Sep 27, 2017

September 25, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 12:20 by President Bruce.  

·         Flag Salute:  Julie Denbo

·         Chuck Ellsworth announced that Jim Hoff (previous Rotarian) is undergoing cancer treatment so keep him in our prayers.  

·         Invocation:  Mike Cunningham

·         Visiting Rotarians:  Scott Pesch Southwest Rotary; Chris Hartley Mad River Rotary; Amanda Nelson; Old Town Eureka

·         Guests:  None

·         Birthdays, anniversaries and club anniversaries were all announced

·         Announcements:

o   President Bruce announced that our club donated $4,361 to the Pedal for Polio cause which met the goal of $35/member

o   Phil Nicklas announced there will be a Done In a Day project this Saturday at the Boys and Girls club teen center (J & Harris) from 9:00 to noon.  Bring gloves and round up if you have it.

o   President Bruce announced there was a Friday social at the Ingomar Club.  There were approximately 10 Rotarians from our club that attended and 7 Lost Coast Rotaract members.  The social will be every other month and he encouraged folks to attend to promote fellowship and because they ‘had a grand old time’.

o   Dale Warmuth had multiple announcements:  There was a Eureka Cruise over the weekend he was involved with that raised $20K; his sister has come back to work at the business; this Saturday the Boys and Girls Club will be holding a dinner/auction from 6:00 – 9:00 (5:30 libations) at the Elks Club where they will be honoring a ‘champion of youth’ which happens to be Dale.  He made a $100 donation for all of these recent accomplishments.

·         Chuck Ellsworth addressed the recent Hurricane Harvey devastation in Texas.  He has a house on a neighboring island so has ties to the rotary clubs in that area.  He asked that people leave money on the table if they would like to donate to the Rotary Club of Rockport and the Rotary Club of Port Aransas.  He will make sure these two clubs receive the direct contributions. 

·         Mike Cunningham attended Bruce’s daughter’s wedding and they attended two Rotary meetings while in the Middle East, bringing back two flags for our banner. 

·         Drawing: 

o   Silver Dollar – Elan Firpo

o   McDonald’s GC – Miguel Garcia

o   Hamilton – Ted Loring

o   Black Lightning Café GC – Jay Reed

o   Card drawing (king of spades) – Jay Reed


·         President Bruce introduced the program as our guest speaker Dr Chris Hartley who is the new HCOE Superintendent, replacing Gary Eagles.  Dr Hartley provided some background information on himself including he is from Coalinga (school mascot horntoad), and is a 1991 graduate of HSU.  He has been in education for 23 years with 21 years being in the northern HC districts and the most recent being  5 years as the Superintendent for the Northern County School District.  He discussed multiple topics including: Key shifts in education; the pendulum swing within education; emerging technology and the significant changes they’re trying to take advantage of; language and information available to the kids is increasing excessively; and one of their primary focuses being how to help students make the transition from school to the workforce.  They are currently training students for jobs that don’t exist yet because of the rapid expansion of technology.   They participate in some great programs including the Innovate Challenge which is students participating for prizes based on business models and ideas they present.  The second program he discussed is the Youth Ambassador program through Eureka Chamber where kids learn speaking skills and work closely with business leaders.   He also discussed Gen Z (student generational reference) and what they want, who they are, and what they will be like to employ.  Some of the key initiatives for HCOE will be addressing the teacher shortage and working closely with law enforcement.  He answered several questions and was provided his Rotarian trophy.


·         President Bruce challenged all Rotarians to bring at least one guest over the next 9 months with the goal being to increase club membership. 


The meeting was adjourned at 1:15.
Jennifer Budwig

Sep 19, 2017

September 18, 2017

The menu was sweet and sour pork or roast beef, vegetable medley and salad chorus, rolls and mashed potatoes with gravy.  There was cake also, but you  couldn’t eat it and have it too. Past President Matthew Owen stood in for Bruce Smith, who had to go back in the hospital.  Visiting Rotarian-Shelly Wilson from the South West club. Keith Crossley announced that the 6 day bike ride from Crescent City to Napa raised $3800 for Polio Plus.   He also brought up Dan Heinen, who completed his requirements for being a Paul Harris Fellow.  During the “Roast Boast and Toast” session Dennis Hunter said that he went to a Giants game that started at 5pm but was rain delayed.  The Giants eventually won, but the game lasted until 3 am.  Our presenter was Jonas Anderson, an exchange student who had just returned from Paraguay. Paraguay officially the Republic of Paraguay (Spanish: República del Paraguay; Guarani Tetã Paraguái), is a landlocked country in central South America bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay river which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America"). Paraguay is one of the two landlocked countries (the other is Bolivia) outside Afro-eurasia, and is the smallest landlocked country in the Americas.

