2016-17 Officers & Committees
Club Executives & Directors
 
President
Mathieu Daquin
President Elect
Lee Barnard
President Nominee
Ana Londono
Vice President
John Ross
 
Treasurer
Frederic Licata
Secretary
Jerry Leitherer
 
Sgt at Arms
Steve Perman
Director
Susan Meister
Director
Phil Lustig
 
Director
Charlie Bromberg
 
 
 
 
2016-2017 Committee Chairs
 
RI Foundation
Phil Lustig
 
Program/Speakers
Joseph Riopel
 
Membership development/ Orientation/ Star Program
Charlie Bromberg
 
Nominating Committee
John Ross
 
Youth Services
Phil Lustig
 
Social Committee Chairs
Steve Laine & Ana Londono
 
Fundraising
Bernard Featherman
 
PAL Chair
Russell Buck
 
Council of Past Presidents
Russ Buck
 
Constitution Committee
Mathieu Daquin, Charles Bromberg, Steve Perman, Jerry Leitherer
 
Community Service
Lee Barnard
 
 
2016-17 Projects, HOnors, and Activities
Club President Mathieu Daquin reviewed the club activities and accomplishments through the past Rotary year 2016-17.  To assist in recalling the year, we have prepared a web page on our web site with stories from our weekly bulletins and a brief gallery of some of the pictures captured during the year.  Please tap this web site reference for a trip down memory lane.
 
A rotating slide presentation of pictures from events was displayed  on our portable screen as President Mathieu reviewed events and honored the club members who served, introducing each and commenting on their contribution.  This was a grand demonstration of full participation as Mathieu thanked each member highlighting their major contributions. 
 
When he came to our Program Chair Joseph, Mathieu announced that the club would provide $750 toward Joseph's trip to the RI convention in Atlanta, GA.  This will be a fine complement to the additional fortune Joseph received for holding the winning ticket of our 50/50 fund.  Enjoy the convention Joe!
 
Summary of Projects and Honors
Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholars
Rotarian of the Month
Peace Park at Wellington Rotary Peace Park
Lynn University Rotaract Formation
Josh The Otter
PAL Half Marathon and 10k Run
Carousel Toy Drive
Office Depot Foundation Support
Dictionary Distribution
Model UN Ambassador
 
Following the review, we conducted the club ritual of passing the gavel from Past Presidents to the incoming President Lee Barnard.  Each of the Past Presidents provided words of encouragement and experience from Charter member Steve Perman, PDG Phil Lustig, current President Mathieu Daquin to President Elect Lee Barnard.  Formal installation will occur at ...
The highlights of the Rotary Boca Raton Sunset annual FAU High School Rotary Scholar Gala Monday May 8, 2017 included 2013-2014 FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Year Gabrielle Bush as our featured keynote speaker, FAU HS Principal/Director Sherry Bees, FAU HS Associate Director David Kelly, as well as 2016-2017 FAU HS Rotary Scholar ambassadors Caralin Branscum and Michael Keller.  Caralin and Michael were chosen by the eight selected monthly scholars as their ambassadors to provide representative testimonials for the 2016-17 FAU HS Rotary Scholars.  The Rotary Boca Raton Sunset FAU HS Rotary Scholars project provides encouragement and reward for the hard work and service that develops leaders for our future.
 
 
The 2016-2017 FAU HS Rotary Scholars and their sponsors include:
 
September 2016 Scholar Jonathan Chin-Cheong with sponsor PDG Phil Lustig, III (and late wife Peg).
 
 
October 2016 Scholar Sarah Palumbo with sponsor Voya Financial & Richard Koblick.
 
 
 
November 2016 Scholar Nadia Sial with sponsors Beverley and Jerry Leitherer.
 
 
December 2016 Scholar Maximilian Rabil with PDG Steve Laine representing Howard Lincoln.
 
 
 
 
January 2017 Scholar Kira Wolak with sponsors John and Maxine Ross.
 
February 2017 Scholar Carlin Branscum with sponsor Ravi Goolcharan, Gulf Atlantic Painting.  As a selected 2016-2017 FAU HS Scholar ambassador, Carlin reviewed some of her accomplishments. 
 
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.
 
 
March 2017 Scholar Michael Keller with sponsor SunTrust Bank & Fred Licata.  As a selected 2016-2017 FAU HS Rotary Scholar ambassador, Mike shared some of his accomplishments and community services as well as obstacles along the way.
 
