Welcome to the website of Rotary Club of Westerly
      Celebrating Sixty Years     June 28, 1958-2018


We meet Mondays at 5:30 PM
Venice Restaurant
165 Shore Road
Westerly, RI  02891
United States

(401) 315-5868
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     1st Place     Sunnyside Up
     2nd Place   B & B Dockside
     3rd Place   The Sea Goose
     1st Place     Westerly H. S. Highland Grille
     2nd Place    Newport AC&TC's Colonial Dining Room
     3rd Place     Woonsocket AC&TC
Thank you all participants and sponsors for making this event
one of our most successful.  The chowders were all the best in
Westerly.  We are fortunate that you were willing to take the
time out of a busy weekend to work with us on this event.
All proceeds will help us to continue providing assistance where
it is most needed.  We urge everyone to visit these wonderful
restaurants often and support the schools whenever you can.
Participating Restaurants:                      
          B&B Dockside                                   
          Sunnyside Up                                   The Brazen Hen
          The Cooked Goose                          The Sea Goose                           
          Venice Restaurant                           Wilcox Tavern
 Participating Culinary Schools:        
          Newport Area Career & Technical Center
          Westerly High School's Highland Grille
          Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center's Colonial Dining Room
           Andrea Beach Bar                             Avie's Ski/Sport
           Colucci Group                                   L&M Westerly Hospital
           Savings Institute Bank & Trust       Valenti Subaru
Donated Services:
            Nigrelli's Jewelry                              Venice Restaurant
 Slate of Officers approved at Board Meeting on December 4th for fiscal year July 2018/June 2019:
       President:  Kathryn Taylor
       President Elect:  Sunil Chandy
       Vice President:  Theodore Avedesian
       Secretary/Treasurer:  Rosemarie Russo
       Past President:  Christopher DiPaola
       Member at Large:  Stephen Cofone
Membership vote will take place at Annual Meeting on December 11th
On 2 October 2017, at One Golf Club Drive, Charlestown RI.  Fee per player is $250 and includes practice range, golfing, box lunch, buffet after play.  Registration forms are available at Avie's Ski/Sport at 100 Main Street, Westerly and on our website - see "downloads" section on the right.  Also available at "downloads" section is a Tee Sign form.
We take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this event and look forward to seeing you all again at our next golfing event on 1 October 2018.
Conti Insurance/Bouvier Insurance  - Cart Sponsor
Professional Planning Group - Event Sponsor
Valenti Subaru  - Hole-in-One Sponsor
Westerly Community Credit Union  - Event Sponsor
Danny & Florence Alvino
Ashaway Line & Twine Mfg. Co.
Avie's Ski/Sport
Bank RI
Steve & Evie Cofone
Capalbo Dental Group
Central Baptist Church
Chariho Furniture
D'Amato Investments
D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
Dime Bank
DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Inc
Dunns Corners Chiropractic Center
Dunns Corners Market
Dynamic Solution Associates
Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan, LLC
McQuade's Ace Hardware
Melissa Ashley Brides Ltd
Mia's Prime Time Cafe and Wilcox Tavern
Michael A Cozzolino Painting
Neri Agency Inc/Allstate
Joe & Carol Potter
Randall Realtors
Doug & Jean Rayner
Reforest the Tropics Inc
Rol-Flo Engineering, Inc.
Royal Westerly
Seaside Pharmacy
South County Auto LLC
Stonington Veterinary Hospital
The Cooked Goose
The Sea Goose
Toscano's Mens Shop
United Builders Supply Co., Inc.
Valenti Subaru
Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club
William T Sisco, CPA
Rebecca J Woodward, DMD & Adam S Kaufman, DMD
99 Restaurant
Coastal Eye Care
Deutsch Family Wines
Horizon Beverage
Johnson Bros of RI
Kingston Liquor
McQuade's Ace Hardware
 Morris Later/World Pay
Mia's Prime Time Cafe
M S Walker
Narragansett Brewing Co
Nigrelli's Jewelry
Northeast Wines
Providence Beverage
RI Distributing
Anthony T. Russo Jr
Stop & Shop
The Wine Store
Vesta's Bakery

A Night of MemoriesIt was a night to remember. We took over the Cooked Goose Restaurant and enjoyed a wine tasting, a raffle and an auction that featured many fine gifts.  Ted Avedesian and Steve Cofone co-hosted the event and Rose Russo worked behind the scenes to take care of the details so everything would run smoothly. Thank you to Bob Elmer, who served as the Auctioneer, and all who attended. It was a great event.

