Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Two Years  June 28, 1958-2020



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

(401) 315-5868
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President Rona decreed that this Monday night meeting would NOT be a meeting at all - no bell, no announcements - just a happy social event at the wonderful "back yard" at Grey Sail Brewery.  The tables had been socially distanced by Jen and Alan along with providing us with beverages for the evening.  Can't thank you both enough for all you do!!!!  And, a big thank you to Cal for taking the following pictures:
And a huge thank you to Kathryn for leading us through the past two years.  We are grateful for your leadership but most of all for your friendship.
  Dora     Kathryn, Rona, Dora
Dora, Rona, Kathryn and Rose completed today a 5K Walk to benefit Women Veterans.  Our combined member donation was about $235.  Dora, Rona and Kathryn completed their walk in Ashaway along with some friends of Dora's.  Rose completed her walk this morning after several days of laps around the "gardens".
Past President Cal Lord inducts Frank Livingston this past Monday evening.  Frank met with us early in March at our "Fireside Chat" but then COVID happened; so we appreciate his patience awaiting his official induction.  He has already shown his Rotary spirit by helping with the COVID delivery program headed by President Rona Mann.  Frank told the membership last evening that his Dad was a Rotarian in his home town of Manchester, CT.  We welcome Frank to Westerly and to our Club.
Induction of 2020/2021 Officers and Directors was lead by Past President Bob Elmer.  Suzanne Lane, Director, and Past President Kathryn participated via Zoom.  We extend our thoughts and prayers to Julie Lord, who will be taking up the Secretary position but who has been by her sister's side.
We were delighted to have Marty and Bob Boughner join us for dinner, though hugs will have to wait awhile.  Also in attendance was Dave Mann, Dave Wargat and Justin Wargat.  Dylan Temel, son of Derin, shared his wonderful musical talents on trumpet before the bell rang at 5:30.   Cal provided a really great slide show of the past year's activities and Rotarians at work doing good everywhere.
After Rona took her oath of office, she spoke to membership about her plans for the year, plans that may be derailed by COVID restrictions, but that won't keep this little lady from finding a way to spread the word about Rotary, about the Rotary Club of Westerly.   Rona is an avid walker and has already registered for virtual or actual walks around the area:  Women Veterans Benefit Walk, Alzheimer's Walk Westerly, Terri Brodeur Foundation Walk and there are more to come, for sure. She graciously took the time to mention Club members who have stood out at one time or another.
But somehow she missed a couple and sent Rose this note -"I forgot two very important Rotarians as I gazed around the room last night, saying why I treasured each person there for their talent, their fellowship, and for who they are.  How, then, could I forget our version of the Blues Brothers?  Reiner and Brooks?  Frick and Frack?  Ted and Steve, you are the very heart of this Rotary Club and what it's always been about.  You power our biggest projects and do it with such thoroughness and great detail, like the Scholarship Auction, Summer Pops set up and tear down, and all the schlepping, storage, and grunt work others aren't able to do.  Having the added pressure of such a critical position at the hospital (Steve) and the stress of being a small businessman in today's climate (Ted), I don't believe that I have ever heard either of you complain!   Your relationship is unique...like an old married couple with one finishing the other's sentences and those pet names you have for each other... Baba?  Boo Boo?  I won't ask.  Perhaps my oversight last night was because you do everything so effortlessly; and sadly, that kind of dedication often becomes something we tend to take for granted and overlook as automatic because it's always there.  So, here is the first mea culpa of the '20-'21 year.  I'm sure it won'te be the last!  But once again, a hearty thank you and much affection to you both, Baba and Boo Boo."
