Posted by Carl Willoughby on Feb 02, 2018
President Matt smiling because he is more than halfway through his year!
Michael and daughter Seren Davies-Hughes. Seren will be going on a Rotary Short Term Exchange this summer.
Outbound Exchange Student Harlyn will be going to Taiwan next year and is pictured with Angie from Italy.
Michael talks about his Race Across America and how to donate. See complete info in the body of the bulletin.
Mark McGowan gave a "Foundation Minute"" which was a little longer than a minute but contained interesting information on club and district donations to the Foundation.
Rick Roberts was recognized for the celebration of his 36th wedding anniversary in San Francisco.
Haider Ajina was recognized and fined for cooking his own dinner on his 55th birthday!
Mike Newman reached the 60 milestone and was happy to pay for it!
USCG Lt. JG Neil Romans told us about the local Coast Guard personnel deployed in response to Hurricane Harvey. This is why we love our Coast Guard!
The meeting was called to order at 12:22 by: President Matt Nilsen
The Pledge was led by Mary Crumley who also did a great job as our Greeter. 
Today’s visitors included Rotary Youth Exchange students Angie (Angelica Rossi, current ‘Inbound’ from Italy), Harlyn Fitzpatrick (2018-19 ‘Outbound’ to Taiwan), and Seren Davies-Hughes (Summer 2018 Short Term Exchange. Destination TBD. Seren is Michael’s daughter). Mentioned but not present. Connor and Logan Petrusha, also short term exchange students sponsored by SW this summer destination TBD. Also recognized was today’s program speaker Lt. JG Neil Romans, a ‘Rotary’, i.e. helicopter, pilot with USCG Sector Humboldt Bay.
Sunshine report by Marie Liscom:
Bob Burchit is back today smiling and looking great.
On a sad note, one of our long time member and Past President, Don Bachman has passed away at the age of 81. Many of us will remember Don for his interesting and entertaining "Rotary Minute" presentations. Don was a Paul Harris Fellow and sang with the Humboldt Harmonaires. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, February 6th at 2:00pm at Emanuele Lutheran Church, 3230 Harrison Avenue, Eureka. Rest in Peace, Don.
Michael Davies-Hughes gave us an up-date on his ‘Race Across America’ plans. On June 12, 2018, Michael Davies-Hughes and his support crew (Team Red Dragon) will embark on a journey of a lifetime, a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast bicycle race from Oceanside, CA to Annapolis, MD. Money raised will go towards early literacy efforts in Humboldt County through the work of the Humboldt County Office of Education’s Decade of Difference initiative. The race is widely regarded as the toughest test of endurance in the world. His training and preparation is going well and is on schedule. To learn more and to donate please go to
Mary Crumley and Haider Ajina described the Rotary Youth Exchange 2018-19 plans. Harlyn Fitzpatrick will be ‘Outbound’ going to Taiwan. Seren Davies-Hughes along with Connor and Logan Petrusha will be Short Term Exchange students this summer to destinations not yet determined.
Mark McGowan provided an impressive financial rundown on the Rotary Foundation.  Polio Plus donations were over $2,000 by our club and ~$220,000 for the district total. The 2016-17 Permanent Endowment fund (gifts, usually in wills, never spent… only investment income is used) had over 420M under management and generated ~13.5M spendable income. The Annual Share Fund (funds grants and matching funds) saw donations from our club of $7,900, the District $410,000, and Rotary $305M.
Rick Roberts and his wife of 36 years celebrated their wedding anniversary in December with a shopping and “just goofing off” trip to San Francisco. As an aside, Rick confessed that he plans trips about every 2-3 months so that he always has an excuse to get out of jury duty, LOL.
Haider celebrated his 55th Birthday in January.  The only B day activity he shared was that Mark McGowan took him out to lunch. Haider paid a fine of $55.
Mike Newman also celebrated a Birthday, his 60th! He described a “fun night out” at the Lost Coast Brewery (no injuries and no arrests). The next evening was cooking steaks with his kids and Mike happily paid a $60 fine.   
The raffle was won by Mary Crumley who was not able to guess which Rotarian the question pertained to!
Program: Hurricane Harvey: USCG Sector Humboldt Bay Response. Today’s speaker was Lt. JG Neil Romans, who pilots the MH-65D orange Coast Guard rescue helicopter.
Lt. Romans gave his very personal and detailed account of how a team of six local USCG personnel deployed to the Houston area last year as part of the national emergency response to Hurricane Harvey. The USCG provided:
  • Over 2,000 personnel from all across the USA
  • Over 30 aircraft of differing types for rescue, control & command, and transport
They were directly responsible for saving ~11,000 lives and Lt. Romans gave us a touching word picture of how everyone worked together, often having to improvise rescues on the spot. He especially gave kudos to the civilian “Cajun Navy” for their tireless efforts executing water rescues over several long hard days.
President Matt closed the meeting with a special thanks to the exchange students in attendance and saying, “Thank you all for coming and I hope you all enjoy the rest of this beautiful day.”