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The Rotary Club of Needham - Welcome

Welcome to Needham! We are a great group of 40 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

With interesting speakers and an energized group
every week, you will come away inspired.



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Needham Rotary Newsletter
Tuesday September 29, 2015
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the Pledge of Allegiance, Bob Cocks and Ron Sockol led us in  God Bless America, and Rev. Darrell offered a prayer.
GUESTS: Our guests today were Jim Brown’s wife Susana, a Boston Rotarian, and our guest speaker, Ms. Steffi Karp. Plus, Anthony Guardia from BID Hospital in Needham: we wer trying to figure out if this is his last meeting as a member, or, if he is a guest. Either way, he is always welcome!
DICTIONARY UPDATE: Three schools were presented with dictionaries last week: St. Joseph’s (First time a private school in Needham has been included), Mitchell and Broadmeadow elementary schools.
ILf you have any pictures of these book givings, send them to Jim Brown who will assemble a photo album on our web site of this years dictionary giving.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Louise spoke the fund raiser for VNA which was held at the Needham Golf Club. It was a success, and as usual, Louise was the key!
-Rich talked about the coming Harvest Fair at the Town Hall on Saturday. He passed around sign up sheets.
-Rich updated us on the Reality Fair on Monday  October 5 at Needham High School.
-Rich also reminded us regarding the visioning meeting we will have on Tuesday October 27.  in the evening in lieu of a luncheon meeting at he Sheraton. Get it on your calendar!!
-On 9/29 our guests will arrive from England per Karen and will attend the Reality Fair.
-Pancake Breakfast will be on 11/7 with shortened hours.
-District Meetings will be:
-10/14  Membership Forum at the Holiday Inn Boxboro
-10/31  A leadership meeting also at the same Holiday Inn
-11/14  There will be a giving Gala.
-Darrell announced an early October Thanksgiving committee meeting – date later at his church
While there was much to be happy for, the envelopes went missing.
50/50:  For the second week in a row,  Chuck bought the lucky ticket but couldn’t pick the ten of spades. $369 in the pot.
Presidential Moment: Lois about the President who was born on 10-1-24. His Presidency was known for ‘Three Mile Island’ and for the Iranian hostage crisis. Yes, the ‘Peanut Farmer’  and Sunday School teacher, Jimmy Carter.
GUEST SPEAKER:  Our speaker, Stefi Aronson Karp, gave us the history of LimmudBoston started. The first Limmud was organized in England in 1980. It is an all-day event which is ‘A Jewish Learningfest of Culture and Identity’.  This event to be held on Sunday December 6 had 800 participants last year, and had 85 different class offerings.
Steffi attended her first Limmud in Atlanta, and decided she wanted to organize one in Boston, and has. It focues on Jewish culture and knowledge.
This is an event for folks of all ages, and will be at Temple Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill. See for more details.

Needham Rotary Newsletter
Tuesday September 22, 2015
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the Pledge of Allegiance, George Hoffmeister  led us in America the Beautiful, and Rev. Darrell offered  a prayer.
GUESTS: Our guests today were our speaker, Ms. Janet Britcher, her assistant, Marcia Kimm and Mercedes Long.
DICTIONARIES:  Before the meeting we married the dictionaries with the appropriate student labels and assembled the books by teacher and school.  Bill gave us an update on their distribution and presentation to the students in the third grade around town.  For the first time we are also including St. Joseph’s school.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Louise spoke regarding the Harvest Fair,  October 3, at the Town Hall.
-Rich updated us on the Reality Fair on Monday  October 5 at Needham High School.
-Rich also reminded us regarding the visioning meeting we will have on Tuesday October 27.  in the evening in lieu of a luncheon meeting at he Sheraton. Get it on your calendar!!
-On 9/29 our guests will arrive from England per Karen and will attend the Reality Fair.
-Pancake Breakfast will be on 11/7 with shortened hours.
-District Meetings will be:
-10/14  Membership Forum at the Holiday Inn Boxboro
-10/31  A leadership meeting also at the same Holiday Inn
-11/14  There will be a giving Gala.
-Darrell announced an early October Thanksgiving committee meeting – date later at his church
Darrell:  Kudos to Bill Paulson and Go Pats,Doug:  The pope’s visit, Bill Paulson:  Thanks for the help with the dictionaries, Louise:  Dana Farber Cancer walk in which her granddaughter, a cancer survivor participated, Scott Mc.:  Glad to be back in Needham and his son moved back here also 2 houses away,
Deb and Mercedes:  Happy to help out with the Dictionaries, Ken Davis:  Happy New Year, help with the dictionaries and for the speakers, George H.:  Looking for a refund of last week’s HD’s as his house is back on the market, Chuck Buyer and Jim Brown:  HTBH, Paula:  Welcome to our guests, Tom: Happy for a great beginning of Fall after a nice summer.
50/50:   Chuck bought the lucky ticket but couldn’t pick the ten of spades. $351 in the pot.
The Lawyer
The crime boss and his attorney meet with his accountant.
"Where's the $3 million you embezzled from me?"
demands the gangster.

The accountant is silent.

"Where's my $3 million?" the crime boss shouts.

