“I like living here because it is home to me,” shared local volunteer Sandi Schroeder. “I’m what you might call a true Del Martian.” Indeed, Sandi – a fifth generation Fletcher family member – was born and raised in Del Mar. “My great grandfather, Colonel Ed Fletcher, arrived in San Diego in 1888 and made San Diego partly what it is today via his persistence with road building,” explained Sandi.
Perhaps it is the affection Sandi has for her community that has inspired her to give back. She has been an avid volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito for the past 30 years. “My father was on the board,” explained Sandi, “and my mom volunteered each year and slowly became the chairperson for one of the main events – the Tropical Nights Gala.”
Sandi herself has served as chairperson for the Boys & Girls Club’s largest fundraising events in 2015. For the last three years she has chaired the same event her mother had: the Tropical Nights Gala – a role that has been bittersweet for Sandi. “It was pretty emotional for me as I knew I had some pretty big shoes to fill,” recalled Sandi, whose mom passed away five years ago from pancreatic cancer. “I was honored and privileged at the same time.” Motivated by her mother’s spirit, Sandi has successfully put on the Gala each year with increasing donations. “And I am not stopping there!” she exclaimed. “All you really have to do is visit the club and look into the eyes of those kids and you are hooked just like my mom and me.”
Name: Sandi Fletcher Schroeder
Community: Del Mar
Volunteer Affiliation: Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito
Occupation: Mom and fashion photographer
Family: Married with three children
Hobbies: Running, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, tennis, photography, movie making, photo book making, fashion runway
Favorite Local Spot: Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar, Roberto’s Taco Shop, Taste of Thai, Tony’s Jacal, Fidel’s Little Mexico, Del Mar Beach, Del Mar Plaza
Group: Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito
Mission: The Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito changes lives through quality programs and guidance in a safe, affordable, and fun environment. They serve kids ages five to 18 years old with academic success, character development, and healthy lifestyle programs at 18 community-based sites countywide.
Apart from her volunteer work, Sandi enjoys spending time with her husband Rick and three children: Stephen (22), Riley (20), and Charlie Marie (16). Together, the Schroeder family loves to visit 18th St. in Del Mar during summertime, feast on fish tacos at the Brigantine Restaurant, and watch concerts at the Del Mar Race Track. “Living in Del Mar gives you the real sense of what a ‘staycation’ is,” said Sandi. “I feel I have been blessed with a wonderful life and feel it’s important to give back to the community I grew up in. The Boys & Girls Club is my family and I have been so fortunate to meet such inspirational people along the way.”