Here is a summary of 7/25/19 yesterday’s meeting:


  •          The summer season is in full swing. Although members have been vacationing and taking care of person matters over the past few weeks (and I am sure for a few weeks to come), we still manage to have a good showing at our meetings.

  •          Speaking of the summer season, it seems to be the primary reason our Strategic Planning Committee meetings have been difficult to schedule. But, rest assured, many of the ideas we have discussed have been implemented into our club already. Because of these implementations, we will be installing three new members in the near future. As well, invitations are being sent out to local children’s charity organizations to invite them to visit our club so we can determine if we should be making donations to them. We hope to get our meetings back on schedule in the near future.

  •          President John reminded us again of our Annual Jim Plunkett event which will be on October 4th at the Victory Grill in Dedham. Flyers are available for anyone who has window space and tickets can be purchased on our web site. Physical tickets are now available and you can pick some up at our meetings. Yours truly will have some available at the McNeil Insurance Agency as well! All we have to do is sell tickets, so sell, sell, sell!!

  •          Keep in mind that starting in September, we will be having one evening meeting per month (along with our usual luncheon meetings at the YMCA on the other Thursdays). On 9/12/19, we will be meeting at Brannelly’s Pub on Washington Street in Roslindale starting at 5:30pm. Again, our goal is to try to attract new members who are not able to join us during our lunch meetings.

  •          Our next guest speakers are scheduled to join us on Thursday August 8th. Our guests will be Melissa Maharaj and Aisha Raji from “Dream Program”. They are involved in the Boston chapter which offers mentoring, summer enrichment, as well as teen/college prep for kids in the City of Boston. Feel free to visit their website,

  •          Due to popular demand, we will be having another Trivia Night!! President John will be contacting Brannelly’s Pub to see if we can schedule the event on the same day as our evening meeting on September 12th. We will be having our meeting at 5:30pm, have a short break, then jump into the trivia night. We are looking for someone to donate the funds ($100) for a lottery scratch ticket raffle as well. Speak with John if you can help out. Stay tuned for confirmation.

  •          The Chef’s Table Foundation still has Tickets Available for their Lottery Scratch Ticket Board Raffle. Contact Joe Murphy if you are interested at 617-645-9043 or

  •          Our member’s voted to again donate $500 to the Sacred Heart Golf Tournament scheduled for September 13th. Proceeds will go to the Sacred Heart School.

  •          Our member’s also voted to again  donate $500 to the YMCA for their upcoming September Golf Tournament.

  •          We are still waiting to confirm a date with Mike Lincoln for our annual cookout at the Deutsches Altenheim. Stay tuned.

  •          Dave Peterson gave us an update on the bicycle helmets from the KPTI (Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute) to the Parkway Bike Club. Confirmation has been received that the helmets have been delivered to the club. Through the Parkway YMCA, we will be assisting, along with the KPTI, to organize a bike rodeo at the Y in September. We look forward to getting more updates on that event. We will need some members to help out!

  •          As many of us know, For the past few years, President John has organized canning efforts for the Roslindale Food Pantry and Rose’s Bounty during the holiday months. He is looking to have canning take place at a couple locations in Roslindale this year. He will need volunteers for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the canning campaign. More to come on this as well.

  •          Keep in mind that our Annual Charity Auction, the largest event of our Kiwanis year, is scheduled for Friday November 8th at the Elks Club. Put this date on your calendar. We will need all hands on deck for this event. Committees have been formed and a meeting will be scheduled soon to start organizing. Contact Donna Arthur if you would like to help out with the Decorating Committee, Warren Frank for the Food Committee, Bob McNeil for the Auction Items Committee and Sean Brennan for the Publicity Committee. I remind you that you can start soliciting items for the auction and start selling ads. I have e-mailed some forms to our members to assist you in our efforts. Copies are in our Kiwanis Podium at the Y as well. Feel free to bring items to our meetings or drop them off at McNeil Ins on Washington Street. After items are added to our master list, they will be stored at Henningan Ins on Centre Street. We will need plenty of gift certificates ($25 value and above) for the auction again this year, which will have a Hawaiian Theme.

  •          Ken had to leave the meeting early, but he did leave us with the word of the day and a bonus question of the day. The Ken Cunningham Word of the Day was “Esurient” which means to be hungry or greedy. Our bonus question of the day was, What is the only continent that is in all of the hemispheres? The answer was, Africa.

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I believe that is all for now.


Robert B. McNeil

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