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
Former Rotarian and current President of the Colonial Theater Dawn Robinson spoke very enthusiastically to the membership about the current activities of Colonial Theater, especially how those activities benefit young people in our community.  She said that theater teaches team building, working together through the process of creating a show - a group activity. They recently received a RI Foundation grant to help them with the costs of developing the student program.  Since 1991, the annual Shakespeare in the Park programs have been offered free, although donations are happily accepted.  Even with all the volunteers, professional actor and director fees, staging, lighting and sound costs are quite substantial - the annual production can total over $100,000.  Dawn seeks corporate sponsorship so the annual event can remain a free one.
The Colonial has been working with Westerly High School to continue their mission through the school year.  To read more about the Colonial or to make a donation, go to colonialtheaterart.org.  This year Shakespeare in the Park's production, directed by Marion Markham, will be the Complete Works of Shakespeare - Abridged from 30 July thru 15 August.  Go to the website to make a reservation.
President Ted presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to our very own Alan Brinton.  A Paul Harris Fellow Award is achieved by a $1,000 donation to Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund. 
And then President Ted presented Jennifer and Alan Brinton AND Grey Sail Brewing a "Rotary Service Above Self" Award for Outstanding Service to the Pawcatuck and Westerly Communities throughout the past pandemic year.
When Bob Elmer made his EREY contribution this past June, it put him over the $3,000 level and earned him a new Paul Harris Fellow pin with two sapphires. Congratulations, Bob, and Thank You!!!!
Monday evening we had the pleasure to have Elin and Rick Lawrence visit our Club once again.  President Ted is show above with Elin and Rick who received our annual contribution.  Rick showed a special video presentation of the work being done last year and this coming year in San Vicente Tecpan Guatemala.  They are working on the 11th Global Grant designated for the Xetonox, Comalapa village.  All the water projects in this area include the development of a water system, grey water filters, cook stoves, and vented, improved latrines.  Education in hygiene and sanitation is a big part of this project along with training to make all systems self-sustaining.  Aldea, which is the local organization that Rotary works with donates 2 goats to the village so they can provide milk and cheese.  Villages provide all the labor to the projects.
All the projects completed have shown the following:
      60% decrease in intestinal disease
      60% decrease in eye infections and respiratory ailments
      10% decrease in child malnutrition
      Increased school attendance   
Rick told us that project donors has grown to 12 Rotary Districts and 48 Clubs and over $1,386,893 has been raised.
If anyone wishes further information, please contact Rick at elawrlaw@sbcglobal.net.
Chorus of Westerly 40th Summer Pops
11 September 2021 with Rain date 12 September 2021
Pre-Show 5:15pm, Main Show 7:00pm
"While the structure of the rescheduled Pops will be quite similar to a June-based edition, the performance will also include a special focus on the community's emergence from the Covid Crisis.  Additionally, the program will include appropriate recognition of the tragic events of September 11, 2001."  We will be able to proceed with plans to provide our food concession in the park- so more to come on that soon.
26Jul:  CanDo week - get your food supplies to Avie's this week
            Dinner meeting discussion - Pops Concert  11Sept
30Jul-1Aug:  Virtual RYLA Event
16Aug:  Greg Powell, RTT Director, and Sarah Steverman, WHS Spanish Teacher
30Aug:  CanDo week - get your food items to Avie's
11Sep:  Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops 2021 (40th)  Pre-Show 5:15, Main Show 7:00, Rain Date 12Sep
              Due to this event, there will be NO meeting on 13 Sept.
26 Sep:  Alzheimer's Annual RI Walk - let Rona know if you're walking  (six07co@att.net)  -connect with our Team at:
4 Oct:  RCoWF Seventh Golf Tournament, Shot Gun Noon
11 Oct:  District 7950 Governor Billy Roberts
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.
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 184 deliveries have been made during the past year.
Board Notes  12July
Approved donations to Southern RI Volunteers, Safe Passage, RICAN, Westerly Armory, Rose Bowl Parade.  Approved participation in Westerly Light Parade December 12th; next Board meeting is August 2nd.
Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.

