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,
Please note: Our meetings will take place online through the month of February 2022, and possibly beyond.
For more information and for the meeting links, 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“
- February 12 – Fortuna Sunrise Rotary’s “Pork & Cork” – Cruise-Through dinner event (starts at 4:30 at Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department)
- February 13 – Super Bowl Fellowship Activity
- February 16 – Community Service Committee Meeting
- June 4-8 – The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas.
For Openers …
Our meeting started with a recap of January birthdays, starting with Scott Heller, who spent the day working on his home. Randy Mendosa wasn’t certain, but he “probably” went to Larrupin’s. And Rachel Sarvinski noted that her entire household – her, husband Casey, and little Isaac – all have January birthdays, so it was a festive month to open 2022! Sophie Saucedo told us that she celebrated with a staycation at a local B and B to celebrate.
There were some anniversaries last month, as well. Only Howard Stauffer was on hand to talk about it, though. He and his wife Rebecca have been traveling extensively of late, so they decided to keep their anniversary low-key, with a dinner at home.
President Ian lauded the Sunrisers who participated in the previous week’s Point In Time Count, helping with an early morning tally of unhoused people. An accurate count helps local agencies provide better services to that population, and it ensures that funds are available. Thanks to Romi Hitchcock Tinseth, Maggie Kraft, Vanessa Griffin, and Amanda Nelson for working on this.
There are still about six weeks to go in the “Winter Session” of Backpacks for Kids, said Lisa Hemphill. We need folks to pick up the food each Wednesday, and we need volunteers to pack and distribute the bags to a few local schools. Check your email for the Sign Up Genius message.
Chris Hemphill reported that the RCAS Progressive Superbowl Zoom Party is a go, and we are looking for online hosts for each of the quarters. Brandon Kakitsuka locked in the 2nd Quarter, but there are still 3 more quarters (plus halftime) available. Let Chris know if you’re willing to host. (Remember, you control what folks will see from your camera, so you don’t have to clean the bathroom.)
Angela Robershotte is a generous person. Okay, you probably knew that, but she proved it again at our meeting by offering items for a special Valentines Day Auction at our meeting on February 11th. We will be bidding on at least two Valentines packages, and the proceeds will benefit the RCAS Foundation, bringing in much-needed funds for our Club’s programs.
Speaking of fundraising, we voted on the event that will take the place of our Spring Fundraiser this year – and the Arcata Sunrise Scramble Golf Tournament was the winner. The other two ideas – an event at Arcata High School’s new James Washington Track and Field Stadium, and a concert on the Arcata Plaza – have not gone away. We may revisit those ideas in the near future as well.
District Governor (and esteemed RCAS Former President) Dustin Littlefield encouraged us to attend the District 5130 Conference, which will take place on May 20-21 (Friday and Saturday). The event will have a Rockabilly theme, and we will try to coax a performance from DG Dustin.
Learning About Ink People!
Leslie Castellano wears a lot of (metaphorical) hats. She serves on the Eureka City Council, she is on the Board of Directors for the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC), and in December, she was named the Executive Director for Ink People Center for the Arts.
Leslie noted that Ink People has been a part of the Humboldt community for 42 years, serving as an arts and culture organization that runs a gallery on Third Street in Eureka, provides advocacy for the arts, and sponsors the cultural district in Eureka. She said that it provides infrastructure support for people with ideas and dreams, and helps to build community connections.
The organization’s DreamMaker Program seeks to foster those connections by allowing individuals to learn more and support artists who are working to improve our communities through their art.
Leslie said that Ink People has (have?) been “surprisingly busy” during the pandemic, serving the county and the region and collaborating with other arts organizations. The group will soon sponsor a street festival to honor former Executive Director Libby Maynard, who retired last year after leading Ink People for its first 42 years.
Click on the Ink People logo to visit the organization’s website:
President Ian’s Closing Haiku
You have more time than you think
If you spend it well