2021 Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival Program

18th Annual Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival Benefiting Local Charities At the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course Saturday, September 18th, 2021 Program published by Ledge Media ©2021 All Rights Reserved. Visit www.ledgemedia.net or www.hpnbooks.com for more info

18th Annual Encinitas Rotary Wine and Food Festival Benefiting Local Charities
At the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course Saturday, September 18th, 2021

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Presented by Ting Internet<br />

18th Annual<br />

<strong>Encinitas</strong> <strong>Rotary</strong><br />

<strong>Wine</strong> & <strong>Food</strong><br />

<strong>Festival</strong><br />

Saturday<br />

September 18, <strong>2021</strong><br />

At the <strong>Encinitas</strong> Ranch Golf Course<br />

<strong>2021</strong> Honoree<br />

Kent Graff

Welcome<br />



Your Hosts: On behalf of the 80 women <strong>and</strong> men that are members<br />

of the <strong>Encinitas</strong> <strong>Rotary</strong> Club, welcome to the 18th Annual <strong>Encinitas</strong><br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Wine</strong> & <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> <strong>and</strong> our outst<strong>and</strong>ing venue, the beautiful<br />

<strong>Encinitas</strong> Ranch Golf Course.<br />

Our Start: In August of 2003, Dick Stevens, Kristina Montag, Kristin<br />

Gaspar, Julian Duvall, Marilyn Kovach, Chris Ross, John Osborne, <strong>and</strong> 14<br />

other Rotarians met <strong>and</strong> decided to start a <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Wine</strong> Tasting Event.<br />

Kristina Montag was the chair <strong>and</strong> projected 200 guests with revenue of<br />

$7,000. The money was to be distributed to 2 beneficiaries <strong>and</strong> Polio<br />

Plus, a program of <strong>Rotary</strong> International that has 99.9% eradicated this<br />

disease from the planet. In that first year, these Rotarians exceeded all<br />

of their goals.<br />

Our Record to Date: Thanks to their leadership <strong>and</strong> continued<br />

support (16 of those Rotarians are still involved), the 2019 event had<br />

19 beneficiaries, attendance of over 1100 people, <strong>and</strong> the beneficiaries’<br />

received distributions of over $100,000. To date, the event has<br />

distributed over $1,200,000 to our beneficiaries.<br />

This Year’s Participants: The <strong>Encinitas</strong> <strong>Rotary</strong> Club is extremely<br />

appreciative of the support of all of our food <strong>and</strong> beverage vendors<br />

<strong>and</strong> our sponsors. As we recover from the P<strong>and</strong>emic it is gratifying to<br />

know that these people <strong>and</strong> businesses st<strong>and</strong> with us to support our<br />

community. This year we have 15 outst<strong>and</strong>ing food <strong>and</strong> 15 superlative<br />

beverage vendors, as well as significant event sponsorship. We are<br />

especially grateful to our Major Sponsorship from Ting Internet <strong>and</strong> the<br />

other business <strong>and</strong> individual sponsors for this event. We are indebted<br />

to all of these sponsors for their leadership, their kindness <strong>and</strong> support.<br />

Green Waste: We are proud of the fact that we are a “Green<br />

Waste” event thanks to the efforts of Dick Stevens <strong>and</strong> the Solana Beach<br />

Eco <strong>Rotary</strong>.<br />

Thank You: Please enjoy your evening, <strong>and</strong> thank you again for<br />

your support of the <strong>Encinitas</strong> <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Wine</strong> & <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Festival</strong>!<br />

Yours in <strong>Rotary</strong>,<br />

Merv & Susie Miller & Sherry Yardley<br />

<strong>Festival</strong> Co-Chairs<br />

<strong>Festival</strong> Director

Thank you to our Event Sponsors<br />

Premier Sponor<br />

Major Gift of $10,000<br />

Ting Internet<br />


Gift of $5,000<br />

RWM Home Loans<br />

Auroralight Architectual Lighting<br />


Gift of $3,000<br />

Studio WC Architecture & Engineering<br />

Peterson & Price - Lawyers<br />


Gift of $1,000<br />

American Medical Response<br />

AT&T<br />

EDCO<br />

Leichtag Foundation<br />

LotusRain Naturopathic Clinic<br />

Goetz Law Firm<br />

Tony’s Jacal Mexican Restaurant<br />


Gift of $1,000<br />

LotusRain Naturopathic Clinic<br />


Gift of $500<br />

Focus Investment<br />


Driscoll Family<br />

Ecofest<br />

EDCO<br />

Edgar & Renate Engert<br />

Frank A. Scotti, M.D./North County Eye Surgery Associates<br />

Ingrid Pasco, Realtor<br />

Chelsea Investment Corporation<br />

Focus Investment Advisors<br />

MJ Miller Law Offices<br />

Pacific View Eye Care Center<br />

Pacific Premier Bank<br />

R.L. Houk Construction, Inc.<br />

Yardley Enterprises

<strong>Program</strong><br />


4:30pm<br />


3:00pm – 7:00pm<br />

Celeste Barbier<br />


Richard Houk<br />


Tim Barnes – Ting Internet<br />

<strong>2021</strong> HONOREE<br />

Kent Graff<br />


Sponsor Party 3:00pm-4:30pm<br />

Main Event 4:00pm-7:00pm<br />


(Closes at 6:45pm)<br />



<strong>2021</strong> <strong>Wine</strong> & <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> Honoree<br />

