Mar 20, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka March 20, 2017 meeting

Menu: Turkey Rolls, pork cutlets, mashed potatoes, ménage of vegetables, and chocolate cake. Matthew Owen opened the meeting by asking Jim Davis to lead us in the flag salute. Craig Hansen followed with the invocation. He asked for a moment of silence for long time Rotarian Ray Wickel, who passed away recently. Ray was an ex green Beret Army Ranger as well as a civilian pilot and instructor with 5700 hours in the air. He’d been active in Rotary for 50 years. Will the exchange student outbound for Belgium said he had cupcakes to sell to raise funds for his trip. Glenn Goldan was recognized for a ringing cell phone during the meeting…

Other guests included Mayor Virginia Bass and Jim Christenson of the Ink People . Christian Hill had raised $8,000 the previous week and still had six squares to sell for the NCAA March Madness fundraiser. President elect Bruce Smith was recognized for his photo in the TS presenting a check to the science fair. Alicia Cox got a big thank you from Pat Folkins on behalf of the club for garnering so much publicity for our Rotary club that the other clubs were jealous. Nancy Dean returned from Calgary in Canada for a Rotary Student Exchange convention. President Owen reminded us of the Rotary District Convention to be held April 1st at Mendocino College in Ukiah. Dale Warmuth drew the joker in the Spengler Howard Raffle and won 430 dollars, which partially recompensed him for having bought Duke for $800 only to see them lose in the 2nd round.

Our Speaker was John Henry Ford Planning and Building Department Director. He started off defending his staff, saying they were not incompetent as a recent newspaper article suggested. He said the deluge of Cannabis Cultivation Permits was taking time away from other projects. There were 2300 applications, but only 18 of them were completed and approved. He’s going to restructure the department and get a new computer program to keep track of things. The General Plan is 50 days away from being put out for public comment. Matthew said there were 12,000 growers in Humboldt County, and 11,982 were out of compliance. Craig Hansen said we should spend more time going after the growers and less time nitpicking timber harvest plans. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Penned by Hank Ingham

Mar 14, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka Meeting March 13, 2017

Lunch Menu: salad bar, corned beef, potatoes, swiss steak, boiled cabbage, steamed carrots, rolls, dessert. Called to order by President Matthew Owen at 12:15pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Assistant District Governor, Lori Breyer. The Invocation was led by Tom McMurray (special prayers for Ray Wickel who passed away recently). VISITING ROTARIANS: Pat Tracy, Brian Lovel, Lisa Fryrear-incoming president for Arcata Rotary, Matt Nielsen- incoming President for Southwest Rotary, Lori Bryear Assistant District Governor. GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Greg Pierson introduced John Day from Pierson Co., Linda Wise introduced Jim Christiansen from the Ink People.

ROTARACTORS: Jamie Carroll, Matthew, Ray, Christine Tyson. It is Rotaractor week. Our Rotaractors told us that Rotactors was founded in 2010 and the Rotary Club of Eureka founded Lost Coast Rotaractors in 2010. They have a food and wine fundraiser coming up at the Eureka Women’s Club on 4/22. Proceeds will benefit Ugandon Women. They also brough St. Patrick’s Day cookies for $5 a bag. STUDENT GUESTS: Claire, our exchange student from Italy is doing some fundraising for a Western Safari Trip with dinner and silent auction. They are looking for auction items. Please let her know if you can help. ANNOUNCEMENTS: President Matthew Owen showed photos and talked about the Done in a Day project that took place on West Wabash last Saturday. It was a huge eyesore that has now been cleaned up thanks to the 10 Rotarians that showed up. A special thank you to John Day from Pierson Co. who ran the bobcat that saved a lot of time and energy. John was presented with $100 in gift certificates from Jesse Claire at McDonalds and a $100 gift certificate from the Rotary Club of Eureka to Bayfront restaurant. There will be another Done in a Day project on March 25th. We will partner with Pacific Outfitters Pac-Out team to clean up Broadway.

Rotary’s District Assembly is coming up on 3/31. If you haven’t registered yes, please do. RECOGNITIONS: Dennis Hunter and other PP recognized Matthew Owen for leaving his credit card at the check-in desk. There was no photographer present and Matthew Owen requested help from the audience. Kim Bauriedel extorted a fee of $50 from Matthew and agreed to help out. Incoming President Bruce Smith presented a check Melanie McGuire from the Humboldt County Office of Education with a check for $5,000 to help send local high school students to the State Science fair. Kim Bauriedel introduced new member, Julie Benbow, executive director of the Sequoia Zoo Foundation. Pat Folkin gave the Past President’s address. SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Rotary Coin: Matthew Owen. $10: Brad Mettam. Dale Warmuth drew a card for a pot of $400 but alas did not win.

