Posted by David Manzi on Nov 10, 2017
Join us to kickoff the 2017 Holiday Season at a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Boston's great gems, the historic Boston Public Library. After the tour, we will head a few blocks East to Maggiano's Little Italy for amazing Italian food!
 
When:             
Thursday, November 16, 2017    
 (SOLD OUT) 4:50pm-6pm Private Tour of the Boston Public Library starting at the Dartmouth Street entrance
 (REGISTRATION OPEN) 6:30pm-8:30pm  Dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy at 4 Columbus Avenue, Boston
Where: 
Our private tour of the Boston Public Library begins when we meet our guide in the McKim Vestibule at the Dartmouth Street entrance. 
 
Who:               
“Behind the scenes of Boston’s greatest gems” are social networking events are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Boston #7.                                                                This event is open to people with an interest in Boston Rotary: members, families, friends, guests, prospective members. 
 
Cost:               
$50.00 per person for the all-you-can-eat-dinner.
Register:         
To sign up and pay online, click on the event in the calendar listing for Nov. 16, 2017
Boston Public Library Tour + Dine at Maggiano's David Manzi 2017-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Karas
This concert is going to be an incredible event at the one of the most prestigious music halls in the world!!!
Rotarians helping Rotarians...please support United Sound's Julie Duty, the Executive Director of United Sound
and a Rotarian from the Mesa West Club in Arizona ! 
 
 
 
 
Baseball Boston Pops Boston Red Sox Boston Symphony Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds Dave Matthews Band Jeff Coffin Rotary Theo Epstein icon jazz legends special needs
United Sound Concert at Symphony Hall Lori Karas 2017-11-04 04:00:00Z 0 Baseball,Boston Pops,Boston Red Sox,Boston Symphony,Bronson Arroyo,Cincinnati Reds,Dave Matthews Band,Jeff Coffin,Rotary,Theo Epstein,icon,jazz,legends,special needs
Posted on Oct 17, 2017
 
#RedCrossReady  Four Boston Rotarians attended Prevent & Prepare.  
L-R  Past President David Manzi, Past President Shiela Lally, Current President Lori Karas and Past President Susana Brown
 
Lori Karas is a Chapter Board Member of the Red Cross of Massachusetts and active member of The Women Who Care committee of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, which annually organizes one of the largest networking events in the Commonwealth. In the tradition of founder, Clara Barton, the event was developed to help raise awareness and garner support for the critical programs provided by the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.
 
This year two individuals were honored who exemplify the mission of the American Red Cross. 
Dr. David R. King, a Mass General surgeon who used medical savvy from years at war to help victims of traumatic injury promotes the use of modern tourniquets, which, if used properly, are effective in stopping massive bleeding without loss of limbs. 
 
 
Joseph E. Finn, Boston Fire Commissioner and Chief of Department was introduced by Lauren Baker, First Lady of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Red Cross volunteer.  Commissioner Finn praised the American Red Cross for partnering with Boston Fire to install 1,000 smoke detectors for the elderly community. Early warning and early detection save lives from fast burning fires.
 
Celebrating Boston's Red Cross Volunteers 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2017
The Hepatitis Zero Expedition, which is a project of the Hepatitis Eradication R.A.G., the newest Action Group to be recognized, has already journeyed through all of South and Central America. This mission is travelling around the world with two brothers Fred and Jose, Rotarians and roving Ambassadors of the project, spreading information on Hepatitis C prevention, on board their Toyota Land Cruiser. They will spend about four years touring five continents, covering 120,000 miles and more than fifty countries. In each stop on their way Fred and Jose are meeting with the Rotary community, explaining about the disease and the campaign, how Hepatitis C sufferers can seek treatment, and recruiting future Ambassadors for the Hepatitis Eradication Rotary Action Group.
Hepatitis Zero Expedition Shiela Lally 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Due to the July 4th holiday we will not have our regularly scheduled monthly lunch meeting on July 5th.
However, If you are in the city this holiday weekend please take part in our city's celebration. Details on the events can be found at:
http://bostonpopsjuly4th.org/
Have a safe and Happy July 4th!
 
No Meeting July 5th Due to July 4th Holiday! 2017-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 13, 2017
We invite you to sign up to participate in community service along with other volunteers and Boston Rotarians at The Women's Lunch Place.
 
"A warm glow and sense of connection aren’t all you get from volunteering: It can improve your mental health and help you live longer too!"  Website:  http://womenslunchplace.org
 
Since 1982, thousands of Boston's poorest women have found refuge and welcome at the Women's Lunch Place. The Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable day time shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. They treat women with dignity and respect, and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs. They are open six days a week, year-round, to offer food, friendship, and a full spectrum of advocacy and support services to each of their guests.
 
What we do: Food preparation, Serving meals, Cleaning up. The meal at lunch time consists of high-quality, freshly prepared dishes, including meat or fish, fresh vegetables, fruit, and dessert. Menus are planned to emphasize nutritional content and diversity. Food preferences are accommodated, and vegetarian alternatives are available at every meal. Unlike traditional soup kitchen food service, which generally fulfills a woman’s basic nutritional needs, the Women’s Lunch Place, offers a restaurant-style lunch with volunteers serving guests who are seated at tables in the dining room. There are fresh flowers on each table and china plates and flatware. Lunch is more than a meal at the Women’s Lunch Place. It is an important part of renewing a guest’s self esteem and providing her with a sense of dignity and normalcy.
 
Requirements: A heart-felt desire to be of active service to others in our community.  
Date: Second Tuesday of each month Time: Serve for as long as you can between 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM  
Location: 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
Let's Cook and Serve Others! 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2017
Solar costs have decreased by 80% since 2011 and, for the first time, solar can save ordinary households money on their electricity bills. Yet, 80% of Americans are effectively locked out of the solar market. These households include those who rent their homes, own a condo, have inadequate credit, or possess a non-optimal roof (e.g. a roof covered by a tree or facing the wrong way). The problem is especially severe among low-to-moderate income families, who disproportionately are unable to avail themselves of solar savings due to high credit minimums and long contract lengths required by solar financiers. 
 
Solstice’s mission is to put affordable solar within reach of every American. We do this by connecting households to solar farms in their neighborhood and by researching new financial inclusion mechanisms through the Department of Energy. With your help, we can democratize clean energy and accelerate the transition to clean energy.

Our guest speaker, Steph Speirs, is a social entrepreneur and community builder with years of operational experience at d.light India, Acumen Fund, the White House National Security Council, and the Obama for America field campaign. She is an Echoing Green Fellow and holds a BA from Yale and an MPA with distinction from Princeton, and she is a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
 
Visitors welcome! Everyone should please register for the lunch meeting by clicking the link on the calendar. 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017  from Noon - 1:30PM
Fisher College - Trustees Reading Room - 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116
Community Solar 2017-06-07 04:00:00Z 0

Walking around Lake Waban in Wellesley on a Sunday afternoon is our springtime adventure! All are welcome to join the hike!  Mark your calendar for 3:00PM on Sunday, April 30, 2017. 

We will meet at the Shellito's house at 3:00 pm. Then we'll make a 10 minute drive together across town to Lake Waban, which is adjacent to Wellesley College. There is a 2.5 mile walk around the lovely lake. Afterward we will return home for drinks and members* will enjoy a simple supper.

Please pre-register using the link on calendar page. *Seating space limits the number to 20 members/guests for supper.

If you're on the fence about joining the club, do it NOW so you can participate! Contact Membership Director: Susana Brown susana.brown@jhilburnpartner.com

SOLD OUT! Springtime Stroll Around Lake Waban - Sunday, April 30 Paul Shellito 2017-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lori Karas on Apr 05, 2017

On April 5th, our speaker is Dr. Allana Da Graca​, the author of Tomorrow Can't Wait, a forty-day book that is about conquering fear and stepping over personal challenge. Her talks are dynamic and engaging and have Q&A time for viewers. Her presentations are unique in that she typically get the audience moving while discussing the challenges that hold individuals back.  http://drallanadagraca.com/

Dr. Allana Da Graca is an educator and artist who loves to inspire individuals to become the very best they can be. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts and attended the Sharon Public Schools as a Metco student. She navigated between the urban and rural realities of young adulthood and became involved in the civic engagement of her community. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and freelanced at Black Entertainment Television. A teacher at heart, Dr. Da Graca attended Emerson College where she researched and developed an educational project as the Director of  the Circle of Girls program. She taught young adults the value of education, persistence and civic responsibility. She extended her love for community and served the Irish Immigration Center as a Cross Cultural Organizer bridging communal ties through brown bag lunches and community events like the annual Black and Green.

Dr. Da Graca has taught at  Lesley University, Bauder College (Kaplan), Allied University, and Walden University. She has taught hundreds of students about the gift of communication and the challenge of creating a digital footprint. She continues to write and produce indie books, academic publications, and digital courses as a way to extend the belief that anyone can persist towards reaching new personal heights. She has led lectures, webinars, panels, workshops, presentations, collaborations and more. Dr. Da Graca is the recipient of the Robert C. Ford fellowship and contributing author of the first Encyclopedia of Online Learning. She is an active member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Board of Directors.

Please register and pre-pay $20 for lunch meeting on the Calendar. In addition, books will be available for sale.

