Del Mar Rotarians spring into service projects

By Emily Figueiredo, Club Publicity Chair

With the sun shining and spring in the air, the Del Mar Rotarians are busy with service projects to benefit local community members and international efforts. April 26 will mark the international “Rotarians At Work Day” with hundreds of thousands of Rotarians all doing service projects in their communities on the same day around the globe. But here in Del Mar, April 26 is just another day on a very busy calendar of good works.

Around San Diego County, Del Mar Rotarians are cooking, painting, planting and more. Recently, Rotarian Betsy Jones and her friends made and delivered a delicious dinner to 36 women at Rachel’s House, a shelter providing a safe, supportive, sober environment for women with few or no resources. Jones said, “We also provided food and juice for the women to have for their breakfast when they return to life on the streets of San Diego early the following morning because these are our sisters. One day, who knows, one of us could be walking in their shoes.”

Local branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs are receiving fresh coats of paint and some simple carpentry work while the Solana Beach Post Office received a landscaping makeover from busy Del Mar Rotarians.

The club is also supporting local youth in the area this season. Eagle Scouts are presenting their big Eagle Scout Projects to the club and receiving support to accomplish their building, planning and community efforts. The club will celebrate them with a “Scout’s Day” at a Del Mar Rotary Club Meeting in June. Additionally, local middle school and high school students can engage in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (known as “RYLA”) and Model United Nations with the support of the Rotarians.

Looking internationally this spring, Del Mar continues to send aid across the globe for many projects. Recently, $4,000 has been committed to support a grade school kitchen to be remodeled in La Paz, Mexico. The club is also actively supporting a Japanese healthcare team visiting the area for two weeks at the end of March and early April.

To participate in these service projects or to learn how you can bring your passion for a worthy cause to the Del Mar Rotary Club, join us for lunch on Thursdays at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church or visit