Individual recognition

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member

When you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.

Every Rotarian, Every Year Club  (EREY)

For clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year.

So far this new fiscal year, four members have already contributed.  John Hall suggested that members could offer $20 for dinner each week with the difference going toward EREY.  Example:  $20.00 minus $13.50 (dinner cost), leaves $6.50 to either split between Happy/Sad and EREY or apply entirely to EREY.  Great idea, John!!

Golf Committee Co-Chairs are Frank Livingston (flivingston98@gmail.com) and Derin Temel (temelderin@yahoo.com)
Event returns to normal with Noon ShotGun start.  Players can practice beginning at 10am after check-in.  Currently 116 players have registered
    Gold Sponsor
            Professional Planning Group
    Silver Sponsor
           Grey Sail Brewing Co
    Bronze Sponsor
           Bank RI
           Bouvier Insurance   
    Tee Sponsor        
           Alvino, Dan & Florence
           BPS Lawyers
           Breezeway Resort
           Chariho Furniture
           DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc
           Dunns Corners Chiropractic Center
           Focus (First) Physical Therapy LLC
           Frank Hall Boat Yard, Inc
           Giamalis and Company LLC
           Grey Sail Brewing Co
           Hotel Maria
           Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan LLC
           Lamb & Lion Inn on Cape Cod
           Mansfield Insurance Agency
           Margin Street Inn
           Joe & Carol Potter
           Douglas & Jean Rayner
           Robert H Lord Co.
           South County Auto
           The Jonnycake Ctr of Westerly
           Toscano's Mens Shop
           Urso, Liguori & Micklich PC
           Westerly Dental Group
           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.
Monday afternoon at 3:00pm a few of us assembled at Rotary Park in the Children's Garden to welcome Mackenzie Gitzendanner for the opening of our newest Little Free Library home.  Back in 2017 for her Senior Project at Westerly High School, Mackenzie, with the help of the high school carpentry students, built two Little Free Library homes - one for our Rotary Park Garden and the other went to the Bradford Community Center.  Through the years, the one in Rotary Park either was damaged by weather or vandals.  Elaine and Rotarian Derin Temel thought that we should do something about that.  And, of course, Doug accepted the challenge to make a new "home".  Mackenzie was presented with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for setting us on this path.  She has just graduated from college and we wish her all the very best with all the future has in store for her.  Elaine plans to monitor the library and keep it stocked.  While we were there, two young children who had been at the playground came in and were the first two select books.
Each book is stamped with the LFL special seal "Always a gift - never for sale"  - Rotary Club of Westerly at Rotary Park.  LFLs are in over 110 countries, over 100,000 LFLs and more than 208,000,000 made available to children and adults.
Monday evening, 28 June 2021, was the 63rd Installation of officers for the Rotary Club of Westerly.  President Rona banged the gavel to bring attendees to order with the end of her term and the beginning for Incoming President Ted.  Assistant District Governor Bob Cruz joined us and presented several District Awards to the Club, among them the Public Image Award that resulted from public Club promotions, a vibrant, current website and newsletter.   More on these next week.  Incoming President Ted presented Special Recognition Awards and a gift basket to our great Senior Rotarians Douglas Rayner, Joseph Nigrelli and Vincent Gaccione for all their years of service to the Club.  They also were awarded District Longevity Awards for being Rotarians over 50 years.  
Past President and evening's Host Cal Lord provided a slide show presentation "A Look Back at 2020".   He introduced Andrew and Chant Clapham and Frank Thacker and they were inducted as our newest members.
ADG Bob Cruz also inducted the incoming Board - President-Elect Steve Cofone, Vice President Derin Temil, Secretary Julie Lord, Treasurer Rosemarie Russo and Director-at-large Suzanne Lane.
David Avedesian spoke about his younger brother Ted prior to his induction pledge lead by Rotarian and Past President John Hall.  David and Mary Beth drove down on Sunday from Maryland to attend this event.  Other guests included sister Anahid and husband John, friends Eric, Lacy and John.  