The lawyer explains, "Sir, the man is deaf. Allow me to translate."
So using sign language, the attorney asks the accountant
about the money, and the message is relayed back
that the accountant knows nothing about it.

Furious, the crime boss pulls out a revolver and puts it to
the deaf accountant's head, screaming at the lawyer,
"Ask him again where my money is!"

"Okay! Okay!" the deaf accountant signs back.
"The money's hidden behind the old toolshed in my back yard."

"What did he say?" demands the enraged crime boss.

The attorney replies, "He says you don't have the guts to
pull the trigger."
Doug dedicated this to Anthony Guardia for his last day, but he didn’t show up.
GUEST SPEAKER: Our speaker, Ms. Janet Britcher, led us on a discussion on Transformational Management.   Business owners need to provide for smooth, successful transitions in management changes.  Her three bullet points for this are Self Reflection, Role Clarity and the Time Line.  We broke up into small groups and discussed some issues we might have had an then discussed them with the entire assembly. See Janet’s web site at

Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  September 15, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Karen Wetmore
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Guests: - John Kitchen, speaker
. Rich showed us the new banners which will be put up on Chapel St during the month of October.  GREAT JOB!!  He also passed around the stickers that will be going into the Dictionaries prior to next Tuesday’s meeting at 11:30.
. Darrell’s backpack project raised $603 directly from members; board funding the balance; Karen and Darrell are working on rebate from the District.
. Marty agreed to host a couple for Bandy Heffler.
. Visionary event will be Tuesday, Oct. 27 – there will be no lunch meeting that day
. No one responded to Rich’s request for a chairperson for the Pancake Breakfast.  However, Ryan stepped up to be Point Person and will contact us for our involvement.
. Ted gave update on two Gift of Life recipients.  21 year old, Dom, from Jamaica has been placed at MGH for CAT scan.  He needs visas for himself and his mother.  21 month old, Amadu, is also due if she and mother can get their visas.
. Karen’s Bandy Heffler guests will be joining us at the Reality Fair; she will also ask them to tell us about Rotary in England at Oct. 6th meeting
.Reminder, come early Tuesday at 11:30am so we can put the stickers in the Dictionaries, so they can be distributed!!!
. Anthony Guardia may not be here much longer – he worked himself out of his fund raising job at BID Needham.  He hopes to transfer to Wakefield Rotary and will transfer to a corporate attorney.  We will need a new speaker chairman.  Ted will get speakers for Nov.; we will need someone to take over after that.
Happy dollars: Louise: happy to see some Rotarians at VNA fund raiser on Sept. 25th;  George: for weekend, lunch with John Kitchen and looks like our house sold; Andy: happy for speaker, bike ride and beautiful day; Roz: vacation; Kathy: family cruise/honeymoon next week; Erica: beautiful weather; John: Pats and invitation to speak; Chuck, Charles and Paula: to be here; Darrell: thanks to Rotary members; Doug: only $1 left; Ron/Lois, Tom: happy new year; Libby: Rotary; Jim: delighted Roz has joined Newsletter committee; Ted: hoping visas granted for Amadu and Habin from Ghana trying to come into Boston for GOUNE open heart surgery; ?: happy Rich got moved and can now focus on Rotary and thanks Dan, a great Rotarian.
50/50 drawing: $338 in pot; Marty had number (third time in a  month!) but did not pull the lucky 10 of spades
A blind guy on a bar stool shouts to the bartender, "Wanna hear a blonde joke?" In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, “Before you tell that joke, you should know something. Our bartender is blonde, the bouncer is blonde. I’m a six foot tall, 200 lb black belt. The guy sitting next to me is six foot two, weighs 225, and he’s a rugby player. The fella to your right is six foot five, pushing 300, and he’s a wrestler. Each one of us is blonde. Think about it, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?" The blind guy says, “Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times."
Presidential minute: Person is a current presidential candidate; born Sept. 15, 1951; an author who was brought up in poverty by single parent; graduated from Yale and Johns Hopkins; successfully operated on conjoined twins, joined at head.  Answer: Ben Carson
5 minute Rotarian: None today
Guest Speaker:  John Kitchen, Three Squares New England.  This is an all-volunteer group that provides funding for 14 non-profit food centered agencies.  This is the largest single source of funds for many of these agencies.  They will hold bike rides of various lengths on Sept. 20th; this is the 4th year with 300 riders and plans on collecting $300,000.  The Needham Community Council/Food Pantry is one of the recipients of the funds.  The solvable problem is to end hunger and food uncertainly; distribution and organization is the biggest dilemma.  They strive to provide “good food” not just food.  John also stressed that businesses should be involved in “Cause” marketing where your business takes part in doing good things.  This also gives you content for social media.  John also reminded us that it is not too late to donate for this year’s ride –
Next meeting: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:30 at Needham Sheraton so we can prepare Dictionaries!