The meeting will be held from April 5, 2017 from Noon - 1:30pm at Fisher College in the Trustees Reading Room, 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116.  

April 5 - Dr. Allana Da Graca​ Lori Karas 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Our Thanksgiving Social and Service Project assembled food baskets
Rotarians and members of the Rotaract Club gathered to assemble Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need.
The baskets were delivered to Rosie's Place and the Huntington YMCA.
Thanksgiving Social & Service Project Update Shiela Lally 2016-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
 
Rotarian Kathryn Smith will be speaking at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. about her new book “The Gatekeeper.” This is the first biography of Missy LeHand, personal secretary to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. LeHand, who worked for Roosevelt for more than 20 years, was with him all through his polio fight and helped him establish the polio rehab center at Warm Springs, Georgia in the 1920s.
 
“Missy was the one person who truly believed in FDR’s dream for a rehab center at Warm Springs,” Smith said. “She served as his hostess there, and handled all his business related to Warm Springs and his polio foundation when he was in the White House.” LeHand was the de facto chief of staff at the White House, a post that has never been held by a woman, before or since. FDR valued her as a confidante, adviser and friend.
 
Smith and her book, which is being published September 6 by Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone imprint, will be featured in an upcoming edition of The Rotarian magazine. Club members are invited to attend her talk and signing at Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge. For more information, visit www.kathrysmithwords.com
 
 
 
"The Gatekeeper" - by fellow Rotarian, Kathryn Smith - September 9, 2016 2016-09-09 00:00:00Z 0

Don't Miss Out on the Fun on Rotary Family Day!

On August 27th, Rotarians, Interactors, Rotaractors, families and friends will have a day that will offer an abundance of fun, fellowship and food!

There will be casual and competitive games of volleyball, corn hole, horseshoes, whiffle ball, tennis, golf and so much more. Worried about the heat, don't be! There is also a full sized Olympic pool to cool off in, unless your inner child wants to run through the splash park!

Bring your racquet, tennis balls, baseball gloves, towels, bathing suits and please do not forget your sunblock! 

What goes with fun and fellowship? Food!!! We will have a magnificent barbecue lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, salad, corn on the cob and watermelon for dessert.

There is something for everyone - so come one, come all, bring your kids, your grand-kids and celebrate Rotary on a Saturday before the summer ends.

Arrive anytime after 10:30 am and stay as long as you want or right up to 5 pm.
 
Location: (Click here for directions)
Cedardale/Groveland
20 Bare Hill Rd
Groveland, MA 01834
 
Cost:
$20 for youth 15 and under
$35 for all others
 
Click here to register today!
 
Family Fun Day! - August 27, 2016 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2016

Larry DiCara is the ultimate political insider and among Boston’s most recognized attorneys and civic leaders. For over 50 years he has represented owners and developers before the Boston Redevelopment Authority and most every other city and state agency in the Commonwealth. He'll reflect on these 40 years of change in Boston--through the good and the bad. In his political memoir Turmoil and Transition in Boston, published by Hamilton Books, he tells the personal and political story of Boston's rise to national prominence in the 20th Century. Read more about this fantastic speaker here.

You will hear more than a fabulous speaker at this meeting--you'll connect for good with trustworthy professionals in a way that no other association offers. Just by attending you'll help fund the Rotary Foundation which is one of the world's largest humanitarian charities with other 2,000 active projects worldwide. 
 

Information:

July 12, 2016, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Light Hors d'Oeuvres served.
Dress code is business casual / professional.
Buy Tickets Now - They'll Go Fast

Location:

Central Bistro

34 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02110
 
 
 
 
Meet Boston Legend Larry DiCara with the Rotary Club of Downtown Boston - July 12, 2016 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 21, 2016
 
We had a wonderful time at the reception on the roof deck overlooking the beautiful Charles River on June 22, 2016! We celebrated a wonderful year and welcomed two new members! We want to thank Fisher College for graciously hosting the Boston Rotary!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Social on the roof deck overlooking the Charles River - Wednesday, June 22 2016-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Manzi on May 13, 2016
Congratulations to District Governor David Manzi and the committee organized a very special Conference this year on May 13, 14, and 15 held at the Harvard Club in BostonAlong with fellowship and mystery dining on Friday evening, we performed a group service project in Boston Saturday morning, enjoyed lunch, breakouts, dinner and awards, plus our memorial service and brunch on Sunday morning.  
District 7930 Conference in Boston - May 13-15, 2016 David Manzi 2016-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
April 30th Esplanade Cleanup Day Service Project was very productive and a lot of fun! 2016-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 28, 2016

"Let's buy the kids a new truck", urges Fair Foods founder, Nancy Jamison.  Their old truck has hauled millions of pounds of food transferred from a larger truck. Without the small trucks, they could not deliver to as many places as they have.  https://www.gofundme.com/FairFoods

Surplus produce is grocery store quality fruits and vegetables that for various reasons never reaches the grocery store. A store may order more produce than it ends up needing, trucks may be too full to ship all of the ordered produce, or shipments can be delayed or arrive too early due to weather, market fluctuations, and equipment malfunctions. Often, entire pallets of usable food will be refused by markets because some items have slight cosmetic imperfections.

The problem with surplus produce is that unlike canned goods, which could be resold or redistributed later, produce will spoil if it sits too long. Rather than letting good food go bad, our partners donate their surplus to us so we can distribute it the same day.  Learn more about www.fairfoods.org

 
 
April 29th Rotarians volunteered for Fair Foods helping bag produce for distribution! 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 19, 2016
The District Conference, under the leadership of DG David Manzi, is going to be great! Sign up today at www.Rotary7930.org
 
Discover the Joy of Service to Others!  Valerie Schumacher, Community Service Director, has organized monthly service projects. Sign up today!
 
Italian Rotarians from Padua ran the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016! Gianluca Carabene and Andra Maturo arranged a meet up at Fisher College with Susana Brown to exchange club banners. They were given a tour of the beautiful college headquarters by Campus Police Lt. John Pagliarulo.
 
 
 
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Posted on Jan 27, 2016
We packaged 5,000 meals at a meal packaging event with Stop Hunger Now! It was held on Thursday, January 28 at Fisher College's Alumni Hall.
 
What Stop Hunger Now does:  We package and ship meals to feed people in need. We have engaged over 500,000 corporate, student, civic and faith-based volunteers to package meals. We educate thousands of people each year about hunger and inspire them to help end it. This year, we will package 45 million meals, and ship over $9 million in donated aid, mainly vitamins and medical supplies.
 

What Is Meal Packaging? It is an immensely fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for anyone of any age. A group of 40 to 50 volunteers can package 10,000 meals in just two hours. To get started in organizing your packaging event, set a goal for the number of meals you will package and contact your local program coordinator. Start to recruit volunteers based on the number of meals you plan to package. Then you can begin to fund your event. All you need to raise is 29 cents for each meal you package. Our assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packages. The meal are shipped throughout the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief. The food is stored easily, transported quickly, and has a shelf-life of two years.

 
How Does This Help? Stop Hunger Now meals are nutritiously sound. Every dehydrated rice/soy meal is fortified with 23 essential vitamins and nutrients. Research has shown that one in three people in developing countries are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Addressing the problem of hunger is the single point where we can leverage relief for all humanitarian issues.
 
January 28th Meal Packaging Service Project! 2016-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 22, 2016
 

A big shout out to the hundreds of amazing people who participated in the Polar Plunge on Saturday. January 23, 2016.
Whether you plunged, donated or cheered us on, thank you! Just shy of $71,500 with a $10,000 surge over the weekend! 
 
Thoughts from a Plunger
Well the Polar Plunge happened yesterday. It was surreal, really. Its one thing to go in the water - but the 25° temp and the 40 mph winds had whipped up the surf, which just happened to be at an astronomically high level. Even if any of us had still thought we could stay in for very long, the riptides put an end to that.
Still - load and loads of fun. I don't know if it was the weather or if the wind really saps the body heat that much more, but this is my 5th plunge, and I don't remember any of the others being so brutally cold as we got out of the water and headed back to change. Even the sand was more ice than sand.
Christina and I joined the Interactors at Village Pancake House to warm up. Best Hot Chocolate I've ever had! 
Keith Harris
January 23 - the Polar Plunge Fundraiser to Stop Polio Now! 2016-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
 
A Big Welcome to Conrad S. van Coller, who is our first new member in 2016! (Pictured here between Membership Director Susana Brown and President Shiela Lally.)
 
Conrad was born in South Africa (he speaks Afrikaans), raised in Florida and transplanted to Boston. His life experience and world view are broad and typical of members of Boston Rotary.  His academic background in finance and his role at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management help Conrad manage the personal wealth of families in the Northeast.  He and his wife, Melanie, live in Medford and are eagerly awaiting their first child.  They are very active in planting a new church in Cambridge. 
 
