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The Rotary Club of Needham - Welcome

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


JOIN US FOR LUNCH!
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:30pm
Needham Sheraton: 100 Cabot Street


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

 

 

 
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**NEEDHAM ROTARY CLUB**
Meeting Minutes
Tuesday:  April 18, 2017
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Ron Sockol
Prayer: Led by Karen Wetmore
 
Guests: - Bill Whitney and Capt. Stefan Edick
 
Announcements:
  • Our District conference is coming up next weekend in Providence.
  • Neponset Valley rotary is hosting a recycling event on April 29;
Recycling Event to be at Dedham Middle School in Dedham on Whiting Ave. Sponsored by the Neponset Valley Rotary Club. 8 am to noon.
  • Needham Rotary Arbor Day celebration in the elementary schools May 1-5.
  • Wellesley Rotary is sponsoring a ‘dine around Wellesley’ event at Elm Bank on May 4th.
  • Charles River ‘Gala Event is upcoming on May 5th. See Louise.
  • On May 13 we will be working with Needham Community Farm in repairing their beds.  Remember to wear mud boots and bring tools.
  • Reality Fair will be held on May 22 at Needham High School from 8:30-12:00.  Rich needs members to help at the tables.
  • The Exchange Club is sponsoring a golf tournament at the Marlboro Country Club to benefit the Charles River Center on May 22.  Rich, Marty and Bill will play.  They will ask Ryan to be fourth.  Players will pay their own $195 fee.
  • We will have a booth at the NBA Street Fair on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00-3:00.  We will sell raffle tickets at the booth.
  • Karen is working with Gloria Greis of the Needham Historical Society on a history of Needham Rotary.  Get any materials to Karen to be included in the display.
  • Newton Rotary is still looking for local families to host a scholar from Rome for a year in this country.
  • . We will have a booth at the NBA Street Fair on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00-3:00.  We will sell raffle tickets at the booth.
  • Needham Rotary will be sponsoring a CARNIVAL in the Needham High School upper parking lot the weekend of July 7-9.  We will need 2 people to man 2 booths for 2 hour shifts all weekend.  Charles will arrange schedule.  Bill is doing the publicity with Chuck.  Chuck has designed banners to be hung on Chapel St in June and July.  Brad will speak with Channel 5. All hands on deck!
  • We will be selling Raffle tickets there at that time as well.
  • Bill Paulson has arranged for banners on Chapel Street for June and July. Thanks Bill!!
 
HAPPY DOLLARS:  Ken Davis-condolences to Libby; Libby appreciative for the condolences and support during the passing of her Dad; Ted and Greg for our guest speaker; Kathy whitney-thrilled to have her husband and Capt. Stefan Edick as our guest speakers; Charles-Happy To Be here; Chuck-for a great weekend playing golf; Louise-Welcome to our guests; Doug-Go Red Sox! Lois and Ron-delighted the guest speakers are at her table;  
 
50/50 drawing: Louise drew the right ticket, did not draw the lucky card.  Better luck next week!  $498 in pot this week.
 
Humor: none today
 
Historical minute: Lois told us about President Harry S. Truman. He is best remembered for the formation of NATO, the Marshall Plan, and dropping the first nuclear bomb.
 
Guest Speaker:  Kathy and Bill Whitney love to sail and have their own boat, and in addition, Bill is on the Board of Directors of the Schooner Adventure. Today we welcomed Stefan Edick, who is captain of the Adventure, and Bill Whitney. Stefan presented  a slide show which showed us the beginning of Adventure, which was built and commissioned in 1926. It is one of 4000 such vessels built in Essex MA. It is the last U.D. Flagged Dory fishing vessel.
 
Over its life, it has caught and sold $4 million worth of fish. Wow: that’s a lot! Remember, fish  used to be $.005 to $.04 per pound. It was a fishing vessel from 1926-1953. Then it became a Windjammer touring vessel from 1954-1988. In 1988 it was declared a National Historic Landmark. Since that time, they have spent % million dollars restoring the boat, and it is now in tip-top shape.
 
The Coast Guard provided a seaworthiness certificate in 2015.
 
Bill has been active in the restoration of the ship, spending a lot of time over the last 5 years rebuilding the boat, from the inside out.
 
It is quite a story, well told. For more information and info on riding on the Adventure, see:
http://schooner-adventure.org/
 
Look for a 'special offer' from our social committee for a cruise on the Adventurer! Next email....
 
