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Mark Dobrina (L) and Esteban Gonzales (C) are shown with Club President, Malcom Koll following their presentation on the work of the Sharp Neurocognitive Research Center. They are running a drug trial for people with early stage Alzheimers. This work impacts the club directly as one of our members is enrolled in the trial, and has seen the benefits first-hand.
Serving lunch at Adaptive Sports Camp
Vicky, Monica, Joe, Patricia and two of Di's friends had a wonderful experience serving lunch to  60 kids, ages 4-18 finishing their last day at Adaptive Sports and Recreation Camp. They set up and served lunch to attendees, their "buddies" and other volunteers. It was a remarkably rewarding time. I have asked the coordinator to let us know early for 2024 so that more of you can participate. You will LOVE the interaction with the kids.
Joe served Pita and Tzatziki. He convinced kids to try this as he knew they "would love it." I think he could have convinced them to try escargot.  
Elena Aleksandrova and Andrea Esty Presented "Insulate Ukraine"
         The Problem

Russia’s constant bombing of Ukraine has taken its toll on life and structures. Hundreds of thousands of homes and critical infrastructure have lost window620s. Homeowners are forced to use anything at hand to cover them; wood, tin, mattresses…anything. This has made homes vulnerable to the weather, darkness and splintering.

The Solution

We are Ukrainian Children Inc., a 501(3)(c). In January 2023, we partnered with Harry Blakiston Houston and his team from Cambridge University, who have developed an innovative method to temporarily repair bombed-out windows. Their solution not only restores the functionality of the windows but also provides excellent insulation. Harry has developed an efficient system to track requests, materials used, and installation hours, which has enabled him to scale a network of organizations to adopt and implement this method. Their collective efforts, known as Insulate Ukraine, have been remarkably successful, with each window repair costing only $15 using local materials and labor. 

Ukrainian Children had an existing program in the city of Nikopol, Ukraine. Our satellite alliance with Insulate Ukraine has allowed us to replace 1032 windows in Nikopol and the surrounding area. With Insulate Ukraine, we are making a difference.

VVSD STAND DOWN is a 3-day outdoor event designed to guide homeless veterans, and those at risk of homelessness, to services that rapidly remove barriers caused by medical, legal, mental health, and substance use concerns.

We are grateful for the 100+ agencies and over 3,000 volunteers who have offered personalized care to each veteran.

Thank you all (& any others  I have forgotten to include) for supporting the Club effort at the Water Tent @ VVSD Stand Down 2023
We "did good and served others" so, as Malcolm would say, you should move your "Rotary 4-Way Test Coin" to the other pocket.
Top Left: Charles Foster, Bill Sutton, Steve Weitzen
Bottom Left: Jon Fish, Charles Fost
Bottom Right: Bill Sutton, Jan Parsons, Suzanne Sutton, Charles Koll
Also Volunteered:
Vicky Mallett & Barbara Berkovich
Ken Barrett & Paul Butler
Kevin & Sibylle Cahill
Sandy LeVine
Charlotte Jones
Molly Fleming
Mark & Susan Hennenfent
Kirk Collins
Eugenia Welch, President/CEO of Alzheimer's San Diego gave a very informative presentation on this disease that affects so many in our community. The local, non-profit is unaffiliated with national Alzheimer's organization, and devotes it resources solely to San Diego County residents - all at no cost to individuals and families.
Call 858.966.3319 to reach their staff of social workers. Ask a question, get a referral, join a support group or volunteer to provide respite care. 
Support the 100,000 San Diegans living with dementia - and help find a cure!
Their next major fundraiser will be WALK4ALZ 2023 Saturday, October 21st in Balboa Park. 
Club Business - 
  • Contact Malcom if you can support Ukrainians in San Diego with job hunting. 
“You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.” (Chinese proverb.)
  • Lobsterfest October 14, 2023: Save the Date cards were distributed to members. Start to generate some excitement, and think about what auction items you may be able to contribute.  Vicky is looking for a tequila sponsor and a band. Let her know if you have any suggestions.
A New Rotary Year... A New Rotary Theme, and some thoughts from Rotary International President Gordon R. McInally.
Our own Del Mar Solana Beach club president, Malcom Koll, kicked off the first meeting of the year by having members think about the the types of projects that will grow the impact of our club and offer Hope to our community.
1. Will the project break a negative cycle?
2. Is our involvement short term?
3. Will our impact last well past our involvement?
4. Will it encourage involvement from the community?
5. Will the person or people we help feel the need to help others.
Vicky Mallett presented the LobsterFest goal of $36,500 for the 2023-24 year. This is the club's major fundraiser, and supports the local and international project supported by the club. Costs have definitely gone up this year, so we'll need everyone's support to meet the goal.
Our latest new member, Robyn Bailis (second from right) was pinned by Paul Butler, Di Shimkus, and Molly Fleming.
What a wonderful night at the Governors Dinner 
Over 400 Rotarians celebrated this year's accomplishments (thank you President Susan)
and inducted our next President, thank you for stepping up  once and future king Malcolm 
After his induction, Malcolm got in the Rotary spirit of his new position
A great time was had by all
Herb & Bev Liberman, Joe Kuhn, Paul Butler, Patricia Case, Suzanne & Bill Sutton, Malcolm & Vanesse Koll, Mark & Susan Hennenfent, Jan Parsons, Hilary & Charles Koll, Vicky Mallett, Barbara Berkovich

