Posted by Jon Shea on Nov 07, 2017
My name is Jon Shea and I am a third generation Rancho Bernardo resident raising my family in the community I love and grew up in. I am also a partner in Shea Realty.
As a child I lived and played in the High Country West and Westwood neighborhoods, where I learned the wonder and special qualities that make up RB. This was driven home to me when, as a child, I won my battle over cancer. Facing such a huge challenge at such a tender age, I watched my school and neighbors rally around my family, offering support during a trying time.
As I matured I vowed to give back to those around me, hoping in some small way to pay back all the support I'd received as a youth. Graduating from San Diego State, I joined my father’s real estate company, selling homes with a focus on the place I'm proud to call home. 
With my father active in Kiwanis, I opted in 2009 to get involved with the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary. Their philosophy of Service Above Self allows me to help those around me who need it most.
After spending 7 years as the club's Sargent-at-Arms, I've transitioned to more of an at-large position within the Rotary family. My Rotary career has allowed me to travel to Mexico (building homes in a single day); volunteer at the local elementary schools (distributing holiday gifts for the less well-off); become the primary contact with local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops; and visit members of the community who are ill or needing a helping hand. 
One of my favorite events has become the Rancho BEERnardo festival, at which we raise tens of thousands of dollars that are, in turn, funneled directly back into the community. When added to the positive impact I see Rotary having on organizations supporting children, I feel empowered to work harder to help others, even as it inspires me to raise my child in a community that gives back to others.
My grandfather used to say, “ You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.” This has become my motto and the driving force that continually encourages me to pour energy, time, and heart into the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club.