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Welcome to The Rotary Club of Boca Raton

Welcome to our Club!

Boca Raton

Changing Lives Building Futures

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Via Mizner Country Club
6200 Boca Del Mar Dr
Boca Raton, FL  33433
United States
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 August 24th, 2016, NEWSLETTER


Club President Rachel Huerta kicks off the meeting.


Jim Gavrilos gave a heartfelt and moving Invocation and lead the Pledge to Allegiance.

Rachel introduced guests Bari Aronson with Twin Palms Center for the Disabled.  Robin Siegal, President of Congregation Bnai Israel.  Chelsea Platas, March of Dimes Development Director. Katie Coz, Project Coordinator with LF of America. Marc Desinat – DJ Mickey Valentine and Filmmakers Linda Conley and Joel Kaplan.


RCBR Club Member, Chuck Marchitello gave a wonderful craft talk on selecting contractors and useful tips for homeowners!  
RCBR Club Member Bob Buruchian and friends
Past RCBR Club President Spencer Siegel hit the JACKPOT on the 50/50 on August 17th! 
Member Birthdays
Claudia DuBois  Aug 03
Mark DePalmer  Aug 04
Silva Alexandrov  Aug 06
Ken Samu  Aug 06
John Phillips  Aug 11
David Parker Aug 15
Abby Ehrman-Klayman Aug 21
Kris Klemetsmo  Aug 21
Julie Vianale  Aug 21
Alexis Hauser, PHR  Aug 25
Wendy Kupfer  Aug 28
Ken Davis  Aug 30
Doug Mummaw  Aug 30
Spouse Birthdays
Shelly  ( Joshua Hite) Aug 15
Ali  (Robert Sclafani) Aug 21
Rachel and Jody Huerta 6 years Aug 07 2010
Scott and Patty Leitner 33 years Aug 10 1983
Art and Doris Condill 47 years Aug 16 1969
Date Joined Rotary
Mike Massarella  7 years  
Jeffrey Hecht 3 years  
Art Polacheck  3 years  
Doug Mummaw  10 years  
Alexis Hauser, PHR 1 Year 
Neil Haynie  1 Year  
Rotary Moments
  • Alecia Kerry won the 50/50 but did not pick the King of Clubs – the kitty lives on with $375.00
  • The Rotary International Convention will be held in June of 2017 in Atlanta and early registration is encouraged.   Arrangements are being made for hotel accommodations to be blocked.
  • Sima Savigliano raised $130.00 in Dennis Frisch campaign funds by donating proceeds from her haircuts last Monday!
  • Neil Haynie recognized visiting Rotarian Vanessa Havener who recently moved to Boca Raton from Alexandra, VA. She is married to a pilot, has two children and has been a Rotarian since 1999.
  • Avery Yudien had a challenge finding his sea legs after a brew or two and ended up in an ambulance to the hospital!
  • Silva Alexandrov is back from travels celebrating her Birthday.
  • Chuck Marchitello introduced his beautiful Wife Nancy.
  • Spencer and family enjoyed a Keys weekend until everyone got sick and made a beeline home to see Rachel for the cure J
  • Dana Goldberg shared that her Mentee is a Math tutor should anyone need her services.
  • Much kidding about Neil Saffer’s garage nearing completion after months of work by CJM.
  • Don Londeree handed out Dennis Frisch for Parks and Recreation re-election brochures and business cards with request to hand them out to everyone you know and drop at places of local business.
  • Thoughts and prayers for Abby Ehrman-Klayman recovering from spinal surgery.

Boca Helping Hands
10th Annual Bowling for Bread Event 

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Strikes @ Boca Raton
Upcoming Speakers and Events:
August 31st - Jeff Shavitz


CJM Construction, Inc. was founded in 1998, by Charles (“Chuck”) J. Marchitello, Jr., a 33 year resident of the City of Lighthouse Point, Florida. Chuck has strong family ties to the City of Lighthouse Point; he brings his strong family values to his company and enjoys giving back to his community.  Chuck serves as Vice President of Propel, People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership to support the educational achievement and leadership development of the area’s less fortunate youth. Most of the children who receive guidance live in Dixie Manor, Pearl City, inner city Deerfield Beach, and in Section 8 housing throughout the area.  Chuck heads fund raising campaigns that include golf tournaments, the 6th Annual Fine Wines & Canine’s on April 23th, 2015 at Royal Palm Place in downtown Boca Raton, and toy drive at Christmas.

Chuck and several of our sub-contractors are involved with a severely disabled child’s home renovation.  He has partnered with our subs to donate time and materials to improve the quality of her life.  CJM constructed a new therapy pool with a chair lift so she can receive aquatic physical therapy, remodeled her private bathroom, bedroom, and are providing the “fun” stuff a teenager needs to enjoy life.  Having limited use of her extremities, we have installed several devices that work via smart phone remote control, which she has mastered and has a great outlook for the future. 

In his professional field, Chuck works with several architects, engineers, and designers that continue to refer quality projects to CJM Construction, Inc.  With many multi-talented field supervisors, our jobsites are professionally maintained with safety as the first concern.  As a result of the 2005 Hurricane Wilma Disaster, CJM’s Construction, Inc was in charge of one of the largest debris removal and recovery projects in South Florida, supervising over 200 workers and restoring housing for approximately 5,000 local residences of Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach. CJM’s Construction, Inc owns and operates headquarters in a 3,500 square foot, category 5 office/warehouse building, equipped with long term generator power to sustain uninterrupted business in the event of a local disaster.   

Top Questions You  Should Ask Any  Contractor Prior To  Signing The Contract

If this is the answer to  your Questions, THERE IS A PROBLEM

•What’s the company’s address and full name?
•What’s your workmanship warranty?
•Did the contractor perform his work in a timely manner?
•When asked for changes and info, was he responsive?
•Did you feel he acted in your best interest?
•Can you call the contractor trustworthy?
•How many years have you been in business?

•What's your track record for dealing with client complants?

•Is the company insured?


•The amount of the insurance coverage depends on the size  and scope of the project
•The state requires that any contractor with a state license  must carry $300,000 minimum coverage per occurrence
•Request a certificate of insurance
•which has your name and address on it
•directly from the insurance carrier
•Also ask to have the policy name you or property owner as  an additional insured
Web Sites to Qualify Contractors
Is the company a credentialed or licensed contractor?
•Use the following website to look up your contractor to ensure they are a  registered Florida Contractor
•Use the following website to see if the contractor is Licensed to perform the  work they are representing.
•Use the following website to see if the contractor has had and past complaints  against them to perform the work they are representing.
Choose Your Contractor Carefully!
•No other decision will have a greater impact on the success

or failure of your project

•Great plans, contracts, and construction documents cannot  get good work from someone lacking in skill or integrity
•Find someone whom you can trust and feel comfortable

working with

•If you have to pay a little extra to hire the right person, you  won’t regret it
•The savings from hiring the low bidder often evaporate as the  job progresses
Questions to Ask a General Contractor
•How many jobs like this have you completed?
•What is the average square-foot cost for this type of job?
•Who will supervise the construction on site? Who will I be working with  once the construction begins?
•What work will your own employees perform (as opposed to subs)?
•How do you prefer to work: competitive bid, cost-plus, negotiated price,  or something other?
•What is your company’s greatest strength?
•(For remodeling): What efforts do you take to keep the job site clean and  safe for children, and to keep dust out of the living quarters?
General contractors Responsibility
•Estimating and bidding the project
•Negotiating a contract with the owner
•Hiring and negotiating contracts with subcontractors
•Obtaining the necessary permits and scheduling inspections
•Establishing a payment schedule based on work progress
•Disbursing money to subs and material suppliers
•Creating a schedule for workers, subs, and deliveries
•Negotiating material prices and ordering materials
•Interpreting the plans and specifications

•Supervising and coordinating the work of employees and subs

•Troubleshooting job-site problems

Managing the Subcontractors

  • Like the conductor of an orchestra making sure each section comes at the right  time.  Lots of energy goes into managing the subcontractors
  • In general, smaller companies rely more on staff carpenters and larger companies  rely more on subcontractors to get the work done
  • Nearly all companies use subcontractors for the mechanical trades such as plumbing  and electrical, and most use subs for excavation and foundation work, roofing,  drywall, and painting
  • On smaller jobs, they may do some or all of this work with their own crew members.
  • A good contractor has good relationships with competent and reliable subs
  • That means the subs will show up when needed and do good work with minimal  supervision
  • They know what level of work the contractor expects
  • they know they’ll get paid promptly, and they know that the job will be ready for them when they show up
Portfolio and References
•To get a better idea about the contractor’s quality of work find out if they

have a gallery or portfolio of their past jobs

•The contractor should provide you high-quality pictures of its crew

actually working on various projects

•Ask for recent references from the contractor--and follow up on them,  Communications is also very important
•Pay attention to how quickly the contractor returns your phone calls and

answers your questions

•When the contractor arrives for the initial appointment, they should

dress professionally and be on time


If you contract a Painting crew

and see this!

You have the wrong Contractor!

Ask For Referrals


•Talk to your family, friends, and associates who have had

painting project completed

•They represent one of the best ways to find a painting

contractor in your area who is reliable

•Local paint supplies stores, such as Benjamin Moore,

Sherwin-Williams can also provide you a list of trustworthy  painting contractors


Hire and Experienced Contractor

•The field tends to have a high turnover rate

•Find out how long the painting contractor has been in  business
•Hire a contractor who has been in business for at least two  years
•An established painting contractor should employ

professional painters and own its equipment and vehicles

Plumbing Must Knows
•Most emergency calls can be handled by homeowner and wait till normal  business hrs. to avoid unnecessary cost
•Locate and know where the main water shut off is to the home,
•Test that valve closes and shuts home down completely 1x a year
•Check regularly that all shut off valves under sinks close properly
•Ensure that all outside cleanouts are exposed and located
•Have a plumbing contractor with 24 hr service on hand prior to an incident
•Have a plunger located in the home and know how to use
•Check that the water heater is set to the proper temperature in home 120F
Mechanical Systems
If you contact to have your AC fixed and see this, YES, there is a problem!
•A/C systems last between 10 and 20 years, so you'll probably buy a

new one at some point

•When you replace or install a new A/C unit, there are two costs
•the price of the unit and the price of installation
•Your A/C size is crucial to a comfortable home
•Make sure the central A/C is large enough to cool down your house but  not so large it wastes energy
•A system that is too big for your home will cycle on and off frequently,  consuming electricity and reducing energy efficiency, this will also  create a high humidity issue in the home
•If it's too small, it will not be able to cool your entire home on hot days
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER)
  • Air conditioner efficiency is measured by the and the government  All A/C units have a SEER rating of 14 or higher
  • A rating from 15 to 22 earns an energy-efficient classification
  • Most A/C manufacturers recommend yearly maintenance
  • Failure to maintain your unit may void the warranty. Ask your contractor for details
Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners
•Like conventional central air conditioners, mini-splits use an outside compressor/condenser and  indoor air handling units
•The difference is that each room or zone to be cooled has its own air handler
•Each indoor unit is connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit carrying the power and refrigerant  lines
•Indoor units are typically mounted on the wall or ceiling. By avoiding the use of ductwork, ductless  mini-splits also avoid energy losses associated with central forced-air systems
•Location of air handler
•Location of air filter, this should be changes every 45 days under normal conditions
•Verify location of condensate line
•Flush condensate lines every 60 days with 1/2 cup of bleach and follow with 2 cups of


•Spray your outside condenser with a garden hose every 6 months to clean coils
•Install a programmable thermostat
•Check the battery first on thermostat if system fails
•If ac fails check breaker box first, then check, outside condenser breaker. Last try to  reset the breaker on the ac unit itself and wait as most units have a 5-minute delay,  sometimes It can take up to 15 minutes, be patient first
•If Ac fails check that condensate overflow has not been tripped, ensure line is clear

and remove the overflow if accessible

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Electrical Systems and Basics - Must Knows


•Your home’s electrical system is a fundamental part of your life, whether you think  about it often or not
•While you need an experienced electrician to deal with serious problems that may

come up, it is always helpful to have a good grasp on electrical wiring basics in your  home

•If you take some time to learn just a little about the wiring in your house, it will help

you self-diagnose problems.


•Turn off the electrical breaker to the room where you are working
•Tape off the switch so it is not turned on while you are working
•Check any exposed wires with a non-contact voltmeter
•Notify others that you are working on the electricity
Line Voltages
•Knowing electrical wiring basics includes understanding voltages coming into your house
•In the United States, your home probably has two hot wires coming in, and one neutral  line
•This provides 120 volts when using one hot line and the neutral line, and 240 when  using

both hot lines

•Solid copper wires are the most efficient conductors of electricity
•Be sure to use wires that are large enough for the amperage rating of the circuit
•A wire that's too small may become dangerously hot
•When you replace a wall switch (or an outlet), be sure the rating of the new device matches  the circuit where it'll go.
•Specifically, look for two numbers -- the amperage rating and the voltage rating -- which  you'll find stamped on the back or strap. Standard switches and outlets are rated at 15A  and 125V (but voltage ratings of 100, 120, and 125 are considered to be one and the same)
•Ask for Referrals
•Ask Questions before you sign
•Check References
•Work closely with your (GC) GENERAL CONTRACTOR
•Hire Experienced Contractors
•Choose your contractor carefully
•Be familiar with your home and know where all your safety

shut off’s are in case of emergency




Aug 31, 2016
Jeff Shavitz
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