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  • 1. 2009-2010 District No. 7910 ROTARY CLUB OF NEWTON Club No. 6580 719 WASHINGTON STREET BOX MS295 NEWTONVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS 02460 MEETS TUESDAYS; 12:15 P.M. BRAE BURN COUNTRY CLUB, 326 FULLER STREET, NEWTON, MA President Vice President Treasurer Sergeant-at-Arms Director Director Marie Presti Laurisa Neuwirth Peter Mahler Bill Garr Dick Bowen Justin Sallaway 617-620-6948 617-291-0572 617-630-5289 617-969-5906 x116 617-969-9134 617-244-0065 President-Elect Past President Recording Secretary Newsletter Editor Director Director Jeff Tucker Marc Epstein John Hurney Scott Lewis Jeff Chin Tony Bibbo 617-340-1263 617-244-1212 617-332-7412 617-293-6371 617-965-1988 781-237-1144 THE SERVICE GEAR Volume LXXXVI No. 31 February 24, 2010 D ue to ongoing renovations, President Marie Presti convened the Newton Rotary Club for the MEETING GREETERS NEXT MEETING: March 3rd: Scott Lewis & Bert Martinson first time ever in Brae Burn Country Club’s ground-level Grille Room, normally reserved for golf club members only. Marie asked NNHS Principal Jennifer Price to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, then offered an invocation, grateful for the “good works of Rotarians throughout the world.” We then sang a chorus of God Bless America. Marie asked if anyone knew the speaker who once said, “We, as Rotarians, should com- mit ourselves to encourage the most vulnerable populations not only to dream of a better life, but to dedicate ourselves to helping them achieve their sought-after goal.” The speaker, she explained, was not Paul Harris, but our own Tony Bibbo, addressing the Club in 1977. Tony suggested that those words President Marie presents a Rotary coin to Paula Kirrane, were most fitting, today especially, since Bill commemorating her honor as February’s Rotarian of the Month. Garr, whose service lives up to the sentiment expressed, would be honored at the Newton Community Service Center as he steps down as CONTENTS Page its Executive Director later this week. MEETING NOTES 1 Marie thanked Greeters Dick Bowen and SERGEANT-at-ARMS 2 Ed Casavant. She also called upon Paula ANNOUNCEMENTS 4 Kirrane to stand and be recognized as our THIS WEEK’S HUMOR 2 February Rotarian of the Month. Paula has STUDENT of the MONTH 5 been a guiding light and lead volunteer for nine HAPPY DOLLARS 6 years of successful Death by Chocolate events. RAFFLE 7 c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 1
  • 2. SERGEANT AT ARMS Bill Garr reported that 21 Rotarians were Ah, the Memories! present today, then introduced four guests: Every 10 years a group of 40-year-old NNHS Principal Jennifer Price, Housemaster buddies gets together and discusses where Michelle Stauss, Student-of-the-Month they should go for dinner. This time it is Jacqueline “Jackie” Tirado, and Jacqueline’s agreed that they should meet at the Gausthof mother, Elizabeth Mercado. zum Lowen restaurant because the waitresses Recalling our Dictionaries for Third Grad- there have low cut blouses and nice figures. ers Project, Bill took the opportunity to read a 10 years later, at 50 years of age, the letter of thanks received from Sharon DeCarlo, group meets again and once again they Executive Director of Instructional Programs for discuss where they should go for dinner. Newton Public Schools (see page 3). Finally it is agreed that they should meet at Bill concluded with a wonderful anecdote the Gausthof zum Lowen because the food about memorable dinners at the Gusthof zum there is very good and the wine selection is Lowen. excellent. 10 years later, now at 60 years of age, the group meets again, and once again they discuss where they should dine. It is agreed that they should meet at the Gausthof zum Lowen because they can eat there in peace and quiet, and the restaurant is smoke free. 10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss where to go. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Gausthof zum Lowen because the restaurant is wheelchair acces- sible, and they even have an elevator. 10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group meets again and once again they discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet at the Gausthof zum Lowen because they had never been there before! Sergeant at Arms Bill Garr shares news, humor and Club business at the podium on “Bill Garr Day.” c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 2
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  • 4. ANNOUNCED FROM THE PODIUM Jeff Tucker will speak briefly at the event about our participation in the Relay for Life Italian Night is a “GO!” Set for the event. Scott Lewis will discuss our 2008 Home evening of Tuesday, March 9th (in lieu of that Show fund-raiser. week’s regular meeting) at the Vecchia Roma Ceremonies will include a parade of small Restaurante, 398 Watertown Street, starting at plaster frogs given to each club by DG Carol 6:00 PM. Toomey for appropriate decoration. Our entry is We’ll enjoy Newton’s finest Italian cuisine. in the hands of Scott Lewis and Paula Kirrane, to Members attend for free; significant others and be unveiled on Friday. guests are encouraged at $10/person, RSVP required ASAP (email to Scott Lewis). More Senior Safety