Surf Beat: August 9th, 2016


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August 9th, 2016


Photo by Susan Rutan

President Ken King welcomed members to the meeting.

 A Few Highlights from our Club Meeting:


Invocation: Zeke Knight

Remembrance: Dave Weston recalled fellow Rotarian and good friend, Lee Vida, who recently passed away. Lee was a 35-year member of the club as well as a past president. He will be dearly missed. President Ken  announced he will retire Lee’s Rotary badge number in memory. 

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

Pledge: Stan Mendoza

Song: Don Lincoln, You Are My Sunshine


The Club Welcomed…

  • Lia Johnson, a guest of Claire Reiss
  • Dick Pfister, a guest of Dirk Harris
  • Carol Brenza, a guest of Sally Fuller
  • Randy Mulch, a guest of Camille McKinnie
  • Guest speaker Denise Gitsham and her staff member Brooke Bordman.

And visiting Rotarians…

  • Dar Miller from Alamo Heights Rotary in San Antonio, Texas, Ben Laaper from Daniel Island Rotary in Charleston, South Carolina, and Rick Davis from Mercer Island Rotary in Washington state.


President Ken gave Club updates and reminders:

  • September 13 will be the annual Club Assembly, where instead of a speaker, the meeting will feature reports from committee chairs and our Club Treasurer and Secretary.
  • The next Pint-Sized Rotary meeting will be on September 29 at La Valencia.
  • Save-the-Date: October 29 for the Club’s comedy fundraiser at Claire Reese’s home. Bill Burch to provide more details at next week’s meeting.
  • Reminder of new procedure: All members, with the exception of Betty Dow, are asked to use the front entrance so that they can sign in at the registration table and meet with our Rotary greeters. “We want to know you’re here!”
Photo by Bill Burch

Photo by Bill Burch

  • Rotary pins are for sale for $100 and $500. Best value: the diamond-studded pin ($500), assuring the wearer a “fine free” Rotary year. In a flurry of activity, a dozen or so Rotarians lined up at the podium to purchase pins, resulting in $3,000 to support the Club’s good works.
Photo by Judy Nelson

Photo by Judy Nelson


Happy Bucks:

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

  • Claude Rosinsky was happy to share her adventures in Italy with Lora Fisher, including trying to find a Rotary lunch to attend in Rome. Lora responded in kind, adding another $20 to the treasury.
  • Jane Reldan shared her pleasure at observing two seagull chicks make their first flights this morning, made more meaningful as today is the 13th anniversary of her husband’s death.
Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

  • Ken King noted that both Cindy Goodman and Cindy Greatrex were in the news this past week. But as they’ve purchased diamond-studded Rotary pins, there will be no fines levied!

What I Do: “Rocky” Harris 

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

Dirk Harris is Managing Director, Private Client Group, at AlphaCore, a financial management company that offers alternative investment strategies to help clients “win more by losing less.” Dirk was born in Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University, receiving degrees in microbiology and finance. He is married, with two children, and moved to La Jolla from Indiana about two years ago to join AlphaCore founder Dirk Pfister in growing the company. Offices recently relocated to the former Roppongi Restaurant location.


 Denise Gitsham, Candidate for 52nd Congressional District

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Judy Nelson

Kevin Quinn introduced today’s speaker, Denise Gitsham, who is running for Congress against incumbent Scott Peters. Denise is the daughter of immigrant parents who instilled in her a deep appreciation of being American. Always interested in public service, she worked on George W. Bush’s election campaign and became a White House staffer after his election. She eventually went to law school, graduating from Georgetown University Law Center. In 2008, Denise returned to California, her birthplace, to take a position as in-house counsel for a renewable energy start-up, Sapphire Energy. In 2012 she launched her own business, a public relations firm that focuses on San Diego’s innovation economy. To learn more about her position on the issues, go to

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Judy Nelson

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

I-5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project
Construction Advisory
Overnight Closures of I-5 at Genesee Avenue August 6 – 12
Motorists urged to steer clear of interchange

Interstate 5 will be closed at Genesee Avenue overnight August 6-12 while crews demolish and remove the old freeway overpass. Motorists should steer clear of the area or take alternative routes to avoid potential congestion.


From 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 6 to 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 7, I-5 northbound and southbound will be closed at Genesee Avenue.

