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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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After the February 14th shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 high school students died needlessly, a lot of people started hollering "Somebody needs to do something!"
 
Meet Joe Sigurdson...a man who is doing something. Joe's Co-Founder of Boys to Men Mentoring, and spoke yesterday to the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club about his efforts.
 
Joe's a big guy, and not one you'd normally think would really open up about his feelings (that's him on the right on the surfboard). He used to be a drug runner, an enforcer for criminal enterprises, and made a living regularly beating up people and taking advantage of them. 
 
Alcoholics Anonymous turned him around from a life of drugs, alcohol, and violence, at which point Joe helped found Boys to Men, dedicated to helping boys understand they have a choice in the direction their lives can go. "Over the past 40 years there's been an epidemic of fatherless boys in this country," he explained "and 85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home."
 
Then he dropped the bomb: "93% of incarcerated Americans are male."
 
Boys To Men is now helping mentor "at-risk" middle school boys in San Diego. Participants improve their grades an average of 27%. Discipline incidents are down 85%.
 
The organization has helped hundreds of boys at dozens of schools, all free of charge, and have so many requests for help that they could easily double their presence overnight. Their model is also being used throughout the country.
 
Joe came seeking volunteers, mentors, and donations. Given the math ($47,000 to house a prison inmate, $500 to turn around a boy's life), the investment is critical and the return to society is unquestionable. 
 
More to the point, helping Joe and his group obviously has an immediate impact! We're pleased to have hosted Joe, appreciated hearing his story, and are grateful for a chance to help spread his message.
 
For more information about how you can help improve a young man's life today, visit www.boystomen.org. To learn more about the most dynamic breakfast meeting you'll experience all week, sitting with our community's leaders and influencers, visit www.rbsunrise.org
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.
Each year the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club hosts the 4-way speech contest, encouraging high school students to speak their minds on issues of the day before a professional audience. These students are tasked with framing their subjects within the context of the Rotary 4-Way Test, which asks the following of everything we think, say and do:
 
* Is it the truth?
* Is it fair to all concerned?
* Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
* Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
The students are timed and judged by a team of four, with the winners going on to the next tier of competition. In addition to being persuasive and knowledgeable, they are also expected to work without notes, PowerPoint or other aids, and must speak between 5-7 minutes to avoid penalties.
 
Last week's contest was, in a word, AMAZING! Each speaker was better than the previous one, and finding a single winner was, at best, difficult. Listening to these future leaders convinced this listener that our future is in good hands and helped to restore faith that hard work and ethics still remain basic tenets of the next generation.
 
Well done, ladies and gentleman. You've done your schools and families proud, and we're thrilled to have heard you all on your way to greater success.
 
(L-R) Maya Gosh, Suhbham Gupta, Jess Kennedy, Anna Splettstoeszer, Grace Wade, and Kayelynn Lawson
RB Sunrise Rotary is participating in an effort initiated by current RB President Ian H. S. Riseley. His theme for his term, 2017-18 is Rotary, Making  a Difference.
 
He is asking all 1.2 million Rotarians to plant a tree.  His goal was to have this completed by Earth Day, April 22, 2018.  RB Sunrise Rotary. Because of the amount of planning required, RB Sunrise Rotary has elected to make this tree planting project its Rotarians at Work project for 2018.
 
At Poway High School, old plantings were removed in the area of the football field adjacent to Espola Road.  Dale Long, RB Sunrise project coordinator for this project, has been working with the  maintenance staff at the high school to get the site ready.  Such things as the exact location for each tree needs to be preplanned so that that proper irrigation and other considerations are finalized. 
 
The site for the beautification planting of trees is along a drainage canal adjacent to Espola Road.  The plantings will assist if reducing the potential for damage in the area due to erosion. 
 
Rotarians at Work is a Rotary Program that began here in San Diego over 10 years ago.  Former District Governor, the late Bob Watson, suggested that on one day Rotary clubs could do community projects such as school cleanup, tree planting, and maintenance projects around their community.  District 9100, Northern Baja California, Mexico joined District 5340, San Diego and Imperial Counties, California in the first year.  Since that time, Rotary districts around the world had participated in this event that occurs on the last Saturday in April each year. 
 
RB Sunrise's project this year will definitely make a difference.  The plantings will beautify the site and also be a critical environmental solution to control erosion.
 

DID YOU REALIZE The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club is now on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and INSTAGRAM? Come check out our latest postings on your favorite social network, and friend us to keep current on all the exciting happenings here.

                              

Or you can just join us at one of our meetings. Tuesday, 7am, Rancho Bernardo Country Club, Greens East Road in San Diego. Either way, we'd love to hear from you.

 
WHY I JOINED RB SUNRISE ROTARY: Richard Barron
 
I’ve heard it said that once a Rotarian, always a Rotarian, and I now understand the meaning.
 
