Apr 2014         
Board of Directors
RCBR President Julie Vianale
RCBR President Elect Michael Gora
RCBR Secretary Gary Hildebrand
RCBR Treasurer John Mollica
RCBR Board of Directors Doug Giordano
RCBR Board of Directors Mariana Oprea
RCBR Board of Directors Spencer Siegel
RCBR Board of Directors Richard Young
RCBR Board of Directors Richard Zimmer
RCBR Board of Directors Yaacov Heller
RCBR Board of Directors Alexis Aubrey
RCBR Board of Directors Dennis Frisch
RCBR International Service Rachel Huerta
RCBR Immediate Past President William Riddick
RCBR Executive Secretary Claudia DuBois
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Changing Lives Building Futures

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM

Via Mizner Country Club

6200 Boca Del Mar Dr
Boca Raton, Florida 33433
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Posted by Claudia DuBois on Apr 09, 2014





                         ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON





WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2nd & 9th, 2014

The meeting was called to order by Club President Julie Vianale (pictured with Past President Doug Mummaw). Julie introduced visiting Rotarians Ingrid Fulmer (Rotary Downtown Boca Raton), Georgia Winfield (Hallandale/Aventura), Bill O'Brien (Pompano Beach) and Ann Creo (Rotary Club of new York).  And Lunch Guests Aaron Millman, Tim Aman, Jon-Paul Vasta, Bonnie Boroian, Ellen Ferguson and Catherine Sardias.


 Doug gave a beautifully crafted and thought provoking Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance

"Dear Lord, This has been a transformational week in our City. Thank you for our newly appointed LEADERS who have demonstrated a willingness to serve at the highest level in our local government. Please grant them insight and wisdom to lead our City in a positive direction. Please bless them with your support and guidance as LEADERSHIP MATTERS. Thank you for David Parker teaching leadership skills to the Rotoractors.  Thank you for this Club and our family of friends who find opportunities to serve everyday in our community and make a difference in young peoples lives. Thank you for our Past Club Presidents Ken Davis, Dennis Frisch, Neil Saffer, Rick Zimmer, David Jackson, Hal Folz, Cecil Roseke, Wendy Kupfer, Bill Riddick, Myron Yudkin and Julie Vianale .  Thank you for good health, on going prosperity and the spirit of love amongst us all.  In Your Name, Amen."

Ken Samu, Jim Gavrilos, Nancy Scantland-Bickel blended  beautiful harmonies and sang "God Bless America".

Happy Birthday, Club and Wedding Anniversaries!

A beautiful cake handmade by "Cupcake' the pastry Chef at Via Mizner Country Club

Member Birthdays
Bill Riddick  Apr 07
Rachel Huerta  Apr 08
Gary Hildebrand  Apr 14
Art Condill  Apr 16

Flossy Keesely - April 18  *  100 YEARS OLD

Spouse Birthdays
Bonnie Hildebrand (Gary's Wife)  Apr 01
Louis Scleparis (Elmarie Crowley's Husband)  Apr 11
Mary Montalvo (Juan Montalvo's Wife)  Apr 29
Mike and Barbara Massarella Apr 4
Chuck and Nancy Marchitello Apr 05  18 years
Ben and Rosemary Krieger Apr 12, 1958  56 years
Yaacov and Sue Heller Apr 17
Arthur and Glorianne Polacheck Apr 19
Join Date
Ken Davis 32 years
Mark DePalmer 3 years
Annette Reizburg 5 years
Nancy Scantland-Bickel 11 years
Dana Goldberg  2 years
Don Londeree  8 years
Pia Gianonne Scheer 1 Year

 Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

Lovely surprise to have Rotarian Ingrid Fulmer as a lunch guest pictured with Mike Yaghy

