Our Next Meeting
Please feel free to join us for our next meeting this Friday! We meet at 7 am at the Plaza View Room in the Jacoby Storehouse, on the Arcata Plaza.
RISE Calendar …
“Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
September 10 – Out of the Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk – Check in at the Arcata Plaza at 9:00 am.
September 10 – Join the North Bay Rotaract Club for its annual Fun Run! Starting at 10 am in Blue Lake, and supporting several local nonprofits!
October 7 – CASA Kids Walk – Starts at 6 pm at the Madaket Plaza in Eureka
October 14 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Meet at 10 am at Halvorsen Park in Eureka
- We heard from several Sojourning Sunrisers who traveled to Oregon to experience totality during the recent solar eclipse. Rebecca Crow and family camped in Eastern Oregon, and they listened to “The Dark Side of the Moon” at the appropriate time. The Gregg Foster Family was in Bend for the show, and he said that it took 17 hours to get back to Ferndale! Jessica McKnight and James Hitchcock avoided the traffic by staying in Silverton an extra day. Carol Vander Meer reported that the view was also amazing in Salem. And Steve McHaney’s crew was at a family farm in Independence that was owned by Patty’s late uncle, and the eclipse provided a great excuse for a huge family get-together.
- August 21st was very special for two Sunrisers and their spouses. Ray Noggle and Holly McDowell celebrated their anniversary in Louisville (I think), and Terri Clark and Marty Lay marked 35 years of marriage! Congratulations to both couples!
- Exchange Student Izzy’s second full week was … well … full!
We held a welcoming party for her, then she had a get-together with other Exchange Students from our District. School started, and she immediately made new friends. Finally, she spent time at the beach, and she even went swimming (brrr)!
- At the RCAS Meeting on August 25th, we received some sad news. Charter Member June McCartney recently passed away. Although she had not been a member for many years, she is fondly remembered by those of us who knew her. President Dustin also announced that Sunriser Ron Sharp is pursuing new business interests, which will not allow him time to continue with the Club. And Bob Johnson is now on a leave of absence. To soften those blows, Dustin asked Dick Johnson (Your Editor) to provide a musical interlude to brighten our spirits. I played a song that I put together just over 15 years before – a tribute to the first female Governor of District 5130 – Terri Clark. In those days, Terri was a member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, which plays a small role in the song.
On Alzheimer’s Disease
Marty Coelho is the Executive Director of College Advancement for the College of the Redwoods, but he also volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Association. He came to our meeting to discuss the disease and to encourage participation in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will take place Saturday, October 14th.
Foundation Final Friday!
When a Rotarian contributes $,1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation, he or she becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. But most of us continue to donate, because the work of the Foundation is very important.
At our Final Friday meeting, Foundation Chair Terri Clark acknowledged the ongoing generosity of two Sunrisers – Steve McHaney and Jeff Stebbins. Thank you both!
We then held our Final Friday Auction, where all of the proceeds go to support the work of the Rotary Foundation. Here is a listing of the items, donors, and purchasers:
- Claire Ajina donated a package including mezcal and succulents – somewhat wet and dry! Romi Hitchcock-Tinseth was the high bidder.
- A Moscow Mule kit, complete with copper mugs, was offered by Lori Breyer. The winner was Tom Tellez – Spasiba!
- Karen Burgesser put together a kit for a day at the races (horse races, that is), including a book on picking the ponies, and actual money! Chris Hemphill had the winning bid, but we haven’t yet heard whether he was able to make his investment pay off later that day …
- While she was in Hawaii recently, Rina Brodhag took a little time to put together a Polynesian Package that included a faux sunscreen bottle that is actually a flask! Ian Schatz was the winner. (Wonder what SPF value tequila has?)
- Maggie Kraft donated a kit to help you move or just downsize your living situation. Don’t worry – chocolate was part of the package. Lori Breyer’s wasn’t worried, she was the top bidder!
- Sarah Wilkinson provided an eclipse kit that included a great-looking t-shirt, jam, and a bottle of wine. The winner was eclipse survivor Jessica McKnight!
- The last item on the block was donated by Terri Clark. It was all the ingredients (and instructions) for making Wardrobe Malfunctions. (Terri assures me that it’s a drink, and that it involves tequila, guava juice, ginger-infused maple syrup, lime juice, and ice. Everything was there except the ice.) We’ll have to ask Sarah Wilkinson to give us a review, since she was the high bidder.
Thanks to all who brought, bid, and bought – thanks to you, we raised $610 for the Rotary Foundation. Our next Final Friday will be on September 29th, so charge up those checkbooks!
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