Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
October 19, 2015
The menu was meatloaf, chicken casserole, mashed potatoes and green beans. Dessert was marshmallow rice crispy bars or cake.
President Jay Bahner called us to order. Walt Shimasaki led the pledge and Lisa Slack gave the invocation.
Jay asked Andy the foreign exchange student about his week and Andy replied that he’d seen the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time in real life instead of in the movies.
Pat Folkins reminded all that the Foundation Dinner North is at the Fireman’s Hall in Ferndale on November 14th. Raffle tickets are available for $25.
Missing a roster from your collection of Rosters from past years? Lisa Slack has discovered a box of old Rosters. Get the one with your high school picture in it – oh, wait, you’re still using that picture?
CJ, the ornithologist president of the Arcata Noon Club, brought a guest, Pablo “Cuespi” Elizondo from the San Jose, Costa Rica club. He is coordinating a project. It’s an economic development program assisting women in the Costa Rica highlands. They are facilitating micro lending – loans of $500 to $3000 to help women develop businesses. Arcata Noon plans a trip there next spring.
Jay noted that George Owren was sporting a tan. Apparently he attended a series of “happy hours” in Puerta Vallarta. They have them starting at 10am. He spun the wheel and missed the question from the Cartel (correct answer: A “mob” of kangaroos.) so he was out $60.
Walt Shimasaki had a chance to draw a winner from the raffle deck, and came up with an Ace.
Matthew Owen introduced our speaker, attorney Peter Martin from the ACLU. He worked as an assistant district attorney for Terry Farmer, then joined the ACLU. He’s president of the local chapter. Recent national cases involving the ACLU include the Collection of Meta-data by NSA exposed by Edward Snowdon, accountability for torture in the case of Abdullah Saliman, who was abused for years by the CIA, and requesting data on who is being killed by drones outside of war zones. Locally, they help out people with legal matters but don’t do any litigation. He mentioned an app called Mobile Justice California, which puts a red button on your screen that you can immediately press if you see some law enforcement misconduct. It records the incident and sends it to the ACLU. Attorney Martin then opened the floor for questions. He deflected a few, and then we ran out of time.
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