Rotarians, Friends, and Guests,
As the 62 nd President of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton I would like to take a moment to welcome you to the Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s web site.
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton has been “Changing Lives and Building Futures “ for young people since 1957, both locally and internationally. A few of our local projects are: annually raising funds for scholarships for deserving & needy students through our Outstanding People and Leaders Awards night, providing a venue through our Future Stars Performing Arts competition so students may display their talent for future schools, giving dictionaries to Boca Raton public school third graders, supporting the Carousal at Sugar Sand Park, gifting $50,000.00 to the Children’s Services Section of the Downtown Library, supporting and volunteering at the Place of Hope, Florence Fuller, Helping Hands, providing a safe fence around the Boca Raton Children’s Museum, for
over 50 years sponsoring “Youth Government Day” in Boca Raton where the students replace the Mayor and the City Council to learn & discuss issues in governance, presenting the “I Like Me” program to enhance self-esteem and early reading skills for Kindergarteners as well as many more projects.
The RCBR has also worked with Rotary International in a Partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate Polio worldwide. Rotary International has over 1.2 million members and 36,000 clubs worldwide. RI with the “Significant Achievement Award” honored the RCBR for two consecutive years highlighting the successful OPAL Awards Gala and the Future Stars Performing Arts Competition.
The RCBR has also helped at the Cat Island Orphanage after Hurricane Floyd in 1999 decimated the island. And, have since worked year after year to: raise funds to purchase, transport and install a desalinization plant for clean drinking water, 300 fruit trees for food, a back up diesel generator for continuous power during blackouts, over 100 PGT hurricane impact windows and 10 exterior doors for safety during a storm. The orphanage is now a designated hurricane shelter for that part of the island. Now, almost monthly, a Rotarian flies his plane to the island to make repairs and deliver needed supplies.
However, our primary and largest annual project is our, previously mentioned OPAL program to provide scholarships and mentors to deserving students with a financial need, and after graduation to help some students with job placement. Since its inception, the Rotary Fund has supported 321 worthy students and raised over $1,175,000.00 for scholarships. We recognize and thank our exceptional contributors who have given freely to help all of these deserving students, year after year.
And, thank you all, for reviewing our web site. Please enjoy the pictures of students who have received scholarships,
mentors help, and were given the hope and resources they needed to achieve their educational & personal goals. We know that without your contributions we would not have been able to accomplish these goals; but because of your gracious gifts, through the years, we have surpassed our goals. Our desire is to never turn down a deserving student who has financial need.
Please page through our site & enjoy the testimonials of all who have benefitted from our projects. If you would like to join us in helping
others, please drop us a note requesting more information on how you may fund hope for others.
Serving our local Community and the World
Donald L. Londeree
Rotary Club of Boca Raton