The Surf Beat: July 31st, 2018

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July 31st, 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: Pat Stouffer: “We can’t help everyone, but everybody can help someone.” Ronald Reagan

Pledge:  Ken Lundgren

Song: Aaron Hoffman: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

Rotary Welcomed:

Pedro Osuna returned for his fourth visit, and Rick Engbrecht visited for the second time.

Rotarians Max Burney joined us, as did Peter Waltham from South Cambridge (England) Club and his wife, Maria Pia Casparini, from the Fermo (Italy) Club

Visiting Rotarians

Presidential Announcements:

Before making his announcements, Kevin Quinn drew our attention to the 17 large fires taking place in Northern California, the largest of which is the Carr Fire that has burned over 100,000 acres. Over 800 residences have been destroyed and, sadly, 6 lives lost. What is inspiring is watching the assortment of fire agencies fight the fire. Cal Fire employees make approximately $3,400 a month.  As recently as 2017 some hourly employees were making only $8 per hour, yet they battle these fires in temperatures well over 100 degrees and in life-threatening conditions…that is inspiring.

  • The next Board Meeting is tomorrow, August 1st at Peter Nguyen’s First Republic Bank Building at 5pm. Red Badge holders are encouraged to attend as attending a board meeting is a prerequisite to earning your Blue Badge.
  • The Foundation Meeting will be August 14th at 5pm at La Valencia.
  • There is a District Council Dinner on August 21st. The featured keynote speaker is John Ohanion, the President and CEO of 211 San Diego. Come and learn about this unique community service agency at the Hotel Karlan San Diego.
  • The evening of August 14th is the last Rotary Day at the Ballpark, with the Padres hosting the Angels.

Announcements from Club Members:

  • Craig Schniepp reminded us about the Sept. 22 District Interact Symposium at Liberty Station. More information can be found on the District Rotary website.
  • Bill Burch informed the club that Burton Housman was hospitalized with a stroke. He recounted Burton’s Inspiration on Love given just last week. He is doing better, being looked after by family and club member Jane Reldan. Burton is not ready for visitors, but Bill suggested a card from us would be very welcome and passed around a card for all to sign.
  • Peter Nguyen gave an update on “Laughing Under the Stars” at Claire Reiss’s house on Oct. 6. This year the fundraiser will be catered by Waters Catering.
  • Leanne MacDougall continues to recuperate at home and reminds the club of her offer to pay for dinner catered by Girard Gourmet to anyone willing to pick up the meal and join her at her home to enjoy.

Kevin & Penny-League House

  • Penny Shurtleff asked folks to sign up to attend or donate to the League House Picnic, Sunday, August 12th, if they have not already done so.

Ken & Triff

  • John Trifiletti and Ken King will be putting leather to the pavement as they make the rounds among La Jolla businesses to request sponsorships for this year’s Gala. If you would like to be a sponsor (starting at $500) or can refer them to someone who would, let them know.

What I Do: Dr. David Shaw

David Shaw-What I Do

David Shaw summed up his current vocation in two words: “Doctor-Teacher,” and further elaborated that he is a “recovering cardiologist.” David has worked for Scripps Mercy for four decades, beginning as a cardiologist and eventually becoming Chief of Medical Staff. A few years back, he was pondering his next move when the opportunity to step into the Director of Graduate Medical Education came his way. Scripps has had a long-time commitment to medical education, and it seemed like an interesting new challenge. David agreed to a 5-year term. Fourteen years later, he’s “still at it and still loving it.”

Happy Bucks:

Craig Schniepp was happy to announce that he was recently designated Senior Real Estate Specialist, as noted in last week’s La Jolla Light.

John Trifiletti gave happy bucks in recognition of Penny Shurtleff’s strong work for League House.

Sue Ball honored her YMCA staff who recently responded to a heart attack in progress and saved a man’s life.

Bill Boehm honored George Wahab, who was the anesthesiologist for the birth of his first child, 37 years ago.

Sue Ball

Elyse Banks announced she is looking for a two-bedroom home, and would be happy for any referrals from the club.

Speaker:  Chuck Day, Ronald McDonald House Charities


President-elect Charles Hartford introduced our speaker, Chuck Day, CEO and President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego and an active member of Kiwanis Club of San Diego.

Ronald McDonald House serves 15,000 families per year by providing a home away from home while children undergo care at Rady Children’s Hospital. The organization was started by Fred Hill (Philadelphia Eagles Tight End) and his wife, Fran, in 1974, as a result of their experience in dealing with their daughter’s childhood Leukemia. They started the organization in Philadelphia to support the families of children stricken with serious illnesses. The cause was also contributed to by Ray Kroc of McDonalds, who pledged profits from Shamrock Shakes.  There have been multiple houses in San Diego. The new facility, on top of a parking structure at the back of the Rady Children’s Hospital campus, has 47 family suites, dining rooms, exercise facilities, and a chapel. The facilities are for all in need, including those who are on a waiting list until a family suite becomes available. There is a school on site run by San Diego Unified School District, which acts as a camp during summer. There is also a large play deck, TV rooms, and game rooms.

In addition to paid staff, Ronald McDonald House relies on a large volunteer force that donates 70,000 hours of volunteer hours/year.

Children at Rady Children’s Hospital, whose families benefit from Ronald McDonald House, include neonates, premies, heart patients and cancer patients. Internationally there are 365 Ronald McDonald houses. All are separate franchises.

Before taking questions, Mr. Day shared a video of one of the organization’s beneficiaries – 6-year-old Milo, who has had multiple heart surgeries during which Ronald McDonald House has been a much-needed home-away-from-home for him and his family.

President’s Closing Remarks:

President Quinn closed the meeting with these words: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. “ – – Vince Lombardi

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 Reported by David Shaw.  Photos By Diane Salisbury.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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