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

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

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

Phone:
(401) 315-5868
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Thanks to the Chikumbuso project, which was founded by North Stonington resident and Rotary Club of the Stoningtons member Linda Wilkinson, these two very handsome and very smart young men were able to attend school in Zambia and last year came to the U.S., finishing their high school education at Wheeler School and St. Bernard.  In the fall, on full scholarship, they will attend Three Rivers Community College in Norwich.  The Rotary Club of Westerly was very excited and proud to have these two young men visit our Club and tell their story.  They are living with the family of Sabrina Buehler who is also a member of the Rotary Club of the Stoningtons and Chikumbuso.
 
Both young men come from a poor area of Ng'ombe.  Most homes don't have running water or electricity.  A "working" family earns about $70 or less per month and only about 25% of children are able to attend school  Teddy told Ryan Blessing of the Westerly Sun, "Receiving an education opened doors to me.  I could be something different."  And they now can set their goals high - Aaron wants to become an eye surgeon and Teddy hopes to practice law.
 
For children able to attend school at Chikumbuso, the cost is $600 per year - $450 is for education and uniforms, $150 provides food to the family.
 
 
Additional "dirty coin" was all cleaned up and deposited - $3.20 in US coin.  There was quite a few foreign coins from this collection and past collections - packaged them up and sent them to UNICEF.
 
The accounting firm of Hoyt, Filippetti and Malaghan will be conducting our 2017/2018 Review.  The engagement letter was signed by Kathryn and forwarded with our documents to Elise vonHousen.
 
Madam President Kathryn, her daughter Lauren, Bob Elmer and Rose worked at Rotary Park today.  Doug and Chris stopped by to check on our progress.  We planted 4 trees/shrubs (two Rose of Sharon, one Spirea and one Viburnum) - all are bird or bee loving and we hope to plant the Peace Pole where these trees reside.  Bob polished up the sign while Kathryn worked on removing the  crabgrass that invaded the space under the sign.  Finished up the job by spreading a nice thick bed of mulch.  The tree planting was part of last Rotary year's commitment to plant one tree.
Above picture was taken by Past President Chris DiPaola
 
 
 
 
Aug 20:  Daniel Alvino - Update on past winter Mexico Project
 
Aug 27:  7950 District Governor Bill Tennant visitation and Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park  - 5:30pm
                 A short Board meeting will take place at Venice Restaurant at 4:30
 
Sep 3:  Labor Day - No Dinner Meeting
 
Sep 10:  Joe Vacca - Westerly Pee Wee Football
 
Sep 17:  Ryan Saunders, Executive Director of Chorus of Westerly
 
Oct 1:  Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament
 
Nov 15:  Pasta Dinner to Benefit Jonnycake Center's Fuel Assistance Fund - at The Calabrese Club
 
Registration and Tee Sign forms are available on this website - see "Downloads" section - or call or email Rose Russo at 401.315.5868 or ra.russo@cox.net. 
 
                               Tee Sponsors
                        Ashaway Line & Twine
                              Avie's Ski/Sport
                              Ginger's Service
                      D'Angelo Sandwich Shop
                         Joseph & Carol Potter
                       South County Auto LLC
Rose's guest Monday evening was Koren Reyes.  Koren moved to Westerly a couple of years ago.  During her daily walks through Wilcox Park, she came up with the idea of having a Pumpkin event October 27 through November 3.  With approval from the Library, Koren has embarked on the "Pumpkin Stroll" - an event that will include pumpkin carving, a walk of lit pumpkins over several days, and family friendly games.  She is looking for volunteers to help get the event organized, advertised and supported.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Koren at 917.861.9052 or admin@pumpkinstroll.com
 
 
 
June 2018 completed the fifth year of this program at Westerly Middle School.  It has been so successful that former Westerly Superintendent of Schools Roy Seitsinger invited RTT to start the program at his new district.  Some other local participants are The Superior Nut Company, Connecticut College, Home Depot, Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative.  Presently, RTT balances "the CO2 emissions of over 96 participants with more than 500 acres of carbon-offset forests on 13 sites in Costa Rica."  The forests are managed in the name of RTT's participants; they "use a mixed-species forestry model in order to promote biodiversity, create habitat, and reduce risks associated with tree loss from pests and diseases."  The forests are periodically thinned "to avoid stagnation and ensure that the forest plantations remain productive.  The logs that are felled in these necessary thinnings are provided to our local partners for sale on the market.  Local partners are able to earn an income from their forested land, which slightly exceeds the profit potential of cattle farming on the same land."
 
RTT is a 501(c)(3) non profit based in Connecticut.  Dr Herster Barres, Director of Research and founder, and Greg Powell, Executive Director, attended dinner meeting to present the update on the school project and forest.
 
This program was made possible through Grants received from Rotary District 7950 the past five years.  It began with a program for the fifth graders and each year it moved up to the next grade.  Please come Monday and hear more about this important program.  We are very pleased to have the support of WMS Principal Paula Fusco who attended dinner Monday evening along with Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau and new WHS Principal Michael Hogan.
Teacher Ms. Derrix at the WMS Forest in Costa Rica
Pres-Elect Rona presenting book to Director Greg          WMS Principal Paula Fusco & WHS Principal Michael Hobin
 
Frank Thacker was our guest speaker on Monday.  He is one of a local activist group who are promoting peace in our world by starting right at home.  Kind of like Rotary does.  This group is called the Westerly-Pawcatuck Peace and Justice Group.  Through their efforts, the Westerly-Pawcatuck communities was designated the 200th City of Peace in May.  He said recently in the Westerly Sun, "one of the foundational beliefs in becoming a City of Peace is that change needs to come from the bottom up".  The International Cities of Peace organization says "a City of Peace is an association of citizens, governments and organizations who have by proclamation, resolution, or by citizen advocacy established their communities as official Cities of Peace" - a first step in an ongoing process of promoting peace by recognizing past achievements, encouraging peace-oriented initiatives, inspiring future generations for practical peace building.  So, the mission of the W-P Peace and Justice Group is "to provide programs, workshops, activities that teach nonviolence as a way of life, how to resolve conflicts peacefully and fairly, how to care for the environment and how to treat all beings with respect."
 
And, that brings us to the Peace Pole Project.  A universal message and prayer - May Peace Prevail on Earth - "was conceived in a moment of great inspiration by Masahisa Goi of Japan.  Since its birth over half a century ago, the simple yet profound words has reached deep into the hearts and lives of global citizens everywhere." (from the World Peace Prayer Society).  Peace poles have been "planted" around the world.  The World Peace Prayer Society says, "when you plant a Peace Pole in your community, you are liking with people all over the world who have planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace."  Members present became quite animated with "planting" a Peace Pole in Rotary Park using the very talented hands of Dr. Doug Rayner.  Here are a couple of examples:
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Evelyn Cofone
    August 9
  • Jean Rayner
    August 10
  • Ada Elmer
    August 15
 
 
Speakers
Dan Alvino
Aug 20, 2018
Update on Mexico Project this past winter
7950 District Governor Bill Tennant
Aug 27, 2018 5:30 PM
District Visitation at Rotary Park
Joe Vacca
Sep 10, 2018
Westerly Pee Wee Football
Ryan Saunders, Executive Director
Sep 17, 2018
Chorus of Westerly
 
 
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