The Surf Beat: November 27th, 2018

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November 27th, 2018 

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

Inspiration: Diane Salisbury read the Serenity Prayer

Pledge: Penny Shurteff

Song: Pat Stouffer, “Hail to the Chief”

Rotary welcomed….

Kurt Klimt, visiting from the North Hawaii Rotary, is an architect looking to relocate to La Jolla. Max Rumbaugh joined us from the Scottsdale Rotary (AZ). Tiffany Hsieh has just relocated from Orlando, FLA, where she was a member of the Orlando Rotary Club. Also joining us was frequent visitor Jessica Kricksciun ,a medical student working with Jane Reldon.


  • David Shaw announced that the Tijuana Scholars Lab is having its Christmas party on December 28 in Tijuana. David and one of the lab’s teachers are carpooling to TJ from Chula Vista and have room for 5 more, if any club members want to join him. There is no cost to attend the party.
  • Dave Brockett reminded us to check our email for reminders from Mary Lu about paying dues. If you’re delinquent, please pay up!

  • Laurnie Durisoe thanked the many Rotary volunteers who helped at the USO Thanksgiving dinner. It was a busy day with 250 meals served at the USO and an additional 600 meals served at the border to our troops stationed there.
  • Sally Fuller announced that the pink Edsel lined up as our “float” in the La Jolla Christmas parade (Sunday, December 2) fell through. Instead, President Kevin Quinn will be riding in a Mercedes convertible.  Sally is looking for other members of our club to walk alongside the car on the parade route. All are invited to a party afterwards – Sally’s hosting Champagne and appetizers at Dominick’s.

  • Sally Fuller also announced she’s reserved 40 tickets at $38 apiece for an April 14 concert during opening week of The Conrad concert hall (across from The Lot). Tickets are for the La Jolla Music Society’s presentation of a concert by pianist George Li of works by Liszt and Beethoven. The performance is at 3pm, and is preceded at 2pm by the San Diego Youth Symphony. Sign up, if interested.
  • Penny Shurtleff encouraged all to attend the 15thAnnual Sing-Along on December 6, 2018 at the League House Holiday party.

  • Pat Stouffer announced the Alison Brown Rotary benefit concert – see announcement below.
  • Kevin Quinn reminded all that 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.

Nominating Committee: 2019-2020 Slate of Directors & Officers


Bill Burch gave the first of three consecutive readings of the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate of officers and directors for 2019-2020:

Directors: Femie Cupit, Club Service; Peter Nguyen, Membership; Rich Velasquez, Vocational Service; Laurnie Durisoe, Community Service; Shabnam Miglani, International Service; Craig Schniepp, Youth Service.

Officers: Susan Rutan, treasurer; Chuck Marsh, secretary; Kevin Quinn, past president; Charles Hartford, president (2019-20); Dirk Harris, president-elect.

Alison Brown Rotary Benefit Concert – January 19 at 7:30pm

Update from Committee Chair Pat Stouffer: We are unbelievably fortunate as a club to have an international recording and performing artist of Alison Brown’s caliber volunteer to do a benefit concert for our Rotary Club!   What greater way to say thanks than to pack the house!  It promises to be a very special and fun evening at the Athenaeum, which is also a super venue. So, let’s get out and sell some tickets to friends, potential members, etc. Tickets make a great gift for the holidays, too.  Alison and her band put on a fabulous show, and the proceeds directly benefit our “Avenues of Service” fund, which makes our club projects possible. Tickets can be purchased directly on our website at Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

Happy Bucks:

  • Randy Mulch gave on this Giving Tuesday, and asked members to bring canned goods to next week’s meeting for the Salvation Army to donate to the needy. Craig Schniepp has bags to lend for this purpose.
  • David Shaw gave Happy Bucks in honor of the Tijuana Scholars Lab.

  • Elyse Banks was happy to have had a great time volunteering at the USO Thanksgiving.
  • Guest Kurt Klimt celebrated University of Kansas’s No. 2 rank in the NCAA.
  • Jane Reldon visited a medical school classmate that she’s known for 48 years over Thanksgiving. She’s also thankful to be back in her home after a house flood displaced her for 3 months.
  • Claire Reiss was thankful for the goodness and beauty she sees in her fellow Rotarians.
  • Bill Burch is hopeful that his son does well in his interview to be a Congressional intern.
  • Russ King conveyed greetings and thanks from Mary Jo and Burton Housman for the club’s support and good wishes. Burton’s health continues to improve.

Guest Speaker:

Janice H. Kurth, MD, PhD, District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair 2016-2019


Charles Hartford introduced today’s speaker, former District Governor (2015-16) and current District Rotary Foundation Chair Janice Kurth. Ms. Kurth earned her B.A. in chemistry from Austin College, Ph.D in human genetics from Stanford University, and M.D. from University of Arizona. Her professional career has included medical practice, academic and industrial biomedical research, product and software development, research management and pharmaceutical medicine. Now retired, she leads a busy life of service to her community, family and Rotary.


Ms. Kurth spoke to the club about the Rotary Foundation, the purpose of which is to “Do Good in the World.” This goal is accomplished by promoting world understanding, good will and peace. There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. Through the Rotary Foundation, Rotarians are doing good by focusing on effective and sustainable projects in six areas:

  • Peace and Conflict Resolution – our District funds peace scholars at USD
  • Clean Water – 2.6 billion people lack regular access to clean water
  • Support of Mothers and Children – 536,000 women die each year due to complications of childbirth related to poor care. Our District specifically funds physician training in a hospital in Ethiopia that has resulted in a 2/3 reduction in childbirth-related deaths.
  • Promote Education – 1 in 4 adults cannot read or write; 60% are women.
  • Grow Local Economies – nearly half of the world make less than $2.50 per day
  • Fight Disease – Rotary supports efforts to increase local health structure to reduce the causes and effects of disease. Rotary’s biggest contribution is the near-eradication of polio. Since 1985, polio cases have been reduced from 350,000/year to 27 cases reported in 2018.

The Rotary Foundation has a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, with 92% of funds raised going directly to programs. There are 3 areas where donors can designate their funds:

  • Polio Plus Fund in support of the “End Polio Now” campaign
  • Endowment Fund to help reach $2.25 billion goal
  • Annual Fund to cover operating costs – 50% of these funds are District-designated, and 50% go to the World Fund.

Closing Quote: 

President closing quote: “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” Emily Post


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 Reported by Diane Salisbury. Photos By Shabnam Miglani.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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