There are more photos from the event in our Scholarship Auction Photo album to the left. 

     We welcomed Debra and Lindsey Tanner to our meeting this past week and they shared some interesting news and information about Southern Rhode Island Volunteers. Debra is the Executive Director and she shared that she couldn’t believe that she’s been blessed to be doing this job for the last sixteen years.
     The organization had its roots thirty-six years ago in a thesis developed by a URI graduate student. He saw a group of older Americans leaving the work force with plenty of energy and enthusiasm and wondered if there might be a place for them in a network of volunteers.
     Since then the Southern Rhode Island Volunteers have placed hundreds upon hundreds of volunteers as docents at museums, greeters in a variety of settings, delivering meals on wheels, 
and stocking shelves at food pantries. It has been estimated that they provide as much as 1.2 million dollars in human services a year now. Last year they provided over 400 medical transport rides, 9,500 meals delivered, racked up 1,000 hours of visitation, 2,500 hours in grocery shopping trips and served over 300 different clients.                                                        
     The work of their agency is more important now than ever before because of the dwindling amount of resources coming from the state and federal government. They used to get some funding to provide their basic network of services but even that has been cut off. Today they rely on donations and grants as well as the volunteer efforts of a number of faithful friends.  
     Lindsay Tanner is the RSVP & Program Director. She joined the team in 2009 and has enjoyed her job as she reaches out to the community and builds relationship with both the people needing services and those who will be volunteering.
     Today the volunteers include people of all ags serving in many different ways in the community. The agency sends volunteers to a full third of the state of Rhode Island. A few of the opportunities that are being offered include volunteering at;
Washington County Fair – Each August youth volunteers meet school and civic service hour requirements at this fun county event while assisting local granges in educating the public about agriculture, animal farming and more.
Animal Rescue League of Southern RI – Families and individual volunteers enjoy walking dogs, visiting with the cats and kittens who are available for adoption, and other animal care activities under the direction of the rescue staff.
South County Museum – Volunteers here are passionate about helping people discover history serving as greeters, docents, receptionists and many other hands-on activities.
Jonnycake Center of Peacedale – Volunteers are delivering food commodities once a week to home-bound - clients of the food pantry every month as well as receiving, sorting and displaying donations of food, furniture, kitchen items, clothing and more.
     President Steve presented the ladies with a book to sign. The book will be donated to the Westerly Children’s Library in their honor as guest speakers at our club meeting.
    To find out more about Southern Rhode Island Volunteers you can check out their website at the following we address: https://www.southernrivol.org/
On Monday May 1st we traveled to Wakefield to join our sister club for a very special meeting. It was a nice evening filled with laughter, good fellowship and some information on how Rotary is seeking to promote peace,  build goodwill and better friend-ships around the world.
Promoting world peace is one of the ongoing important goals of Rotary International. The Group Study Exchange team from Australia brought together five individuals who are professionals in the field of Peace and conflict resolution with the idea of meeting and interacting with their counterparts here in the USA. On Monday night we got to meet the team and hear a bit from each of them and their group leader, Tracey Wyatt a Rotarian from District 9600.

The team included; Donyque Curtis, an Australian Federal Police officer from Brisbane; Roberta Ramoifuila, a counselor working with victims of domestic violence as part of a NGO in Honiara in the Solomon Islands; Richard Denning, a lawyer who does mediation and leads workshops focusing on restorative justice in New South Wales; Emily Seaman, a refugee advocate working within the Department of Immigration in New Guinea; and Group leader Tracey Wyatt, who works in risk management and occupational health for Stadiums Queensland for its large international sized sporting and entertainment facilities in the region.

