Past President Mindy Sehon was acting President, stepping in for President Jerry Reece who is recovering from an illness and hopes to be back in the near future. The theme for this Rotary year is Imagine Rotary.

The Flag Salute was led by Nancy Dean.  Ziggy was recognized on the 71st Anniversary of his 21st Birthday and received an enthusiastic round of applause.

CLUB BUSINESS

  • Club Member, Rick Littlefield owner of Eureka Natural Foods, was featured in a press release for Rotary Club of Eureka in the Times-Standard. Eureka Natural Foods together with their customers recently raised $14,400 for Ukraine Refugee Relief.  The money was donated to the Rotary Foundation.
  • Thursday 7/21 there will be a club social on the Madaket @ 5:30pm. Purchase your tickets online humboldtbaymaritimemuseum.com/madaket-cruises
  • Sunday 7/24 plan to attend a Humboldt Crabs game and meet our new Rotary District Governor Jennifer Strong.
  • Thursday 8/18 there will be an in-person Coast Guard Cook Your Own Steak Dinner at the Elk’s Lodge at 5:30pm. You can donate money to buy dinner for a Coast Guard employee, volunteer time and you can attend the dinner yourself.

GUESTS: Annalise introduced four guests and Scott Pesch was introduced as the new President of Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka.

Backpacks for Kids:  Fundraising is happening now.  Talk to Carly if you can help by buying a square in the Times-Standard to support the annual fundraising for this important program.

Raffle: Silver dollar winner, McDonald’s Gift Certificate- Jay Reed; $10 Jera Newland; Phatsy Kline Gift Certificate – Chuck Ellsworth (This is the 4th or 5th time he’s won this gift certificate!). Chuck opted to return it to the pot for the next raffle.  Gold Coin drawing – Tom Schallert drew a… 9 of diamonds!  Not a winner today.

SPEAKERS: The Humboldt Independent Practice Association School Based Wellness Program, Boys to Men with Jett Stebbins and Nicholas Benoit

The name of this program was recently changed from Boys to Men to the Young Men’s Council.

This is a male empowerment group that provides a number of wellness programs.  They have a contracted presence on a number of school campuses but they also handle referrals from various schools and meet with kids one on one.  They work in elementary, junior high and high schools.

Needs can range from hygiene to clothing and food needs.  They have a pride group a black student group and many more.  Groups are developed based on need.  They also refer students to other organizations when it is appropriate.

There are 6 staff members in the school-based wellness program now and they are hiring 2 more.  Their funding comes from a variety of sources like the State, Feds, Rotary (we’ve donated in the past), schools they’ve contracted with, etc. There are about 100 kids enrolled in their program at the current time.  For more information go to: humboldtipa.com.