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Posted by John Webster on Apr 23, 2014


The Project.  The Rotary Club of Santos, Brazil, 50 miles south of Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil, with a population of about 30-million) is located along the county’s Atlantic coast (see map for location), and they have developed a Global Grant Project called “Healthy Smile, Future with Hope” which provides oral care for the deprived population at various locations in Santos.  The Rotary Club of Paso Robles (Thursday Noon) is participating in the project (they are contributing $5000) and told your President-Elect John Hollenbeck about the project.  As the incoming president of your club, John had a vision to support a project in Brazil because his wife is from Rio de Janeiro, and his many trips to the County to visit in-law family have given him eyewitness accounts of the many less-fortunate people.  Furthermore, three of John’s in-law family members are dentists (please note that none are in Santos or affiliated with this Project, so there is no conflict of interest), and he has heard many accounts of poor oral healthcare of the people that live in the favela (Portuguese word for slums). 



John conducted a due-diligence of this project by asking the three dentists in our club to read the project abstract and offer their opinion of the proposed project.  All three provided positive feedback on the described project and identified the project as a worthwhile endeavor for our club’s consideration to support.  Each dentist expressed their professional opinion of the overwhelming crises of poor dental and oral care in the world, and praised this project’s goals in providing care in a part of the world needing this care.  John corresponded with the project’s coordinator, Mr. Roberto Luiz Barroso Filho, to confirm the need for support from our Club.  Mr. Barroso, and the 2013-14 president of the Santos club, Mr. Alexandre Alonso, have been corresponding back and forth in Portuguese, with John’s wife Monica serving as translator. 



Your Board of Directors’ Action.  Your Board of Directors took action at the March 25, 2014, meeting authorizing the Club’s support of this project in the amount of $5000 in Rotary Year 2014/15.  The support breakdown includes $1934 of the District Designated Funds (monies that come back to us as a return on investment of our contributions to the Rotary Foundation in year-three after that contribution) and $3066 cash contribution. 


ImagePaperwork, and a Happy Brazilian Club.  Upon the Board’s approval, the signed forms for the transfer of the District Designated Fund amount of $1934 was submitted to our District 5240, and the Cash Contribution form for $3066 was submitted to the Rotary Club of Santos, along with an announcement of our Club’s support in the total amount of $5000 to the Healthy Smile, Future with Hope Project in Santos, Brazil.  The following e-mail was submitted back to John from Mr. Barroso – his words in Portuguese are followed with translation provided by Monica:



Caro Companheiro John

Dear fellow Rotarian John,


Não tenho palavras para agradecê-lo, bem como a todos os companheiros do R.C. de Atascadero !!!

I don't have enough words to thank you as well as all the fellow Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Atascadero!!


Este projeto é muito importante para a nossa cidade e região, a entidade beneficiada (Casa da Esperança de Santos) foi fundada e construída por companheiros do nosso Clube (R.C. de Santos) há 57 anos atrás e desde lá até hoje é administrada companheiros do clube. A Casa da Esperança é uma referência na nossa cidade.

This project is very important for our city and the entire region, the entity that is the beneficiary( Casa da Esperanca de Santos = Santos Hope House) was founded and built by fellow Rotarians of our club 57 years ago and since then, it's administered by fellow Rotarians of our club. The Casa da Esperanca( Hope House) is a point of reference in our city.


Ficaria muito honrado em recebê-los aqui na minha cidade, Santos, para visitar o projeto e alguns pontos turísticos.

I would be very honored to host you in my town, Santos, to visit the project and some touristic attractions/points.


Só preciso saber 1 ou 2 meses antes da Convenção de São Paulo quantas pessoas virão para que possa providenciar absolutamente tudo.

I just need to know how many of you are coming to the Convention in São Paulo at least 1 or 2 months ahead so I can make all the necessary arrangements.


Vou anunciar na próxima reunião a importante ajuda do seu clube ao nosso projeto, que com certeza será motivo de muita comemoração.

I'm going to announce at our next meeting the important help your club is giving to our project, and that for sure will be the reason for lots of celebration!


Mais uma vez muito obrigado.

Once again, thank you very much!


Abraço fraterno !!

Fraternal hugs!!


Roberto Barroso

PGD – 2009/10 – Distrito 4420

Past District Governor 2009/10, District 4420


Bureaucracy Strikes.  About 24-hours after all the forms were signed, submitted, and the announcement sent to Brazil of our support, and their gracious e-mail of appreciation sent back to us, we received an e-mail that, regrettably, the utilization of our District Designated Funds outside our District, and furthermore outside the United States for a project that we do not lead, is prohibited.  The delay in notifying us of this decision was because apparently the use of District Designated Funds in this manner had not been attempted before, and somebody had to check with Rotary International.  John has hence jokingly termed this the “Atascadero Ruling”, representing a buzz phrase of our Club trying to do something that you are not supposed to do!  John states, in his defense, that he discussed the utilization of the District Designated Funds in this manner at the March 3, 2014, Group 11 International Services Committee meeting, and with all the “grant-knowledgeable” people at that meeting, it was not judged by anyone that the proposed strategy to assist another club in need with District Designated Funds would ever been considered a violation of rules.  John’s philosophy is:  “okay… change the rules then!”  But, that is a strategy to be sorted out on a different day!


A Challenge Request to Raise $1934.  The monetary support by the Rotary Club of Atascadero to the Rotary Club of Santos was envisioned to be $5000, and John would very much like to honor that request.  Your Club’s Board of Directors has authorized $3066 in cash contributions to support the project, and John now would like to ask the individual members of the Club to consider stepping forward with personal donations in an effort to raise the $1934 since we cannot transfer our District Designated Funds to the project.  Please see John Hollenbeck or Father Matt Conrad at a weekly meeting, or call John at 458-7268, to discuss your individual contribution to assist in this matter.



