Jul 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 Jul 09, 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



  Opportunities to Serve AND HAVE FUN!






Community Closet WISH LIST of items REALLY NEEDED


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.

  • 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     
Posted by Claudia DuBois on Jul 02, 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
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


  • 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



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Community Closet WISH LIST of items REALLY NEEDED


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

  • 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     
Posted by Claudia DuBois on Jun 26, 2014





Via Mizner Country Club

June 26th, 2014

Photographs courtesy of our own Club members Joe Skipper and Claudia DuBois

Outgoing Club President Julie Vianale receives a wrist corsage from incoming Club President Mike Gora


Debbie and Brett Davis

Love the belt buckle from Gary Hildebrand's private collection

Booyah  and VAVA VOOM - Sue Heller as Dolly Parton

Now that's an ensemble!!!

Pretty girl Alicia Kerry

Pamela and City Councilman Robert Weinroth

Dynamic Duo Ira Herschbein and Mike Gora's Business Partner Jeffrey Wasserman


What a ride!

Fabulous - they don't make them like this anymore

Art and Glorianne Polacheck

David Parker and Dr. Dennis Frisch

Chef Juan Montalvo and Lucien Campolo

Cool man Gary Hildebrand with Janet and Bob Buruchian

Linda and Rick Zimmer

Lucien Campolo and Alecia Kerry

Yaacov and Sue Heller (Dolly Parton)

Lovely Mother and Daughter team Danila and Nicole Richards

Yaacov Heller showing off Henry Ferguson's Paul Harris Fellow Pin!!!

New parents Dara and President Elect Spencer Siegel

Julie and Mike trying to be serious and he makes the Oath

Julie Vianale passes the Presidential Gavel to Mike Gora

The Honorable Mayor of Boca Raton Susan Haynie (pictured) stopped by with Deputy Mayor Constance Scott to offer their gratitude and support of our Club's City wide efforts

The always entertaining Rick Zimmer

The 2014 Award Recipients lineup - all so very deserving of recognition

The Triple Threat of OPAL Warriors Doug Mummaw, Neil Saffer and Peter Baronoff - truly the Three Muskateers

Julie Vianale recognizes Abby Ehrman-Klaymen for her leadership with The Dictionary and I Like Me Elementary School Projects

Julie Vianale recognizes Debbie Davis for spearheading Youth in Government Day and organizing volunteers for preparing and serving dinners at Boca Helping Hands 

Julie Vianale thanks Bob Buruchian for his exemplary leadership with Future Stars 2014


Rachel Huerta being recognized by new President Mike Gora for her District and Rotary International Leadership

Doug Giordano reading his award acceptance speech (blank cocktail napkin) for Outstanding Service to the Club as the Social Chair

Professional Photographer Joe Skipper caught in the act; finished products below...

Recipients of Julie Vianale's Presidential recognition awards for 2013 2014 Board of Directors

2014 -2015 Rotary Club of Boca Raton Board of Directors taking the Oath

New Board Members clowning around :-)

Ready to serve our Club and community

Rotoractor Extraordinaire Nicole Richards with Art and Glorianne Polacheck

SO Groovy - Rick Zimmer had this is his closet!!!

Alecia Kerry and mysterious Pirate Lucien Campolo 

Joy, Joy, Joy!!!

     COMING UP:        

  • July 2, 2014          Senator Maria Sachs
  • 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        
Posted by Claudia DuBois on Jun 18, 2014




WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18th, 2014

The meeting was called to order by Club President Julie Vianale

Ken Davis gave a thought inspiring Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance.

Abraham Lincoln said in 1863 at Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA - "The World will little note, nor long remember what we say here". He was wrong as the Gettysburg Address has stood the test of time, and is considered one of the greatest speeches in American History. Today's Invocation consists of just six lines of this sacred address which applies to all of our lives and the Rotary Foundation.

"It is rather for us, the living, we here to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain: that the nation  shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth". Amen.

Mariana Oprea presenting check to to Michael Ionescu at Mai-Kai .He thanked us and especially to Julie – for helping on their project at the Hypoacoustic School in Bucharest (children with hearing impairment).

Silva Alexandrov, one of our newest members getting ready to be inducted into the Club

Sponsor Jonathan Sherry pins second new member Jeffrey Bovarnick


A fantastic line-up; last years Rotarian Rookie of the Year Jonathan Sherry, new member Jeffrey Bovarnick, witty Dr. Dennis Frisch, lovely new member Silva Alexandrov and the one and only Neil Saffer!!! Let the fun begin :-)

Happy Dollars, Committee News and Rotary Moments

  • Dennis Frisch had a wonderful Father's Day bonus - he is going to be a Grandfather in December!
  • David Wolfe took his twins to the Doctor for a check up and found out his Son is going to be 6'4"!!
  • Debbie Davis celebrating her 30th Anniversary at IBM and looking forward the Rotary Club sponsored spaghetti dinner at  Boca Helping Hands.
  • Gary Hildrebrand gave us an update on his Daughter who is serving with Doctors without Borders in a dire environment in South Sudan.  She sees forty patients a day, no air conditioning in unbearable heat. Medical conditions include lock jaw, yellow fever, malaria and malnutrition. Lock down from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am  for her safety. She is missing the familiar luxuries like a toilet and familiar sights. Please keep her and the dedicated team  in your prayers.
  • Silva is happy to have such a warm reception as a new member.
  • Visiting Rotarian Ed Smith joins us from Channery Row, Monterey, CA!
  • Dana Goldberg shared a fun fundraising activity for the "No Kid Hungry" program - a Pirate Party (Dennis adlibed a Pirates without Partners party).  Arghhhh, dust off  your party duds!


