Brookline, Massachusetts

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Forthcoming Speakers

Apr 02, 2015
Casey Hatchett
The Unfortunate Story of Exploitation of Brookline Kids
Apr 09, 2015
Elias Audy
"Taking Care of Your Car for Dummies"
Apr 16, 2015
Club Assembly
Approving our projects for the coming year
Apr 23, 2015
Whitney Taylor
The ACLU looks at TSA
Apr 30, 2015
Nur Kilic
The History of Chocolate
May 07, 2015
Dr. Susan Lett
Adult Immunizations
May 21, 2015
Club Assembly
Finance report, Board meeting report, planning discussion
Jun 18, 2015
Club Assembly
Finance report, Board meeting report, planning discussion

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Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Brothers Restaurant

404 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA  02446
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Thursdays at 12:15 PM 
Holiday Inn

1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA  02446
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The Breakfast club will meet regularly at Brothers Restaurant, 404 Harvard Street, Brookline. Please join us and try out this new restaurant that is getting great reviews... especially for breakfast!  They open at 7, the meeting begins at 7 and will adjourn by 8:15.
Susan Rack, Brookline Rotary incoming President for 2015-16, reported to both breakfast and lunch groups on her experience at the President-Elect Training Seminar held March 13-14 in Framingham.  President-elect and Governors-elect and their Assistant Governors from all over the Rotary Zone came together to learn from one another.  Our Rotary Zone covers the entire Northeast quadrant of the United States and reaches up into Canada.
Brookline Rotary President Joyce Graff attended the meeting of the Boston University Rotaract club that we sponsor at Sargent College on Monday, March 23, to honor them as part of World Rotaract Week.
Richard Mandell, a Brookline acupuncturist, shared with the Rotary club the work he has been with acupuncture to alleviate the pain and suffering of HIV/AIDS both in the United States and in Africa and Mexico. 
Nancy Shon, sculptor of the beloved bronze ducklings at the Boston Public Garden, shared with us her latest project, a series of sculptures based on Aesop's Fables.
Annette Zaale Champney joined us to share her perspective on education in Uganda, where she is working to fight poverty through education and literacy.
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,



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