AJ won first place in the district 4-Way Speech Contest! The competition was unbelievable and needless to say, she was outstanding. In addition to some really neat swag, the first place prize was $1,000! A good start on
her UCLA adventure this fall. Congratulations AJ!
The 4-Way Speech Contest, held on February 21 at Shadowridge Country Club, featured eight contestants from four VUSD high schools. About forty people were in attendance, including contestants, teachers, family members and Vista Hi Noon club members. The speeches were excellent. The two contestants who are advancing to compete in sub-regionals are Alyssa Maloney from Rancho Buena Vista High School and Joey Clough from Guajome Park Academy. Alyssa will participate in the sub-regional in Carlsbad, to be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Carlsbad. Joey will be in the sub-regional in Fallbrook, to be held at noon on Thursday, March 23 at the Grand Tradition. Club members are invited to attend one or both of the contests.
In San Diego County, one in seven of our neighbors face “food insecurity” – meaning that little or no food is available at home, and often they do not know how they will get their next meal. Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club collected over 400lbs of food to benefit North County Food Bank. Great job members!
Mission Vista High School Interact Club meets on Thursdays. What an amazing group of students!! They have a very active club with about 36 members which is fantastic!! Tara and Talisa are Co Presidents (two seated in floor on right). The club advisor is Anne Fennell. Robert Crowell who will be the Club Liaison with this Interact Club and attending their meetings each month.
Starting from the left is our friend Vern Soderstrom rejoining our club. Kevin Gorham, Solutions Farms; Robert Crowell, VUSD; Marie Smith, Young Marines; and Susan Lawson, Solutions for Change( Corporate Membership for Solutions).
Thank you District 5340 Governor Marilyn Sanderson for your entertaining and informative talk today at our luncheon meeting. You gave great examples on how little things done by Rotary can mean so much and sometimes grow into bigger and better changes throughout the World.
Bill joined our club luncheon meeting and caught us up on some politics and personal life pursuits.
Every year the Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club sponsors a youth team to attend Model UN. At Model UN, teams of two student ambassadors and a Rotary advisor represent a country at a mock General Assembly and debate and resolve UN resolutions. Student delegates research their country and are prepared to represent its interests at the General Assembly. The program is held at the University of San Diego’s Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. The conference is a held over two days and students stay overnight at the conference. Students learn conflict resolution, debating skills, critical & analytical thinking, and presentation skills. Model UN exposes students to different cultures, political ideologies, and the art of making peace. The goals of Model UN include:
Training students in peaceful conflict resolution, diplomatic negotiating strategies, critical and analytical thinking, and speaking skills; Exposing students to different cultures and ideologies, and complex international issues; and Assisting students in the development of an objective and worldly perspective.Below is a photo of the team from North County Trade Tech High School.
RYLA's intent is to encourage students to be more effective servant leaders.
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!
- 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.
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.