San Luis Obispo Daybreak

   California, USA

Club Information

SLO Daybreak

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Luna Red
1023 Chorro St.
SLO, CA  93401
United States
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Our Mailing Address
P.O. Box 906
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Community Service Director
Foundation Director
Club Service Director
International Service Director
Youth Service Director
Membership Director
Public Relations Co-Director
Public Relations Co-Director
Sergeant at Arms
President Elect Nominee
District 5240 Awards & Recognition Chair
In the News
The following is an email from District Governor John Weiss which went out to every active and honorary member of District 5240. See the downloadable PDF documents to the right under "Home Page Download Files" if you wish to make a donation. 
First and foremost, our hearts go out to all who have suffered loss: health, well being, or property. We know of several Rotarians who have lost their home and all of its contents. We have also heard of an instance where every home on their block lost their home save theirs – and that is also a very tough and stressful situation.
I am suggesting the following three options:
  1. We work to pair Rotarians who have been displaced with Rotarians who have a spare bedroom or two.
  2. We offer a funding mechanism as outlined below that will provide financial relief “Rotary Relief Fund”
  3. For those more comfortable, you can make a donation to our District Charitable Foundation at our district website
I’ve heard from one of my classmates who has already experienced tremendous loss from fires in Northern California. In that district (5130) the Assistant Governors have coordinated Rotarians who have lost their homes or who have been evacuated with Rotarians who have spare bedrooms. So I am asking our Region 2 and 3 Executive Assistant Governors Scott Farenkoff and David Velarde to lead that effort with their respective Assistant Governors.
With thousands of people affected by the tragic wildfires raging in Southern California, it has never been more important for us to stand up as leaders in service to the community. For that reason, our District leadership and I have partnered with first responders and the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF) to establish a fund to help meet the immediate needs of hundreds of families and individuals who face hardship due to these devastating fires.
We have launched the Rotary Relief Fund and need your support. Through a check, online payment or gift of stock, your contribution is certain to have a positive impact on the most urgent needs of fire victims. As District Governor, I am working closely with first responders, relief agencies including the Red Cross and the VCCF to ensure the high-impact and efficient distribution of our funds. Also to maximize the impact of your gift, the VCCF is waiving all cost for administering the funds.
Why the Thomas Fire in Ventura County? As of noon Wednesday, Dec. 6th, this fire has consumed 55,000 (+5,000 over previous day) acres and is zero percent contained and conditions are predicted to be worse over the next two days.  The fire is being managed by a Type 1 Incident Management Team with 1,776 (+676 from previous day) personnel assigned.  There are 12,000 (+8,000 from previous day) homes threatened by this fire and hundreds of structures already damaged/destroyed including hundreds of homes.  Evacuations have been ordered for more than 28,000 residents and evacuation centers are filled.  
 Please give now. There are three ways to contribute, read more online at
1. Make an online donation via credit card. Be sure to enter fund name as Rotary Relief Fund.
2. Send a check payable to Ventura County Community Foundation and mail to VCCF,  4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Suite A, Camarillo, CA 93012. Write “Rotary Relief Fund” in the memo line.
3. Transfer securities or cash by wire. VCCF can accept gifts of publicly traded securities and cash by wire. For your convenience, VCCF has prepared one-page instruction letters (attached) that you can send to your bank or investment advisory firm, which will give your financial advisor all the information he or she needs to execute a wire transfer of securities or cash.  Please be sure to name “Ventura County Community Foundation Rotary Relief Fund.” Ventura County Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, Federal Tax ID number: 77-0165029.
Please feel free to reach out to me or Vanessa Bechtel, President & CEO at the Ventura County Community Foundation at (805) 330-6676 or
Never has “Service Above Self” been more important to so many, so close to home. Thank you for your support.
John Weiss
2017-2018 District Governor
Registration is now open for the annual District Mid-Terms, special training provided by Rotary District 5240 for current club presidents, president elects and president elect nominees. There are two choices for locations, January 6 in Santa Barbara or January 13 in Bakersfield. Click here for more information. 
SLO Daybreak Holiday Party
Saturday, December 16
San Luis Obispo Country Club
Sit down dinner and fun galore!
SLO Daybreak 20th Anniversary Party
Saturday, April 14
San Luis Obispo Country Club
More details to come!
December is "Disease Prevention and Treatment" Month. Click here for DG John's monthly newsletter where he shares his gratitude and joy for Rotary. 

The goal of PRLS, begun in 1993, is to provide a set of training sessions where current and future Rotary leaders could learn to become more effective in their leadership roles.

The PRLS program offers practical training in professional circumstances that can benefit anyone on both a personal and professional level. Basic PRLS consists of a half day with three modules: Rotary Then and Now, Leadership & Leading a Meeting and Communications & Speaking in Public. This program was specifically developed to train individuals whose goals include a future leadership position in Rotary. They learn skills that will make them more effective in that role.

The subsequent sessions are carefully designed to improve individual leadership skills that are broad based and not just Rotary- specific. Participants have found substantial value in the many practical applications of information presented throughout the curriculum. The program's blend of curricular theory and practical application skills helps prepare students for success in any leadership role.

Click here to learn more and for the 2017 training schedule.

Club graduates of the Basic PRLS and Master PRLS  program include Mike Alamo, Bill Almas, Thom Brajkovich, Leslie Coe, Brian Conroy, Craig Darnell, Robin Dudley, John Eichler, Bob Harway, Doug Hoffman, Berni Ann Lewis, John Mascarenas, Dave Nilsen, Charlene Rosales, Annie Shanks, Harry Sharp, Doug Shaw, Steve Sicanoff, Liz Summer and Linda Wilson. 
Our Rotary club is part of a regional "district" comprised of over 70 clubs and 3,500+ members in four different counties - all interested in "Service Above Self" - from Paso Robles to Simi Valley to China Lake. Need to know what's happening in District 5240? Be sure to visit the district events calendar to be "in the know" with district-wide events, trainings and learning opportunities. There is so much more to Rotary beyond our club and participating in District 5240 activities is one way to broaden your knowledge and involvement in Rotary. Click here to find out more.
If you happen to miss a Tuesday morning meeting, there are a variety of ways to make up for it. Our club's current policies require that members who miss a meeting complete a make up requirement within two weeks of the missed meeting. And we pride ourselves in historically having over 90%+ attendance in comparison to other clubs throughout our district.
Here are the ways you can do so, and help keep our attendance track record high:
  • Attend a Rotary District 5240 meeting, seminar or PRLS class
  • Attend a SLO Daybreak fundraiser
  • Visit a Board of Directors meeting (second Monday of each month, 5:30pm) or a club committee meeting
  • Participate in a club community service project - local or international
  • Attend an Interact or Rotaract meeting
  • Join a small group meeting with President Wilson
  • Complete an online meeting such as Rotary e-Club One or E-Clubs around the World
Remember to notify our club secretary, Dave Wilsonwhen you do a make up. Tthere are a lot of ways to get an A+ as a regular attendee and we want to make sure our club members stay engaged in our activities and connected with each other. That's why our club policies require consistent attendance - we want everyone to get the most out of their Rotary membership.
Matthew Maxwell
Dec 12, 2017
SLO Hothouse Startups
Derek Johnson
Dec 19, 2017
SLO City's Fiscal Health Response Plan
DARK - No Meeting
Dec 26, 2017
(Christmas Holiday)
DARK - No Meeting
Jan 02, 2018
(New Year's Holiday)
DARK - No Meeting
Apr 24, 2018
(Fireside Chats on April 23 & 25)
DARK - No Meeting
May 29, 2018
(Memorial Day Holiday)
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