What is a Passport Club?
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It is wonderful to see that Rotary has established the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG). Karen Hand, the Communications Director of ESRAG states it perfectly:
“Any project in any area of focus will benefit from having environmental sustainability as one of its watchwords. It’s a lot harder to supply clean water to people if your watershed is compromised— if your river is full of industrial, human, and animal waste. Basic education and literacy is a challenge when kids are sick because the school well is contaminated. Health is affected when insects carrying diseases expand their geographic range due to changing climate patterns. Water wars and climate refugees will make achieving peace and conflict resolution more complicated. Economic development is slowed when there’s not adequate energy. Rotary would do a huge service to the world if it moved every water project from a diesel pump to wind or solar. That’s a project that’s scalable.”
 
“Climate change could destroy the livelihoods of millions of people and create much greater migratory pressures than we see today,” says Francesco Menonna, Rotary scholar.
 
Locally, in San Luis Obispo County, many of our Rotary Clubs have already adopted various projects to help our environment: The Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast is focusing on the Monarch butterfly’s habitat preservation and creation as well as various beach and creek clean up parties; Rotarians built the community garden at Meadow Park as a joint project with the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo Daybreak, and Rotaract SLO; and The Grover Beach Rotary Club set up recycling stations at local events, etc.
Want to read more about how Rotarians across the world are already fighting climate change right now? Click on the following link https://www.rotary.org/.../climate-change-what-rotarians....
Our Rotary Passport Club’s monthly Mingler at Avila Dog Beach was wonderful- abounding with beautiful weather, delicious fare, and fabulous people!  We welcomed our member’s friends, family members, kids, and dogs.  The club supplied beverages of all kinds and attendees brought yummy treats to share including fantabulous designer cupcakes to celebrate our beloved member Deepa’s birthday.   
We definitely have fun so please include yourself at our next get-together!  Come ashore and party some more!
 
Local members of the Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast have picked up over 100 young milkweed plants to re-plant in their gardens.   
Monarch butterflies rely on their host plant, milkweed, for the most critical parts of their life cycle.  Milkweed is the only plant on which the monarch will lay its eggs.  The milkweed contains toxins that are critical for the life of the monarch.  When the eggs hatch, the larvae (caterpillars) feed on the leaves until they form chrysalises.  The caterpillars store the milkweed toxins away in a special organ that they carry through every phase of their lives to protect themselves from predators. 

The monarch butterfly population has experienced a drastic reduction in numbers in recent years.  Western monarch populations have declined over 99% since 1980 and reached their lowest point in 2018, according to the Xerces Society. 
 
The loss of milkweed in the spring and summer breeding areas is one of the driving factors behind the plummeting numbers of overwintering monarchs in California and Mexico.  Agriculture, habitat clearing, rural land development, and the increased use of pesticides and GMO crops have wiped out native milkweed across the nation. Milkweed shortages result in the inability to hatch future generations, driving population decline. 
 
Butterflies are pollinators, important to us all, and they are the proverbial “canary in a coalmine”.  They warn us of negative living conditions. 
 
The most impactful way to help boost monarch populations is to conserve and restore habitat.  Planting milkweed in your garden is the single most important thing you can do at home to improve the monarch’s chances.
 
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.
 

 
Service Hours
 
Volunteer hours logged last month: 
 
371.75
 
Since Charter July 1, 2017: 
 
13,334
 
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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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