Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
San Diego, CA

Rotary Stories

 
A Milestone for Polio Eradication in Nigeria
by Rotary International
 
By Michael McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee
 
Today is a special milestone for global health and for every Rotary member. Today, Nigeria has gone one year with no new cases of wild poliovirus.
 
A vaccinator looks for children that were missed during the mop up phase of a polio immunization drive in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Photo by Diego Ibarra Sánchez
 
This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. We’ve come a long way; it was only a decade ago that polio struck 12,631 people in Africa – three-quarters of all cases in the world.
 
Last year, thanks to its extensive polio eradication infrastructure, Africa’s most populous nation was able to reduce polio cases by 90 percent and thwart the deadly Ebola virus with a swift, “world-class” response.
 
I had the privilege of speaking earlier this year at the UN Economic and Social Council about Rotary’s work as part of the Global Polio Eradication
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 

The Tijuana Milenio Minarete Rotary Club asked for our assistance last week to help fund a summer camp week for kids in their area.  Summer camp in Mexico is very affordable in US Dollars and our club quickly contributed enough funds to send 15 kids to camp.  Photo is Tijuana club president Hector Gamon presenting the combined check that will fund summer camp for many kids!
 
 

 
Community Service Director Nasrin Barbee reports that the local community service budget for Rotary year 2014-2015 was $6,250.  This doesn't include the value of hands-on service by RB Sunrise Rotarians.
 
Local Community Service Projects and Funding
1. Sikes Adobe Farmstead - clean up project prior to using the site for Rancho BEERnardo Festival Fundraiser
2. Valley Elementary School Winter Celebration - members volunteered and the club spent $850 in support
3. YMCA - Teens In Motion - donated $1000
4. Pova - Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center - was one of RB Sun. rise's Rotarians At Work sites: volunteers did cleanup and the club donated $500
5. Ronald McDonald House - Rotarians At Work site - purchased $250 worth of items and donated another $250
6. POW Foundation - donated $1000
7. Donated art and school supplies t`o Abraxas High School Purple Group - total of donated supplies, collected donations by outsiders and additional club puchased supplies  - in excess of $1500
8. Mini Golf for Good -bought and created a miniature golf hole
9. The Spirit of the Fourth - total donations - $325
10. Team Red, White and Blue - event participation by members and donation of $500
11. Ed Brown Senior Center - donated $500
12. Rides and Smiles - donated $500
13. Disaster Relief for Nepal Earthquake -  $500 from the Community Service budget toward the purchase by the club of a ShelterBox (total just under $1000.
14. Toys for Tots - Direct Donation by members of toys and direct member cash donated not reflected in club records
15. Thanksgiving Luncheon - Direct participation by members attending this event which is a fundraiser for the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation.
 
 

 
 
The Rotary Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Rotary International.  Rotarians and others donate money to the foundation.  The money is then used in several ways.  A major focus of the Rotary Foundation since the late 1980's has been the eradication of polio everywhere on the planet. This effort by Rotary in concert with governments and health organizations has resulted in the elimination of endemic polio in every country in the world except Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. In addition to this, Rotarians also donate to the Rotary Foundation in order to fund humanitarian projects through Global Grants for international projects and District grants for local projects. 
 
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise has achieved so great milestones in support of the Rotary Foundation in Rotary year (2014-2015).  The are:
     •  One of only 5 clubs of 66 District 5340 clubs to have contributions by every member.
     •  A per capita giving of 223.82  annual giving - #10 in the district
     •  Five Paul Harris Society members  (Members who donate $1000 every year)
     •  Three Major Donors - (members who have donated $10,000 as a one time event)
     •  Four Bequest Society members ( members who have made provision for a gift of $10,000 from their estate
     •  Six members enrolled in Rotary Direct (online direct monthly donations)
     •  Over $12,500 in total contributions so far this Rotary year
 

 
Peace Corps volunteer with students she taught in Jamaica
 
An article in the March 13 issue of the NY Times showcases the fact that for many retirees, being retireed is not satifying.  Often these retirees were vey busy in their own businesses and are usde to being productive.  Once they retire, the find that they are bored because they don't have anything to do.  These retirees are turning to membership in a Rotary Club as a way to once again be productive by volunteering in to serve in local and international projects.  Now, instead of being bored at home they are finding very satisfying service opportunities.  As a retiree, they have the time and the means to travel.  By paticipating in the service projects of their Rotary Club or district, they get the joy of working with other people in the projects that Rotary does around the world. 
 
The article outlines how many of those in the wave of new retirees are finding new ways through Rotary of being relevant again in retirement .  The second part of the article also tells how some retirees are working for the Peaced Corps as well and spending longer periods of time in foreign countries.
 
 

 
Fireman walking past a burning home in Rancho Bernardo on Oct 22, 2007- Photo from The San Diego Union-Tribune
I joined the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary in June of 2007.  A few months later on October 22nd I lost my home in wildfires that swept through Southern California taking with it 1,000 other homes.  At the time we had two boys in High School.  We were now forced to live in a hotel room with 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 teenagers.
 
Jay Riordan
My top priority was to find a rental home close to the high School with room for the animals.  Friends and family were running to our aid asking what they could do to help.  My response was, “Help us find a rental FAST.” I knew 1,000 other families were doing the same thing and suitable rentals would go fast.
Our friends and family came through with a list of potential rentals. Most of them were represented by one company.  Problem was, no one could get through to the company because their office was located in the middle of the evacuation area.
 
With that information, I knew that when they did return to their office they would have hundreds of phone calls and emails to answer. I decided to camp out on their doorstep to increase my chances of finding a rental home quickly.
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE.  SATURDAY OCTOBER 10, 2015
 
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.  
 

 
 
 

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