Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
San Diego, CA
Rotary Stories
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!

From L to R Segen Ande, Jordyn Silverstone, Kevin Liao, Flynn Steele, Lloyd Trilling
At the Rotary breakfast meeting on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, RB Sunrise member, Lloyd Trilling gave a very informative and moving presentation regarding the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a Rotary District 5340 all-expenses-paid program for juniors in high school in San Diego and Imperial Counties.  The weekend camp at Idyllwild, California encourages these students to become more effective leaders when they return to high school for their senior year, motivating them to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.
There were between 1200-1800 applications for the prestigious camp but only space at the camp for 279 students.  The camp encourages leadership skills by the students who begin the weekend as strangers.  They are exposed to a diverse group of exceptional speakers, and then worki together in a “family” unit. Participants were divided into families to provide a more intimate learning and sharing experience. The "family" consistis of a Rotarian Facilitator and up to 10 students from different high schools throughout the Rotary District.
Pres. Alison presenting a speaker gift book to be donated to Abraxas High School by Carolyn Ortiz
Carolyn Ortiz, Energy Solutions Advisor from San Diego Gas & Electric (“SDGE”), visited RB Sunrise Rotary on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.  She spoke about upcoming rate changes and customer solutions to make their homes more energy efficient and save money.
Carolyn explained that for 14 years, there were four rate tiers, depending on usage, with tiers 1 and 2, at the lowest. These lower rate tiers were not paying their fair share of associated costs for energy transmisson.  Tiers 3 and 4, on the other hand, were not only paying the highest rates but also subsidizing the lower two rates.
In September 2015, there was the current three-tier structure introduced, with a two-tiered system scheduled to begin April 2016.  However, it has been put on hold until approximately the end of the year.  When it goes into effect, tier 1, the lower paying customers, will see an increase of approximately $1-$7 in their monthly bills, and customers in tier 2 should see an approximate $5-$7 decrease in their monthly bills.
Carolyn spoke about different solutions all customers could do to lower their bills, including SDGE energy-saving assistance programs, technology solutions in purchasing energy-efficient appliances and thermostats, and other online solutions. SDG&E also has available for a short time free, thermostats that can be programmed by using a tablet or smartphone. 

L-r: Community Service Director Nasrin Barbee, Kim Muslusky and RB Sunrise Rotary President Alison Farrin with symbolic check
At their regular meeting on May 17, RB Sunrise Rotary donated $1000 to the Thousand Smiles Foundation. The funds will be used to help fund the quarterly week end trips to their clinic in Ensenada, Mexico.  
The Thousand Smiles Foundation (“the Foundation”) provides free medical treatment to patients with maxillofacial deformities who, without the help of physicians, dentists, and other medical and nonmedical volunteers, would go untreated.  The Foundation promotes bilateral interchange between Rotarians and medical professionals from the United States and the countries in which it works.
Kim Muslusky, RB Sunrise Rotarian and Thousand Smiles volunteer, spoke about how patients come from all over Mexico to receive health care related to clef palates, and other facial deformities, at the Thousand Smiles Screening Clinic and General Hospital in Ensenada, Mexico. Dental patientss are also treated at this clinic.

Past President Karen Mortimer with Viking Hat Man Rob Weinberg. 
On April 30, Kim Muslusky was one of the RB Sunrise Rotary members who helped to organize a toy storage room at Ronald McDonald House.  During that reorganization Kim came upon a Viking Horn Hat.  Kim recognized the fun value of the hat and the volunteer coordinator then gave it to her.
Recipients shack with blanket covering the door
Recipient's newly completed house with windows and lockable door
RB Sunrise Rotarians Jay Riordan, Tracey Van Putten and Alison Farrin gathered with four additional friends and family and crossed the border to build a house on Saturday for a young Couple expecting their first child.  The house build project is a partnership of RB Sunrise Rotary and Project Mercy, a charity that is headquartered in Poway||
l to r: Nasrin Barbee, Alison Farrin, and Erika Ramirez Lee
The YMCA Teens in Motion (TIM) program exists to fulfill the needs of working parents whose teens have aged out of a typical child care setting. Staying home independently is not an option. Working parents who have teenagers and young adults with disabilities are limited in the type of care offered in our community. RB Sunrise Rotary Club at its March 1, 2016 provided a $2000 grant to YMCA's Teens in Motion program in Rancho Bernardo. Community Service Dir. Nasrin Barbee, RB Sunrise Pres. Alison Farrin, and Erika Ramirez Lee, YMCA Program Director Marketing and Family Engagement are shown in the photo above with the facsimile check. 
Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary partnered with the Poway Little League to collect gently used toys and clothes for an orphanage in Tijuana. 
This project asked grade school children to share something they had loved with some kids who didn’t have much to love.  The result was an SUV full of clothes, toys and games, collected with the assistance of our younger Rotary professionals and donated to Club Rotario Tijuana Milenio Minarete who made sure they arrived at the orphanage.

To donate to the Rotary Foundation, go to: Donate to the Rotary Foundation
To learn more about Rotary, visit us. RB Sunrise Rotary meets Tuesday mornings at 7:00 am at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo.  See the information on this website for more meeting information and directions. We welcome visitors and look forward to seeing you. 

