Downtown Club News
Posted by Mary Engles on Mar 07, 2017
Two Rotarian amigas, Karen Cebreros and Mary Engles, plus two of Karen's relatives, traveled to Guatemala the last week of February in search of a replacement host club (more about that later) for a Rotary International grant that would assist the women coffee growers of the highlands of Guatemala. As a former coffee importer and founder of the International Women's Coffee Alliance, Karen wanted to support the women in coffee. They represent 80% of the small coffee growers and invest their profits in supporting their children and sustaining their community and the coffee industry.
Posted on Mar 06, 2017
Every February, during World Understanding Month, the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club honors someone in our community with the Peacemaker of the Year Award. This recognition to given to an individual who has made a significant difference in promoting peace, tolerance, understanding and conflict resolution, actions consistent with Rotary’s Mission Statement of helping to build goodwill and peace in the world.
This year, our club received 17 nominations -- all worthy candidates -- and we were delighted to present the Peacemaker of the Year Award to Dr. Patricia Marquez, Dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.
As Rotarians, we have many opportunities to give back to our community through volunteer work. This week, 10 members of the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club participated in the Feed Our Heroes program at the USO Neil Ash Airport Center. As in past years, our club generously donated food (sandwiches, fruit, snacks and even Girl Scout cookies) and served hundreds of military personnel (mostly Marines this year) who had just completed Boot Camp and are traveling through San Diego on their way to military assignments.
It’s always fun and rewarding to engage these young people in conversation, hear some of their stories, and express our gratitude for their service. We’re happy when they leave the Center with a full stomach and a warmed heart. Oohrah!
Posted on Feb 22, 2017
Rotary District 5340 and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies proudly present the 6th Annual Pathways to Peace Forum on Saturday, February 25, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This year's Peace Forum, entitled "Beyond Borders," will celebrate the relationship between our Rotary District and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies in creating and sustaining peace in the world.
The Forum will take place at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice, and is free of charge. Coffee, Mexican hot chocolate, pastries and breakfast burritos will be served starting at 8 a.m.