Posted by Andrew Winig on Nov 27, 2018
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
'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.
On Thanksgiving Day we served 50 meals and delivered an additional 100. 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.
Bell Ringing and Holiday Party Andrew Winig 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Winig on Aug 16, 2018

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.
Spring was late (again) Andrew Winig 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Winig on May 31, 2018
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!
A Dose of Reality Andrew Winig 2018-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Nov 07, 2017
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!
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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?
Newsletter 10-31-17 Jim Brown 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Oct 16, 2017
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
Newsletter 10-10-17 Jim Brown 2017-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roz Fisher on Oct 10, 2017
**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
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Posted by Andrew Winig on Sep 26, 2017
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.
Newsletter 9-26-17 Andrew Winig 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Whitney on Sep 19, 2017
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!
Newsletter 9-19-17 Kathy Whitney 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Sep 12, 2017
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.
Newsletter 9-12-17 Jim Brown 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Sep 05, 2017
Rotary of Needham
Tuesday:  September 5, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By our Maestro Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by: Karen Wetmore
Guests: - Members of the Watertown Rotary Club, Betty Namuddu and Michael Balliddaw, both prospective members of Waltham members, both of whom are from Uganda.
.We welcomed out friendly guests from Watertown, and had Birthday Cake to celebrate our September birthday folks birthdays with a song and some cake:
.Well, our cookout at the Needham Senior Center went very well. There were many guests there, while the following cooked the food: Brad, Ted and Marty. In addition, many others helped prepare and execute the event: Kathy Whitney, Louise Condon, Rachel, Greg, Bill Paulson. The report is that all went well, and fun (including singing) was had by all.
.Libby really organized the event from the beginning, and her employer Capron Lighting, funded the food and the DJ.
. Additionally, the Senior Center and Libby are working on getting the new electric grill installed on to the roof of the Senior Center. The first one ordered was too small, so they are having the new larger one sized and installed: Many thanks to all who helped!!!
.While not all the invoices have been received, at this moment Ted tells us the Carnival raised some $13,000, Plans are underway for next year, hoping to expand it by one more night. Thanks Ted!!!
.Charles is the ‘main m an’ on rotary  ‘Rotarian at Work’ tee shirts. If you have not received one, see Charles!!
. Bill Paulson reported that we have sold $8130 of raffle tickets. Translated, this means we need to sell 187 more to meet our goal. Have at it!!! Please note that our friends from Watertown bought $300 worth. Let’s hope they win!! So, we will draw the winning ticket at the Pancake Breakfast on November 4, unless we sell out earlier.
.REMINDER – no meeting at Sheraton on Tuesday September 12th since we will be having dinner at Ray’s New Garden the Monday night before evening at 5:30-no charge for members.$20 for guest.
.Next board meeting scheduled for September 13, Bill Paulson’s office at 5:00. All welcome.
.Karen Gaffney will be at our meeting on September 25.  District is looking for district wide service projects.
Rotary moment: Lois told us about President Howard Taft, who was the Heftiest President of all times at 340 pounds..
Happy dollars: Paul Dumochel-Welcome to all our guests; Chuck-Happy his wife had successful surgery; Ted Shaughnessy-Welcome to Watertown and Marty and the new BOD; Scotti-Happy to celebrate his anniversary over the weekend; Bob Cocks and Charles-Great to be here; Libby, Louise-for our guests; President Lilia from Watertown Rotary-thank you for hosting the Watertown Club this week!- Tom Savino-2 great weeks on the shores on New Jersey:off the grid!-Lois for the engagement of granddaughter; Karen-for many rotary meetings. Jim Brown for selling his business and retiring; Marty $20 for Jim to join the ranks of the retired!
50/50 drawing: $841 in today’s pot.  Marty had lucky number but luck did not follow him home from WA.
Guest speaker:  We were delighted to welcome Amy Garst, and Robert Fleming of the Malayaka House, a children’s orphanage he founded in Ugandan in 2005. In that year, Robert was visiting Africa in an effort to assist in the devastation caused by the Sudanese crisis. In the process, he found himself with a Ugandan baby boy, who was born to a woman who Robert was trying to assist.  Adoption is not very common in Uganda, because of it’s lack of wealth. Everyone is trying to fend for themselves. Robert detailed how he became the one turned too when they had no other place to send abandoned babies. Next thing he knows, he has 50 children! Since that time he has spent his full time supporting and raising money to support these children.
Uganda is quite poor. 83% of the people under age 30 are unemployed. 20% of the children under 5 die from Malaria. This is a very difficult situation, and Robert is doing immense wonders over there. He has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary’s Highest Award).
We perform good acts around the world. Take a look at this web site:
Now, are we doing enough?
Next meeting: Monday, September 11 at 5:30 p for Dinner at the New Garden Chinesse Restaurant. No meeting on Tuesday!
Needham Rotary Bulletin 9-5-17 Jim Brown 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Whitney on Aug 27, 2017
Rotary of Needham
Tuesday:  August 22, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Marty Lindeman
Prayer: Led by: Karen Wetmore
Guests: - Sarah Paulson; Jessica Glezellis and David Walsh from Direct Federal Credit Union
. NEW cell phone policy going into effect this week - $10 if Ted is interrupted; $20 if guest speaker is interrupted and $1 from Marty if he is interrupted.  REMEMBER to silence phone when meeting starts.
. Today Ted served last time as president since Marty has been away for the summer. THANK YOU for your service.
. REMINDER no meeting at Sheraton next Tuesday since we will be hosting a cookout for the seniors at the Center at the Heights on Monday at 4:30.  50 people have signed up; Marty and Ted will be chefs du jour; Lois will train to be food runner if we have to use propane grills and cook on asphalt driveway and food needs to be transferred to roof; Roz will ask Kathy Reilly at Briarwood if they would provide lemonade; Roz will provide ice cream from Kindred Living; Capron will provide hamburgers and hot dogs, etc. and karaoke at 5pm.  We should bring side dishes, if we can.
. Libby told us that our original grill purchase had to be returned – it was too small for their needs.  A larger version is being researched-details to follow.  Libby’s husband, Roger, put the new cart together-she felt we should treat him to dinner at New Garden for all his hard work.
.Karen Wetmore gave us an  update on all the school supplies which were donated to the Needham Community Council. Hundreds of dollars of supplies will help Needham students get off on the right foot this year! Well done Karen!!
.Ted reminded us to be ready for September birthday cake; the speaker will be about an orphanage she started in Uganda with 45 children which started as a $75,000 Rotary project.  This meeting will be joint with Watertown.
.Ted told us that Gift of Life started in 1975 with a child from Uganda where the first Center of Excellence has been approved.  Group has helped 31,000 children to date. 
.REMINDER – no meeting at Sheraton on September 12th since we will be having dinner at Ray’s New Garden that evening at 5:30-no charge for member; $20 for guest.
.District has sent out a survey which needs to be completed by February 25th.  PLEASE COMPLETE!
.Next board meeting scheduled for September 13, Bill Paulson’s office at 5:00. All welcome.
.Karen Gaffney will be at our meeting on September 25.  District is looking for district wide service projects.
.Libby reported recent Needham Community Council food drive was very successful.   Karen reported equal success with school supply drive.  She really enjoyed spending the $310 raised and made great use of available sales. 
.Scratch ticket raffle going very well - $8,000 deposited to date.  Get ticket stubs and money to Bill or Marty when available. We will have table at NBA Harvest Fair on 10/7 to sell more. Ted will check to see if we can set up table at liquor store next to Bertucci’s to sell tickets.  SHOUT OUT THANK YOU to Deb and crew at Family Federal for selling so many tickets-you are the best!
Humor: Louise entertained us with 3 jokes.
Rotary moment: Lois told us about president born on August 20 whose grandfather was also president and introduced tariff. Brad had answer: Benjamin Harrison.
Happy dollars: Several members happy to be here; Scott, Jim and especially Ted happy to have Marty back; Ken, Libby and Jim glad for our many guests; Kathy glad to get new Rotary t-shirt; Louise glad to see so many Rotarians;  Marty glad to be back from Leavenworth, WA; Lois wished Sara good luck in Panama; Roz happy for her weekend in Chatham and Bill happy to welcome his daughter, Sara and Direct Federal guests and special thanks to Jim for eclipse glasses.
50/50 drawing: $841 in today’s pot.  Marty had lucky number but luck did not follow him home from WA.
Guest speaker:  None today
Next meeting: Tuesday, September 5 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
Newsletter 8-22-17 Kathy Whitney 2017-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Winig on Aug 15, 2017
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Location: Needham Sheraton
Ted Shaughnessy presiding for Marty who is in Seattle.
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: God Bless America led by Andy Winig
Invocation: Karen
8/22: Regular Meeting
8/28:MONDAY NIGHT: 4:30 – 6:30 Cookout at the Senior Center
9/5: Regular Meeting
9/12: NO MEETING – evening dinner at New Garden Restaurant that night
9/19: Regular Meeting: come early to label the dictionaries
No guests so we did not get to raise our voices in a welcome song
Cell Phones
We’re not sure what Marty will do. Ted is suggesting a $10 fine if your phone rings while the president is talking, and a $20 fine if your phone rings while the speaker is speaking.
This led to many people (Ryan, Jim) “dialing for dollars” during the meeting…Just wait till Marty returns!
Joke of the Day
Louise had her joke book. The most memorable one was payment up front for a 3-minute egg.
Greg put the way back machine on Waaaaaay Back and read some jokes from 2004. Hopefully they were funnier back then.
  • Raffle: bring stubs and cash. We believe we are almost sold out. If you have tickets, sell them. If you want to sell more contact Bill to see what’s available.
  • Needham Community Council: Libby has been delivering food, and Karen has been collecting items for student backpacks. Both projects will wrap up this week.
  • Dictionaries: 3 sponsors this year: Louise, Dan, and Denise Garlick. Dictionaries have been delivered to the Sheraton. We will have the final student lists in the next two weeks, then we’ll print labels and label the dictionaries before the 9/19 meeting.
  • 8/28 Senior Center dinner. Setup starts at 3:30. Dinner is served at 4:40. The end time is somewhere between 6:00 and 6:30. Libby has ordered the grill and the senior center is giddily setting it up. Capron Lighting is providing the meat. Rotarians please bring a salad to share. Contact Libby to volunteer.
  • 8/29 NO LUNCH MEETING. We’ll have been partying with the seniors until 6:00 (or 6:30) the night before, so we won’t be meeting for lunch.
  • 9/12 NO LUNCH MEETING. We’ll be gathering for dinner at the New Garden. Free for Rotarians. $20 for guests. Let Chuck Buyer know if you’re planning to attend.
Happy $$$: 
Libby, Jim, Kathy, Paula : Happy to be here, Chuck for great vacation to Nashville, Andy for all the great projects going on in our club, Louise for looking forward to a better afternoon, Scott for employee Dennis who had successful heart surgery, Ken for actually making it to our meeting, Ryan for a great Wooknd, whatever that is… oh great weekend. Sorry. Couldn’t read his writing. And Greg for GO RED SOX!
50:50: Libby, on the Marty plan, drew her own number 674 (fix?) but drew the 2 of spades, which is not the Joker (so I guess it’s not a fix), so the humongous $807 pot rolls over to next week. Good luck everyone!
Guest Speaker:
No speaker this week.
Remember to bring stubs and cash for the raffle tickets.
No lunch meetings 8/29 and 9/12
8/28 Senior Center dinner
9/12 dinner at New Garden
9/19 labelling dictionaries
9/26 DG visit
Newsletter 8-15-17 Andrew Winig 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Aug 08, 2017
**Needham Rotary Meeting**
August 18 2017
Needham Sheraton
Jim Brown  opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, Karen delivered the invocation, and Andy Wining led us in singing ‘God Bless America’.
Guests: A former Neehdmite Betty Lloyd of Atlanta, a friend of Kathy Whitney; Jane Hwang, a member of the Taipei Taiwan Taipei Choumei Rotary Club, where she is a charter member, visiting her two sons in the Boston area. We traded club flags with Jane.
-Several people turned in more Raffle tickets, cash and stubs. This is great! Remember, if you have any tickets sold or not sold, bring the stubs and cash back so it can be accounted for.
-Reminder  that we are doing two  drives on behalf of the Needham Community Council.
-A food drive for the Needham Community Council. Please bring in canned goods during the next ten days.
-There are also 90 students who need school supplies. Please bring in large erasers, little pencil sharpeners and 12 inch rulers before August 17. These can be bought inexpensively at Walgreens. Bring ‘em  in!
-We will be cooking a cookout at the Senior Center  on Monday August 28 at the senior Center at 5:00 pm. The BOD has approved the expenditure for a roof patio electric grill for the Senior Center.
September 12 is our night at the new Garden Restaurant: bring friends and prospective members!!
-The District is hosting a Red Sox game at Fenway September 13th. See Jim Brown for details.
-On Sept. 22nd there is a Tippet House fundraiser. Louise is heading this up.
-Keep your eyes for a District email requesting your participation in a District survey!
Happy Dollars: Ryan HTBH: Betty Lloyd for being able to visit; Jane Hwang-please to visit with Needham Rotary; Scott for daughter Heather’s 40th birthday; Ken Davis for our guests; Kathy Whitney-delighted to have Betty as a visitor, and, looking forward to Chinese Food on Sept. 12; Betty for being able to visit Kathy in Needham; Louise-welcome to our visitors;.
Louise provided humor
Presidential Minute:
There is $in excess of $775 in the pot. No winner this week. We are down to 12 cards, so stay tuned! These 12 cards should last about another 3 months.
Program: None this week.
Newsletter 8-8-17 Jim Brown 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Aug 01, 2017
**Needham Rotary Meeting**
August 1, 2017
Needham Sheraton
Ted opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, Karen delivered the invocation, and Bob Cox led us in singing ‘God Bless America’.
Ted let us know of new fines for cell phones ringing obtrusively, as follows:
                -Cell phone goes off while Ted is talking $10
                -Cell phone goes off while the guest speaker is speaking, $20
                -Cell phone goes off while Marty is speaking: collect $1 from Marty!!!
                  (See what happens when you go on vacation??)
Ted reported that we are making progress on the Raffle. We only have some $40 unsold tickets in ‘inventory’. All the other unsold tickets are in members hands. Please return the money and stubs, or, the unsold tickets! In fact Jim Brown is in need of 3 more tickets on Tuesday.
Karen reported that we are doing two  drives on behalf of the Needham Community Council.
-A food drive for the Needham Community Council. Please bring in canned goods during the next ten days. Below see the picture of food being delivered to the NCC:
-There are also 90 students who need school supplies. Please bring in large erasers, little pencil sharpeners and 12 inch rulers before August 17. These can be bought inexpensively at Walgreens. Bring ‘em  in!
We will be cooking a cookout at the Senior Center  on Monday August 28 at the senior Center at 5:00 pm.
District Grant Training was held last Monday night. We have 3 people who are now qualified: Ted,   Rich Forte and Marty!!
September 12 is our night at the new Garden Restaurant: bring friends and prospective members!!
Birthday cake was provided for the two August Birthday folks: Jim Brown and Kathy Whitney! (Kathy-I at your piece....Jim) 
Happy Dollars:
Paul Dumochel is Happy to Be Here. He has had a rough few months at work: Glad you’re here Paul!
Bob Cox: HTBH: Chuck looking forward to vacation in Nashville and Delray; Libby is happy for summer; Scotti grateful for no wind on his boat; Bill Paulson is happy for a 3-close week at work; Ken Davis grateful he was not offered a position at the White House; Greg a $2 happy birthday wishes to Jim Brown ; Jim Brown-thank you for the great Birthday wishes and great cake; Louise commenting that Kathy Whitney is messing her Birthday Cake (rumor has it the other Birthday Person ate it!);Andy Winig for the Red Sox winning streak and grateful for Dictionaries;
Louise provided humor
Presidential Minute: Lois talked about an August Birthday President: Barak Obama!
There is $766 in the pot. Karen ahd the right number but pulled the wrong card. We are down to v ery few cards left. Stay tuned!!
Newsletter 8-1-17 Jim Brown 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 11, 2017
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  July 11, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance: VP Bill Paulson
Song:  ‘Oh Beautiful’ led and accompanied by Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by: Karen Wetmore
Guests: - Bob Dunning, an Honorary member.
.The big announcement was the success of the ‘First Annual Needham Rotary Carnival! Ted will have financial numbers next week. A big hand to our members who spent many hours helping to  put this on!!!
.Reminder, September 12 no noon meeting, dinner at New Garden instead.
.All the money has been raised for the Razia matching grant for the nurses college in Afghanistan
.Bill Paulson announced that we have sold some 600 of the 1000 tickets for the raffle. Only 400 to go!90 of these were sold at the Carnival!
.New District Website: Go to    It looks great!!
.There are no more speakers scheduled for July and August: Who can YOU ask?
.Birthday cake for the July Birthday’s for Brad White and Scotty:
Presidential Moment: Lois talked about the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, who was jailed for objecting to the ‘Poll Tax’, and is famous for his thoughts on Walden Pond.
Humor: This has been a good day for Needham Rotary, as we are all basking in the success of the carnival. However, it has not been a good day for everyone. This is the 41st anniversary of the day Ronald Wayne sold his 10% interest in Apple for $800.00. Today, that same stock is worth $56,065,210,000.!
Happy dollars: Bob Dunning-Great to be here! Scotty for a great time on Nantucket; Greg Cronin-‘Ted Shaughnessy for President!’; Ryan for his vacation on the Cape; Andy for his vacation and the Carnival; Libby, Jim Brown, Ken Davis, Louise, Roz, Bob Cocks, Karen and Tom Savino-For the success and fun of working at the carnival!!!
50/50 drawing:. While no drawing today, the pot is still $715!!
Guest speaker: None: who do you know who can speak? How about a classification talk to two…
Next meeting: Tuesday, July18, 2017 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
Newsletter 7-11-17 Jim Brown 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by KATHY on Jun 13, 2017
**Rotary Club of Needham**
Tuesday:  June 13, 2017
Minutes of Meeting
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Kathy Whitney
Prayer: Led by: Cliff Gerber
Guests: - Kathy and Henry Lindemann; Ted’s wife, Marilyn Shaughnessy; Clifford Gerber, Asst. District Governor; Irene Tsardinalis, Family Federal Bank corporate member and Carl Kaliszewski, past District Governor.
-Sadly Ted reported the death of a great Gift of Lift supporter, Tom Ford, in Panama.
- Ted will be delivering a $10,000 Gift of Life check in Portland next week.
.-Ted had his final board meeting Wed., June 7th.  We voted to make the following donations:
  • $3,000- Scholarship fund
  • $2,000 -Buddy Bench to one Needham elementary school.Bill Paulson will check with Dan Gutekunst, Needham Superintendent of Schools, to confirm desire for this “friendship bench.
  • $1,000 -YMCA to help sponsor camping scholarships-Charles will present to their board
  • $ 500-Gift of Life
  • $ 500 -Polio Plus
.-RYLA needs help on 6/23-24 and 25 at Fitchburg State University.  We have 2 participants, Sam Lindeman and Sam Whitney both from Dedham.
-2018 International convention will be held 6/23-27.  If you sign up by tomorrow, there will be a $200 discount.
-Club history with Needham Historical Society – status quo.
-Schooner Adventure sail on 6/18.  Jim will send map of Seaport District.  Contact him for lunch choice.
-Annual cookout on Tues., June 27 at Rich Forte’s in Dover at 5:30.  Let him know if you have any dietary choices.
-Thank you to Andy Sherry, Holly Brown, Kathy Whitney, Lois Sockol, Charles Nelson and Karen Wetmore for help selling raffle tickets at Farmer’s Market on Sunday.
-Carnival on 7/7-8-9 at Needham High parking lot.  Bill has had 10,000 posts on Facebook. -Brad has also set up Needham Rotary Instagram account.  Contact Charles to sign up for ticket selling.
-Lottery ticket raffle sale still under way.  Marty has 140 tickets still not assigned. Contact him when you can sell more.
-Hank Philippi Ryan will be speaker next week.  Karen has invited other clubs to join us.
-Rich thanked everyone who helped with High School Reality Fair.
. $1,000,000 dinner surpassed its goal at $1,300,000.  Needham donated $30,000 with thanks to Marty, Ted and Karen.  Everyone donated $150 to foundation this year.
Perfect Attendance pins were awarded to Rachel; 19 years for Greg.  Thank you both for your work as Sargent At Arms every week all these years. 23 years for Tom Sovino who also serves on our scholarship committee and 34 years to Jim Brown.
Rotary moment: Nothing from Lois today.
Happy dollars: Money collected but not vocalized.
50/50 drawing: $694 in today’s pot; Henry pulled number; Carl had lucky number but no luck with card-still looking for illusive joker.
Humor: None today
Ted’s Remembrances:
Ted thanked everyone for their help during his year as president.  Just to name a few, he mentioned: planting at Needham high school; Community Council food collection; distribution of dictionaries to all 3rd graders; Chapel St. banners; Harvest Fair booth; pancake breakfast; Needham-Wellesley football dinner; Thanksgiving dinner; gift certificates to Community Council; Salvation Army bell ringing; RFV dinner; packing of 19,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger with Needham High Honor society students; spring plants to all nursing homes; Spelling Bee; saplings to 4th graders for Arbor Day; Interservice Club dinner; Historical society display; Reality Fair; Community farm repairs; high school scholarship; Carnival with banners; sail on schooner Adventure to see tall ships; India solar project; Dick Manales project in Honduras; Razia’s Midwifery project, Shelter Box and Buddy Bench, just to name a few.  Thank you everyone for all you did.
Ted had a fantastic year!!! More projects than any other 3 clubs in the District. Well done Ted!!
Guest speaker:  Carl Kaliszewski, Past District Governor spoke briefly to remind us about Rotary.  Their year begins July 1 with new leadership, fresh ideas and a reminder that we need Rotarians to help create a world of friendship.  Team motivation is due to leadership over the past 112 years.  Rotarians believe in truth, family, friendship and service above self.  Members believe in this act accordingly to make a difference. 
Marty presented Ted with a Thank You plaque with his gavel.
Carl  installed our 2017-2018 board
President: Marty Lindemann
Treasurer: Ryan Damaso
Secretary: Kathy Whitney
President Elect: Bill Paulson
Past President: Ted Shaughnessy
Sargent at Arms: Greg Cronin
Rich Forte
Jim Brown
Marty then took pleasure in presenting his wife, Kathy, with a Paul Harris for 16 years of helping him to be a better Rotarian.
After the meeting, Ted and Marty had fun with 'dueling gavels"!
Next meeting: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
NEWSLETTER 6-13-17-A KATHY 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 06, 2017
Rotary of Needham
Tuesday:  June 6, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Lois Sockol
Happy Birthday: We sang Happy Birthday to the June folks – Roz, Libby, Rich and Andy
Tami Lightfoote, Zack Blankstein, Scholarship winner and his Mom Jody Blankstein, Mercedes
.We received a thank you note from the Nashoba Valley  Rotary for a $1,000 contributing to a midwifery program in Africa
.We will have a dinner meeting at New Garden on 9/12 at 5:30PM.
.RYLA needs volunteers on June 24 – 26. We have 2 students attending RYLA.
.The Brookline Rotary is sponsoring a community service project on July 12 from 1:30PM to 3:30PM at Cradles to Crayons, 155 N Beacon St in Brighton. The project is with food packaging.
.The Sail Boston Schooner Adventure trip will be on June 18 from 2-5 PM
.There will not be a meeting on 6/27. We will have a cookout instead at Rich’s home.
.We are selling $10 raffle tickets
.The Carnival will take place on June 7 – 9. We need volunteers to man the ticket booths.
Happy Dollars
Ken’s son, Ethan, was married last week in Dallas!
Roz had a great vacation in Charleston and Savannah
Paul had a stressful week last week and is glad that it is over.
Bob’s son presented at a prestigious Google convention.
50/50 Drawing:
Marty had the lucky number – 535. He picked the seven of spades and did not win. There is $675 in the pot.
Scholarship Recipient:
Zach Blankstein is the 2017 winner of the Needham Rotary Scholarship. Zach received a check for $2500, his first of four yearly payments for his Scholarship. Zach will be going to George Washington University in Washington DC, where he will be in the honors program in both Political science and Music majors.
Lois Sockol, Scholarship Committee Cahir, said that all 3 Rotary interviewers were just overwhelmed by quality of the 64 applicants they received. All of them were excellent, but Zach stood out, and is the Scholarship Winner.
His Mother Jodi addressed us all and was most grateful, but feels that Zach is one who will ‘..make a difference..’ in serving others because he always ‘..puts the other guy first’., and has already demonstrated this in the projects he is involved with.
Congratulations Zach! Sounds like we have awarded a winner!
Next meeting: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
Newsletter 6-6-17 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Win $1000 in Scratch Tickets! Bill Paulson 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on May 09, 2017
Weekly Bulletin
Tuesday: May 2, 2017
This week’s Rotary started off with a celebration for everyone who has a May birthday. This includes Lois Sockol, Ron Sockol and Ted Shaughnessy.
What's even more interesting is Lois's love of 'whipped cream'. She says it goes back to her childhood when she would not eat her oatmeal. Go figure! 
 It was arranged to have a special serving of whipped cream just for Lois. Happy Birthday!
Guests: Steve Levitsky, District Asst. Chair for the Rotary Foundation was our guest and speaker.
  • Our District conference is coming up this weekend in Providence.
  • Neponset Valley rotary is hosting a recycling event on April 29;
  • Dan Tibma has organized the Arbor Day sapling delivery to all the fifth grade classes in town:
  • Wellesley Rotary is sponsoring a ‘dine around Wellesley’ event at Elm Bank on May 4th.
  • Charles River Center ‘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. See Jim Brown to sign up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Chuck Buyer has arranged for Needham Rotary members to be on the Schooner Adventure on Sunday June25. Tickets are $50 each. Contact Chuck for details.
HAPPY DOLLARS:  Scotti $3 for spending a month at  his Siesta Key home in Florida, and for the Celtics performance! Brad, Kathy Whitney wishing the birthday people ‘Happy Birthday’; Bob Cox, Roz, Charles and Ryan HTBH; Greg Cronin-Proud to be a Rotarian; Jim and Ken for Steve Levitsky’s presentation; Chuck for the Schooner Adventure sail coming up in July; Lois thanking for the whipped cream with the cake; Tom Savino glad to see his son Greg perform as principal timpanist with the Boston Civic Symphony, the second oldest symphony in Boston, playing Mahler’s first symphony. Steve Levitsky
50/50 drawing: Scotti  drew the right ticket, but did not draw the lucky card. If he had won, proceeds would have gone to  Gift of Life.  Better luck next week!  $542 in pot this week.
Humor: none today
Historical minute: Lois talked about our fifth President, James Monroe who was famous for the Monroe Doctrine, who died on July 4th.
Guest Speaker:  Steve Levitsky a member of the Concord rotary Club and out Districts Asst. Rotary Foundation chair, gave us an update on the Rotary Foundation. The foundation started I n the early 1900s with a single donation of $26.50. It has grown to where the Rotary Foundation has given away over $3 to date. Needham Rotarians are amongst the largest donners in the District, having provided over $324,000 to date. Much to be  proud of.
This week, new Paul Harris fellows were recognized: Bob Cox, Kathy Whitney and Dan Tibma. In addition Karen Wetmore reached the level of Paul Harris +3, meaning she has given a total of $4000 to the Foundation: Fantastic!:
Every year, $150 is given to the Rotary Foundation for each member of the club. Each member donates $100, and the club matches with an additional $50. This year, our club has taken advantage of the funds we donate to:
            -Spearhead installing solar cells in a school in India
            -Pledged giving towards Razia’s Hope school in Afghanistan
            -Pledged giving to a water project in Tanzania with the Neponset Valley Rotary
Of course, Needham Rotary is quite committed to the Rotary Foundation over many  years, and believes in it’s many worldwide projects.
Next meeting: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
Bulletin 5-2-17 Jim Brown 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Apr 28, 2017
Meeting Minutes
Tuesday: April 25, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led by Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Karen Wetmore
Guests: - Jim Metcalf, Bob Dunning (former member), Carol Denman
  • Our District conference is coming up this weekend in Providence.
  • Neponset Valley rotary is hosting a recycling event on April 29;
  • Needham Rotary Arbor Day celebration in the elementary schools May 1-5. To be arranged.
  • Wellesley Rotary is sponsoring a ‘dine around Wellesley’ event at Elm Bank on May 4th.
  • Charles River Center ‘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. See Jim Brown to sign up.
  • 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!!
  • Chuck Buyer has arranged for Needham Rotary members to be on the Schooner Adventure on Sunday June25. Tickets are $50 each. Contact Chuck for details.
HAPPY DOLLARS:  Ken Davis, Louise for our guests; Chuck Buyer and Lois for participating in the NHS Scholarship interviews; Welcome Carols, Bob and Jim; Bob Dunning (former member)-looking forward to the Red Sox-Cubs contest this weekend; Erica $5-for Jacks selecting John Hopkins for college, and, for her kids trip to China; Marty-Happy to be back from great Easter trip and visits to several colleges in the Carolinas; Charles, Doug, Brad   and Jim-HTBH; Bob Cocks for his trip to Hawaii to visit with  his son and family!
50/50 drawing: Dan drew the right ticket, but did not draw the lucky card.  Better luck next week!  $517 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:  Jim Metcalf started this model train, eighty foot run of tracks in the Needham Town woods (off of Robinwood Ave. off High Rock Street, in Needham) some 20 years ago. He built it using battery powered trains, G-scale, and today it is radio controlled. It runs between the sitting area and the waterfall. He has named it ‘Martini Junction’, as he once delivered martinis to his guests, when he first strted it.
Jim has had in excess of 2000 visitors, and it runs on a consistent schedule: when he wants to!
While we have no pictures of him, better yet there are clips of the train on You Tube at:
Directions to the train are: Go to the end of Robinwood Ave. in Needham. Start the trai to the right, and look for the orange bird houses which will lead you there.
It is fun to see how this retired engineer has spent years building up his train set in the woods for all to see!
Next meeting: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
Needham Rotary 4-25-17 Jim Brown 2017-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Apr 21, 2017
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
  • 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:
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
Newsletter 4-18-17 Jim Brown 2017-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Winig on Mar 21, 2017
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.

