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October 2014 Events
October 1     October is Vocational Service Month

Vocational Service Month



This area represents the opportunity that each Rotarian has to represent the dignity and utility of one’s vocation as an opportunity to serve society.  Rotarians promote and foster high ethical standards in business and professions and promote the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations.Click here to find out more about Vocational Service at 

Fort Lauderdale Rotary.

October 1     "Canes on Canes: Keeping South Florida Prepared During the Calm Before the Storm".

We are approaching the nine-year anniversary of Hurricane Wilma making landfall in South Florida, which marks the longest hurricane drought in Florida's history (since 1850). Since then, Miami-Dade County’s population has grown considerably (according to a 2012 study, the sixth-fastest growing region in the United States) and as a result, there are many constituents who have never experienced a hurricane. This reality has created a knowledge deficit in hurricane preparedness in Miami that needs to be addressed. To promote a more weather-ready Miami, University of Miami PhD students have created the lecture series, "Canes on Canes: Keeping South Florida Prepared During the Calm Before the Storm". This presentation has been prepared with the help of the Miami Dade emergency managers, the National Weather Service, and University of Miami professors. PhD students who are conducting cutting-edge hurricane research will discuss the science behind hurricanes, reveal when Florida is most likely to receive a storm, provide explanations of the more complicated forecast products shown to the general public during a hurricane forecast, and cover the impacts associated with hurricanes. They also will answer any questions posed by the audience. These unique hurricane lectures are both interesting and approachable, which makes learning this critical knowledge exciting and easy.

The speakers:

Kieran Bhatia

5th year PhD student at the University of Miami

Research Focus: Statistical Forecasting of tropical cyclones




Matt Onderlinde

4th year PhD student at the University of Miami

Research Focus:  Numerical modeling of tropical cyclones

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October 8     An update on All Aboard Florida



"An update on All Aboard Florida,

the privately funded express passenger rail system that will transform downtown Fort Lauderdale.”






Senior Vice President, Corporate Development


As Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Florida East Coast Industries (FECI), Mr. Gonzalez is responsible for pre-development project issues including land use, environmental, traffic and general governmental regulation, as well as property acquisition and seller issues. Mr. Gonzalez’ involvement spans across projects for FECI and its subsidiary companies including Flagler, a commercial real estate development and management company; All Aboard Florida, the United States’ first privately owned, operated and maintained intercity passenger rail; Flagler Global Logistics, an integrated logistics company that offers a wide range of logistics services and solutions; and Parallel Infrastructure, a leader in third-party Right of Way (ROW)management services.Mr. Gonzalez joined FECI, formerly Codina Group, Inc. in 1997 as a development consultant. Previously, he held several positions within Miami-Dade County Government where he was responsible for reviewing plans and projects for the Building and Zoning Department and coordinating code issues and public hearings for the Department of Environmental Resources Management. Mr. Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s in Political Science from Florida International University.

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October 13     Board Meeting

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


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October 15     Joseph E. Altschul, The Rotary Fund

Joseph E Altschul, ESQ


Joseph E. Altschul has over 21 years of legal experience in South Florida. He has tried jury trial cases to verdict in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County, as well as in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He has also successfully argued appeals before the Florida Supreme, the United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, and Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal and Fourth District Court of Appeal.


Joseph also proudly served in the United States Army Reserves for 10 years, where he was a captain in the infantry. He completed basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ, and subsequently completed Airborne school and the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.


Joseph graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where he finished in the top 8% of his class and was an editor of the University of Miami Law Review.


Joseph has lived in South Florida for 25 years. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Weston. Currently serving as District Chairman for Rotary Youth Exchange Program . Joseph is also serving as a Deacon in his church.

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October 22     Justin Sayfie, Esq

Justin Sayfie, ESQ


Justin Sayfie is a Founding Shareholder, attorney and government relations consultant at Blosser & Sayfie.  Prior to founding Blosser & Sayfie in 2001, Justin served as a top advisor to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  As a lobbyist, Justin has developed long-standing relationships at multiple levels of government and provides strategic counsel to his clients which include Google, AutoNation, the University of Miami and Pediatrix Medical Group.

Since 2002, he has published SayfieReview.com, an award-winning online publication focused on Florida politics that has been described by the St. Petersburg Times as the “online Bible for Florida political junkies.”  SayfieReview.com was also voted as the best political website in the State of Florida by the readers of The Washington Post online in two consecutive reader polls.

In 2009, Justin was named one of Florida’s Top Ten Republicans by Politics Magazine.  He has made numerous television appearances on local and national TV news programs, including regular appearances commenting on U.S. politics on the FOX News Channel.

In June 2007, President George W. Bush appointed Justin to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, where he served until 2009.  In 2007, Justin served as a delegate for the American Council on Germany’s Young Leader Conference in Berlin and Munich, and in 2008 he served as a delegate in the American Swiss Foundation’s Young Leader’s Conference in Geneva and Zurich.

He resides in Miami with his wife Nushin, a Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge, and their 3 children.

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October 24     World Polio Day

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October 29     Rotary Happy Hour Meeting in the Tower Club



Come join us at the Rotary Happy Hour Meeting in the

Tower Club 5:30-7pm

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