Welcome back to Annette Reizburg pictured with smilin' David Jackson

  • Ellen Ferguson proudly announced that The Dirty Mechanics Robotics Team won the recent competition are heading to St. Louis for the first ever World Robotics Championship.  She said that if our Club had not paid the registration fee for the competition, they would not have been able to participate, compete and WIN!!!  They are about $4000.00 shy of the monies needed to get to St. Louis, MO.  Rotarian Chuck Marchitello stepped up to the plate and pledged $2000.00!!!  He shared that when he was a kid he also competed in a similar venture and appreciates just how important the challenge is. Jon Burford offered a storehouse of robotics parts as well.  Hats off to Chuck and Jon for their support and generosity. 
  • Ralph Jason Salzman, a past Scholarship recipient has not forgotten the support he received and is paying it forward by donating a matching grant of $250.00! As a young man Ralph had a serious speech impediment.  Rotarian Wendy Kupfer was able to provide access to a speech pathologist that forever changed his life.
  • Jon Burford is happy to see a full house at lunch, grateful to Rachel Huerta and the medical team at Twin Lakes Medical Center.  He had not had a health check in over ten years and was very impressed with the whole experience and the happy reassurance that he is in good health.
  • Danila Richards thanked the Club for supporting her Daughter Nicole with the Community Closet. Job interviews with professional clothing have been realized and after four years many lives have been touched and improved.  Nicole does it out of the kindness of her heart and her Father has been footing the bills for gas and other expenses.  Shout out to the Club for considering a donation or supplying something for the wish list below.
  • Pat McCarthy attended the fund raiser LaCross game. She learned the do's and don'ts and enjoyed watching the game and was amused by the parents of the players.  Overall a very enjoyable experience.  
  • Ben Krieger has been awarded the Caring Hearts Award.
  • Gary Hildebrand's Wife Bonnie's Mother has passed away.
  • Neil Saffer reported that Scholar Desmond Moore has a good job as the Assistant Manager at a local CVS, has his own place and custody  of his two children all the while volunteering whenever he can.  He was a great help at Future Stars. 

Guest Speaker Dr. Dennis Frisch, Elected Commissioner for Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District


Dennis Frisch provided a PowerPoint presentation that gave details of the state of affairs, concerns, repairs and changes relating to the FORTY-SIX amazing parks within the City of Boca Raton. My apologies for being unable to provide bullet points from the PowerPoint slides but there is unlimited details available for all of the park and the countless opportunities to learn, play and relax by accessing the link below:

1. Blazing Star Preserve
2. Boca Isles Park
3. Boca Raton Blvd. Pocket Park
4. Boca Raton Cemetery & Mausoleum
5. Boca Raton Dog Park – Mizner Bark
6. Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course
7. Boca Tierra Park
8. Camino Villas Park
9. Countess deHoernle Park (EST)
Countess deHoernle Park (Daylight Savings Time)
10. Count deHoernle Train Depot
11. Downtown Library
12. El Rio Trail
13. Florida Atlantic University Soccer Fields
14. George Snow Park
15. Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
16. Hidden Lakes Park
17. Hillsboro El Rio Park
18. Hughes Park
19. James A. Rutherford Park
20. J. Patrick Lynch Golden Fig Park
21. Lake Wyman Park
22. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
23. Meadows Park
24. Memorial Park
25. Mizner Park
26. NW 11th Avenue Park
27. Palmetto Dune Park
28. Palmetto Pk. Rd. Pocket Parks
29. Patch Reef Park (EST)
Patch Reef Park (Daylight Savings Time)
30. Patch Reef Trail
31. Pine Breeze Park
32. Por La Mar Park
33. Red Reef Executive Golf Course
34. Red Reef Park
35. Sanborn Square
36. Sand Pine Park
37. Serenoa Glade Preserve
38. Silver Palm Park
39. Spanish River Park
40. South Beach Park
41. Spanish River Library & Community Ctr.
42. Sugar Sand Park (EST)
Sugar Sand Park (Daylight Savings Time)
43. Swim & Racquet Center
44. University Woodlands Park
45. Yale Newman Park
46. Yamato Scrub Natural Area 

Come visit Sugar Sand Park’s Carousel! The Carousel is open 365 days a year and costs just $1.00 per ride.

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri:10:00am - 7:00pm • Sat, Sun, & Holidays:10:00am - 5:00pm Hours subject to change based on weather and attendance.

Visit the website at  

SPECIAL EVENT HOTLINE (561) 393-7806 #2 or (561) 393-7984 • www.myboca .us/rec/specialevents


Donn Londeree and Ken Davis with the new van for the Cat Island Orphanage in the Bahamas 



  Opportunities to Serve  AND HAVE FUN! 

