Needham Rotary Club

Rotary Minutes of Meeting   August 27, 2013

Held at the Needham Sheraton


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by our past president, Charles Nelson (rusty, but got us through it), Bob Cocks led us in “God Bless America”, and Darrell led us in the Invocation.


Guests:  Guests were Pedro Garcia Lopez, our exchange student, his first host, Karen Degan, and our speaker, Ms. Debra Katt-Lloyd.  Prospective member Marty Lindeman returned from his family vacation to Washington state, and had his application in hand.  Bob Cocks led us in the welcome song.


Announcements: Greg gave us an update on the 1st annual Rotary Music Awards.  The proceeds will be oriented towards a musical group.  Tickets will be $20 each.  Alcohol will not be served.  Final details will be worked out by the committee.

Bill Paulson presented Pedro with a “Needham” sweatshirt formally welcoming him.  Pedro is a 15 year old Junior and he has a 21 year old sister.


Happy Dollars:  Doug for his future first grandchild, Ted for a great weekend in Boston at the Festival of St. Anthony (hope he didn’t eat too much),  Dan for a computer Voila, Darrell for having his son and family with him for 2 months before they returned to SE Asia, various welcomes for Pedro and HTBH’s.



None owned up to.


Rotary Birthday:

None mentioned.


50/50: The magic number was 528 and again our guest (Pedro) was the winner, however he didn’t pick the Jack of Diamonds.  The pot is at $43.00.


Guest Speaker:  Our speaker, Debra Katt-Lloyd spoke to us about Alzheimer’s.  There were many questions and she answered them all.  This disease mostly affects the short term memory.  It also can affect language, visual and special reasoning, thinking and judgment and personality.  Risk factors are age and lack of blood circulation.  The web site for the organization locally is


Humor:  Ken’s quick quote quips:  If you could live forever, would you and why?  Answer: I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever.   ---  Smoking kills.  If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life. --- I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.  --- It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment.  It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. ---  I love California.  I practically grew up in Phoenix. --- The work “genius” isn’t applicable in football.  A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. --- Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992, because we received notice that you passed away.  May God bless you.  You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.

Louise (in absentia):  An engineer dies and reports to the Pearly Gates.  St. Peter checks his dossier and, not seeing his name there, accidentally sends him to hell.  It doesn’t take long before the engineer becomes dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell.  He soon begins to design and build improvements.  Shortly hell has AC, flush toilets and escalators.  Needless to say, the engineer is a pretty popular guy.  One day, God calls Satan and says: “So, how are things in hell?”  Satan replies: “Hey, things are going great.  We have AC, flush toilets and escalators.  And there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.”   “What!” God exclaims: “You’ve got an engineer?  That’s a mistake – he should never have been sent to hell.  Send him to me.”  “Not a chance,” Satan replies: “I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him!”  God insists: “Send him back or I’ll sue.”  Satan laughs uproariously and answers: “Yeah, right.  And where are you going to get a lawyer?

Doug:  A beautiful, sexy, good looking lady was sitting next to a guy in a plane...... The lady said to him ' Can you help me remove something from my breast please? ‘The exciting young man replied, 'Wow! It will be my pleasure....... So what is it?' She replied "Your Eyes, idiot!" In times like this “Why is the mistletoe hanging over the baggage counter?” asked the airline passenger, amid the holiday rush. The clerk replied, “It’s so you can kiss your luggage good-bye.”