Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Five Years  June 28, 1958-2023



We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 PM
The Frank Olean Center
93 Airport Road
Westerly, RI 02891
United States of America
(401) 315-5868
Please call ahead if visiting. Dinners are ordered on Saturday and delivered just before meeting. Contact Derin Temel at 401.787.5575 or Alan Brinton at 401.623.1577
Home Page Stories
Two new members have been proposed by Rona Mann -  Corporate membership of Navigant Credit Union, which includes currently Stephanie Northup and Gina Brancato.  At a special meeting this evening, the Board has approved this membership pending any adverse comments from the membership.  If none are forthcoming, a fireside chat will be set up for sometime a week from today with induction occurring in mid-October.  Contact President Derin at temelderin@yahoo.com or 401.787.5575.
From Linda Wilkinson  ----  Hats off to all of you who choose to support Chikumbuso.  From Little Ones to College Graduates, Chikumbuso has kept these students throughout their education.
It's unbelievable... YOU are changing the face of Ngombe!
The start of a beautiful late summer day.... then life changed
From www.history.com ----  As millions watched in horror the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington, DC and slammed into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:37am.  Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to a structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building.  All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon along with 64 people aboard the airliner.  More than 15 minutes after....the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn for the worse when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke.  The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 mph and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel.  At 10:28am the other Trade Center tower collapsed.  Close to 3,000 people died in the World Trade Center and its vicinity, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors.  Only six people in the WTC towers at the time of their collapse survived.  Almost 10,000 other people were treated for injuries.Through the subsequent 20 years 331 firefighters have succumbed to post 9/11 illnesses.
The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on 21 September.  Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations Resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.  This year is the 20th Anniversary of the UN Resolution.  The theme for this year is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace.  Fostering peace contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and achieving this will create a culture of peace for all.
Locally, Westerly's Peace & Justice group will meet outside of Westerly Library 21 Sept at 6:00pm to observe this special day.  All are welcome.
Walter Kimball - A Rotarian since January 1964, Past President of Westerly Club 1976-1977, Paul Harris Fellow.
Born 8 April 1935    Died 3 September 2023
Walter loved Rotary and participated in many activities, especially Summer Pops Concession and Golf Tournament.  The membership voted to make him an Honorary Member when he found it too difficult to attend meetings in 2020.  He was also a Veteran, served in the Army, and a member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars - Westerly  and Disabled American Veterans - Westerly.  He was active with Project Outreach of Westerly sponsored by those two organizations to help veterans and their families.
A funeral service will be celebrated at Christ Church at 10:00AM, 9 September 2023, with a reception to follow in the Church Hall.
Cards may be sent to Walter's loving wife, Gloria Birchell Kimball, 42A Margin Street, Westerly RI 02891.  Donations in Walter's memory may be sent to St Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.
We will miss you!!!
2 October 2023 at Shelter Harbor Golf Club, Charlestown
Gold Sponsors
     Bouvier Insurance
     Professional Planning Group
Silver Sponsors
     Grey Sail Brewery
     Westerly Agway
     Westerly Community Credit Union
     Thorpe & Trainer Inc
Tee Sponsors
     Dan & Florence Alvino
     Avie's Ski/Sport
     Bank RI
     Baxter, the Pup
     Beachcrest Dental
     Bob & Marty Boughner
     Bouvier Insurance
     Breezeway Resort
     Central Baptist Church
     Chariho Furniture
     Coastal Graphics LLC
     D'Angelo Sandwich Shop
     Dunns Corners Chiropractic Center
     Dunns Corners Market
     Frank Hall Boat Yard, Inc
     Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home Inc
     Ginger's Service Station Inc
     Gray Goose Cookery
     Hilltop Cafe
     Hoof's International Ltd LLC
     Hotel Maria
     Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan LLC
     Laudone Financial
     Margin Street Inn
     Maria's Seaside Cafe
     Michael A Cozzolino Painting
     Navigant Credit Union
     Jean and Doug Rayner
     Rebecca J Woodward, DMD &
       Adam S Kaufman, DMD
     Reforest the Tropics
     Robert H Lord Co
     Royal Westerly
     Seaside Pharmacy
     South County Auto LLC
     The Cooked Goose
     Toscano Mens Shop
     Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club
     Westerly Dental Group
     William T Sisco, CPA
Remember the following in your prayers and perhaps with a card or two:  Karen Hanson and Walter Kimball.
