Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-One Years  June 28, 1958-2019



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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The First Community Chowder Lunch will take place on March 21st at Central Baptist Church from Noon to 3:00pm.  Chowders will be prepared by the Westerly High School Culinary Students.  We will also provide coffee, cold beverages and Central Baptist Church members will provide desserts. 
The Rhode Island Department of Health has imposed additional requirements unwelcomed by most of our restaurant participants; thus we are unable to continue with our annual Chowder CookOff Event, but we do hope that everyone who has enjoyed attending the CookOff will come to the Community Chowder Lunch.
Tickets will be available from Westerly Rotarians, at Avie's Ski/Sport Shop and The Wine Store.  Adults $12.00, Children under 8 years are free
Alan Brinton happily passed on his "New Member" red ribbon to John Hall at our Monday dinner.
Sixth Annual Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament
at Shelter Harbor Golf Club  on 5 October 2020
Co-Chairs:  Frank Celico and Kathryn Taylor
  Publicity:  Chris DiPaola and Bob Elmer
  Major Sponsors:  Caroline Maynard and Dan Alvino
  Tee Sponsors:  Julie Lord and Suzanne Lane
  Goody Bags:  Ted Avedesian and Steve Cofone
  Framed Award Certificates:  Derin Temel
Next meeting will be on 25 February, 9 am,  at Steve Cofone's home  - all are welcome
Flyer, Registration and Tee Sponsor forms are available through website "download files"
A couple of discussions this past week have prompted the following thoughts to remind Rotarians that:
1. attending a Club Committee meeting, other Rotary Club meeting, Board meeting of a non profit group, participating in a non profit event constitutes a MAKEUP of a regular dinner meeting - IF the event takes place within 2 weeks before or after the missed meeting  -  member should notify Treasurer Rose that you attended a makeup event via email including a description, date and time.
2. when you arrive at dinner meeting, please check in with Treasurer, whether or not you are having dinner, in order for your attendance to be noted in our records - also retrieve your badge from the badge box.
3. when we have guests at dinner meeting such as this past week,  Rotarians should be sitting among them.  In the past a member could be fined for sitting next to another Rotarian rather than a guest.  Let's do better going forward and NOT let our guests sit by themselves.
4.  attending dinner or not - please notify President or Secretary by phone or email
Feb 24:  Student of the Month Chas Morgan and RYLA 2020 Student Adam Gilman
Feb 25:  Chariho Rotary dinner - Speaker is Seth Magaziner, RI General Treasurer
Mar 5-7:  NEPETS  Sheraton @Framingham MA (President-Elect, Asst Governor Training)
Mar 9:  Martha Crippen, State AG's Office
Mar 16:  Karen Dalton  -  Dare to Dream Ranch
Mar 21:  First Community Chowder Lunch at Central Baptist Church, 12:00 to 3:00 pm -tickets available soon
Mar 23:  Student of the Month and Speaker Lt Gov Daniel McKee with Chief of Staff Anthony Silva
Mar 28:  (RLI) Rotary Leadership Institute  Amica Insurance  Lincoln, RI
Mar 30:  Lee Eastbourne, Executive Director of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly
Apr 6:  Russ Partridge, Executive Director of the Warm Center
Apr 25:  Armory Appreciation Evening honoring John Coduri, Larry Hirsch, Dr John Federico, Dave and Rona Mann
May 1-3:  District Conference at the Cape Codder Resort  -Saturday is District Assembly from 10:30/3:15 training for secretaries and treasurers
May 4:  Rick & Elin Lawrence - update on Guatemala Sanitation, Hygiene & Water projects
May 16:   Charitable/Scholarship Auction Dinner at The Cooked Goose
Jun 20:  40th Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops Concert in Wilcox Park
Aug 24:  District Governor Charlene Jarest visitation  - Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park
Oct 5:  Sixth Annual Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
Membership Committee:  Chairman Cal Lord with Dan Alvino, Frank Celico and Caroline Maynard
Cal said that they have committed to informing potential members of upcoming programs, which might be of interest, and encouraging members to invite them to attend.  The Club has agreed to pay up to 3 dinners for each potential member and current Rotarians may cover this cost if they wish.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Chairman Cal at calstigers@gmail.com, Dan at dalvino@aol.com, Frank at frankcelico@thewinestoreri.
Frank Livingston has submitted a membership application, sponsored by Cal Lord.  Frank recently moved to Westerly with his wife, Evelyn, from Manchester CT.  He mentioned on Monday evening that his father was a Manchester CT Rotary member.  Cal will be announcing a Fireside Chat very soon.  Meanwhile, be sure to say "hello" to Frank when you come to dinner.
Chikumbuso Education Program - Whyness Phiri and Peter Juma are pictured below.
