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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. 26 January 20, 2010 P resident Marie was off to California, so the running of the meeting fell to the capable hands MEETING GREETERS NEXT MEETING: January 27: Jeff Chin and Daniela Proia of President-elect Jeff Tucker. He called upon Dr. Bob Staulo to lead us in the Pledge of Alle- giance. Dennis Prefontaine offered an invoca- tion laiden with current events in Haiti and at home. Susanne McInerney led the Club in a chorus of God Bless America. SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Bill Garr announced that 19 members were present today, and acknowledged his own guest, Tamsin Elias of the Newton Community Service Center. Bill credited Tamsin with having done yeoman’s work gluing the bookplate information inside the covers of all 1,000 dictionaries given to 3rd Graders in the past week. Other guests included Mary Kern of the Greetings and Good Firtune! Daniela Proia and Jeff Chin YMCA, and our speaker, Donna Marie happily greeted members with fortune cookies before the Suskawicz, of the Irving K. Zola Center at meeting. Brigham House. Sgt. Bill and Laurisa Neuwirth also circu- CONTENTS Page lated a fistful of handwritten Thank You notes ANNOUNCEMENTS 2 sent in from Lincoln-Eliot 3rd Graders. Some of SERGEANT-at-ARMS 1 the notes were read aloud to everyone’s delight THANK YOU NOTES 2 (see Page 2 for a selection). SPEAKER PROGRAM 3 HAPPY DOLLARS 4 RAFFLE 6 c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 1
  2. 2. ANNOUNCED FROM THE PODIUM Dear Rotary Club Members, Dictionaries: Laurisa Neuwirth reported Some of the Thank You notes sent in from 3rd that every third grade student in Newton’s public Graders who received dictionaries: schools now has a dictionary, courtesy of our Club. She thanked Prggy Lepore for suggesting “Thank you so much for the dictionary. It the project in the first place. will help me a lot for spelling words from Susanne McInerney recommended that we now until I know how to spell them all. It repeat the program every year. Treasurer Peter will slso help me to figure out the Mahler announced that District 7910 had ap- definitions. It will help me with my proved our Community Service grant application homework slso.” - Sam Settleman for $850, roughly half the cost of the dictionaries. “Thank you for the dictionary. Everyone Daniella Proia wrapped up reporting on the needs one. People do not have to type in the dictionary project, mentioning that her own words. I will love to have one, and everyone daughter, a 3rd Grader at Lincoln-Eliot, was will too.” - Rafael delighted to meet the real Two-dollar Bill [Lowery] and receive her dictionary. “Thank you very much for the dictionary! It’s awesome! I think every home should have Paula Kirrane reported that Tony Greco one. It can help people learn how to spell was successfully treated for kidney stones. His asnd it can teach what the words mean. I kidneys are fully functional and Terri Greco think that dictionaries are very cool. But do exclaimed having “the new Tony!” they really have every word in the world? I can’t wait to find out!” - Maya R. Williams Death by Chocolate: Paula reported that we’re “down to the wire” with Death by Choco- “Thank you for giving us the dictionary. I late planning and preparation. She needs volun- think every home should have one. It will teers to help with three time slots: Saturday night help me learn new words. I’m not so good at (Jan. 30th) to set up; and Sunday Jan. 31st from big words, so I think it’ll help me a lot.” - 11-2PM, or from 2-5PM. Sarah Rosenstrach Michelle Desimone, standing in for the “Thank you for the dictionaries. They are indisposed Tony Bibbo, reported on the very very helpful, because you can learn new successful Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration meanings and the pronunciation. I will use held at Our Lady’s Chuch. Over 750 people my dictionary to help me with my attended, many donating canned goods and homework. I think every home should have a money at a rate four times greater than previous dictionary..” -Jacqueline years. Half of the money collected will go to “Thank you for all of the dictionaries! I think Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Michelle was that they will be helpful because you can reminded of Martin Luther King Jr’s quote, “The carry it in your backpack, use it for time is always right to do right.” homework, and bring it to school. Everyone should be able to have a dictionary.” - Paige Watkins c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 2
