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Atascadero

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Atascadero Lake Pavilion
9315 Pismo Avenue
Atascadero, CA 93422-4939
United States of America
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"Joe D" Didomenico touched many through his volunteer efforts and his work with the homeless. Joe leaves an enduring legacy of 'giving back'. Joe came from very humble beginnings, the son of an immigrant Italian brick layer. He was the pride of his family and the first to graduate college, where he met the love of his life, Bobbie. He was honored to serve in the US Air Force.
 

20th Annual Loaves & Fishes benefit Golf Event / APPLICATION IN LINK ABOVE.....

Joe D was blessed him with the ability to play golf well despite his significant visual impairment; this phenomenon was never really understood. 
 
 
 
Pictured here at the AHS Auto Shop are (right to left) Charlie Herrera, RETIRING AHS auto shop instructor, Ryan Amborn, owner of West Coast Auto & Towing, and the new instructor, Tony Renteria. In 2014, Ryan Amborn launched a campaign to reinvigorate and renew the AHS auto shop, through the Atascadero Rotary Vocational Service Committee. Without the all-in attitude of Charlie, this would not have happened. We are happy that he leaves the auto shop program, as a legacy, in an outstanding place.
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Along with about $15,000 donated by our Rotary members, the Atascadero Unified School District, spent over $200,000 in upgrades for the Auto Shop. AHS has eight CTE (Career Technical Education) Pathways, which are also being reborn. Ryan built a CTE endowment within our Rotary Club Foundation, with a goal of $40,000. Ryan exceeded his goal this February 2020.
 
Thank you, Ryan.
 
Scholarship NewsJoin us on Wednesday, August 5th to meet our Scholarship recipients.

As part of our 65th Anniversary celebrations during this year we held a free hot meals program on May 6th. 

Recipients included clients of Atascadero Loaves & Fishes.

Dinner for a family of four (4) were provided thru a curb delivery service hosted by Wild Fields Brewhouse. The meals were prepared by Chef Anthony Allesmith- aka "The Prancing Chef," and featured polenta as part of the main course. Rotarians also purchased the meals.


 

Three weeks after a "stay in place" order was issued because of the "coronavirus pandemic" our Rotary club held it's first online meeting….Here is a screenshot with 27 members attending.

 
The Take the Lead conference helps local high school students develop and grow in their leadership skills and ethical considerations. Atascadero Rotary hosted the 19th Annual conference at the Lake Pavilion on Thursday March 12th. Students from north county high schools attended for this day long training session.
 
Students began the day with several ice breakers including this challenge. While sitting on the floor back to back with arms locked they learned how to rise as a team. First 2, then 4, then 6 in a group the challenge became more difficult.
 
A classic Ford Model “A” was one mode of the more unusual transports used by students to arrive for the 8 am to 2 pm session.
Photos from our 21st Annual Crab Feed held at the Pavilion on the Lake on February 15th. Thank you to our many members who volunteered in the preparation and hosting and to our Atascadero High School Roteract Club who served the crab, salads and desserts.
 
Each year Atascadero Rotary has its Annual Fundraiser to support grants to local non-profits, scholarships, youth organizations/events and international projects.  This years event will be held on Saturday, February 15 at the Lake Pavilion, Atascadero. 
 
We wish to thank each of our sponsors for their generous support for our event.
 
Thank You Pacific Premier Bank For Your Sponsorship
 
 
Thank You Peoples Choice For Your Sponsorship
 
 
Thank You Idler's Whirlpool for your sponsorship
Thank you 76 Atascadero for your sponsorship
 

21ST ANNUAL CRAB FEED 

This year our Valentine Crab Feed on Saturday, February 15th will continue our annual fund raising efforts for the community including scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

 

Individual tickets — $ 75.00 and tables of 8 are $ 540.00.  Beginning at 5:30pm this very popular event has been a sell out in recent years. 

Major sponsors include Idler’s Home, Whirlpool, 76 Station Atascadero, Peoples Choice Appliance Repairs and Pacific Premier Bank.

Four Rotary Atascadero scholarship recipients return to share their university experiences. From left to right - David Say, 2016 recipient. - Anayeli Aguilar, 2019 recipient.  - Alyssa Melendez, 2019 recipient. and Frank Jira, 2018 recipient.
 
