As I mentioned last week, in an attempt to promote some additional ticket sales to this year's Soiree, several fellow Rotarians and I will be canvasing neighborhoods in Del Mar on March 23 inviting folks to the event. We would love to have a few more members tag along and it may be a good opportunity for some of the more junior members, myself included, to get to know the community better. Please contact either Paul Chunyk or me if you have even the slightest bit of interest in joining us. Rumor has it Paul's going to conclude our day on the streets with a pub crawl! Thanks in advance for your help and if you have any ideas on other ways to stimulate ticket sales, send 'em my way and I'll be happy to help.
I was amazed at the outpouring of love and concern by many of our members last Thursday, January 12th. When I had announced that the International Committee had approved $1,000 for the refugees in Grozny, many of our members came up to me and slipped bills to me; no names but thanks to all who donated. I was handed some $440 in cash! As announced, I matched the donation up to $500. As a result we will give $1,880 to the incoming Governor of District 2220 Russia, Galina Lavrova, to take back to the Rotary Club of Grozny. Rotary is truly amazing. Thanks to all our members for your compassion and faith that Rotary really can make a difference!
Marty Peters, PDG
One Happy and Proud Rotarian
This week the RCDM presented Casa de Amistad with a $1000 check. Half the funds are from our club, the other from a District Grant. The money will help purchase books and educational material. Casa de Amistad is an after school tutoring program for low income families in Solana Beach. The RCDM supports the program both monetarily and has several members as tutors. Bob Sonnhalter and Don Johnson present Nicole Mione-Green our Rotary check.
Dan Austin is sponsored by Val Meyers and Marty Peters. Dan is the publisher of the Del Mar Lifestyle magazine. He brings extensive experience in marketing and TV/radio management to his new endeavor. He loves outdoor activities, reading and traveling, among others.
Alyssa Pardini is sponsored by Marty Peters and Jim Watkins. Alyssa is the marketing manager at L'Auberge Del Mar. Her wide ranging education and experiences has given her the outlook that “life is an adventure of both intellectual exploration and meaningful contribution”.
Vickie Barks is sponsored by Marty Peters. Vickie is a native Californian who now works at a local non-profit teaching kids to program in Java. The goal is to give each student a skill that allows them to go straight into the work force.
The Emperor and the spy
Here is what happened
The membership sang Happy Birthday to Tom Woolsey as he turned 90 years old on September 1st.
The Program Speaker was John Ciullo, Executive Director of Nature & Culture International.
"We are unlike traditional conservation organizations in philosophy, efficiency and results. Our projects are diverse – spanning multiple countries and numerous ecosystems – and we are guided first and foremost by a deep respect for local communities and culture. We’re protecting the areas in South America and Mexico that contain the greatest biodiversity on the planet by collaborating with the people who depend upon the land for their survival." Check them out at http://natureandculture.org/about/why-nature-and-culture/