San Luis Obispo Daybreak

   California, USA

Save the Date 2024-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

23rd Annual Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak Golf Tournament

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After a four year hiatus, it's back, SLO Daybreak's Golf Tournament! This year's event will take place at Dairy Creek Golf Course on Saturday, June 22 in the Swing Time bays powered by Toptracer technology. The format will be scramble with two-hour rounds starting at 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Enjoy a great day competing on a famous course virtually.
Sign up includes two hours of Toptracer, one goodie bag, one meal ticket, and two drink tickets per participant. There are also prizes and awards for the Closest to the Pin, the Longest Drive, Low Gross, and Net Teams. Teams of four are $500, individual golfers $125. Additional sponsorships include a bay sponsorship at $500 or a team plus bay sponsorship for $1,000.
To register for the tournament, please email your registration form to Once you are registered, you will be assigned a tournament round and check in and start time. Please make checks payable to Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak and send with your registration form to: P.O. Box 906, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406. For more information, please contact Lucas Janetski at or (805) 458-6073.
The Tournament proceeds will help fund the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak's Teacher Grants, Community Awards, and Student Scholarships. Special thanks to our sponsors, Carmel & Naccasha LLP, Obispo Wealth Management, Shalimar Restaurant and Linda Wilson, Richardson Sotheby's International Realty.
23rd Annual Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak Golf Tournament 2024-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Collecting for a Local Neighborhood Pantry

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We are once again collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to restock the neighborhood pantry off of Foothill Blvd. in front of honorary member, Nancy Beighley's home. Please bring any items or cash to a Rotary meeting throughout the month of June; Community Service Director, Eric Griffith, will be gathering the items and taking any monetary contributions to purchase additional items for the pantry.
Collecting for a Local Neighborhood Pantry 2024-05-21 07:00:00Z 0

2024 Student Scholarship Recipients

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We are proud to announce the recipients of our Student Scholarship awards as well as the high school students we sponsored this year for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program. Congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing all that you will achieve in the future!
RYLA (San Luis Obispo High School):
Trevor Pearson
Liliana Puga
Joanna Rawlings
Caiden Ways
San Luis Obispo High School - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships, sponsored by Chevron
Bianca Cadena - Biology
Samantha Marcos – Software Engineering
SLO High School
Kaylee Edwards – Psychology
Delilah Viayra - Business
Pacific Beach High School
Xiomara Cruz - Medicine
Katie Baltrama – Undecided
2024 Student Scholarship Recipients 2024-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

RI President's Message for May

Posted on May 08, 2024
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"I am deeply gratified by the enthusiasm shown across the world in the past year to better support the mental health needs of each other and the people we serve.

In January 2023 when I first spoke about the need for Rotary to become more engaged on this crisis, I noted that the global mental health system couldn't be described as broken only because it didn't exist. But I also offered a highly aspirational wish that Rotary could help build that system.

The first glimmers of this vision have been brought to light by you in dozens of mental health projects. But just as important is the invitation many of you have given to fellow Rotary members to share their stories.

I am impressed by the leadership young Rotarians and Rotaractors have shown and by the brave, inspiring stories they have shared. Former Rotaractor Freddie Almazan, a survivor of gun violence who refused to give in to despair, has an especially powerful personal narrative that you can hear firsthand at this month's Rotary International Convention in Singapore."

Finish reading the RI President's message here.

RI President's Message for May 2024-05-08 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Marta Brown's Monthly Message

Posted on Apr 02, 2024
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"As we embrace the spirit of service and celebration, April brings forth several exciting opportunities for us to connect, contribute, and commemorate together". For opportunities like celebrating Paul Harris' birthday and the Rotarians at Work Day on Saturday, April 27th, click here.

District Governor Marta Brown's Monthly Message 2024-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

2024 Community Award Recipients

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SLO Daybreak recently awarded the following nonprofit organizations whose primary service area is San Luis Obispo, positively impacting the health, security and life building skills to residents of all ages:
Central Coast Junior Golf's First Tee program to provide financial assistance to low income youth
Friday Night Live for its Youth Alcohol Prevention Program serving middle and high school aged students
SLO Botanical Garden for its Family Free Days providing nature based educational programming
SLO Noor Foundation to provide medical, dental and vision care to disadvantaged and low income individuals
Congratulations and we thank these organizations, leaders, staff and volunteers for their contribution to the well being of our community.
2024 Community Award Recipients 2024-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Due Friday, March 1 - 2024 Grant Application for Nonprofits is Now Available

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The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak invites its members to nominate local nonprofit organizations to apply for funding for one or more of their programs. We are seeking requests for small grants that focus on youth, education, families and/or the elderly in our San Luis Obispo community. Applications must be received by Friday, March 1, 2024. Email the application (download it from the far right column under, "Home Page Download Files") to Late submissions will not be reviewed. Decisions will be made in early March and the awards ceremony will take place in-person on Tuesday, March 19 from 7:30-8:30am at Hoagie's, 1234 Monterey St. in uptown SLO.
Due Friday, March 1 - 2024 Grant Application for Nonprofits is Now Available 2024-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

A Word From Our Club President, Gary Borjan

Posted on Feb 26, 2024
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Hello all, and welcome to 2024! I apologize for my absence in sending our monthly bulletin out in January. 2024 has been crazy from the starter pistol, and I have been playing catch up! But, what an exciting time at Rotary SLO Daybreak! We have so much going on that I am excited to share with you and so much planned to finish this year out strong. This month, we will be visited by our District Governor, Marta, and we cannot wait to share with her all the wonderful things we are working on to support our community. In the past two months we have awarded our annual Teacher Grants, collected goods to donate to 40 Prado Homeless Shelter, started the planning on our SLO Daybreak Celebration Extravaganza, and have had the most incredible speakers, thanks to our program committee members. I am so excited for the next few months, and plan to finish the Rotary year out with a bang! Stay tuned, and Happy New Year to you all! 
A Word From Our Club President, Gary Borjan 2024-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 25 Years of SLO Daybreak

Posted on Feb 22, 2024
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Join your fellow Rotarians on Friday, February 23rd, 6pm at the SLO Country Club for an evening of fun, dinner and music as we look back on our past 25 years as a Rotary Club. We will enjoy a fellowship filled happy hour, an Italian themed meal and music from DJ Velanche. You won't want to miss it!
Celebrating 25 Years of SLO Daybreak 2024-02-22 08:00:00Z 0

March 5 Vocational Tour

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Rotarians and Friends - Join us for a special tour of the City of San Luis Obispo's Water Resource Recovery Facility on Tuesday, March 5. The water plant has completed several years of upgrades for better efficiencies and to provide the best source of water for residents and visitors. Come learn about how our water is processed and delivered, the benefits of the recent improvements and get a behind the scenes look at the facility. Meet at 7:15am, coffee and donuts will be provided, no meeting at Hoagie's on this day.
March 5 Vocational Tour 2024-01-26 08:00:00Z 0

Come Visit & Join Our Club!

Posted on Jan 15, 2024
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Do you like to have fun? Enjoy hanging out with great people? Want to serve your local and international community? Pursue your philanthropic interests? Did we ask about having fun? Then come visit our club! We have a goal this year to add at least 10 new members to bring their enthusiasm for "service above self" to our work.
Our club meets every Tuesday from 7:00-8:30am at Hoagie's, 1234 Monterey St. You don't have to be invited to attend, but if you know a Rotarian in our club, reach out to them and you can be their guest. Information about our club's activities, including the weekly lineup of speakers, can be found at and if you have questions, email us at Want to see what we've been up to? Check out our social media posts on Instagram and Facebook. Come check us out, we'd love to have you!
Come Visit & Join Our Club! 2024-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

2023 Teacher Grant Awardees!

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Congratulations to this year's K-12 teachers who were awarded a grant to support youth education in San Luis Obispo. Local teachers applied for specific funding for specific programs and supplies to advance their students' skills. Here are this year's recipients:
  • Dana McClish (Pacific Beach High School) - $600 for plumbing & electrical tools & equipment to learn the trade
  • Nicole Durrant (Hawthorne Elementary School) - $500 for a book giveaway system, allowing students to check books in and out of the classroom instead of the library
  • Tim Inglish (Laguna Middle School) - $363 for a projector and tech equipment for science experiments
  • Emily King (Teach Elementary School) - $279 equipment and tools for a cardboard building project
  • Deannie Greenelsh (Pacific Beach High School) - $500 for equipment and tools to enhance the students' art experience
  • Robert Donohue (Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School) - $500 for scientific calculators for math classes
  • Jessica Keach (Sinsheimer Elementary School) - $300 for a classroom rug for students to learn and engage on
  • Monica Reichmuth (Bishop's Peak Elementary School) - $476 for new stools/chairs for students to learn engage on
2023 Teacher Grant Awardees! 2024-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

We Collected Supplies for 40 Prado

Posted on Jan 09, 2024
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A big thank you to all the members that donated cash or basic, new home supplies for our longtime partner, 40 Prado. The 40 Prado Homeless Services Center is a 365 days per year facility that helps individuals and families improve their health and stability and move them towards self-sufficiency. Items collected for the "Welcome Home Kits" will go to individuals that are moving out of the shelter and into more permanent housing. We thank you for your support and helping our neighbors in need get off to a new start!
We Collected Supplies for 40 Prado 2024-01-09 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary at Work Day December 2023

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We finished the Born Learning Trail project with our partners at United Way of SLO County! We are thrilled to have been a part of bringing this project to life for the enjoyment of young children in San Luis Obispo, enhancing their early learning and play as they prepare to go to school. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project, go check it out at DuVaul neighborhood park at the north end of Madonna Road in SLO.
Rotary at Work Day December 2023 2023-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Club Social at the SLO Botanical Garden

Posted on Dec 12, 2023
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Come one, come all to our end of the year social starting at the SLO Botanical Garden's "Nature Nights" display. We will meet at the Garden to begin the self-guided tour at 5:30pm, followed by food and fellowship at The Sirem at Dairy Creek Golf Course. Purchase tickets in advance here. Friends and family welcome, see Sergeant at Arms, Lucas Janetski, for more information.
Club Social at the SLO Botanical Garden 2023-12-12 08:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Action - 
Food Drive for Neighborhood Food Pantries!

