Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Location: Needham Sheraton
Ted Shaughnessy presiding for Rich Forte
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
6/21: Installation of Officers
6/28: No regular meeting: Evening cookout at Rich Forte’s (note new location in Dover!)
7/5: No meeting
Pledge of Allegiance: Ted Shaughnessy
Song: America the Beautiful led by Bob Cocks
Invocation: Karen Wetmore
Bob led the Welcome to Needham song for our guests
  • Float for the 4th of July. The committee met after our regular meeting to finalize plans.
  • District grant for the solar panel project in India is moving its way through the grant process
  • The board approved $1,000 donation Neponset Valley water project, $1,000 donation to the YMCA, $3,000 donation to the Needham Scholarship Fund, and $1,000 donation to Gift of Life.
  • Dues for Rotary International are going up this coming year by $1. You’ll see that on your next bill. Ted reminded us that the club adds $50 to each member’s $100 donation to the Rotary Foundation each year.
  • Congrats to our incoming speaker committee: Ken, Kathy, and Karen. If you have ideas for great speakers, please pass them along.
  • Chuck is once again charmingly chairing the social committee. Ideas are always welcome.
  • We passed around get well cards for Kathy Riley and Marty Lindemann. Marty’s card was so well chosen that he showed up to the meeting! I’m not sure whether he signed his own card, but Kathy was able to present it to him at the meeting, though it was already stamped so we didn’t save on the postage. All our best wishes for speedy recoveries.
  • There’s an opportunity through Rotary International to host a scholar from India this coming year. He’ll be at the Harvard Grad School in Architecture. There’s a stipend. This is not specific to our club. If you’re interested let Ted know.
  • Next meeting for board of directors is 7/21 at Ryan’s office on Chestnut Street.
  • Next year’s District Conference will be combined for our four local districts and take place in Rhode Island. The President of Rotary International will be speaking.
  • Next year’s international convention is in Atlanta, and the year after that will be in Toronto.
  • RYLA is 6/24. Thanks to Karen who is volunteering for the weekend. That weekend will also be the installation of our new District Governors.
  • Lois reminded us that it’s flag day. The Continental Army was founded 241 years ago. And 239 years ago our flag became our official flag. God Bless America.
  • James Rosso, founder & CEO, VidiLocal
  • Jon Bzdel, founder & President, VidiLocal
  • Mercedes representing Deb Kazarian from Family Federal Savings
Happy $$$: 
Bob Cocks: 50th college reunion at Bowdoin, Mercedes, Chuck, Marty: HTBH, Lois & Ron for 62nd anniversary, Tom Savino for 30th anniversary, Libby for guests and her birthday (shhhh), Bill for Cirque du Soleil with Ellen, Ken for a great vacation, Andy for his daughter’s 1st grade artists exhibit, Charles for our guests, Paula for her son graduating from Union and starting work at PWC.
50:50: Chuck had number 820 but drew the 10 of diamonds which is not the 2 of hearts, so the $140 pot rolls over to next week.
Good luck next week!
Joke of the day: No joking today. Seriously.
Guest Speaker:
James Rosso and Jon Bzdel told us about VidiLocal. They are a startup out of Babson that puts TV screens in pizza shops and doctors’ offices. The TV’s have content delivered through the cloud including local news, forecasts, sports, and advertising.
They are recruiting hosts and advertisers.
Hosts get the screen installed for no money and can make money from the ads that run on the screen.
Advertisers can get in front of a very targeted audience for a low monthly cost.
More information at
Future Meetings:
Join us Tuesday June 21st Installation of New Officers