Los Olivos Rotary honors two


Two local volunteers were singled out for awards by the Los Olivos Rotary at its weekly meeting Aug. 21.

Architect David Goldstien and writing instructor Brooke Comer received the Paul Harris Fellowship awards in recognition for community service.

Goldstien, whose practice is in Solvang, was given the award for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Comer’s award was for the fiscal year that began July 1; she lives in the Santa Rita area of the valley, but teaches at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Both received the award for activities connected to the Dunn School in Los Olivos. According to Gabrielle Robbins, who presented the awards, Goldstien has spearheaded the architectural design competition at the school for many years, exhibiting a dedication to encouraging students to discover architecture.


“He does this year after year, because of his love of the profession, and wanting to share it with the next generation,” Robbins said. Comer, a Dunn School alumna, has acted as an advocate for displaced children from Sudan, including two who are enrolled at Dunn School.

“Brooke helps people that need help. She’s a good networker, she makes it happen. She’s positively relentless,” said Rotary fundraising chair Peter Robbins.


Also at the Aug. 21 gathering, Pam Pilcher, vice chair of People Helping People, received a check for $1,300 for the Advocates for Domestic and Child Abuse Prevention program.

The Los Olivos Rotary meets in the Grange Hall, half a block west of the flagpole at 2374 Alamo Pintado Avenue, every Thursday evening at 5:30. Members and visitors are encouraged to come about 5 p.m. for a social gathering before the meeting. Members take turns bringing hors d’oeuvres and the club furnishes wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water.