ENCINITAS — It has been a productive year for the Encinitas Rotary Club.
With the San Elijo Lagoon Trail Project, a dozen Rotarians joined forces with local youth groups to help build trails around the new Learning Center being built at the San Elijo Lagoon. The project is designed to make the trails more accessible to those who would like to enjoy the beauty and recreation provided by the lagoon, but have a more difficult time maneuvering the rough terrain.
The Children’s Garden Project at Quail Botanical Gardens has also demanded more time and labor from Rotary volunteers. As part of a 4.5-acre expansion of the Gardens, the first phase will be a nature garden of design and creative programs for families to enjoy and learn with their children. The Hamilton Children’s Garden is due to open in mid-2009 as the largest Children’s Garden on the West Coast.
Greg Day, the Encinitas Rotary Club’s Community Service Committee chairman, organized a day for volunteers to spread mulch in the planting areas of the expansion. Julian Duval, the Gardens’ executive director, noted that the success of this phase of the expansion has come from this sort of contributing help.
The Dictionary Project is a Rotary-wide undertaking where dictionaries are distributed to third graders in respective school districts. The teachers help by indicating those who could benefit from dictionaries with Spanish translations. The dictionaries went to Flora Vista, Capri, El Camino Creek, La Costa Heights, Mission Estancia, Olivenhain Pioneer, Ocean Knoll and Paul Ecke Central Elementary Schools. The students were challenged to look up several words, which included “Rotary,” “peace,” “hope” and “love.” Each of the schools is teaching the six pillars of character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
Team captains Roger Bolus, Dennis Cook, Julian Duval, Bill Sparks, Bruce Wadman, Danny Salzhandler, Paul Davis, Jerry Marazoni and Jon Nerenberg reported that 900 dictionaries were distributed by 30 Rotarian volunteers.
The Food Basket Project is a day of packing for the Rotarians. Meeting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, members organized the tons of food that had been donated to the CRC, Community Resource Center. Boxed packages were put together for distribution to the needy families of the area. Greg Day, as the Community Service chairman, organized the event that was first initiated by Rotarian Jim Bauman back in the 1980s.