Needham Rotary Newsletter
Tuesday September 29, 2015
The meeting was opened by President Rich Forte with the Pledge of Allegiance, Bob Cocks and Ron Sockol led us in  God Bless America, and Rev. Darrell offered a prayer.
GUESTS: Our guests today were Jim Brown’s wife Susana, a Boston Rotarian, and our guest speaker, Ms. Steffi Karp. Plus, Anthony Guardia from BID Hospital in Needham: we wer trying to figure out if this is his last meeting as a member, or, if he is a guest. Either way, he is always welcome!
DICTIONARY UPDATE: Three schools were presented with dictionaries last week: St. Joseph’s (First time a private school in Needham has been included), Mitchell and Broadmeadow elementary schools.
ILf you have any pictures of these book givings, send them to Jim Brown who will assemble a photo album on our web site of this years dictionary giving.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Louise spoke the fund raiser for VNA which was held at the Needham Golf Club. It was a success, and as usual, Louise was the key!
-Rich talked about the coming Harvest Fair at the Town Hall on Saturday. He passed around sign up sheets.
-Rich updated us on the Reality Fair on Monday  October 5 at Needham High School.
-Rich also reminded us regarding the visioning meeting we will have on Tuesday October 27.  in the evening in lieu of a luncheon meeting at he Sheraton. Get it on your calendar!!
-On 9/29 our guests will arrive from England per Karen and will attend the Reality Fair.
-Pancake Breakfast will be on 11/7 with shortened hours.
-District Meetings will be:
-10/14  Membership Forum at the Holiday Inn Boxboro
-10/31  A leadership meeting also at the same Holiday Inn
-11/14  There will be a giving Gala.
-Darrell announced an early October Thanksgiving committee meeting – date later at his church
While there was much to be happy for, the envelopes went missing.
50/50:  For the second week in a row,  Chuck bought the lucky ticket but couldn’t pick the ten of spades. $369 in the pot.
Presidential Moment: Lois about the President who was born on 10-1-24. His Presidency was known for ‘Three Mile Island’ and for the Iranian hostage crisis. Yes, the ‘Peanut Farmer’  and Sunday School teacher, Jimmy Carter.
GUEST SPEAKER:  Our speaker, Stefi Aronson Karp, gave us the history of LimmudBoston started. The first Limmud was organized in England in 1980. It is an all-day event which is ‘A Jewish Learningfest of Culture and Identity’.  This event to be held on Sunday December 6 had 800 participants last year, and had 85 different class offerings.
Steffi attended her first Limmud in Atlanta, and decided she wanted to organize one in Boston, and has. It focues on Jewish culture and knowledge.
This is an event for folks of all ages, and will be at Temple Mishkan Tefila, 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill. See for more details.