Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotarians meet ‘Lovable Lincoln’

Paul Butler, DMSB Rotary Club past president, holding “Lovable Lincoln” (left) and Lisa Cannon-Rodman, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation executive director (right).

By Charles Foster

The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club enjoyed a lively introduction to the Agua Hedionda Lagoon by its foundation’s Executive Director Lisa Cannon-Rodman, who is also President of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary.

Lisa overviewed the history of the lagoon, its importance to Carlsbad and the entire county, and how the lagoon is a unique blend of business, environment, and sporting activities.  The lagoon’s Discovery Center also teaches environmental stewardship to children of all ages from throughout the county.

Lisa described the “near holocaust” that almost destroyed the lagoon through a destructive algae, Caulerpa Taxifolia, one of only two algae on the list of 100 worst invasive species in the world.  This threat was eradicated through a long and costly process that, if not eradicated, could have threatened the entire Californian coast.

The fun part of Lisa’s talk came by introducing the foundation’s “roving” ambassador, Lovable Lincoln, an Australian Bearded Dragon.  Lincoln delighted the whole audience, although only a few showed the courage to hold it.

Lisa invited all to visit the Discovery Center at 1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, to see all of the “critters” in their natural habitats and enjoy the spectacular views of the Agua Hedionda lagoon.

Lisa Cannon-Rodman, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation executive director, holding “Lovable Lincoln” (left) and Steve Weitzen, DMSB Rotary Club president, presenting a certificate to document the gift of a school desk to a Malawi, Africa, school for orphans in recognition of her presentation.

The Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club is one of over 34,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries that work to make communities at home and around the world better places for all.  For more information about Rotary and the DMSB Rotary, call Richard Fogg (858-693-7556) or see

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