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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 2017-18 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.  Since being formed in 1969, the club has provided service through funding and active participation in projects to improve communities in Eureka and throughout the world.  The club’s 75 members meet every Friday at noon at the Elks Lodge in Eureka. Pictured, left to right:  Rachael Simon, Vice-President Ken Singleton, Shelley Nilsen, Bill Gillespie, Laura Morris, Treasurer John Goff, Carl Willoughby, President Matt Nilsen, Kristin Blair, Secretary Troy Vizenor, Past-President Haider Ajina.  Not pictured:  Sergeant-at-Arms Rick Roberts, Past-President Roland Johnson, Foundation Chair Mark McGowan, Publicity Chair Cindy Denbo, President-Elect Eddie Morgan.
Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka completed the club’s Cooper Gulch Gateway Project this month with the installation of two sections of split rail fence and the construction of an informational kiosk.  The improvements are designed to enhance the P Street entrance to the City of Eureka’s Cooper Gulch trail system and are the most recent of the club’s hands-on projects to improve the City’s recreational trails following the construction of a bird-watching platform on the Hikshari’ Trail last year.  Pictured, left to right: Rotarians Jay Sooter, Mark Dias, Rory Hanson, President Roland Johnson, Dean Charlton, Marty Lay, Carl Willoughby, Project Coordinator John Vandermolen.  Not pictured:  Greg Hufford.
Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka visited two third-grade classes at Grant Elementary School last week and presented each student in Ms. Crider's and Ms. Kinder’s classes with their own personal dictionary.  The Dictionaries Project has  provided books to thousands of third-grade students as part of the club’s decades-long commitment to students, schools, education and literacy.  Dictionaries were given to 52 students in two classes this month and were given to 80 Alice Birney Elementary School students in three classes earlier in the year.  Presenting the books to students were Project Coordinator Sid Noyes,  Director of Vocational Services Mary Crumley, and Rotarians Greg Dale and Don Chin.  Pictured, left to right:  Junior Vang and Greg Dale.
Three Eureka Rotary clubs—Rotary Club of Eureka, Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and Old Town Eureka Rotary Club—will join together to host an informational meeting for parents and students who are interested in the Youth Exchange Program of Rotary International.  Eureka High School Lecture Hall. Thursday, April 27, 6PM.  For further information:  707-572-4101 or
“There’s something about a martini; a tingle remarkably pleasant.  A yellow, a mellow martini; I wish that I had one at present.”  Ogden Nash nailed it.  Martinis By The Bay.  June 8.  5-7PM.  Wharfinger Building in Eureka.   To benefit the Highland Park Basketball Court Renovation Project.  $35 for a quintet of tastes.  Bring your friends and enjoy the talents of eight mixologists on loan from the North Coast’s premier cocktail-providing establishments.  Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.  Who else?  Pictured:  Anna from the Cafe Waterfront.  
Members of the Zoe Barnum High School Interact Club joined residents of Alder Bay Assisted Living recently for the club’s Bingo with Elders annual event.  The Interact Club has twenty members and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.  Members meet twice each month to discuss and organize projects to better their school and community and to enhance their leadership skills. 

Cindy Denbo has been named “Rotarian of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.

The award was presented by Melinda Ciarabellini, past president of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, at the club’s last meeting.

The “Ed Nilsen Rotarian of the Year Award” recognizes a Southwest Eureka Rotarian whose contributions to the community through the club’s programs, events and projects exemplify the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” and who offers dedicated service and loyal devotion to the ideals of Rotary.

The award honors the memory of founding member and Past President Ed Nilsen and his contributions to Rotary as charter member, 1968-70 president and active member of theRotary Club of Southwest Eureka for more than 40years. It is presented annually to a member of the club.

Pictured from left are Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka President Roland Johnson, Past President Melinda Ciarabellini and Rotarian of the Year Cindy Denbo.

President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Roland Johnson and Past-President Melinda Ciarabellini were presented with a plaque in honor of their club’s contribution to the City of Eureka Community Access Program of Eureka (CAPE).  The ceremony launched the Adorni Center’s Hall of Heroes display of recognition for organizations and individuals who partner with the City in providing assistance to Eureka's homeless and disadvantaged populations.  CAPE, developed by the City’s Park and Recreation Department, served more than 1000 low-income and homeless individuals in its first year of operation.  "The program has no budget," said Eureka City Councilmember Kim Bergel, “it depends on event fundraising, grants and contributions from community members as it makes a difference, one day at a time.”  Mayor Frank Jager presented plaques to the first class of the League of Heroes to "publicly recognize and honor their contributions to better our community.”  The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka was the first organization to participate in the effort to support CAPE.  Its June Martinis By the Bay fundraiser contributed $6000 to provide transportation and breakfasts to children attending last summer’s Camp Cooper.  Picture, left to right:  Kim Bergel, Roland Johnson, Melinda Ciarabellini, Frank Jager.
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Jul 28, 2017
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Aug 04, 2017
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