Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Five Years  June 28, 1958-2023



We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
The Frank Olean Center
93 Airport Road
Westerly, RI 02891
United States of America
(401) 315-5868
Please call ahead if visiting. Dinners are ordered by Saturday and delivered just before meeting. Contact Derin at 401.787.5575 or Alan at 401.623.1577.
Home Page Stories
We had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Mark Patinkin Monday evening, 13 May.  Mark is an Author of several books, nationally syndicated columnist for the Providence Journal, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for International Reporting, recipient of three New England Emmy Awards for television commentaries, cousin to actor Mandy Patinkin. 
Mark spoke to us of his recent journey to Israel and Gaza after the tragic attack on 7 Oct by Hamas.  "He visited the Holy sites of Jerusalem, walked the streets of the West Bank, spoke with survivors of the Nova Music Festival, toured Kibbutz Be'eri (the worst hit community of the October 7 attack), discovered the hardships of life in Gaza during the Israeli attacks and finally visited Gaza with the Israel Defense Forces.  His trip culminated with a ray of hope on the last day as he visited the Orchard of Abraham's School for Jewish and Muslim children.  There, he discovers the school's mission: tikkun olam.  It means repairing the world."  Mark reported in his final ProJo column about this journey, "I've learned a difficult truth.  The divide between Palestinian and Jew is perhaps as wide as it's ever been.  Many Israelis who once were for peace doubt after 7 October that they have a partner for it.  And Palestinian anger over Gaza's ruins has hardened hearts."
The Rotary Club of Westerly participated in its "Day of Service" on 4 May 2024.  We meet at The Frank Olean Center, which is located next door to our Rotary Park on Airport Road.  Executive Director Ruth Tureckova asked if we would help with much needed painting and/or gardening.  So, six of us tackled painting and three worked outside pruning and weeding.  The gardeners cleaned up the garden area surrounding the front of the building.  The painters completed repainting of two rooms and finishing off some other areas.
Thanks to Ruth for taking pictures of the Rotary Crew!!!
Remember the following in your prayers and perhaps with a card or two:  Karen Hanson
Meetings will be in person but spaced appropriately
20 May:  Jane Perkins, Watch Hill FD Captain
27 May:  NO Meeting - Memorial Day remembrance
27 May:  Parade forms at 8:15am from Pawcatuck Shopping Ctr - starts at 9:30am
1 June:    Charitable/Scholarship Dinner Auction at The Cooked Goose - register to attend, $100 per person
3 June:    Board meeting at 4:30, Open Meeting
7 June:    RTT Presentation at Westerly Middle School, 10:30am.  Tell Rose if attending.
11 June:  WHS Baccalaureate, 6pm, Bob Elmer and Derin Temel will present awards
22 June:  Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops
24 June:  NO meeting - Pops day off
29 June:  Pawcatuck-Westerly Antique Car Club Car Show
Steve, John and Bob leading us in The Rotary Welcome Song written by Rotarian Ed Smalley
Remember those in need and bring canned goods either to meeting or to Avie's Ski/Sport by month's end.   These items will be distributed to The Jonnycake Center of Westerly, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and RI Center Assisting those in Need.
Club Home -   We are meeting at The Frank Olean Center next to Rotary Park, Monday, 5:30pm.  Gina & Stephanie will send the sandwich/salad menu on or about Wednesday for the next Monday meeting; respond to them at gbrancato@navigantcu.org and snorthup@navigantcu.org by Saturday Noon.  If you don't receive a reply from within 24 hours, please contact them again.  Please respond whether ordering or not as it will help us to know how many will be attending meeting.
Covid Aid Goes On....
18 Mar 2023 marked three years that our Club "had been making food and health item deliveries to area residents who are elderly, infirm, or without transportation.  Although the pace has slowed a bit, the need is still great."  Rona reports that 327 deliveries, as of 13 April, have been made since the program began in 2020. 
Creative Opportunity
Take responsibility for website and newsletter.  Excellent tutorials in Clubrunner. Contact Rose at ra.russo@cox.net or 401.315.5868
Chikumbuso -August 24, 2024
Third Annual Run/Walk the Village 5K - In honor of Colby Graves, a long-time resident of North Stonington and an ardent runner.  Two years ago this event raise enough money to send a Chikumbuso student to a four year college.  It is hoped that we will do so again this year.  You can sign up at http://chikumbuso.liveimpact.org/li/7546/sevent/evt/home/215411/69
March Student is Sydney Haik, pictured above with Principal Moulin.  She is a National Honor Society member, very active in sports - in particular Varsity Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse and Indoor/Outdoor Track.  Sydney has been a freshman mentor, member of Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse.  Her volunteerism has included the firefighter dinner the past two years, Westerly Girls Basketball Camp for the past four years, Summer Pops last year. 
President Derin with April Student Hannah Seltzer and Principal Moulin.
Hannah is also an Honors student and has earned Academic Letters, Lamp of Learning Pin.  She is Captain of the Varsity Basketball team and also the Lacrosse Team.  Hannah has volunteered at Girls' Basketball Camp for the past three years and has held various part-time positions.
We thank Nigrelli's Jewelry for the donation of the plaques.  We are very grateful for their continue support of this program.
While the United opened in 1926 as a vaudeville venue, it later became a cinema which closed in 1986.  In 2015 the "Founding board members came together to envision a center for the arts housed within the United Theatre and adjacent Montgomery Ward building.  A unified complex to unite the community through the arts."  In 2022 Carly Callahan became the Executive Director of the now 501(c)(3) organization that includes three movie theaters, one large black box balconied auditorium, an art gallery, an events space and a music school.  
Carly visited our meeting April 22 and shared upcoming events with our members - over 55,000 visitors since reopening.  She formed the 1926 26 Club which provides its members with benefits depending on level of membership.  To find out more, please go to https://unitedtheatre.org.
Former Westerly Rotarian Dawn Robinson visited our group last Monday evening.  She is employed by Barnum Financial Group and their founder, Paul Blanco, established a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called Foundation for Life.  It's mission is "to improve the quality of life for the people and families we serve through actions that promote change and deepen connections within our community."  As they have done previously, partnering with Valenti Subaru, a very special event will occur at 4 Langworthy Road on May 18 beginning at 11:00am.  35 children have been selected by Elementary School Principals and invited to attend with their families for a celebration of the child's success in school.  Dinner will be provided by WHS Culinary students.  The children will participate in a pie contest and then they will be invited to select their very own bicycle.  
Rotarians are invited to volunteer their morning to assist Dawn to make this event a complete success.  Friday evening she requires about 4 people to help assemble the bikes.  Saturday morning we will serve dinner and assist with the bike lineup.  Let Derin or Rose know if you're volunteering.
Our Vision:  We seek to create, locally and globally, a culture of peace in which the inherent worth and dignity of every living being is honored and respected and conflicts are resolved nonviolently.

