Hi-Jinx Bulletin 11.29.21

Next Meeting December 6, 2021
In person and via Zoom at The Westin
Volume 3, Issue 18
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: Yvonne Fonocchiaro
THE NOVEMBER 29, 2021 MEETING was held in-person and on Zoom, with President Raegan Matthews presiding, and the Hi-Noon trio of Bob Kreisberg, Harry Peacock and Ed Rouquette proving music. Julie Walker led the pledge, Gloria Foote led recitation of The Four-Way Test, and in honor of Hanukkah, the Hi-Noon trio played The Dreidel Song.
            Yvonne Finocchiaro’s Rotary moment came as a result of her three separate visits to a Rotary Club in Italy, where she and Carm always have been treated wonderfully, and they are recognized by sight and by name. She urged all to consider visiting other Rotary clubs when traveling, saying it falls in line with two of the tenets of the Four-Way Test: Is it beneficial to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? “Think about make-ups when you’re out and about,” she said.
            • HELP NEEDED FOR CHNR CHRISTMAS PROJECTS: See details in the Communty Service section, below. Time is running short.
            A celebration of life for Eric Lodge’s wife, Suellen, will be held at the Fletcher Cove Community Center on January 2, from 2-4pm. The address is 133 Pacific Ave., Solana Beach.
            • Danny Quisenberry reported that this year’s club bocce ball tournament was won by newer member Viveka Kjellgren and her husband, and that a really good time was had by all who participated and/or cheered the teams on. He said the Happy Hour at Carlsbad Brewing Company drew a jolly group of Rotarians.
Club Services Director
Danny Quisenberry
            • DISTRICT CRUISE—A Cruise to Change Lives: District 5340’s Ron Kohl announced a district cruise planned for April 2-9, 2023 to southeast Europe that will benefit The Rotary Foundation. The ship (196 passengers) will cruise the Danube, with stops in five countries. Those who pay the $400 per person deposit by December 31, 2021, will get a $750 per person discount on cruise rates, with the balance due in January 2023. For information: rkohl@expediacruises.com or watch for information via CHNR email.
            The CHNR board has approved the transfer of Rotarian Rick Huenefeld from the San Diego Rotary Club to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club. He is a retired USMC colonel and a Carlsbad resident, and his sponsor is Jani Jackson. Anyone who wishes to comment needs to contact President Raegan before next week’s meeting.
           • HELP REALLY NEEDED: LeAnn Rytz said our Jefferson Christmas shopping project is on an individual basis this year because Kohls is not able to accommodate us as a group or provide a discount. Rytz needs 10-12 people, each willing to take a family wish list and do the shopping on their own, then the wrapping, delivering the items to the Rytz home by Sunday, December 12. Shoppers will then present receipts for reimbursement from the club. Shoppers can pick their own time to shop and do it online and/or in a store such as Kohls, Walmart, Target, etc. For information or to volunteer, contact Rytz asap: leann@wholelifehomecare.com
            • Rytz sent around a sign-up sheet for our Bikes for Barrio project: putting together 36 bikes for local youths (under the direction of experienced bike builders). This will take place on Sunday, December 12, from noon to 2pm at the Boys & Girls Club at 3115 Roosevelt Street in downtown Carlsbad. To volunteer, contact Rytz: leann@wholelifehomecare.com
            • Ray Green said Rotary’s International Rescue Committee is seeking volunteers to provide assistance to those refugee Afghan families who are coming to San Diego: airport pickup volunteer, housing setup volunteer, housing market volunteer and limited-time group volunteer. Other assistance also is needed, Anyone wishing more info, contact Green: raygreen2@gmail.com
International Services
Director Ray Green
            November is Rotary Foundation Month in the Rotary world, and Hi-Noon Rotarians who are Paul Harris fellows, due to their donations to the Rotary Foundation, were asked to wear their pins to this meeting. In addition, Mimi Gaffey presented two new awards, to Maureen Simons and Gloria Foote. Simons received her pin with two sapphires, recognizing her third Paul Harris fellowship ($1,000 donation each). Once the pin has five sapphires, a pin with a ruby is presented, and Foote received her latest pin, with two rubies, recognizing her eighth fellowship.
Mimi Gaffey, Gloria Foote and Maureen Simons
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotarians who are Paul Harris Fellows pictured at Monday’s meeting
The full list of CHNRotarians who are Paul Harris Fellows, many with multiples fellowships
            RR Jim Brubaker was traveling, so President Raegan asked if anyone had anything to share. Julie Walker said she and Jeff would be celebrating 52 years December 27. Mimi Gaffey said she and Roger could top that, celebrating 55 years on December 24.
            Yvonne Finocchiaro, standing in for Brubaker, said that because this is Rotary Foundation Month, she was inviting those who have Paul Harris fellowships to share why they support the foundation financially.
            Beth Garrow called the foundation a great investment, noting that this year alone it has provided $330 million in district and global grants.
            Josh Rytz said the foundation’s Polio Plus program was what got his attention. His grandfather was a polio survivor, living in an iron lung.
            Velyn Anderson said she was able to visit the Gates Foundation building in Seattle and was so proud to see Rotary's polio campaign prominantly recognized (Gate Foundation has matched donations for many years, dollar for dollar).
            Steve Ahlquist said he began supporting the Rotary Foundation when the Polio Plus campaign first got going, 39 years ago.
            Julie Baker vividly recalls getting the vaccine as a child and seeing other children struggling with polio. She said she has a recurring amount taken from her account each month to support the Rotary Foundation. “It doesn’t require a great deal of effort, but it does a great deal of good.”
            Harry Peacock said he also was motivated to support the foundation because of the polio campaign and Rotary grants. He said that a number of years ago our club received a $100,000 grant that made it possible to establish a clean-water system throughout the country of Belize, and later a grant for one in Fiji.
Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles
Speaker: Terence “Terry” Green
CHNRotarian Terry Green, who works with Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and is based in Carlsbad, shared with us the mission, vision and values of CHLA, which began in a four-bedroom home in LA in 1901. In 1905, it moved into its own building in Hollywood, with upgrades and expansions through the years. About 1,400 children from San Diego are treated at this hospital every year, Green said, noting that all the children’s hospitals work together, with referrals to CHLA if necessary.
He discussed the hospital’s clinical, educational and research successes, noting that “it’s not only important to take care of sick kids, but equally important to determine what is making them sick.” Childrens Hospital LA recently was ranked #5 childrens’s hospital in the country by US News & World Report magazine and just this week was ranked #1 in the world by Newsweek magazine.
Green said that 64% of the children who come to CHLA are under the age of 12, and 10% are under the age of one, and that while 73% of the children there are covered by Medicare/MediCal, “no child is turned away because of finances.”
Monday, December 6, 2021, at The Westin and on Zoom
Speaker: Nico Marcolongo
Challenged Athletes Foundation
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Joker Jackpot

JoAnn Ross won $10. The jackpot is now at $250.
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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@gmail.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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