Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Three Years  June 28, 1958-2021



We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 PM
Franklin Lodge #20 Masonic Hall
20 Elm Street
Westerly, RI 02891
United States of America
(401) 315-5868
Please call ahead if visiting. Dinners are ordered on Saturday and delivered just before meeting. Contact Rona at 401.539.7762 or Ted 401.742.2515
Home Page Stories
Our very special guests this past Monday evening were Andy and Sherylann Bonner.  Dora introduced them as they have been her neighbors since moving to Ashaway several years ago.  Andy is Pastor of Groton Bible Chapel.  They have made several missionary trips to Pignon, Haiti, taking a small plane from Florida to land in a grassy air field in Pignon in order to avoid the dangers of Port-au-Prince.
They presented a slide show of pictures showing the children at play, but more importantly, children and adults of all ages pitching in to help do whatever needs to be done.  They traveled over bad roads, through swollen rivers, to help at mobile clinics, elder care, teaching women about personal care or jewelry making.  They even helped to build a new church for a remote community and Pastor Andy performed the first wedding there.  There is an orphanage operated by JBM and work was done there to build bathrooms with showers, installed solar so each room had a light. 
21 June:  April Dinwoodie - Inclusion and AdopMent (mentoring, fostering, adoption for transracial kids)
28 June:  Club installation dinner, 5:30pm,  Buffet dinner will be catered by Bogue's Alley.  Please contact Julie at juliemlord1@gmail.com
                with number of attendees in your group.
                Rotary Can-Do, please drop off items at Avie's by end of week
5 July:  NO meeting - 4th of July Holiday
12 July:  Rick & Elin Lawrence  -Guatemala Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Project Update
26 July:  Greg Powell, RTT Director, and Sarah Steverman, WHS Spanish Teacher
                Rotary Can-Do, please drop off items at Avie's by end of week
30Jul-1Aug:  Virtual RYLA Event
Club Home - It has been decided to remain at the Westerly Masonic Hall at 20 Elm Street with catering by Bogue's Alley in June. Easiest to 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 and entrance.  Please bring your own beverage.   Dora will send the sandwich/salad menu on or about Wednesday for the next Monday meeting; respond to Dora (abndora@aol.com) with your food order by Saturday.
La Penita Rotary Club
Past President Danny forwarded from Club Secretary Eddie Dominguez an email which is being shared here:
"Dear Dan, This is an official receipt of the $500 dollar donation Westerly Rhode Island Rotary Club so generously donated this past January to the All Schools project.  The exchange rate is 1:19 so we have $9,500 pesos.  This past year has been challenging for our "All Schools Project" due to the pandemic which forced all schools to go online only.  We donated a few printers and materials to a few of the schools that printed out homework and study plans for many of the children that don't have access to internet.  As schools begin to reopen in August, we are sure many will be needing additional help so that students can catch up with their studies.  We have kept your donation pending a committee assessment of which are the neediest schools and which school would benefit the most from your generous donation.  We will get back to you this summer as schools begin the process of opening for the 2021-2022 school year.  Again, thank you and Westerly Rhode Island Rotary for your kind contribution to this community."
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 157 deliveries have been made during the past year.
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 is building a new Little Library.   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
Doing Good in the World  -  The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives close to home and around the globe.  By giving to the Annual Fund, you make these life-changing projects possible so that together, we can keep Doing Good in the World for years to come.     
  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 EREY Donors
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, Bob Elmer
5 June 2021 was a very special day for our friend and fellow Rotarian Dora Vasquez-Hellner as she became Commander Army -Post 8955 - Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Dora is a retired Army First Sergeant who served for over 23 years in the Army.  While assigned to B Company, 29th Military Intelligence Battalion, she earned her VFW eligibility by serving in Panama during Operation Just Cause.  She was the NCIOC of screening operations that handled over 2,000 Panamanian Defense Force soldiers.  Her last unit of assignment was First Sergeant, Military Intelligence Company, 7th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Her military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Airborne Wings.  She is a graduate of Excelsior College with a degree in Liberal Arts and a Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies from the University of Rhode Island.
Dora supports Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services at Horses Healing Humans - Therapeutic Horsemanship in Coastal Connecticut and was instrumental with coordinating the first Rhode Island Rally for Women Warriors at the Providence VA Medical Center.  A day does not pass without this veteran reaching out to her fellow veterans, regardless of age or need.  Her ongoing mission with elimination of  '22 a day' - 22 veterans die very day from suicide.  She maintains regular communications with key legislative representatives both at the local and national level to advocate for our veterans.  And, she is a regular contributor to The Westerly Sun on Veterans Affairs.
       Note:  all of the information above was borrowed from the VFW website.
                                        28 June 2021
                     Westerly Masonic Hall
            Installation of 2021-2022 Officers
               Special Recognition Awards
          Assistant District Governor Bob Cruz
                     Family and Friends
                   Cheese and Crackers
         Pita Chips with Garlic Bean Dip
                  Caprese Salad Stack
                     Lemon Chicken
Sliced Beef Tenderloin with mushroom gravy
                    Mashed Potatoes
                  Roasted Vegetables
                Crusty Italian Bread
       Strawberry & Blueberry Tartlett
      with Homemade Whipped Cream
Cost is $40 per person
Please contact Julie at juliemlord1@gmail.com
with number in your party by 21 June, latest.
It was a pleasure to have Ryder, his brothers, Mom and Dad join us Monday evening.  Over $37,000 was raised to help this family resolve their transportation issues for Ryder.  There were complications with the lift but all has been resolved and covered by the funds raised.   We thank everyone who supported this project and helped to ease at least one burden.  Ryder's smile lit up the room and, I think, all our hearts.
Funds to cover the GG have been contributed, mailed to The Rotary Foundation, and have been transferred to the RC of La Antigua.  Due to a severe shortage of PVC piping, the purchase of these items has been on an extremely limited basis.  As construction proceeds, further progress reports will be sent. The photo below shows members of the village Water Committee participate in the “first rock ceremony” which signifies the start of the project and is comparable to a “groundbreaking ceremony” in the USA.  The other photos show the leveling of the land where the reinforced concrete distribution tank will be located.
XETONOX, COMALAPA  - Global Grant #2122094 R/Y 2021-2022
Our 11th Global Grant has been submitted, reviewed and approved by TRF, designated for this village.  Funding will be requested from clubs starting after July 1, 2021 since this GG has been designated for Rotary Year 2021-2022. 
Rick & Elin will be visiting the Club on July 12th -  great night to bring a guest!!!
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 68 players have registered
    Gold Sponsor
            Professional Planning Group
    Bronze Sponsor
           Bank RI
           Bouvier Insurance   
    Tee Sponsor        
           Alvino, Dan & Florence
           Robert H Lord Co.
           South County Auto
           William T Sisco CPA                   
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:
  • Bob Elmer
    June 18
  • Cal Lord
    June 18
  • Joe Nigrelli
    June 22
  • Doug Rayner
    Jean Rayner
    June 6
  • Chris DiPaola
    Lana Weidner
    June 15
Join Date:
  • Frank Celico
    June 1, 1985
    36 years
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