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 most Fridays at 7 am in the Plaza View Room at Arcata’s historic Jacoby Storehouse.
The Calendar …
RISE: “Rotary Involvement Strengthens Everyone“
Thursday, March 12 – “Give & Get” Volunteer Open House: learn about services and volunteer opportunities with the Area 1 Agency on Aging – 434 Seventh Street, Eureka, 4:030 to 5:30 pm
Friday, March 13 – Charli Murphy’s Artist Reception at the Griffin, beginning at 6 pm
Monday, March 16 – RCAS “Speed Dating” Event at the Griffin, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm – Find a committee to fall in love with!
Saturday, March 21 – District Training Assembly North at the Sequoia Conference Center in Eureka at 8 am
Saturday, March 21 – The Humboldt Wine Festival – 5:00 to 8:00 pm at HSU’s Kate Buchanan Room
Saturday, May 1 – RCAS’s “A Taste of Spring” Fundraiser
Friday-Saturday, May 15-16 – District Conference in Fortuna
Saturday-Wednesday, June 6-10 – Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii
Additional Important Stuff
Rotary and Toastmasters International meet at noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 1700 Bayview Street in Arcata.
The Arcata High School Interact Club meets every Friday (when school is in session) at 12:20 pm.
The North Bay Rotaract Club meets in the Plaza View Room at Jacoby’s Storehouse at 6 pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.
Recognitions – Featuring the Latest From Thomas!
Following the latest from Thomas Spengler (our Rotary Exchange Student from France), we heard that Ray Noggle served as the dishwater at his new “Bigfoot Taproom”. Brandi Easter told us about her new position with the Arcata Economic Development Corporation, then President AJ and Karen Burgesser talked about our garden project at Peninsula School. AJ also hosted the recent Chamber of Commerce mixer.
We sang for the recent birthdays of Jeff Stebbins and Ray Noggle, and we heard about the 19th anniversary of Ed and Beth Christians. (They celebrated in the traditional fashion – with drywall!)
Sunrisers Dustin Littlefield, Maggie Kraft, and Howard Stauffer were in San Jose for the weekend’s PETS Event (President-Elect Training Seminar). AJ encouraged us to text our early-morning good wishes to President-Elect Maggie, to start her Friday off right!
Carly Robbins is the President of the Rotary Club of Eureka, but she also serves as the Development Director of Food For People. The food bank suffered a serious setback recently when sewage began backing up from the floor drains at their main Eureka location. They lost about $40,000 of inventory, and the damage to the building was extensive. Click on this sentence to go to an Emergency Fundraising page on Facebook to help Food For People.
We also heard the sad news that an Arcata High School student was hospitalized with a rare form of bacterial meningitis, and was flown out of the area for treatment. [Editor’s Note: On Monday, March 9th, we learned that the student, Everett Halikas, passed away. To help defray the family’s expenses, click on this link to the GoFundMe page.]
Scott Adair on Project Trellis
Our Featured Speaker was Scott Adair, the Director of Economic Development for Humboldt County. Scott told us about Project Trellis – a multi-pronged effort to increase excise tax revenues by bolstering the local cannabis industry. Funding for the initiative comes from local cannabis tax revenue, cannabis fines and fees, and state funding from SB 1294.
Project Trellis comprises three levels of support. The first is a micro-grant program, which provides capital assistance and business resources to businesses. Second is a marketing effort to brand cannabis projects from Humboldt County as superior products. Third is a local equity program to serve “communities and individuals impacted by the war on drugs”. For more information, click here to visit the County’s Project Trellis website.