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.
 
When Michael was awarded the Principal's Award for "outstanding leadership and academic excellence" at Don Estridge Middle School, he didn't quite realize what merited the leadership laud.  From his perspective he had only done what came naturally, helping others with homework to help them better understand things.  But when he entered FAU HS he realized the value provided when he received official recognition for tutoring fellow classmates and younger Henderson Middle School students in Math.  Michael continued this into the university through FAU's Owl-to-Owl tutoring program, which offered the leadership opportunity to help students older than himself and make a difference in their lives.  Michael says, "It is the most incredible feeling to know that I've made a difference in the lives of so many people so easily.  Knowing that so many people count on me and know they can come to me is what I strive for, academically and personally."
 
He is now also a team leader of one of the many research teams at FAU's Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics (MPCR) lab, which involves machine learning, neural networks, and artificial intelligence.  In the MPCR lab, the team uses what they know about the brain to teach computers to function on their own.  The rover team recently completed a self-driving rover and they plan to extend that to make a self-driving golf cart.  Individually, Michael is working on a project to monitor and report a person's posture and position in space.  This has particular interest to him as an aid to accommodate and overcome his condition with cerebral palsy (CP).  CP is a spectrum like autism: it has many forms, the version Michael has affects his walking, balance, and hands; which is why he uses a walker for mobility.  He sees this as an opportunity to contribute, especially to his community, the disabled; and he plans to continue in pursuit of applied computer technology to help others with handicaps.
 
April 2017 Scholar Alexandria Trombetta with sponsor Naheed Kahn, The Griddle Restaurant, and PDG Charlie Bromberg.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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, 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. 
 
While maintaining a 4.0 GPA in both FAU HS and FAU Neuroscience and Behavior BS programs, Nadia has earned certification as a Healthcare Provider and Heartsaver First Aid by American Heart Association and she has gained skills in teaching and communicating ideas effectively, by assuming leadership roles with responsibility, by participating in team and individual Olympiad competition, and by volunteering in school and community service. 
 
 
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, 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, 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, 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 ...
During our weekly meeting Monday, 4/3/2017, we honored Alexandria Trombetta, our Florida Atlantic University High School Rotary Scholar of the Month for April 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. 
 
Alexandria is a senior at Florida Atlantic University High School expecting to graduate in spring this year.  Having concurrently completed college courses at FAU, she has focused on Psychology. 
 
Alexandria expressed her gratitude for the FAU HS opportunity and the supportive staff available to her through the high school and university.  She also thanked our Rotary club for this honor and recognition.  Then told us that she did not set out to achieve a service goal such as expressed in the Rotary motto "Service Above Self;" however her story of service seemed to very much identify with it. 
 
Describing her initial volunteer service, Alexandria recalled first her initial experience on the receiving end while attending the Armory Art Center’s Summer Art Camp for kids as a camper on scholarship when she was in elementary school.  She continued stating: "As soon as I became old enough, I made a point of returning to volunteer there every summer, to give back to this program that gave me so many memorable creative and educational experiences, and really to help continue that same incredible experience for the next generation of young campers."
 
Alexandria also told us how her experience serving with the National Honor Society provided an amazing community with peer examples of devotion to local, national, and global service that have inspired her to do more for others herself.  This has led her to set an example of her own for her peers and especially, as a senior for underclassmen, in each of the student groups she leads.
 
In concert with her academic focus, this year Alexandria founded FAU HS’s Pride Club, an accessible space where students can comfortably explore and be educated on LGBT and other identities.  She describes this experience by stating: "Here I strive to set an example more than anything as a thoughtful and accepting mentor and peer figure to younger students who are striving to understand their own identities, sometimes without the support of their parents or friends, in finding where they belong in a community that they may not have ever known much about."
Our meeting Monday May 8, 2017 was an invitation-only event with required RSVP, which occurred at the Taverna Kyma on Federal Highway in Boca Raton.  The event was our annual FAU HS Rotary Scholar Gala to honor and reward the eight selected monthly scholars.   We are fortunate to have had Gabrielle Bush join our annual gala as our featured speaker to recognize and reward our eight scholars for the 2016-17 year. 
 
We selected Gabrielle Bush as our 2013-2014 Student of the Year for our inaugural year of what has become our FAU HS Rotary Scholar project.  This was a difficult task for our club to select one from among so many amazing students that year, hence we subsequently modified our program to honor all eight monthly scholars at each annual gala.
 
