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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
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With interesting speakers and an energized group
every week, you will come away inspired.



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Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter January 14th, 2020
Needham Select Board: 1) Dan Matthews (photo below) and 
Massachusetts Cultural Council: 2) David Slatery, Deputy Director and Needham resident (photo below); and 3) Timothea Pham, Program Officer for Local Cultural Districts (photo below)
Dan Matthews, representing the Needham Select Board, offered a brief description of Needham's Tax Assistance Program. This program offers assistance in paying property taxes to seniors and the disabled. The average, annual real estate tax bill is currently $10,000 in Needham. The annual program budget of $15,000 funds about 35 grants averaging $425. Elderly or disabled individuals with less than $55,000 in annual income and married couples with less than $67,000 of annual income are eligible to apply. Here "elderly" is defined as age 60 or over and "disabled" is defined as a person who has been determined to be incapacitated from working by a recognized source such as Social Security, the US military, workers' compensation or a retirement board. The grants can be matched with a circuit-breaker program that is appropriated by Town Meeting to offer greater tax relief. The Tax Assistance Program, however, is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, typically using the labelled envelopes found with your tax bill.  Dan asked us to consider contributing to the fund to boost this program helping seniors and disabled to remain in their homes. The contributions are tax deductible. Further information is available through the Town Treasurer's Office (781-455-7500 ext 208) or online at
Dave Slatery, the CFO and General Counsel of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), spoke about the many ways that the agency supports and enhances the cultural life of the 351 municipalities in Massachusetts. The MCC partners with local community councils across the state to expand access, improve education, promote diversity and encourage excellence in the arts, humanities and sciences. As a local partner, each dollar of MCC's $18mm annual budget ($16mm from state appropriation) is leveraged 152 times by other funding sources to fund the total budgets of grantees' cultural programs. To expand access: the EBT Card to Culture program has provided 258,000 free or discounted admissions to 140 cultural organizations to Massachusetts residents of limited means. MCC's cultural organizations offered 48,000 public events each year, including 200 festivals with free or low-cost admission. To improve education, MCC grantees engaged 102,000 children in creative youth development programs, including 6,100 at-risk youth. Students in the arts have lower dropout rates, higher GPAs and better scores in math and language on standardized tests. For more information on MCC and its programs:
Timothea Pham administers MCC's local grants in our region. Needham's Cultural Council (NCC) received a $6,800 grant from MCC in FY2019. That money helped support performances and festivals including: Longwood Opera, Needham Concert Society, Needham Community Theater and New Year's Needham. Needham cultural groups are encouraged to apply for grants by October 15th annually to support exhibits, festivals, field trips, artist residencies and performances. For more information on NCC grants, contact: Kristen Mazzocchi (617-894-9967).
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter January 7th, 2020

Volunteer Opportunities
Circle of Hope emergency coat drive
They're currently looking for coats for all ages. There will soon be a coat sorting event (date TBD).
In the Community
Construction of the sensory room at Joseph Tynan School 
On December 30th, our volunteers assembled the sensory room for the Tynan School in South Boston (please see the picture of the finished room below). Why did we take on this project? According to the Center for Disease Control, one in 59 children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The resulting difficulties with communication, social interaction and comprehension make it difficult for these children to thrive in everyday settings. By providing a sense of calm and comfort, sensory rooms help children with sensory disorders, like autism, learn to self-regulate their behaviors, which ultimately improves focus. 
This was our largest project year to date, the focus of our fund-raising. Other organizations and people helped by contributing generously to our funding: Capron Lighting and Sound Company, the Perfect Peace Project, the Weston-Waltham Rotary Club and Libby Pero. If our members remain interested, this project could serve as a template to help other schools with large populations of children on the autism spectrum. During the project, we learned that there are at least two similar schools in the Boston district.
Speaker: Paul Good, founder of the membership-based, private coaching practice: "The Power of Intentional Living" and the Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund
Paul is the founder of a private coaching practice called the Power of Intentional Living (TPOIL). It addresses the question: how do we decide what we should be doing with our lives? He points out that we start off following a path that others create for us, and then, randomly discover things that we like to do. We intuit that we possess unique competitive advantages, but sometimes they remain undiscovered. Once you identify the natural gifts that you have to work with, then you need to decide where to go on your journey. By building your own "owner's manual" you can start to create your own life, intentionally. TPOIL is a membership-based coaching service that helps its members identify their natural gifts and the experience of life that they will find most fulfilling.
The Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund (NCRTF) has completed more than 30 public space revitalization projects in Needham since its founding in 1999. The Rotary Club of Needham has contributed to funding for  NCRTF's beautification projects. In my, admittedly subjective, review of the projects, I discovered that NCRTF sponsored the iconic sculptures on the town common called "Once Upon a Time" and the "Circle of Peace" (see the picture of Paul completing the circle below). NCRTF has also sponsored decorative banners, elegant trashcans, commemorative benches and bike-racks. It has obtained pre-approvals for projects that only require funding to be realized. For example: an art gallery for Eaton Square (the side of the Rice Barn facing the train) consisting of five, stainless steel frames to hold digitally imprinted panels with smaller frames below offering contact information with the artists. Then there's the "All Aboard" Locomotion Wall Mural Project for the rear walls of Kumon and CMC Systems (117-119 Chapel Street) to show a digital image of the original H.H.Richardson-designed train station (a space now occupied by The James) before it burned.
For more information on TPOIL and NCRTF, please review the business cards for both shown below. 
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter December 17, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
Construction of the sensory room at Joseph Tynan School 
The equipment has been purchased and delivered! On December 30th our volunteers will assemble the sensory room for the Tynan School in South Boston.
In the Community
Wrapping presents for the Walker School
On Thursday December 12th, our volunteers wrapped and gave presents to the children.
Christmas Party
Many thanks to Scott and Cathy MacFarlane for graciously hosting this year's Christmas Party on December 13th. (See picture below).
Rotary District 7910 Service Trip to Guatamala
We're sending Jim Dietel to Guatemala to participate in our district's service trip there, focused on installing and training the users of water purification systems.
Speaker: Norfolk County Sheriff Jerome McDermott (see photo below)
In December 2018, Governor Baker appointed Jerry McDermott to fill out the remaining term of departing Sheriff Michael Bellotti. Most recently, Jerry was Chief of Staff at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance. Previously, Jerry was State Director for former U.S. Senator Scott Brown, and he served as a Boston City Councilor for six years. He also held leadership positions with Eversource and South Shore Habitat for Humanity. He served as co-chair of the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force.
The Norfolk County Sheriff's Office operates a safe, secure and humane correctional facility located in Dedham. Offenders arrested by the police of the 28 towns comprising Norfolk County are sent to the Dedham correctional facility. Of the 445 men currently residing there, about 80% have dual diagnoses: mental illness and addiction. With an average stay of about 3.5 months (ranging from 1.5 months to 2.5 years), the correctional program is focused on re-entry: sobriety, treatment and obtaining an employable skill. Norfolk County's female offenders (currently 33 women) are sent to the Massachusetts Correctional Institution-Framingham. The Dedham facility's original design capacity was 320 inmates. Societal changes, like the movement to de-institutionalize persons challenged by mental illness, result in chronic over-capacity utilization of the prison as that population is now frequently incarcerated.
Sheriff McDermott described volunteer opportunities at his facility that included activities like coat drives for the inmates' families and teaching courses like "Intro to Law".
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter December 10, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
Wrapping presents for the Walker School
Thursday December 12th 6-8pm. Our volunteers will wrap, and present about 15 gifts in the $25-50 range to the children.
Construction of the sensory room at Joseph Tynan School 
The equipment has been purchased and delivered! On December 30th our volunteers will assemble the sensory room for the Tynan School in South Boston.
In the Community
High Tunnel Construction at Needham Community Farm
On Saturday November 23rd, we stretched the plastic skin over the frame to enclose the greenhouse at the community farm. See the before and after pictures below.
Thanksgiving Day Dinner provided by the Rotary Club of Needham, the Needham Community Council and the Needham Masons
On Thanksgiving Day, our combined volunteers served dinner to 80 people in the Masonic Hall while others delivered 116 dinners to folks that are shut-in. Please see the picture of the kitchen crew below.
Ringing Bells/Collecting for the Salvation Army
We collected $692 for the Salvation Army by ringing bells on Saturday December 7th at Sudbury Farms.
Rotary Club of Needham Christmas Party
Friday December 13th at 6:30 at Scott and Kathy MacFarlane's house at 147 Fox Hill Road, Needham. Please bring hors d'oeuvres or dessert and a Yankee Swap present ($20-25).
