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April 2014 Events
April 2     Michael Long, CDO, Broward Partnership for the Homeless


Michael Long

Chief Development Officer

Broward Partnership for the Homeless



Mr. Long studied business management at Florida State University and earned a bachelor’s in marketing education from Florida Atlantic University.


He has extensive corporate, community and government experience.  For the past 25 years, Mike has led a number of non-profit organizations to record fundraising success.  He is currently serving as the Chief Development Officer of the Broward Partnership, A 200 bed solution-based facility serving over 1,200 homeless men, women, and children in Fort Lauderdale.


Mr. Long is also a Commissioner for the City of Lighthouse Point.  Now on his 15th year in office, he has served as President for five terms.  He is also a member of the Broward County Planning Council, appointed by the County Commission. He also serves on the Broward League of Cities.


Mike is a graduate of the Leadership Florida and Leadership Broward programs.  He is past member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. He has been an active member of the Winterfest Boat Parade Board and Advisory Committee for the past 15 years and chairperson of the parade for three years.  Mr. Long has been an active member of FAU, serving for as the National Alumni Association President in 1995-1996, and is currently active with Broward President’s Community Council. 

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April 5     Annual Rotary New River Raft Race a/k/a Kon Tiki Returns


The Annual Rotary New River Raft Race

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Join us for a fun day and support Rotary's effort in the community.

The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale and The Wasie Foundation are happy to announce our hosting the third annual New River Raft Race at Esplanade Park on the New River, Saturday April 5th, 2014 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The race will start and finish on the river in front of Esplanade Park. This is located next to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and across from the Museum of Discovery and Science.  The race theme is “Pirates of the River”, so decorate your raft and crew.  The race is more of a parade than a speed event as all rafts must be human powered only.  Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring water guns to squirt rafts and spectators as they paddle or float by but they should beware as others will be squirting back.


Rafts will be judged on a several categories including first to finish (ok, it’s kind of a race), best design, most spirit and most piratical crew, among others.  The fleet will paddle and splash on the river in front of Esplanade Park where they will compete for prizes to be awarded at the party in the park immediately following the race.  There will be food and grog (beer) available to adult pirates (with a photo ID) and water and soda for the younger buccaneers.

Participants may either build their own rafts or for $750, the Rotary Club’s members will build a 6’x10’ raft (suitable for a crew of 3 to 5) for you or your company.  Your raft will be available the morning of the race for you to decorate prior to launching.  For those with larger crews a larger raft, 8’x12’ may be commissioned for $1,000.


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April 9     Maura Brassil, Food for the Poor


Maura Brassil

has been with Food For The Poor for the last 7 years, first as a supporter of events, then as a donor and then as a member of the team. Maura has been involved with sales, marketing, advertising, promotions and special events in the hospitality industry and the real estate industry for the last 30 years with focus on Florida and The Caribbean. Her philanthropic interests have spanned from Florida to the Caribbean and Latin America, and  to the continent of Africa. Helping the poor and less fortunate has always been a priority and this has exemplified itself through charity and volunteer efforts. Children, the elderly and the poor has always been the major focus. Her current position with Food For The Poor enables her to reach out to corporations and businesses in the joint efforts of saving lives, transforming communities and renewing hope to the poorest of the poor.

  12:15 PM1:39 PM
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April 9     R2R2W Business Networking & Happy Hour

Hurricane Bar & Grill
365 N. Royal Poinciana Blvd.
Miami Springs, FL 33166

1 FREE Drink, FREE Wings & Discounts

  5:00 PM8:00 PM
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April 14     Board Meeting

Steven Y. Leinicke

Wicker Smith O'Hara McCoy & Ford P.A.

515 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 1400

Fort Lauderdale, FL


Our board meetings are open to all members. Please RSVP
Meryl for seating to be available – otherwise it’s SRO.

  5:30 PM7:00 PM
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April 14     First Night of Passover
  7:44 PM
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April 16     Dr. Ahmed Osman
  • Ahmed F. Osman, MD, is a board certified cardiologist/electrophysiologist at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North.

