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

404 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA  02446
United States

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1st and 3rd Thursdays at 12:15 PM 
Brookline VFW Post #864

386 Washington Street
Brookline, MA  02445
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Fun and Philanthropy High Stepping in Brookline
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.  The winner this year for Best Fundraiser was local police officer, Phil Harrington and his team from Kids Clothes Club.  The Judges Choice award for Dance Performance went to Dawn Oates and her partner Bob Burres who performed an emotion charged “pas de deux” between a dancer on feet and a dancer seated in a wheelchair.  This year’s Stars and their charities included:
Nancy Daley                                       Brookline Senior Center
John Dempsey                                   Brookline-Quezalquaque Sister City Project
Lisa Goldblatt Grace                         My Life My Choice
Philip Harrington                               Kids Clothes Club
Casey Hatchett                                  Jennifer Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence
Arnie Miller                                        American Legion/VFW Brookline Post
Dawn Oates                                        The Play Brigade
Tommy Vitolo                                     LivableStreets Alliance

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 

Eight prominent Brookline residents will be dancing to benefit their favorite charities on November 7.  Entrants will compete in two categories: (1) best dancer, and (2) most money raised for their charity.  Order tickets or make donations by clicking here and scrolling down to find the dancer of your choice.  For more information, click here or see the Events listings on
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.
We lost a friend and Rotarian on May 8.  George Kaplan passed away at age 95 following an automobile accident earlier in the week.
30,000 people die each year of diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines -- and 95% of those are adults, not children. Dr. Susan Lett shared with us guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta regarding immunizations recommended for children and adults. 
Rotary's good friend Nur Kilic, local chocolatier from Serenade Chocolate on Harvard Street in Brookline Village, gave us an account of the history of chocolate and shared tastes of her exquisite hand-crafted Viennese chocolates.

The Breakfast club is meeting 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.
Whitney TaylorWhitney Taylor of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) talked with the group about ACLU's work with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).
Phil SandlerPhil Sandler reported to the membership on the status of Project Help, the Global Grant we have recently completed in Timoteo, a disadvantaged area in Brazil.
Phil Sandler triumphantRotarian men participated in the first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes even tin Brookline.  See our photo album

Elias AudyElias Audy, a member of the Brookline Rotary Club, and the owner of Audy Mobil in Brookline, spoke about the current state of automobiles. 
Officer Casey Hatchett of the Brookline Police and Lisa Goldblatt-Grace, co-founder of My Life My Choice, spoke with us about the rising problem of sexual exploitation of young people in Brookline.


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