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.
Usually, we meet on most Fridays at 7 am in the Plaza View Room
at Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse,
however, due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are again meeting online.
Please visit the RCAS Website for the meeting links.
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 Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
- August 14-15 – RCAS Sunrise Summer Sale
- August 21 – The Sunrise Scramble – the RCAS Golf Tournament
- September 12 – Out of the Darkness Community Walk to raise Suicide Awareness
- November 11-14 – The Zone Institute, tentatively scheduled for Tuscon, Arizona
- October 8, 2021 – The North Coast Ethics in Business Awards
- June 4-8, 2022 – The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas.
For Openers …
President Ian deemed our meeting a “Return to Zoomland”. We’re back to meeting online to ride out the latest wave of the pandemic. But we’re RCAS, so we still made it fun!
We talked about upcoming events, including the Sunrise Summer Sale, the Kevin Ebbert Memorial Run, and the Sunrise Scramble Golf Tournament.
Barbara Browning gave her second Craft Talk, telling us about her life in and out of Rotary. We also celebrated a few birthdays and anniversaries.
President Ian issued a challenge to us, asking us to work to become the first Club in District 5130 to have 100% of its members (who can) vaccinated against COVID by September 20th.
Barbara’s Second Craft Talk
Past RCAS President Barbara Browning took a little time away from Rotary for business reasons, but she’s back now, and she gave her second Craft Talk at the August 6, 2021 RCAS Meeting.
Barbara praised her wonderful husband, former Sunriser Ron Sharp. The couple lives in Blue Lake, and their family is spread far and wide. Well, not her mom,, who is an 86 year old local marvel, who plays keyboard in one of Ron’s bands (The Gila Monsters). Barbara also has a Nicaraguan connection – Tatiana (her daughter from her first marriage) and her grandson.
Barbara’s position at the California Center for Rural Policy led to her spending the past seven years building healthy communities in Del Norte. She is now working a literacy effort and a project to provide additional housing in Southern Humboldt. Through it all, she has continued to operate her business Order Within, which helps businesses and individuals become better organized.
Barbara joined RCAS in 2008, and served as Club President for the 2014-2015 Rotary Year. Her proudest achievements in Rotary were the SWOT projects. SWOT stands for Serving With Our Talents, which we did – helping the Boys & Girls Club, the Arcata Playhouse, and the McKinleyville Family Service Center renovate and reorganize.
The Humboldt Trails Council
Our Featured Speaker was Karen Underwood of the Humboldt Trails Council. Karen told us that her organization supports the efforts of local trail stewards, and they advocate for the creation of new trails and maintenance of existing ones. She noted that more trails are coming to Eureka, including the Bay to Zoo Trail, which will cross the city, allowing hikers and others to safely navigate from downtown to Sequoia Park.
The Trails Council is also looking for new board members, but they are also looking for people who want to work with the board on single issues.
President Ian closed the meeting with this haiku …
It’s not over yet
Complacency kills people