Meeting called to order at 12:22 by President Bruce Smith.
· Flag Salute
· Invocation: Nathan Nielsen.
· Visiting Rotarians: Paul from Rotary Club of Sebastopo1. Amanda Nelson from the Rotary Club of Eureka Old Town.
· Birthdays, anniversaries and club anniversaries announced.
· Carly Robbins gave an updated on Backpacks for Kids. Packing is ongoing every Thursday at Humboldt Bay Moving and Storage at 4PM. Carly shared quotes from recent Backpack for Kids survey. “I’m grateful for the food. My family doesn’t always have enough money for food.” And “I don’t always eat after school but on Fridays I do.”
· Matthew Owen announced our next Done in a Day Project is scheduled for this Saturday, November 11 at Highland Park at 9:00 AM should take two hours please bring tools (gloves, wheelbarrow, rakes etc.)
· Klark Swan and Amanda Nelson announced the Foundation Celebration North will be held on Sunday the 19th at 2:00 PM at the Elks Lodge. It is a cook your own steak event. Everyone is encouraged to come and represent our club. You can also buy tickets for the raffle they are $20 apiece or $100 for six. Funds from the raffle go to the Foundation and will go towards you Paul Harris Fellow. You can register online via the email that was sent out to everyone. Each link is personalized so do not forward on to someone else. If you need someone to resend the link please contact Amanda Nelson or Klark Swan. President Bruce pledged to buy six tickets and encourages all members to purchase raffle tickets as well.
· President Bruce spoke about the Hurricane Haiti Relief Effort. Funds are being raised to provide clean water to areas that were affected by the hurricane. This project will provide for wells this year. Rotarian Greg Hanson has pledged to match funds given towards the project. Bruce has pledged $100 of his own to kickoff donations and encourages members to participate as well.
· Our club has a new website thanks to Miguel Garcia and 360 Design. They have added upcoming events, the Burl, press content and hope to continually update with club information. Looks great! Good job Miguel! Website is still the same www.rotary1.org.
Spangler raffle held:
· Silver Dollar - John Winzler
· McDonald’s gift certificate - Steve Lafferty
· Hamilton - Carly Robbins
· Black Lightning Cafe gift certificate - Ken Stoddard
· Card drawing (not the Joker) - Jennifer Budwig
Program: President Bruce introduced Tom Throssel of Redwood Teen Challenge:
· Teen Challenge was established in 1961. They now have 200 centers across the USA. Our local chapter has four residential centers and beds for 101 students. Their bills are paid through work in the community which also allows students gain skills to go on and getting permanent work. Students do landscaping, painting, cleaning, and more with in the community. Funding also comes from community donations and grants. Students entering the program commit to one year. The four residential centers included separate men’s and women’s facilities, as well as new transitional housing for both men and women. They also have a Club 5:17 “All Things Are Made New” which is a book and coffee shop run by the women where they get the chance to learn customer service skills. The mission of the Redwood to Challenge is to rescue people from destructive lifestyles. They are newly partnering with the jail for student referrals. The Teen Challenge works to rebuild students spiritually, mentally, and physically. They focus on discipline as a part of the program. Even though it is called “Teen Challenge” it is not just for teenagers the average age is 25 to 26. Their goal is to return students to their family and community, get them jobs, and get them back in the Society. If you are looking to have Redwood Teen Challenge do work for you call Steve at their office, 268-8727. Success rates- of the most recent national numbers they have- are 85% stay sober for the next five years. Tom says those numbers are a bit out of date he thinks the local numbers are closer to 50% of participates are sober five years out. They will take someone back if they relapse out of the program, they call it their Restoration Program, which is a six months long. Teen Challenge Representative Josh spoke. He has been through the program himself three times. He says it restores faith, gives structure and work ethic. Redwood Teen Challenge has 17 employees only two of which have not been through the program themselves. They also have many community volunteers to serve as mentors and teachers. More information can be found at their website: Redwoodtc.org.
Meeting adjourned at 1:05 PM and the club went outside to take video for District 5130 purposes.