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July Reception at Cafe Merlot Wrap-up
Many thanks to charter RBBA member and the RBBA's second President Toni Kraft and her husbanb Rick for a wonderful
reception at their beautiful location at the Bernardo Winery. The chef served a variety of appetizers for the 133 members and
guests including German Bratwurst on baguettes served with carmelized onions and stone ground mustard, savory Au Gratin
Potatoes, Polenta Lasagna with Fresh Grated Parmesan, Lobster Bisque Shooters, Mini Ruebens, Mini Belas (chicken and Feta)
and desserts of Chocolate Eclairs, Mini Cupcakes, Cake Pops and Petite Brownies.
Thanks again to Toni, Rick and the entire Cafe Merlot staff. Below are a few photos from the reception.
Patti Hall and Alex Lawn receive much deseved "Certificates of Appreciation" awards
from the RBBA
Patti Hall of Windermere Homes & Estates was presented with a "Certificate of Appreciation" from RBBA President Marty Judge.
She is presently serving on the RBBA Board of Directors. Her plaque reads as follows: "The Board of Directors of the Rancho
Bernardo Business Association wishes to recognize Patti Hall for her continuing contributions to our association in publicizing our
annual great Rubber Ducky Race with a sales pitch that would win applause from Donald Trump and a duck costume that would
earn a wink from Walt Disney."
Also receiving a "Certificate of Appreciation" from President Marty Judge was Alex Lawn of Greenway Lawn Aeration and
Landscaping. His certificate reads as follows: "The Board of Directors of the Rancho Bernardo Business Association wishes to
recognize Alex Lawn for his continuing contribution to our asosciation in helping stage our annual great Rubber Duck Race and
supporting the association's RB Alive project."
Hearty thank you's go out to Patti and Alex for their dedication to the RBBA and to their volunteer spirit. We are deeply grateful.
Pictured below: RBBA President Marty Judge presents "Certificates of Appreciation" to Patti Hall and to Alex Lawn along with
proud father, Scott Lawn.
RB Honorary Mayor Campaign begins with two formidable candidates,
Debbie Kurth and Marc Nimetz.
The Honorary Mayor of Rancho Bernardo is elected annually
and represents the community at such events as ribbon
cuttings for new business, the annual Christmas Tree and
Menorah Lighting, and the annual Savour RB food and wine
tasting. Candidates are selected by the Rancho Bernardo
Business Association, which conducts the race.
Votes are $5 each and the candidate receiving the most
votes wins. Candidate runner-up becomes the Honorary
Deputy Mayor of RB.
This year's candidates are Debbie Kurth, who will be having
a Casino Night and silent auction at StoneRidge Country Club
on August 26th. She will also be giving away a $4000 Maui
Candidate Marc Nimetz will have an event at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo on September 2nd with a silent auction and
a chance to win $10,000.
Watch for announcements and information coming throughout the campaign.
In the past, part of the proceeds from the RB Honorary Mayor campaign have gone to the RB Historical Society, the Boy Scouts
and Girl Scouts, the Miss RB Scholarship Pageant, The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation and others.
RBBA Names Larry McIntyre as Executive Director.
The Rancho Bernardo Board of Directors has named Larry McIntyre, a founder and Immediate Past President of the organization,
as its first Executive Director. He assumes his duties immediately.
We are delighted that Larry has accepted this newly created post to help manage our
growing organization," said Marty Judge, president. "He was the obvious choice for the
job since he created many of the procedures and processes under which the RBBA
operates and his appointment assures its continued seamless operation."
McIntyre was presented with a plaque in recognition of his four-year tenure as president
of the RBBA. The inscription reads: "The Board of Directors and the Membership of the
Rancho Bernardo Business Association wishes to express its deep appreciation to Larry
McIntyre who served the organization as a founder and as President for eight years from
April 2006 to April 2014 for his Extraordinary Service that resulted in our membership
tripling and our operating budget quadrupling during his tenure. Due to his guidance, the
organization has prospered and become an acknowledged leader in North County, for
which we will ever be grateful."
McIntyre has a rich history in the Ranch Bernardo business community having been a founder of both the old Rancho Bernardo
Chamber of Commerce in 1980 and the RBBA in 2006. He was also the founding President of the RB Historical Society, Past
President of the Spirit of the Fourth and is a Board Member Emeritus of the RB Community Foundation. He was elected to the
RB Hall of Fame in 2002.
"Working for the RBBA is a labor of love," said McIntyre. "The business organization of any community can have a great positive
impact on the entire community and we have striven from the outset to help improve the quality of life in Rancho Bernardo."
The RBBA, which grew to 300 members under McIntyre's tenure as president, has been responsible for many community events
including staging RB's 45th and 50th Birthday Celebrations, the annual RB Honorary Mayor Contest, the annual Savour RB
Community Food Faire and ecumenical Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting
The 2014-2016 Executive Committee includes left to right: Larry McIntyre, Bill Chaffin, Terry Klinker, Marty Judge, Debbie Kurth
and Scott Lawn
New RBBA Leaders.
The Rancho Bernardo Business Association celebrated its eighth birthday and named a new slate of directors to lead the
Association for the next two years.
Officers elected were Marty Judge, President; Scott Lawn, Vice President; Bill Chaffin, Secretary; and Debbie Kurth, Treasurer.