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Our club held a food drive during the month of October to collect food and canned goods for a local community food pantry. We collected quite a bit of food, and we able to provide the food to the owner of the local pantry who was very excited to receive it. Should you be interested in donating, we are always happy to accept! Please reach out to to discuss more.
Rotary in Action - Food Drive for Neighborhood Food Pantries! 2023-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

Teacher Grant Applications Available

Posted on Nov 13, 2023
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SLO Daybreak is now accepting applications for Teachers Grants for 2023! If you are a K-12 teacher in the City of San Luis Obispo or know someone who is, please feel free to submit an application. Grant applications will be reviewed by the grant committee and the recipients will be notified prior to our January 16th meeting, where the winners will be announced and presented to the club. There they will discuss the projects they have submitted and been awarded for. Should you have any questions about the process, please reach out to Teachers Grant chair, Matthew Janetski at To download the application, go to the far right column on this page and scroll down to "Home Page Download Files". Applications are due Monday, December 18 by Noon.
Teacher Grant Applications Available 2023-11-13 08:00:00Z 0

Events Coming Soon

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Food Drive for Neighborhood Pantries   
During the month of October, our club will be holding a food drive to fill local community pantries in San Luis Obispo, including the one honorary club member, Nancy Beighley, had installed in front of her home off Foothill Boulevard. For more details contact Community Service Director, Eric Griffith.
Events Coming Soon 2023-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day, October 24

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One day, one focus, ending polio. The annual World Polio Day is a time for Rotary members, public health advocates, and all who want a world free from polio to come together, recognize our progress in the fight to end polio, and talk about the actions we need to take in order to end polio for good.

Poliomyelitis is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under the age of 5. Most know it as poliovirus. The virus is spread person to person, typically through contaminated water. It can attack the nervous system, and in some instances, lead to paralysis. Although there is no cure, there is a safe and effective vaccine – one which Rotary International, its Foundation, and its partners, and the Polio Plus program have used to immunize over 2.5 billion children worldwide. Through Rotary's work, polio infections have been reduced globally by 99.9% since 1988 and only two countries remain endemic - Afghanistan and Pakistan.

SLO Daybreak will be hosting a social and "pass the hat" to raise funds at the SLO Public Market on October 24. Friends and guests are all welcome to join us starting at 5:00pm. Contact our Sergeant at Arms, Lucas Janetski, for more details.

World Polio Day, October 24 2023-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

Annual Drive-Thru BBQ a Great Success!

Posted on Aug 26, 2023
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Thank you to all who came out to support our annual fundraiser - Rotarians, friends, the community members! We sold out and all proceeds will go to benefit local nonprofit organizations and K-12 teacher grants as well as graduating high school student scholarships. Thank you as well to KSBY for bringing attention to the event. 
Thank you to our AMAZING sponsors this year: Paul’s Concrete Pumping, Mustang Private Wealth, Morris and Garritano Insurance, Obispo Wealth Management, The Ritual, Awesome Chris Waterbury, SLO Safe Ride, Key Termite & Pest Control, Covelop, and American Riviera Bank. And of course our AMAZING host, Lamplighter Inn & Suites (1604 Monterey St.). We couldn’t do it without all of you! @rotarydistrict5240 @mustangprivatewealth @morrisgarritano @theritual805 @slosaferide @keytermiteandpestcontrol @patdarnold @americanrivierabank @lamplighterinn
Annual Drive-Thru BBQ a Great Success! 2023-08-26 07:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Communities in Maui

Posted on Aug 15, 2023
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Having experienced wildfires and their devastation in our District in the past, our hearts go out to those impacted by the disastrous fires in Maui, Hawaii. Many Rotarians are directly impacted. There are nine Rotary clubs on Maui and at this point it has been reported that the homes of two Club Presidents have been destroyed. 

Early in a disaster, often the most effective way to help is a contribution of cash to a trustworthy and reliable organization. A donation link to make contributions to the Maui Relief Fund has been established. If you wish, this is an opportunity to help our fellow Rotary members in Maui and their neighbors. 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Marta Golding Brown
District Governor 2023-24
Supporting the Communities in Maui 2023-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

August Message from District Governor, Marta Brown

Posted on Aug 04, 2023
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The 2023-24 Rotary International President Gordon McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, in Scotland has called for Rotarians to Create Hope in the World and capture the world's attention leading the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations. As we create hope in the world, we should have fun! Our District 5240 theme for 2023-24 is Let’s Have Fun! I have always believed you need to enjoy being in Rotary, or you shouldn’t be a member! I acknowledge there is a lot of hard work involved in all that we do, but we can enjoy who we are doing it with and the results of our labor. LET'S HAVE FUN!
August Message from District Governor, Marta Brown 2023-08-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Embraces Diversity and Inclusion Worldwide

Posted on Jul 28, 2023
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In July, Ifechukwude Rex Omameh become the youngest president in his club’s history and also the first president of color in more than 35 years at the Rotary Club of Blouberg, South Africa. Prior to being nominated for the presidency, Omameh actively led his Rotaract Club and orchestrated district-wide events including a hunger drive and an annual PolioPlus fundraiser. Read more about how his club is embracing diversity and inclusion, and how Omameh is using his presidency to attract young people to Rotary.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are a passion for President Gary's 2023-24 Rotary year. Contributions of $100 from club members to join his President's Club will benefit the GALA Pride & Diversity Center. Rotary International also has a commitment to DEI, understanding that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing its vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. Read more here.
Rotary Embraces Diversity and Inclusion Worldwide 2023-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

We Helped Stuff the Bus!

Posted on Jul 28, 2023
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Since our club was chartered in 1998, the Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak has supported youth education as the bridge to success in life. We have done this through grants for K-12 teachers, scholarships for seniors headed to trade schools, colleges and universities, sponsoring high school students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and founding the Interact Club at SLOHS. 
This summer, we participated in the 15th Annual Stuff the Bus event, hosted by United Way of SLO County. Our club contributed new school supplies and over $500 in cash donations.
We Helped Stuff the Bus! 2023-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

2023 Student Scholarship Recipients

Posted on Jul 28, 2023
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The Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak is pleased to announce this year's scholarship awardees:
Pacific Beach High School
Rylee King 
Aaron Walker 
San Luis Obispo High School
Diego Freeman-Garcia 
Kathlyn Goldsmith 
Kylee McNabb 
Gus Ringley 
May Ritter
Jared Treichler 
Congratulations to all and we wish you success as your begin your higher education journey!
2023 Student Scholarship Recipients 2023-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

A Message From Club President Gary Borjan

Posted on Jul 09, 2023
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Hello all, and welcome to another exciting Rotary year! I am so excited to step into the role of President this year and work with my Board of Directors to achieve all the goals we have laid out. My theme for the year is, "LEGACY". 2023 was the 25th anniversary of Rotary SLO Daybreak, and I look forward to continuing the amazing legacy that has already been established, and also expanding on what we can do within our community. My definition of this is expanding the club's exposure, as well as growing the membership with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will ensure the continued existence of our club, and give us new perspective into different points of view from different walks of life. I look forward to seeing what is possible in the upcoming year, pushing limits and doing all we can to live up to the last 25 years of incredible "Service Above Self." 
A Message From Club President Gary Borjan 2023-07-09 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary International President, Gordon McNally

Posted on Jul 05, 2023
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Rotary International's (RI) 2023-24 President, R. Gordon R. McInally, joined Rotary in 1984 at age 26. A member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Scotland, he has served as president and vice president of RI in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served RI as a director and on several committees, most recently as an adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee. Gordon says he looks forward to working with members to build new Rotary clubs and groups. "My vision is that Rotary should exist everywhere in a style to suit everyone who has the desire to be part of us and to help us do good in the world," he says. His theme this year is, "Create Hope in the World". To read his July message to Rotary members around the world, click here.
Rotary International President, Gordon McNally 2023-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

It's the Start of a New Rotary Year!

