Letter from RBCF President Debbie Kurth

RBCF Members
(Left to right) Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation member Cindy Pearson, Vice President Scott Lawn and member Janie Ramshaw pose at RBCF's Spring 2016 Membership Social.

I want to congratulate two of our board members, Scott Lawn and Dave Brooks, who were inducted into the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame and honored during a May 21 dinner at the Bernardo Heights Country Club.

Since the Rancho Bernardo Hall of Fame was established in 1974, the organization has honored only 108 individuals for their volunteer work who have improved Rancho Bernardo’s development and enhanced its residents’ quality of life.

I also want to congratulate Nick Anastasopoulos for another fantastic Hats Off to Volunteers event on April 16 at the Rancho Bernardo High School Performing Arts Center. The past Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation (RBCF) president and current board member founded the event with RBCF to recognize and support all the volunteers who do so much for our community.

At our social event on May 5 at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, we were delighted to welcome guests to learn a little more about the great work being done in the community since 1988.

Rancho Bernardo Pathway of Pride
Sharyn and Bob Davie look at the plaque on RBCF Pathway of Pride recognizing Sharyn’s father, Bob Wells, founder of the Pathway of Pride.

Thanks to members’ generosity, RBCF is making a tremendous impact for the residents of Rancho Bernardo.

On August 25, we will celebrate our Pathway of Pride, recognizing gifts to the Rancho Bernardo endowment with a permanent plaque displayed at Webb Park. The endowment supports the charitable work being done in our community by nonprofit organizations. If you would like to celebrate or acknowledge significant achievements by an individual or honor someone with a plaque, contact Dave Brooks, myself, or Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org or 619-764-8602.

Lastly, don’t forget to stop by our booth at the RB Alive! Street Fair on Bernardo Center Drive June 5.

Debbie Kurth
President, Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation

Save the Date

The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation Thanksgiving Luncheon will take place at the Rancho Bernardo Inn on the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving. The annual lunch is RBCF’s signature event and it raises money for the community’s many nonprofits.

Last year, the foundation granted more than $67,000.

For more information about sponsorship, contact Trudy Armstrong at trudy@sdfoundation.org. Guests are encouraged to invite new members to help grow the future of philanthropy in Rancho Bernardo.

RBCF Thanksgiving Luncheon
Tuesday, November 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128

Grantee Spotlight

Our 2014 grantee Rancho Bernardo Historical Society was awarded $7,500 for its project, Historical Collections Preservation through Digitization. RBCF caught up with the organization to learn more about the impact of the grant.

What information is the grant preserving?
An invaluable part of the history of any community is its recorded history. This includes not just the recorded words and images but also the written word.

The Rancho Bernardo Historical Society has acquired almost all copies of Rancho Bernardo’s original periodicals, Bernardo Brandings. The first issue announces the creation of this new community and subsequent issues follow the progress of our community’s development.

How did the grant help preservation efforts?
As the only place where these periodicals exist, Rancho Bernardo’s history remained vulnerable to accidental damage or theft. Creating digital copies will protect this history for future generations.

The grant enabled the organization to digitize all 10 years of the periodicals.

What’s next for the organization?
The goal is to place the non-copyrighted issues (1952-1969) online so that anyone, not only in the region but anywhere in the world, can learn about Rancho Bernardo’s development as a planned community.

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