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 …
All About Amy!
Last Friday, the world (or at least the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise) learned the details of the life of one Amy Scolari!
On January 24, 1989, Amy became the youngest of three children (all female). She was told that she was a pleasant surprise, and she became part of a big extended family. Her parents had four siblings each!
Amy was named the Valedictorian of Cuddeback Elementary School – an early academic success! She was interested in dance, reading, and exploring nature. When she attended Fortuna High, she added tennis and the Color Guard to that list. She also served as the President of the Senior Class.
She went on to attend Humboldt State, where she earned a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on International Business. During that time, she studied in Australia and Switzerland.
Amy has a “passion for nonprofits” – she served as a CASA Program Manager for five years, and she volunteers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator for Wild Souls Ranch, which provides equine therapy for at-risk youth.
Recognitions & Announcements
President AJ’s recognitions included Jose Zapata discussing his work at Wells Fargo, and how he is working to stay in shape by bicycling and working out at the HSU track.
Jennifer Coriell received her MA in History from Arizona State University. Congratulations, Jennifer!!
Gregg Foster recently visited the grave of the Founding President of the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise – Jim Hamby.
Then AJ asked us to identify the following mask wearers – Rachel Sarvinski, Brett Watson, and Claire Ajina.
We applauded Bryan Plumley and all the other Sunrisers who contributed to the RCAS Scholarship Fund. The Committee interviewed several soon-to-be graduates, and as usual, “we ran out of money before we ran out of qualified candidates,” according to Bryan.
We received an update on a RCAS World Community Service Project in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Howard Stauffer told us that we are helping to build an addition to the Zarai Sar School, which will allow it to serve secondary school students in addition to the primary school students who currently attend.
There was a Small Business Update from Gregg Foster, who told us how to apply for reopening certification (even if you never closed).
And President-Elect Maggie Kraft talked about the plans for the “Arcataland Passport to Taste” – our newest fundraiser that we plan to launch this summer.
The Famous Final Friday Foundation Auction!
Since we achieved our Foundation Giving Goal earlier this year, not all of the proceeds from the Final Friday Auction were donated to the Rotary Foundation. Our first three packages were provided by local catering companies, and they received the winning bids to help them stay in business during these difficult times.
- Cassaro’s Catering offered a dinner for four with a bottle of wine. Scott Heller pitched in another two bottles of wine to sweeten the deal. Our winning bidder was Bryan Plumley.
- Brett Shuler also pledged a dinner for four, with a five-course menu. The ever-generous Terri Clark won that meal!
- Andy Abbot of Citrine Catering offered a three-course meal for four, which was purchased by Jessica McKnight!
The proceeds from next three items were earmarked for the Rotary Foundation. A COVID Cleaning Kit was purchased by Terri Clark, and Lori Breyer and Terri Clark each purchased a copy of “Veterans’ Voices, Volume 2”, the sequel to Mike Pazeian’s book of interviews with former soldiers.
The last item was an auction block-buster from Rachel Sarvinski! She donated the following (and I’m pretty sure the list is incomplete): Local spices and sauces, a tri-tip roast from Ferndale Meat, candy from Golden Gate Mercantile, two bottles of local wine, local chocolates, a jar of honey, fresh farm eggs, sausage, produce from Sarvinski Family Farms, a $100 gift certificate for the Griffin, several jars of home-canned goodies, and more! Craig and Janice Newman were the winning bidders, and that money went directly to the RCAS Scholarship Fund!!