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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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.

Upcoming Events
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of August auctions.