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7/29/19 WASH Project - Pres Sue Meister
During our meeting July 29, 2019 we will be planning events to increase awareness of Water and Sanitation Health locally and globally.  Rotary International highlights Rotary Action Groups, one of which is WASH and President Sue hopes to bring emphasis to this action group during this Rotary year with events to increase awareness and possibly raise some funds to support the Nepal water filter project.  Let's support Sue with some great ideas and plans for these events.
7-22-19 Boca Raton Water: Chris Helfrich
During our meeting Monday July 22, 2019 Chris Helfrich reviewed current issues involving water in the country and specifically the City of Boca Raton.  He also introduced us to Boca Raton water programs and how they create a resilient and sustainable program for the 130,000 customers: Innovative, Sustainable, Infrastructure Program (iSIP).
 
Chris described how efficiently the Boca Raton water management system is operated, with one of the lowest water and sewer cost and a top bond rating, this makes Boca the pace setter for the county.  He told us that because of the excellent operation and cash position, Boca has begun the iSIP project: an innovative, proactive and collaborative program utilizing technology to assess infrastructure around the utility services for the future. 
 
Prior to telling more about the iSIP project with its broad vision, advanced planning, progressive action and sustainable future, Chris gave us a graphic view of the water and sewer plant, explaining that Boca provides water and sewer services to its customers through more than 1200 miles of pipeline buried between 3 and 22 feet deep with the oldest sections from the 1940s.  As a national comparison, he pointed out that the nation has more than 1.8 million of drinking water pipeline providing about 42 billion gallons of treated water daily. 
 
He went on to compare the funding for transportation infrastructure to water and sanitation infrastructure showing how aviation and highway funding has been relatively steady while water and sanitation funding has steadily diminished, suggesting potential water and sewer issues may bring an ominous future.  This is why Chris believes the Boca iSIP project may provide a valuable model for other districts to prepare for the future.
 
Chris Helfrich is the Utility Services Director for the City of Boca Raton. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Florida State University and an MBA from Florida Atlantic University. He has been in the Utility industry for over 30 yrs and the Utility Director for the last 15 years with the City of Boca Raton. In addition to being an avid Florida State Seminole fan, Chris is a native Floridian, who plays golf, but only on courses that use reclaimed water.  
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Rotary Website Tips - Jerry Leitherer
Using CR (ClubRunner App) members can quickly link to the Club website or easily activate the Google Maps app for driving instructions, effective rerouting, and ETA.
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Nearing Activities & Events

July 8: 2019 PAL Half Marathon Phase 1 began June 10, 2019 to recruit sponsors for the race.  First Phase 1 milestone is 8/1/19 to get logos into the initial racer applications, fliers, and website ads.  Second Phase 1 milestone is 10/1/19 for final racer applications and fliers.  Phase 2 begins 9/1/19 to recruit donors for supplies, food, and drink for race day.  Race is scheduled for 11/30/19.
 
Sep 20: FAU Peace Day celebration.
 
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Past President Lee's Thought for the Week
07/22/2019: "When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself."  attributed to Tecumseh (Native American Shawnee warrior and chief)
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Jul 29, 2019
Water and Sanitation, Health Awareness
Aug 05, 2019
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