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Rotary de Tolosa Names Jeff Priolo as 2009-2010 Rotarian of the Year

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa has named their 2009-2010 Rotarian of the Year. Jeff Priolo, broker and vice president at DiBuduo & DeFendis Insurance, is this year’s outstanding Rotarian.

Rotary de Tolosa 2009-2010 President Donna Lewis selected Priolo for the “amazing contributions he has made this year, truly demonstrating what the motto ‘Service Above Self’ means.” Lewis explains that Priolo helped coordinate the Community Movie Night with the other two SLO Rotary Clubs, and was responsible for organizing and overseeing Teen Spree, 4H Presentation Day’s BBQ, Teen Track, and Charitable Giving. Most importantly, he supervised an essential joint project with the SLO Rotary and Daybreak Clubs, the Rotary Community Garden. Furthermore, he teamed up with the Simi Valley Rotary Club for an international project: donating sandals from Sprint Aquatics that were shipped to Honduras.

Jeff Priolo

Priolo served as the Rotary Club President from 1990-1991, was last year’s Programs Chair, and this year’s Community Service Chair. In addition to a remarkable Rotarian and businessman, Priolo is a committed father, husband, surfer, and master blues harmonica player.

Priolo will receive the Paul Harris Recognition to honor his contributions to the club, which is a $1,000 donation made in his name to Rotary International.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace.  There are over 1.2 million Rotary members, who are part of more than 33,000 chapters worldwide.

For more information on Rotary, please visit Rotary de Tolosa’s website at www.rotarydetolosa.org, or to the Rotary International website at www.rotary.org


July 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nominees Needed for 9th Annual Accessibility Advocacy Awards

Community Foundation announces deadline to recognize outstanding contributions to a more accessible SLO County

The deadline for submitting nominations for the Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards (PWAAA) was announced today by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF).  Now in its 9th year, these awards recognize and reward an individual, organization, and business for their exemplary contributions toward the creation of a barrier-free community for people with disabilities in the County during the past year. The nomination form is available online at http://www.sloccf.org under “Grants & Programs” and must be completed and received at P.O. Box 1580, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 or faxed to (805) 543-2346 by July 16, 2010

“Three categories means there are three separate awards,” explained Janice Fong Wolf, Director of Grants and Programs for the Foundation. “So we’ll be accepting nominees for individuals, organizations, and businesses.  Nominees should be those who have made significant contributions toward breaking down physical, attitudinal, or informational barriers to those with disabilities.”

Last year, two entities shared the Organization Award: The Bay Osos Kiwanis Club and SLO County Special Olympics were honored for their tandem efforts to bring such inspiring and quality events to disabled children and adults across the county. The Business Award went to Dr. Larry Newman’s Med-Plus for providing medical exams, access and services to all Special Olympics athletes. And the Individual Award went to Mark Shaffer for his work with United Cerebral Palsy, for launching Ride-On, and for reviving the Abilities Fair.

Nominees for the awards are welcome from the public at large, as well as from Chambers of Commerce, Cities, and the County of San Luis Obispo. Winners will be chosen by the Award Selection Committee comprised of representatives from organizations who serve people with all types of disabilities. The 9th annual award ceremony will be held Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 7 p.m. at The Clark Center in Arroyo Grande.

Now in its 13th year, the SLOCCF has granted more than $15 million through its 200 funds and scholarships. The organization continues its commitment to serve as an enduring source of charitable funding for the SLO County community. For more information about PWAAA, contact Janice Fong Wolf, Director of Grants and Programs at (805) 543-2323 or jwolf@sloccf.org.

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