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 Maureen Simons 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 November 30,  2020
Vol 2, Issue 14
Reporter: Julie Walker
Due to COVID-19 constraints, the
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary October meetings
may be Zoom or Drive-In meetings,
unless in-person meetings are allowed.
For guest admittance or further information,
please contact Maureen Simons at
Maureen Simons
Welcome:  President Maureen Simons welcomed everyone. The pledge was led by Jim Brubaker, and the 4-Way Test was led by Lisa Walsh. Words were presented by Bob Kreisberg, who quoted Andy Rooney, including “The best classroom is at the feet of an elderly person; No matter how serious your life is, everyone needs to act goofy once in a while; and, Keep your words both soft and tender because you might have to eat them tomorrow. ”
• Several updates on Rotarians on the mend: Clint Voltmer, who spent several days in the ICU with Covid, is now at home and slowly getting his strength back. Joy Prowse is at home recovering from a bad fall that injured her face. George Sullivan, who had heart surgery a number of months ago, dealt with a number of complications but is slowly getting better. Mark Ealy, who also had heart surgery, says he feels better now than he has for a many years.
• North County Food Bank Service Project: Rytz is hoping to get 14 more volunteers to help sort and bag food items at the North County Food Bank warehouse on Friday, November 20, from 1-4 p.m. Masks, sanitizing and social distancing are all part of the activity, and CHNR also is donating a box of masks. To participate, contact her at for sign-up information and address. CHNR volunteers helped out here last month and had a lot of fun doing it. For more on the SD Food Bank and the North County Food Bank, see today’s program, below.
• Oktober-Feast Update: Vince Ponce reported that the Oktober-Feast committee will be meeting via Zoom tomorrow morning, November 17, to discuss, debrief, report on restaurant feedback and get the latest financials for the event. Generally, he said, the month-long covid-forced Oktober-Feast appears to have netted similar to, if not more than, our normal one-day Oktoberfest celebration. He noted that all income came from sponsorships and donations, and due to the generosity of sponsors and donors, this event really was a successful fundraiser. He said a full page ad of thanks to our sponsors and donors is in the new Carlsbad Magazine.
Rotary Moment – Dave Dana
Dave Dana recalled a Rotary Moment that occurred when he participated in the club’s first Jefferson School Book Distribution program. Students, grade by grade, are invited to the school auditorium and get to pick out two books provided by Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary to call their own. Dana said his moment happened when the school principal came up to him with tears in her eyes, saying how wonderful it was to see students who were known as loners sitting with other students and reading their books and other students sharing books.
Paul Harris Fellow – Mimi Gaffey
Mimi Gaffey, the club’s liaison with The Rotary Foundation, presented a Paul Harris Fellowship to LeAnn Rytz (her first) that was gifted to her by her husband Josh RytzGaffey reviewed the definition of the PHF and congratulated LeAnn Rytz.  Thereafter, although neither was visible, Josh Rytz received his PHF + 2 pin and Richard Weston also was recognized with his Paul Harris Fellowship . . . congratulations and thank you.
Roto-Rooter – Raegan Matthews
Raegan Matthews asked several members about Bucket List items that they or family members have or had been able to achieve:
JoAnn Ross said her son, who for his 60th birthday was planning to take a bike tour of Croatia until the pandemic hit, instead decided to ride his bike across the US, accompanied by a grandson in a car. He just recently completed that 3,500-mile trip, noting he was eating 5,000 calories a day during the ride.
Bob Kreisberg’s daughter is living out her #1 Bucket List item of being able to work with “the big cats,” working in a veterinary clinic in Orange County and also at an exotic animals center. She got her wish to play with a tiger cub, which Kreisberg said weighed 36 pounds.
Wendy Wiegand said it wasn’t a Bucket List item, but she had just put in her order for a Tesla Model Y crossover.
Danny Quisenberry has opened a second law office, in La Jolla. He also told a story about how, when he was in school, he and several friends dressed up and lip synced as the band, Kiss, and as a result they were invited to do a mini-concert a week later. He assumed the lead guitarist's role.
Gloria Foote and her husband will be traveling to Petaluma to spend Thanksgiving with family. One-upping Quisenberry, she said her son did an Elvis Presley song in a lip-sync competition on a TV show many years ago, finishing third.
Beth Garrow celebrated her birthday on November 8, her husband celebrated his on November 10, and the duo celebrated their first date the day between, on November 9—46 years ago.
Raegan Matthews offered thanks to “our veterans,” especially thanking each CHN Rotarian who had served in our Armed Forces.
James Floros — President and CEO
James Floros thanked CHNR for its support of the San Diego Food Bank, which includes the North County Food Bank, explaining that the demand for food has skyrocketed as a result of the pandemic. Those in need are not just the homeless, but children living in poverty, working-poor families, those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, young active-duty military families, seniors living on a fixed income—and more
Prior to Covid, the two food banks were providing food to approximately 350,000 a month. Now, the number is closer to 600,000. In Fiscal Year 2018-2019, the food banks distributed 32 million pounds of food (the equivalent of 1,230 semi-truck loads); in the last fscal year, ending June 30, he said 43 million pounds of food were distributed. He said they are fully expecting that the demand for food will be even higher for this November and December due to the new pandemic shutdown and more jobs being lost.
The San Diego and North County food banks do not prepare meals; they distribute food stuffs to 500 agencies in the county, who then distribute it to those in need.
When the pandemic hit, the SD Food Bank moved ahead in three phases: 1. Remove any existing barriers (ie: get as much food out as fast as possible); 2. reach out to homebound seniors, and set up mass distribution sites; and 3. establish Super Pantrys around the county, as well as the Mobile Pantry fleet to reach those who do not have access to transportation. Volunteers have been fantastic, Floros said. “San Diego has rallied....we have had 24,000 volunteer visits just since the start of Covid.” Those interested in volunteering can contact (See CHNR’s volunteer opportunity this Friday under Community Service, above). If you know of someone or a family in need of food, go to
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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 until further notice. Please contact if you would like to be admitted to the Zoom calls 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
Phil Kendro
Dec 14, 2020
Mt Soledad National Veterans Memorial Association; A Beacon of Freedom since 1954
DARK - Christmas
Dec 21, 2020
DARK - Christmas
DARK - Christmas
Dec 28, 2020
DARK - Christmas
Chad Busick
Jan 04, 2021
Championship Mindset
Summer Stephan, San Diego County District Attorney
Jan 11, 2021
Public Safety Update
Jan 18, 2021
Beth Hougen, CFO Ionis Pharmaceuticals (Biotech)
Jan 25, 2021
General Carlsbad Business, History and About Ionis
Jeff Bott
Feb 01, 2021
Transportation Corridor Agencies (agency that operates Orange County Toll Roads)
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

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