Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-One Years  June 28, 1958-2019



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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Thirteen members made it to the Zoom meeting yesterday.  We made a hearty attempt to normalcy by beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by prayer from Cal.  We remembered Steve Salerno, celebrated the Wedding Anniversaries of Doug & Jean Rayner (June 6) and Rona & Dave Mann (June 7), and the Club Anniversary of Frank Celico (June 1).  Calling on everyone in alpha order, we resumed "Happy, Sad Dollars", with the understanding that everyone would keep track of their own dollars and submit a check within the month to Treasurer Rose. 
We have received thank you notes for our donations to Shelter Box USA, Jonnycake Center of Westerly and Rotary Club of La Penita Mexico.  Shelter Box USA is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and has served 1.5 million people in over 100 countries around the globe delivering aid to disaster zones.  Jonnycake Center noted that they have seen a big increase in the number of people who need their help.  Rotary Club Bahia de Jaltemba-La Penita wrote that our donations over the past ten years has supported the "All Schools Project" in their region.  They repaired restrooms, broken windows, installed new floors, repaired water and electrical ystems, new desks, blackboards, bought school supplies, installed vegetable gardens.
Rose attended the Zoom District Conference Assembly on 28 May.
Regarding the Golf Tournament, the committee is moving forward with planning.  Frank will let the committee know a date to meet with Shelter Harbor's April Palmiscano to discuss dining guidelines per COVID regs.  "Save the Date" emails to golfers will go out in the next day or two.
Bob and Suzanne Lane presented two signs to recognize other heroes of our community - all the essential workers.  They were forwarded to the membership to make a choice.  As of this writing, only eleven members have responded.
District 7950 Public Image Committee is creating a new design and reorganized content for its website and have asked the Clubs to submit pictures of Rotarians "in action" for the last two to three years.  Rose spent several hours scanning through picture folders to find an assortment of Westerly Rotarian pictures - in action and not standing still, shaking hands or receiving awards and finally sent off eight - dedicating the Peace Pole, installing the Harmony Trail instruments, cleaning and gardening around the Rotary Park sign, working at the WHS Expo/RTT table, riding in the November 11 Parade.
Next week we will not have a guest speaker but there will be a Board meeting immediately after our regular meeting.  Kathryn is also asking if anyone is interested in attending a Tuesday morning zoom meeting.  Please contact her if you can attend a Tuesday meeting at 9:30 instead of Monday at 5:30.
15 June we will have as guest speaker Alex Conway from the Boy Scout Narragansett Council.
Yesterday was the final day for folks to complete their individual walk/run/bike event to benefit Chikumbuso.  Team Westerly Rotary included Kathryn, Rona, Doug, Dan and Rose.  The following are some of the pictures received  -  Doug and family walking around the Preserve, Rose walking around her gardens, Kathryn at Osbrook Point in Pawcatuck and Rona at Hope Valley.
                   13 Oct 1947  -  20 May 2020
Steve was a member of our Club from 2009 to 2013 and he embraced the Rotary way fully.  He wore his Rotary pin every day with pride.  Somehow he managed to have the phone numbers of every person he met on his cell phone along with their birth dates and made that call every year.  So many of us here in Westerly would one day pick up the phone to hear him singing "Happy Birthday."   He was our Santa at Christmas when he organized a special Christmas party to benefit RICAN and included the Chariho Rotary Club.  Steve will be missed and remembered always.
Meeting this past Monday evening with the members above, including John Hall on the telephone, began with our speaker, Russ Partridge, Executive Director of The WARM Center.  He told us that through this crisis they have continued to provide over a hundred meals daily in Anita's Kitchen, seven days per week.  3,500 people have been cared for.  The Emergency Shelter program, a 19-bed facility, was "designed to help homeless men and women who suffer from a variety of circumstances."  They must remain alcohol and drug free, follow house rules, meet with their peers and staff.  Other programs that continue to be successful include Attire for Hire, Harvest Homes, Supportive Homes, Street Outreach, Community Outreach.  Russ said that all have remained in good health.  WARM has received a Rhode Island Foundation Grant to provide financial assistance for people having financial issues.  He believes that the level of need is increasing as people learn that WARM is there if help is needed and reach out.  Most staff has been working from home.
Russ said "when people come to WARM their lives change."  He told of one individual who had been living with substance abuse and came to WARM.  He stayed with the program and eventually attended college, graduated and is now in a Master's Program.  While we thanked Russ for all that has been accomplished at WARM for the community, he thanked us for our support.
Bob Elmer provided a Foundation Moment, telling how Habitat for Humanity and Texas Rotary Club helped to build a home for a family in Milawi, Africa.
