Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
 Celebrating Sixty Years   June 28, 1958-2018


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

(401) 315-5868
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A very grateful thank you to all our sponsors, donors and players for participating in this event and making it one of the most successful.  SAVE THE DATE  -  7 Oct 2019  -  we look forward to seeing you then.
                                 Event Sponsors
         Professional Planning Group - Gold Sponsor
   Westerly Community Credit Union - Gold Sponsor
           Valenti of Westerly - Hole in One Sponsor
              Bouvier Insurance - Bronze Sponsor
                 The Wine Store - Bronze Sponsor
                                 Tee Sponsors
                          Dan & Florence Alvino
                          Ashaway Line & Twine
                                Avie's Ski/Sport
                             Bank Rhode Island
                         Central Baptist Church
                            Evie & Steve Cofone
                          D'Amato Investments
                       D'Angelo Sandwich Shop
            DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc
              Dunns Corners Chiropractic Center
                        Dunns Corners Market
                   Dynamic Solution Associates
                     Edward Jones Investments
                   Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
                              Ginger's Service
                             Grey Sail Brewery
                         Hilltop Care Pod's Pizza
                   Hoyt Filippetti & Malaghan LLC
                              Laudone Financial
                    Mansfield Insurance Agency
                               Margin Street Inn
           Mia's Prime Time Cafe & Wilcox Tavern
                     Michael A Cozzolino Painting
                Misquamicut Business Association
                            Joseph & Carol Potter
                               Randall, Realtors
                             Doug & Jean Rayner
                         Reforest the Tropics, Inc
                          Rol-Flo Engineering, Inc
                                 Royal Westerly
                        Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar
                              Seaside Pharmacy
                          South County Auto LLC
                              The Cooked Goose
                             Thorp & Trainer, Inc
                            Toscanos Mens Shop
                             Valenti of Westerly
                      Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club
                            William T Sisco, CPA
                          Windjammer Surf Bar
   Winnapaug Cottages/Paul Cofoni Trust Brokerage
  Rebecca J Woodward DMD & Adam S Kaufman DMD
                            Prize,Raffle Donors
                                Ted Avedesian
                                Bob Boughner
                                Boneyard BBQ
                                 Steve Cofone
                  Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
              Dunns Corner Chiropractic Center
                               D'Angelo's Deli
                                   Bob Elmer
                                  Rona Mann
                         McLaughlin & Moran
                      Mia's and Wilcox Tavern
                       Northeast Distributing
                          Paddy's Beach Club
                    Rhode Island Distributing
                     Saltwater Farm Vineyard
                        Stonington Vineyards
                                 Stop & Shop
               Tapped Apple Cidery & Winery
                           The Malted Barley
                             The Wine Store
                    Winnapaug Country Club
More pictures can be found in the Photo Albums section
First Responders Service on 30 September
Community Giving to date includes $500 to Westerly Pee Wee Football and $500 to the Columbus Day Parade Committee.
$450 was collected at our Million Dollar Meal last month for Rotary's Polio Plus Program, rounded up to $500 with a check going to Rotary Foundation yesterday.  A $600 check to sponsor a child of Chikumbuso for one year was mailed yesterday, as well as $60 check to A Walk to End Alzheimers for walkers Rona and Rose, $100 check to Stand Up for Animals for Trivia Night event and $300 check to Central Baptist Church for First Responders Service, $40 to Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Fund (to help Rona reach her goal for the half marathon walk last weekend).
Past President Bob Elmer has agreed to become the Rotarian representative to work the Westerly High School's Interact Program.  He and Cal Lord met with Chef Jamie and Mr. Hathaway at the high school last week along with several students who will make up the Interact and FBLA Clubs.
We have committed to send a student to Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp next year - hopefully, it will be a student from Westerly High School.
Board meeting after October 8th dinner meeting -
We received thank you notes from Scholarship winner Richard Boylan, Stand Up for Animals and Rona Mann.
The Peace Pole has been installed at Rotary Park.  Dedication will take place 22 October from 3:00 to 4:00pm.  The Peace Pole contains the words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in English and seven other languages - based on the town's top ethnic population - and a braille plaque.
Net proceeds from Golf Tournament is $10,601 but some funds are still due in.  Date has been confirmed for 2019 Golf Tournament at SHGC -  7 October.
A new policy was approved and voted.  Submitted by Doug Rayner, motion was made and seconded, regarding Monday Holidays:
"The legal holiday schedule of the Town of Westerly shall determine the scheduling of our meetings.  If a day on which we usually meet is in conflict with a legal holiday in the Town of Westerly, then the Rotary Club of Westerly will not meet on that day."  So, from now to June 2019, we will NOT meet on the following holiday Mondays:  2018: Nov 12, Dec 24, Dec 31, 2019: Jan 21, May 27.
