2014 Paso Robles Business Expo: Back to the Rooster

April 24th, 2014

The Blue Roo crew was stumped when it came down to picking a crowing contest winner at this year’s Paso Robles Business Expo. So, we decided to leave the decision in your hands! Check out the videos below for finalists Lisa Raders, Manuel Medina,  and Frances Hernandez and vote for your favorite crower! The winner will receive $100!

Paso Robles Crowing Contest 2014
Who had the best crowing call?


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Jack Ready Imagination Park: Breaking Ground

April 10th, 2014

Jack’s Helping Hand took a big step forward in the development of the Jack Ready Imagination Park this past Friday, April 4 and the Blue Rooster Telecom crew was lucky enough to witness it! The ground breaking for the 33-acre park took place on the Nipomo Mesa overlooking the Santa Maria Valley. The park is beginning to develop and we are getting very excited here at Blue Rooster Telecom.


At the ground breaking, Bridget and Paul ready spoke to the audience about the park, which will be a universally accessible place where children of all different ages can play side-by-side, regardless of any physical limitations. The park is unlike any park in the area and will be a great addition to the community.


At Blue Rooster Telecom we are dedicated to see the park succeed, which is why we are continuing to host  the 3rd annual Imagination Park Fall Classic Golf Tournament this year on Sptember 5th at Monarch Dunes.  All of the funds raised at the Classic will be donated to the Jack Ready Imagination Park. More information about opportunities to sponsor, form a team, or to play in the Imagination Park Fall Classic can be found at

Blue Roo Crew Rocks “Strike the Stigma” Bowl-a-Thon

March 12th, 2014

On Friday, February 28 the Blue Rooster Telecom team aka “Blue Roo Crew” descended on Pismo Bowl to have some fun with other local technology companies while raising money for Transitions Mental Health Association. Our mascot, Blue Roo, enjoyed sampling the local beers and cheering on the team as they bowled the night away. Team members Jeff Buckingham and Paul Tourdot took their bowling uniforms to a new level by adding “rooster tails” – which seemed to be good luck because the “Blue Roo Crew” was announced as the top fundraising team of the evening with a total of $880 raised. The brood had a lot of fun raising money for a great cause, and Blue Roo can’t wait to hit the lanes again soon to work on his skills for next year!

Click here to learn more about Transitions Mental Health Association and all the great work they do in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

What DOES the Rooster Say?

January 7th, 2014

In case you missed the 2013 San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade last month, here’s a short video showcasing our fun float and holiday cheer!

All of our staff and their friends and family had an amazing time participating. The whole Blue Roo Crew is already excited for next year’s parade… enjoy and feel free to sing along!



Holiday Cheer

December 25th, 2013

As you know, all of us at Blue Rooster Telecom are very serious about having fun. We’re also serious about the holidays and making sure we have time to celebrate them together as a team. This year the Blue Rooster brood donned festive sparkles and Santa hats and headed to the shore for a special celebration with family and friends at Lido at Dolphin Bay. The joyful atmosphere, spectacular weather, and delectable dishes are all worth crowing about, but most of all, it was the great company that made the night so special. Blue Rooster Telecom had a lot to celebrate in 2013, and it’s all thanks to our amazing customers and community. So, without further ado…Cock-a-doodle-doo, happy holidays to you, from all us and Blue Roo! (And happy New Year’s too!)

Blue Rooster 2013 Holiday Party group photo

Stacey, Cheryl, Chrissy, Jill and Jamie get into the yule tide spirit!

Blue Rooster 2013 Holiday Party Photo

Bill & Craig enjoying central coast wine – a staple for any great holiday party!

Blue Rooster 2013 Holiday Party Photo

Karen, Johanne and Cheryl looking merry and bright.

Blue Rooster 2013 Holiday Party Photo

Jeff and Chrissy fill in for Blue Roo by crowing for the crowd.

Blue Rooster 2013 Holiday Party Photo

Bill, Jill and Laura enjoy the view – I’m talking about the ocean, not Bill’s Frosty the Snowman tie.

Blue Rooster 2013 Holiday Party Photo

Stacey, Cheryl, Jill and Johanne – These amazing women are definitely on Santa’s nice list!

Blue Rooster 2013 Holiday Party Photo
Jeff celebrating with his wife, Joan – The Blue Rooster Brood would not be complete without significant others!


