Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Five Years  June 28, 1958-2023



We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 PM
The Frank Olean Center
93 Airport Road
Westerly, RI 02891
United States of America
(401) 315-5868
Please call ahead if visiting. Dinners are ordered on Saturday and delivered just before meeting. Contact Derin Temel at 401.787.5575 or Alan Brinton at 401.623.1577
Home Page Stories
Dean Bontempi with President Derin
The January edition of The Rhode Island Monthly featured an article about Dean Bontempi and we are so honored to have her at our meeting on 12 February.  She told us that her story began with her ancestors who were fisherman in Italy before immigrating to the US.  She was passionate about her interest in oceanography from an early age.  Later, as a young doctoral student at URI, Dean Bontemp "never imagined her passion for the sea would launch a career among the stars.  After a brief turn in academia, she embarked on a two-decade career at NASA, where she oversaw scientific research using satellites and became acting deputy director of the Earth Science Division."  In 2020 she returned to URI to serve as Dean of URI's Graduate School of Oceanography.   So what does an oceanographer do at NASA, she was asked.  They use satellites -satellite remote sensing - remote observation of the earth which is important to understand Earth systems and how it functions.  There is so much more about this - we may have to have a repeat visit.  Dean Bontempi thanked everyone for voting yes for bond issues that have lead to the revitalization of the Bay Campus.  A new pier is being built to hold the new research vessel which will be delivered in 2025.  A new building is also in the plan, called the Ocean Robotics Laboratory, where faculty and students will build new sensors, new sampling platforms, new robots and autonomous vehicles.  There were several questions from members and guests.  Dean Bontempi is excited about the campus, her work and mentioned that the campus is open for all to visit.  You can reach her at paulabontempi@uri.edu.
President Derin with Andrew Plumpton and Principal Kellie
Andrew, our January Student of the Month, is a National Honor Society member, has served as a Freshman Mentor, served on the AP Panel that helps freshmen and sophomores to achieve success, is on the Brown University Youth Advisory Board.  He has had several part-time jobs.  What makes Andrew doubly outstanding is his volunteerism during his high school career.  He assisted in summer Basketball camp, cleanup duties at our beaches, assisted in Church at various events, hosted a showing of The Art to Living docuseries, assisted at Vacation Bible School.  Andrew is leaning toward Biomedical Engineering and hopes to attend Georgia Tech.  We look forward to hearing more from this young man.
President Derin with Samuel Marchese and Principal Kellie
Samuel is our February Student of the Month.  He came to Westerly in 2022 from Colorado and is also a member of the National Honor and Rhode Island Societies.  He has won several awards and honors during his high school career.  Samuel works at New England Airlines and has worked at URI as a laboratory research assistant.  His volunteer work has included work at the Rhode Island Blood Center, Animal Friends Alliance and McGraw Elementary School.  He plans on a mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering in his college career.
Both young men have amazing futures ahead of them - we know that they will be successful with the start they have had in high school.  And, we extend our grateful thank you to Nigrelli's Jewelry for our beautiful plaques.
On January 29, we were honored to have Mr. Makin join us for our weekly meeting.  He had sent his customers a very special Christmas letter  which touched us to our core.  Mr. Makin has been a major supporter of our Golf Tournaments since the very first one and he has supported many other community charitable organizations.  He was honored as "Citizen of the Year" by the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce in 2018.  He was awarded the honor of becoming a member of Barron's Hall of Fame.  Mr. Makin founded the Professional Planning Group in 1975 and affiliated with Raymond James Financial Services in 1989.  "He and his team at PPG provide a diverse range of comprehensive wealth management services to individuals, families, businesses, foundations and endowments."  He is truly an amazing man and certainly has the Rotary spirit in all that he does.
Remember the following in your prayers and perhaps with a card or two:  Karen Hanson and Jean Rayner.
In Memoriam:  Remembering Kenneth F Swain, Past President 1983/1984 and part of 1990/1991
Meetings will be in person but spaced appropriately
19 Feb:  Presidents Day - NO meeting
26 Feb:  Lee Eastbourne of Jonnycake Center of Westerly
4 Mar:  Board meeting 4:30
11 Mar:  Senator Gu
23 Mar:  Rotary Leadership Institute at Bourne, MA 8:00am to 3:00pm
23-24 Mar:  Westerly Police Dept supports RI Special Olympics in the 24 hr Torch Run Super Plunge Team plunging into
                the frigid waters at Salty Brine State Beach once every hour
24Mar:  District at Providence Bruins 3:00pm
1 Apr:  Board meeting 4:30
6 Apr:  District Assembly 2024-2025 training
29 Apr:  March, April Students of the Month at Highland Grille, Babcock Hall
18 May:  Charitable/Scholarship Auction Dinner at The Cooked Goose
Grants Training:  via Zoom 6:00pm on Mar 12, Mar 28 and Apr 9
Steve, John and Bob leading us in The Rotary Welcome Song written by Rotarian Ed Smalley
Remember those in need and bring canned goods either to meeting or to Avie's Ski/Sport by month's end.   These items will be distributed to The Jonnycake Center of Westerly, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and RI Center Assisting those in Need.
Club Home -   We are meeting at The Frank Olean Center next to Rotary Park, Monday, 5:30pm.  Gina & Stephanie will send the sandwich/salad menu on or about Wednesday for the next Monday meeting; respond to them at gbrancato@navigantcu.org and snorthup@navigantcu.org by Saturday Noon.  If you don't receive a reply from within 24 hours, please contact them again.  Please respond whether ordering or not as it will help us to know how many will be attending meeting.
Covid Aid Goes On....
18 Mar 2023 marked three years that our Club "had been making food and health item deliveries to area residents who are elderly, infirm, or without transportation.  Although the pace has slowed a bit, the need is still great."  Rona reports that 323 deliveries, as of 31 January, have been made since the program began in 2020. 
Creative Opportunity
Take responsibility for website and newsletter.  Excellent tutorials in Clubrunner. Contact Rose at ra.russo@cox.net or 401.315.5868
Westerly Library - Rotary Reading Volunteers
The Children's Library is looking for volunteers to read children's books.  They will be videotaped for later use.  Please contact Rona at six07co@att.net if interested.  Nine volunteers have signed on.
Our Vision:  We seek to create, locally and globally, a culture of peace in which the inherent worth and dignity of every living being is honored and respected and conflicts are resolved nonviolently.

Our Mission:  To create activities, programs and projects focused on creating a culture of peace as well as working with other community groups and organizations engaged in similar endeavors.

Link to Frank Thacker's Daily Peacemaker:  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/share/jHESfbkHSf7jXw0u/?mibextid=WC7FNe
Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. Consider making your Every Rotarian, Every Year contribution of $25, $100 or more as early as possible. If you send your contribution directly to Rotary Foundation, please let Rose know.  Sixteen members have contributed since 1 July. For the 13th consecutive year, the Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating - FOUR STARS - from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. - ranked #4 in the top ten best charities list
The Polio Plus Society of District 7950
Pledge to help Rotary make history by continuing to contribute $100 or more each year until the World Health Organization certifies that polio has been fully eradicated because Until the world is polio-free, every child is at risk.  Society members will received a PolioPlus Society membership pin and certificate.  Your contribution qualifies for Paul Harris Recognition and Major Donor Credit.  To make your tax-deductible donation go to my.rotary.org/donate and click on "Polio Fund".  You can choose a one-time donation of $100 or more, or a recurring donation in the amount and frequency of your choice.  Please email form to the District 7950 Polio Plus Society Chair Kristine David at kd7950@gmail.com or mail it to 112 Port Circle, Warwick RI 02889.  Your PolioPlus Scoiety certificate and pin will be presented at a club meeting to make sure you are recognized for your commitment to polio eradication.
The lockbox above was installed on John Street -  it's location must be easy to find and close to the front door for quick access by First Responders.
If you know of someone who is "at risk" and can benefit from having a lockbox installed at their home, please contact the Westerly Police Department or Officer Mills at the non-emergency Phone Number 401.596.2022.  Our lockboxes are provided to residents, as needed, free of charge.  Also, if other groups wish to donate lockboxes to the Westerly Police Department, please purchase them from McQuade's Ace Hardware.  We are being awarded special pricing and have delivered 63 lockboxes to Officer Mills for distribution as of this month.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Suzanne Lane
    February 17
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Marti Boughner
    February 13
  • Suzanne Lane
    February 17
  • Steve Cofone
    Evelyn Cofone
    February 23
Join Date:
  • Bob Elmer
    February 1, 1985
    39 years
  • John Hall, Jr
    February 3, 2020
    4 years
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Mailing Address:  Rotary Club of Westerly, PO Box 407, Westerly RI 02891