Brookline, Massachusetts
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Dr. Sheila Katz, Historian and Author
Mar 16, 2017
Connecting with the Enemy: A Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence
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404 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA  02446
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386 Washington Street
Brookline, MA  02445
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President's Elmon Hendrickson's Message
Monday January 16, 2017 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Please remember his message of volunteering to help others less fortunate than ourselves.
Please remember we have one regular meeting this week, Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 12:15 PMBrookline American Legion/VFW Post.  Please remember that we will be serving hot lunch at this meeting.  The cost is $10 for anyone that would like to have lunch.  Thank you.
The Brookline Rotary Board will be meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the American Legion/VFW. 
The Brookline Rotary guest speaker for January 19th will be Joshua Resnek, Brookline Voice.
There will be a Rotary Means Business Networking Event in Waltham on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  If you need additional information, please contact me directly.   
Please remember to bring your food donations to the Post.
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The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:15 PMBrookline American Legion/VFW Post

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 "The time is always right to do what's right," by Martin Luther King Jr.
My next newsletter will be coming out on January 23rd.  If you want to submit any items, please be sure to give them to me by Sunday, January 22, 2017
Elmon Hendrickson
2016-2017 President
Our very own Elmon Hendrickson helped to co-ordiante and lead this year's town celebration honoring Brookline Veterans.

“I had a fantastic time.”

“it seems to be getting better every year!

“Congratulations in building this very best of community events” 
“…very inspiring”   

