Next Meeting May 20, 2024   
In person at the Westin and on Zoom   
Volume 5, Issue 36 
Reporter: Julie Walker   
Photographer: Wendy Wiegand and Paul Kartzke
Carlsbad Hi-Noon
Rotary President
Jeff Segall
The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Segall, Ken Clark led the “Smile” song and “God Bless America,” Yvonne Finocchiaro led the pledge, Mary Fritz-Wilson shared Words, and guests were introduced.
• May 18: North County Food Bank
• DARK May 27 Memorial Day
• Jun 3: Offsite meeting: One Safe Place
• Jun 12: Brother Benno’s Food Service
• Jun 13: Happy Hour
INTRO of CHNR’s ’24-’25 Officers’ Slate
The slate of officers and directors for the 2024-25 Rotary year will be presented at our meeting on May 20.
Our June 3 meeting will be an offsite meeting, at One Safe Place, from noon to 1:30pm. Reservations on SignUp Genius are required because lunch will be served. Those who wish to take an optional tour of the facility after the meeting ALSO must make a reservation online (on SignUP Genius, scroll down below the meeting reservation section). One Safe Place supports victims of crime, including sexual assault and human trafficking, and is operated by the SD County District Attorney’s office.
Principal Rose Flowers and AVID teacher Ruthie Smith joined us for lunch and thanked CHNR for scholarships provided to eighth grade students for summer classes. They shared thank-you letters from the students. The club and Youth Service Director Bob Kreisberg were also thanked for other CHNR programs benefitting Valley students.
Valley Mid School Photo: Bob Kreisberg, Rose Flowers and Ruthie Smith
The CSU-San Marcos students who created and conducted a Carlsbad Community Assessment Survey for us as part of their “Senior Experience” project for graduation will be presenting their results May 16 at CSU-SM. Pres-Elect Velyn Anderson noted that among the results: education, scholarships and youth programming are seen as big needs—which means CHNR needs to do a better job of marketing since the club is doing much in all those areas. For more information about the May 16 event, contact Anderson:
• Scholarship Update: Velyn Anderson, standing in for Chair Christian Chapman, said the committee that included her, Chapman, JoAnn Ross and Rachel Ivanovich spent many hours meeting with the applicants and evaluating applications. Chapman will present a complete report at our next meeting, but she noted that winners are both the college-bound as well as the trade- or technical-school bound grads.
• Middle School Essay Contest: Bob Kreisberg thanked Jacqueline Brownlee for helping him with the club’s new middle school essay contest. Brownlee and Kreisberg scored the 20 essays received, all based on the Four-Way Test, and Kreisberg called the essays inspiring, making it hard to select the first- and second-place winners. Both winners have been invited to attend our next meeting.
• North County Food Bank Food Packing: Sat., May 18, 9am-noon, reminder for those signed up.
Location: 3030 Enterprise Ct., Suite A, Vista.
• Brother Benno’s Food Line: Wed, Jun 12: 6:15-8am to help serve breakfast at Brother Benno’s, 3260 Production Ave., Oceanside. SignUpGenius or contact Paul Kartzke: or 760-536-9692.
• Rotarians at Work Day: Beth Garrow shared photos from the paint-and-plant project at Carlsbad Army Navy Academy on April 27. More than 30 Hi-Noon Rotarians, plus friends, family and some academy cadets and faculty showed up to paint five vintage cottages and landscape several planters.
• Mental Health Walk: Bob Stonebrook and Rocco Ciesco represented CHNR on a team sponsored by Rotary District 5340 in a SD walk Apr. 27 to raise funds for the National Association for Mental Illness. The district team raised $18,000, the highest amount of any team in the SD walk.
• Lublin, Poland Rotary Connection: Tommy Hersant recently returned from a trip that included a visit to several Rotary clubs, including Club Lublin Centrum in Poland. He shared slides from the visit that featured a tour of the Lublin Peace Shelter. CHNR donated $2,000 to that club for the shelter, which is assisting and sheltering Ukrainian widows and orphans.
Flags photo: Jeff Segall and Tommy Hersant with flags from overseas Rotary clubs visited by Hersant
• Happy Hour: The next Happy Hour will be June 13 at a location to be determined. Paul Kartzke shared a photo from the recent club Happy Hour at Pizza Port in Bressi Ranch.
Happy Hour at Pizza Port on May 9
Bob Kreisberg only had time to recognize May birthdays, anniversaries and Rotary anniversaries.
• Birthdays: Josh Rytz, Helen Wells, Mimi Gaffey, Rick Huenefeld and Dave Dana
• Anniversaries: Velyn Anderson (47), Jim Brubaker (40) and Alan Cobb (25)
• Rotary anniversaries: Tom Applegate (30), Gloria Foote (29), Ken Clark (26), Jim Brubaker (22) and Mary Fritz-Wilson (16)
Carolyn Sims-Luna
Carlsbad City Council District 2
Councilwoman Carolyn Luna
with longtime friend Jeff Segall
Pres-Elect Velyn Anderson introduced Councilwoman Carolyn Sims-Luna, detailing her long career in public service: 42 years, currently as a Carlsbad council member, filling a mid-term vacancy.
Sims-Luna offered perspective and updates on a variety of issues and projects in or including District 2, often punctuating her comments with reminders such as: “the State of California has regulated us so much that we have lost local control.” At one point, she said, “It’s a whole different world as to what we can or cannot do.”
• TGIF summer concerts: Nine concerts this year at three city parks, but with enhanced safety measures.
• E-bike safety plan: expanded bike lanes, neighborhood speed reduction efforts, and traffic and safety training through school partnerships, for those using e-bikes.
• Smart & Final mixed-use project: a redevelopment proposal tentatively set to go to the planning commission on Jun 5; possibly to the city council in August.
• Budget for 2024-25: coming to the council on May 21; a community meeting will be set for May 23, and she urges participation. “Last year, we had only 14 people show up.”
• Palomar Airport: Although in Carlsbad, it is owned by the county, airspace regulated by the FAA, and state has its own regulations in place. However, Carlsbad controls the zoning around the airport.
• Beach preservation: a new area of study, with much more data needed as the city looks at how to protect critical infrastructure from rising sea level. Concerns about Oceanside’s plans to move sand as a protection measure, but which may negatively impact Carlsbad.
• Windsor Pointe housing issues: with more than 750 service calls in the last year  (complaints, security, etc), efforts have been stepped up to mitigate the problems.
• Other topics included cell tower locations, and design standards being update.
Next Meeting: May 20, 2024
Priya Bhat-Patel
City of Carlsbad
District 3 Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem