Oct 2014         
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 Oct 15, 2014




The meeting was called to order by Club President Mike Gora
Dana Goldberg recited the wonderful prayer written by The Reverend Iris Laine and lead the Pledge to Allegiance
"Eternal Source of Life...we call you by many names...we know you in different ways...but we are one in Rotary as we are one in you. Through you we have been blessed not only with life but with love, joy and opportunity. Through Rotary, we would give thanks by reaching out to those who feel unloved, forgotten and without hope. Through you...whatever our creed, our culture, our country...we draw inspiration, purpose and support. Fill our minds with a vision, our hearts with courage, our bodies with enduring strength so that, through Rotary, we may bring love and joy and hope throughout our whole wide world.  This, then, is our Rotary we are one in our Source of Life and one in Rotary,may we strive to be one in the world of love and peace."

David Parker, Mike Gora, Dr. Charles Toman and Robert Weinroth 

 Happy Dollars and Rotary Moments

  • Ken Davis is very excited that the Nassau Rotary Club is joining hands to help with the installation of hurricane windows and doors at the Cat Island Orphanage
  • Debbie Davis let us know that due to lack of response for the November 8th SOS walk/run we may lose our top five placement :-(
  • Neil Saffer sung the praises of the Club Rotarians who have stepped up to build a therapy pool for a disabled teenage girl; Chuck Marchitello, Doug Mummaw, Frank Frione to name a few...
  • Robert Weinroth welcomed his lunch guest Jeremy Horelick with Wealth Management
  • Yaccov Heller introduced songbird Katy Buchanan, his lunch guest
  • Ben Krieger introduced and welcomed his lunch guest Keren Gee from the Seminole Casino
  • Neil Saffer introduced his lunch guests Peter Thate with Boy Scouts of America and Keith DuVernay with SOS Children's Villages

One of our own!  Good luck David


Guest Speaker Dr. Charles Toman

Charles V. Toman, MDBoard Certified, Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon

Charles V. Toman, MD is a graduate of Atlantic Community High School in Delray Beach, Florida. Upon completion of the International Baccalaureate Program at Atlantic High School, Dr. Toman continued his education at the University of Miami where he was briefly a member of the Hurricanes baseball team before focusing instead on the rigorous Honors Program in Medicine, a six-year combined BS/MD program. As a result of his dedication to academic excellence, professionalism, and patient care, Doctor Toman was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in both his third and fourth years of medical school. Doctor Toman then accepted an Orthopedic Surgery residency position at the prestigious Washington University School of Medicine, one of the most highly regarded training programs for Orthopedic Surgery in the world. Following residency, Dr. Toman received advanced Fellowship Training in Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Total Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine and Clinical Research at The Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.

Team Coverage

Dr. Toman has helped care for athletes at all levels of competition including professional athletes from the St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Rays, New York Giants, Columbus Cottonmouths, Columbus Catfish, and a host of Collegiate Teams.

Dr. Toman is a previous team physician for the Out-of-Door Academy and is a consultant for many local high school teams in our community.

Community Outreach

Dr. Toman is an active volunteer for Operation Walk, a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical services organization which provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries (and occasionally in the US).

Dr. Toman and His Wife
Chuck & Christi Toman

Medical Degree

University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri

Total Joint Replacement & Sports Medicine Fellowship

The Hughston Clinic, Columbus, Georgia

Professional Affiliations

* American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
* American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
* Arthroscopy Association of North America

Hospital Affiliations

* Boca Raton Regional Hospital
* Delray Medical Center
* West Boca Medical Centerl
* Sarasota Memorial Hospital
* Doctors Hospital Sarasota
* Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
* Intercoastal Medical Group Surgery Center
* Doctors Same Day Surgery Center
* Fawcett Memorial Hospital
* Peace River Regional Medical Center
* Gulf Pointe Surgery Center

Compassionate Care

Dr. Toman specializes in Sports Medicine, Joint Preservation Surgery, and Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery. Dr. Toman continues as an active participant in humanitarian care. He and his wife have participated in Operation Walk and were instrumental in Haitian Relief work following the devastating Haitian Earthquake. Additionally, Dr. Toman continues to be dedicated in educating both his patients and colleagues from around the world. Dr. Toman has trained surgeons from neighboring communities, other states and from as far away as Venezuela in minimally invasive surgery so that his techniques can be shared and implemented in a wider group of patients. Let us help you.

