Jul 17, 2018

July 16th 2018

Dennis Hunter pauses to reflect.
Our new President Brad Mettam opened the meeting from the opposite end of the room 30 feet away from the windows.  The meeting had relocated but the food hadn’t changed. This week’s lunch was stuffed peppers or fried cod, scalloped potatoes, salad bar and blueberry cake.  Dennis Hunter gave the invocation.  Jim Davis had passed away.  J Warren Hockaday was in the hospital. 
Brad gave Mike Martin a hard time about his Rotary badge, the last of its kind, it is square and made out of plastic. Some time in the 90’s Rotary came up with a new badge design but it never stuck.  Bruce Smith got his past president’s pin.  Brad introduced his new board of directors.  Pat Folkins gave a eulogy for Jim Davis.  He was a Rotarian for over 40 years.  Until his retirement in 1993 He was head of the Forest service and superintendent of Six Rivers National Forest. Services will be held on July 26th at Christ Episcopal church.

Matthew Owen invited volunteers to paint the Boy’s and Girl’s club on the 21st-one of his Done in A Day Projects.  Our exchange student Lila  auctioned off some succulents to raise money for her travels.  Want to buy a coastie a steak dinner?  Donate $25.  It happens on August 6th. 
Christian Hill introduced our speaker.  Dr. Roberta Ruskin-Hawk is the first female CEO of St. Joseph Hospital. She looks forward to the challenge.  If you want to know more about what she said, slip me a fiver at the next meeting And I’ll tell you.

Hank Ingham

Jun 27, 2018

June 25, 2018

Burl 6-25-2018

Today was the traditional de-bunking of the President.  It was quite a show.  Here’s the actual plan as penned by Matthew Owen.

12:00 noon

An ambulance (Bruce thinks it’s a limousine) with sirens howling pulls up to Bruce Smith’s Premiere Financial office (725 6th Street – Eureka).


The EMTs go into the office yelling for “Bruce Smith”.


“We had a 9-1-1 call for Bruce Smith!”


They locate Bruce Smith in his office, strap him onto a gurney, place him in the ambulance and drive him out to the Elk’s Lodge with the sirens wailing.

12:15 pm

We open the de-bunking meeting with Bruce Smith being escorted to the front of the room still strapped into the gurney.


Past-president Dr. Kim Bauriedel comes to the front of the room with a heart in his hand.


“President Bruce, you started your year with a heart attack. Frankly we were all were thrilled when we heard that, as we didn’t think you had a heart.”


Kim will go on with more about the Rotary Club of Eureka having a heart.



12:20 pm

Past-president Matthew Owen will play a YouTube video of the highlights (blank screen) of Bruce Smith’s year in Rotary and show a photo of the inspiration of Bruce Smith as our Rotary Club President.


Matthew will announce that Rotary Club will be black next week for Martin Luther King Day, but will be white again the following week for Columbus Day.




Past-president Dennis Hunter will talk about the excitement from President Bruce Smith’s Rotary project of the year, “Empowering the Next Generation”.


“It’s been a year now, so the Rotary Club Board of Directors and the entire club membership would like to know what “Empowering the Next Generation” project really is.”


“Will everyone who has had or will have a birthday in 2018, please stand up to be recognized. For every birthday in the room, we are going recognize Bruce Smith for $10, as our Rotary bank account needs to be replenished after a year of Bruce Smith.”




Past-president Lane Strope will present President Bruce Smith an envelope from Rotary District Governor Bob Rogers with all of the awards the Rotary Club of Eureka won this past year. The envelope will be blank.


Lane will then talk about his thoughts of a year with President Bruce Smith.




Past-president Hank Ingham will share his words of wisdom of a year with President Bruce Smith.


“President Bruce Smith always shared his words of wisdom with us. Here’s some back to you Bruce.  Here are some pearls of wisdom that didn’t quite make it to the meetings


“A fool and his money-Hey, that’s our ideal client”


It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is to understand our fee structure”


A penny saved is 8 tenths of  a penny earned: results are not guaranteed and subject to market fluctuations.


Bruce occasionally used parables .   this is the parable of the financial adviser the client and the bag chickens.  The advisor met with the client and noticed client had a bag.  “what’s in the bag ? he asked.  “Chickens!” said the client.  I like chickens said the advisor, I could grow them for you.”  OK said the client “If you can guess how many chickens are in this bag I’ll give you both of them!”

