The Surf Beat: April 9th, 2019

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April 9th, 2019 

President Kevin Quinn called the meeting to order and welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Club of La Jolla.

Inspiration:Ted Rutter

Pledge: Kevin Quinn

Song:Dirk Harris led us in singing “You Are My Sunshine.”

Rotary Welcomed…

Rotarians Sam Worrell, who is the President of the South Lake Rotary Club in Florida near Orlando, and Matt Moreland, today’s speaker and a member of the San Diego Downtown Rotary Breakfast Club. Other guests: Sheila Hartison, guest of Claire Reiss, attending our meeting for the second time; Damien McNellis, guest of Femie Cupit and owner of a property management business in Imperial Beach. 


  • Kevin Quinn welcomed back newlyweds Susan Stevens and Dave Weston, fresh from their honeymoon in Hawaii and Australia. Dave shared that while in Australia he fulfilled a lifelong dream –to pet a koala bear.
  • The memorial service for Sally Fuller’s son, Jack F. Mangelsdorf Jr., will be held on Sunday, April 14that the La Jolla Presbyterian Church at 2pm. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sally’s family.
  • Our club will celebrate “Siete de Mayo” on May 7that 5 pm at Jose’s restaurant in La Jolla. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.
  • Wade Aschbrenner announced that the interviews of the finalists for the Rotary and Riford scholarships will be on Saturday, May 18thfrom 7:30-11:30am at the Berkshire Hathaway office in La Jolla. The La Jolla Rotary Foundation administers two scholarship programs under which approximately $50,000 is distributed each year to graduates of La Jolla High School, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla Country Day School and The Preuss School. Anyone interested in participating with interviewing the students may email Wade at
  • Tina Deroach of the Tijuana Scholars Lab put out a request to the Club for three fairly new laptops to give to the graduating seniors from the Scholars Lab. Graduation is in June. If you have a computer that fits the bill, please contact Kevin Quinn. If individuals are unable to fulfill this request, Kevin says the Board will consider funding the purchase of the computers.
  • Bob Pecora reminded us that the STRIVE Scholarship interviews are on Friday, May 3rdat 8:30am at the Garfield High School.

  • Bill Burch reminded us about the “Rotarians at Work Day” on Saturday, April 27th. We will be doing our civic duty by refreshing the hanging planters in La Jolla that need attention. Interact students from La Jolla High will also join us. Bill will send the details via email.

  • Pedro Osuna,a relatively new member of our club, shared his experience of volunteering with the Tijuana Scholars Lab and working with the kids. He encouraged our members to participate whenever they can. He feels that when the kids see that people care and that they have options to the life they were born into, they are even more motivated to work hard and change their lives for the better.

  • Kevin Quinn noted that Laurnie Durisoe has a birthday this week. The club responded by serenading her with “Happy Birthday.”
  • President Kevin shared the video of Race Across America (RAAM). The mission of RAAM is to raise funds to help eradicate polio from the world.  Any amount of donations are welcome. Theyhave assembled a four-rider team along with a crew to represent Rotary Clubs from around the world participating in the Polio Plus campaign. The race starts on June 15, 2019 in Oceanside, CA and they hope to reach the finish line by June 22ndin Annapolis, MD.  They will travel approximately 3,000 miles during what has been called one of the toughest events in the world.
  • RYLA is this weekend — April 12-14th
  • Sunday, April 14that 3pm – La Jolla Music Society presents pianist George Li at The Conrad. Anyone who has purchased tickets but is unable to attend, please let Kevin know.
  • There is an opportunity for Rotarians to attend the 2nd Annual East Africa Rotary Projects Fair. You and Rotarians from our district are invited to join other Rotarians for an upcoming trip to Mombasa, Kenya, East Africa in May 2019.
  • The 2019 Rotary Foundation Gala is on April 29, 2019.

More on Club Giving

Kevin Quinn informed the club of two recent donations approved by the Board of Directors. A ShelterBox will be donated to the team working in Malawi to support families after Cyclone Idai devasted that region. A donation of $1000 was also approved for SBP Disaster & Recovery, the organization assisting with our club’s humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico. The gift will help SBP rebuild homes in Puerto Rico.

Memorial Service for Karla Marsh

Chuck Marsh, via email, notified the club that he is organizing a memorial service for his recently deceased wife, Karla, in the chapel at White Sands. The date is Friday, April 26 At 2 PM. A reception will follow in the ocean-view lounge.

Happy Bucks:

  • Kevin Quinn in honor of Pedro Osuna getting so involved in the TJ Scholars Lab.
  • Don Lincoln for a sporting season (even though his team did not come out on top).
  • David Shaw in honor of his granddaughter and their enjoyable vacation to Spain.

  • Elyse Banks for attending a wonderful Christian conference.
  • Dave Weston donated $500 for the privilege of marrying Susan Stevens and for holding and petting a koala! Susan Stevens matched Dave’s contribution for the privilege of marrying him.

Speaker: Matt Moreland, National Weather Service

Charles Hartford introduced our speaker today. Matt Moreland is currently the Supervisory Meteorologist at the National Weather Service (NWS) San Diego office. He has been in this role since October 2017.  Prior to this position, he served as supervisor at the NWS Office in Key West, Florida, from April 2015 through September 2017.  During Matt’s last month at that post Hurricane Irma hit, causing him to work 28 days in a row. He then happily drove cross-country to California. Prior to these positions, he was an Emergency Response Specialist at the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge office for 3 1/2 years, and a forecaster at the NWS Houston/Galveston office for almost 14 years.  Matt is best known in his career for working hurricanes (Rita, Ike, and Isaac are some examples).  He says he came out to California “mostly” to escape them.

The National Weather Service San Diego office is located in Rancho Bernardo. It serves more than 10 million people that live in an area that includes all of San Diego and Orange counties as well as western Riverside and southwestern San Bernardino counties. San Diego’s weather is far less dynamic compared to places like Houston, which receives about 50 inches of rain during an average year. San Diego averages about 10 inches.

The NWS is an agency of the United States federal government and part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It operates 122 weather forecast offices. Each cast office has a geographic area of responsibility for issuing local public, marine, aviation, fire and hydrology forecasts.  They also issue severe weather warnings, gather weather observations, and daily and monthly climate data for their assigned area.  The local weather forecast offices also control the broadcasts of weather information on the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards stations.

NWS forecasters require frequent high-quality marine observations as large bodies of water have a profound impact on the weather.  Upper-air weather data is also essential for weather forecasting and research. Matt shared that meteorologists usually have a Bachelor’s of Science degree in meteorology or atmospheric sciences. Some receive degrees that combine meteorology with other scientific fields such as chemistry or geology.

If you have questions or would like a tour of the NWS office in San Diego, please feel free to reach out to Matt at

President’s Closing Quote

“The storm starts, when the drops start dropping. When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” – Dr. Seuss


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