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Oct 23 Laylah Copertino - UNICEF
Oct 30 Doug Mosely - Boca Raton Bowl
 
Nov 6   FAU HS Rotary Scholar for November Angelica Andrews
Nov 13  Chris Gannon - CEO Bolay Enterprises LLC
Our Boca Raton Police Athletic League (PAL) project for 2017: the 17th annual half marathon and 5K Run/Walk will take place at the Spanish River Park, Boca Raton, November 5, 2017 at 6:30 am (5:30 am for volunteers).
 
Club members and Interact volunteers are expected in the park for setup and preparation between 5:30 and 5:45 am.  A1A closes about 6 am.  Setup will be in parking area north of the restricted entry by Park Ranger/Ocean Rescue and US Coast Guard Auxiliary Headquarters, 3939 N Ocean Blvd (first driveway south of Spanish River Blvd).
 
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Boca Raton Sunset

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The Griddle Restaurant
475 NE Spanish River Blvd
Boca Raton, FL  33431
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During our meeting October 23, 2017, Laylah Copertino speaks to our club about UNICEF.  Laylah is the UNICEF USA Community Engagement Fellow in Miami, Florida. Her role is to serve as a grassroots and national spokesperson for children and bring together networks of faith-based communities, schools, universities, volunteers, advocates, elected leaders, and others to unite on behalf of children.
 
Laylah comes to UNICEF USA with a Master’s in Education and Community and Social Change from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Rollins College.
At our meeting October 16, 2017, Jessica Del Vecchio spoke to our club about Boca Raton Economic Development.  Jessica has lived in Boca since 1991 and graduated from Lynn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and an MBA in Finance.
 
Utilizing her financial experience and knowledge from the private sector, Jessica is now the Economic Development Manager for the City of Boca Raton, overseeing all aspects of economic development within the community.  In this position, Jessica soon realized this task was to a great extent a marketing job, so she has been focusing on establishing greater exposure through electronic media as well as bringing the Boca Raton advantages to the fore.
 
Jessica told us that the City of Boca Raton recognizes the importance of supporting the corporate community and facilitating economic development programs to create and maintain economic sustainability.  So the city has established the Economic Development Fund. One of the primary uses of the fund is to provide incentives for companies seeking to relocate or expand within the City.  Based on the criteria listed in the Economic Development Incentive Policy, the City can consider providing financial incentives based on the:
  • Number of jobs created and/or retained
  • Average annual salaries of jobs created and/or retained
  • Capital investment in the community
Since the establishment of the fund in 2010, the city has committed about $4.9 million to 43 companies, creating and retaining 9,659 jobs and leveraging $19.9 million State and County incentives.  Jessica told us that 31 of the 62 Corporate Headquarters located in Palm Beach County are located in Boca Raton.
 
By interacting with our members, Jessica reviewed some of the many reasons for locating, developing and growing a company in Boca Raton: within the 28 square miles and 88,766 population, there are 46 parks, 384 Conservation acres, 5 miles of Public beach, 94 miles of Pedestrian/bike paths/bike lanes and trails, 2 Libraries, 8 Fire stations, an Airport (soon to be International), access to 5 Colleges and Universities, 28 Schools (K-12, Public and Private), 12 million square feet of Office Space, and the Average Age is 45.
 
Thanking Jessica for the update and exposure to the Boca Raton Economic Development, the club President Pro Temp John Ross presented her with our club pen.
During our weekly meeting Monday, 10/2/2017, we honored Omar Sa'ad, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for October 2017.  The FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 

Omar will graduate from FAU HS in the spring of 2018, and he hopes to participate in the FAU Medical Pipeline and receive his Bachelor Degree in Biological Science in spring of 2019 then continue his medical education working towards serving in the field of Opthalmology.  
 
Excelling in his college courses, Omar was asked by professors to tutor some of his classmates, which he considered an honor as well as an additional learning experience.  Omar also told us he has had the pleasure of joining a research team with Dr Cristobal Salinas and their paper is currently being submitted to a research journal.
 
Unfortunately, last December brought a major setback for Omar, he was diagnosed with a partial retina detachment in his left eye.  This was more severe than it initially sounds, because he had already had a detachment in his right eye a few years prior and had not fully recovered sight in that eye.  He underwent four surgeries in a span of less than 6 months with grueling recovery periods that involved lying face down for weeks at a time and preventing him from attending class on campus.  But he persevered and took courses at home to stay on track for graduation.  
 
In contrast to his health challenges, including heart surgery as a toddler, Omar retains a strong faith, which he attributes to family, especially his mother Leila Shatara and his father Odeh.  His family and faith has developed in him a desire to help others less fortunate, one example includes helping their local Islamic Center partner with nearby churches and synagogues for recent disaster relief efforts.  He also enjoyed helping build a Habitat for Humanity home, as well as working with Project Downtown to help feed the homeless.  
 
Omar's desire to serve has prompted him to draft a proposal for a community project: the goal is to offer free physicals for back to school including screening for vision and hearing.  He hopes to recruit local business to sponsor and local doctors and specialists to volunteer for a screening day at a community center.  
 
Omar is sponsored by Jerry and Beverley Leitherer.  As the October 2017 sponsor, Jerry and Beverley will fund his recognition scholarship at our annual Rotary Scholar Gala in the spring of 2018; and they will offer encouragement, support, and mentoring for Omar throughout the year and as he continues to pursue his career.  Honorary Member Robin Barkes and FAU HS Associate Director David Kelly, key staff members that select FAU HS Rotary Scholars, joined in honoring Omar with the FAU HS Rotary Scholar for October 2017 certificate.
President Lee Barnard recognized new member Miriam Egan sponsored by PDG Charlie Bromberg October 9. 2017.  Miriam is retired, but remains an active Computer Consultant often providing services pro bono.  Miriam was received into membership as of October 2, 2017, already attending regularly and offering her services to our club.  Welcome Miriam!
Our Boca Raton Police Athletic League (PAL) project for 2017: the 17th annual half marathon and 5K Run/Walk will take place at the Spanish River Park, Boca Raton, November 5, 2017 at 6:30 am (5:30 am for volunteers).
 
Club members and Interact volunteers are expected in the park for setup and preparation between 5:30 and 5:45 am.  A1A closes about 6 am.  Setup will be in parking area north of the restricted entry by Park Ranger/Ocean Rescue and US Coast Guard Auxiliary Headquarters, 3939 N Ocean Blvd (first driveway south of Spanish River Blvd).
 

About the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunset

We are a small friendly dinner club with strong Rotary Foundation support.  Our membership includes three past district governors and special enthusiasm for youth and literacy service.  We distribute dictionaries to six local elementary schools, bring Josh the Otter with a swim safety program to three pre-K schools, and honor a Rotary Scholar each month for the high school hosting our Interact club. 
 
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
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