We were delighted to have PBSC student Sara Murillo as a guest speaker. Sara is a first-generation student to go to college in her family. She came from Colombia to the US when she was eight years old. She found that the best way to learn English was to look at a cartoon channel broadcast in English and then flip to the same channel that was broadcast in Spanish: “Oh, that’s what they mean.” She found it difficult to assimilate into the US because she didn’t understand the culture. Here, there is great value placed on punctuality and [...]
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Ryan Oliver Haines is a native of Lighthouse Point. He went to Boca High and graduated in 1996. He worked for Midnight Express high-performance powerboats from 1999-2006 and then for Intrepid Powerboats from 2006-2008. In 2009, Ryan jointed the US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) from 2009-present. Among AMO's many missions are anti-terrorism, countering smuggling, and stopping illegal immigration. The agency uses its aviation and marine assets to detect, interdict, and apprehend conveyances carrying terrorists, contraband, or undocumented aliens intending to enter the United States illegally. Ryan summarized the duties that the Border Protection [...]
We were delighted to have Tessie O’Dea, Relationship Development Manager for the Church, School and Community Department of Cross Catholic Outreach, as our speaker this week. She has over nineteen years of Parish Ministry work experience at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church and School in Boca Raton, Florida. Ms. O’Dea was born in Cuba and lived there until she was thirteen years old. She and her family were able to migrate to the United States shortly after. After earning a BS in Medical Technology, she moved to Washington DC and worked in [...]
The Club had Ricardo Boehm as the guest speaker for the Nov. 25 meeting. He is a member of the Palm Beach Rotary Club and has focused a lot of this personal attention to helping the indigenous people in a remote area of Guatemala and, in particular, the Ak’Tenamit school. Note below the boat, electric motor and solar panels all provided via Rotary Global Grants. Rotary Global Grant’s mission there is to enable the indigenous people of Guatemala to become self-sustaining by supporting projects that: Improve [...]
We were delighted to have Patricia Cimino as a guest speaker. Patricia Cimino is a Certified Coach specializing in empowerment. Whether she is speaking to a group of twenty or hundreds, Patricia utilizes her unique approach steeped in neuroscience, positive psychology, and eastern philosophies to create game-changing results. Audiences appreciate how Patricia radiates high-energy and infuses possibility and optimism into her presentations and her interactions with everyone she meets. This talk shares her story of servant leadership and offers three simple yet powerfully effective strategies to navigate life. Especially helpful during this unusual [...]
We were delighted to have Noel Guillama as our guest speaker. Noel is a member of Wellington Rotary and is a nationally recognized expert and lecturer on healthcare management/operations and the use of technology in healthcare. Since 1984, Mr. Guillama has been Chairman of Guillama, Inc., a strategic operations consulting and management company in healthcare, technology, construction and real estate. Noel has served as past Chairman of Quantum Group, Inc. (Quantum) (Formerly NYSE Amex QGP) of Wellington, FL. Quantum is a healthcare information technology company and former CEO of Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. [...]
We were pleased to have a Craft Talk with new member Lisa Talley hosted by Jeff Tromberg. Lisa is a recent transplant to Florida. Lisa and her husband Geoffrey Wetherell relocated for Geoffrey’s new position as an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University. They have permanently settled in Palm Beach and are exploring their new hometown. Lisa believes in strong community involvement, volunteering and business positive initiatives. As a recent graduate with a dual Master of Science in Digital Media and Master of the Arts in English Communication, Lisa has advocated for and [...]
Introduction by past president Vanessa Havener: Rotary's motto is "Service Above Self" and I can't think of anything more fitting than describing the service a veteran provides to our country by volunteering in our uniformed services. The military literally owns your body and dictates your medical care, appearance, where you live and for how long, what job you do and what you can tell your family. If you deploy, you are also most likely missing birthdays, anniversaries, births, deaths & graduations and if you deploy to a combat zone you might get shot [...]
Speaker Paul Lopez We were pleased to have attorney, Paul Lopez, join us as our guest speaker this week. He was introduced by Club member Adam Palmer. Paul Lopez is the managing partner of the 50-lawyer law firm of Tripp Scott, P.A. and has been practicing law for over 27 years. He has a national and statewide trial practice in the area of employment law and commercial litigation and serves as Chair of the law firm's Litigation Department. He has been AV rated for over 20 years (highest attainable) and is consistently recognized as [...]
We were pleased to have Rhys Williams and Jessica Beaver of the FAU Tech Runway be our guest speakers. Jessica gave the presentation, and both Jessica and Rhys answered questions. The FAU Tech Runway® is a South Florida public-private partnership that serves as a hub to accelerate technology development and incubate startup companies. Our 28,000-square-foot collaborative working space provides entrepreneurs with a complete ecosystem in which to office, train, mentor, fund, and scale their companies from ideation through to early revenue stage. There are three major program areas in FAU Tech Runway: 1) Venture, [...]