Dec 12, 2016

December 12 2016 Meeting of the Roary Club of Eureka

Lunch consisted of ham slices, beef slices, mashed potatoes gravy and a greenish squash that had been cooked for a loooong time but there was blackberry cobbler for dessert. President Matthew Owen called the meeting to order. He asked Charles Young, music teacher at Eureka High to lead us in the flag salute. Craig Hansen gave the invocation-asking us to remember Bruce Smith and Ray Wickel who were both in hospital. Wayne Wilson was recognized for his 61st wedding anniversary. Owen reminded us of the Rotary Christmas Party coming up on 12/17. The Salvation Army needs Rotarian Bell Ringers this coming Saturday at Wallmart Kmart and Piersons.

Then it was time for the “Boast, Roast and Toast” segment. Dennis Hunter commented that the 49ers were setting new records-by losing a dozen games in a row. Jeff Leonard took his family on a trip to San Francisco and toured the Exploratorium. Gerry Reece stood up and complained that his birthday was Tuesday and he didn’t receive any recognition. Owen was contrite. Pete Vallerga boasted that he received a lifetime achievement award from the Builder’s Exchange. Paul Brisso complained that Fred Van Vleck had “stolen” one of his employees. This was a rare sighting of Fred, who may not have attended for several months. He was admonished. Ted Loring sold his business Professional Property Management. He volunteered to pay a fine of 199 samoleans.

Then it was time for the year’s favorite program- the Limited Edition singing Christmas Carols. Charles Young conducted. They sang Joy To The World, The Christmas Song, Deck the Halls, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, 12 Days of Christmas, We Three Kings, and topped it off with an in the round version of Carol Of The Bells. At the end President Matthew had them draw from the deck until they produced the Joker, and then he awarded them the jackpot of $610 dollars. Then one more bell rang, and we were outta there.
Seasonally submitted by Hank Ingham

Dec 5, 2016

Meeting Of the Eureka Rotary Club December 5, 2016

The Elks Club dining room was more crowded than usual because the meeting was a celebration of the late Rotarian Jim Howard’s 101st Birthday. President Matthew Owen called the meeting to order and asked WWII veteran Ken Stodder to lead us in the flag salute. Mike Cunningham gave the invocation and noted that member Bruce Smith is in the hospital and not doing well.

Special guests included former City Council Members who had served with Jim, Mayor Frank Yeager, Members of Howard’s immediate family and several former Rotarians including Laurie Lazio and Craig Perrone. The Mayor commented that Jim Howard had lived through a century of progress, from the first bi-planes to the moon landing, though two world wars and a few smaller ones. He experienced 18 Presidents from Woodrow Wilson through Barack Obama. Pat Folkins recalled the ceremony in 2014 when we added his name to the weekly raffle, now the Spengler Howard Raffle.

Former Councilman Jim Worthen said it was Jim who first had a vision for the renovation of 2nd Street, which once had 17 Bars between C and H streets. Former Councilman Ed Davenport once asked Jim what he liked about Eureka and he said “because the only time I know I’m a black man is when I look in the mirror”. Jay Bahner recalled that Jim was the Rotarian who sponsored him. Ziggy Ziegenfuss said he’d known Jim for 49 years and that he was an honest man and a gentle man but every time he went in Jim’s business he was violating the Brown Act. John Winzler noted that everybody that was anybody frequented his Shoe Shine Parlor.

Tom Schallert noticed that when Jim sold you a raffle ticket he looked down at your shoes to see if they were properly polished. Chuck Ellsworth recalled Jim teaching him how to sell tickets and to catch anyone who tried to sneak around the table to avoid buying one. Finally the cake was cut and served and there were a few more comments, and a reminder to visit the plaque that honors Howard at the former site of his Shoe Shine Parlor. then the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by Hank Ingham.

