President Wendy indicated that the day’s scheduled presentation regarding Holocaust Survival had to cancel; therefore, the club would do a little work . . .and have a little play.  The questions before those members assembled related to completing/discussing/brainstorming a handout regarding CHNR service activities.  The membership jumped right in and provided a few debriefing remarks closer to the end of the meeting.  The results will be handled by the Board in the future. The “play” portion of the meeting included thinking about the answer to the question:  If you were totally deaf and had one HOUR to hear, what would you want to hear? 
Thanks for your ideas and efforts today!  Remember, we're DARK next Monday, but there is the Candidate Forum at 6pm at Pine Avenue Community Center.
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Raegan Matthews has been a Hi-Noon Rotarian for four years.  She wanted to herald a Rotary Person:  George Sullivan invited her to Rotary when she’d just moved to town and knew no one . . .and wanted to be a Rotarian. Now she’s happily involved with this club. Thanks, George.
Bob Kreisberg suggested that EACH day is an opportunity to have a Rotary Moment and then he went on to describe his morning with 30 Valley Middle School students as he helps prepare them for Junior Achievement.  “We all have the opportunity to take time out of the day to help a student . . . it is so gratifying.”
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January 27, 2020
Vol 1, Issue 2
Meeting Report of January 13, 2020
Yvonne Finocchiaro, Reporter
Welcome:  President Wendy Wiegand, via Jim Brubaker, heralded the new year in the Westin’s Atrium.  Ken Clark led the singing, including God Bless AmericaDave Dana led the pledge and Gloria Foote provided the day’s Words:  What spills out of my cup when I’m jostled?  Suggested:  gratitude, grace, kindness.  Rachel Ivanovich guided the Four-Way Test.  Guests were introduced with Shari and Gaylen Freeman welcomed back from Iowa. 
  • Tuesday, January 16, 4:30 is the Board meeting at President Wendy’s home.  All are welcome.
  • Thursday, January 18, 6am to 8am, volunteers are needed to serve breakfast at Brother Benno’s (see SignUpGenius within the LINKS [left]).
  • Monday, January 20 – no regular meeting as it is a holiday to honor Martin Luther King.
  • Monday, January 20, 6pm, Candidate Forum for the Council District #1 election on March 3, Pine Avenue Activity Room. 
  • Thursday, February 6, 6pm, Joint Club Rotary Meeting at the Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive, Vista, CA 92081. Amy Scruggs is the entertainer invited.  Included in dues for Rotarians; guests are $34.
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Roto-Rooter Pat Hurley kicked off the day asking about golfers (he was supposed to have played with Randy Ferren) but he quoted some golf shots with the question: mother-in-law shot? Answer:  It looked good leaving.  Q: son-in-law shot? A: not sure at first, it but turned out okay.  Then . . . he started:
  • Jos Magana. Thanks for the “head’s up” to the membership about the meeting room change.  Why did YOU forget?  Next time blind cc yourself.
  • Julie Baker. What education element are you involved in?  The Board of Trustees of Pacific University in Portland OR; both parents graduated from it.  $100 fine.
  • Ken Clark.  Have you been traveling? “Not for the last three months.”  $150 fine, just in case.
  • Jessica Jones. Travel? Yes, Washington, DC to the Women in Water Conference.  Daughter? Her team won the soccer tournament this weekend.  $50.
  • Jeff Segall.  A center spread in a family magazine? Yes, Carlsbad Magazine (shared with David Harrison) in the Jan/Feb issue re volunteers who make Carlsbad safer.  A four-page story on how to survive disasters.  No fine.
  • . . . and then Hurley closed with two jokes . . .and couldn’t find his MLK quote.
  • . . . and then he came back later with the MLK quote:  “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
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Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary - July 8, 2019

Posted on Jul 09, 2019

Welcome:  The new Rotary year started with Jim Brubaker and his musical interlude by The Association “. . . everyone knows it’s Wendy” as he set the stage for President Wendy Wiegand’s first meeting.  President Wendy welcomed everyone to a new Rotary year and Steve “Sunshine” Mott led the Smile song.  Joan Boughton led the Pledge and Dave Kulchin (standing in for Bud Carroll) quoted Maya Angelou “ . . . how you make people feel.”  President Wendy initiated a new element into the meeting which is the restatement of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Mott led the singing of God Bless America and guests were introduced.  President Wendy also presented the 2018-2019 Rotary Theme banner to PP Maureen.

