Joker Jackpot

Vince Ponce won $10 in this week’s drawing and donated it to the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Foundation. The jackpot is now at $130.
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Hi-Jinx Bulletin from Aug. 2, 2021 mtg

Next Meeting August 9, 2021
In person at Westin & via Zoom
Vol 3, Issue 4
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: Mary Fritz Wilson
Raegan Matthews
AUGUST 2, 2021 MEETING in-person and via Zoom: President Raegan Matthews welcomed all. Ken Clark led us in the Smile song, and Velyn Anderson led the pledge. Clark then led singing of America. Beth Garrow led us in the Four-Way Test. Guests were introduced, and Wendy Wiegand shared some quotes, including: “Charity begins at home, but should not end there” and “Don’t just think, do.”
Songmaster Ken Clark
Pres. Raegan shared this week’s Hi-Noon Fun Fact: She discovered that Amazon has something called “Smile” that makes it possible for Amazon shoppers to designate a beneficiary to receive a percentage every time they shop online, and she discovered Carlsbad Hi-Noon is one of the possible recipients. She added a second Fun Fact: Al’s Cafe in the Village, owned and operated by former CHNR member Al Wanamaker is celebrating its 30th year. She gave it a big thumbs up.
            • CANCELED! Brother Benno’s Food-Line service project on Aug. 11 has been canceled.
            • Club members will be painting the gazebo at Pacifica House, operated by the Hospice of the North Coast, from 9 am to noon on Saturday, Aug. 14. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Contact: LeAnn Rytz.
            • Both Carlsbad Rotary clubs will be helping at the North County Food Bank from 1-4 pm the third Friday of the month. The next date is Aug. 20, from 1-4pm. Each volunteer must sign up online individually, and must be at least 16 years old. Contact: LeAnn Rytz.
            • CHNR’s Meal Delivery Service, in conjunction with the Carlsbad Senior Center, is delivering meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If interested in delivering meals once a month, contact Velyn Anderson.
Steve Ahlquist said he has had many Rotary moments, but when he went to Mexico as part of one of the club’s annual CHNR homebuilding teams, he was especially proud to be a Rotarian. “To see the joy that family got when we handed them the key, that was my Rotary moment.”
Danny Quisenberry,
Club Services director,
discusses coming activities
            • Danny Quisenberry raved about the club’s first Happy Hour social of the year, held at Carlsbad Brewing Company last Friday. Many members attended. He said these will be held monthly, on the last Friday of the month, beginning at 4pm. Mark your calendars; locations to be announced.
            • Jos Magaña said monthly early-morning Coffee Hours will begin soon, starting at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center. Watch for emailed information.
            • JoAnn Ross will be coordinating our annual holiday party, and Quisenberry asked anyone interested in helping her contact her. She is still getting to know everyone, so reach out if you are able to assist.
Bob Kreisberg was our Rooter today, inviting members to share what they’re happy about.
            • Kreisberg said today was the 49th anniversary of his first day at work, post college. He also is happy a scammer who targeted his wife when she was playing Words with Friends online didn’t succeed. He claimed to be a military medical officer in need of financial help. Kreisberg checked the name online and discovered hundreds of warnings about this specific scam.
            • Joy and Stan Prowse attended the service for Nate Cobb’s wife and said it was very moving. She and Stan have “missed Rotary tremendously, but we’re healing now.” She’s happy one daughter has just been name chief financial officer for a large pharmaceutical company.
            • Gloria Foote also went to the service for Cobb’s wife, calling it beautiful. Noting that all the Cobb children live in Minnesota, she said, “We need to put our arms around our brother Nate.”
            • Velyn Anderson, who’s been sick for the past month, was “happy to be here....It’s good to be healthy and to see all your smiling faces.”
            • Wendy Wiegand said CHNR’s July birthday girls (she, JoAnn Ross, Kori Dolkas and Patti Johnson) plus Yvonne Finocchiaro and Mary Fritz-Wilson recently attended a Lips San Diego brunch performance.
            • Guest Viveka Kjellgren, a former Westport, Conn., Rotarian, shared how happy she is that “one year ago yesterday, I moved to Carlsbad!”
PROGRAM—Dam the Water, Pray for Rain
Speaker: Barry Goldlust, SD History Center docent
Samantha Richter introduces speaker Barry Goldlust
Barry Goldlust shared 400 years of San Diego County water history. The area’s history is that of floods alternating with droughts, as well as unpredictability about where the next drop of water will come from. Population growth as well as the area’s varied geography play a key role.
Goldlust said the SD History Center, which has sites in Balboa Park and in Presidio Park, has an enormous archive on the area’s history, and he invited anyone interested to visit the center.
He began his talk on our water history with how the area’s indigenous people and later, the Spanish who arrived in the 1600s, dealt with water issues. He discussed the impact of the county’s growing population, the history of our dams and reservoirs and how San Diego’s government in the early 1900s paid $10,000 to Charles Hatfield, who called himself a rainmaker. Apparently Hatfield was too good at what he did because after building towers around San Diego and putting a mixture of chemicals into the air, it eventually rained and rained—hard. Dams collapsed, rivers overflowed, and for a while, the only way to get from San Diego to North County was by boat.
California’s current water system, he said, begins with the State Water Project (SWP) which receives water from Northern California and feeds it into the Metropolitan Water System (MWP). MWP also receives Colorado River water and feeds both the SWP and MWP water to the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), which serves our area. SDCWA, he said, is looking at options for divesting itself from MWD and all of its fees.
He wrapped up his talk with a slide that posed questions for the future of our water:
August 9, 2021 – In-person at The Westin and via ZOOM
Krishna Kabra and Shannon Fowler
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
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Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club

 Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club!

The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club welcomes Rotarians and other visitors to its Monday meetings. The club is now meeting in-person at the Westin for those members/guests who are vaccinated.  Additionally, the meeting will be broadcast via Zoom as an option.  Please refer to President Raegan Matthews 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 75 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 include an "Opening Day Event" at the Strawberry Fields with a German meal and fun AND Carlsbad restaurants supporting both Carlsbad Rotary Clubs in the Oktober-FEAST element of the festivities for the entire month of October.  Check out the website for event and restaurant specifics: This is the 39th anniversary of the Rotary Clubs of Carlsbad Oktoberfest.  Proceeds from Oktoberfest are shared with Carlsbad charities and used by the club for its many local community projects. The club also sponsors an annual "Brewfest" with craft brewers. This year's event is in the planning stages.

Additionally, the club also supports the AVID program at Carlsbad High School with a business and ethics conference, a literacy project and book fair at Jefferson Elementary School,  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. 

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Allison Henderson
SD Natural History Museum
aka “The NAT”
Allison Henderson
Allison Henderson provided background and a brief overview on “The NAT,” which originally evolved from a conversation in 1874 between two members who loved to collect local flora and fauna. It started in two rooms in what was The Hotel Cecil in downtown San Diego and is now a 150,000-square-foot facility in Balboa Park. During Covid shutdowns, it has operated virtually and continued its many scientific activities and research projects.
Henderson likes to think of “The NAT” as a trifecta made up of a visitors’ center, a museum and a lab. The visitors' center involves special exhibits, including the current Fossil Mysteries and Coast-to-Cactus exhibits. The museum portion features collections—with more than eight million specimens—and a research library. The lab involves scientists working in the lab and out in the region: surveying, making and researching discoveries and trying to understand the effects of fires, climate change, etc. on the environment.
“The NAT” has been closed due to Covid restrictions, but virtual visits are welcome and there is a large inventory of online lectures done by the museum’s scientists. The Nat has speakers such as Henderson available to visit school classrooms and organizations—now done virtually, but usually an in-person visit. Also, adults may check out physical elements of “The NAT” (think dinosaur bones, etc.) for “all you grandparents to share in classrooms, too.”  Check out “The NAT” at
The NAT in Balboa Park
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Wendy Wiegand talked about the club’s annual Mexico House project—building a home for a family in Mexico in one day. She was especially happy when she participated last year because she got to hand the house keys to the family.

Mike Metts talked about his longtime leadership with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program (RYLA). He said friendships, giving back and RYLA have made Rotary very important in his life. Because of the pandemic, RYLA was not held in 2020, nor will it be held in 2021. However, a new Zoom program is being created for RYLA.


