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

Vista Hi Noon

Rotary's Motto: Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Shadowridge Country Club
1980 Gateway Dr
Vista, CA  92081
United States
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3 students from RBV and 3 students from Mission Vista attended the Interact Symposium event this past Saturday in Liberty Station.

They worked in small groups improving their networking and public speaking skills.  They also did workshops on energizing your club and retaining membership. All who participated really enjoyed the experience and are excited to take back what they learned and get their clubs going for the 2017-18 school year.
Once again the "Dynamic Duo" (Cindy and Darcy) knocked the Strawberry Festival out of the park!!  They deserve major kudos for the amazing leadership and dedication to this fundraising project.  We had more competition this year in that all of the strawberry vendors were within our immediate booth location, taking away some of our business.  Despite this turn of events, we did extremely well.  After expenses all come in, we estimate a net profit a bit higher than our net profit in 2016. It was a fabulous day and a huge thank you to all the Rotarians, Interactors and friends that participated on Saturday and Sunday, especially Cindy and Darcy.  Bravo everyone!!!!
Thank you Daryl, Sue, Tod, Brenda, Stephanie, Steve and Marie along with some of her Young Marines for beautifying the VHN Memorial Wall. Check out our new sign on the Memorial Wall bench!
We have the BEST Rotary Club!!


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!

Alyssa Maloney, from Rancho Buena Vista High School, won at the sub-regional in Carlsbad and Joey Clough from Guajome Park Academy won the sub regional at Fallbrook Rotary. Great job!!
Greetings from the Interact booth at the National Youth Leadership Conference. Rotary was well represented. Awesome ideas about engaging young people in Rotary.

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!

DG Marilyn Sandersen gave Vista Hi Noon Rotary a banner for having 100% participation by all members who gave at least $100 per year.  The club was also awarded a banner for having 100% sustaining member donations to the Foundation.  Also in 2015-16 the club met the goal of $1,500 to Polio Plus.  Marilyn also reported a recent news article had named The Rotary Foundation as  The Outstanding Charitable Foundation in the World.
Marie Smith and four of the Young Marines who made the trip shared a video of their trip to Hawaii for the 75th  Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.  They also demonstrated how to properly fold a US flag using a flag that was raised on the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7.  Marie told what each step of folding means.  Then the flag was presented to Vista Hi Noon Rotary.  There were a few hundred Young Marines from 16 states in attendance at the anniversary observance.   There were 97 survivors with an average age of 94.

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).

VHN member Darcy and three eigth graders, Corey, Alexis, and Evie described their experience at LEAD.  (VHN and Vista Rotary sponsored students from each middle school in Vista Unified School District.  Darcy volunteered as an advisor.)  There were 135 eigth graders in attendance who arrived at Camp Cuyamaca by bus.  It was a very diverse group.  They heard motivational speakers and had activities that involved making choices.  One activity involved “warm fuzzies” and “cold pickles.”    Everyone thought it was a great experience and that VHN should try to sponsor two students from each school next year.

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.

Vista Hi Noon Rotarians partnered with the Annual BBQ Classic on Main Street. Our Club members were responsible for selling tasting tokens, collecting tokens, selling raffle tickets and merchandise. We are great team and are very efficient. Thank you to all those that took time out of their Saturday to make it happen!
Vista Hi Noon Rotary President Devon Richardson presents a $1000 check to John Halcon, President of the Route 78 Rotary Club for the Encurentros Leadership of North County. The mission of Encuentros Leadership is to encourage and support boys of Latino descent to achieve optimal performance in education. Encuentros Leadership was organized in 2003 to address the alarmingly high school drop out rates of Latino males. Encuentros Leadership was soon after formed to address the critical educational, social and economic issues impacting the quality of education and life opportunities for Latino boys within our communities.
Fun was had by all at the Demotion party for Brenda Shuman! We celebrate Brenda and thank her for being a true example of 'Service above Self'. She stepped up when asked to be VHN Club President 2015-16. It isn't always butterflies and rainbows being in a leadership position but it truly is rewarding. VHN is extremely grateful for your year of leadership. Thank you Brenda! Now, welcome Devon Richardson, Club President 2016-17! Looking forward to another amazing year of service, fellowship and fun.
Daryl McFarland presided over giving special Rotary Foundation pins to Steve Lilly (Paul Harris + $3000) and to Danielle Delaney (Paul Harris + $2000).
Over $5500 worth of Strawberry Shortcake was sold at the recent Vista Strawberry Festival. 60 flats of Strawberries were cut, 16 industrial size pans of shortcake were made, 75 cans of whipped cream were used, 20 volunteers prepped the strawberries (completed in 3 hours) and 40 volunteers on event day. Our booth location unexpectantly changed the morning of the event but that didn't stop the Vista Hi Noon Rotary Club from have the most successful sales ever....in fact, we sold out by 4pm. Not a surprise since we are one of the few booths that actually sell a strawberry product. Funds raised will be used to support our many youth programs and scholarships. Many thanks go out to all those that participated in making this a successful day but a HUGE and SPECIAL thank you goes out to Cindy Farfan and Darcy Wolfe for their leadership, organizational skills, delegation and ownership of this fundraiser. It certainly wouldn't have been nearly as successful without all of your efforts. Here's to Cindy & Darcy...AKA the Dynamic Duo!
Of course the Strawberry Shortcake booth wouldn't have been a success without the Prep-Day:

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.
Below is a photo of students that attended RYLA along with the Model UN team:
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been specifically designed by Rotary District 5340 for the students in San Diego and Imperial Counties. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.

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!

The Outcome:

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

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
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