ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20th, 2014
The meeting was called to order by Club President Mike Gora
Rachel Huerta gave a spiritual Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance
The beautiful harmony of Kan Samu, Rachel Huerta and Mike Gora
We had the very special occasion to host lunch for the new scholars and their Mentors before they start college
Scholar Christopher Ferguson (FL Agricultural & Mechanical College) with Mentor Dana Goldberg
Scholar Moriah McGowan (Palm Beach State College) with Mentor Joseph Skipper
Scholar Savannah Lashley (University of South Florida) with Mentor Art Polacheck
Scholars Lise Altidor and Kaitlyn Doering (Florida State) with Mentor Rachel Huerta
Scholar Brianna Morales (Florida Atlantic University) with Mentor David Parker
Scholar Shi Sepulveda (Boca Beauty Academy) with Mentor Neil Saffer
Scholars Melanie Duverge (Palm Beach State) and Valerie Dutreuil with Mentor Pia Giannone Scheer
Scholar Jonnie Ruder-Orschell (Palm Beach State) with Mentor Yaacov Heller
Scholar Sandy Ruder-Orschell (Palm Beach State) with Mentor Bob Buruchian
Mentor Rick Zimmer with Scholar Alexandria Cardoso (University of North Florida)
Mentor Dr. Dennis Frisch with Scholar Pietro Cracchiolo ( Florida Atlantic University)
Mentor Jon Burford with Scholar Daniel Ruess (University of Central Florida)
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Scholar Liberty Boyd (Florida Atlantic University - Honors) with Mentor David Wolfe
Scholar Christina Fuentes (Florida Atlantic University) with Mentor Patricia McCarthy
Scholar Mitchell Licht (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) with Mentor Juan Montalvo
Happy Dollars and Rotary Moments
- Spencer Siegel thanked Dr Dennis Frisch for providing immediate medical help.
- Dana Goldberg shared that when she went to see Dr Frisch at his office, Neil Saffer walked into the examining room!
- Alisia Kerry is looking for a contact for floral arrangements for the Night to Remember Italian Feast
- Doug Mummaw gave a shout out to Dennis Frisch, Henry Ferguson and Claudia DuBois who tested successfully last Saturday and earned their yellow belts at Elite Force Martial Arts.
- Jim Gavrilos is so proud of the scholars that are going after their educational aspirations
- David Parker is looking forward to his service as a Mentor
- Dennis Frisch let the Scholars know that he can be their example of what NOT to do :-)
- Debbie Davis shared that at the recent service event "Beers and Knives" at Boca Helping Hands - 27 volunteers prepared 285 meals!
Guest Speaker Bill Mitchell, Senior Pastor
Boca Raton Community Church
Bill Mitchell has been a pastor at Boca Raton Community Church since 2003. Prior to joining Boca Community Church, Bill had a career in real estate for over 25 years focusing on both residential and commercial real estate. He also was the Commercial Director for South Florida of a large nationwide real estate firm.
Pastor Bill Mitchell is a third generation Boca Ratonion. Born and raised locally, he graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a B.A. in Bible and Theology and a Masters of Christian Ministry. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Leadership from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His heart is truly to reach out to people both locally through compassion ministries and internationally through mission trips to other countries and bring them to the saving grace of Christ, our Savior.
Bill and his wife Elizabeth met at Boca Raton Community Church. They have four wonderful children.
He has traveled to over 85 different countries and currently works with people and Organizations in over 25 countries through WorldLead, an initiative that mentors young leaders around the world.
Bill facilitates BocaLead, a monthly business lunch that focuses on developing strong, ethical business practices. Bill is a third generation resident of Boca Raton and has five children and two grandchildren.
Bill spoke to the tragedy of human trafficing which is nothing more than modern day slavery. It is hard to believe that there are people who OWN other people. Slavery can be a person who is forced to work for another against their will (prostitution, child labor, etc,,,); a person dominated by another individual and/or a person who works in harsh conditions for very low pay (less than a $1 a day/16 hours), There are even people traded for goods :-(
Worldwide, thirty million people are enslaved against their will; a thirty-two billion dollar industry. It is the second largest growing industry in the world. Eighty percent are women and children. For adults it may be too late for change but for children there is hope. The biggest factor is to remove them from area and provide employment opportunities. Often children that have been enslaved from ages 12 - 20 often have no working skill set or education. In addition, their identification is stolen and they are at the mercy of their captives.
In India, marriage is determined for girls at the age of twelve and must leave school once she begins to menstruate. They are enslaved unless they leave the country.
However, we can do something about it. The first step is awareness. Secondly, when you are shopping watch for Fair Trade Certification - Bill gave an example of Cadbury chocolates; the mint varieties use mint that is harvested by slave labor in Ghanna.
Boca Raton Community Church
470 NW 4th Avenue • Boca Raton, FL 33432 • 561.395.2400
Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!
IT'S SUMMER TIME...
CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND DRESSER DRAWERS FOR THE AUGUST 30th CLOTHING DRIVE
Cecil Roseke won the draw for the 50/50 Chance but did not pick the King of Clubs card - the kitty lives on for another week.
- August 27, 2014 Daniel Saucier - Miami Marlins Inside Sales
- August 31, 2014 Family Picnic at Sugar Sand Park
- September 3, 2014 Marc Hurwitz
- September 10, 2014 Club Assembly
- September 17, 2014 Bob Buruchian - Craft Talk
- September 24, 2014 Tali Raphaely
- For more information, please visit our website at www.rotaryclubbocaraton.com Ww