Volume XI, Issue 34: March 30, 2012 – Final Friday!

Let’s Hear From Noemi
“It was horrible to pack,” said our Exchange Student Noëmi Schönenberger last Friday. She moved in with her new host family, and she has acquired a few things since her arrival last summer. “When I came in August,” she said, “I had only one suitcase.” Noëmi also said that she will be playing on the Powderpuff Football team as part of Arcata High’s Spring Week celebration.
Social Media and Arcata Sunrise
Garrett Perks, the designer behind our Club’s website at www.arcatasunrise.org and (of course) a Sunriser, gave us a brief tour of the Arcata Sunrise Facebook page. Garrett showed us how easy it is to create a post. He noted that each time we check in on the Club page, it allows our non-Rotary friends to learn more about the things we do. So post on, Sunriser!
Don’t miss out on Friday’s “Lights, Camera, MURDER!” – a fundraiser for the Lost Coast Rotaract Club. The murder mystery party will be held from 7 to 10 pm at Sewell Gallery, 423 F Street in Eureka. For more information, or to reserve a character, call 707-621-5130. Whodunit? Maybe it was (or will be) you!
If you don’t get murdered at the Sewell Gallery, you may want to celebrate by attending “The Concert to End Polio Now” on Wednesday, April 18th. The evening features a concert by Lacy J. Dalton, who has a new song called “We Are Rotary”. For more information, click here.
The Plocherization of Arcata Sunrise
Once again, George Jetson (aka Orrin Plocher) was in charge of making Sunrisers famous – if only briefly. Orrin first cast his gaze upon Julie Schaefer, who had driven all the way from Ashland on Thursday night to attend our humble morning meeting. Julie had been attending the Shakespeare Festival, specifically “Animal Crackers”, the 1928 musical comedy that begat the classic film that starred the Marx Brothers.
We only had one birthday to celebrate last Friday, but it was a special one. Rotary Kid Mary Crow recently celebrated her birthday with a “pajama day” at school. And we sang “Happy Birthday” to her as well. 
President Scott had to confess that he had been “caught with his pins down”. He made a promise at the beginning of his realm that if anyone saw him in public without a Rotary pin (or other Rotary accouterments on his person), he would contribute $100 to that person’s Rotary Foundation account. Well, it took almost 75% of Scott’s term, but at a recent birthday party, upon close inspection, Jeff Munther claimed the prize. 
Foundation Final Friday
One of our Club’s great traditions is to reserve the last Friday meeting of each month for a celebration of the amazing and wonderful things that the Rotary Foundation accomplishes. At Friday’s meeting, we watched a video about water purification projects supported by the Foundation. The video had been presented at the 2009 Rotary International Conference in Birmingham, England, and it featured projects in Calcutta, the Dominican Republic, and Korea.
We also had one of our famous Foundation Final Friday Auctions, where Sunrisers donate items, and other Sunrisers bid on them. All of the money raised benefits the Rotary Foundation. Here’s a list of items, donors, and purchasers:
  • Donnie Rosebrook donated a fishing pole, reel, and line, which was purchased by Craig Newman.
  • Bob Johnson provided a digital “Smart Level”, and the winning bid was provided by Lori Breyer.
  • Brandi Easter offered a freshly caught seafood dinner, which appealed to many of us, but was won by Jessica McKnight.
  • Craig Newman gave us a rose crafted from iron, and Amy Bohner took that home.
  • Jason White promised the labor of two of his St. Bernard’s High School football players. Susan Jansson’s bid snagged their services for four hours.
  • And Susan herself provided a yoga package, including a mat with carrying case and a soothing massage, which was snapped up by Terri Clark.

Terri also let us know that if you set up a recurring donation to the Foundation between April 1st and July 1st you can earn double credit towards your Paul Harris Sustaining Fellowship. The donations must be made online, they must be recurring, and you must be registered with Rotary Direct. Click here (Double PHF Points Information) for all the details. Then take action!