Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
San Diego, CA

Rotary Stories

You’ve heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge?  RB Sunrise Rotarian, Mark Berdan, took the Sand Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The Sand Bucket Challenge was done during the RB Sunrise regular meeting on March 24, 2015.  This fun event was, as you can see, done in our meeting room, so sand was the alternative to ice and water. 


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.
Israeli, Palestinian, and American teens draw portraits of one another -- an exercise in seeing one another in a new way -- in an art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, during the 2014 Hands of Peace program.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kelly Mellos

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015,  Rancho Bernardo Sunrise heard a presentaton by portrait artist Kathy Mellos.  She is a member of the Rotary club of Encinitas, California. She explained how Palistinian and Israeli high school students come to Encinitas in order to gain a new perspective. Kathy uses her artictic ability to get these students to make portraits of each other and in the process see each other as people and not enemies.
Here is a link to an article on Rotary International Website with more information about how Rotary is promoting peace through this program. 


DGE from Brazil and his wife

Swedish DGE presenting her district's information
l to r:  DGE from a district that  Czech and Slovak Republics and Trudy Armstrong, RB Sunrise Rotary Past President

Relaxed atmosphere during dinner at the World Resources SIM Center/GENI Offices

During the week of January 18-24, San Diego was the location for Rotary's International Assembly.  This is the meeting held every January when District Governor Elects gather from all over the world to be trained for being the leaders of their district in the next Rotary year. While the International Assembly is going on, San Diego and Imperial Countys' Rotary District 5340 leaders and club members assist Rotary International and these guests.  One very interesting event is the opportunity for clubs in District 5340 to host the visiting district governor elects for a dinner.  
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.  

A bird's eye view of the world's largest human national flag
Photo great: cortesyof I.S.A.K. Nazar, Governor of District 2390(India)
To eradicate polio in India, Rotary members displayed impressive coordination and commitment. So it should come as no surprise that Rotary members in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, were able to mobilize more than 40,000 people to create the world's largest human national flag. The tribute to the polio eradication effort qualified as a Guinness World Records-breaking achievement.

"What impressed me most was that all of Rotary was represented: Rotaractors, Interactors, and Rotarians," says RI President Gary C.K. Huang, who participated in the event along with his wife, Corinna, and other Rotary senior leaders. "They brought their classmates, friends, and co-workers. I think that says a lot about how important it is to the people that India is polio free."

Participants from all walks of life holding placards stood together on a local fairgrounds to form the Indian flag. Their display broke the record set last year by the Sports Club of Lahore, which organized nearly 30,000 people to form the Pakistani flag.

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