Dec 9, 2010

December 6, 2010
A Perhaps Historic Meeting of Rotary Club of Eureka

Pledge and Invocation
Walt Shimasaki led the pledge of allegiance and none other than Father Doug Thompson gave the invocation. This was our first meeting in over five years at our old location, the Eureka Inn (redivivus—again, perhaps).

Guests of Rotarians
Too many to announce

Visiting Rotarians
John Moore, Eureka Southwest; Jim Seiler, Fortuna noon; Terri Clark, Arcata Sunrise; Bob Johnson, Arcata Sunrise; Teresa and John Porter, Garberville; Cindy Dembo, Eureka Southwest; Nancy Kaye, Eureka Southwest; Dick Wild, Arcata

Gary Barker stood tall (in spite of loosing an inch) and waxed eloquent about the mission of Rotary. He also spoke highly of the late Harvey Harper and told several stories about Harvey that revealed their rivalry and friendship in the auto business.

Susie Seely welcomed us back to the Eureka Inn and pointed out to Mr. Porter that there was not one light out in the overhanging chandelier. She estimated she has worked about 2400 hours for Eureka Rotary Club through the years.

Mike Bass, coach of the Eureka High Basketball (not football) team invited us to the Logger Classic to be held at Eureka High on December 16, 17, 18.

Pat Folkins introduced Chris Freeman as our newest Paul Harris Fellow, who was suitably recognized.

New Members
Mike Cunningham welcomed Anthony Antoville who moved to Humboldt County many years ago and built an alternative home that is powered solely by wind and solar. He now manages care for the elderly and is a third generation Rotarian.

Eric Bergel introduced Mandy Nash as our next new member. She is according to Eric, so talented, industrious and creative that she deserved to be introduced in colorful terms—which she was. Past President Don Leonard encouraged both new members to get a hold of a Rotary Club roster in order to get acquainted with our members and mission. Welcome, Anthony and Mandy.

After the two winners were drawn for twenty and ten dollars respectively, all were waiting on the edge of their seats for the basket drawing when Murl Harpham car-jacked the meeting, claiming that Greg Pierson should get the basket because Greg tore the tag off his chair at the Rotary Christmas party in full view of a peace officer. Greg denied the felonious deed and claimed he thought he had the winning ticket for the raffle strapped under his seat when he removed the tag oblivious to the penalty, or presence, of the law.

Past president and former District Governor Dave Dillon started by giving us a bit of club history. In 1922 the Eureka Inn was opened and Eureka was excited to have this new luxury hotel. Glyndon ("Sign") Smith provided entertainment for one of its opening events. Sign liked Eureka and moved here, later joining our club and continuing as a stellar member with sixty-nine years of perfect attendance. In 1923 the Rotary Club of Eureka was chartered, sponsored by the San Francisco Club. On October 23, 1923 Bru Brunier officially handed over our club charter. Our first club President was Ritchie Woods, a druggist (of the legal kind) who along with 20 others became members.

Next speaker was Bert Campton, who is a third generation Rotarian serving as club president in 2007-08; Bert read a list of charter members. Kim Bauriedel is also a third generation Rotarian and read further down the list of charter members.

Our club was the first on the North Coast and we were later instrumental in sponsoring Arcata, Fortuna, Crescent City and Southwest Rotary Clubs along with a few others. Kim reminded us of many major projects begun by our club in this area. For example, our club began Prairie Creek State Park with assistance from Paul Harris Fellowship funds.

Dick Nash was introduced next as the longest-ago living Rotary Club President, having served in 1961-62. He introduced his wife of 67 years, Jeanne to much applause. Dick joined our club in 1954 and says things have changed much in the past 56 years. For examples, there were no women in the club in those days, roads were smaller and attendance was emphasized strongly in those days.

Charlie Strope was president in 1968-69 when the idea was launched to start a new club in Eureka. It would be called Southwest club, because they were hoping to find members from the south and west of Eureka. The new club vote was close, but eventually the idea won a majority. Southwest club was slow in starting, with Ed Nilsen and later Bob Palmrose playing key roles in getting the Southwest Club off the ground. They started with about 15 members and grew slowly. According to Ed, they now have about 150 members.

Dave Dillon recounted many activities of our club including relationships with Australia and the strange case of the disappearance of the Australian lobsters.

In January 1962 Laurie Lazio joined our club. According to Laurie, in 1985 the Dow Jones was at about 700 and Wheel of Fortune was a popular show, so President Lazio made a wheel and spun it to determine fines, using some card tricks to get the right results. He welcomes the admission of women members today and gave the ladies credit for their many contributions to the club. Laurie recounted many famous speakers who were hosted by this club through the years including Ronald Reagan, Chuck Yeager and Governor John Connelly.

The next speaker was John Porter, a former Vice President and General Manager of the Eureka Inn, claiming his best move was to fire the chef and hire Susie Seely. He spoke fondly of the presence of our club at the Eureka Inn. Our Rotary Club wanted to recognize Mrs. Barnum for her many contributions to the community through the ownership of the Eureka Inn. The resolution begun by our club and in cooperation with the City proved to be very encouraging to Mrs. Barnum at a time when she needed the encouragement.

In 1987 we admitted our first female member (this reporter did not catch her name) and Pat Folkins recognized many of the female leaders of Rotary, some in attendance today.

Last person up front was Ted Mason, who was president in 1990-91; he came into the club in 1984 through the sponsorship of Dave Dillon and thanked Dave for the opportunity to join and serve.
Respectfully Submitted,

Dan Price
November 29, 2010
Meeting of Rotary Club of Eureka

Pledge and Invocation
Dave Tyson led the pledge of allegiance and the invocation was given by Ryan Frey.

Guests of Rotarians
Anthony Antoville, Lynda Pozel and Jack Hopkins were guests of Mike Cunningham; CC Cree was guest of Gary Philp, Eric Bergel's daughter Reesa and business partner Mandy Nash who is with Sundance Painting.

Visiting Rotarians
Ron Ayers from Hamilton, Montana where he claims it is now 8 below zero.

Student Guests
Jasmine Phiengsai and Stephanie Lor of Deca Club were guests of Kathleen Cloney- Gardiner who reported on a conference they attended.

Gabriel Umidon our exchange student from Italy replete with colored hair and football helmet gave us a summary of the football season. In spite of the loss the Loggers posted in the playoffs last week, Gabriel said playing American football was an experience he will never forget. He also experienced his first Thanksgiving, and he is still raising money for his safari; forms are available on our tables at weekly meetings.

Greg Williston reminded us that the Blood Bank still needs a pint of blood from all of you and Craig Hansen will buy you a pint for each pint of blood donated (Greg indicated it will be a cold beer with a glass one can take home).

Diane Cipperly announced the 1923 committee meets December 15th during lunch at Woodley Island.

Our Rotary Christmas Party is Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Ingomar Club, and there may be a few tickets left according to Mike Cunningham.

Greg Gardiner reminded us that Toys for Tots program will help needy kids in our county. Toys will go out to 4,800 kids in many parts of the county. Middle school kids who are especially needy will get a chance to come to the Ingomar Club and choose some life goals. Please contact Greg if you can donate either money or a new toy to this worthy cause.

Ron Pierre said that Gary Philp received an award for helping the National Guardsmen serving their country. Gary got a Patriotic Employer and Seven Seal award. But with his name miss-spelled President Carlton gave Gary a pass and fined Ron $50 for misspelling his name (it was Sacramento's fault according to Ron Pierre).

Bruce Emad, Joe Mark and Dr. Bob Green were all on the front page of the Times-Standard for attending a fundraiser for Redwood Memorial Hospital. Bruce and Bob were charged $10 each, but Joe was cited for $50.

President Nielsen said that since drug dogs were coming in a few minutes, early leavers could go out the exit in the corner without fine. No one took him up on the offer.

Our speaker, Officer Katherine Howden, started in the jail (as an officer) in 1987 and wanting to work outside, she shifted to working with patrol dogs in 1997. As everyone knows, illegal drugs pose a huge challenge in our area. Officer Howden gave some reports on the actual numbers of drugs confiscated by Eureka Police Department (EPD). For example, Police in Chicago seized a pound and a half of Methamphetamine; EPD confiscated that much in one single case and many cases are processed each year here. According to officer Howden, fights and resisting arrest are on the increase due to rising meth usage. Heroin seizures also have been large of late, with much of it coming from south of the border. Narcotics dogs are trained to detect cocaine, methamphetamine, hallucinogens and marijuana. They also help in the apprehension of criminals. Hence the need is obvious to purchase another drug dog for the Eureka Police Department (EPD).

