Becoming a member
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Posted by Jim Dunny on Aug 10, 2016
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club Female Leaders
|l to r: First row: Trudy Armstrong*, Nasrin Barbee*, Rosemarie Bergdahl, Alison Farrin*, Second row: Sue Herndon, Kendra Jeffcoat* Inan Linton, Jean Loo-Russo, Third Row: Jeanne MacLaren, Susan Marsh, Laura Mello, Karen Mortimer*, Fourth Row: Kim Muslusky, Laurie Oakland**, Heather Ray, Mary Stanton, Fifth Row: Judith Tronsrue, Tracey Van Putten, Kim Varey, Carolyn Woempler *past president **was president twice|
The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise was officially chartered on September 19, 1988 after being sponsored by The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo. This is the year after women were officially permitted to join Rotary clubs in the United States. The fourth club president was mortgage company executive Laurie Oakland (1991-1992). Laurie, a charter member also served as president in 2004-05 and is currently retired and an honorary member. (See the list of club presidents here.)
In our 29 year history, women have taken many leadership positions and 8 women have served as president. Currently a third of our 60 club members members are women. These women are current or former business and professional leaders in the fields of hospital administration, a college professor in education, architecture, travel office owner, mortgage banking, financial planning, pension plan design and administration, retirement home administration, certified public accounting and various executive positions in nonprofit organizations.
Posted by Jim Dunny on Aug 14, 2016
History of Women in Rotary (See the timeline here.)
In 1983 the Rotary Club of Duarte, CA admitted into membership, Dr. Sylvia Whitlock, a local school principle. When Rotary International discovered that S. Whitlock was Sylvia Whitlock, Rotary revoked the charter of the Duarte Club for violation of the standard Rotary Club bylaw prohibiting female membership. The Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte promptly sued Rotary International. Rotary's right to restrict membership was upheld by the trial court.
However, the Duarte Club appealed this decision to the California Court of Appeals where in 1986, the decision of the trial court was overturned. The California Supreme Court denied a request to hear the case, which meant that, in California, women had to be admitted as members. An appeal to the United States Supreme Court resulted in the decison handed down on May 4, 1987 that Rotary clubs may not exclude women as members.
Rotary then issued a policy statement that any United States Rotary club could admit qualified women into membership. Sylvia Whitlock was elected president of the reinstated Rotary Club in 1987-88 to become the first woman to be a president of a Rotary club. The Rotary Club of Marin Sunrise, California (formerly Larkspur Landing), was chartered on 28 May 1987. It becomes the first club after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to have women as charter members. At the first meeting of the Council on Legislation after the US Supreme Court decision (in 1989), the bylaws were officially changed to remove the "male only" language in the standard Rotary bylaws for Rotary clubs around the world.
Posted by Jim Dunny on Jun 20, 2016
|l -r: President Alison Farrin and Jeanne MacLaren|
It has to be noted that Jeanne has been very busy in the last 2 years. Not only has she contributed greatly to our club, she also took leadership positions at our district. During most of this time, Jeanne also was the caregiver for her husband, Tom who passed away several months ago.
We are thrilled to have Jeanne as a member because she brings a passion for Rotary with her. Jeanne is a past president of a club in northern California and their loss is our gain.
Congratulations to Jeanne for the richly deserved recognition!
From L to R Segen Ande, Jordyn Silverstone, Kevin Liao, Flynn Steele, Lloyd Trilling
There were between 1200-1800 applications for the prestigious camp but only space at the camp for 279 students. The camp encourages leadership skills by the students who begin the weekend as strangers. They are exposed to a diverse group of exceptional speakers, and then worki together in a “family” unit. Participants were divided into families to provide a more intimate learning and sharing experience. The "family" consistis of a Rotarian Facilitator and up to 10 students from different high schools throughout the Rotary District.
Posted by Susan Marsh on May 30, 2016
|Pres. Alison presenting a speaker gift book to be donated to Abraxas High School by Carolyn Ortiz|
Carolyn explained that for 14 years, there were four rate tiers, depending on usage, with tiers 1 and 2, at the lowest. These lower rate tiers were not paying their fair share of associated costs for energy transmisson. Tiers 3 and 4, on the other hand, were not only paying the highest rates but also subsidizing the lower two rates.
In September 2015, there was the current three-tier structure introduced, with a two-tiered system scheduled to begin April 2016. However, it has been put on hold until approximately the end of the year. When it goes into effect, tier 1, the lower paying customers, will see an increase of approximately $1-$7 in their monthly bills, and customers in tier 2 should see an approximate $5-$7 decrease in their monthly bills.
Carolyn spoke about different solutions all customers could do to lower their bills, including SDGE energy-saving assistance programs, technology solutions in purchasing energy-efficient appliances and thermostats, and other online solutions. SDG&E also has available for a short time free, thermostats that can be programmed by using a tablet or smartphone.
Posted by Susan Marsh on May 23, 2016
|L-r: Community Service Director Nasrin Barbee, Kim Muslusky and RB Sunrise Rotary President Alison Farrin with symbolic check|
At their regular meeting on May 17, RB Sunrise Rotary donated $1000 to the Thousand Smiles Foundation. The funds will be used to help fund the quarterly week end trips to their clinic in Ensenada, Mexico.
The Thousand Smiles Foundation (“the Foundation”) provides free medical treatment to patients with maxillofacial deformities who, without the help of physicians, dentists, and other medical and nonmedical volunteers, would go untreated. The Foundation promotes bilateral interchange between Rotarians and medical professionals from the United States and the countries in which it works.
Kim Muslusky, RB Sunrise Rotarian and Thousand Smiles volunteer, spoke about how patients come from all over Mexico to receive health care related to clef palates, and other facial deformities, at the Thousand Smiles Screening Clinic and General Hospital in Ensenada, Mexico. Dental patientss are also treated at this clinic.
|Past President Karen Mortimer with Viking Hat Man Rob Weinberg.|
On April 30, Kim Muslusky was one of the RB Sunrise Rotary members who helped to organize a toy storage room at Ronald McDonald House. During that reorganization Kim came upon a Viking Horn Hat. Kim recognized the fun value of the hat and the volunteer coordinator then gave it to her.
Posted by Alison Farrin on Apr 18, 2016
|Recipients shack with blanket covering the door||
Recipient's newly completed house with windows and lockable door
Posted by Jim Dunny on Mar 06, 2016
|l to r: Nasrin Barbee, Alison Farrin, and Erika Ramirez Lee|
The YMCA Teens in Motion (TIM) program exists to fulfill the needs of working parents whose teens have aged out of a typical child care setting. Staying home independently is not an option. Working parents who have teenagers and young adults with disabilities are limited in the type of care offered in our community. RB Sunrise Rotary Club at its March 1, 2016 provided a $2000 grant to YMCA's Teens in Motion program in Rancho Bernardo. Community Service Dir. Nasrin Barbee, RB Sunrise Pres. Alison Farrin, and Erika Ramirez Lee, YMCA Program Director Marketing and Family Engagement are shown in the photo above with the facsimile check.
2016 - 2017 Rotary Theme
What is Rotary?
Rotary is a leadership organization.
We're made of of local business, professional and civic leaders.
We meet regularly on Tuesday mornings, get to know each other, form friendships and through that, we're able to get things done in this community.
...and we have fun doing it !!
You are welcome to visit us as our guest to learn more about our fun organization.