The week of Valentines' Day both Brookline Rotary and Boston University Rotaract Clubs showed their heart by partnering with the Linus Project to create homemade blankets for children in need.  As we did last year, thanks to one of our resident seamstresses, Joyce Graff, members were provided with pre-cut blankets size patches of polar fleece in fanciful childrens' prints to fringe.  No sewing required!  It was an easy, fun hour resulting in dozens of blankets that will provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children in need.

Dr. Nathaniel Price, Primary Care physician at Mount Auburn Hospital and an instructor at Harvard and MIT, told us the dramatic story of the conquest of Polio in the United States, and the quest to eradicate polio from the planet.  

 
This  year Brookline Rotary is pleased to partner with the Brookline Thrives in providing weekend meals to low income students in the Brookline schools.  In addition to providing funding, we have made a commitment to provide volunteer hours to fill and distribute the food packs.  To see what is needed and click for more.
   Susan Rack did not return from her trip to Australia empty handed.  Though without a koala or kangaroo, she did have a banner from the Kings Cross Club of Sydney, Australia.  The club graciously welcomed her to their weekly meeting and promised to send details of their very successful "dog event".  "It was another example of the power of Rotary.  It was a gift to travel half way around the world, and find myself readily welcomed and comfortable with -- not strangers, but family I had never met before."  A big thanks to Kings Cross Rotary!
On Thursday, November 7th, the Club gathered at the VFW Hall for the presentation of our 79th Community Service Award. Surrounded by family and friends, community leaders, Rotarians and political colleagues at both the state and local levels, Brookline's former State Representative Frank Smizik basked in an outpouring of gratitude, respect and affection. It was a wonderful event, highlighted by remarks from State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, former Select Board member - and congressional aspirant - Jesse Mermell, with music by Bo Winiker, and the presentation (by current State Rep Tommy Vitollo) of a photograph of the Massachusetts House members the year that Frank Smizik took his seat in that body. It was all served up with a dash of humor, and (forgive the cliche') a really good time was had by everyone. Our thanks to all who had a hand in the success.