Next Meeting & Other Stories
January 2020 Featured Rotarian Ana Londono
Our Featured Rotarian for January 2020 is Ana Londono, speaking at our next meeting Monday January 13, 2020.  Ana is an accomplished real estate professional with a successful real estate career record for 15 years. She recently received the prestigious Lang’s Diamond Award for performing productively as a multi-million-dollar producer.
Ana speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. She is very involved in the community as the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club Boca Raton Sunset and the Secretary for the Beach Condominium Association of Boca Raton and Highland Beach.
FAU HS January Rotary Scholar Yasmine Zerrouki
During our weekly meeting Monday, 1/6/2020, we honored Yasmine Zerrouki, our Florida Atlantic University High School 2019-20 Rotary Scholar for January.  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. 
After our Rotary Scholar chair Sam Khazem introduced her, Yasmine told us about her dual enrollment studies with FAU HS and FAU, introduced us to her family, reviewed her extracurricular experiences and many hours of community service activities.
Accompanying Yasmine were her younger brother Sami, father Abdellah, grandmother Ghada Elshami, and mother Najla. Yasmine told us that one might expect her to be in pursuit of an engineering field because both her parents are engineers; however it was her grandmother, a gynecologist, who provided her early (age 7) asperation to be a doctor. She recalls her grandmother's sage advice, "being a physician requires one to assume great responsibility. The generic phrase 'doctors help people' is true, but in a more complex manner."
Yasmine recalled feeling blessed to be accepted in the FAU HS program with the prospect of being allowed to "finish 3 years of college in high school for free," an important step in the very expensive pursuit of becoming a doctor.  She expects to complete enough credits for a bachelor degree in the spring concurrent with her HS graduation, but she plans to continue at FAU to earn a masters degree and perhaps be accepted in the FAU medical school program.
During her first year at FAU HS Yasmine experienced the very special prep program that leads to success in the concurrent university scholastic program that completes HS requirements with college credit courses. She told us she was "exposed to important methods for becoming involved in research, speaking to professors, and studying. We were even asked to make LinkedIn accounts and resumes, tasks I thought were only reserved for fancy professionals."
Yasmine also told us that FAU HS taught her the importance of service to community.  She told us that she was encouraged serve the community as a volunteer. Her first official volunteering activity was to tutor my peers in Advanced Placement World History and Mathematics. She said, "Taking the time to help out fellow students and friends provided me with a sense of fulfillment whenever they succeeded on their quizzes and exams. From then on, I knew that I had to start participating in other fulfilling volunteering positions." 
She continued serving as she "began to volunteer at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center on the FAU campus. I had the opportunity to closely interact with many elderly patients with different levels of dementia, as well as other neurodegenerative disorders, during each visit. At the center, my duties included catering to the specific social needs of the patients, as their levels of progression affected the activities in which they were able to participate. I also had to be aware of their dietary needs when providing them with meals every visit. Taking the time to personally get to know the patients, sometimes even using Spanish or French to speak to them, made it seem as though they had a slightly more enjoyable experience in their lives with their illnesses."
For an additional extra-curricular academic pursuit, Yasmine joined the Commissioner's Academic Challenge, described on their web site as "a highly academic statewide high school tournament inaugurated in 1986. The districts are placed in three divisions based on the fall FTE summary provided by the Florida Department of Education. Each team consists of six members (a maximum of four players during each of the three rounds and two alternates) and a coach. A maximum of six teams may compete in one competition round. This is not a quick response, "Trivial Pursuit" contest. Instead, it is a slower-paced tournament in which players are asked questions from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the fine arts, world languages (French and Spanish) physical education, health, and technology. The questions are written by educators from high schools throughout the state."
In her Junior year, she began to work as a Teaching Assistant for a math course at FAU. "Helping out my peers was a fulfilling experience and something I will continue to do this semester as a chemistry TA. I also took the PSAT, and because of the extensive training courses provided to us at FAU High, I received National Merit Semi-Finalist designation along with many of my peers."  Additionally, recognizing the importance of undergraduate research, she told us she was fortunate to "join a lab on campus focusing on the use of fruit fly models to look at the effectiveness of treatments for different disorders, as well as the overall study of neurological mechanisms. I still have much to learn regarding many of the techniques in the lab, but having the chance to work with such amazing equipment and impactful topics is an opportunity no other program can offer."