Happy 52nd Wedding Anniversary to Lew & Sue on Monday
Our last meeting of the 2022-2023 fiscal year was jam-packed, even without a speaker!!
We started with Paul awarding Barbara her blue badge, after completing all the red badge requirements including visiting another Rotary club, inviting a guest to a meeting, doing a Who Am I, and attending a Board meeting
We then heard from Shaurya Bairaria from Canyon Crest Academy who started Tennis Without Borders. His goal is  to teach 8-13 yr old refugees from around the world tennis, so they can experience  the same joy that he gets from the sport. Susan awarded him her last  Distinguished Student Service Certificate 
Matt Wechter, lead attorney for Standown's Homeless Court, shared how they are able to quickly remove warrants that serve as barriers for recovery for homeless vets, and showed us the hats that Bill orders each year that are a huge hit with the attorneys
Leslie and Paul (Vanna White) Sagar updated us on all the good work they have done with Hope Without Boundaries in Tijuana since  2008 for the poorest of the poor. Susan and Herb presented them with a check for $2500 to assist with school uniforms, backpacks, and food 
Herb also updated us on our donations to OEF  in El Salvador to help needy children & families
Charles Koll gave a loving tribute to all those close to him who have helped him along his road in life as part of his Who Am I. He recognized his family, colleagues, and Rotarians Susan & Mark Hennenfent and Kirk Collins who helped get Viewpoint Brewery off the ground and operational
And finally we heard from Edmar and Yaretzi who were two of our Model UN students this year who displayed the confidence and poise they gained by working with others and speaking at the event
We ended with a standing ovation for President Susan as she completed a great year - and that's a wrap heartsmileyheart

We're so proud of our George Sousa who is being honored in South Korea for the many lives he saved during the Korean War