Boca Raton Location7301A West Palmetto Park Road Suite 100B
Boca Raton, Fl 33433
Phone: 561-221-6895
Fax: 561-221-6896




Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!

Upcoming RCBR Walk/Run Club Event 

Contact Info for Danielle Naglieri - Events Manager

3681 NW 59 Place Coconut Creek,FL 33073

954-420-5030 ext 115





Lucky Alecia Kerry won the draw for the 50/50 Chance for the FOURTH time in a row but did not pick the King of Clubs card - the $550.00 kitty lives on for another week.


  • October 22, 2014 Club Assembly
  • October 29, 2014 Fire Chief Tom Wood
  • November 5, 2014 Laura Golden - Red Cross
  •   For more information, please visit our website at Ww
Posted by Claudia DuBois on Oct 08, 2014




The meeting was called to order by Club President Elect Spencer Siegel 
Henry Ferguson gave a moving Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance.

The beautiful harmony of Spencer Siegel, Ken Samu and Henry Ferguson "God Bless America" 

 Happy Dollars and Rotary Moments

  • Juan Montalvo is off to see fall colors for the first time ever!
  • Doug Giordano just returned from seeing his Daughter who now has a boyfriend...ugh
  • David Silvers joins us, back from the campaign trail, and is happy to wish Jeremy Pound a happy Birthday
  • Neil Saffer commented on the speaking prowess of David Silvers and introduced his lunch guests Edward Tivari with the Place for Hope, Clark Stephens who just passed the Bar Exam and Keith DuVernay with SOS Children's Villages; three great men he is proud to know.
  • Alecia Kerry celebrated her Daughter's birthday and had a great time at the Heat Showcase game.
  • Dana Goldberg had a Rotary moment at work - she was working a complicated case with a single Jordanian Muslum Mother who entrusted a Jewish American woman to do was is best for her children.  Trust and faith created a great outcome for all concerned.
  • Cecil Roseke introduced his guest Barney Schultz
  • Doug Mummaw is as proud as a parent can be of his Daughter whose Reebok design work is AMAZING!
  • Julie Vianale is happy that two Rotoractors have come to lunch.
  • Yaacov Heller is happy to announce Countess de Hoernle turning 102! And introduced his two guests Randy Kirshbaum and Cathy Feinberg

One of our own!  Good luck David


Guest Speaker Tom  and Nancy Powers - Vital Flight

Tom Powers and his wife, Nancy, are both native Miamians. Tom now resides in Coral Springs with his wife who teaches 6th Grade reading at Coral Springs Middle School. One of their two sons works with the NHL Florida Panthers hockey team as their strength and conditioning coach and the other works in Tom's business.

He received an undergraduate business degree from Stetson University in central Florida.  As a young man, Tom served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the United States Navy.

He returned home to complete his post-graduate studies at Barry University where he earned an MBA in 1992 and an MHA in 1995. Besides running his business, he is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and is an adjunct Professor with Barry University. He is also a Rotarian, Board Member and Treasurer with the Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Rotary Club.

Tom is the President of Eagle Risk Management and Flightline  Drug Testing, which markets insurance and administers Drug Abatement Programs for the Department of Transportation agencies such as the FAA, Federal Railroad, Trucking and others. He has had a passion for flying for the past 47 years and is a Commercial and Instrument Pilot with over 7,000 flight hours. He is a pilot for the USCG Auxiliary and flies Patrols and Search & Rescue missions. Volunteering his aircraft, time and expenses has helped over 1,000 missions in the past 22 years for those that need medical and/or humanitarian care. 

Vital Flight - Florida's only non-profit, ALL-Volunteer Pilot Organization. Vital Flight is dedicated to the mission of Helping People. Whether you are a pilot, prospective recipient of our services, or a volunteer - Vital Flight brings it all together and coordinates the air transportation delivered by volunteer pilots that have dedicated themselves to this type of valuable service. FAA qualified and licensed, these pilots provide their time, aircraft, and all expenses at no charge to those seeking assistance.

There is no paid staff - just dedicated volunteers - both on the ground and in the air, serving those in need. We look forward to working with you.
Vital Flight will make every effort to coordinate a flight to meet your needs or, as a member of the Air Care Alliance, we can coordinate with other Volunteer Pilot Organizations to complete your flight.