My brother-in-law, Dr Ian Richardson was long time member of Rotary International in the UK, and I admired the work he and his club did. Their contributions to the community were extensive and impressive, and I recognized the value I could add to the world by following suit.
 
From 2007-12 I belonged to the Escondido Sunrise Rotary when I ran for a seat on the City Council. This was an opportunity to meet people and get involved with projects affecting the City. For a year I was the Program Chair and enjoyed finding interesting and fun speakers. We had a Hula class one week and had everyone learning to dance and another time a vet that had volunteered for Afghan to look after the service dogs brought a new understanding to that situation. My contributions allowed me to become a Paul Harris Fellow and it was satisfying to know that those contributions helped programs like eliminating Polio World Wide.
 
Still, I wanted to contribute to more regional causes, and left Rotary to instead help local groups focused on aiding the futures of North County youth. As such I became a supporter of the Tarik Khamisa Foundation that teaches Restorative Justice, Peace and Forgiveness and has made a huge impact on the lives of kids in the Middle Schools
 
After 10 years of having our business office located in Downtown Escondido it was time to move, so we relocated our business to Rancho Bernardo to better serve our expanding client base. An invitation from the president of the RB Sunrise Rotary club to visit them for a free breakfast and some camaraderie came at just the right time, and I took it as the perfect opportunity to re-connect.
 
Today the ink is barely dry on my application, but I already know this is where I’ll be calling home for years to come. These are good people in this club, and I’m pleased and proud to be part of this family. Not a week goes by without my meeting someone new, and the quality of the members, multiplied by the energy in the room every Tuesday morning, ensures my future participation at every level.
 
Why don’t you 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?
I attended my first Rotary meeting at the age of 6. My dad was president of his club and brought me and my older sister to one of their lunch meetings.
 
I wasn’t impressed! There was singing (not my thing), quite a few people napping and not a single woman in the room.
 
Fast forward 20 years to my taking a job in my home town of Rancho Bernardo, where I was looking to get involved within the community and connect with other professionals. Besides working full-time in the financial services industry, my sister and I had just started a 501c3 organization located in Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
Sister Beth told me about a Rotary club who helped fund a security wall at one of our children’s homes in Johannesburg. I loved the idea of people across the world connecting for a cause and doing good things. It wasn’t a big leap to connect individuals in South Africa having a need and manpower but no funding with San Diego Rotarians and their money. This connection was to be amazingly impactful for the 10 children who called that house a home.
 
I attended my first meeting at the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club in 2011. There was no singing, definitely no napping and quite a few women in the room. I immediately found the room to be full of dynamic individuals who were passionate about making our community and our world a better place.
 
These were the kinds of people I wanted to surround myself with. I immediately saw they’d provide the substance in my life that I so desperately craved…and I was hooked.
 
Fortunately, I was working for a firm that stressed networking and community involvement. As I didn’t feel a purely “networking” organization was the right fit, I sought out more relationship based networking. And that’s just what I discovered at RB Sunrise Rotary.
 
These were not the kinds of people passing out business cards and forced referrals back and forth. Rather, they were professionals building partnerships over a cup of coffee or at a social hour where everyone took the time to truly get to know each other and each other’s families. There’s a genuine interest in discovering how we can support one another, and I’ve come to trust these Rotarians with the needs of my clients and with those of my own family as well.
 
Indeed, this trust and personal insight helped guide my career as I developed a relationship with a fellow Rotarian (and president of Cornerstone Wealth Management). And I know that any services I need, personally or professionally, I’m going to find the right partners within Rotary, and I’m going to look within my club first. Because in the years since I’ve joined Rotary I’ve found these people are the best of the best; intelligent and effective individuals with integrity and a willingness to tell me what I need to know…even if it’s not always what I want to hear.
 
Since I originally joined Rotary  my life has changed a lot. Now married, I have two children, a new job, and still run my non-profit.  My available time is extremely limited, and I need to make every minute of every day count as much as possible.
 
Still, giving back to the community is what I’m all about, and my involvement with Rotary ensures I have balance between philanthropy, work and family. From hands on projects to our annual fundraiser, RB Sunrise allows me to fulfill my craving for philanthropy without bombarding me with too many requests. I appreciate our club’s flexibility, allowing us each to find our niche and grow within it.
 
Members know they can get involved building houses, handling finances, pouring beer…the list is endless, and each is equally important to the club and the community.
 
Because when work and mom life seem overwhelming, taking a few hours to drop off dictionaries at a local elementary school or spending the morning at Junior Achievement Biz Town helps put things into perspective. And I never seem to get tired of sharing my passion for this club and all the good work we are able to accomplish locally and internationally with the money we raise.
 
