Hi-Jinx Bulletin of Sept. 19, 2022 Mtg

Next Meeting September 26, 2022
In person and on Zoom at The Westin
Volume 4, Issue 11
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: LeAnn Rytz
Carlsbad Hi-Noon
Rotary President
Mary Fritz-Wilson
SEPTEMBER 19, 2022, MEETING in-person and on Zoom with Past-President Wendy Wiegand presiding. JR Phillips led the pledge, Linda Wolf offered Words, and Zoomers and guests were introduced.
            Bob Kreisberg talked about playing sax in a jazz band with another sax player who is not really that good but who insists on playing solos. Kreisberg considered suggesting the other player not do those, but when he applied the Four-Way Test to his idea, he decided it would be far better if he instead tried to help the other musician improve. 
Bob Kreisberg                                          
            • Member Updates: Wendy Wiegand reported that Mark Packard has taken a leave of absence because his wife is not well. Bruce Stewart, who did NOT have a heart attack while on a European cruise but instead suffered a Covid-related illness, is now at home and feeling fine. However, his wife is now recuperating from Covid.
            Our Carlsbad Rotary Clubs’ 40th Oktoberfest is less than two weeks away (Saturday, October 1, at the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields). This is our premiere fundraising event, but volunteer sponsorships are down and so are volunteer signups—for our food booth in particular. If we can’t get enough volunteers, options are to hire workers and/or reduce our food offerings. Hiring workers will reduce our Oktoberfest proceeds which are used for scholarships and support to 501(c)3 groups in our area. Please go to Signup Genius to volunteer: family members and friends 18 and up are welcome to help! https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/6327FDD00A6CDEAC42-oktoberfest1
            • Sponsorships: Rachel Ivanovich said sponsorships to date have resulted in $25,000 versus $40,000 last year. She’s taking suggestions for businesses to contact and inviting Rotarians, with or without businesses, to consider being a sponsor or make a donation—at any level.
            • German meal tickets were handed out to members at the meeting. Each member has paid for six meal tickets as part of our dues. You can either give away your tickets or sell them and recoup some of the $15-per meal ticket cost. Additional tickets are available online and will be sold at the event. Oktoberfest posters also were handed out.
            • Oktoberfest website: RotaryOktoberfest.org
Club members in Oktoberfest attire at Monday’s
meeting included, from left: Helen Wells, Ed Rouquette,
Maureen Simons, Linda Wolf, Rocco Ciesco, Rachel
Ivanovich and Maureen Taylor                                          
Maureen Taylor and Vince Ponce
with an Oktoberfest poster
            • Best Pizza Challenge: The first opportunity to taste and vote on the best pizza in Carlsbad will be at 5:30pm Wednesday, September 21 at That Pizza Place. RSVP to Rocco Ciesco so he can let the restaurant know how many people to expect. Taste-testing will begin at 5:30pm at a different family-owned pizza spot in Carlsbad on the third Wednesday of each month for another five months. No chain restaurants to be included.
            • Dine-Arounds Update: September’s final set of Dine-Arounds will be September 24, hosted by Yvonne Finocchiaro and Viveka Kjellgren. There may still be an open spot. Contact Rick Huenefeld: rick.huenefeld@gmail.com. The next Dine-Arounds will be in November, with two to three more hosts needed.
Lead Leadership Conference for 8th graders: Our club is sponsoring four students for this event that will be Sat evening and during the day Sunday, October 15-16 Anyone interested in being a volunteer leader should contact Bob Kreisberg. Leaders will ride to and from the event with the students, in a bus.
Jefferson Elementary School Book Fair: Our club provides new age-related books for the fair, and we set up for that on Tuesday afternoon, November 1. The fair will Wednesday morning, November 2, with each student able to pick out a book to keep, for 25 cents, although no student goes away empty-handed. Rotary volunteers will organize the books Tuesday afternoon and serve as guides and cashiers during the book fair.
  ROTO-ROOTER-Beth Garrow
            Garrow asked Maureen Simons and Rick Huenefeld about their “small world moment.” Simons said that while she and the Huenefelds were participating in one of our Dine-Arounds, it was discovered that Huenefeld’s wife, Judy, used to work and mentor with Simon’s mother many years ago. Terry Green wasn’t at the meeting but Garrow said she understood he recently had retired. Tom Applegate was revealed as an expert in cornhole, discovered when club volunteers were taking a break from packing food boxes at the North County Food Bank.
