Surf Beat: October 10th, 2017

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October 10th, 2017


Invocation:  Dale Smith reflected on how blessed we are to live in this beautiful place and be full of health – especially in these very difficult times.  He asked us all to keep the victims of the recent tragedy in our thoughts and prayers.

PledgeAaron Hoffman.

Song:     John Donaldson led the club in “You Are My Sunshine.”


Rotary Welcomed

Kevin Glynn, visited us from the Old Mission Rotary Club. Jane Reldan introduced two guests: UCSD student Nilchil Kumar, who is a second-year med student going into orthopedic surgery, and Omid Saboori, also from UCSD, who is looking for work in the pharmaceutical industry.



President John Trifiletti announced that Dick Woltman is having a pacemaker installed and will be absent for a while.  The club wishes him the best. John gave a remembrance of La Valencia’s longest-staying guest, Selma, who recently passed away. She lived at the hotel for 30 years and was 103 years young. She touched the heart of everyone she met.

This is the 13th regular meeting of the Rotary year and President John noted it was time to convene the nominating committee. He asked that past presidents join him at 11:30 am next week before the main meeting to start the nominating process.

Laurnie Durisoe spoke about the USO Thanksgiving service.  For the last 17 years our club has sponsored and served the military at the USO downtown. Our club provides $500 and volunteers to help out on Thanksgiving from 9am-noon. Volunteers are needed for decorating and serving the meal. There is free parking and there is a limit on the number that can serve – so sign up now!


Ted Rutter read an email from past member Cal Mann, who is in Macedonia with the Peace Corps.  We all miss Cal’s presence and admire his new volunteer work.

Craig Schniepp says we are set for Saturday, November 11th for another Tijuana home build.  It is a rewarding experience, and he encouraged club members to sign-up.  Contact him if you are interested.


Russell King gave an update on the Laughing Under the Stars fund-raiser, November 4th at the home of Claire Reiss.  We have a great line-up of comedians. The event will be outside, so dress accordingly.

Penny Shurtleff was not present but asked John Trifiletti to remind everyone of the League House Holiday party on December 7th. Contact Penny if you are interested in attending and/or helping.

John announced that the board met last Wednesday and had a productive meeting.  They agreed to give a $1000 shelter box for hurricane relief. He will be looking into what we can do to help the fire victims.


Happy Bucks:

John Donaldson distributed a sign-up sheet for Salvation Army bell-ringers at Vons for one hour on December 1st in honor of the late Bill Gibbs – a well-known local resident.


Sally Fuller received a lovely note from Karen Donaldson, wishing her well on her upcoming surgery to have a lump removed from her breast. Sally expects to be fine, and is an advocate for early detection.  She paid Happy Bucks to announce that the La Jolla Women’s Club “Women in Leadership” series will be this Thursday, October 12th at 5:30 pm at 7791 Draper Ave. Sally was standing right next to the Sergeant-at-Arms while making this announcement, and an untimely cell phone call resulted in a contribution of more than just Happy Bucks!

Bob Pecora was happy to have had the pleasure of going to North Carolina for his nephew’s wedding.  He visited with his brother, sister and 92-year-old mom, with whom he played tennis.

Femie Cupit announced she is donating a round of golf at Salt Creek and a Three Wood golf club from Taylor Made to the Gala.

Aaron Hoffman, who grew up in Lansing, MI, has one grandson graduating from University of Michigan and one from Michigan State.  Last Saturday’s game between these two teams made for an interesting day!


Speaker: John Caruthers, FBI


Kevin Quinn introduced guest speaker Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) John Caruthers (filling in for scheduled speaker Eric Birnbaum, who is ill).  Caruthers began his career with the FBI in 1992 as a computer specialist.  In 1999, he became an FBI Special Agent investigating a variety of criminal activity, including white-collar crime, the Arellano-Felix cartel in Tijuana, computer intrusions and child exploitation.  Following the events of 9/11, Caruthers worked extensively on terrorism-related matters.  In January of this year, he was promoted to his current position as SSA of the FBI’s National Security Cyber Squad in San Diego.

Caruthers said he was hired because he could type! Things were a bit different back then, and their technology was limited. He got his start in Washington DC and came to San Diego in 1995.  He has worked a variety of crimes but is most proud of his work to solve crimes against children.

The FBI was started as the Bureau of Investigation (BOI) in 1908.  In 1924 J. Edgar Hoover was named director and changed the name to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In the 1930s a few things happened that put the FBI on the map, namely the Lindberg baby kidnapping and Machine Gun Kelly – one of the original gangsters.  In 1950 the FBI introduced the fugitive top 10 list.

FBI San Diego opened in 1939 due to the proximity to the border and our military presence.  Our highest profile cases have included the two 9/11 hijackers who lived in San Diego. The Duke Cunningham case (congressman who accepted $2.4 million in kick-back money) was another.

The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the U.S. constitution. Their vision is to be best law enforcement agency in this country. There are 55 offices around the country with 380 satellite offices reporting to them.  The main FBI office in San Diego is in Sorrento Valley and there are two satellite offices in El Centro and Carlsbad. Locally, there are 350 FBI employees.  There are 84 FBI offices outside of the U.S., typically housed in U.S. Embassies, to build partnership and liaisons.  The FBI budget in 2016 was $8.7 billion, and the Bureau employs 35,000 people globally.  They are always looking for new recruits in all areas, from computer sciences to special agents.  If anyone is interested you can go to

The FBI’s top priorities include:

  1. terrorism
  2. counter intelligence (espionage)
  3. cyber attacks
  4. public corruption
  5. civil rights

Caruthers talked a little about the EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) threat, which is currently a big fear from North Korea.  EMP is a nuclear warhead that is detonated in the atmosphere and is best described as a massive power surge. It would render our electronics useless. It is a huge concern and on the radar, but not an eminent threat right now.

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President Trifiletti concluded the meeting by thanking our speaker and guests, and offered a quote from Kahlil Gibran – “You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

NEXT WEEK’S SPEAKER: Henri Magala – Director of UC San Diego International House


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 Reported by Susan Rutan. Photos by  Judy Nelson. Edited by Diane Salisbury.


Full Closures of Northbound or Southbound I-5 from I-805 Merge to La Jolla Village Drive Scheduled for Gilman Drive Bridge Construction

Beginning in mid-September through mid-October, all of the northbound or all of the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, from the I-805 merge to La Jolla Village Drive, will be temporarily closed overnight to prepare for placement of falsework (temporary structures used to support the Gilman Drive bridge until final construction is completed). Motorists should anticipate delays and take alternate routes to avoid potential congestion. This is the first of a series of overnight closures needed in order to complete bridge infrastructure.

Closures are scheduled on the following nights:

Southbound I-5:

  • Sunday, September 10 – Thursday, September 14, 9:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. each night
  • Sunday, September 17 – Thursday, September 21, 9:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. each night
  • Sunday, September 24 – Thursday, September 28, 9:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. each night

Northbound I-5:

  • Sunday, October 1 – Thursday, October 5, 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. each night
  • Sunday, October 8 – Thursday, October 12, 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. each night

Southbound motorists will be detoured via Interstate 805. Northbound motorists will be detoured via Interstate 8, State Route 52 and the La Jolla Village Drive ramps. Traffic controls and detour signs will be placed to alert motorists in advance.

Access real-time traffic information through any of these resources: 511SD, Shift San Diego, Caltrans QuickMap, WAZE, or Google Maps.

We appreciate your patience while we complete this regional transportation proje

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