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Atascadero Lake Pavilion
9315 Pismo Avenue
Atascadero, CA  93422-4939
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Photos from our meeting on August 2nd when scholarships were awarded to the eleven Atascadero High School students pictured here.  Each shared with us their plans for university and college studies.
Kurt Leavitt opened the presentation program with a detailed explanation of the process of choosing each recipient. Our membership chair Steve Hodgson then gave an overview of Rotary International and our club community projects over the years. Art Everett is shown awarding the Todd Everett Memorial Scholarship. 
Thank you to the many parents and family members who attended.
The intrepid crew of the Atascadero Rotary Flagship was able to capture the trophy for this year's annual Cardboard Boat Challenge.  With Captain John Neil on the throne directing galley slaves Charles Bourbeau and Rich Johnson the victory over the other challengers (all three of them) was clinched.
Launching of the dauntless Rotary craft.  The crew showing their best sides.
Underway with sponsor advertisements for marine fuel.
As always, gallant to the end.  The Rotary craft doubled back to rescue the competitor from the local Kiwanis Club.
Over two days this month, the Rotary Club lead the seventh year of Financial Workshops for seniors at AHS.  Several hundred students were taught about banking, credit, insurance, investing, housing, and financial life lessons.  These presentations were all by our own Rotarians:  Chris Toews, Kristin Kearns, Jake Rothman, Davina Bergin, John Donovan, Drew Lewis, and Rich Johnson.
This is the valuable service of Rotary, and giving to our community.
Our own Kristin Kearns, Vice President & Manager of Heritage Oaks Bank, Atascadero, hosted Mobile Career Day for eight students from Del Rio High School, and five students from Atascadero High School, accompanied by Kahlin Wolf Hoover, instructor at Del Rio, and Rich Johnson.

On Thursday, January 26th, these 13 students went to the local headquarters of Heritage Oaks Bank in Paso Robles.  The first part of the day was spent learning customer service.  In the afternoon, the students learned how to process and understand banking transactions, using a cash box, and related banking forms.  This was a hands-on experience, taught by the Training Department of Heritage Oaks Bank.  Cheryl Garnsey and Carrie Buhl are Learning Specialists with the bank, who put the program together.  We had eight Del Rio and five AHS students, from 8:30 until 2:40.


On the van on the ride home, the students were all buzzing about the experience.  We host these events to help students explore possible career paths.  Anyone interested in hosting a Mobile Career Day may contact the Vocational Service Committee through our website


"Paso Robles Glass collaborated with local businesses and the Atascadero Rotary to donate and install about 20 new windows at the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) shelter in Atascadero.

Jarred Damigos, president of Paso Robles Glass, said replacing the existing windows with dual pane means better energy efficiency for the shelter because they help block the heat and cold." New Times article Nov. 16. 

Former Atascadero Rotarian Don Vert managed the project on behalf of Paso Robles Glass.
Ron Mead recently awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to his long time partner (over 25 years) Bruce Whitcher, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.
Bruce has served in many volunteer positions with the Central Coast Dental Society, the California Dental Association, the Dental Board of California and the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. 
Congratulations and thank you Ron for honoring Bruce
What is the Rotary Spinning Wheel all about. The concept is if a Rotarian failed to attend the regular meeting and didn’t make up at another club then at the next meeting they are invited to spin the rotary wheel and pay the amount on which the arrow stops. 
For years our old spinner was used. It was so old no one remembers who built it. And now here is the new one that Art Everett has built for our club. Thank you Art!
Just thought you might want to know what your fellow Rotarians are doing in the community.  Give Ryan a high five next time you see him. f you (or anyone you know) would like to host a Mobile Career Day, just let me know (2 to 6 students).
Rich Johnson
Vocational Service
On August 3rd we awarded scholarships totaling $ 37,000. to those students pictured here.  Thirteen Atascadero High School and one Morro Bay High School student are shown here sharing their plans for university and college studies.
August 2017
Caleb Davis
Aug 16, 2017
Craft Talk, Becoming a Police Officer
Capt (USN Ret) Bob Christenson
Aug 23, 2017
Evacuation of Saigon, a View from the Command Ship USS Blue Ridge
Dark for 5th Wednesday of the month
Aug 30, 2017
Members will be meeting at 5:30 at the Water Company Maintenance Shop on Sycamore
Sep 06, 2017
John Weiss
Sep 13, 2017
District Governor's Comments
Sep 20, 2017
Sep 27, 2017
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