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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 Jim Brown on Feb 24, 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."



Posted by Jim Brown on Feb 16, 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.”


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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