EREY:  Only one member has contributed to the Rotary Foundation as of October 8th. So, $100 since July.
POLIO PLUS:  $500 through our Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park.
Rona and Chris at Providence Coal Fired Pizza Thursday evening October 11.  They earned the Club $320 in Tips.
A BIG thank you to Shane and Providence Coal Fired Pizza!!!!!!!
Oct 22:  Dedication of Peace Pole at Rotary Park - 3:00 to 4:00pm
               Student of the Month
Oct 24:  World Polio Day Celebration
Nov 10:  Nuts & Bolts of Rotary -District 7950 at Whites of Westport 11/10/18 8am
Nov 12:  Veteran's Day  - No dinner meeting -  Remember our Veterans today!!
Nov 15:  Pasta Dinner to Benefit Jonnycake Center's Fuel Assistance Fund - at The Calabrese Club 
Nov 15:  District 7950 Rotary Foundation Dinner at Rosebrook Event Center, Wareham MA, $45 per person
Nov 19:  Stonington and Westerly High School Football Night with Captains, Coaches and Alumni with
Rotary Club of the Stoningtons and Westerly at Venice Restaurant - 6:00pm - lower level dining room
Lisa Yuen, September Student of the Month, and Principal Mike Hobin
An honor student, with over 500 hours of community service at Summer Pops, Unified Prom, Chalk It Up and more, Lisa doesn't get much sleep.  She has achieved perfect attendance, earned an Academic Decathlon Participation Award, participates in several extracurricular activities - Peer Tutor, Football Manager, Students for Life among them.  And, she works in the family business at Chen's Village Restaurant.
Pres-Elect Rona Mann and Westerly Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau.
Mark opened with a congratulations to Lisa Yuen - telling the membership that she had interviewed him last week for a video project she is producing - and to Coach Miranda, one of our guests, for his big win against Woonsocket.  Then he went on to speak about the state of our schools.  He said that the high school building was in great shape as is the middle school.  However, he said that the middle school is at capacity; so, as the "Phase 3 Plan" for the elementary schools moves forward, it will include a plan to move Grade 5 out of the middle school.  The building subcommittee along with the consultant have selected a plan to renovate Springbrook and Dunns Corners schools for the up to grade 2 students with a focus on early literacy.  State Street School will be torn down and a new state-of-the-art green facility built in its place for grades 3 - 5.  While it seems like the neighborhood school is disappearing, instead the focus will be on educating by level.  Dr. Garceau said that a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is coming with a State Bond that might provide up to 50% reimbursement for the school building improvements.  The goal is to start by 2020.
To the members of Westerly Rotary - from Linda Wilkinson:
"Thank you so much for your sponsorship check received in the mail.  You are brilliant!  Both Sabrina and I are so pleased.
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!
Whyness will be writing you a letter telling you a little bit more about herself and her interests.  I've also attached a photo so you can see just how adorable she is!
Thanks again for being such a blessing to this young girl and her family!"
It was our great pleasure to greet Ryan Saunders, Executive Director of the Chorus of Westerly, Monday evening.  He thanked the Club and some members individually for our support over the past years.  This season will celebrate SIXTY years of providing great music to the community - Ryan's tenth year serving as Executive Director.  With all humility he reminded everyone how both he and Andrew Howell, the second Chorus Music Director, first joined the chorus as young boys (Trebles) - singing under Maestro George Kent.  Some statistics he offered as the season begins with 211 adults, 98 children, music training now provided in elementary schools, more teenage boys retained even after voice change, members come from 30 cities and towns.
A new HVAC system has finally been installed in a very unique fashion in order to preserve the historic building guidelines; the roof has been repaired and replaced; the front stairway has been replaced.  The exterior painting is on hold due to various issues.
Ryan shared wonderful news regarding two other former trebles.  John Tafone's Count of Monte Cristo is moving forward with an Actors' reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC recently and Andrew Burnap is starring in The Inheritance at the Young Vic in London.
To get more information or to purchase tickets to any of the upcoming "Blockbuster 60th Season" performances, go to www.chorusofwesterly.org or call the Box Office at 401.596.8663.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Rona Mann
    October 18
  • Ted Avedesian
    October 19
  • Kathryn Taylor
    October 24
  • Vinnie Gaccione
    Thelma Gaccione
    October 11
Join Date:
  • Rona Mann
    October 19, 1989
    29 years
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