Rotary Club of Needham

Tuesday April 29, 2014

Location: Sheraton, Needham


Pledge of Allegiance: Glen

Song: America Led by Bob

Invocation: Darrell



Glen asked for introductions of guests present.  Our guests included Andy Winig of the Arlington Rotary, Ed Mullens, new assistant Branch Manager of Family Federal Savings, as a guest of Debra Kazarian


Lois provided the group with our Presidential Moment.  Lois provided clues to the group, with the answer being President Truman.


Happy Dollars: A whole bunch of “Happy to be Here”, Deb for her guest: Ed, Bill for successful move to new home, Darrell for the storm victims, Andrew for a great family vacation to Florida and Disney, Charles for spring skiing at Jay Peak, Ken is waiting for spring, Rich for his two daughters safe return from their school trips, Scott is happy winter is almost over, Marty threw in $20 to celebrate his Dad’s 101st birthday and his 50th High School graduation reunion, George for his mother-in-law, Barbara’s 93 birthday, Roz for Frugal Fanny shopping and Roberta for sharing the afternoon with all of us!


Our Humor of the day was presented by Doug George and Jim Brown:

Southern Law Joke

Questions asked in a courtroom can be very revealing... especially in the South. Even of an old, sweet lady many would be happy to call grandma.

In a trial in the heart of the South, a prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly woman he had known since childhood, to the stand.

He approached her and asked, "Mrs. Whitaker, do you know me?"

She responded, "Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Coolidge. I've known you since you were a young boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, cheat, you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit lawyer. Yes, I know you."

The lawyer was stunned! Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, "Mrs. Whitaker, do you know the defense attorney?"

She again replied, "Of course, I do. I've known Mr. Johnson since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Yes, I know him."

The defense attorney turned red with embarrassment.  The judge upon hearing the questions and answers thus far asked both counselors to approach the bench. In a very quiet voice he said, "If either of you asks her if she knows me, I'll throw you in jail for contempt."

Continuing our “Get to Know Me” segment, Mr. Marty Lindemann was invited to share with the group some interesting facts about his life that we may not know about him.

Marty was born in St. Louis Missouri 67 years ago and with his Dad’s military service moved every three years, traveling the world and a good part of the USA.  He is one of four boys.  He spent two years in the army and when through spent some time working to help families with re-location services, eventually moving on to Silicon Valley where he met his wife of 24 years.  He took his liberal arts education and became involved in Human Resources and that led to process management.  He and his wife adopted two boys (now age 12) from Kazakhstan about 11 years ago.  He has been a Rotarian for over 25 years and looks forward to continuing as a Rotarian with the Needham chapter (officially now that he has his badge!).


Charles had the lucky number for a chance to draw the queen of hearts to split the $213 pot.  Too bad, Charles pulled the ace of spades!


  • STOP HUNGER- the High School is trying to raise money and pack 20,000 meals on May 14th.  Glen passed around a sample meal that will feed 6.  Donations are appreciated!
  • COMMITTEES- if you have not sent Rich an email with your committee preferences, you will be assigned to committees to show off your talents!
  • Reality fair is May 16th.  Thanks to those who will be helping.  The more folks the better to help manage the 400+ students.


Guest Speaker: None