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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 of America
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My name is Nasrin Barbee, and I’m a residential architect servicing all of southern California. I’ve been a member of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary since 1994.
 
Like most people, I spent years volunteering without any long-term strategy for my life. The irony of an architect not having a blueprint hasn’t been lost on me.
 
With my children in school, I joined community organizations and professional groups hoping to expand my network. When the RB Sunrise Rotary appeared on my radar I saw it as a good resource for business development and signed up.
 
I joined to meet other professionals, but never realized how Rotary would affect my life. This incredible International organization fascinated me with all it was doing for local communities across the globe. Whatever my interest, from hands-on efforts to clean water projects 5,000 miles away, there was always something I could enthusiastically dig into.
 
Appealing opportunities began to arise weekly as this club helped seniors in need, elementary school children, and arranged educational scholarships for traveling teenagers and college students. We’d get involved with community cleanup projects, supporting our veterans and troops overseas.
 
At every turn I enjoyed raising funds for our amazing club projects. I was honored to serve in almost every senior club position, including president.
 
Most Rotarians experience an “AHA!” moment, when the proverbial light bulb goes on over your head and you suddenly “Get it.” I’ve been fortunate to experience many such moments, with one of my favorites being our annual trip to Tijuana to build a house in a day. It’s an emotional experience to see a team of 40 committed Rotarians taking their day off to build a home for a family they don’t know and will likely never meet again. And when the keys to the new home are handed to the family, it’s hard to keep from crying and appreciating the good life that we, ourselves have.
 
Rotary has had an intense impact on everyone in my family. It guided my daughter to the Peace Corps, where she helped develop a self-sustaining business model in the form of a sewing school at a Nicaraguan pregnancy clinic. Funding for the clinic, of course, was provided by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club.
 
Rotary has taught me the importance of Service Above Self. Yes, I’ve done business with some of the people in the room, but that’s become a secondary issue. Much more important are the wonderful friendships I’ve formed, the community support I’ve been able to provide, and the lives I’ve been able to positively impact.
 
So, ultimately, the question isn’t why did I join Rotary. The REAL question is…why haven’t you?
 
You can meet Nasrin and dozens of other North County professionals every Tuesday morning, 7am, at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club. Visit www.rbsunrise.org for additional information.
With 2 weeks left to go until RANCHO BEERNARDO 2018, we’ve got a list of participating breweries that’s sure to excite even the most jaded afficionado. Check out the list of confirmed brewers…and yes, we expect others on the big day. This is just who we have SO FAR!
 
  • 32 North
  • AleSmith
  • Alpine
  • Artifex
  • Bitter Bros
  • Black Plague
  • Breakwater
  • Coronado
  • Dos Desperados
  • Duck Foot
  • Firestone Walker
  • Green Flash
  • Karl Strauss
  • Latitude 33
  • Mason Ale Works
  • Maui
  • Melvin
  • Mikkeller
  • Mission
  • Nickel
  • Ogopogo
  • Port/THC
  • Refuge
  • Resident
  • Saint Archer
  • Second Chance
  • Societe
  • Stone
  • Turquoise Barn Cider
  • Wild Barrel
And if you haven’t yet bought your tickets, you should really buy them today. There’s ALWAYS a crowd on the day of the event, and the longer you stand on the line, the less time you’ll have to enjoy your beer.
 
Make your life easier; Buy your tickets now.
 
 
I’ve spent my entire life being interested in community service, and at 13 I saw for the first time the kinds of positive results I could personally generate. That was the year when I spearheaded a local carnival at an elementary school in Laguna Beach (my hometown), with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. 
 
I was driven to make this event a success, and was able to partner with local businesses to get food and prizes donated. I think that’s quite ironic, given my current position at work.
 
Ever since I handed over the check so many years ago, I’ve been driven to help in bigger and better ways. For the last 20 years I’ve volunteered for many organizations including Elder Help of San Diego, Big Brother/Big Sister, GOLDdiggers, Countinueing Education, Wednesday ETC and now the RB Sunrise Rotary. 
 
