The Surf Beat: August 13th, 2019

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August 13th, 2019

Past President Pat Stouffer filled in for President Charles Hartford, who is on vacation in Africa. Pat called the meeting to order and welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Club of La Jolla.  


Inspiration: Zeke Knight asked us all to pray for love because, Love works. People who lack love, need hugs.” He asked us to pray for kids going to school, for those who are lonely, those who are underserved and deserve more. He pleaded for peace in the world.  


Pledge: Chuck Dick


Song: Pat Stouffer led us in singing Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”


Rotary Welcomed…


Heather Forrester, the mother of today’s speaker, Lindsey Forrester.  Heather is a retired attorney who lives in North County. We welcomed back perennial visitors Pia Casarini from the Rotary Club of Fermo, Italy, and Peter Wadhams from the Rotary Club of Cambridge South, UK.


Who Am I: Pat Stouffer

Pat shared his life experiences with us from the time he was born on January 3rd, 1945 through his various careers. He started with a stint in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a weapons specialist for 4 years, and then as a police officer for 4-1/2 years during which time he earned a bachelor’s degree in history from San Diego State. Pat left the police force and started a Rolls Royce repair business, which he ran for about 4 years. After that, he went into the construction business and later got into the drycleaning business. It was during this last endeavor that he met Zeke Knight, who urged him to join the Rotary Club. Now retired from business, Pat occasionally plays guitar in a Country Music band. He and his wife, Fran, have a blended family with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  



 Peter Nguyen, Membership Chair, requested everyone to fill out the member survey in the next couple of weeks.  We are looking to add new members.


 Ted Rutter, La Jolla Rotary Foundation Chair, gave an update on the financial status of the Foundation and invited all past presidents to attend the Foundation Board meeting that evening.  


 Cindy Goodman and her husband, Tom, hosted a musician from the La Jolla Music Society this past week who is organizing a fundraising trip for his quartet to go to Rome in October.  All of the proceeds will go to the LJ Music Society Education program.  If you would like more information, please contact Cindy.


 District Governor Marta Knight will be attending our next meeting on August 20th.  It was suggested that we all wear something Hawaiian to show support for the next Rotary International Convention in Hawaii.


 Diane Salisbury can no longer continue as editor of Surf Beat.  We need a new editor by the end of August.  Diane says it’s a 45minute commitment a week, and you don’t have to attend each meeting to serve as editor. The job of editor is a great way to get to know all of your fellow club members and stay up-to-date on club happenings. New members and long-timers are encouraged to give it a try! Please contact Diane or Charles Hartford if you are interested in serving the club in this way or have any questions.


Speaker: Lindsey Forrester Archer, Ambassador, The Borgen Project


Peter Nguyen introduced today’s speaker. Lindsey Forrester Archer is 32 years old, a former federal prosecutor, who has been practicing law for the last 7 years. Recently, she decided to pivot her career path so that she could do the most possible good for the world with the tools that she has. She is currently volunteering for a nonprofit organization called The Borgen Project, where she serves as the Project’s Political Affairs Ambassador.


Clint Borgen is the Founder and President of The Borgen Project, an organization he founded to bring U.S. political attention to global poverty. Mr. Borgen works nationally with Congressional leaders to build support for legislation that improves conditions for people in developing nations.  He is widely regarded as one of the leading poverty-reduction campaigners in the United States. 


Headquartered in Seattle, The Borgen Project has become an influential campaign platform aimed at reducing global poverty through public mobilization and political advocacy. Theorganization believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. Their innovative, national campaign is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. Ms. Archer shared that she has worked with a lot of different government, nonprofit, and forprofit organizations over the years, but there’s something truly special about The Borgen Project.  They focus on advocacy, education, mobilization, and issue awareness.  


“During my time with The Borgen Project, I’ve been able to present to several organizations. I’ve also met with the office of my local Congresswoman, which is going to result in the Congresswoman co-sponsoring the Bill I advocated for — Keeping Girls in School Act.  There is so much extreme poverty in the world, and the U.S. has the tools to make a real difference. The Borgen Project believes we should be doing exactly that.” 


Ms. Archer shared the following links of interest:

If you have questions or would like further information, please email her at

Pat Stouffer closed the meeting with the following quote:

“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.” – Claude Levi-Strauss, social anthropologist

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