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Feb 20  No Meeting - Presidents Day
Feb 27  FAU VP of Student Affairs Dr. Corey King
 
Mar  6  FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month
Mar 13  Eda & Cliff Viner Community Scholarship Foundation
Palm Beach County and two Major League Baseball Clubs, the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals have partnered to construct a new state-of-the-art baseball training facility.  Rotary District 6930 has been working with the Ballpark management to create a ROTARY DAY AT THE BALLPARK, scheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2017.  Rotary Day will offer the opportunity for Rotarians, families and guests to have a fun day, to welcome the Astros and Nationals to our District.

 
The 2017 Vital Flight kids day at the Boca Raton Airport will be on April 1, 2017.  If you would like to volunteer, the time to register is now, and the slots are filling fast.  Please click or touch this link!  Or copy and paste the following link into your bowser:
 
http://vitalflight.org/page8/page17/index.html
 

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Boca Raton Sunset

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Boca Raton, FL  33431
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February 20, 2017
Presidents' Day
 
Smithsonian Magazine and Smithsonian.com provide some interesting and enjoyable insight on our US Presidents in celebration of Presidents' Day.  "Think you’ve got a firm handle on the presidents? The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia from Smithsonian Books just might make you question how comprehensive your head-of-state knowledge actually is. To commemorate the Presidents' Day holiday, we offer some nuggets excerpted from the book that reveal a few unexpected facts about the sartorial habits, social practices and defining characteristics of our commanders-in-chief."  Take look at this link:  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-fascinating-bits-of-presidential-trivia-180954227/
For our February 13, 2017 club meeting we toured the laboratory of Cell Science Systems Corp, located at 852 South Military Trail, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442.  Cell Science Systems Corp is a specialty clinical laboratory that develops and performs laboratory testing in immunology and cell biology supporting the personalized treatment and prevention of chronic disease.  Cell Science Systems Corp operates a CLIA certified laboratory and is an FDA inspected and registered, cGMP medical device manufacturer meeting ISO EN13485 standards.
 
The tour was conducted by Jim Hoover, Assistant Sales Director and enhanced when CEO Roger Deutsch joined to answer some questions.  Roger is one of the pioneers of food and chemical sensitivities testing with involvement in this field since 1986, and he has been responsible for the commercialization of the Alcat Test throughout the world.  Roger  is the co-author of Your Hidden food Allergies are Making You Fat.  Roger serves as the CEO of Cell Science Systems Corp (Deerfield Beach Florida).  He is also the CEO of Alcat Europe (GmbH, Berlin, Germany), a direct subsidiary.
After the tour Joseph Riopel introduced his guest Heath Jones, currently developing a new business venture known as SartupPOP in the image of the TV show "Shark Tank", that offers local tech startups an opportunity to get coaching, preparation and present proposals for venture capital opportunities. 
 
Heath told this editor about his upcoming event a first of this type in Fort Lauderdale: "I am super excited to let you know about the 'Shark Tank' - style event. Examples of the presentation lineup at our Feb 22nd event venue at General Provision in Fort Lauderdale include: Caribu (bedtime stories for kids from anywhere), Boat Services On-Demand, Obtem (get anything delivered), and more."  Signup is still open, so reserve your spot!"   
John Ross introduced his guest Webb Millsaps, Attorney.  Webb has his own firm: Webb Millsaps Law, PL provides business legal services to companies and individuals throughout Florida that are integral to the successful operation of businesses of all sizes. Specializing in healthcare law and a member of a select group of Board-Certified Healthcare Law Attorneys in the state of Florida, Webb Millsaps combines knowledge and education with a commitment to providing clients with legal services marked by integrity, excellence and value.  We enjoyed seeing Webb for the second time and hope to see you again soon.
Joseph Riopel introduced his guest Ira Bornstein, Chief Operating Officer, TouchSuite.  Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, TouchSuite is one of country’s leading financial technology companies, earning the #259 place on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500” list of the fastest growing private companies in America in 2014.  Nice to have you with us this tour Ira, we hope to see you again soon.
We enjoyed having fellow Rotarian Violet Nikolici Lowrey visit with our tour, Violet is a member of Rotary Fort Lauderdale/Cypress Creek and Director of Student Services, Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale.  Great to have you visit us during this special tour and meeting, Violet, and we hope to see you again soon.
During our weekly meeting Monday, 2/6/2017, we honored Caralin Branscum, 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. 
 
Caralin is a senior at Florida Atlantic University High School expecting to graduate in spring this year.  Having concurrently completed college courses at FAU, she expects to earn a Bachelor Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology in spring of 2018.  These degrees will prepare her for her goal of serving as a criminal prosecutor. 
 
Having been born in China, but adopted into the Branscum family at age of 10 months, Caralin was home schooled for seven years.  She was accepted into the FAU HS program and is now delighted with the opportunity to participate in research projects with FAU professors.  One of her current projects is a criminal justice study of legislation in other states, specifically focused on sexual assaults.  The objective is to discover what is effective and where weaknesses exist, which may lead to establishing a model for future legislation and improved application for safety in our communities.
 
Discover more about Caralin, click or touch the READ MORE button >>>
 
 
President Mathieu honored Vice President John Ross as the Senior Member of the Month of February at our regular meeting February 6, 2017.  President Mathieu cited John's extraordinary efforts in addressing our club's organizational documents: constitution, articles of incorporation, and bylaws; as well as our current relationship and IRS status.  As a token of appreciation and honor, President Mathieu presented VP John with a Rotary cap.
Editor's apology: Having formally recognized PDG Steve Laine at the January 30, 2017 meeting, having President Mathieu announce the selection and honor at the January 9 meeting during Steve's absence due to illness, having no excuse for our neglect in publishing, and having forgotten the correct month of recognition, this editor incorrectly reported last week that PDG Steve had been honored for the month of February.  Not true, he was honored for the month of January!  Because of our error, we will maintain both honorees on our web site and in our weekly bulletin throughout February (please see related article).  Additionally, we also erred in reporting annual income for Seize the Seas, which should have clarified the $6M as gross sales.
 
Continuing the monthly recognition of club members, President Mathieu honored PDG Steve Laine as the Senior Member of the Month of January.  Among the many contributions President Mathieu identified with PDG Steve was the new member sponsoring.  More than one third of the club stood up to thank PDG Steve for being their sponsor to invite them into our club, among them this reporter and editor. 
 
Thanking and honoring PDG Steve were protégés: Julius Jones, President Nominee Ana Londono, President Elect Lee Barnard, Treasurer Fred Licata, Program Chair Joseph Riopel, and Secretary Jerry Leitherer.  Congratulations Steve!  Well earned, well done!
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) >>>
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.
 
Continuing ...
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.
 
 

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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