Blood Drive

Posted on Apr 18, 2021
Thank you to everyone who gave blood & helped at our recent Blood Drive
 
Herb Liberman, Vicky Mallett, Beverly Liberman, Jon Fish; Paul Butler; Suzanne Sutton, Lou Oberman, Bill Sutton, Jon Fish
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Apr 18, 2021
2nd Hybrid Meeting
District Governor Steve presents the Home Club Banner to President Herb and the zoom & socailly-distanced, in-person members

 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Apr 09, 2021
1st Hybrid Zoom & In-Person Meeting
It was so wonderful to be with each other again!!!
Thank you Sarah (aka Vanna White) for orchestrating, Herb for running, Phil for yummy omelette bar, Andy as a great Greeter, and  George for having our badges ready as usual
 
  • Happy Birthday to Charles who gave $77 in its honor and welcome to George's new 8 year old rescue lab, Carly
 
  • Malcolm should be fined for asking if being at the meeting in-person and on zoom counts as a make-up
  • Phil shared with us the DM Hilton's new dinner menu that will be available starting Monday, 4/12
 
  • Our speaker, Bob Nascenzi, told how Cristo Rey San Diego High School's mission is to educate young people of limited economic means to become prepared for life with faith, purpose, & service. They provice a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience and community service. 

 
 
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Happiness

Happy Passover, Happy Holi, Happy Easter, Happy Spring!!!!
 

 
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Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News, Solana Beach Sun Jan Parsons 2021-04-01 07:00:00Z 0 covid-19

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Mar 26, 2021
  • Venky's invocation showed gratitude for our scientists for giving us new hope, freedom, and joy with covid vaccines
  • It was wonderful to see back Diana, Trish, & Nicole for the 3rd time, Dave Allen, Weilyan Chiang, & Cathi Shipright all the way from Truro England (a childhood friend of Nigel & Rotarian whose club meets in the headquarters of Shelter Box)
  • Small Acts of Kindness were shared by Herb who helped Beverly's sister with her smoke alarm battery; Paul who called 911 for a man he found on the sidewalk with a broken leg; Patricia for finding a tutor for a La Costa family; Beverly who sent money to a man in Kenya; George who received a card from Alicia; Nicole who was grateful for the Rotarians who helped with the vaccinations of her staff at Del Mar yesterday. Click here to register for the future:  https://www.rotaryonlineservices.com/events/scripps
  • Congratulations to Herb & Beverly on their 30th Wedding Anniversary; Venky on his 100th (he said) Birthday; Barbara Fish on her 75th Birthday, & to Charlotte's oldest who turned 11. 
  • We are dark next Friday, April 2, for Good Friday and April 9 will be a hybrid in-person/zoom meeting
  • Sarah Robinson, Director of Development for ShelterBox USA gave a wonderful talk on the incredible impact ShelterBox has made on displaced families around the globe. Visit www.ShelterBoxUSA.org to learn more & see how you can help 
 

 
 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2021-03-26 07:00:00Z 0 Shelter Box

Covid Vaccination Site

Posted by Jan Parsons on Mar 25, 2021
Kudos to the Rotarians who helped at the Del Mar Covid Vaccination site today
 
Suzanne Sutton, Susan Hennenfent, Jan Parsons, Alicia & Charles Foster, Charlotte Jones
 
And congratulations to Susan & Mark Hennenfent who received their  2nd shot
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Mar 20, 2021
  • We were moved by the song Proud to Be an American that began our meeting today
  • Many members were happy & shared Small Acts centered around being with friends & family again and  helping neighbors
  • Pres. Herb, Beverly, Jan, Susan, Charles, Andy, & Charlotte have all signed up to help at the Del Mar Vaccine site - more are needed
  • Six visitors are interested in joining our club - Herb's goal is to have the most new members in his year as President. The draw - good speakers & ASK!
  • Paul requested Annual Foundation Contributions be in by May 31 and Lew needs workers for the April 17 Blood Drive
  • Thank you Art for picking up the tab at Viewpoint last Friday. Other members' dollars totalling $235 will go to the Community Service budget 
  • Del Mar Rotarian, Author, & Scholarship Originator Scott MacDonald gave an informative talk about the problems and issues with student debt.
 

 
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Casa de Amistad School Supplies Jan Parsons 2021-03-18 07:00:00Z 0 Casa De Amistad

Casa de Amistad school supplies

Posted on Mar 13, 2021
Casa de Amistad School Supplies Distribution
 
We were happy to watch cars arrive with students to receive bags of school supplies provided by Community Service funds & member donations
Lew, Charles, Herb, Nicole (Exec. Director of Casa de Amistad), Beverly, Jan, Patricia
 
And then we enjoyed a brew & bite at Viewpoint where Paul presented Lew with his Paul Harris pin & certificate; we  were awed by  the snow-capped mountains, and were glad George & Art could join us - all maskless as we've  had our two covid vaccines!
 


 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Mar 12, 2021
  • It was wonderful to see returning guests Diane Shimkus, Nicole Mione-Green, & Trish Boaz from our successful Visitors Day
  • Bill will be taking Sees candy to his followup checkup for the wonderful care he received during/after his surgery
  • Happy 5th Anniversary to Sean & Radia (who is on temporary leave from Rotary expecting their 2nd child) 
  • Paul shared a short video from The Rotary Foundation:
 
  • Please let Herb know if you have any suggestions for  Global Grants next year
  • In 1992, our speaker Vitaliy Bezrodnov came to the U.S. on a cultural exchange program from Kazakhstan and formed the Moscow Nights music group that toured the country. In 1995 he attended a Rotary Club meeting that changed his life and he became the youngest member of the Lakewood Rotary in Ohio. He was inspired to form the Rotary Children's Fund, an international cultural exchange program to allow young artists & musicians to come here to share their culture and talent and to learn about our country. We enjoyed his enthusiam & would love to see a group visit us some day.

 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2021-03-12 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Childrens Fund

Rotary Highlighted

Posted on Mar 11, 2021
Thank you Molly for highlighting Rotary in Solana Beach Living
 
 

 
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Helping Children in El Salvador

Posted on Mar 09, 2021
We are happy to be working with OEF in El Salvador to support 5 children ages birth to 3 years in an initial education program. See below to learn more about the children and their families.
 
 
 
 
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Blood Drive Jan Parsons 2021-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Mar 05, 2021
  • What a wonderful Visitors Day we had - thank you Susan & Vicky for organizing and Patricia for facilitating. We had 18 guests join us to learn about Rotary and hear our great speaker, Trish Boaz, CEO of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. We look forward to seeing them again!
  • Herb shared some Rotary facts: founded in 1905 in Chicago; 35,000 clubs in the world with 1.2 milliion Rotarians; broken into 500 Districts, 60 clubs in our District of San Diego/Imperial County; focus has been eradication of polio in the world; we are bound by the 4-Way Test - Is it the TRUTH - Is it FAIR to all concerned - Will it build GOODWILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS - Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned
  • Vicky then shared some club info: We were founded on April 17, 1992; we are small & mighty with a heart for service and feel like a family; we are known for our International Projects & Bocce Tournament; we actively support Just in Time for Foster Youth, Reality Changers, Veteran's Village, Solutions for Change, Hope Without Boundaries, along with many projects in El Salvador and India
  • Our next Blood Drive will be Saturday, April 17, from 9:00-2:30 at the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza
  • Distribution for the school supplies we provided for Casa de Amistad supported students will be a drive-by on Friday, March 12 from 3:00-5:00 at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church 
  • Trish Boaz  has over 25 years of experience in conservation and environmental protection and coordinated the County's acquisition of over 7,100 acres of open space lands. She updated  us about the San Dieguito Watershed, Lagoon Pond & River Path Del Mar, Coastal Crest Trail, San Dieguito Lagoon, & Multi-Sensory River Path Trail Del Mar. And it was nice to learn that her father was a Rotarian and Rotary played a huge part in her life.

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Feb 27, 2021
  • Herb's mantra for the week: BUY COOKIES & BRING GUESTS (for the 3/5 Visitors Day Meeting)
  • Kendall & Megan joined us from the Rancho Bernardo Girl Scouts to offer cookies for sale. Click on https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/troop2054-623 to help them, your sweet tooth, and the military 
  • Many Happy Dollars went to wish Bill well after a succesful  triple-bypass surgery
  • Paul has a new daughter-in-law as son Paul Jr. just got married
  • Molly is taking the kids on their first outing - to the zoo
  • Congratulations to Lew Williamson for receiving his first Paul Harris Fellow Award
 
  • Acts Of Kindness included Beverly for getting a computer for a student in Kenya; Charles who bought donuts for the RN who gave Alicia & him his second shot; Herb for helping a women whose grocery bags broke; & Vicky for checking up on a man recently discharged from the hospital
  • Steve reminded us that Tuesday was Rotary's 116th Birthday
  • We will be giving $1260 toward a project in El Salvador to help children up to 3yrs old to provide nutrition, education, and family support
  • Our speaker today was Shawn McClondon who founded the Sister Cities Project to partner affluent white communities with underserved minority communities to build new relationships and deepen cultural understanding and support. Currently, two partnerships have been formed: Solana Beach & Southeast San Diego, and Encinitas & City Heights. Rotarians showed a strong  interest in participating. 
 
