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Ellingsen now president of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary

Michele Ellingsen recently took over as president of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary, which is celebrating its 25th year as a chartered Rotary club.

Ellingsen joined the club in 2004 and quickly became active and involved in leadership roles. Before becoming president, she served on the club’s Hospitality, Firehouse 13, Rotarians at Work and Litchfield Swim committees, as well as serving as Leadership chairwoman and president-elect.

“What I love most about Rotary is that you are able to forge strong bonds of friendship while sharing in the common mission to help others in need,” she said.

La Jolla Sunrise Rotary devotes itself to international causes such as eradicating polio (Polio Plus), microcredit and village banking programs for women in underdeveloped countries, and the Gift of Life program, which helps babies around the world access life-saving heart surgery.

Locally, among other things, the club supports San Pasqual Academy, a foster teen school in Escondido, and has donated art to local hospitals and nursing homes through joint projects with the Foundation for Hospital Art. In addition, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary is well known for its comprehensive restoration of Firehouse 13 on Nautilus Street.

In addition to her Rotary work, Ellingsen has been an active volunteer in San Diego, in such roles as founding president of the North County Chapter of the National Charity League, a philanthropic mother-daughter organization. She is a past two-term board member of the La Jolla Music Society, where she served as vice president of hospitality, and co-chairwoman of the Santa Fe Music Festival. She also is a former member of Las Duenas, an auxiliary of the Children’s Home Society.

She is the chief financial officer and director of marketing for La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre.

LJSR meets at 6:58 a.m. Thursdays at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. For information on joining, contact (858) 454-5677 or ekalisky@

aol.com, or Steve Cross at (619) 992-944 or stephen

cross@earthlink.net.