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Coming up on Sept. 12 is one of San Diego’s unique athletic experiences. It’s the fun run, walk or bike ride along the Silver Strand shoreline known as Coronado Rotary Club’s “Low Tide Ride & Stride.” This year marks the 23rd annual low tide race which is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers with proceeds going to help support local combat-wounded veterans and first responders.

This event, which is geared towards the entire family, has become an important piece in supporting the local Military Community in and around Coronado.

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The Coronado Rotary Club has been a mainstay on the island since 1926, when 22 residents signed a charter in an effort led by then editor, manager, and part owner of the Coronado Journal, Albert H. Foret. Foret worked with a member from the San Diego chapter of Rotary to bring the club’s standards and goals to Coronado. Today, the Coronado Rotary Club has over 250 members continuing the organization’s goals of service to the community.

Kitt Williams, co-chair of the club’s PR Committee and member since 2019, says that a big draw of the club is the sense of camaraderie with other members and opportunities to network. “I was invited to become a member by a fellow Board member at the Coronado Historical Association,” Williams said. “I respected her and was drawn to the opportunity to give back to the community, region and the world. My favorite part of Rotary is working toward a common goal with a group of energetic, committed individuals who give each other support.”

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The Coronado Interact Club, sponsored by the Coronado Rotary Club, is a service club made up of over 30 active Coronado High School students. Along with various service projects in the community, the Interact Club travels to the Hacienda Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico three to four times each school year to complete projects, bring donations, and spend time with the children there. The Coronado Rotary Club also provides financial assistance to the orphanage throughout the year.

During a recent virtual Rotary meeting using Zoom, Rotarians were able to hear from Interact Co-President Brianna Heinken. She explained about the orphanage’s struggle experiencing its transition to virtual learning because they lack the technology needed.

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Once again Santa Claus will make his traditional visit to Coronado homes on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 from 5 p.m. to approximately 7:30 p.m. to deliver presents to local girls and boys.

In years past, gifts have been dropped off at the Fire Department. However, because the Fire Department no longer has enough space or personnel to handle the large quantity of gifts, a change had to be made. This year, gifts should be dropped off at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Assisted by members of the Rotary Club of Coronado, Jolly Old St. Nicholas asks parents, grandparents and guardians to drop off their presents at Douglas Elliman Real Estate, 1033 B Avenue, Suite 303, between Monday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 20 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can park in a

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Coronado High School students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to participate in the 2020 Coronado Rotary Music Scholarship Competition. This is an opportunity for young musicians to win cash prizes, develop their performance skills in front of appreciative audiences, and audition for and receive feedback from prestigious local musicians.

Prize money will be rewarded to participants at each level of competition: club, regional, and the Rotary District Finals.

The competition is open to high school students who live in Coronado or attend school in Coronado (or both), and who plan to continue their musical education beyond high school. The competition is limited to instrumentalists, but is open to performances of any genre of music (classical, jazz, modern, etc.), including original compositions.

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The Coronado Rotary Club’s Bob Watson Service Above Self Award was presented to a very surprised and humbled Dr. Elizabeth Jones at the Wednesday, Jan. 7 meeting by Coronado Rotary Club President Mary Griffin who had made the nomination.

In her nomination letter to the committee as well as in her presentation to Dr. Jones, President Griffin said:

“Dr. Jones is a visionary leader who demonstrates collaborative solutions to critical medical issues in a region where health has no borders. She has helped thousands of children who are medically underserved and without insurance who live on either side of the San Diego and Baja California region obtain critically needed care.