Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
 Celebrating Sixty Years   June 28, 1958-2018


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

(401) 315-5868
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Monday evening, June 11, we were honored to have Rick and Ellen Lawrence speak at our dinner meeting.  We were pleased to present them with our check for $250 for the 2018/2019 grant year.
Some history - The Lawrences were vacationing in Guatemala in 2006 and made up at the Rotary Club of La Antigua and exchanged business cards.  They were given a CD of featured projects.  At next meeting of home club, their President noted two initiatives of their DG - Every club was to participate in a clean water project and clubs should join forces and work together on projects.  And the wheels began to turn...... fast forward to this  year, Rick has made over "180 presentations to Rotary clubs throughout District 7890, 7950, 6990, 6930.  As of last year, 36 clubs have participated in the funding of a Global Grant to raise $90,919 for the villages of Xesajbin, Cojulya and Pachaj.  The following is a chart of the villages and families that have been helped since 2007 when the projects began:
This particular project provides the materials and training for the villagers to build distribution/storage tanks,  pvc pipes to carry water from the storage tank collection line to the homes, with one spigot at each home; construction materials for vented pit latrines; and additional funds specifically for materials to build stoves that are vented.  This program is part of an "integral program that includes nutritional education, sustainable agriculture, family planning, community empowerment and disaster risk reduction.
Kristina shows the "old" way of carrying water
Distribution/Storage tank
New Latrine
New Stove
Rick is holding a plaque with all contribution Club names - here with villagers.
Handmade scarves, jewelry, bags.  Every year Ellen and Rick go down to Guatemala with bags full of school supplies for the children and they return to the U. S. with these beautiful handcrafted items to sell so they can buy more school supplies for the next trip.
Congratulations to Westerly Rotarians!!!!
We have achieved 100% participation to "Every Rotarian Every Year" contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  "Financial support of the Annual Programs Fund from every Rotarian - every year - is the key to helping rebuild suffering communities and nations by resolving conflict, eradicating disease, providing safe water, feeding the hungry, educating children and adults, and alleviating poverty.  Every Rotary, every project and every contribution makes a difference every year."  Thank you all, especially those who went "the extra mile".
Saturday, June 23 2018 with rain dates of June 24 or June 25
Chorus dress rehearsal begins at 4:00
Pre-Show is at 6:15pm with Special Guests
Concert begins at 8:00pm with the Chorus of Westerly, Pops Festival Orchestra, Guest Roderick MacDonald on Trumpet and Conductor Andrew Howell.  The 1812 Overture will close the concert with help from Grucci fireworks, the Artillery Company of Newport and the Bells of Christ Church.
The Rotary Club of Westerly is proud to be the only concession allowed in the Park to sell soda, Honey Dew coffee, Del's Lemonade, Hot dogs, Pretzels, Popcorn and Mario's Northend Pizza.  All proceeds, after expenses, will go to the Chorus of Westerly to support this free concert.
Come one and all to the best event in Rhode Island.  Set your blanket down in the wonderful Wilcox Park and prepare to be dazzled by the great Chorus of Westerly and Special Guest Performers.
Several of our members have participated in community events in service to others.  Kathryn and Rona have participate in walks - half marathons or   5Ks for Terri Brodeur Cancer Fund, ALS, MADD, Carlisle-Williams Foundation, Westerly Y, Chikumbuso, Memorial Day Parade, Veterans Day Parade, Columbus Day Parade etc.  Rose and Doug also walked for Chikumbuso.  Cal, Bob E, Dawn and Rose participated in the Bikes for Kids event.  Cal and several church members volunteered in Houston TX, rebuilding homes.  Dan volunteered with the La Penita Rotary Club in Mexico at the LaColmena Primary School to clear and cultivate land for the Edible Garden Project and participated in various activities with the Sedona Red Rocks Rotary Club in Arizona for a total of 47 volunteer hours from late October2017 through early May2018.  Dan also volunteered his time to coordinate the Westerly Rotary Club's Jonnycake Pasta Dinner for Fuel Assistance, which was a joint effort with the Westerly Lions Club, and work with Reforest the Tropics to continue their school program at Westerly Middle and High Schools.  Rose and Doug assisted with those projects.  At least 15 members participated in one way or another with the Jonnycake Pasta Dinner and the Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops Concert in Wilcox Park.  Walter Kimball is a VFW Service Officer helping veterans get assistance as needed.  Our current President, Chris DiPaola is always ready to give people a voice, using his station to give air time to non profit organizations  - all in the service of others.
Jazmyne Kinney with President Chris
Principal Grimes introduced the membership in attendance to Senior Jazmyne, whose Mom also attended dinner.  This hardworking young lady has over 3,000 documented community service hours in her four years of high school.  She has worked with the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Services, Emergency Medical Technician in her senior year, has assisted with blood drives.  Jazymyne plans on attending New England Tech's Nursing program.
