Next Meeting August 2, 2021
In person at Westin & via Zoom
Vol 3, Issue 3
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: Nancy Starling
Raegan Matthews
JULY 26, 2021 MEETING in-person and via Zoom: President Raegan Matthews welcomed all. Ken Clark led us in the Smile song, and Tom Applegate led the pledge. Clark then led singing of God Bless America, and Bob Kreisberg led us in the Four-Way Test—from the bottom up! Guests (both are prospective members) included Viveka Kjellgren, originally from Sweden and a member of the Westport, Conn. club, who is now living in Carlsbad. Also, Mary Colacicco, a member of Club 33 downtown San Diego, also living in Carlsbad. Both were introduced by Yvonne Finocchiaro.
Pres. Raegan shared this week’s Hi-Noon Fun Fact: We have three married couples who are members of our club: Shari and Gaylen Freeman joined 1995 and 2001, respectively; Joy and Stan Prowse, 2015 and 1995, respectively; and LeAnn and Josh Rytz, 2016 and 2009, respectively.
            • CHNR and the Carlsbad Rotary are partnering to provide food service at Brother Benno’s the third Wednesday of the month, beginning Aug. 11. The updated SignUpGenius link is
            • The club’s first service project this year will be painting the gazebo at Pacifica House, operated by the Hospice of the North Coast, from 9 am to noon on Saturday, Aug. 14. Coffee and donuts will be provided for CHNR volunteers. Contact: LeAnn Rytz.
                  • The two Carlsbad Rotary clubs also will be helping out at the North County Food Bank from 1-4 pm the third Friday of the month. The next date is Aug. 20, from 1-4pm. Each volunteer must sign up online individually, and must be at least 16 years old. Info has been emailed or contact: LeAnn Rytz.
            • CHNR’s Meal Delivery Service, in conjunction with the Carlsbad Senior Center, is delivering meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Velyn Anderson is coordinating and organizing her team of drivers that includes Josh and LeAnn Rytz, Tom Applegate, Lisa Walsh, Bruce Jordan, George Porter, Ken Clark, Raegan Matthews, George Sullivan Randy Ferren, Steve Ahlquist. More drivers welcome. Contact: Velyn Anderson.
Mike Ferguson’s Rotary Moment occurred many years ago when he and his wife were in Paris, France—she for work, and he for a vacation. When he decided to attend a Rotary club meeting, it never occurred to him that it would be conducted in French. However, the Rotarian seated next to him interpreted all that was going on, with grace and humor, and Ferguson had a grand lunch, including wine, meeting a whole lot of friendly people. “This became a moment I remember and appreciate. Until you go to a foreign country and experience a meeting just like yours at home, you don’t realize the affect Rotary has around the world.”
Mimi Gaffey began by saying how Rotarians are extremely generous people, not only with their time, but with their resources, and she called up Rocco Ciesco who was receiving his first Paul Harris fellowship via an anonymous donor. “Somebody in the club felt he has done so much for the club that he needed to be recognized,” Gaffey said, presenting him with his certificate and Rotary pin with a sapphire.
Mimi Gaffey and new Paul Harris
Fellow Rocco Ciesco
Yvonne Finocchiaro rooted out those Rotarians who have July birthdays, and we sang our birthday tune to Gloria Foote (July 9), George Porter (12), Jan Nadler and Vince Ponce (14), Harry Peacock (16), Velyn Anderson and LeAnn Rytz (21), Kori Dolkas, Bryan Geisbauer, Nev Roseman and Wendy Wiegand (25), Alex Klingensmith (26), JoAnn Ross and Jeff Segall (27). Not all were in attendance, but Happy Birthday to all.
She then called up Nancy Starling, Julie Walker, Wendy Wiegand, Ed Rouquette, George Sullivan and Paul Kartzke and played the “What We Don’t Know About You” game, using info placards for them from the same game several years ago. Club members did a good job re-connecting the correct info to each of the men but flopped trying to get the correct placards with each woman the first time around.
