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Welcome to Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club. Founded in 1982.

Rotary's Motto: Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
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127 Main Street
Vista, CA  92084
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Every year the Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club sponsors a youth team to attend Model UN. Below is a photo of the team from North County Trade Tech High School.
Below is a photo of students that attended RYLA along with the Model UN team:


A huge Thank You to all of Vista Hi Noon Rotarians (and your families) who attended on Saturday to work on the Memorial Wall.  The results are spectacular and the new trees make a huge difference.  Thanks to Naomi Stein for arranging the trees which our landscaper said were very nice specimens. Also a special thanks to Robert Oldfield, owner of Landscape One, for his invaluable assistance and for the assistance of his workers who planted the large trees and connected the irrigation. Thank you Vista Hi Noon Rotarian Daryl McFarland for coordinating the project!

The Outcome:


Vista Hi Noon Members have a BLAST at the Wine, Brews and Blues! We are FUN!
Vista Hi Noon Rotary members Jan O'Reilly, Devon Richardson, Brenda Shuman and Debbie King.

Rotarians paid for the pipe and necessary pressure regulators, etc. but the villagers dug the trenches into which the pipe was laid.  The altitude is about 10,000 feet.
Photo: Rotarians and farmers who will benefit from the irrigation.

Alyssa Maloney from RBV (far left in photos) did a great job at the Sub-Regional Four-Way Speech Contest on March 31st.

Daniel updated the Club with the 2016 lineup at the Moonlight.

Christopher Keane, Executive Director of the Armed Services YMCA
We consider all of the speech contest students to be 'winners'. It takes courage to be a participant and we congratulate all of you! The students moving on to the next level are Alyssa Maloney from RBV and Myles East from Guajome Park Academy.

Phil Lutgen, principal of Trade Tech High School, described the school and its funding.  Trade Tech is a free public school that gets 
Vincent Delgado, Sandra Wafer, CJ Robinson – from United Way Vista Partnership for Children
George Chamberlin provided an informal overview of the economic situation and investments.  The 10% loss from the previous high 
Each year, the district awards Rotarian of the Year  recognition to a Rotarian who has accomplished amazing things in their service to the district, Rotarians, and the people we help. 
John has been deeply involved with youth across the years.  He has:
  • Established three Interact Clubs that his Rotary Club sponsors and continues to work with the clubs to insure their success.
  • Ardently supported RYLA, having served as a Facilitator for many years.
  • Was one of four Rotarians who created the District 5340 LEAD Program and just ended a three year term as Chair of the District LEAD Committee
  • Regularly hosted Youth Exchange students.
  • Been instrumental  in the organization and sponsorship of the new Rotaract Club at Cal State San Marcos.
  • Will be the District Youth Service Chair beginning on July 1, 2015.
For his long-time dedication to serving the young people of District 5340,  John Harmata has been named the Rotarian of the Year for 2014-2015

On Saturday night June 20th, the Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club hosted a No Limit Texas Hold-Em Poker Tournament Fundraiser at Ocean's Eleven in Oceanside to benefit the Club's Youth Programs. There was close to a $2000 prize pool for the 30+ participants. The top 6 finalist cashed out. The evening included dinner and a silent auction.

Thank you to Vista Hi Noon Rotarians Daryl McFarland, Stephanie Jackel and Chuck Rabel for having the vision, passion and determination to successfully complete the Military Memorial Wall. Without their leadership and relentless efforts to drive the fundraising, permits, plans, construction and project management, this wall wouldn't be possible. We also thank the countless community members, businesses and foundations who donated funds to make it happen and to the City Officials for their blessing and assistance. We thank Congressman Darrell Issa, State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez and City of Vista Mayor Judy Ritter for attending the Dedication and for being our speakers. We thank the advisors and members of the North San Diego Young Marines for your assistance with set up, break down and providing the Color Guard for the ceremony. You make us PROUD! We are grateful to so many. Thank you ALL for helping us honor those who gave their ALL for our FREEDOM.
Congressman Darrell Issa sharing his thoughts on Memorial Day.
Daryl McFarland, VP Vista Hi Noon Rotary with California State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez.
City of Vista Mayor Judy Ritter & Stephanie Jackel, Secretary Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club
Vista Hi Noon Member & Community Service Chairperson Chuck Rabel
North San Diego Young Marines Color Guard
Daryl McFarland's grandson admiring the wall

A dedication ceremony for Vista’s Military Memorial Wall has been set for Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the site of the wall, the sidewalk west of Vista Village Drive, north of its intersection with Main Street, next to the school sports fields.  Members of the public are invited to attend. The Military Memorial Wall was conceived by the Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club to honor all those who serve and protect our nation … past, present, and future.  The ceremony is a celebration of the completion of this project, which has been possible through the generous donation of funds, equipment and materials, and professional time.

