Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club

Newsletter of the Month
May 2020


 People of Action

Dear Members and Friends of the Eco-Rotary,
It is been over 40 days now that we have seen our lives being turned upside down! A lot has happened during this time and as many of you do, I prefer to focus on and remember the good that comes out of this trying time. 
People have become creative and showed solidarity to help one another. Rotarians have particularly stepped up, living our motto "Service Above Self" better than ever. Rotary has partnered with The Globe Impact Group to launch the Volunteer Surge program. Through this program, people can get trained to support the Healthcare workers, from home or in the field. Visit the Volunteer Surge website to learn more about it and possibly volunteer.
Rotary International is also supporting the Rotary Districts throughout the world via the Disaster Response Fund to help them during this pandemic
Thanks to our District, each club in the San Diego region has the opportunity to apply for a District COVID-19 relief grant and match it with their funds. At the Solana Beach Eco Rotary, we have decided to contribute to the Encinitas Small Business Support Fund that has been started by the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Foundation in partnership with the Harbaugh Foundation, to support Encinitas small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to an additional matching grant provided by the Harbaugh Foundation, we have been able to give $1,000. 
Additionally, we recently raised over $1,700 within our club to support ProduceGood, a local gleaning nonprofit organization that provides food to our communities in San Diego by gathering produce that would otherwise go to waste. Every $1,000 donated to ProduceGood will help provide 3,800 servings of nutritious produce to the food insecure of San Diego. Their work not only help people in need but also help reduce food waste, an important factor known to impact climate change. We are extremely happy to learn that they have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their tremendous efforts (read the article of the San Diego Union Tribune). 
I would like to take this time to thank you for your generosity whether you are able to support one another financially or by giving your time to your community! 
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! 
Stay safe and healthy.
Yours in Rotary,
Amélie Catheline
Club President 2019-2020

Upcoming Events

Speaker Program

Due to the ongoing health crisis we are experiencing, we have moved our club meetings to an online format. We are extremely happy to be able to continue our mission to educate our members and our community despite the challenges!
If you are NOT a member of the Solana Beach Eco-Rotary, please RSVP to attend club meetings. 
Links to our Zoom meeting rooms will be sent automatically to all Eco-Rotarians, and additional emails will be sent to guests who have signed up. Feel free to share the information and this newsletter!
Permaculture: Overview & Application in East Africa
We are very pleased to host Colin Richard and Cecilia Njoroge, on May 5th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. 
Colin H. Richard will give an overview of permaculture ethics, principles and practices in practice locally and globally. Cecilia Njoroge (Kikuyu people) is Director of Leap Empowerment Development Initiative (LEDI) based in Kenya.  Sustainable agriculture for food security and livelihoods are central to LEDI's programs. 
SWPPP Internship Program: Stormwater Education for Youth
Join us on May 19th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. as we host Bill Dean and his students from the SWPPP Internship Program.
Several students will present what they have accomplished to reduce stormwater pollution. They will present their findings and solutions.
BCK programs including SWPPP Internship program are designed to have students participate in activities that provide meaningful solutions along with data valuable to schools, cities and hopefully the state.  
Responsibly Managing Surplus Hospital Assets
We are pleased to host Mimi Lively, CEO and owner of ZRG Medical, on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 at 6:30 PM.
ZRG Medical helps hospitals that want their surplus equipment to have a second life. Mimi Lively will share how her company removes, processes, sells, donates, and responsibly recycles hospital surplus assets.

ZRG Medical, founded in 2013, is a certified women-owned business located in Oceanside, California.

Community Service at San Dieguito County Park

We are forced to cancel all community service at San Dieguito County Park, for the time being. Please stay tuned to join us when we resume!
In the mid-time, Park Ranger Alejandro Santos has shared pictures of the park to enjoy the beauty of wildlife!

An Eco-Conscious Lifestyle

Eco-Minute by Carter Stafford

As we face difficulties and change during the COVID-19 crisis, people have been creative with their time and activities, finding ways to support each other, whether by donating food, making masks, or turning their business to serve the community.
Misadventure & Co is a local distillery that produces vodka. What makes them stand out is how they produce this vodka: they use unsold baked goods! Sustainability is at the core of their business helping reduce food waste while having fun. Since the pandemic has started they converted their entire production facility from vodka to hand sanitizer. Moreover, they helped by donating 66 bottles of their hand sanitizers to the homeless through Neighbors in Faith in Carlsbad. By being creative, they are putting their business at the service of people, helping reducing the impact of food waste on climate change and keeping their business open. A true sustainability story!
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.

Due to the on-going social distancing requirements, many events have been canceled or postponed. Check out your favorite organization's website regularly as they may have transitioned to an online platform for the time being. Most of them are still taking action to protect our environment!

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. If your organization has transitioned to an online format, you can still use this calendar to promote your online events!

Here is some information: holds a weekly virtual webinar on Thursdays to discuss important updates on environmental policies and regulations. The youth board provides updates on regulation and roll backs related to climate change, wildlife and ecosystem protection, clean air, clean water, toxic free neighborhoods and zero waste.

Visit their website to register and attend their meetings.


North County Climate Change Alliance

Our Changing Climate Series
via Zoom
NCCCA is hosting its next event on Thursday, May 14th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 p.m. on Community Choice Aggregation and the Path to Clean Energy. This presentation will be done by Dr. Jose Torre-Bueno. 
Please register in advance for this Zoom meeting: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

What Happened Last Month?

Visit of the Amazon rainforest, ecological
water remediation and Rotary programs

Last month we had the great opportunity to learn more about Nature and Culture International. Matt Clark, President and CEO of NCI, gave us a tour of their program in Latin America. Matt explained the amazing work they do to protect the Amazon rainforest and help the indigenous people preserve their local culture. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive information about virtual tours in the beautiful forests of South America.
We also hosted Rick Wilson who discussed river pollution and a great technology that provides ecological water remediation. 
We finished the month with a presentation from Marge Cole, Rotary District 5340 Foundation Chair and District Rotary Friendship Exchange Committee. We learned about the Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) program and the International Travel and Hosting Fellowship (ITHF). Both programs offer opportunities for Rotarians to go abroad, meet fellow Rotarians and learn more about the local culture. Several Eco-Rotarians shared their experience of hosting foreign rotarians or traveling abroad thanks to these programs.
Last but not least, we had the great chance to listen to Niels' latest song during one of our meetings. "It's Time For Action" is a call to action to protect our planet and environment. Thank you Niels for sharing your commitment and spreading the word through music. Visit our story page or listen to Niels on our Facebook page.
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