October 8, 2021

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.


Rotary Vision

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

  • October 17 – RCAS Oktoberfest – pick up your package at the Griffin!
  • October 23 – RCAS Blood Drive Challenge (Make your appointment online)
  • October 23 – Virtual District Conference (via Zoom)
  • November 7 – District 5130 Foundation Celebration (via Zoom)
  • November 11-14 – The Zone Institute, tentatively scheduled for Tuscon, Arizona
  • November 11-14 – The Zone Institute, tentatively scheduled for Tuscon, Arizona
  • June 4-8, 2022 – The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas.

For Openers …

Seven o’clock came, and President Ian was AWOL! Not to worry, however – Past President (and Zoom Co-Host Maggie Kraft was on hand, armed with a makeshift bell and the all-important Presidential Slide Show!

Maggie walked us through some of the “Save The Date” items, and by the time we were ready to welcome Special Guest Isabella (“Izzy”) Orsach, President Ian was on hand and back in “control”.

Izzy was our Inbound Exchange Student from Austria for the 2017-2018 Rotary/School Year. She told us that the experience changed her “180 degrees”! She said that she hasn’t traveled anywhere since then without seeing someone from her Exchange Year.

When she returned to Austria in 2018, she still had two years of high school to complete, and during that time, she joined an Interact Club in Vienna. Izzy had planned a fundraising concert, which was cancelled due to the pandemic. Over the past year, her Club has continued to help its community, including providing meals for the homeless. Izzy now attends Vienna University, studying law.

She shared several photos, including one that featured a visitor from the United States – Carson McHaney (the son of Patty and Sunriser Steve)! Izzy has also taken up activism, marching in support of climate change awareness and Black Lives Matter. She told us that her Exchange Year was “the most challenging and empowering year of my life”.

She closed by inviting us to visit Austria, channeling Billy Joel by saying, “Vienna waits for you.”

President Ian followed that up with a reminder that our Club and other local Rotary Clubs would be presenting a Rotary Exchange Information Meeting the following Monday.

Recognitions, Honors, and a Jackpot!!

President Ian asked the question … “Who’s that jumping out of a perfectly good airplane?!” Well it was Charli Murphy (aka Crystal Perez). She told us that she has always wanted to go skydiving, and her original plan was to go with Sunriser Tom Tellez. When he wasn’t able to join the fun, Charli called upon her niece to help enjoy the terrifying fun experience.

Ian called upon Past President Maggie Kraft to explain how our Club earned a Rotary Citation for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. Maggie said that we set 18 goals for the year, and to earn the Citation, we needed to achieve 13 or more. Well, we smashed that ceiling – we completed 16 of the items!! In doing so, we were one of only three Clubs in District 5130 to receive this honor. It’s all in the leadership, of course … Thank you, Past-President Maggie!!

And with only two balls in the bag, we had a guarantee of a Raffle win this week. And the winnah of the $130 jackpot was … AJ Gonzales!! (AJ also won another five bucks when his name came up again for a second draw.)

An Introduction to Queer Humboldt

Lark Doolan and Niko Campan from Queer Humboldt, were the Featured Speakers at the October 8, 2021 RCAS Meeting. Lark and Niko provided important and helpful information about gender, sexual orientation, and other key concepts.

They also helped us with the vocabulary that surrounds these topics, explaining that most of the terms used may not match what we believe them to mean. For example, many folks think the term “lesbian” means a woman who loves or is attracted to women, but we learned that it now signifies a non-man who loves/is attracted to other non-men. We also learned that sexual orientation is independent of gender identity. Similarly, biological sex is not equivalent to gender.

Lark noted that, “you don’t have to know all the words” because they change over time. However, it is important to honor and respect others. One important way to do that is to use the other person’s preferred pronouns. Lark prefers “he” and “him”, while Niko uses “they” and “them”.

Queer Humboldt has a lot going on, including providing microgrants, offering mutual aid, facilitating mental health counseling, advocating for social justice, building community, helping connect people with needed resources, creating internship opportunities, and educating our community (via talks such as this one).

For more information or to make a donation, please click on the logo below to visit the Queer Humboldt website:


President Ian’s Closing Haiku …

Inclusivity
LGBTQ2+
Love for everyone


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