Rotarians of the Week2018-09-17T21:02:52+00:00

Rotarians of the Week

September 17th, 2018

Patrick Cleary

Patrick Cleary has been the executive director of the Humboldt Area Foundation in October 2012. In his tenure, the foundation has grown to $130 million in assets and over $80 million in cumulative grants. Prior to that, Patrick was the president of Lost Coast Communications, a local radio group that includes FM stations KHUM, K-SLUG, KWPT The Point, and 94.1 The Lounge. Patrick is also co-founder of the Lost Coast Outpost, Patrick was the interim general manager at KHSU from 2008-2010 at Humboldt State University. He also served as interim general manager of the North Coast Co-op from 2001-
2002. Patrick is past president and board member of the Humboldt Folklife Society, where he led the expansion of its annual Folklife Festival into an eight day summer festival in Blue Lake as a local musicians’ showcase. He is also a co-founder and organizer of the Buddy Brown Blues Festival. Patrick moved to Humboldt County in 1997 from New York, where he was Managing Director at The Chase Manhattan Bank in the Media and Telecommunications group. In his banking
career, he worked with hundreds of companies in the media business. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University in 1979. Patrick lives in McKinleyville with his wife Cat, their three dogs, two horses, and one cat, and is an avid amateur musician who currently performs with local group That Buckin’ String Band. He plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro, harmonica and bass, though not necessarily well.

September 10th, 2018

Phillip Nicklas

Phillip Nicklas joined our Rotary Club in 2014. He joined because Rotary was supporting the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods with money to improve their Teen Center. He has served on the Boys & Girls Club board for nearly 10 years and is the current president. 

Phil values our Rotary Club primarily for the Meatloaf, the valuable presentations given every week, and the club’s “evil conspiracy” of helping others. 

Outside of Rotary and Boys & Girls Club, Phil has taught swing dancing at Humboldt State and DJ’d a radio show on KHSU. He currently runs a monthly swing dance with live bands at the Arcata Veteran’s Hall. 

Phil is married to Alana, and they have a 2 year old daughter named Clara, and a second daughter due in October.

September 3rd, 2018

Arnold King

Arny shows that love grows in Rotary! 

Arnold King joined the Rotary Club of Eureka in 2016. Previously, he had been in Lost Coast Rotaract since 2011. He met his wife, Jessica, in Rotaract, and they have a one year old daughter named Selkie Rose. Arnold is a former commercial fisherman and now teaches history and health at Northcoast Prep Academy in Arcata. In Rotary, he is the club’s Youth Exchange Counseler and runs the March Madness Pool in the spring.

Thank you for your dedication to Rotary Club of Eureka!

August 20th, 2018

Greg Williston

Congrats Greg and thank you for your service above self! Tell us about yourself.

“I came to HSU to study Oceanography and Geology and graduated with degrees in both. I married Laura and brought her out to Humboldt “just to finish my last year of school”. That was 33 years ago. We both have worked in our fields of study ever sense. Laura at the Blood Bank for 33 years and me at SHN Engineers & Geologists for the past 20 years. 

My mother and father trained me very early in life to live the Christian value of “service above self” long before I committed myself to become a Rotarian 10 years ago. Rotary’s international reach has always impressed me, so Laura and I chose to host five exchange students in five straight years while our two boys were at Eureka High School. I consider that experience a blessing to my whole family. 

I have held a seat on our clubs board of directors twice; one of my favorite projects was one that I did with other Rotarian Gregg Gardiner’s in our club (Greg Pierson and Gregg Gardiner) at Eureka High School’s baseball field; I frequent the Done-In-A-Day projects (you should to); as a 17 gallon blood donor I am extremely impressed by Tom Schallert’s Safe Blood Africa Rotary project to somehow get blood mobiles donated, outfitted and sent overseas; and I really enjoy the fellowship and programs at our weekly meetings (and rarely miss a meeting).”

August 27th, 2018

Kim Bauriedel

Thank you for your dedication and hard work! To hear all about Kim and his dedication to the Rotary Club of Eureka, come visit our club! We meet Mondays at the Elks Lodge in Eureka from 12-1:30, we would love to have you.

August 6th, 2018

Annalise von Borstel-Crouppen

Annalise first joined the Rotary family in 2002 as a member of her High School’s Interact Club where she was able to travel to Mexico and built a playground for a community center in Baja. She then joined the Lost Coast Rotaract – Eureka in 2011 and served as Rotaract Treasurer for 3 years, and Community Services Chair for 2. She “aged out” of Rotaract 2016 and joined Rotary Club of Eureka without skipping a beat. In 2017 she was appointed Secretary under Bruce Smith and continue in that role under President Brad Mettam.

Fun Fact:
“I’m a realtor at Ming Tree Realtors. I love to work with people moving to the area, helping them get to know Humboldt and everything it has to offer. I like staying active in the community through the Eureka Chamber of Commerce as a Chamber Ambassador (2012-present). I also sit on the Board of Directors for Compass Community Credit Union (2017-present). I enjoy spending time with my husband and friends, hiking, skiing, and traveling. I was an AFS exchange student to Austria in 2001-2002″

August 13th, 2018

Alicia Cox

Alicia, tell us a little about yourself! I joined Rotary in 2002. I’ve served as the Public Relations chair since about 2004. I’m Co-Chair of the Burl/Blog committee and I’ve served on the Board of Directors for two terms. I’ve served on the annual fundraising committee a few times and helped packed bags with Backpacks for Kids in the past. Outside of Rotary I’m on the Board of the Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Henderson Center Merchants Association. Something fun… well I enjoy gardening, hiking and spending time with my family. 

I grew up locally, attending Fieldbrook grade school and Arcata High School. I’ve worked in advertising since 1986 when I graduated from HSU with a degree in English. We opened the advertising agency in 1986 and in addition to public relations we provide marketing recommendations as well as media placement and production services including the creation of ads to run on television, radio, print and in social media. Our web site is located at Our office is located in Henderson Center, Eureka.

July 24th, 2018

Ken Stodder

Please join me in honoring Ken for 59 years of service! Ken’s many accomplishments include working for Eureka City Schools, serving as one of the very best Lumber Jack announcers of all time and his devotion as avid Red Sox fan, we sure are glad you make Rotary part of your legacy! Be on the lookout for Rotary Club of Eureka’s “Rotarian of the Week”

July 30th, 2018

Mathew Owen

Matthew has been a member of Rotary since 2001. He heads up our club’s “Done in a Day” community beautification projects and is a past President. He’s also a member of the Tournament of Roses, which he also joined in 2001 and has his 17 Rose Parade coming up this January 1. He is also involved with the Eureka Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of the Sequoia Park Zoo. Mathew’s Daughter, Molly, was a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Thailand. Mathew, thank you for all you do with our club and in our community!!