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,
Please note: Our meetings will take place online through the month of February 2022, and possibly beyond.
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“
- February 1-6 – District 5130 Environmental Tour in Mexico
- February 12 – Fortuna Sunrise Rotary’s “Pork & Cork” – Cruise-Through dinner event (starts at 4:30 at Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department)
- February 13 – Super Bowl Fellowship Activity
- February 16 – Community Service Committee Meeting
- June 4-8 – The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas.
For Openers …
We started the meeting introducing our guests, Visiting Rotarians, and opportunities to serve! These included our need for additional host families for our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students. But we are still looking for someone to take over the Club website, and our Treasurer Sophie wants to train someone to take over that position. Likewise, Nick Torres would like to train our next Sergeant At Arms.
We then heard from Former President AJ Gonzales, who let us know the latest from the Community Service Committee. He let us know that the students at Peninsula School will be voting for the school’s next project on February 2nd. One of the entries is our proposal to build a rain catchment system.
Honoring James Washington
He may not have been the day’s official “Featured Speaker”, but having James Washington speak to RCAS was a delight. James is well-known in Arcata for being everyone’s friend as well as for his long service coaching the Cross-Country and Track Teams at Arcata High.
James spoke about the school’s new track and field stadium that will bear his name. The venue is nearly ready to open, but funds are still needed. You can send a check to James or pay by Venmo (@Colleen Toste, and write in the memo “Track”).
Arcata Main Street Update
Shoshanna may not have a last name, but she has a lot of enthusiasm! She was our Featured Speaker, and she talked about Arcata Main Street, focusing mainly on the Arcata Outdoor Events Grant that her organization received along with Playhouse Arts – Arcata’s Local Arts Agency (LAA).
The grant was provided by the City of Arcata, and it seeks to provide infrastructure for outdoor activities such as concerts, festivals, parades, and more. The equipment available from the two agencies includes a Starstage Canopy, a portable PA system, a generator, a portable stage, and a circus tent (40 feet by 80 feet)!
The groups are also ready to connect you with venues as well as sources for other equipment you might need to hold a successful outdoor event. An online form is available at https://www.arcataplayhouse.org/arcata-outdoor-events-grant/, along with other supportive information. You can also email Shoshanna@ArcataPlayhouse.com for more information.
President Ian’s Closing Haiku
honoring Hunter Lewis, who was recently lost at sea …
Once passed who are we
Just how we made people feel
Leave fond memories