Event Types
Brenda Cressey, RI Trustee
Mar 03, 2017
Please contact Brett Morey 858-602-2532 if you would like to assist on the paint and beautification project at Nativity Prep Academy this Saturday, March 4th.  The Rotary Club of Del Mar is organizing the event so join Past District Governor, Marty Peters, Rotarians, Interact students from Cathedral Catholic, Torrey Pines and University City High School and have a blast!  NPA is committed to academic excellence providing tuition free education to Middle and High School students in San Diego.
Nativity Prep Academy
Address: 2755 55th St, San Diego, CA 92105
Date: Sat., March 4, 2017
Time: 8:30AM to 1:30PM
Details: Painting & beautification project indoors
View photos from our 2016 event at:
Mar 04, 2017
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Priscilla Lister
Mar 10, 2017
Peter Chodzko
Mar 17, 2017
Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about various Rotary programs in District 5340.  In fact, I encourage you to come and heckle our very own Brett Morey during his Youth Services presentation.  Also be sure to check our the LEAD/RYLA presentation and optional Grant Writing Seminar.  The District 5340 website has all the details as well as a link for registration.  Don't miss this great event!
University of San Diego
Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Cost: $25 (free for Red Badgers)
7:45 AM – 8:40 AM - Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM - Welcome  
9:10 AM – 10:00 AM - Session 1
10:10 AM – 11:00 AM - Session 2
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM - Session 3
12:10 PM Grant Writing Seminar (Optional)
Mar 18, 2017
7:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Neal Griffin
Mar 24, 2017

Patricia Márquez is Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at
the University of San Diego, the first stand-alone school of peace and
justice in the United States. The Kroc School prepares students from
various parts of the world, including countries affected by violent
conflict, in peacebuilding, human rights, conflict resolution and social
innovation. Since her arrival at USD in 2007, Dr. Márquez has
developed the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC), the Social
Innovation Challenge and the USD Changemaker Hub. Previously, Dr.
Márquez was a professor and Dean at IESA, a School of Management
in Caracas, Venezuela. Her research centers on the intersection of
business and social value creation, with an emphasis on poverty
alleviation through market mechanisms.
Dr. Márquez has a BA from Bowdoin College, and received her MA and
PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of California,

Patricia Marquez
Mar 31, 2017
Okay, calling all hands on deck!  Sounds too Navy.  Over the hills and deep in the trenches...maybe too Army.  Okay let's blow this up!  Yes, that sounds like the Marine Corps.

Past President and Vietnam Veteran (U.S. Navy Seabee) Rick Clark needs all the troops to report in to duty and give our Marines a leg up.  That's right we will be meeting at the Braille Institute by 7:30AM to carpool up to Camp Talega.  Camp Talega is about as far North on base as you can go...basically up to South San Clemente.  It is important that all interested parties commit to this project by emailing Brett Morey at or Rick Clark at no later than March 15th so we can provide names to the Base Commander.
We will be painting, assembling new picnic tables, putting together the volleyball courts and assembling new weights just to name a few of the projects.  Call or text Brett Morey 858-602-2532 with any additional questions.  We are hoping to have as many Rotaractors help as possible as this project is 18 years age or over.  Sign-up online at:
1.- Need the sign-up list by March 15.  We will be sending the list to Camp Pendleton.
2.- Time and place to meet.  We will have a place in La Jolla (maybe Braille Institute) for everyone to meet at 7:30 AM, then will caravan up.  Some of us will go up earlier.
3.- Approximate time spent painting and assembling etc. ( for example: from 8:00 to 3:00PM) We will shoot for 8:00 - 3:30 PM finish.
4.- Do we need to bring “tools” if yes, such as a screwdrivers, allen wrench, socket wrench? We will have all tools, brushes, etc. on site.
5.- What is the clothes attire. (type of clothes, for example work boots, jeans and t-shirt, or are short pants allowed? Work clothes, most of the work will be painting. Shorts are fine, as long as you've got good looking legs!.
6.- Type of ID, to access the camp Make, model and color of car(s) that will be entering.  Drivers' licenses. Insurance and registration for each car.  Seat belts for each passenger.  We intend to have some small cards printed, identifying each car to the guard for the project.
7.- Recovery price for food & drinks? Or is it bring your own?  No charge for anything.  We will have some donuts and coffee in the morning and our community service committee is paying for pizza or Subways for lunch.
Apr 01, 2017
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Bobbi Brink
Apr 14, 2017

Dave Kramer is a Chief Financial Officer with more than 25 years of experience, from start-up to
over $100 million in sales. He’s been a full time CFO in medical devices, biopharma, and high
tech. Dave is the founder and principal of Outsource CFO Services, where he currently provides
part time CFO services to a variety of small, growing companies. His volunteer activities
include CONNECT Springboard, where he is a finance advisor and Chairmen’s Roundtable,
where he is an enthusiastic sponsor and Board member. Dave earned a B.A. from Yale and an
MBA from Harvard Business School. He lives with his wife in Carmel Valley, where they
entertain their out-of-town children and grandchildren.

