Volume XII, Issue 24: January 18, 2013


Eliot Clausen

Last Friday, Eliot Clausen visited our Club. Eliot was our Outbound Exchange Student to France during the 2008-2009 Rotary Year.  He told us that he is attending UC Berkeley, majoring in French, and that he plans to be living in France next year.

This year’s Inbound Exchanger, Fa Sillapajarn from Thailand, reported that she attended the recent basketball game between friendly rivals Arcata High and McKinleyville. (AHS won.) Fa told us that it was “very fun”. Later, her host mother cooked Thai food. Fa said that it was “American style”, but still quite good.

A date has been set for Charter Night 2013! Mark Wednesday, February 27th on your calendar. We will meet once again at the Arcata Playhouse to celebrate. More details will follow.

Ceva Courtemanche has posters available for the upcoming Superheroes Spring Fundraiser. She noted that the superhero featured is none other than the Mighty Kahuna Kavinta! She also said that she needs help getting additional items for the Live Auction. We are hoping that Sunrisers will be able to come up with some fresh ideas for this part of the event, so please do a little brainstorming.

In a major break with tradition, Kathy and Bill Fraser did not celebrate their anniversary at Benbow! The couple was exhausted after celebrating their Granddaughter’s birthday and other holiday travels. They were in Reno, in Medford, and other places too numerous to mention. So they had a nice dinner at Larrupin’s to celebrate their 42nd anniversary. Congratulations!

January 13th was Scott Heller’s 50th birthday. To commemorate the milestone, he and his intended Robin Meiggs toured the Wine Country. The birthday dinner was in Healdsburg, with frequent stops for vino over the weekend.

Last week’s recognition-fest was brought to us by Laura Montagna. Her first target was Dawn Elsbree, who was a driving force behind the TedX Eureka event held in December. (If I heard correctly, which is a crap-shoot at best, Laura was another organizer.) The next TedX event will be a live stream of a TedX conference to be held in Long Beach on February 27th. For more information on TedX and the upcoming event, visit the TedX Eureka Facebook page.

Cody with Ceva

A photo of Craig and Janice Newman and Shelley and Dick Johnson flashed on the screen. The group had traveled to Fortuna on New Year’s Day to join the Fortuna Sunrise Rotary’s Day One Walk to Eradicate Polio. Many Sunrisers agreed that we should be there in force on January 1, 2014. Mark your calendar!

Laura found the photo at right. It shows  Ceva Courtemanche with Cody Killingsworth. Ceva said that it was taken at a wedding about a year ago.

Each Christmas, Karen Burgesser’s sister gives her siblings a themed stocking. This year, the theme was the alphabet … which led to a photo with some Zig-Zag papers. Not that we know what those are used for …

Our Guest Speaker last week was Anne Bown-Crawford, the Director of the Arcata Arts Institute. ABC, as she is affectionately known, has been teaching in public schools for 40 years, and she serves on a state task force on arts in education.

ABC (Anne Bown-Crawford)

The Arcata Arts Institute (AAI) is a “school within a school” at Arcata High. Its students can focus on the performing arts or visual arts. The program was originally grant-funded, but it is now supported by Northern Humboldt High School District, fundraising, and donations. It now serves as a blueprint for arts education. AAI works with HSU’s credentialing department, assisting future arts teachers with curriculum development.

ABC feels that it is important to compensate artists for their efforts. One of the ways AAI accomplishes this is through Community Supported Art (CSA). Tweaking the model of Community Supported Agriculture, CSA sells “shares” to arts supporters. This year, AAI will sell 20 shares at $300 each. The purchasers will receive works from nine artists at various stages in their careers. The shares are delivered in custom-made wooden crates, which are themselves works of art. Each shareholder will receive three deliveries, between February and June.

This Friday, AAI is presenting Family Arts Night. The event will take place at the AHS Multipurpose Room from 5 to 8 pm. All are encouraged to attend. For more information about this event, to sign up for a CSA Share, or to learn more about AAI, click here to visit the AAI website.