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
Club Service
International Service
Youth Service
Public Relations
Public Relations
District 5240 Director at Large
District 5240 PRLS Lead Instructor
2015 Golf Tournament Chair
Weekly Duty Roster Chair
In the News
Our club is looking for volunteers in two key areas - youth service and the 2016 golf committee. SLO Daybreak sponsors the Interact Club at San Luis Obispo High School - we are in need of a point person (or a few) to work with this club because currently, our Youth Service Director position is unfilled on president Liz's board of directors. This role would be responsible for coordinating the presence of a Rotarian at every Interact meeting, guest speakers for the meetings and interfacing with our club on Interact community service projects. Thanks to all that signed up to attend the weekly meetings. The Interact Club meets on the SLOHS campus in the Lecture Demo Room on Mondays from 12:35-1:15pm. You will need to check in first at the main office so arrive by 12:10pm. Please contact Liz Summer for more information. 
Another great way to get involved is to join the committee for our signature fundraiser, the 19th Annual Fall Classic Charity Golf Tournament. This event funds our charitable giving towards education - scholarships for students, KidSpree, the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp and teacher grants - as well as contributions to local and international nonprofit programs. There are many ways to serve on the committee such as working with sponsors, acquiring in-kind donations, helping with logistics and coming up with ideas to make the event a fun time for all. For more information, contact the 2016 committee chair, Pat Arnold.

Our club's international service director, Veryl Ann Duncan, reports that things are going well at the Community Center in Tepehua, Mexico. The director of the center, Moonyeen King, says that the donation from SLO Daybreak to purchase a dental chair for their Dental Clinic is being heavily utilized and is one of the busiest spots at the center. In addition, their goal of building a Maternal Health Clinic with its own lab and ultrasound unit is well underway. The roof for the clinic is currently under construction. When completed, women will be able to give birth locally at the Community Center and only the most serious cases will require transportation by bus to Guadalajara. Several nurses and doctors have volunteered their time to work at the clinic, professionals that only earn basic wages at local clinics and are yet so willing to provide their services for free. The clinic is still in need of ultrasound machines, something vital to decreasing maternal mortality rates. SLO Daybreak can be proud of this ongoing partnership with the Rotary Club of Ajijic - it's making a difference through the funds we have sent and our club's volunteers that have traveled to Mexico to provide hands on work.

District 5240's Jim Bell has a lot to share this month through his newsletter - reports on Polio and Peace, the Annual District Gala, #GivingTuesday, the 2016 National Immunization Day in India, Veterans and Canines and much, much more. Click here to read our district governor's message.

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 Liz"
  • Go to an online meeting such as Rotary e-Club One or E-Clubs around the World
Remember to notify our club secretary, Leslie Coe, 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.

The Rotary World Peace Conference, January 15-16, 2016 in Ontario, CA. This event takes place in lieu of District 5240's Steps To Eliminate Poverty Sustainably (STEPS) Conference and is the first of five worldwide peace conferences which will take place this coming year. Click here for more information. 

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 shortly after, 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.
Our greatest thanks to our club's project point person, Pat Arnold.

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.
The Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak continues to invest in the San Luis Obispo community through our service and contributions. We extend our sincere appreciation to all who have supported our efforts this past year. For more information visit or

Dec 01, 2015
Dec 08, 2015
Frank Kalman
Kids' Cancer Research Foundation
Dec 22, 2015
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Dec 29, 2015
DARK - No Meeting
(New Year Holiday)
Jan 26, 2016
Apr 12, 2016
DARK - No Meeting
May 24, 2016
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