Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka

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P.O. Box 6054, Eureka, CA 95502
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Southwest Eureka

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
The Lodge
445 Herrick Ave.,
Eureka, CA  95503
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Hundreds of fish-loving diners gathered at the Elks Lodge to enjoy the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka’s All-You-Can-Eat Fish Feed.  The Saturday evening dinner, an annual event on the Rotary calendar, featured calamari, salmon, cod, oysters, petrale sole and all the fixin’s, prepared, cooked and served by members of Southwest Rotary and the Elks Lodge.   Proceeds from the event will provide funding for the club’s vocational and academic scholarship program and for other community projects.  “This year we will provide two scholarships to Zoe Barnum High School students and two scholarships to students attending College of the Redwoods.  A cadet who is selected by his or her fellow cadets attending the College of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Academy will be presented with the club’s Service Above Self award as well as a monetary award to defer training costs,” said Event Coordinator Haider Ajina.  “We thank our generous guests for joining us and helping us to help others,”  added Roland Johnson, President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.  Serving the fish dinner are (pictured, left to right):  Rotarians Marty Lay, Ken Singleton, Lee Smith and event volunteers.

Several hundred diners shared an evening of celebration with friends, family, neighbors, colleagues and Rotarians Thursday night at the Elks Lodge in Eureka.  The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, Rotary Club of Eureka, Old Town Rotary Club and Elks Lodge combined to host a Thursday night steak dinner to honor the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and to commemorate its 226th birthday and the centennial anniversary of USCG aviation.  Eureka is one of only twenty officially recognized USCG cities in the country and the second to receive that designation, according to Past-President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and Eureka City Council member Melinda Ciarabellini who, in remarks after the dinner, noted the respect and affection that Eurekans have for the men and women of the Coast Guard who serve the residents of the North Coast.  USCG members were guests of the Rotary clubs and the Elks Lodge whose members organized, hosted and served the dinner and grilled, boxed and delivered dozens of steak dinners to service men and women who were on duty and unable to attend.   Pictured, left to right:  Commander Kevin Barres, Response Chief, Sector Humboldt Bay;  Sector Chief Scot Reed, OIC, CGC Barracuda;  Chief Bill Gillespie, Humboldt Bay Fire;  Exalted Ruler Kurt Bialous, Elks Lodge #652;  Mayor Frank Jager, City of Eureka;  President of Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Roland Johnson;  Captain Arthur Snyder, Commander, Sector Humboldt Bay;  Chief Andy Mills, Eureka Police Department;  President of Old Town Rotary Club Jeff Pauli;  Deputy Commander Olav Saboe, Sector Humboldt Bay;  Past-President of Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and Eureka City Council member Melinda Ciarabellini.

President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Roland Johnson (right) and Mike Anderson, Skipper of the trawler The Triple Star, enjoy the company of a soon-to-be delectable ling cod and an eventually delicious rockfish at Pacific Seafoods in Eureka this morning.  The cousins of these fish will be featured guests at the Rotary club’s All-You-Can-Eat Fish Feed.  A good time and a great dinner for an excellent cause...

The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka was honored by the City of Eureka during Tuesday’s City Council meeting for its support of the City’s Park and Recreation Department’s CAPE (Community Access Program for Eureka).  Proceeds from the club’s June Martinis By The Bay event support the city’s CAPE Breakfast Club program which provides transportation to city parks and summer activities and breakfast for children, many of whom would be unable to attend without the club’s contributions.  A check for $6000 was presented by club Past-President and Eureka City Council member Melinda Ciarabellini to CAPE Supervisor Brian Millett.  In honor of the club’s support of CAPE, a plaque was presented to club President Roland Johnson by Millett to recognize the club’s entry into the City of Eureka League of Heroes.  The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka is the first inductee into the League.  
Pictured, left to right:  President-Elect Matt Nilsen, Treasurer Nancy Kay, Past-President Marie Liscom, Rotarians and Co-Chairs for Martinis By the Bay Rachael Simon and Past-President Cindy Denbo, Past-President and Eureka City Council member Melinda Ciarabellini, President Roland Johnson, Eureka City Park and Recreation Department Supervisor Brian Millett, Eureka City Park and Recreation Department Director Miles Slattery.

The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka was honored for its support of the City of Eureka's Parks and Recreation Department's CAPE.  Kids get transportation to and breakfast before summer camp activities, thanks to your support of our Martinis By The Bay fundraiser. Here is a video about the Breakfast Club.


The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka welcomed District 5130 Governor (DG) Wulff Reinhold to last week’s meeting.  The District Governor, who provides oversight for 47 Rotary clubs in northern California, visited the Eureka club, met with its Officers and Board of Directors, and spoke to the club’s members.  He discussed the world-wide Rotary focus on the eradication of polio, a goal that is now achievable after decades of Rotary involvement.  He noted that the Rotary International Foundation is one of the top five charitable giving organizations in the world and that "every $1000 contributed by Rotarians to the Foundation results in four people continuing to live".  DG Reinhold presented Rotarian Nick Bertell with his Paul Harris Fellow award in recognition of Bertell’s contributions to the Rotary International Foundation and support of its goals of international peace, health and welfare.  Pictured, left to right:  Foundation Chair Mark McGowan, Rotarian Nick Bertell, President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Roland Johnson, DG Wulff Reinhold.

The newly-installed 2016-2017 Board of Directors and Officers for the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka met this week to discuss plans, projects and activities for the new Rotary year.  The club, with a membership of 80 Rotarians, has provided service to Eureka communities through funding, mentorship, and active participation in “hands-on” projects since being formed in 1969.  Pictured (back row, left to right)  Vice-President Eddie Morgan, President-Elect Matt Nilsen, Secretary Troy Vizenor, John Vandermolen, Treasurer Nancy Kay, Mary Crumley, President Roland Johnson;  (front row, left to right) Shelley Nilsen, Chris Young, Laura Morris, Kristin Blair, Past-President Melinda Ciarabellini.

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