Del Mar Community Connections

Moving on!

DMCC is gradually reintroducing some of the programs and services that had to be halted during the pandemic period. Wide rates of vaccination and low rates of transmission have made it safe to resume some normalcy, which is so important to the wellbeing of senior citizens! We’re excited to send our weekly Grocery Van back on the road in July, as well as restart some of our activities that can be easily convened outdoors. Over the next few months, we will be in hybrid pandemic response mode, and we’ll check in with volunteers and participants to see what makes sense with individual programs. Our thanks to everyone who got vaccinated and made this possible!


Board of Directors Changes
The DMCC Board of Directors is delighted to welcome two new board members and officers this July. Bob Gans, DMCC’s new vice president, is an attorney who has lived in Del Mar for more than 20 years and has worked extensively for the community. He has served on the City of Del Mar Finance Committee, been president of the Del Mar Foundation, and president of the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation. We’d be remiss not to mention that Bob even served as DMCC’s Gala Auctioneer in 2019! Wayne Otchis is taking over as DMCC’s new treasurer. A very proud Stanford alumnus, he is a CPA who has lived in Del Mar for 20 years and has operated a tax practice since 1975. Wayne is also a member of the board of directors of the Seacrest Foundation and he and his wife Linda have been active volunteer drivers for DMCC since 2017.

We would also like to thank two retiring board members for their service. Joanne Sharp is one of DMCC’s original founders and is wrapping up this latest six-year stint on the board as the Editor in Chief of our annual Report to the Community. Judy Schuckit has been DMCC’s Treasurer for seven years, processing countless spreadsheets and paying the bills. Both Directors have been important members of the team, and we’re filled with gratitude for all they’ve done.


Volunteer of the Month – July

DMCC’s Volunteer of the Month for July 2021 is Chrissy Fried, volunteer driver. Not only does Chrissy pick up available rides whenever she has the time, but she befriends the riders and stays close with them for years. Over the last year, she has been delivering desserts made by Carly Michaels during DMCC’s Sweet Hour (a Zoom baking show) to brighten up the day of seniors who didn’t get to leave their homes very often. Thank you, Chrissy!


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