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“
Saturday, March 9: Judges needed for the annual Humboldt History Day competition at Humboldt State. See Jeff Stebbins to volunteer.
Monday & Tuesday, March 11 & 12: Prep work for our SWOT (Serving With Our Talents) Project – painting the Bayside Community Hall (formerly the Bayside Grange). Then …
Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16: SWOT Team Unite! We’ll be painting the main room and the restrooms at the Bayside Community Hall.
Saturday, March 16: Join the Rotary Club of Arcata (Noon) and the North Bay Rotaract Club as they present the 11th Annual Humboldt Wine Festival. Starts at 5:30 pm in HSU’s Kate Buchanan Room.
Saturday, March 16: The Rotary Club of Eureka presents Mardi Gras With a Cause at the Sequoia Conference Center, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Additional Important Stuff
The Arcata High School Interact Club meets every Friday at 12:20 pm.
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.
Ask Me Anything?
At the February 22, 2019 RCAS Meeting, President Ray honored (and harassed) Brandon Kakitsuka for stepping up to chair the Spring Fundraiser Committee. Thanks, Brandon!!
Final Friday Foundation Auction Lite
We held a slightly abbreviated edition of our Final Friday Auction, which benefits the Rotary Foundation. As always, Sunrisers (and others) stepped up to donate and bid on some great prizes. Here’s the list:
- Robin Meiggs (via hubby Scott Heller) brought a bunch of Humboldt State athletic wear, accompanied by 8 tickets to the HSU Sports Auction, which will take place in April. These Sunrisers and their significant others will be filling out the table – Julie Vaissade-Elcock, Bob Johnson, Romi Hitchcock Tinseth, and Dick Johnson. And the Justice Of Your Club (aka JOYC) purchased a fifth share, sans tickets. But never fear, everybody got clothing!
- Charlie Jordan donated three beer-themed auction items. John Gullam purchased the Sierra Nevada Ale Fall Back, Tom Tellez was the high bidder on a case of Lagunitas IPA, and Terri Clark won a set of beer glasses with accessories.
- Romi Hitchcock Tinseth brought a Rotary flannel shirt, and Julie Vaissade-Elcock offered the most, so she got it!
- President Ray provided a “What I’m Doing Tonight” package, which our Server, Talbi, won!
- A variety of items from South Africa was on the block, courtesy of Maggie Kraft. The package included a package of jerky-like meat, tea, a rug, and more. Romi Hitchcock Tinseth purchased this, which was the last item of the day.
Thanks to the generosity of the donors and the bidders, the Rotary Foundation will have another $1,335 to work wonders throughout the world!
JOYC & the Random Number Generator
The Justice Of Your Club (JOYC) fired up her Random Number Generator to select a few Sunrisers to talk about. And as she warned us, if she has to look you up to find the 411 … you have no control over the results!
Her honorees/victims included Laura Montagna, who is working on a documentary about childhood trauma; Jessica McKnight, who has an article about self-employment taxes posted on the Being Boss website; Rachel Damme, who talked about fundraising for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s; and Bob Johnson, who must have a doppelganger who is involved with crop management in the Monterey Bay area.
A New Approach to Matching Employers and Job Seekers
Our Featured Speaker was Susan Seeman, Program Director for the Arcata Economic Development Corporation (and the Mayor of Eureka). Susan’s topic was AEDC’s upcoming Workforce Weekend, which will take place March 1st & 2nd. The project seeks to connect job seekers with businesses in Humboldt County. A major part of the project is a website (www.workforceweekend.com) that bills itself as “a cross between a personality matching site and a job fair”.
The March event will allow employers to meet and discuss opportunities with potential employees in person.
Quiet Service is Its Own Reward …
… but a gift card is certainly appreciated! President Ray’s Rotarian of the Week was someone who quietly gets things accomplished. Each year, Jeff Stebbins heads up our Club’s efforts at the AHS Career & College Center Breakfast, and he solicits our assistance with the Humboldt County History Day competition!
“Watch this episode of The Adventures of President Ray!“(Click on President Ray’s photo to view the video of the full meeting.)