**Rotary Update After Meeting on September 8, 2015**
The meeting was opened by Pres. Rich with the Pledge of Allegiance; Bob Cocks led us in a great rendition of ‘America the Beautiful’, and, Rev. Darrell led us in the Blessing.
Visitors: Carl Good, our guest speaker, from the Merrimac Valley Rotary Club.
-Pres. Rich is seeking two volunteers to chair the Pancake Breakfast event this November. If he does not find one, he will appoint two people. So, give it some thought….
-Karen repeated that the Bandy-Heffler exchange is still looking for hosts. Contact Karen if you can host. This year it starts Sept. 29. See:
-Gift of Life is trying to get two children into the U.S. Looks like they will be successful with the 22 month old, after working through the State Department. The case of the 21 year old is so severe, they have been unable to find a Doctor who is willing to perform the huge amount of work required. Not as optimistic a view.
-Darrell went to Maine last weekend to distribute the backpacks our club has funded. He says it was a tremendous event. These children are from primarily Congo and Angola. They have refugee status and will be on Maine welfare for 3 months. This church needs to speak 7 languages!
-Bill Paulson says the dictionaries are on order, and that soon enough we will have an event to ‘stick and stack’ the labels into the dictionaries and stick them into boxes, before a Rotary meeting. This event is being funded by 4 sponsors:
          -Louise Condon Realty
          -Needham Bank
          -Family Federal Bank
          -Waddel and Reed
50/50:  Marty drew the correct number (421), but drew the wrong card. $322 in the pot.
Presidential Minute: This President was born on 9-15-1858; He was first Pres., then Chief Justice of the Supreme Count (which he enjoyed more); He weighed 355 pounds, to the point that one of the platforms he was on actually collapsed! President Taft.
Happy Dollars: Great to be here-Bob Cocks, Erica Bond, Jim Brown; Great to work with all the wonderful Rotarians!-Marty; Great Labor Day Weekend-Ken Davis, Tom Savino, Chuck Buyer, Doug George; Happy to be here-our guest speaker Carl Good; ‘Welcome Back’-Kathy Whitney; ‘grateful for names in the ‘Happy Dollars’ section of the bulletin-Ted Shaughnessy; Loving the work of Polio Plus, and the hot weather-Andy Winig; Thanks to all who contributed towards the ‘backpack’ project-Darrell; Libby hoping to be the successful bidder on a home inNH; Good luck to the Patriots-Bill Paulson, Charles Nelson.
Joke of The Week: A local United Way office realized that the organization had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute. "Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you did not give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?" The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?" Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um, no." The lawyer interrupts, "Or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?" The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology, but was interrupted again. "Or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!" The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea." On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?"
Speaker:  Our guest speaker was Dr. Carl Good, A retired molecular geneticist, with studies in virology and disease detection, and who has been on polio immunization trips to Nigeria and Bangladesh. Clearly he knows and understands  polio, eradication of it, and Rotary has been spearheading this program for 30 years. Most of the world is now ‘Polio Free’ (meaning no reported cases in a country for 3 years), with Afghanistan and Pakistan being the remaining 2 countries which still need our help.
Dr. Good has been on several immunizing trips and actually worked to immunize and educate both the children and parents.
Our club has given thousands of dollars to this program over the years.
Rotary began fighting polio 30 years ago, and although our work has reduced the number of cases of the disease by 99 percent worldwide, new outbreaks and dangerous conditions make the total eradication of polio a constant challenge.
For example, in Côte d'Ivoire it's been over two years since the disease last surfaced. But with polio-endemic in nearby Nigeria, the possibility of a fresh outbreak looms over the country. The only way to keep the poliovirus at bay is to continue administering regular immunizations to all children under the age of five.
During National Immunization Days last year, 7.5 million children in Côte d'lvoire received two drops of oral polio vaccine, along with vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets.
This accomplishment is underscored by our volunteers' willingness to put their lives at risk. Just last year, 20 polio vaccinators were killed in Pakistan.
"Polio eradication is not an option, it's an obligation," says Richmond-Ahoua, chair of Rotary's PolioPlus Committee in Côte d'lvoire. "When you consider what's been done in Côte d'lvoire, despite the many obstacles we've faced, you are deeply convinced that polio will soon be eradicated."
For more info go to:
To donate to this program, just give a check to Ryan Damasso.
This also led to the fact that some Rotary Clubs have donated to the ‘Wheelchair Foundation’ where $75 will fund a wheelchair to a person in need in another country. This is especially useful for polio patients, and other folks in other countries. See:
Perhaps this is a project we can donate to !

