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