The Surf Beat: August 20th, 2019

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August 20th, 2019

President Charles Hartford, less than 24 hours off the plane from a family vacation in Africa, called the meeting to order, thanking past presidents Pat Stouffer and Ken King for filling in during his absence. Charles welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Club of La Jolla.

Rotary Welcomed…

Major Dave Shull joined us from the Salvation Army. Tom Durisoe, husband of Laurnie, attended. Bare Williams, who works for Morgan Stanley, came as a guest of Peter Nguyen. Marisol Rivera was a guest of Claude Rosinsky. Brian Zimmerman, Assistant District Governor, came as a guest of today’s speaker, Rotary 5340 District Governor Marta Knight. Brian is a member of the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary.

Inspiration & Pledge: Chuck Marsh relayed “Siri’s” response to “What is the meaning of service?” She was spot on!

Song: Bill Burch sang “Welcome Rotarians,” a club song from years past, to welcome the District Governor and all of today’s guests.

Rotary Connects the World

Charles Hartford told of his travels through Africa, where he regularly saw signs of Rotary’s presence and good works from a global grant that is helping support an orphanage in South Africa to grants that help children in Namibia that have been orphaned by parents dying of HIV. Rotary even opens doors, as Charles and his family found out when they were granted an immediate audience with the Namibian Speaker of the National Assembly!


Speaker: Marta Knight, Rotary District Governor, District 5340

Charles Hartford introduced this Rotary year’s new District Governor, Marta Knight. Ms. Knight has been a member of the Chula Vista Rotary Club for 16 years and comes from a long line of Rotarians. Her father was President of the Tijuana Rotary Club, and later District Governor, and her grandfather was President of the Ensenada Rotary Club. Ms. Knight’s personal motto for this Rotary year is “Making good happen together with love, compassion and joy.” She began her talk by reviewing some of our Club’s projects of the last year, including the La Jolla Planter Beautification project led by Bill Burch and Cindy Goodman, and the recent League House Picnic, ably chaired each year by Penny Shurtleff. As Ms. Knight makes her rounds to the 60 clubs in District 5340, she recognizes one special person in each club as “Club Super Hero.” She was excited to announce our Club Super Hero, Femie Cupit, who was presented with a Super Hero pin.

Ms. Knight spoke about being raised in a family committed to Rotary, describing her father who quickly settled sibling disputes by administering the Rotary Four-Way Test! She also recalled her Rotary “Aha!” moment. It was at the 2008 International Rotary Conference, which she attended when she was President-Elect of her own club. Surrounded by 30,000 Rotarians from all over the world and hearing their stories, she was once again reminded what Rotary was about: “Ordinary people doing the extraordinary: Rotarians have the opportunity to change lives.”


Her personal goal during this Rotary year is to grow Rotary. She asks each club to retain its membership plus 1, to keep District 5340 vibrant. Her Strategic Plan for her Rotary year is three-fold:

  • Support and strengthen our district clubs
  • Focus and increase service
  • Enhance public image and awareness

SurfbeatThe Surf Beat: Reported by Diane Salisbury. Photos by Femie Cupit and Susan Rutan. Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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