GUEST SPEAKER: Christian Hill ran the annual auction for NCAA Division men’s basketball championship. Bidding was lively and nearly $9,000 was raised in a very short time. 1Ž2 of the money will go back to the top winners of the pool and the rest will go back to provide benefits to the local community. MEETING ADJOURNED: 1:40pm.

Respectfully submitted, Alicia Cox.

Mar 6, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka March 6, 2017 Meeting

The menu was deep fried chicken or pork, mashed potatoes, white gravy, and chocolate cake. President Matthew Owen asked Harold Hillficker the fourth to lead us in the flag salute. Carlton Nielsen then gave the invocation. Dale Warmuth stood out more than usual. He was wearing a lime green wig that made him look like a parakeet. It was left over from Bowl For Kid’s Sake, which he said raised $80,000 that previous weekend. President elect Bruce Smith just returned from the PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) and was inspired. Jeff and Don Leonard were recognized for the pictures they took at the recent Rotary raffle Mardi Gras with a Papoose. Hank Ingham was awarded 3rd place at the recent Redwood Art Association Juried show. He gained some prize money, then he lost it to Rotary. The check’s in the mail. Klark Swan brought her six week old baby” Lincoln.” President Owen reminded us that the Rotary District Conference starts March 313 in Ukiah. Still room at the Inn if you want to attend.

Our presenter was Harold Hillficker IV owner of Hillficker Pipe, which is having its 100th anniversary. His Great grandfather came from Switzerland and arrived in Humboldt in 1890. By 1902 he was married and had started a business hauling gravel and making well casings, burial vaults and ornamental bird baths. In 1910 the family started a concrete plant and over the years accumulated 42 patents on retaining walls. They do about 20% of their business locally, and the rest is shipped as far away as Chile. They make concrete and corrugated steel pipe, and wire retaining walls. It’s still family owned. “ The work can be draining”, Harold said” but what was once a pipe dream is now concrete.” They still have the bird bath mold if you need one.
Extruded by Hank Ingham

Feb 27, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Meeting February 27, 2017

President Matthew Owen asked the oldest WWII veteran to lead the flag salute. That would be Ken Stodder. Dan Heinen gave the invocation. President-elect Bruce Smith gave a report on our most recent fundraiser, “Mardi Gras with a Purpose”. As you may recall from our last episode, the prize winners were determined by hiding sugar medallions in the cupcakes. Someone unknowingly ate one of the medallions without realizing he or she had just consumed $2,000. There was no getting it back. Bruce put the names of those who bought tickets in a hat, and drew a ticket. The lucky winner was Ziggy Ziggenfuss. Bruce thanked Clark Swan, Jerry Reece, Nancy Dean, and a host of others who helped with the raffle.

Boast, Roast, and Toast entries included Dan Heinen, who was named a Champion of Hope by his company for his charitable endeavors. Steve Allen went on a trip to Maui. Not to be outdone, Matt Messner went to Panama and Russia. Jack MacDonald received recognition because he didn’t know how to turn his cell phone to vibrate. Jerry Reece said his son just completed a short cartoon for Nick at Night or some network. Then Matthew said he flew to Washington D.C. for 11 dollars round trip. He saw the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museum.

Betty Chinn was our speaker. She is an advocate for the homeless and works so hard that she only sleeps 2 hours a night. She has a homeless center . She finds jobs and housing for the poor and unfortunate. She gives them “a hand up, not a handout. She was presented with a check from our club for $10,000 dollars.
Briefly penned by Hank Ingham

Feb 14, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka Meeting February 13, 2017

President Matthew Owen rang the bell, which hasn’t been stolen by another club for a long time. What happened to the good ole days? The menu was ham slices or ribs, scalloped potatoes, vegetable medley, and fruit cobbler. It doesn’t get much more exciting than that. Vanessa Christman, new head librarian at the Humboldt County Library, was asked to lead us in the flag salute. Nathan Nilsen gave the invocation. Susan Johnson got up and announced that they we putting on a play called “ Jane Doe in Wonderland” at Ferndale Rep on March 11st. The play is about human trafficking. They are raising funds so that they can continue to perform the play at high schools. Jerry Reece and Bruce Smith were both wearing Mardi Gras costumes. Jerry reminded us that the annual Rotary fundraiser, Mardi Gras with a Purpose, is this Friday at the Sequoia Conference Center. $4,000 is hidden in the cupcakes but you have to attend to get a cupcake. There is a 250 dollar prize for best costume.

