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: email@example.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. The cost is $100 per year. Editor Matt only keeps a small piece of the action to wet his beak.. Contact Matt Risi at (858) 278-3334 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com sponder efforts ming exploits.