Why Rotary? The answer is simple. Their great reputation, global outreach, and dedicated and committed volunteers all combine to create success on whatever project or campaign they undertake. Helping improve life for school kids, seniors, veterans, the indigent…whether operating through the Rotary Foundation or in our local community, I know I’m part of something MUCH bigger that is guaranteed to be successful.
 
This means I can regularly see the difference I’ve made working with Rotary. Side by side with my friends and professional associates, I know I’m improving the lives of countless numbers of people, and I am happy and humbled to be a part of this dynamic organization!
 
You’re also sure to get a great deal from Rotary, and I’d enjoy having you come visit with us next Tuesday. We meet at 7am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Greens East Road, and everyone who comes to the 90-minute meeting leaves richer for the experience.
 
You can meet Rosemarie and dozens of other North County professionals every Tuesday morning. Visit www.rbsunrise.org for additional information.
Meet the two newest members of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club; Sandi Menderson of Bella Reflections and Brian Gansert of Ace Parking. We're delighted to have them as part of the Rotary family, and look forward to getting to know them better over the coming years.
 
Shown here, from left: Club president Mike Moffat; Phil Schneider; who will help guide Brian through the Red Badge process; Brian Gansert; Sandi Menderson; Sandi's husband Jon Svendson; Past District Governor Carl Kruse; and Membership Chair Mary Stanton.
 
To learn how you can be part of this thriving Rotary club, join us any Tuesday morning at 7am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club. We guarantee you a great time, and promise you'll want to come back...again and again.
Another week, another good cause for us to help.
 
That's just the way life is at the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary, where we are always on the watch for groups and individuals within the community who can benefit from our time and our treasure.
 
This morning we met with Charlotte Fan, who runs the North County San Diego Service Center for Meals on Wheels. She walked us through the thousands of San Diegans who volunteer huge blocks of their lives to making sure seniors who wish to live independently can do just that! With Charlotte's help we left with a much better understanding of the meals and other services that are made available to seniors, the team-building opportunities this can create for groups and businesses, and the help they're looking for at every level throughout their organization.
 
Not to be left out of the fun, club president Mike Moffatt then gave Charlotte a check for $2,500, which should be enough to feed around 700 people tomorrow. You, too, can get involved with Meals on Wheels by calling Charlotte at 760-736-9900. Or visit them online at www.meals-on-wheels.org to learn more.
 
RB Sunrise Rotary has great speakers all the time, and you should come down to hear them and meet the gang at our weekly breakfast meeting. Each Tuesday we gather at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club for friendship and to find ways to give back to the community. We'll be there next Tuesday, 7am-8:30, and hope to see you there.
 
Don't have time right now? Learn about the club at www.rbsunrise.org. And be sure to connect with us on Facebook to keep up on all our activities.
My name is Kim Muslusky, and I am recently retired. I’ve been a member of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club since July, 2014.
 
I have always enjoyed finding ways to give back to the community; especially when it means interacting with children. I’ve been a big sister, mother, grandmother, soccer coach, and Girl Scout leader. I’ve worked in special education, and was the Rotary Interact Advisor at Mt. Carmel High School. 
 
Rotary…it has been a constant in my life since 1993. When one of my clients invited me to a Rotary meeting, I envisioned picking up some new customers for my art business. And though that didn’t happen, here I am 25 years later leading a much different life than I would have without Rotary’s influence.
 
For that I credit my being “voluntold” to take on the task of International Director…a job nobody else wanted. All I can say is WOW! 
 
At my very first District Conference I learned about the Thousand Smiles Foundation; caring for children living with cleft palates and facial deformities that made it hard for them to be seen, let alone to thrive.
 
Diving right in, I attended a clinic in Ensenada…and was hooked. From that day forward I found my calling, helping underserved kids to become whole over the course of 2…5…even 10 surgeries within a few short years. We save lives with free surgery, dentistry, orthodontia, speech therapy and audiology care.
 
