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					                       37 by 07                                                                                                                                    The Pitch
    Let’s all work hard to help Torrey Pines
    Rotary meet the new membership goal of                                                                                             Published at whim for The Rotary Club of Torrey Pines
    37 new members by the year 2007. Or was
    it seven members by 2037?                                                                                           “All The News That’s Fit To Pitch”        www.torreypinesrotary.org                                  May 2006




                                                                       Nine bottles of wine on the wall...
                                                                             nine bottles of wine!
                                                                Bernard Streiff presented nine bottles of wine at our
                                                                meeting on April 12th! The wine was left over from
                                                                the San Diego International Wine Competition benefit-
                                                                ing Camp Oliver for disadvantaged children. The San
                                                                Diego International Wine tasting involved comparison
                                                                of 172 wines and was organized by the Union-Tribune
                                                                wine and food critic Robert Whitley. Our club enjoyed
                                                                the wines that ranged from heavy reds to very light
                                                                whites.

  Gordon Shurtleff is the poet laureate of Torrey Pines                                                                     Jim Likes, Philippe Lamoise and Don Yeckel attended the District Council on Tuesday, April 11th. Every club
  Rotary and on March 29th he read a poem promoting                                                                         in the district was presented with a banner to display during their Rotary at Work Day Project. The district
  membership. Cotton wadding was passed out                                                                                 program included the finals of the Four Way Speech Contest for high school students. The District also
  promptly before Gordon’s recitation.                                                                                      acknowledged Torrey Pines Rotary for the gift of a defibrillator in Dennis Rehberg’s name.




                                                                Torrey Pines Rotary Club
                                                                P.O. Box 927024
                                                                San Diego, CA 92192-7024




                                                                                                                        During the month of May, our club will dedicate a
                                                                                                                        plaque celebrating the Naval Career of deceased
                                                                                                                        Torrey Pines Rotarian Dud Wray. The plaque will       A Blue Badge for Ken Tranbarger! Gordon Shurtleff
                                                                                                                        be mounted on the wall at the Mount Soledad           promotes our newest club member to a full fledged Torrey
Charting the future of Torrey Pines. Here Lea Caldwell                                                                  Memorial site. Our club Treasurer, Jerry Zampa,       Pines Rotarian on April 19th! Gordon was celebrating a
fills out a questionnaire for incoming President Bernard                                                                has been instrumental in arranging for this dedica-   $400 win at the Santa Anita Racetrack and was fined by
Streiff. What will be the focus of our club in the next year?                                                           tion in honor of Dud.                                 Sergeant-at -Arms Jim Roche!
                                                                             Wine Club Schedule
                                                                   The wine club now boasts 15 members who are
                                                                   assigned to bring two premium bottles of wine of
                                                                   interest. Anyone who brings a bottle of Charles
                                                                   Shaw will be left to the mercy of a band of Apache
                                                                   renegades. To join the wine club, contact Bernard
                                                                   Streiff and arrange for Big Ben to strike 13 times at
                                                                   noon on the 19th of any month.