**Rotary Notes  August 25, 2015**
The meeting was opened by Pres. Rich with the Pledge of Allegiance; Bob Cocks led us in a great rendition of God Bless America; Karen led us in the Blessing.
Visitors: Our many guests today included the speakers:
- Serena Williams and her son (A freshman at Suffolk University), from the Fitchburg East Rotary Club. Ted tells us Serena has been a Gift of Life host family before.
-Jean Elrick, from Kindred Health Care.
-Larry Pike, a prospective member from Needham.
-Michael Price, a Past President from Wellesley Rotary, and John Quincy, also a Wellesley Rotarian.
-Carl Good, a Northboro Rotarian who will be addressing the club about Polio Plus on September 8th.
George Hoffmeister led us in the Welcome song.
Dr. Mary Burke, our guest speaker from the Federal Reserve Bank.
-Karen announced that the Bandy-Heffler exchange is still looking for hosts. Contact Karen if you can host. This year it starts Sept. 29.
-VNA High School Jazz night fund raiser on Sept. 25th at the Needham Golf Club.
50/50:  Larry Pike had the winning ticket but not the winning card. Pool stands at $281.00.
Presidential Minute: While he wanted to be President, Senator John McCain was our person of interest today. He was born 8-29-36!
School  Backpacks for Students from the Congo and Angola: Darrell has approached the Board asking for $1023 to be used to pay for backpacks and new school supplies for children from Angola and the Congo, who are living in Portland Maine. Today, all Happy Dollars are being used to fund this request. In addition, the BOD has okayed a request for the remainder of the funds to come from the club. Happy dollars was alive with contribution s for this great cause!
Happy Dollars: For the backpacks:  Bill Paulson, Lois/Ron, Jim, Charles, Roz, Glen, Bob Cocks, George, Louise Condon, Roz, Bill Paulson, Karen, Carl Good, Doug, Rick Davis. Paula Kahr backpacks and welcome to guests;, Michael and John HTBH, Larry Pike, happy to be home in Needham!  Ted for a great family vacation; Rajesh for our great speaker; Tom Savino for near perfect weather on vacation.
Speaker:  Our guest speaker, Dr. Mary Burke, works for the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, as an economist. Mary Burke joined the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in September, 2005. Prior to joining the Bank she served as an assistant professor of economics at Florida State University and as a visiting professor of economics at Grinnell College.
Burke’s research concerns the impact of social influences on individual choices and market outcomes. She has published papers explaining the emergence of social norms in contracting, the influence of prominent surgeons in the diffusion of coronary stents, and the role of social norms in the rise of obesity in the United States. Among other research projects, she is currently working on papers that aim, respectively, to explain disparities in obesity by race and gender, and to measure the influence of peers versus teachers on academic achievement. Her research has been published in several scholarly journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Economic Inquiry. Burke holds a B.A. in mathematics from Brown University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Mary’s presentation said that the country as a whole has come back from the recession pretty much, and that Mass has done quite well of all of the  New England States.
She also commented that her welcome at the club was ‘the warmest welcome she has ever received!”. And her presentation was easy to understand as well. Thanks Mary!

**Rotary Notes for Meeting held on August  18, 2015**
The meeting was opened by President Pro Tem Jim Brown with the Pledge of Allegiance; Bob Cocks led us in a great rendition of America the Beautiful; Karen led us in the Blessing.
Visitors: Our many guests today included the speakers:
- Skip Doyle and Bill Domings,
-Steve Stern who owns First Light, a home care company
-Eileen Porras who is a commercial banker with Salem 5. Eileen has just moved to Boston from New Jersey, and she is busy looking for a Rotary Club to join up here.
-Bill Paulson’s daughter, Sarah
-Chuck Buyers daughters Michelle and Julie.
George Hoffmeister led us in the Welcome song.  Welcome back George!
-The reality fair has two dates upcoming.  October 5, 2015 and May 23, 2016.
-Lois tried to trick us with Bill Clinton as our mystery president.
50/50 winning ticket was held by our guest, Eileen Porras but she didn’t pick the ten of spades.   The pot is up to $264.00
School  Backpacks for Students from the Congo and Angola: Darrell has approached the Board asking for $1167 to be used to pay for backpacks and new school supplies for children from Angola and the Congo, who are living in Portland Maine. Jim Brown pointed out that this came down to $32.00 per member, and it might be easier just to donate to the club $32 for a backpack complete with school supplies. So, bring a check with you Tuesday for $32, made out to Needham Rotary!! Below are the children involved:
Happy Dollars for our guests, visioning, remembrance for General Leader, Africa being Polio free,  vacations, a night at Fenway and the ever popular HTBH.
Doug’s humor: 
A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves. “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”
He replied: “Yeah, once I was driving along and came upon a person who was being harassed by a group of thugs. So I pulled over, got out a bat, and went up to the leader of the thugs.  He was a big, muscular man with a ring pierced through his lip.  Well, I tore out the ring and told him he and his gang had better stop bothering this guy or they would have to deal with me!”
Speaker: Bill Domings from the Northboro club, and District Governor Nominee Skip Doyle talked about visioning for Rotary Clubs and ours in particular which will be scheduled for a Tuesday night in mid October.  This will be in lieu of a Tuesday lunch meeting. Their presentation described how  we will discuss and get consensus around plans, goals, and a vision of where we want to be in three years, at the October meeting.  There will be a survey coming to each of us via email soon.  Fill it out and return it.
They stressed the importance of member involvement, and how that the big test is how our club goes about implementing each of the changes that this meeting will shows that our club wants.
We are looking forward to Bill and Skip’s return in mid-October!
This link will take to you to a sample of thePowerPoint Presentation which Bill and Skip delivered:

Rotary of Needham
Tuesday:  August 11, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks and Ron Sockol
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Guests: - None
. Board approved Bill and Chuck’s 12 subject banner designs for Chapel St.  Rich will check with Lara Spear for branding confirmation
. At August 18th meeting we will discuss our vision plans for the future of our club.  We will have a Visionary meeting on an October Tuesday evening from 5:00-9:00pm at the Sheraton.  Rich will ask a member to be chair of this group to establish and follow up on our goals for the upcoming years.
. Ryan will form a nominating committee for a successor plan.  See Ryan is interested in being on the committee.
. Dictionary order has been placed.  Distribution will include St. Joseph School this year.  If you are interested in being a sponsor for all or part of cost let Rich know.  (number of books – 23x24=552)  We plan on including a bookmark with logo of sponsors on one side and the Rotary 4 way test on the other.
. Rich’s goal is to have all events revenue neutral.
. Bill received an email from a Needham resident whose niece is in Myanmar Rotary.  They are looking for help after floods in the area.  Bill asked if we could join with other clubs to help.  He will get further information and report back.
Happy dollars: 5 year old who loves the dentist; GTBH; one request for rain between 1-4 am; proud father whose daughter has an apartment and a job with AmeriCorps but who also qualifies for food stamps; weekend trip with grandkids to Hopkinton State Park – great place.
Birthday: None today
50/50 drawing: $247 in pot; Kathy had lucky ticket. Still looking for the 10 of spades
Joke of the Day: Three very inebriated men hailed a cab and got in.  The driver, seeing the state that they were in, started up the cab and then turned it off.  The first man opened the door while handling the driver some money.  The second man said “Thank you” on the way out.  The third man slapped the driver, “Why did you slap me?” the driver asked.  The third man answered, “You drove so fast you almost killed us.”
Presidential minute: He was 22nd president; an officer in the Civil War; instituted tariff and the Sherman Trust Act; he also made sure we have state forests today.  Benjamin Harrison.
Great golfer born in August: Ben Hogan
Great tennis player born in August: Pete Sampras
Guest Speaker:  None today
 5 minute Rotarian: None today
Rich proposes preparing a calendar of events for the coming year that will need sponsors so it will be easier to approach the donors.
            Dictionaries – Family Federal and Condon Realty interested
            Thanksgiving dinner
            Reality Fair
            4th of July float
            Pancake breakfast
            Music festival
            Spelling Bee
Chris Teachout at Needham Bank has been approached.  We should also approach current and former scholarship recipients for both sponsorship possibilities and donations to the fund.  We need volunteers to help collect names, addresses and emails for the winners.  Ryan will work will Bill on this and start creating a solicitation letter.  We should begin a “Pay It Forward” campaign and invite them to lunch.
501 (c) 3 statuses was again discussed and tabled until needed.
Next meeting: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton

**Rotary Minutes for meeting held on August 4th, 2015**
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’,  Bob Cocks led us in ‘God Bless America’ , and  Reverend Darrell Minnich led us in prayer.
GUESTS:  Our guest speaker and District Gov. Jim Fusco; our Asst. District Governor and District Governor Nominee, Karen Gaffney.
-August 18th will be our preview of what the ‘Rotary Visioning Program’ will be all about. Rich is in the process of selecting a Tuesday night date in October for our 5:00pm to 9:00 pm actual ‘Visioning’ event.
-Thanks to Bill Paulson, Dan Tibma, Greg Cronin and Roz for moving the 6 ft tall Rotary Wheel for the parade to Avery Manor for safe keeping.
-The club is looking for a company to spend $1500 to sponsor our fall Dictionary handout to all Needham 3rd Graders.
-Our newest member Anthony Guardia, is jumping right in and is heading up the ‘Speakers’ Committee. If you want to join him, or, have ideas for guest speakers, please let him know.
-Bill Paulson received the plaque/picture or our Rotary Little League team. They are a 3rd and 4th grade travel team known as the ‘Navy Heat’.
-Ted mentioned that 3 year old Eliot returned to his home in Panama after his GOL surgery. Pictured below is Eliot and his family and friends welcoming him home.
On the flight home, they got bumped up to first class, where they sat next to the former President of Panama,  Mireya Mosoco!:  What a thrill!! Pictured above are Eliot, jis parents, grandparents, and a new fried who helped them on the flight.
PRESIDENTAL MOMENT:  Lois talked about the 31st President of the U.S. who is the only Quaker to be elected President, on August 10th, 1874: Herbert Hoover.
50/50:  Winning ticket was held by Ted but didn’t pick the ten of spades.
Pot is at $235. He would have donated it all to the Gift of Life.
HAPPY DOLLARS:  The ‘Happy happy table’ all pitched in $5 for a total of 238 years of marriage at the table. This includes Chuck, Bill, Tom, Lois and Ron! Ted Shaughnessy for GOL success with Eliot; Kathy for being back from sailing; Andy because he loves the heat; Rick Davis welcoming Anthony as a new member; Many HTBH and welcoming the DG and ADG.
DOUG’S HUMOR:  A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a sheriff. He thinks he's smarter being a big shot lawyer from New York and has a better education than an sheriff from West Virginia. The sheriff asks for license and registration. The lawyer asks, "What for?" The sheriff responds, "You didn't come to a complete stop at the stop sign." The lawyer says, "I slowed down and no one was coming." "You still didn't come to a complete stop. License and registration please," say the sheriff impatiently. The lawyer says, "If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I'll give you my license and registration and you can give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don't give me the ticket." The sheriff says, "That sounds fair, please exit your vehicle." The lawyer steps out and the sheriff takes out his nightstick and starts beating the lawyer with it. The sheriff says, "Do you want me to stop or just slow down?"
ADG Karen Gaffney introduced our District Governor Jim Fusco. Jim has been in Rotary for 13 years, and his wife Karen has been a member even longer ! They are known in the District as ‘Mr. and Mrs. Rotary”!
Jim talked about the goals for Rotary International, including hopefully completing the Polio Plus program of eradicating Polio and 5 other childhood disease from the face of the earth. This program was started in 1985, and only two countries remain: Pakistan and Afghanistan. It will be wonderful when this is complete.
The President of RI’s theme this year is ‘Be a gift to the world!”. That is quite an assignment, one we should strive for every day.
Jim detailed how while Rotary membership continues to climb outside the United States, it is diminishing in the U.S. Our goal at Needham Rotary is to add a net of 3 new members. Who can you bring as a guest/potential member?
Jim’s final message was about the District Conference which will be held in Plymouth MA this year at the Radisson hotel. So, lock in the dates of Friday May 20 thru Sunday May 22 as the dates. At a minimum, we should all try to attend at least one event.
After such a great presentation, we know that our District is in good hands! The District website is

