DARK May 30, 2022
Next Meeting June 6, 2022
In person and on Zoom at The Westin
Volume 3, Issue 37
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: Nancy Starling
 
Carlsbad Hi-Noon
Rotary President
Raegan Matthews
 
May 23, 2022 MEETING in-person and on Zoom with President Reagan Matthews residing. Harry Peacock, Bob Kreisberg and Ed Roquette provided musical accompaniment  for the Smile song and and for the anthems of service in recognition of the coming Memorial Day celebration. Yvonne Finocchiaro led the pledge, and Linda Wolf led the Four-Way Test.
 
ROTARY MOMENT
            Vince Ponce shared his moment from participating in a recent surf day event hosted by Rotary’s SURF fellowship (Surfers United in Rotary Fellowship). The surf day was held in Del Mar and involved Rotarians and underserved youth coming together for a day of sun, fun and learning to surf. “It was a great moment,” he said, “to see how excited and happy these kids were” to be there that day.
Vince Ponce (front row, second from right) and other
participants from the Rotary SURF event for youths at Del Mar. A happy surfer, left.
 
WHO AM I?—Linda Wolf
            Newer member Linda Wolf was born in Los Angeles and got her undergrad degrees at USC—while driving an ambulance to pay her college costs. She then got her MBA at USD, took time out to backpack through Europe and then began a career in medical devices sales and pharma. She has two grown sons and has been active in competitive sports, including water-skiing and beach volleyball. Now she enjoys pickleball and dance. Her passions are dance and health, and she is a volunteer with TIP, the Trauma Intervention Program.
Linda Wolf
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
            • DARK May 30 in honor of Memorial Day.
            • President-elect Mary Fritz-Wilson introduced Velyn Anderson as the club’s director of community service for the coming Rotary year—which means the club needs a new chair for the Meals on Wheels service to homebound seniors. Contact Fritz-Wilson for information.
            • CLUB SURVEY COMING: Fritz-Wilson will be emailing her first survey soon, and she is seeking 100% response as she prepares for her year as club president. “I want to hear from everyone. Every one of you is valuable.”
            • DEMOTION DINNER: Our dinner for the changing of the CHNR guard for the 2022-23 Rotary year, from Raegan Matthews to Mary Fritz-Wilson, will be July 1, from 6 to 10pm at the Westin. Rotarians have paid for the dinner as part of dues. Guest fee is $60.
            • AID FOR UKRAINE: Rotary District 5340 is still collecting financial donations to go to Ukraine. For more information, contact President Reagan or Eric Lodge.
 
CLUB SERVICE
            • DINE-AROUNDS #2: Those who signed up for the next round of Dine-Arounds should have been contacted by their host organizer by now. If not, contact Danny Quisenberry or Rick Huenefeld. These Dine-Arounds will take place between June 4 and 11.
            • SPIRIT OF SERVICE: Quisenberry reports receiving 10 nominations for the club’s quarterly Spirit of Service Award. He will be emailing information about nominees and how to vote.
 
YOUTH SERVICE
            • WHAT GROWN-UPS DO FOR WORK: Bob Kreisberg announced the third middle school in CUSD has asked to be a part of this program.
            • NEW OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OUR YOUTH: Aviara Oaks Middle School would like assistance next year with a new jazz band program. Kreisberg will be seeking mentors for the students among those members who have musical backgrounds.
            • Kreisberg also announced that Hi-Noon Rotary will be making a donation to the CHS Speech & Debate Team, now ranked #1 in the state.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
            • ROTARIANS AT WORK DAY #2: The club’s final community service project for this Rotary year will be a clean-up and basic construction project at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon’s Discovery Center site on Sat., June 25, from 9am to noon. The project involves pulling weeds, setting wood posts into cement and pulling wire for a bluff fence. Snacks and water to be provided. Sign-ups to be taken soon.
 
Rotarians at the club’s first Rotarians At Work Day in April,
cleaning up one of the area’s heavily traveled trails.
 
