Title Author Date
The Pitch, November 14, 2012
The Pitch, November 14, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, October 31, 2012
The Pitch, October 31, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-10-31 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, October 24, 2012
The Pitch, October 24, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-10-24 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, October 17, 2012

The Pitch, October 17, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-10-17 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, October 3, 2012
The Pitch, October 3, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, September 26 2012

We enjoyed a blind Merlot tasting today. After the Sideways jokes were told and people stopped wondering what blind Merlot was, Tom Ferrier gave us an interesting overview of why Merlot is both loved and reviled. The wines were a 2009 Chateau Lauvie St. Emilion and a 2009 Frei Brothers (Penny Shurtleff’s family) Dry Creek Reserve Merlot. Both were excellent and very different.

Thanks to the Rock Bottom Brewery. They donated several no-longer-needed television sets to Promises 2 Kids through us. The sets will be very much appreciated.

Our speaker was Kaitlin Elliott, who spoke about Promises 2 Kids and the Polinsky Center. Both organizations work with foster children and victims of child abuse, more than half of whom would otherwise end up on some kind of public assistance. Promises 2 Kids attempts to give these children some kind of structure on which they can build a normal life. She was joined by Omar Passons, an Attorney who once was a child who would have been a beneficiary of  Promises 2 Kids.

Promises 2 Kids needs volunteer mentors to work with some of its clients. It’s a worthwhile and satisfying thing to do. Contact Kaitlin Kaitlin@promises2kids.org for more intormation.

The Pitch, September 26 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, September 19, 2012
The Pitch, September 19, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-09-19 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, September 12, 2012
The Pitch, September 12, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, September 5, 2012
The Pitch, September 5, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, August 22, 2012
The Pitch, August 22, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, August 15, 2012
The Pitch, August 15, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, August 8
The Pitch, August 8 Bob Goodman 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z
Special thanks from Children's Lifeline
Special thanks from Children's Lifeline Bob Goodman 2012-08-03 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, August 1, 2012
The Pitch, August 1, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, July 25, 2012
The Pitch, July 25, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z
Special e-mail from District Governor Dick Stevens
Special e-mail from District Governor Dick Stevens Bob Goodman 2012-07-19 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, July 18, 2012
The Pitch, July 18, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, June 13, 2012
The Pitch, June 13, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-06-13 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, June 6, 2012
The Pitch, June 6, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, May 23, 2012
The Pitch, May 23, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, May 16, 2012
The Pitch, May 16, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, May 9, 2012
The Pitch, May 9, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, April 25, 2012
The Pitch, April 25, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-04-27 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, April 18, 2012
The Pitch, April 18, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-04-19 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, April 11, 2012

The Pitch, April 11, 2012 Bob Goodman 2012-04-12 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, April 4, 2102
The Pitch, April 4, 2102 Bob Goodman 2012-04-04 00:00:00Z
"All the news that's fit to Pitch"
This week's meeting attracted 12 Torrey Pines members plus 4 visiting Rotarians (Ray Ellis from San Diego club 33, Mike Giorgione--our speaker--also from club 33, and our regular winter visitors, Ann-Shirley and Rob Goodell from Vancouver, Canada).

President Tom Fisher is away on business (monkey-business?) so Pres-Elect Jerry Zampa presided.  He'll be going to PETS this weekend for his 18 hour course in gavelling the bell, but he's such a quick study he's sure to master it in only 8 or 10 hours. 

Carol and Bill Irwin were also MIA this week, as they've gone to London to visit the Queen (or was it their grandaughter, who's a Princess but not the Queen?).


Thanks to everyone who came out last weekend to help sort, organize and store the 4,000+ stuffed toys that will eventually be delivered to sick kids in hospitals.  Gordon Shurtleff urges everyone to come help again this Saturday at 9 am at the storage place.  Don Yeckel reminds us that the club will need to pay for storage and other costs, so this project will benefit from members' contributions to the club foundation.  Tom Fisher will match any new donation up to $100, so now's the time.  Nancy Stoke observed that the club also received 1,000 or so plastic roses, complete with mailing tubes, and would like to find a buyer so we'll have some cash to cover other project expenses.  Patrick McIntyre reports that Jessie Hurst may be able to help with that part of it.  A good community service project here, with cash and hands-on effort from members to benefit sick children.  That's Rotary at its best!

Wine club

Jim Likes was so proud of the Two-Buck-Chuck he brought that he went on about it for some time.  He says that it was a very good vintage--Tuesday.


Our speaker was Rear Admiral USN (Retired) Michael Giorgione who, after 34 years of active duty, is now an engineer and leadership training facilitator with RBF Consulting.  His topic today was National Energy Programs, on which he made 4 points:

1. The US currently doesn't really have a national energy policy and, therefore, we lack direction, investment and progress on this vital topic.  Congress is missing the opportunity to move the country ahead on this issue.

2. No one energy source can solve all our problems alone.  Nationally, our electricity is currently generated 50 percent from coal, 20 percent from nuclear, and the rest from natural gas and renewable sources.  It's likely that a mixture will always be needed.