The indigenous Guarani had been living in Paraguay for at least a millennium before the Spanish conquered the territory in the 16th century. Spanish settlers and Jesuit missions introduced Christianity and Spanish culture to the region. Paraguay was a peripheral colony of the Spanish Empire with few urban centers and settlers. Following independence from Spain in 1811, Paraguay was ruled by a series of dictators who generally implemented isolationist and protectionist policies. Jonas sang a song he had composed, accompanying himself on guitar.  The lyrics were a mixture of Spanish and Guarani.  Jonas spent most of his time in a town near Asuncion, the largest city in Paraguay.

Escrito by Hank Ingham

Sep 12, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka September 10, 2017 Meeting

The meeting was held offsite at the Eureka Theatre and was called to order by Carlton Nielsen at 12:15 PM. 

Flag Salute – led by Ziggy Ziegenfuss-  Invocation – Carlton Nielsen  Visiting Rotarians – Maggie Kraft from Arcata Sunrise

 A brief break was taken for members to get lunch Guests – Larissa Tokay (sp?); previous exchange student from Germany in 2012-2013.  She gave a brief update to the club about what she has been doing since leaving the states

 Birthdays, anniversaries, and club anniversaries were announced


 Phil Nicklas announced that our next ‘done in a day’ project will be at the Boys and Girls Club teen center on 9/30/17 at 9:00 AM.  We will be helping with they’re gardening project by replacing mulch and matting.

Carlton announced that next week the board of director’s nominations will be provided to the club.

Raffle drawing:

Silver dollar – Nancy Dean

 Jitter Bean coffee card – Nathan Nilsen

 $10 – Ziggy Ziegenfuss

 Black Lightning Café – Maggie Kraft

 Card drawing – Wendy Petty


Greg Williston was recognized for a recent Alaska cruise he took with his 18 family members.  The highlight of his trip was a helicopter ride from Juno to the glaciers.  He was fined $60 for this venture.

Pat Folkins attended his grandson’s state championship baseball game in Yountville and the two age brackets he played in both placed second.  From there they drove to San Diego where he vacationed with family and had a visit from a stingray that got him on his instep.  For this venture, he paid $51.

 Program:  Wendy Peggy, Chairman of the Board for the Eureka Theatre provided the history of the theatre as well as what work has been done on the building since their non profit has taken over the facility which includes:  Restoring main lobby, renovating bathrooms, enlarging the stage, adding a new screen, improved sound system, better lighting and a cocktail bar.  Their future plans include a new neon sign, cosmetic improvements to the auditorium, new seats (via ‘buy a seat’ program through HAF), and restoring the large apartment on top of the building that will be converted to a vacation rental.  They host concerts, films, class reunions, etc and their October calendar includes four frightful Friday night flicks to celebrate Halloween.  The meeting ended at 1:15, but she provided a guided tour of the facility for all those able to stay. 


Penned by Jennifer Budwig

Aug 29, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka August 28 2017 Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 12:17 by Paul Brisso. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ken Stodder. The invocation was given by Bill McAuley.

No visitors or students but J Hockaday, David Wells, Tom McMurray and Bill McAuley had birthdays.

Announcements included a reminder to give to Polio Plus and from Matt Owen a reminder to show up Saturday 9/9 at 9 AM behind the Lost Coast Brewery on 4th street to help clean up the City.

Paul Brisso used his position to “stroll down memory lane” and recognize four Rotarians that were instrumental in starting his career in Eureka. First was Dick Storey, CPA for Paul’s law firm when Paul started. Bill McAuley, CPA when Dick retired. Pat Folkins Rotary President when Paul first joined Rotary and John Winzler who Paul knew even before he was an attorney.

Spengler-Howard Raffle:

Silver Dollar went to Tom Schallert, a Past President of Rotary and the Eureka Chamber of Commerce.

In lieu of a Jitter Bean Certificate, Chuck Ellsworth donated a $5 bill which went to Bob Palmrose.

$10 went to George Owren, Black Lightning $20 went to Sean McLaughin, and the Gold ingot did not go to Matthew Owen.

Our speaker was Lori Dengler, Professor Emeritus HSU, earthquake and tsunami expert. She reminded us that it’s been 25 years since our last “real” earthquake, so let’s prepare. The number one act of preparation is “talk about it”. Talk with friends, familiy, co-workers. Just talk. Nothing happens unless we talk.

Remember to drop, cover, and hold. Do not run.

And visit their earthquake exhibit at the Humboldt County Fair.

Don Smullin reporting

Aug 24, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka August 21 2017 Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 12:28 (2 minutes early) by Pat Folkins, Rotary 1987 Past President and Eureka Chamber of Commerce 1985 Past President.

Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bruce Rupp, 2004 Past President. Pat reviewed his military history for us. Bruce served in the army from 1965 to 1970, Special Forces from 1965 and received a Bronze Star. Thank you.

Invocation was given by Greg Williston who just returned from an Alaska cruise with my daughter AnnaLisa and others.

Our new exchange student, Jakob, from Denmark has arrived and was introduced.

