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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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.
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."
 
 
 
Women in Rotary
 
Until 1989, the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary club membership was for males only.  In 1978 the Rotary Club of Duarte, CA invited three women to become members.  The Rotary International Board withdrew the charter of that club for violation of the RI Constitution.  The Club brought suit against RI claiming a violation of a state civil rights law which prevents discrimination of any form in business establishments or public accommodations.  The appeals court and the California Supreme Court supported the Duarte position that Rotary could not remove the club's charter merely for inducting women into the club.  The United States Supreme Court upheld the California court indicating that Rotary clubs do have a "business purpose" and are in some ways public-type organizations.  This action in 1987 allowed women to become Rotarians in any jurisdiction having similar "public accommodation" statutes.  The Rotary International constitutional change was made at the 1989 Council on Legislation, with a vote to eliminate the "male only" provision for all of Rotary.
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.  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.
 
   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 has generously provided us with a very special exclusive evening.  Chef Andrew Nathan always prepares a delicious gourmet dinner in 3-4 courses.  6:00 - 7:00 Cocktails, 7:00 Dinner.   Make your reservation as soon as possible - $35 per person - contact Ted or Rose.
 
The Wine Store prepares a fine selection of wines for tasting - and buying.
 
Our many community friends have donated gift cards, gift certificates, items, vacation getaways, vehicle rentals, garden materials, etc. so we have a wonderful assortment of raffle items, silent auction items and live auction items.
Steve Cofone is showing off one of Doug Rayner's handcrafted keepsake boxes from a previous Auction dinner.
 
 
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.
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, $250 to Central Baptist Church for Puerto Rico Mission trip, $5400 for Harmony Trail instruments at Rotary Park.
 
Past President Bob Elmer is 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.  RYLA tuition has been mailed in.
 
EREY: Ten members have contributed to the Rotary Foundation as of December 31 - so, 55.5% 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.
 
Membership Committee:  Chair Cal Lord with Dan Alvino and Frank Celico
Cal, Frank and Dan have either corresponded or met in person to follow up on potential member candidates.  At Monday's dinner meeting, Cal encouraged members to spread the news of Rotary service and seek out other potential members to attend a meeting.  The committee will be working on a budget for recruitment expense.
 
Harmony Trail Instruments - Kathryn met with Paul Duffy of Parks Department after he contacted her about installing an instrument at Rotary Park.  The Parks Department has $1,500 to contribute to this project.  The Board voted to purchase two instruments with Kathryn and Rose making the instrument selections.   They selected two instruments, which were part of a 3-instrument package.  This deal would project a better price value.   Meet Griffin and Merry....
 
 
 
Latest news  -  The Celico Family is sponsoring the third instrument in the set for Rotary Park.  Piper will be wearing a plaque "In Memory of Mario Celico".
 
Get Well Wishes  -  We heard from Ada that Bob Elmer is home from the hospital.  Hooray!!!!!
 
ADG Chuck Sauer has agreed to represent our Club for the District Annual Business meeting.
DGE Stephen Albright has agreed to represent our Club for the Rotary International Annual meeting.
 
Reforest the Tropics has advised that there will be STEM Expo at Westerly High School to highlight the program for a community presentation on May 23rd.  More to come on this.
 
Apr 29:  Student of the Month - Allison Ornberg
Apr 29:  Speaker Kimberly Wright Mastrofino of The Olean Center
 
May 3:  Scituate Rotary Club's 11th Annual Wine Tasting & Beer Sampling, from 7:00 to 9:00 at the Imperial Room, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston.  From 3/1 to 5/2 tickets are $30 per person, $35 at the door. 
 
May 3-4:  2019 District Conference at Danver, MA - May 3 is Paul Harris Luncheon at 12:00
 
May 11:  Annual Charitable/Scholarship dinner at The Cooked Goose.  Members are beginning to gather auction and raffle items.  Chairs are Ted Avedesian and Steve Cofone.
 
May 13:  Speaker Regina Bartlett.  Writer and Motivational speaker
 
May 15:  Spring clean-up day at Rotary Park Children's Garden 10am with the Westerly Garden Club - bring gloves, gardening tools
 
May 20:  Student of the Month
 
May 23:  Westerly STEM Expo with RTT at Westerly High School
 
June 10:  Elin & Rick Lawrence - Guatemala Water/Sanitation Projects.  They will also be bringing many handmade items - scarves, bags, jewelry
 
June 22:  Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops
 
Aug 24:  350th Westerly Anniversary Celebration - Olde Time Faire in Wilcox Park from 11:00 to 4:00
 
Aug 26:  District Governor Albright visitation and Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park
 
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.  
 
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.  14 players have registered.
 
                                Tee Sponsors
         DMR Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Inc.
               Hoyt, Filipetti & Malaghan LLC
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
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Rosemarie Russo
    April 7
  • Walter Kimball
    April 8
  • Chris DiPaola
    April 13
  • Vinnie Gaccione
    April 20
  • Joe Potter
    April 29
  • Steve Cofone
    April 29
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • Donna Celico
    April 24
Anniversaries:
  • Kristina Dimova
    Ivo Ivanov
    April 16
  • Joe Nigrelli
    Helen Nigrelli
    April 19
Join Date:
  • Cal Lord
    April 1, 1991
    28 years
  • Kristina Dimova
    April 17, 2017
    2 years
  • Rosemarie Russo
    April 28, 2008
    11 years
 
 
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Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
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Member-at-Large
Immediate Past President
 
 
 
 
 

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