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
President Ted with Madison Power, Alexandra Nelson and Mr. Cronin.  We were delighted to meet Monday evening at Westerly High School's Highland Grille to celebrate our March, April and May Students of the Month.  It was unfortunate that Greg Gorman, our May student, couldn't join us because he had a baseball game to play.  Mr. Cronin shared the following highlights of our special students:
March - Madison Power is an Honor student, varsity athlete, with over 30 hours in volunteering at Jonnycake Center, Dog Adoption Day, Walk to End Alzheimer's and the Westerly Ambulance Corps.  She also lead the student tutoring program.   Madison will attend Suffolk University in the Pre-Med program.
April - Alexandra Nelson is also an Honor student whose volunteer work included St Andrew Lutheran Church summer camp, Dunns Corners Fire Department, Westerly High School campus cleanup and Spanish tutor.  Alex has earned various awards and plans to attend the College of William and Mary.
May - Greg Gorman will be attending Bryant University in the Fall.  He is an athlete and currently playing on WHS's baseball team.
President Ted and Asst Governor Bob Cruz and Distr Governor Billy Roberts
It was a real pleasure to have Billy and Bob join us Monday evening to celebrate our Students.  DG Billy decided to hand-deliver the District certificates that the Club was to receive at the District Conference.  It was really very special that he would come all the way down to Westerly to deliver the following awards:
     Longevity Member Awards to Vinny Gaccione - 62 years, Joseph Nigrelli - 54 years, and Doug Rayner - 51 years.
     Presidential Award for Leadership Excellence
     International Service Award for our projects - Water & Sanitation in Guatemala, Education in Chikumbuso, Reforest the Tropics in Costa Rica, and
       Mexico Child welfare efforts
     Vibrant Club & significant Achievement Award - featuring our efforts during Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops
     District 7950 Public Image Award
and then Governor Billy added one of his own - Unsung Heroes Award - presented to Rose.  This was such a surprise - an awesome surprise - and much appreciated award. 
In spite of Covid we have accomplished much in this fiscal year.  Be proud.  Look forward.  We have to get ready to make Steve's year just as accomplished and successful.
Frank Thacker's wife, Karen Hanson, is at home to continue her recovery - 38 Valley Drive - She is doing better but please keep her in your prayers.
Andy Clapham had heart surgery last week.  He is home now and doing well per Chant.  His address is 25 Moonlight Drive, Westerly or email aclapham3@gmail.com if anyone wishes to send get well wishes.
Meetings will be in person but spaced appropriately
23 May:  Food items to Ted at Avie's this week
28-29 May:  Virtu in Wilcox Park
30 May:  NO Meeting - Memorial Day  - Parade begins in Pawcatuck at 9:30am
18 Jun:   Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops
19 Jun:  Father's Day Car Show at Central Baptist Church
27 Jun:  Installation of 2022/2023 Officers
4 Jul:  NO Meeting - July 4th Holiday
18 Jul:  Kelley McShane & Nick Carr - The Granny Squibb Company
Steve, John and Bob leading us in The Rotary Welcome Song written by Rotarian Ed Smalley
President Ted also reminded everyone to remember those in need and bring canned goods either to meeting or to Avie's Ski/Sport.
Random Act of Rotary
Chamber gift certificates for our second Random Act of Rotary gifting are with Derin Temel.  Cal, Rona and Derin delivered the certificates this past Sunday.  See pictures.
Club Home - It has been decided to remain at the Westerly Masonic Hall at 20 Elm Street with catering by various restaurants. 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.  Julie will send the sandwich/salad menu on or about Wednesday for the next Monday meeting; respond to Julie (juliemlord1@gmail.com) with your food order by Saturday morning.  If you don't receive a reply from Julie within 24 hours, please contact her again.
Covid Aid Goes On....
 March 18th marked two years that our Club "had 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 239 deliveries have been made since the program began in 2020.
News from Cal Lord - Central Baptist Church is planning a mission trip to Kentucky first week in June.  If anyone is interested in participating, get in touch with Cal at calstigers@gmail.com.  Board has approved a $250 donation to defray their costs.  The Mission Team is planning a Chowder Supper on May 14 - dine in or to go.
Father Bob Anthony
Kathryn has been in touch with MaryAnn.  Father Bob was in the hospital again dealing with the effects of Parkinson's.  He has returned home.  Please send a note or card to him - their home address is 104 Old Stage Road  Centerville, MA 02632.
Note from Rona and Dora
This feature was on Channel 10 a couple of weeks ago -   Victor Butler, (the last Tuskegee Airman in Rhode Island) who will be 100 years old on May 21 and lives in North Providence, was on the same Honor Flight to Washington DC with Joe Nigrelli and Dave Mann in 2017, and he's still going strong!  Dora has embraced his wish to get birthday cards.  Please take a moment to send a birthday card:
               Victor Butler
               c/o Dora Vasquez-Hellner
               PO Box 652
               Ashaway, RI 02804
There will also be a Car Parade on May 21 beginning at the Douglas Lumber Center at 125 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, departing at 11:45 to arrive at Victor's home by noon.  Rona told membership that the event was a huge success - participants came from everywhere to honor Mr. Butler.  Great job, Dora!!!!
