The Surf Beat: November 13th, 2018

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November 13th, 2018 

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

Inspiration: Susan Rutan shared a story about how false beliefs can keep you from achieving your goals.

Pledge: Bob Schroeder

Song: Randy Mulch thanked our Veterans for their service, and led us in “God bless America”.

President Quinn conducted a fun quiz, asking questions from the veterans in our club about the different wars.  Here’s a sample:

  • How long did the American Revolutionary War last? Eight years from April 1775 to September 1783
  • How many words were in the Gettysburg Address? 269
  • Who made up the Central Powers in WWI that the Allies fought against? Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria

Rotary Welcomed….

Tom Cohen, from Club 33 in downtown, lives in La Jolla Shores. This was his second club visit. Lynn Schoffer joined us from the Fallbrook Rotary Club as a guest of Charles Hartford. Marcia Nordstrom, a real estate broker who recently ran for the School Board for the San Diego Unified School District joined us as a guest of Laurnie Durisoe. Other guests were: Ellen MacVean, the wife of the day’s speaker, Captain Charles R. MacVean;Nan Johnson, a guest of our speaker;Jonny Moshee; Ron Sheffer, a former submariner invited by Charles Hartford; and long-time Rotarian Jim Gaines.

President’s Announcements:

Kevin Quinn thanked club veterans for their service to our nation, and led club members in a round of appreciative applause. He noted there are approximately 20.4 million veterans in the US. Immediately following this meeting, there will be a meeting of the Nominating committee made up of the current president, past presidents and the president elect. Kevin met with Burton Houseman recently, and reports that Burton is doing well.  If anyone is interested in contacting Burton, see Kevin for Burton’s email.

General Announcements

  • Laurnie Durisoe announced the USO Thanksgiving event and passed a sign-up sheet for setting up and cleanup on that day.
  • Claude Rosinsky pointed out that Betty Dow, who always attends the Tuesday meetings, was absent today and asked if Kevin could check on her.

  • Pat Stouffer announced that the Alison Brown concert is on January 19that the Athenaeum in La Jolla. Tickets are on sale: $40 general admission/$100 VIPs. VIP tickets are going fast! (See flyer)
  • Susan Rutan announced that our club will be sponsoring a Model UN team of two high school students. She asked for someone from our club to be an advisor to these students. She is also asking if anyone knows of any High School students who might be interested in participating. Model UN advisor training will be on January 26, 2019.
  • La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club will be hosting Rotary International President Barry Rassin at our January 11, 2019 meeting, which will be held at the Braille Institute. We need a headcount in advance so we can make sure there is enough food.  The cost of breakfast is $25 per person.
  • Lina Elliot announced the Holiday Sing-Along on December 6, 2018 at the League House Holiday party.
  • Our Club Holiday Party is on December 4, 2018 at 5:30 PM at the La Valencia.

  • John Donaldson introduced his wife Karin, who is looking for volunteers to “ring the bell” for Salvation Army on Friday, December 14. A sign-up sheet was passed around.

Happy Bucks:

  • Bob Schroeder made a donation in celebration of his 82nd birthday, which is today. He spoke about his passion working with low-income seniors and providing education opportunities for low-income kids.
  • Claude Rosinsky donated $20, as she is happy to host Charles Hartford’s family at Mar-a-Lago when they visit Palm Beach, Florida later this month.
  • Don Lincoln donated $20 for Duke beating Kentucky by 34 points as part of the 2018 State Farm Champions Classic.

Captain Charles R. MacVean, USN, (Ret.), Ph.D., “Feats and Fears Beneath the Sea”

 Charles Marsh introduced today’s speaker, Capt. Charles R. MacVean, who offered hisreflections as the commanding officer of a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War.Capt. MacVean was raised in Ridgewood, NJ and graduated from Ridgewood High School.  He attended Dartmouth College on an NROTC Scholarship.  After commissioning, he served on board a Destroyer out of Newport, RI.  While on board, he was selected for the Navy’s Junior Line Officers Advanced Scientific Program and sent to Cornell University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Science and Engineering.  Following selection by Admiral Rickover, he entered the Nuclear Power and Submarine Training pipeline.  He served on four nuclear-powered submarines: USS TINOSA, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, USS PARCHE as commissioning Executive Officer, and USS SEAWOLF as Commanding Officer. Subsequent to that, he commanded a submarine squadron in San Diego, SUBMARINE DEVELOPMENT GROUP ONE.  He also had a Pentagon tour on the staff of the Secretary of Defense. During his 22 years in the Navy, Capt. MacVean spent16 years in submarines — 4.5 of those years under water.  Since retiring, he has led several commercial companies in the San Diego area and is on the Boards of several non-profit organizations, including the San Diego Maritime Museum.

Capt. MacVean described life aboard a nuclear submarine, and covered various aspects of the Cold War, including his experiences as a Commanding Officer of a nuclear submarine during that time.  He shared a video on the world of submarines that showed how nuclear-powered submarines are built and maintained, how they operate, and what they have meant for American policy and strategy.  The video also highlighted the life of the submarine crew and their families on the front lines of the Cold War.

Closing Quote: 

Ulysses S. Grant was not fond of ceremonies or military music.  He said he could recognize only two tunes. One was “Yankee Doodle,” he grumbled, “the other one wasn’t.”

“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur


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 Reported by Shabnam Miglani. Photos By Susan Rutan, Shabnam Miglani, Diane Salisbury.  Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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