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Feb 18, 2021
  • Patricia played a video on Random Acts of Kindness, showing that one small act a day can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression for the giver and recipient. Click here: https://youtu.be/O9UByLyOjBM
 
  • You can now register to give blood for our April 17 Blood Drive at: sandiegobloodbank.org/donate
  • Join the Fireside Chat on Thursday, 2/25 at 7:00pm on zoom to acquaint new members with Rotary Basics
  • Herb mentioned a possible Global Grant next year with a Kenyan Rotary club to help with a new facility for Praise Gate Orphanage
  • Our speaker tonight, Gail Young, explained and showed how it is very important to stay hydrated and drink water that is highly  alkaline as oppossed to acidic. She uses a Kangen Water System

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Feb 12, 2021
  • Herb's invocation focused on returning to normal as more & more Rotarians and the public get vaccinated
  • Molly helped in that effort for an elderly couple; we heard of Rotarians helping Rotarians (Mark for the Suttons & Charles for George), and Paul stopped his bike ride when he saw a Small Act waiting for his help
  • We are very happy that Ildiko is doing better after a rough 3 wks with Covid, and wish her continued improvement.  And a huge thanks to Art who has been a major contributor to her care
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for our new exciting fundraiser
 
 
  • Four Paul Harris Fellow awards were given by the club in recognition of time, talent, and/or treasures: Honorary Member & Youth Chair, Mami Takahara; 1st time award to new member Sarah Taylor; PH+3 for Vicky Mallett; and Bocce Premier Sponosr Steve Todoruk
  • Paul Greenwood was our fabulous speaker today. Intrigued by America after watching Easy Rider, he moved from England to San Diego after meeting & marrying a native, and spent 25 years as a Deputy District Attorney - 22 of those in charge of a new area: Elder Abuse. He retired 3 yrs ago but continues to do webinars on scams - #1 being romance scams for seniors. Other scams to watch out for include the 45-55 yr. old son living at home with widowed mother, unemployed, lazy, & addicted to drugs or alcohol; care givers; contractors (home repair workers, carpet cleaners, termite fumigators), and phone scams. He emphasized the importance (especially during this pandemic) of staying in daily contact with loved ones & the elderly
 

 
 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Feb 05, 2021
 
  • Small Acts: Herb related the story of the 88 yr old veteran who was given his high school diploma after 70 years due to the interruption of the Korean War. Susan shared giving a bouquet of flowers to her mother's neighbor, a nurse practioner, who is helping everyone during the pandemic
 
  • Nicole Mione-Green, program director with Casa de Amistad updated us on how they are matching volunteers and students online to provide mentoring and tutoring services during the stay-at-home order. We will be helping them with $3700 for school supplies for 160 kids. Let Charles know if you'd like to donate to this project.
 
 
  • Paul presented Suzanne & Bill their Paul Harris +2 pins, for their continued contributions to the Rotary Foundation
 
 
  • Vicky announced we will host a visitors day at the March 5 meeting, when Trish Boaz, CEO of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservatory, will be our guest speaker. Invite friends, community leaders, and business associates to join us for an inspiring talk. Send Patricia guest info on March 3 or 4, so she can send them our zoom link 
  • Our speaker today was Nick Gulion, a Rotary Scholarship recipient who went on to Yale Law School and was a White House Intern before founding Recover, a Del Mar based organization working to make addiction treatment effective, accessible, and affordable to everone who needs it. 

 
 
 
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Anti-Human Trafficking Jan Parsons 2021-02-04 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jan 29, 2021
 
 
Susan Cabon joined on zoom from England to update us on Joshua Orphan and Community Care Malawi - an organization formed in 2002 to help children orphaned by  HIV/AIDS near Blantyre, Malawi. They have since grown to provide community based childcare centers (CBCCs) in over 30 villages, providing meals, health care, and education for thousands of children.  Click on the link below to watch two videos of their work.
 
 
We have supported Joshua Orphan Care School in recognition of our speakers since 2009, when Kirk Collins visited Malawi with Rotary to deliver all-terrain wheelchairs to the disabled, and discovered the great need to help with school supplies and desks. It was nice having Kirk & Glenda join us today from Berkeley. 
 
 
Venky also updated us on a Global Grant we did in India to help train and establish businesses for  handicapped men & women.
 
 
Stay tuned for our next blood drive on April 17, and projects to help Hope Without Boundaries and Casa de Amistad
 

 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2021-01-29 08:00:00Z 0 Joshua Orphan Care

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jan 16, 2021
It was nice to see Luis Carranza, Asst/Area Governor from Rancho Santa Fe
 
Lots of Happy Dollars were shared by members:
  • Paul for his & Mary's 42nd Wedding Anniversary on the 27th (the same date as Bill & Suzanne)
  • Susan for her 8th grandneice/nephew in 3 years, & able to schedule a vaccine shot for her mom
  • Charlotte sad/happy that her "baby" Lief is turning 9
  • US Citizenship for Charles' & Venky's cleaning ladies, & new baby boy for Nicole, former Rotary exchange student of Charles 
  • Bill to see his friend & best man of 51yrs, and Luis glad to see Bill who was club president the same year as he
  • Steve for all his club connections over the week
  • George for Patricia's help on the computer & especially for the huge plate of cookies she brought
Paul comfirmed that 12/30 members have made their annual Foundation donation, and shared a Foundation video:
 
 
 
Lew will head up another blood drive in April
 
Vicky, Susan, & Herb attended the District Membership Seminar & shared some ideas:
  • Reach out to alumni in good standing and set up a structure to accommodate them
  • Engage new members to learn more about Rotary
  • Get high-powered speakers from around the world to draw potential members
Nicholas Domingo, a Rotarian & Co-Executive Director of Call To Inspire and Captain Encouragement, spoke to us on how he went from a bullied youngster, to an angry athelete, and after a brain aneurysm, to a superhero helping to inspire children in K - 3rd Grades. He also inspired us!
 
"Our goal is to perpetuate positive change in the world, starting by and giving our children the tools to break the cycle of violence that is inherent in our society and the media. We need to use the world’s unprecedented inter-connectivity to wake up the new generations, and finally trade our apathy and isolation for the love and kindness of a more positive humankind. "
 
Due to the pandemic, they pivoted from school assemblies to the online space developing video content, youtube tv series, and games. For more information go to https://calltoinspire.com/
 
 
 

 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2021-01-16 08:00:00Z 0 Call To Inspire/Captain Encouragement

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Jan 11, 2021
  • Let Herb know if you would like to join the Fundraising Meeting at 3:00 on 1/11 to discuss plans for next year
  • Steve thanked Venky for all the hard work on getting the Anti-Human Trafficing Grant approved & ready for funding
  • We were very sorry to learn from Meera that her father passed away, a month shy of his 100th birthday
  • Patricia asked for social ideas & suggested an online cooking class, and another theatre night in March
  • Kevin reported Model UN is in full swing with 56 teams and will take place on March 27 & 28 via zoom
  • Susan reminded members that we need $100/per capita to the Foundation Annual Fund to support our future District & Global Grants
  • Speaker Robert De Maio let us know how CaptionCall is helping the hearing impaired by supplying & training users, at no cost, how to use a special amplified phone that transcribes the call. Vicky shared how this was a huge help in communicating with her father who had dementia & lived out of state
 

 
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2021

Posted on Jan 01, 2021
 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Dec 20, 2020
 
 
  • Our last meeting of the year was festive and fun. Patricia and Charlotte won best outfit with Charles close behind. It was nice to have former member Sanjiv join us
  • Malcolm was happy to miss the meeting since it meant he was with clients, but sent two videos highlighting December Birthdays & Anniversaries
 
Vicky, Radia, Jan, & Lou celebrating Birthdays; Suchandra (and Ray) an Anniversary
 
 
Bill & Suzanne for their 51st Wedding Anniversary
 
  • Rotarians are performing many Acts of Kindness including Bill & Suzanne putting wreaths on Veterans' graves in Greenwood Cemetary; Andy working with our  former speaker from The League of Amazing Programmers to teach  the children in Nepal; and Susheela cooking & delivering food  for neighbors who have  Covid-19 
 
  • David Ellenstein, Artistic Director of North Coast Reportoary Theatre, talked about his family's  life in theatre, how he's enjoyed his 18 yrs. at NCR (which is in its 39th Season), how he'd like to move to a larger space (which is currently only in the talking phase), and about the two current shows that were filmed for viewing - A Christmas Carol (traditional but with a twist) and The Iliad (an anti-war piece). NCR is one of the busiest theatres during this pandemic & is receiving wide recognition and praise throughout the country
 
  • And Patricia put together a fabulous, fun Game Night on Saturday that kept Bill, Suzanne, Beverly, Herb, Mark, Susan, Jan, & her  happy and entertained. Games included Taboo, Scattergories, Who Am I, Holiday Trivia, and the favorite, a Scavenger Hunt. Thank you Patricia!
 
