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 January 25, 2021
Vol 2, Issue 19
Reporter: JoAnn Ross
President Lisa Rodman welcomed everyone. The pledge was led by Yvonne Finocchiaro, followed by the 4-Way Test led by Mimi Gaffey. For Words, Bob Kreisberg read a poem he had written about his feelings about being a Rotarian. Other than our speaker, there were no guests this week, so we were encouraged to invite someone to join us at our next meeting.
            • The club will be dark next Monday, January 18, for MLK Day.
            • Lunch Rumble #23 will be at The Landings January 13, beginning at 11:30am for take-out. Patio will be open for seating. Yvonne Finocchiaro shared that the restaurants are very happy with our support during these trying times. Wear your Rotary shirts, if possible. Finocchiaro was thanked for setting up these Rumbles.
            • Mike Metts said that this year’s RYLA, to be done virtually and called Leadership Now, will be April 17. It will open to a maximum of 320 students, with four speakers and a student panel, plus Q&A. He needs 32 facilitators, with each working virtually with 10 students during the day-long program. Anyone interested in more information or signing up should contact him soon: If you’d like to help facilitate, please contact Rachel Ivanovich at
We had no individual moments, but Jani Jackson conducted virtual break-out sessions in which members used the chat function on Zoom, in small groups, to discuss the question: “Who is Your Favorite Superhero and Why?” When all came back together, the top answer was Super Woman.
Mimi Gaffey explained that a $1,000 Paul Harris fellowship can be awarded with only a $500 contribution plus 500 points from the club. At this time, the club has 2,000 points available. Anyone interested in more information should contact her before points are gone:
Mary Fitz-Wilson continues as Roto-Rooter. Bob Kreisberg and Fritz-Wilson were elated that family members finally got the Covid vaccine. Kreisberg issued a warning about a bogus bill he got, seeking more than $200 to renew his domain name. He didn’t fall for it, and urged all to be diligent. He was fined $20 for “taking up all my time,” said Fritz-Wilson. Raegan Matthews gave her husband chocolate chip cookies and golf to celebrate his birthday. Mark Ealy was thanked for always being positive on Facebook—certainly appreciated during this time.
Fritz-Wilson recognized CHNR anniversaries (December and January): Bruce Stewart, 45 years; Kip McBane, 37; Stan Prowse, 34; Julie Walker, 33; Jeff Segall, 23; Richard Weston and Wendy Wiegand, 18; Justin Peek, 7; and Tina Ray, 4.

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.

Summer Stephan
SD County District Attorney
Our speaker was San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan. Her office serves the second largest county in California. She began by saying she had just been notified that a case SD had relinquished to the LA District Attorney’s office (because the defendant was accused of one gun-related murder in San Diego County and two murders in Los Angeles County) had been ordered returned to SD for prosecution. She fought for that return after learning the new district attorney in LA was not going to pursue charges involving the use of a gun during the crimes committed in the two counties—a win for her team.
The pandemic, she said, has forced the legal and court systems to find new ways to work, with many court-related activities now being done virtually. Stephan said her office is working diligently in many arenas, including internet crimes against children, the explosion of opiod deaths and the increasing number of hate crimes. Mental health issues are another focus. Under Stephan's leadership, many new programs have been started. An urgent-care type mental health facility will open soon in Vista. A family justice center also is opening in North County.
Asked about Covid directives enforcement, she said there has to be a balance between the need to keep everyone healthy and the need for people to be able to put food on the table. “It’s difficult,” Stephan said. “We shouldn’t have to criminalize someone” who is forced to do the latter.
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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
Jeff Bott
Feb 01, 2021
Transportation Corridor Agencies (agency that operates Orange County Toll Roads)
Eric Munoz, Author of Attack of the Killer Algae
Feb 08, 2021
Caulerpa Taxifolia (Killer Algae that threated the Agua Hediodna Lagoon)
Gregory Harris
Feb 22, 2021
A World of Lessons (Rotarian from Encinitas sold his business and traveled with his wife and 2 kids)
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

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