April 14, 2017

2016-17 Rotary Theme

Welcome to the Sunrise Spirit –
the Weekly Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise

Our Next Meeting

Our 7:00 am meeting on April 21st (as usual, in the Plaza View Room in Jacoby’s Storehouse) will feature Levon Durr, the owner of Fungia Farms, who will speak to us about mycoremediation – a method of bioremediation that uses fungi to contain or degrade toxins in the environment. Feel free to join us!

RISE Calendar …
“Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone

April 22 – RCAS Adopt-a-Highway outing for Earth Day! Meet at the Coastal Nature Center at 9:30 am – we’ll be done at around 11:30 (am).
April 22 – International Food & Wine Pairing – 6 pm at the Eureka Women’s Club. This is a fundraiser for the Lost Coast Rotaract Club.
April 27 – Racial Equity: Conversation & Action – a community discussion about issues faced by persons of color. 1 to 3 pm at Portuguese Hall.
May 12-14  – The District 5130 Conference at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, Nevada
May 19 – History Day presentations at our Friday Meeting – 7 am at the Plaza View Room in Jacoby’s Storehouse.
June 2 – The Steve Brodhag Golf and Crown Royal Classic at Baywood – a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka. Contact Emanuel Rose to participate.
June 10-14 – The Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia

Sunrise Moments

The Judy Report: Here’s the latest from Rotary Exchange Student Chen Yi (Judy) Ting:


Congratulations, Abigail! At our March 31st meeting, President Susan told us that one of our Arcata Sunrise Memorial Scholarship recipients, Abigail Peterson, had been nominated for Humboldt State’s Outstanding Student Award. Well … she won!! We’re proud to have played a part to help such a deserving student achieve this wonderful honor. We wish her well as she graduates from HSU this spring, moving on to “America’s Medical School” – the Uniformed Services University in Betheseda, Maryland.

Historia: Jeff Stebbins told us that our Club is sponsoring three students in this year’s State History Day competition, which will be held May 6th and 7th in Rocklin. Winners at the state level till be eligible to compete in the national competition, to be held at the University of Maryland in mid-June. The RCAS-sponsored students – one of whom is competing in the Junior Division, and two in the Senior Division – will give their presentations at our Club meeting on May 19th.

Let Bylaws be Bylaws: Our discussion of attendance requirements and other potential changes to our Club bylaws came to a close at our last meeting. The Club voted to approve moving our official Club Election date to a more practical time, and we also voted unanimously to accept some minor changes in phrasing regarding our attendance requirements, but those requirements were left largely intact.

President Susan was pleasantly surprised when the votes were taken, as they were unanimous! (She was a bit apprehensive as she asked if there were any “Nay” votes, as you can see in the photo.)

She lauded the subcommittee of Terri Clark and Ray Noggle for working in a very transparent fashion as the discussions about the nature of RCAS membership was discussed. Many thanks to Terri and Ray from all of us!! President Susan provided the two with a more practical thank you – certificates for a massage to help relieve the stress of the process. Terri told us how important it was that so many Sunrisers took the time to contribute to the process.

President Susan reminded us to report our make-up meetings – either by signing in at our meetings or by emailing our Club Secretary, Howard Stauffer.

Adopt-a-Highway: Don’t forget that this Saturday is our Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup – Earth Day Edition. Meet at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center at 9:30 am, and we should be done by about 11:30 (also am), ready for a few drinks.

College of the Redwoods Update

On Tuesday, April 11th, Dr. Keith Snow-Flamer lost part of his title at the College of the Redwoods. For almost two years, Dr. Snow-Flamer had been the Interim President/Superintendent of the school, but the Board of Trustees announced that he had been named to the position with a four-year contract! As one of his first official acts, Dr. Snow-Flamer spoke to our Club: