Posted by Rosemarie Russo on Aug 21, 2019
Aug 22:  Best Behavior Golf Tournament at Shennecossett Golf Club in Groton to benefit young patients with behavioral challengers.  $125 per player.  If interested, contact Bill Stanley at L&M Hospital, william.stanley@lmhosp.org
 
Aug 23:  Membership committee meeting, 12:30, at Central Baptist Church
 
Aug 24:  350th Westerly Anniversary Celebration - Olde Time Faire in Wilcox Park from 11:00 to 4:00.  We will have a tent and table to promote our Club.  If you can volunteer 2-3 hours, let Rose know what time you will be available. 
 
Aug 26:  District Governor Albright visitation and Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park.  Board meeting, 4:30, at Central Baptist Church conference room, Proceeding to Rotary Park at 5:15 for Million Dollar Meal picnic.  We will also dedicate our Harmony Trail instruments Griffin and Merry.
 
Aug 29:  Rotary Night At Pawtucket Red Sox, 7:05pm, Tickets are $12 with a $4 ballpark credit for food and drink.  As usual, we will gather at the first base side of the stadium at 6:30 to walk onto the field for District Governor's first pitch.  Let Rose or Kathryn know if you plan to go.
 
Aug 29:  Fireside Chat 7:00 at Central Baptist Church conference room for Prospective Members Dora Vasquez-Hellner, Derin Temel and Julie Lord.
 
Sep 2:  Labor Day - NO meeting
 
Sep 8:  Wakefield Rotary Picnic@619 Matunuck Beach Road from 12:00 to 3:00  -contact Kathryn if planning to attend.
 
Sep 9:  Open meeting followed by Board meeting
 
Sep 10:  Golf Tournament meeting at Steve Cofone's home
 
Sep 14:  Walk to End Alzheimer's in Westerly  So far -Kathryn, Rona, Rose...
 
Oct 7:  Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club.  Chair Kathryn Taylor, Lead sponsor Frank Celico.  
 
Nov 14:  District 7950 Foundation Dinner
 
Coming Up Rosemarie Russo 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 21, 2019
The Board met this morning and voted to approve the applications for membership of the following:
    Dora Vasquez-Hellner
An Army veteran, serving for 23 years, Dora has been teaching Spanish at Westerly High School for the past ten years.  In April Dora visited our Club to speak about the first All-Women Honor Flight in which she participated along with 44 other female veterans.  Dora has attended several meetings and also volunteered at our recent Reforest the Tropics presentation at the Stem Expo program at Westerly High School.  She resides in Ashaway and is currently recovering from knee surgery and hopes to be joining us soon.  Dora was proposed by Rona and Rose.
 
    Derin Temel
Derin is a founding partner of PMC Media Group and has spend 25 years in the field of advertising and marketing.  He worked with the WIN Team Project (Turn Grease into Fuel) and has been a Little League Coach.  Derin has attended 3 Club dinner meetings and has resided in Westerly along with his wife and two sons for twelve years.  He was proposed by Dan.
   
    Julie Lord
Julie has attended two recent dinner meetings and expressed interest in becoming a member.  With four children in tow, Julie has been an active volunteer at their schools helping in various capacities.  She was involved with an organization that "got high school kids involved in fundraising... all the money raised went to help families with children with needs that they couldn't afford."  Julie received the Parent Volunteer Award two years in a row.  She and her family reside in Westerly.  Julie was proposed by Cal.
 
If anyone has an objection, please advise Membership Committee members (Cal, Frank, Caroline, Dan) or member of the Board as soon as possible.
 
There will be a Fireside Chat on September 29th at 7:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
Prospective Members Rosemarie Russo 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2019
          
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.  So a new fiscal year begins.  Typically, Rotarians contribute $100 annually to this fund, but any amount is great!  You can prepare a check to The Rotary Foundation and give it to Rose to process or you can go online to Rotary International's website and make your donation directly via credit card    If you do go online to RF, 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        
 
Rotary Foundation 2019-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2019
Giulia, our Guest Speaker Monday evening, is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Author of "Navigating in the Dark."    Her practice, Dialect Psychotherapy LLC, operates in Mystic, CT at 12 Roosevelt Avenue.  Born in Italy, emigrated with her parents to the United States in 1968, Giulia was born with Macular Degeneration but didn't get this diagnosis until 1971.  Rising above many cruelties from her childhood because of her disease which left her legally blind, this little 4 foot 9 inch powerhouse graduated from Westerly High School, Cosmetology School, and in 2001 graduated summa cum laude with a  Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island.  This was followed with a Master of Science degree in Marital and Family Therapy.  As she told us her story, the point became very obvious.  She is courageous, resilient and fearless.  Her message - "NO ONE is unworthy of kindness, respect, justice and fairness in their life.  No disability should be the cause for anyone's rights to be compromised."  She tells her story to her patients so they can see that they are NOT alone.  She said in Navigating in the Dark, "you CAN find new ways of facing your challenges, and you CAN persevere and come back to create a life full of meaning and joy."
President-Elect Rona and Giulia
 
Giulia's book is available on Amazon.com for $15.99.  You can also contact Giulia at 860.333.2411 or gjaramillo@gmail.com for more information.
Giulia Jaramillo Rosemarie Russo 2019-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 05, 2019
To the members of Westerly Rotary - from Linda Wilkinson:
 
"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!"
 
     
 
The following well-written letter was received this week from Whyness:
 
 
A Child of Chikumbuso Rosemarie Russo 2019-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 30, 2019
Betty J. Cotter  and President Kathryn.
 
Betty teaches writing at the University of Rhode Island and English at Three Rivers Community College.  She is an author of books about Rhode Island - The Winters, Roberta's Woods, Images of America Series - South Shore Rhode Island  and others.  She has also been writing about the one hundred year history of South County Hospital.   This past Monday evening Betty provided a presentation "Remembering Modern Medicine."  Her pictorial presentation showed the many changes over the years of medical care.  One important note is that money was/is always a problem.  It was interesting to learn that at one time nurses controlled hospital operations in their white, starched uniforms - hospital administration, budgeting, maintaining patient records, as well as patient care - and doctors determined the length of a patient's hospital stay.
 
If you would like to learn more about Betty or her writings, go to www.facebook.com/authorBettyJCotter
Speaker -Betty J. Cotter Rosemarie Russo 2019-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
Wednesday, July 31st  -  188th Birthday Party
Dave Mann and Joe Nigrelli  sitting in front of Nigrelli's Jewelry Store
 
Both Friends, both Veterans  -  Dave celebrated his 94th birthday today but Joe celebrated his 94th in June.   WBLQ's "Mann About Town" provided a live remote broadcast this afternoon from 3 - 5pm at Nigrelli's.  Birthday cake was available.  To celebrate the day, Nigrelli's was having a great sale.   Everyone was invited to salute these two gentlemen and wish a Happy 188!!!!
Special - 188th Birthday Party Rona Mann 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 22, 2019
 
Monday evening our members had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Farmer Craig Floyd.  He is the Farm Manager at Coogan Farm which is a part of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic.  The 34 acres of Coogan Farm, purchased in 2013, resulted in the creation of The Giving Garden - 30,000 square feet of garden plots, cared for under the direction of Farmer Craig with the help of over 370 volunteers.  The garden has provided 20 tons of food distributed to "63 programs that serve 91 feeding sites across New London County."  The garden is a model for "sustainable, more resilient agriculture."  As Farmer Craig teaches, "resilient agriculture seeks to continually feed the soil as we grow and feed the community without using agri-chemicals."  "Sustainable farming builds soil health, fertility, organic matter, nutrient density, biota diversity, water holding capacity by increasing the carbon content of the soil.  The soil is tested and amended with minerals as needed to enhance the biologic activity of the mycorrhizal fungi."  Farmer Craig teaches classes his various agricultural techniques for their own properties.
If you want to learn more about The Giving Garden go to https://dpnc.org/coogan-farm-garden or visit them at 162 Greenmanville Avenue (RT27), Mystic CT.  Their phone number is 860.536.1216.
 
President Kathryn presenting a children's book for the Westerly Children's Library honoring Farmer Craig Floyd for all his work.
 
Guest Speaker Farmer Craig Rosemarie Russo 2019-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2019
Visiting Rotarian Rick Berardanelli from Sante Fe, New Mexico is exchanging Club banners with President Kathryn.  The New Mexico banner given to us was one of the last handmade Club banners.
Rick Berardanelli Rosemarie Russo 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2019
Janie and Kathryn
 
Janie Carlisle, former Westerly Rotarian and current President of the Carlisle-Williams Foundation, found herself with very serious health issues - End Stage Renal Disease - several years ago.  On a waiting list four years for a kidney transplant, she began to think of end of life plans when a chance encounter by her sister led her to Debbie Williams Glover - her kidney donor.  Due to the struggles Janie encountered while trying to navigate her healthy issues and understand her disease, The Carlisle-Williams Foundation  had its start.  
 
The focus of this organization is to bring hope to patients with End Stage Renal Disease who are on dialysis.  "They provide comfort bags for use during dialysis treatments; diet and nutritional information; emotional support; and support for employment."  All of their services are provided at no cost to clients.  The mission "is to increase the quality of life and the motivation to live by providing hope and support to dialysis patients using a boots on the ground approach."
 
Janie said that "there are an estimated 20 million people in the USA who have chronic kidney disease."  Nearly 116,000 of these patients progress to the point where replacement kidney therapy is required to sustain life and only a few will receive a kidney transplant.  Most will require dialysis to stay alive - a few may receive treatment at home but others must go to a local dialysis center for the 3-5 hours per session three to four times per week.   Anyone who wishes to learn more about the Carlisle-Williams Foundation should go to their website:  www.carlisle-williams-foundation.org or www.esrd-patient-support.org OR send an email message to support@esrd-patient-support.org
 
Janie Carlisle -Journey thru ESRD Rosemarie Russo 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2019
They are in - finally!!!!
  
Ted Avedesian, Jean Gagnier, Doug Rayner, Anthony Russo - busy installing and leveling Griffin.
 
Merry after installation.  Tim Liebling will install the Rotary placques on the instruments soon.  Tim said that the Wee Notes Collection (Griffin, Merry and Piper) have been tuned to be enjoyed together.  Stop by the Park when you have a chance and make some music!!
 
 
Harmony Trail Instruments at Rotary Park 2019-07-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 10, 2019
Monday evening, 8 July, our guest speaker was Mark Furcolo, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, with Paul Grimaldi, Chief of Information and Public Relations.  Mark said that the DOR has over 600 employees serving across six divisions:  Department of Motor Vehicles, RI Lottery, Division of Taxation, Office of Revenue Analysis, Division of Municipal Finance and Central Collections Unit.  The mission of the DOR "is to administer its programs, and consistently execute the laws and regulations with integrity and accountability, thereby instilling public confidence in the work performed by the department."  His slide presentation indicated that the streamlining of divisions has increased productivity and improved services.  Advances in the area of technology is allowing for more interaction via internet and online services.
He closed his remarks with mention of "REAL ID" - a Federal mandated program that will be in effect as of October 2020 - everyone will need a Real ID or passport to fly within the United States.  If you would like to read more about this, go to www.dmv.ri.gov. 
 
Below is a picture of Kathryn presenting a children's library book to Mark for his signature.
RI Department of Revenue Rosemarie Russo 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 07, 2019
They are made in the USA by Freenotes Harmony Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and they have been placed all over the world.  Not effected by climate, they enhance the environment with the sweet sounds evoked when played.  Built in various sizes, the sounds go from basso to soprano.  Some of the newer instruments have been shaped into trees or colorful flowers.  The instruments will be maintained by members of the Bricks & Murals organization.
 
We have selected the following two for Rotary Park (yet to be installed)
Griffin         Merry
 
And the third one, Piper, is sponsored by the Celico Family and dedicated in memory of Mario Celico.  A memorial dedication of Piper took place on Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 11:00am at Rotary Park followed by a reception/lunch from Noon to 2:00pm at The Margin Street Inn at 4 Margin Street, Westerly.
Lisa Konicki, President of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, gave the dedication on behalf of the Celico family, remembering Mario's many accomplishments.  Afterwards, some of the young children took turns playing Piper, which sounded quite lovely.
 
  
 
  
 
The pictures above include a close-up of the plaque, the Celico siblings, Lisa Konicki with Council members, and Rotary members.
Harmony Trail Instruments  Rosemarie Russo 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2019
  Celebrating 61 years of The Rotary Club of Westerly serving our community, our District and the World
with installation of 2019/2020 officers.  Guests included Past District Governor Valerie Perry, Past District Governor Bill Vangel, Betty Gallaghan from East Providence Rotary, Tina Vangel from Scituate Rotary, Marty & Bob Boughner, Jean Rayner, Anthony Russo.  PDG Valerie installed our officers and PDG Bill presented District Awards - Presidential Award for Excellence (achieved15 of 21 requirements) and Public Image Award (achieved 5 of 7 requirements).
  
Newly installed 2019/2020 officers: Secr/Treas Rosemarie Russo, Vice President Ted Avedesian, President-Elect Rona Mann, President Kathryn Taylor,  Immediate Past President Chris DiPaola, and PDG Valerie Perry. Missing are Directors at large Steve Cofone and Kristina Dimova.
 
And two awards were received for our very special members - the District's Service Longevity Awards to Joe Nigrelli for 50 years of service and Vinnie Gaccione for 58 years of service.
 
President-Elect Rona Mann presented our newest Paul Harris Fellow - a young man who was recognized by the Board for his example of "service above self" with his willingness to help whenever needed whether selling lemonade at Summer Pops or setting up the projector and screen for a guest speaker - this editor's son, Anthony.   Mom could not have been more proud.   When asked to say a few words, Anthony replied that he really didn't know what to say except "thank you".  He said he was "just a truck driver" and did what Mom asked of him.
 
 
 
And then all Paul Harris Fellows stood together
 
 
 
Installation Night/Beginning a New Year Rosemarie Russo 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2019
Antwone Brown Jr - $500 Award
Honor Roll all 4 years, Science Award, Bulldog Pride Pin, Construction Award -Most Improved Student, Rotary Club Student of the Month.  Extracurricular activities included Football, Track, Unified Basketball.  Community Service included After-School Program -reading to elementary students, Special Olympics Mentor -Sunday Bowling League, The Buddy Foundation Mentor, Columbus Day Parade.  Had part-time employment during high school years.  Plans to start is college career at CCRI. 
 
Olivia Chiaradio - $1000 Award
National Honor Society, Academic Honor Roll, English Excellence Award.  Extracurricular activities included Student Council, Character Education (community outreach activities), Freshmen Mentor (assisting Freshmen with high school transition), Coventry Rehabilitation Center (career experiential immersion program), International Club, Pep Club, Outdoors Club, Lacrosse, Indoor Track, Volleyball.  Community Service included Pequotsepos Nature Center -youth program volunteer, Mystic Eats -annual food fest volunteer. Had part-time employment during high school years.  Plans to attend University of New England for Nursing.
 
Isabel Huckle - $1000 Award
High Honors, National Honor Society, RI Honor Society, Brandeis Book Award, Italian II Award.  Extracurricular activities included Cross Country (Captain 4), Indoor Track (Captain 4), Outdoor Track (Captain 4), Lacrosse, Science Olympiad, Debate Team, Peer Tutor.  Community service included Camp Invention, Summer Pops, Blood donation, Middle School Track, Attack the Track, Local road race Volunteer.  Had part-time employment all four years.  Plans to attend the University of Rhode Island.
 
Samuel Luzzi - $1000 Award
High Honors, National Honor Society, RI Honor Society, Excellence in Physical Education Award, National Scholar Athlete Award, American Legion Boys State -Attorney General, Rotary Club of Westerly Student of the Month, Soccer Academic All-State, Indoor Track Academic All-State.  Extracurricular activities included Class President, National Honor Society President, Soccer (Captain 4), Soccer Second Team All-Division, Wrestling, JV Wrestling RI State Champ, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Volleyball, Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, Character Education.  Community service included Special Olympics Unified Partner, Altar Server/Master of Ceremonies -Immaculate Conception Church, Foreign Language Enrichment, Summer Pops Volunteer, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Committee Volunteer.  Had part-time employment all four years.  At time of application, his plans were to attend either University of Rhode Island or Villanova.
 
Adrianna Turano - $1000 Award
Honor Roll, National Honor Society, RI Honor Society, Academic Letter, Lamp of Learning Pin, Seal of Biliteracy in Italian, The George Washington University Leadership Book Award, Rotary Club of Westerly Student of the Month.  Extracurricular activities included Lacrosse (Captain 3,4) Character Education & CE Class Leader, Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse (VP 4), Judicial Internship (4), Model United Nations (4), Freshmen Mentor, Town Council Student Representative (3), Girls State (3), Girls Nation (3), Indoor Track, Student Council, Environmental Club, The Barker, International Club, Film Club, Leadership Course, Swimming.  Community service included Bible Study Camp, Town of Westerly Recreational Summer Camp, Fried Dough Breakfast for Gianna Colao, After School Bowling Club, North End Clean-up, Summer Pops, Blood Drive, Italian Tutoring, WARM Shelter dinner server.  Had part-time employment during all four years.  Plans to attend the University of Rhode Island.
 
2019 Scholarship Winners Rosemarie Russo 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2019
Photo above includes representatives from several Rotary Clubs who attended dinner meeting at the Manchester, CT Rotary Club for the Rotary Foundation check presentation.  Sustainable Water and Sanitation Projects in Guatemals through the past thirteen years raised $1,016,788 from 47 Clubs around the country and Canada.
 
Above is the list of villages that have benefited by Rotary Global Grants under the leadership of District 7890 Chair for Water & Sanitation Projects Rick Lawrence.  He is in the process of completing two global grants for the coming year.  The grants will provide materials and supplies for sustainable clean water and sanitation facilities in the Mayan villages of Chajalajya, Simajulehu and Xetonox.  All labor will be provided by the men and women in those communities. 
Rick said that similar work has been completed in 22 villages, bringing potable water into homes, building and installation of 3 part sink, vented latrines, safe stoves with insulated flue pipes and firebox which uses 70% less wood than previous cook stoves.
   
Each household contributes $100.  One person in each village tests water and maintains chlorination.  They have started to install solar panels to help power the generators; otherwise they use diesel-powered generators.  After the installation of these systems, there has been 60% reduction in intestinal diseases, close to 60% reduction in eye infections, 10% reduction in child malnutrition.  The sign above is attached to each system showing the names of the Rotary Clubs participating in this project.
 
