Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club

Newsletter of the Month
March 2020


 Spring is here!

Dear Members and Friends of the Eco-Rotary,
This month is filled with a great program as usual!  We have three club meetings, where we will talk about plastic and its connection to climate change, permaculture design that brings solutions to restore our ecosystems and reduce the impact of climate change, and lastly watershed monitoring to better understand the challenges of keeping our water clean. In addition to these presentations, we have the great opportunity to go visit a local brewery: Stone Brewing. They have implemented sustainable practices to not just serve good and renowned beer but also to reduce their carbon and ecological footprint. 
This month program is an example of what the Solana Beach Eco Rotary offers all year-long: understanding the challenges of climate change and protecting our environment, as well as seeing in action what can be implemented to serve the community, and restore and generate healthy environmental ecosystems. Our meetings and field trips are open to everyone. Feel free to join us with your friends!
I look forward to seeing you all!
Yours in Rotary,
Amelie Catheline
Club President 2019-2020

Upcoming Events

Speaker Program

Plastic and its connection to climate change
We were very pleased to receive Mary Yang, chair of the Climate Action Commission for the City of Solana Beach, on March 3rd, at 6PM.
Mary will be talking about plastics, its relationship to climate change and the recently passed Single-Use Plastics restrictions in Solana Beach.
Permaculture Design
Join us on March 10th, 2020 to learn more about San Diego Sustainable Living Institute and their incredible work on permaculture.
Josh Robinson, father, gardener, farmer, teacher and ecological instigator will provide an introduction to permaculture and how it can be implemented in our local area.
North San Diego County Watershed Monitoring
Join us on March 24th, 2020 at 6PM to learn how the creeks of the Carlsbad watershed are being monitored to ensure our waterways stay healthy.
Karen Wytmans and Paige DeCino will present their ongoing process of water quality control.
Field Trip: Stone Brewing
This month we will go visit Stone Brewing facility in Escondido, on March 31st at 2PM. They have implemented many sustainable practices to run their facility and brewing process. It will be a fun event to discover how a business can be both successful and do good for the environment!

Community Service at San Dieguito County Park

Join us on April 5th, 2020, to start the new year by helping beautify San Dieguito County Park from 9-11 AM.  
We meet at the upper parking lot. Bring a friend! 
Mark your calendar:
  • May 3rd, 2020
  • June 7th, 2020
Visit our website for more information.

District Training Assembly

Held only once a year, District Training Assembly offers training for Rotarians including club officers, directors, and committee chairs to help them become more effective club leaders. All club members, especially Red Badgers, are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Learn club management tips and best practices from other Rotarians at District Training on March 21, 2020 at the Joan Kroc Center for Peace & Justice on the USD campus. Online registration is $35 per person. This is a great opportunity to learn about Rotary and network with other Rotarians. We expect full attendance for each class, so don't miss out.

An Eco-Conscious Lifestyle

Eco-Minute by Lynn O'Halloran

Thank you to my club members who encouraged me to attend the World Peace Conference 2020 in Ontario, CA. I shared the experience with fellow Rotarians, John O’Halloran, Lynn and Dick Stevens, Niels Lund (Allison Lowe Lund, friend and Rotary support) and Andi and Carl Kosnar.  The Conference brought together experts from all sectors of society with solutions to major issues happening in our personal lives, homes, schools, businesses and communities locally and worldwide.  
I was particularly moved by:
C.A.R.E  program that discovered microloans to women were less successful than introducing community savings clubs, that allowed women to contribute together financially to a fund and track deposits that eventually funded businesses of club members. For every club C.A.R.E initiated, two more clubs were started organically.
Addressing Bullying through Critical Thinking Tools presented by Marcelo Lombard, which highlighted restoring peace in Mexico where schools are facing this problem in a substantial way.  The group established initiatives in schools that assessed school harmony.  Through the process, students established their own consequences for their bullying actions and built long term resolution collectively with the entire school community, who witnessed the resolution. 
I attended the 9th Annual Peace Forum: The Intersection of Peace and Commerce held at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at USD with fellow Rotarians Amelie Catheline, Andi and Carl Kosnar. This forum was an inspiration and great reminder of the role Rotary played in developing the United Nations and peace initiatives throughout history. 
I learned the Rotary areas of focus which all relate to peace are:
Promote Peace │Fight Disease │Provide Clean Water and Sanitation │Save Mothers and Children │Support Education and Literacy │Grow Local Economics
Omitted for now from that list is Climate Change.  As a member of Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club, I have learned that the most urgent way to promote peace is through recognizing that none of these areas of focus is attainable in a world where we have not addressed the reality of Climate Change as the most pressing issue of our times. This point was addressed at the World Peace Conference by Dr. Richard Randolph retired US Army Colonel, and Dr. Chris King retired Army Brigadier General and Professor and Head of the Department of Geography and Environment Engineering at the United States Military Academy, in their presentation, "A World Crisis in Human Security: Climate Change." They explained that if we recognize it and take action now we can do much to change the dire forecast.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the many needs. We cannot do it all but we can do something.  To being known as a club of doers!
Lynn O'Halloran
Dinner time during the World Peace Conference 2020
Events in North County San Diego