Then, as a complete non-sequitur, Jerry said that in Vegas if you bet that Lady Gaga wouldn’t show cleavage in the Super Bowl half time show you could have won 185 dollars. He’s losing it. Christian Hill prognosticated about March Madness. We’ll have the usual bracket bidding for teams as a fundraiser. Glenn Goldan was recognized for showing up, Dennis Hunter donated 100 to polio plus because he was celebrity auctioneer at Mardi Paws the Sequoia Humane Society fundraiser. Elan Firpo brought in a canister of change. Change is good. Carlton Nielsen said that his son was going to Switzerland as a Rotary Exchange Student.

Our speaker was Vannesa Christman, new head librarian at the Humboldt County Library. She said the three questions that annoy librarians are “you must not be very busy, no one is reading anymore” “Libraries are still around? Aren’t they obsolete because of new technology?” and “you work in a library. It must be so relaxing to be around books all day” She refuted all of these. Our library has 99,000 card holders. They check out 500,000 books a year. The library has internet connections and staff to help you access it. They have audio books. They have language CD’s. They even have e-books. The future of the library is as a community gathering place. They are open 12n-5pm Tuesday through Saturday and stay open til 8pm on Wednesday. They need more funding.
In remembrance of the Dewey Decimal System, Hank Ingham

Feb 8, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Meeting February 6 2017

The Menu was breaded fish cutlets, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and banana pudding. Our president Matthew Owen was back from his fact finding tour of Hawaii. Hank Pierson led us in the flag salute. Greg Williston gave the invocation. Matthew then queued up a longish video that Lost coast Outpost made about the new bunkbeds at The Eureka Rescue Mission. He was prominently featured along with his wife Virginia. It wasn’t near as funny as the Saturday Night Live clips he shows. Jerry Reece reminded us of the upcoming Rotary Fundraiser, Mardi Gras with a Porpoise, Friday 2/17 at the Sequoia conference center. Specialty drinks include the bourbon street sour, Big Easy martini, and Hurricane Bruce. There will be beer and wine and music by the Dixieland Gators. Lisa Slack announced that the Clark Museum is holding a Tea Party at 3pm on February 12th. Come see their new 1960’s exhibit. Matthew said our Rotary Club gave away $60,000 in scholarships last year.

Our speaker was Doug McCorkle, Real Estate Marketing Director for the town of Scotia. Investors subdivided the company owned town and are selling off the houses. Most of them were built a century ago. The first phase has 40 homes, most with 2 bedrooms and one bath. Prices range from 150,000 to 200,000. They have all been inspected and will be ready to sell as soon as they form a community Services District. The hotel and restaurant are also for sale or lease. Eventually they hope to sell off all 270 homes. For more information go to scotialiving .com.
Scripted by Hank Ingham

Feb 1, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka meeting January 30, 2017

The menu was beef ribs, fried chicken, tater tots and mixed vegetables, some whom were in the audience. Who should we find at the podium but Linda Wise. Matthew Owen was out of town on another one of his free trips to Hawaii so she was acting President. Bruce Smith led us in the flag salute. Bruce Rupp gave the invocation. Dennis Hunter was recognized for being in Rotary 40 years. Jerry Reece reminded us that The annual Rotary fundraiser Mardi Gras with a purpose is to be held at the Sequoia Conference Center February 17th . You should already have gotten your tickets in the mail. There is a token in one of the cupcakes worth $4,000 so don’t swallow anything lumpy or you’ll have to wait a few days to see what you have won. Boast, Roast and Toast: Bruce Smith said that there was a bright side to being in the hospital. He lost 35 pounds. He donated $5 per pound to the foundation. That’s $175 in American money.

Our speaker was Dr. Don Baird from the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services. He talked about the increasing number of deaths from Opiates and Opioids. Oxicontin and fentanyl are widely available as well as designer drugs created by chemists. In 2012 -2014 Humboldt County had 33.9 deaths per 100,000 people. The state of California averaged 11.6 per 100,000. The median age for overdoses is 50-59. Mortality statistics are for drug users and don’t count those who mix alcohol with drugs. He said the area needs more treatment centers. Apparently there are none in Eureka for opiate abusers. Meth use is up an astounding 75% this year. He doesn’t know why. Houston, we have a problem.

Injected by Hank Ingham