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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.



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Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Location: Needham Sheraton
President Marty Lindemann presiding.
Pledge of Allegiance: Marty
Song: America the Beautiful led by Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
Guests:   Monica: Who was this woman? Mystery guest?
We welcomed the guests with our welcome song led by Bob Cox
Joke of the Day:
  • Good turn out for the Harvest Fair. About 16 Raffle Tickets sold!!
  • Under 100 tickets left! The drawing will be at the Pancake Breakfast on November 4th..
  • Dictionaries: All dictionaries delivered. Great project, thanks to everyone who helped!!.
  • Ted is excited that the board has approved a new grill for the pancake breakfast. It will replace one of our older grills.
  • Grill for Senior Center has arrived and is being installed. Not an easy one to finish.
  • Buddy Bench for St. Joe’s. is on order. Then, we need to get it installed! Two more schools have expressed interest. More to follow…..
Happy $$$:  Bill Paulson, Charles, Bob Dunning, Tom, Libby to welcome Monica; Ted for a great weekend away; Ken and Jim for the late summer; Louise for great Harvest Fair! Paul HTBH; Roz-Nice Weekend; Kathy Whitney-nice weekend in Chatham; Andy for the Dictionaries, and for his daughter riding without assistance in the bike rodeo; Bob Cox-GTBH; Scotti for great upcoming trip to Vegas.
50:50: Ticket number 905 belonged to Andy, who drew the 10 of clubs, which is not the joker, so the $1020 pot rolls over to next week. There are only 6 cards left in the deck! !
Guest Speaker:
Carol Read and Tiffany Zike, from Needham’s Public Health Board, detailing the services tht they offer. For more, go to
**Needham Rotary Newsletter**
October 3, 2017
Marty asked for a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting.
Bob Cox led us in God Bless America, and Karen Wetmore led us in prayer
Denise Garlick was our guest and speaker
Monthly Birthday Celebration:
We sang Happy Birthday to Paula Kahr our October Birthday Rotarian!
We need volunteers this Saturday to staff the Rotary booth at the Harvest Fair
The Pancake Breakfast is Nov. 4. We need volunteers
We are still selling raffle tickets. There are 130 tickets left. The drawing will be Nov. 4
Andy is looking for volunteers to distribute dictionaries. Mission accomplished!
We were fortunate to have with us today all 3  sponsors of our 'Needham 3rd Grade Dictionary Program', where the club gives to all Needham Third Graders a Dictionary. Rotarians go to every third grade class in town and hand out dictionaries, and the,  teach the children how to use them.
Pictured below is:
                          Louise Condon of Louise Condon Realty
                          Dan Tibma of Tibma Designs
                          Denise Garlock, our State Representative
All of these sponsors think enough of this project to support it with a very nice financial gift. Many thanks to Louise Dan and Denise for their support!!
We are working with St. Joseph’s School on the Buddy Bench project. Hillside School is also interested in working with us.
50/50 Raffle:
There is $977 in the pot. We are looking for the Joker. Ken had the lucky number but did not pick the winning card. Better luck next week!
We all signed and gave a Mass card to Ryan in sympathy for the death of his Step Father.
Happy Dollars
Happy to have Denice as our speaker
Happy about the Dictionary Project
Paula was happy about her birthday well wishes.
Bill was happy to participate in the Hope Walk for newton jWellesley Hospital.
Speaker – Denise Garlick
The legislature is working on prevention efforts in the opioid crisis. Laws have been passed that limit how physicians can prescribe narcotics. The Department of Public Health watches to see if pharmacies are filling multiple narcotic prescriptions for one individual. These efforts and others have decreased abuse by 24% in the first quarter of 2017. Over 2,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2016.
Our next meeting is October 10. Carol Reed will be the speaker
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Location: Needham Sheraton
Marty Lindemann presiding.
