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President 2019-2020 (PE)
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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.

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

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



Home Page Stories
Welcome to our newest member, Bruce Fields!

Volunteer Opportunities
Jul 11 - 14, 2019
In the Community
History of Needham Rotary
Did you know that during World War II, Needham Rotary raised $2,000 to buy a food wagon to send to warn torn England?
Come celebrate our history of service in Needham and around the world
Opening reception Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Needham History Center (next to Newman Elementary)
RSVP to Kathy or Karen
We packed 17,712 meals!
Thanks to all volunteers and especially the National Honors society students who packed meals.
We don't know exactly where the meals will go, but usually meals packed in the North East US go to Africa.
Autism Awareness Month
We are donating one box a month to Children's Hospital that contains products for kids like ear protection and weighted blankets
Capron Lighting and Sound has generously donated 6 weighted adult lap blankets
Needham Steps Up
They provide mentors for students at the high school.
Their big fundraiser is April 23.
More information at
Aaron Sicotte shared three things that make Needham High School great:
Community (including Rotary(!) and parents)
Professionals (teachers and administrative staff)
Students (their commitment to learning)
He talked about the Greater Boston Project that features interdisciplinary learning and gives back to the Boston area.
Happy Spring!

Volunteer Opportunities
Flower Deliveries
March 27, 11:15 at the Sheraton to put Rotary Club labels on the flowers
Then join us after the meeting as we deliver the flowers to residents at Wingate, Briarwood, and Avita.
Food Packing
March 30, 8:30 to 2:00 at Needham High School
Join us to pack 17,000 meals with Rise against Hunger
Jul 11 - 14, 2019
In the Community
Eliot Elementary School
We will make a donation to a Rotary Club in one of the countries from their multicultural event.
We are also sponsoring the TShirts for their effort to choose a mascot for the school 
A Bed for Every Child
We are donating a bed for homeless children
4th Grade Forester Program
We are once again giving a tree to every 4th grader in Needham
Autism Awareness
We are donating one box a month that contains products for kids like ear protection and weighted blankets
Capron Lighting and Sound has generously donated 6 weighted adult lap blankets
Our own Sylvia gave a very interesting talk about Uganda: The Pearl of Africa. Thanks for some great information!
No speaker next week so we can deliver flowers.
In two weeks, Aaron Sicotte, principal of Needham High School is our speaker!
Happy New Year!
We are gathering donations in memory of Ryan's wife Kistra. Please make checks out to the "Rotary Foundation" and give them to Ted.
Dick Manelis - Past District Governor spoke about his service trips to South America. He leads a trip every year and this year he is going to Columbia. We donated stuffed animals and coloring books and a check to support his wonderful work.
Volunteer Opportunities -
Feb 26 - Coat Sorting for Circle of Hope. We won't be at the Sheraton. Instead we'll take shifts at Circle of Hope sorting coats and eating lunch
Mar 24 - Civics Bee. Marty and Lois have already volunteered. Let Marty know if you want to join the team and show off your knowledge of local politics!
Mar 30 (not confirmed) - food packing with Rise Against Hunger and Needham High School
Mark Your Calendars
Carnival Jul 11 - 14, 2019
'Tis the season!
We will be bell ringing for the Salvation Army this Saturday (12/1) from 8 am to 5 pm at Sudbury Farms.
If you haven't signed up yet you can do so here:
We will be having our holiday party at Lois and Ron's on Monday December 10th.
Sign-up sheet coming soon!
Our Needham / Wellesley football dinner was a great success! Speaker Pete Brock was outstanding and really connected with the kids (and the adults). Kudos to the Sheraton for hosting a great dinner and all our Rotarians who planned and attended.
Thanksgiving day saw 50 meals served in person and 100 meals delivered. There were many new and familiar faces. Thanks to Dan for organizing and for all Rotarians and friends of Rotary who helped out.
Speaker next week is Catherine Delano from Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham.
What’s it really like to be an adult?
On Tuesday morning, 5/29/18, 30 Rotarian and non-Rotarian volunteers helped provide a dose of reality to 400 Needham High School Juniors.
It’s called the Reality Fair.
Students received a career and a salary, then go about the very adult business of renting apartments, turning on utilities, stocking their fridge, buying a car, getting their own phone plan, and haggling over the most critical purchase: 65” LED TV’s.
Oops. Running out of cash? (Now that’s some reality!)
Time for a trip to the bank for budgeting advice.
The students were excited to learn how to plan today to avoid surprises after they graduate.
And look out! The wheel of misfortune placed more than one student in handcuffs (yup, real handcuffs with a real police officer) for DUI, causing them to miss out on their date, the prom, and more…
Some lessons just... can’t be unlearned!
Want to make a difference in Needham? We are always looking for volunteers to help with our service projects.
Join us for lunch Tuesdays at noon at the Needham Sheraton to see how you can get involved!