                                                                   May 3- Tom Ferrier and Max Gurney
                                                                   May 17- Jim Likes and Bill Irwin
       Operation Iraqi Freedom- II                                 May 24- Mike Cummings and Chip Hayes
           The Future of America in Iraq                           May 31- Matt Risi and Don yeckel
                                                                   June 7- Ken Tranbarger and Johan Oeyen
  On Wednesday, March 29th we were treated to an amaz-
ing program on the American effort in Iraq. Our speaker
was Marine Corps Lieutenant-Colonel Andy Hewitt. Andy                             In Vino Veritas                                                                                                                M.J. Gurney
is a reserve intelligence officer. His impressive credentials                                                                                                                                                  Senior Consultant
                                                                      God Made Water but Man Made Wine!                                                                                                  Honorary Consul of Monaco, ret.
include speaking Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. He              On Wednesday, March 29th we enjoyed a riesling,
has been to the Middle East and Iraq many times in both a         a Mondavi Merlot and a California Carignane. The
military and civilian role.                                                                                                                                                                                   Monaco Tourist Office
                                                                  carignane grape is originally from the Rhône valley.                                                                                               California
  How long will the United States remain in Iraq? Presi-            Don Yeckel presented a Burgundy white and a red
dent Bush recently stated that a future president will make                                                                       HAYES INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
                                                                  on April 5th. A Louis Jadot Pinot Noir was a hit.
that decision. Andy informed us that we have signed               The white was from Joseph Drouhin and was also
leases as long as 98 years long for army and air bases.           well received. Matt Risi presented a 1992 wine from                                                                                                1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                100 Genter, Suite 4E
                                                                                                                                                          13940 GUNNISON CT                                  LA JOLLA, CA 92037, U.S.A.
This reflects an American commitment to Iraq for the next         the Mendoza region of Argentina. The wine was a                                         SAN DIEGO, CA 92129                                 Email: gurneymcm@aol.com
century and perhaps the president who gets us out of Iraq         mix of bordeaux grapes but was sadly past its prime.                                                                                        Tel. & Fax: (858) 459-8912
                                                                                                                                     CHIP HAYES           DIRECT LINE (858) 538-4667
has not even been born yet!                                         Bernard delivered nine bottles of wine on April                                       FAX (858) 484-1932
                                                                                                                                                          PAGER (858) 268-7414
  In the near future, we hope to reduce American troop            12th. Story on back page.
levels to 75,000 in hardened military bases removed from            On April 19th we enjoyed some Sangre de Toro
populated areas.                                                  (Bull’s Blood) wine from Spain. Spanish wines are
   How will Iraq evolve? Three separate groups are facing                                                                                                                                       WILLIAM E. IRWIN, JR., CLU
                                                                  traditionally made from the delicious Tempranillo                                                                                CHARTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT
off. The Sunnis accuse the Shiites of steering the nation         grape.
into a strict Islamic theocracy. The Shiites fear that the                                                                                                                                      Insurance advice from a man that is older than Budweiser!

Sunnis that represent 20% of the population want 100% of
the political power back! The Kurds want autonomy.                                                                                                                                     IRWIN ASSOCIATES
                                                                                                                                                                                       2254 Moore Street
Andy notes that religious fervor is much less intense than                                                                                                                             Suite 202                                                   (619) 692-9650
in Iran or Saudi Arabia and that Iraq is more of a secular                                                                                                                             San Diego, CA 92110                                     FAX (619) 298-2177

