Sunrise Rotary February 9, 2017  


A special ‘Field Trip’ meeting at Del Lago Academy


Past President Rich Aeling opened the meeting, introducing Liz LaBlond, our host for the meeting at the Del Lago Academy. Liz is the founding president of the Del Lago Academy Foundation.


Liz LaBlond welcoming our members after serving us all a great breakfast…



Guest and Visitors:


Former member, Bill Dopp 

Lorraine Paige as Alan Miller’s guest

Cathy O’Malley as Mike O’Malley’s guest


Photos of the Week:




Anniversaries and Birthdays:


There were none this week


Dates to Remember:


February    14:        Valentine’s Day… Don’t forget!!


March        23:        Delivery to Fisher House at Camp Pendleton; bring your                     items to any club meeting


April        7-9:        RYLA


        20-23:        Mexicali Project


October    7:        Grape Day 5K; only 240 days till the big event!


High Fives and Announcements:


A special ‘Welcome Back’ to our great friend Linda Bailey. Linda has returned from major surgery, and jokingly referred to her absence as undergoing a ‘total body makeover.’ Welcome back Linda!!




Today’s program was focused on the site of our meeting, Del Lago Academy, a public high school campus of the Escondido Union High School District. Keith Nuthall, Principal, described the academic program at the school, discussing the integrated curriculum that links academic disciplines with practical applications. He referred often to the relationships built between the ‘scholars’ and the teachers, enabling the scholars to prepare for ‘Life, Career and College.’


Part of our participation with the school and the scholars is our support for the ‘Solar Cup Project’… Two scholars, Sean and Jacob explained the program and the competition related to the ‘Cup.’ Among 40 school teams in southern California, the teams are all provided with a basic hull, about 15 long, in which they design and build a solar powered propulsion system for their craft. Competition for the ‘Cup’ takes place at Lake Skinner, and involves both endurance and sprint events. The competition is conducted by the Metropolitan Water District and in addition to the competitive side, the students learn about the State’s water resource management issues.


Escondido Sunrise Rotary supports the Solar Cup project with financial contributions; President Tony presented our check and is pictured with Principal Nuthall, Liz LaBlond, and scholars Sean, Jacob, Haley and Alana…




After the discussion on the school and the project, a number of scholars led us on tours of the campus.


We had the chance to view the Solar Cup craft under construction. Pictured with tour guides Sandra and Jasmine, are Alan Miller, Lorraine Paige, Rich Aeling and Mike Muehl




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