Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-One Years  June 28, 1958-2019



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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If you have ever played trumpet or bugle, dig it out on Monday, May 25.  Join Allison Patton of the Westerly Band and others across the country at 3:00pm outdoors on your porch, on
your front steps and play TAPS in remembrance and in honor of all our veterans.
Yesterday was the final day for folks to complete their individual walk/run/bike event to benefit Chikumbuso.  Team Westerly Rotary included Kathryn, Rona, Doug, Dan and Rose.  The following are some of the pictures received  -  Doug and family walking around the Preserve, Rose walking around her gardens, Kathryn at Osbrook Point in Pawcatuck and Rona at Hope Valley.
                   13 Oct 1947  -  20 May 2020
Steve was a member of our Club from 2009 to 2013 and he embraced the Rotary way fully.  He wore his Rotary pin every day with pride.  Somehow he managed to have the phone numbers of every person he met on his cell phone along with their birth dates and made that call every year.  So many of us here in Westerly would one day pick up the phone to hear him singing "Happy Birthday."   He was our Santa at Christmas when he organized a special Christmas party to benefit RICAN and included the Chariho Rotary Club.  Steve will be missed and remembered always.
Meeting this past Monday evening with the members above, including John Hall on the telephone, began with our speaker, Russ Partridge, Executive Director of The WARM Center.  He told us that through this crisis they have continued to provide over a hundred meals daily in Anita's Kitchen, seven days per week.  3,500 people have been cared for.  The Emergency Shelter program, a 19-bed facility, was "designed to help homeless men and women who suffer from a variety of circumstances."  They must remain alcohol and drug free, follow house rules, meet with their peers and staff.  Other programs that continue to be successful include Attire for Hire, Harvest Homes, Supportive Homes, Street Outreach, Community Outreach.  Russ said that all have remained in good health.  WARM has received a Rhode Island Foundation Grant to provide financial assistance for people having financial issues.  He believes that the level of need is increasing as people learn that WARM is there if help is needed and reach out.  Most staff has been working from home.
Russ said "when people come to WARM their lives change."  He told of one individual who had been living with substance abuse and came to WARM.  He stayed with the program and eventually attended college, graduated and is now in a Master's Program.  While we thanked Russ for all that has been accomplished at WARM for the community, he thanked us for our support.
Bob Elmer provided a Foundation Moment, telling how Habitat for Humanity and Texas Rotary Club helped to build a home for a family in Milawi, Africa.
Chikumbuso virtual walk/run/bike to be completed by May 23 - Club participants include President Kathryn, Rona, Doug, Dan and Rose.  Following is a picture of Doug and family.  The Club is contributing $125 to this event which will help to continue the program of providing food to the women and children of Chikumbuso.
The Scholarship Committee planned to have a Zoom meeting on Wednesday to discuss the applications and make their selections.  Rose received this information Wednesday evening and sent the information to Amy Roy at the high school.
On 28 May there will be a District 7950 Assembly via Zoom from 7:00-9:30pm with three great speakers - George Camp - Polio Plus/Foundation, Louisa Horne - Membership, Laura Spear - Public Image.  The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88694036501?pwd=T2oydTA3d0pyQkRqR1FHdWlLTm9UUT09   Meeting ID: 88694036501  Password: 089228
All are welcome to attend.
Bob and Suzanne Lane did much research on ways for our Club to recognize front line essential workers.  There was much discussion and some of us took on some specific tasks and we will follow up at next meeting or through email or zoom discussions.
A thank you note has been received from Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.
Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day.  We remember our Veterans in grateful prayer - and sadness at missing the annual parade.  There will be NO meeting on Monday.
Fifteen members participated in Monday's zoom meeting.  Great to see all who attended and to know that they and their families are doing well.
Ted announced that Bogue's Alley was preparing for us a meal for the three crews at the Westerly Ambulance Corps.  It will be delivered on Tuesday.  Question was asked how the meal was being packaged and Ted replied that the dinners were going to be packed in individual containers.  A certificate from the Club, expressing our appreciation for all they have done during this difficult time, accompanied the dinners.  We hope to provide a meal to the Police Dept also.
Suzanne led a discussion about another Program - Westerly Heroes.  How we can honor all the workers in the markets and hospital.  Ideas ranged from a placque, donation in their honor to a food bank, trays of cookies.  More to follow on this next week.
Reminder that we hope to hold a small "live" Golf Tournament meeting toward end of May.
Chikumbuso Virtual Challenge - Reminder to review this story and let Rose know if you plan to participate.  Club will make the donation for all Club participants.
May 18 - join us to hear from Warm Center's Russ Partridge   - zoom meeting at 5:30pm
EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR (erey) -  If you have not yet made your contribution, please consider doing so before June 30.  You can go online directly at the Rotary Foundation website or get your check to Rose.  And, if you do go online to RF, please let Rose know.
Because we have postponed our visit from Rick and Elin Lawrence in May, Rick has submitted the following update on the Guatemala projects:
Aug 24:  District Governor Charlene Jarest visitation  - Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park
Aug 29:  Armory Appreciation Evening honoring John Coduri, Larry Hirsch, Rev Dr. Clayton A Lord, Dave and Rona Mann
Oct 5:  Sixth Annual Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
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.