Kent grew up in the Rocky Mountain Region<br />

of Colorado, Wyoming, <strong>and</strong> Idaho. He came from<br />

a family of four boys, growing up playing sports<br />

<strong>and</strong> enjoying outdoor activities such as hunting,<br />

fishing, skiing, climbing <strong>and</strong> mountain biking.<br />

He lives in Carlsbad with his wife Nora <strong>and</strong> two<br />

sons Gavin <strong>and</strong> Colin. Nora commits her time<br />

to her business <strong>and</strong> raising their sons. Gavin is<br />

attending the Colorado School of Mines majoring<br />

in Mechanical Engineering while Colin is a senior<br />

at Sage Creek HS <strong>and</strong> is playing baseball. Over<br />

the summer Colin has been working on the golf course maintenance<br />

crew at <strong>Encinitas</strong> Ranch.<br />

Kent came to Southern California back in 1986 working for Chart House<br />

Restaurants. He has been a superintendent in the San Diego area for over<br />

27 years <strong>and</strong> started in golf course maintenance back in 1988. Early in<br />

his career he was the Asst. Superintendent at Heritage Hills CC (known<br />

as Del Mar CC) during the construction through to the opening of the<br />

course. Kent then went to Malaysia for the construction of Kuala Lumpur<br />

Golf <strong>and</strong> CC. Upon his return to San Diego, he went to work for JC Resorts<br />

<strong>and</strong> was superintendent at Rancho Bernardo Inn, Twin Oaks Golf Course<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>Encinitas</strong> Ranch Golf Course. During his tenure he also managed the<br />

construction of Reidy Creek Golf Course <strong>and</strong> Arrowood Golf Course. Current<br />

he is the superintendent at Bernardo Heights Country Club.<br />

Kent is an active member of the Golf Course Superintendent<br />

Association of America <strong>and</strong> is a past President of the San Diego Chapter.<br />

He attended Idaho State University <strong>and</strong> graduated with a BS in Physical<br />

Education. He later attended Mesa Community College <strong>and</strong> received a<br />

two-year certificate in L<strong>and</strong>scape Technology <strong>and</strong> Nursery Management.<br />

Kent was a part of the setup team for the <strong>Wine</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Festival</strong><br />

when the event moved to <strong>Encinitas</strong> Ranch.

Carbon Footprint Reduction<br />

Thank you for helping us make this happen. This effort is made<br />

possible with the assistance of Dick Stevens <strong>and</strong> the Solana beach Eco<br />

<strong>Rotary</strong> club. The effort we all expend to recycle <strong>and</strong> compost will help us<br />

all be better stewards of our environment.<br />

Change begins by each of us making a small adjustment in our daily<br />

routine. Thank you for helping us!<br />

<strong>2021</strong> <strong>Wine</strong> & <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> Committee<br />

Recycling<br />

The <strong>Encinitas</strong> <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Wine</strong> & <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> has made a dramatic<br />

difference in how this event affects our planet. Once again, we will<br />

recycle, reduce, <strong>and</strong> reuse the waste generate at this evening’s event.<br />

All recyclables, including plastic, glass, paper, <strong>and</strong> cardboard will be<br />

separated <strong>and</strong> recycled. We have carefully evaluated all the waste<br />

material from the <strong>Wine</strong> & <strong>Food</strong> <strong>Festival</strong> <strong>and</strong> tried to ensure it will be<br />

utilized in a beneficial way.<br />

What does this mean to you as our guests?<br />

First, we will have recycle stations for you to place your recyclables<br />

<strong>and</strong> other waste.<br />

Secondly, you are welcome to keep your wine glass & plate. If<br />

you have enough <strong>and</strong> you don’t want or need our souvenir glass<br />

<strong>and</strong> plate, we will wash <strong>and</strong> re-use them for our event next year.<br />

Dishwashing service provided by the <strong>Encinitas</strong> Elks Lodge <strong>and</strong> Boy<br />

Scout Troop 777.<br />

Thirdly, we request your cooperation. You can help us in the<br />

following ways:<br />

• Bring your waste to the recycle areas.<br />

• There will be no trash cans on site.<br />

• If you’re not taking your glass or plate home, please return<br />

them to one of the recycling areas at the end of the evening.