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
 
**NEEDHAM ROTARY CLUB**
Meeting Minutes
Tuesday:  April 11, 2017
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Roz Fisher
Prayer: Led by Karen Wetmore
 
Guests: - Dave Zeltserman, speaker and Eric Sockol, son of Ron and Lois
 
Ted wished everyone a Happy Passover and Easter
 
Announcements:
 
. Ted announced that Libby’s dad, Elwin Thomson, passed away.  Services will be held at Eaton’s on Thursday, April 13th from 10-11am with a Celebration of his Life from 11-12.
. Karen is working with Gloria Greis of the Needham Historical Society on a history of Needham Rotary.  Get any materials to Karen to be included in the display.
. Newton will be sponsoring an exchange student from Rome.  They are looking for hosts.  Let Ted know if you can host.
. We will have a booth at the NBA Street Fair on Saturday, June 3 from 10:00-3:00.  We will sell raffle tickets at the booth.
. On May 13 we will be working with Needham Community Farm in repairing their beds.  Remember to wear mud boots and bring tools.
. Reality Fair will be held on May 22 at Needham High School from 8:30-12:00.  Rich needs members to help at the tables.
. The Exchange Club is sponsoring a golf tournament at the Marlboro Country Club to benefit the Charles River Center on May 22.  Rich, Marty and Bill will play.  They will ask Ryan to be fourth.  Players will pay their own $195 fee.
. Charles River Center is holding their gala on May 5th, at Weston in Waltham.  Louise and Kathy will be attending.  Louise had raffle tickets for $5.
. 4th grade Arbor Day will be week of April 24.  However, this is MCAS week so it will have to be fit into their schedule. 
. RI District Conference will be April 28-30 in Providence, RI.  Come for all or part of the weekend.  John Germ will be speaker on Friday night.  Ted is looking for someone to represent us at the business meeting.
. Needham Rotary will be sponsoring a CARNIVAL in the Needham High School upper parking lot the weekend of July 7-9.  We will need 2 people to man 2 booths for 2 hour shifts all weekend.  Charles will arrange schedule.  Bill is doing the publicity with Chuck.  Chuck has designed banners to be hung on Chapel St in June and July.  Brad will speak with Channel 5.
. Bill Paulson will be president elect after Marty, 2018-2019.  Thanks Bill
. We will begin putting together a basket for the $1,000 worth of scratch tickets.  We hope to start selling raffle tickets at the Street Fair on June 3rd or Labor Day weekend Soccer Tournament.
. Dick Mamalis completed his project in Honduras.
. Rotary Board will meet again on May 3rd in Bill’s office at 140 Gould St., rear.  ALL WELCOME.
. Louise reported that the next NBA speaker will be Attorney Charles Long.  He will speak on Estate Planning on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30am at Wingate Residences.
 
HAPPY DOLLARS:  Charles happy to be here; Chuck happy for great weather, table and meeting; Andy happy no jacket required and for his upcoming trip to London next week; Roz & Kathy happy for beautiful day; Louise wants us to keep smiling; Ken wished us Happy Passover and Easter; Paula welcomed our guests and Tom is glad to be here but had to leave early and gives thanks to Salem Five for helping him pay it forward.
 
50/50 drawing: Our speaker drew ticket; Kathy Reilly had number but did not draw the lucky card.  Better luck next week.  $489 in pot this week.
 
Humor: none today
 
Historical minute: none today
 
Guest Speaker:  Dave Zeltserman, guest speaker has written many books.  “Small Crimes”, a dark mystery, will be shown on NETFLIX soon.  He played the trailer for us.  His inspiration comes from reading crime news stories and playing “What If” games.  He has a new series coming soon called “Deranged”, written under pseudonym of Jacob Stone.  He also writes Ellery Queen stories.
 
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 18, 2016 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, March 21, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
 
President Ted Shaughnessy presiding
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: God Bless America led by Bob Cox
Invocation: Lois
 
No Guests  
We had a short meeting today.

Announcements:
Rotary will be visiting/helping/building beds for the Needham Garden Center on Saturday May 13th. Hold the date aside!
 
Rotary will be putting on the Reality fair at Needham High school on Monday May 22nd! This is a great event, and requires much cooperation from all Rotarians. Please put this on your calendar as well!!
 
Today's Activity: Rotarians arrived early at  11am to label the daffodils for delivery to all nursing home residents in Needham: nearly 400 of them!

We had a quick lunch, did the opening of meeting, then closed the meeting so we could break into teams to deliver the flowers!
See you next week…..
 
**NEEDHAM ROTARY NEWSLETTER**
Sheraton Hotel
Tuesday: March 7, 2017
 
Pledge of Allegiance: President Elect Marty Lindemann
Song: God Bless America, led by Bob Cocks
Prayer: led by: Karen Wetmore
 
Guests: Jan Luchetti, visiting Rotarian from the Weston-Wayland Rotary Club.; our guest speaker Brenda Hedden.
 
