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Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Aug 31, 2017
 
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: www.swrotary.org or call 707-572-4101.
 
Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Hosts All-You-Can-Eat Fish Feed Cynthia Denbo 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Aug 15, 2017
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. 
Pedal for Polio Underway Cynthia Denbo 2017-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Liscom on Aug 11, 2017
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.
Rotary Clubs and Elks Host Coast Guard Dinner Marie Liscom 2017-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jul 30, 2017
 
”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 problem...how 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.
 
 
Rotary District Governor Meets with Southwest Eureka Rotarians Cynthia Denbo 2017-07-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jul 06, 2017
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.
New Board of Directors Assumes Leadership of the Club Cynthia Denbo 2017-07-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 29, 2017
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.
Cooper Gulch Gateway Project Completed Cynthia Denbo 2017-06-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on May 15, 2017
Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka visited two third-grade classes at Grant Elementary School last week and presented each student in Ms. Crider's and Ms. Kinder’s classes with their own personal dictionary.  The Dictionaries Project has  provided books to thousands of third-grade students as part of the club’s decades-long commitment to students, schools, education and literacy.  Dictionaries were given to 52 students in two classes this month and were given to 80 Alice Birney Elementary School students in three classes earlier in the year.  Presenting the books to students were Project Coordinator Sid Noyes,  Director of Vocational Services Mary Crumley, and Rotarians Greg Dale and Don Chin.  Pictured, left to right:  Junior Vang and Greg Dale.
 
Dictionaries Project 2017 Cynthia Denbo 2017-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Apr 18, 2017
Three Eureka Rotary clubs—Rotary Club of Eureka, Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and Old Town Eureka Rotary Club—will join together to host an informational meeting for parents and students who are interested in the Youth Exchange Program of Rotary International.  Eureka High School Lecture Hall. Thursday, April 27, 6PM.  For further information:  707-572-4101 or eurekaclubs@ye5130.org.
 
Eureka Rotary Clubs Host Youth Exchange Program Information Night Cynthia Denbo 2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Ambulance Donation Successfully Delivered Cynthia Denbo 2017-04-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Mar 30, 2017
Members of the Zoe Barnum High School Interact Club joined residents of Alder Bay Assisted Living recently for the club’s Bingo with Elders annual event.  The Interact Club has twenty members and is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.  Members meet twice each month to discuss and organize projects to better their school and community and to enhance their leadership skills. 
 
Interact Plays Bingo With Seniors Cynthia Denbo 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Liscom on Feb 22, 2017

Cindy Denbo has been named “Rotarian of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.

The award was presented by Melinda Ciarabellini, past president of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, at the club’s last meeting.

The “Ed Nilsen Rotarian of the Year Award” recognizes a Southwest Eureka Rotarian whose contributions to the community through the club’s programs, events and projects exemplify the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” and who offers dedicated service and loyal devotion to the ideals of Rotary.

The award honors the memory of founding member and Past President Ed Nilsen and his contributions to Rotary as charter member, 1968-70 president and active member of theRotary Club of Southwest Eureka for more than 40years. It is presented annually to a member of the club.

Pictured from left are Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka President Roland Johnson, Past President Melinda Ciarabellini and Rotarian of the Year Cindy Denbo.

Cindy Denbo Named Rotarian of the Year Marie Liscom 2017-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jan 23, 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.
SW Rotary Added to City of Eureka's Hall of Heroes Cynthia Denbo 2017-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Liscom on Dec 21, 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.  
Shop With a Cop Marie Liscom 2016-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Matthew Nilsen on Dec 08, 2016
We sang Happy Birthday to PP Mary.
 
 
Eureka Rotary President Matthew Owen invites all members to the joint Rotary Christmas Party.
 
Chief Mills, PP Melinda and President Roland with the beg check representing the proceeds from the Cirque de Soulless event.
 
Mike and Roland present a check for $750 from Whiskey and Cigars to Mark Hayden of Baywood for the Junior Golf Program.
 
Greg passing the hat for Mary Beth's Cornell College Fund!
 
