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April 2015 Events
April 1     Chip Ellis



Chip Ellis has over 35 years of business development experience specializing in government and global markets.  A serial entrepreneur, Chip has founded ten technologies companies, three of which grew to more than $25 million in sales and one over $100 million. His specialty is coaching clients on strategically growing their businesses into new GIANT markets.


For the past 7 years, Chip has been the President of the International Association of U.S. Government Contractors (IA U.S. GC).  The Association has coached over 1,200 hundred small businesses how to capture federal government contracts from multiple agencies without bidding and without all the red tape.  Before founding the Association, Chip was the Executive Director for the US Chamber of Commerce responsible for facilitating federal government and global opportunities for new members. 


Chip has held CEO positions in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa and throughout the US.  He speaks Thai and graduated with a business degree from the University of Michigan.

  12:15 PM1:30 PM
April 3     Good Friday & First Night of Passover
April 8     George Hanbury, PhD, President of NSU


George L. Hanbury II
President/CEO, Nova Southeastern University

George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. is the sixth president of Nova Southeastern University, the nation’s tenth largest private not-for-profit university, located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He assumed the role of President and CEO in July 2011.

One of his first accomplishments as president was to refocus the university’s mission and vision, and lay out eight core values to guide the university into 2020 and beyond: Academic Excellence, Student Centered, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity and Community. One early sign of success is that under Dr. Hanbury’s leadership, NSU became one of only 37 universities in the nation to hold the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s dual designation of both “Community Engaged” and “High Research Activity.”

Prior to his appointment as President, Dr. Hanbury served NSU for twelve years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before entering higher education administration, Dr. Hanbury led a successful 30-year career as City Manager of the Cities of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Portsmouth, Virginia; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and as Assistant City Manager in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Hanbury holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Public Administration from Old Dominion and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Hanbury also teaches Leadership and Public Administration at NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. He has been certified through the Senior Executive Institute at the University of Virginia and has been recognized for his leadership by service organizations, city councils and commissions, and chambers of commerce across the nation.

Dr. Hanbury has been honored by many organizations, including accolades such as Fort Lauderdale’s 2013 Downtowner of the Year, the Ease Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, Rotary Club of Davie-Cooper City 2006 Man of the Year, American Diabetes Association Valor Award Recipient 2005, Distinguished Alumni of Old Dominion University, and many others. He also commits much of his time to civic activities by serving on numerous boards, including the Broward Workshop Executive Committee, and the Sunshine State Conference.

Dr. Hanbury has lectured throughout the country to various executive groups on topics such as leadership, public policy, the council/manager form of government, economic development, executive motivation and public speaking. 

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April 11     The Fort Lauderdale Fire and Safety Museum Clean-­-Up


Open to all club members, their families, friends, prospective members and visiting Rotarians.

Meet at the Fire Museum corner of SW 11 Ave (Palm Ave) and W. Las Olas Blvd

The Fort Lauderdale Fire and Safety Museum is located at Historic Fire Station 3 at 1022 West Las Olas Boulevard, at S. W. 11th Avenue, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is in the Sailboat Bend neighborhood, which itself is enjoying a major renewal. The Sailboat Bend Civic Association is very active in preserving the heritage, ambiance and architecture of this historic and eclectic neighborhood.

Take I-95 to Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Drive east to west 11th Avenue and turn south 4 blocks to Las Olas Boulevard. The Fire Museum is on the southeast corner. Parking is in the rear and across the street.


  9:00 AM11:45 AM
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April 13     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.


  5:30 AM7:30 AM
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April 15     Philip T.Y. Wang, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

Philip T.Y. Wang

Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami 

DATE OF BIRTH: April 1, 1954         

PLACE OF BIRTH: Taipei , Taiwan, ROC

MARITAL STATUS: Married, Two Sons, Two Grandchildren

ACADEMICS:  Fu-Jen Catholic University , Bachelor Degree, Sinology

Foreign Service Institute, March-August 1980


Sep. 1977- Mar. 1978

Assistant, Taipei Sung-Shan District Office, KMT

Mar. 1978- Mar. 1980

Assistant, Overseas Youth Service Dept., China Youth Corps

Aug. 1980- Aug. 1981

Senior Staff, Dept. of North American Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Aug. 1981- Jul. 1983

