Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
San Diego, CA
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NEW YORK, (Oct. 23, 2015) — On the heels of historic success against polio in Nigeria and across the continent of Africa, the global effort to end polio is receiving an additional US$40.4 million boost from Rotary to support immunization activities and surveillance spearheaded by the .

Polio is on track to become the second human disease ever to be eliminated from the world (smallpox is the first). To date, Rotary has helped 194 countries stop the transmission of polio through the mass immunization of children. Rotary's new funding commitment, announced in advance of the Oct. 24 observance of World Polio Day 2015, targets countries where children remain at risk of contracting this incurable, but vaccine-preventable, disease.


On a very hot Saturday, October 10, 2015,  Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club held their second annual IPA Tasting Festival called Rancho BEERnardo.  Members converged on the Sikes Adobe Farmstead venue at 7 pm to begin the setup of the site.  By noon all of tables, chairs, the stage for the bands, the beer items and the shade tents for the guests and beern and food vendors were in place. A horseshoe game was also set up as a fundraising activity.
By the beginning of the event at 2 pm., a crowd had already gathered.  Many were guests who attended and enjoyed last year's Rancho BEERnardo event at this same location.  Throughout the next three hours the over 425 people who attended this year were able to choose from 50 IPA beer offerings from 19 different local craft breweries.  Food this year was supplied by three Rancho Bernardo Restaurants, The Barrel Room, The Urge Gastro Pub and the Brothers Provisions.  Volunteer beer pourers came from club members and volunteers from the Rancho Bernardo chapter of the American Association of University Women, a group that holds a girls science camp at UCSD that RB Sunrise supports.
On Friday, September 25, 2015, Rotary International announced that Nigeria has been removed from the list of nations that still are reporting endemic wild polio cases.  It has been over a year since the last case of polio was reported in Nigeria.  If no further cases are reported in the next 3 years, the entire continent of Africa will join with other continents such as Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe as begin polio free. 
This announcement does not mean the eradication efforts can now be curtailed or that the push to eliminate polio in the 2 remaining countries can be relaxed. Continued immunization efforts are still needed to insure that not will Pakistan and Afghanistan also realize the goal of complete eradication of polio, immunization efforts must continue across the world reach areas where the immunization teams have not been even though polio cases may not have been reported. Rotary is continuing its efforts in fundraising so that the final push will be successful.
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Story reprinted from the RB News Journal of July 16, 2015
Alison Farrin, President 2015-16
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary’s new president said the club was “highly recommended” to her when looking for a service organization to join 22 years ago.
“I was looking for a community association where I could give back to the community,” said Alison Farrin, who became president on July 1. “My kids were in school and I was working full time … but wanted a place that would provide service back to the community.”
Farrin said she liked the club’s activity level. “It has substantially younger-age members and when I visited, learned they actively do a lot of service projects, not just show up at meetings to eat breakfast. They do good things in the community.”
While picking a favorite project is difficult, Farrin said among notables for her is the annual house building in Tijuana, which the club has done for more than 10 years. “It’s big, almost everybody in the club is involved,” she said. “It’s hands-on and we do a lot of good.”
She also mentioned the club’s participation in the annual Rotarians at Work Day, held on the last Saturday in April. For the past few years, she said Sunrise Rotarians spruced up PoVa (Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center).
On the international front, Farrin said she likes how the Sunrise club works with other clubs and utilizes matching grants so its monetary contributions go farther. For example, she said they recently spent $10,000 on projects that provided a $190,000 benefit due to matching funds and working with others.
A student attends a literacy program at the Mercy Education Project in Detroit to build her reading skills. The agency offers free educational programs to improve the lives of low-income girls and women. 
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Reading Works
Around the world, millions of adults are unable to read or write, and therefore struggle to earn a living for themselves and their families.
Even in the United States, with its considerable resources, there are 36 million adults who can’t read better than the average third-grader, according to the international nonprofit ProLiteracy. In Detroit, Michigan, a widely cited 2003 survey conducted by the National Institute for Literacy found that almost half of residents over age 16 were functionally illiterate -- unable to use reading, speaking, writing, and computer skills in everyday life.
Kristen Barnes-Holiday, director of program outcomes for Reading Works, an organization tackling adult illiteracy in Detroit, says the agencies -- many of them underfunded and understaffed -- that have been trying for years to address the problem there have made little progress.
Illiteracy affects all areas of life. Those with low literacy skills are far more likely to live in poverty, face health problems because they can’t read prescription labels or instructions, and grow isolated in a world increasingly dependent on computers. And the lack of a skilled workforce, Barnes-Holiday notes, has slowed Detroit’s economic revival.

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