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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.

Attracting Young Professionals

Our speaker this past week was Michael Walstrom, President of the the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Downtown and the Young Professionals director for District 6930.  He spoke to us about how to appeal and attract younger professionals 25-35 to Rotary and our club.  He emphasized that we should appeal to what's important to them such as networking and communicating on social media.  He also suggested the rule of 35, which allows the younger Rotarians to attend when ever they want, but only pay annual Rotary dues and pay for breakfast one meeting at a time.   These are some ideas our Board of Director's need to consider.
Committee Chairman Stan Civin announced that the Rotary Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, October 19 at the Boca Grove Country Club.  There is a buzz about the new location and members are stepping up to claim the many sponsorship opportunities.  "We need everyone to get involved," Stan said.  "This is going to be a signature event and our largest fundraiser in the first half of the Rotary year." Questions???  Members and sponsors can reach out to Stan or his co-chairman, Norman Matus for information.  Don't miss a chance to be involved in one of the great traditions if our club! 
President Tim Sharp led a spirited conversation with the membership about participation in club events and on club committees.  Tim's goal is to have each member contributing to the overall success of the club in the 2018-2019 year.  "Even if you can only be a part of one committee, service project, or fundraiser, I ask that you get involved," Tim said.  "We need everyone's help this year."  Sign-up sheets were posted in the meeting and members picked their areas of interest.  During the 2018-2019 year, there is truly something for everyone... If you missed the meeting on July 19, be sure to reach out to Tim to find out where you fit in!
Club Director Michael Kridel presented to the membership on how to attract younger members.  Here are some of the highlights from his robust program.

The younger generation likes the concept of social volunteers--do good AND make friends. 
Want a seat at the table but are not sure how to get it, have influence. 
Want their opinion to be valued.
Want to participate in strategic thinking. 
Want face to face contact? First FB, then in person. 

"We are in a good spot here," Michael said.  "Immersion evangelism is part of what distinguishes Rotary.  They want specifics and internet links before they buy in.  Want to be a part of something special and exclusive so Rotary is perfect."

The next generation wants to build communities.  They want to hear stories about making a difference.
 
Want touch points... "Again we are good," Michael said.  "We have websites like Club Runner and RI.org"
Want brand awareness. 
Want to connect with influence. 
Want institutional commitment first, engagement later.
Want something outside of work community. 
Want networking. 
"Pull fundraising" to get them involved rather than "Pushing"
Want technology as a support, not a crutch.
Want websites and Google before they get involved.

"They make decisions differently than prior generations," Michael said.  "They gather data, sit on it, volunteer, then donate money.  We must shorten inaction period.  Get them involved."

Want access to leadership.
Connect with their friends and family.
Don’t like jargon.
Person to person messaging that makes them share with their peers.
Messages must be specific, honest, and clear.

Michael closed with a quote, "If you don’t like change you’re going to like irrelevancy even less."  Gen Eric Shineski.

Fellow club director Erin Garcia backed up Michael’s report with her own personal experiences...
I come from Austin, TX.  The average age in Rotary there was 30.
Uncertainty about finances leads to pause/sit on it.
"The next generation wants people to listen to their ideas," Erin said.  "Give me a chance to talk and be heard."
Look at younger people as if they have something to contribute. 
Authenticity is huge. 
A member of the Austin Rotary Club said, "II need your help," Erin said.   She said, "I need you now."  Mentorship can work if directed the right way.

Peter Gary suggested a lunch and learn at the office.  "Bring in another member to talk," said Peter.  "So it doesn’t come from the boss.  Call it a Serve and Learn." 

 
Congratulations to the DeMello Family!  Hendrik announced the birth of Julia, his new granddaughter.  Julia was born at 7 pounds, 9 ounces.  "Another girl!" Hendrik said.  It is his 4th granddaughter and he has 3 daughters.
 
Ellen Joy Vahab was happy to have her godson at a Rotary meeting, Sam Lesser.  
 