Posted on Jul 05, 2023
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Join us for our first meeting of the year with our members and 2023-24 Club President, Gary Borjan! We’d love to see you. Tuesday, July 11th, 7:00-8:30am at Hoagies restaurant in uptown SLO, 1234 Monterey St., #120. Come grab a coffee, some delicious breakfast and say hello to the most amazing people you will ever come in contact with!
It's the Start of a New Rotary Year! 2023-07-05 07:00:00Z 0

2023 Community Grant Recipients

Posted on Mar 21, 2023
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Our club is proud to have awarded the following local nonprofit organizations with a grant to support their valuable programs: 
Central Coast State Parks Association, to help fund outreach at the SLO Farmers' Markets publicizing the Association's new Monarch Festival to be held in September 2023.
Friday Night Live, to fund their annual awards ceremony for students in schools, elementary through high school, with Friday Night Live programs.
Gala Pride and Diversity Center, to fund the continuance of GALA's weekly support groups for youth.
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, to fund their "Second Saturdays" art program for children.
2023 Community Grant Recipients 2023-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

Join Us for a Meeting in 2023!

Posted on Dec 29, 2022
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A message from Cub President, Veryl Ann Duncan:
Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak recognizes outstanding members of our community by awarding scholarships to high school seniors and grants to support local teachers' projects, and community organizations.  Speakers from local organizations and community members are a highlight of our weekly meetings. Community and international service projects are an important focus of our club as are friendship and fellowship. If these pique your interest, consider joining us at our meetings. Please know that you will always be welcome and a formal invitation to attend is not necessary. Click here to view a 30 second video about us. We hope to see you!
Join Us for a Meeting in 2023! 2022-12-29 08:00:00Z 0

Friday Fellowship 

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We are gathering for some pre-holiday cheer and fellowship on Friday, December 16th starting at 5pm at downtown San Luis Obispo's newest fun destination, BA Start Arcade Bar at 647 Higuera St. (between Patrick James and Tigerlily Salon). Kids and friends are welcome!
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2022 Teacher Grant Recipients

Posted on Dec 06, 2022
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Congratulations to this year's K-12 teachers who were awarded a grant to support youth education in San Luis Obispo. Here are this year's recipients:
Amanda Lake, Laguna Middle School, $500 toward travel expenses to "Guest Conductor".
Melinda Mikuls, Pacheco Elementary School, $500 for hands-on and adaptive situations materials for special education students.
Sally Lamas, Sinsheimer Elementary School, $500 for painting supplies for student created mural for school fence.
Monica Reichmuch, Bishop's Peak Elementary School, requests $500 for reading academic support materials.
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Rotary International's Assistance to Ukraine

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A convoy of nearly 40 ambulances wound its way from Slovakia, around mountains and through roadblocks, military checkpoints, and torrential rain to arrive in Kyiv, bringing the critically needed vehicles to Ukrainian government officials.

The $600,000 initiative was the first joint project between Rotary International and Ukraine Friends, which agreed in July to collaborate to provide resources, organize logistics, and distribute funds for high-impact projects that help Ukrainians affected by the war with Russia. Each organization donated $300,000 to get the ambulances, and Rotary districts in Ukraine and Slovakia coordinated the delivery. Rotary's funding came from a Rotary Foundation disaster response grant. To read more, click here.

Rotary International's Assistance to Ukraine 2022-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Work Day!

Posted on Oct 27, 2022
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We had a great time on October 15 at the Jack House & Gardens with our fellow SLO Rotary Clubs - San Luis Obispode Tolosa, and the Passport Club of the Central Coast - repairing and repainting the Wes Connor Memorial Fence. It was great to be together again, providing "service above self" out in the community and contributing to this historic public space. And wow, does the fencing look great! Special thanks to the Rotary organizers and the City of San Luis Obispo's Parks & Recreation department for this project.
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A Rotary Moment

Posted on Sep 13, 2022
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Every other week, a club Rotarian provides a "Rotary Moment" at our meeting, to deepen understanding of Rotary and its impact around the world. Honorary Member Nancy Beighley recently shared her passion for the water, sanitation, and hygiene projects that make a difference in the lives of others around the world. She reflected on a 2003 international service trip to Malawi, Africa, (where she traveled with Charter Members Doug Shaw and Linda Wilson) to build two wells. Access to clean water provided a much healthier alternative and prevented families - in particular women and girls - from having to travel distances to get and carry water, taking them away from their other family activities and education. Nancy shared this minute and a half video, take a look.
A Rotary Moment 2022-09-13 07:00:00Z 0

Special Events & Activities

Posted on Sep 12, 2022
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District 5240 Conference
November 18-20
Santa Barbara Hilton Beach Resort
Click here for more information
Special Events & Activities 2022-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Membership Update

Posted on Aug 24, 2022
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This year our club goal is to attract 10 new members while growing our club by a net of 5 members. We are running with about 25 members. Having 35 to 45 would be the optional number to reach for so we could easily accomplish our Rotary goals.

82% of new members come from referrals from existing members. So this year we are asking our members to bring someone you know to a Rotary meeting. Attendance at one of our meetings is really the best way to educate a potential member of what we actually accomplish each year. And even if the guest does not become a member, they can become a friend of our club and be supportive in many ways.

We now have “Invitation” business cards that can be handed out to potential guests that invites them to attend one of our meetings. If you don’t have any of those please pick them up at one of our meetings or contact me. It’s is a quick, easy way to increase the number of guests that attend our meetings.

Also check our website for weekly schedule of programs as that is a good way to encourage attendance by guests. Find a topic that is of interest to the potential guest and invite them to that specific meeting.

Each of us know a person that wants to be a Rotarian and would appreciate being asked to participate. Help us, help them to join our wonderful club!

Thanks for your assistance,

Michael Alamo, Membership Director

Rotary Membership Update 2022-08-24 07:00:00Z 0

It's TIme for Daybreak Dollars!

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Daybreak Dollars is back! For just $20/ticket, enter to win for several cash prizes. Each ticket buys the purchaser 20 chances to win $100, four chances to win $250 and all tickets will be entered to win the grand prize of $1,000. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold for 25 chances to win! This is our primary fundraiser every year that supports our club's focus on education with scholarships to high school students and grants to K-12 teachers. 
Special thanks to our Daybreak Dollars sponsors/club members, Community West Bank (Gary Borjan), CoVelop (Pat Arnold), Guaranteed Rate (Matt Janetski), Medallion Financial and Insurance Services (Annie Shanks), SESLOC Federal Credit Union (Liz Summer) and Wilson + Co. (Linda Wilson).
It's TIme for Daybreak Dollars! 2021-11-24 08:00:00Z 0

Teacher Grants Available

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Our annual Teacher Grant application window is now open until October 29th. We encourage any K-12 teacher within the city of San Luis Obispo to apply. All funds must be used for projects in the classroom that benefit students and enrich their learning opportunities. The purpose of the grant is to provide opportunities for learning experiences that would not otherwise be available in the absence of private funding. For more information, please look to the far right column for PDFs that can be downloaded on the criteria and application. Contact our Committee Chair, Dan Troy, for more details. Applications are due Friday, October 29.
Teacher Grants Available 2021-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

Business Spotlights

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Every other week, our club invites local small business owners to share their stories - the history of their business, how they adjusted their operations during the pandemic and how our community can support their success. We alternate between our members and non-members. The upcoming lineup:
July 20: Anne Cyr, George, Cyr & Christakos
August 3: Josh Haring, The Mountain Air
August 17: Berni Ann Lewis, Global Healthcare Solutions
Business Spotlights 2021-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

Donation to 17 Strong

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Our club worked over the year to acquire a Rotary District 5240 Grant to support 17 Strong, a local nonprofit organization that funds "Victory Trips" for young adults battling life-threatening illnesses. President Matt presented a check for $4,444 to Holly and Steve Teixeira, co-founders of 17 Strong, which was inspired by their late son, Ryan.
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President's Club a Big Success

Posted on Jun 28, 2021
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Matt Janetski's President's Club theme for 2020-21 was "Long Live Rotary". His poster board featured his 30 favorite music albums and members could choose their favorite for a $100 donation. As a thank you, members of the President's Club received the CD of their chosen album as well as a magnet from Boo Boo Records. Matt designated the $2,400 raised (almost every member joined!) to support Operation Surf, an amazing local organization that transforms lives. It was a rockin' Rotary year - thanks to the members for capping off a successful year of charitable giving.
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Business Spotlights

