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
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President-Elect Past President Recording Secretary Newsletter Editor Director Director
Jeff Tucker Marc Epstein John Hurney Scott Lewis Jeff Chin Tony Bibbo
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THE SERVICE GEAR
Volume LXXXVI No. 21 December 1, 2009
“I might have been,”torecited President Marie
t’s never too late become the person
Presti, recalling novelist George Elliot, to start
Marie asked Dick Hardaway to lead us in
the Pledge of Allegiance, Jim Means offered an
invocation; Bill Garr and his guests led the Club
in a chorus of America the Beautiful.
Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Garr reported that
20 Rotarians were present, plus a few guests.
Gary Sinclair, NCSC VP for Youth and Family
Services (and a Paul Harris Fellow from
Topsfield, MA) was joined by Teboho Moeno, President Marie awarded her November Rotarian of the
Month award to Tony Bibbo, recognizing Tony’s hard work
Director of NCSC’s new Chestnut Street Teen
on behalf of the Club. His recent efforts include planning
Center. Joining them were Amanda Moeno, the Gridiron Luncheon program and helping to organize
Constance Mofokeng, Phakamani Pega, and the Used Instruments Drive, not to mention representing us
Mbabone Shongue, all of Mr. Moeno’s South at the District PR Committee and Newton Mayor’s press
African singing group. Bill Garr also welcomed conference.
Marc Epstein’s wife, Annette
Sergeant Garr then relinquished the podium CONTENTS Page
to Bill Lowery, who shared with the Club a little ANNOUNCEMENTS 2
“potty humor” from Down East (See Page 2). SERGEANT-at-ARMS 1
THIS WEEK’S JOKE 2
HAPPY DOLLARS 4
MEETING GREETERS NEXT MEETING: INSTRAMENT DRIVE 7
Dec. 15: John Gregorian and Paul Stone
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ANNOUNCED FROM THE PODIUM
Some Potty Humor
President Marie thanked today’s Greeter,
My wife’s uncle had a gas station in Jim Means, just back from overseas travel.
Searsport, Maine. He was quite the practical
joker. The gas station didn’t have proper Birthdays: Paula Kirrane announced that
restrooms, but it did have a multi-hole birthday wishes were due this month to Paul
outhouse located out back, which he wired Stone and John Hurney.
up with speakers connected to a microphone
in the gas station. Death by Chocolate: Paula Kirrane
For laughs, he would wait till some reminds us that the event committee is most in
tourist went to use the outhouse, then fire up need of donated auction items. At minimum,
the microphone, saying “Hey lady, could you members can contribute to the Club’s two group
slide over to the next hole? We’re painting auction items: a lottery ticket tree (scratch tickets
down here!” of any denomination) and/or the Boston Bruins
There once was a fellow named Clyde, Dictionaries: Bill Garr reported that 1,000
Who fell through the outhouse and died. dictionaries have been ordered for volunteer
Clyde had a brother, Club members to deliver to every Newton 3rd
who fell through the other. Grader at each elementary school.
And now they’re interred, side by side.
Holiday Party Next Week! December 8: No Regular Tuesday Meeting at
Our annual Newton Rotary Holiday
Party slipped off the calendar last year, but December 15: Club Annual Meeting
not so in 2009! Plan on some merriment at
Gregorian Rugs on December 7, 6:00 to 8:00 December 22 & 29: No Regular Tuesday
PM. Children and guests welcome for food, Meeting at Brae Burn: Happy Holidays!
drink, and jumping on piles of rugs. Please
remember to bring a gift ($10 value more or January 6, 2010: WEDNESDAY Meetings
less) marked male/female/appropriate age. begin
PAUL M. KERRISSEY
Attorney at Law
277 Auburn Street
Auburndale, MA 02466
Office: (617) 964-5800
Fax: (617) 969-9850
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The clipping below is from this week’s Newton TAB Newspaper. Nominating Committee take note: the
misidentification of Bill Garr as our Club President is assumed to be a mistake by the TAB reporter,
and not a reflection of Mr. Garr’s ambitions for higher office.Or is it?
Your ad could be here!
Business card size ads cost only $100/year for Rotary
members, $125 for non-members. The distribution list
of people who see our club news grows every week.
Shouldn’t they see you, and your support of our club’s
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President Marie was happy to collect to have bumped into a 1984 Newton North
happy dollars herself, starting with Paul Stone. graduate and Rotary Club scholoarship recipi-
He was happy to mark another birthday and ent while at Home Depot.