Jon Burford and Debra Davis each gave a pint



Soup, Protein (canned tuna, chicken, salmon), Meals (Chef Boyardee type items)




    Community Closet WISH LIST


    The 50/50 Chance to Win King of Clubs card was drawn by Tim Aman on April 2nd and Alecia Kerry on April 9th. Neither chose the winning card but Alecia donated her $50.00 back to be earmarked for The Community Closet!

    Another chance to win again next week with $300.00 and 46 cards

        COMING UP:        
          April 16. 2014                  Mike Gergora - City of Boca Raton Fire Chief 
          April 18, 2014                  Flossy Keesely Book Sale at Mizner Amphitheater Bronze Statue 1:00-6:00pm
          April 23, 2014                  Youth in Government Day
          April 30, 2014                   Mark Kiyimba 
          May 7, 2014                     Otto Phillips 
          May 14th, 2014                Linda Yates 
         May 21, 2014                    Merrie Lynn Ross
         May 28, 2014                   Coach Charlie Partridge (FAU)

Posted by Claudia DuBois on Mar 26, 2014





                         ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON






The meeting was called to order by Club President Elect Mike Gora hugged by Neil Saffer.


 Neil gave a beautifully spoken and thought provoking Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance

"In a few weeks we will be blessed once again with the opportunity to meet and share in our mutual vision of changing lives and building futures. We will gather, meet and interview beautiful young people with dreams and aspirations. We will listen, laugh, and in some cases be moved to tears. We will hear many unbelievably compelling stories. Stories of hard work, overcoming adversity and earning to make it in a world where many were dealt a less than perfect hand. We will interact and advocate, we will eat pizza and maybe drink a beer or two.  We will agree on a list of young students that will go to college and have a chance at the American dream and a better chance of making it in this world only because of the help of The Rotary Club of Boca Raton. Friends, we will show a group of young people that are at the very beginning of the next stage in their lives that there are people out there that believe.  And for that opportunity we give thanks. Amen.  

Mile Gora and Ken Samu blended harmonies and sang "God Bless America".

Mike Gora inducted and pinned our newest Member Joe Skipper.

Welcome Joe!  We are thrilled to have you.

 Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

  • Julie introduced visiting Roarians Ann Creo from South Hampton, NY and Jim Kreutz and Abbas Rajabi from Denver South East. She looks ahead with excited anticipation to Scholarship night when 20-25 young students will experience a game changer experience. Nineteen awards were given last year; mark your calendars and plan to attend - April 24th, 5:30pm at the Beacon Insurance Group.
  • Bill Riddick is launching his new business Flavana Wednesday night at 5:30 with a cocktail reception at Oceans 123 on Deerfield Beach..
  • Debbie Davis announced that Youth in Government Day is scheduled for April 23rd; an extra 50 guests are anticipated for lunch that day. And that her Daughter competed in a FIU Sand Volleyball Tournament winning 9/2 placing them in good placement for Nationals.
  • Pending new Member Jeffrey Bovarnick has launched his law practice this month and is proud of his Son, a Freshman at Boca Prep who plays on a National Champion Hockey Team.
  • Neil Saffer thanked Henry Ferguson who attended the Place of Hope fundraiser.  Ten fresh water wells in South Africa will be built that to the efforts of the "Spring of Hope" team.
  • Juan Montalvo is happy to have his lovely Wife Mary with him at lunch and welcomes Farmer Jay as the guest Speaker.
  • Nicole Richards spoke to the success of the Community Closet.  Last month over 250 families that live below the poverty level were clothed and children exchanged toys. Each person is asked to donate clothes to their neighbors to learn the beauty of service. 
  • Prayers for Julie's Husband Ken who is having surgery on his Achilles tendon. Jim Gavrilos as he continues to recover and heal from heart bypass surgery and Rosemary Krieger recovering from back surgery.

Guest Speaker Farmer Jay McCobb pictured with Club President Julie Vianale

My philosophy in a word: Symbiosis 

I recognize that relationships exist in nature through mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism and using that knowledge I create as much as possible a symbiotic relationship within the standards of sustainable farming by using the Earth’s resources at a rate they can be replenished. I have adopted a few different sustainable methods for farming: Natural Process, Biodynamic, and Permaculture.

Natural Process: This method closely mimics nature utilizing composts, compost teas, rock dusts, and natural weed cover crops following nature’s example. As the farmer I am poised to help orchestrate and nudge nature to grow food for our health and health of the planet.

