Next Meeting Via ZOOM: March 30, 2020
Vol 1, Issue 10
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: Saved Photos
 
Due to CoViD-19 directives, all Carlsbad
Hi-Noon Rotary meetings will be held as
online Zoom meetings. Please contact
Rotary@WendyWiegand.com for access
 
In addition, all Rotary District 5340 activities
have been cancelled until further notice,
including the Rotary International Convention
in Honolulu, scheduled for June, 2020
 

ZOOM Meeting of March 23, 2020

Forty CHNR Rotarians participated in the club’s initial audio- and video-conferencing meeting called to order by President Wendy Wiegand at 12:30 p.m., March 23, 2020, via Zoom: Steve Ahlquist, Velyn Anderson, Tom Applegate, Melanie Burkholder. Rocco Ciesco, Ken Clark, Mark Ealy, John Estill, Mike Ferguson, Yvonne Finocchiaro, Mimi Gaffey, Beth Garrow, Bryan Geisbauer, Rick Grove, Rachel Ivanovich, Paul Kartzke, Bob Kreisberg, Rick Kreysar, David Kulchin, Eric Lodge, Mike Metts, Jan Nadler, Harry Peacock, George Porter, Danny Quisenberry, Lisa Rodman, Josh Rytz, LeAnn Rytz, Maureen Simons, Nancy Starling, George Sullivan, Phil Urbina, Julie Walker, Lisa Walsh, Richard Weston and President Wendy Wiegand. Guests/potential members who also Zoomed: Jani Jackson and Raymond Green.
President Wendy Wiegand

 

Mimi Gaffey led the pledge, Beth Garrow led recitation of the Four-Way Test and Bob Kreisberg shared Words by Paulo Coelho, from the book, “The Devil and Miss Prim” appropriate to the world situation now: “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” Guests and potential members  Jani Jackson and Ray Green were welcomed.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Member Proposed

Raymond Green has been proposed for membership, classification is Sales Consulting. His sponsor is John Estill. Any comments need to be submitted to President Wendy before next week’s Zoom meeting.

 

Sunshine Report

Zoom meeting attendees know that Mike Ferguson was with us. After the meeting, he sent an email saying that while he and Claudia were in India (they returned Feb. 25), they both got very ill, returned home and were diagnosed with pneumonia. He was hospitalized for three days. Both are now on the mend, self-quarantined at home. He was grateful to be able to stay in touch with Rotarians via the Zoom meeting. During the three-week trip, they traveled 2,000 miles by bus and van, visiting five national parks, and “we got lucky and had a few close encounters with tigers...man, are they beautiful.”

 

Dues Reminder and Request

Club Treasurer Bryan Geisbauer said dues notices will be going out at the end of March. The club recognizes that money may be tight now, but members are asked to do what they can to submit dues in a timely manner. Due to the cancellation of onsite meetings, the club will be providing a credit as follows:

    • Standard Active Members: $17 per cancelled meeting

    • Active Plan B Members: $10 per cancelled meeting

    • Corporate Members: $17 per cancelled meeting

    • Other plans are pay-as-you-go, so no statement credit

    • Members who pay annually will receive a statement credit, reducing future dues owed

Geisbauer stressed that anyone with questions or special circumstances should contact him (hinoon@geisbauer.me): “We don’t want to see anyone leave Rotary because of this situation.”

 

Two New Hi-Noon Committees

The club is establishing a Zoom Committee and a Rotarians Helping Rotarians Committee. If you are willing to participate in either or both committees, please contact President Wendy. The Zoom Committee will help those Hi-Noon members who might be reluctant to participate in Zoom meetings or need assistance getting electronically connected. The Rotarians Helping Rotarians Committee will help fellow Rotarians who can’t get out to get essentials during the CoViD-19 shutdown, or who would like someone to regularly check in with them. When the shutdown was first announced last week, President Wendy and Yvonne Finocchiaro made calls to members 65 and older to check in and were able to provide some needed help.

 

Input Requested

President Wendy wants to know if we would like our Zoom meetings to include speaker presentations, awards, Paul Harris Fellowships and other special recognition. It was noted by some that this situation could be “the norm” for some time, and it would be nice to retain these parts of a Rotary meeting, and that speakers might find this format to their liking.

 

ZOOM TOUR

President Wendy gave meeting participants an online Zoom tour, showing where to find certain tools and how to use them. She invites any member who would like Zoom assistance before next week’s Zoom meeting to contact her.

 

ON-GOING CHNR EVENT PLANNING

Brewfest

Mike Ferguson reports planning continues for this major fundraiser, and he thanked those members who heard the call to help during the CoViD-19 shutdown by buying tickets now. He asks other Rotarians to do the same. With the suspension of CHNR onsite meetings through May 18, Brewfest will be in an unsustainable cash-flow position without these early ticket sales and until regular sales and sponsor revenue can kick in later in July and August. VIRTUAL ticket sales to Rotarians began last week, after President Wendy Wiegand sent a link by email. 2020 Member Pricing (the 10+ group pricing): General admission is $55 each. VIP admission is $75 each and includes early entry, a $10 lunch voucher and “collaboration brew” tasting.

Or you can send your ticket order directly to Ferguson (mike.back9@gmail.com), telling him the number of tickets wanted, PLUS with your phone number so he can call to get your credit card information. If you wish to mail a check, let Mike know in the email that you will be doing so, and send your check to: Brewfest Treasurer, PO Box 513, Carlsbad, CA 92018. Ferguson will log sales and distribute tickets and food vouchers once our onsite meetings begin again.

Oktoberfest

The 2020 Oktoberfest Committee has been working on our 38th annual event since December. This major fundraiser is a joint project with the Evening Club. Last week’s Oktoberfest Committee meeting was held via Go-To, a audio- and videoconferencing program. Discussion included subcommittee recommendations for fine-tuning the event, but it evolved into discussing a “no event scenario” due to the uncertainty of CoViD-19’s impacts. Event recommendations regarding pricing, food and kids’ area were put on hold for the time being. Vince Ponce, CHNR’s co-chair, with Bill Bear of the Evening Club, said that while a postponement or cancellation is possible, “We are optimistic and look forward to another great event. Keep the faith!”