Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, October 26, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
Ted Shaughnessy presiding for, well, Ted Shaughnessy
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: God Bless America led by Ron
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
Ryan delegated the welcome song to Marty for our guests from BID Needham and Briarwood
  • Next Board of Directors meeting is Nov 2, 5pm at Ryan’s office. All are welcome, but you have to be on the board to vote
  • Monday was World Polio Day. There is a Rotary district in India that is doing a big immunization push. There was a flyer going around at the meeting. Contact Ted if you are interested in travelling to India
  • Ted encouraged us to DONATE NOW to the Polio effort on the Rotary website. It’s never a bad time to donate to the Rotary Foundation
  • Jan 31st will be our food packing project with the high school. We’ll be packing 10,000 meals.
  • Stop by the Webster Street side of Needham High School to admire the 187 plants we planted on the hillside with help from the honors club and the principal of the high school, and the town of Needham. There are some trees that are still to be planted that will happen once the trees go dormant for the winter
  • Ted mentioned that all the cool projects we’re doing this year are thanks to the President’s Circle. It’s not too late to join. Contact Ted for details.
  • Pancake Breakfast is 11/5. SELL TICKETS. Set up is 4pm-6pm on Friday 11/4 and 6am on Sat 11/5. The breakfast itself goes from 7 to 11am
  • Thanks to everyone who put out lawn signs for the pancake breakfast (and thanks to Erica for coordinating it so effectively!). Remember that if you put them out you’ll have to pick them up on Saturday 11/5
  • Dec 13 NO NOON MEETING. We will be partying (I mean having our holiday gathering) at Erica’s house that evening instead.
  • Dec 20 Holiday treat of vocal stylings / sing-along with Bob Cocks and happy dollars to Needham Sheraton Wait Staff
  • Dec 27 NO MEETING
  • Karen let us know that that Gloria at the Needham Historical Society is doing a program on Rotary. If you have any historical Rotary items please get them to Karen
  • Erica gave a plug for the Needham Craft Fair. It’s the major fundraiser for the Needham High School PTC. And one place we heard about this week that is good for last minute gifts
  • Amanda Glidwell, Briarwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation
  • John Fogarty, President and CEO of BID Needham
  • Michael Raciti, Marketing Specialist at BID Needham
Happy $$$: 
Marty for visiting is 103 year old dad, Jim Brown for voting early for himself (write-in!), Kathy Reilly for our guests and the BID Needham Gala, Kathy looking forward to BID Needham gala, Andy for Halloween, Erica for PTC craft fair, Lois for the Autism walk, Bill for fun day with daughter Sarah seeing Hillary Clinton in NH, Paul for election being over in two weeks, Ken for our guests, Libby for our guests, Chuck, Charles, Louise happy to be here
50:50: Marty had 038, which apparently he had offered to Ryan, but Ryan refused, so Marty drew the 8 of clubs, which is not the Joker, so the $173 pot rolls over to next week.
Joke of the day: No joking today.
Presidential Moment: None
Guest Speaker:
John Fogarty talked about the BID Needham community hospital. It has been several decades of transformation (for the good). The idea is to provide access to Boston doctors in a community setting.
They have specialty clinics like hand surgery, the sleep center, and chronic pain management. They also just opened a BreastCare center.
He talked about their culture of safety. He believes that this is more important for his job security than keeping the financials strong.
Their gala is Saturday and is sold out (900 people!). He thanked the Rotarians for all they do for the hospital, and for being on the gala committee.
He also gave a shout out to his gift shop person. He got a last-minute gift for his wife and was the hero!
In 2017 they are going to electronic records and building a new ambulatory building.
The hospital loves community outreach. Any ideas for working together contact Alyssa Kence at 781.453.5460.