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2019-20 FAU HS Rotary Scholar Ciara O'Neill
During our weekly meeting Monday, 11/7/2019, we will honor our Florida Atlantic University High School 2019-20 Rotary Scholar for November Ciara O'Neill.  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. Our sponsor for Ciara is Rotary Boca Raton Sunset Executive Secretary John Ross, Thank you John.
 
We expect, Ciara will tell us about her dual enrollment experience working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Sciences while completing requirements for graduation from FAU HS in spring of 2020 and expecting to complete the BSCS degree the following spring.  She may also tell us about some of her community service, school service and experience during the past three years as a partner managing this small artisan business MarinaXStudios.
 
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Featured Rotarian for October Melissa Bhatnagar
During our meeting October 28, 2019, we recognized Melissa Bhatnagar as our Featured Rotarian for October.  She talked to our club about her early family life, her career, some of her avocational interests, and her participation in our club projects.  Melissa joined our club June 17, 2019, with classification Pharmacist; and she was sponsored by Executive Secretary John Ross, our featured Rotarian for last month.
 
Melissa Bhatnagar is a patient safety professional and licensed pharmacist with over 15 years of diverse experience in the healthcare industry. Melissa recently joined Modernizing Medicine Headquarters in Boca Raton, as Director of Patient Safety. Modernizing Medicine is a software company that develops specialty-specific electronic health record (EHR) technology,
 
Her experience also includes 10 years at a medical malpractice insurance company in NYC focused on improving patient safety and leading a physician office practice risk reduction initiative for a consortium of large academic medical centers including Johns Hopkins Medicine, Yale New Haven Health System, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and others. As a clinical business analyst for MCIC, she developed reports and analyses of high-loss clinical departments which led to promotion to Associate Director of Patient Safety. Prior to that, Melissa was an inpatient pharmacist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
 
Taking us back to her first Rotary exposure with her parents, Melissa told us about how her dad, Ashutosh obtained a Rotary Scholarship opportunity when he and her mom, Alka, were both in Rotaract in Haridwar, India.  When they came to the US they were hosted by Dr. Chris Heisler and his wife Gloria, which developed into a long term friendship.  Melissa's father, Ashutosh's experience in Rotary brought her to our club and we eagerly welcomed her into our fellowship.
 
Continuing through some of the cultural aspects of her family experiences, Melissa told us about her pleasure dancing, especially for family gatherings.  Melissa told us about the traditional Indian dance Bharatanatyam.  Presumably the oldest classical dance in India, it was initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. Origin dates back to 2nd century CE (AD). Accompanists include a singer, music, and particularly the guru who directs and conducts the performance. Pictured at left, Melissa gathered with many young friends in preparation for performance. On the right we see her dancing at a family gathering.
 
She reviewed for us her educational pursuit and initial career experiences: she obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and a dual degree Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the London School of Economics (LSE) & the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). 
 
Along with education and healthcare, Melissa is passionate about spending time with family and friends, traveling, and exploring new restaurants. Melissa took us on a pictorial tour around the world with food descriptions that almost brought the flavors and aromas into the room. She enjoys spending her time between Florida and the Virginia/Washington DC area and is always looking for the next travel destination to create new memories! 
 
Melissa is currently our club liaison with the FAU HS Interact Club.  Welcome to Rotary Boca Raton Sunset, Featured Rotarian for October 2019 Melissa Bhatnagar!
10-28-2019 Visitors and Guests
During our meeting October 28, 2019 our Featured Rotarian Melissa Bhatnagar introduced one of her colleagues Diana Glozman, UX Designer who serves to make user experience delightful for Modernizing Medicine.  This is Diana's second time attending our club meeting so we offered to provide a bit more information about membership in our club.
 
Also visiting our club this evening was the distinguished District 6930 Assistant Governor for the Boca Raton Rotary Clubs Doyle Dally, who is also a member of Rotary Boca Raton Sunrise.  ADG Doyle encourage us to join other club projects to help improve their success.  He remained with us after our club meeting to meet with the other Boca Raton Rotary clubs to plan the December 8 Sugar Sand Park Carousel Toy Drive being led by Rotary Boca Raton West Past President Doug Heizer.  Recognizing Doug's leadership as a Past President of Rotary Boca Raton Sunset also, we like to support this project each year gathering toys for those who wouldn't otherwise be enjoying the gift-giving season; the toys are distributed through Caridad Center in Boynton Beach.  Caridad Center is the largest free clinic in Florida. Caridad Center mission and vision is to upgrade the health, education, and living standards of underserved children and families; and to eliminate the cycle of poverty for the families served in South Florida.
 
Additionally, Dr Allen Konis, dentist and President of Rotary Downtown Boca Raton visited us October 28, 2019.  While visiting, Allen invited our club to join in their team walking to End Alzheimer's Sunday November 10, 2019 at Mizner Park Amphitheater.  Allen was accompanied by fellow Rotarian and one of his walk teammates: Diane Witt, Travel Advisor. To support their team or join their team click on this Walk to End Alzheimer's link.
 
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2019-20 Events: Jul-Dec

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July 8-Nov 30: 2019 PAL Half Marathon:  Donations benefit Boca PAL and Rotary vocation awards.  Phase 2 began 9/1/19 to recruit donors for supplies, food, and drink for race day, weekly sign-up sheet at club meetings.  Race is scheduled for 11/30/19.  Phase 1 began June 10, 2019 to recruit sponsors for the race, we exceeded goal, but additional donations still sought
 
November 10, 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer's: Join Rotary Downtown Boca Raton team walking to End Alzheimer's Sunday November 10, 2019 at Mizner Park Amphitheater. Alzheimer’s disease is relentless. So are we. Join our team for the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®, the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
 
December 8, 2019 Rotary Carousel Toy Drive: Come to Sugar Sand Park and ride the carousel for free! Brign a toy to the event that day or drop one off to help us gather toys for those who wouldn't otherwise be enjoying the gift-giving season; the toys are distributed through Caridad Center in Boynton Beach.  Caridad Center is the largest free clinic in Florida. 
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