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…..
Newsletter 3-21-17 Andrew Winig 2017-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Mar 07, 2017
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.
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.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!
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.
Newsletter 3-7-17 a Jim Brown 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roz Fisher on Mar 07, 2017
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
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!
Looking for the Joker. Scott had the lucky number – 287. He did not win the pot.
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.
Newsletter 2-28-17 Roz Fisher 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Whitney on Feb 17, 2017
Sheraton Hotel
Tuesday: February 14, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: God Bless America, led by Bob Cocks
Prayer: led by: Rev. Karen Wetmore
Guests: George Hoffmeister; John Hannigan, MA Archivist; Amanda Glidwell, Briarwood
Congratulations to birthday brothers from another mother: George Hoffmeister and Bob Cocks, born on the exact same day of the same year.
. Ted thanked everyone who attended the wake for his sister and who sent cards.
. Ken Davis spoke on RYLA – we will host 2 students this year hoping more high school students will become future members. RYLA will be held on 3rd weekend in June at  Fitchburg State.
. Next week’s meeting’s speaker will be Asst. Dist. Gov. Satya Mitra. Feb. 28 meeting will be Club Assembly reviewing how/what we are doing.  Are we going forward in the direction members want?
. 2 children from Panama have had their surgery and are out of hospital getting ready to go home.
. Karen Gaffney sent email invited us to meet Rotary International President-Elect, Ian Riseley.  He will be the keynote speaker at dinner from 7-9pm at Sheraton Conference Center, Framingham, cost for dinner $45.
. Next Board of Directors meeting will be on March 1st at 5:00 at Bill Paulson’s office, Keller Williams, 140 Gould St., rear.  All are welcome.
Happy dollars: Many wishes for happy birthday to George and Bob; several condolences to Ted; welcome George and other guests; Scott wished us a happy Valentine’s Day and said he was glad to be the thorn among 5 roses-eat your heart out, George; Andy was happy for skiing; Erica happy for snow day with son at DaVinci exhibit at Museum of Science; Karen and Greg welcomed John from MA Achieves and glad to hear him speak.
50/50 drawing: George Hoffmeister pulled the ticket and Louise had lucky number but no joy this Valentine’s Day. $385 in the pot for next time.
Humor: While reading an article last night about fathers and sons, memories came
flooding back to the time I took me son out for his first pint.
Off we went to our local pub only two blocks from the cottage.
I got him a Guinness.  He didn't like it, so I drank it.
Then I got him a Kilkenny's.  He didn't like that either, so I drank it.
Finally, I thought he might like some Harp Lager.  He didn't. I drank it.
I thought maybe he'd like whiskey better than beer so we tried a Jameson's.
In desperation, I had him try that rare Redbreast , Ireland 's finest.
He wouldn't even smell it.  What could I do but drink it!
By the time I realized he just didn't like to drink, I was so fookin' shit-faced
I could hardly push his stroller back home!
Presidential minute: None this week - Lois on vacation in FL.
Guest speaker:  Karen introduced John Harrington, head of Reference Services at MA Archives on Columbia Point, Dorchester.  They store the public, permanent and non-current documents of state government.  The records go from 1629 to 2016 and include the permanent public records of government.  Genealogists and lawyers are most popular visitors to archives and it holds about 80 million documents.  Many of the records are in their original form, i.e., hand written, some has been put on microfilm and more current records have been digitized.  Archives are open Mon-Fri., 8:30-4:30 to the public.  They have a large amount of documents on the American Revolution and MA colonial history; also large number of Civil War records.  Their documents include original state charter; 1776 copy of Declaration of Independence and one of fourteen original copies of The Bill of Rights.
Next meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton. Our District Assistant District Governor, Sayta Mitra.
Newsletter 2-14-17 Kathy Whitney 2017-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Whitney on Jan 02, 2017
Tuesday: January 3, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: God Bless America; Accompanied by Bob Cocks on the ukulele
Prayer: Led by: Rev. Stuart Tucker, speaker
Guest: Rev. Stuart Tucker, speaker
Congratulations to birthday boys: Chuck Buyer, Glen Davis and Stuart Tucker!
All for me???
. Ted reminded us about our Food Packing project on January 31st at 12:30 at Needham High cafeteria – NO LUNCH/MEETING AT SHERATON – Honor Society students will be joining us.  They were able to raise $3,700 for this project; we will add $1,000, so we will be able to package about 16,000 meals.  Trucks with supplies are due to arrive at 11:30. Ted will need 3-4 able bodied members to help him unload.  We will start packaging at 12:30 and need to be finished and cleaned up by 2:30 when another group will need the room.
. NO MEETING on Jan. 24 because of dinner at RFK Kitchen restaurant that night at 6:30.  Fee will be $35 for Rotarian and $55 for guest – cash bar. Check should be payable to Needham Rotary by next week. Louise will get menu by then. 
. John McQuillan, a long time Rotarian, passed away last week from Parkinson’s disease at 87.  We sent flowers to the wake.
. Ted told us about 2 more children who are coming into Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME for heart surgery.
. There will be a Board of Directors meeting tomorrow night (1/4) at 5:00 at Ryan’s office.  All are welcome.
. The nominating committee will be contacting all members about possibly being on the board.  If you volunteer, the term will be 1 year. Greg asked why we need anyone else since we have Ted.
. Watertown Rotary will join us next week since their meeting location is not available.  We hope to have Jim Boyd as our speaker.
.Kathy W. gave Ted some smoke detectors that came from Needham Community Council.  Ted gave them to Dan for safe keeping.  Needham Fire Department had a meeting at Needham Council at the Heights but didn’t have many in attendance.  They will try again in the future and we will be included.
.Ted read us a delightful Thank You note from a Mitchell Student for all we do as Rotarians in town.
Happy dollars: Ken, Bill, Ryan, Jim and Charles wished us a happy new year and welcomed Louise back; Marty was happy for a great Christmas holiday in the snow in Washington state; Stuart glad he is going to be a grandfather; Bob happy his grandson visited and they could enjoy Needham’s First Night; Chuck wished the Pats good luck; Kath and Libby had a wonderful holiday and Greg is happy to be a Rotarian.
50/50 drawing: Our guest, Stuart Tucker pulled the ticket; Marty had the magic number but no luck. $316 in the pot for next time.
Humor: Louise is back and had a great bit of humor for us from the book “Old Jokes for Old Folks”.
Presidential minute: None today
Guest speaker:  Karen introduced Rev. Stuart Tucker, the retired pastor of Needham’s Carter Memorial Methodist Church.  He spoke to us about Paws to Read where volunteers bring their therapy dogs into libraries to help children read out loud to the dogs. Dogs just make the children feel more comfortable and easy to relate to.  He goes to 3 local libraries, Millis, Norfolk and Franklin.  Each child has a chance to read out loud to the dogs for 15 minutes – the dogs are non-judgmental. 
Next meeting: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
Newsletter 1-3-17 Kathy Whitney 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 29, 2016
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, October 26, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
Ted Shaughnessy presiding for, well, Ted Shaughnessy
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: God Bless America led by Ron
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
Ryan delegated the welcome song to Marty for our guests from BID Needham and Briarwood
  • Next Board of Directors meeting is Nov 2, 5pm at Ryan’s office. All are welcome, but you have to be on the board to vote
  • Monday was World Polio Day. There is a Rotary district in India that is doing a big immunization push. There was a flyer going around at the meeting. Contact Ted if you are interested in travelling to India
  • Ted encouraged us to DONATE NOW to the Polio effort on the Rotary website. It’s never a bad time to donate to the Rotary Foundation
  • Jan 31st will be our food packing project with the high school. We’ll be packing 10,000 meals.
  • Stop by the Webster Street side of Needham High School to admire the 187 plants we planted on the hillside with help from the honors club and the principal of the high school, and the town of Needham. There are some trees that are still to be planted that will happen once the trees go dormant for the winter
  • Ted mentioned that all the cool projects we’re doing this year are thanks to the President’s Circle. It’s not too late to join. Contact Ted for details.
  • Pancake Breakfast is 11/5. SELL TICKETS. Set up is 4pm-6pm on Friday 11/4 and 6am on Sat 11/5. The breakfast itself goes from 7 to 11am
  • Thanks to everyone who put out lawn signs for the pancake breakfast (and thanks to Erica for coordinating it so effectively!). Remember that if you put them out you’ll have to pick them up on Saturday 11/5
  • Dec 13 NO NOON MEETING. We will be partying (I mean having our holiday gathering) at Erica’s house that evening instead.
  • Dec 20 Holiday treat of vocal stylings / sing-along with Bob Cocks and happy dollars to Needham Sheraton Wait Staff
  • Dec 27 NO MEETING
  • Karen let us know that that Gloria at the Needham Historical Society is doing a program on Rotary. If you have any historical Rotary items please get them to Karen
  • Erica gave a plug for the Needham Craft Fair. It’s the major fundraiser for the Needham High School PTC. And one place we heard about this week that is good for last minute gifts
  • Amanda Glidwell, Briarwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation
  • John Fogarty, President and CEO of BID Needham
  • Michael Raciti, Marketing Specialist at BID Needham
Happy $$$: 
Marty for visiting is 103 year old dad, Jim Brown for voting early for himself (write-in!), Kathy Reilly for our guests and the BID Needham Gala, Kathy looking forward to BID Needham gala, Andy for Halloween, Erica for PTC craft fair, Lois for the Autism walk, Bill for fun day with daughter Sarah seeing Hillary Clinton in NH, Paul for election being over in two weeks, Ken for our guests, Libby for our guests, Chuck, Charles, Louise happy to be here
50:50: Marty had 038, which apparently he had offered to Ryan, but Ryan refused, so Marty drew the 8 of clubs, which is not the Joker, so the $173 pot rolls over to next week.
Joke of the day: No joking today.
Presidential Moment: None
Guest Speaker:
John Fogarty talked about the BID Needham community hospital. It has been several decades of transformation (for the good). The idea is to provide access to Boston doctors in a community setting.
They have specialty clinics like hand surgery, the sleep center, and chronic pain management. They also just opened a BreastCare center.
He talked about their culture of safety. He believes that this is more important for his job security than keeping the financials strong.
Their gala is Saturday and is sold out (900 people!). He thanked the Rotarians for all they do for the hospital, and for being on the gala committee.
He also gave a shout out to his gift shop person. He got a last-minute gift for his wife and was the hero!
In 2017 they are going to electronic records and building a new ambulatory building.
The hospital loves community outreach. Any ideas for working together contact Alyssa Kence at 781.453.5460.
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Posted on Jul 11, 2016
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
Past President Jim Brown opened the meeting and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Ron Sockol led us in singing ‘God Bless America’, and Karen delivered the invocation.
  • Thanks went out to Rich Forte for again hosting the Needham Rotary Cookout. Everyone enjoyed the fine food and great hospitality, and, our sting of ‘It never rains on a Needham Rotary Cookout’ continued, but, there was a late sprinkle. Thanks to the Forte’s!!!
  • We had a great review of our 4th of July Float in the 4th of July Parade. Pictures appeared in the Needham Paper and District Newsletter!
  • We now have 4 additional Rotary Clubs signed up for the India Solar project. This includes:
    • Waltham
    • Newton
    • Watertown
    • Framingham
We believe we still need one or two more clubs to sign up so we reach our goal!! Stay tuned….
  • The speaker committee is a little light on future guest speakers. Any thoughts? Let Ken Davis know…
Happy $$$: 
50:50: Next week.
Joke of the day: No joking today.
Presidential Moment: Lois gave us the low down on John Quincy Adams, the Second President of the United States.
Guest Speaker:
Today we welcomed Tamatha Bibbo, Principal of the Pollard Junior High, and John Shea, head of the grade 9-12 Math Department at Needham High School. They are heading up a program which is now in grades 7 and 8 at the Junior High, hopefully it will grow through grade 12 at NHS entitled ‘Launching Scholars’. Here after the 6th grade, the school identifies students who are not doing well in math, and starts them with a 1 week intensive math class during the summer before the next school year. First year (14/15) they identified 28 students and 18 accepted the invitation to be tutored and helped in math. The thought is that raising their proficiency helps in raising that students overall school scores, more than just math.
This program started in Brookline. It is target at children who are METCO students, financially challenged students, and struggling students. The NEF funded this as an experiment 2 years ago, and it appears to be going well.
The students and teachers are all feeling this math proficiency makes a noticeable difference in the students, and they hope (over time) it will grow to service all grades 7-12.
We had a small group of Rotarians, so there was plenty of time to ask questions.
Newsletter 7-12-16 Jim Brown 2016-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown
Formal meetings were not held on either date, rather on June 28 a cookout dinner was heled at the home of Rich and Kathleen Forte.  Rich has perfected   hosting Rotary cookouts,  and this year was a perfect example. Rich had moved sine the last cookout, so, this year was complete with a new swimming pool! How great is that! Andy and Carol Wining’s children both enjoyed frolicking in the pool.
This year, Pres. Rich was able to turn over the celebratory cooking utensils to new President Ted Shaughnessy.
Rich, thanks for a great Rotary Year, and Ted, congratulations on your election and the start of your official Rotary year!!
There were fourteen Rotarians, and lots of spouses and friends at the cookout. Much delicious food  ‘right off the grill’ was consumed, and a fun time as had by all!
Thanks Rich and Kathleen!!
Early on the 4th, Rotarians gathered on Great Plain Avenue, and loaded and decked out the truck from Distinctive Fences of Sharon. When it was time to march, the truck was decked out in grand style, thanks to  Joe Quinnan of Hillcrest Gardens!
 Members worked hard planning and executing this event, and it looked like a million bucks! Thanks to Greg Cronin, Rachel, Bill Paulson, Ken Davis, Karen Wetmore, Mercedes from Family Federal,  and to Greg’s son Garrett, and Chris Matthews for driving. Thanks to all who participated!!!
Next week we resume our normal Tuesday noon meetings: hope to see you there!
Newsletter 6-28 and 7-4-16 Jim Brown 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Andrew Winig on Jun 13, 2016
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
Ted Shaughnessy presiding for Rich Forte
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
6/21: Installation of Officers
6/28: No regular meeting: Evening cookout at Rich Forte’s (note new location in Dover!)
7/5: No meeting
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: America the Beautiful led by Bob Cocks
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
Bob led the Welcome to Needham song for our guests
  • Float for the 4th of July. The committee met after our regular meeting to finalize plans.
  • District grant for the solar panel project in India is moving its way through the grant process
  • The board approved $1,000 donation Neponset Valley water project, $1,000 donation to the YMCA, $3,000 donation to the Needham Scholarship Fund, and $1,000 donation to Gift of Life.
  • Dues for Rotary International are going up this coming year by $1. You’ll see that on your next bill. Ted reminded us that the club adds $50 to each member’s $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation each year.
  • Congrats to our incoming speaker committee: Ken, Kathy, and Karen. If you have ideas for great speakers, please pass them along.
  • Chuck is once again charmingly chairing the social committee. Ideas are always welcome.
  • We passed around get well cards for Kathy Riley and Marty Lindemann. Marty’s card was so well chosen that he showed up to the meeting! I’m not sure whether he signed his own card, but Kathy was able to present it to him at the meeting, though it was already stamped so we didn’t save on the postage. All our best wishes for speedy recoveries.
  • There’s an opportunity through Rotary International to host a scholar from India this coming year. He’ll be at the Harvard Grad School in Architecture. There’s a stipend. This is not specific to our club. If you’re interested let Ted know.
  • Next meeting for board of directors is 7/21 at Ryan’s office on Chestnut Street.
  • Next year’s District Conference will be combined for our four local districts and take place in Rhode Island. The President of Rotary International will be speaking.
  • Next year’s international convention is in Atlanta, and the year after that will be in Toronto.
  • RYLA is 6/24. Thanks to Karen who is volunteering for the weekend. That weekend will also be the installation of our new District Governors.
  • Lois reminded us that it’s flag day. The Continental Army was founded 241 years ago. And 239 years ago our flag became our official flag. God Bless America.
  • James Rosso, founder & CEO, VidiLocal
  • Jon Bzdel, founder & President, VidiLocal
  • Mercedes representing Deb Kazarian from Family Federal Savings
Happy $$$: 
Bob Cocks: 50th college reunion at Bowdoin, Mercedes, Chuck, Marty: HTBH, Lois & Ron for 62nd anniversary, Tom Savino for 30th anniversary, Libby for guests and her birthday (shhhh), Bill for Cirque du Soleil with Ellen, Ken for a great vacation, Andy for his daughter’s 1st grade artists exhibit, Charles for our guests, Paula for her son graduating from Union and starting work at PWC.
50:50: Chuck had number 820 but drew the 10 of diamonds which is not the 2 of hearts, so the $140 pot rolls over to next week.
Good luck next week!
Joke of the day: No joking today. Seriously.
Guest Speaker:
James Rosso and Jon Bzdel told us about VidiLocal. They are a startup out of Babson that puts TV screens in pizza shops and doctors’ offices. The TV’s have content delivered through the cloud including local news, forecasts, sports, and advertising.
They are recruiting hosts and advertisers.
Hosts get the screen installed for no money and can make money from the ads that run on the screen.
Advertisers can get in front of a very targeted audience for a low monthly cost.
More information at
Future Meetings:
Join us Tuesday June 21st Installation of New Officers
Newsletter 6-14-16 Andrew Winig 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Whitney on May 16, 2016
Rotary Club of Needham
Minutes of Meeting Held
Tuesday:  May 17, 2016
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by: Karen Wetmore
Location: Wellesley (Room)
Guests: - Alissa Musto, Music Contest winner; Denise Garlick, State Representative and Amanda Bernard, Chief of Staff
. Ted announced the death of longtime Rotarian, Jack Marr.  Jack died at 95 in Newark, NJ.  Obituary can be seen online in the Boston Globe or Needham Times.  Services will be Friday, 5/20/2016 at 4:30-6:00 at Eaton’s.  Donations may be made to Needham Rotary.
. Reality Fair is next Monday, May 23rd at Needham High School from 8:30-12:00.  Please let Rich know when you can help.
. Alissa Musto, the Open Category winner of our Music Awards contest joined us to receive her plaque and check.  She entertained us with a couple of tunes which she will perform at the Miss Massachusetts pageant.  She will be participating as Miss Cambridge. She has graduated from Harvard and is planning to attend law school.
. We were well represented at Needham Plugged In last Friday by Bob Cocks and Andy Wining.  They were the only acoustic guitar group of the evening.  Thank you both for doing such a great job.  Be sure to come next Tuesday and hear them repeat their performance.
. We will have a float again this year in the 4th of July parade.  The truck is available.  Charles Haberl will bring some visitors from Russia to join us. 
. There will be a Leadership meeting in Peabody.
. Kathy is working on sponsoring an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the NBA Street Fair on Saturday, June 4th.  If anyone has time to help from 8:00-3:00 on that day it would be greatly appreciated.
. Rich presented the check to the Subway Dwarfs last week.
. Our grant with India had a complication around sending the funds to India.  We now have the necessary documentation.  India only does Global grants.  Jim has already arranged for $500 from Waltham.  We are also going to be involved with the Neponset Valley-Engineers Without Boarders water project.  Ted also apologized for his exuberance last week.  We are lucky to have such an enthusiastic incoming leader.
. The next Board meeting will be June 9th at Ryan’s office, 105 Chestnut St., Needham.
. Lois’ picture of our Arbor Day project got into the Hometown Weekly.  Thank you, Lois, for following up on this.
. Ted reminded us that the Central Ave. bridge is being repaired and will be one way from 5/9-6/14; from 6/15 the bridge will be shut down.
.  The District Conference is this weekend.  Ted will bring our “Safety” basket silent auction donation down on Friday.  Thank you Kathy for putting this together.  There is still room if anyone else able to join us though the Hotel 1610 is fully booked there are several other hotels close by.
. Amadu has gone home.  Her surgery has been re-scheduled for tomorrow in the morning.  She will then be in the hospital for 2 weeks.  Marty asked for pictures which Ted will try to get from her mother.
. RYLA is being held from 6/24-26 at Fitchburg State.  They need volunteers during the weekend. Sunday at 3:00 the new District Governor will be installed.
. Wellesley Rotary requested at their Pancake Breakfast this Saturday.  Contact Ted is you are able to help.
Rotary moment: Marty read from this month’s “Rotarian” about an interview of 1 of 3 millennials.  He felt that Rotary has everything millennials want and they get to associate with people with more life experiences.  Millennials are curious and Rotarians have a lot to tell. 
Happy dollars: Ken was happy to see Denise and Amanda; Louise thought Bob and Andy were great at the Plugged In event; Kathy thanked Denise for being a great MC at the music event; several were happy to be here; Bill was happy for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital gala; Chuck was happy that his daughter; Michelle is now employed as a 3rd grade teacher in New Caanan, CT; many were happy for guests, music and Plugged In; Jim donated In Memory of Jack Marr and Denise donated to the competition – she belongs to the Needham  Exchange Club.
50/50 drawing: None today
Humor: Louise had fast humor about the office “walk in” – he has about 6” and quacked.  If you are curious he can be found on Facebook.  The office had a lot of fun for 2 hours while waiting for a contractor to collect him to bring him to the pond in the yard.
Guest speaker: Ted introduced our Denise Garlick, our State Representative.  She thanked Karen for the blessing which really touched her heart; thought Bob and Andy did a great job at Plugged In and congratulated Ron on receiving the Melick Award.  She is also inspired by Louise and her Valentine’s Day party going into its 29th year – talk about commitment.  Denise is in her 5th year of teaching at Pollard School - she goes 20 times a year to the different classes to teach a class on How a Bill Becomes Law.  She will also be speaking to AP history classes.  She also congratulated everyone in Rotary for their work.
Denise is the Chair of the Committee of Elder Affairs.  In 20 years a majority of MA residents will be 60 or over due to reverse migration.  The baby who will live to 150n has already been born.  Of the $3.5billion spent on elder services most of it going to the poorest and most ill.  She is very proud that the amount going to each elder her been increased from $9.00 to $10.00.  Needham is doing a survey for Seniors and transportation.  We need a social movement around aging – we are getting older in a different way than our parents.  She also commented that changes start with the individual leader.  They can all be reached on line and through our vote. 
Next meeting: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
Newsletter 5-17-16 Kathy Whitney 2016-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2016
**Rotary Club of Needham**
Tuesday:  February 16, 2016
Location:  Needham Sheraton
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte, President.
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Karen Wetmore
  • Our District’s District Conference is being held in Plymouth, May 20-22.  The club is going to reserve a table or two for the Saturday night dinner, May 21. Save the date: details to follow. The club will pay half of the cost for any member attending.
  • Eagle Scout awards will be presented by Dan Tibma on March 6 at Needham VFW at 4:30.
  • Erica is the leader of the Rotary team of 3 for the Needham Community Council fashion show being held on Sunday, April 10th at Powers Hall in the Needham Town Hall from 4-5:30.  She is looking for 2 others to join her in modeling clothes from the Community Council at the event.
  • Rich  is looking for one more team member for the NEF Spelling Bee,  Sunday March 13th.
  • Let Rich know if you have any speakers for future meetings.
  • Jim Brown outlined 4 potential local Needham Community Service projects. Details to follow.
  • Rich is looking for volunteers to help William James College ‘Women’s Vets Affairs’ on Saturday March 26th.
Guests: Bryan Hannifin, Marketing Manager for Family Federal Savings.

