Alan HoffmanAlan Hoffman

The Retired Men’s Club of Arlington on Wednesday, May 24, heard historian Alan R. Hoffman make a presentation about his book Lafayette in America in 1824 and 1825

His talk also included discussion of the earlier period involving Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, from 1777 through 1781, and his crucial role in assisting the American Revolution.

Lafayette joined George Washington when only a 19-year-old in 1777, participating in several battles and soon rising to command his own division. Lafayette culminated his military career in 1781 in the Virginia campaign and at the siege of Yorktown.

Hoffman then discussed Lafayette’s even more important, but perhaps not as well-known, diplomatic role -- as the mediator between America and its earliest ally, France.

Hoffman then turned to Lafayette’s farewell tour, during which the then-67-year-old former major general of the Continental Army visited all 24 states plus the city of Washington and became a household name among roughly 12 million Americans.

Contact Hoffman at arhesq[@] and, for information about the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington, visit or call Peter Galluzzo at 781-646-4475.

Retired men learn about 'Life Transition Binder'

Sandra BatraSandra Batra

Sandra Batra recently told the Retired Men’s Club of Arlington about the Life Transition Binder -- a way to keep key papers in good order for oneself and, eventually, for one's heirs, providing a road map for management of the estate.

All information is organized, categorized and kept in one place, allowing a family member to step in to assist if a person is incapacitated or begins to experience memory problems.

Batra called it a wonderful solution for control and management, avoiding confusing alternatives.

For further information about the Life Transition Binder, contact Batra at 781-492-8859 or sandrabatra [@]

For additional information about the club, 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 May 26, 2023. This information was provided by the men's club.