The Surf Beat – March 5th, 2019

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March 5th, 2019

President Kevin Quinn called the meeting to order and welcomed fellow Rotarians and guests to the Rotary Club of La Jolla.

Inspiration :Randy Mulch shared a prayer for Fat Tuesday.

Pledge: Camille McKinnie

Song: Bill Burch led us all in “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music.

Rotary Welcomed…

Cyndie Birchansky visited from the Downtown Cedar Rapids Rotary Club in Iowa. This was Cyndie’s second visit to our club.  Cameron T. Celeste accompanied our speaker as a guest and works in the District Attorney’s office.


  • Pat Stouffer was welcomed back after a several-week absence due to illness. Pat thanked everyone for the phone calls, emails and cards that he received.He feels blessed that he didn’t need any radiation or chemotherapy, and he is happy to be back.
  • RYLA interviews took place on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 8 AM-Noon. Lina Elliot helped Craig Schniepp with the interviews and was very impressed with the intellectual, social and leadership qualities of the students.
  • Craig Schniepp announced that the next Mexico Home Build is on April 6thand is looking for cash sponsors and volunteers. Please contact Craig if you are interested.

  • Jane Reldan shared that her medical intern, Jessica Krickscian, was unable to attend today due to being sick. Jane has been doing more house calls with Jessica and finds it useful to see how people live and how their surroundings contribute to their well-being.  She is planning to do more house calls in her practice.
  • Cindy Goodman has been in touch with Mark Dibella, former La Valencia Hotel manager and club member. Mark has moved to Costa Rica, where he has purchased a home with 4 ½ acres of property.  He loves it there and would be delighted to have visitors from our club.
  • Sally Fuller recently lost her son to cancer.Our heartfelt condolences to Sally and her family.  Please reach out to Sally.  She would love to hear from us via email or a note.
  • The La Jolla Music Society’s concert with pianist George Li is on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3 PM at The Conrad. The tickets are $38. All our tickets are sold out.  If anyone with tickets is unable to go, please let Kevin Quinn or Sally Fuller know so someone interested can use those tickets.
  • The Rotary 1012018 District Training Assembly is on March 30, 2019. Held only once a year, the District Training Assembly offers training for Rotarians including club officers, directors and committee chairs to help them become more effective club leaders.  All club members, especially Red Badgers, are welcome and encouraged to attend. Charles Hartford announced that he has good attendance lined up for the training and is expecting more people to join.
  • The 2019 Rotary Foundation Gala will be held on April 29, 2019.
  • The joint Rotary/ Kiwanis meeting has been canceled for now. Therefore, our regular meeting on Tuesday, April 30thhas been reinstated.
  • Our Club Board meeting was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019.
  • Susan Rutan, as International Chair of our club, presented and spoke at the District Conference on March 2, 2019 about the club’s planned humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico. Susan is organizing the trip to help with relief efforts there. Even tough Hurricane Marie hit in September 2017, there is still a huge need for volunteers to help rebuild homes and offer relief to low-income families in need.  Susan shared profiles of the three families that have been approved for our assistance. Their stories will pull at your heart strings.  Our group of volunteers will arrive in San Juan on May 26thand go to work on May 27th.  On May 28th, we will attend the San Juan Rotary meeting and possibly go on a city tour.  Then back to work on May 29 and 30.  Everyone will depart on May 31.  Susan is happy to help with travel arrangements.  If you are interested in joining your fellow Rotarians, going to the Caribbean and making a difference in our neighbor’s lives, please contact Susan at 858-361-4436 or
  • Rotarians at Work Day is on April 27, 2019.

Happy Bucks

Sargent-at-Arms Pat Stouffer happily collected from the following members: Kevin Quinn, who contributed in honor of Pat Stouffer’s return; Cindy Goodman; and Claire Reiss, who gave thanks for the day’s wonderful weather.

Guest Speaker:  District Attorney Summer Stephan


Charles Hartford
introduced our speaker.  District Attorney (DA)Summer Stephan has devoted her life to protecting children and families and providing justice to the voiceless and the most vulnerable.  She is a national leader in the fight against sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  She served as a Deputy DA for San Diego County for 28 years prior to her election last June as District Attorney.  In 2017, she was named Southern California District Attorney of the Year by Crimes Victims United. In her current role, she leads the second largest DA’s office in the State of California with a professional staff of over 1,000 employees.


District Attorney Stephan serves as the People’s Prosecutor for San Diego County and its more than 3 million residents.  The DA sets public safety priorities and collaborates with the Sheriff, Police and the community to maintain San Diego County as one of the safest urban regions in the United States.  She believes in advancing public safety through a smart, fair and equal criminal justice system.


The Family Protection Division of the San Diego County DA’s office prosecutes crimes of murder, domestic violence, stalking, crimes against children and elder abuse.  San Diego County handles approximately 9,000 cases of elder and dependent adult abuse each year.  Elder abuse could be physical abuse, mental suffering due to threats, coercion or intimidation, financial abuse by family members or strangers, neglect by a family member or caretaker.  Many incidents go unreported, sometimes leaving these individuals in dangerous situations.  Many remain silent to protect abusive family members, or they are too embarrassed to admit that they have fallen victim to predators.


The Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division is comprised of a highly trained and specialized team of Deputy District Attorneys, District Attorney Investigators, paralegals and secretaries who are all dedicated to aggressive and just prosecution of perpetrators of sexual assault and human trafficking crimes.  This division also handles prosecutions for sexually motivated homicides, sexual assault by strangers, acquaintances or family members and other such cases.  Human trafficking cases are on the rise.  Felons, intent on profiting from this illicit business, seduce vulnerable young women and minors into prostitution.  The division works to keep the public safe and informed of sexually violent predators through public meetings and community notification.  The San Diego County DA’s Victim Services Division strives to reduce the trauma, frustration and inconvenience experienced by victims, witnesses and family members affected by crime.


The DA’s office also provides services to the homeless population in our county.  They are attempting to connect the homeless with a range of services that can help them get back on their feet and into safe housing such as safety planning and long-term case management.  They also accompany some of them to court and educate them about their rights in the criminal justice system.  They help them clear minor infractions and some misdemeanor conduct from their records, enabling a path for individuals to move forward in life. Rehabilitation and a hand-up through Homeless Court, instead of incarceration, helps break down barriers to becoming a productive member of the community.

President Kevin Quinn’s Closing Quote:

“Someone may ask, ‘How is justice greater than all the other virtues?’ The other virtues gratify the one who possesses them; justice does not give pleasure to the one possessing it, but instead pleases others”. — St. Jerome


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 Reported by  Shabnam Miglani. Photos By Shabnam Miglani and Susan Rutan and Randy Mulch.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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