Welcome to Our Club Website!
Please explore the site to find out more about us and what we do. If you would like to join us at one of our meetings, please phone 805-544-4319 or 805-246-7201, or complete the contact us form. We meet Monday at noon at the Madonna Inn located at Highway 101 and Madonna Road.
Nothing makes us more proud as a club than our investment in the young people of our community. This year, we were happy to be able to award $68,150 to 19 students who are continuing on with their academic or vocational studies and to two recipients of the Billy Watson Memorial Scholarship for music.
Thank you to all the members of the community who support our Homes of Distinction Tour and our Spaghetti-Western Fundraiser and to our club members who work so hard on these events. Helping these outstanding young people succeed is why we follow our motto of Service Above Self.
More photos are available here.
Congratulations to Past President Robert (Bob) Hather. He received the Rotary Foundation's Major Donor award from 2017-2018 District Governor Nominee John Weiss on April 18th, 2016.
Bob, a dedicated Rotarian, founded Lifewater Drilling Technology during his presidential year. Working with the School of Engineering at Cal Poly and teams from various humanitarian organizations, they designed a water well drilling system especially equipped to overcome the challenges found in developing countries. The goal is to provide potable water to help prevent 25,000 deaths of children under age 5 each day from preventable disease due to unclean water.
We're so happy to support the Cal Poly Rotaract Club with a check for $500. Congratulations Kevin and team for getting the club started again on campus.
(left to right), Joel Sheets, Rotary youth and vocational co-director, Kevin Ibarra, Cal Poly Rotaract President, Jason Jeong, Cal Poly Rotaract Vice President, Anna Mack, Rotaract member, Deborah Linden, District Rotarian of the year and San Luis Obispo Rotarian, and Jeffrey Stulberg, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo President.
- Academic and vocational scholarships for local high school and college students (apply now through your school)
- Financial support for local non-profits (deadline to apply is April 15)
- We’re building a new outdoor stage at the Dallidet Adobe this spring in conjunction with the History Center of SLO
- We’re joining with the SLO Daybreak and De Tolosa Rotary Clubs to fund the Children’s Play Area at the soon-to-be-built 40 Prado Homeless Services Center
- We’re setting aside funds for upcoming international projects
- February 25 - Meet the Lady Mustangs at Farmer's market and learn about Polio Plus. 6-9 PM on Higuera Street
- February 26 - Rotary Goes to the Melodrama - all proceeds benefit Polio Plus.
- February 27 - The Lady Mustangs take on UCSB @ Mott Gym at 2 PM - proceeds again benefiting Polio Plus
- March 15 - Join us for another fun-filled, all-club social. This time, Taco Tuesday and Craft Beer at Spike's Pub, 570 Higuera St., Co-hosted by Rotaract SLO
- May 14 - Our Spaghetti-Western fundraiser will require all hands on deck. It's a lot of fun, with more great food and a family atmosphere, so plan on bringing the kids, grandkids, neighbors, and friends. 5:30-8:30 at the Ludwig Center.
At our last meeting, the following were elected to serve our Club during the next Rotary year. A big thanks to them for devoting their time to guide our Club as we continue to make the world a better place.
Secretary-Dan Knight, Treasurer-Chenda Rolf, Sergeant at Arms-Vic Sterling, Club Service-Nicole Pazdan, International Service-Tom Bormes, Community Service-Jim Grant, Membership Services-Connie Framberger, Special Events-Pam Lee, and Vocational /Youth Services-Joel Sheets. Eric Linkugel will be the 2016-2017 Club President. Dominique Bredeson is our 2017-2018 President Elect Nominee.
Rotary Club of Compostela President Aleida Pineda with Team “ Maxwell, Hoffman, and Kelley." Deb Hoffman won the Tournament with a sailfish on Day 1. On day 2 Jane Maxwell and Deb Hoffman shared an extended battle with a giant black marlin which ultimately made its escape near the boat. A great time was had by all even though the fishing was less than stellar. We have tentatively scheduled the Second Annual Tournament and Fiesta for Nov 2-6, 2016 which also coincides with the Mexican El Dia de los Muertos festival and celebration. Should be fun so mark your calendars!
