On behalf of the leadership team this year, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our club. We strive to put others first, to make meaningful and positive changes in our community, our world, and in ourselves, and to have fun doing it!


Charles Hartford – President-­‐2019-2020




Charles Marsh-Secretary




Susan Rutan – Treasurer




Dirk Harris – President-­‐Elect 2020-­2021




Kevin Quinn- Past President 2018-2019




Pat Stouffer – Sergeant At Arms




Contact Rotary Club of La Jolla – Club Relations 




Diane Salusbury – Communications 



Avenues of Service

The Object of Rotary is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” Rotary is a service organization. Since 1910, the Rotary Motto has been “Service Above Self.”

Rotary strives to achieve it’s objective of “Service Above Self” through activities in four primary areas. These are often referred to as Avenues of Service.

Club Service – Femie Cupit

This “Avenue” promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the Club function successfully and achieve its goals.


Vocational Service – Rich Velasquez

This area represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation as an opportunity to serve society. Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.

Community Service Projects – Laurnie Durisoe

This “Avenue” relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business, and community lives.


International Service – Shabnam Miglani

In this area, Rotarians strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. International Service Projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands, with particular emphasis on the most underprivileged children and families in developing countries.

Youth Services – Craig Schniepp


Youth Service promotes and supports the club’s youth education and leadership programs. The centerpiece of our effort is the Interact Club at La Jolla High school, a community service club open to all students. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, coordinated with the district’s annual conference, sends promising students to a weekend camp at Idyllwild. Other activities include support for Rotary Youth International Exchange, enlistment of youth into many of our Club Service activities and an active committed relationship with La Jolla area schools. Click Here for More info on Youth Services


Membership Service – Peter Nguyen 

Membership Service is responsible for maintaining a strong and healthy club. Every new Rotarian brings a range of personal and professional resources and knowledge that can greatly strengthen our Club’s ability to serve throughout the community and the world. The continuation of Rotary International depends on continued membership growth and development efforts. Club 24 is composed of new members inducted within the last 24 months.


International Foundation Service (Paul Harris Foundation) – Will Creekmur

International Foundation Services serves as our representative to the Rotary International Foundation, which promotes and supports humanitarian and educational projects throughout the world. Our Rotary Foundation committee encourages each Rotarian to directly participate in and/or provide financial support to one or more many worthwhile projects. The committee helps acknowledge that real reward comes through the personal satisfaction gained by helping to fulfill the mission of Rotary.


In 1989, Rotary Club of La Jolla established Florence Riford Community Fund in honor of Florence S. Riford, the first woman member of the Club. The purpose of this fund is to further worthwhile activities, other than scholarships, in the La Jolla Community. The assets of the fund are administered by San Diego Community Foundation. Grants are made from the earnings of the fund under the direction of a committee.


  • Ted Rutter, Foundation President

La Jolla Rotary Foundation is a charitable organization created by Rotary Club of La Jolla. Contributions to La Jolla Rotary Foundation support the Club’s Community Service, Vocational Service, Youth Service and International Service activities. Annual donations to the Foundation come from Club members. In addition, La Jolla Rotary Foundation administers an endowment that provides income to fund Riford Scholarships and La Jolla Rotary Scholarships. La Jolla Foundation Board consists of the current officers of Rotary Club of La Jolla, the Club President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and immediate Past President. There are four additional trustess who are selected by the board of the Club.


Based in Evanston, Illionois, this was established in 1917 as an endowment fund and named Rotary Foundation in 1928. It is devoted exclusively to furthering understanding and friendly relations between people of different nations through humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs. The fund is supported by annual giving from Rotarians around the world. Paul Harris Fellowships are awarded to individual Rotarians contributing $1,000 or more. Of the many important programs supported by the Rotary Foundation, the following are noteworthy:

  • Polio Plus
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • Rotary Centers for International Studies
  • Rotary Grants for University Teachers
  • Group Study Exchange
  • Matching Grants for International Humanitarian Projects
  • Health, Hunger, and Humanitarian (3H) grants
  • A variety of other planning and helping grants

Walter Dewhurst Award

Walter Dewhurst (1915 – 2004) served more than a half-­‐century in the Rotary Club of La Jolla. A memorial in his honor was established in 2005. This award assures that the loyal, selfless, steady service epitomized by Walter Dewhurst will not be forgotten.

In order to qualify for this award, the recipient:

  1. Has been a member in good standing of the Rotary Club of La Jolla for minimum of ten years.
  1. In a number of specifically identified ways, contributed in personal service above and beyond normal expectation to the purpose, objectives and principals of Rotary.
  1. Has made significant and unique contributions in personal service to the local community measured from the standpoint of personal time, effort and actual accomplishment.
  1. Among peers, is recognized as a leader, a doer and accomplisher with special abilities.
  1. Has personal attributes and characteristics identifying the recipient as a truly outstanding individual.
  1. The Award Committee shall be past Walter Dewhurst Awardees and Past Presidents. The Award will be given in June of the end of the current President’s term unless there are conflicts in dates. It will be moved to May if that meets the Awardee’s schedule.
  1. The recommendation of the Award Committee must be approved by the President.
  1. In the event there is no fully qualified candidate, the Award Committee and President are under no obligation to make this Award.

Walter Dewhurst Award Recipients

2019 Pat Stouffer


2018 David Shaw

2017 Russ King

2016 Chuck Dick

2015 Cal Mann

2014 Laurnie Durisoe

2013 David Weston

2012 Marc Lanci

2010 Kaye Woltman

2009 Geoff and Maureen Schwartz

2008 Gordon “Zeke” Knight

2007 Ed Danenhauer

2006 Richard Woltman

2005 John Vaughan (1921 – 2006)

Past Presidents

2019                Kevin Quinn

2018                John Trifiletti

2017                Ken King

2016                Lora Fisher

2015                Russ King

2014                Pat Stouffer

2013                Kate Adams

2012                Ron Jones

2011                Mark Leinenweber

2010                Bill Burch

2009                Ted Rutter

2008                Davis Cracroft

2007                Kay Woltman

2006                Lee Vida

2005                Marc Lanci

2004                Blair Blum

2003                Robert Teaff

2002                Richard Woltman

2001                David B. Goodell

2000                John Brown

1999                Sonja Gietz-Kijora

1998                Robert Fehlman

1997                Ed Danenhouer

1996                Melitta Fleck

1995                David B. Gillig

1994                Gordon Knight

1993                Clair E. Berry

1992                David Weston

1991                James G Tapp

1990                Charles H. Dick, Jr.

1989                James Kendrick

1988                Charles D. Burges

1987                Roy M. Drew

1986                Alan R. Toffler

1985                Peter D. Speyer

1984                J. Berk Walters

1983                W. Ian Anderson

1982                Robert H. Cleary

1981                James S. Tiiolo

1980                Garet B. Clark

1979                Roy I. Madsen

1978                Donald R. Fox

1977                James Moir

1976                William E. Veamer

1975                J Virgil Watters

1974                Percy T Allen

1973                Clifford L. Graves

1972                Paul Bremner

1971                Raymond W. Howard

1970                Robert M. Stader

1969                Everett Stunz

1968                Tom Watson

1967                M. Robert Herrick

1966                Charles O. Robinson

1965                Karl M. ZoBell

1964                Marion S. Karrh

1963                Athos E. Sada

1962                Charles W. Tischoff

1961                D. Careron McDonald

1960                Robert M. Boughton

1959                Gene R. Schniepp

1958                Fred C. Knight

1957                Robert Y. Hand

1956                Walter A. Dewhurst

1955                Robert H. Brantley

1954                Hugh P. Waldman

1953                Howard M. Rowe

1952                Paul D. Spillane

1951                Emery W. Armacost

1950                Kenneth R Rearwin

1949                Kenneth A. Glazebrook

1948                Otto J. Bradshaw

1947                Gordon L. Gray


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