Vital Flight serves those in need of medical treatment for a variety of reasons. The typical Vital Flight passenger is a patient seeking treatment or therapy for such illness as cancer, vision disorders, cardiovascular disease, or any other illness that requires medical attention on a non-emergency basis. Vital Flight is not an air ambulance and all patients must be medically cleared by a physician to fly. If the passenger intends to fly with a family member or a nurse or with equipments such as oxygen, we simply need to know in advance to ensure an aircraft that can accommodate those needs is available.


Vital Flight is proud to serve those who have served our great nation. We routinely fly wounded or disabled veterans whether injured in the line of duty or otherwise. We coordinate with the Veterans Administration to ensure our heroes get the special attention they have earned.
Vital Flight also offers service to family members who wish to be with their loved ones in time of need whether to be present for medical treatments for family members, funeral services, or to be present for special events, such special days for disabled children or adults. We will also fly those who participate in special events who could not otherwise be able to participate due to the distance between their homes and event locations. The aircraft do not have restrooms and there is no food service.
In order to qualify as a flight mission, the flight must be at least 200 miles and less than 1,000 miles.


Vital Flight participates in airlifts during natural disasters bringing much needed supplies to those hardest hit by storms, floods, or earthquakes. We will also transport those in need of relief from areas devastated by these occurrences.
We will also transport victims of crime such as domestic abuse wishing to relocate to new homes.


Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!

Upcoming RCBR Walk/Run Club Event 

Contact Info for Danielle Naglieri - Events Manager

3681 NW 59 Place Coconut Creek,FL 33073

954-420-5030 ext 115





Lucky Alecia Kerry won the draw for the 50/50 Chance for the THIRD time in a row but did not pick the King of Clubs card - the $525.00 kitty lives on for another week.


  • October 15, 2014 Dr. Charles Tome
  • October 22, 2014 Club Assembly
  • October 29, 2014 Fire Chief Tom Wood
  • November 5, 2014 Laura Golden - Red Cross
  •   For more information, please visit our website at Ww
Posted by Claudia DuBois on Oct 01, 2014




The meeting was called to order by Club President and Author Mike Gora 
Ken Davis gave the Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance
"Thank you Lord for our Many Blessings. Thank you for the Gift we have to Serve. Thank you for this wonderful Rotary Club of Brothers and Sisters all working together towards the common Goal of Service to Mankind. Thank you for blessing our Night to Remember.  We ask a Special B;essing and Encouragement for all our Scholarship Kids and their Mentors. Thank you for this food and fellowship - in Your Name we pray.  Amen

The beautiful harmony of Rick Zimmer, Mike Gora and Ken Samu singing "You're a Grand Old Flag" 

Birthday time!

Member Birthdays
Mike Gora    Oct 06
Jon Burford   Oct 10
Mike Massarella   Oct 15

Spouse Birthdays
Dana Scheer husband of Pia Giannone Scheer   Oct 14

Jeffrey and Monica Hecht  Oct 02, 1963 51 years
Mariana Oprea  Oct 06, 2001 13 years
Julie and Kenneth Vianale Oct 27, 1991 23 years

Rotary Join Date Anniversary
Yaacov Heller  4 years
Gary Hildebrand 3 years
Thelka Rowe  5 years
Ben Krieger 18 years
Claudia DuBois  3 years
Ken Samu  16 years
Bob Buruchian  1 Year
Ann Chung  1 Year

Happy Dollars and Rotary Moments

Gary and Bonnie Hildebrand's Daughter Dr. Kelly Hildebrand returns safely from Doctors without Borders in South Sudan - her final blog...

So as most of you know, i have made it safely to new york and i have my debriefing tomorrow.
Returning home has been more difficult than i expected and i have a million different emotions.

I wrote on last blog to try and capture my final thought.
I look forward to seeing many of you soon

