Del Mar Rotarians find partners in La Paz, Mexico

By Emily Figueiredo, Club Publicity Chair

Maureen Ryan, former president and current member of the Bahía de la Paz Rotary Club in Mexico, recently visited the Rotary Club of Del Mar. Maureen is one of 20 active members in her Baja California Rotary Club, and her advocacy for the area has grabbed the attention of a few clubs in Southern California, including Del Mar.

Maureen highlighted the club’s work with youth programs. Club members are especially proud to provide leadership workshops to motivate youth and support youth with toys during Christmas, dental services, scholarships for school tuition and school supplies. A major project revolved around Escuela Diana Laura, an elementary school in La Paz.

The school project also grabbed the attention of Larry King, former president of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach and now a board member for the Rotary Club of Del Mar. Larry knew there was a great opportunity to partner with this club on an extremely valuable project

“Fifteen years ago, while president of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach, I was involved in many joint projects with La Paz, including my oldest son attending a semester of high school in La Paz while living with the family of a Rotarian.  I was thrilled to continue the relationship with the Del Mar club.  The Rotarians in La Paz are wonderful — full of energy and good will, and dedicated to giving the youth of La Paz a better opportunity to succeed in life through their many projects.”

The goal for the partnership was to provide the students of Escuela Diana Laura with an area to eat their snacks and lunch. The school used to be a half-day school, but under the leadership of the current principal, also a Rotarian, it has become a full-day school.  The afternoon sessions are now dedicated to subjects such as history, athletics and English. As it was, there was no place for the students to eat lunch except for a space under the direct noontime sun. The project grew from providing a shaded area with benches to now providing a full kitchen and cafeteria. With the aid of $2,000 from the Rotary Club of Del Mar and matching funds from the Redondo Beach club and the Bahía de la Paz Rotary Club, the project is near completion.

For more information, visit www.DelMarRotary.org. The Del Mar Rotarians thank the recent supporters for the Chili & Quackers fundraiser, which enabled valuable projects like Escuela Diana Laura to become a reality.

   
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