Burlington SERVICE ABOVE SELF Our Club meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Lunch starts at noon at the
Hilton Garden Inn
5 Wheeler Road

Burlington, MA, 01803

Map To Our Meeting Location


Below you will find photos and descriptions of recent club events.

To see what we've done in previous years, CLICK HERE.

Check the CALENDAR for future events.





To view the video "I am Burlington Rotary", taken on April 4, 2013 at our club's annual Spring cleanup of the shrub beds at Burlingon's elderly housing facilities, click on the link below. Use your browser's "back button" to return to this page.



December 19, 2014
At this year's final lunch meeting Our club inducted another new member, Ryan Wolters, shown here surrounded by Club President Sarah Boulos and President Elect Cheryl Stanton. Ryan is the Branch Manager at the Reading Co-OperativeBank in Burlington.

Until January 23, 2015
At our next few meetings we will be passing around a change jar to collect loose change for our "Pennies for Polio" campaign, so bring in all you can.  This fundraising effort will go toward our club's contribution to the 2015 Polar Plunge campaign.  We have at least one member in our club who has signed up to plunge this year, Past President Ethan, and rumor has it we may have a couple more daring plungers!

December 12, 2014
At this meeting our club welcomed visitors from the Burlington Breakfast Rotary and the Bedford Rotary clubs. The Burlington High School Select Chorus under the leadership of Jonathan Grainger entertained us with a variety of holiday songs followed by a sing-along with the audience. Shown above are the chorus members and the presidents of the three clubs, Sarah Boulos-Burlington, Kevin Sullivan-Bedford  and Dianne Bedard-Burlington Breakfast.

December 1, 2014
At what has become an annual event the Burlington High School Rotary Interact Club, which our club sponsors,  presented  veterans from the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital with over 450 pairs of white athletic socks and also gave them a financial donation along with hand made holiday cards. Three veterans attended who spoke about their experiences at war.  One of them was 20 years old during the Vietnam war and had lost 3 limbs. The socks were all contributed by Rotarians and local residents and businesses.
The photo above shows some of the Interact students at their previous meeting, creating the holiday cards which were given with the socks .

November 22, 2014
A long standing annual event. Members of our club loading over a hundred frozen turkeys prior to taking them to the UCC Church in Burlington where People Helping People adds  groceries and deserts and gives them to needy families.  Rotarians also assist at the event, serving as pseudo clerks and bag boys.

November 7, 2014
New member Michelle Snyder, who works in Community Relations at Lahey Health was inducted at our meeting. She is pictured above surrounded by Past President Roger Bell and Club President Sarah Boulos. We are pleased to welcome Michelle as the newest member of our club. Roger Bell's necktie displays a matrix of the national flags of all the members of the United Nations. To learn more about Rotary's relation to the UN, CLICK HERE.

November 6, 2014
Third grade students at Burlington's Memorial School getting their first look at the dictionaries given to them by our club. They are all looking to see who can be first to find a word relating to Rotary's services to the community. Our club will be giving dictionaries to third graders in three other Burlington public schools in the next few days. Our club has been providing Dictionaries to every Public School third grade student since this event was begun by Past President Rick Karwan in 2004. Since his passing we have named this program the Rick Karwan Memorial Dictionary program.

November 1, 2014
This year our club held its first annual Halloween Party attended by members and guests of both of Burlington's Rotary clubs. A good time was held by all and events included plenty of dancing, a raffle of prizes from local restaurants and merchants and the drawing of winning tickets for our $10K raffle. Some of the costumed club members are pictured above.
Six members of the Swanfeldt family portraying members of the cast of Gilligan's Island.
(The "Professor" wasn't here, he got lost trying to find his way to the party.)
Past President Lynne Kelly doing her Dracula thing - with Paula.  Scaree!
Jeff Wisnia in his nuclear power plant outfit with his wife Judith (aka M. Monroe).

October 31, 2014
Rotary District Governor Peter Simonson joined us at our lunch meeting and apprised us of his plans and hopes for the coming Rotary year. Chief among these was an enhanced effort to increase membership in the District's clubs through invitations to attend meetings and increased corporate memberships. Shown above (l-r) are Assistant District Governor Peter Majane, who attends most of our meetings and events, Club President Sarah Boulos, Club President Elect Cheryl Stanton, District Governor Simonson and District Governor Elect David Manzi. (Photo by Andy Weiner)
Another event at this day's meeting was the presentation of an award to long time club member Al Fay (r). The award was provided by Special Olympics in appreciation of Fay's decorating  his antique fire truck with a Special Olympics banner and displaying it at our Club sponsored Special Olympics softball tournament this year. Club President Sarah Boulos and ADG Peter Majane delivered this presentation. (Photo by Lisa Healey)

October 25, 2014
The annual Halloween Spooktacular attracted over 1000 children and adults. The weather cooperated beautifully so that this year's event, largely created and staffed by students from the Burlington High School Interact Club, came off without a hitch. The photos speak for themselves.
One happy fellow
Past President Lynne Kelly played a scary Dracula this year
Local merchants joined in the fun!