POSITION AVAILABLE
            • Oktoberfest Treasurer/CFO beginning in 2023: Primary responsibility for recording and managing financial aspects of our Oktoberfest fundraiser. Tom Applegate will be stepping down after this year’s Oktoberfest and is suggesting his successor “shadow” him during planning for and at Oktoberfest this year, in preparation for taking over beginning in 2023. The treasurer is a member of the Oktoberfest Executive Committtee. Activity is recorded in QuickBooks Online, with the treasurer doing most everything online. Main duties include making deposits, sending invoices, issuing checks to vendors, preparing reports to the committee and day-of-event cash management. More detailed description of duties available. Direct all inquires to Applegate
 
ROTO-ROOTER
            Jim Brubaker fined himself $25 for not knowing he was Roto-Rooter today. He wanted to recognize Mimi Gaffey for her birthday yesterday, but she wasn’t in the room. However, Dave Dana, whose birthday is May 30, was here, so we sang the short birthday song to him.
            JoAnn Ross was fined $25 for having a new car and admitting that she collects dishes. She thinks she has 31 sets, but admitted she doesn't like doing dishes so she uses paper plates.
            Brubaker then asked others to share. Harry Peacock invited all to a free spring concert in the Museum of Making Music parking lot at 6 p.m. May 25. Dave Dana shared some music concert memories. Rachel Ivanovich said her son is officially making more money than she does after graduating with a master’s in computer science.
            Yvonne Finocchiaro bragged about her two grandkids who graduated from college last weekend; Marilou de la Rosa invited all to the free 21st annual Filipino Cultural Festival at the civic center in Oceanside from noon to 6pm on June 4, which she is chairing.
            Pat Hurley said today was the birthday of the “greatest mom on Earth,” whom he lost in 2008. Mary Fritz-Wilson says when the big construction project is done at her home, her new closet will be as big as her bedroom had been and will feature a shoe island that will hold 140 pairs.
            Mike Metts and wife Cindy just spent a week in Hawaii, which he “won” at an Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation fundraiser. Gloria Foote announced she will be a great-grandmother for the third time. Velyn Anderson just celebrated her 45th anniversary and her 20th grandchild.
            Ed Roquette and his wife are back from a two-week tour of Israel and Jordan; Joy Prowse noted the husband Stanley (CHNR past president) loves cowboys, so she recently surprised him with tickets to the Lakeside Rodeo. He totally dressed for that and ended up on TV.
           
PROGRAM
 
VOICES FOR CHILDREN
Kelly Capen Douglas, CEO
Kelly Capen Douglas and “The Voice” newsletter cover
            Voices for Children is a support program for children in foster care who have been removed from their home because of abuse and neglect, with a goal of ensuring that every child has a voice. Voices for Children operates under an agreement with the San Diego Superior Court and matches a child or sibling group in foster care with a court-appointed special advocate, or CASA. The CASA is formally appointed through an order of the Juvenile Court, and Voices for Children recruits, trains and supervises the CASAS. Each is assigned to one child or a sibling set, and the primary goal of a CASA is to advocate for the child’s best interests while they are in foster care.
            Voices for Children serves children from birth to age 21, but 65% are under age 10.
Douglas said that for many children in foster care, their CASA is the most consistent adult in their life. CASAs spend time with the child, develop a relatonship of trust and create experiences, such as outings and time together with their siblings, who often are in different foster homes. CASAs also work with other adults in the child’s life, provide regular written reports to judges and show up at court hearings involving the child.
            Requirements for CASAs:
            • At least 21 years old
            • No need for legal training
            • Thorough application, interview and background-check process
            • 35 hours of training through Advocate University
            • Sworn in as an Officer of the Court
            • 12 hours of continuing education annually
            • Have a heart of service and the desire to make a difference in the life of a child
            Voices for Children is based in San Diego County and was established in 1980. It was one of the first such programs in the nation and now is one of the largest in the western US. It gets 80% of its budget from private philanthropy. For more information on the program, becoming a CASA and/or making a donation, visit the Voices for Children website at www.SpeakUpNow.org.
 
DARK May 30, 2022
NEXT MEETING:
Monday, June 6, 2022, at The Westin and on Zoom
Coastal Roots Farm