Needham Rotary Club
Tuesday: April 16, 2013
Location: Needham Sheraton

Pledge of Allegiance: Glen Davis
Song: God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks
Prayer: Karen Wetmore


• Ted Savino met with Cushing Amusements and the head of facilities at General Dynamics – moving along positively.
• Ted reported Ali Raisman becoming Paul Harris fellow and hopes she will become involved in Gift of Life.
• Glen Davis has invoices for placemats at Pancake Breakfast and will distribute to last year’s participants; will need help on May 11th and will distribute sign up schedule. Let Ken know if we want to buy tickets.
• 20 clubs have signed up for $35,000 in District Grants; if we are interested we need to sign up quickly. Dictionaries could come from these funds.
• Reality Fair – no update as everyone seems to be on board at this time.
• Karen reminded us that they will need GFE hosts for the 5 gentlemen coming from Brazil in early June; host does not to be a Rotarian; let Karen know if you are interested in being a host.
• District Assembly at Framingham Sheraton from 5:30 to 7:30pm
• District Conference at Boxboro Holiday Inn from 6-9pm
• Lois told us how much she appreciates being a part of Needham Rotary and how safe and welcome she feels.
• Greg reminded us of the Rotary 4 way test.

Guests: None

Happy $$$: Several sorry for tragic events at Boston Marathon yesterday; pray for St. Seb’s teacher injured at marathon; happy to say God Bless American and pray for victims and families; keep hope and not let anyone destroy our dreams; happy for American people and their resolve; happy for granddaughter in recovery; glad to see Chris Teachout safely returning from marathon; thank you for the first responders yesterday!

50:50: Looking for Queen of hearts; Person: Ken Davis; Pot: $798. Congratulations Ken for winning $400!

Joke of the day: Doug George and Louise Condon each told 2 jokes

Birthdays: None

Guest Speaker: As there was no guest speaker Glen asked Brenda Diaz and Veishal Singhal (2 of our newest members) to give a Classification talk.
Brenda has worked at Wingate Needham since last July. Before that she worked for a non-profit and prior to that at Sheraton Needham – she has been working in Needham for the last 12 years. She has 2 sons, is divorced but has since re-married. She loves gardening and coaching. She enjoys being a part of the Needham Rotary and particularly enjoys our involvement with Gift of Life.
Veishal has worked for Middlesex Savings Bank for 13 years and in charge of the Needham branch for 10 months. He will be returning to India to see his parents soon, for a month. He has been married for 4 years and his wife works in Bio-Med. Veishal’s brother lives in Phoenix, and both his parents are doctors in India.

We are so fortunate to both of these enthusiastic people as members!