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Posted on Oct 21, 2013
Rotarian: Pete Johnston
Birthday: 3-16 Born in: Portland, OR.
Rotary Classification: Senior Active
Profession: Owner, Pete Johnston AAA Towing
Hobbies: Aviation and Fishing
Spouse Jolly is a wife, mother, grandmother
and loves tennis and her grandchildren.
They have been married for 48 years and have 4 children and 8 grandkids!
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Posted on Oct 02, 2013
Rotarian: Kathy Tucker
Born in: Pasadena
Rotary Classification: Residential Care
Profession: Residential Care Provider
Would like to retire in 2020 – Great forward vision Kathy!
Hobbies: Enjoys camping
Spouse Gary is a contractor and also enjoys camping and they share
and enjoy their 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
What you don't know about Kathy!
She is a graduate of Templeton HS and her husband Gary is a descendent from Pioneering
family’s in the Cholame and Shandon area.
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Rotarian: Jim Riffenburgh
Born in: Wilmington, CA
Rotary Classification: Lumber-Retail – Senior Active
Profession: Lumber Dealer/Building Materials
Jim was lucky enough to retire in 1990 and says he joined Rotary in 1968 at a club in Big Bear Lake, CA.
Hobbies: Antique Cars
Spouse Willie was a secretary/treasurer and loves art and painting.
Jim and Willie has five sons, ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren and proud of his sons. 
They are: Lawyers, Teacher, Preacher and Jet Pilot
PETS: They have an English Bulldog and
Jim says, "He has more personality than his master"!
What you don't know about Jim
He loves old cars – mostly Ford products!
Posted by Brenda Cressey on Sep 24, 2013
Rotarian: Gary Eberle
Born in: Rochester, PA
Rotary Classification: Enologist
Profession: Eberle Winery – Owner and Vintner & Enologist for 41 years
Gary shows a big ? mark as to when he will retire!
Hobbies: Enjoys Flying, travel and skiing – what no Wine Tasting!
Spouse Marcy is in Public Relations and also a member of this club
PETS: Zinfindel and Roussanne – 2 Sub standard Poodles
Gary says, interesting enough they are both idiots!
What you don't know about Gary:
Well, Gary didn’t answer that question so should we be afraid or very afraid!
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Posted by Brenda Cressey on Sep 16, 2013
Rotarian: Gail Tannehill-Lloyd
Born in: San Diego, CA
Rotary Classification: Travel Agency-Owner for 25 years and will probably never retire!
Hobbies: Loves to swim, ski and read.  Volunteers at Church and Loaves and Fishes
Gail has 2 children, 2 stepchildren and 8 grandchildren
She has a dog named Taffy and she's a darling mutt who chases deer and then chases her!
What you don't know about me:
My license plate cover (put on by someone unknown to me) says:  
"Always late, but worth the wait!"  
Gail loves that sort of sense of humor - guess that's why she loves this Rotary Club!
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Posted by Brenda Cressey on Sep 16, 2013
Rotarian: Stephen McAbee
Born in: Bakersfield, CA
Rotary Classification: Financial Advisor for 30 years and will never retire!
Hobbies: Enjoys Golf, Pickleball, Wine Tasting and Travel
  Volunteers for many charitable organizations
Spouse Susan is a nurse and also enjoys Pickleball, reading, traveling and wine tasting. 
They married on 2/14/2012 and have 6 children between them and also enjoy 5 grandchildren (3 boys and 2 girls) and no PETS!
What you don't know about me:
I’ve been a resident of Paso Robles for 25 years and a Financial Advisor for 30 years. 
I love to play Pickleball and I’m Past President of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce (1993).
GET TO KNOW - ROTARIAN STEVE MCABEE Brenda Cressey 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brenda Cressey on Aug 21, 2012


In early 1922, J. Valentine Wachtel Jr., president of the Paso Robles National Bank, became interested in forming a Rotary Club.  He initiated an exchange of correspondence with Homer Hayward of the Salinas Rotary Club, John Williams of the 2nd Rotary District and Guy Gundaker, the President of Rotary International.  This culminated in a formal application to Rotary International on November 13, 1923.  The original charter for the Paso Robles Rotary Club (#1602) was dated January 15, 1924 and was formally presented at a special banquet at the Paso Robles Hot Springs Hotel on March 15, 1924.  This affair was attended by the 19 charter members and their wives as well as members from the Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and the sponsoring club, Salinas.  “Val” Wachtel became the first president with Directors, Ellsworth Harrold (secretary), R.C. Heaton, Ray B. Lyon and Frank Booth.

Originally the weekly meetings were held at the Taylor Hotel.  In 1929, they were moved to the Paso Robles Hot Springs Hotel.  Meetings returned to the Taylor Hotel in 1931 and back to the “new” Paso Robles Inn in 1942.  In 1978, requirements for more space triggered a move to Joshua’s Restaurant at 13th & Vine.  Following the closure of Joshua’s, the meeting place was moved to the Paso Robles Golf Club.  In 2004, the meetings were brought back to the historic Paso Robles Inn Ballroom after this facility had been restored.

In July 1963, the Paso Robles Rotary Club was incorporated under the Law of the State of California.  In July 1988, Paso Robles Rotary Service, Inc. was organized as a separate corporation to administer, the charitable activities of the Rotary Club.  The IRS, granted this corporation Tax Free Charitable Organization status the same year.

By the end of the 1928-29 presidential term the membership had grown to 36 and increased steadily throughout the years until 1987-1988 when it hit 112.  Since that time, it has remained fairly constant around 120.

Among other charitable works, Paso Robles Rotary Service, Inc. regularly supports youth of the community through grants to students and school projects, and awards numerous scholarships to Paso Robles High School students to further their education after high school.  The Rotary Club is a charter organization for Boy Scout Troop 60 and is the trustee of a property used by the Boy Scouts for their meetings.  The club is very active in local and world community service projects and is one of the few Rotary Clubs in the United States that participate in the Open World Program and their Harlow Ford Scholarship Foundation continues to thrive with successful fundraising events such as the Annual Rotary Winemaker's Cookoff.

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