Tijuana Home Build

Reaching across international boundaries is something Rotary does.  And helping less fortunate families is something Rotary does very well.  Recently, a group of about 25 Rotarians from two of the Escondido clubs traveled to Mexico to build a house for one of those families, and we did it in one day. 

The project was a joint effort organized by Project Mercy.  Manpower and funding was provided by the Escondido Sunrise and Escondido After 5 clubs, with the Mexicali Rotary Club also helping in the construction. From our club Jeff Weber, Richard Macaluso, Craig Laursen and Doug Clark participated in another rewarding visit on the outskirts of Tijuana.  
 
Past-President Craig Laursen reported that the weather was cool and it drizzled a bit, but we completed their home, gave them the keys, wished them well and got home about 9:00 that evening.  It was muddy after the rain last week, but not too bad.  The mother and her daughter actually helped quite a bit by painting trim boards.  We all did a variety of jobs during the day, fortunately there were a number of young men who helped with the heavy lifting.  One family at a time.  It was a blessing to be able to help.
 
 
 
 
Helping Hands - From One Country to Another Mike Cooper 2019-02-16 08:00:00Z 0

Wild Wild West!

Our annual fundraiser was a rousing success!  The final numbers are still coming in but thanks to a great participation by all, we surpassed last year and everyone had a great time.  Thanks to Al Owens for chairing this year's event, but a special thanks to Sue Barajas and her family, Linda Courton and Carol Szytel for turning a good event into an amazing one!  We could not do it without these three and each of us should give them a special thanks for the time and effort they put into the event.  Here are some pictures, thank you to everyone who was able to come!  See you next year.
 
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It's going to be a Wild Wild West event!

April 14th, 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Seats need to be assigned for this Wild Wild West event, so it's time to sign up and make sure you let Mike Cooper know if you have special requests.  If you have not signed up yet for our fundraiser seats are filling up!    Remember we still can use auction items so contact Linda Courton if you have something to donate.  
 
We need everyone's participation to make this event successful!
 
Please be sure to contact Carol Szytel or Al Owens if you have any questions about the event or how you can be a part of it.  We have committees for all aspects of the event and everyone can play a part!
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This year's  Stand Down event for our homeless veterans will be once again held at Green Oak Ranch in Vista January 25th through 28th.  Organized to help homeless veterans get the services they are entitled to, our club helped fill a truckload of donated items including new and used clothing items.  We also we be volunteering to help with the event itself on that weekend, contact Doug if you would like to be a part of it.  Thanks to all who helped collect the items in front of City Hall and those who came by with donated items.  
 
 
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Charlotte Hotchkiss

When this club began 6 years ago, nobody knew exactly how it would stand the test of time and who would join.  One of our Charter Members who came over from the Main club was Charlotte Hotchkiss.  Charlotte spent so many of her years behind the back table at the old club that when she wasn't there you worried that something had happened to her.  She took your money and always welcomed you warmly to the weekly meeting.  We were fortunate enough to have Charlotte join us on our new adventure for the past several years, but as our club has required more driving at night, Charlotte has decided that she must return to the daytime meetings of the old club.  We thank her for her time with us and we will truly miss her.  The Escondido Main Club is lucky to have such a dedicated Rotarian back in their midst.  Thank you Charlotte for being a wonderful member of our little club, you will be missed!
One of our Favorite Members, Charlotte Hotchkiss 2017-07-11 07:00:00Z 0

Escondido Rotary After-5 Adds Two More To Our Group

 
At our regular meeting on May 3rd we had the pleasure of inducting two new Rotarians to our club.  Meet Kela Sconce and Max Whitson.  
 
Kela comes to us after moving around the country and deciding she wanted to trade the rainy weeks in Oregon for a little sunshine in So. Cal.  Kela has her degree in Healthcare Management and is currently the AR supervisor for the Mentor Network, a national network of health care services for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She comes to us with the classification of Supervisor/Healthcare.
 
