Surf Beat: September 6th, 2016


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September 6th, 2016


Photo by Susan Rutan

We celebrated John Todd’s 88th birthday with a song!  We also celebrated Orrin Gabsch’s birthday with silence!

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

 A Few Highlights from our Club Meeting:

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan


Welcome:  President Ken King welcomed us back to suit and tie day, after our Hawaiian-themed meeting last week. As noted at last week’s meeting, Burton Housman acquired the Hawaiian shirt he wore to the August 30th meeting from Rite-Aid, just minutes before he arrived. President Ken shared details of Burton’s wardrobe addition by playing  a “snitch” voicemail message he received from Burton’s wife.

Invocation:  Major Randy Mulch gave the following credited invocation in honor of Labor Day:

Father God,

I thank you for this Labor Day holiday. I thank you for this time when I can choose to get added rest, or added fun, or added time to catch up on necessary chores.

Lord, this is also a great day for reflection. This is a day to thank you for the many gifts and talents that you have given me to serve you and serve others.

Lord, you have equipped me, you have prepared me, and you will enable me to make great contributions to this world. Enlarge my vision of your awesome plan for my life.

I thank you for your heavenly guidance. I celebrate the revelation, motivation, and determination that will take me to the next step in my destiny.

Bless my work and my career for your glory. Enlarge my opportunities. Enable me to be prosperous as I dedicate myself to giving my best to the work assignments you have given me.

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Copyright © 2012 Beth McLendon


Pledge: David Shaw

Song: Sid Stutz led a rousing rendition of “Shine on Harvest Moon”!


The Club Welcomed…

  • Max Rumbaugh from Scottsdale, AZ Rotary Club, who will be heading back to Arizona.
Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan


  • Bill Burch and John Trifiletti reminded us that Laughing with the Stars is coming up October 29th.  They encouraged members to buy tickets, purchase sponsorships and otherwise support the event.
Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

  • Burton Housman announced that he and his wife have sold their house. They will need to dispose of a Yamaha Concert Grand Piano, appraised at $25,000, which they are offering at a 40% discount, or to Rotary members for $11,000 and will make a $1,000 gift to Rotary. He suggested that someone consider purchasing the piano, and donating it to charity for its appraised value.
  • Leanne Hull-MacDougall and Sally Fuller were both fined for pictures that appeared in the La Jolla Light.


Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

Leanne Hull-MacDougall introduced speaker Dr. Arnold Packer, who moved from Baltimore to La Jolla last summer after retiring from Johns Hopkins University.  He was previously Executive Director of the Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), which identified soft skills as essential for career success.

He served as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy, Evaluation and Research in the Carter Administration, and was the first Chief Economist at the Senate Budget Committee when the committee was created in 1974.

While at the Hudson Institute, a non-profit think-tank in Washington, D.C., he co-authored Workforce 2000. This book began a national debate about investing in human resources to meet economic growth targets. In the private sector, Dr. Packer worked as an engineer with GE, Aerojet General, and with a mechanical engineering consulting firm on major commercial buildings. Dr. Packer also worked for Senator Robert Byrd at the Democratic Policy Committee.

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

Dr. Packer has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s in Business and a Ph.D in Economics.

Dr. Packer proposed the consideration of a Social Impact Bond be issued in California to invest in the potential for improved labor output for disadvantaged kids. Nobel Laureate in Economics, James Heckman, calculated that the return on investing in children through Social Impact Bonds(SIBs) is7%.  The principle is that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are far more likely to end up in low wage jobs, on the street or in gangs, and that investing in them makes it much more likely that they will be more successful.  He noted that 20% of Americans are functionally illiterate and rank behind international peers on technology and math skills. He noted that South Carolina, Connecticut and Salt Lake City have all invested in SIB’s. South Carolina provides visiting nurse services for low income (and often single) pregnant women, with the intention of teaching them parenting skills, providing perinatal services, and ensuring through age two that the children are on track to learn successfully.  The SC SIB’s also provide for preschool.

Dr. Packer emphasized that the SIB funds are released with pay for performance metric.

In response to questions, Dr. Packer acknowledged that some of the metrics are very long-term, but there are shorter-term metrics which can be used to judge efficacy. He responded to a number of other questions.

Photo by Susan Rutan

Photo by Susan Rutan

Upcoming Events:

Laughing with the Stars, Saturday, October 29th

Tijuana Home Build, Saturday, September 24th

Board Meeting, Wednesday, September 14th

Pint-sized Rotary, September  29th 

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This week’s Surf Beat was reported by David Shaw.  Photos by Susan Rutan. Edited by Susan Farrell. 

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Southern Comfort 

Unlike some parts of the American South (looking at you, Lone Star State), Atlanta doesn’t often boast about size. But insiders know about its intense heat, enormous airport, deeply layered history, and big heart when it comes to showing visitors a good time.

As a native son who committed the yet-to-be-forgiven sin (by my family, anyway) of trucking among the Yankees, I still feel it within my rights to gush over the city I left behind – and to pass along some of its secrets, as well as showstopper sights. The good news is that much of Atlanta’s “bigness” is packed into a relatively compact section of its now-booming downtown, a short walk from the Georgia World Congress Center, where the Rotary International Convention will be held from 10 to 14 June.

Not too long ago, I mentioned my predilection for Pepsi over Coca-Cola to my mother. She all but accused me of apostasy. In these parts, Coke falls only slightly below Rhett Butler as a beloved city icon – evidenced by the 92,000-square-foot, $97 million World of Coca-Cola museum, where a 27-foot-tall bottle of Coke suspended in a glass pillar greets you in the lobby. Marvel at the Coca-Cola bottle sculptures created for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games and works by artists from around the world. Deeper inside, you’ll find the “Vault of the Secret Formula,” a behind-the-scenes look at how the fizzy favorite is bottled, and yes, free samples.

Less sweet, but deeply compelling, is a new museum nearby: the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Just north of Centennial Olympic Park, not far from the birthplace of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Auburn Avenue, the center opened to raves in 2014. Among its three floors of artifacts you’ll find an interactive lunch counter exhibit where you can sit with headphones and experience the taunts faced by protesters in the civil rights movement.

Across the park rises CNN headquarters. Visitors can take a studio tour that includes a chance to sit behind the anchor desk and visit the cable giant’s newsroom, perhaps catching a glimpse of Wolf Blitzer and his famous beard.

As dining towns go, even the most loyal native would be hard-pressed to rank Atlanta with San Francisco or New York. But the city’s dining scene is “flooded with new developments,” according to Atlanta magazine, including restaurants like Gunshow, named not for chefs showing off their sculpted arms but for its “bold, playful food, riffs on beef tartare and Chinese dumplings, and even throwbacks like a show-stopping Beef Wellington,” Atlanta writes.

A few miles from downtown, in trendy Decatur, No. 246 features the nouveau Italian fare of local celebrity chef Ford Fry. Kevin Rathbun Steak serves slabs of beef that would make a Texan trade in his feedbag. And who could turn down North Carolina trout slathered with bacon mayonnaise at Cakes & Ale? In Atlanta’s glamorous Buckhead neighborhood, the Atlanta Fish Market features seafood flown in daily, and hip Aria landed on Esquire magazine’s best-in-the-country list.

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