The club welcomes our newest member, Canan ‘Jana’ Ozaktay. She is transferring her membership from the e-Club of Turkey. While her past club enabled her to interact with others from Turkey, Jana wanted to enjoy physical interaction and club projects. She scouted Rotary Clubs in the area and selected the Rotary Club of Boca Raton.
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We were pleased to have Brian King of the FBI office in West Palm Beach as our guest speaker. He talked about what the FBI is doing to combat domestic and international terrorism. Brian first addressed international terrorism and discussed (in public terms) what the FBI has done and is doing to counteract international terrorism. Some examples of international terrorism are shown in the following diagram: In addition, Brian covered things that the FBI is doing to identify and prevent domestic terrorism. The deadliest domestic terrorism happened on April 19, 1995 as shown [...]
We were pleased to have Jamie Bond, Director of Advancement & Development, Place of Hope, as our guest speaker. She talked to the club on the terrible problem of Human Trafficking that takes all forms but involves both sexual and labor exploitation. Her very informative and interesting presentation is attached. Place of Hope has a mission of recruiting foster families to care for the ever-present population of abused, neglected and abandoned children as well as help prevent the cycle of abuse and end human trafficking. Jamie oversees and leads the expansion of the organization in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian [...]
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 [...]
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.”