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

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

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

Phone:
(401) 315-5868
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It was our great pleasure to greet Ryan Saunders, Executive Director of the Chorus of Westerly, Monday evening.  He thanked the Club and some members individually for our support over the past years.  This season will celebrate SIXTY years of providing great music to the community - Ryan's tenth year serving as Executive Director.  With all humility he reminded everyone how both he and Andrew Howell, the second Chorus Music Director, first joined the chorus as young boys (Trebles) - singing under Maestro George Kent.  Some statistics he offered as the season begins with 211 adults, 98 children, music training now provided in elementary schools, more teenage boys retained even after voice change, members come from 30 cities and towns.
 
A new HVAC system has finally been installed in a very unique fashion in order to preserve the historic building guidelines; the roof has been repaired and replaced; the front stairway has been replaced.  The exterior painting is on hold due to various issues.
 
Ryan shared wonderful news regarding two other former trebles.  John Tafone's Count of Monte Cristo is moving forward with an Actors' reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC recently and Andrew Burnap is starring in The Inheritance at the Young Vic in London.
 
To get more information or to purchase tickets to any of the upcoming "Blockbuster 60th Season" performances, go to www.chorusofwesterly.org or call the Box Office at 401.596.8663.
 
 
Registration and Tee Sign forms are available on this website - see "Downloads" section - or call or email Rose Russo at 401.315.5868 or ra.russo@cox.net. 
                                 Event Sponsors
   Westerly Community Credit Union - Gold Sponsor
              Bouvier Insurance - Bronze Sponsor
                 The Wine Store - Bronze Sponsor
 
                                 Tee Sponsors
                          Dan & Florence Alvino
                          Ashaway Line & Twine
                                Avie's Ski/Sport
                             Bank Rhode Island
                         Central Baptist Church
                            Evie & Steve Cofone
                          D'Amato Investments
                       D'Angelo Sandwich Shop
              Dunns Corners Chiropractic Center
                        Dunns Corners Market
                   Dynamic Solution Associates
                              Ginger's Service
                             Grey Sail Brewery
                         Hilltop Care Pod's Pizza
                   Hoyt Filippetti & Malaghan LLC
                              Laudone Financial
                               Margin Street Inn
           Mia's Prime Time Cafe & Wilcox Tavern
                     Michael A Cozzolino Painting
                            Joseph & Carol Potter
                               Randall, Realtors
                             Doug & Jean Rayner
                         Reforest the Tropics, Inc
                          Rol-Flo Engineering, Inc
                                 Royal Westerly
                        Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar
                              Seaside Pharmacy
                          South County Auto LLC
                              The Cooked Goose
                            Toscanos Mens Shop
                                       WBLQ
                            William T Sisco, CPA
   Winnapaug Cottages/Paul Cofoni Trust Brokerage
  Rebecca J Woodward DMD & Adam S Kaufman DMD
 
 
  Ted standing at Pole site
Additional note:  the committee of Doug, Kathryn and Ted met on Friday to determine a good site for the Peace Pole.  They propose the area just in front of the gate to the Children's Garden.  Park personnel will do the installation for the Club.   The Peace Pole has been purchased.
 
Additional note regarding the First Responders Service on 9/30.  The Responders and vehicles will assemble in the back parking lot at Central Baptist Church and the vehicles and service dogs will be blessed at 4:30 and then process to Christ Church for a ceremony to be followed with a reception.  Volunteers are needed to assist with the reception - speak to Cal if you can help.
 
Community Giving to date includes $500 to Westerly Pee Wee Football and $500 to the Columbus Day Parade Committee.
$450 was collected at our Million Dollar Meal last month for Rotary's Polio Plus Program, rounded up to $500 with a check going to Rotary Foundation yesterday.  A $600 check to sponsor a child of Chikumbuso for one year was mailed yesterday, as well as $60 check to A Walk to End Alzheimers for walkers Rona and Rose, $100 check to Stand Up for Animals for Trivia Night event and $300 check to Central Baptist Church for First Responders Service.
 
 
Sep 23:  Walk to End Alzheimer's -at Misquamicut State Beach 8:30 registration, ceremony 9:30, walk begins at 10am
               Club will donate $100 for Rona and Rose
 
Sep 24:  Westerly Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau and Student of the Month Lisa Yuen
 
Sep 30:  Central Baptist Church/Christ Church First Responders Event 4:30
 
Oct 1:  Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament
 
Oct 8:  Columbus Day  - No Dinner Meeting
 
Oct 11:  Chris DiPaola and Rona Mann, Guest Bartenders at Providence Coal Fired Pizza from 5 - 8pm -
percentage of proceeds to benefit the Rotary Club of Westerly
 
Nov 10:  Nuts & Bolts of Rotary -District 7950 at Whites of Westport 11/10/18 8am
 
Nov 11:  Veteran's Day  - No Dinner Meeting
 
Nov 15:  Pasta Dinner to Benefit Jonnycake Center's Fuel Assistance Fund - at The Calabrese Club
 