society than the American press would have us believe.
  Our speaker showed a fascinating slide show with many
striking images of Iraq. The photos of the geography and
the people were haunting.
  One major point is that life in Iraq goes on despite the
insurgency violence. In cities such as Baghdad, people go
to work and function even among the bomb blasts and
                                                                                                                             William Kellog was a guest of Max Gurney on March
kidnappings. The insurgency in Iraq is conducted by small
                                                                                                                             29th. Bill is the President of the Mt. Soledad Memo-
numbers and is not supported by the general population.
                                                                                                                             rial Association. At the park, there is a memorial
  Our discussion ranged from such topics as American
military presence in North Korea, the exploding Chinese                                                                    i wall with tributes to San Diego veterans. Our club
                                                                                                                             will soon unveil a memorial plaque at the Mt.
economy and nuclear weapons in Iran. We also talked
                                                                                                                             Soledad Memorial for deceased Torrey Pines
about a brewing civil war in Saudi Arabia. The issues           Marine Corps Lieutenant-Colonel Andy Hewitt briefed the
                                                                                                                             Rotarian Dud Wray.
discussed during this program were fascinating and com-         club on America’s involvement in Iraq.
                                                                                               Trade Deficit                                          Nearer my Dog to Thee
             Torrey Pines Rotary Leadership
                                                                                                                                                    The Sky Island of Baja California
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rotary Calendar
   President .................................... Chip Hayes                       An America Tragedy in the Making                                                                                         • On Friday, May 5th we will sponsor an International
   President-Elect ........................... Bernard Streiff               On Wednesday, April 5th we listened to the savvy com-           On Wednesday, April 12th we welcomed adventurer
   Secretary .................................... Johan Oeyen                                                                                                                                               cafe at UCSD. Bernard Streiff is organizing the event.
                                                                           ments of Michael McDonald. Michael is a financial advisor       Graham Makintosh back to Torrey Pines. Several years
   Treasurer .................................... Jerry Zampa
   PFC-at-Arms .............................. Jim Roche                    who published a book titled: “The Coming-Roller Coaster         ago we enjoyed the story of his two year trek along the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Club Demotion Dinner for President Chip is sched-
   Membership ............................... Grodon Shurtleff             Market.” The book predicted the top of the high technol-        coastline of Baja.
   International Service .................. Max Gurney                                                                                                                                                      uled for the Westgate Hotel on Friday, June 23rd. We
                                                                           ogy stock market in 2000 and hardly sold a copy!                  A follow on trip took him from Tecate to Loreto by
   Rotary Foundation ...................... Jim Likes                                                                                                                                                       will enjoy a seafood buffet!
   Service projects .......................... Barbara Lorenz              Our speaker liked our nation’s trade deficit with our declin-   donkey. This trip coincided with a ferocious El Niño and
   Rotary Scholar ...........................                              ing economic power. Warren Buffet was recently quoted as        the heavy rains created floods and magnificent wild flow-
   Community Service .................... Alix Mayhew                                                                                                                                                       • Rotary International Convention from June 11-14 in
                                                                           saying that America’s greatest economic threat and could        ers. The purpose of the trip was to arrive at the first Span-
   Interact ....................................... Chip Hayes                                                                                                                                              Copenhagen Denmark and Malmö Sweden. Register
   RYLA .......................................... Nancy Russian           lead to political turmoil.                                      ish Mission built on the west coast back in 1689.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            online at rotary.org and call Bernard Streiff for assis-
   Veterans Affairs .......................... Jerry Zampa                   Our deficit today is made up of 40% energy, 20% cars             Graham’s third and most recent trip took him to a differ-
   Public Relations & Bulletin EditorMatt Risi                                                                                                                                                              tance with travel arrangements. Bernard warns against
                                                                           and trucks and 40% consumer goods. The exporting of our         ent part of Baja. He decided to establish a base camp in
   Sommellier ................................. Philippe Lamoise                                                                                                                                            wearing clothing depicting anti-Islam cartoons. Do not
   Fellowship .................................. Mike Cummings             national debt abroad is a hidden part of our deficit and        the mountains east of Ensenada in the Sierra San Pedro
                                                                                                                                                                                                            wear any clothing with Danish flags during the trip!
   Rotary Information ...................... Don Yeckel                    constitutes a frightening 723 billion dollars.                  Mártir mountains. The elevations are 8000-9000 feet and
   District Events ............................ Jim Likes                    The crux of the problem is that America imports depreci-      the mountains are filled with pine trees.
   Programs .................................... Bill Irwin (when sober)                                                                                                                                    Check out the calender of events online:
   Rotary International Cafe ........... Bernard Streiff                   ating assets that need periodic replacement. Foreigners,          The pine forests of Baja are untouched and beautiful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Torrey Pines Rotary: www.torreypinesrotary.org
   Golf ............................................. Jim Roche            however, are importing American debt and equity. Some           There has been no logging or fire suppression and so there
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rotary District 5340: www.rotary5340.org.
   Sunshine Lady ........................... Barbara Lorentz               3% of America’s net worth is being bought by overseas           is no underbrush to burn out of control. Weather is dra-
   Rotary at Work day .................... Barbara Lorentz                                                                                 matic in the mountains and terrific rain storms with thun-
   Our Humble and Lovable Waiter............. Felix                        investors every year!                                                                                                            • 2007 International Convention Update: The 2007
   Last Tsar of all the Russias ........ Nicholas II                         The trade deficit is masked by the value of the U.S.          der and lightning pass through every afternoon in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Convention has been moved from New Orleans to Salt
                                                                           Dollar. Shifting exchange rates balance out our balance         summer. The area is covered by snow in winter.
   Honorary Member ...................... Bob Hafstom                                                                                                                                                       Lake City! Hopefully, New Orleans will be ready to
                                                                           trade situation on paper. The American dollar is set to            Graham was so dismayed by the ill treatment of dogs in
   Honorarary Member ................... Emil Buechler                                                                                                                                                      host the Rotary convention in 2011.
   Honorarary Member ................... Father Joe Carroll                decline to balance our deficit. Unfortunately, this shrinking   Mexico that he adopted a stray dog in Rosarito Beach to
   Honorary Member ...................... Mary Jean Hogg                   dollar phenomenon will lead to inflation                        take on his trip. Graham camped in the mountains with his
                                                                             The most disturbing conclusion is that globalization will     buddy Pedro for four months. His wife also adopted two          I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going
                                                                           lead to the reduction of national economic sovereignty.         abandoned dogs in terrible shape that she found along the       over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you
 A wonderful time--the War: / when money rolled in /                       World capital markets will take control of interest rates and   Mexican roadsides.                                              can't see from the center.
 and blood rolled out. /                                                   inflation out of the hands of the Federal Reserve. The final      A typical day involved five to ten mile hikes from                            -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., writer (1922- )
 But blood / was far away / from here-- / Money was                        question is then: Is America ready for economic hardship        Graham’s camp into the forest that is ten miles wide and
 near.                                                                     and decline of our famous American life-style.                  forty miles long. This type of prolonged isolation puts the
 - Langston Hughes,poet and novelist (1902-1967)                                                                                           world in perspective for Graham.
                                                                                                                                             Why does Graham return to Baja over and over again?
                                                                                                                                           He raved about the friendliness and hospitality of the locals
                                                                                                                                           on every trip he has taken to Baja. On this adventure,                          Advertise in The Pitch…
                                                                                                                                           Graham became fast friends with the lonely camp ranger.            Support our club newsletter by advertising.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Contact Matt Risi at (858) 278-3334
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   or email: london1066@aol.com.


