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 for access. 
Next Meeting Via ZOOM: June 8, 2020
Vol 1, Issue 19
Reporter: Julie Walker
Due to COVID-19 directives, all Carlsbad
Hi-Noon Rotary meetings are being held as
online Zoom meetings. Please contact
This week’s Zoom meeting drew 44 participants. President Wendy Wiegand called the meeting to order, Jim Brubaker led the pledge, and Mimi Gaffey led recitation of the Four-Way Test. Words were by Jani Jackson, who shared a portion of a commencement speech presented to the 2020 graduates of the University of Texas at Austin, that included: “You have exactly what it takes to change the world. It won’t be on your terms or on your your timeline....” Ken Clark welcomed guests by singing the Welcome song.
Resumption of CHNR Onsite Meetings: Everyone was emailed a link to participate in an online survey about going back to onsite Rotary meetings at the Westin. Please complete that by June 7. The first potential date for resuming meetings at is July 13, but input is needed in order to make a decision that will accommodate the most members.
Scholarship Presentation: CHNR will be presenting scholarships totaling $23,500 to local high school graduates this week. Some of those recipients will be the program for next week’s Rotary meeting (via Zoom).
District COVID-19 grant project celebration: via Zoom, June 5, noon-1p.m.  Meeting ID is: 827 8395 6173, and password: 924157.
District Governor’s Awards Dinner, June 29, 6-9pm. Register at, select the event. Yvonne Finocchiaro urged all CHNR members to participate in support of Pres. Wendy Wiegand, who has lead us through the many lumps and bumps of this crazy Rotary year.
Rotary International Convention, a free virtual event, will be June 20-26. Details to come.
Pres. Wendy still has some disposable face masks available.             
John Estill is the club’s third-quarter Spirit of Service (SOS) Award recipient, recognizing CHNR members who, in some way, large or small, have exemplified the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self.” In presenting the award, Jos Magaña said Estill who has been very active in the club in many ways, was especially being recognized for assisting club and community members with navigating the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) during the COVID-19 crisis, stepping in when banks had let them down. Other nominees were Samantha Richter, Bob Kreisberg, JR Phillips and Maureen Taylor. LeAnn Rytz also was nominated but was not eligible since she is a CHNR board member.
John Estill, SOS Recipient
CHNR 2020-21 President-elect Harry Peacock recently had to step aside due to the COVID-19 impact on him and his family. Pres. Wendy has announced that a team of past presidents will serve in that capacity, each for a quarter of the coming Rotary year. They are, 1st quarter: Yvonne Finocchiaro; 2nd quarter: Maureen Simons; 3rd quarter: Lisa Rodman; 4th quarter, Pat Hurley (pictured, left to right, below).
Yvonne Finocchiaro shared thank-you notes from Al Wanamaker and Belynn Gonzalez, thanking club members for supporting their restaurants during the first two Rotary lunch Rumbles. Rumble #5 will be held at That Pizza Place, owned by former CHNR member Mike Pfankuch. Date is Wed., June 3, at noon, 2622 El Camino Real. Dine-in will be available, with tables for 6. Wear a mask and a Rotary shirt. Finocchairo said she will email a photo of the menu. Attendees for the two recent Rumbles: #3, at the Tin Leaf Fresh Kitchen: Tom Applegate, Jim Brubaker, Kori Dolkas, Mark Ealy, John Estill, Randy Ferren, Yvonne Finocchiaro, Gloria Foote, Raegan Matthews, Ed Rouquette, Jeff Segall, Maureen Simons, Maureen Taylor, Phil Urbina, Julie Walker, Wendy egand. Rumble #4, at Casero Taqueria: Tom Applegate, Julie Baker, Ken Clark, John Estill, Mike Ferguson, Randy Ferren, Yvonne Finocchiaro, Gloria Foote, Beth Garrow, Bryan Geisbauer, JR Phillips, Danny Quisenberry, Lisa Rodman, Ed Rouquette, Jeff Segall, Maureen Taylor, Julie Walker, Wendy Wiegand. A number of the Rotarians bring a guest or take home packaged food for others, so each Rumble is generating about 40-45 lunches.
COMMUNITY SERVICE — LeAnn Rytz, director
Solutions for Change, which assists families and youths in North County go from homelessness to self-sufficiancy, is the recipient of one of the club’s $1,200 grants. Veronica Baker said the last few months have been very challenging to the organization due to the pandemic, and Solutions is just starting to re-engage with its clients, including getting ready to re-start its education program. This grant money will be used to help with that. She noted that Solutions also has a farm in Vista, that grows and provides gresh organic produce. The Solutions for Change website has information on how to get that produce delivered.
Phil Urbina was in his first year of Rotary in 1986 when he joined fellow CHNR members and dentists Bruce Jordan and Mark Packard, plus one more Rotarian no longer active in CHNR, on a trip to Mazatlan, Mexico, to provide free dental services to youngsters in an orphanage. Urbina, who was editor of the “Carlsbad Journal” at the time, went along to document the three-day event. He said participating in this “brought life to all the aspects of what Rotary does,” especially internationally.
Roto-Rooter Bob Kreisberg
Kreisberg invited Red-Badge members JoAnn Ross and Ray Green to tell a little about themselves. Ross is very familiar with Rotary because her late husband, Gene, was a Rotarian for 50 years, including CHNR. She says she was from the south, but lived in a number of states before ending up in Carlsbad. She grew up in Memphis, and said, “Yes, I got to meet Elvis, he signed my hand, but my mother made me wash it.” She taught school in Texas, and other states included New Jersey, Michigan, Virginia, central California and Washington.
JoAnn Ross
Green said he was born in Maryland and came to California for college—and stayed. He and his family have been in Carlsbad for the last 20 years, and he says he’s “really happy to be part of this great organization.
Ray Green
June birthdays and anniversaries were recognized, including birthdays for Zoom attendees Rachel Ivanovich, Mary Fritz-Wilson and Richard Weston, and anniversaries for Mike Metts (#30), Kreisberg (#47) and Bud Carroll (#76). It was noted that while Carroll hasn't been with us via Zoom, he can be contacted via email. He and his wife will celebrate their anniversary on June 6, and cards or emails are suggested.
Andrew Accardi,
Head of ER Services at Scripps Hospitals
Andrew Accardi
Dr. Andrew Accardi discussed the impact and challenges of the COVID-19 crisis as well as offering some thoughts about the coming months.
He began by saying that Scripps hospitals and their related facilities have had outstanding community support, making some very tough days a bit easier. Dealing with patients during the crisis has not been “as hectic as some of the flu seasons in the past,” he said, “but it is pretty intense.”
Pandemic challenges for medical and care providers include:
• Lack of knowledge about the virus and access to testing for all.
• Lack of access to health care for all, which leads to fear of going to the hospital until too late or almost too late.
• Lengthy hospitalizations required for COVID-19 patients who end up in the ICU and must be intubated.
• Labor-intense impacts on medical and care providers.
• Financial impacts on hospitals, doctors and patients.
Accardi said prevalence of the disease in San Diego is at about 2 percent, whereas in New York City, it has been more like 20 percent. That leads him to believe that many in San Diego actually are immune. But more testing is needed to make that determination. He said people will be wearing masks and social-distancing “probably for some time to come.” Especially as a result of the current crowd protests and rioting, or other crowd gatherings too soon. Masks and social distancing currently are the best way to protect people from the virus, he said, noting that those most susceptible are the elderly, smokers, diabetics and others with underlying health issues, and those living in mutli-family homes. He said it’s too early to know if someone can get the virus again, but normally, “once you get herd immunity, it’s really hard for a virus to come back again.”

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