Biodynamic: Written by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Waldorf Schools, and presented through a series of lectures in 1926. Utilizing eight different preparations and following a strict planting schedule according to astrological signs, to heal the land. This method is not only sustainable, but the land gets better and better over time.

Permaculture: Short for Permanent Agriculture, I have learned and studied from the teachings of Bill Mollison and Sepp Holzer. Designing natural systems for long term production that feed and get healthier as they mature is the root of this methodology. Permaculture uses the natural lay of the land and incorporates different techniques to improve the land for sustainable production.

I believe that farming/gardening is 50% science and 50% art. Each garden is unique and has its own personality and responds based on how the grower treats it. Once we learn the basics on plant growth and the digestive process of the soil the rest is up to imagination.

Realizing that insects are symptoms of a failing crop and not the source of the problem, I like to figure out why the invader is present and fight hardship through nutrition and medicine foods. I believe that if you have a dollar to spend in your garden you should spend it in a positive way. I was taught, POSITIVE+POSITIVE=POSITIVE and by feeding a system under stress, even if we don’t save the plants, we will be adding fertility to the soil for the next generation.  

We Need Farmers for the Future!
By the year 2050 we will require 70% more food
production to feed the growing population.
The average farmer is 57 and there is a 20% drop
in farmers 25 and under.
For every farmer under 25 there are 5 over 75.
We have more inmates in prison than farmers
I am not saying that every child needs to become a farmer,
they just need to know how to grow a garden.
In the early 1900s around 70% of the population
grew something, today 1%.
In 1935 we had 6.8 million farms feeding 120
million people, today 960 thousand farms
feeding 319 million.
In 1790 the population of US was 3 million, and
farmers made up 90% of workforce.

The Jr. Sprout program is a series of nine classes designed to introduce children from grades PreK – 5th to the lost art of sustainable agriculture. The program is designed to inspire children to want to learn more. Each class has incorporated lecture with vocabulary, examples, and activity to keep it informative, yet fun. Here is the current list of classes offered.

Class 1:  Seeds

Students will explore different shapes and sizes of seeds and learn the different stages of germination with examples to observe. We will also learn the proper depth to plant seeds based on their size along with proper watering techniques to insure proper germination. At the end the students will have their own pot to plant to take home.

Class 2: Scouting for Insects

Students will explore the insect kingdom and learn about the good and bad bugs that are found in the garden. We will learn what to look for and how to tell if insects are eating our plants as well what they look like and where they hide. We will also learn to identify which bugs are good and which bugs of these bugs are poisonous and how to avoid being bit or stung. The students will get an opportunity to scout for insects in plants that are under attack.

Class 3: Plant Anatomy

Here the children will learn the different parts of the plant and what they do for the plant. Then we will explore different parts of the plant we eat and helpful ways to figure out how to identify them. Finally we will put together a snack including all six edible parts of the plants.

Class 4: Composting

Composting is the key to healthy plant growth and Mother Nature’s form or recycling. Here the students will learn about the soil food web and the decomposition process as well as look at examples of the different stages of compost. We will also take a look at how earthworms recycle and how important their job is in nature. Finishing up we will learn how to use compost and play a game with the soil food web.

Class 5: Photosynthesis and Plant Nutrition

Here we will recap the plant cycle tying together the plants life cycle and what exactly the plant is trying to accomplish. The students will learn about the nutrients plants get from the soil and give to us as well as the nutrients given to animals and how the nutrient potency degrades as it goes through the animal illustrating the importance eating our vegetables.

 Class 6: Pigs role on the farm

This will be a fun class taking a look at and meeting “Pearl”, Farmer Jay’s pet pig and how she helps on the farm. We will take a look at a man made tool vs the pig and compare how they work. We will also explore the pig’s diet and how they help recycle on the farm.

Class 7: Chickens of the farm

Students will learn about egg production on the farm and what “free range” means as well as get to meet some of the different varieties of chickens. On Farmer Jay’s farm chickens work together with Pearl in preparing the land for growing vegetables, the children will explore this unique example and what exactly is going on.

Class 8: Where food comes from

Let’s take a good look at pizza and deconstruct the different ingredients and where they come from. Students will learn about wheat that made the dough, tomatoes that were grown for the sauce, milk that made the cheese, and how it is the soil that is the start of it all.

