Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty Years   June 28, 1958-2018
Mailing Address:  PO Box 407  Westerly RI 02891



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

(401) 315-5868
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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.
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.
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!!!!
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!!
Aug 12:  Since we are following the Rhode Island holiday calendar, there will be NO dinner meeting this evening.  It is Victory Day.  Let us remember our fallen and wounded military of War with Japan.
Aug 15:  Golf Tournament meeting at 9am; followed by Board meeting -  at Steve Cofone's home -
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 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.  The 350th Committee is also looking for volunteers to help with other events.  If you have an interest in helping, contact Diane Bowdy at dcbowdy@gmail.com or 401.742.4538
Aug 26:  District Governor Albright visitation and Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park.  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. Tickets should be purchased by Aug 21.
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
Membership Committee:  Chairman Cal Lord with Dan Alvino, Frank Celico and Caroline Maynard
Cal, Frank and Dan have either corresponded or met in person to follow up on potential member candidates.  Cal said that they have committed to informing potential members of upcoming programs, which might be of interest, and encouraging members to invite them to attend.  The Club has agreed to pay up to 3 dinners for each potential member and current Rotarians may cover this cost if they wish.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Chairman Cal at calstigers@gmail.com, Dan at dalvino@aol.com, Frank at frankcelico@thewinestoreri.com
The Board met Monday evening, 8 July, and worked on our "giving" budget for 2019/2020.
Dora has submitted her application for membership in the Club and the Board has approved it.  We will schedule a "fireside chat" as soon as possible after Dora is able to be up and about.  Derim Temel has been a guest of Dan Alvino for the past two weeks.  He has expressed interest in becoming a member and has completed an application, which will be presented to the Board at next Board meeting.  Julie Lord, guest of Cal Lord, has attended the last two dinner meetings and has also completed an membership application, which will be presented to the Board.
Diane Bowdy, of the Westerly 350th Celebration on August 24 - Old Tyme Faire, is looking for volunteers to help with various events that day running from 11am to 10pm.  If anyone is interested, contact her at 401.742.4538 or dcbowdy@gmail.com.  Our Club will also have a table at that event to promote Rotary - from 11am to 4pm and we will need 2-3 folks to be there - perhaps 11am to 1:30 and 1:30 to 4pm.
The Wishing Well was emptied 31 July and $739.83 was deposited.  The last time the well was emptied was 1/1/19.  Total donations received since 10/31/2009 totalled $9,936.03.  The additional cleaned coins, $3.69, were deposited on 8/6/19.  The Wishing Well garners various foreign coins which will eventually be sent to Unicef's Change for Good Program.
Update on the Rotary Park sign:  still being worked on - goal for completion is DG Albright's visit in August.
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        
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.
Fifth Annual Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
7 October 2019    10:30 Register/check in    Noon Shot Gun Format
Player registration fee  $300.00
Chair:  Kathryn Taylor  (kathryn.taylor42@gmail.com)
Event Chair:  Frank Celico  (frankcelico@thewinestoreri.com
Player registration form and Tee Sponsor form are available on our website - see "download" section.
Email blast was sent out early in March; a second blast was sent July 21.  50 players have registered.
                                Tee Sponsors
                          Steve & Evie Cofone
          DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc.
                   Dunn's Corners Chiropractic
                 Hoyt, Filipetti & Malaghan LLC
                         Doug & Jean Rayner
                       Toscano's Mens Shop
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:
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Evelyn Cofone
    August 9
  • Jean Rayner
    August 10
  • Ada Elmer
    August 15
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Membership Chair
Immediate Past President

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