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

Jan 23, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Burl January 23, 2017

The menu was Swedish meatballs, spaghetti, mashed potatoes, garlic bread and salad bar. There was a brownie for dessert. Matthew Owen showed up again so we had to let him be president and ring the bell. Nathan Nilsen led us in the flag salute. Tom McMurray Jr. gave the invocation, then ratted on Greg Pierson who was on a trip to see his new grandchild accompanied by his fiancĂ© . There is a fine in his future. Jamie Carroll, president of Rotaract said that three of their members had just returned from a trip to Bangladesh. She reminded us that Rotaract was having a fundraiser dinner on March 11th at the Sequoia Conference Center. $25 gets you a ticket. Jerry Reece announced that the annual Rotary raffle dinner is coming up on February 17. The theme is “Mardi Gras for a Reason” and you should already have gotten your tickets in the mail. The main course is gumbo prepared by Mama Jennice. There will be specialty drinks, like the Big Easy Martini . A $4,000 cash prize is going to be hidden in the cupcakes so don’t forget to stick around for dessert and be careful what you swallow. Attendance is not mandatory, but buying the tickets is.

During the boast, roast and toast segment Pat Folkins bragged about taking a cruise with his family and that set him back 120 smackers. Bruce Rupp had (not literally) his 8th grandchild and his wife was going to England to see him. That reminded John Fullerton that he had a new granddaughter. In the “Young enough to have her own children “segment, it was mentioned that Rotarian Clark Swan was past her due date which was today. There’s still time, Clark! Sue Bosch admitted that she totaled her car. Finally Paul Nicklas shared that he caught footage of a butane fueled drug explosion on his drone camera. It remains to be seen why he was using his drone to cruise the neighborhood-unless of course the explosion was at his house. If you live in Arcata pull down your shades.

Our presenter was Connie Lorenzo from the Department of Health and Human Services. She is heading up Humboldt’s 2nd Chance program, (H2CP) which is a pilot initiative to get individuals under formal probation back to work with skills readiness training and subsidized wages during on-the-job training. Humboldt aims to serve up to 75 probationary job seekers during this one year program. Probationary participants are screened an then attend a 2 week readiness training course and a minimum of six weeks of vocational training. Work placements include 50% wage reimbursements to employers for up to six months as an incentive to hire. Services to the employer include access to ready-to-work job seekers motivated to perform. You interview and select as you would any other job seeker. There is the previously mentioned 50% reimbursement of wages for the first six months, and tax credits through the state’s Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. She said they are no different than any other employee you might hire, except “they got caught”. With that hearty recommendation, we close yet another chapter in the Book of Burl.
Authored by Hank Ingham

Jan 11, 2017

Eureka Rotary Club Meeting January 9, 2017

The meal consisted of beef goulash or fried chicken accompanied by mashed potatoes garlic bread and salad bar. Bread pudding was the dessert. President Matthew Owen invited Past District Governor Larry Meyers to lead us in the flag salute. Bill McAuley gave the invocation, noting that President Elect Bruce Smith is out of the hospital and doing well. Owen then gave us a brief history of the Rose Parade. He’s been attending as a volunteer for 15 years. The Parade started in 1890. It didn’t always have a football game as part of the festivities. For 15 years they did chariot races.

Jerry Reece announced Mardi Gras for a Cause would be held February 17th. Tickets are 50 in advance or 75 at the door. There will be a parade, cocktails, live music, Gumbo, red beans and rice, corn bread and cupcakes. He didn’t say what the cause was. Ted Loring Jr. boasted that he had vacationed with his in-laws in Upstate New York. He said that ”Vacation with your in-laws is an oxymoron”.

