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Help Newton Rotary continue supporting individuals and organizations
in our community by buying our Holiday Lottery Calendar!
 
For only $10, each lottery calendar gets the chance to win $100 on every weekday in January, $150 on each Sunday in January and $500 on January 31st.  AND - if you win you name goes BACK in the basket so you can win again (it happens!). 
 
But the best part is your donation will help Rotary do things like implement an addiction education program, help develop our young leaders, recognize and support people in the community who are doing service, donate books to the library and much more.
 
To get your Holiday Lottery Calendars simply contact your favorite Newton Rotarian or click HERE to email Sue who will send some out to you.  Thanks!
The Newton and Brookline Rotary Clubs hosted the 33rd Annual Thanksgiving Football Luncheon at Braeburn on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.   It was chock full of music, food, fellowship and recognition of the young leaders in our communities.
 
Brookline Rotarians Bo Winiker & Jamie Saltman welcomed us with jazz (with a short assist by Newton Rotarian Chris Chu).
 
The Lovetones  lead the group in God Bless America.
 
Braeburn provided a delicious Thanksgiving meal.
 
Attendees brought donations for food pantries in Newton and Brookline.
 
The Reverend Howard Haywood (a Paul Harris Fellow) provided the Invocation.
 
The event was slightly different this year: coaches and students spoke about their experiences (in place of a keynote speaker):
Newton North Cheer Captains Naimid Abelenda, Kenison Winton & Morgan Britt-Webb with their coach Brianna Hogan.
 
Brookline Cheer Captains Amara Obiora and Eva Ernest with their coaches Meghan Cells & Erin Blette
 
Newton North Football Captains Noah Neville, Nathan Harvey, Ryan McLaughlin, Thomas Byrne & Will Hodgson with Coach Michael Coppola
Brookline High Football Coach Keith Thomas with Captains Joseph Clark, Liam Downey, Taigue Stephenson, Henry Terry & Eric Tinsley
 
District Governor Karin Gaffney spoke about "What is Rotary?"
 
Newton Mayor Setti Warren gave a brief farewell address.
 
A good time was had by all:
 
The Rotary Club of Newton is proud to be supporting the Thanksgiving “Pie in the Sky” program to support Community Servings. With each pie you buy (or sell to a client, associate, friend or family member) you are helping to end hunger for the critically ill and housebound in Massachusetts. And a little goes a long way! Each pie you buy or sell allows one person in need to eat for a whole week.
 
Make this our best year yet and help Community Servings sell 25,000 pies for their 25th anniversary. 
 
  Click this link to: Buy Now by November 14th.
 
Have questions?  Click HERE to email Marie!
 
Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at the Rotary Club of Newton!
  
 
PS: You can also sign up to be a pie seller!  You can promote your own link on your social media and other sources to your sphere and they'll track how many pies you've sold.  The link is below.
https://pieinthesky.org/pieseller_registration.cfmRemember to choose Rotary Club of Newton as the team you get assigned to.
 
We were delighted to honor our first Student of the Month for the 2017-2018 Year: Lucy Jrolf from Newton Country Day.  Lucy spoke about a trip to Peru that made her look differently at the food she eats (and doesn't eat) and how it impacts out environment.  Congratulations Lucy!
 
L-R: Anna Matveychuk (RYLA Chair), Maureen Grannan (SOM Chair), Lucy Jrolf and Susan Peghiny (President)
 
 
Newton at Home (who's director is a Rotarian) needs help providing leaf raking to it's members on November 10, 11, 18, & 19 from 10-12 and 1-3 each day, and is looking for volunteers to help out! 
 
Can you, your family and/or your colleagues spare a couple of hours to help some of your elder neighbors?
 
Volunteers will need to bring their own rakes and gloves.  The folks you'll be helping will provide leaf bags and snacks.  
 
To register please CLICK HERE to email Newton At Home Director Maureen Grannan.  Please specify which date and time you'd like to volunteer for.
 
Newton at Home is a non-profit organization that assists Newton residents over 60 to live independently and safely in their homes.  This is a wonderful community service in which several Rotarians participated last year.
 
  
 
On Tuesday, October 17, 2017 the Rotary Club of Newton was honored to welcome into membership Dr. Tatjana Kobb.
 
Tatjana is the founder of Boston Sustainability Advising, an international sustainable development and social responsibility consultancy specialized in improving organizational performance.  Her volunteer experience is extensive and international, and  includes work at Physicians for Social Responsibility, as a mentor for Women in Research, advising companies on how to reach the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals, and as a coordinator with IPPNW and organization that facilitates student exchange programs with clinical and social service experience,  and more.
 
We are delighted to welcome Tatjana into the fellowship of Rotary!
 
