Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty Years   June 28, 1958-2018
Mailing Address:  PO Box 407  Westerly RI 02891



 

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

We meet Mondays at 5:30 PM
Venice Restaurant
165 Shore Road
Westerly, RI  02891
United States of America

Phone:
(401) 315-5868
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Susan Sedensky, above with President Kathryn, is receiving a Westerly Children's Library book.  Sue has been Executive Director of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center for the past two years.  We were pleased to have her join us again for dinner and to have her tell us a little more about the PNC.
 
The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, founded in 1985, is a "multi-purpose facility which offers a variety of social, educational, health and human services programs with an emphasis on community spirit."   The mission of the PNC is to be the "resource for basic needs for people experiencing financial hardship; and services for seniors in need of socialization and transportation for those living in Mystic, Pawcatuck, Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly."
 
Sue said that over 1400 folks came to the food pantry last year for food with 500 of them coming from Westerly and along with food products, there is a "Living Supplies" section with items like diapers and a Clothing Closet with good used items.  As those original volunteers began to age, they decided that the PNC needed a Senior Center and in 2007 an addition to the building was built to provide lunches and other programs.  With a staff of 5 and about 300 volunteers, the PNC provides food, lunch, fuel assistance, financial assistance, transport, social and health needs,  Funding comes from grants and other donations.  They also maintain a garden to grow fresh produce for the clients.  They have also started some cooking classes.
 
You can read more about The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center at www.pawcatuckneighborhoodcenter.org or stop in and visit - or volunteer - at 27 Chase Street, Pawcatuck.
   Charitable/Scholarship Dinner
11 May 2019 at The Cooked Goose
 
 
 
Past President (1998-1999) Ted Avedesian planned the first "Scholarship" auction dinner to raise funds for scholarships during his year in office.  It was such a success that it continued every year, except for one.  So, this year is a milestone - the Twentieth Dinner!!  As Ted has told us many times, originally the event proceeds were totally intended to build up the Scholarship Fund.  When the Scholarship Fund had risen to more than $50,000, it was decided to split the dinner proceeds of future dinners between the Scholarship Fund and the Charitable Giving Fund.  Scholarships awarded went from $2,000 to $4,000 per year.
      
We have been fortunate that The Cooked Goose opens up to give us an exclusive evening.  Chef Andrew Nathan prepared a very special gourmet dinner from salad to dessert.   The Wine Store provided a selection of wines and other beverages.
                                             
   
 
A huge thank you to everyone who attended -  to Andrew, Jennifer and their fabulous staff - to the Royce Foundation.  We are so grateful to you all for making
the evening a wonderful success.
 
Very special thank you to all the companies and individuals for providing us with so many terrific items to auction:
 
84 Tavern on Canal, Amigos, Anthony Russo, Barton & Gray Mariners Club, Blue Butterfly Florist, Bogue's Alley, BoneYard Barbecue & Saloon, Broadview Florist & Garden Center, Brumble Bikes, C C O'Brien's Sports Cafe, Capizanno's Olive Oils & Vinegars, Caroline Maynard, Casa della Luce, Chariho Furniture, Chorus of Westerly, Christina's Place, Coastal Eye Associates, Cottrell Brewing, Dairy Queen, Dan Stanavage, Del-Bourree Bach, Dick's World of Wines, Dr. Douglas A Rayner, Dunns Corners Market, Elin & Rick Lawrence, European Imports, EZ Midway Liquors, The Resident/Alexis, Gary's Auto Repair, Ginger's Car Wash, Granite Photo, Granite Theatre, Gray Goose Cookery, Grey Sail Brewers, Hauser Chocolatier, Hill Top Cafe, Island Pursuit Mystic 7, Ivory Ella LLC, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Joyce's Everyday Gourmet, Junk & Java, Li's Bake Shop, Margin Street Inn, Maria's Seaside Cafe, McQuade's Ace Hardware, McQuade's Marketplace, Mel's Downtown Creamery, Mercy Street Studios, Munroe Dairy, My Whaling City, Mystic Luxury Cinemas, Nigrelli's Jewelry, Ocean Community NAIK Family YMCA, Ocean House, Patceez Garden Center, Pawtucket Red Sox, Phoenix Dining & Entertainment, Pleasant Acres Nursery, Providence Coal Fired Pizza, Red Stone Tire, Richmond Country Club, Riverhead Building Supply, Rona Mann, Rosanna's Flowers, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Sandy's Fine Food Emporium, Seaside Pharmacy, Shar-Jais Salon, Shelter Harbor Golf Club, Sift Bake Shop Mystic, Stonington Country Club, Stonington Vineyards, The Brazen Hen, The Malted Barley, Toscano's Mens Shop, Venice Restaurant & Lounge, Vesta Bakery, WBLQ, Weekapaug Golf Club, Westerly 7 Eleven, Westerly Agway, Westerly High School's Highland Grille, Westerly Packing Co, Westerly Police Dept/Chief Shawn Lacey, Westerly Sun, Wilcox Tavern/Mia's, Winnapaug Country Club, Wm Cole LLC
 
