The Del Mar Rotary Club recently welcomed Sharyn Daly as its new president. Daly hails from Stockton but has called Del Mar home for about 30 years. Proving to be precocious, Daly earned her real estate license when she was still in high school — something she did at the urging of her father, who was a real estate agent for many years. Before raising her three daughters, Daly taught Spanish to high school students and dealt Black Jack for a short stint. When her children were school-aged, Daly dedicated years to fundraising and volunteering with neighborhood PTA groups.
Once her children were grown, Daly worked from home to support International Relief Teams, which brought aid to those in need around the world. These days she’s still making good use of her real estate license as an agent for Coldwell Banker off Via de la Valle, an office she said she chose because of its “commitment to the community, support, and honesty in business.
Daly was selected by past club president Dan Henderson as “Del Mar’s Rotarian of the Year” for exemplifying Rotary’s “service about self” attitude and coordinating the Soiree fundraiser, as well as Chili and Quacker’s projects.
Daly, who is now the proud grandmother of three granddaughters, said Del Mar Rotary has enriched her life in ways she never anticipated. Here, she sheds some light on how the club has given her a new lease on life, and what she hopes to achieve while she’s at the helm.
The Del Mar Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon inside St. Peter’s Church Fellowship Hall, 334 14th Street. For more information, please visit delmarrotary.org.
How were you introduced to Rotary?
My father was the president of the Rotary club in my hometown Stockton, so I guess you could say I was a “Rotarian brat.” My father dedicated many years to Rotary, so when he came to visit me in Del Mar about four years ago, he wanted to visit the club here. I went with him and loved it, and I’ve been involved ever since.
What was it about the Del Mar Rotary Club that captured your heart?
Honestly, it felt good to be around like-minded people with good intentions. I’ve lived in Del Mar for 30 years, but Rotary has helped me connect with the community and give back in a way I never have before. It’s been like finding a wonderful family here in my neighborhood.
I understand that each Rotary president gets to create a club motto. What’s your motto?
My motto is: “Rotary Club of Del Mar, where good deeds multiply.” I picked that motto because I’ve seen the members of this club go out of their way to help others in every area of our service: community, vocational, new generation, international, and club service.
How does it feel to be president?
I’m really grateful. Being able to facilitate the dreams of members in this club is a gift. Each member has something to give, and Rotary is a wonderful vehicle to promote that. I was considering retiring, but the Del Mar Rotary Club has given me new life.
What’s on the horizon for Del Mar Rotary this year?
We have a wonderful line-up of speakers. There’s going to be a great variety, everything from service organizations, to police, to arts groups, to our local leaders. Our club is continuing to grow in diversity, and becoming increasingly vivacious. We even recently preformed a flash-mob as a tribute to our outgoing president Dan Henderson, who moved to Northern California. That was our first flash-mob performance, but I don’t think it’ll be our last because it was great fun.
What would you say to anyone who has never checked out a Del Mar Rotary lunch?
Please come for a free lunch, and be my guest. We are going to expand our club, and we’d love your input.