Posted by Rosemarie Russo on Dec 03, 2018
Dec 10:  Annual Meeting and Christmas party - members are encouraged to bring spouses or guests
 
Dec 17:  Student of the Month  - November & December and 2019 RYLA Student Abi Turano
 
Dec 24:  Christmas Eve  - no dinner meeting
 
Dec 31:  New Year's Eve  -  no dinner meeting
 
Jan 14:  2018 Scholarship winners  - Marissa Day, Taber Gates, Katelyn Laudone, Richard Boylan
 
Jan 21:  Martin Luther King Jr Holiday  - no dinner meeting
 
Feb 9 2019:  15th Annual Chowder CookOff at Venice Restaurant Ballroom, 12:00pm
Coming Up Rosemarie Russo 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Above - Liz and Billy Santilli with President Kathryn.  Liz founded Gaits of Harmony in 2014 to provide equine assisted activities and therapies under the standards and guidelines of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.  The organization's mission is to provide "all people with opportunities to educate, enrich and empower themselves in order to cope with the challenges of their daily lives through interaction with horses.  Liz began with three horses and now has twelve - six for riding and six for training.  Gaits of Harmony is located at the former Ram Rod Farm in Ashaway.  Also living at the farm are goats, pigs, turkeys.  With the assistance of Billy and four certified instructors and several volunteers, Gaits of Harmony is currently serving about 45 clients from mostly the Chariho and Westerly area and Warwick.  In her video presentation, Liz pointed out that the fees are based on a reasonable, affordable rate for the clients but doesn't cover the actual cost.  The organization's budget includes fundraisers, grants and donations.  For more information go to gaitsofharmony.web.com or www.facebook.com/gaitsofharmony.
 
The organization was brought to our attention by Frank Hopkins from the Rotary Club of Chariho.  He is seeking support from the local Clubs for a fundraiser planned in February at the Boneyard BBQ in Ashaway.  The purpose of this fundraiser is to help Gaits purchase a lift, which will assist the staff to get clients onto horses in a safe manner.  More to come on this.
Gaits of Harmony Rosemarie Russo 2018-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 11, 2018
Veterans Day Parade
Doug Rayner and Bob Elmer road in the Veterans Day Parade on Saturday - not only representing Rotary but also the military service in which they served - Air Force and Navy, respectively.  We honor all our veterans and their families.
 
 
Sunday we met at Westerly Veterans Memorial at 10:45 for the 100 year Memorial Anniversary dedication and the dedication of the five Bronze Armed Forces seals.  The Westerly Band performed along with Singer Eileen Fiore.  At precisely 11:00 the Christ Church bell rang, followed by the Westerly Fire truck horn, followed by a Pawcatuck Fire truck horn - each alternating 11 times to commemorate the official end of WW I on November 11, 1918.  Several of our "senior" veterans were recognized.   To unveil the five seals, a veteran of each service was called up.  Our very own Joe Potter represented Army.  Two Trumpeters of the Westerly Band performed Taps in echo form.  A reception followed the ceremony in the library.
Pictured above is Joe, holding the Army Seal, and his grandson Paul Grube.
 
Veterans Day Remembrance 2018-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 22, 2018
Our Peace Pole displays eight languages selected from a recent Westerly Census report:  English, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, German plus a Braille plaque.  The dedication included Rotary members, Members of Peace & Justice, Garden Club and Town of Westerly.
 
Dedication of Peace Pole at Rotary Park Rosemarie Russo 2018-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 17, 2018
 
In spite of the first snow of the winter season, our Pasta dinner with the Westerly Lions Club at the Calabrese Club was a wonderful success.  Friends came in with snowy halos to either have dinner in or to take home.  We thank all Rotarians, Lions and especially our volunteers who worked so diligently. 
President Kathryn, with Co-Chairs Lion Dan Marantz and Rotarian Dan Alvino, presented Certificates of Appreciation to Chef Chris Cozzolino, James Silvestri and Bruce Morrow for their hard work at last year's Pasta Dinner as well as this year's event.  Special thank you to the Calabrese Club.
Pasta Night to Benefit Jonnycake Center Rosemarie Russo 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
 
A very grateful thank you to all our sponsors, donors and players for participating in this event and making it one of the most successful.  SAVE THE DATE  -  7 Oct 2019  -  we look forward to seeing you then.
 
