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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Congratulations to the DiPaola Family with the addition of a Baby Boy on 13 October 2019!!!
Fifth Annual Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
Long Drive Hole#3  -  John Murphy
Closest to the Pin Hole #4  -  Mike Norton  10'3
Closest to the Pin Hole #6  -  Ron Pariseau  5'7
Closest to the Pin Hole #11  -  Kyle Roberts 10"
Closest to the Pin Hole #15  -  Kevin Haxton  3'9"
Closest to the Pin Hole #17  -  Rick Wilson  6'0
Low Net 2nd  -  44:  John Conti, Eric Myers, George Myers, Nick Scola
Low Net 1st  -  42:  Dan Brannegan, Ulysses Hammond, Tim Kenyon, Jerry Sanders
Low Gross 2nd  -  62:  Andy Bologna, Jon Lord, Kyle Roberts, Mike Jordan
Low Gross 1st  -  61:  Ravi Banerjee, Mal Makin, Fred Schick, Rick Wilson
                                           Gold Sponsor
                               Professional Planning Group
                                          Silver Sponsor
                        Westerly Community Credit Union
                                        Bronze Sponsor 
                                      Bouvier Insurance
                                         SHGC Sponsor
                                         The Wine Store
                                   Hole-in-One Sponsor
                                         Valenti Subaru
                                     Tee Sponsors
                             Florence and Dan Alvino                     
                              Ashaway Line & Twine
                                  Avie's Ski/Sports                                  
                 BankRI/Signature Commercial Banking
                                  Beachcrest Dental
                                  Breezeway Resort
                              Central Baptist Church
                                   Chariho Furniture
                           Coastline Laundry Service
                               Steve & Evie Cofone
                            D'Angelo Sandwich Shop
                 DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc.
                         Dunn's Corners Chiropractic
                             Dunn's Corners Market
                        Eric Milhoua at Edward Jones
          Focus Physical Therapy dba First Physical Therapy
                        Gaffney - Dolan Funeral Home
                                   Ginger's Service
                                  Grey Sail Brewery
                                       Hilltop Cafe
                         Hoyt, Filipetti & Malaghan LLC              
                      John J. Gentile, Jr Attorney at Law
                         Jonnycake Center of Westerly
                           Mansfield Insurance Agency
                                    Margin Street Inn
                      Mia's Prime Time &  Wilcox Tavern
                          Michael A Cozzolino Painting
                                       Midas Muffler
                           Paul Cofoni Trust Brokerage
                               Joseph & Carol Potter
                                   Randall Realtors
                                Doug & Jean Rayner
                            Reforest the Tropics, Inc
                               Robert H Lord Co Inc
                                   Royal Westerly
                               Seaside Pharmacy
                               South County Auto
                     Stonington Veterinary Hospital
                               The Cooked Goose
                                 The Sea Goose
                        Thorpe & Trainer Insurance
                            Toscano's Mens Shop
                         Urso Liguori Micklich Esq
                                  Valenti Subaru
                           Westery Dental Group
                            William T Sisco, CPA
     Rebecca Woodward, DMD & Adam Kaufman, DMD
                              Raffle Item Donors
                          C C O'Brien's Sports Cafe
                                   Steve Cofone
                       D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches
                            Deutsch Family Wines
                             East Coast Beverage
                              EZ Midway Liquors
                                    Hilltop Cafe
                               Hopkinton Liquor
                               Horizon Beverage
                                     Julie Lord
                                   M Touton
                               Mancini Beverage
                            McLaughlin  & Moran
                             Mia's/Wilcox Tavern
                                   Rona Mann
                               Nigrelli's Jewelry
                                 Neri Insurance
                                   Stop & Shop
                                   Derin Temel
                                   The Russos
                                 The Wine Store
Past District Governor James Rassol passed away last week.  He served District 7950 as District Governor in 1996/1997 and was a 42-year member of the Rotary Club of Warwick.  Calling hours are Tuesday 4-8 at the Perry McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence.  His funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:00am at the funeral home.  Burial will be with Military Honors at the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.
Our first Student of the Month for the 2019/2020 year was Maya Champ.  Her family members are good friends of Derin Temel so he presented the plaque, provided courtesy of Nigrelli's Jewelry.  Principal Hobin introduced Maya as the "TOP" - top in leadership, top in service.  She is a member of the National & Rhode Island Honor Societies, was RI Girls State Senator, received the Bausch & Lamb Honorary Science Award.  Maya has been a Girl Scout and is working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award, participated in various school teams, volunteered as a camp counselor at elementary STEM camp and Attack the Track.  Maya said that she had applied to several colleges but doesn't have a favorite and still is not sure what her major will be.  We wish her all the very best in all that she does and wherever she goes from here.
