No hill of beans at Sunrise Rotary’s changing of the guard

Rick Wildman

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Photo by Eric Kalisky

Rick’s Café Americain was the scene of the crime at La Jolla Country Club on June 25 as the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club murdered “Casablanca” at the long-awaited demotion of president Rick Wildman.

John Santuccio (Sam) tickled the ivories of the grand piano with “Knock on Wood.” Jane Wolgemuth led the chorus of disgruntled Rotarians singing, “We’re Unhappy.” Sergeant-at-arms Ed Feldman (Louie Renault) tried to shut the place down.

Then, Constance Hughes (Ilsa Lund) walked in with Prez-Elect Gary Orsa (Victor Laszlo). Ilsa wistfully begged Sam to “play ‘As Time Goes By.’ “

When Rick angrily demurred to the tune, Ed and Dave Duea (Ugarte) charged him with “resembling a president and acting like an attorney.” Ed blew his whistle and declared the rowdy gin-joint closed.

Rick offered to pay off the board to stay in power, telling treasurer Harvey Koelln (Signor Ferrari) “a bribe has always worked before.”

Ilsa tried to seduce Rick to get the purloined Letters of Transit – the only way she could get Gary out of the presidency. Rick was fine with that until Harvey advised him that he would “have to host Rotary for another year and you won’t be that safe with all the members.”

So Gary became president, Rick and Ilsa flew the coop to Lisbon, and Jane and the Rotarians crowed “We’re all lucky – very lucky.” Knock on wood.

—Credits to screenwriter Steve Cross

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