20 Reasons to Join Rotary Club of Coconut Creek

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.


The Families of Rotary Youth Exchange

IMG_0011The Joining of Families of Rotary Youth Exchange

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.

Saving Our Florida Reefs

reefLast 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:

  • Providing an environment that supports a variety of marine wildlife including fish and seafood for consumption
  • Supporting 70,400 local jobs and producing $8.5 billion in revenue to our region
  • Protecting coastal dwellings and property from hurricanes and storm surges
  • Giving recreational fishermen and divers a beautiful habitat to explore
  • Providing medicines for cancer, HIV and heart disease

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:

Learn more here: http://www.slideshare.net/dawillison/our-florida-reefs-your-voice-our-future


Governor’s Visit, Interact and Youth Exchange

For those of you who did not attend the RCC meeting last night, you are going to wish that you had. The evening started with a visit from District 6990 Governor Larry Herman and Assistant Governor John Deihl. Larry spoke about the Rotarians for Hope initiative and the importance of Club activity.

The Interact Club from North Broward Prep was given a Certificate recognizing the Interact Club. Both Interact President Yash Moondhra, and Vice President Jake Renko were on hand to receive this from the Club.

Making her first for many appearances was Aya, our Youth Exchange Student from Brazil. She introduced herself to the Club and expressed how happy she was to be here and looks forward to sharing time with each of us.

We also had in attendance some good friends from other Rotary clubs in the district and a possible new member. The evening ended with Fellowship with Wings and Beer where everyone just relaxed and enjoyed each others company.

Want to be a part of this? We are easy to follow, just check us out here and on Facebook and Twitter. We have a very exciting year planned with Service Projects and Fund Raisers so book mark us so you do not miss a single event. Be a part of the “Best Kept Secret” in Coconut Creek.

We hope to see you soon.

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Rotary Youth Exchange 2015 The Journey Begins

At 6:15 AM, Host parents, Keith and Laura Royle got in their car and headed to Miami International Airport. No, they were not going on a vacation, they were embarking on a new adventure together as Host parents. Around 7:00 AM, we arrived at the International Gate. Soon the rest of the members from Rotary of Coconut Creek arrived and we all waited what seemed forever for the special individual to get through Customs, with colorful balloons and a big welcome sign. Then a young lady with the most beautiful smile emerged from the steel and glass doors. In one hand a guitar and the other luggage. Our Youth Exchange Student had arrived safely! Juliana (Aya) Anzai, from Brazil is here as an ambassador for her country and will spend her time not only learning about life in the US but will also share with us her culture and language. She will have the opportunity to meet other Youth Exchange Students during her stay. We are extremely proud of Keith and Laura for opening up their homes and their heart and giving the Club the opportunity to be a part of what others who have walked in their shoes before call a life changing experience.

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Guest Speaker – Justine Morgan – Equine Assisted Therapies of Florida

Justine will be our guest speaker July 20th, 2015. Justine was born and raised in South Florida and first fell in love with Equine-Assisted Therapies when she volunteered during high school and college. She attended horse camp during summers as a child and took lessons at a young age. After college, Justine was asked to join the Board of Directors.

Justine served as the Board Secretary for almost three years when she made the decision to leave mortgage banking and sales to join the exciting world of riding and horses. At Equine-Assisted Therapies, Justine works on the special events, fundraising and community development areas. She said she is thrilled to wear boots to work every day instead of high heels and use her marketing & sales background in the non-profit world.

For additional information, vJM Equestrianisit their website http://equineatsf.org/.