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Board of Directors
RCBR President Michael Gora
RCBR President Elect Spencer Siegel
RCBR Treasurer John Mollica
RCBR Secretary Jon Burford
RCBR Board of Directors Yaacov Heller
RCBR Board of Directors Doug Giordano
RCBR Board of Directors Richard Zimmer
RCBR Board of Directors Juan Montalvo
RCBR Board of Directors David Parker
RCBR Board of Directors Debra Davis
RCBR Board of Directors Henry Ferguson
RCBR Board of Directors Dana Goldberg
RCBR Board of Directors Dennis Frisch
RCBR International Service Rachel Huerta
RCBR Immediate Past President Julie Vianale
RCBR Executive Secretary Claudia DuBois
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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Boca Raton

Changing Lives Building Futures

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM

Via Mizner Country Club

6200 Boca Del Mar Dr
Boca Raton, Florida 33433
United States

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Posted by Claudia DuBois on Jul 23, 2014

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ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON     

 

MEETING NEWSLETTER 
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23rd, 2014
 
The meeting was called to order by Club President Mike Gora (right) who lead us in song with Ken Samu and Past President Doug Mummaw.

Downtown Rotary Club of Boca Raton President Frank Feiler and Rotary Club of Boca Raton President Mike Gora

Mike Yaghy looking dapper!

Neil Saffer pictured with Emily Pantelides and Chelsea Platas, both representing the March of Dimes, Palm Beach Division.

Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

  • Bob Buruchian introduced lunch guest Lauren Golden with American Red Cross
  • Spencer Siegel shared that nine years ago the club had a pirate themed event that to this day, remnants still come back around - he is looking for fresh ideas for socials. fundraisers and parties so everyone think out of the box and come up with some new ideas.
  • We are pleased to have the President of the Downtown Rotary Club with us today.  He said he is here "to see how it is done"!
  • Dana Goldberg had a rich Rotary Moment when she reached out to a Mother of five at Boca Helping Hands. She offered the Mom a ride, got to know her and has found her employment!
  • Neil Saffer introduced two lovelies from The March of Dimes, Emily Pantelides and Chelsea Platas, who told us about an upcoming event on October 16th, 2014 called The Signature Chefs Auction . Details below.

   Guest Speaker Sylvia Stevens-Edouard - Executive Director

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Foundation

Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, Executive Director of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) recently presented the work of Noble Peace Laureate and Honorary Rotarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer to the Boca Raton Rotary Club. ASF is a national organization based in Boston with 12 chapters, 11 in cities located throughout the United States, and one in Lambaréne, Gabon, Africa. The organization keeps Dr. Schweitzer’s legacy alive by sponsoring year-long service Fellowships by health and human service graduate students who are dedicated to serving vulnerable people in local communities across the country. Stevens-Edouard was visiting Boca Raton to explore opportunities related to opening an ASF chapter in Florida

Mission

OUR MISSION: Improving Health · Developing Leaders · Creating Change

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service—professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.

Through community-based, mentored direct service and a multidisciplinary, reflective leadership development program, ASF is building community capacity and training a professional workforce that is:

  • skilled in addressing the underlying causes of health inequities;
  • committed to improving the health outcomes of underserved communities; and
  • prepared for a life of continued service.

To date, nearly 2,500 Schweitzer Fellows have delivered nearly 500,000 hours of service to nearly 300,000 people in need.  Additionally, more than 100 Fellows have provided care at the 100-year-old Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa.

Through this work and through the contributions of the 99 percent of Fellows whose professional careers serve their communities, ASF perpetuates the legacy and philosophy of famed physician-humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

For more information contact Sylvia  Stevens-Edouard, MS, Executive Director

330 Brookline Ave. (BR)

Boston. MA 02215

617.667.1529

sylvia.stevens@Schweitzerfellowship.org

www.schweitzerfellowship.org

Sylvia Stevens-Edouard and Henry Ferguson

Mike Yaghy, Mike Gora, Sylvia Stevens and Ben Krieger

  Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!

 

IT'S SUMMER TIME...

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND DRESSER DRAWERS FOR THE AUGUST 30th CLOTHING DRIVE!!

    

Community Closet WISH LIST of items REALLY NEEDED

PLEASE CONSIDER PROVIDING JUST ONE ITEM

                         
David Jackson won the draw for the 50/50 Chance but did not pick the King of Clubs card - the kitty lives on for another week.