This will be my last blog from this MSF mission as I am heading home, but this is hopefully only the beginning of my work at an international level.  One month ago, i was so physically and emotionally drained, I would of accepted a quick ticket out of Aweil, but now that leaving is a reality those goodbyes are a lot harder than I anticipated.   When I first got to Aweil, I wasn't even sure the people wanted me there.  I did not know the culture and I was not sure that they trusted my western medicine knowing they have their own traditional healers.  Over time, I came to realize the people put their real faith in healing in the hands of god and they see doctors as the next step just below god.  When I asked if they have questions or concerns about their child's care, the answer was always the same, "no questions because the doctor is the one to decide on the care of the child." It was not until I had to say my goodbyes that I actually realized my impact in Aweil and its impact on me.  I am overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by my staff and patients who were sad to see me go.  I also received so many kind words of support from my amazing expat team!
During my time in Aweil, I worked harder than I have ever worked at any other point in my career.  When I first arrived, I questioned my abilities daily.  I was treating diseases I had only read about; malaria, tetanus, venomous snake bites, malnutrition.  I had differentials that included brucellosis, shigellosis, leishmaniasis, cysticercosis.  These diseases all have high morbidity and mortality and it terrified me that I could miss something due to my inexperience.  I was an endocrinologist, a neurologist, an infectious disease doctor, a radiologist, a neonatologist.  I was it. I read non stop.  Some days I know I over treated because I just didn't have a definite diagnosis for my patient.
Overtime, I became more confident as the successes far outweighed the failures.  I started to recognize patterns in patient illnesses that led to poorer outcomes.  I started to understand the people and the culture and was able to talk to families better about their child's prognosis.  And the people got to know me better.  I shared pictures of my life at home, my family, my loved ones and I learned about their family.  Together we shed tears and shared laughter.  We played games and I listened to their singing. 
They became my friends, my sisters and I theirs.
I did not work alone though, I had an amazing team of national staff, my nurses, nurse aids, nutritional assistants and medical assistants.  The staff worked long hours in a hospital that was well over capacity with so much passion and pride.  They loved to learn and were always eager to help.  I have so much respect for my staff. 
And, I do not even know where to start when it comes to my expat team, it truly is a team.  None of us could function without the support of the other.  I worked with some of the most selfless, amazing and generous people around.  We come from all parts of the globe but each with the same common goal.  I hope each of these people know how much I will miss and appreciate them!
Most people consider my time in Aweil to be truly altruistic but in the end I gained so much more from this experience then I could of ever provided.  The greatest gift you can ever give to yourself is to give of yourself!

We were blessed to have her as our lunch guest and grateful for her unbelievable gift of compassion

Husband Jack Raia and Lonnie Stoecker Raia, Sister of recently passed Via Mizner Catering Manager Jack Stoecker - sorely missed by all that knew him. 

  • Yaacov Heller is happy to be celebrating his Rotary Anniversary; Jim Sclafani is his Sponsor and brought him into this GREAT Club.
  • Frank Frione feels blessed with a wonderful family and amazing Wife.
  • Spencer Siegel had twenty-seven guests coming to his home for Rosh Hashana when a plumbing issue arose. Thanks to superior plumber and Spencer's lunch guest today, Alan Schnall saved the day! Should you his services 561-241-2822.
  • Robert Weinroth is very grateful for the Club support with his efforts to the City - he really enjoys the fellowship.
  • Dennis Frisch just returned from a Rugby competition in Aspen, CO. Then off to Key West for another game. It takes fifteen members to play - they lost five to the bar - he ended up playing 80 minutes with kids.  Fishing with Kelly Hildebrand would have been way more fun (she has a worm in her leg) :-)
  • Lucien Campolo introduced guest Patricia Duch who provided the beautiful flower arrangements for A Night to Remember.
  • Ken Davis introduced his guest and prospective new member Scott Weber who is a new Grandfather.
  • Doug Mummaw attended Bob Weinroth's launch for reelection - leadership matters in our community.  It is very significant to have strong connections that thread through our communities.
  • Jeffrey Hecht donated four tickets to the Heat All Star Spectacular.  Neil Saffer auctioned them off to winning bidder Alesia Kerry!

One of our own!  Good luck David

Happy couple Alecia Kerry and Lucien Campolo

Guest Speaker Rotary District Governor - Dr. Juan F Ortega, P.E.

Juan is a past president of the Rotary Club of Wellington.

Juan began his Rotary career in the 1980’s as a senior in his high school Interact club in Colombia. He was active in Four Rotaract clubs in several cities during his undergraduate years. In 1998, he moved to Chicago for graduate school, where he was the first elected President of the Rotaract Club of Chicago, the Rotaract Club sponsored by Rotary-One, Paul Harris’s club. In 2004, Juan received the International Outstanding Project Award from 2003-2004 Rotary International President Jonathan B. Majiyagbe, and the following year the Outstanding Service Award from 2005-2006 Rotary International President, Glenn E. Estess. Juan was District 6930 Matching Grants Chair from 2009 to 2013. He coordinated the processing of all international matching grants for 49 clubs from Boca Raton to Titusville. Juan is our District Governor for the 2014-2015 Rotary year. Juan is a Paul Harris Society member and a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation.

