Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Six Years  June 28, 1958-2024



We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
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 by Saturday and delivered just before meeting. Contact Derin at 401.787.5575 or Alan at 401.623.1577.
Home Page Stories
Proposed New Member - Angelina "Angie" Swain
Angie is an employee of Navigant Credit Union.  Her husband is related to Club Past President (1983-1984) Kenneth Swain.  If there are no objections from membership in the next ten days, induction will take place early in August.  Meanwhile, a Fireside Chat is planned for 17 July 2024 at Central Baptist Church, 5:30pm.  Please contact Derin by Monday 15 July if you plan to attend - temelderin@yahoo.com or 401.787.5575.
Bob Cruz installs President Alan and his Board after a lovely dinner provided by TyMark Catering at Grey Sail's outdoor garden.
The first "South County Antique Auto Show" under sponsorship of the Pawcatuck-Westerly Antique Auto Club with the support of the Chariho and Westerly Rotary Clubs, held the event at the General Stanton Inn flea market area with over 100 vehicles participating.  Eleven Westerly Rotarians volunteered throughout the day.
Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops Rehearsal on Saturday, 22 June 2024.  The Rain Gods began pouring down just as the rehearsal was finishing up.  About a half hour later Saturday night show had to postpone.  So, off to Grey Sail's cooler went our hot dogs and pretzels.  And, onward we go to Sunday afternoon to start over.  Rotarians, with the help of Westerly High School Honor students and Visiting Rotarian Rick from Santa Fe, New Mexico, assembled our concession stand early Saturday morning and we were all set to start selling around 2:00pm.  Sunday morning brought us back to the park to examine and reorganize our site.  In the afternoon many of us returned to cook hot dogs and pretzels and begin selling our soda, water, Del's Lemonade, pop corn and Mario's North End Pizza.  In the end, the Chorus pre-show and main show started a bit earlier than normal but, though very windy, the show continued to the very end with the spectacular 1812 Overture with Grucci fireworks, Christ Church Bells but minus the Newport Artillery for the very first time.   And, with the help of more Westerly High School honor Students and Prout student Mary Brinton, the concession was closed down.  
Despite all these tribulations, we were amazed at the turnout on Sunday.  So many people came back Sunday afternoon that we were very, very busy for the duration of the afternoon.  Our net is about $6700.  
A very special thank you to our donors - Navigant Credit Union Del's Lemonade Sponsor, Shoreline Cinemas Pop Corn Sponsor, Honey Dew Donuts Coffee Sponsor, Bogue's Alley Hot Dog/Hot Dog Rolls/Pretzels Sponsor and all our Rotarians who sponsored soda and water for the event.
Just a few of the wonderful pictures that were taken by Cal Lord.  The rest can be found at the Summer Pops 2024 Site on the website.
The Scholarship Committee (Kathryn Taylor, Suzanne Lane, Andy Clapham) selected from 28 applicants the following six Westerly High School recipients of our 2024 Scholarship Awards:  Kayley Chim, Geena Falcone, Camden Kelly, Sam Marchese, Andrew Plumpton and Nicholas Tria.  A total of $15,000 was awarded among these fine students.  Four are also Student of the Month selections.  President Derin and Foundation Chair Bob Elmer presented the award letters at Baccalaureate but we will get to meet these young adults some time over Christmas break.  As our Policy dictates, our award is not actually given at Baccalaureate but is presented to them at the end of their first semester when they join us at one of our dinner meetings.  We wish them good fortune and much success - the future is theirs to make!!
The Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program took place May 17 - 19 at Camp Rotary in Boxford, MA.  This is an outdoor leadership retreat for Sophomore and Junior students with the goal to "cultivate life and leadership skills including goal setting, cultural understanding, problem solving, communication, public speaking, community building, team building and more."  Since 2011 we have sponsored six students (five from Westerly HS and one from South Kingstown HS) for this very special program.  This year a student from Mattapoisett, MA applied to attend but she didn't have a sponsor.  So, when no Westerly High School student applied, we made the decision to sponsor Ms. Katherine Young who attends Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett.  Her application came to us from Rotarian Lew Gordon who is the District 7950 RYLA Chair.  Last week he forwarded a handwritten thank you note from Katherine expressing her thanks for this opportunity.  It was followed on Sunday by a note which expanded on her experience:
You can read about our past RYLA students if you scan down the left side of web page to "Site Pages" to "Rotary Youth Leadership Award".
President Derin with Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Executive Director Susan Sedensky and Rotarian Joe Lorello.  Derin and Joe delivered 25 books - The Brain Game - to Susan for client distribution as needed.
Saturday evening, 1 June, was our 22nd Charitable/Scholarship Dinner.  Weather was lovely as were all our guests.  We had super delicious passed au d'oeuvres with wine tasting provided by The Wine Store and Old Fashion or Gin & Tonic drinks provided by South County Distillery.
Our fantastic silent auction items were on display and bidding was going strong until we sat down for the fabulous dinner prepared by the crew of The Cooked Goose.  We had some really great live auction items, too - Block Island stay with air fare, Doug's handcrafted secret shelves, Suzanne's Award Winning Pies and so much more.  Our net total right now is close to $19,000, which will  be split between our Charitable and Scholarship Investment Funds.
A huge THANK YOU  to everyone who collected auction items, the donors of the items, the staff at The Cooked Goose, all of our attendees, The Wine Store, South County Distillery, John Geiger for his pictures and especially The Royce Foundation.
Doug's "Stealth" Shelves
Awarded for Peace and Conflict Resolution event held at the Westerly Library in partnership with Westerly Area Peace and Justice, the Anti-Racism Coalition and the Westerly Library.  An Evening with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr took place on 16 January 2024.  The goal for the evening was to bring the community together to openly discuss how Dr. King's words from over 50 years ago can unite people to promote peace in a turbulent world.  It was promoted in the Westerly Sun.  In addition, we participated in monthly meetings of the Peace Pole Committee which has led to the planting of peace poles in Westerly.  An International Day of Peace event was held 23 September 2023 at Westerly Library. A program on International Cities of Peace at the District Peace-building and Conflict Resolution Forum on Zoom took place 27 February 2024.
Members have attended DE&I web training. We have removed fines from weekly meetings, meeting meals have become optional, creating a tiered dues structure.  Meeting place is convenient to all.  Website includes Diversity pledge: Rotary strives to create and maintain an experience for members and participants that reflects our fundamental values, empowers people to contribute at their fullest potential, and celebrates people as they are.  Our core values - service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership - align with our commitment to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all.
25 achievements were listed on the award application.  We had to complete at least 16 between 1 July 2023 and 25 April 2024.  We accomplished 20.  Some examples are service project completed, Million Dollar Meal, attendance at District event, participate or contribute to international project, peace building.
To receive this award, a club must have completed at least 4 of 9 items.  We completed six: highlighted projects or events in the Westerly Sun, maintained an attractive up-to-date website, maintained an active up-to-date facebook page, produced regular newsletters to membership and others, hosted an event to inform others about Rotary's efforts to eradicate Polio in the world (our Million Dollar Meal in Rotary Park), Updated Club banners with Day of Service banner.
District Longevity Awards were given to Dr. Douglas A Rayner for his 53 years of service and Joseph Nigrelli for his 56 years of service
to Westerly Rotary.
Members of Westerly Rotary who participated in today's parade:  Dora riding in a VFW Cool SportCar; Rona, Suzanne, Steve and Derin walking; Doug and Ted in the New Silver Truck.  Cal also participated but he was driving the Watch Hill Firetruck.  We remember and honor all those who died in the service of our nation.