Posted on Jun 22, 2021
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As part of our regular guest speaker program, we will also be hosting a local business to feature in a "Business Spotlight" every other week. Invited guests will have 5-10 minutes to share information about their business, how they are impacted and adjusting to the pandemic, and how the community can help support them. We will draw from not only small businesses in the downtown but from our members as well. Here is the upcoming lineup:
July 21: LynAnne Wiest, Humankind
August 4: Dave Nilsen, Obispo Wealth Management
August 18: Linda Wilson, Wilson & Co. Sotheby's International Real Estate
September 1: Shelley Stuckey, Tails Pet Boutique
September 15: Aasim Sajjad, Shalimar Restaurant
September 29: Jeff Olds, Jamba Juice
October 13: Liz Summer, SESLOC Federal Credit Union
October 27: Leann Standish, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
November 10: Hector Santos, The Link Family Resource Center
December 1: Ken McGavin, Just Looking Gallery
December 15: Doug Shaw, The Sanctuary Tobacco Shop
January 5: Rodessa Newton, Coastal Delivery SLO, Libertine, Triad Real Estate
February 2: Ben Taylor, Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates
February 16: Leslie Coe, Comevo
March 2: Bart Devaney, Sunset North Car Wash
March 30: Annie Shanks, Medallion Financial & Insurance Services
May 4: Paige Peak Wright & Jay Levin, Palace Royale Mobile Events Trailer
May 25: Mike Johnson, CoastHills Wealth Management
June 22: Scott Millhollon, Cowboy Cookie
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June 18 Drive Thru Tri-Tip BBQ

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The Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak will be hosting a Drive Thru BBQ on Friday, June 18 from 4:30-6:30pm at the Lamplighter Inn & Suites (1604 Monterey St.). The ticket price of $60 serves four people and will include a complete dinner of tri-tip, beans, salad, garlic bread and cookies. Proceeds will help support our 2021-2022 teacher grants, student scholarships and community awards programs. Thank you to our sponsors, Covelop, JW Design & Construction, Morris & Garritano, Shalimar Indian RestaurantWick's Roofing & Wick's Solar and our event host, Lamplighter Inn & Suites. Tickets can be purchased from our members through June 15th. Contact committee chair, Doug Shaw, for more information.
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District Governor's Message

Posted on Jun 03, 2021
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This is District Governor Deb Linden's final month of service and we thank her for leading District 5240 through quite a year. Thank you DG Deb! Click here to read her final monthly message to our members.
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May 8th Community Service Project

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SLO Daybreak will be joining the SLOThrowers Disc Golf Club for another work day at Sinsheimer Park on Saturday, May 8 from 10am-3pm. We will assist in completing the new pyramid structure, dispensing wood chips to pin locations and tees, weeding the tee boxes and cleaning up any trash around the course. Please come prepared with sunscreen, gloves, a hat and if you have them - shovels, pitchforks, post-hole diggers, wheelbarrows and pick up trucks for hauling the wood chips.
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Words for Rotarians to Live By

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Our Sergeant at Arms, Mike Johnson, shared some words of inspiration with our members, ones very fitting with Rotary's 4-Way Test and the motto, "Service Above Self".
Accept differences  Be kind  Count your blessings  Dream  Express thanks  Forgive  Give freely  Harm no one  Imagine more  Jettison anger 
Keep confidences  Love truly  Master something  Nurture hope  Open your mind  Pack lightly  Quell rumors  Reciprocate  Seek wisdom  Touch hearts  Understand  Value truth  Win graciously  Xeriscape  Yearn for peace 
Zealously support a worthy cause
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Take a Virtual Tour of RI Headquarters

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One Rotary Center, located in Evanston, Illinois, is the world headquarters of Rotary International. Rotary is a global service organization for people who share a passion for, and a commitment to, enhancing communities and improving lives both locally and around the world. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are not currently offering in-person tours but anyone can check out their new virtual tour and learn some interesting facts - enjoy!

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Polio Plus: Signs of Progress Event

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District Governor, Deb Linden, has invited all Rotarians to a very special presentation - "PolioPlus: Signs of Progress" - on Wednesday, April 7 at 5:00 pm via Zoom. This update will be presented by Michael McGovern, Chair of Rotary International’s PolioPlus Committee. Attendees will hear a "hot off the presses" update on the progress being made worldwide to eradicate Polio and have the opportunity to ask questions. The event is FREE; register in advance by clicking here to receive an email confirmation containing the meeting link. Join the event and learn how Rotary's work around the world has progressed to nearly eliminating this disease.
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Update: Club Meetings

Posted on Dec 29, 2020
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We are unsure when we will begin meeting in person at our new location of Hotel SLO; until then we will continue to have an online option, starting at 7:00am for social time and 7:30-8:30am for club business, our business spotlights and our guest speakers. Check your email inbox for more information and the recurring Zoom link provided by President Matt. Visiting Rotarians and interested guests, contact Matt Janetski for more information.
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Teacher Grants Available

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The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak is committed to supporting teachers in our community. We are offering an opportunity for K-12 teachers in the City of San Luis Obispo to receive a grant of up to $500. The grant funds are to be used by teachers in their classrooms to support classroom projects, encourage teacher creativity and/or purchase teaching materials or supplies that would not otherwise be available. We support and encourage creativity and excellence in the teaching profession and expand the available learning opportunities for students. Look to the right under "Home Page Download Files" for more information and to apply; the deadline for applications is November 16 with awards presented at our club meeting on December 8.
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Daybreak Dollars Drawing!

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Congratulations to all our Daybreak Dollars winners! This is our primary fundraiser every year that supports our club's focus on education with scholarships to high school students and grants to K-12 teachers. Club members raised over $13,000 towards this effort! Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets and supported SLO Daybreak.
Special thanks to our Daybreak Dollars sponsors/club members, CoVelop (Pat Arnold), Guaranteed Rate (Matt Janetski), Medallion Financial and Insurance Services (Annie Shanks and Doug Shaw) and SESLOC Federal Credit Union (Liz Summer).
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SLO Daybreak is holding a sock drive until November 3 for clients of 40 Prado Homeless Services Center. Packs of mid-calf and warm winter socks can be purchased at various stores and then dropped off to Berni Ann Lewis or Doug Shaw. Berni Ann is also taking cash donations and will use those funds to purchase additional socks before the presentation to 40 Prado in early November. Contact either of them for more details and please donate to help community members stay warm and healthy this winter season.
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Support the Laptop Donation Drive for Students

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Local Rotary clubs and businesses are joining together with the San Luis Obispo Masons and the San Luis Coastal Educational Foundation for a donation drive to support students in need within the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. The drive takes place October 15-November 8 and you can have your used laptop picked up by a volunteer or drop it off to Cafe' Roma, Central Coast Surfboards, or Sunshine Health Foods. Laptops will be donated to students within the school district and any remaining computers will go to clients of Stand Strong. Laptops must be in good working order and include an intact power cord, 8gb RAM or greater, WiFi compatible and Windows 10 compatible. Please remove any personal data or ask the volunteers to do so when you drop it off. For more information, click here.
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SLO Daybreak is a ShelterBox HERO!

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The Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak was recognized as a ShelterBox HERO for the Rotary year, 2019-2020. We couldn't be more proud to support this organization for the past several years, in particular, due to the efforts and passion of Past President, Doug "Behr" Hoffman. ShelterBox has provided basic emergency needs to 1.6 million people since 2000 and COVID-19 has not stopped their efforts. With the help of our club and many other Rotary clubs, organizations and individuals, ShelterBox has given aid to over 87,000 people so far in 2020. For more information on this Santa Barbara-based organization's effort, visit
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Get More Connected with Rotary!

Posted on Jul 18, 2020
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Show your Rotary pride, share it with others and don't miss out on any Rotary news, events, photos and club meeting announcements! 
  • Is your club profile up to date at Click here.
  • Are you following SLO Daybreak on Instagram? Click here.
  • Have you "liked" SLO Daybreak's Facebook page? Click here.
  • Have you "liked" the District 5240 Facebook page? Click here.
  • Have you created a My Rotary account at Click here.
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President's Club Donation to SLO Food Bank

Posted on Jul 08, 2020
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Immediate Past President, Leslie Coe, donated the remaining funds from her President's Club to the SLO Food Bank. This $2,300.00 cash donation transforms into 16,100 nutritious meals for our community members. Each Rotary year, the club President chooses a fun theme and accepts $100 contributions from members which the President can distribute to support programs and activities of their choosing. 
Other notable giving this past year by the Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak:
$12,500 in student scholarships
$5,600 in community grant awards
$4,300 in teacher grants
$4,000 for international service projects
$1,100 to Shelter Box
$500 to Pacific Beach High School
The $30,300 total accounts for over $1,000 of annual giving per club member. Thank you to the San Luis Obispo and international community for their support in making great things happen!
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RI President's 2020-21 Theme

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This year's Rotary International President is Holger Knaack from the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Molln, Germany. Click here to learn more about the RI theme for 2020-21, "Rotary Opens Opportunities". 
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Congratulations Graduates!

