Volume XII, Issue 27: January 31, 2014

Fantastic Foundation Final Friday!

Editor’s Note: The following report would not be possible without the assistance of two Super Sunrisers – Lori Breyer and Angelo Bacigaluppi. Your Editor was unable to attend last Friday’s meeting, but they made sure to provide great notes and photos. Any inaccuracies or out-and-out falsehoods are the responsibility of the Editor and Publisher only.

The Youth Exchange Report

Eggplant “Something or other”

On Friday, Alex Rialet, our Rotary Exchange Student from France, told us that the previous weekend was quite busy. He joined the other Exchangers from our District (past, present, and future) for a confab at the Samoa Women’s Club. The students met up with the Lost Coast Rotaract Club at Cooper Gulch in Eureka for a clean-up project , cleaned themselves up at HealthSport, and then headed for the Eureka Municipal Auditorium for some roller skating. 

The first night of the meeting, next year’s Outbound Exchangers learned where they will be spending the 2014-2015 year. Silvie Neander found out that she will represent our Club/Community/Country in Belgium! President Jessica noted that she will need to work on her French.

Later in the week, Alex cooked dinner for his host dad, Craig Reed. According to Craig’s Facebook post:
boy is making eggplant something or other. I’m going to try to eat it,
even though I am morally opposed to veggie eating, because I care.”

Last week, we also welcomed Lionel Lainard from Alex’s home city of Toulouse, France. He is pictured here with Sunriser Maggie Kraft.

Lionel & Maggie
  • The Backpacks for Kids program needs help. Please be sure to grab a shift or two on Signup Genius.
  • Your financial support of our Club’s proposed project to help children with clubfoot in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa would be greatly appreciated. For more information, please contact Maggie Kraft. 
  • Charter Night 2014 will take place on Tuesday, February 11th at the Ingomar Club. The time to RSVP is now!
  • PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) will take place on March 7th through the 9th. Our President-Elect, Barbara Browning, will be attending, and some of our fellow Sunrisers will be helping out as well. The rest of us will be at the Community Center for …
  • The Pirates’ Ball! Saturday, March 8th is the date for our big fundraiser of the year. Sell tables, get prizes, and be there to help out.
  • On April 4th and 5th, you have an opportunity to learn more about Rotary at the annual District Assembly. It’s a great way to deepen your understanding and appreciation for the awesome volunteer organization you’re in. The event will be held at Mendocino College in Ukiah. Even if you can’t make the Friday night dinner, the Saturday morning sessions will inspire and educate you!


HealthSport’s Susan Jansson

Tomas Chavez presented “Flashback Friday”, which featured a 2007 article from the Eureka Reporter on Barbara Browning and her then-new business “Order Within”. (Was that really seven years ago?)

He turned to new business then, congratulating Susan Jansson. HealthSport, which is owned and operated by Susan, was selected by the Eureka Chamber of Commerce as its 2013 Small Business of the Year. 

Rotary Foundation Grants
President Jessica spoke briefly about Rotary Foundation Grants. She said that the grants have six focus areas:

  1. Promoting Peace
  2. Fighting Disease
  3. Providing Clean Water
  4. Saving Mothers & Children
  5. Supporting Education
  6. Growing Local Economies

These goals are accomplished through three types of grants – 

  • District Grants – these fund small scale projects, which may be based in the local community or in a community abroad. The activities funded are selected by the Rotary District.
  • Global Grants – these provide support for large international activities that support the focus areas listed above. 
  • Packaged Grants – these support projects that are designed by Rotary and its partners to make a major impact in the areas of focus. 

Foundation Donation Recognition
Craig Newman discussed planned giving to the Rotary Foundation. This may take the form of making a provision in your will and/or trust, designating the Rotary Foundation as your life insurance beneficiary, transferring real estate or other assets, or providing gifts of retirement plan assets.

He reminded us that the following recognitions are provided to Rotary Foundation donors:

  • Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member – one who gives $100 or more to the Annual Fund
  • Benefactor – one who includes the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in his or her estate plans or one how makes a donation of $1,000 or more directly to the Endowment Fund
  • Paul Harris Fellow – one who donates $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or another approved Foundation grant.
  • Paul Harris Society Member – one who makes an annual donation of $1,000 or more to any of the funds eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
  • Bequest Society Member – one who gives $10,000 or more via his or her estate plans.

New Paul Harris Fellows
Last week, we welcomed our Club’s two newest Paul Harris Fellows. Julie Vaissade-Elcock gave her grandchild PHF recognition, and our Club bestowed PHF status on Exchanger Alex Rialet. Congratulations to both!

Jessica, Alex, and Terri
Terri and Julie

Final Friday Foundation Auction
We held our first Final Friday Auction of 2014 to support the Rotary Foundation. In case you are unfamiliar with the process, one Sunriser donates an item to be auctioned, another person (not necessarily a Rotarian) makes the winning bid. The total purchase price is donated to the Foundation, with the Sustaining Member recognition for the donation split evenly between the donor and the purchaser. Here are the winners and the other winners from last week’s edition (which raised $895!):

Jace and his Kid’s Package
  • Dawn Ellsbree donated a Valentine’s Day basket containing jewelry, chocolates, and liquor. The top bid was provided by Ed Christians.
  • Another important holiday – Superbowl Sunday – was the theme of a basket provided by Ed Christians. The winner was Susan Jansson.
  • Charlie Jordan brought a Superbowl Kickstarter Package, which featured a case of Mad River beer. Matt Babich made the right call to come away with the win.
  • Terri Clark donated a $100 gift certificate from the Sushi Spot, which was purchased by Ian Schatz.
  • Brandi Easter used kiwis provided by Orrin Plocher to make some delicious jam. Joyce Hinrichs was the winning bidder – ask her how it was!
  • Cindy Sutcliffe’s grandson Jace made the highest bid on a Kid’s Package that Romi Hitchcock Tinseth donated. (See the photo that Angelo took!)
  • Jeff Stebbins purchased another Superbowl-themed package provided by Bob Johnson.
  • A Personal Care Package was donated by Julie Vaissade-Elcock. The item was won by Terri Clark, who will be luxuriating in perfume, bubble bath, and more for the weeks to come.