September 29, 2017 – Foundation Final Friday!

Rotary: Making a DifferenceWelcome to the Sunrise Spirit –
the Weekly Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise

Our Next Meeting

Please feel free to join us at next Friday’s meeting! Carla Baku will be on hand to talk about “Chasing Down the Moon”.
We meet at 7 am at the Plaza View Room in the Jacoby Storehouse
, on the Arcata Plaza.

RISE Calendar …

“Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone

October 3  – Cider for Nonprofits (to benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s) at the Humboldt Cider Company Tap Room (517 F Street, Eureka). The business will be donating a portion of its profits all day long, but there will be a raffle or raffles between 5 and 8 pm.
October 7CASA Kids Walk – Starts at 6 pm at the Madaket Plaza in Eureka
October 13Friday the 13th Costume Party – The North Bay Rotaract Club hosts a SPOOKY night at the Arcata Veterans Hall, starting at 8 pm. (18 years of age and older, please.)
October 14Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Meet at 10 am at Halvorsen Park in Eureka
October 14HSU Homecoming Tailgate Party – Meet at 2 pm in the HSU Parking Area
October 17RCAS Cross Country Championships – Arcata Community Center (if the weather cooperates) – setup from 2:30 to 4:00, race assistance 4:00 to 6:00.
November 16Taste of the Holidays – 5 to 8 pm at the Arcata Community Center.

 

Sunrise Briefs

  • At our last meeting, we started gearing up for our annual Taste of the Holidays! Event co-chair Lisa Hemphill rallied the troops for another year of TOTH, and Dick Johnson provided the soundtrack!

  • A trip to Trinity Lake and some early preparation for May’s Kinetic Sculpture Race filled up  Exchange Student Izzy’s week!

  • Terri Clark is our Foundation Chair, but she is also a Former District Governor. She wore both hats in presenting some well-deserved “bling” to last year’s Rotarian of the Year for our District – Lori Breyer. Then she had Karen Burgesser come up to accept a Paul Harris Fellow certificate. Not for herself, though; Karen pledged her latest PHF to her grandson Everett (who was unable to attend).

Craft Talkin’ With Rachel!

The path from Red Badge status to Blue Badgerdom requires the (usually) new Sunriser to tell us a bit about herself. We call this rite of passage the Craft Talk. Last week, it was Rachel Damme’s turn. (What? Sorry …) It was Rachel Mae Damme’s turn:

We Welcome Vanessa!

At Friday’s meeting, we welcomed Vanessa Griffin into our Club. In 2016, Vanessa opened “Griffin”, a unique Arcata gathering place featuring great cocktails and eats.

Working To Save ALL Our Programs

We had a special presentation by from Duncan Robins. Duncan is the interim Athletic Director for Humboldt State, and he outlined a plan to continue all of the university’s sports programs.

Foundation Final Friday Auction Results

It is our custom to conclude our Final Friday meeting with an auction that benefits the Rotary Foundation. Although we were a little short on time, we “pushed it through”, and made a tidy sum to donate. Here is a list of the donors, prizes, and winning bidders:

  • Gregg Foster offered a sumptuous apple pie, which Ceva Courtemanche purchased.
  • Ceva was also the high bidder on the next package – a stamping basket (rubber stamps, mind you) that was donated by Tami Camper.
  • Barbara Browning contributed a gin and tonic kit, which was purchased by Lori Breyer.
  • Again, we had the same purchaser twice in a row, since Lori then bought a pumpkin pie that Brenda Bishop brought in. (Maybe Ceva and Lori forgot to put their hands down …)
  • Rachel Mae Damme donated a passel of fish, wine, oysters, and other great stuff. High bidder Scott Heller will be feasting on that for a while!
  • A tequila bag that included a kit for making the perfect LeBlon Caipirinha cocktail was provided by Tomas Chavez. Visiting Rotarian (and former Sunriser) Kevin Jenkins will be sipping that treat, courtesy of his winning bid!
  • Praj White showed up with a lovely vase from Fire & Light, along with a dozen red roses. Even though he wasn’t in trouble with Lisa (that we could tell), Chris Hemphill snapped up the package.
  • Rachel also brought a lot of preserves that she had canned. It was certainly enough to qualify as another passel, and Praj White took it home.
  • Brenda provided a second prize for the auction – an Autumnal Gratitude Basket (and I wish I had snagged a list of the contents). The high bidder was Tami Camper.
  • A sweet-sounding set of wind chimes were on the block, courtesy of Ceva Courtemanche. Tami was a repeat two-in-a-row winner on the day, with her high bid!
  • What? Rachel donated a third auction item?? Why, yes she did! And it was a goodie – a basket containing venison burgers. There were other things in there, but I stopped listening once I heard that. Ceva outbid us all to take that feast home! (And that made three in a row for her – thank you, Ceva!!
  • Deb Engs provided a gift certificate to the Banana Hut, and Sarah Wilkinson ate it up. No, Sarah was the high bidder, so she will get to eat something that tastes better than the certificate.
  • Michael Boreing said that, since he lives in Portland now, he felt obliged to do extensive research into the microbrewery subculture there. The results of his study came to us in the form of 13 bottles of finely crafted beer, suitable for a king. Or for Craig Newman, since no kings were bidding in the auction.
  • I’m afraid I didn’t catch all of the contents of the Ultimate Traveler Package, which was provided by Ed Christians, but it did include adapters, a doorstop alarm, and a neck pillow. Oh, and it also included something alcoholic. All that appealed to Lori Breyer, who offered the high bid.
  • Our last item was a bunch of stuff (including wine) in a beautiful copper bucket, courtesy of Charlie Jordan. Tim Overturf was the big winner this time!

I’m not sure about this total, but I think we raised $1,975 for the Rotary Foundation! WOW! Thanks to the donors and buyers for your generosity! Bring your checkbooks (or credit/debit cards) to the last Final Friday of 2017, which will take place at our October 27th meeting!


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