Welcome to the Sunrise Spirit –
the Weekly Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise
We hope that you will attend one of our lively Friday meetings,
whether or not you are interested in joining Rotary.
Usually, we meet on most Fridays at 7 am in the Plaza View Room
at Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse,
however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are meeting online.
Please visit the RCAS Website for the meeting links.
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change
– across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
The Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
- June 12-16 – The 2021 Rotary International Convention – Online!
- November 11-14 – The Zone Institute, tentatively scheduled for Tuscon, Arizona
- June 4-8, 2022 – The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas.
Gratitude and Recognitions
Following the introduction of guests and Visiting Rotarians, President Maggie noted that April 23rd was set aside as the annual LGBTQ+ Day of Silence. This observance seeks to call attention to bullying and harassment of people who are lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning, particularly in schools.
John Richmond shared some of the things for which he feels grateful. He said that he and Leila initially moved here to be closer to his father, but they ultimately fell “so hard” in love with the place. John is also thankful for his co-workers, his fellow Rotarians, and his friends.
Apparently, Howard Stauffer dissed (heckled) President Maggie recently in an undisclosed location and in an undisclosed way. But he contributed $200 to the Rotary Foundation for his transgression.
Service Above Self
Amanda Nelson reported that the deliveries of Meals for Seniors went very well, as we wrapped up that program for now (unless some new issue comes up). Golfing Sunrisers should sign up for Southwest Eureka Rotary’s Stephen Brodhag Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, June 11th, and/or our own Sunrise Scramble, which will take place on Saturday, August 21st. We will hear more about the latter tourney in mid-May.
Charli Murphy (AKA Crystal Perez) was not on hand, so President Maggie reported that she (Charli/Crystal) has been working hard to coordinate and fill the paid internships that were provided by a District 5130 grant. Maggie also praised Tomas Chavez and Sequoia Personnel for volunteering to handle all of the payroll issues involved in the project.
Embodying Rotary’s Commitment to the Environment
Katrina Zavalny of the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa East was the Featured Speaker at the April 23, 2021 RCAS Meeting. Kristina was assisted by Rotarian Barry Cogbill, also from the Santa Rosa East Club. Both are also members of our District’s Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG), which is working to implement Rotary’s recently announced Seventh Area of Focus – Protecting the Environment.
Katrina discussed ESRAG in terms of Rotary’s new area of focus – Protecting the Environment. ESRAG’s mission is to develop strategies to improve the health of our planet, and she encourages us to share information about conservation projects we undertake, using the hashtag #IFixThePlanet.
The environmental situation is critical with climate issues at the forefront. Katrina noted that there is no one solution – it will take a multi-factor effort, involving people (individuals, families, and households); places (communities, schools, and regions), and the planet (Global Grants and leveraging the Rotary Network). She sees opportunities to include partnerships with Rotaract Clubs, Interact Clubs, local schools, and others.