It was a wonderful presentation that featured a bit of history and information about the team and was punctuated by the presentation of gifts and banners. 



Every year District 7950 hosts a Conference to celebrate the work of Rotary locally and internationally. This year we combined with three other rotary Districts to have a huge celebration. Bob Elmer, Rose Russo and Kathryn Taylor attended the opening sessions on Friday. Cal Lord, Lana Weidner, Chris DiPaola, Evie and Steve Cofone (Pictured above) all enjoyed the Opening Banquet on Friday night. The guest speaker for the evening was John Germ, the President of Rotary International.

It was great to hear about the work that is being done around the world in the name of Rotary. The new theme for 2017-18 is Rotary: Making a Difference. It is exciting to know that we are a part of it.

Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams was born in New Hampshire in 1814. While serving as a practicing physician in New York City, he signed on with the Knickerbocker Baseball club and created and developed what we know now as the shortstop position. He served as the President of the club for six terms.

Doc also made all the baseballs for the club and supervised the making of all the bats. Between 1853 and 1858 he was chair of the rules committee for the conventions of the New York City and Brooklyn Baseball Clubs. He advocated for the base paths to be 90 feet, the pitcher’s mound to be 45 feet from home plate and for a game to be 9 innings long with nine players on each team. He was way ahead of his time.

On Monday April 24th Marjorie Adams, the great-granddaughter of Doc Adam, shared his story with our club. It was fascinating to hear her tell of this man and the interesting life he lived. His contributions to the game many of us know and love today are numerous. Yet he is all but forgotten. Marjorie suggested going to his website and signing the online petition at www.DocAdamsBaseBall.org. You can also learn more by going to the Facebook page. You can find it at www.facebook.com/DanielLuciusDocAdams.