President Chris at the start of his Zip Line trip at Foxwoods to benefit the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce event.  Our Club donated $520 toward this event.
Photographer Kathryn Taylor, took a picture of the first dish of the evening - a delicious salad with whipped herb ricotta, shrimp and roasted tomatoes. Roasted pork with fresh green beans and polenta followed with a Strawberry Crisp.  Chef Andrew provided a fantastically delicious meal once again.  Special thank you to The Royce Foundation - our event sponsor for their generosity.
Doug's bench was auctioned four times at $300 each.  He had made two and agreed to make two more.  Bless him!!  His handcrafted bench was the highlight of the evening.  We had many great items to offer and we are so grateful to Doug and all the auction item donors throughout our community. 
The success of this event is due to the generosity of the following:
Bagels 'n More, Block Island Ferry, Blue Butterly Florist, Bogue's Alley, BoneYard Barbecue & Saloon, Broadview Florist & Garden Center, C C O'Brien's, Capizzano's Olive Oils & Vinegars, Chariho Furniture, Cherenzia Excavation, Chorus of Westerly, Christina's Place, Coastal Eye Associates, Cottrell Brewery, Dairy Queen, Dave & Rona Mann, Dick's World of Wines, Dunns Corners Market, European Imports, EZ Midway Liquors, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ginger's Car Wash, Granite Photo, Grey Sail Brewers, Hauser Chocolatier, Hilltop Cafe, Ivory Ella, LLC, Lisle Ann Jackson, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Joyce's Everyday Gourmet, LaVilla Salon & Spa, Li's Bake Shop, Margin Street Inn, Matunuck Oyster Bar, McQuade's Ace Hardware, McQuade's Marketplace, Mel's Downtown Creamery, Munroe Dairy, Mystic Luxury Cinemas, New England Airlines, Nigrelli's Jewelry, Ocean Community YMCA, Ocean House, Patceez Home Garden Center, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pleasant Acres Nursery, Providence Coal-Fired Pizza, RDS Landscaping, Dr. Douglas Rayner, Rebecca Woodward & Adam Kaufman, DMD, Red Stone Tire, Rosanna's Flowers, Russo Family, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Sandy's Fine Food Emporium, Seaside Pharmacy, Shar-Jais Salon, Shelter Harbor Golf Club, Sift Bake Shop, Spangler's Woodworking, Stonington Country Club, Stonington Vineyards, Sunnyside Up, The Brazen Hen, The Fun Company, The Malted Barley, The Westerly Sun, The Whistle Stop Restaurant, Toscano's Mens Shop, United Builders Supply, URI Athletics, Valenti Subaru, Venice Restaurant, Vesta Bakery, WBLQ, WCRI, Weekapaug Golf Club, Westerly Eye Care, Westerly High School's Highland Grille, Westerly Packing, Wilcox Tavern and Winnapaug Country Club.
More pictures are in our Photo Albums section.
Dakota Busch and President Chris
Plaque courtesy of Nigrelli's Jewelers
Principal Grimes introduced Dakota to members in attendance as one of the school's superstars.  She has been an honor student all four years of high school, tennis athlete all four years and Captain in her Senior year,  dance team member all four years and Captain in her Senior year, Character Ed member all four years, freshmen mentor Junior and Senior years.  Dakota made All State First Team in Tennis and All Division First Team all four years and Girls Singles State Champion in Senior year.  She has worked at Bess Eaton and Misquamicut Tennis the past couple of years.  For her community service Dakota has been a tennis teacher in Providence the past four years and was a camp volunteer leader.  Congratulations to Mom and Dad for a job well done.
     Saturday evening, April 28, was a very special night at the Westerly Armory.  Five very special people were recognized for their "service to community, state and nation - Rose Marie Pampel Weston, RI Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro, Dr. John B. Stellitano, Mary Lou Serra (posthumously) and our very own Rotarian Joseph Potter.  Roberta Mudge Humble introduced each Honoree who said a few words and were presented with a medal and a Town Proclamation.  Roberta highlighted the military service of Rep. Azzinaro, Dr. Stellitano and Joe Potter.
     Special guests attending to speak about "Rocky Point Park: Then and Now" were Felicia Gardella (President of the Warwick Historical Society), John Howell (President of the Rocky Point Foundation), Mayor Scott Avedisian (Mayor of Warwick).  Also present were members of the Pawtuxet Rangers (Rhode Island Militia Unit initially chartered in 1774 to protect the seaport of Pawtuxet).  Everyone attending the event received a Mixed Drink Ticket from the old Rocky Point Palladium.
