Joker Jackpot

Posted on May 22, 2023
Newly inducted Jason McDonald had the winning ticket and collected $9.
The Jackpot is now at $470.
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Hi-Jinx Bulletin of May 22, 2023 Mtg

Next week DARK for Memorial Day
Next Meeting June 5, 2023
In person at The Westin and on Zoom
Volume 4, Issue 36
Reporter: Julie Walker
Photographer: LeAnn Rytz
Carlsbad Hi-Noon
Rotary President
Mary Fritz-Wilson
Welcome:  President Mary Fritz-Wilson welcomed all to the meeting, including those members attending via Zoom. Jim Brubaker led the pledge, and Velyn Anderson shared Words.
• May 27: DineAround #2 - Rick Huenefeld
• May 29: DARK / Memorial Day
• June   1: North Cty Food Bank - Velyn Anderson
• June 14: Brother Benno’s - Paul Kartzke
• June 30: Demotion Dinner - Raegan Matthews
Velyn Anderson presented the first of four club grants for $2,500 during the meeting, to the Assistance League, represented by Angela Baer. Baer said the non-profit, which assists abused kids from newborn to age 18, was chartered in 1998. The Oceanside program serves Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside, and includes 16 programs. One of those is Footsteps, which provides shoes, socks and health kits to needy youths in 39 area schools—which is where the funds donated by CHNR will be used.  
Velyn Anderson and Angela Baer
Gloria Foote inducted Jason McDonald, executive director of ActivCare at Bressi Ranch.  He was sponsored by Viveka Kjellgren, and his classification is Administration, Long-Term Care. His previous Rotary clubs were those in Fallbrook and Mesa, AZ.
Gloria Foote and Jason McDonald
The club’s sponsored Aviara Oaks Middle School Jazz Band will perform at 6pm Wed., May 24, in the school’s multi-purpose room. Bob Kreisberg invites anyone interested to attend. 
•  Club members invited to help serve breakfast at Brother Benno’s the second Wednesday of the month, 6:15-8am. The next service date is June 14. Contact Paul Kartzke,
The next North County Food Bank food packaging date is Thurs., June 1, from 1-4pm. Velyn Anderson is sending sign-up information via email. Last Saturday, 15 club volunteers, plus some spouses and friends, were able to package 2,800 pounds of potatoes, oranges and zucchinis in three hours.
ROTO-ROOTER: Ed Rouquette
               Ed Rouquette recognized May birthday celebrants who were at the meeting, including Mimi Gaffey, who was celebrating her birthday this day. Others recognized with the short birthday song were Josh Rytz and Helen Wells.
               Travelers recognized: Terry Green, who went to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, and Ken Clark, Hawaii. Rouquette called out new member Tommy Hersant after discovering he is a neighbor.
Maj. Gen. Peggy Combs (USA Ret.), president
Rick Huenefeld introduced Peggy Combs, who had a distinguished 33-year career in the Army, with her final assignment prior to retirement as chief of staff and executive director of the US Northern Command and the North American Areospace Defense Command (NORAD). She is the first woman to serve as president of the 112-year-old Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad.
The academy, she said is a college preparatory academy with military traditions. It is not a reform school or a recruiting unit or training unit for the Armed Forces.
The academy is a culturally diverse values-based all-boy boarding and day school that can serve 325 students in its dorms. It currently is serving 260 in grades seven through 12, and just graduated a class of 53—with a 100% college acceptance rate. Combs said it is “not another academy for spoiled rich kids...I like to call them extraordinarily average young men...(who) learn through the structure of military tradition.”
She shared a short video that explains the academy’s goal is to help students achieve success and take advantage of their potential. “You are already brilliant,” the audio says. “We will show you, and you will show us. We believe in you...Be bold. Be brilliant. Be you.”
Combs discussed the academics program, unique offerings, support system, athletics program and campus life at the academy, as stressed its emphasis on leadership and virtue development. She issued CHNR a challenge to contact the academy when additional manpower is needed. “They (also) learn through community service.”
The academy receives no state or federal funding “because we are single-gender,” she said.  Instead, tuition and donations are key.
Combs issued an invitation to tour the campus and also for a new program planned for the next school year. Every Friday, the flag is raised to the National Anthem. Next year, the public will be invited to participate via a new event, “Coffee and Colors.”
NEXT WEEK: DARK for Memorial Day
June 5, 2023
Nick Ordille
Assistand Fire Chief, Carlsbad Fire
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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.  Additionally, the meeting will be broadcast via Zoom as an option.  Please refer to President Mary Fritz-Wilson 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 70 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 41. 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: 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.

Additionally, CHNR also supports our Carlsbad students via 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. 

Guests are always welcome at Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary . . . come to a meeting and learn more about the activities (service and social) that members enjoy.  

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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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