The Surf Beat: May 7th, 2019

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May 7th, 2019 

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

Inspiration: Pat Stouffer shared the following by Henry Ford:

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, either way you are right”.

Pledge: David Matier

Song: John Donaldson led us in “America the Beautiful”.

Rotary Welcomed:

William Hartford, Charles Hartford’s son.  William is a RYLA graduate, currently attending Palm Beach Atlantic University and is on his college golf team. Ryan Montes, guest of Lina Elliott.  Ryan is a financial advisor with Edward Jones and is interested in joining our club.



  • Bill Burch thanked everyone who participated in the “Rotarians at Work Day” for their hard work in repotting 35 hanging flowerpots from throughout the village of La Jolla. Bill shared photos of our members, the firefighters who helped with the heavy-lifting, and the students from the La Jolla High School Interact Club. The event was a great success. President Kevin thanked Bill Burch and Cindy Goodman for their leadership.
  • “Who Am I” presentation slots are available for those members interested in sharing information about themselves and their work. Please let President Kevin know if you would like to participate.  
  • Please let Rich Velasquez know if you would like to nominate someone for the Vocational Services Award.
  • Bob Pecora led the STRIVE Scholarship interviews on Friday, May 3rdat Garfield High School. Fifty students participated, and several of our members volunteered their time. President Kevin, Cindy Goodman, Pat Stouffer and Will Creekmur shared how impressed they were with the students that interviewed.  These kids have all undergone major life events that they have overcome. STRIVE provides them a second chance to improve their lives and contribute to society.  Dick Woltmann would like the Board to consider changing the name of the STRIVE scholarships to the Burton Housman Scholarships. Burton introduced the Club to the need at Garfield High School and that would honor his legacy.

  • The Board Meeting is on Wednesday, May 8thon John Donaldson’s boat at 5:30pm.
  • A club social event — “Cocktails with Kevin,” aka “Nueve de Mayo” — will be at 5pm on May 9that Jose’s Mexican restaurant in La Jolla. Come join the fun!
  • Wade Aschbrenner will lead interviews of the finalists for the Rotary and Riford scholarships on Saturday, May 18thfrom 8-11:30am at the Berkshire Hathaway office in La Jolla.The La Jolla Rotary Foundation administers two scholarship programs under which approximately $50,000 is distributed each year to graduates of La Jolla High School, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla Country Day School and The Preuss School.  Anyone interested in participating with interviewing the students may email Wade at
  • The 2019 Governor’s dinner will be held at the La Jolla Marriot on June 27that 6pm.Charles Hartford will be sworn in as the next President of our club.
  • The Torrey Pines Rotary Club, which was birthed by our club, will be celebrating their 55thanniversary with a dinner on June 29that the La Jolla Country Club.

Happy Bucks:

  • Charles Hartford in honor of 21 years of marriage and having all four kids at home with them to celebrate.
  • Claude Rosinsky is happy to see Charles’ son, William, and to have Aviva Paley, today’s speaker, whom she has known for 10 years.
  • John Hoss is happy to see Charles’ son, William, who used to be a patient of his.
  • Susan Stevens is happy that her daughter, Halley, has joined the Rotary Club in Vancouver, where she lives.
  • Chuck Dick is happy to be sitting next to Bob Schroeder, and they donated jointly.
  • Aaron Hoffman shared how he grew up in a traditional Jewish home, raised on guilt, and appreciates the kids who participated in the STRIVE scholarship program.
  • Deb Plotkin donated in honor of Mother’s Day.


Speaker: Aviva Paley, Kitchens for Good

Charles Hartford introduced our speaker today.  Aviva Paley is Senior Director and Co-Founder of Kitchens for Good. She is a passionate social entrepreneur with professional experience in fundraising, program design and marketing. She oversees all job training, hunger relief, and food rescue programs, as well as manages the marketing and communications, and assists in fundraising efforts for Kitchens for Good. This includes cultivating program partners, constructing and implementing work plans to meet identified needs and managing relationships with current and potential funders, partners and stakeholders.

In 2014, Ms. Paley partnered with restauranteur Chuck Samuelson to launch Kitchens for Good, playing a critical early role in securing donations, developing key partnerships and designing and launching the programs. Prior to joining Chuck, she was a Food Justice Fellow at the Leichtag Foundation. There she compiled a research report on kitchen incubators and community kitchen models, which eventually led her to want to bring this model to San Diego. At the Leichtag Foundation she also assisted with grantmaking strategies related to food and agriculture, and created several programs including the Food Justice Film Series.

Ms. Paley is a Baltimore native. She received her Bachelor’s degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she studied Design and Sustainability. She has been selected for several prestigious awards and fellowships including Food Tanks list of 20 Food Leaders Under 40, The UC Global Food Initiative’s 30 under 30 Food Leaders Award, The ROI Fellowship, and the Arianne de Rothschild Fellowship.

Kitchens for Good (KFG) is a social enterprise with the mission to break the cycles of food waste, hunger and poverty through innovative solutions in workforce training, healthy food production and social enterprise.  Core to its values, KFG believes that all food has power, and all people have potential.  In its kitchens, KFG bridges the gap between wasted food and hunger by rescuing surplus and cosmetically imperfect food from wholesalers and farmers, and engaging students in a culinary apprenticeship program to transform these ingredients into nutritious meals for vulnerable populations.  This helps the unemployed garner skills to become self-sufficient. The students transform their lives from one of addiction, incarceration, homelessness and unemployment to lives of stability, employment and a brighter future.  KFG also ensures its own sustainability by building a profitable food enterprise, which includes a robust catering and events operation and contract meal services business.  They have on the job training and generate profits to reinvest into social programs.

KFG is now operating all food and concessions at the Luna Café, the onsite restaurant at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista.

If you would like to help, donate or learn more, contact KFG at 619-450-4040 or email them at  For catering inquiry, contact them at

President Closing Quote:

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” — Will Rogers


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 Reported by Shabnam Miglani  Photos by Randy Mulch. Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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