     At our meeting on Monday, April 17th Kristina Dimova was installed as the fourth new member of the club this year. It was a great night as we welcomed her aboard. Cal Lord did the honors of installing her and her sponsor, Rose Russo, pinned her and was the first to shake her hand.
Kristina is an optometrist is the new owner of Westerly Eye Care. She will fit right into our club because she has already demonstrated that she believes in our motto, “Service Above Self.”
Kristina was the fourth new member we installed in this Rotary year. We we welcomed Harland Metzler and Dawn Robinson from the Colonial Theater as our first Corporate Members. In March we we welcomed Kelly Tremaine, the Associate Publisher of the Westerly Sun. It has been nice getting to know them and helping them find ways they can serve the club and the community. 
   The Community 2000 Education Foundation is an all volunteer organization focused on building multiple educational endowments. The Foundation was formed in the spring of 2000, and it has evolved into partnerships supporting several endowments including the Westerly Scholarship Club, the Chariho Community Innovative Projects, The Chariho Needs Based Scholarships, The Strategic Initiatives Project and more. 
     Financial support for the Community 2000 partnership endowments comes from a combination of events, grants and contributions from individuals. The range of individual contributions has been large – from $5 to more than $10,000. The overall vision is that someday Community 2000 will have 2000 annual supporters.
     Mr. Philips shared the fact that the Fund is currently seeking to build its endowment over the next seven to ten years so the great work can continue indefinitely. You are welcome to get involved and become supporters in one or more of the following ways:
1. Contribute your time, ideas, and skills to Community 2000 as a fund raiser, Board or Committee member. Community 2000 is operated and managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving as a fund-raiser, Board or Committee member or would like to volunteer to 
help the organization with a specific task, please contact us.
2. Be a Networker. We generate a great deal of our fund raising success by one-on-one or small group contacts and feel that we have a very compelling story to tell.  Help us make contacts with new folks interested in education.  Please let us know of someone we can speak to who would like to hear our story.
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3. Be a volunteer at our events. Our biggest fund raising event is our annual Golf Tournament.  As you can imagine, it takes a lot of dedicated volunteers to put on a successful golf tourney.  We can use all of the help we can get for the Tourney. 
4. Make tax deductible contributions to help Community 2000 assist local high school students as they further their education and/or support our two educational project endowments. Your monetary contribution will directly support Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond students who are selected to receive a Community 2000/Dollars for Scholars award. Tax deductible donations of any amount are accepted and are greatly appreciated.
Joseph Nigrelli and Dave Mann enjoyed a day in Washington DC and were honored as WWII veterans. The trip was sponsored by the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs. We are so proud of our Rotarians.
     Westerly Rotarian and long time businessman, Joe Nigrelli, is still enjoying life. Last week he was honored by the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs and was sent on a trip to our nation’s capitol to visit the World War II memorial. He was joined by a long time friend of our club, Dave Mann. The World War II veterans and heir entourage arrived and were greeted by Rhode Island Senator, Jack Reed, as well as another World War II veteran, former Senator Bob Dole. 
    Upon their return to Rhode Island they were greeted and saluted by firefighters from Westerly and across the state.
    We are hoping Joe will take some time at an upcoming meeting to tell us all about it. This is a wonderful way to say thank you to some of our nation’s biggest heroes.
     Dr. Robert Gianfrocco shared that his goal is to get people to the place where they need to be. He is the medical director of the Urgent Care Unit of the South County Medical & Wellness Center in Westerly. It is an interesting job in that you see people with a whole range of medical problems.    Someone might come in with chest pains and you have to decide if they are having a heart attack or if it is something else that only presents as such.
     Most people that come into urgent care want to be in and out quickly. The hard part of Dr. Gianfrocco’s job comes when he has to deliver some bad news. When more tests are needed or a patient needs to be admitted to a local hospital, the patient will often need to be convinced. In the end it all has to do with patient care and getting them to a place where they can be treated and released.
     Dr. Gianfrocco noted that 80% of the patients that walk into the emergency room are better served in urgent care centers. About 15% of those people who show up at urgent care should actually be seen in an emergency room. Having served as an emergency room physician prior to accepting this post, he is well suited to the job.
