The Club was pleased to induct both Rolando Bethart and Barbara Vega into the club. There was a request to not publish a photo of their joining. But, none the less, we are happy to have them as new members.
Craft Talk- Kristine Shea Amorello Weekly Meeting November 13th, 2019 Pictured above is Craft talk organizer Jeff Tromberg and Kris Amorello (formally Klemetsmo). Jeff led a Q&A with Kris who has had a fascinating life – and she’d hardly done yet! The following is an edited version of her talk as told by Kris to Jeff (and the members). Fasten your seat belt and take a fast ride through the wonderful life of Kris as shared with Jeff. My family moved to Boca Raton when I was nine years old. I went to public schools [...]
Jonathan Raineau Craft Talk Weekly Meeting December 11, 2019 Pictured above are Avery Yudien, Program Chairman and Jonathan Raineau, President of Sheraton Hotel and Casino. My story begins with my grandparents. My mother’s parents were from Hungary and immigrated to Mississippi where she was born and raised. My grandfather was a commercial fisherman and passed away before I was born. My grandmother raised two children but suffered from a bad case of Alzheimer’s at the age of 60 and passed away10 years later. I still have a cousin from my mother's side of the [...]
Brian Jackson Craft Talk – A Life of Helping Businesses with Banking Services Weekly Meeting August 14th, 2019 Pictured above are Club member Brian Jackson with Club President Vanessa Havener. Brian grew up in Hampton Roads (Portsmouth) Virginia. He graduated from Old Dominion University in 1995 and moved to Northern Virginia where he started his career as a Management Trainee with First Virginia Bank in the Annandale area. From there he managed the busiest branch of Prosperity Bank and Trust in Springfield for seven years before being recruited by Capital One to be a [...]
Three New Members and Grant to Palm Beach State College Weekly Meeting August 28th, 2019 Pictured above are Club President Vanessa Havener, Julie Vianale (sponsor), new member Alexander Francis "Frank" Beaton, new member Jennifer Bate Richy with sponsor Diane Shawcross and new member Nicholas "Nick" Darzentas with sponsor Gary Hildebrand. Frank is a residential mortgage loan officer with Residential Home Funding Corp. Jennifer is Executive Director/COO of Boca West Children’s Foundation. And, Nick Darzentas, CFA is a Portfolio Manager with Sky Alpha Asset Advisors. Please welcome them to Boca Rotary! Sit next to them [...]
John Strasswimmer, M.D. on Volunteer Dermatology Treatments Weekly Meeting July 31st, 2019 Pictured above are Club member John Strasswimmer, M.D., Ph.D. and Club President Vanessa Havener. Dr. Strasswimmer, who practices in Delray Bach with his Associate Dr Smirnov (www.Strasswimmer.com) shared that Dermatology is the only medical practice that does not have a foundation to support volunteer efforts. Most other medical and dental practices have created foundations that provide infrastructure support to assist volunteer doctors serve the needy at home in the USA or abroad. Thus, Dermatologists who want to do such volunteer programs have [...]
Adam Palmer on Hang Gliding Weekly Meeting July 17, 2019 Pictured above are Club President Vanessa Havener with Club member and practicing attorney Adam Palmer who talked about the sport of hang gliding. Adam got hooked on hang gliding back in 1995 and has enjoyed the sport ever since. He pointed out that hang gliding can be done very safely. In fact, most accidents occur when pilots ignore well-known safety rules, attempt to push beyond their abilities or elect to fly in conditions that are unsuitable. Hang glider pilots can soar for hours by [...]
Dennis Frisch on Playing (The Insane Game of) Rugby Weekly Meeting June 12th, 2019 Above is a photo of Club member Dr. Dennis Frisch playing Rugby for the Florida Old Boys Rugby Club. A good video that shows the rules of the game can be found at this link. And, this link provides a really good pictorial overview of the game. There are 15 players on each team which are grouped Positions 1-8 as Forwards and 9-15 as Backs. There are some similarities to football in that the ball is similar but bloated [...]
Gerry Purdy Officially Joins Boca Raton Club Weekly Meeting May 29nd, 2019 Pictured above are President- Elect Vanessa Havener, new member Gerry (with a G) Purdy, Membership Chairman Rick Zimmer and Club President Donn Lounderee. There was no guest speaker this week and so the Club discussed upcoming activities.
The New Boca Rotary Website Weekly Meeting May 22nd, 2019 Pictured above is Past President Bill Riddick, CEO of the Riddick Family Enterprises, explaining to the Club the progress that’s been made to create a high quality website for the Boca Rotary Club with the help of Bob Buruchian and many others in club. Our Club had been using ClubRunner for many years until recently when it became slow and antiquated (via feedback from Claudia and other members). Bill added that he always had problems signing into the site’s backend and it was not [...]