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This Week

Polio this week as of 27 April 2022


  • This week, Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners launched the ‘Investment Case’ for polio eradication, at a virtual event.  The Investment Case is the GPEI sister-document to the Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026, and outlines the humanitarian and economic benefits of polio eradication.  During the event, the Government of Germany, which holds G7 presidency in 2022, announced that the country will co-host a pledging moment for the GPEI Strategy during the 2022 World Health Summit in October.  A recording of the virtual event is available online here.
  • In Pakistan, a new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) has been reported from North Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with onset of paralysis on 9 April.  It is the first reported WPV1 case from the country since January 2021.  The isolated WPV1 is linked to virus isolated from an environmental sample from Bannu, in the same province, collected on 5 April.  Detection of low-level transmission is not unexpected at this stage in Pakistan’s eradication effort, and despite reporting of these latest isolates, the country continues to have record-low levels of WPV1 transmission in the country, which must be capitalized on.  Similar low-level transmission was also seen in other countries during their ‘end game’ of their eradication efforts, including in Nigeria, India and Egypt.  In response to detection of this case, the National and Provincial Polio Emergency Operations Centres have deployed teams to conduct a full field investigation, and have launched emergency immunization campaigns to prevent further spread from the area to other parts of the country or across the border.
  • Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta, WHO GPEI Director Aidan O’Leary and Dr Sarthak Das, Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance offer their views on what lessons and experiences from polio and malaria can be drawn for existing and future pandemics, in an op-ed published in Health Policy Watch.  Read it here.
  • Comprehensive outbreak response in Tajikistan successfully stops outbreak:  an outbreak response assessment concluded that a cVDPV2 outbreak that started in January 2021 has been stopped, thanks to comprehensive and rapid response with novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2).  More
  • Summary of new polioviruses this week:
    – Pakistan: one WPV1 case and one positive environmental sample
    – DR Congo: four cVDPV2 cases
    – Israel: 13 cVDPV3 positive environmental samples
    – Nigeria: one cVDPV2 case
    – Occupied Palestinian territory: seven cVDPV3 positive environmental samples
    – Somalia: one cVDPV2 case
Current Polio Update Seth Peek 2022-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

John Donovan shared Olympic Gold medal

John Donovan shared the Olympic Gold medal awarded to his younger sister, Anne Donovan, who passed away in 2018.
Here is a brief biography of Anne's legendary achievements in women's basketball.
Anne Donovan, a 6-foot-8 center who was one of the most dominating players of the early 1980s in women’s college basketball and who later won championships as a coach in the W.N.B.A. and the Summer Olympics.
A lanky star at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey, Donovan was recruited by more than 100 colleges in 1979. Her size, her soft shooting touch and her strong rebounding made her nearly impossible to guard — and a coup for any college that she chose attend.
She selected Old Dominion, in Norfolk, Va., then a powerhouse in women’s basketball.
In her first year, playing alongside the All-Americans Nancy Lieberman and Inge Nissen, Donovan led the Lady Monarchs in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. The team won the 1980 national championship, which was then overseen by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (two years before the N.C.A.A. started its women’s tournament).
“She’s improved 200 times since she first came here,” Marianne Stanley, the Old Dominion coach, told The New York Times in 1980. “I expected her to develop, but not this quickly.”
Her improvement continued. Over four seasons, she averaged 20 points, 14.5 rebounds and 5.9 blocks a game.
Anne Donovan was born in Ridgewood, N.J., on Nov. 1, 1961. She seemed fated to be tall. Her father, Joseph Sr., was an engineer who stood 6-foot-6. Her mother, Anna Mae (Mann) Donovan, was close to 6 feet tall.
Anne was the youngest of eight children, who were separated by 15 years and whose height ranged from 5-foot-10 (her sister Michele) to 7-foot-1 (her brother John).
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Visiting District Governor inducts our newest member

Our Rotary International District Governor Dana Moldovan visited Atascadero on August11th.  DG Dana joined Rotary in 2002 and is currently a member of Rotary Club of Westlake Village. At the Rotary International Level, DG Dana is the Inter-Country Committee (ICC) National Coordinator for USA. She started the first ICC of USA with her country-of-origin Romania in 2003 and has traveled extensively for various Rotary projects including polio campaigns in Nigeria and India.
DG Dana inducted our newest member Anita Wagner of New Horizons Lanscape Company.
After sharing her message about Rotary International and District events DG Dana presented an Award to Frank Platz on his completion of 62 + years in Rotary and his 70th Wedding Anniversary on August 18th. Congratulations to our longest serving and to our newest Frank and Anita.
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Scholarship Recipients 2021

After a challenging Senior year of high school and a successful graduation The Rotary Club of Atascadero Foundation awarded scholarships for each of our recipients.The event took place at our meeting on August 11th. Each shared their college or university choice and career goals. 
Back row.    Alyssa Barthlomew, Liam Dunsmore, Claire Ramsey,  Mary Sherer, Isabella Otter, Annalisa Archibald, Lauren Erb and Grace Curtis. Grace Curtis a recipient from 2018 joined to thank us for the four years of support.
Front row.   Noah Dusmore, Kendall Ruggles, Juli Bishop, Bella Robertson
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"Joe D" through his work with the homeless.. he leaves an enduring legacy of 'giving back'.