Elin & Rick bring many beautiful Guatemalan handmade items - beaded necklaces, bracelets, cloth bags, cloth purses, scarves - to sell here in the U. S.  With the funds collected they purchase school supplies to bring back to Guatemala.  Rick said they usually fill 4 suitcases.  We received a report this past Saturday that all the jewelry has been sold.  Rick and Elin, well done!!!
 
Sinagua, no hay vida     --      Without water, there is no life
 
 
Guatemala Water & Sanitation Projects Rosemarie Russo 2019-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 22, 2019
  
1) Cal Lord & Bob Lane   2) Dan Alvino
    
 3) Pres Kathryn Taylor  4) Chris DiPaola & Steve Cofone
    
 
The Chorus of Westerly's 39th Summer Pops Concert in Wilcox Park took place this past Saturday, June 22, beginning with a sudden downpour of rain to bless all of us in the park at 4:00.  But, oh my, what beautiful music followed from the sexy sounds of Paul Winter, the soothing sounds of Richard Cook's beautiful instruments to the fabulous sound of The American Band and the FANTASTIC Chorus of Westerly and Festival Orchestra.  What a night!!!
 
Rotarians under the tent were on the go all evening selling Mario's North End Pizza, The Malted Barley Pretzels, Del's Lemonade, Honey Dew Donut Coffee, as well as soda, water, popcorn and hot dogs, and McQuade's Ace Hardware for the loan of trash barrels.  Rotarian elves included President Kathryn Taylor, Rona & Dave Mann, Dan Alvino, Ted Avedesian, Steve Cofone, Kristina Dimova & Ivo Ivanov, Chris DiPaola, Walter Kimball, Bob & Suzanne Lane, Cal Lord, Rosemarie Russo and sons, Bill and Anthony. All around the park one might see our Summer Pops Leader Dr. Douglas Rayner.  Bob Elmer was the emcee for the evening's event.  We are very grateful to our vendors for their support and generosity, to the Westerly High School Honor Roll students (Maya Champ, Anna Cozzolino, Jordynn Celico, Sebastian Reisch, Aaron Tallardy) who helped us setup and packup, to Lee Eastbourne and The Jonnycake Center for their assistance from beginning to end, Margret Celico and Jack Lutzel for helping with packup.  It was a successful evening all around.  Thank you to everyone who participated in one way or another - especially everyone who visited the concession and bought something.
 
There are more pictures to see in the Photo Album section of our website  - Summer Pops 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops 2019 Rosemarie Russo 2019-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
  
 
Our guest speaker this past Monday evening was Beth Bailey, Marketing Director of the Westerly Education Center.  The Center is in its second year of operation and Beth gave us an overview of what WEC is all about.  Partner relationships, "large and small, public and private, contributed to the expansion of postsecondary training and education offerings."  The number and variety of courses have increased, providing "workforce training and higher education instruction to more than 2,600 students."  The largest partner is General Dynamics Electric Boat along with Community Collect of RI, RI College, Tri-County Community Action Agency, RI Dept of Labor and Training, Skills for RI's Future, CCF/NRI Career Academy, URI, RI School of Design Continuing Ed, Real Jobs RI, RI Marine Trades Asso.
 
Beth is a graduate of URI in journalism.  She introduced herself by telling us that her son is a RYLA student and has gone back for the 5th year to participate as a mentor for new RYLArians.  She entertained several questions at the end of her talk and invited everyone to visit WEC for a tour of the building, which space is available for rent, i.e. special group training sessions.  The Center is open 7am to midnight.
Beth Bailey Rosemarie Russo 2019-06-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 23, 2019
   
On May 23, 2019, Westerly Public Schools presented its 2019 WPS STEM Expo which included presentations by organizations -Mystic Aquarium, Reforest the Tropics and several others - and students from Westerly High School, Westerly Middle School and State Street School.  Reforest the Tropics, led by Executive Director Greg Powell and Westerly Middle School Science Teacher Desiree Derix, demonstrated the education program offered to Westerly's students by sharing lesson materials and a PowerPoint Presentation of the carbon-capturing forests planted in Costa Rica.  A live video presentation was also planned - Westerly to Costa Rica.
 
Westerly Rotarians who played a role in this event included President Kathryn Taylor, Dan Alvino, Bob Elmer, Rona Mann, Doug Rayner, Rose Russo and WHS Teacher Dora Vasquez.  We supplied pizza, cookies and water for all volunteers and other presenters of the event.
 
 
2019 Westerly STEM Expo Rosemarie Russo 2019-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2019
The Every Rotary Every Year (EREY) initiative encourages every Rotarian to support The Rotary Foundation every year, engaging every member in all the life-changing programs.  We are currently 7 members shy of full participation for this fiscal year.
From Rotary Foundation today:
Generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation - from you and your club members - are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world.  Your donations to the Annual Fund help individuals around the globe liver better lives, today and in the future.  Your club's support of TRF is appreciated and is certain to "be an inspiration" - thank you for encouraging giving to and engagement with, The Rotary Foundation.....Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do, to make The Rotary Foundation a powerful force for good in the world.
Rotary Moment Rosemarie Russo 2019-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 20, 2019
Susan Sedensky, above with President Kathryn, is receiving a Westerly Children's Library book.  Sue has been Executive Director of the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center for the past two years.  We were pleased to have her join us again for dinner and to have her tell us a little more about the PNC.
 
The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, founded in 1985, is a "multi-purpose facility which offers a variety of social, educational, health and human services programs with an emphasis on community spirit."   The mission of the PNC is to be the "resource for basic needs for people experiencing financial hardship; and services for seniors in need of socialization and transportation for those living in Mystic, Pawcatuck, Stonington, North Stonington and Westerly."
 
Sue said that over 1400 folks came to the food pantry last year for food with 500 of them coming from Westerly and along with food products, there is a "Living Supplies" section with items like diapers and a Clothing Closet with good used items.  As those original volunteers began to age, they decided that the PNC needed a Senior Center and in 2007 an addition to the building was built to provide lunches and other programs.  With a staff of 5 and about 300 volunteers, the PNC provides food, lunch, fuel assistance, financial assistance, transport, social and health needs,  Funding comes from grants and other donations.  They also maintain a garden to grow fresh produce for the clients.  They have also started some cooking classes.
 
