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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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Rotary Stories
In 2000, I heard the retiring senior pastor of the church my wife and I were attending announce that he would be the next president of the Rotary Club of San Diego.  Since moving to San Diego in 1974, I had briefly been a member of another organization, but that club folded.  At that time I was looking for a way to be involved in Rancho Bernardo, where I owned my own dental practice.  As a dentist, you meet people who are patients, but you don’t get to know people in the community.  At the annual RB Alive event in 2000, I went up to Rotarians who were in a booth at that event and inquired about how to become a member.  After attending several meetings of RB Sunrise Rotary, I joined the club in August. 
 
My initial reason for joining was to get to know people in RB.  However, the reason I have remained a member of RB Sunrise is that I became very impressed about what I learned about all the things that Rotary does to make a difference in people’s lives around the world. 
 
I was especially impressed with Rotary’s Polio Eradication effort.  I went to dental school at the University of Pittsburgh.  The dental school was built as an addition to the front of an old hospital where Jonas Salk did his polio vaccine research in the basement.  I can still remember the fact that after the Salk vaccine was proven to be effective, swimming pools that had been closed because of the fear of getting polio were reopened. 
 
I retired from the practice of dentistry 11 years ago.  In retirement I continue as a member of RB Sunrise because I get to help other leaders in RB raise money and support projects around the world.  RB Sunrise Rotary is a club that fosters community involvement and true caring for others. Most of us are involved in multiple organizations in the community.  We all share, however, the common goal of Service Above Self.
 
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.
 
 
 
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. 
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.
 

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.”

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.
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.
 
My name is Fred Nasseri, and I’ve had the pleasure of being a member of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club since 1989. 
 
I immigrated from Persia when I was a young chap, and I left behind a world where many people would watch out for themselves without necessarily watching out for the other guy. This was completely opposite to the way I was raised by my parents, and I promised myself that as soon as I was in a position to help my community to be a better place to live, I would do just that.
 
America and this community gave me the chance, and it’s a promise I have never forgotten.
 
Today my family and I live in Poway, and I’m blessed to have built a successful business in Rancho Bernardo over the past 38 years. As the owner of Unicorn Jewelry I am regularly approached to help non-profits throughout the region, and I’m always happy to help where I can.
 
I see these opportunities as a chance to build bridges and to spread goodwill…not just to improve my business’ visibility, but as deeds that help the needs of humanity as it should be. I know each of the non-profit groups we help through Unicorn Jewelry, my personal efforts, or Rotary International will help to heal the world a little bit. And I firmly believe if enough people take a positive attitude towards healing the world, it will actually become a better place for all of our future generations.
 
I’ve brought this attitude with me to the RB Sunrise Rotary, where I sit with people of different faiths, different beliefs and different political persuasions. We talk, work together, and find common ground to act as a cohesive force helping to solve community problems. My hope is that by being part of a multi-national structure like Rotary, tomorrow truly will be a better day for us all.
 
 

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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.
 
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