Visiting Rotarian was John Ayers from the Southwest Eureka Club. John spoke of Rotary’s Friendship Exchange Program where Rotarians can stay with Rotarians in other countries similar to our youth exchange program. John and his wife have been exchange Rotarians to India and New Zealand and highly recommend it to all. This October 16, 17 and 18 Rotarians from New Zealand are coming here. He has host families for all except 1. If you are interested please give him a call at 269-7160.

No birthdays, anniversaries or new membership anniversaries.

The following gave new $35 donations to Polio- Dennis Hunter, Don Smullin, Bruce Rupp, Glenn Goldan, Ken Stodder, Linda Wise, Matthew Owen, Ziggy Ziegenfuss, and Greg Williston, and Keith Crossley.

Keith Crossley awarded Glenn Goldan his Plus 2 Paul Harris Fellow pin marking his 3rd donation.

We had a craft talk. Pat Folkins asked Bruce Rupp to cover his history after military. His civilian career began in Alameda where he eventually became its city manager until 1988 when he resigned and was promptly fired. The next year he moved to Eureka as Humboldt County’s Administrator. After County service he became a realtor, struggling for a year and then succeeding under the tutelage of Don Murrish. He finished his career as Executive Director of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. He has 3 kids and 9 grandchildren.

Then Pat returned to the podium and abused his position by fining everyone a dollar that didn’t have a haircut like himself or Chuck Ellsworth, John Fullerton, John Ayers, and Greg Williston.

Ken Stodder was allowed to report on the Red Socks and Tom Schallert countered with the Dodgers – his recently deceased Mother’s favorite team.


Silver Dollar to Jack Macdonald, Jitter Bean Certificate to Sarah Shaffer, Black Lightning Café to Jim Davis and Gold Nugget went back to the pot.

Our speaker was Julie Smith principal at Lost Coast High School and her guest was Sarah Shaffer teacher from LCHS. LCHS is a charter school located at the old Worthington School. It is a part of the Mattole Valley Charter School Learning Center but is paid for under the Eureka City Schools System. They are a STEAM and AVID oriented curriculum. (science, technology, engineering, arts and math.  All students prepared for college).

They have 65 enrolled students and a 99.9% graduation rate!
Don Smullin, Reporter

Aug 15, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka August 14, 2017 Meeting

Meeting was called to order by Nancy Dean at 12:26 filling in for President Bruce Smith.  Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bob Palmrose. Invocation was led by Nathan Nilsen who cautioned us to always listen to that “tiny” voice inside us.

Birthday celebrations were Dave Dillon, Rick Littlefield, Phil Nicklas, Jay Hockaday and David Wells.

Dave Dillon also made it on to the anniversary list with him and Carol celebrating 67 years of marriage!

Rotary Membership anniversaries were recognized for Brad Gibson for 6 years, Matthew Owen 11 years, Ted Loring 17 years, Joan Davies 25 years and Ken Stoddard 45 years. Ken pointed out that if you counted his Arcata time, which we don’t, he has been a Rotarian for 57 years.


A new film about WWII aviators called the “Eleven” will air this Friday at 1:00 at the Clarke Museum.

Toys for Tots kick off is September 30th. Prepare to give generously.

Rick Littlefield was thanked for his role in the annual Coast Guard appreciation dinner.

Pedal for Polio started today in Crescent City and finishes August 19 in Petaluma. District Governor Bob made a personal video appeal for pledges of $35 per member or 35 cents per mile for a rider.

World Community Service Committee met today at the Blood Bank.

This Thursday night 8/17, Jakob our exchange student from Denmark, will arrive at the airport around midnight, after the Eureka Chamber’s mixer, 5:30 at the Lost Coast Brewery.

Backpacks for Kids has started again. Remember to include them in your donations.

Spengler-Howard Raffle:

Silver Dollar went to Gregg Gardiner, Jitter Bean Gift Certificate $10 to James Dement, $20 Black Lightning Cafe to Carly Robbins and a Gold Nugget was lost to Dan Heinen.

Our speaker was Captain Brian Stephens of the EPD reporting on their all-volunteer vehicle abatement team. He introduced their 4 members- Debbie Brantley, Roger Miller, Al Tracy and Bob Brantly plus Dave Startare – one of the founding members. Roger is a past Rotarian.

Captain Stephens reported a series of impressive statistics for which we are all thankful. Yay!

In 2016 they tagged 612 cars and 469 so far in 2017 – 469. They towed 307 vehicles in 2016 and 207 so far this year. They have put in over 2,508 volunteer hours, the equivalent of 62 full time work weeks! And remember, these are volunteers!

Our next meeting will have Pat Folkins as our leader. Not only is he a Past President of Rotary but a Past President of the Greater Eureka Chamber of Commerce.

See you next week.
Don Smullin

Aug 8, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka August 7 2017 Meeting

Special offsite meeting at the Humboldt Bay Fire Station.

