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2019 Gala for FAU HS Rotary Scholars
Rotary Boca Raton Sunset will be celebrating and providing eight scholarships for honored Florida Atlantic High School Rotary Scholars. Each month throughout the school year an FAU High School Rotary Scholar is selected by the FAU HS staff in recognition of character, ethics, morality, community service, and academic achievement. This annual program culminates with the FAU HS Rotary Scholar Gala, which will be held at Maggiano's Little Italy Boca Raton Monday May 13, 2019 6pm. Keynote speaker Principal Sherry Bees will share inspirational thoughts.
 
As principal/director of Henderson and FAU High, Bees has administrative responsibility to oversee facilities, finances, programs, recruitment, admissions, accreditation, as well as policy and procedure. She also works in collaboration with FAU’s College of Education and its other colleges and divisions of the university within the areas of teaching, research and service.
 
Principal Bees began her career in education 21 years ago at Hollywood Central Elementary School where she served as a second-grade teacher, and later as the curriculum coach and Title 1 coordinator. In May 2000, she was selected as the assistant principal of Maplewood Elementary School in Coral Springs, and later served as principal of the school for 10 years. In May 2010, Sherry was selected as a finalist for the “Principal of the Year” award for Broward County Schools. She also had the opportunity to lobby in Tallahassee in support of education with fellow members of the Florida Association of School Administrators. Bees earned both a master’s degree in educational leadership and an undergraduate degree in community psychology from Nova Southeastern University. 
 
The A.D. Henderson University School is an elementary-middle university laboratory school on the FAU campus originally funded by a gift from the A.D. and Lucy Henderson Foundation in 1968. The school serves K-8 students that are representative of Florida’s public school population by race, family income, gender and academic performance. In 1991, the Florida Legislature established across four state universities four developmental research (lab) schools, each designated as an independent public school district, of which FAU was one. The school holds departmental status in FAU’s College of Education with the assistant dean serving as a member of the College Executive Committee. A.D. Henderson’s mission includes supporting teacher development, curricular innovation, and research and dissemination.
 
FAU High School opened in fall of 2004 as an intensive dual-enrollment public school established by FAU’s Board of Trustees. Its challenging program offers students grades 9-12 the opportunity to complete high school while earning more than 90 university course credit hours. Many of the FAU HS Rotary Scholars earn enough credits in university degree programs to receive a baccalaureate degree in the same year that they graduate high school. 
Regular Meeting Place beginning June 2019
Beginning with our regular Monday meeting June 3, 2019 we will be meeting at Maggiano's Little Italy in Boca Raton: 21090 Saint Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL, 33433. This location is near the Town Center at Boca Raton.  From I95 heading west, south (left) on Saint Andrews, east (left) into 2nd entry drive to Town Center, Maggiano's is on right.
 
5-6-2019 Real Estate Trends: Jeffrey Levine
Jeffrey Levine presented some current information about Real Estate trends in Palm Beach and Broward Counties at our meeting Monday May 6, 2019.  Jeffrey is the 2019 President of REALTORS® of the REALTORS® of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, he has been a Realtor since 1997 starting his career in Real Estate in Central New Jersey. 
 
Recognizing that the current Palm Beach County population is 4.7 million, Jeffrey told us that represents an 11.4% increase since 2010.  During February more than a thousand single family homes sold with a median price about $340k and nearly a thousand townhouse/condo sales completed with a median price about $180k. He went on to say, "we're seeing increases in median prices, foriegn investors, and development in western Palm Beach County."  Jeffrey suggested that some of the draw for foreign investors include: lack of state income tax, development in western Palm Beach County, tourist destination, relatively low sales tax, and limited tax on intangible property.
 
When he indicated there's a bright future for Palm Beach County real estate he couldn't help prompt a discussion about the Brightline, now Virgin Trains, expecting continued expansion toward Orlando, and now expecting a Disney station then on to Tampa.  This produced much discussion of funding and timing with minimal expectations for near future, but hopes for an added station in Boca.
 
Concluding his summary of Palm Beach County real estate, Jeffrey noted a comparison between February of 2018 and February of 2019 showing a decrease of about 5.4 % in closings, but a 7.6% increase in median price; he also noted that the median time to closing increased about 11.1% and the active inventory increased by about 0.8%.
 
As Jeffrey continued into Broward County, he mentioned there was continued growth as well, showing slightly more condo sales than single family homes.  Broward also experienced increase in foreclosures and rentals, noting many rentals going to millennials.  He introduced the term "metropica" tropical modernism in the heart of South Florida, highlighting the growth in big city living in the Everglades with a picture of high rises on the edge of the Everglades and mentioning the western development of dense housing, entertainment, shopping, etc.
 
A very interesting presentation.  We thanked Jeffrey with our token club pen and appreciation offered by President Ana Londono.  Thanks, Jeffry.  We look forward to hearing from you again in the future.
 
In 2002 Jeffrey Levine obtained his FL Brokers License and in 2004 was named Managing Broker of Continental Properties nine (9) south FL offices. He has been honored as Broker of the Year in 2014 and Realtor of Year in 2017.  Jeffrey is very active in the REALTOR® Party and has served as Chair of RPAC in which he won the state award as Chairman of the year in 2015 and Government affairs chair.  He is the 2018 National Association of Realtors Vice Chair for Business Issues Policy and sits on NAR Public Policy and Insurance Committees.  At the state level he is 2018 Chair of the REALTOR® Party Member Involvement Committee and sits on Public Policy and REALTOR® Party Coordinating Committee. 
5-6-2019 Rotary Guest
Past President Mayor Bernard Featherman again introduced his son Andrew Featherman, attorney focused on business sales, visiting from Pennsylvania.  We learned that Andrew will be visiting in sunny Florida about once a month; it was nice to have Andrew visiting again and we hope to see you more often!
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Events Jan-Jun 2019

Nearing Activities & Events

May 13: FAU HS Rotary Scholarships Gala will occur at Maggiano's Little Italy, 21090 Saint Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton.  Sam Khazem and his committee are establishing plans for the event.
 
May 20: Officer Installation Dinner will occur at La Cigale, 253 SE 5th Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33483.  Sue Meister and her committee are establishing plans for the event.
 
 
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Crossword Puzzles by Stan Newman
Special notice! Stanley Newman Puzzle in New York Times Friday, May 24, 2019
 
Rotary Boca Raton Sunset is fortunate to have Stanley Newman, Puzzle Editor in our club, and he has graciously offered to provide access to his daily puzzle web page.  We have included on our website a link to these puzzles.  Please look near the upper right corner of our home page and locate Crossword Puzzle then click it or tap it to go to the crossword introduction page.  When you have reviewed and are ready to work the puzzle online, click on the puzzle or the red-letter link above it.  Good puzzling!  Enjoy!
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2018-19 Speaker Schedule
May 13  FAU HS Rotary Scholar Gala
May 20  Officer Installation Dinner
May 27  No Meeting - Memorial Day
 
Jun  3    Eric S Silverman, Eastham Capital
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Immediate Past President Lee's Thought for the Week
April 22, 2019: "We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we wont need to tell anybody it does.  Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine."   - attributed to American evangelist Dwight L. Moody.
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