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Local News November 18, 2004

Rotary Club of San Marcos Leads Project to Build Home in Mexico

Rotary Club of San Marcos Leads Project to Build Home in Mexico


The Rotary Club of San Marcos joined by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Club, the Tijuana Rotary Club, and the San Marcos High School Interact Club recently gave a family in Tijuana Mexico a gift for the holidays - their own home.


Project Chair Joe Madrigal said that about 50 Rotarians and other volunteers joined together to complete the construction project in one day leaving the family members with a brand new home, various furnishing, cooking utensils, and a hot meal to enjoy the first night in their new dwelling.


The selection of the family and the location for the new home was made with the assistance of the organization, Project Corazon (heart). Established in 1978, Corazon organizes construction projects with non-profit groups to build over 50 construction projects a year. They build a variety of well-designed houses, classrooms, community centers and other building projects in Mexico. Families are selected to receive a new home based on points earned for service in projects to improve their individual communities or Colonias.


This is the third year the Rotary Club of San Marcos has built a house in Tijuana. Money is raised by the club for this project and for several other major San Marcos community projects, through its annual Reverse Opportunity Fundraiser, which is held each spring.


Star Builders Supply in San Marcos has donated painting supplies for each of the last three years and Aramark, the company who supplies food services for Palomar College has for the last two years donated food to feed the participating volunteers.


The Rotary Club of San Marcos meets at Noon on Thursdays at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. To learn more about the clubs humanitarian projects or to obtain information about how to become a member, visit the club's website at


The Walls Go Up



Rotarians Roofing Tijuana Home



Mexican Family Receives Rotary Built Home(See Story at left)




 Watchdog Committee to Monitor Prop. P Funds


Escondido city officials, mindful of the razor thin margin by which Proposition P apparently passed muster with the voters, have announced an oversight committee of private citizens to monitor the funding from the Proposition.


Escondido voters have apparently approved, subject to confirmation by December 1st, $84, 350,000 in funding to build new public safety buildings and infrastructure.  Plans include a new police station as well as fire station, an emergency operations center, and headquarters for both police and fire agencies.


Coastal Navigation Course Offered


The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a course on Coastal Navigation. 


The course includes marine magnetic compass, navigation tools and instruments, nautical charts, dead reckoning, piloting, tide and current sailing, radio navigation/GPS, fuel and voyage planning.


The course is 12 weeks beginning January 20, 2005.  Classes are on Thursdays from 7pm till 9pm, room 700, at Palomar College-Escondido, East Valley Parkway and Midway.


The course fee of $45.00 includes text, study guide, cruise chart, and completion certificate.  Students will need to purchase navigating tools costing approximately $20.00.  Palomar College requires a $2.00 daily parking fee.


Without additional course fee, enrolled students may be accompanied by additional family/friend member using the same supplies.


Registration and payment of course fee is required by December 15, 2004.


For further information and to register, call Gil Graham at 743.3502.


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