Pledge of Allegiance: Marty
Song: America the Beautiful led by Bob Cox
Invocation: ADG Cliff Gerber
Fasten your seatbelts…
Karin Gaffney, District Governor
Rev. Cliff Gerber, Assistant Governor,
Helena Drolette, President Elect of Westwood
Jack Hoyle, District Treasurer, Sgt at arms Dedham Sunrise Club
Hien Tran, Resident Services Director at Needham Housing Authority
Penny Kirk, Retired Resident Services Director at Needham Housing Authority
We welcomed the guests with our welcome song led by Bob Cox
Joke of the Day
Louise told a good one from her joke book.
Marty told a golf joke in honor of Bob Cox.
First great visit to the Needham 3rd graders. Have you ever seen such enthusiasm?
  • Raffle: Louise just sold her 50th ticket! Only about 100 tickets left. See Bill if you have interested buyers lined up.
  • Dictionaries: Three visits scheduled for this week, three scheduled for next week. Thank you to sponsors Dan Tibma, Louise Condon, and Denise Garlick. Thanks to Chuck Buyer for doing the printing. Thank you to Bill Paulson to bringing this program to our club.
  • Ted is excited that the board has approved a new grill for the pancake breakfast. It will replace one of our older grills.
  • Grill for Senior Center has arrived and is being installed.
  • Buddy Bench for St. Joe’s. We are looking for the right bench then will deal with installation. Ted also had a conversation with the Hillside principal who is excited about a bench and reminded us that they are tearing down the school in 2 years.
Historical Minute (Lois):
            On this day in history
                        Thomas Jefferson became Secretary of State in 1789
                        John Jay became Chief Justice in 1784
Happy $$$: 
Jim, Ted, Ron, Bob: GTBH, Charles, Libby, Paul: for our guests, Lois for great weather, Scott for 36 years in Needham Rotary, Louise for selling her last (50th!) raffle ticket, Andy for teaching his girls to ride bikes, dictionary project, and 85 degrees in September, Greg for guest Penny Kirk, cousin of Paul Kirk who served out Ted Kennedy’s senate term,  
50:50: Ticket number 835 belonged to Rachel, who drew the 6 of clubs, which is not the joker, so the $938 pot rolls over to next week. There are only 8 cards left in the deck!
Guest Speaker:
Karin Gaffney, District Governor for Rotary 7910
She became a Rotarian in 2012. She was quickly the president of the Nashoba Valley Club, an AG, and now DG.
PDG Jim was about white shoes. Karin is about a giant Rotary wheel necklace. It’s the first gift her husband has bought her in, well, a long, long time. And the spokes are how we work together to Make a Difference (this year’s Rotary theme).
The three pillars of this year: More Service, More PR, More Members.
Karin also gave some great examples of “What is Rotary” and talked about the highly contagious nature of Rotary Spirit.
5-District Conference on Mt Washington May 4-6
International Conference is in Toronto.
Minutes of Meeting
Tuesday:   September 19, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance: Marty Lindemann
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Marty Lindeman
Prayer: Led by: Karen Wetmore
Guests: - Holly Brown, Bob Dunning; Raghav and Champaka Rao, Rotary members from Jubilee Hill, India; and Mark Robinson and Jordan Rich, speaker
. Members packed 500 Dictionaries for all Needham third graders.  THANK YOU to everyone who helped.
.9/17 was Lois and Ron’s anniversary.  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and many more.
. Marty told us the Constitution was signed this week.  George Washington also gave his farewell address and asked “Where is our sense our morality?”  Some questions haven’t changed.
. Today is Rosh Hashanah and ends in 10 days with Yom Kippur.  Lois gave is a brief tutorial explaining that 10 days are spent in reflection on past year.  Lois ended wishing all a sweet new year 
. Libby updated us on the grill project for the Council on Aging.  Chuck Mangini is building the grill new cabinet.  Olympia Marble offered to supply the marble countertop with installation for no charge (Libby even gets to take her pick).  2 griddles from Kenyan  and storage building have also been ordered.
.Ted updated us on hurricane relief donations.  Rotary Foundation has set up 2 funds for hurricane relief/assistance, one for Texas and one for Florida. At this time, board agreed to split $500 between the two funds.  If members wish to personally donate, he provided a link.