Posted by John Webster on Apr 23, 2014

To: Mark Jensen

Sorry for the delay in responding I have been busy with finals the last week and finally have time to catch up oneverything. Everything at Purdue is going extreamly well. I have most of my general ed classes finished and havestarted taking mostly major specific courses witch I am really enjoying. On the football field its was a bit of arocky season following the complete coaching changing but things look good for the future and I am now atMiddle Linebacker. All of this is possible because of the Rotary Scholarship and I am very appreciative of whatRotary does for the community. The scholarship has made buying books and all the other demands of class thatmuch easier. I also have that much more understanding of the Rotary Club and hope to be a member in thefuture, so that I too can help make a positive impact on the community.Please let me know if you have any more questions as I would be happy to answer them.

Hope all is well at Atascadero Rotary,

Ryan DeBuskru

Posted by John Webster on Apr 23, 2014

One of our projects, that centers around a website, is currently being built through the generous donation of John Joyner.  Our goal is to have a single point of opportunity for young people to help with their direction in choosing a career path or vocation.  We have compiled links for pertinent information; we will be the contact point for mentor/mentoring relationships and job shadowing; we will get requests for information on specific vocations that we will attempt to obtain, and we will continue to add video interviews of mostly local people, talking about their paths to their current vocations.  The interview videos are currently posted on YouTube.  When the website is up, the videos will play on  through an interface with YouTube.  The interviews are less than five minutes each (with the exception of John Hollenbeck's, who tends to be a bit wordy).

You can check out the interviews at or go to, and enter "Atascadero Rotary" in the search window at the top.

Dr. Deborah Bowers is leading the Four Way Test Contest, which we initiated last fall and had 39 entries.  We are hoping for even more participation this year.

We are hosting our second "Vocational Education Workshop" at Del Rio High on May 2nd.  We will have 10 to 12 speakers in various vocations, in several classrooms, presenting their stories to the students.  Our first workshop, held last December, was well received.

I want to thank Ryan Amborn, and John Hollenbeck for their consistent contributions to our committee, as well as other club members who have contributed from time to time.

We welcome your ideas and your service.  We meet monthly, the second Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 AM, at Denny's.  Visiting our meetings is not an obligation, come and enjoy what we are doing, or simply come as a fun way to have breakfast.

Rich Johnson
Rotary Club of Atascadero
Posted by John Webster on Apr 23, 2014

Rotary Year 2014-15 District Leadership in our Area

The Rotary Club of Atascadero has a very distinct honor of having two individuals serving in important leadership roles for our District 5240 for Rotary Year (RY) 2014-15.  First off, our District Governor (DG) is our very own Loretta Butts.  Loretta is one of 537 District Governors (meaning there are 537 Districts within RI) throughout the Rotary world.  New members of our Club may not yet realize how Rotary International (RI) is organized, so briefly, each year there is a RI President (Gary C.K. Huang from the Rotary Club of Taipei is the RI President for RY 2014-15), and Loretta is one of his DGs.  Loretta’s Assistant Governor for our local area (Group 11 East) is our very own Ken Johnston.  This brings great pride for our Club to be represented so prominently.   

Here is a brief description of the District leadership that connects our Club up to DG Loretta:

Geographic Organization of District 5240.  A description of the District’s geographic organization helps understand our District leadership structure.  Starting from the top, and describing the structure downward:
•    District 5240 is subdivided into four regions, and our Club is located in Region 4.  Region 4 contains all clubs in SLO County, and the clubs in Santa Maria.  
•    Each region is further subdivided into three groups each; thus, in Region 4 is Groups 10, 11 and 12.  
•    Our Club is part of Group 11 which also includes the clubs in Paso Robles, Templeton, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, and Los Osos.  
•    During year 2014-15, Group 11 will be subdivided into East and West, with East containing our club, the two clubs in Paso Robles, and the Templeton Club.  

District Governor Loretta Butts (RY 2014-15).  Loretta joined the Rotary Club of Atascadero in 1994, and experienced the feeling and emotion of being a Rotarian in 2005 while on a National Immunization Day (NID) to Nigeria.  Loretta became the first president of the Rotary Club of Templeton in 2001 when that club was chartered, and returned to the Rotary Club of Atascadero in 2005.  She has resided on the Central Coast since 1989, and employed in the financial services industry since 1979.  Loretta is married to husband John, has three grown children, and 10 grandchildren, and her passion, following close behind her family, is Rotary and the changes that us Rotarians can make in the world.


Mark Furia, Region 4 Executive Assistant Governor.  Mark joined the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in 2002.  In the year 2004/5 he held his first position as Vocational Service Chair and in the same year became Club Rotarian of the Year.  He has served in many positions including President 2008/9 and Assistant Governor 2011/12 and currently holds the District position of Awards and Recognition 2013/14.   Mark has been married to his wife “Babs” since 1977 and has lived in California since 1978 from Pittsburgh, Pa.  They have lived in San Luis Obispo since 1991 and have two grown sons.   Mark’s career was in the restaurant food industry for thirty years until 2000 when he joined Babs to work for a non-profit organization.  Babs and John Hollenbeck’s wife Monica are close friends, which further strengthen our Club’s connection with the District leadership.


Ken Johnston, Group 11 East Assistant Governor.  Ken joined the Rotary Club of Atascadero in 2008, and is the Club’s 2013/14 President.  He has served the club as fundraising chair, member of the board of directors, and named Rotarian of the Year.   Born in Canada and married to fellow Canadian Tracy, they reside in Atascadero and have two daughters.  He has developed a Rotary heart while serving in the organization for a short time period.  
Posted by John Webster on Apr 23, 2014


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