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