Mark Shieldrop at Retired Men's Club of Arlington

UPDATED July 4: Mark Schieldrop, representing the American Automobile Association, delivered an informative presentation to the Retired Men's Club of Arlington on June 24.

Calling himself "the new-car doctor," he presented an in depth discussion of the pros and cons of electronic vehicles.

Pros include fuel, tax credits and incentives, maintenance and environmental. Cons include prices, battery replacement, home installation, electricity costs, time to charge/wait and technology.

Schieldrop followed with an update about gas prices, a travel forecast, international travel and consumer spending.

Changing numbers for 2021-022 about road fatalities followed. Fatalities per 100 million vehicles miles were detailed. The higher fatality increases included hit and run, speeding, alcohol and unrestrained passengers.

Member questions answered included:

Replacement cost of a battery, public charges for not unplugging after full, battery disposal costs and immigration licenses versus road signs in English.

Contact Schieldrop at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For additional information about the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington, visit or call Peter Galluzzo at 781-646-4475.

LourieLourie August

Social worker peers into aging's crystal ball

The Retired Men’s Club of Arlington recently heard an excellent presentation by Lourie August, a local licensed clinical social worker, titled “The Crystal Ball of Aging.”

“We will not live forever, and, at some point, we will have physical and cognitive issues that will result in a decline in our abilities as we age,” she told the group June 14.

She provided advice to seniors on being alert and planning wisely for one's future decades on Earth. She discussed facing such issues as family, downsizing, housing, social circles and other topics involving values and preferences.

For more information, people may contact August at the town of Arlington: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information about the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington, visit or call Peter Galluzzo at 781-646-4475.  

donationPeter Galluzzo, president of the Retired Men's Club of Arlington, presents a donation of $500 to Kristine Shah, executive director of the Council on Aging, to support the CoA's Thanksgiving dinners.

Dietitian Jane Barr

The Retired Men’s Club of Arlington’s officers took their oath of office for the year 2023 on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022.

From left in first row are Joe DiBacco of Littleton, membership; Tom Cordima of Burlington, secretary; Phil Ste. Marie of Waltham, vice president; Peter Galluzzo of Arlington, president; John Vieira of Waltham, treasurer; John Boudreau of Winchester, assistant treasurer; and Connie Murphy of Medford, membership. At rear is Jim Whalen of Burlington, assistant secretary.

Retired Men's Club of Arlington is always looking for new members

Attention: retirees or those who are about to become retirees! The RMCA welcomes new members -- who do not have to reside in Arlington.

Retired Men's Club of Arlington logoJoin neighbors at the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington every weekday, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy a comfortable and convenient location open to retired men from all local cities and towns. Participants can play cards (cribbage, bridge, whist and poker), play pool, read books and enjoy daily free coffee.

Bowling and golf leagues are also available for the physically active type. And for the those who enjoy performing, the Singing Grandpops perform at local nursing homes, assisted living facilities and civic clubs etc.

This nonprofit organization is made up of about 500 members from several local towns in greater Boston.

In addition, the club invites interesting speakers every other Wednesday to present topics of varying subject matter of interest to the membership. Also, day and overnight trips are offered throughout the year at reasonable rates.

The club facility is in the lower level of St. Camillus Church, 1175 Concord Turnpike (Rt. 2), Arlington.

Membership dues are only $30 a year. For more information about joining, call President Peter Galluzzo at 781-646-7758 or The mailing address is P.O. Box 195, Arlington, MA 02474-1203. 

 Like to play bridge?

The club has an activity for all those who love to play contract bridge. Bob Gaudet, an RMCA member, directs the Family Friendly Bridge Club

Contract bridge is played in the lower level of St. Camillus Church in Arlington on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30. Everyone is invited. You do not have to be a club member to play.

Players pay $8 per afternoon to play. Beginners are welcome, as bridge classes are available.

The bridge club averages 80 players Mondays and 48 players Thursdays. Coffee and light pastries are served at each session.

For more information,

Singing Grandpops

An activity open for all members to participate in is the Singing Grandpops, which performs at local nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and civic clubs. Contact Ray Carmichael at 781-646-4946 to learn more. 

Ongoing events:

Mondays, cribbage players

The public is invited to participate in the Cribbage Tournament at the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington.

Games start at 9:30 a.m. every Monday at St. Camillus lower Church hall. Ladies and nonmembers are welcome (nonmembers are encouraged to join the club).The cost is $8 per week. Join the tournament, which last 12 weeks; a player could win up to $500 at the end of the Tournament. Every player is guaranteed a cash prize. Free coffee and doughnuts are available. Contact George Gibson at 617-868-0893 for more.

These announcements have been published periodically since Oct. 23, 2015, and were updated most recently on July 4, 2023, based on information provided by the men's club.