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6-7:30 pm
PO Box 810427, Boca Raton, FL 33481-0427
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Aug 21  Jeff Gold, Interactive Entertainment
Aug 28  tbd
Sept 4    no meeting
               Labor Day
Sept 11  FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month
August 14, 2017: "If our nation is ever taken over, it will be taken over from within." - attributed to James Madison
" America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - attributed to Abraham Lincoln
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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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Jeff Gold plans to entertain us for our next meeting August 21, 2017.  Jeff grew up in East Meadow, New York and is a graduate of Long Island University in South Hampton. He has dedicated much of his energy to the never ending pursuit of interactive entertainment, and firmly believes that there is truly a “kid” in all of us.  Serving as a talented Master of Ceremonies for CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies, his skills and abilities have placed him in front of companies like American Express, Bristol Myers Squibb, Loreal, and many more! – He has a knack for making guests feel as though they were part of the entertainment through audience participation and interaction.
During our meeting August 14, 2017, Charlie Bromberg and Jerry Leitherer shared information on club membership and charitable contributions status. Charlie is currently Club Membership chair and Jerry is Club Secretary. Charlie is a past district governor and Jerry is a past president, both from different clubs and different districts. 
Charlie began by telling us the story of how he became a member of his club up north in Pennsylvania.  He had been good friends with many of the club members for years, but no one had asked if he would be interested in Rotary.  One day one of his friends asked if he would like to buy a ticket for a popular Rotary ball celebrating a citizen of the year, and he said sure.  When he and Cindy showed up at the ball many of his long time friends greeted him with the comment: "I didn't know you were interested in Rotary."  Charlie's point in this story was how we miss opportunities to bring our friends into Rotary by failing to ask.
Charlie concluded with an extra pleasant surprise, he informed us that while he was sitting next to our "visitor" from the Rotary Boca Raton Downtown club, he discovered that Miriam was not actually a member of the club, but that she just enjoyed participating in some of their projects.  We had met Miriam at our previous meeting believing she had come as a fellow member of the Downtown club to support our speaker as did our current District 6930 Governor Dave Freudenberg, also a member of the Downtown club. 
Recognizing that our club had encouraged Miriam to "visit" us again, Charlie immediately asked if she would be interested in joining our club.  When she said yes, he began our club membership proposal process and by the end of the meeting we held a brief board meeting to approve the proposal.  Club Secretary Jerry will be sharing more information with club members to continue the membership invitation process.  This is how it works!  We develop our club by asking our friends, new and long time, whether they're interested in Rotary by telling or showing them what our club is about and what we do.
When Charlie passed the "baton" to Jerry for the second part of our program, Jerry began to tell us about the dilemma our club had gotten into over the past six or seven years, partly because of changes in the federal regulations in 2010, and partly because of the changes in our treasury during those years.  The result left our club with the beleaguered situation of withdrawn tax-exempt status for both our club and our club foundation.  Jerry explained that notices were received during the past year and our club Finance Committee (Treasurer Fred Licata, Executive Secretary John Ross, and Secretary Jerry Leitherer) have been steadily and methodically pursuing the meticulous process of discovering what was necessary to regain our status.
Jerry continued to convey the options we have been pursuing and the current status of each as we know about them.  Then he provided some very good news about the accomplishment of one element in the pursuit: the establishment of a new non-profit corporation we initiated to support our most recent project for investigating the possibility of establishing a Rotary House at FAU.  To support this project we organized and incorporated Rotary Scholarship at FAU, Inc. to provide a 501 (c) (3) non-profit tax exempt facility for receiving public donations and conducting charitable and educational projects.  After explaining some the process required for establishing this organization, Jerry told us that he received notice from the IRS that it has been determined as qualified for tax-exemption and receipt of deductible charitable gifts.  He also told us that he has applied for state permit to solicit charitable donations, and that the organization is structured in a way that kit can be used for our planned club projects.
To comply with the organizational requirements to maintain the appropriate tax-exempt status, Jerry told us that we are developing a website to provide public access to organizational documents and project descriptions.  Jerry identified the Trustees of Rotary Scholarship at FAU, Inc. as Jerry Leitherer, Joseph Riopel, Charles Bromberg, and Susan Meister; he also praised and thanked the other members of the team working on this: Barry Siegel, Sam Khazem, John Ross, Fred Licata, and Lee Barnard.  Going forward, the Trustees will continue defining procedures for properly operating and controlling the organization for both near term projects and long term objectives.  
With a great deal of pleasure and honor, Sergeant at Arms Steve Perman declared Joseph Riopel Rotary Boca Raton Sunset Rotarian of the Year 2016-17 and presented the award trophy.  Steve also recognized that it is rare that a new club member is selected for this honor during the first year of membership.  Joseph was unanimously selected by the previous ROYs because of the dedication and excited service witnessed, such as providing exemplary speakers throughout the year as Program Chair, frequently offering impromptu Rotary Minute recitations when requested, supporting the effort to re-establish the Rotaract Club at Lynn University, and organizing fund-raiser with Office Depot Foundation.  Joseph's leadership and enthusiasm has excited our club.
Thanks, and Congratulations Joseph!  Your Service above Self has definitely earned the ROY award!

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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