                                 Event Sponsors
         Professional Planning Group - Gold Sponsor
   Westerly Community Credit Union - Gold Sponsor
           Valenti of Westerly - Hole in One Sponsor
              Bouvier Insurance - Bronze Sponsor
                 The Wine Store - Bronze Sponsor
 
                                 Tee Sponsors
                          Dan & Florence Alvino
                          Ashaway Line & Twine
                                Avie's Ski/Sport
                             Bank Rhode Island
                         Central Baptist Church
                            Evie & Steve Cofone
                          D'Amato Investments
                       D'Angelo Sandwich Shop
            DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc
              Dunns Corners Chiropractic Center
                        Dunns Corners Market
                   Dynamic Solution Associates
                     Edward Jones Investments
                   Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
                              Ginger's Service
                             Grey Sail Brewery
                         Hilltop Care Pod's Pizza
                   Hoyt Filippetti & Malaghan LLC
                              Laudone Financial
                    Mansfield Insurance Agency
                               Margin Street Inn
           Mia's Prime Time Cafe & Wilcox Tavern
                     Michael A Cozzolino Painting
                Misquamicut Business Association
                            Joseph & Carol Potter
                               Randall, Realtors
                             Doug & Jean Rayner
                         Reforest the Tropics, Inc
                          Rol-Flo Engineering, Inc
                                 Royal Westerly
                        Sea Goose Grill & Raw Bar
                              Seaside Pharmacy
                          South County Auto LLC
                              The Cooked Goose
                             Thorp & Trainer, Inc
                            Toscanos Mens Shop
                             Valenti of Westerly
                                    Vetrano's
                      Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club
                                       WBLQ
                            William T Sisco, CPA
                          Windjammer Surf Bar
   Winnapaug Cottages/Paul Cofoni Trust Brokerage
  Rebecca J Woodward DMD & Adam S Kaufman DMD
 
                            Prize,Raffle Donors
                                Ted Avedesian
                                Bob Boughner
                                Boneyard BBQ
                                 Steve Cofone
                  Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
              Dunns Corner Chiropractic Center
                               D'Angelo's Deli
                                   Bob Elmer
                                  Rona Mann
                         McLaughlin & Moran
                      Mia's and Wilcox Tavern
                       Northeast Distributing
                          Paddy's Beach Club
                    Rhode Island Distributing
                     Saltwater Farm Vineyard
                        Stonington Vineyards
                                 Stop & Shop
               Tapped Apple Cidery & Winery
                           The Malted Barley
                             The Wine Store
                                      WBLQ
                    Winnapaug Country Club
 
  
 
More pictures can be found in the Photo Albums section
 
4th Annual Golf Tournament Rosemarie Russo 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 26, 2018
To the members of Westerly Rotary - from Linda Wilkinson:
"Thank you so much for your sponsorship check received in the mail.  You are brilliant!  Both Sabrina and I are so pleased.
 
Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor a child!  There are so many children in need here, and sponsorship makes such a huge impact on the lives of the student and their family.  Your donation allows the child to receive a bag of mealie-meal, sugar, cooking oil, soap and most importantly an education.
 
I have chosen a first grader for you by the name of Whyness Phiri.  Whyness is nine years old, and she and her 3 brothers live with their grandmother here in Ng'ombe.  Her grandmother sells tomatoes on the street in an attempt to provide for the children, but it just isn't enough.  She was so grateful to learn that you will now be providing food for them!
 
Whyness will be writing you a letter telling you a little bit more about herself and her interests.  I've also attached a photo so you can see just how adorable she is!
 
Thanks again for being such a blessing to this young girl and her family!"
 