Lunch: was catered by Chapala. Called to order by President Bruce Smith at 12:15pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Nathan Nilsen. The Invocation was led by: Dan Heinen. Dan spoke of the passing of Eris McCarthy, wife of past Eureka Rotarian Royal McCarthy, and past Eureka Rotary member Dr. May Beth Wolford. We bowed our head and had a moment of silence in memory or Eris and Mary Beth.

VISITING ROTARIANS: Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie (also the presenter for the meeting). GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Lisa Slack brought her daughter Erica and Erica’s friend Dylan Hurt. Klark Swan brought her daughter Charlie and sister Taylor Depew. Tom Schallert brought his wife Tess, daughter Monica, son-in-law Steven, and granddaughter Lily. Annalise von Borstel bought Ben Brown, ED of the Clark Museum. BIRTHDAYS: Dave Dillon, Rick Littlefield, Phil Nicklas, J Hockaday, and David Wells. ANNIVERSARIES: Matthew Owen & Virginia Bass, Dave & Carol Dillon, Kim & Sheila Bauriedel, Ken & Kay Stodder, Carlton & Michelle Nielsen, Bill & Cynthia McAuley, and Richard & Vivien Borough.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Pedal for Polio – President Bruce Smith has asked everyone to donate $35. These funds will be matched towards your PHF for the year. They're still looking for people to host riders. Coast Guard Dinner will be this Thursday August 10th Elks Lodge. It's a $20 cook your own steak event, sponsored by the local Rotary clubs as well as the Elks club. Bruce is still looking for volunteers. There will be a meeting of the World Community Service (WSC) on August 14th at the Blood Bank at 4pm.  Tom Schallert spoke to the past WSC projects: last year our Rotary club dedicated $7,000 towards a new bloodmobile to send to Nigeria. We have already sent two bloodmobiles in past years. The WSC will be meeting to discuss future projects and the need for an additional $5,000 in funds to purchase the bloodmobile. The bloodmobile will be in partnership with Rotary club of Trans Amadi.  This rotary club will be taking on the running of its own blood bank center that is separate from the government. Tom has worked closely with Safe Blood Africa in the past and has now been elected as a new board president, and may be asking for members to join his new board of directors.  Gregg Gardiner expressed his debt of gratitude to Tom Schallert for his leadership, vision, and foresight. Tens of thousands of lives have been saved thanks to Tom’s efforts and we owe him a big debt  of gratitude.  Keith Crossley  introduced our latest Paul Harris Fellow: Tom Schallert was recognized for a PHF +5 for donating over $6,000 to the Foundation. Tom named his son-in-law Steven and granddaughter Lily as honorary part of Paul Harris Fellows. His wife Tess and daughter Monica are already recognized as Paul Harris Fellow's. Greg Gardiner announced that the Toys for Tots fundraiser will be held on September 30th at the Blue Lake Casino. Toys for Tots serves more than 6,000 local kids annually. They purchased toys post-holiday season to save money.

SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Silver Dollar: Joan Davies, Jitterbean Gift Certificate: Jennifer Budwig, $10 Jennifer Budwig, Black Lightning Café: Chuck Ellsworth (donated it back to the raffle). Drawing for the joker with the grand prize being a Gold Ingot:  Ted Loring drew a 8 of diamonds. . 

GUEST SPEAKER INTRODUCTION: Matthew Owen introduced our guest speaker for the day: Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie who has been a Rotarian for a year-and-a-half with the Rotary club of Southwest Eureka. He also recognized that Bill showed up to volunteer at our last Done in a Day project at the library. GUEST SPEAKER: Bill Gillespie noted that Humboldt Bay fire has 57 firefighters.  Humboldt Bay Fire was formed out of the consolidation of Eureka Fire and Humboldt Fire in January 2016. Prior to the consolidation Eureka Fire, which was established in 1864, served the Eureka area and Humboldt fire served the outlining areas. Humboldt Bay fire operates from Indianola down to the CR and includes fice fire stations. Our local fire department provides fire suppression, hazmat services, and medical aid. They are often first responders to the scene. Call volume: in 2016 they answered more than 6,000 calls -an average of 18 calls a day. Chief Gillespie spoke to the high health concerns for firefighters -cancer is a large concern as it is now presumptive that firefighters will get cancer is at some time in their life. The fire station is taking steps to prevent cancer in firefighters including a system to suck out exhaust from the fire station that is produced by fire trucks. Chief Gillespie opened up the floor for questions:   He was asked about butane hash oil (BHO) concerns in the area. Local firefighter Chris, who is in attendance, spoke to community education being highly important. Fall and winter are the BHO season. Chief Gillespie answered questions about concerns of transients and homeless in the area, he did acknowledge that many abandoned buildings and vegetation fires are a high concern. He also acknowledged that 911 is now the main entry into the healthcare system for many people in our area. This is driving up call volume for firefighters and emergency personnel. Chief Gillespie  spoke about the funding for Humboldt Bay Fire, 65% comes from the City of Eureka, 35% comes from Humboldt #1 Fire District. This breakdown is based on a calculation of population, personal, and call volume.  Meeting concluded at 1:14 PM. 
Respectfully submitted by Carly Robbins

Jul 31, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka July 31, 2017 Meeting

Lunch Menu:  Salad bar, spaghetti, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, garlic bread, mixed vegetables, dessert. Called to order by President Bruce Smith at 12:15pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim (aka John) Davis. The Invocation was led by: Pat Folkins. Pat talked about Rotarian Jack Morton who recently passed away.  He was in Rotary for 50 years and had been active member up until health issues prevented him from attending.  He was a Marine, owned Hornbrook shoes for many years and later became a partner with Cunningham, Morton and Malone.  We bowed our head and had a moment of silence in Jack’s memory. Jack’s service will be at Ocean View Cemetery on Wednesday August 2 at 12:30pm.
VISITING ROTARIANS: Barb Spangler, District Governor Elect; Ross Rowley, Assistant District Governor; District Governor Bob Rogers and his wife Peggy (also a Rotarian). GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Marley from Lost Coast Rotaract BIRTHDAYS: Jennifer Budwig, Tom Schallert, Hank Pierson, Don Smullin, Kurt Barthel, Pat Folkins ANNIVERSARIES: Bert Campton, Craig Hansen, George Owren, Gregg Sparks, Tom McMurray, Pat Folkins.  Multiple Rotary anniversaries including 45 years for Ken Stoddard!
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Matthew Owen said that the Done in a Day project at the Humboldt County Library was a huge success.  Rotary Club of Eureka partnered with the other Eureka Rotary Clubs and Keep Eureka Beautiful to clean up the landscaping at the library.  President Bruce reminded everyone to sign up to help at the Coast Guard Steak Dinner. Today is the last day to sign up. There will be a meeting of the World Community Service on August 14th at the Blood Bank at 4pm.  President Bruce said that next Monday’s meeting on August 7th will be an off site meeting at the Fire Department located at 7th and C Streets in Eureka. Chief Gillespie will be our speakers.  Cost is $15.00.  Sign up today for Pedals for Polio.  Sponsor sheets are on the table.  Board meeting tomorrow at the Ingomar Club at noon.  A basket of goodies was auctioned off by District Governor for a whopping $300. Past President Jay Bahner had the winning bid. SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Silver Dollar: Matthew Owen, Jitterbean Gift Certificate: Sue Bosch, $10 Nancy Dean, Black Lightning Café: Ziggy. Drawing for the joker with the grand prize being a Gold Ingot:  Matthew Owen…. The card drawn was… not the joker. 
 GUEST SPEAKER  INTRODUCTION BY: Ross Rowley.  District Governor Bob Rogers became a Rotarian in 2007 in Sebastopol Rotary.  He was an airline pilot who retired from US Airlines.  He is also a polio survivor.  GUEST SPEAKER:  Bob Rogers talked about Paul Harris Fellows (PHF).  For every $1,000 donated to the Foundation a Rotarian receives a PHF.  When a second thousand is donated it is called a PHF +1 and so on.  He talked about the many things a $1,000 can do to help others and said that for every $250 donated you can figure that one life is saved.  So when you donate $1,000 you’ve in effect saved 4 lives.  He announced the following PHF:  Steve Allen, John Bartholomew and Jeff Leonard all received their first PHF.  The following people were awarded the following awards: Sue Bosch PHF +1, Brad Mettam PHF +2, Lane Strope and Ted Loring PHF +3, Bruce Smith PHF +4, Nancy Dean PHF +9!  A standing ovation was given to all. 
 District Governor Bob Rogers talked about Polio.  Only 8 cases have been recorded since January of this year.  4 years ago we were elated because there were only 400 cases.  We are truly closing in on eradicating this disease but it is estimated that it will take 1.6 billion to finish the eradication.  This is because for the next 3 years every child born will need to be inoculated.  We are no longer able to do oral inoculations so each child needs to be injected which means employing higher skilled workers and paying more for the medication.  Bob emphasized that we need to not give up.  One child with polio can spread the virus to many people.  We have to continue to move forward.  Bob moved on to talk about Rotary.  He said change is about one person having an idea, a dream, and that’s how the polio eradication started.  A Rotarian in the Philippines envisioned the power Rotary had to effect this change.  He encouraged us all to go out and make a difference.  The 2018 Rotary District Conference will be May 18-20 at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento.  The theme this year, Where Dreams Take Flight! MEETING ADJOURNED: 1:25pm.
Respectfully submitted, Alicia Cox

Jul 25, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka July 24 2017 Meeting

