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on Jun 02, 2015
On Tuesday, June 2 the Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak held our Annual Awards Ceremony, celebrating club achievements over the past year as well as over $39,000 in charitable giving over this Rotary year. Our club recognized our Classic Charity Golf Tournament sponsors (which raised over $21,000) and recipients of our teacher grants, student scholarships and community awards. Rotarians and guests also had the opportunity to reflect on the good work done this year in partnership with our fellow Rotary clubs in San Luis Obispo, the SLOHS Interact Club and the Rotaract Club of SLO. Said club president, Bill Almas, "I am proud to have been the club president this year. It's with everyone's involvement and the support of the San Luis Obispo community that has made this a year to remember".
Significant service projects this year included the viewing station at the SLO County Regional Airport, the revitalization of the Laguna Lake Commemorative Grove and volunteerism with various nonprofit organizations. Club members also supported the Days for Girls organization and this week, members are traveling to Tepehua, Mexico to complete work on a community service center and visit outlying villages in the Maternal Health Bus that SLO Daybreak helped in purchasing.
Our giving locally, internationally and to the Rotary Foundation is achieved through the generous donations from our club members, as well as our golf tournament, other small fundraisers, and the dividends from our Education and Community endowments. Charitable giving this year included:
$6,000 to Polio Plus to assist Rotary International's efforts in eradicating polio around the world. The SLO Daybreak sponsored Interact Club at SLOHS also raised over $800 this year for Polio Plus.
13 local high school students from Pacific Beach, Mission College Prep and San Luis Obispo high schools were awarded a total of $15,088 in student scholarships to continue their education.
21 local elementary and high school teachers were awarded a total of $5,861 in grants to assist in their instructional efforts.
8 local nonprofit organizations were awarded a total of $6,000 to enhance their programs serving children, teens and adults in need.
K9's for Warriors was supported with $500.
United Way of SLO County was provided with $1,000 to sponsor 10 children for their KidSpree program.
on May 31, 2015
Three local Rotary Clubs and Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo worked together with local businesses, families and individuals to complete a viewing platform for the public to enjoy at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. Located between the Spirit of San Luis restaurant and the terminal, the platform provides an inviting area to view runway activity as well as serving as a stage for interactive educational opportunities in aviation for County youth.
Well over $100,000 in donations and hundreds of hours of volunteer work were donated by local Rotary clubs and members of the community to complete the project. The platform boasts a new retaining wall and railings, new landscaping and a Rotary Club emblem to decorate the site.
Souza Construction acted as general contractor on the project, contributing a majority of their labor and materials at discounted or no cost. For his Eagle Scout certification project local Boy Scout from Troop 6, Michael Ronay, designed a speaker system for the platform that broadcasts radio transmissions between the control tower and airplanes as they land, taxi and take off. Alpha Electrical Service, a San Luis Obispo based electrical contractor, worked with him to build the system.
“It was remarkable to see the level of generous support that came together for this project,” said Dave Juhnke, President of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. “We look forward to watching the community enjoy the viewing platform for generations to come.”
The four clubs celebrated with a ribbon cutting on April 27 and recently, six new benches were installed for visitors to the airport.
The many members of the community who donated time and resources to the effort include: Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak, Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo, Souza Construction, Wallace Group, Air Vol Block, CalPortland, Chevron, Covelop Inc., Earth Systems, Specialty Construction, Bunyon Brothers Tree service, Ron Jordan Concrete Pumping, San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, Spirit of San Luis Restaurant, United Rentals, Michael Ronay, Alpha Electrical Service, Jesse Wallace, Lance Wierschem, Farm Supply, Coast Electronics, Atascadero Elks, St. Francis Landscaping, Phillips 66, C&R Tile and Quaglino Roofing.
on Jun 16, 2015
SLO Daybreak made a $500 contribution to K9s for Warriors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free and fully trained service dogs to post-9/11 veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, brain injury or sexual trauma. Recognizing and working towards assisting those that have served our country has been a focus of District 5240 Governor, Loretta Butts, this year. We are honored to have made a contribution towards improving the life of a veteran in need. For more information and to find out additional ways to help, visit www.k9sforwarriors.org.
on Feb 09, 2015
This past spring, Rotarians and Grizzly Youth Academy cadets replanted several trees and replaced memorial plaques at the Laguna Lake Commemorative Grove. The Commemorative Grove program was established in 1989 to allow the planting of trees by citizens or special interest groups who wish to commemorate an event or person in their lives and serve as a remembrance for future generations. It was dedicated during the Arbor Day celebration on March 4, 1989. Rotary clubs have done much to add to the amenities and beauty of Laguna Lake with the addition of the covered pavilion barbecue area, the fitness trail installed in 2012 and now the grove. Click here to see the news report with a few words by project coordinator/SLO Daybreak Rotarian, Mike Alamo.
on May 31, 2015
Youth Services director, Molly Peoples, is happy to report the following from our Interact Club at San Luis Obispo High School:
"The Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak is excited to sponsor the San Luis Obispo High School Interact Club since 1998/99. This club of mostly sophomores and juniors hs been volunteering their time and collecting donations throughout the year, with more to come. In December, the club members caroled in local neighborhoods, collecting donations for the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County. They also held a successful drive for the Pennies for Polio campaign, raising over $800 towards the eradication of polio around the world".
on Feb 02, 2015
We have scheduled our 2nd Annual Rotary Campout for Friday-Sunday, October 9-11, 2015 at the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles. We have a great, premium, semi-private area reserved for our use and onsite wine tasting with Eos Estate Winery. We will be staying during harvest which makes this a prime time to do some wine tasting and tours. The site includes individual and group barbecues, an area for group fire pits, a nice concrete pad area for our group tables, two spas, a pool, playground, clubhouse and dog run! Please contact the resort directly at (805) 238-4560 and ask for Kristy, our group representative (do not call the toll free number) and don't forget to mention any AAA, AARP memberships etc. for a 10% discount. We have spaces 12, 13, 14, 15,16,26,42 and 43 reserved.
Contact event chair, Mike Alamo, for more details or to see what site might be best for your reservation. If you are planning to go, please book your spot by February 13; you can receive a full refund up to 30 days prior. The resort is currently building cabins which will be about 20 yards from the group camping site - this is a great opportunity for non-campers to join the fun. You can also rent an RV from the park which will be set up and ready to go when you arrive. We had a great time last year in Pismo Beach, you won't want to miss this outing!
on Apr 01, 2015
Our club is excited to announce a new service project that was recently completed. Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and other community seamstresses constructed hygiene kits that will be distributed worldwide by Days For Girls International. Their mission is to reverse the cycles of poverty by providing sustainable, quality menstrual health management and reproductive health millions of girls who suffer days of isolation, infection and exploitation due to a single issue - the availability of feminine supplies. Girls can miss 4-5 days of school each month. Every year of schooling increases a girls' future earning potential, increases their self-value and improves their dignity, health and community standing. Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak's $800 contribution for fabrics to make these kits will help change the lives of 50 girls and the kits are done and ready to be shipped! Visit www.daysforgirls.org for more information.
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