**Needham Rotary Club**

 April 15, 2014

Location: Needham Sheraton Hotel

Pledge of Allegiance: Charles Nelson ably standing in for Glen Davis

Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks

Prayer: Led by Darrell Minnich



·         Charles reminded us of the Charles River Center gala being held on April 29th

·         District matching grants were discussed.  Let Rich know if you have any suggestions. 

·         .High school Stop Hunger event being held on May 14th.  Further details will be discussed at next board meeting.

·         Wellesley Rotary is sponsoring a ‘Stop Huger’ bag filling event this Saturday from 10am to 1 pm at the Wellesley Community Center.  All are welcome!

·         The Realty Fair will on held on Friday  May 16th – looking for help.

·         Thanks to Needham Rotary’s Spelling Bee team consisting of Mary, Lois and Kathy. They only missed one word!


  • Andrew Winig, another Needham Resident and Arlington Rotarian who just submitted his application to join Needham Rotary!
  • Steve Schauer, another potential Needham Rotarian
  • Gary Zeller, another potential Needham Rotarian
  • Libby Pero, who has also submitted her application for membership.
  • Chas Haberle, frequent visiting Rotarian from Lakewood Washington

Happy Dollars:  Doug for the holidays, and his daughters scheduled birth of a baby this Thursday; Andy Winig for giving Marty his Rotary application; Darrell for Happy Passover and Resurrection Sunday; George thinking of the Marathon victims; Chuck Happy Passover; Lois Happy Holidays; Rick welcome to our guests;  Libby looking forward to finally joining Rotary; Roberta, Louise, Scotti Happy Holidays; Greg Cronin for his son Casey finally getting a real job; Bill Paulson one week till his home move; Ted for Happy Spring.

50:50:  Pot at $191, George had the right ticket, but pulled the King of Hearts, not the Queen.

Joke of the day: None this week.

Birthdays: None

Presidential minute:  Ulysses H. Grant, the 18th President.

5 Minute Rotarian of the Day: Marty next week.


Guest Speaker:  President Glen outlined an updated club format which includes a proposed set of committees for Needham Rotary which would enable us to become a more active vibrant and relative club. Those committees consist of:

• Membership Committee: Goal-grow membership

• Foundation Committee: To identify projects for our club.

• Community Service: To identify local projects and people/groups who could use our help.

• Fundraising: To develop a program of sponsorship from local businesses to support our programs.

• Grants: To review all grant requests received and to recommend to BOD which ones to support.

• Events: To identify events (fundraising and service) which our club would like to do.

• Social: To increase club camaraderie by developing social activities outside of our normal weekly meetings.

• Public Relations: To publicize  EVERYTHING we do through newsletter, web site social media and traditional channels.

The thought is that every member would automatically be a member of the ‘Events ‘ committee and one other committee. Members will receive a request to learn what that other committee should be. Please specify 2 or 3 options in order of priority and email Glen and Rich by the end of the weekend.

In addition, he outlined that next year the proposed officers are:

President: Glen Davis

President Elect: Rich Forte

VP: Marty Lindemann

Treasurer: Ryan Damaso

Secretary:  Bob Cocks

And additional Chair people.