La Jolla Rotary salutes student service

The La Jolla High School Interact Club, a student group sponsored by La Jolla Rotary, recently held its annual banquet, with students attending a Rotary meeting at La Valencia and being treated to dinner in celebration of Interact’s many projects this school year.

Just of few of the dozens of projects included helping clean and organize the LJHS band room, helping train injured soldiers for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Sports Camp, raising $2,800 in donations for the club’s first Project Mercy home-building event, tutoring senior citizens on computer skills, and building the club’s 11th home in Tijuana.

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Sunrise Rotary welcomes its new president

Rick Wildman will serve as the 26th president of the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary. The service club meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at La Jolla Shores Hotel. The LJSR is committed to working for the public good, not only in the local community but globally as well.

The LJSR supports such projects as PolioPlus, Microcredit Lending, Gift of Life, San Pasqual Academy in Escondido, Thousand Smiles Foundation, and Angel Faces Retreat. Its annual fundraiser, Litchfield Swim, is held in September.

For information on joining the Rotary, contact Membership Chairman Eric Kalisky at


Golden Triangle Rotary’s fundraiser a hit

The 20th annual La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club’s Cheers for Charity wine-tasting gala had more than 450 attendees enjoying a “Night With the Rat Pack” at the McMillin Event Center, Liberty Station on June 12.

Posters of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and others provided the backdrop for the themed gala, and music and dancing took center stage.

Proceeds from Cheers For Charity, exceeded $81,000.

“A huge part of our success is due to our underwriters and vendors,” said Sandi Rimer, event chair.

The LGT Rotary raises funds to support more than 40 local nonprofit organizations and global initiatives that include water well projects, eradication of polio, and the Rotary School in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Auction items included an eight-night stay for 16 guests at a castle in France, fine wines, including a five-bottle vertical of Opus One, dining certificates, vacation retreats, artwork and an Apple iPad.

Much gratitude goes to these VIP sponsors: Pacific Western Bank, Technology Integration Group, and Torrey Pines Bank. A list of food and beverage vendors is listed at


The date for next year’s event is May 7, with another winning theme still to be determined.

— Brett Morey