Shelter Harbor Golf Club  -  Charlestown, RI
                      SAVE THE DATE
             Monday  -   October 1, 2018
Event Chairs:  Bob Elmer ( and Rose Russo (
Registration form and Tee/Sponsor forms are available at the "downloads" section of this website. 
4th Annual Golf Tournament Rosemarie Russo 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Auctioneer Bob Elmer and Co-Chair Ted Avedesian
Co-Chair Steve Cofone
SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!    May 12, 2018 at The Cooked Goose
Enjoy a fantastic gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Andrew for the modest cost of $35 per person
with wine and beer sampling courtesy of The Wine Store.  There will be raffle, silent and live auction items - something for everyone.
Register as soon as possible as seating is limited.
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 Above is a picture and story from a previous International Night event. 
On April 23, 2018, 5:30pm, we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of International Night at White's of Westport.  It will be a very special evening with some very special visitors - previous exchange students.  Registration is $50 per person.  You can pay at the door or contact Rose @ or Rona
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Posted on Apr 21, 2018
Last week our very own Cal Lord, members of his church and other local churches traveled down to Houston on a mission trip to build/rebuild homes that were damaged there.
Houston Mission Rosemarie 2018-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2018
Rose, Kathryn and Doug
The Chikumbuso Fourth Annual 10K5K Challenge took place today at the North Stonington Grange.  Doug, Kathryn and Rose participated in the 5k division and walked to the finish in slightly over one hour.  Great walk on a beautiful day through beautiful country roads - all for a great cause.
Chikumbuso 4th Annual 10K5K Challenge Rosemarie 2018-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
We remember Thelma H. Gaccione who died "peacefully surrounded by her loving family" Sunday evening, April 15.  Thelma was the beloved wife of Vinnie for 70 years.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence RI 02904 or to St. Clare Church, 4 St Clare Way, Westerly RI 02891.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, April 19 at St Clare Church at 10:00am.
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Captains Richards and Mosher with President Chris
Our Guests Monday evening were Captain Kenneth Richards, III and Captain Richard Mosher, EMS Administrator and Supervisor, respectively.
The Westerly Ambulance Corps has been providing emergency medical services for the Westerly-Pawcatuck Area since 1917.  Dr. Frank I. Payne was the Corps' first Commander under the name "Westerly Red Cross Sanitary Unit".  It is a private, nonprofit volunteer organization "whose original purpose was to form a first aid and rescue unit in Westerly."  The Corps "provides emergency 911 dispatching services for itself and other fire and ambulance services in the area."  Both volunteers and paid staff are all fully certified either EMT Basic, EMT Cardiac or Paramedic.
The Corps "does not provide routine transportation to doctor offices, dialysis or to other scheduled appointments."  They do respond to 911 emergencies.  Part of their mission statement reads "our service-oriented professionals strive for excellence through training and education."  And that follows with constant vigilance to upgrade equipment and vehicles as necessary.  In 2002 they began operating out of new headquarters located on Chestnut Street with state-of-the-art 911 dispatching facilities.
A membership contribution of $60 in the WAC Inc entitles one "to emergency and non emergency ambulance transport to any hospital within 75 miles of Westerly when requested by police, physicians or appropriate 911 calls and when service is provided by the WAC Inc, service must originate in Rhode Island.  WAC Inc will bill your insurance, but any remaining balance will be waived."  For more information, please go to their website at or the office between 9:00am and 5:00pm 401.596.4375  ext 202.
Westerly Ambulance Corps Rosemarie 2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
   Dr Rich & Pres Chris
               Dr Rich & MACH Darling Hill Princess Zaeta Eclipse
Our guest Monday evening was Dr. Rich Willner of the Stonington Veterinary Hospital and Past President of the Rotary Club of the Stoningtons.  He and his black lab, Zaeta, compete in Agility dog obstacle events sponsored by the American Kennel Club.  This is a growing dog sport across the United States.
A handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.  Because the dog must be off leash, the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement and body signals.  The courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction.  Both dog and handler have to move at a full out run or lose points in the speed category of the competition.  The dogs climb an A-frame, seesaw, weave through poles, jump hurdles, crawl through tunnels and even pause on a platform for at least five seconds.  The whole course typically takes 45-55 seconds, unless your dog is a border collie.  Apparently they are insanely fast.
