Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
January 28, 2013
Lunch: Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
Flag Salute: Dale Stockley
Invocation: Dan Heinen
Franco, our exchange student, had a skiing accident and received a concussion, getting airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Redding. He's in our thoughts and prayers. Contact President Dean to help out or make contact with Franco
Liana Simpson from Old Town & Liz Smith from Arcata
Guest of Rotarians
Greg Siler brought Chris Gaines from CR, Sally Arnot brought Sally Biggin, Kurt Barthel brought Barbara Hurvitz, Dale Warmuth brought Tamara Eastman of the Youth Service Bureau, as well as other guests Jon Greenback of the Water District, Roger Goddard of the California State Park System.
In other exchange news, the three Eureka outbounds discovered the countries they
will be living in on their exchange. Ashley Bott, sponsored by our club, will be going to Sweden, Molly Owen to Thailand and Spencer Gaxiola to Hungry.
Birthdays and Anniversaries are in the book, congratulations to all.
Gregg Gardiner has been nominated as president elect for the year 2014-2015.
The online survey is now open to gather your thoughts on your perception of Rotary, and what our clubs can do to increase member satisfaction. You received an email with a link to the survey. Please complete by this Thursday January 31st.
Backpacks for Kids:
Mindy Bussman announce a need for Backpacks for Kids volunteers. We need packers and a delivery driver with a large truck for February & March to deliver to Alice Birney!
Lost Coast Rotaract is having a social on Friday evening February, 8th to welcome District 5130's District Governor Michael Juric.
Other upcoming activities both on Saturday Feb. 9th
– Fortuna Sunrise’s Crab Fest 5-8PM
– Southwest Rotary’s fund raiser at the Eureka Inn at 7PM - Murder at the Vampires’ Ball to benefit Alice Birney Elementary School Kindergarten Playground.
We have a new Paul Harris Fellow – Sally Arnot recognized Sally Biggin, a Hoopa
area resident and longtime local educator. Standing ovation.
Sign Smith Donations– Sally Arnot announced the Rotary Club of Eureka's Performance Rotunda floor at the Morris Graves Museum. $8,000 from the Sign Smith Fund.
The Clark Museum was helped, and Carly Marino discussed our purchase of a system
to optimize the environment for preservation of their priceless collection.$7128.
Past President Tom Shallert brought a Rotary flag from Nigeria, and announced some Nigerian Rotarians are coming to Eureka soon.
Christian Hill announced our Speakeasy-themed, club raffle event.
Today was Dana Jones’ last meeting as a Rotary Club of Eureka member. She is
transferring to the CA State Parks Capital District headquartered in Sacramento.
Eric Bergel spearheaded the opening of the Alano Club of The Redwoods. Basically, it is a kind of a drop in center/social club for recovering alcoholics who are active in AA. It is complete with a kitchen, game room and meeting space for AA. In the three weeks since it opened it has gained almost 100 members. The Club is primarily designed to give recovering alcoholics a place to go instead of the bar and there are various avenues of service and rehabilitation to get people incorporated back in to the main stream of life. One of the community service projects the club is developing is a food /clothing drive to benefit the people who rely on Betty Chin. Bravo.
The Spengler " Science Fair" Raffle Tickets: - $10 to Dale Stockley & Jay
Rosa Dixon and Milia Lando are co-owners of “Natural Decadence". Natural Decadence has created a delicious line of baked goods that are made without gluten, eggs, dairy, or nuts and are carried in many local stores, as well as Whole Foods. Their wholesale bakery is 14 months old. Their very first account was the Coop, now they are in over 50 stores and have 14 products. They began as a catering company in 2009 doing specialty cakes.
Rosa's baby was very sick in 2009, even getting misdiagnosed with cystic fibrosis. After going to Stanford Medical Center, her baby was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease can be mitigated by a gluten-free diet. Gluten is in almost everything: food, toothpaste, shampoo, and hundreds of other products. Malia had sudden onset fatigue, and her doctor realized she was also sensitive to gluten.
Both suddenly were thrust into an extremely restrictive diet, and decided to start their business of distributing gluten-free foods to help others with food allergies.
They are experiencing explosive growth and looking to start a snack food line. After bouncing around multiple commercial kitchens, they worked on a grant and now have a 2200 square foot industrial kitchen at Redwood Acres. They have two offices and eight employees.
This past summer, they were contacted by Whole Foods and managed to get their product line carried across Northern California.
Best of all, they brought samples for us to try! Delicious.
The guests were thanked, the library book was signed, and the meeting ended two