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Club Celebrates the Life of Sam Kennedy
The club remembered recently deceased member Sam Kennedy at the meeting.
 
John Ennis was one of the members who spoke about Sam and presented his most recently earned Paul Harris pin to longtime employee Athena.
 
President Matt presented a $2,500 check to Joe Rogers, ED of Hospice of Humboldt. Funds were generated by the Stephen Brodhag Memorial Golf Tournament.
 
Mark McGowan introduced Exchange Students Fabio from Bolivia and Jules from Thailand following an overnight round trip to pick them up in San Francisco.
 
Laura Morris won Matt's game by correctly guessing the fellow Rotarian she was being asked about was HERSELF!
 
This week's speaker was Maryann Hayes-Mariani of the North Coast Rape Crisis Team.
 
President Matt Nilsen rang the bell & called the meeting to order promptly at 12:20
 
Ken Singleton led the Pledge of Allegiance and provided the Thought for the day.
 
Visitors today included Joe Rogers, Hospice of Humboldt Executive Director and visiting Rotarian, Maryann Hayes-Mariani, North Coast Rape Crisis Team Director and today’s speaker, and Athena, Sam Kennedy’s office manager.
 
A special tribute for Sam Kennedy was led by Matt.  Several members including John Ennis, Lorna Peterson, and Jack Alderson shared heartfelt anecdotes & stories about our recently departed Rotarian… Sam you will be missed!
 
A Memorial Service for Sam will be held August 27th 4 p.m. at Rhonerville Airport in the hanger where Sam kept his airplane. It will be a ‘potluck’ so bring your favorite dish and memories to share.
 
Matt also announced that Sam had almost completed and additional $1,000 for his next level Paul Harris Fellowship. The club generously donated the remainder and a Paul Harris Fellowship pin was posthumously awarded to Sam. The award was accepted by Athena, one of Sam’s most dedicated employees who has been our guest in the past.
 
President Matt presented a check for $2,500 to Hospice of Humboldt which was graciously accepted by Joe Rogers.
 
Late arrivals at today’s meeting were a sleepy eyed Mark McGowan who just drove back from San Francisco completing an overnight round trip to pick up incoming exchange students Fabio (From Bolivia) and Jules (From Thailand).
 
Mark also announced that exchange student Angelica will be arriving from Italy on Friday the 11th at 11:56pm. He's looking for members to welcome her at the airport.
 
Haider made one last pitch to sign up for the “Raahfting” Trip scheduled for August 26th (call Haider at 499-6219).
 
Also, don’t forget the All-You-Can-Eat Fish Feed coming up on Saturday September 9th.
 
Jerry Colivas gave the Sunshine report and let us all know that a memorial Service for Helma Bachman will be held at The Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3230 Harrison Ave. (just South of Harris Street) at 1 p.m.
 
Serendipity played a role in today’s raffle which was won by Laura Morris. As part of Matt’s raffle game this year, “How much do you know about your fellow Rotarians?”, Laura was asked If she knew who was born on and grew up on a military base? Surprisingly, she knew the answer… you see, she was being asked about herself, LOL!
 
Laura then introduced today’s speaker, Maryann Hayes-Mariani of the North Coast Rape Crisis Team.
 
Maryann told us about how the NCRCT provides not only a 24 hour hotline for victims & loved ones, but also partners with other community organizations and law enforcement to help those affected by sexual assault.  She also described the problems of exploitation and human trafficking in Humboldt and what we can do to combat it.
 
For more information please visit their website www.ncrct.org.
The 24 hour hotline #s are (707) 445-2881 in Eureka and (707) 465-2851 in Del Norte.
 
SPECIAL NOTE:
 
The meeting next week August 18th will be ‘Off-Site’ at Cooper Gulch Park (1710 Tenth Street, just behind the Myrtle Grove Cemetery) at 12 noon.
 
Chef Les Merrill will grill up an exotic “Gourmet Luncheon” of hamburgers & hotdogs.
 
There will be a presentation by Miles Slattery, Eureka City Parks and Recreation Director, followed by Q&A all about the Cooper Gulch All-Weather Sports Field Complex Project. 
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Humboldt Area Foundation Serves the Community
Maura Eastman brought her daughter Amy to our meeting.
 
Carl Willoughby brought his recently married daughter Eva and her husband Craig to the meeting.
 
Greg Dale came to the meeting with Cornell bound daughter Mary Beth.
 
