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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
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My name is Tony Nogales and I work at Innovative Pension Strategy & Design as a Retirement Plan Consultant.  
One day when I was working in Participant Services Alison (one of the majority owners of IPSD) asked me if I’d be interested in participating in a house build project with her Rotary club. I thought that would be fun.
I had just finished my Construction Technology Course for a Certificate of Completion for Building Inspectors from Palomar College. The building site was South of the border in Tijuana. I had never volunteered in an organized non-profit before and didn’t know what to expect.
I was so incredibly moved by the willingness of dozens of Rotarians, their spouses, families, & friends to take a day and donate not only materials and money, but their own free time to build a house for a family they'd never met. I was asked if I could assist with asking the family a few questions about how they feel now that they have a roof over their heads and a door they can lock. I witnessed the first of many tears of joy stream out of recipients eyes. I saw and felt the impact of Rotary and I knew right there and then that I wanted to be a part of this organization.
I joined the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club in July, 2016, just a few weeks after I helped build this house.
If I can do something for another person, or in the case of the Mexico house build where I helped an entire family, I will do it. If I could provide lunches for dentists and dental assistants who themselves are donating their time and services by providing surgeries for children with cleft lips or other dental issues, I want to do it. Being involved in Rotary allows me to be a part something that has the power to change lives. It has changed my life for the better. I find myself wanting to do good all the time.
Wanting to do good is contagious.  
I wanted to contribute something back to a community not only in which I work or live, but also in another countries where the basic necessities of living (like running water, plumbing, electricity, food, and shelter) are not always readily available.
As I was once told, "It's not about giving someone a hand out, but a hand up." I believe in that philosophy.
There is no down-side to being involved with Rotary, and LOTS of positives for me, my family, and those we help.
I've made some poor choices in my past because I was selfish. I wanted to do something good for someone else. I want to give back. Rotary International and the RB Sunrise Rotary Club gives me that opportunity.  
As Past-President Craig Brown points the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club towards a brighter future, longtime Rotarian Inan Linton helps support our newest member, Richard Barron, in his commitment to making the world a better place.
Mr. Barron is a tax attorney offering holistic business advice and legal services to a diverse domestic and international clientele. 
To become a member of the RB Sunrise Rotary like Richard, join us for a free breakfast on almost any Tuesday. We meet from 7-8:30 AM at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Greens East Road. More information is available at www.rbsunrise.org, or you can join us on October 28 at Rancho Beernardo (www.rbfest.com) to see what we're all about and how we give back to the community.
This past Saturday a group of Rotarians trekked up to the top of top of beautiful Mount Soledad. There we dedicated a plaque to honor our club's past, present and future veterans.
If you weren't able to make it, just know the plaque will always be up there for you to proudly share with your family and friends at explain to them what Rotary is all about.
The Rancho BEERnardo Festival returns to Webb Park on October 28, 2017.  Now in its sixth year, BEERnardo features tastings from more than 50 San Diego breweries, live music, drawings, silent auction, live auction, games, and more fun than you thought you could cram into an afternoon. 
Everything kicks off at 2pm at Rancho Bernardo’s beautiful Webb Park.  Live entertainment will be provided by Naked Shorts and Flyers Revival
Tickets are $40 or two for $70, and are available at www.ranchobeernardofestival.com
And did we mention there are still sponsorship opportunities available for as low as $250? We can even arrange for you and three friends to be brewmaster for a day at the brewery operated by URGE Gastropub.
All this fun is supporting the only fundraiser done for the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club.  Every dollar of the proceeds benefit causes around San Diego and around the world.
And this is your chance to be part of it...just by drinking beer!
Rotary is one of the oldest service organizations in the world, founded in 1905 with the philosophy of “Service Above Self”.  There are 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world in over 200 countries with 1.2 million members from all walks of life.
And US? The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary is one of the 66 clubs servicing the San Diego region.  We have 65 of the most dynamic community leaders who meet almost every Tuesday morning for breakfast at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo.  
Come join us next week at 7:00 AM and you're guaranteed to make new friends while you have a positive impact on the community.
Did we mention your first breakfast is free?
Who are you helping when you get involved with the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary? Here's a partial list:
Armed Services:
  • RB Veteran’s Memorial Association
  • Armed Services YMCA
  • Toys for Tots
Local Community Projects:
  • Ed Brown Senior Center
  • Poway OnStage
  • YMCA – Mary’s House
  • PoVa Therapeutic Riding Center
Youth Services:
  • Girl Scout Troops
  • Valley Elementary School
  • Dictionaries to 3rd Graders
  • LEAD – 8th Grade Leadership development camp
  • RYLA – H. S. Junior Leadership Award camp
  • Interact – high school community service club
  • Service Above Self Awards
  • 4-Way Speech Contest
  • AAUW Science Camp
  • Abraxas High School
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • BSA Troop 688/627
International Support:
  • Corazon
  • Fresh Start
  • Free Wheelchair Mission
  • Oasis Haven
  • Tijuana Rotary Club
And the nicest part is if there's a group you believe deserves our support, we're open to the conversation. Just bring your ideas to the board, make your pitch, and you'll probably be surprised by the results.
Think of it...community service...camaraderie...helping your favorite causes...
And it all starts with a glass of beer...
Join us on October 28th at 2pm. It promises to be a GLORIOUS day, and we want to have you there.
Need more information? Visit us at www.rbfest.com.
There are two things you can always count on when you're attending a Rotary meeting: Good things will get done in the community, and you're going to meet the most amazing people.
This week's breakfast was no different.
First we discussed our efforts to raise almost $125,000 at the sixth annual Rancho Beernardo festival (www.rbfest.com). Besides being the world's largest IPA festival, we're also adding numerous non-IPA offerings this year. Very exciting stuff, and the ways the community will benefit are just mind-bending.
However...the real meat of the meeting came from a presentation made by David Kramer and Paul Thiel of the Chairmen's Roundtable. CRT is a non-profit volunteer organization that since 1997 has been comprised of successful C-Suite executives (both active and retired) with diverse industry backgrounds. They provide an opportunity for business owners in the $2-12 million revenue range to get world-class business advice for FREE.
More than three dozen mentors with a wide range of industry and functional experience provide insights to create and implement solutions for their clients.
"What's the catch?" was the first question, and the answer was both refreshing and in line with the whole Rotary concept of Service Above Self. "This is a way for our mentors to give back to business leaders in San Diego to help them grow." 
There were heads bobbing in the audience as Rotarian business owners made notes about setting themselves up with CRT. Some will be clients, others advisers. All of them can be found at 7am next Tuesday at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club when we meet again to help make the world a better place.
You can learn more about Chairmen's Roundtable at www.chairmensroundtable.com, and about the 65 dynamic community leaders in the RB Sunrise Rotary at www.rbsunrise.org. Members of the community interested in giving back are welcome to join us for a complementary breakfast next Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 am.
Anyone who wasn't at this morning's meeting of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club missed QUITE a discussion.
Sure, we talked about Rancho Beernardo (www.rbfest.com) and the usual housekeeping issues. But the real treat came from our speaker, City Council member Mark Kersey, who spoke with us at length about the state of the city.
Everything from homelessness to potholes to Major League Soccer was addressed, and Mark kept everyone enthralled to the meeting's end...and beyond.
More great speakers are coming up in the next few weeks, including part-time CFO David Kramer; Seniors Consultant Inan Linton; and Assistant DA Summer Stephens (speaking with us about Human Trafficking).
Visit www.rbsunrise.org/speakers to make sure you don't miss any of these exciting opportunities!
We had the honor this am to hear from one of the last survivors of the Pearl Harbor Dec. 7 battle, Stuart Hedley, 95 years young. It was amazing and horrific as he described that day that is famous in US history... I only hope that I am as active as this young man when I'm 95! We were lucky to hear his story... and I am grateful that he tells it-- we need to remember!
Learn about our future speakers and how you can be part of Rotary at www.rbsunrise.org.

Huge thanks to Carleton Management (www.carletonmanagement.com) for becoming a Diamond Sponsor for the Rancho BEERnardo Festival (www.rbfest.com), the main fundraiser done each year by the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club. 

The proceeds are used for supporting seniors needing transportation, distressed teens, homeless families, kids’ education, and a host of other wide-ranging humanitarian efforts both here and abroad.

This popular event (our sixth one!) will be held 2-5 pm on October 28 at Rancho Bernardo’s Webb Lake Park. Sponsorship levels start as low as $250, with sponsor benefits that include event tickets, print and online media recognition…even the possibility of being brew master for a day.

Call 858-673-9960 to buy your tickets or to learn how your business can target 1,000 affluent residents of North County for just pennies apiece. Or visit us at www.rbfest.com for more information.

  • PROJECT MERCY - Tijuana home building project
  • YMCA - Teens in Motion - disabled teens
  • Ed Brown Senior Center - social activities
  • PoVa - Poway Valley Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Team Red White & Blue - Veteran Integration
  • Oasis Haven - Care for African AIDS orphans
  • Rides and Smiles - Seniors transportation
  • Toys for Tots - Military family holiday support
  • Abraxas High School - Student of the Month & scholarships for talented graduates
- plus countless other community projects - 
In case you wondered who was being helped when you sponsor Rancho Beernardo. It's not just a wonderful day of friendship and suds...it's SO much more!
Get more information now 
                                   and become a sponsor TODAY!
At this week's breakfast meeting, the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club received an in-depth education about the spirit of camaraderie, support, fellowship, and family that runs through Team RWB (Red, White and Blue). The message was one we could all relate to, as this is the underlying philosophy of so much that Rotary does.
Team RWB is a nationwide group with 217 chapters, as well as three others overseas. Each is tasked with creating a support network providing connections and opportunities for both active members and veterans of any part of the military. Team RWB engages teammates in community-based experiences such as leadership and service, providing physical and social activities, as well as renewing self-identity and purpose for those who might have temporarily lost their way.
This week's featured speaker at the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club was Tiana Babcock, Assistant Manager at San Diego's Fisher House.
For the uninitiated, Fisher House is a home where families of service members and veterans can stay while their loved one receives medical treatment. There are 70 Fisher Houses near major military installations, including 3 overseas. Each has from 8-21 furnished suites with living space, common kitchen, dining room, laundry, living room and playroom.
Tiana joined us at the crack of dawn to talk about Staff Sergeant Chaz Allen, seriously injured when he stepped on an IED. In an instant, Sergeant Allen lost both legs and broke his elbow.
In 2007 I went to the slums of Tijuana with the Rancho Bernardo (CA) Sunrise Rotary Club. A group of 50 of us went to build a house in a day, and it was the most AMAZING experience...one that changed my life, the lives of my family members, and the lives of the family that suddenly had a roof over their heads.
Traveling home that evening, I found myself on the Mexican side of the border at the top of a hill. There I saw (to my right) the Mexican mountainside with hundreds of homes seemingly stuffed into every crack and crevice. Having just spent a day in a community like this, where the homes were only reachable by walking up a staircase built from old tires and soda cases, I could easily envision the flea-bitten mongrels running around the houses and the piles of trash outside the non-existent windows.
To my left was the corrugated steel of the border fence, a great swath of green on the US side of the border, and...in the distance...the Emerald City of San Diego.
RB Sunrise Rotary members pop up all over the world trying to make it a better place, and politics, religion, gender or any of the other petty issues that divide us are always set aside. Below is a report from Carl Kruse, a Past District Governor (District 5340), Past President (Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary) and proud 30-year Rotarian - truly a man who has seen and done it all - as he explains his THIRD Rotary Moment...and why he had it.
Dear RB Sunrisers,
Mary Jane and I returned last night from two awesome days in Ensenada as part of the Thousand Smiles Clinic.  Let me say that this experience has been added to my select list of "Rotary Moments" (Tijuana Housebuild and India Polio Immunization being the other two). 
To see the volunteer dental/medical teams provide humanitarian and life-changing procedures to needy children is just, well, awesome.  Providing luncheon support (i.e. food prep and serving) on both Friday and Saturday we felt honored to assist the many Rotarians, Dentists, Nurses and Thousand Smiles support staff in getting through the long and busy days. 
I kept my composure until Saturday afternoon when I met two young patients at the hospital who were recovering from surgery.  When I thought of the miracle of medicine and the miracle of Rotary, I lost it.  Needless to say, I encourage each of you to consider being part of Thousand Smiles and experience another part of being a Rotarian and making a life-changing difference in the lives of others. 
You will not regret the experience. 
In Rotary Service and Friendship,
Some of the folks Carl met this past weekend
An update from SOLE Effects, whose mission is to grow strong leaders through influential role models.
Dear RB Sunrise Rotary Members,
We wanted to let you know how SOLE Effects is progressing because of the generous grant we received from RB Sunrise. Truly, we could write a book right now about ALL that has transpired in these past months, but I will try to make it brief!
Our 2nd Annual Support-Raiser took place in our backyard in July with 72 in attendance, including our very own Mary Stanton and Paul Gorman, a city council member, PUSD school board members, Kelly Burke (principal at Twin Peaks Middle School) and other amazing leaders in our community. We shared with them the impact you’re already having, and included you in our looping slide show as well as other ways. In addition, we’d like to thank Mary & Paul, for sharing their talents, volunteering with SOLE Effects. We greatly appreciate it!
This is just one of the many groups the RB Sunrise Rotary supports as they try to make the global community a better place. For more information about Sole Effects, visit them at www.soleeffects.com. For more about the RB Sunrise Rotary, visit us at www.rbsunrise.org.
The world's million+ Paul Harris Fellows are a special breed, willing to give of their time and their treasure to help provide clean water, improve housing, and make our planet a better place for everyone.
These Fellowships are open to Rotarians, of course, but many people don't realize that Paul Harris Fellowships can also be established for others with a contribution of just $1,000.
Which explains how Emily Weinberg, a college senior and aspiring opera star, became a Paul Harris Fellow at this week's meeting of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club.
Emily has been attending this club's meetings for the past 10 years, and was named an honorary member of the club in 2011. President Paul Gorman noted she had greater longevity in the room than half the members of the club.
In addition to being one of the club's most frequently requested speakers, Emily has also participated in club events helping both the local community and working in the Tijuana slums.
As her travels take her around the globe, Emily has put visiting other Rotary clubs high on her "Must do" list.

"Every Rotary Governor talks about having a Rotary moment...but what do you do when you haven't HAD a Rotary moment?"

With those intriguing words, District 5340's new governor, Scott Carr, launched into a 30 minute presentation discussing the value of Rotary's work and how everything we do leads to Rotary moments.

For those who haven't had one, the Rotary moment is the instant the proverbial light bulb goes on over your head and you "get it". As one Rotarian noted when he suddenly understood the difference a single person can make in the big scheme of things; "A Rotary moment is when the magic happens."

Some of us have had a Rotary moment by helping to build a house in the slums of Tijuana, reporting "In a flash I understood why someone would risk EVERYTHING to get from here (Tijuana) to there (the United States)."

Others have gone to India to help cure polio and come back crying "I was on my knees putting drops into the mouth of this child I will never know and understanding how I was changing and improving his life."

A Rotary moment is a powerful experience.

Of course, as our governor observed, not everyone has one of these moments. Others are fortunate enough to have had them multiple times.

Yet within each of us is the ability to make the world a better place, regardless of whether or not you've been struck by that lightning bolt.

And surrounded by those who have had their moment(s), our new governor is now moving to help us all heal our corner of the world...and beyond.

It's 7am on a Tuesday morning and you're faced with a room full of steady, dominant, influential and compliant people, Who you gonna call?
No, the answer is NOT the Ghostbusters. For the RB Sunrise Rotary Club the answer was Robert Bowen, Jr., Certified Business Coach, who came in to this week's meeting to educate us about observable behavioral styles and how much one can learn just by paying attention.
And by paying attention, I noticed Mr. Bowen to be Direct, Brief and to the Point (a Dominant trait); Extroverted (an Influential trait); Benefit oriented (a sign of Steadiness); and Data and Fact oriented (a factor in Compliant people).
One person's takeaway: we're all a combination, but with the right person by your side you can draw out the primary characteristics that make you the best leader possible.
Thank you, Mr. Bowen, for showing us the leadership potential we all carry inside us.
Visit Robert Bowen online at www.focalpointcoaching.com. For more about RB Sunrise Rotary and our upcoming beer festival, visit us at www.ranchobeernardofestival.com.
Each year Rotarians invest time and treasure trying to improve the lives of those with less.
Which explains our club's support for Thousand Smiles, a 501 (c) (3) foundation providing free dental and various associated medical procedures to babies, children, young adults and geriatric residents in Baja, CA.
In addition to the money we happily donate, our own Kim Muslusky (the foundation's secretary) regularly leads teams of volunteers across the border to put long-lasting smiles on the faces of everyone they meet.
Since the founding of Thousand Smiles in 1985, the organization has been responsible for tens of thousands of smiles, better and more successful lives, and overall good health for two generations of residents of Baja and communities from many miles around.
True, we may never see these people again, but that's not what's important. What IS important is knowing we did the right thing, and for the right reasons. After all, a smile is the critical factor to finding self-respect, a job, a life-partner, and overall success.
For information on how you can help make a better tomorrow for someone who needs it most, visit www.thousandsmiles.org.
To learn how to be part of the team of humanitarians at the RB Sunrise Rotary Club, join us every Tuesday morning for the most enjoyable professional networking breakfast in town. More information is available at www.rbsunrise.org.
One of the best parts of Rotary is knowing you're having a positive impact on the future.

So we give many thanks to David Clark for joining us at this week's meeting. David is one of the dozens of students who's been sponsored at Abraxas High School by the RB Sunrise Rotary.

Now that he's graduated and has started at Mesa College, David dropped by to bring us up to speed on his successes and future plans.

Congratulations, David! We know you'll do well, and look forward to hearing from you again over the years. Please stay in touch.

A fascinating thing happened at this week's meeting of the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club: OUR SPEAKER DIDN'T PUT US TO SLEEP!

This may sound like a low bar to get over, but when you're talking to a club that meets from 7-8:30am it can be a little challenging.

Admittedly, our having this get-together at 5pm probably helped in one regard, but was equally challenging in another. Rather than trying to wake folks up before the day starts, a speaker at the tail-end of the day needs to keep the focus of everyone interested in heading home, having a glass of wine, and spending the evening with the family.

Into this environment strolled Greg Reid - raconteur, business leader, author, and adventurer - who spent an enthusiastic 30 minutes talking about Three Feet From Gold: Success is closer than it appears. He talked, he joked, he bounced around the room. He exuded SO much energy that, from this writer's seat, it's amazing he didn't need to have an oxygen tank nearby to prevent exhaustion.

As part of his presentation, Greg handed out free copies of 15 different books from his personal library (and autographed by their various authors) because, as he joked, "They hadn't sold too well."

As he notes on his website, experiencing Greg on stage is like being on a rollercoaster ride you’ll never forget, with twists, turns and surprises that will ignite your senses leaving you on your feet screaming for more. The 55 members of the RB Sunrise Rotary Club family who have now experienced the Greg Reid phenomenon would undoubtedly agree with this assessment.

So it was last night as the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club met at 5pm (don't try to make sense of it...it works) to install President Paul Gorman as Lunatic-In-Chief.
A Standing Room Only crowd of thousands cheered him on, playing HAIL TO THE CHIEF to start his year off with a bang. Because Paul believes in a hands-off management style, everyone was allowed to play in their own key, so it all came out as a really loud buzz.
The aspirin and earplugs concession did a very profitable business!
Emily Weinberg, our club's musical talent, is expected to join us later in the year to provide lessons in how to play kazoo and stay on-key.
And with the first rule of Rotary's four-way test (IS IT THE TRUTH?) firmly in mind, I'll admit here that the crowd may have been smaller than previously reported...though nobody can be certain exactly how many people were there. However, it WAS the largest presidential inaugural crowd the club has ever had...this year.
Congratulations, Paul. Remember that you can handle anything if you know there's an end to it, and there are just 353 days until you're finished with your term.
RB Sunrise Rotarian are there to help people in need.  Just ask Mike Miller.
President of RB Financial, Miller said he was tired of being nickel and dimed with fines for his birthday, wedding anniversary, etc. Club members wished him well and assumed he'd never attend another meeting.
Two weeks later the Witch Creek wildfire swept through town. Mike and Teresa Miller escaped from their burning house with 10 minutes notice, the garage aflame around them as they sped into the night. Word went around the Rotary club like...well, like wildfire.
And the following Saturday 40 Rotarians and spouses appeared at the Miller property with shovels, wheelbarrows, gloves, hats, masks and boots. Our objective: search for any surviving valuables. There was no discussion whether we'd help. The need was there...and we helped.

l-r: RB Sunrise President Craig Brown, Alison Farrin - Scholarship Committee Chair, Lauren Horne, Jay Jeffcoat


RB Sunrise Rotary presented the first annual Kendra Jeffcoat Memorial Scholar Scholarship to recent RBHS graduate Lauren Horne.  The late Kendra Jeffcoat was a past president of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club and at her passing in late February 2017 was a professor in the education department at SDSU.


Fundraising Partners


2017-2018 Rotary Theme


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.
Summer Stephens
Oct 17, 2017
Human Trafficing
Karen Mortimer will supply speaker
Oct 24, 2017
ABC Training for club members for Rancho BEERnardo
Joey Landwehr
Oct 31, 2017
Jcompany Youth Theater
Wayne T. Jackson
Nov 07, 2017
Riding Against Disabilities (RAD)
Estella De los Rios
Nov 14, 2017
Human Trafficing
Nov 21, 2017
KIM ??????
Nov 28, 2017
????? HOLIDAY PARTY ////
Dale Long
Dec 05, 2017
Rotary Youth Protection Program
Michael Rennie
Dec 12, 2017
Poway Center for the Performing Arts
Colin Supko
Dec 19, 2017
Navy Seal/CEO Patriot List
Dec 26, 2017
Jan 02, 2018
Emily Weinberg
Jan 09, 2018
Opera Singer
Rick Shea
Jan 16, 2018
San Diego County Board of Education
Jan 23, 2018
Club Assembly
Rex / Alison
Feb 20, 2018
4-Way Speech Contest
Rex / Alison
Mar 20, 2018
4-Way Speech Contest Sub-regional
Apr 03, 2018
Club Assembly
Club Officers
President Elect
Past President
Executive Secretary
Club Service Chair
Foundation Chair
Fundraising Chair