The Rotary Club of Boca Raton has been fortunate to have a group of very successful donors who through the Club’s Outstanding People & Leaders (OPAL) fund raiser have raised over $1.69 million for college scholarships. The OPAL fund raiser is chaired by Neil Saffer, Jan Savarick and Spencer Siegel. A few years ago, the club did a survey of the kinds of employees the area needed, and it was determined that various trades programs were in high demand with more jobs available than there were candidates to fill those jobs. Our Club set upon a an effort to [...]
Past President Bill Riddick hosted part of the Club meeting. He first presented slides created by Vanessa Havener that identified the different positions for Club leadership and the different events in which the Club would hold during the year. Then, Bill presented to the Club members the following list of officers and directors for 2022-23 year as developed by the Nominating Committee: Position Name President Jeff Tromberg President Elect Gerry Purdy President Elect Nominee / VP David Dweck Past President Julie Vianale Treasurer John Mollica Secretary Lisa Talley Membership / Sunshine Committee Gary Hildrebrand RI Foundation Bernardo Wolfson Service [...]
The Club was pleased to have members of the FRC robotics team #3932 “Dirty Mechanics” attend our meeting. Their club’s founder, David Ferguson, was also in attendance. The club members Rebecca Levy and Keanu Brayman shared photos and a video from their local award-winning team that enabled them to recently compete in the World Championships held in Houston. Our club sponsors their robotics club. Here is one video and a second video that shows what the robots looked like and what they did including manipulating a jungle gym. Very impressive what these kids have done and are doing building [...]
The Club was delighted to host Van Williams, Provost of the Boca Raton campus at PBSC. Pia Giannone, Scholarship Chair, presented Provost Williams with a check for $20,000 for traditional scholarships. This is in addition to the scholarship awards that the Club provided to PBSC for trades programs. Through these scholarships, we are changing lives and building futures for young college students in the Palm Beach County region.
Our Club participated in a Beach Clean up Exercise on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at South Beach Park from 9-11 am. It was coordinated by Jennifer Gray of Boca Save our Beaches. They provided pails and pick up tools. Club members attending included Jeff Tromberg, Kris Amorello, Westin Fengler and family. Gary and Bonnie Hildebrand, “Sonny” Lee Tannenbaum, Marina Kapulouska, Jon Burford and family, Bernardo Wolfson. Todd Halls and a few others. The clean up team pictured above cleaned up collected 72 pounds, averaging 3+ pounds per person! A total of 4.3 miles were covered and 992 items were [...]
Our member Lisa Talley initiated on behalf of our Club and Steve Muschlitz of Wheels from the Heart to donate a car to Lisa Boatright. Here’s the story about Lisa Boatright as told by Lisa Talley: My leasing manager, named Lisa Boatright, found me my apartment when I had to move within 30 days cross country to Boca. She spent hours talking to me when I arrived and was the first friend I had here in Florida during the pandemic. She encouraged me to meet people even in a pandemic, so I applied to join a Rotary club. Lisa is a [...]
The Rotary Club of Boca Raton hosted a reception to announce the honorees for the 2022 OPAL gala to be held on January 22, 2022 at the Boca West Country Club. The 2022 OPAL Honorary Chair is Christine E. Lynn. The Honorees are: Beverly Raphael Altman and Robyn Raphael-Dynan The Boca West Children’s Foundation (Arthur Adler Chair) Arlene Herson Bonnie & Gary Hildebrand Fran & Dr. Nathan Nachlas The Club OPAL Co-Chairs are Jan Savarick, Neil Saffer and Spencer Siegel. You May Purchase Your Tickets Here.
23th Annual (OPAL) Outstanding People and Leaders Virtual Event – Changing Lives & Building Futures – Raised Over $170,000 for College Scholarships and Trades Certificate Programs February 21, 2021 The 23rd Annual OPAL gala (virtual) event was held on Sunday evening, February 21, co-hosted and led by Neil Saffer, Jan Savarick and Spencer Siegel. Each year, the OPAL red carpet gala honors outstanding community partners and philanthropists in Boca Raton. This year, due to the pandemic, the OPAL Society members were honored with a custom etched bottle of wine in recognition of their past OPAL award having been [...]