Kevin shared the following quotes for our invocation today as we celebrate the impact our club has had on the lives of local and global neighbors. As he said, let us continue throwing our beam and changing the world. 
Happy Birthday to Suzanne who celebrates her special day tomorrow and Happy 53rd Anniversary to Meera & Venky!!
President Susan started our festivities by reminding us who Rotary is
(go to our Facebook page to watch the live video)
Vicky, in her multiple hats as Immediate Past President, LobsterFest Chair, and Foundation Chair, reminded members that we raised $35,320 at LobsterFest to share with our Major Beneficiaries Just in Time for Foster Youth and Casa de Amistad and other service organizations/projects. We added 5 new Paul Harris Society Members and had 100% EREY participation
Nicole as New Generation (Youth) Chair shared that we spent $5800 helping Casa de Amistad, Model UN and sent students to LEAD and RYLA for the first time since the pandemic
Herb, as International Chair, thanked Venky, Suchandra, and Steve for their help with projects in the countries of El Salvador, Mexico, Malawi, and India
Here Suchandra showed our next project teaching organic farming, and told about the $35,551 grant we did helping the homeless, mentally ill women in India where they were able to add more staff for  vocational training & therapy and grew from 10 to 25 beds
Di, as Chair of Community Service (or the heart of Rotary as she says as we get directly involved), with the help of Bill, Lew, and Ken reminded us of the $5000 sent to the Nature Collective, $1000 sent to CRC for mental health initiatives and $500 for their general fund, besides helping over 700 families with food through Feeding San Diego
Bill, Lew, Sandy, and Jon helped with Programs this year and we learned so much in the following categories
Patricia on behalf of her and Suzanne as Social Chairs reviewed  the 8  fun socials we did and were pleased with attendance with a minimum of 20 people for each
President Susan then thanked all the members of the club who are active behind the scenes and reminded us of the generosity of club members
She then rang the bell for the last time as President, and wrapped up the year

It was a great Rotary night at the Padres as they rallied right from the start and beat the Guardians 6 - 3  
Jan Parsons, Susan & Mark Hennenfent, and Andy & Cole Sutton enjoyed the game

Thank you Suttons for hosting a fun demotion Party; Patricia & Suzanne for organizing; and Kevin for being Master of Ceremony
Festivities began on the patio with a charcuterie board before moving inside for a dinner of kabobs
Bill told how he has no  more gold gavels to give away before Ken and Charlotte eloquently praised Susan for a  colorful year (see her beautiful, colorful paintings below), her steadfastness and calm demeanor, and innovations as President (including using Facebook Live, slides for meetings, and new name badges). They presented  her on behalf of the club with an artist's apron and her picture signed by  members 
But where is the gavel to pass on to the next president? Kevin came through again, with a bucket of iced Veuve Clicquot hiding the wrapped original  gavel
Malcolm then took the hot seat while Susan, Patricia, and Kevin departed upstairs and then we saw Queen Susan make her appearance with the gavel on a royal cushion, led by queen consort Patricia. But wait!!! Susan is not carrying  the REAL gavel!!! Court Jester Kevin then appeared with the answer
In true Shakespearean fashion, he  offered Malcolm the real gavel if he could answer two clues correctly. Unfortunately Malcolm failed, but he graciously produced the gavel so the night was saved. Susan then gave Malcolm his Presidents pin, and Kevin was awarded the framed original Club Charter as our first President
The once and future King was now official and Susan gave her heartfelt thanks to club members for making this a fabulous year!!
We then all enjoyed a special cake and Patricia's pound cake & strawberry shortbread

We welcomed and enjoyed hearing from the Casa de Amistad students who were inspired by attending RYLA or LEADS
Ariana, Ali, Janidy, and Daniel
Felix gave his Who Am I, and though he just joined Rotary, we feel he has always been a Rotarian at heart as his life goal is to give back and make a difference in peoples' lives
Thanks to Di and to Joe Kuhn, our members & Hilton GM, who organized our last Community Service event of packaging  care bags for victims of human trafficking served through SafeHouse. 
Jeff Moore of Exotic Succulents in Solana Beach, and author of five books,  gave a colorful presentation of these plants and how to care for them.  We learned that all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. And yes, Jeff does consult on an informal basis. 
Be sure to invite guests to next weeks Celebration of Service!!