    Dr. Osman received his medical degree from Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt. He served his internship including cardiothoracic surgery internship at Cairo University Hospitals and his internal medicine residency at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University. Dr. Osman completed a Cardiology Fellowship at Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans and a Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

    Dr. Osman has co-authored 20 medical publications and 13 medical abstracts. He has also served as principal investigator on several sponsored research studies.

    He is a Fellow with the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, member and Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, member of the Clinical Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and The Heart Rhythm Society and the European Society of Cardiology.

    Dr. Osman is fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish, and French.



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April 18     Good Friday
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April 19     District 6990 Clubs' Incoming Officers Training Assembly



Signature Grand

6900 W. State Road 84

Davie, FL 33317 


Who should attend?

Club president 2014-2015, incoming club treasurer, secretary, board members, brand new Rotarians (aka red badge), Foundation Chair, Membership Chair, Public Image Chair and interested Rotarians should attend.



Inspiration...Education...Rotary Passion....Fellowship....and FUN.


How much?

The $75.00 will also include:

  1. Continental breakfast
  2. Two coffee breaks
  3. Full, sit down, served lunch


How do I get to attend?

Registration is available on our District Database (DacDb).

Here is the link to register...



 If you have any issues or questions regarding registering, please call, email or track down: Joe Roth, District Governor 2014-2015


Does my 2014-2015 club position qualify, for me to be reimbursed the $75.00?

Ask Meryl Schickler, our club’s Executive Secretary.


How many people may attend?

Capacity of first to register, 300 Rotarians.


What will be presented?


Enjoy a full day of fellowship, inspirational speakers, training sessions for incoming officers, and valuable information and training for all Rotarians (new or experienced). Registration includes Continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and a delicious plated luncheon. Don’t miss the Rotary Youth Exchange kids, presentation of District Governor Ellen’s 2013-2014 individual and club awards, House of Friendship display tables, Rotary materials vendors, prizes and fun!








                8:00 AM                Registration / Continental Breakfast / HOF / Expo




   8:45 – 9:45 AM                Opening Plenary Session – Jack Mannix, MC


                                                  Presentation of Rotary Youth Exchange students


                                                  District Governor-Elect’s Welcome


                                                  Nominating Committee Intro of DGND


                                                  Business Meeting


                                                  Special Announcements


                                                  Guest Speaker – Michael Angelo Caruso, Rotary Club of Troy, Michigan




                10:00 AM             Breakout Sessions I


                                                  1. Secretary-Elect Training – Yoli Woodbridge & Debbie Maymon


                                                  2. Treasurer-Elect Training – Fred Sadoff


                                                  3. Presidents-Elect and AAGs Training – Ray Williams


                                                  4. Rotary Days - Establishing a Tradition and a Presence – Joe Roth et. al




                11:00 AM             Mid-morning Coffee Break / HOF / Expo




                11:15 AM             Breakout Sessions II


                                                  1. Secretary-Elect Training, Continued


                                                  2. Membership Attraction and Engagement – Marcy Ullom


                                                  3. The Rotary Foundation, Raising and Spending Cash – Lee Phares &
                                                                                                                                                                Chris Morrison




    12:30 – 1:30 PM             Model Luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Miami Brickell


                                                  Sit-down, plated luncheon service


                                                  Keynote Speaker – Past RI Director John Smarge, Rotary Club of Naples


                                                  50/50 and Raffle Drawings




                1:45 PM                Breakout Sessions III


                                                  1. Running a Rotary Club, Strategic Planning – Marcy Ullom


                                                  2. Public Image and Fundraising – Jean Corona


                                                  3. Conducting Effective Service Projects – Ligia Corredor




                2:45 PM                Afternoon Refreshments / HOF / Expo




                3:00 PM                Closing Plenary Session – Jack Mannix, MC


                                                  Upcoming Training Opportunities


                                                  2013-14 Individual and Club Award – DG Ellen Blasi


                                                  Hand-off of the Governor’s Banner


                                                  Closing Comments – Jack Mannix


                                                  Door Prize Drawing – Must be present to win




                3:45PM                 Four Way Test and Adjournment




  8:00 AM3:30 PM
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April 20     Easter Sunday
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April 23     David P. Samson – President, Miami Marlins


David P. Samson – President

Miami Marlins

• David Samson enters his 15th season in Major League Baseball and 13th as President of the Miami Marlins. He is one of only nine current Presidents in Major League Baseball who has presided over a World Series champion.         

