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September 2015 Events
September 1     Rotary Basic Education and Literacy Month
September 2     Ina Lee, President at Travelhost Magazine

 Ina Lee, President

Travelhost Magazine 


Anyone who knows Ina Lee would agree she's woven into the fabric of Greater Fort Lauderdale's tourism. For decades she has provided tourists and residents with information about attractions, dining and entertainment options through her publication TravelHost of Greater Fort Lauderdale.

And since 1986 she has championed Fort Lauderdale beach as a tourist destination as founder of the Beach Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

During that time, she helped to change the area's rowdy Spring Break image and participated in other efforts that transformed the area into the travel destination it is today.

"I've seen it all from little mom and pop broken down motels [to] now we've got a Ritz-Carlton on the beach," Lee said. "Back then in our wildest dreams we wouldn't have imagined a W and Ritz-Carlton hotel on the beach, but that's what we have now."

Others have taken note of Lee's contributions throughout the decades, which has resulted in several accolades and awards, including Fort Lauderdale Citizen of the Year in 1988 and the Carolyn M. Michael Leadership Award in 2013 from Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

"Ina Lee has been so important to the growth of tourism in Greater Fort Lauderdale, not only because of her institutional memory, but her forward-thinking advocacy for the industry as well," said Nicki E. Grossman, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Her personal relationships with hoteliers, cultural supporters, restaurateurs, government officials and residents give her one of the strongest voices in the industry."


"Making a difference: That's my whole life, whether it's through all the boards I serve on or in other ways" Lee said.

Honorees at the TravelHost Tourism Hall of Fame event include hoteliers Ramola and Bob Motwani, The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Jungle Queen Riverboat and Stranahan House.

As a national travel publication, TravelHost is headquartered in Texas and has been around for nearly 50 years, Lee said. Similar to a franchise, individual owners publish their specific magazine for an assigned territory. Ina Lee owns the distributorship for Broward County, which she bought in the early 1980s. "The magazine has always been and continues to be a resource guide for people to have a great experience while here so that they'll want to come back." In Broward, TravelHost, which is published six times a year, is distributed free in guest rooms in most major area hotels and in about 96 condominiums.

"It's the best in the country, the only known as TravelHost Elite, and I'm the oldest tenured publisher, Lee said.


Lee also has several longtime employees among her staff of nine, including five who have worked with her between nine and 27 years.

"Ina has more passion than anybody I know and always gives 100 percent," said Heiko Dobrikow, general manager of the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and executive vice president at The Las Olas Co.Lee's work with TravelHost has also caught national attention."When asked, who's the best within our network, I always say you need to see what they're doing in Fort Lauderdale," said Bill Schroeder, president and CEO of Dallas-based TravelHost Inc. "Ina's influence extends beyond Broward, and she has a national impact on our magazine."

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September 7     Labor Day
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September 9     Rosemary O’Hara, Editorial Page Editor, Sun Sentinel


Rosemary O’Hara


Rosemary O’Hara is the editorial page editor

of the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

A native of Upper Michigan, Rosemary grew up in Tampa

and graduated from the University of Florida

with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. 

She began her reporting career at the Tampa Tribune, before moving to the Orlando Sentinel and later the Miami Herald, where she was the medical writer. Later, she became an editor at the Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Tampa Tribune, where she was editorial page editor. 

Rosemary serves as a director of the national Association of Opinion Journalists, the Florida Society of News Editors and the First Amendment Foundation. She has been a graduate fellow at Stanford, Columbia and USC.

In afddition she’s a four-time juror of the Pulitzer Prizes.

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September 9     Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale Board Meeting

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

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September 13     First night of Rosh Hashanah (New Year)
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September 16     Sheriff Scott Israel


Scott Israel, Broward County Sheriff


Scott Israel was elected Sheriff of Broward County in November 2012. Upon taking office in January of 2013, he redirected the Broward Sheriff's Office mission to focus on fighting violent crime, keeping Broward's youth out of jail, and addressed the special needs of disadvantaged members of our community, including the homeless and the mentally ill.

