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.
We have returned to hybrid meetings.
Please join us, either on-site or online!
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“
- August 5 – District Governor Jennifer Strong makes her Official Visit!!
- August 13-14 – RCAS Sunrise Summer Sale
- September 11 – Out of the Darkness Community Walk – Meet at 10 am at the Arcata Plaza (and sign up for the RCAS Team)
For Openers …
We learned that, due to family concerns, Maggie Kraft had to step down as Assistant Governor, but she was replaced by another Sunriser – Past President Ian Schatz.
Another news bulletin involved Robyn Jensen, who recently got engaged to Nate Zwerdling – congratulations to both of you!!
We also learned that RCAS has funded fire extinguishers and smoke alarms for a home for transitional age youths who are dealing with addiction issues. The home is scheduled to open next year.
Past District Governor (and Sunriser) Dustin Littlefield has been named to head the next PETS for the Far West Region. That meant that he got to visit the headquarters of Rotary International in Evanston, Illinois! He provided something of a virtual tour via his photos of the building and its grounds. He said that Evanston is beautiful, and well worth the trip.
All Some About the Rotary Foundation with Terri!
Terri Clark is the chair of our Club’s Foundation Committee, and there are few people more knowledgeable than her about the ways and reasons to donate to the Rotary Foundation. Mostly because she and her husband Marty Lay have been giving to the Foundation for years!
Stephanie Lane came up to tell us how easy it is to make an online donation to the Rotary Foundation at Rotary.org/en/donate. You can make a one-time contribution, or (as Stephanie did), set up a recurring donation. Jessica McKnight also encouraged us to help the Foundation by making provision in your will or trust to provide a bequest after you pass.
Terri provided those in attendance with recaps of their Foundation donation status, and she explained how to read the report. She then fielded questions from the audience.
The Fabulous Final Friday Foundation Auction!
And then it was auction time …
First up was an “After the River” gift basket, donated by President Vanessa. It contained the essentials to follow your perfect day in the sun. Charlie Jordan’s perfect bid secured the package.
Jessica McKnight provided tickets for the Redwood Curtain Theater presentation of “The Children”. To round out the evening, a certificate for Salt Fish House was included. The winning bidder was Tom Tellez.
Terri Clark donated gift cards to the Griffin and to Wrangletown Cider/North Story Wines. The Griffin cards were snapped up by Lisa Hemphill, AJ Gonzales, Marty Lay, and Ian Schatz. The Wrangletown Cider winners were Carol Vander Meer, Jeff Stebbins, Dustin Littlefield, and AJ Gonzales. Cheers!!
Tom Tellez contributed a certificate to the Campground Restaurant, along with four tickets to see the Humboldt Crabs at Arcata Ballpark. President Elect John Gullam won the package, then proceeded to give away the Crabs tickets. (He gets in free as a member of the World-Famous Crabgrass Band! Very generous, John!!
Two breakfast packages were donated by Angela Robershotte. These included eggs, scone mix, coffee, tea, jelly, sausage, and champagne. Mmmmm … President Vanessa and Rebecca Crow will be enjoying a pleasant morning or two, since they were the high bidders.
Michael Pazeian donated several books that he authored, and more. First up was a set – Real History, Volumes I and II, which was won by Hannah Golden. Next was a bag of very fresh veggies, harvested from Mike’s garden that morning. The top bid was from noted foodie Jessica McKnight. Rachel Sarvinski was the winner of the set of three volumes of Mike’s interviews with veterans, and John Gullam purchased a copy of Mike’s autobiography, “Asking Why”.
A big thank you to all who donated and purchased! We closed the meeting with Stephanie Lane giving away plums from the tree in her yard. What can I say? Rotarians are a generous lot!