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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 1:00 PM at Needham High School.

Buy your tickets today at:

Posted by Kathy Whitney on Oct 21, 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.

Peter H. Smith of Communities Without Borders was the guest speaker for the day.  


Peter is also Chairman of the Environment Committee of the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce.  He is part of a group working on aids prevention in Zambia,  Africa where 700,000 children have parents who died of aids.  His group currently supports 1,500 children in school (by paying school fees, providing books and uniforms, and providing food and shelter assistance).  They also focus on making a positive difference in their lives supporting the whole community not just the children.  They have already put four children through university.  They currently have a budget of $150,000 and are mostly volunteers.  They have one paid employee in Zambia.  Their goal is to have the community be self-sufficient.


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Posted by Jim Brown on Oct 14, 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.


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. 


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.

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