 
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
 

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Rotary & Club News

 
  • Paul's invocation focused on this Season of Light
 
 
  • And George led in a minute of silence to remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941
  • Many  Happy Dollars were given for Sagittarius Birthdays, including Ken's 13 year old daughter, Charles' sister, and Susheela's daughter
  • We were sorry to learn George's 15 yr old dog had to be put down
  • Paul & Herb's Small Act of Kindness was support for Reality Changers speech contest participants
  • Molly encountered an Act of Kindness when she ran out of gas
  • We will be giving a $2000 scholarship for a high school student through Potem Path
  • Please join the committee in January who will be looking into Bocce 2021 or other fundraiser(s)
  • Kudos to Susan who suggested including Rotary International for Giving Tuesday, which raised over $24,000
  • And a round of applause for the generosity of our members who donated $1500 to buy holiday gift cards for our servers & helpers at The Del Mar Hilton who we have missed seeing these many months
  • We will be matching recognition points for all donations to the Rotary Foundation this year as part of EREY
  • Remember to support The DM Hilton & Viewpoint Brewery with takeout during this latest lockdown
  • And don't forget the evening social/meeting next Thursday evening and our Holiday/Game Night on Saturday, 12/19. Wear your ugly Holiday sweaters and/or hats
(though that may be passe)
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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CRC Holiday Baskets Jan Parsons 2020-12-10 08:00:00Z 0 CRC

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Dec 04, 2020
Herb thanked Susan for being the "Best Handler" and keeping him on his toes
 
 
Jan finished a 1000 piece puzzle she bought because it had an Amala-like cat in antlers. This prompted the idea of a Rotary Puzzle Exchange
 
Bill learned at Stand Down that a "Small Act" of helping even one is a success
 
We were all saddened to learn of the passing of Charlotte's dad and Venky's sister. Our thoughts and prayers are with them
 
But we were thrilled to learn that Radia will be adding a baby girl to her family

We were honored to have District Attorney Summer Stephan talk with us this morning about sex trafficing in San Diego and what is being done to prevent it. She emphasized how excited she is that this is a priority for Rotary, as Rotarians are doers. For more information, click on this link: https://www.sandiegotpc.org
 
 
 
 

 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-12-04 08:00:00Z 0

CRC Holiday Baskets

Posted on Dec 03, 2020
7 Rotary Elves Fill 100 Boxes as Part of a Revised CRC Holiday Baskets
 
Thank You for Helping!
 
Molly, Beverly, Susan, Herb / Jon, Suzanne, Bill
 

 
CRC
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Stand Down 2020 Jan Parsons 2020-11-27 08:00:00Z 0 StandDown

Thanksgiving 2020

Posted on Nov 25, 2020
Wishing Everyone a Happy, Healthy, Safe Thanksgiving
 

 
 
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George Sousa Turns 90

Posted on Nov 24, 2020
Surprising our Beloved George on his 90th Birthday
 
 
Secretly lining up outside George's house; Son Rick & Great-Grandson Lance lure George out with a ruse; Charles presents George with a sign saying Happy 90th George!! DMSB Rotary Loves You! Bill has champagne (or course); and we all toast this patriot and hero. Click on  the attached video to see great pictures of  George that his family put together:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywr4zp-d9pE&feature=youtu.be
 
 
Ken, Mary, Kevin, Paul, George, Patricia, Jan, Charles & Alicia, Jon, Suzanne & Bill

 
 
George Sousa Turns 90 Jan Parsons 2020-11-24 08:00:00Z 0 George Sousa

Stand Down 2020

Posted on Nov 23, 2020
Thank you Rotarians & Friends for helping our homeless Vets at this years scaled-down Stand Down, and thank you Lou for organizing
 
Bill, Beverly, Suzanne, Herb / Lou, Bill, Sibylle, Kevin
 
 
 

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The Rotary Foundation Jan Parsons 2020-11-21 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Nov 17, 2020
We had so much fun at the Tuesday evening meeting/social with our "hat night", as evidenced by the picture below (thank you Susan). Paul also switched into a cowboy hat & sombrero
 
 
Our speaker, David Bennett, General Director of San Diego Opera wasn't quite sure what was going on, but enjoyed our antics before updating us on what is happening with the Opera since his arrival in 2015, when the community insisted opera remain in San Diego after a near-death experience.  The mission of the SD Opera is:
  • to deliver exceptional vocal performances in an exciting way
  • to create  accessible programs for diverse audiences
  • focus on community engagement and the transformative power of live performances
During this pandemic the Opera has postponed performances, but not cancelled them, and  have continued their online music education and patron engagements. They staged the first drive-in opera in the country, La Boheme, which drew 3000 people and was a huge success as attested to by Suzanne & Bill and Jan.
 
 
 
And thank you, Patricia, for arranging an interesting social Friday night with Portaleza from the La Jolla Playhouse  - an unusual, trippy experience. The happy hour after with you, Bill & Suzanne,  Charles & Alicia, and Susan & Mark was a wonderful way to end the week! Even Amala wanted to get in on the fun!
                                                                                     
 

 
 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Nov 13, 2020
 
  • Susheela wished everyone Happy Diwali tomorrow in this Festival of Light symbolizing the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. 
  • Congratulations to DG Steve on the birth of his first granddaughter, Noa
  • Let Lou know if you can help with Stand Down on 11/22
  • We will try to have a hybrid in-person/zoom meeting on 12/4. Details are being worked out
  • Another $250 has been donated for Bocce bringing the total to $43K, with a net of $38K. Thanks to members who contributed over half of these funds
  • Vicky suggested we have some fun at our 11/17 evening/social meeting by wearing funny hats &  come dressed around the Fall/Thanksgiving theme
 
  • Sean Green talked how Pontem Path is a bridge program for first generation college-bound & low income parochial school students to prepare them, and assist with scholarships if necessary, to be successful at USD or other Catholic Universities

 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-11-13 08:00:00Z 0 Podem Path

Rotary Foundation Seminar

Posted on Nov 07, 2020
139 Rotarians attended the 2020 Rotary Foundation Seminar on zoom
Charlotte put together a great presentation of our El Salvador Grant that was highlighted
 
 
 
And we were presented with two Foundation Banners (for 100% giving with $100 average & 100% giving with $100 per capita) and an End Polio Now Certificate for contributing at least $1500 
 

 
Rotary Foundation Seminar Jan Parsons 2020-11-07 08:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation

Rotary & Club News

 Lew shared Blood Drive Facts:
  •  38 people filled 40 available spots
  •  31 units of blood were give
  •  6 members & 1 spouse gave blood
  •  13 Rotarians & 1 spouse participated
  •  20 donors were contacted by the blood bank,10 were Rotary contacts, 2 saw our flyers
  •  The next drive will be April 2021
Malcolm continued his fun videos sharing  Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want to Have Fun, in honor of all the female Rotary members in our club. Jan led  the singing with Susan, Patricia, Radia, & Molly  
 
Followed by the guys in drag - Bill leading  Art, Kevin, Ken, and Lou in singing
 
 
Stand Down will be November 22 from 9-4 with 4 shifts of 2 Rotarians; drive-by cancelled
 
CRC Holiday Baskets will be December 3, 9-11 to fill boxes with non-food items
 
Nasr updated the club on International projects
 
Our speaker today was the brilliant Vic Wintriss who taked about 5G and how this 5th Generation Broadband will be used to provide customized connectivity for a wide-variety of uses in billions of connected devices. We saw how a huge computer has evolved into slim towers that do not pose a health risk. 
 
 
And we learned that Vic is most proud of starting The League of Amazing Programmers, a non-profit that teaches Java programming to 400 low income & needy kids in grades 5-12 who go on to become professional programmers  in high demand by major corporations, and earning 6 figure incomes
 
 

 
5G
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Halloween Blood Drive

Posted on Nov 02, 2020
Thank you to everyone who used their Superpowers to Give Blood & Save Lives.
And thank you to Lew & Rotarians who helped make the blood drive a huge success.
 
Suzanne & Jon; Lew & Lou; Jan, Suzanne, & Herb
 
Molly, Lew, Ken, & Charles; Susan & Mark; Suzanne, Lew, & Jan; Bill &  Molly

 

 
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Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 30, 2020
  • One of the highlights of the meeting was inducting Andy Laub into Rotary, the newest of 1.2 million Rotarians throughout the world. Welcome, Andy! He will soon receive his welcome package & pin and will meet with Phil, his club mentor.
 
