August 21st, 2018
President Kevin Quinn welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests, noting how fortunate we are to meet at the iconic La Valencia Hotel adjacent to the beautiful La Jolla Cove – a truly inspiring combination.
Inspiration: Wade Aschbrenner, taking a cue from UCLA’s famed Coach Wooden to “be quick but don’t hurry,” summarized what he found inspiring by saying: “God bless everyone in this Club.”
Pledge: Dirk Harris
Song: David Shaw and Bill Burch: “America the Beautiful”
Gayle Hom joined us from Club 33, and we welcomed District 7230 Governor Kris Chittur. Lisa Patton, President of the San Diego Interreligious Council, was a guest of Will Creekmur. Isela Creutzburg and Nate Schoemer were guests of today’s speaker, Kalani Creutzburg.
President Quinn asked District Governor Kris Chittur to say a few words. Mr. Chittur’s district includes Westchester, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Bermuda. He spoke of the value of Rotary on an international scale, calling the organization “the strongest NGO for peace in the world.” He reminded us that Rotary was involved in the formation of the United Nations and continues to advance the cause of international peace.
Foundation Update: Ted Rutter gave an overview of the La Jolla Rotary Foundation, a charitable 501(c)3 created by Rotary Club of La Jolla. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and support the Club’s Community Service, Vocational Service, Youth Service and International Service activities. The La Jolla Rotary Foundation board administers an endowment that provides income for Riford Scholarships and La Jolla Rotary Scholarships. The Foundation president is Pat Stouffer. Other members include current Club President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and immediate Past President, and four additional trustees selected by the Club’s Board. Ted acknowledged Club member Mark Leinenweber and his firm, Leinenweber & Associates, CPAs, Inc., and US Bank for accounting services and fund management, respectively. Ted was pleased to report that the Foundation ended last fiscal year (June 30, 2018) with a surplus of $117,000. Ted also followed up on his promise to share his experience of adding Rotary Club of La Jolla as a beneficiary to his trust — an easy thing to do.
- Peter Nguyen says that tickets are available for purchase to the Club’s Gala, “Laughing Under the Stars,” which takes place at 5:30pm on October 6. Purchase tickets at club meetings or online. Peter also took a moment for Happy Bucks, announcing that today is the 2-year anniversary of his Rotary Club membership, and today is also his first Rotary meeting as a married man.
- Kevin Quinn had several announcements: The District Council Dinner is tonight, August 21st, at the Hotel Karlan San Diego. The Gala Committee is looking for silent auction items, so please contact Susan Rutan if you would like to donate. Jane Reldan, who visits Burton Housman in a professional capacity, reports that, since his stroke, he has recovered some of his verbal ability, but he is still not ready to receive visitors.
- Past President John Trifiletti noted that the Gala Sponsorship Committee would be making the rounds among La Jolla merchants after today’s meeting. Thanks largely to Ken King, sponsorships are already at $60,000!
- David Shaw had family in town recently, and enjoyed time with his grandkids that included touring college campuses for the oldest, cooking together and kayaking.
- Sid Stutz has missed a few meetings due to recent travel, including trips to England, Canada and various U.S. places. Last week he was in Washington D.C. for the interment of his brother at Arlington Cemetery. His brother was buried with a full honor guard ceremony, which Sid described as “inspirational.”
- Bob Pecora quipped that, since his rotator cup surgery, he now sports a Rotary Rotator Cup.
- Femie Cupit shared news of a February trip home to the Philippines, where she will participate in a medical mission sponsored by her old Rotary Club there. She extended an invitation for all to join her.
- Kris Chittur gave happy bucks because, last night, he dreamt he’d be lunching with friendly Rotarians — and his dream came true.
Kalani Creutzburg, “Healing Homeless Veterans, Rescuing Homeless Dogs”
President-elect Charles Hartford introduced today’s speaker, Kalani Creutzburg, Founder/President of “Cammies & Canines.” Mr. Creutzburg served 12 years in the Marine Corps. He is a licensed CPA and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from USD.
Mr. Creutzburg shared his personal story of returning from deployment in 2015, facing his second divorce, and eventually ending up isolated and homeless. He couldn’t imagine how he could go from managing 180 marines to not being able to manage his own household. He asked for a helping hand and received the support he needed to return to a purposeful life. “I was afraid of me until I learned that my pain and my struggle are part of what makes me beautiful,” he shared.
This last year, with the help of his dog and best friend, Bas, he started Cammies & Canines, an organization that aims to take vets “from homeless to employment” within six months. Key to the program is pairing vets with dogs. He described how important it is to fill the void of deployment with positive energy, and that’s something that the unconditional love of a dog can help accomplish.
Four months ago, Cammies & Canines leased a 289-acre site in Delzura, called The Sanctuary, as a place for veterans to heal and receive services. They currently house 10 veterans at a cost of $11.62 per day for room and board, thanks to community partnerships that provide services and food at low to no-cost. Mr. Creutzburg is looking to raise $350,000 by the end of September for a down payment to purchase the land he now leases. Part of his fundraising includes a 220-mile walk (22 miles/day for 10 days) to raise awareness of the veteran suicide rate, which is 22 per day nationwide. Sponsors can pledge $1/mile or “spot” a walker for a few miles by carrying the walker’s 50-lb pack. On September 22 the organization will also hold a Celebrity Chef fundraiser. Mr. Creutzburg says that $50,000 already has been raised in a gift from Tom Sudberry, and he is looking for additional investors.
President Quinn closed the meeting with these words: “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. “ – – Helen Keller
Reported by Diane Salisbury. Photos By Diane Salisbury. Edited by Diane Salisbury.
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