The club meets at the Westin Resort on Mondays at noon (except Federal holidays). 
Please contact President Mary Fritz-Wilson at for Zoom access. 

 Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club!

The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club (CHNR) welcomes Rotarians and other visitors to its Monday meetings. The club is now meeting in-person at the Westin for those members/guests who are vaccinated.  Additionally, the meeting will be broadcast via Zoom as an option.  Please refer to President Mary Fritz-Wilson at for Zoom access. The club meets at the Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa, 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.  A buffet lunch with salads and hot entrees is open at noon, with the business meeting beginning at 12:20 pm. 

The Club, chartered in February 1980, has over 80 members. The membership is very active and committed to the Rotary principle of "Service Above Self."  The club sponsors an energetic Interact Club at Carlsbad High School and each year sends both facilitators and students to the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) conference for high school juniors and the Rotary LEAD symposium for eighth graders. The club sponsors Oktoberfest --this year's Oktoberfest will be NUMBER 40. There will be German food, German music, costume contests, games and a beer garden.  Tickets may be purchased prior to entry for individuals, families and groups. Check out the website for event specifics: This event has been designed and implemented since its inception by BOTH Rotary Clubs in Carlsbad:  Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and Carlsbad Rotary. Proceeds from Oktoberfest are shared with Carlsbad charities and used by each club for its many local community service projects. Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary also sponsors an annual "Brewfest" with craft brewers. This year's event is in the planning stages.

Additionally, CHNR also supports the AVID program at Carlsbad High School with a business and ethics conference plus college and trade school scholarships, a literacy project and book fair at Jefferson Elementary School, Junior Achievement and What Grown-Ups Do For Work for middle school students. CHNR members provide service and financial support to a variety of organizations in Carlsbad assisting food insecurity, the homeless, the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, Hospice of the North Coast, The Assistance League of North Coast, Casa de Amparo, the North County Food Bank, the Veterans Association of North County, La Posada, Stand Up for Kids, the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club, the Women's Resource Center and the CHS Music Festival. 