            Garrow asked what well-known show first appeared on TV 50 years ago yesterday (September 18): No one got the answer: M*A*S*H. She then asked about other iconic shows that first aired in 1972. Lots of guesses, only one correct: The Bob Newhart Show. In the interest of time, she listed the rest of them: The Waltons, Emergency, Sanford & Son, The Streets of San Francisco, Kung Fu and Maude.
Salva Dut
Water in South Sudan
Salva Dut and Lynn Malody
of Water for South Sudan
Bob Kreisberg introduced Dut, who is one of the two persons featured in the book, “The Long Walk to Water,” a story of perseverance and hope—the miraculous story of two Sudanese children who overcame mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others: Dut and another child, a girl.
Dut, at age 11, was one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, young refugees who covered the African continent on foot in 1985, for two months, as they searched for a safe place to stay. Dut’s uncle did not survive the trek, but from him Dut said he learned how to persevere, how to be helpful and how not to give up. Dut ultimately ended up in a refugee camp, and 10 years later, he was able to get to the US. “I came to the US with nothing, but this country has given me so much, made me what I am today.” He said a good family guided him, and he was able to go to community college. All the while, he knew nothing of his own family for 19 years. That was when he found out his father was still alive, but very sick from a water-borne illness.
Dut went back to Sudan and found his father, and from that, the idea of Water for South Sudan evolved.
With Dut’s determination and perseverence, he started that organization with the idea of making clean water available to the people of South Sudan, a very poor country. The organization drilled its first well in 2005 now is responsible for some 500 wells serving more than a million people. “When you have a well, things change,” he said. Girls who used to have to walk miles and miles to bring water back to their families now are able to go to school. Schools are being built, and then markets—and people are able to work and get paid with an initial financial start-up donation from the organization.
The Water for South Sudan program includes helping people drill the necessary 300 feet to find water and bring it to the surface and training them how to maintain these wells. Attending the meeting with Dut was Lynn Malody, part of Dut’s organizaton, and Glenn, a Rotarian from Brea, CA, who got inspired by the well-drilling program and has worked with Rotary clubs interested in learning more and becoming sponsors. Also with Dut was Linda Ryan, whose husband, Ken, is a former Hi-Noon Rotarian. She is a sixth-grade teacher who also was inspired by Dut’s organization. Her school, Valley Middle School, helped sponsor a well that went online in 2020.
Carlsbad’s Valley Middle School is recognized for
helping sponsor a well in South Sudan
Monday, September 26, 2022,
at The Westin and on Zoom
Speaker: Taraneh Sarebanha/Claudia Grasso
One Safe Place
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Joker Jackpot

George Sullivan won $7 in the drawing. The Jackpot is $200.
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Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club

 Welcome to Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club!

The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club (CHNR) 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 Mary Fritz-Wilson at m.fritz.wilson@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 80 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 be NUMBER 40. There will be German food, German music, costume contests, games and a beer garden.  Tickets may be purchased prior to entry for individuals, families and groups. Check out the website for event specifics: www.RotaryOktoberfest.org. This event has been designed and implemented since its inception by BOTH Rotary Clubs in Carlsbad:  Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and Carlsbad Rotary. Proceeds from Oktoberfest are shared with Carlsbad charities and used by each club for its many local community service projects. Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary also sponsors an annual "Brewfest" with craft brewers. This year's event is in the planning stages.

Additionally, CHNR also supports the AVID program at Carlsbad High School with a business and ethics conference plus college and trade school scholarships, a literacy project and book fair at Jefferson Elementary School, Junior Achievement and What Grown-Ups Do For Work for middle school students. CHNR members provide service and financial support to a variety of 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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