Posted on Jul 09, 2019

Welcome:  The new Rotary year started with Jim Brubaker and his musical interlude by The Association “. . . everyone knows it’s Wendy” as he set the stage for President Wendy Wiegand’s first meeting.  President Wendy welcomed everyone to a new Rotary year and Steve “Sunshine” Mott led the Smile song.  Joan Boughton led the Pledge and Dave Kulchin (standing in for Bud Carroll) quoted Maya Angelou “ . . . how you make people feel.”  President Wendy initiated a new element into the meeting which is the restatement of the Rotary Four-Way Test.  Mott led the singing of God Bless America and guests were introduced.  President Wendy also presented the 2018-2019 Rotary Theme banner to PP Maureen.

Rotary Inspirational Moment:  Another new element was the Rotary Inspirational Moment wherein two members each meeting will be asked about a moment of inspiration that came as a result of Rotary activity.  Dave Dana was first and he described the awe he saw in the faces of students at the club’s Raising Readers Book Fair where students were able to purchase their own books (25 cents each)—a book of their own.  Lisa Rodman, after rethinking her moment rather than those who inspired her, said it was the building of the Mexico house—“It was amazing—work on that if you can.” 
Sad News:  President Wendy announced that Past President Bob Fenner is having health issues and has had to resign from the club.
Demotion Dinner:  Past President Maureen Simons thanked the Demotion Team for their great event-- she had a “fantastic” time and indicated that two people were missing:  Yvonne Finocchiaro was honored as the Rotarian of the Year, and Bryan Geisbauer was awarded the Rookie of the Year.  Both were present today and thanked PP Maureen for the wonderful recognition. 
Brewfest:  Mike Ferguson indicated he still needs 45 people to volunteer for Brewfest.  Go to to sign up or email or call Ferguson.
Yvonne Finocchiaro kicked off the new Rotary year with congratulations to the Demotion Team:  David Harrison, Lisa Rodman, Gloria Foote, Nancy Starling, Walt Waggener and all those who participated in the skits.  What about those bagpipes and Irish dancers?  Most excellent! PP Maureen exclaimed “it was OVER THE TOP” –I was laughing AND crying . . . it was fantastic!”
July birthdays included Gloria Foote, George Porter, Jan Nadler, Vince Ponce, Harry Peacock, Patty Johnson, Sam Ross, Velyn Anderson, LeAnn Rytz, Kori Dolkas, Wendy Wiegand, Alex Klingensmith and Jeff Segall.  The Birthday Song followed.
From the “What We Don’t Know About You” files Walt Waggener and JR Phillips considered and reworked the following facts until they got it right:  Jan Nadler developed a new workshop, Steve Mott was in the Rose Parade drum line, Mike Ferguson participated (with his children) in the Indian Princess Guide program, Rick Kreysar was a St. Louis bowling champ in high school, George Porter’s first job was as a photographer at Disneyland and Melanie Burkholder was a Rotary exchange student to Bangladesh. 
Randy Ferren was fined $25 as he takes joins the Board of Directors for the El Camino Country Club.  Harry Peacock took his whole family to Hawaii to help celebrate his and Bobbie’s 55th wedding anniversary.  $25.
WENDY PATRICK, DEPUTY DWendy Patrick used her visuals and personal stories to help identify the issues involved with social media as it relates to politics. 
Her first focus included the problems raised in this social media age:  Facebook is the primary source of news for most people.  How does one identify what’s true and what’s not true? Research indicates that people rely on each other to ferret out the truth.  Social media’s characteristics that it is free, fast, unfiltered, elicits feedback and shows the power of numbers offers users an opportunity NOT to read edited/filtered copy.  It allows everyone to have a voice.  Further research suggested that Facebook users are more gregarious and social; whereas, Twitter is used by the less social and more cognitive individuals.  (Source?  I didn’t catch it.)  The second premise was the fact that major issues are lost within the ocean of trivia . . . fake news, edited videos may not be real and other elements lead to distrust.  Patrick pointed out the difference between broadcasting a fact and engaging the public in that fact—those using engagement saw better results.  “Nothing beats knowing each other.”
George Porter won $10.  The jackpot for July 15 will be $110.
The 2019-2020 Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Board of Directors (l – r):  Steve Ahlquist, PP Maureen Simons, Dawn Cunneen, Raegan Matthews, Lisa Walsh, Mark Ealy, Pres. Wendy Wiegand, Rick Grove, Harry Peacock, Bryan Geisbauer and Jim Brubaker.
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary - July 8, 2019 Yvonne Finocchiaro 2019-07-09 07:00:00Z 0
photos from the March 13, 2017 meeting Bruce Stewart 2017-03-17 07:00:00Z 0