 
 
 
We had another great day at Newton's Harvest Fair today! Met lots of people, sold a ton of popcorn and maybe saw some future Hall of Famers at the speed pitch!
 
Thanks so much to The Presti Group for donating all the popcorn supplies, speed pitch and prizes and the West Suburban YMCA for loaning the netting!
 
Members of the Rotary Club of Newton were happy to return to the Centre Street Food pantry to help stock it's shelves.  The group also donated low salt soup.  We were especially delighted that member Trevor Williams brought his so.
Front: Rae Mintz and Susan Peghiny.  Rear: Cindy Laughrea (The Second Step) , Trevor Williams and his son (West Suburban YMCA), David Park, Susan Paley (The Village Bank), and Jim Means (BioMentor).
 
The Williams men working hard.
 
Cindy Laughrea displaying the wares. 
 
Rotary being goofy with Centre Street Food Pantry member Natalie.
We had a lot of fun meeting people and listening to great music at the Newtonville Jazz Festival and Village Day!  Lots of folks took a guess on how many pieces of candy were in the jar.  The winning number was 154, and the candy and iTunes Card went to Megan!  The highest guess?  2004 pieces.  Be sure to visit us at Harvest Fair!
A young woman who has been working with The Second Step for almost two years is having a fundraiser to help buy gift cards for the homeless.  Her organization is Cards4aCause.
 
The Second Step is a recipient of the gifts cards. She has been providing The Second Step with $300 a month in cards to help their families. If you can please come and meet her at her first big fundraiser they would all be would be grateful.  A former Second Step resident will be a guest speaker.
 
Details below:
 
Necessity and Dignity Event to benefit the Homeless
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Mt Auburn Health Club
57 Coolidge Ave
Watertown, MA 02472
United States
 
Click HERE to Register
 
 
 
Last week several members of the Rotary Club of Newton helped the local organization "Food To Your Table" do their thing!  Each week Food To Your Table collects donated food from the Cold Springs Park Farmer's Market and delivers it to our neighbors in need in Newton.  Rotary was delighted to lend a hand!  If you'd like more information about Food To Your Table, please contact Amy or Joan at foodtoyourtable@gmail.com.
Susanne McInerney (Mass Estate Team) and Lena Chouljian (First Commons Bank) help display food.
 
Susanne & Lena get some encouragement from Newton Rotary President Sue Peghiny
 
Newton Rotary Past President Paul Sullivan (American Red Cross), Lena Choujlian (First Commons Bank), Susan Peghiny (Clock & Watch Shop) and Susanne McInerney (Mass Estate Team) enjoying working together to support Food To Your Table.

Here is your opportunity to have a hands-on role in eradicating Polio:

Join Rotary on an upcoming trip to Accra, Ghana, West Africa in October 2017 to participate in a polio immunization exercise, attend the 12th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project. Attached is detailed trip information. Please feel free to share this information with the Rotarians in your club as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of space and expect this trip to be filled in the next week or two.

Trip Dates: October 03 – 12, 2017
Travel to: Accra, Ghana, West Africa
Per Person Price: $1,689, double occupancy

Program includes: Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.

In October 2017, North American Rotarians will travel to Accra, Ghana for a life changing experience. Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant? These trips have a profound effect upon the individual. For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.

The experiences you have stay with you forever. You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change. Small children come up to you to say thank you. Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life. You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes. It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.

The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by the Rotary in Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa. Your involvement, or your club’s involvement, in this Fair would not only provide an opportunity for project support, it would also help your members to grow and to understand the benefits of being a Rotarian. Involvement in Rotary gives the ordinary Rotarian extraordinary opportunities to do things that they could never do anywhere else. This trip is just such an experience.

Even if you are unable to join us this year, please feel free to announce this program in your club over the next month, get it on websites, and get it in newsletters. Encourage your members to participate – help Rotary Make a Difference.

Contact info: Jolene R. Bortz,
Rotary Club of Oakland-Uptown Past President

JBortz@HowardTours.net

 

On July 13th members of the Rotary Club of Newton helped out at the  Cradles to Crayons warehouse in Brighton.  Cradles to Crayons provides homeless and low-income children living in the Boston area with the essentials they require to thrive - to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. 
 
We helped over 200 kids, and had a great time doing it.  C2C is a GREAT organization for multi-club projects since they can handle large groups of people at one time.
The Rotary Club of Newton was delighted to be able to send five Newton "rising sophomores" to the District 7910 "Rotary Youth Leadership Awards" the weekend of June 23-25 at Fitchburg State University.
 
The five students were Ingrid Farrell (Newton Country Day), Rachel Gamburg (Newton South), Stephanie Hogan (Mt. Alvernia), Achille Ricca (Newton North), and Ethan Weiss (Newton South).
 
