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

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