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Roto-Rooter Mary Fritz-Wilson recognized December and January birthdays. December: Jani Jackson, Jos Magaña, Lisa Walsh, Randy Ferren and Mike Metts. January: Bob Kreisberg, Tom Applegate, Rocco Ciesco, Justin Peek, Alan Cobb, Alesia Clark and Jim Brubaker.

 Holiday Happenings: Wendy Wiegand had good and bad news: Her new Tesla arrived on Christmas Eve, earlier than expected. Alas, her Mercedes was damaged when it was hit by a red-light runner. Nancy Starling’s son and grandson also were in a car hit by a red-light runner; both are okay. Dave Dana’s extended family celebrated Christmas together, as did Harry Peacock’s. Mimi Gaffey’s granddaughter left for Germany for her college studies. Yvonne Finocchiaro’s grandson graduated from college virtually, so the family created a full graduation ceremony at home.

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Paul Harris Fellow: Mimi Gaffey, the club’s liaison with The Rotary Foundation, provided Neal Stehly with his PHF + 5 pin and thanked him for his continued support of TRF and the worldwide work it does. 
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AVID Seminars

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college prep program targeting students who will be first generation college attendees in their families. Students and parents make a commitment to participate in the program for all four years of high school by choosing to take the AVID Class as an elective all four years of high school. The AVID class supports students in succeeding in challenging academic programs using peer coaching strategies and study skills designed to support student learning and achievement.
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club (CHNR) began their support of the AVID program in 2008. Working with other Rotary Clubs, a Conference was put together for Senior AVID students from Carlsbad, Oceanside, El Camino and Vista High Schools. Students joined Rotarians for breakfast and panel presentations from Rotarians and representatives from potential career areas. The next year, CHNR decided to focus on Carlsbad High students. The Club invited the Junior and Senior AVID students and followed this format until 2013. At that point, the event was renamed the AVID Seminar and the focus was changed to engage the students in an interaction with successful Rotarians and successful former AVID students. Rotarians became facilitators during Breakfast and talked to students about their goals and shared their struggles and successes. Then, in smaller groups, selected Rotarians and former AVID students shared their experience and offered ideas for building success in life through a small-group format. A debrief of the small group work and a keynote presentation on a specific leadership skill closed the seminar. A highlight of the event is the recognition of the top Senior AVID Students by their teachers.
March 22, 2019 marked the Twelfth Seminar. This year Hi-Noon Rotary reached out to Sage Creek High School to involve their AVID Juniors and Seniors. There were 44 students from Carlsbad High and 24 from Sage Creek. The 68 students were supported by their teachers, school and district administrators, counselors and 20 Rotarians.
To support the student experience, the Club began to collect “Words of Advice” from members in 2016. A group of students created a set of questions that were then asked of all members of the club. The responses were recorded and presented to the students. The documents are used as reference materials in the AVID classes and have documented the variety of experiences that Rotarians bring to our Club. Each year the students select a different set of questions to ask the members.
April 3, 2020 was to be our 13th AVID Seminar. Unfortunately, 13 did not end up to be our lucky number. Along with many other activities, this event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a wonderful experience for students and our members was lost. However, we did continue to recognize the Top 5 AVID Seniors for 2020 from each school. Their pictures are attached as are several years of pictures of the Top 5 and group pictures from past events.
We want to take a moment and express our deep appreciation to the AVID Teachers on each campus. They are: Jeff Spanier and Laurie Britton at Carlsbad High School; and Aida Salah and Allison Williams at Sage Creek High School.
For 2021 we are going to move forward to the 14th Seminar!       
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club
Top 5 AVID Seniors
Class of 2020
Carlsbad High School
    Analaura Flores            Makella Nordquist             Jasmyn Lemus                Christen Opp               Bianca Herrera
Sage Creek High School
       Angelica Venancio               Cavaughn Higgs              Destini Perkins                 Hayat Sherif                Roxana Dominguez
The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club would like to thank the following people for their continued support of the AVID Program:
AVID Teachers, Jeff Spanier, Laurie Britton, Aida Salah and Allison Williams,
Principals, Dr. Brian Brockett and Jesse Schuveiller,
Superintendent, Dr. Ben Churchill, the District Leadership Team, and the Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees
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