Recently Gabrielle and her entire family of scholars were recognized on the NBC TODAY show, highlighting the hard work and achievements accomplished because of the opportunity provided by FAU HS dual enrollment program.   Our FAU HS Rotary Scholars project provides encouragement and reward for the hard work and service that develops leaders for our future.  Congratulations to FAU HS and the Bush family!
 
 
President Mathieu instituted a new honor to recognize Joseph Riopel in his amazing start as our most recent member.  Joseph has jumped right in to take responsibility for our weekly speakers, filling the schedule through the end of the year and into the next.  He has also helped with the effort to recruit and organize a Rotaract club at Lynn University.  Additionally, Joseph has begun working with our Membership chair Charlie to identify potential members and include their introduction to the club by engaging them as a speaker.  Congratulations Joseph!  Good job and great service to our club and community.
During our meeting Monday December 5, 2016 Rotary Boca Raton Sunset Club President Mathieu recognized our club Treasurer Fred Licata as the club Rotarian of the Month.  Fred, a banker serving SunTrust as branch manager in Boca Raton,  joined our club in May  2016 and eagerly accepted the opportunity to serve our club as Treasurer.  He has helped us establish a budget and better understand our club finances.  We also see Fred helping and participating in our club projects, operating our 50/50 drawing at club meetings, and participating in club fellowship.  Congratulations Fred, well deserved!
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!
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.
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:
Continuing his new tradition of declaring a Rotarian of the Month, President Mathieu honored "Senior" Rotarian of the Month for April Phil Lustig.  Mathieu related the "Senior" Rotarian of the Month to the origination of the Rotary Scholar of the Month when it was introduced as the Senior of the Month recognizing FAU HS Seniors, one each month and then one Senior of the Year from among the monthly selections.  Mathieu not only recalled the partnership he had with Phil developing the Rotary Scholar of the Month project but also recognized Phil for his continued leadership in the Rotary Scholar project and his tremendous contribution to District Leadership and Rotary International leadership projects.  We are fortunate to have Phil in our club giving all our members inspiration and a model for Rotarian "service above self."  Congratulations Phil!
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.
Mother-son team Dr N'quavah and Philip Velazquez are making a diligent effort to arouse interest on the Lynn University Campus for the formation of a Rotaract Club.  The Rotaract Club formation, sponsored jointly by Rotary Boca Raton Sunset and Rotary Boca Raton Sunrise, requires a minimum of 15 members to establish the charter.  Rotaract is for emerging leaders ages 18–30 who want to develop their professional and leadership skills while helping others. 
 
N'quavah, member of Rotary BR Sunrise, and Joseph Riopel, member of Rotary BR Sunset, are working together to help build Lynn campus interest by bringing potential Rotaract members to respective Rotary club meetings.  Currently Caleb Murray is among a group of about six who have expressed interest in Rotaract.   Joseph, also Rotary BR Sunset program chair, invited Orange Bowl CEO Eric Poms as the speaker of interest for these students.  Rotary in action!
FAU HS Interact Club member Ashley Amian appeared as Josh the Otter when we brought the swim safety program to Advent Early Childhood School Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8:45 am.  About 80 pre-Kindergarten students were excited and ready to hear the story about Josh the Otter learning to float and swim, but always with adult supervision and never alone.  Each student received a copy of the story book, a coloring booklet, a sticker, and a CD to replay the song and share the story with their parents.  VP John  read the story and at the appropriate time, the best day ever occurred when bigger than life Josh appeared to dance and greet the children.
 
Kevin Wrenne, PDG Charlie Bromberg, and Secretary Jerry joined in the excitement and helped show the students pictures in the story book while VP John read and added a few embellishments to keep the students attentive.  As the story finishes, we play the song and the children are amazed – who’s ever seen a five and a half foot otter in a classroom?  It’s the best day ever.  And Josh tells the children: “Learn to float, children.  Always swim with a buddy” and the children say: “We will, Josh.  We promise.” We noticed that the teachers enjoyed the story also and even joined in the singing and dancing to help remember the emphasis "Learn to Float" and never swim alone.
 
The take-home story books are available in both English and Spanish. Mission accomplished. Thanks Josh.
 