Next Meeting March 20, 2023
In person and on Zoom at The Westin
Volume 4, Issue 28
Reporter: Paul Kartzke
Photographer: LeAnn Rytz
Carlsbad Hi-Noon
Rotary President
Mary Fritz-Wilson
Welcome:  President Mary Fritz-Wilson welcomed all to the meeting, including those members attending via Zoom.  Maureen Simmons led the pledge, and Gloria Foote shared Words related to St Patrick’s day.  Five guests were introduced by their hosts, including the day’s speaker Rod Meade.
Ray Green (Mexico House Build) and Gloria Foote (Words)
• Mar. 15: Lunch & Learn - Gloria Foote
• Mar. 15: Pizza Challenge: Crust Pizzeria - Rocco Ciesco
• Mar. 16: North County Food Bank - LeAnn Rytz
• Mar. 18: Mexico House Build - Ray Green
• Mar. 18: Dine-Around #1 - Rick Huenefeld
• Mar. 25: Dine-Around #2 - Rick Huenefeld
• Mar. 25: District Training, free – Mary Fritz-Wilson
• Mar. 31: AVID Seminar - Gloria Foote
• Apr. 1: CHNR Bocce Ball Tournament - Danny Quisenberry
• Apr. 3: CHNR Scholarship Raffle Drawing - JoAnn Ross
• Apr. 8: Easter Egg Extravaganza - -Velyn Anderson
• Apr. 12: Brother Benno’s Breakfast Line - Velyn Anderson
• Apr. 14-16: RYLA Weekend - Mike Metts
• Apr. 20-21: Raising Readers Book Faire – Maureen Taylor
• Apr. 29: Rotarians at Work day - Velyn Anderson
• May 6: Pickle Ball Party & Social – Maureen Taylor
North County Food Bank:  Our next date for helping to pack up food at the food bank is Thursday, Mar. 16, 1-4pm, at 3030 Enterprise Court, Suite A, in Vista.  Volunteers 16 and older are invited to sign up.  Each volunteer must register separately.
City Volunteers is sponsoring an Easter Egg Extravaganza on April 8th the Saturday before Easter from 9:30 to 1:30PM.
Watch for emailed sign-up details or contact Velyn Anderson.
Scholarship Raffle:
Nancy Starling advised that we’ve sold $31,000 worth of tickets to date, about 60% of the-way to our goal of $50,000.  Prizes are $5,000 cash, $2,500 cash, a $1,000-wine basket, and a $500 gift card basket. The drawing will be at our April 3 meeting, so time is running short. JoAnn Ross: 760-652-5385; Nancy Starling: 760-438-7444
AVID Seminar, Mar. 31: Gloria Foote will email information packets to those members that have volunteered.
Lunch & Learn: Gloria advised that the tour of Carlsbad Fire Station #2 is confirmed for March 15that 2:00PM.  The group, as available, will meet for a social afterward at the Tin Leaf.
Social (Happy) Hour was held on March 9th at Seafire Restaurant in the village.  Approximately 15 members showed up for a fun time.
Mexico House Build, Mar. 18: Ray Green advised that we only have a dozen members signed up for the house build.  Sign up online up to donate specified goods for the house and/or to be a part of the build team.  Contact Ray Green.  We currently only have 12 of the 20 spots filled and 2 drivers, please contact Ray to sign up.  Please remember to bring any additional food and money donations to the La Costa Park & Ride on the morning of the 18th.
Jeff Segall
Jeff Segall announced that there is an opportunity to attend District Training on March 25th at Liberty Station Conference Center.  Jeff will send out an email with particulars.  Jeff also advised that we would hold an entire program at a future meeting (May 15th) to help club members better understand the relationship between International, Districts, Clubs, and their foundations (Foundation 101).
Pizza Challenge: Rocco Ciesco has set Mar. 15 for the next Pizza Challenge, to be at Crust Pizzeria in La Costa: 3263 Camino de los Coches.  Meet there at 5pm to rate the pizza and restaurant in eight categories.
Pickle Ball Party & Social:  Saturday May 6thMaureen Taylor to email particulars.
Bocce Ball Tournament:  April 1st. at Magee Park.  Contact Danny Quisenberry for particulars.
Danny Quisenberry honored the following members with rumors from their past:  Jo Ann Ross, Eric Lodge, Maureen Simmons, Bryan Geisbauer, Steve Herring, Paul Kartzke, Leann Rytz, and Mary Fritz-Wilson.
Rod Meade - California’s Fragile Water System
Rod Meade
Dave Dana introduced Rod to the members.  Rod was educated as a Geographer and has spent most of his working career involved with the California water system and how it has evolved.  This gives him a unique perspective on the challenges facing Southern California.
California Aqueduct
Rod advised that San Diego gets most of its water from either Lake Shasta or the Colorado River.  The river serves the water needs of seven states.  The California water system is one of the most massive systems in the world put together in a number of stages over many years.  Effective governance is the largest threat to our system in six specific areas:
  • Protection of the Sacramento River Delta:  A large earthquake in this area could cause a seawater intrusion into the delta rendering the river water useless for potable use for a significant period.
  • Overdraft of San Joaquin Valley agriculture.  Falling water table is resulting in significant settlement that may limit the future recharge of these aquifers.
  • San Joaquin Valley crop patterns and selection:  Annual crops versus tree crops have considerably different vulnerabilities to periodic drought.
  • Over allocation of Colorado River water to states:  Seven states use this water with allocation long agreed to with California having the highest.  Since the currently available water quantity is well below the water available when the agreements were signed, these allocations are no longer real.  Six of the states have worked to develop a new agreement, but California has declined to participate and maintains its right to the original allocation.
  • Antiquated Water Rights Law:  The age of these laws and the changes in water availability demand a rethinking of the issues and governing law.
  • Failure to address climate change:  Even small increases in average temperature result in significantly more loss of water to evaporation.
Any one of these issues could have a devastating effect on southern California residents and businesses.
Members had many questions for Rod, and he stayed after his presentation to answer their questions.
Monday, March 20, 2023
at The Westin and on Zoom
John Hyatt
Irish Congress of SD
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Service Above Self

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Mondays at 12:10 PM
Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
United States of America
The club is now meeting in-person at the Westin, with additional Zoom options for members. Please check in with the club president for log-in directions. President Mary Fritz-Wilson at
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