Anthony Guardia
We were delighted to welcome Anthony Guardia into our club last Tuesday. Anthony is a local guy at heart, having gone through the Wakefield MA school system, and from there went on to Suffolk University for his undergraduate work where he majored in Economics, and then to the Suffolk University Law School.
Anthony is the Major Gifts Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham.  This follows his work for other non-profits development, and his work for political candidates in the eastern Mass. Area.
Anthony just got married this month to Theresa Graves, and the newlyweds live in a condo in Wakefield.
In addition to work and family, Anthony enjoys hiking, outdoor sports, is a history buff and an avid Patriots fan. He was even a wrestler in high school!
Anthony has agreed to be on the club’s Social Committee and on the Speaker Committee, and is looking forward to being an active Rotarian.
If you have not met Anthony, go out of your way to greet him and to welcome him to Needham Rotary.
Our Rotary District Jim Fusco will be visiting our club tomorrow, Tuesday. This is the required visit where Jim will lay out his plans for the year, and is our opportunity to ask questions of him. He is a great guy, and this will be a lively meeting. Don't miss it!
The BOD is asked to meet with  him at 11:30 in the morning.

**Rotary Notes for Meeting Held on July 21, 2015**
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’,  Bob Cocks led us in ‘God Bless America’ , and  Rev. Darrell led us in the Blessing.
GUESTS: Our guests today included: the speaker, Emily Spencer of, our guest speaker, and Anthony Guardia (Does he need a diversion after being married for only 15 days?).  George Hoffmeister led us in the Welcome song.  Welcome back George!!
-Dues are going up by $25 per year.  Look for the increase on the next billing.
-During the month of October, look up on Chapel St. and see 5 Rotary banners overhead.  Thanks Bill Paulson.
-The reality fair has two dates upcoming.  October 5, 2015 for the current seniors and May 23, 2016 for the current Juniors.
-We are looking for local businesses to underwrite the cost of some of our projects.
PRESIDENTAL MOMENT: Lois ran out of presidents born in July so she tried to trick us with Amelia Erheart.  Good try!  She also had a bit of humor:  A police officer called in an unusual situation.  A lady had just shot her husband for walking on her newly cleaned and still wet kitchen floor.  The officer was asked by the station if entered the premises and was she was placed under arrest.  He replied no.  The floor was still wet.
50/50:  Winning ticket was held by Dan Tibma but didn’t pick the ten of spades.
HAPP DOLLARS:  for our guests, vacations, love for the victims and their families of the Tennessee violence, our vets, our speaker, Anthony’s and Theresa’s  marriage, and the ever popular HTBH.
DOUG’S HUMOR:  A man died and went to St. Peter.  He was asked about his record, which wasn’t particularly good or bad.  St. Peter then asked if there was any way the soul could help with the decision.
He replied: “Yeah, once I was driving along and came upon a person who was being harassed by a group of thugs. So I pulled over, got out a bat, and went up to the leader of the thugs.  He was a big, muscular man with a ring pierced through his lip.  Well, I tore out the ring and told him he and his gang had better stop bothering this guy or they would have to deal with me!”
Wow that’s impressive replied St. Peter.  But it’s not on your record.  When did this happen?
The soul replied: “About three minutes ago.”
Emily Spencer, a newlywed and military spouse whose husband was recently deployed.  She spoke about her charity to send cards to the thousands of military personnel overseas to let them know of our appreciation for their efforts.  In a year and a half she has sent over 300,000 cards in addition to “Care” packages.  She can be contacted at or by mail to PO Box 612 in Norwood, MA 02062