Happy Dollars: Karen Wetmore for her impending trip to Florida for 2 weeks! Chuck Buyer for a gold weekend in Florida; Scotti was happy for a few warm days after the severe cold snap; Ted happy for the warm weather; Deb Kazarian for being able to bring Bryan with her to Rotary; Libby for a good Doctor’s check up for her daughter; George fo seeing Bryan as well; Bob Cocks for the weather; Marty $5 for his #1 son who is going to Peru on a community service project, and for #2 son who is going to Philadelphia for his community service project, and for Marty and Kathy’s get away for an overnight in Boston, while the kids are away! Ryan, Jim and Kathy: HTBH!!

50:50:  Chuck drew the 3 of diamonds in the 50/50. Not a winner. Pot stands at $695 with 16 cards remaining.
Presidential Moment: Although Lois is in Florida, it seemed only right that we continue with the Presidential moment, as President’[s day was yesterday. The question was: What President served two non-contiguous terms as President?
Answer: Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He was the winner of the popular vote for president three times – in 1884, 1888, and 1892 – and was one of the two Democrats (with Woodrow Wilson) to serve as president during the era of Republican political domination dating from 1861 to 1933. He is the only President in American history to serve non-consecutive terms in office and the only President to win the popular vote more times was Franklin Roosevelt.
Guest Speaker: In lieu of a guest speaker, this meeting was a ‘Club Assembly, and a number of issues were discussed.:
  1. A Club member has volunteered to be President for 2016-2017, on the condition that someone else must step up now for the 17/18 year as President, before this person will accept the role for 16/17. Who wants to be President a year out?
  2. Unfortunately, Rev. Darrell Minnich has resigned, dur to increasing work load and an expansion of his territory. Darrell has been a good hardworking member for  a ot of years. He will be sorely missed! Dan Tibma has agreed to be in charge of the Thanksgiving Dinner: thanks Dan!
  3. Two visiting Rotarians from India, have visited our club over the past several years, as they visit their daughter in Needham. They have requested financial assistance for a club project in their home town back in India, and our club seems poised to accept the invitation. This project will aid an elementary school in India with things like power, water, toilets, computers for this school. The hope is we can intrest other clubs in this project, and make it  a major fundraiser.
Humor:  No takers
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3rd Annual Rotary Music Awards - Jan 30th

The Rotary Club of Needham's Rotary Music Awards will be held on January 30th at Powers Hall (2nd floor of Needham's beautifully restored town hall).  Like last year, we will have a wonderful variety of quality musical performances and a great crowd.
Buy your tickets today at
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Posted by Roz Fisher on Jan 11, 2016
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday: January 12, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Rich Forte
Song: America the Beautiful
Led By: Bob Cov
Invocation: Darrell Minnich
  • Music Awards are on 1/31. Tickets can be purchased on line. See Paula if you would like to place an ad in the program book.
  • Speakers are needed for upcoming meetings. Please let us know if you have a speaker you are interested in hearing.
  • Two international Rotary groups are interested in partnering with us on a service project.   The projects are a youth leadership program and a early education program. See Rich if you have an interest.
  • No news on the search for a new President
Don Martini, Past President of Lexington Rotary
Deb Kazarian and Mercedes
Happy $$$: 
Ryan’s daughter is having her 7th Birthday!!
Libby is going to be a grandmother!
Louise’s Realty Guild was rescheduled so she can be with us today
Scott is happy that he did not win the Lottery
Chuck wishes the Patriots good luck
50:50: Looking for the 10 of Spades
The pot is $622
Marty’s number was picked but he did not win the jackpot. Stay tuned for next week.
Guest Speaker: Greg Reibman from the Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce. Greg came to provide us with an update of what the Chamber has been doing of late. Of note is the fact that the  Chamber is the fastest growing chamber in the state! The Chambers’ program is focused on Networking, Education and Outreach. Current projects are growing the N Square corridor, advocating for housing for employees of the N Square corridor and working on transportation challenges.
The Chamber is doing a lot of exciting activities. See. Their web site for complete details:  www.newton/
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Posted on Dec 14, 2015
Rotary of Needham
Tuesday:  December 15, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Guests: - Michelle Buyer, Bill Domings, Debbie
. Our holiday Yankee Swap Christmas party was held at the Bond’s home last Thursday. All reports say it was terrific! Someone received a ‘thigh master’ as a gift, but did not want to demonstrate it at Rotary! Thanks again to Erica and her family who hosted a terrific party with wonderful food, fun and frivolity!!
. Bill gave us an update on the Music Award event on Jan. 13, 2016.  He has several great musicians lined up but still has 2 open spots.  Greg and Rachel have many interested sponsors including: Needham Bank, AdVantage, and Capron Lighting to name a very few.  Our music charity will be helping Needham high school students with their trip to Italy.  Bill challenged Rick Davis’ comment about how bad we are at selling tickets.  Are we up to the challenge to sell the most tickets ever???  Bill also thanked Greg and Rachel for coming up with the fund raising concept.
. Rich distributed a request to members to locate past scholarship members.  He plans on asking them to try to locate 3-4 names from a list of about 100.
. Jim Brown reported that the Club raised $740 this year for the Salvation Army, and, that brings our total to some $7000 since we started this event. Thanks to:
Kathy Whitney
Marty Lindemann
Chuck Buyer
Charles and his 2 daughters and a friend who actually sang Christmas Carols!
Erica Bond
Ted Shaughnessy
Holly Brown
Lyn Brown
For all of their selfless work for staffing the bells!!!
. It was noted that Murry Liverman, a Brookline Rotarian, and former advisor to our club, passed away last week. Murry was a true Rotarian, and friend to all, and he will be missed.
Happy dollars: Many members thanked Erica and Frank Bond for their wonderful hospitality in hosting this years Holiday Extravaganza! Roz and Debbie, HTBH; Chuck for having his daughter with him for lunch; Bill Paulson for the Patriots win; Libby, Louise, Happy Holidays to all! Rick Davis for our guests; Glen-thanks to Bill domings for being here; Darell $2 for the upcoming Patriots game; Andy Wining hoping for the winning 50/50 ticket. Louise thanking the club for its donation for the Blue Tree.
50/50 drawing: $564 in pot; Lois had the right ticket but luck was not with her this week. The pot continues to grow!
Humor:  Marty (our self appointed censor) delivered a joke whish is ‘..not suitable for sharing”!
Guest Speaker:  Well, this week was a ‘family 2 pack’:
Rich Davis just updated us on the Scholarship Committee, that they must decide soon as to the number of scholarship recipients and the dollar amount. We know the trustees will be wise in their choice.
Glen Davis gave us a recap on our ‘Visioning’ night earlier this year. A lot of time was spent by the club on that night determining what our clubs priorities should be. Now comes the time to implement these decisions. For instance, the majority of people thought our club should grow to 60 members over the next 3 years. The easiest way to do this os for every member to ‘clone’ themselves, and bring in a new Rotarian. East to say…
The club also wants to be known as ‘exemplary’ in its Community Service projects, and wants to continue in its support of gift of Life.
More details will be forthcoming as plans are developed by the steering committee.
Next meeting: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton. But, there will be no meeting on 12-29.
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Posted on Nov 16, 2015
**Rotary Club of Needham**
Tuesday: November 17, 2015
Location: Needham Sheraton
Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Rich Forte
Song: God Bless America
Led By: Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Whetmore
  • The Football Banquet with Wellesley is Nov. 24. Sign up ASAP
  • Letters from 3rd Grade students thanking us for the Dictionaries were placed on each table. Very nice, very cute.
  • Reminder, football dinner at Wellesley Community Center next week: no Tuesday luncheon!!
  • PDG Carl Kaliszefki, our guest speaker
Happy $$$:
Bill-Fun Pats win!
Karen – Great to be part of the meal packaging event this past weekend which packaged over 48,000 meals!
Ken-Great to see Carl!
Rick Davis-HTBH
Darrell-Happy to be back home after spending time with son and family in Thailand
Ryan-Great Pat’s win!
Jim-HTBH and to see Carl
Tom-Happy Thanksgiving!
50:50: Looking for Ten of Spades: Number:606. Ryan had the right number, but drew the wrong card. $501 in the pot!!
Rotary Minute: Paula Kahr educated us on Rotary..
Guest Speaker: Past District Governor Carl was DG in the 2004/2005 year. He came to inform us about the wonderful projects of The Rotary Foundation.
The RFs biggest project has been ‘Polio Plus’ which started in 1986. Initially is was designed to raise $120 million to eradicate Polio and 5 other childhood diseases. As of this date, it has been successful in all but 2 countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they are down to only a total of 51 cases. It is required that they reach zero cases for 3 years to be certified ‘polio free’, and that is what they are aiming for. We can’t stop now!
While the RI Foundation has been subject to the loss of investment funds in the 2008 market decline, RF is still going forward financially with this project, and more!
Rotary has been given a 96.31 ranking from, showing how effective a dollar spent with the RF is versus others. Good work; good people: we should be proud to be affiliated with their great work!!!
Get the latest info on the Rotary Foundation at
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Posted on Nov 16, 2015
**Rotary Club of Needham**
Tuesday: November 17, 2015
Location: Needham Sheraton
Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Rich Forte
Song: God Bless America
Led By: Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Whetmore
  • The Football Banquet with Wellesley is Nov. 24. Sign up ASAP
  • Letters from 3rd Grade students thanking us for the Dictionaries were placed on each table. Very nice, very cute.
  • Reminder, football dinner at Wellesley Community Center next week: no Tuesday luncheon!!
  • PDG Carl Kaliszefki, our guest speaker
Happy $$$:
Bill-Fun Pats win!
Karen – Great to be part of the meal packaging event this past weekend which packaged over 48,000 meals!
Ken-Great to see Carl!
Rick Davis-HTBH
Darrell-Happy to be back home after spending time with son and family in Thailand
Ryan-Great Pat’s win!
Jim-HTBH and to see Carl
Tom-Happy Thanksgiving!
50:50: Looking for Ten of Spades: Number:606. Ryan had the right number, but drew the wrong card. $501 in the pot!!
Rotary Minute: Paula Kahr educated us on Rotary.
Guest Speaker: Past District Governor Carl was DG in the 2004/2005 year. He came to inform us about the wonderful projects of The Rotary Foundation.
The RFs biggest project has been ‘Polio Plus’ which started in 1986. Initially is was designed to raise $120 million to eradicate Polio and 5 other childhood diseases. As of this date, it has been successful in all but 2 countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan, where they are down to only a total of 51 cases. It is required that they reach zero cases for 3 years to be certified ‘polio free’, and that is what they are aiming for. We can’t stop now!
While the RI Foundation has been subject to the loss of investment funds in the 2008 market decline, RF is still going forward financially with this project, and more!
Rotary has been given a 96.31 ranking from, showing how effective a dollar spent with the RF is versus others. Good work; good people: we should be proud to be affiliated with their great work!!!
Get the latest info on the Rotary Foundation at
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Posted by Roz Fisher on Nov 02, 2015
**Rotary Club of Needham**
Tuesday: November 2, 2015
Location: Needham Sheraton
Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Rich Forte
Song: God Bless America
Led By: Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
  • The Football Banquet with Wellesley is Nov. 24. Sign up ASAP
  • Pancake Breakfast is Nov 7. Volunteers are needed. Please let your friends know
  •  Volunteers are needed for the End Hunger program on Saturday, 11/14 at the Solomon Pond Mall.
  • Rich attended the Rotary Leadership Institute. The next one is on March 26 in Lincoln, RI if you would like to attend
  • William James College is having a breakfast on 11/17 to talk about their veteran training program. Rotary may be giving a grant for this program.
  • Steve Gillman from Weymouth Rotary
  • Karen Gaffney – District Governor Elect
  • Sharon Gillman – Family Care Coordinator /DARE Inc.
Happy $$$:
Kathy – Glad my husband made it to Miami with the boat
Louise – The BID Gala is sold out
Karen – Darrell’s backpack grant has been approved
Glen – Happy birthday to my parents
Jim – Great visioning event
Charles – Looking forward to the Pancake Breakfast
Greg – Hello from Deb Donovan to her favorite Rotary Club
50:50: Looking for Ten of Spades: Number:457  Person: Steve Gilman. The pot is over $400!
Rotary Minute Rich gave a brief history of how the Rotary Foundation began.
Guest Speaker: Sharon Gilman of DARE Family Services. DARE is the oldest foster care agency in the state. DARE recruits, trains and supervises foster parents to care for children who need a higher level of care – medical, emotional, sibling groups. DARE needs more foster parents. The organization is also looking for donations of suitcases, scrapbooking materials and CO2 detectors.
More details about the good work they do:
Submitted by Rosalind Fisher
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Posted by Roz Fisher on Nov 02, 2015
**Rotary Club of Needham**
Tuesday: November 3, 2015
Location: Needham Sheraton
Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Rich Forte
Song: God Bless America
Led By: Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
  • The Football Banquet with Wellesley is Nov. 24. Sign up ASAP
  • Pancake Breakfast is Nov 7. Volunteers are needed. Please let your friends know
  •  Volunteers are needed for the End Hunger program on Saturday, 11/14 at the Solomon Pond Mall.
  • Rich attended the Rotary Leadership Institute. The next one is on March 26 in Lincoln, RI if you would like to attend
  • William James College is having a breakfast on 11/17 to talk about their veteran training program. Rotary may be giving a grant for this program.
  • Steve Gillman from Weymouth Rotary
  • Karen Gaffney – District Governor Elect
  • Sharon Gillman – Family Care Coordinator /DARE Inc.
Happy $$$:
Kathy – Glad my husband made it to Miami with the boat
Louise – The BID Gala is sold out
Karen – Darrell’s backpack grant has been approved
Glen – Happy birthday to my parents
Jim – Great visioning event
Charles – Looking forward to the Pancake Breakfast
Greg – Hello from Deb Donovan to her favorite Rotary Club
50:50: Looking for Ten of Spades: Number: 457  Person: Steve Gilman. The pot is over $400!
Rotary Minute Rich gave a brief history of how the Rotary Foundation began.
Guest Speaker: Sharon Gilman of DARE Family Services. DARE is the oldest foster care agency in the state. DARE recruits, trains and supervises foster parents to care for children who need a higher level of care – medical, emotional, sibling groups. DARE needs more foster parents. The organization is also looking for donations of suitcases, scrapbooking materials and CO2 detectors.
More details about the good work they do:
Submitted by Rosalind Fisher
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Come at 5pm at the Sheraton even if you never turned in the meeting questionaire or even if you doubt you have "vision."
In Other News . . . 
• The pancake breakfast is on Sat, November 7th from 7-noon at the Needham High School cafeteria.  Now is the time for every Needham Rotarian to sell the 20 tickets they were given, or else buy the tickets as a donation and give them away to clients and friends.   Ryan Damaso has yard signs at his office at 105 Chestnut Street that need to get out asap!  Every member should plan on being present on the 7th to help!    This is our major fund raiser for the year!
• Support Our Returning Troops 
Our meeting on October 20th gave us an opportunity to hear about the special counseling
and mental health needs of our returning troops and their families.

Dr. Bob Dingman, Travis Bickford & Molly Brown joined us from William James College in Newton.   The college is a specialty graduate school in which 700 students are pursuing graduate degrees in psychology, counseling and mental health professions.
It turns out that most returning veterans who are seeking help for their problems with PTSD and reentry into our civilian society want to be counseled by other vets!  They want a mental health professional who actually has lived the life they have lived and seen the combat they have seen.
Travis Bickford is from a family which for five generations has sent its men into military service and he served in Iraq in the Army.  He is one of the leaders at William James who is training psychology professionals for this new program.  He apprised us of some of the unique problems that returning veterans and their families face as a result of repeated deployments into combat zones.  Travis lost four friends in battle and one later to suicide.
Unfortunately, in some cities, a vet contemplating suicide may wait up to 45 minutes before talking to a suicide prevention counselor at the Veteran's Administration.   William James wants to provide those counseling professionals who have shared the experiences of vets and who are AVAILABLE when needed by vets.
• Volunteering for Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner?
If you plan on volunteering, you need to call Community Council in Needham immediately.   This year Rotary is co-sponsoring the dinner with the Masons, and in order to volunteer, you need to sign up at the Community Council.  Needham Rotary helps prepare and deliver up to 250 meals and a whole lot of companionship to those in need in our town.
• Some Happiness Notes
Chuck was proud of his grandson Ben for being a National Merit Scholarship candidate; Louise found a penny on the ground face up and was sure the big pot was hers today (wrong!); Darrell is on his way to Cambodia for two weeks to visit family; Kathy hoped her husband would make it to Ft. Lauderdale with a 55 foot powerboat he was delivering; Tom was delighted to share that his son was playing "The Rite of Spring" at Symphony Hall; Ted shared the successful return of Habi and Amado after Gift of Life heart surgery to their home in Ghana; Karen successfully used the "elevator speech" taught by Andy Winig last week; and Marty congratulated all our members who helped with the delivery of dictionaries, the reality fair and the Needham harvest fair! 
• Next Week at Lunch at Needham Rotary
DARE Family Services:   Preventing Family Tragedies in our Communities
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Posted on Oct 19, 2015
Tuesday October 27, 2015
--Special Visioning Meeting at The Needham Sheraton--
Our club had it’s much anticipated ‘Visioning’ meeting on Tuesday night. All customary formalities were put aside, and the District leaders of the ‘Visioning’ exercise took us forward to the month of October in 2018 and said “The President of RI is personally inviting our club to submit our Club for prospective receipt of the ‘Distinguished Club Medallion”. Only 3 such medallions will be awarded worldwide.
Now, tell us why our club should be considered for this exceptional award.
So, in the year 2018, Look back at the last 3 years and tell us the goals that your club strived for and achieved based on the following questions:
  1. Because of the Vision we pursued, our club should be a successful recipient. Our primary goals were:
  2. Because of the size of the club in 2018 (list a target size, given we have 34 members today), and, what are the attributes of the club members now.
  3. Because of the way we now administer the club. What goals did we pursue to achieve?
  4. In Vocational Service, what were the goals we worked to.
  5. In Community Service, what w re the goals which we strived to attain.
  6. In New Generation, we sought the following goals.
  7. In International Service, we chose to pursue the following goals.
  8. Name the 3 fund raising projects and the resulting revenue we targeted.
  9. What were our goals for the Rotary Foundation.
  10. We chose to increase our public image and awareness how.
  11. We increased our leadership development of present and future members and officers how.
For each question and answer, the leaders wrote on a 2’ x 3’ sticky sheet of paper, each answer given by any member of our club. At the end, there were 32 sheets of ‘answers’, which were then pasted on the wall. There must have been 150 to 200 answers on all the sheets. Everyone present was heard, and every answer listed.
The club members then went around putting sticky dots on the goals that each person liked the most. This had the effect of narrowing down the relevant from 15 possible to probably 30 ‘most lliked’ answers.
This was the easy part. Now our club must further review and rank the answers, then implement them, as we see fit.
This was a wonderful exercise to quickly distill what our club wants to do. Some answers were really simple to implement, others will take years.
Rajesh has agreed to transcribe the results of this survey, and to have them for the next Board Meeting on Tuesday November 10. In addition to going to the Board, they will be printed and handed out to all members.
Next, our Needham Visioning team (Consisting of Charles Nelson, Andy Winig, Ryan Damaso, Lois Sockol, Jim Brown) will assist in implementing them, and Glen Davis has volunteered to be the ‘Implementation Czar’).
We are all grateful to the District provided team of facilitators, as they worked very hard with us. They were:
                Lynn Faust
                Ed King    
                Laura Spear
                Kathy Wilfert
(All Pictured Below)
It was a very productive and insightful meeting. We all look forward to implementing the changes the membership wants. Stay tuned……
Special Notes About Needham Rotary's 'Visioning' Meeting Jim 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roz Fisher on Oct 12, 2015
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday: October 13, 2015
Location: Needham Sheraton
Pledge of Allegiance: Led by Rich Forte
Song: God Bless America, led by Bob Cox
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
  • Please complete the visioning survey sent via e mail. If you need a copy of the survey link. Send an email to Rich. We need as big a participation as possible! Put your two cents in, and sign up!
  • Pancake Breakfast is Nov 7. Tickets will be distributed next week 
  •  Contact Deb Kazarian if your organization would like to purchase an ad on the placemat
  • We are partnering with 3 organizations that we support. For every ticket that the organization sells for $5, the organization will receive $4.   
  •  The Music Festival is coming up in January  
  • Rich and Marty are attending a Rotary Membership Forum to be held this week.
  • Seems like we went out with two 'Amber Alerts' to obtain a suitcase and cell phone for Havi Barr, and we succeeded!  
    • Chuck Buyer provided a suitcase!
    • Doug George donated a cell phone!
    • Truly, this is rotary in action!! Thank  you all!!!
  • Havi Barr and her son, Amadu are here from Ghana through the Gift of Life program. The family came to Ghana from Gambia in order to get medical help for Amadu. Amadu just underwent life saving cardiac surgery at MGH. There were many roadblocks for the family to get visas into the US. Ted was finally able to get the visas with the help of Senator McGovern’s office. Havi and Amadu have been staying with Ted and his wife, Marilyn.                                                              
  • Ted’s wife, Marilyn and her friend, Nancy Cunningham
Happy $$$:  George H is happy that his house is sold and he is moving into a condo.
-Bob Cox is celebrating his 43rd wedding anniversary
-Andy W is happy to have participated in the dictionary project
-Kathy W had a great weekend with the Bandy Hefler visitors
-Libby was happy to meet Amadu and his mom
-Roz gave a happy $ for Ted and Marilyn
50:50: Looking for Ace of Spades: Number:499  Person: Charles Nelson. $397 in the pot!
Joke of the day: George H told a (true) story about Ron Sockol putting a stuffed owl in the rafters of his house when he did renovations for George many years ago. George rediscovered the owl a few days ago during a house inspection – he had completely forgotten about Ron’s practical joke. George will leave the owl for the new owner of his home. The owl looks real and is sure to surprise the next owner!
Guest Speaker: Andy Winnik presented “Who are you? What do you do?”
The key to successful networking is starting a conversation. A good trick is to respond “Awesome” when you are asked how you are. A conversation is the start of building a relationship. Be specific and wrap a success story into your elevator pitch.
Andy did a terrific job in his presentation, and was offering his book at a discounted price of $20, of which $2 is being given back to Rotary. Thanks Andy!
Andy maintains 4 web sites, which provides tons more info on his work:
Future Meetings: Next week tickets will be distributed for the Pancake Breakfast! Be there.
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Posted by Kathy Whitney on Oct 05, 2015
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  October 6, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Karen Wetmore
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Guests: - Patrick and Felicity Fairbrother, Bandy Hefler Rotarians from England
. Rich thanked everyone for their help at the NBA Harvest Fair on Saturday.  We sold 20 tickets to our Pancake Breakfast and many signed up for our drawing.  Alan Hammond was winner of basket.  Thanks to Libby for making the basket!
. Rich also told us that over 400 students attended the High School Reality Fair.  Our guests from the UK helped man tables which included a Rotary information table this year.
. Our Visionary meeting will be October 27th at 5:00pm at the Sheraton – no lunch meeting that day.  We will need 20-25 attendees.
. We need ads for the placemats as well as help putting up posters around town.
. We are targeting January 30, 2016 for the Music festival in Powers Hall of the Needham Town Hall from 6:00-9:00pm.  Let Greg or Bill know if you can help.
. There was a thank you in the St. Joseph’s Church bulletin for the Dictionaries and they mentioned our Pancake Breakfast.
. 2 Rotary dinners coming up – Oct. 14, 6:00pm in Boxboro, cost $25; Oct. 30 from 7:30-3:30.
. Deb Kazarian has been doing a great job selling tickets and ads for the Pancake Breakfast.
.Ted updated us on 2 Gift of Life recipients.  Both were able to get necessary VISA’s and their surgeries have been scheduled.
. Louise told us that Briarwood was the winner of the NBA Souper Bowl contest and that BID Needham is having their annual gala on Nov. 7th at the Marriott in Boston.  She is selling raffle tickets.  You can contact her at the office if interested - $10 for 1 and $25 for 3.
. There will be a meeting Wednesday at 7:30am at Darrell’s for the Thanksgiving dinner with Community Council.
Happy dollars: Ted was happy for successful open heart surgery for Amadu Danso from Ghana; many were happy for our British guests, Reality Fair and Harvest Fair; Tom was happy for a good day at the Southwick Zoo; Roz thought the Souper Bowl last Saturday was fun; Libby was happy for her diet; Bill was happy for kick off of music awards; Louise happy for sunshine; Scott happy for his uncle who passed away last weekend.
50/50 drawing: $382 in pot; Felicity Fairbrother had number but no luck pulling right card.
Humor:  None today
Presidential minute: None today
5 minute Rotarian: None today
Guest Speaker:  Nate Kursite from Mass DOT Needham-Wellesley I-95 Add a Lane Project was speaker today.  Barletta Heavy Division won project for Bridge 6 contract; they are currently working on stage 1 of 5; Kendrick St. is impacted by bicyclists; there will be a new bridge at Highland Ave.  They goal of this segment of the project is to insure safety and functionality of I-95 and restore breakdown lanes in the area.  We were able to sign up for weekly “ look ahead” of project with a shutdown of Kendrick St. scheduled for the end of Oct.-early Nov.
We can contact they at: Nathaniel Curtis, 617-482-7080 x236;
Next meeting: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
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Posted by Jim Brown on Sep 28, 2015
Needham Rotary Newsletter
Tuesday September 29, 2015
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the Pledge of Allegiance, Bob Cocks and Ron Sockol led us in  God Bless America, and Rev. Darrell offered a prayer.
GUESTS: Our guests today were Jim Brown’s wife Susana, a Boston Rotarian, and our guest speaker, Ms. Steffi Karp. Plus, Anthony Guardia from BID Hospital in Needham: we wer trying to figure out if this is his last meeting as a member, or, if he is a guest. Either way, he is always welcome!
DICTIONARY UPDATE: Three schools were presented with dictionaries last week: St. Joseph’s (First time a private school in Needham has been included), Mitchell and Broadmeadow elementary schools.
ILf you have any pictures of these book givings, send them to Jim Brown who will assemble a photo album on our web site of this years dictionary giving.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Louise spoke the fund raiser for VNA which was held at the Needham Golf Club. It was a success, and as usual, Louise was the key!
-Rich talked about the coming Harvest Fair at the Town Hall on Saturday. He passed around sign up sheets.
-Rich updated us on the Reality Fair on Monday  October 5 at Needham High School.
-Rich also reminded us regarding the visioning meeting we will have on Tuesday October 27.  in the evening in lieu of a luncheon meeting at he Sheraton. Get it on your calendar!!
-On 9/29 our guests will arrive from England per Karen and will attend the Reality Fair.
-Pancake Breakfast will be on 11/7 with shortened hours.
-District Meetings will be:
-10/14  Membership Forum at the Holiday Inn Boxboro
-10/31  A leadership meeting also at the same Holiday Inn
-11/14  There will be a giving Gala.
-Darrell announced an early October Thanksgiving committee meeting – date later at his church
While there was much to be happy for, the envelopes went missing.
50/50:  For the second week in a row,  Chuck bought the lucky ticket but couldn’t pick the ten of spades. $369 in the pot.
Presidential Moment: Lois about the President who was born on 10-1-24. His Presidency was known for ‘Three Mile Island’ and for the Iranian hostage crisis. Yes, the ‘Peanut Farmer’  and Sunday School teacher, Jimmy Carter.
GUEST SPEAKER:  Our speaker, Stefi Aronson Karp, gave us the history of LimmudBoston started. The first Limmud was organized in England in 1980. It is an all-day event which is ‘A Jewish Learningfest of Culture and Identity’.  This event to be held on Sunday December 6 had 800 participants last year, and had 85 different class offerings.
Steffi attended her first Limmud in Atlanta, and decided she wanted to organize one in Boston, and has. It focues on Jewish culture and knowledge.
This is an event for folks of all ages, and will be at Temple Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill. See for more details.
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Posted by Douglas George on Sep 21, 2015
Needham Rotary Newsletter
Tuesday September 22, 2015
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the Pledge of Allegiance, George Hoffmeister  led us in America the Beautiful, and Rev. Darrell offered  a prayer.
GUESTS: Our guests today were our speaker, Ms. Janet Britcher, her assistant, Marcia Kimm and Mercedes Long.
DICTIONARIES:  Before the meeting we married the dictionaries with the appropriate student labels and assembled the books by teacher and school.  Bill gave us an update on their distribution and presentation to the students in the third grade around town.  For the first time we are also including St. Joseph’s school.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Louise spoke regarding the Harvest Fair,  October 3, at the Town Hall.
-Rich updated us on the Reality Fair on Monday  October 5 at Needham High School.
-Rich also reminded us regarding the visioning meeting we will have on Tuesday October 27.  in the evening in lieu of a luncheon meeting at he Sheraton. Get it on your calendar!!
-On 9/29 our guests will arrive from England per Karen and will attend the Reality Fair.
-Pancake Breakfast will be on 11/7 with shortened hours.
-District Meetings will be:
-10/14  Membership Forum at the Holiday Inn Boxboro
-10/31  A leadership meeting also at the same Holiday Inn
-11/14  There will be a giving Gala.
-Darrell announced an early October Thanksgiving committee meeting – date later at his church
Darrell:  Kudos to Bill Paulson and Go Pats,Doug:  The pope’s visit, Bill Paulson:  Thanks for the help with the dictionaries, Louise:  Dana Farber Cancer walk in which her granddaughter, a cancer survivor participated, Scott Mc.:  Glad to be back in Needham and his son moved back here also 2 houses away,
Deb and Mercedes:  Happy to help out with the Dictionaries, Ken Davis:  Happy New Year, help with the dictionaries and for the speakers, George H.:  Looking for a refund of last week’s HD’s as his house is back on the market, Chuck Buyer and Jim Brown:  HTBH, Paula:  Welcome to our guests, Tom: Happy for a great beginning of Fall after a nice summer.
50/50:   Chuck bought the lucky ticket but couldn’t pick the ten of spades. $351 in the pot.
The Lawyer
The crime boss and his attorney meet with his accountant.
"Where's the $3 million you embezzled from me?"
demands the gangster.