September 26, 2013
This meeting's speaker was Massachusetts House Representative for the 21st district, Ken Gordon.  His district includes Burlington, Bedford and a portion of Wilmington. Representative Gordon informed us about various pieces of legislation he has been working on since his joining the fray, including fairer unemployment insurance premiums for small businesses and arranging state financial assistance for Bedford's school system, whose High School enrollment includes students from Hanscom Air Force base.

September 12, 2014
Visiting Presidents
Presidents from two nearby Rotary Clubs visited us at our luncheon meeting and told us about the activities and projects their clubs are currently involved with and their plans for the future. Pictured above are (l-r) Amy Palmerino, President of the Stoneham Rotary Club, our club's President Sarah Boulos, and Paul Gleason, President of the Winchester Club. Sarah Boulos is holding two books to be signed by the visiting Presidents and then placed in the World Peace and Understanding Bookcase at the Burlington High School Library. That bookcase was given to the High School by our club in 2008 and we have been placing books signed by our meeting speakers in it since then.

August 15, 2014
Longtime member Carrie Corliss is taking a leave of absence from her Rotary membership.  In appreciation of her many efforts at club events she was honored with a celebration at our lunch meeting which included a flower presentation, a champagne toast by all and a lovely and delicious "Farewell Cake".  Pictured above (l-r) are last year's Club President Ethan Solomon, Carrie Corliss and current Club President Sarah Bolous.

August 2, 2014
The Club's annual presentation at our town's "Celebrate Burlington" event is a "Cash Booth" which children get inside and try and catch as much paper money as possible blowing in a whirlwind around them. This is always a popular attraction, with a line of children waiting to take their turns.  Prizes and candy treats are given to the children when their turn in the booth is finished.
A few of the many Rotarians who ran the Cash Booth throughout the day are shown above.  From left to right are three members of the Burlington High School Rotary Interact Club and Rotary Club members Christine McCarthy, Jeff Wisnia and Frank Vozella, at the candy and prize table.

July 26, 2014
Our club hosted seven other Massachusetts Special Olympics Baseball teams at the Burlington Recreational Center fields. Shown above are members of the Burlington Pride team and club member Al Fay's fire engine which he decorated with a Rotary inspired banner.
(Photo courtesy Rick Karlen Photography)
Our club provided and grilled plenty of hamburgers, drinks and other treats to all the players.
(Photo by Donna Marciano)

July 25, 2014
Flag Donation
Club member Bob Hogan (left) presents a new US flag to Burlington resident Arthur MacDonald who will deliver it and its accompanying flagpole to Gina Johnson of Woburn.  Gina Johnson is a talented portrait artist and an amazing woman who has dedicated many years to creating faithful pencil sketches of the faces of Massachusetts military members who have given their lives for our country.  MacDonald's son Lance Cpl. Gregory MacDonald was one of the many brave souls lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Arthur was given a beautiful drawing of his son by Gina Johnson.  For more portraits of our country's fallen military members visit Gina Johnson's website: CLICK HERE. Use your Browser's back button to return to this page.

In the photo above Gina Johnson (center) is standing with two mothers of fallen Massachusetts military men, in front of a wall displaying a small portion of the many faces she has drawn. To see a video featuring Gina Johnson with more and closer views of those marvelous portraits CLICK HERE. Use your browser's back button to return to this page.

June 20 & 27, 2014
Our club held its annual inauguration dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Burlington. Pictured above are
the 2013-14 club President Ethan Solomon holding a ceremonial gavel presented to him by Sarah Boulos,
who was inaugurated earlier at the meeting to be as the incoming president for the 2014-15 Rotary year.
Christine McCarthy received the Rotarian Of The Year award at the following lunch meeting.
Cheryl Stanton (left) received her Paul Harris award from outgoing president
Ethan Solomon at the meeting, shown above with PDG Liz Callen joining them.

June 14, 2014
This Saturday evening fund raising event was held at the newly restored Grandview Farms in Burlington.
Samplings of dozens of wines were available for attendees to enjoy, along with many delicious snacks
generously donated by  local eateries, some of which are pictured below with their donor's employees.

