Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
Rotary Club (San Diego, CA)

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Rotary is receiving significant international media coverage this week for its role in the historic polio-free certification of the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia region.   
On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the regular meeting of the RB Sunrise Rotary Club. a sub regional 4 Way Speech competition was held.  The contestants represented 5  different Rotary clubs in North county San Diego.  Each of the speaker gave really great speeches on Rotary's 4 Way Test.  The winner of this level competition was Arceli Huerta, sponsored by the Escondido Rotary Club and accompanied by her sponsoring teacher at Escondido High School, Brady Clay. (see photo at left.)
The runner up was Carol Hall from Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club. She also will be moving on to a regional contest.  Congratulations to these two speakers and to the fine effort of all of the speakers.

Rotary has had a global ad campaign with pictures of celebrities with fingers held an inch apart say "We're this close" to eradicating polio.  That campaign has gone on fore several years.  What has been the progress and why is the eradication effort stalled. First of all, 4 years ago there were 4 countries where polio was endemic.2 years ago, India was removed from that list and there have been no new polio cases reported in India for over 2 years. That is the good news.  The bad news is that in the other 3 countries in the last reported numbers from 2011 there has been an increase in polio cases over the number in 2010.  How can that be?
L to R: Josh Hampshire,
Carly Hampshire
On February 19, 2014 RB Sunrise Rotary held the club level 4 Way Speech contest.  This speech contest is held every year in Rotary District 5340 to promote public speaking for high school students. The winner of the club level contest goes on to compete at the subregional contest in March at a different location. Former president, Rex Teets has for many years been the moderator for the club and subregional contest.
This year's contest had only 2 contestants.  Both contestants were from Scripps Ranch High School.  Interestingly, the were brother and sister.  The winner was Carly Hampshire, a senior.  She defeated her brother, Josh, who is a freshman.  As is often the case, both did a fine job with their speeches. 
Story update:  Carly placed second at a subregional competition and will move up to compete at a regional contest to be held at the San Diego Downtown Rotary club meeting on April 2 at 7:00 am.  The meeting is at the University Club (34th floor of Symphony towers, 750 B Street)

2 New Paul Harris Fellows
L to R: Jeanne MacLaren, Mary Stanton L to R: Jeanne MacLaren, MaryCay Durrant
RB Sunrise Rotary Club recently awarded two Paul Harris Fellowships during February.    Club Rotary Foundaton Chair Jeanne MacLaren awarded a  Paul Harris Fellowship early in the month.  Jeanne awarded MaryCay Durrant her Paul Harris Fellowship on Feb 19.  Congratulations to both of these women on this achievement.
The Paul Harris Fellowship award is named after the the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris.  This award rewards those individuals who have contributed money to the Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus fund or the Annual fund.  Award points are earned on a 1 point per dollar donated.  Rotarians also can be awarded these recognition points by means of transfer from accumulated points from other Rotarians or other club in the district.  Awarded points are earned as recognition for outstanding service to the club in support of a project.

The First Four Rotarians

On 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting.

Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship.


By Terry Ziegler, Rotary Foundation chair for District 5890 (Texas, USA)

I can relate to the frustration of having a cluttered mailbox. Last year, I found one more way to cut out the clutter — Rotary Direct.

In December, I reached out to The Rotary Foundation, delighted by the simple year-end gift record I received in acknowledgement of my automatic monthly donations. You get one statement at the end of the year, rather than each time you mail a check. That’s in addition to the fact that it’s automatic and easy — no checks to mail, no stamp costs.

By utilizing your debit cards, Rotary Direct sets up a fixed automatic payment, aligning your philanthropic giving with your monthly budget.

A child is vaccinated against polio in Côte d’lvoire, which has been free of the disease since 2011. Ongoing immunization in every country is vital until polio is eradicated worldwide.
Photo Credit: Alyce Henson/Rotary International 
Story courtesy of Rotary International

President Barack Obama signed an omnibus appropriations bill in January that provides $205 million to support polio eradication in 2014, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U. S. Agency for International Development.

The largest government donor to polio eradication, the U.S. has contributed more than $2.3 billion since the mid-1980s, when 125 countries were polio endemic and the disease afflicted 350,000 people annually. Today, only Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria are endemic, and in 2013, the combined incidence of polio in those countries fell to a record-low 157 cases. Last month , India reached a three-year milestone without polio, paving the way for the entire Southeast Asia region to be certified free of the disease.  

A Video from Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland


School Supplies On Tables Ready for Bagging

Members Filling Bags

President James Stewart and Bob Davie with car load of school supplies

Bulk Paper Supplies on Utility Cart


On Tuesday,January 28, instead of a club general meeting for a Club Assembly, club members were asked to bring school supplies to the meeting.  These school supplies were assembled by members into "grab bags" for distribution to students and faculty at Abraxas High School.  Abraxas is a continuation high school in the Poway Unified School District.  This school is designed to help students succeed who have had difficulty in their previous school.  The school supplies are needed because budget cuts have cut deeply into the ability of the school to provide needed supplies to teachers and students alike. Like teachers in other school, the teachers at Abraxas often dig into their own pocket to purchase supplies for their classrooms
 l to r. DGE's Jaldeland, Eicher, Kriebel, Moore, Mohpatra, von Dewall, 5340 DG Carl Kruse, DGEs Nori and Kane 

RB Sunrise Rotary Club  hosted a dinner at the World Resources Simulation Center located at 1088 Third Avenue in San Diego.  Greek food was complemented by Stone IPA beer (a local beer from Escondido-North County) and California wines.  Desert cookies were supplied by Belmont Village Retirement Home.  Peter Miesen, an honorary member of RB Sunrise opened his venue for this event.  After the social time and dinner, each visiting DGE was given an opportunity to tell everyone about their district while Peter projected their district website and maps on screens that surround the room. 

2014-15 RI Theme Logo
Incoming district governors enthusiastically greeted the theme for 2014-15, Light Up Rotary, during the first plenary of the International Assembly, Rotary’s annual training event for future leaders. 
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang explained he was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”
Several of the future leaders gave their thoughts about the theme moments after it had been unveiled here in San Diego, California, USA. To read their comments, click here.


District Governor

DG Carl Kruse


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Michael Rennie
Update on Programs at the Poway Performing Arts Center
Apr 29, 2014
Rev Dr. Mofid Wasef
A Critical Examination of Islam and the Quran
May 06, 2014
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Preparing for College the Right Way
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