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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Rotarians and Elks partnered to host a 225th birthday celebration for the U. S. Coast Guard at the Elks Lodge last Thursday evening.  Organized, prepared and served by Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, Rotary Club of Eureka, Old Town Rotary and members of the Elks Lodge, a grilled steak dinner was enjoyed by more than 150 Coast Guard personnel, their guests and their hosts.   An additional 28 dinners were prepared, boxed and delivered to on-duty Coast Guard personnel serving in the McKinleyville and Samoa stations.  Preparing to box dinners for delivery, pictured left to right:  President of Rotary Club of Eureka Jay Bahner, Old Town Rotary Rotarian Chuck Petrusha, the Elks Lodge’s Kathy Payne, Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Rotarians Les Merrill and Haider Ajina, Rotary Club of Eureka Rotarians Will Kay and Ziggy Ziegenfuss.  The dinner was part of the month-long celebration hosted by the City of Eureka, one of only thirteen designated Coast Guard cities in the country, to honor the U.S. Coast Guard and the men and women who protect the people of the North Coast. 

President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini (pictured, left) holds a 25 pound tuna, one of many to be contributed to the club by Aaron Newman, owner-operator of the fishing boat Maria Isabel, Harbor District Commissioner and President of the Humboldt Fisherman’s Marketing Association.  Newman has provided fish to the club’s annual All-You-Can-Eat Fish Feed for more than ten years.  The dinner, which will be held on September 12, 5PM at The Lodge on Herrick Avenue in Eureka, will feature petrale sole, oysters, ling cod and tuna.   Tickets for adults are $30; $12 for children under twelve years old and can be purchased at the door.  The event will benefit the club’s vocational education scholarship program, the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation and other Rotary projects.  
Carl Willoughby (pictured, right), member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, became the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow in a presentation provided by Rotary Foundation Chair and fellow Rotarian Mark McGowan.  The award is named for Paul Harris who, in 1904, co-founded the first Rotary club.  The international programs supported through the contributions of Paul Harris Fellows provide education, food, potable water, health care, immunizations and shelter for millions of people and are funded and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs throughout the world. “Carl Willoughby is recognized in appreciation for tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world,” said McGowan.  

President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini (left) presented a check for $4300 to Barbara Walser, Manager of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center Nutrition Program at last week’s Friday club meeting.  The funds, proceeds from the club’s annual Martinis By the Bay event, will support the Home-delivered Meals Program of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center.   The program, quite literally Meals on Wheels, delivers 40,000 meals to the front doors of homebound seniors each year.  There are 100 seniors currently on the waiting list to receive these meals, a service that enables some frail seniors to remain living at home and independently, according to Walser.  “The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka has a long history of supporting services that better the lives of seniors in our community,” said Ciarabellini.  "We’ve provided funding for the Alzheimer’s Day Care Center, for senior information and assistance programs, for the Home-delivered Meals Program, for large print library books that help to keep seniors with low-vision connected.  The meals program does a great job providing an vital service...we are proud to support it.” 

President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini welcomed new member Rachael Simon into the membership of the club during the club’s first meeting of the new Rotary year. Simon is a professional aesthetician with a business located in Pure Make-up Boutique in Eureka.  Her family attended her first meeting during which she was introduced to the club and inducted into its membership.  She joins more than 80 fellow Rotarians who meet weekly as they plan, organize and host fundraising and service projects to enhance local communities.  Pictured, left to right:  Brian Simon, Cole Simon, President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini, Rachael Simon. 



Sep 25, 2015
Erin Dunn
District Governor Visit
Oct 09, 2015
Cindy Denbo
Vampire's Ball
Oct 16, 2015
Ken Woods
Offsite Meeting at Humboldt Bay Fire


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