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Welcome to Needham! We are a great group of 30 members strong and growing. Men and Women, young and old – we meet for lunch every Tuesday. Our projects focus on giving back to both our community here and beyond.

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm
Needham Sheraton: 100 Cabot Street

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Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
Ted Shaughnessy presiding for Rich Forte
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
6/21: Installation of Officers
6/28: No regular meeting: Evening cookout at Rich Forte’s (note new location in Dover!)
7/5: No meeting
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: America the Beautiful led by Bob Cocks
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
Bob led the Welcome to Needham song for our guests
  • Float for the 4th of July. The committee met after our regular meeting to finalize plans.
  • District grant for the solar panel project in India is moving its way through the grant process
  • The board approved $1,000 donation Neponset Valley water project, $1,000 donation to the YMCA, $3,000 donation to the Needham Scholarship Fund, and $1,000 donation to Gift of Life.
  • Dues for Rotary International are going up this coming year by $1. You’ll see that on your next bill. Ted reminded us that the club adds $50 to each member’s $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation each year.
  • Congrats to our incoming speaker committee: Ken, Kathy, and Karen. If you have ideas for great speakers, please pass them along.
  • Chuck is once again charmingly chairing the social committee. Ideas are always welcome.
  • We passed around get well cards for Kathy Riley and Marty Lindemann. Marty’s card was so well chosen that he showed up to the meeting! I’m not sure whether he signed his own card, but Kathy was able to present it to him at the meeting, though it was already stamped so we didn’t save on the postage. All our best wishes for speedy recoveries.
  • There’s an opportunity through Rotary International to host a scholar from India this coming year. He’ll be at the Harvard Grad School in Architecture. There’s a stipend. This is not specific to our club. If you’re interested let Ted know.
  • Next meeting for board of directors is 7/21 at Ryan’s office on Chestnut Street.
  • Next year’s District Conference will be combined for our four local districts and take place in Rhode Island. The President of Rotary International will be speaking.
  • Next year’s international convention is in Atlanta, and the year after that will be in Toronto.
  • RYLA is 6/24. Thanks to Karen who is volunteering for the weekend. That weekend will also be the installation of our new District Governors.
  • Lois reminded us that it’s flag day. The Continental Army was founded 241 years ago. And 239 years ago our flag became our official flag. God Bless America.
  • James Rosso, founder & CEO, VidiLocal
  • Jon Bzdel, founder & President, VidiLocal
  • Mercedes representing Deb Kazarian from Family Federal Savings
Happy $$$: 
Bob Cocks: 50th college reunion at Bowdoin, Mercedes, Chuck, Marty: HTBH, Lois & Ron for 62nd anniversary, Tom Savino for 30th anniversary, Libby for guests and her birthday (shhhh), Bill for Cirque du Soleil with Ellen, Ken for a great vacation, Andy for his daughter’s 1st grade artists exhibit, Charles for our guests, Paula for her son graduating from Union and starting work at PWC.
50:50: Chuck had number 820 but drew the 10 of diamonds which is not the 2 of hearts, so the $140 pot rolls over to next week.
Good luck next week!
Joke of the day: No joking today. Seriously.
Guest Speaker:
James Rosso and Jon Bzdel told us about VidiLocal. They are a startup out of Babson that puts TV screens in pizza shops and doctors’ offices. The TV’s have content delivered through the cloud including local news, forecasts, sports, and advertising.
They are recruiting hosts and advertisers.
Hosts get the screen installed for no money and can make money from the ads that run on the screen.
Advertisers can get in front of a very targeted audience for a low monthly cost.
More information at
Future Meetings:
Join us Tuesday June 21st Installation of New Officers