Dave Kramer
Apr 21, 2017

Paul Thiel is chairman of The Chairmen's Roundtable, a unique San Diego non-profit that
provides pro bono mentoring for closely held businesses. Currently the regional managing
director for the San Diego region for BNY Mellon Wealth Managenent, Paul has been CEO of
three closely held firms, including TruCost Inc., a Sorrento Valley-based firm in the hospitality
industry. Thiel started his career as a financial journalist, writing for the New York Times, The
Washington Post among others. Paul holds a BA from the University of Connecticut and an
MBA from the University of Virginia, and has completed executive programs at Northwestern
University and Stanford Business School. A native of Boston, Paul is very happy to be living in
LaJolls wife his wife, Lori, their two kids and beagle.

Paul Thiel
Apr 21, 2017
The Quintessential Festival will feature more than 30 Beer, Wine & Spirit vendors, food for purchase, live music and a load of fun!  Check out the website for the latest information and buy tickets in advance to save money.
The event is 1PM to 5PM but we will have set-up teams in the morning and tear down teams in the evening.  We need Rotaractors 21 & over to help with pouring beverages too.
Apr 22, 2017
6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Nancy Gatschet
Apr 28, 2017
Dianne Day, Erik Mjoen
May 05, 2017
Educator of the Year
May 12, 2017

Beth & Brad Thorp Co-Founders of the Mitchell Thorp Foundation have created incredible blessings for children and families in need. A public 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to “Support families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders by providing financial, emotional and resources to their desperate situation”

They are impacting communities one child at a time, through their four programs:

  • • Medical and Home Assistance •
  • Healing & Rehabilitation •
  • Wheel Chair Accessible Vans •
  • Youth Leadership Council The foundation’s accomplishments and milestones since founding in 2009: •
  • Provided support to over 100 families & children and 15-20 on-going families monthly. •
  • 100% success rate in keeping families together and not end in divorce or separation. •
  • Over 2,000 toys delivered to local hospitals. •
  • Over 6,000 people came together at MTF events. •
  • 100 basket deliveries to children. •
  • Over 1,500 community service hours. •
  • Over 750 selfless volunteers •
  • Over 200 students participated in MTF Youth Leadership Council & MTF School Clubs.

Awards & Recognition: •

  • 2106 Starfish Leadership Award -Honored to Brad & Beth Thorp Who Inspire, Engage & Lead. •
  • 2016 City of Carlsbad-Recognition Certificate for receiving the Starfish Leadership Award. •
  • 2016 California Legislature Assembly Resolution 76th. District-Honored Brad & Beth Thorp for their significant contribution they have made to the community and beyond. •
  • 2015 Attained Gold Star Status through Guide Star. •
  • 2013 California Legislature: Certificate of Recognition of Service and dedication in helping families who are challenged with a life-threatening medical condition. •
  • 2013 Proclamation Honoring “Mitchell Thorp Foundation” of Feb 2, County of San Diego •
  • 2012 Created Youth Leadership Council that impacts kids (Kids Helping Kids) •
  • 2012 Finalist Non-Profit Association of the Year, State of California •
  • 2012 Finalist Non-Profit of the Year, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce •
  • 2012-Present Member of Nonprofit Alliance •
  • 2011-Present Partnership with San Diego Foundation & Better Giving Program •
  • 2010-Present Member North County Philanthropy Council (NCPC)​
Brad & Beth Thorp
Jun 09, 2017

Melodie Tao is a social media thought leader with over 13 years of marketing experience. She leads and runs her own company, Marketing Melodie, where she is a Marketing Consultant, Educator and Speaker.

Through her consulting and education services, Melodie helps businesses and entrepreneurs optimize their brand, and build social media communities to generate more revenue. After applying Melodie’s strategies, her clients typically achieve significant increases in traffic, subscribers, leads and clients.

