Rotary Stories
Grant Tondro and Carl Kruse
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition award acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions.
At the October 25, 2016 breakfast meeting of the RB Sunrise Rotary Club, Grant Tondro, co-owner of URGE American Gastropub, was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow   Grant received this Paul Harris Fellow  award because of his service in co-sponsoring the  Rancho BEERnardo Festival since 2014.  Without his dedication and support of RB Sunrise Rotary Club’s main fundraiser , the Festival could not have become the success it was.  Club members appreciate and thank Grant for his continued support. His contribution was the key to allowing RB Sunrise Rotary Club to raise money to help local, domestic, and international charities. His support truly exemplifies Service Above Self.

On Saturday afternoon, Oct 22, 2016,  RB Sunrise Rotary in partnership with The Urge Gastropub, held the club's only fundraising event for the year, Rancho BEERnardo.   For the first time in 3 years, this IPA Festival was held in Rancho Bernardo at Webb Park.  In addition to a great location, the weather was also great this year.  Even though the day was warm, there was plenty of shade available because of the trees in the park.  Early reports indicate that a record amount of money was raised this year.  Club members also received numerous positive comments about this year's event
Because of event promotion on banners on light poles around RB and an article in Westways magazine, attendees came not only from our local community, but from Los Angeles!  Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club would like to thank all of sponsors and volunteers whose joint efforts made this event such a great success.  All of the funds raised will be used to fund the many community projects and support multiple nonprofit groups in our community. 
Plans will be starting soon this event next year.  We look forward to even more community support next year as we  build for the future. 

Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless.
Shelter Kits (green boxes) arriving in Haiti
The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne illnesses.
A ShelterBox response team of volunteers from Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, last week to assess the damage and decide how best to help people. ShelterBox, an independent charity, is Rotary's project partner for disaster relief.
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club Female Leaders
l to r: First row: Trudy Armstrong*, Nasrin Barbee*, Rosemarie Bergdahl, Alison Farrin*, Second row: Sue Herndon, Kendra Jeffcoat* Inan Linton, Jean Loo-Russo, Third Row: Jeanne MacLaren, Susan Marsh, Laura Mello,  Karen Mortimer*, Fourth Row: Kim Muslusky, Laurie Oakland**, Heather Ray, Mary Stanton, Fifth Row: Judith Tronsrue, Tracey Van Putten, Kim Varey, Carolyn Woempler    *past president  **was president twice
The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise was officially chartered on September 19, 1988 after being sponsored by The Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo. This is the year after women were officially permitted to join Rotary clubs in the United States.  The fourth club president was mortgage company executive Laurie Oakland (1991-1992).  Laurie, a charter member also served as president in 2004-05 and is currently retired and an honorary member.  (See the list of club presidents here.)
In our 29 year history, women have taken many leadership positions and 8 women have served as president.  Currently a third of our 60 club members members are women.  These women are current or former  business and professional leaders in the fields of hospital administration, a college professor in education, architecture, travel office owner, mortgage banking, financial planning, pension plan design and administration, retirement home administration, certified public accounting and various executive positions in nonprofit organizations.
l -r: President Alison Farrin and Jeanne MacLaren
Jeanne MacLaren, RB Sunrise Rotary Foundation Chair, was recognized on Friday evening, June 17, 2016 as Rotarian of the Year.  Jeanne was honored for her leadership in directing the club's fundraising efforts on behalf of the Rotary Foundation.  For the last 2 years we not only maintained our EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) status with every member contribuiting to the Rotary Foundation, but also the club's contributions to the foundation doubled!
It has to be noted that Jeanne has been very busy in the last 2 years. Not only has she contributed greatly to our club, she also took leadership positions at our district.  During most of this time, Jeanne also was the caregiver for her husband, Tom who passed away several months ago. 
We are thrilled to have Jeanne as a member because she brings a passion for Rotary with her.  Jeanne is a past president of a club in northern California and their loss is our gain. 
Congratulations to Jeanne for the richly deserved recognition!


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2016 - 2017 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.
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Past President
Executive Secretary
Club Service Chair
Co Chair
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