Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Two Years  June 28, 1958-2020



We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 PM
Venice Restaurant
165 Shore Road
Westerly, RI 02891
United States of America
(401) 315-5868
NOT meeting at Venice Restaurant temporarily
Home Page Stories
Our guest speaker Monday evening was Michael McQuade whose family own and operate stores in Mystic CT, Jamestown RI and Westerly RI.  John Hall introduced his friend and fellow boater.  Mike shared some stories of trying to operate a business during Covid the past year.  We learned that some past employees included Rotarian Chris DiPaola of WBLQ, and Bob Crandall, President of American Airlines.  We all agreed that his staff are all hard workers and dedicated to being the best they can be.  We are especially grateful for McQuade's allowing us to maintain our Wishing Well by the front door this past eleven plus years.
Adam Gilman, Alyssa Menard, Madison O'Neil, Nora Brennan, Emma Keegan with President Rona.  Officers and Members of the WHS Class of 2021 attended dinner last evening to accept the funds from our 21 Club Fundraiser - $1321.00.  Nora, Madison and Adam are Rotary Students of the Month.  It was a pleasure to have them join us and tell us of their future plans.  We wish them every success and happiness as they prepare for their next adventure.
17 May:  April & May WHS Students of the Month with Principal Hobin
24 May:  Sam Read from WJAR-TV
24 May:  Can Do collection - please get your canned or boxed goods to Avie's Ski/Sport by end of this week.
31 May:  Memorial Day holiday - no meeting
14 June:  Andy & Sherylann Bonner, Mission trips to Haiti
30Jul-1Aug:  Virtual RYLA Event
Club Home -  For the months of April and May, we will be meeting at the Westerly Masonic Hall at 20 Elm Street with catering by The Cooked Goose in May.  If we find that is completely suitable to our needs, there is also the possibility to having a weekly buffet provided there.
How do you get to the Masonic Hall?  Enter via Central Baptist Church driveway, go down toward the back lot but turn right and you will find yourself at the back of the Masonic Hall.  Please bring your own beverage and respond to Dora with your food order by Saturday.
Covid Aid
 March 18th marks one year that our Club "has been making food and health item deliveries to area residents who are elderly, infirm, or without transportation.  Although the pace as slowed a bit, the need is still great."  Rona reports that 147 deliveries have been made during the past year. Doug and Ted helped one of our Pawcatuck clients move some stuff from her home and over to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and Brookside. 
Rotary Park Little Free Library
Kathryn, Derin and Doug have met to work on the repair/rebuild of the little library house built by McKenzie Gitzendanner in 2017.  It was damaged badly by vandals.  Doug will do the rebuild.  Derin & Elaine Temel plan to stock it.  Kathryn encouraged the Board to register with the Little Free Library organization, whose motto is "Take a book Share a book".  We will receive an engraved sign along with a Charter and a place on the Little Free Library World Map. 
Chorus of Westerly Pops Concert
We received an update from Doug with news that the Concert will be moved to September 11 this year with a rain date on September 12.  The Chorus is working with the State to determine appropriate procedures etc.  More to come.....
Alzheimer's Annual RI Walk in Westerly
26 September - anyone who is interested in walking, please contact Rona - six07co@att.net
RYLA - Zoom meeting for RYLA2021 Introduction  -postponed to ???    will follow-up learn more about the Rotary Youth Leadership Award - Virtual Event via Zoom 7/30-8/1   Cost per student $100
Today is the 34th Anniversary of Women being welcomed into Rotary  -  4 May 1987
Golf Committee Co-Chairs are Frank Livingston (flivingston98@gmail.com) and Derin Temel (temelderin@yahoo.com)
Event play will be based on Covid restrictions, if any.  Players will be advised in September.  Currently 56 players have registered
    Gold Sponsor:  Professional Planning Group
    Bronze Sponsor:  Bouvier Insurance
Our guest speaker Monday evening was Laurie Meisner.  She and Sarah Cote of Jonnycake Center are both involved in a new project called "The Westerly Village".  This project has evolved from "The Village Common of RI" whose mission is to fundamentally change the experience of growing older here in Rhode Island by fostering the creation of communities of mutual support - villages - across the state and by directly supporting their long-term sustainability.  Currently, there are three active villages in Providence, Edgewood and Barrington.  "In the fall of 2014, a small group of people living on the East Side of Providence were inspired by the national Village Movement and what had been accomplished in other communities around the country to enhance the experience of growing older and support older adults."  The core values of "The Village Common" are Generosity, Diversity, Engagement, Collaboration and Sustainability  -  "neighbors helping neighbors"....
Volunteers (members and non-members) can help in a variety of ways - providing rides to members; running errands; household chores and light maintenance; providing technology support for TVs, phones and computers; planning social, educational and cultural activities.  All volunteers who work directly with members receive background checks and training; volunteer drivers' records are reviewed. 
For more information, please contact Laurie Meisner, Co-Lead Westerly Village at 401.322.9343 or meisner22@verizon.net  OR Sarah Cote, Social Services Director at Jonnycake Center, at 401.377.8069, ext 110 or scote@jonnycake.org
"When you give to The Rotary Foundation, we empower Rotary members to take action to:
    *  Protect and restore land coastal, marine, and freshwater resources
    *  Enhance the capacity of communities to manage and conserve natural resources
    *  Support sustainable agriculture, fishing and aquaculture practices
    *  Address the cause of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions
    *  Strengthen ecosystems and communities that are affected by climate change
    *  Support education to promote behaviors that protect the environment
    *  Advocate for sustainable consumption to build an economy that uses resources more efficiently
    *  Address environmental justice issues and public health concerns
Our goal is to fund positive, measurable, and sustainable projects that protect our environment.... thank you for supporting this new initiative."
  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 payable to The Rotary Foundation and Rose will make sure that it gets to Rotary Foundation in your name.  You can also go directly to the Rotary International website and make your donation online. but please let Rose know that you did so.  
2020/2021 Stars
Ted Avedesian, Steve Cofone, Frank Livingston, Cal Lord, Julie Lord, Rona Mann, Dan Alvino, Doug Rayner, Rosemarie Russo, Kathryn Taylor, Frank Celico, Derin Temel, Vinnie Gaccione, John Hall, Joseph Nigrelli, Walter Kimball
The lockbox above was installed on John Street -  it's location will be easy to find and close to the front door for quick access if needed.  Sadly we were not available to take a picture of Officer Mills installing it.
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 and have delivered 50 lockboxes to Officer Mills for distribution.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Public Image Chair
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Alan Brinton
    May 20
  • John Hall, Jr
    May 24
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Gloria Kimball
    May 26
  • 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