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  1. 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. 25 January 13, 2010 E verybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college MEETING GREETERS NEXT MEETING: January 20: Jeff Chin and Daniela Proia degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynam- ics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace - Martin Luther King Jr. So quoted President Marie Presti to start today’s meeting. She called upon John Hurney to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom Keery offered an invocation, and Susanne McInerney led the Club in a chorus of America the Beautiful. Marie appreciated that four tables were full of Rotarians, and thanked today’s Club Greeters, Bill Garr and Jeff Tucker assisted by Marc Epstein. Bill Garr stands with some of the Zervas Elementary third SERGEANT-AT-ARMS graders, proudly holding their new dictionaries. Bill Garr announced that 20 members were present today, and acknowledged our guests. Student of the Month Molly Weinstein was CONTENTS Page accompanied by her father, Al Weinstein, mother ANNOUNCEMENTS 2 Julie Levinson, grandmother Phyllis Levinson, SERGEANT-at-ARMS 1 and Newton South guidance counselor Sue THIS WEEK’S JOKE 2 Batler. STUDENT of the MONTH 3 HAPPY DOLLARS 4 RAFFLE 6 c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 1
  2. 2. ANNOUNCED FROM THE PODIUM 3rd Grade Humor Dictionaries: Bill Garr noted that so far this week about half of Newton’s third grade As a service to Rotarians handing out students had been given Dictionaries by our Club dictionaries to third grade students, we offer volunteers. He himself helped out at the Zervas the following warm-up jokes for your Elementary School, where one thoughtful student presentations: asked “Aren’t you the guys that build rotaries?” Bill Lowery reported how much he enjoyed Why don’t elephants like playing cards in the distributing the books at Ward Elementary jungle? Because of all the cheetahs! School, where every student enthusiastically What do you call a elephant that never wanted to help out. Paul Kerrissey added that washes? A smellyphant! every student-recipient at one Burr School class wanted to personally say “thank you.” Teacher: “Where would you find an Scott Lewis, who helped Paul at Burr and elephant? “Pupil:”You don’t have to find Williams Elementary Schools, recruited his 5th them, they’re too big to lose!” grade daughter Celia to help hand out dictionar- ies. As it happens, Celia was part of a Science & What do you call an elephant with a carrot in Engineering Week presentation before the same each ear? Anything you want as he can’t hear third graders the very next day. She reported that you! teachers had trouble getting the students to put away their dictionaries. Teacher: “To which family does the elephant belong?” Pupil: “I don’t know, nobody I Paula Kirrane first asked that Club mem- know owns one!” bers sign a Get Well card to send with our best How do you spell elephant? E-l-l-e-e-f-a-n-t wishes to Terri Greco’s husband, Tony, who is That’s not how the dictionary spells it. You fighting kidney failure. didn’t ask me how the dictionary spelt it!” Death by Chocolate: Paula brought a stack Teacher: “Name six wild animals” Pupil: of posters and fliers for members to distribute. “Four elephants and two lions!” She also circulated sign-up sheets for volunteers to help during specific time slots, including the What do you call an elephant that lies across night before the event. She noted that sponsor- the middle of a tennis court? Annette! ship income is up this year, but silent auction Bill: “My homework is really difficult items are still needed, including Lottery scratch tonight, I have to write an essay on an tickets for the “Scratch Ticket Tree.” elephant.” Bert: “Well, for a start, your going to need a big ladder. New Spring Event: Jeff Tucker reported that we have not been able to secure a suitable Why do elephants do well in school? venue for a Spring Home Show. He, along with Because they have a lot of grey matter! Tom Keery and Ed Casavant, have looked into the feasibility of a Club-sponsored Spring Golf Tournament to take place at Brae Burn Country Club in June. ...continued Page 5 c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 2
  3. 3. YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND The 42nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Newton Community Celebration Monday, January 18, 2010, 10:00 a.m. Our Lady Help of Christians 573 Washington Street Newton, MA. 02458 Honored Guests: Congressman Barney Frank Mayor Setti Warren Dr. James Marini, Superintendent of Schools Reflections by Newton School Students Musical Selections by: Newton All City Honors Chorus Newton South Harambee Gospel Choir Myrtle Baptist Church’s The Love Tones PLEASE BRING non-perishable food items, which are being collected for donation to the Newton Food Pantry. Co-sponsored by the City of Newton, Newton Interfaith Clergy Association, The Newton School Department, and the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic &Religious Harmony ******************************************