The accountant is silent.

"Where's my $3 million?" the crime boss shouts.

The lawyer explains, "Sir, the man is deaf. Allow me to translate."
So using sign language, the attorney asks the accountant
about the money, and the message is relayed back
that the accountant knows nothing about it.

Furious, the crime boss pulls out a revolver and puts it to
the deaf accountant's head, screaming at the lawyer,
"Ask him again where my money is!"

"Okay! Okay!" the deaf accountant signs back.
"The money's hidden behind the old toolshed in my back yard."

"What did he say?" demands the enraged crime boss.

The attorney replies, "He says you don't have the guts to
pull the trigger."
Doug dedicated this to Anthony Guardia for his last day, but he didn’t show up.
GUEST SPEAKER: Our speaker, Ms. Janet Britcher, led us on a discussion on Transformational Management.   Business owners need to provide for smooth, successful transitions in management changes.  Her three bullet points for this are Self Reflection, Role Clarity and the Time Line.  We broke up into small groups and discussed some issues we might have had an then discussed them with the entire assembly. See Janet’s web site at
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Posted by Kathy Whitney on Sep 14, 2015
Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  September 15, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Karen Wetmore
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Guests: - John Kitchen, speaker
. Rich showed us the new banners which will be put up on Chapel St during the month of October.  GREAT JOB!!  He also passed around the stickers that will be going into the Dictionaries prior to next Tuesday’s meeting at 11:30.
. Darrell’s backpack project raised $603 directly from members; board funding the balance; Karen and Darrell are working on rebate from the District.
. Marty agreed to host a couple for Bandy Heffler.
. Visionary event will be Tuesday, Oct. 27 – there will be no lunch meeting that day
. No one responded to Rich’s request for a chairperson for the Pancake Breakfast.  However, Ryan stepped up to be Point Person and will contact us for our involvement.
. Ted gave update on two Gift of Life recipients.  21 year old, Dom, from Jamaica has been placed at MGH for CAT scan.  He needs visas for himself and his mother.  21 month old, Amadu, is also due if she and mother can get their visas.
. Karen’s Bandy Heffler guests will be joining us at the Reality Fair; she will also ask them to tell us about Rotary in England at Oct. 6th meeting
.Reminder, come early Tuesday at 11:30am so we can put the stickers in the Dictionaries, so they can be distributed!!!
. Anthony Guardia may not be here much longer – he worked himself out of his fund raising job at BID Needham.  He hopes to transfer to Wakefield Rotary and will transfer to a corporate attorney.  We will need a new speaker chairman.  Ted will get speakers for Nov.; we will need someone to take over after that.
Happy dollars: Louise: happy to see some Rotarians at VNA fund raiser on Sept. 25th;  George: for weekend, lunch with John Kitchen and looks like our house sold; Andy: happy for speaker, bike ride and beautiful day; Roz: vacation; Kathy: family cruise/honeymoon next week; Erica: beautiful weather; John: Pats and invitation to speak; Chuck, Charles and Paula: to be here; Darrell: thanks to Rotary members; Doug: only $1 left; Ron/Lois, Tom: happy new year; Libby: Rotary; Jim: delighted Roz has joined Newsletter committee; Ted: hoping visas granted for Amadu and Habin from Ghana trying to come into Boston for GOUNE open heart surgery; ?: happy Rich got moved and can now focus on Rotary and thanks Dan, a great Rotarian.
50/50 drawing: $338 in pot; Marty had number (third time in a  month!) but did not pull the lucky 10 of spades
A blind guy on a bar stool shouts to the bartender, "Wanna hear a blonde joke?" In a hushed voice, the guy next to him says, “Before you tell that joke, you should know something. Our bartender is blonde, the bouncer is blonde. I’m a six foot tall, 200 lb black belt. The guy sitting next to me is six foot two, weighs 225, and he’s a rugby player. The fella to your right is six foot five, pushing 300, and he’s a wrestler. Each one of us is blonde. Think about it, Mister. Do you still wanna tell that joke?" The blind guy says, “Nah, not if I’m gonna have to explain it five times."
Presidential minute: Person is a current presidential candidate; born Sept. 15, 1951; an author who was brought up in poverty by single parent; graduated from Yale and Johns Hopkins; successfully operated on conjoined twins, joined at head.  Answer: Ben Carson
5 minute Rotarian: None today
Guest Speaker:  John Kitchen, Three Squares New England.  This is an all-volunteer group that provides funding for 14 non-profit food centered agencies.  This is the largest single source of funds for many of these agencies.  They will hold bike rides of various lengths on Sept. 20th; this is the 4th year with 300 riders and plans on collecting $300,000.  The Needham Community Council/Food Pantry is one of the recipients of the funds.  The solvable problem is to end hunger and food uncertainly; distribution and organization is the biggest dilemma.  They strive to provide “good food” not just food.  John also stressed that businesses should be involved in “Cause” marketing where your business takes part in doing good things.  This also gives you content for social media.  John also reminded us that it is not too late to donate for this year’s ride –
Next meeting: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:30 at Needham Sheraton so we can prepare Dictionaries!
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Posted by Jim Brown on Sep 07, 2015
**Rotary Update After Meeting on September 8, 2015**
The meeting was opened by Pres. Rich with the Pledge of Allegiance; Bob Cocks led us in a great rendition of ‘America the Beautiful’, and, Rev. Darrell led us in the Blessing.
Visitors: Carl Good, our guest speaker, from the Merrimac Valley Rotary Club.
-Pres. Rich is seeking two volunteers to chair the Pancake Breakfast event this November. If he does not find one, he will appoint two people. So, give it some thought….
-Karen repeated that the Bandy-Heffler exchange is still looking for hosts. Contact Karen if you can host. This year it starts Sept. 29. See:
-Gift of Life is trying to get two children into the U.S. Looks like they will be successful with the 22 month old, after working through the State Department. The case of the 21 year old is so severe, they have been unable to find a Doctor who is willing to perform the huge amount of work required. Not as optimistic a view.
-Darrell went to Maine last weekend to distribute the backpacks our club has funded. He says it was a tremendous event. These children are from primarily Congo and Angola. They have refugee status and will be on Maine welfare for 3 months. This church needs to speak 7 languages!
-Bill Paulson says the dictionaries are on order, and that soon enough we will have an event to ‘stick and stack’ the labels into the dictionaries and stick them into boxes, before a Rotary meeting. This event is being funded by 4 sponsors:
          -Louise Condon Realty
          -Needham Bank
          -Family Federal Bank
          -Waddel and Reed
50/50:  Marty drew the correct number (421), but drew the wrong card. $322 in the pot.
Presidential Minute: This President was born on 9-15-1858; He was first Pres., then Chief Justice of the Supreme Count (which he enjoyed more); He weighed 355 pounds, to the point that one of the platforms he was on actually collapsed! President Taft.
Happy Dollars: Great to be here-Bob Cocks, Erica Bond, Jim Brown; Great to work with all the wonderful Rotarians!-Marty; Great Labor Day Weekend-Ken Davis, Tom Savino, Chuck Buyer, Doug George; Happy to be here-our guest speaker Carl Good; ‘Welcome Back’-Kathy Whitney; ‘grateful for names in the ‘Happy Dollars’ section of the bulletin-Ted Shaughnessy; Loving the work of Polio Plus, and the hot weather-Andy Winig; Thanks to all who contributed towards the ‘backpack’ project-Darrell; Libby hoping to be the successful bidder on a home inNH; Good luck to the Patriots-Bill Paulson, Charles Nelson.
Joke of The Week: A local United Way office realized that the organization had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute. "Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you did not give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?" The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?" Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um, no." The lawyer interrupts, "Or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?" The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology, but was interrupted again. "Or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!" The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea." On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?"
Speaker:  Our guest speaker was Dr. Carl Good, A retired molecular geneticist, with studies in virology and disease detection, and who has been on polio immunization trips to Nigeria and Bangladesh. Clearly he knows and understands  polio, eradication of it, and Rotary has been spearheading this program for 30 years. Most of the world is now ‘Polio Free’ (meaning no reported cases in a country for 3 years), with Afghanistan and Pakistan being the remaining 2 countries which still need our help.
Dr. Good has been on several immunizing trips and actually worked to immunize and educate both the children and parents.
Our club has given thousands of dollars to this program over the years.
Rotary began fighting polio 30 years ago, and although our work has reduced the number of cases of the disease by 99 percent worldwide, new outbreaks and dangerous conditions make the total eradication of polio a constant challenge.
For example, in Côte d'Ivoire it's been over two years since the disease last surfaced. But with polio-endemic in nearby Nigeria, the possibility of a fresh outbreak looms over the country. The only way to keep the poliovirus at bay is to continue administering regular immunizations to all children under the age of five.
During National Immunization Days last year, 7.5 million children in Côte d'lvoire received two drops of oral polio vaccine, along with vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets.
This accomplishment is underscored by our volunteers' willingness to put their lives at risk. Just last year, 20 polio vaccinators were killed in Pakistan.
"Polio eradication is not an option, it's an obligation," says Richmond-Ahoua, chair of Rotary's PolioPlus Committee in Côte d'lvoire. "When you consider what's been done in Côte d'lvoire, despite the many obstacles we've faced, you are deeply convinced that polio will soon be eradicated."
For more info go to:
To donate to this program, just give a check to Ryan Damasso.
This also led to the fact that some Rotary Clubs have donated to the ‘Wheelchair Foundation’ where $75 will fund a wheelchair to a person in need in another country. This is especially useful for polio patients, and other folks in other countries. See:
Perhaps this is a project we can donate to !
Newsletter 9-8-15 Jim Brown 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
**Rotary Notes for Meeting held on August  18, 2015**
The meeting was opened by President Pro Tem Jim Brown with the Pledge of Allegiance; Bob Cocks led us in a great rendition of America the Beautiful; Karen led us in the Blessing.
Visitors: Our many guests today included the speakers:
- Skip Doyle and Bill Domings,
-Steve Stern who owns First Light, a home care company
-Eileen Porras who is a commercial banker with Salem 5. Eileen has just moved to Boston from New Jersey, and she is busy looking for a Rotary Club to join up here.
-Bill Paulson’s daughter, Sarah
-Chuck Buyers daughters Michelle and Julie.
George Hoffmeister led us in the Welcome song.  Welcome back George!
-The reality fair has two dates upcoming.  October 5, 2015 and May 23, 2016.
-Lois tried to trick us with Bill Clinton as our mystery president.
50/50 winning ticket was held by our guest, Eileen Porras but she didn’t pick the ten of spades.   The pot is up to $264.00
School  Backpacks for Students from the Congo and Angola: Darrell has approached the Board asking for $1167 to be used to pay for backpacks and new school supplies for children from Angola and the Congo, who are living in Portland Maine. Jim Brown pointed out that this came down to $32.00 per member, and it might be easier just to donate to the club $32 for a backpack complete with school supplies. So, bring a check with you Tuesday for $32, made out to Needham Rotary!! Below are the children involved:
Happy Dollars for our guests, visioning, remembrance for General Leader, Africa being Polio free,  vacations, a night at Fenway and the ever popular HTBH.
Doug’s humor: 
A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves. “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”
He replied: “Yeah, once I was driving along and came upon a person who was being harassed by a group of thugs. So I pulled over, got out a bat, and went up to the leader of the thugs.  He was a big, muscular man with a ring pierced through his lip.  Well, I tore out the ring and told him he and his gang had better stop bothering this guy or they would have to deal with me!”
Speaker: Bill Domings from the Northboro club, and District Governor Nominee Skip Doyle talked about visioning for Rotary Clubs and ours in particular which will be scheduled for a Tuesday night in mid October.  This will be in lieu of a Tuesday lunch meeting. Their presentation described how  we will discuss and get consensus around plans, goals, and a vision of where we want to be in three years, at the October meeting.  There will be a survey coming to each of us via email soon.  Fill it out and return it.
They stressed the importance of member involvement, and how that the big test is how our club goes about implementing each of the changes that this meeting will shows that our club wants.
We are looking forward to Bill and Skip’s return in mid-October!
This link will take to you to a sample of thePowerPoint Presentation which Bill and Skip delivered:
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Rotary of Needham
Tuesday:  August 11, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks and Ron Sockol
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Guests: - None
. Board approved Bill and Chuck’s 12 subject banner designs for Chapel St.  Rich will check with Lara Spear for branding confirmation
. At August 18th meeting we will discuss our vision plans for the future of our club.  We will have a Visionary meeting on an October Tuesday evening from 5:00-9:00pm at the Sheraton.  Rich will ask a member to be chair of this group to establish and follow up on our goals for the upcoming years.
. Ryan will form a nominating committee for a successor plan.  See Ryan is interested in being on the committee.
. Dictionary order has been placed.  Distribution will include St. Joseph School this year.  If you are interested in being a sponsor for all or part of cost let Rich know.  (number of books – 23x24=552)  We plan on including a bookmark with logo of sponsors on one side and the Rotary 4 way test on the other.
. Rich’s goal is to have all events revenue neutral.
. Bill received an email from a Needham resident whose niece is in Myanmar Rotary.  They are looking for help after floods in the area.  Bill asked if we could join with other clubs to help.  He will get further information and report back.
Happy dollars: 5 year old who loves the dentist; GTBH; one request for rain between 1-4 am; proud father whose daughter has an apartment and a job with AmeriCorps but who also qualifies for food stamps; weekend trip with grandkids to Hopkinton State Park – great place.
Birthday: None today
50/50 drawing: $247 in pot; Kathy had lucky ticket. Still looking for the 10 of spades
Joke of the Day: Three very inebriated men hailed a cab and got in.  The driver, seeing the state that they were in, started up the cab and then turned it off.  The first man opened the door while handling the driver some money.  The second man said “Thank you” on the way out.  The third man slapped the driver, “Why did you slap me?” the driver asked.  The third man answered, “You drove so fast you almost killed us.”
Presidential minute: He was 22nd president; an officer in the Civil War; instituted tariff and the Sherman Trust Act; he also made sure we have state forests today.  Benjamin Harrison.
Great golfer born in August: Ben Hogan
Great tennis player born in August: Pete Sampras
Guest Speaker:  None today
 5 minute Rotarian: None today
Rich proposes preparing a calendar of events for the coming year that will need sponsors so it will be easier to approach the donors.
            Dictionaries – Family Federal and Condon Realty interested
            Thanksgiving dinner
            Reality Fair
            4th of July float
            Pancake breakfast
            Music festival
            Spelling Bee
Chris Teachout at Needham Bank has been approached.  We should also approach current and former scholarship recipients for both sponsorship possibilities and donations to the fund.  We need volunteers to help collect names, addresses and emails for the winners.  Ryan will work will Bill on this and start creating a solicitation letter.  We should begin a “Pay It Forward” campaign and invite them to lunch.
501 (c) 3 statuses was again discussed and tabled until needed.
Next meeting: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton
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**Rotary Minutes for meeting held on August 4th, 2015**
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’,  Bob Cocks led us in ‘God Bless America’ , and  Reverend Darrell Minnich led us in prayer.
GUESTS:  Our guest speaker and District Gov. Jim Fusco; our Asst. District Governor and District Governor Nominee, Karen Gaffney.
-August 18th will be our preview of what the ‘Rotary Visioning Program’ will be all about. Rich is in the process of selecting a Tuesday night date in October for our 5:00pm to 9:00 pm actual ‘Visioning’ event.
-Thanks to Bill Paulson, Dan Tibma, Greg Cronin and Roz for moving the 6 ft tall Rotary Wheel for the parade to Avery Manor for safe keeping.
-The club is looking for a company to spend $1500 to sponsor our fall Dictionary handout to all Needham 3rd Graders.
-Our newest member Anthony Guardia, is jumping right in and is heading up the ‘Speakers’ Committee. If you want to join him, or, have ideas for guest speakers, please let him know.
-Bill Paulson received the plaque/picture or our Rotary Little League team. They are a 3rd and 4th grade travel team known as the ‘Navy Heat’.
-Ted mentioned that 3 year old Eliot returned to his home in Panama after his GOL surgery. Pictured below is Eliot and his family and friends welcoming him home.
On the flight home, they got bumped up to first class, where they sat next to the former President of Panama,  Mireya Mosoco!:  What a thrill!! Pictured above are Eliot, jis parents, grandparents, and a new fried who helped them on the flight.
PRESIDENTAL MOMENT:  Lois talked about the 31st President of the U.S. who is the only Quaker to be elected President, on August 10th, 1874: Herbert Hoover.
50/50:  Winning ticket was held by Ted but didn’t pick the ten of spades.
Pot is at $235. He would have donated it all to the Gift of Life.
HAPPY DOLLARS:  The ‘Happy happy table’ all pitched in $5 for a total of 238 years of marriage at the table. This includes Chuck, Bill, Tom, Lois and Ron! Ted Shaughnessy for GOL success with Eliot; Kathy for being back from sailing; Andy because he loves the heat; Rick Davis welcoming Anthony as a new member; Many HTBH and welcoming the DG and ADG.
DOUG’S HUMOR:  A lawyer runs a stop sign and gets pulled over by a sheriff. He thinks he's smarter being a big shot lawyer from New York and has a better education than an sheriff from West Virginia. The sheriff asks for license and registration. The lawyer asks, "What for?" The sheriff responds, "You didn't come to a complete stop at the stop sign." The lawyer says, "I slowed down and no one was coming." "You still didn't come to a complete stop. License and registration please," say the sheriff impatiently. The lawyer says, "If you can show me the legal difference between slow down and stop, I'll give you my license and registration and you can give me the ticket. If not, you let me go and don't give me the ticket." The sheriff says, "That sounds fair, please exit your vehicle." The lawyer steps out and the sheriff takes out his nightstick and starts beating the lawyer with it. The sheriff says, "Do you want me to stop or just slow down?"
ADG Karen Gaffney introduced our District Governor Jim Fusco. Jim has been in Rotary for 13 years, and his wife Karen has been a member even longer ! They are known in the District as ‘Mr. and Mrs. Rotary”!
Jim talked about the goals for Rotary International, including hopefully completing the Polio Plus program of eradicating Polio and 5 other childhood disease from the face of the earth. This program was started in 1985, and only two countries remain: Pakistan and Afghanistan. It will be wonderful when this is complete.
The President of RI’s theme this year is ‘Be a gift to the world!”. That is quite an assignment, one we should strive for every day.
Jim detailed how while Rotary membership continues to climb outside the United States, it is diminishing in the U.S. Our goal at Needham Rotary is to add a net of 3 new members. Who can you bring as a guest/potential member?
Jim’s final message was about the District Conference which will be held in Plymouth MA this year at the Radisson hotel. So, lock in the dates of Friday May 20 thru Sunday May 22 as the dates. At a minimum, we should all try to attend at least one event.
After such a great presentation, we know that our District is in good hands! The District website is
Auust 4th Newsletter Jim Brown 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 02, 2015
Anthony Guardia
We were delighted to welcome Anthony Guardia into our club last Tuesday. Anthony is a local guy at heart, having gone through the Wakefield MA school system, and from there went on to Suffolk University for his undergraduate work where he majored in Economics, and then to the Suffolk University Law School.
Anthony is the Major Gifts Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham.  This follows his work for other non-profits development, and his work for political candidates in the eastern Mass. Area.
Anthony just got married this month to Theresa Graves, and the newlyweds live in a condo in Wakefield.
In addition to work and family, Anthony enjoys hiking, outdoor sports, is a history buff and an avid Patriots fan. He was even a wrestler in high school!
Anthony has agreed to be on the club’s Social Committee and on the Speaker Committee, and is looking forward to being an active Rotarian.
If you have not met Anthony, go out of your way to greet him and to welcome him to Needham Rotary.
Our Rotary District Jim Fusco will be visiting our club tomorrow, Tuesday. This is the required visit where Jim will lay out his plans for the year, and is our opportunity to ask questions of him. He is a great guy, and this will be a lively meeting. Don't miss it!
The BOD is asked to meet with  him at 11:30 in the morning.
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Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 27, 2015
**Rotary Minutes for July 28, 2015 Meeting**
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’,  Bob Cocks led us in ‘God Bless America’ , and  Karen Wetmore delivered the invocation.
GUESTS:  Alan Wheelock, our guest speaker,  Anthony Guardia, and the Rotarian couple from India who are staying with their daughter in Needham. Bob Cocks led us in the Welcome song.
-The District Governor, Jim DeFusco,  is our guest speaker next week,. He would like to meet with the Board at 11:30am.
-Tom Savino read a thank you note from a 2013 Needham Rotary Scholar, thanking us 2 years in a row for her scholarship.
During the month of October, look up on Chapel St. and see 5 Rotary banners overhead.  Thanks Bill Paulson.
-The reality fair has two dates upcoming.  October 5, 2015 for the current seniors and May 23, 2016 for the current Juniors.
-Andy Winig has completed his first book:  “Elevator Pitch Handbook”. I am sure this is a book we would all enjoy reading, and need! It can be purchased at:
PRESIDENTIAL MOMENT:  Lois talked about the wife of a President who was born on this day in 1929. Jackie Kennedy!
50/50:  Winning ticket was held by Libby but didn’t pick the ten of spades.
Pot is at $220.
HAPPY DOLLARS:  Louise, sorry to leave early; Lots of Happy dollars for the induction of Anthony; Lots of HTBH; Libby ‘Happy for Life”; Tom Savino for seeing Greg play at Jordan Hall; Scott for boating to Long island; Lois for the achievements of the New Horizon space shot to Pluto; Andy for his book.
DOUG’S HUMOR:  Two campers are hiking in woods when all of a sudden in the bottom by a rattle snake. The friend kills the snake, cares for the 1st hiker and says “I’ll go to town for a doctor”, and he runs 10 miles to town. In town, he locates the towns only doctor who is in the midst of delivering a baby and says “I can’t leave, but here is what to do. Take a knife, cut a little X where the bite is,, suck it out and spit it on the ground.”  The hiker runs back to his friend, who is in agony. “What did the doctor say?” the victim asks. His ‘friend says “He says you’re gonna die!!”
Alan Wheelock, President of Jones River Consulting, of Plympton MA, last spoke to us on January 7, 2014. This time, he spoke to us about his experiences in mentoring others.  This is a very important part of any job. It has been said:
Tell me, and I forget.
Teach me and I may remember.
Involve me and I learn.
Ben Franklin
Alan said his biggest mentor was his Dad.
Only 13% of people say they are engaged at work, and mentoring can play an important part in increasing job engagement and satisfaction.
Alan was very complimentary of Rotary saying he has spoken to many Rotary clubs, and finds them all ‘..positive, proactive and fun!”. Thanks Alan. Visit Alan’s web site at
Newslettr 7-28-15 Jim Brown 2015-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas George on Jul 20, 2015
**Rotary Notes for Meeting Held on July 21, 2015**
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’,  Bob Cocks led us in ‘God Bless America’ , and  Rev. Darrell led us in the Blessing.
GUESTS: Our guests today included: the speaker, Emily Spencer of, our guest speaker, and Anthony Guardia (Does he need a diversion after being married for only 15 days?).  George Hoffmeister led us in the Welcome song.  Welcome back George!!
-Dues are going up by $25 per year.  Look for the increase on the next billing.
-During the month of October, look up on Chapel St. and see 5 Rotary banners overhead.  Thanks Bill Paulson.
-The reality fair has two dates upcoming.  October 5, 2015 for the current seniors and May 23, 2016 for the current Juniors.
-We are looking for local businesses to underwrite the cost of some of our projects.
PRESIDENTAL MOMENT: Lois ran out of presidents born in July so she tried to trick us with Amelia Erheart.  Good try!  She also had a bit of humor:  A police officer called in an unusual situation.  A lady had just shot her husband for walking on her newly cleaned and still wet kitchen floor.  The officer was asked by the station if entered the premises and was she was placed under arrest.  He replied no.  The floor was still wet.
50/50:  Winning ticket was held by Dan Tibma but didn’t pick the ten of spades.
HAPP DOLLARS:  for our guests, vacations, love for the victims and their families of the Tennessee violence, our vets, our speaker, Anthony’s and Theresa’s  marriage, and the ever popular HTBH.
DOUG’S HUMOR:  A man died and went to St. Peter.  He was asked about his record, which wasn’t particularly good or bad.  St. Peter then asked if there was any way the soul could help with the decision.
He replied: “Yeah, once I was driving along and came upon a person who was being harassed by a group of thugs. So I pulled over, got out a bat, and went up to the leader of the thugs.  He was a big, muscular man with a ring pierced through his lip.  Well, I tore out the ring and told him he and his gang had better stop bothering this guy or they would have to deal with me!”
Wow that’s impressive replied St. Peter.  But it’s not on your record.  When did this happen?
The soul replied: “About three minutes ago.”
Emily Spencer, a newlywed and military spouse whose husband was recently deployed.  She spoke about her charity to send cards to the thousands of military personnel overseas to let them know of our appreciation for their efforts.  In a year and a half she has sent over 300,000 cards in addition to “Care” packages.  She can be contacted at or by mail to PO Box 612 in Norwood, MA 02062
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Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 13, 2015
July 14, 2024
We started this Tuesday's meeting with Pres. Rich leading us in the Pledge of Alegiance, Bob Cocks leading us in 'God Bless America', and Darrell providing the invocation.
GUESTS: Our guests were Mike Dowling, Brian Ashmankas and Thisha Morse (a Cohasset Rotarian), all from Boston Olympics 2024, and Ross Atkin, a Needham resident who is a retired sports writer from The Christian Science Monitor, and guest of Jim Brown, who was attracted to this week's Rotary meeting through an article in the newspaper. Ryan led us in a our 'Welcoming Song', which everyone enjoyed.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Louise passed around a picture of the Condon Realty float, which won the Grand Prize at the 4th of July parade! Congratulation Louise!!
JOKE: Louise also shared a jok entitled: "Speak Lord, for your servant is listening" (1 Sam 3:(): Jerry was very concerned about his wife as he thought she was loosing her hearing due to aging. So, one day he stood behind her and said "Mary, can I get you anything?" Noticing no reaction from her, he moved a little closer and repeated a little louder "Mary, can I get you anything?" Still no answer. so, Jerry moved mush closer and said in a much louder voice "Mary, can I get you anything?" Turning towards Jerry and looking annoyed, Mary replied "Jerry, I've said NO three times!!".
PRESIDENTIAL MINUTE: Lois told us about the only President who was born on July 14th, and was the only President who had served as VP and President without the benefit of election by the Electoral College. Who was it? The 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford!
HAPPY DOLLARS: Erica was delighted to drop off two of her children at camp, and can't wait for the third child to go to camp in several weeks! Ryan gave a Happy Dollar for Mike Dowling, who was his bowling partner at a benefit one time.
BOSTON OLYMPICS 2024: Brian Mike and Trish all addressed the club about the upcoming Boston 2024 Olympics. This has been a very exciting time for Boston and the Olympics, but, if there is not more support, then the Olympic Organizing Committee here in Boston will not go forward with their bid. So, they are out drumming up support for the games. Mike delivered a wonderful slide show (which can be seen at ), detailing the changes which will occur.
Mike said this is now known as the 'Transit Games' versus 'The Waling Games' when first presented. There will be venues all over the state, but the majority in Boston and close suburbs. The basketball event will be held in New York City.
They also noted that the Paralympics will follow the Olympics by some 2 weeks, using the same facilities as the Olympics.
Boston Olympics 2024 is really working to raise public awareness and if your group wants representatives to speak, just contact them.
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Rotary Club  of Needham
Sheraton Hotel
Tuesday: June 23, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Karen Wetmore
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Welcome Karin Gaffney, Governor Nominee Designate from the Nashoba Valley Rotary Club
Guests: -
  • Chaz Everly
  • Anthony Guardia, prospective Rotarian
  • Paula Jacobsen – new Executive Director of Needham YMCA, and a A Providence RI Rotarian
  • Nate O’Connor and Sara Castiztia, 2014 scholarship recipients
Happy dollars: Summer; upcoming wedding in 12 days; congratulations to incoming officers and Rich’s next 3 years as president; congratulations to Glen for his 2 years of service to us; son, James, wedding last Saturday; HTBH; see you in August – down east sailing in July; welcome Karin Gaffney; welcome scholarship guests and 2 weeks vacation.
. Thank you Ken Davis for going to Eagle Scout ceremony. He made the presentation representing Needham Rotary.
. REMINDER – there will be no lunch meeting at the Sheraton next Tuesday.  We will have a picnic at Rich Forte’s house in Dover at 6:00 pm.  Please let him know if you will be attending.
. Greg needs people for the 4th of July float in the Needham parade.  Contact Rachel if you are available.
. Chaz returned from Rotary Exchange in Russia.
. Sara and Nate told about their first year in school.  Nate attended Providence College; declared finance and math as his majors and recently ran a marathon in honor of his dad suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  Sara completed her first year at Georgetown with a major in government and 2 minors.  She interned on Capitol Hill and plays the flute.
Glen has started a new tradition at Needham Rotary by selecting one member who he awarded the 'Rotarian Of The Year' to. This first year, it is Bill Paulson, who we all know totally deserves! Bill is one of the most creative people we know, and is a 'doer' instead of a 'talker'.
Congratulations Bill: well deserved!!!
Glen had a few words before he was presented with a 'Past President's Pin' and Celebratory Gavel. He wanted to thank all Rotarians for their help and assistance during his 2 years as President. The changes he instituted wil help guide the Club forward. Glen said he is donating $250 to the scholarship fund in honor of his parents 50th anniversary and as a thank you for the past 104 weeks.
Finally, Glen was presented with his Paul Harris pin today, for his contribution during this past year.
Glen was thanked with a standing ovation from all members and guests for his great contribution and guidance to Rotary over the last 2 year. Great job Glen!!!.
We were fortunate to have with us Karin Gaffney, District Governor Designate for the 2017/2018 Rotary year, to perform our inductions. Most important is Rich Forte, who is our incoming President:
Karin then installed the new 2015-2016 Board of Directors:
The new BOD members are as folows:
President: Rich Forte
Treasurer: Ryan Damaso
Secretary: Kathy Whitney
Director: Charles Nelson
Director: Ted Shaughnessy
Director: Jim Brown
Director: Libby Pero
Director: Marty Lindeman
Sergeant at Arms: Greg Cronin
Immediate Past President: Glen Davis
(Not all were present).
Rich started by thanking the retiring BOD members Karen Wetmore, Ken Davis and Dan Tibma. They had helped bring the club to where it is today: in very good shape!
Rich has 2 focuses for his year:
1. To try to build a realistic budget for the year, which will maximize our efficiency in doing good.
2. to establish some 'branding' for the club in an effort to publicize the club more which will create more new members.
So, our club is off to a great start! New President, new BOD, and a direction which can only help us to grow!!!
NOTE: Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Rich Forte’s house, Dover, MA. Directions to follow.....
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Posted by Douglas George on Jun 08, 2015
Rotary Club of Needham
Sheraton Needham Hotel
June 9, 2015
The meeting was opened by President Glen Davis with the Pledge of Allegiance,  Bob Cocks led us in God Bless America and Darrell led us in the Blessing
Guests: Today, we welcomed our guests including the 2015 Needham High School Scholarship winners Regina Longley and Liam Walsh!  Their parents were present as well as the  Acting Principal of Needham High, John Bourne.
50/50 Drawing: The 50/50 pot is $132.  Liam got the winning ticket but picked the 9 of clubs, not the ten of spades as needed.
-We will have our cookout on June 30th at Rich Forte’s home in Dover.
-Our next meeting is a breakfast affair at 7:30 am tomorrow at the Sheraton
Ted updated us on the Gift of Life’s latest child, a 2 ½ year old from Panama who is at MGH facing open heart surgery.  All the best.
-We have a slot approved for the fourth of July parade.
Happy Dollars:  For the scholarship winners, Needham Cable for always being there for us, Bob Cocks for his daughter getting a job, Andy for all his recitals (and that they are over with).
Guest Speakers: Lois introduced Regina Longley and Liam Walsh, this year’s scholarship winners. Lois detailed how these students are the finest out of 50 applicants, and all applicants were really great. It made for a difficult decision but these winners just naturally rose to the top of the bunch!
Each of the two recipients gave us a brief overview of which activities they had been involved with as seniors, and what their aspirations are going forward.
Acting Principal John Bourne thanked the club for its continuous support of the High School and its students for more than 60 years!
Tom Savino then gave each of them an initial check for $2500 for the first of 4 checks, for each year of college. Over 4 years, this is a total of $10,000 for each student.
With recipients like this, we have nothing to worry about for the future of this country!
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Meeting Minutes

