Brookline, Massachusetts
Coming Soon!
Meeting Topic & Place
Oct 20, 2016
Arelene Reed-Delaney
Men and Women getting out of prison and how they reenter society
Nov 17, 2016
Ann Bracket and Andrea Johnson
Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline
Nov 17, 2016
Ann Bracket and Andrea Johnson
Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline
Nov 17, 2016
Ann Bracket and Andrea Johnson
Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline
Event Sponsors

Please join us in Brookline!


DistrictSiteIconDistrict Site



2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Brothers Restaurant

404 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA  02446
United States

VenueMapVenue Map


Every Thursday at 12:15
Brookline VFW Post #864

386 Washington Street
Brookline, MA  02445
United States

VenueMapVenue Map



President's Elmon Hendrickson's Message
It is my pleasure to share with you the following information for the week of September 12, 2016. 
To View Brookline Weekly Newsletter and Rotary Page click here
Remember we have one regular meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12:15 PM at the American Legion/VFW Post.   Please view the attached meeting agenda.
Foundation Notes  2016-2017 Global Grant Proposals update. 
We officially have a new member Ms. Ludmila Pushak.  She was voted in on September 8, 2016.  Elias is working on setting a date for the fireside chate for new prospective member, Larry Palmacci.  
We are asking all members to invite their business associates, friends and family members to our meetings.   
The District Governor's visit will be Thursday, September 15, 2016.  Karen Wetmore, AG will be attending this visit as well.  Lunch will be served.  The costs are $10 for vegetarian meal and $20 for lobster and steamers with corn on the cob.  If you haven’t already done so, please let me know as soon as possible what your lunch choice will be and that you will be attending.  You can contact me on my cell at 617-953-3915.   
The Governor would like to meet with all Rotary Club Board Members at 11:45 p.m. prior to the start of the regular meeting on September 15, 2016.  Please remember to arrive early.  If you can not make it please let me know.  Thank you. 
The Brookline Rotary Club Board will be meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at American Legion/VFW Post. 
Dancing With The Brookline Stars Fundraiser - please see attached flyer.   
Rotary member discount pricing for this year for DWTBS - For more information, please speak with Joyce Graff.
Governor Baker will be visiting District 7910 on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.  If you are interested in attending, please let me know.
Chamber of Commerce Breakfast of Champions September 22, 2016 recognizing Elmon Hendrickson.  Please see attached flyer to order tickets. 
Upcoming Meetings
Thursday, September 22, 2016 – 7:30 AMChamber of Commerce Breakfast, Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA. 
Consider Joining Rotary
“Rotary was born in a time of peace, but its program of service is even
         more necessary in a period of world conflict.”
       — Inaugural Message, 1941 Rotary Convention, Denver, Colorado, USA
My next newsletter will be coming out on Monday, September 19th.  If you want to submit any items, please be sure to give them to me by Sunday, September 18th
Elmon Hendrickson
2016-2017 President

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."
Shawna Carboni led us through a delightful book swap over lunch, to make sure we have interesting books to read this summer.  Susan Howards and Karen Jacobs led the book swap at the breakfast session. The breakfast group proposed that we all read THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah and discuss it together in September at a meeting to be announced.

Brookline Rotary was host to five delegates from the northeast district of Italy, District 2060, led by Elisabetta Fabbri, an architect from Venice specializing in restoration of historic buildings, including La Scala opera house.  Domenico Teker, Director of Education for the Italian Consulate to Boston, joined us Thursday, May 21, to welcome them and bring the greetings of the embassy to Brookline Rotary.  Mr. Teker lives with his wife and children in Brookline, and is working to encourage the teaching of Italian in U.S. schools.
Coming November 5!
President 2017-2018 (PE)
President 2018-2019 (VP)
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary
Sergeant at Arms
Foundation chair
Polio Challenge Chair
Membership Chair, Board Advisor
Public Relations Chair
Speaker Chair
Bulletin Editor
Website Administrator
Social Media
RYLA Chair
Youth Chair
Projects Chair
Water Chair
Literacy Chair
Scholarship Chair
International Chair
Club Trainer
Club advisor
Club Advisor
Assistant Treasurer
Recording Secretary
Ambassador of Good Will
Club Trainer