Linda
A Child of Chikumbuso Rosemarie Russo 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 18, 2018
It was our great pleasure to greet Ryan Saunders, Executive Director of the Chorus of Westerly, Monday evening.  He thanked the Club and some members individually for our support over the past years.  This season will celebrate SIXTY years of providing great music to the community - Ryan's tenth year serving as Executive Director.  With all humility he reminded everyone how both he and Andrew Howell, the second Chorus Music Director, first joined the chorus as young boys (Trebles) - singing under Maestro George Kent.  Some statistics he offered as the season begins with 211 adults, 98 children, music training now provided in elementary schools, more teenage boys retained even after voice change, members come from 30 cities and towns.
 
A new HVAC system has finally been installed in a very unique fashion in order to preserve the historic building guidelines; the roof has been repaired and replaced; the front stairway has been replaced.  The exterior painting is on hold due to various issues.
 
Ryan shared wonderful news regarding two other former trebles.  John Tafone's Count of Monte Cristo is moving forward with an Actors' reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC recently and Andrew Burnap is starring in The Inheritance at the Young Vic in London.
 
To get more information or to purchase tickets to any of the upcoming "Blockbuster 60th Season" performances, go to www.chorusofwesterly.org or call the Box Office at 401.596.8663.
Chorus of Westerly's Ryan Saunders Rosemarie Russo 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 14, 2018
Monday evening the membership was expecting Joe Vacca to speak to us.  Instead we had the pleasure of Board member and Coach Sean Donohue as our guest speaker.  Sean has been a coach with the 9 and 10 year old boys - and one girl - for a few years now.  He is a fourth generation Stonington High School football player.  He said that many of the safety protocols and rules have changed, such as no "blind" tackling or head contact.  The helmets have been updated and are tested annually at end of season.  Coaches have to be certified.  He also said that an EMT volunteer is on hand at games and practices. 
Steve Cofone enlisted his help to bring some of his Stonington High School alum family to the annual Rotary Stonington-Westerly Football Night November 19th.
Football schedule for the rest of the season: 
            9/15: Norwich - away           9/22: Stonington - home
            9/29: Ledyard - away           10/6: Montville - home
          10/13: East Lyme - away       10/21: Groton/Mystic - away
          10/27: Griswold - home        Playoffs - tba
 
 
Westerly Pee Wee Football Rosemarie Russo 2018-09-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 29, 2018
 
 
Monday evening District Governor Bill Tennant and Deb Smith-Zukowski met with members of the Board for a short meeting at the Venice Restaurant.  DG Bill was interested in the projects we have worked on or are in planning.  He had viewed our Website and Facebook - was impressed with all we do for a small club.
 
After the Board meeting we drove over to Rotary Park for our Million Dollar Meal with our proceeds going to Polio Plus.  Our chefs once again included Joseph Potter and daughter Cindy Capizzano with the grateful loan of Bruce Morrow's enormous grill.  Potluck portion included salad, pizza, seafood potato skins, eggplant parm, pasta salad, fruit, brownies, chips and a very special Rotary chocolate cake.  Yum!!!!  Thanks to all.
 
Later we assembled in the Children's Garden where several of the Gardeners of Westerly members were seated.  DG Bill was asked to present, on behalf of our Club, a Certificate of Appreciation to the Gardeners for their service of creating and maintaining the Children's Garden.  Kathryn presented DG Bill with a book for the Children's Library.
   
 
Million Dollar Meal with DG Bill Tennant Rosemarie Russo 2018-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 20, 2018
As he does every year, Dan spends part of the winter in Mexico working with the La Penita Rotary Club.  Last winter the project was about gardening, instead of building or restoring.  At the J J Cruz Elementary School of La Colmena, Nayarit, Mexico, the project involved clearing a section of land, building raised beds, making compost, planting seeds, tending the crops, harvesting.   Martha Ocampo, a Montessori trained teacher from another village, volunteered to go to California to be trained in the "Edible Garden Project".  Dan said that several Rotary clubs, visiting Mexico, work together each year on some project planned by the La Penita Club.  He said our donation provided the following:  a truckload of topsoil, seeds, rakes, hoes, shovels, a gate and lock for storage of the equipment, fruit trees, assistance to Martha for the California training.  Dan believed that this was a great project because, not only did the children, from Grades One through Six, learn about production of food, but the project included all family members.
   
