September 26, 2022

Kate Witthaus presided over the meeting.  The flag salute was led by Past President Dr. Kim Bauriedel.  The thought of the day was provided by Mindy Sehon.

Guests included Frank Nelson with Humboldt Waste Management Association and our exchange student, Hillla who talked about her experience swimming in Maple Creek over the weekend with her host family.


  • The deadline to apply for Sign Smith grant is 9/30.  Please let any non-profits know who need funding for a particular project.
  • Foundation Dinner North is on 10/15 from 5:30 – 9pm.  Tickets are $70 and raffle tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.  You can win a trip to Puerto Vallerta or a handmade Madrone bowl and more. Talk to Kim Bauriedel or Pat Folkins about tickets.
  • Lynn Dugaw read a letter from our outbound exchange student Naomi who is in Denmark and is starting to settle in and feel less homesick.
  • Blood Bank donations are needed.  For each donation in October the Blood Bank will pay to have a tree planted  in Uganda.
  • Walk to End Alzheimers – sign up with Ross Rowley at Fortuna Sunrise to join the Redwood Region team.
  • Southwest Rotary is having a fundraiser on 10/6…. “Best of the Wurst”.  This Dine-in or drive-through dinner features grilled bratwursts, sauerkraut, German potato salad and a giant pretzel. $30 at the Elks Lodge. No cash. Debit or credit cards only.
  • A reminder that Monday we will be meeting at the Zoo with an off-site meeting.  Please join us.  Information will be emailed out.


  • George Owren was recognized for visiting with a son of his grandsons from Russia.
  • Sean McLaughlin was recognized for his efforts in building broadband in Fairhaven.
  • Carly Robbins was called upon because the Food for People building is moving forward and looking great.


Silver dollar coin: Alissa Woods, McDonald’s Gift Certificate Scott Thompson, $10 went to our exchange student Hilla, Greg Williston won a gift certificate to the Cutten Chalet, & the chance to win the gold coin worth $409 was not successful today and this reporter missed the name of the person who didn’t win.


Our scheduled speaker, Mary Ann Hanson with First 5 Humboldt was not present so Carly Robbins was called upon to talk about Backpacks for Kids.

This program was first founded in 2009 by then member, John Bradley.  Food for People manages the program.

The goal is to help kids who don’t typically have access to food at home by providing them with a bag of food to last over the weekend.  During the week they have access to free breakfast/lunch at school.  Kids who don’t have proper nutrition don’t do as well in school and tend to have behavioral issues.  The other Eureka Rotary Clubs partner with us on this program as does Soroptimist.  Bags are packed every Thursday at Old Growth Cellars.  We meet at 4pm and pack about 130 bags which are then delivered to various schools.  The first day for this school year will be next Thursday 10/6.  Just show up and you’ll be put to work.  All funding for this program is local so any support you can give is greatly needed. Each year for the past few years the Time-Standard has donated a full page ad to the program and various sponsors can sign up to sponsor a square.  You’ll receive your business logo in the printed ad as recognition of your donation.  You can donate online at