Public Service Announcement - Due to COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Order, all Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Meetings will be held via Zoom Meetings.  Please contact Yvonne Finocchiaro at for access. 
Next Meeting September 28,  2020
Vol 2, Issue 8
Reporter: Julie Walker
Due to COVID-19 constraints, the
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary September meetings
may be Zoom or Drive-In meetings,
unless in-person meetings are allowed.
For admittance or further information,
please contact Yvonne Finocchiaro
This was our second Drive-In Rotary meeting. President Yvonne Finocchiaro welcomed us, and Alesia Clark led the pledge. Jani Jackson shared words of gratitude, including these by Willie Nelson: “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
Drive-in Rotarians with briefly lowered masks are
from left: Vince Ponce, Yvonne Finocchiaro,
Jim Brubaker, Gloria Foote, Wendy Wiegand
and Maureen Simons.
  • ZOOM ROTARY SEPTEMBER 28The September 28 CHNR meeting will again be a Zoom meeting next week. The Rotary District Governor for 2019-2020 will join the Zoom meeting to present Past President Wendy with the RI Presidential Citation with highest honors for the club’s work in 2019-2020. Additionally, it will be final meeting led by President Yvonne Finocchiaro, #1 of 4 presidents for this Rotary year. Maureen Simons will be at the helm for the months of October through December as #2 of 4, and the meetings will continue via Zoom or Drive-In until pandemic regulations change.
  • Food Insecurity — Hands-on project at North County Food Bank warehouse on Friday, September 25. Refer LeAnn Rytz with any questions.
  • Leadership Development — CSU San Marcos has invited CHNR members to participate in a virtual meeting with Marshall Goldsmith, leadership author and 40-year CEO, on Thursday, September 24, 8am – 9:30am. Register at  Special thanks to Miguel de Jesus for the invitation.
  • Membership Categories: (President’s note:  I would like to thank those members in categories who pay for lunch as they attend [whether they eat or not] for being so diligent in paying for Drive-In Rotary. Thank you — Yvonne)
  • Rumble #14 — Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen will be the location on Wednesday, September 30, 11:30am; wear your Rotary shirts. Full description to follow.
Coming soon! The free tickets for the Carlsbad Rotary clubs’ pandemic-spurred month-long Oktober-Feast celebration will be available as hard copies and digitally. Each discount ticket is good for up to eight persons at a time, and they can be re-used, shared, reprinted and downloaded—over and over. The idea is to direct patrons to the nine Carlsbad restaurants offering 15-percent discounts on food all October, as well as to Tip Top Meats, which is offering a complete German meal all month at the already-discounted price of $9.98, plus tax. Co-Chair Vince Ponce said it appears that via sponsorships, the event will raise at least $60,000 for scholarships and other Rotary projects. “All sponsors are being very generous, including the Rotarians in both clubs.” Restaurants offering the 15-percent discount are Vigiluci’s Seafood, Vigilucci’s Cantina, Gregorio’s Italian Restaurant, The Landings, Tommy V’s, Senor Grubby’s, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, and Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen. Rotarians are encouraged to use and hand out tickets to ensure a Win-Win-Win result: for the restaurants, the community and the two Rotary clubs, in addition to keeping the spirit of Carlsbad Oktoberfest alive.
Vince Ponce promotes Oktober-Feast,
our major fundraiser for 2020 
CHNR’s 2019-2020 president, Wendy Wiegand, presented her recognition awards during this meeting, since her Demotion Dinner remains on hold. Rotarian of the Year was Jim Brubaker, and Rookie of the Year went to two members: Samantha Richter and Rachel Ivanovich. In addition to their awards, each received a Paul Harris fellowship. Wiegand also recognized Bryan Geisbauer as Board Member of the Year and Yvonne Finocchiaro with a Service Above Self award. Other awards: Lisa Rodman, Making a Difference; LeAnn Rytz, Rising Star; Rocco Ciesco, Shooting Star; Ken Clark, Unsung Hero; Bob Kreisberg, Extra Mile; and Tom Applegate received a Get ’er Done award. 
Wendy Wiegand honors Jim Brubaker
as CHNR’s 2019-2020 Rotarian of  the Year,
presenting him with a custom likeness.
Rachel Ivanovich, left, and Samantha Richter
were named co-Rookies of the Year by
2019-2020 President Wendy Wiegand.
Roto-Rooter for the month of October is Alesia Clark, one of our newest members. If you have anything to share or want to brag about, please contact her.
Rick Grove
Assistant Superintendent,
Personnel Services, for the
Carlsbad Unified School District
and CHNR member
Rick Grove
After talking about CUSD’s many staff and student accomplishments, honors and awards in the past year, as well as completed and ongoing modernization projects, Rick Grove then focused on the CUSD’s Covid-19 planning, response and ongoing challenges.
CUSD’s leadership team began tracking Covid-19 in early March, he said, and on March 13, it received word that schools had to be shut down. The District opted to start spring break early, in the hopes that students would soon be back in school. Of course, that was not to be, and that has become one of CUSD’s major challenges. CUSD families are divided in thirds, Grove said. One-third of them don’t feel safe and want to wait until there is a vaccine before sending their children back for in-class learning. Another third wants to get back to school, following all protocols, and the final third wants to get their children back to school without any special requirements. “No matter what we do, perhaps two-thirds of our  parents will be unhappy.”
As of Monday, CUSD was preparing to re-open elementary schools on September 28, with half the students in classes Monday and Tuesday and doing remote learning Thursday and Friday; the other half doing the reverse. Wednesdays would be designated for disinfection. Breaking each elementary school population in half is necessary to reduce class sizes and to maintain social distancing. Grove said special-ed student classes are already small, so those students would be in class five days a week. Plans for secondary students are for them to continue with remote learning through October 13. The model for how the deal with potential in-class instruction for the high school students would be discussed at this week’s school board meeting, he said.
As of Monday, CUSD was awaiting word on whether SD County would fall into the state’s most restrictive tier. It appears that school districts that opened would not have to shut down, so if the county drops into the lower tier, that puts CUSD’s plans in jeopardy. Public policymakers, he explained, must determine the best use of resources and the well-being of staff and students, and as everyone knows, CUSD had yet not re-opened.
Grove thanked CHNR for its donation of masks to the district, including a recent donation of another 14,000 masks.
When we return to in-person meetings, the jackpot will be $410.
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Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Drive
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Past President
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Presentation on Courageous Aging written by Dr. Ken Druck
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Oct 19, 2020
Ionis is one of the largest employers in Carlsbad. Why Carlsbad was chosen and general business.
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