The cost of purchasing a narcotic dog is $2500 to $4500 and training another $7,000. EPD is raising the money with community help to purchase the dog, car, training and a year's worth of supplies. The total bill for the new narcotics dog is expected to be around $15,000. These dogs pay for themselves however, in drugs and cash from the apprehension of drug dealers, according to Officer Howden.

After the verbal presentation Officer Howden brought in Taba, a retired drug dog for EPD, and she ended up on the table searching for heroin (pretty spry for a retired canine). The new dog that will be taking Taba's place is a 16 month old black Labrador Retriever named Maggie.

Lynda Pozel and Jack Hopkins are raising money by selling calendars for the EPD to obtain a narcotics dog. One means of fund raising for this project is to purchase 2011 calendars at $20 each, or checks can be sent to Hopkins Fine Portraiture. Their web address is, and phone # is 443 3364.

Don't forget next week's meeting will be held at the Eureka Inn. Carlton says he has hired a few extra heaters, but bring a sweater and a muffler or two. President Carlton also promised some live music, and there will be a program led by Dave Dillon recounting the history of our club.

Respectfully Submitted,

Dan Price
November 22, 2010
Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka

Ron Pierre led the pledge of allegiance and Greg Williston the invocation after reading a lengthy list of modern day battles on and off the gridiron that have come to epitomize "Thanksgiving."  Greg aptly reminded us that giving thanks to God is the true meaning of the holiday Americans will observe on Thursday.

Guest of Rotarians
Kim Bauriedel introduced Dale Stockley; Mike Cunningham introduced Anthony Antoville; Carol Rische's guest was Rose Gale-Zoellick & Gary Philp introduced CC Cree owner of the Irish Shop in Old Town.

Special Occasions
Don Leonard announced his birthday today, and reminded us of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 47 years ago--also today.

Dan Price announced the return of Christmas to the Eureka Inn on Sunday November 28th. At 13:00 Sunday there will be a chance to hang some ornaments and hear a couple of choirs sing Christmas Carols. At 4:00pm the grand festivities begin with the Arcata Interfaith Gospel choir, and other choirs from Eureka High along with food and other fun.

The Rotary Christmas party is December 1st at the Ingomar Club and deadline is fast approaching. Contact Mike Cunningham.

Carol Rische announced the third small grant award of $1,000 to Rose Gale-Zoellick for the Humboldt Community Breast Health Project. It will likely go to a computer that will be networked for a good cause--quicker breast cancer diagnoses.

Kim Bauriedel introduced his good friend and newest member, Dale Stockley. Dale is an educator who recently retired. He is married and has two children and was a member (and Past President) of Rotary in Fortuna but lives in Eureka, and therefore is joining our club.

Hank Ingham introduced our truly newest Rotary member, Stacy Lane. Stacy is the Executive Director of the North Coast Schools Insurance Group and North Coast Schools Medical Insurance Group.

Rick Littlefield received the first recognition from our hooded Grim-Reaper-President. Rick and wife Betty took a recent trip to Spain to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary. Rick and Betty visited Malaga, Cordoba, Sevilla and The Straits of Gibraltar replete with monkeys. It cost him a $100 contribution on behalf of his wife's Paul Harris Fellowship.

Fred Griffith's daughter was awarded Sports Hall of Fame Honors at College of the Redwoods and quickly mentioned George Owren's daughter was inducted as well. George was fined $30 and Fred $50. The girls on the team were good friends and had 3.49 GPAs according to the proud fathers. Fred Whitmire was also included in the recognition for some reason that only Fred Griffith understands: but he paid Coach Whitmire's bill as well for a total of $100.

