President Annalise von Borstel opened the meeting and Carly Robbins led the flag salute. Kate Witthaus provided the thought of the day. Kate talked about the many health benefits of practicing gratitude.

Visiting Rotarian Jessica McKnight with Arcata Sunrise introduced herself. Guests of Rotarians included Candace and Kirsten with Coastal Business Systems.  Diane Mettam, wife of member Brad Mettam, Out student guest Hilla was at the meeting and had a giant basket of Finnish cookies that she had baked for $100 for Scott Adair who gladly paid up.  She had also baked an extra ½ a basket and for $50 it was sold!  That generous person, whose name I didn’t catch, then passed those cookies around the room to share with her fellow Rotarians. Hilla is earning money to pay for a plane ticket to New York and will gladly bake you a custom Finnish dessert.  Just ask!

Dr. Kim Bauriedel introduced Brad and Diane Mettam to the club as our newest Paul Harris Fellows +3.  They have donated an additional $3,000 to their Paul Harris Fellows and received a pin with 3 sapphires.  They received a warm standing ovation!

Visitor Jessica McKnight invited us all to the CalPoly Jacks Basketball game on January 26 from 6-8pm.  All Rotary clubs are invited.  You have to buy tickets at the door and it’s a no-host bar.  There’s a room that overlooks the gymnasium where the party will be happening.  Wear a Rotary shirt or pin and get a seating upgrade – could be a back on your seat or a better location.


COMING UP                                     

Club Photo: March 20, 2023 at noon.  We will meet at the at the Morris Graves Museum to have our photo taken outside of the Eureka Inn.

Centennial Committee Meeting – January 25, 5:30 – 6:30pm at Old Town Coffee and Chocolates

Public Image Committee Meeting today following the meeting

Backpacks for Kids every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30 at Old Growth Cellars – 1945 Hilfiker Ln, Eureka

If you catch a Rotarian being awesome snap their photo and email it Annalise.  

Congrats to our newly elected Board of Directors members … Jennifer Budwig, Carly Robbins, Colby Smart and Greg Williston.  Their term will begin 7/1/23

Raffle Winners:  Jennifer Budwig, Danny White, Christine Tyson and Mindy Sehon.  Jessica McKnight drew for the gold coin but was not a winner. Only a few cards left for the next draw!

Christine Tyson and Carlton Nielsen both won $100 grand for answering questions asked by our esteemed President.



Nancy Olson is the Executive Director at the Eureka Chamber of Commerce.  She gave us an overview of what the chamber does do and doesn’t do (no tourism).  The annual dinner is now Cocktails & Crooners.  Happening on 1/27/23 at Sequoia Conference Center 5:30pm. Tickets are going fast so get yours now.

They are building a 5 year strategic plan programs coming up includes Conversations with Leaders.  The first conversation is on the Offshore Wind project and is happening virtually on 1/31 @ noon. Look for a link coming to your email.  Have an idea for a conversation? Let her know.

Launching Redwood Coast Chamber Foundation a new 501c3.  This new 501c3 will allow the chamber to expand their funding options and program offerings.  All community-facing programs will reside under this umbrella.

Next Level Professional Development suggested by our own Jim Sessa will be coming soon.  Much more being planned.  Come get involved in the Chamber!