Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
San Diego, CA

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Rancho BEERnardo IPA Beer Tasting Festival was a huge success on Saturday, September 27, 2014.  Over 450 people attended the event at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead.  All of the planning and work by RB Sunrise Rotary and The URGE Gastropub paid off for this successful event.  The festival was well received by all in attendance. Music supplied from Z CODE band made for a party atmosphere all afternoon.  The great hamburger and bratwurst sandwiches for sale from The URGE insured that no one need be hungry.

This event is RB Sunrise Rotary's main fundraising event for the year.  The final report for the event isn't in yet, but initial reports indicate that this event raised more money than any fundraiser in recent years and was far more fun for all involved!   Photo album from the Festival
Photos from Rancho BEERnardo Festival website.

Sikes Adobe Home from the south
On Saturday, September 20, over 20 RB Sunrise Rotarians,  spouses and family members converged on the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead armed with rakes, shovels, a chainsaw, a wheelbarrow  and various tree trimming tools.  Beginning at 7 am, the RB Sunrise Rotary workforce went to work.
Raking gravel on the path
The first task that our workforce completed was spreading and leveling decomposed granite gravel on the path from the parking lot.   Other volunteers did a general cleanup of the area west of the fenced in adobe home.  This included stacking stored wood and moving other material behind an enclosure.  A  Many of us worked on trimming several willow trees and then raking the ground under them to smooth out the ground.   Mark Berdan, assisted by a professional tree trimmer, trimmed two palm trees at the rear of the adobe house and removed dead branches from the willow trees.  A crew of Rotarians then collected all of the cut fronds and other debris and loaded it into the trailer Mark Berdan brought.  Plant cuttings and wood debris was removed to the southern edge of the property where ist is scheduled for removal.   Ralph Barbee did preliminary outlining of overflow parking lot for our event next Saturday. 
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club is excited about its upcoming fundraising event, Rancho BEERnardo Festival, San Diego's only IPA Beer Tasting event.  This event is a partnership with The Urge Gastropub.  The Urge will be provide the food at the event. 
Every year, Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club holds fundraising events in order to support many community organizations in the nearby community.  The impact of these funds and the volunteer efforts of club members combine to make a difference to the recipient organizatons and their missions. Here is a link to a flyer that lists some of the many charities RB Sunrise benefits.
RB Sunrise Rotary, like Rotary Clubs around the world, invites interested persons to join the community leaders in our club to build the relationships that allow us to share ideas about how to help our community and the world.  We then create the activities that let our members take action to change lives locally and also internationally.
For more information and tickets, go to: Rancho BEERnardo Festival   
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I was new to Rancho Bernardo when I started my own Farmers Insurance Agency in February 2011. I joined a networking group in order to build my business.  It was in this networking group that I met Steve Redd.  Steve was in the automobile sales business.   
I had a few people invite me to join their Rotary club.  I went to a few different meetings and realized their crowd wasn't "my type."  The clubs I visited didn't seem at all interested in me and the members didn't look like they were interested in someone my age.

By Augusto La Colla, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Villa Regina, Argentina, to Muenster, Germany

Youth Exchange Students in Europe

Through my Interact club in Argentina, I learned of an opportunity last year to go on a Rotary Youth Exchange to Muenster, Germany. I want to echo what others have said on this blog, that Youth Exchange is an unforgettable experience.

I had the pleasure of staying with two families in Germany — the Kirchhoffs and Beikers — and I consider both part of my family. Getting to know the German culture, to be a part of it, and to be immersed in it, I developed a new appreciation for my home country, and the world beyond. It made me realize just how amazing this world is, and gave me a desire to work to make the world a better place. 

A polio worker marks the side of a house in Kano, Nigeria, to indicate the children were not at home and a follow-up visit will needed to ensure they are vaccinated.
This is a story about how volunteer vaccinators have been helped by cooperation from the government to reduce the number of new cases of polio in Nigeria.   The new low in the number of new cases promises that Nigeria will soon join the list of Nations where polio has been eliminated
Click this link to read entire story.

l to r:  Jim Steward and Bob Davie holding award
This year's delayed Demotion Dinner was a fun event.  Thanks to some clever "foreign" guests, we had a lot of clever funny moments.  Demotee Jim awarded special Rotary pins to each of his board members. In a surprise announcement, Bob Davie was awarded a flame trophy as Rotarian of the Year for his service as Community Services Chair.  Bob stepped in and did a great job. The highlight of his service was the School Supply Project that resulted in delivery of several thousand dollars worth of school supplys for Abraxas High School.  The amount of supplies that our club was able to take to Abraxas came at an especially critical time because the supplies replenishe their supply room with supplies that they desperately needed and for which there was to funding in their budget.  The timing of our donation could not been more perfect.  Bob is a leader who shared an idea and then helped us take action. As Rotarians we all need to remember to follow his lead because as Rotarians we are, in fact, community leaders who meet to share ideas and then take action in the many ways we make a difference in Rancho Bernardo and beyond. 
Because a new Rotary year begins on July 1 and July 4th is the Independence Day holiday, our new president's first "official" duty is ride in the Spirit of the Fourth Parade in Rancho Bernardo.  This year, President Karen represented us in the parade.
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary has a significant history of additional participation in the Spirit of the Fourth Parade.  Past President Kendra Jeffcoat and her husband Jay (a Kiwanian!!!) were announcers at the reviewing stand on Bernardo Center Drive. For at least the last 2 years, Jay Riordan and his wife Brenda replaced Kendar and Jay as announcers at the Bernardo Center site.  The parade is a highlight of the Fourth of the daytime July Festivities in Rancho Bernardo.  The parade is a family event and some families and their chiildren actually participate by walking in the parade. 

