Jun 26, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Burl 6-24-2017


Ken Stodder led us in the flag salute and Tom McMurray gave the invocation, mentioning that he thought God is a hound dog and so was our president.  He liked that.   It was Matthew Owen’s last meeting. Keith Crossley came forward to accept a Paul Harris donation from Virginia Bass. There were awards for Nancy Dean and Carlton Nielsen, Rotarians of the Year. 

Matt Murrish got a plaque for delivering  200 Dictionaries single-handedly.  We cruised down memory lane together, remembering the 10.000 we gave To Betty Kwan Chin, the 110 frozen turkeys we gave to the Rescue Mission, and the 40 bunk beds we had put together for The Rescue Mission and Betty. 

Then the Debunking began, led by Jay Bahner.  Will Kay , as Comey, and Paul Brisso as himself accused Matt of not following the four-way test.  Owen was escorted out of the room and came back dressed as Hillary Clinton, the candidate for whom he had guaranteed a win last November.  Chuck Ellsworth had a Trump mask on, and repeatedly demanded that Hillary be jailed. The assembled Rotarians voted him guilty, and he was handcuffed and left the Elks Lodge in the back of a police car, sirens and lights going.

That was it in a Nutshell.

Hank Ingham

Matt Owen dressed as Hilary walks to the waiting Police Cruiser.

Jun 20, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka June 19, 2017

Boys and Girls Club check

Brad Mettam, loser.

Our Presenters

Matt's Daughter Molly


Paul Harris Fellows

Jun 13, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka June 12th meeting

Three meetings remain (including this one) in the tenure of our esteemed President Matt Owen. Such a pity: we won’t be having another program about the Rose Parade. Jim Davis led us in the flag salute and Carlton Nielsen gave the invocation.
Dennis Hunter


Greg Seiler was recognized for having attended the meeting. We obviously have lowered the bar on recognitions - and attendance for that matter. Al Crnich was celebrating his 69th Wedding Anniversary, John McBeth his 50th, and Alicia Cox was honored for her 15th year in Rotary. “I love Rotary” she exclaimed. Keith Crossley came to the podium to award some Paul Harris Fellowships. Neil Carnam got his 3rd PHF. Michael Cunningham got his 8th. Then Michael’s mother Mary Cunningham got her first. Carly Robbins said that Food For People’s Produce Market is starting up this Thursday. It’s like the farmer’s market, except that the vegetables are free to low income folks. Food For People is located at 14th and Summer Streets in Eureka.
PHF recipients


Recognitions: Ken Stodder $100 for his 3rd great grandson and 3rd great granddaughter, Dennis Hunter $100 for his grandson. Jay Bahner won $50,000 at Blue lake Casino and sold 13 RV’s last week. Not a bad week. Hank Pierson is celebrating his 80th birthday and his son Greg got married -$120. Ilan Firpo brought in a filled change canister. Good for her.

Rosa and Milia
Our presenters were Rosa Dixon and Milia Lando childhood best friends and the owners of Natural Decadence, a wholesale bakery specializing in Gluten free, dairy free, nut free, peanut free, non GMO desserts.

 They started the business because their children had allergies and problems with gluten, and they have been quite successful. 8 months after they opened Whole Foods approached them and asked to carry their pies. Now they have 28 products and distribute to half of the country. Last year business more than doubled. Apparently there is a strong market for gluten free vegan pies, their best sellers. They brought in some samples of their cookies, which were great.


Alicia Loves Rotary
Submitted by Hank Ingham
Captain Hank

Jun 6, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka June 5 th 2017 Meeting

Matthew Owen is down to his last four meetings. Thought you would want to know. Marine Corps staff Sergeant Jason Wattle led us in the flag salute. Dan Heinen gave the invocation. Lots of people have birthdays this month. Wayne Wilson, Frank Yeager, Keith Crosby, and Greg Pierson, to name a few. Keith Crosby, speaking for Paul Harris, thanked Paul Brisso, Don Smullin, and Jay Bahner for completing additional Paul Harris Fellowships.

Clara says goodbye.

Our exchange student Clara from Italy is going on her Western Safari trip soon and then hops on a plane to Italy. She’ll be back to attend college. Matthew is having another “Done In A Day” project this Saturday. 9am at 14th and Williams. Bring a lawn mower. Jack Reike finally picked up his NCAA winnings-$125.00 –for a $1200 investment. Gregg Gardiner came from Hawaii for a rare visit. His wife Cathy is in remission and doing well. Dan Heinen boasted that he had been in Mexico.
Sergeant Wattle

Our presenter was Staff Sergeant Jason Wattle, local Marine Corps recruiter and son of Virginia Bass.(our president’s main squeeze). Sergeant Wattle has spent the last 16 years in 32 different countries including Afghanistan in 2009. He talked about the Afghanis making their own home-made explosives and the various anti-personnel devices they created. He was happy to be stateside and doing recruiting. He said his biggest challenge was getting applicants to pass the urinalysis test. What a pisser. A celebration of Ray Wickel’s life will be held this Saturday 1-3pm at Baywood Golf and Country Club.

Penned by Hank Ingham
Would someone wake Don?

May 24, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Meeting May 22, 2017


. Lunch Menu: salad bar, chicken thighs, tri-tip, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, rolls, dessert. Called to order by President Matthew Owen at 12:15pm. Our speaker Rob Arkley led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Invocation was led by Mike Cunningham. BIRTHDAYS: Larona Farnum, Robert McLaughlin, Matt Murrish

ANNIVERSARIES: Jennifer Budwig (Robert), Chris Freeman (Diana). ROTARY   ANNIVERSARIES: J Hockaday 15 years, Greg Pierson 17 years, Neal Carnum 25 years, Mike Martin 28 years, Bill McAuley 29 years, Craig Hansen 30 years, Al Abrahamson 38 years, Dave Dillon 50 years.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Jay Bahne announced a meeting after the meeting for all Past Presidents in preparation for Matthew’s last meeting. Almost President Bruce Smith said that the social last Friday at the Ingomar Club was a great event with 15 people attending.  He’s planning on doing a social every other month and would like more people to attend.  President Matthew reminded everybody that Guido (aka Matthew) will be calling soon if you have not yet given $120 to the Foundation and Polio fund for this year.  They are hoping to have 100% participation.  If you have questions call or email Keith Crossley. Bruce Smith and Carly urged all Rotarians to review the email asking for corrections/updates for the roster.
 
RECOGNITIONS: Annalise Von Borstel has officially changed professions from banking to … Real Estate.  She is now a broker with Ming Tree Realty.  Dennis Hunter recently returned from an Elks convention in Pam Springs.  President Matthew noted that his wounds from a recent fall were healing nicely.  John Burger commented that Eureka High School’s team recently won the Big 5 and is now going to the next level!  Bruce Rupp plugged the Eureka Symphony’s recent performance.
 
SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE:  1. Silver dollar to jay Bahne, Jitterbean Gift Certificate to Mike Cunningham, $10 in cash to Anthony, Motorcycle Care gift card to ???, Jim Davis- Chance to win a gold ingot ($203 value) but he drew a 2 of hearts. 
 
GUEST SPEAKER: Our guest speaker was Rob Arkley from Security National. Rob spoke about 3 topics… state of affairs nationally, at the state level, and locally.  Nationally he said it’s interesting to see the truth vs what is being reported.  Consequential achievements are being made by the Trump administration although he said the country is brewing for a civil war. The democrats are being forced to the left by their activist base.  Trump is getting things done administratively. He’s making changes at the judiciary level that should last for a generation.  He’s dealing with the deficit and dealing with entitlements. Trump’s own party is challenging him. It’s not a friendly group.  The economy is doing well.  He doesn’t see the recession others are forecasting.
 
The economy seems stable.  He was in a meeting that forecasted that over 5,000,000 truck drivers will be losing their jobs because of automation. Those are big numbers of people who will need re-training. Change is happening rapidly in today’s world.  He feels that Trump is cutting back on regulation which is needed. He would compare the relationship Trump has with the press to the Nixon era.  California is having a hard time. The deficit is huge and there are problems.  He decided to skip to the local area.  Locally Rob sees opportunity.  His daughter and other young people are choosing to relocate here.  He said it’s a myth that all kids want to live in an urban environment.
 
