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Southwest Eureka

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
The Lodge
445 Herrick Ave.,
Eureka, CA  95503
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The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka is—tastily, delectably, deliciously, according to club President Matt Nilsen—at it again.  For those who love fish, lots of fish, all kinds of fish—and more than a few oysters, as well—the club will host an event that will satisfy the most demanding diner.  On Saturday, Sepember 9, from 5PM to 7PM, fish fans will enjoy oysters, petrale sole, salmon, rockfish, calamari, and albacore, grilled, broiled and fried.  Guests will dive into “as much as they want and with all the fixin’s,” promises Event Coordinator Haider Ajina who added “our thanks to the Elks Lodge for their generosity in providing those fixin's as well as their facility.”
Cocktails will be available at 4PM at the no-host bar as guests have the opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction items before enjoying their dinners. This event, an annual fixture on the Rotary calendar, will be held at The Lodge in Eureka, 445 Herrick Avenue.  Tickets are $35 each for adults, $12 each for children twelve years old and younger, and can be purchased from any Southwest Eureka Rotarian and at the door.
This year's Fish Feed will provide funding for the club's community projects. “Our guests will enjoy an especially good time, a delicious dinner with friends and neighbors and a fine opportunity to help us do good things in our community.  That's a good evening,” said Nilsen who, with his fishing pals, is contributing 60 pounds of Alaska wild caught salmon pulled from the Alagnak Rive in Alaska.  “Service Above Self is the Rotary motto,”said Nilsen.  “Our salmon are giving their all to the greater good.”
For more information: or call 707-572-4101.
Thirteen members of North Coast Rotary clubs rolled into Eureka this morning on their way from Crescent City to Petaluma, using wheels and strong legs to raise funds for world-wide polio eradication.  The goal for the Pedal for Polio effort is to raise $84,000 from Rotary District 5130 Rotarians which will be augmented with a two-for-one dollar match by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.   Cyclists from Calistoga, Mendocino, Middletown, Petaluma, Petaluma Sunrise, Petaluma Valley, Rancho Cotati, Rohnert Park/Cotati, Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa Sunrise, Santa Rosa West, Santa Rosa East, Windsor, Healdsburg, Kelseyville Sunrise, Sebastopol, Sebastopol Sunrise, Willits, and Southwest Eureka participated in the six day event. 
Eureka’s three Rotary clubs—Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, Rotary Club of Eureka, Rotary Club of Old Town—joined the Elks Lodge in hosting more than 120 U.S. Coast Guard servicemen and women and their guests Thursday evening at a steak dinner at the Lodge.  The dinner, part of the City of Eureka’s month-long celebration of Eureka’s historic relationship with the Coast Guard, is an annual event spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.  Eureka is one of 21officially-designated Coast Guard cities in the country and, with San Diego and Alameda, is one of only three California cities recognized as a city of special importance to the Coast Guard.  In comments made by event organizers, the Coast Guard was thanked for its vital service and for providing life-saving assistance to North Coast residents and visitors since 1856.  Coast Guard personnel are currently stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay (Eureka-Arcata Airport in McKinleyville) and the Humboldt Bay Life-Saving Station (Samoa Peninsula near the entrance to the Bay).  In addition to the steak dinners enjoyed by close to two hundred people who attended the event, steak dinners were grilled, boxed and prepared for delivery to on-duty personnel by Rotarians, members of the Elks Lodge, and volunteers from Lost Coast Rotaract.  Pictured with boxed dinners (left to right):  Southwest Eureka Rotarian Haider Ajina, Elks Lodge Loyal Knight Gwen Carroll, Southwest Eureka Rotarian Melinda Ciarabellini, Old Town Rotarian Chuck Petrusha, Lost Coast Rotaractor Nick Savage, Old Town Rotarian Al Steer, Eureka Rotarian Nancy Dean, Southwest Eureka Rotarian Mike Newman, Eureka Rotarian Rick Littlefield.