Finocchiaro then crowned Samantha Richter who recently was named “One of the 40 under 40 in Carlsbad.” And she recognized the missing Jos Magaña for taking birds to the Carlsbad Street Fair, when most people take dogs. She also reported that Jessica Jones is now with Brookfield Properties. Jones had been with Poseidon, one of Brookfield’s adjunct businesses. Josh Rytz was recognized for putting on a great birthday party for LeAnn.
PROGRAM—Club Assembly
President Raegan introduced Club Assembly, an annual event that is designed to give the club a heads-up on what is planned for the new Rotary year, with club leaders and committee chairs offering brief updates from their areas.
            • President-Elect Mary Fritz-Wilson explained that one of her two priorities this year is membership and said Jani Jackson is heading this year’s membership team. Fritz-Wilson also will be holding Fireside Chats, sharing Rotary information with new and prospective members, with existing members invited. Her second area of priority will be as the board’s liaison to the fundraising committees.
            • Club Secretary JoAnne Ross said she is finding that this position offers her as a newer member a great way to meet all the members.
            • Club Treasurer Alan Cobb reported no planned dues increase, although we are down to about 75 members (more than 100 pre-pandemic shutdown). The hope is we’ll raise enough funds via the Oktoberfest fundraiser to avoid that, and, if we can get it back on track, via Brewfest.
            • Oktoberfest Co-Chair Vince Ponce introduced Oktoberfest Committee chairs, and all urged club members to get involved since this could be the club’s only major fundraiser again this year. The two Carlsbad clubs are partnering with the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields and TipTop Meats to put on a scaled-back Oktoberfest at the fields since Holiday Park was still not available. It will be held at the Strawberry Fields on Saturday, October 2, from noon to 8pm, to be followed by the month-long OktoberFeast—again featuring Carlsbad restaurants offering specials and discounts. Because the Strawberry Fields already puts on a carnival-type event all October, with lots of activities, jumpies, games and food vendors—much like our traditional in-the-park Oktoberfest did—Rotarians will focus on hosting and manning a beer garden and an adults-only speakeasy that day, In addition to selling beer, wine and canned spirits, we will sell German food (Tiptop is donating 1,000 pounds of sausages), and there will be a DJ providing music, including polkas and the Chicken Dance. Sponsorships are a primary revenue stream for the clubs—members can help Rachel Ivanovich lock down sponsorships by signing up or identifying business and corporate entities that want to see their community linkage enhanced for the entire month of October.
            • Club Service Director Danny Quisenberry reported a lot of fun activities for the year, all designed to help members get to know one another: Happy Hours, Activity Nights/Days, Dine Arounds, Travelogues and the annual Holiday Party, as well as continuing the quarterly Spirit of Service and Rotarian-At-Heart awards. Dine Arounds will be for groups of eight to 10 (Rotarians and their spouse or guest) getting together at a Rotarian host’s home or maybe at a restaurant. Travelogues will provide club members the opportunity to share tips about places where they’ve traveled. President Raegan reminded us: “We are a service club, but also a social club.”
            • Community Service Director LeAnn Rytz shared the many avenues for service available to club members: Senior meal delivery (once a month per volunteer), North County Food Bank assistance (twice monthly), Brother Benno’s food service line (once monthly), Bikes for the Barrio (putting bikes together once a year for delivery to kids), Jefferson Elementary School Christmas shopping and party, and Senior Helping Hands (small jobs for local senior citizens). Two special club service projects are planned this year, and the club has budgeted $10,000 for community grants.
            •Youth Services Director Bob Kreisberg reminded us that Rotarians are required to complete a Youth Protection Certification program every two years, and he said the club will provide that during our September 13 meeting. He shared the many opportunities for Rotarians to help local youth: the Four-Way Test Speech Contest, our club-sponsored Interact Club at Carlsbad High, the LEAD Conference for 8th-graders, RYLA leadership conference for high school juniors, Model UN, the annual music competition, the Third-Grade Dictionary project and our scholarship committee.
Time ran out, so we will hear from the remaining 2021-22 directors and chairs at a later date. 
August 2, 2021 – In-person at The Westin and via ZOOM
Speaker: Samantha Alberts
“Dam the Water, Pray for Rain”