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The Rotary Club of Needham - Welcome

Welcome to Needham! We are a great group of 30 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.



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In these COVID days, what are the kids to do for fun?  How about a Virtual Carnival??? 
Here’s the link for the November 7th Virtual Carnival:
That page has all the info on the event including the schedule.  Registration is free.  We are hoping to get kids from all over the world to join the fun.  Please feel free to share this link widely among family members you have across the USA as well as around the world.  The more the merrier. 
If people want to make donations, we are suggesting  ShelterBox does amazing work helping families that have lost their homes. 
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter September 22nd, 2020
In our (Global) Community: Bujjuko and Ssumbwe Relief Project
Our member, Sylvia Kiggundu, has organized fundraising to support a project that distributes food and sanitary supplies to families whose income has been disrupted by the COVID-19 lockdown in her home country of Uganda. Located about 14 miles west of the capitol, Kampala, economically vulnerable families (home-hound elderly, widows, disabled persons and single mothers) in the villages of Bujjuko and Ssumbwe were identified as candidates to receive support from the project. The first-round goal of $5000 was achieved and distributed to families, providing an estimated 6 weeks of food and sanitary supplies. Fundraising and support are on-going and the project has currently supplied over 900 persons.
If you would like to donate, go to: For more information on the project, you can view the presentation at:
Speaker: Lise Elcock, Membership Director, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber 
Lise spoke to us about the Needham 100 Day Challenge. "With less than 100 days to go until the end of the year, we all need to do our part to save the small businesses that we love". The program is designed to promote and support Needham businesses and restaurants through the remainder of 2020. Here's what the chamber says we can do to support the campaign:


Community Supporters
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter September 1st, 2020
Speaker: Bill Tobin (photo below), Rotary Relations Manager, ShelterBox
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief agency that provides emergency shelter and building tools to families displaced by disaster or conflict. ShelterBox was founded 20 years ago by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in England. It became Rotary's project partner in disaster relief in 2012, a role that it retains today. The Rotary Club of Needham has supported ShelterBox for the past twelve years. In addition to financial support, about 1000 Rotary members are involved in Shelter Box as volunteers, staff or response team members. Local Rotary clubs provide valuable, practical advice at the disaster sites: 90% of ShelterBox responses have been assisted by Rotary. Of the organization's $8.6mm of income in 2019, 13% was contributed from Rotary Clubs with the balance from: individuals (59%), foundations (24%), and corporations (2%).
In 2019, ShelterBox provided shelter to 145,000 families displaced by 11 disasters or conflicts in 9 countries, including: a cyclone in Malawi, flooding in Paraguay and Bangladesh, an earthquake and a typhoon in the Philippines and drought in Somaliland. ShelterBox helped those displaced by conflict in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Nigeria and Syria. Spending of $8.5mm in 2019 went to: program grants (81%) with the balance spent on administration and fundraising. That efficiency earned ShelterBox a four star (top) rating from Charity Navigator.
ShelterBox rose to prominence with its first large-scale disaster response: the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, which displaced 20,000 families. Its largest response to date was the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which displaced 30,000 families. The civil war in Syria has elicited their longest deployment, helping 60,000 displaced families since 2012 to present. The largest US deployment was Hurricane Harvey in Texas in 2017, which displaced about 10,000 families. The overall size of the need for emergency shelter: 104mm people were displaced by disasters or conflict in 2019. Adding to their vulnerability, about 75% of displaced persons are women and children.
Each green shelter box is designed to hold emergency shelter and essential, basic household supplies that create the framework for everyday life. Each box contains a family sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space for people to start to recover from physical and emotional trauma. The boxes also hold a cooking set, a water carrier and filtration equipment, blankets, a solar light and school supplies. Shelter Kits contain hand tools (hammer, pliers, saw, hoe and shovel) to rebuild. Each box costs about $1000 per family. 
Alex Goodale of Needham High School also addressed us to discuss her efforts to raise funds for ShelterBox. She leads the high school's ShelterBox Club, which organized a scavenger hunt, the "Stock the Box Challenge". For a $20 contribution participants received 15-20 clues and a chance at a bag of prizes. Their club raised $1700 for ShelterBox! 
To donate or to volunteer, go to ShelterBox's website: You'll be helping in a good cause: ShelterBox was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in both 2018 and 2019.
Sue Crossley, Exec Director, Family Promise
Nov 03, 2020 12:00 PM
Family Promise Metrowest
Cyndi Roy Gonzalez, Needham's Public Info Officer
Nov 10, 2020 12:00 PM
What is a public information officer?
Adam & Marissa Goldstein - Owners of Rafi Nova
Nov 17, 2020 12:00 PM
Running a Needham / Vietnam business
Nov 24, 2020

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