Meetings will be in person but spaced appropriately
Upcoming ------
21 Sep:  UN International Day of Peace
24 Sep:  Walk to End Alzheimer's at Misquamicut Beach
25 Sep:  Ryan Saunders - Chorus of Westerly Executive Director & Induction of new members
2 Oct:    Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
8 Oct:    Columbus Day Parade 1:00pm
9 Oct:    Columbus Day Holiday - NO meeting
15 Oct:  First Responder's Appreciation Day, 3:30, from Central Baptist Church to St Pius Church
16 Oct:  Marilyn Lowney, Exe Dir of Haitian Health Foundation
30 Oct:  Janie Carlisle of The Carlisle-Williams Foundation
4 Nov:   Foundation LUNCH, 11 - 2, The Neighborhood Club, 27 Glendale Rd, Quincy MA, $60 per person
13 Nov: Pasta Dinner to Benefit Jonnycake Ctr of Westerly Fuel Assistance Fund
27 Nov: RetMSP Detective Bill Powers
Steve, John and Bob leading us in The Rotary Welcome Song written by Rotarian Ed Smalley
Remember those in need and bring canned goods either to meeting or to Avie's Ski/Sport by month's end.   These items will be distributed to The Jonnycake Center of Westerly, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and RI Center Assisting those in Need.
Club Home -   Beginning 11 July22 we will be meeting at The Frank Olean Center next to Rotary Park.  Rose will send the sandwich/salad menu on or about Wednesday for the next Monday meeting; respond to Rose at ra.russo@cox.net by Saturday Noon.  If you don't receive a reply from Rose within 24 hours, please contact her again.  Please respond whether ordering or not as it will help us to know how many will be attending meeting.
Rotary Items for Sale - $5.00 each  -  Golf bags, Cooler bags, Polo Shirts, Light Rain Pullovers - Several sizes available - contact  Ted or stop in at Avie's Ski/Sports.
Covid Aid Goes On....
18 Mar 2023 marked three years that our Club "had been making food and health item deliveries to area residents who are elderly, infirm, or without transportation.  Although the pace has slowed a bit, the need is still great."  Rona reports that 304 deliveries, as of Aug 29, have been made since the program began in 2020. 
Creative Opportunity
Take responsibility for website and newsletter.  Excellent tutorials in Clubrunner. Contact Rose at ra.russo@cox.net or 401.315.5868
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
2023-2024 Applications are now being accepted for Rotary Youth Exchange for either "Long-Term" (full school year) or "Short-Term" (summer for 2 to 4 weeks).  If anyone knows of a child interested in an "outbound" (Sweden, France, Germany, Thailand, Venezuela, Brazil and Zimbabwe) experience, contact Chair Stephen Albright at Salbri91@aol.com.  "Imagine spending an entire school year with a pre-screened family in another country, learning to master that language, learn their customs and make life-long friendships.- the experience of a lifetime".
Another Student Exchange
Steve Cofone announced that Italian student Giuseppe had such a great time the past school year that his friend Ruggero Gennuso is planning on attending Prout during the 2023/2024 school year.  He will be staying with Brian and Zenia Morrone (Vinny Gaccione's grand-daughter) right here in Westerly.  Ruggero will be a Junior and comes from Palermo, Sicily.  They would appreciate some transportation assistance to pick up Ruggero after afternoon soccer practice at Prout or after games wherever they take place.  Anyone interested in helping should contact Steve at 401.595.4588.
First Responders Appreciation Day - 15 Oct, 3:30pm
Sponsored by local clergy association to begin at Central Baptist Church with blessing of vehicles and then march down to St Pius Church led by the St Edmunds Bagpipers.
Plant Sale to Benefit Chikumbuso
Go to 350 Cossaduck Hill Road, Rt201, in North Stonington, CT
Our Vision:  We seek to create, locally and globally, a culture of peace in which the inherent worth and dignity of every living being is honored and respected and conflicts are resolved nonviolently.
Our Mission:  To create activities, programs and projects focused on creating a culture of peace as well as working with other community groups and organizations engaged in similar endeavors.
The link to the latest episode from the Daily Peacemaker.com is https://youtu.be/aV5-RgkV_Vk
     21 September 2023 is UN International Day of Peace.  Join with the Westerly Area Peace and Justice Group at the Westerly Library Plaza at 6pm - "a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace."
The lockbox above was installed on John Street -  it's location must be easy to find and close to the front door for quick access by First Responders.
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, as needed, 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 and have delivered 63 lockboxes to Officer Mills for distribution as of this month.
Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. Consider making your Every Rotarian, Every Year contribution of $25, $100 or more as early as possible.  A new fiscal Rotary year has begun.  Consider making your annual donation with your dues payment.  If you send your contribution directly to Rotary Foundation, please let Rose know.  Nine members have contributed in July - 16 members to go for full participation.
For the 13th consecutive year, the Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating - FOUR STARS - from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. - ranked #4 in the top ten best charities list
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Frank Celico
    September 11
  • Frank Livingston
    September 12
  • Joseph Lorello
    September 17
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Lori Lord
    September 9
  • Leslie Lorello
    September 16
  • Joe Potter
    Carol Potter
    September 11
Join Date:
  • Derin Temel
    September 9, 2019
    4 years
  • Dora Vasquez-Hellner
    September 9, 2019
    4 years
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Mailing Address:  Rotary Club of Westerly, PO Box 407, Westerly RI 02891