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Welcome to RB Sunrise Rotary Club

Rancho Bernardo Sunrise

Rotary's Motto: Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Country Club of Rancho Bernardo
12280 Greens East Road
San Diego, CA  92128
United States
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It's 7am on a Tuesday morning and you're faced with a room full of steady, dominant, influential and compliant people, Who you gonna call?
No, the answer is NOT the Ghostbusters. For the RB Sunrise Rotary Club the answer was Robert Bowen, Jr., Certified Business Coach, who came in to this week's meeting to educate us about observable behavioral styles and how much one can learn just by paying attention.
And by paying attention, I noticed Mr. Bowen to be Direct, Brief and to the Point (a Dominant trait); Extroverted (an Influential trait); Benefit oriented (a sign of Steadiness); and Data and Fact oriented (a factor in Compliant people).
One person's takeaway: we're all a combination, but with the right person by your side you can draw out the primary characteristics that make you the best leader possible.
Thank you, Mr. Bowen, for showing us the leadership potential we all carry inside us.
Visit Robert Bowen online at www.focalpointcoaching.com. For more about RB Sunrise Rotary and our upcoming beer festival, visit us at www.ranchobeernardofestival.com.
One of the best parts of Rotary is knowing you're having a positive impact on the future.

So we give many thanks to David Clark for joining us at this week's meeting. David is one of the dozens of students who's been sponsored at Abraxas High School by the RB Sunrise Rotary.

Now that he's graduated and has started at Mesa College, David dropped by to bring us up to speed on his successes and future plans.

Congratulations, David! We know you'll do well, and look forward to hearing from you again over the years. Please stay in touch.

A fascinating thing happened at this week's meeting of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club: OUR SPEAKER DIDN'T PUT US TO SLEEP!

This may sound like a low bar to get over, but when you're talking to a club that meets from 7-8:30am it can be a little challenging.

Admittedly, our having this get-together at 5pm probably helped in one regard, but was equally challenging in another. Rather than trying to wake folks up before the day starts, a speaker at the tail-end of the day needs to keep the focus of everyone interested in heading home, having a glass of wine, and spending the evening with the family.

Into this environment strolled Greg Reid - raconteur, business leader, author, and adventurer - who spent an enthusiastic 30 minutes talking about Three Feet From Gold: Success is closer than it appears. He talked, he joked, he bounced around the room. He exuded SO much energy that, from this writer's seat, it's amazing he didn't need to have an oxygen tank nearby to prevent exhaustion.

As part of his presentation, Greg handed out free copies of 15 different books from his personal library (and autographed by their various authors) because, as he joked, "They hadn't sold too well."

As he notes on his website, experiencing Greg on stage is like being on a rollercoaster ride you’ll never forget, with twists, turns and surprises that will ignite your senses leaving you on your feet screaming for more. The 55 members of the RB Sunrise Rotary Club family who have now experienced the Greg Reid phenomenon would undoubtedly agree with this assessment.

So it was last night as the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club met at 5pm (don't try to make sense of it...it works) to install President Paul Gorman as Lunatic-In-Chief.
A Standing Room Only crowd of thousands cheered him on, playing HAIL TO THE CHIEF to start his year off with a bang. Because Paul believes in a hands-off management style, everyone was allowed to play in their own key, so it all came out as a really loud buzz.
The aspirin and earplugs concession did a very profitable business!
Emily Weinberg, our club's musical talent, is expected to join us later in the year to provide lessons in how to play kazoo and stay on-key.
And with the first rule of Rotary's four-way test (IS IT THE TRUTH?) firmly in mind, I'll admit here that the crowd may have been smaller than previously reported...though nobody can be certain exactly how many people were there. However, it WAS the largest presidential inaugural crowd the club has ever had...this year.
Congratulations, Paul. Remember that you can handle anything if you know there's an end to it, and there are just 353 days until you're finished with your term.
RB Sunrise Rotarian are there to help people in need.  Just ask Mike Miller.
President of RB Financial, Miller said he was tired of being nickel and dimed with fines for his birthday, wedding anniversary, etc. Club members wished him well and assumed he'd never attend another meeting.
Two weeks later the Witch Creek wildfire swept through town. Mike and Teresa Miller escaped from their burning house with 10 minutes notice, the garage aflame around them as they sped into the night. Word went around the Rotary club like...well, like wildfire.
And the following Saturday 40 Rotarians and spouses appeared at the Miller property with shovels, wheelbarrows, gloves, hats, masks and boots. Our objective: search for any surviving valuables. There was no discussion whether we'd help. The need was there...and we helped.

l-r: RB Sunrise President Craig Brown, Alison Farrin - Scholarship Committee Chair, Lauren Horne, Jay Jeffcoat


RB Sunrise Rotary presented the first annual Kendra Jeffcoat Memorial Scholar Scholarship to recent RBHS graduate Lauren Horne.  The late Kendra Jeffcoat was a past president of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and at her passing in late February 2017 was a professor in the education department at SDSU.

