Joker Jackpot

Mary Fritz-Wilson drew a 6 in this week’s jackpot drawing and won $6. The jackpot is now at $120.
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Hi-Jinx Bulletin from Jul 26, 2021 mtg

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”
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Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club

 Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club!

The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club 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 Raegan Matthews 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 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's Oktoberfest will include an "Opening Day Event" at the Strawberry Fields with a German meal and fun AND Carlsbad restaurants supporting both Carlsbad Rotary Clubs in the Oktober-FEAST element of the festivities for the entire month of October.  Check out the website for event and restaurant specifics: This is the 39th anniversary of the Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad 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. This year's event is in the planning stages.

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. 

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Allison Henderson
SD Natural History Museum
aka “The NAT”
Allison Henderson
Allison Henderson provided background and a brief overview on “The NAT,” which originally evolved from a conversation in 1874 between two members who loved to collect local flora and fauna. It started in two rooms in what was The Hotel Cecil in downtown San Diego and is now a 150,000-square-foot facility in Balboa Park. During Covid shutdowns, it has operated virtually and continued its many scientific activities and research projects.
Henderson likes to think of “The NAT” as a trifecta made up of a visitors’ center, a museum and a lab. The visitors' center involves special exhibits, including the current Fossil Mysteries and Coast-to-Cactus exhibits. The museum portion features collections—with more than eight million specimens—and a research library. The lab involves scientists working in the lab and out in the region: surveying, making and researching discoveries and trying to understand the effects of fires, climate change, etc. on the environment.
“The NAT” has been closed due to Covid restrictions, but virtual visits are welcome and there is a large inventory of online lectures done by the museum’s scientists. The Nat has speakers such as Henderson available to visit school classrooms and organizations—now done virtually, but usually an in-person visit. Also, adults may check out physical elements of “The NAT” (think dinosaur bones, etc.) for “all you grandparents to share in classrooms, too.”  Check out “The NAT” at
The NAT in Balboa Park
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Wendy Wiegand talked about the club’s annual Mexico House project—building a home for a family in Mexico in one day. She was especially happy when she participated last year because she got to hand the house keys to the family.

Mike Metts talked about his longtime leadership with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program (RYLA). He said friendships, giving back and RYLA have made Rotary very important in his life. Because of the pandemic, RYLA was not held in 2020, nor will it be held in 2021. However, a new Zoom program is being created for RYLA.


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Roto-Rooter Mary Fritz-Wilson recognized December and January birthdays. December: Jani Jackson, Jos Magaña, Lisa Walsh, Randy Ferren and Mike Metts. January: Bob Kreisberg, Tom Applegate, Rocco Ciesco, Justin Peek, Alan Cobb, Alesia Clark and Jim Brubaker.

 Holiday Happenings: Wendy Wiegand had good and bad news: Her new Tesla arrived on Christmas Eve, earlier than expected. Alas, her Mercedes was damaged when it was hit by a red-light runner. Nancy Starling’s son and grandson also were in a car hit by a red-light runner; both are okay. Dave Dana’s extended family celebrated Christmas together, as did Harry Peacock’s. Mimi Gaffey’s granddaughter left for Germany for her college studies. Yvonne Finocchiaro’s grandson graduated from college virtually, so the family created a full graduation ceremony at home.

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Paul Harris Fellow: Mimi Gaffey, the club’s liaison with The Rotary Foundation, provided Neal Stehly with his PHF + 5 pin and thanked him for his continued support of TRF and the worldwide work it does. 
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AVID Seminars

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college prep program targeting students who will be first generation college attendees in their families. Students and parents make a commitment to participate in the program for all four years of high school by choosing to take the AVID Class as an elective all four years of high school. The AVID class supports students in succeeding in challenging academic programs using peer coaching strategies and study skills designed to support student learning and achievement.
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club (CHNR) began their support of the AVID program in 2008. Working with other Rotary Clubs, a Conference was put together for Senior AVID students from Carlsbad, Oceanside, El Camino and Vista High Schools. Students joined Rotarians for breakfast and panel presentations from Rotarians and representatives from potential career areas. The next year, CHNR decided to focus on Carlsbad High students. The Club invited the Junior and Senior AVID students and followed this format until 2013. At that point, the event was renamed the AVID Seminar and the focus was changed to engage the students in an interaction with successful Rotarians and successful former AVID students. Rotarians became facilitators during Breakfast and talked to students about their goals and shared their struggles and successes. Then, in smaller groups, selected Rotarians and former AVID students shared their experience and offered ideas for building success in life through a small-group format. A debrief of the small group work and a keynote presentation on a specific leadership skill closed the seminar. A highlight of the event is the recognition of the top Senior AVID Students by their teachers.
March 22, 2019 marked the Twelfth Seminar. This year Hi-Noon Rotary reached out to Sage Creek High School to involve their AVID Juniors and Seniors. There were 44 students from Carlsbad High and 24 from Sage Creek. The 68 students were supported by their teachers, school and district administrators, counselors and 20 Rotarians.
To support the student experience, the Club began to collect “Words of Advice” from members in 2016. A group of students created a set of questions that were then asked of all members of the club. The responses were recorded and presented to the students. The documents are used as reference materials in the AVID classes and have documented the variety of experiences that Rotarians bring to our Club. Each year the students select a different set of questions to ask the members.
April 3, 2020 was to be our 13th AVID Seminar. Unfortunately, 13 did not end up to be our lucky number. Along with many other activities, this event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a wonderful experience for students and our members was lost. However, we did continue to recognize the Top 5 AVID Seniors for 2020 from each school. Their pictures are attached as are several years of pictures of the Top 5 and group pictures from past events.
We want to take a moment and express our deep appreciation to the AVID Teachers on each campus. They are: Jeff Spanier and Laurie Britton at Carlsbad High School; and Aida Salah and Allison Williams at Sage Creek High School.
For 2021 we are going to move forward to the 14th Seminar!       
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club
Top 5 AVID Seniors
Class of 2020
Carlsbad High School
    Analaura Flores            Makella Nordquist             Jasmyn Lemus                Christen Opp               Bianca Herrera
Sage Creek High School
       Angelica Venancio               Cavaughn Higgs              Destini Perkins                 Hayat Sherif                Roxana Dominguez
The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club would like to thank the following people for their continued support of the AVID Program:
AVID Teachers, Jeff Spanier, Laurie Britton, Aida Salah and Allison Williams,
Principals, Dr. Brian Brockett and Jesse Schuveiller,
Superintendent, Dr. Ben Churchill, the District Leadership Team, and the Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees
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