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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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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
Haddie Daner, the current Atascadero High School Interact President, is receiving an award in recognition of Interact's achievements in the previous school year.  Our Interact Club was one of only six in the district to receive this honor.  Faculty advisor Mike Melzer is on the right and Paul Parotti, Club Interact Advisor is on the left.
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.
Paul and Flavia Parotti. Paul is the recipient of our clubs high honor....Rotarian of the Year for 2015-2016. Flavia was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship for her many years of support and service to the City of Atascadero.

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April 2017
Tommy Gong, SLO County Clerk Recorder
Apr 26, 2017
Conducting Elections in SLO County
Gretchen Ricker
May 03, 2017
Personality Traits Evaluation
Dan Hilker
May 10, 2017
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Megan Silcot, Cal Poly Ag Communications
May 17, 2017
Food Labeling Definitions and Requirements
Dr. Warren Frankel
May 24, 2017
His Healing Hands Medical Missions
May 31, 2017
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Vic Montgomery
Jun 21, 2017
Eagle Ranch Update
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