Our 32nd Annual teacher of the Year celebration was held at the Office Depot Headquarters on April 26, 2018.  Over 250 people attended this event that honored and celebrated the accomplishments of twenty two teachers from the greater Boca Raton area elementary, middle and high schools.  During the event we heard from Ms. Jerri Devard, Executive VP & Chief Customer Officer at Office Depot, event co-chairman and school board member Frank Barbieri, School Superintendent, Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II, and a special interview with local US Congressman Ted Deutch.  Each teacher was announced and honored with a short video, awards and a gift bag from our club and Office Depot, a LED Light from LBU Unlimited and a letter from Congressman Deutch announcing that their names will be entered into the permanent record of the US Library of Congress.  
 
2018 Boca Raton Teachers of the Year
CHAYANE OLIVEIRAA.D. HENDERSON SCHOOL 
IRENE GONEDESADDISON MIZNER ES
PATRICIA FUSCOBOCA RATON ES
JAQUA LEWISBOCA RATON HS
KERRY MAIONEBOCA RATON MS
ALEXANDRA MANGOGNACALUSA ES
MEGHAN MOONEYCORAL SUNSET ES 
MELISSA PIERCEDEL PRADO ES
THOMAS SIMONEDON ESTRIDGE HIGH TECH MS
GARY ARONSONEAGLES LANDING MS
JONI WEBSTERHAMMOCK POINTE ES
ROBYN JONES-CROCKETTJ.C. MITCHELL ES
DEBORAH STRAUSLOGGERS RUN MS
SUSAN MALLARDIOLYMPIC HEIGHTS HS
TARA CLAIROMNI MS
JOSEPHINE SALDANASANDPIPER SHORES ES
MARY SHONTYSPANISH RIVER HS
MARCELA MENDOZASUNRISE PARK ES
KATHLEEN LOEFFLERVERDE ES
KAREN RICHARDSWATERS EDGE ES
STEPHANIE STIEPLEMANWEST BOCA HS
DANIELLE ALARCONWHISPERING PINES ES
 
 
What a wonderful turnout we had at our 2018 Boca Raton Teacher of the Year promotional event held at Ouzo Bay in Mizner Park.  A number of teachers, principals, sponsors, underwriters, special guests and Sunrise Rotarians attended and experienced some of the wonderful tastes of Greece and enjoyed the intimate environment the venue offered.  More photos from the event can be found in our photo album.  
 
Be sure to make plans to attend our 32nd Annual Boca Raton Teacher of the Year event on April 26. 2018.  You can purchase tickets or help to support the event by clicking on www.rotarysunriseteacheroftheyear.com.  
Club members were addressed by Jody (the tall one in the photo), who shared his work with the NGO One Ball One Village.  This group raises money, purchases, installs and maintains drinking water treatment facilities in the developing world.  To save locals having to carry 5 gallon buckets of water for up to an hour or more everyday, OBOV can place a well fed, 4 filter system virtually anywhere for a cost of just $1000.
 
This system then can produce 10,000 gallons of clean, bacteria free drinking water a month!
 
To facilitate good will and water system acceptance locally, OBOV also outfits and organizes both boys and girls Soccer leagues (Thus the "One Ball" name reference!).
 
Quoting the startling statistic that 1/3 of the earth's population drinks water that is in some amount contaminated with feces bacteria, the huge health benefit OBOV delivers for such a minimal amount of money is truly inspiring.  
 
Thank you Jody!!
 
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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise!

"Serving Others Starts with Breakfast"

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Renaissance Hotel of Boca Raton
2000 NW 19th St.
Boca Raton, FL  33431
United States
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Lesley Hack, DVM
Sep 27, 2018
Dogs, Cats and the Complexities of Pet Care
Stephanie DeMello Bihr
Oct 11, 2018 7:30 AM
A Rotarian's Daughter Balances the Second Amendment and Common Sense in the Public Sector
Joel Sinulke
Oct 18, 2018 7:30 AM
A Polio Survivor's Perspective on Polio Plus and Wheelchairs in the Wild
 
 
 
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