Posted by Jim Freehling on Sep 23, 2019



New Member Arianna Cardillo Shares Her Story

On a hot fall day, 22 Lexington Rotarians, and a guest enjoyed lunch.  As usual, the food was fantastic.
PP Nick C. led the Pledge; the first verse of America was by P Dan O., and the invocation by PP Don S.
Happy Dollars/Fines:
Since there were no guests everyone was fined $1. 
  • P Dan O. paid for a new leased car. 
  • Ken W. paid for being able to get to the meeting and for a new puppy. 
  • PDG Jack M. paid happy dollars for people being at the meeting. 
  • Treasurer Dan B. paid a fine for not being able to be at the BBQ’s and also gave happy dollars for hoping to close on his new place in October. 
  • PP Jim F. paid for a trip to Italy. 
  • PP Nick paid happy dollars for his 65th high school reunion lunch and was fined by PDG Jack M. for not paying for Nancy’s Birthday. 
  • PP Bob O’ paid a fine for his comment re:a fellow Rotarian. 
  • Charlie V’s. surgery has been postponed one week.  Well wishes to Charlie. 
  • Still collecting for Hurricane Dorian relief through today.  The club will match up to $1,000 and you can have it added to your invoice.
    • Update on Dorian collections, so far, members have donated $2,080.00, club will add $1,000.00 for a total of $3,080.00!
  • Past member Ugur Ergun made a generous donation to the club. Ugur moved to Italy with his wife. We will miss Ugur.
    • Here is a note from Ugur to Pres. Dan to share with the club:
 Dear president Dan,
Greetings from beautiful Florence Italy. We have moved a few days ago and settling in now. I was very happy to live in Massachusetts and to teach at both Boston College, Suffolk University and be a member of Lexington Rotary Club. However my wife Elcin, a pharma executive, got her dream job and became the CEO of Menarini Group, a $5 bn Italian pharma company. She has sacrificed for me before and this time it is my turn to follow her to Florence, Italy. There are a few fine business schools around in an hour’s drive or fly time. I’ll get in touch with them in the coming weeks. I also contact the Rotary Club of Florence when I improve my Italian. Could you please share my happy dollars message with the club the next meeting?
“My dear Rotarian friends, I donate 240 dollars, 3 dollars for each of the 80 meetings I’ve attended since 2017, for the joy, friendship and community service opportunity. Also another 3 dollars for moving into a new home in Florence Italy. I’ve enjoyed living in Lexington for almost three years and going to miss your friendship. Feel free to call me when you travel here.” I’ve asked PP Dan Busa to bill me for $243 and paid a couple of weeks ago. It was a great honor for me to be a member of Lexington Rotary Club and being nominated for presidency in 2022.
All the best, Ciao,
Ugur Ergun
Via della Torre del Gallo 27/2
50125 Florence, Italy
  • Senior BBQs , September 24th, 25th, 26th
Raffle Donations were from Eagle Bank, PP Bill C., PP Nick C., PP Don M., Assistant Governor Amy.
The Speaker today was Rotarian Arianna Cardillo.  Arianna spoke about herself and her career.  She is originally from Rhode Island and still has family there.  She went to school at Mount Ida in Newton for Business.  She works in Real Estate at Keller Williams.  Prior to moving to Lexington she also lived and worked in New Jersey.  She is passionate about travelling, biking and working out.  She was introduced to Rotary by Rotarian James E. 
50/50 was won by PDG Jack M, $60 and was donated back to the club.
Next Meeting:  No meeting next week September 30th, next meeting at Minuteman October 7th.
Respectfully submitted PP Jim F.