Each gave an update on their studies and as some are nearing graduation they also shared their career plans. All had the same feeling about being home for the holidays and acknowledged that the Central California coast is the best place to live.
 
 
This year the proceeds for the Cork and Cap Benefit will be used to fund the Career Technical Education Endowment at The Rotary Club of Atascadero Foundation. This Endowment has a goal of $40,000 to be fully funded and is currently around $20,000.  The annual earnings of the C.T.E. Fund shall be utilized for projects, equipment, supplies or activities that will benefit the C.T.E. program at Atascadero High School (A.H.S). 
For further information about Atascadero High School program areas see the link below:
 
A big thank you is due to our current sponsors: Idlers Home, NAPA Auto Parts, Ancient Peaks, Santa Maria Brewing Company, Glenn's Repair and Rental, and Atascadero Unified School District.....
 
If you need more tickets, they are available from Ted Jacobson and at the front desk of California Meridian Insurance Inc. at 9700 El Camino Real Suite 103, Atascadero CA 93422
The Cuesta Concord Chorus is a mixed chorus based in Paso Robles, CA, which performs fine choral literature from the Medieval Era to the present.  We recently enjoyed a performance of "Normandy" at our weekly meeting. Here is the link to their historic performance on July 4, 2019 during the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in France.
 
Scholarship recipients....Mariah Bosche (2019) and her mom Terri attended our meeting on August 21st.....Brittney McKinley (2017) and her dad Bob joined us on August 28th. We enjoy hearing about their current studies and plans for the future!
Over the past two weeks we've had the honor of recognizing THREE Paul Harris Fellows.  The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.  Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others.
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Don Idler was recognized for all that he's done for our community over the years, and especially the last year as our club president.
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Drew Lewis was recognized for his dedication to our club and for being so influential in our success.
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Jessica Lundberg was recognized for her amazing work at California Meridian Insurance and her support of our club
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Last meeting we ushered in our new president, Steve Hodgson!  He only had to go through about half of hte meeting without the gavels, thanks to the usual suspect when it comes to shenanigans (Joel).  Looking forward to a great year!
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Also want to thank everyone who came out for 'Tuesdays in the Park', and to the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce for putting it on.  We had an amazing time and love seeing all the support from the community!
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Here's a video of what we've been up to the past year.  We love serving this great community and look forward to another amazing year!
 
 
Davina Bergin introduced the Paul Harris Award sponsored by President Don Idler for his daughter. Jennifer Idler is a very active leader in the Rotary Club of Paso Robles. 

Atascadero Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Emily Reneau introduced by Ken Weathers at yesterdays meeting. Sponsor Grigger Jones and President Don Idler joined in welcoming Emily to our club.

 

Atascadero High School held it's 49th Annual "Night of Scholars and Champions" Scholarship Award ceremony last night at Ewing Gymnasium. Over $ 210,000. of scholarships were awarded to 89 graduating seniors by 44 community groups and individuals during the evening. Our 13 awards totaled $ 34,000. Congratulations to all of the students on their many achievements. Here are a few photos from the evening.  
 
San Benito Elementary Garden Work Day with @onecoolearth pulling weeds and composting, making sure the kids have a great place to learn about growing food and eating fresh veggies
Our Rotary Club singing Happy Birthday to celebrate Frank Platz's 90th.  Frank's birthday is this Sunday, April 28.
 
Frank has been very active in our community as a 60-year member and past President of Rotary. Frank is CEO of Delta Liquid Energy and a past President of the Western Liquid Gas Association and State Director of the National Propane Gas Association. Mr. Platz has been a director of Atascadero Mutual Water Company since 1969. 
 
Great views of the crowd awaiting the Grand Opening of the Joy Playground at Colony Park. The only all inclusive playground in San Luis Obispo county! 

The Playground is accessible to those in wheel chairs and many other disabilities enabling them to play with their friends. Makes you proud to see that your city got behind this effort over the last 6 years! 

 President Don Idler presenting our contribution of $25,000. to help finish the project. Congratulations Parents for Joy for a huge success!

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