3. Developing energy for the US should be "pro-business" and not just "pro-subsidies."  Business investment and development will be a better source of answers than relying on incentives like subsidies.

4. Innovation is a must, which means a major emphasis on research and development will be needed.  California can be a leader, as it was in popularizing energy-efficient refrigerators in the 1970s and catalytic converters later.

In the question period, Admiral Giorgione observed that it may take a crisis to get the differing points of view on this topic all working together.  The Department of Defense is exploring some ideas but more will be needed. 

Club website

I hope everyone has had a chance to check out the club's new internet face on ClubRunner.  Each member should ensure the accuracy of his/her contact info and keep it up to date.  Membership changes and attendance will be managed by Tom Fisher (wearing his Acting Secretary hat).  The Pitch and stories on the homepage will be updated by Bill Irwin (Editor) with assistance from Bob Goodman (PR Director).  Good luck.

Au revoir for now

Ann-Shirley and I leave for Canada next week and, again, we want to thank the club for your hospitality during our months in your town.  We really appreciate the opportunity to participate in Torrey Pines activities while we're here.  Please note that, after 5 consecutive years of organizing the Robbie Burns party, we'll be taking a rest next year. 

We'll see you when we return in November.  Have a great spring and summer!


"All the news that's fit to Pitch" Rob Goodell 2012-02-22 00:00:00Z
Valentine Plus One Pitch
No medical updates this "Pitch".  Although I think Jim Likes' cane is hollow and can be filled with wine.  So many people missed the Valentine extravaganza because of illness that next year word is that we will have a meeting at Scripps for immunizations.

Guests  included Wade McKnight from Club 33, the managing partner of J.H. Cohn (accountants and consultants).  Bernard was sandwiched (easy Louise) between two French ladies, Chef Michel Stroot and Milene Sylvie Sean (La Jolla boutique).  Helping our speaker was Patricia van Damme, director of the executive MBA program at SDSU.  Let's try to entice them all over to the dark side.  That would be Torrey Pines Rotary.

Shelley told us about a RBB sponsored fund raiser in Balboa Park this Saturday night.  "Taste of San Diego Craft Brews" will be a beer and food pairing/auction.  Call Shelly for a discount.  Tom, with his camera, was Alan Funt revisited, as he shot anything that moved. 

Art Engle took us flying in his B-24 and other planes.  Power Point pictures showed a trail of strafing and bombing runs.  He punctuated his action shots with the title of his talk, "Fun Times".

There was a bored meeting afterwards.  Fuzzy math was the topic du jour.  The board approved $950 to move and store 1,649,215 stuffed animals (and other undetermined goodies).  These will benefit Nancy's Care N Share program beneficiaries, Rady Children's Hospital and Hospital Infantil.  Also, Rotary Power Hour was discussed as a future format for our weekly meetings.

Ed Itor - watch for the "News Brothers", Goodell and Goodman, upcoming.
Valentine Plus One Pitch Bill Irwin 2012-02-16 00:00:00Z
3 social events in 3 months. Torrey Pines knows how to party!
"A Valentine's Extravaganza" was the latest of social evenings for Torrey Pines members and guests, with dinner and dancing at the Mount La Jolla clubhouse on February 8.  Music was provided by the California Cogs, a 6-person band of Rotarians from several local clubs.  Special thanks to Penny and Gordon Shurtleff for organizing and hosting this event, including fabulous Valentine's decorations and table settings.  An assortment of fine wines was coordinated by Bernard Streiff and the wine club members.

Everyone was Scottish for a night at the club's Robert Burns birthday celebration on January 21.  This traditional event featured clan tartans, readings of Burns poetry, whisky-tasting and a buffet dinner in which haggis figured prominently.  Jeannette and Don Yeckel opened their gracious La Jolla home to the partiers for this event, which has been coordinated for the club over the past 5 years by Rotarians Ann-Shirley and Rob Goodell, our visiting "snowbirds" from Vancouver, Canada.

And, it was a festive holiday evening when Torrey Pines Rotarians gathered for a pre-Christmas social and dinner on December 14 at the Crab Catcher Restaurant in La Jolla.  Typical of club social events, members, spouses and friends enjoyed the fellowship for which the club is known, along with wine and an excellent dinner.  The several Chevaliers du Vin were splendid in their cups and ribbons.   

The good news is that the club is planning further social events throughout the year, so get ready to party--again.
3 social events in 3 months. Torrey Pines knows how to party! Rob Goodell 2012-02-10 00:00:00Z
Third Pitch/First Inning

Following torrential rains, Obama's "State of My Campaign" and president Tom healing and traveling Gordon opened the meeting by almost breaking the bell..and our ear drums. Jim Roche and Richard were the only MIAs. It was, in fact, Robbie Burns' birthday (and Robbie Goodell's son, Gordon's). Be sure to check out the Home Page for Robbie's review of last Saturday's celebration at the Yeckels.

