Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak

Club Information

Welcome To Our Club!

SLO Daybreak

"Service Above Self"

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Luna Red
1023 Chorro St.
SLO, CA  93401
United States
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Our Mailing Address

Rotary Club of
San Luis Obispo Daybreak
P.O. Box 906
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406


Club Executives & Directors

Past President
Community Service
Club Service
International Service
Youth Service
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Sergeant at Arms
President-Elect Nominee
District 5240 Parliamentarian
District 5240 Rotaract Advisor

In the News

On Sunday, March 8 Rotarians and Grizzly Youth Academy cadets replanted several trees and replaced memorial plaques at the Laguna Lake Commemorative Grove.The Commemorative Grove program was established in 1989 to allow the planting of trees by citizens or special interest groups who wish to commemorate an event or person in their lives and serve as a remembrance for future generations. It was dedicated during the Arbor Day celebration on March 4, 1989. Rotary clubs have done much to add to the amenities and beauty of Laguna Lake with the addition of the covered pavilion barbecue area, the fitness trail installed in 2012 and now the grove. Click here to see the news report with a few words by project coordinator/SLO Daybreak Rotarian, Mike Alamo.

Update: Our next work day is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st from 9:00-Noon. A sign up sheet will be passed around, seeking at least ten volunteers from our club; please bring tools such as shovels, pick axes, brush saws, wheelbarrows, etc. Don't forget gloves, closed toe shoes, hats and sunscreen. Parking passes will be available and please sign a volunteer waiver. The following work days are scheduled for March 28 and April 4. The three Rotary clubs in San Luis Obispo continue to work on plans for on the creation of a viewing station at the SLO County Regional Airport between the terminal and the Spirit of San Luis Obispo restaurant. Currently, friends and family members of travelers use this area to view airplanes taking off and landing at the airport. The proposed platform  will make a larger, more comfortable area for viewing. The proposed viewing platform can also be used as an educational resource for children in the area to learn more about aviation.  The project will involve constructing a retaining wall and viewing platform with railing, adding instructional signboards on aviation and provide handicapped access.  A speaker system will broadcast control tower traffic.  The airport may install a sign at the location which would display up-to-date flight information. Work by club volunteers will include clearing the site and re-landscaping as well as installation of railing and benches.  The concrete work will be done by contractors and the finishing touch will be the Rotary logo installed and displaying proudly at the foot of the platform. Sponsors are being sought to assist with the project infrastructure costs and will be recognized with a permanent plaque. The ribbon cutting is planned for the completed project on Monday, April 13. Any questions about this project, contact club community service director, Mike Belezzuoli or project point person, Pat Arnold.

SLO Daybreak is seeking applications from high school seniors interested in furthering their education. Students that plan to go on to college or trade school and are seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply for our scholarship program. Applications are due by March 31st and the form can be downloaded from the column to the right. Scholarships are available annually and are made possible through the club's fundraising efforts and our educational endowment. Contact student scholarship chair, Scott Bisheff, for more information.

Youth Services director, Molly Peoples, is happy to report the following from our Interact Club at San Luis Obispo High School: 
"The Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak is excited to sponsor the San Luis Obispo High School Interact Club since 1998/99. This club of mostly sophomores and juniors hs been volunteering their time and collecting donations throughout the year, with more to come. In December, the club members caroled in local neighborhoods, collecting donations for the SLO County Food Bank. Soon, they will be starting their Pennies for Polio campaign. The students are looking forward to setting a reachable goal but challenging themselves to exceed previous years' contributions. They plan on making a commercial and advertisement to get the news out to SLO High students."

We have scheduled our 2nd Annual Rotary Campout for Friday-Sunday, October 9-11, 2015 at the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles. We have a great, premium, semi-private area reserved for our use and onsite wine tasting with Eos Estate Winery. We will be staying during harvest which makes this a prime time to do some wine tasting and tours. The site includes individual and group barbecues, an area for group fire pits, a nice concrete pad area for our group tables, two spas, a pool, playground, clubhouse and dog run! Please contact the resort directly at (805) 238-4560 and ask for Kristy, our group representative (do not call the toll free number) and don't forget to mention any AAA, AARP memberships etc. for a 10% discount. We have spaces 12, 13, 14, 15,16,26,42 and 43 reserved.
Contact event chair, Mike Alamo, for more details or to see what site might be best for your reservation. If you are planning to go, please book your spot by February 13; you can receive a full refund up to 30 days prior. The resort is currently building cabins which will be about 20 yards from the group camping site - this is a great opportunity for non-campers to join the fun. You can also rent an RV from the park which will be set up and ready to go when you arrive. We had a great time last year in Pismo Beach, you won't want to miss this outing!

Our club is excited to announce a new service project that was recently completed. Rotarians, Rotarian spouses and other community seamstresses constructed hygiene kits that will be distributed worldwide by Days For Girls International. Their mission is to reverse the cycles of poverty by providing sustainable, quality menstrual health management and reproductive health millions of girls who suffer days of isolation, infection and exploitation due to a single issue - the availability of feminine supplies. Girls can miss 4-5 days  of school each month. Every year of schooling increases a girls' future earning potential, increases their self-value and improves their dignity, health and community standing. Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak's $800 contribution for fabrics to make these kits will help change the lives of 50 girls and the kits are done and ready to be shipped! Visit for more information or come hear a presentation on this service project on March 31st with Karen Almas.

Want to know what Rotary clubs around the world do? Visit our You Tube page, click here.

"PRLS" stands for Potential Rotary Leaders seminars and is a program offered by Rotary District 5240. The goal of PRLS, begun in 1993, is to provide a set of training sessions so current and future Rotary leaders could learn to become more effective in their leadership roles. The Basic PRLS course is followed by five, one-day Master PRLS sessions covering Leadership, Leading a Meeting, Public Speaking, Rotary-Your Club and You, and Communications.
Classes are open to Rotarians, spouses, Friends of Rotary, Rotaract and Interact Club members. The instruction is designed to improve individual leadership skills that are broad based and not just Rotary specific. Participants have found substantial value in the many practical applications of information presented throughout professional settings. SLO Daybreak will reimburse any club member in good standing who has completed Master PRLS. Click here for a 2014-15 schedule of classes.

On July 27 SLO Daybreak volunteers participated in United Way of SLO County's annual KidSpree event. 250 children and teens grades K-12 were provided with a $100 gift card to Kohl's to purchase new school clothes and accessories. Volunteers served as shopping assistants, making sure the kids got all the things they needed on their shopping list. The event takes place every year early in the morning before the store opens, at both the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles locations. SLO Daybreak once again sponsored 10 children with a donation of $1,000 and has been a longtime supporter as a club and individually through members' own businesses. Since 1997, this event has served over 2,000 children throughout the county. For more information and photos click here.

In the 2013-14 Rotary year, SLO Daybreak provided over $41,000 in charitable giving as a club of less than 50 active members. SLO Daybreak also consistently ranks highly among District 5240 Rotary clubs for annual giving per capita. Last year, this is what our club provided to the local and international communities:
  • $11,250 in scholarships to Pacific Beach, Mission Preparatory and San Luis Obispo High School graduating seniors and students attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

  • $5,297 in grants to local elementary and high school teachers

  • $6,000 to local nonprofit organizations

  • $1,000 towards a program that supports direct giving to local homeless services

  • Hundreds of dollars and in-kind donations to local programs such as United Way of SLO County's KidSpree and Prado Day Center

  • Thousands of dollars towards international humanitarian relief, programs and projects such as the Rotary International Foundation, PolioPlus, Shelter Box and a community kitchen in Ajijic, Mexico

  • Volunteerism with the Food Bank Coalition of SLO County's Holiday Food Drive and Hunger Walk, the SLO Downtown Association's Concerts in the Plaza, United Way's Stuff the Bus, SLO County YMCA's garden entrance, Hospice of SLO County's SLO Concours and many more charitable activities in San Luis Obispo

The club raises funds for charitable giving through member dues, the individual generosity of its members and two fundraisers - Casino Night and the Annual Fall Classic Charity Golf Tournament. Visit our website and Facebook page often to keep up with our activities and fundraising efforts.




Mar 31, 2015
Karen Almas
Days for Girls Project
Apr 07, 2015
Golf Committee
18th Annual Fundraiser
Apr 21, 2015
Brenda Cressey
The Rotary Foundation
Apr 28, 2015
Gil Stork
Cuesta College
Jun 26, 2015
Demotion Party


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