Posted by Jim Shaw on Jan 29, 2018

Polar Plunge is This Saturday!

February 3, 2018 * 10:15am Arrival -11:00am Plunge * Long Beach - Gloucester

Catch a ride with PP Dan B from C&W Transport, 240 Bedford St, Lexington, MA 02420 (I can carry 6)

Departing at 9:00 AM SHARP!

The Rotary Club of Lexington met on Monday, January 29, 2018 at the Lexington Golf Club. 
The luncheon buffet included grilled steak tips, grilled BBQ chicken, vegetables and salad. and tiramisu.
The meeting was called to order by president Lori promptly at 12:30 PM.  There were 18 Lexington Rotarians in attendance, and one visiting Rotarian from the Burlington Club. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by PP Spencer Betts, one verse of America was led by PP Dan Olsen, the invocation was delivered by PDG Jack Maloney, and the welcome song was led by PSA Charlie Vail.
Raffle gifts were provided by Walpole Cooperative Bank, Brookhaven and Colonial Times.  Raffle prize winners include PP Frank Smith, SA Alan Azoff, PP Dan Olsen and Ken Wright.
Happy Dollars
  • PDG Jack Maloney
  • PP Jim Shaw
  • PP Burlington Club Paul Thibault
  • PP Don Martini.
  • Polar Plunge is this Saturday, February 3rd, Cape Ann Motor Inn, Long Beach, Gloucester, MA. You can text to make a donation. To support president Lori, please text polio72 to 71777.  To support PP Domenic Sicari, please text polio68 to 71777.  PP Susan Carabbio is also participating in the plunge.  Her text number was unavailable.  PP Dan B. will be driving from C&W Transport leaving at 9:00 AM.
  • PP Betts reminded the group that Visitor's Day is February 26th.
  • Comedy Night line-up will include Jimmy Dunn, Tony V, and Kelly McFarland. 
  • President Lori also thanked those members who delivered/refilled ice melt buckets including Meaghan Murphy and Bob Cunningham.
Lexington Rotarian Uger Ergun was the guest speaker.  His topic was a comparison between the United States and Turkey.  He explained that Turkey is a country comprised of about 80 million people.  Their GDP is about 21,000 per capita, and geographically they are equivalent to the size of Texas.  He suggested both countries have a passion for flags, and that both countries tend to be divided politically.
Uger explained that although Turkey is mostly Muslim, they tend to practice a "milder, secular form" of the religion.  He showed a photo of some students and himself at Sabanci University, where he taught prior to coming to the United States.
He said the history of Turkey is rooted in two empires―the Eastern Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire.  He said they have two Nobel laureates living in Turkey.  Finally he pointed out that the lovely Azra Akin was crowned Miss World in 2002.
The 50/50 raffle was $55, and taken home by president Lori.
Respectfully submitted
PP Jim Shaw