Andrea O’Rourke introduced Luke Lynch and Jordan Hernandez during our Club’s Zoom meeting: she recalled for us that Luke had talked to the Club last year when he was a senior at Boca High. He had been working on building a large metal fish trash container that would allow residents to be reminded of saving the ocean ecosystem by keeping the beach and walkways clutter free and putting the waste in the large fish-like trash container. Luke then gave the club an overview of how this new “#coronacant” move got going. Hernandez, an [...]
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Our member (and Club Past President in 2016-2017) Rachel Huerta is owner of Direct Primary Care of Boca Raton – a membership, medical practice that provides standard primary care services including prescriptions for a low monthly fee. This enables patients to see a medical professional quickly and have all the time necessary to discuss medical problems. Membership allows patients to have transparent pricing and low costs for labs and generic medications dispensed on-site! Services include Primary Care related visits, but Rachel can assist with a referral to specialists as needed. Because it has been so difficult to get antibody [...]
Frank (pictured playing the Bagpipes) grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, and, like most young kids his age, he learned to play hockey. He turned pro in 1973 after graduating from high school and had stints with the NY Rangers (NHL) and the Edmonton Oilers, Cincinnati Stingers and Birmingham Bulls of the World Hockey Association (WHA). He is married to his wife Judy and they have two grown children, a daughter Catherine and son Alex. He and Judy now have one grandchild, Allan, who is 15 months old. After finishing his hockey career, he [...]
Pictured above is Ken Romer, Volunteer for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) and Club President Vanessa Havener. PBSO recruits many volunteers to help the Sheriff’s office conduct services outside of public safety. Volunteers Against Scams Team (VAST) assists citizens of Palm Beach County who have been targeted as victims of financial crimes. BAST objectives include preventing additional victimization and providing assistance in recovering from crimes involving identity theft, fraud and other mainstream financial crimes. Another primary goal of VAST is to educate citizens to help them prevent financial crimes and victimization. [...]
Pictured above are Vocational Talk Coordinator Jeff Tromberg and Member Ken Davis. This narrative was graciously written by Ken with team editing with questions from Jeff. First, I want to let all the members of The Rotary Club of Boca Raton know how wonderful it's been to be a Member since 1981--- for 19 years! It's a service minded family that takes care of each other, and it's never been better! I took longer to grow up than most and had to learn to “Give what you can't keep and to have what you'll never [...]
Our Club was pleased to have Debbie Vance of Vancouver Island, BC be our guest speaker. Debbie creates wonderful graphics as a volunteer program for Rotary. Her images are free or all to use. The Rotary graphics she creates can be found at Debbie Vance - Rotary Graphics on Facebook. She also personalizes these graphics for Clubs, Districts and other Rotary organizations in return for their making a donation to The Rotary Foundation in any amount, for any cause and in anyone's name. Debbie shared that she worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for [...]
Pictured above are a middle school student and Nicholas Metropulos, Executive Director of the Marine Education Initiative which educates and empowers socio-economically disadvantaged middle school students to preserve their marine ecosystems. The Marine Education Initiative has two core programs: 1) and education program for middle school students to teach them about marine life (called the Responsible Angling Program) and how to fish with a fishing rod and 2) fish preparation and donation program (called the Fishing Tournament Donation Program). The Responsible Angling Program includes: 30-WEEK E-STEM CURRICULUM Conservation centric environmental STEM after school programming [...]
Pictured above (from l to r) are Club President Vanessa Havener along with a number of the Club Scholarship Recipients. The names include the Club mentor in parenthesis: Nicolas Lopez FAU (Orin Rosenfeld), Daniel Palacios FAU (Rick Zimmer), Pia Giannone (Scholarship Liaison), Therans Jerome FAU (Pia Giannone), Julianna Sanginito PBSC (Jon Burford), Alexia Barillas PBSC (Art Polacheck), Matthew Ward-Moses FAU (Brian Jackson), Beege Mondesir PBSC (Pat McCarthy), and Chloe Dutreuil, FAU (Lee “Sonny” Tannebaum). The Club has recently decided to focus future scholarships on awards to students in need with good grades who go [...]
Pictured above are Eda Viner and her daughter Niki Knopf (Executive Director). The Foundation supports comprehensive college scholarships for graduating high school seniors in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. The foundation began in 2015 and currently has 114 active scholarship students attending a Florida public university. They are adding 30 or more new students each year. However, Viner scholarships are a “Last dollar” scholarship - the student first must access other potential sources of financial aid prior to applying. This ensures that the student who’s most in need and who has exhausted [...]
Pictured above are Club President Vanessa Havener with Mayor Scott Singer. Scott provided a well-organized ‘State of Boca Raton’ presentation which is below. Click here for the "State of Boca Raton" Presentation A few major points: The new Brightline station is expected to open in early 2021. Guiding principles: Financially sound city World class municipal services Strong partnership with the community Vibrant and sustainable city Top three priorities for 2019-2020 Comprehensive Traffic and Connectivity Planning Public School Safety Infrastructure Innovation and Business Technology Hub Lowest Property Tax, Water/Sewer, Fire & Library in South Florida [...]