Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
San Diego, CA
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Saturday April 30, 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of Rotarians at Work.  This Rotary Hands On Event was inspired by the late Bob Watson who was the District Governor in 2005-2006.  His dream was that on one day, Rotarians in clubs around the world would all do volunteer projects.  The first year, District 5340 was joined by District 4100 (Tijuana, Mexico).  Since then, this idea has grown and has been adopted by many districts and Rotary International.
RB Sunrise Rotary Club had 2 volunteer crews working on April 30 2916.  The first was a crew that was volunteering at the Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center (PoVA).  PoVA is a charity that was launched several years ago after the Executive Director, Ingrid Mourey spoke to RB Sunrise about starting a therapy riding center in the area.  RB Sunrise has done multiple RAW projects at PoVA. Here is this years project report:

Recipients shack with blanket covering the door
Recipient's newly completed house with windows and lockable door
RB Sunrise Rotarians Jay Riordan, Tracey Van Putten and Alison Farrin gathered with four additional friends and family and crossed the border to build a house on Saturday for a young Couple expecting their first child.  The house build project is a partnership of RB Sunrise Rotary and Project Mercy, a charity that is headquartered in Poway||
This community, on the road from Otay Mesa towards Tecate, sits above a wash that must run deep with water when it rains.  When dry, residents have taken advantage of the sandy bottom to create a soccer field.  This seems typical of this community, like many others in impoverished areas of Mexico, taking full advantage of every castoff to provide shelter and make a home.  When we arrived, there were two slabs sitting adjacent to one another and we went to work on the higher one.  We later learned that one of the couples helping out was slated to have their house built on the lower slab the following week. The recipients of this house is Dominguez family. Ana Barbara, 19, is due to give birth this coming week.  She says the baby (boy) is waiting for his new house before making an appearance. Renato, 25, works as a laborer on a ranch and earns very little.
Helping out were the watch words of the day, as the seven of us who came from the US could not have built this house alone.  The Three amigos - Nacho, Roberto and a third man, assist on most of these builds.  What seemed different from many of our past builds was the amount of community assistance that went into this project.  When we arrived, a bit late due to an issue with secondary at the crossing, there were twenty or more community members already assisting with painting the trim and setting up the studs for cutting.  They all continued to pitch in and the kids that wanted to help were especially endearing.
Painting the outside walls and trim was completed in record time and many of us got to stand an watch as the walls went into place.  We weren't needed to assist, as there were 15 more people ready to help lift!  Before noon, the walls were up and the ridge beam and rafters were in place, as well as the interior walls.  We had just enough paint remaining to pool the white from the trim with the orange from the outside and paint half the interior peach and cream!  
Windows, the front door and the trim pieces went in quickly after lunch and soon we were ready to stand in front of the finished house and present the keys.  In addition, Kris and I donated a table and chairs that had been stripped and refinished by my dad over 50 years ago.  We also brought 90 pounds of rice and beans, canned goods, as well as many other staples that could be used by the family as they settle in.  There were towels, sheets and blankets, enough that other families in the community may have shared in the donations.  She also received dishes, pots, pans, eating utensils and.... a can opener.

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. 
On February 23, Rotary International celebrated its 111th birthday.  It was on February 23, 1905 that 4 friends met at the office Gustave Loehr in Chicago, IL.  The other three founders were Paul Harris, Sylvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey The next meeting of this new group was "rotated" to one of the other offices of the members.  After six meetings, the Chicago Rotary Club discontinued its practice of meeting in members’ offices and began to assemble in various restaurants and hotels. For more of Rotary's history go to: Rotary Global History Fellowship
This February 23, RB Sunrise Rotary Club went dark at their usual meeting venue, the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. Instead six members volunteered their offices to host "Rotational" breakfasts.  The purpose of this move was to let those in attendance at each location get to learn about the others.  In a regular meeting, members don't really get to find out much about other member's businesses.  At a "Rotational" breakfast meeting, members tell what their business is and how they chose to be in that business. 
Selection of eBay Live Auctions to benefit Rotary
Rotary is partnering with eBay Live Auctions to provide members, their families, and friends a chance to support Rotary’s work by bidding on antiques, artwork, jewelry, and collectibles. Each month, eBay Live Auctions will donate a portion of the proceeds from a selection of auctions to help Rotary’s humanitarian efforts.

Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary partnered with the Poway Little League to collect gently used toys and clothes for an orphanage in Tijuana. 
This project asked grade school children to share something they had loved with some kids who didn’t have much to love.  The result was an SUV full of clothes, toys and games, collected with the assistance of our younger Rotary professionals and donated to Club Rotario Tijuana Milenio Minarete who made sure they arrived at the orphanage.

District Governor Elects from around the world are attending training sessions at the International Assembly in San Diego.  The assembly runs from Sunday, January 18 through Saturday, January 24.  As is usual for this meeting, the President Elect of Rotary Internatonal announces the theme for the next Rotary year.  Accordingly the thme and logo for 2015 -2016 was unveiled during Sunday evening's opening session

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA.


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To learn more about Rotary, visit us. RB Sunrise Rotary meets Tuesday mornings at 7:00 am at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo.  See the information on this website for more meeting information and directions. We welcome visitors and look forward to seeing you. 

Toys For Tots
At our regular meeting on Dec 8, our club again donated toys collected and/or purchased by our club members.
The toys were received by two Marine Corps enlisted men who were guests at our meeting. We presented the toys for them to use to brighten the lives of the children this program serves.
Sue Herndon is the club member who spearheads this activity every year. She has been doing this for over 7 years. An interesting aspect of the participation of RB Sunrise Rotary Club in that this is not a budget item for the club. All of the money and gifts are supplied by the contributions of members, either by donation of unwrapped toys or by a special donation of money that Sue uses to shop for toys.

Holiday Gift Fair at Valley Elementary School
Gift Fair in progress
Sue Herndon, originator
RB Sunrise members at the breakfast buffet area
2 members of TJ club with Nasrin Barbee at right
Since December 2010, RB Sunrise Rotary Club has partnered with the PTA at Valley Elementary School in Poway to assist them in their Holiday Craft Gift Fair.  It was in 2010 that our president that year, Al Watson wanted to have a holiday activity for children.  RB Sunrise member Sue Herndon knew about the Gift Fair at Valley Elementary School because her daughter once taught there.  With Sue’s help, we were able to partner with the PTA at Valley Elementary School in Poway.  That first year RB Sunrise Rotary Club provided gifts for the children to select and wrapping paper to wrap the gifts.  Valley Elementary School has a large population of hispanic children and others who are eligible for not only the free school lunch program, but also the breakfast program.  For that reason, that first year our club also supplied breakfast items as well.
Empty slab at the beginning of the day
On Saturday morning, Nov 7. 2015, 10 RB Sunrise Rotarians, family members, friends and co-workers gathered at the office of Dream Design Builders at 6:00 am.  Once everyone arrived, we all got into our vehicles and drove to the McDonald's Restaurant at the Otay Border Crossing.  There we met with several people from Project Mercy who guided us across the border and led us to the building site.  We arrived at the site around 8:00 am.  Jay Riordan and construction worker volunteers from Dream Design Builders set up their equipment which included a generator, an air compressor, several saws and 2 nail guns. 
Everyone quickly got to work. The volunteers split into two groups.  One group painted plywood siding panels and wood trim pieces.  The other group went to work laying out the location for the walls on the concrete slab which had already been poured.  During the next three hours, lumber was measured, marked and cut and then nailed together to form the walls of the house.  Once the framing was done, the painted plywood wall panels were nailed to frames.  Holes for the windows and the door were also cut. After all the walls were put together, they were raised into place.  Before the front wall was nailed into place two interior walls were also installed.  By this time, it was nearly 11:30 am, so it was time for a break for lunch.
RB Sunrise Rotary Holiday Party and Fundraiser
Autioneer Mike Moffat
Fun during the Auction
Each year, RB Sunrise holds a holiday party at the home of one of our members.  This year the party was held at the home of our president, Alison Farrin, in Ramona. Over the years this event has transitioned from a catered event to a potluck format.  It is one of our club’s main social events of the year.  The party is also a fundraising event.

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.
For more information about this announcement, go to


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