Here are some pictures from this past weekend's service event: Kobey's Swap Meet. This is San Diego's best open air market, attracting over 20,000 shoppers each weekend where various organizations collect used household items, clothing or knickknacks and sell them. Kobey's Swap Meet hosted its 1st Annual NON-PROFIT Day  this past Saturday with over 100 non-profits participating. Thank you to all our Rotarians who made it to the event!
Koby's Swap Meet Loretta Stinson 2018-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
You're invited to join Sarah, Craig and other members of District 5340 at the annual Governor's Dinner and Awards. At this event, the ceremonial baton is passed to the 2018-19 leadership within Rotary, and Rotarians from the district are recognized for their outstanding achievements for the previous year. SD Coastal will pay 50% ($25) of your ticket price if you'd like to go. If you're interested in attending, you must RSVP by Thursday May 31st at
Monday, June 4, 2018

La Jolla Marriott Hotel
4240 La Jolla Village Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037
5:00-8:00 pm

Annual District Awards and Induction Ceremony

The Governors Dinner program will include:

  • Profiles on outstanding club achievements;

  • The success of the Tree-Planting Challenge from RI President Ian Riseley;

  • District 5340's modernization program;

  • Recipients of the Clubs of the Year;

  • Individual Rotary Awards, including Rotarian of the Year;

  • And much, much more!

Cost per person, including three-course meal, is $49.50. For clubs that have 8 or more members registered and paid, tables will automatically be reserved. Entertainment will be provided by Larry Potter, a longtime Rotarian and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown (Breakfast).

Join us as we celebrate the year that was, as well as the incredible year to come.

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Help raise funds for a great cause by joining San Diego Coastal Rotary for a night of painting and having fun!! A professional Artist will lead our group to recreate the event's featured painting while we listen to music and sip and nibble on tasty food and beverages. All proceeds raised from the ticket sales, food and drinks will go toward community service projets done by our club over the coming year!

Date/Time: Wed, 5/30/2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Bay City Brewing Co - 3760 Hancock S, San Diego, CA 92110
Price Per Seat: $35.00. Please pay for the event through the Eventbrite Link:

Painting Party Basics:
- Easy to follow professional instruction
- All supplies included
- Take home your finished painting
- No experience necessary
- Fun! Social! Interactive!

If you have any questions please call Allan (619) 246-9300
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Despite having only 12 people attend our rock climbing fundraiser last week, we all still had a fun time. This gym was MUCH better than the last one and even featured several automatic belays (so you can climb on your own).
We did not, however, meet our fundraising goal for our upcoming Mexico loft home build - so we still need your help! If you didn't attend the fundraiser and can spare a few dollars, we encourage you to donate (either at the next meeting or via Venmo) toward our $5,000 cost of building the home. Fundraisers only work if we all participate and/or invite friends, and we all need to pull together to do our part!
Below are some photos of all the fun:
Rock Climbing Fundraiser - NEED YOUR HELP! 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
After our election two weeks ago, we are happy to present the incoming board for the 2018-2019 Rotary year!
Club President: Sarah Davis
President Elect: no one yet - still open
Treasurer: Craig Hothem
Service: Mari Pullen
Fundraising: Andrew Le
Membership: Jessica Long
Programs: Patti Mortweet
Public Relations: Loretta Stinson
Peace: Jenny Parker
Foundation: April Moranville
Sargent of Arms: Laurie Peck
Youth: Fernanda Torres
Secretary: Allan Candelore
As you can see, President Elect (for 2019-2020) is still vacant. We really need to identify our next President as soon as possible to give that person the dates for their PETS training, among other things. If any of you are willing to fill that role, even someone currently on the board in another position, please let Sarah D know.
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Our group had an amazing time this past weekend in Mexico where we built an entire loft home in under 8 hours for Wendi and her two young children. We worked through the 95+ degree heat and were able to finish ahead of schedule to give this beautiful family a truly life changing gift.  Then, in true rotary fashion, after the work was done we treated ourselves to a fun evening out and explored Rosarito Sunday morning before coming home. Check out the video at the link below for a montage of the weekend, and mark your calendars for our next trip scheduled for the third weekend in September!
Mexico Loft Home Build Trip - RESULTS 2018-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
You're invited to join us for an awesome rock climbing experience as we raise funds for our Rotary Club! For just $25, you'll get everything you need to start climbing including the gear (harness/shoes) and a short intro lesson for those who need it. Funds raised from this event will benefit our next service project where we’ll be heading to Mexico to build a loft home for a family in need.

When: Wednesday, March 28th from 6-9pm
Where: Vertical Hold Poway
13026 Stowe Dr, Poway, CA 92064
What: $25 fee gets you everything you need to climb for 3 hours. Vertical hold has both electronic and hand-held belays so you can climb with or without a partner. Please wear athletic clothes and shoes. ...Feel free to bring a water bottle. Must be 13+ year old to participate.
How: Purchase tickets in advance at
Why: to raise money for our loft home build with Project Mercy. Homes cost approximately $5,000 in materials and take just a day to build. We will be helping a young family with children who are currently homeless and living in a makeshift shelter made out of cardboard boxes, hallowed out old cars, and other items commonly discarded at a dumpsite. This home will allow them to stay warm, dry, and most importantly, safe.

We look forward to having fun and giving back with you at Vertical Hold! Please invite your friends and help us spread the word on Facebook at

