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Posted on Jun 21, 2016
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 Jun 12, 2016
On June 7th, SLO Daybreak Rotary welcomed 12 international team members of the North America Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run as they passed through San Luis Obispo on their way north. The Peace Run is a global torch relay that embodies humanity’s universal aspiration for peace, and promotes international friendship and understanding. (Sound familiar, Rotarians?)
The Peace Run relay teams are made up of runners from all over the world and all walks of life who have dedicated their time and energy to bring the Run to communities around the globe. Since its inception in 1987, the Run has traversed over 140 nations. This year’s North America Run, which started last April, is scheduled to end on August 13, 2016 in New York.
According to Peace Run’s Executive Director Salil Wilson, who introduced the team and gave a short presentation to our club, they share their message with school children, community groups and sporting organizations during their 10,000-mile journey through United States, Canada and Mexico, touching the lives of millions of people. The Peace Run does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations. By passing the torch from one person to the next, the relay offers people the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for a better, brighter future.
In the words of the Peace Run’s Founder, the late Sri Chinmoy, "World harmony, world peace: these are not mere dictionary words. These are realities, divine realities and supreme realities. May the flames of peace-torch kindle and awaken each and every world-citizen.”
We were honored to be able to host them at our meeting – and pass the symbolic “Peace Torch” ourselves – on one of their California stops. For more information on the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, visit their website at PeaceRun.org.
Posted on Jun 14, 2016
Save the date for SLO Daybreak's 19th Annual Fall Classic Charity Golf Tournament to be held at the Avila Bay Golf Resort on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Click here for a video of the 2015 tournament to whet your enthusiasm. This event funds our annual charitable giving to local students, teachers and nonprofit programs, as well as our community service efforts.
Our field is sold out with a full slate of golfers! However, the Daybreak Dollars fundraiser is kicking into high gear with members selling tickets to enter 25 cash drawings, sponsored by Blakeslee & Blakeslee. For just $20, you have 20 chances to win $100, four chances to win $250 and one chance to win the grand prize of $1,000! Contact any club member to purchase tickets, the drawings will be held on August 13.Tee sponsorships are also now available. Please contact Pat Arnold for more information.
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
We look forward to more toasts to the past year with President Liz's Demotion Party on June 24. Contact Annie Shanks for more details. Thank you Rotarians and community members for making this such a generous and successful year!
Posted on Oct 19, 2015
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.
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