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Featured Rotarian: Joseph Mirrione
Joe Mirrione grew up on Long Island, listening to the music WCBS-FM, New York’s oldies station.  He became enthralled with the music of the 50s and 60s and, at the age of 15, began a trade publication featuring interviews with artists from the early days of rock and roll.  He was a founding member of the acappella group Younger Dayz, called “one of the best acappella groups of the nineties” by Classic Urban Harmony and voted the Group of the Year in 1994 by the United in Group Harmony Association.  From 2005 to 2011, Joe recorded with and toured with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Terry Johnson & the Flamingos, performing at some of the most prestigious and legendary venues in the world.  To date, Joe’s recordings have been featured on over 20 compilations, played on radio stations around the globe and featured in TV shows.  
 
Over a career spanning 25+ years, Joe has managed artists, been publisher and associate editor of two music publications and released Grammy Award winners’ music on his own record label.  In 2011, he turned his full attention to producing and promoting concert events.  He is the creator and producer of the cabaret series Jazz, Bossa & Blues Live (at the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel) as well as several major concert productions including: Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live (which feature hit recording artists and pioneers from the first decade of rock and roll),  Stars of the Sixties (which feature hit recording artists of the mid to late 60s) and Back to ’76 (which feature soft-rock hit recording artists of the mid 70s).  These productions comprised more than 65 events presented in the 2017-2018 season, in more than 20 different markets around the country.
8-5-2019 Boca Ballroom Battle: Margaret Blume
At our meeting Monday August 5, 2019 we met Margaret Blume, an anticipated participant in the September 20, 2019 Boca Ballroom Battle, which is one of the major fundraisers for the George Snow Scholarship Fund.  She told us a little about the event and what she has been experiencing in preparation for this event, which will pair Fred Astaire Dance Studio pros with Margaret and other local participants in the style of Dancing with the Stars.  
 
Tim Snow, President of George Snow Scholarship Fund accompanied her to provide additional information about the fund, which is dedicated to helping deserving students within the community achieve their career goals through their pursuit of higher education. 
 
Tim told us about his early experiences learning to dance and participating in the opening dance for prior Ballroom Battles, something he would not have believed possible for what he said was a person "with two left feet".  He also reviewed some of the history of the scholarship fund memorializing his father and the beginning of the Boca Ballroom Battle fundraiser.  Since its inception the Fund has awarded over 12 million dollars in educational grants. In the year 2019 alone, the Scholarship Fund awarded over $1,400,000 in scholarships and scholars support services to 150 Snow Scholars. This level of support places the Fund as one of Palm Beach County’s largest sources of educational grants.
 
Both Margaret and Tim said that the experience had developed a new self-confidence, poise, and more relaxed feeling when "on stage" in front of an audience of strangers, acquaintances, and familiar friends doing something never before attempted by them.  Margaret explained that the primary source of the funds developed by this event is the sponsorship obtained by each of the dance contest participants.  As in past Ballroom Battles, net benefit to the scholarship fund is expected to be several hundred thousand dollars. The motivation that ultimately brought them to accept the challenge was the very special scholarship program offered by the George Snow Scholarship Fund. 
 
Tim explained how the scholarship recipients are selected and how the intimate involvement of volunteers in the organization follow up to include the scholars in their "family experience" of support throughout their education and following career.  Tim said more than 70 volunteers participate in the selection process which involves several application evaluation cycles and interviews.  He also explained that the scholarships are not always in the form of tuition, but may be equipment, housing, or other needs as the student pursues higher education.
 
President Sue expressed our club's appreciation for this informative and entertaining presentation with our club pen and a small gift.  We hope the fundraiser is a big success, it certainly got our club interested and enthused.  Some discussion afterward suggested the possibility of working together to expand opportunities to support broader vocational education opportunities, such as home and business maintenance services.
 
Margaret currently volunteers as a Master Gardener and reading tutor for students in elementary school.  She enjoys painting with mixed media and collecting contemporary art.  Her most treasured pastime activities include travel, cycling, tennis, body surfing and spending time at the ocean.  Margaret is the benefactor of The Blume Literacy Center of Palm Beach County, The Blume Tropical Wetland Garden at Mounts Botanical Gardens of Palm Beach County, and the renovation of the Cornell Museum at Old School Square in Delray Beach.  Through her work on these, and numerous other projects, Margaret has been able to share her talent and gifts with others.
8-5-2019 Visitors and Guests
Dr John Strasswimmer, dermatologist and member of Rotary Boca Raton (Wednesday noon) visited us August 5, 2019.  Nice to meet you and hope we'll see you again John.
 
Cyndee Bromberg and Beverley Leitherer accompanied their spouses Charlie and Jerry members of Rotary Boca Raton Sunset.
 
Digna Mejia, Assistant Director, Academics and Community Engagement with FAU was introduced by Sgt at Arms Steve as guest of the club.  Digna has expressed interest in membership and Sam Khazem will be following up.
 
President Sue introduced her guests: Elaine Zimmerman and Ruth Arneson, both of whom Sue hopes enjoyed the club meeting and may have further interest in our club projects.
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Sep 21: Peace Day celebration with FAU. PDG Steve Laine coordinating event.  Rotary International Treasurer expected to speak at FAU campus event and streaming tie-in is planned to unite with annual Nobel Peace Laureate Summit gathering in Merida, Mexico.
 
July 8-Nov 30: 2019 PAL Half Marathon Phase 1 began June 10, 2019 to recruit sponsors for the race.  Second Phase 1 milestone is 10/1/19 for website presence.  Donations benefit Boca PAL and Rotary vocation awards.  Phase 2 begins 9/1/19 to recruit donors for supplies, food, and drink for race day.  Race is scheduled for 11/30/19.
 
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