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Posted by Cynthia Denbo
on Oct 10, 2015
Past-President Rick Roberts announced the selection of the first recipient of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka "Ed Nilsen Rotarian of the Year Award" during the club’s Friday meeting. The award recognizes a Southwest Eureka Rotarian whose contributions to the community through the club’s programs, events, and projects exemplifies the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”. Kristin Blair, member of the 2013-2015 Board of Directors, was presented with the 2014-15 award, named for founding member and Past-President Ed Nilsen. This award, which honors the memory of Ed Nilsen and his contributions to Rotary as Charter Member, 1968-70 President, and active member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka for more than 40 years, will be presented annually. Pictured, left to right: Matt Nilsen, Joan Nilsen, Kristin Blair, Rick Roberts.
Posted by Cynthia Denbo
on Oct 10, 2015
Representatives of six North Coast Rotary clubs were recognized last week as the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods hosted its annual Bids for Kids evening to raise funds for the club. This year the Lance Madsen “Champion for Youth” Award was presented to Rotary clubs which have contributed to the renovation of the Eureka Teen Center. The Rotary Clubs of Eureka, Southwest Eureka, Old Town (Eureka), Arcata, Arcata Sunrise and Fortuna have provided material support, labor, and funding for the project which began last year and is projected to be completed in 2016. The fundraising evening, “Night of 4000 Stars" will provide funding for the Club's three program sites, as well as T-Ball, Junior Giants, and Teen Court programs. Pictured, left to right: Dale Warmuth of the Rotary Club of Eureka; Gregg Gardiner, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Eureka; Mary Crumley, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka; Howard Stauffer, President of Arcata Sunrise Rotary Club; Jay Bahner, President of the Rotary Club of Eureka; CJ Ralph, President of Rotary Club of Arcata and Nicole Schwerdt, President of Old Town Rotary.
on Aug 27, 2015
Rotarians and Elks partnered to host a 225th birthday celebration for the U. S. Coast Guard at the Elks Lodge last Thursday evening. Organized, prepared and served by Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, Rotary Club of Eureka, Old Town Rotary and members of the Elks Lodge, a grilled steak dinner was enjoyed by more than 150 Coast Guard personnel, their guests and their hosts. An additional 28 dinners were prepared, boxed and delivered to on-duty Coast Guard personnel serving in the McKinleyville and Samoa stations. Preparing to box dinners for delivery, pictured left to right: President of Rotary Club of Eureka Jay Bahner, Old Town Rotary Rotarian Chuck Petrusha, the Elks Lodge’s Kathy Payne, Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Rotarians Les Merrill and Haider Ajina, Rotary Club of Eureka Rotarians Will Kay and Ziggy Ziegenfuss. The dinner was part of the month-long celebration hosted by the City of Eureka, one of only thirteen designated Coast Guard cities in the country, to honor the U.S. Coast Guard and the men and women who protect the people of the North Coast.
Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
Australian students take opportunity by the horns
The rules of the Shaftesbury Rodeo Academy are simple: no school, no rodeo. It’s a message that teenagers who attend school at Bisley Farm, most of whom have never attended any school regularly, take seriously. Because come Friday night, these aspiring rodeo heroes want to join their friends to ride bulls for a heart-stopping eight seconds, if they last that long. The school in rural Queensland, Australia, also teaches the boys, who are of the Wakka Wakka Aboriginal people, basic academics and farming skills, including how to care for crops and livestock. It’s a fairly common form of...