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Upcoming Meetings

Jul 06, 2015
Jul 13, 2015
President Stulberg
Plans For the New Rotary Year
Jul 20, 2015
Frank Martinez
Craft talk

Upcoming Events


Welcome to Our Club Website!

We invite you to learn more about our dynamic and progressive Rotary club.  Our membership of over 100 boasts a fantastic cross section of the community—young and young-at-heart, male and female—and includes a wide range of vocations.
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 805-441-4141 or 805 534-1630, or complete the contact us form. We meet Monday at noon at the Madonna Inn located at Highway 101 and Madonna Road.


Club News

At the last meeting, President Dave highlighted our successes during the 2014-15 Rotary Year. We're very proud of all we've been able to accomplish by putting service above self.
  • 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.
Overall, our financial contributions were $101,267 with $65,300 supporting local efforts and $35,967 for international projects. Many thanks to Rotarians who generously opened their pockets as well as to community members who supported our Homes With a Distinction Tour and our Spaghetti-Western fundraiser.
At our last meeting, we were pleased to award $1,000 each to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Woods Humane Society, San Luis Obispo County YMCA, Camp Hapitok, and Central Coast Grown's City Farm. Grants are issued each June. If you'd like to apply next year, please check our website in April.
As a culmination of our hard work this past year, our club recently awarded 24 scholarships totaling $36,500 to help local students pursue academic or vocational education. A big congratulations to all the winners. And many, many thanks to the Rotarians and community members who supported our Homes of Distinction Tour and our Spaghetti-Western. You're the ones who made this all possible!
Winners include (in alphabetical order): Andrea Albarran, Mia Alexander, Joshua Barnhart, Keaton Burcheri, David Callahan , Ruby Callahan, Kevin Conroy, Nicholas D’Acri, Felicia Gonzalez, Troy Hanson, Daniel Herrera , Will Kraemer, Jennifer Luck, Kelly McGuire, Bailey Maher, Avery Martin, Malea Martin, Lesly Martinez, Deep Mistry, Mauria Nakamura, Trevor Porter, Shelby Thomas, Sam Thompson, Jonathan Triguero
Thanks to everyone who supported the Spaghetti-Western last night. We had a packed house and it was a lot of fun. Proceeds will be added to our scholarship fund for local students studying at college or technical school. These scholarships will be awarded this June. 

Mark your calendars! Our Spring Social will be Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30-7:30. The location will be announced at our meeting and in a separate evite.
Be sure to bring significant others and prospective Rotary members along with an appetizer or something to drink. Our socials have been some of our most favorite events and are a great way to get to know your fellow club members, so be sure to attend if you're in town. 


We know you don't like to miss out on any of our events, so here's some advance notice. Be sure to put these dates on your calendar!
  • April 13 - It's always a fun time (not to mention great food) when we celebrate our local ag community at the Rural-Urban dinner. This takes the place of our lunch meeting that day.
  • May 9 - 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.
  • May 29-June 2 - Our friends from the Rotary Club of Compostela, Mexico will be paying us a visit. They'll provide the program at the June 1 meeting and there will be other activities while they're here. 
  • June 13 - Mystery Trip. And that's all I'm saying about this one. 
See you all there!

Our sister Rotary Club in Compostela Mexico is having a fishing fundraiser and our club is helping to coordinate. The dates are October 7-11. $1600 includes: 
  • Transportation from LAX to Guayabitos, near Puerto Vallarta
  • Accommodations at the newly built Bungalos La Paz where we will be the only occupants
  • Two days of fishing 
  • An optional third day of fishing or a trip to Compostela to see the projects our Club has participated in
  • Food, including tasty home-cooked lunches for the boat and seafood dinners overlooking the ocean
  • A fun awards banquet
  • A trip to the La Cruz Craft Market where high-end artisan products are sold
  • An opportunity for fun and fellowship with the local Rotarians
The trip can only accommodate 15 people so the first 15 who get their check to Jeff Stulberg will be the 15 to go. Contact Jeff for more information. Proceeds will be used to support the projects of the Rotary Club of Compostela, Mexico.


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.

Ready for some great grub? May 9th is the date for our annual Spaghetti Western fundraiser including Cafe Roma-style spaghetti and tasty Western BBQ, movies, games, and a silent auction.
Rotarians, we need all cowpokes in the saddle for this event, so be sure to save the date. Details will follow.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, January 31 for the District 5240 STEPS Conference to end poverty. The conference will be held from 8:30-3:30 in Thousand Oaks. 
While in previous years, STEPS has focused on projects abroad, this year's conference will inspire you to discover terrific opportunities to break the cycles of poverty (economic, educational, health...) here at home in our own communities.
The event is free for District 5240 Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors and their guests. Click here for more information and to register.


