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Next Meeting & Other Stories
FAU HS January Rotary Scholar Yasmine Zerrouki
During our weekly meeting Monday, 1/6/2020, we will honor 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. 
 
We expect Yasmine will tell us a little about her dual enrollment studies with FAU HS and FAU as well as her experience and many hours of community service activities.  Happy New Year!
Featured Rotarian for December 2019 Stan Newman
During our meeting December 16, 2019, we recognized Stanley Newman as our Featured Rotarian for December 2019. Stan has been Crossword Editor for the Long Island newspaper Newsday since 1988.  He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brooklyn College, and received an M.S. from Rutgers.  Previously a college teacher and Wall Street bond analyst. Stan won the first US Open Crossword Championship in 1982, and started a crossword newsletter soon thereafter.  
 
As our featured Rotarian, Stan revealed a few personal stories we had not previously heard; he did this as he focused on the topic of mental exercise.  Stan mentioned that mental exercise is important to us as a means of maintaining mental acuity as we age. He pointed out that the etymology of the word exercise suggests that it emanates from or is closely related to the term exert leading him to declare that mundane activities are not truly mental exercise, rather it is necessary to press outside the norm, such as tying one's shoes, and exert one's mind by challenging one's thought process.
 
As an example he related an experience he had at a convention in Croatia when the first dinner was served with empty glasses and he was told that drinks (including water) were not included and required an extra charge.  This seemed unacceptable to him so he assessed his situation with "mental exercise" to discover an alternative option without additional expense.  He and a couple of co-conspirators noticed a "free" fruit bar and decided to use a few oranges to squeeze their own orange juice in one of the glasses and gather a few ice cubes (used to keep the fruit cool) in another glass to permit melting for water.  The following evening dinner was served with pitchers of water at each table.
 
Some of the key elements he identified as important to mental exercise include: observing, listening, and applying imagination.  He asserted that it is similar to methods used for initiating conversation in a strange environment with unfamiliar people. To practice mental exercise, or work out, one can pretend in thought to create imaginary situations to practice mental exercise using observation, listening, and imagination.  This type of mental exercise is similar to going to the gym to work out, accomplishing a physical exercise.  Stan provided several other entertaining stories to emphasize and clarify mental exercise methods.  Now we can shape up!
 
Stan began his crossword career after being ''involuntarily retired'' from Wall Street after the 1987 crash, Stan plunged into crosswords full-time, as a puzzle creator, editor, publisher, syndicator, and mail-order bookseller. Today, the Newsday Crossword is syndicated worldwide to over 200 newspapers. As a puzzle creator, Stan's work has appeared regularly in Prevention, People, Sport and Business Week magazines. And he holds the world's record for the fastest completion of a New York Times crossword: 2 minutes, 14 seconds.  For him mental exercise continues to pay! 
 
Great presentation great feature. Thanks for the wisdom and entertainment, Stan! 
Annual Elections Meeting and Holiday Party
Our Annual Meeting for Election of Officers took place during our Holiday Party December 9, 2019.  The slate provided by our Nominating Committee and approved by our Board had been presented to the membership for review and additional nominations during November.  With no other nominations suggested, the Officers nominated were as follows:
 
Automatic rollover, elected last fiscal year
Immediate Past President 20-21 Sue Meister
President 20-21 Fred Licata
2019 Nominations
Membership 20-21, President 21-22 Lupe Eyde
Treasurer 20-21 Brian Stenberg
Executive Secretary 20-21 John Ross
Secretary 20-21 Dan Singh
Sgt at Arms 20-21 Steve Perman
Director Projects 20-21 Jerry Leitherer
 
With no further nominations and without objection a single vote of acclamation was cast to officially elect the slate.
 
The party was hosted at Chalfonte South Tower, 550 S Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton by club Immediate Past President Ana Londono with dinner provided by club thanks to President Elect Fred Licata.  
Speakers
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Jan 06, 2020
FAU HS Rotary Scholar
Jan 13, 2020
Featured Rotarian
Jan 20, 2020
MLK Day
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Dec 30, 2019
Dec 23, 2019
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Maggiano's
Jan 13, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
 
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Jan 13, 2020
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MLK Day - no meeting
Jan 20, 2020
 
WASH Project Planning
Jan 27, 2020
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