Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Three Years  June 28, 1958-2021



We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 PM
Franklin Lodge #20 Masonic Hall
20 Elm Street
Westerly, RI 02891
United States of America
(401) 315-5868
Please call ahead if visiting. Dinners are ordered on Saturday and delivered just before meeting. Contact Rona at 401.539.7762 or Ted 401.742.2515
Home Page Stories
Last Monday, January 10, the membership was treated to a history of the "Lady on the Hill" by Ocean House's Guest Relations Person Bob Elmer.  He said that the original Ocean House was actually built in Newport in 1844 and Taylor Swift's Watch Hill home is actually the site of the Watch Hill Ocean House.  The current site was originally Chief Ninigret's home.  The Watch Hill Ocean House was built in 1868 and was smaller than the other hotels but numerous additions expanded it over the years.  In 1916 the motion picture "American Aristocracy", starring Douglas Fairbanks, was filmed at Ocean House.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic places and stretches over 13 acres of beautiful oceanfront with views of Montauk, Block Island and the Atlantic Ocean.
"For those who could afford the luxury of travel, Ocean House became the quintessential summer home attracting many distinguished guests in the early 1900s.  The grand Victorian hotel was a genteel resort on the beach were generations of families and guests from across America came 'to summer.'... Ocean House welcomed guests for 135 years, but as with many historic hotels, over time neglect took its toll."  Of the nine hotels in existence in Watch Hill in 1938, Ocean House was one of the two that survived after that devastating hurricane.  However, Ocean House was closed in 2003 when new fire codes were revised and enforced and deficiencies in Ocean House required extensive renovation.  It was sold; but when the community learned that a developer from out of town planned to raze Ocean House and build five luxury homes in its place, a campaign began to save the building and preserve the site. 
The Royce family purchased the property, demolished the original building but removed 5,000 of the salvageable artifacts andfixtures, including the meticulous removal of the fireplace stone by stone.  The new building replicates the original exterior with the restoration of the fireplace, many of the chandeliers and other fixtures to recreate "the romance of its storied past and the rich character of Watch Hill, Rhode Island".  The first telephone booth installed in 1886 remains a part of the new Ocean House. The new building features 49 rooms and 18 signature suites. 
Our other Scholarship Award went to Madison Lorello (above), who joined us at our January 10th meeting.  Madison is attending the University of Rhode Island in the Nursing Program. 
We were very pleased to have Elena Murdock join us Monday evening.  Elena was one of our Scholarship award recipients and she is currently attending Salve Regina University as a Studio Art Major and minor in Marketing.  She is enjoying her college life so far and thanked the membership for her award.
It was a real pleasure to meet both of these fine young ladies and we wish them every success as they follow their chosen paths.
Frank Thacker's wife, Karen Hanson, is at home to continue her recovery - 38 Valley Drive
Meetings will be in person but spaced appropriately and Zoom session will be available to anyone who would rather attend from home - let Rose know your preference.
24 Jan:  Steven Slosberg -Columnist for The Day and The Sun
31 Jan:  Lee Eastbourne - Jonnycake Ctr of Westerly
31 Jan:  Nov2021 & Jan2022 Students of the Month
               Can Do week - don't forget to drop off food supplies to Ted's
7 Feb:  Board meeting
28 Feb:  Tim Gray -WWII Foundation & Museum -Wakefield
               February Student of the Month, tentative
               Can Do week - drop off food items to Ted's
7 Mar:  Board meeting
14 Mar:  Mark Gordon, Homeless Liaison for the Westerly Public School System
21 Mar:  March Student of the Month, tentative
25 Apr:  April Student of the Month, tentative
23 May:  May Student of the Month, tentative
President also reminded everyone to remember those in need and bring canned goods either to meeting or to Avie's Ski/Sport.
Club Home - It has been decided to remain at the Westerly Masonic Hall at 20 Elm Street with catering by various restaurants. Easiest to enter  via Central Baptist Church driveway, go down toward the back lot but turn right and you will find yourself at the back of the Masonic Hall and entrance.  Dora will send the sandwich/salad menu on or about Wednesday for the next Monday meeting; respond to Dora (abndora@aol.com) with your food order by Saturday morning.
Covid Aid Goes On....
 March 18th marks one year that our Club "has been making food and health item deliveries to area residents who are elderly, infirm, or without transportation.  Although the pace as slowed a bit, the need is still great."  Rona reports that 212 deliveries have been made since the program began in 2020.
Cal achieved his Paul Harris+3 sapphires this month.  Cal received his new Paul Harris pin because his (recognition) giving amount is over $4,000.
Ted achieved his Paul Harris+1 sapphire this month.  His (recognition) giving amount exceeded $2,000 and he is shown here being pinned by Past President Doug Rayner.
Rotary Foundation awards "recognition points" in appreciation of personal contributions from individuals from a PHF pin at the 1,000 level to PHF+ pins at 2,000 and more levels.  When 8,000 points have been achieved, one earns a PHF+ Ruby.   Our membership's all time giving amount to Rotary Foundation is over $80,000.  So, thank you everyone for considering Rotary Foundation in your annual giving.  Every dollar we contribute is helping someone somewhere in the world.
Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.

Every Rotarian, Every Year Club  (EREY)

For clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year.  John Hall suggested that members could offer $20 for dinner each week with the difference going toward EREY.  Example:  $20.00 minus $13.50 (dinner cost), leaves $6.50 to either split between Happy/Sad and EREY or apply entirely to EREY.  Great idea, John!!  Monthly the Treasurer will submit the funds to Rotary Foundation under the donor's name.  REMINDER:  if you make your contribution directly to Rotary Foundation, please let your Treasurer know that you have done so.

EREY 2021/22 Donors:  7 to go for full participation by 30June2022.
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.
Ted and Rose attended District 7950's Foundation Night at Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham, MA, 12 Nov.  Keynote Speaker was Mr. Kevin Andrews, who has "taught at every level in education from early childhood to post-graduate studies."  He is a polio survivor and spoke about how the disease has continued to present challenges.  Past District Governor Charlene Jarest announced the awards for 2020/2021 and District Governor Billy Roberts announced the awards for 2021/2022.  Rotary Club of Westerly was recognized with the Every Rotarian Every Year Giving award for participation of every member contributing at least $25.
The lockbox above was installed on John Street -  it's location will be easy to find and close to the front door for quick access if needed.  Sadly we were not available to take a picture of Officer Mills installing it.
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 50 lockboxes to Officer Mills for distribution.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President & Public Image Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Danny Alvino
    January 11
  • Bob Lane
    January 18
  • Andrew Clapham
    January 21
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Dave Hellner
    January 14
  • Bob Lane
    January 18
  • Andy Clapham
    January 21
  • Bob Elmer
    Ada Elmer
    January 14
Join Date:
  • Kathryn Taylor
    January 11, 1989
    33 years
  • Walter Kimball
    January 15, 1964
    58 years
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Mailing Address:  Rotary Club of Westerly, PO Box 407, Westerly RI 02891