     Simon Holt spoke about the history of the United Theater and its function as a hub of activity. Films, theater and dance events were held there dating back to the 1920’s. He sees it returning to its former glory in the coming months and years.
     The group is renovating both the theater and the adjoining building. They will be creating a grand staircase and a new foyer on the first floor. There is going to be a legacy theater that will feature classic movies. It is going to be beautiful. By the time they are finished the whole building will be able to be used. At this time they are making arrangements for the Rhode Island  Philharmonic to hold classes there for students. 
     The town said that they could host events in the theater if certain conditions were met back in 2014. They met the requirements and they held four events in 2014 and had 7 events in 2015. In 2016 they had 26 events. Some of those were held in the park as well. The most successful event featured Tony Horton, the P 90X trainer. 400 people came together for the workout.
    The project will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 will cost 12 million, which includes the 3 million already spent to get the building up and running. They have quietly raised another 5.5 million and will soon be going public with the Capital Campaign soon. They hope that by the Fall  of 2018 they will be open and phase one completed. They will then move ahead with Phase 2 as they feel it is financially feasible.
     President Steve thanked Simon and presented him with a book to sign for the Children’s Library.
     We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from RI Director Dean Rohrs speak at the Wakefield Rotary Club last week. We cancelled our meeting and came together for the meeting with Rotarians from Chariho, East Greenwich, and North Kingstown. It was great to be together with so many from our cluster of clubs. We were not disappointed by our distinguished guest.
     Dean was born into Rotary. Her dad was a past DG and her mom was the queen of Rotary. As a teen she was drawn into everything they did and she hated it. Then she married a Rotarian! One might say that she was destined to be a Rotarian. On July 1, 1989, the day women were officially allowed to join Rotary she jumped in with both feet. That day she not only became a member of the club but was also elected President.
     Her club in Africa was very welcoming. When she and her husband moved to Canada they met up with a very different group of people. They had not accepted the idea of women in Rotary. The women were marginalized and not give real opportunities to serve. They let her in the club but finally had to ask her to leave because she spoke up and wanted to actually serve in leadership roles.
     The DG in that area heard about it and asked to meet her for lunch. Soon afterwards they chartered a new club… in the same city. Years later, when she was District Governor, that same club that had ejected her asked her to come and speak to them about revitalization and she said she gave it to them and didn’t hold anything back.
     Dean shared a few stories about her experiences in Rotary around the world. From delivering polio vaccines to children in Nigeria to changing the lives of young girls in South Africa, she has led an extraordinary life. She is looking forward to her next chapter in Rotary as she finishes up her term as a Director and steps into the role of Vice President.
      It was great fun to be together with Rotarians from the so many clubs. It was like a District Conference. To that point, PDG Bill Vangel invited us all to the Multi-District Conference in Providence at the end April. We can't wait. Rotary International President John Germ will be there to speak to us. It might even top what we witnessed at this meeting. 
  The 13th Chowder CookOff took place on 11 February from 12:00 to 3:00 and we were so fortunate to have the following restaurants participate: The Bridge, Casa della Luce, CC O'Brien's Sports Cafe, Famous Pizza, Sunnyside Up, The Brazen Hen, The Cooked Goose, The Sea Goose and Venice Restaurant.  In the school division -  Westerly High School's Highland Grille and Woonsocket Area Career and Technical Center. 
The wonderful sponsors of this event included Andrea Beach Bar, Avie's Ski/Sport, L&M Hospital - New London, Nigrelli's Jewelry, Valenti Subaru and WBLQ as our Sponsors.
We wish to thank our participants and sponsors for their continued support to this event and to our Club and special thanks to all the attendees who joined in the celebration of the best chowders in the area.
This year the winners in the restaurant division were:  5 Star Award  to Sunnyside Up, 4 Star Award to The Sea Goose and the 3 Star Award to Casa Della Luce
The winners in the school division were:  5 Star Award to Woonsocket Area Career & Tech Center and 4 Star Award to Westerly High School's Highland Grille
Led by District Governor Russell Bertrand and his wife, Karen, a small group of motorcycle riders, accompanied by a group of Car Followers, raised $1,110 for the Polio Plus Campaign yesterday on a ride that took them from Foxboro to Plymouth and finally ending in Canton.  Joining the riders, representing our Club, was Anthony Russo, Jr.
The event was sponsored by MOMS South, North End Motors and the Rotary Clubs of Weymouth, Plymouth, Plymouth Sunrise, and The Bridgewaters.
                                           "We are this close"                                        
   Monday, 3 October 2016,  Noon Shot Gun Format
