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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As of 10am this morning, President-Elect Rona Mann has launched a program to provide grocery and prescription delivery service to people sheltering in place during the coronavirus crisis.  Contact Rona at 401.539.7762 or six07co@att.net with your needs.  Rona conferenced yesterday with Chief Lacey, Pawcatuck First Selectman and Clergy Association representative to work out a network plan.  Four deliveries have been completed in the past couple of days by Westerly Rotarians Alan and Julie and Rotary Club of the Stoningtons.  Rona helped one of our own today (Thursday 3/26).  The Alvinos are self-quarantined since returning from Mexico and were in need of sanitizing supplies.  The Rotary Club of the Stoningtons made another home delivery.  And, as of today, another program has been formed - Adopt a Grandpa.  After receiving a phone call from a 92-year old's granddaughter asking if a hot meal or two can be delivered, Rona set about getting help with this.  Donna Celico will be heading this project but Rona will continue to be the coordinator.
Update March 31 from Rona:
"Things are really ramping up as of yesterday.  A big increase in calls and need.  The Senior Center, Jonnycake Center and Human Resources in Stonington are all referring cases, so the phone keeps ringing.
Our adopted Grandpa is being well-fed thanks to generous people who are providing hot meals and Donna Celico is coordinating the entire effort.  Donna asks that you not forget him when you're making a meal and hae extra sauce, extra meet, soup, whatever.  Call her first at 401.596.0997, as she is fully aware of what he's getting and when he gets it.  His granddaughter in South Florida keeps in touch and is over the moon about Rotary's efforts and has pledged to come visit one of our meetings when this is over and she's in town again.
We had a man in the Dunns Corner area call for information for 'future' service.  Wonderful Julie has handled that...and him!  I have had three different cases in Hopkinton...two asking info for future delivery and one very dire need.  This woman had moved here just weeks ago, did not have food stamps yet, no transportation, little money, and was down to just 6 eggs and a half loaf of bread, which she was determined to make do till she got her SS check on Friday.  I called Kristen, the terrific contact we have at Jonnycake.  Even though the woman is not a client, Kristen came through for us with a week's worth of groceries, meat, produce, detergent, and the ever-valuable toilet paper!  I was able to pick it up yesterday and deliver it to the woman who cried and thanked us profusely.
Aren't you glad you're a Rotarian?  Thank you for all your help, your good wishes and for Grandpa's meals."
Grey Sail Brewery
Jen and Alan Brinton are hard at work creating hand sanitizer which should be ready in a week or two and they plan to give the supply away.  Kudos to them for their generosity to this community.
Ocean House
Ocean House's Food Truck will be distributing free meals to children in need beginning 20 March  -
"March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month:  clean water, sanitation and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.  It is said that over 663 million people around the world do not have access to clean water and sanitation.  Over 10,000 people die every day due to the lack of clean water and basic sanitation. 
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. 
Through water, sanitation and hygiene programs, Rotary's people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change."  Rotary Clubs all over the world are carrying out programs to establish water supply delivery systems, install toilets, build bio-sand filters, providing washing stations, water tanks and training to maintain the systems.
President Kathryn is pictured above with Martha Crippen, Director of Consumer Protection Unit at the State Office of the Attorney General.  Martha has had 27 years of service in our area or other at the AG's office.  She brought along several pamphlets, talked about many types of scams that are currently active in the area and provided some tips to avoid getting fooled by scammers.  She mentioned that telemarketers do have to register with their office and the "do not call" telephone option works for them; however, scammers are not registered .  A reminder to all is that Social Security and Internal Revenue Service will NOT call you and ask for money - either cash or gift cards. 
The First Community Chowder Lunch  has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.  We will try again next year.  Anyone who has purchased tickets may request a refund.  Contact Rose at 401.315.5868 or ra.russo@cox.net
Jun 20:  40th Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops Concert in Wilcox Park
Aug 24:  District Governor Charlene Jarest visitation  - Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park
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 29 April 2019, 9am, Steve's home
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.
Interact Meeting  - Julie Lord, President Kathryn, and Rose met with Ms. Deion and six 9th graders who were very interested in becoming Interactors.  Next meeting postponed until all returns to normal.
Board approved donations to Southern RI Volunteers and Boy Scouts - Narragansett Council Summer Camp.  Board approved Rose to purchase shelving for storage bay.
Ted has spoken to our fabulous sign painter about repairing the Rotary Park donor sign.  More to come on this.
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.
A couple of discussions this past week have prompted the following thoughts to remind Rotarians that:
1. attending a Club Committee meeting, other Rotary Club meeting, Board meeting of a non profit group, participating in a non profit event constitutes a MAKEUP of a regular dinner meeting - IF the event takes place within 2 weeks before or after the missed meeting  -  member should notify Treasurer Rose of the attended makeup event via email including a description, date and time.
2. when you arrive at dinner meeting, please check in with Treasurer, whether or not you are having dinner, in order for your attendance to be noted in our records - also retrieve your badge from the badge box.
3. when we have guests at dinner meeting such as this past week,  Rotarians should be sitting among them.  In the past a member could be fined for sitting next to another Rotarian rather than a guest.  Let's do better going forward and NOT let our guests sit by themselves.
4.  attending dinner or not - please notify President or Secretary by phone or email
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"
           MAY 1 - 3   HYANNIS, MA
Early bird registration open until Feb 28: 
$260 per person for entire conference
after Feb 28  cost increases to $309
Sign up at www.Rotary7950.com
Hotel registrations made separately by calling the
CAPE CODDER RESORT in Hyannis  855.861.4370
Rotary District 7950 special rate of $125/night
This year the conference also includes the District
Assembly  -  scheduled for Saturday 10:30am to 3:15pm and
includes lunch  - includes 6 breakouts, training for club secretaries
and treasurers along with a General Plenary Session at lunch
Cost for Assembly is $45 per person
RYLA SEA CAMP  May 15-17  Brewster, MA
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       
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:
  • Rosemarie Russo
    April 7
  • Walter Kimball
    April 8
  • Chris DiPaola
    April 13
  • Vinnie Gaccione
    April 20
  • Joe Potter
    April 29
  • Steve Cofone
    April 29
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Donna Celico
    April 24
  • Kristina Dimova
    Ivo Ivanov
    April 16
  • Joe Nigrelli
    Helen Nigrelli
    April 19
  • Julie Lord
    John Lord
    April 26
Join Date:
  • Cal Lord
    April 1, 1991
    29 years
  • Kristina Dimova
    April 17, 2017
    3 years
  • Rosemarie Russo
    April 28, 2008
    12 years
Russ Partridge, Exe Dir WARM
Apr 06, 2020
Art Burton -Westerly Challenger L L Baseball
Apr 27, 2020
Rick & Elin Lawrence - Guatemala Projects
May 04, 2020
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