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Service Clubs in the News: Speech winner honored

Michael Dershowitz, vocational chairman for the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club, is with Jessica Wilson after she participated in the quarterfinals of the San Diego County Rotary Club ‘4-Way Test’ Speech Contest during spring break. Jessica, a La Jolla Country Day School junior, took third place and was awarded $50 by the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club for her speech on ‘Islam.’

In other La Jolla service club news:

-The La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation is donating $10,000 to Father Joe’s Villages to assist families with very young children who have been displaced by the economic crisis, according to Glen Rasmussen, club spokesman.

The special donation, from the Young Children Priority One Committee, is in keeping with the organization’s focus on helping nonprofits that support young children. Events such as the April 26 La Jolla Half Marathon help support the club’s mission, which has included support for groups such as Rady Children’s Hospital, Voices for Children and Connor’s Cause.

-The Rotary Club of La Jolla has chosen the Riford Center for its Rotarians Day at Work project.

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On April 25, 40 volunteers from the club and the La Jolla High School Interact Club will spend all day painting the interior of the local adult center. Assistance will be provided by Pancho Dewhurst of GDC and Michael Morton of Marengo Morton Architects.

-Sunrise Rotary members will join clubs from Coronado and Rancho Santa Fe for their Day at Work. Last year, more 185 volunteers turned out, and this year, they’re expecting more, Sunrise spokeswoman Lauren Pickard said.

They’ll be at San Pasqual Academy, planting 100 fruit trees, putting in an irrigation system, building work benches for the school’s agricultural program, planting vegetables and repairing barn doors.