23th Annual (OPAL) Outstanding People and Leaders Virtual Event – Changing Lives & Building Futures – Raised Over $170,000 for College Scholarships and Trades Certificate Programs February 21, 2021 The 23rd Annual OPAL gala (virtual) event was held on Sunday evening, February 21, co-hosted and led by Neil Saffer, Jan Savarick and Spencer Siegel. Each year, the OPAL red carpet gala honors outstanding community partners and philanthropists in Boca Raton. This year, due to the pandemic, the OPAL Society members were honored with a custom etched bottle of wine in recognition of their past OPAL award having been [...]
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Dear Rotary Family, From the moment I submitted the application to the George Snow Foundation to receiving a phone call from Mr. Allen, my world changed a full 360 degrees. Going into College as one of the students that had a shaky future ahead, I obtained a Mentor, a Friend, and a Father figure that guided me through the best and worst moments of University life. As a Mentee from 2011, I would like to share some of the accomplishments that I have obtained from that time frame till now. They are as follows: [...]
Andrea O'Rourke's mentee Rosa Barbosa just received her AA degree from Palm Beach State thanks to the help of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. She is now about to enter the fall semester and work toward her four year degree. Huge thanks to Pia for her continued help and advice. She is the first in her family to reach this achievement
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton is sad to announce that OPAL Honoree John Ellsworth Shuff passed away this past Monday, June 29, 2020 in Boca Raton, after complications from surgery. His wife, Margaret Mary Shuff, was by his side—as she has been for the last 57 years. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1975, John and Margaret relocated from Manhattan to flourishing Boca Raton and launched JES Publishing and the now familiar Boca Raton magazine. Readers will especially miss his longtime “My Turn” columns in which he talked about family, community, friends [...]
Chanan Smith, “How to Protect Yourself from Intruders” Weekly Meeting December 18th, 2019 Pictured above are Chanan Smith, Founder of Magen Krav Maga, Club President Vanessa Havener and member Jeff Bovarnick. Magen Krav Maga was established in 2012 by reserve officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and is one of the leading experts in Active Shooter Response Training (ASRT), security vulnerability assessment and emergency procedures. Chanan offers active shooter response training, krav maga self-defense training, counter terrorism training and defensive firearms training.
Craft Talk- Kristine Shea Amorello Weekly Meeting November 13th, 2019 Pictured above is Craft talk organizer Jeff Tromberg and Kris Amorello (formally Klemetsmo). Jeff led a Q&A with Kris who has had a fascinating life – and she’d hardly done yet! The following is an edited version of her talk as told by Kris to Jeff (and the members). Fasten your seat belt and take a fast ride through the wonderful life of Kris as shared with Jeff. My family moved to Boca Raton when I was nine years old. I went to public schools [...]
Doug Mosely of ESPN and the Boca Raton Cheribundi Bowl Weekly Meeting October 23rd, 2019 Pictured above are Doug Mosely of ESPN and Club President Vanessa Havener. Doug gave a history of the Boca Raton Bowl that has had a number of sponsors and is presently sponsored by Cheribundi, a company that makes cherry beverages. The Boca Raton Bowl caters to teams out of the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and the Mid-American Conference. The Bowl has been moved to be held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3:30 pm in the FAU Stadium in [...]
Author Joan Lipinsky Cochran Weekly Meeting November 20th, 2019 Pictured above is author Joan Lipinsky Cochran, speaker at the Nov. 20 Club meeting. Ms. Cochran is a former journalist who has written for such publications as Family Circle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, Florida Design and South Florida Magazine. Her food articles have also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Moment Magazine, and The Forward, among other publications. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she received her Master’s in Fine Arts from Florida International University in 2008. Since [...]
State Attorney Dave Aronberg Weekly Meeting October 16th, 2019 Pictured above are State Attorney Dave Aronberg with Club President Vanessa Havener. As State Attorney, Aronberg leads a team of 120 prosecutors and 220 professional staff in five offices throughout Palm Beach County. Aronberg’s leadership has led to a significant increase in conviction rates for both felonies and misdemeanors, a decrease in the number of juveniles direct filed into adult court, and a greatly improved working relationship with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. In July 2016, he created a Sober Homes Task Force [...]
Rotary Scholarship Student and Single Mom Julissa Maldonado Given a Car Weekly Meeting August 14th, 2019 Pictured above are Michelle Balaun with Wheels from the Heart, Club President Vanessa Havener, Club member Art Polacheck, Julissa Maldonado who is receiving the keys to her car which was awarded by Wheels from the Heartand, lastly, Steve Muschlitz, a Founder of Wheels from the Heart who arranged for the gift to Julissa. Julissa is Rotary Scholarship recipient and is graduating in Product Management later this fall from Palm Beach State College. She has been also working full [...]