It was after Conrad settled into Boston and his career that he had time to get involved with community service. He discovered Rotary on the internet and found our club was conveniently located and that he could make the meeting times. He reached out by email and was warmly invited to visit. So he started attending, making friends and participating in activities. Now as a member of Rotary, he will have opportunities in leadership roles and public speaking opportunities. Conrad is interested in all of Rotary projects, but two areas of focus stand out to him: Economic & Community Development and Literacy. We are delighted to add Conrad to our membership!
Membership News 2016-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

Our speaker was Andrew Winig who specializes in business coaching and helps you answer “What do you do?”  In Andy's popular, dynamic and interactive presentation, we learned and practiced answering the only three questions we’ll ever be asked at any networking event. Our natural and conversational approach opened up more opportunities to grow your business and expand our referral network. We also learned advanced techniques we can use immediately to start business conversations, discover relevant connections, and inspire prospects to call us.
 
About Our Speaker:
Andrew Winig is Your Elevator Pitch Coach. As an entrepreneur and business owner he discovered that business networking success starts with an engaging 30-Second Elevator Pitch. His 10 year journey from cold call salesman to Trusted Advisor inspired him to write the Elevator Pitch Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Conversations. Andy wants you to get better leads from your Elevator Pitch, and shares his unique and effective techniques through email newsletters, webinars, 1-on-1 coaching, and keynote speeches.
 
He received a BSCS from Yale University, where he was awarded a magna cum laude and elected to the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society.
You can sign up for his weekly Elevator Pitch Tips Email Newsletter at ElevatorPitchTips.com
Andrew Winig, Elevator Pitch Coach 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
Bring your dreams for building a better world and we'll supply dinner!
You  are invited to participate in our Rotary Visioning Session led by Randy Lindel, Assistant Governor of District 7930. 
Please register online in advance as we need an accurate count for dinner.  On the left Upcoming Events, just click on link and it will take you to the registration page.
 
When: Monday, Oct. 19  from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Fisher College, Trustees Reading Room, 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116
Contact: Shiela Lally  slally@fisher.edu  
Bring your dreams for building a better world and we'll supply dinner! 2015-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Join us Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 12 Noon for speaker Ryan Farrell, Ambassador with The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts. In conjunction with the national Brain Injury Association, the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts has established the Ambassador Program.  Under this program, speakers who have suffered brain injuries help to promote prevention and education about the injury by linking it to their personal history and background.  The goals of this program are to increase awareness and reduce the incidence of brain injury by promoting traffic safety; to encourage helmet use; to decrease violent behavior through education; and to increase safety practices. Ryan Farrell suffered her brain injury on April 18, 2010, in a cheerleading competition during her freshman year in college.  Ryan will describe how her injury happened, the recovery process and will convey the message of how to prevent brain injuries.
 
Meeting Location:
Fisher College
Trustees Reading Room
118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
 
Cost of lunch is $20.00
Please register online to attend this event. Payment is accepted at the door.
 
Join us Wednesday, October 7, 2015 for speaker Ryan Farrell Ambassador with the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts 2015-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
  • The Rotary Club's Board held a visioning meeting to focus on the 2015-16 Rotary year. There was excitement, harmony and unity! 
  • You will find the information listed under Upcoming Events and on the Calendar about the time and meeting locations.
  • First Wednesday of every month, our traditional luncheon with a presentation that will keep you current on the issues of the day.
  • Second week of each month, we engage in community service preparing lunch at The Women's Lunch Place.
  • Third week of every month, Rotary committees meet over lunch; open to members and perspective members.
  • Fourth week of every month, host a networking social.
New Format Starts in July! 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0

Mona Lisa “ Monalee” Paguntalan Teves is the recipient of a Global Grant Scholarship by Rotary International that allows her to pursue a 2-year Master’s in Development Practice at the University of Arizona 2015-17. She is locally hosted by club past-president Steve Brown, who will accompany her to the lunch meeting on June 10. Monalee has an impressive 2-decade career of work experience in multi-sector settings including non-government organizations (INGO), private corporations, media and government.

She has dedicated 14 years to a NGO work in the following areas: Anti-Corruption, People with Disabilities, Children, Youth, Women, Volunteers. She has worked remotely as an International Organizational Advisor for US based Unishka Anti-Corruption Associates’ project in the Middle East. Before this, she worked as a National Program Consultant for Transparency International-Philippines, a global coalition of more than 100 countries against corruption. Prior to that, she was management consultant and adviser for a wheelchair project initiated by Handicap International Philippines with funding support from USAID. She worked overseas in Spain and Italy for 3 years for ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel, the largest Broadcasting network in the Philippines. Her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication major in Broadcasting has made her adept with managing Media Relations since she has been a writer, editor and radio talent in the past.
Monalee Teves - a super star from the Philippines 2015-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
In observance of Homelessness Awareness Month, The Rotary Club of Boston #7 partnered with Fisher College Student Government Association (SGA) and Common Good Club to sponsor a well-attended event to raise awareness of Boston’s homeless issues. 
The panel of service providers spoke candidly about their struggles to locate and care for the hundreds left homeless and without a safety net. The cold winter weather exacerbates the problems of 1) lack of daytime shelter 2) crowded sleeping conditions for men 3) insufficient sleeping quarters for women.  The purpose was to discuss at an open forum, the issues the City of Boston is facing regarding the future of the people previously housed at the Long Island Homeless Shelter, who were displaced by the sudden closure of the Long Island bridge in September 2014.
 
The panelists fielded questions from the audience. Panelists included: Elizabeth Keeley, Executive Director, The Women’s Lunch Place, Rotarian and Panel Moderator; Davida Ginsberg, Self-Advocacy Organizer, Rosie’s Place; Jamie O’Neal O’Loughlin, Development Coordinator/Special Events Director, Friends of Boston’s Homeless; Kelley Doel, Program Director, The Women’s Lunch Place.  Boston Rotarians involved with this event included president Glenn Quirion and vice-president Shiela Lally.
 
 
Raising awareness of Boston’s homeless issues 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susana Brown

11/9 The highlight on Sunday evening was the amazing Iron Chef cooking competition in Boston!
The goal was to be of service to cancer patients and their families hosted at the Hope Lodge in Boston.
 
The cooking teams were judged on: Taste, Degree of difficulty, Creativity and Team work. The winner was Boston Rotaract Club Team Agean and it was followed closely by Boston Rotaract Club Team Italian and then polished off by The Rotary Club of Boston #7  Seasonal Desserts.
 
Club president, Glenn Quirion, Owner of Sweet Tooth Boston Bakery, planned and executed the amazing desserts - Pumpkin Mini Whoopi Pies with Maple Filling; Baked Apple Crisp. Gingerbread with Lemon Curd, Whipped Cream and Candied Ginger.
Susana Brown, Silver Representative at Silpada Designs Jewelry, was in charge of prepping 15 pounds of Granny Smith apples and Peter Griffin, President of Advanced Storage & Transportation​, plated the delicious dessert presentation.
 
 
Iron Chef Competition at Hope Lodge Susana Brown 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glenn Quirion on Oct 24, 2014

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You are invited to the Concert with Rotarians from Italy. Please click on the button below to attend or decline. You can also book family and friends. Please share this announcement with others! The ticket prices are low, with an even lower price for students. This should appeal to all students with interest in music.

Event:       Concert with Rotarians from Italy
Date:        Oct 27, 2014 at 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Fee:          $18 Adults; $10 Students
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 15 St Paul Street, Brookline, MA 02446

We are delighted to welcome Francesco Attesti (piano) and Pietro Tagliaferri (clarinet) from Italy!  

Attesti is a member of the Rotary Club "Cortona Valdiciana" of District 2071 (Italy) and a 3-times Paul Harris Fellow. 

They will present a French repertoire for clarinet and piano with music by Saint Saëns, Poulenc and Debussy.

For tickets, go to http://brooklinerotaryconcert.eventbrite.com

Attesti is a classical concert pianist. “Francesco Attesti’s piano playing is unusual. Everything that happens in the sound, in the phrasing, and in the musical conception, starts from an aesthetic and musical conviction and it brings the performance out of every formal and consumistic prevision.” [Maestro Sergio Perticaroli]

Tagliaferri is one of the best Italian clarinet players.  He teaches clarinet at the Conservatory of Brescia, and is director and producer of television recordings for the Filarmonica drella Scala. 

This performance is co-sponsored by the Brookline Rotary and the Boston 7 Rotary club, the seventh Rotary club to be chartered in the world.  Proceeds will benefit the "Birthday Wishes" foundation which grants birthday wishes to homeless children.

For tickets, go to http://brooklinerotaryconcert.eventbrite.com

 

MONDAY EVENING!!! Welcome two Rotarians from Italy and hear their superb concert for piano and clarinet! Glenn Quirion 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2014
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Angela Pitter is Principal/Founder at LiveWire Collaborative. LiveWire Collaborative partners with small businesses and professional service consultants to engage social media and turn their passions into profits!

An accomplished technology professional, Angela has over 20 years of experience in high-tech. She lives at the intersection of technology and people with an uncanny ability to connect people with technology in a unique, humorous and non-intimidating manner.  Angela believes collaboration is the cornerstone for building authentic relationships and enhancing your sphere of influence. Hence the formation of LiveWire Collaborative, because technology is only a means to an end! LiveWire Collaborative currently conducts workshops at Newton Needham Chamber of Commerce, Newton Adult Education Center and Center for Women Enterprise, Boston.  

