The Surf Beat: January 8th, 2019

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January 8th, 2019 

President Kevin Quinn welcomed Rotarians and guests to the first club meeting of 2019.

Inspiration: Pedro Osuna encouraged each of us to learn a new language or a new skill. Drawing upon his life experience, he observed that doing this will help bring us all closer together (which certainly is in keeping with the goals of Rotary.)

Pledge: Randy Mulch

Song: Sally Fuller, assisted by Randy Mulch, led us in singing America the Beautiful.

Rotary welcomed….

Paula Salem, a first-time visitor who is new to La Jolla, stated her desire to learn more about serving our community. Janice Vasquez, a recent arrival from Naples, Florida, who has established a residence in La Jolla, is a repeat visitor to our Club and expressed the desire to get “plugged in” to the life of our community.

Blue Badge Awarded


President KevinQuinn, joined by Membership Chair Dirk Harris, proudly awarded (relatively) new member Pedro Osuna with his Blue Badge. Pedro commendably has completed the requisite Rotary tasks (attending a Club Board meeting, helping at the front desk, etc.) in near record time, and observed that the Club “had made it easy to volunteer.” Congratulations, Pedro!

Youth Services Updates: Craig Schniepp

As of January 1, La Jolla High School’s Interact Club has a new slate of officers. Craig praised Interact Club members and officers for their enthusiasm and dedication to their service projects. At our February 5th Rotary Club meeting, the students will participate in the “Four-Way Test” speech contest. Each will speak for not more than five minutes on a topic of his/her choice, subject to the requirement that each speech, in some way, touch upon all four elements of the Rotary Four-Way Test. These speeches always are interesting, and often inspiring. This is a meeting not to be missed.

This spring, selected students from La Jolla High School and The Bishop’s School will attend the annual weekend retreat known as RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program), which emphasizes the development of community service and leadership skills. Students must apply to participate, with La Jolla Rotarians interviewing the applicants during February. Club members find it rewarding to serve as interviewers and are encouraged to volunteer. Please let Craig know of your interest.

Kevin Quinn described Craig as a worthy successor to Cal Mann as Youth Services Committee Chair. There can be no higher praise . . . Craig, congratulations and many thanks!


President Kevin Quinn reported on the initial “Cocktails With Kevin” social gathering at La Dolce Vida restaurant the evening of December 20th, which 25 or so La Jolla Rotarians and guests attended. The food, drink and fellowship were splendid indeed, with all in attendance agreeing the event was a great success. Clearly, the pressure now is on Kevin to schedule another social gathering of equal dignity (particularly, Kevin, one in which as many hosted libations are poured . . . just sayin’.)

  • The first Board meeting of 2019 will be held on January 9that Peter Nguyen’s office.
  • Rotary International President Barry Rassin will be the featured speaker at the 7:30am, January 11th meeting of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club at The Braille Institute. The cost is $25. Members who have signed up to attend, or who wish to attend, should let Kevin know ASAP.

Donning his hat as an Intergalactically Acclaimed Financial Analyst (clearly a worthy challenger to The Sage of Omaha), Kevin shared the following:

“Since our last regular lunchtime meeting on December 18th, the Dow Jones Industrial average has closed down -2,420.51 points on the days the average has been negative; however, thankfully, the Dow Jones Industrial average has closed up 2,586.96 on the days that it was positive. This equals a net positive of 166.45 points or a .71% increase in the average. There were 13 trading days in that period, which amounts to 5.15% of the total trading days in the year. Annualized this would equal a return of just under 14%, which ain’t that bad.”

Other Announcements:

Pat Stouffer said the January 19th Alison Brown Rotary Benefit Concert at The Athenaeum is nearly sold out. If any Rotarians without tickets wish to attend, please be in touch with Pat muy pronto.(EDITOR’S NOTE: As of 1/10/19, this event is SOLD OUT.)

Sally Fuller encouraged us to join a Rotary contingent in attending a Sunday, April 14th classical music performance (George Li, piano), presented by the La Jolla Music Society, during the opening week of “The Conrad” auditorium on Fay Avenue.  Please see Sally for details.

Cindy Goodman announced that a worthy civic organization, in which she is active, is looking for volunteers to talk to youngish local foster children about taxes (what are they? how do they work? what are the filing requirements? etc.)  If you are interested, please contact Cindy.

Happy Bucks:

Jane Reldan is excited about her coming departure for four days of heli-skiing, followed by two days of non-airborne skiing at Snowmass.

Claude Rosinsky expressed great satisfaction in having arranged for the daughter of club member Mark Christopher to receive a series of six life-altering orthopedic surgeries performed by Dr. Dror Paley in Florida. These surgeries have been transformative for Mark’s daughter, who now works at Dr. Paley’s Institute.

Bill Burch’s younger son, Henry, broke his back two years ago. Henry is athletic and active, so the past two years of recuperation have been agonizing for him. Bill reports that within the past week Henry has received medical clearance to participate fully in all activities, including sports. Hooray for Henry!

Claire Reiss expressed gratitude for having shared a wonderful Christmas Season with her family.

David Matier was pleased to rejoin us, having just returned from two months of wonderful travel in celebration of his retirement.


Guest Speaker: 

Ron Sudman, U.S.S. Midway Museum, docent

Program Chairman Charles Hartford— who as a West Point graduate was unable to resist the urge to note that Army recently got the better of Navy on the gridiron — introduced today’s speaker, Ron Sudman, a docent for the U.S.S. Midway Museum. Mr. Sudman, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, filled us in on the history and current doings of the Museum in San Diego Harbor. Mr. Sudman has served as a museum docent for over seven years, logging over 2,000 hours of service along the way. The following are among the many things we learned.

  • World War II, starting with the battle of Coral Sea, demonstrated that aircraft carriers had become much more important strategic weapons than battleships.
  • The construction of the Midway began in 1943 and was completed in 1945, just after the end of World War II. The ship was the first aircraft carrier to have a steel (rather than wooden) deck, was the first “supercarrier,” was the first ship too large to sail through the Panama Canal, and was the largest ship in the world from her 1945 commissioning through 1955.
  • During her years of service, the Midway had three major overhauls of her flight deck to accommodate evolving technological advances.
  • The Midway, in effect, was a small city with several thousand residents, to whom 13,000 meals a day were served from four restaurants.
  • The Midway saw service of various kinds in the Cold War (snowplows were required to clear her decks in Alaskan waters!), Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War (as Saigon fell at the end of the war, the Midway spirited 3,000 Saigon evacuees away to safety), and in Desert Storm, where it was the commanding Admiral’s flagship. The Admiral’s war room from Desert Storm is now on display in the Museum.

In 1992, the Midway was decommissioned and mothballed in Bremerton, Washington. Soon thereafter, an energetic, dedicated group of San Diegans sought to have the Midway towed to San Diego and restored as a maritime museum. After 12 years of political wrangling, their efforts were successful. The U.S.S. Midway now is the premier maritime museum in the United States, with one million visitors from all over the world (including 50,000 students) and with a dedicated group of volunteer docents. (More volunteers always are welcome. If you are interested, visit the Midway’s website.)



Closing Quote: 

“Good resolutions are simply checks that people draw on a bank where they have no account.” – Oscar Wilde

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better person.” – Benjamin Franklin


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 Reported by Dave Westin & Susan Stevens. Photos By David Shaw.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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