Though I’m not a medical professional by any stretch, I’ve volunteered my time, treasure and energies to the Thousand Smiles Board of Directors for many years. I’ve become the clinic manager; coordinating with Rotarians in Mexico, and arranging lunches during the clinic for 250+ patients and volunteers.
 
I handle the advertising, organize displays, make T-shirts, and arrange for crafts to keep children’s minds engaged all day. Still, my favorite tasks remain face painting and nail polishing, giggling with the girls in the afternoons and receiving their hugs.
 
No, there’s never a language problem at this level. I can tell you…there is no greater feeling in the world than knowing you’ve made a positive difference in these young lives.
 
I constantly raise funds for this incredibly worthy cause, and know that I – Kim Muslusky – have truly made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of people over the years.
 
What started as a desire to expand my professional network has evolved into a set of more important priorities in my life. The traveling, new friends, and amazing experiences I’ve had, have permitted me to expand my outlook on life, and introduce me to situations I never imagined possible.
 
Never again will I wonder what it’d like to have tea with Jozef Stalin’s interpreter, or to meet Mia Farrow. Rotary has made me a citizen of the world, and I’m grateful for it.
 
You should come over to the Rancho Bernardo Country Club some Tuesday morning at 7am and let me tell you about it in person. I’ll be happy to introduce you to some of my good friends in the room, and open your eyes to opportunities professional and personal you may not have realized even existed.
 
Or learn more at www.rbsunrise.orgYou’ll be glad you did.

EVANSTON, Ill. (August 15, 2018) — Rotary today announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year. 

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.

“The fact that no new cases of wild poliovirus have been detected in Nigeria points to the improved surveillance and rapid response protocols Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have established, particularly in insecure and inaccessible areas,” said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “While this progress is promising, it’s time to redouble our efforts so we can continue to maintain the political and financial support necessary to end polio for good.”

Rancho Beernardo 2018 is here, and we're now accepting sponsors. It's the moment you've been waiting for!
 
What are we talking about? GLAD YOU ASKED!
 
Rancho Beernardo is an  annual event taking place this year at Webb Park in Rancho Bernardo, CA in support of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, from 2-5pm, with a 1pm start for a VIP reception.
 
We’re expecting 1,000 attendees from throughout San Diego County, and this is a very upscale audience with disposable income. The event will include 75+ beers from top-rated craft breweries, other beers/wines/spirits, complimentary tasting glass, live music, a wide selection of food available for purchase, and a guaranteed good time for everyone involved.
 
It's also a wonderful opportunity to expose your business to an extremely targeted group. This is the 7th time we’re running this event and we’ve gotten it down to a science. A wide range of sponsor opportunities are available, as you’ll see on the sheet below.
 
Talk to us about how you can use Rancho Beernardo as a marketing tool for your company. Catch up with any member of the RB Sunrise Rotary, or visit us at www.ranchobeernardofestival.com for more information.
 
Want to talk with someone immediately? Call 858-673-9960, or send a note to rbsunriserotaryinfo@gmail.com to get started. 
 
Because Rancho Beernardo has become THE event in San Diego North County, and the time to get in on it is NOW!
 
The breakfast speaker at this week's Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club meeting was educated, informative, and interesting as he told the story that is every parent's nightmare.
 
For a full half hour, Joe Travers, Executive Director of Saved In America, held a group of executives who have seen it all and done it all in rapt silence. He outlined how a non-profit organization of former law enforcement officers and Navy SEALS have become licensed, insured private investigators dedicated to assisting parents and law enforcement in locating missing and runaway children. "This group of children is one of the most vulnerable to becoming victims of child sex trafficking," he pointed out.
 
Because everyone associated with Saved In America is volunteer, they're able to accomplish their tasks for about one-tenth the cost of having law enforcement do it. And due to their focus on child sex trafficking, they have a stronger record that only comes with specialization.  "We've gone after 82 children to date...and have recovered 82."
 
No matter how you slice it, this is IMPRESSIVE!
 
RB Sunrise Rotary has great speakers all the time, and you should come down to hear them and meet the gang at our weekly breakfast meeting. Each Tuesday we gather at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club for friendship and to find ways to give back to the community. We'll be there next Tuesday, 7am-8:30, and hope to see you there.
 
Don't have time right now? Learn about the club at www.rbsunrise.org. And be sure to connect with us on Facebook to keep up on all our activities.
WHY I JOINED ROTARY: Al Watson
 
My name is Al Watson. I’m retired, and have been a member of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club since it was founded in 1987.
 
I joined Rotary for a simple reason; I was asked. Attending a meeting, I found a room full of professionals all sharing the single mission of finding ways to make the world a better place to live.
 
Over the years I’ve seen the club double in size. Some of today’s members are original founders like me, others are new faces, arriving and usually staying for years. Along the way the flavor of the room has changed a bit, becoming more casual as time goes on.
 
Yet even as the profile of our Rotary club became younger and more diverse, the people in that room have remained consistent in their desire to help the immediate community, as well as the larger world around us.
 
I’ve seen this group raise money for disaster victims on the other side of the world, build houses for the homeless, and deliver meals to the hungry. They’ve worked hard to ensure clean water, improved education, and expanded opportunities for one and all.
 
And though I’m a spiritual man, I like and respect that this organization is secular and non-partisan. I find myself sitting next to people of various faiths and no faith, and of every political stripe. We like each other and respect each other, contributing and working side-by-side for a greater good.
 
Over the years I’ve developed some of my closest friendships in the RB Sunrise Rotary. We’ve been there for each in good times and bad, and it’s an experience I wouldn’t give up for anything.
 
So knowing that the reason I discovered this wonderful group of people was because I was invited, I’m extending the same opportunity to you.
 
Please join us some Tuesday morning and see what’s so great about this club that I’ve been sticking around for the past 30 years. We meet almost every Tuesday morning at the RB Country Club on Greens East Road in RB. Stop by at 7am, and I guarantee you’ll be done by 8:30.
 
Or learn more at www.rbsunrise.org. You’ll be glad you did.
 
July 1 is the official beginning of the new Rotary Year.  In Rotary therefore,  July 1 could be called New President's Day because that is the day that the new term of for a the incoming president of Rotary International begins and every club in the world has a new president.
 
Because of the Independence Day Holiday, July 4, the first official duty for the president of RB Sunrise Rotary Club is the opportunity to ride in the Spirit of the Fourth parade. This year 2018-2019  RB  Sunrise Rotary President Mike Moffat rode in his Corvette in the parade.
 
As a result, every year the new president of RB Sunrise Rotary Club has as his first official duty, the honor of representing all of us by riding in the Spirit of the Fourth Parade in RB on Independence Day, July 4. 
 
You should come down to meet Mike and the rest of the gang at our weekly breakfast meeting. Each Tuesday we gather at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club for friendship and to find ways to give back to the community. We'll be there next Tuesday, 7am-8:30, and hope to see you there. And be sure to connect with us on Facebook to keep up on all our activities.
Barry Rassin

President 2018-19

Rotary Club of East Nassau

New Providence, Bahamas

Barry Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida, and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System and continues as an adviser. He is a lifetime member of the American Hospital Association and has served on several boards, including the Quality Council of the Bahamas, Health Education Council, and Employer’s Confederation.

A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. He was an RI training leader and the aide to 2015-16 RI President K.R. Ravindran.

Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.

To learn more about RI President Barry Rassin: go to Meet RI President Barry

 
Since 1991The Rancho Bernardo Business Association has elected an Honorary Mayor of Rancho Bernardo from among its members.  The candidates each year are selected from the members of the association who have also contributed to the local community beyond their business activities.
This last year Tracey Van Putten was selected as a candidate for her community involvement that included being a key leader in the successful fundraising event of the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Beernardo Festival. 
 
