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



 

SERVICE ABOVE SELF

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

Phone:
(401) 315-5868
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Due to renovation work at Venice Restaurant, the February 4th meeting will take place at Westerly High School's Highland Grille Cafe in Babcock Hall.  Time remains at 5:30 to 7:00.  Please let Rose know by Jan 24th if you will be attending this dinner meeting.
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.
   SAVE THE DATE!!!!
The 15th Annual Chowder CookOff will be 9 February 2019  at the Venice Restaurant Ballroom from 12:00 to 3:00pm, Adults $10.00 and Children under 12 $5.00.  
 
Participants registered to date are:  Boneyard Barbeque, Casa della Luce, Sunnyside Up, The Cooked Goose, The Sea Goose, Venice Restaurant, Wilcox Tavern, Newport AC&TC's Colonial Dining Room, Westerly High School's Highland Grille and Woonsocket AC&TC.
 
Sponsors:  Andrea Beach Bar, Avie's Ski/Sport, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, Valenti Subaru
 
Donated Services:  Nigrelli's Jewelry, Venice Restaurant.
Jan 19: Central Baptist Church Chowder supper to benefit the Church's Mission to Puerto Rico in the Spring.  5:00 to 7:00
 
Jan 21:  Martin Luther King Jr Holiday  - no dinner meeting
 
Jan 22:  Golf Tournament meeting at Steve's home at 4 Wompag Road  -9am
 
Feb 4:  Speaker Michael G. Whitehouse, member of the Mystic Rotary Club.  He will be speaking about Rotary recruitment and retention.
 
Feb 9:  15th Annual Chowder CookOff at Venice Restaurant Ballroom, 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Donation Adults $10 Children under 12  $5
 
Feb 27:  Gaits of Harmony Hydraulic Lift Benefit at Boneyard BBQ from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.  20% of all sales (food and beverages) will go to  Gaits of Harmony.  Event sponsor is Rotary Club of Chariho. 
 
Mar 4:  Noel Bacon, Eagle Scout who built a ramp for Dave Mann.  A representative from the Narragansett Council of Boy Scouts may also speak.
 
April 1:  International Night celebration at White's of Westport
 
May:  date to be determined for Charitable/Scholarship dinner
 
June 22:  Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops
 
Oct 7:  Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
 
Community Giving to date includes $500 to Westerly Pee Wee Football and $500 to the Columbus Day Parade Committee.
A $600 check to sponsor a child of Chikumbuso for one year, as well as $100 check to A Walk to End Alzheimers for walkers Rona and Rose, $60 check to Stand Up for Animals for Trivia Night event and $300 check to Central Baptist Church for First Responders Service, $40 to Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Fund (to help Rona reach her goal for the half marathon walk last weekend), $200 to Westminster Youth String Ensemble, $250 to Literacy Volunteers of Washington County, $500 to WARM Shelter, $200 to Haitian Health, $500 to 2019 Mexico Project with Dan Alvino's participation.
 
Past President Bob Elmer has agreed to become the Rotarian representative to work the Westerly High School's Interact Program.
With the assistance of Principal Michael Hobin and his staff, Abi Turano was selected to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp next year.
 
EREY: Eight members have contributed to the Rotary Foundation as of December 31 - so, 50% participation since July.  If anyone makes a donation directly at Rotary Foundation website, please let Secretary Rose know.
POLIO PLUS:  $500 through our Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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."
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.
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.
 
To the members of Westerly Rotary - from Linda Wilkinson:
"Thank you so much for your sponsorship check received in the mail.  You are brilliant!  Both Sabrina and I are so pleased.
 
Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor a child!  There are so many children in need here, and sponsorship makes such a huge impact on the lives of the student and their family.  Your donation allows the child to receive a bag of mealie-meal, sugar, cooking oil, soap and most importantly an education.
 
I have chosen a first grader for you by the name of Whyness Phiri.  Whyness is nine years old, and she and her 3 brothers live with their grandmother here in Ng'ombe.  Her grandmother sells tomatoes on the street in an attempt to provide for the children, but it just isn't enough.  She was so grateful to learn that you will now be providing food for them!
 
Whyness will be writing you a letter telling you a little bit more about herself and her interests.  I've also attached a photo so you can see just how adorable she is!
 
Thanks again for being such a blessing to this young girl and her family!"
 
Linda
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.
 
 
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
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Danny Alvino
    January 11
Anniversaries:
  • Bob Elmer
    Ada Elmer
    January 14
Join Date:
  • Kathryn Taylor
    January 11, 1989
    30 years
  • Walter Kimball
    January 15, 1964
    55 years
 
 
Speakers
Michael Whitehouse
Feb 04, 2019
Rotary recruitment/retention
Student of the Month
Feb 25, 2019
Student of the Month
Mar 25, 2019
Student of the Month
May 20, 2019
 
 
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