Our Mission:  To create activities, programs and projects focused on creating a culture of peace as well as working with other community groups and organizations engaged in similar endeavors.

Link to Frank Thacker's Daily Peacemaker:  Facebook https://youtu.be/xQ8D0FK7uD4
Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. Consider making your Every Rotarian, Every Year contribution of $25, $100 or more as early as possible. If you send your contribution directly to Rotary Foundation, please let Rose know.  Eighteen members have contributed since 1 July. 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. - ranked #4 in the top ten best charities list
The Polio Plus Society of District 7950
Pledge to help Rotary make history by continuing to contribute $100 or more each year until the World Health Organization certifies that polio has been fully eradicated because Until the world is polio-free, every child is at risk.  Society members will received a PolioPlus Society membership pin and certificate.  Your contribution qualifies for Paul Harris Recognition and Major Donor Credit.  To make your tax-deductible donation go to my.rotary.org/donate and click on "Polio Fund".  You can choose a one-time donation of $100 or more, or a recurring donation in the amount and frequency of your choice.  Please email form to the District 7950 Polio Plus Society Chair Kristine David at kd7950@gmail.com or mail it to 112 Port Circle, Warwick RI 02889.  Your PolioPlus Society certificate and pin will be presented at a club meeting to make sure you are recognized for your commitment to polio eradication.
The lockbox above was installed on John Street -  it's location must be easy to find and close to the front door for quick access by First Responders.
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, as needed, 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 63 lockboxes to Officer Mills for distribution as of this month.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Rotary Foundation
Immediate Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Alan Brinton
    May 20
  • John Hall, Jr
    May 24
  • Jeffrey Wendth
    May 27
  • John Hall, Jr
    Brigid Rooney-Hall
    May 1
  • Derin Temel
    Elaine Temel
    May 3
  • Cal Lord
    Lori Lord
    May 29
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Mailing Address:  Rotary Club of Westerly, PO Box 407, Westerly RI 02891