• As Club President, Samson oversees all aspects of the team’s day-to-day business operations, including sales, marketing, operations and personnel matters.  He also oversaw the successful completion of Marlins Park in Miami. Construction of the baseball-only, retractable roof, air-conditioned facility exceeded all stated goals from local worker participation to local firm involvement.  Under Samson’s leadership Marlins Park was completed on budget and on schedule while also earning Gold LEED certification, officially making it the greenest ballpark in America and the world’s first-ever retractable roof facility to earn such distinction. 

• Samson works closely with Owner and CEO, Jeffrey Loria, on all baseball matters and general corporate strategy.  Samson is also the President of the Marlins Foundation, which focuses its efforts on baseball, arts and educational needs of the South Florida community. The Foundation has distributed over $4.0 million to worthy charities in South Florida since the ballpark gained approval in 2008. 

• Samson, 46, was born in Milwaukee, WI, and was raised in New York City.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s in Economics in 1990. He received a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City in 1993. He is a member of the New York State Bar.  Following law school, Samson became President and Founder of News Travels Fast, the first company to deliver the New York Times to Europe on a same-day basis.  In 1996, Samson joined Morgan Stanley, an investment bank in New York City, a position he resigned in 1999 when he joined the Montreal Expos as Executive Vice President.

• Among his accomplishments, Samson was named one of Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” for two years running, 2003-04.  Other highlights, in addition to the 2003 World Series Championship, included the Florida Marlins being named South Florida’s No. 1 Film and Entertainment Company of the Year and Baseball America’s Organization of the Year.     

• On October 21, 2006, Samson became the first active team President to complete the Ford Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii.  In addition to swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and then running a full marathon, all in 15 hours, 36 minutes, Samson personally raised over $250,000 for the Marlins Foundation, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (“CAF”) and other local Hawaiian charities. 

• Samson concentrates his charitable efforts on helping underprivileged and sick children experience summer camp and improved education and health care.  In addition, he is a member of CAF‘s Board of Directors.  His vision is to help increase its visibility, thus enabling more physically challenged athletes to compete in triathlons as well as other sports. 

• In 2009, Samson was appointed to serve on the Board of Governors of the Miami Foundation.  The foundation’s primary purpose is to encourage philanthropy and charitable giving by developing a permanent endowment to meet merging charitable needs. 

• In 2010, Samson was named to Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Board of Overseers.  As a member of this board he works closely with Dean Matthew Diller to continue Cardozo’s renowned clinical programs, as well as the continued growth of its public interest scholarship programs.  Samson also serves on the Miami Children’s Museum Board of Directors. 

• On April 27, 2012, Samson ran 52.5 miles from Pompano Beach to Marlins Park to raise funds for 10 “Charities of Choice” to honor the construction workers who made Marlins Park a reality. The run raised over $600,000 through sponsor and individual donations.  

• In 2014, Samson was one of 18 contestants on the 28th season of Survivor ™.  He is the only active team executive to appear on the show, and one of fewer than 425 people in the United States to be selected to participate.  Samson also stars as Lorne Michaels in the new production entitled “Not Ready for Primetime.” This full-length feature play details the beginnings of “Saturday Night Live” and runs at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center this spring.

• He and his wife, Cindi, a former school director, have been married for 23 years and have two daughters, Hannah and Kyra, and a son, Caleb.

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April 26     Power of One Hour Service Project

Sign up at our lunch meetings or contact:


Jorg Hruschka – John Gustafson

Community Service Co-Chairs

954 709-3197



  9:00 AM10:00 AM
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April 30     Rotary Happy Hour Networking Meeting


Come join us for altitude adjustment at the Rotary Happy Hour Meeting in the Tower Club

  5:30 PM7:00 PM
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