Melodie’s background includes over five years of experience in print and radio advertising. She then transitioned into online marketing, and successfully managed campaigns that integrated SEO, PPC and Social Media.

Melodie also takes her knowledge and experience to the classroom and has served as a Marketing Professor at Platt College San Diego and National University, as well as a Guest Lecturer at UCLA, UCSB and The Art Institute of California, San Diego.

As an International Speaker, Melodie has spoken at conferences, and hosted workshops nationally, in Asia and the Middle East.

Melodie combines her expertise in traditional marketing and digital media to develop fully integrated campaigns for her clients. Melodie has successfully created interactive campaigns and promotions for national brands, including AT&T, Microsoft, Ralphs/Kroger, Westfield Malls, Colgate Palmolive, AMC Theaters, Insect Shield, Verizon Wireless, NBC Universal and

On a personal note, Melodie is from sunny San Diego. She teaches and practices yoga, enjoys cooking, live music, has strong ties in her community, and enjoys discovering new things to do in her home town.

For more information on Melodie visit her website and blog

Melodie Tao
Jun 16, 2017
Alex Monroe
Jul 07, 2017

Scott Carr is Past President of Rotary of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, and served as Chief of Staff for District 5340 Governor Louise Andres in 2014-15. He was also chief architect and punching bag for the District website at

Scott regularly trains Rotarians on web marketing and social media. A former registered principal in the securities industry, Scott was the founder of one of the first websites ever to focus on estate and retirement planning. He used this experience in online marketing to launch a marketing agency called Javelin Web and Media.

Scott is a proud dad to three kids, a son age 5 and twin three year-old girls. Scott met his wife Heather as President of the San Diego Downtown Rotaract Club. He is the recipient of the 2010 Community Service Award from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), and received the 40 Under 40 award in 2012 from San Diego Metro. In addition to The Rotary Foundation, Scott and his wife work together to support several worthwhile charities, including Serving Seniors, Sepsis Alliance, the KPBS Radio Reading Service, and the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Scott Carr
Jul 28, 2017

Sandee will review the evolution of Human Resources from the 1400’s to the present day.

Sandee is a certified human resources professional who began her HR career as the Personnel Director at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps in the late 70’s. With a keen interest in all aspects of human resources she focused on becoming a human resource generalist. As a generalist, she would be expected to be knowledgeable in all aspects of HR, most importantly the ever-evolving legal compliance aspects. She developed this knowledge while working at several well-respected law firms in San Diego. In 2006, she joined Cavignac & Associates as the Director of Human Resources serving the agency as its HR Director and the agency clients as a HR Risk Control Advisor. Today, as the sole proprietor of Walton Business Solutions, she serves small and medium sized businesses. Her focus is to assess the company’s HR related practices and then assist with the implementation of legally compliant HR "best practices". She also serves as a HR expert witness. 

Sandee Rugg
Aug 04, 2017

Richard Schulman President and Founder, Resource Strategies Inc (since 1985) RSI does aerial and satellite imagery sales and project management Clients include utility companies, water agencies, cities, county, state and federal government. Involved in pioneering high technology for over forty years. Founder National Computer Graphics Network Founding Sponsor UCSD Connect Program for Entrepreneurship and Technology (1985) Retired US Naval Officer (Commander) including Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (NOSC)

Richard Schulman
Aug 11, 2017
Bill Gore
Aug 18, 2017

Don is a farm boy from rural Ohio. His early inspiration was to fly, which he began at age 16, and he is still an active private pilot.

Don was a career Air Force Officer, and is a Viet Nam veteran. He has 30 years of technical and management experience in the aerospace and communications industries. He was one of the co-founders and the initial corporate strategist for Alliant Techsystems Inc. (NYSE:ATK), and he was Corporate VP strategy and planning for Motorola Networks in US and Asia. Today Don is semi-retired as an independent business consultant, and devotes his free time to charities. His hobbies and interests include flying, fishing, travel, music, history and philosophy.

Don’s topic today is the Apollo program. In 1968 and 1969 he was a NASA flight controller in Mission Control in Houston, on the control team for Apollo Missions 6 through 12, which included the first two lunar landings. Don will tell us about the Apollo missions, and some of the behind the scenes details of the people and the activities that made up this exciting time in our history. 

Donald Willis
Aug 25, 2017
Dark - Labor Day
Sep 01, 2017