Max returns to his hometown of Escondido after spending years in the corporate world and deciding to head out on a new path in real estate.  Max even bought the home he grew up where he raises his young daughter and soon-to-be new addition in August.
 
Dr. Cooper had the honor of inducting these two, forcing them to put up with his antics and posing for a picture above where you can see he was the most excited individual of the group.  Congratulations to Kela and Max, we know you are going to be great additions to our club!
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Stand Down for Homeless Vets

Thank you to all who made this year's First Annual Stand Down event a success!  Hopefully our assistance guided homeless veterans to services they need and have access to.  We will look forward to an even better event next year.
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Posted on Mar 22, 2017

Rotary R.O.C.K.S.

On Wednesday, March 22  we won't be meeting at the Vineyard but your attendance is strongly requested to meet at Felicita Elementary School where we will listening to students read to us and we in turn will be donating to the Flores family who lost so much in the Escondido fire.  It's all part of the ROTARY R.O.C.K.S. program that your Rotary club has developed.  The program will be from about 5 - 7 and everyone who can come will truly be appreciated!
 
  • Rotary
  • Outreach
  • Certifiable
  • Kindness
  • Stipend
 Developed by Past-President Tim Giblin, Rotary R.O.C.K.S looks to embolden the concept of paying it forward.
 
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Posted on Mar 12, 2017
Our young lady that our club has sponsored has made it to the final competition in this District-wide event.  The finals will take place at the Museum of Making Music, located in Carlsbad above the flower fields and across from Karl Strauss. The event will start at 2:00 PM Sunday, March 12th (this Sunday!) at 5790 Armada Drive in Carlsbad.  She will be competing against 3 other finalist for the top spot an $2500.  It would be great if our Club had a good showing to support our nominee.  If you can, please attend to show your support.  The entire event should be done in about one hour. 
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It was a Cabaret old chums!

Thank you to all involved for an exceptional Cabaret Fund Raiser!  A great time was had by everyone and the weather cooperated as best it could.  Great food, great friends and some exceptional auction items made this year's event a wonderful success.  Thank you to all involved, for all your help and endless hours of dedication.  Our club could not do all the great things we do without the cooperation of all.  Final numbers are not in but will be announced once we have the totals.  Here are some pictures of some of our attendees and our auction items.
 
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Tijuana Home Build

Reaching across international boundaries is something Rotary does.  And helping less fortunate families is something Rotary does very well.  Recently, a group of about 25 Rotarians from two of the Escondido clubs traveled to Mexico to build a house for one of those families, and we did it in one day. 

The project was a joint effort organized by Project Mercy.  Manpower and funding was provided by the Escondido Sunrise and Escondido After 5 clubs, with the Mexicali Rotary Club also helping in the construction.  As the keys to their new home were given to them, Sofia, with her grandchildren Elizabeth, David and Samantha stood in disbelief and joy.  Food items and toys for the kids were given to the family as well.
 
This was a very gratifying experience for those of us who were able to help, but we should all be proud as Rotarians to be a part of this effort.  It is only one example of how we are striving to fulfill the goal of this year’s theme – “Rotary Serving Humanity”.
 
 
 
 
Helping Hands - From One Country to Another Gary Szytel 2017-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

Escondido and Nation Honors Al Owens

Wow, are we lucky to have this guy in our club!  I am proud to know this man and clearly he has been doing some amazing things for a long time! Next week the City of Escondido will honor Al who has received a national award as officer of the month and our club is scheduling our regular meeting for this event at 4:30 at the Escondido Civic Center in the council chambers.   Come out and support this amazing officer, Rotarian and friend.
 
 
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This weekend will be the Stand Down North County Event to get homeless veterans off the street.  Al Owens and Mike Cooper will be volunteering to help on Saturday morning.  They have many other times available from Thursday through Sunday if you wish to help.    This event will be held at Green Oak Ranch, Vista a you can contact Doug Clark if you would like to participate or volunteer directly by clicking HERE.
 
 
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