Brookline, Massachusetts

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Forthcoming Speakers

Feb 26, 2015
Robert Kaplan
It's OK to Age at Home
Mar 05, 2015
Annette Zaale Champney
The Tragedy of Ugandan Kids
Mar 12, 2015
Nancy Shon
Sculptor and Her Story of Creating Some of Her Favorite Pieces
Mar 19, 2015
Club Assembly
Finance report, Board meeting report, planning discussion
Mar 26, 2015
Patrick Maloney
How Environmental Services of Brookline Protects Us
Apr 16, 2015
Club Assembly
Finance report, Board meeting report, planning discussion
May 21, 2015
Club Assembly
Finance report, Board meeting report, planning discussion

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Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Panera Bread

299 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA  02446
United States

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Thursdays at 12:15 PM 
Holiday Inn

1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA  02446
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Bob Kaplan of OK to Age at Home spoke with us about modifications that can be made to one's home to make it safer for yourself, for an aging parent, or for anyone with a disability.
Sweet & Savory was a beautiful event.  Claudia Dell'Anno and Ira Hirsch did a great job enrolling lots of interesting vendors and setting up the space in a lovely way, with lots of exciting items on the silent auction table.  The music was wonderful too.
We had a delightful presentation by Dr. Brian Bilchik and his colleague, Dr. Dara Lee Lewis, both of the Lown Cardiovascular Center on Longwood Avenue in Brookline.  This is the 16th year that Dr. Bilchik has come to talk with us about keeping our hearts healthy and strong.  Dr. Lewis specializes in imaging modalities and procedures, women's cardiac health, and preventive cardiology.  Both of them helped us understandhow diet and exercise can keep our hearts working well and prevent problems.  There were lots of questions, which they answered candidly and well.

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Ted Shaughnesy from the Needham Rotary Club, one of the Board members of Gift of Life New England, told us about the Gift of Life program worldwide -- how it started, and how it operates both in New England and worldwide.


Elias Audy introduced the speaker, Dan O’Leary, the Brookline Chief of Police. He and several other Rotarians thanked the Chief for his leadership and for the respect and good common sense with which he and his team do their jobs.  Chief O’Leary gave a PowerPoint and oral overview of current trends and initiatives in Brookline and the police department.
February is Quezalguaque Library Month at the on-going Friends of the Brookline Library Book Sale.   All proceeds from sales during February will go to support the Sister City Library in Quezalguaque, Nicaragua. The Friends used book sale is at the Main Library on Washington Street and the Coolidge Corner and Putterham branches.  Prices from 25 cents to $2 for books, and $3 for DVDs.
Mike Burnstein is a local businessman.  His company, Runjanji, sells active wear, and shares profits with clean water projects. 
Ken Goldstein, chairman of the Brookline Board of Selectmen, addressed the Brookline Rotary Club.  He shared thoughts on the State of the Town, and on the impending tax override proposal.
Elias Audy and Marina Brodskaya, co-chairs of the event, and Hadley Weinberg, Treasurer, presented checks to the dancers representing their shares of the proceeds of Dancing with the Brookline Stars. The total net amount raised for charitable works was over $141,000!
Elmon Hendrickson introduced the speaker, Joanne Silva-Njoku, who works as a Social Worker in the town of Brookline.  Joanne spoke about Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday, developed in 1966 by Dr. Kuranga.  It is based on ideas borrowed from Africa from an ancient Swahili seven-day-long festival.
We heard from two projects designed to support our Veterans in creative ways.  Teacher Eugene Gonzalez presented a service project of the ExCEL program at the Brookline High School, and Wiliam McGroarty shared with us the work that Brookline does through his office to help veterans re-enter real life in Brookline.
Dan Shaughnessy spoke at our Thanksgiving luncheonOn Tuesday, November 25, the Brookline and Newton Rotary Clubs joined forces for the 30th year in a row to celebrate the friendly rivalry of the Newton and Brookline High School football teams.  Retiring Newton North coach Peter Capodilupo reminded us that this Thanksgiving Day game has been played every year for 120 years, since before the Spanish-American War.  Dan Shaughnessy, sports writer for the Boston Globe, was the very entertaining featured speaker.  He talked about the importance of learning to be a part of a team and work together toward a common goal.
At our meeting of November 13, George Drugas, President of the Brookline Chamber of Commerce, described the work of the Chamber and invited additional Rotarians to join the Chamber.  In return we invited him to join the Rotary Club. 
Come November 13 to hear more about this wonderful evening, and about the money raised to benefit 11 charities and our own projects as well.  430 people in the room, laughing and cheering our wonderful dancers, with high energy from everyone from the Steps to Success kids to the Senior Center seniors!
If you missed it live, see the videos at our YouTube Channel, and watch for additional footage from Brookline Interactive Group (BIG).  The wonderful photos of Michael Simonds are on our Facebook page -=- be sure to LIKE our page and any photos you especially like!
At our meeting November 6, 2014, Dr. Alan Balsam, Director of Health and Human Services in Brookline, played the guitar and sang folk songs dear to Pete Seeger or written by him.  Everyone enjoyed the concert and many of the Rotarians sang along, remembering days gone by. 
Alan will be performing a full show, Remembering Pete Seeger at 7:00 p.m., November 20 at Brookline's First Light Festival.  Photo by Elaine Jacobs.

