Rotary Club of Needham

TuesdaySeptember 17, 2013

Location: Needham Sheraton

Pledge of Allegiance: Glen Davis

Song: America Led ByArlene Ruisi

Invocation: Darrell Minnick



  •    Greg C. is in the final phase of lining up the talent for the October 19 music event at The Great Hall from 6-10 pm.  He expects to have 8 acts and to raise $5,000 through the sale of tickets and food and beverages.  Details to follow next week
  •    Bill P. said the dictionaries are in, labels are on and he is coordinating with the schools to arrange delivery dates.  This is a fun program for all.  Anyone interested in helping to deliver the dictionaries should contact Bill Paulson directly.
  •      Bill P. received communication for the Rotary student in Paris, Marcia Cronin.  She is having fun.  Has met other students from the area and is looking forward to her semester studies
  •      Harvest Fair is October 5th.  It will be a great opportunity to promote the Music event scheduled for October 19th.  There will be a sign up sheet at the next meeting
  •    Darrell reminded folks that Thanksgiving is not too far away and early preparations are under way with hosting over 200 folks on Thanksgiving Day at the Masonic Lodge  



  • Marty Lindeman  
  • Gary Zeller
  • Frank Ruisi
  • Arlene Ruisi
  • Janet Delmonico (speaker)
  • Jason McAvoy (speaker)

Happy $$$:  A bunch of HTBH, Darrell for the comfort and peace to the victims and families of the D.C. shooting, Roz, Kathy and Roberta for a big shout-out to Brenda on her new baby, Delia.  Bob C. had a great vacation, Doug painted his son’s condo, Ryan wished happy birthday to his daughter, Mia who turned 8.  Rick D, George and Louis welcome to our guests.  Bill P. for daughter Ellen having a great start at Norfolk Aggie.


50:50: Charles picked the 2 of diamonds.  Pot stands at $94


Joke of the day: Compliments of Doug

A defending attorney was cross examining a coroner.

The attorney asks, "Before you signed the death certificate had you taken the man's pulse?"

The coroner says, "No."

The attorney then asks, "Did you listen for a heart beat?"


"So when you signed the death certificate you had not taken any steps to make sure the man was dead, had you?"

The coroner, now tired of the brow beating says, "Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was sitting in a jar on my desk, but for all I know he could be out there practicing law somewhere."


A man and his wife walked into a dentist's office. The man said to the dentist, "Doc, I'm in a hurry. I have two buddies sitting out in my car waiting for us to go play golf, so forget about the anesthetic and just pull the tooth and be done with it. We have a 10:00 AM tee time at the best golf course in town and its 9:30 already. I don't have time to wait for the anesthetic to work!"

The dentist thought to himself, my goodness, this is surely a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain. So the dentist asked him, "Which tooth is it, sir?"

The man turned to his wife and said:

"Open your mouth, honey, and show him."


Guest Speakers:

Janet Delmonico of VNA Carenetwork described the services of VNA, including home care services- therapy, nutrition, monitoring services and hospice.  Most referrals come from hospitals and nursing homes.  The average age of VNA clients is 91!  Janet was able to explain the difference between observation and inpatient care at a hospital and the requirement of three days of inpatient care to qualify for Medicare reimbursement for in-home and nursing home rehabilitation.

Jason McAvoy, Manager of Tippett House described the services provided through hospice care at the ten-bed home.  Guests have an expected life expectancy of 6 months or less.  If under age 65, insurance covers the cost.  If over age 65, than private pay.  Tippett House works with VNA to coordinate appropriate level of services to fit the need of the client in a warm, home-like setting.  Needham Rotary has been to the new home last summer and anyone is invited to take a tour by contacting Jason directly at the home.