Closing the Exhibit on the 90 Year History of the Rotary Club of Needham at the Needham History Center: Living the motto "Service over Self"
We met at the Needham History Center to mark the closing of the exhibit on the history of the Rotary Club in Needham. Since 1929, Needham Rotary has been an active and valued partner in the town of Needham, providing a wide variety of entertainment, volunteer opportunities, and needed resources. Although the club is famous for the Pancake Breakfast and the Thanksgiving Day community dinner, there are many other projects that Needham Rotary has sponsored over the years:
Arbor Day tree planting, Needham Community Farm, Memorial Park garden, NHS Campus
Sports Teams:
Needham Little League, NHS Golf Team
School Enrichment:
NHS Scholarships, Buddy Benches, Reality Fair, Ambassadorial Exchange Scholars, Grade School Dictionaries
Health and Safety:
Home Smoke Detectors, Tippett House
International Projects:
Gift of Life, Maternity Wards in Uganda, Solar-powered schools in India, Safe drinking water projects in Africa, Schools for girls in Afghanistan
Thanks to the Needham History Center and Museum and Executive Director Gloria Greis for hosting our exhibit and our meeting!
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter November 19, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
High Tunnel Construction at Needham Community Farm
Saturday November 23rd at 10:00. Bring stepladders (if you have one) and help stretch the skin over the frame of the greenhouse that will extend the farm's growing season by a month at either end.
Needham-Wellesley High School Football Dinner
Monday November 25th at the Wellesley College Club at 6:00pm. Featured speaker: Greg Comella, who played for the Xaverian Hawks, Stanford Cardinals, and the NFL Giants, Titans, Texans and Bucs before becoming a business leader in our community.
Thanksgiving Day Dinner (free!) provided by the Rotary Club of Needham, the Needham Community Council and the Needham Masons
on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28th at the Masonic Hall, 1101 Highland Ave. Doors open at 11:30 with dinner served at noon. To attend, call: 781-444-2415. Volunteers should register at the Community Council:
Ringing Bells/Collecting for the Salvation Army
Saturday December 7th at Sudbury Farms from 8:00 to 5:00.
Wrapping presents at the Walker School
Thursday December 12th 6-8pm. Seven volunteers are needed to wrap, and we are needed to purchase at least 15 gifts in the $25-50 range for the children.
Construction of the sensory room at Joseph Tynan School 
The equipment has been purchased and delivered! If you have painting or construction skills, please reserve time over Christmas Break (TBD) to help us assemble this year's most important community project: the sensory room for the Tynan School in South Boston.
In the Community
Support for the Needham Community Revitalization Trust Fund
The club donated $250 to support the Trust Fund's efforts to enhance Eaton Square in Needham Center. Paul Good, Chairman of the Trust, notes that over $200,000 of community revitalization projects have been approved by the town but await financial sponsorship to be completed.
Rotary Club of Needham Christmas Party
Friday December 13th at 6:30 at Scott and Kathy MacFarlane's house at 147 Fox Hill Road, Needham. Please bring hors d'oeuvres or dessert and a Yankee Swap present ($20-25).
Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going?
Our President, Dan Tibma, led a wide-ranging discussion of past, current and prospective club activities, prompted by a list of 27 (see my personally annotated list below) recently completed charitable activities of our club in our local and international communities. Comments from members extended that list by -at least- another five popular activities. Asked to comment positively and negatively on the activities listed below, the members had almost exclusively positive comments on the club's past and current involvement in our town and abroad, and recommended extending these activities into the future. 
Out of many comments that were supportive of existing activities, there was one that recommended extending an existing activity to better address the global problem of climate change. Instead of, or perhaps, in addition to our popular, existing tree donations to fourth graders in Needham, where there's some attrition between delivery of the trees in the classroom and the planting of the trees in the children's backyards, maybe we could do mass plantings of trees in Needham's town tree nursery or in a town-sanctioned place? Another comment noted that we haven't had an active Social Committee for the past three years. The comment went further to note that social events allow us to attract new members and more deeply engage existing members by involving their spouses and families. The conversation was so enthusiastic that I'm sure I missed lots of important suggestions. Please forward your additional comments to me at:
Monica Kachru - Anya Tipnis Foundation
Jan 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Update on the Anya Tipnis Foundation
Update on the Anya Tipnis Foundation
Zak Attenborough with Riverside Community Care
Jan 28, 2020
Coordinator for Salvation Army
John Keller of the Citizens Climate Lobby
Feb 04, 2020
Climate Change and how to make an impact
Paula Jacobson, Executive Director, Charles River
Feb 11, 2020 12:30 PM
Update on Charles River YMCA
Mar 03, 2020 12:00 PM
John Fogarty, Pres. BID to give update of hospital status at new BID Conference Rm
Christina Raskin - Charles River School - Model UN
Apr 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Model UN Club
Scholarship Winner
Jun 09, 2020 12:00 PM
Award scholarship to Needham High School scholarship winner
NO MEETING: Summer picnic tomorrow
Jun 16, 2020 12:00 PM

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