Armory Appreciation Night
     Christopher DiPaola
Picture by DJ GaDgEt.  Chris said a few thoughts after introduction by Roberta Mudge.  A lovely evening with community friends.  Dinner was provided by Amanda Nall and her staff at Bogue's Alley.  Also honored were Debra Turrisi, Jean Gagnier and John Gulino.
Garden in Wilcox Park.  Alan and President Ted
Alan Peck became Superintendent of Wilcox Park in 2001 and has been working with his staff to care for and protect the  Park's gems.  "The original parcel of land was donated in 1898 by Harriet Wilcox in memory of her husband, Stephen Wilcox.  Harriet envisioned the area as a walking park to be enjoyed by the hard working citizens of Westerly and Pawcatuck.  The Park was designed by Warren H. Manning, a former associate of Frederick Law Olmsted and founding father of the American Society of Landsape Architects (ASLA).  Several smaller parcels of land were added through the years.  Today, Wilcox Park is considered a Medallion Park by the ASLA and has been a nationally significant listing on the National Register of Historical Places since 2004."
The Westerly Library and Wilcox Park strives to be a premier intellectual, cultural, and botanical asset for the region.  With a philosophy to preserve and maintain the park, Alan's efforts are totally visible as you walk around the park.  It is home to seven State Champion Trees.  The Rhode Island Registry of Champions lists 144 species throughout the State.  A Champion Tree is defined as the largest known tree of a particular species and must meet certain criteria.    While the Library is a historic museum built in memory of our Civil War soldiers, the Park includes some really special statuary and monuments throughout the Park which just add to the wonder and beauty of the trees and plantings throughout.
At our meeting of Monday, 4 April 2022, the Rotary Club of Westerly voted to establish a Peace and Justice Committee.
Our Vision:  We seek to create, locally and globally, a culture of peace in which the inherent worth and dignity of every living being is honored and respected and conflicts are resolved nonviolently.
Our Mission:  To create activities, programs and projects focused on creating a culture of peace as well as working with other community groups and organizations engaged in similar endeavors.
Kathryn at dedication of our Peace Pole at Rotary Park in 2019 - "May Peace Prevail on Earth"
Possible Projects:  fostering the planting of peace poles in our community, encouraging neighboring Rotary Clubs to take the leadership to have their town/city become an International City of Peace, offering workshops on Nonviolence for Daily Living, offering our physical, financial and emotional support to community activities involved in creating a culture of peace.
Our Eighth Golf Tournament is scheduled for 3 October 2022 at the Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, RI.  As of 26 March 2022, registration is closed.  All player spots have been reserved.
     Professional Planning Group
    Bank RI
    Dunns Corner Chiropractic
    Hoyt Filippetti & Malaghan LLC
    Margin Street Inn
    South County Auto LLC
    The Westerly Sun
    Toscano's Mens Shop
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.

Every Rotarian, Every Year Club  (EREY)   EREY 2021/22 Donors:  Good news!!! we have achieved our 2021/2022 goal of $2,500 AND have achieved full member participation

For the 13th consecutive year, the Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating - FOUR STARS - from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U. S.
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.
Membership received a surprise visit from Lisa Konicki, Chamber President, and Maria Pucci, Chamber Board Chairwoman, at our May 2 Monday evening meeting to present our very own Cal Lord with a basket full of goodies to celebrate his selection as Chamber Citizen of the Year. 
Rona wrote the following:  "It seems that every time there's a cause, an event, or a want of any kind in our area, Cal Lord is there.  He's not there because he's an ordained minister, he's there because he's a human being and realizes that life is a privilege, and as humans we must continue our whole lives to pay for that privilege.  Not sure I'll be able to encapsulate all he's done, but for starters:  He has been Pastor of Central Baptist Church since 2011, having come from First Baptist Church in Norwich where he was the longest standing Pastor of that church.  He immediately dove in and immersed himself into our shared communities where he is Past President of the Rotary Club of Westerly, a member of the Chamber, Past President of the Clergy Association, co-chair of the Community Easter Sunrise Service at the beach, and one of the two originators of the Annual First Responders Recognition Celebration.  He also serves as Chaplain to both the Stonington Police and the Watch Hill Fire Departments and is constantly on-call.  He is on the Board of the Jonnycake Center, is actively working at the Westerly Senior Center as a facilitator for the Vaccine Distribution Program, has been a major player in the Rotary/Lions annual Pasta Dinner to benefit Jonnycake's annual Heating Assistance Fund, and was just named as Vice-President of ABCORI (American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island) Churches, a statewide position.  [He is also a past member of the Norwich Rotary Club]  He writes a weekly column in The Westerly Sun on faith and adapting it to day's stressful pace; he is a substitute radio hose on WBLQ, has participated in community theatre, and according to his wife, 'is incapable of ever saying no.'  There is not one community activity he has ever turned down when asked and never, ever complains.  Here is a man who gives not just money, but his heart, soul, and total being into everything he does.