The students spent 3 days working together to develop leadership, collaboration, cooperation, teamwork, and conflict resolution skills through a variety of team activities.  They also helped package 20,000 emergency meals in just over 1/2 hour, made a lot of friends and had a ton of fun!  We look forward to hearing about their experiences on August 1st and August 22 at our club meetings.
 
A special thanks to The Village Bank for co-sponoring our 2017 RYLA students!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Achille won "Mr. Congeniality"
The Rotary Club of Newton was DELIGHTED to award over $12,000 in Community Grants to local service organizations and deeply honored to have so many recipients attend the luncheon.
Pictured left to right are: Dave Sellers & Thomas Leavitt (John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club), Debra Bergman & Justin Sallaway (The Price Center), Rosie Carey (West Suburban YMCA), Tim McHale (The Boston Minstels), Jeanne Strickland (Newton Community Development Foundation), Maureen Grannan (Newton At Home), Jack Fucci (West Suburban YMCA), Cindy Laughrea (The Second Step), Marylou Seitz (Newton Community Development Foundation), Deborah Maini (The Second Step), and Susan Peghiny (Rotary Club of Newton).
 
 
The Rotary Club of Newton held it's annual Installation Dinner on Tuesday, June 20th at the home of incoming president Susan Peghiny.  It was a lovely evening filled with good food and better fellowship.
 
We were delighted to induct Jodi Goodman into membership that evening, and incoming District Governor Karin Gaffney was on hand to do the honors (with an assist by Susan and her dog Lou):
 
We also thanked outgoing president Paul Sullivan, and recognized the past presidents in attendance (l-r): Justin Salaway, incoming president Susan Peghiny, Marie Presti, Paul Sullivan (with plaque), Indira Desai, Dick Bowen and Paul Kerrissey:
 
Karin then installed Susan as the 92nd president of The Rotary Club of Newton (with Lou ensuring she did it correctly):
 
Finally, the incoming Board of Directors "Passed the Gavel" in a symbolic handing over of power to the new president.  Pictured r-l are: DG Karin Gaffney, Andy Willinger (Treasurer), Chris Chu (Director),  Rae Mintz (Director), Jodi Goodman (Sargent-at-Arms), Susan Paley (Director), Maureen Grannan (Director), outgoing president Paul Sullivan and incoming president Susan Peghiny.  Paul looks pretty happy, doesn't he?
 
New president Susan Peghiny and District Governor Karin Gaffney:
The Rotary Club of Newton was delighted to award 3 scholarships today to students in various vocational education programs at Newton North High School.
 
Melvin Nguyen received the "William Rockwell Memorial Award". Melvin is in the culinary arts program, and he is shown below with his teachers (l-r) Lisa McKinney, Heather Irber and Lisa Marzilli as well as Newton Rotary President Paul Sullivan.
 
Stephanie Ehtier was awarded the "President's Award" and is in the drafting program. She is pictured with (l-r) Newton Rotary President Paul Sullivan and NNHS Drafting Teacher Andrea Shurtleff.
 
Our "Bell & Flag Award" was given to Alison Kinsella who was unfortunately not able to attend today. Alison is in the graphic communications program, and her teacher Tom Donnellan was delighted to accept the award for Alison.
 
The Rotary Club of Newton wishes all our scholarship recipients the best of luck in their future endeavors!

The Rotary Club of Newton was delighted to present 3 scholarships during the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to Jadon Smith, Nattalya Brown, and Amanda Powers. Congratulations to these talented young women - Rotary wishes you the best!

 

Presenting the awards are (l-r) Newton Rotary President Paul Sullivan, Rotarian and Prayer Breakfast Benefactor Marie Presti, and Mayor Setti Warren.  Superintendent of Schools David Fleishman is shown to the right.

We were doubly honored to be present when Mayor Warren recognized Newton Rotary Members Jack Fucci of the West Suburban YMCA and David Sellers of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club with 2017 Mayor's Community Service Awards!  Way to go, Dave & Jack!

Above: Jack Fucci withe Mayor Warren

 

Above: David Sellers with Mayor Warren

After an extremely enjoyable and entertaining evening, the Rotary Club of Newton is happy to announce the winners of Newton Has Talent 2017, and the charities for which they were playing.  Each charity will receive a matching grant from the Newton Rotary Foundation:
 
First Place for $1000: Tema Siegel
Competing for Minding Your Mind (Mental Health Programs for Youth), MindingYourMind.org)
 
 
2nd Place for $750: FJ: Fionn O'Connor & Jay Park
Competing for Liberty in North Korea (Working with Korean People to Accelerate Change), LibertyInNorthKorea.org)
 
 
3rd Place for $250: Free Shipping
Competing for Planned Parenthood (Supporting the Idea that Women Should Have the Information & Care They Need to Live Strong, Healthy Lives), PlannedParenthood.org
 
 
Honorable Mention: Kaylee Federmann

Please join us for a working meeting to exchange ideas on how Rotary Clubs in Massachusetts can lead or participate in projects that deal with the opioid addiction problem in the Commonwealth. 

