Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty Years   June 28, 1958-2018
Mailing Address:  PO Box 407  Westerly RI 02891



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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Monday evening was another very special celebration as Cal inducted three new members into our Club  -  Dora Vasquez-Hellner, Deren Temel and Julie Lord.  The picture above shows them with their Sponsors Rona, Dan and Cal.  As usual, President Kathryn brought cake to complete the celebration.  We are all pleased to welcome them into our Club.  Already getting involved, Dora will be working with Dan on the Reforest the Tropics program.  Julie is planning on working with Westerly High School's Interact Club.
Carlisle-Williams Foundation Receives Grant from Westerly Rotary
Contact Janie Carlisle – janiec@esrd-patient-support.org
Norwich, CT – The Carlisle-Williams Foundation (Foundation) recently received a $300 grant from the Rotary Club of Westerly to help provide dialysis support bags to area dialysis patients. We are pleased to announce that all 38 of the patients at the ARA Dialysis Center of Westerly (Westerly Dialysis Center) were able to receive a package.
The Westerly Dialysis Center provided dialysis services to patients on dialysis who were traveling over the summer, which is a huge benefit to the patient. Compliance with dialysis is a crucial factor to improving the quality of life for the patient. The Carlisle-Williams Foundation’s mission is to help improve the quality of life for dialysis patients by providing hope and support through our flagship ESRD Dialysis Support Bag and other services.
After conversations with the Social Worker at the center, the Foundation and Westerly Dialysis Center are looking to partner to provide public conversations in the area around dialysis and kidney transplants. The Foundation is also hopeful to continue partnering with the Rotary Club of Westerly to provide the support bags to the Westerly Dialysis Center on an ongoing basis.
We are currently planning to provide 10 bags to the center to give to patients at the hospital as soon as they are informed that they will be having dialysis. This is an initiative the Foundation hopes to implement in other dialysis centers in the area. We feel it is crucial to provide the information as early as possible to the patient so they are able to use it right away.
There are an estimated 20 million people in the USA who have chronic kidney disease. Annually, nearly 116,000 people in the USA are diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease to the point where replacement kidney therapy is required to sustain life.  Only a few of these will receive a kidney transplant, and most undergo dialysis to stay alive with a reasonable—but not normal—quality of life. Some patients are capable of dialyzing at home, but the rest must receive treatment three to four times a week in a local dialysis center for 3-5 hours per session. These 116,000 annual cases need emotional, vocational and physical support in addition to their medical treatments.
The mission of The Carlisle-Williams Foundation is to increase the quality of life and the motivation to live by providing hope and support to dialysis patients using a boots on the ground approach. All of our services are provided at no cost to the dialysis patient. For more information, visit our website at www.esrd-patient-support.org.
Fifth Annual Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
7 October 2019    10:30 Register/check in    Noon Shot Gun Format
Player registration fee  $300.00
Chair:  Kathryn Taylor  (kathryn.taylor42@gmail.com)
Event Chair:  Frank Celico  (frankcelico@thewinestoreri.com
Next meeting is scheduled for September 10th at Steve Cofone's home - 9am
Player registration form and Tee Sponsor form are available on our website - see "download" section.
Email blast was sent out early in March; a second blast was sent July 21.  95 players have registered.
                                       Silver Sponsor
                       Westerly Community Credit Union
                                       Tee Sponsors
                              Florence and Dan Alvino
                                   Avie's Ski/Sports
                 BankRI/Signature Commercial Banking
                                   Beachcrest Dental
                                    Chariho Furniture
                                 Steve & Evie Cofone
                              D'Angelo Sandwich Shop
                  DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc.
                         Dunn's Corners Chiropractic
                       Eric Milhoua at Edward Jones
      Focus Physical Therapy dba First Physical Therapy
                      Hoyt, Filipetti & Malaghan LLC
                      Jonnycake Center of Westerly
                              Doug & Jean Rayner
                        Paul Cofoni Trust Brokerage
                            Joseph & Carol Potter
                                 Randall Realtors
                                  Royal Westerly
                              Seaside Pharmacy
                              South County Auto
                             The Cooked Goose
                                The Sea Goose
                        Thorp & Trainer Insurance
                           Toscano's Mens Shop
                           William T Sisco, CPA
     Rebecca Woodward, DMD & Adam Kaufman, DMD
President Kathryn, Bob Boughner, Julie Lord and Dan Alvino representing our Club at yesterday's Westerly celebration at Wilcox Park to promote our Lockbox program, the Club, Polio Plus Program and the upcoming Golf Tournament.  Water, Rotary pens and chocolate were available to visitors.  Other Rotarians who participated were Rona Mann, Chris DiPaola (also representing WBLQ) and Chief "Choo Choo" Engineer Bob Elmer.  Ted Avedesian and Rose Russo were setup and takedown crew.
Sep 8:  Wakefield Rotary Picnic@619 Matunuck Beach Road from 12:00 to 3:00  -contact Kathryn if planning to attend.
Sep 9:  Open meeting AND induction of new members. Board meeting at 7:00
Sep 10:  Golf Tournament meeting at Steve Cofone's home
Sep 14:  Walk to End Alzheimer's in Westerly  So far -Kathryn, Rona, Rose, Julie, Cal...
Sep 16:  Joe Vacca or other representative from Westerly Pee Wee Football
Seo 19:  Farmer's Market - Rotary Day
Sep 23:  Alison Croke of the Westerly Wood River Health Center
Sep 29:  First Responders Event at Central Baptist Church and Christ Church 4:00pm
Sep 30:  Student of the Month - Maya Champ
Oct 7:  Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club.  Chair Kathryn Taylor, Lead sponsor Frank Celico.  
Oct 14:  Columbus Day Holiday - NO meeting
Oct 24:  World Polio Day
Oct 28:  Celebrating Helen Mochetti
Nov 11:  Veterans Day Remembrance - NO meeting
Nov 14:  District 7950 Foundation Dinner
Nov 18:  D. G. Steve Albright - Student Exchange Program
Nov 19:  Pasta Dinner for Jonnycake Center at the Calabrese Club
Nov 25:  Annual Stonington-Westerly High Schools' Football Night  - this year hosted by Rotary Club of the Stoningtons, venue TBD
Membership Committee:  Chairman Cal Lord with Dan Alvino, Frank Celico and Caroline Maynard
Cal said that they have committed to informing potential members of upcoming programs, which might be of interest, and encouraging members to invite them to attend.  The Club has agreed to pay up to 3 dinners for each potential member and current Rotarians may cover this cost if they wish.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Chairman Cal at calstigers@gmail.com, Dan at dalvino@aol.com, Frank at frankcelico@thewinestoreri.com.  Cal has reported that additional membership interest has been received from Alan Brinton and  Chief Lacey
The Board met September 9th at 7:16pm.
1)  Cal asked to speak to provide details of First Responders' Event on September 29th at 4:00pm.  He requested our financial assistance once again on behalf of the Clergy Association and also for members to assist with refreshment serving etc after the service.  He said that this year they have opened up ceremony to include Pawcatuck, Mystic, Stonington Borough, Charlestown and Westerly.  The Board has committed $300 toward this event.
2)  The Board discussed the disaster in the Bahamas and voted to send $1,000 plus happy/sad dollars (116.) to Disaster Aid USA (a Rotarian organization).
3) Kathryn is working with Elise at Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan regarding 501(c)(3) setup.  Steve and Chris will be helping with this project also.
4) Rose will be delivering the Club's 2018 documents to Elise for their review.
5) Helen Mochetti will soon be celebrating 50 years at the helm of the Westerly Public Library's Childrens' Library.  The Board voted to honor Helen for all she has done for our Club and her dedicated service to Westerly - SAVE THE DATE  October 28, dinner at 5:30.
6) Kathryn attended the Wakefield picnic last weekend and discussed with Wakefield Rotarians a joint project with Habitat for Humanity.  More to come on this in future.
7)  Rona discussed the difficulty hearing folks from one end of the table to the other and requested that we look into purchasing a handheld microphone that can be passed around as needed.
8) Kathryn will be attending Rotary Day at the United Nations on November 9th.
Thank you letter was received from Safe Passage for recent donation.

