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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.


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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, 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:
 
Announcements:  
 
  • 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 https://www.mhskids.org  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:
 
Announcements:  
  • 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?
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Location: Needham Sheraton
 
President Marty Lindemann presiding.
 
Pledge of Allegiance: Marty
Song: God Bless America-Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
 
Guests:   Monica: Who was this woman? Mystery guest?
 
President Marty’s Trivia: What famous thhings happened on 17 October in the past:
-1973-Oil crisis
-Al Capone  passed on
-Mother Theresea won the Nobel Peace Prize. She said “If you can’t feed 100, then just feed 1!”.
 
 
 
Announcements:  
  • Under 30 tickets left! The drawing will be at the Pancake Breakfast on November 4th..
  • 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…..
 
Presidential Minute: Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the President of interest this week. He is remembered for:
  1. He led the Allies in Europe in World War II.
  2. He was President of Columbia University.
  3. He stopped the Russian aggression.
  4. He reduced our budget deficit.
  5. He pushed for and got the interstate road system (Routes 90, 95, 495 etc.)
  6. Threatned the nuclear bomb against China.
Thanks Lois…
 
Happy $$$:  Chuck Buyer ‘Happy to be sitting with such great people!: Lois-Fun supporting the walk for Autism; Kathy-thanks for the great weather; Louise for having a ‘Lucky Penny’; Ryan-Happy in advance for 50/50!! (How did that work out?); Bill Paulson for having lined up NE Patriots Geneo Gressot for the Thanksgiving Dinner; Andy Winig For the fall weather and the raffle over $1000; Jim-HTBH; Roz-Great week; Tom Savino-Won’t be here next week;
 
50:50: Ticket number 965 was not present. So, Charles had the correct second card draw, and although we are at $1064, Charles did not win. Only 4 cards left!
 
 
Guest Speaker: Deborah Balin, Economic Policy Developer for Needham.  She talked about the recent positive developments in Needham:
-280,000 sq foot building for Trip Advisor: they have an option for 150,000 more.
-The Marriott hotel
-Shark Ninja 180,000 square foot building
-390  Unit multifamily dwellings by Normandy: This will take Needham to 10% low income goal!
-300 units at Charles River Landing
 
On the drawing boards for changes in zoning and increased usage:
- 134 unit Homeward suites Hotel.
-N Squared Innovation District
-Changing 3 areas zoning:   Area near Muzi Motors
                                         Gould Street to the park.
                                         Reservoir Street
 
The downtown Needham updates are ‘substantially complete. Will finish in 2019.
 

This Needham Department has been working hard, and the improvements show this!

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:
 
Announcements:  
  • 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 www.needhamma.gov/health
**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
 
Guests
Denise Garlick was our guest and speaker
Monthly Birthday Celebration:
We sang Happy Birthday to Paula Kahr our October Birthday Rotarian!
 
Announcements
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!
 
Other
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
 
 
Speakers
Barbara Dury
Jan 09, 2018
Her Contributions To The Education System in Uganda
Janet Britcher
Jan 16, 2018
Zoom Leadership
Dr. Julia Ragland
Feb 06, 2018 1:00 PM
What is Paliative Care?
 

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