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Rotary supports local and international service

DEL MAR — At its annual “Celebration of Service” program, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club reviewed its investments of more than $81,000 in local and international charitable service projects during its fiscal year that ended June 30.

Lesley Sagar and Dan Phelan from Hope Without Boundaries attended the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club’s Celebration of Service program to offer thanks for Rotary’s past help. Courtesy photoFrom left, Suzie Colby, director of Public Relations and Development, with Executive Director of the Community Resource Center Laurin Pause, received the first of several checks totaling $16,800 during the Rotary year from Ken Barrett, Rotary’s community service chairman. Courtesy photo

Rotary’s international projects have been matched with an additional $40,000 per year on average from The Rotary Foundation.

Locally, some of the largest beneficiaries during the past year included the Community Resource Center ($16,800), Voices for Children ($8,300), Canyon Crest Academy Foundation ($7,200), Social Advocates for Youth ($5,900), Just In Time for Foster Youth ($6,600) and Model UN/Student Leadership programs ($5,800). Rotary members also actively supported, with their personal time and energy, the annual “Stand Down” program for homeless veterans.

Club members delivered dictionaries to all local third-graders and contributed to CRC’s Holiday Baskets program, Thousand Smiles clinics in Ensenada and other mentoring and work projects.

Rotary also initiated or supported many international projects, including clean water for five villages and three schools in Ecuador, clean water for a Uganda hospital, technical training for those who had been child soldiers in Uganda and an El Salvador jungle village medical clinic. Members also visited past and potential projects in India (in addition to El Salvador the previous year).

For more information about the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club, contact Richard Fogg at (858) 693-7556 or see


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