(continuing the apparent bathroom theme of Bob Staulo was happy for the sunshine.
the day’s meeting) recount that “Life is like Laurisa Neuwirth was proud and happy for
toilet paper - it goes fast as it gets to the end.” her son Ben’s good grades: all A’s and one B.
Dick Bowen had congratulations for this Jeff Tucker was happy for reasons that escaped
month’s birthdays and for Tony Bibbo’s good this editor’s note pad (sorry!).
work. Paula Kirrane applauded last week’s Jeff Chin was happy to survive his
Luncheon and today’s guests, as did Peggy daughter’s attempt at driving on the SE Ex-
Lepore. Ray Desaultels was “just happy.” pressway.
Marc Epstein was happy to be joined by Bill Garr was happy that NCSC’s new
wife Annette, for his mom’s birthday, and for Chestnut Street Teen Center is now open, and
Tony Bibbo’s generosity. Marc was less happy for our guests, Tony Bibbo’s honors, and Jeff
to report that his new dog “Hemmy” got loose Chin’s “Home & Village” show in NewTV.
four days ago and has eluded recapture. Scott Lewis was happy to recite a limerick
$2 Bill Lowery was happy to see our about an outhouse tragedy. Marie Presti was
guests. Tony Bibbo was happy for Brookline’s happy to give Tony Bibbo his Rotarian of the
underdog football team, reporting “They won Month honor.
the game 18 to 6.” Tony was even more happy
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Uniquely Designed Cakes ADDITIONS
230 Adams Street RENOVATIONS
Newton, MA 02458 NEW HOMES
Tel.: (617) 969-1830 HISTORIC RESTORATION
fax: (617) 969-5852 12 Bencliffe Circle
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PROGRAM: AIDS Awareness Day
“Singing for South Africa’s AIDS Orphans”
South African singers (from left)
Mbabane Shongue, Tebono Moeno,
Phakamani Pega, and Constance
Mofokeng, clap hands and sing.
Teboho Moeno started his South African singing groups, then launched his group’s fund
Musical Group in 2007 after learning of the raising efforts. Since 2007, they have raised
plight of over 5 million children orphaned by the some $20,000 towards building a school in
ravages of HIV-AIDS in that country. He was South Africa.
especially taken by the work of a single woman The other main goal of his group’s efforts
who cared for 51 children on her own meagre is to spread the word that “AIDS is real and
income. He has personally lost several friends kills many people. ... Children are begging for
and relatives to the disease. change because they have no where to go.”
Toboho realized that when he got together The group’s next benefit concert will take
with friends, they most enjoyed just singing place a Brown Middle School on Saturday,
together. He visited with other Boston-based December 5 at 6:30 PM. (Adults $20 ea.)
With the jackpot well over $400,
a guest was asked to pick a number
from the glass bowl, finding number
762. The lucky ticket was held by John
Hurney, but he found only the Nine of
Clubs. So we’ll be down to 33 cards
next time! Could be a very Merry
Christmas for someone.
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Photo (from left) , Teboho Moeno, President Marie Presti, Gary Sinclair, Constance Mofokeng, Phakamani
Pega, and Mbabane Shongue. (Story page 5)
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Rotary Club of Newton Office of the Mayor of Newton
Newton Public Schools
Used Musical Instrument
December 7 - 12, 2009
The Rotary Club of Newton, in partnership with the
Honorable Mayor, David B. Cohen, is seeking donations of used musical instruments to
support the Newton Public Schools Elementary Instrumental Music Program and the
establishment of a Scholarship Instrument Program for students experiencing a financial
ACCEPTING DONATIONS OF:
BRASS INSTRUMENTS: Baritone Horns, French Horns, Trombones, Trumpets
WIND INSTRUMENTS: Alto Saxophones, Clarinets, Flutes, Oboes
PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS: Drum Pads, Snare Drums and Xylophones
STRING INSTRUMENTS: Cellos, String Basses, Violas & Violins (all sizes)
Donations may be dropped off at the:
Newton Community Service Center
492 Washington Street
Monday, Dec. 7th - Friday, Dec. 11th: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday, Dec. 12th, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Certificate of Donation for tax purposes will be available upon request
For more information or questions about this program
Contact: Richard P. King, Fine Arts Coordinator, Newton Public Schools
Ph#: 617-559-6149 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org