• July is a busy, productive month for Rotary Club of La Jolla
By Sally Fuller
Rotary Club of La Jolla
Longtime Burns Drugs employee Liz Rogers was honored as an Outstanding Employee by the Rotary Club of La Jolla during its July 15 meeting. At the same time, Wayne Woods, who owned Burns Drugs until it closed earlier this year, received a Community Service Achievement Award from the club. The award was a surprise for Woods, who nominated Rogers for her award and attended to present her with it.
Rotarian and former Burns co-owner Orrin Gabsch presented Woods with his award. A former Rotary Club member, Woods donated generously to local charities and participated in numerous community service projects during his time at Burns.
In addition, Russell King was installed as Rotary Club of La Jolla’s new president. The club also welcomed 12 new members, including: Will Creekmur, Ina von Ber, Mark Dibella, Jonathan Moffat, Chuck and Karla Marsh, Sue Ball, Sandra Benton, Diane Salisbury, Irma Gigli, Claude Rosinsky and Gabriela Musgrave.
Rotary Club of La Jolla sponsors Interact Clubs at La Jolla High School and the Bishop’s School, with whom they have built 20 homes for needy families in Tijuana.
On July 19, Rotarians held a graduation ceremony in Tijuana for the students in its TJ Scholars Lab. Now in its 15th year, led by David Shaw and Marc Lanci, the lab mentors 24 teens in grades 6-12 each Saturday. The graduates continue on to college.
On July 20, Rotarians hosted their bi-annual party for La Jolla League House residents with the theme “Cruising the Seven Seas Aboard USS League House.” All participants had a memorable cruise.
On Aug. 1, in connection with the Bird Rock Artist Guild, the club hosted a “Summer Candlelight Labyrinth” at Law Street Beach to benefit Rotary’s Tijuana home-build program, and the King’s Children’s Home orphanage for abused children in Belize.
Guests are invited to attend La Jolla Rotary Club meetings, noon Tuesdays at La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St. in La Jolla. For a reservation, e-mail Russell King at
• Campaign underway to clean Children’s Pool beach
In a newly deranged drive to close the Children’s Pool, I believe the city of San Diego is allowing the formation of an infectious cesspool on that beach. Not only does the city insist on leaving dead kelp (seaweed, “wrack”) untouched, it refuses any type of beach cleaning and forbids volunteers to remove seal excrement and trash. Accumulations of dead kelp harbors animal wastes, draws flies, fleas and other insects to form a hotbed of infection and fouls the air.
As the reason for its hands-off approach to cleaning the beach, the city references a letter received from the California Coastal Commission in 2012 which states “the removal of beach wrack undertaken as part of beach maintenance/grooming on beaches that historically have been groomed by the city does not require a coastal development permit (CDP). However, the Children’s Pool beach is not one of the beaches historically groomed by the city, and beach grooming by public groups and/or individuals is not authorized. Therefore, beach grooming at Children’s Pool by either the city or private parties will require a CDP.”