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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.


JOIN US FOR LUNCH!
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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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).
 
 
Meeting
 
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:
 
Beautification:
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: office@needhamcommunitycouncil.org
 
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).
 
Meeting
 
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: ddeveuve@verizon.net.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter November 12, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
 
High Tunnel Construction at Needham Community Farm
Saturday November 16th at 10:00 and
Saturday November 23rd at 10:00. Bring cordless drills (if you have one) and help complete construction 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.
 
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: office@needhamcommunitycouncil.org
 
Ringing Bells/Collecting for the Salvation Army
Saturday December 7th at Sudbury Farms 
 
Wrapping presents at the Walker School
Thursday December 12th 6-8pm. Seven volunteers are needed to wrap, and they'll have an opportunity to purchase gifts for the children.
 
Construction of the sensory room at Joseph Tynan School (reserve some time over Christmas school break)
Reserve time to help us assemble this year's most important community project: the sensory room for the Tynan School in South Boston.
 
In the Community
 
Rotary Club of Needham Christmas Party
Friday December 13th at 6:30 at Scott and Kathy MacFarlane's house. 
 
Meeting
 
Andy Winig staged an interactive presentation that he calls the "Elevator Pitch Handbook". It's a step-by-step guide to starting unique and memorable conversations. An effective elevator pitch starts business conversations that lead to leads. It's not a monologue listing your skills, because that's all about you and other people want to talk about themselves. Most introductions lead into three typical questions: "How's it going?"; "What do you do?"; and "How do you do that?" Specific answers about personal or business successes start conversations. Conversations started on shared interests are more likely to lead to connections and further conversations. It's important that the answer to the third typical question, a client success story, is shared after a connection is made (otherwise: not interested). So, having planted some seeds, how do you stay top of mind for when your services are needed? Offer something of value (examples follow)  in exchange for their contact information; it's a natural reason to follow-up: invite them to join your newsletter or webinar or offer a free phone consultation.
 
Business networking success starts with the Elevator Pitch, gains momentum with effective follow-up, then hits its stride with professional referrals and opportunity spotting. The Elevator Pitch is the first of five skills of the trusted advisor. Visit Andy's online course catalogue to learn more: http://courses.improvandy.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter November 5, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
 
High Tunnel Construction at Needham Community Farm
Saturday 11/16 at 9:00. Many hands will be needed to help stretch the plastic skin safely over the frame.
 
Needham-Wellesley High School Football Dinner
Monday November 25th at the Wellesley College Club (reserve the date, further details TBD)
 
Ringing Bells/Collecting for the Salvation Army
Saturday December 7th at Sudbury Farms (time TBD)
 
Wrapping presents at the Walker School
Thursday December 12th 6-8pm. Seven volunteers are needed to wrap, and they'll have an opportunity to purchase gifts for the children.
 
In the Community
 
Pancake Breakfast
Attendance was up on a beautiful Fall Saturday, helping to raise an incremental $700 over last year. In addition to serving lots of flapjacks and playing games, we drew the two winning tickets for our Lottery Scratch Ticket Raffle. Winner of the First Prize ($1000 face value of scratch tickets) was Marcus Hannay of Marlborough; 2nd Prize ($100 face value of scratch tickets) was won by Dan Colino (picture below).
 
Collaboration with the Needham Exchange Club: providing socks and underwear for homeless veterans (see photo below).
The Rotary Club of Needham gave 180 pairs of thermal socks, 60 pairs of women's underwear and 150 pairs of men's underwear to support an initiative of the Exchange Club to give clothing to homeless veterans. Joe Burns, President of the Exchange Club, outlined the club's signature local (the Needham Fourth of July Celebration) and national projects (Child Abuse Prevention).
 
Connect with Local Business while learning how to answer the question: "What do you do?
Tuesday 11/12 from 12-1:30 at the Sheraton Needham. $10 (free for Needham Rotarians) includes lunch, a presentation and a handbook by Elevator Pitch Coach Andrew Winig. Register on-line: RotaryMeeting.EventBrite.com
 
Joseph Tynan School
The most pressing priority among our community projects is the need to raise money to construct a sensory room for the Tynan School in South Boston.
 
Meeting
 
Our speaker was Lauren Montanaro (see photo below), from Reach Beyond Domestic Violence. REACH is an acronym for: (R)efuge; (E)ducation; (A)dvocacy and (C)hange. Reach Beyond works with survivors of domestic violence to foster safety and support, while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships. They provide these services in 27 Metrowest communities, including Needham. Needham is one of five communities served more intensively: it has a Domestic Violence Action Council coordinated by the Public Health Department and the Police. It has trained service personnel at the Council on Aging, Housing Authority and the Police Department. Reach Beyond needs our help to deepen their work in our community: they'll speak and work with your church or civic group to fight domestic violence. For more information: www.reachma.org.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Volunteer Opportunities
 
High Tunnel Construction
Construction will continue in November, dates TBD.
 
Pancake Breakfast
Saturday November 2nd from 7 to 11am at Needham High School cafeteria. Lots of volunteers will be needed for setup, cooking, games and cleanup.
 
Needham-Wellesley High School Football Dinner
Monday November 25th at the Wellesley College Club (reserve the date, further details TBD)
 
Ringing Bells/Collecting for the Salvation Army
Saturday December 7th at Sudbury Farms (time TBD)
 
Wrapping presents at the Walker School
Thursday December 12th 6-8pm. Seven volunteers are needed to wrap, and they'll have an opportunity to purchase gifts for the children.
 
In the Community
 
Connect with Local Business while learning how to answer the question: "What do you do?
Tuesday 11/12 from 12-1:30 at the Sheraton Needham. $10 (free for Rotarians) includes lunch, a presentation and a handbook by Elevator Pitch Coach Andrew Winig
 
Joseph Tynan School
The most pressing priority among our community projects is the need to raise money to construct a sensory room for the Tynan School in South Boston.
 
Meeting
 
A team, including Bill, Dan, Jim D, Holly, and myself sold the remaining 120 Lottery Raffle tickets in the monsoon before the Patriots-Browns game (see the soggy sales-folk photo below). Thanks to all for braving the elements!
 
Our speaker was Sue Biasizzo (see photo below), Coordinator of the Needham Food Pantry. The Pantry has existed since the Great Depression to offer free food assistance to Needham residents whose lives have been disrupted by divorce, illness or job loss. Currently,  215 households with 438 residents are receiving help. The Pantry is open three days per week, staffed by Sue and a team of volunteers. Cans donated at the Town's Recycling and Transfer Station support free milk at the Pantry. Partnerships with "Hope and Comfort" and Lovin' Spoonfuls" provide free toiletries and a source of rescued food. The Needham Community Farm provides produce in season.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Sherrif Jerry McDermott
Dec 17, 2019
The High Sheriff Of Norfolk County will update up on philosophies and strategies
NO MEETING. Happy Holidays!
Dec 24, 2019 12:00 PM
David Slattery, Deputy Dir., Mass Cultural Council
Jan 14, 2020
State support of the arts in our community
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
 

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