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Dear Friends:

It is truly my honor and an extraordinary privilege to assume the President’s position this year. The long history of our club and our continued commitment to our community has made our objective, “Service Above Self”, a reality.  Setting Goals and Moving forward during these most extraordinary times during the Covid-19 Pandemic will be a challenge none of us has ever experienced.  We cannot predict the future or even speculate with any accuracy.  What we can do is look at our Rich History and realize Building Futures and Changing lives is more than a Motto, it is what we are about.

Yaacov Heller introduced me to Rotary nearly ten years ago and changed my life forever.  I have been involved with the most amazing, motivated, clever, funny, challenging, passionate, positive, and loving members.  Their ambition is to help by enabling others!  Often helping people, they will never know. I am humbled to be a small cog in our Rotary Club of Boca Raton.  There is no better club anywhere.

There is one fact for sure about the future.  Time will move forward.  How we deal with the insecurity, uncertainty, and fear may define our club like no period before.  Assuming things will be back to normal this year is an assumption I am not willing to take. The Health and wellness of each member is more important than ever.  My goal will be to continue with many of our Signature Projects while discovering new ways to deliver results.  Bob Buruchian and Neil Saffer’s innovative Virtual Fund Raiser is a perfect example of how we go forward. Yes, there will be bumps in the road, but with all the talent in our Rotary Club, we can accomplish anything we set our minds too. 

I am appreciative of the new Board Members, the Committee Chairs, and the many members dedicating their time, energy, and resources to our club. Our club has been built on a strong foundation. With the help and support of my Board members and fellow Club members, I will do my best to meet the challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead. A special acknowledgment to John Mollica, Claudia DuBois, and Jan Savarick for all the time and effort they provide to accomplish so much in our goals to help others. 

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate our immediate past president, Vanessa Havener, and her Board for the most successful year.  During her year, Vanessa did many things to make our club better, noting her understanding of Foundation and Club Structure. Her work ethics are unparalleled.  I heard someone say at the Presidential Elect Training, that the best job to have in Rotary is “Immediate Past President”.  My deepest appreciation for her time, dedication, and knowledge making our club better.

Yours Truly,

Gary Hildebrand