Surf Beat: November 15th, 2016



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November 15th, 2016

Ken King announced that Sid Stutz made a $100 contribution to the Club, and Corinne Fleming made a $50 gift for her grandson’s appearance in the newspaper. Ken asked nine Club members to stand who all appeared in the La Jolla Light’s coverage of our Gala. Six of the nine were exempt from a fine, thanks to their $500 Rotary pin purchases. The remaining three paid $10 apiece.


Invocation: John Trifiletti offered reflections on service to others with quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Mohamad Ali

Pledge:  Will Creekmur 

Song: Bill Burch, “Hooray for Hollywood!”


Birthdays, Anniversaries


On November 13 Chuck Dick celebrated his birthday. He requested a birthday song from the women of the Club, who gathered around him to oblige. Turnabout being fair play, Jane Reldan, also celebrating a birthday, asked for a song by the men. Kevin Quinn celebrates 25-years of wedded bliss, and contributed $25 to the Club treasury.


What Do I Do?


Dave Weston is a La Jolla native, whose roots in the community go back several generations. He attended San Diego State University, and received his law degree from Hastings. He recalls that his first Rotary meeting was in 1964, but it took until 1980 for him to join the Rotary Club of La Jolla. Retired for nine years, Dave likes to keep physically active, and particularly enjoys bicycling (about 6,000 miles per year) and hiking. The latter activity is one that he often shares with another avid Rotary hiker, Susan Stevens. Dave’s hiking adventures have taken him to the top of mountain peaks around the world – most notably Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina – where he always carries the Rotary banner. Coming up soon is a 500-mile hike through France and Spain – El Camino de Santiago. Dave says he finds meaning in hiking and travel and in being of service through Rotary.


Ken King gave a quick roundup of events and dates to watch:

  • Tijuana Scholars project could use volunteers to help with Saturday Skype classes. See David Shaw for more information.
  • USO sign-ups still needed for Thanksgiving dinner for military families. Laurnie Durisoe noted that Bill Burch regularly volunteers for the dinner with his two sons. Volunteering with your children can start a wonderful family tradition.
  • Other dates of note:

December 3 — Tijuana Home Build is coming up. See Charles Hartford to sign up.

December 6 — Holiday Party. No lunch meeting that day.

December 13 — League House Holiday Party (note new date).

December 15 — La Valencia celebrates its 90th birthday with a “Gatsby Gala.”

December 28 – “Cocktails with Ken,” venue to be announced.


Ken updated members on the Club’s recent board meeting, during which the constitution and bylaws were revised (first time since 2006). Copies of the revised documents will be distributed to all members. Filling in for immediate past-president Lora Fisher, Ken read the names of nominees to the Board and Committee Chairs for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Per the bylaws, nominees must be announced at four Club meetings leading up to election. Nominations can also be made from the floor, with the consent of the nominee (none was offered).


2017-18 Board Nominees:

Treasurer: Dave Brockett

Secretary: Chuck Marsh

Immediate past-president: Ken King

President: John Trifiletti

President-Elect: Kevin Quinn


2017-18 Committee Chair Nominees:

Vocational: Dirk Harris

International: Cindy Greatrex

Community: Judy Nelson

Paul Harris Foundation: Ken King

Youth Services: Craig Schniepp

Membership: TBA


Among the announcements were two updates on former Club member Cal Mann: Bob Schroeder says he received a birthday email from Cal, who misses the Club and the humor of its members. Further Cal Mann news was received by this SurfBeat reporter via Pat Stouffer, who says Cal is settling into Rockridge, a community in San Francisco’s East Bay. He is shopping for a Rotary club but says it’s difficult because La Jolla Rotary “is a hard act to follow.” Pat, who continues his recuperation from surgery, hopes to be up and about in time for the Rotary Holiday party. Randy Mulch woke up the group with a familiar holiday sound: the clanging of a Salvation Army bell. Randy is looking for Rotary members who are interested in being bell-ringers on December 17 in front of the Von’s grocery story in the village. Don Lincoln announced he won the “trifecta,” as all three of his college teams had a game-winning week. Ed Mracek says that he and Ellen Kardashian made the cut for “Leonard Simpson’s 10 Best Dressed Awards” – the November 17 fashion-themed fundraiser that benefits the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.


Speaker: J. Kellogg (Kelly) Parsons, M.D.

John Trifiletti introduced this week’s speaker, Dr. Kelly Parsons — a urologist and Professor of Surgery at Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center, UC San Diego. In his spare time… Dr. Parsons is a novelist, writing medical thrillers. His first novel, “Doing Harm,” was published in 2014, and received a rave “tweet” from no less than novelist Stephen King, along with other acclaim. Soon to be released is novel two, “Under the Knife,” which will debut on February 7, 2017, coinciding with a book signing at Warwick’s in La Jolla.


Takeaways from Dr. Parsons’ discussion of prostate cancer:

  • Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men: 1 in 6 will develop prostate cancer.
  • Contributing factors: family history of cancer, old age, African American ancestry
  • Healthy lifestyle habits that prevent heart disease are also good for prostate health.
  • Prostate cancer has a high cure rate, especially if detected early.
  • 50-60% of those diagnosed do not require treatment and can manage through healthy lifestyle.


Dr. Parsons recommends men start talking to their doctors about PSA and physical testing by age 45-50. Websites with more information:;;;

A Note from Craig Schniepp:


Hello Rotary members.  I am having a food drive this year to support all the good deeds we know the Salvation Army does helping those in need of food, especially this time of year.  Next week at the club meeting, Mr Mulch and I will be handing out bags for you to take home, fill with food, and bring back to the club the following Tuesday.  I sincerely appreciate anything you can donate.  It all adds up.  Remember-  “One can makes a difference”  Thank you very much,  Craig Schniepp


Giving & Grants
November 2016 | Take action to create positive change locally and globally
How Rotary Ideas brings projects to lifeMembers of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay, Jamaica, identified a need in their community and wanted to do something about it, but they lacked the funds to tackle the problem on their own. Read about their use of Rotary Ideas to raise funds for the project, which ultimately led to a global grant to provide 11 schools and a children’s home with proper indoor bathroom facilities and drinking water.


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Old-School ATL

The great city of Atlanta suffered extensive damage during the Civil War, and many of its prewar structures were lost. However, stories of Georgia’s nearly 300-year history abound – you just have to know where to find them.

Only a short ride from the site of the 2017 Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June, lies Oakland Cemetery, where you’ll find monuments dedicated to Confederate soldiers and the graves of famous locals, including golf great Bobby Jones and “Gone with the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell. Tours of the 48-acre space are available.

Speaking of Mitchell, her former home – where she wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel – still stands in midtown Atlanta. Across town at the Atlanta History Center, you’ll find more historic homes to tour, including a Civil War-era farmhouse and a cabin that dates to Atlanta’s earliest days.

An hour and a half away, in Macon, Ocmulgee National Monument offers the chance to journey even further into Georgia’s past: The prehistoric American Indian site is said to represent 17,000 years of continuous human habitation.

If Rotary history is what interests you, you won’t have to go far. The 1917 Rotary Convention was held in the Baptist Tabernacle, today a concert venue known simply as the Tabernacle, a short distance from the Fountain of Rings in Centennial Olympic Park.

Register for the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta at .


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