         
     COMING UP:

  • July 30, 2014        Connie Siskowski, RM, PhD
  • August 6, 2014     Club Assembly
  • August 13, 2014   Jerry Fedele
  • August 20, 2014   Bill Mitchell 
  • August 27, 2014   Daniel Saucier - Miami Marlins Inside Sales
  •   For more information, please visit our website at www.rotaryclubbocaraton.com     
Posted by Claudia DuBois on Jul 16, 2014

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ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON     

 

MEETING NEWSLETTER 
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16th, 2014
 

The meeting was called to order by new Club President Mike Gora.

Who knew he penned a novel!

And that he was quite the hunk

Rick Zimmer gave a simple and thought provoking Invocation, lead the Pledge to Allegiance and joined Mike Gora and Ken Samu in song.

Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

  • Rick Zimmer has a new construction project in Key Largo/Islamorada  at Playa Largo - sound like a Rotary road trip in 2015 to the Keys!
  • Lucien Campolo is happy to have such wonderful new friends and is thankful to all.
  • Henry Ferguson is starting up a new Toastmasters Club that will meet at the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce on Monday's from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Dennis Frisch saw the first sonogram of his fist Grandchild who will be named Logan. After thirty years he is moving his Podiatry practice and thanks to his Rotary buddies the move should be completed by months end.  Thanks to Neil Saffer for working as the property finder, Spencer Siegel for negotiating the contract, Doug Mummaw for designing, Chuck Marchitello for building, Frank Frione for Inspections and Jon Burford for the IT and computer systems!
  • David Parker held another positive and rewarding Rotary Youth Leadership meeting. He and wife Polly are ranked 2nd out of 153 realtors!  AND, he is on the mend from should surgery and out of the sling!!!
  • Doug Mummaw gave a shout out to Henry Ferguson, Dennis Frisch and Claudia DuBois for signing up at Elite Force Martial Arts and working hard.  He mentioned that the running club is starting back up; 5k walk/run, half and full marathons are just around the corner.  Let him know if you are interested in participating on any level.
  • Neil Saffer introduced guest Jennifer Dublino, a marketing consultant who specializes in sensory oriented marketing trade shows. For more info contact her at 561.400.0009 jennifer@procreative.com.

 

   Club Assembly notes:

  • Ballots were passed to elect a new Fund Board Member; Henry Ferguson was elected and Rachel Huerta was appointed by future President Spencer Siegel.
  • A Night to Remember update - sixty one guests have paid for the upcoming "A Night to Remember" dinner extravaganza. Forty seats available at $200.00 per ticket. Date is set for Friday September 12th - singing waiters are needed :-) Details will be forthcoming.
  • OPAL 2015 update - the three Muskateers Doug Mummaw, Neil Saffer and Peter Baronoff will bill hosting a social on Monday, July 28th at Promise Healthcare. The previous OPAL honorees have been invited to participate in the voting process of the new nominees. New date for the Gala in Saturday, January 10th, 2015 at Boca West Country Club.
  • Scholarship Committee update - Pia Giannone Scheer is the scholarship co-chair and is reaching out for fifteen volunteers to mentor the new college bound scholars. This is an opportunity for a rewarding experience to make a big difference in a young persons life.  Some only text or email, others like more one on one time.  It is important for those attending FAU or Palm Beach State to understand that they are mandated to join Rotoract.  This will provide a whole new set of friends and participate in community service events. A mentoring workshop will be held in the next few weeks.
  • Rotary International update - Chair Rachel Huerta thanked Pat McCarthy for making such a great presentation on Paul Harris and the importance of the mission to eradicate polio.  She gave an update from Ken Davis on the final delivery of the mini-van to the Cat Island Orphanage in the Bahamas.  The fresh paint job held it up in customs as they thought it was a new vehicle!  The money thermometer is growing for the funds to purchase and install hurricane impact windows for the Orphanage. We are really close to goal!!!
  • Mike Gora is still seeking a few more volunteers to participate in the opening ceremony of the Maccabi Games at the BB&T Arena.

 

  Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!

 

IT'S SUMMER TIME...

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND DRESSER DRAWERS FOR THE JULY 26th CLOTHING DRIVE!!

    

Community Closet WISH LIST of items REALLY NEEDED

PLEASE CONSIDER PROVIDING JUST ONE ITEM

                         
Dennis Frisch won the draw for the 50/50 Chance but did not pick the King of Clubs card - the kitty lives on for another week.

