June 2014

Dear Members,
What a year! Let us begin by saying thank you to all of you who attended events, volunteered in various outlets, our fantastic Board, and especially to our incredibly generous hosts who have opened up their homes, restaurants, and hearts to our club.
On the note of hosts, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jim and Faith Cohen for hosting our Admitted Students Reception, which was very well attended and remarked upon. Many of the students who attended, accepted Cornell to be their future Alma Mater and without the Cohen’s and their generosity, we may not have seen such a high acceptance number. In addition to the Cohen’s, we would also like to take a moment to thank our CAAAN Chair, Larry Reese, whose importance in our Club and the University as a whole cannot be overstated.
For photos of the reception and incoming Cornell students, please feel free to visit our Facebook page and website.
As we near the summer, we look back at the wonderful year we’ve had. From record attendance at our Student Send-Off, the fun Zinck’s Night at the Biergarten, to the always classic wine tasting at Cafe Maxx, we were blessed with a great closing of the year with a perfectly planned event at the Boca Museum. At this event, Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art collaborated with the Cornell Club of Eastern Florida and Trustee Dalia Stiller to create a fantastic experience enjoyed by all.
Sadly, our annual and always fun Big Red Fiesta had to be postponed until next year due to the closing of our long-loved venue the Spaniard. Although this was unfortunate, we’re looking forward to the next exciting year, where not only will we be providing a fantastic new and entertaining alternative to this yearly event, but more importantly, we’ll be celebrating an extremely exciting anniversary…
As many of you may have already seen and read about, Cornell officially celebrates its Sesquicentennial (150th year) on April 27, 2015! This is an incredibly exciting year for Cornell not only in Ithaca, but also worldwide. On that note, we are thrilled to announce that on Saturday, February 14th, 2015, Cornell has chosen West Palm Beach as one of their regional locations for their celebration. Collaborating with the University and our other local clubs, we’ll be putting together a spectacular event for all to gather and celebrate. At this event we’ll reminisce on the last 150 years of Cornell and also get excited for the many goals it has for the next 150 years and beyond as one of the world’s leading universities. So please mark your calendars for this momentous occasion.
Due to this anniversary, this year will be both busy and exciting and will require incredible planning and coordination from our board and volunteers. This summer’s in-person board meeting will be held Thursday, July 24th, at 6:30pm in Fort Lauderdale. There are a few board positions available, so if interested, please refer below for more information. Also, if any of you are interested in participating in the formation of this year’s celebrations, please do reach out to us. Especially this year, our board could use some extra hands.
In closing, this next year is certainly going to be one for the record books. On behalf of the Board, we would like to thank you all for this wonderful past year, and we sincerely look forward to celebrating with you all at the many exciting events to come. As we embark on our summer, we wish everyone safe travels with your families, congratulations to all the graduates within our community, and an overall fun and enjoyable summer break for all.
 
C U all in the Fall!
Sincerely,
Thomas and Andrea Virgin, c/o ’11
Cornell Club of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton
Co-Presidents
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The Cornell AguaClara Program

Friday, June 13, 2014
06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Gallery 2014
2014-2016 Harrison Street
Hollywood, FL 33019

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Come learn about AguaClara! AguaClara is a program borne in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering nearly a decade ago. To date 9 water treatment plants have been installed in rural Honduras and 3 water filtration plants in rural India. These technologies provide safe, clean water to nearly 50,000 people living in the world’s poorest communities.

Almost 1 billion people in the world lack access to clean water. Cornell, in partnership with AguaClara LLC, the social enterprise established to deploy these treatment technologies, aim to bring low-cost, high-tech, sustainable solutions to communities in need.

Program director, Dr. Monroe Weber-Shirk, Senior Lecturer at Cornell, will visit us in south Florida along with other Cornell graduates who are involved in the program, and members of the AguaClara Advisory Board. Long time AguaClara supporters, Ken Brown ’74 and his wife, Elizabeth Sanjuan will host a reception at their art gallery.

A short program will take place including a video presentation.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
No Cost

Read more about AguaClara in the Cornell Chronicle at the links below:
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2007/02/alums-support-honduras-water-plant-and-running
http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2008/02/students-help-lay-foundation-new-water-plant-honduras

For event questions, please contact Sarah Weidel ’09 at sme25@cornell.edu.

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