The Surf Beat: October 30th, 2018

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October 30th, 2018

President Kevin Quinn welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests.

Invocation: Chuck Marsh read a prayer by the Head Rabbi of the United Kingdom about peace and forgiveness.

Pledge: Shabnam Miglani

Song: Aaron Hoffman – with some technical challenges from a stubborn music app, led us in the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

Rotary Welcomed….

Joining us from Clubb 33 were Rotarians Sabine and Allen Ostrofe and Al Harutunian. Jason Kamer attended as a guest of Peter Nguyen. Natalie Kustler came as a guest of today’s speaker, Jack McGrory.



  • Sally Fuller reminded everyone of the Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 2.
  • Pat Stouffer announced that tickets are now on sale for the Alison Brown concert on Sat. Jan 19th5 p.m. at the Athenaeum; Admission $40 and reserved seating $100.
  • La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club will be hosting Rotary International President Barry Rassin at their January 11, 2019 meeting. The meeting will be held at the Braille Institute, and all are invited. The breakfast meeting costs $25 per person.

  • Penny Shurtleff asked all to put the Holiday Sing-along on their calendar. It will be Thursday, December 6that League House
  • Rotary Club of La Jolla’s Holiday Party will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 5:30PM, in lieu of the usual lunch meeting.
  • Saturday, November 10this the date for “Noche de Catrinas.” We are invited to celebrate with the Tijuana Rotary Club this “magical evening to remember.” The evening will have a gourmet dinner, dancing, character actors, casino and auction fun, and special surprises. Cost is $150/person. Funds raised will contribute to the community center that focuses on mentoring youth to college. A special Rotary overnight rate is available at the Tijuana Marriott.

Happy Bucks:

  • In view of the weekend tragedy, multiple people donated to move from sorrow to happiness.

Tijuana Home Build: Update from Craig Schniepp

Orantes Peleno family

Candida Peleno (Candy) 27, husband Leonel (Leo), 25, works in a factory and earns around $55 per week, Candy does extra work when she can.  They have two children, Carmen, 8 years old and one year old Dante.  They are a nice, shy and quiet family, working hard and very thankful that someone is going to help them have a nice home.



Jack McGrory

Peter Nguyen introduced Jack McGrory, President of Friends of SDSU and past City Manager of San Diego. Mr. McGrory graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.  He earned his Law Degree from the University of San Diego and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Mr. McGrory noted that we are in the last week of a 15-month campaign to get voters to approve SDSU West (Prop. G), one of two rival initiatives (along with Soccer City, Prop E) to repurpose the Qualcomm Stadium site and surrounding property.  The SDSU West initiative proposes to pay fair market value for the Mission Valley property. If approved (more than 50% voting “yes” and more yesses than Prop E), the University would use it to expand its campus, allowing an additional 15,000 students to attend SDSU, which is currently landlocked and capped at 35,000 students. It would also add a 35,000-seat college football stadium (also usable as a soccer stadium), expandable to 55,000 seats if the NFL came back to San Diego.  The proposal would develop a large area of riverside parkland and provide student housing, along with low-income housing.

Currently SDSU is ranked in the top 60 public universities in the nation. A student applying within state must have a GPA of 4.0 and SAT scores of over 1250. Currently there is a projected deficit of 1 million college graduates in California over the next 25 years. College graduates contribute much more to the economy than non-graduates. Over a lifetime, on average, a college graduate earns $1 million more than a non-graduate. Yet California universities and colleges currently have little capacity to grow.

According to the speaker, the opposing Soccer City initiative would add commercial and residential development to Mission Valley and likely create more traffic and parking problems. Mr. McGrory showed pictures of the proposed SDSU West Development and answered a number of questions.


Closing Quote: 


President Quinn closed the meeting with a poem:

Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.


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

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