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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Atascadero Lake Pavilion
9315 Pismo Avenue
Atascadero, CA  93422-4939
United States
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It was one heck of an event. Ryan McGaughey did a fantastic job as one of
the two featured speakers.  He really represented Rotary in a stellar way
plus he raised the bar on the definition of Leadership.  All of the
participants really got into the scenario and presenting their cases to the
judge, John DonovanMitch Massey, the master of ceremonies, engaged the
entire audience in thoughtful and humorous discussions.  This was Mitch's
13th year directing the flow of the conference.
Thank you to the huge list of volunteers from the community which includes Rotarians as well as a diverse range of volunteers not connected to Rotary.  A special thanks goes to Rich Johnson and Dutch Nichols, the two Rotarians who supplied the leadership to make the event happen.  There is a photo album posted on the website which allows you to view a range of photos from the event.

Youth Services:
       "Take The Lead" ethics and leadership conference                    
       Youth Financial Seminars
       Youth Vocational Seminars                
        Atascadero H.S. Scholarships ($28,000 in 2014)                
        RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)                
        Drama Dept Support Contributions             
        Atas/Paso Football Luncheon                
        Atas Athletic Foundation contributions                
        A.H.S Choir contributions               
        Interact (High School Service Club) support                
        4-Way Test essay contest                
Community Service or Fund Raisers:  
        Salvation Army Bell Ringers
        Loaves and Fishes contribution
        Boy Scouts of America contribution
        El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) Donations        
        Firefighters & Public Service 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
        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
 International Service:   
        Haiti Project
        Paul Harris Contributions
        Polio Plus towards eradication
        Shelter Boxes (Disaster supplies for families)
        International Rotary Projects and Matching Grants
This is a list of community and global projects supported by the Atascadero Rotary Club in the present and the past.

Most of the students who received scholarship from the Atascadero Rotary Club attended a meeting this January to thank the club for the financial assistance and bring us up to date on what they are doing.  The range of higher education institutions span the country as well as a diverse range of majors.  The club was able to give out over $28,000 worth of scholarships last year.

At our club meeting on the 21st of January Roy Mckee was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship.  Roy is joined by his wife Jan and the plaque is awarded to Roy by President-Elect Tom Zirk.  Roy's investment in The Rotary Foundation will help Rotary Clubs throughout the world, as well as locally, help those in need to help themselves and make the world a better place for everyone.

The Rotary Club of Atascadero seated an estimated 216 people for the 16th annual crab feed dinner on Saturday, January 17.  This year’s fund raiser event was held at the Lake Pavilion, with Rotarians Don Idler and Ken Johnston co-chairing the event.  The Atascadero High School Interact Club provided wait staff, and the attendees generously tipped them $1270 for their efforts.  Prizes were awarded to three tables judged best decorated.  One family in attendance were from Hanford and said they found out about the event through an internet search for things to do this weekend as they traveled to the Central Coast to visit their son at college.  Many people were heard saying they would be back next year to enjoy in the fun, fellowship, and great food.  Check out the photo album of the event in the column to the right on this webpage and you can see if you or your table made it into any of the official photographs.


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Upcoming Events



Feb 04, 2015
Marty Affentranger
Developing the LiftGator
Feb 18, 2015
Rachelle Rickard
State of the City
Feb 25, 2015
Dark for Club's Birthday
Mar 04, 2015
AHS Jazz Band
Jazz Band Performance
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 18, 2015
Mar 25, 2015
Speaker TBD
Friends of the Lake Program
Apr 01, 2015


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