.Bill Paulson researched BUDDY BENCH and has arranged with St. Joseph’s Elementary School to have it installed in their yard.  They already have a program regarding this concept.  The bench is for children who need a friend.  If this is well received, Bill will approach the other schools in town.  Stay tuned for installation date.
.Bill also introduced Raghav and Champaka Rao from Jubilee Hills, India who updated us on the solar panel installation in their school.
.Andy thanked three sponsors of the Dictionaries: Dan Tibma Builders, Condon Realty and Representative Denise Garlick.  Thank you Chuck for getting labels done so expeditiously.  Andy requested help delivering boxes to schools and will need help with distribution to children.
.THANK YOU Holly Brown for always being there when we need help.
Humor: Marty regaled us with some moaners.
Rotary Moment: None today.
Happy dollars: Holly happy for Red Sox; many members Happy to be Here; Scott happy storm not hitting us, that Siesta Key missed hurricane and that Angel’s Envy is well tied down; Ryan glad to be back and that his dad is on the mend; Ken welcomed guests and also wished everyone Happy New Year; Bill welcomed guests and happy Sarah arrived safely in Panama and Greg thanked Jim and Holly for new happy dollar envelopes.
50/50 drawing: Bob Duning drew number; Louise had lucky number and Ted chose card but no luck this week.  $902 in pot – better luck next week.
Guest speaker:  Jordan Rich, at present a retired but active radio announcer from WBZ radio. Jordan used to have an overnight show from midnight to 5 am for some 20 years. He was heard in 39 states and around the world via the web. He recounted how much he likes being on the radio, but has cut back is hours tremendously as he is ‘retired’.
He recounted how he was able to work with a caller (who was suicidal) to help him through his issues, both on and off the air. He also recounted how supportive the audience was when his wife passed on.
Jordan has worked with Mike Riley (a sports broadcaster from Needham who has visited our club many times) in getting him into the ‘Big Leagues’ of radio, at WBZ.
Today, you can hear Jordan on Saturday’s as he does ‘New England Corner’ spots on WBZ radio,
Next meeting: Tuesday, September 26 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton-District Governor’s Visit!
Tuesday:  September 12, 2017
This was a ‘special social’ meeting, one which centered on food and fellowship. We had some 25 members and guests, including Kathy Lindemann, Susana Brown, Emily and Allison Winig (Andy’s children), and Ed Mulhall and Irene Tsardinalis, both guests of Deb Kazarian’s from Family Federal Bank, and about to be Corporate members! So, we will see more of them going forward!!!.
The New Garden put out a buffet of some 6 different Chinese dishes, and they were all excellent! New Garden has not been open quite a year yet, and it was a very nice restaurant and event.
Marty welcomed everyone, and it was a fun festive time. The big news is that:
Now, that is big news! Recall Sharon has been to several Needham Rotary events including the June ‘Sail Boston event. We wish them both much health and happiness going forward!
-Libby is still working with the Needham Senior Center to get the new electric grill for the Senior Center Roof installed and wired. Updates to follow...
.-Bill Paulson reported again that we have sold $8200 of raffle tickets. Translated, this means we need to sell 180 more to meet our goal. Have at it!
-On line pancake ticket sales ready to go! Just go to: and you can buy all the tickets you (or your friends) want!
Upcoming Speakers:
-Next week we have Jordan Rich, from WBZ radio, as our guest speaker.
-The District Governor is visiting on September 36. So, BOD meeting at 11:00am, with all hands on deck for the normal noon meeting.
Dr. Carl Good
Oct 24, 2017
ROTARY POLIO DAY: Update on Where Polio Plus Stands
Matt Ward
Nov 07, 2017
Solving the Procrastination Puzzle By Taking Charge With Chocolate!
PDG Dick Manelis
Nov 14, 2017
Update on Dick's Service Trip To Guatamala in March 2018 To Install Sanitation Units
Dec 12, 2017
Our Annual Holday Party will be held at Marty's home 121 Village St., Dedham at 6:00 pm
Barbara Dury
Jan 09, 2018
Her Contributions To The Education System in Uganda

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