Rotary Club of Needham
Minutes of Meeting Held
Tuesday:  May 17, 2016
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by: Karen Wetmore
Location: Wellesley (Room)
Guests: - Alissa Musto, Music Contest winner; Denise Garlick, State Representative and Amanda Bernard, Chief of Staff
. Ted announced the death of longtime Rotarian, Jack Marr.  Jack died at 95 in Newark, NJ.  Obituary can be seen online in the Boston Globe or Needham Times.  Services will be Friday, 5/20/2016 at 4:30-6:00 at Eaton’s.  Donations may be made to Needham Rotary.
. Reality Fair is next Monday, May 23rd at Needham High School from 8:30-12:00.  Please let Rich know when you can help.
. Alissa Musto, the Open Category winner of our Music Awards contest joined us to receive her plaque and check.  She entertained us with a couple of tunes which she will perform at the Miss Massachusetts pageant.  She will be participating as Miss Cambridge. She has graduated from Harvard and is planning to attend law school.
. We were well represented at Needham Plugged In last Friday by Bob Cocks and Andy Wining.  They were the only acoustic guitar group of the evening.  Thank you both for doing such a great job.  Be sure to come next Tuesday and hear them repeat their performance.
. We will have a float again this year in the 4th of July parade.  The truck is available.  Charles Haberl will bring some visitors from Russia to join us. 
. There will be a Leadership meeting in Peabody.
. Kathy is working on sponsoring an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the NBA Street Fair on Saturday, June 4th.  If anyone has time to help from 8:00-3:00 on that day it would be greatly appreciated.
. Rich presented the check to the Subway Dwarfs last week.
. Our grant with India had a complication around sending the funds to India.  We now have the necessary documentation.  India only does Global grants.  Jim has already arranged for $500 from Waltham.  We are also going to be involved with the Neponset Valley-Engineers Without Boarders water project.  Ted also apologized for his exuberance last week.  We are lucky to have such an enthusiastic incoming leader.
. The next Board meeting will be June 9th at Ryan’s office, 105 Chestnut St., Needham.
. Lois’ picture of our Arbor Day project got into the Hometown Weekly.  Thank you, Lois, for following up on this.
. Ted reminded us that the Central Ave. bridge is being repaired and will be one way from 5/9-6/14; from 6/15 the bridge will be shut down.
.  The District Conference is this weekend.  Ted will bring our “Safety” basket silent auction donation down on Friday.  Thank you Kathy for putting this together.  There is still room if anyone else able to join us though the Hotel 1610 is fully booked there are several other hotels close by.
. Amadu has gone home.  Her surgery has been re-scheduled for tomorrow in the morning.  She will then be in the hospital for 2 weeks.  Marty asked for pictures which Ted will try to get from her mother.
. RYLA is being held from 6/24-26 at Fitchburg State.  They need volunteers during the weekend. Sunday at 3:00 the new District Governor will be installed.
. Wellesley Rotary requested at their Pancake Breakfast this Saturday.  Contact Ted is you are able to help.
Rotary moment: Marty read from this month’s “Rotarian” about an interview of 1 of 3 millennials.  He felt that Rotary has everything millennials want and they get to associate with people with more life experiences.  Millennials are curious and Rotarians have a lot to tell. 
Happy dollars: Ken was happy to see Denise and Amanda; Louise thought Bob and Andy were great at the Plugged In event; Kathy thanked Denise for being a great MC at the music event; several were happy to be here; Bill was happy for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital gala; Chuck was happy that his daughter; Michelle is now employed as a 3rd grade teacher in New Caanan, CT; many were happy for guests, music and Plugged In; Jim donated In Memory of Jack Marr and Denise donated to the competition – she belongs to the Needham  Exchange Club.
50/50 drawing: None today
Humor: Louise had fast humor about the office “walk in” – he has about 6” and quacked.  If you are curious he can be found on Facebook.  The office had a lot of fun for 2 hours while waiting for a contractor to collect him to bring him to the pond in the yard.
Guest speaker: Ted introduced our Denise Garlick, our State Representative.  She thanked Karen for the blessing which really touched her heart; thought Bob and Andy did a great job at Plugged In and congratulated Ron on receiving the Melick Award.  She is also inspired by Louise and her Valentine’s Day party going into its 29th year – talk about commitment.  Denise is in her 5th year of teaching at Pollard School - she goes 20 times a year to the different classes to teach a class on How a Bill Becomes Law.  She will also be speaking to AP history classes.  She also congratulated everyone in Rotary for their work.
Denise is the Chair of the Committee of Elder Affairs.  In 20 years a majority of MA residents will be 60 or over due to reverse migration.  The baby who will live to 150n has already been born.  Of the $3.5billion spent on elder services most of it going to the poorest and most ill.  She is very proud that the amount going to each elder her been increased from $9.00 to $10.00.  Needham is doing a survey for Seniors and transportation.  We need a social movement around aging – we are getting older in a different way than our parents.  She also commented that changes start with the individual leader.  They can all be reached on line and through our vote. 
Next meeting: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton

Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  April 26, 2016
Pledge of Allegiance: President Elect Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Karen Wetmore
Guests: - Kathy Reilly, soon to be member!
. Reminder of two projects this week:
            -Arbor Day: providing saplings to all 500+ Needham 5th graders
            -Working at Needham Community Garden this Saturday
. Realty Fair will be held May 23rd at Needham High School.
. Erica and Rich represented us at the Needham Community Council fashion show held on Sunday, April 10th.  All fashions came from their Thrift Shop.
.The Scholarship Committee (Lois, Rick and Dan) have interviewed students for this years one Rotary $10,000 scholarship. Lot’s of work with many exceptional students.
.We have 2 high school juniors who will represent Needham at the RYLA conference at Fitchburg State College in late June.
Happy dollars: Ken Davis gave a dollar for his son Nathan’s engagement! Andy for hhis family trip to Disney and the Celtics; Bob Cocks for vacationing in Hawaii to be with his sone and family; Lois for the quality of the NHS seniors they interviewed for the scholarship; Scott for being at grandparent (any moment now) for the second time; Louise for the Charles River Center gala on Friday night; Bill Paulson for the kickoff of the India Solar Project; Rick Davis, Chuck Buyer, Tom Savino, Jim Brown Kathy Whitney for HTBH!
50/50 drawing: $53 in pot; Marty had lucky number 722, but did not pick the winning card – the 2 of hearts.
Rotary Minute: Marty shared the newest Rotarian Magazine talking about the next President of RI, who has been a Rotarian for over 40 years.
Presidential minute: None today.
Guest Speaker:  Our own Bill Paulson presented a Power Point presentation which details the Film Nagar High School Solar Array Project our club is funding and trying to raise funds for from other Rotary Clubs. This gives our ambassadors a platform from which to speak to other clubs. It show the history and need of this Hyderabad High School for the electric power we are suggesting from a new 5000 watt solar array. Very well indeed!
Next meeting: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton

**Needham Rotary Newsletter**
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  April 19, 2016
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Marty Lindeman
Prayer: Led by Karen Wetmore
Guests: - Kathy Reilly – to be sworn in by end of April; Nadia Mahotiere, Salem Five Market Manager and Eileen Porras, Salem Five Corporate Banker, Dedham Rotarian
. Kathy Reilly passed 10 day review and has been accepted for membership.  Welcome!!
. The last 50/50 was won by Scott who gave Ted money to buy 2 tickets each week while he was in Florida.  While he was away, of course he won and donated the money to Amadu for a follow up surgery.  Her mother called Ted on Tuesday and he could tell her about the donation right away. Guess the trick is to go on vacation and have Ted buy your tickets. 
. Arbor Day Program was approved with a tree going to every 4th grader in town, including St. Joseph’s.  There will be 540 trees distributed for about $900 (540 x$1.79).  Trees will be delivered Tuesday.  Ted will try to arrange for Rotarians to make presentations to classes.
. Jim had a request from the Community Farm to help once again this year.  They need us to help repair the beds we created last year.  Jim will let us know when – either Saturday April 23rd or the 30th from 9-12 at the Nike Site.
. Marty and Ted plan to attend Foundation Grant program.
. District Conference is being held at Hotel 1620 in Plymouth from May 20-22.  If you are interested, you can sign up on line.  Needham will have a table as well as a “Safety” basket in the silent auction in the House of Friendship.  We will also have a display of our Reality Fair and Gift of Life. Don’t forget to get your donation to Kathy as soon as possible.
. Rajeesh informed Jim that he has taken a job in Lawrence and will probably not be able to be with us any longer.
. Foundation has changed grants requirements so at least one person in each club needs to be trained.  Ted and Marty will be our representatives.
. We are working on a solar project for a school in India.  Our club will donate $1,500, $1,500 from foundation and the balance of the $7,000 needed from other clubs.  Bill is working on a presentation which he will give next week so we can then present to other clubs asking for their participation.
. Ken reported that we are sponsoring 2 RYLA students this year; 1 from Needham and the other from Newton.  This year it will take place on June 26th at Fitchburg State.  New directors will be installed on the last day.
. Ted reminded us that Leaders Seminar is coming soon.
. He also reminded us that the Reality Fair will be held on May 23rd at the high school.
Happy dollars: Dan happy for new motorcycle; many welcomed guests; Tom happy for end of tax season and wishing for a change to the tax code; many glad to be here; Marty glad he only had to half of tax he was expecting and bring boys back home to Kazakstan in July; Scott glad for 3 weeks in Siesta Key and notice that he won 50/50 pot that he has happy to donate to Amadu he was also happy that his daughter, Heather, got a job as VP at the Alzheimer Association (congratulations to her); Lois for text from Rome from her grandson - “Rome is Awesome”; she was also happy about son, Eric, running in marathon 21 years ago;  Paula happy for marathon runners; Bill happy for trip to Las Vegas with his wife; Kathy had a reminder about donations for “Safety” basket for conference in May.
50/50 drawing: Pot still small but Marty won honor of drawing wrong heart – we’re looking for the 2 of hearts
Humor: None
Historical minute: Lois shared 3 famous events with us:
1 was born in 1870 and is known as “The Father of the Russian Revolution” – or course, Rachel had the answer: Vladimir Ilych Lenin
1 was born in 1904 was a physicist who was known as “The Father of the Atomic Bomb”: Robert Oppenheimer
Last event took place on 4/18/1942 when 40 men volunteered who knew they did not have enough fuel to return from their sortie in their B25’s off their air craft carrier – This event became known as Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo.  4 of these brave men are still alive today.
Guest Speaker:  Melissa Jones from Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a Foundation for Childhood Cancer with a principal office at 111 Presidential Blvd., Suite 203, Bala Cynwyd, PA.  They benefit pediatric cancer research and was started by Alex Scott, a young girl with cancer.  She started with her own lemonade stand and made an initial $2,000.  She got a couple big sponsors including Volvo and Rita’s Italian Ice.  They have made 12.5M in the Boston area.  They also support SuperSibs that creates “care packages” for the other children in the family.  The annual Alex Lemonade Day is usually the first week in June.  In September they have Alex’s Million Mile, walk, run or ride.
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton

Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  April 12, 2016
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Andy Winig
Prayer: Led by Karen Wetmore
Guests: - Kathy Reilly – turned in application; Andrew Goldstein – speaker; Chaz Haberle, Rotarian from Lakewood, WA; Dorothea VonHerder, solar project
. Chaz spoke of his installation in Russia
. Dedham club will host Friendship Exchange for 2 weeks; looking for other clubs to help over the 4th of July.  Greg suggested having them ride our float after seeing the fireworks with night before.
. Rich will be in Nashua, NH so Ted will chair the meetings.
. District is having a facebook contest – all we have to do is “like” their page.  We can do the same for the Needham page.
. Board approved Arbor Day project with all Needham 4th graders, including St. Joseph’s.  Fee will be $1.79/tree for total of @ $800.  Trees will be delivered to each school; Ted will work out details regarding our involvement.  Forestry project will supply labels.
. Five members have signed up for District Conference, May 21-22 at Hotel 1620 in Plymouth.
. Realty Fair will be held May 23rd at Needham High School.
. Erica and Rich represented us at the Needham Community Council fashion show held on Sunday, April 10th.  All fashions came from their Thrift Shop.
. We are in need of items for our “Safety” basket for the Conference.  You can bring your item to the meeting or Kathy will pick up.  Possible items could include: flashlight, First Aid Kit, jumper cables, (Greg promised these); smoke/CO2 detector; fire extinguisher; life jacket; auto safety kit; tire inflator; glow sticks, etc. Roz has also promised an item. 
. Bill will give training on India solar project presentation.
. Bill also hopes to be able to put together a table of Rotarians for Newton-Wellesley Hospital gala on May 7th.  With the proceeds they hope to create an endowment for palliative care at the hospital.  Bill’s wife runs the department.  Cost of ticket is $400.
. Erica also told us of Needham Plugged In’s kickoff event/fund raiser on May 13th at Needham VFW.  They will have an “American Idol” Talent Show.  Bob Cocks and Andy Winig will perform for us.  Erica will supply more details at a future date.
Happy dollars: Bill going to Vegas next week; several members welcomed our guests and others were glad to be here; Roz was looking forward to her cruise down the Rhine River next week; Erica looking forward to the April showers that bring the May flowers; Andy looking forward to trip to Disney next week and one member was grateful for all the great volunteers in our club!!!
50/50 drawing: $26 in pot; Charles Nelson had lucky number but did not pick the winning card – the 2 of hearts.
Humor: Jim shared a great election definition – very timely.
Presidential minute: None today
Guest Speaker:  Andrew Goldstein who spoke about a new book his company just published – “Hippie”.  He spoke of the real/original hippies and how they were very business oriented and created tremendous wealth in our country, i.e., solar power.  The members created some of the most creative movements in US history.  They began in 1930s and early 40s as children of the depression.  They wanted the government out of our lives not unlike many today.  Several of the leaders were high up in the military from the Korean War.  Andrew saw many similarities between these hippies and us Rotarians – How we are all doing good for the community both locally and around the world.
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton

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Shane Dunn, Coalitions Director-Greater Schools MA
Ballot Question No. 2: Charter Schools
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Oct 25, 2016
John Foggarty, President of BID Needham Hospital
Update on the Progress of BID Needham
Nov 15, 2016
Sandra Rizkallah
Plugged In Band
Nov 29, 2016
Carrol Toomey
Rotary and Polio Plus: Where do we stand? What can we do to help?

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