Volume XI, Issue 11: September 16, 2011

Last Friday, we received a sports update from Rotary Exchange Student Noëmi Schönenberger. She had attended the football game on September 9th between Trinity High and Arcata High. Although Arcata lost the game, Noëmi had a good time.

Noëmi is an athlete herself. She holds the Number Three slot on the AHS Girls Tennis Team. Their first match was held on Tuesday, September 13th. The team lost to Del Norte High, but Noëmi won her match, 6-2, 7-5.ANNOUNCEMENTS
Speaking of Noëmi, the Club will be having a welcoming Beach Party Thursday evening at Moonstone Beach. The festivities begin at 5:30 pm, with chicken and hot dogs on the menu. If your last name begins with an A or an E (or anything in between), you are asked to bring along a salad; F through L folks should take a side dish; while those with names between M and Z are the beloved “Dessert People”.

President Scott said that he visited North Carolina, where (among other things) he did a make-up at the Rotary Club of First Flight (Kill Devil Hills). He found the club using the Rotary Club Locator app. They serve a buffet luncheon on Wednesdays, so if you’re in the area, tell ’em Scott sent you.RECOGNITIONS
Recognizer Bob Johnson was back on the job after having the previous week off, and he called upon Coach Jason White. Jason is the Athletic Director and head football coach for St. Bernards’ High School, and Bob asked about his team’s season so far. The Crusaders won their opener against St. Vincent the previous weekend, and had a bye that weekend. So Coach Jason was on his way to Hoopa to scout and film for their match-up later in the season. The team plays St. Elizabeth’s this week, and Bob asked how it works – these contests between the representatives of the beatified. Jason would only say that “I need to work on my forgiveness.” Another Athletic Director – Dan Collen – was singled out as well, although Bob only asked about sports in a peripheral way. Since Dan’s and his wife Sarah’s were married on August 24th, 26 years ago, Bob wanted to know if the the couple had timed it to avoid conflict with the football schedule. Dan said that it just worked out that way, and this year they were able to get away in style. They traveled to Hawaii, where each of them has a sister (different islands), and kicked back. Dan did get a call while he was there, asking whether he would be able to help install carpet at the Arcata Playhouse that day. He was unable to help that time. Dan also told us that his first grandson, Brandon Robert Collen, was born recently. Karen and Steve Burgesser also celebrated their 39th anniversary on September 9th. Neither had big plans. (“What do you want to do?” “I don’t know, what do you want to do?”) Eventually, they went to Cher-Ae Heights for dinner. September 9th was also Amy and Steve Bohner’s anniversary (#7 for them). They celebrated by trailer camping on the Smith River, with some of the comforts of home – music and dominoes (the game, not the pizza), but no internet. Amy said that their marriage was an elopement; a secret known only to the dogsitter and Bob and Susan Johnson. Kathy Fraser celebrated her recent birthday at the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite National Park, where she “talked to people on the veranda over cocktails”. The stay at the famous resort was part of an 8-day vacation that was another leg on Kathy’s quest to visit all of the country’s National Parks. In addition to Yosemite, Kathy and Bill also went to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Dick Johnson (aka Your Editor) reported that our Club was represented at the recent Lip Dub that took place in Fortuna on Sunday, September 11th. Brandi Easter, Julie Vaissade-Elcock, Bob and Susan Johnson, Jessica McKnight, and Romi Hitchcock-Tinseth all smiled and tipped their champagne flutes to the camera as it passed by, without missing a word of “Celebrate” by Kool and the Gang. The event was described as a typical video shoot – a lot of standing around followed by intense activity followed by more standing around. However, the final videos (one to promote the 2012 Rotary District 5130 Conference and the nearly identical second one to promote the City of Fortuna and its River Lodge) turned out pretty well. You can check out the District Conference video here: CELEBRATE District Conference 2012!

GUEST SPEAKER HUMBOLDT COUNTY FILM COMMISSIONER CASSANDRA HESSELTINECassandra Hesseltine has spent 24 years in the performing arts, with the last 10 spent working in films and television. She has worked as a casting director and as a producer. She was hired to be the Humboldt County Film Commissioner about a year ago, and since that time, a lot has happened.

The Film Commission became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in July of last year – R.R.E.E.L., Inc., and it has set up a new office in Arcata. In addition, the agency has a new website (www.filmhumboldt.org).

About seven months ago, the organization instituted Local Filmmakers Night, which is held every other month. The next event will take place on Thursday, September 29th, featuring “Letters Home”. The documentary was produced by the Ferndale Museum, and it “brings [us] the voices of WWII soldiers who were stationed over seas and wrote to the Ferndale Enterprise” according to the announcement.

The commission markets our area to producers of movies, television shows, and commercials, touting the natural beauty of the area, in addition to the versatility of the surroundings. This marketing generally has three stages. The first takes the form of inquiries, when producers and location managers discuss their project with the commission and ask what the area may have to offer. Next come scouting trips. This is when money begins to enter the local area. Production company representatives come to town to scope out potential locations that might work for them. Of course, if that stage is successful, then filming begins. This is where the most money enters the area. Last year, 15 films were produced on the North Coast. This brought in an estimated $933,900 in direct costs.

The commission recently branched out, offering its services to Del Norte County. Cassandra said that the expansion will be mutually beneficial, since that county has many visual resources that complement rather than compete with those in Humboldt County.