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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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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.



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