If you feel like spring comes a little late every year... “You’re right!” says Don McCasland of the Blue Hill Observatory.

The Blue Hill Meterological Observatory has the longest continuous homogenous weather data set going back to February 1, 1885. They have used the same equipment in the same location for the entire time, which means that they can accurately answer questions like are average temperatures rising, and are the seasons shifting (in fact, seasons start about a month later now than they did 60 years ago).

He introduced us to the Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder, a device to record hours of bright sunshine. It’s a clear glass sphere that focuses sunlight on a paper card. The burn lines on the card show when there was direct sunlight during the day. It is a truly low tech device with no moving parts, no cleaning, and no maintenance required.


The Blue Hill Observatory offers tours and is supported by memberships. More info at:



WGBH, our PBS station, has a communications tower on the top of the Blue Hill. By the way, did you know what GBH stand for?

Don shared the origin of the call letters for several of our local TV stations:

WGBH - Great Blue Hill

WCVB - Channel Five (think roman numerals) Broadcasting

WLVI - 56 (in roman numerals)

We have great speakers every week! Check out our speaker schedule on our home page and join us at the Needham Sheraton Tuesdays at noon.
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Location: Needham Sheraton
President Marty Lindemann presiding.
Pledge of Allegiance: Marty
Song: Oh Beautiful-Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
Guests:  Dr. Ernest Lowenstein, an optometrist from Newton, was visiting today at the invitation of Greg Cronin. He will come back in the future and do a presentation on walking safey at night. We look forward to it!
Joke of the Day:
  • Today, Erica Bond, Andy Sherry, Bill Paulson and Greg Cronin had their birthdays celebrated!! Congrats to all!! Note that Andy Wining did his best to stand in for Andy Sherry: nice try Andy!
  • Remember, next week Dick Manelis will be the guest speaker, and has requested stuffed animals which he will transports to the country he is visiting, so, don’t forget!! Walgreens has the stuffed animals in aisle 27 of their Needham store.
  • Libby continues to collect children’s books.
  • Bill Paulson is putting together a high school exchange with another international Rotary Club. More to follow….
  • Reminder, the Holiday party will be the 11th of December at Marty’s home in Dedham. He promises the Pats game will be on at least 3 TVs. More to come!
  • Our $19 raffle to win $1000 worth of Mass. Lottery tickets is over. The drawing was held at 10:100 am at the Pancake Breakfast, and Carol R. of Needham won! She bought her ticket from us at Roche brothers, and says she is going to spend what winnings she get’s to help a brother in law purchase a prosthetic leg. How about that !!
  • Our Pancake Breakfast was a success! We served over 325 people, and raised an estimated $6000! Congrats to all!!
Two happy customers!
Part of the team!
Drawing the winning Raffle ticket!
This year we offered pancakes, chocolate pancakes and waffles! Watch out: next year may see more menu offerings!
Again, Libby transported the left over food to a shelter in Attleboro which can gladly use the food to fee the homeless.
Reminder: in 2 weeks there will be the Annual Needham-Wellesley Football dinner on Tuesday night at the Wellesley College Club in Wellesley. This features both football teams and both Rotary Clubs
Happy Dollars: Libby’s Grandson is doing better; Chuck, Bob, Paul, Charles-Happy to be here; Andy, Ken, Lois, Jim, Louise, Kathy Whitney, Ryan all for a great Pancake Breakfast; Ted happy for the birthdays; Bill Paulson-great birthday trip to NYC!!
50:50: Well, we had only 3 cards to choose from this week. This week the pot grew from $1235 to $1360, with those odds. Andy Winig (the non-birthday boy) won the ticket draw (#213) but did not pick the correct card. So, this week there will be only 2 cards left. Do you think the pot will grow again?
Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker today, Matt Ward, spoke to us on the topic “But First Chocolate!”.  Matt passed out Hersey Chocolate drops, and spoke to us on ‘How to solve procrastination”. He says the subject project must have both your passion and focus.
He recounted how Milton Hersey (founder of Hersey Chocolates) and his wife established the Milton Hersey School, in Hersey PA as a cost-free, private, co-residential school and home for children from lower income families located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. To date, they have graduated over 10,000 children .See  Matt shared how he is a graduate, and has grown to where he has his own Web software design firm.
He shared these 5 pointers about getting things done:
  1. Know your why? Why are you doing this?
  2. Know the negative reaction if you don’t get this done.
  3. FEAR-False Expectations Appearing Real
  4. Be proactive
  5. The butter on your bread. Accept failure, and go forward!
Great speaker, great topic!
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Location: Needham Sheraton
President Marty Lindemann presiding.
Pledge of Allegiance: Marty
Song: Oh Beautiful-Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
Guests:  Glen Davis was with us today. We were delighted to be able to have him with us.
Joke of the Day:
  • Remember, in 2 weeks Dick Manelis will be cooing, and has requested stuffed animals which he transports to the country he is visiting, so, don’t forget!!
  • Libby continues to collect children’s books.
  • Buddy Bench for St. Joe’s. is installed! Many thanks to Galway Masonry who did the installation at the St. Joseph’s school!.
Presidential Minute: Lois led us down the path about the 29th President of the United States. He was known for 3 things:
1.         Apparently he appointed a number of his ‘friends’ into high positions.
2.         Was responsible for the ‘Dome Pot Scandal’.
3.         He did not want to join the League of Nations, as they provided mutual assistance in any member country was invaded. Because he did not want to do this, the country did not join. Look how things have changed! Who is it? Warren Harding……..Thanks Lois!
Happy Dollars: Lois-$2.00x for having Glen visit; Ryan for Halloween; Louise-Back from a great Holiday weekend and conference; Kathy for a great BID event; Paul, Bob C, Jim B, Charles, Ted all for HTBH (Happy to be here); Tom for a great trip to San Francisco; Bill for a great Pats game; Ken Davis for a Happy thanksgiving.
50:50: Ryan had Ticket number 118. But drew the incorrect card. There is $1266 in the pot, with only 2 cards left. How many people will purchase how many tickets next week, with a 50/50 chance!
Guest Speaker: This was a ‘Club Assembly, where the President lays out issues our club is struggling with as follows:
            -Membership. We need more!
            -Programs: Ken Karen and Kathy are looking for more speakers. Line one or more up, please!!
            -Foundation Grant Project: We are qualified, but, need ideas of where our cub can be useful with the District provided gran money. Our grill project for the Needham Senior Center had so much money donated to it, the mount we have to fund is too small. Any ideas?
Gretchen Leary - Aspie, Author, Advocate
Apr 30, 2019 12:00 PM
Personal story about autism and coping mechanisms that helped me get through it.
Personal story about autism and coping mechanisms that helped me get through it.
Rotary Foundation person
May 07, 2019 12:00 PM
Rotary Foundation - one of the most efficient charities in the world
Graviel Nuel Jacobo, Centro de Protesis
May 14, 2019
Giving hope to amputees in the Dominican Republic
Carol Fassino - FairTrade Caravans
May 14, 2019 12:00 PM
The meaning of fair trade in today's economy
Gretchen Miller Johnson
May 21, 2019 12:00 PM
NikaVika SisterHood
OFFSITE MEETING: Meet at Walker School
May 28, 2019 12:00 PM
Lunch and tour of Walker School
Scholarship Winner
Jun 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Award scholarship to Needham High School scholarship winner
Cushing Amusements
Jun 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Preparing for the carnival
NO MEETING: Summer picnic tonight
Jun 18, 2019 12:00 PM
NO MEETING: Summer picnic tonight

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