         
     COMING UP:

  • July 23, 2013        Sylvia Stevens Edouard, M.S.
  • July 30, 2014        Connie Siskowski, RM, PhD
  • August 6, 2014     Club Assembly
  • August 13, 2014   Jerry Fedele
  • August 20, 2014   Bill Mitchell 
  • August 27, 2014   Daniel Saucier - Miami Marlins Inside Sales
  •   For more information, please visit our website at www.rotaryclubbocaraton.com     
Posted by Claudia DuBois on Jul 09, 2014

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ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON     

 

MEETING NEWSLETTER 
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9th, 2014
 

The meeting was called to order by new Club President Mike Gora.

Bill Allen gave a simple and thought provoking Invocation, lead the Pledge to Allegiance and made his public singing debut.

Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

  • Julie Vianale congratulated prospective new member Eric Gooden who has been nominated to go to Washington, DC for political boot camp by Alcee Hastings and the Congressional Black Caucus for being an up and coming political go getter.
  • Bill Riddick is excited that his new business Flavana (e-cigarette) is growing quickly; thanks to Doug Giordano for doing the display cases signage. Vaping is the revolutionary alternative to traditional smoking. People who vape are able to enjoy deliciously flavored nicotine without the harsh smoke, chemicals or smell that usually comes along with smoking. If you are new to vaping, it is the healthier alternative to smoking and can be a better way to quit smoking for good.
  • Rick Zimmer had a great time at Mike Gora's Induction Party dressed as John Lennon.
  • Ben Krieger gave a Birthday check for $77.77 born 7/7/37 :-)
  • Pia Giannone Scheer celebrated her twin Grandbabies turning two!
  • Guest Speaker Tracy Carroll's Daughter is training to be a Disney princess.

 

   New Club President Mike Gora presented Past President Julie Vianale with a gavel plaque with gratitude for a fantastic year of leadership and community service.

Mike Gore received his Presidential briefcase - empty at the moment but sure to be full in no time.

Guest Speaker Tracy Carroll - Guiding Youth with Rotary Leadership 

Tracy spoke to us about Rotary Youth Service, the 5th Avenue of Service of Rotary, which recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities , involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and and foster world peace and cultural understanding. Reaching out to new generations is a commitment to the future of all Rotary Clubs.

An Interact Club can be sponsored (middle school grades 6-9) that feeds into an existing high school Interact Club.

Sponsor a RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly) participant $400.00 per student

Youth Exchange - host, share hosting with another Club, or commit to hosting for new year , an inbound Rotary Young Exchange student

New Generations Activities - September is Youth Services Month; have a speaker that addresses Youth Services

  • Consider asking a Rotaractor to do something social; see a movie, go to a business social, dinner, go to the library and research a specific topic then have a discussion about it, go for an ice cream, a sporting event - you get the idea
  • We have an inbound Exchange Student from Sweden - take the time to do any of the above with him once he arrives
  • Exchange students have a twin - a the end of their one year with their host family they each visit together the host families
  • It is a long term commitment;16-17 year olds (sometimes 15 year olds) are picked in October and in November begin to train immediately by learning the language of the country they are going to live. Let your children know about this opportunity.

For more information you can contact Tracy Carroll directly at 772-492-1850 xxivero@bellsouth.net

 

 

  Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!

 

 

IT'S SUMMER TIME...

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND DRESSER DRAWERS FOR THE JULY 26th CLOTHING DRIVE!!

    

Community Closet WISH LIST of items REALLY NEEDED

PLEASE CONSIDER PROVIDING JUST ONE ITEM

                         
Art Polacheck and Jeffrey Hecht won the draw for the 50/50 Chance for the second week in a row but did not pick the King of Clubs card - the kitty lives on for another week.

         
     COMING UP:
  • July 16, 2014        Otto Phillips/Place for Hope - The Haven graduate
  • July 23, 2013        Sylvia Stevens Edouard, M.S.
  • July 30, 2014        Connie Siskowski, RM, PhD
  • August 6, 2014     Club Assembly
  • August 13, 2014   Jerry Fedele
  • August 20, 2014   Bill Mitchell 
  • August 27, 2014   Daniel Saucier - Miami Marlins Inside Sales
  •   For more information, please visit our website at www.rotaryclubbocaraton.com     
Posted by Claudia DuBois on Jul 02, 2014

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ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON     

 

MEETING NEWSLETTER 
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2nd, 2014
 

The meeting was called to order by new Club President Mike Gora pictured with members of his Family

Doug Mummaw (on right) gave a thought provoking Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance (pictured with Doug Giordano).

