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 5th (or so) – Backpacks for Kids returns!
- October 14th – Sunrise Swednesday – Details to follow
- October 25th – RCAS Oktoberfest from 4:00 to 6:30 pm
- January 20 & 27 – RCAS Equity & Diversity Workshops
Editor’s Note: Due to a miscommunication on my end, I wasn’t on hand to record the September 25th meeting. Fortunately, Past President AJ Gonzales stepped in and recorded it, but a few minutes were lost at the beginning.
President Maggie thanked the Sunrisers who stepped up following (and during) the previous week’s meeting to make needed contributions to the RCAS Foundation. It’s never too late to chip in a few bucks, and it may be easier to make a monthly donation, as several Rotarians are doing.
Maggie also reminded us to notify Nick Torres when you do a make up of any sort – visiting another Club, participating in a committee meeting, or helping with a fundraiser (among others). Just send Nick an email to let him know.
Many people are experiencing financial difficulties during the pandemic. If you are one of those people, and you are having trouble paying your dues, please contact President Maggie or a board member. Please – don’t fret, and don’t quit!
Maggie recognized some September birthdays:
- Ian Schatz said that he spent the bulk of his September 20th birthday working on the house. He had 40-year old windows that needed to be replaced.
- Amy Scolari didn’t do anything to celebrate her birthday on September 24th. Why? Because her birthday is on January 24th. I don’t know if that’s an adequate excuse, Amy …
And we heard some semi-tall tales about Sunriser anniversaries:
- Karen and Steve Burgesser celebrated 48 years of marriage on September 9th. She said that they didn’t do much, other than dancing on the roof!
- THE Scott Hunt and his wife Emily traveled to Monterey to see the ocean for their anniversary (also on September 9th), but it was very smoky. Still, they managed to enjoy clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf.
- Bob and Susan Johnson also battled the airborne smoke for their anniversary on September 20th. They took their boat to the Rogue River, intending to take a cruise, but in light of the air quality (or lack thereof), they opted to go to Prairie Creek for a nice hike.
- Jamie and Suzette Anderson’s anniversary was on September 30th, which was still a few days in the future. He asked for some ideas, since it was their 25th! Romi Hitchcock Tinseth suggested that he borrow Steve McHaney’s portable French bistro.
The Final Friday Foundation Auction!
Once again, our Final Friday Auctioneers were Amanda Nelson and Brandon Kakitsuka, and they presided over a lively auction, featuring nine great packages donated by Sunrisers. All of the proceeds from our Foundation Auction are sent to the Rotary Foundation, which funds great work all over the globe! Here are the details:
- Randy Mendosa donated two gift certificates from A Slice of Humboldt Pie, mailed (contact free) to the winner’s home. That means that they are probably already in Lori Breyer’s mailbox!
- The “Dinner From Tom” package included a gift certificate to the Plaza Grill, along with a nice bottle of wine. This came to the auction block courtesy of Tom Tellez (now you see where the name of the prize came from). Jamie Anderson may have found his anniversary dinner idea – he offered up the winning bid!
- Mike Pazeian offered both volumes of his book, “For Those Who Served: Veterans’ Voices”, and Bob Johnson was the winner!
- Lori Breyer picked up a second prize with her top bid on 4 tickets to the Drive-By Fish Dinner, put on by the Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka, 2 bottles of wind, and a gift card from Ramones! This great package was donated by Cam Appleton – Thanks, Cam and Lori!
- Brandi Easter’s “Essence of Summer” included homemade yummy treats (zucchini bread, carrot bread, and four jars of jelly), all made from locally grown fruits and vegetables. Sounds healthy and delicious! To find out, you’ll have to ask the winning bidder – President Maggie!
- Jamie Anderson donated “Snuggles from Jamie” – a package that included a soft throw blanket, heirloom pumpkin hand soap and room spray, and gift certificates to Wildberries Market. THE Scott Hunt will stay warm and cozy this fall, because he won the bidding war!
- Ms. Rotary Foundation herself – Terri Clark – chipped in a beautiful Rotary-themed quilt that she sewed. She said, “It is five by six feet, and made with love.” Auctioneer Brandon Kakitsuka offered the highest bid on this one-of-a-kind creation. Who says you can’t buy love?
- Craig Newman donated his famous “Bounty of the Sea” package – including halibut fillets, ling cod, Canary Rock fish, Copper Rock fish, Vermillion Rock fish, Black Rock fish, King Salmon, smoked salmon, and canned albacore. A ton of fish from a very generous fisherman! Who won this Bounty? Scott Heller did!
- The final package came courtesy of Romi Hitchcock Tinseth, and it was dubbed “Comfort, From Romi”. There was another warm throw blanket and a soft, snuggly “Squishmallows” toy. The package also included “Hug Mugs”, custom crafted by local potter Seth Simpson, and designed especially for Romi! The pièce de résistance was a bottle of Behrens & Hitchcock 2013 Heavy Weight wine. And the top bid came from Ashliegh Diehl!
Again, thanks to those who donated prizes and those who bought them. And – lest we forget – thanks to the bidders who drove up the prices! Thanks to all of you, the Rotary Foundation has an additional $1,900 to help make the world a better place!