"And then we were named 'Club Of The Year' for District 5340!" So said outgoing president Craig Craig S Brown, who collected our club's award this past Monday evening.
The award was for our club's outstanding performance in the classification as a medium sized club in Distriect 5340. 
At our meeting on June 27, Jelena Starcevic spoke about all of the activities that kept her busy as she completed her Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution as a Peace scholar at USD.  Jelena is a trained lawyer in her home country, Serbia. Before coming to San Diego for her studies here she workd in the area of employment law.  She explained how her studies will benefit her is being able to recognize what causes conflicts and how to get the parties to a dispute to work toward a resolution of a dispute by identifying the actual issues that are causing the problem.  She explained that often the perceived issues are not the real issues.  Often distrust and side issues cause the problem to escalate.  When the proper questions are asked and the parties can begin to understand each other, solutions can be found to solve the dispute in ways that benefit both parties. 
Jelena said she was surprised that so few lawyers were involved in learning how to resolve conflict and work toward peaceful solutions.  Jelena sent a copy of her remarks and you can download her presentation as a Word document by clicking on this link - Jelena's Peace Scholar presentation.
On Tuesday, June 20, 2017,  Julie Reinke from the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine spoke to the club members about the enhancements in diagnosing diseases in infants and newborns that genomics is making possible.  A research study made possible by a research grant and private donors has created the research lab at Rady Children's Hospital that has a human DNA sequencing machine that can sequence the DNA from a baby in as little as 36 hours! Using a database that is in the cloud, physicians can then take the data from the sequencing machine to make an accurate diagnosis of disease in newborns and infants.  
Julie spoke of several cases that provided an insight in to the benefits of this technology.  In one case a baby was admitted at the beginning of the week with a preliminary diagnosis that would require invasive surgery.  Because the baby's blood was used to get a serum sample the was used to do a rapid DNA sequencing study, the need for the surgery was literally cancelled at the last moment. While the anesthesiologist was taking a break before starting the anesthesia for the procedure, the information was conveyed to the surgical team that told them that the planned surgery which had the possibility of serious side effects was not needed.
The fact that the database information is in the cloud allows the researchers and doctors in the institute to be anywhere and be able to react quickly when the sequencing process has been completed.  In one case a physician was at Legoland with his family when he was notified the the information was ready.  Without leaving Legoland, he was able to make a diagnosis.
Raw data being gathered by the institute on economic impact of this technology is already sparking intense interest by insurance companies.  Although the testing procedure is expensive, the fact that early use of this diagnostic tool is proving to make possible a tremendous cost savings as well as making accurate treatment available more rapidly that ever before.
Bill Gates and RI President John Germ.

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 12, 2017) – Today in Atlanta Rotary President John Germ and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, announced a commitment of up to $450 million to support the eradication of polio.

To an audience of nearly 40,000 Rotary members attending the humanitarian organization’s annual convention, Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation renewed their longstanding support for ending polio – a paralyzing, life-altering scourge on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Rotary committed to raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation. This expanded agreement will translate into $450 million for polio eradication activities, including immunization and surveillance over the next three years. This critical funding helps ensure countries around the world remain polio-free and that polio is ended in the remaining three endemic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.

For more on this story click here.

