December 2013

Seasons Greetings!

Before we all embark on our journeys for the holidays and New Year, on behalf of the Board, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the wonderful year we’ve had. Blessed with an amazing (and quickly growing) alumni base here in South Florida, we couldn’t thank you all more for your time, talents, and presence throughout this year. 
As a prime example of our wonderful group, we want to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude to Larry and Rose Ben for hosting another incredible Winter Wine and Dine event on Dec. 5th at Cafe Maxx. Additionally, we would like to send a special thanks to alum, Karl Elderkin, for presenting the amazing selection of wines. Between the Ben’s and Karl, we sampled some of the greatest wines in their collections, which they themselves graciously donated to the event from their own supplies. What a treat that evening was, between the company, which included University Trustee, Dalia Stiller and Advisory Board Member of the Baker Real Estate Program, Duane Stiller, to the delicious 4-course meal, hand selected by the Ben’s, and last but not least, the wine selection, beautifully presented by Karl. It was a magical evening and we thank all who attended and enjoyed in this meal together. (To see a few photos of the evening, please visit our Facebook page or Club website.)
As we look ahead to our 2014 year, we are eager to provide our constituents with more enriching events, networking opportunities, family fun, and above all, a presence of our wonderful Alma Mater here in the South Florida area. Once again, thank you all for continuing to support the local Cornell community, and we wish you all a very wonderful holiday season and a blessed and prosperous New Year! C U all in 2014!


Thomas and Andrea Virgin


Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton

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Co-Hosted by the Cornell Clubs of Eastern Florida and Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton
February 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Delray Beach, FL

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since its opening in 1977. The Morikami invites guests to discover South Florida’s heritage and its connection with Japan, and explore a series of six diverse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japanese gardening.  Experience traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through world-class exhibits, varied educational programs and seasonal events, bonsai display, Pan-Asian cuisine and a distinctive museum store.

Please join the CCEF and the Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton at the Morikami on Tuesday, February 4th at 10 a.m for a private tour of the museum, teahouse, and a short walk to the garden followed by a lovely lunch at the Cornell Café.Cost:  $29 per person and includes a private docent and a bento box for lunch.

RSVP by January 15th  – space is limited.

Contact:  Susan Moldow at or 954-592-0022 for further questions about this event.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at

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Co-Hosted by the Cornell Clubs of Eastern Florida, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton and Greater Miami 

Please join us for the day at Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach.  The Park is situated along the scenic Oleta River and Biscayne Bay.  At 9 AM, we’ll take a 2.5 to 3 hour paddle among the mangrove trails and into the sheltered bay.  We hope to see some manatees and dolphins.  THIS PADDLE WILL BE SLOW-PACED AND SUITABLE FORBEGINNERS!  PADDLING INSTRUCTION WILL BE GIVEN.  The park concessionaire rents kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards – or you may bring your own.

Around noon, we’ll gather for a lavish burgers, hot dogs, salads, chips, desserts, sodas, etc. picnic lunch at the covered White Ibis pavilion.  If you’re not a paddler, you’re welcome to join us for the lunch only.

After lunch, you can take advantage of the other park activities including mountain bike trails, walking trails, swimming in a sheltered sand beach, and fishing.

For questions, please contact Chas Hunt,

Saturday, January 25, 2014
9:00 AM – whenever

Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160

Paddling will start at the Blue Moon Outdoor Center located on the left as you proceed south on the entrance road.

3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, Florida 33160

The picnic will be in the White Ibis pavilion.  This is the first pavilion on the left on the east side of the Parking Lot 1.

Paddling Rentals (includes paddles and PFD’s (life jackets))

$40 Single Kayak
$50 Tandem Kayak
$55 Canoe
$55 Standup Paddle Board

No charge to launch your own boat

$10 per person 13 and older

Everyone will pay their own State Park admission – $4 for a vehicle with one person, $6 for a vehicle with 2 to 8 people.

Click Here to RSVP and PAY by Thursday, January 23rd.

Kayaking and Picnic Flyer

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