Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary’s 2011-2012 Demotion Party; District Council-Governor’s Dinner
By Susheela Narayanan
The Del Mar – Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary (DMSB Rotary) celebrated the end of President Kirk Collins’ term with a bang with the annual Demotion Party at the home of Meera and Venky Venkatesh in Del Mar on June 24. Members enjoyed a gourmet dinner catered by Abbeys Texas barbecue, arranged by Social Chairperson Roseann.
This was followed by a comedy skit of the highlights and missteps of President Kirk Collins’ year presented in the form of a hilarious spoof of the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland created by Cahill Productions. Rotarians Kevin Cahill (the Mad Hatter), Jody Macdonald (the White Rabbit), Laura Wildeman (the Queen of Hearts) and Radia Bencheik (Alice) donned the grease paint, dressed up in colorful period costumes and were ably supported by Steve, George and Zoran in poking fun at President Collins’ absent mindedness and inability to keep track of the presidential bell all year.
Everyone had a good time and the proceedings ended with Collins being given a gift of a koala bear (he and wife Glenda are moving to Australia) which turned out to be (surprise!) stuffed with the missing bell! In his closing speech Kirk said: “I love all of you…. This has been the most fun year of my life!”
While thanking all the Rotarians for their support he singled out a few people that had made significant contributions to the club last year in terms of outstanding service in a particular field. He concluded by welcoming Richard Fogg as the incoming president of DMSB Rotary club.
By Jan Parsons, DMSB Rotary Public Relations
The Hall of Champions in Balboa Park was the scene of the final District Council – Governor’s Dinner recently, and what a wonderful night it was. About 350 people joined in celebrating the year, led by Governor Larry Sundram, before welcoming the incoming Governor, Dick Stevens, from the Encinitas club. It was so nice to see and catch up with fellow Rotarians from clubs all over San Diego.
The Del Mar – Solana Beach table included four presidents, me as immediate-past, Kirk Collins as current, 2012-2013 president Richard Fogg (who was inducted that night), and president-elect Steve Weitzen. Richard’s lovely wife Sharon was there to congratulate him and our newest Rotarian, Susheela Narayanan, attended her first district event.
The Del Mar–Solana Beach Rotary Club is a service club 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 Friday mornings from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. For more information about the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club, please contact President Richard Fogg at 858-693-7556, or go to www.dmsbrotary.com.