Public Service Announcement - Due to COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place Order, all Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Meetings will be held via Zoom Meetings.  Please contact President Lisa Rodman 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 Maureen Simons 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 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 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 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 1, 2021
Vol 2, Issue 23
Reporter:  Yvonne Finocchiaro
Welcome:  With the fish tank leaking under her desk, President Lisa Rodman opened the meeting with a hearty welcome to all members and guests.  Mimi Gaffey led the pledge, followed by the day’s Words by Tom Applegate who incorporated the historical (391 years ago) information that the Pilgrims were introduced to popcorn and how it is a miracle that it could look so hard and be so delicious. The Rotary 4-Way Test was repeated by Beth Garrow and the student speakers of the day introduced themselves. 
Rotary MomentJoAnn Ross described her recent Rotary Moment when Jeff Segall, Nancy Starling, Patty Johnson and LeAnn Rytz all said they would stop what they were doing to try to help Ross get a Covid vaccination.  Finally, she did get her shot.  Her heartfelt description of her fellow Rotarians was that “these are the kind of people Rotarians are. I’m so happy to be part of this group.” 
Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest:  Mo Taylor, who organized today’s presentation, described this as a partnership with the Speech and Debate Coach at Carlsbad High School.  Four students would make a speech using the Four-Way Test as a speech format.  Each would have a minimum of five minutes/maximum of seven minutes to make the presentation.  Financial awards would be:  $100 to first place; $75 to second place; and $50 each to third and fourth.  The winner would advance to the Rotary District subregional competition and could then go on to the finals for additional financial rewards.  Rather than try to duplicate the student presentations, this editor summarizes the focus of the presentation and the result (defined by judges Vince Ponce, Mo Taylor, Bob Kreisberg, Steve Ahlquist and timer Maureen Simons).
      Anina Molinar: America Under Attack, regarding January 6 on Capitol Hill. Second Place. 
Anina is a senior at CHS. She would like to study environmental science. She has applied to many colleges but does not yet know where she will attend.
Katelyn Lewis: The Technology Gap During a Pandemic,           
regarding the disparity between students with economic/technological support and those without.  First Place.
Katelyn is a junior at CHS.  Besides speech and debate, she is also involved with robotics, which is hard to study in a virtual environment.  She is not yet focused on college.
William Ellenstein:  Real Human Connection vs. Online InteractionsThird Place.
William is a junior at CHS and besides speech and debate, he swims and plays water polo.  He will focus on college next year but is looking at University of California schools.
Ava Rose Grosely:  Dinner Table Political DiscussionsFourth Place.    
Ava is a sophomore at CHS.  She has no college plans yet but is interested in a law career.
Member SpotlightGeorge Sullivan
George Sullivan has been a member of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary since October 1982.  He is a psychology/industrial management consultant and is currently under contract with the Los Angeles Police Department.  Sullivan is married to Elaine, a community leader as well. He is a Paul Harris Fellow +2 and a jovial, active member of this club. He helped at the North County Food Bank last week.   His address is 7308 Calle de Fuentes, Carlsbad 92009 if you would like to send him a note.
  Community ServiceDirector LeAnn Rytz reported that the Virtual Food Drive (open until February 25) has generated $4,080 for the North County Food Bank, so far.  The goal was $3,500, so thanks to each of you for your contributions.  There were 13 club members at the North County Food Bank warehouse the afternoon of February 13, helping to organize the food.
Spirit of Service Award:  The Award Recipient for the 2nd quarter of 2020-21 is none other than Mo Taylor.        
“Taylor was an integral part of the sponsorship committee for OktoberFeast. She never sought the limelight and was always willing to offer her time, talent, and home for the sponsorship team to meet. Working closely with the committee chairpersons, she addressed hundreds of envelopes and prepared mailings multiple times to solicit donations for this year’s OktoberFeast program. Whenever we asked for help, Mo was the first to volunteer. She is an unsung hero who has demonstrated the Spirit of Service.”
Covid Vaccination Volunteers: Jeff Segall distributed an email to indicate that Tri-City Medical Auxiliary would be handling the volunteer needs for the near future.  He also added, “I want Rotarians to know that they have exceeded Tri-City’s expectations and the hospital has been very dependent on us.  By and large, every member of the community has commented on how smoothly, quickly and professionally the clinic has run, and to a large degree, that has been because of the efforts of Rotarians in keeping the flow moving.  We have handled tasks that clinical staffs were doing, thereby freeing them up to vaccinate patients.  You have all heard of media reports of problems with other clinics in the county . . . long drive to clinics like Petco, long lines and wait times, and unorganized processes. Tri-City has not had these issues.”  He went on to thank all participating Rotarians and to indicate that there may be future need for volunteers if the clinic is expanded.  Special thanks to Jeff Segall for the exemplary work organizing Rotarians/volunteers during this crush time-frame.
Speakers:  Samantha Richter asked members for suggestions for future speakers. She and Mike Metts are working with May programming dates.  If you have ideas/connections to individuals who would provide quality programming content, please contact Richter at
Mexico House Build #22:  Rocco Ciesco reported that the date is set to build segments of this year’s Tijuana house:  Saturday, April 24.  Twenty volunteers are needed.  The 12 segments will be built in Chula Vista this year due to Covid concerns, with adequate space for social  distancing. Each volunteer is requested to bring:  your own lunch, water for the day, hat, study shoes, sunscreen, hammer, tape measure, pencil, a nail bag and a good pair of work gloves.  The team needs to be AT the Chula Vista site (Heritage and Santa Maya Roads) by 7am and should be finished later in the afternoon.  Car pools etc. will be coordinated as the date draws near. To sign up, email Ciesco at:
Roto Rooter:  Jim Brubaker
Brubaker focused on
  • Gloria Foote, who retired in late December.  On January 6, her husband had surgery.  “We dodged the bullet,” she said, “and it will be a slow recovery, but you know the quote ‘if it ain’t your time, not even a doctor can kill you.’”  Fine waived.  Brubaker congratulated Foote on her “stellar career and retirement and wishes for good health for both of you.”
  • Steve Ahlquist – but he’d left the building.
  • Richard Weston – but his sound wasn’t working.
  • Yvonne Finocchiaro – regarding her recent trip to AZ to visit her Murchison men in Parker (son), Phoenix (grandson) and Prescott (grandson) . . .and then on to Sedona.  $25 fine.
President Lisa closed the meeting with the following quote:
Next Meeting:  March 1, 2021
Speaker:  Dr. Matt Kurth re the History of the Food and Drug Administration

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.


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.

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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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
Dr. Matt Kurth
Mar 01, 2021
History of the Food & Drug Administration
District Govenor Steve Weitzmen
Mar 08, 2021
Formal Club Visit by Rotary Ditrict Govenor Steve Weitzen
Constance Jones
Mar 15, 2021
Author of Emerging Butterfly, a Memoir
Gregory Harris
Mar 22, 2021
A World of Lessons (Rotarian from Encinitas sold his business and traveled with his wife and 2 kids)
Evening Format - Friendraiser
Mar 29, 2021
Evening Format - Friendraiser
Linda Hammond, Thermo Fisher Scientific
May 03, 2021
Thermo Fisher Scientific in the Community
Beth Hougen, CFO Ionis Pharmaceuticals (Biotech)
May 24, 2021
History and About Ionis Pharmaceuticals
Dark - Memorial Day
May 31, 2021

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