Lunch Menu:  Salad bar, beans, rice, tacos, enchiladas. Called to order by President Bruce Smith at 12:15pm.  This was a special offsite meeting at the Eagle House in Eureka. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mark Murgia. The Invocation was led by Mike Cunningham.  Mike conveyed the sad news that Jack Morton passed away at the age of 96 over the weekend.  He talked about Jack and the many years he had been in the club and contributions he made. A moment of silence was observed.
GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Carlton introduced Karen Meynell, the Executive Director of Headwaters Fund. BIRTHDAYS: Gregg Gardiner, Carly Robbins, Fred Sundquist, Jennifer Budwig, Tom Schallert, Hank Pierson.  President Bruce noted that $5 fines will begin today for those not seated at the head table during their birthday month. There was a quick stampede to the front table. ANNIVERSARIES:

Bert and Susanne Campton.  President Bruce recognized numerous Rotary anniversaries in the month of July.  ANNOUNCEMENTS: Gregg Gardiner said that the 2nd annual Toys for Tots fundraiser is coming up in September. Tom Schallert updated us on the Nigeria Project and said they are short a few thousand to meet their goal but he will provide more details in August. President Bruce said there will be a Done in a Day project at the Humboldt County Library this Saturday the 29th from 9am – noon.  He hopes everybody will be able to participate.  Rotary and the Elk’s Club are teaming up to provide a steak dinner for the Coast Guard, they need sign ups. Pedal for Polio is happening…  looking for a $35 donation from each Rotarian.  If you can put up a rider in your home please let President Bruce know.  Your donation will count double with Paul Harris Fellow points. Past President Matthew Owen presented the Rotaractor of the Year award to Rotaractors Megan McAllister and Matt Cendejas who recently returned from a trip to Bangladesh and Uganda.  They received a standing ovation from the club.
SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Silver Dollar: Matt (Rotaractor). Jitterbean Gift Certificate: Matt Cendejas $10 Ken Stodder. Black Lightning Café: Nancy Dean. Drawing for the joker with the grand prize being a Gold Ingot: Megan McAllister (Rotaractor). The card drawn was a 6 of Clubs.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dennis Rael, owner of Los Bagels was our guest speaker.  He started his talk by donating $100 to the Rotaractor’s project in Uganda and challenging others to do the same.  In total approximately $600 was raised.  Los Bagels was founded 34 years ago.  Dennis was raised in Southern California and majored in community studies at UC Santa Cruz.  After graduation he moved to the Netherlands and with a partner opened a Mexican Restaurant which they ran successfully for a few years.  His partner continued opening restaurants throughout Europe and he decided to return to the United States, settling in Humboldt County which he had visited on a backpacking trip.  He felt that Humboldt County had everything he wanted… it was close to a university, the ocean and his brother Greg Rael (a criminal attorney in Eureka), lived here.  He formed a partnership with 2 other individuals and hired 2 employees to start their first location in Arcata.  Today they have 47 employees and 3 locations (Eureka, HSU and Arcata) as well as 15 wholesale accounts and online sales.  Along the way he needed a reliable smoked fish supplier so he helped start Fish Brothers and later a reliable local jam supplier and he helped found Mad River Jams.  He’s been involved in Arcata Sister City projects through Rotary in Arcata and in the last 30 years they have sent over 1,000 people to work on projects in Mexico.  He believes that success includes being invested in the community you live in.  Dennis’s cultural heritage includes Jewish and Mexican heritage and he has combined that in the products he bakes for his business.  They also promote certain holidays like Day of the Dead as a way to educate the public about other cultures beliefs.   

MEETING ADJOURNED: 1:15pm by President Bruce Smith.  Closing words: ‘He or she who serves benefits more than those who are served.’ He reminded us to invite a prospective Rotarian to lunch.
Respectfully submitted, Alicia Cox

Jul 18, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka July 17, 2017 Meeting

Lunch Menu:  Salad bar, beef stroganoff, noodles, scalloped potatoes, ham, mixed vegetables, rolls, dessert. Called to order by President Bruce Smith at 12:15pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Davis. The Invocation was led by Greg Williston who announced the sad news that Southwest Rotarian Sam Kennedy, DDS passed away today and President-Elect Sam Owori of Rotary International recently passed away as well.

VISITING ROTARIANS: None GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Greg Gardiner introduced his stepdaughter Kate who just graduated from Sonoma State; Frank Jager and Betty Chinn were introduced by President Bruce Smith, Sue Bosch introduced visitor (former member) Sally Arnot and Bruce Smith also introduced our speaker today, Kelly Sanders. STUDENT GUESTS: None. BIRTHDAYS: Elan Firpo, Al Abrahamson, Gregg Gardiner, Carly Robbins, Fred Sundquist.  A word of warning from Bruce…  all people in their birthday month are expected to sit at the head table or else…  ANNIVERSARIES: The Papstein, Ambronisi, Nielsen and Campton couples are all celebrating anniversaries in the next week.  Many people are celebrating a July anniversary in Rotary.
Paul Harris Fellows

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Keith Crossley introduced our latest Paul Harris Fellows (PHF): Patrick Cleary and Captain Hank Pierson who received his PHF + 4! They received a standing ovation. Mayor Frank Jager and Supervisor Virginia Bass read a proclamation thanking Chief Andy Mills for his years of service 2013-2017.  He is leaving for a new position in Santa Cruz.  Chief Mills received an enthusiastic standing ovation for the difference he has made in our community. President Bruce presented Past President Matthew Owen with a plaque of recognition for his service over the past year. 

