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 Yvonne Finocchiaro 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 Yvonne Finocchiaro, 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 Oktoberfest Month in Carlsbad. This is he 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 202-2021 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. 

VISION STATEMENT FOR 2020-2021:  Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary provides opportunities for service, leadership, friendship and personal growth.

MISSION STATEMENT FOR 2020-2021:  By emphasizing "Service Above Self" the club selects programs and projects which enhance the global community, build relationships, provide fellowship and encourage personal growth.

The club's emphasis is on community service and leadership development in young people and its members. The club advances programs and projects dealing with the seven areas of focus of Rotary International including (1) basic education and literacy; (2) community and economic development; (3) maternal and child health; (4) water, sanitation and hygiene; (5) disease prevention and treatment; (6) peacebuilding and conflict resolution; and (7) the environment.  Members of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary have options to be involved in hands-on local projects as well as Rotary International projects.

If joining a dynamic group of people interested in providing service and taking action is of interest, please contact the Membership Chair Jani Jackson at

Next Meeting Via ZOOM: August 17, 2020
Vol 2, Issue 4
Reporter: Julie Walker
Due to COVID-19 constraints, all
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary meetings
will be online via ZOOM until health
directives indicate in-person meetings
are allowed. For admittance to each
Monday's CHNR meeting, please contact
Yvonne Finocchiaro at
President Yvonne Finocchiaro called the meeting to order via Zoom. The pledge was recited by Paul Kartzke and Mimi Gaffey led recitation of the Four-Way Test. Words were by Beth Garrow who shared a quote from Marie Curie: “You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”
            • Dark next Monday due to the Demotion Dinner on August 7.
            • Rotarian Updates: George Porter reported chatting with Rotarians George Sullivan, Bruce Jordan and Alex Klingensmith, who have not been able to join the Zoomed Rotary meetings. All are doing well and missing in-person Rotary meetings. Sullivan noted he is on the mend, and getting regular physical therapy.
            • In Honor of Dave Kulchin: CHNR Foundation Treasurer Eric Lodge reported that the foundation has received more than $2,000 in honor of longtime CHN Rotarian Dave Kulchin, who died late last month.
            • Lunch Rumble: There will be no Rumble this week since the focus is on the Demotion Dinner. Information on the next Rumble will be coming early next week. Members participating in last week’s Rumble at the Carlsbad Brewing Company were: Steve Ahlquist, Tom Applegate, Rocco Ciesco, Alesia Clark, Ken Clark, Dave Dana, Mike Ferguson, Yvonne Finocchiaro, Paul Kartzke, Eric Lodge, Raegan Matthews, Lisa Rodman, Maureen Simons, Vince Ponce, Mo Taylor, George Porter, Julie Walker and Wendy Wiegand.
Mimi Gaffey recognized Jan Nadler, who will be receiving her Paul Harris pin after completing her first $1,000 fellowship. Nadler said, “I do this in of honor David Kulchin,” her sponsor and mentor. Gaffey said she has more awards to present, but she is still waiting on a number of certificates and pins from Rotary International.
Jan Nadler
Paul Harris
Steve Ahlquist introduced Maggie Jones, one of the 16 CHNR 2020 scholarship winners, who thanked us for her grant. She will be attending Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, either on campus or online. She plans to focus on math and computer science, but she also is joining the Shakespearean troupe on campus as well as the elementary-school tutoring program.
Maggie Jones
CHNR Scholarship
YOUTH SERVICE—Bob Kreisberg, Director
Bob Kreisberg reported that Carlsbad school principals are very interested in working with CHNR for the betterment of the schools, but that until they know more about how and when classes will be held, not much can be decided. Kreisberg said the goal is to get input from the principals so that the club can expand its efforts within the school community. Members interested in being a part of his committee are asked to contact him at
COMMUNITY SERVICE — LeAnn Rytz, Director
LeAnn Rytz reported reaching out to SD Food Bank/North County Food Bank, Solutions for Change and Interfaith Community Services and getting input on how CHNR could best help with food issues.
The food bank reports that prior to Covid-19, it was serving 300,000 per month but now is serving 600,000. It can use some warehouse assistance, and Rytz said a virtual food drive is in the works.