  • Susan will be ordering new club polo shirts.  Let her know if you need one - they are free for new members and $20+ for current members or family.
  • Malcolm continued his fun videos, the first for Beverly's Birthday on November 3. (Video links have been added to all past photos so you can click on them & laugh again)
 
 
  • We then saw two Halloween themed videos: the Addams Family staring Kevin, Lou, Charlotte, Jan, & Art
 
  • And Herb leading Vicky, Nasr, Bill, and Beverly in the Monster Mash:
 
  • Herb, Vicky, & Phil will meet at the Hilton on Friday, 11/6 at 11am to look at ways to hold in-person meetings. Everyone  is invited to join them.
  • November is Foundation Month and the Annual Foundation Seminar will be on zoom on Saturday, 11/7, 9-11am. Charlotte will be highlighting our Global Grant to El Salvadorian families. Everyone is encouraged to attend what is always a touching program
  • The BocceFest2020 Celebration of Giving Video is done & the link is here on our homepage, in the top right corner 
  • Bill wants visitors to our zoom meetings to know that we stand for the Pledge, so be sure to wear pants
Our speaker today was our very own DG, Steve Weitzen, doing an informal update - the man of many hats:
  • Steve joined Rotary & our club in 2006 and laid low for 7 years until 2013 when he became our President. He had so much fun being       President & doing his weekly recaps that he decided to get even more involved & became the Assistant Governor to 6 coastal clubs for 3 years. Next was Chief Assistant Governor of 16 clubs, and then on to becoming District Governor in his second try.
 
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Thank You BocceFest2020 Sponsors Jan Parsons 2020-10-29 07:00:00Z 0 BocceFest

End Polio Now

Posted on Oct 28, 2020
 
Three More Rotarians Walk to End Polio Now - Charlotte Jones and Beverly & Herb Liberman
 


End Polio Now Jan Parsons 2020-10-28 07:00:00Z 0 Polio
Blood Drive Jan Parsons 2020-10-27 07:00:00Z 0 DMSB Blood Drive
Blood Drive Jan Parsons 2020-10-27 07:00:00Z 0 DMSB Blood Drive

World Polio Day 2020

Posted on Oct 25, 2020
Rotarians Walk to End Polio Now on World Polio Day 2020
 
Foundation Chair & walk leader Paul Butler (after recent knee surgery) with family members: wife Mary, grand daughters Zulima (5) & Sonora (2), daughter & fellow Rotarian Katie Butler Litsey, along with Charles Foster.
 
 
Bill & Suzanne Sutton, Jan Parsons, Paul Butler, Patricia Case, Susan & Mark Hennenfent, Kevin Cahill &  Sibylle Steiner. 

 
 
World Polio Day 2020 Jan Parsons 2020-10-25 07:00:00Z 0 Polio

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 22, 2020
  • President Herb's participation in the Alzheimer's Walk that he, Beverly, their daughter, son-in-law, Andy, Lew, & Paul did, raised over $450,000. Well done.  He also shared that he thinks we need an astrologer to help guide the club. So far, his Small Acts of Kindness campaign has resulted in Rotarians sharing over 30 stories.
 
  • We learned from Malcolm that Patricia is soooo over 2020:
  • And that Andy, Venky, Radia, Charles, and Phil share in that feeling, as evidenced by singing and dancing to I Will Survive, while wishing everyone:
 
 
  • Herb & Beverly showed off their End Polio Now shirts, and Charlotte modeled her End Polio Now mask - all getting ready for the walk on 10/24, World Polio Day
  • Our speaker today was Kim McNeil with Oltre Fit (www.oltrefit.com) who explained how they look at a layered approach to fitness, using  progressive strength, flexibility, mindfulness, & nutrition strategies to "Build Bodies that Last".

 
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End Polio Now Jan Parsons 2020-10-22 07:00:00Z 0 Polio

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 16, 2020
  • Patricia is selling BocceFest Celebration of Giving hats & visors for $20 that Bill was kind enough to purchase for the club
 
  • Malcolm continues to amuse us with his videos: Lew highlighted with the song Bleeding Love in honor of his chairing the October 31 Blood Drive
 
  • Wishing Susan an early Happy Birthday for her October 24 celebration. Looking Good!!
 
  • Paul encouraged everyone to sign up for the End Polio Now Walk being promoted by the Pacific Beach Rotaract Club on Saturday, October 24 and anytime during the following week. Register at www.pacificbeachrotaract.org, order shirts, shoes, or masks, and join us at 8:45am on the 24th at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. Currently signed up: President Herb, First Lady Beverly, Sir Charles, Venky Octogenarian, Charlotte & Kids, Patricia the Party Girl, Jan Webmaster, and Paul with Bionic Knee.
 
  • Barbara Khozam was our speaker talking about Zapping Negativity & Igniting Yourself and Your Life.
 
  • Joke of the Day from Charlotte: What does a blueberry and chicken have in common? Both are blue, except the chicken.

 
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Blood Drive Jan Parsons 2020-10-15 07:00:00Z 0 DMSB Blood Drive
Our District Governor Speaks Jan Parsons 2020-10-11 07:00:00Z 0 BocceFest,Steve Weitzen

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 09, 2020
  • Suzanne began the meeting with the following words of wisdom:
 



 
  • On a lighter note, we learned from Malcolm that Paul originally hurt his knee weightlifting at the XXIX Mount Olympus Games :
 
  • With his daughter's help, Ken rode 104 waves for the 100-Wave Boys to Men Surfing Challenge 
  • DG Steve has inducted 15 new Rotarians this year & shared the District has approved 86 grants
  • World Polio Day is October 24 in honor of Jonas Salk's Birthday. Watch for more info about a Polio Day Walk
  • La Portaleza virtual Theatre Night is Friday, 11/13 at 6:00; 7:00 zoom Happy Hour & Discussion
  • Blood Drive is Saturday, 10/31, 11:30-5:00. Lew will be sending out a sign-up
     
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-10-09 07:00:00Z 0 DMSB Blood Drive,theatre night

Coastal Roots Farm

Posted on Oct 09, 2020
Today we learned about this 17 acre farm in Encinitas that practices regenerative agriculture, teaches the importance of land stewardship, and shares their bounty with those in need. They use farming and food as a way to teach about Jewish tradition and to make the world a more just and sustainable place.  

 
Coastal Roots Farm 2020-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Oct 02, 2020
 
Malcolm shared a video of Herb encouraging everyone to vote!!
 
 
He also showed how Ken didn't hurt his head practicing for an upcoming Boys to Men 100-Wave Challenge, but was shooting a movie with DG Steve & Molly.
 
 
On a more serious note, Venky shared the President's Citation certificate we received as one of 26 clubs (out of 60+) in recognition of our accomplishments last year.
 

 
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Center for Employment Opportunities

Posted on Oct 02, 2020
 
 
We learned from Robert Smith, Director for CEO, how they help people previously incarcerated avoid recidivism and find meaningful work to become contributing members of society

 
Center for Employment Opportunities 2020-10-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Sep 25, 2020
 
  • *Meet JJ Measer, a  Carlsbad High Senior and our fabulous BocceFest 2020  videographer
  • Lee and Emily from Seoul, South Korea joined us on zoom today
  • BocceFest 2020 has raised over $41,000 to date, and todays meeting added another $987 from happy dollars
  • We will be holding a  Halloween Blood Drive on 10/31 and handing out water at a one day drive-by/walk-thru Stand Down on 11/22
     
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-09-25 07:00:00Z 0 BocceFest

Rise Up Industries

Posted on Sep 25, 2020
 
Our speaker today was Joe Gilbreath, Founder & Executive Director of Rise Up Industries, a nonprofit that focuses on gang prevention , intervention, and post detention reentry. Their business model is based on Homeboy Industries which is illustrated in a wonderful book "Tattoos on the Heart", about and by Gregory Boyle and his mission that shows the power of boundless compassion.  

 
 
 
Rise Up Industries Jan Parsons 2020-09-25 07:00:00Z 0 Rise Up Industries
BocceFest 2020 Celebration Jan Parsons 2020-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

BocceFest Webinar

Posted by Jan Parsons on Sep 17, 2020
Wonderful BocceFest Celebration Highlights our Sponsors & Beneficiaries 
 
 
The Power behind our Celebration: Charles Foster, BocceFest 2020 Chair & Celebration Creator; Patricia Case, Director; Ken Barrett, Camerman; Phil Campanelli & Molly Fleming, Moderators.
 
 
Moderators Molly & Phil opened the evening by thanking our donors for their generosity and explaining the three areas of service their support will impact:   - Homelessness - Families in Need  - Youth at Risk.
 