 
Rotary Boca Raton Sunset PAL project chair Russ Buck shows our symbol of appreciation for providing sponsors and serving breakfast for race participants Sunday morning November 6, 2016.  Helping Russ to help set up as early as 5 am, preparing urns of coffee, keeping serving lines supplied and cleaning up were Rotary Boca Raton Sunset members Fred, Jerry, John, Joseph, Kevin, Lee and his daughter Stephanie, Phil, Steve, and Sue.
 
Serving with Rotary members were sponsored FAU HS Interact members Ashley, Ayse, Eva and Chevara.
 
In addition to the Coffee, juice, bananas, apples, and oranges provide by our Rotary club, the healthy breakfast dishes and breakfast bars were provided and served by Fitfoodz Café owner Susan Klein and Marketing Director Risa Schultz.
 
 
Rotary Carousel Toy Drive has taken place annually since 2006.  The event was created by Douglas Heizer, member of Rotary Boca Raton Sunset at that time, and our Honorary Member David Wilson.  This year, under the leadership of the co-founder Douglas Heizer, currently a member of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton West, the project includes The Rotary Clubs of Boca Raton, Boca Raton Sunset, Boca Raton Sunrise, Boca Raton Central and Boca Raton Downtown working together to serve the unprivileged kids during the winter holiday season.
 
The Rotary Carousel Toy Drive invites people of the greater Boca Raton region to join the festivities at Sugar Sand Park and donate toys for the needy kids of our area.  By doing this people get the satisfaction of helping those in need and enjoying a fun afternoon filled with people, food, and free carousel rides!
 
This year on December 4, 2016 Rotary Boca Raton Sunset members helping to make this event a success included: Russ Buck, Mathieu Daquin, Joseph Riopel, Steve Perman.  The toys collected during this event were donated to either Wayne Barton Study Center or Boca Helping Hands.  Financial donations were also accepted and the money was used to buy more toys.
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!
We distributed dictionaries for third grade students at Advent Lutheran School, Calusa Elementary School, and Verde Elementary School.  As usual, students for excited and thankful.  Lee Barnard introduced the dictionaries to the students to help them understand that these dictionaries also provided a lot of additional information, eg all US Presidents through 2016, info about the planets, US Constitution, some sign language charts, multiplication table, etc.
Sponsored by Rotary Boca Raton Sunset, Model United Nations Delegate Ashley Amian recently returned from the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference (WAMUNC), a four-day exercise in diplomacy, international affairs, and global knowledge. WAMUNC prides itself on being one of the premier high school Model United Nations conferences in the world. WAMUNC’s uniqueness lies in its high quality simulations as well as its geographic location in the heart of the American capital. WAMUNC is located just outside Washington, D.C. and is fully staffed and sponsored by The George Washington University.
 
Ashley told us she participated in the War Council of Ra: The Fall of Egypt, which was chaired by Caitlin Listek, Student Assistant at National Archives and Records Administration and intern in the Office of Congressman Jerry McNerney.  The model UN exercise was based on a premise that the last Pharaoh of Egypt was Cleopatra, and it was under her leadership that the once mighty 3,000 year old Egyptian empire collapsed to the Romans.  This historical Model UN council covered the years of Cleopatra’s tumultuous reign, with the delegates advising the ruler, both the mortal Cleopatra and the divine figure Ra on how to deal with many problems that the empire faced during this time. The delegates acting as advisors to the Pharaoh were made up of Egyptian generals, advisors, former Egyptian Pharaohs, advising Egyptian gods and goddess, and Roman generals.
 
Ashley told us they discussed internal affairs, external affairs and foreign policy, but in an ancient setting.  The model committees were given "late-night crises" for reaction and responses.  This gave her experiences in diplomacy and political rhetoric in an unfamiliar setting and situation.  In response, she was able to sponsor resolutions, some of which passed.
 
Also while in the Washington area the FAU HS MUN group was fortunate to be allowed a tour of the National Counter-terrorism Center.  Ashley told of an exciting surprise experience: never having seen snow and thrilled with the opportunity for this tour she was taking pictures with her phone when several guards came rushing over to her to stop the photo shoot and inspect the pictures on her phone, deleting some before returning it.
 
It was a delight to hear a brief review of her MUN experience.  Ashley was very appreciative of the club's sponsorship for her participation in this event.  She said "it was such a cool experience," it will always stay with her and she "would never have been able to do it without our sponsorship.  Thank you so much."  Ashley our club says thank you for the special report of your experience, we're so glad it has been good for your educational experience.