La Jolla Rec Council adds four new members, plans centennial

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La Jolla Rec Council members are: Secretary Patricia Miler, Brian and Lizzet Cluster, Jan Harris, Robert Aschenbrenner, Vice-President Carolyn Parrish, President Douglas Fitzgerald and Cindy Greatrex. At front is Esther Viti. Not pictured are Treasurer Hobe Schroeder and members Mary Coakley-Munk and Lisa Johnston. Courtesy

La Jolla Rec Center

■ Where:

615 Prospect St., La Jolla

■ Hours:

Mondays 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Tuesdays-Thursdays 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (Closed Sundays)

■ Info:

(858) 552-1658

■ Programs/Events:

bit.ly/LJRecCenter

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■ Next Meeting:

5 p.m. Oct. 30

■ Contact:

Doug Fitzgerald, (310) 383-6633

By Pat Sherman

The La Jolla Rec Council welcomed four new members to its board during the group’s Sept. 25 meeting, including a fitness expert, newly arrived parents and an established community leader.

“I’m particularly glad to see new people on the board,” Rec Council President Doug Fitzgerald said. “If you’re in a group long enough things on occasion can get a little stale. You sort of keep doing the same things by rote all the time, rather than reaching out and getting your minds around new ideas.”

n La Jolla High School graduate

Jan Harris

learned to play tennis at La Jolla Rec Center in her youth, going on to major in kinesiology (athletic training and sports science) at the UCLA and UC Berkeley.

She later served as department chair for the School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science at Cal State Los Angeles and as director of the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. She moved back to La Jolla in 2010, and also serves on the board of the Copley Family YMCA in City Heights.

“I think recreation and sports are a very important part of any community,” Harris said. “The Rec Center is accessible to anybody. There are no fees or low fees for just about everything going on there, so most anybody can take part — and I think that’s important.

“In general, I want to support programs that are going on now and pay attention to what people say in terms of any changes or additions that need to be made,” she added.

Since Harris began attending meetings in July, she said La Jolla Rec Center has had two acting (interim) directors.

“I think the first thing that needs to happen is that the city needs to hire a permanent recreation director,” she said. “You can’t really run a program by just having a stream of interim directors.  People on the committee are hopeful that soon they will be interviewing for a permanent director.”

Brian and Lizzet Cluster

moved to La Jolla in May of 2012, when Brian’s work in the market research field brought them from Palm Springs.

“We have three kids now and we have a vested interest in making sure the Rec Center is the best it can be — kid friendly with good programming. All the wonderful things that it has been, we hope it will continue to be in the future,” Brian Cluster said, noting that he is excited to be part of the board of one of the oldest recreation centers in the country (designed by master architect Irving Gill), and helping plan for its centennial.

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