Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka

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Southwest Eureka

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
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445 Herrick Ave.,
Eureka, CA  95503
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Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Presents “Cirque de Soulless:  The Illusion” to Benefit City of Eureka's Shop-With-A-Cop Program and other Rotary Community Projects.
This month the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka raises the virtual Big Top again—and for a very good cause.  On October 29th, the Saturday before Halloween, this Rotary club, with its reputation for organizing lively and entertaining fundraising events, will present an evening of imaginative unease...Carnival of the Lost...Circus of the Damned...faded elegance and jaded sophistication...Dickensian jugglers and artistes and fortune tellers...evil clowns...Steampunk humans, faeries, sirens, ghosts, gypsies, mermaids, witches...and more.
“Did we say evil clowns? Good.  We can't say it too many times.  There will be evil clowns,” said Cindy Denbo, Event Coordinator.  Cirque de Soulless:  The Illusion will have it all—and more—and with proceeds benefiting the City of Eureka's Shop-With-A-Cop Program, this will do good in our community, said Club President Roland Johnson.
Cirque de Soulless:  The Illusion is the most recent event in the ongoing series of sold-out pre-Halloween fundraising evenings presented by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka for the amusement and free-floating anxiety of their guests.  Local performers will bring their own brand of imagination, their own unique talents to enhance this evening of music and dancing, cocktails and appetizers.  Things will go bump in the night.  This year's event will provide funding for a day of Christmas shopping that will partner Eureka police officers with underprivileged children and help make Christmas merrier for kids who may have very little during the holidays.
The event will be held in the Sequoia Conference Center, the perfect site for Cirque de Soulless: The Illusion, according to Denbo.   “At the Sequoia Conference Center with its multimedia technology and its many screens--big, bigger and giant--our circus will be a full experience of sight and sound.  Illusion?  Reflection?  Enchanting apparition?  Yes.”
Guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for the occasion.  “Finally, the chance to channel your inner steampunk trapeze artist, your strongman, your gypsy fortune teller,”  said Johnson.  “Our guests, who will star on the Big Screen, will be part of the show.”  A costume promenade with prizes will be conducted by the Cirque de Soulless Ringmaster.  “Delightful or disturbing?  In the eye of the beholder…” said Johnson.
Guests will enjoy creative circus food appetizers and buffet presented by Uniquely Yours.   A no-host signature cocktail menu will include the options of traditional cocktails, beer and wine with water and soft drinks also available.
Sponsors of the event are:   KIEM News Channel 3; Bicoastal Media; Coast Central Credit Union; David L. Moonie & Co.; Chris Jones; Marie Liscom; Redwood Capital Bank; Pure Makeup Boutique; EPT Rehabilitation; SHN Engineers and Geologists; Nurture Salon and Skin Care Studio; Jitter Bean Coffee Co.; Umpqua Bank; Mission Linen Supply;  Kramer Investment Corporation; Sidney W. Noyes, CPA; Haider Ajina; Ken Singleton, DDS ; Northwood Auto Plaza;  Aalfs, Evans & Company; Eureka Natural Foods; George Petersen Insurance Agency; AAA; and Express Employment Professionals.
“Our communities and our sponsors have generously and enthusiastically supported our Halloween event for years,” said Johnson. “Our guests will have a spectacularly good time under the Big Top—and our community will benefit.”
Cirque de Soulless:  The Illusion will begin at 7PM and guests are advised to come early.  Tickets are $60 each pre-sale/$65 at the door and can be purchased at Belle Starr in Eureka and Arcata, Redwood Capital Bank, through (, at the door, or from any member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.   For further information:, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or call 443-4682.


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.

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 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.


Oct 28, 2016
Jonathan Schultz
Dept of Agriculture
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