Rotary of Needham

Tuesday:    March 10, 2015



Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis

Song:  America the Beautiful; Led By: Karen Wetmore

Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich

Welcome back Ron and Lois Sockol.


• Rose Doherty, speaker

• Faith Clooney, Medfield Rotary

Paula Kahr, Salem Five, prospective new member who submitted her application

Guest Speaker:  

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Our speaker was Rose Doherty, of Needham.  She wrote “Katharine Gibbs: Beyond White Gloves”.  This famous school’s philosophy was: To produce quality work on demand.” Katharine was born in 1863 near Galena, Illinois and educated at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.  She met and married William Gibbs and had 2 sons.  Her husband died when she was 46, intestate.  She went to work and established the most successful secretarial school in the world at 48.  She was the CEO of 3 schools 2 years before women had the right to vote.  She had schools in Rhode Island, Boston and New York.  She was considered a marketing genius and opened a campus in Bermuda.  Many famous people were graduates of this school including Meredith Viera. They were also secretaries of many famous employers such as Arthur Fiedler and the Kennedys.  The schools were sold in 1960 to McMillan Publishing and ultimately closed in 2011.  She was certainly a woman of character, courage and commitment.  All her papers are at Brown University.

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, March 17, (St. Patrick’s Day) 2015 at Sheraton Needham Hotel

Our speaker will be the Executive Director of Razzia's Ray of Hope, Patti Quigley.  Our club has joined fifteen other clubs in our district this year in putting together a major District and Rotary International grant for Razzia Jan's school for girls in Afghanistan.



• Glen reminded us of the NEF breakfast this weekend, Saturday, March 14th from 8-12 am. 

• NEF Spelling Bee will be this Saturday, March 15th at high school.  Kathy, Lois and Marty will be our team.

• Louise has arranged with Roche Bros. for flowers to be delivered to nursing homes on March 31st.  We will meet at the Sheraton to label pots and assign deliveries.

• There will be a combined meeting with Newton at Brae Burn Country Club in Newton on May 12th

Happy dollars: Ken and Rich enjoyed great trip to Edward Kennedy Institute; Karen visited Rosie’s Place in Boston with Carter Church Women’s Group on Saturday; Greg, Jim, Rich and Doug glad to see and hear Rose Doherty speak about Katharine Gibbs School; George glad not to have to wear an overcoat and for his son’s 44th birthday tomorrow; Ron happy to be married to Lois; Andy and  Roz glad for warmth; Bill happy for innkeeper selling inn in a lottery, seeing Erica again and warm weather; Kathy looking forward for Paula joining us; Bob for no freezing weather; Paula for longer days; Lois glad to be back; Marty happy basement not flooded;

Birthday: Happy day to Tom Sovino who got a birthday kiss from Lois.

50/50 drawing: $34 in new pot; king of diamonds new card but Andy was not lucky today

Joke of the Day: 2 jokes from Doug:

#1. A crow was sitting on top of a ladder doing nothing all day.  A rabbit asked him: “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?”

The crow answered: “Sure, why not?”

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow and rested.  A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.


#2. Here is a Florida woman’s story against an alligator attack:

‘While out walking along the edge of a pond just outside of The Villages with my son and soon to be ex-husband discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by a huge 12 ft. alligator which suddenly emerged from the murky water and began charging us with its large jaws wide open.  She must have been protecting her nest because she was extremely aggressive.

If I had not had my little Beretta Jetfire .25 caliber pistol with me, I would not be here today!  Just one shot to my estranged husband’s knee cap was all it took.  The ‘gator got him easily and I was able to escape by just walking away at a brink pace. 

It’s one of the best pistols in my collection!  Plus the amount I saved in lawyer’s fees was really incredible.”

Meeting Notes from March 10, 2015 Kathy Whitney 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Forte on Mar 08, 2015

Let the Music Flow in Needham!

The wonderful sounds of music in Needham surrounded us at our meeting of March 3rd as we welcomed the winners of the Rotary Music Competition held in January of 2015 at Powers Concert Hall in Needham!  The Needham High School male a capella group, The Subway Dwarfs, and twelve year old singer and keyboardist, Mackenzie Clement, serenaded us.  Our weekly singing of "America the Beautiful" and our "Welcome Song" for guests has NEVER sounded so melodious!
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As winners of our Music Competition, The Subway Dwarfs and Mackenzie Clement, each received a cash prize presented by Rachel, Greg and Bill, and were treated to a great luncheon at the Sheraton.  We also got to hear a little about the future plans of the graduating senior singers from Needham High School. 


Mackenzie was joined by her father, who is also her manager, photographer and sound technician!   As a bonus, Needham Rotarian Bob Dunning, who is a life-long friend of Mackenzie's family, enthusiastically joined in the music and celebration!  Thanks to Greg, Rachel and Bill for their leadership in the Music Competition Program!

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Bill also presented a check to Ms. Kate Findlen of the Needham "Friends of Music" to help support music education and performance programs at Needham High School.


Club News and Events for March 3, 2015 Rich Forte 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 01, 2015


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Student Category:  Subway Dwarves - Needham High School's male A Capella group.


Professional Category - Mackenzie Clement, 12 year old singer-songwriter who has performed in Gillette Stadium.




NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 24, 2015 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Feb 23, 2015

The continuing effects of the cold and snow resulted in our speaker for the February 17th, Massachusetts Salvation Army Commander David Davis, cancelling.   

When will this end, this Snowmegeddon?

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Spring is just around the corner (according to Louise Condon), and now all we have to do is make sure that this doesn't happen!


So put your cares away and come our club meeting on February 24th!   Come and hear Ms. Lori van Dam, Executive Director of One Fund Boston! 


One Fund Boston was founded to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.   Lori is the first executive director to oversee the "evolution of the organization."  

Begun by Governor Patrick Deval and Mayor Thomas Menino on April 16, 2013, the One Fund Boston was intended to heal the wounds of a great city and region by helping the survivors and families of the bombing victims.  "The greatest message we have received is that nothing can stop the generosity, courage, and unconditional love we have for one another."



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Posted by Jim Brown on Feb 15, 2015

Needham Rotary Club

Tuesday:    February 10, 2015

Location:  Needham Sheraton


Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis

Song:  God Bless America; Led by Bob Cocks

Prayer: Led by Reverend Darrell Minnich

Today’s Speaker: Our speakers today were from ‘School the World’, a Boston based group who works with high school students in Central America to build and equip schools, with the understanding that: “171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills.”


The 4 NHS students who were with us today will all travel to Guatemala during April vacation with the plans to:

-Help them construct a new school

-Equip that school

-Teach the teachers how to engage the students

-Engage the parents in how to be actively involved with and the importance of their participation in their children’s education.

A total of 11 NHS students will be going to Guatemala, and working in this school.

School the World matches $5 to $1 donated from the Guatemala government and parents, to build this school and equip it. (during the first year).  Second year it is a 4 to 1 match; 3rd year 3 to 1, etc. though 5 years.

They are a wonderful group of students, all excited and enthusiastic about going there during vacation. Each student is required to raise $3500.

When asked why this group of students wanted to go, they said:

“Because of the importance of education, and to share the opportunity.”

“I value parents participation in their children’s education.”

“Education will help these students lift themselves out of poverty.”

“To help that community.”

A very sincere and enthusiastic group of students. Go to to learn more.


•Ted Shaughnessy reported that Gift of Life’s child has just arrived from Central America and will be operated on in the Maine Medical Center.

•Roberta Seligman has submitted her resignation.

•NEF will be hosting a pancake breakfast the first Saturday in March, and Needham Rotary will assist!   If you can spend some hours there, please alert Glen and sign up.

HELP THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED US!   Buy a couple of tickets to dinner and Beatles music on Sat, March 7th to help PluggedIn, the Needham youth band program.  Our music event was greatly aided by the sponsors of PluggedIn!



Paula, second time visitor who works for Salem 5 Bank, friend of Bill Paulson.

From our guest speaker group, ‘School the World’, Alana Flanagan, Communications and Outreach Manager; Mrs. Ronnie Schauer, mother of Tori Schauer, one of the NHS students; Olivia Curran; Grace Ward; Meghan Stevens.

Happy dollars: Rich Forte for the snow(???); Greg Cronin celebrating the return of our President from sick call; Jim Brown GTBH; Doug for the smiley faces and sun; Ken Davis for our guests; Libby for our guests; Andy for GTBH; Chuck who is looking forward to more snow; Kathy looking forward to a good safe trip to Spain; Guest Paul for not having to shovel;  Bob Cocks and Darrell for GTBH; Darrel added $10 for more snow; Guest Ronnie for us all to be safe in the snow.

Birthday: We sang Happy Birthday for Bob Cocks and (in abstentia) George Hoffmeister, who both share Valentine’s Day as their birthday.

50/50 drawing: $978 in the pot with now 4 cards only left. No winner this week despite Darrell having the right number!  

Joke of the day: Some actual Al Gore statements from Ken Davis:

“I am not part of the problem, I am a Democrat.”

“We’re going to have the best educated American people in the world.”

“I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.”

“A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.”


Newsletter for February 10, 2015 Jim Brown 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2015

SNOW, SNOW AND MORE SNOW is the theme for February!  


Get your gaiters, tall boots and snowshoes out!  We're up to our hips in the white stuff and it's being piled in Needham over our heads!

In spite of the snow, we WILL meet on Tuesday, Feb 10th according to a now healthy President Glen!   Our program will be presented by a group of Needham High School folks who had created a project in Guatemala to construct a new school for a very needy community.

Our Meeting on Feb 3rd:

In spite of the snow, our luncheon on Feb 3rd was held at the Sheraton and was hosted by Rich Forte (due to Glen's illness).  As a special treat, we had the Rotary Club of Newton join us for lunch.  They gave a special presentation on a new international project they are sponsoring in Agra, India, near the world heritage site of the Taj Mahal.  They are attempting to work with local Agra residents to help create on-going clean up projects to help make Agra a more inviting tourist destination.  The project was started by Erin White, the daughter of a Newton Rotarian.  Erin was murdered in the streets of Agra last year by a deranged man.  Her father has pledged to continue her work there.


We also witnessed the pay off of the Superbowl bet between Marty and Rich!   The LOSING Seahawk fan got down on one knee giving tribute to the Patriots and gave Rich his green beads and handed over a $20 bill to Rich to be donated to the Needham Rotary Club service fund.  But Marty claims the Seahawks now own one "Superbowl record."   They will be known forever for the "worse play call in the history of the Superbowl."


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Posted by Douglas George on Jan 12, 2015

Needham Rotary Club
Tuesday:    January 13, 2015
Location:  Needham Sheraton

Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis
Song:  America The Beautiful: Led by Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Reverend Darrell Minnich

• Reminder of the Springtime Flower Blitz to all the Nursing homes in Needham on March 31st! Be prepared!!|
-Looking to publicize our Concert via posters. Pick up a handful and put them into a zone in Needham!

Guests: None.

Happy dollars: The Pats, Gary Zeller going to Florida, Lois for the NHS Math team, Ken Davis for a Happy New Year, and others HTBH!!

Presidential Moment: Lois gave us hints for the President of the day who was FDR.

Birthday: None admitted

50/50 drawing: $925 in the pot with 7 cards only left. Rachel finally had the correct number, but did not pull the right card. Now it get’s interesting!!!

Joke of the day: Courtesy of Doug George:

A crusty old Marine Corps Colonel found himself at a gala event downtown, hosted by a local liberal arts college. There was no shortage of extremely young, idealistic ladies in attendance, one of whom approached the colonel for conversation. She said, "Excuse me, sir, but you seem to be a very serious man. Are you this way all the time, or is something bothering you?"

"No," the colonel said, "just serious by nature."

The young lady looked at his awards and decorations and said, "It looks like you have seen a lot of action."

The colonel's short reply was, "Yes, a lot of action."

The young lady, tiring of trying to start up a conversation, said, "You know, you should lighten up a little - relax and enjoy yourself."

The colonel just stared at her in his serious manner.

Finally the young lady said, "You know, I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but when is the last time you had sex?"

The colonel looked at her and replied, "1955."

She said, "Well there you go; you really need to chill out and quit taking everything so seriously - I mean, no sex since 1955, isn't that a little extreme?"

The colonel, glancing at his watch, said in his matter-of-fact voice, "Oh, I don't know. It's only 2130 now!"

Guest Speaker: Our scheduled speaker, State Reo. Denise Garlick, was delayed in Boston, and could not get to Rotary. She will be rescheduled.

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Posted on Jan 11, 2015

Our guest speaker for Tuesday, January 13th will be State Representative Denise Garlick (13th District)


Come and listen to our newly reelected state representative as she briefs us on the work of the state house of representatives and the challenges of funding a state deficit of about $500 million.  She'll also be working with the new Republican Governor, Charlie Baker!  That's an experience Democrats don't get to have very often.

News for All Rotarians

To celebrate the milestone of India being polio free, 40,000 people in Chennai, India were mobilized by Rotary in December and were formed into the world's largest flag.   They set a Guinness world record by breaking the previous record of 30,000 people in Lahore, Pakistan!


District 3230 Rotarians first formed a blue wheel for the inside center of the flag.   They were joined by RI President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife.


Another 50,000 people came to watch, and the whole group practiced on the day before.  The participants had to hold their colored placards over their heads for five minutes before the event became official.


Congratulations to Needham Rotarian Ted Shaunghnessy and Gift of Life New England!

The Dedham Rotary Club recently gave $500 to GOLNE!  Since last summer, Dedham Rotarian Carmen Nazario, has been volunteering her Spanish language skills to aid in translations for four families who traveled from Latin America to Boston to receive life-saving heart surgeries.


