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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The Board met this morning and voted to approve the applications for membership of the following:
    Dora Vasquez-Hellner
An Army veteran, serving for 23 years, Dora has been teaching Spanish at Westerly High School for the past ten years.  In April Dora visited our Club to speak about the first All-Women Honor Flight in which she participated along with 44 other female veterans.  Dora has attended several meetings and also volunteered at our recent Reforest the Tropics presentation at the Stem Expo program at Westerly High School.  She resides in Ashaway and is currently recovering from knee surgery and hopes to be joining us soon.  Dora was proposed by Rona and Rose.
    Derin Temel
Derin is a founding partner of PMC Media Group and has spend 25 years in the field of advertising and marketing.  He worked with the WIN Team Project (Turn Grease into Fuel) and has been a Little League Coach.  Derin has attended 3 Club dinner meetings and has resided in Westerly along with his wife and two sons for twelve years.  He was proposed by Dan.
    Julie Lord
Julie has attended two recent dinner meetings and expressed interest in becoming a member.  With four children in tow, Julie has been an active volunteer at their schools helping in various capacities.  She was involved with an organization that "got high school kids involved in fundraising... all the money raised went to help families with children with needs that they couldn't afford."  Julie received the Parent Volunteer Award two years in a row.  She and her family reside in Westerly.  Julie was proposed by Cal.
If anyone has an objection, please advise Membership Committee members (Cal, Frank, Caroline, Dan) or member of the Board as soon as possible.
There will be a Fireside Chat on September 29th at 7:00pm
Aug 22:  Best Behavior Golf Tournament at Shennecossett Golf Club in Groton to benefit young patients with behavioral challengers.  $125 per player.  If interested, contact Bill Stanley at L&M Hospital, william.stanley@lmhosp.org
Aug 23:  Membership committee meeting, 12:30, at Central Baptist Church
Aug 24:  350th Westerly Anniversary Celebration - Olde Time Faire in Wilcox Park from 11:00 to 4:00.  We will have a tent and table to promote our Club.  If you can volunteer 2-3 hours, let Rose know what time you will be available. 
Aug 26:  District Governor Albright visitation and Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park.  Board meeting, 4:30, at Central Baptist Church conference room, Proceeding to Rotary Park at 5:15 for Million Dollar Meal picnic.  We will also dedicate our Harmony Trail instruments Griffin and Merry.
Aug 29:  Rotary Night At Pawtucket Red Sox, 7:05pm, Tickets are $12 with a $4 ballpark credit for food and drink.  As usual, we will gather at the first base side of the stadium at 6:30 to walk onto the field for District Governor's first pitch.  Let Rose or Kathryn know if you plan to go.
Aug 29:  Fireside Chat 7:00 at Central Baptist Church conference room for Prospective Members Dora Vasquez-Hellner, Derin Temel and Julie Lord.
Sep 2:  Labor Day - NO meeting
Sep 8:  Wakefield Rotary Picnic@619 Matunuck Beach Road from 12:00 to 3:00  -contact Kathryn if planning to attend.
Sep 9:  Open meeting followed by Board meeting
Sep 10:  Golf Tournament meeting at Steve Cofone's home
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.  
Nov 14:  District 7950 Foundation Dinner
Membership Committee:  Chairman Cal Lord with Dan Alvino, Frank Celico and Caroline Maynard
Committee meeting scheduled for Aug 23 at Central Baptist Church, 12:30.  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.com
The Board met August 15 at 9:35 am.  Thank you notes received from Aldea (Guatemala project grant ), Sam Luzzi (2019 Scholarship winner).
Prospect member applications from Dora Vasquez-Hellner, Derin Temel and Julie Lord were approved.  Fireside Chat was scheduled for Sep 29 at Central Baptist Church conference room at 7:00pm.  Mentors are Rona for Dora, Dan for Derin and Cal for Julie.  The Board approved donations:  $300 to The Carlisle Williams Foundation and $250 to Safe Passage.
Westerly 350th Celebration on August 24 - Old Tyme Faire  - Our Club will have a table at that event to promote Rotary - from 11am to 4pm and we will need 2-3 folks to be there - 10-12, 12-2 and 2-4.
The Rotary Park sign has been repaired, repainted and installed. A HUGE thank you to Mystic Carved Signs, LLC for their work on this project.  We also thank Rick Cyphers for his donation to this project.
Congratulations to the Rayner family for the birth of Luca Douglas - first great-grandchild of Doug and Jean.  We wish Luca and his parents much happiness and love.
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.  So a new fiscal year begins.  Typically, Rotarians contribute $100 annually to this fund, but any amount is great!  You can prepare a check to The Rotary Foundation and give it to Rose to process or you can go online to Rotary International's website and make your donation directly via credit card    If you do go online to RF, 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        
Following up on Sgt Mourato's Bristol Lockbox program, our Club Board has voted to extend his program here in Westerly.  With the cooperation and support of McQuade's Ace Hardware, eight MasterLock 5400D lockboxes were purchased and delivered today to the Westerly Police Station. 
Officer Howard Mills, the Community Police Officer, met with President Kathryn.  Officer Mills works with the "At Risk Resident Program".  This program includes a database for "at risk residents" who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, other forms of dementia, or medical conditions that may cause an individual to wander or put themselves at risk.  If individuals are currently registered with any other organizations, it would still be beneficial to have them entered locally with the Westerly Police Dept to help that individual, should they need assistance.
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.
Fifth Annual Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
7 October 2019    10:30 Register/check in    Noon Shot Gun Format
Player registration fee  $300.00
Chair:  Kathryn Taylor  (kathryn.taylor42@gmail.com)
Event Chair:  Frank Celico  (frankcelico@thewinestoreri.com
Next meeting is scheduled for September 10th at Steve Cofone's home
Player registration form and Tee Sponsor form are available on our website - see "download" section.
Email blast was sent out early in March; a second blast was sent July 21.  67 players have registered.
                                      Tee Sponsors
                                  Beachcrest Dental
                                Steve & Evie Cofone
                 DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc.
                        Dunn's Corners Chiropractic
                      Eric Milhoua at Edward Jones
     Focus Physical Therapy dba First Physical Therapy
                     Hoyt, Filipetti & Malaghan LLC
                            Doug & Jean Rayner
                          Toscano's Mens Shop
Giulia, our Guest Speaker Monday evening, is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Author of "Navigating in the Dark."    Her practice, Dialect Psychotherapy LLC, operates in Mystic, CT at 12 Roosevelt Avenue.  Born in Italy, emigrated with her parents to the United States in 1968, Giulia was born with Macular Degeneration but didn't get this diagnosis until 1971.  Rising above many cruelties from her childhood because of her disease which left her legally blind, this little 4 foot 9 inch powerhouse graduated from Westerly High School, Cosmetology School, and in 2001 graduated summa cum laude with a  Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island.  This was followed with a Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy.  As she told us her story, the point became very obvious.  She is courageous, resilient and fearless.  Her message - "NO ONE is unworthy of kindness, respect, justice and fairness in their life.  No disability should be the cause for anyone's rights to be compromised."  She tells her story to her patients so they can see that they are NOT alone.  She said in Navigating in the Dark, "you CAN find new ways of facing your challenges, and you CAN persevere and come back to create a life full of meaning and joy."
President-Elect Rona and Giulia
Giulia's book is available on Amazon.com for $15.99.  You can also contact Giulia at 860.333.2411 or gjaramillo@gmail.com for more information.
To the members of Westerly Rotary - from Linda Wilkinson:
"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!"
The following well-written letter was received this week from Whyness:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Evelyn Cofone
    August 9
  • Jean Rayner
    August 10
  • Ada Elmer
    August 15
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Membership Chair
Immediate Past President

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