Nov 28, 2016

Eureka Rotary Club November 28 Meeting

Those of you who went to the Elks Lodge today expecting to find a Rotary Meeting were disappointed I’m sure. The meeting was held off site at the Eureka Rescue Mission. We are helping to raise funds to purchase 27 bunkbeds for the facility. They wanted to give us a tour. Matt Owen led the flag salute-there was no flag but we faked it. Eureka Rescue Mission executive director Brian Hall gave the invocation. President Matthew reminded us that the Rotary Christmas party is on 12/17 at the Sequoia Conference Center. There being no guests, we went straight to the “Boast, Roast, and Toast” segment. Ken Stodder was singled out for the New England Patriots win. The 49ers lost 10 in a row, but Dennis Hunter wasn’t present to take the abuse. Jerry Reece went on a trip to see his grandson. Chuck Ellsworth’s daughter won an Emmy for a show called Robot Chicken. That reminds me, for lunch we had enchiladas beans and tortilla chips courtesy of Chapala CafĂ©.
Brian Hall was our speaker. He told us that the Eureka Rescue Mission was not just a homeless shelter. They also had a residency program to help those who made some wrong turns in their lives get back to the straight and narrow. They have room for 19-20 people in this year long program and a success rate of 69% for those who complete the program. Then he took us from the new building to the old building and showed us how the mattresses on the floor would be replaced by bunkbeds. Eventually they want to remodel the old building. That takes money. That’s where you come in. That is, if you didn’t go to the Elks Club instead.
Concisely submitted by Hank Ingham

Eureka Rotary Club November 21 2016 meeting

The Pledge was led by Ken Stodder.
Greg Pierson provided us with a Christmas season invocation.
Visiting with us from other clubs were Amanda Timm from Fortuna, and Tim Brennan from Arcata.
Birthdays this week:
Don Leonard on the 22nd, John McBeth on the 24th, and Jim Davis on the 25th.
Anniversaries this week:
Jesse and Roop Klair, and Gary and Joanne Todoroff, both on the 25th.
Stacy Lane celebrated her 6th Rotary Anniversary this week.
President Matthew talked about our assembly of bunk beds for the Betty Chinn center (thank you to all who participated). Brian Hall from the Eureka rescue mission currently has approximately 100 folks spending the night there, with up to 150 seeking shelter on rainy or cold nights. We are helping to purchase 27 bunk beds for them in conjunction with other groups.
Please keep Ray Wickel in your thoughts and prayers as he recently had heart Surgery. Craig Hansen has gone to see him and he is still in ICU at St Joes.
The Rescue Mission also needs 100+ turkeys for their Thanksgiving food boxes. Mindy Bussman announced that George Peterson Insurance would match any money donated at our lunch on Monday. By the end of the day with donations from George Peterson insurance, Wells Fargo, Safeway, Eureka Main Street, Rotary, and others, we raised enough to purchase 110 turkeys. Way to go all involved.
Roasts, Boasts, and Toasts:
Arnie and Jessica King welcomed their first born into the world last Thursday, a healthy baby girl.
Greg Pierson announced that he is now engaged.
Dennis Hunter was acknowledged for the 49ers loss to the New England Patriots; their 9th loss in a row.
Joan Davies announced the arrival of her second great-grandchild in Sacramento last week.
Klark Swan announced that she recently took a new job at the Sequoia Conference Center.

