Volume XIII, Issue 24: December 19, 2014 (Part II)

On The Calendar
December 31 – “Light Up The New Year” with the Fortuna Sunrise Rotary at the River Lodge 
January 2 – We are dark (no meeting today)
January 9th – First meeting of 2015!! Don’t miss it!! George Cavinta will discuss drugs in Humboldt County.
January 9thRISE EVENT – Arts Arcata “Sunriser Stroll”, with a pre-party at Romi’s, starting at 5:15 pm
January 31st – AHS College & Career Center Pancake Breakfast at the D Street Neighborhood Center – 8 to 11 am
February 7th – Adopt-A-Highway


Friday, we learned from President Barbara that this year’s Taste of the
Holidays brought in $19,865 to date. If you have ticket money to turn
in, that may push it over the $20k mark! Great job, Sunrisers!! And a
special thank you to the TOTH Committee, especially to co-chairs Ron
Sharp and Ray Noggle!!

Special Daze
On December 18th, Janice and Craig Newman celebrated their 43rd Anniversary. “We stayed home,” Craig said, “and had pork chops.” There is more to it than that, however. They disclosed plans to head for Ashland, Oregon that weekend for a more in-depth celebration.

Donnie Rosebrook’s birthday festivities (on or about November 20th) included shuffleboard. And Ed Christians’ birthday was on December 19th – even as our meeting progressed! He said that he planned to go out with his wife Beth that night.

Paul Harris Fellow
Our newest Paul Harris Fellow was announced at the meeting. Bill Fraser (Sunriser Kathy Fraser’s husband) received his certificate and pin. Congratulations!

Kathy Fraser
Not so coincidentally, Kathy Fraser was the first Sunriser recognized by Tomas Chavez at our December 19th meeting. Kathy reiterated that, now that she is retired, she and Bill are working to visit every National Park in the country. If I heard correctly, they have been to 26 so far. Tomas asked which was her most recent favorite, and she said Channel Islands. They stayed at a nearby Bed & Breakfast, and had a great time. 

Before Kathy retired about a year and a half ago, she worked two careers – for about 20 years, she ran and taught at Mad River Montessori School, which she co-founded. After leaving that post, she was the General Manager for North Soles Footwear.

And before that … Kathy was born in Rio Dell, and stayed close to home until she married Bill, a Navy man. Kathy soon found herself in Japan, a situation that “made me grow up really fast”. This was during the Vietnam War, and one of her adventures involved a bus ride in the Philippines, which were temporarily under martial law. When the bus broke down, the driver left the passengers, including Kathy. About two hours later, a replacement bus arrived to take the frightened group the rest of the way. 

Kathy and Bill are considering a move to Reno, to be nearer to their grandchildren. For now, she continues to volunteer as a driver for seniors and with the Early Reading Program. And of course, for Rotary!

Bryan Plumley
Tomas then turned his sights to Bryan Plumley, who has been a Sunriser for about 11 years. Bryan told us that the best present he has ever received was a round of golf with his son at Pebble Beach. In the round, his son had his lowest score ever!

Bryan had planned to marry Kim Floyd in Nevada, but when they got there, they decided that it wasn’t the right place. So they returned home. Not long after, Kim called Bryan and they agreed that it was time. So they found a Justice of the Peace to perform the ceremony.

Bryan is currently completing coursework for his certification in Financial Planning. He said that it should all be completed by February or March.

His favorite holiday tradition comes from Kim – they leave the tree bare all season, then Santa delivers all the presents for Christmas morning. 

Carol Jacobson directs the AHS Madrigal Choir