Secretary, Office of the Vice Minister Edward Y. Kuan, MOFA

July. 1983- Oct. 1988

Assistant, Atlanta Office, Coordination Council for North American Affairs (CCNAA)

Oct. 1988- Jun. 1990

Executive Assistant, CCNAA Miami Office

July 1990- Mar. 1993

Director, Foreign Affairs Department, Taiwan Provincial Government

April 1993- Sept. 1993

Senior Specialist, Department of Central and South American Affairs, MOFA

Oct. 1993- Nov. 1997

Counselor and Charge d'Affaires

Embassy of the Republic of China, Commonwealth of Dominica

Nov. 1997- Jun. 1998

Minister- Counselor and Charge d'Affaires

Embassy of the Republic of China, Commonwealth of Dominica

Jun. 1998- Feb. 2001

Director of the Administrative Division

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States

Mar. 2001- Dec. 2004

Deputy Director General, Dept of Archives and Information Management, MOFA,  

Dec. 2004- Jun. 2010

Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Honolulu

Jul. 2010Jan.2011

Director General on Home Assignment, Research and Planning Committee, MOFA

Jan. 2011Aug.2012

Director General, Dept. of Archives and Information Management, MOFA

Sep.2012 Mar.2013

Director General, Dept. of Archives, Information Management and Telecommunications

Apr.2013 Present

Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami


Rotary Member for the past 30 years in the following Rotary Clubs:

Rotary Club of West End in Atlanta (1984-1988)

Rotary Club of Coral Gables (1988-1990; June 2013-)

Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan, ROC (1990-1993) (2001- 2004) (2011-March 2013)

Rotary Club of Dominica, West Indies (1993-1998)

Rotary Club of Washington D.C. (1998-2001)

Rotary Club of Honolulu, HI (2005- July 2010)


Reading, Information Technology, Tropical Agriculture, Drawing Animated Chinese History Maps

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April 18     Training Assembly Saturday, April 18, 2015

Join DGE Larry and your fellow Rotarians from around our District. This meeting is primarily devoted to help prepare you for effective club governance. All incoming club leaders and wannabes will get leadership resources and tools to help you and our club thrive. Make new friends. Learn new things and share what works with others.

Signature Grand, Davie, Florida

  8:00 AM5:00 PM
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April 22     Nick Forro, VP of Sales and Marketing, Miami Dolphins
Nick Forro, VP Sales and Marketing
Miami Dolphins.
Nick Forro is entering his second season with the Miami Dolphins as vice president of ticket sales, service and operations. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Dolphins membership sales and service.

Forro joined the Dolphins from MLB’s New York Yankees, where he most recently served as ticket sales and service director. In his time with the team, he directed a $42 million new business campaign that resulted in a 19 percent increase over the 2012 season. Forro also helped strategize and execute the build out of the company’s first dedicated group sales & retention departments. Prior to the Yankees, Forro got his start with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, most recently serving as season sales director. In that capacity, he was responsible for all forecasting, tracking and projecting for the Suns and WNBA Phoenix Mercury ticket plan campaigns. In addition, Forro was instrumental in the development, e-marketing, lead generation and execution of more than 50 sales events generating over $600,000 for the Suns and Mercury ticket plan revenue during the 2010-11 season as well as the 2011-12 campaigns. Forro started with the Suns, working his way up from an inside sales consultant, to an account executive in season ticket sales to new business development manager.

Forro attained a Bachelors of Science in business administration from Youngstown State University in Ohio, where he lettered in football. He resides in Weston, Fla. with his wife, Erin, and their three children – Carter, Nicholas and Paige.
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April 25     Power of One Hour: Multi---Club Event

Open to all members, their families, friends, prospective members and visiting Rotarians.

  9:00 AM10:00 AM
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April 29     Annual Rotary and Interact Softball Game

Annual Softball Game

Logo Interact


Join us for fellowship and fun on the field

April 29 at 12.00 noon!

Rotary lunch catered by CA Catering

Cardinal Gibbons High School

2900 NE 47 Street

Fort Laudederdale

  12:00 PM
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