Posted on Nov 05, 2019
Rotary Club of Needham Newsletter November 5, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities
High Tunnel Construction at Needham Community Farm
Saturday 11/16 at 9:00. Many hands will be needed to help stretch the plastic skin safely over the frame.
Needham-Wellesley High School Football Dinner
Monday November 25th at the Wellesley College Club (reserve the date, further details TBD)
Ringing Bells/Collecting for the Salvation Army
Saturday December 7th at Sudbury Farms (time TBD)
Wrapping presents at the Walker School
Thursday December 12th 6-8pm. Seven volunteers are needed to wrap, and they'll have an opportunity to purchase gifts for the children.
In the Community
Pancake Breakfast
Attendance was up on a beautiful Fall Saturday, helping to raise an incremental $700 over last year. In addition to serving lots of flapjacks and playing games, we drew the two winning tickets for our Lottery Scratch Ticket Raffle. Winner of the First Prize ($1000 face value of scratch tickets) was Marcus Hannay of Marlborough; 2nd Prize ($100 face value of scratch tickets) was won by Dan Colino (picture below).
Collaboration with the Needham Exchange Club: providing socks and underwear for homeless veterans (see photo below).
The Rotary Club of Needham gave 180 pairs of thermal socks, 60 pairs of women's underwear and 150 pairs of men's underwear to support an initiative of the Exchange Club to give clothing to homeless veterans. Joe Burns, President of the Exchange Club, outlined the club's signature local (the Needham Fourth of July Celebration) and national projects (Child Abuse Prevention).
Connect with Local Business while learning how to answer the question: "What do you do?
Tuesday 11/12 from 12-1:30 at the Sheraton Needham. $10 (free for Needham Rotarians) includes lunch, a presentation and a handbook by Elevator Pitch Coach Andrew Winig. Register on-line:
Joseph Tynan School
The most pressing priority among our community projects is the need to raise money to construct a sensory room for the Tynan School in South Boston.
Our speaker was Lauren Montanaro (see photo below), from Reach Beyond Domestic Violence. REACH is an acronym for: (R)efuge; (E)ducation; (A)dvocacy and (C)hange. Reach Beyond works with survivors of domestic violence to foster safety and support, while engaging communities to promote healthy relationships. They provide these services in 27 Metrowest communities, including Needham. Needham is one of five communities served more intensively: it has a Domestic Violence Action Council coordinated by the Public Health Department and the Police. It has trained service personnel at the Council on Aging, Housing Authority and the Police Department. Reach Beyond needs our help to deepen their work in our community: they'll speak and work with your church or civic group to fight domestic violence. For more information: