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We had a great turnout for Visitor's Day, which included Catalina Beltran from Casa de Amistad, Ivan Chavez and Ryan Mancera from Just in Time, former Rotarian Kirk Collins, Susan's neighbor Barbara Berkovich, Paul's CPA Louis Tommasino, Lisa from Dan McAllister's office,  Malcom's cousin visiting from So. Africa, and Mark Hennenfent on zoom
We had two birthdays last week - Paul turned 67 and Art hit 68. Happy Birthday to both!!
Other happy Rotarians were Charles for a clean bill of health, Steve for 97 years with his father-in-law who just passed away; Charlotte for a trip to Sequoia National Park; Suzanne for surviving 3 days at Disneyland with 4 grandkids; Vicky, for a wonderful trip to the Flathead Lake area of Montana, and Jan for her 6600 mile road trip, where she got a chance to visit with Trish in her beautiful "new" digs (grandmother's former home) in San Luis Obispo 
Di with Community Service reminded us of the Casa de Amistad event this Thursday, 8/18, to bring gift cards for our LobsterFest  raffle & to enter our drawing, and shared that we will be doing a $5K District Grant with the Nature Collective. Herb with International informed us that the Board approved funds to help a student in Malawi with tuition and board. Paul filling in as Social Chair passed around a signup for the concert in Powerhouse Park on 8/23. Vicky as LobsterFest Chair said we are at 52% of goal from sponsorships to date. Every member should bring in a sponsorship, raffle gift card, and auction item. The online auction will go live on 8/17. 
Bryan and Ivan with Just in Time updated us on their activities out in the community during Covid  helping over 1200 youth. 98% of their funding is from non-governmental entities.
Dan McAllister, San Diego County Tax Collector gave an informative, often humorous talk about how the County uses the $14.5B investment pool serving 200 agencies including schools districts (42), fire, and water. SD has a 99.1% collection rate, was the 1st county to use recycled paper for it's bills, uses public feedback to simplify & make clear the bills (which Charlotte said are the best of any county), and decided again using a penguin (Taxi) as a mascot (the county owns the zoo).
Susan presented Dan with our new speaker certificate that shows our support of OEF in El Salvador. 
And this just in from  Switzerland on the wedding today of Rotarian Kevin Cahill & Sibylle Sticher, and attended by Patricia Case. Congratulations!! You all look fabulous!

It was our second attempt at an outdoor meeting, we out found that a sunny morning and switching indoors for the presentations, is more challenging than an overcast morning without  a presentation.   
Our speaker Annela Flores, a music therapist, got us off to a fun start with her Good Morning song, which ended with a lot of laughter, as we found out how musically challenged and uncoordinated some of us are.  I was laughing too much to take a picture although a video would have been better.
After a 2 year hiatus, the Del Mar - Solana Beach Rotary club was back handing out ice cold water to the participants and volunteers at Stand Down.  A big Thank You to Bill Sutton for organizing and persevering through all of the staff and location changes, to make this a meaningful community service project for our club members and friends. We are honored to serve our homeless veterans.
Rotarians enjoyed a nice tour of the Coastal Roots Farm in Encinitas, we learned about sustainable farming, how the farm supports the local community and purchased fresh vegetables at the "Pay what you Can" Farm stand. 

Rotarians cheer on the Loyal soccer team, who gave to our LobsterFest auction last year. It was a fun night, even though they lost. Thanks for arranging, Charles. 