For questions please contact Allan - (619) 246-9300
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Join us on Saturday, January 27th from 9am - 11am while we help plant and paint some new 'pollinator' gardens at the Living Coast Discover Center in Chula Vista. Many of you will recall when the Living Coast came to speak to our club about the work they do for local marine life and ecosystems, and that they're one of the rare undiscovered jewels of San Diego (who knew there was such an aquarium in Chula Vista?).
We will be painting and planting things to help them create their pollinator garden in an effort to sustain certain local plants and bees. Please wear gardening/painting clothes and close-toed shoes. After our volunteer event we will have the option to stick around and tour the facility as their free guest.
When: Saturday, January 27th from 9am - 11am
Where: Living Coast Discovery Center
1000 Gunpowder Point Dr.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
We need at least 10 volunteers all the way up to 30, so this would be a great event to bring a prospective Rotarian to.
For questions please see Tom Bierman at 703-975-0257.
For more about the Living Coast Discover Center, visit their website at:
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Our Club Christmas party was a huge success! Not only did we have almost all club members in attendance, but we managed to raise $250 for our Syrian family so they can have a great Christmas! We also pulled off a fantastic white elephant gift exchange without any hiccups and just a few sore feelings from people who got their dream gift stolen - it happens. The food was wonderful, the jello shots were aplenty, and the fellowship was deep and engaging. All in all, a great event! Thank you again to Jenny for hosting us at her beautiful home.
Here are some photos from the night:
Club Christmas Party Recap 2017-12-19 08:00:00Z 0
While not official club sanctioned service projects, if you're looking to volunteer a bit more this holiday season, here are a few events worth checking out:
  • Saturday, Dec 16 10:30am-12pm: Serve Lunch at the San Diego Rescue Mission. The SDRM houses many homeless families going through their transitional program, as well as serves hundreds of thousands of meals to other homeless people throughout the year. They need help serving lunch on a weekly basis. Visit for more information and to register.
  • Friday, Dec 15 - Sunday Dec 17: Holiday Baskets with the CRC (Community Resource Center). This large annual event is a "free shopping experience" for many San Diego low-income families. They receive baskets of staple items along with a few fun gifts, and the CRC needs volunteers to help create and distribute the baskets. See for more information.
 If you know of any more volunteer events you want to see on this calendar, please email Sarah D. at
"Extra" Service Projects During The Holidays 2017-11-14 08:00:00Z 0
Many of you have asked how exactly a white elephant gift exchange works, so we wanted to lay out the rules:
1. Each player brings one wrapped gift to contribute to a common pool.
     ~for our game, the gift should be no more than $20ish in value and should aim to be gender neutral (i.e.: no makeup or beard trimmers).
2. Players draw names to determine what order they will go in.
3. Players sit in a circle or line where they can see the gift pile.
     ~To make things easier, everyone should sit in the order in which they will take their turns.
4. The first player selects a gift from the pool and opens it to make sure everyone can see the gift.
5. The following players can choose to either pick an unwrapped gift from the pool or steal a previous player’s gift. Anyone who gets their gift stolen in this way can do the same – choose a new gift or steal from someone else.
     ~To keep things moving along, there are a couple of limits on gift swapping:
  • A present can only be stolen once per turn, which means players who have a gift stolen from them have to wait to get it back.
  • After three swaps, the turn automatically comes to an end (otherwise things could drag on for a long time).
6. After all players have had a turn, the first player gets a chance to swap the gift he or she is holding for any other opened gift. Anyone who’s gift is stolen may steal from someone else (as long as that person hasn’t been stolen from yet). When someone declines to steal a gift, the game comes to an end.
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White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules 2017-11-07 08:00:00Z 0
Our 5k Fundraiser this past Saturday was a great first-time event with lots of good exposure for our club and nearly $500 raised! Nobody got hurt, almost half of all participants were non-club members, there were LOTS of cute babies, AND we were all done by 10:30. Below are some pictures from the event. Thanks again to Sarah/Thrivent for the $250 sponsorship!
5k Walk/Run Fundraiser RESULTS 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

This Saturday is our Marine Street Beach cleanup in La Jolla. Come join us and help clean the beach, followed by brunch at Herringbone in La Jolla.  Street parking is available around the beach area (though sometimes parking can be difficult, so plan on spending a good 5 minutes looking). We'll meetup at the bottom of the staircase on Marine Street.  The cleanup takes between 30 minutes to 45 minutes. People that aren't members of the club are welcome to join the beach cleaning fun!


Questions? Or for more information, email San Diego Coastal Rotary Club's service chair, Tom at

Service Project - Marine Street Beach Cleanup 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
PB Rotaract Pub Crawl For Polio 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
As many of you have heard by now, there was a terrible mass shooting at a music festival in Las Vegas last night. 50+ people were killed and over 400 were injured, with those numbers likely to rise as more information comes in. If you'd like to help, there are several ways you can:
  • Don't spread misinformation. It's easy to hit "share" on social media outlets, but try to verify first.
  • Contact your government representatives if you feel strongly about either side of the gun control debate as that will likely come front and center again. Find out how/who to contact here:
  • Donate blood. While we may not be in Vegas, this is a good reminder about the importance of having blood donations on hand in your city should something like this ever happen here. You can make an appointment to give blood locally at:
  • Donate money. The National Compassion Fund gives 100% of money donated directly to the victims of mass crime (9/11, Sandy Hook, Pulse Nightclub, and now Vegas). You can view their page here:
Support for Las Vegas Shooting Victims 2017-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Urban Street Angels is hosting their 2nd annual Halloween Party Fundraiser this year in conjunction with Active Lifestyle Nerds (a local Comic Con group). This year their party will be on Saturday, October 28th at an industrial event site in Miramar. They hope to raise $25,000+ to help fund an additional 6 beds in their supportive housing/work program over the coming year.
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Halloween Fundraiser for Urban Street Angels - BUY TICKETS ASAP 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Annual Rotary Calendar
In the annual Rotary calendar many months are designated to emphasize major programs of Rotary International. October is Vocational Service Month. During this period, clubs highlight the importance of the business and professional life of each Rotarian. Special activities promote the vocational avenue of service. Don't really know what a fellow club member dose for a living? Ask!
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Did you know that the very first Rotary Club in 1905 had no dues? Instead, they agreed that all club expenses would be paid from $.50 fines. In today's dollar, that fine would be just over $13. By 1915 Rotary International was on the verge of bankruptcy and it's then President Frank Mulholland suggested every Rotarian contribute $1 (just over $24 today), and hence the concept of annual dues was born. That $1 raised enough funds to make the organization whole, and thanks to the institution of dues RI has not suffered financially since.
With that,
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Today we remember our nation's great tragedy back on September 11, 2001. The following comes from a Rotary International Magazine expert by Cary Silver from December, 2001:
As New York Rotarian Matts Ingemanson headed for the subway on the morning of 11 September, he could not understand why his cell phone was not working. "For some reason, I couldn't make any calls. My phone was completely dead," he recalled. "Then I heard the sirens of firetrucks and police cars." As the train headed downtown, Ingemanson noticed a distraught, disheveled man who told passengers that two planes had crashed into the Twin Towers. "I thought he was a homeless man. No one took him seriously."
But it was only a matter of minutes before they did. "When I got out of the subway less than three quarters of a mile from the World Trade Center, I saw a huge cloud of smoke pouring towards me. Crowds of people were running down the street, screaming in fear. I shouted, 'What's happening?' and they shouted back, 'The World Trade building is coming down!'"
To read the rest of this article and learn how RI took a stand to help our fellow Americans during this time, please visit,%20December%202001.htm
Remembering Ground Zero - Rotarians Unite in Response To an Unspeakable Tragedy. 2017-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

We'll be assisting with the final meal preparation, then serving lunch and clean-up for the 175+ people staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Come join us for this wonderful  volunteer opportunity!

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a place to stay, meals, and the necessities of home so families can focus on caring for their critically ill or injured child being treated at a San Diego-area hospital.


Questions? Or for more information, email San Diego Coastal Rotary Club's service chair, Tom at

Service Project - Meals at Ronald McDonald House 2017-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Paddleboard fundraiser is now back on for August 30th! It'll go from 5:45 - 7:30pm, and after we'll head to Guava Beach Bar for food and drinks. We will be meeting in the grassy area next to the bay at 3701 Bayside Walk, SD 92109. Allan will have the boards ready for us at the beach.
The normal going rate for paddleboarding is $55/lesson, but thanks to the generosity of Surfari Surf School you can experience it for only $25! Even better is knowing your money is going to a good cause, as proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Street Angels.