Past President Kim Bauriedel gave us a short talk on the Rotary Foundation. It was created in 1917 by Arch Klumph. Peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, education and literacy, and economic and community development are the areas of focus for the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Club of Kansas City gave the first donation to the Foundation, and the first project formed the beginnings of what would become Easter Seals. Paul Harris passed away in 1948 and many Rotarians gave donations to the Foundation in his honor. In 1957 the Paul Harris honor was created. Charlie Strope was our clubs first Paul Harris Fellow in 1972. Kim reminded us that we all need to donate every year to keep the work that the Foundation funds going. Rotary asks that we donate $100 per year to the annual fund and to Polio Plus as well. There have been 36 polio cases in 2016, down from 57 at this same time last year. Our Club has donated $641,000 in total to the Rotary Foundation.
Gambling Interlude:
Greg Pierson won the silver dollar.
Al Crnich won the $10 which he donated to our Thanksgiving Turkey fund.
And Brad Mettam unfortunately chose the 2 of clubs so the jackpot goes up another $30 next week.
Merv George Jr. is the Supervisor of 6 Rivers National Forest. He is the thirteenth person to hold this position, and we count our own Past President Jim Davis in that number.
There are many that don’t understand the resource that the forest is. Merv noted that because of regulations there has been a huge amount of combustible material build up in the forest, and that he regularly gets lobbied to close publicly available roads because of culvert and road conditions. He also noted that his focus has been to stay locally relevant while meeting federal standards.
Our area used to be known for its timber production, however bow we seem to be known for the product of the five million marijuana plants that are estimated to be grown every year in the Six River Forest. Most of the usage of roads in the forest area are by marijuana cultivators.
The harvesting capacity within the forest is currently 24 million board feet per year. They currently lose 60 million board feet worth of timber to fires and tree deaths. The average commercial harvests have been in the 10 million board feet range recently. Most of the 40 fires this past year in the forest were caused by lightning.
Merv finished with noting that most of the environmental damage that occurs within the Six Rivers forest is related directly to the marijuana cultivation industry, and not logging.
Respectfully Submitted,
Carlton Nielsen

Nov 22, 2016

Rotary Club of Eureka November 14 2016 meeting

The Pledge was led by Past President Hank Pierson and our invocation given by Matt Messner.
Dr. David O’Brien introduced several guests from St Joseph Hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Nuger and David Sutherland.
Joh Burger is celebrating his birthday today, and Steve Jackson’s birthday is this week as well.
Matt Murrish has his two-year rotary anniversary this week, and Joe Rogers just passed his one year mark.
Our joint Rotary Club Christmas Party is coming soon. We will be celebrating with the Old Town and Southwest Clubs Saturday, December 17th at the Sequoia conference center on Myrtle. Look to your email from President Matthew for information and invitations will be in the mail soon.
Roasts, Boasts, and Toasts
Past President Pat Folkins nominated all of the political pundits in the US for their lack of accuracy in predicting the recent election. President Matthew mentioned that his analysis of the election would be out in the Lost Coast Outpost soon.
Next on his feet was Joe Rogers and he noted that aside from missing some of our meetings he has been busy opening up the new Hospice House facility for Hospice of Humboldt.
Past President Gregg Gardiner was next up to talk about his travels back and for to Hawaii for business. He reminded us that Toys for Tots efforts were rapidly approaching and that he would be spending one more year as coordinator. Kathy Cloney-Gardiner is doing well also.
Past President Hank Pierson was our last on his feet today. He has been hunting, hunting, and hunting some more. He just got back from celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary at Yosemite. He will be back in town through the holidays.
President Matthew did not recognize any of them monetarily, so he must still be recovering from the election as well.
Past President Pat Folkins reminded us that we will be hosting a celebration of Jim Howard’s life on Monday December 5th. If you would like to relate a story about Jim please contact Pat at 498.0777. If you have any photos that you would like to share with our attendees please email them to Carlton at
Dr. David O’Brien started off our program with a brief introduction of St Joseph’s two local Hospital facilities, their facilities, and the 1400+ folks that they employ locally. Humbodlt Medical Specialists is now a part of St Joes, and is no longer just supporting specialists as they have added a number of primary care physicians to their organization.
He went on to introduce David Sutherland, their COO. David gave us an overview of how paying for health care services has changed in the past few years. 30% of their income comes from what is termed commercial insurance, and the remainder from Medi-Cal and Medi-caid. He said that the number of folks without insurance has decreased quite a bit recently.
Dr. Elizabeth Nuger then went through a very informative presentation on the trauma Program at St Joes. It turns out our highways contribute to a large number of trauma accidents. Trauma care has taken a major leap forward as the result of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A great deal of training goes into creating an effective trauma treatment program. The result is more saved lives. Trauma is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 45, and the fourth leading cause of death over all. St Joes is seeking to become a certified trauma treatment hospital. There are 5 levels of this certification, with UCSF and UC Davis being designated at the highest level. St Joes is looking to be a level three provider.
There are a large number of specialties and jobs involved in a trauma hospital organization. St Joes has two emergency room suites devoted to trauma care, and one designated trauma operating room. Supply organization is key to the success of trauma care. Surgeons specializing in trauma care spend the majority of their time at the hospital rather that at their offices.
St Joe’s collects data to look at trends in trauma injuries, and how to prevent the injuries involved in those trends. As examples, there have been increasing trends in zip-line related injuries as well as bicycle related accidents.
Dr. O’Brien went on to talk about the number of physicians practicing in our area. St Joes has recently added 16 new physicians to their staff and are in process with adding another 20.
Please join us next week for Merv George Jr. presenting about Six Rivers National Forest.
Respectfully Submitted,
Carlton Nielsen

