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March 2015 Events
March 2     Rotary Clubs of Fort Lauderdale Wheelchair Foundation Project
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March 4     Cory Lessner, MD, Millenium Laser Eye Center


Cory Lessner, MD

With over 27,000 successful corneal refractive surgeries to his credit, Dr. Lessner is considered one of the most skilled surgeons in his discipline. From the time he earned his doctorate in medicine at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia in 1987 to his highly respected practice today, Dr. Lessner has gained the trust of his patients and the admiration of his peers. To this day, he is personally involved with every procedure at Millennium Laser Eye Centers.

His credentials include Board Certification from the American Board of Ophthalmology, member in good standing of the American Medical Association and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, as well as numerous industry awards and honors. Dr. Lessner prides himself on staying ahead of the curve on the newest procedures and latest equipment available in the industry. He has also pioneered novel surgical refinement techniques for the improvement of the LASIK Procedure and has shared them with his colleagues throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is this commitment to forward thinking that has propelled Dr. Lessner to become the official surgeon to all South Florida professional sport teams: the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins and Miami Heat, as well as having gained the trust and confidence of many well known people in the business and entertainment industries. Dr. Lessner's goal is to continue to provide an unmatched level of professionalism, medical care and service to every patient he sees.

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March 6
– March 8
    Florida PETS

Buena Vista Palace



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March 9     Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale Board Meeting at ArtServe

Our board meetings are open to all members. New members are encouraged to attend, to better understand the decision models used for our club.


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March 11     Jack Seiler, Mayor, City of Fort Lauderdale


Jack Seiler, Mayor


John P. "Jack" Seiler was sworn in for his first term as Mayor of the City of Fort Lauderdale on March 17, 2009. He was reelected for a second three-year term on January 31, 2012. Prior to being elected Mayor, Seiler served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives. During his tenure as a State Representative, he chaired the Broward Legislative Delegation in 2007-2008 and was Vice Chair of the Delegation in 2006-2007.

Mayor Seiler may be reached at 954-828-5003 or via e-mail at jack.seiler@fortlauderdale.gov

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March 13     Street Striping” ceremony and St. Patrick’s event preview

Fort Lauderdale residents and visitors are invited to join Mayor Seiler as he renews a legendary tradition when he paints a green stripe on Las Olas Boulevard to ceremoniously mark the route for the St. Patrick's Parade.

The “Street Striping” ceremony and St. Patrick’s event preview will take place noon in front of Huizenga Plaza, located at the corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard.

Highlights of the ceremony will include remarks from Mayor Seiler, the St. Patrick's Committee Chair and event officials; the official introduction of Parade Grand Marshal Doug Eagon; an event preview; and special appearances by a bagpiper and the world’s tallest leprechaun.  The festivities will culminate when Mayor Seiler takes to the street with a paint roller in hand to lay down a green stripe on Las Olas Boulevard.

For more information about the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade and Festival, call the event hotline at (954) 828-5985.

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March 14     St. Patrick's Parade and Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale Welcome Tent

You, your family, friends and prospective members are invited to the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale welcome tent (with refreshments) on the green just east of the

Riverside Hotel

620 East Las Olas Blvd

Fort Lauderdale.

Bill Gundlach, 954 868-6370, and Lee Ann LeBlanc, 954 646-1175, are our welcome committee leaders.


The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day parade is tomorrow, Saturday, March 14 and starts at 12 noon.   

All parade helpers, please meet at that location and be ready to get on the truck mounted floats, which due to size and logistics will be staged on site.  Please be at the green on or before 10 am. 


Convenient parking will be at the Riverside Hotel’s parking garage, which offers $5 all-day event parking, if my memory serves me correctly.  One of the trucks will be able to bring you back to the Riverside green, if desired.


I wish everyone a safe and fun day.  Thank you all for being part of this great event. 



Yours in Rotary Service,


Mike Ryan, Chair

St. Patrick’s Day Event


Jorg Hruschka, Chair

Community Service

954 709-3197


 Fort Lauderdale St Patrick Parade and Festival

Our president has heard there could be sightings of a contingent of our club’s leprechauns. For information or to enter trades for pots of gold, contact Mike Ryan, Jorg Hruscha or John Gustafson, our club’s tallest leprechaun.

NOON  PARADE BEGINS on Las Olas Boulevard

at SE 5th Avenue and continues west to Riverfront

(Parade is 1 1/2 hours)

Kids' Zone at Rotary Way will present a Puppet Show, Animal Show, and Magic Show

This year, the pageantry and excitement begins bright and early at 7:30 am with the Shamrock Run, a 4-mile race starting from Huizenga Plaza in Bubier Park (Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue) and continuing through Downtown Fort Lauderdale to officially kick off the festivities.

The fun continues throughout the morning hours at Huizenga Plaza with live music, a drum line competition showcasing top percussionists from local high schools, an official welcome from Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler and a traditional Irish Blessing.  Then, it’s time for the largest St. Patrick’s Parade in South Florida.

The St. Patrick’s Parade begins at noon and travels west along Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 5th Avenue to Las Olas Riverfront. Led by Grand Marshal Doug Eagon, President of Stiles Corporation, the colorful parade will feature more than 100 decorative floats, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, animals, Irish dancers, street performers, scout troops, local sports teams, Veterans groups, and so much more.

