Our Next Meeting:
We will be celebrating the holidays for the next two Fridays – Our next meeting will take place on January 6, 2017. Please consider visiting with us then.
RISE Calendar … “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
January 9 – RCAS and RCAS Foundation Boards will meet at the Golden Harvest Cafe at 7:00 am
January 21 – Adopt-A-Highway cleanup. Meet at the Coastal Nature Center at 9:30 am.
February 18 – Charter Night at Baywood! Our annual RCAS birthday party!!
March 11 – The RCAS Spring Fundraiser! Put it on your calendar now (or as soon as you purchase a 2017 calendar)!!
May 12-14 – The District 5130 Conference at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village, Nevada
- The full video of the December 16th meeting is available on YouTube. Due to length restrictions, the meeting is in five individual videos, which have been gathered into a playlist. Click here to access it. We are looking into the possibility of streaming future meetings online. If you have any suggestions, please contact Your Editor.
- Our Board of Directors will meet on Monday January 9th, at 7 am at the Golden Harvest Cafe. All are welcome, and the method of payment for our morning meals will be on the agenda. (For more information, check the latter part of the video playlist of the full meeting, referenced in the previous bullet point.)
- Terri Clark presented a shiny new Blue Badge to Emanuel Rose, who completed all the requirements for the transition. Congratulations, Emanuel!
- Terri also presented some Rotary Foundation news. Ray Noggle is our Club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow, in large part due to his generous donation of a hand-crafted Rotary shirt at a recent Final Friday Auction. Did I mention that he was also the high bidder? Terri also honored a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, President Susan! Thank you both very much for your generosity, Ray and Susan!
The Judy Report
Since we recorded the entire meeting, here is the portion containing the Judy Report for December 16th:
- Susan Diehl McCarthy’s birthday was November 29th, and among the exciting things she did was … “I went to work.” It’s all good, though, ’cause “we had a cake, which was really wonderful”. Susan also told us that the Ferndale Community Choir, which was started by her mother 27 years ago, and which she is a proud member of, has a trip planned … to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall in 2017!
- December 12th was Dustin Littlefield’s birthday, and he took the day off. With the day off, he chose the most exciting activity he could think of – he went to our Club’s Board Meetings! That was the extent of his celebration!
- Somehow, we missed (or almost missed) Jessica McKnight’s December 5th birthday, which turned out to be a bittersweet “adventure”. While Jessica was in Colorado with her mother prior to her birthday, they heard that Jessica’s uncle had died. He had been ill for quite a while, so the news wasn’t unexpected, but it was still sad. So the two women flew from Denver to Mississippi for the funeral. This all took place before Jessica’s birthday. When that day came, they were still in Mississippi, and they traveled to Vicksburg – the site of an important battle in the Civil War. Jessica’s great-great-great-grandfather fought in the battle on the Union side, and they found a marker for his regiment, and his name was included.
- Deb Engs’s birthday was on December 6th, but Your Editor failed to make out what took place. (Even after reviewing the video five times! Maybe you’ll have better luck watching the full meeting video. Sorry, Deb!)
- Dick and Shelley Johnson celebrated their 21st anniversary on December 2nd with dinner at Abruzzi’s. They didn’t have reservations, but they figured that since Santa and his wife were making their 2016 debuts on the Plaza, there wouldn’t be much of a wait. There was, but it was worth it. They had a great dinner, and a great time.
- Janice and Craig Newman went to New England for their anniversary, even though it was yet to happen! They enjoy visiting the area, especially during the holiday season. Their son Mike has returned to Albany, New York, and they spent the last three days of their vacation there. Craig said they left just in time: “Yesterday, the high was 12 degrees, and the low was minus 12!” Janice said that on the 18th, “we will probably go out to dinner. And it’s going to be our 45th!” Congratulations!
The Arcata High School Madrigal Choir’s Annual Visit
Each year, at our last meeting of the year, the Arcata High School Madrigal Choir regales us with songs of the holiday season. Under the direction of Cassandra Moulton, the group sang five songs, which you can view in the videos below. They also led the Sunrisers in a few carols, which can be viewed and heard by selecting the playlist for the full meeting (see above). Thank you to Cassandra and the Choir for once again setting the mood for the season!