Rona & Kathryn participated in the annual Terri Brodeur Cancer Walk this past Saturday.  Rona is standing with Lisa of Niantic Rotary at their beverage tent at the event.  Second picture includes Kathryn and Rona.  Great job!!!

Oct 7:  Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club.  Chair Kathryn Taylor, Lead sponsor Frank Celico.  
Oct 14:  Columbus Day Holiday - NO meeting
Oct 21:  Speaker Debborah Smith - 2020 U. S. Census  AND Student of the Month Abigail Turano
Oct 24:  World Polio Day and United Nations Day
Oct 28:  Celebrating Helen Mochetti
Nov 11:  Veterans Day Remembrance - NO meeting
Nov 12:  Chariho's Annual Pasta Dinner - Richmond CC at 5:30pm
Nov 13:  Pasta Dinner for Jonnycake Center at the Calabrese Club
Nov 14:  District 7950 Foundation Dinner  - White's of Westport
Nov 18:  D. G. Steve Albright - Student Exchange Program  -  AND Student of the Month
Nov 25:  Annual Stonington-Westerly High Schools' Football Night  - this year hosted by Rotary Club of the Stoningtons, 6:00pm, at The Phoenix in Pawcatuck.
Dec 7:  Westminster Youth String Ensemble Holiday Concert at Westerly Armory  3:00pm
Membership Committee:  Chairman Cal Lord with Dan Alvino, Frank Celico and Caroline Maynard
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.   Danny brought Alan Brinton's application for membership to meeting Monday evening - it was approved by Board vote Monday afternoon, Oct 7.
Chikumbuso Education Program - we have sent a check to Linda Wilkinson to continue Whyness Phiri's education for the next year along with another youngster.  Linda has advised that our second child will be Peter Juma, age 14, in Grade 7.  Peter lives with his father and 4 sisters.  He has to help take care of his siblings because he is the oldest.  Every day he walks to school with his friends - 1.5 hour trip.  Peter likes to draw and his favorite subject is science.
   Whyness Phiri                                Peter Juma
Thank you note received from Linda Wilkinson giving thanks for our sponsoring Whyness and Peter.  She included a story of Chikumbuso General Manager Trudy's visit to one of the grandmothers.  She said, "I visited Chiara and her family and was shocked by what I saw.  I don't know why I was so surprised because it wasn't long ago that we (the ladies at Chikumbuso) were all in the same situation but it has been years for us now.  Upon entering I saw that they sleep on empty bags of Mealie meal.  Chiara, her sister and the seven kids she is taking care of were all sleeping on the floor.  There is no furniture in her home.  The sister to Chiara has no kids of her own but keeps seven kids who are orphans, some from her late sisters and brothers.  Mama Linda, I had no idea for when I see these children at school they greet me with big smiles and seem so happy to be in class."  Linda said, "we don't know how each and every child lives in the slum but we do know that the sponsorship program and offering food and education to these students changes lives."
World Polio Day is 24 October  -  This is also United Nations Day
Columbus Day weekend - Ken Burton is looking for helpers to put the flags out and about downtown.
Clergy Association sent a thank you note for our help with First Responders Celebration.
Golf Tournament Note  -  there is a limit as to how many characters can be in a story - Tournament article exceeded allotment.  SO.... Please check the website Photo Album section "Golf Tournament SHGC 7 Oct 2019" for additional photos from a very successful event.
Today the Westerly-Pawcatuck Clergy Association once again offered a celebration to honor our first responders - Emergency Personnel, Firefighters, and Police officers.  The celebration began with a blessing of vehicles at the Central Baptist Church parking lot, followed by a procession to Christ Church and an Evensong service.  A reception followed.  Thanks to Linda and Sabrina from Rotary Club of the Stoningtons and President Kathryn, Doug, Steve, Ted, Rona and Rose for helping with serving and clean up.
Our guests, Monday, included Medical Director Dr. Nadia Duvilaire,  President & Ceo Alison L. Croke, (pictured above with President Kathryn) and Development Coordinator Dave Henley of Wood River Health Services.  Alison provided a little history of community health services throughout the country.  From one opening 1965 there are now 1200 such organizations.  Wood River Health opened in 1976 and the staff now total 65 between the Hope Valley and Westerly offices.  It is a non profit organization whose mission statement reads "to improve the health and well-being of our community by assuring access to affordable high quality healthcare, coordinated services, and health related information."  For more information, please visit their website www.woodriverhealthservices.org.
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, Julie        
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.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Dora Vasquez-Hellner
    October 12
  • Rona Mann
    October 18
  • Ted Avedesian
    October 19
  • Kathryn Taylor
    October 24
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Jim Maynard
    October 6
  • Bob Lane
    Suzanne Lane
    October 29
  • Suzanne Lane
    Bob Lane
    October 29
Join Date:
  • Rona Mann
    October 19, 1989
    30 years
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Membership Chair
Immediate Past President

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