                                                                                                                                                                                                           Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep
                                                                                                                                                                                                           snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your
                                                                                                                                                                                                           spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and weary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author
Experience This Day in History is presented by Mike                        Michael McDonald stands in the shadows and presents             Back again from Baja! Graham Makintosh related another          (1817-1862)
Cummings. We all look forward to the informative and                       the chilling truth about our declining economic power. We       fabulous outdoor adventure. He prefers beer but admitted
delightful summary of historical events.                                   were captivatd by his talk on our American trade defecit.       that wine would do in a pinch out in the wilderness!
    Rotary District Recognizes Public Access                                 Across the Channel                                            Torrey Pines in India                                        WILLIAM E. IRWIN, JR., CLU
                  Defibrillator                                     Leave your brains and ego on the beach!                                   International Projects                                       CHARTERED FINANCIAL CONSULTANT
The Rotary District 5450 has recognized the Torrey Pines                                                                       Philippe Lamoise has ben busy! He has proposed and
                                                                 Anne Cleveland grew up swimming with the seals at the                                                                                  Insurance advice from a man that is older than Budweiser!
for donating a "Public Access Defibrillator" to our Rotary                                                                   won approval for two Rotary International Matching Grants
                                                               La Jolla Children’s pool when she was growing up in San
District.                                                                                                                    that will both serve Ludhiana India.
                                                               Diego. As a young girl she excelled at swimming and came                                                                       IRWIN ASSOCIATES
  Torrey Pines was inspired to donte this life saving device                                                                   Grant #57,495 will provide modern diagnosis of ail-
                                                               within a hair of qualifying for the Olympics at the age of                                                                     2254 Moore Street
after the tragic loss of member Dennis Rehberg. Dennis                                                                       ments through X-Ray to the poor who cannot afford it. The        Suite 202                                                     (619) 692-9650
                                                               15. Anne did not resume swimming again until she reached                                                                       San Diego, CA 92110                                       FAX (619) 298-2177
collapsed in a Home Depot parking lot and lapsed into a                                                                      project will start a Rotary X-Ray center at a charitable
                                                               the age of 40. After starting slowly at the Mission Beach
coma. A defibrillator would have saved his life.                                                                             hospital to cater to such community. There are presently
                                                               Plunge she soon found herself participating in the La Jolla
  The device is brought to all District Functions as a pre-                                                                  some X-Ray centers in Ludhiana, but only a few of them
                                                               one mile rough water swim. She was then hooked on ocean                                                                             Congratulations to the 100%+ Clubs!
caution. No Training is required and the use of the machine                                                                  are catering to the needs of the poor community and the
                                                               swimming forever!                                                                                                                Marge Cole is the Rotary Foundation Chair for our
is readily understandable through voice transmitted in-                                                                      other centers which are privately managed are charging
                                                                 Anne’s first test was swimming the Catalina Channel. She                                                                     District. and she offers congratulations to all of the
structions issue by the machine itself.                                                                                      exorbitant rates. We plan to charge nominal rates and thus
                                                               passed out from hypothermia on her first attempt. These                                                                        local Rotary Clubs who have given 100% or more of
  The "AED" (Automated External Defibrillator) can be                                                                        the objective to provide diagnosis to the poor at low cost
                                                               swims start at midnight on Catalina and her first competi-                                                                     their goal in Foundation Giving to Annual Programs
reserved for any Rotary event by calling the District Office                                                                 will be achieved.
                                                               tion took over 10 hours. Her reward for her efforts were a                                                                     Fund as of March 31, 2006. Torrey Pines continues its
at 619-299-5341.                                                                                                               Our seconds approved matching grant will be used to
                                                               hot shower, a coke and a bagel with peanut butter!                                                                             tradition of overachhieving with a gifting percentage of
                                                                 In 1875 a Captain Web swam the channel for the first        conduct Polio corrective surgeries for about 400 patients.       124%.
                                                               time using the breast stroke. He ate roast beef sandwiches    The Matching Grant application number from RI is                   Don Yeckel is passionate about stressing the impor-