Past Presidents and Paul Harris recipients were recognized.
It was a pleasure to see Jean Rayner, Donna Celico and Elaine Temel.  Our chef for the evening was Amanda Nall of Bogue's Alley and everyone declared that the buffet dinner was a hit!!  Special thanks were given to Grey Sail Brewing and The Wine Store for providing beverages for the evening's enjoyment.
We offered a cheerful thank you to outgoing President Rona with a big blue basket of goodies.  Incoming President Ted then spoke about his plan for the next year which will include a continuation of some of the special projects begun by President Rona during the Covid pandemic.  We will continue with our Food collection to assist the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, Jonnycake Center of Westerly and RICAN.  Student of the Month and Reforest the Tropics programs will continue also.  In the Spring of 2022 there will be a Charitable/Scholarship Dinner.  And the evening adjourned with Ted banging the gavel.
A very special evening!!!
This past Monday evening Rona arranged to bring April Dinwoodie to completely inspire us.  April began her talk with her "back history".  She was adopted by a white family from Westerly - Tom & Sandra (Petrillo) Dinwoodie - with three white siblings and raised in a "predominately white environment."  She said that "my white family taught me about love, and I had to teach myself about life as a woman of color."  April has had a successful, over 20 years, career in Corporate marketing, branding and PR.  As a transracially adopted person, she is "devoted to elevating our collective experiences of family and working together to build stronger relationships."  She is former CEO of Donaldson Adoption Institute and founder of AdoptMent, which is a mentoring program that matches foster youth with adopted adults.  April also founded a podcast "Born in June, Raised in April: What Adoption Can Teach the World!"  It turns out the her Birth Mother named her June but her adoption parents decided to name her April.  She offers one-on-one coaching, facilitates workshops and currently also "works with several NY City schools facilitating adoption support groups for young people and parents and offers opportunities for faculty development.
The mission of AdoptMent "is to provide young people with an enriching mentoring experience that offers a unique layer of support, advocacy, and guidance from caring mentors who have personal connections with adoption and/or foster care."  April, through her life experiences, is "fiercely dedicated to developing healthy identity, building stronger relationships, and elevating our collective ability to navigate differences of race, class, and culture."
If there is  interest in learning more about and from April, go to her website "https://aprildinwoodie.com".  She is also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  There was a short video from a Good Morning America segment on adoption back in 2006 that featured April and AdoptMent.  So while much of her work is still centered in New York, we are delighted that she also is sharing her time and expertise in Westerly.  We hope to see more of April and wish her every success with all her meaningful and important work.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President & Public Image Chair
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Julie Lord
    July 1
  • Doug Rayner
    July 15
  • Bob Boughner
    July 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • John Lord
    July 19
  • Bob Boughner
    Marti Boughner
    July 3
  • Frank Celico
    Donna Celico
    July 4
Join Date:
  • Doug Rayner
    July 1, 1971
    50 years
  • Bob Boughner
    July 2, 2012
    9 years
  • Joe Potter
    July 2, 2012
    9 years
  • Chris DiPaola
    July 14, 2001
    20 years
  • Joe Nigrelli
    July 14, 1968
    53 years
  • Steve Cofone
    July 14, 1982
    39 years
  • Ted Avedesian
    July 14, 1994
    27 years
  • Vinnie Gaccione
    July 14, 1960
    61 years
  • Frank Livingston
    July 20, 2020
    1 year
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RI Victory Day Holiday
Aug 09, 2021
NO meeting
Greg Powell & Sarah Steverman
Aug 16, 2021
RTT and Westerly High School Spanish Class
Labor Day holiday
Sep 06, 2021
NO meeting
Monday after Pops Concert
Sep 13, 2021
NO meeting
District 7950 Governor Billy Roberts
Oct 11, 2021
Club visitation
July 2021
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