New members welcome at Rotary Club of La Jolla

The Rotary Club of La Jolla recently hosted UCSD Associate Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Extension, Mary Walshok, Ph.D., who gave members a 30-minute presentation about her new book, “Intention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy.” After the meeting, Walshok posed with Rotary Club President Pat Stouffer. On April 15 a "Model UN Celebration" took place with local students and guest speaker Scott Peters, Congressman from 52nd District.The Rotary Club of La Jolla is a member of Rotary International, which among other important projects, has joined forces with the World Health Organization to focus on the eradication of Polio worldwide.

The Rotary Club of La Jolla is active in philanthropic programs in both the local community and internationally:

- Mentoring students at La Jolla High School and The Bishop’s School through the schools’ Interact Club;

- Awarding Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to high school juniors;

- Annually providing four-year college/university scholarships to graduating seniors from the four La Jolla high schools;

- Directing and teaching at the Tijuana Scholars Lab, located in Mexico, in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Tijuana;

- Funding and managing the Strive Scholarship Program, which provides continuing financial support for graduating seniors of the SDUSD Continuation School program at Garfield High School;

- Supporting micro-credit programs worldwide;

- Providing continuing support for the Elwasambi School in Kenya, including drilling a water well, providing electricity and computers for the students;

- Funding and participating in projects in La Jolla, including senior citizen projects at The League House.

We welcome those interested in learning more about Rotary and its projects to attend our weekly luncheon at noon every Tuesday at the La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St. Lunch is $30. For more information send an e-mail to or call (858) 735-1212.

– Sally Fuller,Rotarian

A lament for the La Jolla of yore

Oh no. Please, not Burns. It seems that money is winning, with so many of the treasures we hold dear in our Village having been, and being snatched away from us. We have lost the Green Dragon Colony, Anthony’s Fish Grotto, the Mithras Book Store, the Unicorn Theater, the Cove Theater, John’s Waffle Shop, El Sombrero (where a single woman could go alone because it was a family affair), Bully’s, Walker Scott Department Store and Scott’s Children’s Store (which were affordable for those not wealthy), Meanley’s Home Store, Jurgensen’s grocery store, C & M Market, The Whaling Bar and I haven’t even touched on all the cozy cottages replaced by condos, almost the post office, and who knows what they are doing to the “living room” at La Valencia. It’s tragic, and the loss of Burns is like a death in the Village. It we lose Warwicks, Adelaide’s and Meanley & Son Ace Hardware, I might have to put my house up for sale and head north. I’d better stop or I might cry.

Dorothy Andersen

(52 year resident)