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Our next "First Thursday" fellowship will be at the Aprons Cooking School at the Publix near the Town Center Mall.  Click on the link for more information and be sure to bring in your check for $45 to Ed Rowan made out to the Rotary Club of Boca raton Sunrise ASAP to secure your spot ad this is always a sold out and fun fellowship event.  
Our very own Allison deGregory's fiance' Craig Somner, Principal at West Boca Raton Community High School, was written up and honored in the Boca Raton Magazine.  Congratulations to both Craig and Allison!   
On January 10, 2019, we were happy to welcome back our friend Rodrigo Siqueria.  He is a former Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student who lived with Sandy and Barbara Burkart during his year in Boca Raton.  "I am here to tell you about an experience," he began.  "It was an experience that  changed my life." "I come from Janis a city in Brazil near São Paulo," he said.  "My RYE story brought me here to Spanish River High School and Boca Raton.  Now I am an attorney.  I specialize in civil criminal law and I was married to my wife on 2/24/2018." 


"It all began for me in 2000.  I was looking for exchange program but there was nothing in USA.  I was disappointed and was looking at other opportunities.  But Sandy Burkart stepped in and organized it so I could come here."  "When I arrived, Sandy picked me up at airport and had a party for me," Rodrigo said.  "It was a wonderful way to start."  "There were some challenges, however.  When I first got here, there was no host family.  Then I was introduced to Debbie (Blum) Maners, who was beautiful and amazing to me.  Debbie was a great host Mom.  She was very outgoing and did lots of fun stuff with me and other RYE students." After staying with Debbie, Rodrigo moved to a second host family.  Finally he went back to Sandy and Barb Burkart's home.  
On December 5-9, our club sponsored three students to RYLA.  As in the past, every student comes back with nothing but positive remarks about this life changing event.  As I know through my own kids who went through this Leadership driven weekend, they make life long friendships.  Here are the thank you letters from our student delegates. 
 
 
 
Rotarian Hendrik DeMello organized the purchase, wrapping and delivery of Christmas gift for over 70 local farm worker children.  In addition we purchased dinner hams for the children's families. It was a great opportunity to help out those in our community who are less fortunate and put some smiles on these children's and family's faces.  
 
President Tim reviewed the first half of our 2018-2019 Rotary Year which was jammed pack with a lot of great events: 
  • Starting with the Rotary International Convention In Toronto, Ontario, and then
  • Organizing, conducting and participating in several community service projects and fellowship events,
  • Providing college scholarships to seven students attending FAU, all pursuing education-related degrees
  • Completing one of the most successful golf tournaments,
  • Supporting New Generations such as our Lynn University Rotaract Club and the start of a new Interact Club at West Boca Community High School,
  • Supporting the Rotary Foundation and awarding new and continuing Paul Harris Fellows (PHFs),
  • Supporting youth in our community such as the Youth Activity Center and the Farm Workers Children Center,
  • Helping to fund international projects in Nepal and Jamaica,
  • Providing relief for survivors of hurricanes Florence and Michael, and
  • Electing our new officers and board members for both our club and the Sunrise Foundation - WHEW, THAT'S A LOT IN 6-MONTHS! 
Congratulations to our golf committee and the club for a successful golf tournament held at the beautiful Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club.  With 120 golfers and several volunteers on hand, along with a successful raffle and silent auction, our club netted over $38,000.  And our partner, the Youth Activity Center (YAC) was presented with a check for $19,000 which will go towards the YAC;s mission of providing an enriching, affordable after-school program promoting academic achievement, physical fitness and life skills in a nurturing resource-filled environment. 
Headed up by club Secretary Brennan Rimer, our club distributed dictionaries to over 475 third grade students and their teachers last week at three elementary schools - Hammock Pointe, Sandpiper Shores, and Whispering Pines.  
You can view more photos from the event by clicking on the Photo Album and you can read more in an article written by Rotarian Marci Shatzman at the Boca Voice.  
Again what a great give back to our community by ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in front of K-Mart off Palmetto Park Road these past two Saturdays.  Thank you goes out to the following individuals to taking time out on a Saturday to perform such a great service:
December 8th December 15th
Carlo Barbieri
Charlie Shalmi
Diane Vasic
Ed Rowan
Hendrik DeMello
Jonathon Shepard
Lea Zinner
Michael Kridel
Andy Petry
Barry Mordis
Dan Tublitz
Doyle Dally
Ed Rowan
Erik Covitz
Kris Sudan
Sandy Burkart
 
We are excited to help initiate a new Interact Club at West Boca Community High School starting in the 2019-2020 school year.  Although August 2019 is long way off, we are initiating the planning phase now and be sure to look for more information in the future on how you can get involved...
 
 
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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 of America
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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
 
 
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Speakers
Trivia Pursued
Jan 17, 2019
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Isabella Rowan, MLIS
Jan 24, 2019 7:30 AM
Kenya Library Project
Dr. Marcos de Andrade
Jan 31, 2019
New ideas in healthcare
No meeting
Feb 07, 2019
 
 

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