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We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
HILTON GARDEN INN
5 WHEELER ROAD
BURLINGTON, MA  01803
United States
 
   
 
 

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

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Check the CALENDAR for future events.                                                     


"I AM BURLINGTON ROTARY" VIDEOMULCHING

 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 Burlington's elderly housing facilities, click on the link below . Use your browser's "back button" to return .
 
DICTIONARY DAYS
October 16, 2018
At the start of school each year our club gives a free dictionary to every third grader in the Burlington public school
system. Our club has been doing this for over twelve years now and these gifts are appreciated by the students      
and their teachers. Pictured above is club President Beverlee Vidoli asking students to look up words in their new 
dictionaries and read the definitions out loud.                                                      (Photo by Lori Becker)                                  
REPORTER AND MYSTERY WRITER VISITS US
October 12, 2018
Our speaker at this evening's meeting was Hank Phillippi Ryan, an investigative reporter for Boston TV channel
 and a writer of many award winning mystery novels. She described her career of 40 years in the television             
industry and described her latest thriller, "Trust Me" to us.                    (Photo by Don Bernstein)                            
NEWS REPORTER VISITS US
October 5, 2018
The speaker at this day's meeting was John Cuoco, reporter for WHDH news who told us about the devlopment    
of his career in news reporting. Shown above with club President Beverlee Vidoli. (Photo by Lauri Becker)              
BOSTON BRUINS SPORTSCASTER SPEAKS TO US
September 28, 2018
This meeting's speaker was Billy Jaffe who is currently a radio and TV broadcaster for the Boston Bruins hockey
team. He has been broadcasting hockey for well over 30 years on radio and television in many locations through-
out the USA. The stories he told us about his adventures in the industry kept us entertained for longer than most 
    visiting speakers because of his professional composure and delivery. He is standing on the right in the photo         
   above, with Club President Elect Roger Bell.                                        (Photo by Don Bernstein)                                             
VISITING ROTARIAN FROM UGANDA
September 21, 2018
    Visiting Rotarian Cynthia Mateega Baitwa a member of the Isampala Uganda Rotary club attended our meeting        
and is shown here receiving our club's banner from President Beverlee Vidoli              (Photo by Don Bernstein)    
                               
TV ANCHOR SPEAKS TO US
September 21, 2018
At this meeting our members and a drove of guests were entertained by the tales told us by Maria Stephanos,      
 news anchor at Boston's channel WCVB TV. She described her ascent from a radio news broadcaster to her       
current role on a major Boston TV news channel.  Maria  is shown above (left) along with our Rotary club's            
    President Beverlee Vidoli.                                                                (Photo by Don Bernstein)                                                        
A WEATHERMAN SPEAKS TO US
September 14, 2018
Our guest speaker today was Peter Bouchard a meteorologist who reports the weather on TV channel NBC10 in  
Boston. He gave us an insight into his difficult job and some of the strategies he uses to try and give his viewers  
as accurate forcasts as possible, given the vagaries of the weather. He is pictured above with our club President
Beverlee Vidoli.                                                                                                                               (Photo by Janet Sullivan)        
DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS US
September 7, 2018
Today's meeting featured Rotary District Governor Bob Wood who told us about his plans for the coming year and      
also solicited our feelings about why we are proud to be Rotarians and the things we most like doing for our organ-  
ization. The District Governor is in the center of the photo above surrounded by our Club President Beverlee Vidolee 
and AssistantDistrict Governor Peter Majane.                                                   (Photo by Lori Becker)                                       
 