Your editor, Rose, received a really, really special gift from the membership - two gift cards for Agway and Pleasant Acres Nursery - her two favorite local shops.  I am so grateful to you all for this gift.  You're all welcome to stroll through my garden when you are in the neighborhood.  And a funny thing happened last week - Rona received a Paul Harris pin with two sapphires, no name was provided, and she contacted Rose to ask about it.  Since Rose is also Treasurer and was fully aware that she had achieved this award by reaching $3,025. in contributions to EREY and Polio Plus, Rona was so informed.  Rona's first thought was "well, when I award it to you look surprised".  Of course, that wouldn't be the truth. Rose didn't want to make the evening any longer than necessary so no speech; however, as editor we can take up space here.  So Rose writes, "The membership honored me with my first Paul Harris award in July 2012, with a $1,000 donation to Rotary Foundation.  I was so humbled by this honor, that I determined to contribute to Every Rotarian Every Year and Polio Plus as often as possible and have since earned for myself a PHF pin with 1 sapphire and Monday the PHF pin with 2 sapphires.  Rotary does so much good throughout the world and I am grateful and blessed to be a small part of this organization."
  Past Presidents
   Paul Harris Fellows
Next week, we will meet for an evening of fellowship at Grey Sail Brewery at 5:30pm.  Food will once again be supplied by The Cooked Goose - same menu choices.  Dora Vasquez-Hellner will be taking your order this week, her email is abndora@aol.com.  Please contact her by Saturday evening the latest.  And, a huge thank you to Doug for picking up our sandwiches and salads. 
August 3rd we will be back at Central Baptist Church.
Celebrating Dr. Doug Rayner's 85th Birthday this evening with a car parade from Quail Run through Fox Run onward to Shepherd's Run.  The call went out to members of our Rotary Club, the Chorus of Westerly and all of the Rayner family and friends.  Sadly, we had to remain in our vehicles and didn't get to share in birthday cake.  Many blessings to our friend and mentor.  The best of the best!!!
Thank you, Kathryn, for your leadership the past two years.  It has been a pleasure to work with you - my Hero!!!
Bob and Suzanne Lane headed up our latest project to recognize Westerly's Essential Workers during the COVID crisis.  Without all these folks out there working every day to take care of our sick, to fill the grocery market shelves, to take care of emergency needs - the past few months would have truly been a disaster.  So, we thank you all for staying the course.  In the picture above Alan Brinton, co-owner of Grey Sail Brewery, received a sign for his company's production of sanitizer.  Signs have also been installed at Westerly Packing, the downtown Post Office and The Royal Nursing Home.  There will be 30 signs going up around town - see the Essential Workers Photo Album on left side of website.
Sixth Annual Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament
at Shelter Harbor Golf Club  on 5 October 2020
Co-Chairs:  Frank Celico and Kathryn Taylor
  Publicity:  Chris DiPaola, Bob Elmer, Rona Mann, Derin Temel
  Major Sponsors:  Caroline Maynard and Dan Alvino
  Tee Sponsors:  Julie Lord and Suzanne Lane
  Goody Bags:  Ted Avedesian and Steve Cofone
  Framed Award Certificates:  Derin Temel
Flyer, Registration and Tee Sponsor forms are available through website "download files"
This flyer above says it all.  Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation.  Health and Hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio.  Economic Development and new opportunities.  Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.  With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.  EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR provides funds to Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund, specifically, and 50% of this donation comes back to the District.   You can prepare a check payable to The Rotary Foundation and Rose will make sure that it gets to Rotary Foundation in your name or you can go directly to the Rotary website and make your donation online.  Please let Rose know that you did so. 
2020/2021 Stars
Ted Avedesian, Steve Cofone, Frank Livingston
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 in need 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 40 lockboxes was delivered to Officer Mills.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Julie Lord
    July 1
  • Doug Rayner
    July 15
  • Bob Boughner
    July 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • John Lord
    July 19
  • Dave Mann
    July 31
  • Bob Boughner
    Marti Boughner
    July 3
  • Frank Celico
    Donna Celico
    July 4
Join Date:
  • Doug Rayner
    July 1, 1971
    49 years
  • Bob Boughner
    July 2, 2012
    8 years
  • Joe Potter
    July 2, 2012
    8 years
  • Chris DiPaola
    July 14, 2001
    19 years
  • Joe Nigrelli
    July 14, 1968
    52 years
  • Steve Cofone
    July 14, 1982
    38 years
  • Ted Avedesian
    July 14, 1994
    26 years
  • Vinnie Gaccione
    July 14, 1960
    60 years
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Vice President
Immediate Past President
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