Angela has spent the past 25 years in high-tech, most recently at Hewlett Packard Corporation, and brings extensive experience leading cross-functional global teams and products/services to the market.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds both her M.S. in Administration and B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University. ​Angela is a Board Member of the Newton School Committee and served as Technology Committee Chair​. She and her husband have three terrific sons.

www.livewirecollaborative.com  (617) 612-5576   info@livewirecollaborative.com

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To launch her book, To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether LewisAndra is the first living person to walk the 444-mile Natchez Trace as the pioneers did. Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Fifteen miles a day. Six days a week. She finished her trek in 34 days. While she walked the Trace to launch her novel, she ended up having a life-changing adventure with her 80-year-old father.

Andra is a Past President of the East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Club in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She is District Communications Chair for District 7770-Eastern South Carolina, a two-time Rotarian of the Year, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member and recipient of her District’s Distinguished Service Award.

For more information about Andra, you can visit her website at andrawatkins.com. You can purchase her novel at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBook and Kobo, or you can buy an autographed paperback copy after her talk.

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Posted by Susana Brown on Mar 15, 2014
ImageImagine going home from the hospital and leaving behind your newborn child in the critical care ward for weeks or even months until they are healthy.  Now, thanks to web cameras, families can view their babies in the critical care unit 24/7 using a computer, Internet-connected TV, or smart phone. “These cameras are wonderful. They helped ease my mind, especially at night,” said Tracy Dennison, mother of a newborn who spent time in the UMass Memorial Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/NICU in Worcester, MA.

The web cameras allow free access through a secure connection to parents, siblings, and extended family so they can view their newborn at any time and from anywhere.  American military families have benefited and one uncle even dialed in from a Navy ship in the Persian Gulf to get to know his new nephew.  When a Chinese mother gave birth to tiny twins, who were placed in the critical care unit, the web camera allowed her husband and family in China to see them.

“This Rotary service project is an example of a local effort with wide community support that has a global reach,” said Roy Balfour. He would like the Rotary Clubs in Suffolk County to get involved and expand this web cam project to five hospitals in Boston. “It’s important to recognize that when Rotary Clubs carefully select projects in which the community sees value, there’s a domino effect because people have a personal connection. It has been an amazing experience to watch how news of the special web cameras has spread. There are nine hospitals in Massachusetts with neonatal intensive care units; the other eight hospitals have heard about what Rotarians have done in Worcester and they want to install web cameras in their infant incubators. This is a project that touches people’s hearts. We followed a basic Rotary principle,” Balfour explained. “Do careful community assessment to identify a need that both the community and Rotarians see value in doing.  Public relations then become a more natural process, through stories the community relates to and wants to support.  It also generates a sense of Rotary pride that members like to share with others who see the impact value of becoming a Rotarian. What started as a single club project has evolved to include 12 clubs. The operative word is ‘engaging’ Rotarians in something that has a multi-community impact.”

“Hospitals are financially constrained and sometimes cannot ramp up projects like this as quickly as we would like. It’s amazing how the Rotarians stepped up to get club support and rally local business and philanthropic leaders to jump start the completion of our goal of providing a fantastic service to families . . .  wherever they are.”, said Dr. Alan Picarillo, chief, Division of Neonatology Medical Director, NICU at UMass Memorial Medical Center, who initiated the UMass webcam program.  See 3 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Psq2yggj0

 

 

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Boston Rotary has been a long-time supporter of the stellar youth education programs of YearUp that was founded by Gerald Chertavian. The organization has been honored at our Governor's Prayer Breakfast and we have donated scholarships to their students.
If you missed 60 Minutes, you can watch the inspirational story about YearUp on 60Minutes.com  http://cbsn.ws/1eZbf2O
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On a wintry Saturday morning, our new club member, Shiela Lally, Dean of Students at Fisher College, participated in the Polar Plunge in Gloucester to raise funds to End Polio Now. There is still time to support her, so bring your $5 donation to the next meeting! To date, Rotary District 7930 has raised over $60,000 for The Rotary Foundation's goal to End Polio Now! 

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L - Shiela is to the left of the white bear. R - Shiela is at the front leading the charge! 

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Feb. 13th was an Evening of Wine & Cheese and Chocolate & Art 

at the elegant Ballroom at Fisher College, 1 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116

The proceeds raised will benefit the Boston Rotary Scholarship Fund

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Spotlighting (L) Randi Siu randi.siu@comcast.net and her APPASSIONATA! series of paintings featured fun, energetic impressionistic hearts in bold color combinations and textures.  Also there was a raffle of 3 framed Giclee prints that were donated by (R) Suzanne Schultz Gallery in Boston suzanne@canvasfinearts.com

The induction of new members into the club was conducted by Susana Brown along with Tom McGovern, Eileen O'Connell and David Manzi.

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Shiela Lally, Dean of Students at Fisher College  +  Glenn Quirion, Owner of Sweet Tooth Boston Bakery

Meghan O'Connell meg@createandcoordinate.com of Create and Coordinate, a full service event design company, prepared a delightful pairings of wine, cheese, crackers and chocolate to spotlight the Valentine theme.

 

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Rotary District 7930 will be providing a $30,000 scholarship to one individual to study abroad in one of the 99 Rotary Future Vision Districts.

The successful scholar will be expected to complete a service project and study one of the following 6 Areas of Focus:
1) disease prevention and treatment
2) peace and conflict resolution/prevention
3) basic education and literacy
4) economic and community development
5) maternal and child health
6) water and sanitation
 
The application deadline is March 1, 2012. You can download the form at
http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/fv_global_grants_how_to_apply_en.pdf.

Contact Amy at rotary7930scholarships@yahoo.com for additional information.
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This is the 18th year that CRWA has organized the Charles River Cleanup Day. This popular event has reached its quota of 3,000 volunteers who will pick up trash at sites along the Charles River while enjoying a spring morning. 

Other ways you can help: volunteer in your local community to pick up trash in your neighborhood or park!

 

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~ Peace and conflict prevention/resolution  ~ Disease prevention and treatment  ~  Water and sanitation  ~  Maternal and child health ~  Basic education and literacy ~  Economic and community development

Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation recognize these six areas of focus as organizational priorities, and there are countless ways that Rotarians can address these needs locally and internationally. Rotary clubs serve communities around the world, each with unique concerns and needs. Rotarians have continually adapted and improved the way they respond to those needs, taking on a broad range of service projects. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of these six areas.

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Welcome to Boston Rotary - a respite from emails, texting and FaceBook!  We come together as educators, health professionals, and community & global business members for face-to-face camaraderie while sharing our talents and visions for community service. 
To phone: 617.426.7133.
To email:  Communications Director communications@bostonrotary.org
To mail:    Rotary Club of Boston, 118 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02116
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Brandon Jellison, Massage Therapist and president of Authentic Body, presented his personal journey and made a case for massage therapy as a means to promote health versus luxury. “Isn’t Massage a luxury?" On the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. “ Mayo Clinic website. Brandon believe that the human body is fundamentally healthy and massage therapy can reduce and remove many causes of physical and emotional stress. He then suggests that with less mental stress and physical pain people are more likely to be kind and collaborative with others. In order to further leverage these positive effects of his efforts, he works with productive members of society and people in positions of power, hence an office on Nantucket island and on Boston’s Newbury Street. This naturally led to a discussion about common situations such as poor sleep habits or the effects of nutritional decisions. There was discussion about neck and shoulder tension as well as low back pain and how those situations can be skillfully relieved through what Brandon calls his Orthopedic Sports Massage. Additionally Brandon is happy to provide receipts for his personalized services which can then be submitted to HSA or insurance companies, but doesn’t accept any insuranceAuthenticBodyTherapy.com

 
 
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Members of the Rotary Club of Boston #7 participate in monthly service project at the Women's Lunch Place. Members of the club prepare and serve the day's lunch of delicious freshly cooked food.
The Women's Lunch Place was established in the 1980's by Jane Alexander and Eileen Reilly.They met in the 1980s while volunteering at the Pine Street Inn, an overnight shelter for men and women in Boston. Distraught by the overwhelming needs of the women they encountered, they dreamed of creating a place to offer these and other women with nutritious, home-cooked meals and a place to call home during the day. At the time, few resources existed specifically for this population. Homelessness was on the rise due to changes in the state's mental healthcare system.
The mission of the Women's Lunch Place is to provide a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. We treat women with dignity and respect and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs.The Women's Lunch place serves approximately 150 women daily and is open six days a week Monday through Saturday from 7:00am - 2:00pm. A continental style breakfast is available from 8:00am - 10:00am, and lunch is served restaurant style at 12pm.
If you are interested in participating in our next service event at the Women's Lunch Place please contact our club Community Service Director.

Photo courtesy of the Women's Lunch Place. 

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John Ribeiro is the Chairman of the Committee to Repeal the Casino Deal.  The Committee was formed in November 2011, in response to the passage and signing into law of the "Expanded Gaming Act."
 
Massachusetts is the 39th state to legalize casino gambling in the country.  The evidence is overwhelming that casinos do not provide an economic boost for their host communities.  The industry is in decline across the country and they enjoy a parasitic relationship with the states that welcome them.  The very character and culture of Boston, Massachusetts and the region will be put at risk, if casinos are allowed to open.  
 
Before one casino opens its doors, the Massachusetts Gambling Commission has created a mess of the entire selection process.  The whole roll-out has been embroiled in controversy. 
 