Lew Williamson was inducted into the Paul Harris Society for contributing $1000 or more to the Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris Fellow, Vicky Mallet received a Ruby pin for and additional Rotary Foundation contributions of $1000.
Herb and Venky were honored for their work on Global Grants 
Clinton Young, Founder of Pickleball For Life discussed how the game of pickleball can be a catalyst for positive change through physical activity and building social connections. The game was invented in 1965, and has become recognized as a professional sport.  Casual play is open to anyone, and Clinton demonstrated how the game is played with the help of club volunteers.
Giving back to the community is rewarding and fun.  On May 16th, DMSB members, family and friends joined together at Feeding San Diego to  package 700 pounds of Avocados, glean 400 pounds of Grape Tomatoes and put together 175 take home food care packages for school children needing a little extra nutrition help on the weekends.  Altogether, our two hours of fun but intense efforts supported almost 700 families.  
Everyone had too much fun to take pictures but a good time was had by all

Two member were honored this morning:
Lew Williamson by Vicky Mallett for his Rotary Foundation donations achieving a PH+4
and Susan Hennenfent awarded Charles Foster an Imagine Rotary pin for all his contributions to Rotary and our club over the years, saying he is a mentor to her and many other members
We were all impressed that Susan & Mark Hennenfent got to meet one on one with Rotary International President Jennifer Jones as part of their recognition of being new Arch Klumph Society members. She said its been an exhilarating and exhausting year!
The Casa de Amistad Gala was a wonderful night and Nicole thanked Charles and Viewpoint who supplied free  beer for the event.
Di was the big winner of the  Carlsbad Rotary raffle winning $2500 on a $100 donation (it helps to be generous) and Judy Hunt who often visits us when in town from her Colorado Rotary presented us with her club flag
Herb reported on our $9200 Grant to OEF in El Salvador and recognized Ildiko Tesak for her large contribution. We also send another $1000 per year in recognition of our speakers, as shown in the photo below when President Susan presented one to our member and speaker, Barbara Berkovich who spoke on ChatGPT and AI


We were joined by Solana Beach Eco Rotary & Encinitas Rotary for Rotarians At Work Day 2023
at the Nature Collective planting new growth in the La Orilla Restoration Site & weeding non-native plants in San Dieguito Park 
Orientation by Nature Collective staff & volunteers
La Orilla Restoration site where we planted over 40 new shrubs
Weeding in San Dieguito Park to get rid of non-native plants

DMSB Rotary spun off from the Del Mar Rotary Club on April 24, 1992
Best Wishes to all our members with Birthdays next week:
Patricia on April 30, Kevin on May 1, and Steve on May 2 along with a Happy 32nd Anniversary with Ava last week
 Happy Birthday, Anniversary with Alicia, and Rotary Anniversary all in April to Charles Foster 
And Happy Club Anniversary to Charlotte who joined us in April, 6 years ago
James Morrison, Paul Harris Foundation Society Coordinator for District 5340, helped us induct Vicky Mallett and Di Shimkus as new Paul Harris Society members, with a commitment of contributing $1000/year to the Rotary Foundation
President Susan Hennenfent, Vicky Mallett, Steve Weitzen, Di Shimkus, James Morrison
Steve and Susan welcomed Di as a Paul Harris Society Member (she contributed $1000 to the Rotary Foundation both this year and last) and next level pins for contributing another $1000 to the Foundation to members Kevin Cahill (PH+6, receiving a pin with a ruby); Charlotte Jones (PH+2);  Herb Liberman (PH+4); and Beverly Liberman (PH+2)
They have helped DMSB Rotary  contribute over $389,000 to the Rotary Foundation
Well done and thank you!!
Calendar Items:
Rotarians At Work  Day, tomorrow 4/29
Club Social, May 11
Feeding San Diego, May 16
Our speaker today was Pam Maher, a Research Professor in the Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory at the  Salk Institute. Her research focus and talk was on Alzheimer's disease and factors that can contribute to the disease. She emphasized paying attention to the lifestyle factors which we can control. 
President Susan presented Pam with our OEF certificate and explained how we are helping the children in El Salvador with health, education, and nutritional needs and have been involved with this organization for over 15 years