Tracey van Putten, who at the time was working at Skyline Home Loans, .  In a spirited competition with the candidate from Greenway Lawn Aeration, Alex Lawn. Tracey ran an excellent campaign that ultimately came up short. The ultimate winner was the RBBA because both candidate worked hard in this fundraising competition.
 
In recognition for her efforts in supporting the RBBA, Tracey is the current Deputy Honorary Mayor of Rancho Bernardo.  In the photo above you can see that Tracey had a great time riding in the parade.  Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary is proud to have such a dynamic civic-minded person as a member. 
 
In 2004, having recently moved to San Diego, I needed to bolster my local professional network. While attending a Chamber of Commerce event I allowed myself to be persuaded to check out a single breakfast meeting of the RB Sunrise Rotary club.
 
Entering the room expecting a group of old men, I was pleasantly surprised to see men and women of various ethnic, political and religious persuasions, aged 25-85, sitting side-by-side and sharing the goal of improving their community.
 
Naturally, I immediately joined the group…and never left.
 
I’ll confess I joined Rotary in search of friends and business connections, but I stayed for the people. Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary is filled with dozens of genuine people who say what they mean without a hidden agenda. It’s a community of professionals who are always quick to offer help to anyone needing any kind of assistance.
 
Over the intervening years I’ve become part of this club’s fabric, helping to build houses for the homeless, distributing dictionaries, providing services to housebound seniors, and aiding disaster survivors half a world away. I’ve met amazing people I’d never have encountered any other way, and become active at the District and Regional levels.
 
And there’s no better feeling than knowing you’ve had a positive impact on others whom you may never see again. That’s why I’ve used my marketing skills to train thousands of Rotarians to communicate with their local communities. Whether I was leading seminars educating club presidents or one-on-one idea development, it’s been incredibly satisfying to know that I’ve played some small part in helping hundreds of Rotary clubs to improve their branding and strategic planning.
 
Just as the RB Sunrise Rotary raises hundreds of thousands of dollars that gets returned to the local neighborhood, it’s nice knowing I’m helping have a similar impact in a wider circle.
 
Joining Rotary has given me an opportunity to give something back to the community that’s given me a good life. And the relationships I’ve built over the years have helped to make my life even better, both personally and professionally.
 
Please plan to join me next Tuesday at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club. We meet at 7am, and I promise to have you out on the streets by 8:30. Or you can go to www.rbsunrise.org to learn more.
 
Whether you visit online or for breakfast, though, you’ll quickly discover the people are amazing, the organization has a global impact, and the experience of being involved with this group is one you’ll never forget.
This morning members of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary met David Alemian, noted author and regional expert on our nation's shortage of highly-skilled talent.
 
David educated us about the coming shortage of doctors (90,000) and nurses (500,000) over the next few years, how the overall talent shortage endangers our economy, and how employers can protect themselves (it's complicated, but basically comes down to a return to the pension system and forcing employees to stick around for a few years in order to become vested). 
 
David has spent over 23 years in the life insurance industry and will be happy to walk through the details with you, or to arrange to speak at your organization, if you contact him at www.davidalemian.com. For more about the amazing speakers we have each week at RB Sunrise Rotary, stop by www.rbsunrise.org. Better yet, plan to join us here at the RB Sunrise Rotary Club. We meet almost every Tuesday at 7am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club, Greens East Road in San Diego.  
 
Almost? Yes, we're closed on July 3 because of the holiday. See you on the 10th!
When you spend your working life in the non-profit community and collaborating with the family to run Blue Apple Ranch, a facility that connects animals and people while teaching youngsters to be mindful and kind, that should be enough, right?
 
When layered atop maintaining a foundation honoring Toby Wells, dedicated to making positive contributions to the San Diego Community by investing in a brighter future for both people and animals, you might be tempted to think I’d want a little “ME” time.
 
