Jeff Tromberg led a Craft Talk with Bill Riddick. William (Bill) Riddick is a second-generation Floridian born in Boynton Beach and raised in Boca Raton, FL. His mother was born in the small seaside town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and his father moved to Pompano Beach, FL in the 60s where his family has multiple businesses. Bill now lives in Palm City, FL with his wife Melanie and sons Winston & Theodore. Bill has always been a go getter, accomplishing anything he has set his mind to and leading many organizations. His leadership skills started to develop at a young age [...]
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Right on the heels of electing Jeff Tromberg to become President of the Club for 2022-2023, Jeff provided the Club members with a Craft Talk moderated by member Steve Clarfield. Jeff grew up in Bayside, NY, moved to South Florida in the middle of high school, attended the University of Miami and stayed on to attend Law School. From the very beginning in 1991, he has specialized in consumer bankruptcy law with a focus on helping people struggling to save their homes from foreclosure. During his first year in law school, Jeff was picked to be one of four [...]
We were delighted to induct three new members to our Club: Club President Julie Vianale welcomed Ken Jarvis (nominated by Gerry Purdy), Dr. Chad Lalsingh (nominated by Steve Clarfield) and Dr. Sandy Burkart (nominated by Chris Manners). Here is a short biographical sketch of each new member. Ken Jarvis Ken was born in the UK but grew up in South Africa. He came to the US five years ago. He is CEO of two IT services firms (Intenda and Magic Orange). He has been married to his wife Linda for 42 years and they have two daughters (one in [...]
Past President Bill Riddick hosted part of the Club meeting. He first presented slides created by Vanessa Havener that identified the different positions for Club leadership and the different events in which the Club would hold during the year. Then, Bill presented to the Club members the following list of officers and directors for 2022-23 year as developed by the Nominating Committee: Position Name President Jeff Tromberg President Elect Gerry Purdy President Elect Nominee / VP David Dweck Past President Julie Vianale Treasurer John Mollica Secretary Lisa Talley Membership / Sunshine Committee Gary Hildrebrand RI Foundation Bernardo Wolfson Service [...]
The Club was pleased to induct a new member, Victoria Salem. She was born in France and introduced herself to the club members in a wonderful way using the poetic reference above. She gave one of the most enjoyable new member comments we’ve seen in a long time. On LinkedIn, she describes herself as an enthusiast entrepreneur, communication(s), public speaking and professional development coach. Victoria is adept at creating opportunities through networking. She lived in Paris, France until she was 20 then travelled and worked in Sydney for one year before moving to London, UK where she lived for 10 years. She [...]
Each year, our Club honors the local area high school graduate with a $250 award who most exemplifies the meaning of the Rotary 4-Way Test. The selection is made by the high school counselors and acknowledged by the school’s principal. The following is a list of the winners for those graduating in the spring of 2022.
The Club was pleased to have members of the FRC robotics team #3932 “Dirty Mechanics” attend our meeting. Their club’s founder, David Ferguson, was also in attendance. The club members Rebecca Levy and Keanu Brayman shared photos and a video from their local award-winning team that enabled them to recently compete in the World Championships held in Houston. Our club sponsors their robotics club. Here is one video and a second video that shows what the robots looked like and what they did including manipulating a jungle gym. Very impressive what these kids have done and are doing building [...]
The Club was delighted to host Van Williams, Provost of the Boca Raton campus at PBSC. Pia Giannone, Scholarship Chair, presented Provost Williams with a check for $20,000 for traditional scholarships. This is in addition to the scholarship awards that the Club provided to PBSC for trades programs. Through these scholarships, we are changing lives and building futures for young college students in the Palm Beach County region.
The Club was pleased to have Joseph Abruzzo, Clerk of the Palm Beach Country Court as our guest speaker. Joseph Abruzzo is the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Palm Beach County, and proudly serves as the county’s protector of public records and taxpayer money. He was elected in November 2020 and sworn into office on January 5, 2021. As Clerk, he leads a team of nearly 650 employees who serve more than 1.5 million Palm Beach County residents and oversees an annual operating budget of $70.5 million. As the Comptroller for Palm Beach County, he is [...]
We inducted a new member – Jeff Sassano – to club. Jeff grew up in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. He went Robert Morris University. He is single and has a brother and sister-in-law and mother still living up there in the Pittsburgh area. He used to own a Massage Envy but then successfully sold it. He figured he would retire. He first moved to Sarasota where he bought a condo which he still owns. He owns two gas stations and a flower shop in Sarasota. He then ‘branched out’ and drove across the state and decided to [...]