Frank Livingston has submitted a membership application, sponsored by Cal Lord.  Frank recently moved to Westerly with his wife, Evelyn, from Manchester CT.  He mentioned on Monday evening that his father was a Manchester CT Rotary member.  Fireside chat was held Tuesday evening at Central Baptist Church with Cal, President Kathryn, Steve, Bob Elmer, Doug, Frank Celico, and Rose.  Cal called on each Rotary member to speak briefly about how they were drawn into Rotary.  Woven into each talk were stories of Club projects, experiences and Rotary history.  We look forward to Frank's induction when the COVID crisis has ended.
Chikumbuso Education Program - Whyness Phiri and Peter Juma are pictured below.
Sixth Annual Golf Tournament -  the tournament will take place on 5 October 2020 at Shelter Harbor Golf Club  - next Golf meeting is on hold
2020 RYLA will take place first week of October, 2020.   Westerly High School Junior Adam Gilman has completed his application online and our payment has been issued.
RCoW Foundation:  documentation is complete
21st Scholarship/Charitable Auction Dinner is postponed until 2021.
Ted has spoken to our fabulous sign painter about repairing the Rotary Park donor sign.  More to come on this.
Board approved annual Pasta Dinner with Lions Club in November to benefit the Jonnycake Center of Westerly.
We are pleased to announce that Adam Gilman, shown above with President Kathryn and Principal Hobin, has been selected for the 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  He will be attending the annual event at Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, MA, which is now postponed until the Fall.  This is a leadership program that is open to high school sophomores and juniors  and offers life-changing, lasting opportunities "to gain hands-on experience in developing skills with a focus on community service."  Many Rylarians return to this annual conference as Alumni to put their leadership skills into action through coordination of leadership seminars and community projects.
Adam is an Honor student, has earned his Academic letter, Lamp of Learning Pin.  He has participated in soccer, basketball, lacrosse.  Adam is also a Big Buddy mentor, Summer Pops volunteer, Westerly Youth Soccer Association volunteer, and WHS Student representative to School Committee.  He hopes to attend the Naval Academy.  We are certain that this young man will be successful in all that he does and hope that Rotary will be a part of his adult life.
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
Next meeting will be rescheduled
Flyer, Registration and Tee Sponsor forms are available through website "download files"
Ten members attended our Zoom meeting Monday evening along with prospective member Frank Livingston.  Really nice to see everyone - virtually.  About having a live meeting - it was decided to wait until Governor Raimondo's decision on May 8; so we will continue with Zoom meetings for the next couple of weeks - or more.
The Golf Tournament meeting has been postponed to the end of May but the feeling among attendees is to go forward with the Tournament although there might not be much opportunity for sponsorships.  More to follow.
School applications are coming in by snail mail and email.  They must all be received by May 6.  Westerly High School is planning a Virtual Baccalaureate ceremony on June 9th so our Scholarship selection needs to be decided by May 22.
Janie Carlisle asked to have the following note published in our newsletter:
"Hand sanitizer is a standard item included in ESRD Dialysis Support Bags provided free to dialysis patients by The Carlisle-Williams Foundation.  As the increase in use of hand sanitizer continues, it has become almost impossible to obtain this much needed product.  I reached out to Rosemarie Russo, editor of the Tattler, after seeing a mention of Grey Sail Brewing making hand sanitizer, in the recent edition of the Westerly Rotary's newsletter.  I explained the situation and that we were unable to deliver packages to patients in a Rhode Island Dialysis clinic without the sanitizer.  True to the spirit of Rotary, Rosemarie went right into action.  Within minutes, I received an email that Grey Sail Brewery had donated 75 bottles of hand sanitizer to the Foundation.  Additionally, Rosemarie said she would deliver the sanitizer to me before the week is out.  She did (really, it was Anthony) and the packages will be delivered to the dialysis clinic this week.  Thank you so much .... Jen and Alan Brinton of Grey Sail Brewery.  Your generosity and caring will make a crucial difference in the health of these patients.  Sincerely, Janie."
Rona's team of Angels continue to make deliveries from Charlestown to Pawcatuck.  Highlight from Rona is a phone call from a recipient wanting to make sure that "you're alright...God bless you and all your Rotary people."
Grants:  The special District Grant and the repurposed 2019/2020 District Grant payments were sent out last week to Jonnycake Center of Westerly, RI Center Assisting Those in Need and Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.  Upon receipt of RICAN and PNC purchase documents, Rose will be able to send in final reports in order to receive reimbursement from District.
God bless you all, stay safe inside and be well.
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 to the Club and Rose will make sure that it gets to Rotary Foundation in your name or you can go directly to RF and make your donation online.  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, Julie, Steve, Derin, Alan, Frank Celico       
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.  Our first supply of ten lockboxes was delivered to Officer Mills.
We have purchased 20 additional lockboxes which were delivered to Officer Mills.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Alan Brinton
    May 20
  • John Hall, Jr
    May 24
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Gloria Kimball
    May 26
  • John Hall, Jr
    Brigid Rooney-Hall
    May 1
  • Derin Temel
    Elaine Temel
    May 3
  • Cal Lord
    Lori Lord
    May 29
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