The Surf Beat – June 18th, 2019

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June 18th, 2019

As President Kevin Quinn took the podium the room broke into spontaneous applause in recognition of the day being Kevin’s last official meeting as President and a job well done

Kevin welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests noting our inspiring view above the La Jolla Cove.

Invocation: Diane Salisbury… an Irish Blessing in honor of our outgoing President.

Pledge: Will Creekmur

Song: Ken Lundgren, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”


Walter Dewhurst Award Presentation

President Kevin Quinn invited guests Patty and Don Dewhurst to the podium. Patty and Don carry on the name and legacy of Rotary Club of La Jolla Past President Walter A. Dewhurst. The club awards annually the Walter A. Dewhurst Award to a Rotarian who has given over 10 years of service and made a significant impact in our club and the community. There is an impressive list of model Rotarians that are previous recipients of this award. This year’s awardee is Pat Stouffer. Pat was awarded for his years of service above self. Special mention was made of Pat’s work as chair of the La Jolla Rotary Foundation, including upgrading systems and improving oversight. Pat’s efforts with the Foundation will help keep the community work of the Rotary Club of La Jolla on firm footing for years to come. Pat remarked that he always thought Walter Dewhurst recipients were a remarkable group of individuals and that the surprise of being included in this group caught him speechless, and he is honored. Pat’s wife, Fran, was able to make a surprise appearance.

A Little Bit about Pat….

Pat Stouffer was born in a small cottage in Mission Hills, just a block from where he now lives.   His family moved to La Mesa before he began kindergarten, and a church was built on the Mission Hills property.  Pat likes to say that when he left, the community felt it necessary to erect a religious monument at the site!

As a young man, he served missions in Viet Nam, flying Puff the Magic Dragon, as an Air Commando for the Air Force.  At one point his plane was shot down into a field under active enemy fire!   Pat is a decorated war hero; he was awarded the highest honor from the Air Force for his heroic actions, the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Pat can be described as a “Renaissance Man”, as he has had many different careers in his lifetime. After graduating from what he likes to refer to as the “Harvard of the West”, San Diego State University, Pat utilized his well earned bachelor’s degree in history by working on classic cars in his auto body shop, and developing and managing his own construction company which built many housing developments in and around La Jolla.  He retired after he sold his last business venture, which was a chain of dry cleaning stores.

Pat has one son, David, and two young grandchildren.  He also has a wife, Fran and has “adopted” her grown daughter and son!  If he is not spending time with his family, he is working on his latest music career…just ask him, he will tell you, he is a country western rock star!  His band has entertained fellow Rotary Club members at several different functions.

Pat’s other family, Rotary, has been a huge part of Pat’s for the last 25 years!

Challenged Athletes Foundation Presentation

Kevin Quinn along with Cindy Goodwin introduced Nico Marcolongo of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Nico was joined by veteran and challenged athlete Gabe Olivas and Gabe’s son, Miguel.The club presented Gabe with a Sling Board — a surf board with a fin that hydroplanes above the water as you surf. Following the loss of an arm in a motorcycle accident, Gabe has been pursuing his fitness and athleticism. This equipment will help him to continue improving his skills and confidence. Congratulations to Gabe.

Getting to Know Our Business Neighbors

Dirk Harris introduced the first of what will be a semi-regular series of short presentations by local businesses. The project is an initiative of the Membership Committee. Dirk introduced Riga Quadir and Michele Stone of KAZ Design Group. KAZ Design Group is a La Jolla-based company offering top interior and architectural design services.



  • Kevin Quinn bid a kind farewell to Randy Mulch, as he and his wife, Jonnette, travel to a new appointment with The Salvation Army.
  • John Trifiletti reminded all of next week’s demotion party for outgoing president Kevin Quinn on Tuesday, June 25, starting at 5:00pm. There will be no regular lunch meeting that day.
  • Craig Schniepp says he is blessed and honored to have the opportunity to serve as Youth Services Chair and gave a brief recap of the year’s activities. He has seen the transformational difference made in young people’s lives through RYLA, the youth leadership camp, where he has served as a facilitator. La Jolla Interact at the local high school is thriving through new membership and activities. Two Tijuana home builds have taken place this year with one more on the horizon. The Interact club is throwing a new member party in August before school starts up again.

A Year of Service

Kevin Quinn outlined the many ways in which our Club has served the community during the 2018-2019 Rotary Year:

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  • La Jolla Half Marathon
  • Tijuana Scholars project including 3 laptop computers for graduates.
  • Serving Thanksgiving dinner for the USO
  • League House Parties
  • Opportunities for disadvantaged youth to go sailing with John Donaldson.
  • Shelter Boxes for disaster victims
  • Replanting hanging planters around the village
  • Photography mentorship project in collaboration with La Jolla Historical Society

Kevin concluded by thanking all for impacting our community.

Happy Bucks

  • Bob Schroder is happy to see his son’s old football teammate, Nico, with us today

  • Jane Reldan is happy to see the protection of La Jolla seals extended another 10 years
  • Elise Banks is happy to support Jane’s happiness

  • Davis Cracroft is happy that Fiesta Island is available for his dog to run in. He is also happy to remember the legacy of Walter Dewhurst, who had 54 years perfect attendance in Rotary, something that Davis hopes to replicate beginning with this, his second consecutive meeting.


SPEAKER: Ted DeDee, President/CEO, La Jolla Music Society


President Elect Charles Hartford introduced 5-time Paul Harris Fellow Ted DeDee. Mr. DeDee, the new President/CEO of La Jolla Music Society (LJMS), was happily retired in Wisconsin when the opportunity arose to take on leadership at LJMS. He has been involved with five new performing arts centers throughout his career. He spoke with excitement about the acoustic excellence of the new Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, and the tradition of musical excellence that continues as LJMS enters into its 51styear. The Conrad has the best acoustics in San Diego County and possibly Orange County too. The LJMS is all set for Summerfest, with their new artistic director blending art, dance and music. The Summerfest theme is Transformation, and brochures were available for Club members.

President’s Closing Quote:

“Nothing on earth is to be prized more than true friendship.”


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 Reported by Randy Mulch. Photos by Diane Salisbury. Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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