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Rotarians honor volunteers for service above self

DEL MAR — It was all treats and no tricks during the Oct. 31 Rotary Club of Del Mar networking lunch at Il Fornaio that included kudos, costumes and camaraderie.
Jeff Matthews and Matthias Kurth were inducted as one-year honorary Rotarians for their outstanding service to the club.
“They are spouses of Rotarians and gave as much time in service above self activities as their wives,” Rotary President Sharyn Daly said.
Del Mar firefighters were presented with an oversized toy fire truck, the “perpetual trophy” for tying with their Solana Beach counterparts during this year’s Chili & Quackers.
Del Mar firefighters won for best-tasting chili while the neighboring department was named best theme with its Chiligan’s Island display, based on the TV classic, “Gilligan’s Island.”
In six months the trophy will go to Solana Beach until next year’s event, which has been expanded to include Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas.
Daly said the most popular auction item at the group’s annual sunset soiree is dinner prepared by Del Mar firefighters at their station. Daly said she was lucky enough to attend this year but noticed the food was served on paper plates, so the Rotary Club also presented firefighters with a set of “real” dishes.
A donation to vaccinate 30 children against polio was made in honor of Del Mar lifeguards in appreciation for their support during Chili & Quackers, which raised $10,000 for Rotary Club projects such as the Polio Plus Campaign to eradicate the virus.
Lifeguards dump the rubber ducks into the ocean for the ducky derby and help collect them before the event is over.
Members of the Del Mar Village Association were also on hand for the lunch.