Dale Maples introduced Chuck Hubler who along with others made a trip to Haiti with Faith Center Foursquare Church in Eureka and their Pastor Matt Messner. Haiti is a stone’s throw away from the richest country in the world, and before the earthquake it was the third poorest country in the world. Chuck painted a brief sketch of Haiti’s history, which has intertwined with France, Germany and the US over the past three centuries—often with tragic results for the Haitian people.. Chuck and Dale showed us a video of the orphanage in Haiti. They arrived to find the cistern and entire orphanage in bad shape after the earthquake. They jumped in to help the orphanage with their plumbing and water supply as well as helping rebuild much of the ruins. None of the tasks were easy due to lack of supplies and infrastructure. Many of the buildings had little or no mortar, let alone rebar, thus making them vulnerable to the ravages of last year’s earthquake. The team from Faith Center gave testimonies about their intention to bring hope as well as help to the people of Haiti. They brought $50,000 to Haiti as cash in their pockets. The island looked like an Apocalypse had hit with people living literally in the streets of Port Au Prince. Chuck urged us not to send money to Haiti unless there is someone to accompany the gifts to make sure it ends up in the right hands. Another crew will be going back in the March of 2011 to finish the roof. Donations for the project can be sent to Faith Center.

The meeting was adjourned with a robust ring of the bell by President Nielsen, as if to say “Happy Thanksgiving.�

Respectfully Submitted,
Dan Price
Burl Nov 15, 2010
Tom McMurray gave the invocation, inviting us to remember the miracle behind each of the holidays coming up. Many guests attended today. Student guests from Eureka High School included Ben Ross, Sophomore Class President and Regan Lima, golf and softball athlete. They presented plans for their two-week trip to Mexico.
An empty chair at the head table cost November Rotary birthday boys and girls $10.
Jon Bradley talked about the Backpacks for Kids program, appealing today for granola bars for the longer holiday weekend. The program now serves 310 children in 14 sites with meals.

Carol Reisch of the Small Grants Program Committee reported on first round of awards to Youth, Seniors Community Health, and Water Quality.

Humboldt Senior Resource Center representatives reminded us that seven years ago of our club’s contributed to the “No Senior Goes Hungry Project”, also helping them with their marketing strategy, all a great success. 60,000 meals were served to homebound seniors last year. This year’s contribution of $1500 goes toward a new freezer for the center. A second SG award goes to St Vincent DePaul received by our own Don Smullin. The grant goes toward seed money for a pilot program serving meals to a group of families only. The dining hall is hoping to see people attending who would not normally come to the center.

Dec 1 is the Rotary Christmas party, Mike Cunningham, with invitations in the mail and e-mail -- $50 each.

The club will meet at the Eureka Inn Dec 6, with past presidents invited and Gary Barker giving a memorial presentation for Harvey Harper.

Alicia Cox won he Telly Award, a national award for her TV commercial of our own Dale Warmath of Leons’ muffler. $50 to Alicia.

Chuck Edwards won a contract competing with four out –of- town bids for rights to sell cable tv ads on local transit buses – a Five year contract that is starting off with a $100 recognition.

Nancy Dean went to Annapolis for the Meteorological Society Conference, where she “tried to understand people with foreign accents and a lots of formulas.” At the home of the naval academy (used to lots of water), meetings were canceled because of an amount of rain that we are used to here in Humboldt County. Nancy also contributed the $1000 to make Rotaract past president, Klark DePew, a Paul Harris Fellow. Klark, also our exchange student to Germany a few years ago, just got married, and is now known as Klark Shaw.

Gregg Foster reported on the Toys for Tots project, which now serves 4800 kids in Humboldt and Trinity Counties.

Dave Dillon introduced the program, Past District Governor (1984-85), Larry Meyers, speaking about Polio Plus. Larry himself overcame polio as a child, a disease caused by a virus that can be transmitted by touch. Two drops of oral vaccine can now prevent the dreaded disease. With Rotary’s involvement since the 1980’s, tens-of-thousands of polio cases have now been reduced to 753 in the world for 2010. When Larry was six in 1945, a polio epidemic spread across the US after WWII. He woke up one morning and could not move his head. The doctor came to the house, and an ambulance took him to the hospital where he was placed in isolation for five weeks at LA General Hospital before seeing his parents again. He was the youngest of thirty other boys in the ward. Nurses with heavy rubber gloves wrapped him with steamed-towels and army blankets eight times a day, an accepted treatment then, using hot moisture with stretching and massage to overcome the symptoms of polio.
Larry went from a bed to a wheel chair, still with very little use of the left side of his body. He recounted hearing an odd noise from a hospital room, so he turned his wheel chair into the room, where he saw for the first time the “iron lungs” that helped polio victims breathe. This was another type of Polio that Larry did not have.

