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During our meeting March 20, 2017 our Program Chair Joseph Riopel read Mayor Susan Haynie's proclamation for International Day of Happiness in Boca Raton, which identified the six Rotary clubs of Boca Raton as providing an exemplary observation of the "fundamental human goal" to pursue happiness as resolved by the United Nations in declaring March 20, 2017 as a Day of Happiness.
Mar 27  Aubri Bleacher, Examsoft
 
Apr   3  FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month
Apr  10 Kevin M. Ross, President of Lynn University
Apr  17  tbd
 

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Boca Raton Sunset

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Boca Raton, FL  33431
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For the March 27, 2017 Rotary Boca Raton Sunset meeting Aubri Bleacher introduces ExamSoft,  ExamSoft is a privately owned educational software company based in Dallas, Texas, and Delray Beach, Florida that "takes assessment technology (and coffee) seriously.  ExamSoft’s assessment software is used to help positively affect student learning and programmatic effectiveness at more than 1,100 educational institutions worldwide."
 
Aubri is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Political Science. She started her work with ExamSoft as an Account Manager, working directly with clients to implement their software successfully and to ensure clients could get as many benefits as possible out of the software.  Currently Aubri oversees the integrations department within ExamSoft, which is responsible for ensuring that clients can utilize the ExamSoft software seamlessly with their existing campus technologies.
Bill Crotty visited us again 3/27/2017 from the Bronson, MI club.  Bill is retired and also resides in Angola, IN.  We learned that Bill has maintained perfect attendance in his home club for more than 20 years.  Nice to have you visit again, Bill.
At our meeting March 27, 2017, John Ross introduced his guest Jose Nieto, Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch.  Nice to see you for a second time Jose, we hope to see you again soon.
President Mathieu was unable to attend our meeting March 27, 2017, but he sent his guest to be introduced by our Sgt at Arms Steve, who told us that Sam Khazem is a professor with Nova Southeastern University.  Welcome Sam, we hope to see you again soon.
For our March 20, 2017 meeting, Toni Jernigan told us about University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Toni was accompanied by Dr Mohammad Jahanzeb, Medical Director of Sylvester Deerfield Beach.
 
Toni presented slides and informed us that the mission for UM Sylvester CCC is to "seek to reduce the human burden of cancer through research, education, prevention and the deliver of the highest quality cancer care."  Sylvester Deerfield Beach is among the UM Sylvester CCC Oncology Network across South Florida.  The Deerfield Beach campus serves Palm Beach and Broward counties, slightly less than half the Sylvester patients.  Toni also highlighted a half dozen major accomplishments and five award badges Sylvester earned in 2016.
 
Pointing out how important it is for Florida to continue to expand the presence of the highest quality cancer care, Toni showed us that the ratio of new cancer cases to population among the most populated states, FL  is the highest but FL has only one NCI-designated Cancer Center; however, NY with similar population has six.  National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training.  Sylvester CCC is working towards the NCI designation; the NCI-Designated Cancer Centers are recognized for their scientific leadership, resources, and the depth and breadth of their research in basic, clinical, and/or population science.
 
The Deerfield Beach facility’s medical director, Mohammad Jahanzeb, M.D. (Dr MJ), an expert in breast and lung cancers, told us that the facility has a team of more than 40 cancer specialists offering multidisciplinary care in 14 of Sylvester’s site disease groups.  Dr MJ identified some of the Deerfield Beach campus expansions and some of the future plans for further expansion and possible additional campuses in Palm Beach county.  This will permit development of new detection and prevention clinics, expand clinical trials program, and centralize supportive care services.
During our weekly meeting Monday, 3/6/2017, we honored Michael Keller, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for March 2017.  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. 
 
Michael is currently a dual-enrolled high school senior and college junior at Florida Atlantic University High School and Florida Atlantic University. He is pursuing a double major in math and computer science and on track to graduate high school in May 2017,  then continue studies expecting to graduate FAU in May 2018 with two B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.
 
Prior to introducing our March scholar, FAU HS Assistant Director David Kelly reviewed the history of the FAU HS Rotary Scholar project and the selection methodology now used to identify a salient scholar for each month of the school year.  He then reviewed some of the unique characteristics and accomplishments Michael Keller has demonstrated since enrolling in FAU HS and beginning his dual enrollment program with FAU, among these David acclaimed Michael's leadership, especially in research and tutoring fellow students.  Congratulations, Michael!
 
A humble but confident scholar, he was eager to have the opportunity to praise FAU HS and FAU and thank Assistant Director David Kelly for providing the environment to study what Michael truly loves without worrying about the financial aspect.  Additionally, because of his PSAT scores, he was among several distinguished National Merit students who were invited to the Baldwin House to meet with the President and Deans of FAU to be awarded FAU's Presidential Scholarship, the university's highest undergrad honor.   Michael continued sharing some of his experiences ...
With praise and accolade President Mathieu honored Dr Steve Perman as Senior Rotarian of the Month for March.  Citing enthusiastic service as Sgt at Arms and current activity developing a brain stimulation program for seniors with Stan Newman, among other enthusiastic contributions to club projects that make Steve well deserving of the honor.  President Mathieu also announced the recent effort Steve made to provide an article for the monthly District 6930 newsletter, Steve said the article was about our FAU HS Rotary Scholar Project.
 
When not serving our Rotary club, Dr. Steve Perman is a holistic chiropractor, nutritionist, acupuncturist, teacher and motivational speaker. His credentials include two full Board Certifications: Chiropractic Sports Medicine (DACBSP) and Clinical Nutrition (DACBN). His acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine certification was through the University of Miami School of Medicine. He attended Emory University in Atlanta and graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1979 where he also served as a clinical instructor from 1981-83. In 2005, he was named the statewide “Chiropractor of the Year” by the Florida Chiropractic Association. He was recently appointed to the National Examining Board to evaluate and assess physicians seeking their board certification in clinical nutrition. - See more:
During our weekly meeting Monday, 2/6/2017, we honored Caralin Branscum, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for February 2017.  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.
 
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During our weekly meeting Monday, 1/9/2017, we honored Kira Wolak, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for January2017.  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.
 
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During our weekly meeting Monday, 12/5/2016, we honored Maximilian Rabil, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for December 2016.  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 2016.  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 2016.  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 2016.  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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