Rotary Club of Del Mar: Couples Welcome

By Mark Henshaw

What would it take to change the world? Rotary’s 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to “Service Above Self.” Today, many Rotarians are choosing “Us” over “Self” as more and more couples are joining Rotary together to maximize their volunteer efforts and spend time working jointly on service projects.

Rotary members have historically joined solo, but the Rotary Club of Del Mar includes several couples where both partners heard the call of service, and joined the international effort of serving others here in San Diego and throughout the world. Club projects range from contributing to the final push to eradicate polio from the world, to organizing beach cleanups in Del Mar. Rotarians support open-heart surgeries for children in China, and spend Saturdays with orphans in Tijuana.

In fact, club members Larry and Katie Cook were the first married couple in the same club in all of Rotary in the 1980s, when Larry was chair of the district committee to allow women in Rotary. Today, the couple works together on projects working with community youth from middle school through college, doing community service projects, and developing future Rotarians. The two are also partners in business at Cook and Cook Associates, a financial services firm.

Karl and Susan Wagner joined the club last year. Karl is the CEO of The Wagner Group, a manufacturer’s representative agency, and Susan owns and operates Self Service Storage facilities. Karl and Susan joined Rotary to become more involved with the community of Del Mar.  The couple dove right in, assisting in fundraising events such as the Chili and Quackers Ducky Derby and the Sunset Soiree. They have found new friends with similar interests and goals of helping the residents of the Del Mar community.

“It has been a rewarding experience to work together and experience firsthand all the good that Rotary accomplishes for both our own community and around the world,” said Susan.

Don and Donna Fipps joined the club to continue membership in Rotary after moving to San Diego from West Sacramento. Don is Laboratory Manager Transfusion/Transplantation/Molecular Diagnostics at UCSD’s Center for Advance Laboratory Medicine. Donna is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence and is a Registered Veterinary Technician.

“Donna had been attending Rotary meetings and events for years as a spouse of a Rotarian,” said Don. “After our move to San Diego, she was looking for additional volunteer opportunities. She decided to join the club as she had been attending club meetings and events as a guest anyway; plus, Rotary does good things!”

The two work together on a new club newsletter that has been a big hit with the club.

Whether solo or with your spouse, please join us for lunch and see what being a member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar is like. The club meets each Thursday at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on 14th Street. For more information, please visit www.delmarrotary.org or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/delmarrotary.

Related posts:

  1. Del Mar Rotary Club: We Are This Close!
  2. Philanthropy Spotlight: Del Mar Rotary Club
  3. Join the Rotary Club of Del Mar
  4. Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club supports North County Community Resource Center, Just in Time
  5. Del Mar Rotary Club like a second family

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=54967

Posted by Lorine Wright on Aug 8, 2013. Filed under Letters, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • La Jolla Library welcomes new chief Shaun Briley
    For La Jolla Riford Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley, books have been a part of his life and career, in some form or another, every step of the way. […]
  • Tangerine trees, marmalade skies for Beatles-inspired Patrons of the Prado gala in Balboa Park, San Diego
    “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 31- Aug. 7
    Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) offers a crash course in starting a photography collection 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 7. at the Ligne Roset Showroom, 7726 Girard Ave. MOPA assistant curator Chantel Paul and director of jdc Fine Art Jennifer DeCarlo will share professional insights. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors
    Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions. […]
  • Torrey Pines High School baseball alum Taylor Murphy excelling in pro ball
    It was during a breakout senior year at Torrey Pines High that Taylor Murphy first popped up on the radar of professional scouts. Shortly after graduation, Murphy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the June 2011 amateur draft. He declined, honoring a commitment to the University of the Pacific. Three years later, Murphy got another sho […]
  • Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting […]