The Surf Beat: April 30th, 2019

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April 30th, 2019 

President Kevin Quinn welcomed La Jolla Rotarians and guests, noting our inspiring setting (La Jolla Cove.)

Inspiration: Sally Fuller shared an inspirational message entitled “Love” that was read at her son’s Celebration of Life: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Pledge: Rich Velasquez

Song: Aaron Hoffman played a recording of a Greek song that is a favorite of his.  Happily, the song’s words were relatively uncomplicated: la la, la la la la la.

Rotary Welcomed… 

Yoli Apalategui, representing the San Diego County District Attorney, Summer Stephan. After being introduced, Ms. Apalategui presented Cierra Robinson (one of today’s two speakers) with a Certificate of Commendation from the District Attorney, praising Cierra’s noble and impactful efforts to combat San Diego County’s scourge of human trafficking.


  • Wade Aschbrenner reminded us that on May 18, from 8am until about 11:30am, the 10 or so seniors from the four La Jolla area high schools who are finalists for scholarships will be interviewed by La Jolla Rotarians.  The interviews will be conducted at the real estate office of California Properties. Wade encouraged La Jolla Rotarians to serve as interviewers, and circulated a sign-up sheet. Please let Wade know if you are interested.

  • Pat Stouffer reported that more than 20 requests for further La Jolla Rotary scholarship assistance have been received from college students who originally received scholarships as graduating high school seniors, and who have made excellent grades in college.  Pat, Susan Farrelland President Kevinrecently met to review these “reapplication” requests, and, as always, found them to be impressive. Final decisions as to how many re-applicants will receive further scholarship assistance, and in what amounts, remain pending.

  • Chuck Marsh thanked La Jolla Rotarians for their support in attending the Celebration of Life for his late wife, Karla (also a La Jolla Rotarian) that was held last Friday at White Sands of La Jolla. Chuck reminded us that he and Karla met 18 years ago at a Rotary Workshop in the Bay Area. They were first Palo Alto Rotarians for 10 or so years before moving to La Jolla and joining our Club.


  • Bill Burch thanked all who participated in last Saturday’s “Rotarians At Work Day” project, which involved repotting the flowers in 35 of the hanging flowerpots that are found around the Village of La Jolla. This project was abetted by local firefighters who climbed the ladders to retrieve and rehang the flowerpots. Rotarians participating included Bill Burch, Kevin Quinn, Dave Brockett, Anya Reyes, Camille McKinnie, Ken King, Bob Schroeder, Diane Salisbury, Laurnie Durisoe, Craig Schniepp, Lina Elliott, Dirk Harris, Charles Hartford(with wife Rebecca and three of his four children), Cindy Goodman, Rich Velasquez, Susan Stevens and Dave Weston, as well as several Interact Club students from La Jolla High. Participants truly “got their hands dirty” . . . it was enjoyable, and a great success.

President’s Announcements:

  • Bill Meanley was thanked for his excellent presentation last week concerning the two (yes, two!) times he has single handedly sailed his 37′ boat from San Francisco to Kauai and back. Also a thank-you to Femie Cupit for attending the recent Rotary District 5340 Foundation Dinner on behalf of our Club; and the hearty bunch of La Jolla Rotarians (and La Jolla High Interact Club members) who showed up at 6am this past Sunday to staff an aid station at the La Jolla Half Marathon.
  • Tina Deroche is still looking for the donation of gently used laptops for instructional purposes at our Club’s Tijuana Scholars learning lab. Please let Kevin or Tina know if you have a lead on one or more.
  • A club social event, “Nueve de Mayo,” will be at 5pm on May 9 at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant. Please plan to come!
  • Who Am I” 5-minute presentation slots are available for those members interested in letting the Club know more about themselves and their work. Contact Kevin if you would like to participate.

Happy Bucks:

Diane Salisbury contributed to our Club’s coffers as she informed us about this weekend’s offering of La Jolla Symphony & Chorus (of which Diane is Executive Director.)  The program includes a film, and works by Saint-Saens and Sibelius. Performances (at Mandeville) will occur Saturday evening and a Sunday matinee.  Should be a good one. Tickets are available.

Speaker: Jamie Beck and Cierra Robinson – Human Trafficking

Charles Hartford introduced our two speakers, Jamie Beck (who spoke first) and Cierra Robinson.


Ms. Beck is founder, president and managing attorney of Free To Thrive, a nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of human trafficking to be free from exploitation and to thrive, by providing them with legal (and related) services  and connections/referrals to additional support. Free To Thrive describes its mission as “supporting the future success of human trafficking survivors in San Diego and beyond.” From Ms. Beck we learned that each year there are a staggering 3,000-5,000 victims of human trafficking (80% of whom are U.S. citizens), particularly including but not limited to sex trafficking. Freedom To Thrive is just two years old, but already has 13 mobile clinic locations (their business model is to take their services to their clients, rather than vice versa), and 6 paid professionals (including three attorneys and two paralegals.)  Freedom To Thrive currently has 135 clients, with a great variety of legal (and related) needs:  criminal issues, family law (including divorce and custody), business affairs, name changes, restraining orders, etc. Ms. Beck was an articulate and forceful advocate for the benefits (not just to the individuals directly affected, but also to society) of doing more than we do now for the victims of human trafficking. Freedom To Thrive continues to expand rapidly and is a testament to the clarity of Ms. Beck’s vision and her success in bringing her ambitious plans to fruition.

Cierra Robinson has a remarkable personal history, from being a prostitute who was trafficked and held captive by a pimp, to being convicted of a felony, to seizing the opportunity for education, to being a published author, to starting her own charitable entity (“Inspired Innovation”) the mission of which is advocacy on behalf of victims of human trafficking.  Inspired Innovation’s special focus is upon encouraging and assisting human trafficking victims to become educated, thus enabling victims to be freed of the oppressive circumstances in which they found themselves.


The presentations of Ms. Beck and Ms. Robinson were sobering indeed.  However, both women gave ample reason for hope, for both are committed to causes and programs that actively seek to provide victims of human trafficking with the means to liberate themselves.

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