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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 Jan 08, 2015


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

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

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

When:  January 31st, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Where:  Powers Hall in Needham's Town Hall

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

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

Posted by Jim Brown on Nov 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Posted by Rich Forte on Nov 18, 2014

Posted by Douglas George on Nov 04, 2014

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


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



-Kudos to all for a great Rotary Pancake Breakfast!

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

-No meeting next week: Veteran’s Day!

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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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