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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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Happy holidays to all!  We have two weeks off.  Meetings resume January 8. 
We are delighted to have you among us in Brookline Rotary and look forward to exciting events and projects in the coming year.  Thank you for your continued membership and support!
If you have not already sent in your dues for January 1 through June 30, please do so now. 

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 amount of the checks reflected the deduction of $5,000 for the Brookline Rotary Club to pay for overhead for the event and to make additional charitable donations to be designated by the Brookline Rotary Club.
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
Flutist Julie Scolnik’s tonal enchantment and communicative gifts have captivated audiences across the United States and abroad. She treated us to stories and video clips of the wonderful music she is making at St. Paul's Church this season. 
Marina B. introduced the speaker, her daughter Annette. Annette is a sophomore at Boston University and vice president of the B. U. Rotaract Club which we sponsor.  See the video of her presentation.
Rotary offers some great leadership courses at a variety of locations throughout New England.  Brookline Rotary will pay the tuition for any member who attends one of these courses.  It's a great way to learn more about Rotary, meet members from other clubs, and develop your own leadership skills.
The guest speaker, Satya Mitra, a former president of the Worcester Rotary Club and current chair of the Rotary District 7910 membership committee, spoke about how to increase membership. 
The Breakfast Club discussed ideas for a service project, and strategies for attracting new members to the group.
Join us Thursdays at 6:45 AM at Panera.  Meetings will adjourn by 8:15 so you can get to work.
The Brookline Breakfast Satellite is meeting regularly now at Panera on Thursday mornings at 7 AM.  The meeting will adjourn by 8:15 so you can get to work.
Please invite members who have difficulty coming to lunch, or friends you know who have not joined because of scheduling issues.
For more information, please contact Joyce Graff, 617-835-6949 or

Gail Barnes, Practice Development Manager for Longwood Dental , told us about Freedom Day USA.
All eight of the Dancers for this year's Dancing with the Brookline Stars have now been announced.  It is time to begin "voting" with your ticket purchases and donations.  Meet our dancers . . .
Ted BehrTed Behr spoke to us about Getting More Stuff Done with Less Stress.
Ted Behr, M.Ed., ACC, CPCC
Coaching for the Frustrated and Frazzled
If you can't make the regular meeting of the Brookline Rotary Club, there are other clubs that meet nearby where you might go to make up your attendance.  Visiting other clubs is stimulating and might give you ideas to share with us! Out of town for the summer?  Look for clubs where you are, anywhere in the world!  Go to and click on "Club Finder."
Rob Dias and Joe Yee, rookies for the Boston Renegades, came to the Rotary meeting July 24 to thank the club for its grant Raising Rookies for the Renegades, New England's only Beep Ball team, competitive baseball for blind adults. 
Drs. Charlene Carroll and Jill Rosenberg, both audiologists with Boston Hearing Services, spoke with us about maintaining healthy hearing.
District Governor Valentine Callahan, the new governor of District 7910, visited Brookline Rotary.  Watch her talk on video.
Ron NethercuttBy Ron Nethercutt, past chair of the Rotarians on the Internet Fellowship and a member of the Rotary Club of Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines
One of my unexpected surprises as a member of Rotary came during a large chamber of commerce meeting held at the Trade Center in New Orleans.
Happy Fourth of July!
We thanked President Phil Sandler and his Board for their service in a very successful year.  We also presented awards to nine members for their outstanding service, and welcomed the new President Joyce Graff and the 2014-15 Board of Directors.  President Joyce Graff outlined her vision for how Brookline can Light Up Rotary in the coming year.
Erin Clossey, Editor of the Brookline Tab, shared with us some hints for how to get our message out to the community.  Space in the Newspaper itself is increasingly restricted, but there is still "infinite" space on the website, and timely news is still very much desired.
Joyce GraffJoyce Graff spoke about her recent trip to Bulgaria, where she spoke at a conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine, and about her work as a patient advocate for people with rare and complicated diseases. 

Rena Mirkin gave a beautiful presentation titled The Changing Face of China.
When Elias Audy Speaks – people listen because what he says comes from the heart.


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