Representatives from all clubs and districts are welcome.

WHERE: West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church Street, Newton, MA  02458

WHEN: Monday, March 6th, 7:30 - 9:00pm

COST: Free - just bring ideas.

PLEASE REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

- See more at: http://newtonrotaryclub.com/event/district-7910-opioid-prevention-task-force/#sthash.eUqawhph.dpuf

Please join us for a working meeting to exchange ideas on how Rotary Clubs in Massachusetts can lead or participate in projects that deal with the opioid addiction problem in the Commonwealth. 

Representatives from all clubs and districts are welcome.

WHERE: West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church Street, Newton, MA  02458

WHEN: Monday, March 6th, 7:30 - 9:00pm

COST: Free - just bring ideas.

PLEASE REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE

Be sure to register for this year's MULTI-District Conference!
Price Increase March 1st
"A La Carte" Pricing Available
 
Visit Rotary7910.org to Register
 
Participating Districts:
District 7910 (us)
District 7890 (Western Mass & Northern Connecticut)
District 7950 (RI, Southeastern Mass, Cape Cod & The Islands)
District 7980 (Southern Connecticut
 
Paul Harris Luncheon on Friday ~RI President John Germ is Friday Night's Keynote Speaker
Cocktails with Mr. Germ and a Special Rotary "Waterfire" on Friday Night
Rotary Means Business Networking Saturday Afternoon
Interact & RYLA Program on Saturday
Laura Templeton is Saturday Night's Keynote Speaker
and more!
 
 

Congratulations to our January "Student of the Month" Ethan Weiss! Ethan is a sophomore at Newton South High School and was recognized by Rotary Club of Newton and the The Village Bank for his outstanding community service.

This recognition includes a scholarship for Ethan to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Weekend (RYLA) in June. The award was presented by Maureen Grannan.

Congratulations Ethan!


Pictured: Maureen Grannan (SOM Coordinator) and Ethan Weiss

Members of the Rotary Club of Newton were on hand at the 49th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday.  They collected toiletries for local food pantries, greeted attendees, schmoozed, and generally enjoyed this moving and important event.
Members collected toiletries.  L-R: Chris Chu, unknown, Rae Mintz, Andy Willinger, Cindy Laughrea, Dave Sellers, Maureen Grannan (toiletries project leader), Dick Bowen, Susan Paley, Tom Kerry, Ron Faccenda, Susanne McInernerny and Tony Bibbo.
 
Tonny Bibbo with Mayor Setti Warren
 
Tony Bibbo thinks about joining The Lovetones!
 
The event was very heavily attended.
 
Choirs from the local schools also performed.
 
 

Heading over to the West Suburban YMCA Saturday morning?

Want to help the Rotary Club of Newton do good in your community?

These two things align because our president Paul Sullivan will be selling our January Lottery Raffle tickets from 9am-12pm in the lobby of the Y.

For $10 you will be entered to win $100 for every remaining weekday in January, $150 for every Sunday and $500 on January 31st. AND if you win, your name goes BACK in the basket so you can win again (it happened twice last year!).

We sell 1000 tickets at most - MUCH better odds than the state lottery.

The best part? Every penny of your donation goes to the community service projects of the Rotary Club of Newton.

So bring cash, a check, credit card or even remember your Paypal password and you'll be in on this.

Can't make it to the Y? Email us at RotaryNewtonMa@gmail.com and we'll get as many tickets to you as you want.

Thanks and good luck!

 

There's still time to buy a Rotary "Holiday Lottery Calendar!

For just $10 you are entered to win $100 EVERY weekday, $150 EVERY Saturday and the grand prize of $500 on January 31st.

Every dollar raised supports our community service projects and grants.

Get your ticket from any Newton Rotarian, or CLICK HERE to email us and we'll handle the details.

 

 

Looking for a new meal to serve during your upcoming holiday celebrations? Our friends over at Newton at Home are selling their cookbook filled with delicious recipes such as braised chicken and apricots (pictured below)Pumpkin Pecan Bread, Noodle Pudding with Ricotta Cheese and Blueberry Soup and more!
 
In total, 93 recipes are included. All recipes were contributed by volunteers, members, staff and friends. All proceeds benefit the good work of Newton at Home.
 
