The Surf Beat: April 16th, 2019

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April 16th, 2019 

President Kevin Quinn called the meeting to order in the Verandah Room of La Valencia Hotel, reminding us that we are privileged and inspired to meet as Rotarians in such a beautiful place.

Inspiration: Pedro Osuna observed that the worth of life is not measured by what you do or what you have, but rather by who you are. Enjoy life, and be kind to others.

Pledge:Elyse Banks

Song: Bob Teaff led us in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”  President Kevin observed that this was timely, as our San Diego Padres occupy first place in the National League Western Division.

Rotary Welcomed…

Kevin Quinn welcomed five RYLA students (four from La Jolla High School and one from The Bishop’s School) and their parents. Former club member and past president Marc Lanci joined us from Italy. Aaron Hoffman introduced his guest, Peggy Andrews,a friend from Lansing, Michigan, who was making her first visit to San Diego. Peggy had been a nurse for 34 years in Michigan, and was a Rotary scholarship winner in high school.


  • President Kevin acknowledged, with abundant sadness, yesterday’s fire in Paris, which decimated Notre Dame Cathedral. Kevin noted that the fire miraculously spared a number of important treasures, including the Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of St. Louis, the organ with 8,000 pipes, the Rose Stained Glass Windows, and many relics and artwork that had been temporarily stored at the Louvre.
  • Scholarship Chair Wade Aschbrenner reminded us that this year’s “Scholarship Season” is upon us, and that the high school candidates for our Club’s scholarships will be interviewed on Saturday, May 18.  Please consider serving as an interviewer. If you are interested, please be in touch (email is best) with Wade.
  • Kevin Quinn announced that our Club will have a social gathering at Jose’s Restaurant on Wednesday, May 8, entitled “Ocho de Mayo.”  Please plan to attend . . . details to follow.
  • On June 29, Torrey Pines Rotary Club will celebrate its 55th anniversary with a soiree at La Jolla Country Club.  La Jolla Rotarians are welcome to attend.
  • Bob Pecora continues to look for Club members to assist him in interviewing Garfield High candidates for our Club’s STRIVE Scholarships.  Interviews will be held at Garfield High on May 3 at 8:30am . . . please let Bob know if you’re interested.
  • Do you have a gently used laptop computer that could be used for our Club’s Tijuana Scholars program?  Please let Tina DeRoche or David Shaw
  • President Kevin thanked Sally Fuller for organizing our Club’s strong attendance at last Sunday’s piano concert at The Conrad (La Jolla Music Society’s notably elegant new performance hall on Fay Avenue.) The pianist was George Li, a remarkably accomplished 23-year-old from Massachusetts.  Many Club members attended, and the music and acoustics were superb . . . all in all, a great success.
  • President Kevin also welcomed Sally upon her return to Club meetings, following the tragic recent loss of her son, Jack Mangelsdorf.  In turn, Sally thanked La Jolla Rotarians for their many cards and well wishes. Sally’s son, Jack, was “Mr. Lacrosse” for San Diego County, and was taken away by a cancer that sadly was detected only in its late stages. Sally encouraged our Club members to never delay in getting appropriate cancer screenings.
  • Bill Burch reminded us that Saturday, April 27, will be “Rotarians at Work Day,” when we will have the opportunity to provide tangible evidence of our Club’s commitment to our community.  This year we will assist in the repotting of flowers in the hanging baskets around the Village of La Jolla (worry not: the heavy-lifting and ladder-climbing will be done by professionals.)  Please volunteer, let Bill know.
  • Cindy Goodman announced that we have enough Club volunteers to adequately staff a Del Mar water station for April 28’s La Jolla Half Marathon.  However, experience suggests that additional volunteers would be welcome.  If you’re interested, please let Cindy or Judy Nelson


Contributions to our Club’s Avenues of Service were made by the following Club members:

  • John Donaldson, in gratitude for a successful back surgery (welcome back, John!)
  • Jane Reldan, who shared the glad tiding that John Todd’s health has improved, and he is back in his White Sands apartment.
  • Bob Schroeder, back from Minneapolis where he attended the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four (and a particularly thrilling championship game.)
  • Claire Reiss, whose daughter happily has recovered from surgery.
  • Dave Weston, in appreciation of Marc Lanci’s friendship and help when both (along with Dave’s wife Susan Stevens) were recently together in London.

Program: RYLA Student Attendee Presentation

Youth Chair Craig Schniepp introduced, and presided over, the presentation of today’s program, which was a report on the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) event held April 12-14 in Idyllwild, under the auspices of our Rotary District 5340. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students that are chosen to attend RYLA as an “award” for their past and present leadership and service activities.  These select young people attend an all-expense-paid three-day camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.​

The following topics naturally arise in the course of RYLA activities and discussions:

  • Fundamentals of leadership
  • Ethics of positive leadership
  • Qualities of a “servant leader”
  • Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
  • Conflict management and problem solving
  • Building self-esteem and self confidence
  • Elements of community and global citizenship
  • Rotary’s purpose of service to the community and world

The five high school juniors sponsored by our Club were:  Hanna Fitzcluster (La Jolla High), Kate Hartford (LJHS – and daughter of our Charles Hartford), Nolan Mitruka (LJHS), Ben Duong (LJHS) and Elsie Thurston (The Bishop’s School.)  The RYLA conference was attended by approximately 250 high school juniors from all over San Diego and Imperial Counties.  As a result, our RYLA students from LJHS and Bishop’s were exposed to, and worked closely with, a far broader cross section of their peers than would normally be the case in their day-to-day school lives.

All five students enthusiastically endorsed the RYLA program, and waxed eloquent about their positive experiences.  Observations included:  “it was life-changing”; “I learned to adapt to new people and new experiences”;  “I made lasting friends I never would have met otherwise”;  “we laughed, we cried, we learned, we hung out with each other”; “it taught us to treat others with more respect”; “I learned a new sense of gratitude.”

The five students also heaped praise on Craig Schniepp, describing him as a wonderful RYLA counselor and a worthy representative of our Club.  On his part, Craig reported that the RYLA weekend fairly well exhausted him, but that the reward and fulfillment of being a RYLA counsellor far outweighed any discomforts.

President’s Closing Quote:

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible and achieve it, generation after generation.”  Pearl S. Buck



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 Reported by David Weston. Photos by Susan Stevens. Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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