The Surf Beat: April 24th, 2018

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April 24th, 2018


President John Trifiletti welcomed Rotarians and other guests to the 39th meeting of the Rotary Year.

Invocation:Wade Aschbrenner– “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help others!

Pledge: Elyse Banks

Song: Peter Nguyen, “Take me out to the Ballgame” (Sung in several keys!)


Rotary Welcomed:


Elsa Beljean is a visiting Rotarian from Hawaii and Calexico, California. Bill Earley joined us from Rotary Club 33; he is CAO for Westhealth; Brian Zimmerman, future Assistant District Governor, joined us from the Del Mar Sunrise Rotary Club along with Steven B. Weitzen, Chief Asst. Govenor. Fr. Ed Moran visited from Washington, D.C. as a guest of Claire Reiss. He is a former helicopter pilot.  Parents of RYLA Students in attendance:  Jane Kinsey, Steve Epner, Laura Syzmanski and David Delatorre.



  • Scholarship interviews will be held on Saturday May 12 at Berkshire Hathaway offices in La Jolla
  • STRIVE Scholarship interviews for Garfield High School students are on May 3rd.
  • Laurnie Durisoe is being honored by Salvation Army as a “Woman of Dedication.”
  • Mark your calendars for “Laughing Under the Stars” on October 6. This year’s fundraiser is chaired by Judy Nelson
  • Judy Nelson was recognized for also chairing the Rotary watering station at the La Jolla Half Marathon last Sunday.
  • On May 20 Orrin and Karen Gabsch are volunteering their Muirlands Home for a showing of their Western Art Collection. Lina Elliott is chairing the event.Proceeds will go to the Senior Citizen Outreach Program, including League House.
  • The League House Annual Picnic will be on Sunday, August 12


Speaker: RYLA Conference Report


Nine RYLA Scholars, who just completed the retreat, came with their parents and two counselors from La Jolla High School. Craig Schneippled our Club’s participation in the conference, which was held on April 20-22 in Idyllwild. The conference was attended by 275 high school juniors from all over the County, including 10 from La Jolla. The students were divided into “Families” that consisted of 8 students each (all new to each other) and a leader (Craig was one). The Families are named for Universities.  Speakers, workshops and interactions with new friends were the core of the weekend. Staff from La Jolla High School were introduced: Kiersley Tate, Counselor, and Noemi Aguilar, Director of Counseling Office.  Both were given RYLA backpacks by Craig for their help in identifying and arranging for interviews of the student candidates. Eileen Jollyserved as a facilitator at the conference. The common theme of the weekend was the Rotary Motto: Service above Self.


Each of the students attending the Rotary meeting reported on their experience. Following are excerpts:

  • Brianna Delatorre, The Bishop’s School, was in the “Amherst Family.” Her takeaway was that service is the intersection of talent, management and engagement.
  • Samantha Osman, The Bishop’s School, “Johns Hopkins Family,” loved the Culture Walk and motivational speakers.
  • Elizabeth Szymanski, The Bishop’s School, said she was able to instantly bond with other students. She is interested in making positive changes in our world.
  • Louise Bonaventure, La Jolla High, said, “What we achieve after leaving RYLA, is the differences we will make.”
  • Dasha MacAuslan, La Jolla High, “UCLA Family,” is already engaged, raising money at school for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Benedicte Bonaventure, who describes herself as “normally shy,” responded to the challenge to get out of the weekend what she put in to it. She was amazed at how true that was.
  • Laurence Kuo, La Jolla High, “UCI Family,” found it meaningful to Skype with girls from a school in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, who were offered educational opportunities by a remarkable woman who felt something missing in her life, and found her calling in service.
  • Hannah Kinsey, La Jolla High, a member of the “Chapman University Family,” found everyone very welcoming and supportive.
  • Rebecca Epner, La Jolla High, “UC Berkeley Family,” was amazed that after only two hours in camp, she had gotten close to people she’d just met.

Happy Bucks:

  • Elsa Beljean, who is a former RYLA Scholar, gave in honor of the current RYLA students.
  • John Trifiletti also donated in honor of the students.

President Trifiletti closed the meeting with a quote from John Quincy Adams: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more or learn more, you are a leader.”



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 Reported by David Shaw.  Photos By Susan Rutan and David Shaw.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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