Guest Speaker Bari Aronson, Director

Twin Palms Center For The Disabled

The Twin Palms Center provides a unique setting for individuals diagnosed with developmental delays, by offering a rich social and academic learning environment. The Twin Palms experience gives these adults the opportunity to become active participants at home and in their communities.

The MISSION of Twin Palms Center is to improve the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with developmental challenges. We also dedicate this program to educating our community on the talents and abilities that these individuals possess. Our GOAL is to encourage individual growth, development, and socialization in a supportive environment. We will accomplish this objective while treating our clients with the dignity and respect that they seek and deserve.

Boca Raton Society For The Disabled, a 501(C)(3) Corporation d/b/a Twin Palms Center For The Disabled, was founded in 1968 by members of Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach and parents. They saw the need for a structured environment for their adult children diagnosed with developmental disabilities who had nowhere to go for socialization and on-going education once they outgrew the public school system.

Throughout its forty year history, Twin Palms Center has continued to expand its facilities and programs to better serve its clients and the community. Clients are ambulatory and are able to care for their own personal needs.


 Twin Palms Center is open year-round, five days a week, except for observed holidays and vacations. Clients arrive at 8:00 AM and socialize before they prepare for the day's activities. These activities can include computer work, mall walking, bowling, music, reading, math, physical fitness, swimming, gardening, etc.

Lunch brings clients together for a nutritious meal.  At Twin Palms Center, the clients serve as volunteers to other non-profit organizations that need assistance with mailings, newsletters and other tasks.

Afternoons include crafts, board games, music, dancing, wii games, drama and other activities, such as yoga. Visits to local theaters and museums further expand the clients’ familiarity with the cultural programs in the community. The Twin Palms Center experience gives clients the opportunity to become active participants at home and in the community through a creative, instructional program.


Financial assistance is needed for the Twin Palms Center’s scholarship fund which provides tuition subsidies, transportation and other special needs. Volunteers are needed to assist our clients with art, music, exercises, community outings and daily activities. Special skills or education are not required. If interested, call the Center at 561.391.4874.

We depend heavily on moral and financial support to carry out our vital mission of helping individuals diagnosed with disabilities find personal fulfillment and reach their maximum potential.

Your support is vital as we attempt to reach ways to continuously improve the quality and scope of our programs and to extend the reach of our Center. Tax-deductible contributions go a long way in helping us reach these goals. To enrich the lives of our clients we have established a Scholarship Fund. This tuition subsidy fund will help us ensure that the Center's services will be available to all in need regardless of their ability to pay for years to come. Twin Palms Center is registered as a 501(c)(3) with the Florida Secretary of State and the Florida Department of Consumer Services under the Boca Raton Society For The Disabled, Inc.

The following annual sponsorship/membership categories give you and your family the opportunity to select from various sponsorships and/or membership levels. Plus, if you join as Gold Membership Level ($250.00) or higher, your name will be engraved on a plaque which will be hung in the Center. PLEASE take a moment now to send your tax-deductible gift. Donor levels are:

Annual Membership/Sponsorship

$     50.00 Crystal Membership
$   100.00 Silver Membership
$   250.00 Gold Membership
$   500.00 Platinum
$   ________ Other amount

All donations are tax deductible.
If you prefer to send a check, instead of using Paypal, please mail
check to:

Twin Palms Center for the Disabled
306 NW 35th St.
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Please make check payable to Boca Raton Society for the Disabled, Inc. or Twin
Palms Center.

Thank you for your interest in supporting individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities in our community and helping us to accomplish our mission.

A copy of the official registration #CH9 275 and financial information may be ordered at (800) 435-7352. registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.

Leadership -  Board of Directors 2013-14  (All board members are volunteers with no compensation)

President:  Sheri Daye

Vice President:  Janet Dauro

Treasurer:   Janet Dauro

Secretary:   Ruth Coakley

Members:   Lisa Mundell

Director:    Bari Aronson

Contact Us

Twin Palms Center For The Disabled
Boca Raton Society For The Disabled, Inc.
306 NW 35th Street
Boca Raton, Florida 33431

Phone: 561.391.4874
Fax: 561.245.7136


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Community Closet WISH LIST of items REALLY NEEDED


Hal Folz won the draw for the 50/50 Chance to Win but he did not pick the King of Clubs card.

Another chance to win again next week with $275.00 in the kitty and 49 cards

  • June 26, 2014       Mike Gora Induction Rock-N- Roll Dance Party at Via Mizner (Thursday evening 6:00pm till ???)
  • July 2, 2014          Senator Maria Sachs
  • 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         
Jul 23, 2014
Jul 30, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
Boca Raton Community Hospital
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 27, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Craft Talk Interview
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