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Posted on Oct 11, 2016
We'd like to share our thanks for a fun-filled, food-filled and laughter-filled 3rd Annual Rotary Campout! Organized by past president Mike Alamo, this again was another great weekend at the Wine Country RV Park in Paso Robles. For those of you that have not attended, this is a SLO Rotary tri-club effort - Rotarians and friends alike are invited to a Friday night happy hour, a Saturday evening dinner and all sorts of activities in between that you can come and go to - walks, bike riding, pool time, wine tasting and just chilling by at the campsite. Check out our Facebook page for photos from this year's gathering. Thank you Mike, we look forward to 2017!
Once again, the Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo is collecting gently used and new coats of all sizes to help children in need throughout the Central Coast. Collections will be taken through the month of October. Special thanks to this year's sponsors, Central Coast Printing, Meathead Movers and Paul's Dry Cleaners and Laundry who very kindly freshen up the donations with their dry cleaning services. Last year nearly 900 coats were collected, we can do more! To find the drop off location nearest you, or to be a donation site, go to www.facebook.com/C4KSLO or click here. SLO Daybreak member donation sites include Coast Hills Credit Union, Crew Wealth Management, Glenn Burdette and Shalimar Restaurant.
Posted on Sep 20, 2016
I would like to start by saying that I’m truly happy and fortunate to devote a year to our Club as president. For many reasons in my life I was not able to do so before now.
My Rotary year will be devoted to local projects like the Octagon Barn Amphitheater, SLO County YMCA garden renovation, the 40 Prado homeless center playground and feeding the homeless at the Mission, to name a few. We will continue to support our international project with the Tepehua Community Center in Mexico. We may also help to locate a club or do a district grant for the Rotary Club Morelia Experiencia y Juventud. This project is for new computers, auxiliary equipment and software to equip a computer lab in an elementary school where one of their club members is the principal. The lab was damaged by rain when part of the roof collapsed. I was invited to Morelia, Mexico by the president of the club. I attended the District Conference 4160 in San Miguel de Allende in April 2016.
Other key areas where I will focus my year will be on engaging our membership in community projects, growing our membership, streamlining Club financial data/accounts, and involving our Board of Directors in Club decisions and transparency. We cannot continue to serve our community without growing membership.
Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak
Posted on Sep 19, 2016
Have you signed up to participate in the SLO Daybreak "Dine Around"? Dine Around is a chance to mingle with your fellow Rotarians in a casual and friendly setting - either at someone's home, a restaurant, meeting after work, somewhere in the county - it can be an adventure! For those of you that did sign up, please try to meet at least once a month or every 6-8 weeks, whatever your group decides. Here's how it works - the first person or pair on the list (see the download file to the right on our home page) is responsible for reaching out to others in their group and setting up the first gathering.
You can really do anything - the idea is to come together over food and get to know your fellow members better; friends, potential new members and significant others are welcome to join too. You can meet for a picnic at a winery, host dinner or a pot luck at your home, take a short trip up or down the coast and meet for a Saturday lunch, gather as a group at a free event or for cocktails and appetizers - you decide. At your first meeting, set a date for your next Dine Around. And remember, this is supposed to be fun so keep it easy and flexible and don't feel bad if you can't make every one. More importantly, take the time to enjoy and spend time outside of our regular meetings and events with your fellow SLO Daybreakers. Contact Berni Ann Lewis for more information.
Posted on Sep 30, 2016
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. Here are some ways you can do so:
- Attend a Rotary District 5240 meeting, seminar or PRLS class
- Attend a SLO Daybreak fundraiser
- Visit a Board of Directors or a club committee meeting
- Participate in a club community service project - local or international
- Attend an Interact or Rotaract meeting
- Have "Coffee with President John"
- Go to an online meeting such as Rotary e-Club One or E-Clubs around the World
Remember to notify our club secretary, Harry Sharp, when you do a make up. Historically, our club had the highest rate of attendance in District 5240, but some club members need to make a better effort to get us back up to the upper 90+ percentile! And sorry folks, attending social events or being somewhere and running into a few other Rotarians doesn't count. However, there 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 strong attendance - we want everyone to participate and get the most out of your Rotary membership.
Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Thank you to all the sponsors, donors, players and volunteers for making SLO Daybreak's annual Classic Charity Golf Tournament a great success! We had a full field and afternoon of fun out at Avila Beach Golf Resort on August 13th. And, the Daybreak Dollars drawing sponsored by Blakeslee & Blakeslee was held - congratulations to Brad Bilsten of B. Anthony & Co. who was our grand prize winner. See you all next year for our 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament!
Congratulations to Brad Bilsten, owner of B. Anthony & Company Jewelers! Brad was presented with $1,000 in cold, hard cash yesterday by Daybreak member Doug Shaw (who sold the lucky ticket) from the proceeds of our annual “cash give-away” fundraiser, sponsored this year by Blakeslee & Blakeslee. Twenty other ticket holders won $100 cash, and four received $250 in our “Daybreak Dollars” drawing, which was held August 13th during the barbecue of our 19th Annual Classic Charity Golf Tournament at Avila Beach Golf Resort. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who purchased a $20 “Daybreak Dollars” raffle ticket (or more). All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit community and international service projects through SLO Daybreak’s Charitable Giving Program.
Community Services Director, Veryl Ann Duncan, has exciting news to share from our partner club in Mexico...
Construction of the Maternity Clinic, built on the site of the playground at the Tepehua Community Center has been completed. Through donations from the private sector and Rotary International, spearheaded by the Ajijic Rotary Club (thank you Joan and Bernie Suttle!), the building was completed and survived the heavy rains during the recent rainy season. The Clinic is changing the lives of many local people.
The purpose of the Clinic is "to change the way Mexico views rural women's health, specifically during and after pregnancy. The Clinic will be a pilot program for local clinics to take the initiative without government aid."
Although the Clinic will be for pre- and postnatal care primarily to lower the maternal mortality rate in the local barrios, the laboratory will meet the medical needs of the entire family. The Dental Clinic (our Club donated a dental chair) is the busiest area at the Community Center. Other programs at the Community Center include:
- The sewing center and jewelry making center so women can sell their products at local markets and small stores;
- Counseling done by volunteers offered several times a week;
- Continuation of the Friday Social Brunch (meals served for families);
- Habitat Tepehua program that helps very poor residents repair their "shacks" to keep the rain out of their homes.
Posted on May 18, 2016
SLO Daybreak celebrated its activities and fundraising with our Annual Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 17. This past year, SLO Daybreak contributed over $35,400 to our local and international communities through the following:
K-12 Teacher Grants $4,012.34
Food Bank Coalition of SLO County $264
High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Scholarships $5,000
High School Student Scholarships $7,286
Homeless Foundation of SLO County (Playground for 40 Prado) $4,167
Nonprofit Program Community Awards $6,000
Rotaract Club of SLO $500
Rotary Club of Ajijic (dental chair) $1,000
Rotary International Grant $525
Rotary International's Polio Plus Program $984 + $125/club member
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) $1,550
SLO Downtown Association's Make Change Count Program $1,200
United Way of SLO County's KidSpree $1,000
Thank you Rotarians and community members for making this such a generous and successful year!
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