You can read more about The Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center at www.pawcatuckneighborhoodcenter.org or stop in and visit - or volunteer - at 27 Chase Street, Pawcatuck.
Susan Sedensky Rosemarie Russo 2019-05-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 15, 2019
Westerly Garden Club and Kathryn Taylor worked on the Children's Garden today at Rotary Park
 
Clean Up Day at Rotary Park Rosemarie Russo 2019-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 13, 2019
Regina Bartlett - author, motivational speaker, Membership Director at Arcadia YMCA Branch, Licensed POUND Trainer,  and Wellness Influencer.  Wow!!!!!   It was a pleasure to listen to Regina this past Monday evening.  Her message was of self-value and faith.  She spoke about how she had equated food with comfort until she weighed more than 400 lbs.  Regina was a featured speaker at the March 2018 TEDxNewport.  Her new book (Food, Sweat & Fears) tells about her thirty years of failed diets and quick fixes that was changed by RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery and the accompanying nutrition meetings.  The surgery program took about a year, including orientation, testing, meetings.  She lost 250 lbs and accomplished her goal to run and finish the NYC Marathon.  Currently, Regina teaches a fitness class at the Y  along with her other work there.   "Food, Sweat & Fears" is available at Savoy Bookshop & Cafe.  She has also written a mini-cookbook, "Healthy Fare: Bariatric Friendly Recipes".
 
Regina Foster Bartlett Rosemarie Russo 2019-05-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 11, 2019
   Charitable/Scholarship Dinner
11 May 2019 at The Cooked Goose
 
 
 
Past President (1998-1999) Ted Avedesian planned the first "Scholarship" auction dinner to raise funds for scholarships during his year in office.  It was such a success that it continued every year, except for one.  So, this year is a milestone - the Twentieth Dinner!!  As Ted has told us many times, originally the event proceeds were totally intended to build up the Scholarship Fund.  When the Scholarship Fund had risen to more than $50,000, it was decided to split the dinner proceeds of future dinners between the Scholarship Fund and the Charitable Giving Fund.  Scholarships awarded went from $2,000 to $4,000 per year.
      
We have been fortunate that The Cooked Goose opens up to give us an exclusive evening.  Chef Andrew Nathan prepared a very special gourmet dinner from salad to dessert.   The Wine Store provided a selection of wines and other beverages.
                                             
   
 
A huge thank you to everyone who attended -  to Andrew, Jennifer and their fabulous staff - to the Royce Foundation.  We are so grateful to you all for making
the evening a wonderful success.
 
Very special thank you to all the companies and individuals for providing us with so many terrific items to auction:
 
84 Tavern on Canal, Amigos, Anthony Russo, Barton & Gray Mariners Club, Blue Butterfly Florist, Bogue's Alley, BoneYard Barbecue & Saloon, Broadview Florist & Garden Center, Brumble Bikes, C C O'Brien's Sports Cafe, Capizanno's Olive Oils & Vinegars, Caroline Maynard, Casa della Luce, Chariho Furniture, Chorus of Westerly, Christina's Place, Coastal Eye Associates, Cottrell Brewing, Dairy Queen, Dan Stanavage, Del-Bourree Bach, Dick's World of Wines, Dr. Douglas A Rayner, Dunns Corners Market, Elin & Rick Lawrence, European Imports, EZ Midway Liquors, The Resident/Alexis, Gary's Auto Repair, Ginger's Car Wash, Granite Photo, Granite Theatre, Gray Goose Cookery, Grey Sail Brewers, Hauser Chocolatier, Hill Top Cafe, Island Pursuit Mystic 7, Ivory Ella LLC, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Joyce's Everyday Gourmet, Junk & Java, Li's Bake Shop, Margin Street Inn, Maria's Seaside Cafe, McQuade's Ace Hardware, McQuade's Marketplace, Mel's Downtown Creamery, Mercy Street Studios, Munroe Dairy, My Whaling City, Mystic Luxury Cinemas, Nigrelli's Jewelry, Ocean Community NAIK Family YMCA, Ocean House, Patceez Garden Center, Pawtucket Red Sox, Phoenix Dining & Entertainment, Pleasant Acres Nursery, Providence Coal Fired Pizza, Red Stone Tire, Richmond Country Club, Riverhead Building Supply, Rona Mann, Rosanna's Flowers, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Sandy's Fine Food Emporium, Seaside Pharmacy, Shar-Jais Salon, Shelter Harbor Golf Club, Sift Bake Shop Mystic, Stonington Country Club, Stonington Vineyards, The Brazen Hen, The Malted Barley, Toscano's Mens Shop, Venice Restaurant & Lounge, Vesta Bakery, WBLQ, Weekapaug Golf Club, Westerly 7 Eleven, Westerly Agway, Westerly High School's Highland Grille, Westerly Packing Co, Westerly Police Dept/Chief Shawn Lacey, Westerly Sun, Wilcox Tavern/Mia's, Winnapaug Country Club, Wm Cole LLC
 
 
 
Charitable/Scholarship Dinner Rosemarie Russo 2019-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rona Mann on Apr 29, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange
This is one of Rotary's most popular programs to promote international understanding and develop lifelong friendships.  It began in 1927 with the Rotary Club of Nice, France.  In 1939 an extensive Youth Exchange was created between California and Latin America.  Since then the program has expanded around the world with more than 7,000 young people participating annually.  High school student participants find an "excellent opportunity to learn about customs, languages, traditions and family life in another country.  Youth Exchange offers young people rich experiences to see another part of the world."  Long term participants usually spend a full academic year abroad and Short term participants usually exchange during the summer months.  For each U. S. student going abroad, their must be a student coming from one of the participating countries.
Rotary Moment Rona Mann 2019-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2019
Our Guest Speaker this past Monday evening was Kimberly W. Mastrofino, who is the Olean Center Mentor Program Coordinator.  Kimberly provided a power point presentation which summarized the Mentor Program beginning with the statement "Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor." They currently have 5 active mentor teams but hope to double that number in 2019.  The teams meet weekly with an average of three hours per week.  Activities include "volunteerism, fitness, educational and recreational.  A mentor must be at least 21 years of age, complete a background check, complete required training and spend time weekly with your mentee partner."  Kimberly said that there are two types of mentor roles:  Long term and Short term.  A long term mentor commits to time weekly with their mentee partner for an hour or more throughout the year.  A short term mentor assists the mentee with short-term goals such as Special Olympics time trials, assisting an individual on fitness goals, assisting with creative writing or instructing with some other activity.
 
