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Rotary Weekly Meeting - July 17, 2024

Rotary Weekly Meeting 

July 17, 2024 at 12:15 p.m.


 

Speaker:  DEBORA DURO, MD, MS
"Promoting Health Through Culinary Medicine"

We meet at the Global Event Center, 416 NE 1st Street, for the live meeting.
Join us at noon.  The meeting will begin at 12:15 pm.
Email [email protected] with questions. 

A lunch buffet is provided by Hugh's Catering.

Please note that on Wednesdays during our lunch meetings, we have free parking if you arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
If you arrive after 12:30 p.m., please be sure to pay for the time you need to
avoid getting a ticket. 

Click here on Wednesday anytime after 12:00 to participate in the Zoom meeting.

You can also dial in, but you will not see the PowerPoint or video feeds.
To dial in call:  646-558-8656 and use this Meeting ID:  954 424 0731
Password:  275406
Bio - Debora Duro, MD, MS

Dr. Debora Duro is the Program Director of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Medical Director “FIRST for Children” (Florida Intestinal Rehabilitation Support and Treatment) Program at Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital at Broward Health Medical Center in Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA. She graduated as an MD from the PUC-RS Pontificia University Catholic in South of Brazil and thereafter obtained her pediatric residency training at Miami Children Hospital. She did her clinical fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Boston Children Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

She has a Master of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition at Florida International University, Miami, FL and certified on Plantbased Nutrition by eCornell University, NY. She also has a degree as a culinary chef coaching at the Harvard Medical University and holds an appointment as an Associate Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at both Florida International University in Miami and Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Duro is a Board member of the Florida Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) and the representative of the 4th district in FL. She is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and currently the Chair of the Nutrition Committee of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN).

She has currently published July 2nd the first article ever on Culinary Medicine and the applications in the Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition field as a pioneer.


 

 

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Dan Rizzi

2024-2025 Club President


Club President Letter 2024-25

Dear Rotarians and Friends of Rotary:

 

I am deeply honored to be entrusted with the role of your 102nd President for the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale. As we embark on this new year, I stand humbled by the legacy of our esteemed past presidents who, for over a century, have leveraged their knowledge and dedication to build a remarkable organization committed to service.

 

Rotary International’s Theme: The Magic of Rotary

 

This year’s theme, “The Magic of Rotary,” compels us to consider the transformative power of our collective efforts. Imagine a world free from polio, with communities empowered to secure clean water, cultivate their own food, and connect via bridges that bring families and education closer. This, my fellow Rotarians, is the magic we create when we unite in service.

 

The Enduring Impact of the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale

 

Locally, the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale has consistently embodied this spirit. Our enduring impact is evident in a multitude of initiatives, including:

 

  • Partnering with Challenge Air to provide transformative flight experiences for 84 children facing physical and mental challenges, with the invaluable support of 19 pilots, 160 volunteers, and generous sponsors.
  • Annually distributing hundreds of toys and gifts to brighten the holidays for underprivileged children and seniors.
  • Awarding over $3 million in scholarships to deserving students within the Fort Lauderdale school district.
  • Supporting the Wheelchair Foundation, fostering mobility for those in need.

 

Beyond Service, Building Community

 

We foster strong bonds within our club through:

 

  • Engaging monthly socials and happy hours, fostering connections and camaraderie.
  • Annual events like Thanksgiving baskets, Salvation Army bell ringing, and festive holiday and fall picnics that celebrate the joy of giving and shared experiences.
  • Disaster relief efforts whenever communities face hardship.

 

A Look Forward

 

While we celebrate our past achievements, we also embrace new initiatives designed to elevate our service and engagement. These include:

 

  • Weekly member introductions, fostering deeper connections within the club.
  • Inviting inspiring speakers from the business community to share their expertise.
  • Reintroducing the “Teacher of the Year” program, recognizing outstanding contributions within the educational sector.
  • Establishing a “Rotarians Honoring Rotarians” program, acknowledging the exceptional contributions of dedicated members throughout their years of service.

 

Invitation to Serve and Connect

 

The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale offers a unique space for individuals who seek to serve their community while forging meaningful connections. Our weekly meetings, held Wednesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Global Event Center at First Baptist Church in downtown Fort Lauderdale, followed by a social gathering on the last Wednesday of the month at a local venue, provide the perfect opportunity to experience the magic firsthand.

 

We warmly invite you to join us as a guest. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Together, let’s continue to weave the magic of Rotary, one act of service at a time.

 

Sincerely,

 

Daniel Rizzi President 2024-2025
Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale

International Projects

Volunteer With Us

As we begin our Rotary year, here is a quick reminder of the service projects we have on our schedule so far. We do not have exact dates for everything, but please keep these projects in mind and be on the lookout for more information. If you would like to help with any of these projects, please contact the chair directly. If you have ideas for new projects, please contact Kristin LaFleur or St. George Guardabassi.

  • Find Your Way Home – Jorg Hruschka – Select Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Holiday Toy Drive – Linda Cooke – October – December
  • Thanksgiving Baskets – Steve Botkin – Saturday, November 18
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Steve Botkin – December
  • Challenge Air – Dan Rizzi – January 26 & 27
  • Agape Love Breakfast – Gail Auguston-Koppen – February 9 & 10

Rotarians In Action


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