Class 9: Planting a garden

The final class will bring together all the information and learn how to plant a garden as well as taking a look at different types of garden from other places around the world. This will also be the final class and the students will get a certificate and bracelet certifying them as “Jr. Farmers”.

  Classes are customizable and can be given individually or as a whole program. Each class is $125 for up to 25 children and then each additional child is $5.

Farmer Jay recommends seeds from Fedco and Johnny's.  He welcomes any questions - simply give him a call.




  Opportunities to Serve  AND HAVE FUN! 



Soup, Protein (canned tuna, chicken, salmon), Meals (Chef Boyardee type items)





    The 50/50 Chance to Win King of Clubs card was drawn by Don Londeree but he did not pick the winning card.  

    Another chance to win again next week with $250.00 and 50 cards

        COMING UP:        
          April 2, 2014                    Club Assembly and Blood Drive
          April 9, 2014                    Mary Allen (Rotaract) - Craft Talk  
          April 16. 2014                  Tom Wood - Fire Chief 
          April 23, 2014                  Youth in Government Day
         April 30, 2014                   Mark Kiyimba 
        For more information, please visit our website at 

Posted by Claudia DuBois on Mar 19, 2014





                         ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON






The meeting was called to order by Club President Julie Vianale.


 Dennis Frisch gave a beautifully spoken and and simple thought provoking Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference" 

Our newest member Arthur "Art" Condill inducted and pinned by Sponsor  and Past President William "Bill" Riddick.

 Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

  • Julie gave kudos to Doug Mummaw and Wendy Kupfer for MC'ing the Future Stars event which was a HUGE success on so many levels.  Thanks to the many Club members who stepped up to volunteer and help in every phase of the competition. From stuffing goodie bags, to catering, coordinating the talent, hauling supplies, ushering, manning the Rotary welcome table, front gate and working the crowds; every single Rotarian made a difference. Bill Riddick and Bob Buruchian did a great job as Producers/Directors. Plans are already being discussed for next year!  Even the City of Boca Raton was pleased with the results.
  • David Parker is excited about the launch of the Rotoract leadership program and wishes his Wife Polly a Happy Birthday.
  • Spencer Siegel announced that Scholarship Night is scheduled for Thursday, April 24th at 5:30pm at Beacon Insurance Group - everyone mark your calendars and plan to attend.
  • Gary Hildebrand welcomed back Jim Gavrilos after triple heart bypass surgery. Gary just returned from a family ski vacation with 18 at Park City Utah.  He walked forty-five minutes to attend a local Rotary meeting and when he arrived learned the meeting was cancelled due to a good snow day :-)
  • Prayers for Jim Gavrilos as he continues to recover and heal from heart bypass surgery and Rosemary Krieger recovering from back surgery.

Guest Speaker Boca Raton Chief of Police - Dan Alexander

Dan Alexander was sworn in as Boca Raton's Police Chief on July 17, 2006. From August 2002 to July 2006, he was Chief of the Cape Coral Police Department. Chief Alexander served for approximately three years (1999 to 2002) as an assistant police chief and captain in Boca Raton, three years with the Indian Creek Village Public Safety Department and seven years as a deputy sheriff in Alachua County.


Chief Alexander was a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (GALEA) Assessor from 2002 to 2010 and served as a Team Leader for six years. Chief Alexander was President of the Southwest Florida Police Chiefs Association in 2006 and President of the Palm Beach County Association of Chiefs of Police in 2013.  He is currently the Chair of the Palm Beach County Law Enforcement Planning Council and Secretary of the Palm Beach County Law Enforcement eXchange (LEX).  Chief Alexander is a member of the Anti-Defamation  League's Excellence in Law Enforcement Selection Committee.

Chief Alexander's other professional affiliations include the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the FBI National Academy Associates.   In 2003, he was named the Southwest Florida Police Chief of the Year by the Southwest Florida Crime Prevention and Community Policing Association.


Chief Alexander earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Florida in 1995, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1989. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.


