Del Mar Rotarians pass the torch for a New Club Year

By Emily Figueiredo, publicity chair

The 2011-2012 year of the Rotary Club of Del Mar was an outstanding year. Club President Sharyn Daly led the group of over 70 members through fun and successful fundraising events, new service projects to reach more people, international efforts, energized weekly meetings and a year of fellowship not to be forgotten.

Sharyn Daly is a resident of Del Mar and a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker. Her father was a Rotarian with perfect attendance over a span of multiple decades so Rotary leadership was in her blood. Each Thursday since July 2011, Sharyn has welcomed the club with a beaming smile, birthday hats for those celebrating a special day, songs to serenade the guests and leadership to steer the club towards serving more people and reaching more of the community. Her presidency will be one to remember and celebrate. On behalf of the entire club and those we touch, we thank you Sharyn!

Sharyn will pass the torch at a Demotion Party on Saturday, June 30, to the incoming President, Val Myers. Val was brought into the club by Sharyn so everyone knows they remain in great hands for the 2012-2013 year. Val has been married to Jeff Matthews for 28 years and has one daughter named Paige. Val grew up in Los Angeles and moved to San Diego to finish school at SDSU. She started her business, State Farm Insurance in 1980, which is located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. When Val joined the Rotary Club of Del Mar in April 2009, she quickly took up duties as the co-chair of the club’s inaugural Chili and Quackers community event and fundraiser. The event will celebrate its third year this October at the Powerhouse Park.

Val says, “I’d like to see the Del Mar Rotary Club get more involved in the community this year through working with the Del Mar Merchants Association and other groups to help achieve common goals for this area that we all love.” She has already gone through extensive Rotary International trainings and is ready to lead each Thursday’s lunch of fellow Rotarians and guests that would like to visit. “I’m also very excited to help grow membership in our club. I’m letting everyone know they are welcome for lunch and to hear how they can join us.”

The Rotary Club of Del Mar will begin the 2012-2013 year on July 12 and continue meeting every Thursday at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Del Mar. Visit for more information.