Club President Klark Swan presided over the meeting.

Thought of the day: In celebration of the changing seasons, Annalise Von Borstel shared a poem about the transition from winter to spring.

Visitors: Mike, who works with our local Grocery Outlet, was a visitor today.  Mike is evaluating local Rotary clubs as he looks for meaningful ways to get involved locally.  Klark commented that Grocery Outlet is a company that is very active in our community.  Our outbound exchange students were also in attendance at today’s meeting.

Rotary Exchange: Outbound exchange students Naomi and Benny visited our club.  Naomi will be going to Denmark.  She has a $10,000 fundraising goal, and is selling tamales to fundraise.  Benny will be going to Thailand, and plans to hold a fundraising auction.  We encouraged them both to keep us informed on their progress and ways we can contribute to their efforts.

Lunch!!! Next month’s lunch caterer will be Sammy’s BBQ

Ukraine Fundraising: The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel to contribute funds to relief efforts directed at the humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.  More information can be found here: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-foundation-creates-channel-direct-humanitarian-support-ukraine-region

District Assembly: The district assembly will be held in Ukiah on April 2nd.  This session is going to be packed with incredible speakers, informative sessions and that all important opportunity to network with your fellow Rotarians.  Club members are encouraged to go to this conveniently located meeting, usually these Assemblies are hosted much farther away from Eureka.

District Conference: The District Conference will be held May 21-22 in Fortuna. The conference has a rockabilly theme this year, complete with live music!  An exciting agenda was shared with the club.

Remembering Rotarians: Kim Bauriedel notified the club that past District Governor Jack Volerga recently passed away.  He served as District Governor in the 1990s.  Klark reminded the club that we are fundraising to honor the memory of club member Dave Dillon by making him a Major Donor.

March Madness: Arny King gave an update on the March Madness teams.  Jim Cessna has made it into the final 4.  Jack, Rick, and Colby are also still in the running.  For the Blind Pool, Lynn, Steve, Wayne, Ted and Tom are still in the game.

We did not have a guest speaker at today’s meeting and adjourned early.