Del Mar legend continues his legacy in Rotary

By Emily Figueiredo, Del Mar Rotary Club

The history of Del Mar is not complete without including the accomplishments of Winners Circle Resorts International Inc. founder and president Mr. Jim Watkins. Since Jim’s arrival to Del Mar in 1968, his contributions in development and tourism have put Del Mar on the map for thousands of annual visitors. Many see the development of L’Auberge Hotel as a standing homage to the legacy he’s built in this town. But for the Rotary Club of Del Mar, his legacy lives on in a very different way.

On Thursday, Sept. 26, Kit Leeger graduated from her Red Badge Rotarian status to become a full, official Blue Badge member of the Rotary Club of Del Mar. Kit is a successful architect as Principal of Leeger Architecture, resident of Del Mar and also happens to be the daughter of Jim Watkins. Jim, a Del Mar Rotarian since he moved to the area decades ago, brought Kit to the club and she has been a welcomed new member since day one. The father-daughter duo brings a new element of heritage and fellowship to the club as it strengthens the tie of the club to the local community’s history. Kit has already jumped in to attend district events, work on service projects and has enjoyed bringing her nieces and nephews to the club’s annual Chili & Quackers fundraiser at Powerhouse Park. Jim says it brings him great joy to see his daughter’s success in life as well as her membership with the club, and he knows she will accomplish “great things with this great club.”

To meet Kit, Jim and the rest of the Del Mar Rotarians, join us for a meeting at St. Peter’s Church on 14th Street in Del Mar. We meet each Thursday at noon.