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The Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak is proud to have awarded scholarships this year to the following students graduating from high school in San Luis Obispo:
Pacific Beach High School: Grace Carney, Odin Esguerra, Elle Glinn, Ava Jacobsen, Amelia Pelz and Skye Seher.
Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School: Bryce Hilton, Brian Kowall (STEM scholarship sponsored by Chevron), Antonio Silva, Cory Vaccaro and Veda Yaguda.
San Luis Obispo High School: Lulu Dai (STEM scholarship sponsored by Chevron), Shayla Truong, Jacob Thacker, Erin O'Neil, Benjamin Lipper, Evan Jenkins and Ellie Treichler.
Funds for our scholarship program are raised through our annual club fundraisers with the support of generous sponsors. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
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Local Nonprofit Programs Receive Awards

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The Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak recently announced the recipients of its 2020 Community Awards, to programs serving youth, education, families and seniors in the City of San Luis Obispo. Applicants for the small grant awards are nominated by club members and a review committee makes recommendations to the club's Board of Directors. The following organizations are this year's recipients:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SLO County - School Based program snacks
Community Action Partnership of SLO County - Dinner meals at 40 Prado
Hospice of SLO County - End of life care, grief and support services
Jack's Helping Hand - Little Swimmers and Water Warriors programs
Pregnancy and Parenting Support of SLO - Diapers and wipes
SLO County YMCA - Financial aid for youth attending Camp THRIVE
SLO Food Bank - Breakfast Bags and Children's Farmers' Markets programs
SLO Noor Clinic - Clinic program support
The First Tee of Central Coast - Financial aid for youth participants
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SLO Daybreak Supports Education

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Since our club was chartered in 1998, education has always been a focus for our fundraising and philanthropic giving. Believing that education is foundational to the success of our local and global communities, for several years SLO Daybreak has provided grants to K-12 teachers in San Luis Obispo. The following are this year's recipients:
Kiley MacLeod
Bishop's Peak Elementary School
Donald Repucci
Laguna Middle School
Amanda Lake
Laguna Middle School
Amanda Bockelman
Laguna Middle School
Sylvia Gomes
Los Ranchos Elementary School
Mike Daniels
Mission Prep High School
Radiation testing
Stacey Nairne
Pacific Beach High School
Sewing materials
Eire Dela Cruz
Pacific Beach HS
Solar ovens
Kristen Nusbaum
Pacific Beach High School
ASL materials
Scott Nairne
San Luis Obispo High School
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2020 Community Grant Application Now Available

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The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak invites its members to nominate a local nonprofit organization to apply for funding for one or more of its programs. SLO Daybreak seeks applications for small grants that focus on youth, education, families and/or seniors in our San Luis Obispo community. The application must be received by Friday, February 14, 2020.  Request an application from Community Awards chair, Bill Almas; or scroll down and click the link under "Home Page Download Files" on the far right to download the application. Return the completed application to Bill Almas or mail it to P.O. Box 906, SLO, CA 93406.
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District 5240 Foundation Gala

Posted on Dec 19, 2019
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It is through the Foundation that Rotary is made real in the lives of millions: working for peace, supporting clean water and sanitation projects, providing for maternal and child health programs. This is all a result of Rotarians throughout the world generously sharing their resources. Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
Join other members of Rotary District 5240 at the annual Foundation Gala on Saturday, January 11 at the Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Village, 5-9pm. For more information click here.
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Octagon Barn Center Grand Opening

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The Land Conservancy of SLO County will be celebrating the grand opening of the Octagon Barn Center on Saturday, September 21. The opening includes a day of family-friendly festivities and educational showcases at 4400 Octagon Way just off South Higuera in San Luis Obispo. This free, all day event will be followed by a ticketed concert in the barn with the Shawn Clark Family Band. Tickets can be purchased online at Rotary clubs in SLO gathered together over several days to install the brick in the amphitheater which will be enjoyed by thousands of people visiting the Center in the future - join the Land Conservancy in celebrating the contributions and hard work of the local community to bring this historical site back to life. Click here for more details.
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Concerts in the Plaza September 13

Posted on Aug 25, 2019
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SLO Daybreak will once again be serving up wine and beer at the final performance of this year's Concerts in the Plaza series. Concerts is hosted by Downtown SLO, our local business improvement district, bringing residents and visitors to our downtown and helping businesses thrive. This has been a fun, end of the summer tradition for our club - the only "downtown Rotary club" - and you won't want to miss a great time, awesome music by Truth About Seafood and a chance to show concert-goers how cool it is to be a Rotarian! Volunteers must sign a waiver and be available to participate from 4:30-8pm. Please see Charlene Rosales for more details.
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Rotary District 5240 Conference

Posted on Aug 25, 2019
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The 2019  District Conference is happening October 11-12th in nearby Santa Ynez at the Chumash Casino Resort and registration is now open! The conference is an all day event on Saturday the 12th; if you opt to join in other activities the evening before such as the Pinot for Polio fundraiser, there are a variety of nearby accommodations to choose from. This year's event includes a presentation by the United Nations' Counter Terrorism expert on current challenges facing our world, inspiring speakers, sharing of successful Rotary service projects and best practices sessions such as navigating the Rotary grant funding program. If you have never been to a District Conference, it's a worthwhile and fun experience whether you are a new member, serving on the club board or a longtime Rotarian. Be sure to check it out and register early!
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Monthly District 5240 Newsletter

Posted on May 06, 2019
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Rotary is the world’s largest service organization with more than 1.2 million members who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Rotary District 5240 is made up of 3,300 members, from 72 clubs, in four different counties within California.
May is "Youth Service Month". Click here to read this month's newsletter and to learn more about Interact, Rotaract and our district's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards from our District Governor, Sandi Schwartz.  Happy reading!
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District 5240 Dodger Game Social Event & Fundraiser

Posted on Feb 08, 2019
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On June 20, Rotary District 5240 will be holding its very first district-wide social event and fund raiser. On that date the Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers have offered district Rotarians the opportunity to have a fun filled social event at Dodger Stadium! Click here for more information.
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Area Rotarians Team Up with the Cal Poly Women's Basketball Team to Help Eradicate Polio

Posted on Jan 07, 2019
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Rotary District 5240, the Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast and the Cal Poly Women’s Basketball Team are teaming up in early January for a weekend of special activities to focus on Rotary International’s polio eradication program called Polio Plus, its number one humanitarian effort.  Events will include a Farmers’ Market Booth on Thursday, January 10th, featuring the representatives from the Mustangs and Rotary informational displays.  The “main event” will take place on Saturday, January 12th at 2:00pm, when the Cal Poly Women’s Basketball Team hosts the UC Santa Barbara Lady Gauchos and special Rotary Polio Plus programs and exhibits.  These activities will help enlightening the general public and raise funds for this great humanitarian cause.
There will be various ways to donate to Polio Plus during the game including a half time free throw shoot off by fans.  The Cal Poly Athletic Department will provide prizes for those that make a bucket!  General admission tickets are available in advance or at the door and cost $9 for adults, $7 for senior/staff and $5 for youth.  Rotarians and their guests will be offered tickets for only $5 in advance or at the door.  Cal Poly Rotaract Students will be admitted for free.  To place phone orders call 805-756-4TIX or 1-866-Go-Stangs.  Online ticket purchases and further game information are available at:  Game parking will be free in the large parking structure adjacent to the Mott Athletics Center and the Performing Arts Center.
Additional information for the weekend Rotary events is available at or by contacting Rotarian Curtis Reinhardt at 805-773-4173 or Additional game and team information can be accessed at: .
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20th Anniversary Gala!

Posted on Oct 01, 2018
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Club Members,

You and your guest are invited to join in the celebration of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak's 20th Anniversary! Come together in fellowship with Rotarians, past and present, to acknowledge 20 years of service, charitable giving and friendship. 

Charter members, past presidents, friends of our club and District 5240 leaders are invited and will be present to raise a glass to two decades of Service Above Self.

Saturday, October 27


San Luis Obispo Country Club

$75/person, Black Tie Optional

6pm - No host bar

7pm - Dinner and Program

Please RSVP by October 19

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Play Ball!

Posted on Apr 05, 2018
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Rotary Clubs in Group 10 are coming together for a softball challenge on Sunday, April 22 from 1-5pm at the Pismo Beach Sports Complex. This afternoon of food, fun and fellowship benefits Rotary International's End Polio program. Sign up to play and receive a team t-shirt, and if you can't play then come out and support your fellow Rotarians. See Matt Janetski for more details.

