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 7 – District 5130 Foundation Celebration (via Zoom)
- 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 …
President Ian advised us to be on the lookout for online signups for upcoming hands-on events. We will soon have opportunities to help with gardens at Peninsula School and at Redwood Montessori. So keep your trowels handy!
Ian also reminded us that the online District 5130 Foundation Celebration will take place on Saturday, November 7th. We will honor those who have contributed to help make our world and our communities better places.
We are also gearing up for A Taste of the Holidays at Home, which will take place on Saturday, December 4th. However, there is a lot of prep work needed between now and then, so be sure to sign up and also share the event on social media.
The recent RCAS Blood Drive featured some first-time donors! Thanks to all who participated. Ten pints of whole blood and two units of platelets were donated in the name of our Club!
There were six or seven participants in President Ian’s Halloween Costume Contest, depending on how you counted and whom you included. But when the dust (and the pumpkin seeds) settled, Bob Johnson came out on top. Thank you to our other participants – Janice Newman, Amanda Nelson, Sarah James, Craig Newman, and Matt Babich.
Foundation Final Friday, Including the Auction!
The ranks of Paul Harris Fellows (folks who have donated $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation) associated with the Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise has
swollen increased! Our newest PHFs include Addison Hunt, Ken Pocasangre, Luke Scown, and Sarah Hiller. But as Foundation Boss Terri Clark is wont to say, “You don’t have to stop at just one.” The following Sunrisers have taken her words to heart: Claire Ajina (PHF+1), Jeff Stebbins (PHF+2), Bob Johnson (PHF+5)< and Dick Johnson (PHF+6). Thanks to all of you for your generosity!!
Then, our Fabulous Final Friday Foundation Auction was on! As we at the Sunrise Spirit like to remind people, the auction is a fun and painless way to donate to the Rotary Foundation. It starts with a person (usually, but not always, a Sunriser) providing an item or package for the auction block. Then the bidding starts, and (eventually) a winning bid is accepted. The amount paid is donated to the Rotary Foundation, and the Paul Harris Fellow credit is split between the item’s donor and the purchaser. Here’s what happened this time:
- Bryan Plumley donated an Autumn Charcuterie Starter set, which included things like chevre from Cypress Grove, breadsticks, candles, a cutting board, wine, and more. As Bryan said, it was just the package “to celebrate the bounty of the summer as we move into winter”. And Famed Fall Fan Janice Newman won it all!!
- Two bottles of fine wine were offered by Julie Vaissade-Elcock – a Pinot Noir from Dusk to Dawn Vineyards in the Russian River Valley and a Chardonnay from Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena. Past President Maggie Kraft outbid all other comers to take home these delights.
- A “Ready, Set, Go!” package of treats from HealthSport was next up. The collection was donated by Susan Jansson, and it included certificates for Pilates and a 60-minute massage, along with towels, hand massagers, facial sprays, candles, and more! Lori Breyer will be enjoying all that, courtesy of her winning bid.
- Every fall, Craig Newman offers up a very special package, which has been named “The Bounty of the Sea”, from ocean fish that he has caught. This year’s version included halibut, black snapper, canned albacore, smoked albacore, and more! As you might think, this package drew some high bids. In the end, of course, there can be only one winner. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Wait … this just in …] Unless the donor decides to be extra generous and offers to provide THREE of the packages!!! Holy mackerel!! Well, no mackerel, but the Bounty of the Sea will be enjoyed by Charli Murphy, Jessica McKnight, and Terri Clark. Mmmmmmm!
- Bryn Coriell’s donation sounded like a great way to relieve stress. It included a gift card for an axe-throwing session for four to six people at the Hatchet House, a Hatchet House cap, and two competition throwing axes for keepsies. Our winning bidder was auctioneer Brandon Kakitsuka!
When the dust (and wood chips) finally settled, our Club’s contribution to the Rotary Foundation came to $1,750! Our next Final Friday Auction will take place on January 28, 2022, so be sure to save up. Or better yet, to make your donation count for 2021, visit to Rotary’s website: https://www.rotary.org/en/donate.
President Ian’s Closing Haiku …
When giving freely
Expecting nothing returned
No better feeling