The Passport Club of the Central Coast had its first Zoom Mingler on Thursday, March 26. Due to Shelter-in-place that was brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, we are determined to continue to doing good in our world. Although issues of Covid-19 were discussed, many great ideas came out of our "gathering." We will continue to Zoom our meetings and minglers until the shelter-in-place ruling has been lifted.
 
Zoom meeting due to Covid-19
Rotary Passport Club Holiday Party
The Passport Club celebrated the holidays in hilarity with our very accurate White Elephant Exchange. This year included an wine drinking armadillo, a dashboard hula girl and most funny was the one slipper gift. Our members really know how to bring it!
What a a privilege for our club to be able to volunteer alongside the Rotary Club of de Tolosa, SLO for their Annual Child Spree! Hundreds of Rotarians and children teamed up on Dec. 7 to shop with children to pick out clothing and shoes for themselves. Thank you also to Kohl's who opened their doors early for this event and gave wonderful discounts to the young shoppers.
 
Kohls
Rotarians at work
Passport Club member George Shearer and other Rotarians
 
 
What a perfect afternoon for Passport's quarterly dinner business meeting at Deepa Willingham's homee overlooking Santa Ynez Valley. Our club enjoyed great homemade Indian food, Deepa's estate wine and wonderful hospitality. Craft talks were given by Dave Thum and Susan Dressler and an update by the International Committee on the February Student trip to Piyali School in Kolkata, India.  100% of our quarterly dinner contributions went to support SLO student travelers. 
Passport Rotarians gather monthly to volunteer at the Food Bank of San Luis Obispo County. What a great bonding event for us as we were able to help keep the homeless fed by creating over 250 bags of healthy and nutritious foods.
We had a super dual meeting today with the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo. District Governor, Savi Bhim gave insight into how Rotary is adapting to meet the everchanging needs of Rotarians.
L to R: Passport Club President John Semon, District Governor Savi Bhim, Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Past President Gil Stork, and Assistant Governor Bev Goble.

 
We had a wonderful May Monthly Meeting held at the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum. President Jim Eaton transferred the leadership toPresident John Semon and also presented Pamela Lee with the Rotarian of the Year award.
 
What an honor to be able to spend our Q3 meeting at the iconic Masonic Lodge in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Bob Sachs, former Grand Master of the King David’s Masonic Lodge presented President Jim with a coin that honors the sealing of the Dorn’s Tomb at the SLO Cemetery across from the SLO Elks Club.
Cal Poly Women's Basketball beat rival UCSB on Saturday, January 19th.
 
 
Enjoying the victory with fellow club members, Passport Club President Jim Eaton and DG Sandi Schwartz while bringing Polio Awareness to all who attended!
 

Planting of 100 Oak Trees at Johnson Ranch Open Space.
The Central Coast Passport Club offered up assistance to Rotary de Tolosa for help with site prep for the planting of 100 Oak trees at Johnson Ranch Open Space. 

Rotary Passport Club Globe Trotter Curtis Reinhardt is here in East Africa in February 2018 with incoming Rotary President Barry Rassin. Where in the world is Curtis this week?
The Rotarian Magazine is distributed each month to over 1 million Rotarians internationally.  Charter member of Rotary Passport, Kim Bisheff (Lisagor), had her article, "Join Rotary Four Times" published in the January 2018 edition.  
 
This article is a great introduction to Rotary and why you should join Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast.  
 
 
District Governor John Weiss
at our quarterly meeting January 27, 2018
 
 
This morning over 100 children that were identified by their teachers and principals as needing cloths had their needs met.  Three Passport Rotarians joined over 100 other Rotarians and family members at Kohls Department store for a 6am shopping spree and full breakfast at Embassy Suites Hotel with parents.
 
Passport Rotarians donated funds to cloth 7 of the children.  Thank you Rotary de Tolosa for this favorite  annual community project.
 
My kindergartener at first told me she did not like to run.  Imagine that.  We traded her black strapped poorly fitting dress shoes for sparkling pink high top sneakers.  She was last seen running all around the Embassy Suites Hotel.
 
Today.... Rotary Passport Club joined Rotary de Tolosa in making a difference.
 
 
 
The  Brand New Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast is committed to serving our communities.  Averaging over 22 hours a month on community service per member, time has been donated to Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, community based non profits, parks, schools, churches, a clinic that provides free healthcare to the uninsured and more. The satisfaction  comes from helping people in all walks of life including many our members will never meet.  Truly Service Above Self.  If you have a service project you would like our members to know about go the Project Link on the lower left of our home page.  If you have a fund raiser use the same form to let our Members and Web Page visitors now about it. 
 
PASSPORT Clubs are a new type of Rotary Club encouraged and established by Rotary International. For decades Rotary has maintained membership at 1.2 million members. Passport Clubs provide a unique 21st Century option for Rotary Membership. 
 
The research on retention from RI found members often left due to a “T”. Our target members are former Rotarians that may have left for one of the “T’s” = Time, Treasure and/or Tradition. Also, we will seek out new Rotarians who love the concept of Rotary Service but have a challenge with use of time, treasure or club traditions. 
 
As stated in our bylaws, we will not solicit current Rotary members. If a Rotarian is interested, we ask they contact their club to discuss their reasons for a potential change. Rotary Passport Members are full-fledged Rotarians but with different obligations.
Our footprint is all of Rotary District 5240 Region 4 (SLO County and North SB County/Santa Maria area).
 
The Passport Club is a service based club that will serve its many communities and other Rotary Clubs by donating time and supporting Club Fundraisers. In short, Passport Clubs offer more volunteer opportunities and fewer meetings.
 
There are Four General Membership Meetings per year. We have a regularly scheduled monthly board meetings followed by a social. All members are welcome at both meetings. Additional Rotary volunteer opportunities will occur throughout the month.
 
The Passport Club will post service projects from Rotary Clubs within our footprint along with projects from other non-profits. The club’s goal is to select one project a month as a club wide project and encourage full club participation. Additional volunteer opportunities will be announced so our members can participate individually, as a group or as a company or business. Members have an annual 60-hour commitment which in addition to service projects can include participation and/or support of non-profit fundraisers, non-profit board involvement and more.
 
 
 
Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast   It is all about giving back.
Jim Eaton-805-550-8970           Gil Igleheart  805-995-1015
rpccc5240.org
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