Carly Robbins has been named Rotary Club of Eureka president for the 2019-2020 year. Robbins joined the Rotary Club of Eureka in 2016. She also served as past president and is a founding member of the Lost Coast Rotaract Club in Eureka.
Prior to joining Rotary, Robbins participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange trip to the South of France, which offered a unique cultural and vocational exchange experience. She also participated in a Rotaplast mission to Chittagong, Bangladesh, as a volunteer to support a team of medical professionals performing free surgical reconstruction for children and adults afflicted with cleft lip and/or palate, burn scarring and other deformities.
“I am truly impressed by the breadth of impact Rotary has across the world — from huge endeavors like working to eradicate polio worldwide or small community projects to clean up a local park,” she said, adding, “More is possible when we join together. I believe that is what Rotary is all about. Together we create a better world.”
In the coming Rotary year Robbins says she is “excited to work with the amazing community leaders in the Rotary Club of Eureka to improve our community through service, locally and internationally.
“We will continue our Done in a Day projects to help improve and beautify the city of Eureka, as well as our efforts to support local children in many ways including, the Backpacks for Kids weekend hunger relief program, scholarships for local students, sponsorship of the Humboldt County Science Fair and much more,” she added.
Robbins is the development director of Food for People, the food bank for Humboldt County. Food for People provides food assistance countywide to 12,000 children, seniors and families every month through 18 hunger relief programs that include senior and child nutrition, fresh produce, job training, advocacy and more. She is passionate about creating a healthy community where everyone has the chance to grow and thrive. She is engaged to Sean Rowe, a botanist with SHN.
The Rotary Club of Eureka is the oldest and largest club in the area. They meet Mondays at noon at the Elks Lodge for fellowship, lunch and an informative presentation from a guest speaker. More information can be found on its website, rotary1.org.