But when you’re taught from an early age the importance of giving back to the community around you, participation in a group like Rotary is a natural step.
 
So it was for me, having been raised with a philanthropic heart and a desire to do what I can to help others.
 
My membership in the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club came about originally because of my long-term friendship with numerous current members. I knew them all to be the highest quality people…and, perhaps not coincidentally, they were all members of the RB Sunrise Rotary.
 
I visited the club…first with one of my friends, then another…and found the spirit and the personality of the room to be a great fit. Here were people always willing to lend a hand, and who took volunteering much more seriously than they took themselves.
 
It was a perfect match!
 
I found the group to be passionate about the Military, Youth, and Seniors, all of which dovetailed with my interests. And the values that we shared were just too many to list.
 
The club’s philosophy of leading by example matched my desire to be a good role model of community involvement and giving back for my daughter. As Sir Winston Churchill said; “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
 
So last September I joined this amazing club, where I’m able to indulge in “ME” time surrounded by friends, professional associates, and the most amazing group of people it’s ever been my pleasure to work with. I happily get up a little earlier on Tuesdays, knowing I’ll always get more from this organization than I give.
 
Joining and staying have been, without question, one of the best professional and personal decisions I’ve ever made in my life.
 
If you’re interested in being part of the larger solution, go to www.rbsunrise.org for more information.
 
Better yet, join us for breakfast for our next meeting. We gather together at the RB Country Club almost every Tuesday morning at 7am. I guarantee you’ll be as impressed as I was.

The RYLA kids come from all over District 5340, and are thrown together for three intense days, practically living in each other's pockets. Hundreds of high school juniors, sponsored by their local clubs, who have a chance to learn about Rotary, society, leadership, themselves, and each other.

And by the time they're done they don't want to leave. They've had fun and formed lasting friendships while they:

  • Built communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discovered strategies for becoming dynamic leaders in school and community
  • Learned from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlocked their potential to turn motivation into action
They all leave recognizing two things: They've learned a lot, and the event was WAY too short! And this was the report from the four students sponsored this year by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club, who were all nervous when they didn't know what to expect; threw themselves with gusto into the opportunities presented to them; and have already started signing up to be alumni campers next spring. Coached by counselor Leslie McDonald and Rotarian Lloyd Trilling, these remarkable students went from being unsure of what was coming to demonstrating the full range of leadership skills that we had seen in them.
 
This was just one more example of the good the RB Sunrise Rotary does in the local community. For more ideas about how you can help be a force for good in the community, plan to join us here at the RB Sunrise Rotary Club. We meet every Tuesday at 7am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club, Greens East Road in San Diego. Or stop by www.rbsunrise.org to learn more online.
 
Pictured, L-R, are Jerry Yang, Kianna Abedi, Zoe Kaegi, and Sevin Brune

Story Update

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Martin Shep.  Martin was a longtime member of the RB Sunrise Rotary.  He was good friend to us all. Coming from an engineering background, Martin was known for his creative ideas. He was noted for his gentle good humor and his genuine caring attitude towards those around him. He truly epitomized Rotary’s philosophy of Service Above Self and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 25th, at El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley. For the funeral service at 3:00 pm, among the family and friends were 20 members with 3 spouses from RB Sunrise Rotary Club. During the service, mourners reflected on the many accomplishments of this quiet man.  He had a fulfilling career as an engineer with multiple patents for devices that impacted all our lives. Even in retirement, he continued to use his considerable skills as a volunteer to assist others to solve problems with his engineering expertise.  A reception was held afterwards at Milton’s Deli in Del Mar.

The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club is known for its long-term relationships with community groups.

One of them is SOLE Effects, an organization dedicated to growing strong leaders through influential role models, research, mentoring, and leadership experiences.

SOLE Effects develops leadership and coaching skills in college-age students. In turn, these leaders mentor teens, equipping them with strong interpersonal and life skills they need to make positive choices in their lives, bringing hope to our communities.