We had Joy and Dave Rice visiting from Madison, WI. She is a member of the world's seventh largest club there in Madison. Her husband is a Kiwanian (hissss). No. We admire anyone doing good. Tad Wolff was our guest, as well, assisting our speaker with IT back-up.

This Day In History now requires that we ask AND answer the question. Isn't there a game show like this? But then if you sit at Dr. Mike's table it is no fun. He has gone on the same site that morning and knows all the answers. 

With it 80 outside Bernard brings in The Big Kahuna red along with another blend. Nancy brought along a Castlle Rock pinot and a cab. Tom Ferrier had the wine club grasping their chests (and their wallets) when he reminded us we shouldn't spend over $45.00 on a bottle. Well, Tom, you and Max are up for next week. We'll be watching. I noticed en route to coffee that one of the tap handles at the bar pours Legally Red. I'll have to bring Carol by. Wonder if they'll stand her a pint.

Our program, Water4Life Ministries, was presented by four month Rotarian Rudy Shaffer. A child dies every 20 seconds from drinking polluted water. Cholera, eboli and typhoid are the culprits. A $46.00 filter can change all that. Rudy and his group raise money to fund distributing these filters to third world countries. They are good for 100 gallons a day and up to a million gallons over their life

ROCK NOTES  Don't forget to RSVP to Gordon for theValentine party on February 8. 858-483-4990. I saw Philippe yesterday. Said he's trying to get by for a make-up. Only three people have access to the ClubRunner data. Lacking spouses' birth year this person (I ain't telin') took it upon himself to make all the women one of two ages. Who done it? What ages did he use.

Ed Itor 



Third Pitch/First Inning Bill Irwin 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Everyone was Scottish for a night at the club's Robert Burns celebration

The clans were gathered, the haggis was piping hot and the single-malt whisky was being poured on Saturday evening, January 21, all in honour of Scotland's favourite poet from the late 18th Century.  Robert Burns would be 253 this week, so of course a party was in order.

Tartans were everywhere, with Stewarts predominating, some Gordons and several others.  Clan neckties were worn by Max MacGurney, Ken MacTranbarger and Gordon MacShurtleff.  Guest Harvey Stewart wore his clan hat, while others sported tartan vests, kilts, trews, shirts and stoles.  The lassies were particularly splendid in their party attire.

As usual at these gatherings, we had poetry readings, starting with "The best-laid plans O' mice and men" and proceeding to several examples of Burns's love affair with Nature and many, many women.  Jim MacYeckel sang a song about someone named Nancy and his father played a recording of the song "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose."  What a romantic family!  No wonder there are 21 Yeckel grandchildren!

After the toasts, the poetry and songs, we all enjoyed a buffet dinner in which the haggis figured prominently.  With lots of food, wine, whisky and good company, it was a very social evening.  Typical of Torrey Pines gatherings, relaxed conversation and good-natured fellowship were everywhere.  With whisky, poetry, haggis and beautiful women, old Robbie Burns would have been pleased.

Special thanks to Jeannette and Don MacYeckel for opening their gracious La Jolla home to the club for this occasion.  Ann-Shirley and Rob Goodell are pleased to have been able to share the Canadian tradition of these Burns Suppers with our Torrey Pines friends for the past five years.  We hope everyone had a good time.


Everyone was Scottish for a night at the club's Robert Burns celebration Rob Goodell 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Quote of the Week - Who Said It?
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? Rob Goodell 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z
Thought for the Week - Who Said It?
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Rob Goodell 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z
Mark Your Calendars!
Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
Mark Your Calendars! Rob Goodell 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z
Adopt A Family project

ImageEach December, Torrey Pines Rotary chooses a local family that is struggling financially and provides Christmas gifts for the entire famiiy.   Club member (and President-Elect) Jerry Zampa and his wife Tina have provided leadership on this project for a number of years, working through the Home Start Program in San Diego.

This year's family consists of five family members.  Angelica is a single mother of four children ranging from 10 to 4 years of age.  Due to financial difficulty, Angelica and her children are living with her sister in a small apartment. 

 Angelica is seeking guidance through Home Start to become self-sujfficient.  She has enrolled in school to obtain her GED and is actively searching for employment.  She is also working with her case manager to get help with finding affordable housing so that she can move into her own apartment.  Angelica is working hard to achieve her goals and overcome barriers.

 Members the Rotary Club of Torrey Pines have all contributed to a  fund to make this Christmas a memorable one for the family.  Gifts have been purchased and wrapped to be delivered to the family in time for Christmas.

Adopt A Family project Jerry Zampa 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z
The Pitch, July 11, 2102
The Pitch, July 11, 2102 Bob Goodman
The Pitch, June 27, 2012
The Pitch, June 27, 2012 Bob Goodman
The Pitch, June 20, 2012
The Pitch, June 20, 2012 Bob Goodman
The Pitch, May 2, 2012
The Pitch, May 2, 2012 Bob Goodman