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Rotarians devote work day to senior center

RANCHO SANTA FE — About 100 Rotarians converged on the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center recently where they spent the day raking, cleaning, planting, scrubbing and washing during Rotarians At Work Day.
“This is a joy to behold,” said Rancho Santa Fe Rotary President Patrick Galvin watching club members hard at work. “It’s important to reach out to the senior citizens of our community and enhance the beauty of the senior center where they spend many hours.”
That sentiment was a thread that ran through the event.
“I’m doing this to give back to the community and Rancho Santa Fe is a wonderful community,” Rotarian Robin Chappelow said.
Gary Mayers was also hard at work.
“He is a Rotarian and a landscape architect, so this is right up his alley,” said his father Edward, also a Rotarian.
Gene Taylor had another reason for taking part in the event.
“My girlfriend told me to,” he said with a chuckle.
Among the jobs provided at the senior center during the April 30 event were cleaning up dry leaves and dead branches; cleaning up all the walkways, entries to doors and patios; and scrubing them down with Simple Green or Clorox. The outdoor furniture and umbrellas were cleaned with soap and water.
All three fountains on the property were cleaned as were all the light fixtures.
Mulch was distributed and flowers planted throughout the site.
The project kept the Rotarians busy the better part of the day.
Galvin said this year’s work day is the eighth or ninth year the Rancho Santa Fe club has taken part and that the San Diego District of the club began the “day of service,” tradition that has since been adopted across the country.
The project actually started in December when senior center officials approached the water district to learn how they could reduce water usage at the center, said Fran Lambert of Mariposa Landscape & Tree Service Inc.
Lambert’s company, which has recently done a similar job for the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, agreed to reconfigure the watering system for free.
With the help of Rainbird Corporation, which provided the parts for the drip irrigation system and everything else the system needed to be brought up to date, Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supplies also gave donations and time along side the Mariposa crew installing the new system, Lambert said.
A short class on “Water Wise Plants and Water Conservation Irrigation,” was given to volunteers during the day, Lambert said.