Susan kicked off her first meeting showing the new banner Imagine, that represents the seven areas of service around the circle. Rotary International's 1st woman President Jennifer Jones, wants us to imagine all the ways we can make a difference to transform the world
Susan then introduced our new Officers & Chairs
President: Susan Hennenfent
Past President/Foundation/Fund Raising: Vicky Mallett
VP: Bill Sutton
Treasurer: Charlotte Jones
Secretary: Suzanne Sutton
Community Service: Di Shimkus
International: Herb Liberman
Youth: Nicole Mione-Green
Membership: Paul Butler & Molly Fleming
Programs: Jon Fish, Sandy LeVine, Lew Williamson
Public Relations: Jan Parsons
Sergeant-At-Arms: George Sousa
Care Bear: Bev Liberman
Vicky gave happy dollars for her retirement and was fined for no longer being President; Charlotte joined us from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho with family. Vicky also updated us on LobsterFest which now has open online sponsorships with $11,000 committed. The goal this year is $84,000 with 30% reached by August 1. 
Molly gave Sandy LeVine his blue badge today, as he has fulfilled all his requirements with the help of his mentor, Herb Liberman
Matt Wechter, Dep. Public Defender for SD County, joined us to explain how the  Homeless Court at Stand Down  helps veterans & families clear fines and tickets. Sign up with Bill to hand out water for Stand Down on July 29-31
It was so nice to have Ildiko Tesak from El Salvador with us today who said even though she is not always with us in person, we are always in her heart. She updated us on the current harsh and difficult situation in El Salvador
Laura Mello, Rotarian & 3rd generation San Diegan,  who is the Director of Gift Planning at Rady's Children Hospital, talked with us about how  strategic planning uses  wealth instead of income to help one's charity of choice 

Another fun night at the Padres 
Susan & Mark joined other District 5340 Rotarians


The Governor's Dinner with a sold out crowd wrapped up a successful year
We are so proud of our own Susan Hennenfent who was presented a People of Action Award by Outgoing District Governor Dan Gensler, before being sworn in as our new Club President
A lovely evening was enjoyed by Paul, Mark, Susan, Jan, Steve, Beverly, Herb, (and missing from this picture) Bill, Charles & Alicia, and Vicky

Thank you to our hosts, Alicia & Charles, for a wonderful Demotion Party,
and to the planners, Patricia & Suzanne 
After drinks and dinner, members Herb, Bill , and Charles thanked Vicky for a fabulous year and shared how successful & fun  her LobsterFest idea proved to be as our new fundraiser 
Then the roasting began with the lobster theme relevant all night.  Patricia presented Vicky with a stuffed lobster to cuddle and lobster sandals
Susan then surprised Vicky with a giant lobster that she could bring to the next LobsterFest and/or use in the pool
Kevin and Sibylle passed out champagne and Patricia led us in a toast to Vicky and the club
Vicky took to heart the warning to keep her remarks brief, before thanking her Board for a great, successful year and honoring Beverly and Herb as Rotarians of the Year
She  did a stalwart job of holding on to her gavel all year, but unfortunately it disappeared at the Demotion Party. Bill felt sorry for her and so gave up his last golden gavel
Just as she despaired of not having a gavel to pass on to Incoming President, Susan, Kevin came rushing out with a pot - could it be a gavel lobster pot? Yes!!!!
The evening was saved and Vicky presented George with patriotic beads to thank him for his service to the Country and to us for his years as Sergeant at Arms. And then the real celebration began!!!


Happy Rotarians included George for having his two sons, Jim & Bill, with us today; Susheela for Venky's successful knee surgery; Lew for his and Sue's 51st Wedding Anniversary on Sunday; Jon for his 78th Birthday on Sunday
George Kamau Karuku, President-Elect of the Ruiru-Nairobi Rotary Club is visiting from Kenya where we are doing a global grant for an orphanage called Praisegate
Paul, in his last duties as Foundation Chair, presented Lew with his Paul Harris plus 3 pin for contributions over $4000 to the Foundation. He also reported we are again at 100% for donations by all members thus fulfilling the goal of EREY: Every Rotarian Every Year
Bob Brewer, Special Ops Ranger shot down during the Vietnam War, talked about the Vietnam Veteran; gave us a chronological history that led up to our involvement in Vietnam; and shared  the disillusionment with the war as it progressed due to lies told to the public by the government. He encouraged everyone to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington DC and remember the National Vietnam War Veterans Day each year on March 29. As he said, the best words a returning vet can hear is "Welcome Home".