7-WAY Luncheon Meeting with Area 4 Rotary Clubs 
Del Mar-Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe., Encinitas, Encinitas Coastal, San Diego Downtown Evening, Solana Beach Eco
DMSB Members George Sousa, Susan Hennenfent, Malcolm Koll, Jon Fish, Jan Parsons, Vicky Mallett, Ken Barrett, Molly Fleming, Paul Butler, and former member Radia Hunter
Our own Korean War Hero George Sousa
led the flag salute
Jordan Harrison, Rotarian & Vice President of Community Impact & Partnership for Reality Changers, was our keynote speaker and gave a motivational talk on the impact of Rotary & Rotarians.  Paulette Britton, RSF President was Host and presented Dylan Stolba a comfort bear for her 4-Way Test Speech on mental health.
Then each Club President gave an overview of their club's activities and priorities. Here is Susan talking about our community involvement with Stand Down and Blood Drives
And we ended the afternoon happy to see other dedicated Rotarians and feeling good 

It was a great day in Rotary as we inducted three new members -  Felix Singh, brought to us by Elena of the Santee Rotary club; and Monica Stuck and Yolanda Silva with the Hilton Corporate Membership, joining Joe Kuhn. WELCOME!!
Congratulations to Art on his new home purchase, with Paul's help, and Vicky's help with insurance; and to Barbara on her closing of Double B Ranch in the Columbia River Gorge area
Welcome back to Venky who went to Iceland to see the Northern Lights and to Susan who was visiting Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, IL and her sister in Michigan
Here she is "shaking the hand" of founder Paul Harris and with Mark and 4 Past RI Presidents
Charlotte enjoyed lunch at Viewpoint Brewery with  friends visiting from Norway after a fun hike; Nicole was grateful for apple Care after her phone landed in the water; and we were happy to hear that Patricia has an ablation scheduled next week to relieve back pain 
Vicky reminded members to contribute to Rotary International Annual Fund by April 30 and shared pictures from our first project in El Salvador as a result of funds available through a Foundation Grant - building a school and vocational center. 
And where we continue to help 15 years later
Vicky was recognized by Susan with an Imagine Rotary pin for all her contributions to the club
Art is our new auctioneer extraordinaire as he collected $360 for 3 Ukraine Rotary pins - thank you Venky, Jan & Herb
Please visit our  Upcoming Events for more information and to signup for Feeding San Diego and Rotarians At Work Day and our 7-Way Meeting on April 19 (we will be dark on the 21st)
Jordan Karney Chaim, an art historian and Curator for the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego, gave an interesting, informative talk about this institution that is in Balboa Park and Encinitas. Their mission is to present experimental art and learning with a mission to question everything - and their focus next year will be on the interface of art and science using human data. They also have a sculpture trail overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon that is inspired by the coastal landscape.  A good time to visit ICS North will be on April 29 at Casa de Amistad Gala
President Susan presenting Jordan with our OEF certificate for speaking with us today

Congratulations to Nicole Mione-Green & Kevin Cahill on another fabulous Model UN at Del Mar City Hall 
and to the students with  Casa de Amistad who did a great job representing So. Korea & India
Students and supporters from our club
Nicole, Alex, George, Edmar, Yaretzi, Jan, and Kevin
(Yadira missing from picture)
  Edmar and Alex presenting positions on space debris 

