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3-18-19 Chuck Sawicki Membership Development
During our meeting Monday March 18, 2019 we are expecting Chuck Sawicki to provide some insights on mentoring and membership development.  Chuck had a 46 year career in sales, marketing, & general management. He received a BA in Economics from Notre Dame & an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He served as a US Army officer through ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate. While with 5 organizations, he was president of 3 companies in business information, M&A information, & wholesale & retail investment products & services.  
 
Before moving to Lancaster in 2014 from Charlotte, NC, he served over 7 years as a SCORE Mentor and continues. He won each SCORE Chapter’s outstanding mentor award. He has been a Rotarian for over 53 years and has been a volunteer Ambassador for Road Scholar, the largest non-profit educational travel company. Chuck has traveled to all 50 states & 100 countries. He won the AFP Volunteer Fund Raiser Award while serving on non-profit boards & donor development committees.
3-11-19 Rotary Camp Florida - Liz Fields
During our meeting March 11 Liz Fields, Executive Director of Rotary’s Camp Florida, told us about this very special camp, its facilities, and programs.  She said: "this camp is like no other, in that it provides an accessible facility for all children and adults with varying disabilities to experience camp.  Being ADA-compliant and barrier-free means that there is no limitation to the user groups that can use this beautiful facility."
 
The Rotary's Camp Florida brochure states the mission as: "to ensure that special needs children have the opportunity to experience the same fun and enjoyment of camping that we did as children … and thereby enrich them in mind, body and spirit."  To that end, Liz told us about the many improvements that are being made continually to accommodate newly recognized hazards and impositions affecting various special needs children.  Recently learning that the color yellow is an irritant for certain mental disabilities, alternate colors are being introduced for the cabins.
 
Some of the special facilities include:
Brick Patio – Wheelchair-accessible picnic tables
Nature Trail – a fully accessible trail that offers quiet areas and storytelling areas
Pool – 25-yard junior Olympic size pool with a lift for campers who use wheelchairs, a mister system and covered seating area beside the pool. 
Butterfly Garden and Gazebo — Sit, relax and enjoy the many species of butterflies that visit the gardens daily
Wheelchair Swings and WhisperGLIDERS® – specifically designed for use by people who use wheelchairs
Two Private Lakes – Chapman & Gornto. 
Canoes and Kayaks – Equipped with life jackets. 
Dock – Fishing poles and equipment available, soon to be added a boat lift
Barbeque Cooking Area – Gas grills for larger groups
 
Rotary’s Camp Florida does not provide programming for camps. The camp provides clean, safe, ADA-compliant, barrier-free facilities to qualified user groups that provide the necessary programming for a special camping experience that is  relevant and memorable for children with special needs.  Some camp program groups regularly using the facility include: Faces of Courage Camp (Cancer), Diabetes Family Camp, Epilepsy Services Foundation Camp, Autism Camp, Shriner's Hospital, Tourette's Syndrome Camp, and Muscular Dystrophy.
 
The facilities management, maintenance, and improvements are supported by five Rotary Districts and several Rotary clubs throughout Florida, which keeps the cost for the special needs camp programs in a reasonable range.  This provides the camp experience that would otherwise not be available for these children.
 
Following a lively question and answer session, President Ana provided a token of appreciation and many thanks to Liz for this informative program.

Liz is from England where she was a Stockbroker for Credit Suisse First Boston.  She moved to the USA in 1990 and proudly became a citizen in 2005.  Liz has extensive non-profit experience, having led Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County and Suncoast Harvest Food Bank.  With a very strong background in facilities management, her passion has always been ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.  
Guest and Visiting Rotarian 3-11-2019
PDG Steve Laine again introduced Brian Stenberg, Vice President of The Greenfield Group, Inc. and Greenfield Properties, Inc. for his second time experiencing our club.  Brian is a father of four and has lived in Boca Raton for the last 25 years. He has spent much of that time with his wife of 21 years, Jennifer, raising those kids. To get a regular break from that daunting task he fills his workdays with being a partner in a commercial property management firm based here in town.  Welcome Brian, we enjoyed seeing you again and we expect to welcome you into the club soon!
 
We also had the pleasure of seeing our past member Bill Weitz.  We always enjoy seeing Bill when he is able to drop in for a visit.  We also hope he will be able to come back to active status in the not too distant future.  Great to see you Doc!
News
Immediate Past President Lee's Thought for the Week
March 11, 2019: "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others."   - attributed to Albert Schweitzer.
 
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2018-19 Speaker Schedule
Mar 11   Rotary Camp Florida - Liz Fields
Mar 18   Membership Development - Chuck Sawicki
Mar 24   Community Based Rotaract - PDG 6990
 
Apr 1  FAU HS Rotary Scholar for April 
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