Anyone interested in becoming part of the wonderful program should contact Kimberly at 401.596.2091 x 129 or kwmastrofino@oleancenter.org.  You can also check out the Olean Center website at www.oleancenter.org.
Kimberly W. Mastrofino - The Olean Center Rosemarie Russo 2019-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2019
Introduced by Principal Hobin, Allison Ornberg is a star in so many ways.  She has been on the Honor Roll, achieved National Honor Society, received "Excellence in Choral Music", played Lucy recently in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown".  For her community service, Allison has volunteered at the Softball field concession, watched children in the bowling program, collected toiletries for Living Supply Closet, caroled to elderly at Apple Rehab and Elms Nursing Homes.  She also is the morning announcer at school.  Allison plans on attending URI and majoring in Accounting.  
April Student of the Month Rosemarie Russo 2019-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 22, 2019
Pictured between President Kathryn and Retired Fire Chief David Sayles is Dora Vasques-Hellner.  Dora served in the Army for 23 years and has been teaching Spanish at Westerly High School for the past ten years.  She prepared a video presentation of the first all-women Honor Flight to Washington, DC on April 6th.  This Honor Flight included 44 veterans and their guardians - all women.  The veterans "represented all branches of the military service and served during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and other military operations since then.  The oldest was 96 years old and youngest was 35 years old.  "Saturday's Honor Flight was conducted in memory of Marine Lance Cpl. Holly Charette of Cranston, who was 21 years old when she was killed on 23 June 2005, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive detonated near her convoy vehicle in Fallujah, Iraq.  The shirts worn by the veterans and their guardians had patches with a photograph of Holly.
 
They began their trip at Warwick Fire Station 8 and were escorted by police, firefighters and motorcyclists to T. F. Green Airport.  "The Rhode Island Professional Firefighters Pipes & Drums and members of the Providence Police Pipes & Drums welcomed the group, along with police and fire department color guards, Scouts and family members."
 
They were greeted in Washington by former US Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole, US Army Surgeon General Lt General Nadja West, Lt General Jacqueline Van Ovost (director of staff at US Air Force Headquarters at the Pentagon, US Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, and Senior US Senator Jack Reed from Rhode Island.  The New England Patriots provided swag bags for all the women and dinner before their return to T F Green Airport late Saturday evening.  The General Federation of Women's Clubs raised about $15,000 to help underwrite the cost of the flight. 
 
The national organization of Honor Flight was founded in 2005 after the completion of the World War II Memorial with a goal to "America's most senior heroes - survivors of World War II and any veteran with a terminal illness who wishes to visit THEIR memorial."  The program has expanded to include veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War and all other veterans who served, on a chronological basis.  "Since America felt it was important to build a memorial to the service and the ultimate sacrifice of her veterans, the Honor Flight Network believes it's equally important that they actually get to visit and experience their memorial."   In Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs have formed a non-profit organization "RIFC Honor Flight Hub" which began its mission to transport veterans to Washington, DC in August 2012.  Since then they have had 21 Honor Flights, "transporting 479 WWII veterans, 99 Korean War veterans and 5 Vietnam War veterans" - all free of charge.  Within our own Rotary Club members and family - Joe Nigrelli, Walter Kimball and Dave Mann.
 
There will be a presentation on Channel 12 (WPRI) Thursday evening at 5:00pm by Mike Montecalvo who accompanied the women.
The RIFC Honor Flight Hub relies totally on donations to make these flights possible.  For more information, please go to https://rihonorflight.com.  You can send a tax-deductible donation payable to RI Honor Flight and mail to RI Fire Chiefs Honor Flight Hub, PO Box 28132, Providence RI 02908
 
Some of the information above came from the RIFC website and the Warwick Beacon.
Dora Vasquez Hellner Rosemarie Russo 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2019
Today was the Chikumbuso Annual 10K/5K Run or Walk at the North Stonington Grange.  The "Westerly Rotarian" team - real troopers!!! - Pat Grande, Kathryn Taylor and Cal Lord are pictured above.  Rona Mann also completed the walk.  Kudos to you all and we hope that you enjoyed some Ben & Jerry's for all of us!!
Just received a thank you note from Linda Wilkinson, the founder of Chikumbuso.  She said, "A big thank you to each one of you who participated in our Chikumbuso Challenge this year!  We were able to raise about $6,000 of our $15,000 annual lunch program budget!  We are well on our way to continuing our feeding program for 500 students every day.  We appreciate your generosity of both time and giving!"  Her note included a quote from Denzel Washington - "At the end of the day it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished...it's about who you've lifted up, who you've made better.  It's about what you've given back."
 
 
 
Chikumbuso Walk 20 April 2019 Rosemarie Russo 2019-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 09, 2019
Following up on Sgt Mourato's Bristol Lockbox program, our Club Board has voted to extend his program here in Westerly.  With the cooperation and support of McQuade's Ace Hardware, eight MasterLock 5400D lockboxes were purchased and delivered today to the Westerly Police Station. 
Officer Howard Mills, the Community Police Officer, met with President Kathryn.  Officer Mills works with the "At Risk Resident Program".  This program includes a database for "at risk residents" who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, other forms of dementia, or medical conditions that may cause an individual to wander or put themselves at risk.  If individuals are currently registered with any other organizations, it would still be beneficial to have them entered locally with the Westerly Police Dept to help that individual, should they need assistance.
 
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.
 
Westerly's Lockbox Program Rosemarie Russo 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 01, 2019
It was a pleasure to meet Bristol Police Sgt Ricardo Mourato last evening.  In the picture above he holds a real estate lockbox, which has been adopted for elderly, veterans or people with disabilities for safety.  He said that he experienced several incidents, responding to an elderly citizen's home, where the resident could not get to the door and the police could not get into the house.  "If we are lucky, we can climb in through an open window.  Worst case scenario, if we can't get to that person, we have to break the door down."   This can take time away from emergency personnel getting to a person in need and also cause expensive damage to their property.  It's a 15- to 20-minute process.
 