"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. 
"Joe D" through his work with the homeless.. he leaves an enduring legacy of 'giving back'. Tom Zirk 2020-10-12 07:00:00Z 0

Ryan Amborn - AHS Auto

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.
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.
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Class of 2020 

Scholarship NewsJoin us on Wednesday, August 5th to meet our Scholarship recipients.
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Free Hot Meals program

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.


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Staying in touch our Zoom meeting April 8 2020

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.

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19th Annual Take the Lead

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.
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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.
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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
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Crab Feed tickets now available


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.

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Scholarship recipients share

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.
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Cap and Cork to benefit CTE program at Atascadero High School

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
Cap and Cork to benefit CTE program at Atascadero High School 2019-12-13 08:00:00Z 0

Scholarship recipients visit 

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!
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Paul Harris Fellows

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.
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.
Drew Lewis was recognized for his dedication to our club and for being so influential in our success.
Jessica Lundberg was recognized for her amazing work at California Meridian Insurance and her support of our club
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Year in Review - 2018/2019

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!
Year in Review - 2018/2019 2019-07-16 07:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris award

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. 
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Emily Reneau welcomed to our club

Posted on Jun 06, 2019

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.


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Scholarship Awards Ceremony, May 30th

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.  
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San Benito Elementary Garden Work Day

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
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Jerry DeCou celebrates his 88th... 2019-05-04 07:00:00Z 0

Frank Platz celebrates 90th birthday

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. 
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Joy Playground at Colony open!

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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Rotary Club of Atascadero supports Honduras tree project 2019-03-12 07:00:00Z 0

Awards to two long time club members

The Rotary Club of Atascadero awarded one of Rotary's highest honors to two long time club members at their meeting on February 20th.  The Paul Harris Fellow is an acknowledgement of an individual who has made a significant contribution to Rotary.  The first recipient was Rich Johnson who has served for many years as the club's vocational service director.  Under his leadership he has implemented and expanded the club's vocational service activities. 
The second recipient was long time Rotarian John Sanders.  You can always find John working in the background at club events as part of the BBQ crew or anything else he is asked to do. John's hard work and friendship are highly valued by our club membership.
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Our 20th Annual Crab Feed was held on Feb. 13th, 2019. Thanks to a committee headed up by John Hollenbeck the evening was a very BIG success. Thanks to all who worked on the committee and the InterAct members who did all of the serving and stayed to clean up. Also, big thanks to Doug Filipponi who ran our Live Auction that was organized by Sabrina Harper!!! Fantastic work by all.


Templeton H.S. Drama students are going to Scotland in June, 2019. They performed a few numbers from "The Addams Family" for Atascadero Rotary. CLICK ON "READ MORE" AND THEN "PAGE LINKS" TO VIEW VIDEO.
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Interact Club in the Colony Days Parade

President Haddie Daner and fellow Interact members joined us for the Colony Days Parade on October 6.  Rotarian Robert Borish supplied his classic Cadillac for the ride. Thanks Robert!!!
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Rotary in Action

Rotary marches in the Long Walk Home in Atascadero...

The Echo homeless shelter hosted the Long Walk home on August 24th in an effort to raise awareness of homelessness in San Luis Obispo County. The march represents the walk the homeless population makes every day in their search for permanent housing. We marched to support Echo here in Atascadero, the only homeless shelter in the North County of San Luis Obispo.

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Scholarship recipients for 2018

Graduating Atascadero, Paloma Creek and Morro Bay High School Seniors along with many family members attended our meeting on August 8th to receive their awards. Each was given an opportunity to share with us their future goals.
Nathan Mueller receiving the Everett Scholarship.
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Bon voyage Mariana Ribeiro... 2018-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Family day at the Zoo

On Saturday, July 14  for 3 hours we scooped ice cream while several hundred families visited over 200 animals that call the Charles Paddock Zoo home, including red pandas, monkeys, meerkats, parrots, a Malayan Tiger, a variety of reptiles and more! 
Mr. Maytag Man worked along with many of our members. A funtime at the Zoo!
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Don Idler announced the major sponsors for our 19th Annual Crab Feed, Feb. 24th

Ticket sales have Ken Johnston <> for tickets.
Books of 8 (one table) for $ 480. and individuals for $ 65.
Don Idler announced the major sponsors for our 19th Annual Crab Feed
James Stoddard of the Whirlpool Corporation
Kristen Kearns and Gary Borjan
Pacific Premier Bank
Don Idler announced the major sponsors for our 19th Annual Crab Feed, Feb. 24th 2018-01-15 08:00:00Z 0

2017 Rotary Scholarship recipients

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. 
See photos......
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President Elect Nominee, Tom Zirk

Posted by John Webster on Aug 13, 2013

Past president John Donovan announced that the club president for the 2015-16 year will be Tom Zirk. Tom is a long time Rotarian and has been a member of several Rotary Clubs. He has a great depth of experience in being a multi-year board member as well as being chairperson of the Rotary International foundation.
President Elect Nominee, Tom Zirk John Webster 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

Tom O'Malley recognized for community service

Posted by John Webster on Jan 13, 2013

Tom O'Malley, the new mayor, was honored for his community service by the Rotary Club of Atascadero with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Tom Zirk, the Rotary Foundation chairman, and Ray Johnson, former mayor and past president of the Atascadero Rotary Club, presented the award to Tom.
Tom O'Malley recognized for community service John Webster 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0