Distraction schemes are becoming more and more common in South Florida. Criminals use various distraction techniques to lower your guard or divert your attention from what is really happening. There are a number of different schemes that we have experienced in Boca Raton in the recent past, such as:
•The resident answers a knock on the door and finds two men dressed like workers, wearing a construction hat, vest, and carrying a clip board. They tell the resident there is a problem with the power in the area and they need to check the electrical panel in the home.
•Two men at the door tell the resident they are roofers doing work in the area and noticed broken tiles on the roof. They offer to show the resident the damage and will repair it inexpensively.
•A “worker” knocks on the door and tells the resident there is a problem with the water in the neighborhood and he needs to check the water in the home. The worker follows the resident into the kitchen and “accidently” sprays a solution on the resident’s hands. Seemingly very concerned, the worker urges the resident to remove their jewelry and wash their hands before the chemical can burn.

In each case mentioned above, the resident became a victim of a crime when an unseen accomplice entered the home while the resident was distracted by the contact person. Criminals use ever-evolving techniques to separate you from your valuables. The examples detailed above are only three of the numerous variations used.
 So how do we protect ourselves from this type of crime?
• Always keep your doors closed and locked, even if you are at home. This is especially true of the garage door. It does not matter if you are working in the yard or going in and out of the home, an open door is an open invitation. By keeping your doors locked, you control who can enter your home.
•Never open your door to strangers. Rather, identify the person by looking through your peephole or from a side window, letting your presence be known, and that you are not going to open the door. This puts the person on notice that there is someone home and that they are being observed.
•It is extremely important to report any solicitors or suspicious persons to the police immediately. Knocking on doors is a technique used by those looking to break into homes, as well as those intending to use distraction to perpetrate their crime. By calling the police, you can help prevent a crime and catch a criminal.

For additional information on the various types of distraction thefts, contact the Boca Raton Police Services Department Crime Prevention Unit at 561-347-3938 or visit

Identity Theft

Identity Theft is a common term used for crimes in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another's personal information without their knowledge to commit fraud and other crimes.

Identity Theft is committed in a number of different way. These include:

- Shoulder Surfing: Watching you punch in credit card and ATM numbers.

- Dumpster Diving: Going through your trash or a communal dumpster to obtain copies of checks, credit card/bank statements or other records which bear your personal information.

- Mail Theft: Stealing incoming and outgoing mail to obtain checks, pre-approved credit card applications, credit card/bank statements and tax information.

- Wallet or purse Theft: Theft of a purse or wallet using distraction techniques, from inside vehicles or items left unattended in a shopping cart.

- Skimming: Stealing credit card and debit card numbers as the card is being processed to pay for purchases, using a special data collection device known as a "skimmer".

- Phone and Internet: Trickery is often used to obtain personal information such as prize winnings and account updating. Only give personal information to someone to whom you initiated the contact. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

- Spoofing or Phishing: When thieves set up look-a-like websites of legitimate businesses. They trick customers into entering their personal information by sending e-mail messages that warn them that their account is about to expire or has been accessed illegally.

- Employees at businesses preserve personal information such as car dealerships and medical offices.

Identity Theft is a common term used for crimes in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another's personal information without their knowledge to commit fraud and other crimes.

Warning Signs of Identity Theft
•Your monthly credit card or bank statements suddenly stop arriving either by mail or email; This is a sign that your personal information, including your address / email address, may have been changed without authorization
•You begin getting bills from companies you do not recognize or do business with
•You receive a credit card you did not apply for
•You are denied credit for reasons that do not match your financial position
•A creditor calls you or send you a letter to say you have been approved or denied credit that you never applied for
•You receive calls from collection agencies or creditors for an account you do not have
•Financial statements show withdrawals you never made
•You observe unusual activity on your credit report
•You are missing checks from your checkbook. Your checks contain valuable information, such as your account number, your address and phone number. A good ID thief can use this information to open new accounts or gain access to the account you are currently using
•You discover credit inquiry on one of your credit reports indicating that someone has applied or is attempting to apply for credit in your name

Boca Raton Police
 100 NW Boca Raton Blvd
Boca Raton, Fl 33432
 (561) 338-1234



The freshly painted donated van for the Cat Island Orphanage in the Bahamas



  Opportunities to Serve  AND HAVE FUN!

Bill Riddick's new business launch is TONIGHT!!! 




Soup, Protein (canned tuna, chicken, salmon), Meals (Chef Boyardee type items)





    The 50/50 Chance to Win King of Clubs card was drawn by Ben Krieger but he did not pick the winning card.  