Sgt Mourato came up with the idea to use real estate lockboxes.  It is sturdy and secure.  Instead of being fixed to a resident's entry door, it is generally secured under  the resident's electrical box or another location selected by the local police department.  The electrical box is a primary choice as it can be found easily by looking for the electrical wire to the home.  What makes this box special is that only the Police Department has the code to open the lockbox, which contains a key to the home.  In Bristol, the Police Department maintains a file on each lockbox resident with the name, address and even a picture of the home. 
 
Many groups are responding to this program by donating the lockboxes to the Police Departments in their community.  Sgt Mourato said that the lockbox program has been implemented in Bristol, Seekonk, East Providence, Newport, Providence and has spread across the country.  The lockbox, Master Lock Portable Model #5400D, is available at Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Amazon for those who might want to purchase one.  They cost From $28 to $40; however,  the lockboxes that are donated to Police Departments are made available to residents in need for free.
 
Chief Lacey attended this dinner meeting and he was very interesting in adopting this program - as were Westerly Rotarians.  The Board met after the meeting and voted to approve an initial purchase - so there will be more to come about this program for our community residents. 
 
Westerly Police Officer Richard Mourato also attended Monday's dinner meeting.
Sgt Ricardo Mourato Rosemarie Russo 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 18, 2019
  
With the very able assistance of former Assistant District Governor Steve White our three new members were inducted into our Club.  We extend a very hearty welcome to Bob Lane, Suzanne Lane and Caroline Maynard.  Their sponsor Frank Celico imparts a few words of welcome.
 
Westerly's Newest Members Rosemarie Russo 2019-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 25, 2019
Our guest speaker Monday evening was Wendy Brown of Brown Group Realty.  Wendy was on the Board of Bricks and Murals and a major force for getting the Wall Dogs to come to Westerly.  Now her goal is to bring a Harmony Trail to Westerly.   What is this?  Well, imagine outdoor musical instruments - drums, chimes, bells - placed around downtown; and, as you walk around hopefully sampling food from our fantastic restaurants and shopping, you can also take a moment or two to make magic, to be creative, to just have fun playing one of these instruments.   They are made in the USA by Freenotes Harmony Park in Colorado Springs, CO, and they have been placed all over the world.  Not effected by climate, they enhance the environment with the sweet sounds evoked when played.  Built in various sizes, the sounds go from basso to soprano.  Newest instruments have been shaped into colorful flowers. 
The downtown plan, a walking trail, will include about 10 - 12 instruments. Most of the instruments will be maintained by members of Bricks & Murals.  It is hoped that the instruments will be installed by June 22 - the day of the annual Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops Concert in Wilcox Park.
        
 
Wendy announced that there will be a Mardi Gras 2.0 event at The Knickerbocker on April 6, 2019 from 6:30 to benefit Harmony Trail.  Music will be provided by The Mystic Playboys.  Tickets purchased in advance at Bricksandmurals.org are $25 - and $30 at The Knickerbocker day of.  There will also be a "winner take all" raffle drawing - $25 per ticket - with a value of over $2,000.
 
For more information, Wendy suggests that you visit bricksandmurals.org.  As we normally do, President Kathryn presented a book, intended for the Westerly Children's Library, in Wendy's honor. 
 
Wendy Brown and Harmony Trail Rosemarie Russo 2019-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 12, 2019
Three New Members Proposed by Membership Committee and approved by the Board
 
Corporate membership of Gray Goose Cookery for Suzanne and Bob Lane.  Gray Goose Cookery was previously located in Mystic but now calls Watch Hill its home, a stone's throw across from The Cooked Goose.  The Gray Goose Cookery's website describes the store as a "one of a kind, independent, regional kitchen store" with over 4,000 square feet of cookware, gadgets and gourmet foods.  
 
Individual membership of Caroline Maynard.  Caroline is publisher of Hill, Pond, and Preserve, a monthly newsletter for residents of the Watch Hill area.  She is a marketing professional, previously worked and resided in Boston for over 12 years spending summers here.  Now they are full-time residents of the greater Watch Hill area. 
 
If there are any objections, please contact President Kathryn at kathryn.taylor42@gmail.com or 240.722.9658 as soon as possible.  A Fireside Chat will take place at Central Baptist Church on March 7 at 6:30 - contact Membership Chair Cal Lord if you plan on attending - 860.917.8320.
 
Cal is also developing a member Bio report for new members.  If you haven't already done so, please get your personal bio to him as soon as possible.
Induction March 18 Rosemarie Russo 2019-02-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 09, 2019
 
The 15th Annual Chowder CookOff  - 9 February 2019  at the Venice Restaurant Ballroom from 12:00 to 3:00pm   More pictures can be seen in Photos section "CookOff 2019".  Net proceeds currently at $3600.
 
     Restaurant Division:
          1st Place     Sunnyside Up
          2nd Place    Wilcox Tavern
          3rd Place     Casa della Luce
 
     Culinary School Division:
          1st Place     Westerly High School's Highland Grille
          2nd Place    Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center
          3rd Place     Newport AC&TC's Colonial Dining Room
 
Special thanks to our Non-Rotarian volunteers:  William Maynard, Dawn Paxton, Jacey Qureschi and Amina Quereschi
 
Participating Restaurants
          Boneyard Barbeque, Casa della Luce, Sunnyside Up, The Brazen Hen, The Cooked Goose, The Sea Goose, Venice Restaurant, Wilcox Tavern
Participating Schools
          Newport AC&TC's Colonial Dining Room, Westerly High School's Highland Grille, Woonsocket AC&TC
Sponsors
          Andrea Beach Bar, Avie's Ski/Sport, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, Valenti Subaru, Yale/New Haven Health
Donated Services 
          Nigrelli's Jewelry, Venice Restaurant, WBLQ
15th Annual Chowder CookOff Rosemarie Russo 2019-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
Gaits of Harmony Event Rosemarie Russo 2019-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 04, 2019
Monday evening the membership was invited to have dinner at the Highland Grille, Westerly High School's Cafe, which is run by the Culinary students.  Our very delicious dinner was prepared primarily by Jenna DuBois, as part of her Senior Project.  She is pictured here with the fabulous Chef Jamie.  The students will also be participating in the Chowder CookOff on Saturday, competing against Newport AC&TC's Colonial Dining Room and Woonsocket AC&TC Students.  We all were delighted with the professionalism, as good as any Westerly restaurant.
 
