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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 Aug 12, 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!

Posted by Rich Forte on Aug 05, 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, ,


Posted by Douglas George on Jul 29, 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.”



Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 22, 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!


Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 15, 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!


Posted by Jim Brown on Jul 08, 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!
Posted by Jim Brown

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!


Posted by Jim Brown

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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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.

Posted by Kathy Whitney on Jun 10, 2014

Posted by Rich Forte on Jun 09, 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!


Posted by Douglas George on Jun 02, 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.”

Posted by Jim Brown on May 20, 2014

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.



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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 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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