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“
- September 7 – Welcome Party for our new Inbound Exchange Student Lazo and his counterparts from the Mad River Rotary (Amanda from Chile) and the Arcata Noon Club (Debi from Switzerland)
- September 11 – Out of the Darkness Community Walk – Meet at 10 am at the Arcata Plaza (and sign up for the RCAS Team)
- September 20 – Fellowship Event – Madaket Cruise, with a no-host bar
- September 24 – Wild Souls Ranch fundraiser – the “Sip of Summer Hard Cider Festival” from 1 to 5 pm, in Fortuna’s Rohner Park
- October 1 – Oktoberfest! Drive-thru fundraiser for RCAS at the Griffin
- October 15 – Foundation Dinner North
- 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
For Openers …
President Vanessa opened the meeting with an emergency Board of Directors meeting. The Board quickly voted to provide $1,000 in relief funds to help with the response to massive flooding in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, an area that our Club has supported for many years.
In our regular meeting, we discussed the recent Adopt A Highway cleanup, as well as the Fellowship activity at the Humboldt County Fair and the 40th Anniversary Celebration for Terri Clark and Marty Lay.
We also heard about the fundraiser for Wild Souls Ranch, which will take place on September 24th, and the Welcome Party for Rotary Exchange Students Lazo from Uganda (hosted by RCAS), Debi from Switzerland (Arcata Noon), and Amanda from Chile (Mad River). Foundation Chair Terri Clark then presented Lazo as our Club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow, after which, he gave a brief presentation. (And later in the clip, you’ll see Lazo winning the Ping-Pong Ball Raffle – for $100!)
Also coming soon … the Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention, Oktoberfest (Marty Lay is looking for help with this event), and A Taste of the Holidays – our annual fundraiser that will be returning to the Arcata Community Center this November.
A District 5130 Update
Past President Ian Schatz is now serving as our District’s Area Governor, and he gave a presentation about the goals of Rotary International President Jennifer Jones and District 5130 Governor Jennifer Strong.
Ian noted that this is a “history-making year”, with our first female RI President, and he showed a video of President Jennifer introducing her theme – “Imagine Rotary”. He then noted that our District is comprised of 2095 Rotarians in 47 Clubs, with a geographical reach of six counties. He also explored the demographics of the District, noting how we compare with other areas in terms of gender diversity, age, and length of Rotary service.
DG Jennifer Strong has stated, Ian told us, that this is the year to re-invent, re-invigorate, and re-imagine our Rotary Clubs. She wants us all to consider our personal Rotary Moments – the point at which we all realized that Rotary has a special meaning to us.
Ian encouraged us to take part in next month’s Foundation Celebrations, as well as the District Conference in May, and even the International Conference, which will be held in Melbourne, Australia next year.
In Closing …
Mason Wyatt from the Interact Club at Arcata High School closed our meeting by telling us about his group’s activities so far this year, and its plans going forward.