We had a great day at Petco Park with Del Mar Rotarians
- especially since the Padres beat the Diamondbacks 10-4

We signed cards that Bill got for 14 graduates of Solutions for Change which included a $50 gift card. Congratulations for a job well done!!
Suzanne gave happy $$s for her Birthday today; Paul gave for having his granddaughter with them; Molly is happy they will be doing a family road trip to Tahoe; Herb was happy the Warriors won another NBA Championship; Vicky gave funds for her wonderful trip to Spain
The Del Mar Rotary sent us a thank you for the use of our popups at their Chili & Quackers event
Vicky led  our Celebration of Service with our LobsterFest video where we netted $28,000 to fund our projects throughout the year; and Herb with International  shared a slide presentation about our $9000 grant in El Salvador to help needy children
Other presenters included Jon as Treasurer who shared that after giving away $49,000, we still have $106,530 on deposit; Paul as Foundation Chair  reported we have given  $379,366 to the Rotary Foundation over the life of our club; Di, Bill, and Charles reported for Community Service and reminded of some of the events/organizations we helped: Feeding San Diego, SD Blood Bank, Nature Collective, SD Food Bank, CRC, Hope Without Boundaries, Casa de Amistad, Stand Down/Veterans Village, Solutions for Change; and Kevin shared our Youth contributions to Model UN and Cristo Rey scholarship
We remembered Lou Oberman for all his contributions to Rotary & Veterans, and Herb suggested naming the LobsterFest Auction in his honor as he was the one who introduced us to Travel Pledge
A big thank you went out to Jon who is stepping down as Treasurer after 12 years and Paul who is leaving his post of Foundation Chair after 6 years
We ended the meeting with a fine to Sandy from Vicky for meeting his last blue badge requirement by being at the board meeting on zoom (but they never saw his face); and Malcolm fining   Charlotte for making us all tired watching her on the treadmill; Nicole for her & Peter's 15th Anniversary; and Venky for his and Meera's 52nd Anniversary. He shared Venky singing a love song to Meera (click on link below to hear)
Thank you Vicky and club members for a great year

Steve reported on the Convention in Houston which he attended, along with 10,000-11,000 other Rotarians - half the number of previous attendees with Asia & Europe underrepresented. One of the largest breakout sessions was on human trafficking with many countries interested in finding  ways to prevent it. He also reported over $50 million have been raised by Rotary to eradicate polio
Join Kevin & Patricia in donating new or slightly used shoes for Nova Ukraine all of June
Malcolm generously gave many more than six 6-packs of specially crafted Lager for Ukraine which Viewpoint created to raise funds to help the people of Ukraine, but they went fast
Happy Rotarians were Charles who attended his school reunion & for Loyal Soccer Team tickets supporting last year's LobsterFest; Charlotte for Lief's graduation from 4th grade; Paul for his trip to Arizona to visit mom and son; Jan for the opportunity to join Parkland school shooting survivors' March For Our Lives in San Diego tomorrow at the Admin Building from 10:00-12:00 (join her at the Nobel Trolley Station at 9:00am if you'd like to participate)
and we surprised Suzanne a week early with a birthday card signed by club members for her June 17 Birthday
Di shared our long term commitment to The Nature Collective where we & the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club will be doing a District Grant,  before introducing Jennifer Bright, Associate Director and Elayna Flanders, Volunteer Director. Jennifer updated us on the completion of their lagoon restoration project and Elayna talked about various volunteer opportunities. 
Bill, acting President today, gave them our Joshua Orphan Care certificate along with a six pack of Lager for Ukraine

George started us off with a Patriotic "Proud to be an American" video in honor of Memorial Day
Happy Birthday to Charlotte on her birthday today
 Happy dollars came from Venky for a wonderful trip to India to visit family, Art for a great trip with Ildiko to Nova Scotia to see rock formations and the highest tide swings; George for son Rick visiting us today, Bill for his and Suzanne's fabulous trip to Morocco, Susan for the Hilton parking meter machine; Ken for his and Bebe's 18th Anniversary on the 22nd
Bill reminded us of Stand Down which will be July 29-31, where we will again hand out water.  Bring used clothes next Friday for needy Veterans which Bill will deliver
Bring shoes for  Nova Ukraine that  Kevin will collect, which are bought and donated to needy countries with the proceeds given to help Ukraine (And Viewpoint will give a 6-pack of its special brew to the first 6 donors)
Charlotte updated us on LobsterFest, September 17, 5-8
  • Thank you to Foster & Friends who will be a Premier Sponsor, and to CaliFino & Viewpoint who will provide libations
  • Website is up and will go live for sponsorships shortly which include: Presidential Premier - $6200; Premier - $5000'; VIP - $1500; Friends (table of 8) - $1250, Individual - $150
  • We are promising  a plated lobster tail dinner
  • Major beneficiaries are Just In Time for Foster Youth & Casa de Amistad
Susan presented the  Slate of Officers for next year that the Board approved and we voted on
We need a Program Director (to be divided  by 3 people for 3 months starting in October), and help with zoom so we can continue with hybrid meetings 
In lieu of a speaker, Trish talked about the program 
which allows participants to experience the San Dieguito River Valley, to follow its path from mountain to sea, to encounter plant, animal and human inhabitants, and to connect to the River Valley with heart and mind

