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Laura Reiss – Kindness Matters 365 Founder & CEO – Creating a Positive Culture of Gratitude, Compassion and Kindness

2020-07-28T13:39:24-04:00

The Club was delighted to have Laura Reiss, Founder, CEO & Executive Director of Kindness Matters 365, as our speaker.  Kindness Matters 365 programing teaches how (mostly) children can learn how to operate within a kindness environment. There are three principles that to which Kindness Matters always ascribes: Gratitude  +  Compassion  + Kindness Laura conceived The Kindness Matters 365 Foundation in 2007. It is a community service program that educates and inspires kids and teens to understand the importance of being kind citizens and community leaders by providing them with the opportunity to learn [...]

Laura Reiss – Kindness Matters 365 Founder & CEO – Creating a Positive Culture of Gratitude, Compassion and Kindness2020-07-28T13:39:24-04:00

Ralph de la Vega, past Vice Chairman of AT&T – from Cuban Immigrant to Industry Icon

2020-07-28T13:40:18-04:00

The Club was honored to have Ralph de la Vega as its guest speaker on July 1, 2020. Ralph is the past Vice Chairman of AT&T. He relocated from Dallas to Boca Raton following his retirement.  Ralph shared a moving story of how he immigrated from Cuba at the US at age 10. When Castro took power and nationalized all businesses and industry, his family decided to leave Cuba and immigrate to the US. When they got to the airport, the officials said “only the boy can go” only his papers were OK. He [...]

Ralph de la Vega, past Vice Chairman of AT&T – from Cuban Immigrant to Industry Icon2020-07-28T13:40:18-04:00

Craft Talk: Rick Zimmer – Trusted Industry Advisor to the Construction Lending Community

2020-09-23T13:17:15-04:00

The Club was pleased to hear a Craft Talk with Rick Zimmer, led by Jeff Tromberg.  Rick was born and raised in NE New Jersey in a middleclass household.  He attended Springfield/Millburn (NJ) Public Schools and spent the summers at the Jersey shore at a family beach cottage swimming, surfing, boating and fishing. His family got him involved early with community volunteer work. His Dad was a member of a local Lions Club. And, his dad, two brothers and Rick served on a local volunteer ambulance squad.  Rick is a Polio survivor: he had [...]

Craft Talk: Rick Zimmer – Trusted Industry Advisor to the Construction Lending Community2020-09-23T13:17:15-04:00

John Smarge Regarding the Rotary Sponsored HANWASH Program in Haiti

2020-06-24T13:07:36-04:00

The Club was honored to have John Smarge of the Rotary Club of Naples speak about the Rotary sponsored HANWASH program in Haiti (along with others shown above). John explained that the problem with donation-based single water programs is that it only distracts from building a sustainable clean water system for the whole country.    Instead, Rotary and a number of other organizations have created the Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy with the acronym HANWASH. The objective is to create a sustainable system of water and sanitation which is administered by [...]

John Smarge Regarding the Rotary Sponsored HANWASH Program in Haiti2020-06-24T13:07:36-04:00

Past Rotary International President on Hurricane Dorian Recovery in the Bahamas

2020-06-24T13:03:40-04:00

The Club was honored to have past Rotary International President Barry Rassin to be our guest speaker this week. Barry is a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas.    Rassin earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as a Board member. He is a lifetime member of the American [...]

Past Rotary International President on Hurricane Dorian Recovery in the Bahamas2020-06-24T13:03:40-04:00

Craft Talk with Barbara Vega – International Humanitarian

2020-06-24T13:04:24-04:00

Barbara Vega is Director of Missions Expansion/Grants with Cross International/Cross Catholic Outreach, an international relief and development ministry in South Florida, with a mission to advance the physical, social, educational, and spiritual well-being of beneficiaries in 40 countries on four continents. Ms. Vega has assisted in shaping development initiatives in hundreds of communities around the world.    The department she currently directs generates over $2M a year to assist the poor worldwide. For the current COVID-19 crisis, she has successfully raised over a quarter of a million dollars for several ministries in Central America. [...]

Craft Talk with Barbara Vega – International Humanitarian2020-06-24T13:04:24-04:00

Rotary Scholarship Grant to Palm Beach State College to Underwrite Special Vocational Careers

2020-06-24T13:05:20-04:00

The Club Board recently decided to provide designated support at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) for three vocational programs:   •                     Heating and AC (HVAC) •                     Marine Serving Technology •                     Auto Mechanic   This designated grant is part of the Club’s overall grant supporting new and continuing students. In our Club meeting on May 27, we presented PBSC President Ava Parker and Rochelle Nolan who is Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning with a check for $67,000 of which a good part will be to fund two qualified and deserving students in each of the three [...]

Rotary Scholarship Grant to Palm Beach State College to Underwrite Special Vocational Careers2020-06-24T13:05:20-04:00

Vanessa Havener – Handing the Gavel to Gary Hildebrand & Recognizing Members for Service above Self

2020-07-28T11:44:29-04:00

Vanessa introduced the guests: Alan Hines – FAU Foundation  District Governor Donna Gaiser, 6930 PDG 6930 & Current District Foundation Chair, Jim Sisserson Norman Matus, President-Elect, RC Boca Sunrise Robert Yudkin, President, RC Addison, TX Julie Vianale did the invocation.   Pat McCarthy gave the Rotary Minute. She shared that she was introduced to Rotary when managing catering for Ft. Lauderdale Westin and Rotary was meeting there. She joined in 2003 and one day asked a fellow employee from Haiti about his family after a hurricane hit the island. When he responded that he [...]

Vanessa Havener – Handing the Gavel to Gary Hildebrand & Recognizing Members for Service above Self2020-07-28T11:44:29-04:00

Craft Talk: Gianni Morandi

2020-05-26T11:59:08-04:00

Gianni was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Following his long dream to live in Europe, he moved at the age of 27 to the Valle D’Aosta region of Italy, from where his family originated. Later, he moved to Legano in Lombardy Region close to Milan. Gianni was trained as a Plastics Engineer where he worked in R&D for Cryovac (part of WR Grace). He worked in the industry of plastics and paper for 10 years. In 1996, Gianni moved to the US where he opened a company with two European investors aimed at introducing machines [...]

Craft Talk: Gianni Morandi2020-05-26T11:59:08-04:00

Rotary Supports Boca Helping Hands Fund Raiser

2020-05-26T11:53:50-04:00

A number of Rotary members supported Boca Helping Hands (our local food bank) with a virtual fund raiser. The MC was Club member Neil Saffer. Club member Bob Buruchian and his son managed the video, Neil’s wife managed the giving results and many Club members provided donations and bid on auction items. All funds went directly to BHH, one of the Club’s supported organizations.    Talks were provided by Greg Hazle, Executive Director and Gary Peters, BHH Board President. Dale Henry provided a real-time painting that was truly amazing. He started both paintings upside [...]

Rotary Supports Boca Helping Hands Fund Raiser2020-05-26T11:53:50-04:00

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