GOLF TOURNAMENT
August 27, 2018
This year's Burlington Rotary golf tournament was held at Sky Meadows Country Club in Nashua New Hampshire.  
Over 90 golfers participated in this event on a beautiful sunny day. Our annual golf tournament is a significant fund
raiser for our club. Club member Andy Weiner aided by member Lori Becker spearheaded this year's tournament.
(Photo by Don Bernstein)
GUEST FROM ITALY
August 24, 2018
At this meeting we were pleased to welcome Alessandra Lang from Livorno, Italy who is a friend of club member
Bob Hogan's wife.  Pictured above (l-r) are Past President John Tuccinardi, Alessandra Lang and Club President 
Beverlee Vidoli.  Our visitor has past interactions with Rotary and her grandfather was President of International 
Rotary  over 50 years ago. She is holding a club flag being presented to her as a momento of her visit with us.      
      (Photo by Lori Becker)    
SPECIAL OLYMPICS SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
July 20, 2018
The weather was beautiful for this year's Special Olympics softball tournament. The tournament was started by our
Club over 10 years ago and became an annual event hosted in Burlington by the Burlington Recreation Department. 
Eight teams participated in this year's event, two from our club's Special Olympics program and six sponsored by  
other communities' Rotary Clubs. This annual event  now brings over a hundred players, coaches, family  members
and spectators to our town to enjoy the game and the food and drinks provided free to them by our club.                                                                                                                                                            
Two of our club members maning the grill where delicious burgers and franks were barbequing  for the dining         
pleasure of the Special Olympians, their families visitors, and of course our own Club's members.                               
 
Three more of our club's members preparing the snack food and soft drinks to feed the hungry crowd.          
INSTALLATION DINNER MEETING
June 22, 2018
At this dinner meting enjoyed by club members and guests the next Rotary year's officers and board members were
sworn in. The photo above shows outgoing president John Tuccinari passing the gavel to his successor, our new       
president Beverlee Vidoli. They are surrounded by the newly elected board members.         (Photo by Don Bernstein)  
JIMMY TIGGES SPEAKS TO US
June 15, 2018
Past President Jimmy Tigges (right) now a detective with the Burlington Police Department, has rejoined our club   
after a temporary absence and spoke to us describing the changes which have evolved in criminal activities since  
the advent and subsequent growth of the internet.  Hands on crimes like bank robberies and holdups have declined
and internet scams have increased  in number and continue to do so even more every day.   (Photo by Lori Becker)  
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
May 8, 2018
At this meeting we invited our club's high school scholarship and grant recipients and family members to join us for 
lunch and announce where they were heading to colleges or employment. The photo above shows the sixteen young
people we honored this day with club President John Tuccinardi at the far right.   (Photo by Don Bernstein)                    
PICNIC IN THE PARK
May 23, 2018
We held our weekly meeting outdoors at the Rotary Fountain on the Burlington Common. The picnic meal featured
delicious lobster rolls. Shown above are the more than twenty club members who attended this meeting behind    
the not yet turned on fountain nozzle. Our club donated the fountain to the town in 2008.       (Photo by Lori Becker) 
OUR TOWN MANAGER VISITS US
May 18, 2018
At this meeting we were pleased to receive our annual visit from John Petrin, the Town Manager of Burlington who
told us that our town was doing better financially than any other community in our state and followed up by telling 
us plans for the near future which included an improved source for our town's water supply and the construction
of a new location for the Department of Public Works and an additional fire station due to take place next year.      
Our club president John Tuccinardi is on the left in this photo by club member Don Bernstein.                                       
PAULA CAREY SPEAKS TO US
May 4, 2018
The speaker at today's meeting was Paula Carey, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Trial Courts, who stunned many
of us with her descriptions of the complexity of the Massachusetts court system and the number of different courts  
needed to adjudicate different types of law cases.         (Photo by don bernstein photos.)                                                       
THIS YEAR'S FIGHT NIGHT
April 6, 2018
This year's Fight Night held at the Elks Lodge in Billerica brought many fighters to the arena. Attendees enjoyed a full
dinner and got to watch many rounds of boxing by trained amateurs. (Photo by don bernstein photos)                            
BOB WARD ENTERTAINS US
March 28, 2018
The speaker at our dinner meeting was Bob Ward, an investigative reporter with Fox 25 TV.  He is shown above with
our Club President John Tuccinardi. Bob entertained us with stories about unsolved crimes he has investigated,      
some of them more than 25 years old. His presentation was well received by club members and many guests who  
peppered him with questions far longer than most speakers are.  (Photo by don bernstein photos.)                               
BURLINGTON'S NEW FIRE STATION
March 16, 2018
The speaker at this meeting was Burlington's Assistant Fire Chief Mike Patterson who told us about the need for       
a new fire station to serve the growing and expanding population of our town. He is shown here with Club President 
John Tuccinardi displaying a drawing of the new three bay Fire Station No.2 presently under construction.                    
(Photo by Lori Becker)
DAN RAE SPEAKS AT OUR MEETING
March 9, 2018
Our speaker at this meeting was Dan Rae, host of the popular NightSide program on WBZ radio weekday evenings
from 8 PM to midnight. He entertained us with stories of his career in television prior to his taking over the Night-     
Side program. He is shown above accepting our club's donation  to the Shadow Fund, a nonprofit  organization          
that provides financial assistance for medical services to pets whose owners can not afford to do so themselves  
   Club President John Tuccinardi is shown above presenting this check to Dan Rae.  (Photo by Lori Becker)                    
BOWLING NIGHT
March 4, 2018
Burlington Rotary Club members and their families and friends enjoyed an evening dinner and bowling at King's     
    Burlington. This evening's activities were enjoyed by all and will likely become an annual event. (Photo: Lori Becker)
OUR NEWEST MEMBER
February 16, 2018
At today's meeting we inducted Bill Petryszyn who moved to our area recently and had been a Rotarian prior to        
     coming here.  Pictured above (l-r) are Club President John Tuccinardi, Bill Petryszyn and Roger Bell, Membership         
Chairman.  At the end of the formal induction ceremony our new member gave us an interesting biography of his     
life and career. He is presently employed by the YMCA in Woburn, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Lori Becker)                 
HOSTED MEETING
February 9, 2018
Today's meeting was conducted by Past President Beverlee Vidoli. She is shown here exchanging flags with Mark
Spencer, a visiting Rotarian from the Andover, Massachusetts Rotary Club.                                                                         
This meeting's speaker was Bernie Moreno, owner of the Mercedes Benz dealership in Burlington and numerous     
other auto dealerships elsewhere in the United States. He gave us an inspiring rundown on how he created his deal-
erships and several other types of businesses over his career years.   (Photos by don bernstein photos)                      
SOCKS FOR VETERANS
February 1, 2018
   