Celebrating with Casa de Amistad at the Future Leaders Scholarship Celebration, Class of 2022
where we gave $1200 for College-Ready Baskets, which was matched by a generous Rotarian
and supporting Opera for Kids as they performed The Enchanted Tail at a free concert in Balboa Park 

We continue to pray for peace in Ukraine
Happy Rotarians included Jon for a wonderful trip to Amsterdam, Belgium, & Berlin; Patricia for a successful play directed by her grand-daughter; Trish for a spectacular hike in Morrow Bay, Herb for a fun trip to Sun River, Oregon; Paul for avoiding a $19,500 IRS penalty; Jan for Trish's recommendation of Dr. Bronner's Magic Balm
We enjoyed learning more about Sandy as he gave his Who Am I: he is a native San Diegan, graduated from SDSU and UCSD grad school; job offer from Westgate to become Human Resources Asst. Mgr, then Manager kept him from travelling to Europe after college; then on to SDG&E in HR,  software sales for 15 years before following  his passion for stocks 12 yrs ago when he became a money manager. He's lived in Del Mar for 26 years and married 3 years ago
Patricia reminded us of Upcoming Events: Thursday night meeting/social, Demotion Party, Padres Game, Coastal Farms Tour (see dates under Upcoming Events)
We will be donating $1200 for College-Ready Baskets for Casa de Amistad (more info to come from the Community Service Committee)
La Jolla Golden Triangle Foundation will be matching our $6000 for Ukraine
Paul shared a Rotary Foundation video that made us all feel good
 Dr. Michael Remson, President & CEO of San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory, talked with us about how this organization (which was started 76 years ago)  provides cradle to college music programs with a vision of enriching lives through music. They have  partnered with Rotary International Youth Exchange for 18 years to form an International Youth Symphony MusiCamp with multiple performances in July of each year.

Goodbye, Good Luck & Thank You Phil as you ride off into the sunset of retirement
Bill presented him with a card signed by all, a box of popcorn, chocolates, & champagne to send him on his way
Even though Herb & Beverly were in Oregon (using a LobsterFest auction item), Herb was able to fine members for not wearing pins and not sharing a recent anniversary (he caught Susan, Ken, and Vicky (who just celebrated her 14th year with Farmers)
$6000 has been donated by club members and friends to help the victims in Ukraine, and we hope it can be matched
LobsterFest is set for September 17 with our flamenco guitarist, James Clarkston back along with Trish and Hot Rocks San Diego. Bill & Suzanne are again sponsoring a table for active military and sponsorship for a retired military table is available
Our own Steve Weitzen updated us on efforts to eradicate human trafficking in San Diego which include education and awareness.  This $32 billion industry includes organ, slave labor, and sex trafficking. Visit our district website at rotary5340.org for more information

Thank you Di for organizing a great Rotarians At Work Day
We joined the Nature Collective  at the Stonebridge Trail head of the San Elijo Lagoon 
Volunteers led us on an informative hike, identifying native plants  before we began our work of pulling invasive ones
Native plants include the California poppy, cobweb thistle, and white sage 
While carrying out our bags and supplies we came across a  woodrat nest 
before heading to San Dieguito County Park for a quick lunch from Goodonya and more non-native plant pulling

"Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have"  Jim Rohn
  • Happy Jubilee Birthday to Patricia on the 30th, followed by Kevin's Birthday on the 1st, and Steve's on the 2nd. Best Wishes to all!
  • All happy dollars went to helping the people of  Ukraine, with many given for a wonderful 30th Anniversary Party
  • It was good to see Suchandra on zoom from India
  • As Shelter Box Ambassador, Patricia received  a solar-powered lantern 
  • Congratulations to Phil on his upcoming retirement with next Friday being his last day with us in person, and move to San Luis Obispo in July (close to Trish)
  • Best wishes to Nicole who received a well earned, three month, all paid  Clare Rose Sabbatical through the Fieldstone Leadership Network. Corey Ford, Casa de Amistad Program Coordinator will be filling in for her at Rotary
  • Kudos to Di who Paul presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award. 15 of 29 have contributed this year to the annual fund; please do so by the end of May
  • Please confirm participation in the Aqua Farm tour to Patricia
  • Vicky announced the 2nd Annual LobsterFest will be on September 17. Mark your calendars & let her know if you'd like to help with the planning
  • Our speaker, Christine Garde Denning with CouldYou?, which started in Mozambique, has devoted her life to caring for the poor and especially women. 500 million women globally experience menstrual poverty every month, which could be alleviated by the CouldYou?Cup, which is cost effective, environmentally friendly, long lasting, and efficient. 

Thank you Patricia & Suzanne for planning a fabulous 30th Anniversary Party and to everyone who helped make it a very special night
Mary Butler did a fabulous job on table decorations, and with the help of Bill, Jan, Patricia, Paul, Suzanne, and Trish, a beautiful venue & night awaited Rotarians & friends at Powerhouse Park 
The western theme was apparent in attire as guests enjoyed drinks & appetizers on the patio with the music from Hot Rocks San Diego playing in the background
Kevin, the club's 1st President (when he had more hair), was the MC;  Marty Peters from the Del Mar Club (of which were were spun off) congratulated him and presented Steve with a Has Been badge
President Vicky talked about all the wonderful projects we did in El Salvador and our trips there, which were acknowledged by Ildiko Tesak who was here for the festivities; Malcolm explained how our Bocce Ball Fundraisers & Tournaments came about; and Mary was recognized for her beautiful decorations 
Zoe Swift from Terra Lawson-Remer's Office with The San Diego County Board of Supervisors honored us with a Proclamation naming April 24, 2022 DMSB Rotary 30th Anniversary Day
We were treated to a fabulous sunset which everyone enjoyed, including Dwight Worden,  Major of Del Mar and two visiting foreign exchange students staying with Kevin & Sibylle, Andrea from Bordeaux, France and Joelle from Schaffhausen, Switzerland
And then Rotarians and guests moved inside for a fabulous tri tip & chicken barbeque with all the fixings catered by Bekker's
The Powerhouse Clubhouse balcony provided a good overview of the room....
and as Hot Rocks San Diego resumed play, (and a few die-hards let our handy volunteer bartender Rodger Price, long time friend of Sandy,  continue to pour)....
 everyone took to the floor and enjoyed dancing the night away (click on video link below)
Thanks to  Bill, Charles, Jan and Patricia for all the photos

Upcoming Events
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
Del Mar - Solana Beach

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 7:00 AM
Hilton Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014
United States of America
Hybrid Meetings 7:00 - 8:30 AM most Fridays via zoom & in-person. Contact Susan Hennenfent at shennenf@gmail.com for zoom access code
About Our Club
Is a leadership organization of local business, professional and civic leaders, and others with an interest in community service.
Members meet regularly to learn more about many subjects, form connections and friendships, and plan projects to benefit our community and the world.
Join us!

Contact  Paul Butler


(858) 755-2079


DMSB Rotary

P.O. Box 1115
Solana Beach, CA  92075

DMSB Facebook Page


August 2022
Sandra Scheller
Aug 26, 2022
Curator of the “RUTH: Remember Us The Holocaust” exhibit in Chula Vista
Sep 02, 2022
Yigal Adato
Sep 09, 2022
Marilyn Sanderson
Sep 23, 2022
Out of the Box
Amy Scruggs
Sep 30, 2022
Recording Artist/TV Host/Author/Motivational Speaker
Suchandra Brahma
Oct 07, 2022
Global Grant Showcase
Oct 13, 2022 5:30 PM
Jon Teich
Oct 21, 2022
Rotary Major Gifts Director
Nov 25, 2022
Dec 23, 2022
Dec 30, 2022
Some of the Non-Profits We Support
4-Way Test
Our Club President
Susan Hennenfent
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