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Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jan 24, 2017
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.
Posted by Marie Liscom on Dec 22, 2016
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.
Posted by Marie Liscom on Dec 16, 2016
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.)
Posted by Marie Liscom on Dec 09, 2016
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.
Posted by Marie Liscom on Nov 02, 2016
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.
Posted by Marie Liscom on Nov 02, 2016
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.
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Aug 30, 2016
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.
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Aug 27, 2016
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.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...