Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
San Diego, CA

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Former Rotary President Clem Renouf recalls conversations with Rotary leaders as the organization turned its attention to eradicating polio.

This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched , its campaign to rid the world of polio. Beginning on Rotary's anniversary, 23 February, Rotary members worldwide will be holding events to celebrate three decades of polio eradication progress.

Since 1985 Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of cases from 350,000 annually to fewer than 400 in 2014, and they remain committed until the disease is eradicated. Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children worldwide. In addition, Rotary's advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $10 billion to the effort.

Israeli, Palestinian, and American teens draw portraits of one another -- an exercise in seeing one another in a new way -- in an art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, during the 2014 Hands of Peace program.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kelly Mellos

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015,  Rancho Bernardo Sunrise heard a presentaton by portrait artist Kathy Mellos.  She is a member of the Rotary club of Encinitas, California. She explained how Palistinian and Israeli high school students come to Encinitas in order to gain a new perspective. Kathy uses her artictic ability to get these students to make portraits of each other and in the process see each other as people and not enemies.
Here is a link to an article on Rotary International Website with more information about how Rotary is promoting peace through this program. 


DGE from Brazil and his wife

Swedish DGE presenting her district's information
l to r:  DGE from a district that  Czech and Slovak Republics and Trudy Armstrong, RB Sunrise Rotary Past President

Relaxed atmosphere during dinner at the World Resources SIM Center/GENI Offices

During the week of January 18-24, San Diego was the location for Rotary's International Assembly.  This is the meeting held every January when District Governor Elects gather from all over the world to be trained for being the leaders of their district in the next Rotary year. While the International Assembly is going on, San Diego and Imperial Countys' Rotary District 5340 leaders and club members assist Rotary International and these guests.  One very interesting event is the opportunity for clubs in District 5340 to host the visiting district governor elects for a dinner.  
RB Sunrise Rotary Club,  in partnership with the Urge Gastropub, the Barrel Room and Brothers Provisions, announces that it will repeat its successful Rancho BEERnardo Festival on the October 10.
This fun event is RB Sunrise Rotary's major fundraiser that allows the club to support many local projects and charities. The Festival will be from 1 PM to 4 PM at the the Sikes Adobe Farmstead.  This year's event will include more food because of the involvement of 2 more restaurants.  

A bird's eye view of the world's largest human national flag
Photo great: cortesyof I.S.A.K. Nazar, Governor of District 2390(India)
To eradicate polio in India, Rotary members displayed impressive coordination and commitment. So it should come as no surprise that Rotary members in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, were able to mobilize more than 40,000 people to create the world's largest human national flag. The tribute to the polio eradication effort qualified as a Guinness World Records-breaking achievement.

"What impressed me most was that all of Rotary was represented: Rotaractors, Interactors, and Rotarians," says RI President Gary C.K. Huang, who participated in the event along with his wife, Corinna, and other Rotary senior leaders. "They brought their classmates, friends, and co-workers. I think that says a lot about how important it is to the people that India is polio free."

Participants from all walks of life holding placards stood together on a local fairgrounds to form the Indian flag. Their display broke the record set last year by the Sports Club of Lahore, which organized nearly 30,000 people to form the Pakistani flag.
Rotary changed lives around the world in 2014. Rotarians and friends working together can make an even bigger impact in 2015. Learn how your donations to The Rotary Foundation support Rotary's efforts to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, eliminate illiteracy, and eradicate polio.

Rotary’s investments in polio eradication infrastructure in Nigeria has helped the government stop the Ebola outbreak there. The polio surveillance network, which is used to monitor incidence of polio, is now also being used to identify and track suspected Ebola cases. To learn how you can support the fight against Ebola:


The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from , the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.

"Our foundation continues to operate at the highest ethical standard," said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair John Kenny. "We are proud that Charity Navigator has recognized our commitment to accountability and transparency for the seventh straight year."


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