Doug McCorkel discussed the status of the Town of Scotia transformation and the anticipated sale of prior PALCO housing.
 
 
Club Gets An Update On the Town of Scotia Matthew Nilsen 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Liscom on Nov 01, 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.
 
 
Club Hosts Successful Foundation Dinner North Marie Liscom 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Oct 02, 2016
 
 
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 brownpapertickets.com (http://cirquedesoulless.bpt.me), at the door, or from any member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.   For further information: swrotary.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or call 443-4682.
Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Presents “Cirque de Soulless: The Illusion” Cynthia Denbo 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Liscom on Sep 21, 2016
A trio of Past Presidents prepared Melinda for her debunking.
 
Melinda was "tickled pink" for her mug shot! 
 
Past District Governor Erin Dunn talked about the outstanding year Melinda had as President.
 
Thank you Marty for planning the debunking on what was a sunny day in Freshwater.
 
Billy Honsal brought a well balanced jail loaf for Melinda. Only prisoners who misbehave get this treat!
 
Past President Rick Roberts thanking Melinda for all the weapons she provided during his year as Sgt at Arms.
 
Thank you Melinda for as wonderful year. We were tickled pink to have you as our President!
Club Debunks President Melinda...Finally! Marie Liscom 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
The Circus is Coming! Marie Liscom 2016-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Aug 03, 2016
 
The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka was honored by the City of Eureka during Tuesday’s City Council meeting for its support of the City’s Park and Recreation Department’s CAPE (Community Access Program for Eureka).  Proceeds from the club’s June Martinis By The Bay event support the city’s CAPE Breakfast Club program which provides transportation to city parks and summer activities and breakfast for children, many of whom would be unable to attend without the club’s contributions.  A check for $6000 was presented by club Past-President and Eureka City Council member Melinda Ciarabellini to CAPE Supervisor Brian Millett.  In honor of the club’s support of CAPE, a plaque was presented to club President Roland Johnson by Millett to recognize the club’s entry into the City of Eureka League of Heroes.  The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka is the first inductee into the League.  
 
Pictured, left to right:  President-Elect Matt Nilsen, Treasurer Nancy Kay, Past-President Marie Liscom, Rotarians and Co-Chairs for Martinis By the Bay Rachael Simon and Past-President Cindy Denbo, Past-President and Eureka City Council member Melinda Ciarabellini, President Roland Johnson, Eureka City Park and Recreation Department Supervisor Brian Millett, Eureka City Park and Recreation Department Director Miles Slattery.
City of Eureka Honors SW Rotary Cynthia Denbo 2016-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Southwest Rotarians Meet CAPE Program Participants Cynthia Denbo 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jul 21, 2016
The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka welcomed District 5130 Governor (DG) Wulff Reinhold to last week’s meeting.  The District Governor, who provides oversight for 47 Rotary clubs in northern California, visited the Eureka club, met with its Officers and Board of Directors, and spoke to the club’s members.  He discussed the world-wide Rotary focus on the eradication of polio, a goal that is now achievable after decades of Rotary involvement.  He noted that the Rotary International Foundation is one of the top five charitable giving organizations in the world and that "every $1000 contributed by Rotarians to the Foundation results in four people continuing to live".  DG Reinhold presented Rotarian Nick Bertell with his Paul Harris Fellow award in recognition of Bertell’s contributions to the Rotary International Foundation and support of its goals of international peace, health and welfare.  Pictured, left to right:  Foundation Chair Mark McGowan, Rotarian Nick Bertell, President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Roland Johnson, DG Wulff Reinhold.
 
Nick Bertell Receives His PHF from DG Wolff Reinhold Cynthia Denbo 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jul 20, 2016
The newly-installed 2016-2017 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.  The club, with a membership of 80 Rotarians, has provided service to Eureka communities through funding, mentorship, and active participation in “hands-on” projects since being formed in 1969.  Pictured (back row, left to right)  Vice-President Eddie Morgan, President-Elect Matt Nilsen, Secretary Troy Vizenor, John Vandermolen, Treasurer Nancy Kay, Mary Crumley, President Roland Johnson;  (front row, left to right) Shelley Nilsen, Chris Young, Laura Morris, Kristin Blair, Past-President Melinda Ciarabellini.
 