    Another chance to win again next week with $225.00 and 51 cards

        COMING UP:        
          March 26, 2014                Jason McCobb (farmer Jay)
          April 2, 2014                    Club Assembly
          April 9, 2014                    Mary Allen (Rotaract) - Craft Talk  
          April 16. 2014                  Tom Wood - Fire Chief 
          April 23, 2014                  Youth in Government Day
         April 30, 2014                   Mark Kiyimba 
        For more information, please visit our website at 

Posted by Claudia DuBois on Mar 12, 2014





                         ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON






The meeting was called to order by Club President Julie Vianale.


 Rick Zimmer gave a beautifully spoken and and thought provoking Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance

And we were treated to the unique harmony of Ken Samu and lovely Marianna Oprea signing "God Bless America"

Guest Speaker Mario Belardino with Chef Carmel and Carmel Pasquale and Rotarian Peter Baronoff

 Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

  • Julie welcomed visiting Rotarian Joe Taranto, prospective new Members Art Condill and Joe Skipper and lunch guests Maria Fife, Sheri Gerhoff, Sabina Stanislavski and Dave Wolfe.
  • The Future Stars Competition is this Sunday at the Mizner Park Amphitheater; volunteers are needed. Tech rehearsal is 9:30am and event starts at 6:30pm (volunteers needed at 5:30pm).  VIP seats are $30.00, available at the gate and there will be plenty of free seats so spread the word!
  • Bill Allen celebrating his Birthday and gave a $76.00 donation.
  • Peter Baronoff ran into a colleague who heard about OPAL 2014 and gave a $250.00 donation towards scholarship awards.
  • Yaacov Heller also celebrating his Birthday and gave a $75.00 donation.  Although he is only 73, he gave two extra dollars on behalf of his bride Sue who was in a bad car crash the evening before. She walked away without a scratch; her car was totaled.
  • Robert "Bob" Weinroth is celebrating his victory in winning a seat on the City Council! Congratulations Bob and many thanks for your community and civic service!!!
  • Ken Davis is off to the Cat Island Orphanage to prep for the installation of impact windows and delivery of a newly painted van for the Orphanage.  $1500.00 is still needed to ship the van to the Bahamas island - they will be THRILLED to get the hurricane windows and new wheels!
  • Doug Mummaw is happy to have his beautiful Wife Dianna with him at lunch and ribbed Bob Weinroth that the complaints will commence immediately.
  • Bill Riddick is excited about the launch of his new e-cigarette business Flavana.  He will be hosting a kick off reception at Oceans 123 - details to follow.
  • Mike Gora just returned from the Rotary President Elect Training in Orlando and is so very proud of our Club.  He said of the 350 Clubs in the State of Florida, ours is among the top performers when it comes to community involvement with Future Stars and raising funds for scholarships.
  • Mike also announced that Spencer Siegel will be President Elect for 2015-2016 :-)
  • Prayers for Jim Gavrilos as he continues to recover and heal from heart bypass surgery and Rosemary Krieger recovering from back surgery.

Guest Speaker Mario Belardino, Esq.

Born in Rome, Italy. Graduate of Boston College B.S Economics, JD Georgetown Law School, Master of Humanities University of Richmond and AD University of Rome School of Law. Captain US Army. Practiced law before founding and building the Cortina Valley Ski Area in Haines Falls, NY. Along with Susan Belardino, founded Bedford International in 1992. Italian Trade Commission Distinquished Service Award. Mario’s Father, Aldo di Belardino, was one of the importing pioneers of Italian wine in the USA with Mediterranean Importing Co in 1949. In his early days, speaking only his native tongue he attended estate auctions for purchases with only the ability to tip his hat.  After many months the head buyer requested that he stay after the sale. Respecting his tenacity and patience, he was rewarded with his first big sale. 

Nowadays, in Italy about one in every 15 acres of land is cultivated with three hundred and fifty varieties of grapes. Quantity and sheer table wine production have always benefited from Italy's sunny weather, but the most dramatic strides in improving quality have come through technical specialization. Gone are the days of decaying wines, stifled by overexposure to wood and bad winemaking. Brokers put their labels on wine creating an "Estate" bottle.  Mario suggests that when shopping wine always ask for Estate wine and expect to pay $10-15 a bottle. Vintage is the harvest year (date on the bottle). Best rule of thumb with any wine is to taste it and enjoy or refuse it if is not pleasurable to  you.

