New Del Mar - Solana Beach Rotary President returns from international convention in Portugal


Steven B. Weitzen, the newly-installed president of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club and an attorney by profession, recently returned from Rotary’s International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. He described it as “awesome to see over 20,000 Rotarians from around the world, all having the same values of service to others and many wearing the traditional clothing of their own countries.” “It also was inspiring to learn that the Gates Foundation has committed an additional $35 million per year to support Rotary’s work to wipe out polio worldwide.”

Back from the Rotary Convention, Weitzen’s top goals for the Club are to ensure 100 percent member support of the Rotary Foundation, which matches funding for the Club’s international projects (and much more); have all members participate in the Club’s 2014 El Salvador trip if they haven’t seen the Club’s projects there yet; and increase membership by two - three new members.

Why he joined DMSB Rotary? Weitzen cites the Club’s vibrancy, its friendliness, and its commitment to service to others. His most poignant memory of Rotary’s power to help others was from his early trip to see the Club’s projects in El Salvador. In a poor, remote village, he saw a young girl with a deformed face that was diagnosed as a tumor by a fellow Rotarian and medical doctor, who then ensured that the girl received the medical treatment she needed without delay.

To learn more about the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club, contact Richard Fogg at (858) 693-7556 or visit