Two of the gubernatorial candidates have a different take on the pending referendum.  They might have had some coaching from some of their key advisers.  
 
Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity, on November 4th, to stop casinos before they can even get started.  John will share what he's learned about how casinos impact communities and why we should vote to repeal this flawed law before they gain a foothold in our Commonwealth.
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Community Rowing has become an important component of positive social change in Boston. With 30% growth every year for the past four years, more people are healthier and connected through on-the-water activity than ever before.

Community Rowing, Inc.(CRI)  is the largest rowing outreach organization in the world, introducing more than 5,000 rowers to the sport every year. As a coach, Bruce Smith has coached crews at five world championships, and the lightweight eight that he co-coached in 2009 won a silver medal in Poland. In addition to his duties as executive director, Smith has developed numerous new rowing communities around the United States, including two new boathouses in downtown Chicago​

As the Executive Director of Community Rowing since 2008, Bruce has tripled operating income from $900,000 to more than $3 million dollars, increased participation across all programs by more than 100%, and created several innovative initiatives to transform CRI into the largest and most effective rowing club in the United States. In addition to programming increases, during the worst economic downturn in five generations, Bruce completed a capital campaign to raise $16 million for the Harry Parker Boathouse and closed the campaign in two years, a full year ahead of schedule. Bruce also founded the Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing (IRL@CRI), the country's first masters-level program designed to bring the sport of coaching to a new level of professional development. With more than 150,000 rowers in the United States, the sport needs well rounded coaches and leaders, and the IRL provides a year-long education program to develop that leadership. Bruce was named "Administrator of the Year" in 2010 by Rowing News Magazine.

Community Rowing is located in the stunning Harry Parker Boathouse on the bank of the Charles River in Boston. With beautiful balconies overlooking the water, windows that frame the setting sun and provide a stunning 150 degree view of the River, CRI’s venue is the most elegant and inviting new space in Boston. Recognized by the Boston Globe as the best new building in the city. 

www.communityrowing.org   Harry Parker Boathouse 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA. 02135 617.779.8267

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Michael Richards is the Founder and Executive Director of Science Camps of America (A Non-Profit organization). This first ever educational Science Camp is located in Hawaii. Science Camps of America was founded to provide teens with the opportunity to immerse themselves in fun, hands-on science education in a summer-camp setting and at the same time enrich them with educational experiences not found in the traditional classroom setting, allowing students to become more active in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Science Camps of America also provides scholarships and financial aid for young adults in their communities.

High School students explore the volcanoes, rocks, forests, ocean and skies of the Big Island of Hawaii. In what has been called "nature's greatest laboratory", they see science come to life as they experience geology, oceanography, ecology, climate, and astronomy, "up close and personal". Practicing scientists will share their stories and show them the latest gear they use to further their work. They gain an understanding of our world that will surely have a life-long affect.

Michael Richards, Executive Director

Science Camps of America, Inc. a non-profit corporation
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Jeffrey Doretti​ is the Sr. Director of Operations at the Cambridge Institute of International Education. The organization has partnerships with over 200 private and public schools in 40 states creating strong international programs and bringing diverse groups of students to high schools in the United States. The goal of The Cambridge Institute is to increase the international profile of American educational institutions and to promote cultural exchange by cultivating relationships among youth in countries with mature, burgeoning, and rapidly changing economies. In the past 15 months the business tripled its operations and grew staff five times over. Now supporting 10 global offices, the Cambridge Institute of International Education, and their sister companies, offer domestic home stay, academic support, tutoring, college counseling, international school partnerships, short term exchanges, summer camps and capital improvement fundraising.

Mr. Doretti has focused on strengthening operations for educational outfits and brought new services to the global marketplace for the past 25 years. Previously, Jeff worked at Road Scholar,  Child Care Management Design & Training Specialists, Action For Boston Community Development, Inc. He is a graduate of Boston College and received his Masters in Education from Cabrini College in Pennsylvania.

For the past 11 years, Jeff and his Partner have lived on their boat in Boston Harbor. As small business owners managing their Imagine Charter Company and local real estate, they have been able to raise $20,000 through fundraising for Boston service organizations. Jeff has a love for the ocean and the Boston Harbor islands. He has been a Big Brother for 21+ years. Jeff currently serves the Rotary Club of Boston #7 as Vice President and International Service Chair.

 

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Some people think running against a longtime incumbent is a daunting task. Not Dave D’Arcangelo. He’s faced the kinds of challenges that put it in perspective. Diagnosed with a rare eye disease called Retinoschisis that left him legally blind at a young age, Dave has been twice elected Councilor at-Large in the City of Malden, and built successful careers in both the public and private sector over the past two decades. Now he wants to use this unique combination of experience to serve as Secretary of State and bring a much-needed, fresh perspective to state government. 

Dave’s public sector experience includes working in the Administrations of three Governors and in the State Legislature, as well as serving on the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Rehabilitation Council for two terms under both Governors Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick. Outside of government, Dave founded and serves as Managing Director of Arc Angel Communications, a public relations and social media firm. Prior to that, Dave was the Chief Communications Officer for M & L Transit Systems, Inc. and the Regional Development Manager for CSI Support & Development Services. 


Dave has served in many other charitable and volunteer leadership positions, including Past President of the Malden Rotary Club, Member of the Suffolk University Communications and Journalism Alumni Board, Member of the Malden Chamber of Commerce, Board of Arc of Middlesex East, Board of Tailored for Success and on the Braille Literacy Advisory Council. Dave has decades of experience with elections, a core responsibility of the Secretary of State’s Office, working and volunteering for dozens of campaigns and serving the City of Boston as an Election Officer, Warden, Clerk and Inspector. Dave, 43, lives in Malden with wife Lisa and his daughter. He is a 1996 graduate of Suffolk University, where he recently served as an adjunct faculty member in the Communications and Journalism Department.

 

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Matt Chapuran is the Institutional Giving Manager at the Huntington Theatre Company, a national leader in the development of new plays, having produced more than 100 New England, American, or world premieres to date. The industry of new play development continues to evolve. Learn about the pathways that a new play can often take before being fully produced by a regional theatre company.

Matt is responsible for a one million dollar charitable portfolio from corporate, foundation, and government donors, which supports the Huntington’s overall operations, education and community programs and its new play development. Previously, he was the managing director of Stoneham Theatre, a 350-seat venue with Greater Boston’s fifth largest performing arts audience, as ranked by the Boston Business Journal. He is a graduate of Emerson College and Boston College and teaches improv for Babson College’s MBA program’s Creativity module.

Matt Chapuran, Institutional Giving Manager, ImageHuntington Theatre Company - Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award

Office: 281 Huntington Avenue | Boston, MA 02115  617 273 1514 Direct  www.huntingtontheatre.org

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Michael Duff, Senior Representative for Community Engagement with the American Cancer Society spoke to the Rotary Club of Boston #7 members on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Fisher College. 

 For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, the American Cancer Society helps people stay well, helps people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

Here in Massachusetts, ACS funds over 100 researchers at local hospitals, and runs two Hope Lodges locations, where patients can stay free of charge as they undergo treatment. American Cancer Society provides patient support programs, educational programs, and has a cancer information line available 24/7. In addition, ACS is active in legislative efforts advocating for cancer patients. Learn more about the American Cancer Society and their live-saving work in Massachusetts.

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Reverend Denise DeSimone is an author, motivational and inspirational public speaker, and workshop leader, with an extensive background in Interfaith Ministry, and a wide range of holistic healing practices.  Denise's first book, From Stage IV to Center Stage is an extraordinary story of courage, strength and inspiration.  Her story is one of extraordinary courage, strength, and deep spirituality. 
 
Her journey began the moment she opened her eyes in a post-op ward to  the words, “You have cancer. A very aggressive cancer in your  throat/neck and you need to move on this immediately.” Within days of  receiving this news she was given 3 months to live.That was 7 years ago! 
Denise approached her cancer treatment using her own unique  combination of alternative therapies, music, allopathic medicine, a deep  belief in “the possible”, and God. She is not just surviving she  is thriving.  From Stage IV to Center Stage- singing the national  anthem at Boston’s Fenway  Park prior to a Red Sox game - this is a  story everyone must hear for none amongst us will escape loving someone  who has been touched by disease. The trajectory of her life has shifted  tremendously as she is now an ordained Interfaith Minister. She travels  the country extensively offering ceremony, speaking, and teaching  workshops.  Denise lives in the moment -- continually open to what God  has in store for her next.  In her own words: "Every day is a gift and each day I open this gift with a heart full of gratitude."
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Author and former Congressman (2nd District, CT) Robert Steele wrote The Curse, which is a novel set against the explosion of casino gambling that hit Connecticut during the 1990's, when two Indian tribes built the world's two biggest casino's in the southeastern corner of the state.  WBZ's Dan Rea calls the novel "powerful" and Connecticut author Martin Shapiro describes it as "compelling and timely...an epic story of history, money and politics that will make you wonder where America is headed". This book comes at a time when the Northeast is becoming saturated with casinos and casino border wars are intensifying, Connecticut's casino revenue is plummeting and there is growing pressure to legalize internet gambling. www.rhsteele.com
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June 10, 2014 as members of the Rotary Club of Boston #7 served guests of the Women's Lunch Place from 11am-2pm. The Women's Lunch Place is located at 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116.

The Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. They treat women with dignity and respect and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs. The Women's Lunch Place is open from Monday through Saturday from 7:00am until 2:00pm. A continental style breakfast is available from 8:00am - 10:00am, and lunch is served restaurant style at 12pm. Administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and are located offsite.

To learn more about the Women's Lunch Place and how you can give please visit : http://www.womenslunchplace.org/

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Ryn is the founder and principal of two independent practices, ScienceDriven (founded 2004) and Build from Scratch to Last (founded 2011). For over 20 years, she has grown expert innovation. ScienceDriven serves clinical and scientific innovators who need to preserve their unique strengths and translate their vision into reality. Build from Scratch to Last applies principles of biologically inspired systems to help founders/pioneers carve their own paths, create repeat-championship leadership teams, and get their services into broad use. 

Ryn holds a BSc with honors from Caltech in biology. After a Thomas J. Watson fellowship on Ischia, she earned a PhD in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. The breadth of her curiosity about experimental discovery, combined with American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowships at Caltech, served her well as Reviews/Senior Editor at Cell. From 1993 to 1998, she helped found Harvard Medical School's Dept. of Cell Biology as Director for Research and Administration. At Millennium Pharmaceuticals, she learned the passionate discipline of delivering on target, on time and on budget--ranging from concurrent strategic alliances to enterprise discovery pipeline reports to drug development infrastructure initiatives. Ryn loves her adult family, helping through Rotary's "Service above Self", and noodles of any ethnicity.

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Ken Lambert, President of Keep Sound Minds, also known as "Kaleigh, Shane, and Marci for Mental Health Awareness", was formed in 2008 as a result of the untimely and tragic deaths of three loved ones.  KSM is a 501c3 nonprofit charity aimed at improving society's handling of mental illness throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 
KSM's main goals are:​
1. General education of the public, regarding mental illness basics. ​
2. Increased police training in regards to mental illness interactions in the field. ​
3. Psych hospital discharge requirements and protocols, including adequate follow-up measures
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Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, President President McGovernof Fisher College and Rotary Club of Boston #7 member  will speak Wednesday on the topic of Higher Education.

Thomas M. McGovern, Ed.D. was appointed the eighth president of Fisher College in October 2007, following over three decades of educating Fisher students and spearheading the College's expansion into a baccalaureate institution through his oversight of the management program. During his tenure at Fisher College he has distinguished himself as an innovator and visionary leader, fueling Fisher's evolution into one of the fastest growing institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. McGovern's tenure as President is marked by a variety of successful leadership and professional achievements, including an increase in enrollment and retention, facility expansion, and the growth of degree offerings.

With his strong background in strategic planning, President McGovern is responsible for directing a college-wide strategic management team that boasted the largest enrollment in the school's history, as well as the addition of seven baccalaureate degrees. He is currently moving Fisher College toward its first master's degree offering. Furthermore, Dr. McGovern has demonstrated his commitment to, and concern for, the larger community beyond Fisher College while President. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, Dr. McGovern has supported the launch of Fisher's Military to Management initiative that offers financial benefits and flexible degree options to veterans and active military personnel seeking higher education.He is also an advocate of the college's athletics program, and a strong supporter of Fisher alumni, encouraging engagement in the life of their alma mater.

Prior to his entry into the field of higher education, Dr. McGovern had established himself as a leader in the field of transportation management. As the former Governor's Representative (GR) for Highway Safety and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Governor's Highway Safety Bureau (GHSB), Dr. McGovern has extensive experience in research-based highway safety programs and administration. Capitalizing on his highway safety experience, he launched the Fisher College Transportation Safety Initiative. This initiative supports all standards and problem areas as identified by the National Traffic
Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), educating students and the community on the dangers of distracted driving and safe driving habits. Also rooted in his strong belief in and commitment to public safety, Dr. McGovern created the Center for Leadership and Public Service (CLPS) in 2007, a division of Fisher College that encourages and inspires students to pursue careers in public safety and criminal justice through real-life research projects and work experience.

With respect to his educational background, professional training, and academic expertise, Dr. McGovern holds a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University's School of Management, a Master's in Public Administration from Suffolk University's Sawyer School of Management, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Johnson and Wales University.

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Most people interpret sustainability as a planetary issue. Author Michael Prager does too, but argues sustainability ought to be a top consideration for any decision, not only regarding the planet but oneself. Michael illustrates his contention with his own primary example of personal sustainability, having maintained a 155-pound loss for more than 20 years.

 

 

 

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Raytheon is supporting YMSS through the Employee Resource Groups and the Raytheon MathMovesU initiative. Working with students to raise their level of understanding in STEM concepts and teaching the Concepts of Physics will help to identify those students who will be interested and committed to start and maintain a U.S. First Robotics team.

Direct fiduciary support is pending the organization filing and obtaining a 501c3 designation from the IRS and maturation of the STEM Program to compete in U.S. FIRST Robotics competitions.  

 Victor McKen is currently an Operations Quality Engineer for the Patriot Land Vehicles Value Stream. In this role Victor is responsible for leading Defect Prevention Team meetings, managing the Red Rack and coordinating the Material Review Board for Non-Conforming material. The Value Stream is responsible for 4 different international programs (KSA, UAE, KWT and TWN) and includes contract types ranging from Foreign Military Sales to Direct Commercial Sales. 


Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide. 

Victor’s career in Raytheon began in 1995 with Raytheon NCS as an Integrated Logistics Support Engineer, focused on providing support to the Cooperative Engagement Processor design team. His roles progressively increased in responsibility to include producing documentation describing tracking and system interface requirements for several radars and between the CEP and the Data Distribution System (DDS). Subsequently, Victor became a Systems Engineer analyzing performance of data fusion and tracking algorithms used in the Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system. 

Victor’s next assignment took him to the nation’s capital where he produced radar algorithm documentation for the Missile Defense National Team B, describing ballistic missile tracking algorithms in all phases of flight. This assignment was with Raytheon IIS. Victor transferred to Raytheon IDS where he served as the engineer responsible for the Command and Control, Battle Manager, Communications (C2BMC) for architectural design of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. 

Victor’s next assignment was as a Material Program Manager for the Consolidated-Contract Logistics Support (C-CLS) Program, where he was responsible for implementing the Performance Based Logistics (PBL) strategy focused on developing a supplier base focused on performance based outcomes. 

Victor entered the Enterprise Cross-Functional Rotation Program in 2011, where his first assignment was as a Contracts Manager. Victor was responsible for administering 3 Department of Defense and 1 Direct Commercial Sales Contract. 

Victor’s second assignment was as a Financial Analyst for the C-CLS Program. As a Financial Analyst, Victor had responsibilities in Program Control, Financial Planning and Analysis and Task Order Closeouts. Program control responsibilities included providing Earned Value Management for the GBR-P and the AN/TPY-2 test radars. 

Victor has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical niversity/Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL.
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Rotary Club of Boston #7 member Peter Griffin spoke on the topic of Stress Free Moving. Eventually everybody moves...and some people more than others! Peter Griffin will share ideas on how to keep the stress levels down and choose a moving company that serves you best. You will get a better handle on the differences in services and hear some interesting stories he has collected during his 40 years in the moving industry. Peter Griffin, President of AST (Advanced Storage and Transportation, Inc.), is a Certified Moving Consultant in Massachusetts. He has served as Director of the Massachusetts Movers and Warehouseman’s Association and has an A+ score with the Better Business Bureau (no complaints ever filed). AST is the first and only licensed moving broker in Massachusetts. www.astnow.com

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Saritin Rizzuto began a distinguished career in the non-profit sector over twenty years ago, when as a teen, she worked as a peer leader for the department of public health. Her goal was to go into communities with at –risk youth and educate them about violence prevention, substance abuse and teen pregnancy. Saritin found her path then, and has spent what seems like every waking  moment “doing for others”.

She has worked in a variety of settings that reflect her passion and commitment to improving the lives of others- as a teen health educator, an advocate for the disabled, in support of AIDS advocacy and combating domestic violence. Saritin’s work has been as tireless as it has been compassionate, working both out in the community and in-house in program administration. Her broad interest, knowledge and effectiveness have benefited local, regional and national organizations and all the people they serve

Even now, working at Metro Credit Union as a Community Relations Manager, Saritin takes on the traditional role of her job as only she can, finding the time to incorporate community organizing and building partnerships to benefit low income and emerging populations.

Saritin’s many accomplishments have her in high demand as a leader and champion of other causes. She is a board member of Casa Myrna, North Suffolk Mental Health, The East Boston Social Center, The Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, Bunker Hill Community College Adult Education Advisory Board. She’s a Past President of the Chelsea Rotary Club and her most recent effort to organize Latino businesses to join and have a voice in the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is proving highly successful.

 

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Sister Joyce Khoury SND will join us from the Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC) in South Boston.  NDEC is a premier adult education and workforce development agency.  Offering programs in  English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Distance Learning, High School Equivalency, Alternative High School Diploma and Citizenship, NDEC strives to “provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.”

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Jason Hartz spoke about "Creative Avoidance & Why We Spend Time Doing Other Things Instead Of Growing Our Business". "Winners take charge, they are pro-active, and they control their destiny. They don’t procrastinate."

