April 30, 2012
Retired Judge Mike Brown was called upon to recite the pledge and Dan Heinen gave us the invocation as the shadows grew shorter on Greg Pierson’s year. He announced that we would soon be hosting two new Exchange Students, a boy from Chile and a girl from Germany. They have homes for the first four months, but after that, if you would like to share your house with a foreigner contact Greg.
Dan got up again to say that the second fundraiser for the year for Backpacks For Kids would occur on May 20th.
Greg produced a slide showing the batting cages we donated to Eureka High. Our club gave them $5,000 as part of the Sign Smith distribution for the year.
Carol Risch received a certificate of appreciation for her work on the Small Grants committee. Grant was 5 foot 6 inches. Greg Pierson, on the other hand is so short that if the sign says “ You must be this high to go on this ride” he’s out of luck.
Don Leonard’s granddaughter ran in the Foggy Bottoms 4 mile run and came in 5th – not bad for an elementary school student. Don’s eagerness to share pictures of that exploit on Facebook cost him $120.
Next up, a photo of Dale Warmuth dressed like a bumble bee. Turns out, that’s his moniker from his off road motorcycling days. His other nickname is “The whizzer” which is why, if you go off road, you should always wear shoes. $100 for Paul Harris.
Hank Ingham’s name was called next, and a short search found him near the podium-very near the podium. Ingham was on a secret mission to a state that began with “F”. After some thought Greg guessed “Fort Worth”. Ingham had gone to visit his father, 91 year old former Rotary President Harvey Ingham. In spite of the fact that it was Rotary business, Ingham was “recognized” for $95 and given a tape measure. Life just isn’t fair.
Dan Price spent 2 weeks in Oahu surfing with his son, and also went to visit his daughter who works in Catalina. Sharks circled around his wallet.
Don Smullin was asked to stand and be recognized, but he quickly reminded our president that Pierson Construction was about to bid on the St. Vincent De Paul restoration project. Suddenly, a free tape measure was awarded to him .
Scott Guild, co-chair of the non-university scholarship committee announced the names of five local High school students who were receiving CR grants.
Gary Todoroff awarded the first Harvey Harper Vocational Training Scholarship. Winning Students were picked from over 300 applicants.
After a brief but tragic moment where tickets were drawn but I didn’t win $10, the program started. It was once again time to award the Wolford –Hegy Scholarships. It was the 35th year for The Wolford Scholarship, named for Radiologist Dr. Wolford . The fund was started to educate his children, and when they were grown the family repurposed the trust to provide scholarships, 5 $1,000 awards each year.
The Donald Morris Hegy Memorial scholarship, now in its 25th year, was created to honor Former Rotarian Bill Hegy’s late son. $1500 is awarded each year. Awardees will be working on such diverse projects as Rock Salamander Locations, temperature data for salmon habitat, and the behavior of river otters. Here are the names of the winners: Hegy Scholarship was Amy Patten. Wolford Scholarships were Rosealea Bond; Taylor Cannon; and Ted Torgerson
The President then announced that he was going on a trip. He wouldn’t say where. Maybe Ireland wants him back. While he’s gone several ex-presidents will run meetings. I’m featured on May 14th.
Quickly submitted by Hank Ingham.