Dan Alvino - Update on Mexico Projects 2018-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2018
Thanks to the Chikumbuso project, which was founded by North Stonington resident and Rotary Club of the Stoningtons member Linda Wilkinson, these two very handsome and very smart young men were able to attend school in Zambia and last year came to the U.S., finishing their high school education at Wheeler School and St. Bernard.  In the fall, on full scholarship, they will attend Three Rivers Community College in Norwich.  The Rotary Club of Westerly was very excited and proud to have these two young men visit our Club and tell their story.  They are living with the family of Sabrina Buehler who is also a member of the Rotary Club of the Stoningtons and Chikumbuso.
 
Both young men come from a poor area of Ng'ombe.  Most homes don't have running water or electricity.  A "working" family earns about $70 or less per month and only about 25% of children are able to attend school  Teddy told Ryan Blessing of the Westerly Sun, "Receiving an education opened doors to me.  I could be something different."  And they now can set their goals high - Aaron wants to become an eye surgeon and Teddy hopes to practice law.
 
For children able to attend school at Chikumbuso, the cost is $600 per year - $450 is for education and uniforms, $150 provides food to the family.
 
 
Aaron Nyambe & Teddy Nosiku Rosemarie Russo 2018-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 06, 2018
Rose's guest Monday evening was Koren Reyes.  Koren moved to Westerly a couple of years ago.  During her daily walks through Wilcox Park, she came up with the idea of having a Pumpkin event October 27 through November 3.  With approval from the Library, Koren has embarked on the "Pumpkin Stroll" - an event that will include pumpkin carving, a walk of lit pumpkins over several days, and family friendly games.  She is looking for volunteers to help get the event organized, advertised and supported.  Anyone wishing to help should contact Koren at 917.861.9052 or admin@pumpkinstroll.com
 
Koren Reyes and the Pumpkin Stroll Rosemarie Russo 2018-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 06, 2018
Frank Thacker was our guest speaker on Monday.  He is one of a local activist group who are promoting peace in our world by starting right at home.  Kind of like Rotary does.  This group is called the Westerly-Pawcatuck Peace and Justice Group.  Through their efforts, the Westerly-Pawcatuck communities was designated the 200th City of Peace in May.  He said recently in the Westerly Sun, "one of the foundational beliefs in becoming a City of Peace is that change needs to come from the bottom up".  The International Cities of Peace organization says "a City of Peace is an association of citizens, governments and organizations who have by proclamation, resolution, or by citizen advocacy established their communities as official Cities of Peace" - a first step in an ongoing process of promoting peace by recognizing past achievements, encouraging peace-oriented initiatives, inspiring future generations for practical peace building.  So, the mission of the W-P Peace and Justice Group is "to provide programs, workshops, activities that teach nonviolence as a way of life, how to resolve conflicts peacefully and fairly, how to care for the environment and how to treat all beings with respect."
 
And, that brings us to the Peace Pole Project.  A universal message and prayer - May Peace Prevail on Earth - "was conceived in a moment of great inspiration by Masahisa Goi of Japan.  Since its birth over half a century ago, the simple yet profound words has reached deep into the hearts and lives of global citizens everywhere." (from the World Peace Prayer Society).  Peace poles have been "planted" around the world.  The World Peace Prayer Society says, "when you plant a Peace Pole in your community, you are liking with people all over the world who have planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace."  Members present became quite animated with "planting" a Peace Pole in Rotary Park using the very talented hands of Dr. Doug Rayner.  Here are a couple of examples:
 
Frank Thacker - City of Peace & Peace Pole Rose 2018-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 30, 2018
Please phone or email Rose by Aug 6th if you wish to attend this fun event to celebrate Rotary at the fabulous McCoy Stadium.  The Pawtucket Red Sox will be playing the Durham Bulls at 7:05pm.  We must be at the gate by 6:00 to prepare for our "parade" around the diamond.  We will carpool.
Tickets are $12 and includes a ticket, a $4 free Ballpark Credit and first 3000 fans receive a Mo Vaughn Bobblehead.
 