June 13, 2014
At our June 13th meeting the eight Burlington High School seniors show above each received a college scholarship from our club .  Family members of the students also attended the meeting, as did student members of the Burlington High School Interact Club.
Club President Ethan Solomon Inducted Nikhil Thakkar,  the incoming  president of the Interact Club for the next school year.
The Interact Club showed us the stone marker they purchased to be placed next to the tree they planted in June 2012
alongside the Rotary fountain on the Burlington common .
The final event at this meeting was the presentation of our club's contribution supporting this year's Town of Burlington's Fourth of July parade.

June 2, 2014
This year's Burlington Rotary Club Golf Tournament at Sky Meadows Country Club in Nashua, New Hampshire was another resounding fund raising success, thanks to event chair Andy Weiner and the many club members who helped before and during the tournament.  Andy is pictured on the far right in this photo.
Banners acknowledging tournament sponsors were displayed on the club building.

May 2014
Burlingon Rotarians and family members joined with members of the Ellicott City Maryland Rotary Club for a week of visiting and lending their hands at the El Hogar ("The Home")  schools in Hondouras,
The El Hogar organization is based in Winchester, Massachusetts. Its stated purpose is to transform and empower abandoned and hopelessly poor children in Honduras by providing a loving home and education through high school.  Pictured above are the members of the team along with two students from the elementary school in Tegucigalpa.
Our club's President Ethan Solomon with two young ladies at the elementary school.
Nancy Hogan, wife of club member Bob Hogan with two new friends. All three look very happy.
Long standing club member Paul "Chief" Thibault with one of the boys. This youngster wanted to have a career as a fireman like Thibault when he graduates from high school.
Members of the team built this playground structure at the elementary school during their visit.
To learn more about El Hogar visit their website www.elhogar.org

May 9, 2014
Our Club held a joint lunch meeting with the Burlington High School Interact Club at the High School. The Interact Club members gave a striking presentation about the many events they had organized and held throughout this school year, and the charitable things they did with funds raised at many of those activities. Shown above are the officers of the Interact Club with Burlington Rotary Club President Ethan Solomon (right).  (Photo by Janet Sullivan)

May 3, 2014
We did it again this year, cleared out and mulched all the shrub beds at the Burlington Senior Citizens Housing facility. The weather cooperated and a dozen Burlington Rotarians plus a couple of local volunteers got the job finished in under three hours.

The Sweeping President
President Ethan sweeps up the last bits of mulch.

May 2, 2014
At today's meeting our newest member Brian Kelly was inducted into the Burlington Rotary Club. Shown above are (l-r)  Club President Ethan Soloman, Inductee Kelly, his sponsor Jorge Andrade and Membership Chairman Roger Bell.
Also at this meeting Club President Soloman presented Marilyn Belmonte with a Community Service Award for her many years as the leader of the Burlington Drug and Alcohol Prevention Task Force.

March 21, 2014
This year's fund raising event was a resounding success.
Pictured above is one of the two lovely "ring girls"
announcing the start of the first boxing bout.
Two young boxers go at it.
Club member John Tuccinardi announced the event for
Burlington Cable Access TV.
Contributing sponsors' businesses were promoted with
signs displayed by the ring girls between rounds.

February 28, 2014
Returning Burlington Rotary Club member Brad Bond was reinducted at today's meeting.  Bond  is standing center surrounded by Membership Chairman Roger Bell (l) and Club President Ethan Soloman (r).

February 9, 2014
The "kitchen crew" preparing the turkey dinners for the over 160 seniors at this year's annual event.  Pictured (l-r) are Christian Daoust, Paul Swanfeldt, Bob Hogan, Roger Bell, Club President Ethan Solomon and "Chief" Paul Thibault.
Roger Bell's mother was a guest at the event, and enjoys a dance with her son.
Shown here are a goodly portion of the guests who enjoyed the dinner and dancing.
Their smiles tell how much they are enjoying this event.

February 1, 2014
This year's District Polar Plunge was held at the beach at Glouster where 200 Rotarians cooled their heels in the seawater to help support Rotary's Polio Plus effort to eradicate polio from the world forever. Pictured above are Past Club President Lynne Kelly (r) and Assistant District Governor Peter Majane (l), surrounding a beautiful lady wearing sunglasses.

January & February 2014
This attractive display in the lobby of the Burlington Public Library was created by club member Carrie Corliss and gives visitors a look at a sampling of the many activities our club engages in throughout the year.
January 13, 2014
The Rotary Club of Burlington's High School Interact Club collected white tube socks for the Veterans at the Bedford V.A. hospital during the month of December.  At the their meeting on January 13th the students presented representatives of the DAV with over 500 pairs of white tube socks.  Pictured left to right from the DAV - longtime friend of the Interact Club Andrew Giordano, George Garland and Dominic Marcellino along with 50 of the Interact Students 

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