The Surf Beat: December 11th, 2018

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December 11, 2018

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

Inspiration: Ken King shared an incident where he talked about the Rotary Club as a place where we have a good time doing good things.

Pledge: Randy Mulch

Song: Dirk Harris in keeping with the holiday spirit, led us all in “Jingle Bells.”

Rotary welcomed….

Ray Velling was visiting from the Gig Harbor Rotary club in Washington state.  Ray used to be a member of our club many years ago and was happy to be back. Pete Wadhams was visiting from the Cambridge UK (South) Rotary club. Sabine Ostrofo was visiting from the Rotary Club of Grass Valley South in California. Maria Pia Casarim was visiting from the Rotary Club of Fermo, Italy. Janice Vasquez was visiting from Naples, Florida.  She has an Insurance agency in Naples as well as San Diego.


  • President Quinn acknowledged the wonderful service provided by the La Valencia staffers for our weekly luncheons and passed around an envelope for all members to donate generously toward tips for the staffers.

  • Pat Stouffer reminded us again that the Alison Brown Rotary Benefit Concert is on January 19that the Athenaeum in La Jolla. The concert will start at 7:30 PM.There are a total of 150 seats out of which only 50 general admission seats and 10 premium seats are still available. Tickets are $40 general admission/$100 premium.

  • Penny Shurtleff announced that the 15th Annual Sing-Along on December 6th at the League House Holiday party was a huge success and was attended by 20 of our club members. Penny thanked everyone who helped with this event.  They sang traditional Christmas and holiday songs around the piano and did the lighting of the Menorah led by David Shaw and Deb Plotkin.  David also gave a presentation on the meaning and history of the lighting of the Menorah and the 8 days of Hanukkah.  Deb Plotkin put in a lot of effort, making latkes for everyone to enjoy.  Several of our members helped out at the last minute when other members were unable to attend due to sickness or other reasons.  Penny thanked everyone profusely for their generosity and participation in making this event a huge success.  Our club presented a check for $15,000 to The League House.
  • Our Club Holiday Party on December 4thwas very festive and fun for all. Several members were accompanied by their children and grandchildren. Gifts were handed out by a special Santa whether the kids were naughty or nice!

  • Sally Fuller thanked everyone who represented our club in the La Jolla Christmas parade on Sunday, December 2nd. Kevin Quinn and Dirk Harris rode in a 1934 Packard with our Rotary Club banner in the front of the car.  There was a wonderful VIP reception at Dominic’s afterwards.  Sally also announced that there are 40 tickets available for the April 14, 2019 concert presented by La Jolla Music Society during the opening week of The Conrad concert hall.
  • La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club will be hosting Rotary International President Barry Rassin at their January 11, 2019 meeting, which will be held at the Braille Institute. Please inform President Quinn if you are interested in attending, as they need a headcount for breakfast.
  • Susan Rutan updated us on our club sponsoring a Model UN team. She has two La Jolla High school students who will be participating.   She is still looking for someone to volunteer as a mentor for these students.
  • Randy Mulch reminded us about The Salvation Army collecting donations at the Vons in La Jolla this Friday and Saturday.There are still some time slots available in case anyone would like to volunteer to help.  Femie Cupit announced that there are 4 more bags of groceries to be filled for The Salvation Army.
  • Ken King announced that he was honored to read the 2019-2020 Slate of Directors and Officers.
    • Directors:  Femie Cupit, Club Service; Peter Nguyen, Membership; Rich Velasquez, Vocational Service; Laurnie Durisoe, Community Service; Shabnam Miglani, International Service; Craig Schniepp, Youth Service.
    • Officers: Susan Rutan, treasurer; Chuck Marsh, secretary; Kevin Quinn, past president; Charles Hartford, president (2019-20); Dirk Harris, president-elect.

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Happy Bucks:

  • Charles Hartford donated for having had the privilege of lunch with Claude Rosinsky when he visited her in Florida with his family. He thanked Claude for her generosity and hospitality.

  • Claude Rosinsky donated for enjoying Charles Hartford’s children when they visited her in Florida.

  • Bob Pecora donated as he forgot to attend the Holiday party at The League House.
  • Deb Plotkin gave thanks for U-Touch and Giving Tuesday.
  • Don Lincoln donated as his granddaughter got early acceptance at Wellesley College.
  • Claire Reiss donated because she said she has a lot to be thankful for and is happy.

Guest Speaker: Scott Pirrello, Deputy District Attorney


Charles Hartford introduced the speaker, Scott Pirrello.  Mr. Pirrello received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. He began his career as a prosecutor, spending two years at the San Diego City Attorney’s office.  He was hired as a Deputy District in January 2008.  Since 2009, he has been assigned to the Family Protection Division.

The Family Protection Division prosecutes crimes of murder, domestic violence, stalking, crimes against children and elder abuse.  Scott spends most of his time on the elder abuse cases. He drafted elder abuse legislation that has been incorporated as Penal Code section 368[1].  It gives elder abuse victims up to 10 years of protection with a court imposed protected order.

Elder abuse includes physical, emotional or sexual harm inflicted upon an older adult, their financial exploitation or neglect of their welfare by people who are directly responsible for their care.  In the US, more than half a million reports of elder abuse reach authorities every year, and million more cases go unreported.

Mr. Pirrello spoke today specifically about financial exploitation of elders by unauthorized use of an elderly person’s funds or property, either by a caregiver or an outside scam artist.  An unscrupulous caregiver might misuse an elder’s personal checks or credit cards or steal cash or other belongings.  Many types of scams target elders like announcement of a “prize” that an elderly person has won but must pay money to claim, phony charities, IT support, Walmart gift cards and investment fraud.

Signs of elder abuse can be difficult to recognize or mistaken for symptoms of dementia.  Warning signs include: bruises, broken bones, mumbling to themselves, significant withdrawals from their accounts, sudden changes in their financial condition, items or cash missing from their home, suspicious changes in wills, power of attorney, titles and policies, addition of names to their signature cards, financial activity they could not have done on their own or unnecessary services, goods or subscriptions.

Watch for scams and financial abuse by asking our elders if we can check their account statements for unauthorized transactions. Keep in touch with them so they are not isolated, and educate them about scams and other abuse.  It is also very important to report elder abuse to Adult Protective Services (800-677-1116).

Elder Abuse 

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Closing Quote: 

Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment.  It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos. — George W. Bush


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 Reported by Shabnam Miglani. Photos By Susan Rutan. Holiday Party Photos by David Shaw.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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