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Southwest Eureka

Service Above Self

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445 Herrick Ave.,
Eureka, CA  95503
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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.

The team who brought SW Rotarians and guests a delicious crab, pasta and salad dinner on February 12, 2017. Thankfully, crab was plentiful this year! Thank you!
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.
Eureka Police Department Chaplain Andy Broese Van Groenou (right) joined David during a holiday shopping trip to Target this week as part of the City of Eureka’s Shop-With-A Cop program.  More than 50 children were accompanied by dozens of law enforcement professionals for the 3rd annual gift selection as they selected presents for family members and items for themselves.  Participating in the program were Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods, and Betty Chinn, who arranged for the children’s participation;  Eureka Police Department, Humboldt Bay Fire, City of Eureka Park and Recreation Department CAPE Program, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Arcata Police Department; and the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka which contributed $5000 in funding for the program.  
Melinda Ciarabellini, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, Mary Crumley, Vocational Chair for the club’s Board of Directors and fellow Rotarian Humboldt County Undersheriff William F. Honsal III awarded the club's Service Above Self Award to Cadet Jason M. Logan during Thursday's College of the Redwoods 118th Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony.   The award was presented to Cadet Logan  "in recognition of his dedication to public service and his selfless willingness to assist other cadets in training assignments with respect and professionalism,” said Ciarabellini.  He was nominated and selected to receive the award by his fellow cadets.   Cadet Logan received a plaque and a $1000 cash award to offset training and equipment costs.  “ 'Service Above Self’ is the motto of Rotarians,” said Ciarabellini, “and it is our honor to recognize Cadet Logan, someone whose conduct during training exemplifies the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Rotary’s guiding principle of service.”  (Pictured, left to right: Rotarians Ciarabellini and Crumley, Cadet Logan, Rotarian Honsal.)
Chief Andy Mills receives $5,000 in proceeds from the Cirque de Souless Fundraiser for the Shop With a Cop Program. Each child will receive a $100 gift card and will shop with assistance from a local law enforcement officer. Also pictured are Past President Melinda Ciarabellini and President Roland Johnson.
The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, in partnership with the City of Eureka, presents its annual Veterans Day Observance and Program.  Friday, November 11th at 11am .  Adorni Center in Eureka.  To honor the men and women who have served—and continue to serve—our country.
Emcee PP Melinda Ciarabellini with DG Wulff Reinhold.
Mark McGowan chaired the Foundation Dinner North.
Mark with members of the ticket and basket posse.
PDG Erin Dunn cooks her steak.
Liz and Melinda cooking steaks.
Exchange student Chen receives her PHF.
Random Acts of Comedy performed after dinner.
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.
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