Needham Rotary 2nd Annual Music Competition on Saturday, January 31, 2015

We need every club member to promote and buy tickets this week for the 2nd Annual Needham Rotary Music Competition on Sat, Jan 31st at the Needham Town Hall.   If you buy tickets with cash this Tuesday, we save the on-line (Eventbright) ticket fees.

We also need help putting out yard signs in the next two days.

The Music Event committee will be meeting on Tuesday right after the end of the luncheon meeting.




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Posted by Bill Paulson on Jan 07, 2015


Rotary Club of Needham's 2nd Annual Music Competition, January 31st

Tickets are now on sale for the Rotary Club of Needham's Music Awards Night.  There will be student musicians as well as professional musicians.  With your tickets you will receive a discount at many of the wonderful Needham restaurants.  Enjoy a nice meal and then come see friends and enjoy a great night of music in a wonderful setting.  The proceeds from the night will help us fund the many service projects we will do in 2015 including flowers for the elderly, the NHS Reality Fair, NHS scholarships, dictionaries for 3rd graders, the Thanksgiving Dinner, smoke detector battery replacements, etc.

You can buy tickets through any of Needham's Rotarians or online at

When:  January 31st, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Where:  Powers Hall in Needham's Town Hall

Meal Deals:  Area restaurants will be providing discounts for people that are attending the event.

Cost:  $15 for tickets bought online or through one of the Needham Rotarians.  $20 if bought at the door.

Awards will be given to the best act from the student division and the best act from the open division. 

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Annual Needham Wellesley Football Dinner held at the Needham Sheraton Hotel.

Pres. Glen led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Bob Cocks conducted 'God Bless America' and Karen Wetmore delivered the invocation.

Every year, the Needham and Wellesley Rotary Clubs get together to host each other to celebrate the nation's oldest H=High Scholl football Rotary. This was the 127th year of this match up. Present were the Seniors from the Needham and Wellesley football teams, the Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Athletic Trainers, Director and Assistant Athletic Directors, High School Principals and Superintendents of both schools.

CLUB CHALLENGE:This year, for the first year, Superintend Dr. David Lussier of the Wellesley School system challenged Dr. Dan Gutekanst of Needham as follows: if Needham wins, he will deliver a platter of sandwiches from the 'Linden St. Deli' in Wellesley to Needham's central staff. Not to be outdone, Dr. Gutekanst said if Wellesley wins, he will deliver bagels from Bagel's Best in Needham to the Wellesley School central office for breakfast. (Well, looks like Dr. Lussier will be visiting  Needham!!!).

GUEST SPEAKER: The guest speaker was Gary Gillis, former sports broadcaster in Boston, and son of Don Gillis, another former sports broadcaster who was on Channel 5 for years. Gary played in 'The Game' in 1973, and went on to play football at Harvard. His most famous appearance at Harvard was when the were playing Yale in the fourth quarter of the final game of the season when the famous coach Joe Restik turned to the bench, his eyes locked on Gary, and the coach said "Yale is ahead by a score of 39 to zero. Is there anyone else who hasn't played?" That's when Gary went in.

Gary went on to say how wonderful it was to  play team sports, and the relationships with teammates and competitors last a life time. To this day, he still sees guys he played with and against around town, and there is an immediate bond. with them. Sports are important, they teach you to strive for a goal, and teach one the humility which is so necessary.


FUTURE WELLESLEY EVENT: Wellesley Rotary member Tory de Fazio told us about a May 2015 event they are planning for the musical event with Sol Y Canto in Concert. Tickets are $30 each. See their web site.


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Newsletter for Nov. 18, 2014 Rich Forte 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas George on Nov 03, 2014

Our meeting this past Tuesday, November 4th, was a good one!


Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis
Song:  America the Beautiful; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich



-Kudos to all for a great Rotary Pancake Breakfast!

-Remember, Nov. 18th is our appreciation lunch for advertisers.

-No meeting next week: Veteran’s Day!

-Ted gave us an update on 2 Gift of Life children.

Guests: Tom Nutile; Dave Caruso, and his assistanr.

Happy dollars: Many for the pancake breakfast: what a win-win-win this was! Great job everyone. Some for no more political ads (couldn’t have come soon enough!):, Scott on another vacation.

50/50 drawing: $756 in pot; Marty Lindemann number was pulled, but no luck.  Stay tuned for next week.


Guest Speaker:  Dave Caruso, wealth manager at Coastal Capital Group LLC, created a talk for our meeting on November 4th around what turned out to be a “straw man” argument.   That is, should we continue to invest our money into a stock market that many say has reached its maximum level of value?

Dave showed us graphs, statistics and lots of math that said on the surface, “DON’T.”   Then, he gave us ten minutes of data and charts that took us from a limited current market perspective to a fifty year perspective of the up and downs of the market that has continued to move upward.

Conclusion:   We may pause a bit, but look for the market to grow substantially more over the months ahead!  Put your money in and be patient.


Joke of the Day: ImageThe Value of a Driver's License
A mother is driving her little girl to her friend's house for a play date.
.Mommy ,' the little girl asks, 'how old are you?'
Honey, you are not supposed to ask a lady her age,' the mother replied. 'It's not polite.'
'OK', the little girl says, 'How much do you weigh?'
'Now really,' the mother says, 'those are personal questions and are really none of your business.'
Undaunted, the little girl asks, 'Why did you and Daddy get a divorce?' >'That's enough questions, young lady! Honestly!'
The exasperated mother walks away as the two friends begin to play.
' My Mom won't tell me anything about her,' the little girl says to her friend.
'Well,' says the friend, 'all you need to do is look at her driver's license. It's like a report card, it has everything on it.'

Later that night the little girl says to her mother, 'I know how old you are. You are 32.'
The mother is surprised and asks, 'How did you find that out?
'I also know that you weigh 130 pounds.'
The mother is past surprised and shocked now. 'How in Heaven's name did you find that out?''
And,' the little girl says triumphantly, 'I know why you and daddy got a divorce.'
'Oh really?' the mother asks. 'Why?'
Because you got an F in sex.'

Newsletter 11-4-14 Douglas George 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2014


The 2014 Needham Rotary Annual Pancake Breakfast was the subject of our meeting on October 28th!  After reading a very large thank you for dictionaries from one third grade class, Bill Paulson and Glen Davis led a roomful of volunteers in getting the final details organized and the tasks distributed for November 1st!  


FINALLY, ON NOVEMBER 1st, THE BIG DAY ARRIVED!  Needham Rotarians were creeping around in the early morning darkness around 5:45 trying to find the open door to the Needham High School cafeteria.  The set-up began!  President Glen barked out orders!  Ted fired up the grill with his name emblazoned on the front!  Charles rolled in the big tanks of helium.  Erica, Bob and Ryan set up the ticket table.  Bill, Andy, Jim and Libby set up the games.  Others pitched the Shelterbox tent and began inflating balloons.  Placemats were laid out by Ryan.  Coffee was made by Chuck.  It was an incredible outburst of energy from 6:00-7:00 am!   




NEWSLETTER FOR 10-28-14 AND THE WEEK OF PANCAKES! 2014-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Whitney on Oct 20, 2014

STOP THE PRESS!!  Candlestick pin bowling is alive and well in Needham!

The new Social Committee of the Needham Rotary Club held it's first event on Wednesday, October 22nd.  The event was a bowling party at the Needham Bowlaway, complete with pizza, prizes, and lots of personality.  Thirty-two people attended, including spouses and children of eighteen Rotarians.  After a hectic start, teams of six took over five lanes and the competition began.

For native New Englanders, candlestick pin bowling came more naturally, but for "regular" pin bowlers, this was definitely a "cross cultural" experience.  What's with that little ball without any finger holes?  How can you hit the head pin and only knock down two pins?  Here's the form that every participant should have exhibited:


It soon became apparent, however, that our Rotarians hadn't studied the desired form and should probably stick to "Service Above Self" and forget about "Bowling Against Others."   A Bowlaway record was set for most gutter balls in one evening!  Jim Brown went home early rather than resort to loud swearing!   Ken Davis muttered lots but finally figured out how to operate the "time capsule" electronic score machine!  Regardless of the final scores, a fun time was had by all! 

Libby Pero, Kathie Lindemann, and Gary Zeller were the high scorers, and each took home a lovely prize of Rotary apparel, courtesy of Greg Cronin (contact Greg for orders over a dozen).  Thank you to the entire social committee, led by Chairman Chuck Buyer!  Our next event will be the Holiday Party in December at Erica Bond's house.


Newsletter 10-21-14, Including Bowling Results!! Kathy Whitney 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Oct 13, 2014

Our guest speaker for October 14th was State Senator Richard Ross of Wrentham.   


The Senate Districts have been realigned, but Senator Ross still has precincts of Needham in his district, as well as eleven more towns.  He was elected to the Senate in 2010, and served as a State Representative since 2005.  Senator Ross was active in town politics prior to that in his home town of Wrentham.  He owns and operates the R.J. Ross Funeral Home in Wrentham.  His family arrived in the U.S. in 1609, and has been active in politics since their arrival.


NEEDHAM ROTARY NEWSLETTER FOR 10-14-14 Jim Brown 2014-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas George on Oct 06, 2014







NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER 7, 2014 Douglas George 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 05, 2014

THIS IS A BIG WEEK IN NEEDHAM as the Needham Rotary Club continues the delivery of 456 new dictionaries; one to each 3rd grade student at each of five Needham elementary schools.  The latest school receiving free dictionaries was Hillside Elementary, and Rotarians Roz Fisher, Erica Bond and Bill Paulson had fun delivering the goods to the kids!


NEEDHAM ROTARY NEWSLETTER 9-30-14 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 28, 2014

Needham Rotary welcomed District 7910 Governor Val Callahan who is in the midst of the DG's annual visitation of each Rotary club in the district.   DG Callahan, a warm and gracious person, presented club president, Glen Davis, the 2014-15 Rotary banner which is a symbol of our current RI leader, President Gary C.K. Huang of Taipei, Taiwan.  

This year's emphasis or focus is found in the slogan, "Light Up Rotary!"  His favorite quote is from Confucius: "It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness."


What does "Light Up Rotary" mean?   Gary C.K. Huang believes that we Rotarians go around doing good, helping people in need and building better communities around the world but "Shhhhhhh!  Don't tell anyone!"  Rotary is one of the best kept secrets in the world!  

If we are to "build our brand," increase our membership, and generate more donations we can use to help more people, we need to publicize our efforts and tell our story in every community we operate. 


NEEDHAM ROTARY NEWSLETTER 9-23-14 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas George on Sep 15, 2014

Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  September 16, 2014
Location:  Needham Sheraton

Pledge of Allegiance:  President Glen Davis
Song:  America The Beautiful; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Lois Sockol


Andrew Sherry, a prospective Rotarian from Middlesex Bank, and long time guest Chas Haberly from the Lakewood Rotary Club in Washington State. George then led us in the Welcome Song.

* The 422 dictionaries for Needham’s 3rd graders have arrived. At 11:30 am tomorrow Tuesday, there will be a ‘labeling bonanza’ at Rotary. All of the dictionaries get special labels for each child, and get separated into boxes for each class in each school. Come early, it is terrific fun!.
* Reminder of the Fall Harvest Fair to be held at the town common this coming Saturday.

Happy Dollars: George and Kris Hoffmeister are about to start a 3 week trip to Spain! Have fun George! Marty’s son has been chosen to be the kicker on his 8th grade football team. Not bad for a boy who had not played football before! Bill Paulson for his daughter Sara, and, a dollar for the opening of the Dog Park in Needham, which he was instrumental in putting together! Louise  ‘Happy Dollar’ trying to generate support for the Stanley Tippet fundraising dinner. Louise has tickets. Let her know if you can go! A number of ‘HTBH’s (Happy to be here).

Lois’s Presidential Minute: Lois worked hard to prepare for this Presidential moment and Glen guessed it quite quickly: Pres. Sam Adams!

50/50 drawing: Andy Wining had the winning number, but not the winning card. The pot stands at $581!!

5 minute Rotarian: no one today.

Joke of the day: no joke

Birthday: No one fessed up today

Guest Speaker: We had committee updates from the:

-Social Committee: October 22 bowling event.
-Public Relations Committee: Marty and his crew are trying to prepare a hand out for the Harvest Fair this coming weekend and had a brief meeting last week.
-Speakers Committee: Ken Davis will update next week when he is at rotary.
-Community Service Committee: Bill Paulson is looking for Community Service ideas.
-Events Committee: Charles Nelson will be holding a committee meeting next week.
-Rotary Foundation Committee: Karen Wetmore will hold a committee meeting shortly.
-Fundraising Committee: Rich Forte will report shortly.
-Grants Committee: Ted Shaughnessy will report shortly.
-Membership Committee: Marty Lindemann will report shortly.

Newsletter 9-16-14: Learn about the committees! Douglas George 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Sep 08, 2014

Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  September 9, 2014
Location:  Needham Sheraton


Our guest speaker this week was Bob Steele from Ledyard, Connecticut.  Bob is Chairman of Connecticut-based NLC Insurance Company and has been a director of numerous other companies, including the American Stock Exchange.  A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a nominee for Governor of Connecticut.

Certainly a well-informed and accomplished person, Bob has been very disappointed how casinos have worked out in Connecticut.  Despite their great promise of "economic improvement" and an abundance of good jobs, Bob found just the opposite in his state.  He found that the jobs which were created were primarily low paying jobs, and instead of economic development, he found moral destruction.  Connecticut has since been labeled the "Embezzlement Capital of the United States" with the Ledyard Tax Collector being indicted for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay her gambling debts.  Studies have found that almost half of his state's gamblers are ‘addicted’ to gambling.  Increases in the number of people addicted to gambling is hardly a good thing.

What started as the 1988 Indian Gaming Act in Congress has resulted in 1,000 casinos in the U.S., in 39 states, with Massachusetts and Kentucky scheduled to be next.  Half of the casinos are Indian-owned; the other half are commercial ventures.

Bob got so concerned about the deterioration of his region from the byproducts of big-time gambling that he wrote a novel entitled The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town. He believed that telling the story of gambling's many ills was better shown as a good story rather than a dry documentary or non-fiction work.  Bob gave a clear and very compelling presentation and sold a number of copies of his book at our lunch meeting.


With "Referendum Question 3" on Massachusetts ballots on November 4, 2014, the time may be right to vote against this concept for Massachusetts.  What do you think?

You can see more of Bob Steele on youtube at:           


Meeting Minutes:

Pledge of Allegiance:  President Glen Davis
Song:  God Bless America; Sung on key by Bob Cocks
Prayer: Thoughtfully led by Darrell Minnich

Susana Brown of Boston Rotary (and Jim’s brilliant and beautiful wife); Plus our guest speaker, Bob Steele


  • Louise reminded us of the VNA 20th anniversary of the Stanley Tippett Hospice House.  She also displayed the beautiful necklace donated by Susan Warnick for the silent auction.  The event will be held at the Needham Golf Club on Sept. 26th at 5:30, with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.  Entertainment will be provided by the Longwood Opera.  Wow!  That sounds like a really high class evening!
  • The 422 dictionaries for Needham’s 3rd graders have arrived. At 11 am on Tuesday the 16th, there will be a "labeling bonanza" at our Rotary meeting.  All of the dictionaries get special labels for each child, and get separated into boxes for each class in each school.  Come early, it is terrific fun!.  Here's a picture from the joy of last year's dictionary delivery:
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  • After 3 years of effort, Needham Rotarian Bill Paulson and the town committee have succeeded in getting a dog park built. The "Grand Dropping" was this past Friday 12th.

Happy Dollars: Ken and others for great weather!  Chuck for having lunch with such excellent company as us (watch out; he may want to borrow money next week!)  Lois and others for being able to vote in the Commonwealth’s Primary election on this day!  Bill Paulson for the opening of the Dog Park, and for his good meeting with the folks at the Newman School who offered to loan us games for the Pancake Breakfast!  Ron Sockol just glad to be here!  Doug George for being able to present the Eagle Scout Award from Needham Rotary this week to Needham’s most recent Eagle Scout, Brenden Albertson of St. Sebastian’s school!  Andy for his youngest daughter going off to pre-school today!  Bob Cocks for two weeks in Hilton Head!  Roz for vacation!  Roberta for HTBH!!

Lois’s Presidential Minute Quiz: This President was the 27th President of our country; he was the only President born in September; he served only one term; he was the only President to then become the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; President William Howard Taft, President from 1909 to 1913.  (He was also the only President whose weight once collapsed the speaker's platform)!   

50/50 drawing:  The great Needham card scandal was finally overcome by the purchase of a card deck that actually had the queen of hearts included!  Thanks to Greg for restoring the integrity of the weekly drawing and demonstrating the first of the four Rotary tests;  "Is it the truth?"  Unfortunately, Marty had lucky number 441, but he drew the Jack of Spades. 

5 minute Rotarian: no one today

Paraprosdokians (Winston Churchill loved them) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous:

 1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

  2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you ... but it's still on my  list.

 3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

 4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.  

  5. We never really grow up -- we only learn how to act in public.

  6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

 7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

 8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism.  To steal from many is research.

 9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

 10. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency notify ... " I answered "a doctor."

Birthday: No one today



Needham Rotary Newsletter 9-9-14 Jim Brown 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Whitney on Sep 01, 2014

**Rotary Club of Needham**

Tuesday:     September 2, 2014

Location:  Needham Sheraton


Pledge of Allegiance:  Jim Brown, President pro tem

Song:  America the Beautiful; Led By: Karen Wetmore

Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich



. Bob Dunning broke his leg about 6 weeks ago.  A ‘Get Well’ card was passed around and mailed.

. Bill Paulson updated us on Bill Rosenberg’s brother who passed away recently.

. Bill Paulson told us that the dictionaries are due this week, and a ‘labeling attaching session” may be called. Keep your eyes open for the email!

. Bill Paulson also told us that we will have a table at the NBA Harvest Fair.  He still needs people to sign up for the 1-3 shift in the afternoon.

. Roz  Fisher is working on the Pancake Breakfast on Nov. 1st at the high school.

. Jim Brown reminded us that there will be a speaker next week.  The topic will be Impact on Casinos’ on Towns.  Meeting the following week will be a review of our committee assignments and duties.

. Louise Condon let us know about the NBA involvement in the Ice Bucket Challenge.  It will take place tomorrow, 9/3 at 5:30 pm at the Needham Town Hall. It has also been decided that the businesses involved will donate 10% of their proceeds to ALS on Sat Sept. 6th.

. Fund raising committee will meet on Thurs., Sept. 4th at 7:30 am at Ryan Damaso’s office.

. Rotary District meeting will be held on Sept. 18th.  Ken Davis would like a couple of representatives to attend.  The meeting is at 5:30pm at the Best Western in Marlboro.

. Darrell Minnich reminded us that the Thanksgiving lunch with Community Council will be held again this year.  Bill Paulson agrees to be the Master Chef again this year.  Darrell needs a mashed potato masher this year.  Set up usually takes place on Wed. at 4:30 pm; cooking starts at 7:30 am on Thanksgiving Day and take out sets at 10:30.

Guests:   Slim and none

Happy Dollars:  Good Labor Day; great weekend beating my son at Boy Scout camp on Lake Winnipesauke; great vacation with family; great end of summer weekend sailing Newport Bay, St. Anthony’s Festival and golf at Millis; many happy to be here; daughter, Alexandra, moving into BU as sophomore; for 41 years of married bliss; another great weekend sojourn to St. Anthony’s Festival in North End; football; great sail in Gloucester on board Schooner Adventure who came in 2nd in race; great weekend in Chatham;  sorry to be at another meeting next week and Go Pats!

Lois’ presidential minute: none

50/50 drawing: $520 in pot; Bill Paulson had lucky number but not the right card.

Well, come to find out, with all the money in the pot, after today’s drawing it was discovered that the card we are seeking (the Queen of Spades) is missing. A reward has been posted, and search dogs have been sent out on the trails. So, we will look to replace the entire deck with a new deck, including the missing card. Stay tuned…..

Joke of the day: Courtesy of Louise Condon:     An Italian Mama

Mrs. Ravioli comes to visit her son Frankie for dinner. He lives with a female roommate, Maria .

During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how pretty Frankie 's roommate is.

 Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Frankie and his roommate than met the eye.

Reading his mom's thoughts, Frankie volunteered, "I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Maria and I are just roommates.''  We have separate rooms and sleep in separate beds.

About a week later, Maria came to Frankie saying, "Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver sugar bowl. You don't suppose she took it, do you?"

"Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure."

So he sat down and wrote an email:

“Dear MaMa,

I'm not saying that you "did" take the sugar bowl from my house; I'm not saying that you "did not" take it.

But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.

Your Loving Son,, Anthony”

Several days later, Frankie received a response email from his MaMa which read:

“Dear son,

I'm not saying that you "do" sleep with Maria , and I'm not saying that you "do not" sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the sugar bowl by now.

Your Loving MaMa”

 Moral of the story:

Never Bulla Shita you MaMa!

 5 minute Rotarian: Darrell had the honor this week. He was born in Harrisburg, VA; his parents were missionaries in Brazil where he lived until he was 7 when the family returned to the US so he could have heart surgery.  In 1984 he moved to Needham with his wife and 2 children, after living in Ohio and Connecticut where he worked with refugees from Laos.  He has 3 grandchildren who live nearby. His other son lives in Laos as an ‘underground’ missionary who also works for an inexpensive water filter company.  His parish in Needham is the Good Shepherd Christian Fellowship at 754 Greendale Ave.  The building is shared with 4 other congregations.  Darrell is an evangelical preacher – Be in the World not of the World.  We are all welcome to attend any of this services which begin at 9:30.


Newsletter 9-2-14 Kathy Whitney 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathy Whitney on Aug 25, 2014

Rotary Club of Needham

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Location: Needham Sheraton

Pledge of Allegiance: Rick Forte

Song: God Bless America; Led By: Ron Sokol

Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich


- Bob Dunning broke his leg and is convalescing at home. Give him a call at 781-444-8390 or drop him a card to 123 Elder Rd. Needham Heights.

- Fund Raising Committee will meet next week at the office of Ryan Damaso.

- Louise reminded us of the VNA 20th anniversary of the Stanley Tippett Hospice House. She also displayed the beautiful necklace donated by Susan Warnick for the silent auction. The event will be held at the Needham Golf Club on Sept. 26 th at 5:30 pm with light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Entertainment will be provided by the Longwood Opera.

- Bill Paulson has ordered 422 dictionaries for the 3 rd graders. He will let us know when he is ready for us to insert the Rotary stickers.

- Mariah Cronin told us about her exchange trip to France.

Guests: Mariah Cronin, Rotary exchange student. Ron Cronin, Mariah's father. Katie Paulson, Bill's daughter, who bound for Bates College. Sarah Paulson, Bill's daughter, who is heading to Africa.

Happy Dollars: Welcome Katie, Sarah, Mariah and Ron; many happy to be here; happy for granddaughter going off to Barnard; happy for good meal since wife is away for the summer; happy for peace here and happy to be married for 60 years; thank you to Charles and Stacy for great advice on our trip to Puerto Rico; quality of good new buildings in CA that withstood the recent earthquake so well; son in good school and son in youth symphony orchestra and glad to meet the good Cronin family.

Lois' presidential minute: Who was the President who graduated from Georgetown; was Rhodes Scholar; 42nd president and impeached by grand jury but was cleared. Answer: Bill Clinton.

50/50 drawing: Darrell had lucky number but heaven was not on his side. $502 in the pot.

5 minute Rotarian: no one today

Joke of the day: no joke

Birthday: No one today

Guest Speaker: Allison Churilla from our soon-to-be new neighbors, Trip Advisors. They are currently located in Newton, but started in Needham over a pizza shop (Kostas on Chestnut Street). They plan move into a new building mid-2015. Their objective is to help consumers plan their trips by seeking comments from other users about their own experiences. The company makes donations through their charitable division. They are currently hiring software engineers to build the website with 500 people hired so far this year. Allison was asked if the company would be interested in joining Rotary. She will look into the possibility.

Needham Rotary Newsletter 8/26/14 Kathy Whitney 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Aug 18, 2014

Image**Needham Rotary Club**
Meeting held Tuesday August 19, 2014
Location: Sheraton, Needham

Pledge of Allegiance: President Glen
Song: America Led by Ryan
Invocation: Led by ‘Father ’Marty

* Louise Condon is selling tickets to the Tippett House 20 Year Anniversary dinner to be held at the Needham Golf Club on Saturday Sept. 26, tickets $60.00 each.
* The Pancake Committee has met and are charging ahead! The breakfast will be at Needham High School on November 1-Mark your calendars!. 


Happy Dollars: Lots of ‘Happy to be here’; Scotti for a trip to Iceland; George for visiting his Mom in Virginia Beach; Andy for going to see the Sox tonight; Marty $5 for a great vacation at his summer home in Washington State, and for surviving the ‘breaking up the fighting dogs routine; Kathy for the great summer weather; Louise Condon reminds all ‘to smile!!!’. Great advice!!

Guests: Michelle Buyer, again visiting with her Dad.

50/50: Scotti had the number, but not the card. Pot is at $480!

Birthdays: None anyone would admit to.

Humor: While a joke was attempted, it was not funny!

Guest Speaker: President Glen revealed to us the committee assignments for the year. He will publish them by email. Thanks for all willing to serve on these committees. If everyone works hard on these committees, our club will make great progress.

If you want to be added to another committee or do not want to be one you are assigned to, please let Glen know.

Needham Rotary Newsletter 8-19-14 Jim Brown 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Brown on Aug 11, 2014



Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday August 12, 2014\
Location: Sheraton, Needham

Pledge of Allegiance: President Glen
Song: America Led by Bob
Invocation: Darrell


* Louise Condon is selling tickets to the Tippett House 20 Year Anniversary dinner to be held at the Needham Golf Club on Saturday Sept. 26, tickets $60.00 each.
* The Pancake Committee has met and are charging ahead! The breakfast will be at Needham High School late this fall. Roz presented the idea of selling ‘Rotary Sponsorships’ for the upcoming year. This would be an investment in the club into ne of 3 categories, and they would receive recognition and advertising at all of our events.
* The club received a $1000 donation to the Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund from Ernest Steves in memory of his wife Susan.