Over the last 12 years Jason has used the Sandler Sales Method to successfully open, own and grow three top performing businesses. During that time he has also managed a successful sales force. Jason's passion is helping other business owners, sales managers, and CEO's use the tested Sandler method. From his main training facility in Waltham and around the state he provides professional development and unique sales and sales management solutions to the challenges faced by salespeople, sales managers, executives and other professionals who must build a client base for their services. 

 

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Suneel Dhand spoke about the fascinating science behind healthier living.
"Feel great, energetic and ready to take on the world: Fascinating science behind healthier living"

We’ve all heard the advice: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, take in more whole grains, get outdoors, exercise, try to be positive… It all sounds very familiar. However, what isn’t always apparent is the actual scientific evidence behind the recommendations. Unfortunately, modern medicine is too much about treating disease rather than prevention and health promotion. This talk will give you an idea of the medical science that underlies your level of wellness and the compelling reasons for incorporating healthier habits into your daily lifestyle. Whether we’re talking about lowering your chances of illness, feeling more energetic, or simply getting a better night's sleep—enable yourself to feel great by making some simple and natural everyday choices that will dramatically improve your well-being. From what you are eating to how you are thinking, steps that will leave you feeling healthier, happier and empowered.Dr. Suneel Dhand is board-certified in internal medicine. He was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. Suneel went to medical school at Cardiff University and then moved across the pond, completing his internal medicine residency in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently lives in Boston, and practices as a hospital medicine physician. Suneel held a faculty position with the University of Massachusetts Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, regularly teaching medical residents and students. He has authored numerous articles in clinical medicine that have been published in leading medical journals, covering a wide range of specialty areas. He has also authored chapters in the “5-Minute Clinical Consult” medical textbook. His other main area of interest is preventive medicine and wellness, and he is the author of two well-being books; High Percentage Wellness Steps, and the historical fiction book, Thomas Jefferson: Lessons from a Secret Buddha.




 

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Thank you to all who supported our Polar Plunge! Polio cases have declined rapidly since 1985, but the fight isn't over. Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease, and for as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against the virus for life. If we don't finish the fight right now, more than 10 million children under the age of five could be paralyzed by polio in the next 40 years. Learn more at www.endpolio.org

Photo: Polar plunge today in Gloucester! Thanks for all that gave to a great cause!

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Seth Sherwood is the founder and president of the non-profit organization Family Reading Inc. The mission of this enterprise is to help families become literacy leaders. Seth recently released his book, “Trains Make U-turns, 5 Simple Steps to Get Your Life on Track”. His keynote speeches are based on the concepts discussed in his book.
In his leisure time Seth enjoys playing guitar, soccer, golf and tennis. He also loves spending time with his children. In April of 2013, Seth returned to New England and currently works as a performance consultant and trainer with Dale Carnegie of Greater Boston.

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Next Step Living is partnered with the City of Boston for the Renew Boston Program. This is a city wide initiative to help Boston residents become more energy efficient, save money, and create cleaner home environments.

Next Step Living works closely with Mass Save to provide home owners and renters with no cost home energy assessments (HEA). This shows the residents where they are loosing energy (old insulation, drafty windows, leaky attics, etc.) and how they can improve these along with incentives and programs to make the switch highly affordable. 
During these Home Energy Assessments our advisers also provide immediate energy saving tactics such as free light bulbs, adjustable thermostats, and low-flow shower heads.
When we do Renew Boston presentations our primary goal is to discuss and find solutions to customers home energy problems. The first step here is signing customers up with the no cost home energy assessments. We then present to your guests about the Mass Save program and how they can take immediate advantage! 
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Members of Boston Rotary participate in monthly service events at the Women's Lunch Place preparing meals.

The Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. They treat women with dignity and respect and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs. The Women's Lunch Place is open from Monday through Saturday from 7:00am until 2:00pm. A continental style breakfast is available from 8:00am - 10:00am, and lunch is served restaurant style at 12pm. Administrative offices are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and are located offsite.

To learn more about the Women's Lunch Place and how you can give please visit : http://www.womenslunchplace.org/

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MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro  and volunteer Paul Deletesky of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange, Inc. spoke December 11, 2013.

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), will speak on the need for adoptive families for children in state foster care. If you’ve seen Wednesday’s Child on WBZ-TV with Jack Williams, you’ve already seen some of MARE’s work. 

The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) was founded in 1957 to bridge the gap between children in state foster care in need of adoption, and adults looking to adopt. MARE has found permanent families for over 6,000 children so far, and has been recognized as a leader in adoption recruitment and information. MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro was honored as an “Angel in Adoption” in October 2013 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 as Javier Gutierrez of the Boston Public Health Commission speaks about how individuals and small business owners can navigate the Affordable Care Act. The Mayor’s Health Line at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) was awarded funding from the MA Health Connector to help individuals and small businesses understand new health insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act. The BPHC will help individuals and small business owners find affordable coverage that meets their needs. Staff from the Mayor’s Health Line at BPHC will lead the outreach efforts along two fronts – enroll the uninsured in coverage and transition those with certain types of coverage into new options.  Open enrollment will last until March 31, 2014. As state-certified Navigators, the Mayor’s Health Line staff is here to provide outreach, education, and enrollment activities across Boston. Contact the Mayor’s Health Line for help with your insurance needs: 617-534-5050.

 


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Dave Caruso, Financial Editor at WBZ News Radio spoke to the club about "Getting Organized: A talk on lifestyle, the psychology of money." 

According to CBS Boston "Through the years, Dave has steered hundreds of clients with hundreds of millions of dollars through two major crashes, five bear markets, 3 recessions, countless financial crises, and dozens of fads and trends in the investment world. Dave’s professional credo is “to educate and motivate people about money so that they can achieve their dreams.” Dave can be heard daily on WBZ-Radio 1030AM as the Financial Editor, reporting pre-market opening comments and the weekly recap.

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Paula Lucas is the Founder & Executive Director of the Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center, AODVC, and the Sexual Assault Support & Help For Americans Abroad Program, SASHAA.  Her memoir, Harvesting Stones, An American woman’s international journey of survival, was released by Summertime Publishing on October 17th. Paula discussed her 14 year international journey that led her to her life work, the issue affecting Americans living or traveling overseas who become victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and the wraparound services available for victims.
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"Convergence: Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibit at the Christian Science Plaza until Oct. 31, 2013"
The Rotary Club of Boston is delighted to welcome, Donna Dodson, to speak on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Donna will highlight the Boston Sculptors Gallery's first outdoor exhibition of monumental, site-specific artworks is co-sponsored by The First Church of Christ, Scientist.  In a convergence of imagination and civic pride, over two dozen art installations from Boston Sculptors Gallery members are on display on The Christian Science Plaza until Thursday, October 31, 2013. 
 
Dodson is a sculptor who created two pieces pieces in the exhibit and they celebrate the mystical relationship between human beings and the animal kingdom. Fierce and protective as wild animals, but loving, warm and human, Tiger Mothers stand guard near the Children's Fountain on the Christian Science Plaza. They are a tribute to Amy Chua's book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  
 
In the large exhibit, each sculpture speaks to its architectural surroundings, activates the site that inspired it, and creates a unique destination for the Boston community to see contemporary art. Following on the heels of the newly built Contemporary Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts and as a celebration of the newly designated statewide Fenway Cultural District (established March 20, 2012 by the Massachusetts Cultural Council), this exhibition carries forth the vision to draw attention to visual art of the moment and promote its prominent place in the life of the city. The public is invited to enter, look, think, hope, dream, and be a part of the experience.
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Steve Stein, Executive Director of The Boston Debate League (BDL), spoke about how debate is changing the educational experience of Boston Public School (BPS) students.

The BDL’s programming is unique among the city’s after-school programs in that it targets middle and high school students and blends competition and fun with rigorous academic work. Debate provides an engaging, educational opportunity that actively cultivates social and academic skills. The BDL presents debate in a variety of ways so as to reach a broad spectrum of students, from those already highly achieving to those who are off-track academically and at risk of dropping out.

This year, 20 schools are participating in the BDL and the league anticipates 750 debaters this year, with an average of 35 debaters per team – the largest average team size of all urban debate leagues in the nation. 

 

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The second of the 2013-2014 series of craft talks by club members featuring RETAIL BANKING

What are some of the ethical issues bankers face and how do banks compare on these points…Branch Locations…Hometown Feel…ATM's…E-Banking…Fees. 

TIP: Did you know that under Mass. Elders and Minors state law, Massachusetts state-chartered banks are required to provide no cost checking and savings accounts to any persons sixty-five years of age or older or eighteen years of age or younger.  Some federally chartered banks also have special accounts that may offer reduced or limited fees.

Greg DoolittleVice President/Branch Manager  Webster Bank Glenn K. Rosengard, Vice President/Branch Manager  Eastern Bank Lucia E. Millan, Vice President/Sales Manager  TD Bank

 

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Dutch author, Dirk Hermans, is traveling to the United States this summer to collect data for his new book on the origins of Rotary and Polio Plus.  Dirk plans to meet at the first 10 Rotary Clubs and hold interviews, meet the members, leadership and get a sense of the make-up of the Club.

It is a great time for some of our most seasoned members to participate and share knowledge and a great opportunity for our newer members to hear really great things about The Rotary Club of Boston and our impact on Rotary around the United States and the world.