To purchase a cookbook, visit the Newton at Home office at 206 Waltham St., Newton (click HERE for contact and other information).  Each book is $15 for members and volunteers and $20 for non-members.
The Rotary Club of Newton was delighted to recognize and welcome Ron Faccenda as an Honorary Member of the club.  Ron has been an active supporter of the club for almost 4 years, participating is numerous service projects, playing a crucial role in Newton Has Talent, facilitating club planning meetings and much more.  Welcome, Ron!
Pictured l-r: Ron Faccenda, President-Elect Susan Peghiny and President Paul Sullivan
On Tuesday, October 11th members of the Rotary Club of Newton helped "Food To Your Table" collect donated vegetables and fruits from the farmers at the Farmer's Market at Cold Springs Park, and then take it to Newton residents who have limited access to farm fresh food.  
 
Food To Your Table is a local, grass-roots organization started by Newton resident Joan Balaban (and friends).  They wanted to give under-served residents a chance to eat fresh, healthy food.  Each week they collect the food and then set up "mini farmer's markets" where residents can select fresh items, at no charge.  They even hand out recipes for foods that residents might not be familiar with and or know how to prepare.  The organization works with a different group of volunteers each week to collect, sort and deliver the food. 
 
The Rotary Club of Newton had a lot of fun, met many new friends and even learned the name of quite a few new vegetables!  Thanks to Food To Your Table for giving us this opportunity to serve our community.
Pictured L-R: Ron Faccenda, Marie Presti, Chris Chu, Cindy Laughrea and Susanne McInerney, with fruits & vegetables generously donated by the farmers at the Cold Springs Farmer's Market.
 
Club members separate donations into two groups for delivery to the two selected donation sites.
 
Ron Faccenda and Marie Presti show off their Food To Your Table tee-shirts
 
Susanne McInernery, Cindy Laughrea, Marie Presti from Rotary Newton and Joan Baladan from Food To Your Table
 
The whole crew and one of our mini farmer's markets
 
Beautiful AND delicious!
 
On Tuesday, September 27, Governor Charlie Baker met with over 200 Rotarians from across Massachusetts. The purpose of the meeting was for the Governor to enlist the support of all Massachusetts Rotary Clubs to get involved with two key issues: Homelessness and the Opioid abuse epidemic in our state.  The Rotary Club of Newton was one of five clubs that sponsored the meeting, and was prominently featured at the event.
 
Most of the discussion involved the opioid issue, which is claiming between 4 and 5 lives in our state every day. The Governor discussed his four phase plan: communication, prevention, treatment and recovery. Of those four phases, he is relying on Rotary to take a lead role in communication. He sees a great opportunity for the 120+ Rotary clubs in Massachusetts to develop plans on a local and statewide level to communicate the proper use of opioids, the danger signs of addiction, protection and safety of prescription pain medications, how to properly discard unused medication and how to seek emergency help for an overdose victim.
 
Rotary clubs from across the state are ahead of the curve on this issue.  Many Rotarians shared stories about how opioid abuse has affected their own lives. The Governor was impressed with the level of knowledge and involvement from Rotarians on the issue, and their willingness to get deeply involved ito eradicate the disease of addiction. Many Rotarians stated that they see opioid abuse and heroin addiction as "Rotary's next polio".
 
Past District Governor Jim Fusco presented the Governor with a Rotary pin, designating him an "Honorary Rotarian".  Jim also gave the Governor a directory of Massachusetts Rotary Clubs and their members. The meeting was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Bedford, MA and the room was filled to capacity. Many thanks to John Peterson of the Bedford MA Rotary Club for putting this meeting together, which took over a year of planning and communicating with the Governor's office.
Pictured L-R: Past District Governor Jim Fusco, Acton-Boxborough Rotary member Gino Frattalone and Governor Baker
The Rotary Club of Newton is working with the Rotary Club of Southington, Connecticut on a multi-state, multi-district project to get Rotarians and other professionals into the schools to talk about what you do and how you got there.
 
The project would involve speaking to students at a local high school. This could be at a career day function/panel discussion or meeting with groups or individual students at a school. Specifically, Rotarians could address the educational and personal steps that they took to achieve the current job. They could perhaps be introduced by Interact students, if there is a chapter at the school.

To participate in this project, please contact an interested school by copying and pasting the URL
www.srbrown.info/vocationalservice into your browser’s address bar to find a school near you. You and the liaison at the school would agree on a mutually convenient date and time of the visit.
 
For more information, click here to email the coordinator.
 
The Rotary Club of Newton was honored to welcome Anna Matveychuk as it's newest member on Wednesday, September 7th.  Her induction ceremony was held at the Braeburn Country Club.
 
