The Surf Beat: May 21st, 2019

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May 21st, 2019

President Kevin Quinn welcomed Rotarians and guests. A brief respite from “May Gray” returned our inspirational view of the La Jolla coast.

Inspiration: Betty Dow, quoting from Dr. Seuss

Pledge: Claire Reiss

Song: Aaron Hoffman did an excellent imitation of Zorba the Greek dancing, as Club members clapped along with the song.

Rotary Welcomed…

Rotarians Lisa Miller from Club 33 and Celeste Wells from Rancho Santa Fe Rotary joined us. Guests from the San Diego Youth Symphony included Patricia Lidot, Cameron Redeling, Katy Van Nate, Michael Remson (speaker), Soli Williams-Garcia, and Jeff Edmons (speaker).Femie Cupit introduced her guest, Tony Taverrite,who is involved with a microcellular medical technology known as “The Beamer.” We also welcomed Kevin Quinn’s son Colin Quinn, home from college in North Carolina.


What I Do: Jane Reldan, M.D.

Dr. Jane Reldan with medical student Shannon Kang

Jane is a family practice physician and an assistant clinical professor at UCSD School of Medicine. She was inspired to become a physician at a very young age by her female pediatrician, Dr. Brickman. After a house call to check on Jane, who had the flu, Jane saw the immediate relief in her parents’ faces when they learned it was nothing more serious. That meaningful reassurance and ability to comfort through knowledge led Jane to decide on a career in medicine. When she entered the 7-year medical program at McGill University, at the age of 16, she knew she wanted to teach as well as practice medicine. In her teaching work at UCSD, Jane is assigned a new second- or third-year medical student each spring, who “shadows” her one day a week on her rounds. The cornerstone of all medical care, says Jane, is the doctor-patient relationship. Jane gives her patients as much time and attention as the situation warrants, and she makes house calls. “All my life, I have had the privilege of practicing ‘service above self’ as a doctor and a teacher.”


  • Pat Stouffer reported on the Riford and Rotary Scholarship student interviews. Ten new scholarships were awarded of $7,000 each, and 21 reapplying students qualified for continuing awards.

  • Charles Hartford announced a Club survey to gage member satisfaction with Club activities and ideas for the future. Please complete anonymously and drop off at the check-in desk. The surveys will be available for the next 3 weeks.
  • Cindy Goodman visited the Palo Alto Rotary Club, noting that this was Chuck and Karla Marsh’s former club before moving to La Jolla. Cindy returned with a club flag, which she presented to President Kevin.

  • Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, will serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21. The Nominating Committee’s decision follows the resignation last month of President-nominee Sushil Gupta due to health reasons. Knaack will officially become president-nominee if no other candidates challenge him by May 31.
  • There is a special rate to register for the 2020 Honolulu Convention of $395 that will be available from June 1 to June 5, 2019 ONLY.  On June 6, 2019 the registration fee increases to $450. Registration is available to Rotarians with a My Rotary account online at
  • 2019 Governors Dinner – La Jolla Marriott – June 27th at 6pm – Charles will be sworn in as the new President on June 29 – Torrey Pines Rotary Club 55th Anniversary dinner at LJ Country Club

Council on Legislation 2019

Select Enactments of import to Clubs/Districts 

Kevin Quinn reported that many changes came out of the 2019 Council on Legislation. Several enactments were passed related to membership and the function of our Rotary Clubs. Click here to view changes.

SPEAKER: Dr. Michael Remson, CEO of San Diego Youth Symphony & Conservatory (SDYSC)

Charles Hartford introduced the SDYSC’s new CEO, Dr. Michael Remson, who hails from Houston. The SDYSC was established in 1945 and has a mission of music education that is affordable and accessible. The organization has its office and rehearsal space in Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado, where 13 youth ensembles and 600 students rehearse weekly. The organization serves young musicians ages 7-25 with various music programs including a new composition program. Through the International Rotary Youth Exchange and Club 33, SDYSC recently hosted 24 students from 14 countries. During the 3-week program the international students joined the youth symphony musicians for rehearsals and performances. For a delightful musical interlude, Music Director Jeff Edmons introduced 14-year-old percussionist and SDYS musician Cameron Redeling, who performed a piece from the Baroque period and a contemporary work on the marimba. Other highlights:

  • SDYSC’s newest program is ChIMES for children 5 years or younger. Many studies show the advantages to exposing children to music at an early age. For example, children who can keep a steady beat pick up language sooner.
  • May 31 is a free outdoor concert at the Botanical Garden that kicks off Balboa Park’s first “Food Truck Friday” of the summer season.
  • SDYS’s final concert of the season will be June 8-9 at Copley Symphony Hall and will feature 12 of the 13 SDYSC ensembles.

President’s Quote:

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.” ― Leopold Stokowski


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 Reported by Diane Salisbury. Photos by Diane Salisbury. Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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