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 most Fridays at 7 am in the Plaza View Room at Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse.
The Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
Thursday, November 21 – A Taste of the Holidays! Our Fantastic Fall Fundraiser!! 5 to 8 pm at the Arcata Community Center
Thursday-Saturday, December 12-14 – The Jerry Paul Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament (AIBT)! Coaches’ Night is Friday, at the Plaza Grill.
Friday, December 13 – RCAS Caroling on the Plaza for Arts Arcata
January 17-18, 2020 – “Peace Starts With You” – the Rotary International Peace Conference in Ontario, California.
Additional Important Stuff
The Arcata High School Interact Club meets every Friday at 12:20 pm during the school year.
The North Bay Rotaract Club meets in the Plaza View Room at Jacoby’s Storehouse at 6 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
What Has Thomas Been Up To?
Thomas Spengler – our Rotary Exchange Student from France – told us about his first Armack Jazz Band concert which took place the previous Friday, and then he caught us up on the rest of his week …
Recognitions & Announcements
President AJ showed photos of Sunrisers who participated in the previous weekend’s Adopt-A-Highway cleanup and the Veterans Day Flag Lowering event on the Arcata Plaza. District Governor Nominee Dustin Littlefield encouraged us to help the victims of recent wildfires with a donation to the District’s Disaster Relief Fund. (You’ll find the donation link at the bottom of this page.)
Allan Schmidt spoke with us about the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, better known as the Jerry Paul AIBT. Allan is a former coach of the Arcata Tigers Basketball team, and he told us that he appreciated our Club’s involvement in the annual event. Later in the meeting (and in the clip below), Sunriser Bob Johnson provided background regarding how RCAS became the tournament’s sponsor.
Sandy Schmidt – aka Sandy In Honduras – spoke about her efforts to help ailing children in that country get much-needed medical help. On the recommendation of the RCAS World Community Service Committee, our Club supports her efforts.
As mentioned above, Bob Johnson talked about the AIBT, and he also provided some background about the origins of our Famed Fall Fundraiser – A Taste of the Holidays. His brief history lesson is contained in the video below:
About Being Mindful
Featured Speaker Heidi Bourne is the owner of Pacific Mindfulness – a small business in Arcata that teaches Mindful Meditation to its practitioners.
Heidi told us that we often function on “automatic” – being mindful allows us the opportunity fo become present, removing the filters that prevent us from perceiving the world as it is. Mindfulness, she said, is maintaining an awareness of what is happening in the moment.
Here’s how you can donate to Rotary’s Regional Disaster Relief Fund. Clicking on the graphic will take you to the District 5130 link (rotary5130.org). Once you are there, you can scroll down to find the CLICK TO DONATE button.
Don’t miss a minute!
(Click on the 2019-2020 Rotary Theme Logo to view the video of the full meeting.)