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, due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are again meeting online.
Please visit the RCAS Website for the meeting links.
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 Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
- November 11 – Veterans Day Flag Ceremony at 4:30 pm on the Arcata Plaza
- November 11-14 – The Zone Institute, tentatively scheduled for Tuscon, Arizona
- November 16 – RCAS / RCAS Foundation Board Meetings – online at 7 am
- December 4 – Taste of the Holidays at Home! Order early and often!!
- June 4-8, 2022 – The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas.
For Openers …
After we greeted our guests and Visiting Rotarians, we talked about projects past and present. Romi Hitchcock Tinseth told us that we will soon have hands-on opportunities at the Montessori School in the Creamery District. Recently, employees from the Danco Group drilled postholes on our behalf, which saved a lot of time and effort. We’re also looking for a good turnout for the Veterans Day ceremony, this Thursday at 4:30 pm on the Arcata Plaza.
A Taste of the Holidays at Home will be upon us soon, so be sure to talk up the event on your social media. Also, please donate either a bottle of wine or $25 to the effort, so we can get those bags filled!
Mike Pazeian and his “boss” (Neira) packed Backpacks for Kids, and did a great job.
President Ian recognized Tom Tellez (and his company, Wallace and Hinz) for building the “tallest bar in Humboldt County”. Ian shared a video of the feat courtesy of Humboldt Made.
The Arcata High School Interact Club teamed up with the Arcata Police Juvenile Division and our Club to paint murals and inspirational quotes on the stalls in several AHS restrooms.
Terri Clark was honored for her work in creating the COVID Memorial Quilt for the Humboldt County Library. The finished product is hanging in the Arcata Branch of the Library.
President Ian shared “The Lost Photos” from the previous week’s Halloween Costume Contest. AJ Gonzales and Maggie Kraft shared in the prizes and the glory!
The Latest from the Schatz Energy Research Center
Peter Lehman was the Featured Speaker at the November 4, 2021 RCAS Meeting. Peter is the Founding Director of the Schatz Energy Research Center on the Humboldt State University Campus. The Center was initially funded by President Ian’s grandfather – Dr. Louis W. Schatz – in 1989. He, along with Peter, Charles Chamberlain, and an eager group of undergraduates installed a photovoltaic array at HSU’s Telonacher Marine Laboratory in Trinidad. Their goal was to show that hydrogen has the ability to store solar energy. Now, over thirty years later, the Center has grown, employing 45 staff members and working closely with many organizations throughout the county and the state.
Peter focused on the Center’s current efforts to create and sustain microgrids – relatively small and self-contained energy “islands” that can be self-sustaining in the event of the failure of the larger grid. Their first such project was the Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid. Peter said that this is actually two microgrids – one powers the hotel/casino, and the other runs the gas station. The project has been running well for the past four years, and it saves the Rancheria about $200,000 per year. And during the recent public safety power shutdowns (PSPS), the facility provided life-saving power.
The Center is now working on the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid, which will be the “first multi-customer, front-of-the-meter microgrid. It will provide critical support to the commercial airport and to the Coast Guard Air Station.
President Ian’s Closing Haiku …
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