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Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 16, 2016
Mary Crumley, Vocational Chair for the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, and fellow Rotarian Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Bill Gillespie awarded the second Service Above Self Award to Cadet Tobias J. Chittock during Thursday’s College of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony. The cadet was nominated and selected to receive the award by his fellow cadets. The award, provided by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, was presented to Cadet Chittock "in recognition of his record of good citizenship and high ethical standards,” said Crumley. He received a plaque and a $1000 cash award to offset training and equipment costs. “ 'Service Above Self’ is the motto of Rotarians,” said Crumley, “and it is our honor to recognize someone who represents and lives by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Rotary’s guiding principal of service.” Chief Gillespie, in congratulating all of the 117th Basic Law Enforcement Academy’s 36 cadets, said that "the joy from service to your community makes your life whole.” Cadet Chittock will be joining the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. (Pictured, left to right: Bill Gillespie, Mary Crumley, Tobias Chittock.)
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 13, 2016
On June 2, the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka presented its eleventh Martinis By The Bay. This year’s event was a benefit for the Community Access Program for Eureka (CAPE) and will provide funding to enable underprivileged children to have breakfast and attend the City of Eureka Park and Recreation Department's children’s summer activities program. Delicious and creative cocktails, music, appetizers, good company, good conversation—it was a good time for a very good cause.
We thank the Ingomar Club, Cafe Waterfront, Salt Fish House, Gabriel’s, Shamus T Bones, Ernie's and Restaurant 301 for supporting this event with the loan of their talented mixologists and our more than 200 guests for fully engaging in the spirit of this zesty and entertaining evening — and, in so doing, helping those in need in our community.
Melinda Ciarabellini, President
Cindy Denbo and Rachael Simon, Co-Chairs, Martinis By The Bay
Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 04, 2016
Pamela Willey (right), co-owner with Daniel Willey of Arcata's Salt Fish House, and mixologist Gibson DeJode prepare to serve tasting cocktails to guests attending Thursday’s Martinis By The Bay event at the Wharfinger Building. Proceeds from the evening, presented for the eleventh time by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, will provide funding for the club’s community projects and for the City of Eureka’s Park and Recreation Department’s CAPE (Community Access Program for Eureka) which will underwrite the costs of breakfast and transportation to the city’s summer activities for underprivileged children. The ten specialty cocktails created by Salt Fish House, Gabriel’s, Cafe Waterfront, Ingomar Club, Ernie’s, Restaurant 301 and Shamus T Bones were appreciated by almost two hundred guests who tasted, savored and enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the Bay.
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 04, 2016
Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka finished the construction of a Hikshari’ Trail bird-watching platform last week. The project was developed and organized by the Rotary club with consultation with the City of Eureka and the Audubon Society. Rotarians built the structure, located on the Hikshari Trail near Hilfiker Avenue in Eureka, over two weekends with more than a dozen members of the club contributing labor and expertise under the direction of Project Manager and club member John Vandermolen. Funding was provided by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and grant funds from Rotary District 5130. Pictured, left to right: Dean Charlton, Roland Johnson, Dan Brown, John Vandermolen, Sheryl Brown, John Goff.
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on May 24, 2016
Members of the Interact Club of Zoe Barnum High School, faculty members, and members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka gathered at the Manila dunes on Samoa beach last week for the Interact Club's tenth annual Beach Clean-up Day. Students, faculty and Rotarians enjoyed a post-cleanup barbecue after removing debris from the beach. The Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, meets twice each month to plan and launch projects to improve their community and their school and to enhance their leadership skills. Eleven Interacters participated in this year’s beach project. Over half of the students attending Zoe Barnum High School—more than forty—have participated in Interact projects this year. Pictured, left to right: Interact Club-Zoe Barnum High School Coordinator Michelle Mayo, Rotarian Kristin Blair, Zoe Barnum High School Vice Principal Omar Khaattab; center, back row: Rotarian Marty Lay; far right: Rotarian Eddie Morgan; eleven members of the Interact Club. Not pictured: Rotarians Greg Hufford, Tyrone Champ, Heather Blair
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on May 13, 2016
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on May 13, 2016
President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini (left) welcomed members of the Rotary Friendship Exchange program to Friday’s club meeting. The visitors to Rotary District 5130, which consists of of 47 Rotary clubs in communities stretching from Crescent City to Santa Rosa, are members of Rotary District 3060 which represents part of the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra in Western India. The Indian Rotarians, whose visit was facilitated by Area Exchange Coordinator John Ayers, Donna Ayers and District Governor Erin Dunn, were house guests of Southwest Eureka Rotary families. They introduced themselves and their spouses to members of Southwest Eureka Rotary and discussed the projects and culture of their home clubs and district. Their district is comprised of 96 clubs and more than 4000 Rotarians. Gujarat is the home land of Mahatma Ghandi and has “the most peaceful and friendly communities in the world” according to one visiting Rotarian. The Gujarat and Maharashtra Rotarians represent a variety of professions—construction, dentistry, pathology, chemical engineering, government administration, business—and all are or were presidents or officers of their home clubs. They are pictured holding Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka mugs, one of several gifts presented to them during their visit.
Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...