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.
RISE Calendar …
“Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
Friday, June 1 – The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka hosts the Stephen Brodhag Memorial Golf Tournament at Baywood!
Saturday, June 16 – Arcata Bay Oyster Festival Beer Booth – Save the date!
The (Not-So) Little Club That Could …
President Dustin provided a report from the previous weekend’s District Conference. We won awards for Club Service, Community Service, International Service, and Youth Service.
In addition, Past District Governor Wulff Reinhold was on hand to present Presidential Citations for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year to our Club, and to the North Bay Rotaract Club! North Bay President Sophie Saucedo was on hand to accept the award on behalf of her Club.
Damme, I Wish I’d Thought of That!
Sunrisers (and close personal sisters) Malinda Lee Damme and Rachel Mae Damme provided a dazzling panoply of “Life Tips, Tricks & Hacks to Save Time, Money & Resources” – a presentation they titled “Damme’d If You Don’t!”
Exchange Student Izzy Orsach tells us about the Humboldt County Track Finals, her Seal of Biliteracy, the District Conference, and the AHS Powderpuff Game. She also bids us a fond farewell, as she prepares for additional travels before returning to Austria this summer. Izzy’s going-away party will take place on June 16th at Julie Vaissade-Elcock’s home.
Final Friday Foundation Auction
Although Foundation Chair Terri Clark was on the road, we held a Final Friday Auction anyway.
There was a special twist to this auction, however – beloved Former President Scott Heller agreed to match all of the winning bids, doubling the amount donated to the Rotary Foundation! And that amounted to a lotta dough! Thank you, Scott!!
Ordinarily, the Sunrise Spirit publishes a complete list of item donors, purchasers, and the items that were auctioned off. Sadly, Your Editor missed several of the details. Here are some of the highlights (that we caught):
Laura Montagna donated a game package. Three (or more) bottles of wine and a 1/2 block of cheese were in a package that Tom Tellez provided. Brett Wilson was the high bidder. Then, Matt Babich contributed a Roadside Assistance Package that Ashliegh Diehl won.
One of my biggest misses was the next item, which was donated by Jeff Stebbins. My total notes on this read as follows: “Jeff”.
A “Damme’d If You Don’t” package was donated by the Sisters Damme (Melinda Lee and Rachel Mae), containing life hack tools. Carol Vander Meer is the winning life-hacker-to-be. The twosome offered a second package, but I missed the buyer’s name.
Some kind Sunriser donated a one-hour photo session and two t-shirts, which were purchased by Dick Johnson. And Carol Vander Meer donated a “Trinidad Rocks” package (which also included a t-shirt). That was purchased by Brandi Easter.
Exchange Student Izzy offered several packages of chocolate, which were quickly purchased by many, many Sunrisers.
There was a package containing chili plates and tequila. Somebody brought it, somebody bought it. I did manage to catch that Julie Vaissade-Elcock donated a gift card, which was purchased by Brandi Easter’s sister. That was followed closely by a DIY ceviche kit, donated by Bryan Reeser and snapped up by Tom Tellez.
Alison from ROTEX 5130 (an association of former Rotary Exchange Students from our Rotary District) brought in pies, brownies, and brownie bites to help the group’s representatives attend the coming ROTEX International Convention in Taiwan.
The next auction item was a sprouting kit – another reportorial swing and miss. The same result came right away, but this time the prize was an HSU gift card.
I sorta got back on track, noting that Lori Breyer donated an Amazon Echo, but I didn’t get the buyer’s info. Likewise, I know that Jose Zapata contributed a bucket of booze with sippy cups, but I don’t have a clue who bought ’em. The donation and purchase info dearth continued with the next to the last item – a basket with cucumber patches.
The final auction item was provided by Nick Torres – a Texas-sized Texas gift package!
Thank you to all of the donors and purchasers – some of you may be anonymous (to me, at least), but your generosity to the Rotary Foundation is greatly appreciated. And let’s give another shout-out to Scott Heller, who matched the Foundation donations!
(Click on President Dustin’s photo to view the video of most of the meeting.)