Left to right:  Dick Goodlake, District 5340 Coordinator, Baylin Herington, Elyse O’Neil, Dulce Perez, Miranda Perez, Tina Mellor,, Jennifer Bui, and Mark Umek, Rotary Club of Escondido Coordinator   
Photo: Vista Hi Noon Club members, Family, Friends and Teachers of Baylin Herington.
Baylin Herington of Vista High School, sponsored by the Vista High Noon Rotary Club, captured First Place in the Annual District 5340 Four Way Test Speech contest on Tuesday evening, February 28th,   This year’s event, like last year’s was held at the beautiful California Center for the Arts in Escondido, before a crowd of110 Rotarians, friends and family. A Senior at Vista High School, Baylin impressed the judges with her sensitivity, compassion, and presence as she discussed how powerful words can be.  On her way to UCLA next year, Baylin finished tops among over 100 students who competed in the contest at four different levels over a period of four months. 
Other finishers included:  Elyse O’Neil a Senior at Carlsbad High School, sponsored by the Carlsbad High Noon Rotary Club; Dulce Perez, a Sophomore at Hoover High School; sponsored by Club 33; Miranda Perez a Senior at Escondido Charter, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Escondido; Tina Mellor a Senior at Coronado Pathways, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Coronado; and Jennifer Bui a Sophomore at Hoover High School, sponsored by Club 33.  
The 2015 District Four Way Test Speech Contest commenced in January, with local competitions among 19 high schools and 100 students.  Local competitions followed on into February, followed by 5 Sub-Regional Finals in March at Rancho Bernardo Sunrise, Old Mission, La Jolla Sunrise, Fallbrook Rotary, and the Rotary Club of Carlsbad.  April featured two Regional Finals at the Downtown Rotary Breakfast Club (North Regional) on the 8th and the Rotary Club of Chula Vista (South Regional) on the 10th with the District Finals conducted on April 28th. “My goal next year will be to encourage at least 30 Clubs to participate.  This event is just outstanding for our high school students who in many cases are not exposed to the art of public speaking in their respective high schools. And it’s such an important skill if they are going to college or transitioning to the workplace. 

Our District 5340 is the only one in the United States with a Rotary Model United Nations Program, started by our District's Pathways to Peace Committee eleven years ago. Rotary International has a long and proud association with the U.N, with Rotarians involved in its charter, and having the highest consultative status of any nongovernmental organization.  We are partners with the U.N. in our PolioPlus initiative. Rotary clubs select teams of two high school students and one advisor, who can be a Rotarian, teacher or parent. A club can sponsor more than one team. Several months before the Conference, the students are given two modified current-day UN Resolutions to address, and will undergo a day of training in analytical and negotiating skills, what to expect at the actual Conference and then the students select the countries to which they will become ambassadors.
The 4-Way Speech Contest Regional Final was in Chula Vista on Friday April 10th. Baylin did a wonderful job and won first place!  She will now compete in the district finals at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido on Tuesday evening, April 28. Mark your calendars to attend this special event. Baylin is holding her $300 award check and her first place certificate. 
Photo: Left to right: Steve Lilly, Baylin Herington (Vista High), her mother Kerry Herington.