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.  So a new fiscal year begins.  Typically, Rotarians contribute $100 annually to this fund, but any amount is great!  You can prepare a check to The Rotary Foundation and give it to Rose to process or you can go online to Rotary International's website and make your donation directly via credit card    If you do go online to RF, please let Rose know that you did so - new Rotary Foundation EREY stickers are ready to insert on your Member Badge.
         2019/2020 STARS (contributors) are Rona, Dan, Kathryn, Cal, Rose, Doug        
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.
To the members of Westerly Rotary - from Linda Wilkinson:
"Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor a child!  There are so many children in need here, and sponsorship makes such a huge impact on the lives of the student and their family.  Your donation allows the child to receive a bag of mealie-meal, sugar, cooking oil, soap and most importantly an education.
I have chosen a first grader for you by the name of Whyness Phiri.  Whyness is nine years old, and she and her 3 brothers live with their grandmother here in Ng'ombe.  Her grandmother sells tomatoes on the street in an attempt to provide for the children, but it just isn't enough.  She was so grateful to learn that you will now be providing food for them!"
The following well-written letter was received this week from Whyness:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Frank Celico
    September 11
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Lori Lord
    September 9
  • Caroline Maynard
    Jim Maynard
    September 7
  • Joe Potter
    September 11
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Membership Chair
Immediate Past President

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