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It was with great pride that Brookline Rotary learned that Sabrina Zhou, a junior at BHS, had been awarded Brookline Youth of the Year on April 11th at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.  In addition to a solid academic standing, Sabrina was chosen from 61 other nominees because of her extracurricular activities including reporting for the school paper, an officer for the Asian Pacific American Club, and involvement with Steps to Success.  The selection committee made a point of acknowledging Sabrina's character and how hard she works to ensure her younger siblings success as well as her own.  Of great significance for Rotarians is that Sabrina was awarded a scholarship to attend Rotary District 7910 Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) training last spring.  RYLA is a week-end program where students, from around the region, that are identified as potential leaders, are taught leadership skills.  Sabrina subsequently attended Rotary events as a volunteer. 
 
Another finalist this year was Paul Miller Schmidt, a senior, who has been instrumental in the Makerspace at Brookline Teen Center, and who worked with Brookline Rotary to secure a District Grant to purchase equipment for the MakerSpace.
 
Congratulations to Sabrina, Paul and all 61 honorees!
  Brookline Rotary lost a member and our dear friend, Judy Moses, who was tragically taken on Sunday, 4/29/18.  Judy has been an active member of Brookline Rotary since 2008 and personified the ideals of Rotary.  She was a consummate professional who treated all with respect and fairness.  Her many interactions and good works built good will and engendered solid friendships throughout her many areas of interest including literacy, animals, and mentoring young women.    We extend our deepest condolences to her family.  Judy will be greatly missed by us all.
On March 29 Richard Segan was installed as a new member of the Brookline Rotary.  Richard has worked for many years as a volunteer with the Brookline Sister City Project.  He worked with Elmon Hendrickson (President 2016-17) and Claudia Dell'Anno (President 2017-18) and Susan Rack to create a Global Grant for Quezalgueque, Nicaragua, to bring clean water to the village.  Brookline Rotary partnered with the nearby Rotary Club in Nicaragua and with The Rotary Foundation to design and fund the project.  Richard is on his way to Nicaragua to oversee the initiation of the work.  We look forward to working with Richard on this and future projects both with Nicaragua and with Brookline and many other worthy causes.
 
The Rotary Club of Brookline Presents its  24th AnnualDescription: Rotary-International
Pancake Breakfast!
 
Great Fun For The Entire Family; for the Entire Community
 
 
The Rotary Club of Brookline will offer great fun for the entire family at its annual Pancake Breakfast. This year’s event will be Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. As always, the breakfast will be held at the Brookline High School cafeteria, 115 Greenough Street.  Come and join your neighbors for pancakes, music, clowns, face painting, and puzzles.  Take home a lasting memory from the silent auction.  Be part of this Brookline tradition!
 
Proceeds Benefit Brookline Rotary Charities.  Help us help the community while having fun.  Tickets available at the door.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This year, thanks to the help of Karen Jacobs, Shawna Carboni, Elmon Hendrickson, Target and the Boston University Rotaract Club, Brookline Rotary was able to distribute slow cookers to members of Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline and to veterans of the local VFW Post.  The crock pots were part of a Healthy Eating Program the BU Rotaract has been doing for two years now.  It was an extension of a District Grant that Brookline Rotary gave last year to Women and Girls Thriving.  The gift from Target was also another way for us to thank our local veterans                    .
        On January 4th, Joyce Graff, Sharon Herman and Susan Rack,, all of the Rotary Club of Brookline, joined 59 other Rotary Volunteers from the US, Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Mexico and Australia, along with the four Rotary Clubs of Agra for the 2018 Mega Polio Campaign. 
 
Though India is Polio free, they share a border with Pakistan, which is not polio free, and are acutely aware that they must keep up with immunizations.  Rotary, the Indian Health Department and World Health Organization have done a wonderful job educating the citizens and locals were eager to come out and meet the ‘visitors’ and get their immunizations.  The entire three days was upbeat, invigorating and completely rewarding.  In one day, we immunized 160,000 to 200,000 children and were made to feel like heroes.
 
During our trip, we were also shown two local schools that Rotary has adopted and visited an orphanage in Nepal that is supported by Rotary.  The need is great in these communities, from shoes to sanitation to furniture, and the work that Rotary is doing to help this next generation that is so deprived of what we consider basics is amazing.  Please join us at our regular weekly meeting on Thursday 2/15/18 at noon at the VFW Post for our tales of adventure and bring a friend.
 
  A very fun meeting as our Boston University Rotaract President had us use our bodies to replicate photos from her trip to InterotoTapai 2017.  Sarah reported on her adventures at the 2017 Rotaract Conference in Taipai this past spring and then updated us on the activities of the Boston University Rotaract club.  We could not be prouder of this group.  Way to go Sarah and Rotaract!
See our Face Book page and BU Rotaract Facebook page for more photos of Sarah and Rotary "in action".
And a good time was had by all.  Thanks again to our community partner and David Gladstone, who literally stood with us as we informed Brookline that the fight against Polio still exists.  We heard many stories as local residents stopped to say their mother had had polio or they were part of the beta testing on the original vaccine.  Many more said they did not know that polio still existed!  Thanks to everyone who helped on Saturday.
 
