Member Spotlight: Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club

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April 24, 2019

Tell us about your company.

We're dozens of professionals in every discipline, all dedicated to helping make the community in which we live into a better place.

We're a shelter from the storm...where politics are left outside. We're a place where divisive issues remain at the door as we work side-by-side to help heal the world.

We're part of a worldwide network of 1.25 million people believing Service Above Self is better than Selfish.

We're men and women; Democrats, Republicans and Independents; Jewish, Christian, Mormon, Hindu, Muslim, and every other religion you can name. We're every race, every belief system, every...everything.

We're the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club. And we're something you won't believe exists...until you see us in person. And we're probably meeting this coming Tuesday morning from 7-8:30 am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Greens East Road.

Best of all...you're invited to join us. Visit www.rbsunrise.org for more information on how YOU can get involved.

 

What products or services does your business provide?

Service above self; giving back to both the local and the global community to help those most in need.

 

What was the most memorable or successful moment in your business' history?

Early in October 2007, Mike Miller resigned from the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club. 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 fire 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.

Lunchtime brought one of our members carrying a dozen pizzas, salad and sodas. Mike sat in the shade resting with three club members around him, watching in amazement as a table and checkered tablecloth were set before him.

Open-mouthed, he felt compelled to ask “Why are you all here?” The answer quickly came; “You were in trouble, Mike. We came because you were in trouble.” Mike couldn’t get his mind wrapped around this level of generosity. “But” he protested “I resigned from this organization two weeks ago!”

The response came just as quickly; “Yeah…we didn’t accept your resignation.”

Not another word was said on the subject and we spent several more hours helping before going on our way. One of our members joined Mike to help him take whatever had been recovered and put it into a rented storage space.

The following Tuesday nobody was terribly surprised when Mike returned to Rotary’s 7:00 am meeting. He stood, crying, and announced “You will NEVER get rid of me; I’m in this organization for life!”

Mike has since left the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club, but has retained his commitment to being in Rotary in his new hometown in Arizona.

 

Tell us an interesting fact about your business.

We've observed hundreds of Rotary clubs around the world, and noticed each one has its own personality. At some they sing songs (we don't sing songs). At some they say prayers (which, being a secular organization, isn't supposed to happen. We don't say prayers).

We focus on doing two things at the RB Sunrise Rotary club: We do service Above Self...and we make fun of each other.

And we're GOOD at it!

Meaning if you like a fun and freewheeling environment surrounded by professionals who REALLY care about making the world a better place, then you want to be in this room.

 

What tips/advice can you offer that is related to your business' industry?

One can never go wrong by providing random acts of kindness.

 

Do you have any upcoming events or information you want your fellow Chamber Members and the community to know about?

We meet every Tuesday morning at 7:00 am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club on Greens East Road. The first breakfast is free for prospective members, and we'd love to meet you.
 


 

For more information on Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club visit https://chamber.sdbusinesschamber.com/list/Member/rancho-bernardo-sunrise-rotary-club-10511.

 

Contact:
Rob Weinberg
(858) 774-2420