Sid Noyes talked about Pedal for Polio and an opportunity to donate.
 
Tyrone Champ announced the Fish Feed is coming up on September 9th at the Elks Lodge.
 
Ken Singleton reminded those who want to go rafting on August 26th of the need to sign up.
 
Past President Roland Johnson presented Rotary Rocks mugs to those who served on last years board of directors.
 
Rachael Simon got her tap out rocks from Roland's year.
 
Mary Crumley, board member from last Rotary year displays her thank you mug.
 
President Matt presented a check to North Coast Stand Down for their event October 6-8.
 
Mark McGowan announced that exchange student Angelica will be arriving from Italy on Friday the 11th at 11:56pm. He's looking for members to welcome her at the airport.
 
Treasurer John Goff gave members the opportunity to settle invoices following our meeting.
 
Bob Burchit was fined for celebrating his wedding anniversary.
 
Kristin Blair had a birthday and a busy summer with her son playing baseball for the all-stars and she happily tapped out.
 
Patrick Cleary , Executive Director of Humboldt Area Foundation described the services the foundation provides.
 
 
The meeting was called to order by President Matt at 12:25.  There was a good turnout of Rotarians, apparently happy to see each other and catch up.  
 
The pledge was led and invocation given by Mark Dias, who was also today’s greeter.
 
Visitors included Patrick Cleary (Humboldt Area Foundation), Mary Beth Dale (Greg) and Amy Eastman (Maura).   Carl Wiloughby introduced his daughter Eva and her new husband Craig.
 
Sunshine Report – Jerry Colivas remarked on the loss of Sam Kennedy (see notes on memorial next week), Helma Bachman (wife of Don) and Mary Beth Wolford. Please keep their families in your thoughts.
 
Thank You – We received rave reviews and thanks from the District Governor and his wife.
 
Sid Noyes reminded us of the Pedal for Polio campaign, a fund raiser to end polio.  Each member is asked to contribute to support him, and Sid is hoping we can each commit to $35. 
 
Coast Guard Dinner is next Thursday, 8/10.  Cook your own steak and enjoy visiting with our local Coast Guard folks.
 
Fish Feed – Tyrone reminded us of the upcoming Fish Feed.  $35 per ticket, and each Rotarian has been sent 4 tickets.  The date is 9/9/17, so mark your calendars now.
 
Reminder:  Raft trip on 8/26/17.  See flyers on the tables to sign up.
 
Our Past President, Roland Johnson, took a few minutes to thank his board and members  who were especially supportive and chaired events during his year in office.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Off-site meeting:  Our first off-site meeting will be held at Cooper Gulch on August 18th.  Be sure and signup for BBQ lunch, provided without cost!
 
Ann Poole was here to receive a donation (a portion of the proceeds of the Stephen Broadhag  Memorial Golf Tournament) and  tell us about Vets Stand Down, coming up this Fall.  All veterans and their families are welcome and can receive any number of services without charge.  There will be a fund raising dinner on August 17th at The Lodge.
 
Bill Gillespie reported on the County Library beautification project held last Saturday.  The 3 local Rotary clubs joined together to weed, trim and clean up the library grounds.  Great turnout for this first tri-club event!
 
Mark McGowan announced that our two incoming exchange students will soon arrive.  In a week Fabio will arrive from Bolivia, and Angelica from Italy will arrive next Friday at midnight.  Mark will be picking Fabio up in San Francisco and Angelica will fly into our local airport!
 
John Goff had a reminder for folks to be sure to catch up on dues or other funds owed to the organization.  If you have questions, see him (or check your invoice!).
 
Recognition:  Bob and Jane Burchit celebrated 45 years of marriage, and headed for the Napa Wine Train; Maura  and Tom Eastman celebrated 42 years, and Eddie Morgan celebrated a birthday on July 30th.  Carl Willoughby, who is still celebrating his daughter’s wedding, donated $100 to the Foundation in honor of the special event.
 
Reminder:  During next Friday’s meeting there will be a brief memorial for Sam Kennedy.  If you have photos or stories to share please plan to participate.
 
Guest Speaker - Patrick Cleary, Executive Director of the Humboldt Area Foundation was introduced as today’s speaker.  Patrick gave a great overview of the HAF from its origins in 1972 to current day.  It is a far-reaching Foundation, providing grant funds and scholarships throughout Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte counties.  
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