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Diane Davies is enroute to Virginia. Diane joined us to receive her Paul Harris Fellowship just before departing to the east coast with four dogs and a few household items. Diane will be living there for the next year or so before returning to her native California and rejoining our Club.
Atascadero Rotary Club President Ken Johnston and Rotary
member Ryan McGaughey present Atascadero Fire Captain Matt Miranda,
Engineer/Paramedic Paul Netz and Reserve Firefighter Kevin French with a
sponsorship check for the Firefighters Annual Charity Fun Run at a recent
Rotary Club meeting. The Rotary Club of Atascadero donated $100 to be a
T-Shirt Sponsor of the charity fun run and the Atascadero Rotary logo was on
every race t-shirt.
Chris Offer, Rotary Club of Ladner, Canada
I recently visited the spring conference at Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center, one of six worldwide. As a supporter of the Rotary peace centers program, I had an opportunity to see firsthand how our support is being used.
Rhett Sangster, a Saskatchewan nominated for the program from my Rotary district in Ottawa, was one of twelve graduating peace fellows delivering a presentation that day. His unique and innovative explanation of the ongoing treaty negotiations with Canada’s Aboriginal peoples, known as First Nations, changed my ideas and perceptions about the process.
Sangster recently returned to Saskatchewan to work with the First Nations Treaty Commission after building an impressive resume with the Canadian Government working on external affairs in Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. During his talk, he assigned each of us in the audience different roles in visualizing the negotiations from a different person’s perspective. By looking at the land claims of the First Nations from a new stance, I realized there are many different paths to a just resolution of this complex issue.
Without fail, I have been impressed by the candidates selected to attend the peace centers.
Other talks included reducing trauma among social service workers in Bangkok, building trust in Palestine, promoting health issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and supporting democracy in Brazil. I was impressed and charmed by the new Rotary Peace Fellows. It was a marvellous opportunity to meet them personally and appreciate the investment Rotary has made in this program.
I have been part of my district’s selection committee that nominates Peace Center applicants. Without fail, I have been impressed by the candidates selected to attend the peace centers. Two years ago, my wife, Penny, and I decided we should do more personally to ensure the continued success of the program. We established an endowment fund with The Rotary Foundation to support the Rotary Peace Centers.
I am pleased with the dividend our endowment is paying. The Rotary Peace Centers are a sound investment, and I am convinced our future is in good hands.
Applications to the Peace Centers program are due 1 July. Learn more about the program and how to apply
Support our work to resolve conflict and build peace by making a gift to The Rotary Foundation, and learn more about endowment funds
Current and Past Projects Undertaken by Our Club to Benefit Our Communities
(Source: 2013/14 Continuing Resolution, Actual and Budgeted Expenses, and Club Member survey)
"Take The Lead" leadership and ethics conference
Youth Financial Seminar
Youth Vocational Seminar
Atascadero H.S. Scholarships
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
Drama Dept Support Contribution
Atas/PR Football Luncheon
Atas Athletic Foundation contribution
A.H.S Choir contribution
4-Way Test essay contest
Community Service or Fund Raisers
Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Loaves and Fish contribution
Boy Scouts of America contribution
Friends of Library contribution
Colony Days contribution
Colony Anniversary Celebration
Atas Club Foundation contributions toward scholarships
No. County Women's Shelter
Atascadero High School Baseball Field upgrade
Lighting the Lake Park
Pavilion Rotary Room
Exercise structures at the Lake Park
Kitchen at the Traffic Way Community Center
Shade structure over picnic tables, Lake Park
Zoo structure for small monkeys.
Park clean up effort.
Landscaped a home for a family undergoing serious medical issues.
Smoke alarms installed and/or battery replacement (for seniors?)
Major contribution to the Lake Park Band Stand remodel/upgrade
Major contribution to the Atascadero Fire Department Disaster Response Trailer
Major contribution to the Atascadero Centennial celebration
Upgrade to the Atascadero High Track
Ten tables for the Tuesday night in the park summer community BBQ
Misc (Presidents Discretionary Funds)
International Projects and Matching Grants