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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With the very able assistance of former Assistant District Governor Steve White our three new members were inducted into our Club.  We extend a very hearty welcome to Bob Lane, Suzanne Lane and Caroline Maynard.  Their sponsor Frank Celico imparts a few words of welcome.
Community Giving to date includes $500 to Westerly Pee Wee Football and $500 to the Columbus Day Parade Committee.
A $600 check to sponsor a child of Chikumbuso for one year, as well as $100 check to A Walk to End Alzheimers for walkers Rona and Rose, $60 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), $200 to Westminster Youth String Ensemble, $250 to Literacy Volunteers of Washington County, $500 to WARM Shelter, $200 to Haitian Health, $500 to 2019 Mexico Project with Dan Alvino's participation, $250 to Central Baptist Church for Puerto Rico Mission trip.
Past President Bob Elmer is the Rotarian representative to work the Westerly High School's Interact Program.
With the assistance of Principal Michael Hobin and his staff, Abi Turano was selected to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp next year.
EREY: Eight members have contributed to the Rotary Foundation as of December 31 - so, 50% participation since July.  If anyone makes a donation directly at Rotary Foundation website, please let Secretary Rose know.
POLIO PLUS:  $500 through our Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park.
Membership Committee:  Chair Cal Lord with Dan Alvino and Frank Celico
Our newest members Bob Lane, Suzanne Lane and Caroline Maynard were inducted at tonight's meeting by former ADG Steve White, a member of the Rotary Club of Wakefield.
Rona Mann has agreed to take on the position of Public Image Chair.  Bob Elmer has agreed to fill the Foundation Chair position.
Harmony Trail Instruments - Kathryn met with Paul Duffy of Parks Department after he contacted her about installing an instrument at Rotary Park.  The Parks Department has $1,500 to contribute to this project.  The Board voted to purchase two instruments with Kathryn and Rose making the instrument selections.   They selected two instruments, which were part of a 3-instrument package.  Kathryn contacted Tim Lebling, Harmony Trail committee member, who promised to find a sponsor and home for the third instrument.  This deal would project a better price value.   Meet Griffin and Merry....
Mar 23:  Open House at re-opening of Gaits of Harmony as Yellow Horse Equine Therapy Program at 3:00pm.
Mar 25:  Feb & Mar Students of the Month  -  Antwone Brown and Helena Hall-Thomsen, respectively.
Apr 1:  Sergeant Ricardo Mourato of Bristol Police Dept.  He will speak about a safety program that he developed for elderly and handicapped folks.
Apr 10:  Golf Tournament meeting at Steve Cofone's home (4 Wompag Rd, Westerly), 9am.  Chair Kathryn Taylor at kathryn.taylor42@gmail.com.   Player registration form can be found on our home page of www.westerlyrotary.org or by contacting Secretary Rose at ra.russo@cox.net.  A Save the Date email blast was sent out last week which resulted in the early registration of 10 players.   Tee sponsor forms will be available at this meeting.  Since the email blast was sent, we have 10 players registered and 1 tee sponsor -DMR Family Dentistry.
Apr 16:  John Nanni, Rotary District 7630 PolioPlus Chair, polio survivor, team member for World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio Group & Board, member of Polio Network of NJ Support Group, will be speaking at Chariho Rotary's April 16 meeting.  They are inviting other Clubs to join them for this event at the Richmond Country Club on Sandy Pond Road in Richmond at 6:30pm.  So, we will have our regular meeting on April 16 with Chariho, rather than April 15.
Apr 20:  Chikumbuso Widows & Orphans Project Annual 10K/5K run or walk at the North Stonington Grange, 21 Wyassup Road, North Stonington CT. From 11:00 - 2:50  -  registration is $25 adults and $10 children under 17.  Any Westerly Rotarians interested in participating, please let Rose know so we can register as a group.  So far - Kathryn, Rona, Cal, Rose.  If any others are interested in walking with the Westerly Rotary Team, please notify Rose by March 30 - registration will be sent in.
May 3:  Scituate Rotary Club's 11th Annual Wine Tasting & Beer Sampling, from 7:00 to 9:00 at the Imperial Room, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston.  From 3/1 to 5/2 tickets are $30 per person, $35 at the door. 
May 11:  Annual Charitable/Scholarship dinner at The Cooked Goose.  Members are beginning to gather auction and raffle items.  Chairs are Ted Avedesian and Steve Cofone.
June 10:  Elin & Rick Lawrence - Guatemala Water/Sanitation Projects.  They will also be bringing many handmade items - scarves, bags, jewelry
June 22:  Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops
Aug 26:  District Governor Albright visitation and Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park
Sep 14:  Walk to End Alzheimer's in Westerly  So far -Kathryn, Rona, Rose...
Oct 7:  Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club.  Chair Kathryn Taylor, Lead sponsor Frank Celico.  
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!"
Monday evening the membership had the pleasure of a visit by Ellen Madison, who spoke to us about the Westerly 350th Exhibit in the Hoxsie Gallery at Westerly Library.  If you have not been to the Library yet, you have only until March 27th to see this exciting exhibit.  Many of the items come directly from the Babcock Smith House; other items came from the Westerly Historical Society.  There are many pictures, old documents, clothing, items from industries of early Westerly.  Ellen was a treasure trove of the town's history.  Westerly was incorporated in May, 1669, and the area included Westerly, Charlestown, Hopkinton and Richmond.  Ellen told of the history behind the Babcock-Smith House.  She mentioned that what was missing from the 350th Exhibit are items relating to the last sixty years.  If you miss this great exhibit, be sure to head to Babcock-Smith House when you can as many of the exhibit pictures and documents will be found there.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Helen Nigrelli
    March 4
  • Danny Alvino
    Florence Alvino
    March 26
Student of the Month Feb & Mar
Mar 25, 2019
Antwone Brown and Helena Hall-Thomsen
Student of the Month
May 20, 2019
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