Rotary Clubs At McCoy Stadium Rosemarie Russo 2018-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2018
 
 
June 2018 completed the fifth year of this program at Westerly Middle School.  It has been so successful that former Westerly Superintendent of Schools Roy Seitsinger invited RTT to start the program at his new district.  Some other local participants are The Superior Nut Company, Connecticut College, Home Depot, Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative.  Presently, RTT balances "the CO2 emissions of over 96 participants with more than 500 acres of carbon-offset forests on 13 sites in Costa Rica."  The forests are managed in the name of RTT's participants; they "use a mixed-species forestry model in order to promote biodiversity, create habitat, and reduce risks associated with tree loss from pests and diseases."  The forests are periodically thinned "to avoid stagnation and ensure that the forest plantations remain productive.  The logs that are felled in these necessary thinnings are provided to our local partners for sale on the market.  Local partners are able to earn an income from their forested land, which slightly exceeds the profit potential of cattle farming on the same land."
 
RTT is a 501(c)(3) non profit based in Connecticut.  Dr Herster Barres, Director of Research and founder, and Greg Powell, Executive Director, attended dinner meeting to present the update on the school project and forest.
 
This program was made possible through Grants received from Rotary District 7950 the past five years.  It began with a program for the fifth graders and each year it moved up to the next grade.  Please come Monday and hear more about this important program.  We are very pleased to have the support of WMS Principal Paula Fusco who attended dinner Monday evening along with Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau and new WHS Principal Michael Hogan.
Teacher Ms. Derrix at the WMS Forest in Costa Rica
Pres-Elect Rona presenting book to Director Greg          WMS Principal Paula Fusco & WHS Principal Michael Hobin
 
Reforest the Tropics Rosemarie Russo 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 09, 2018
Monday evening at the Venice Restaurant was a celebration of years of "doing good", change of command ceremony as new officers were inducted and awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow to Kenneth Burton, Sr - for his patriotic dedication to promoting the flag of the United States of America proudly throughout our town on National holidays.  The evening began with light snacks and the sweet sound of the Westminster Youth String Ensemble directed by Kathleen Monroe.  Ringing the bell as President for his last task of his 2017/2018 year, President Chris called our meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Our Master of Ceremonies, Past President Cal Lord, gave the invocation.  He noted that incoming President Kathryn wanted as many members as possible to have an active role in the evening and so it was.
Dan Alvino announced three special State proclamations to the Club and to President Kathryn.  Doug Rayner spoke about Paul Harris and the founding of the Paul Harris Award.  Joe Potter called Ken Burton forward to receive his Paul Harris award.  All Paul Harris fellows were asked to come forward to be recognized. 
Frank Celico presented a history of the Club's 60 years and spoke of Rotary's motto of "service beyond self".  Cal Lord gave us a little of history of women in Rotary.  One of Westerly Rotary's first female members, Joan McCormick, was our guest.  Rona inducted Kathryn and asked all Past Presidents to come forward to be recognized.  Assistant District Governor Chuck Sauer installed the new Officers and Board.
After an appreciation gift was given to now Past President Chris, the bell and gavel was passed on to President Kathryn and she spoke of her history with Rotary beginning in Littleton, New Hampshire.  She said she never considered herself a feminist but certainly was a "tomboy" growing up and hadn't considered becoming a Rotarian until they told her she couldn't.  It's going to be an exciting year with our third woman President!!
 
There are more pictures in the Photo Album section of this website (left column of page) "2018 Celebrating".
Change of Command Ceremony Rosemarie Russo 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 11, 2018
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.
Water & Sanitation - Guatemala Villages Rosemarie Russo 2018-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2018
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.
 
 
 
 
 
Charitable/Scholarship Auction Dinner Rosemarie Russo 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosemarie Russo on May 09, 2018
Monday evening it was brought to my attention that I had been negligent in keeping the membership apprised of Board activities since meetings had been moved to after dinner rather than before.  So, the following is a summary.
 