The counselor pondered a moment and said “Three?”

The moral don’t let your financial advisor count your chickens .


Another chicken story.

 A client brought a hen into his financial advisor.  “I’d like you to take care of this hen for me and give me the eggs to me  to eat when I retire” No problem said the investment counselor.  He took the hen, pulled out a hatchet from his desk desk drawer and cut its head off.  What did you do that for?” said the client.  “Oh, that’s my fee the fund is front loaded”  

The moral: quit while you ‘re  a head


I’m not saying Bruce is bad at his job…
…but when I went into his office and asked him to check my balance, he tried to push me over


Bruce saw a bank that said if offered 24 Hour Banking.” But he didn’t go in He didn’t have that much time.



Bruce’s wife had decided to trim her household budget wherever possible, so instead of having a dress dry-cleaned she washed it by hand. Proud of her savings, she boasted to Bruce , Just think, we are ten dollars richer because I washed this dress by hand. Good, Bruce quickly replied. Wash it again



I asked Bruce to buy IBM stock and he asks me for the ticker symbol.


Just got some good news from Bruce
…he told me I can retire at 62 and live comfortably  for 11 minutes.


Speaking of money…


 Jay Reed, Rotary Club Treasurer will talk about how the year started off in the black with plenty of funds… and now we’re in the red.


This may have something to do with President Bruce Smith taking a few months off in the middle of his Presidency to go to Uzi-back-istan to marry off his daughter. Rumors started circulating that hundreds of thousands of dollars went missing from the Rotary account about this same time.



EPD Captain Stephens comes into the room and announces he has a warrant for the arrest of Bruce Smith for embezzlement and financial impropriety.


Captain Stephens handcuffs Bruce Smith and takes him out to the EPD cruiser for processing at EPD headquarters.

After fingerprints and mug shots, Bruce Smith is driven back to Premiere Financial

June 18, 2018

This was a special meeting.  Rotarian and past District Governor Dave Dillon was honored for his many contributions to Rotary and the community.  Dillon 89, received 3 standing ovations by club visitors and guests. 
A member of Rotary for 51 years, Dillon served as president of the club from 1976 to 1977. He was Rotarian of the year for the district in 1990, and was installed as district Governor in 1991-92.  He was also a driving force behind organizing the Rotary youth exchange program in the local district. In addition to his years of service to the club Dave Dillon also served as director of The Eureka Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the HSU foundation, Chairman of the United Way Fund, Chairman of the St. Joseph hospital board of Trustees, and chairman of the 4H Club Council.
Distinguished guests included Dist. Gov. Bob Roberts on Erin Dunn, Larry Meyers , Del Rabe, and Terry Clark, all past district Governors.  Dillon received certificates of appreciation from Mayor Frank Yager, the Humboldt Co. Board of Supervisors and Congressman Jared Huffman.  In addition a plaque with his name on it will be hung in the Rotary Hall Of Fame located in Chicago, the home of Rotary’s founder Paul Harris

Jun 11, 2018

June 11, 2018

Lunch consisted your choice of turkey slices surrounding a glop of stuffing or chicken fried steak in gravy.  Mashed potatoes salad bar and dessert rounded out the repast.  Brad Mettam led us in the flag salute.  Matt Messner gave the invocation.  Bruce Smith presided. 

Chuck Ellsworth announced that Jim Hoff, a former Rotarian passed away. There will be a memorial service for him next week. In other Rotary news Fred Van Vleck’s house caught on fire. George Owren celebrated his 75th birthday.  The dictionary project was completed and Back packs for Kids is finished for the summer. Next week’s meeting is devoted to Dave Dillon’s celebration of 50 years in Rotary so you should attend.  Dave Dillon Day-don’t miss it. 
Our presenters were Pete Berti and Dale Maples.  They’re advocates for The Forgotten Initiative Foster Care Resource Center. They solicit supplies for Foster Children.  Dale has taken in lots of children but has to give them up after 6 months to a year.  The idea is to let their families get them through a bad patch.  For more info contact Dale at 834-1604

