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

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

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"I AM BURLINGTON ROTARY" VIDEO

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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.

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FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE FIGHTS
March 27, 2015
Two boxers go at it at our annual fund raising event, "Friday Night At The Fights, held in the Elks hall in Billerica. Attendees enjoyed a catered meal and watched twelve three round boxing matches where male and female pugilists from Massachusetts and Connecticut competed.
Club members sold a variety of raffle tickets which helped raise money to support our club's many charitable activities.
 
Hot dogs, popcorn and cold drinks were available for the boxers and their families to purchase at reasonable prices. Shown above are club members Sue Stewart (l), Jeff Wisnia (r) and Jeff's wife Judith who staffed this food table located near where the boxers were congregated and warming up.
 
 
 

 
EASTER CANDY BAGS
March 6, 2015
 
At the conclusion of our meeting members spent time decorating and filling Easter candy bags which will be donated to the Burlington Food Pantry. Smiling members show off their work in the picture above. (Photo by Janet Sullivan)
 
 

 
NEW MEMBER INDUCTION
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.
 

 
PENNIES FOR POLIO
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!
 

 
BHS SELECT CHORUS ENTERTAINS US
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.
 

 
SOCKS FOR VETERANS
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 .
 

 
TURKEY DAY
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.
 

 
ANOTHER NEW MEMBER
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.
 

 
DICTIONARY DAYS
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.
 

 
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY
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).
 
 

 
DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S VISIT
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)
 

 
SPOOKTACULAR
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!
 

 
STATE REPRESENTATIVE KEN GORDON
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.
 

 
VISITING CLUB PRESIDENTS
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.
 

 
CONGRATULATORY SENDOFF
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.
 

 
CELEBRATE BURLINGTON DAY
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.
 

 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
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)
 

 
FOR EARLIER PHOTOS AND STORIES
Visit the annual Photo Albums
going as far back as 2003.
 
Links to them are on the upper
left side of this page.

 
 

 
 
 
 
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