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Next Community Service Opportunity

Posted on Feb 06, 2018
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Join the San Luis Obispo High School Interact Club on Saturday, March 3 and help spruce up the Anderson Hotel at 955 Monterey St. in downtown SLO. Start time 9:30am sharp; please let John Eichler know if you can help out for a couple of hours. SLO Daybreak has proudly sponsored the SLOHS Interact Club since our club was founded 20 years ago. Last year, we adopted the Anderson, a subsidized housing facility for low income, disabled and senior members of our community, as one of our ongoing projects. Please join in this community service opportunity, "Service Above Self". Lunch will be generously hosted by the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo.
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Grant Applications Available for Your Favorite Community Nonprofit Program

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
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Through a competitive application process, the Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak provides charitable awards to local nonprofits serving San Luis Obispo. Programs are nominated by club members as a way to support organizations they hold in high regard, and to recognize those programs that align with the club’s priorities.
As a nonprofit itself, SLO Daybreak is proud that so many of its members volunteer and serve in leadership roles with nonprofit groups in San Luis Obispo. In 2017, $6,000 in small, individual grants were awarded to the following organizations:
Food Bank Coalition of SLO County
Fund Summer Breakfast Bags for Low-Income Children
French Hospital Foundation
Self-Esteem Workshops for Girls
History Center of San Luis Obispo
Purchase Climate Monitoring Equipment for Long Term Preservation of Artifacts and other Materials.
Restorative Partners
Develop and Stock a Book Club at Juvenile Hall
San Luis Obispo County YMCA
Scholarships for Youth in Government Program
San Luis Obispo Symphony
Help Fund the Instrument “Petting Zoo” for Children
Senior Nutrition Program of SLO County
Help with Purchase of Food for Feeding Seniors in SLO City
The First Tee of Central Coast
Pay Fees for Low-Income Kids’ Golf Lessons
This year's application is available for download from the column to the right (scroll down to "Home Page Download Files"). Applications must be sponsored by a club member and in order to be considered by our club's Community Awards Committee, emailed to Harry Sharp by Saturday, February 10. Don't delay, apply for your charitable organization of choice today.
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1st Community Service Opportunity of 2018

Posted on Jan 03, 2018
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Our San Luis Obispo High School Interact Club needs 4 to 8 Rotarians to help with this Saturday's (January 6) laundry room cleaning at the Anderson Hotel at 955 Monterey St. in downtown SLO. Start time 9:30am sharp; please let John Eichler know if you can help out for a couple of hours. SLO Daybreak has proudly sponsored the SLOHS Interact Club since our club was founded 20 years ago. Last year, we adopted the Anderson, a subsidized housing facility for low income, disabled and senior members of our community, as one of our ongoing projects. Please join us on Saturday if you can!
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How To Help the Thomas Fire Victims

Posted on Dec 08, 2017
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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
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District Mid-Terms are Fast Approaching

Posted on Dec 04, 2017
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. 
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Coffee with the President

Posted on Nov 27, 2017
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Coffee with President Wilson will be this coming Saturday, December 2 at Black Horse Espresso and Bakery at 8am. Join Linda  and a small group of fellow club members for casual conversation and provide feedback or ask questions about Rotary. This meeting also counts as a make up!
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Did You Miss a Meeting?

Posted on Nov 12, 2017
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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.
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Rotaract SLO's Coats 4 Kids Drive

Posted on Oct 31, 2017
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Rotaract SLO is again collecting new and gently used coats for children and teens through their annual Coats 4 Kids drive. Drop your donation off to one of the many drop off locations including those of some of our club members' places of business - Bank of the Sierra, Coast Hills, Glenn Burdette,  Shalimar Restaurant, the SLO City/County Library and Wilson & Co. Sotheby's International Real Estate. For more information go to their event Facebook page or 
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November Social

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Our next Friday Fellowship takes place on November 10 starting at 5:30pm at 7 Sisters Brewing Company, 181 Tank Farm Rd., Ste. 110. Family and friends are always welcome to join us for a casual gathering and no host bar/appetizers. Hope to see you there!
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Community Service at the Anderson Hotel Nov. 4

Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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We will again be at the Anderson Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 4 to help clean the downstairs lobby, kitchen and dining areas, as well as the shared areas housing the residents in the upper floors. The Anderson is a government subsidized housing apartment building for low income, senior and disabled residents. We really spruced up the place several months back and look forward to returning and helping out. Meet at 9am the Anderson at the corner of Monterey and Morro streets in downtown SLO. Wear your best cleaning clothes and feel free to bring dish washing gloves, all other supplies will be provided and we will be there a couple of hours until 11am. Lunch to follow hosted by the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo staff.
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October 18 Chamber Mixer at (President) Wilson & Co. Sotheby's International Realty

Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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Join us on Wednesday, October 18 between 5:30-7:30pm for the SLO Chamber Monthly Membership Mixer hosted by our very own Club President, Linda Wilson! Linda is a long time Chamber member as are all three SLO Rotary Clubs. The monthly mixers draw a crowd of about 300 and are a great way to meet fellow business people and community members. This month's mixer also includes Wilson & Co.'s neighbors, BlackHorse Espresso & Bakery and the Wine Shed. Food will be provided by BlackHorse, Mint + Craft and Paso Catering Co. Wine and beer will also be poured by Biddle Ranch Vineyard, Central Coast Brewing and Wine Shed and there will even be a raffle prize provided by the Crushed Grape. Don't miss out and come support our prez. (Please park on Capitolio Way or Sacramento Drive and walk to the mixer). Click here for more information.
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Rotary Offers Disaster Relief

Posted on Oct 15, 2017
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Recently, our Rotary club conducted a spontaneous "raise your hand to give" fundraiser, inspired by the generous leadership of past president Behr Hoffman, to provide a Shelter Box for one of the many areas affected by recent hurricane, earthquake and fire disasters. 
In addition, the following message was sent recently by District Governor, John Weiss, to all Rotary club members in District 5240:
The number of natural disasters that Rotarians in North America are facing can feel overwhelming. Juggling our individual and collective responses at times may add a little stress as well. From my experience, giving even a small amount can be a healing process connecting us with those we care about, but don't yet know.
This email was prompted by a request from a classmate in Northern California. As we receive news reports, the reports are devastating. Most of us have connections to Northern California, I do.
Thank you for what you have done and what you will do to help. Here are ways you can respond through the community of Rotary. 
1. Wildfires in Northern California. District 5130 and the Lake Area Rotary Club have created a fund to collect money that Rotarians will use in the area for relief and recovery.
2. The Rotary District 5240 Charitable Foundation is partnering with the Rotary Club of University Heights (Houston). We're receiving donations that will be used in coordination with our partner to help with the relief and recovery efforts in Southeastern Texas. So far our Charitable Foundation has received over $40,000 for the Houston Relief Fund!
3. The Rotary Foundation has opened a fund to collect donations for relief and recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Donations can be made:   ACCOUNT NUMBER 296
4. The Rotary Foundation has opened a fund to collect donations for relief and recover from the Mexico earthquakes. Donations can be made:   ACCOUNT NUMBER 613.
Please note that sending money to another country creates some complications for the donor and your benefits will be protected by giving to the Mexico earthquake relief and recovery effort through the Rotary Foundation.
Donations can also be made to Shelter Box
A great district resource for relief fund information and non-profit law is our Charitable Foundation Chair Barry Vanderkelen. You can email him at
Best Regards,
John Weiss
Rotary Club of Morro Bay
2017-2018 District Governor
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Changing Lives Newsletter

Posted on Oct 01, 2017
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Giving to the Rotary Foundation creates significant change in people's lives and global communities. Wade Nomura, our district's Rotary foundation committee chair, says, "The articles and stories we share are to inform you of the many good things we are doing and how the Rotary Foundation is making all these dreams come true. The partnerships, both locally and internationally have benefitted and leveraged the projects we are doing, AND the network we have established internationally, has benefitted our districts by having a number of Global Grants sponsored by our international partners benefitting our local communities". Click here to read the latest edition of the District 5240 Rotary Foundation Newsletter and learn more about Rotary's charitable efforts.
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Sign Up Deadlines Are Approaching!

Posted on Sep 22, 2017
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Two big events are coming up in the next few weeks!
Update: Registration will close Tuesday, September 26 for Rotary District 5240's annual conference will be held October 6-8 at the Ventura Beach Marriot. The conference is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Rotary and connect with other Rotarians and district leaders in our region. The agenda includes additional opportunities for a grant application training to fund club service projects and an introductory course on Practical Relevant Leadership Skills (PRLS). You can also sign up for fun excursions to explore the best of Ventura with your family and friends. Special hotel rates are being offered. Highlights include:
  • Aloha Welcome Reception
  • Amazing Speakers
  • Celebration Dinner with fantastic music by the Sgt. Pepper Band
  • Project Expo
  • Excursions
  • Raffle to Eradicate Polio
  • Rotaract 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Loads of Fun and Fellowship!
Click here to learn more and here for additional information and to register to come and "Celebrate Rotary".
The weekend after is our club's yearly Rotary Campout in Paso Robles for our club members and their families and friends. Past president Mike Alamo is again leading this effort and it's always a good time at the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles. Make your reservations now in a spot for your motor home or book one of their cabins for the weekend of October 13th. We enjoy a Friday night social, time up at a nearby tasting room that's within walking distance, play time at the pool, a pot luck dinner on Saturday night and breakfast brunch in the mornings. All activities are optional except for having fun which is guaranteed! More information to come as the date gets closer but it's best to book ASAP so you won't miss out.
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District Governor Visit on Sept. 12

Posted on Sep 11, 2017
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On Tuesday, September 12th we have the honor of hosting 2017-18 District Governor, John Weiss. Be sure to join us for this program and hear about John's vision for this Rotary year. A short Board of Directors meeting will immediately follow at Luna Red for anyone that wants to attend.
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20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on August 28!