Nov 7, 2016

Eureka Rotary Club November 7 Meeting

Mayor Frank Yeager led us in the flag salute. Carlton Nielsen gave the invocation. President Owen noted that longtime Rotarian and former City Councilman Jim Howard had passed away. He was 101. The Mayor read an obituary that Jim himself had written. New Rotarian Jim Cissna was introduced. He is transferring from the Mad River Club. He works for Coast Central Credit Union and said he was replacing Dean Christensen in the club now that Dean is retiring. Matthew showed a news clip of Betty Chin Homeless Center’s new bunkbeds. He said that the Eureka Rescue Mission had seen it and asked whether we could do the same for them. Their 100 or so nightly guests sleep on mats on the floor. Then he showed some Clinton Trump clips from Saturday Night Live. He reminded us that the 17th of December we have the Rotary Christmas Party. Three clubs are sharing the Sequoia Conference Center. Then for no discernable reason, he let Dale Warmuth do a commercial for Leon’s Car Care Center. He does warranty work for any kind of car. His Mother bakes 50 dozen cookies each week. Then it was “Boast, Roast, and Toast time. John Fullerton boasted about being endorsed by the Times-Standard. Bruce Rupp took a trip to New York and Boston. Jim Cissna went to China to go to a Disneyworld opening. He said they have better rides. Ray Wickel was our speaker and his topic was the North Coast Vintage Aviation Club which meets once a month at the club.

Humboldt got its first airplane in 1909 when Blaine Selvage designed and built one from scratch. Other local pioneers included Dayton Murray, Les Pierce and Dave Zebo. Rotarian aviators included Charlie Strope, who flew in bombers as a waist gunner, Jack Martin, who flew a dive bomber and shot down a Zero. Dick Nash, and many others now gone. The club is down to 30 members. You don’t have to be a pilot to join.
Penned by Hank Ingham

