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“I believe in trying to leave my footprint to make things better for others,” said Yvonne Finocchiaro, the President of the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary and long-time Carlsbad resident. The Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary is a service-oriented organization that is 96 members strong. “Rotary is a service club and our members provide service to the local and international community while working together in fellowship and fun,” explained Yvonne.

Serving the community is a top priority in Yvonne’s life. She first became a Rotarian in 1990 as a member of San Diego Club #33 in downtown San Diego. She moved to the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary after retiring from her position as President/CEO of LEAD San Diego in 2001. Yvonne has since retired from her non-profit management consulting practice, which she started in 2001, and is devoting her skills and time to her term as president of the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary. “My personal goal is to provide our club and its members with the coordination and support they need to be effective in their individual roles,” said Yvonne. She invites 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.

Yvonne describes living in Carlsbad as “living in paradise” and takes full advantage of the beaches. “I swim, boogie board, walk and enjoy everything about our beaches,” revealed Yvonne, who has lived in Carlsbad since 1997. In addition to the natural beauty of Carlsbad, Yvonne counts wonderful neighbors and an involved citizenry among her favorite things about residing in the coastal community.

Spending time with her husband and best friend, Carmelo, is also a pastime that brings Yvonne a great deal of joy. Carmelo was born in Sicily and is a retired United States Marine with 20 years of service. He currently works in the defense industry. Yvonne and Carmelo have a son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons who live in Temecula. “We are lucky they live close enough to share their time and their fun. I am a very happy woman.”

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Name: Yvonne Murchison Finocchiaro
Community: Isla Mar, Aviara, Carlsbad 92011
Volunteer Affiliation: President, Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary; Past President, Carlsbad Charitable Foundation FY 9-10 and FY 10-11.
Occupation: Retired from my nonprofit management consulting practice, 2001 – 2011;
Past President/CEO LEAD San Diego, Inc., 1988 – 2001;
Past President/CEO Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, 1987 – 1988;
District Coordinator, Congressman Ron Packard, 1982 – 1987
Family: Married to Carmelo Finocchiaro; One son, one daughter-in-law, two stepdaughters and six grandchildren.

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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;
Contact Information: Dawn VanSiclen, Director of Vocational Service; Jim Brubaker, Past President; Al Wanamaker, Advisor