     
 
President Herb also thanked our Sponsors for their support during this non-tournament & beer festival year due to Covid-19, and expressed his hope that we will continue play in 2021. (Rotarian Paul Butler; Sponsor, Dan Phelan, Pacific SW Realty & Rotarian Charles Foster; DMSB's 1st President Kevin Cahill; President Herb Liberman; Rotarian Malcolm Koll; Sponsors Costa & Mary Arabatzis from Ziziki's (at The Sky Deck, Del Mar); Jeff Brown, from Sponsor Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy).
 
Donations are still being accepted. Just click on the "Donate" button at the top of this page. All donations would be greatly appreciated.
 
The highlight of the evening was showcasing our wonderful Bocce Beneficiaries who we work with and support. Continue reading...
 
 
 
BocceFest Webinar Jan Parsons 2020-09-17 07:00:00Z 3 BocceFest

BocceFest Celebration Team

Posted on Sep 16, 2020
Huge Kudos & Thank You to  the BocceFest Celebration of Giving Team
 
WELL DONE!!!
 
L-R: Molly Fleming, Phil Campanelli; Charles Foster, Ken Barrett, Paul Butler, Patricia Case, Herb Liberman, George Sousa, Steve Todoruk

 
 
 
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BocceFest 2020 Jan Parsons 2020-09-14 07:00:00Z 0 BocceFest
BocceFest Celebration 2020-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Sep 11, 2020
 
  • We began the meeting today, on the 19th Anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks, with a prayer and solemn bell ringing
  • We learned that DG Steve is collecting emails for his Governor's library and working with Rotary District 4100 in Baja California to form future projects
  • BocceFest Celebration of Giving is at $37,850 in pledges and members are  challenged to reach 100% participation to bring us to the magical  number of $40,000. Donations can be made here on our website
  • Beverly requested members email her to sign up for the invocation
  • Welcome to returning guests Alex Jack, Andy Laub, and Eric Meehan. Meeting on zoom is an easy way to introduce Rotary to newcomers
  • Paul played a video about The Rotary Foundation highlighting how:

 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

Urban Street Angels

Posted on Sep 11, 2020
We had an angel with us today - Eric Lovett, Founder & Executive Director of Urban Street Angels, talked about how he started this non-profit 7 years ago to help tackle youth homelessness in San Diego.
 
 
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BocceFest Celebration of Giving Jan Parsons 2020-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
OEF Recognition Jan Parsons 2020-09-09 07:00:00Z 0
BocceFest Celebration of Giving Jan Parsons 2020-09-07 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Sep 04, 2020
 
  • Africa is now polio free. That leaves only two countries with polio - Afghanistan & Pakistan
  • Our auction today led by Charles raised $1660! Well done
  • Only 11 members have signed up for the BocceFest Celebration of Giving. *Go to Upcoming Events & register
  • Dinorah & her mother Emma visited from El Salvador today & thanked us for helping poor families in their country. We helped with supplying food boxes for those in need and 25 families with 50 chickens and grain to raise for food and eggs to eat and sell
  • Our speaker today was Larry Ray Hardin who has spent 30 years in law enforcement including the DEA & INS

 
 
 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-09-04 07:00:00Z 0

BocceFest 2020 Sponsors

  Thank you to Our Generous BocceFest 2020 Sponsors
$42,752 pledged as of 9/26/20
 
 
Premier Sponsors
 
 
 
 
 
VIP Sponsors
       Foster & Friends     
  
     
 
    
    Sutton Family
     Venky & Friends 
   The Williamson Family
 
 
Major Sponsors
 
 
JP & A
The Kiffman Family 
Beverly & Herb Liberman
Law Offices of Steven Weitzen
 
Court Sponsors
 
Cyndy Cheek & Phil Campanelli
Community Resource Center
FSI Wealth Management
Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy
The Ghoniem Family
Hennenfent Family
Kirk & Glenda Collins
Lifetime Financial Advisors, Inc
Molly Fleming Realty
Narayanan Family
Sold! The Butler Did It!
$olutions 4 $eniors, Inc
Vicky Mallett Insurance Agency
Ziziki's at Sky Deck
 
This list will be updated as new sponsors are added
*last update, 9/26/2020

 

 
 
 
 
 
BocceFest 2020 Sponsors Jan Parsons 2020-08-30 07:00:00Z 0 BocceFest

Beach Cities Solar Consulting

Posted on Aug 28, 2020
James Kennedy, San Juan Rotary Club member and President & CEO of Beach Cities Solar Consulting, LLC was our speaker today. His firm is an education-based consulting firm that works with homeowners, business owners, and corporations to provide them with turnkey  solutions to go solar, save money, and become energy independent. 
 

 
Beach Cities Solar Consulting Jan Parsons 2020-08-28 07:00:00Z 0 Solar Power

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

Posted on Aug 28, 2020
Art Mendoza Receives Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, PH+5
 
 
Paul Butler hands out next level Paul Harris pins to Jon & Art at Viewpoint Brewery  social gathering in Del Mar.
 
 
                      

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Jan Parsons 2020-08-28 07:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris awards

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 28, 2020
 
  • Bocce 2020 is cancelled but not the celebration. *Click on the BocceFest Celebration of Giving in the Upcoming Events box on the left to register for this virtual, dynamic, fun evening on Sept. 15 to highlight our donors & beneficiaries
  • Patricia gave a touching invocation this morning in honor of Martin Luther King Jr's March on Washington 57 years ago highlighting compassion and generosity
  • DG Steve reported he is inducting a lot of new members to clubs and is focusing on diversity, equality, and inclusion
  • President Herb will be polling members to see their thoughts about meeting again in person
  • Paul reported Vicky is the first member to contribute to the Foundation for this fiscal year
     
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Mami Takahara Jan Parsons 2020-08-20 07:00:00Z 0 Honorary Member,Rotary Scholar

Web-site contest

Posted on Aug 18, 2020
For club members only: look for five asterisks (*), this one does not count, in stories since Herb's presidency began. Keep visiting our home page and reading stories to find the asterisks.  There are only two stories with asterisks so far. Once you see five, email jan@dmsbrotary.com to win a bottle of Wiens Amour de L'Orange Sparkling Wine. The fifth email Jan receives will win the wine. (One of her favorites; not available in stores)
 

 
Web-site contest Jan Parsons 2020-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

 New Blue Badgers

Posted by Jan Parsons on Aug 18, 2020
   
Three Rotarians complete their blue badge requirements - Congratulations Lew Williamson, Sarah Taylor, and Nasr Ghoniem.
 
                 
 
  • Lew is a retired Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
  • Sarah is a Property Manager for Smart Self Storage
  • Nasr is a UCLA Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
 

 
New Blue Badgers Jan Parsons 2020-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Peace Corps

Posted on Aug 18, 2020

Sue Sherry spoke from the heart about her experience with the Peace Corps in Honduras

 
 
Some of the takeaways from Sue's touching talk:
 
  • "This is the toughest job you will ever love"
  • "I learned more than I taught"
  • "After this amazing experience the greatest thing about coming out of the Peace Corps was Gratitude"
  • "...the poorer the country the more humble and giving"
 
 
The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our  generation.
 

 
Peace Corps Jan Parsons 2020-08-18 07:00:00Z 0 2020 speakers,peace corps

Impromptu Social

Posted by Jan Parsons on Aug 15, 2020
Impromptu social at the Hilton with masks & social distancing, celebrating Paul's birthday and handing out Paul Harris pins.
                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                         
                                                                                 
 
 

 
Impromptu Social Jan Parsons 2020-08-15 07:00:00Z 0 DMSB Social

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 14, 2020
                                           
 
  • Charles reported that sponsors have committed over $30,000 to this year's  non-BocceFest, to be celebrated Tuesday evening, September 15
  • Videos & testimonials from sponsors & beneficiaries should be submitted to Patricia by August 28
  • Thank you to our two Premier Sponsors so far, Merrill Lynch & Steve Todoruk
  • We now accept credit card donations on our website. *See Donate button in the blue menu above
 

 
 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-08-14 07:00:00Z 0

The Well Path

Posted on Aug 14, 2020
Marjorie Saylor from The Well Path was our speaker today and touched our hearts. She gave a moving testimonial of how, seven years ago, her 11 month-old daughter gave her the inspiration to seek help in breaking out of the abusive and trafficked life she had been living since age 15. What The Well Path does to help women is highlighted below.
                      
 
We are currently putting together a District Grant to help The Well Path to meet women's emergency needs, and encourage members to help with in-person mentoring and coaching when the pandemic allows. 
 