The reality is that 80% like small town environment. He’d like to see more home ownership locally.  Will see homes torn down locally due to infrastructure aging. He moved to Baton Rouge to make money and he did.  He’s now selling Baton Rouge off and is investing locally as well as a few other states he feels are economically poised for growth. He likes College of the Redwood’s program. Pot industry is a problem. The Feds will be dealing with it. It’s illegal, you can’t ignore the laws.  Homeless he’s seen some good changes. Chief Andy Mills is doing a good job. The Oyster industry here will be bigger than anyone here realizes.  150 jobs expected.  They will be building 60,000 to 100,000 feet of space at the Balloon track. Office/Warehouse most likely as that is what is in demand.  Questions and answers followed. President Matthew Owen closed the meeting at 1:16pm with a reminder that we will be dark next week for Memorial Day weekend.
 
Respectfully submitted,  Alicia Cox















May 16, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Meeting May 15, 2017

Only 7 meetings left in the term of our exalted leader, Matthew Owen. Fixin’s for lunch included Chicken casserole, beef hash, fried chicken wings, and lemon cake for dessert. Guest John Harper led us in the flag salute. Bruce Rupp gave the invocation. It was Carlton Nielsen’s birthday, so we sang the Happy Birthday song. Then it was revealed that our exchange student Clara turned 18 today, so we had to sing again.
Clara is 18
Our exalted leader
President Elect Bruce Smith reminded us of the opportunity for fellowship this Friday March 18 at the Ingomar Club main floor bar. It starts at 5:15pm and Bruce is buying the hors de oeuvres. You’re on your own for drinks. During the “Boast, roast, and toast” segment, Pat Folkins said that the Eureka High baseball team won the Big Five Championship. Nancy Dean and Carlton Nielsen had just returned from a District Conference for Rotary exchange students in Lake Tahoe. They took 38 exchange students with them. Glenn Goldan received a check for $630, his winnings from the Rotary NCAA raffle. Ilan Firpo and Jason Chand announced that they just got married, and also that Jason had the leading role in a local production of Beauty and the Beast at Ferndale Repertory Theater. George Owren and Greg Williston saw the play and gave it two thumbs up.
Ilan Firpo and Jason Chand

Glenn gets his check

Our presenters were Rotaract members Matt Zendejas and Megan McCallister. They talked about Rotoplast, a team of doctors, nurses and volunteers who do clinics in underdeveloped countries. They had recently returned from Bangladesh. They spent two weeks there helping the team do reconstructive surgery on burn victims and repairing cleft palates. There were 70 surgeries in that 2 week period. They worked from 7am to 8pm. They were distressed by all the people who they had to turn down. Finally Past President Jay Bahner announced that there would be a past presidents’ meeting next week to make some plans for Matthew’s debunking. Meeting adjourned.
Matt and Megan talk about Rotoplast

Submitted by Hank Ingham

May 9, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Meeting May 8, 2017

There are Seven meetings to go in the presidency of Matthew Owen. Sue Bosch led us in the flag salute. Matt Messner gave the invocation.

Matt Murrish needs some help delivering the Dictionaries we give to 3rd graders every year. Active weeks are 5/22 and 5/29. It was Alicia Cox’s birthday. Craig Hansen won $75 in the NCAA raffle and immediately signed it over to the Rotary Polio Plus fund. President-elect Bruce Smith announced that Fireside Meetings were coming up. Then, in unusual move, President Owen retired from the room and Rotarians at each table formed groups to express their opinions about the club and how things were going. That took about 15 minutes. Bruce Smith announced that there would be a Club Social Friday May 19th at 5:30pm.

Finally, after the drawing, Matthew told us our scheduled program presenter couldn’t make it . So no program about Rotoplast in Bangladesh. Instead we were treated to a re-run- The history of the tournament of Roses parade. Someone asked how much the early leaver fine would be, and Matthew raised it to $20. everybody stayed.

Briefly recorded by Hank Ingham