In his professional life, Dr. Juan F. Ortega, a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Florida and Illinois, has extensive local, national and international experience on land development, traffic engineering and transportation planning issues. At the local level, he has worked with both public and private entities on a wide variety of projects including several municipalities and counties in South Florida. At the national level, Dr. Ortega worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation on Accessibility and Mobility issues. At the international level, Dr. Ortega has been a consultant to The World Bank for the implementation of Transportation related projects in Latin America. Juan enjoys traveling and is a private pilot with an instrument rating.

Serving East Central Florida Rotary Clubs from Boca Raton to Titusville
The Six Areas of Focus

1.  Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
2.  Disease prevention and treatment
3.  Water and sanitation
4.  Maternal and child health
5.  Basic education and literacy
6.  Economic and community development

The special-purpose District 6930 website is a resource of information and contacts to further enhance the mission of the District 6930 clubs "Doing Good in the World."  This is the motto of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and we strive to accomplish this through the generosity of Rotarians and clubs in our district.
 District 6930's Foundation Committee supports each club’s initiatives from fund raising to project fulfillment. Each program addresses a special area and is manned by Rotarians who know the Foundation processes.

 As we embark on the New Rotary Foundation we recognize this is a result of 3 years of testing by 100 Districts around the world of what was heretofore known as Future Vision.  The FUTURE IS NOW and we, along with all the other Districts in the Rotary World, are starting a new and exciting journey —
• one that will allow clubs to join together more readily,
• one that will provide sustainable outcomes for our projects,
• one that will address the six areas of focus – the most pressing needs in the world,
• one that will allow Districts more latitude and discretion in the grant process,
• one that will vastly simplify the grant application process and
• one where we can really make a lasting difference.

We welcome input from all district Rotarians.  If you think there is a better way to do something — one we may not have considered, bring it to us.  There are some things we cannot change but we are experienced enough to know we do not have all the answers.

I look forward to working with all of you as we Engage Rotary and Change Lives.

Philip H. Lustig III
 Foundation Chair

Rotary Day

RI President Gary Huang is encouraging all clubs to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15 by hosting Rotary Days. The concept of a Rotary Day is simple: hold a fun, informal event in your community for both Rotarians and the general public and use it as an opportunity to introduce non-Rotarians to Rotary and drive interest in membership and other opportunities for engagement. These events are also a great opportunity to get Rotary Alumni and New Generations program participants more involved in their local club. Rotarians can refer to the Rotary Days brochure for ideas on how to structure and promote their Rotary Day events.

In addition, sponsoring or participating in a Rotary Day event is one of the required activities that will help clubs qualify for the 2014-15 Presidential Citation.

We’re encouraging all Rotary Day organizers to share photos, videos, and stories of their events with the Rotary community and beyond. Here are just a few ways you and your clubs can publicize your impact:
•Post photos of your event on Instagram using the hashtag #RotaryDay
•Tweet promotional information and updates, also using the hashtag #RotaryDay
•Post a video of your Rotary Day on YouTube and email a link and description to Videos may be featured in Rotary media and one outstanding video will receive a special award plaque from RI President Gary Huang.
•Share your story with Rotary staff for possible inclusion in a blog, newsletter, or The Rotarian magazine. Contact us at
•Visit the President’s web page to view a calendar of upcoming Rotary Day events or add your event to the calendar.

We can’t wait to see all the creative approaches your clubs will take to Light Up Rotary in their communities.

VISIT WEBSITE for more information

Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!

Upcoming RCBR Walk/Run Club Event 

Contact Info for Danielle Naglieri - Events Manager

3681 NW 59 Place Coconut Creek,FL 33073

954-420-5030 ext 115





Lucky Alecia Kerry won the draw for the 50/50 Chance for the second time in a row but did not pick the King of Clubs card - the $500.00 kitty lives on for another week.


  • October 15, 2014 Dr. Charles Tome
  • October 22, 2014 Club Assembly
  • October 29, 2014 Fire Chief Tom Wood
  • November 5, 2014 Laura Golden - Red Cross
  •   For more information, please visit our website at Ww
Oct 29, 2014
Doctors Without Borders
Nov 05, 2014
American Red Cross
Nov 12, 2014
Craft Talk
Nov 19, 2014
Nov 26, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
Dec 17, 2014
Dec 17, 2014
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