During the week of August 8-12, each night between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., there will be intermittent one direction freeway closures.

Additionally, there will be ramp closures and reduced eastbound and westbound lanes on Genesee Avenue during these times. Please view our online closure list for details.

Closure mapClick on the map to enlarge

During the full freeway closure of northbound and southbound I-5 lanes overnight on August 6, motorists will be detoured to the Interstate 805, State Route 163, State Route 52, and Interstate 8 freeways. During partial freeway closures on August 8-12, motorists will be detoured at the interchange to the Genesee Avenue off-ramp and re-enter using the on-ramp across the intersection. Please view the detour map for details. Signs will be placed to alert motorists in advance.

Delays are expected. Motorists and people on bikes are advised to plan their travel accordingly and avoid the area, if possible. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained. Pedestrian access on Genesee Avenue is closed during construction.

Access real-time traffic info through any of these resources: 511SDCaltrans QuickMapWAZEGoogle Maps, or Shift San Diego. Please note: construction schedules are subject to change. We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the interchange.

About the Project

The $105 million project will replace the existing six-lane Genesee Avenue overpass with a ten-lane structure that will include additional vehicle lanes, new bike lanes and sidewalks, and better accommodate current and future traffic demands in the San Diego region. The I-5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project is expected to be completed in 2017.

Be Work Zone Alert!


San Diego County Road Repair, Transit,
Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality Measure


In November, voters countywide will be asked whether they support a ballot measure to invest in highway, transit, bike and pedestrian, open space, and local infrastructure projects. The San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality measure will provide a dedicated source of local revenue that stays in San Diego County. The measure will repair roads, fix potholes, improve highways to relieve congestion, replace aging bridges, enhance transit and bikeway connectivity, and preserve open space to help reduce the risk of wildfires; these funds can’t be taken away by Sacramento. The mix of projects and programs to be funded by the proposed half-cent sales tax increase was prepared based on input from the public, resulting in a diverse plan that includes a variety of transportation system improvements.

Visit to learn what projects are included, watch this video to find out how this measure can help build a better transportation system, and view an interactive map to learn where highway and transit projects could be completed near you. View informational flier: English / Español.

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Where in the World is This Rotarian!

Where In The World is this Rotarian and who is he or she? Be the first to indentify your fellow Rotarian and the location to win.  Please send your answer to!


Bill Birch was the first one to answer, but it was incomplete with only mentioned Lora Fisher in the photo.  Robert Teaff and Cindy Goodman sent in their answers at exactly the same time! We declare a tie! Its Lora Fisher and Claude Ronisky at the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

If you have an interesting travel photo of yourself in a recognizable destination you would like to submit for the game please send it to: Photos do not have to be recent, older pictures are welcome!  All submissions will be considered, international and domestic! May the best globetrotter win!

Please keep the photographs coming, recent or not, in far distance places or not . . . La Jolla Rotarians go to interesting places and do interesting things, and it is fun (and sometimes challenging) for us to keep up with each other’s doings.


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This week’s Surf Beat was reported by Diane Salisbury.  Photos by Judy Nelson, Susan Rutan and Bill Birch . Edited by Susan Farrell. 

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Quilts may be utilitarian objects, but Rod Buffington’s “quilt paintings” – watercolors on paper that are then covered with small bits of fabric – are geometrics where mathematics and whimsy intersect. Buffington, a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield, Ill., didn’t come up with this unusual method overnight. His voilà moment came as he beheld the mesmerizing quilts made by his grandmother, who lived to 104 and continued her craft until she was 98. To create his works, Buffington lays cotton fabric over paintings he has created, then hand-stitches silk thread through the fabric and paper. A work might include more than 1,700 areas of painting or fabric and take as long as 300 hours to complete. A past governor of District 6460 (Illinois), Buffington has used his skills to raise money to support Rotary causes. His Be a Gift to the World painting, tailored to the theme of 2015-16 Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, has been reproduced as a print, with more than 100 of the unframed posters sold for $100 each to benefit The Rotary Foundation. In 2003 Buffington inaugurated Rotary Family Day at the Ballpark. Enlisting support from his area district and four others, he and other Rotarians have sold about 30,000 tickets to St. Louis Cardinals games in the past 13 years, raising $355,000 for literacy projects.


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