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Featured Rotarian John Ross 9-16-2019
Our featured Rotarian for September 2019 is John Ross, Executive Secretary of Rotary Boca Raton Sunset; he grew up in Brooklyn NY, and graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science, and from the State University of NY at Albany with a Masters in Public Administration.   John and his wife Maxine live in Highland Beach Florida with their dog, Fifa. They have one son, Andrew, who lives in Tampa.
 
John is President of JRITLLC, an information technology consulting firm helping Governments and Industry become more efficient through the use of information technology. When not working he enjoys the outdoors, fishing, reading, and civic affairs.
2019-20 FAU HS September Scholar Pedro Almeida
During our weekly meeting Monday, 9/9/2017, we honored Pedro Almeida, our Florida Atlantic University High School 2019-20 Rotary Scholar for September.  The FAU HS Rotary Scholar of the Month is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. 
 
During our meeting Pedro told us about his dual enrollment studies with FAU HS and FAU as well as his community service involvement. He expects to graduate FAU HS in spring 2020 and hopes to continue at FAU to earn Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in spring of 2021.  Pedro shared a recent frightening experience during this past summer when his family was notified that their family visa would require return to Brazil for reapplication and review.  Fortunately, after following all requirements and anxiously awaiting approval, the visa was renewed and they were able to return to continue his education plan.
 
Expressing his gratitude and demonstrating his regard for the honor of being selected to participate in the FAU HS program, Pedro maintains his high academic status while participating in soccer team, Academic Games team, Commissioner's Academic Challenge, Math Ambassadors, and other extra-curricular clubs.  He and his teams won local and state championships, and he had an opportunity to present to NASA astronauts. 
 
Serving his school as well as his community, Pedro has volunteered hundreds of hours helping to clean beaches, tutoring students, assisting teachers with grading, raising funds for charitable causes, and helping to lead church worship services. Still he finds time for social activities, even decorating for holiday events. Pedro was accompanied by his parents Luciana and Joao Almeida (at his left and right side), his brother Henrique, and a friend from Sao Jose Dos Campos Brazil Cristina Porto. 
 
The FAU HS Staff including our Honorary Member and Interact Advisor Robin Barkes, Academic Coordinator Kendra Palumbo, Director/Principal Sherry Bees, and Assistant Principal Christine Rich, also helped celebrate recognition of Pedro's accomplishments.  Director/Principal Sherry Bees was excited to announce the recent notification of Pedro's selection as National Merit Semifinalist.  
Semifinalists are designated on a state representational basis and represent the top 0.5% percent of the state’s senior students.  This is a significant accomplishment, especially because he began attending English speaking schools in 2013 as a middle school student, having spent prior years in his native country Brazil.
 
Club Secretary Jerry Leitherer is the sponsor for the September 2019 FAU HS Rotary Scholar and he expressed his delight in being available as a mentor to witness Pedro's future success in engineering.  Rotary Scholars Chair Sam Khazem provided a brief description of the project appealing for additional sponsors and joined club President Elect Fred Licata providing the award certificate and announcing the spring Gala, when cash awards will be distributed for all eight scholars for the year.  Congratulations Pedro Almeida!
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Dorian Assistance
Rotary response for assistance following the devastating hurricane Dorian involves efficient direct interaction between clubs here and clubs in the areas needing assistance. For the exceptional situation in the Bahamas, two Rotary districts are involved: District 6990 for Grand Bahamas, and District 7090 for the remaining Bahama Islands.  
 
Our club President Elect Fred Licata said he will make sure items brought to our meetings will  be taken to the District 6990 collection locations.  The Downtown Boca Raton Club is collecting needed items at their weekly luncheon Noon on Fridays at the Renaissance Hotel in Boca Raton near Town Center.  They also will take these items to the District 6990 collection centers for transfer to Rotary Grand Bahamas club. Several containers are shipped over each week as needed.
 
Items needed include baby supplies such as diapers, baby wipes, formula; cleaning supplies such as rubber gloves, Clorox, detergent, paper towels, mops; feminine hygiene products; sunscreen; canned foods.  A more extensive list can be found on the District 6990 website click here. 
 
Additionally, financial donations can be made via several web sites:
 
9-9-19 Rotary Guests
Dan Singh was introduced his guest Jim Mui, Financial Advisor; this is Jim's second appearance, perhaps Dan will be telling us more about him in the near future, including potential interest in membership.  Nice to see you again Jim.
 
John Ross introduced his guest Louis Reidenberg, Attorney.  Nice to meet you Lou.
 
Bernard Featherman brought his son Andrew, Attorney.  Nice to see you again Andrew.
Rotary Website Tips - Jerry Leitherer
Rotary Links
Using Rotary Links, found on our club home page, is as easy as clicking or touching the screen; but to discover them, once looking at bocasunsetrotary.org you have to scroll down the page a long way to discover them.  You'll find them as you scroll down past the Speakers, Upcoming Events, Crossword, Bulletin Subscribe, and club welcome.  There are two links for the District 6930 and seven links for Rotary International. These links provide a wealth of information about the way Rotary clubs and members work and relate with other members and clubs throughout the world; especially striving for peace and attempting to resolve local and global problems including health and welfare.
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World Day of Peace Celebration with FAU 9-21-2019
Past District 6930 Governor Steve Laine is leading our club in a plan to celebrate the International Day of Peace with Florida Atlantic University Saturday afternoon September 21, 2019. The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.
 
The Peace Day Event will be held on FAU Boca Raton campus and will offer two sessions: a morning session expecting mostly students from 10:30 to 11:50 am including video streaming of the 2019 Merida, Mexico Nobel Peace Laureate Summit Plenary Session 6 "The Power of Law vs The Law of Power;" and the evening session from 4:30 - 8 pm including welcoming thoughts from Doug as well as Rotary District 6930 Governor, Dance portraying Nonviolence, and streaming connection with Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for the Awards and Final Declaration for 2019.  
 
 
Parking registration is necessary, please register ($5 fee) at least one week prior to event:  http://fau.edu/parking/
News
2019-20 Events: Jul-Dec

Nearing Activities & Events

July 1: New Rotary Year begins.
July 1: 2019 PAL Half Marathon Phase 1 began June 10, 2019 to recruit sponsors for the race.  First Phase 1 milestone is 8/1/19 to get logos into the initial racer applications, fliers, and website ads.  Second Phase 1 milestone is 10/1/19 for final racer applications and fliers.  Phase 2 begins 9/1/19 to recruit donors for supplies, food, and drink for race day.  Race is scheduled for 11/30/19.
July 1: Rotary Websites tutorial for accessing and using the Rotary Boca Raton Sunset, Rotary District 6930, and Rotary International websites.
 
 
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Past President Lee's Thought for the Week
June 10, 2019: "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.  For, indeed, that's all who ever have."   - attributed to Margaret Mead
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