Rotary Club of Needham

Tuesday November 5, 2013

Location: Sheraton, Needham

Pledge of Allegiance: Glen

Song: ‘God Bless America’ Led by Ron

Invocation: Reverend Darrell


  • 2013 Holiday Party at Erica’s Home 159 Warren St. Needham Thursday December 12 at 6:00 pm. Let Erica know what you can bring! We will be continuing the tradition of a ‘White Elephant’ gift giving. Bring that gorgeous gift you can’t possibly part with, and we will swap it.
  • During the 5 weeks of October, we raised $209 which is being sent to the Rotary Foundation (as part of Rotary Foundation month) in a continuing effort to eradicate Polio world wide.
  • Next week, ‘Happy Dollar’ donations will be sent to the Memorial Scholarship fund in memory of Gerry Goodman, who passed away 1 year ago.
  • Charles River YMCA Giving Gala is set for November 16th at Powers Hall in the Town House. 
  • The Nominating Committee is looking for members interested in participating on the Board.  If you are interested in becoming active at the board level, please contact Glen
  • Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce is having a scavenger hunt next week
  • The annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be Tuesday, November 26 at 6 PM in Wellesley at the Wellesley Community Center.  There will not be a noon meeting that day.
  • If you don’t know how to access our website.  Ask.  Instructions on how to log in will be sent out via email. Note: Upgrade coming to the web site. Stay tuned!!
  • Karen tells us we still have space for  more keys in the ‘Keys for Hope’ program. Any spare or unknown keys bring them in and they will be melted for the money, which will go to a local charity.
  • Bill and Greg from France read us a letter from Mariah, the NHS student who is currently in France. Sounds like she is having a great time!


Greg Bergeras: Bill Paulson’s shadow from France. Lynne McEvoy, potential Rotarian.


Happy $$$:  Lot’s of congrats to the Red Sox! Rich Forte in memory of Gerry Goodman; Louise for a great BID Gala; Ted Shaughnessy giving $100 to the Rotary Foundation for seeing the Red Sox win game 6 from his great seats! Lois for being able to participate in Town Meeting; Tom Savino for a week in Phoenix and Sedona Az; Several for the patriots;Erica for her son’s 15th Birthday (is that possible? Next year he learns how to drive!). Veishal for GTBH.


Birthdays: Well, it has been slow, but we had three members who acknowledged they were getting ‘better’ not older:

  • Erica Bond
  • Bill Paulson
  • Rick Davis

We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to them.


50:50: Kathy Whitney had the correct number (689) but wrong card: King of Diamonds. The pot is growing and is at $210.

While Greg and Rachel were not present, Charles Nelson showed he has an aptitude for being Sgt. at Arms. Thanks for picking up the responsibility Charles!


Guest Speakers: Dr. Kimberly D'Eramo, D.O. and her husband Dr. Mario Torres-Leon, M.D., started their presentation by asking the question: “Are your thoughts creating medical problems ?”, and “Does anyone think this is possible ?”

They told us about their program that teaches you how to unleash your inner physician. Participants learn how to apply life changing techniques pioneered by The Thrive Doctors that will redefine what you thought was possible. 

They’ve seen hundreds of patients experiencing symptoms of stress — headaches, fatigue, weight issues, anxiety and depression — who are worn out, aging quickly, and frustrated that they do not have the life and health they want. Most of them are using medications, or considering medications like antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, pain meds or sleep meds. These, however, are only a band-aid solution and are not getting to the root cause of their issues.

Their goal is to show measurable results from the mind-body connection they are seeking to teach.

A quite interesting talk. Go to for more details.