"Dear Lord, Please bless this group of friends and Community servants as we begin another year of changing lives and building futures together. Please bless our new President Mike Gora and the incoming Board Members who will guide us through our service endeavors.

Thank you for the wonderful year under Julie Vianale's Presidency where we broke all fundraising records, increased our membership with special new friends. They will quickly learn that our Club offers them eighty new best friends who would do anything for them and who realize that the busiest, most successful men and women in Boca Raton are united together here in the Rotary Club of Boca Raton, to help young students reach their educational dreams, and who also like to act like pirates every now and then - AARRGH

Lastly, please continue to bless my friends with good health and prosperity so that this remarkable journey can continue.  In your Name, Amen."

 

Mike Gora and Ken Samu lead us in a rousing high and low chorus of God Bless America

July Birthdays and Anniversaries

Member Birthdays
Dennis Frisch    Jul 05
Lucien Campolo   Jul 06
Ben Krieger    Jul 07
Spencer Siegel     Jul 13
Robert Sclafani    Jul 22
Anniversaries
Bill and Mary Allen  Jul 06, 1964  50 years
Elmarie Crowley and Louis Scleparis Jul 16, 2006 8 years
David and Marion Jackson  Jul 23, 1977 37 years
Join Date
Roger Flanagan  43 years  Jul 01, 1971
Jim Gavrilos 4 years Jul 01, 2010
Robert Weinroth 1 Year Jul 17, 2013
Craig Davis 11 years Jul 23, 2003

Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

  • Gary and Bonnie Hildebrand are leaving for two months for vacation in their 80' land yacht with hopes that there will be no issues driving, parking and navigating the highways and byways :-)  He also gave us an update on his Daughter Kelly (Doctors without Borders) - she is saving lives despite deplorable conditions in an un-air conditioned Hospital in South Sudan. God Bless and keep her safe.
  • Bob and Janet Buruchian had a blast at Mike Gora's Induction party. He was surprised to have received the "Rookie of the Year"  award for his leadership with the Future Stars event.  He thanked Bill Riddick for teaching him the ropes.
  • Chuck Marchitello just returned from an amazing seventeen day Mediterranean Cruise with his family.  Scary ending coming home on British Airways with a MAYDAY and smoke in the cabin.  They were safety diverted to Heathrow then made it home safe and sound!
  • Rachel Huerta shared that her foster child Nick (two and a half years old) is speaking two word sentences and is out of diapers - YAY
  • Gail Gurbuz's Son just competed in an Iron Man competition in France.
  • David Parker is back with us after a full shoulder replacement (ouch) and is so grateful for the support from his Rotary family.
  • Julie Vianale is sad that she has to pay (Happy Dollars) to speak on the microphone now ;-)  She had a great fireside chat with prospective member Eric Gooden and is happy to have Senator Maria Sachs here today - she helped her fifteen years ago as a young Attorney.
  • Rosemary Krieger wished Mike Gora the best of luck with his Presidency and is very happy to be at the meeting today amongst her dear Rotary friends.                                                                                      

 

   Doug Mummaw presents a framed collage of 'Rotary Moments' from the OPAL 2014 Gala to the Rotarian of the Year honoree Cecil Roseke

Guest Speaker Senator Maria Sachs (center) founding member of Florida Association of Women Lawyers pictured with Rosemary Krieger a dear friend and community leader (left) and Julie Vianale (right) founding member of Women for Excellence

"I'm your State Senator representing portions of Palm Beach and Broward Counties. I've worked hard to pass landmark legislation dealing with energy policy, veteran’s benefits, firefighter benefits, technology, our seniors, education, family law and criminal justice. My legislative efforts have increased protection for homeowners, given opportunities to our teachers, safeguarded our seniors, and honored our veterans. I feel blessed with the opportunity to fight for you as Your State Senator in District 34."

Her story forms a part of the great American narrative. Growing up in the Midwest, Maria was raised with a middle class upbringing in a household where family values were a priority and honest work and a good education were the means of getting ahead. Even as a child, Maria held a lifelong conviction that part of the American call was to be in service to others.

