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 (almost) every Friday at 7 am in the Plaza View Room
of Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse.
For more information and for the meeting links, please visit the RCAS Website.
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 RCAS Calendar
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
- November 11 – Veterans Day Flag Lowering Ceremony at 4 pm on the Arcata Plaza
- November 17 – The return of in-person Taste of the Holidays! All hands on deck at the Arcata Community Center!
- March 31 & April 1 – District Training Assembly
- May 4-7 – District Conference at Konocti Harbor Resort
- May 27-31 – Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia
We wished Luke Scown and Rebecca Crow happy birthdays, and we learned that there will be a multi-club “Rotary Day” on June 4, 2023. We also saw photos from the recent Foundation Dinner North and the Women in Rotary meeting. Jeff Stebbins updated us on the preparations for a Taste of the Holidays, which is just a couple of weeks away.
As the chair for our recent Oktoberfest event, Marty Lay was able to select a nonprofit to receive a share of the proceeds, and he selected Wild Souls Ranch, which offers equine-assisted learning and other support to foster youth and other young people who are experiencing challenges. Sunriser Amy Scolari is the organization’s Development Director, and she expressed her appreciation of the donation on behalf of the group.
Area Governor Ian Schatz provided an update on Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio, and Lazo, our Exchange Student from Uganda, reported that he and his teammates are now soccer champs. Lazo was also named Arcata High’s Homecoming King right before he left with his fellow Exchangers on the traditional “Bluesbuster” trip to San Francisco.
Final Friday Foundation Celebration
Marty Lay filled in for Terri Clark, announcing that two Sunrisers have completed additional Paul Harris Fellowship levels. The generous twosome were Tom Tellez and Maggie Kraft. Maggie is now at Plus Seven (and counting)!
Of course, it just wouldn’t be Final Friday if it didn’t include an auction (with all proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation). So here are the packages, the donors, and the winning bidders:
- Either Lisa or Chris Hemphill (or maybe both) donated wine and beautiful glasses for the auction. Tami Camper offered the top bid.
- Dick Johnson offered an “Energy Extravaganza”, which included a portable battery with AC power, an automotive jump start kit that fits in a glove compartment, Duracell AA batteries, and a 4-pack of Red Bull. Winner Jeff Stebbins will be powering up with that package.
- Five different succulent plants and containers were donated by Rebecca Crow. Two of these were purchased by President Vanessa, while the other buyers were Dallas Fuentes, Peggy Metzger, and Bob Judevine.
- Robyn Jensen provided a mushroom basket package, which was snatched up by Brandi Easter.
- Peggy Metzger was keeping it cozy, offering a Winter Warm-Up Kit. The winning bidder was Visiting Rotarian Dave Fraser, currently serving as the President of the Rotary Club of Mad River.
- A lovely pair of candlesticks were donated by Mike Pazeian. President Vanessa won those.
- A mega-assortment of fruit wines was contributed by Jose Zapata. Hannah Golden topped the bidding and took home the prize.
Thank you to all who donated and purchased. Thanks to you, the Rotary Foundation will have an additional $780 to do its great work around the globe.
The Foundation Auction was followed by the sale of brownies by Exchange Student Lazo. Those purchases will help him fund his Rotary Western Safari Trip next June.
Shelley Lima stopped by to let us know that her new business, One of a Kind Re:Design, has organized the Humboldt Holiday Market, which will take place in Manila on November 25th & 26th (the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving).
President Vanessa welcomed back Lori Breyer, who recently welcomed a new grandchild. And Lori announced that she will be retiring! She is planning trips to visit her kids in Idaho and San Diego to start her days of leisure.
Romi Hitchcock Tinseth gave another update on the progress in the case of the murder of Josiah Lawson.