January 14, 2019
95 YEARS OF EUREKA ROTARY
We all know that the first Rotary Club was organized in Chicago in1905. We may not be aware that club number two was organized in San Francisco by Manuel Munoz, a salesman by trade, and his friend Homer Wood, a lawyer. Clubs were then organized in Oakland, Seattle and Los Angeles before a rotary club was ever organized on the east coast.
Prior to 1923 there was no club on the North Coast. The district governor at the time was enthusiastic about starting a club in Eureka. Our local response was not exactly overwhelming.
The District governor was not to denied, however, and San Francisco Rotarian Leo Lebenbaum came to Eureka in 1922 to manage the brand new Eureka Inn and assisted by past governor Bru Brunier, helped set up an organizational meeting of the 21 charter members on October 10, 1923.
More to come…
Sad day for our local club. J Warren Hockaday, long time Rotarian, passed away. He was loved and respected by all.