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Brian Geisel, CEO Geisel Software led us in a vendor-neutral and purely educational program.Brian is a former radio host and a world-renowned expert in mobile and web app development. He is getting ready to embark on an international speaking tour, but he's stopping by to speak to the Rotary Club of Boston #7 first!

1. The differences between web apps, mobile apps and mobile sites.

2. Pros and cons of popular platforms: iPhone vs. Android, etc.

3. Which types of businesses are ripe for mobile apps, mobile sites or web apps.

4. How to find a great app developer (includes specific recruiting Websites, what to look for as far as skills, etc.).


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Kevin Walsh,Comcast Sports Net Sportscaster and friend of the Rotary Club of Boston #7 spoke to the club about his new book The Perfect Catch.

According to the description of Walsh’s latest on Amazon, here’s what you’re in for: “What does it mean to be a good brother, a good son and a good father? The Perfect Catch should be mandatory reading for anyone searching for those answers. It’s not just a book for men, it’s a book for mankind. It’s about breaking through male pattern insecurity and awkwardness and forming lasting bonds that actually come quite naturally to the women in our lives. Mixed in is some really good fly fishing and travel involving three adult brothers and elderly father. And just like the steelhead trout which are returning to the same river to spawn, the Walshes are returning to their roots as a family, as men, and for what could be their last time. In the end, 73-year-old Bob Walsh catches the fish of a lifetime; the greater takeaway is the admission of past failures, the casting away of old grudges and reeling in of new opportunities to bond with ties as thick as blood.That’s what makes Kevin Walsh’s thrilling new book The Perfect Catch.”

 

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Sarah Maisonneuve, Founder Wildlife Connection spoke on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Rotary Club of Boston #7.
The Mission of the Wildlife Connection is to simultaneously improve human livelihoods and promote the conservation of natural resources, particularly of elephants. They aim to do this by both reducing the costs and increasing the benefits to local people of living nearby elephants.Elephants are the largest land animals on earth, and have a long and complicated history of co-existing with humans. They are known and admired by many of us for the deep social bonds they share with one another, their long memories, and their extraordinary intelligence. To others, their value is measured by the almost insatiable market demand for their ivory. For most rural Africans who share the landscape with them, elephants are known above all to be extremely dangerous and destructive, where they are a notorious threat to people’s lives, and livelihoods. PhD Candidate Sarah Maisonneuve will share her experience during the past 5 years working with local communities in rural Tanzania, who struggle to coexist with elephants. You will learn about the drivers and consequences of human elephant conflict in East Africa. You will also learn about some of the novel approaches being tested to mitigate this conflict, designed to simultaneously improve human livelihoods and protect elephants. To learn more please visit: http://www.thewildlifeconnection.org/

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Rotarians from around New England enjoyed an exciting game between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on September 4, 2013. It was a possible preview of the American League Championship Series which will determine who represents the AL in the World Series. There were discounted price on great seats and we rooted for our Red Sox during the final weeks of the season. 

Our District Governor John Hall, District Governor Elect Peter Simonsen, District Governor Nominee David Manzii and many other great Rotarians  were there! Ticket Prices - $49.00 3rd Base Infield Grandstand #29

 

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Greg Doolittle was inducted into the the Rotary Club of Boston #7 on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at our lunch meeting.

Greg is the Vice President/Banking Center Manager at  Webster Bank in Boston and will serve as the clubs Treasurer and Sergeant at Arms.

Please introduce yourself to Greg at the next meeting and join me in welcoming him to the Rotary family.

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 ImageAt Wednesday's meeting new member Jose Sierra was inducted into the Rotary Club of  Boston #7. Jose moved to Massachusetts from New Jersey in 2007.  He joined Fish & Richardson P.C. as a Principal in the life sciences practice group. At Fish, Jose represents individuals and companies under investigation and handles intellectual property,whistleblower and commercial litigation matters. He was formerly employed as the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer at Sepracor Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company in Marlborough, Ma.  In 2009, the Company was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo, a Japanese pharmaceutical company and the Company was eventually renamed Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  he left the Company in September 2010 when he joined Fish & Richardson P.C. Please introduce yourself to Jose at our next meeting and join me in welcoming Jose to the Rotary family.(pictured below member sponsor Susanna Brown and John Hall, District Governor pin new member Jose Sierra.)

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International Service is such a fascinating topic.  As a Rotarian, in the 1.2 million member Rotary family, I am always amazed at what we can accomplish.  President Elect Ron is doing a marvelous job leading the way with this project.  It was also great to hear from Dr. Sue Crawford at IMEC about the process of gathering the supplies and preparing them for shipment.  Going to IMEC and volunteering to help prepare the shipment of supplies sounds like a great service project.   Who's In? 

Next week Governor John Hall will be with us.  He is going to talk about all the exciting things going on around the district and how we can be a part of Engaging Rotary and Changing Lives.  Please join us for this informative meeting on Wednesday, July 24th.  Until next week, Please stay cool in this heat wave and be sure to drink lots of fluids. 

Your President,

John K. Ferguson

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Ian Stevenson..................................Birthday July 26

Paul Shellito................................Anniversary July 12

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The Rotary Club of Boston has provided Boston Rotaract with a generous donation of $250.00 towards their clean water project. A group of Boston Rotaract members will be traveling to Guatemala at the end of the month as part of an ongoing clean water project. On the trip they will be working with Mayan Families to provide aid to remote and underprivileged villages around the town of Panajachel where they will help deliver and install water filters. Clean water has been their main fundraising goal so far, but they are also contributing cooking and medical supplies. This trip represents a collaboration among Boston Rotaract, Chicago Rotaract, and Club Rotario Guatemala Sur and therefore Boston Rotaract highly values the support of the rest of the Rotary family here in Boston.

Boston Rotaract is making a final fundraising push this week before their trip. Please help them reach their goal by donating today. Donations can be made online by following this link: http://igg.me/p/436004/x/3723074  or you can make a cash or check donation by contacting Eric Steinlauf, Rotaract President at eric.steinlauf@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support.

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John Ferguson officially started as president of the Rotary Club of Boston #7 on July 1, 2013. John led his first official club meeting on Wednesday, July 10th and held his first board meeting Thursday, July 11th. We are looking forward to a phenomenal year under John’s leadership. John is pictured above with Immediate Past President Lucy Millan as she was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.

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In light of the tragedies at 2013 The Boston Marathon, we are holding an open forum to identify ideas for projects that can help our city heal. We welcome Rotarians and visitors for a great discussion of ideas that we can put into action for Service Above Self.

Please join us after work on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:15-7:30pm.  $20 pp. Beverages and light supper will be served at the Boston Rotary office, 20 Park Plaza, Suite 633, Boston, MA 02116 (Bring your ID for security check).  Note: NO lunchtime meeting on May 1st.

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The Rotary Club of Boston’s 49th Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast was held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel’s Imperial Ballroom. The Interfaith Breakfast brought together prominent business, professional, political, religious and community leaders for two hours of fellowship, music and reflection. The Rotary Club of Boston began sponsoring the Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfasts around the time President Dwight Eisenhower was in office. In Boston, it was meant to mirror the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, an event that is held every year to give religious, political, social and business leaders a chance to build relationships that might not otherwise be possible.

In 2013 the HONOREES were chosen to represent Rotary International’s areas of focus. They included: Victim Rights Law Center (Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution), Fenway Health (Disease Prevention and Treatment), Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (Water and Sanitation), Risa S. Rosengard Foundation, Inc. (Maternal and Child Health), Mother Caroline Academy and Educational Center (Basic Education and Literacy), Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (Economic and Community Development),Wellness, Inc.’s Alphabet Fitness Project (Boston Rotary #7 honoree)


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The Rotary Club of Boston #7 is assessing the community’s needs in response to the 4/15/2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Donations are welcome. Thank you for trusting us to shepherd the funds. We will put them to very good use.

Contributions are being accepted by our Boston Rotary Charitable Fund, a 501(c)(3), and should be designated for the Marathon.  Checks made out to Boston Rotary Charities Fund should be mailed to the Rotary Club of Boston, 64 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116.  Online contributions use the PayPal button below.

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The Rotary Club of Boston #7 is proud to announce that

ShelterBox's first shipment of Alphabet Dice are headed to LEBANON

Our Club's Alphabet Fitness Outreach Program has donated 5,000 children's Alphabet dice games to be included in Shelter Box's Educational Kits for young disaster survivors worldwide. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid to help families rebuild their lives after losing everything in a disaster. These innovative and physically interactive Alphabet dice (www.alphabetfitness.org) offer a means for children taking refuge in ShelterBox tents to reduce stress and build comradarie, while playfully learning the fundamentals of the English Alphabet. As Rotary International's new global partner, these games will now be dispersed globally through ShelterBox's five UN distribution centers (www.Shelterbox.org). We are most proud to be able to play a role in this remarkable humanitarian partnership.  The generosity of your donations will help ensure a supply of 5,000 dice games continues to get distributed through ShelterBox's Kids' Educational Kits worldwide each year.  We, and the children, thank you all so very much for your support.  (Please forward to ALL your friends!!)  If you encounter any difficulties making a payment, please contact PayPal Customer Service at 1-888-221-1161


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