Posted on Dec 10, 2019
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!