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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Pictured above with President Kathryn is Deb & Lindsay Tanner, Executive Director and Assistant Director, respectively.  Southern Rhode Island Volunteers is located in Charlestown, Rhode Island but serves all of southern Rhode Island towns.  The organization's mission is to "enhance lives by inspiring, creating and supporting a lifelong culture of service through our volunteer members and affiliates across Southern Rhode Island."  Their programs are INDEPENDENT AGING SERVICES - "helping elderly individuals and adults with disabilities to remain in their own homes with assistance" - transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, meals on wheels, respite relief for caregivers and companionship to elders; VOLUNTEER PROGRAM - volunteers aged 13 and over and Retired Senior Volunteers aged 55 and over - available for community service at food pantries, schools, libraries, museums, animal shelters, senior/community centers; and DISASTER PREPAREDNESS (CERT) - serving Narragansett, South Kingstown and North Kingstown communities in regional sheltering during time of natural and man-made disasters.
For more information about this organization, please go to www.southernrivol.org or call 401.552.7661.
Adrianna Turano was our third 2019 Scholarship Award winner to meet with us at dinner.  It was such a pleasure to meet Adrianna and have the opportunity to chat with her.  She is attending the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Political Science and Computer Science.  Adrianna is also a freshman representative to the Student Senate, involved with Women in Computing and will be starting a part time job at a Nonprofit Coffee Shop.
Jan 20:  Martin Luther King's Birthday holiday - No Meeting
Jan 27:  Students of the Month for Dec (Olivia Marsh) and January (Aaron Tallardy)
Feb 3:  Open meeting followed by Board meeting
Feb 6:  Downtown Chocolate Stroll  6 to 9pm
Feb 8:  President PrePETS Workshop at White's of Westport
Feb 10:  Russ Partridge, Executive Director of WARM Center
Feb 17:  Lee Eastbourne, Executive Director of Jonnycake Center of Westerly
Feb 24:  Student of the Month
Mar 5-7:  NEPETS  Sheraton @Framingham MA (President-Elect, Asst Governor Training)
Mar 9:  Martha Crippen, State AG's Office
Mar 28:  RLI Rotary Leadership Institute  Amica Insurance  Lincoln, RI
Apr 6:   International Exchange Night at White's of Westport
May 1-3:  District Conference at the Cape Codder Resort
May 16:   Charitable/Scholarship Auction Dinner at The Cooked Goose
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.
John Hall from Frank Hall Boat Yard has been approved to rejoin our Club.  John previously was a member from 11/1/1986 to 9/27/2006.  His re-induction will take place soon.
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
Golf Tournament - Next year the tournament will take place on 5 October 2020 and it will include a Women's Division.
RYLA in 2020 will take place May 15 to 17, 2020.  We have committed to send one student from Westerly High School and have contacted Principal Hobin.  We received word that  Westerly High School Junior Adam Gilman has accepted our selection and will be completing his application online.
LockBox Program:  We have purchased an additional 20 lockboxes which were delivered to Officer Mills.  Rotary logo label was attached.
Annual Meeting 16 Dec:  Nominating Committee of Doug & Ted will present the 2020/2021 slate of Officers:  President Elect Rona Mann, President Nominee Ted Avedesian, Vice President Steve Cofone, Secretary Julie Lord, Treasurer Rosemarie Russo, Immediate Past President Kathryn Taylor, Member at Large Suzanne Lane.  To be assigned:  Membership and Foundation Chairs
RCoW Foundation:  Application for 501(c)(3) federal identification number has been filed, Articles of Incorporation state application has been prepared and mailed.
Board approved a donation to Rotary Foundation in memory of Past District Governor Elwynn J. Miller.
We will have a celebration of Walter Kimball on February 3rd - members please make every effort to attend
Julie Lord has accepted position of Interact advisor to Westerly High School Club.  More to come....
Chowder CookOff for this year has been cancelled and two sponsorship contributions have been refunded.  RI Department of Health's requirement that participants needed to have a Mobile Food Service license was a deal breaker for restaurants that have no need for this license.
Ted advised the Board that the annual Scholarship/Charitable auction dinner will take place on May 16 at the Cooked Goose.
Thank you notes received from Jonnycake Center for Pasta Dinner proceeds to benefit the Fuel Assistance Fund and from Westerly Library for July to December guest books purchased.
A note about Haitian Health Foundation -  For almost 30 years this organization has provided health care, dental services and mental health treatment in Jeremie, Haiti.  HHF also has been working to improve family's access to basic and economic infrastructure, to provide housing for poor families and homeless and to support income-generating activities by financing small enterprises.  HHF reports that "nearly 90% of every dollar went toward the programs for the people of southwest Haiti."  GuideStar and Charity Navigator have given this organization a Four Star Rating.  For more information about Haitian Health, go to www.haitianhealthfoundation.org.
Rotary-Southern Connecticut Governors sent out an email blast to area Rotarians regarding the Fires in Australia and how to donate through Rotary.  Go to https://rotaryjacksolomon.blogspot.com/2020/01fires-in-australia-how-to-donate.html.  You will see several Rotary projects  and an opportunity to Donate directly.
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        
Rotary Foundation has earned the four-star rating for the 12th consecutive year from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U. S.  From the latest Rotarian, "the Foundation earned the recognition for demonstrating both strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency...  Attaining a four-star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation exeeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its area of work....  The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how the Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness."
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 recently purchased 20 additional lockboxes which will be delivered to Officer Mills later this week.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Danny Alvino
    January 11
  • Bob Lane
    January 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Dave Hellner
    January 14
  • Bob Lane
    January 18
  • Bob Elmer
    Ada Elmer
    January 14
Join Date:
  • Kathryn Taylor
    January 11, 1989
    31 years
  • Walter Kimball
    January 15, 1964
    56 years
Beth Leconte
Jan 27, 2020
URI's OLLI Program (Lifelong Learning)
Russ Partridge, Executive Director
Feb 10, 2020
WARM Center
Lee Eastbourne, Exe Dir
Feb 17, 2020
Jonnycake Center of Westerly
Martha Crippen
Mar 09, 2020
State AG's Office - Scams
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