Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
San Diego, CA

Rotary Stories

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.
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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Jul 07, 2015
Alison Farrin
Club Assembly
Jul 14, 2015
Arlene Cawthorne
Normal vs. Not Normal Aging
Jul 21, 2015
Pete Jackson, host
Adaptive Sports & Recreation Assoc.
Jul 28, 2015
Alison Farrin, host
DIstrict Governor Janice Kurth Official Visitation

Club Officers

President Elect
Past President
Executive Secretary
Sergeant at Arms
Foundation Chair
Fundraising Chair
Membership Co-Chair
Fundraising Co-Chair