The Surf Beat: January 23rd, 2018

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January 23rd, 2018 

Welcome and Introductions: President John Trifiletti welcomed us to the 26th  meeting of the Rotary Year. “Thank you for making a difference at home and around the world.”


Invocation: Leanne MacDougall read a January 6 article from the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof that put that state of current affairs in perspective: “Why 2017 was the best year in human history.”

Pledge: Nick McCluskey

Song: “Happy Birthday” was sung to Burton Housman (to the tune of “Amazing Grace” at his request), nobly and gamely by baritone Bill Burch. 


Rotary Welcomed


Bob Deuill joined us from Fayette Daybreak Rotary Club in Peachtree City, GA; Bill Earley visited from Club 33 San Diego; Susan Guthrie (hosted by Chuck Dick) returned for a second time and is considering membership.


John Trifiletti informed the club that Penny Shurtleff is out for a while as she is in Los Angeles receiving medical treatment. She sends her regards and looks forward to returning soon. He also thanked members who attended the joint meeting of all the Rotary clubs in La Jolla at the Braille Institute last Friday at 7:00am. Ted Rutter and Diane Salisbury pitched this year’s Rotary Social excursion: a La Jolla Symphony & Chorus concert at Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD, featuring Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The concert is on Sunday, March 18th at 2pm (pre-concert lecture at 1pm) and will be followed by a private reception for our Club, attended by the conductor and guest artists. Diane, Executive Director of the Symphony, said the Sunday concert is expected to sell out and encouraged those interested to sign up early. Tickets are $40 inclusive. Ted passed around a sign-up sheet. Wade Aschbrenner announced that Rotary Scholarship interviews will be on Saturday, May 12, location TBA.

New Member Induction


Lina Elliot and her sponsor Jane Reldan, along with Dirk Harris and Ted Rutter, joined President John at the podium, where Lina was presented with her Rotary pin and Red Badge. She was enthusiastically welcomed to the Club.

Happy Bucks:


John Trifiletti kicked off the Happy Bucks with a fine to Chuck Dick, who appeared with his wife Ann in La Jolla Light at Mercy 1000 celebration at La Valencia. California being a community property state, Chuck felt it only fair to ask Ann to share equally in the fine. (The matter will be discussed in chambers…) Sid Stutz offered $100 in Happy Bucks, $91 of which are in recognition of Burt Housman’s 91st birthday.

Speaker: Dr. Marc Milstein, Ph.D.



Kevin Quinn introduced Dr. Marc Milstein, who spoke about the brain science behind getting a good night’s sleep. Dr. Milstein received his doctorate in biological chemistry from UCLA as well as a bachelor of science in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from UCLA.  He analyzes and integrates the latest, cutting-edge research into accurate information that improves our daily lives.

Some signs that we don’t get enough sleep:

  • Do you need an alarm to wake up?
  • Do you repeatedly hit the “snooze” button?
  • Do you need extra sleep on the weekend?

If you answer “yes” to two of these questions, you are not getting enough sleep.

Brain physiology: Of 80 billion brain cells, a little clump, the suprachiasmic nucleus (SCN), consisting of 20,000 cells, serves as the “brain clock.” The SCN recognizes darkness and releases melatonin in about 30-45 minutes, causing you to fall asleep. When the sun comes up, the brain clock shuts off the melatonin.  Natural sunlight sets the clock in the morning for that day. Therefore, it helps to get out in the daylight in the morning to set the clock.

Some information and pointers for getting a good night’s sleep:

  • Since the time between the onset of darkness and release of melatonin is about 30-45 minutes, start lowering light 30-45 minutes before you go to bed.
  • Jet lag represents a clock out of sync. To get over jet lag, get out in the sun first thing in the morning when you are in the new time zone. Try to stay on a schedule.
  • You sleep better when you read a paper book than an e-reader (which uses blue light that simulates daylight).
  • Electronic light from LCD and LED sources can keep you awake. Consider using a sleep mask.
  • A warm room prevents deep sleep. Lower the temperature a couple of degrees to sleep better.
  • Ten minutes of mindfulness (breathing) improves your ability to sleep. You can also write down things you are worried about, which leads to not worrying about them during the night.

Phases of sleep:  light sleep; deep sleep; REM (rapid eye movement) sleep (the body is paralyzed during that time, but the brain is quite active in dreaming).

Napping is good if you nap for 20-30 minutes or more than 90 minutes (but not in between when you are in a Deep Sleep).  We normally wake up every 90 minutes.

When you sleep, you squeeze out all of the trash and garbage (toxins) out of your brain cells and the cerebrospinal fluid from the brain washes the toxins out. Long-term use of antihistamines as sleep aides leads to decreased memory. Learning something new every day helps your brain to work. Sleep solidifies the new learning.

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President John ended the meeting with a quote from Jack Kerouac: “Practice kindness all day to everybody, and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”


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 Reported by David Shaw. Photos by Judy Nelson . Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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