Board of Directors & Officers 2016-2017 Cynthia Denbo 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 15, 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.)
Second Service Above Self Award Presented Cynthia Denbo 2016-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 12, 2016
Dear Editor,
 
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
 
Letter of Thanks in the Times Standard Cynthia Denbo 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 03, 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.
 
Martinis By the Bay Features Ten Specialty Cocktails Cynthia Denbo 2016-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 03, 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.
Construction of Hikshari' Trail Bird-Watching Platform Complete Cynthia Denbo 2016-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on May 23, 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
Interact Beach Clean-up Day 2016 Cynthia Denbo 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Named Club of the Year Cynthia Denbo 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on May 12, 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.
Club Welcomes Rotary Friendship Exchange Delegation Cynthia Denbo 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
“Martinis By the Bay” to Benefit Children's Park and Recreation Summer Activities Cindy Denbo 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cindy Denbo on May 02, 2016
The black-legged tick, as insects go, is not especially formidable-looking.  As an adult, it is the size of a sesame seed with its eight legs extending from a dark body and a back dominated by a reddish-brown oval that merges with its head.  It doesn't jump or fly.  It's lazy but opportunistic, waiting in grasses and shrubs for a potential host to walk by.  When that host passes, brushing the foliage, the tick reaches up with its front legs, attaches itself to its unwary host and, in a process that can take as little as ten minutes or as long as two hours, moves into position to bite. 
 
It is at this point that bad things can happen.  Very bad things.  Life-altering things. 
 
 
My Word: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Cindy Denbo 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Mar 30, 2016
 
Pictured, left to right:  Rotarian and Foundation Chair Mark McGowan, Kirk Brown, Major Donors Mary and Burnie Kemp, Louise and John Goff.
 
The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, during this week’s Triple Crown Dinner event, honored three milestone efforts in its 47 year history:  the club’s Charter Day celebration of its birthday in March 1969;  its hosting of The World’s Greatest Meal, an international fundraising effort to support the 31 year commitment of all Rotary clubs to end polio; and the recognition of the club’s Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, Benefactors and Bequest Society members who have provided significant funding support for Rotary projects.  More than 100 members were honored for their generosity as thousands of dollars were contributed by members to continue the ongoing support for the Polio Plus campaign, contributions that will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  President Melinda Ciarabellini welcomed guests, thanked members and introduced the evening’s speakers.  Past-President John Goff offered the Charter Day toast and Rotarian Larry Myers, Past-District Governor, Polio Plus Chair and polio survivor provided the keynote address during which he discussed his childhood experiences with the disease and the continuing effort of Rotary to eradicate polio.  District Governor Erin Dunn and District 5130 Foundation Chair Kirk Brown thanked and presented awards to Paul Harris Fellows and Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation.  
 
Club Celebrates Rotary Triple Crown Cynthia Denbo 2016-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Ingomar Dinner to Celebrate the World's Greatest Meal, our Charter Day and our Paul Harris Fellows Marie Liscom 2016-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Liscom on Feb 04, 2016
Southwest Rotarian John Ayres and his wife Donna recently returned from a Rotary Friendship Exchange trip to India.
 
Southwest Rotarian Visits India Marie Liscom 2016-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Dec 15, 2015
 
 
Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Rotarians Dean Charlton and Mark Dias joined over 100 children and parents at the Betty Chin Day Center this morning as young readers and their even younger brothers and sisters enjoyed a visit from Dr. Suess’s Grinch and Cindy Lou Who, sang the Grinch’s signature song, and savored a feast of roast beast.  The Grinch Christmas party was a collaborative effort among the City of Eureka’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Eureka Rescue Mission, the Betty Chin Day Center, Humboldt County Library and the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.  Rotarians brought dozens of books--"How the Grinch Stole Christmas", of course--each with a label ready for the new book-owner to sign, and gave the books to young Grinch fans and their families.  Pictured, left to right:  Rotarian Dean Charlton, Grinch fan Charlie, Rotarian Mark Dias.
Rotarians Present "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Books Cynthia Denbo 2015-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Dec 13, 2015
 