 Once again, on Saturday, November 5, eight Brookline notables showed off their new and hard earned dancing shoes while raising about $190,000 for eight local charities. 
Looking forward to our annual Freshman BBQ.  This one is for the BHS class of 2020!  All are welcome.  We will be starting to organize the food tables and grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers in the courtyard of the high school at 11:00AM and the first diners should be there just before noon.  Second shift should be finished around 1:30 and with clean-up, we should all be out of there by 2:00PM.  The hordes are usually hungry so wear comfy casual clothes and shoes.  Join us for all or part of the event.  It is always lots of fun joining the BHS staff and PTO for this special day.  Parking is any where around Greenough St.  This will replace our usual noon meeting this week.
Once again, Brookline Rotary will join the cheering crowds at Coolidge Corner to encourage the Marathon runners at the 24 mile mark.  As we have done for many years, Rotarians will be collecting donations for Special Olympics.  We will also host a concession stand for hungry and thirsty by-standers offering hot dogs, hamburgers, and Greek salad pockets with all proceeds going to local charities.  With thousands of runners, everyone knows someone who knows someone who is running.  Come cheer, help Special Olympics  and enjoy the refreshments in front of the Marriott Hotel at Webster and Beacon St. from 11:00 to when the food runs out.
On Saturday April 2, the Cafeteria at Brookline High School once again rocked with music, laughter and and the smells of pancakes as Brookline Rotary hosted its 22nd annual community Pancake Breakfast.  Old and young from all over Brookline shared in the fun, games, food and music as club members served up over 3000 pancakes!  It took all our club members to pull off this successful event.  In addition to lots of pancakes, kids were entertained with games/puzzles , face painting, balloon sculptures, and super heroes.  Some of our more skilled guests danced the Lindy and other guest took home great treasures and values from the auction table.  All in all, it was a great success. 
Several of our members  made trips over the winter to exotic locations, and brought back Rotary Trading Banners from the clubs they visited.  Arthur Segawa visited a club in Uganda, Phil Sandler in Kuwait and India, Elias Audy in Barbados, Jock Grew in Costa Rica, and many more.  We are glad  to have everyone home again safely with beautiful new banners to add to our collection.
Join Brookline PAX and Brookline Rotary in celebration of MLK Day by donating food and personal care items for the Brookline Food Pantry and donating books, CD's and DVD's for More Than Words Bookstore and Cafe. This is a great win/win as we all look for worthy ways and incentives to clean out closets and shelves while helping others. Collection sites are at the Arcade Building on 318 Harvard St. and Brookline Booksmith at 279 Harvard St. from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on January 18, 2016.  For more infomation visit and
What other club could hold a "fifth Thursday"  or celebrate New Year's eve as Brookline Rotary can?  For his third year, Brookline Rotary's Bo Winiker conducted the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra and rocked Symphony Hall as no one else can.  Unlike any traditional symphony concert, Bo has the audience on their feet singing and dancing to old standards and more contemporary popular songs.  At one point, Bo shares the stage with his brother and Rotarian Bill.  Way to go Bo!  It was a great evening.  Bo, thanks for the memories and a lovely New Year's eve.  
Some fun news:  One of the 2015 dancers for Dancing with the Brookline Stars will be featured on Chronicle tonight.  Dawn Oates from the PlayBrigade will be featured front and center of the Brookline Rotary Banner!  Take a look at channel 5 tonight, 7-1:30 pm, Monday 14 December 2016.
hats and mittensIn the spirit of Rotary and the season, please note the efforts of one of our members, Elaine Joseph and Bank of Canton and contribute what you can to her Mitten Tree and her Toys for the Brookline Mental Health Center.  Bring donations to a Rotary meeting, or deliver them to the Bank of Canton.
It is with tremendous sadness that I share with each of you the news of Murray Liverman's death.  Murray passed away this morning, at home with his wife Reva, after a short stay in the hospital last week.  Funeral services will be Tuesday morning, 12/15/15 at 10:00 at Temple Beth Am, 300 Pleasant St., Framingham.  
On Saturday, November 7, 2015, eight Brookline notables danced their toes off for local charities.  In a fun filled event, Brookline Rotary hosted the third Dancing with the Brookline Stars.  Each Brookline Star was paired with a professional from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Dedham while their support team was raising thousands of dollars for their designated charity.  About 450 friends and supporters then watched the performances while enjoying the catering of Vine Ripe Grill, owned by first year’s Dancing with the Brookline Stars winner, Lisa Wiesel.  Over $260, 000 was raised for the designated charities.
Club President, Susan Rack and Foundation Co-chair, Arnie Miller, attended the District Foundation Dinner on November 4, 2015, where the Club was recognized for giving $284, 000 last year in donations and matching grants to help solve worthy local and international issues. 
Please join us for drinks and socialization on Thursday, 10/29/15 at The Fireplace at 1634 Beacon St., Brookline from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.  Stop by and enjoy a drink and appetizers with friends. $10 cover and cash bar.  Guests welcome  Given the time of year, costumes are optional!
Brookline Rotary's own Bo Winiker Trio plays each Saturday night at Brothers' Restaurant on Harvard St. in Brookline.  Check the Winiker website to see which members of the Trio will be playing.  Stop by and enjoy the music and the food.
Dr. Karen Jacobs is the inspiration and co-ordinator for HealthMatters, a day long virtual conference on health related topics on September 17th.  Any part or all of the  conference can viewed for free on line.  Kudos to Karen  For information see 
Brothers RestaurantDon't forget!  This Thursday, July 30, we will celebrate our first FIFTH THURDAY event with cocktails and hors d'oeuvre at Brothers Restaurant, 404 Harvard Street, Brookline.   Lots of fun and fellowship!  5:30 pm to 7 pm.  Only $10 cover at the door, cash bar.  This is our chance to be together and network with one another.  Feel free to bring a guest ... or two or three!
We lost a friend and Rotarian on Monday, July 27, only days short of his 90th birthday.  Barry Jones will always be remembered for his ready smile and quick wit.  Funeral Wednesday at 11 AM at Levine's.
Kathy Bisbee of BIGKathy Bisbee, Executive Director of the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG), addressed Brookline Rotary.  She outlined the many programs and services BIG provides to the schools and the community, and asked for our help.
One July 2 we were addressed by Arthur Segawa, a local resident and new immigrant to the U.S. who enlisted in the army shortly after arriving from Uganda.  He shared his path with us.  He has been learning skills in civil engineering during his term of service in the Army both here and in Afghanistan, and is now studying engineering and continuing in the active reserves.
On Thursday, June 25th 2015, Brookline Rotary thanked Joyce Graff outgoing President and the retiring board for their wonderful service.  Incoming officers were installed by Jim Fusco, District Governor and Karin Gaffney Assistant District Governor with the assistance of master of ceremonies, Arnie Miller.  
Brookline Rotary will be changing its meeting schedule July 1.  The proposed schedule of meetings for June thru December 2015 is available for download. Click here for the schedule

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, the Rotary Club of Brookline honored Robert "Bo" Winiker and Betsy DeWitt for their dedicated service to the Town of Brookline and the greater community.


On June 20 at the Great Wold Lodge in Fitchburg our new District Governor for Rotary District 7910 was installed.  Along with the Installation of District Governor Jim Fusco and of the Assistant Governors, Leslie Storrs was installed as President of the Rotary Club of the Montachusett Area.  Jim Fusco is a member of this club and a past president.

YoFestival Boston 2015, was wonderful at Roxbury Community College.  You may remember that Steve von Lichtenberg's wife Dr. Michele David danced for YOFES in Dancing with the Brookline Stars. Youth & Family Enrichment Services, Inc. (YOFES) hosted its fourth annual cultural competition event, called YOFESTIVAL. The goal of this cultural event is to showcase the artistic talents of Haitian youth under the theme “Expression of Haitian Culture, Pride & Spirit."
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