Three New Members and Grant to Palm Beach State College Weekly Meeting August 28th, 2019 Pictured above are Club President Vanessa Havener, Julie Vianale (sponsor), new member Alexander Francis "Frank" Beaton, new member Jennifer Bate Richy with sponsor Diane Shawcross and new member Nicholas "Nick" Darzentas with sponsor Gary Hildebrand. Frank is a residential mortgage loan officer with Residential Home Funding Corp. Jennifer is Executive Director/COO of Boca West Children’s Foundation. And, Nick Darzentas, CFA is a Portfolio Manager with Sky Alpha Asset Advisors. Please welcome them to Boca Rotary! Sit next to them [...]
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Be Like Brit Foundation (Haiti) Weekly Meeting August 7th, 2019 Pictured above are Chloe Rits, Florida Director of Outreach, Be Like Brit Foundation along with Vanessa Havener, Club President. Britney Gengel was a 19-year old college student who visited Haiti in 2010 and was killed in her hotel during the terrible earthquake there. She loved the orphans there so her parents set up the Be Like Brit Foundation that raised funds and built a new orphanage named Brit’s Home. The facility now has 33 boys and 33 girls living there who are completely cared [...]
John Strasswimmer, M.D. on Volunteer Dermatology Treatments Weekly Meeting July 31st, 2019 Pictured above are Club member John Strasswimmer, M.D., Ph.D. and Club President Vanessa Havener. Dr. Strasswimmer, who practices in Delray Bach with his Associate Dr Smirnov (www.Strasswimmer.com) shared that Dermatology is the only medical practice that does not have a foundation to support volunteer efforts. Most other medical and dental practices have created foundations that provide infrastructure support to assist volunteer doctors serve the needy at home in the USA or abroad. Thus, Dermatologists who want to do such volunteer programs have [...]
Interact Student Felipe Mora - Educating the Public on Environmental Awareness Weekly Meeting July 24th, 2019 Pictured above are Club President Vanessa Havener with Felipe Mora, a senior at Boca Raton High School. Felipe is a member of the City of Boca Raton Youth Sub-Committee that is working environmental awareness. One the areas that the Sub-Committee wants to promote is education of the environment such as the problems of plastic waste. Felipe wants to use his interest in public speaking to educate both youth and adults on the challenges of managing the environment. After [...]
Adam Palmer on Hang Gliding Weekly Meeting July 17, 2019 Pictured above are Club President Vanessa Havener with Club member and practicing attorney Adam Palmer who talked about the sport of hang gliding. Adam got hooked on hang gliding back in 1995 and has enjoyed the sport ever since. He pointed out that hang gliding can be done very safely. In fact, most accidents occur when pilots ignore well-known safety rules, attempt to push beyond their abilities or elect to fly in conditions that are unsuitable. Hang glider pilots can soar for hours by [...]
City of Boca Raton Youth Program Focuses on Environmental Awareness Project Weekly Meeting July 10th, 2019 Pictured above are (from left to right) Club President Vanessa Havener, Luke Lynch, David Lang, Andrea O’Rourke of the Boca City Council (and Club member), Luke Mason and Sayd Hussain. These high school students are members of the City of Boca Raton’s Community Advisory Panel's (CAP) Youth Subcommittee. They are working on an environmental awareness project, an initiative to encourage volunteer groups from different schools to collaborate on several environmental programs that include beach clean ups, planting trees [...]
Dennis Frisch on Playing (The Insane Game of) Rugby Weekly Meeting June 12th, 2019 Above is a photo of Club member Dr. Dennis Frisch playing Rugby for the Florida Old Boys Rugby Club. A good video that shows the rules of the game can be found at this link. And, this link provides a really good pictorial overview of the game. There are 15 players on each team which are grouped Positions 1-8 as Forwards and 9-15 as Backs. There are some similarities to football in that the ball is similar but bloated [...]
Cynthia Weseman, Women Empowering Women Weekly Meeting June 5th, 2019 Pictured above are Pia Giannone Scheer, Cynthia Weseman, Executive Director Women Empowering Women in Recovery and Club President Donn Loudree. Women Empowering Women (WEW) is a non-profit organization with a mission of providing college scholarships to women on their recovery journey empowering them to heal, recover know their worth in the world. Education is something no one can take away from them, and we seek to equip them with it. WEW was founded in 2016. WEW also provides has a mentoring program to help [...]
Gerry Purdy Officially Joins Boca Raton Club Weekly Meeting May 29nd, 2019 Pictured above are President- Elect Vanessa Havener, new member Gerry (with a G) Purdy, Membership Chairman Rick Zimmer and Club President Donn Lounderee. There was no guest speaker this week and so the Club discussed upcoming activities.
The New Boca Rotary Website Weekly Meeting May 22nd, 2019 Pictured above is Past President Bill Riddick, CEO of the Riddick Family Enterprises, explaining to the Club the progress that’s been made to create a high quality website for the Boca Rotary Club with the help of Bob Buruchian and many others in club. Our Club had been using ClubRunner for many years until recently when it became slow and antiquated (via feedback from Claudia and other members). Bill added that he always had problems signing into the site’s backend and it was not [...]