[heading] by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography [/heading]

Over the past six years, Wendy Wiegand has dedicated countless hours to the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, a service-oriented organization that provides support to the local and international community. “I am very passionate about Rotary and what it stands for—Service Above Self,” said Wendy, who has never missed a Rotary meeting. She has served on the Board of Directors as Secretary, Community Service Director and Club Service Director for the 96-member Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary.

Wendy feels extremely fortunate to serve on Rotary alongside like-minded people who are inspired to give back to those in need. “I have made some amazing friendships through Rotary. It’s wonderful to work with good people who have the same goals,” stated Wendy. Wendy encourages those who are interested in Rotary service to come to a meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn on Carlsbad Boulevard. Meetings are held every Monday (except for federal holidays) at noon. She also invites residents and visitors to take part in the 30th Annual Oktoberfest in Holiday Park on October 6, 2012. This event is a community fundraiser that is jointly produced by the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and the Carlsbad Rotary.

The Rotarian spirit is strong within Wendy’s family. “My father has been a Rotarian in Monterey since 1972. I joined Rotary in 2003 when I was living in Temecula,” explained Wendy. Currently, Wendy, who is a realtor and mortgage broker, lives in the Bressi Ranch community of Carlsbad with her 14-year-old son, Chandler. She moved to the community in 2006 and counts convenience to shopping and dining, great schools and wonderful neighbors among the reasons she loves living in Carlsbad.

Although Wendy is not a native Californian—she is originally from Western New York—she has lived in Southern California since 1987 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. “This is my home now,” said Wendy. “I can drive to enjoy the snow and live in the sunshine. Where else can you golf one day and snow ski the next?” The Southern California climate is also perfect for Wendy’s other favorite pastimes—watching Chandler play soccer and lacrosse and heading to the beach. “I enjoy sailing and kayaking, and Chandler recently started to surf. He loves it,” declared Wendy. Wendy and Chandler also like to spend time with friends and Roxy, their Maltese dog and Spike, their Sulcata tortoise.

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Name: Wendysue Wiegand
Community: Bressi Ranch
Volunteer Affiliation: Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary
Occupation: Realtor & Mortgage Broker since 2000
Family: Chandler (14)

Group: Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, established 1980
Group’s Purpose: Service Above Self
Board Members: Yvonne Finocchiaro, President; Lisa Rodman, President-Elect; Maureen Simons, Secretary; Eric Lodge, Treasurer; Kori Dolkas, Director of Club Service; Mike Holland, Director of Community Service; Stan Prowse, Director of International Service; Dawn VanSiclen, Director of Vocational Service; Jim Brubaker, Past President; Al Wanamaker, Advisor
Contact Information: www.carlsbadhinoonrotary.org