  4. 4. Student of the Month Molly Weinstein, Newton South High School Dr. Bob Staulo invited guidance counse- lor Susan Batler to say a few words about Student of the Month Molly Weinstein. Ms. Batler had phrases like “zest for life,” “confi- dence within herself,” and “bright and ener- getic” to descibe Molly. Molly’s activities, mentioned by both Ms. Batler and herself, have included her involvement with the Global Citizens’ Corp Club, run by the Mercy Corp. to fight global hunger, and the Community Service Club. She has worked on Project Ruanda, and traveled to Nicuragua. More locally she has mentored freshman Presiden Marie Presti and Jeff Tucker on either side of field hockey teammates. She is herself an Student of the Month Molly Weinstein, who received a accomplished field hockey and lacrosse savings account from The Village Bank. athlete, and long-time school newspaper See also group photo on Page 6. editor. 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 3
  5. 5. HAPPY DOLLARS Bill Garr was happy to collect Happy note while watching Jeopardy. Jeff Tucker was Dollars, starting with his own pleasure to be happy to have joined Susanne McInerney for part of handing out dictionaries to Newton’s skating on the Frog Pond. Peter Mahler was 3rd Graders. Michelle Desimone was happy to happy to have handed out dictionaries to 3rd extend her perfect 2010 attendance record. Graders at the Mason Rice Elementary School, Dick Bowen was happy to acknowledge the his first elementary school experience in forty good work of so many Club committee chairs. years. Paula Kirrane was sad to recall the Peggy Lepore was happy to meet our Patriots football game, Tony Greco’s ill health, Student of the Month; for Tony Bibbo’s help and the recent loss of her aunt. But Paula was scheduling Club Greeters, and for the two new happy to see Bert Martinson back, and she was members soon to be inducted. Susanne happily looking forward to Death by Choco- McInerney was happy to share hopeful late. thoughts for Terri and Tony Greco. Bert Martinson was happy to be back Tony Bibbo was happy for our Student of from visiting his younger brother in California, the Month; that 120 volunteers were planning who was honored by members of the film to help out with the MLK celebration next industry; happy to report that his son will week; and to salute the only other Newton soon go back to Africa to serve Doctors South varsity athletes in the room, including without Boarders in Ethiopia; and happy to Bob Staulo. have joined Jim Means at a Boston Bruins Tom Keery was happy for our Student of hockey game. the Month. He was also happy to be considering Paul Kerrissey had praise for the Dictio- a new career as a personal trainer, starting with nary project and pride in announcing that his first client, a Rotarian. He declined to daughter Michaela will remain in Boston to identify the client, however, to avoid any work for Bridgespan,a non-profit consulting embarassment to Mr. Kerrissey - oops! organization. Marie Presti was happy to hear that our Marc Epstein was happy that son Daniel Student of the Month would be attending the will attend Bay State College. He was also University of Michigan. She was also delighted happy to be under consideration to star in the that son Brendon no longer needs diapers - most Robin Hood Rally reality TV show. of the time! $2 Bill Lowery was happy to have correctly identified the face on the two-dollar c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 4
  6. 6. ANNOUNCED FROM THE PODIUM UPCOMING... New Spring Event...continued from Page 3 January 20, 2010: WEDNESDAY Meetings continue at Brae Burn The Spring Golf Tournament , approved at last night Board of Directors meeting, is January 31, 2010: DEATH by CHOCOLATE planned for Thursday, June 3. The rather unique Fundraiser at the Crown Plaza Hotel format will call for nine holes of golf commenc- ing at 4:00 PM, followed by a reception in the clubhouse for golfers and non-players alike. In- terested members are invited to get involved with this event - just contact Jeff Tucker. Gift of Life: With few hard details avail- able, Marc Epstein explained that our Club may be invited to participate in another Gift of Life program, this time involving a baby girl from PAULA KIRRANE Panama. Club members would be asked to help with logistics for the visiting family, but the Club Uniquely Designed Cakes would not have to shoulder the kind of financial 230 Adams Street support required to aid Jhon Garcia, last year’s Newton, MA 02458 Tel.: (617) 969-1830 beneficiary from Ecuador. This new project may fax: (617) 969-5852 happen within a matter of weeks. 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 5
  7. 7. Student of the Month and her entourage. Molly Weinstein (second from left) is surrounded by, from left, her grandmother Phyllis Levinson, father Al Weinstein, mother Julie Levinson, President Marie Presti, and NSHS guidance counselor Susan Batler. RAFFLE Today’s raffle jackpot grew past the $500 mark, with only 31 cards in the diminishing deck of cards. Student of the Month Molly Weinstein selected ticket #882 from the glass bowl, claimed by Treasurer Peter Mahler, hoping to save the club 44 cents by not needing to mail out the check. Alas, Peter found only the Ten of Dia- monds! So next week there will remain only 30 cards as the jackpot approaches $550. c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 6
  8. 8. Dying for chocolate? Come to the 9th Annual Taste and judge the best chocolate creations from local chefs Taste and judge the best chocolate creations from local chefs 1:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday, January 31, 2010 Crowne Plaza Hotel • 320 Washington Street, Newton, MA Admission $15.00 per person • $5.00 for children under 12 FREE PARKING Plus a great Silent Auction and a Kids’ Raffle! Sponsored by: All proceeds to benefit local charities including The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, The Salvation Army, The YMCA, Scholarships for Students, and many more!