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 951-581-4999, or complete the contact us form. We meet Monday at noon at the Madonna Inn located at Highway 101 and Madonna Road.
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.
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.
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.