White wine is different than red because it does not last long in the bottle.  He suggests that you always check the vintage and purchase wine no older than 1-2 years from current date. Example of Pinot Grigio 2012-2013.

Leading the way are Italy's new enologists, the consultants retained by many producers to advise on the agronomy and vinification techniques that best suit each terroir. The founder of this new movement is Giacomo Tachis, the creator of Tignanello, Sassicaia, and Pelago. His disciples are Donato Lanati, Gian Carlo Scaglione, Attilio Pagli, Fabrizio Ciuffoli, Giuseppe Caviola, Vittorio Fiore, Riccardo Cotarella, Franco Bernabei and Giuliano Noe.

They all master the adequate use of barrique-aging, necessary to obtain earlier accessibility and the rounded, smooth style demanded around the world. They also compliment Italy's own varietals with the international grapes, such as Cabernet, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Most of all, the work of these talented wine masters has directed producers towards quality, low yields, high density of plantings and the use of state-of-the-art equipment that was often neglected in the past.

Thanks to the use of horizontal presses, stainless-steel tanks, filtration of must, temperature controlled fermentation and storage, today's Italian white wines are crisp, clean, intensely fruity, fresh, and vibrant; they showcase better acid content, structure and stability. The judicious use of barriques has refined many of the reds, rounding their sharp edges, softening them and bringing out, with maturity, their aristocratic core. Italian wine producers have accepted the reality that great quality is the key to survival, especially in the international arena.  Interesting to learn that if wine is "overwooded" it can ruin the wine.  Secondly,   

Nowadays, the "Bel Paese" is one of the world's top industrial nations, and it offers a unique marriage of past and present, its tradition maintained yet blended with modern technology.

Italy's climate is temperate, as it is surrounded on three sides by the sea, and protected from icy northern winds by the majestic sweep of Alpine ranges. Winters are fairly mild and summers are pleasant and enjoyable.

Italy is 760 miles long and approximately 100 miles wide (150 at it's widest point), an area of 116,303 square miles - the combined area of Georgia and Florida. It is subdivided into 20 regions, and inhabited by more than 56.5 million people.


The northwest sector of Italy includes the greater part of the arc of the Alps and Apennines, from which the land slopes toward the Po River. The area is divided into five regions: Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, and Emilia-Romagna. Like the topography, soil and climate, the types of wine produced in these areas vary considerably from one region to another. This part of Italy is extremely prosperous, since it includes the so-called industrial triangle, made up of the cities of Milan, Turin and Genoa, as well as the rich agricultural lands of the Po River and its tributaries.


The three regions of the northeast known as "Tre Venezie", or simply "Le Venezie", hold top place in Italy in terms of the quality wines. Of the three regions, Veneto is the largest producer of D.O.C. wines, while Trentino-Alto-Adige has the highest percentage of D.O.C. in comparison with total output. Friuli Venezia Giulia, the third region, known for its white wines and well-structured reds, has recently started to get the recognition it deserves.


Because they benefit from ample sunshine and moderate temperature, the band of hills and mountains occupying the center of the Italian peninsula represents an ideal environment for the production of quality. The six regions of central Italy - Tuscany, the Marches, Umbria, Latium, the Abruzzi and Molise - account for one-quarter of the wine output.


The sun-drenched vineyards of the six regions of the south - Campania, Apulia, Calabria, Basilicata, Sicily, and Sardinia - were the cradle of Italian enology. Winemaking in this area benefited from the contributions of Greek colonists, who introduced new varieties and advanced techniques of cultivation, spreading from the south to the rest of the peninsula.

When they took over the region, the Romans showed great capacity for exploiting the heritage of such wines as Falerno, Cecubi, Ciro' and Mamertino, which were important in respect to the inspiration they provided such poets as Virgil and Horace. The techniques used in the area for growing grapes and making wines were carefully studied and commented on by such authors as Pliny the Elder and Columelia.

Despite their noble origins and the attention devoted to them over the centuries, the Roman wines suffered numerous setbacks. One of the most serious was the order of the Emperor Domitian, who, concerned about the excess production of wine in every part of the Roman Empire, uprooted numerous vineyards. 

 Mario welcomes any questions and/or wine suggestions and encourages you to call him directly

Maria D. Belardino, Esq.

Bedford International

Tel: 914-833-2725

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