Rotary Inspirational Moment:  Another new element was the Rotary Inspirational Moment wherein two members each meeting will be asked about a moment of inspiration that came as a result of Rotary activity.  Dave Dana was first and he described the awe he saw in the faces of students at the club’s Raising Readers Book Fair where students were able to purchase their own books (25 cents each)—a book of their own.  Lisa Rodman, after rethinking her moment rather than those who inspired her, said it was the building of the Mexico house—“It was amazing—work on that if you can.” 
Sad News:  President Wendy announced that Past President Bob Fenner is having health issues and has had to resign from the club.
Demotion Dinner:  Past President Maureen Simons thanked the Demotion Team for their great event-- she had a “fantastic” time and indicated that two people were missing:  Yvonne Finocchiaro was honored as the Rotarian of the Year, and Bryan Geisbauer was awarded the Rookie of the Year.  Both were present today and thanked PP Maureen for the wonderful recognition. 
Brewfest:  Mike Ferguson indicated he still needs 45 people to volunteer for Brewfest.  Go to to sign up or email or call Ferguson.
Yvonne Finocchiaro kicked off the new Rotary year with congratulations to the Demotion Team:  David Harrison, Lisa Rodman, Gloria Foote, Nancy Starling, Walt Waggener and all those who participated in the skits.  What about those bagpipes and Irish dancers?  Most excellent! PP Maureen exclaimed “it was OVER THE TOP” –I was laughing AND crying . . . it was fantastic!”
July birthdays included Gloria Foote, George Porter, Jan Nadler, Vince Ponce, Harry Peacock, Patty Johnson, Sam Ross, Velyn Anderson, LeAnn Rytz, Kori Dolkas, Wendy Wiegand, Alex Klingensmith and Jeff Segall.  The Birthday Song followed.
From the “What We Don’t Know About You” files Walt Waggener and JR Phillips considered and reworked the following facts until they got it right:  Jan Nadler developed a new workshop, Steve Mott was in the Rose Parade drum line, Mike Ferguson participated (with his children) in the Indian Princess Guide program, Rick Kreysar was a St. Louis bowling champ in high school, George Porter’s first job was as a photographer at Disneyland and Melanie Burkholder was a Rotary exchange student to Bangladesh. 
Randy Ferren was fined $25 as he takes joins the Board of Directors for the El Camino Country Club.  Harry Peacock took his whole family to Hawaii to help celebrate his and Bobbie’s 55th wedding anniversary.  $25.
WENDY PATRICK, DEPUTY DWendy Patrick used her visuals and personal stories to help identify the issues involved with social media as it relates to politics. 
Her first focus included the problems raised in this social media age:  Facebook is the primary source of news for most people.  How does one identify what’s true and what’s not true? Research indicates that people rely on each other to ferret out the truth.  Social media’s characteristics that it is free, fast, unfiltered, elicits feedback and shows the power of numbers offers users an opportunity NOT to read edited/filtered copy.  It allows everyone to have a voice.  Further research suggested that Facebook users are more gregarious and social; whereas, Twitter is used by the less social and more cognitive individuals.  (Source?  I didn’t catch it.)  The second premise was the fact that major issues are lost within the ocean of trivia . . . fake news, edited videos may not be real and other elements lead to distrust.  Patrick pointed out the difference between broadcasting a fact and engaging the public in that fact—those using engagement saw better results.  “Nothing beats knowing each other.”
George Porter won $10.  The jackpot for July 15 will be $110.
The 2019-2020 Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Board of Directors (l – r):  Steve Ahlquist, PP Maureen Simons, Dawn Cunneen, Raegan Matthews, Lisa Walsh, Mark Ealy, Pres. Wendy Wiegand, Rick Grove, Harry Peacock, Bryan Geisbauer and Jim Brubaker.
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Solutions for Change

Posted by Mark Ealy

Solutions for Change
President Mark notes that one of our club beneficiaries, Solution for Change, is in need of clothes for the children and parents at their facility.  Mark asks that members bring items to the club meeting on Monday, October 27.   Check those closets!!
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Seniors Helping Hands Outreach

Posted by Lisa Rodman

Seniors Helping Hands Outreach
Lisa Rodman announces the beginning of the club's newest project for our community.  Volunteers will be providing services to seniors each month with a kickoff meeting at the Discovery Center on Saturday, October 18.  For more details contact Lisa at
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Interested in Joining Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary?

Each year a variety of professionals discover Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary thereby adding to the club's membership.  Hi-Noon Rotary is a place where, working together, the members give back to the local and international communities through hands-on projects and (we put the "fun" in) fundraising.  "Service Above Self" is not just a Rotary International motto--it is a fact of life in this club.  Please read the membership materials identified on the top left corner of the home page on this website and contact our Membership Chairperson Patty Johnson to answer your questions.  Johnson's contact information is 760-845-8938 or  She will be able to answer your questions and invite you to one of the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary meetings held at the Sheraton Carlsbad at noon on Mondays (except federal holidays).
If YOU are interested in serving Carlsbad, having some fun doing it, and meeting some wonderful people . . . Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary may be for you!
Mailing Address - Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary ~ PO Box 741  Carlsbad, CA 92018
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