September 2021
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Alysa Morales
Jun 10, 2020
Cal Savers
Les Besser
Jun 03, 2020
His story from Hungary to Canada to U.S. to software Engineer for Microwave Communications
Club Information
Welcome to the Encinitas Rotary!

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Elks Lodge
1393 Windsor Road
Cardiff By the Sea, CA 92007
United States of America
We are back to meeting in person!
Rotarian of the Year - Mark Berning and his family with our wonderful
zoom conquering President, Kerry Witkin!
Rotarians are "People of Action!" But "What is a Rotarian?" and what does "People of Action" mean?

That depends. Each person who joins Rotary has a personal motivation to serve others and return something to their community. A true Rotarian identifies needs in society (locally, nationally, or worldwide) and moves purposefully toward a solution… a "Person of Action." Being part of Rotary is a humanitarian labor of love with healthy doses of fun, laughter, and true compassion mixed in. This combination makes for a recipe worthy of a five-star Michelin chef!

The Encinitas Rotary Club, chartered in 1939, truly excels in combining the selfless elements of community service with a true sense of family. It is incredible what can be accomplished when talent and competence meets desire and enthusiasm. In the past, our club has assisted in building homes for the needy in Mexico, partnered with a sister Rotary Club in Katmandu, Nepal to upgrade 10 rural medical outposts, established schools in underserved areas of Vietnam, staffed and provided student scholarships to North San Diego County youth leadership programs RYLA and LEAD, and organized the 16th edition of one of the premier Wine and Food festivals in all of SD County benefiting over 17 charitable organizations (over $1.4 million total donation distributions)…the list continues on and on.

The Encinitas Rotary Club has been serving our local community and our world for over 80 years. Through the hard work and dedication, we will still be doing the same 80 years from now. 

Please consider becoming a part of this amazing organization.
President Kerry Witkin's interview on K-LOVE radio! Learn about our club and Rotary in general.
Rotary InternationaI President Holger Knaack's theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need. When this theme was announced early in 2020, little did we know how the Covid-19 pandemic would change our lives and challenge the ways we would have to think, react, and adapt to create those opportunities
Had you asked most of us at the turn of this decade to use "zoom" in a sentence, you'd hear something like "I'll zoom into the store for a couple of things and be right back." Today, it's more like, "I'll see you at the Rotary Zoom meeting on Wednesday at noon." Today's cautions for physical distancing to guard our health has opened new opportunities for social connections in our virtual space.
For a lot of us, being introduced into a new world of technology has expanded our Rotary reach. It has freed us from planning our weekly meetings around speakers who can physically attend our venue.  We now see that anyone in the world with an internet or telephone connection can be a presenter. New opportunities.
Maintaining and growing membership may be one of our biggest challenges. For more than 80 years, we've been a club that has thrived on handshakes and hugs, house parties and work parties, lunch conversations and community involvement. In these times, we need the collective creativity of our entire membership to find new opportunities to continue and strengthen our connections, bring in the Next Generation of members, and continue our legacy of "Service Above Self."
Together, let's create opportunities.
Stay well,
Kerry J. Witkin
President 2020-2021
Encinitas Rotary News
The Encinitas Rotary Club received the Rotary Citation for 2019-2020, the most significant award a Rotary Club can achieve.  "During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world, your club demonstrated a commitment to achieve their goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape your future."
The City of Encinitas Senior Citizen Commission in partnership with the Encinitas Rotary Club is pleased to announce the award recipients for the 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year Award.  This awards program is designed to identify and celebrate people who have selflessly contributed to the City of Encinitas as a senior citizen role model.

Encinitas Rotary Peacemaker Award: Peacemaking Comes in Many Forms

Congratulations Roger Alsabrook!

Left, Jon Krassny, Encinitas Rotary Club President.  Center, Roger Alsabrook, right Johanna Deleissegues, member of Encinitas Rotary who nominated Roger for the 2020 Peacemaker Award.

Encinitas, CA - The annual Encinitas Rotary Wine & Food Festival has become a popular mainstay event in the community. In its 13th year, the Festival supports charities, whose local or international focus is on children or the community. This year the Festival was held for the first time on the second hole of the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.  Over $104,000 was raised for the 18 participating charities. Recipients were awarded their checks at a special Encinitas Rotary Club presentation on August 17, 2016. During the ceremony, each beneficiary gave a short description of the work they do and how the funds will be used.

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