Opportunity - Drawing Tickets<br />

1 for $20 3 for $50 7 for $100<br />

5 Categories — 5 Winners<br />

Dining Out<br />

$1000+ Value<br />

Family Fun<br />

$1000+ Value<br />

Home & Garden<br />

$1000+ Value<br />

Sports & Fitness<br />

$1000+ Value<br />

<strong>Wine</strong> & Spirits<br />

$1000+ Value<br />

Pacific Premier Bank<br />

Edgar & Renate Engert<br />

R.L. Construction, Inc.<br />

The Driscoll Family

Leadership<br />


Executive:<br />

Sherry Yardley — President<br />

Kerry Witkin — Past President<br />

David Lam — Treasurer<br />

Al McKendrick — Secretary<br />

Deb Cleff — Foundation<br />

Terry Ahsing — Membership Chair<br />

John Simonelli — President Elect<br />

Committee Chairs:<br />

Greg Day/Marta Hoyt — Club Service<br />

Mark Berning — Community Service<br />

John Simonelli —International Service<br />

Verne Scholl — Historian/Grants<br />

Jason Merrill — Next Generation<br />

Mike Walsh — Youth Service<br />

Daphne Fletcher — <strong>Program</strong>s/Entertainment<br />

Bob Blumberg — Peace Chair/Grants<br />

Blair Gibb —Marketing<br />

John Osborne/Merv Miller — Fundraising<br />

Sub Chairs:<br />

Scholarships — Andree Grey/Pat Davis<br />

Youth Protection — Linda Grensted<br />

Interact — Kent Pollock<br />

Model UN — Emily Andrade<br />

4 Way Test Speech — Kerry Witkin<br />

RYLA — Ron Lieberman<br />

Lead — Gregory Harris<br />

Vocational Service — Paul Dwork/Dennis Cook

<strong>Encinitas</strong> <strong>Rotary</strong> <strong>Wine</strong> <strong>Festival</strong><br />

<strong>2021</strong> Committee Chairs<br />

Committee<br />

Auction - Pre event Coordinator<br />

Auction - Set up Coordinator<br />

Auction - Check Out Coordinator<br />

Beneficiary Reports Coordinator<br />

Beverage Coordinator<br />

Cart & Shuttle Coordinator<br />

Ticket Sales & Check-in Coordinator<br />

Decorations Coordinator<br />

Dishes Coordinator<br />

Entertainment & Sound<br />

System Coordinator<br />

Event Director<br />

Event Services Desk & Radios Coordinator<br />

Sponsor Party<br />

<strong>Food</strong> Vendor Coordinator<br />

Green Coordinator<br />

Event Chair<br />

Finance<br />

Venue Logistics Chair (Set up & strike)<br />

Operations OTF Coordinator<br />

(parking, traffic, signage, radios,<br />

security, carts)<br />

Parking Control & Carpool Coordinator<br />

Photography & Drone Shots Coordinator<br />

<strong>Program</strong> & Printed Materials Coordinator<br />

Permits & Licensing Coordinator<br />

Publicity- Social Media Coordinator<br />

Opportunity Drawing<br />

Prizes Coordinator<br />

Opportunity Drawing<br />

Ticket Sales Coordinator<br />

Security Coordinator<br />

Signage Coordinator<br />

Site Layout Coordinator<br />

Site Layout Map<br />

Sponsor Coordinator<br />

Table Leveling<br />

Traffic Coordinator<br />

Vendor Triage Coordinator<br />

Volunteer Coordinator<br />

Web Site Coordinator<br />

Chair(s)<br />

Emily Andrade<br />

Kerry Witkin<br />

Andree Grey<br />

Jerry Marazoni<br />

Kelly Peters<br />

Terry Ahsing, Steve McQuerry<br />

Amber Cheffins Girard<br />

Carolyn Cope<br />

Cheryl Curran<br />

Marty Cooper<br />

Sherry Yardley<br />

David Lam, Marjy Lam<br />

Norm Nyberg<br />

Kelly Peters<br />

Dick Stevens<br />

John Osborne, Merv Miller<br />

Merv Miller<br />

Mike Walsh<br />

Bob Blumberg<br />

Brian Soloman<br />

Johanna Deleissegues<br />

Daphne Fletcher<br />

Terry Uchida<br />

Lucy Sutton<br />

Kerry Witkin<br />

Dennis Herald<br />

Blair Gibb<br />

Tom Cozens<br />

Ralph Stone<br />

Bob Webb<br />

John Osborne<br />

Doug Long, Danny Salzh<strong>and</strong>ler<br />

Todd Derr<br />

Dean Goetz<br />

Christie Kramer-LeV<strong>and</strong>er<br />

Gregory Harris

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