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Service Gear March 3, 2010

  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. 32 March 3, 2010 nce again, Brae Burn Country Club O accomodated us in the first-floor Grille Room, MEETING GREETERS NEXT MEETING: normally reserved for golfers only. Once again, March 17th: Tom Keery & Bill Lowery we featured a Student-of-the-month, and once again Peter Mahler had the winning raffle ticket. President Marie called the meeting to order, asking Jeff Chin to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Dennis Prefontaine offered an invocation, seeking resolution of the nation’s health care debate. Susanne McInerney led us in a chorus of God Bless America, noting that royalties from the Irving Berlin song were do- nated by singer Kate Smith to the Boy Scouts of America. SERGEANT AT ARMS Bill Garr reported that only 15 Rotarians were present today, then introduced our guests: Ryan Murphy, Newton Country Day School Director of Campus Ministry; Student-of-the- Our Club’s entry in the “Parade of Frogs” contest Month Lea Chilazi, and her mother, Sylvia reflected our Death by Chocolate fundraiser theme. The plaster frog was left by DG Carol Toomey when she Chilazi; and speakers Robin Longendyke and visited. Decorations bt Scott Lewis and Paula Kirrane. Barbara Sydney, representing the Salvation Army. Brookline Rotarian Murray Liverman CONTENTS Page was also visiting today, as was Marie’s guest, MEETING NOTES 1 Mike Webster. SERGEANT-at-ARMS 1 Bill took the opportunity to describe our ANNOUNCEMENTS 2 upcoming Senior Safety Day Program (see THIS WEEK’S HUMOR 2 Announcements, page 2) having met with fire SPEAKER/PROGRAM 4 and police officials last week. He then gave the STUDENT of the MONTH 5 podium over to Bill Lowery for a bit of humor. HAPPY DOLLARS 6 RAFFLE 7 c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 1
  2. 2. ANNOUNCEMENTS From Down East... Senior Safety Day An amateur sportsman spent the day with Bill Garr is at it again! He’s reaching out dog and gun, but brought home no game. A and across walls to connect with other organiza- friend twitted him with his failure: tions, just as he did for Newton students in need of musical instruments and dictionaries. ”Didn’t you shoot anything at all?” Senior Safety Day will take place on Saturday, May 15th. The Newton Senior Center The honest fellow nodded miserably, “I shot will register and schedule folks, approximately my dog.” 10 to15 households, with priority given to those with homebound occupants. We will go out in His questioner asked “Was he mad?” teams of 4 - a policeman, a fireman, a Rotarian and a Boy Scout - to complete a safety audit from The sportsman shook his head doubtfully. a checklist that will be developed by the Senior Center. “Not exactly mad,” he asserted; “but not so Each house visited will receive a bag of darned happy neither!” helpful material and, where appropriate, we will leave a new smoke detector and /or co2 detector for the resident with a list of installers (they would like Rotary to pay for the smoke detec- tors). The next planning meeting will be Thurs- day, March 18, 8 AM at the Senior Center. The Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, March 9, 12:00 Noon at The Vil- Italian Night is set for next Tuesday, March lage Bank’s Nonantum Branch second-floor 9th (in lieu of next week’s regular meeting) at the conference room. The bank is at the corner of Vecchia Roma Restaurante, 398 Watertown Adams and Watertown Streets. All club Street, starting at 6:00 PM. If you haven’t added members are welcome to attend board your name (and guests at $10 each) to the at- meetings. tendee list, please contact Scott Lewis ASAP. 21 members and guests are currently signed up. Members eat free of charge. c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 2
  3. 3. District 7910 Project Expo and PR Awards 2010 Banquet Friday, February 26 Boxboro Holiday Inn District Governor Carol Toomey, above, looks over an impressive field of “Frog Parade” entries. More than twenty clubs decorated and submitted frogs to the competition. Right: Frog impersonator! Sesame Street fans will instantly recognize that the green creature is not a frog - it’s a grouch named Oscar. But the culprit is really Brookline’s Ken Jaffe, shown apparently confessing to local authorities. c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 3