Guest Speaker Michael Whitehouse is pictured here with President Kathryn as she presents him with a book for the Westerly Children's Library.  Michael comes from the Groton, CT Rotary Club in District 7980.  He specializes in Networking with his Four Way Plan to bring business, people and Rotary together in a manner similar to Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours events, while including Speakers and Mentorship roundtables.
 
 
February 4th Meeting Rosemarie Russo 2019-02-04 05:00:00Z 0
Former Rotarian and Past President (1974-1975) Francis E Ruisi passed away Monday evening, January 28, 2019.  Frank, brother-in-law to Joe Nigrelli, was a Korean War Veteran, owned Allied Electric.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 2nd, at 10am at St. Clare Church on Crandall Avenue.
In Memoriam Rosemarie Russo 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Peace Building Rosemarie Russo 2019-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 28, 2019
On January 27, Danny attended the Rotary Club of La Penita Annual Dinner Dance in Jaltemba Bay, Mexico.  During this event, which hosted over 480 attendees, Danny presented our 2019 $500 donation to the La Penita Club's Educational projects.
Greetings from Mexico Rosemarie Russo 2019-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 28, 2019
January Student of the Month, Samuel Luzzi, was introduced by Principal Hobin at Monday evening's dinner.  Sam has been a member of the RI and National Honor Societies.  He has served as Class President, Captain of the Soccer Team.  He received the Excellence in Physical Education Award and National Scholar Athlete Award .  For his community service, Sam has been a Special Olympics Unified Partner, Summer Pops volunteer, Altar Server/Master of Ceremonies at Immaculate Conception Church, and he was very aggressive in fundraising for Senior events so that everyone would be able to participate without worrying about the cost.  Sam has applied to West Point but his other choice is University of Rhode Island and he plans to pursue an Engineering degree.
 
January Student of the Month Rosemarie Russo 2019-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 14, 2019
Monday evening we were pleased to award our 2018 scholarships to Richard Boylan, Marissa Day, Taber Gates and Katelyn Laudone.  All four reported that their first semester had been completed successfully.  Richard is attending Boston University and hopes to become a film director.  Marissa is studying at CCRI and hopes to work as a Spanish translator.  Taber is at University of Rhode Island and is in the Business program.  He hopes to focus on financial planning.  Katelyn is also attending University of Rhode Island and is in the Nursing program.  It was such a pleasure to spend some time with them.   We know that they will be successful in all they do.
Scholarships Awarded Rosemarie Russo 2019-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Past President Mario P Celico died suddenly on 2 January 2019.  He leaves behind 5 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 10 brothers and sisters, his significant other Dawn Paxton and many nieces and nephews.  Mario was a Vietnam War veteran, served with on the Westerly Police force for over 20 years, owned various businesses, served on the Westerly Planning Board, Town Council, School Committee.  He was also a member of the Westerly Elk's Club and founder of the Nick Vuono Charity Fund.  Mario served as Westerly Rotary President from 1989 to 1990 and also served later as Club Treasurer and Board Director.
 
"The Celico family will greet family and friends at the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main Street, Westerly RI on Monday, 7 January 2019, from 1-4 and 6-8 pm.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Clare's Church in Westerly RI on Tuesday, 8 January 2019, at 10:00 am.  Burial with Military Honors will follow at St. Sebastian Cemetery.  To honor Mario donations may be made in his name to Nick Vuono Charity Fund or St. Jude Children's Hospital."
In Memory of Mario P Celico 2019-01-05 05:00:00Z 0
It was a great pleasure to host our November and December Students of the Month, their parents and our RYLA 2019 Student at the last meeting before Christmas.  Pictured here are Joshua Lacerte (November), Adrianna Turano (December) and Abigail Turano (RYLA 2019):
Joshua has been an Honor student all four years of high school.  He has been a member of the football team and Captain junior and senior years.  His community projects include Football Youth Camp, honorary firefighters dinner and Junie Rios youth camp.  Joshua has won several awards including the Washington Trust Leadership Award.
 
Adrianna has also been a Honor student all four years of high school and member of National and Rhode Island Honor Societies.  She has been a member of the Lacrosse, Swimming and Indoor Track teams, Girls State, Girls Nation, Student Council, Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse and more.  Adrianna's community service includes Bible Study Camp, Town of Westerly Recreational Summer Camp, North End Clean up, Summer Pops, Blood Drive and Italian tutoring.
 
As in the past, the Student of the Month plaques were donated and provided by Nigrelli's Jewelry.  And, we are grateful to Mr. Hobin for his efforts to determine our student selections.
 
Abigail is a Junior at Westerly High School.  She was selected by Mr. Hobin and his staff to represent Westerly at the 2019 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program which will take place at Cape Cod Sea Camps from May 17 to 19, 2019.  This program, now in its 11th year, is organized and run by student alumni and Rotarian volunteers.  All over the world, thousands of young people are chosen for their leadership potential to attend this conference to discuss leadership skills and learn them through practice.
 
We were fortunate to have ADG Chuck Sauer present at this meeting.  As a Rotarian volunteer of RYLA for the past several years, Chuck spoke about the RYLA program and his hope that Abi would come away with many useful tools for her future success.
 
Since this newsletter is being sent well after Christmas, we send belated wishes to all for the Gift of Faith, the Blessing of Hope and the Peace of His Love today and through the New Year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
17 Dec 2018 Dinner Meeting 2018-12-31 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.
                
                      Golf Tournament  - 1Oct2018
                                 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 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.
Students of the Month 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
    
 
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.
 
 
US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 79, Pt Judith 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Women in Rotary 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Mar 5 - Rhode Island Young Marines Rosemarie Russo 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Randi Burr - January Student of the Month R A Russo 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
     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
 
 
14th Annual Chowder CookOff 2018-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
 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
    
2018/2019 Slate of Officers 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0
Sponsors