From the February 6, 2017 meeting

Speaker Aaron Byzak, Senior Director of Government and Community Affairs at UCSD, spoke of the amazing life of his grandfather, Wilfred "Chick" Mensching. "Chick" left school after the 9th grade, and after attempting some career choices, unsuccessfully , joined the USMC.  He managed to be in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, after being shot 11 times, sent to a POW camp and on to the infamous Cabanatuan Camp for 2 1/2 years, then on to the "hell ships" for  the Omori Prison Camp where he was finally liberated weighing only 90 pounds.   He continued his Marine life in Korea.
Eventually, "Chick" became the first President of the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club.
Photos from the February 6, 2017 meeting Bruce Stewart 2017-02-10 08:00:00Z 0
Photos from January 23, 2017 meeting Bruce Stewart 2017-01-26 08:00:00Z 0
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary's 13th Annual "Teens and Marines" Golf Tournament at The Crossings, Carlsbad was a big success!
This tournament is the sole source of fundraising for Hi-Noon's Scholarship Fund.  Each year the Scholarship Team interviews and selects Carlsbad students and military veterans for scholarship assistance.  Carlsbad Hi-Noon is proud of the hundreds of students and thousands of dollars raised in the past 12 years to enhance the educations of Carlsbad's young people. 
Please check back for pictures and more!
"TEENS AND MARINES" GOLF TOURNAMENT Yvonne Finocchiaro 2016-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Ealy

Solutions for Change
President Mark notes that one of our club beneficiaries, Solution for Change, is in need of clothes for the children and parents at their facility.  Mark asks that members bring items to the club meeting on Monday, October 27.   Check those closets!!
Solutions for Change Mark Ealy 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Rodman

Seniors Helping Hands Outreach
Lisa Rodman announces the beginning of the club's newest project for our community.  Volunteers will be providing services to seniors each month with a kickoff meeting at the Discovery Center on Saturday, October 18.  For more details contact Lisa at
Seniors Helping Hands Outreach Lisa Rodman 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michael J. Pfankuch

The 32nd Annual Rotary Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in Holiday Park, Carlsbad. This event is sponsored by the Carlsbad Rotary Clubs and is supported by community businesses. For full details go to
Oktoberfest Michael J. Pfankuch 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Brue

21st Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Cup Football Game
The 21st Rotary Cup Football Game between the Carlsbad Lancers and the La Costa Canyon Mavericks will be held at Carlsbad High School on October 17, 2014.  Kickoff is at 7 p.m.  The winner's name is engraved on the trophy each year and the winner retains the Cup until the next game. The teams are tied with ten wins each.  This Carlsbad Classic and the Rotary Trophy are sponsored by the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club. Carlsbad High School is located at 3557 Monroe Street (aka Lancer Way).  Park in the main CHS Student Lot and walk up Lancer Way. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students.
Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Football Cup Robert Brue 2014-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Stewart on Jul 16, 2014

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Each year a variety of professionals discover Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary thereby adding to the club's membership.  Hi-Noon Rotary is a place where, working together, the members give back to the local and international communities through hands-on projects and (we put the "fun" in) fundraising.  "Service Above Self" is not just a Rotary International motto--it is a fact of life in this club.  Please read the membership materials identified on the top left corner of the home page on this website and contact our Membership Chairperson Patty Johnson to answer your questions.  Johnson's contact information is 760-845-8938 or  She will be able to answer your questions and invite you to one of the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary meetings held at the Sheraton Carlsbad at noon on Mondays (except federal holidays).
If YOU are interested in serving Carlsbad, having some fun doing it, and meeting some wonderful people . . . Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary may be for you!
Mailing Address - Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary ~ PO Box 741  Carlsbad, CA 92018
Interested in Joining Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary? Yvonne Finocchiaro 0