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THE SERVICE GEAR
Volume LXXXVI No. 34 March 17, 2010
Lasell College President
addresses Newton Rotary
in the Garden Dining
Room at Lasell Village,
the College’s Assisted
Living affiliate. The
warm, sunny weather and
great food were a
welcome relief for the
weekend storm that
dropped ten inches of rain
a few days earlier.
P resident-elect Jeffcalled thefilling in fororder,
Prsident Marie Presti,
asking Ed Casavant to lead us in the Pledge of
MEETING NOTES 1-2
Allegiance. Lasell resident, and former Club
member, Rev. Joe O’Donnell offered an invoca-
THIS WEEK’S HUMOR 2
tion, and joined us in a chorus of God Bless
HAPPY DOLLARS 6
Meeting Notes continue on Page 2...
MEETING GREETERS NEXT MEETING:
March 24th: Tom Keery & Bill Lowery
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...continued from Page 1
Two Irish Guys...
“My wife’s driving me to drink,” said Lasell College President Dr. Michael
Shamus to Sean. Alexander greeted our club and briefly reviewed
some of the College’s recent advancements in its
“You’re lucky,” Sean replied. “My wife “expanding acedemic mission.”
makes me walk!” Paul Stone remembered a past Rotary Club
meeting at Lasell at which the College President
at the time proclaimed that “Lasell will always be
a girl’s Junior College.” An amused Dr.
Alexander said that the remark had to come from
past President Peter Mitchell.
March 24: Karen Keefe, Mass Relay
Mr. Mitchell’s successor, Tom Dewitt,
however, led the College boldly into new roles.
March 31: Waltham Club Joint Meeting in
Lasell College became a 4-year institution in
Waltham, Chateau Restaurant. Death
1988. It welcomed male students starting in
by Chocolate Awards. NO MEETING
1998. And it opened up Lasell Village as an
at Brae Burn
adjuct Assisted Living facility with its own,
integrated educational mission, a few years later.
April 20: David McMahon, Dismas House.
After Dr. Alexander’s remarks, lunch was
Also... Student of the Month, Trinity
served, including an incredible ginger parsnip
cream soup, followed by corned beef and cab-
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ANNOUNCEMENTS Newton Rotary Golf Tournament...
The Golf Day committee will be meeting on
Group Study Exchange... Thursday, March 18th at Tom Keery’s office at
Laurisa Neuwirth explained that this year’s 5:30 P.M. Plans are going well. Who to target for
incoming International Group Study Exchange sponsors will be discussed. The committee will
students will be coming from South Korea in meet again two weeks after. Date of the event
early June. Local host Rotarians are needed to will be June 3rd. Cost for golfers will be $150 per
help provide lodgings for a student (3 days, 3 person or $600 per foursome. Also, non-golfers
nights). Hosts offer their homes and help with can attend a social dinner with the golfers after
local transportation. the tournament for $50 per person.
Ambassadorial Scholars... Death by Chocolate Joint Meeting...
Peter Mahler announced that the District President Marie announced that we would
will unfortunately not fund an Ambassadorial have a joint meeting with the Waltham Rotary
Scholar for 2011-2012, due to reduced donations Club at the Chateau Restaurant on Wednesday,
to the Rotary [International] Foundation. He March 31, to celebrate the success of Death by
reminded us that the 2010-2011 Amb. Scholar Chocolate and give out awards to vendors.
will be Jay Miller. Jay was sponsored by Newton
Rotary, and is presently doing degree work in Shadow Day...
Uganda. Jeff Chin reported on the status of the
Shadow Day. The Newton-Needham C. of C.
From the minutes of the March 9 Board of would get the companies and we would supply
Directors Meeting, John Hurney reporting... the students. The question of lunch and who
would pay for it was discussed. Finally, it was
Senior Safety Day... decided that it would be a good idea to hold the
...will take place on Saturday, May 15th. Bill lunch at the High School in the “Tiger’s Loft” if
Garr and Bill Lowery are leading Newton that could be worked out with the school.
Rotary’s share of the effort. The police and fire
departments would like us to fund the cost of Marathon Monday, April 19...
smoke and CO detectors. The cost is unclear. As The collection for Special Olympics along
many as 30 homes might be visited. Also, we the Boston Marathon route needs a coordinator
might get sponsors to provide funding. We need from our Club. Jeff Tucker volunteered to do this.
to get a close estimate of the cost. He will be at PETS and see about coordinating
the collection with other clubs.
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Ed Casavant’s guest, Jim Jackson, was Ray Desaultels was happy to be joined by his
happy to offer some Irish humor for St. wife Marion. Tim Braceland was just as
Patrick’s Day (see page 2). happy not to be joined by his wife (or some-
Dick Bowen was happy to enjoy lunch at thing to that effect).
Lasell Village. Laurisa Neuwirth was glad Tom Keery was happy to be with his old
for today’s sunshine, after 10 inches of week friend, Bill O’Lowery [sic]. $2 Bill Lowery
end rain. Ed Casavant seconded Laurisa’s was happy to be hosted so well at Lasell, and
cheer. happy to join Tom Keery as Greeters for the
Peter Mahler happily spent Saturday day.
with grandchildren, and was happy to have a Tony Bibbo was happy to remember
guest, Alexander Grinis, Eastern Bank visiting his tax accountant.
Branch Manager. Peter also celebrated lunch Jeff Tucker was happy to have attended
at Lasell Village and seeing Tim Braceland. PETS, gaining many new ideas for his upcom-
Paul Stone was happy to “see you all.” ing presidency.
SCOTT LEWIS HOME DESIGN
12 Bencliffe Circle
Auburndale, MA 02466
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Visiting from the Waltham Club to join us at
Lasell Village was lucky Tim Braceland, right.
With over $800 in the jackpot, Tim had the right
raffle ticket, selected by Lasell College’s Paula
Panchuck, above. But Tim came up with only the
Ten of Hearts from the diminishing deck of only
23 cards. More money and fewer cards in the
deck next week!
PAUL M. KERRISSEY
Attorney at Law
277 Auburn Street
Auburndale, MA 02466
Office: (617) 964-5800
Fax: (617) 969-9850
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