 
 
The Every Rotary Every Year (EREY) initiative encourages every Rotarian to support The Rotary Foundation every year, engaging every member in all the life-changing programs.  We are currently 7 members shy of full participation for this fiscal year.
From Rotary Foundation today:
Generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation - from you and your club members - are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world.  Your donations to the Annual Fund help individuals around the globe liver better lives, today and in the future.  Your club's support of TRF is appreciated and is certain to "be an inspiration" - thank you for encouraging giving to and engagement with, The Rotary Foundation.....Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do, to make The Rotary Foundation a powerful force for good in the world.
May 23:  Westerly STEM Expo with RTT at Westerly High School at 5:30 to 8:00pm.  Rotary Club of Westerly will be volunteering at this event and members should be at Westerly High School at 4:30pm, 23 Ward Avenue.  Please let Rose know if you can help at this event -401.315.5868 or ra.russo@cox.net.
Parking lot is at Gymnasium side of building, corner of Park and Bellevue Avenues.
 
May 27:  Memorial Day Holiday - NO dinner meeting
 
June 10:  Elin & Rick Lawrence - Guatemala Water/Sanitation Projects.  They will also be bringing many handmade items - scarves, bags, jewelry
 
June 22:  Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops  - sign up sheet will be available when we meet in a couple of weeks.
 
Aug 24:  350th Westerly Anniversary Celebration - Olde Time Faire in Wilcox Park from 11:00 to 4:00. 
 
Aug 26:  District Governor Albright visitation and Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park
 
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.  
 
Community Giving to date includes $500 to Westerly Pee Wee Football and $500 to the Columbus Day Parade Committee.
A $600 check to sponsor a child of Chikumbuso for one year, as well as $100 check to A Walk to End Alzheimers for walkers Rona and Rose, $60 check to Stand Up for Animals for Trivia Night event and $300 check to Central Baptist Church for First Responders Service, $40 to Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Fund (to help Rona reach her goal for the half marathon walk last weekend), $200 to Westminster Youth String Ensemble, $250 to Literacy Volunteers of Washington County, $500 to WARM Shelter, $200 to Haitian Health, $500 to 2019 Mexico Project with Dan Alvino's participation, $250 to Central Baptist Church for Puerto Rico Mission trip, $5400 for Harmony Trail instruments at Rotary Park.
 
Past President Bob Elmer is the Rotarian representative to work the Westerly High School's Interact Program.
With the assistance of Principal Michael Hobin and his staff, Abi Turano was selected to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp; however, an illnes prevented her from attending.
 
EREY: Eleven members have contributed to the Rotary Foundation as of December 31 - so, 61.0% participation since July.  If anyone makes a donation directly at Rotary Foundation website, please let Secretary Rose know.
POLIO PLUS:  $500 through our Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park.
 
Membership Committee:  Chair Cal Lord with Dan Alvino and Frank Celico
Cal, Frank and Dan have either corresponded or met in person to follow up on potential member candidates.
 
Harmony Trail Instruments - Kathryn met with Paul Duffy of Parks Department after he contacted her about installing an instrument at Rotary Park.  The Parks Department has $1,500 to contribute to this project.  The Board voted to purchase two instruments with Kathryn and Rose making the instrument selections.   They selected two instruments, which were part of a 3-instrument package.  This deal would project a better price value.   Meet Griffin and Merry....
 
 
 
Latest news  -  The Celico Family is sponsoring the third instrument in the set for Rotary Park.  Piper will be wearing a plaque "In Memory of Mario Celico".
 
Get Well Wishes  -  We continue to keep Bob Elmer in our prayers and thoughts.
 
ADG Chuck Sauer has agreed to represent our Club for the District Annual Business meeting.
DGE Stephen Albright has agreed to represent our Club for the Rotary International Annual meeting.
 
Reforest the Tropics has advised that there will be STEM Expo at Westerly High School to highlight the program for a community presentation on May 23rd at 5:00 to 8:00pm.  RTT will be presenting their WMS program with a live exchange from Costa Rica and our membership will be assisting during the evening.  Reminder to all that participating in this event will assure that we have completed our obligation and will receive our 2018/2019 District Grant.
 
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
 
Player registration form and Tee Sponsor form are available on our website - see "download" section.
Email blast was sent out early in March.  22 players have registered.
 
                                Tee Sponsors
         DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc.
                  Dunn's Corners Chiropractic
               Hoyt, Filipetti & Malaghan LLC
To the members of Westerly Rotary - from Linda Wilkinson:
"Thank you so much for your sponsorship check received in the mail.  You are brilliant!  Both Sabrina and I are so pleased.
 
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!
 
Whyness will be writing you a letter telling you a little bit more about herself and her interests.  I've also attached a photo so you can see just how adorable she is!
 
Thanks again for being such a blessing to this young girl and her family!"
 
Linda
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Gloria Kimball
    May 26
Anniversaries:
  • Cal Lord
    Lori Lord
    May 29
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
Member-at-Large
Member-at-Large
Immediate Past President
 
 
 
 
 

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