Vista Hi Noon's very own Chuck Rabel received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Heroes of Vista Community Recognition Gala last weekend. Chuck's commitment to serving his community goes all the way back to his roots. Having graduated from college at Miami University of Ohio in 1967, Chuck had a seven-year career in the U.S. Navy, including a much-decorated tour in Vietnam as skipper of a fast patrol boat (Swift Boat).
Photo by TR Robertson
Vista Hi Noon's very own Brenda Shuman and her company Embroidery Image was a finalist for the Small Business of the Year Award at the Annual Heroes of Vista Community Recognition Gala last weekend. Embroidery Image, Inc. is family owned and operated since 2003. They strive to make the entire process of ordering custom embroidered garments easy. With over 10 years of experience, precise digitizing and embroidery is all produced in-house by their highly skilled digitizer/ production manager. Unlike many embroidery companies who contract out their digitizing, they are able to make all necessary adjustments to artwork such as sizing, density, and pull compensation. Keeping consistent quality, all of their embroidery is fine-tuned right in Vista, on the spot! They utilize only state-of-the-art Tajima embroidery machines to complete all of their work.

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This project is the inspiration and hard work of the Vista High Noon Rotary club and specifically three of their members. Stephanie Jackel, Chuck Rabel, and Rotary club Vice President, Darryl McFarland have worked on this wonderful project for over two years. Together and with the support of their fellow members, the Vista City Council, and many groups throughout the city they raised $55,000.00 and received an additional amount of $20,000 in matching funds from San Diego County for a total of $75,000. Oops! Make that $77,500.00 because during today’s ground breaking ceremony, Carolyn Chiriboga, the President of the Vista Historical Society presented the Hi Noon Rotary club with a check for $2,500.00.
Rotary is Fun! You'll see by the photo, our Club knows how to have fun. The January Vista Chamber of Commerce Sundowner was held at the Hyatt Place in Vista. It was a great networking opportunity for businesses and organizations.


Early reading proficiency is the single most important factor in the long term success of students, and the first goal of the Vista Unified School District (VUSD). Vista Hi Noon Rotarians have read and distributed books to each first grade student in the VUSD. For many of these students, it is either the first book they have owned themselves or one of very few books in their home. 1500 first grade students have been impacted by this project. We have offered this program for the past three years and because of the success of our previous efforts, the teachers and administrators of the school district continue to be committed to supporting us. The VUSD Superintendent and the President of the Vista Teachers' Association, as well as one of the Trustees of the VUSD Board of Education, are all members of the Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club and participated in project implementation.


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This weekend the Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club collected food inside the Food4Less in Vista. The food collected will be packaged with the Turkey and delivered to Marines on Camp Pendleton Saturday December 13th. Debbie King, Rotarian, has been organizing this service project for many years. The most neediest Marine families will receive not only a Turkey and all of the fixings but Toys for their children. A big Thank You goes out to the Assistance League North Coast for collecting toys for us and helping us make an impact in our community. Pictured Left to Right: Debbie Dugan, Darcy Wolfe, Chuck Rabel and Debbie King. Thank you to the community for embracing our efforts and making it a successful day!

Our Gratitude, Appreciation and our Sincere Thanks goes out to the following donors:
San Diego County Auditor and Controller
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)
Datron Holdings, Inc.
Carl's Refugee's
Watkins Manufacturing
The Schneider Family Trust dated 4/2/1996
The David Gerald Moreno Trust
William & Barbara Sutton
Richard & Wanda Patterson
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
​M W Ferguson Family Trust
Issa Family Foundation
The 2007 Charles R. Rabel Revocable Trust
Brad Peterson Family Trust
Deborah Schroeder
The Women's Club of Vista
Karl and Margaret Ramsing
Albert Rivera
Lori Butler
DDH Enterprise Inc.
Cleo and Gretchen Stover, Stover Family TR
Victor and Kathy Waters
Kenny's Kar Klinic
Max Mellner
John B. Franklin
Vista Historical Society
EDCO Waste & Recycling
Pauley Equipment Rental
The Rotary Club of Vista Hi Noon is seeking co-sponsors and donors to complete the above Military Memorial Wall by the summer of 2015.  Vista, a city which has benefitted by its proximity to Camp Pendleton and its military residents, is long overdue for such a tribute.  The County of San Diego has contributed $20,000 toward the project which is estimated at approximately $65,000.

Memorial Wall Donations

May 31, 2016
Jun 07, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
Devon Richardson, President-Elect Visa Hi Noon
Club Assembly & Goal Setting for 2016-17
Jun 21, 2016