Needham Rotary Club
Tuesday:    March 24, 2015
Location:  Needham Sheraton
Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis
Song:  God Bless America; Led by Ron Sockol and Bob Cocks
Prayer: Led by Reverend Darrell Minnich
• Ellen Paulson was so touched by last week’s presentation on the Afghan project while she and a friend visited, they went back to Needham High School and raised $115 for the project!!
•.Libby is still out recuperating from shoulder surgery but was able to visit this week thanks to her sister Marjorie, who is chauffeur extraordinaire!!
. Chuck Buyer unveiled the upcoming progressive dinner on Saturday May 2nd. Chuck is looking for several more homes to serve a total of 6 to 8 Rotarians the main course. Appetizers will be served at one home, then on to main course, then on to the final stop for desert.
.Jim Brown announced an early spring project of helping to build raised garden beds for the Needham Community Farm on April 11. A sign up will go around. All one needs is a battery powered drill.
.We were all able to reach out to Marty who was at home recuperating from a short hospital stay, and sounded great!
.Much appreciation to Louise Condon and Rick and Gail Davis who were the fashion models at the Needham Community Council dinner!
.Reality Fair is May 18th: sign up early??
.Next week is our annual ‘Spring Flower Delivery’. Remember those who want to sort and label the flowers,  arrive at 11 am. Everyone else arrive at noon and after a quick lunch, we will be out delivering flowers!
.April 21st will be a morning meeting with our first try at morning meetings to see if we can inspire additional folks to join.
Paula Kahr who works for Salem 5 Bank, friend of Bill Paulson. Her application has been submitted!
Rajesh Thomas, who was introduced to Needham Rotary at the NEF/Rotary Pancake Breakfast, and is back for his second visit. He also submitted his application to the club!
Happy dollars: Bob Cocks, Louise, Erica and Rick Davis for spring! Rajesh is enjoying Rotary; Lois for the Progressive dinner; Scotti and Rich for seeing Greg Hoffmeister on television being in Maine at the ski lift incident; Ken Davis, Ted and Jim Brown  for Libby and Marty successful recuperation; Charles Nelson to thank Bob Cocks for leading us in ‘The Welcome Song’; Libby grateful to be here; Paula Kahr great to be here and to have son back home; Margie Thompson, Libby’s sister, nice to visit Rotary; Bill for a nice night out with Dan; Andy Wining for bringing his kids to the Sheraton to swim in the middle of winter; Greg proud to be a Rotarian!
Birthday: While Louise did not want to talk about it, she did acknowledge it is her birthday! We all sang and sounded great!
Presidential Minute: This person was born on March 29 in Virginia. He was responsible for the 25th amendment, the annexation of Texas and was the first President to come to power by his predecessor passing on 62 days into office. John Tyler!,!
50/50 drawing: Karen Wetmore won the whole thing! 50/50 of $65!! Congratulations!!
We have now finished 2 decks of cards in about a month. We are out! If you have an extr deck of cards you could donate, please bring them in. Only decks with 52 cards please!
Joke of the day: Courtesy of Karen Wetmore and Doug:
An Irish priest was transferred to Texas ....
Father O'Malley rose from his bed one morning. It was a fine spring day in his new west Texas mission parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of the beautiful day outside. He then noticed there was a jackass lying dead in the middle of his front lawn. He promptly
called the local police station.
   The conversation went like this:  "Good morning. This is Sergeant Jones.  How might I help you?"
   "And the best of the day te yerself.  This is Father O'Malley at St. Ann 's Catholic Church.  There's a jackass lying dead on me front lawn and would ye be so kind as to send a couple o'yer lads to take care of the matter?"
   Sergeant Jones, considering himself to be quite a wit and recognizing the foreign accent, thought he would have a little fun with the good father, replied, "Well now Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of the last rites!"
   There was dead silence on the line for a moment....... Father O'Malley then replied: "Aye,'tis certainly true; but we are also obliged to notify the next of kin first, which is the reason for me call."
Today’s Speaker: While we had no outside speaker this week, Pres. Glen raised and talked about a number of topics to include:
  1. April 21st will be our first morning meeting, starting at 7:30 am. He wants to encourage outreach to potential members, and wants every member to either invite a guest, or to let him know and he will invite them for you!
  2. Our ‘Smoke and CO Detector’ program seems to be making a resurgence. If you would like to be on the installation crew, let Glen know!
  3. Our ‘Memorial Scholarship Fund’ has ebbed and flowed as to the number of students we can award scholarships to (We now award $2000 per year for 4 years to a recipient). We currently award 2 per year. In  the past it has been higher, but, the fund has not been immune to the financial challenges in the market. So, Rick Davis and
    Erica Bond will review this and make a recommendation to the club to either figure out how much the club must invest now for continued giving at this level, or, how much needs to be contributed each year, or, how we can limit the scholarships gifts to not wipe out the scholarship fund.