Doug McOwen, our club’s president, opened our meeting
on Sunday January 30, 2022. Our treasury report’s current
balance is the same as last month because Ken, our
treasurer, has a meeting at the bank. Doug made a motion
that our club’s board meeting held on the third Thursdays
each month begin at 7 PM instead of 5:30. This motion
was approved. He thanked Steve and members who have
helped him in his new important role as president.
Herb Valhuerdi will try to have a fire department representative
as our speaker during one of our future meetings.
Judge Bill Allfield will be our speaker for the month of
March, Merv Levin, our temple president, told us to bring
items to be collected for our rummage sale to the chapel of
our temple. Donated items can be brought to our temple
during the week from Mondays to Fridays from 10 AM to
12 PM. They must be in good condition. The day of this
presentation will be on Sunday March 20. Merv and Doug
will be the managers and Merv can be reached, if needed,
at 954-558=0099 and Doug at 954-253-0596. We will
attempt to have Debbie Wasserman Schultz as a speaker
at a future meeting.
Merv discussed meeting a group to discuss security and
anti-semitism in the synagogue. Also, he spoke about purchasing
a raffle for $10 beginning the month of January to
be entered into our drawing for a free temple membership
for next year. The winner will be announced during the first
Friday of February. If you do not win, then you can purchase
another raffle the following month for the next 5
months with the winner announced during the first Friday
of the following months.
After our meeting ended, our guest speaker was representative
Rick Stark. He began by being happy returning
as our speaker and praised Steve Reinstein for his leadership
in the Computer Club. He told us that Robin
Bartleman will now be our representative. He discussed
what has been happening to him during the past two years.
He had lost a bid to become Mayor of Weston. Then, a
major impact upon him and his family was that his mother
and father had gotten ill with the current pandemic. He has
been active as an insurance agent working with Medicare
and Medicare Advantage people enrolled in these programs.
He is actively working for a Jewish Caucus with the
Democratic office in Broward County trying to get Jewish
candidates elected. He discussed anti-Semitism citing the
synagogue incident that had occurred in Pennsylvania.
He mentioned his close relationship he had with Al
Hastings and now with the special election to replace him
after his death. He did not say whether or not he will run
again because of his parents being ill. The Jewish Caucus
keeps him very busy, He spoke about the Democratic party
having more voters, however, more Republican voters
have been coming out to vote during certain elections.
Lately, Republicans are making it more difficult to vote by
mail in the state of Florida.
He discussed the reports that although some people
have had both shots and a booster, nevertheless, there are
some who have gotten the omicron virus. He spoke about
critical race theory and the holocaust not being taught in
the Florida schools.
The movement supporting Donald Trump after the
January 6, 2021 insurrection has divided our nation. Also,
he told us about protesters against college students getting
vaccinated because they feel vaccinations produce autism.
He ended his discussions in stating his belief that the
major divisions in our nation are caused by Russia and
China. Our club thanked Rick Stark for his informative and
Be Well and Stay Safe,