The club meets at the Westin Resort on Mondays at noon (except Federal holidays). 
Please contact President Jeff Segall at for Zoom access. 

 Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club!

The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club (CHNR) welcomes Rotarians and other visitors to its Monday meetings. The club is now meeting in-person at the Westin.  Additionally, the meeting will be broadcast via Zoom as an option.  Please refer to President Jeff Segall 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 12:10 pm. 

The Club, chartered in February 1980, has over 70 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 a Family Fall Festival--Oktoberfest 2023 was NUMBER 41. There was German food, German music, costume contests, games and a beer garden.  Check out the website for event specifics: This event has been designed and implemented since its inception by BOTH Rotary Clubs in Carlsbad:  Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and Carlsbad Rotary. Proceeds from Oktoberfest are shared with Carlsbad charities and used by each club for its many local community service projects.

Additionally, CHNR also supports our Carlsbad students via the AVID program at Carlsbad High School with a business and ethics conference plus college and trade school scholarships, a literacy project and book fair at Jefferson Elementary School, Junior Achievement and What Grown-Ups Do For Work, music instruction and a competition for middle school students, an essay contest for middle school students, a speech contest focusing on the Rotary Four-Way Test for high school students. CHNR members provide service every weekday through meal delivery to seniors, once a month to the North County Food Bank, a massive 20,000 food packaging challenge to assist the Food Bank and financial support to a variety of organizations in Carlsbad assisting food insecurity, the homeless, Solutions for Change, the Carlsbad Educational Foundation, Hospice of the 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.

In addition to all the service members provide, they also have time to socialize and enjoy one another.  During the 2022-2023 Rotary year, members had an opportunity to attend over 28 separate social events.  

Guests are always welcome at Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary . . . come to a meeting and learn more about the activities (service and social) that members enjoy.  