First time paddleboarding? No worries, we'll have people there to conduct a short lesson and help you get on a board and paddle away in no time! Everyone is welcome so please share this event with your family and friends!
An Eventbrite link to register and pay will be added to the event's Facebook page soon. For any questions, please contact Allan at (619) 246-9300.
Paddle Board Fundraiser Back on For August 30th! 2017-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
14 Rotarians came together to volunteer at the Casa Hogar Monte Horeb all boys orphanage in Valle De Guadalupe, MX. We spent all day working in 90+ degree heat to build a much needed staircase and paint the boys' kitchen and chapel. We had lunch with the boys and got to hear their stories about how long they had been there and what their goals in life are. Near the end of the day we presented them with some supplies that all teenage boys need (deodorant, shampoo, etc). As a lot of us know, that type of bonding over a shared love of service is what makes Rotary so meaningful. After a hard day of work we enjoyed a lovey dinner and watched the Mayweathr McGregor fight in Ensenada. Sunday we explored La Bufadora and everyone got home safe and sound. Another fun volunteer trip in the books!
Mexico Orphanage Trip Recap 2017-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Do you want to add content to the newsletter? You'll make the newsletter editor's life easier by creating a "story" first. Events do not appear in the newsletter as content but rather small bullet points on the right side, so to truly get the heart of your message out you must create a "story" via the clubrunner website. How do you create a story? Log in to the clubrunner website and click "edit stories"
Then, click "create new story", give it a title, and add ALL photos and copy to the first print area called "story brief". To finish hit publish. Just like that, you've created content that can easily be dropped into the next newsletter like this story you just read!
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Some of the kids from Refugee Tutoring have been taking swimming lessons over the summer and this event will help teach the kids in how to surf, stand up paddle board and boogie board.  There will be water activities (surfing, snorkeling, SUP) and a BBQ, all volunteers are welcome to join and help supervise a small group of students.  Come out and help with all of the fun festivities.

Message from the coordinator of the event at Out of the Boat Swim:

We anticipate 40 elementary age kids and 20-25 middle school age kiddos so any assistance your group could provide would be awesome! We divide the kids into groups and have them rotate through the activities. We will pair off kids with volunteers for the day so the more volunteers the better!! Volunteers don't necessarily need to know to instruct the water activities- there will be life guards at the stations working with the kids. The event takes place at mission bay.


For more information please contact  

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Club member Jenny Parker is heading to Patzun, Guatemala to work at Corpus Christi Hospital doing general and eye surgeries. The nuns who run the hospital and orphanage next door are looking for kids clothing (ages newborn to 18 years) as well as educational materials (books in Spanish, flash cards, pens/pencils, etc). If you would like to donate some of either or both items, please bring them to this week's club meeting so Jenny can collect them.
Clothing and Educational Supplies Drive 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Jenny Parker is involved with an organization called Out of the Boat ( They work with underprivileged kids to teach them about water safety. They are having an event August 12 from 8-noon to teach kids about safety at the beach and would like volunteers. Craig sent out more details via an email for those interested. If you have any questions please contact Jenny at
Out of the Boat Kids Day 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0

Who is ready to have a lot of fun at our Archery Tag - FUNdRaiser!?!

All proceeds raised will help the Orphanage Repair Trip in August and SD Coastal Rotary. Uptown Archery is setting up the Archery Tag Games and they are the only company licensed to run this game in SD, So we are in for a real treat! Archery Tag is normally priced at $34 per person for an hour and a half, we have it for $40 and will go for 3 hours with refreshments provided. Remember, PLEASE share the event with your friends and/or on social media!
This is a Safe and Exciting game for all ages (arrows have foam tips). All supplies and equipment needed are provided for the event though we recommend you bring a hat and sun block, plus any snacks you may want to share. We will have water, drinks and two canopies for people to hang out at.
To learn more about what archery tag is, watch the promo video:
For questions, please call or text Allan Candelore at (619) 246-9300
Archery Tag FUNdraiser 2017-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
You may remember that Hands of Peace received a district grant the last two years supported by several local clubs including ours. Hands of Peace has just begun it's 15th year of work with Israeli and Palestinian teens with 96 participants here and in Chicago. In a three week program this July, the participants will  undergo daily dialogue programs with facilitators, leadership and critical thinking training and attend conflict resolution seminars with experts in the field. If you would like to see your Rotary dollars at work and know more about Hands of Peace, the perfect opportunity is their Farewell Celebration on Sunday, July 30. You will get a chance to meet the founder and leaders of the organization and hear from the participants and see videos that they have produced. You will really enjoy this experience -  it is magic to see Israelis and Palestinians who have bonded in a shared dream to resolve their conflict at home. 
Date: Sunday, July 30th
Location: Temple Solel
3575 Manchester Ave, Cardiff by the sea
Time: 5:00-7:30pm
Cost: $35
There will be appetizers and dessert, a silent auction featuring items from the Middle East, a multimedia presentation and opportunities to support the program.  To purchase tickets, please visit For more questions, please contact Jenny Parker at  
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In lieu of our regular meeting, please join us for a hands-on service project as we volunteer at the Feeding America warehouse. Feeding America may have us help with a number of different projects depending on what's needed at the time, including filling bags with fresh produce to be later delivered to children in need, sorting food that has been pulled from grocery store shelves to prevent it from reaching the landfill and instead into the hands of families in need, repacking bulk product received by Feeding America, or even some simple cleaning around the warehouse.
Please wear close-toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting a bit dirty. Questions? Or for more information, email San Diego Coastal Rotary Club's service chair, Tom at
Service Night at Feeding America San Diego 2017-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED for our next trip to Valle de Guadalupe for orphanage beautification on Saturday August 26 - Sunday August 27. We will be working at a smaller, all boys orphanage to help them paint several structures, repair some stairs, do some fun art projects with the kids and feed them a great lunch. The format will be similar to previous trips, leaving Saturday morning at 7am and coming back Sunday afternoon around 5pm. We will be working in the Valle at the orphanage during the day then having a dinner in a nearby restaurant (La Esperanza). We plan on staying in Ensenada at the Cortez Hotel and going out on the town in Ensenada (yes, we will find a place that's got the fight on TV). If you did not register to attend this time, please feel free to still support the trip by donating at our next meeting. If you have any questions please contact Tom at
Websites for the hotel and restaurant can be found here:
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED - Orphanage Beautification in Valle de Guadelupe Sarah Davis 2017-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
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Come out and help the kids of Refugee Tutoring and Ibarra Elementary in City Heights in their Field Days.  The kids will be participating in different atheletic events and will need help setting up organizing and helping to run the events for the kids.  More information to come.
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Come join us for this fun service project, July 22! It was a hit with both our volunteers and the participants last year. 

You'll spend the morning helping the participants get into the boats and help as needed both on land and while in the boats while you get the chance to cruise around the bay. Lunch will be provided so be sure to come out for this fun, outdoor activity.

