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.
We meet (almost) every Friday at 7 am in the Plaza View Room
of Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse,
We have returned to hybrid meetings.
Please join us, either on-site or online!
For more information and for the meeting links, please visit the RCAS Website.
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 RCAS Calendar
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
- April 8 – 10 – Redwood Poetry Festival (volunteers needed)
- May 2 – Fireside Meetings (no Friday meeting)
- May 7 – RCAS Charter Celebration at Redwood Park – Thirty years of Service Above Self!
- May 13 – The Stupendous Sunrise Scramble Golf Tournament
- May 20 & 21 – District 5130 Conference at the River Lodge in Fortuna
- June 4-8 – The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas.
For Openers …
Following the greetings and introductions, we celebrated a few birthdays from March. Matt Babich said that he just turned off his cell phone for a few days as a treat … but there was cake! AJ Gonzales told us that he had a birthday dinner at Angelina’s. Craig Newman said that he and Janice went out to dinner also.
Coming events included AJ Gonzales talking about our Community Service Project building garden boxes for families throughout Arcata and a rainwater catchment system at Arcata Elementary School.
Jessica Jones is the Co-President of the Arcata Noon Rotary, and she was on hand to promote her Club’s fundraiser – the Humboldt Wine Festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 30th. This year, the event will take place at Baywood Golf & Country Club.
Maggie Kraft let us know that Housing Forward Humboldt will be holding an ADU Community Workshop on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. ADU stands for Accessory Dwelling Units (also known as “granny flats”), and the County has established to guidelines in the hope that these units can help alleviate our housing shortage.
Our Sunrise Scramble Golf Tournament is only about a month away, so please continue to promote the event. Check in with your Tourney Team to achieve your goal of signing up a team, getting a hole sponsor, working with a hole sponsor to staff their hole, and/or acquire a major raffle item ($250 to $1,000).
The Rotarians organizing next month’s District Conference in Fortuna would really appreciate your help with setting up the River Lodge for the celebration of DG Dustin’s gubernatorial year.
The Justice Of Your Club – aka JOYC – brought several recognitions to the screen.
First up, she talked with Chris and Lisa Hemphill about a visit from one of their former Exchange Students. The student was from Belgium, so (naturally) beer was involved.
Dustin Littlefield noted that his family recently moved to Dallas to lead the Clear Texas Lakes nonprofit there.
Bob and Susan Johnson recently retired, so Bob received a “Hello Neighbor” coin from JOYC. Maybe that will make more sense when you watch the video. AJ Gonzales got a coin, too.
We then broke into groups, both in the Plaza View Room and online, and the Recognition Session closed with the discoveries that emerged from those meetings.
The Historic Eureka Theater
The Featured Speaker at the RCAS Meeting of April 8, 2022 was our own Gregg Foster, Gregg (a former President of our Club) was speaking in his role as President of the Eureka Theater’s Board of Directors.
The Board coordinates the efforts of a large group of volunteers who are working to restore the the theater as part of its mission to educate the public in film, theater, music, and other art forms. Gregg noted that the group has made great strides in the restoration, but there is still much to do. They are focusing on the three-bedroom apartment above the theater and the rebuilding and restoration of the tower that reads “EUREKA” in large letters.
The organization is seeking additional volunteers (and donations, of course). Its next public event – featuring Bandemonium – will take place on May 7th. Also, please contact Gregg for information about renting the Theater and/or sponsoring a movie night.
President Ian’s Closing Haiku
You joined Rotary
We are people of action
So let’s get to work