Meeting Topic & Place
Sharon Herman
May 31, 2019 4:00 PM
Feeding and Honoring Vets in Boston
Richard Desir
Jun 06, 2019
Rev. George Chapman
Jun 19, 2019
Installation as President 2019-2020 of Brookline Rotary
Jenny Amory
Jun 27, 2019
Brookline Community Foundation Update
  Boston University Sargent College Rotaract invited Brookline Rotary to join them for the final Helathy Cooking Class of the    season.  The Peanut Butter Bars were good but the Kale Salad was spectacular!  Who knew kale could be so tasty.  This series sponsored in part by a grant from Target and utilizing recipes from the Sargent College Test Kitchen has been going strong for three years and was an outgrowth of a District Grant that Brookline Rotary received to support programs at the then Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline.  A strong partnership has resulted with the now Women Thriving group.  Everyone looks forward to next fall when we will resume the cooking classes.  Rotary also took advantage of the evening to acknowledge the outstanding year of our out going Rotaract President Ioana Moldavan and the 50th year of Rotaract.  Kudos would be incomplete without recognizing our stellar advisor to Rotaract and BU Professor, Karen Jacobs.
Ramesh Daswani, CEo of Light of Life Trust and Assistant Governor of Rotary District 3141 (Mumbai, India), visited Brookline Rotary April 18, 2019.  He shared ideas with the club.  Here he is shown exchanging flags with incoming President George Chapman and board member Joyce Graff.
Even though the thunderstorms canceled our food stand, several members helped staff comfort stations for the Marathon runners.  
On March 30th, Brookline Rotary hosted its 26th Annual Community Pancake Breakfast.  This event has become a Brookline tradition since it was first held in 1993.  We are grateful to our community sponsors for their support of Rotary's 2019 Pancake Breakfast:
Celebrity Sponsors: Brookline Bank, RTN Credit Union, Weinberg Financial Group, Elias’ Mobile/Cypress Automart, Tommy Vitolo.
Silver Sponsor: Goldfish Swim School, Goldstein & Herndon, LLP, Brookline Educator’s Union, American Legion Post 11, Brookline VFW Post 886. 
Bronze: Bell O’Dea Funeral Home, Wicked Cool for Kids, The Golden Chickpea Center, SG Scott C. Gladstone, Attorney at Law, Powerful Patient.
Hadley, Claudia, Joyce and Susan on Purple Pinkie DayOn Wednesday, 2/27/19 Brookline Rotary invited the Brookline Community to meet us at Hops N Scotch at 1306 Beacon St. for complimentary refreshments and to members of Brookline Rotary and learn what Rotary can do for and with them. Since 1938, leaders in the Brookline community have been serving the town through our grants and with our time and effort.  From providing scholarships and training for our youth to purchasing needed equipment for the Mental Health Center and the Food Pantry to enabling our seniors to gather and enjoy Brookline life, Rotarians have been in the forefront of solving local and international problems, such as clean water in our Sister City, Quezalguaque.  We welcome all: retirees, young professionals and new members of our community.  
“More than ever, our community must stand together against antisemitism, racism and all forms of hatred.” -- Brookline Community Foundation.  We could not have said it better.  Peace to all.
Healthy Cooking with Rotary'Tis the season and 'tis Rotary so that means Brookline Rotary is doing what we do best and helping out.  On Tuesday, 12/4/18, Brookline Rotary joined Boston University Rotaract club at their Healthy  cooking Class with Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline.  BU Rotaract has been meeting with Women and Girls for two years now as they cook healthy meals together every two/three months.  The group has bonded over menus that encourage healthy and simple recipes, stories of each other's lives and lots of laughter.
On Thursday, 12/13/18, the club will hold its annual Yankee Swap but this year with a twist.  Along with each grab gift, each member is being asked to contribute 2 dozen cookies for a thank you to some very special Brookline neighbors.  All members and families welcome.  For more information contact Marina Brodskaya, Service Chair.  Meeting is held at the VFW Post on Washington St.
Due to inclement weather, Purple Pinky Day will be rescheduled to a later date.  Stay tuned.  Meanwhile we ran a video presentation in the window of the Brookline Bank at Coolidge Corner all weekend!  Many thanks to the Brookline Bank.
    On Sunday, Sept 24th, BU Rotaract staffed the Boston Rotary club table at Brookline Day.  A wonderful event for families Brookline Rotary has been participating for years.  This year for the second time, the Rotaractors, many of whom are Occupational Therapy students, demonstrated the proper way to pack a back pack to avoid injury.  For many school children, heavy back packs have become a concern given the strain they put on growing bones.  The students were a big success with attendees at Brookline Day.  Well done Rotaract!  
Great meeting yesterday as members partnered with Steps to Success and Eastern Service Workers to pack school backpacks with needed school supplies.  Thanks to the generosity of our members 30 students will start school with pencils, pens, notebooks, and much more.  Our member and resident Occupational Therapist, Karen Jacobs, made sure all packs were packed in an manner to ensure student safety with the heaviest items along the back of the packs.  Occupational Therapy students and BU Rotaract will be with Brookline Rotary at Brookline Day at Lars Anderson Park on 9/23 to share these packing tips with all Brookline student and parents.  The club is scheduled to do four of these service projects during our meetings this coming year.  Non-members are welcome to join us.  Check the calendar for dates and projects.
On June 3, 2018, several members of Brookline Rotary attended the Annual Brookline High School Scholarship Breakfast.  This has become a wonderful Brookline tradition acknowledging our very impressive BHS graduates.  The class of 2018 was as outstanding as past graduates and Brookline Rotary is proud to join Scott Butchart (see story on page 2), his team at the High School, Brookline Community Foundation and the other scholarship donors in honoring these amazing young people.  Donors are seated with the recipients and Brookline Rotary had the pleasure of meeting Shahar Hartman, one of our recipients.  Shahar was heading off to Washington DC the following week to receive a Congressional Gold Medal Award in addition to his awards on the third.  Missing from the photo is Bo Winiker who raised the $100,000 to endow scholarships held by the Brookline Community Foundation.  Present are Claudia Dell'Anno, Club President, Shahar, Susan Rack, Literacy Chair.
Talk about inspiring...   Our speaker yesterday,  Janine Mosley showed us some truly amazing constructions she has made through origami.    
For the past 50 years, modular paper folding has been an increasingly important branch of origami, drawing on techniques often more associated with architecture and structural design. Where traditional origami works are folded from a single sheet, modulars are constructed from hundreds or thousands of folded units fitted together in complex geometric configurations. Dr.  Mosely, an MIT trained software engineer, has been one of the leading practitioners of this challenging artform. A favorite piece that she talked about was her famous Business Card Menger Sponge  (66,000 cards, 2005).  This was a project  she completed with the help of area school children


BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE  Please join us in our annual Back To School project. Once again, Brookline Rotary is hoping to collect donations to outfit 20 plus back packs to help area students start the new school year off right.  Many local families cannot afford the cost of back to school supplies.   Brookline Rotary is collecting donations to purchase supplies for these students.  Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender and race disparity in education, and increase literacy. The Back Pack program is one of several projects Brookline Rotary supports to ensure literacy for children and adults.  Checks can be made out to Brookline Rotary and sent to PO Box 136, Brookline MA 02446. Our hope is to purchase supplies by August 20th so that we can put together back packs at our August 23rd meeting.  Members can get donations to Susan Rack at or before the 8/16 meeting.