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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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Rotary Boca Raton Sunset, PO Box 810427, Boca Raton, FL 33481-0427
No meeting October 3, 2016.
With respect, we honor Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Remembering the beginning, let's hope for a new year of peace, prosperity, and blessing.
At our meeting September 26, 2016 our Rotary District 6930 Assistant District Governor Stanley Fertel introduced our Rotary District 6930 Governor Eric Gordon as he shared the Rotary theme for 2016-2017 and brought the greater Rotary excitement and influence to our club and community. Before introducing a video of RI President John Germ, DG Eric presented our President Mathieu with Presidential Citation Award earned for last year performance by our club led by Past President Beverly who was unable to attend the meeting.
As a special recognition, DG Eric joined PDG Phil to formally install our most recent Honorary Member Robin Barkes. We honored Robin for her past and continuing outstanding leadership of our sponsored Interact Club at Florida Atlantic University High School. Robin has been the advisor for our FAU HS Interact Club for several years and continues to provide guidance to these exceptional students. The FAU HS Interact Club Co-presidents Eva Yagudaev and Ayse Demircan also were present at the meeting and joined Robin as she accepted the certificate of Honorary Membership.
Recognizing the FAU HS Interact Club Co-presidents, DG Eric provide each with the RI theme pin for 2016-2017, depicting the annual Rotary theme "Rotary Serving Humanity" and wishing them great success with their club projects during the ensuing year. Currently the club has about 40 members and expects to have projects throughout the school year.
DG Eric also presented Zone and District Literacy Awards to President Elect Lee, Vice President John and PDG Phil for Dictionary Distributions, Josh the Otter Water Safety Early Childhood School Presentations, and FAU HS Rotary Scholars projects during previous Rotary year.
Additionally, DG Eric welcomed our newest member Joseph Riopel into Rotary with a new member kit and the Declaration of Rotarians. Joseph's sponsor Club Director Ana joined them and pinned Joseph with the Rotary member pin and Joseph responded with a brief indication of his humble surprise of these honors and his enthusiasm for serving Rotary Boca Raton Sunset and the community.
DG Eric introduced a video of RI President John Germ announcing the theme and focus for the Rotary year 2016-2017 ...
Last month Carl Larsen told us about the City of Wellington's donation of 14.8 acres of wetland for the Wellington Rotary Peace Park. PDG Steve Laine proposed the idea of doing a social event with the Rotary Club of Wellington at a future date and possibly at the Wellington Rotary Peace Park.
We may have another chance further in the future, but with short notice we had an opportunity to join the Rotary Wellington for this year's Peace Ceremony. This year's ceremony was held on Sunday, September 25th at 3pm at the Wellington Rotary Peace Park located on Royal Fern Drive off Forest Hill Blvd and next to the main library in Wellington.
The Rotary Wellington annual Peace Initiative starts in Jan/Feb each year with school competitions regarding Conflict Resolution and Multi-Cultural Understanding. All area schools compete in Poster/Poetry/Essay competitions. Local scout troops are also given a series of tasks. The club judges all entries in May and informs winners they will be honored at the Peace Ceremony where the club will present all winners and their teachers with prize money and certificates. The scouts get merit badges. Rotary Wellington also presents other Peace awards to various members of the community.
The ceremony lasted about an hour and both PDG Steve Laine and our newest member Joseph Riopel were able to join the celebration representing our club and preparing the way for future opportunities to share in area Peace Projects.
In anticipation of re-establishing a Rotaract Club at Lynn University, Lynn University, Rotary Boca Raton Sunrise, and Rotary Boca Raton Sunset hosted a Rotaract Welcome Meeting Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6 pm to 7 pm at Henke Hall in the de Hoernle International Building, Lynn University campus. Rotary BR Sunrise President Doyle Dally, Rotary BR Sunrise member and anticipated Lynn University Rotaract Club advisor Dr. N'Quavah R. Velazquez, and Rotary BR Sunset President Mathieu Daquin, encouraged Jose Renteria to help organize and lead the re-establishment of Rotaract Club at Lynn University. Also on hand were members of Rotary BR Sunrise: ADG Stan Fertel, John Gallo; and members of Rotary BR Sunset: PDG Steve Laine, Steve Perman, Joseph Riopel, and Club VP John Ross.
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.
Rallied by Rotary Boca Raton Sunset PAL project chair Russ Buck, Rotary Boca Raton Sunset and sponsored FAU HS Interact members expect to serve breakfast for runners after they completed the 5K run and the half marathon run. Sponsors are needed and club members will be seeking repeats and new ones. Sponsor Contracts available at weekly meeting, for additional info contact: Russ Buck or Jerry Leitherer.