Happy Dollars: Lots of ‘Happy to be here’; Andy for 3 more weeks of summer;  Ted for a great family weekend; Louise for being  happy she was wearing a seat belt, and she hopes you do too; Kathy-enjoyed her annual NE boating, but happy to be home; Darrell go Pat’s; Greg for his son’s 30th Birthday.

Guests: Michelle Buyer, again visiting with her Dad.


50/50: Risk Davis, in his close to 30 years in Rotary has never won the 50/50. Today his record is unbroken, despite having the correct ticket!


Birthdays: Kathy Whitney was the lucky one. Congratulations! Roz led us in ‘Happy Birthday’.


Humor: It's game 7 of the NBA finals and a man makes his way to his seat at center court. He sits down and notices that the seat next to him is empty. He leans over and asks his neighbor if someone is sitting there. He responds, "No, the seat's empty." "The first man exclaims, "What?!? Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the NBA finals and not use it?" The neighbor responds, "Well the seat is mine, but my wife passed away and this is the first NBA finals we haven't been together." The first man responds," I'm sorry to hear that. Wasn't there anyone else, a friend or relative, that could've taken that seat?" The neighbor responds, "No, they're all at the funeral."


Guest Speaker: Our guest speaker for ‘Five minutes of Rotary Fame’ was Ryan Damaso. Ryan grew up in North Providence RI, where he played football and basketball in High School. He graduated from Northeastern University where he majored in accounting and interned at Heald Hoffmeister. He also interned at Titleist in addition to Walpole Prison (a/k/a Cedar Junction), and they even let him out! But, he did graduate and go to work at Heald Hoffmeister. In 2004, he was named a Partner at HH, and just this summer, Ryan and 2 other CPAs spun off from the old firm to form Treeful, Domaso and Aniceto, which also has an office in Bourne Mass. In addition to Chestnut St.

Being from north Providence, Ryan forecast the re-election of Former Mayor turned criminal Buddy Cianci this fall!

Ryan married his wife Krista 11 years ago, and they have 2 children Mia age 9, and Aliana age 6.

Ryan was inducted into Rotary in 2005, and has been very active member ever since, having risen to be President, and currently serving on the Board of Directors, and as Treasurer. He enjoys ‘getting his hands dirty’ on Rotary projects and seeing his money go to work. One of his goals is to go to an RI International Convention. Great guy, great Rotarian!

Rotary Newsletter 8-12-14 Jim Brown 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Forte on Aug 04, 2014

Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday August 5, 2014
Location: Sheraton, Needham


Pledge of Allegiance: Rich
Song: America Led by Bob
Invocation: Darrell


  • Rich asked Ryan to speak about a fund raiser being hosted at Blissful Meadows Golf Club on September 8 to benefit the “LivForYou” foundation.  The Foundation (501(c)(3)) was established to remember Olivia Rotondo who died at the age of 20 while attending University of New Hampshire to provide scholarships to spirited dance or cheerleading students from Mount Saint Charles who intend to pursue a college education.  If interested in learning how you may participate or contribute, please contact Ryan or Tournament Administrator, David Rotondo at
  • Roz announced that the Pancake Breakfast Fundraising Committee will meet following the meeting
  • Bill updated the group with the last blog from Maria Cronin, our Rotary exchange student.  We hope she will have time this school year to join us for a recap of her experience.

Happy Dollars: A whole bunch of Happy to be Here!  Ted for Daniela safely returning to Panama tomorrow post open heart surgery at BCH, Erica for her kids returning home from camp, Ken for time down the Cape, Bill for a great weekend in Maine, George for a GREAT Day! Doug hoping Lester returns, Darrell for the Pats, Chuck for a great day yesterday playing in the 1st Annual Red Sox Foundation golf tournament at Belmont CC, Scott for his upcoming trip to Iceland, Tom for his great hiking trip.  WOW!!!

Guests: Evan and Andy Saks

50/50: Chuck had the lucky number but pulled the queen of clubs.  Too bad!  Pot stands at $453!

Humor: Doug shared a beautiful story about an aging Cinderella who was granted three wishes and after having her youth back, enough gold to last a lifetime and her pet cat turned into a beautiful young man to spend the rest of her life with lamented the fact that she had previously neutered her cat…

Guest Speaker: Mr. Andy Saks of Spark Presentations led the group through an understanding of why we get nervous about public speaking and what we can do to reduce the anxiety and be a more effective presenter.  Our own Tom Savino aided in the demonstration!  Andy talked about our instinct to Fight-or-Flight.  Andy helps to coach folks on presentation skills, trade show presenters, he is keynote speaker and on camera and voice talent.    He is the author of “The Presentation Playbook”.  To learn more, contact Andy at 781.454.7600, ,


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Posted by Douglas George on Jul 28, 2014






 **NEEDHAM ROTARY CLUB**                                                                            7-29-14

This weeks meeting of Rotary was opened by President Glen, who led us in the Pledge
of Allegiance, Bob Cocks who led us in us in 'God Bless America' and Reverend Darrell who
delivered the Invocation.

VISITORS: Justine Paula, a guest of Bill Paulson, and Gary Zeller. George then led us in the Welcome Song!

 Happy Dollars:
For No Deaths in Revere, a hot July, a great vacation in the Berkshires, kids coming home from Camp
(probably with dirty clothes), a visit to Brookfield, a nice time on the boat, and for our guest, Justine.

- The Pancake breakfast committee met after the meeting.  We will also meet again after
next weeks meeting
-Next week Andy Saks will speak to us about 'Fear to Fun', the truth about Public Speaking.
Maybe the jokes will be better!

HAPPY DOLLARS: A number of Happy Dollars for the incoming officers; a lot of HTBH;
Libby $2 for summer vacations; Roberta for her daughter's birthday today;

50/50: The 50/50 pot is $434.  Justine picked the lucky number of 347, which was her number (oops).Anyway
she didn’t pick the Queen of Hearts.  Come again next week for another try at it.

Presidential Minute: Lois was on vacation.

GUEST SPEAKER: Our scheduled speaker has rescheduled for this fall, so, President Glen gave us a
'Classification Talk', his chance to tell us about himself and the business he is in. Glen grew up in Needham, and
is the son of Past President Rick Davis, and Grandson of Past President (1966/67) of Ed Davis. Glen went to
River's School in Weston (when it ws not coed) and from there went on to Muhlenberg College in Allentown PA.
He majored in history, and like every other good history grad, went into the insurance business! First he
went to work for Aetna Insurance, and then went to his Dad and Grandfathers business known as Provider Insurance

He and his fiancee Diane own a home in Andover and a home in Chatham.

We have been fortunate to have 3 generations of Davis's as members, and we are so thankful that Glen has
agreed to serve a second term as President. Thank you Glen!

HUMOR: (Courtesy of Tom Savino):
A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife.  She was very good looking and was determined
to keep the ranch.  However she knew very little about ranching so she put an ad in the newspaper for a ranch hand.
Two cowboys applied for the job.  One was gay and the other a drunk.  She thought long and hard about it and
decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him around that the drunk.
He proved to be a very hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching.   For weeks the
two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well.
Then one day, the widow said to the hired hand,” You’ve done a really good job and the ranch looks great. 
You should go into town and kick up your heels.”  The hired hand readily agreed and went into town one Saturday
One o’clock came and he hadn’t returned.  Two o’clock came and no hired hand.  Finally he returned around
two-thirty, and upon entering the room, he found the rancher’s widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine, waiting for him.
She quietly called him over.  “Unbutton my blouse and take it off,” she said.  Trembling, he did as she directed.  “Now take off my boots.”  He did as she asked, ever so slowly.
“Now take off my socks.”  He gently removed each and placed them neatly by her boots.  “Now take off my skirt.”  He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the fire light.
“Now take off my bra.”  Again, with trembling hands, he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor.
Then she looked at him and said, “If you ever wear my clothes into town again, you’re fired.”



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Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 21, 2014






    NEEDHAM ROTARY NEWSLETTER                                            7-22-14

This weeks meeting of Rotary was opened by President Glen, who led us in the Pledge
of Allegiance,Karen Wetmore  led us n 'God Bless America' and Reverend Darrell who
delivered the Invocation.

VISITORS: We welcomed Jillian Vorce, a Natick Rotarian and our Assistant District Governor,
and Andrew Sherry, who is the Branch Manager at Middlesex Savings, replacing Vishay who
returned home to India with his wife.
Ryan then led us in the 'Welcome Song'.

ANNOUNCEMENTS::  ham is celebrating their 20th year with a fund-
raising dinner on October 25th at the Westin Hotel in South Boston.Did you know that
Needham Rotary helped them convert a home on South Street to the facility it is?
ADG brought us greetings from the new District Governor who will be visiting on Sept. 23.

HAPPY DOLLARS: A number of Happy Dollars for the incoming officers; a lot of HTBH;
Libby $2 for summer vacations; Roberta for her daughter's birthday today;

50/50: Libby Pero had the correct number, but did not pull the winning card.
$418 in the pot!

Presidential Minute: Lois detailed George W. Bush! Her reference to the Texas Rangers
gave it away!

HUMOR: Presented by Doug George on the jokes of Bob Hope who commented:
'I still chase women, but only downhill.'
'That's the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.'
'You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.'
'I don't feel old. In fact, I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.'
'I ruined my hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them.'
'Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's called at my home, 'Passover.'
'Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees.'

'I have performed for 12 presidents but entertained only six.'
'When I was born, the doctor said to my mother,
Congratulations, you have an eight pound ham.'

'I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it.'

'Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother.'

'That's how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.'

'I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me.'

'I've done benefits for ALL religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.'

On his death bed they asked him where he wanted to be buried.
He said. "Surprise me."

Then Jim Brown took his chance at Huor and failed:
After a very busy day, a commuter settled down in her seat and closed her eyes
as the train departed Boston for Worcester.
As the train rolled out of the station, the guy sitting next to her pulled out his cell
phone and started talking in a loud voice: "Hi sweetheart it's Eric, I'm on the
train - yes, I know it's the six thirty and not the four thirty but I had a long meeting.
No, honey, not with that floozy from the accounts office - with the boss. No sweetheart,
you're the only one in my life. Yes, I'm sure, cross my heart!" etc., etc.
Fifteen minutes later at Framingham,he was still talking loudly, when the young woman
sitting next to him, who was obviously angered by his continuous diatribe, yelled at
the top of her voice: "Hey, Eric, get off you damn cell phone and come back to bed!"

My guess is that Eric no longer uses his cell phone in public.

GUEST SPEAKER: President Glen recounted the Rotary year just gone by, and said he had
such fun as President, he was going to do it again for 2014/2015. While we made a lot of progress
with the following accomplishments:
-Gift of Life
-The January Music Event
-Install new flooring at the Needham Community Council
-We donated our Happy dollars to Polio Plus
-Donations to the Scholarship Fund to memorialize Jerry Goodman and Bob Welling

this past year, the hope is to induct more new members and to have more new projects,
and tocreate a structure which is not as cumbersome. The following officers for 2013/2014 were thanked for their service:

Chris Teachout
Greg Cronin
Karen Wetmore
Dan Tibma
Brenda Rodriguez

Then Glen inducted the new officers for 2014/2015 as follows:
-Pres: Glen Davis
-President Elect: Rich Forte
-Past President: Charles Nelson
-VP Jim Brown
-Treasurer: Ryan Damasso
-Secretary: Bob Cocks
-Membershhip Chair: Marty Lindemann
-Grant Chair: Ted Shaughnessy

Glen was thanked for a great year, and even a better one to come!


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Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 14, 2014


This weeks meeting of Rotary was opened by President Glen, who led us in the Pleadge
of Allegiance,Bob Cocksled us in 'God Bless America' and Reverend Darrell who
delivered the Invocation.

VISITORS: We welcomed the return of Chas Eberley, Marion Buyer (Chuck's sister),and
Francine Kollias, from the Social Security Administration. We then sand a round of
the welcome song!

HAPPY DOLLARS: Doug glad the Social Security Admin can still pay him; Ted Shaughnessy for
the successes with Gift of Life; A number of 'Happy to be here's';Scotti for great boating
weather; George for a successful repair of his wife's car; Rick Dave-$50 for a happy 49th
wedding anniversary!!! Ryan for a great vacation week at the Cape; Charels for a great
vacation week in Provincetown; Tom Savino looking for 2 weeks being 'off the grid' meaning out
of cell phone range for 2 weeks hiking vacation; Greg thanking everyone who helped with
the 4th of July Float!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Many thanks to our 4th of July Floaters:
Ken Davis, Dan Tibma, Rachel, Glen Davis, and Greg for masterminding it!
Needham Rotary won a trophy for the 'Theme' category. Congratulations!

50/50: Doug George had the correct number 303, but did not pull the winning card.
$404 in the pot!

Presidential Minute: Lois detailed John Quincy Adams, our 6th Prsident, and George was
the first and only one to figure it out!

HUMOR: Doug George presented the following list of 'Only in America'::
Only in drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
Only in people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
Only in banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
Only in America we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
Only in we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
Only in America they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?
Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?
Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?
Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?
Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food?
Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make
the whole plane out of that stuff?!
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

: Our guest speaker today was Francine Kollias from the Social Security
Administration. She presented a powerpoint slide show of the basics of Social Security,
and and Medicare and how to apply. In addition, she detailed the impact of waiting to collect,
and a  number of useful tips. The biggest one being is the SS wants everyone to use their
web portal,

The closest office is in Norwood, and they provide great service!


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Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 07, 2014
It was quite a pleasure to have Micky Welling (wife of recently deceased Past President 'Mr. Rotary' Bob Welling) come and join us for our Annual Cookout started back when Bob was President. Micky brought with her her son John Stone, and her grandson Blake. Once again 'It never rains on a Needham Rotary Cookout' as Bob used to say.
Pictured are all the participants at the cookout, but not the food. Dan Tibma was the Thief Chef, with everyone pitching in. A fun and filling time was had by everyone, and we look forward to doing it next year!
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Newsletter for June 10 Meeting Kathy Whitney 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Forte on Jun 08, 2014

Meeting Notes for June 3, 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel in Needham

Pledge of Allegiance: Glen

Song: "America" Led by Bob

Invocation: Darrell

Glen welcomed everyone to celebrate the two 2014 Needham High School senior scholarship recipients.


Ted informed the group of three children being treated in Boston through the Gift of Life New England:

  • Edwin, age 3 weeks from Panama, traveled with his mom and doctor and is in surgery as we met
  • Daniela, age 16 years, also from Panama
  • Valeria,  age 2 years from Ecuador

Gift of Life New England works with some of the leading Hospitals in the Boston area to treat children from developing countries who would not be able to receive the life-saving treatment in their home country.  The care is free and housing is provided to the family from area Rotarians.

Awesome program!  Thanks for the update, Ted!  It makes us proud to be Rotarians!


Happy Dollars:

The Happy dollars collected today were in memory of Rotarian Bob Welling and will go to the Scholarship Fund.  Total contributed today totaled $655!!!  Thanks to our members for their generosity!

Many dedications were on behalf of the High School Scholarship winners; George gave thanks for his many years as scholarship trustee (proud of the current and past recipients and fellow Rotarians!).

Ryan had the lucky number for a chance to draw the queen of hearts to split the $308 pot.  Too bad, pot will grow next week!

Scholarship Winners:

Glen invited Lois Sockol to introduce our scholarship recipients.  Lois thanked fellow committee members Dan Tibma and Rick Davis.  There were 53 Needham High School seniors who applied.  Of the 53, it was narrowed to 36 and then to 6 to be interviewed and finally to the two selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship.  The criteria for selection is based on three elements; academics, involvement in the school and community, and financial need.  These scholarships are among the largest given each year at Needham High School. 


This year’s recipients are Ms. Sara Castiglia and Mr. Aiden O’Connor.  Sara was a member of the track team, debate and speech team, student council member and played flute in the band.  Sara will be attending Georgetown in the fall and plans to study government.  Aiden also was a member of the band and played rugby and was a wide receiver on the football team.  Aiden plans to study finance at Providence College.


Mr. Tom Savino, trustee of the Needham Rotary Scholarship Fund reminded those present of the inception of the Scholarship Fund.  It was originally funded through the tips (pennies and nickels) left by the members as thanks to the other members who served the meal on the day.  The Fund was created in 1952 and has been funded through contributions from Needham Rotarians.  Mr. Savino invited both recipients up to receive the first of their four scholarship checks (four annual checks of $2,500 each).  All members stood and offered very warm applause to the winners!


Our scholarship recipients were joined by their parents who looked on with admiration as their children were praised for their achievenments in school and the community!


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Posted by Douglas George on Jun 01, 2014

Bulletin of the Meeting on May 27, 2014

by Doug George


Louise Condon helped welcome our speaker for the week, Bill Wilmot, Head of the Tremont School in Weston.  He's guiding the development of this new private school that's now in its second year.  The school began with middle school and eventually will be expanding into a high school.  Presently there are 32 students with about 8 full time staff.  The tuition is $22,000 annually.  The focus is to give the students a hands-on education program built around projects that integrate "disciplines" and that are more individualized than the public schools offer.   The school builds curriculum around Albert Einstein's saying, "Learning is experience.  Everything else is just information." 

Our Meeting Notes:

Rich Forte ably substituted for our absent President Glen and let the Pledge, Ron Sokol gustily led the singing of "God Bless America" and Lois Sokol prayed.  She then led the "Vice Presidential Minute" (did we run out of presidents already?), with the guest VP being Humbert Humphrey.  It was a mostly Lois day, as she won the 50-50 draw but failed to get the queen of hearts, leaving at least $282 on the table for next week.

Happy Bucks Mentioned:  Guests, Great Memorial Day Program, nice weekends away, the Reality Fair, Great Article on Paul Burke and David Borelli, In Memory of Bob Welling and Evelyn Derenzo, Hope for a 15 day old boy from Panama coming to BCH for open heart surgery and for time with families.

The guest of the day was Doug Spink, a former Rotary Club Scholarship winner from 2011 at Needham High School.


Doug has just finished his third year at the University of Indiana where he is majoring in business and accounting.  Putting his education to work, he recently aided in a major university fund raising effort that secured more than $2 million.   We can hardly wait for him to become a Rotarian somewhere and put all that skill to work for service to others!


Our meeting will present the 2014 Needham Rotary Scholarship winners at our luncheon meeting.   Please make sure you attend and bring your checkbook, not your $1 bills.   Why?  Because the happy bucks for the week are going into our scholarship kitty.   Give often, give generously!  We are in the business of producing more Doug Spink's!

Finally, some jokes (laughter optional):

Humor by Doug:

Two ninety year old men, Moe and Sam, have been friends all their lives.

It seems that Sam is dying of cancer, and Moe comes to visit him daily.

"Sam," says Moe, "You know how we have both loved baseball all our lives, and how we played minor league ball together for so many years. Sam, you have to do me a favor. When you get to Heaven, and I know you will go to Heaven, somehow you've got to let me know if there's baseball in Heaven."

Sam looks up at Moe from his death bed, and says, "Moe, you've been my best friend for years........of course, I'll tell you."

And shortly after, Sam passes on.

It is midnight a couple of nights later. Moe is sound asleep when he is awakened by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calls out to him, "Moe.... Moe...."

"Who is it?" says Moe sitting up suddenly. "Who is it?"

"Moe, it's me, Sam."

"Come on. You're not Sam. Sam just died."

"I'm telling you," "It's me, Sam!"

"Sam? Is that you? Where are you?"

"I'm in heaven," says Sam, "and I've got to tell you, I've got good news and a little bad news."

"So, tell me the good news first," says Moe.

"The good news," says Sam "is that there is baseball in heaven. Better yet, all our old buddies who've gone before us are there. Better yet, we're all young men again. Better yet, it's always spring time and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play baseball all we want, and we never get tired!"

"Really?" says Moe, "That's great, but what's the bad news?"

"Ahhh -- Sam, you're pitching next Tuesday."

Humor by Doug, 2nd chance:

A man was stranded on a desert island for 10 years.

One day a beautiful girl swims to shore in a wetsuit....

Man: "Hi! Am I ever happy to see you."

Girl: "Hi! It seems like you've been here a long time. How long has it been since you've had a cigarette?"

Man: "It's been ten years!"

With this information the girl unzips a slot on the arm of her wet suit and gives the man cigarette.

Man: "Oh thank you so much!"

Girl: "So tell me how long its been since you had a drink?"

Man: "It's been ten years"

The girl unzips a little longer zipper on her wet suit and comes out with a flask of whiskey and gives the man a drink.

Man: "Oh... thank you so much. You are like a miracle!"

Girl: [Starting to unzip the front of her wet suit.] "So tell me then, how long has it been since you played around?"

Man: "Oh, my God, don't tell me you've got a set of golf clubs in there too?!"

Humor from Jim:

At breakfast, the wife says to her husband, “What would you do if I won the Lotto?”

“I’d take half and leave you,” he says.

“Great” she says. “Here's $6. I won $12 yesterday! Stay in touch.”

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Newsletter 5-20-14 Jim Brown 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2014

Newsletter for Meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the Needham Sheraton Hotel

ImageImageWayne Braverman, Managing Editor, Gatehouse Media, presented our program on "ethics and the print media."  Located in Needham, Wayne oversees the staffs of 16 weekly newspapers and their "Wicked" (local town) websites.  In public life for more than 35 years, Wayne's been a journalist, life coach, toastmaster, event planner, actor (Ebeneezer Scrooge to Jesus Christ:  now that's a wide range!), writer, photographer, and Congregational pastor.

He skillfully presented Needham Rotarians with two case studies and invited us to "be the editor" and make decisions on what story details should be printed and what should be ignored.  Would you tell the public just before the big Thanksgiving day game that the star player wouldn't be playing because he had flunked shop because he didn't go to class?  Would you tell the public that in a polarized dispute between playground advocates versus dog park supporters, the head of the dog park group was making unsupported allegations that one of the playground group's supoorters had been charged as a youth as a class 3 sex offender?

One of the great things about being in Rotary is that weekly meetings and speakers give one a chance to turn one's brain on to things you don't usually think about!  Sometimes "all the news that's fit to print" has to be weighed against "what's the 'right' thing for a moral person to do?

Weekly Club News

Ex-President Charles ably substituted for President Glen, Darrell prayed inspirationally, we sang beautifully, and (most) tunefully honored Ted's birthday. 

Lois changed it up.   No "Presidental Minute" and she tried to stump us with a mystery sports figure.  But, we got it easily!  It was none other than Joe Lewis, whose most memorable moment was his 1938 rematch defeat of German Max Schmeling, a hero of the Nazi party and Adolph Hitler.  This symbolic defeat of racist Nazism on the eve of WWII took place in front of 70,000 people in Yankee Stadium and a world-wide radio audience of millions.   Did you know that Max and Joe later became friends and Max was a pallbearer at Joe's 1981 Arlington National Cemetery burial, after which he helped pay for Joe's funeral expenses?  

Happy Bucks time revealed that Scott liked his weekend taking care of his grandson when his son took his daughter-in-law to Italy for a quick trip.  Lois honored her grandson who is President of Westboro Interact Club; Ted had a great trip with Marilyn to the China (and the great wall); Rich's daughter returned home after a successful year at college; Bill got to see Katie over the weekend; Marty reported on being at his 50th H.S. reunion (who are all these old people?) and his father's 101st birthday celebration; and member-to-be Steve Schauer led cheers for the Bruins (condolences Steve).

Needham Rotary Biography

Karen Wetmore treated us to some insights into her life.   She was born in Needham, graduated from Needham H.S., trained as an executive secretary at Baypath J.C., and went on to get her BA (accounting) and MBA from Babson.  She worked for a decade for an engineering company that made safe underground lighting for coal mines (no explosions please!).  Karen switched to non-profit accounting at Reverend Ike's Organization, then founded her own accounting firm, Falcon Accounting, where she has worked for 25 years.  She sees her future focus and passion being on helping seniors and their caregivers.

She got her public service outlook from her father who was a Needham Rotarian.  She loves quilting, traveling and horses.


Doug offered the following:
Barbara Walters had done a story on gender roles in Kuwait several years before the Gulf War and she noted that Kuwaiti women customarily walked about 10 feet behind their husbands.  When she returned after the war, she observed that the men now walked 10 feet behind the women.
She approached one of the women for an explanation.  "This is great progress," Barbara said.  "What enabled women here to achieve this wonderful reversal of roles?"
The woman replied, "Land mines!"
Needham Rotarians in Action This Past Week
Congratulations to Rich Forte for leading our club's sponsorship of the Needham H.S. "Reality Fair" on Friday, May 16th.   More than 350 students participated in the simulation of life (called reality vs. life as a high school student) as they learned in detail how tough it is after high school and college to match income with expenses.   Thanks to all Needham Rotarians (and their friends and associates) who participated so enthusiastically and helped make the morning both fun and informative.   Here's some pictures:
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Posted by Kathy Whitney on May 05, 2014


Needham Rotary Club

Tuesday: May 4, 2014

Location:  Needham Sheraton


Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis

Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Ron Sockol

Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich


  • District Conference is May 16-17 at Holiday Inn in Boxboro. Paul Harris dinner on Friday, May 16th. Stop Hunger Now on May 17th also at the Holiday Inn in Boxboro.
  • Reality Fair set for Friday, May 16th.  Thank you Gary Zeller for lining up several new Reality Fair attendees!
  • Needham High School Honor Society sponsoring Stop Hunger Now event.  We are invited to help at noon on Wednesday, May 14th at the high school.
  • June 3 Scholarship recipients will join us for lunch.  Thank you, Dan, Rick and Lois for choosing winners.
  • June 24th, Harvey Leonard will be speaker.
  • Let Rich or Glen know your choices for committees within the next 24-48 hours or they will choose for you.
  • Darrell complimented Tom as speaker at Eagle Scout ceremony.  He did a terrific job and represented Rotary very well.  We donate the Eagle Scout kits for the ceremony.



