The Surf Beat- November 20th, 2018

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November 20th, 2018 

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

Inspiration: Bill Burch gave thanks during this Thanksgiving week for family, health, country, and safety, and asked that we all be grateful for our many blessings.

Pledge: Dave Brockett

Song: Bill Boehm gave thanks, and led us in “God Bless America”.

Rotary welcomed….

Brett Jackson, who has lived in La Jolla off and on for the past 15 years, and came as a guest of Dirk Harris. Makena Creekmur joined her father, Will Creekmur. Bob Pecora was also joined by his daughter.


  • Kevin Quinn announced that, immediately following this meeting, there will be a meeting of the Nominating Committee made up of the current president, past presidents and the president elect.

  • Laurnie Durisoe announced the USO Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday. Many Rotarians have signed up, but she can always use more. There are two shifts: 9am-noon for set-up and decorations, noon-3pm serve and clean-up. Our club has been involved with this event for the past 16 years.
  • Claude Rosinsky was concerned last week about Betty Dow as Betty did not attend the meeting last week. Betty is fine.  She got the date mixed up with our club holiday party.  She attended the meeting today.

  • Pat Stouffer announced that the Alison Brown benefit concert is on January 19that the Athenaeum in La Jolla. The concert benefits our Club’s Avenues of Service fund. Tickets can now be purchased on the Club’s website.

  • Penny Shurtleff announced the 15thAnnual Sing-Along on December 6, 2018 at the League House Holiday party. She hopes all can stop by.
  • Our Club Holiday Party is on December 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM at the La Valencia. Please note that there will be no lunch meeting that day. Santa will make an appearance. The daughters of Will Creekmur and Bob Pecora have volunteered to serve as Santa’s elves. Kids and grandkids are encouraged to attend.

  • Cindy Goodman visited the Rotary Club of Albuquerque and brought back a flag of that club.
  • Dave Weston attended a meeting of the Rotary Club of downtown London. He also informed the Club of the passing of former Club member Ed Danenhauer, who died of Parkinson’s.

  • Sally Fuller has arranged for our Club to participate in the La Jolla Christmas parade on Sunday, December 2. Kevin Quinn will be riding in a pink Edsel hired for the occasion, with our Rotary club banner on the front of the car.  Sally is looking for other members of our club to walk alongside the car on the parade route. Our club has made a donation for the parade, and Sally is looking for more donations from other members.  There will be a drawing, and the winning ticket will get two nights free stay at the La Valencia Hotel.
  • Craig Schnieppannounced that last Saturday students from the Interact Club at La Jolla High School completed a home build in Tijuana. A future presentation for our Club by the students who participated is in the planning.

Happy Bucks:

  • Sid Stutz donated $20 in honor of Ed Danenhauer who  passed away. Ed was Sid’s CPA.
  • Bob Pecora donated $20 in honor of his daughter attending the meeting today.
  • Bill Boehm was happy to have his son, Carl, in town for the holidays and at today’s meeting.

  • Femie Cupit donated in celebration of her recent trip to Cancun, where she and her husband celebrated 30 years of marriage.
  • Will Creekmur donated $20 in honor of his daughter, Makena.

Guest Speaker:  Lisa Record, Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD)

Dirk Harris introduced today’s speaker, Lisa Record, Vice President of Development at the Veterans Village of San Diego.

VVSD has served veterans since 1981 and is dedicated to “Leave No One Behind.” With five locations throughout San Diego County, VVSD is the only program of its kind in the United States and is nationally-recognized as the leader in serving homeless military veterans. Each year VVSD provides services to more than 2,000 military veterans throughout the County of San Diego.

Veterans Village of San Diego provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing options for veterans. They also provide employment and training services. Their primary objective is to help veterans of all eras, including those recently separated from the military, prepare for and find new careers or resume previous career paths. The Homeless Court Program provides a partnership between the court, prosecutor, public defender, and local service agencies to help resolve legal issues for homeless vets. Veterans Rehabilitation Center is a 224 bed state-licensed drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that serves men and women military veterans. As founders of Stand Down, Veterans Village of San Diego is proud to provide an annual 3-day, 2-night intervention program supporting more than 800 homeless veterans and their families. These services are made possible due to the dedication of 3,000 committed volunteers and more than 150 service providers.

Closing Quote: 

President closing quote: “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”


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 Reported by Shabnam Miglani. Photos By Susan Rutan, Shabnam Miglani, Diane Salisbury.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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