Members of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Rotary Club of La Jolla joined forces to serve at Feeding San Diego last Saturday in honor of Rotarians at Work Day.  We asked Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and District Rotarians at Work Day (RAWD) Chair about the experience. "It is fantastic to reflect on how pivotal some of the ideas have been from Rotarians in our Rotary District over the years," said Morey.  "Think about it, Rotarians who have since passed away like Bob Watson of the Rotary Club of Coronado started this simple but profound idea of Rotarians at Work Day decades spearheading the idea that our members across District 5340 would do hands-on projects in each of our communities on the last Saturday in April and it has become a global sensation."
Working two shifts at Feeding San Diego Rotarians these two La Jolla clubs helped make several tons of food available to serve thousands of local San Diego residents.  District Governor Elect Don Fipps and his Chief Aide Kay Barron stopped by Feeding San Diego event in the morning to say hello and made 5 other stops around the county before the end of the day.  
Rotarians from around the District assisted Governor Chuck Pretto by raising over $200k in the NAMI Walk for mental illness while other clubs ran projects in their communities.  Some of the ways Rotarians served during Rotarians at Work Day are as follows:
  • Rotary Club of Del Mar served at Nativity Prep Academy.
  • Rotary Club of Coronado served homeless.
  • Fallbrook Rotary Club assisted children by creating walking sticks.
  • Rotary of Carlsbad served at Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center.
  • Solana Beach Eco Club did a restoration project at San Elijo Lagoon.t a local elementary school.
  • Southeast San Diego Rotary assisted Healthy Kids Day by handing out reading books and healthy snacks.
  • Rotary Club of Bonsall did an agricultural program.
  • San Marcos Rotary Club served at the North County Food Bank,
  • San Diego Coastal Rotary Club held an art contest for kids in Chula Vista.
  • Santee Lakeside Rotary Club volunteered at the Morning Glory brunch event at St. Madeline Sophie Center.
And there were many more events going on throughout Imperial and San Diego County throughout the day, some reflected in this edition of Newsbits.  Thank you to all who registered their event with our District leadership team and for the thousands of Rotarians and their family members who supported these hands-on projects.  Be sure to hashtag photos as #rotary5340 and #rotariansatwork.