Maria’s story has its roots in a World War II romance. Her father, born and raised on a Michigan dairy farm, was a commissioned officer in the United States Army Infantry in World War II. Having traveled up through the Italian coast to liberate Italy, he was struck by the beauty of a young girl in Napoli. They fell in love, and the two of them married and returned back to his dairy farm in Michigan. Maria’s mother was so proud of becoming an American citizen, and she instilled in Maria a strong sense of American patriotism.

Maria’s first experience in serving others began in her youth, when her father returned to military service and brought his family to Southeast Asia. She volunteered at the Malaria Control Center in upcountry Thailand while her father served in Vietnam and was gone for months at a time. She also worked as a nurse assistant at the Air Force military hospital.

Working her way through an undergraduate and a master’s degree, Maria became a lecturer of International Politics for the University of Maryland at military bases throughout Western Europe and North Africa.

Never forgetting her family’s values of education, Maria returned to the States to pursue a law degree at the University of Miami. She began her law career under Janet Reno’s direction, and in 1985 moved to Palm Beach county where she has been practicing law ever since.

She has been a successful professional, maintaining offices in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.

Her ties to the community are strong and lasting. She is founder and president of a professional women’s organization, the Women for Excellence (WE). The WE has over 150 members and continues to meet monthly. She was also the past president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Broward Chapter, and is a member of the women’s Chamber of Commerce and Executive Women’s Organization and NOW.

Maria has a profound attachment to America’s veterans, from her father, Russell. For the last seven years of his life, Russell was a resident at the Extended Care Facility of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in West Palm Beach. She has seen firsthand the lack of adequate treatment for our nation’s most treasured servicemen, and is absolutely committed to improving the lives of our retired veterans and all current servicemen and women. Her first bill as a State Representative endows certain benefits to our veterans in honor of their service, lest they ever be forgotten.

Growing up in a multicultural household, Maria is keenly aware of our American tapestry. She understood the needs of Florida’s students to compete in a global economy. To this end, she sponsored a bill that expands the number of foreign languages available for teacher certification from 4 to 15. This foresight will help fuel Florida’s need for high-tech workers and encourage the business community to find a highly-skilled labor force right here in our state.

She and her husband, Peter, are the proud parents of three children who were born, raised and schooled in Palm Beach county: Natasha, Marcello, and Taylor.

The story doesn’t end here. Maria’s commitment to the people of Palm Beach county extends beyond mortgage foreclosure workshops, anti-gang summits, and constitutional advocacy. Her work is the embodiment of the values set by her parents, and are what she hopes to set as an example to her own children.

Some of the Appropriations that Ms. Sachs has seen to fruition:

Boca Raton Cultural

  • Boca Ballet Theatre Company $88.600
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, Cultural & Museum Grant $150,000
  • Boca Raton Museum of Art, Cultural Endowment Grant $240,000
  • Lynn University, Inc. Cultural and Museum Grant $25,000
  • Boca Raton Historical Society, Cultural & Museum Grant $89,000
  • Boca Raton Historical Society, Cultural Endowment Grant $240,000
  • Restoration of Addison Mizner's Memorial Fountain Historical Properties Restoration $350,000

Other

  • Boca Raton Airport Construct Building $1,200,000
  • Port of Palm Beach Port-Wide Slip Redevelopment Intermodal Development/Grants $1,300,000
  • North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport Hangers & Infrastructure $1,600,000
  • Palm Beach County Airport Construct Hangars $2,400,000

Office Contact Information:

Delray Beach City Hall

100 NW 1st Avenue

Delray Beach, FL 33444

561-279-1427

www.mariasachs.com

 

  Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!

 

 

IT'S SUMMER TIME...

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND DRESSER DRAWERS FOR THE JULY 26th CLOTHING DRIVE!!

    

Community Closet WISH LIST of items REALLY NEEDED

PLEASE CONSIDER PROVIDING JUST ONE ITEM

                         
Art Polacheck won the draw for the 50/50 Chance to Win AND picked the King of Clubs card!

         
     COMING UP:
  • July 9, 2014          Tracy Carroll
  • July 16, 2014        Otto Phillips/Place for Hope - The Haven graduate
  • July 23, 2013        Tali Raphaely
  • July 30, 2014        Connie Siskowski, RM, PhD
  •   For more information, please visit our website at www.rotaryclubbocaraton.com     
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