ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 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"
Mike Gora Oct 06
Jon Burford Oct 10
Mike Massarella Oct 15
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
•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 http://www.rotary6930.org/ 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
FALL IS UPON US
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND DRESSER DRAWERS FOR THE OCTOBER 25th CLOTHING DRIVE
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 www.rotaryclubbocaraton.com Ww