Betty Chinn received the $2,000 she received at the last meeting again except in the form of a non-cashable $2,000 giant check this time. President Bruce said that next Monday, July 24, we will meet off site at the Eagle House.  Lunch will be $20.  ($15 for lunch plus $5 for the facility rental).  The annual Coast Guard steak dinner is coming up.  The Elks Lodge and Rotary Club of Eureka will team up to provide free steak dinners in recognition of the Coast Guard’s service.  Volunteers are needed!  Dale Warmuth was called upon to report on the latest about the Boys and Girls Club remodel.  Dale said thanks to John McBeth and the Humboldt Builder’s Exchange new windows will be going in soon, the bathrooms are being remodeled, electrical is being finished up and the communication network is being put in.  Pedal for Polio is happening August 14-19. Sign ups are on the tables.  Please contribute $35 to help eradicate polio. 

Check for Chin

SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE:  Silver Dollar: Mark Murgia.  Jitterbean Gift Certificate: Captain Hank Pierson. $10 George Owren. Black Lightning Café: Dennis Hunter.  Drawing for the joker with the grand prize being a Gold Ingot:  Virginia Bass.  The card drawn was not the joker. 
Kelly Sanders County Clerk

GUEST SPEAKER  INTRODUCTION BY:  President Bruce Smith.  Kelly Sanders is the elected Humboldt County County Clerk, Recorder, and Registrar of Voters. GUEST SPEAKER:  Kelly started out talking about her day on June 7th.  Driving to work she heard on NPR that there had been a hacking of election records by the Russian military.  She arrived at work to find a message from a Representative of the Secretary of State. 122 counties had received phishing emails and Humboldt County was on the list of possible counties who all used Diebold as their provider. The Secretary of State’s office assisted Humboldt County and together they were able to confirm there was no evidence of phishing or hacking.  Later Kelly discovered that the provider knew about the problem in November of 2016 but didn’t alert their customers until June when a news reporter uncovered the story. 

Diebold is no longer the vendor for Humboldt County.  Kelly talked about changes in the law that were voted on in 2012.  Voters can register up to the day of the election under a conditional voter registration.  Eventually when a DMV license is issued residents will automatically be registered to vote at that time.  Kelly said a lot of people want to know why it takes so long to count the vote following an election.  She said the timeframe is according to the law. They have up to 30 days to report results.  Following an election there is a lot of auditing and vetting that goes on that is time consuming. Questions and answer follows. President Bruce Smith closed the meeting at 1:12pm reminding members to invite somebody to lunch.  The more members our club has the more we can do.

Respectfully submitted, Alicia Cox

Jul 11, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Meetiing July 10, 2017

. Lunch Menu: Salad bar, roast beef, chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, gravy, mixed vegetables, rolls, dessert. Called to order by President Bruce Smith at 12:30pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Kim Bauriedel. The Invocation was led by Tom McMurray.

VISITING ROTARIANS: Assistant District Governor Lori Breyer was present for Bruce’s first meeting. GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Dick Storre introduced his wife Debbie. STUDENT GUESTS: Today was Clary our exchange student’s last Rotary meeting as she is heading back to Italy on Wednesday. She thanked the club for sponsoring her. BIRTHDAYS: President Bruce had all people with birthdays in the first 2 weeks of July stand and he also recognized the spouses of those who had birthdays in that same time period. ANNIVERSARIES: No wedding anniversaries but many Rotary anniversaries. Miguel Garcia, Carly Robbins, Klark Swan, John Bartholomew, Jennifer Budwig, Elan Firpo, Mark Murgia, Linda Wise, Brad Mettam, Jerry Reece, Pete Vallerga, Bob Prior and Patrick Cleary.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS: President Bruce plans to hold the meetings from 12:15 to 1:15 this year, acknowledging that occasionally we may go to 1:30. He announced that polio is almost eradicated with only 5 cases recorded in the past year. Rotary’s goal is to raise 1.5 billion in the next 5 years with the matching funds from the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation that means that Rotary International is asking that each Rotarian contribute just $35 this year from our district. There is a board meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow) noon at the Ingomar Club. President Bruce said that his son was married last Friday and his daughter is getting married in August. He introduced his directors this year and gave them each a director pin. He also introduced his officers and awarded their pins. Each committee chair was asked to stand and received a red ribbon to apply to their name badge. Carly announced that the annual Backpacks for Kids fundraiser is underway. Please purchase a square in the free ad that Paula Patton has generously donated in the Times-Standard. We are now serving 5 schools and over 400 students. Julie Benbow invited everyone to purchase tickets to Zootini at the Zoo. $100 per ticket. The Hilfiker family will be honored this year.

SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Rotary Coin: Mike Martin. Jitterbean Gift Card: Anthony. $10 Bruce Smith (he donated it back to the Science Fund), $20 Black Lightning gift certificate: Carly Robbins. Lisa Slack drew a card for the gold but didn’t draw the joker. GUEST SPEAKER: Bruce Smith talked about his plans for the coming year. His vision for his theme, “Empowering the Next Generation” includes empowering youth and empowering the next generation of leaders and women in the club. It includes empowering the community through financial and literacy education, backpacks for kids, the dictionary projects are good examples. He has a goal to increase membership and would like to add more women and younger people. He talked about a mountain climbing accident he had when he was 15 years old and fell off of a 100 foot cliff. He broke his back, jaw, teeth and more. He was a boy scout and his leaders had been educated about first aid and were able to help him. He feels that what came out of that for him is that it’s about we not me. He feels that it is important that we recognize the need to give back to the community.

He closed his meeting with a quote from St. Francis of Assisi: Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

MEETING ADJOURNED at 1pm. Respectfully submitted, Alicia Cox

Jun 26, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka Burl 6-24-2017

Ken Stodder led us in the flag salute and Tom McMurray gave the invocation, mentioning that he thought God is a hound dog and so was our president.  He liked that.   It was Matthew Owen’s last meeting. Keith Crossley came forward to accept a Paul Harris donation from Virginia Bass. There were awards for Nancy Dean and Carlton Nielsen, Rotarians of the Year. 

Matt Murrish got a plaque for delivering  200 Dictionaries single-handedly.  We cruised down memory lane together, remembering the 10.000 we gave To Betty Kwan Chin, the 110 frozen turkeys we gave to the Rescue Mission, and the 40 bunk beds we had put together for The Rescue Mission and Betty. 

Then the Debunking began, led by Jay Bahner.  Will Kay , as Comey, and Paul Brisso as himself accused Matt of not following the four-way test.  Owen was escorted out of the room and came back dressed as Hillary Clinton, the candidate for whom he had guaranteed a win last November.  Chuck Ellsworth had a Trump mask on, and repeatedly demanded that Hillary be jailed. The assembled Rotarians voted him guilty, and he was handcuffed and left the Elks Lodge in the back of a police car, sirens and lights going.

That was it in a Nutshell.

Hank Ingham

Matt Owen dressed as Hilary walks to the waiting Police Cruiser.

Jun 20, 2017

Rotary Club Of Eureka June 19, 2017

Boys and Girls Club check

Brad Mettam, loser.

Our Presenters

Matt's Daughter Molly

Paul Harris Fellows

Jun 13, 2017

Rotary Club of Eureka June 12th meeting

Three meetings remain (including this one) in the tenure of our esteemed President Matt Owen. Such a pity: we won’t be having another program about the Rose Parade. Jim Davis led us in the flag salute and Carlton Nielsen gave the invocation.
Dennis Hunter

Greg Seiler was recognized for having attended the meeting. We obviously have lowered the bar on recognitions - and attendance for that matter. Al Crnich was celebrating his 69th Wedding Anniversary, John McBeth his 50th, and Alicia Cox was honored for her 15th year in Rotary. “I love Rotary” she exclaimed. Keith Crossley came to the podium to award some Paul Harris Fellowships. Neil Carnam got his 3rd PHF. Michael Cunningham got his 8th. Then Michael’s mother Mary Cunningham got her first. Carly Robbins said that Food For People’s Produce Market is starting up this Thursday. It’s like the farmer’s market, except that the vegetables are free to low income folks. Food For People is located at 14th and Summer Streets in Eureka.
PHF recipients

Recognitions: Ken Stodder $100 for his 3rd great grandson and 3rd great granddaughter, Dennis Hunter $100 for his grandson. Jay Bahner won $50,000 at Blue lake Casino and sold 13 RV’s last week. Not a bad week. Hank Pierson is celebrating his 80th birthday and his son Greg got married -$120. Ilan Firpo brought in a filled change canister. Good for her.

Rosa and Milia
Our presenters were Rosa Dixon and Milia Lando childhood best friends and the owners of Natural Decadence, a wholesale bakery specializing in Gluten free, dairy free, nut free, peanut free, non GMO desserts.

 They started the business because their children had allergies and problems with gluten, and they have been quite successful. 8 months after they opened Whole Foods approached them and asked to carry their pies. Now they have 28 products and distribute to half of the country. Last year business more than doubled. Apparently there is a strong market for gluten free vegan pies, their best sellers. They brought in some samples of their cookies, which were great.

Alicia Loves Rotary
Submitted by Hank Ingham
Captain Hank