Many groups in the San Diego region are very active in promoting efforts and action taken to address environmental challenges. Eco-Rotarians are leaders and key players of other various groups of our community. Because it is critical to collaborate and share events and information as much as possible to support each other, I encourage everyone to follow San Diego Climate Action Network, which provides a great calendar of events happening in the region.

In addition, here are some upcoming events to keep in mind!

Climate Reality Project

The next Climate Reality Leadership Corps training is in San Antonio. This 3-day training will prepare you to address the challenge of our century: Climate Change and all the consequences of this issue. The training is free of charge, you will just have to fund your transportation and accomodation. 
Here is the link to submit your application. For further questions, please contact Carter Stafford:
Submit your application by February 28th
to join the training in San Antonio, from April 14-16.

EcoFest Encinitas

This community event is back!

Sunday May 17, 2020 at Encinitas Community Park.

Let's celebrate together the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

EcoFest Encinitas is getting ready and they are looking for volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors. If you are interested in helping, please RSVP through their website:

North County Climate Change Alliance

North County Climate Change Alliance presents several events every month:
  • a movie followed by a discussion with a key instigator of the movie;
  • a presentation at the Vista Library to discuss a topic related to climate change; and
  • their FixIt Clinic is open every 4th Saturday of the month.
Next FixIt Clinic in Vista on March 28, 2020
organized by North County Climate Change Alliance

What Happened Last Month?

Club Meetings

Last month we had the great opportunity to learn more about, a non-profit dedicated to protecting children’s health, clean air, clean water and nontoxic public lands through education, activities, projects, contests, challenges and collaboration. Suzanne Hume and John Bottorff started this non-profit in 2019 to address these important issues throughout cities and school districts in North County San Diego with the help of students.
We also learned more about biochar and compost thanks to a presentation by Rick Wilson. Rick has been studying and researching what works and what doesn't to help regenerate the soil. Biochar combined with compost is one of the best natural way to create a healthy soil and Rick aims to providing at a large scale!

Field Trip to Santa Ysabel

On Tuesday, February 25th five club members and three guests enjoyed a field trip to the new County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation Nature Center at their Santa Ysabel Preserve near Julian. 

As we travelled from Encinitas (where our group met) to the Center, Trish Boaz, the Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (and their driver Tom) gave us an update on their progress towards completing the Coast to Crest Trail, which will eventually stretch approximately 70 miles from Del Mar to Volcan Mountain. They described their efforts to acquire easements to fill the approximate 20 miles of gaps in the Trail.

Upon reaching the Center, Ranger Bill Augustus and his assistant James met us and gave us a tour of the brand new 6,000 square-foot LEED Gold and Zero Net Energy facility. They walked us through the interactive exhibits, community room and patio, and the outdoor playground and small amphitheater. In addition, Bill described the operation and output of their solar energy system, which covers all their needs. They also led us on a short hike from the Center, describing the Engelmann Oaks and other vegetation in the Preserve, which totals over 6,000 acres. 

We stopped for a quick lunch and made our way back to Encinitas, wrapping up a pleasant field trip on a perfect San Diego day.

The Santa Ysabel Preserve holds some beautiful Engelmann Oak Trees
Left picture: Group picture in front of an Engelmann Oak Tree.
Right picture: Visit of the interactive exhibit to learn more about the ecology and history of the preserve
Left picture: Walk through the natural playground made of dead trees and wood infill
Right picture: The group walking over the sundial in front the Nature Center
Service Project at

San Dieguito County Park

Our great Eco-Rotary team helped installed treillis structure for the grape vines that have been recently planted at the park.
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at LePort School Solana Beach, 1010 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075
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