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Boca Raton Sunset

Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 6:00 PM
The Griddle Restaurant
475 NE Spanish River Blvd
Boca Raton, FL  33431
United States
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Welcome to 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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Sandi Pino is our speaker for Monday January 16, 2017.  She is the Director of the Church,  School & Community Development Department at Cross International and Cross Catholic Outreach.  During her tenure at Cross, Sandi has represented the organization at conferences, parishes, schools and community events.   Ms. Pino has presented the mission of Cross for various television and radio opportunities.  We look forward to hearing more about Cross International and Cross Catholic Outreach.
During our weekly meeting Monday, 1/9/2017, we honored Kira Wolak, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for January.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Prior to Kira's opportunity to address our club, we were fortunate to hear an impressive introduction by Christine Belleris, Senior Editor with HCI Books.  Chris has been Kira's supervisor while participating in an internship with HCI Books, a local publishing company dedicated to bringing readers quality books.  
 
Chris explained that HCI Books makes its distinction in the marketplace by not just publishing books, but by publishing people.  These people are carefully selected authors who inspire readers to achieve their dreams, live lives of abundance, and to experience consolation as well the healing power of laughter.  As part of Kira's internship, Chris mentored her about characteristics desired for selecting authors and manuscripts, then employed Kira reviewing manuscripts.
 
Chris offered tremendous praise for Kira's rapid comprehension of the task and effective manuscript reviews.  Further, Chris told us that Kira's role was subsequently expanded to include book cover workup, which led into the opportunity to present Kira with a recent publication hot off the press that featured Kira's work on the back cover.
 
Continue reading more about Kira's scholastic and service experiences ... (click the Read More button) >>>
Attending our meeting January 9, 2017 we were honored to have the pleasure of visitors from Egypt: District 2451 Governor Nominee Abdul Hamid Awa and his wife.  Together they shared a brief description of District 2451, which comprises all Rotary clubs in Egypt, highlighting their local club projects including clean potable water and literacy improvement for many needy Egyptians.  We hope to see you again, it was a pleasure hosting.
It was a pleasure to see Past President C Ron Allen visiting us again.  We may receive some Delray Beach publicity because C Ron is a respected contributor to local news media.  Nice to see you again C Ron and we hope to see you more often.
Very nice to see Jeanne and Jeneva Dorsonne again as guests of President Mathieu.  We hope you enjoyed our program and learned a bit more about the impressive education program at FAU HS.  Maybe we will see you again soon.
During our meeting January 9, 2017 President Mathieu Daquin recognized and thanked Joseph Riopel and fellow participants for supporting our club charitable fund and the Office Depot Foundation at an annual fundraiser during December 2016.  Joseph coordinated the effort and participants Jerry Leitherer, Steve Perman, Larry Landis collectively gave 24 hours of service.
 
The combined effort earned $600 for our club and helped the Office Depot Foundation rebuild their coffers for the coming year with a warehouse sale of left over and demo products that would otherwise be waste.  The Office Depot Foundation mission is reflecting the values of Office Depot and its associates by supporting programs that enhance quality of life for children, strengthen communities, encourage local and international economic growth, and empower schools and non-profit organizations.  The Office Depot Foundation also helps when disasters strike to speed the process of rebuilding and mitigate the impact of future disasters.
 
Good and worthwhile service contribution Rotarians, thank you!
During our weekly meeting Monday, 12/5/2016, we honored Maximilian Rabil, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for September.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Humbly, Max told us that he could not express how much of an honor this is for him.  He indicated that he had been working hard and had been so focused on achieving goals that he'd seldom been able to bask in the glory of his achievements.  This selection and honor, plus the chance to coast a bit towards the end of his senior year at FAU HS is giving him a chance to look back and better accept the praise for his accomplishments. 
 
As Max began to share with us some of his accomplishments and experiences, he began with praise and thanks to his parents for encouragement and opportunity.  Max told us he was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama having an older sister Anna (now attending University of Florida), and also has a younger brother Tim (now attending A.D. Henderson School). 
 
Max continued with great respect for the special opportunity provided by FAU HS, thanking the staff and especially identifying some of the special experiences, like learning to speak "un poco espanol und ein bischen mehr Deutsch," as well as the chance to be ready for graduation this coming spring with both a high school degree and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior from FAU with high honors, and being included on the FAU President's List.
 
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During our weekly meeting Monday, 11/7/2016, we honored Nadia Sial, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for November.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Nadia is concurrently working toward her high school diploma from FAU HS, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from FAU expecting to complete both in summer of 2017.  Following graduation, she hopes to gain acceptance in the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
 
Among community services, Nadia has served classmates as a tutor for Biology, General Chemistry I and II, Biological Bases of Behavior, Experimental Design and Statistical Inference, and General Psychology; served neighborhood community with FAU High School, Whitehall Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Tri-County Humane Society, and Relay for Life; and served an FAU Professor as a General Chemistry I Teaching Assistant.  Additionally ...
 
 
 
During our weekly meeting Monday, 10/10/2016, we honored Sarah Palumbo, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for October.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Sarah expects to receive her high school diploma from FAU HS in May of 2017, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from FAU in August 2017.  Following graduation, she plans to enroll in a graduate school program completing her Master’s Degree prior to starting medical school in the fall of 2018.
 
In 2015, Sarah was honored by the Florida House of Representatives in Recognition for Volunteerism.  Additionally, Sarah was recently named a National Merit Semifinalist, Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis and represent the top 0.5% percent of the state’s senior students.
 
Responding to the FAU HS Rotary Scholar for October honor, Sarah told us: " Some of the most amazing experiences I have had in high school involve the academic teams that I am on.  Science Olympiad has allowed me to pursue my love of science
with other people my age with similar interests.  In Academic Games, I have been the team captain at FAU High for 3 years now, and as of now I have been on two National teams representing Florida.  I have won two Individual National Championships in World Events as well as multiple team titles, but this is not the most important part of Academic Games.  Through this, I have learned how to lead and be part of a team.  These are important skills to any field, especially medicine and my career for the future."  Continuing ...
 
During our weekly meeting Monday, 9/12/2016, we honored Jonathan Chin-Cheong, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for September.  The FAU High School Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
Jonathan told us briefly about his academic achievements; community service; leadership experiences in school and in the community; and a few challenges and obstacles he had to overcome as an exceptional student and teaching assistant for Introduction to Biology at FAU.
 
Achieving high scholastic honors such as top STEM student among Sunshine State Scholars of Florida, is merely a part of Jonathan's character; he shares his talent comfortably with community and fellow students as well.  Currently, Jonathan teaches two introduction to biology classes at FAU filled with 48 college students.  Teaching college students seems a very impressive accomplishment and demonstrates his academic prowess and school community responsibility as well as his maturity and self-confidence as a dual-enrolled FAU and FAU HS student who will graduate FAU HS in spring of 2017.
 
During the past summer as a teen age volunteer (TAV) at Boca Raton Regional Hospital he was selected for the TAV Spotlight for July/August in the Debbie Rand Memorial Service League monthly newsletter.  Presenting the FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month award certificate, President Mathieu and Youth Services Chairman Phil recognized Jonathan's achievement and community contribution.