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.
Working hand-in-hand with the other two clubs in town, we'll build a viewing platform at the airport between the current terminal. Plans are at the County now and we look forward to starting on the project in the Spring.
The viewing platform will also include speakers so those waiting for friends and family—or those just interested in aviation—cam listen to the tower.
While there will be plenty of jobs for Rotarians, we will also need assistance from local contractors. If you know anyone with a backhoe or the capability to pour concrete, please let Jim Grant know. He's our Club's coordinator for this exciting project.
It was an exciting meeting yesterday. In addition to announcing that over the years, our club has donated over $1 million to the Rotary Foundation, PDG Frank Ortiz handed out Paul Harris Society Awards to 16 of our members. These are members who have pledged to give at least $1,000 a year to the Foundation. 
And, we're only 7 members shy of being an "Every Rotarian Every Year" Club signifying that every member of our club has donated at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation. If you're one of the members who has not yet donated, or if you'd like to increase your donation, you can do so here. If you don't have online access, then just bring your check to the next meeting. We've only got until the end of the year to make this happen. As they say with Polio Plus..."we're this close." So write that check now!
Annika, our Club's Rotary Exchange Student from and daughter of our own Cristi Fry, has been traveling! She flew with a group of approximately 30 Rotary Youth Exchange students from Sardinia, Italy to Rome to see Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang!  The students all got to spend 2 days sight seeing and touring the city. What an experience!  

Our next mixer will be Wednesday, December 3 from 5:30-7:30. Be sure to bring a spouse, significant other, or prospective member along with an appetizer and/or beverage.
These events are always fun so be sure to put the date on your calendar now. Details on the location will be sent by email.
Next Monday, October 27, our meeting will be at the Growing Grounds on Orcutt Road.
This will be a really interesting meeting as we learn how this Green, wholesale nursery provides employment opportunities for people in SLO with mental health issues while providing healthy, locally-grown plants for sale in our retail nurseries,
Parking is limited, so please carpool.
Congratulations to everyone to helped make this year's Homes of Distinction Tour a big success!!!  A big thanks goes to Rotarians, our friends to helped, the wonderful folks who made their homes available, and the 700+ members of the community who bought tickets.  As a result of your efforts, we've raised over $27,000.  This will be used to provide vocational and academic scholarships for our local youth, as well as support our other local projects. 
Next year's tour is Sunday, September 20 so be sure to mark your calendars now!
View Brochure                                                                               
  • Tickets to the self-guided tour are $25 per person (one ticket grants access to all five homes)
  • Tickets may be purchased online or are available at the San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, and Arroyo Grande Chambers of Commerce. If you purchase online, tickets will be mailed to you.
  • Tickets may also be purchased at any one of the five homes only on the day of the home tour
  • Refreshments will be served at The Ranch House at Biddle Ranch Vineyard courtesy of the Madonna Inn
For additional information, call 805-546-8806 or email
We extend a hearty welcome to Guillermo (Guille) Bonnet-Salvador, our Rotary Exchange Student from Pamplona. Spain. Gary and Leslie McKinley will be his host family for part of his stay, and Cristi Fry and her family will be his host for the rest. Guille is an active guy and enjoys tennis and surfing. Be sure to say hi to Guille at the Rotary Family Picnic this Sunday. 
We're really excited to learn more about Guille and Pamplona and to share our San Luis Obispo area and culture with Guille. Rotary Youth Exchange is a cultural and academic exchange for high school aged students who are interested in living and studying abroad for one full school year. Like many of Rotary's programs, its goal is to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace at the person-to-person level.
Welcome, Guille!!!

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.
Rotary, along with our partners—the Centers for Disease Control, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—has reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. And through our annual National Immunization Day (NID), Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. 
However, polio remains endemic in three countries—Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Until poliovirus transmission is stopped in these countries, all countries remain at risk of another outbreak, especially in the "poliovirus importation belt" of countries from west Africa to the Horn of Africa. It's estimated that the cost will be $5.5 billion over a six year period. As you can see, your support of fundraisers like the Queen Concert is a critical component of this global health initiative.
Through 2018, every dollar that Rotary donates will become $3, thanks to the two-for-one match by the Gates Foundation. If you've been touched by polio or know someone who has, donate here. Every dollar helps immunize three children.
We extend a big THANK YOU to Dr. Davies and Dr. Johnson, to everyone who participated in the concert (all 230 of you!), and to the public who attended the two sold-out concerts.