  • Ed Mulhall, Family Federal

Happy Dollars:  Go Bruins; many happy to be here; Roberta was proud grandma, happy to hear her granddaughter solo in school musical; Erica for a wonderful week in Kauai – Aloha; proud father, Tom, for son John’s college graduation; Lois wishing Ron a happy birthday today; Greg reminding us that America’s business is business; Bill for daughter, Sarah’s, 18th birthday; Ken for son coming home this weekend; in memory of Maria McTiernan, Development DIirector of the Charles River Center, who passed away last weekend; and Charles happy for the good weather.


Lois’s Presidential Minute: What president was born on Beale St., Brookline; prevented nuclear conflagration and said “Forgive your enemies, just don’t forget who they are”?  John F. Kennedy.  Our 2nd president  has a birthday today.  He was president of Needham Little League and Needham Rotary – Ron, of course.

50:50:  Ron Sockol has lucky number but no luck drawing queen of hearts.  $228 still in pot.

5 Minute Rotarian of the Day:  Tom Savino joined Needham Rotary in 1995;  president from 1998-1999; treasurer from 1999-2012.  Currently he is trustee of scholarship fund and trustee of District Charity fund.  He is very proud of 20 year perfect attendance.  Tom was born in Connecticut; lived in Worcester and moved around quite a bit.  Went to Rutgers and graduated in 3yrs, 1 mo.  He is 6th of 8 children.  He returned to MA and has been here for the last 26 yrs.  Has 2 children who are both Eagle Scouts and musicians.  Tom also updated us on the state of our scholarship fund which is in very good shape.  Thank you Tom and Erica for good job.




Birthday: Ron Sockol

Guest Speaker:  None

Future Meeting:  Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Sheraton Needham

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Posted by Rich Forte on Apr 28, 2014

Rotary Club of Needham

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Location: Sheraton, Needham


Pledge of Allegiance: Glen

Song: America Led by Bob

Invocation: Darrell



Glen asked for introductions of guests present.  Our guests included Andy Winig of the Arlington Rotary, Ed Mullens, new assistant Branch Manager of Family Federal Savings, as a guest of Debra Kazarian


Lois provided the group with our Presidential Moment.  Lois provided clues to the group, with the answer being President Truman.


Happy Dollars: A whole bunch of “Happy to be Here”, Deb for her guest: Ed, Bill for successful move to new home, Darrell for the storm victims, Andrew for a great family vacation to Florida and Disney, Charles for spring skiing at Jay Peak, Ken is waiting for spring, Rich for his two daughters safe return from their school trips, Scott is happy winter is almost over, Marty threw in $20 to celebrate his Dad’s 101st birthday and his 50th High School graduation reunion, George for his mother-in-law, Barbara’s 93 birthday, Roz for Frugal Fanny shopping and Roberta for sharing the afternoon with all of us!


Our Humor of the day was presented by Doug George and Jim Brown:

Southern Law Joke

Questions asked in a courtroom can be very revealing... especially in the South. Even of an old, sweet lady many would be happy to call grandma.

In a trial in the heart of the South, a prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly woman he had known since childhood, to the stand.

He approached her and asked, "Mrs. Whitaker, do you know me?"

She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Coolidge. I've known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, cheat, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit lawyer. Yes, I know you."

The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Whitaker, do you know the defense attorney?"

She again replied, "Of course, I do. I've known Mr. Johnson since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Yes, I know him."

The defense attorney turned red with embarrassment.  The judge upon hearing the questions and answers thus far asked both counselors to approach the bench. In a very quiet voice he said, "If either of you asks her if she knows me, I'll throw you in jail for contempt."

Continuing our “Get to Know Me” segment, Mr. Marty Lindemann was invited to share with the group some interesting facts about his life that we may not know about him.

Marty was born in St. Louis Missouri 67 years ago and with his Dad’s military service moved every three years, traveling the world and a good part of the USA.  He is one of four boys.  He spent two years in the army and when through spent some time working to help families with re-location services, eventually moving on to Silicon Valley where he met his wife of 24 years.  He took his liberal arts education and became involved in Human Resources and that led to process management.  He and his wife adopted two boys (now age 12) from Kazakhstan about 11 years ago.  He has been a Rotarian for over 25 years and looks forward to continuing as a Rotarian with the Needham chapter (officially now that he has his badge!).


Charles had the lucky number for a chance to draw the queen of hearts to split the $213 pot.  Too bad, Charles pulled the ace of spades!


  • STOP HUNGER- the High School is trying to raise money and pack 20,000 meals on May 14th.  Glen passed around a sample meal that will feed 6.  Donations are appreciated!
  • COMMITTEES- if you have not sent Rich an email with your committee preferences, you will be assigned to committees to show off your talents!
  • Reality fair is May 16th.  Thanks to those who will be helping.  The more folks the better to help manage the 400+ students.


Guest Speaker: None



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**Needham Rotary Club**

 April 22, 2014

Location: Needham Sheraton Hotel

Pledge of Allegiance: President Glen led us

Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Roberta

Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich


·  The Realty Fair will on held on Friday  May 16th – looking for help.

·  Mae Hardenback spoke of the NHS program to donate 20,000 meals to countries around the world with starvation.  She was soliciting cash donations and manpower to assist in packing these meals on May 14th at the high school.

·  Ted reported on two gift of life recipients upcoming: 2 year old Valeria from El Salvador and 16 year old Daniela from Panama. 


  • Gary Zeller,  potential Needham Rotarian
  • Mae Hardenbach a Senior  from the Needham High National Honor Society.
  • Jason Hartz, our speaker

Happy Dollars: Lots for the weather, our guests, HTBH and the marathon.  Doug for a new grandson and Ted for the two new gift of life recipients. .

50:50:  $198 is now in the pot, but Scott picked the 4 of hearts; sorry Scott!

Birthdays: None

Presidential minute:  None this week.

5 Minute Rotarian of the Day: Bob Cocks told us of his          experiences from Bates College, to the Navy, to a successful career as a banker, and now in later years a Real Estate agent. He has two children, both of whom are married with children. Bob’s passion is music. He sings in the church choir, as well he has sung with the ‘Center Streeters’ in Dover, and that is what he really enjoys. We are fortunate to have him as a member!

Guest Speaker: Our speaker, Jason Hartz is a Sandler sales trainer who held an open forum with us in getting us out of our comfort zone to improve our businesses.  His business is in Waltham.  

Joke of the day: First, from Louise…

An airplane was about to crash; there were 5  passengers on board, but only 4 parachutes.

The first passenger, Holly Madison, said, ‘I have my own reality show and I am the  smartest

and prettiest woman at Playboy, so Americans don’t want me to die”.  She took the first pack and jumped out of the plane.


The second passenger, John McCain, said, “I’m a Senator, and a decorated war hero from an

elite Navy unit from the United States of America.”  So he grabbed the second pack and jumped.


The third passenger, Barack Obama said, “I am the President of the United States and I am the smartest ever in the history of our country, some even call me the “Anointed One”.

So he grabbed the pack next to him and jumped out.

The fourth passenger, Billy Graham, said to the fifth passenger, a 10 year old  schoolgirl,“I have lived a full life and served my God the best I could.  I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute.


The little girl said, “ That’s okay, Dr. Graham.  There’s a parachute left for you.

America’s smartest President took my school backpack.

Next is Doug’s contribution… Francis Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So... he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day.

As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.

Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"

The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not."

Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. It WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!

St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?"

The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"

Neither received standing ovations.  Better luck next week.

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FOR MARCH 4, 2014





President Glenn Davis welcomed our speakers for the day who are visiting Rotarians from Kathmandu, Nepal.  Mangala Shrestha and her husband, Jagan Nath Shrestha, presented a picture of a local Rotary club “on fire” with the Rotarian spirit of serving others. 


Their Chandragiri Rotary club is busy with literacy programs (especially for young women who traditionally are not educated equally with men in their society), vocational technical training, career counseling, and sponsoring an orphanage, old age homes and housing for the physically disabled.  Because Kathmandu only has eight hours a day of electricity, their club has put up solar powered streetlights and trained people in sustainable energy development (Jagan Nath is a professor of energy studies and President of the Nepal Solar Energy  Society).


They are in the Boston area visiting their son and his wife and their grandkids, and they plan to be here for several weeks.  Their smiles, optimism, and stories of the needs of people in their community and the ways that Rotary and Rotarians meet those needs, provided our members with tangible and compelling insight into the global “connections” that we enjoy as Rotarians with 1.2 million other men and women members!




The program was the perfect finishing touch on a discussion about whether the club wants to “take it to the next level” in increasing our involvement with needs in our community of Needham, around the district and around the world.  Rich Forte, even though hobbled with his foot injury, led a positive discussion by members around the topic of “what’s next for us?”


This discussion is timely given the fact that no member has stepped up to take the role of club president for next year.  Our succession plan was broken by the sudden resignation of our designated new president due to business transfer.  Even though this week the district training program is being conducted for new presidents, we have not yet sent a person.  If YOU want to serve, please tell President Glen immediately.


Listeners to the discussion heard a commitment by a majority of those present to a reinvigorated effort to add new projects (such as the Music Awards Program done by Rachel, Greg and others), recommit to and perhaps redesign long standing programs (such as the Pancake Breakfast), and to redouble our efforts in membership, fund raising and weekly programs.  Those who spoke praised the spirit of the club, the enjoyable camaraderie of members and our reputation for community service in the town.


Clearly, we need to tell our story, add new members, increase our revenues (money allows more service) and be willing to change some of our habits and ways.  Interestingly, our Rotarian guests from Nepal said that many of the things we were going through are regularly faced by their club many thousands of miles away!


The discussion was challenging, interesting and positive, and most were expressively committed to “taking it to the next level.”




We skipped humor for the day (with apologies to Doug George, who no doubt had a couple of really good ones for us).  There were plenty of “glad to be here” happy thoughts, Ron and Lois were back with us after several weeks away in “sunny, warm Florida” (they had to rub it in), and (perhaps the biggest news) Bill Paulson is happy with his new job at Keller Williams Realty.  Bill also volunteered to begin a new feature of our weekly club meetings, a five-minute verbal biography.  What an interesting guy he is and sitting right next to us!





Hey, Needham Rotary, pat yourselves (collectively) on the back for an outstanding day of service to the community.  On Saturday, March 8th, about fifteen members, family and friends gathered at the nonprofit Needham Community Council Building at 570 Hillside Avenue, to lay about 600 square feet of carpet tiles in the newly refurbished second floor storeroom (next to the clothing thrift store).  It was a great “hands-on” project for the club and thanks to all those who gave up their Saturday to help.  We got paid with free donuts and coffee and a whole lot of satisfaction that comes from volunteering!


Special thanks for leadership and technical help (and tools) go to Dan Tibma and Doug George without whom most of us would have been either standing around or making really BIG mistakes!


The pictures show intense concentration, hard work and a whole lot of fun that was had by all.  But, it took several days to get all of the carpet glue and fibers from under our nails!




















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Posted by Marty Lindemann on Feb 16, 2014

Needham Rotary Club

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Location:  Needham Sheraton Hotel


Our meeting was changed to the Sheraton at the last minute from the Senior Center (scheduling conflict at the center), and was called to order by President Glen Davis.  He led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, we sang patriotically with gusto and prayed earnestly, but due to the sudden change of venue, we didn't have a program.   


Instead, we enjoyed lively table talk, tossed some ribbing around the room, sang loudly for our birthday boys (see pic below), and had some important discussion about the upcoming leadership needs of the club since we no longer have a designated president for next year (2014-15).




Libby Pero from Capron Lighting, a soon to be new member as soon as the Board acts on her submitted application.



1.  The meeting on February 18th at the Sheraton is a really important meeting and we hope all our members will be present.   We will be honoring the winners of the recent Needham Music Awards which we sponsored.  They will be giving entertaining encore musical presentations for us.   The room will be filled with lots of visitors and guests.   It will be an excellent opportunity for us to make contact with non-Rotarians and friends and to tell our story of how we work in our community and around the world.

2.  We need someone to quickly step up and volunteer to be next year's president!  District training classes for new presidents begins next month and missing that opportunity is a loss for the new president and the club!  Call or email Glen Davis as soon as possible.   Our experienced Board and cadre of past presidents stands ready to help you and support the upcoming year's programs.


3.  Rotary International announced the extraordinary gift of $1.1M from Rotarians Terry and Barbara Caster to the Polio Plus Fund (Couple’s $1.1 million gift boosts push to eradicate polio).  Moreover, the couple's gift will be matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  This comes as news from India that the country has now been polio free for three years!   Thanks to each of you that has made a contribution to ending polio!


There's an excellent year-end report on the country by country status of the polio fight at


Presidential Moment:

We remembered with fondness our founding father, George Washington, and observed that he was the only president to die in the 1700's and who never resided as president in Washington, D.C. (only New York and Philadelphia).



Marty Lindemann won the draw and blew the chance to win $72.  The kitty swells next week!



We had no humor for the day.   Just kidding:

1.  Three guys were talking in the pub.  Two of them were discussing the amount of control they have over their wives, while the third remained silent.

After a while one of the first two turns to the third and asks “Well, what about you, what sort of control do you have over your wife?”

The third fellow says “I’ll tell you.  Just the other night my wife came to me on her hands and knees.”

The first two guys were amazed.  “What happened next?” they asked.

She said “Come out from under the bed and fight like a man.”

2.  As a trucker stops at a red light, a blonde catches up.   She jumps out of her car, runs up to his truck and knocks on the door.   The trucker lowers the window, and she says, "Hi, my name is Heather and you're losing some of your trailer's load."

The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street.  When the truck stops for another red light, the woman catches up again.  She jumps out of her car, runs up and knocks on the door.  Again, the trucker rolls down the window.  As if they've never spoken, the blonde says brightly, "Hi, my name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!"


When the light turned green the trucker revs up and races to the next traffic light, stops, jumps out of his cab and runs back to the blonde's car before she can repeat her warning. He knocks on her window, and as she lowers it, he says, "Hi, my name is Kevin, it's winter in Boston, and I'm driving the salt truck!"


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Charles Nelson, President for next year, and his slate of officers, were sworn in on Tuesday June 26, by PDG Mike Ellis.
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Posted by Bill Paulson on Oct 27, 2011

Needham Rotarian Rick Davis this week was awarded the George A. Dennett Distinguished Career Award.  This award was established to recognize former Needham High School students who have gone on to distinguished careers in their chosen fields.  By making a significant contribution to our society, these alumni bring honor to their school and community, and serve as inspirations and role models to the students of Needham.

Congrats Rick! 

(shown in picture with wife Gail) 

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Image                                                                       NEEDHAM ROTARY NEWSLETTER  7-1-14

This weeks meeting of Rotary was opened by President Glen, who led us in the Pleadge
of Allegiance,Bob Cocks who led us in 'God Bless America' and Reverend Darrell who
delivered the Invocation.

VISITORS: We welcomed Ben Sockol, grandson of Lois and  Sockol. Bob Cocks let us in
a round of the welcome song!

HAPPY DOLLARS: Bill Paulson-Ellen off to camp; Chuck for Ben Sockol visiting; Lois for
Grandson Ben and Lois and Ron's 60th wedding anniversary regardless of what else
you've been told!); A number of Happy Dollars for our new members!Marty for new members
and requesting prayers for his brother who is undergoing cancer treatment;Tom Savino-
proud to be an American!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: -Annual Rotary Cookout on Tuesday July 8th at Claxton field at 6 pm Tuesday
(No meeting next Tuesday noon).
-The Garden at Memorial Park needs to be weeded by Thursday night. The 3 Sockols
and Rich Forte volunteered to do it, and as of Thursday Morning, it looks great! Well done:

-The 4th of July float appears to be rideless:: the truck has hydraulic issues. So, come prepared to walk!

INDUCTION OF 2 NEW MEMBERS: Libby Pero and Andy Wining were both dutifully inducted into
the club. With a little luck, you'll now see a picture of them. We will put their
Bio's at the bottom of this Newsletter for you to read. They are both great people, and we look forward to them being good solid members of the club. Welcome!!



50/50: Scotti had the correct number 297, but did not pull the winning card. $379 in the pot!

GUEST SPEAKER: Our guest speaker today was Chris Hartzell, General Manager of the Sheraton
Hotel where we meet. Chris graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, and
has worked at a number of Starwood/Sheraton properties around the country. He returned
to Needham as the GM last year, and stated here 12 years ago as Front Office Manager.
A lot of the people who are here now, he actually hired then. He was hired by Coleen Keating who
was a Needham Rotarian and now has a job as Senior VP of Full Service Franchises for all of Starwood.

Chris talked about how the hotel just underwent a $14 million upgrade here in Needham,
with another $1 million planned for next year.

Sheraton started with their first hotel in Springfield MA in 1938, and now has 470 hotels,
with a goal of 1500 by 2015.

Chris had a gift of a keychain for everyone and cooupons for a drink and appetizer for
all members as well. Not to be out done by Colleen, Chris said he would like to join our
Rotary Club, so we look forward to him joining us.


Libby was born in Greenfield MA, and raised in Needham. She graduated from Needham High
School and has taken accounting classes at Mass. Bay Community College.  Despite living
in Walpole with her husband Roger and daughter Lisa, she really considers herself a
Needham girl, through and through.

Roger works at Babson College, Lisa works at the Needham Driving School, and  Libby works
at Capron Lighting and has been for 4 years, and her parents still live on John Street.
So, Needham it is!

Libby became involved in Girl Scouts as a leader after having been a girl scout for many
years.  This was at the time that Louise Condon was also involved in scouting and they
ften worked together on scouting events.It was at this time that a position for “Park Ranger”
became available at Ridge Hill Reservation.  Libby and Roger interviewed and were hired.
They co-managed the park with another couple for 4 years.  Then a job opened up at another
conservation area in Canton and they were then chosen for that job and worked there for 7 years.
Their daughter Lisa was born in 1984 while they were living in Canton at Pequitside Farm.  After
7 years they went to work at Bird Park in Walpole for  over 15 years serving as their park manager.
The property was given to the Trustees of Reservations and Libby and Roger then bought their first
home and settled in Walpole where they have lived for the last 11 years. 
Libby has always been active in her church, first in Needham then Canton and now at the Church of
Emmanuel in Foxboro.  Her interests lie in working with the homeless and disenfranchised through
outreach and service.  Libby has also been involved in the Needham Rotary/Needham Community Council
Thanksgiving dinners for over 30 years thanks to Jerry Goodman.  Jerry was one of Libby’s clients
while she owned her own bookkeeping service which primarily handled small businesses.
Libby worked diligently for the Needham Rotary Music Night this past winter, and was ‘instrumental’
in facilitating Capron Lighting’s large donation of the lighting and sound  services  for the event,
well before becoming a member.
Libby has already set a record for the ‘Most Time Spent As a Prospective Member’, through no fault
of her own, while our Club ‘processed’ the paperwork.
Libby is a great contributor to the community, and we are delighted she has stayed the course and
 are all looking forward to her becoming a member!

Andrew was born in Brookline, MA, and graduated from Yale University with a BS in Computer
Science. His second favorite city in the world is London, and before starting his family
he used to travel there frequently to enjoy Shakespearean theater. He still considers himself
a die-hard, long-suffering Red Sox fan, though the long-suffering part is harder to justify
since that glorious day in October 2004 (2007, 2013!). Andrew loves downhill skiing.
His favorite mountain is Whistler in British Columbia, his favorite snow is at Alta in Utah,
and his favorite (finally conquered) double black diamond trail is Kachina at Attitash in
New Hampshire. During the summer he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family
at their house on Cape Cod.
Andrew Winig and his wife, Carol, moved from Boston’s Back Bay to Needham two years ago.
They always knew that all roads led to Needham, because Andrew’s brother Steve, and Carol’s sister
Mary both live in Needham with their respective families. This sounds like a true random small
world story, until you learn that Steve and Mary are friends, and are in fact the ones who
introduced Andrew and Carol in 2006. This fall, their daughter Emily (5) starts Kindergarten
at Newman, and their daughter Allison (4) starts Preschool at Carter.

About 12 years ago, Andrew, who is trained as a software engineer, got laid off from his last
computer programming job and started two (non-computer related) businesses. In an attempt to get
better known in his community, he happened upon the Arlington Rotary Club, where his now over
10 years of service include being Club President, Club Board Officer, Active Member for the Paul
Harris Dinner, Arlington Town Day, and St. Patrick’s Day programs, and 9 years Co-Chairing RYLA,
District 7930’s yearly youth leadership program for 100 high school juniors and seniors. 
His Rotary classification has been "Elevator Pitch Coaching" and he wants people to get better
results from their business networking efforts. It took Andrew over 10 years to transition from
a cold call salesman to a trusted advisor, and now he helps people achieve the same results in a
fraction of the time. He shares his unique and effective techniques through email newsletters,
webinars, 1-on-1 coaching, and keynote speeches.

Andrew has had a rich experience in Rotary, and we are delighted to be able to welcome
him to our Club!


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Erica Bond welcomed the Robotics Club members and faculty sponsors, Hans Batra (math and CS) and Dan Smalley (physics), to our meeting!   Hans Batra gave an overview of robotics program at Needham High School and announced that he will be leading a group in establishing a program to teach and encourage innovation.  The school has set aside a classroom for this purpose and the program will be called the "Da Vinci Workshop for Interdisciplinary Innovation."   Hans is pursuing grants from area businesses, Olin College and the Needham Educational Association for equipment and other assistance.

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The members of the girl's robotics team, "The Hackers" and the members of the boy's team, "T-10" gave a summary of the year's efforts and competitions attended.   They qualified for State Competition and T-10 won 8th place, T-10 received the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award, and the Hackers won the "Connect Award" and the "Promote Award."

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The high point of the meeting was the demonstration of the two robots that each team designed, built and controlled in the various competitions for the year.  Each robot can cost up to $2,000!   Sponsors such as Olin College, Needham Education Foundation, Computer Loft, Home Depot, Veryst Engineeringf, Bose and Needham Rotary support the robotics program.  We appreciate the team members coming to lunch and showing off their skills!

The Hackers were feeling very generous and offered Jim Brown a shot at running their robot.  He promptly crashed the unit, requiring a tow and some time in the repair shop!  It's not easy to move these big machines around!

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We are very proud to be associated with this highly motivated and talented students and their faculty mentors!



ImageThis week we will be hearing from Harvey Leonard, Channel 5 (abc) meteorologist, winner of several awards for broadcast excellence.  He is a fellow of the American Meteorologist Society and perhaps most famous in weather circles for having correctly predicted the ferocity of the great 1978 Boston Blizzard.  He often helps in non-profit fundraising, most notably for the Huntington's Disease Society of America.  He is a graduate of City College of New York and has a Master of Science degree in meteorology from New York University.  He lives in Natick and enjoys hiking.

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The highlight of our weekly meeting was clearly the presence of Henry Hicks, and his engaging wife, Amy Hicks.   Henry, now retired from being the long-time anchor of the history department at Needham High School, and the former head of the Needham Historical Society, presented a program filled with early Needham historical facts.  He opened with a scene from 1856 at the now long-gone Fremont Street Railroad Station where five to ten thousand Needham residents greeted presidential candidate John C. Fremont, pathfinder of the West and the first Republican candidate for president.  Needham was a fiercely independent place, strongly anti-slavery and disgusted with Democrats who had extended the boundaries of slavery and installed the hated Fugitive Slave Act in the famous Compromise of 1850.

Henry's stories were fascinating snapshots of Needham history.   In a visit in 1789 George Washington (he must have slept somewhere in Needham) pronounced the roads of Needham to be the worst he had encountered in America (we're doing a bit better today).   In 1849 the Town of Needham voted (meaninglessly) to impeach Massachusetts senator and long time hero, Daniel Webster, because he was a Mason (Needham opposed and voted against the Massachusetts Masonic Party).   Throughout the 19th century, Needham battled hated enemy Boston as it fought annexation by securing its own water supply by digging what were then the deepest wells in America.   The water wars of those years helped found Norfolk County and shape today's towns and water supplies to the west of Boston.


We wanted our "classroom time" with Henry to go on for the whole semester, even though a couple of members remembered being lucky to get a "C" in Henry's classes at Needham HS!  He was a demanding grader and the kind of teacher people fondly remember for life!  We also learned that his wife, Amy, is still a synchronized swimmer and an athlete who still "throws the hammer." 


Rotary Club business for the day included an autobiographical talk by Needham Rotary Club member Kathy Whitney.  She and her husband, Bill, shared his 20-year plus radar career in the Navy, moving to Massachusetts for his second career in electronics at Raytheon.  She recently retired from more than 30 years at Cox and Cox as a legal secretary.  Perhaps most interesting about Kathy is her heart for volunteering to help others.   She manages to find time for what seems like every Rotary project, at her church, at the Community Council, the spelling bee, library, the Charles River Gala, and other Needham events.  She is the go-to person if you want your event to succeed, and along the way "connects" people across our community!  She also cross-stitches, recently completing 50 vests for a boy's school in Uganda.  She and her husband restored a 1982 Jarvis sailboat, she's the co-commodore of friendship sloops, she boats to Maine regularly and has an email tag, "bigboatmama."  


Many of us other Rotarians are still striving to achieve the level of volunteerism that Kathy so ably demonstrates!  She is a role model for us to follow!  

PS:  She needs auction item donations for the Charles River Gala next week!

Other meeting notes:

One of the roles of club presidents is to keep the membership happy.   This past week President Glen Davis got an "A" grade from at least one member, Lois Sockol, who has been "complaining" lately about the lack of whipped cream at our luncheon buffet.   Glen ceremoniously delivered the whipped cream to Lois as a demonstration of his presidential responsiveness.



Finally, the club meeting on April 15th, tax day for those of you not paying attention, is a day for important club business.   The leadership team has been busy thinking about how to improve club structures and improve club participation in projects and event planning.  President Glen will be leading our vital discussion of Board proposals.



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