Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club
October 2016
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
At this year’s World Polio Day celebration in Atlanta, Rotary is harnessing the power of virtual reality technology to build empathy and inspire action in our fight to eradicate polio. Rotary, with support from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, produced a virtual reality film that tells the story of Alokita, a young adult who suffered paralysis from polio as a child growing up in India, which has been polio-free since 2011. “When you open your eyes and see a different environment around you, you relate to the subject on a visceral, personal level,” says Vincent Vernet, direct of digital and...
Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
From the United Nations’ earliest days in the aftermath of World War II, the organization’s humanitarian mission has always dovetailed with Rotary’s efforts to administer aid and build peace. This year’s Rotary Day at the United Nations, 12 November, will highlight the role businesses can play in that collaboration as we work toward a more just and equitable world. The theme of this year’s gathering at UN headquarters in New York City, “Responsible Business, Resilient Societies,” recognizes Rotary’s role at the intersection of commerce and cause. As leaders in their professions and...
ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
The first time Noel Jackson jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, it had nothing to do with raising money for polio eradication. The Michigan dentist had received a gift certificate to go skydiving from his staff because they knew he was into adventure. “It is definitely a defining moment,” says Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA, of that first jump, done in tandem strapped to a professional skydiver. “The rush of the free fall is beyond anything I have ever experienced before. Just the speed and acceleration is unbelievable. You don’t even have time to figure out...
Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...
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Encinitas Coastal

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Casa Del Q'ero Restaurant
815 Birmingham Drive
Cardiff, CA  92007
United States
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We are a spirited collection of professional men and women who meet weekly for lunch at Casa Del Q'ero in Encinitas. Many of our members live and/or work in one of the five communities of Encinitas: Cardiff, Leucadia, Olivenhain, Old Encinitas or New Encinitas. We also have several members from the community of La Costa in South Carlsbad and from Solana Beach and Del Mar.

We encourage and enjoy visits by Rotarians from other clubs, nearby or anywhere in the world. Our meetings are characterized by a spirit of friendship, as we take the time out of our busy schedules to share experiences, discuss ideas and enjoy interesting luncheon speakers, searching for new ways to happily put "Service Above Self". Club members give back to our local and world communities through a variety of projects and events.

Please visit the Rotary International website for more information about the world's largest non-governmental, non-sectarian humanitarian organization.



Another great example of Rotary being active in our community. The ECR sponsored Interact club were busy on a beautiful Saturday morning - doing a beach clean up. Thank you so much, we all love having our beautiful beaches looking pristine for everyone to enjoy!


What a great turnout for our club sponsored Interact Club at La Costa Canyon High School.
Youth are our future. Encouraging our young leaders to understand what a joy it is to "serve above self" is extremely heartening.
Thanks to our tireless Youth Programs Chair - BoB Blum, for keeping the enthusiasm and interest going in these young people
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 At Encinitas Coastal rotary Club, we have members that want to make a difference! 
A strong program changing the lives of Palestinian and Jewish teeangers was hosted in San Diego. Our club efforts in supporting this worthy cause, was led by International Club Chair - Kelly Mellos together with Nick Mellos and Peace Chair Dennis Reese!
 85 lives were changed across Chicago and San Diego this summer and we are happy to report that all Hands have arrived home to Israel/Palestine. As always, we were so impressed with the courage, dedication and honesty that our participants displayed during this process.
We have successfully concluded another summer program and want to thank all of our supporters, participants, host families, staff, and volunteers who make this program run year after year.


The Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club held its annual Golf Ball Drop May 7 to raise funds and support the Navy SEAL Foundation and other local charities.

The event was held at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.

A fun gathering (with drinks, appetizers and dessert) was held at the clubhouse overlooking the hole where a helicopter dropped the purchased golf balls.

The three participants who purchased numbered/color coded golf balls that were closest to the flag (or in the hole) won cash prizes.



The Encinitas Coastal Rotary Club is using crowdfunding to raise funds to provide clean water to working families in the Dominican Republic.  We are working with both local Rotarians there and with Aqua Clara International – a Michigan non-profit that has developed hollow membrane filters which can be attached to  a 5 gallon bucket, and which produce water which is 99.999% pure. A single filter system will provide a family with clean water for ten years – for a total cost of $75!  Check out our website:


 If you’d like more information, contact one of our International Service Co-Chairs. To learn more about some of our other community projects, have a look at the photo albums on the left side of this web page.


Oct 25, 2016
Venissimo Cheese
Cheese making
Nov 01, 2016
Evelyn Weidner - San Deguito Heritage Museum
Preserving the history and stories of North County
Nov 08, 2016
Glenn Pruim
Encinitas Public Works
Nov 22, 2016
Thnksgiving Week