  3. 3. Program: The Irving K. Zola Center Donna Marie Suskawicz Dr. Bob Staulo, who is involved with the Brigham House, introduced Donna Marie Suskawicz, Director of the Irving K. Zola Center, a place for handicapped individuals to interact. Donna described her own ordeal, starting with an auto accident, caused by an uninsured drunk driver, that left her isolated from friends, financially depleted and unemployed, as well as requiring physical therapy and treatments for a dislocated jaw and lupus. She discovered a Boston Help Center Speaker Donna Marie Suskawicz is flanked by Dr. Bob near Cleveland Circle, where she met new Staulo (left) and President-elect Jeff Tucker friends, many similarly diabled, who offered activity and support, and eventually sought to create the Irving K. Zola Center, using facili- classes, including instruction in personal comput- ties at Brigham House on Saturday afternoons. ing, meditation, and womens’ support. The The Center offers disabled individuals a Center also provides food distribution with food place to congregate, interact, and learn in items donated from Whole Foods and others. 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
  4. 4. HAPPY DOLLARS Bill Garr was happy to collect Happy Dick Bowen was happy that the MLK Dollars, starting with Paula Kirrane, happy to Celebration was well attended, and for Tony see Laurisa back, and happy to be wrapping up Bibbo’s exuberant leadership organizing it another successful edition of Death By Choco- “with as many email messages as for our Rotary late, coming in two weeks! events.” Peggy Lepore was “delighted.” Michelle Desimone, extending her Peter Mahler was happy to sit with Bert perfect 2010 attendance record, was happy to Martinson. Susanne McInerney had two IOU borrow a dollar for the raffle, and to see the happy dollars in honor of the MLK event and excellent turnout for the Martin Luther King the Dictionary project. Scott Lewis happily Celebration. Ed Casavant was just happy. gave ten dollars to Paula Kirrane for a scratch Jeff Chin was happy for the success of our lottery ticket to add to the tree. Dictionary Program, noting that many of the $2 Bill Lowery was happy to hear the 3rd Graders he met wanted his autograph! Thank You notes from the 3rd Graders. Jeff Marc Epstein is looking happily forward Tucker was happy to share with members that to final interviews for participating in a reality if they want to know their Rotary International TV show. He was also happy to give $10 to Member number, it’s printed on the mailing Paula Kirrane to buy a scratch ticket for the label of each issue of the Rotarian Magazine. Death by Chocolate silent auction ticket tree. SCOTT LEWIS HOME DESIGN PAULA KIRRANE ADDITIONS Uniquely Designed Cakes RENOVATIONS 230 Adams Street NEW HOMES Newton, MA 02458 HISTORIC RESTORATION Tel.: (617) 969-1830 12 Bencliffe Circle fax: (617) 969-5852 Auburndale, MA 02466 (617) 293-6371 c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 4
  5. 5. District News from DG Carol Toomey UPCOMING... Your District Public Image committee has January 27, 2010: WEDNESDAY! Speaker been hard at work preparing for a great evening Josephine McNeil, CAN DO Affordable on February 26. Please consider making this Housing Initiative event your club meeting. Three people will be table hosts after placing in the top five for the January 31, 2010: DEATH by CHOCOLATE slogan contest. Nominations for PR awards are Fundraiser at the Crown Plaza Hotel being applied for by clubs. Frog s are being decorated. Project displays are being assembled. February 3: TBA Invitations are sent out. It is time to register for the Dinner now! February 10: Pat Palmer, YMCA PHOTO CONTEST Requested last year, a new category this RAFFLE year. Each entry must be a picture taken of people working on a Rotary project. The winning picture will best depict the 2010 slogan chosen recently. Join Rotary. Do Good. Feel Great. The people in the picture should be unidentifiable or you must have releases from the participants. The size of the file must be 300 dpi and should be a Jpg The photographer must have given permis- sion to use this photo in future Rotary PR cam- paigns. One entry per person please. Good luck to all! The winning entry is due by February 12. Carol Toomey, District Governor Today’s raffle jackpot grew past the $525 mark, with only 30 cards in the diminishing deck of cards. Speaker Donna Suskawicz fished out ticket #579 from the glass bowl, claimed by guest Tamsin Elias. Unfortunately, she found only the Five of Hearts! Next week there will remain only 29 cards as the jackpot continues to grow! c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 5