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.
The Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
Watch here for events as they return to our Calendar …
Induction, Recognitions, & Announcements
It was a busy Friday morning – even though we didn’t have an update from Rotary Exchange Student Thomas Spengler, we still had a lot going on!
Membership Chair Tomas Chavez inducted Jamie Anderson as our newest Sunriser. Jamie is a native of Humboldt, and he recently moved home with Suzette, his wife of nearly 25 years. We’re happy to have him in our Club.
President AJ recognized Charlie Jordan for posting a photo from a past Kinetic Grand Championship. And he led a group of Sunrisers (AJ, Crystal Perez, and Nick Torres) to those celebrating birthdays recently, to wash their cars for them! Barbara Browning and Chris Hemphill both have cleaner vehicles, although Chris was heard to grump (good-naturedly), “You left two cars undone!” (At least Lisa Hemphill washed their dog.) Bob Johnson was another car wash recipient, and he provided video of the event!
Mike Pazeian has now published the second volume of his interviews with veterans, “For Those Who Served.” Mike said that this volume contains reminiscences from many local vets.
Ashleigh Diehl shared a photo that she called, “Dog is my Co-worker”, and Patti Britt Campbell told us about a surprise visit from her kids on Mothers Day. Scott Hunt told us about his family’s new arrival – very similar to Ashleigh’s “co-worker”.
AJ’s mask game unveiled (sorta) Nick Torres, Patti Britt Campbell, and Tomas Chavez, while Rachel Sarvinski showed off her new office mate. Amy Scolari recently ran in remembrance of Ahmaud Arbery. And Tomas Chavez and his family had a good weekend, taking their travel trailer to Benbow to catch some sun.
An Update from Nordic Aquafarms
Marianne Naess, the Executive Vice President of Nordic Aquafarms, was the Featured Speaker at our meeting. Nordic Aquafarms is a Norwegian company which has two farmed salmon projects in the United States. One is based in Belfast, Maine, while the other is on Humboldt’s Samoa Peninsula.
Marianne told us that both projects address the global seafood challenge, which is a food security issue and a question of access to sustainable protein. She said that “everything happens indoors”, which is to say that Nordic is committed to keeping the farmed fish completely separate from salmon and other species in the wild. They plan to keep their production areas at least 200 to 300 feet from open water, and there are also numerous physical barriers to keep their product in its place. This project will employ about 150 Humboldt residents in administration and production, and if all goes well, the project will begin harvesting fish around mid-2024.
Don’t miss a minute!
(Click here to view the video of the full meeting.)