Project Description

Dear Rotarian:

Welcome to the new Rotary year.  It’s that time of the year to think about what drew you to Rotary in the first place and connect your passion for service to making our existing projects more impactful and our new ventures wildly successful.   Sign up for a committee and connect with Rotarians you haven’t worked with before. Take a risk and stretch yourself.  You’ll connect your professional skills with Rotary’s leadership opportunities and learn what you’re capable of. 

You can be proud to be a member an organization that has epitomized Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self to improve outcomes for youth in greater Boca Raton since 1957.  We’ve done this by leveraging our professional expertise and promoting our values of Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity and Leadership. 

We nurture the relationships we build by connecting with each other at our weekly lunch meetings.  We serve our local community by helping non-profits, mentoring our scholarship recipients and financially supporting the work of The Rotary Foundation throughout the world. 

Rotary crosses the barriers of age, race, gender, national origin and religion.  We dress up in black tie to recognize how generous our community is by honoring change-makers at our OPAL gala, and then, we change costume a few weeks later for the Pirate Invasion run. 

The best part is how much fun it is to inspire and be inspired by our future generations.  Whether it’s distributing dictionaries to third graders at five elementary schools, partnering with the City of Boca for Youth in Government Day, attending an Interact club meeting at Boca High or sending students to RYLA or a robotics tournament, our goal is to create growth and leadership opportunities.  Our youngest residents benefit from our generous underwriting of the Children’s Reading Room at the Downtown library, the Carousel at Sugar Sand Park, and the fence at the Children’s Museum. 

Future Stars, our performing arts competition for middle and high school students, wows the public at Mizner Auditorium.  How rewarding it is when competitors go on to pursue vocal and dance careers. 

Finally, our generous donors make Scholarship Night a reality as we interview and award deserving high school students who dream to further their educations.  Changing Lives & Building Futures is what we’re all about.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and see how Rotary Connects the World in 2019-20.

Yours in Rotary,

Vanessa Havener

President, 2019-20

The Rotary Club of Boca Raton