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Community Volunteers

Barrett Smith Lives by the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self”
2 months ago

Barrett Smith Lives by the Rotary Motto “Service Above Self”

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Committed To Positive Change

Barrett Smith didn’t waste any time getting involved in his new community after relocating from Texas just two years ago. He joined the Del Mar Rotary …
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Kathy O’Leary Is Honored for Her Nonstop Community Service
4 months ago

Kathy O’Leary Is Honored for Her Nonstop Community Service

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Award-Winning Volunteer

After teaching grades four through eights for 34 years, Kathy O’Leary retired in 2003. That hasn’t stopped her from continuing to serve the greater community, though! Since 2004, …
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Becky and Ella Beattie Harvest Local Fruit for the Needy
6 months ago

Becky and Ella Beattie Harvest Local Fruit for the Needy

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Fruitful Philanthropy

Sometimes the best ideas come to us as we’re just strolling outdoors. This was the case when Becky Beattie and her nine-year-old daughter, Ella, were walking along the …
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Anne Omsted Believes in the Value of Books
9 months ago

Anne Omsted Believes in the Value of Books

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A Longtime Friend

Anne Omsted’s commitment to the Friends of Encinitas Library began almost 30 years ago when she joined as one of the original members. The organization was started …
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Michelle Mullen Helps Empower Young Women to Become Leaders Through Girl Scouts
11 months ago

Michelle Mullen Helps Empower Young Women to Become Leaders Through Girl Scouts

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Leading the Way

For Michelle Mullen, volunteering for the Girl Scouts is a fulfilling and empowering way to serve the local community. “I joined a friend to become co-leader of …
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Michael Blanco Happily Volunteers for Local Botany Conservancies
1 year ago

Michael Blanco Happily Volunteers for Local Botany Conservancies

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Planting Roots

A plant geneticist job brought Michael Blanco to Encinitas in the early 1990s, but an employment opportunity to work with the US Department of Agriculture at Iowa State …
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Mary Jo Preti Takes an Active Role at the Encinitas Library
1 year ago

Mary Jo Preti Takes an Active Role at the Encinitas Library

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An Open Book

Reading is a passion for Mary Jo Preti, and she is happy to share her love for the written word with others. From 12 to 1 p.m. …
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Recreational Basketball Coach  Jon Rodrigue Instills Life Lessons on the Court
1 year ago

Recreational Basketball Coach Jon Rodrigue Instills Life Lessons on the Court

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Passing the Ball

Jon Rodrigue, a real estate attorney, and his wife, Shannon, settled in Olivenhain in 2003. Their four kids are growing up, he reflected, “in an active beach …
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Coastal Roots Farm Volunteer Muffy Peugh Gives Back For a Healthier Encinitas 
2 years ago

Coastal Roots Farm Volunteer Muffy Peugh Gives Back For a Healthier Encinitas 

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Harvesting Community Spirit

Muffy Peugh is grateful to be in what she described as a “little piece of paradise.” A Del Mar native, she attended San Dieguito High School …
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Darren Tkacs is Committed to Maintaining the Natural Beauty of Del Sol
2 years ago

Darren Tkacs is Committed to Maintaining the Natural Beauty of Del Sol

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Supporting Sustainability

When Darren Tkacs was 21 years old, he left the East Coast and moved to Southern California. The natural beauty, his love of surfing, and his passion for …
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