Volunteers will need to be there at 8:30 am to set up and the clinic starts at 9:00 am. It will finish at about noon.  10 to 12 volunteers would be great to have come help out!
Questions? Or for more information, email San Diego Coastal Rotary Club's service chair, Tom at
Service Project - Volunteer at Blind Ski Clinic Tom Bierman 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Currently, 76 children under five years of age at the Sekusilezulu Pre-school in South Africa are required to use dangerous and unsanitary "long drop" uncovered pit toilets with no privacy or fall protection. The existing pit toilets are in the open air and facing a main road. Children using the pit toilets are exposed to passers-bys and are most are unwilling to use toilets even when needed. There are currently only two "long drop" toilets available for 76 children and 12 staff members. The Rotary Club of Richards Bay proposed to build a toilet facility which will allow girls to have four private toilet stalls; boys to have three urinals and one toilet; and staff members will have a toilet for each gender. This is a critical infrastructure for this poor community.
San Diego Coastal Rotary is partnering with the Mission Valley Sunset Club through a matching Global Grant to support this project. More information is available on the Matching Grants Project Page.
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Our next service project night will be on May 31, 2017, with Adaptive Sports in Sorrento Valley. We will be helping the coaches with their game of floor volleyball and even playing as well. You don't have to participate in the game to help, but it will be a great time! Please wear shorts or pants that can slide on a floor. 
A little bit about Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association  The Adaptive Sports & Recreation Association’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities through sports and recreation. ASRA works to coordinate and foster a program of adaptive sports for individuals with a permanent physical disability that prevents them from participating in sports and athletics by providing competitive league sports, recreational team sports, instructional camps, sports clinics, and offers other adaptive sports based on need and interest.
SOS: Floor Volleyball with Adaptive Sports and Rec | May 31, 2017 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
San Diego Coastal Rotary is on Venmo! The account was created for members to make or accept payments for dues and other club costs. The Club's Venmo tag is @sdcoastalrotary.
If you are unfamiliar with Venmo, it is a free digital wallet (app) that lets you make and share payments with friends. It works via an app on your smart phone, or through the web interface, and is linked to your bank account or credit card for sending and receiving money. For more information about Venmo, please visit the Venmo website.
@sdcoastalrotary on Venmo Christopher McCoy 2017-04-25 07:00:00Z 0

Rotarians at Work Day Happens the last Saturday in April each year. It started in 2006 as a joint effort between two Rotary Districts (one in the US and one in Mexico). Each year clubs around the world identify a hands on project that all members can participate in to help their local community.  

This year, San Diego Coastal Rotary will be assembling prepared Little Library kits. Assembly will take place at Craig Hothem’s house on the NE corner of Comstock and Comly Streets on April 29th, 2017 starting at 10:00am. Some of the Little Libraries still need homes, so please contact the club if you have a location idea.

RAW - Little Library Assembly | April 29, 2017 2017-04-25 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Kirkpatrick
On Tuesday two amazing things happened: 1) a dental appointment occurred where a toddler was not terrified nor tortured by a Dentist; 2) networking between Rotarians led to a business transaction. It's great that we have a club with non-traditional meetings,  however the benefits of networking between two people who share similar business values,  such as the four way test, stretches back to the founding day of Rotary. Though the melding of networking and service may be tricky and historically at times controversial, the reality may be Rotarians are usually great at all avenues of service, including vocational. So next time you're at a Rotary networking function, take it beyond small talk & either try out some of the many diverse services offered by your like-minded colleagues, or lend your expertise, advice, and professional network to a fellow Rotarian in search of new opportunities. Who knows, you may get your money's worth.
Rotary Moment Mark Kirkpatrick 2017-04-12 07:00:00Z 0


AleSmith Brewing Company is hosting a fundraising event in support of the California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation featuring

  • Book reading and signing of "Struggle Between Despair and Life" by author, Mayak Deng Aruei
  • Shared personal stories from various members of the Lost Boys of Sudan
  • Traditional performance by The Lost Boys & Girls of Sudan
  • Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes
  • AleSmith Mokasida Speedway Stout (brewed in support of The Lost Boys of Sudan) available on draft and bottles
  • Ethiopian food vendor on-site

A portion of proceeds from the evening will be donated to The California Sudanese Lost Boys and Girls Foundation. More details available here.

A Night With The Lost Boys of Sudan Samantha Lloyd 2017-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
San Diego Coastal Rotary has been invited to assist with the 2017 La Jolla Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, April 9th at Ellen Browning Scripts Park in La Jolla Cove starting at 1:00pm. Volunteers will be escorting winning cars along a red carpet to receive awards. This will be an afternoon commitment and dress code will be white shirt, tan pants and a blue blazer. An orientation session will take place on Wednesday, April 5th at 6:00pm at Inplace Studio, 7739 Fay Ave in La Jolla. Organizers are still looking to recruit 10 volunteers.
In exchange for our help, organizers will donate $10 or $25 to San Diego Coastal Rotary for Regular ($65 value) or VIP ($200 value) tickets sold using the promo code "Rotary". To register as a volunteer, go to the registration page and fill out the form, selecting "Award Ceremony/Show Exit Field Crew" under the Volunteer Options menu. Email Samantha Lloyd with any questions.
Volunteering with La Jolla Concours d'Elegance Samantha Lloyd 2017-03-23 07:00:00Z 0
Sunday, March 19, San Diego Coastal Rotary participated in the 2017 San Diego Peace Heroes Walk. The Peace Heroes Walk Around the World is a joint initiative between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation and the Dayton, Ohio Peace Museum. This year, they promoted Rotary's work in peace and the Rotarian Action Group for Peace. Photos from the event are on our website.
2017 San Diego Peace Heroes Walk Jenny Parker 2017-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
Sat, Apr 15 10:30AM-1:30PM
We'll be assisting with the final meal preparation, then serving lunch and clean-up for the 175+ families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Come join us for this wonderful volunteer opportunity! Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a place to stay, meals, and the necessities of home so families can focus on caring for their critically ill or injured child being treated at a San Diego-area hospital. All are invited to volunteer! Check out the event page for more details.
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Come on out and help us keep the beaches clean! On Wednesday, Mar 29th at 6:30, we will be doing our first beach clean up of the year as our weekly meeting at Marine Street Beach in La Jolla. This is a beach that our club has adopted and taken care of for many years. We will be going to Su Casa (6738 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037) afterward for happy hour. Street parking is available around the beach area. The cleanup takes between 30 minutes to 45 minutes. Check out the event page for more details.
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Last week, SD Coastal Rotary hosted a Beer and Paint Night Fundraiser. All proceeds from the all tickets, drinks, and food will go towards service various community volunteer projects that our club sponsors. Club members and friends had a great time drinking beer and painting. Turns out we have quite a few talented artists amongst us! Thanks to everyone who attended!
Check out the event photo album for more photos!
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On Saturday, Feb 11th at 9:00, we are doing a beach cleanup of our adopted beach, Marine Street Beach in La Jolla for our February Service Project. Come join us and help clean the beach, followed by brunch at Herringbone in La Jolla (7837 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037).  Street parking is available around the beach area. The cleanup takes between 30 minutes to 45 minutes. People that aren't members of the club are welcome to join the beach cleaning fun! Check out the event page for more details.
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Help raise funds for a great cause by joining San Diego Coastal Rotary for a night of painting and having fun!! Oh and Beer!! All proceeeds raised from the ticket sales, food and drinks will go toward service and community volunteer projects! Click here to register.

Date/Time: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Bay City Brewing Co - 3760 Hancock S, San Diego, CA 92110
Price Per Seat: $35.00
A professional Artist will lead our group to recreate the event's featured painting while we listen to music and sip and nibble on tasty food and beverages.

