Posted on Feb 18, 2020
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter February 18th, 2020
Volunteer Opportunities
Meal Packing
"The Rise Against Hunger": packing 20,000 meals for the hungry on Saturday March 28th at the Masonic Hall from 10:00-2:00 with the Needham High School Interact Club.
In the Community
Offsite Meeting: Beth Israel Deaconess Needham
in place of our regularly scheduled noon meeting on Tuesday March 3rd, we are instead meeting John Fogarty, President BID Needham, for an update on the hospital's new facilities. Please invite a friend to attend with you.
Grand Opening: Sensory Room at the Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School
Wednesday February 26th from 10-12 at Tynan Elementary School, 650 East 4th Street, Boston, Ma.
NEF Spelling Bee
Sunday March 15th at 3:00 at Needham High School Cafeteria
League of Women Voters Civics Bee 
Sunday March 22nd at 2:00 at Broadmeadow School
Speaker: Louise Condon
In order to facilitate trust-worthy referral business within our club, members have been sharing their biographies at our meetings. This week, Louise Condon told us her life story. Born in Pawtucket, RI, Louise met her future husband, Frank, at the age of 16 at an academic contest (Louise won). Frank's first job with Westinghouse took the family to Mansfield, Ohio, where Louise taught school. They moved within Westinghouse to New York, and lived in Connecticut. A career change to Finance brought the family to Needham in 1968. Raising seven children in a house on Hazelton Avenue, Louise focused on serving her family. As the kids neared college age, Louise looked to re-enter the labor force to help pay the education bills. The schools weren't hiring then, so she took a class at Needham High to train to become a real estate agent. In 1985, she had to create a real estate company to recover her kitchen, which had become a hang-out for her agent friends.
Now, Louise Condon Realty, Inc. has 18 agents working for the only remaining independently owned real estate company in Needham. Pursuing business references, I have only focused on Louise's professional career, but there's lots more to tell about her contributions to our club and in support of our community. And then, there are 17 grandchildren and an upcoming great-grandchild. But, those are stories that we'll ask her to tell on another day.