Del Mar – Solana Beach Rotary recaps year in celebration of service

Paul Harris Fellows: L-R, Foundation Chair Susan Hennenfent, Eric Erickson, Greg Einhorn, President Kirk Collins
Paul Harris Fellows: L-R, Foundation Chair Susan Hennenfent, Eric Erickson, Greg Einhorn, President Kirk Collins

On June 22, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary reviewed all its accomplishments throughout the year under the Presidency of Kirk Collins. Some of the highlights included:

•In Community Service, the club supplied water to more than 1,000 vets during Stand Down, helped the CRC with their holiday baskets program and plant sale, provided clothing for needy women as part of Dress for Success, helped two foster youth move into their first apartments in conjunction with Just in Time, and provided a barbeque and social for youth with San Diego Youth Services.

•Under International Service, grants were given to India for toilet blocks for 60 schools, vocational training was conducted through Mothers of Peace in Uganda, a farm school and chicken farm was supported in El Salvador (which the club visited), portable water was provided in Ecuador, and desks supplied to school children in Malawi.

•Youth programs included supporting the Canyon Crest Interact club with their community projects, leading Model UN with two teams, sending youth to LEAD and RYLA leadership camps, and granting two scholarships to Canyon Crest Academy seniors who are headed to college.

•One-hundred percent of the club’s 36 members contributed to the Rotary Foundation again this year with an average of $370 per person. Seven members became 1st time Paul Harris fellows by contributing $1,000 to the Foundation, and eight others moved to another level with an additional $1,000 commitment. These funds are used to match grants for future projects to help others locally and internationally.

•The club celebrated its most successful year yet for it’s 16th Annual Bocce tournament, which raised over $60,000 for charitable giving and over $550,000 since the tournament was started. The first Harlem Ambassador Tournament was also a success, raising over $18,000 to help Canyon Crest Academy and the Boys and Girls Club.

•One of the highlights of the meeting was presenting Ellen Yaffa from Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) with a check for $3,000 in support of providing a counselor to help military families.

The Del Mar – Solana Beach Rotary Club is a service organization of business, professional, and volunteer leaders who belong to the 1.2 million-member Rotary International. The club meets at the Doubletree Hotel in Carmel Valley on Friday mornings from 7:15-8:30 a.m. For more information about the DMSB Rotary, please contact President Richard Fogg at 858-945-8718.


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