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“
- April 15 – The David Josiah Lawson 5K Run & Walk from the Plaza to the Arcata Marsh – 8 am to 11 am
- April 21 – AHS Interact Spaghetti Feed at the AHS Fine Arts Building from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
- May 4-7 – District Conference at Konocti Harbor Resort
- May 27-31 – Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia
Following introductions of our guests and Visiting Rotarians, we learned more about the new vocational program at College of the Redwoods, which is headed up by Jim Ritter, who has been a great friend of RCAS for many years … President-Elect John Gullam was among those who staffed a Rotary table at the recent Community Cleanup Event. He and others provided great information to prospective Rotarians … Romi Hitchcock Tinseth reminded us that there will be a Vigil and then a Run/Walk Event on Saturday, April 15th to honor the memory of David Josiah (DJ) Lawson, who was slain in Arcata six years ago … The Arcata High School Interact Club will hold its Spaghetti Feed on Friday, April 21st at the AHS Fine Arts Building …
Foundation Final Friday
RCAS has long dedicated the last Friday meeting of each month (with the exceptions of December and June) to celebrate the works of the Rotary Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Rotary International. Contributions to the Foundation are carefully invested, and the returns are returned to Rotary Clubs in the form of grants, which help the Clubs do the great work that we do in our communities – whether those communities are local or global.
The Rotary Foundation recognizes donations by Rotarians and others who donate $1,000 or more by designating them (or another person they designate) as Paul Harris Fellows. [Paul Harris served as the first President of Rotary International.] At our meeting, we recognized three new Paul Harris Fellows, and applauded another for his additional contributions.
Our Club’s newest (and youngest) Paul Harris Fellow is Isla Rae Morgan, who was accompanied by her mother Elena. (Please see the photo at the top of the page.) Another young person who became a Paul Harris Fellow was Rico Chavez, who is the 1-year old son of Tomas and Heidi Chavez. Rounding out the group of newcomers was Shoshanna, who became a Arcata Sunrise Rotarian in December of last year. As previously noted, we also honored another Sunriser who has continued to donate to the Foundation – Past President Ian Schatz. Thanks to all who donate to the Foundation.
One of the ways that members of our Club donate to the Foundation is through our Final Friday Auctions. Sunrisers donate prizes that are auctioned off, and all of the proceeds are given to the Rotary Foundation. Our friends from the AHS Interact Club assisted in auctioning off some of the prizes. Here is the information about the prizes, the donors, and the purchasers:
- Rachel Sarvinski offered a “Ferndale Package”, which included gift certificates, wine, and other treats. Jennifer Coryell was the winning bidder.
- Susan Diehl-McCarthy donated a basket containing a cutting board bearing the Rotary Wheel, towels, and much more. The winner was Jeff Stebbins.
- A very special bottle of wine was up for grabs, courtesy of Pat Knittel, and it was purchased by Tami Camper.
- Tami also donated an auction item – a special Thai Massage, and top bidder Shannon Maciel will soon be very relaxed …
- Finally, Tomas Chavez donated a Big Blue Basket, filled with all manner of things, including a double-insulated tumbler, and truffles. Malinda Damme-Hinton carted that home, courtesy of her winning bid.
When the dust settled and the gavel was laid down, we learned that we had raised a total of $710 for the Rotary Foundation. However, you don’t have to wait for a Final Friday to make a contribution. Click on the logo to visit the Rotary Foundation website at any time to help make the world a better place.