Club Celebrates the Life of Sam Kennedy

Posted by Carl Willoughby on Aug 11, 2017
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.