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“
- October 14th – Sunrise Swednesday at the Griffin
- October 24th – District Conference & Foundation Celebration – 4:00 to 6:00 pm online
- October 25th – RCAS Oktoberfest from 4:00 to 6:30 pm
- January 20 & 27 – RCAS Equity & Diversity Workshops
President Maggie welcomed Visiting Rotarian and Former Sunriser Kathy Fraser to our meeting. Kathy was on hand to help welcome a special guest (to be named below). Lost Coast Rotaract President Jennifer Camarena was also on hand to discuss that group’s coming fundraiser.
We celebrated (in advance) some October birthdays:
- Although we thought that Vanessa Griffin’s birthday was on October 2nd, she corrected us – it’s on October 12th. But October 2nd was her 10th anniversary. (Technically, it wasn’t just her anniversary – she shares the day with her husband Mark.
- The 12th is also Karen Burgesser’s birthday, which she also shares with her daughter!
- October 14th will be JOYC’s birthday, so wish her well!
- “Three weeks is a long way away,” said Rebecca Crow when she was asked if she had plans for her birthday on October 23rd.
- And Claire Ajina is also up in the air (specifically, “flying by the seat of our pants”) about plans for her birthday on the 27th. She said that she isn’t counting anymore.
And President Maggie called on Lisa and Chris Hemphill to let us know their plans for their anniversary on October 18th. Although they have reservations, their plans are not yet finalized.
October’s Sunrise Swednesday will have an arts and crafts focus. The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Griffin or online, if that’s your preference.
And the RCAS Oktoberfest will take place on Sunday, October 25th and we will be serving (via drive up) brats and red cabbage. To sponsor the event, contact THE Scott Hunt. Also watch for the Sign Up Genius, which will be coming soon.
Past President AJ Gonzales told us about the Spooky Car Parade, which will take place on the 31st. And Jennifer Camarena let us know that this year’s “Spirits & Spirits” event (an annual fundraiser for the Lost Coast Interact Club) will be held virtually this year. But it will still offer insights into highlights of Old Town Eureka’s eerie history.
Another Former Exchange Student Visits!!
Hard on the heels of last month’s visit by Former Exchange Student Emilio Piriz, we welcomed Ane Thea Kristoffersen to our Zoom screens! Ane Thea was our Exchange Student during the 2002-2003 Rotary Year. She said that it was a wonderful experience – meeting all of the members of our Club, meeting the other Exchange Students, traveling on the Western Safari Trip through the Southwest, and going to Arcata High School, including attending football games, the prom, and movies.
She also recounted her Viking Days – participating in the Kinetic Sculpture Race as part of the crew of a Viking ship. They finished in second place!!
Ane Thea said that she learned a lot by being away from her parents and letting our Club take care of her. Her host families were wonderful, she said – including Janice and Craig Newman, Kathy and Bill Fraser, and Sandy and Matt. She is now very social and independent now, and she likes to experience new things.
She got married in August to Sven Erland, and she was a beautiful bride:
Ane Thea is still in the military, working as a sports trainer. She continues to compete in military sports, including the obstacle course, obstacle swimming, and skiing (among others). Sven is also quite active, especially as a skater and snowboarder.
All About Jennifer Coriell
Well, maybe not all, but here is a lot of information about one of our most popular Sunrisers:
Her husband, Bryn, is also a Sunriser, and they have three children – Emily, who is 15 years old and a junior in high school; 10-year old Caden, and Collin, who is 6. Jennifer’s second career as a swim mom has met with difficulty during the pandemic. Since there are no competition pools in Humboldt County, Emily has to travel to events outside the area, chauffeured by Jen. This summer, they drove to the lagoon everyday for workouts.
Jennifer said that she and Bryn bought a Victorian home several years ago, which she views as “an ongoing project”. She sees that as a nicer term than “money pit”.
The family loves to travel, especially to locations that are history-related. Oh wait – I didn’t mention Jennifer’s first career! She is a history teacher at Arcata High School a job that is very rewarding, but challenging – especially during the pandemic. She is teaching at her alma mater, and she also attended Chico State, Texas Woman’s University, Humboldt State, and Arizona State!