As a Good Citizen Cal does a lot more than obey the laws and pay the taxes.  He obeys God, gives to all, and pays it back...every day of his life.  Many can 'throw money' at a cause, Cal always throws his heart."
Chief Paul Gingerella with President Ted
Chief Paul was officially sworn in as Westerly's new Chief on March 16 at the town council meeting.  He graduated from Salve Regina University with degree in Justice in 2001,  joined the Police Force in 2015 moving up to Sergeant and later Lieutenant.  Along the way he earned his Master's Degree in Administration of Justice/Homeland Security with focus on Cyber Security also from Salve Regina University.  Paul is following in the footsteps of his Great Uncle who was a Westerly Police Officer and an Uncle who was an officer with the RI Department of Environmental Management.  He is very much interested in "strengthening the relationship between the police department and the community and welcomes input."
If anyone has a Covid question, write to COVID19@westerlypolice.org.  The Police Department's non-emergency phone # is 401.596.2022 and Chief Paul's email address is pgingerella@westerlypolice.org.
"Harriet is an accomplished writer of non-fiction and fiction having published academic papers, been a columnist for a woman's monthly as well as writing a column on small business for a newspaper syndicate.  Under the pen name Anastasia Goodman, she writes the Sasha Perlov Mystery Series.  She has been host/producer of the public access TV show 'Community Culture Showcase' taped in Groton, CT and seen worldwide on You Tube.  The TV show promotes the arts and culture of Southern New England.  Harriet was educated at Queens College in Flushing, NY, New York University's Wagner School and the University of Denver."  Harriet has also written a novel called Rockaway Riptides based on true events during the 1960s in the Rockaways of Long Island.  But Monday evening, we heard the story of Harriet's Grandfather Goldie.  In her newest book, The Accidental Gangster, Harriet tells his story.  Goldie was a fisherman, hired by Dutch Schultz at the start of Prohibition to take his boat up to Canada to bring the "pure Canadian booze" to somewhere in the Rockaways.  Harriet's books are available at www.amazon.com and www.oceanbreezepress.net.  You can also write Harriet at graysonharriet@gmail.com.
Maria DiMaggio (Membership & Operations Director), Lisa Konicki (President) of Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce with our President Ted.
Lisa and Maria were so passionate about how important it is to get resources to local businesses in downtown Westerly.  Through Covid they went from four full-time employees to two.  They both put all the energy into building a community that everyone wants to live in.  The Chamber is sponsoring six events in the next six weeks:
The Pawcatuck Duck Race April 20 - in 2020 it had to be cancelled due to Covid but had already planned and purchased everything needed to pull it off.
Fusion May 6 - An adult event at Velvet Mill Studio with live body art and music by Sugar.
Sunday Funday May 8, 15, 22  12pm-8pm -  High Street will be closed to vehicles but great for foot traffic to local businesses, pop-up stores and local musicians.
Virtu  Memorial Day Weekend - Outdoor arts coming to Wilcox Park, featuring over 150 artists of music, painting, and other crafts from around the country.
The brought up a vision for December - selling stars for businesses to hang on their buildings to light up downtown Westerly, shooting stars through Wilcox Park as well.  They need to raise $75,000 for it to happen.  To date they have received $23,000.  Check out the website starrylight.org.  The display will be held the last three weeks in December.  The Stonington Lobster Trap Tree will take place as well, bringing foot traffic to area businesses.
They praised all the volunteers, as none of the events could be done without their participation.  They ended with how important it was to continue doing something special for the community.  Two remarkable ladies, for sure.
Tim Gray receives a children's library book from President Ted.  It was a pleasure to welcome Tim Monday evening.  He produced his first WWII film in 2004 and is working on his 30th one currently.  He does his filming at WWII actual sites and all narration is provided by celebrities like Dan Rather, Gary Sinese, Tom Brokaw, Tom Selleck, David McCallum.  Through the years he collected so many artifacts, over 5,000,  that he opened the Museum in 2018. 
The organization's mission "is to develop an awareness and appreciation of the contributions and sacrifices made by the men and women of the Allied Forces during World War II.  The Foundation's objective is to educate current and future generations about the role those heroes played in ensuring the basic freedoms we enjoy today.  The Foundation dedicates itself to this education mission in order to install and inspire in today's Americans, through the example of the World War II generation, the values of unity of purpose, personal courage and shared sacrifice that they embodied - the Best of America."
Tim's work has gained him many awards, among them American Public TV's prestigious National Programming Excellence Award.  The museum is located at 344 Main Street, Wakefield.  Check out the Foundation's website at wwiifoundation.org.  For more information you can call 401.862.3030 or info@wwiifoundation.org.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation Chair
Vice President & Public Image Chair
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