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Welcome to our Club!

Del Mar - Solana Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Hilton Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA  92014
United States
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Venue Map
June 2017
Susan Taylor, Director - External Affairs, Scripps
Jun 30, 2017
Gadgets, Gizmos & Good Health
Dorell Sackett; Program Director
Jul 07, 2017
Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) - San Diego
John Cox; Founder, Neighborhood Legislature Initia
Jul 14, 2017
Neighborhood Legislature
Monica Emery; Exec Dir., Center for World Music
Jul 21, 2017
Fostering A Spirit of Service Through World Music
District Governor Scott Carr
Aug 04, 2017
General Rotary highlights
Graham Bloem, Founder Shelter To Soldier
Aug 11, 2017
Saving Lives, Two at a Time
Alex Myers; Teacher
Aug 18, 2017
Finding Yourself at the End of the World
Lauren Lek / Head of Academy of Our Lady of Peace
Aug 25, 2017
Inspiring Women for STEM: the power of an all girls’ education.
Kristin Gaspar; District Supervisor, District 3
Sep 15, 2017
Senior Home Team
Herbert & Beverly Liberman
Sep 22, 2017
Kiurani Mixed Day and Boarding Secondary School - Chogoria, Kenya
Tom Griffin; Owner of Pacific Boating School
Oct 13, 2017
Cruising the San Juan Islands. You're closer than you think.
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Is a leadership organization made up of
local business, professional and
civic leaders, and others with
a heart for service.
Members meet regularly, get to know 
each other, form friendships, and, 
through that, do many good things 
for our community 
and the world.
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Home Page Stories
Some of our DMSB club members attended the Governor's Dinner party on Monday night (June 26, 2017). Also, Bill Sutton was inducted as the new president of the DMSB Rotary club.
That was an awesome Demotion party tonight. The venue was fabulous. Thanks to Malcolm and Venesse for hosting us at their new place Viewpoint Brewery! Patricia composed a nice story on Liam and the main theme was "But I Digress!" and "Gavel" :-). The full set of pictures and video can be viewed at this link below.
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John Baker is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the past few years and he described how a CASA helps foster kids navigate the court system. He says that only 48% of these foster children graduate from high school and only about 3% graduate from college. He appreciated the fact that DMSB supported Voices For Children. He said there are about 2500 CASAs in San Diego county and they need lot more CASAs. It costs about $2,500 to train each CASA. The training takes about 35 hours of online courses.
And finally, we had our very own President Liam Murphy come extra prepared with a holster to secure his gavel that he will have to give up in few weeks :-).
DMSB Rotary awarded 3 Canyon Crest Academy (CCA) students (Laurel Easley, Griffith Hughes and Chloe Gubbay) scholarships for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. Kevin Cahill was their mentor.
We had a wonderful talk by Mathematics teacher Ivan Alba (from La Mesa Sunrise Rotary) about how to sustain projects on its own once the initial funding is done. He talked about Clear Goals, Inter-learning, Motivation and Monitoring. He took his family on a 1 year world tour and executed several Rotary projects along the way as they traveled through several countries. They received the 2016 Rotary Pathways to Peace Award for their efforts during what they called their "Rotary Year of Service".
You can read his blogs at Alba World Tour.
We also had Mr. Zubair Bakubye from East Riverside Rotary drop by to update everyone on his project at Bugiri, Uganda. Our club has already done two projects in the past with Mothers of Peace for $38k which involved providing training to mothers who were raped by the early worriers of Idi Emin brutal regime. We also did another Global Grant for $35k providing overhead water tanks, bore wells, pipelines to Bugiri Hospital which lacked drinking water for many years. Both are sustained on-going projects and his brother runs the Mothers of Peace Training Center in Bugiri now with assistance from the Bugiri city coffers. He is a very dedicated and hard working person wanting to help his homeland. The Host Rotary in Uganda was Jinja Rotary in district 9211.
Under the supervision of Corazon, five members from our club along with two guests and a bunch of other Orange County Rotary clubs headed to Tecate, Mexico recently to build a house and handed over the keys to a single mother with 3 small kids at the end of the day! Amazing project!
We had some CCA scholars today and couple of wonderful guests form Flower Mound in Texas. It was CELEBRATION OF SERVICE day and Liam gave a wonderful philosophical talk. He touched on the various things that have club has accomplished in the past year. We added 6 new members and lost 2. Liam's goal was 20 but achieving 30% is a great win for us. His main theme was that Service is the key factor and triumphs over accolades and other criteria. Great job Liam!
Today we honored two bright students from Canyon Crest Academy (CCA), Sophia Kazmierowicz (heading to Stanford) and Liana Merk (heading to CalTech). Each won the $1,000 DMSB Rotary scholarship towards their college education. CONGRATULATIONS to both!
We had a wonderful talk by Summer Stephan, who is the Chief Deputy District Attorney for San Diego County. She has been in law enforcement for 27 years and considered a national and international expert in Human Trafficking. The statistics are just mind-boggling! Just in San Diego the sex trafficking economy is $810 Million! 85% of the facilitators were all gang members. The gang ethnicity is across the board from hispanics to white to blacks to native Americans. The average age of entry into sex trafficking is 16. Social media is a major exploitation method used today!
Teresa Barnes, RN delivered an excellent talk today and educated our audience about the hearing impaired population. She is the Chief Innovation Officer at HearCommunication, a Business|Educational Company. She grew up with untreated hearing loss so she understands the inconveniences both personally and professionally.  Teresa has 20+ years working with this population in medical settings as an RN and also with her experience in the corporate world.  A graduate of UCSD in Communications and a former Emergency Room|Intensive Care Room Head Nurse. She ran 4 marathons and she considers taking HearCommunication to the market as her 5th one and God given purpose. 
Rotarian George Sousa brings his guest SERGEANT BEAR to celebrate "Armed Forces Day" :-). The bear sang a wonderful song to everyone's delight.