Congratulations to President Karen on a great beginning for her year as our President. 
l to r: DG Louise Andres, 2014-15 La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Pres. Ron Kohl and 2013-14 RB Sunrise Pres. Jim Stewart
One of the traditions in District 5340 that occurs at the Governor's Awards Dinner is the transfer of the Banner for District Governor's Home Club. For the 2013-14 Rotary Year, Rancho Bernardo had the privelege to displaying this banner at every club meeting because our Past President Carl Kruse was District Governor.  Now that Carl has "passed the torch" to 2014-15 District Governor Louise Andres, the banner had to be transferred to the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, DG Louise's home club. 
At the Governor's Dinner on June 24, after DG Louis Andres was installed, members of our club who were present all gathered on one side of the stage and then our outgoing club president, Jim Stewart, took the banner to the stage and presented the banner to the incoming president of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, Ron Kohl. The Governor's Home Club Banner now will reside with that club for this entire Rotary year. .

In the picture above, you see  Jim and Irene Dunny standing at the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge.  They were part of the Rotary PolioPlus fundraising event in which the Bridge Climb Company would donate half of each participant's climbing fee to PolioPlus.  This climb was advertised as an attempt to break the world record (315) held by Oprah Winfrey and her fans for the largest number of people on the bridge at one time. The Sydney Harbor Bridge is the largest bridge in the world that can be climbed by tourists
Congratulations to Scripps Ranch High School senior Karly Hampshire for earning the top honor at the Four-Way Test Speech Contest finals held at the April 29th District Council at the California Center for the Arts Escondido. 
Sponsored by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club Karly's speech on applying the Four-Way Test to non-violent settlement of conflicts earned the judge's nod for content, organization and presentation.  The three judges took an extraordinary amount of time to compare and finalize individual vote results as there were six very talented and poised contestants who dazzled the audience of over 170 attendees during the evening. 
Speech subjects covered how the Four-Way Test applies to the use of social media, the morality of doing what is right, the non-violent settlement of conflicts, today's broadcast media, hurtful discrimination, and student engagement in school and community activities.  This program is one of the district's highlights of our Youth Service activities. 

RB Sunrise Rotarians Alison Farrin,
Martin Sheps, and Mary Stanton
repair toys
Members of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary club spent Saturday, April 26, 2014 performing maintenance, repair and clean-up work for Ronald McDonald House of San Diego. The club members selected this project as their contribution to Rotarians At Work Day. The Ronald McDonald House provides a welcoming “home away from home” for families caring for critically ill or injured children at local hospitals. Featuring 47 guest suites, three daily meals, an onsite school for siblings of hospitalized children, day resting rooms for visitors, a serenity garden, and a wide range of other appropriate services, the facility is meant to ease the medical experience for children being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions.
RB Sunrise President Jim Stewart, District
Governor Carl Kruse and Foundation Chair
Jeanne MacLaren
At the regular club meeting on April 22, 2014 four new Paul Harris Fellows were recognized.  With the addition of these four members, RB Sunrise Rotary Club achieved a milestone.  A Paul Harris Fellowship Award is a recognition given to a member when the member donates or has donated in their name a total of $1000 to the Rotary Foundation. Because new members are often added during the year, goal of 100 percent membership participation at this award level is difficult to achieve.  Congratulations to Rotary Foundation Chair, Jeanne MacLaren, for her hard work in getting our membership motivated and working to verify that RB Sunrise Rotary could achieve this goal. 

Congratulations to RB Sunrise International Chair, Paul Gorman, who has successfully guided a global grant proposal through all of the steps necessary to submit it at the beginning of the new Rotary year which is July 1.  RB Sunrise Rotary Club is the Primary Host Partner for Global Grant G-341.  This is a request for funding of a Surgical Weekend Program at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA.  The Primary International Rotary Club Partner is the Rotary Club of Tijuana Milenio Minarete, a sister club of RB Sunrise Rotary Club. 

The Surgery Weekend Program provides comprehensive, high quality medical care to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured children with physical deformities and other conditions. The Surgery Weekend Program consists of six, eight-week Surgery Weekend Cycles per year. Each eight-week Surgery Weekend Cycle includes an intensive 2-day Surgery Weekend where volunteer medical professionals provide extensive reconstructive surgeries. Throughout the rest of the Cycle, Fresh Start holds dental clinics, laser treatments, speech therapy services, and health education to ensure comprehensive medical care. At each Surgery Weekend Cycle, Fresh Start treats approximately 65 children, totaling approximately 400 children annually.

Medical treatments are provided at the Fresh Start Clinic at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, CA, USA by an all-volunteer team of medical professionals. All lodging, food, and transportation to the Clinic is provided at no cost to the family.


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