Yasmine also told us about her opportunity to speak with Colonel Anne McClain, an astronaut currently in the International Space Station, as part of a research project regarding the effects of space travel on the human body's natural clock, the circadian cycle. Concluding her story, Yasmine heaped praise on the FAU HS staff and program: "Overall, none of this could have been done without the support system I was given at FAU and FAU High, something I will always be very grateful for. The 200+ hours of volunteer work, the long list of diverse clubs I participated in, the skills to reach out to research mentors and faculty are all thanks to those who have mentored me along the way."  FAU HS Associate Director David Kelly and FAU HS Assistant Principal Christine Rick, also in attendance at the event, appreciated the praise.
Yasmine thanked our Rotary club for the great honor and encouragement in her career pursuit when President Susan Meister and Chair Sam Khazem presented the certificate of honor and invitation to the annual FAU HS Rotary Scholar Gala at Maggiano's May 4, 2020, 6 pm.
1-6-2020 Visitors and Guests
Past President Bernard Featherman brought his son Andrew as his guest again.  Great to see you again Andrew, It's always nice to see you when your down here visiting with your dad.
We were fortunate to have Joshua Cohen, Ophthalmologist, visit us from the Downtown Boca Raton club.  Welcome Joshua, we hope to see you again soon. We always enjoy visits from members of the Downtown Boca Raton club.
Rotary Boca Raton Downtown Library Appeal
Rotary Boca Raton Downtown has embarked on a project to help the Friends of Library Book Store, and they have suggested that other Boca Rotary clubs may want to participate as well.  Here is their announcement:
The Friends of the Boca Raton Library Book Store is collecting books for resale!   Friday the 17th at 2:00pm we will be delivering slightly used novels, self-help, children’s books etc. to the Downtown Library. ( No text books, encyclopedias, magazines)  What a great project for all the Boca Rotaries to be involved with.  Please reach out to your members and join us in giving books to the Book Store.   If you are unable to meet at the Library on Friday, I can come by to collect them at your next meeting or you are welcome to drop them at our next meeting at noon on the 17th at the Renaissance Hotel.  I believe we’ll be doing this often and on throughout the year and will keep you in the loop!
Our club contact is Fred Licata, Downtown contact is Marilyn Wilson.
Testimonial Luncheon April 4, 2020
On Saturday, April 4, 2020 our Rotary Boca Raton Sunset club will host a Testimonial Luncheon for PDG Steve Laine. The luncheon will occur at Maggiano's from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM.
PDG Charlie Bromberg is chairman for a special testimonial luncheon and he is asking for early reservations as soon as possible: cost for members is $30.00, guests are $50:00.  Capacity is limited so early response is encouraged.
There will also be an opportunity to send congratulatory messages in a Tribute Booklet; please contact Brian Stenberg for information. All profits will be donated to Guatemala Tomorrow, a Rotary project that holds very special meaning to Steve.
RI and Toastmaster International Relationship
Some good and exciting news: Rotary International and Toastmasters International are working together to provide our members with even more opportunities for personal and professional growth.  RI President Mark Daniel Maloney is encouraging our Rotary club to join in supporting this alliance in our community. We can start by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, or visiting a local Toastmasters club.
We can also invite members of Toastmasters to visit our club and learn more about Rotary. We can also consider meeting with members of the local Toastmasters club to explore opportunities to collaborate, participate in a service activity, or speak at our club.
Upcoming Speakers
Jan 13, 2020
Featured Rotarian
Jan 20, 2020
Past Speakers
Jan 06, 2020
Dec 30, 2019
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Upcoming Events
Featured Rotarian
Jan 13, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Board Meeting after Weekly Meeting
Jan 13, 2020
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MLK Day - no meeting
Jan 20, 2020
WASH Project Planning
Jan 27, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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