Rich showed some videos of competition that demonstrated the speed of the event, the signals he uses with Zaeta, and her agility - which earned her a "Master Agility Champion" (MACH) title.  Rich said that Zaeta's weakness was that she always paused at the top of the A-frame - it seemed as though she was admiring the view from the top.  He said that he does not use verbal commands because he gets confused in the excitement of the race and he added that the handler makes 95% of the mistakes during competition.
Officials at the events constantly monitor the obstacles to protect the health of the dogs.  A blind tunnel was eliminated because smaller dogs were hurt when they did not have the strength to get through the tubes.  The space between the weaving poles was expanded to prevent back injuries.  This is a team sport that benefits the health of both the animal and its handler/owner.
Zaeta has earned, in her varied competitions, the following titles:  Master Agility Champion, Canine Good Citizen, Rally Excellent, Junior Hunter, Companion Dog Excellent, Master Bronze Agility, Masters Bronze Jumpers with Weaves, Excellent FAST, Time to Beat, Master Agility Excellent Preferred, Master Excellent Jumpers with Weaves Preferred and Trick Dog Intermediate and she has earned titles in Obedience, Rally and Hunt.
Dr Rich Willner and Agility Dog Training Kathryn Taylor 2018-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathryn Taylor
Monday evening, April 2nd, our guest speaker Cheryl Martone who is the Director of the Volunteer Program - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Rhode Island.  CASA was developed "by the Family Court in 1978 in answer to the need for advocacy for those children who had been abused and/or neglected, and through no fault of their own, found themselves involed with the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and the Family Court."
Although she would be happy to accept financial donations, Cheryl was searching for more volunteers for the over 3,000 children in need.  A child will often spend 21 months in the system and will be relocated three times into foster care.  Relocation could mean a different community, separation from siblings, with a new school and friends each time.
It takes eighteen months for a case to get through the court system.  During that time, a CASA volunteer may be the only consistent voice for the child to make sure that the child is safe and receiving all the help available.  That means the volunteer follows the child through all the moves - a commitment of eight to ten hours a month for eighteen months.
At this time there are only 200 volunteers available for 3,000 children - only 15% have an Advocate.  The goal of CASA is to get kids into a permanent and safe home so they can survive.  As they note in their brochure, "too many children in the child welfare system lose their families, their rights and their hope."  "In advocating for an abused or neglected child, you give that child a voice - and a chance for a better life.  For more information contact Cheryl at 401.458.3330 or email
Court Appointed Special Advocates of RI (CASA) Kathryn Taylor 2018-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
   Taber Gates  - Feb                 Quinn Chappelle  -  Mar
                 With President Chris DiPaola
Principal Todd Grimes presented our February and March Students of the Month at our March 26th dinner meeting.  TABER GATES, selected for February, has achieved academic honors all semesters and has received awards from Excellence in Business, Ronald Reagan Student Leader, EverFi Financial Literacy, Providence Journal Player of the Week, 1500 Point Club.  Taber's community service includes Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, Character Ed- Liaison Helping Families in Need, American Diabetes Tour de Cure Volunteer, American Heart Walk, WHS Basketball Camp Counselor, Waves Baseball Camp volunteer.  And, he finds time to work at Misquamicut Golf Club as a Caddy, is a basketball referee and was an Apparel Company sales rep.
QUINN CHAPPELLE, selected for March, has achieved academic honors as well as the 2017 Brandeis Book Award for Social Action, Excellence in Advanced Placement in U. S History, Excellence in Psychology, Coaches Award Cross Country.  She also has been a member of the Lacrosse, Cross Country and Indoor Track teams, Intern and Student Liaison for Westerly Area Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors, Broadcaster for WHS's Boys Lacrosse, organizer for Coaches v Cancer WHS Lacrosse fundraiser, All-League Goaltender.  Quinn's leadership credits include serving as Student Representative on Advisory Council of the RI Dept of Education, Westerly School Committee, WPS's Communications Subcommittee, Advisory Redesign Committee and numerous other activities.
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Monday evening, March 26th, our guest speakers included members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 79, Pt Judith  -  Sally Hanson, Vice Flotilla Commander; John Ouderkirk, Past Flotilla Commander; and John Poppick, BQ - see above with President Chris.
Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian, all-volunteer arm  of the U. S. Coast Guard and supports Coast Guard mission of safety and security throughout the United States and territories, including boating safety patrols, boating safety education and surface and air operations of non military and law enforcement actions.  The Auxiliary is the nation's largest boating educator, offering courses to over 100,000 boaters each year.  The 26,000 member organization has members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.  They assist with verifying markers, bridge inspections and environmental issues.  Their philosophy follows the U. S. Coast Guard's Semper Paratus (always ready).  For more information go to their website,, or send an email to
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This year marks 30 years of Women in Rotary and the District Conference in May will commemorate this event.
             Joan                                        Mary       
Westerly Rotary's first Women in Rotary joined in June of 1989 - Joan McCormick and Mary Krupinski - and they were followed by Rona Mann in October of 1989.  Joan and Mary are no longer members but we are delighted to still have Rona with us.  Mary served as Treasurer for many years.  
Another member of our Club (Kathryn Taylor, 2000), became the second woman to join the Rotary Club of Littleton, New Hampshire in January of 1989.
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Dr. Robert Harrison, a Westerly Hospital physician for 32 years and our Guest Speaker Monday evening, introduced the membership to a National Council for Behavioral Health program established in 2016 called Youth Mental Health First Aid.  Similar to CPR and other physical first aid applications, this program was developed to teach "how to identify signs of mental illness and how to talk about it".  The training, he said, is for anyone who is interested; however, he has trained about 170 members of the Westerly schools as well as police officers from Westerly and neighboring areas.
Mental health first aid focuses on ALGEE - a five-step action plan:
         Assess for risk of suicide or harm
         Listen nonjudgmentally
         Give reassurance and information
         Encourage appropriate professional help
         Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Dr. Harrison said "it is better to ask, 'Are you considering suicide?' rather than 'Are you thinking about hurting yourself?'"  The statistics are staggering - "children in the United States between the ages of 10 and 14 are as likely to commit suicide as they are to die in a car crash."  "Washington County has the highest suicide rate of the state's five counties."
The training sessions, generally offered free due to grant funds, emphasize ways to de-stigmatize mental illness.  The program is designed to "help people to notice and to give them the confidence to say something".  The course, an 8-hour session usually divided into 2 4-hour sessions, "teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common amoung adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder." For more information or to find a course, go to https://www.mentalhealthfirstaidorg.
As always, Westerly Rotary memorializes a Speaker visit with a presentation of a book from the Westerly Children's Library and a picture with the Club President.  Unfortunately, despite taking two pictures, they were both pretty awful; so my apologies to Dr. Harrison.  Maybe he will come back again some time.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Rosemarie Russo 2018-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
April 21:  Chikumbuso 5K Challenge from 11:00am to 2:30pm at North Stonington Grange, 22 Wyassup Road - registration ($25) at   Rotary Westerly team: Kathryn, Doug, Rose
April 23:  25th Anniversary of International Night at White's of Westport - dinner is $50 - attending, so far, are Doug, Ted, Kathryn, Bob, Rose, Steve - please let Rose know as soon as possible if you wish to attend.  We will be carpooling - leaving Westerly about 4:30.
April 30:  Student of the Month Dakota Busch
May 12:  Charitable/Scholarship Auction Dinner at The Cooked Goose  - $35 per person - silent and live auction items - fantastic dinner
June 23:  Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops in Wilcox Park
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Blaze Jackson, Wayne Hamilton and President Chris.
Wayne Hamilton was introduced by Rona Mann, who told the small group present that Wayne and Blaze recently participated in our District's weekly radio show.  Wayne said that the Young Marines organization actually began in Waterbury, CT back in the 1950s by World War II veterans.  There are currently 314 units across the country and overseas.  Girls were admitted beginning in 1975 and there are also Special Needs units.  Their motto is "strengthening the lives of America's youth".  Youngsters age 8 through 12th grade are lead by dedicated adult volunteers (many are former, retired, active duty or reserve Marines) who "believe passionately that the values they learned as Marines had a positive affect on them."  The "program focuses on character building, leadership and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle."  They provide community service by participating in parades, assisting at food pantry, helping disabled vets, planting a garden.  For more information, you can check out their website at
Mar 5 - Rhode Island Young Marines Rosemarie Russo 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Randi with President Chris
Principal Todd Grimes introduced the January Student of the Month Randi Burr to the membership Monday evening, February 26th.  Randi is a National Honor Society member, has won several scholastic awards in her four years at Westerly High School, as well as athletic accomplishments - All State Cross Country, All New England Cross Country, 2017/2018 Indoor Track State Champion for the 1500, 1000 and 4x800.  Her community service includes Attack the Track Kids Camp, Middle School Track and Field Team Assistant, Surftown Half Marathon, Columbus Day Parade, Bible School Camp.  During summer school vacation, Randi worked as a Westerly Town Beach Lifeguard.
Randi Burr - January Student of the Month R A Russo 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
     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
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 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
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