The club meets at the Westin Resort on Mondays at noon (except Federal holidays). 
Please contact President Mary Fritz-Wilson 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 Mary Fritz-Wilson 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 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 --this year's Oktoberfest will be NUMBER 41. There will be German food, German music, costume contests, games and a beer garden.  Tickets may be purchased prior to entry for individuals, families and groups. 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 for middle school students. CHNR members provide service and financial support to a variety of 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. 

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.  

Next week DARK for Memorial Day
Next Meeting June 5, 2023
In person at The Westin and on Zoom
Volume 4, Issue 36
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: LeAnn Rytz
Carlsbad Hi-Noon
Rotary President
Mary Fritz-Wilson
Welcome:  President Mary Fritz-Wilson welcomed all to the meeting, including those members attending via Zoom. Jim Brubaker led the pledge, and Velyn Anderson shared Words.
• May 27: DineAround #2 - Rick Huenefeld
• May 29: DARK / Memorial Day
• June   1: North Cty Food Bank - Velyn Anderson
• June 14: Brother Benno’s - Paul Kartzke
• June 30: Demotion Dinner - Raegan Matthews
Velyn Anderson presented the first of four club grants for $2,500 during the meeting, to the Assistance League, represented by Angela Baer. Baer said the non-profit, which assists abused kids from newborn to age 18, was chartered in 1998. The Oceanside program serves Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside, and includes 16 programs. One of those is Footsteps, which provides shoes, socks and health kits to needy youths in 39 area schools—which is where the funds donated by CHNR will be used.  
Velyn Anderson and Angela Baer
Gloria Foote inducted Jason McDonald, executive director of ActivCare at Bressi Ranch.  He was sponsored by Viveka Kjellgren, and his classification is Administration, Long-Term Care. His previous Rotary clubs were those in Fallbrook and Mesa, AZ.
Gloria Foote and Jason McDonald
The club’s sponsored Aviara Oaks Middle School Jazz Band will perform at 6pm Wed., May 24, in the school’s multi-purpose room. Bob Kreisberg invites anyone interested to attend. 
•  Club members invited to help serve breakfast at Brother Benno’s the second Wednesday of the month, 6:15-8am. The next service date is June 14. Contact Paul Kartzke,
The next North County Food Bank food packaging date is Thurs., June 1, from 1-4pm. Velyn Anderson is sending sign-up information via email. Last Saturday, 15 club volunteers, plus some spouses and friends, were able to package 2,800 pounds of potatoes, oranges and zucchinis in three hours.
ROTO-ROOTER: Ed Rouquette
               Ed Rouquette recognized May birthday celebrants who were at the meeting, including Mimi Gaffey, who was celebrating her birthday this day. Others recognized with the short birthday song were Josh Rytz and Helen Wells.
               Travelers recognized: Terry Green, who went to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, and Ken Clark, Hawaii. Rouquette called out new member Tommy Hersant after discovering he is a neighbor.
Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs (USA Ret.), president
Rick Huenefeld introduced Peggy Combs, who had a distinguished 33-year career in the Army, with her final assignment prior to retirement as chief of staff and executive director of the US Northern Command and the North American Areospace Defense Command (NORAD). She is the first woman to serve as president of the 112-year-old Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad.
The academy, she said is a college preparatory academy with military traditions. It is not a reform school or a recruiting unit or training unit for the Armed Forces.
The academy is a culturally diverse values-based all-boy boarding and day school that can serve 325 students in its dorms. It currently is serving 260 in grades seven through 12, and just graduated a class of 53—with a 100% college acceptance rate. Combs said it is “not another academy for spoiled rich kids...I like to call them extraordinarily average young men...(who) learn through the structure of military tradition.”
She shared a short video that explains the academy’s goal is to help students achieve success and take advantage of their potential. “You are already brilliant,” the audio says. “We will show you, and you will show us. We believe in you...Be bold. Be brilliant. Be you.”
Combs discussed the academics program, unique offerings, support system, athletics program and campus life at the academy, as stressed its emphasis on leadership and virtue development. She issued CHNR a challenge to contact the academy when additional manpower is needed. “They (also) learn through community service.”
The academy receives no state or federal funding “because we are single-gender,” she said.  Instead, tuition and donations are key.
Combs issued an invitation to tour the campus and also for a new program planned for the next school year. Every Friday, the flag is raised to the National Anthem. Next year, the public will be invited to participate via a new event, “Coffee and Colors.”
NEXT WEEK: DARK for Memorial Day
June 5, 2023
Nick Ordille
Assistand Fire Chief, Carlsbad Fire
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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 Mary Fritz-Wilson at
Officers and Directors
President Elect
Past President
Club Service
Program Chair
Bulletin Chair
Social Chair
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Membership Chair
AVID Chair
Youth Service
Interact Chair
RYLA Chair
Peace Chair
Foundation Chair
Club Foundation Chair
Sergeant at Arms
Nick Ordille, Assistant Fire Chief Carlsbad Fire
Jun 05, 2023
Carlsbad Fire Department Updates
Rachel Peniche, Executive Director
Jun 12, 2023
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Dark - Demotion Dinner
Jun 26, 2023

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