Nov 1, 2016

Eureka Rotary Club Meeting October 31, 2016

Matthew Owen presided over the 15th meeting of his Rotary year. Nancy Dean led the flag salute. Dan Heinen gave the invocation. Lunch was either barbequed ribs or Swiss chicken with scalloped potatoes and salad bar. Burt Campton introduced “visiting Rotarian” Lane Strope, who is actually a member of our club but doesn’t attend very often. Pat Folkins introduced our newest Rotarian Keith Snowflamer former Marine and presently acting President of College Of the Redwoods. He said he was happy to be here and mentioned that his wife had married him twice, but that was a story for another time. President Owen showed some videos of an Ivana Trump look-alike. It was a skit from Saturday Night Live. He then mentioned the 538 blog. Nate Silver writes it. It’s a map of the country keeping track of the number of electoral votes for each candidate. Matthew also showed a picture of the 20 bunk beds that he and a crew of volunteers put together for Betty Chin’s homeless center this last weekend. During the Boast Roast and Toast segment Don Leonard boasted of the major family birthday party they had last weekend. His son Jeff took pictures of it. Our speaker was Carlton Nielsen, head of Rotary Youth exchange. There are 22 foreign exchange students in our district including Clairie our student from Italy. Rotary youth exchange in our district was started in 1977 by then District Governor Dave Dillon. The US State Department is the sponsor. It differs from other exchanges in that the students must get a J 1 Visa and must attend School. Funding comes from the District and host families. There is a thorough background check of the students and host families which includes taking pictures of the host’s home to make sure they have indoor plumbing. Nancy Dean is the inbound coordinator for the district. Clark Swan was an outgoing exchange student on 2003 and was sent to Germany. Her experience inspired her to join Interact , Rotaract, and to eventually join our Rotary
Club. During the year the student has the option of going on several trips- to Hawaii, the South West, and to New York. The host family has to pay for this so the students have fun raisers during their year to afford to go. Carlton, who has hosted 10 students himself, encouraged everyone to give it a try. Apparently Dave Dillon hosted 22 students during his 11 years as chairman of the committee.
Exuberantly penned by Hank Ingham

Oct 25, 2016

Eureka Rotary October 24, 2016 Meeting

It was Matthew Owen’s 14th meeting of the Rotary year. Ken Stodder led the flag salute and Nathan Nilsen gave the invocation. Carly Robbins then toasted Paula Patton’s involvement in Backpacks for Kids. Paula received the “Community Partner of the Year” award from Food For People. The Times-Standard gave them placements in the newspaper. Jerry Reece was then asked to do a craft talk. He used to own a McDonalds franchise in Eureka but he sold that and now he and his wife Becky have a travel agency. He informed us that there is a benefit cruise for St. Joseph and Redwood Memorial Hospital from July 29 thru August 5. They are going to Alaska ‘s inland passage. Cost is from $1,199 per person. Matthew reminded us that December 17th is the date of the Rotary Christmas Party. Elan Firpo was recognized because her partner Zach Zwerdling formed a firm of his own with his son. Dennis Hunter bought a trailer, and so did Nancy Dean. The beneficiary of all that was Jay Bahner. Everyone paid 200 dollar fines. Our speaker was Larry Ciecalone, General Manager of KEET TV. He said they were “changing their brand” because people found it confusing. The will now be PBS North Coast. He wants to build a new building. His concept is called The North Coast Innovation Center. He envisions it as a massive hub for just about everything. He wants to partner with KIEM, Lost Coast Outpost, Access Humboldt, KHSU and the Times-Standard. He also wants to partner with non-profits, the City of Eureka, the Fire Department. The building will be 150,000 square feet. Right now the need money for other things. They need 160,000 to achieve their 800,000 goal and stay on air. They are also looking for 160,000 for equipment to start a 5th channel that will be exclusively kids programming.. They recently got 1.1 million from PBS but they spent it. You can look forward to some pledge drives.
Staunchly submitted by Hank Ingham

