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 …
After welcoming our guests and Visiting Rotarians, we were treated to an update from Trula Rael, who was our Outbound Exchange Student to Italy during the 2014-2015 Rotary Year. She has lived in Boston for the past four years, attending Harvard. We caught up with her right before she started a new management consulting position the following week.
We had a few quick Community Service Committee reports – Mike Pazeian talked about our new High School Tutoring Program, which will match high school students with younger learners in an attempt to help the elementary students catch up after a year away from the classroom, and AJ Gonzales told us that the committee will be pursuing a District Grant to provide additional funding for our efforts to improve the garden areas at Peninsula School.
Romi Hitchcock Tinseth asked us to participate in this year’s Out of the Darkness Community Walk. The event seeks to raise awareness of suicide and mental health issues. Please consider participating in the walk (which will take place Sunday, September 12th), making a donation as a “virtual walker”, and being a member of the RCAS team.
Photography Tips From Brandi!
At the July 30, 2021 RCAS Meeting, Sunriser (and professional photographer) Brandi Easter provided some great tips for improving our photos – especially those we take to help publicize our Club’s efforts to improve our community and our world.
Brandi noted that when you’re taking a photo, “all you have to remember is everything!” Since that may not be easy for non-professionals, she gave us three very helpful areas to keep in mind before triggering the shutter:
Framing, Content, and Lighting. She also reminded us to have fun!
The Final Friday Foundation Auction!
Our favorite fun Final Friday tradition continues in President Ian’s year – the Final Friday Foundation Auction. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this nearly monthly event, here’s how it works: Sunrisers (and others) donate items for the auction. Those in the audience (in person and online) frantically place bids for these prizes – they are that good! The proceeds are passed on to the Rotary Foundation, which is one of the most efficient and highly-rated charities in the world. Credit for the donations are split between the donor and the purchaser, as they build their Paul Harris Fellowships. Here’s what happened at the latest Final Friday:
- Jose Zapata offered a Michelada Starter Pack, which also included certificates for the Hatchet House and the Finnish Country Sauna & Tubs. The winner was Nick Torres.
- We saw a jewelry box, complete with a necklace and matching earrings, with a wine bottle pin added for good measure by Susan Diehl-McCarthy. The winning bid was placed by Holly Martel – a guest of Jessica McKnight! Just goes to show you that you don’t need to be a Sunriser to bid on these great prizes!
- Sophie Saucedo prepared a Dog Lover’s Basket, which was filled with treats, toys, chews, and more! (The dog was not included.) However, top bidder Barbara Browning recently added a new member to their family – a labradoodle named Paco, who is probably over the moon, playing and munching on his new stuff!
- “Life Is Good – Drink It In”. I don’t know if that’s Romi Hitchcock Tinseth’s motto, but it was an appropriate theme for her bundle, which including certificates for the Bigfoot Taproom, the Griffin, and Kinetic Koffee. There was also a Kleen Kanteen, a sassy mug, and a set of cocktail glasses. Brandi Easter won the lot, and will be filling it all as she goes!
- Past President Maggie Kraft has a side gig helping people get organized and sometimes ready to move/downsize. It’s called Kraft Transitions, and she donated a certificate good for up to four hours of her services, and Rebecca Crow thought that would be a good thing to snap up. And she did!
- Sarah Wilkinson’s contribution was an “I Love Humboldt Assortment”. This included chocolate bars, a tote bag, a copy of “Hiking Humboldt”, and much more. In an amazing coincidence, Lori Breyer also loves Humboldt, so she cast the top bid.
- Terri Clark offered a certificate for The Griffin, and that was purchased by JOYC (the Justice Of Your Club).
- Once again, Sey Clark (not a member, but a generous friend of Terri Clark) donated a certificate for $30 worth of dahlias, which was won by Jessica McKnight.
- Claire Ajina donated a set of two canvas prints from Myanmar, along with two “Relaxation Packets”. I’m not sure what was in those, but the prints and one of the packets were purchased by Maggie Kraft, while the remaining packet was won by AJ Gonzales.
- In addition to her donation of services from Kraft Transitions, Maggie also donated three bourbon tasting bottles along with a one-year membership to the Rotary DRAM Fellowship. (DRAM stands for Drinking Rotarians And Members.) The winner was Claire Ajina – but will she keep it, or give it to her Rotarian husband, Haider?
- The last item on the block was a package containing the ingredients and instructions to make Vanessa Griffin’s Favorite Summer Cocktail (all donated by Vanessa). And that was purchased by the amazing JOYC!
We want to thank everyone who participated in the Auction – together, we raised over $1,750 for the Rotary Foundation! Fantastic!!
President Ian closed the meeting with a “DEI* Minute” asking each of us to make a point of
patronizing one or more local businesses owned by Black, indigenous, or people of color.
* – DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and we plan to close each meeting with a DEI Minute this year.