                 Fee Per Player              $250.00
   Practice Range, Golf, Box Lunch, Buffet after Play
          One Golf Club Drive     Charlestown, RI
     Registration is based on first-come, first served
 See "Home Page Download Files" for Registration Form at
                    lower left side of web page
 Confirmation will be sent out when payment is made.
 Contact Stephen Cofone at scofone.rotary@gmail.com
          or Rosemarie Russo at ra.russo@cox.net
Joseph Brodeur. An article published in RI Catholic recently focused on Westerly High School first year Interacter and Student of the Month Joseph Brodeur.  Working toward his Eagle Scout title, Joe took on the project to install a statue of Pope St Pius X in front of the Church Rectory.  With the help of parishioners, family and Boy Scouts, the project included a brick walkway, removal of the tree trunk remains still in the ground and installation of the five foot statue.  Dedication took place in May.  Joe will enter Our Lady of Providence Seminary in August.
There were two articles in 7 August 2016 Westerly Sun newspaper that highlighted former Westerly High School graduates who were also very special to our Club.
Isaac Kaufman, WHS 2016 Graduate, is a member of the first WHS Interact Club class and was our November Student of the Month.  As a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, he participated in their National Leadership Conference and placed 7th in the computer problem-solving category, "competing against dozens of others from across the country, Puerto Rico, China, Canada, and other countries".  His computer services company is Next Tech Solutions LLC.
Ryan Quattromani, WHS 2013 Graduate, was a 2012 Rotary Youth Leader participant.  Ryan is currently a "Junior at Manhattan College majoring in mechanical engineering" but he has also recently established Seaworthy - a nautical inspired lifestyle company - the first collection "comprises seersucker baseball-style hats" with names and colors expressive of the Westerly area.  See his website - www.seaworthyri.com.
At The Cooked Goose on 92 Watch Hill Road, Westerly  -  Cocktails 6:00, Dinner 7:00  -  $25.00 per person
During Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, browse through many silent and live auction items or participate in wine-tasting hosted by The Wine Store.  The proceeds of this event support the Club's scholarship and charitable programs.  We have provided one or two scholarships annually to graduating seniors residing in Westerly.
We have provided financial assistance to local organizations including WARM Shelter, Supper Table, Pee Wee Football, Girl Scout Camp, Chorus of Westerly, Future Business Leaders of Westerly High School, YMCA Capital Campaign.  We are most especially proud of our support to bring the Reforest the Tropics, a non profit organization, to Westerly Middle School during the past four years.  This Educational program focuses on the environment and the importance of trees.
Internationally, we have supported the Haitian Health Foundation, Safe Passage Vocational School in Guatemala, Jaltemba Bay villages of Mexico school projects, Rotary's Polio Plus and other Foundation programs.
rsvp by 13 May 2016 to Rosemarie Russo to reserve your seat  -  401.315.5868 or ra.russo@cox.net
  Rotary International President Representative and Past District Governor Pamela Stewart, first Interact Club Officers, District 7950 Governor Kristine David and Interact Advisor Rotarian Sunil Chandy
The First Westerly High School Interact Club members with Rotarians Stewart, David, Chandy and Elmer
At our weekly Rotary meeting on Monday (11 April 2016) night we made history by officially welcoming twenty-one students as the Charter members of the Westerly High School Interact Club.  With District Governor Kristine David in attendance, as well as District Governor Nominee Russ Bertram, Past District Governor Valerie Perry and Assistant District Governor Steve White, we had an all star affair.  To top it off we had Rotary International President Representative and Past District Governor (Louisiana) Pamela Stewart with us to wish the kids well and give them their pins.  It was a night to be remembered by our Club as we lifted up these future leaders and wonderful kids.
The Charter members of the Westerly High School Interact Club are:  Richard Boylan, Joseph Brodeur (Secretary), Megan Celico, Alexander Chandy, Phillip Chandy (Director), Olivia Ferraro, Mark Fidrych, Bereket Janat (Director), Isaac Kaufman, Connor McGill, David Mitchell (Vice President), Trent Orr, Christopher Paterno, Angel Quattromani, Julie Raven, Cheyanne Robinson (President), Aviral Shrivastava, Gabriella Toriello, Kallan Trombino, Jonathan Turano, Zachary Zarkowski (Treasurer)
Snow will be over by noon.  Come and join us for dinner at Venice Restaurant, 5:30.  Westerly High School Student of the Month Emily Roy will be honored and we will hear a "state of the schools" update from Dr. Roy Seitsinger.  Dinner is $20.00 per person.  Contact Rose at 401.315.5868.
Student of the Month
Feb 26, 2018
Rob Harrison
Mar 19, 2018
Youth Mental Health First Aid & Suicide Prevention
Student of the Month
Mar 26, 2018
Jon Poppick
Mar 26, 2018
U S Coast Guard Auxiliary Water Safety
Student of the Month
Apr 30, 2018
Student of the Month
May 21, 2018
Memorial Day
May 28, 2018
No Westerly Club Dinner meeting
Monday after Summer Pops
Jun 25, 2018
No Westerly Club Dinner meeting
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