 
Melinda Ciarabellini, President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, and fellow Rotarian Undersheriff William F. Honsal III awarded the first Service Above Self Award to Cadet Dennis Stevens during last week’s College of the Redwoods Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony.   The inaugural award, provided by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, was presented to Cadet Stevens "in recognition of his dedication to public service and his selfless willingness to assist other cadets in training assignments while displaying good and ethical conduct,” said Ciarabellini.  He was nominated and selected to receive the award by his fellow cadets.   Cadet Stevens 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 Stevens, someone who represents and lives by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and the Rotary’s guiding principal of service.”  (Pictured, left to right: William Honsal III, Melinda Ciarabellini, Dennis Stevens.)
First Service Above Self Award Presented Cynthia Denbo 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Dec 03, 2015
 
President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Melinda Ciarabellini (pictured, left) and Rotarian Dan Brown (pictured, right), member of the United Bikers of Northern California/Humboldt County assembled some of the many dozens of toys contributed to the 40th Annual Humboldt County Toy Run by members of the Rotary club.  The United Bikers convened on December 6 at the Arcata Plaza, then rode to Eureka to collect hundreds of contributed toys which will be given to the children of the Eureka Rescue Mission during the Christmas holiday season.
Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Donates Toys For Bikers Toy Run Cynthia Denbo 2015-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Veteran's Day Photos Marie Liscom 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 26, 2015
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. 
 
U.S. Coast Guard 225th Birthday Celebration 2015-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 18, 2015
 
 
President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Rick Roberts (pictured, left) presented a check for $3000 to Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Liz Smith during this week’s Rotary meeting.  The funds will be used to support the ongoing renovation of the Boys and Girls Club building on Harris Street in Eureka.  The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka is one of several Eureka Rotary clubs and many local organizations and businesses that are providing funding, labor and material contributions to the renovation project.   The funds provided to the Boys and Girls Club were raised through Southwest Eureka Rotary's annual Vampire’s Ball, a signature fundraising event hosted and organized by the club.
 
Boys and Girls Club Presented With Fundraiser Proceeds Cynthia Denbo 2015-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 14, 2015
Zoe Barnum High School students celebrate their June graduation and their award of Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka vocational scholarships. The $250 scholarships will be used to further the students' education in their chosen vocation. The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka sponsors the Zoe Barnum Interact Club, which supports veterans, children, seniors and other community groups and projects through fundraising and active student participation.
Zoe Barnum High School Scholarship Winners Cynthia Denbo 2015-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cynthia Denbo on Jun 11, 2015
 
The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka’s Martinis By The Bay fundraising event was enjoyed by over 200 guests last week as they sampled the signature cocktails of mixologists on loan from seven dining and cocktail-purveying establishments on the North Coast.  The Ingomar Club, Gabriel’s, Cafe Waterfront, Five Eleven, Bear River Hotel and Casino, Speakeasy and The Palace provided ten different cocktails during the evening for the tasting enjoyment and edification of those attending. The proceeds from the event will benefit the Humboldt Senior Resource Center’s Home-delivered Meals Program.  Pictured:  Rotarian Larry Goldberg and other guests.
Martinis By The Bay Enjoyed by Members and Guests Cynthia Denbo 2015-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Marie Liscom on May 27, 2015
The Zoe Barnum Interact Club held its annual Beach Clean up and BBQ at Samoa recently. Thanks to the Rotarians who helped with the event and provided rides. Pictured with the group are their advisor, Michelle Mayo and Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Youth Service Chair, Kristin Blair.
 
 
 
Annual Beach Cleanup Day for Interact Club Marie Liscom 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Evergreen Lodge Check Presentation and Yemen Then and Now John 2015-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Club Provides Community Service at Patrick's Point 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Incoming Board Attends District Assembly Marie Liscom 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Students Play Bingo With Alder Bay Residents Marie Liscom 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Casino Night at the Big Elk Ranch and Thirst Parlor Marie Liscom 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0