                SCHOLARSHIP RAFFLE 2024
Over the past 27 years, Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club (CHNR) has raised close to a million dollars to support charitable causes, including scholarship funds to hundreds of Carlsbad college-bound young people.
CHNR began a Scholarship Raffle to expand the scholarship opportunities to include scholarships to young people interested in trade and technical schools as well. Last year’s Raffle raised over $41,000 which was awarded to 31 students from Carlsbad. ANY high school senior residing in Carlsbad is eligible to apply.
Scholarship applications for college/university and trade/technical schools are on the club website: The scholarship application deadline is March 27, 2024.
The Scholarship Raffle
Details:                                 March 4 to April 19, 2024 a maximum of 3,000 tickets will be sold
Tickets:                                 $20 each or 6 for $100
Purchase:                             CHNR members or via the club’s foundation address (below)
Prizes:                                   1st = $5,000
                                               2nd = $1,500
                                               3rd = Gift Basket (Value $1,000+)
Drawing:                              CHNR Meeting on April 22, 2024 at the Westin Carlsbad.
Winners:                              Need not be present to win
Mail Information:            Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Foundation
                                                PO Box 130175
                                                Carlsbad, CA 92013
                                                                Checks mailed to the above address must be received by April 19, 2024.
                                                                Tickets will be returned by mail.
State law prohibits online sale of raffle tickets.
Contact: JoAnn Ross, Raffle Chair, 760-652-5385 or
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Foundation is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization, established in 1989 as the charitable arm of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club. The Foundation federal tax ID number is 33-0345307. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club members. Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club Foundation has registered this raffle with the California Department of Justice under Raffle Registration Number #RF0013534.
Next Meeting May 6, 2024   
at the Carlsbad Safety Training Center   
No Westin & No Zoom   
Volume 5, Issue 33  
Reporter: Julie Walker   
Photographers: Nancy Starling,
Jeff Segall and Julie Walker  
Carlsbad Hi-Noon
Rotary President
Jeff Segall
President-elect Velyn Anderson, standing in for a vacationing Jeff Segall, opened the meeting. Julie Walker led the pledge, and Ken Clark led the club in the Smile Song. Joan Boughton shared Words, praising and recognizing all Hi-Noon members who are working as club leaders and committee members for their service. Guests were introduced, including Asst. District Gov. Dawn Van Siclen. Clark led the Welcome song. Anderson shared her own thoughts on service: “This club is all about service and building good will in the community. Service big or small. You never know when you’ll be in a position to help people.” She shared a recent story that exemplifies that, about a young surfer who suffered a heart attack while surfing off Carlsbad last week, helped to shore by fellow surfers he didn’t know, but saving his life.
• Apr. 27: Rotarians at Work Day
• Apr. 29: DARK - re: Rtns at Work
• May   6: Offsite lunch meeting: Carlsbad Safety Center
• Jun. 10: Offsite lunch meeting: One Safe Place
An off-site Rotary lunch meeting will be Mon., May 6, at the Carlsbad Safety Training Center, 5750 Orion Street and focusing on active-shooter survival. RSVP is a MUST and via Signup Genius by May 1, with family and friends welcome. Lunch will be included for Active CHNR members (RSVP reqd). Guests, Flex and Rule 85 members will be able to purchase a meal when signing up. NO meeting at the Westin or via Zoom on this date!
Dawn Van Siclen, a past CHNR president and now a member of the Carlsbad Rotary Club (evening), was at the meeting in her capactiy as a Rotary District 5340 assistant governor. She announced that taking on this role beginning with the new Rotary year in July will be Raegan Matthews, also a CHNR past president. This district position is for three years, and Matthews, as Van Siclen has been doing, will serve as district liaison for the two Carlsbad clubs, plus clubs in San Marcos and Vista.
Raegan Matthews
• Treas. Alan Cobb has emailed members who still owe 2023-24 dues. He needs to close out this Rotary year with a zero balance, and those who still owe as of May 15 will be contacted directly.
Rotary’s Clubrunner website is undergoing an upgrade; some slowdowns or access issues may occur.
• Cal State San Marcos students who have been working on a Carlsbad community survey at the behest of CHNR, are sending those out now to Carlsbad residents. The goal is to determine what residents consider to be the city’s biggest needs and to assist CHNR with project planning.
• Rotarians at Work Day—Garrow just emailed details for the Sat., Apr. 27 work party, 8am-noon at the Army Navy Academy, with a barbecue after, hosted by the academy for the volunteers and 170 cadets. Family and friends welcome to join the work party. Bring your own water bottle; refills will be available onsite. Also needed: volunteers to provide cookies or cupcakes for the barbecue. Garrow emailed work day details on Mon., Apr. 22, or contact her:
AVID RECAP: Ken Clark gave a glowing report of the club’s AVID Conference for high school juniors.  He thanked members who helped set up the event, and/or participated. Three former AVID attendees were among the presenters. Club members included Miguel de Jesus as the emcee, and Rachel Ivanovich and former member Walt Waggener as presenters.
AVID 2024: Top left, Presenter Walt Waggener; middle row:
Presenter Rachel Ivanovich and Emcee Miguel de Jesus;
bottom: participating club members: Eric Lodge, Miguel de
Jesus, Bob Kreisberg, George Sullivan, Gloria Foote, Mary
Fritz-Wilson, Ken Clark, Vince Ponce, Jim Brubaker and
Viveka Kjellgren
• MUSIC FINALS RECAP: Kreisberg talked about this successful competition that was just held for the first time since pandemic-stricken 2020. Four student finalists performed at Dove Library last week, with a violinist garnering top honors. He was presented with $2,500 and the Robert Hartsfeld Award, named in honor of CHNR’s late member who was key in organizing the District 5340 competition several years ago.
• STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST: Kreisberg needs a few Rotarians to read middle-school student essays on the importance of the Four-Way Test, with winners to receive prizes.
ROTO-ROOTER—Bob Kreisberg
Kreisberg called up Nancy Starling, Tom Applegate and JoAnn Ross. Using AI, Kreisberg learned that among the most common topics for jokes are golf, rabbi-and priest—and Rotarians. Each of the three read a joke from one of those topics, with a Joker ticket for whomever club members deemed the winning joke-reader. All three got seemingly equal applause, but Kreisberg was ready for that, with three Joker tickets, one for each.    
Roto-Rooter Bob Kreisberg, with Nancy Starling, JoAnn
Ross and Tom Applegate who were his targets. 
Speakers: JoAnn Ross, Christian Chapman
and Kenneth Pilco
                  Winners of this year’s scholarship raffle were: 1st place/$5,000: Beth Garrow; 2nd/$1,500: Paul Dwork, of Encinitas Rotary; and 3rd/wine and gift card basket: Helen Wells. Garrow also was among the top ticket sellers this year.
                  JoAnn Ross, fundraiser chair, had set a goal for $50,000. She said $46,000 was raised, with $39,500 for scholarships, after raffle prize expenses. When she wondered if anyone would be willing to give a little more, six members then donated $100 each—bringing the scholarship funds to $40,100. Then Garrow donated $2,500 of her winnings, raising the total for CHNR scholarships to $42,600. 
                  CHNR Scholarship Chair Christian Chapman called the club’s scholarship program “one of the most exciting things our club does; helping the next generation.” He noted that overall, per Steve Ahlquist, CHNR’s former, but longtime, scholarship chair, Hi-Noon has presented more than $2 million in scholarships to local students. The Scholarship Committee soon will be interviewing 26 candidates for this year’s grants, including at least four planning to attend vocational and/or trade schools.
                  Chapman introduced Kenneth Pilco, who received a Hi-Noon grant in 2022 and is about to graduate from MiraCosta College, where he has been focusing on political science. Pilco has offers from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCSD and Occidental, among others. He thanked Hi-Noon for its financial support. “I have benefitted tremendously,” he said, and has learned “it’s not just about pursuing a career path but about bringing change in my community . . . Your contributions really do make a difference, especially for community college students, where there are many insecurities.”
                  Chapman led applause for Ross for another successful scholarship fundraiser, explaining that before she initiated this fundraiser three years ago, scholarship monies came out of the CHNR Foundation’s funds. Now, 99.9% of the scholarship funds come from the raffle fundraiser, he said.
                  Before this year’s raffle drawaing, Ross thanked her fundraising team: Reagan Matthews, Viveka Kjellgren, Yvonne Finocchiaro, Paul Kartzke, Gloria Foote, Tom Applegate, Beth Garrow and Eric Lodge. She also thanked everyone who sold and/or bought tickets.
Scholarship Fundraiser, from top left: winners Beth Garrow
(1st place) and Helen Wells (3rd), scholarship recipient and
speaker Kenneth Pilco. Bottom photo, members of the Scholarship Fundraiser Committee: Garrow, Tom Applegate, Eric Lodge, Yvonne Finocchiaro, JoAnn Ross, Raegan Matthews, Gloria Foote, Viveka Kjellgren and Nancy Starling
DARK April 29
Next Meeting: May 6, 2024
Active Shooter Survival
This is an
at the Carlsbad Safety Training Center
5750 Orion Street
Advance RSVP Required via SignUp Genius, by May 1
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We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:10 p.m.
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 Jeff Segall at
Officers and Directors
Presidential Advisor
President Elect
Past President
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Youth Service
Fundraising and Marketing
Membership Chair
Bulletin Chair
Program Chair
Social Chair
AVID Chair
Interact Chair
RYLA Chair
Youth Protection Officer
The RI Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Chair
Inspiration Leader
Unity Leader
Motivation Leader
Field Trip to Carlsbad PD Safety Training Center
May 06, 2024
Tour and Program (Active Shooter Survival with CPD with lunch at the Safety Center)
Carolyn Sims - Luna
May 13, 2024
City of Carlsbad District 2 Council Member
Priya Bhat-Patel
May 20, 2024
City of Carlsbad District 3 Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem
DARK - Memorial Day
May 27, 2024
Field Trip to One Safe Place
Jun 03, 2024
Tour and Program

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