President Abe Helal opened the meeting at 12:30 pm and requested everyone silence all cell phones.
 
President Abe Helal led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Bill Day led the Words of Inspiration. 
 
Secretary Nicole Butler called names of guests and visiting Rotarians.
Guest
Sponsoring Rotarian
Occupation/Specialty
Su Ping Jiang
Visiting Rotarian
President
Dedonno Marcello
Erminia Scarcelllo
Admiral
Rosalbade Donno
Erminia Scarcelllo
N/A
Steve Browne
Robert Schott
N/A
Lee Parker
Glen O'Gilvie
U.S. Trust VP Private Client
Jackie Bessette
Clara montenez
Door & Hardware Institute, Membership Development
Matthew Scarlett
John Morack,Florida
Urban Tree Propertied, Realtor
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Sterling Hoffman then announced the birthdays and anniversaries.
 
Clara Montanez introduced the guest speaker, Rick Lofgren from The Children’s Organ Transplant Association.  Rick Lofgren was named President of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in August 1998. Since that time he has worked to build the charity into a highly respected national fundraising entity that is singularly focused on saving kids’ lives, while saving their families from financial ruin. During Lofgren’s tenure as President and CEO, COTA has increased patient campaign dollars raised from less than $750,000 to more than $5 million, and has increased the number of annual patient fundraising campaigns from 31 to 200. In addition to providing hands-on fundraising assistance to numerous families and patients awaiting life-saving transplants, COTA has partnered to register thousands of organ donors and held dozens of bone marrow registration drives under Lofgren’s leadership. Since 1986, COTA has assisted thousands of transplant-needy children and young adults, and has raised more than $100 million for transplant-related expenses. Since COTA’s inception, thousands of families have been served and 2,000 COTA patients have been transplanted. At Bloomington, Indiana-based COTA, Lofgren administers strategic operations and policy formulation for the $30 million health care-related and fundraising charity. His specific duties include the implementation of annual, major planned giving programs; staff management and development; and Board of Directors’ growth and development. Between 1998 and 2015, COTA’s annual revenues increased from less than $1.5 million to more than $7.5 million. Lofgren has served on numerous community organizations’ committees and Board of Directors. Lofgren and his wife, Lisa, have two adult children and a daughter-in-law
 
Following an engaging question and answer session, President Abe Helal presented the tree certificate to the speaker.
 
President (Insert Name of Rotarian) adjourned the weekly meeting with final remarks at 1:30p.m.