It was great to get out with the Club and help apply gold leaf, match up intricate wood pieces, and help with cleanup at the Temple of Time. A Temple being built to help heal all communities effected by violence.
The members of our Club were honored to install 17 Bald Cypress Trees around the lake at the City Hall complex in Coconut Creek. Originally this project was conceived back in 2017 to be a ‘one tree per club member’ installation. After the MSD shooting our club chose to plant these trees in honor of those 17 lives that were cut short on that fateful Valentines Day. Our hope is that some measure of solace and beauty may be restored to the community as these trees grow and blossom. We had a great turn out and even though not all of our club members could attend this was truly a ‘all hands on deck’ project as there was much planning and some fund raising that went on to see this project to its completion. The members of ‘The Creek’ as we affectionately call ourselves are a fun-loving group of local business and community leaders (or leaders-to-be) that seek out Service projects that are in line with Rotary Internationals motto of ‘Service Above Self’.
I joined Rotary to make some contacts and meet business leaders in my community. I quickly discovered that while relationships are formed and business does transpire within a Rotary Club, the Service and Fellowship aspects are what keep me coming back and drive me to do better.
If you are looking for a spark in your life, and to connect with other good and like minded people locally, then give us a try. We meet every other week and our speakers always have great topics to share. Plus you’ll learn about what it means to be a Rotarian and how our club takes action locally to serve the community and make North Broward a better place to raise our families and earn our business. I hope to see you there.
Nothing is more exciting to a young adult than to spread his/her wings and go to another country and immerse themselves in another culture, away from the familiar surroundings of family and friends. Nothing could be more nerve racking than putting your child on a plane and trust a family to take care of your child and keep them safe. Host families become nervous and excited about caring for a child and helping that child navigate through a new school, new foods, and the host parents extended families.
The Rotary of Coconut Creek received an honor and blessing like no other. On Sunday, January 10th, 2016, the Club received an email from Keith and Laura Royle (Host Parents) that Aya’s family from Brazil were coming over to visit and invited the members to come and meet them. What ensued was short of amazing!
Aya comes from an impressive Rotary lineage. Her mother, Roseli Anzai is a Rotarian from Rotary Club of Sao Paula – Aeroporta (District 4420). Her grandfather, Tim Ussi, is a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Aracatuba (District 4470). Upon meeting the family, it was immediately obvious why Aya is the young lady that she is. We had coffee and desserts and Tim asked David Mountford if we can have a Rotary Meeting, which we did. The team explained to Tim and his wife, Nilce Ussi, the format of our meeting and we discussed the various projects that the Club was working on in 2016. We had our happy dollars exchange and Tim expressed so much gratitude to the Club and Keith and Laura for taking care of Aya. In addition to Aya’s mom and grandparents in attendance were her dad, Wilson Anzai, her Aunt and Uncle Mark and Vivian Ussi and cousin Nolan.
Most of the conversation has to be translated (thank you Aya and Sara Monaghan) but there were no moments of awkwardness, rather the moments that were shared were simple friendship and love because we are all part of this one big amazing family which is Rotary. No language barrier could take away the reasons that brought us all together. The next generation of Rotarians is a responsibility that each and every one of us need to take seriously. This generation is the future and we need to become that solid foundation for them to continue the work that we have started.
So if you needed another reason to make that decision (or New Year Resolutions) to join Rotary, here it is. Make this year the year that you become part of a family that believes together we will leave behind a world free of Polio, and make a difference in the lives of people around the world.
Last night, we had Meghan Balling and Daron Willison from Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program come to our club to tell us about the ongoing danger to our local coral reefs and how we can reverse the damage to these important ecosystems.
The Conservation Program focuses on the reefs just off our coastline from southern Miami-Dade County up through Broward and Palm Beach Counties and to the St. Lucie inlet in Martin County (the rest of the reef stretching down through the Florida keys is protected and managed by the national park system and is seeing some recovery). The Southeast Florida Coral Reefs initiative is bringing together government, citizens and stakeholders to effectuate sound policies that will both protect the reefs from damage and allow access to boaters, divers, recreational fishermen and commercial fisheries.
This reef system, one of the largest barrier reefs in the world at about 350 miles, is crucial to our South Florida way of life by:
Reefs are under attack from hazards such as invasive species, pollution, damage from divers and boats and stress from a rising human population.
How You Can Help:
Read all about Jade Crosby’s upcoming adventure to Japan in the August Issue of Coconut Creek Life. In addition, follow her blog, ryetojapan.tumblr.com.