Program: Bill Garr invited details still being worked by Paul Kerrissey and all those interested in helping to plan a Senior Justin Sallaway, cochairs for the event. Thus far, Safety Day to attend a meeting at NCSC with we expect about 20 members and guests to Newton Police and Fire officials. Meeting will attend. start at 8:00 AM Friday at NCSC on Waltham Street. District 7910 PR Dinner and Exhibit: Several members will be driving out to Dictionaries: President Marie read a Thank Boxborough Friday night to participate in the You note from Zervas School teacher Tracy annual District Public Relations Awards Dinner Affonso: “Thank you so much for your recent and Exhibit. Peter Mahler has created two photo generous donation of dictionaries to the third collage posters highlighting the Death by Choco- grade students at Zervas School. My students late and Dictionaries for Third Graders projects. live them. Thanks again!” The note came with many other thank you notes from students. Your ad could be here! PAULA KIRRANE Business card size ads cost only $100/year for Rotary Uniquely Designed Cakes members, $125 for non-members. The distribution list 230 Adams Street of people who see our club news grows every week. Newton, MA 02458 Tel.: (617) 969-1830 Shouldn’t they see you, and your support of our club’s fax: (617) 969-5852 good works? www.theicingonthecake.com c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 4
  • 5. Student of the Month: Jacqueline Tirado, Newton North HS Student-of-the-Month Jackie Tirado is flasnked by President Marie Presti and Jeff Tucker, who presented her with a Village Bank savings account. Newton North High School Principal Jennifer Price showed more emotion than usual as she introduced our Student of the Month, Jacqueline Tirado. Without including a long list of extracur- ricular activities and volunteer efforts, Ms. Price explained how, in Jackie’s case, showing up at all was an accomplishment. Becoming a dependable, all-A’s student was to take her achievement to an extraordinary level. Jackie, a Dorchester resident, is a MetCo Program student “who was a runaway child a year ago.” Taking the podium herself, Jackie L to R: Elizabeth Mercado, Jackie Tirado, and Newton thanked the Club for the honor, and most of all North HS Housemaster Michelle Stauss thanked her mother, Elizabeth Mercado, for her crucial and unwavering support. c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 5
  • 6. HAPPY DOLLARS Jeff Tucker was kind enough to collect Dick Bowen was happy for our SOM, for Happy Dollars, starting with his own congratu- Peter Mahler’s beautifully prepared posters, lations to Bill Garr, who will be honored at Tony Bibbo’s PR efforts, Paul Kerrissey’s NCSC. Peter Mahler was happy to know fellowship activities, and Bill Garr’s remark- Student-of-the-Month (“SOM”) Jackie Tirado. able service. Susanne McInerny was happy for our Dick Hardaway was happy to recall SOM, and for Bill Garr. Bert Martinson attending his son’s hockey practice some years offered a “Ditto, me too” for our student. ago. He remembered that the next team to take Bill Garr was happy to say thanks for all the ice was coached by Paula Kirrane’s dad. of the good wishes, and for our SOM. He was “We’d never seen such aggressive play by a deeply saddened, however, to say that his sister hockey team at practice!” passed away last week. Tom Keery was happy despite his failure Paula Kirrane was happy for SOM to win the raffle, even after syndicating with Jackie and Jackie’s mother. She was also others at his table to share many tickets. Ed delighted to see the Boston Globe article Casavant was happy for our SOM. Paul recalling her uncle, Jack Kirrane, who Kerrissey was happy and proud for the success captained the gold medal winning 1960 Ameri- of the MetCo Program. can hockey team. Student of the Month Jackie Tirado was Peggy Lepore was happy for our SOM, happy to thank the Club. Marie Presti was and for Newton North, but sad to say good-bye happy for Jackie and her Mom. She was also for several weeks, and to be missing Italian happy to take son Brendon to Disneyland while Night and St. Patrick’s Day with the Club. in California last week, with the help of au- pere Catalina. SCOTT LEWIS HOME DESIGN ADDITIONS RENOVATIONS NEW HOMES HISTORIC RESTORATION 12 Bencliffe Circle Auburndale, MA 02466 (617) 293-6371 c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 6
  • 7. UPCOMING... RAFFLE March 3: Brae Burn CC. Wednesday meetings continue. Speaker TBA March 9: 6:00 PM Tuesday Night “Italian Night” Celebration at Vecchia Roma Restaurante (RSVP required), in lieu of regular meeting. March 17: St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at Lasell Village - NO MEETING AT BRAE BURN. Lasell President Michael Alexander scheduled to speak. Corned beef and cabbage is on the menu. With $680 sitting in the jackpot and only 26 cards left in the diminishing deck, Treasurer Peter Mahler took matters into his own hands. His ticket #698 was pulled by Jackie Tirado. But, alas, Peter found only the meagre Two of Hearts. Mo’ money next week, and only 25 cards! PAUL M. KERRISSEY Attorney at Law 277 Auburn Street Suite B Auburndale, MA 02466 Office: (617) 964-5800 Fax: (617) 969-9850 c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 7