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“
- August 29 – RCAS Golf Tournament at Beau Pre Golf Course in McKinleyville
District Governor Doug Johnson made his official visit to RCAS on July 31st. He was introduced by Assistant Governor (and former RCAS President) Howard Stauffer.
We also heard the exciting news that Maverick Kakitsuka will soon have another Rotary Kid to hang with.
President Maggie noted that we are on track to meet our membership goal of 72 members, and she discussed other goals for the current year, in areas such as Education, Development, and Member Support; Rotary Foundation contributions; Service; and Media Presence. Maggie thanked Terri Clark for informing the local media of our International Service efforts in Pakistan.
THE Scott Hunt gave his Craft Talk last Friday.
Scott was born and raised in Redding, and he grew up loving sports, public speaking, and theatre. After he graduated from high school, he took a year off before attending CSU Chico.
He enjoys “activities to keep me young at heart.” The photos that accompanied that sentiment included rugby and skydiving!
Scott married Emily – “the love of my life” – at Moonstone Beach in 2017, and their family includes one or two furry members.
He tries to maintain a healthy work/life balance, and he encourages his staff to do the same.
Scott ended his Craft Talk with this sentiment: “I want to give a big thank you to Rotary for inviting me into this community and being such amazing people to work side by side with.”
Welcome District Governor Doug Johnson!!
Doug Johnson is the District Governor for Rotary District 5130 for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. He provided his official address to our Club last Friday, opening with the statement that our Club is “hitting on all cylinders”.
Doug and his fellow District Governors from around the world gathered in January at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego. It was there that current RI President Holger Knaack revealed the 2020-2021 presidential theme, “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.
Doug reminded us that Rotary’s five Core Values are Fellowship, Service, Leadership, Integrity, and Diversity. Then he asked, “How do we express those Core Values when we can’t get out?” He said that communication is key.
Rotary has been experiencing a drop in membership in many countries, and Doug said that we need to reverse that trend. We can do that by finding the passion that motivates current members as well as potential new members. He said that Sunriser Vanessa Griffin asked in the Board Meeting, “What can we do next?” Doug was impressed that she didn’t ask whether we could do something, but what we can do. Rotary is looking at different models for Rotary Clubs – interest-based clubs, company-based clubs, and affinity-based clubs are all in the mix. We need to find ways to reach out to potential members even though we are relatively isolated.
Doug also encouraged us to look at the opportunities available at the District level. Three District committees he mentioned are the Public Image Committee, the Rotaract Committee, and the Ethics Committee.
Don’t miss a minute!
(Click here to view the video of the full meeting.)