Welcome to the 2021-2022 year of The Rotary Club of Boca Raton. This marks our Club’s 65th year, an exciting milestone! Hats off to the 62 men and women who have served as our Club President over the years, including the following current members who have served as Club President:
Dennis Frisch (served twice)
Wendy Gutmann-Kupfer (our first woman President)
Bill Riddick (our youngest President)
I look forward to building on the successes of our wonderful Past-Presidents. I am lucky to have many past Club leaders to turn to for guidance this year.
I send a huge and special “thank you” to immediate Past President Gary Hildebrand. Gary proved that COVID can’t stop The Rotary Club of Boca Raton. Gary’s enthusiasm and determination kept our club vibrant, relevant and together during the pandemic year. His Zoom meetings from Studio 4435 (our Club’s number within Rotary International) were always fun and interesting. Thank you to Gerry Purdy for lining up the great speakers who Zoomed into our meetings last year! We welcomed seven new members last year who will enrich our Club in the coming year and the years to come. These new members are Michael Miller, Danny Caner, Wendy Kupfer, Michael Graffin, Alvin Hines, Paul Moss, and Lisa Talley. Now that we are meeting live, we look forward to getting to know you all and getting you involved in everything our Club does. Bottom line, against all odds, Gary and his board handed over to me and the new board a Club that is as strong as ever. Hooray for Gary, and thank you!
We were able to continue and expand our scholarship program despite COVID because our virtual OPAL fundraiser in 2021 was a huge success. Neil Saffer, Spencer Siegel, Jan Savarick, Claudia DuBois, Bob Buruchian, Bill Riddick, Pat McCarthy, Silva Alexandrov, Lisa Talley and the entire OPAL team are busy planning OPAL 2022 on January 22, 2022, at Boca West Country Club. I look forward to having all the events our Club does in service to our community – including the OPAL Gala, Future Stars, Youth in Government Day, the Dictionary Project – back, live and wonderful in the 2021-2022 year.
It is my joy to be leading this Club as President this year along with our Club’s dedicated board members and committee chairs. Treasurer John Mollica, Secretary Debbie Davis and Club Administrator Claudia DuBois, thank you for all you do for our Club. Thanks to President-elect Jeff Tromberg and President-elect-nominee Gerry Purdy for stepping up as Club leaders for the years to come. With these Rotary friends and others — like Pia Giannone leading scholarships, Abby Ehrman-Klayman leading the Dictionary Project, and Bernardo Wolfson leading Foundation — this will be a wonderful year to be a member of The Rotary Club of Boca Raton.