Needham Rotary Club
Tuesday: May 20, 2014
Location:  Needham Sheraton


Pledge of Allegiance:  Glen Davis
Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Karen Wetmore
Prayer: Led by Rev. Darrell Minnich


  •  June 3 Scholarship recipients will join us for lunch.  Thank you, Dan, Rick and Lois for choosing winners.
  • June 24th, Harvey Leonard will be speaker.
  • Ted Shaughnessy announced that Past President Bob Welling had passed on, and that his Funeral was to be held on Friday the 23rd in Canton. 3 Rotarians and Past President Maury Ringel attended.



  • Gary Zeller, Rotarian Prospect
  • Steve Schaur, who has submitted his application.

Happy Dollars:  Doug to celebrate all of our guests; Bill Paulson, Ken Davis Kathy Whitney for a great Reality Fair; Lois for Needham Cable being at the Reality Fair; Ted for 2 Gift of Life arriving in June; Darrell for the Red Sox; Bob Cocks Jim Brown Roberta Chuck Buyer Great to be here; Steve Schaur for Toni’s participation in the Relay for Life; Ron Sockol ‘I love Lois Sockol’; George for a successful eye operation for his grand daughter Delaney; Rick Davis for a beautiful day!


Lois’s Presidential Minute:

50:50:  Chuck Buyer had the right number but no luck drawing queen of hearts. $266 still in pot.


5 Minute Rotarian of the Day:  Greg Cronin, “Gregory The Great”. Greg was raised in Newton and Wellesley, and graduated from St. Sebastian’s School, now in Needham. His Dad was general manager of Cramer Electronics, and ultimately founded his own firm, Cronin Electronics. Greg now is selling promotional advertising specialties, and is active in residential real estate. He and his wife Kerry have 3 boys, and live on Greendale Ave.

Son Patrick is an electrician in Brookline; Garrett is in the Security business; Casey is working in Golf course maintenance. A fine family!

Greg was introduced to past Rotarian Bill Whitney and Ken from Hazel’s Bakery. Greg is a GREAT member in Needham Rotary. Listen to what he does within the club:

-Sargent At Arms
-Cleans Memorial Park
-Organized the first Music Night held in February
-Has participated in RYLA
-Is in charge of our 4th of July Parade float

He loves Rotary for all the good we do! He is a great contributor and leader, and we should be grateful for having him as a member!


Story Of The Day: Irish Luck!

*I want this back. It DOES work. His name was Fleming, and he was a poor
Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he
heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran
to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy,
screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from
what could have been a slow and terrifying death.*

*The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse
surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced
himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.*

*'I want to repay you,' said the nobleman. 'You saved my son's life. ''No, I
can't accept payment for what I did,' the Scottish farmer replied waving
off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the
family hovel.'Is that your son?' the nobleman asked. 'Yes,' the farmer
replied proudly.*

*'I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my
own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt
grow to be a man we both will be proud of.' And that he did. Farmer
Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, graduated from

St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known
throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of

*Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was
stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin.*

*The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill ... His son's name? Sir
Winston Churchill.*

*Someone once said:*  What goes around comes around!


Joke Of the Day: Two ninety year old men, Moe and Sam, have been friends all their lives.
It seems that Sam is dying of cancer, and Moe comes to visit him daily.

"Sam," says Moe, "You know how we have both loved baseball all our lives, and how we played minor league ball together for so many years. Sam, you have to do me a favor. When you get to Heaven, and I know you will go to Heaven, somehow you've got to let me know if there's baseball in Heaven."

Sam looks up at Moe from his death bed, and says, "Moe, you've been my best friend for years........of course, I'll tell you."
And shortly after, Sam passes on.
It is midnight a couple of nights later. Moe is sound asleep when he is awakened by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calls out to him, "Moe.... Moe...."
"Who is it?" says Moe sitting up suddenly. "Who is it?"
"Moe, it's me, Sam."
"Come on. You're not Sam. Sam just died."
"I'm telling you," "It's me, Sam!"
"Sam? Is that you? Where are you?"
"I'm in heaven," says Sam, "and I've got to tell you, I've got good news and a little bad news."
"So, tell me the good news first," says Moe.
"The good news," says Sam "is that there is baseball in heaven. Better yet, all our old buddies who've gone before us are there. Better yet, we're all young men again. Better yet, it's always spring time and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play baseball all we want, and we never get tired!"
"Really?" says Moe, "That's great, but what's the bad news?"
"Ahhh -- Sam, you're pitching next Tuesday."

Birthday: None.

Guest Speaker:  None

Future Meeting:  Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Sheraton Needham