Newsletter of the Needham Rotary Club for August 10th, 2021
In our Community:
Pictures from the Rotary Club float in Needham's Fourth of July Parade:
On the left: Rotarians Ron and Lois Sockol were the Grand Marshals of the parade. Greg Cronin (right) used the parade to promote the Carnival.
Pictures from the Fourth Annual Needham Carnival (Thursday July 22nd through Sunday July 25th)
The Rotary Team staffing the tent at the Carnival (left to right: Bill Paulson, Sylvia Kiggundu, Peter Cushing, Ted Shaughnessy, and Holly Brown). While final numbers are still under development, Ted tells us that it was the "best attendance at the Carnival ever".
Our Speaker on Tuesday, August 10th: Nora Srinivas, Rotary Youth Leadership Award participant 2021.
Nora is one of three participants that our club sponsored to this year's RYLA Conference. She is a rising Junior at Needham High School and Co-President of the Interact Club there. She described the programs that she attended, including: leadership skills, team building and public speaking. Over 100 students attended. Nora helped with the Christmas-light, house-decoration fundraiser that was a big success last year, and she looks forward to build on that this season. The Interact Club anticipates participating in our upcoming projects.
Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Club Projects and Events:
  1. Needham Community Farm Cleanup. The farm is tidying up: moving junk, gravel and mulch and weeding before an Open House scheduled for September 11th. Looking for helping hands on Wednesdays, Thursdays, some Saturdays and Sundays between now and then. Call Liz Perkus, Farm Manager, 774-286-9049.
  2. Fall Picnic: Tuesday, September 28th, 5:30pm, Claxton Field. Bring your own everything. There will be no regular, noon meeting that day.
  3. Rotary District 7910 Environmental Action Group is holding a Climate Cafe on Wednesday, September 29th at 6:30pm, featuring Ian Riseley, Past RI President. Prior "Cafes" have shown local Rotary Clubs' environmental action projects, including:
  • Storm Drain Stenciling (Shrewsbury)
  • Seedlings Project (Weston) (Just like our seedling project, but distributing arbor vitae)
  • Repair Cafe (Nashoba Valley)
  • Trex Plastic Recycling. Most of these presentations are available and registration for the "Cafe" is at the district website: http://rotary7910.org​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. 
Our Next Meeting: Tuesday September 7th at noon via Zoom. 
We're working on finding a place to resume in-person and hybrid club meetings. The rise of the Coronavirus "Delta Variant" makes it feel prudent to move deliberately as we return to in-person gatherings.