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
District Site
Venue Map
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
In the News
On Tuesday, March 28, club member David Everett will be hosting us for a tour of Cal Poly's Dairy Innovation Institute
We will be meeting and taking a tour from 7:30-8:30am after the milk has been pasteurized and is ready for product manufacture. David will provide an overview of the center and provide some samples for tasting. We will then dress up in coats, hairnets, and boots, and do a tour of the production facility which will likely be producing cheese. We will also be treated to seeing other machinery used for butter, ice cream and milk powder manufacturing, as well as bottling milk. We will walk away having learned about how milk enters the factory, is pasteurized, and then transported to vats for cheese production.
Important notes: Please wear walking shoes that are completely enclosed, and not wear any jewelry. For health and safety reasons, you cannot participate in the tour if you have been on a farm earlier that day.Parking is difficult and heavily enforced by the Campus Police. Please plan to carpool so we limit the amount of cars. A sign up sheet will be passed around on March 14 and 21 and club members will get more details on carpooling before March 28.
SLO Daybreak is proud to announce that four of its members recently completed the Master PRLS program over a weekend-long session in Bakersfield. Congratulations to John Mascarenas (president 2016-17), Linda Wilson (president elect 2017-18), Dave Nilsen (president elect nominee 2018-19), and  Leslie Coe (president elect nominee designate 2019-20). This is a true testament to our club's ongoing commitment to excellence and that of our leaders for the next three years. The Practical Relevant Leadership Skills course is offered by Rotary District 5240 and provides a training environment for Rotarians to learn and develop skills that are useful on a personal and professional level and that come in handy for Rotarians in every level of leadership in their clubs.
Other club graduates of the Basic PRLS and Master PRLS  program include Mike Alamo, Bill Almas, Thom Brajkovich, Brian Conroy, Craig Darnell, Robin Dudley, John Eichler, Bob Harway, Doug Hoffman, Berni Ann Lewis, Charlene Rosales, Annie Shanks, Harry Sharp, Doug Shaw, Steve Sicanoff, and Liz Summer. For more information on the PRLS program, click here.
My Rotary year thus far has been very exciting and rewarding.  It is going by very quickly.  First, I was disappointed our Club was not able to participate in the Octagon Barn Amphitheater project as it has been delayed until 2017-2018 year. The YMCA garden renovation has also been delayed to next year. However, our Club will replace these two projects with the Rancho El Chorro Regional Educational Center Amphitheater and the Anderson Hotel Apartments for homeless seniors.  The Club will be sending some members to our Tepehua Community Center in Mexico in June.  I am still working on the District Grant for the elementary school in Morelia Mexico with that project finishing up later in 2017 or early 2018.  

We have had some very successful community events, an interesting vocational tour and have two more scheduled before year's end.  Our financial data has been consolidated, reported monthly and is current.  I can truly say that my Board of Directors is the best group I have ever worked with.  They challenge me and help me in so many ways.  Also, I'm grateful for all the help I have received from our Past Presidents and all the members of our Club. Thank you so much!     
Mark your calendars for our next social gathering at new hot spot Libertine Brewing Company on the corner of Broad and Pacific streets in downtown San Luis Obispo. Friends and family welcome, the fun starts at 5:30pm on Friday, April 7th and goes until... ?
On Monday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 12, SLO Daybreak will conduct its annual Fireside Chats at the home of president elect, Linda Wilson. These meetings are held so club members can provide input on a variety of club issues directly to the incoming president as they are in the midst of planning for their upcoming year. Members choose one evening Fireside to attend, starting at 5:30pm and usually wrapping up by 7:30pm. The meeting includes dinner and takes the place of our regular meeting on April 11. More details to come!
March is designated by Rotary International as Water and Sanitation Month. To learn more, read District Governor Nick Frankle's monthly message by clicking here.
Congratulations to our very own Liz Summer on receiving the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Citizen of the Year award! Among Liz's many contributions to Rotary and leadership of this club, she has given tirelessly and graciously of her time, energy and resources to our local community. Click here to read more about her contributions to many fine organizations and causes. We are so proud of you, Liz!
Thanks to the SLO Daybreakers - Steve and Ilene Sicanoff, Annie Shanks, Berni Ann Lewis and Leslie Coe - that served dinner at the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter on Saturday, December 17. And special thanks to community service director, Chase McMunn for organizing all our holiday service opportunities!
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.
The RI Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia this year - a great opportunity to meet thousands of Rotarians from around the world, right here in the United States. Click here for more information.
Need to know what's happening in District 5240? Be sure to visit the events calendar to be "in the know" with district-wide events, trainings and learning opportunities. 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. 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.
Deanna Cantrell
Apr 04, 2017
SLO City Police Chief
DARK - No Meeting
Apr 11, 2017
Dr. Steven Sainsbury
Apr 18, 2017
Global Humanitarian Efforts
Megan Silcott
Apr 25, 2017
Cal Poly Brock Center Director & Professor
Vocational Tour
May 02, 2017
SLO Roasted Coffee
Heidi Harmon
May 09, 2017
Mayor of San Luis Obispo
Annual Awards Ceremony
May 16, 2017
Club Assembly
May 23, 2017
& Michael Boyer, District Membership Chair Region 4
DARK - No Meeting
May 30, 2017
(Memorial Day Holiday)
Roger Mann
Jun 06, 2017
Abolish Slavery Now
Lindsey Fry
Jun 13, 2017
Hong and Andrea Cao
Jun 20, 2017
Shark Tank Success
DARK - No Meeting
Jun 27, 2017
DARK - No Meeting
Jul 04, 2017
(Independence Day Holiday)
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