Parading Around Town

December 21st, 2013

Blue Rooster 2013 Parade Banner

One of Blue Roo’s favorite holiday traditions is getting festive and seeing all of his adoring fans at the San Luis Obispo Holiday Parade. The annual event, hosted by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association on December 6th, was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

This year as always, Roo wanted to be the center of attention. So he took it upon himself to rewrite the lyrics to the popular hit “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” to make it all about roosters, of course. The crow-filled soundtrack played as the Blue Rooster Telecom float full of wild animals (actually Blue Rooster staff, our families, clients and friends) made its way through the crowd. If you missed the parade, click play below to listen to the song!

The Blue Rooster Telecom team had a fabulous time dancing and crowing our way through the streets as we wished happy holidays to everyone in the crowd. It seems like every year the Blue Rooster float gets even better. So we’re already looking forward to the fun that will happen in 2014!

Blue Rooster Brood at the SLO Holiday Parade

Jeff, Johane, Mallory and other members of the Blue Rooster brood greet the crowds and dance their way through the streets.

Blue Rooster Float for the Downtown SLO Holiday Parade

Bunnies, penguins, pandas, and many more animals catching a lift on the Blue Rooster Telecom float.

Wiggle Waggle, what? Blue Roo visits Woods!

October 18th, 2013

Dogs of all breeds and sizes will be decked out in superhero costumes this Saturday, October 19th for the 21st Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk for Woods.

Woods Humane Society is putting on this popular and fun event at Mitchell Park from 8am-12pm tomorrow. Be sure to get there at 9am sharp to catch the creative canine outfits during the Superhero Costume Contest and Halloween Costume Contest.

Admittedly, Blue Roo is pretty disappointed that he can’t enter… but he’s still excited for all of his pals to rock the walk!

The actual 1 mile Pledge Walk begins at 10:30 and goes through downtown San Luis Obispo for all to enjoy. If you have a pet that you wish to enter you can register beginning at 8am. For more information click here.


Get excited!


These adorable animals don’t have to be the only heroes around… you can be one, too!

October is National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month and Woods has been celebrating as more and more dogs go home to loving, caring families.

Cory Karpin, Executive Director at Woods Humane Society, says that most animals end up in shelters by no fault of their own. These perfect pets simply had owners with schedule changes, plans to move, etc. Each dog up for adoption at Woods has had a complete medical evaluation, worked with a professional trainer on staff, and is ready to be welcomed into a new life.

“We have some particularly amazing dogs right now,” Karpin said.



Woods provides adoption counseling during the process and requires an adoption fee of only $115.00.

“We want to make is as accessible for people as possible,” Karpin said.

But just because October is National Adopt-A-Shelter Dog month, that doesn’t mean this opportunity to change an animal’s life ends on November 1st… loving, sweet cats and dogs are available for adoption year-round!

Finn and the others are looking forward to seeing you!

 Finn and the others are looking forward to seeing you!

Episode 66—Blue Roo’s “Staycation” at SummerWood Winery & Inn

September 26th, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

“Staycation:” a vacation spent close to home.

Looking for your own perfect “staycation?” Look no further than the newly remodeled SummerWood Winery & Inn in Paso Robles. Thanks to Inn Manager (and Executive Chef) Kelly Wangard, Blue Roo enjoyed an exclusive tour.

The beautiful, newly remodeled SummerWood Winery and Inn.

The beautiful, newly remodeled SummerWood Winery and Inn.

The Inn and surrounding gardens were given more than just a face lift from local architect Greg Wynn and Ricigliano Construction. A demonstration kitchen and outdoor dining space now compliment SummerWood’s newly refurbished guest rooms and grounds. The inn sleeps up to 22 people and each guest is treated to a farm-fresh, cooked-to-order breakfast, afternoon wine and appetizers, evening dessert and coffee, and so much more! Each room features an outdoor patio and seating area, culinary inspired bath and body products from Paso Robles based Oluv Skin, embroidered robes,  and caramel candies from Sugar+Spoon Caramels. With vintage elegance, a stay at the SummerWood Inn is the perfect get-away!

Check out photos of the inn below or visit the SummerWood Winery and Inn Facebook page.

Blue Roo checking-in at the inn.

Blue Roo checking-in.

Blue Roo loved the cozy rooms at the inn.

Big beds in every room, just what Blue Roo likes!










Blue Roo Loved the bathrobes, he could lounge all day!

Blue Roo Loved the bathrobes, he could lounge all day!

Blue Roo relaxing by the fire.

Blue Roo relaxing by the fire.











Blue Roo in hit water with Inn Keeper and Executive Chef Kelly!

Blue Roo in hot water with Inn Manager and Executive Chef, Kelly!

