Public Service Announcement - Due to COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Order, all Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Meetings will be held via Zoom Meetings until further notice.  Please contact
President Pat Hurley at for access. 

 Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club!

The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club welcomes Rotarians and other visitors to its Monday meetings. During this Covic-19 environment (until further notice) the club will meet via ZOOM meetings online.  Please refer to President Pat Hurley at for access. 

For in-person meetings, 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 75 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 it will be titled Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad OKTOBER-FEAST Month in Carlsbad--Where the Restaurants are the Venue. This is the 38th anniversary of the Oktoberfest.  Proceeds from Oktoberfest are shared with Carlsbad charities and used by the club for its many local community projects. The club also sponsors an annual "Brewfest" with craft brewers, but because of Covid-19 health concerns it is cancelled for the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  The club looks forward to reactivating it in the 2021-2022 Rotary year.

Additionally, the club also supports the AVID program at Carlsbad High School with a business and ethics conference, a literacy project and book fair at Jefferson Elementary School,  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 April 19, 2021
Vol 2, Issue 29
Reporter: Julie Walker
Pat Hurley
Welcome: President #4 Pat Hurley opened the meeting, the first of his 4th quarter presidency, by thanking Wendy Wiegand, Yvonne Finocchiaro, Maureen Simons and Lisa Rodman for their efforts as presidents during the pandemic shutdown. “This club would not be functioning without you ladies,” he said. The pledge was led by Julie Walker, Words were provided by Lisa Rodman (President #3 of 4) who noted: “Every day you wake up, it’s an amazing gift, and it’s up to you to make it count.” Wendy Wiegand led recitation of the Four-Way Test. The brief birthday song was sung (badly) to Maureen Simons, who will celebrate a significant one this month.
Guests: Guest Don Fipps, Rotary 5340 Area 3 Assistant Governor, introduced former Hi-Noon member and past president Dawn Van Siclen as the incoming Area 3 Assistant Governor. She begins her three-year term on July 1. Dana and Lauren, president and vice-president of the CHNR-sponsored Carlsbad High Interact Club, also were introduced, as was the days’s speaker, Jim Ponder.
In-Person Club Meetings? President Pat conducted a poll, asking the 30 Rotarians attending if they would like to return to in-person meetings at the Westin, beginning in May. The Westin will waive its minimum for number of attendees but will require that anyone attending be vaccinated. In-person meetings also will be Zoomed. There was discussion, and initial poll results were: 66% yes; 10% no; 24% maybe. The poll will be conducted again during next week’s meeting.
Breakout Rooms: Jani Jackson coordinated “breakout rooms,” with groups discussing any positive effects they realized during the pandemic quarantine/stay-at-home orders.
4th Quarter Dues Invoices: Treasurer Bryan Geisbauer alerted all that he had just emailed the 4th Quarter Dues statements and invoices to club members.
Paul Harris Matching Funds: President Pat reminded everyone that both the club and District 5340 are offering matching funds, up to $500, to those who want to start a Paul Harris fellowship. Contact Mimi Gaffey.
CHS Interact Club Project: Dana and Lauren, president and vice president of our club-sponsored CHS Interact Club, said the group is working on a project to provide a sustainable gravity water filtration system to a school in Nepal. The club’s goal is to raise $2,500, and so far, members had raised $1,833 by holding a number of fundraising activities despite the pandemic shutdown. CHN Rotarian Ray Green, the club’s advisor, raved about these students, who, despite no in-school classes, were able to raise those funds. “They are very dynamic individuals,” he said. During the meeting, a number of CHN Rotarians pledged funds to help the Interactors reach and most likely, exceed their goal.
Interact Club VP Lauren
                  • SAVE THE DATE #1: CHN Rotarians will be assisting at the North County Food Bank on Friday, April 23. Advance sign-ups required and forms to be filled out; contact LeAnn Rytz.
                  • SAVE THE DATE #2: Mary Fritz Wilson updated us on our Rotarians At Work Day/Mexico House project, taking place Sat., April 24, in Chula Vista. There is still room for a couple more persons to help build the house segments, and carpools are being put together. Anyone interested in helping should email Chair Rocco Ciesco.
                  She said what is especially needed now are food and household items (not clothing!) for the family who will get the house we build. Canned goods, large bags of beans/rice, powdered drinks, chicken-flavored ramen, healthy cereals are requested, as well as new or gently used utensils, pots/pans, toiletries, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, blankets, dishes. These can be delivered (soon) to Lisa Rodman at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, but please contact Fritz Wilson, who is making a spreadsheet. No electrical items. Cash also is welcome, to Rodman at the Discovery Center. 
Jim Ponder: “Leadership from the Roof of Africa”
Jim Ponder
Our speaker was Jim Ponder, a 35-year Rotarian, nine-time Paul Harris fellow, past president of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary and a longtime District 5340 RYLA leader. He is an avid hiker who has climbed to the summit Mt. Everest several times and Mt. Kilimanjaro twice. He shared how the lessons he has learned from climbing these tallest mountains in the world can be applied to everyday life.
“Everything starts with a vision,” he said. The vision he and his Mt. Kilimanjaro hiking companions had was “to go there, climb it and survive that.” He discussed making the decision to climb, the preparations, the actual venture, including dealing with adversity, and said the keys to his success can be used for reaching success in anything are:
1. Get out of your comfort zone
2. Committment
3. Gearing up and training
4. Recognize that adversity happens
5. Trust your team
6. Have a guide and get support
7. Start the journey
8. Be prepared for obstacles
9. Enjoy the experience
10. Celebrate success
Ponder said: “Don’t waste your time believing you can’t. It’s you can!”
Jim Ponder and fellow climbers
at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Meeting of Monday, April 19, 2021
Zoom Format
Program: Urban Water Management Planning Process
Dan Denham, SD County Water Authority
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Carlsbad Hi-Noon

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:10 PM
Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa
5480 Grand Pacific Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
United States of America
The club is meeting via ZOOM during this Covid environment; however, there is an occasional Drive-In Rotary meeting. Please contact if you would like to be admitted to the Zoom call or the Drive-In on Monday, noon - 1:30pm PDT.
Officers and Directors
President Elect
Past President
Sergeant At Arms
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Youth Service
Program Chair
Rotary Foundation
Bulletin Chair
Interact Chair
Social Chair
Public Relations
Peace Chair
Club Foundation President
Dan Denham, SD County Water Authority
Apr 19, 2021
Urban Water Management Planning Process
Linda Hammond, Thermo Fisher Scientific
May 03, 2021
Thermo Fisher Scientific in the Community
Adam Roser, NOAA
May 17, 2021
Weather Updates from NOAA (the recent cold weather issues within the US, long-term trends in SD)
Beth Hougen, CFO Ionis Pharmaceuticals (Biotech)
May 24, 2021
History and About Ionis Pharmaceuticals
Beth Hougen, CFO Ionis Pharmaceuticals (Biotech)
May 24, 2021
Ionis is one of the largest employers in Carlsbad. Why Carlsbad was chosen and general business.
Dark - Memorial Day
May 31, 2021
District Govenor Steve Weitzmen
Jun 07, 2021
Follow Up, Official Rotary Business
Easy Life Management, Rachel Ivanovich
Jun 21, 2021
PPP Updates and current Programs

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