            Solutions for Change, which serves families in transition, could use some food service and/or food drop-off help, as well as some plumbing, job search mentoring and assistance at its aquaponics farm. Gently used clothing for men and women is also very welcome. Interfaith Community Services could use some help with bulk foodstuffs repackaging and the making of sack lunches. Tracy Carmichael mentioned a project of the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau that involves working with the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Clubs and local farmers to provide fresh produce to Carlsbad families in need.
            Rytz also said there is a company that has given CHNR 10,000 masks. The three entities above will each receive 2,000 masks and some will be going to a Rotary club in Baja Mexico, near where she and Josh have a house. Masks are in great demand there.
Phil Urbina said that as of this week, he has been in Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary 35 years, with only five members having more seniority than him: Eric Lodge, Bruce Stewart, Bruce Jordan, Kip McBane and George Sullivan. When he joined he was 28, with most members much older than he. The idea of Service Above Self was something that was important to him, and among the projects he got totally involved in was Oktoberfest--participating from 1987 to 2018. It wasn’t long after he joined that he took on the Roto-Rooter job, which back then meant he was the one and only RR and it lasted the entire Rotary year. He was not only the Rooter but also the "recogition"  record-keeper, week in and week out. And he said he thoroughly enjoyed it as one of the most fun things to do in the club. 
Phil Urbina
President Yvonne Finocchiaro thanked Mary Fritz-Wilson, who will be the Roto-Rooter coordinator and who will be looking for a team of Rooters. If interested in more information, contact Fritz-Wilson. For this week, Finocchiaro only had a short segment of time, and snared Josh Rytz, whose hockey buddies tried to get him to participate in a daily puch-up challenge. Rytz has a bad shoulder, so he is doing a daily 1- to 2-mile run, and LeAnn and their dogs have joined in. They are on day 8 or 9, he said. Rachel Ivanovich was asked about a book she is writing. It’s almost done she said, and may be out in about two months. It’s full of tips for tax professionals.
Police Chief Neil Gallucci
Carlsbad Police Department
Chief Neil Gallucci
Chief Gallucci has 33 year’s background in policing and arrived in Carlsbad in 1990 as a police officer. In 2015, he became the interim police chief, and in 2016, he became the chief.
            He talked about the challenges his department and his officers face in the Covid-19 era, including being tasked with doing things and enforcing laws that are not traditional laws. San Diego, he said, has adopted the State of California health requirements and noted that the health order is not just about face coverings, but is just one of many bulleted items. Health-care orders are an ever-changing target, Gallucci said, noting that the governor would be holding a press conference that afternoon—and Gallucci would be taking it in.
            “Our challenge is to keep the community as safe as possible and enforce the health orders in a way that are fair and equitable.” Businesses not in compliance with the orders are informed of the requirements, and if they remain out of compliance, the health department is notified.
            He said there always questions about protest gatherings, which are largely unmasked and not at all distanced. CPD’s goal is to maintain safety within the community, hoping to avoid violence and property damage, so in advance, Carlsbad police meet with organizers and the village business community to plan for the event. So far, that has been successful in Carlsbad.
            Carlsbad officers are asked to wear personal protection equipment sometimes as much as 12 hours a day, but Gallucci said they have proved to be up to the Covid challenges.
            He discussed crime in Carlsbad, saying that during Covid, there has been no significant change except some increase in property crime in the village, such as thefts from vehicles, bike thefts, misdemeanor theft, etc. However, he was pleased to report that due to DNA tests and the tenacity of his detectives, a 33-year-old murder was solved this past month, with a suspect taken into custody.
            CPD, he said, works with social workers if calls involve the homeless, and with mental health clinicians for calls involving possible mental issues, and community policing has long been woven into the Carlsbad Police Department.
            The future of policing? Expect the use of more artificial intelligence and technology.   
When we return to in-person meetings, the jackpot will be $410.
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