Party Basics: 
  • Easy to follow professional instruction
  • All supplies included
  • Take home your finished painting
  • No experience necessary
  • Fun! Social! Interactive!

Featured Painting: "Shore Birds"
Originally created for Paints Uncorked by Alex Thomas Jones
Featured Artist: Mikaela Mcleish
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Posted by Jenny Parker on Jan 16, 2017
The Peace Heroes Walk Around the World is a joint initiative between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation and the Dayton, Ohio Peace Museum. For the first time ever, the walk is being held here in San Diego and they're reaching out to us to be a part of it! In addition, they've changed the nature of the walk from a fundraiser to a FREE event! They are promoting Rotary's work in peace and Rotarian Action Group for Peace, and we are hoping for a big Rotary turnout at the event. For more information contact Jenny at 619-985-2999, or check out the event flier.

Bring all your friends and wear your Rotary t-shirt. This is a great way to promote Rotary and it's goal to foster peace locally and globally, and we hope you can participate!

Join students, families, and Rotarians on:

Sunday, March 19th from 12:30pm to 3pm at Magee Park Gazebo in Carlsbad.
Magee Park- 258 Beech Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Event is free and open to the public.

Peace Heroes Walk - Sun Mar 19 Jenny Parker 2017-01-16 08:00:00Z 0

San Diego Coastal Rotary invites you to join us for a volunteer project at the Feeding America San Diego warehouse on Wed, Jan 25th at 6pm.

Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes as we will be working in a warehouse. Depending on what is needed at the time, volunteers are typically asked to help with the following tasks:

  • Filling bags with fresh produce to be later delivered to children in need
  • Sorting food that has been pulled from grocery store shelves to prevent it from reaching the landfill and instead into the hands of families in need
  • Repacking bulk product received by Feeding America
Feeding America San Diego helps feed more than 16,000 children, families and seniors in our local community every week! They are always accepting food donations and volunteers are welcome to bring any donations from with them.
Service Project @ Feeding America Tom Bierman 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Tijuana Rotary Club has invited us to help out with their annual Dia de Reyes (Wise Man) event on Saturday, January 21st. This is a huge event in which around 300-400 children with disabilities have fun and receive toys, blankets, breakfast, rosca de reyes, and games. There will also be a small zoo for therapy and free transportation for the children.
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We'll be sending out an email with more details and how to sign up to volunteer in the next week or so. In the meantime, please reach out to Service Chair, Tom B with any questions.
International Service Project with Tijuana Rotary Club Tom Bierman 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
February is World Understanding Month (think peace, love and valentines) and Rotary is making a push for peace literacy this month. In honor of this, we have some great speakers lined up for February.

    Feb 1: The Peace Resource Center of San Diego - How to Handle Hate

    Feb 8: Hearts 4 Refugees - Refugees in San Diego

    Feb 15: Rotarian Jerry Leggett - Rotarian Action Group for Peace and Peace Heroes Walks

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January 29 at 12pm at Waterfront Park (1600 Pacific Highway Downtown San Diego): MEET THE ALSHAHHOUDS! Join us for a welcome potluck with our 'adopted' Syrian family. Bring your favorite snacks, soccer balls and Frisbees. Plan to stay a few hours to share some food, check out this great park and get acquainted with the Alshahhoud family who have just resettled.
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Hands of Peace Benefit - Sun Mar 5 Jenny Parker 2017-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

Hosted by the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and Sparks Gallery

 Join the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club at an art show opening at Sparks Gallery in downtown San Diego where all alcohol sales will benefit the club. The Sparks Gallery is one of the largest and most prestigious galleries in San Diego and will be hosting a show of work of sculptors from the National Sculpture Society. 

Questions? Or for more information, reach out to event coordinator Mark Adams or fundraising chair Allan Candelore.

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Posted by Chris McCoy

Want to spread a little extra cheer this holiday season? 

Our club has adopted a family this holiday season! Thank you to all who have already donated. If you would like to participate, we are still collecting donations for the family.

The family has six children - girls aged 2, 5, 7, 9, and 11, and a boy aged 12. We are looking for everything from pens, pencils, stickers, books, and other kid-friendly items to give to the family. I'm sure they will be grateful for anything we donate.  Jenny has offered to pick up donated items this week, and she will be dropping items off to the family on Saturday Dec. 24 at 10:00 am. If anyone would like to join her, she would love the company.
Please feel free to contact me or Jenny if you have any questions and/or want to participate.

Questions? Reach out Jenny Parker or Chris McCoy.

Rotary Holiday Family Adoption Chris McCoy 2016-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mari Pullen

Want to spread a little extra cheer this holiday season?

Our Rotary Club has partnered with the local organization, Syrian Community Network to adopt a family who has just relocated to San Diego from Syria. Said, his wife and seven children (ranging in age from 15 to 2 years old) are hoping to get settled and would love some house essentials for their new apartment. Simply visit this link to learn more about the family, take a look at their wish list, and sign up for what you'd like to buy and go shopping or bring some cash with you to our holiday party this Sunday! 

Questions? Reach out Jenny Parker.

Help Us Adopt a Refugee Family For the Holidays Mari Pullen 2016-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Parker on Nov 27, 2016
The Peace Heroes Walk Around the World is a joint initiative between the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation and the Dayton, Ohio Peace Museum. For the first time ever, the walk is being held here in San Diego and they're reaching out to us to be a part of it! You can get involved in a number of ways including: starting your own team, sponsoring a team, donating to the event, or volunteering at the event. Bring all your friends and wear your Rotary t-shirt. This is a great way to promote Rotary and it's goal to foster peace locally and globally, and we hope you can participate!
The event is on Sun, March 19th at Magee Park in Carlsbad, California. 
Peace Heroes Walk Around the World - Sun Mar 19 Jenny Parker 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0

The Holiday Baskets Program, put together by the Community Resource Center, helps to provide needy families with basic necessities and some gifts during the holiday season.  All the supplies are donated by many generous donors and families will also receive a food box with a chicken or turkey and many other things to have a proper holiday meal.  We are going to be assisting with the disbursement of the holiday baskets and making the day move smoothly. We will need 20 volunteers for this project.  Visit our official event page here for more details and to sign up to volunteer.

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Shop Amazon Smile this holiday season and Amazon will donate to the San DiegoCoastal Rotary Foundation!

Have you heard of AmazonSmile? It’s an easy and (almost) effortless way to donate to your favorite charities while you shop without spending a penny more! For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization. If you already shop on Amazon, or if you’re looking to do some holiday shopping, we invite you to shop at and choose ‘San Diego Coastal Rotary Foundation’ as your charity of choice. Click here to read more...

