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, while we are under the Shelter In Place order, we are 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“
- Ongoing – The RCAS Summer Sale
- August 29 – RCAS Golf Tournament at Beau Pre Golf Course in McKinleyville
We heard the exciting news that Rotary International has selected a woman as its President for the first time in its history! Jennifer E. Jones, is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Ontario, Canada. That is also the year that Jennifer Strong of the Rotary Club of Lakeport will serve as our District 5130 Governor, so it will truly be a “Next-Jen” Rotary Year!!
We were all pleased that Barbara Browning is returning to the Club after a brief absence. Barbara served as the RCAS President during the 2012-2013 Rotary Year, and she was the sparkplug behind the SWOT (Serving With Our Talents) concept, which has spread to other Rotary Clubs in our District. Welcome back!!
President Maggie told us that behind Opportunity Door #1 is the chance to help with the Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Committee. Vanessa Griffin reported that we are applying for a District Grant to help this population, and Crystal Perez discussed some of the issues that they face as they move from foster care to independent living.
Opportunity Door #2 is the continuation of our fundraising efforts. Stephanie Lane told us that we hoped to raise $2,000 via our online Sunrise Summer Sale. However by the end of our discussion (and a few more purchases), the sale has brought in over $5,000!! And we are still gearing up for our Sunrise Scramble Golf Tournament, which will take place on Saturday, August 29th, at Beau Pre Golf Course in McKinleyville.
And Opportunity Door #3 showed ways that we can help others, including working in the Open Door Community Garden on August 15th. Maggie also lauded Ed Christians, Cam Appleton, Vanessa Griffin, Romi Hitchcock Tinseth, Mike Pazeian, Rebecca Crow, and Jessica McKnight for volunteering to deliver meals to seniors, and she also recognized Amanda Nelson “for organizing us”!
Yurok Tribe Restoration Program
Our Featured Speaker was Tim Hayden, the Yurok Tribe’s Deputy Executive Director for Natural Resources. Tim spoke to us about the tribe’s restoration work in the Blue Creek Forest Sanctuary.
He noted that the Yurok Tribal land covers about 59,000 acres along the lower Klamath River, and it is adjacent to federal holdings and timber company land. Tim told us that the tribe depends upon the Klamath for its livelihood, and they feel that they must continue to be good stewards of the river.
Their goal in establishing the Blue Creek Forest Sanctuary is to maintain that tradition by using traditional ecological knowledge and land management practices, informed by Yurok cultural values.
Don’t miss a minute!
(Click here to view the video of the full meeting.)