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Rhys Williams & Jessica Beaver, FAU Tech Runway: Helping South Florida Startups Succeed

2021-01-20T12:19:13-05:00

We were pleased to have Rhys Williams and Jessica Beaver of the FAU Tech Runway be our guest speakers.  Jessica gave the presentation, and both Jessica and Rhys answered questions.    The FAU Tech Runway® is a South Florida public-private partnership that serves as a hub to accelerate technology development and incubate startup companies. Our 28,000-square-foot collaborative working space provides entrepreneurs with a complete ecosystem in which to office, train, mentor, fund, and scale their companies from ideation through to early revenue stage. There are three major program areas in FAU Tech Runway: 1) Venture, [...]

Rhys Williams & Jessica Beaver, FAU Tech Runway: Helping South Florida Startups Succeed2021-01-20T12:19:13-05:00

Bryn Styles – Rotary Peace Center Fellowships

2020-10-28T13:36:41-04:00

Bryn has been a Rotarian since 1986 when he joined the Rotary Club of Barrie Huronia in Barrie, Ontario. He was Club President in 1995-96; served as District Governor.  District Conference Chair in 1999 and was a GSE Team Leader to Australia in April 2000. Bryn was District Governor during the Rotary Centennial year of 2004-05. He has served Rotary as chair of numerous committees and as RI President Representative to numerous District Conferences. His passions for Rotary includes a membership and OUR Rotary Foundation. He was D7010 District Foundation Chair from 2007-10 and was the Regional Rotary [...]

Bryn Styles – Rotary Peace Center Fellowships2020-10-28T13:36:41-04:00

Craft Talk – Bill Riddick, Serial Entrepreneur, Past Club President & Mentor to Others

2020-10-28T13:37:32-04:00

Jeff Tromberg led a Craft Talk with Bill Riddick. William (Bill) Riddick is a second-generation Floridian born in Boynton Beach and raised in Boca Raton, FL. His mother was born in the small seaside town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and his father moved to Pompano Beach, FL in the 60s where his family has multiple businesses. Bill now lives in Palm City, FL with his wife Melanie and sons Winston & Theodore. Bill has always been a go getter, accomplishing anything he has set his mind to and leading many organizations. His leadership skills started to develop at a young [...]

Craft Talk – Bill Riddick, Serial Entrepreneur, Past Club President & Mentor to Others2020-10-28T13:37:32-04:00

Mike Mayo, “The Food Critic”

2020-10-28T13:28:14-04:00

MikeMayo spent more than 30 years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in a variety of roles before his retirement from daily journalism in early 2020. He spent his final four years as the newspaper’s dining critic and food writer on “The Eat Beat.” “It was my dream job, because the only thing I love more than writing is eating,” says Mayo, who joined the newspaper in 1989. He picked up his critic's fork after 14 years as the paper's local news columnist. He also spent 13 years as a sports reporter and columnist. Through the decades, Mayo [...]

Mike Mayo, “The Food Critic”2020-10-28T13:28:14-04:00

Donna Holland, MD – Psychiatrist Gives Valuable Recommendations on Being a Good Mentor

2020-10-28T13:21:27-04:00

We were pleased to have Dr. Donna Holland speak to our Rotary Club on the topic, “How to be a Good Mentor.” Dr. Holland graduated medical school in 1978 and after completing her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, she began her medical practice in our community in 1983.  In addition to her private practice, she has served in leadership roles in local and national hospital and day treatment programs and was active in pharmaceutical treatment research. Since 2012 has been Affiliate Assistant Professor at the Charles E. Schmidt [...]

Donna Holland, MD – Psychiatrist Gives Valuable Recommendations on Being a Good Mentor2020-10-28T13:21:27-04:00

Gilbert Chaidez: Rise Against Hunger in Partnership with Rotary

2020-10-28T13:12:39-04:00

We were pleased to have Gilbert Chaidez as our guest speaker this week. He works for Rise Against Hunger – an international hunger relief organization that is also a Collaborating Organization with Rotary International.  Rise Against Hunger distributes food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable. They focus on the issue of hunger from a global perspective. Each year they mobilize over 400,000 volunteers around the world to provide over 60 million meals in 70 countries. Rise Against Hunger's vision is to have a world without hunger. Here are a few slides from [...]

Gilbert Chaidez: Rise Against Hunger in Partnership with Rotary2020-10-28T13:12:39-04:00

Charles Bender – Placing Hope in a Child’s Future

2021-01-20T12:16:13-05:00

We were pleased to have Charles Bender as our speaker on Oct. 21. He is the Founding CEO of Place of Hope, Inc., a faith-based and state-licensed, family-style child welfare organization serving abused and neglected children, located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Charles earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and also studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa. An accomplished administrator, Bender provides a solid combination of strategic vision, leadership, management experience, organizational development and advancement skills. Throughout his career, Bender has made it his main objective to positively [...]

Charles Bender – Placing Hope in a Child’s Future2021-01-20T12:16:13-05:00

Luke Lynch Helped Create the Royce Deale Foundation to Assist Those in Pearl City in Need

2020-10-05T15:29:28-04:00

The Club was pleased to have the founders of The Royce Deale Foundation tell us about their new foundation that’s Mission is to provide to cultivate love, hope, and opportunity in the current and future youth of Pearl City. They are doing this through three positive Values: Commitment, Consistency and Respect. Structure: The Royce Deale Foundation has a unique element not found in most non-profits: youth empowerment. The organization consists of a Youth Advisory Board that acts as a platform for the Youth Leaders of Pearl City. The Youth Advisory Board heads the direction, action, and [...]

Luke Lynch Helped Create the Royce Deale Foundation to Assist Those in Pearl City in Need2020-10-05T15:29:28-04:00

Mathew Stone: Rotary Scholarship Student Achieves Excellence

2020-09-23T14:29:10-04:00

Club member Pia Gianonne received this fabulous letter from one of our Rotary Scholarship awardees, Matthew Stone. It heartwarming to read feedback from such a fine and accomplished young man.  I wanted to thank you very much for awarding me with the incredibly generous scholarship from the Rotary Club of Boca Raton for the 2020-2021 academic year.   I feel fortunate to have received this scholarship once again. During these economically unstable times, this scholarship will allow me to continue on with my studies at the University of Florida.   I am proud of my accomplishments during my [...]

Mathew Stone: Rotary Scholarship Student Achieves Excellence2020-09-23T14:29:10-04:00

Albert Slap: Assessing Water Risk in South Florida

2020-09-23T13:51:55-04:00

The Club was pleased to receive a great talk from Albert Slap, President of Coast Risk Consulting - a geospatial technology, modeling and data analytics company located in Boca Raton. Albert grew up in the Philadelphia area and earned a B.A., University of Pennsylvania (1971) and then a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law (1974). Mr. Slap was a nationally recognized environmental trial attorney and law professor. Albert taught environmental law at University of Cincinnati College of Law and FIU Law School. Here in South Florida our biggest concern is too much water. [...]

Albert Slap: Assessing Water Risk in South Florida2020-09-23T13:51:55-04:00

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