Do Your Holiday Shopping with AmazonSmile and Support SDCoastal Rotary 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Last week we were joined by fellow Rotarian & CEO of Birds Eye Aerial Drones, Scott Painter, who shared with us the "scoop" on drones. With 23-years in the naval aviation industry, Scott is a expert in the drones industry. Scott educated us on several aspects of drones in the marketplace, and brought along some of his outstanding aerial footage and equipment to "show and tell." If you're interested in Birds Eye Aerial Drones or drones in general, here is the link to their website:
We also bid adieu to past-president and current SD Coastal Rotary Foundation board member Kara who is moving to Iowa next week for a new job. Congratulations to Kara on her new job and we wish you the best of luck in Iowa! Thank you Kara for your many years of dedication to the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and San Diego Coastal Rotary Foundation. We look forward to seeing you back soon for a visit!
Click here to see more photos from the event.
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Volunteer opportunity with the Community Resource Center helping to sort perishable food items for needy families. The holiday seasons can be extremely hard on low income families. Come out and help sort food items that will be disbursed to needy families. We need 6 volunteers for this opportunity. PLEASE WEAR CLOSED TOED SHOES AND LAYERED CLOTHING. Click here for more details on our event page.
To learn more about the Community Resource Center and their Holiday Basket Event visit the CRC official page here
Questions? Please contact Service Chair Tom B.
Holiday Basket Making with the Community Resource Center 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
SD Coastal Rotary sponsors the Pacific Beach Rotaract (PBR) Club. PBR is the newest of the District Rotaract clubs, but has already provided quite a few events that will benefit people all over the world. SD Coastal Rotary members are always welcome at their meetings. Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7pm, at Discover Pacific Beach: 1503 Garnet Ave.
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Rotary District 5340 is hosting a district wide service project at the Ray Griset Boys & Girls Club in Encinitas.
Help show the communities of the West Coast that ‘Rotary’s got their back’ in San Diego by putting your back into service at the San Diego tour stop as part of the Connecting for Good Tour.
Hard working Rotarians, Rotaractors and community members from all over the West Coast are taking the long way ‘round to the Zone Leadership Institute, by way of 23 Rotary Districts in a recreation vehicle making fourteen project stops to meet up with that District’s fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and community members. SHOW THE POWER OF SAN DIEGO AREA ROTARY CLUBS on November 9th in Encinitas, as the Connecting for Good tour stops at the RAY GRISET BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, where kids from all walks of life meet to learn character and citizenship, have a safe place to hang out, and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Come for a couple hours or stay for the entire day, whatever works best for you! We’ll have a number of projects available to our Rotarians and would LOVE your help:
  • Work hard digging and planting in the half acre urban farm
  • Paint and spruce up the Clubhouse with needed repairs and maintenance
  • Volunteer in the ceramics rooms where kids with autism spectrum and developmental disabilities find a calm and quiet place to learn and participate with others
  • Visit the Center for Healthy Lifestyle, and help prepare the outdoor space for the programs teaching kids about healthy eating, financial literacy, and self-esteem
As part of this wonderful day of service, you’ll enter into the Boys & Girls Club’s NO BULLY ZONE and make the environment one where Club kids feel safe and supported when they are out of school. The Club is longest serving youth organizations in its area having never turned a child away.  

If you can’t make it to the Day of Service during the day, join the socializing and networking at a lively happy hour to enjoy the company of friends starting at 5:30pm.  We'll be celebrating all of our wonderful accomplishments at the Boys & Girls Club and can't wait to see everyone!

Questions? Contact District Connecting for Good Chair Blake Johnson at
Volunteer with the Ray Griset Boys & Girls Club 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Last week, SD Coastal Rotary and the Rotary Club of Mission Valley Sunset, hosted an Oktoberfest Fundraiser Celebration in honor of the Rotary International Foundation. Proceeds from the event went to the End Polio Now Campaign and the Rotary International Foundation, which supports various humanitarian efforts internationally. Club members and friends had a great time drinking beer, eating food and networking with a variety of professionals in San Diego. Thanks to everyone who attended!
Check out the event photo album for more photos!
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This past Saturday, SD Coastal Rotary members and friends volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House here in San Diego. Volunteers helped to prepare and serve lunch to more than 175+ people visiting the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego provides a place to stay, meals, and the necessities of home for the families of critically ill or injured children being treated at a San Diego-area hospital so they can focus on making sure their child has the care they need.
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SD Coastal Rotary is officially ready to launch our first Little Free Library! 
Thank you to the countless members and friends who've helped us make this happen for our community. Most notably, thank you to Kara for all your hard work bringing this idea to life and coordinating every detail including the collecting of the hundreds of books, Chris, hobby carpenter and our club's president, who designed and constructed the first library, and Mari who helped us secure our first location. Thank you to the numerous other individuals who donated their books, money, and time.
Our first library will live in the La Jolla Colony Park, across the street from our meeting location at Leucadia Pizza. It can be found at the North Side of the park, under the pergola between the park and the Verano complex, giving readers a wonderful view while encouraging more foot traffic to this section of the park. Be sure to stop by the neighborhood and check it out. In the meantime, we've got a few photos of the project in progress below for you!
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On October 15 & 16, District 5340 held the annual LEADERSHIP, ETHICS, ASPIRATIONS & DETERMINATION (LEAD) Youth Conference. Every year, SD Coastal Rotary sponsors two students to attend the Conference. We are also proud of our own Jackie & Jessica who put in many hours serving on the LEAD Committee for our District - Jackie as the LEAD Chair for the District, and Jessica as Co-Registrar. After a successful conference at this year's Camp Cuyamaca, Jessica shared this message on Facebook: "A wonderful weekend volunteering at LEAD, a camp for over 130 8th graders across San Diego. So proud that our Rotary district puts on such a powerful event and so grateful to be a part of it."
If you're interested in learning more about LEAD, check out their website here. They also have a Youtube Channel.
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On October 12th, SD Coastal Rotary was honored to induct Samantha L as our newest club member. Samantha is a third generation Rotarian, and just moved here from Victoria, Canada where she was a charter member of the Downtown Victoria Rotary Club and past president of the Rotaract Club. She is excited to be joining our club, and we're honored to have her! Please welcome Samantha L to the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club!
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SD Coastal Rotary is officially ready to launch our first Little Free Library! Club president and hobby carpenter Chris has finished construction of the first library, and Mari has received final approval on the location. Now all we need is your help putting stickers in all of the books at this week's meeting! 
Our first library will live in the La Jolla Colony Park, across the street from our meeting location at Leucadia Pizza. It can be found at the North Side of the park, under the pergola between the park and the Verano complex, giving readers a wonderful view while encouraging more foot traffic to this section of the park.
Check out the photos below!
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Join the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and The Rotary Club of Mission Valley Sunset for an Oktoberfest fundraiser to benefit the Polio Plus/End Polio Now Campaign!

Taste a selection of different beers with information on the brewing process and the beers being tasted by a Stone brewer during the event. Food will be included in the cost of your ticket. The first hour will be networking and no host bar. The second hour will be a beer flight with program provided by a Stone Brewer. We will also be smashing the Polio Pig to “Smash out Polio."

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation, we will be donating our net proceeds to the Polio Plus/End Polio Now Campaign! Our goal is to raise $2,650 in honor of the first $26.50 donation to the Rotary Foundation 100 years ago.

The cost is $30 in advance (until October 22nd) or $35 at the door. Click the link below to buy your tickets now! 