Oct 17, 2016

Eureka Rotary October 17th meeting

Matthew Owen presided. Hank Ingham led us in the flag salute. Bruce Rupp gave the invocation, noting that former Rotarian Sid Hansen’s wife had recently passed away. Our newest Rotarian Arnie was quickly introduced, so quickly that I didn’t get his last name. He was a former Rotaractor, teaches during the school year and is a commercial fisherman in Alaska in the summer. Pat Folkins noted that the recent Toys For Tots fundraiser netted 32,000 for the little tykes. Also coming up quickly the Rotary Foundation Dinner. It’s Sunday 10/23 . Cocktails at 2 steaks at 3pm at the Elks club, I presume. Linda Wise was recognized for being Kiwanis Woman of the year…and donated 120 to the club. John Fullerton got the Times-Standard endorsement for City Council, but wasn’t there to be fined. Will Kay added a grandson to his family on October 5th. Dennis Hunter boasted of his first great grandchild and contributed 146 dollars to completing another PHF. Lisa Slack gave a report on the Clark Museum fundraiser. The Rain made them change it from a street fair to an indoor affair, but it was successful. When it came time for the program it turned out that the first and second choices for a speaker didn’t materialize. Matthew Owen stepped into the breach. His topic: Travel Hack. He told us how he and his wife travel for free and stay for free all over the world by taking advantage of free miles offered by various credit cards and free hotel rooms given out as part of Hotel Loyalty programs. He applies for new credit cards every 91 days collects the free miles offers, then cancels each one before he has to pay an annual fee. He also applies for an upgrade 24 houirs before his flight so he can get 1st class. It sounds complicated, but it seems to work.
Submitted by Hank Ingham

Oct 11, 2016

October 10, 2016 Meeting

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Kay Escarda of the League of Women Voters led us in the pledge. Matt Messner gave the invocation. Special thoughts went out to Corky Cornwell, who is being treated for cancer. Members of the League were introduced, including Rolin Richman, retired HSU President. They were here to moderate a discussion of local measures S, U, and V. A yes on S authorizes a tax on marijuana cultivation. $1 a square foot for outside grows, 2 for mixed light , and $3 per square foot for indoor grows. Other counties have passed taxes of up to $25 per square foot. The tax revenue goes into the general fund. Craig Hansen asked the panel why we couldn’t use the system of fines that were set up to prevent environmental damage from timber operations. Measure U advocates a ½ cent sales tax whose revenue goes exclusively to road repairs. Mark Lovelace is for it. He said we have a 2 million dollar backlog for road repairs. Measure V is the Mobile Home rent stabilization act. It would set up rent control to keep affordable housing available for low income people. Remember to vote in November.
Submitted by Hank Ingham

Oct 4, 2016

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President Matt Owen presided . He asked one of the members of the League of Women Voters to lead us in the Pledge. Greg Pierson gave the invocation. His theme was “to every time there is a season” Today’s meeting started 15 minutes early because the League of Women Voters accepted our invitation to hold a debate. We heard from Heidi Messner who won her Eureka City Council, Ward 2 race unopposed, telling us a little about herself. She has worked for Boeing and UPS and also had her own business, making clothing. She came to Eureka to help Matt pastor the Faith Center. We also had John Fullerton and Austin Allison, the two candidates for Eureka City Council, Ward 4.John emphasized his experience and history of volunteerism. The youthful Austin Allison talked about making a change and looking to the future. In addition we heard the pros and cons of Measure P, the ward-only system of voting. Mayor Frank Yeager spoke against Measure P, saying that the ward system takes away 4 opportunities to vote for those who will be running the city. Another man, whose name I didn’t get, spoke for the measure, saying that it would save money because people would spend less on advertising. We can’t have that. There were a few questions, during which Richard Storre’s cell phone rang. Apparently Jack MacDonald’s phone rang too. They were fined. It must be noted that there was a bigger crowd than usual for the debate. I didn’t know we had that many members. The Press was there too. Brittany Comak from News Channel 3 interviewed up a storm. Then the meeting was over; too soon, like summer.
Submitted for your edification by Hank Ingham

Jun 6, 2016

Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
June 6, 2016

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Steven Lafferty

Next up was Bill McAuley to lead our invocation.  He asked us to remember several of our fellow Rotarians who were suffering from Health issues.  Walt Shimasaki is battling cancer.  Don Leonard just underwent back surgery.  Jim Howard was taken to the hospital just his morning by Chuck Ellsworth, and Dennis Hunter recently broke his ankle.

Pat Folkins reminded us that today is the 72nd anniversary of the Allied landings into occupied France during World War II, now known as D-Day.  Our club has two members that served in World War II, Al Crnich, and Ken Stoddard.  Pat also talked about our North Coast Honor Flight program, and that it has taken 427 World War II veterans back to Washington D.C.  Pat also showed a photo of our veterans laying a wreath at the World War II Memorial on their last trip.