Toys For Tots
At our regular meeting on Dec 8, our club again donated toys collected and/or purchased by our club members.
The toys were received by two Marine Corps enlisted men who were guests at our meeting. We presented the toys for them to use to brighten the lives of the children this program serves.
Sue Herndon is the club member who spearheads this activity every year. She has been doing this for over 7 years. An interesting aspect of the participation of RB Sunrise Rotary Club in that this is not a budget item for the club. All of the money and gifts are supplied by the contributions of members, either by donation of unwrapped toys or by a special donation of money that Sue uses to shop for toys.

Holiday Gift Fair at Valley Elementary School
Gift Fair in progress
Sue Herndon, originator
RB Sunrise members at the breakfast buffet area
2 members of TJ club with Nasrin Barbee at right
Since December 2010, RB Sunrise Rotary Club has partnered with the PTA at Valley Elementary School in Poway to assist them in their Holiday Craft Gift Fair.  It was in 2010 that our president that year, Al Watson wanted to have a holiday activity for children.  RB Sunrise member Sue Herndon knew about the Gift Fair at Valley Elementary School because her daughter once taught there.  With Sue’s help, we were able to partner with the PTA at Valley Elementary School in Poway.  That first year RB Sunrise Rotary Club provided gifts for the children to select and wrapping paper to wrap the gifts.  Valley Elementary School has a large population of hispanic children and others who are eligible for not only the free school lunch program, but also the breakfast program.  For that reason, that first year our club also supplied breakfast items as well.
Empty slab at the beginning of the day
On Saturday morning, Nov 7. 2015, 10 RB Sunrise Rotarians, family members, friends and co-workers gathered at the office of Dream Design Builders at 6:00 am.  Once everyone arrived, we all got into our vehicles and drove to the McDonald's Restaurant at the Otay Border Crossing.  There we met with several people from Project Mercy who guided us across the border and led us to the building site.  We arrived at the site around 8:00 am.  Jay Riordan and construction worker volunteers from Dream Design Builders set up their equipment which included a generator, an air compressor, several saws and 2 nail guns. 
Everyone quickly got to work. The volunteers split into two groups.  One group painted plywood siding panels and wood trim pieces.  The other group went to work laying out the location for the walls on the concrete slab which had already been poured.  During the next three hours, lumber was measured, marked and cut and then nailed together to form the walls of the house.  Once the framing was done, the painted plywood wall panels were nailed to frames.  Holes for the windows and the door were also cut. After all the walls were put together, they were raised into place.  Before the front wall was nailed into place two interior walls were also installed.  By this time, it was nearly 11:30 am, so it was time for a break for lunch.
RB Sunrise Rotary Holiday Party and Fundraiser
Autioneer Mike Moffat
Fun during the Auction
Each year, RB Sunrise holds a holiday party at the home of one of our members.  This year the party was held at the home of our president, Alison Farrin, in Ramona. Over the years this event has transitioned from a catered event to a potluck format.  It is one of our club’s main social events of the year.  The party is also a fundraising event.

NEW YORK, (Oct. 23, 2015) — On the heels of historic success against polio in Nigeria and across the continent of Africa, the global effort to end polio is receiving an additional US$40.4 million boost from Rotary to support immunization activities and surveillance spearheaded by the .

Polio is on track to become the second human disease ever to be eliminated from the world (smallpox is the first). To date, Rotary has helped 194 countries stop the transmission of polio through the mass immunization of children. Rotary's new funding commitment, announced in advance of the Oct. 24 observance of World Polio Day 2015, targets countries where children remain at risk of contracting this incurable, but vaccine-preventable, disease.


On a very hot Saturday, October 10, 2015,  Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club held their second annual IPA Tasting Festival called Rancho BEERnardo.  Members converged on the Sikes Adobe Farmstead venue at 7 pm to begin the setup of the site.  By noon all of tables, chairs, the stage for the bands, the beer items and the shade tents for the guests and beern and food vendors were in place. A horseshoe game was also set up as a fundraising activity.
By the beginning of the event at 2 pm., a crowd had already gathered.  Many were guests who attended and enjoyed last year's Rancho BEERnardo event at this same location.  Throughout the next three hours the over 425 people who attended this year were able to choose from 50 IPA beer offerings from 19 different local craft breweries.  Food this year was supplied by three Rancho Bernardo Restaurants, The Barrel Room, The Urge Gastro Pub and the Brothers Provisions.  Volunteer beer pourers came from club members and volunteers from the Rancho Bernardo chapter of the American Association of University Women, a group that holds a girls science camp at UCSD that RB Sunrise supports.
On Friday, September 25, 2015, Rotary International announced that Nigeria has been removed from the list of nations that still are reporting endemic wild polio cases.  It has been over a year since the last case of polio was reported in Nigeria.  If no further cases are reported in the next 3 years, the entire continent of Africa will join with other continents such as Asia, Australia, North and South America and Europe as begin polio free. 
This announcement does not mean the eradication efforts can now be curtailed or that the push to eliminate polio in the 2 remaining countries can be relaxed. Continued immunization efforts are still needed to insure that not will Pakistan and Afghanistan also realize the goal of complete eradication of polio, immunization efforts must continue across the world reach areas where the immunization teams have not been even though polio cases may not have been reported. Rotary is continuing its efforts in fundraising so that the final push will be successful.
For more information about this announcement, go to


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