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Questions? Please email Allan at

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San Diego Coastal Rotary Club members and friends recently held a Rock Climbing FUNdraiser at Mesa Rim Climbing Gym. Proceeds from the event go towards the San Diego Coastal Rotary Foundation and the multiple programs that our club is supporting. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped us raise funds for a good cause! Also, a special thanks to Allan Callandore and Mesa Rim for putting this together!


For more photos, click here.

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Posted by Jessica Long
Come join in the fun!  Rotarians are invited to be advisors at District 5340's LEAD (Leadership, Ethics, Aspirations & Determination) Conference being held on October 15 and 16.   Best of all - There is no charge to Rotarians or to their club for serving as a LEAD Advisor!
LEAD is a two-day weekend leadership camp for 8th grade students where Delegates discuss issues of ethical responsibility, improve leadership and communication skills, develop a positive outlook on service and life, and have fun with new friends.  Delegates from middle schools around our District will attend, and we need 12+ Rotarian advisors to help direct activities.
If interested, please go the LEAD website at, click on the Advisors link and follow the instructions to complete the application.  You may call Paul Pierce at 760-942-9911, or email him at if you have any questions.
LEAD Advisors Needed for Oct 15-16 Conference Jessica Long 2016-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Wed, Sep 28 6:00pm
Climb for a Cause!! You're invited to join San Diego Coastal Rotary Club for a Rock Climbing FUNdraiser event at Mesa Rim Climbing Gym. If you need practice or a tutorial, Mesa Rim has it all! All the equipment you need for Top roping & Boulding is here for only $27.37! All we need is for you to come and have fun! Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the San Diego Coastal Rotary Foundation and Rotary's various important projects. Everyone is welcome - please share this event with your family & friends!
Questions? Contact Allan at
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SD Coastal Rotarians met at Marine Street Beach on Sat. Sep 24th for our Adopt-A-Beach clean up. Several times a year our club heads to our beach for a clean up before grabbing brunch at a nearby cafe.
Click here for more photos from the event.
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Last week we had the honor of having Nancy Hughes, founder of Stove Team International join us. Her organization helps local entrepreneurs in Latin America establish sustainable factories to produce safe, affordable and fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires. To learn more about our speaker and Stove Team International, click here.
Click here to see more photos from the event.
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Posted by Kara Dobelis

Have you heard of AmazonSmile? It’s an easy and (almost) effortless way to donate to your favorite charities while you shop without spending a penny more.

Here’s how it works:

Every time you want to shop at Amazon, instead of going directly to you would use our special link: and click “start shopping” to shop as usual (we will also have the button on our website). It’s the same Amazon you know and use; same products, prices, and services. The only difference is, when you order through our special link, Amazon donates a portion of your eligible order to our Foundation, no extra cost to you. How awesome is that?! Anyone can use this link so please share with everyone you know!

So be sure to save our link so that you have it handy anytime you shop on amazon. If you don't have the link available at the time, you can always visit and search for San Diego Coastal Rotary Foundation.

Give to our Club Foundation by Shopping through Amazon Smile Kara Dobelis 2016-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Last week, Barbara Khozam, Customer Service Speaker & Consultant joined us as our guest speaker. She presented a program titled BAD Customer Service (And Strategies that Turn it Around). To learn more about Barbara, click here.
Click here to see more photos from the event.
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Last week we had the pleasure of hearing from Karen Andersen, with Solutions for Change, a local organization that transforms lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness. To learn more about Solutions for Change or find out how you can get involved visit their website here.
We also had the honor of inducting Samantha L as our newest club member. She is a third generation Rotarian, and just moved here from Victoria, Canada where she was a charter member of the Downtown Victoria Rotary Club and past president of the Rotaract Club. She is excited to be joining our club, and we're honored to have her! Please welcome Samantha L to the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club!
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Last week was our Paddleboarding FUNdraiser. We had an awesome time raising funds for our Little Free Library Project and the San Diego Coastal Rotary Foundation. Keep an eye out for our next Rock Climbing FUNdraiser coming up next month!
Click here for more photos from the event.
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Wed, Aug 31 6:00pm
You're invited to join San Diego Coastal Rotary Club for a Paddleboarding FUNdraiser event in Mission Bay! The going rate for Paddleboarding in San Diego is $55/lesson, but thanks to the generosity of Surfari Surf School you can experience it for only $25! Even better is knowing that your money is going to a good cause. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Little Free Library and the San Diego Coastal Rotary Foundation. First time paddle boarding? No worries! We'll have people there to conduct a short paddle boarding lesson and help you get on a board and paddle away in no time! Everyone is welcome - please share this event with your family & friends!

Click here for the full event page.
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Posted by Mari Pullen on Aug 28, 2016
You can now complete your pledge form online! There are three opportunities to give:
  • Rotary Foundation Pledge: Did you know this is the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation? Donations to the Rotary Foundation can benefit many of Rotary's keystone programs including support for a polio-free world, promoting peace, preventing disease, bolstering economic development, providing clean water, and even to support grants and projects chosen by clubs in our District.
  • SD Coastal Rotary Foundation Pledge: Our club is so excited to finally have our Foundation up and running! Contributions to the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club Foundation will go directly towards club service projects and activities throughout the year. Donations will help keep our club financially healthy and allow us to focus on continuing to give back to our local and international communities.
  • SUPER Rotarian (NEW!) Pledge: Be a super Rotarian by going the extra distance and contributing to our club's annual operating fund to ensure quality programming throughout the year!
Our club's goal this year is for every member to contribute or pledge to contribute $26.50 to help our club reach Every Rotarian Every Year Status and complete the criteria on the Presidential Citation. Click here to go to the online form and make your pledge now.
Questions? Contact our club's Foundation Chair, Mari.
Complete your online pledge form now Mari Pullen 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
We had an amazing trip to Ranchos de Los Ninos Orphanage, an orphanage supported by the Corazon de Vida Foundation in Valle de la guadalupe, Baja, Mexico. Roughly 20 volunteers from the San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and one of the Bay Area Rotary Clubs split into 3 groups. One group prepared lunch, and another facilitated arts & crafts activities for the kids, while another group painted rooms in the dormitories. After a rewarding day of work, we enjoyed the view from one of the wineries in the valley and had a delicious meal at a local restuarant. We stayed the night at a hotel in Ensanada and spent our Sunday on the beach playing volleyball and soaking up the sun before returning home to San Diego/San Francisco. Everyone had a great time and their hard work was much appreciated! Thank you to the numerous Rotarians who either participated in or supported this great project! A special thank you goes out to Tom Bierman and the Corazon de Vida Foundation for coordinating!
There are over 150 photos from the event. Click here to see the full photo album including Before/After pics.
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Posted by Fernanda Torres Garcia on Aug 25, 2016
Our club has been a strong supporter of the international teams that participate in Rotary District's Model UN (MUN 5340). By aiding in the sponsorship of several rotary clubs, member Fernanda Torres has helped bring over 12 teams so far. This year, the Dominican Republic will participate in the Rotary Model United Nations D5340, so Fernanda is travelling to Santo Domingo to meet with the DGE and scout for another team. Thank you Kevin Cahill for leading this project and thank you to Bertha de La Fuente and the Coronado Binational RC for sponsoring this team.
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Thanks to everyone who came out to Coronado Brewing Company to help us get ready for the Mexico Service Project. We had a successful trip to Mexico, and a great time with everyone at the happy hour! Check out a few photos below!
Click here for more photos from the event.
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Last week, Karla Mendoza of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County joined us as our guest speaker. She told us the numerous different programs they sponsor, the impact being involved in the program can have, and how you can get involved by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister. If you're interested in getting volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, you can sign up for a Volunteer Enrollment Session at
Click here for more photos from the event.
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Wed, August 24th 
Help us prepare for our upcoming International Service Project in Ensenada Mexico. We'll be gathering supplies and getting everything ready to go for our overnight trip to Casa de los Ninos Orphanage in Valle de Guadalupe on Sat, Aug 27 - Sun, Aug 28. You do not have to be joining us in Mexico to help us get ready. All are invited to volunteer! Check out the event page for more details.

