Encinitas Lions Club’s new President Rachel White sets goals


On June 30, the Encinitas Lions Club swore in Rachel D. White as its president for the 2020-2021 club year which started July 1, according to a news release. White has been a Lion for four years, serving as media/public relations chair, membership chair and co-membership chair.

White, 47, grew up in North San Diego County. She currently has a 16-year career working for the Department of Treasury.

Rachel D. White

Rachel D. White

For more than 30 years, White has volunteered serving in the community. She currently sits on the board of the Encinitas Lions Club (2016 – current) and Carlsbad Play Readers (2020). Her memberships to local community and civic organizations include North San Diego County NAACP, North Coast Church and Encinitas Arts Culture Ecology Alliance on its Pacific View project.

White has also volunteered with the San Diego Fire Department as a CERT volunteer from 2006 to 2010, with Surfing Madonna Foundation 2017 – 2019, with BBJazz a nonprofit smooth jazz concert producer from 2008 – 2013, various San Diego theater companies from 2006 – 2013, and various community food kitchens serving holiday meals in North San Diego County. She supports various community arts, culture and musical events throughout the county.

As a political volunteer, she walked miles to help get the vote out in every election since 2008.

In the news release White said “I am proud to be a member of the Encinitas Lions Club. From my first meeting to this moment, I have had the joy of serving my extended family, new friends and those in Encinitas and North County, San Diego.

“The Encinitas Lions Club is 28 years old and has a legacy that any organization would be proud of... I will continue our legacy programs and projects: Blind Surf Event, Gift of Sight Day, eyeglasses and exams to those in need, Classic Champagne Movie Night, Student Speaker Contest and Peace Poster Contest and LEOS Essay Scholarship Award.”

Among several goals she would like to achieve in her first term, White said, “I would also like to expand our club by adding two branch clubs to the Encinitas Lions Club. Our branch clubs will create projects and activities to meet the branches’ goals and participate with the Encinitas Lions Club in all main events. One branch club will be located within the City of Carlsbad. The second branch club will be located in Cardiff/Leucadia.

“The Leucadia and Cardiff branch will serve the 3.8% (approximately 2,300) disabled and special needs residents and their families who live in Encinitas.

“The Carlsbad Branch will provide career professionals with a passion for service/volunteer and a zest for fun as an avenue to use their gifts and talents to help those in our immediate communities of Carlsbad, Encinitas and La Costa.

“I would also like to start a new LEOS club, tentatively called The San Dieguito Academic LEOS Club (community-based LEOs club). This LEOS club will serve those students who live within San Dieguito Union High School District, within the city of Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe, who are homeschooled, attend San Dieguito Academy or a charter high school.

“I hope our friends and neighbors within Carlsbad, La Costa and Encinitas (and its immediate communities of Cardiff and Leucadia) will join us and contribute to our legacy.” —News release

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