Following the parade, stick around for the best Irish celebration in town at the St. Patrick’s Festival, which runs until 7:00 pm at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk. Highlights will include live bands, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, stilt walkers, leprechauns, and cultural attractions.

Youngsters will love the event's expanded Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, gigantic slides, pony rides, a trackless train, face painting, a petting zoo, a mini Ferris wheel and more.
The festivities will also include exhibitor booths, arts and crafts, souvenirs, and plenty of your favorite Irish food and beverages.

By hosting the event on March 14th, our downtown businesses will benefit twice -- once from the huge crowds that will attend the Parade & Festival and again on March 17th when locals and visitors come out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

For more information about the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade and Festival, call the event hotline at (954) 828-5985.


Staging details:


The St Patrick’s Day parade is on March 14 and starts at 12 noon and lasts about 1-2 hours.  Since the Rotary float is a large entry, we will most likely be staging in front of the Riverside Hotel (620 E Las Olas Blvd.) starting around 10 am.  Final details to follow.


The following motorized entry line up is preliminary only and subject to change:


1)      Cliff Berry, Inc. golf cart


2)      Rotary golf cart


3)      Broward Sherriff’s Fire Department four wheeled cart


4)      Broward Sherriff’s Fire Department fire truck


5)      US Coast Guard truck and sea craft


6)      Drop deck trailer with P-51 Mustang Fighter and Sherman tank, viewing area


7)      Pickup truck and trailer with landing craft


8)      Two WWII Jeeps and/or three convertible cars


9)      CBI industrial pump truck


Special requirements:


Please let Jorg know of any issues, concerns and/or any special needs so we can arrange for transport from the end point to the staging area.  Thank you all for being part of this great event.




Jorg Hruschka, board member, Rotary Club Fort Lauderdale, “I am very excited about the St Patrick’s Day Parade.  We have a great team working on the entry and float.” 


Yours in City Service


Jorg Hruschka | Chief Service Officer


City of Fort Lauderdale | City Manager’s Office | Neighbor Volunteer Office


100 N. Andrews Avenue, 5th floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


P: 954-828-5568 | C: 954-709-3197 | JHruschka@fortlauderdale.gov


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March 17     St. Patrick’s Day
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March 18     Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca


Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca

Chip LaMarca is a lifelong resident of Broward County and he is honored to represent the coastal communities in Broward County’s Fourth District.  He has earned a reputation for being a citizens’ advocate and a respected voice for the taxpayers.

Chip is truly a great American success story.  After attending Boston University and Broward College, Chip returned to home to follow in the footsteps of his late father, helping to bring jobs to Broward in the construction industry.  After establishing himself as a knowledgeable and trusted manager with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Chip opened LaMarca Construction in 2006.  Chip and his wife Eileen reside in Lighthouse Point with their two rescue dogs.

Chip became active in public service in 2002, serving on many City of Lighthouse Point advisory boards.  In 2005, Chip was elected to a seat on the Lighthouse Point City Commission after running a campaign based on integrity, public safety, and good governance.  In 2010, after serving the citizens of Lighthouse Point for two terms, Chip was elected to serve on the Broward County Board of County Commissioners.  Since being elected, he has worked tirelessly to bring jobs and economic development to Broward County through his position on the Board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.


Florida’s Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Adam Putnam appointed Chip to serve on the Florida State Fair Authority Board.   He is honored to represent Broward County on the Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors and serves as the Chair of the Finance, Tax and Administration Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee.  On a national level, he was selected to serve as the Co-Chair of the Large Urban County Caucus for the National Association of Counties Community and also serves on the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee.

Locally, Chip serves on the Broward County Fire Rescue Council, and the Regional Emergency Medical Services Council that has spearheaded the campaign, “Take 5 to Stay Alive” to advocate against texting and driving.   Chip serves on the Board of Directors and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Riverwalk Trust.  He is also part of the team bringing the Village Square program to Broward County.

Chip strives to make Broward County the best place to live, work and raise a family.

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March 21     Rotary Disrrict Night at the Florida Panthers

For those who are interested in attending the Panthers Rotary Night on Sat., Mar. 21 at 7 PM – here is the link to order your tickets.  Price $63.00 includes food, beer, wine and soda. 

After you click the link:

-        Click on find tickets

-        Type ROTARY as the promo code

-        Select section 328, 329 or 330 (even tho’ you select a specific seat, it is a big open room with lots of tables and chairs…more like being in a bar than in stadium seating).  If you need 2 tickets, then select two seats.

-        The rest you can figure out!






Rotary Night

Florida Panthers vs. the nasty Boston Bruins…we are in a playoff race with the Bruins so this promises to be a very important game…

For additional information Michael Kesti can be reached at (305) 323-2903


YIRS with PASSION….Governor Joe



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March 27     Rotary Day at the Miami Open Tennis on Key Biscayne

Rotary Day at the Miami Open Tennis on Key Biscayne

This is a first for our District. Below is the link for tickets…only 200 seats available to us.


YIRS with PASSION….Governor Joe


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