Other directors elected were Nick Anastasopoulos, Bob Davie, Lane Elliott, Patti Hall, Larry Herring, Terry Klinker, Immediate
Past President Larry McIntyre, Vivi-Anne Riordan, Hilda Teel, and Bob Witmondt.
The RBBA has been responsible for many community events including staging RB's 45th and 50th Birthday Celebrations, the
annual RB Honorary Mayor Contest, the annual Savour RB Community Food Faire and ecumenical Christmas Tree and Menorah
"I cannot think of anyone better suited to lead our organization than Marty," said McIntyre. "He originated the concept for the
45th and 50th Birthday Celebrations and orchestrated the effort to carry them out. They were highly successful."
The Association was founded in 2006 by Judge, McIntyre, Carl Kruse, and the late Bob Wells and has grown to 300 members.
The RBBA facilitates business activities in Greater RB by holding monthly receptions, monthly Networking Breakfasts, periodic
Lunch & Learn Seminars about business topics, and sponsors community events.
RBBA Rubber Ducky Race and Miniature Golf a community hit at the "Spirit of the Fourth"
celebration in Webb Park July 4.
Hundreds of Fourth of July celebrants gathered round the lake in Webb Park on Friday to cheer on almost 600 tiny rubber ducks as they charged toward the finish line of the Bob Wells Memorial Rubber Ducky Race, aided by industrial-strength lawn blowers.
The winning ducky belonged to Jean Voegele of
Oaks North, who received $500 in cash from the
Rancho Bernardo Business Association, which
sponsored the third annual event.
"Each duck sold for $5 but you would have thought
there were hundreds of dollars riding on the
outcome of the race, judging by the shouts and
screams of the onlookers," said RBBA Executive
Director Larry McIntyre.
A portion of the profit from the event after the
expenses and the $500 prize will go to worthy
The first annual Mini Golf Event drew several
hundred kids and adults who paid $2 each to play
one or more rounds of the 18-hole course.
"I saw nothing but smiles on the children's faces,"
said Beverly Judge, who sold tickets to the event
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when it closed. "Several little boys came back after they finished playing a round of golf and asked if
they could play another round and we immediately developed a policy that anyone could play a second round for free," she said.
The idea for the golf event came from the highly successful events staged by Rob Weinberg, a local marketing specialist who
writes a column for the RB Journal newspaper titled
Mr. Marketing. "Rob was kind enough to coach us on how to set up the
course and operate it," said Marty Judge, President of the RB Business Association which sponsored the event.
"His help was
The premier sponsors of the event were Casa de las Campanas, www.minigolfforgood.com, and the Rancho Bernardo Sunrise
Rotary Club. Sponsors for the holes of the course were George Cooke, Realtor, First American Trust, Fred Astaire Dance Studio,
Gateway Dentistry, Kevin Paulson Insurance, MJ Mobile Notary Signing Agent, The Compass Pointe Group of Morgan Stanley,
Oakwood Escrow, RB Community Foundation, The Remington Club, Samuel Scott Financial Group/Tracy Van Putten, and Shea
From top left clockwise: 1) Children of all ages had a great time on the mini-golf course. 2) RB Honorary Mayor Alex Monroe and
two of his three children, Emerson and Jack. 3) The Duckys are off heading toward the finish line. 4) Patti (Ducky) Hall at the
Rubber Ducky booth.
July Reception at Cafe Merlot Wrap-up
Many thanks to charter RBBA member and the RBBA's second President Toni Kraft and her husbanb Rick for a wonderful reception at their beautiful location iat the Bernatdo Winery. The chef served variety of appetizers were available for the 133 members and guests including GerMan Bratwurst on Baguette's served with carmelized onions and stone ground mustard, Savory Au Gratin potatoes, Palenta Lasagna with Fresh Grated Parmesan, Passed Lobster Bisque Shooters, Mini Ruebens Mini Bela's (chicken and Fetta) and desserts of Chocolate Eclairs, Mini cupcakes, Cake Pops and Petite Brownies.
Thanks again to Toni, Rick and the entire Cafe Merlot staff.
The next RBBA Morning Network Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 12th.
The successful monthly RBBA Morning Networking Meetings are scheduled
for the second Tuesday of each month
The next Networking Breakfast Meeting is Tuesday, August 12th, at Athens Market Cafe.
Athens is owned by Board member Nick Anastasopoulos and is located at 11640 Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain
Ranch next to the Reading Theater. The Networking Breakfast begins at 8:00am and ends at approximately 9:30am.
The goal of the morning networking meeting is to provide an enjoyable and fun way for fellow RBBA members to get to know
each other with the strong possibility of generating future referrals.
There will be no exclusivity of business categories and no mandatory lead referrals at any of our meetings. Members will have
the chance to sign up and bring the continental breakfast for a future meeting in exchange for the opportunity to speak for
5 minutes to the group. We will have a second speaker chosen at random that will also have the opportunity to speak about
their business for 5 minutes.
Each member will have a minute or two to introduce themselves and their business to the group.
This is an excellent opportunity to market your business to interested members and to discover what other members have to
Please email your RSVP to Terry Klinker, our Morning Networking Co-chair today.
Your RBBA is working hard to make your membership in the RBBA a great investment for you.
tch a short movie of Rancho Bernardo's 50th Birthday Party September 22nd, 2012. The video was videotapedand edited by RBBA member