Public Service Announcement - Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Meetings are now in-person at the Westin. An additional option for members is via Zoom.  Please contact President Raegan Matthews at for Zoom access. 

 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. 

Next Meeting August 9, 2021
In person at Westin & via Zoom
Vol 3, Issue 4
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: Mary Fritz Wilson
Raegan Matthews
AUGUST 2, 2021 MEETING in-person and via Zoom: President Raegan Matthews welcomed all. Ken Clark led us in the Smile song, and Velyn Anderson led the pledge. Clark then led singing of America. Beth Garrow led us in the Four-Way Test. Guests were introduced, and Wendy Wiegand shared some quotes, including: “Charity begins at home, but should not end there” and “Don’t just think, do.”
Songmaster Ken Clark
Pres. Raegan shared this week’s Hi-Noon Fun Fact: She discovered that Amazon has something called “Smile” that makes it possible for Amazon shoppers to designate a beneficiary to receive a percentage every time they shop online, and she discovered Carlsbad Hi-Noon is one of the possible recipients. She added a second Fun Fact: Al’s Cafe in the Village, owned and operated by former CHNR member Al Wanamaker is celebrating its 30th year. She gave it a big thumbs up.
            • CANCELED! Brother Benno’s Food-Line service project on Aug. 11 has been canceled.
            • Club members 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. Contact: LeAnn Rytz.
            • Both Carlsbad Rotary clubs will be helping 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. Contact: LeAnn Rytz.
            • CHNR’s Meal Delivery Service, in conjunction with the Carlsbad Senior Center, is delivering meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If interested in delivering meals once a month, contact Velyn Anderson.
Steve Ahlquist said he has had many Rotary moments, but when he went to Mexico as part of one of the club’s annual CHNR homebuilding teams, he was especially proud to be a Rotarian. “To see the joy that family got when we handed them the key, that was my Rotary moment.”
Danny Quisenberry,
Club Services director,
discusses coming activities
            • Danny Quisenberry raved about the club’s first Happy Hour social of the year, held at Carlsbad Brewing Company last Friday. Many members attended. He said these will be held monthly, on the last Friday of the month, beginning at 4pm. Mark your calendars; locations to be announced.
            • Jos Magaña said monthly early-morning Coffee Hours will begin soon, starting at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center. Watch for emailed information.
            • JoAnn Ross will be coordinating our annual holiday party, and Quisenberry asked anyone interested in helping her contact her. She is still getting to know everyone, so reach out if you are able to assist.
Bob Kreisberg was our Rooter today, inviting members to share what they’re happy about.
            • Kreisberg said today was the 49th anniversary of his first day at work, post college. He also is happy a scammer who targeted his wife when she was playing Words with Friends online didn’t succeed. He claimed to be a military medical officer in need of financial help. Kreisberg checked the name online and discovered hundreds of warnings about this specific scam.
            • Joy and Stan Prowse attended the service for Nate Cobb’s wife and said it was very moving. She and Stan have “missed Rotary tremendously, but we’re healing now.” She’s happy one daughter has just been name chief financial officer for a large pharmaceutical company.
            • Gloria Foote also went to the service for Cobb’s wife, calling it beautiful. Noting that all the Cobb children live in Minnesota, she said, “We need to put our arms around our brother Nate.”
            • Velyn Anderson, who’s been sick for the past month, was “happy to be here....It’s good to be healthy and to see all your smiling faces.”
            • Wendy Wiegand said CHNR’s July birthday girls (she, JoAnn Ross, Kori Dolkas and Patti Johnson) plus Yvonne Finocchiaro and Mary Fritz-Wilson recently attended a Lips San Diego brunch performance.
            • Guest Viveka Kjellgren, a former Westport, Conn., Rotarian, shared how happy she is that “one year ago yesterday, I moved to Carlsbad!”
PROGRAM—Dam the Water, Pray for Rain
Speaker: Barry Goldlust, SD History Center docent
Samantha Richter introduces speaker Barry Goldlust
Barry Goldlust shared 400 years of San Diego County water history. The area’s history is that of floods alternating with droughts, as well as unpredictability about where the next drop of water will come from. Population growth as well as the area’s varied geography play a key role.
Goldlust said the SD History Center, which has sites in Balboa Park and in Presidio Park, has an enormous archive on the area’s history, and he invited anyone interested to visit the center.
He began his talk on our water history with how the area’s indigenous people and later, the Spanish who arrived in the 1600s, dealt with water issues. He discussed the impact of the county’s growing population, the history of our dams and reservoirs and how San Diego’s government in the early 1900s paid $10,000 to Charles Hatfield, who called himself a rainmaker. Apparently Hatfield was too good at what he did because after building towers around San Diego and putting a mixture of chemicals into the air, it eventually rained and rained—hard. Dams collapsed, rivers overflowed, and for a while, the only way to get from San Diego to North County was by boat.
California’s current water system, he said, begins with the State Water Project (SWP) which receives water from Northern California and feeds it into the Metropolitan Water System (MWP). MWP also receives Colorado River water and feeds both the SWP and MWP water to the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), which serves our area. SDCWA, he said, is looking at options for divesting itself from MWD and all of its fees.
He wrapped up his talk with a slide that posed questions for the future of our water:
August 9, 2021 – In-person at The Westin and via ZOOM
Krishna Kabra and Shannon Fowler
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
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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 now meeting in-person at the Westin, with additional Zoom options for members. Please check in with the club president for log-in directions. President Raegan Matthews at
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
Peace Chair
Club Foundation President
Youth Protection Officer
AVID Conference
RYLA Chair
Krishna Kabra and Shannon Fowler
Aug 09, 2021
S.D. Children's Discovery Museum
Brett Morey, La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotarian
Aug 16, 2021
Building the Brand of Rotary with the Rose Parade Float
Advanced Air
Aug 30, 2021
DARK - Labor Day
Sep 06, 2021
DARK - Labor Day
Youth Certifications (in Person Workshop)
Sep 13, 2021
Rotary International
Les Arbuckle
Sep 20, 2021
Life growing up as a Saigon Kid during the ‘60’s
Ryan King, Edify
Sep 27, 2021
Education Program in Guatemala
Dark - Oktoberfest
Oct 04, 2021
Dark - Oktoberfest
Louis Lebherz
Oct 18, 2021
Retired professional opera singer
Dark - Veterans Day
Nov 08, 2021
Dark - Veterans Day
Meal Packing Service
Nov 15, 2021
The Outreach Program
Dark - Thanksgiving
Nov 22, 2021
Dark - Thanksgiving

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