                                                               and drank brandy during the ordeal. Since then, some 600      #58,068. The operative costs, medicines, post operative          tance of recognizing the percentage achievement of
                                                               people have swam across the English Channel but only 17       care will be around $80 per patient. The operations will be      small clubs relative to their large cousins.
                                                               have swam across, touched the beach and then swam back!       held in two charitable hospitals in Ludhiana that received
                                                                 Today, swimmers use the crawl to make better time.          aid from Rotary in the past. The hospitals will provide the
                                                               Tides are the key to an English Channel swim. The grave-      necessary infrastructure and paramediacl staff. The OPD                                What is CERT?
                                                               yard of dreams is the French Coast where strong tides can     and subsequent operations will be carried by a leading                       From Tsunamis to Earthquakes
                                                               add five miles to the crossing within meters of the beach.    doctor of the country, an expert in the field, Dr. Adi           Local government prepares for everyday emergen-
                                                               The current record for the one way crossing is 7 hours and    Narayan Rao from Vizag, India.                                   cies. However, during a disaster, the number and
                                                               15 minutes.                                                   This project will benefit people who are affected by Polio       scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional
                                                                 Anne gained 30 pounds before the English Channel swim       and are leading a miserable life. This project will benefit      emergency services. On Wednesday, April 26th,
                                                               as a way to protect herself against the cold. Swimmers are    the community in ad great way in the true spirit of Rotary       Barbara Ayers briefed us on the Community Emer-
                                                               allowed a cap, goggles and their swim suits. Some still       and its concern for Polio.                                       gency Response Team (CERT). This City of San
                                                               grease up their bodies as in the old days.                    This project has been approved by the Rotary Foundation.         Diego program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This
 Bill Irwin with his grand-daughter Callie who was               Her two way English Channel swim covered some 44            The parties are sending the money and the project is being       valuable course is designed to help you protect
 visiting our club on April 19th during her spring             miles! Bad luck with wind and tides added four hours to       implemented.                                                     yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your
 break. Bill once again distributes cookies in suppprt         her time for a total of 28 hours in the cold water! She was     The 2005-2006 club president of RC Ludhiana Central is         neighborhood in an emergency situation. CERT is a
 of the club’s weight gain drive. As always, we appreci-       so disoriented after the swim that she could not stand up!    Harpreet Kharbanda.                                              positive and realistic approach to emergency and
 ate Bill’s outstanding efforts to organize wonderful                                                                           Torrey Pines has always being excited about the power         disaster situations where citizens may initially be on
 club programs!                                                                                                              of Rotary Matching Grants. We have also prided ourselves         their own and their actions can make a difference.
                                                                                                                             on the international character of our membership.                While people will respond to others in need without
                                                                                                                             Philippe’s efforts fit perfectly with our club philosophy.       the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help
                Upcoming Club Programs                                                                                       We are thrilled to participate in International Service and to   them do so effectively and efficiently without placing
 May 3- Lloyd Watnik spent 35 years with Social Secu-                                                                        be of help to our fellow man.                                    themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT
 rity and now travels the country lecturing on the pros                                                                                                                                       training, citizens learn to:
 and cons. Don't miss Lloyd. He has a very entertaining                                                                                                                                       • Manage utilities and put out small fires
 presentation and you won't believe the info. I have been                                                                      Tel: (619) 670-7425            Bernard Streiff
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Treat the three medical killers by opening airways,
 using him in my business for years. He is great!                                                                              Fax: (619) 670-1068
                                                                                                                                                                                              controlling bleeding, and treating for shock, provide
                                                                                                                                                                                              basic medical aid
 May 10- Justin Knabb is a young graduate of Villanova                                                                                                                                        • Search for and rescue victims safely
 that is involved with a project that provides water to                                                                                                                                       • Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to
 third world countries. I first got his name from Amber                                                                        3733 Avocado Blvd.                                             be effective
 and later saw him touted on our district website by a                                                                         La Mesa, CA 91941                                              • Collect disaster intelligence to support first re-
 Rotarian in Florida.                                          Anne Cleveland spoke to us on April 19th about her swim-        email: ranchobernard@yahoo.com                                 sponder efforts
                                                               ming exploits.

				
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