Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Four Years  June 28, 1958-2022



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 Steve Cofone at 401.595.4588 or Ted Avedesian at 401.742.2515
Home Page Stories
  Pres Steve with DG Dave Sampson and ADG Bob Cruz
DG Dave joined the Rotary Club of Bourne-Sandwich in 1976 and served as President for three terms.  He served as Assistant District Governor for four years and has been an active participant in the Rotary Leadership Institute for District 7950 and PETS for many years.  He arrived at the Olean Center shortly before 4:30 and was escorted by the Board for a stroll through Rotary Park.  When we returned to the Center, Dave questioned Steve about various Rotary concerns and seemed pleased with our efforts.  He said "all the important things about being a Rotary, you're doing."  He mentioned that next year instead of "PrePets" District meeting, there will be a "Post Pets" District meeting.  He also said that the longevity of a Club will look to being diverse and bringing in younger people.
Frank Thacker's wife, Karen Hanson, has had a serious setback.  Please keep her and Frank in your prayers.  We have learned that John Hall and Julie Lord are not well - so please remember them in your prayers.
Meetings will be in person but spaced appropriately
Upcoming meeting
24 Sep:  Westerly Walk for Alzheimer's -walkers are Rona, Kathryn, Chant, Andy and Rose (in spirit) Club and member donation $275
3 Oct:  Eighth Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club 
             Board Meeting after Players are off
10 Oct:  NO Meeting - Columbus Day
17 Oct:  Student of the Month -Sept & Oct
24 Oct:  Tish Rabe, Author
4 Nov:  Foundation Dinner at Wareham, MA, 5pm, $60 per person, let Rose know if interested
7 Nov:  Board Meeting
             Student of the Month
14 Nov:  Pasta Dinner to benefit Jonnycake Ctr of Westerly Fuel Assistance Program
21 Nov:  Stonington-Westerly High Schools Football Night
12 Dec:  Student of the Month
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 -   Beginning 11 July we will be meeting at the Frank Olean Center next to Rotary Park.  Julie will send the sandwich/salad menu on or about Wednesday for the next Monday meeting; respond to Julie at juliemlord1@gmail.com.  If you don't receive a reply from Julie within 24 hours, please contact her again.
Covid Aid Goes On....
18 Mar 2022 marked two 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 as slowed a bit, the need is still great."  Rona reports that 255 deliveries have been made since the program began in 2020.
Daniel Alvino has proposed Jeffrey Wendth for membership in our Club.  He is a resident of Westerly and has attended a few meetings.  Any objection to his membership should be acknowledged to Steve Cofone at scofone.rotary @gmail.com.  In the meantime, a fireside chat will be scheduled.
Pasta Dinner
Lee Eastbourne, Executive Director of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly, attended our meeting on 19 September and spoke about the Center's needs and thanked the membership for supporting the Center over the years.  He said that over 300 families seek assistance for food or other needs like the fuel assistance program which generally costs about $20,000 to $30,000 each year.   This year our plan is to revert back to serving dinner inside at the Calabrese Club but take-out orders will still be available. 
Chikumbuso  -  we have contributed to the GAP Program
Our Eighth Golf Tournament is scheduled for 3 October 2022 at the Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, RI.  As of 26 March 2022, registration is closed.  All player spots have been reserved.
     Professional Planning Group
     Grey Sail Brewing Company LLC
     Westerly Community Credit Union
      Bouvier Insurance
      Lathrop Insurance
    Dan & Florence Alvino
    Ashaway Line & Twine
    Avie's Ski/Sport
    Bank RI
    Baxter Lord
    Beachcrest Dental Inc
    Bogue's Alley
    Bob & Marty Boughner
    Central Baptist Church
    Chariho Furniture
    D'Angelo Sandwich Shop
    Dunns Corner Chiropractic
    Dunns Corners Market
    Edward Jones Investments
    Focus Physical Therapy, LLC
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home Inc
    Ginger's Car Wash, Inc
    Gray Goose Cookery
    Hartford Toyota
    Hilltop Cafe
    Hoyt Filippetti & Malaghan LLC
    Jonnycake Center of Westerly
    Margin Street Inn
    Maria's Seaside Cafe
    Michael A Cozzolino Painting
    Joe & Carol Potter
    Douglas & Jean Rayner
    Reforest the Tropics
    Rebecca J Woodward, DMD and
      Adam S Kaufman, DMD
    Robinson & Clapham
    Seaside Pharmacy
    South County Auto LLC
    The Cooked Goose
    The Westerly Sun
    Toscano's Mens Shop
    Valenti Subaru
    Westerly Dental Group
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Father Bob on 27 August 2022.  Father Bob was Rector at Christ Church in Westerly for 18 years beginning in 1988, a Westerly Rotarian serving as President from 2002 to 2003, and served as Master of Ceremonies for over 22 International Night Events which celebrated our District's International Exchange Student Program.  Father Bob was a mentor to many people young and old.
The first picture above was taken at an International Night event - with Rona in front, Doug & MaryAnn in the background.  The second picture was shared of Father Bob with Ryan Saunders on his Confirmation Day.  These pictures speak more than words.  Such wonderful memories!!!!
There will be a Memorial Service at Christ Church Westerly at 11:00am 8 October.
The lockbox above was installed on John Street -  it's location will be easy to find and close to the front door for quick access if needed.  Also above - a new supply of 20 Lockboxes delivered to Officer Mills on Saturday.  An additional five lockboxes were delivered today, 17Sep.
  Officer Howie Mills attended our 19 September meeting and talked about a couple of users of the lockboxes and how they have helped.  He said that when a 911 call involves a medical emergency, a police officer will arrive to assist.  A card is maintained at the Police Station for each lockbox recipient with their name, address and lockbox code.  One issue came up where a lockbox was thrown out when the original home owner passed away, the home was sold and the WPD was not informed.  The Rotary sticker had disappeared the the realtor was not aware of the lockbox's intended use.  So, we are in the process of creating a weatherproof sticker that will clearly identify that the lockbox is the Property of Westerly Police Dept and Rotary sponsored.
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.
Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.  As we are about to begin another Rotary year, consider making your Every Rotarian, Every Year contribution as early as possible.  Contributed as of Aug 29, $840.00 through Club.   If you send your contribution directly to Rotary Foundation, please let Rose know.
Foundation Dinner will be held on 4 Nov at the Rosebrook Event Center, Wareham MA from 5pm to 10pm, $60 per person.  Pre-Registration is REQUIRED - no walk-ins day of event.
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.      
Rotary Peace Fellowships:  "Every year Rotary selects some of the world's brightest and most dedicated professionals to study at seven Rotary Peace Centers around the world.  Our more than 1,400 program alumni work in over 115 countries and serve as leaders in governments and nongovernment organizations, education and research, law enforcement and the military, as well as in international organizations dedicated to peace."
History of Peacebuilding:  "Peace is a cornerstone of our mission....we see peace as a living, dynamic expression of human development.  Rotary was present at the inception of the United Nations in 1945.... Today Rotary holds the highest consultative status offered to a nongovernmental organization by the UN Economic and Social Council... We approach the concept of peace with cohesion, inclusivity, and a broad scope that finds more ways for people to get involved."
At our meeting of Monday, 4 April 2022, the Rotary Club of Westerly voted to establish a Peace and Justice Committee.
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.
The link to the latest episode from the Daily Peacemaker.com is https://youtu.be/F7a_McITI5Y
A new Peace Pole can be found at the Artist's Cooperative Gallery at the Westerly Train Station.  September 21 is recognized internationally as Peace Day.  The Peace Pole message is "May Peace Prevail on Earth."  Prayers for an end to the war in Ukraine.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Frank Celico
    September 11
  • Frank Livingston
    September 12
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Lori Lord
    September 9
  • Joe Potter
    Carol Potter
    September 11
Join Date:
  • Derin Temel
    September 9, 2019
    3 years
  • Dora Vasquez-Hellner
    September 9, 2019
    3 years
  • Julie Lord
    September 9, 2019
    3 years
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Mailing Address:  Rotary Club of Westerly, PO Box 407, Westerly RI 02891