     Dinner was provided by Westerly High School's Highland Grille, under Chef Jamie Finkelstein, desserts were created by Vesta Bakery and Wine and Beer was donated by The Wine Store.
A very special evening celebrating 25 years of sending kids overseas to immerse themselves in other cultures and for receiving kids from overseas to do the same here in the U.S.  Rona read letters from previous Exchange Students and introduced one former exchange student who went to Finland ten years ago.  Steve and Jill Albright, who chair the Outbound and Inbound programs, introduced this year's students.  Father Bob was the emcee for the evening once again.  The highlight of the evening, as always, was "Itchy Feet" time - when Rona reads letters from the Exchange Students who are currently overseas.  Rona Mann and Ed Skwirz, who headed up the Youth Exchange Program, have organized this event from the first year.  We celebrate the Rotary Exchange Program for the opportunity that opens up the world to these young people, sending them off to meet other young people from faraway places - "together we can all make this world just a little smaller." 
Captains Richards and Mosher with President Chris
Our Guests Monday evening were Captain Kenneth Richards, III and Captain Richard Mosher, EMS Administrator and Supervisor, respectively.
The Westerly Ambulance Corps has been providing emergency medical services for the Westerly-Pawcatuck Area since 1917.  Dr. Frank I. Payne was the Corps' first Commander under the name "Westerly Red Cross Sanitary Unit".  It is a private, nonprofit volunteer organization "whose original purpose was to form a first aid and rescue unit in Westerly."  The Corps "provides emergency 911 dispatching services for itself and other fire and ambulance services in the area."  Both volunteers and paid staff are all fully certified either EMT Basic, EMT Cardiac or Paramedic.
The Corps "does not provide routine transportation to doctor offices, dialysis or to other scheduled appointments."  They do respond to 911 emergencies.  Part of their mission statement reads "our service-oriented professionals strive for excellence through training and education."  And that follows with constant vigilance to upgrade equipment and vehicles as necessary.  In 2002 they began operating out of new headquarters located on Chestnut Street with state-of-the-art 911 dispatching facilities.
A membership contribution of $60 in the WAC Inc entitles one "to emergency and non emergency ambulance transport to any hospital within 75 miles of Westerly when requested by police, physicians or appropriate 911 calls and when service is provided by the WAC Inc, service must originate in Rhode Island.  WAC Inc will bill your insurance, but any remaining balance will be waived."  For more information, please go to their website at www.westerlyambulance.org or the office between 9:00am and 5:00pm 401.596.4375  ext 202.
Last week our very own Cal Lord, members of his church and other local churches traveled down to Houston on a mission trip to build/rebuild homes that were damaged there.
Rose, Kathryn and Doug
The Chikumbuso Fourth Annual 10K5K Challenge took place today at the North Stonington Grange.  Doug, Kathryn and Rose participated in the 5k division and walked to the finish in slightly over one hour.  Great walk on a beautiful day through beautiful country roads - all for a great cause.  The Chikumbuso Widows & Orphans Project in Ng'ombe, Zambia, provides support, education and job training to local women and youth.
Shelter Harbor Golf Club  -  Charlestown, RI
                      SAVE THE DATE
             Monday  -   October 1, 2018
Event Chairs:  Bob Elmer (repeiii@mac.com) and Rose Russo (ra.russo@cox.net)
Registration form and Tee/Sponsor forms are available at the "downloads" section of this website. 
Monday evening, March 26th, our guest speakers included members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 79, Pt Judith  -  Sally Hanson, Vice Flotilla Commander; John Ouderkirk, Past Flotilla Commander; and John Poppick, BQ - see above with President Chris.
Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian, all-volunteer arm  of the U. S. Coast Guard and supports Coast Guard mission of safety and security throughout the United States and territories, including boating safety patrols, boating safety education and surface and air operations of non military and law enforcement actions.  The Auxiliary is the nation's largest boating educator, offering courses to over 100,000 boaters each year.  The 26,000 member organization has members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.  They assist with verifying markers, bridge inspections and environmental issues.  Their philosophy follows the U. S. Coast Guard's Semper Paratus (always ready).  For more information go to their website, http://www.flotilla79.org, or send an email to sally.hanson@verizon.net.
The Veterans Memorial, erected in 1937, on Granite Street will soon have three solid granite benches to protect the memorial from possible vehicle damage.  Anyone wishing to donate to the project should mail a check to Westerly Veterans Memorial Committee, c/o Ed Liguori, 33 Ann Street, Westerly RI 02891.  Our very own Walter Kimball is vice chairman of the Veterans Committee.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Harland Meltzer
    June 7
  • 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
    33 years
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Director at Large
Immediate Past President

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