Kim Bauriedel talked about his most recent visit with Walt Shimasaki.  He presented Walt with a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of our club recognizing him for his 56 years of service to Rotary. 

Liz Smith and Maggie Kraft were our two visiting Rotarians.

President Jay got Gregg Gardiner, Elan Firpo, and Kurt Barthel on their feet and thanked them for attending as we have not seen much of them recently.

Kim Bauriedel brought as his guest the new Boys Scouts executive for Humboldt County.

Birthdays in June:
1st Dean Christiansen and Matt Murrish, 3rd Robert McLaughlin, 5th Frank Jager, 6th Mark Murgia, 9th Keith Crossley, 10th Greg Sparks, 11th Greg Pierson

Wedding Anniversaries in June:
3rd Chris Freeman, 7th Don Leonard, 9th Jim Davis, 11th Robert McLaughlin, 11th John Fullerton, 12th Al Crnich

June is also a busy month for Rotary Membership Anniversaries:
Al Abrahamson, Bill McAuley, Neal Carnam, Mike Martin, Gary Todoroff, Dave Dillan, Greg Pierson

President Elect Matthew Owen agreed to be recognized if the Warriors sweep the Cavaliers.

Gregg Gardiner was recognized for his year as Rotary President and for all of the community projects he has been involved in.

Elan Firpo was recognized for attending a recent Warriors game.

President Jay asked us to be on the lookout for an upcoming email regarding the Back Packs for Kids Fundraiser.


Maggie Craft lead us through the ins and outs of the Area 1 Agency on Aging.

May 30, 2016

The Club was dark on May 30th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

May 23, 2016

Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka
May 23, 2016

Lunch Menu: salad bar, ribs, chicken casserole, rolls, mixed vegetables, dessert.

Called to order by President Jay Bahner at 12:30pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Christian Hill.  The Invocation was led by Gary Todoroff.

President Jay noted that Past President Ziggy Ziegenfuss’s wife, Ruth passed away last week.  He asked for a moment of silence to honor her passing.

VISITING ROTARIANS: Shelly Nilsen Southwest Rotary.

GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Kim Bauriedel introduced Dr. William Parks, Chief Medical Officer at St. Joseph Hospital. Neal Carnam introduced his guest. Nancy Dean introduced Carly and Annalisa from Lost Coast Rotaract.


BIRTHDAYS:  Larona Farnum.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jennifer and Robert Budwig.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: President Jay announced that the Past Presidents will be meeting tomorrow to discuss his request to make Walt Shimasaki a lifetime honorary member of the club.  There is a board meeting tomorrow.

Carly Robbins reminded us that the Backpacks for Kids Fundraiser is underway.  Old Town Rotary and Rotary Club of Eureka are currently tied for pledges.

RECOGNITIONS: Bruce Smith was fined $200 (50% to Foundation and 50% to Paul Harris) for recently traveling to Mexico for his twin sister in laws 50th birthday bash. 

Ray Wickle was recognized for being at the meeting.  He’s been at his winter home in San Diego for the past few months, although he said he was faithfully attending a Rotary Club meeting in the San Diego area.  

Dan Heinen attended a ceremony at KEET TV that thanked the Rotary Club for their sponsorship of the Homework Hotline program.

SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Rotary Coin: Dan Heinen. $10: Dan Heinen (again). Paul Helliker drew a card for a pot of  $100 and won the consolation prize of a Rotary paperweight.