”It all starts with one person's dream,” said Rotary District Governor Bob Rogers, addressing members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka during their Friday meeting.   As District 5130 Governor, Rogers has begun a tour through the 46 clubs under his purview, clubs that extend from Crescent City  to Rohnert Park.  This week he visited the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, met with its Board of Directors, officers and committee chairpeople, and discussed his passion for Rotary–especially for one specific element of Rotary focus.
Years ago, as a recently retired professional pilot, Rogers was asked to attend a Rotary Club of Sebastopol meeting.  He did.  He attended a few more.  Within a couple of weeks, several Past-Presidents of the Sebastopol Rotary invited him to join their club.  Though he says that ”pre-Rotary, service was not in my life,” that all changed with a comment from one of the Rotarians. ”Oh, by the way, we're getting rid of polio.”  And with that, Rogers became a Rotarian.  ”I'd had polio, didn't know it was still a could I say no?”
As a polio survivor, Rogers has fully committed himself to realizing the goal of the Rotary Foundation, of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs, of more than 1.2 million Rotarians around the world, and of the Rotary Polio Plus program – the complete elimination of polio.  In striving to reach that goal, Rotarians have contributed more than $1.6 billion and, with their partners, have provided time, funding, and personal resources to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries since 1985.
The Polio Plus program began with the seemingly impossible dream of one man, Dr. Benny Santos of the Rotary Club of Manolos, to eradicate polio in the Phillipines.  In 1979, the first Rotary program to immunize children was conducted in the Manila barrio of Guadalupe Viejo.  Six million innoculations later, the disease was eradicated in the Phillipines.  And now, 38 years later, the world-wide elimination of this disease is on the horizon.
The newly-installed 2017-18 Board of Directors and Officers for the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka met this week to discuss plans, projects and activities for the new Rotary year.  Since being formed in 1969, the club has provided service through funding and active participation in projects to improve communities in Eureka and throughout the world.  The club’s 75 members meet every Friday at noon at the Elks Lodge in Eureka. Pictured, left to right:  Rachael Simon, Vice-President Ken Singleton, Shelley Nilsen, Bill Gillespie, Laura Morris, Treasurer John Goff, Carl Willoughby, President Matt Nilsen, Kristin Blair, Secretary Troy Vizenor, Past-President Haider Ajina.  Not pictured:  Sergeant-at-Arms Rick Roberts, Past-President Roland Johnson, Foundation Chair Mark McGowan, Publicity Chair Cindy Denbo, President-Elect Eddie Morgan.
Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka completed the club’s Cooper Gulch Gateway Project this month with the installation of two sections of split rail fence and the construction of an informational kiosk.  The improvements are designed to enhance the P Street entrance to the City of Eureka’s Cooper Gulch trail system and are the most recent of the club’s hands-on projects to improve the City’s recreational trails following the construction of a bird-watching platform on the Hikshari’ Trail last year.  Pictured, left to right: Rotarians Jay Sooter, Mark Dias, Rory Hanson, President Roland Johnson, Dean Charlton, Marty Lay, Carl Willoughby, Project Coordinator John Vandermolen.  Not pictured:  Greg Hufford.
Maggie Flemming
Oct 20, 2017
Humboldt County District Attorney
Richard Mullen, CalTrans
Oct 27, 2017
SB1 the Road and Accountability Act of 2017
Carol Jacobson
Nov 03, 2017
Eureka Symphony Director/Conductor
Nov 10, 2017
Veteran's Day
Nov 24, 2017
Sheriff Honsal & the Bomb Squad
Dec 01, 2017
Removal of Explosive Devices
Samantha Karges, Eureka Faith Center
Dec 08, 2017
EPI – A Program That Teaches Children and Youth About Sex Trafficking
Beau Harrison, St Joseph Health and Dr. May Hong
Dec 15, 2017
Proposed Family Medicine Residency Program
Dec 22, 2017
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