Judith Steinbergh, Brookline's first and only poet laureate, shared with us how her position came to be, and the activities of her program. She has created a "home for poems" on her website and Facebook page.  She runs workshops, and special programs in the schools, encouraging children beginning in first grade to express themselves in poetry, using word pictures to depict their feelings and impressions.  She shared a number of beautiful student poems as well as some of her own work. 
The breakfast club is meeting weekly at Panera Bread, 299 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA  02446
This week, October 30, 2014, we will be discussing our Sister City in Nicaragua and how we can leverage the power of Rotary International to help them and other sites in the world who need basic services: clean water, health care, and basic housing.

On Monday night, October 27, we will be honored to host two Rotarians from Italy who will present excerpts from their new album of music for piano and clarinet.  The concert will be 7-9 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline.  Please take time to join us for this delightful evening.  Tickets are available online or at the door,

A description of the Brookline Rotary Committees was distributed via email and at the meeting, and committee chairs and other member gave further oral explanations. For your copy, click here.
ACTION: Please notify Joyce which one or two committees you would like to serve on.  Everyone will be assigned to at least one committee.  Write to
Committee meetings will be scheduled at a time and place mutually agreeable to the members, possibly including teleconferencing.  The Committees will plan and organize the activity; all members will be asked to come to the event and pitch in as needed on site.
Jock Grew spoke about Brookline Sister City Week, October 19 – 25, 2014.  Our sister city is Quezalguaque.   On Thursday, October 23, the director of the project and the mayor of the town will attend the Brookline Rotary Club lunchtime meeting. This is an open event, advertised as part of Brookline's Sister City celebration.
Peggy Kim Meill spoke with us about her pilot study of women Baby Boomers, called Ba' Ba Boom, an effort to bring together baby boomers in small settings to engage in topics that pique our curiosity about ourselves, our communities, and our world.  "Ba’ Boom is a venue to help us see possibilities - so we can grow as we age."
On Freshmen Orientation Day at the Brookline High School, Brookline Rotary and the Parent-Teacher Association provided lunch for students, teachers, and mentors -- more than 400 people in an hour! 
This was the 15th year that Brookline Rotary assisted the parents of the sophomore class to provide this celebration of the incoming class of 9th graders who will graduate in 2018.  Altogether we fed around 850 people: 600 freshman class and new students, 150 staff, 75 Junior Mentors and 25 volunteers. A good day was had by all! 
On September 11 Rotarians will meet at our regular meeting places:
  • 7 AM at Panera Coolidge Corner for breakfast, or
  • 12 noon at the Holiday Inn for lunch.
Many thanks to Michael Simonds for the wonderful photos.
On Thursday, September 4, 2014, the Breakfast and Lunch meetings are both CANCELLED.  Instead, please joins us at the central quadrangle at Brookline High School to feed the students and teachers on the Freshman Orientation day at Brookline High School.
Justin called the meeting to order at 7:10 AM
Justin gave us an inspirational message for the day:
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John Fitzgerald Kennedy


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