Our member Lisa Talley initiated on behalf of our Club and Steve Muschlitz of Wheels from the Heart to donate a car to Lisa Boatright. Here’s the story about Lisa Boatright as told by Lisa Talley: My leasing manager, named Lisa Boatright, found me my apartment when I had to move within 30 days cross country to Boca. She spent hours talking to me when I arrived and was the first friend I had here in Florida during the pandemic. She encouraged me to meet people even in a pandemic, so I applied to join a Rotary club. Lisa is a [...]
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We were pleased to have Club member and RI Foundation Chair Bernardo Wolfson give us an update on Rotary International (RI). Bernardo talked about the RI’s Vision that was approved by the RI Board of Trustees in 2017 to reflect the direction Rotary wants to take to address the world challenges of the future. The RI Board invited Rotarians to participate in focus groups and interviews and come up with a set of actions and priorities to make the new approved vision a reality. A group of 500+ Rotarians representing 28 countries participated and came up with four recommended [...]
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton hosted a reception to announce the honorees for the 2022 OPAL gala to be held on January 22, 2022 at the Boca West Country Club. The 2022 OPAL Honorary Chair is Christine E. Lynn. The Honorees are: Beverly Raphael Altman and Robyn Raphael-Dynan The Boca West Children’s Foundation (Arthur Adler Chair) Arlene Herson Bonnie & Gary Hildebrand Fran & Dr. Nathan Nachlas The Club OPAL Co-Chairs are Jan Savarick, Neil Saffer and Spencer Siegel. You May Purchase Your Tickets Here.
We were pleased to have Jerry Price as our guest speaker on July 14, 2021. Jerry is a South Florida native who has an impeccable road racing career. One highlight was the World Race 2011 which duplicated the course taken by early automobiles in 1911. Sponsors provided alternative fuel vehicles. The race started in New York and went across the US to San Francisco. A boat took all the cars to China where the race continued through China and Russia and finally ended in Paris. The biggest challenge was logistics to get permissions for the race was from national [...]
We were pleased to have Club member Rick Zimmer of Zimmer Construction Management as our guest speaker who was joined by his nephew David. Rick shared with the members why the Champlain Towers South in Surfside collapsed. First, it is helpful to see a visual of the Champlain condo tower complex both before and after the collapse. It is easy to see how significant of a disaster it was looking at the first and then second images: Now, the entire problem stemmed from water under the pool paver [...]
Club President Gary Hildebrand was MC of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s annual banquet for the Installation of Officers and Board of Directors for the 2021-22 year. The banquet was held at Lakeside Terrace. Gary announced the following elected officers and directors and thanked each of these individuals for being part of our Club’s leadership for the next year. Officers: Julie Vianale (President) Jeffrey Tromberg (President Elect) Gerry Purdy (President Elect Nominee) John Molica, Jr. (Treasurer) Debra Davis (Secretary) Gary Hildebrand (Immediate Past President) Directors: Silva Alexandrov Steve Clarfield Nick Darzentas Dennis Frisch Pia Giannone Vanessa Havener Brian [...]
We were pleased to have Professor Geoffrey Wetherell from the Dept. of Psychology at FAU as our guest speaker on June 30, 2021. Professor Wetherell is the husband of our member Lisa Talley. Here are some of the slides from Prof. Wetherell’s talk on “Having Productive Conversations in Contentious Times.”
This week was enjoyed as a Club Assembly at the Pavilion Restaurant. At the start of the meeting, Club President Gary Hildebrand, honored Bob Buruchian with the Rotarian of the Year Award. This was supposed to be given to Bob during the Club Installation of Officers and Directors on June 16; however, he was out of town. The Club Assembly enabled the members to dialog among themselves.
We were pleased to have Mayor Scott Singer speak to our Club at Sugar Sand Park. It was great to be meeting again in person. Here are some notes from Scott’s talk: Boca has a population of 100,000 people with a median age of around 45 and an average household income of $80,938. He reported on the pandemic and distribution of vaccines: Learned a lot about collaboration and response They had very few initial access to only 200 vaccinations Shifted toward the private sector and greatly expanded How great this city is 2,000+ city employees Roads and parks are [...]