Welcome to the Sunrise Spirit –
the Weekly Newsletter of The Rotary Club of Arcata Sunrise
We hope that you will attend one of our lively Friday meetings,
whether or not you are interested in joining Rotary.
We meet (almost) every Friday at 7 am in the Plaza View Room
of Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse.
NOTE: There will not be a meeting on Friday, May 5th – RCAS will hold its annual Fireside Meetings earlier in the week instead.
And … our May 12th meeting will be a Field Trip to the Cypress Grove Chevre Dairy in Dow’s Prairie
For more information, please visit the RCAS Website.
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create
lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
The RCAS Calendar
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
- May 4-7 – District Conference at Konocti Harbor Resort
- May 7 – Home Away From Home welcoming event for Cal Poly Humboldt students
- May 11 – Spaghetti Dinner to support Exchange Students
- May 20-21 – Kite Festival at Halvorsen Park
- May 27-31 – Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia
- June 10 – Arcata Bay Oyster Festival
- June 17 – Juneteenth Celebration
President Vanessa opened our meeting by reading a thank you note from the folks organizing the Home Away From Home event that will take place on Sunday, May 7th (and for which, volunteers are needed) … We also reviewed all of the Rotary Stuff® going on over the weekend … President-Elect John Gullam reminded us that our Fireside Chats will take place on May 2nd and 3rd. These meetings take the place of our regular Friday meeting, and they are an opportunity to voice your opinions and concerns to help the incoming Club President plan their year …
Vanessa announced that our May 12th meeting will be a field trip to Cypress Grove Chevre’s Dow’s Prairie Dairy. Wear your muck boots … Keep working your glutes and legs – President-Elect John is working with other local Rotary Clubs, putting together a kickball tournament as a fundraiser. Details to follow … Exchange Student Cairo sold some brownies to help fund her Rotary Exchange Year in Sweden … We also heard that there will be a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds for Rotary Exchange Students on May 11th … Additional volunteer opportunities on the Sunrise Horizon include the Kite Festival at Halvorsen Park (May 20-21), the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival on June 10, and Juneteenth (working with Black Humboldt) on June 17 …
The Fabulous Final Friday Foundation Auction
The last Friday of most months, our Club dedicates its meeting to the great work performed by the Rotary Foundation. It is one of the most efficient, most highly rated charitable organizations in the world, and it merits our support. One of the features of each Final Friday is the Auction. Sunrisers bring in prizes to be auctioned off to the highest bidder (ahem … the person who offers the highest bid), and all of the proceeds are donated to the Rotary Foundation. Below is a list of the donors, the items, and the winners. But really, we all win when we support the Rotary Foundation.
- A handcrafted “Fun Bag” containing lots of cool stuff was donated by Ian Schatz, and purchased by JOYC (The Justice Of Your Club).
- Sarah Hiller brought in a Coast Central Credit Union bag that contained a lot of items, including a gift basket and a gift card! Dick Johnson was the top bidder for that package.
- Jeff Stebbins offered a handmade wooden bowl that was large, beautiful, and filled with salad fixin’s. The winning bid was made by Rebecca Crow.
- Rebecca was also a donor – she had a bunch of plants in small containers that were sold to Maggie Kraft, Hannah Golden, Shoshanna, President Vanessa, Brandi Easter, Jennifer Coriell, John Gullam, AJ Gonzales, and Romi Hitchcock Tinseth.
- Pat Knittel presented two premier bottles of wine. The Carignane was purchased by AJ Gonzales, while the Syrah went to JOYC.
- A travel martini set, complete with shaker, was donated by Terri Clark. Bob Judevine was the purchaser. Does he like them “shaken, not stirred”?
- Shoshanna’s contribution was a whole basket of fun things, and once again, JOYC topped the bidding.
- Romi Hitchcock Tinseth brought a “Super Cute Fashion Package”, and President Vanessa won the lot.
- Our last package, donated by Sophie Saucedo, was a bottle of rosé, a candle, and a plant. This romantic package was purchased by Stephanie Lane.
By the time we were ready to give the gavel a rest, we had raised a total of $1,440 for the Rotary Foundation!