  4. 4. Speaker/Program: Robin Longendyke, The Salvation Army Robin Longendyke, field Representative for the Salvation Army, works in their Canton, MA office. She spoke briefly about the history of the Salvation Army, starting with its creation as a break-away component of the Methodist Church in England. The original leadership opened a soup kitchen in London in the late nineteenth century. Today, the Salvation Army exists in 119 countries, including Haiti, where two of their three buildings in Port-au-Prince were destroyed by earthquake. Luckily the building left standing was the orphanage, which suddenly went from L to R: Barbara Sydney, Salvation Army volunteer, 52 to over 300 orphans in one week. Now they President Marie Presti, and Salvation Army Field Rep Robin Longendyke are working in Chile, as well, with volunteers providing local emergency help. The Army’s red kettles, used to collect activity, also brings in much of Salvation Army’s money during the holiday season, is a tradition funds, all of which stay in the state in which that started when a soup kitchen chef put out a they’re collected. kitchen kettle to collect donations to pay for the $.83 of every dollar goes to actual missions, free meals provided. mostly to buy groceries. The organization also Robin introduced Barbara Sydney, a visits nursing homes, and it runs a summer camp Newton resident and volunteer who found herself for kids in Sharon, MA. It helps families in need unemployed last year, in search of a worthy use pay for utilities, assists in alchohol treatment, of her time. She contacted the Salvation Army runs soup kitchens, and takes children to Gillette and ended up organizing most of the kettle Stadium to meet the Patriots players, among collection activities in Newton, ringing a bell other charitable activities. herself at the Newtonville Star Market. Barbara hopes that our Club will continue to Barbara reminded us that standing by the help out with kettle collections later this year. kettles and ringing bells, their most visible Her email address is 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? c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 4
  5. 5. Student of the Month: Lea Chilazi Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart Student-of-the-Month Lea Chilazi (R) accepts congratulations fromPresident Marie Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Director of Campus Ministry, Ryan Murphy, gushed with praise for our Student of the Minth award recipient, Lea Chilazi. He noted her “genuine warmth and infectious humor.” Lea is a junior this year, and recalled making different choices after an uninspired freshman year. As a sophomore, she joined the Amnesty International Committee at school, discovering “I cared very much about every- one being treated equally.” She also spent one summer working for Habitat for Humanity in L to R: Ed Casavant, Sylvia Chilazi, Marie Presti, Lea Connecticut. Chilazi. Ed Casavant and Bob Staulo arrange Student- of-the-Month awards with all of Newton’s high schools. Of the school’s five major goals, Lea Lea will also receive a $50 savings account from The feels most strongly about number 3, “commit- Village Bank. ment to social awareness impelling one to action.” c 2010 Rotary Club of Newton Page 5
  6. 6. HAPPY DOLLARS Jeff Chin collected Happy Dollars, Paul Kerrissey was happy to be going starting with Susanne McInerney, who was skiing at Lake Tahoe next week. He was also happy to hear from dear friends in the coastal quite sad for the grave illness of his friend and city of Valparaiso, Chile, where she has stayed yachting competitor, Jim Feeley of Hingham. in her travels. Her friends were OK, but lost John Hurney was glad to see our SOM, loved ones in the earthquake. as were Bill Lowery and Ed Casavant. Marie Murray Liverman was sorry for misbe- Presti was happy for our SOM, Lea Chilazi, haved cell phone, but happy to report that his and her mother, Sylvia Chilazi. She was also daughter passed a medical test and is going to happy to be joined by her guest Mike Webster, Haiti. Peter Mahler was happy to see Murray, and for her sister-in-law’s successful surgery. and that Brookline Rotary will have its annual Mike Webster was happy to attend Pancake Breakfast at Brookline High School on March 27th. He was also happy to meet our Student of the month (“SOM”). “May those of us who have, sharewith those that have not. May those of use who can, do for those that cannot. May those of us who are loved, love those who are not. And may we all live our lives so that the world is better off for having had us.” - Lee Metcalfe 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. 7. RAFFLE UPCOMING... March 9: 6:00 PM Tuesday Night “Italian Night” Celebration at Vecchia Roma Restaurante (RSVP required), in lieu of regular meeting. March 10: NO MEETING at Brae Burn 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. Sitting in the same chair as he did last week, and with over $700 in the jackpot and only 25 cards left in the diminishing deck, Treasurer Peter Mahler again had the winning raffle ticket! But, alas, Peter found only the meagre Four of Clubs. The raffle goes Italian next week! 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