Nov 19:  Stonington and Westerly High School Football Night with Captains, Coaches and Alumni with
Rotary Club of the Stoningtons and Westerly at Venice Restaurant - 6:00pm - lower level dining room
Monday evening the membership was expecting Joe Vacca to speak to us.  Instead we had the pleasure of Board member and Coach Sean Donohue as our guest speaker.  Sean has been a coach with the 9 and 10 year old boys - and one girl - for a few years now.  He is a fourth generation Stonington High School football player.  He said that many of the safety protocols and rules have changed, such as no "blind" tackling or head contact.  The helmets have been updated and are tested annually at end of season.  Coaches have to be certified.  He also said that an EMT volunteer is on hand at games and practices. 
Steve Cofone enlisted his help to bring some of his Stonington High School alum family to the annual Rotary Stonington-Westerly Football Night November 19th.
Football schedule for the rest of the season: 
            9/15: Norwich - away           9/22: Stonington - home
            9/29: Ledyard - away           10/6: Montville - home
          10/13: East Lyme - away       10/21: Groton/Mystic - away
          10/27: Griswold - home        Playoffs - tba
 
 
 
 
Monday evening District Governor Bill Tennant and Deb Smith-Zukowski met with members of the Board for a short meeting at the Venice Restaurant.  DG Bill was interested in the projects we have worked on or are in planning.  He had viewed our Website and Facebook - was impressed with all we do for a small club.
 
After the Board meeting we drove over to Rotary Park for our Million Dollar Meal with our proceeds going to Polio Plus.  Our chefs once again included Joseph Potter and daughter Cindy Capizzano with the grateful loan of Bruce Morrow's enormous grill.  Potluck portion included salad, pizza, seafood potato skins, eggplant parm, pasta salad, fruit, brownies, chips and a very special Rotary chocolate cake.  Yum!!!!  Thanks to all.
 
Later we assembled in the Children's Garden where several of the Gardeners of Westerly members were seated.  DG Bill was asked to present, on behalf of our Club, a Certificate of Appreciation to the Gardeners for their service of creating and maintaining the Children's Garden.  Kathryn presented DG Bill with a book for the Children's Library.
   
 
As he does every year, Dan spends part of the winter in Mexico working with the La Penita Rotary Club.  Last winter the project was about gardening, instead of building or restoring.  At the J J Cruz Elementary School of La Colmena, Nayarit, Mexico, the project involved clearing a section of land, building raised beds, making compost, planting seeds, tending the crops, harvesting.   Martha Ocampo, a Montessori trained teacher from another village, volunteered to go to California to be trained in the "Edible Garden Project".  Dan said that several Rotary clubs, visiting Mexico, work together each year on some project planned by the La Penita Club.  He said our donation provided the following:  a truckload of topsoil, seeds, rakes, hoes, shovels, a gate and lock for storage of the equipment, fruit trees, assistance to Martha for the California training.  Dan believed that this was a great project because, not only did the children, from Grades One through Six, learn about production of food, but the project included all family members.
   
Thanks to the Chikumbuso project, which was founded by North Stonington resident and Rotary Club of the Stoningtons member Linda Wilkinson, these two very handsome and very smart young men were able to attend school in Zambia and last year came to the U.S., finishing their high school education at Wheeler School and St. Bernard.  In the fall, on full scholarship, they will attend Three Rivers Community College in Norwich.  The Rotary Club of Westerly was very excited and proud to have these two young men visit our Club and tell their story.  They are living with the family of Sabrina Buehler who is also a member of the Rotary Club of the Stoningtons and Chikumbuso.
 
Both young men come from a poor area of Ng'ombe.  Most homes don't have running water or electricity.  A "working" family earns about $70 or less per month and only about 25% of children are able to attend school  Teddy told Ryan Blessing of the Westerly Sun, "Receiving an education opened doors to me.  I could be something different."  And they now can set their goals high - Aaron wants to become an eye surgeon and Teddy hopes to practice law.
 
For children able to attend school at Chikumbuso, the cost is $600 per year - $450 is for education and uniforms, $150 provides food to the family.
 
 
Rose's guest Monday evening was Koren Reyes.  Koren moved to Westerly a couple of years ago.  During her daily walks through Wilcox Park, she came up with the idea of having a Pumpkin event October 27 through November 3.  With approval from the Library, Koren has embarked on the "Pumpkin Stroll" - an event that will include pumpkin carving, a walk of lit pumpkins over several days, and family friendly games.  She is looking for volunteers to help get the event organized, advertised and supported.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Koren at 917.861.9052 or admin@pumpkinstroll.com
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Frank Celico
    September 11
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Lori Lord
    September 9
Anniversaries:
  • Joe Potter
    Carol
    September 11
 
 
Speakers
Dr. Mark Garceau
Sep 24, 2018
Westerly School Superintendent
Student of the Month
Oct 22, 2018
Student of the Month
Nov 19, 2018
Student of the Month
Dec 17, 2018
Student of the Month
Jan 28, 2019
Student of the Month
Feb 25, 2019
 
 
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