July 14, 2024
We started this Tuesday's meeting with Pres. Rich leading us in the Pledge of Alegiance, Bob Cocks leading us in 'God Bless America', and Darrell providing the invocation.
GUESTS: Our guests were Mike Dowling, Brian Ashmankas and Thisha Morse (a Cohasset Rotarian), all from Boston Olympics 2024, and Ross Atkin, a Needham resident who is a retired sports writer from The Christian Science Monitor, and guest of Jim Brown, who was attracted to this week's Rotary meeting through an article in the newspaper. Ryan led us in a our 'Welcoming Song', which everyone enjoyed.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Louise passed around a picture of the Condon Realty float, which won the Grand Prize at the 4th of July parade! Congratulation Louise!!
JOKE: Louise also shared a jok entitled: "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening" (1 Sam 3:(): Jerry was very concerned about his wife as he thought she was loosing her hearing due to aging. So, one day he stood behind her and said "Mary, can I get you anything?" Noticing no reaction from her, he moved a little closer and repeated a little louder "Mary, can I get you anything?" Still no answer. so, Jerry moved mush closer and said in a much louder voice "Mary, can I get you anything?" Turning towards Jerry and looking annoyed, Mary replied "Jerry, I've said NO three times!!".
PRESIDENTIAL MINUTE: Lois told us about the only President who was born on July 14th, and was the only President who had served as VP and President without the benefit of election by the Electoral College. Who was it? The 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford!
HAPPY DOLLARS: Erica was delighted to drop off two of her children at camp, and can't wait for the third child to go to camp in several weeks! Ryan gave a Happy Dollar for Mike Dowling, who was his bowling partner at a benefit one time.
BOSTON OLYMPICS 2024: Brian Mike and Trish all addressed the club about the upcoming Boston 2024 Olympics. This has been a very exciting time for Boston and the Olympics, but, if there is not more support, then the Olympic Organizing Committee here in Boston will not go forward with their bid. So, they are out drumming up support for the games. Mike delivered a wonderful slide show (which can be seen at ), detailing the changes which will occur.
Mike said this is now known as the 'Transit Games' versus 'The Waling Games' when first presented. There will be venues all over the state, but the majority in Boston and close suburbs. The basketball event will be held in New York City.
They also noted that the Paralympics will follow the Olympics by some 2 weeks, using the same facilities as the Olympics.
Boston Olympics 2024 is really working to raise public awareness and if your group wants representatives to speak, just contact them.

Rotary Club  of Needham
Sheraton Hotel
Tuesday: June 23, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Karen Wetmore
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Welcome Karin Gaffney, Governor Nominee Designate from the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club
Guests: -
  • Chaz Everly
  • Anthony Guardia, prospective Rotarian
  • Paula Jacobsen – new Executive Director of Needham YMCA, and a A Providence RI Rotarian
  • Nate O’Connor and Sara Castiztia, 2014 scholarship recipients
Happy dollars: Summer; upcoming wedding in 12 days; congratulations to incoming officers and Rich’s next 3 years as president; congratulations to Glen for his 2 years of service to us; son, James, wedding last Saturday; HTBH; see you in August – down east sailing in July; welcome Karin Gaffney; welcome scholarship guests and 2 weeks vacation.
. Thank you Ken Davis for going to Eagle Scout ceremony. He made the presentation representing Needham Rotary.
. REMINDER – there will be no lunch meeting at the Sheraton next Tuesday.  We will have a picnic at Rich Forte’s house in Dover at 6:00 pm.  Please let him know if you will be attending.
. Greg needs people for the 4th of July float in the Needham parade.  Contact Rachel if you are available.
. Chaz returned from Rotary Exchange in Russia.
. Sara and Nate told about their first year in school.  Nate attended Providence College; declared finance and math as his majors and recently ran a marathon in honor of his dad suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  Sara completed her first year at Georgetown with a major in government and 2 minors.  She interned on Capitol Hill and plays the flute.
Glen has started a new tradition at Needham Rotary by selecting one member who he awarded the 'Rotarian Of The Year' to. This first year, it is Bill Paulson, who we all know totally deserves! Bill is one of the most creative people we know, and is a 'doer' instead of a 'talker'.
Congratulations Bill: well deserved!!!
Glen had a few words before he was presented with a 'Past President's Pin' and Celebratory Gavel. He wanted to thank all Rotarians for their help and assistance during his 2 years as President. The changes he instituted wil help guide the Club forward. Glen said he is donating $250 to the scholarship fund in honor of his parents 50th anniversary and as a thank you for the past 104 weeks.
Finally, Glen was presented with his Paul Harris pin today, for his contribution during this past year.
Glen was thanked with a standing ovation from all members and guests for his great contribution and guidance to Rotary over the last 2 year. Great job Glen!!!.
We were fortunate to have with us Karin Gaffney, District Governor Designate for the 2017/2018 Rotary year, to perform our inductions. Most important is Rich Forte, who is our incoming President:
Karin then installed the new 2015-2016 Board of Directors:
The new BOD members are as folows:
President: Rich Forte
Treasurer: Ryan Damaso
Secretary: Kathy Whitney
Director: Charles Nelson
Director: Ted Shaughnessy
Director: Jim Brown
Director: Libby Pero
Director: Marty Lindeman
Sergeant at Arms: Greg Cronin
Immediate Past President: Glen Davis
(Not all were present).
Rich started by thanking the retiring BOD members Karen Wetmore, Ken Davis and Dan Tibma. They had helped bring the club to where it is today: in very good shape!
Rich has 2 focuses for his year:
1. To try to build a realistic budget for the year, which will maximize our efficiency in doing good.
2. to establish some 'branding' for the club in an effort to publicize the club more which will create more new members.
So, our club is off to a great start! New President, new BOD, and a direction which can only help us to grow!!!
NOTE: Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Rich Forte’s house, Dover, MA. Directions to follow.....