It’s funny: At this point I’ve visited dozens of Rotary clubs around the region and the world. Each one is unique…but I haven’t found a club that compares to the RB Sunrise Rotary club. The members of this club push me to be a better professional, philanthropist and person. My motivation is renewed each time I’m in this room, surrounded by successful people who passionately strive to make this world a better place.
 
And though my life will undoubtedly get busier over time, there’s no doubt in my mind that I will always make time for my Rotary club.
 
You might also fit in well in our club. Join us for breakfast any Tuesday morning, 7-8:30am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Greens East Road. Tell them Laura sent you.
 
Want more information? Visit the club online at www.rbsunrise.org.
One of the service projects almost every Rotary club enjoys participating in involves providing dictionaries to third graders throughout the community.
 
And Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary is no different. Each year we distribute dictionaries through 11 area elementary schools to roughly 1,000 children. The kids LOVE the visits, but then again…so do we!
 
Which is what brought us to Pomerado Elementary, where Alison Thompson and principal Laura Crow worked with Rotarians Mary Stanton, Rosemarie Bergdahl and Kim Varey (L-R) to make everybody happy.
 
Whether you’re interested in improving the lives of students or seniors, the healthy or the homeless, the RB Sunrise Rotary Club is there to help make our corner of the world into a better place.
 
You can become part of the solution by joining us for breakfast next Tuesday at 7am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Greens East Road in San Diego. Or visit us online at www.rbsunrise.org to contribute to the cause or to learn how you can fit into our organization.
Everyone knows if you buy into an idea at an early age, odds are excellent you’ll stay tied to those principals throughout your life.
 
Which is why we at the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club take heart when students at the Turtleback Elementary School come in for their Service Above Self Awards. Shown here are the current batch of visionaries - (L-R) Emma Litzenberg, Theresa Skiano and Arianna Malcolm - each with their respective families and cheerleading sections.
 
These kids represent a brighter tomorrow, and it’s comforting to see them being recognized for helping each other and the community at-large. Award nominees are typically cited by their peers with comments like “I was new in school and didn’t know anybody when she came over and sat next to me on the playground,” or “Johnny and I were fighting, and Tommy held my jacket so it wouldn’t get torn.”
 
Today we seem to live in a world where nobody is interested in getting along, talking with strangers, or learning from each other. Our young friends (and leaders of tomorrow) have taught us all something valuable.
 
Now…if only we adults are smart enough to hear what they’re saying.
 
To get involved in shaping future generations and making the world a better place to live, visit the RB Sunrise Rotary any Tuesday morning from 7:00-8:30 am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Greens East Road. Or learn more about us at www.rbsunrise.org.
My name is Laurie Oakland, and I’m a retired mortgage broker in Rancho Bernardo.
 
Though I currently live in Escondido, I remain tied to the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club; a group I made part of my life in 2006.
 
I originally joined Rotary International for three simple reasons: to give back, to meet and work with successful people, and to be a part of something that has a global impact. But I quickly realized I’d signed on to something MUCH bigger.
 
Because belonging to Rotary means passing everything you think, say and do through a filter that asks:
 
• Is it the truth?
• Is it fair to all concerned?
• Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
 
Meaning my membership there almost instantly transformed my thought process and pushed me to do the right thing, even when nobody was watching. And though my personal philosophy already leaned in those directions, surrounding myself with others with the mindset of helping others in need pushed me to become the best version of myself.
 
Today I don’t get to participate as much as I might like, but the positive impact Rotary has had on my life and my views continues. Because even though I’m not in Tijuana building a house for the homeless, or handing out dictionaries to third graders, or even pouring beer at Rancho Beernardo, I’m still part of Rotary…and it’s part of me.
 
I’m able to share its philosophies with everyone in my circles, and the friends and positive outlook I’ve gained from the RB Sunrise Rotary Club are the first thing I consider when I awaken, and the last thing on my mind when going to sleep.
 
Whatever your age, politics, race, gender, or religion, there’s something for you in Rotary. Join me, and become a part of it.

For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings,  for demonstrating both  strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

Rotarians willingly support the Rotary Foundation because we know that the funds we donate will be used in a very efficient and effective way to change the lives of the people that our projects are helping around the world.

 

 
 
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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.
 
Speakers
Michael Allman
Apr 24, 2018
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Dany Casara
May 01, 2018
Vet/U.S. Rep for Congress
Fred Nasseri
May 08, 2018
Iran
Richard Radosh
May 15, 2018
Jewish Family Services
Jason Bush
May 22, 2018
U.S. Border Patrol
Lloyd Trilling
May 29, 2018
RYLA
Connie Martinez
Jun 05, 2018
N. County Women's Health
Thomas Schneck
Jun 12, 2018
SISU Academy
Mark Toohey
Jun 19, 2018
Earthquake Insurance
David Alemian
Jun 26, 2018
Recruitment and Retention
Barbara Chaves
Jul 03, 2018
San Diego Outreach Ministries
 
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