GUEST SPEAKER: Connie Beck is the Director of Health and Human Services for Humboldt County (DHHS). She started in January of 2016 but has an over 20-year history with this organization primarily in administration and finance.  They have over 1,200 employees, and 39 to 40 site locations in Humboldt County. They manage a 165 million dollar budget and run numerous mandated programs including mental health, water quality, veteran programs, public guardian programs, child welfare services and many more.  They are currently running a recruitment program for foster parents as they are desperate to find foster parents. They are currently evaluating how to reorganize the organization of DHHS and are waiting for the new Chief Administrative Officer to be hired to finish that process. She is not filling some key positions that have come open until the restructuring decisions have been made. There are some programs like homelessness that the community tends to think DHHS is responsible for but in reality they don’t receive any funding for unless the person qualifies for one of the mandated programs, such as mental health services.  Questions and Answers followed.  


Respectfully submitted, Alicia Cox

May 16, 2016

Meeting of the Rotary Club of Eureka.
May 16, 2016

Lunch Menu: salad bar, spaghetti, pot roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, boiled carrots, dessert. Called to order by President Jay Bahner at 12:30pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Matthew Owen. The Invocation was led by Nathan Nilsen.

VISITING ROTARIANS:  Shelly Nilsen from Southwest Eureka.

GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Neal Carnam introduced Paul Ambrosini, President Jay introduced our guest speaker, Alanna Jane Powell from Humboldt Made.

STUDENT GUESTS: Jose and Justin from North Bay Rotoract. Andy Chinn our exchange student.

BIRTHDAYS: Craig Hansen- May 18th, John Bartholomew- 19th, Fred Van Vleck- 19th.

ANNIVERSARIES: Jay and Nicole Reed- May 20, Member Anniversary- Sue Bosch- 13 years in Rotary.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Matthew Owen reported on the clean up of Palco Marsh.  He and John Fullerton worked for 3 hours along with other volunteers to haul away 3,000 pounds of trash, that’s in addition to the 110 tons the city already had hauled off.  There will be another clean up day coming up. 

President Jay reported on the recent visit from the Rotarians from India.  Mike Cunningham, Jay and Kim Bauriedel went on the Madaket with the group and then to lunch at Tandoori Bites (lunch was paid for by Jesse Clair).

Rotaract visitors came up to make some announcements kicked off by announcing that Mindy Bussman became engaged last night.  After some negotiating and wheel turning Mindy was fined $75!  

Jose noted that there’s a wine raffle coming up June 24th. Tickets are $20 or 6 for $100.  Rotaract clubs in district 5130 put together a cookbook with recipes from all over the world. The cookbook is $20 or an e-edition for $9.99.  There’s a 5k fun run on June 11 from 10-3pm. The run will benefit CASA, Boys and Girls Club and Food for People. There will be food and dancing as well as a Dutch Raffle.  The Rotaractors are looking for donations for their Dutch raffle.

RECOGNITIONS: After a lot of standing, sitting and standing and discussion about the Giants vs. the Red Sox, etc. the emerging fine was to Pat Folkins for $50.  Whereupon Pat fined our illustrious President $100 for an insult he made to our Rotoractors by forgetting to call them up at the last meeting to make their announcements. President Jay announced that we are short about $1,000 to make his Foundation goal this year.  All of today’s fines are going towards that goal as suggested by Pat Folkins and agreed to by those who were fined.

SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Rotary Coin: John Fullerton.  $10: Linda Wise. Andy Chinn drew the JOKER for a pot of $280.00.  Congratulations to Andy! 

GUEST SPEAKER: Alanna Powell is the Executive Director of Humboldt Made.  Humboldt Made supports local entrepreneurs, primarily in food and beauty. They currently have about 120 members.  Their goal is to brand Humboldt County as a quality provider. They offer their members marketing support in a variety of ways including group out of the area shows to help bring the price down, referrals to potential buyers. They are getting ready to hold a press tour to help non-food members wine, dine and show off their services/products.  For 18 years Alanna owned her own business in Croatia- (guided tours, lodging for tourists).  She’s worked locally for local entrepreneurs and was on the Humboldt Made board for many years.  She volunteered to help when they needed an executive board member and loved it so she’s still there.


Respectfully submitted,  Alicia Cox