Sixth Annual Golf Tournament -  the tournament will take place on 5 October 2020 at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
2020 RYLA will take place May 15 to 17, 2020.   Westerly High School Junior Adam Gilman has completed his application online.
LockBox Program:  We have purchased an additional 20 lockboxes which were delivered to Officer Mills.  Rotary logo label was attached.
RCoW Foundation:  Application for 501(c)(3) federal identification number has been filed, Articles of Incorporation state application has been prepared and mailed.
Chowder CookOff for this year has been cancelled and two sponsorship contributions have been refunded.  RI Department of Health's requirement that participants needed to have a Mobile Food Service license was a deal breaker for restaurants that have no need for this license.  In its place, there will be a COMMUNITY CHOWDER LUNCH which will be held at Central Baptist Church on March 21 from noon to 3:00pm.  Tickets are available - $12 Adults, children under 8 Free.  Two chowders will be prepared by the Westerly High School Culinary Students and desserts will be provided by Central Baptist Church members.
Scholarship/Charitable Auction Dinner will take place on May 16 at the Cooked Goose  -  need  Live, Silent Auction items and Raffle Items.  Ted and Steve are looking for members to help visit the various shops around town for auction items.  Or, if you have or know someone who has a really special vacation home and willing to share it, that would make a really, really great live auction item.

           MAY 1 - 3   HYANNIS, MA
Early bird registration open until Feb 28: 
$260 per person for entire conference
after Feb 28  cost increases to $309
Sign up at www.Rotary7950.com
Hotel registrations made separately by calling the
CAPE CODDER RESORT in Hyannis  855.861.4370
Rotary District 7950 special rate of $125/night
This year the conference also includes the District
Assembly  -  scheduled for Saturday 10:30am to 3:15pm and
includes lunch  - includes 6 breakouts, training for club secretaries
and treasurers along with a General Plenary Session at lunch
Cost for Assembly is $45 per person
RYLA SEA CAMP  May 15-17  Brewster, MA
This flyer above says it all.  Donating to Rotary means clean water and sanitation.  Health and Hope in areas that were once ravaged by diseases like polio.  Economic Development and new opportunities.  Your financial help makes all this happen, and more.  With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.  EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR provides funds to Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund, specifically, and 50% of this donation comes back to the District.   You can prepare a check to the Club and Rose will make sure that it gets to Rotary Foundation in your name or you can go directly to RF and make your donation online.  Please let Rose know that you did so - new Rotary Foundation EREY stickers are ready to insert on your Member Badge.
         2019/2020 STARS (contributors) are Rona, Dan, Kathryn, Cal, Rose, Doug, Julie, Steve , Derin       
During the fiscal year 2018, the Foundation awarded $86,677,399 in funding to 1,306 grants ---
          Preventing Disease                          $35,660,986
          Providing Clean Water                       18,761,791
          Supporting Education                        10,998,136
          Growing local economies                  10,503,910
          Saving Mothers & Children                 7,203,677
          Promoting Peace                                 3,547,899
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.  Our first supply of ten lockboxes was delivered to Officer Mills.
We recently purchased 20 additional lockboxes which will be delivered to Officer Mills later this week.
Cal Lord, John Hall and Doug Rayner
John has rejoined our Club as of Monday evening.  He was previously a member from 11/1/1986 through 9/27/2006, was Past President 1991-1992 and 2001-2002 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  John is the owner of Frank Hall Boatyard and was a former member of the Chorus of Westerly.  It's a pleasure to welcome John back.
Walter has been a Rotarian for almost 56 years.  He decided to resign from membership as of December 31, just 15 days short of his Rotary anniversary.  He joined the Rotary Club of Westerly in 1993, was Past President from 1976-1977 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  Walter is a Veteran and has been very active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization as well as the War Memorial located at the corner of Broad and Grove Streets.  He also has been very involved in trying to assist veterans through the various processes, such as disability claims, pensions and health benefits.  The program is called Project Outreach of Westerly.  Walter is at the VFW home at 113 Beach Street the first Wednesday and third Monday of each month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  If anyone knows a vet who needs assistance, tell them to call 401.596.0470.  And, so Walter continues "Service above Self" but not as a Rotarian; however, the Board has awarded him Honorary membership and a gift of a Rotary jacket.  Many blessings to you Walter.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Suzanne Lane
    February 17
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Marti Boughner
    February 13
  • Suzanne Lane
    February 17
  • Lana Weidner
    February 21
  • Steve Cofone
    Evelyn Cofone
    February 23
Join Date:
  • Bob Elmer
    February 1, 1985
    35 years
Martha Crippen
Mar 09, 2020
State AG's Office - Scams
Lee Eastbourne, Exe Dir
Mar 30, 2020
Jonnycake Center of Westerly
Russ Partridge, Executive Director
Apr 06, 2020
WARM Center
Rick & Elin Lawrence
May 04, 2020
Guatemala Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Project Update
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