 
 
The Well Path Jan Parsons 2020-08-14 07:00:00Z 0 human trafficking

Venky

Posted on Aug 10, 2020
     

It's Official - Venky is the newest member of the Past Presidents Club

                                       
  
To see other Past Presidents, Click on Information in the Blue Tool - Bar Menu, then About our Club, then Club Past Presidents
 

 
Venky Jan Parsons 2020-08-10 07:00:00Z 0 Past President,Venky Venkatesh

Rotary & Club News

Posted on Aug 09, 2020
 
 
  • $1.8 Billion has been donated to end polio over 30 years. The world is polio free except for Afghanistan, Nigeria, & Pakistan
  • Welcome to our zoom meeting, guests Savanna Tafish, Andy Laub and Eric Meehan. Keep joining us!
  • Jennifer Jones of Windsor-Roseland, Canada is the 1st female to be nominated for Rotary International President for 2022-2023
  • The District Membership Seminar will be held on zoom on Saturday, August 15 from 9:00-10:30
  • BocceFest Celebration of Giving - name submitted & won by President Herb for our event on September 15 via zoom from 5:30-6:30
 

 
 
Rotary & Club News Jan Parsons 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
Helping Families in El Salvador Jan Parsons 2020-08-09 07:00:00Z 0

Girl Scouts

Posted on Aug 07, 2020
 
Liz Sheahan, Girl Scouts San Diego's  marketing and communications executive, was our speaker today. There are 23,000 Girl Scouts and 11,300 volunteers in San Diego County. 
 
 
 
Girl Scouts have proved to be a mighty force in the world today. The Girl Scout law focuses on what Rotary is all about: "I will do my best ot be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout." 
 
They focus on four pillars:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Operation Thin Mints
  • STEM
  • Life Skills
Paul shared that his daughter Katie was a gold level Girl Scout and Charles & Alicia have been active supporters of the Girl Scouts and their programs.
 

 
Girl Scouts Jan Parsons 2020-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

More Paul Harris Fellow Awards

Posted by Jan Parsons on Jul 31, 2020

Four More Rotarians Receive the next level Paul Harris Award 

Radia Hunter received her Paul Harris +1, Charlotte Jones also received her PH+1, Jon Fish received his PH+3, and Steve Weitzen received his PH+4. A Paul Harris Fellow is recognized for the substantial financial commitment they make to the Rotary Foundation. A gold pin is given for those who contribute $1000, and then a blue sapphire is added for each additional $1000. Thank you all for your generous contributions.
 
 
 

 
More Paul Harris Fellow Awards Jan Parsons 2020-07-31 07:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris Fellow

Conscious Capitalism

Posted on Jul 31, 2020
"Conscious Capitalism - Investing With Your Values To Improve Environmental, Social, and Financial Returns"
 
This was the talk Scott Smith gave today as explained by the slide below.
 
 
And these are other things we can do
 
 

Conscious Capitalism Jan Parsons 2020-07-31 07:00:00Z 0

Alzheimer's San Diego

Posted on Jul 27, 2020
                                                                                        
 
 
 
Michelle Van Hoff, Director of Development at Alzheimer's San Diego, gave a touching talk on July 21 at our evening meeting on  this terrible disease that is the 3rd leading cause of death in San Diego County. It touched members' hearts as many Rotarians have experienced dementia and alzheimers in loved ones. The charts here show how Alzheimer's San Diego is helping those in need during this pandemic and how we can help. President Herb is calling for all Rotarians to join his ARMY for ALZ & sign up to walk in October. *Sign up today.
 
                                                                                                      
 
                        
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Alzheimer's San Diego Jan Parsons 2020-07-27 07:00:00Z 0 Alzheimers

Paul Harris Fellow

Posted by Jan Parsons on Jul 24, 2020
 
Three Rotarians Receive Next Level Paul Harris Fellow Pins
 
 
 
                  
 
 
President Herb Liberman and Foundation Chair Paul Butler presented three members with the next level Paul Harris Fellow pins (all done virtually). Ken Barrett received his Paul Harris + 1 which is a pin with 1 sapphire, Paul Butler received his Paul Harris + 3 pin with 3 sapphires, and Jan Parsons received her Paul Harris + 7  pin with 2 rubies. The Paul Harris Fellow program was established to recognize individuals who contribute $1000 + to the Rotary Foundation . Well done!
 
 

 
 
Paul Harris Fellow Jan Parsons 2020-07-24 07:00:00Z 0 Paul Harris awards
OUR VERY OWN!! Jan Parsons 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0 District Governor,Steve Weitzen
Passing the Banner 2020-07-20 07:00:00Z 0

Finding the "I" in Team

Jimmy Karam, retired Naval Officer and current Mental Performance Consultant, works with youth to help them on their life-long path of discovering who they are and how they fit in

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Incoming President Herb Liberman holds first virtual meeting Susheela Narayanan 2020-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
DMSB Demotion Party 2020 Susheela Narayanan 2020-07-14 07:00:00Z 0

zoom

This is how we're now meeting - via zoom! 

See info at left and join us for great comradery & speakers
 
                                
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Celebration of Service 2019-2020 Susheela Narayanan 2020-07-08 07:00:00Z 0

DMSB Rotary Grants $25,000 for Coronavirus Needs

Posted by Susheela Narayanan & Bill Sutton
The following was published in the Del Mar Times, Solana Beach Sun, & Carmel Valley News on April 17, 2020
 
Participants at BocceFest 2019.  Bocce events each year helped to build a reserve for unexpected emergencies.
 
Del Mar–Solana Beach Rotary Grants $25,000 to Five Nonprofits
Serving San Diegans Most In Need Due to the Coronavirus
 
Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary recently donated $25,000, split equally, to five nonprofits at the forefront of serving the needs of those most hurt by the coronavirus outbreak in San Diego County.  An additional $1,250 is being sought for the same five nonprofits via matching grants from our local Rotary District’s reserves.
DMSB Rotary Grants $25,000 for Coronavirus Needs Susheela Narayanan & Bill Sutton 2020-04-18 07:00:00Z 0 Coronavirus,Rotary

Girls on the Run

Posted by Susheela
Why should girls participate in running? Read more to find out....
                                                             
Girls on the Run Susheela 2020-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
From the Gate of the Jail to the Door of the Church Susheela Narayanan 2020-02-20 08:00:00Z 0
Dianne Crawford talks membership Susheela Narayanan 2020-01-31 08:00:00Z 0
test test Susheela Narayanan 2020-01-31 08:00:00Z 0

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Posted by Susheela Narayanan
 
DMSB Rotary began the new year with an informative talk by Mr. Torgen Johnson about the future of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. 
Johnson holds two Masters’ degrees in Urban Planning in addition to a professional degree in Architecture.  Since 2013 he has organized eight public forums titled “Fukushima – Ongoing Lessons” in San Diego, New York, Boston and Japan featuring the former prime minister of Japan – Naoto Kan – and other regulatory leaders and industry experts. 
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Susheela Narayanan 2020-01-10 08:00:00Z 0 Nuclear,Nuclear Regulatory Commission,Radiation,Reactors,San Onofre

"Pure Water San Diego Program" by Tiffany Ngo

 
 
 
Today we saw that the Hilton was decorated everywhere for Christmas holidays. Our usual meeting room was all decked up since Phil mentioned that that room is used for screening movies and for hotel guests to come and relax.
 
Herb appointed Bill as the "Aid de Camp" to help him with things that he forgets as part of the President's duties. He was acting President since Venky is on vacation. He announced that the club will be DARK on Dec 27, 2019 and that our next meeting will be Jan 3, 2020.
 
 
 
Herb also announced our new member Sarah Taylor and Charles presented her with the new member badge and advice about membership advantages.
 
 
 
Today Patricia had the last day of toys collection drive and this week the punishment was for Art Mendoza.  He had to sing a Christmas tune :-).
 
Today's 1-minute talk was by Sanjiv and he presented some points on the history of Rotary.
> Over 33,000 Rotary clubs in 200+ countries
> Two official mottoes of Rotary
  1. Service Above Self
  2. One Profits Most Who Serves Best
> Dedicated to six areas of focus
  1. Promoting peace
  2. Fighting disease
  3. Providing clean water & hygiene
  4. Saving mothers & children
  5. Supporting education
  6. Growing local economies
> Saw couple of interesting news items on the Rotary site — 
> In May 2014, Guinness World Record recognized Rotary for the “The World’s Biggest Commercial” photo awareness award since Rotary had enlisted 177 celebrity participants for the global effort to eradicate polio.
> A couple from India (Mr. Ravishankar Dakoju, and his wife, Paola), recently donated US$14.7 million to the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
## "Pure Water San Diego Program" by Tiffany Ngo
 
 
Our speaker today was Tiffany Ngo, who is a consultant and community outreach specialist for the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department. In her current role, she works on the education and outreach program for Pure Water San Diego, the City’s phased, multi-year program to provide San Diego with a safe, reliable and sustainable water supply.

She has been part of the consultant team for the City of San Diego’s Pure Water Program since 2016, where she provides strategic counsel and implements community outreach tactics to engage diverse stakeholders and maintain public support as Phase 1 of the program nears construction.

