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September 2014 Events
September 3     Tom Severino, Broward Education Foundation

Tom Severino


Thomas P. Severino, a veteran fundraising professional and nonprofit executive, has been named president and CEO of the Broward Education Foundation, which provides teacher grants, school supplies and student scholarships to Broward County public schools.

Most recently associate vice president for institutional advancement and adjunct professor of theology for Barry University, Severino has a strong background in education, fundraising, corporate and community relations, and government affairs.   Prior to his nearly 14-year tenure at Barry, he was director of the Diocesan Office of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Kansas City, Mo.  He also has a distinguished career as an administrator and teacher at the Pre-K-12 and college levels.

“Finding someone of Tom’s caliber for the Broward Education Foundation signals a new and exciting era for the Broward Education Foundation,” said Dave Marcus, the chair of the Broward Education Foundation Board of Directors.  “His strong background in both education and fundraising and proven leadership skills will help us grow the Foundation to the next level.”

Severino holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY as well as a master’s degree in liturgy theology from the University of Notre Dame.  He also completed the educational leadership certification program at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

“I am honored to serve the children and families of the Broward County Public Schools and the donors and volunteers who share in this important mission of education,” he said.



About the Broward Education Foundation:


Established in 1983, the nonprofit Broward Education Foundation (BEF) seeks private contributions to supplement the public funding schools receive.  The Foundation raises support from the private sector and charitable foundations to provide scholarships to college-or trade-bound high school graduates who have exhausted all other sources of support, grants to support innovative curriculum in the classroom and free school supplies to teachers in Title I low income schools through the Tools for Schools Broward center in Pompano Beach. Each year, the Foundation contributes more than $2 million in scholarships, school supplies, teacher grants and other school support.



        For more information, call 754-321-2030, visit www.browardedfoundation.org, like our Facebook page at facebook.com/browardeducationfoundation or follow us on twitter @BEF1

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September 8     Board Meeting

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

  5:30 PM
September 10     Blake James



After serving in the role of Interim Director of Athletics since October 2012, Blake James was named the University of Miami's Director of Athletics on Feb. 8, 2013. Prior to his Interim AD role, he previously served as Miami's Senior Associate AD for Development and Ticket Operations. James oversaw the day-to-day operations of development, ticket sales and ticket operations. He was also a member of the Hurricanes' senior staff and provided sport supervision.James is currently in the fourth year of his third stint at the University of Miami.James came to UM after spending seven years the University of Maine, where he first served as Senior Associate Athletic Director before serving as Director of Athletics from July 2005 to September 2010. As Senior Associate AD, his primary responsibilities focused on marketing, ticketing, retail operations, athletic development along with men's and women's track and field, cross country, men's soccer, men's basketball and baseball.During his tenure at Maine, athletics experienced tremendous success, including three trips to the Frozen Four for the men's ice hockey program and NCAA playoff berths for football, baseball (two), women's basketball and softball. Additionally, James implemented a comprehensive $17 million facility improvement plan, which included an indoor practice facility and numerous other facility upgrades and renovations. Academically, the program flourished, earning the conference academic cup twice and maintaining better than a 3.0 GPA.Prior to his stint at Maine, he worked in athletic development at Providence College, where he established the "Friars Forever" campaign and the Friar Athletic Fund.James is no stranger to South Florida, beginning his athletic career with the University of Miami, working in ticket sales, corporate sales and athletic development. In April 1995, he was hired as Miami's Director of Ticket Sales, serving in that capacity until October 1997, when he was named an athletic development officer at the University of Nebraska. He returned to Miami in 1998 as the Director of Major Gifts and Corporate Sales. He was promoted to the Director of Athletic Development at Miami in March 2000 before moving on to Providence in 2002.He graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1992 and later received his master's degree from St. Thomas University in 1994.He and his wife, Kelly, have two children: daughter, Haley, and son, Ryan.

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September 17     Pets’ Broward and Broward County’s Goal

Pets’ Broward and Broward County’s Goal for No Kill Animal Shelters


Pets’ Broward, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of a group of compassionate Broward County residents who are committed to ending the yearly killing of over 15,000 healthy cats and dogs in Broward’s public and private shelters through the implementation of the No Kill resolution unanimously passed by the Broward County Commission in April 2012.


Our presentation will focus on the current animal shelter situation and the pillars of the No Kill Program that are needed but have not been implemented by the County:  These pillars of a successful program are:

 • Establish Appropriate Funding

 • High Volume Targeted, Low Cost & Free Spay Neuter

 • Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR)

 • Increased Adoption Campaigns

 • Community Outreach, Education & Marketing

 • Surrender Prevention

For the past year we have been working with Broward County to find ways to implement the No Kill Program.  Some progress toward this goal is being made through the efforts of the County's animal care and adoption staff and the county's current study of a high volume spay-neuter clinic. Pets’ Broward seeks to bring together and coordinate the ideas and resources of all persons and entities who want to implement the County's No Kill Program so that we may work together as a team to stop the needless killing of over 15,000 healthy cats and dogs in Broward County.



The Speakers:




Grace Johns, Ph.D., Economist:  Grace Johns is a Board Member of Pets’ Broward.  For the past 31 years, Grace has been a practicing Ph.D. economist. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and her B.S. degree in Agriculture (Food and Resource Economics Department) at the University of Florida in 1981. Her career activities include conducting benefit-cost evaluations of environmental regulations for government agencies including 4 of Florida's 5 water management districts; economic evaluations of new water supply sources in Florida; and economic valuation of natural resources including Broward County's coral reef system.


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Scott Irons:  Scott Irons is a Board Member of Pets’ Broward.  He is a Fort Lauderdale native who grew up living and cruising between South Florida and the Turks & Caicos Islands. Scott owns and serves as President and CEO of Iron Consulting, a management consulting firm and Chief Investment Officer and Founder of Certified Capital, an investor in Non Performing Note pools. Mr. Irons also serves as a Director of All Points Boats, the premier yacht refit company in South Florida. Scott has obtained a diverse experience in the manufacturing, service and telecommunication industries while founding and working in senior executive financial and operational positions with U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp.  Scott co-founded and served as COO of International Telecommunication Systems, a telecommunications firm that established one of the first IP based telephony satellite networks throughout Central and South America. Scott graduated with honors from the Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in International Business.


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Meredith Bruder:  Meredith Bruder is the Founder and a Board Member of Pets’ Broward.  She has been involved with humane groups and animal shelters since the age of ten. Her mother founded the Framingham Humane Society in their hometown of Framingham, Massachusetts when Meredith was a child.  While a student at Emory University, she volunteered with the Atlanta Humane Society. After moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1990, she became involved with local animal rescue groups, including the Humane Society of Broward County and continues to work to improve the welfare of animals in Broward County and beyond.  Through her volunteer efforts, Meredith has witnessed first-hand the literal lines of dogs and cats waiting to be euthanized. As a founder and co-director of Pets’ Broward, she looks forward to seeing this unfortunate practice come to an end and the day when the availability of low-cost and free spay/neuter programs in Broward County will eliminate the killing of adoptable animals in our Community.

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September 19     Hot Pong

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September 24     Rotary Happy Hour Meeting in the Tower Club




Come join us at the Rotary Happy Hour Meeting in the Tower Club 5:30-7pm

  5:30 PM7:00 PM
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September 24     First night of Rosh Hashanah (New Year)
  7:14 PM
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