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary president Liam Murphy (right) and community service chairwoman Susan Hennenfent (left), along with other Rotarians and family, presented Solutions for Change founder, Chris Megison, with a grant for $10,000. 

The grant will be used to help buy a refrigerator truck for shipping produce from their aquaponics farm. The two acre, non-traditional farm produces more than 120,000 pounds of organically-certified lettuce annually that is sold to local schools in San Diego County.

The farm provides work-related training and employment, along with additional funding, for Solutions for Change’s education and housing programs.

Source: Union Tribune dated May 15, 2017

Robotics team "Abrick Cadabrick" presents their project about drought and impact on local wildlife and developed an innovative water collector that harvests fog and dew to provide water to birds and bees. The team consisted of 6 students from 5th to 8th grade - Andrew Eppich, Stefan Gadient, Zoe Lau, Connor Lee, Isabella Lim, Kyle Shi. They won the top award at the Southern California Championship. They will advance to the World Championship in Houston in April, representing San Diego and the southern California region.
We are sad to announce the passing of our friend and colleague Tom Slipper. He will be missed. His son Thomas sent along these words...
"On Tuesday December 20 we lost a dear friend,Tom Slipper.  A God fearing good man with integrity and kindheartedness.  A loyal father, veteran and husband that cared for others before himself and one who taught his three sons patience and the love of mankind.  He shall suffer no more as he sings in heaven above. Oh what a gentle soul, many are blessed to have known you and we are blessed you are with the Lord.  Thomas G. Slipper is survived by Vera his wife and sons Paul, Brian, and Tommy, along with his sisters Anne Flower and CeCe Thomas."
On a blue sky October day, over 250 players, friends and volunteers played or watched bocce on 30 courts laid out on Del Mar Horsepark’s grand prix field during Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary’s 20th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament.  They also had fun and helped raise over $45,000 for beneficiaries Just In Time For Foster Youth, Reality Changers and other deserving youth, community, military and international programs.
L-R:  Jane Wagner, Ann Garrett, Andrea Contrades, Conner Sims, Kramer Sims, Scott Sims, taking a break from bocce to enjoy refreshments and shade provided by Premier Sponsor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
When they turn 18, youth in San Diego County’s foster care program “age-out” from the support system that often does not prepare them for independent adulthood.  This is when Just In Time for Foster Youth (JIT) provides many helping hands.  Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary has been so impressed by JIT’s work that it chose JIT to be one of its two major beneficiaries for its 2016 Turf Bocce Tournament on Sunday, October 9th. 
This family-oriented bocce tournament will be held on the beautiful grass of Del Mar Horsepark’s Grand Prix field.  All ages and abilities can participate, experience an exciting day outside, enjoy breakfast and lunch, and bid for silent auction opportunities, while also helping others not so fortunate.  Younger family members also can bounce around in the jump house and have their faces painted.
Marquelle Edwards, JIT’s Lead Youth Services Coordinator, bowls while JIT Youth Services Coordinator, Steven Silva, looks on.  Opponents Barbara Blakely and Steve Bagwell stand by for their turns.  DMSB Rotary’s turf bocce tournament gives JIT staff, volunteers, and youth the opportunity to have fun while helping Rotary put on the tournament and telling other participants about Just In Time for Foster Youth.
On Sunday, October 9th the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club will put on its 20th Annual Rotary Turf Bocce Ball Tournament and Fundraiser at the Del Mar Horsepark.  For the third year, Reality Changers will be a Major Beneficiary of this tournament.  Reality Changers originated in San Diego and includes a program offered in Solana Beach.
(L to R)  Reality Changers’ youth attendees, Daniel Noriega, Belix Guerra, Edmundo Lopez (hunched), and Charles Nguyen, at a previous Bocce Tournament where they helped Rotarians with the tournament and talked to participants about Reality Changers and its work.