Tiffany is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where she majored in environmental studies with a minor in spatial science.

She talked about how earthquakes can cut off water supply and hence the need for programs to store pure water.. Imported water used to cost $400 /acre foot and that now costs $1,300!

There are 5 ways to deal with water shortage -

  1. Conservation
  2. Desalination
  3. Ground water development
  4. Recycled water development
  5. Pure water development
 
 
 
As an example, she said that the Torrey Pines Golf course uses re-cycled water to maintain part of the lawns. She said that a DEMO facility with a small 1 million gallon capacity has been built and has gone through some 50,000 lab tests to verify water purity. The water comes out as "too" pure and so they have to add back some impurities to make it safe to drink for humans. There are 5 steps to purification and it takes about 2 days. The phase-1 plan is to build the Morena Pump Station, which will be a trench-less construction.
 
 
At the end, DMSB Club President-elect Herb Liberman presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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"Pure Water San Diego Program" by Tiffany Ngo Sanjiv Prabhakaran 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0 Morena Pump,Public Utilities,Pure Water,Pure Water Development,Pure Water Program,Tiffany Ngo,Trenchless,desalination,trench-less

DMSB Holiday Party

Posted by Susheela Narayanan
 
Del Mar - Solana Beach Rotary celebrated the  holiday season with friendship and camaraderie over a holiday dinner party at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town on December 8th.  Drinks and jokes flowed as festively dressed  members partook of a tasty feast served in the outside patio festooned with twinkling holiday lights.
DMSB Holiday Party Susheela Narayanan 2019-12-08 08:00:00Z 0 Camaraderie,Commitment,Cosmopolitan Hotel,Holiday Party,Service

"FBI in U.S. Embassies" by Allen Vitkosky

 
Herb announced that he is the President-Elect and that Vicky will be next president after Herb and Kevin Cahill will be his fine master.
 
 
Paul announced that our DMSB club received the 100% participation EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) award.
 
 
Bill Sutton displayed the CRC certificate of appreciation for helping with the holiday baskets and distributions. DMSB members sorted about 7.5 tons of bananas by removing them out of plastic bags so it can breathe properly and prevent them for rotting.
 
 
Patricia had some fun penalizing members that did not turn in any toys for the Military Toy Drive. This time it was Kevin Cahill's turn for a punishment. Please watch this brief fun video of Kevin trying to balance himself on one foot for 30 seconds :-).
 
 
Charles Foster presented his 1-minute talk about Rotary history. He mentioned that Rotary International's headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois and it has 6 international offices located in India, Europe/Africa, Brazil, Australia, Tokyo and Korea.
 
 
## "FBI in U.S. Embassies" by Allen Vitkosky
 
Today's speaker Allen Vitkosky has some very interesting facts and stories about the FBI operations at U.S. Embassies across the world. He has been with FBI for over 30 years and the past 3 years he has been in the Legal Attache (Legat) department in the international arena. He was posted in Riga, Latvia for the past 3 years, which is located across the Baltic Sea from Sweden.
 
There are 90 Legat locations overall and 27 sub-offices. Each location is manned by just 4 people. There are 353 FBI employees overseas out of a total of 35,000 employees and 13,000 are agents.
 
Bogata, Columbia was the location for the first FBI agent in 1940. EuroPol is where agencies of different countries exchange intelligence information and InterPol is just a reporting agency for information for and from all countries. He also talked about the major case of "Scan4You" that helped malware developers attack American businesses using malware.
 
At the end, DMSB Club President Venky Venkatesh presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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"FBI in U.S. Embassies" by Allen Vitkosky Sanjiv Prabhakaran 2019-12-06 08:00:00Z 0 Cahill,FBI,Latvia,Malware,Rotary International Offices,Scan4You

"San Diego Blood Bank" by David Wellis

We had many members today to listen to David Wellis from the San Diego Blood Bank and to celebrate George Sousa's 89th birthday!
 
Paul kicked off the meeting by showing a video on Polio's progress and how it has impacted lives.
 
Polio Video: Click here
 
 
Then everyone had a fun time celebrating George' birthday with a cake that Bill & Suzanne decorated and brought in.
 
 
Patricia had some fun with punishments for people who did not bring gifts for the Toy drive :-).
 
 
Following that we had the 1-minute Rotary talk by Jon Fish.
 
 
Following George's party, Venky showed a video that the past Indian Ambassador to the United States had created to honor South Asian musicians from various countries. This can be viewed below.
 
South Asian Music Video: Click here 
 
 
## "San Diego Blood Bank" by David Wellis
 
 
David is a cell biologist with over 25 years of experience in the life science industry and currently serves as the CEO of the San Diego Blood Bank.  David joined SDBB following his tenure at a variety of companies that developed antibody therapeutics and tools for biomedical research, diagnostic and applied markets, including Illumina and GenVault. David received his B.S. from UC Irvine, an M.S. and Ph.D. from Emory University, postdoctoral training at Tufts University and UC Berkeley, and business training at Leavey Business School of Santa Clara University and Haas Business School at UC Berkeley.  David serves on the Executive Committees of the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute at UC San Diego, and the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. He also holds board and committee roles in several national blood bank organizations and local biotechnology companies.
 
 
 
 
He said that the blood bank is a local San Diego organization but it has regional and national reach. The relationships with Jonas Salk helps with lots of research work on blood. He said that a person loses about 600 calories when you donate blood. All the blood collected comes to the central office every day where it is processed until 2:30 pm and then gets distributed. They deliver blood to over 75 locations each week.
 
 
They are part of a National Donor Club called "Be The Match". This program saved a child's life 15 years ago. Last match was sent to Texas Children Hospital recently. They also participate & promote many community events with Padres, Comic Con and Chargers Drive where they setup blood mobiles to collect blood. They collect over 3,500 pints over a 3-day event. Turns out that Los Angeles & Orange County do not have blood banks and San Diego supplies to them.
 
They also started a Mother's Milk Bank where moms bring breast milk in coolers. They collected milk in 1 day that San Jose did in a year!
 
The average cost of collecting a pint of blood is $50, which includes the cost of needles, supplies, testing, etc. They currently have 7 blood mobiles, each costing $750,000. They need 3 more.
 
 
At the end, DMSB Club President Venky Venkatesh presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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"San Diego Blood Bank" by David Wellis Sanjiv Prabhakaran 2019-11-22 08:00:00Z 0 Birthday,David Wellis,George Sousa 89th,San Diego Blood Bank

"Villa de Vida" by Ms. Hunter Christian

Posted by Susheela Narayanan on Nov 15, 2019
On Friday November 15, 2019, DMSB Rotary hosted Ms. Hunter Christian, the executive director of Villa de Vida, a non-profit organization committed to empowering developmentally disabled adults to live life fully, by providing them affordable housing and support services that would allow them to live independently.
 
Mercy Housing, CA (MHC) is a California based, non-profit housing development corporation with the mission of creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities since 1981. It currently serves over 17, 300 residents in 142 affordable communities throughout the state. It is committed to the philosophy that all residents deserve respect, dignity and a place to call home. MHC and Villa de Vida, Inc. are partnering to develop Via de Vida Poway, a two-story 54-unit affordable housing development serving adults with developmental disabilities who are capable of independent living. The development will be located on Poway Housing Authority property at the corner of Oak Knoll Road and Poway Road in Poway, CA.
 
Supportive services will be self-directed by each resident.
The on-site Resident services Coordinator will help residents access funding and supportive services that they require to successfully live independently.
 
Most residents will receive Supported Living Services (SLS) as well as other publicly funded services like MediCal, mental health services and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS).
Villa de Vida is projected to be 100% completed by Fall 2020 with 100% occupancy by Fall 2021.
 
To learn more please visit www.mercyhousing.org and www.villadevida.org.
 
 
At the end, DMSB Club President Venky Venkatesh presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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"Villa de Vida" by Ms. Hunter Christian Susheela Narayanan 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0 Hunter Christian,Mercy Housing CA,Villa de Vida

"Refuge for Women" by Dan DeSaegher

Posted by Susheela Narayanan on Nov 08, 2019
 
We had a smaller audience since many members were traveling but the speaker and George Sousa made the event very interesting and fun.
 
 
 
Herb started off with his talk on Rotary History and events. Then we had Suchandra describe what the global grant will provide for her organization in India.
 
 
Then we had George present a wonderful video on veterans to celebrate the upcoming Veteran's Day weekend.
 
## "Refuge for Women" by Dan DeSaegher
 
 
DMSB Rotary hosted Dan DeSaegher, Developmental Director for Refuge for Women, who spoke about the sensitive topic of sex trafficking in San Diego.  Today Refuge successfully operates homes in five states, and the sixth home is being planned for right here in Southern California.
 
