The menu was deep fried chicken or pork, mashed potatoes, white gravy, and chocolate cake. President Matthew Owen asked Harold Hillficker the fourth to lead us in the flag salute. Carlton Nielsen then gave the invocation. Dale Warmuth stood out more than usual. He was wearing a lime green wig that made him look like a parakeet. It was left over from Bowl For Kid’s Sake, which he said raised $80,000 that previous weekend. President elect Bruce Smith just returned from the PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) and was inspired. Jeff and Don Leonard were recognized for the pictures they took at the recent Rotary raffle Mardi Gras with a Papoose. Hank Ingham was awarded 3rd place at the recent Redwood Art Association Juried show. He gained some prize money, then he lost it to Rotary. The check’s in the mail. Klark Swan brought her six week old baby” Lincoln.” President Owen reminded us that the Rotary District Conference starts March 313 in Ukiah. Still room at the Inn if you want to attend.
Our presenter was Harold Hillficker IV owner of Hillficker Pipe, which is having its 100th anniversary. His Great grandfather came from Switzerland and arrived in Humboldt in 1890. By 1902 he was married and had started a business hauling gravel and making well casings, burial vaults and ornamental bird baths. In 1910 the family started a concrete plant and over the years accumulated 42 patents on retaining walls. They do about 20% of their business locally, and the rest is shipped as far away as Chile. They make concrete and corrugated steel pipe, and wire retaining walls. It’s still family owned. “ The work can be draining”, Harold said” but what was once a pipe dream is now concrete.” They still have the bird bath mold if you need one.
Extruded by Hank Ingham