  Events:  The Board approved assistance to the September First Responder Tribute,  Jonnycake Pasta Dinner in November, Football Night with The Rotary Club of Stoningtons, Chowder CookOff for February 2018, Charitable/Scholarship Auction Dinner in May 2018 and Summer Pops Concession in June 2018.  Planned prior to Club year end, the Golf Tournament took place in October 2017.  The Cookoff, Tournament and Pasta Dinner resulted in net proceeds of $17,783.  Our Wishing Well at McQuade's Market brought in $1,355 so far this fiscal year.
 
  Contributions (Local Community:
              Chorus of Westerly ( June2017 Pops concession proceeds)  $5,000
              Westerly Pee Wee Football $500
              Ocean Community Chamber (Westerly-Pawcatuck Bricks & Murals Event) $500
              Columbus Day Parade Committee $250
              The Frank Olean Center, Inc (in memory of Vito DiPaola)  $150
              The Foundation for Life (Bikes for Kids Event)  $300
              Westminster Youth String Ensemble  $100
              Literacy Volunteers of Washington County  $200
              Jonnycake Center of Westerly (proceeds from Pasta Dinner)  $2,729
             URI Rotaract Club service project  $300
             WARM Shelter (fuel assistance program)  $250  
             Hope Hospice of Rhode Island (in memory of Thelma Gaccione)  $150
             Ocean Community Chamber (ZipLine Event)  $520
             Girl Scouts of Rhode Island  (Summer Camp)  $150
             Westerly Veterans Memorial Committee   $500       
                    Total = $11,549
Contributions (International Community):   
             Rotary's Polio Plus Program  $550
             Rotary's Every Rotarian Every Year (member donations)  $900
             Haitian Health Foundation  $100
             Water for Cambodia  $100
             LaJoya (Mexico) Kindergarten Renovation project  $500 
                     Total = $2,150                           
 
Students of the Month Program - continued with the assistance of Principal Todd Grimes with outstanding students each month.  Plaques were donated and engraved by Nigrelli's Jewelry with our grateful thanks.
 
Grants:  We applied and received approval from the District Grant Committee to continue the Reforest the Tropics Project now both in Westerly Middle School and Westerly High School.  District will award $1500 toward the $3500 funding required.        
 
Library Books:  We have continued the program of donating a book to the Westerly Library in honor of our guest speakers and that cost of this fiscal year, so far, is $102.
 
Next week, I will provide an update on Membership activities in service of others.
 
SAVE THE DATE:  Installation of 2018/2019 Officers will take place July 9, 2018.        
 
 
2017/2018 Contributions etc Rosemarie Russo 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
    
   Taber Gates  - Feb                 Quinn Chappelle  -  Mar
                 With President Chris DiPaola
 
Principal Todd Grimes presented our February and March Students of the Month at our March 26th dinner meeting.  TABER GATES, selected for February, has achieved academic honors all semesters and has received awards from Excellence in Business, Ronald Reagan Student Leader, EverFi Financial Literacy, Providence Journal Player of the Week, 1500 Point Club.  Taber's community service includes Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, Character Ed- Liaison Helping Families in Need, American Diabetes Tour de Cure Volunteer, American Heart Walk, WHS Basketball Camp Counselor, Waves Baseball Camp volunteer.  And, he finds time to work at Misquamicut Golf Club as a Caddy, is a basketball referee and was an Apparel Company sales rep.
 
QUINN CHAPPELLE, selected for March, has achieved academic honors as well as the 2017 Brandeis Book Award for Social Action, Excellence in Advanced Placement in U. S History, Excellence in Psychology, Coaches Award Cross Country.  She also has been a member of the Lacrosse, Cross Country and Indoor Track teams, Intern and Student Liaison for Westerly Area Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors, Broadcaster for WHS's Boys Lacrosse, organizer for Coaches v Cancer WHS Lacrosse fundraiser, All-League Goaltender.  Quinn's leadership credits include serving as Student Representative on Advisory Council of the RI Dept of Education, Westerly School Committee, WPS's Communications Subcommittee, Advisory Redesign Committee and numerous other activities.
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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.
 
