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Rotary Clubs Celebrate 100 Years of Giving

Rotary Clubs Celebrate 100 Years of Giving

Operation Opportunity Set for Later This Month


SMALL BUSINESS

By Lisa Kovach, Staff Writer

With 59 Rotary clubs in the region, Rotarians throughout the county celebrated 100 years of community service at their centennial gala at the Hotel del Coronado on July 18.

More than 500 people attended the event, which honored the 3,600 business and professional leaders and Rotarians in District 5340, which includes San Diego County and parts of Imperial County.

Sandi Rimer, incoming governor for Rotary District 5340, said that the event highlighted the community works the clubs have done through the years.

“Every club looks for projects that are needed in their community,” Rimer said. “From painting houses to reading to kids.”

Many Rotary projects include helping communities in other countries, she said, such as international surgery clinics held four times a year in Ensenada, Mexico.

“We are building better relationships from within our country and culture to another,” Rimer said. “This also gives us an opportunity to provide money to developing countries to help better lives.”

Internationally, Rotary has 1.2 million members and more than 31,000 clubs in 166 countries.

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Find The Money: San Diego small businesses have the opportunity to locate and make contact with procurement agents, helping to access millions of dollars in procurement opportunities at the annual Operation Opportunity 2004.

The event, presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the San Diego Supplier Development Council and some government agencies, will feature more than 15 San Diego-based companies, including BAE Systems, General Atomics and Lockheed Martin.

“Each year we join forces to present this opportunity to San Diego’s small businesses,” said George Chandler, SBA’s San Diego district director, in a written statement. “Very valuable connections are made when small business owners can actually meet the procurement agents one-on-one and discuss specifics of various contract opportunities.”

The event is set for Thursday, July 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bahia Hotel.

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Giving Back: A local retail store, The Little Place in La Jolla, has been donating 100 percent of its proceeds to villages in Third World countries since it opened in 2002, but now is looking for funding to help the store stay afloat.

The store, which sells items made from villagers in Kenya, Thailand and Indonesia, helps feed, clothe and educate villagers within these countries, by donating all the proceeds to the people of the villages where the merchandise was made.

The store sells items ranging from furniture pieces such as beds and tables to smaller items, including women’s and children’s clothing, purses and picture frames.

For information on The Little Place, go to www.ihfworldwide.org.

Send small-business news to Lisa Kovach via fax at (858) 571-3628. Call her at (858) 277-6359, Ext. 3106.

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