Volume XI, Issue 22: December 16, 2011

Happy Holidays to all. Please be sure to check out the video of the 
AHS Madrigal Choir performing “Santa Baby” …

A Moment With Noëmi 

It was another busy week for our Exchange Student Noëmi Schönenberger. She helped out at the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament, went to the beach, and helped decorate a Christmas tree. Then at our meeting, she exchanged gifts. President Scott gave her a card that said that we have purchased an Arcata High School Yearbook for her. And Noëmi gave Scott a Swiss Calendar for the coming year.
If you worked at the AIBT or if you were a sponsor, George Cavinta wants to say “thank you”. He also asked for suggestions for improvements – if you think of anything, let George know. The Club, of course, wanted to thank George for spearheading the project (in addition to the time he spent putting together the Foster Youth Dinner simultaneously)!
Maggie in Germany

A hemisphere away, Maggie Kraft has also been busy. She sent me an e-mail titled “Not just goofing off here”. Quite the contrary – Maggie (who is with the Peace Corps, working in Botswana) did some continent-hopping from Africa to Europe and back again. While she was in Germany, Maggie exchanged banners on our behalf with the Rotary Club of Wiesbaden-Rheingau, noting, “I got a free
lunch out of it!” For information direct from the source, click on the link in the panel to your right – Sunriser Maggie Kraft in Botswana.

Two soon-to-be-Outbound Exchange Students – Colin Swenson (sponsored by our Club) and Zoe Tinseth (sponsored by the Arcata Noon Rotary) – were guests last Friday. In addition to being Exchangers, they are also the President and Vice-President (respectively) of the Interact Club at Arcata High. The group’s next project is supporting “Coats for the Cold”, a local organization. The Interactors will be collecting new and gently used coats throughout January, and distributing them locally. For more information on the project, click here: COATS FOR THE COLD. Colin and Zoe told us that the AHS Interact Club was dormant last school year, and the group has restarted. They presented a Thanksgiving lunch for seniors and they helped at the AIBT as well.
New Paul Harris Fellows
Foundation Chair Terri Clark loves handing out jewelry, and she was in high gear last Friday. We honored four new Paul Harris Fellows! Orrin Plocher was the first to be recognized for his contributions to the Rotary Foundation. He was followed by Exchange Student Noëmi Schönenberger and “Rotary Kids” Megan Breyer and Kate Breyer. Congratulations to all four, and thanks to all of you who support the work of the Rotary Foundation. 
Remember, the Foundation is one of the most efficient charitable organizations that you can support. It has received an A+ rating from CharityWatch.org. To make a tax-deductible contribution, click here: I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

– Orrin and Terri –
– Noëmi and Terri –
– Kate, Terri, and Megan –

Our Annual Holiday Treat

For many years, the AHS Madrigal Choir has attended our last meeting before their winter break to entertain us. This year was no exception. Click on the “Play” button to hear the group’s distaff members perform “Santa Baby”.