Posted on Aug 23, 2017
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It's here - the Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak's 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, happening Monday, August 28 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. We look forward to seeing golfers, Rotarians, sponsors and club supporters out on the course in just a few days!
Daybreak Dollars will be available for chances to win cash including the grand prize of $1,000. Need a ticket - or several? See any club member to purchase a ticket or contact Bill Almas for more information.
Spouses and guests can also join the awards ceremony and dinner starting at 5pm. Dinner tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the event.
Questions? Contact tournament chair, Pat Arnold for information. See you there!
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A Message From District Governor, John Weiss

Posted on Aug 08, 2017
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SLO Daybreak members continue to send good wishes for a speedy recovery to District Governor, John Weiss. Click here to read his most recent message to regional Rotarians - August is Membership Month - and we look forward to hosting DG Weiss to a future Tuesday morning meeting with SLO Daybreak.
With fires both small and large breaking out throughout District 5240, DG Weiss encourages Rotary clubs and its members to consider donating to their local American Red Cross chapters to support residents in need of assistance. Click here to make a contribution to disaster relief or call the San Luis Obispo office at (805) 543-0696.
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Golf Tournament Update

Posted on Jul 24, 2017
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Our club's largest fundraiser is almost here and we are gearing up for the Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak's 20th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, happening Monday, August 28 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club. Tee sponsorships are now available until August 1 for just $250, with logo placement on the course and business visibility in front of 144 tournament participants. Download a tee sponsorship form here. Also, if you are a tournament sponsor and will have a team playing in August 28, be sure to fill out the player's form and return it by August 10. 
Club and community members - contribute to the goodies that we will be providing to golfers in their tee bags, given to each player at the beginning of the day. Promotional items (notepads, pens, sunscreen...), snacks (energy bars, fruit, nuts...), useful golfing items (balls, towels, tees, divot tools...) , etc. are welcomed. Contact Veryl Ann Duncan.
Club members are also selling Daybreak Dollars for chances to win cash including the grand prize of $1,000. This is where our fundraiser can really cross the finish line in supporting our charitable giving including student scholarships, teacher grants and community service projects. See any club member to purchase a ticket or contact Bill Almas for more information.
Last but not least, volunteer at the tournament! We need a set up and take down crew, greeters, cashiers, hole monitors, runners, etc. Contact Charlene Rosales.
Questions? Contact tournament chair, Pat Arnold for information on sponsors, players and how you can help.
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Volunteer at Concerts in the Plaza - This Friday!

Posted on Jul 16, 2017
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Friday, July 21 - We will be supporting the SLO Downtown Association (now called, "Downtown SLO") at Concerts in the Plaza starting with a volunteer orientation at 4:30pm sharp at Mission Plaza, and then staffing the beverage tent from 5:00-8:00pm. Up to 15 club members are needed to help check ID's, act as beer runners, line managers and cashiers. This is a commitment from 4:30-8:00pm. Contact community service director, Matt Janetskiby July 19 to submit your completed volunteer waiver and receive more information prior to volunteering. Friends and family over the age of 21 may volunteer as well. This is a fast paced, fun event that helps support the organization that supports businesses in the downtown. And we are THE "downtown Rotary club", so let's do this! 
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Revisit the Rotary Community Garden

Posted on Jun 20, 2017
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In June 2010, the three Rotary Clubs of SLO unveiled the Rotary Community Garden in Meadow Park, another collaborative project that continues to thrive today. On Saturday, July 8, we have the opportunity to spruce up the garden and get it ready for its summer gardeners and visitors. More information to come but save the date!
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Rancho El Chorro Amphitheater Project Complete!

Posted on Jun 19, 2017
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The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak celebrated the completion of a major project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7.

Over the course of the last several months, Rotary Clubs from the Central Coast down to Mexico and the SLO County Office of Education came together to replace and enlarge an existing amphitheater at the Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School that is operated by the County Office of Education. The new amphitheater consists of a new stage and backdrop and upgraded electrical service. The project was constructed through the volunteer labor and financial assistance of Rotarians coupled with generous donations by a number of local businesses. Click here to learn more.

This is the latest of many projects that the three Rotary clubs have completed in the San Luis Obispo area, the others include an exercise course at Laguna Lake Park, an Airport Viewing Platform at the SLO Airport, the Rotary Community Garden in Meadow Park and the Rotary Bandstand in Mitchell Park.

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From District Governor Nick Frankle

Posted on Jun 05, 2017
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District Governor Nick Frankle reflects on this past year, read his monthly message and Rotary District 5240's newsletter by clicking here.
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Annual Awards Ceremony

Posted on May 12, 2017
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Tuesday, May 16 is the date for the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak's Annual Awards Ceremony. Our morning breakfast meeting at Luna Red in downtown SLO is our yearly opportunity to celebrate club achievements and to honor our student scholarship recipients, teacher grant awardees and charitable giving to local nonprofit programs. We will also talk about service projects that our club has focused on in the 2016-17 year under the leadership of president John Mascarenas and our annual golf tournament which makes all our donations possible. Please join us starting at 7:00am.
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March 28 Vocational Tour

Posted on Mar 29, 2017
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Special thanks to club member David Everett who hosted us for a tour of Cal Poly's Dairy Innovation Institute on March 28. We heard an overview about the Institute, were provided delicious samples of cheese, chocolate milk and ice cream, and then donned some hairnets and booties for a tour of the production facility. Thank you Dave for a great morning and thanks to all who joined us on the vocational tour. Click here for a one-minute photo montage.
Our next tour is Tuesday, May 2 out in Los Osos to SLO Roasted Coffee.
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Club Fireside Chats

Posted on Mar 13, 2017
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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 wrapping up by 7:30pm. The meeting includes dinner from Cafe Roma and takes the place of our regular meeting on April 11. Please let Linda know what evening you plan to attend (incoming board members are asked to attend both nights). See you there!
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The District's Newest PRLS Graduates

Posted on Mar 13, 2017
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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.
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A Mid-Year Report from President John

Posted on Mar 03, 2017
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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!     
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Congratulations Liz Summer!

Posted on Jan 23, 2017
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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!
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Coffee with the Past President

Posted on Jan 23, 2017
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Want to learn more about our club? Are you a newer member and have questions? Did you miss a regular meeting and need to do a make up? Then join Past President - and 2016 Citizen of the Year - Liz Summer for a cup o' joe on Saturday, January 28 from 8:00-9:00am at Coastal Peaks Coffee, 3566 S. Higuera in San Luis Obispo. Join a few other fellow Rotarians for casual conversation and this weekend meeting is also open to anyone who might be interested in Rotary so friends are welcome too. 
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January 24 - Location Change

Posted on Jan 09, 2017
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For one day only our club meeting will be held at the sister restaurant of Luna Red - Novo - just across the creek on the other side of Mission Plaza. Luna Red will be closed the week of January 23 to do some improvements on the interior and their team will still be hosting our dining and service experience with just a change of scenery. We look forward to seeing everyone at Novo!
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Meal Service at Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter

Posted on Dec 20, 2016
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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!
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Rotary International Convention

Posted on Dec 20, 2016
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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.
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First Friday Fellowship

Posted on Oct 31, 2016
This month's club social will be at the home of Steve and Ilene Sicanoff on Friday, Nov. 4 from 5:30-7:30pm. Ilene will be cooking up her famous chili and cornbread! Please bring and appetizer or dessert to share and remember that this is a BYOB event. Guests can use the Adult School parking lot behind their house and contact Steve for more information. See you there!
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6th Annual Coats for Kids

Posted on Oct 31, 2016
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Thanks to all who supported the Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo's Coats for Kids drive. 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. SLO Daybreak member donation sites included Coast Hills Credit Union, Crew Wealth Management, Glenn Burdette and Shalimar Restaurant.Thank you!
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Nov. 1st - No Meeting at Luna Red/Tour of Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Posted on Oct 30, 2016
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We have the treat of being hosted to a private tour of the expanding Firestone Walker Brewing Company on November 1st. Their location is 1400 Ramada Dr. in Paso Robles and the tour begins at 7:30am sharp. Parking in Paso will be in the lot behind the tap room, across the street from the brewery. Meet in the patio area of the restaurant.
If you wish to carpool, please meet by 6:45am at the parking lot adjacent to the Ah Louis Store at the corner of Palm and Chorro streets. Bring your morning beverage of choice in your own traveler and muffins and croissants will be provided to take on the ride up to Paso Robles. If you wish to leave your car in SLO and catch a ride, please park it in the parking structure directly next door.
The brewery is an operating facility under construction so please dress warm and wear closed toe shoes. Protective eye wear and headphones will be provided to cut out the brewery noise and to be able to hear the speaker who will be leading the tour with a microphone and that you can hear through the headphones.
Any questions, please contact Matt Janetski at (805) 733-7821 or
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October 29 - Coffee with the President

Posted on Oct 24, 2016
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Join President John for coffee and conversation this coming Saturday, October 29, 8:00am at BlackHorse Espresso & Bakery, 3590 Broad Street. This is a great way to make up for a missed meeting, chat with a small group of Rotarians and to ask questions directly of our club president. Come one, come all and no RSVP is necessary.
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3rd Annual Rotary Campout