DMSB Rotary members and friends distributed over 5,200 bottles of water during the heat of July at “Stand Down San Diego,” held Friday through Sunday, July 22-24.  They worked in shifts of 4 for 3 hours per shift from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., continuously filling ice chests with bottles of water and ice, and then handing out chilled bottles to the homeless vets and their dependents (and to the other volunteers there helping the vets).  This experience made everyone truly appreciate what we have and our ability to help those who have helped protect our country.  This was a perfect example of Service Above Self.  
This was approximately the 8th or 9th year of both funding and handing out chilled bottles of water to vets at Stand Down.  (No one really can remember what year we started this.)  As a result of a late, emergency request from Verterans Village San Diego (VVSD), DMSB Rotary also funded the overtime costs for San Diego Superior Court personnel necessary to hold is annual Homeless Court at Stand Down.  Stand Down was started in San Diego and has been replicated around the country.  (See
A bird's eye view of Stand Down from the pedestrian bridge across I-5.
DMSB Rotary's "Water Tent" - open for business.
At a recent meeting, Zubair Bakubye updated Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary members on two humanitarian projects in Bugiri, Uganda, for which DMSB Rotary took funding leadership roles.  As a Rotarian and citizen of Uganda with a B.A. from UC Riverside and M.P.A. from California State San Bernardino, Mr. Bakubye was significantly involved in both projects.
Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Amazed by code crunchers Robotics Team - Donates $1,300 to help Fund Trip to the World Championship Competition.

Three members of the Solana Beach based Code Crunchers 5-member robotics team recently made a presentation to Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary.  Club members were so impressed and amazed by the middle school students’ talent, enthusiasm and professionalism that they contributed $1,300 to help fund the team’s April trip to their world championship competition. 
Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary Club 
added 25 new photos to the album on Facebook: 
Hundreds of folks turned out and braved the rain to support our 19th annual Bocce Tournament and fundraiser. Many thanks to all involved for making this a fabulous year!




The Del Mar City Council declares Sunday October 4th 2015 "Rotary Turf Bocce Ball Tournament Day" in the city of Del Mar, in support of our annual Bocce Tournament and Fund Raiser.


Our own esteemed member Charles Foster was on hand to receive the proclamation and say a few words about the tournament and the programs it helps us support.


Mayor Al Corti and Deputy Mayor Sherryl Parks will represent themselves and the City of Del Mar on the field on October 4th.



Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary handed out over 5,600 bottles of water to homeless veterans – and the many volunteers assisting them – at “Stand Down San Diego 2015” held Friday through Sunday, July 17–19.  This was the eighth year in which DMSB Rotary has provided thousands of bottles of water at this event.
Here are a few Pictures from this years Stand Down. It rained a bit on some of the days so...
Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary celebrated the end of President Diane Huckabee’s term with its annual Demotion Party at the home of Charles and Alicia Foster in Del Mar on June 13.
Incoming President Myers Congratulates
Outgoing President Huckabee
During its recent Celebration of Service, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club reviewed - with information and photographs - the many local and international humanitarian projects it supported over the soon-to-be-ending Rotary year, and also the fun and fulfillment Rotarians had making it happen. 
Ellen Griffin, Community Service Chair, identified the 25 local organizations the club provided volunteer help to and the 17 that received funding.  They included Just in Time for Foster Youth, Reality Changers, YMCA Summer Camp (for foster children), Community Resource Center, La Clase Magica, Stand Down (for homeless vets), Pegasus Rising, and many others.
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