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During November, Foundation month, we will be providing you each week more information about the Rotary Foundation so you can understand it better and make an informed decision about your contributions.  For more information and make a contribution check out the Rotary Foundation web site or contact Andy Petry, our club Foundation Chairman.  
On November 1, the club held its monthly "First Thursday" happy hour event in lieu of our regular weekly breakfast meeting.  A crowd of 24 members and some spouses gathered for fellowship at Madison's in Boca Raton.  Members celebrated the successful golf tournament and other notable events.  It was a wonderful Rotary evening filled with fellowship and fun.   
One of our honorary members, Ellen Joy Vahab, was awarded her first Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) by President Tim.  
The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Rotary Foundation, but more than that it represents Ellen's passion for helping the youth of our community and her over 25 years of service clearly demonstrating "Service above Self".   
In other news, President Tim shared with the club that there are several ways to get involved globally with Rotary through both Rotary Action Groups and Fellowships.  The list of action groups and fellowships can be found at the above links or by going to the Rotary.org web site. 
Also, he reported that we had a successful golf tournament and that everyone seemed to enjoy the event.  More details will follow after the accounting is completed  
The New York Times recently featured Project Soar’s Director and Co-Founder, Maryam Montague, in The Saturday Profile section. In the feature, Maryam shared her inspiration for starting Project Soar and why she created the feminist apparel and accessories line, Agent GirlPower. My daughter Stephanie has worked with Maryam from the inception of Project Soar, empowering the young girls of Marrakech, and has now spread to some 22 ares in Morocco.  Our own BRSunrise Foundation is in the process of applying for a Global Grant with a host Rotary Club in Morocco.  Check out the article here.
More recently, Project Soar was featured in the MENA region’s news portal, Masrawy. The article talks about our continued work of empowering girls. In addition, the article touches on our goals of expanding in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as an upcoming expansion in Uganda.  Read the full article here.

New Member Sandy Sexton

New member Sandy Sexton was inducted into the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise.  Sandy, a recently retired Speech/Language Pathologist from the Palm Beach County School District is passionate about projects involving Health & Education of Young Children, which fits our club perfectly.  We look forward to Sandy getting involved in our many projects related to children, families and education.  Welcome aboard Sandy! 

Alzheimer's Walk

Bill Miller, member of the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Downtown, shared with us his passion for finding a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.  He is an advocate for the Alzheimer Foundation and encouraged all the Rotary clubs in Boca Raton to participate in the upcoming Alzheimer's Walk at Mizner park scheduled for October 28, 2018.  If all six of the Rotary clubs come together and walk, we may have enough participation to merit our own Rotary tent where we can all promote Rotary.  For more information about his presentation click on the LINK and for further information on how to sign up click on this LINK.
We learned some interesting facts about one of our members Andy Petry - 1) he cannot become a US president because he was born in Peru, 2) he is a tree farmer in Florida and 3) he likes to hunt...but 4) he is NOT learning to fly a single engine aircraft.  Some very important upcoming events include:
  • October 4th - Happy Hour at Madisons in Boca Raton (see Ed Rowan or click on the link for more details)
  • October 6th - FAU vs Old Dominion Football and Tailgate  (see Ed Rowan or click on the link for more details)
  • October 14th - Lynn Rotaract "Hopping 4 a Cure" (see Erin Garcia or click on the link for more details)
  • October 19th - 31st Annual Golf Tournament - Boca Grove Golf & Tennis (see Stan Civin or click on the link for more details)
  • October 20th - Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) - Mae Volen Center, Boca Raton (see Tim Sharp or click on the link for more details)
  • October 28th - Alzheimer's Walk at Mizner Park (see Lea Zinner or click on the link for more details)
For other information presented at the meeting, including Bill Miller's presentation, click on the following link.

Lynn University Rotaract

This past week Lynn Rotaractor Julia Gordon, along with Dr. N'Quavah Velazquez, spoke to us about their upcoming fund raiser called "Hopping 4 a Cure" for Multiple Sclerosis.  Marla Jaffe was also present representing the Hopping 4 a Cure which is a Trademarked, Incorporated,  Full 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Proceeds go toward college scholarships, caregiver support, and alternative medical research..  The event will be held on October 14th at Lynn University and will consist of a series of teams competing in a hopscotch  tournament.  Lynn Rotaract is looking for participants, sponsors and volunteers. Let's pull together our club and help support this important fund raiser for our sponsored Rotaract club.    More information about the organization, including video interviews can be found at Hopping 4 a Cure.

Packaging Over 10,000 Meals for Needy Families

Over 30 Rotarians from the Sunrise, Sunset and West clubs gathered together on Saturday morning at the Boca Raton Downtown Public Library to package up over 10,000 meals for needy families.  It was a great morning of teamwork and fellowship as we worked together to accomplish this in less 2-1/2 hours.  You can see more photos from the event in our photo album and you can read more about it in the article published in the Boca Voice (thank you Marci Shatzman).  
Rise Against Hunger which is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.  Once they determine where the meals will be delivered, they will advise us and we will announce it at an upcoming meeting - so stay tuned! 
Thanks goes out to Charlie Shalmi for again organizing the great community service event and to the presidents of the Sunset (Ana Londono) and West (Angelica Blakney) rotary clubs.
Club Information

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise!

"Serving Others Starts with Breakfast"

Every Thursday, Except the First Thursday, at 7:30 AM
Renaissance Hotel of Boca Raton
2000 NW 19th St.
Boca Raton, FL  33431
United States
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Our club is very proud of how many past presidents are still active in our club. Click on the link to view the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise's past presidents
Upcoming Events
Dr. Jeffrey Morton and Knanh Ton
Nov 15, 2018
Leon Charney Diplomacy Center at FAU and in Israel
Christine Bindert
Nov 29, 2018
Nepal Rotary Project

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