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Atascadero Lake Pavilion
9315 Pismo Avenue
Atascadero, CA  93422-4939
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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)                    
    Youth Service                    
        "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                
        Interact support                
        4-Way Test essay contest                
    Community Service or Fund Raisers    
        Salvation Army Bell Ringers
        Loaves and Fish contribution
        Boy Scouts of America contribution
        Firefighters BBQ
        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 Service    
        Haiti Project
        Paul Harris
        Polio Plus
        Shelter Boxes
        Echo Donations
        International Projects and Matching Grants



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Upcoming Events



Jul 30, 2014
Chris Toews
Flying for Yourself - The Interesting World of Aviation
Aug 06, 2014
Warren Frace
City of Atascadero Update
Aug 13, 2014
Rebecca Turner
Human Trafficking
Aug 20, 2014
District Governor Loretta Butts
Update from District Governor
Aug 27, 2014
Speaker TBD
Friends of the Lake Program
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Parents For Joy
Playground Program
Sep 17, 2014
Sandee McLaughlin
What's New at Cuesta College
Sep 24, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
Oct 15, 2014
Possible Dark
Possible Dark for Firefighter's BBQ
Oct 22, 2014
Oct 29, 2014
Nov 05, 2014
Annual Football Luncheon
At The Pavilion
Dec 10, 2014
Beth Brennan - Club Program
Wine Raffle Program


Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria
Nigeria is closer than ever to eradicating polio, riding a successful effort to reach children in seven northern states at highest risk for the disease. "Rotarians have [gone] into remote areas of the country by car, canoe, motorbike, and even on foot to ensure every child gets the vaccine," says Rotary's Nigeria PolioPlus Committee Chair Tunji Funsho. In Katsina state, members of the Nigeria PolioPlus Committee (NPPC) recently met with leaders of two communities notoriously opposed to immunization, mainly on religious grounds and in protest of the lack of basic health care. They persuaded...
Rotary Scholar’s unique ability in bringing clubs together
In a municipal hospital in Cubatão, Brazil, a new mammography machine funded by a Rotary global grant provides breast cancer screening to women who previously had to wait for weeks before they could get in for a checkup with a doctor. A Rotary global grant also funded training for medical staff and cancer awareness education for people in the community. Isis Mejias Carpio of Houston, studying at the University of São Paulo on a Rotary scholarship, played an instrumental role in bringing together Rotary clubs in two countries to make the grant possible. Members of the Rotary Club of Cubatão,...
Rick Burns’ thoughtful approach to Iraq and Afghanistan
Humanitarian Rick Burns, a retired civil affairs officer in the U.S. Army, has been helping people in the war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He's seen a lot of good, but he's also seen what happens when good intentions go awry. Take the fertile grounds of Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan, for example. Burns recalls an initiative to help fruit exporters become profitable again after the war. Cold storage facilities were built, but because no one considered the country's spotty electricity, the facilities ended up being too expensive to maintain. "We really want to make...
Pedaling coast-to-coast for a purpose
Keith Harris is pedaling for a purpose. At the tender age of 50, he's set out on an eight-week, 4,400-mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise $25,000 for The Rotary Foundation. He's also hoping to raise an additional $2,500 for Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where a few years ago he was treated for a life-threatening heart condition. "The trip is sort of my midlife crisis," he admits but it's not the first time he's pedaled across the country. He made the trek about 20 years ago, before he married his wife, Christina. Harris has been a Rotary member for 18 years. He's...
Blown away by the realities of human trafficking
At the age of 17, Jennifer was sleeping on the streets of Atlanta. She'd felt abandoned most of her life, unprotected from her brothers and her mother's boyfriends, who physically and sexually abused her since she was five. And now, kicked out of her house, Jennifer - whose last name is withheld for privacy - was alone and vulnerable. She was soon lured into sex trafficking and was unable to escape for two years. Then she found Covenant House. "Studies have shown that if a young person ends up on the street, within 48 hours someone is going to approach them with the intention of exploiting...
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