Kiwanis Club of Somerville Newsletter for the week of May 9, 2013 In attendance: DPP Ellen; PP David Blumsack; DPP Pauline D’Aurora; Elaine McMichael; President Isaac Machado; PP Sal Bertolami; PP John Firenze; DPP Charlie Ball; Paul Bain; Andrew LaFuente; Guest Speaker Donald L Brown The start of this meeting seemed unusual since it had no singing of God Bless America, no pledge of allegiance, and no invocation. It also seemed to start late, around 12:22 when I arrived and was asked to do the minutes. Also arriving late was Andrew LaFuente, a promising member of the Somerville business community, a recent graduate of Bentley College, and an up and coming Kiwanian. Unfortunately, he also had to leave early and was not a great note taker for this newsletter, which President Isaac assigned to him. Somehow before the meeting started, President Isaac passed around a letter and a check from the Kiwanis Club of Washington DC. They donated $1000 to the club in honor of the Marathon bombing victims and asked us to use in appropriately. They also included a card signed by all their members. This is an exceptional act of Kiwanian goodness and spirit. Birthdays: President Isaac remembered PP David Blumsack on 5/9 and DPP Ellen O’Brien on 5/11. There could probably be others that he missed. Happy Dollars: PP Sal gave $4 for some of his grandkids who are headed to Clemson University on tennis scholarships. Another graduated Cum Laude from UMass Amherst, it seems. Elaine McMichael gave $1 because she was happy that some Kiwanians came to her Art Opening and bought some of her art. President Isaac was happy that PP David Blumsack is actually a better artist than he expected. DPP Charlie was happy that his son Jimmy Ball hit his first “inside the infield” home run in little league. Scratch ticket winners: DPP Pauline and Elaine Aces Wild winner: Guest speaker Don Brown who picked 6 of spades. The jackpot increases again to $200 still. Guest speaker Author Donald L Brown told an exceptional story today. He is the author of a best selling book, “The Morphine Dream”. Don was a high school dropout from Westwood, MA. He joined the marines and was working in a factory when, at the age of 36, he was injured and required knee surgery. The surgery was not successful, and he was given a heavy dose of morphine several times to help ease the pain. It did, but it also made him pretty loopy. He woke up and wrote down that in 5 years he planned to be studying at Harvard Law School and in 10 years he planned to walk across the country. Amazingly, both came true. He went back to school-community college to start, then Amherst College, then Harvard Law, where he became the first graduate to have never graduated from high school. He has now walked across the country three times. He lives in Revere, spends time in Somerville and on Indian Reservations, and is a proponent reading and of Dragon Speak, the software that allows one to speak into their computer and avoid typing. Meeting was adjourned at 1:13 pm.