It was great to have Felix back with us today and Joe Kuhn and  Monica Stuck from the Hilton, 
as we welcomed Joe as a new Corporate Member 
As Membership Co-Chairs Molly Fleming and Paul Butler made the induction and pinned him, all joined President-Elect Malcom Koll in congratulating him on joining the other 1.2MM Rotarians who do good in the world
We wish Susan & Mark Hennenfent a great trip to Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois where they are being honored  as Arch Klumph Society members and recognized as  Rotary Foundation's  highest level of donors
Malcolm wished Herb & Beverly a Happy Anniversary on the 23rd, but was not sure which one it is as different dates are showing in Club Runner under their profiles. He also shared that there are many more changes than his first time as President, such as more acronyms and  7 areas of service instead of 4. He will be focusing on Anti- Human Trafficking during his term. 
Thank you to Di, Herb, Malcolm, Charles K, & Barbara for attending the District Training last Saturday
Herb shared a request from Glenda Collins with Friends of Joshua to help with funds for Malawi, Africa after the devastation done by the
recent cyclone
Vicky asked that all donation to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund (EREY) be made by April 30. It can be in amount amount above $25, and the suggested donation is $250
Nicole offered 10% off for tickets to Casa de Amistad's Celebration on April 29th, which Malcolm quickly grabbed by purchasing a table for 10
Paula Claussen and Doug Hoffman spoke to us today about Project Mercy Baja and the wonderful work their non-profit does for the impoverished in Eastern Tijuana. Not only do they  build solid and secure houses for those in need, but they are also building schools, supporting children's education,  providing needed food and water, and helping with sanitation.  Before they left, the club presented them with $255 collected at the meeting. 
Malcolm presented Paula with our OEF Certificate for speaking with us today, which shows our help to needy in El Salvador

Our Korean War Hero & 10 Year Rotarian George Sousa drew a crowd of over 15 guests to hear him talk about his Korean War experience and watch an interview of him when he was in Washington DC as part of Honor Flight San Diego
Here he is with some of his family and friends who were there - Stacey Halboth with Honor Flight San Diego, friend and Snowboard Olympian Tessa, sons Jim and Bill with their wives 
George was 21 when he was drafted into the Army 2nd Infantry Division & headed to Korea, leaving behind a wife of 2 months, pregnant with their first son. He is the only survivor of the tank attack on Heartbreak Ridge for which he won a purple heart. 
Please click on link below to see the touching interview
Here, Stacey Halboth, who accompanied George on his Honor Flight, holds a newspaper article of George in the local paper upon his return from the war
George wants everyone to remember that this was a real war where over 36,000 Americans died; he is very proud of his unit saying the 2nd Infantry Division is 2nd to none; and wants people to remember to thank Veterans for the sacrifices they made for our country.  All gave George a standing ovation (Pictured here: Akilah Templeton, CEO of Veterans Village; Alicia Foster, Jon Fish, Monica Stuck, Human Resources with the Hilton; Nancy Starling, Carlsbad Rotary; Charles Foster, Joe Kuhn, Hilton General Manager; and Suzanne Sutton)
Acting President/President Elect Malcolm Koll presenting George our certificate showing our commitment and work with OEF and the children of El Salvador
On a lighter note, Malcolm  showed George dancing to the music in a Korean "Gangnam Style" video
Other Rotary news included Di Shimkus reminding members of the Nature Collective walk next Thursday, 3/30 at 9:00am & Rotarians at Work Day there on April 29; Paul Butler, Membership Chair sharing Susan's goal of going from 29 to 34 members; Sushandra Brahma updating us on the $32K Global Grant on organic farming that we are doing with her non-profit in Calcutta, India; and Nicole Mione-Green, Youth Chair, asking for funds to purchase business attire for our students who will be participating in Model UN on April 1 & 2. 


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 facebook & in-person. Click on https://www.facebook.com/dmsbrotary or contact Susan Hennenfent at shennenf@gmail.com for more information
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


September 2023
Club Social at Bushfire
Sep 21, 2023 5:30 PM
Bill Kerlin
Sep 29, 2023
Managing Director, North Coast Repertory Theater
Myrna Davalos
Oct 06, 2023
Father Joe's
Greg McGuire
Oct 13, 2023
+Box An Equation Collaborative Project
Lobster Fest Debrief
Oct 20, 2023
Some of the Non-Profits We Support
4-Way Test
Our Club President
President Malcom Koll
Malcom Koll
+1 858 205-9834


Officers & Chairs
Past President
President Elect
Community Service
Community Service
Foundation (TRF)
International Service
Youth Service
Human Trafficking
Model UN
Public Relations
Chief Executive Party Animal (CEPA)
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