Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
President Ted opened the meeting and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bob Cocks led us in singing ‘God Bless America’, and Lois Sockol delivered the invocation.
Guests: We welcomed Paul Dumouchel, a former Rotarian and current prospective Rotarian. Paul is Executive Director of the Needham and Wellesley Housing Authorities.
- Reminder that our District Governors are coming to talk on August 23rd. The BOD is requested to meet with them at 11:15 am.
- Our grant request to the District for matching funds of $1500 for the solar Project in India has been approved! So, we are good to go…
- Ted outlined our meeting with the town and high school, which is generating a request for funds, which the BOD will vote on immediately after this meeting.
50/50: Ken Davis had the winning ticket (# 858), but did not draw the winning card. The pot is at $180.
Joke of the day: Louise shared a joke.
Presidential Moment: Lois gave us the low down on George Bernard Shaw who was born on 7-28-1856. Although not a President, he was born in Dublin Ireland, and received the Noble Prize for literature.
Happy Dollars: Happy dollars were given as follows: Jim Brown-great to have Satya with us today; Ken Davis for a great weekend in Dallas; Louise Condo-sorry to have to leave early; Satya Mitra-$2 grateful to be Needham’s ADG, and for celebrating being in business for 40 years and for coming to this country 40 years ago: congratulations Satya!!! Greg for his son Casey winning the ‘Flight at Needham Championship in Needham’ last week; Ron Sockol for his love for his wife; Chuck Buyer, Bob Cocks Libby-Great to be here; Tom Savino: Glad to see, as much as it is broken, our political system is still working with the two conventions completed.
Special Recognition: Our guest speaker Satya Mitra present Chuck Buyer with a special ‘Paul Harris plus 3’ pin for Chucks continued and sustained support of the Rotary foundation. This was in recognition of his fourth $1000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Congratulation Chuck!
Guest Speaker: Satya Mitra of the Worcester Rotary Club who is also our ADG for the year, and Chairman of the District Membership committee and Rotary Foundation District Representative was our guest speaker.
Worcester brought in 82 new members when he was President of the Worcester Club, and has been recognized (that means being asked to tell folks how they did it) around the world for this accomplishment.
Satya let us know that this is the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. He went on to talk about the great contribution Rotary Clubs around the world are makin to mankind, through the matching grants.
Satya went on to discuss in some detail how Worcester was able to increase membership so dramatically.
It was great to hear form such an accomplished Rotarian!