What is a Passport Club?
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We all know that Rotary provides its members with amazing opportunities to serve others- both internationally and within our local communities.  However, did you know that being a Rotarian has some marvelous benefits to help you fully realize your potential as an effective leader? Take advantage of a wealth of training materials designed to help you learn new skills and become more successful in what you do both professionally and personally.
 
The Rotary Learning Center has a wonderful series of online classes (at least 20) that you can access at will.  These include ‘Essentials of Understanding Conflict’, ‘Develop a Speech’, ‘Interpersonal Communication and Networking’, ‘Design an Inclusive Plan for Your Organization’, ‘Leading Change’, ‘Uncovering Unconscious Bias’, etc.
 
In the Course entitled ‘Becoming an Effective Facilitator’, participants learn about the value of facilitation and how effective facilitators can guide people to achieve their goals. 
 
Rotary has even partnered with Toastmasters on a set of eight structured communication and leadership development courses on the portal.
 
To access these and many other remarkable courses, go to https://learn.rotary.org/pages/36/course-catalogs and log in.
Rotary provides its members opportunities to develop professionally, gain world understanding, and make lifelong friendships – all while volunteering to improve lives and bring lasting, positive change to communities.
Several local Rotary Clubs have come together in a new way to help the hungry in our community.  Free Food Pantry Boxes have been set up throughout San Luis Obispo County and are stocked with cereal, peanut butter, soup, snacks, etc.   They are a great resource for families that don’t have enough to eat.  In the 5 Cities area, one pantry box is located on the 900 block of Newport Ave, in Grover Beach. 
"You don’t have to do much to make a big difference in someone’s life" says Laura Ochoa of the Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast.  "There’s a tremendous need for this."
Members Natasha, Beau, and Aliyah Mercurio helped fellow Rotarian George Shearer build pantry boxes in his wood workshop.  
PathPoint also sponsors one of Rotary's pantry boxes.  
More boxes are being planned and all Rotarians will be thrilled to see empty boxes that need restocking! 
Though small in size, it is a simple solution to take a bite out of an ongoing struggle in this community.
 

 
Jim Eaton was one of several volunteers at the South County Regional Center COVID-19 vaccination site, located at 800 W Branch St. in Arroyo Grande.  The day he volunteered, 800 people were given shots.  The county eventually hopes to administer roughly 15,000 COVID-19 vaccines per week.  Thank you, Jim for your commitment to this important endeavor!
Rotary is a service club. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and the self-fulfillment that comes in the process. It is definitely very richly rewarding.
 
The term “passport” refers to the ability for our members to move freely from club to club, attending the meetings (virtual too) and participating in the activities of other clubs. Any Rotarian can attend another club when traveling, but our passport club encourages our members to do so regularly which brings fresh ideas back to our club.
 
Unlike traditional Rotary Clubs, the benefits of the Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast include…
• Meeting less frequently and without required weekly lunches. If you have a busy schedule, you will have more choices for fitting Rotary into your life.
• Focusing meetings on service or social activities.
• Appealing to people who wouldn’t join a more traditional club. We also help keep people in Rotary who might otherwise leave.
• Affordable dues. We can help retain members where expense is a drawback to joining or continuing Rotary.
• Measuring club health by participation rather than attendance.
• “Meetings” which are quarterly, can be social gatherings, service activities, virtual meetings, or fundraisers.
• More Connections — Our members quickly build relationships across the district and beyond.
• Strong Service Projects — Connecting with members of other clubs presents opportunities for our club and other clubs to partner together on service projects to create greater impact both locally and globally.
 
Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in a Rotary position is like a college education. Hone Leadership Skills: - Learn how to motivate, influence and lead leaders. Develop Citizenship in your Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen.
 
We would LOVE for you to join us. Please email Laura Ochoa for more info. lw3251@yahoo.com
Deepa Willingham, our amazing Passport Club of the Central Coast member, just received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan.
In 2018, she also received the United Nations Association (UNA) Peace Prize for her wonderful work achieving demonstrable and measurable progress in creating peace in the world, advancing the cause of human rights internationally, and advancing the progress of developing nations.
Deepa is the founder and chair of PACE Universal, a non-profit committed to ending trafficking and uplifting communities through the education of girls and women living in extreme poverty. She opened her first environmentally sustainable school for more than 200 girls ranging from nursery to 12th grade at the Piyali Learning Center, a community 40 miles from native Kolkata in India.
Warm congratulations to her. We are very proud of her!
Service Hours
 
Volunteer hours logged last month: 
 
371.75
 
Since Charter July 1, 2017: 
 
13,334
 
SERVICE REQUEST
If you are a non-profit or another Rotary Club in the San Luis Obispo County and would like us to offer help for your project or event, email April with your request.
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