In a recent conversation, co-founder Karen Ogden shared this update:

“Last week we finished up piloting our student leadership ‘SWITCH’ program not only for our 7th/8th grade at Twin Peaks Middle School (our 3rd and last year for piloting), but for our first year in 9th grade at Del Norte High. Other PUSD schools as well as other districts are now asking for our program. Our #1 issue we’re facing is guaranteeing that we can fill the quota of 14 strong college mentors per 200 MS/HS students Spring 2019, we will need 42 college mentors.”

“We’re also looking into having a spring course titled ‘Building Leaders’ or ‘Introduction to Leadership’ through Palomar College out of their new facility in RB where we could teach a spring course with our program implementation of our in-school program as part of this course.”

“Finally, we’re working with the CSUSM Community Engagement team to help support students and get them better suited for employment with:

  • Soft & hard skills

  • Understanding passion

  • Exposure to possibilities

  • Mentoring/internship/leadership developing

  • Valuing the process”

For information on how you can help SOLE Effects build tomorrow’s leaders, reach out to them at www.soleeffects.com. For more news about how you can help heal the world, one person at a time, plan to join us here at the RB Sunrise Rotary Club. We meet every Tuesday at 7am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club, Greens East Road in San Diego. Or stop by www.rbsunrise.org to learn more online.

I was 28 when I joined the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club. This made me younger than many members, but uncontrollably compelled to become a part of this multi-age, multi-disciplined, multi-ethnic group of working and retired executives with whom I shared an instant bond. They were smart, sassy, witty, and committed to the community I love.
 
The previous year I had started my own Farmers Insurance Agency, and I made both Rotary and insurance the centers of my professional experience for the same reason; to satisfy my passion for helping others get more from life. 
 
Without realizing it, I had been preaching Rotary's philosophy of Service Above Self since I was a child.  So the marriage of volunteer and organization was a natural one.
 
Still, it wasn’t until a few years after I had become part of this amazing group that I truly integrated Rotary into my day-to-day mindset. I joined a group of several dozen Rotarians and volunteers, some as young as high school, and together we traveled to Tijuana to help build a house for a family in need of more permanent shelter. From rising at 4am to a day of backbreaking work to help people I’d never see again, I found the entire experience to be one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
 
I can’t wait to do it again!
 
Our weekly breakfast meetings are something all our members look forward to with great anticipation. There we learn new things about each other, hearing stories of why we all joined Rotary AND why we stay. We listen to fascinating speakers on every subject imaginable. Plus I enjoy getting to hear the great things that Rotary International is doing locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally to help those who need so much.
 
And I know that, whether it’s helping with odd jobs at the Ronald McDonald House, providing clean water to remote locations where disease runs rampant, or playing my part in helping to eradicate polio globally, Rotary is the place I need to be and the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club is the group I’m proud to call my second home.
 
Come be my guest and let me introduce you to some of my friends. Stop by the RB Country Club some Tuesday morning at 7am and see for yourself just what a great experience it is to be part of Rotary International. You’re sure to be amazed.
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary is all about helping those in need, and that doesn't always mean people. That's why we recently went for a tour of the Toby Wells Blue Apple Ranch. Their 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.
The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club teamed up with the Del Mar Rotary Club to build a house in a day. Here's a first-hand account of an experience that changed every life it touched.
 
 

2018-2019 Rotary Theme

 
 
 

Fundraising Partners

 

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.
 
Speakers
Gordy Erickson
Oct 23, 2018
BEERNARDO Club Debrief
Club Assembly
Oct 30, 2018
DARK
Nov 20, 2018
Club Assembly
Mar 05, 2019
 
Club Officers
President
President Elect
Past President
Secretary
Executive Secretary
Treasurer
Chair
Club Service Chair
Chair
Chair
Chair
Foundation Chair
Chair
Chair
Fundraising Chair
 
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