Surf Beat: May 8th, 2018

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May 8th, 2018 


In the Verandah room of the La Valencia Hotel, President John Trifiletti called to order the 41st meeting of his Club presidency.  John, having missed two of the last three Club meetings, admitted to feelings of embarrassment, and observed wryly, “Boy, did the Italian Catholic guilt kick in!


InspirationRandy Mulch offered the following:  thanks for the safe return to San Diego Harbor of the US Navy Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt (Randy has relatives aboard);  thanks for Rotary fellowship;  and, a quote from Charles Swindoll to the effect that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Pledge: Sid Stutz

Song: Dirk Harris led us in “Take Me Out to the Ocean,” a song he learned from his 7-year-old daughter, Brynn, which was sung to the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”


Rotary Welcomed:


Orrin Gabsch introduced his guest Doug McKnight, previously a La Jolla Rotarian for 30 years, who had been quite active in club activities and was fondly remembered by many old-timers in attendance. Despite having undergone open heart surgery two weeks earlier, Doug appeared to be remarkably hale and hardy. Like Orrin and Karen Gabsch, Doug and his wife, Susan, have a second home in the vicinity of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.


Valerie Dow came as the guest of her mother, our much beloved member Betty Dow.  From Valerie we learned that today (May 8th) Betty was celebrating her 95th birthday. Betty was serenaded with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday.”  Betty, you inspire us . . . all of your fellow La Jolla Rotarians join in extending very best birthday wishes to you!



Wade Aschbrenner  reminded us that the following Saturday morning (the 12th) interviews will be conducted to determine which graduates of La Jolla High, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla Country Day, and the Preuss School will receive the (approximately) $200,000 of college scholarship funds that will be distributed this year from the La Jolla Rotary Foundation.

Dave Weston and Susan Stevens reported that last Saturday’s beach walk at La Jolla Shores was enjoyable and successful, thanks in no small measure to Mother Nature (low tide and perfect weather.). Lunch following the walk at The Shores Hotel proved to be delicious and scenic (the food was great, and seating was on an outdoor deck directly overlooking the beach.). About 15 La Jolla Rotarians and family members participated, and all seemed to have a fine time.

John Trifiletti reminded us of the following two coming events:

  • May 30: Laurnie Durasoe will be honored by the Salvation Army at a special awards luncheon as a 2018 “Woman of Dedication.”  President Trif has started a table at the luncheon and has invited all La Jolla Rotarians to join him.  If you are interested please let him know by May 15.
  • May 20 at 5:30pm: Orrin and Karen Gabsch will host a social event at their lovely La Jolla home, which will include food, drink, and guided (by Orrin) tours of the Gabsch’s extensive and significant collection of American Western Art.  This will be the last opportunity to see their Western Art collection intact, for they soon will be moving to a smaller home. Orrin and Karen generously have agreed to underwrite out-of-pocket costs related to this event, so that the entire $125 per-person cost to attend will augment the funds to be used for La Jolla Rotary Club’s Senior Citizen Outreach.

Pat Stouffer(pinch-hitting for Bob Pecora) reported that last Saturday at Garfield High, four La Jolla Rotarians (Pat, Bob Pecora, Johnathan Mann and George Wahab) interviewed 12 applicants for 8 La Jolla Rotary STRIVE Scholarships. Each $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an at-risk, and very much in need, graduate of Garfield High, to help defray college expenses.

Happy Bucks:


Laurnie Durisoe was grateful that her Pantai Inn currently is rated the top beach hotel in La Jolla, among the top 5 hotels in California, and soon will be named in the top 500 (or so) hotels in the world (of which only 3 are in California and of which Pantai Inn is the only one in Southern California.) Laurnie also thanked Charles Hartfordfor the good financial advice he had rendered in connection with Pantai Inn affairs.  In response, Charles contributed Happy Bucks of his own.

Jane Reldan contributed Happy Bucks owing to the fine time she had at the Club’s La Jolla Shores beach walk last weekend.

Speaker: Lynda Forsha, Art Curator


Kevin Quinn introduced today’s speaker, Lynda Forsha, an independent curator and art advisor with over 30 years’ experience, who spoke about Murals of La Jolla, of which she is project curator.  Murals of La Jolla was started in 2010, with the goal of enhancing the civic character of the La Jolla community by commissioning public art projects on private property throughout La Jolla. It is a project of the Athenaeum initiated by the La Jolla Community Foundation.  To date, 29 large-scale murals have been commissioned and installed on privately owned buildings. By design, none of the murals faces the street; however, all are displayed to be fully visible to passersby and to catch their attention. All funding for the creation and installation of the murals comes from private donations, and each mural is on view for a minimum of 2 years. The murals vary widely in subject matter and style… some are provocative, some whimsical, some splendidly colorful, and others more muted. The clear consensus of La Jolla Rotarians in attendance was that the Murals of La Jolla project has been notably successful and has enhanced the beauty of our community significantly.


President’s Closing Quotes:John Trifiletti offered the following, all attributed to President Harry S. Truman, born May 8 (also Betty Dow’sbirthday!), 1884:

“You want a friend in Washington?  Get a dog.”

“I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.”

“There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.”



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 Reported by Dave Weston and Susan Stevens.  Photos By Susan Rutan.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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