Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
Lunch: enchiladas, chocolate chip cookie
Weather: 57 degrees and overcast
President Pierson called the meeting to order.
Ron Pierre read verse 4 of the Star Spangled Banner.
Visiting Rotarians, announced by John Bartholomew:
Mike Cunningham brought Mr. Nielsen.
PP Lane Strope was in attendance. This would later cost him money.
Birthdays and Anniversaries are in the book, congrats to all.
(In all seriousness, this is pretty dang neat).
If your photo predates the invention of the internet, please see the photo committee after the next meeting.
Mike Cunningham announced today was the final day to sign up for the Rotary Rafting Trip.
Dues are due. Send a check, please. Or just use PayPal. Kidding again, send a check.
Kurt Barthel-You went to Portland? For work? Still $50, Kurt.
John Bartholomew went to the Mediterranean? For your 25th wedding anniversary? Venice? Cruise around the Adriatic? Greece? Istanbul? Croatia? That’s gonna be $145 and a free tape measure.
PP Lane Strope is printing stuff?
$145. $95 refund if he comes back soon. $50
PP Brian Papstein has been advertising in the Wall Street Journal? $20.
Ken Stodder? Your grandson was St. Bernard’s athlete of the year? 4.0 GPA? Scholarship? $100.
PP Brian Papstein made a short joke, pitched his product, and introduced proud Eureka citizen, Rob Arkley.
Rob Arkley, owner of Security National.
Rob believes the key to the upcoming election is solutions on the budget deficit. Most banks are now regulated utilities, and real estate will require 40% down. Less leverage and opportunity are in our future. Residential real estate will bottom middle to late 2012. California is a difficult place to get business done and there will be an exodus of those who can move. Logging is ascendant locally.
The future of Humboldt County is in niche industries and the port. Security National is adding 25 employees in the next 4-6 weeks and Rob is pleased with the quality of local employees.
Corky Cornwell has a “hypothetical” bag of money hidden in the woods. Rob says to buy manufacturing businesses. I’m going to go hiking in the woods…
Chuck Edwards thinks China is taking over the New World Order. Rob says no worries; we’re still running things for the foreseeable future. I am studying Mandarin just in case.
BofA is likely to fail. Moving my money to
WaMu Coast Central.
Lorana Farnum said something about the Fed, the gold standard, and that Tim Geithner looks like an idiot. Rob said the Fed sucks and the next 10 years will be rough.
NEXT WEEK: Abbie Hoffman & Noam Chomsky! Oops, my mistake, looks like we will be hearing from Peter Hannaford, former Ronald Reagan speech writer.
$10 Council member Marian Brady $10 Tom McMurray.
Rob Arkley was thanked, the library book was signed, and the meeting ended 3 minutes late.