It was a real pleasure to meet Jane this past Monday.  She was an elementary school teacher and principal, earned a doctorate degree, published a children's book on safety "Read Write Evacuate", writes a Fire Safety monthly article in the Westerly Sun, has been a volunteer firefighter for over 24 years.  She has been name the Rhode Island Southern Firefighters League Fire Safe Specialist.  Jane developed a school safety program and "encourages collaboration with school leaders, local law and fire agencies, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in order to plan, implement, and evaluate school district emergency plans.  Her focus is on raising teacher self-efficacy with regard to protecting students during a school crisis."
Former Westerly Rotarian Dawn Robinson visited our group last Monday evening.  She is employed by Barnum Financial Group and their founder, Paul Blanco, established a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called Foundation for Life.  It's mission is "to improve the quality of life for the people and families we serve through actions that promote change and deepen connections within our community."  As they have done previously, partnering with Valenti Subaru, a very special event will occur at 4 Langworthy Road on May 18 beginning at 11:00am.  35 children have been selected by Elementary School Principals and invited to attend with their families for a celebration of the child's success in school.  Dinner was provided by Gourmet Caterers of Warwick.  The children participated in a pie contest and then invited to select their very own bicycle.  
Rotarians (Derin, Chant, Cal, Rona, Bob L, Rose) volunteered their morning to assist Dawn to make this event a complete success.  As in the past it is always a joy to see the faces on the littles ones who were the recipients of new bicycles.  This year the children and families were also invited to climb on the fire trucks, police cars and ambulance.
The Rotary Club of Westerly participated in its "Day of Service" on 4 May 2024.  We meet at The Frank Olean Center, which is located next door to our Rotary Park on Airport Road.  Executive Director Ruth Tureckova asked if we would help with much needed painting and/or gardening.  So, six of us tackled painting and three worked outside pruning and weeding.  The gardeners cleaned up the garden area surrounding the front of the building.  The painters completed repainting of two rooms and finishing off some other areas.
Thanks to Ruth for taking pictures of the Rotary Crew!!!
Remember the following in your prayers and perhaps with a card or two:  Karen Hanson and Andy Clapham
Meetings will be in person but spaced appropriately
15 July:   Alex Tsang & Tim Babcock from URI
22 July:   Rick & Elin Lawrence update on Guatemala projects
29 July:   Nicole DiMattei, Executive Director of Granite Theatre, with Child Actress Layla Bentley
5 Aug:     Board meeting 4:30
12 Aug:   NO meeting - Victory Day holiday
19 Aug:   Marilyn Lowney of Haitian Health Foundation
26 Aug:   MDM in Rotary Park with DG Sharon Johnson
2 Sep:      NO meeting - Labor Day holiday
9 Sep:      Board meeting 4:30
16 Sep:    Chris Butler, Exe Dir of InSight Vision Rehabilitation 
23 Sep:    Gina Fuller, Christine Cooke -Main St Resilient Renewal Project
Steve, John and Bob leading us in The Rotary Welcome Song written by Rotarian Ed Smalley
Food Collection Program
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 and the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.
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 2024 marked four 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 331 deliveries, as of 30 June, 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
Chikumbuso -August 24, 2024
Third Annual Run/Walk the Village 5K - In honor of Colby Graves, a long-time resident of North Stonington and an ardent runner.  Two years ago this event raise enough money to send a Chikumbuso student to a four year college.  It is hoped that we will do so again this year.  You can sign up at http://chikumbuso.liveimpact.org/li/7546/sevent/evt/home/215411/69
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://youtu.be/laPRY8aRfBs
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.    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".  Payment should be made payable to Rotary Foundation and give to Rose for proper handling.                                                                                                                                     
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.
Rotary strives to create and maintain an experience for members and participants that reflects our fundamental values, empowers people to contribute at their fullest potential, and celebrates people as they are.  Our core values - service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership - align with our commitment to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Doug Rayner
    July 15
  • Bob Boughner
    July 18
  • Bob Boughner
    Marti Boughner
    July 3
  • Frank Celico
    Donna Celico
    July 4
Join Date:
  • Frank Livingston
    July 20, 2020
    4 years
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