Apr 24, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka April 24, 2017 meeting


Our presenter Carol Vander Meer was asked to lead the flag salute.  Bill McAuley gave the invocation asking the entire assemblage to pray for the Giants.  He then quoted Vince Lombardi “ Winning isn’t everything, it’s wanting to win.”
Carol Vander Meer
 Our exchange student Clara mentioned that she’s having a fund raiser this week at the Faith Center to help pay for a cross country tour with her host family. It’s $30 a head but she didn’t say what time it started.  President Matthew Owen touted his “Done in a Day” work project this Saturday at Food for People.  You can go and help them re-landscape the grounds.  Weak coffee and turnips will be served afterwards.

Our exchange student from Milan
The 11th annual Brew at the Zoo is happening Saturday May 6th.  It’s a 21 and over Beer Tasting.  You get a souvenir beer glass and there are three Pub Grub venues plus live bands.  Tickets are $30 for zoo members and $20 for designated drivers. Tickets are available at the Zoo gift shop, The Works, and Wildberries.
Linda Wise donated 6 tickets plus a parking pass to tomorrow night’s game.  Matthew tried to auction them off, but there were no bids. It was short notice and more difficult to get to San Francisco with 101 out.  Plus the Giants are 6 and 13 as Dennis Hunter observed when Matthew noticed him wearing his Giants jacket.  The final straw was that Bumgartner the scheduled pitcher fell off his dirt bike and is out for 8 weeks.  Bill McAuley was fined $150 for taking a vacation in Maui. CPAs Jay Reed and John Fullerton were welcomed back for returning after tax season. Matthew then did a blatant commercial for Leon’s Mufflers.  Dale can do warranty work on cars and trucks.

Rick Littlefield introduced our guest speaker Carol Vander Mere who gave us an update on the Humboldt Bay Trail.  When complete the 13 mile-long trail will run from south Eureka through Arcata.  This non-motorized trail will increase road safety, provide a low cost travel alternative, and promote healthy active transportation. The Humboldt Bay fund was established at HAF to provide a mechanism for private donors to assist in the continued development of the HBT by focusing on the critical need for trail maintenance funds.  All donations up to $25,000 will be matched by a $25,000 donation by Eureka Natural Foods. Send your checks to HAF. The menu for today’s fascinating meeting was scalloped potatoes, ham slices, manicotti, corn, muffins with black specks in them, and salad bar.  Dessert was fruit cobbler.

Submitted by Hank Ingham

Apr 11, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka April 10 2017 Meeting


The menu was spaghetti, meatballs in gravy, chicken Cacciatori , bread and salad bar. President Matthew Owen called the meeting to order.  Past President Greg Pierson led us in the flag salute.  Matt Murrish gave the invocation.  There was a larger than usual crowd because State Senator Mike McGuire was scheduled to speak.  Owen had a picture of Dale Warmuth’s outfit for the the fundraiser High Heels for Healing.  He came dressed as Dorothy in an outfit that would make the Wicked Witch of the West pour water on herself.  Christian Hill announced the winners of March Madness.  Jack Reike and Jay Bahner fared the worst.  They invested $1400 each and got checks for $125.  Greg Bowen was recognized for coming to the meeting.

Our speaker was California State Senator Mike McGuire.  He grew up in Healdsburg and was a Sonoma State graduate.  At 19 years of age he won his first election-to the School board- and was subsequently elected the youngest mayor ever (of Healdsburg).  He became a senator in 2014.  He said his grandma’s helpful hints were 1.  Work Hard.  2.  Assume everyone is smarter than you. 3. Never take “no” for an answer.  He said spending is up because lower income people are making more money but they can’t afford to save.  California leads the nation in job creation.  Our schools need additional funding. The state has 22% of the country’s homeless and a quarter of them are veterans.  He’s going to bring back the nursing program to Humboldt State. Things to be proud of: Humboldt Del Norte, Lake and Mendocino counties account for 60% of the pot grown in the US.

Early Rotary Wheel. Past Presidents with Red Badger
Penned by Hank Ingham.

Apr 4, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka April 3 2017 meeting

Our Speaker for the day, Dennis Scott, President of the McLean Foundation, led us in the flag salute. Dan Heinen followed with the invocation. President Owen called Scoutmaster James Dement to the podium to present him with his red badge. By the informality of the exchange I can only guess that he had had his membership ceremony last week and Matthew forgot to give him the badge. Carlton Nielsen reported that our exchange student in Paraguay is unaffected by the recent riots and attempts by protesters to set fire to the parliament building. Of course no one had heard about riots or knew where Paraguay was. Some thought it was a big bird that lived in the jungle. Nancy Dean and Carlton had just returned from the District Conference in Ukiah, where they taught classes about youth exchange. It was hat day for baseball fans. Dennis Hunter in his Giants cap announced that the Giants were 0-1 in spite of the fact that their pitcher hit two home runs. Pat Folkins also had a Giants hat on. Ken Stodder had a Boston Red Sox hat on and his team was up 5 runs. Christian Hill didn’t have a hat but he said the NCAA raffle raised $9,015 for Rotary. Klark Swan reminded us of the Rotaract Fundraiser April 22 at the Women’s Club in Eureka. Tickets are $50.

Then it was time for Boasts, Toasts, and Roasts. Jay Bahner roasted Matthew Owen for calling him on his cell phone at ten o’clock at night and asking him “where’s the party”. He’d intended to call Carlton Nielsen, but got his numbers wrong. We never found out where the party was. Other notable events: Annalise ran her first 5 K.. Matthew took his daughter Molly to her first wine tasting in Sonoma. It used to be free, but now it costs $80 a head.

Our presenters for the day were Dennis Scott and his fund raiser Sabrina Delashma from theMcLean Foundation. The Foundation was started by Mel and Grace McLean. They owned a chain of grocery stores and Eel River Sawmills. He left 20,000,000 to the foundation. The latest project that they are providing seen money for is the Fortuna Community Health Center. It will open in June of 2018. 30,000 square feet of Health care space. It will be under the aegis of Open Door Clinic, which has 660 employees. They will add 9 new physicians and a Dental Clinic. They still need money, so they are asking for donations. For more information call 707 725-1722 x 103.
Penned by Hank Ingham

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