Our speaker for the day was the previously mentioned Past District Governor Larry Meyers. He’s chairman of the Polio Plus Campaign in our district. He was a victim of polio, contracting the disease at age 6. One day he woke up paralyzed on his left size. He was placed in a hospital and given treatments like blankets soaked in scalding water draped across his body. He recovered, but now is feeling the effects of Post-Polio Syndrome. He said that we are close to eradicating Polio world-wide. Last year there were 35 cases. There is a risk of its return, because fewer children are being immunized against these childhood diseases. If you donate to Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign, the Bill Gates Foundation will match each dollar you contribute with two more dollars. Last year our district raised 238,000 dollars. He would like to see us do better this year.
Cheerfully submitted by Hank Ingham

Dec 12, 2016

December 12 2016 Meeting of the Roary Club of Eureka

Lunch consisted of ham slices, beef slices, mashed potatoes gravy and a greenish squash that had been cooked for a loooong time but there was blackberry cobbler for dessert. President Matthew Owen called the meeting to order. He asked Charles Young, music teacher at Eureka High to lead us in the flag salute. Craig Hansen gave the invocation-asking us to remember Bruce Smith and Ray Wickel who were both in hospital. Wayne Wilson was recognized for his 61st wedding anniversary. Owen reminded us of the Rotary Christmas Party coming up on 12/17. The Salvation Army needs Rotarian Bell Ringers this coming Saturday at Wallmart Kmart and Piersons.

Then it was time for the “Boast, Roast and Toast” segment. Dennis Hunter commented that the 49ers were setting new records-by losing a dozen games in a row. Jeff Leonard took his family on a trip to San Francisco and toured the Exploratorium. Gerry Reece stood up and complained that his birthday was Tuesday and he didn’t receive any recognition. Owen was contrite. Pete Vallerga boasted that he received a lifetime achievement award from the Builder’s Exchange. Paul Brisso complained that Fred Van Vleck had “stolen” one of his employees. This was a rare sighting of Fred, who may not have attended for several months. He was admonished. Ted Loring sold his business Professional Property Management. He volunteered to pay a fine of 199 samoleans.

Then it was time for the year’s favorite program- the Limited Edition singing Christmas Carols. Charles Young conducted. They sang Joy To The World, The Christmas Song, Deck the Halls, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, 12 Days of Christmas, We Three Kings, and topped it off with an in the round version of Carol Of The Bells. At the end President Matthew had them draw from the deck until they produced the Joker, and then he awarded them the jackpot of $610 dollars. Then one more bell rang, and we were outta there.
Seasonally submitted by Hank Ingham

Dec 5, 2016

Meeting Of the Eureka Rotary Club December 5, 2016

The Elks Club dining room was more crowded than usual because the meeting was a celebration of the late Rotarian Jim Howard’s 101st Birthday. President Matthew Owen called the meeting to order and asked WWII veteran Ken Stodder to lead us in the flag salute. Mike Cunningham gave the invocation and noted that member Bruce Smith is in the hospital and not doing well.

Special guests included former City Council Members who had served with Jim, Mayor Frank Yeager, Members of Howard’s immediate family and several former Rotarians including Laurie Lazio and Craig Perrone. The Mayor commented that Jim Howard had lived through a century of progress, from the first bi-planes to the moon landing, though two world wars and a few smaller ones. He experienced 18 Presidents from Woodrow Wilson through Barack Obama. Pat Folkins recalled the ceremony in 2014 when we added his name to the weekly raffle, now the Spengler Howard Raffle.

Former Councilman Jim Worthen said it was Jim who first had a vision for the renovation of 2nd Street, which once had 17 Bars between C and H streets. Former Councilman Ed Davenport once asked Jim what he liked about Eureka and he said “because the only time I know I’m a black man is when I look in the mirror”. Jay Bahner recalled that Jim was the Rotarian who sponsored him. Ziggy Ziegenfuss said he’d known Jim for 49 years and that he was an honest man and a gentle man but every time he went in Jim’s business he was violating the Brown Act. John Winzler noted that everybody that was anybody frequented his Shoe Shine Parlor.

Tom Schallert noticed that when Jim sold you a raffle ticket he looked down at your shoes to see if they were properly polished. Chuck Ellsworth recalled Jim teaching him how to sell tickets and to catch anyone who tried to sneak around the table to avoid buying one. Finally the cake was cut and served and there were a few more comments, and a reminder to visit the plaque that honors Howard at the former site of his Shoe Shine Parlor. then the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by Hank Ingham.