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Posted on Aug 10, 2016
We had a great visit from Sharon Connors at last week's meeting. Sharon, a Personal Growth & Business Coach, presented an interactive program about happiness and "Unleashing Your Creativity."
We also announced two new fundraising events:
  • Paddleboarding on Sun, Sep 25 at 6pm
  • Rock Climbing on Wed, Sep 28 at 6pm
Click here for more photos from last week's meeting. 
Missed the Aug 10 meeting? 2016-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
In preparation for our international service trip Mexico, George from Corazon de Vida Foundation joined us at our weekly meeting to talk about Casa de los Ninos, the orphanage we will be visiting in Valle de Guadalupe later this month, and the type of work we will be doing during our visit.
Click here for more photos from last week's meeting.
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On Saturday, San Diego Coastal Rotary Club and joined members of Rotary District 5340 to volunteer at Feeding America San Diego. With almost NINETY volunteers, it was a tremendous success! Together we sorted: 
900 pounds of plums
1400 pounds of pears
1800 pounds of apples
1700 pounds of tomatoes
860 loafs of bread
3200 pounds of reclaimed food
You can also see photos from across the district here.
Photos from Service Project - Feeding America | Aug 6 2016 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jenny Parker on Jul 31, 2016
I have two great pieces of news to give you that will make you very proud to be a Rotarian.
First, the SD Hands of Peace Summer Program went very well and ended last weekend with a Farewell Celebration that was magical. The 40 Israeli, Palestinian and American teens that met just 18 days before (and went through an amazing transformation) put on a great show for us. Four gave powerful speeches that left no dry eyes but lots of hope. One participant wrote and delivered a phenomenal poem called Dear Neighbor. They also sang, danced, hugged, laughed a lot.... and cried because they new this was the last night with their new best friends and supportive community. It was a very successful program and I suspect some new leaders were 'born'. Know that your Rotary grant donations have made a major difference to these kids and possibly to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
The second story I have for you is about a petite Iranian-American nurse who you know well (Fary Moini). Since she gave us a talk about building schools in Afghanistan three weeks ago, she has been busy on a wild adventure. She has accompanied a very cute but sick little boy (Yahya) with a serious congenital heart condition from a small village in Afghanistan through Turkey (where there was just a major coup to overthrow the government) and into Israel. There, she arranged for a private charity to perform life saving open heart surgery for Yahya on Sunday. Amazing! Here's the best part for me: the surgeons were a Jewish Israeli and a Christian Ethiopian; the anesthesiologist was Palestinian. The entire surgical team has donated their time for this little boy they didn't know, thanks to Fary. Yahya is doing very well in recovery.  People from all over have been donating to Yahya and his family on hearing the story. Of course, along the way, Fary has met and formed alliances with the head of the hospital, Rotary DGs, politicians, ambassadors and reporters. Looks like this is turning into a big news story you may hear again.
Story Updates Jenny Parker 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Sunday, July 31
Help send off the HOP participants. Come enjoy the buffet and listen to some of the HOP participants speak about what they learned, how HOP influenced their understanding of the conflict and each other and what they plan to do with their lives on returning to the Middle East. There will be a live auction. Contact Jenny Parker for free tickets and more information.
Hands of Peace (HOP) Farewell Celebration 2016-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 27, 2016

What a great meeting we had last week! Thank you to the Rotary District 5340 Governor Marilyn Sanderson for joining us this week! During her visit, we had the honor of inducting our newest member Nosha, and Katerina received the chapter's All Star Award.

Congratulations Nosha, and thank you Katerina for all your hard work! 

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Missed the July 27 Meeting? Katerina DeHart 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0

San Diego Coastal Rotary Club members and friends volunteered at the SDMBBSC (San Diego Mission Bay Boat and Ski Club) monthly Blind Ski Clinic on Fiesta Island last weekend. Volunteers from SD Coastal helped with check-in, sign-ups for the different activities, lifejackets, swimming in the ocean, and assisted participants on and off the boats and tubes. A few volunteers even rode on the boats, communicating the riders' hand signals to speed up/slow down to the driver. The list of activities available included boat rides, intertubing, water skiing, and disc rides. We had a huge turnout both from participants and volunteers, and everyone had a great time!

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Photos from the Blind Ski Clinic 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Captain Douglas J. Bradt, U.S. Navy (Retired) as our guest speaker. He provided a unique and very interesting program about The USS Midway and Its Role in Operation Frequent Wind. Captain Bradt served in the Vietnam Campaign from 1969-1970 with 110 combat missions. Following his tour in Vietnam, he returned to school and graduated from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1971 with a Master of Science Personnel Management. Today, he volunteers as a Docent aboard the USS Midway Museum in San Diego.
Click here to learn more about our Captain Bradt. Click here to read more about Operation Frequent Wind and the role of the USS Midway.
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Tue, July 19th
Please bring soccer balls, volley balls, Frisbees or any beach game that you like. Your service project will be to be American Rotary Ambassadors, play with the HOP kids and get to know them. You might also help with the food and cleanup too. Even is located in Oceanside at 1374 N. Pacific St. Contact Jenny Parker if interested.

Hands of Peace (HOP) Cookout and Bonfire 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
A huge thank you to Fary Moini for visiting with us this week! In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, Fary Moini of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club has dedicated her life to educate young girls and boys in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. What an inspiration it was to see how the passion to make a difference in the world combined with the ability of Rotarians can transform a generation in Afghanistan. Click here to learn more about our guest speaker.
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Sat. Aug 6
Come join your fellow District 5340 Rotarians for a fun-filled morning and hands-on service project as we volunteer at the Feeding America San Diego Warehouse.  Spouses, friends and children 6+ years old are welcome and we'd love to have them join in on the fun! For more info click here.

District Service Project - Feeding America Food Bank 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
SD Coastal is in the process of starting its own Little Free Library! We hope to place at least two of these by the end of the year, but we need your help! Please consider donating any used or new books (any type -- childrens, adult, cooking, etc) and bring to Kara at the upcoming meetings. Further details including location and type of library we want to build are still in the works. Our plan is to have a service project day where we build the houses and place them in the community.

Little Free Library 2016-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0