Rotary President-Elect John Cottle thanks Rotarian Lindsey Shields for her presentation about the Mendocino Art Center where she is director.

Visiting Rotarian Shares Club Flags

Oakland Sunrise Rotarian Sue McKinney discusses the power of crowd funding.


Photos by Guenter Riegler.

Next Meeting – March 27 – Topic: State Parks District Supervisor Loren Rex discusses construction work at Ten-Mile Beach

Oakland Sunrise Rotarian Sue McKinney, who has homes in Vietnam and Mendocino, explained the power of crowd funding and revealed tips for a successful crowd funding campaign.

What is crowd funding? It’s an appeal to the public to give money to support a project, cause or product development. Although crowd funding on the web first took hold as a Web phenomenon in 2006, the first such effort dates back to the mid 1800’s when Joseph Pulitzer made an appeal to the public to help pay for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty after construction funds ran out. More than 125,000 people responded, donating less than $1 each — enough to get the $100,000 needed to construct the pedestal.

An Funding Source for Rotary Park?

McKinney, who is passionate about a natural menopause treatment using the herb Crila, is seeking $15,000 to help fund the clinical trial. She set up her campaign on the crowd funding website Click here to see her project. So far, she has raised $8,500 in about 20 days.

McKinney suggested crowd funding as a way to raise money for Rotary Park.

Also making a presentation was new Mendocino Rotary Lindsey Shields, executive director of the Mendocino Arts Center.

Lindsey outlined a long list of programs and events coming up at the Art Center through the remainder of 2014. To learn more, visit:

Other News:

  • The Celebration of Life for Mendocino Rotarian Bill Masterson was announced.
  • A sympathy card for Rotarian Tom Allman, Mendocino County Sheriff, for the loss of his deputy Ricky Del Forentino, was circulated.
  • Gary Hopper provided updates on the Casino Night fundraiser schedule for April and Jerry Karabensh talked about the Easter Sunday egg hunt for kids at Rotary Park.