Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
The Big Boss is in Town!
Lunch: Chicken Breast, rice pilaf, asparagus
Weather: 57 degrees and overcast
President Pierson called the meeting to order.
Invocation: Ron Pierre
Visiting Rotarians, announced by John Bartholomew:
Michael Rhodes & Helen Edwards of Mad River Rotary, Helene and Zoran Sajovic of Lafayette, LA, Patrick McCarthy & Lori Breyer of Arcata Sunrise, and District Governor Maureen Merrill of Windsor.
No student guests.
Dick Storre brought his wife Debbie.
PP Bauriedel brought Harriet Pecquot from Food For People.
Mike Cunningham brought Leslie Brough, & prospective member Nielsen.
PP Nielsen brought Yancy Bissinet.
Ted Loring brought his son Scott.
Birthdays and Anniversaries are in the book, congrats to all. There was an open seat at the head table but President Pierson let the crowd slide on a technicality.
FUN FACT: The Rotary Club of Eureka is the largest club in our district.
Extra rosters are available….for a $20 donation to Backpacks for Kids.
Jerry Simone accepted on behalf of the Humboldt Bay Rowing Association. Our grant will help the junior program. Scott Gibson, coach of the rowing team, thanked Eureka Rotary for our $800 donation. President Pierson’s daughter went to nationals at one point, which cost him $10 today. And my phone rang, costing me $10.
REMINDER: Turn off your phone!
Obligatory pot joke.
DG Merrill, wearing an unbelievably stylish pair of Icon boots with a Klimt print, is impressed with our Rotary club. DG Merrill’s theme is “The Heart of Rotary,” and she believes that our club embodies that ideal.
Our district has a website! And our President Pierson is featured prominently. (www.rotary5130.org) DG Merrill says that Rotary is built on a tradition…of change. Partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on polio eradication, feeding children, and helping our communities. Rotarians, it seems, are superheroes. I want to be Wolverine.
PP Charlie Strope was a visionary in starting a second club in Eureka. PDG Dillon got youth exchange going in our district and hundreds of exchange students have enjoyed the program he started. PP Schallert returned from Africa, working on our Safe Blood Africa project. PP Bauriedel has done a myriad of valuable projects.
DG Merrill encourages you to fund the Foundation, the greatest humanitarian organization there is. DG Merrill encourages you not to be cynical and to make the world a better place through Rotary.
FUN FACT: There are 46 clubs in District 5150. In Humboldt, 4.1 citizens per 1000 are Rotarians, highest in the district.
Diane Cipperley read a quote from Rotary Founder Paul Harris: “It is unconscionable that there should be destitution in this land of plenty…we must outlaw destitution within our borders.”
PP Schallert read another Harris quote on putting politics aside. Rotary needs to update perceptions so that the public is aware of who we are and what we do in the community. Busier schedules mean we need to find a way to keep Rotary a priority. Rotary needs to maintain urgency to change the world.
DG Merrill pointed out our diversity in age, with president’s in our district from 29 to 70 years of age. She reminds us not to forget our older members, while still recruiting younger members into the fold.
Rotary is poised to grow in our district, eradicate polio worldwide, and we are at a pivotal moment. We just might change the world.
$10 W.W. $10 J.A.