Rotary Club of Needham
Sheraton Needham Hotel
June 9, 2015
The meeting was opened by President Glen Davis with the Pledge of Allegiance,  Bob Cocks led us in God Bless America and Darrell led us in the Blessing
Guests: Today, we welcomed our guests including the 2015 Needham High School Scholarship winners Regina Longley and Liam Walsh!  Their parents were present as well as the  Acting Principal of Needham High, John Bourne.
50/50 Drawing: The 50/50 pot is $132.  Liam got the winning ticket but picked the 9 of clubs, not the ten of spades as needed.
-We will have our cookout on June 30th at Rich Forte’s home in Dover.
-Our next meeting is a breakfast affair at 7:30 am tomorrow at the Sheraton
Ted updated us on the Gift of Life’s latest child, a 2 ½ year old from Panama who is at MGH facing open heart surgery.  All the best.
-We have a slot approved for the fourth of July parade.
Happy Dollars:  For the scholarship winners, Needham Cable for always being there for us, Bob Cocks for his daughter getting a job, Andy for all his recitals (and that they are over with).
Guest Speakers: Lois introduced Regina Longley and Liam Walsh, this year’s scholarship winners. Lois detailed how these students are the finest out of 50 applicants, and all applicants were really great. It made for a difficult decision but these winners just naturally rose to the top of the bunch!
Each of the two recipients gave us a brief overview of which activities they had been involved with as seniors, and what their aspirations are going forward.
Acting Principal John Bourne thanked the club for its continuous support of the High School and its students for more than 60 years!
Tom Savino then gave each of them an initial check for $2500 for the first of 4 checks, for each year of college. Over 4 years, this is a total of $10,000 for each student.
With recipients like this, we have nothing to worry about for the future of this country!

Bulletin of Kerry Healey's visit to Needham Rotary



The Needham Rotary volunteers gathered Saturday morning (April 11th) at the Needham Community Farm (NCF) to build new raised garden beds and to repair damaged beds just ahead of planting season!  Located at the site of the former Nike anti-aircraft missile battery next to the new Needham dog park, the NCF provides fresh produce for the Needham and area food banks.   Staffed entirely by volunteers, NCF is helping provide fresh food for the "food insecure" population of our town!

Led by Jim Brown, a team of a dozen Rotarians got busy cutting wood, laying out new beddings and screwing boards together.
Needham Rotarians showed up with drills, saws, an electric generator, shovels and wheelbarrows and with the skills and focus required to build out five new beddings for the Needham Community Farm!
Finally resting on their "laurels," the work crew celebrated three hours of time well-spent in helping feed those in need in Needham!  We could have built even more bedding boxes if we hadn't run out of lumber!  Great teamwork!
Even 88 year old Ron Sokol and his child bride, Lois, got involved in moving compost and soil into the new beddings!

Let the Music Flow in Needham!

The wonderful sounds of music in Needham surrounded us at our meeting of March 3rd as we welcomed the winners of the Rotary Music Competition held in January of 2015 at Powers Concert Hall in Needham!  The Needham High School male a capella group, The Subway Dwarfs, and twelve year old singer and keyboardist, Mackenzie Clement, serenaded us.  Our weekly singing of "America the Beautiful" and our "Welcome Song" for guests has NEVER sounded so melodious!
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As winners of our Music Competition, The Subway Dwarfs and Mackenzie Clement, each received a cash prize presented by Rachel, Greg and Bill, and were treated to a great luncheon at the Sheraton.  We also got to hear a little about the future plans of the graduating senior singers from Needham High School. 


Mackenzie was joined by her father, who is also her manager, photographer and sound technician!   As a bonus, Needham Rotarian Bob Dunning, who is a life-long friend of Mackenzie's family, enthusiastically joined in the music and celebration!  Thanks to Greg, Rachel and Bill for their leadership in the Music Competition Program!

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Bill also presented a check to Ms. Kate Findlen of the Needham "Friends of Music" to help support music education and performance programs at Needham High School.




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Student Category:  Subway Dwarves - Needham High School's male A Capella group.


Professional Category - Mackenzie Clement, 12 year old singer-songwriter who has performed in Gillette Stadium.





Now available for your review, by Walter G. Patterson.  You can download the 90 page booklet online here on the Needham Rotary Club web site by clicking the link above or by going to the Club History page and clicking on the link on the left.



Oct 13, 2015
Andy Winig
How to answer the question "So, what do you do?"
Oct 20, 2015
Dr. Bob Dingman, Travis Bickford & Molly Brown Ric
William Janes College from Newton
Oct 27, 2015
District Visioning Event
This 'Memebers Only' Event is being held at 5 pm, thus no lunch meeting
Nov 03, 2015
Sharon from Dare Family Services
What Dare Family Services Can Do, in Light of All The Recent DCF Tragedies
Nov 10, 2015
Steve from Sante Mobile Cafe
What is it like to have a 'restaurant on wheels'?
Nov 17, 2015
PDG Carl Kaliszewski
November is Rotary Foundation Month. What is that all about?
Nov 24, 2015
Joint Dinner with the Wellesley Rotary Club and both Needham and Wellesley Football Teams

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