As a result of the Sheriff's initiatives, crimes - including violent offenses - are sharply down, and juvenile arrests have decreased through the implementation of the civil citation program. Sheriff Israel has also taken a proactive role in aiding Broward's homeless populations, by working to keep individuals out of jail while directing them to the correct services and helping them regain and recapture their lives. His innovative Homeless Outreach Initiative earned the Broward Sheriff's Office the prestigious Civil Rights Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in August of 2014. Broward County is safer and more united as a result of Sheriff Israel's leadership and community outreach initiatives. He understands that by working with community partners and neighbors, we can make the Broward Sheriff's Office the kind of world-class law enforcement organization it should be.

Sheriff Israel spent the first 25 years of his law enforcement career with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. During his tenure he was assigned to numerous divisions, including Community Policing, Operations Bureau, and Special Investigations/Narcotics Division. He was known for his unique ability to develop working relationships with individuals and various community organizations. He retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as Commander of their S.W.A.T. Team, Homeland Security Director and Captain of Community Policing.

In July of 2004, he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of North Bay Village. As the Police Chief, he continued to foster strategic partnerships with the community and was honored in 2005 by the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association as "Police Chief of the Year."

Aside from law enforcement, Sheriff Israel is committed to community and public service endeavors. He is a high school football coach and a past recipient of the prestigious "Brian Piccolo Coach of the Year Award" for his life's work in youth athletics.

Scott Israel is a member of the National and Florida Sheriff's Association, Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force and Violent Crime and Drug Control Council. In 2013, he was honored as the "Man of the Year" by the Shomrim Society and "Democrat of the Year" from the Broward County Democratic Party.

Scott Israel holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Cortland State University and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy. He and his wife Susan are the proud parents of triplets Brett, Blake and Blair. The Israel family resides in Parkland, Florida.

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September 18     4th Annual Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary Hot Pong

  6:00 PM11:00 PM
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September 21     Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale Board Meeting

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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September 22     Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
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September 23     JULIET MURPHY ROULHAC, FPL's Regional Manager for External Affiarsc


Juliet Murphy Roulhac is the Regional Manager for External Affairs for Florida Power & Light Company, a Fortune 200 company which is the largest electric utility in the state, and one of the largest electric utility providers of clean energy in the country.  Ms. Roulhac manages governmental and community relations with elected officials and major stakeholders and develops regional strategies for FPL. She is a licensed attorney and practiced in the General Counsel’s Department prior to External Affairs, and has over twenty-five years of complex business litigation and appellate experience.


Prior to joining FPL in October 1999, Ms. Roulhac practiced law in-house with the General Counsel Departments of CIGNA Property and Casualty Insurance Company and Prudential Property and Casualty Insurance Company. She started her career at the Rumberger, Kirk law firm in Miami.


Ms. Roulhac currently serves as Board Chair of Business for the Arts of Broward and the Florida Bar Leadership Academy.  She is on the Executive Committees and Chairman’s Circles of both the Greater Fort Lauderdale and Greater Plantation Chambers of Commerce.  She serves as a board member of the Broward Workshop, the CEO Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, and South Florida Women’s Executive Leadership Board.  She is an active member of the Broward County Bar Association, and previously served on the statewide Florida Bar Board of Governors.


Ms. Roulhac holds both BA and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Florida, where she recently served as a gubernatorial appointee on the Board of Trustees. She has resided in the South Florida area for over 35 years.


Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.7 million customer accounts across nearly half of the State of Florida. As of year-end 2014, FPL’s typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the national average and the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the fifth year in a row. FPL’s service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2014 as the most trusted U.S. electric utility by Market Strategies International, and has earned the national ServiceOne Award for outstanding customer service for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.

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September 30     Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary Happy Hour

  5:30 PM7:30 PM
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