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 most Fridays at 7 am in the Plaza View Room at Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse.
The Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
Friday, August 23 – Play the Ponies with RCAS – meet at 3 pm at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds Racetrack!
Saturday, August 24 – Adopt-a-Highway – Meet at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center at 10 am
Sunday, August 25 – Kevin Ebbert Memorial Trail Run – Sign up at any HealthSport location. The run will take place in the Arcata Community Forest from 9 am to 1 pm.
Sunday, September 8 – Out Of The Darkness Walk for suicide awareness and prevention. Meet at 10 am on the Plaza.
Monday, September 16 – RCAS Fellowship at the Griffin! (The third Monday of each month) 4 to 6 pm.
Friday, September 27 – Fundraiser for RCAS Guatemala House-Building Project! More details to follow.
Additional Important Stuff
The Arcata High School Interact Club meets every Friday at 12:20 pm during the school year.
The North Bay Rotaract Club meets in the Plaza View Room at Jacoby’s Storehouse at 6 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
Who’s the Newest Sunriser? Amanda!!
We welcomed Amanda Nelson as our newest Sunriser! Amanda is the Compliance Officer for the Humboldt State Athletic Department.
She came to HSU to earn her degree in Oceanography, and she joined the Women’s Rowing Team almost immediately.
After stints at the HSU Bookstore and local branding company Swag, she began coaching and recruiting for the school’s rowing team, working with Head Coach Robin Meiggs. (That name seems somewhat familiar … hmm.)
Amanda was hired as the Compliance Officer in the spring of 2018. Her wife, Ashley Donnell, also works for HSU Athletics, as an Assistant Rowing Coach. We’re very pleased to have Amanda on the RCAS team!
Fresh From Brazil …
The RCAS Welcome Wagon did not stop for long – we also welcomed Rotary Exchange Student Travis Naman back from Brazil.
Travis showed us photos from his adventure, including shots from a ROTEX project in São Paulo. He also had pictures from Rio de Janiero and Iguazu Falls, but probably his most impressive photos were those he took in the Amazon.
Small School Excellence
Lark Doolan is the Superintendent/Principal for Peninsula Union School. He was also the Featured Speaker at Friday’s meeting. Lark talked about the advantages and the challenges for a small school. (There are 35 to 40 students, working with 11 faculty and staff members.)
He also told us that the school has worked on annual themes and values. Year 1 was devoted to “Restorative Practice”, including building a circle of supports. The focus of Year 2 was “Mindfulness”, and in Year 3, the group worked on equity.
Lark listed several ways to help his school, including the donation of used (but working) iPads and laptops, donations for field trips or to support the purchase of a 10-seat van, and helping with improvements in the school garden.
Don’t miss a minute!
(Click on the 2019-2020 Rotary Theme Logo to view the video of the full meeting.)