ROTARY CLUB OF BOCA RATON
WEDNESDAY, November 18th, 2015
Club President Spencer Siegel called the meeting to order.
Ken Davis gave a heartfelt invocation stressing the important of prayers for the victims of violence in Paris and around the world
im Gavrilos, Neil Haynie, Club President Spencer Siegel and Sargent at Arms Ken Samu proudly singing God Bless America to kick off our meeting.
- Many thanks to Gabi Aleksinko, who works with Diane Shawcross as a Developmental Specialist at Florence Fuller for singing to us and leading the children in song as well as Rotaractor Josh McCann (mentored by Julie Vianale and Henry Ferguson – lucky guy!)
- Yaacov Heller’s wife Sue is happy that hubby is recovering from a retinal tear.
- Debbie Davis is happy that the Pizza with a Purpose fundraiser was a GREAT success at Boca Helping Hands raising more than six thousand dollars for the “Bed’s and Med’s” Tanzania project.
- Pat McCarthy has been very busy rounding up hotel stays and family stay-cations for OPAL; she has contacted thirty- three properties and is hoping for Club input should you know of any contacts please let her know. Personal contacts can become important Community Partners!
- Josh Hite is happy to announce his weekly newsletter is now linked to Facebook.
- Prospective new member Lee Tannenbaum is excited to become a member and let us know he is a big time rock and roller J
- Dennis Frisch asked for our prayers; his Son lost a dear friend in the Ohio plane crash and may be reaching out to us for help with the family.
- Ken Davis is happy to be delivering a new washer and dryer, flat screen TV from Mike Gora and getting ready for the impact windows to be installed at the Cat Island Orphanage.
- Craig Davis is ready to be the first to visit our dear Rick Zimmer who is having hip replacement surgery.
- Many thanks to the Club members who have gone to visit Rick. His surgery went well and he is on the way back to a full recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers.
- Doug Mummaw is very happy that eleven new scholars showed up at PBSC’s Rotaract meeting; theme for OPAL 2016 is Rotarators Next Generation of Community Servants.
Club Member, Diane Shawcross, of Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc., was an outstanding Guest Speaker on 11/18/2015.
M.B.A., Development Director
Ms. Shawcross was born and raised in Longmeadow, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Boston University and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from New York University
History & Mission
For more than 40 years, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers has provided children a pathway out of poverty, inspiring them to make local and global differences through the use of their education.
It all started with two women’s passion for education and their vision to give children living in poverty the same educational opportunities as their more affluent peers. In 1971, Dorothy Fleegler and Frances Cohen sought out assistance from James and Florence Fuller, and so began the legacy of what is now known as Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.
Today we have grown from 22 children to serving more than 700 children a year across two campuses in east Boca Raton and the more rural west Boca Raton. Our purpose is to make a positive difference in the lives of children from economically challenged families with the goal of preparing children for a lifetime commitment to learning while empowering their families to build a brighter future. Our objective is to improve a student’s academic performance to increase the rate of school promotions to the next grade level.
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children realize their full potential both socially and academically, by giving them the tools and skills they need to start school on par with their more advantaged peers. We believe every child should have the chance to learn, grow, and experience success in school and life regardless of their ability to pay.
Making a difference through education for economically challenged children and families to build a positive future in our community.
Striving for excellence as a progressive child and family center while being the catalyst for change that positively impacts our community at large.
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. For the school age child, we offer afterschool and school holiday programs as well as summer camps. Comprehensive support services for children from 6 weeks to 5 years include a food program providing two-thirds of the children’s nutritional needs, and medical screenings.
East Campus and Administrative Offices
200 NE 14th Street
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: (561) 391-7274
Fax: (561) 391-6641
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Rotaractor Josh McCann, songbird Gabi Aleksinko and Diane Shawcross
The ADORABLE kids of the Florence Fuller Child Development Center dazzled us with their singing performance along with their Teachers!
The four and five year old students of the Florence Fuller Child Development Center posing with Diane Shawcross, and their teachers, after their incredible performance.
The successes of the program in 2014 largely due to the help of those who supported the Centers.
At this time of the year, it is important to stop and give thanks for all that we have. At The Dictionary Project, we are truly thankful for all of the sponsors who have given their time and resources to ensure that students in their communities have received a dictionary, a tool that will help the students succeed in their education and ultimately, in their lives. In the twenty years since The Dictionary Project began, over 26,000,000 students have received the gift of a dictionary from people in their community who want students to excel. The Dictionary Project could not have reached so many students without the support of its sponsors - organizations, businesses, schools and individuals - with their unique contributions
Propel Learning Hub Marchitello Christmas Dinner, Saturday, December 5th, see below excerpt from Chuck's latest e-mail on the Party.
The Party will start at 5:30 PM at the new learning Hub on Saturday evening consisting of a Italian feast for the kids, and all of the volunteers who have helped make the new center a success.
I plan on starting the cooking at my house around 8:30 AM Saturday, December 5th, located at 5220 NE 26th Ave Lighthouse Point, FL 33064. I will have multiple stations set up in the 2 x kitchens and will need about 10-12 volunteers who would like to help with the food prep and prepare all of the food to have ready to bring to the center at around 4:00 PM Saturday. From there we will need to do the final heating and set up for about 110 guests.
I had planned on giving each student of PROPEL a $50 American Express gift card. But thankfully I was able to raise almost enough money to give each student $100 gift card. I am short about $700 and I know that a few of our Rotarians offered to donate to this event. To make it simple if the money is given to Rotary (checks payable to Boca Raton Rotary Fund) I can just purchase the gift cards directly from my account and just bill Rotary for the amount given. Please contact Chuck directly for more details!
Keep on the lookout for:
- FUTURE STARS - Auditions for our Club’s 13th Annual Future Stars Performing Arts Competition will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Pine Crest School’s Boca Raton campus. The deadline to submit an audition application is December 2, 2015. We will also need volunteers for the audition. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, December 12th and plan to spend time at the audition being AMAZED by all the talented young students.
- CAT ISLAND ORPHANAGE IMPACT WINDOWS UPDATE - See e-mail sent by Ken Davis on 11/12/15 for specific details. In summary, the final figures are in for the bid work to be complete and the job is expected to be executed in January, 2015. The Children's home has 3 vehicles and all were provided by our RCBR!
- The 45th Annual Holiday Street Parade is on Wednesday, December 2nd, at 7:30pm. There will be a RCBR float and we would like to see everyone come out and enjoy the parade!
Upcoming Speakers and Events:
November 25th - Club Assembly
December 2nd - Lorraine Marks/Florida Intergenerational Orchestra
December 2nd - City of Boca Raton Holiday Parade
December 16th - Club Holiday Party - Via Mizner Country Club
December 23rd - Club Assembly
December 30th - Club Assembly
- For more information, please visit our website at www.rotaryclubbocaraton.com