 
Trafficking is modern day slavery, conducted by force, fraud and coercion. California is #1 on the FBI list for trafficking of American girls and boys, with San Diego being on the top ten of all U S cities engaging in a trade that generates $810 million in annual revenue. 80% of victims are US born and 85% of traffickers in California are related to San Diego gangs. The most common age of trafficked youth is 14 – 16 years. There are 3400 – 5200 victims every year. Traffickers prey on vulnerable youth that are mostly abandoned or ignored by society so they become easy victims.
 
 
Dan’s program called “Refuge for Women” provides safe houses for the recovery and rehabilitation of these trafficked victims. Right now, there are about 178 safe houses in America, providing about 600 beds for a population of about one million victims. The surprising statistic is that about 70% of rescued women do not return to the sex trade! So, the need for safe houses is great.
 


In Phase II of rehabilitation, called Healing, the rescued women are taught life skills training, goal setting, educational opportunities, financial intelligence and job placement. In Phase III they are offered Guided Independence – they get transitional housing and given more counseling in order to re-integrate with society and a more normal life.
 
He concluded by saying that his goal was to raise funds and resources to expand access to safe houses all over the country but also specifically in San Diego.
 
 
At the end, DMSB Club President Venky Venkatesh presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
 
Finally, George had one more surprise for all -- his special Teddy Bear singing the song "Proud To Be An American" :-).
 
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"Refuge for Women" by Dan DeSaegher Susheela Narayanan 2019-11-08 08:00:00Z 0 Dan DeSaegher,George's Teddy,Lee Greenwood,Proud To Be An Amaerican,Refuge For Women,Suchandra,Veteran's Day

"Urban Corps’ Dual Focus Program" by Meghan Reed

Posted by Sanjiv Prabhakaran on Nov 01, 2019
 
Herb was the "Acting" President today (despite being very sick) since President Venky was not present.
 
 
 
Today we had Paul Butler deliver his 1-minute talk about why he joined Rotary. He was inspired when his daughter won a $10,000 Rotary scholarship and later became President at her Rotary club. He said it took an army to convince him to become President of the club and also really enjoyed his visit to the International Convention in Birmingham, England. He said that Rotary has done a lot for his family.
 
 
We also had the opportunity to listen to a wonderful testimony from Kirk Collins about his Rotary involvement and the project he worked on in Malawi. It involved donating 46 wheel chairs from our club and sending school supplies to a school in Malawi. Our club still sends $2,000 every year for school supplies. Charles Foster visited him in the Bay area and recorded his testimony.
 
## "Urban Corps’ Dual Focus Program" by Meghan Reed
 
 
Meghan, an Arkansas native, moved to San Diego earlier this year. Her background lies in nonprofit work and literary writing. She is the Development Coordinator at Urban Corps, writing foundational and corporation grants. In addition, she also takes care of the organizations’ marketing needs. She started her talk with a video about Urban Corps' program and some stories about some of the graduates from their program. That was very touching to see the hard work the participants go through. Urban Corps was started 30 years ago on July 20, 1989.
 
Their program trains disadvantaged children to get an education and work and stay positive and out of trouble. Many work at various Urban Corp programs. Incarcerated people get a second chance through job training. Urban Corps helps them with securing necessary certificates, driver license, etc. They run a Charter School so the students can get a proper high school degree.
 
Some of the jobs that they do involve painting public walls to get rid of graffiti. Their statistics shows that the students have painted walls with cumulative area that equals about 2000 Qualcomm stadiums!
 
They have about 220 students (ages 18-26 years) active in schools at a time and over 400 graduate annually. They have multiple campuses in San Diego. Their signature program is called Corps-To-Career that runs an internship program whereby they recruit employers who are willing to employ Corps graduates as an intern with the goal of becoming an employee after the intern period is over. Their Charter School currently has over 200 Corps members in the program.
 
 
At the end, DMSB Club Acting President Herb Liberman presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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"Urban Corps’ Dual Focus Program" by Meghan Reed Sanjiv Prabhakaran 2019-11-01 07:00:00Z 0 Charter School,Corps-To-Career,Meghan Reed,Urban Corps

DMSB Oktoberfest Party

Posted by Sanjiv Prabhakaran on Oct 29, 2019
The Oktoberfest Social party at the Viewpoint Brewing Restaurant was wonderful. We had over 30 people attend along with 5-7 guests. Our youngest Rotarian Riley was also there to enjoy the beer :-). Kudos to Patricia for planning this so nicely. She even made up the ramp in her wheelchair :-). Here are few pictures from the event ... 
 
 
 
 
 
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DMSB Oktoberfest Party Sanjiv Prabhakaran 2019-10-29 07:00:00Z 0 Oktoberfest,Riley,Viewpoint Brewing

"Embracing Diversity and Inclusion" by Taryell Simmons

Posted by Sanjiv Prabhakaran on Oct 25, 2019
 
 
 
Since many were on travel the audience was a bit light. We had Kevin Cahill give his 1-Minute Rotary talk and fielded some questions. Apparently someone picked him to be President during his first year and he just dived in. He encouraged members to be involved with District events where you meet wonderful people. One of the questions was, "how was DMSB club created?". Kevin said it was primarily because the Del Mar club was reaching 100 people and they wanted to keep it small. Hence many members that wanted a breakfast club joined together to form DMSB.
 
## "Embracing Diversity and Inclusion" by Taryell Simmons
 
 
Taryell Simmons is a Foodie,  Entrepreneur,  community activist, workforce consultant, and HR trainer recognized as one of the most prominent voices for diversity and inclusion in the workforce. He is the Co-Founder of EvoGrant, Workforce Development Specialist at SAGE business & Education and a Founding Member of the San Diego Tech Hub. For the past five years, Taryell has helped create and develop workforce programs like "CONNECT2Careers" to help young people in underserved communities get living wage jobs. 

Taryell believes that successful careers come from being connected to one's strengths, abilities, skills, and passion. This is why he has dedicated his career to exposing people to opportunities that will help them figure out paths to combine their talents with a career they love. Taryell is a RISE Urban Leadership Institute graduate.
 
He talked about how older generation people deride the younger generation kids by saying "Back in the days ..." and that just irritates the younger kids always :-). When he worked in HR on the east coast the popular phrase was "snitches get stitches". However, on the west coast it is the opposite - "see something, say something".
 
 
 
He clarified that diversity and inclusion is not just the color of people but there are many other aspects, such as, culture. religion, etc. The new generation likes people to earn their respect and not force any values upon them.
 
Taryell along with 2 other co-founders created "Culture Cocina" where the mission is to create space for breaking bread while learning about the history of the community through art and food. They conduct tours of different areas of San Diego and mingle with different cultures.
 
Finally he mentioned a story about his childhood. He was smart but labeled as "ADD" (Attention Deficit Disorder) and so his teachers kept him away from many activities. However, there was an older white Jewish person that saw some potential in Taryell and helped him to go through college and he got his Masters degree. So, he keeps advising young kids and adults to never give up.
 
 
At the end, DMSB Club President Venky Venkatesh presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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"Embracing Diversity and Inclusion" by Taryell Simmons Sanjiv Prabhakaran 2019-10-25 07:00:00Z 0 Culture Cocina,Diversity,EvoGrant,Inclusion,Taryell Simmons

"Mental Illness and Suicide" by Dave Jones

Posted by Charles Foster on Oct 18, 2019
"Mental Illness and Suicide" by Dave Jones
 
 
On Oct. 18, Dave Jones spoke to DMSB Rotary about mental illness and suicide.  He got our attention by telling us that his father killed his mother and subsequently committed suicide, and that his grandfather also committed suicide.
 
Dave has no formal training but, with a family history of mental illness, was triggered into action by the news about a young man in north county killing his grandmother with a hammer and his investigation into this event.  Dave has now spoken to about 16 Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and will soon speak to an Optimist club and to any other organizations that would like him to speak.
 
Dave’s intent is to inform the public about mental illness and that it is treatable, and to help reframe the public’s understanding of it.  He mentioned troubling statistics, including that middle-aged white men have the highest suicide rate, and over 50% of prisoners have some degree of mental illness and often receive little or no treatment.  He added that middle-aged white women have highest rate of depression issues and suicide attempts.
 
 
He also spoke of a lack of understanding that mental illness is a disease of the brain, with the stigma it carries, that mental illness is something that those afflicted with it can overcome, if only they tried harder.  Recognizing that those with brain cancer or colon cancer don’t face a stigma, Dave used the description, Cancer of the Mind, as a way to differentiate between a disease and personal choice.
 
Later Dave described events such as his father killing his mother as being caused by mental -illness-caused confusion or even love, not by anger or selfishness.  With proper recognition of mental illness as a disease, openness to discussions of it in its many forms, and proper treatment, Dave believes that we can get to zero suicides.
 
 
At the end, DMSB Club President Venky Venkatesh presented the speaker with the Joshua certificate that represents our club DMSB donating school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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