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Phyllis Mencken
Oct 17, 2019
Family Nurturing Center
Pam Anastasi, Our District Governor
Oct 24, 2019 12:00 PM
Rotary Connects the World
Pancake Breakfast 2019 Event Sponsors


Karen Jacobs, BU Professor and Rotaract Advisor, and Susan Rack, District Rotaract Liaison,  joined Haley Cerretani, BU Rotaract President, for her first meeting of the year at Sergent College on October 18, 2019.  There was a large turn-out for this first meeting and an ambitious calendar was announced by the Executive Committee beginning with this coming Sunday's Brookline Day.  Both Rotaractors and BU Occupational Therapy student will be at the annual event to demonstrate proper back pack packing to families as a community service.  Way to go Rotaractors and we wish Haley and her Executive team a great year.
For the 8th year, Brookline Rotary participated in the annual Brookline Day festivities at Lars Anderson Park on September 22, 2019.  Each year this event draws families from all over Brookline to enjoy a day of fun, music and games and to introduce them to businesses and organizations that support our community.  The weather was beautiful, and BU Rotaract staffed the Brookline Rotary table.  They were providing the important service of showing families the proper way to pack back packs to avoid injury to young, developing bodies.
Once more Brookline Rotary joined the Brookline High School Sophomore parents as we welcomed the class of 2022 to BHS.  Neither weather nor construction could hold back the enthusiasm of parents, staff, faculty, students and Rotarians.  All 900 participants were fed in one chaotic, lively seating!
2019 was a stellar year for our Back Pack program.  Brookline Rotary was able to fill 40 backpacks for low income families thanks to the generosity of our members!  Eastern Service Workers and Steps to Success were our two community partners and beneficiaries.  35 of the backpacks were filled with supplies for high school students and 5 were filled with art supplies for younger students.  Feeling filled with a sense of accomplishment and pizza, everyone went home satisfied at a job well done.  Thanks to all our donors and our volunteers!
For the 6th year in a row, Brookline Rotary has applied to and been awarded a Rotary District 7910 Grant to partner with another non-profit in Brookline to fill a local need.  This year, Rotary is working with Brookline Thrives, a project of the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry, to provide week-end meals to low income students in the Brookline schools.  As part of the grant, Rotary is providing funding for additional materials and supplies needed to expand this new program to additional primary schools in Brookline; volunteers to fill and distribute the packs; and assist in a search for a new vehicle to transport the finished backpacks. To sign up as a volunteer, click here​​​​​​
Not to rush it, but fall is here!    
Reminder that Rotary members can either pledge a cash donation or bring a contribution for our annual school back pack drive by contacting Susan Rack or Marina Brodskaya.  Those able to join us to compose the back packs will be meeting at the VFW Post on Washington St. at 6:00PM on August 29th.  This meeting will take the place of our usual noon meeting that day.  Pizza will be served so please sign up at  Items to be included:
25 3-ring binders
25 pocket folders
75 pens
100 pencils
25 erasers
10 crayons (for younger kids)
10 markers (for teens)
25 packs of tissues
25 glue sticks
25 paper clips sets
25 packs of lined 3 ring notebook paper
25 rulers
25 post it packs
25 pencil sharpners
25 packs of index cards
25 eraser tips
25 notebook dividers
25 calculators (inexpensive)
Four Brookline teens joined 200 other rising sophomores from 50 Rotary clubs in District 7910 in a three day week-end to develop leadership skills.  The week-end involved small and large interactive groups designed with the help of previous RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) recipients to teach team work, decision making, service ideals, and other skills.  The four teens are chosen each year with the help of Brookline High School Guidance staff.  Teens selected to represent Brookline are seen as demonstrating some leadership potential but are not currently leaders.  This year's Brookline award winners included Darly Boit, Candace Gardner, Miles Hart, and Tyson Klaus.  Joining Brookline Rotarian Susan Rack and the 2019 team at graduation ceremonies is Richard Desir, Brookline 2017 RYLA recipient and a 2019 Student Program Co-ordinator.
Brookline Rotary is working on their first service project of the year:  School supplies for low income children. For many children in the Brookline area, the inability to start the school year without the basic school supplies, places these student from the beginning behind their more advantaged classmates.   As we did last year, the service committee will be collecting school supplies and/or donations for school supplies starting 7/18/19.  Those who wish to contribute may bring either specific items or cash donation to any meeting between now and August 16th.  Items that are needed include pencils, pens, notepaper and notebooks, highlighters, crayons, staplers, etc.  The plan will be to pack the back packs at a special meeting at 6:00PM on 8/29/19 at the VFW Post on Washington St.  This meeting will be in lieu of our regular noon meeting.  If you are unable to attend one of the meetings before then and would like to pledge a donation, please contact Susan Rack.  RSVP for the 29th to either Susan or Marina as we will have pizza for those attending and need a head count.
Our collaboration with Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) on this year's district grant ended with a wonderful graduation ceremony honoring the dedicated students of the BHA literacy program.  Students and teachers helped identify class needs.    Over the course of the year we were able to provide student books, teachers guides,  white boards, and 6 new chrome books to enhance the learning experience for students.  In the photo is the thank you from the students along with Litty Medalia, Instructor, and Danielle Mendola, Program Co-ordinator for BHA.  Graduation was a family affair and included amazing videos done by the students.
For the last five years, Brookline Rotary has collaborated with other local, non-profits to serve the needs of different communities here in Brookline.  These projects have included sponsoring rookie members of the New England BEEP Baseball team, a freezer for the Brookline Food Pantry, multiple projects with Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline, and equipment for the Maker Space at Brookline Teen Center.  Each project involved members of Brookline Rotary collaborating with staff and beneficiaries of the partnering organizations.  Five years of grants to Brookline totaling $15,000 and over 400 volunteer hours.
On May 29th, Brookline Rotary enjoyed the honor and pleasure of attending the Annual Scholarship Awards Program at Brookline High School (BHS).  The Winniker/ Rotary fund was one of three sponsors raising and donating over $100,000 to Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) towards these scholarships.  This year 27 seniors benefitted from the funds raised by Brookline Community Foundation.  BHS does a wonderful job recognizing their donors and connecting them to the students awarded their scholarships.  Well done Brookline Rotary, Brookline Community Foundation and all those donors who recognize that our future is in the hands of our graduates and the value of education.  Congratulations Class of 2019!  See photos below courtesy of our partner Brookline Community Foundation and Leise Jones Photography.
Brookline Rotary and Charles River Rotary visited the New England Center and Home for Veterans and served dinner on May 31st.  The center provides a full complement of services including housing for about 250 veterans each night and they serve three meals a day/ seven days a week.  The local "drill sergeant" walked us through the details of the dining room and everyone was served without any major disasters.  
  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.
President 2020-2021 (PE)
Immediate Past President
Fundraising Chair
Executive Secretary
Sergeant at Arms
Rotaract Advisor
Speaker Chair
Bulletin Editor
Website Administrator
Social Media
RYLA Chair
Projects Chair
Water Chair
Literacy Chair
Scholarship Chair
Sargeant of Arms
Club Advisor
Assistant Treasurer
Recording Secretary
Foundation - Polio Coordinator
Ambassador of Good Will
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