 
Look: up in the sky it's an...
What is everyone looking at?
(See below)
 
Announcements:
.At our next meeting, we will be delivering Daffodils to every nursing home resident in Needham. Plan to arrive at the Sheraton at 11:00 to help label the 400 plants. We will have a quick lunch and then head out to deliver the Daffodils.
.The ‘Birthday Cake’ has been put off to Tuesday March 28.
.Reminder of the upcoming District Conference Friday April 28 to Sunday April 30. This will be attended by 4 districts, and will be held in Providence. The current RI President will be at dinner Friday night.
 
 
Happy dollars: Bill Paulson-Great trip to the MFA; Karen Wetmore-Great time in Florida and welcome to our guest speaker Brenda! Ken Davis-Happy First Birthday to his puppy Colby! Scott, Chuck and Paul-Glad to have Lois and Ron back from Florida; Greg-Great to see Marty running the show: caution Ted! Jim, Charles, Kathy Whitney, Bob Cocks and Paula-Great to be here; Jan Luchetti-$2 happy to be visiting Needham Rotary; Lois and ron-Great to be back in the town they love from a  month in Florida!!!
 
50/50 drawing: Bill Paulson had the qualifying ticket #314, but pulled the 3 of diamonds. So, the pot of $452 continues to next time.
 
Humor: Three pastors went to a conference of Pastors, and just finished a session on the power of Confession. They were all sharing stories over dinner. The first Pstor said “Let’s confess our secret sins one to another. I’ll start: My secret sin is I just love to gamble when I go out of town: it’s cha-ching, cha-ching, let the machines ring!”
 
The second pastor said “My secret sin is that I just hate working hard. I copy all my sermons from the Internet.”
 
The third pastor said “My secret sin is gossiping, and oh boy, I just can’t wait till dinner is over!!!”
 
Don’t gossip, but this joke was provided by the son of a Luthern Minister!
 
Historical Minute: In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell was granted a patent for something to become known as the ‘telephone’. He beat Elisha Gray to the patent office by two hours, otherwise it may have been known as ‘The Grey system’. FL.
 
 
Guest speaker: Brenda Hedden has been a fan of and builder of Kaleidoscopes since she was a child. She currently owns 40 kaleidoscopes and had a number of them on display for our meeting
 
She is a member of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, names after the inventor of the kaleidoscope Sir David Brewster. David was a passionate inventor and physicist, and although born in 1781, is still the most awarded physicist in British history. He also invented the stereoscope as well. The word ‘kaleidoscope’ is the basis on:
                                    kal means beautiful in Greek
                                    eidos means forms in Greek
                                    Scope means to see in Greek
 
Brenda enjoys making stained glass in addition to kaleidoscopes as well.
Her presentation had a weird effect on club members., and it was thoroughly enjoyed!
 
Website: www.heddenstainedglass.com
 
Next meeting: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:00 at Needham Sheraton. We will then be delivering Daffodils to all the nursing home residents in Needham.
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Needham Sheraton
 
Pledge of Allegiance led by Ted Shaughnessy
God Bless America led by Bob Cox
Invocation by Karen Wetmore
 
Announcements
Brad White is interested in being a member
Chaz thanked Marty for hosting the Rotarian from Siberia
We are working on recruiting 2 High School students for RYLA
We will be participating in the NEF Spelling Bee
Roche Brothers is donating flowers for the nursing homes. Delivery will be on March 21
 
Happy $$$$$$$$$$$$
Louise is happy that her daughter is feeling better
Erika is happy about the Civics Bee coming this Saturday
Charles had a great week in Puerto Rico!
 
50/50
Looking for the Joker. Scott had the lucky number – 287. He did not win the pot.
 
Program
We had a club assembly. Ted is working on a fundraiser. More information to come next week. A raffle is another possibility for a fundraiser. Everyone liked the food packaging and gardening projects.
 
 
Speakers
Jim Metcalf
Apr 25, 2017
The Needham Town Forest Train Known As 'Martini Junction
Steve Levitsky, our District Foundtion Committee
May 02, 2017
Rotary Foundation: Update and Status of This Crictical Activity of RI
Sandy Robinson
May 30, 2017
Update on the Needham Community Council
Ted Shaughnessy
Jun 13, 2017
Induction of New Officers
Hank Phillipi-Ryan
Jun 20, 2017
The Road from TV Anchor to Published Author: What's it like?
No speqaker, no meeting, rather a parade instead!
Jul 04, 2017
Happy 4th of July!
District Governor Karin Gaffney
Jul 25, 2017
Discussion of Rotary Year
 

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