More photos are available in the photo gallery under "About Our Club."
- October 7: Fy from LA to Puerta Vallarta, followed by a welcome reception. Dinner will be at Restaurant Pineda, courtesy of our host Rotarians.
- October 8: Continental breakfast before departing at 7:30 for in a super-panga to fish dorado, tuna, wahoo, sailfish and marlin. (Box lunch will be provided). Afternoon is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own at the beach or at one of the many restaurants in town.
- October 9: Same schedule.
- October 10: Tour of Compostela with local Rotarians to see many of the community benefit projects which our two clubs have accomplished in partnership over the past 25 years. The awards dinner in the evening with feature fun prizes for the largest fish, the smallest fish (not bait), ugliest fish, etc.
- October 11: Morning visit to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Craft Market followed by a flight back to Los Angeles
President Jeff just announced that in addition to our ongoing project to help feed our homeless neighbors, one of our club's projects this year will be to package 10,000 meal packs for the most needy people on the planet. Each package provides a full day's nutritional and caloric requirements for 6 people, so our 10,000 meal packs will feed 60,000 people. The packages are vegetarian and can be combined with local spices so that the food fits within any culture. We'll be packaging the meals on February 6 from noon-4 at the PG&E Education Center. Be sure to put it on your calendar and invite family and friends.
Watch the video below or go to http://www.stophungernow.org/ for more info. Just another project where we can demonstrate Rotary's motto of Service Above Self. Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike are welcome to help. Can't attend? You can make a donation. $0.29 is all it takes to create one package. Registration is required. To register, or to donate, go to https://stophungernow.secure.force.com/events/SA_EVENTS__Home?id=70170000000d4rLAAQ.
- We sent 1200 wheelchairs to Africa.
- We donated Shelter Boxes to provide temporary shelter for those affected by disasters in Nepal and the Philippines.
- We provided 120 Unite to Light solar units so that children without electricity can study in the evenings.
- We planned 2 upcoming projects with our sister club in Compostela, Mexico and were happy to have 9 of their club members visit San Luis Obispo.
- We sent $36,000 to the Rotary Foundation, a new record for our club.
- We participated in a joint project with the other two SLO Rotary Clubs and our Rotaract Club to build a viewing platform at the the SLO County Airport.
- We provided $36,500 in scholarships to local students, our highest amount ever.
- We awarded $5,000 to local nonprofits to help them fill their budgetary needs.
- We provided 5 BBQ dinners to folks at the Homeless Shelter.
- We had our first Rotary Family picnic and several other successful socials.
- We inducted 14 new members and retained 94% of our members throughout the year.
Applications are now available for a fully-paid fellowship. Who do you know?
The Rotary Peace Fellowship is a great opportunity for people with a passion for peace to take their education to the next level. Fellows study at one of six Rotary Peace Centers around the world and can either earn a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution or a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, or a related field. The fellowship covers tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and internship or field study expenses.
Do you know anyone who might be a good candidate? If so, contact Matthew Cottle, Bev James, or Peggy Carlaw.
Congratulations to the Rotary members who helped collect for the Salvation Army this year. And much gratitude to the community members who donated. Together we raised $1,751.13 to help this worthy organization.
At the meeting last Monday, President Dave announced our community project for the 2014-15 Rotary Year.
Dr. Tom Davies and Dr. Bill Johnson (left) who staged the Queen Symphony at the PAC on May 17 and 18, present a check for $15,000 to the three Rotary Clubs in San Luis Obispo. This money will be forwarded to Rotary International for the Polio Plus Program where it will be matched two for one by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation for a total of $45,000, enough to immunize 45,000 children against poliovirus.
Finally, after several years of fundraising, grant-writing, planning, and coordinating, our first container of 550 wheelchairs have arrived in Chimoio, Mozambique, ready for assembly and distribution. The chairs are designed to be used in the rugged terrain of developing countries and are built with materials available locally so that they can be maintained.