APRIL 27TH, 2024
Rotarians At Work Day began in our very own District 5340 in 2006.  It became a Rotary International initiative and is now a global phenomenon every year on the last weekend in April.  Thanks to the persistent and persuasive Alex Kwoka, we were able to have the opportunity to serve at the developing San Diego River Center.  A group of 10 members of our club along with 7 friends and family met on that Saturday morning and were greeted by San Diego Riverpark Foundation CEO Rob Hutsel and his team.  Rob took us on a tour of the grounds and explained the plans for the facility.  There is a lot that has been completed. Concrete installation is finished for the perimeter pathway and seating walls, two large monument signs have been poured, temporary power is installed, and more. Construction of the 100-seat outdoor classroom is next on the schedule. Once started, this major element should take about 8 weeks to complete.  There are many non-native plants and weeds that need to be removed and replaced with native species and mulch.  This is what we were tasked with.  We were split into two groups.  The first group was directed to remove large non-native brush and weeds.  The second group handled the planting of native species and mulching.  We may have been small in numbers, but we were large in enthusiasm.  We made a pretty good dent but there is still much to be done.  Many thanks to Rob and his team for keeping us organized and inspired.  We will be back!
The plan for the San Diego River Center
Rob Hutsel and Chandra greeting the group and explaining the plans for the center
The non-native plant removal team
Native plants and mulch
Tired but still smiling.  THANK YOU, ALEX!