• 3rd Grade Dictionary Distribution
  • Josh the Otter - Pre-K Swim Safety
  • FAU HS Rotary Scholars
  • FAU Interact
  • PAL 1/2 Marathon & 10K
  • Carousel Day Toy Drive 
  • Rotary Foundation and End Polio Now
 
Stay alert, Lee has scheduled this year's last school for dictionary distribution during May, please contact Lee and let him know you can help. 
 
Rotary  Boca Raton Sunset loves Josh the Otter. On Tuesday October 6 and Wednesday October 7 our members and the trusty Otter visited classrooms at Advent Early Childhood School.  We read the story, played and sang the song, danced with Josh, and gave each child the book and DVD to keep and bring home to their families.  And then the best thing happens:  Ana Londono helps her mother Rubi Khouri don the otter costume and ...
Our meeting April 18, 2016 was the FAU HS Rotary Gala conducted at Bogart's.  Hon Dr Steve Perman was our MC and he maintained a crisp and indeed honorable celebration for our Rotary Scholars.  Dr Steve introduced the other Steve, PDG Steve Laine who led us with the invocation, then Dr Steve continued with the Pledge of Allegiance and our Club Affirmation.  Then we all enjoyed a buffet dinner. 
 
Following dinner, Pres Beverly Brown acknowledged the Rotary Scholar project founder Mathieu Daquin and key partners David Kelly, Director FAU High School and PDG Phil Lustig who reviewed the history of the project now in its third year.  Then Mathieu introduced each monthly sponsor, who introduced awarded the check to the respective Rotary Scholar.
 
 
The FAU HS Rotary Scholars and sponsors included: September - Jessica Brandwein, sponsor Beverly Brown; October - Devin Weinberg, sponsor Susan Meister (Bernard Featherman representing); November - Mahalia Sanon, sponsor Jerry & Beverley Leitherer; December - Janet Weinthal, sponsor Howard Lincoln; January - Benjamin Coleman, sponsor John & Maxine Ross; February - Samantha Lloyd, sponsor Ana Londono; March - Loren Barcenes, sponsor Ravi Goolcharan; and April - Connor P Bradley, sponsors PDG Charles Bromberg and Naheed Kahn.
 
After awards were presented, Rotary Scholars Connor Bradley, Samantha Lloyd and Mahalia Sanon provided testimonies about the wonderful opportunities they have had to learn and grow with guidance and encouragement of the FAU HS staff and university environment.  Finally, Dr Joel Herbst, FAU College of Education offered highlights about each student and provided inspirational thoughts for their continuing studies and careers.
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
At our meeting Monday December 7, 2015,  Robin Barkes, FAU HS Interact ​club advisor, brought two of the club officers to quickly present what Interact has been up to; they are club Secretary Ashley Amian and club Co-President Eva Yagudaev. -
 

 
 
 
President-elect Mathieu introduced FAU High School Interact Club Advisor Robin Barkes.  Robin praised our FAU HS Rotary Scholar for March, Loren Barcenas for her enthusiastic participation in the FAU HS Interact Club.  Then together they provided a quick review of the many projects the club has been accomplishing this past school year.  The fund raising and service projects were too numerous for this reporter to capture as they buzzed through their activities, lots of young spirit and energy serving others.  Wow!
Rotary Boca Raton Sunset PAL project chair Russ Buck has circulated the sign-up sheet and is in final preparation phase for event.  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.  Plan to show up at 5:30 am at Spanish River Beach Park north entrance by Park Ranger/Ocean Rescue Headquarters building.  Anyone missing opportunity to sign up, contact Russ Buck or Jerry Leitherer
 
 
Carousel Day was well attended and provided fun for all plus many toys for Santa's children distributed through Boca Helping HandsOur President Beverly, Sergeant at Arms Steve, and Secretary Jerry enjoyed the carousel rides as many folks enjoyed the food and awaited Santa's visit.

WE’RE ZEROING IN ON THE POLIOVIRUS
 
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Rotary's PolioPlus program. It's been over three years since we've seen Type 3 wild polio in the world, which means that this particular strain has most likely disappeared forever.  There were fewer cases last year than ever in history: 70 wild-type cases, and 26 cases caused by mutation in the weakened virus that makes up one of the vaccines, compared to 341 wild-type infections and 51 vaccine-derived ones the year before. Moreover, those wild natural infections were in just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the vaccine-derived cases were in five. The noose is tightening.