The Surf Beat: May 28th, 2019

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May 28th, 2019

President Kevin Quinn welcomed Rotarians and guests to our meeting at the beautiful La Valencia Hotel nestled above the La Jolla Cove.  A truly inspiring combination.

Inspiration: George Wahab

Pledge: Ed Mracek

Song: Bill Burch gamely led members in “Welcome Rotarians,” a song written many years ago by a former Club member and recalled by a very small number of singers!

Rotary welcomed…

Bill Burch introduced his mother, Diane Burch, who was visiting from Texas to attend her grandson’s graduation and celebrate her own birthday. Ryan Montas attended as a guest of Lina Elliott. Ryan is a colleague at Edward Jones. John Hoss introduced his tennis buddy, Matt Jones. Matt recently moved to La Jolla from Rancho Santa Fe and is considering club membership.


Memorial Day Remembrance

Kevin Quinn noted our recent celebration of Memorial Day, a federal holiday for remembering and honoring the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday, always celebrated on the last Monday of May, was created as a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers died.


  • John Trifiletti reminded all of President Kevin’s upcoming “Demotion Party.” The party takes place on Tuesday, June 25, beginning with cocktails at 5pm. No lunchtime meeting that date.
  • President-Elect Charles Hartford is on his way to the Rotary International convention in Hamburg. He will be there for the next 4 days.
  • A board meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 7th. This will be a joint meeting with the current board joined by the board supporting Charles Hartford next Rotary year.
  • Jill Hunter, property manager of League House in La Jolla and Honorary club member, thanked our club for its participation in League House events over the years.

  • Penny Shurtleff used the opportunity to announce this summer’s League House Picnic – our 16thannual — that will be on Sunday, July 28. Kevin Quinn noted that Penny celebrates a birthday today. She was serenaded by the club and wished many happy returns.
  • Gordon Shurtleff used that opportunity to announce that Torrey Pines Rotary Club – the “biggest little club in the district” – will celebrate its 55thanniversary on June 29 at the La Jolla Country Club. As La Jolla Rotary was TPRC’s sponsor 55 years ago, he encouraged all to attend. Tickets are $70 each and include a lovely dinner.
  • Cindy Goodman said she received a thank-you letter from the OASIS program at the Veterans Hospital for our club’s grant to pay for special yoga cushions used for meditation in the care of vets with severe PTSD. She also announced a new Community Services project. The club is asked to fill 50 backpacks with summer travel items for kids from the Make-a-Wish-Foundation. Let her know if you can contribute items or pledge a sponsorship so that items can be purchased.
  • With the Teutonic guidance of Helmut Hatzinger, Kevin Quinn announced the appointment of Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.
  • There is a special rate to register for 2020 Honolulu Convention for $395 that will be available from June 1 to June 5, 2019 ONLY.  John Hoss is coordinating our club’s participation. Registration is available to Rotarians with a My Rotary account online at
  • Many changes came out of the 2019 Council On Legislation. Several  enactments were passed that related to membership and the function of our Rotary Clubs. A few of note:
    • 19-35 from USA, adopted 286 to 217: Amends attendance makeup requirements to emphasize project and club engagement as a preferred avenue for make-ups.  Also, this is now allowed to be done within an entire year instead of plus or minus 2 weeks.
    • 19-72 from RI Board, adopted 381 to 134: Rotaract clubs will now be elevated as a part of Rotary International, as opposed to a program of RI.  Rotaract clubs will continue to have their own standard constitution but will receive greater support from RI.

See full 2019 Council On Legislation amendments

  • 2019 Governors Dinnerwill be at the La Jolla Marriott on June 27th at 6pm

Happy Bucks

  • David Shaw recently traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the Bat Mitzvah of his granddaughter.
  • Will Creekmur is the proud parent of a teenager, as his daughter McKenna just turned 13.
  • Chuck Dick paid penance for singing the wrong words to “Welcome Rotarians,” explaining that when the song was written, the club was all-male and used to end with a welcome to Rotary “fellows.”
  • Don Lincoln celebrated a great sports weekend: both of his granddaughters took home trophies in their respective team sports.
  • Eileen Jolly is happy to be the proud parent of a non-teen! Her son turned 20 last week, when they visited St. Paul, Minnesota, to attend her niece’s wedding.
  • Gordon Shurtleff was happy (and smart) to pay a happy buck per year in honor of his wife’s birthday today. Announcing that she was 39 (again), he donated $39.
  • Randy Mulch had happy and less-happy news to report. He was happy to spend the past two weeks in L.A. with his daughter and son-in-law, welcoming his 9-day old granddaughter to the clan. On a sadder note, Randy will be saying good-bye to La Jolla Rotary as he and his wife have been reassigned by the Salvation Army to the L.A. area and will soon depart. The silver lining? They will be living just 2 miles from their new granddaughter.

  • Laurnie Durisoe announced that, as of 1-1/2 weeks ago, she is retired. She and her brother, Ken, who have jointly and lovingly restored and operated the Pan Tai Inn recently concluded the sale of the hotel. She looks forward to attending more Rotary meanings with her new-found freedom.
  • Deb Plotkin was happy to be back home and announced that La Jolla High School and Muirlands Middle School students have raised $10,000 to help Ugandan orphans through her non-profit U-Touch.

Riford and Rotary Scholarship Awards Announced

Wade Aschbrenner gave an update on the scholarships awarded through the Florence Riford Scholarship program and the Rotary Club of La Jolla scholarship program. Russell King introduced the scholarship winners in attendance, but not before mentioning the results of his research into some of the “weird” college majors available to this incoming freshman class. Among the more unusual were Astrobiology, Planetary biology, bagpiping, and nautical archeology. Five students from local schools received Riford Scholarships and five students received scholarships funded and named in honor of Rotary Club of La Jolla members past and present: Rim & Lee Madson Award, Chad Pearson Award, Melissa Riesner-McGuire Award, Gilbert Martin Award, and Kay & Dick Woltman Award. Club members warmly congratulated this talented and poised group of young scholars.

President’s Closing Quote

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin.


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 Reported by Diane Salisbury. Photos by Shabnam Miglani and David Shaw. Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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