 
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This year marks 30 years of Women in Rotary and the District Conference in May will commemorate this event.
 
   
             Joan                                        Mary       
Westerly Rotary's first Women in Rotary joined in June of 1989 - Joan McCormick and Mary Krupinski - and they were followed by Rona Mann in October of 1989.  Joan and Mary are no longer members but we are delighted to still have Rona with us.  Mary served as Treasurer for many years.  
 
Another member of our Club (Kathryn Taylor, 2000), became the second woman to join the Rotary Club of Littleton, New Hampshire in January of 1989.
 
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Blaze Jackson, Wayne Hamilton and President Chris.
 
Wayne Hamilton was introduced by Rona Mann, who told the small group present that Wayne and Blaze recently participated in our District's weekly radio show.  Wayne said that the Young Marines organization actually began in Waterbury, CT back in the 1950s by World War II veterans.  There are currently 314 units across the country and overseas.  Girls were admitted beginning in 1975 and there are also Special Needs units.  Their motto is "strengthening the lives of America's youth".  Youngsters age 8 through 12th grade are lead by dedicated adult volunteers (many are former, retired, active duty or reserve Marines) who "believe passionately that the values they learned as Marines had a positive affect on them."  The "program focuses on character building, leadership and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle."  They provide community service by participating in parades, assisting at food pantry, helping disabled vets, planting a garden.  For more information, you can check out their website at riyoungmarines.com.
 
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Randi with President Chris
 
Principal Todd Grimes introduced the January Student of the Month Randi Burr to the membership Monday evening, February 26th.  Randi is a National Honor Society member, has won several scholastic awards in her four years at Westerly High School, as well as athletic accomplishments - All State Cross Country, All New England Cross Country, 2017/2018 Indoor Track State Champion for the 1500, 1000 and 4x800.  Her community service includes Attack the Track Kids Camp, Middle School Track and Field Team Assistant, Surftown Half Marathon, Columbus Day Parade, Bible School Camp.  During summer school vacation, Randi worked as a Westerly Town Beach Lifeguard.
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     BY POPULAR VOTE THE 2018 WINNERS ARE:
              Restaurants
     1st Place     Sunnyside Up
     2nd Place   B & B Dockside
     3rd Place   The Sea Goose
                 Schools
     1st Place     Westerly H. S. Highland Grille
     2nd Place    Newport AC&TC's Colonial Dining Room
     3rd Place     Woonsocket AC&TC
 
Thank you all participants and sponsors for making this event
one of our most successful.  The chowders were all the best in
Westerly.  We are fortunate that you were willing to take the
time out of a busy weekend to work with us on this event.
All proceeds will help us to continue providing assistance where
it is most needed.  We urge everyone to visit these wonderful
restaurants often and support the schools whenever you can.
 
Participating Restaurants:                      
          B&B Dockside                                   
          Sunnyside Up                                   The Brazen Hen
          The Cooked Goose                          The Sea Goose                           
          Venice Restaurant                           Wilcox Tavern
         
 Participating Culinary Schools:        
          Newport Area Career & Technical Center
          Westerly High School's Highland Grille
          Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center's Colonial Dining Room
 
Sponsors:   
           Andrea Beach Bar                             Avie's Ski/Sport
           Colucci Group                                   L&M Westerly Hospital
           Savings Institute Bank & Trust       Valenti Subaru
 
Donated Services:
            Nigrelli's Jewelry                              Venice Restaurant
 
 
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 Slate of Officers approved at Board Meeting on December 4th for fiscal year July 2018/June 2019:
       President:  Kathryn Taylor
       President Elect:  Sunil Chandy
       Vice President:  Theodore Avedesian
       Secretary/Treasurer:  Rosemarie Russo
       Past President:  Christopher DiPaola
       Member at Large:  Stephen Cofone
 
Membership vote will take place at Annual Meeting on December 11th
    
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