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.
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