Special offsite meeting at the Humboldt Bay Fire Station.
Lunch: was catered by Chapala. Called to order by President Bruce Smith at 12:15pm. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Nathan Nilsen. The Invocation was led by: Dan Heinen. Dan spoke of the passing of Eris McCarthy, wife of past Eureka Rotarian Royal McCarthy, and past Eureka Rotary member Dr. May Beth Wolford. We bowed our head and had a moment of silence in memory or Eris and Mary Beth.
VISITING ROTARIANS: Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie (also the presenter for the meeting). GUESTS OF ROTARIANS: Lisa Slack brought her daughter Erica and Erica’s friend Dylan Hurt. Klark Swan brought her daughter Charlie and sister Taylor Depew. Tom Schallert brought his wife Tess, daughter Monica, son-in-law Steven, and granddaughter Lily. Annalise von Borstel bought Ben Brown, ED of the Clark Museum. BIRTHDAYS: Dave Dillon, Rick Littlefield, Phil Nicklas, J Hockaday, and David Wells. ANNIVERSARIES: Matthew Owen & Virginia Bass, Dave & Carol Dillon, Kim & Sheila Bauriedel, Ken & Kay Stodder, Carlton & Michelle Nielsen, Bill & Cynthia McAuley, and Richard & Vivien Borough.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Pedal for Polio – President Bruce Smith has asked everyone to donate $35. These funds will be matched towards your PHF for the year. They're still looking for people to host riders. Coast Guard Dinner will be this Thursday August 10th Elks Lodge. It's a $20 cook your own steak event, sponsored by the local Rotary clubs as well as the Elks club. Bruce is still looking for volunteers. There will be a meeting of the World Community Service (WSC) on August 14th at the Blood Bank at 4pm. Tom Schallert spoke to the past WSC projects: last year our Rotary club dedicated $7,000 towards a new bloodmobile to send to Nigeria. We have already sent two bloodmobiles in past years. The WSC will be meeting to discuss future projects and the need for an additional $5,000 in funds to purchase the bloodmobile. The bloodmobile will be in partnership with Rotary club of Trans Amadi. This rotary club will be taking on the running of its own blood bank center that is separate from the government. Tom has worked closely with Safe Blood Africa in the past and has now been elected as a new board president, and may be asking for members to join his new board of directors. Gregg Gardiner expressed his debt of gratitude to Tom Schallert for his leadership, vision, and foresight. Tens of thousands of lives have been saved thanks to Tom’s efforts and we owe him a big debt of gratitude. Keith Crossley introduced our latest Paul Harris Fellow: Tom Schallert was recognized for a PHF +5 for donating over $6,000 to the Foundation. Tom named his son-in-law Steven and granddaughter Lily as honorary part of Paul Harris Fellows. His wife Tess and daughter Monica are already recognized as Paul Harris Fellow's. Greg Gardiner announced that the Toys for Tots fundraiser will be held on September 30th at the Blue Lake Casino. Toys for Tots serves more than 6,000 local kids annually. They purchased toys post-holiday season to save money.
SPENGLER-HOWARD RAFFLE: Silver Dollar: Joan Davies, Jitterbean Gift Certificate: Jennifer Budwig, $10 Jennifer Budwig, Black Lightning Café: Chuck Ellsworth (donated it back to the raffle). Drawing for the joker with the grand prize being a Gold Ingot: Ted Loring drew a 8 of diamonds. .
GUEST SPEAKER INTRODUCTION: Matthew Owen introduced our guest speaker for the day: Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie who has been a Rotarian for a year-and-a-half with the Rotary club of Southwest Eureka. He also recognized that Bill showed up to volunteer at our last Done in a Day project at the library. GUEST SPEAKER: Bill Gillespie noted that Humboldt Bay fire has 57 firefighters. Humboldt Bay Fire was formed out of the consolidation of Eureka Fire and Humboldt Fire in January 2016. Prior to the consolidation Eureka Fire, which was established in 1864, served the Eureka area and Humboldt fire served the outlining areas. Humboldt Bay fire operates from Indianola down to the CR and includes fice fire stations. Our local fire department provides fire suppression, hazmat services, and medical aid. They are often first responders to the scene. Call volume: in 2016 they answered more than 6,000 calls -an average of 18 calls a day. Chief Gillespie spoke to the high health concerns for firefighters -cancer is a large concern as it is now presumptive that firefighters will get cancer is at some time in their life. The fire station is taking steps to prevent cancer in firefighters including a system to suck out exhaust from the fire station that is produced by fire trucks. Chief Gillespie opened up the floor for questions: He was asked about butane hash oil (BHO) concerns in the area. Local firefighter Chris, who is in attendance, spoke to community education being highly important. Fall and winter are the BHO season. Chief Gillespie answered questions about concerns of transients and homeless in the area, he did acknowledge that many abandoned buildings and vegetation fires are a high concern. He also acknowledged that 911 is now the main entry into the healthcare system for many people in our area. This is driving up call volume for firefighters and emergency personnel. Chief Gillespie spoke about the funding for Humboldt Bay Fire, 65% comes from the City of Eureka, 35% comes from Humboldt #1 Fire District. This breakdown is based on a calculation of population, personal, and call volume. Meeting concluded at 1:14 PM.Respectfully submitted by Carly Robbins