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.
Each wheelchair takes about 15 minutes to assemble. Recipients are supplied with a wrench, air pump, patch kit, and manual for home maintenance, plus contact information for local resources should parts, service, maintenance, further training, or information be required.
We so thrilled to partner with the Rotary Club of Chimoio to provide the gift of mobility to the physically disabled poor in Mozambique. And we owe a special thanks to our own Deb Linden for the hours and days spent getting this shipment to it's destination. Just another reason why she's Rotarian of the Year for our District!
More photos are available in the Photo Gallery
Next up? Another 550 chairs to Malawi. Stay tuned!
Rotary Youth Exchange is a study abroad opportunity for young people to spend anywhere from a few weeks to a full year as an international student hosted by local Rotary Clubs. Over 8,000 students from over 80 countries participate each year. Students do not need to be affiliated with a Rotary family to participate. It's just another way Rotary helps to foster peace through global understanding.
At our meeting Monday, Annika Pavlovich (left), daughter of our own Christi Fry, announced that she would be spending the year in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, studying at a language institute. Joining Annika (from left to right) are Josephine from Stuttgart, Germany. Josephine has been studying in San Luis Obispo for the last year and will be returning home this week. Miranda Boyne, SLO High Graduate, will be leaving for Sao Paulo, Brazil next week. Her mother is Bonnie Marzio is in the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. On the far right is Rachel Acotsa who just returned from a year studying in Stuttgart on Sunday night.
Thanks to our members Leslie McKinley and Christi Fry opening their homes, our club will be hosting a student this year. Guillermo (Guille) Bonnet-Salvador is from Pamplona. Spain. He likes to surf and play tennis, so will be at home here on the Central Coast. He arrives August 18.
Both Annika and Guille will be at the Rotary Family Picnic on August 24, and you'll have an opportunity to meet them then.
President Dave Garth kicked off the the 2014-2015 Rotary year with some unexpected announcements. Rousing cheers were heard throughout the room!
  • Under the leadership of President Jim Salio, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo was named Rotary Club of the Year by District 5240.
  • Our own member and Past President, Rotarian Deb Linden, was named District 5240 Rotarian of the Year 
  • We were able to provide $600 to our local Rotaract Club with thanks to the Rotaracters who helped with our Spaghetti-Western fundraiser.
President Dave outlined his goals for the year:
  • To continue to serve the local and international community with passion, heart, and love.
  • To further the work of Rotary by having every club member make a donation to the Rotary International Foundation, at whatever level they're capable of.
  • To build a more diverse membership.
  • To have fun and build camaraderie.
Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about Rotary and how you can join us in our efforts to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.
Our Rotary Family Picnic will be on Sunday, August 24 from noon-4 PM at the Wren picnic area in Biddle Park.
Our fantastic BBQ team will whip up a delicious menu, and there will be fun and games for everyone. So bring the family, including kids and grandkids and be prepared for some fun, fellowship, and an all-around good time. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided at no charge. BYOB.
At our last meeting, we were pleased to award $5,000 to Friends of Hapitok, the Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast, the SLO County YMCA, and the Assistance League.  May thanks to everyone who supported our fundraiser's last year. You made this happen! To keep the good works flowing, be sure to add our Homes of Distinction Tour to your calendars. It's coming up Sunday, September 21. 

Save the date! Our annual Homes of Distinction Tour will be Sunday, September 21. 
Do you have an interesting home? Do you know someone who does? Opening your home is a great way to help support scholarships for local students. Complete the Contact Us form with your ideas. You'll hear back from the person who can answer any of your questions. No commitment needed. Just listen and, then you can decide if it's something you want to do or not.
Join your fellow Rotarians and their families for a fun-filled day at our Annual Mystery Tour.
  • Saturday, June 21, 2014
  • 10 AM  Meet in the Madonna Inn front parking lot for 10:15 AM departure
  • Mimosa Brunch
  • Destination-it’s a mystery
  • Return to Madonna Inn by 4:30 PM
Cost $95 per person. Includes brunch, admittance and transportation

The Deadline to sign up for the Mystery Tour is June 9. Contact Bob Gordon for more information and to sign up.
At our meeting this week, we gave out 27 academic, vocational, and music scholarships for a total value of $32,000.  Winners include: Jacey Behl, Baeden Cortez, Amber Davis, Alejandro Dealba, Justin Doty, Selena Flores, Tiara Francisco, Kaesha Freyaldenhoven, Taylor Gator, Alexandra Goodison, Kelsey Harper, Ryan Hsieh, Daniel Jennings, Jessica Judge, Shaina Levin, Lily McCann, Ruby McCann, Timothy Maas, Mark Mendez, Rhianna Ruiz, Mardell Stackhouse, Caitlin Stanton, Austen Trout, David White, Austin Wright, and Nora Zakaria.
Thanks to our club members for putting in the time and money necessary to make our fundraisers a success. And thanks also to the many community members who support our Homes of Distinction Tour and Spaghetti-Western. Be proud! You're helping to educate our leaders of tomorrow.
A big congratulations to our own Bill Johnson for staging this wonderful concert! The Cal Poly Wind Ensemble joined by 130 voices of the Cuesta Master Chorale and the Cal Poly choirs brought a packed house to their feet with Tolga Kashif's six movement symphony based on the music of Freddie Mercury and the British rock group Queen. The proceeds from this concert will benefit Polio Plus. Follow us on Facebook to find out the amount.
More photos are available here on our website in the Photo Gallery under the About Us menu. If you have photos to add, please send them to Peggy Carlaw.
Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo  •  P. O. Box 833  •  San Luis Obispo, CA 93406