The Surf Beat: October 2nd, 2018

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October 2nd, 2018

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

Inspiration: Chuck Marsh reminded us think about what gives us joy, and to be thankful for what we have in our lives.

Pledge: Shabnam Miglani

Song: Rich Velasquez mixed it up with Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”

Rotary Welcomed….

Don Tartare, a member of Club 33 and new resident of White Sands of La Jolla, joined us for the first time. Will Moore is a member of the Golden Triangle Rotary. He is a lawyer and was a guest of Jane Reldan.Dr. Budd Rubin, a retired orthodontist, visited from Club 33. Traveling furthest to today’s meeting was Bror-Eric Hjulstad(“Bobbo”), who hails from Trondheim, Norway, where he is a Rotary member. Bobbo is in town visiting friends, among them John Hoss.


Kathleen Pritscher joined us for the second time and is interested in becoming a member of our club. Edmund Qiao and Jessica Kricksciun attended as guests of Jane Reldan.

Badges Awarded


Kevin Quinn invited Sally Fuller and Dirk Harris to the podium to help him welcome David Matier as the club’s newest member. Not only did David receive his Rotary pin and Red Badge, he was given two complimentary tickets to this Saturday’s Gala. Kevin followed that presentation by asking Rich Velasquez to the front to receive his Blue Badge, having completed all the requisites. Congratulations to both David and Rich!


  • Will Creekmur spoke about Rotary International, reminding us that the “power of Rotary is global.” Worldwide there are 1.2 million Rotarians doing good and providing much-needed services. Donors to the Rotary International annual fund, who have reached a high level of giving, are recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship pin. Will was pleased to award Chuck Marsh with his Paul Harris Fellowship +6, i.e., a 6-time honoree.
  • Dirk Harris invited Camille McKinnie to the front to present a check to the Salvation Army for its “Homeless to Home” campaign. Funds came from last July’s Day at the Padres event, where our club was invited to sit in the owners’ box to watch the game. The only requirement? Make a donation to help the homeless.
  • Judy Nelson made a final pitch for ticket sales to “Laughing Under the Stars.” The event is this Saturday, beginning at 5:30. Tickets are still available.

  • Kevin Quinn gave the club an update on club member Burton Housman’s recovery from a stroke. Burt is back at home and progressing. Kevin reports that Burt hasn’t lost his sense of humor or optimism, and with the help of his wife, Mary Jo, is keeping his spirits high.
  • Susan Rutan reported on a recent communique from our traveling club members Dave Westonand Susan Stevens. They recently visited Cal Mann in Stip, Macedonia, where he is serving in the Peace Corps. Cal reported that renovations to practice rooms at the local public music school are underway, thanks to the $3,500 in support provided by our club. He is using the club’s generosity as an example to encourage local businesses in Stip to also contribute to the project.
  • Camille McKinnie reported that the day after Don Dewhurst’s wife’s memorial service, he fell and broke his hip. He’s had surgery and is recovering in Aviara Rehabilitation Center in Encinitas, if anyone wishes to reach out to him.

Happy Bucks:

  • Dirk Harris was happy to have had a recent kid-free weekend with his wife. They went camping in Joshua Tree, diving for lobsters, riding high-surf waves (thanks to Hurricane Rosa), and generally have a grand time while his two children were at a weekend sleepover. Dirk is also celebrating his new position with U.S. Trust.
  • Jane Reldan visited her 94-year-old aunt in Vermont and was pleased to see how vibrant her aunt remains despite the usual age-related difficulties.
  • Elyse Banks had two fabulous days in a row last week, seeing Ringo with friends at Humphries on Thursday and then attending a wedding on Friday.
  • Claire Reiss celebrated a double birthday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.
  • Claude Rosinsky is happy that her son will be visiting over the Christmas holiday.
  • Deb Plotkin was in Kentucky this past weekend at a gender “reveal” baby shower for her daughter (it’s a boy). She also reminded us that her non-profit, U-TOUCH has a fundraiser the weekend after our Rotary Gala, and all are invited.

An Update from La Jolla Interact:

Hello Fellow Rotarians.  Each of you can now follow our awesome La Jolla High Interact on their new Instagram account and new Website.  Instagram — @ljhs.interact  and website is  Our students at La Jolla High Interact are getting off to a fantastic new year.  They are grateful for your support.  Thank you from your Youth Director, Craig

Speaker:  Michelle Forbes, White Sands of La Jolla

Chuck Marsh introduced today’s speaker. Michelle Forbes is Director of Sales at White Sands, where Chuck is also a resident. Her talk included specific information about White Sands, as well as the general state of the retirement industry.

White Sands began as a concept for a resort in 1955. When the two developers’ partnership dissolved, the property was sold to the Presbyterian Church, which saw a rising need for senior housing. White Sands is a CCRC – Continuous Care Retirement Community. It offers four levels of care:

  • Independent/residential
  • Assisted living
  • Memory care
  • Skilled nursing care

The retirement industry is changing dramatically. In 1920, out of a U.S. population of 106 million, 4.6% were seniors. Now, the population has tripled and seniors account for 15.6% of the population. Seventeen years from now, seniors are expected to outnumber those 18 and younger in the U.S. Seniors are living longer, healthier and more active lives, and the industry has had to change to accommodate. Ms. Forbes used a 25-year-old ad to illustrate this change: 25 years ago White Sands’ ad campaign highlighted lawn bowling; today it highlights senior paddle-boarders.

White Sands has 300 total residents, 200 of which are independent living. Various levels of housing are available to accommodate different budgets. Most include a one-time buy-in plus monthly fee. Michelle hopes to arrange a lunchtime Rotary meeting at White Sands in the future.

President’s Closing Quote:

“Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.” – Mark Twain


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 Reported by Diane Salisbury.  Photos By David Shaw. Edited by Diane Salisbury.

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