year has passed and now we stand on the brink, of returning to a world
where we are surrounded by the paradox of everything and yet nothing
being the same.
hugs and, fighting the tears,we will say goodbye to people who were once
just names on a sheet of paper to return to people that we hugged and
fought tears to say goodbye to before we ever left.
as you reflect on the way your life has changed and the person you have
important to you a year ago don’t seem to matter so much anymore, and
the things you hold highest now, no one at home will completely
the hardest part of being an exchange student is balancing the two
completely different worlds you now live in, trying desperately to hold
on to everything all the while trying to figure out what you have to
home when we know our families or friends needed us the most, and there
are times when we know we have made a difference.
our friends whose random e-mails and phone calls will bring us to
laughter and tears this summer, and hopefully years to come.
families. We will drive over to our best friend’s house and do nothing
for hours on end.
- Sunday, June 3: Kids, Crabs, and Rotary at the Arcata Ballpark
- Friday, June 8: We welcome the Top 10% AHS Seniors
- Sunday, June 10: Orick School Move
- Friday – Sunday, June 15 – 17: District 5130 Conference in Fortuna
Once again, Ms. Jessica McKnight presided over the Recognitions portion of our weekly meeting, and she called upon her fellow recognitionist, Bob Johnson, to give us the “whether” report from Hawaii. Bob said that he weathered a few crises while he was visiting with his younger son, who is in college there. Aaron had torn up his knee, and it was up in the air whether he would need surgery. That meant that there was a question whether Aaron would be able to attend summer school. While things were being sorted out, Aaron turned 21, so Bob bought him a beer. The results are in – no to surgery, yes to summer school.
Jessica then turned to another Bob (Goodman), who was, in the days leading up to the Humboldt Arts Festival, was filling holes. There were a few rough patches in the area around the Robert Goodman Wine Stage, so the concrete was being poured to make the area safe. Bob also received a second plug for his new Juice Bar, which probably had its best weekend of the year, courtesy of the Festival.
Although he was not a Sunriser when his anniversary took place on March 25th, we still wanted to hear what Angelo and Michelle Baciagaluppi did that day. They occupied the northwest corner table at Moonstone Grill, enjoyed the beautiful view, and celebrated 12 years of marriage. Congratulations!
Ceva Courtemanche’s birthday started on May 2nd, but “it’s great – it’s still going on!” Her husband Doug sent flowers, her in-laws had a party for her, and after the meeting, she was planning to head out to the ranch for the weekend.
Julie Vaissade-Elcock as part of a multi-birthday celebration. Her daughter’s birthday was included, as was her own, and “Mothers Day was wrapped in there” as well.
Mothers Day was also part of Bob Goodman’s birthday, since they coincided this year. “Oftentimes I have to share my birthday with Mothers Day.” It was not a complaint, however. After all, there was a big party all day long, right outside his business.
Bob Johnson said of his birthday on May 15th, “It wasn’t a month, it wasn’t a week. It was Tuesday.” It was his first day back on the job following his Hawaii junket. He received greetings from AARP, which would really, really like to count him as a member.
Jessica continued the “Getting to Know You” program, which allows us to re-connect with long-time Sunrisers. This time her subject was Jacqueline Debets, who is a fifth generation Humboldt resident. She did attend high school in Corvallis, Oregon, but she’s back now. Jacqueline has been married to Rick Bend for 12 years, and they have a son – Rotary Kid Luc.
Jacqueline was a founding partner in Lost Coast Communications, which owns radio stations KHUM and The Point. She now works for the County of Humboldt in Economic and Workforce Development. Her focus for the last few years has been the Prosperity program, now in its “Prosperity 2012” phase.
She said that in the first phase of the program, they sought input primarily from local industries and identified “Targets of Opportunity”. In the new phase, they have formed
19 Citizen Action Teams to come up with ideas for direction.
Jacqueline reminded us that our local economy “is built by people who are building their own businesses”.
Eyewitness News – Dateline Bangkok!
Our featured speakers last week were Sunrisers Terri Clark and Cindy Sutcliffe, who recently attended the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand. The threesome (which also included Terri’s husband Marty Lay) arrived a day early, and visited the House of Friendship. It was a relatively peaceful visit, compared with the next day – after about 30,000 additional Rotarians arrived.
Our Traveling Sunrisers met with our Inbound Exchange Student for the coming year – Fa Sillapajarn, and they also visited with the a former Exchange Student who had been sponsored by the Southwest Eureka Rotary Club. The remainder of their sojourn included touristy stuff like visiting the Grand Palace and viewing Buddhas both Gold and Reclining.