Next Meeting & Other Stories
No Meeting - MLK Day
January 21, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created to celebrate the life and work of the Civil Rights Era leader.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.  The first year that all 50 states recognized the holiday was in 2000.
Inspired by the work of Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr also encouraged peaceful protest regarding class oppression and maltreatment.  His stance of non-violence has helped to shape the way movements have been structured around the world.  One international city that observes Dr. King's day is Toronto, Canada.
In addition to his work in civil rights, Dr. King also spoke up for the disadvantaged and impoverished.  In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed federal legislation that transformed the holiday into the Martin Luther King Day of Service.  People are encouraged to volunteer in honor of Dr. King.
Rotary Motto: Service Above Self
Rotary unites more than a million people in service: together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
A Rotary Cause: Promoting Peace
Rotary fosters understanding across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.  Rotary Action Groups and Rotary Fellowships encourage international bonds that help develop partnerships among Rotary clubs around the world to solve problems through cooperation and mutual respect and understanding.
A Rotary Cause: Fighting Disease
We are resolved to rid the world of polio forever (only a few cases remain in a couple of countries).  We also educate and equip communities to stop other diseases and expand access to health care.
A Rotary Cause: Providing Clean Water
We help bring sustainable clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away.  For example, five clubs in USA, France, UK, and Nepal work together to provide filters for clean water to drink in remote and impoverished locations such as mountain villages in Nepal, then follow up with training and support to develop community responsibility to maintain the filter systems.
Community Based Rotaract - Gail Ambrose
PDG Phil Lustig introduced Gail Ambrose by describing the opportunity for our club to sponsor a community based Rotaract club and the need for determining true club commitment prior to embarking on the project.
Gail is a retired music educator and a relatively new member of our club with much enthusiasm and the good fortune of being able to accompany PDG Phil on many of his Rotary district and zone activities.  During these occasions, Gail has learned about the value and process for developing Rotaract clubs so she shared some of that with us.
Rotaract Clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in their community, develop leadership and professional skills and have fun through service.  In communities worldwide, Rotary and Rotaract members work side by side to take action through service.

Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club, manage their own funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects aligned with causes important to their communities and themselves.
Rotary club sponsors offer guidance and support and work with clubs as partners in service.  As a Rotary club project, starting and supporting a Rotaract club requires minimal funds, but a significant amount of personal commitment of time and mentoring support.  The initial expenses provide meeting equipment, and modest expenses for initial subscriptions to Rotary magazine and perhaps refreshments for a couple of organizing meetings. 
As previously mentioned, once the initial organization is accomplished, the Rotaract club operates on its own without further funding from the sponsoring Rotary club.  However, the sponsoring club has an obligation to provide continuing mentoring and guidance with advice and encouragement as well as fellowship and enthusiasm.
The presentation engendered much discussion and genuine concern for having a better understanding of both budget and commitment consequence.  There was clear recognition of the potential for gaining Rotary members for our club as Rotaract members matured, however there was also stark recognition of poor results in that area with prior Rotaract experiences that were college and university based. 
Ultimately, club Secretary Jerry Leitherer asked for a show of willingness to participate in a committee to further investigate and provide an action proposal to the board; about a third of the club responded positively, so Gail has an opportunity to pursue this project further, very exciting!  Thanks for your enthusiasm and service Gail!
Rotary Guest - 1-14-2019
PDG Steve Laine introduced Brian Stenberg, Vice President of The Greenfield Group, Inc. and Greenfield Properties, Inc.  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 meeting you and we hope to see you again soon!
Events Jan-Jun 2019

Nearing Activities & Events

December 1, 2018 through February 9, 2019: Essay Contest as part of Dictionary Project, December distribution, Essay Contest February 9th. Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunset, Rotary Club of  Boca Raton Sunrise and Rotary Club Of Boca Raton West.
2018-19 Speaker Schedule
Jan 21  No Meeting - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 28  Michelle Parlo - Stem Cell Therapy
Feb  4   FAU HS Rotary Scholar for February 
Feb 11  Stress-less Success - Janet McKee
Feb 18  No Meeting - Presidents Day
Feb 25  Local NPC - Chelsea Carter
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TRF Co-Chair, Director
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