Hi-Jinx Bulletin May 23, 2022

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.
            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
            • 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.
            • 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.
            • 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.
            • 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.
            • 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
            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.
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
Monday, June 6, 2022, at The Westin and on Zoom
Coastal Roots Farm
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Joker Jackpot

Drawing winner this week was Jim Brubaker, who collected $10. The Jackpot is now $140.
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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 RaeganM@hotmail.com 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: http://www.RotaryOktoberfest.org. 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 www.sdnat.org.
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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