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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Atascadero Lake Pavilion
9315 Pismo Avenue
Atascadero, CA  93422-4939
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The Templeton High School Theater performers gave our club a sneak preview of their July show "Little Shop of Horrors". While still in rehearsal the singing was wonderful and enjoyed by all. Thanks to Catherine Kingsbury many of the cast will be traveling to Scotland in August for a return to "The Fringe".

The cast and crew of "Grease" from Atascadero High School performed excerpts for our members on Wednesday, June 1st. Thank you Sabrina Pratt for sharing these talented students. We enjoyed the singing and dancing.

Students win medals at state competition
–With the counsel of Rotarian, Ryan Amborn (owner of West Coast Auto and Towing), Charles Herrera, the auto shop instructor at Atascadero High School, built a team of young people and taught them about Power Mechanics. Herrera was able to take his team to the Skills USA regional competition in Paso Robles. Three of the students, Ryan Burgess, Ian Carney, and Daniel Bererra, won the honor of advancing to the California State Competition, held in San Diego.

On April 15th, students from Del Rio High, Atascadero High and the GreenSmart employment program stormed the water company. The six young people were given a 3 1/2 hour tour of the Atascadero Mutual Company and several of the companies facilities.  They even got to visit a site where the water company was installing a new service connection.  The students got a great immersion into the reality of working for a water company. If you have a business that could host a Mobile Career Day, let us know through our website at

Winners of the 2015-2016 Raffle
Drawing held January 13, 2016
120 bottles of wine and 3 months storage: Joyce Helmintoller (ticket# 1560)
One week vacation rental in Shaver Lake: Jen Johnson (ticket# 1428)
One week vacation rental in Mazatlan Mexico: Tom Butler (ticket# 1926)
Wine refrigerator, 51 bottle capacity: Rudy Hernandez (ticket# 3078)
One case of wine: Faye Russo (ticket# 1412)
Private screening of a movie for 24 people at Cherent Ranch Studio: Carrie Vickerman (ticket# 3791)
Certificate for two bottles and wine tasting for 8 people at Bon Niche Cellars: Loretta Butts (ticket# 0835)
Certificate for two bottles and wine tasting for 8 people at Bon Niche Cellars: Brad Henderson (ticket# 3521)
Group tasting for ten at Pomar Junction Winery: Julie O (ticket#3754)
Certificate for two bottles of Vista Del Rey wine: Dave Diaz (ticket# 3782)
Certificate for two bottles of Vista Del Rey wine: Burks (ticket# 4392)
Certificate for two bottles of Vista Del Rey wine: John Neil (ticket# 1838)
$50 certificate to Kelly’s Casuals: Lindsay Shields (ticket# 3311)
$50 certificate to Kelly’s Casuals: Ryan Paine (ticket# 0675)

Your purchase of a raffle ticket will help Atascadero Rotary carry out its work locally and globally. The Atascadero Club carries out many programs to support our community, especially its young people so they may become informed and educated citizens. The Club also contributes to global Rotary programs that save lives and provide shelter to people in their hour of need, because of disease, earthquake, flood, or other natural catastrophe.

Tickets for our Annual Crab Feed are now on sale from any Atascadero Rotarian. 

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June 2016
Upcoming Events
Jun 29, 2016
Club Members
Come Down Party
Jul 06, 2016
Jul 13, 2016
John Neil (aka President John)
New President's Vision
Jul 20, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
Michael Judy
Gold Panning/Mining Hobby
Aug 03, 2016
Scholarship Committee
Rotary Scholarship Recipients
Aug 10, 2016
Aug 17, 2016
Aug 24, 2016
Aug 31, 2016
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Sep 07, 2016
Sep 14, 2016
Kendall Flint
SLOCOG Regional Transportation Spending Plan
Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
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Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
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John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...