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.
Usually, we meet on most Fridays at 7 am in the Plaza View Room
at Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse,
however, while we are under the Shelter In Place order, we are meeting online.
Please visit the RCAS Website for the meeting links.
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 Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
- August 1 – The Virtual Summer Sale kicks off online
- August 29 – RCAS Golf Tournament at Beau Pre Golf Course in McKinleyville
Guests and Announcements
We had some Visiting Rotarians at our meeting: Jay Sooter of the Garberville Rotary, Frank Ramos from Fortuna Sunrise, and another Garberville Rotarian – Andy Barnett.
President Maggie showed photos of Janice Newman, Julie Vaissade-Elcock, and Gregg Foster. All three were sporting their masks bearing the Rotary logo.
Maggie also told us that the Board of Directors at its meeting earlier in the week named Amanda Nelson to fill its vacant seat. They also endorsed the Diversity Committee that is taking shape. The next Board Meeting will take place August 18th.
July’s Rotarian of the Month, Carol Vander Meer, provided some interesting information about her work with the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust. As part of her presentation, she included a video of the intertidal area of Baker Beach. Next month’s ROTM will be John Gullam, and he is tasked with … 1) Showing President Maggie (and us) something, 2) Telling her about his Rotary “a-ha” moment, and 3) Teaching Maggie (and us) something.
President Maggie opened Rotary Opportunity Door Number One of Rotary Opportunity by reminding us that the online “Sunrise Summer Sale” is set to launch on Saturday, August 1st. Be sure to check your closets and your garage for gently used items (please no clothing or shoes).
By opening Door Number Two, Maggie revealed the Sunrise Scramble golf tournament, which will be held on Saturday, August 29th. Also behind Door #2 is the chance to support the Humboldt Senior Resource Center’s Home-Delivered Meal program, on Wednesdays at noon..
Door Number Three? The Final Friday Foundation Auction!
Final Friday really got started when President Maggie opened Door Number Three. Foundation Chair Terri Clark provided a bit of history about the founding of Rotary International, and she told us how RCAS became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club during the reign of President Ray Noogle/Noggle. She also listed our latest Paul Harris Fellows …
- Jamie Anderson
- Bryn Coriell
- (THE) Scott Hunt
- Tamra Josie James
- Stephanie Lane
- Taylor Lefevre
- Amy Scolari
- Dick Johnson – PHF+5 (Terri always says, “You don’t have to stop at one!”)
With Brandon Kakitsuka and Amanda Nelson as our auctioneers, the bidding was soon underway:
Here is a recap of the donors, prizes, and winners:
- Charli Murphy (aka Crystal) donated a beautiful homemade blueberry pie. The winning bid was placed by Brett Watson!
- A Wine & Dine package, consisting of four nights of dinner for two (coupons for takeout from the Plaza Grill) paired with two bottles of wine, was provided by Lisa Hemphill. Past President AJ Gonzales (and Amy) will be enjoying those meals for a while!
- Charlie Jordan’s contribution was a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon with a handcrafted American flag crafted from Kentucky bourbon barrels. Auctioneer Brandon Kakitsuka offered the winning bid for that unique prize
- “Is it Ginday yet?” That was the question posed by Claire Ajina with her package of four insulated tumblers, two bottles of Spectacular Tonic Water, a bottle of Hendrick’s Gin, and a bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin. (Limes were also included, but not shown.) The ever-generous Terri Clark will be the one calling Doctor Bombay after she won that package!
- Tomas Chavez brought a well-stocked vintage travel bar, which included a bottle of Bird Rock 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, a bottle of 2016 Acumen Mountainside Red Wine, and a bottle of Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey. With the included glasses, jigger, serving tray, and more, it was a package suitable for James Bond. Or for our winning bidder – Breyer … Lori Breyer …
- The final item on the block was a “Virtual Trip to Mexico”, courtesy of Steve McHaney. This included a large bottle of Tequila Corralejo, two bottles of margarita mix, two margarita glasses with cactus stems, two lemons (he didn’t have any limes), two avocados (to make guacamole), and three yards of chili pepper fabric – suitable for a tablecloth, napkins, or a serape. The winning bidder (and soon-to-be virtual traveler) was Tom Tellez.
As always, we appreciate the generosity of the prize donors and the winning bidders. This time around, we made $1425, which will be happily donated to the Rotary Foundation, to help fund the wonderful work they do all over the world!
Don’t miss a minute!
(Click here to view the video of the full meeting.)