    The luncheon with our Sister City guests has become an annual tradition, but this year it held greater significance as we await Rotary International's response to our application for a Global Grant.  Edifice Roque, Laboratory Director for the Center for Investigation, Work & Environment, Medical School at National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, updated us on the progress of this multi-year project to ensure clean water to the area of Quezelquaque, Nicaragua.  Along with the rest of the visiting team from Quezelquaque and the members of the Sister City Project here in Brookline, we learned that we now have a greater idea of the source of water contamination thanks to the research already completed.  Brookline Rotary's grant will help to implement the needed changes to positively impact the delivery of clean water and educate the local citizens.  This project will hopefully have a lasting effect on the health of the citizens of Quezelquaque.
On Saturday, October 21st, members of Brookline Rotary will be at Coolidge Corner in front of Brookline Bank, collecting for Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. 

 
Backpack Awareness at Brookline Day 9/24!
 
 
 
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Our awesome Rotaractors helping to spread backpack awareness at Brookline Day
 
It was a Hot Day at Brookline Day on September 24th!  It wasn't just the temperature, which must have approached 90, but the energy of our wonderful BU Rotaract Club.  Led by President Sarah Tuberty and event chair, Jenna Stitik, about a dozen Rotaractors took advantage of the audience to raise Back Pack awareness.  The students showed off their knowledge and shared it with the many families present, instructing them on the proper way to pack and wear a back pack to avoid injury.  Brookline Rotary could not have had better, more professional ambassadors.  The club also collected for Shelter Box, given the recent and multiple disasters.  Ironic that last year at this event, Brookline Rotary exhibited Shelter Box.   https://www.rotary.org/en/shelterbox-and-rotary-help-disasters
 
A big thanks to Karen Jacobs, club advisor, Sarah and Jenna and all the volunteers!
It was another successful Freshman BBQ as Brookline Rotarians joined with sophomore parents at Brookline High School and  faculty and staff to welcome the class of 2021!  Despite the threat of rain and the window blown smoke, Rotarians and PTO fed over 800 as we welcomed one of the largest Freshman classes in memory.  Way to go team!
 
                                                                                                       
From the District Newsletter:
 
 
Dr. Zuniga is in Boston through June of 2018, attending the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a District Grant Scholar from District 4130 and the Rotary Club of San NicolasThe Rotary Club of Brookline is hosting Jorge, and special thanks to Host Counselor, Past President Susan Rack.  
 
Sergio Miguileti is also in Boston to study, working on his master’s degree in International Business at Hult International Business School in Cambridge. Now 23, Sergio was an exchange student out the Rotary Club of Sao Paulo, Brazil and spent a year in Indonesia. Upon his return, he joined Rotaract and has remained an active member ever since. He hopes to attend Rotaract and Rotary events and meetings while studying in Boston.
It was an agenda packed meeting on August 31.  District Governor Karin Gaffney and Assistant Governor Karen Whetmore joined us along with two of our five 2017 RYLA students.  Governor Karin Gaffney shared with us her vision for the year and her belief in the Rotary Spirit.  "Warning" us that Rotary Spirit is contagious, she urged us all to recommit to our motto of service.
    As is our club tradition, members and friends will gather in the quadrangle of Brookline High School to help the         PTO with the annual Freshman BBQ.  Freshman report for school the day before all the other high school students to learn the campus and become oriented to their schedules.  For years, Brookline Rotary has stood behind the grills and the buffet tables to ensure the new students feel welcomed.  Feel free to join us.  Casual dress is welcome and we will start setting up at 10:30 AM.  Students will begin the line around 11:30.  Check in with Elias when you arrive for assignments.  The more the merrier!
 
 
 
  On July 1, 2017, Brookline Rotary, as in all Rotary Interantional clubs, districts and International officers,  passed the gavel to the next leadership team.  Immediate Past President Elmon Hendrickson handed the club gavel to President Claudia Dell'Anno who then welcomed her team for 2017-2018.  Officers and Directors include: President Elect Sharon Herman, Secretary Steve Von Lichtenberg, Treasurer Hadley Weinberg, Assistant Treasurer Paula Kerwin, Corresponding Secretary Shawna Carboni, Executive Secretary Shirley McPherson, Sgt. At Arms Chiquita Rice, Foundation Chair Arnie Miller, Club Advisor Elias Audy, Ambassador of Good Will Bo Winiker, and Directors Marina Brodskaya, Ken Goldstein, Gloria Rudisch, Laura Allen, Susan Rack, Claudia Dupre.  Rotaract Advisor is Karen Jacobs and Interact Advisor is Marina Brodskaya.  Elmon Hendrickson remains on the board as Immediate Past President.

 
 
 
 
President's Elmon Hendrickson's Message
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please remember we have one regular meeting this week, Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:00 AM - Brother's Restaurant and 12:15 PMBrookline American Legion/VFW Post
 

 
The Brookline Rotary Board will be meeting Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 6 PM - Brookline American Legion/VFW Post.
 
 
 
Announcements
Our Guest speaker at our meeting on June 22, 2017 will be Robert Azzi - Everything You've Always Wanted to Ask a Muslim.
 
 
Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley to address 2017 World Affairs Seminar - "Education & Social Justice:  Shaping the World You Will Inherit", Monday - June 26, 2017 at Carroll University.  All members are invited to attend.
 
 
Save the Date - Club Installation Celebration for Karin Gaffney as Rotary District 7910 2017-2018 District Governor and Mary Garcia, President of Rotary Club of Nashoba, will be held Saturday. July 15, 2017 5:30 p.m., Littleton, MA. 
 
 
Please remember to bring your food donations to the Post.
 
 
Upcoming Meetings
The next meetings will be on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 7 AM Brother's Restaurant and 12:15 PM Brookline American Legion/VFW Post

 
Consider Joining Rotary
 "Difference in language, history, customs, and environment influences the outward expression of Rotary, but the basic principles upon which it is founded and the objectives towards which it strives remain always the same in all lands among all peoples."   
~
Crawford C. McCullough - Rotary Club of Fort William Ontario Canada, October 1926
 
 
My next newsletter will be coming out on June 26, 2017.  If you want to submit any items, please be sure to give them to me by Sunday, June 25, 2017
 
Elmon Hendrickson
2016-2017 President
Congratulations to Sharon Herman winner of the Club Med Raffle!
 
Thanks to Rotarian, Marina Brodskaya of Global Getaways Travel, lucky Sharon will be enjoying a four day all inclusive vacation at the Club Med of her choice.  The winning tickets was drawn by our guest speaker,
On Thursday, June 15, 2017, Brookline Rotary will host its Annual Community Service Award Luncheon honoring a Brookline resident who has demonstrated distinguished public service.  This award has been part of the Brookline Rotary tradition since 1941 and is the longest, continuous award of its type in our Rotary District which covers 44 clubs throughout MA.  Past recipients include Sandra Bakalar, Governor Michael Dukakis, Chobee Hoy, Dr. Thomas Grayboys, and 71 other distinguished citizens who exemplify the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.
 
This year the award will be presented to community activist, Bobbie Knable.   Bobbie has been a Town Meeting member, member of the Women's Commission, MLK Committee among many contributions.
 
The Luncheon will be held at noon at the Stephen Rutledge VFW Post on Washington St.  Members of the community are welcome but RSVP’s are required.  Please contact 617-739-0400 by 6/7/17.

 
 
 
 
President's Elmon Hendrickson's Message
 
 
 
 
Dear $FIRST_NAME$,
 
Hope that you and your families had a very nice Memorial Day.
 
Please remember we have one regular meeting this week, Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 12:15 PMBrookline American Legion/VFW Post
 
 
 
Announcements
Our Guest speaker at our meeting on June 22, 2017 will be Robert Azzi - Everything You've Always Wanted to Ask a Muslim.
 
 
Rotary International President Elect Ian Riseley to address 2017 World Affairs Seminar - "Education & Social Justice:  Shaping the World You Will Inherit", Monday - June 26, 2017 at Carroll University.  All members are invited to attend.
 
 
Save the Date - Club Installation Celebration for Karin Gaffney as Rotary District 7910 2017-2018 District Governor and Mary Garcia, President of Rotary Club of Nashoba, will be held Saturday. July 15, 2017 5:30 p.m., Littleton, MA. 
 
 
Please remember to bring your food donations to the Post.
 
 
Upcoming Meetings
The next meetings will be on Thursday June 8, 2017 at 7:00 AM at Brother's Restaurant and 12:15 PM Brookline American Legion/VFW Post

 
Consider Joining Rotary
 "Ignorance is a menace to peace."    ~Paul P. Harris, Rotary Founder
 
 
My next newsletter will be coming out on June 5, 2017.  If you want to submit any items, please be sure to give them to me by Sunday, June 4, 2017

 

Elmon Hendrickson
2016-2017 President
This Wednesday, 5/17/17 , Harvey Braveman will host the Brookline Youth Award at the Coolidge Corner Theater at 7:00PM.  In addition to honoring several of our outstanding teens the ceremonies will bestow the Ethel Weiss Service Award to Christy Timon and Abe Faber of Clear Flour Bakery.  Our own and everyone's Chobee Hoy is a past recipient of this award and Abe and Christy have been long time supporters of Brookline Rotary.  Please see this lovely HUB article for further story.
  Brookline Rotary, thanks to the leadership of member George Chapman,  has been working with the Santa Barbara Rotary and other non-profits to create a dental clinic in Pueblo Nuevo.  The clinic will service about 12,000 people including 7,000 children who otherwise would have no local access to dental care.  Recently, we acquired a dental chair that is being shipped to Honduras.
 
 
 
 
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