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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.
Posted by Cynthia Denbo
on Aug 27, 2015
President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini (pictured, left) holds a 25 pound tuna, one of many to be contributed to the club by Aaron Newman, owner-operator of the fishing boat Maria Isabel, Harbor District Commissioner and President of the Humboldt Fisherman’s Marketing Association. Newman has provided fish to the club’s annual All-You-Can-Eat Fish Feed for more than ten years. The dinner, which will be held on September 12, 5PM at The Lodge on Herrick Avenue in Eureka, will feature petrale sole, oysters, ling cod and tuna. Tickets for adults are $30; $12 for children under twelve years old and can be purchased at the door. The event will benefit the club’s vocational education scholarship program, the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation and other Rotary projects.
Posted by Marie Liscom
on Aug 25, 2015
Carl Willoughby (pictured, right), member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, became the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow in a presentation provided by Rotary Foundation Chair and fellow Rotarian Mark McGowan. The award is named for Paul Harris who, in 1904, co-founded the first Rotary club. The international programs supported through the contributions of Paul Harris Fellows provide education, food, potable water, health care, immunizations and shelter for millions of people and are funded and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs throughout the world. “Carl Willoughby is recognized in appreciation for tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world,” said McGowan.
Posted by Cynthia Denbo
on Aug 19, 2015
President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini (left) presented a check for $4300 to Barbara Walser, Manager of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center Nutrition Program at last week’s Friday club meeting. The funds, proceeds from the club’s annual Martinis By the Bay event, will support the Home-delivered Meals Program of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center. The program, quite literally Meals on Wheels, delivers 40,000 meals to the front doors of homebound seniors each year. There are 100 seniors currently on the waiting list to receive these meals, a service that enables some frail seniors to remain living at home and independently, according to Walser. “The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka has a long history of supporting services that better the lives of seniors in our community,” said Ciarabellini. "We’ve provided funding for the Alzheimer’s Day Care Center, for senior information and assistance programs, for the Home-delivered Meals Program, for large print library books that help to keep seniors with low-vision connected. The meals program does a great job providing an vital service...we are proud to support it.”
Posted by Cynthia Denbo
on Jul 10, 2015
President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini welcomed new member Rachael Simon into the membership of the club during the club’s first meeting of the new Rotary year. Simon is a professional aesthetician with a business located in Pure Make-up Boutique in Eureka. Her family attended her first meeting during which she was introduced to the club and inducted into its membership. She joins more than 80 fellow Rotarians who meet weekly as they plan, organize and host fundraising and service projects to enhance local communities. Pictured, left to right: Brian Simon, Cole Simon, President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini, Rachael Simon.
The Rotary Foundation earns eighth straight 4-star rating
The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. This year’s top distinction is the Foundation’s eighth in a row, which places the Foundation in the top 2 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote, “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its...
Register for 2015 Rotary-UN Day
Register online to take part in Rotary Day at the United Nations on 7 November. This annual event at UN Headquarters in New York City offers Rotary members and others a unique opportunity to learn how we work with the United Nations to advance peace and improve the lives of those most in need. This year’s meeting highlights the UN’s 70th anniversary and Rotary’s longstanding relationship with the organization. The program will focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and recognize Rotary women of action from around the world. Attendees are invited to meet at Rockefeller Center the morning...
Call for 2016 convention breakout proposals
Do you have an idea or project that you want to share with the Rotary world? Consider leading a breakout session at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul. Submit your proposal by 15 October to share your successes with projects, efforts to strengthen membership, partnerships, leadership development, and more. The proposal form is available in English, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
Making a difference through Rotary Youth Exchange
When Gabriela Vessani was 12 years old, her mother took her to stay with friends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, for the summer. “I loved it, so when I heard about Rotary Youth Exchange, I knew that was something I wanted to do,” says Vessani, who is an Interactor from São Paulo. This year, Vessani participated in the program. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, she stayed with four families, one of which included adopted children from different parts of the world. “They had seven children, and it was crazy for me. But I loved it,” she says. “It was such a unique...
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...