Rotary of Needham
Tuesday:  December 15, 2015
Pledge of Allegiance: Rich Forte
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich
Guests: - Michelle Buyer, Bill Domings, Debbie
. Our holiday Yankee Swap Christmas party was held at the Bond’s home last Thursday. All reports say it was terrific! Someone received a ‘thigh master’ as a gift, but did not want to demonstrate it at Rotary! Thanks again to Erica and her family who hosted a terrific party with wonderful food, fun and frivolity!!
. Bill gave us an update on the Music Award event on Jan. 13, 2016.  He has several great musicians lined up but still has 2 open spots.  Greg and Rachel have many interested sponsors including: Needham Bank, AdVantage, and Capron Lighting to name a very few.  Our music charity will be helping Needham high school students with their trip to Italy.  Bill challenged Rick Davis’ comment about how bad we are at selling tickets.  Are we up to the challenge to sell the most tickets ever???  Bill also thanked Greg and Rachel for coming up with the fund raising concept.
. Rich distributed a request to members to locate past scholarship members.  He plans on asking them to try to locate 3-4 names from a list of about 100.
. Jim Brown reported that the Club raised $740 this year for the Salvation Army, and, that brings our total to some $7000 since we started this event. Thanks to:
Kathy Whitney
Marty Lindemann
Chuck Buyer
Charles and his 2 daughters and a friend who actually sang Christmas Carols!
Erica Bond
Ted Shaughnessy
Holly Brown
Lyn Brown
For all of their selfless work for staffing the bells!!!
. It was noted that Murry Liverman, a Brookline Rotarian, and former advisor to our club, passed away last week. Murry was a true Rotarian, and friend to all, and he will be missed.
Happy dollars: Many members thanked Erica and Frank Bond for their wonderful hospitality in hosting this years Holiday Extravaganza! Roz and Debbie, HTBH; Chuck for having his daughter with him for lunch; Bill Paulson for the Patriots win; Libby, Louise, Happy Holidays to all! Rick Davis for our guests; Glen-thanks to Bill domings for being here; Darell $2 for the upcoming Patriots game; Andy Wining hoping for the winning 50/50 ticket. Louise thanking the club for its donation for the Blue Tree.
50/50 drawing: $564 in pot; Lois had the right ticket but luck was not with her this week. The pot continues to grow!
Humor:  Marty (our self appointed censor) delivered a joke whish is ‘..not suitable for sharing”!
Guest Speaker:  Well, this week was a ‘family 2 pack’:
Rich Davis just updated us on the Scholarship Committee, that they must decide soon as to the number of scholarship recipients and the dollar amount. We know the trustees will be wise in their choice.
Glen Davis gave us a recap on our ‘Visioning’ night earlier this year. A lot of time was spent by the club on that night determining what our clubs priorities should be. Now comes the time to implement these decisions. For instance, the majority of people thought our club should grow to 60 members over the next 3 years. The easiest way to do this os for every member to ‘clone’ themselves, and bring in a new Rotarian. East to say…
The club also wants to be known as ‘exemplary’ in its Community Service projects, and wants to continue in its support of gift of Life.
More details will be forthcoming as plans are developed by the steering committee.
Next meeting: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 12:00 at Needham Sheraton. But, there will be no meeting on 12-29.