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

Acting Secretary
Past President
Community Service
Club Service
International Service
Youth Service
Membership Chair
Public Relations
President-Elect Nominee
District 5240 Parliamentarian
District 5240 Rotaract Advisor

In the News

Sunday, July 27 - Volunteers are needed for United Way of SLO County's annual KidSpree event. Children and teens grades K-12 are provided with a $100 gift card to Kohl's to purchase new school clothes and accessories. Volunteers serve as shopping assistants, making sure the kids get all the things they need on their shopping list. Adults are also needed to help set up and check families in and out of the store. The event takes place early in the morning before the store opens, at both the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles locations. SLO Daybreak is once again sponsoring 10 children with a donation of $1,000. Since 1997, this event has served over 2,000 children throughout the county. To donate and/or volunteer, download the form on the right. Note: If you have previously volunteered for this event and have been fingerprinted through the SLO County YMCA, you are eligible to help a child/teen shop. If not, you can still volunteer in other ways - contact United Way at (805) 541-1234.

President Bill Almas held a Club Assembly on July 15th to introduce his 2014-15 Officers and Directors who shared their goals for the coming year. See the listing to the left of the home page for the entire Board. Pictured here (left to right) are John Mascarenas (Foundation Director), Ryan Olson (Club Service Director), Molly Peoples (Youth Service Director), Liz Summer (President-Elect and acting Secretary), Bill Almas (President), Steve Sicanoff (Sergeant at Arms), Charlene Rosales (Public Relations Director), Mike Belezzuoli (Community Service Director), Berni Ann Lewis (Immediate Past President and Membership Chair), Veryl Ann Duncan (International Service Director) and Aasim Sajjad (Treasurer). Not pictured: Dominic Tartaglia (President-Elect Nominee).

From the Rotary International Website:
Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July? The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.
Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.
At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.
The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914).
Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held 17-21 June in Atlanta, Georgia.
The term "Rotary year" has been used to signify Rotary's annual administrative period since at least 1913. An article in The Rotarian that July noted, "The Rotary year that is rapidly drawing to a close has been signalized by several highly successful joint meetings of Clubs that are so situated as to assemble together easily and conveniently."
Since the executive committee's decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained 30 June.

Rotary International President, Gary Huang, has selected  ”Light Up Rotary” as the theme for 2014-2015.  In his first message to our 1.2 million members in this month’s edition of The Rotarian magazine, he reminds us there are so many people who need help, we sometimes think the task is too overwhelming and we can do nothing.  But we can do something.  We can light a candle for those who are in darkness. In my Rotary life, the story of the starfish has always resonated because it tells us we can make a difference even if it is only one starfish at a time.  We can bring hope where there is despair and light the way through our Rotary service.  It is the way of our District 5240.  It is the Rotary way.

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 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 the curriculum, skills that can be utilized in both personal and 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.


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.


This year's district conference from October 3rd-5th will be held in beautiful Monterey, CA. While Monterey is not within our specific district (Paso Robles to China Lake to Simi Valley), it will be a destination full of Rotary fun and north coastal beauty!The annual district conference is led by local Rotary district leaders and always promises to be both informative and inspiring. This year's theme is, "Honoring Service". Enjoy fellowship and conference discounts at the Monterey Marriott, click here for more information and to make your reservations. More details to be posted on the District 5240 website very soon. Whether you are a longtime member or new to Rotary, you won't want to miss it. 



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