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

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445 Herrick Ave.,
Eureka, CA  95503
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Pictured, left to right:  Rotarian and Foundation Chair Mark McGowan, Kirk Brown, Major Donors Mary and Burnie Kemp, Louise and John Goff.
The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, during this week’s Triple Crown Dinner event, honored three milestone efforts in its 47 year history:  the club’s Charter Day celebration of its birthday in March 1969;  its hosting of The World’s Greatest Meal, an international fundraising effort to support the 31 year commitment of all Rotary clubs to end polio; and the recognition of the club’s Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, Benefactors and Bequest Society members who have provided significant funding support for Rotary projects.  More than 100 members were honored for their generosity as thousands of dollars were contributed by members to continue the ongoing support for the Polio Plus campaign, contributions that will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  President Melinda Ciarabellini welcomed guests, thanked members and introduced the evening’s speakers.  Past-President John Goff offered the Charter Day toast and Rotarian Larry Myers, Past-District Governor, Polio Plus Chair and polio survivor provided the keynote address during which he discussed his childhood experiences with the disease and the continuing effort of Rotary to eradicate polio.  District Governor Erin Dunn and District 5130 Foundation Chair Kirk Brown thanked and presented awards to Paul Harris Fellows and Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation.  

Photos from Alice Birney Elementary where President Melinda, Sid Noyes, Mary Crumley and Judy Anderson recently distributed dictionaries.

President Melinda Ciarabellini, Vocational Service Chair Mary Crumley and member Sid Noyes recently delivered dictionaries to 3rd and 4th grade students at Grant Elementary School. The students were excited to receive their dictionaries. This is an annual project of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.

Southwest Rotarian John Ayres and his wife Donna recently returned from a Rotary Friendship Exchange trip to India.

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka took possession of an ambulance last week donated by City Ambulance of Eureka. Southwest Eureka Rotarians will drive the vehicle to Mexico where it will be given to members of the Rotary Club of Puerto Vallarta Sur for use by health care providers working at the medical clinic in the rural town of Boca de Tomatlan which has no ambulance or other emergency vehicle to transport patients to care facilities.  As part of its commitment to international partnerships and projects, the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka works with Rotarians in other countries to provide funding, equipment and supplies for the betterment of the health and well-being of local residents. Pictured, left to right:  Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Rotarians Haider Ajina, Dan Brown, Dean Charlton and City Ambulance of Eureka, Inc., Chief Operating Officer, Jaison Chand.

Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Rotarians Dean Charlton and Mark Dias joined over 100 children and parents at the Betty Chin Day Center this morning as young readers and their even younger brothers and sisters enjoyed a visit from Dr. Suess’s Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, sang the Grinch’s signature song, and savored a feast of roast beast.  The Grinch Christmas party was a collaborative effort among the City of Eureka’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Eureka Rescue Mission, the Betty Chin Day Center, Humboldt County Library and the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.  Rotarians brought dozens of books--"How the Grinch Stole Christmas", of course--each with a label ready for the new book-owner to sign, and gave the books to young Grinch fans and their families.  Pictured, left to right:  Rotarian Dean Charlton, Grinch fan Charlie, Rotarian Mark Dias.

Melinda Ciarabellini, President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, and fellow Rotarian Undersheriff William F. Honsal III awarded the first Service Above Self Award to Cadet Dennis Stevens during last week’s College of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony.   The inaugural award, provided by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, was presented to Cadet Stevens "in recognition of his dedication to public service and his selfless willingness to assist other cadets in training assignments while displaying good and ethical conduct,” said Ciarabellini.  He was nominated and selected to receive the award by his fellow cadets.   Cadet Stevens 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 Stevens, someone who represents and lives by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Rotary’s guiding principal of service.”  (Pictured, left to right: William Honsal III, Melinda Ciarabellini, Dennis Stevens.)

President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini (pictured, left) and Rotarian Dan Brown (pictured, right), member of the United Bikers of Northern California/Humboldt County assembled some of the many dozens of toys contributed to the 40th Annual Humboldt County Toy Run by members of the Rotary club.  The United Bikers convened on December 6 at the Arcata Plaza, then rode to Eureka to collect hundreds of contributed toys which will be given to the children of the Eureka Rescue Mission during the Christmas holiday season.

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