Rotary Clubs assists homeless vets at Stand Down San Diego 2010

DEL MAR — Members of the Del Mar and Solana Beach Rotary Club handed out 6,000 bottles of water to military veterans and volunteers at Stand Down San Diego 2010 during the long weekend of July 16 through July 18.
A group of 25 Rotarians, spouses and friends stood three-hour shifts to man the Rotary water tent during the three-day event. Many vets and volunteers who frequented the water tent said that the bottles of water were what kept them going.
Stand Down is an annual support and intervention event specifically for homeless veterans. It is held in a temporary tent city created on the athletic fields of San Diego High School. It was started in San Diego in 1988 by the Veterans Village of San Diego and continues to grow, with hands-on and financial assistance from the Veterans Administration and many other organizations.
Because the veterans and their dependents generally stay at Stand Down over the three days, civilian volunteers and active duty military personnel, approximately 3,000 strong, came in shifts to set up and break down the facilities and assist the veterans.
For more information about Stand Down San Diego, call Darcy Pavich, chaplain and Stand Down coordinator, Veterans Village of San Diego at (619) 497-0142 or e-mail darcy.pavich@vvsd.net.
The Del Mar and Solana Beach Rotary Club is a service club of business, professional, and volunteer leaders who belong to the 1.2-million-member Rotary International. The club meets at the Doubletree Hotel in Carmel Valley Friday mornings from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. For more information about the Del Mar and Solana Beach Rotary Club, contact President Jan Parsons at (858) 699-4841, e-mail jaypars@aol.com or visit www.DMSBRotary.com.

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