Rotary is about Changing Lives. Each Rotary year, RB Sunrise changes lives of people locally and internationally.  We change lives by direct action when we have a service project such as building a house in Mexico with volunteers from our club.  We also change lives  by our financial support of charitable organizations whose mission is to provide health, welfare or educational opportunities locally and internationally.
On June 2, 2017 members of the RB Sunrise Rotary Club met at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo to "demote" President Craig Brown.  The annual fun event is the club's way of celebrating the successes of the Rotary year.  Contrary to what many in the community may think might be boring, RB Sunrise Rotary is noted for having fun events, especially their Demotion Party. 
President Craig BrownPast President Alison Farrin
President Elect Paul GormanJay and Brenda Riordan
The theme for this event was Woodstock. Apparently President Craig actually attended Woodstock in 1969.  Many of the members of the club showed up in very creative costumes that were inspired by the kind of attire actually seen at Woodstock in 1969.  The room was filled with people sporting long hair, beards and or mustaches and hippy clothes. City Councilman Mark Kersey was on hand to present President Craig with a Proclamation from the City of San Diego that designated Friday, June 2, 2017.  In his brief comments, Councilman Kersey remarked that he never before felt so out of place because of the way he was dressed. For more photos, see 2017 Demotion Party Picture Album
At our meeting on May 30, 2017, the theme for the day was Leadership.  This is in keeping with the statement that "Rotary is a Leadership Organization" that we answer when we are asked "What is  Rotary?"
RYLA Students Poorvi Dattak,
Nikhil Penugonda,Katie Chau, Ashley Lo and Camille Pino
RB Sunrise President Craig Brown with Karen Ogden  from Sole Effects
The program for the meeting showcased two examples of how RB Sunrise Rotary fulfills the commitment to Leadership in what we do. The first example is RYLA - the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp.  The second example is Sole Effects, a program for 8th and 9th grade students that develops leadership skill in students that they very often don't realize they have.

RB Sunrise Rotary Club is a club whose members are leaders not only loocally, but globally.  They make a difference in the world with their involvement in humanitarian projects.  Lee Haney is one of those leaders.  From his home in Rancho Berrnardo, Lee oversees the finances of the Holy Innocents Children's Hospital in Uganda.  As the CFO and board member, Lee oversees fundraising for the first dedicated children's hospital in Uganda.  In our meeting on May 2, 2017,  we recognized Lee's involvement in this endeavor by providing a grant of $5000 to help buy equipment for this hospital.  To learn more about Holy Innocents Children's Hospital, click on  this link or the logo above. 
l-r: Club President Craig  Brown,  Lee Haney, Heather Ray - RB Sunrise Grant Coordinator.
On Tuesday, May 9,  RB Sunrise Rotary  Club symbolically presented a large check to each of 3 organizations who had already received real checks. These organization directly change the lives of the children their programs benefit.  RB Sunrise Rotary Club is pleased to support these and other organizations because as Rotarians - Changing Lives is What We Do!
Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch
l-r: Sue Herndon, President Craig Brown,  and Adrienne Wells Holmes
Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch’s mission is to inspire responsibility and compassion by connecting people and animals. Through innovative programs that encourage young people to be mindful and kind while also providing at-risk horses a second lease on life, Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch strives to encourage humanity while strengthening the bond between people and animals.
In the photo above, RB Sunrise Rotary member Sue Herndon, who is also a board member of the Toby Wells Foundation joins President Craig Brown and Toby Wells Foundation Executive Director Adrienne Wells Holmes in receiving the club's $2600 donation.  The donation will help to fund the programs at Blue Apple Ranch, a horse rescue facility
The ranch provides for field trips and a seasonal day camp  for city dwelling children.  The children learn about ranch life and in the camp, they learn how to care for the horses and also get to go on rides.  The experience teaches caring and responsibility to children who gain a love for animals.  

One of major areas of focus for Rotary is clean water.  Rotarians are making a difference in third world countries by sponsoring clean water projects through funding via the Rotary Foundation. An article earlier this year in Rotary Weekly tells the story about what Rotarians in Ohio are doing to address a threat to safe drinking water in their own backyard.
A Rotary club in Toledo, Ohio learned about a threat to clean water in their own community. They found out how blooms of poisonous blue-green algae threaten the western basin of Lake Erie, the source of drinking water for millions of people. They were then surprised to learn that no one was addressing the problem. 
Read more to learn how these Rotarians are leading the fight against this threat to the drinking water from Lake Erie. It is a clear example of how Rotarians make a difference in their own communities.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation at it 2017 conference in San Francisco.
The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving - Kellogg, Komen, and MacArthur, among others  - are past honorees.

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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.
District Goveror Scott Carr
Jul 25, 2017
Official DG visit
David Kramer
Aug 01, 2017
Chairmans Roundtable
Kristen Gaspar
Aug 08, 2017
San Diego County Supervisor
PDG Marilyn Sanderson
Aug 15, 2017
Brdging the Gap to Millennials
Lori Erickson
Aug 22, 2017
Fisher House. Lori is the Manager
Adrienne Sherk
Aug 29, 2017
Team Red, White and Blue
Karen Mortimer will supply speaker
Oct 24, 2017
ABC Training for club members for Rancho BEERnardo
Club Officers
President Elect
Past President
Executive Secretary
Club Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Fundraising Chair