The Surf Beat: October 23rd, 2018

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October 23rd, 2018

President-elect Charles Hartford, filling in for President Kevin Quinn, welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Club of La Jolla. Being a history buff, Charles began the meeting by sharing interesting historical facts from this day in history.

Inspiration:David Shaw noted that today is Doctors Day in Mexico, and inspired us with a quote from physician and icon of modern medicine William Osler: “We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.”

Pledge: Randy Mulch

Song:Penny Shurtleff pitched the December 6thholiday party at League House, then spread pre-season cheer with “Jingle Bells.”


Rotary Welcomed….

Visiting Rotarians included Elly Dotson from the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary, and Derek, the “sommelier” of the Torrey Pines Rotary Club. Camille McKinnieintroduced her guest and piano teacher Gloria Smith and Brian Zumbano, Vice President and Chief Development Officer with the San Diego Foundation. Bill Burch was pleased to have his mom,Diane Burch, in attendance.

Attending in honor of today’s speaker, Ernest Rady, were Lt. Col. Lee Lescano, Cary Blanchette, Michele Prosser, Paul Armstrong, Joyce Glazer, Margo Alon, andJulie Schwartz.


  • Pat Stouffer asked all to mark their calendars for the January 19th concert at the La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library that will feature Grammy-award winning banjo-player Allison Brown and her bluegrass band. This is a Club-sponsored event. More news to follow, after the Concert Committee has its first meeting.
  • Charles Hartford reminded all that we’re invited to the Tijuana Rotary Club gala, “Noche de Catrinas,” on November 10thin Tijuana. Tickets are $150. Net funds will go toward the Tijuana community center, which focuses on mentoring youth to college.
  • The Rotary International District 5340 Gala, originally scheduled for November 10, has been rescheduled to April 29.

Happy Bucks:

  • Claude Rosinsky was happy to make a donation in honor of today’s special guest and speaker, Ernest Rady, for his kindness in helping the homeless population in San Diego.

Speaker:  Lt. Col. Lee Lescano, Salvation Army, and Ernest Rady, businessman and philanthropist


Camille McKinnie introduced Lt. Col Lee Lescano of the Salvation Army to discuss the homeless crisis in San Diego, and share what the Salvation Army and Ernest Rady are doing to help bring housing to the homeless. Lt. Col. Lescano began by recounting how the Salvation Army got its start in the mid-1800s when William Booth and his son, Bramwell, made a commitment to help the homeless they saw sleeping under bridges in London. He shared current statistics about homelessness in San Diego:

  • San Diego has the 4thlargest homeless population in the nation.
  • Key factors include San Diego’s lack of affordable housing and long waits for public assistance.
  • Of the nearly 8,000 San Diego homeless, about 5,000 are unsheltered at any given time.
  • As much as 40% of our homeless population suffers from mental illness

The Salvation Army takes a holistic approach to solving homelessness, starting with housing –a safe place to rebuild one’s life followed by the tools to become self-sufficient. The Ernest and Evelyn Rady gift of $50 million is a matching fund toward completing an $80 million capital campaign that will provide shelter for 300-500 homeless and the funds to maintain the Rady Residence and the Rady Center expansions at The Door of Hope and Centre City Campus.

Ernest Rady answered questions from the audience about his personal life, business endeavors and philanthropy. He and his wife are originally from Canada, but have lived in San Diego for 52 years. After amassing their fortune through a series of successful business ventures, he and Evelyn thought: “What’s a deserving thing we can do with our money?” Helping the homeless was something they felt strongly about.  After interviewing several organizations, they decided to make a gift to the Salvation Army. Mr. Rady concluded his Q&A with the audience by suggesting our Club join him in this philanthropic effort.

Closing Quote: 

Charles Hartford concluded the meeting with several quotes from Johnny Carson, born this day in 1925 in Corning, Iowa. His concluding quote: “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.”


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 Reported by Diane Salisbury.  Photos By Susan Rutan.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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