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President Glen Davis
President Elect Rich Forte
Immediate Past President Charles Nelson
Vice President Jim Brown
Secretary Bob Cocks
Treasurer Ryan Damaso
Sgt at Arms Greg Cronin
Membership Marty Lindemann
Bulletin Jim Brown

The Rotary Club of Needham - Welcome

Welcome to Needham! We are a great group of 40 members strong and growing. Men and Women, young and old – we meet for lunch every Tuesday. Our projects focus on giving back to both our community here and beyond.

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

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


Posted by Bill Paulson on Sep 03, 2014



Well, it's that time again. The leaves are changing, the soccer fields are full. Must be time for the Annual Needham Rotary Pancake Breakfast!

This year's pancake breakfast will be on Saturday, November 1 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Needham High School.

Buy your tickets today at:

Posted on Sep 29, 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.  For example, when we ask kids and adults in Needham, "Have you heard of Rotary?", we want most of them to nod their heads up and down and say "Yes!"

That's why one of our new club committees is "Public Relations."  Lois Sokol and Marty Lindemann chair it, and Jim Brown, Bill Paulson, Ron Sokol and Doug George are members.  Any ideas you have to provide publicity and public awareness of our club and Rotary would be welcomed.  We are privileged to be aided in telling our story by the weekly work of Jim Brown, Bulletin editor, and Bill Paulson, Facebook editor!


DG Val Callahan also joined us in one of our biggest annual community service projects--the delivery of dictionaries to every third grader in the public schools of Needham!  Before last week's meeting, several Needham Rotarians helped Dictionary Project Leader Bill Paulson put the names of a Needham student in the front of each book and sort and pack the books for each third grade classroom in each of the five Needham elementary schools.




This week Bill Paulson's crack team of dictionary deliverers sprung into action and began the fun part--go into the third grade classrooms and interact with more than 450 students as they receive their new dictionaries and as the kids learn a little about how to use them.   One of the schools, Mitchell Elementary, received the dictionaries on Monday, September 29th!

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One of the kids' favorite parts:  funny faces!

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Thanks to Ken Davis, Lois Sokol and Marty Lindemann for presenting at Mitchell.  Thanks to those who did Broadmeadow!  Bill needs volunteers for this Friday morning at Hillside School!  Tell Bill right away if you can help him out!

Last week we also worked on planning some social activities for the year, beginning with a PIZZA AND BOWLING PARTY ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22nd AT NEEDHAM BOWLAWAY!   Sign up now!   Sign up family members!   But do it no later than October 7th so we can reserve the lanes.  Thanks to our social committee led by Chuck Buyer (below):


Finally, thanks to all who led the pledge, the harmonious singing, the prayer and the welcome of visitors!  Some of the "Happy Dollars" were dedicated to:  Great dictionaries and thanks to Bill (Kathy); Dictionary Project and to the great pancake breakfast team (Andy); welcome to DG Val (Ken); I am a new grandmother (DG Val); my anniversary celebration (Erica); Deb Donovan misses everyone here (Greg); for the Red Sox misery to have finally ended (Jim); Go Pats! (Darell); Happy Fall! (Tom); Thanks to whole dictionary team (Bill); Happy Dictionaries! (Lois and Ron); Looking forward to bowling with you all and Happy New Year (Rosh Hashanah) (Chuck); and "Today I win the drawing!" (Louise).

Remember to light up the world with your smile and with your financial support of the fight against polio!  Remember World Polio Day on October 24th!






Posted by Bill Paulson

Now available for your review, by Walter G. Patterson.  You can download the 90 page booklet online here on the Needham Rotary Club web site by clicking the link above or by going to the Club History page and clicking on the link on the left.

Posted on May 19, 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:
Posted by Kathy Whitney on May 06, 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

Posted by Rich Forte on Apr 29, 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



Posted by Douglas George on Apr 22, 2014

**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.

Posted by Jim Brown on Apr 15, 2014

Needham Rotary Club News for April 8, 2014

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.



Posted by Kathy Whitney on Apr 01, 2014

Posted by Rich Forte on Mar 25, 2014





Posted by Jim Brown on Mar 18, 2014

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Posted on Mar 10, 2014


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!




















Posted by Douglas George on Feb 25, 2014

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Posted by Marty Lindemann on Feb 17, 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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