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.
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“
- October 15 – Foundation Dinner North – Mardi Gras!!
- October 16 – Fellowship Event – Miniature Golf action!
- October 19 – Women of Rotary meeting at the Griffin
- November 17 – The return of in-person Taste of the Holidays! All hands on deck at the Arcata Community Center!
- March 31 & April 1 – District Training Assembly
- May 4-7 – District Conference at Konocti Harbor Resort
- May 27-31 – Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia
Sunriser Luke Scown gave a quick update on Arcata’s Community Ambassador program. He said that the Ambassadors will be quite visible around town, and he encouraged us to take a few minutes to talk with them. President Vanessa talked about the Arcata Noon Rotary’s field trip to Miranda’s Rescue, and she showed photos of some of the animals. Marty Lay thanked everyone who helped with the previous weekend’s Oktoberfest, especially his committee. We learned that an AHS Interact Student designed and drew our entry in this year’s Pastels on the Plaza. We heard a reminder that the Northern California Community Blood Bank will plant a tree for each donation made this month.
We also had an update on A Taste of the Holidays from Jeff Stebbins, Angela Robershotte, and Lisa Hemphill. Right now, the focus is on selling your event tickets, but there will be more opportunities to serve. Ian Schatz noted that every member of our Club has completed the first level of Rotary Youth Exchange vetting. He also reminded us that we need to find a final host family for Lazo from Uganda, and the first two host families for next year’s Inbound Exchanger.
Our Featured Speaker was our own Crystal Perez, who is also known as Charli Murphy. (If she has any other aliases, the Sunrise Spirit has yet to discover them.) Charli gave us an overview of the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), which is a way for community members to help themselves and others in dealing with the impacts of trauma and chronic stress. It is a skills-based approach that helps people restore and even increase their ability to cope with severe stress.
Charli noted that we usually remain in our “OK Zone” – our reactions to situations do not create strong anxiety or cause depression. However, when faced with a traumatic event, we may veer into the high zone, which may cause us to become hyperactive, irritable, or anxious. We may also find ourselves in the low zone – feeling depressed, exhausted, and even numb.
Using these six CRM skills can help us return to the OK Zone:
- Tracking – being aware of the sensations inside your body
- Resourcing and Resource Intensification – using positive things in your life to restore balance to your nervous system
- Grounding – creating a direct contact with the ground or something that provides support to your body
- Gestures & Spontaneous Movements – moving your body or limbs to express an idea or emotion
- Amp Down or Ramp Up – taking specific actions to help you return to your OK Zone
- Shift and Stay – shifting your attention/focus from something unpleasant to something pleasant (or at least neutral) and staying there
The Trauma Resource Institute developed the “iChill” app to can help you learn the Community Resiliency Model. It will also guide you through the above skills to help you reach and remain in your OK Zone. For more information, visit the Trauma Resource Institute website by clicking on the graphic below:
As the meeting was winding down, we heard from Tami Camper, who told us about her recent journey to Thailand. Tami also discussed ways of coping with stress.
We congratulated Rebecca Crow on her anniversary and birthday, both of which take place this month.
Terri Clark encouraged us to attend the Foundation Dinner on October 15th, noting that our Club will be mentioned … more than a few times.
Shoshanna of Arcata Main Street told us about her organization’s “Trunk or Treat” Halloween Party on Monday, October 31st. You are invited to park on 8th Street from 3 to 6 pm, decorate your car’s trunk, and hand out Halloween treats. There will be music, a costume parade, and a prize for the best decorated trunk.
Lisa Hemphill reminded us that Backpacks for Kids started that day, with packing taking place following the meeting. We need volunteers to pick up food from Food For People in Eureka every Thursday and deliver it to our meeting on Friday morning. We also need volunteers to deliver the packed bags to the schools on Friday mornings.
We also received a reminder from Rebecca Crow that the Cross Country Championships will take place on Thursday, October 20th. Watch for more details.