Volume XI, Issue 15: October 14, 2011

October 24 – World Polio Day – Support PolioPlus and earn double PHF credit for your donation!
October 26 – 2nd Annual Arcata Sunrise Cross Country Championships
October 28 – RCAS Pumpkin Carving Contest (at our Final Friday meeting)
November 17 – A Taste of the Holidays!!!
And don’t forget … Thursday, October 20th, the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka hosts “Martinis by the Bay” at the Wharfinger Building. Bottoms up from 5 to 7 pm!
Winzler & Kelly has merged with GHD, an Australian engineering and architecture firm. Two Sunrisers are key members of the W & K team – Rebecca Crow was in attendance, and we’ll probably hear from Karen Burgesser at our next meeting. Rebecca told us that although GHD has a global reach, they only had a small presence in the US. WIth the merger, Winzler & Kelly has become GHD’s West Coast representative.
Rebecca said that because W & K is “a successful business at the top of our game,” GHD was impressed. Since W & K wasn’t growing quite as quickly as they had hoped, so the merger was a win-win solution.
What happens when Craig Newman, Harry Johnson, and Brett Johnson set out to sea? Tunas fear for their lives! The threesome went out about 38 miles recently and brought home a mess o’fish. Craig said that they stopped after bringing in 20 because “nobody wanted to clean more”. 
Wesa’s Ladder
Chief Recognizer Bob Johnson then showed a slide entitled “Wesa Up?”, which featured the inimitable John Wesa with his “Jacob’s Ladder” (shown at right). These devices have been seen in many science fiction and horror flicks. John says that men and women react to the device differently – women ask what it is for, while men just stare at it. Janice Newman then asked, “So what do you use it for?” John said, “See?” John promised that we would have a live demonstration of the Jacob’s Ladder at our Pumpkin Carving Contest on the 28th.
Bob also asked John about his recent trip to Bishop, California. John said that he was in the area studying bristlecone pines. John said that it was a hard trip. “I went alone and camped out in my truck.” He was doing research for a project he has planned for sometime in 2012. We’ll be watching for it.
Last Friday was Joyce Hinrichs’ birthday. She planned to take that afternoon and Monday off to celebrate with her mother and her sister-in-law. The festivities were to include a half-marathon on Sunday.
Scott Hammond was last week’s guest speaker. He is the father of nine children and the author of “Every Day Dad: The Guide to Becoming a Better Father”. Scott is also the Sales Manager for Suddenlink Media for Humboldt County.
Scott said that someday, someone is going to give your memorial service. “What they say at your funeral,” he said, “will determine what your legacy is.” He asked us what we would want people to hear about us.
He asked us also to consider what makes a great legacy, what our legacy message is, what platform we use to convey our legacy, and what media we use. He also provided some questions to start the process:
“What’s your content?” Asking this question, Scott says, is the first key. We have to ask the people closest to us to describe us. Ask them to be very frank and open in answering.
“What’s your passion?” What would you do all day long, whether you were paid for it or not?
Scott Hammond
“What is on your goal list?” What things do you hope to yet achieve?
“What is your mission?” Why are your here?
Scott had still more questions for us to ponder:
“Who are your legacy people?” Who listens to you? What are your demographics? What is your role in your communities and family groups? Who do you love? Who do you burn for?
“What’s your platform?” Are you a writer? An artist? A talker? An athlete? How do you convey the essence of your life?
“What does your legacy look like?” 
To shape your legacy, you need to ponder questions such as these to find your message, convey it to your audience, via your chosen platform. In the end, you will answer the last question, “Was he/she real, or a phony-baloney?”