The brand new demonstration kitchen at the inn.

The new demonstration kitchen at the inn.













Outdoor seating area to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Outdoor seating area to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner!










SummerWood Winery & Inn has a full calendar of upcoming events, including a Farmer’s Market cooking demonstration on September 28 and a Yoga Retreat with Laura Narayani!

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Imagination Park Fall Classic 2013

September 20th, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

What’s the best way to spend a Friday work day? On the golf course, of course! Blue Rooster Telecom is proud to host the Imagination Park Fall Classic, to benefit Jack’s Helping Hand and the Jack Ready Imagination Park.  On Friday, September 13, more than 150 golfers and 50 sponsors descended on Monarch Dunes Golf Course for the 2nd annual event. The Blue Roo Crew is all about fun and local, and together, with many local businesses, we raised over $55,000 for Jack’s Helping Hand, and had a blast in the process!


Blue Roo is no average bird, so it goes to reason the Imagination Park Fall Classic was no average golf tournament! Thirty-seven teams (sponsored by local companies and individuals) created profiles on CrowdRise to raise awareness with friends and family before the event. Team TJ (Blue Rooster’s team) raised $3,400 from online donations. The top 8 fundraising teams participated in a $10,000 putting contest. No team sunk the putt this year… but with food, beer, wine, and games on the course, everyone was a winner!

Bill, David, Roger, and Jerry of Blue Rooster Telecom's Team TJ

Bill, David, Roger, and Jerry of Blue Rooster Telecom’s Team TJ

The Top 8 fundraising teams for the Imagination Park Fall Classic.

The Top 8 fundraising teams for the Imagination Park Fall Classic.

















The Blue Rooster Telecom booth was a hit thanks to Jeff, Joan, Karen, and Laura.  They welcomed golfers with aloha spirit, Pina Coladas, and snacks, while Blue Roo rocked out to island music. Just for fun, golfers got a shot at “Blue Roo’s Big Break”- sink a difficult putt and win a ticket for the 100 bottle wine raffle (wine lovers in the community donated their favorite bottles of wine.)

The Blue Roo Crew at Blue Roo's Tiki Bar!

The Blue Roo Crew at Blue Roo’s Tiki Bar!

Blue Rooster Telecom President Jeff Buckingham hoola-hooping at the Tiki Bar!

Blue Rooster Telecom President Jeff Buckingham hoola-hooping at the Tiki Bar!


Check out the Blue Rooster Telecom Facebook Page and the Jack’s Helping Hand Facebook Page to see more pictures from the event. The whole Blue Roo Crew extends a huge “thank you” to all the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers who made this day a huge success. Blue Roo can’t wait for next year’s Imagination Park Fall Classic!

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EPISODE 65—SLO I Madonnari Festival

September 4th, 2013

Written by: Chelsea Franza

Since the 16th century, the Madonnari (Italian street painters) have worked their magic with colored chalk on pavement in Italy. This weekend, local artists become Madonnari to transform San Luis Obispo’s Mission Plaza into a colorful and creative canvas. The “I Madonnari Festival”, September 7th & 8th, benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a non-profit arts education organization.


The festival is co-presented by the Central Coast Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Blue Roo met local AIA president Heidi Gibson to learn more about the festival. Heidi, a partner at Studio 2 G Architects, LLP, explained the SLO Madonnari are volunteer artists and children from local art programs. These street painters will fill 200 pre-designated pavement squares with unique works of chalk art.

Paintings from last year's festival.

Paintings from last year’s festival.

The squares are sponsored by businesses, organizations and individuals. Blue Roo sponsored a square for a local child to paint. He is hoping for a cool red barn, corn fields, or a beautiful hen profile in his square! With artists, live music, and food, the festival is a great way to enjoy a beautiful weekend in San Luis Obispo! If you feel a surge of creativity, or if you’d like to give an opportunity to a young local art student, square sponsorships are still available. Contact Shelley Triggs at (805) 927-1697 for more information.


With the info from Heidi of Studio 2G (an I Madonnari sponsor), Blue Roo is ready to enjoy the festival!Specializing in environmental and LEED designs, Studio 2G focuses on sustainable projects. The firm recently received an AIA California Central Coast Chapter Award of Merit for its work on the Shale Oak Winery in Paso Robles (pictured below).

Blue Roo with Studio 2 G's award winning Shale Oak Winery design.

Blue Roo with Studio 2 G’s award winning Shale Oak Winery design.


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RRM Design Group