Posted on Oct 01, 2016
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Come one, come all to the tri-club Rotary Campout the weekend of October 7-9th. There is tons of fun to be had as the three San Luis Obispo Rotary clubs join together for a great weekend of fellowship, food and festivities in neighboring Paso Robles. 
FRIDAY EVENING GET TOGETHER: Starting at 5:30pm. Bring a hearty appetizer to share.
SATURDAY EVENING CLUB SOCIAL: October 8th starting at 5:30pm.  All members of the clubs and their friends are invited to join us at the Wine Country RV park for a social and pot luck BBQ.  Bring your own BBQ items.  Also bring a side dish (salad, veggie, or dessert) to share with all and if possible email Michael with your selection so we can make sure we don't end up with all desserts.
OTHER DETAILS: There is no charge for visitors to attend and parking is available.  You can come up earlier that day as take a swim in their pools if you like. Head to campsite 42 to find our group. We have a great premium, semi-private area reserved for our use, dog run included!
DAILY WINE TASTING: Tradition dictates that some of us head over to EOS Winery in the late afternoon for wine tasting on most days.  It is an easy walk through some vineyards adjacent to the RV park.  The daytime hours are not scheduled with activities so campers can do their own things.
Happy Camping! For more information, contact Mike Alamo, Camper Chair
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A Message from Your 2016-17 President

Posted on Sep 19, 2016
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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. 
John Mascarenas
Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak
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Let's Get Ready to Mingle!

Posted on Sep 18, 2016
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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.
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Grand Prize Daybreak Dollars Winner Announced

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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.   
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Thank You For Making Our Annual Golf Tournament a Success!

Posted on Aug 14, 2016
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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!
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19th Annual Classic Charity Golf Tournament

Posted on Aug 07, 2016
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It's finally time for SLO Daybreak's 19th Annual 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 check out the fun to be had. This event funds our annual charitable giving to local students, teachers and nonprofit programs, as well as our community service efforts. We look forward to having a great time with all our fellow Rotarians and supporters. Please contact Pat Arnold for more information or visit
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News From Tepehua, Mexico

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.
All wonderful news! Thank you Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak members for helping to make this possible through your donations and hands on work.
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SLO Daybreak Hosts International Peace Run’s Relay Team

Posted on Jun 11, 2016
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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 
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Annual Awards Ceremony

Posted on May 17, 2016
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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
ShelterBox $2,000
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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Weekly Programs

Posted on Apr 29, 2016
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Every week, Rotarians learn about different different topics of interest through speakers that are invited to our Tuesday meetings. The subject matter can range from hot button community issues, personal well being, Rotary-related events and candidate debates to hearing from nonprofit organizations, city and county staff or elected officials or our own members providing a "craft talk" and sharing more about themselves and their hobbies. The wide spectrum provides a way for our club members to be informed on local and worldwide issues, as well as just to learn something fun and interesting. If you have ideas for guest speakers, contact Matt Janetski. Guest speakers are invited to join us for our regular breakfast meeting starting at 7:00am with the speaking time from 8:00-8:20am with another 5 minutes for Q&A. As a thank you for each guest speaker, President Liz donates a book to Literacy for Life (formerly the SLO Literacy Council). This local organization serves our entire county and provides tutoring in English language skills for adults, whether they be native English speakers or non-English speakers. To learn more, click here.
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Days For Girls

Posted on Feb 18, 2016
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Club members and friends of Rotary recently packaged dozens of kits for the Days for Girls project. Days for Girls is a nonprofit that from a grassroots level, works to provide every woman and girl in the world with access to quality sustainable hygiene and health education by 2022. SLO Daybreak began volunteering and providing handmade, washable feminine hygiene kits in 2015. These kits allow women and girls to have a higher level of health, safety, dignity, and continuous access to school and work. 
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Community Service

Posted on Feb 01, 2016
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Last month, Rotary of SLO Daybreak sponsored, prepared and served a hot breakfast to 30 women, children and families at the Mission overflow homeless shelter. This was the second volunteer effort to serve food this year by club members that helped Deacon Chuck from Mission de Tolosa feed a few local homeless families.Special thanks to our Rotary members - Debra Larson, Berni Ann Lewis, John Mascarenas, April Mott and Liz Summer.
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Coffee With the President

Posted on Jan 25, 2016
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The next coffee and conversation with President Liz is happening on Saturday, February 6, 8:00-9:00am at BlackHorse Espresso & Bakery at 3590 Broad Street. Join Liz Summer and a small group of other Rotarians to get caught up on club business, ask questions and even make up for a missed meeting. No RSVP required, just swing by and start your Saturday off right with some Rotary friends.
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International Service Opportunity

Posted on Jan 05, 2016
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This year we have been invited by District Governor Ramon Medellin of District 4160 to visit his district and clubs following their District Conference in beautiful San Miguel de Allende, GTO. The dates of the Conference are April 29-30, which we are also invited to (information and cost will be available soon), with the Safari planned from Sunday the 1st and returning home on the 4th of May.
The Safari is sponsored by the Rotary clubs of District 4160. They will home host you (with hotels as an option at your expense), feed you and introduce you to their members and families. You will be able to see their local attractions and points of interests, community projects, and possibly do some hands-on projects while there. The objective of the Safari is to share the Rotary experience, create partnerships and lifetime friendships with these clubs.
For more information, please contact Past District Governor, Wade Nomura, at
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Updated Happenings in Tepehua, Mexico

Posted on Nov 30, 2015
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Nov. 16, 2015:
More news from Moonie in Tepehua... "Built by private donors, construction of the new maternal health clinic at the Tepehua Community Center is almost completed.  Next comes the furnishing of necessary equipment to assist women through their prenatal and postnatal care (exciting!). Pre and postnatal counseling to help insure healthy babies is an important part of their program. As I have mentioned previously, the laboratory will house the only sonogram unit (on their wish list) in the area.The maternal clinic will serve women of the entire lakeside community (Lake Chapala), not only Tepehua, and will cut the infant mortality rate in half!! The mobile unit, which travels to 4 different barrios every week, will be able to transport women having lab and/or sonogram needs to the Tepehua Community Center maternal health center.Classes at the Community Center have expanded to include: English, reading, math, sewing, art, counseling, women's health, bazaar, jewelry making, and a bathing program (hot showers for families with no running water at home).The Dental Clinic is operating 3 times a week."
Nov. 3, 2015:
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.
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Days for Girls Fundraiser

Posted on Nov 30, 2015
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Shoppers unite! Join us at Humankind Fair Trade, 982 Monterey St. in SLO, on Saturday, December 5 from 5:30-7:30pm. 20% of each purchase will benefit Days for Girls International. In 2015, SLO Daybreak began its support for the Days for Girls program, a nonprofit that with the help of volunteers and service organizations, helps to provide sustainable, feminine hygiene kits and health education programs, ensuring that young women around the world have access to cleanliness, dignity and uninterrupted schooling.
We are appreciate of Humankind's support of this effort. The store, located in the heart of downtown SLO, sells fair trade products and tells the stories of its artisans and farmers that provide the handmade goods from developing countries.In turn, the store provides an income to the crafts people, affording them additional income. Humankind opened on July 1, 2009. If you have not been there yet, you are in for a treat - for a good cause!
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We Want You!

Posted on Nov 02, 2015
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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.
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Rotaract SLO's 5th Annual Coats for Kids

Posted on Oct 26, 2015
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The Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo is holding its annual Coats for Kids drive throughout the month of October. They will be collecting gently used and new coats for all sizes to help those in need throughout the Central Coast. Special thanks to past president, Doug Hoffman, for matching the club members' monetary contributions - we will be providing $200 towards the purchase of new coats! Visit or for more information or to find the drop off location nearest you!
Rotaract SLO meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:00pm at Glenn Burdette on the corner of Palm and Toro streets (1150 Palm). Join them for a meeting and see all that they are up to!
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Tri-Club Evening Social

Posted on Oct 26, 2015
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The three San Luis Obispo Rotary clubs are getting together for a social on Wednesday, November 11, 5:30-8:00pm at Cafe Roma. Don't miss the fun, guests are welcome to come too!
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Rent a Rotaractor Auction

Posted on Oct 26, 2015
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The Rotaract Club of San Luis Obispo is holding their annual fundraiser on Saturday, November 7 starting at 2:00pm at the Ludwick Community Center (864 Santa Rosa St.). This is a fun opportunity to help them raise funds and get some things checked off your to do list. A live auction will be held to "Rent a Rotaractor" to help with any needs you have, especially around the holiday season - setting up or cleaning up after a party. small jobs around the house, hanging lights, bartending, dog sitting, you name it! The event includes a silent auction, beer, wine, food and entertainment. Tickets are $10 presale, $15 at the door. For more information and for tickets, email
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Rotary World Peace Conference

Posted on Oct 04, 2015
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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. 
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Annual Awards Ceremony

Posted on Jun 01, 2015
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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
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San Luis Obispo Rotary Clubs Complete Airport Project

Posted on May 30, 2015
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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.
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