Rotary Club of Needham
Tuesday August 5, 2014
Location: Sheraton, Needham


Pledge of Allegiance: Rich
Song: America Led by Bob
Invocation: Darrell


  • Rich asked Ryan to speak about a fund raiser being hosted at Blissful Meadows Golf Club on September 8 to benefit the “LivForYou” foundation.  The Foundation (501(c)(3)) was established to remember Olivia Rotondo who died at the age of 20 while attending University of New Hampshire to provide scholarships to spirited dance or cheerleading students from Mount Saint Charles who intend to pursue a college education.  If interested in learning how you may participate or contribute, please contact Ryan or Tournament Administrator, David Rotondo at
  • Roz announced that the Pancake Breakfast Fundraising Committee will meet following the meeting
  • Bill updated the group with the last blog from Maria Cronin, our Rotary exchange student.  We hope she will have time this school year to join us for a recap of her experience.

Happy Dollars: A whole bunch of Happy to be Here!  Ted for Daniela safely returning to Panama tomorrow post open heart surgery at BCH, Erica for her kids returning home from camp, Ken for time down the Cape, Bill for a great weekend in Maine, George for a GREAT Day! Doug hoping Lester returns, Darrell for the Pats, Chuck for a great day yesterday playing in the 1st Annual Red Sox Foundation golf tournament at Belmont CC, Scott for his upcoming trip to Iceland, Tom for his great hiking trip.  WOW!!!

Guests: Evan and Andy Saks

50/50: Chuck had the lucky number but pulled the queen of clubs.  Too bad!  Pot stands at $453!

Humor: Doug shared a beautiful story about an aging Cinderella who was granted three wishes and after having her youth back, enough gold to last a lifetime and her pet cat turned into a beautiful young man to spend the rest of her life with lamented the fact that she had previously neutered her cat…

Guest Speaker: Mr. Andy Saks of Spark Presentations led the group through an understanding of why we get nervous about public speaking and what we can do to reduce the anxiety and be a more effective presenter.  Our own Tom Savino aided in the demonstration!  Andy talked about our instinct to Fight-or-Flight.  Andy helps to coach folks on presentation skills, trade show presenters, he is keynote speaker and on camera and voice talent.    He is the author of “The Presentation Playbook”.  To learn more, contact Andy at 781.454.7600, ,