Anna is from Newton, and currently lives in Watertown.  She works for 4 Buyer's Real Estate.  We're looking forward to working with and getting to know Anna.  Welcome!
     
Membership Chair Susan Peghiny (left) pinning the Rotary Emblem on Anna Metveychuk
The Boston #7 Rotary Club hosted a wonderful roof-top networking event last month at Fisher College.  Attendees included members of the Rotary Club of Newton, the Downtown Boston Rotary Club and the Boston Rotaract Club.  It was a lovely evening overlooking the Charles River and a wonderful chance to meet other Rotarians in our area.  Thanks Boston #7!
The Rotary Club of Newton recently helped our friends at The Second Step fill some backpacks which were distributed to kids in their program. 
Pictured L-R: Susan Peghiny (Clock & Watch Shop), Cindy Laughrea (2nd Step), Susanne McInerney (REMax Leading Edge) and Kerry Lavin (Scandinavian Cultural Center)
Some members of the Rotary Club of Newton visited our oldest member, Bert Martinson, for dinner this week.  Bert is 103 (he'll be 104 in November) and has been a Rotarian since 1940!  Thanks to Jim Means for arranging the occasion.
L-R: Bill Lowry, Debbie Bowen, Linda Means, Dick Bowen, Bert Martinson, his girlfriend Ellie Shuman, and Helen Lowry. Not pictured (and taking the photo) is Chris Chu.
 
Bert and Ellie
Opioid addiction is one of the most critical issues facing our city, and our nation, today. On behalf of Mayor Setti Warren, Rep. Kay Khan and Deborah Youngblood, Commissioner of Health and Human Services, I urge you to attend an event to raise awareness of opioid addiction. The event is titled, "No Regrets: Newton and the Opioid Epidemic", being held at Newton North High School on Thursday, October 6th from 7 to 9PM.
 
The event will feature "If Only", a short film produced by James Wahlberg along with an interactive panel discussion. Special guests include District Attorney Marian Ryan and Executive Producer James Wahlberg.
 
The event is for teens and adults, so please encourage the teens in your life to attend this important event with you.
 
The event is sponsored by Newton PATH ("Prevention, Awareness, Treatment & Hope") and more information can be found at www.newtonma.gov/NewtonPath .
 
 
The Rotary Club of Newton was delighted to welcome Co-Governors Pat & Skip Doyle and Assistant Governor Karen Whetmore to today's meeting.  We're looking forward to a productive and successful year under their leadership!
Seated: Tony Bibbo, Ellen O'Brien,Pat Doyle, Skip Doyle, Chris Chu
Standing: Rae Mintz, Paul Kerrissey, Susan Peghiny, Justin Salaway, Indira Desai, Paul Sullivan, Dick Bowen, Assistant DG Karen Whetmore (from Needham Rotary), Bill Lowry, Andy Willinger, and Cindy Laughrea.
 
The Rotary Club of Newton was delighted to induct Ellen O'Brien as our newest member at the meeting on Tuesday, July 26th.
 
Ellen is a Business Development specialist at Horner Millwork in Southborough, MA and lives in West Newton.  She was sponsored by Chris Chu. 
 
Welcome, Ellen!
The Rotary Club of Newton was happy to honor our 2016 Community Grant Recipients this afternoon. Congratulations to the West Suburban YMCA, Barry L Price Rehabilitation Center, John M Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, and Newton at Home!
 
Pictured L-R: Piper Morris & Dave Sellers (Boys & Girls Club), Maureen Grannan (Newton At Home), Paul Sullivan (Rotary President-Elect), Deborah Bergman (The Barry Price Center), Indira Desai (Rotary President), Rosie Carey, Trevor Williams and Jack Fucci (West Suburban YMCA).
 
Congratulations to our 2016 Career/Tech Scholarships, and to Diana Robbins who is retiring as the director of the Career/Tech Department for the Newton Public Schools. Best of luck to you all as you move to a new chapter in your lives!
Indira Desai, Mikayla Sarchioni-McGlashing (Bell & Flag Award), Mikayla Sarchioni-McGlashing (William Rockwell Memorial Award), and Henry Groves (President's Award).
 
Indira Desai (president of the Rotary Club of Newton) , Diana Robbins(retiring director of the Career/Tech Program),award recipients and their parents.
 
Paul Wagner (automotive teacher at NNHS), Indira Desai and Henry Groves(recipient of the President's Award)
 
Tom Donnellan (director of the graphic design program at NNHS), JacklynMehrez (recipient of the William Rockwell Memorial Scholarship), and Indira Desai.
 

