Next Meeting & Other Stories
Temporary Meeting Location 4-22-2019
For our next meeting April 22, 2019 we will be meeting at an earlier time (5:30 pm) and a different location, the Duffy's Sports Grill in Boca Raton: 21212 Saint Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL, 33431. This location is near the Town Center at Boca Raton.  From I95 heading west, south (left) on Saint Andrews, Duffy's is on left in shopping plaza just beyond N Verde Trail.  The earlier time is necessary because the private dining area is only available until 7pm.
Our host for the past several years, The Griddle, has closed temporarily for relocation. During the next few weeks, we will be reviewing our meeting location and plans for continuing permanent location. 
4-15&22-19 Contracts Part 1&2 - Michael Robert Flam
During our meeting Monday April 15, 2019 Michael Robert Flam, Attorney and Counselor at Law began to demystify contracts in the first of a two part review; part 2 will be presented Monday April 22, 2019.  Michael has 19 years experience as general counsel for a global manufacturer and as assistant counsel for a national real estate developer. 
Michael told us to be sure to read and understand the contract before it is signed.  Once signed it becomes a binding agreement.  The agreement may be between two parties or multiple parties, and it is important to recognize all who are included and what their participation amounts to.  So be careful what you sign! 
Also recognize that an article defining amendment signifies that there is an intent to permit amending the agreement.  So be sure to understand the conditions and process for amendments that are to some degree anticipated according to the agreement.
Contracts typically involve five key elements: Offer to provide goods or services, acceptance, consideration (compensation), mutual understanding, and legal capacity to bind a party.  When participating and signing, the signators must have appropriate authority to bind the parties regarding the agreement.  Michael emphasized the importance of recognizing these elements and comprehending the documentation describing them.  He provided some examples and then told us how he learned the importance of being terse but complete and clear when scribing the agreement, pointing out that often the more lengthy contracts may be ambiguous leading to opportunity for litigation instead of fulfilment.  
Michael went on to explain several standard terms used in a contract, such as governing law, dispute resolution, entire agreement, assignment, severability, force majeure, insurance, indemnification, and many more, taking much of the mystery out but making clear the importance of selecting a good lawyer and trusting your lawyer before signing.  Michael helped us realize seemingly subtle differences between effects regarding insurance and indemnification.  He also provided some stories helping clarify the importance of recognizing and understanding the extent of parties bound.
This was a superb opportunity to get a better understanding of contracts and Michael's very special skills, knowledge and character.  We are fortunate to learn from him as a member of our club, as well as to have the opportunity to develop closer relationships.  Thank you Michael and we look forward to the second part of this informative review of contracts!
Michael Robert Flam earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; a Juris Doctor from University of Toledo College of Law; and at Boston University Questrom School of Business - Executive Leadership Center, a Mini MBA for In-House Counsel, in conjunction with the Association of Corporate Counsel
FAU HS Interact Club 2019 Induction
As the Interact liaison from our Club, along with Phil Lustig who was not able to attend,  I was honored to attend the FAU High School Interact Induction Ceremony on April 15, 2019. I had an opportunity to speak to the Club members to thank them for their work on many community and international projects this year. They exemplify our motto of “Service Above Self”. The photo above shows the four co-presidents, from left to right, Chloe Joseph, Xiyan Wu, Melanie Caicedo, and Della Levine. I was able to present each of them with Interact President pins.

Phil and I look forward to working with this amazing group of Interactors in the coming year. We are fortunate to have Robin Barkes as the club’s faculty advisor. She does a wonderful job. Just as an aside I am pleased  to see that the Club uses our Affirmation to begin their meetings. A reception followed the ceremony with delicious grilled cheese sandwiches made on site by Robin.

The Club asked me if we could help with their final project of the year. They are having a Back To School Drive to collect school supplies for the Florence Fuller Center to be given  to economically disadvantaged children in the aftercare academic enrichment program. Please bring some school supplies to our next few meetings. This is one way we can show our support for these hopefully future Rotarians. I will be collecting supplies until our May 6 meeting and Phil and I will see that they get to Interact. 
2018-19 Speaker Schedule
Apr 22  Michael Flam - Contracts 2
Apr 29  Club Structure and Operation - Jerry Leitherer
May  6   Club Assembly
May 13  FAU HS Rotary Scholar Gala
Events Jan-Jun 2019

Nearing Activities & Events

April 22: Temporary Location will be the Duffy's Sports Grill in Boca Raton: 21212 Saint Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL, 33431. 
May 13: FAU HS Rotary Scholarships Gala will occur at Maggiano's Little Italy, 21090 Saint Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton.  Sam Khazem and his committee are establishing plans for the event.
May 20: Officer Installation Dinner will occur at Farmer's Table, 1901 N Military Trl, Boca Raton.  Sue Meister and her committee are establishing plans for the event.
Immediate Past President Lee's Thought for the Week
April 15, 2019: "Nothing can stop the man with the  right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."   - attributed to Thomas Jefferson.
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