The Scholarship Committee planned to have a Zoom meeting on Wednesday to discuss the applications and make their selections.  Rose received this information Wednesday evening and sent the information to Amy Roy at the high school.  Virtual Baccalaureate will take place June 9.
Bob and Suzanne Lane did much research on ways for our Club to recognize front line essential workers.  There was much discussion and some of us took on some specific tasks and we will follow up at next meeting or through email or zoom discussions.
A thank you note has been received from Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.
Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day.  We remember our Veterans in grateful prayer - and sadness at missing the annual parade.  There will be NO meeting on Monday.
Because we have postponed our visit from Rick and Elin Lawrence in May, Rick has submitted the following update on the Guatemala projects:
Aug 24:  District Governor Charlene Jarest visitation  - Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park  -  uncertain
Aug 29:  Armory Appreciation Evening honoring John Coduri, Larry Hirsch, Rev Dr. Clayton A Lord, Dave and Rona Mann
Oct 5:  Sixth Annual Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
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.
Frank Livingston has submitted a membership application, sponsored by Cal Lord.  Frank recently moved to Westerly with his wife, Evelyn, from Manchester CT.  He mentioned on Monday evening that his father was a Manchester CT Rotary member.  Fireside chat was held Tuesday evening at Central Baptist Church with Cal, President Kathryn, Steve, Bob Elmer, Doug, Frank Celico, and Rose.  Cal called on each Rotary member to speak briefly about how they were drawn into Rotary.  Woven into each talk were stories of Club projects, experiences and Rotary history.  We look forward to Frank's induction when the COVID crisis has ended.
Chikumbuso Education Program - Whyness Phiri and Peter Juma are pictured below.
Sixth Annual Golf Tournament -  the tournament will take place on 5 October 2020 at Shelter Harbor Golf Club  - next Golf meeting is on hold
2020 RYLA will take place first week of October, 2020.   Westerly High School Junior Adam Gilman has completed his application online and our payment has been issued.
RCoW Foundation:  documentation is complete
21st Scholarship/Charitable Auction Dinner is postponed until 2021.
Ted has spoken to our fabulous sign painter about repairing the Rotary Park donor sign.  More to come on this.
Board approved annual Pasta Dinner with Lions Club in November to benefit the Jonnycake Center of Westerly.
We are pleased to announce that Adam Gilman, shown above with President Kathryn and Principal Hobin, has been selected for the 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  He will be attending the annual event at Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, MA, which is now postponed until the Fall.  This is a leadership program that is open to high school sophomores and juniors  and offers life-changing, lasting opportunities "to gain hands-on experience in developing skills with a focus on community service."  Many Rylarians return to this annual conference as Alumni to put their leadership skills into action through coordination of leadership seminars and community projects.
Adam is an Honor student, has earned his Academic letter, Lamp of Learning Pin.  He has participated in soccer, basketball, lacrosse.  Adam is also a Big Buddy mentor, Summer Pops volunteer, Westerly Youth Soccer Association volunteer, and WHS Student representative to School Committee.  He hopes to attend the Naval Academy.  We are certain that this young man will be successful in all that he does and hope that Rotary will be a part of his adult life.
Sixth Annual Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament
at Shelter Harbor Golf Club  on 5 October 2020
Co-Chairs:  Frank Celico and Kathryn Taylor
  Publicity:  Chris DiPaola, Bob Elmer, Rona Mann, Derin Temel
  Major Sponsors:  Caroline Maynard and Dan Alvino
  Tee Sponsors:  Julie Lord and Suzanne Lane
  Goody Bags:  Ted Avedesian and Steve Cofone
  Framed Award Certificates:  Derin Temel
Next meeting will be rescheduled
Flyer, Registration and Tee Sponsor forms are available through website "download files"
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.   You can prepare a check to the Club and Rose will make sure that it gets to Rotary Foundation in your name or you can go directly to RF and make your donation online.  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, Steve, Derin, Alan, Frank Celico       
THREE  WEEKS LEFT TO THE FISCAL YEAR - Still time to contribute to Rotary Foundation - Do it Today -  Please!!!!!
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.  Our first supply of ten lockboxes was delivered to Officer Mills.
We have purchased 20 additional lockboxes which were delivered to Officer Mills.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bob Elmer
    June 18
  • Cal Lord
    June 18
  • Joe Nigrelli
    June 22
  • Doug Rayner
    Jean Rayner
    June 6
  • Rona Mann
    Dave Mann
    June 7
  • Chris DiPaola
    Lana Weidner
    June 15
Join Date:
  • Frank Celico
    June 1, 1985
    35 years
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