Rotary Club of Needham

Tuesday October 1, 2013

Location: Wingate

Pledge of Allegiance: Glen , Song: America Led by Karen, Invocation: Lois.



  • Greg Cronin confirmed the new date of the Music Event is set for Saturday, January 25th from 6-10 pm.  He has formed a committee that will be meeting next Tuesday, October 8 following the general meeting.  Anyone interested in being part of the committee is welcome to attend.
  • Harvest Fair is October 5th.  We will not have a booth this year.  Rotarians are encouraged to attend the Fair and check out the other booths.
  • Charles River YMCA Giving Gala is set for November 16th at Powers Hall in the Town House.  Needham Rotary is a sponsor and as a result has two tickets available.  Contact Charles if interested
  • Gift of Life is expecting its newest arrival October 7.  They are a young family from Guatemala.  The patient is Alejandro Julian-Solari.  Children’s Hospital will be performing a valve replacement.  They will spend a few days with the Shaughnessys and then move into the Children’s Hospital Patient Family Housing Program through October 20th.
  • October 26 is the Rotary Leadership Institute meeting in Boxborough from 8-3.  The Club will reimburse the cost of attendance. 
  • The Nominating Committee will be formed next week to put together a slate for next year’s officers and directors.  If you are interested in becoming active at the board level, please contact Glen
  • Special thanks to WINGATE for hosting in the meeting in their spectacular new independent/memory care building.


  • Gary Zeller  

Happy $$$:  A bunch of HTBH and Special thanks to Wingate.  Karen for a great weekend in Camden, ME.  Chuck, Rick for the Red Sox.  Doug survived the unloading of the pumpkins.  Roz for Brenda’s beautiful baby, Delia.  Scott for the great weather and his grandson is getting close.  Ted to welcome Alejandro and his parents to Children’s Hospital.


50:50: None


Joke of the day: None.


Guest Speakers:

A.J. Plummer, Director of Memory Care at Wingate welcomed the group to the new facility.  Wingate has 22 apartments for early stage dementia and 15 apartments for more advanced dementia.  Wingate’s approach to dementia is to provide the patient with choices and empowerment.  Wingate develops personalized programs for each individual to help build body, spirit and mind.  The facility is open (there were patients dining across the room).  The group was then provided the opportunity to tour the facility.