Needham Rotary Club

Tuesday:     March 11, 2014

Location:  Needham Sheraton

Pledge of Allegiance: Led by President Glen Davis

Song:  God Bless America; Led By: Bob Cocks

Prayer: Led by Rev. Darrell Minnich


  • Glen gave us a synopsis of our club laying carpet tiles at the Needham Community Center. Great small project involving about 10 Rotarians and 2 relatives. Rotary in action!
  • Glen reminded us of the upcoming Flower Day on March 18.  On that day we will meet at 11 AM (whomever can come) to label the boxes, noon lunch and then off to deliver them. Reminder***meet at Wingate Nursing Home***
  • April first we will meet at the Needham Senior Center in the Heights. No fooling!
  • Bronwyn Martin talked about the ‘Kick Polio off the Planet’ program though soccer games at Gillette Stadium. Details to follow as we get closer
  • Marty said that starting at the March 25th meeting, he will come to meetings ‘packing’; meaning he will have his camera in hand so we can get head shots for the membership directory which is on line.


  • Atty. Larry Richmond from Wellesley; Andy Winnick, visiting Rotarian from the Arlington Rotary Club, who lives in Needham; visiting Rotarian Dr. Bronwyn Martin from Kennett Square Rotary Club in Philadelphia.

Happy Dollars: Visiting Rotarian Bronwyn for a rousing welcome! Greg Cronin for a $5 Happy St. Patty’s Day; Ted for great Rotary project of laying carpet tiles at the Needham Community Council; Erica for induction of her husband Frank, as President of the Needham Community Council! Larry Richmond for baseball around the corner; Lois for her Grandson’s birthday; Ron for his granddaughter’s induction to the National Honor Society; Bill Paulson for meeting Any Richmond;  Andy Winnick for such Rotary Fellowship; and a lot of ‘Happy to see all our guests’!

50:50:  Marty Lindemann had the winning ticket (041) , but picked the Ace of Hearts, a/k/a the wrong card (again). Better luck next time Marty!!

Joke of the day: Both Doug and Greg had jokes to tell. Were they memorable?

Birthdays: Tom Savino.

Guest Speaker: We were delighted to welcome Lt. John Schlittler and Officer Carl Harmon (Community Service Officer) from the Needham Police. They were here to update and warn us of an  increase in the number of ‘scammers’ who are affecting Needham. They told us:

  • Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country
  • It can affect 1 in every households
  • 19 people per minute are affected
  • It costs the country $50 billion each year
  • Typically not discovered for 14 months
  • It takes something like 600 hours to restore your name once

The FBI has a website which is very informative at:

The FTC also has a web site which gives us more info:

Great talk alerting us to be aware and vigilant!

Future Meeting:  This Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Wingate to deliver flowers

                              Next Tuesday at the Sheraton

                              Tuesday April 1st at Needham Senior Center