Heather Irber, Lisa Marzilli, Lisa McKinney (culinary arts teachers at NNHS), Mikayla Sarchioni-McGlashing (recipient of the Bell & Flag Award) and Indira Desai.
 

Diana Robbins (retiring director of the Career/Tech Ed Program), Susan Paley (Rotary member) and Indira Desai (president).
 
Newton Has Talent 2016 was another great event for the Rotary Club of Newton!  Congratulations to our winners and all the contestants who shared their time and talent with the community.  Thank you to our judges Barbara Brousal, Mark Churchill, Jim Petosa and Laura Vecchione; our hosts at the Leventhall-Sidman JCC, our volunteers and ESPECIALLY our sponsors!  
 
 
First Place winners Hari Narayanan & Inesh Vytheswaran with honorable mention winner Sriram Narayanan (front).
 
Second Place Winner Claire McFarland
 
Third Place Winners The Dominoes
 
All contestants on stage awaiting results, along with Tom Keery and MC Jimmy Tingle.
 
Our WONDERFUL "Front of House" Volunteers!
 
Some photos of our transformation of the JCC into Rotary Land!

Agra Sunder Hai - Beautiful Agra
Our club takes the first step of an ambitious sanitation project with Rotary District 3110 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, to help improve the lives of its residents, and make the city truly worthy of its most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal.
On April 12th we were delighted to induct TWO new members from the West Suburban YMCA!  Cara Daly is the Membership Director at the Y and Trevor Williams is the Operations Director.  They were sponsored by YMCA Director Jack Fucci.
 
Pictured left to right: Jack Fucci, Trevor Williams, Indira Desai, Cara Daly and Susan Peghiny.

Dictionaries for Newton's 3rd graders were labeled in record speed this afternoon, and we had a great time too!

Thanks to Dave Sellers and the Boy's & Girl's Club for the space and the pizza! We start distributing in a couple of weeks. Pictured are Dave, Rae Mintz, Maureen Grannan, Sue Peghiny, Ron Faccenda and Jack & Paul Sullivan.

 
Claudia Durbin is our Student of the Month for February.  She is a junior at Newton Country Day.  
 
Left to right:  Michael Durbin-father, Claudia Durbin, Julie Durbin-mother, Anne Therialt-counselor.
 
Newton Has Talent has announced it's 2016 date, venue and new opportunities to participate!
 
The show will be held on Saturday evening, May 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm at the Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton Center.
 
This year, those who WORK in Newton may also audition along with anyone who lives or goes to school here! 
 
For audition information and rules, tickets or sponsorship opportunities be sure to visit www.NewtonHasTalent.com!
 

The Rotary Club of Newton was honored to award Mrs. Audrey Cooper, the Reverend Howard Haywoood, and brothers Veer and Shiv Sawhney Paul Harris Awards this evening.

Mrs. Cooper and Rev. Haywood were recognized for their outstanding community service, and Veer and Shiv were recognized in honor of a gift made to Rotary International by their grandfather Manjit Sawhney, who is a past Governor of District 3010 in Delhi, India.

Newton Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration - Support the Newton Food Pantry

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. please join us in a community-wide initiative to support our families in need by donating toiletry items.

Items Include:  Soaps, Tooth Brushes, Tooth Paste, Shaving Supplies, Personal Deodorants, Powders, Creams, Toilet Tissues, etc.
 
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is - What are we doing for others?" -MLK
 
 
 
 
 
Cindy Laughrea, the Community Engagement Coordinator for The Second Step, was inducted into The Rotary Club of Newton on Wednesday, January 6th. 
 
The Second Step fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence. Their residential and community-based programs build on the strengths, needs, and values of the individuals and families they serve. In partnership with survivors and in collaboration with the community, they lay a foundation for a future free from abuse and full of possibility.  Yearly, they provide life-changing, comprehensive services to more than 300 adults and 500 children, and provide transitional housing in two homes for up to 30 families.
 
We're delighted to welcome Cindy into the Rotary family!
Indira Desai, president; Cindy Laughrea and Susan Peghiny, membership
On Wednesday, December 2nd the Rotary Club of Newton was delighted to induct Kyle Farrell as a member!  Kyle is a former Rotarian and the son of a Rotarian.  He is the eCommerce Manager at The Village Bank.  Pictured left to right are Indira Desai, President; Kyle Farrell, Jeff Tucker, Treasurer (and Kyle's sponsor) and Susan Peghiny, Membership Chair.
We are delighted to welcome into membership Joseph Nkuruziza and Rae Mintz.
 
Both are returning Rotarians, and we're delighted that they chose the Rotary Club of Newton to renew their relationship with Rotary.  Joseph comes to us from the Rotary Club of Kigali in Rwanda, and Rae comes from the Rotary Club of West Roxbury & Roslindale.  Please welcome them back into the Rotary family!
 
