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
United States
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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.

Mary Crumley, Vocational Chair for the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, and fellow Rotarian Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie awarded the second Service Above Self Award to Cadet Tobias J. Chittock during Thursday’s College of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony.  The cadet was nominated and selected to receive the award by his fellow cadets.  The award, provided by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, was presented to Cadet Chittock "in recognition of his record of good citizenship and high ethical standards,” said Crumley.   He received a plaque and a $1000 cash award to offset training and equipment costs.  “ 'Service Above Self’ is the motto of Rotarians,” said Crumley, “and it is our honor to recognize someone who represents and lives by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Rotary’s guiding principal of service.”  Chief Gillespie, in congratulating all of the 117th Basic Law Enforcement Academy’s 36 cadets, said that "the joy from service to your community makes your life whole.”  Cadet Chittock will be joining the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office.  (Pictured, left to right: Bill Gillespie, Mary Crumley, Tobias Chittock.)

Pamela Willey (right), co-owner with Daniel Willey of Arcata's Salt Fish House, and mixologist Gibson DeJode prepare to serve tasting cocktails to guests attending Thursday’s Martinis By The Bay event at the Wharfinger Building.  Proceeds from the evening, presented for the eleventh time by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, will provide funding for the club’s community projects and for the City of Eureka’s Park and Recreation Department’s CAPE (Community Access Program for Eureka) which will underwrite the costs of breakfast and transportation to the city’s summer activities for underprivileged children.  The ten specialty cocktails created by Salt Fish House, Gabriel’s, Cafe Waterfront, Ingomar Club, Ernie’s, Restaurant 301 and Shamus T Bones were appreciated by almost two hundred guests who tasted, savored and enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the Bay.

Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka finished the construction of a Hikshari’ Trail bird-watching platform last week.  The project was developed and organized by the Rotary club with consultation with the City of Eureka and the Audubon Society.  Rotarians built the structure, located on the Hikshari Trail near Hilfiker Avenue in Eureka, over two weekends with more than a dozen members of the club contributing labor and expertise under the direction of Project Manager and club member John Vandermolen.  Funding was provided by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and grant funds from Rotary District 5130.  Pictured, left to right:  Dean Charlton, Roland Johnson, Dan Brown, John Vandermolen, Sheryl Brown, John Goff.

Members of the Interact Club of Zoe Barnum High School, faculty members, and members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka gathered at the Manila dunes on Samoa beach last week for the Interact Club's tenth annual Beach Clean-up Day.  Students, faculty and Rotarians enjoyed a post-cleanup barbecue after removing debris from the beach. The Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, meets twice each month to plan and launch projects to improve their community and their school and to enhance their leadership skills.  Eleven Interacters participated in this year’s beach project.  Over half of the students attending Zoe Barnum High School—more than forty—have participated in Interact projects this year.  Pictured, left to right:  Interact Club-Zoe Barnum High School Coordinator Michelle Mayo, Rotarian Kristin Blair, Zoe Barnum High School Vice Principal Omar Khaattab; center, back row:  Rotarian Marty Lay; far right:  Rotarian Eddie Morgan;  eleven members of the Interact Club.  Not pictured:  Rotarians Greg Hufford, Tyrone Champ, Heather Blair

President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini (left) welcomed members of the Rotary Friendship Exchange program to Friday’s club meeting.  The visitors to Rotary District 5130, which consists of of 47 Rotary clubs in communities stretching from Crescent City to Santa Rosa, are members of Rotary District 3060 which represents part of the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra in Western India. The Indian Rotarians, whose visit was facilitated by Area Exchange Coordinator John Ayers, Donna Ayers and District Governor Erin Dunn, were house guests of Southwest Eureka Rotary families.  They introduced themselves and their spouses to members of Southwest Eureka Rotary and discussed the projects and culture of their home clubs and district. Their district is comprised of 96 clubs and more than 4000 Rotarians. Gujarat is the home land of Mahatma Ghandi and has “the most peaceful and friendly communities in the world” according to one visiting Rotarian. The Gujarat and Maharashtra Rotarians represent a variety of professions—construction, dentistry, pathology, chemical engineering, government administration, business—and all are or were presidents or officers of their home clubs.  They are pictured holding Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka mugs, one of several gifts presented to them during their visit.
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