The Burlington Rotary Interact club at Burlington High school held its annual white sock drive for United States military veterans. Through their efforts over the previous several months over 1500 pairs of white athletic socks were con-    
tributed by Burlington Residents and Rotarians this year. The Flatbread pizza restaurant in Bedford where we were     
donated a significant percentage of all money spent on pizzas this evening to the Interact Club and the Club gave the  
check for $300 shown above. The persons in the photo above are (l-r) Rita Orchanian, Interact Club President, Todd     Bettinson, a member of our Club who is advisor to Interact, Dom Marcellino, a veteran who is President of the Disa-   
bled and Limbless Veterans organization and Andy Giadano from the Disabled Veterans Organization servicing vets   
in our area.                                                                                                                                                                                                    
(Photo by don bernstein photos)          
                   
NEW MEMBER INDUCTION
January 12, 2018
   The highlight of today's meeting was the induction of our newest  member Lori Becker. Lori grew up in Andover, MA
    and holds a Master’s degree from Boston University’s Entrepreneurial Management Institute along with several       
    CrossFit certifications and has prior experience owning, managing and coaching in the CrossFit community. 
    In addition to CFE, a fitness center in Burlington, Lori started, and is CEO, of a successful educational publishing         
    services company which celebrated its 12th year in business in 2014. Pictured above (l-r) are Lori's sponsor Orla 
    Baker, Club President John Tuccinardi, New Member Manager Roger Bell, New Member Lori Becker, and Shannon   
    Weisse, one of Lori's staff at the Burlington CFE Fitness Center.

  (Photo by don bernstein photos)        

KEN GORDON VISITS US
January 5th 2018
Today's meeting featured Massachusetts State Representative Ken Gordon (r) shown here with our Club President
John Tuccinardi.  Representative Gordon spoke to us about what has happened in Burlington in the last few years  
and what Massachusetts government hopes to accomplish in our area during the next several years.                        
(Photo by don bernstein photos)
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.