Jun 4, 2018

June 4 2018

President Bruce Smith opened the 42nd meeting of the Rotary year with the flag salute and then called on Tom McMurray Jr.  to give us the invocation.  We had just finished a repast that included Meat Lasagna, ham slices, scalloped potatoes, salad bar and dessert.  McMurray mentioned that Tom Schallert’s brother had passed away.  A card was circulated for former Rotarian Jim Hoff, who was battling cancer in Texas. It was noted that Jim Davis was in the audience. He has ALS. 
Carly Roberts gave a report on the Backpacks for kids program.  They need additional packers on Thursday afternoons to fill the packs with food. Two new Rotarians were inducted into the club.  Lane Strope sponsored Lynn Bedoff who is the Business Manager at Times Printing.  Tom Schallert brought forward Katy Woodhouse who will replace Tom at the Blood Bank when he retires next year. It was good to see new members. Attendance at club meetings has been sparse, though today’s meeting was well attended.
Then it was time to help out Rotaract and Rotex a subgroup handling youth exchange. Former Rotaract President and exchange student to Taiwan Shelley brought out 3 freshly baked apple pies and auctioned them off raising 425 dollars.  Bruce made an announcement that June 18th will be Dave Dillon Day.  Dave is a former District Governor and long-time member of the club.  Make sure you come and honor him for all his contributions to Rotary. 
Our speakers were three members of Humboldt Roller derby. They were founded in 2007 and played their first game in 2008. Their mission is to provide members ,fans and volunteers a competitive family friendly sporting experience at both a national and international level in the full contact sport of roller derby by empowering women and juniors while giving back to the community The sport is very intense.  Training requires 8 hours a week, 11 months of the year and they don’t get paid. The North Jetty Bettys and the Widow Makers play only in Humboldt. The Redwood Rollers are the “A” team sanctioned by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and ranked internationally. They have some home games coming up on June 9th at Redwood Acres.  You should go.

May 23, 2018

May 21, 2018

Menu:  Your choice of fried chicken or beef hash; mashed potatoes and salad bar.  Bruce Smith presided. Mike Cunningham led us in the invocation.   Matt Murrish announced that there is still time to get in on the dictionary deliveries to third graders.  President Bruce said the last social gathering of the year last Friday was well attended.  Don Leonard brought up a special guest from the Senior Resource Center to accept an $8,500 check for  Rotary to be used by Redwood Coast PACE.

Our speaker was Michael David-Reed, Assistant Superintendent at Eureka High.  He is participating in an Ultra Bike marathon to raise money for programs to teach volunteers how to help children who have trouble reading. He starts in California and ends up in Maryland twelve days later. He has a support team of 10 people who relay him food and water.  He will ride 18-20 hours a day, getting 2 ½ hours of sleep.   Temperatures will range from 30 degrees to 120 degrees.  David -Reed is Welsh, so his team is called Red Dragon.  Less than 50% of riders finish the race. He said “you are never to old to do something extraordinary, and you are all capable..

May 14, 2018

May 14 2018

Lunch consisted of spare ribs or chicken chunks in sauce, salad bar and cookies.

Mike Cunningham gave the invocation.  He asked everyone to pray that we don’t all get blown up. There were a few recognitions. Pat Folkins’ granddaughter graduated from HSU and cost him $100.  George Owren’s grandson is a star on the EHS football team.  That cost him 50.  President Bruce had a picture of Nancy Dean hiking so that cost her money. Matthew Owen was complimented by Bruce for cleaning up Old Town in advance of the impending cruise ship arrival. Carly Robbins said that they needed packers for the Backpacks for Kids and that there would be a fundraiser on June 2. This Friday Bruce Smith’s last social gathering will be held at 5:15 in the bar at the Ingomar club.  He’ll buy the first drink.  Matt Morris needs help to deliver gift Dictionaries for third graders sometime in the next few weeks.  The club presented a check for $15,000 to the Redwood Coast Montessori school to fix up the Manila Community Center field.  Our presenter was Larry Oetker, Director of Humboldt Bay Harbor and Recreation District.  They need to dredge 130,000 cubic feet of silt from the Woodley island channel.  They need to get a permit first.  Also they need a wastewater treatment plant in Samoa before they can do further development in that area.  Finally, they need a dock for mooring barges that will take floating windmills out into the ocean.  For more information give him a call.