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.
For more information, 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“
- March 25 – BIG Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup – be at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center at 9 am to participate!
- March 31 & April 1 – District Training Assembly
- May 4-7 – District Conference at Konocti Harbor Resort
- May 27-31 – Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia
President Vanessa reviewed several photos that we missed the previous week, when her laptop was ka-put! She also shared pictures from the recent Charter High Tea at Baywood Country Club.
Romi Hitchcock Tinseth said that RCAS is partnering with the Arcata Noon Rotary and the Southwest Eureka Rotary to sponsor an upcoming “Home Away From Home” event on May 7th. These events take place a couple of times during the school year, and they are intended to show our community’s support and appreciation for students who are attending Cal Poly Humboldt from out of the area, and who may be dealing with homesickness and other issues.
Bob Judevine talked up the Rotary Youth Exchange program, and we’ll hear more next week as well. Howard Stauffer discussed the progress on the kitchen and dining facility that is under construction at the Cambodia Academy. President Vanessa also reminded us to save up for May’s Final Friday, when Scott Heller and Robin Meiggs will offer a week’s stay at their home in Maui, with Scott and Robin serving as hosts – doing all the cooking, cleaning, and entertaining!
Final Friday is About the Rotary Foundation!
Foundation Chair Terri Clark encouraged us to consider attending the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia in May. If you plan to attend, our Club will contribute $400 toward your registration fees. Terri reminded us that the full name of our organization is Rotary International. She also noted that next year, the Convention will take place in Singapore, but in 2025, it will be held in Calgary, Canada. Something to consider?
As is our custom on Final Fridays, we held an auction. Sunrisers donate delightful items that elicit generous bids, and all of the proceeds are passed along to the Rotary Foundation. Here’s a list of the donors, their packages, and the winning bidders:
- Brandi Easter offered a set of pottery, which will grace the table of winning bidder Hannah Golden.
- Terri Clark promised a weekend of San Francisco Fun, seeing the Wizard of Oz in mid-June. We know where President Vanessa will be that weekend, since she outbid all others.
- A warm and cozy grouping featuring a blanket was Amanda Nelson’s contribution, and we expect that purchaser Ian Schatz has made good use of those items during the recent cold snap.
- Pat Knittel donated wine (an ever-popular item at our auctions). Carol Vander Meer was the winner.
- President Vanessa presented “Flowers for a Year” – one bouquet for each of 12 months. Those were purchased by Jessica McKnight.
- Brandon Kakitsuka donated beers and fish – I’m not sure of the details, but winning bidder JOYC (the Justice Of Your Club) can fill you in at some point.
- A night with movies, candy, and a gift card were presented by Bob Johnson. Terri Clark and Marty Lay will be enjoying that bundle.
- The aforementioned JOYC contributed a bag of stuff that included trail mix, albacore, chocolate, cheese, cherries, and bourbon. And Carol Vander Meer won that bundle.
- Finally, Romi offered up several Rotary Heart Rocks – river rocks shaped like hearts that were painted with love. Five were offered, and five were sold – to Brandi Easter, John Gullam, President Vanessa, guest Genevieve Serna, and Shannon Maciel.
As always, thank you to those who donated items, and to the purchasers. A total of $1,090 was raised thanks to your generosity! This will help the Rotary Foundation continue to help people throughout the world!
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