By Emily Figueiredo, Publicity Chair
Rotary International is one of the largest service club organizations in the world with over 1.2 million global members committed to “Service Above Self.” Part of this 1.2 million membership includes 70 active members of the local Del Mar chapter.
Chartered in May of 1954, the Rotary Club of Del Mar joins the international effort of serving others here in San Diego County as well as the world abroad. Membership, therefore, is a commitment to this service but also to fellow Rotarians here in Del Mar and globally. It connects a group of people dedicated to the same philosophies and passions while committing their time to each other. Every week we Del Mar Rotarians share lunch, discuss local and international issues and have fun together. And we’d love for new people to join us and become members too!
With all that Rotary has to offer, new members come from all walks of life with varying yet similar interests to support a greater good. Newer member Brendan McNamara, a local financial advisor, joined the Del Mar Rotary Club because of its overall value for providing a blend of mentorship with charitable purpose. Another new member, Kim Guevarra-Harris who has a career focused on international aid and security, came with a specific passion for helping children in the Middle East and Mexico. Newly inducted member Mark Henshaw blends marketing and philanthropy for a living and has found a rewarding role in the club doing the same through website support and helping the club accomplish its mission. Annie Garcia of the Boys & Girls Clubs seeks to expand her passion for local youth in need as Max Busch, a recent MBA grad originally from Germany, joined to expand his local social circle.
Here in the Rotary Club of Del Mar you will find members ranging in age from their 20s to their 90s, all bringing their individual hearts to one mission of collaborating on helping others and having fun together while doing it. Of course, after all of the hard work is done the club finds time to attend the races, meet at happy hour or throw parties in Powerhouse Park like the upcoming Chili & Quackers Challenge on Oct. 20.
We would love for any interested community member to join us for lunch and see what being a member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar is like. We meet each Thursday at noon in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on 14th Street. The Del Mar Plaza has generously donated free parking across the street in the plaza garage for Rotarians and visitors. If you would like further information, please visit www.delmarrotary.org or find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/delmarrotary.