 
 
President Indira Desai giving Joseph his Rotary pin.
 
   
Indira Desai, President; Susan Peghiny,                        
membership and Rae Mintz
 
Rae giving her classification speech.
 
 
Thanks to everyone who took time off from work to help with some yard work for our friends at The Second Step!
 
Shown right to left: Paul Romano (The GW Group), Andy Willinger (RCG Consulting), Chris Chu (Architect), Ron Faccenda (RAF Technical Consulting), Cindy Laughrea (The 2nd Step), Joseph Nkurunziza (Mass. College of Pharmacy), Marie Presti (Realty Executives), Arti Mahon (Metro Credit Union) and Susan Peghiny (Clock & Watch Shop).
 
 
A wonderful article from the Newton Tab about the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast and the awarding of the Rotary Club of Newton scholarships:
A celebration of Newton’s legacy of education, tolerance and eliminating barriers to opportunity took center stage in Chestnut Hill last May.
Well over 500 people gathered May 20 inside the McElroy Commons at Boston College for the annual Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast, a tradition started 41 years ago by Ted Mann. From 1972 until he died in office in 1994, Mann was the city’s longest-serving mayor. Known for his candor and hands-on approach to leadership, the event has since been named in his honor.
Mayor Setti Warren presented Mayor Mann Community Service Awards to education and civil rights activists Hubie and Katherine Jones, longtime Newton residents.
“This is one of the rare days in Newton when we come together not around politics or policy, but to recommit to the values of our community… to break down barriers and provide opportunity for all,” Warren said.
The mayor recounted how Mann sought his assistance during a time of racial discord at Newton North when he was a junior in high school.
“I was scared to be sitting in the man’s office,” he said.
Mann asked the teenager who would two decades later succeed him at City Hall to do his best to ease the friction between black and white students.
“We live in a complex world…there is ugliness,” he said. “But there is a playbook in this room, written by people, some who have passed away like Ted Mann. We can espouse these values and do the really hard work to bring people together.”
Award Recipients: Mathena Abramson - METCO - Attending Smith College, Andrew DeNucci - NNHS - Attending MIT and Hyunnew Choi - NSHS - Attending Princeto.  Shown with Rotary Club of Newton member Tony Bibbo.Wicked Local Photo/Ayrika Whitney
 
School Superintendent David Fleishman presented Newton Rotary Anthony J. Bibbo Scholarships to Mathena Abramson, Hyunnew Choi and Andrew DeNucci. Abramson, a METCO student at Newton North and representative to the School Committee, will attend Smith College in the fall. Choi will attend Princeton University after graduating from Newton South. DeNucci, a captain of the Newton North football and lacrosse teams, will attend MIT.
Attorney General Maura Healey, the morning’s featured speaker, spoke about her priorities since taking office five months ago.
“When I ran to be the people’s lawyer and to run the people’s law firm, it was to fight for everyone in the state,” she said.
Pledging to fight for equal access to education, employment and health care and to pursue criminal justice reform, Healey touted her office’s recently announced Division of Community Engagement, which seeks to “see life through the eyes of others and to meet people where they live.” The new division responded earlier this month to reports of racial tension in Worcester, she said.
Great food, fun and fellowship was had at Rotary Newton's "Italian Night"!  Thanks to Chris Chu for hosting and to everyone for contributing to the delicious meal and good time. 
 
 
Thank you to club member Paul Kerrissey for teaching us about beekeeping and showing some materials he uses when working on his hives!  (And thank you Andy Willinger for your "Vanna White-esque" assistance).
RI President K.R. Ravindran chose Be a Gift to the World as his theme for 2015-16. Ravindran urges Rotary members to give the gifts of time, talent, and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. "Through Rotary, we can take these gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world."
During the month of May, members of Rotary Newton will be visiting all the public elementary schools in the city and giving each and every third grader their own dictionary.  
 
We'll talk with the kids about volunteering locally, regionally and internationally (because that's what Rotarians do) and help students access and love the written word.
 
Want to learn more about Rotary Newton?  Come to a meeting as our guest (no obligation!) and see how much fun we have helping others, supporting our communities and supporting each other.  All are welcome!  Not a business person?  That's okay - all kinds of folks are Rotarians!
 
We meet Tuesdays at noon at the Braeburn Country Club.  If you'd like more information, please email Susan at RotaryNewtonMa@gmail.com.  
 
Do Good ~ Feel Great ~ Join Rotary!
Thank to everyone who made the first annual Rotary Newton Craft Beer Festival a big success!  A good time was definitely had by all!
 
 
 
 
 
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