Del Mar – Solana Beach Rotary celebrates service

COAST CITIES — On June 22, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary lauded all its accomplishments throughout the year under the presidency of Kirk Collins. The year’s activities included:

Ellen Yaffa from Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) was presented with a check by Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary President Kirk Collins for $3,000, in support of providing a counselor to help military families. Courtesy photo
— In Community Service, the club supplied water to more than 1,000 vets during Stand Down, helped the CRC with their holiday baskets program and plant sale, provided clothing for needy women as part of Dress for Success, helped two foster youth move into their first apartments in conjunction with Just in Time, and provided a barbeque and social for youth with San Diego Youth Services.

— Under International Service, grants were given to India for toilet blocks for 60 schools, vocational training was conducted through Mothers of Peace in Uganda, a farm school and chicken farm was supported in El Salvador (which the club visited), portable water was provided in Ecuador, and desks supplied to school children in Malawi.

— Youth programs included supporting the Canyon Crest Interact club with their community projects, leading Model UN with two teams, sending youth to LEAD and RYLA leadership camps, and granting two scholarships to Canyon Crest Academy seniors who are headed to college.

— 100 percent of the club’s 36 members contributed to the Rotary Foundation again this year with an average of $370 per person. Seven members became Paul Harris fellows and eight others moved to another level. These funds are used to match grants for future projects to help others locally and internationally.

The club celebrated its most successful year yet for it’s 16th annual bocce tournament, which raised $60,000 for charitable giving. The first Harlem Ambassador Tournament was also a success, raising more than $18,000 to help Canyon Crest Academy and the Boys & Girls Club.

One of the highlights of the meeting was presenting Ellen Yaffa from Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) with a check for $3000 in support of providing a counselor to help military families.