Years later he worked with administration of the original Sabin vaccine. It was first administered as drops on sugar cubes because of its bitter taste. He was even able to give the vaccine to his own children, two and four years old then. He knew that they would never have to experience the ravages of polio. Our Rotary contributions mean that children around the world will never be paralyzed by polio.

To help end polio, Bill and Linda Gates donated $200 million through the Gates Foundation– the largest contribution given to any service organization. Recently that amount was increased to $355 million as part of a matching donation gift.
Nigeria reduced the country’s polio count to 10 cases this year, but trans-border infections are still common from countries that have still not been immunized. Genetic testing is able to show where the polio virus originated, which leads to immunization of selected areas. Outbreaks can now be controlled and stopped. Larry concluded, “We will be successful and end polio in the world.”

Submitted by Gary Todoroff
November 1, 2010
Meeting of Rotary Club of Eureka

The meeting was called to order by club President Carlton Nielsen. Jill MacDonald gave the salute to the flag and Greg Pierson led the invocation, reminding us to keep Mike Moreland, Harvey Harper and Dick Nash in our prayers.

Our new exchange student Gabriel Umidon from Milan, Italy is home sick after playing in the mud bowl in Fortuna.

Guests of Rotarians
Stacy Lane was a guest of Hank Ingham.

Greg Haulk 1st; Al Crnich 2nd, Ray Wickel 7th; Sally Arnot 8th.

Nancy and William Dean 1st; Hank and Cathy Pierson 1st; Bruce and Faye Emad 9th; Ray and Pauline Wickel 9th.

December 1st is our Rotary Christmas Party at the Ingomar Club. Mike Cunningham assured us that we will have food and entertainment but was a bit thin in specifics at this point.

Youth Services Bureau will have a fundraiser December 3rd

Jim Hoff was recognized, having denied he was in Greece, he eventually admitted he was on an Island off the coast of Turkey, partly because President Carlton Nielsen had a big picture of Jim lounging in a hammock on the Mediterranean. (President Nielsen would not divulge his source, but it might have come from Greg Pierson.) Greg was implicated, most likely because he sat at the same table as Jim; that will be $135, Jim.
Pat Folkins said November is Foundation Month, and he encouraged all who are and not to become Paul Harris Fellows. He then confessed to attending six Giants game this season, and admitted his daughter passed the Nevada bar exam on her first attempt. No fine that I recall.
Jay Bahner also put a few words about being a Giants fan, and rounded out his coaster at $135 and somehow Brian Papstein got mixed up in the baseball fray, and got fined $10; Pat got away for $65.
Diane Cipperley stood and told about her trip to Oregon, Washington, Glacier National Park and fly-fishing on the Missouri River, catching too many fish to count. So, she maxed out at $135 as well.
Chris Freeman introduced our guest speaker Neal Ewald of Green Diamond Timber (formerly Simpson Timber). His topic was ‘Peace in the Timber Country: Sustainable forests in a perpetual business. Formerly logging was done with lots of clear cutting and wide roads that were used all year round. The spotted owl being listed on the endangered species list did not help the timber industry a few decades ago; but it turns out the owls could thrive in land that had been logged. Fish too were counted in the logged areas and according to Neal, rivaled the populations in Redwood National Park. From their research came the Habitat Restoration Plan for the spotted owl and other species. Green Diamond now has 49 persons working on the Conservation Planning Department in 2010. Practices have changed in recent years: e.g. leaving trees behind in areas where there are streams, using more advanced equipment to harvest and building smaller, better roads into logging areas with the result that the water is clean and cold.
He then fielded questions from the floor. First question: is there anything being done to modify the genetic code of redwoods?
Neal: “No.”
Are there Mexican Cartels growing on your property? Yes, said Neal. The Mexican Cartels are raising marijuana on their property, and create a danger to those who cross their grows inadvertently (and perhaps intentionally). Green Diamond is meeting other environmental challenges with alacrity.

Respectfully submitted,

Dan Price