Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday:  October 6, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Karen Wetmore
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Guests: - Patrick and Felicity Fairbrother, Bandy Hefler Rotarians from England
. Rich thanked everyone for their help at the NBA Harvest Fair on Saturday.  We sold 20 tickets to our Pancake Breakfast and many signed up for our drawing.  Alan Hammond was winner of basket.  Thanks to Libby for making the basket!
. Rich also told us that over 400 students attended the High School Reality Fair.  Our guests from the UK helped man tables which included a Rotary information table this year.
. Our Visionary meeting will be October 27th at 5:00pm at the Sheraton – no lunch meeting that day.  We will need 20-25 attendees.
. We need ads for the placemats as well as help putting up posters around town.
. We are targeting January 30, 2016 for the Music festival in Powers Hall of the Needham Town Hall from 6:00-9:00pm.  Let Greg or Bill know if you can help.
. There was a thank you in the St. Joseph’s Church bulletin for the Dictionaries and they mentioned our Pancake Breakfast.
. 2 Rotary dinners coming up – Oct. 14, 6:00pm in Boxboro, cost $25; Oct. 30 from 7:30-3:30.
. Deb Kazarian has been doing a great job selling tickets and ads for the Pancake Breakfast.
.Ted updated us on 2 Gift of Life recipients.  Both were able to get necessary VISA’s and their surgeries have been scheduled.
. Louise told us that Briarwood was the winner of the NBA Souper Bowl contest and that BID Needham is having their annual gala on Nov. 7th at the Marriott in Boston.  She is selling raffle tickets.  You can contact her at the office if interested - $10 for 1 and $25 for 3.
. There will be a meeting Wednesday at 7:30am at Darrell’s for the Thanksgiving dinner with Community Council.
Happy dollars: Ted was happy for successful open heart surgery for Amadu Danso from Ghana; many were happy for our British guests, Reality Fair and Harvest Fair; Tom was happy for a good day at the Southwick Zoo; Roz thought the Souper Bowl last Saturday was fun; Libby was happy for her diet; Bill was happy for kick off of music awards; Louise happy for sunshine; Scott happy for his uncle who passed away last weekend.
50/50 drawing: $382 in pot; Felicity Fairbrother had number but no luck pulling right card.
Humor:  None today
Presidential minute: None today
5 minute Rotarian: None today
Guest Speaker:  Nate Kursite from Mass DOT Needham-Wellesley I-95 Add a Lane Project was speaker today.  Barletta Heavy Division won project for Bridge 6 contract; they are currently working on stage 1 of 5; Kendrick St. is impacted by bicyclists; there will be a new bridge at Highland Ave.  They goal of this segment of the project is to insure safety and functionality of I-95 and restore breakdown lanes in the area.  We were able to sign up for weekly “ look ahead” of project with a shutdown of Kendrick St. scheduled for the end of Oct.-early Nov.
We can contact they at: Nathaniel Curtis, 617-482-7080 x236;
Next meeting: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton