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“
January 17-18 – “Peace Starts With You” – the Rotary International Peace Conference in Ontario, California
January 17 – Rotary Night at the Eureka Theatre – watch “The Big Chill”!
Saturday, January 18 – Join the Sunrise Rotary Club of Fortuna at the River Lodge for their Seafood Boil
Saturday, February 1 – The Annual Jackie Foote Memorial Pancake Breakfast, benefiting the AHS Career & College Center. There are opportunities to sponsor, volunteer, and/or eat!
Saturday, March 21 – District Training Assembly North at the Sequoia Conference Center in Eureka
Friday-Saturday, May 15-16 – District Conference in Fortuna
June 8-10 – Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii
Additional Important Stuff
The Arcata High School Interact Club meets every Friday (when school is in session) 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.
The Thomas Update
Exchange Student Thomas Spengler gave us a recap of what he did over the holidays, and he previewed the upcoming International Fair, a fundraiser in which he and his fellow Exchangers will prepare dishes from their home countries!
Recognitions & Announcements
At the first RCAS meeting of 2020 (on January 3rd), President AJ noted several Club accomplishments that took place over our winter hiatus.
We heard about the progress being made on the school we are supporting in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, then AJ reminded us that our working trip to Guatemala will take place in mid-February (and it’s not too late to sign up). The Peninsula School Garden Project is moving along well, and Sunriser Karen Burgesser is applying for a grant for garden tools to help the school. We heard from the Fieldbrook Volunteer Fire Department, who thanked us (along with the Rotary Club of Mad River, Coast Central Credit Union, and Green Diamond) for funding a new radio repeater. The device has been installed and is working well.
Following a recitation of coming events, President AJ said that we are well on our way toward a Presidential Citation for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year.
We closed this segment with a report from Sunriser Brett Watson, who told us about the City of Arcata’s efforts to clean up local waterways.
Michael Pazeian’s Craft Talk!
Michael Pazeian gave his Craft Talk last Friday. We learned that Mike was born and raised in Long Beach, and he was a teacher for many years. He now advises student teachers for Humboldt State University. Michael requires his charges to teach critical thinking skills to their students, to help them make good choices throughout their lives.
Mike is also an author – his book, “For Those Who Served: Veterans’ Voices” is a collection of interviews with people who served in the Armed Forces. He is currently working on a second book.
Here’s how you can donate to Rotary’s Regional Disaster Relief Fund. Clicking on the graphic will take you to the District 5130 link (rotary5130.org). Once you are there, you can scroll down to find the CLICK TO DONATE button.
Don’t miss a minute!
(Click on the 2019-2020 Rotary Theme Logo to view the video of the full meeting.)