Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-One Years  June 28, 1958-2019



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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Because we have postponed our visit from Rick and Elin Lawrence in May, Rick has submitted the following update on the Guatemala projects:
So, the Rotary Club of Westerly had its first virtual meeting Monday evening.  Alan took the picture above of virtual attendees but Julie was on and off, although she didn't make it into the picture.  Rona and Ted were along on their phones.  Our Assistant District Governor Chuck Sauer was also in attendance and shared news that the District was offering special $1,000 grants to Clubs to provide funds to local Food Pantries and Baby Centers.  Our Board voted to apply for a grant to aid the Jonnycake Center.
After we took the opportunity to say hello and inquire as to everyone's family health, we opened the Board meeting and invited other attendees to stay on.  This discussion involved an update on Scholarships - the 2020 Committee includes Kathryn, Cal and Steve.  We should receive applications early in May.  Dan Alvino requested permission to plan a 2020 Pasta Dinner with the Lions Club to benefit the Jonnycake Center.
Rose discussed the 2019/2020 District Grant with Chair Kristine David - we were given the option of revising our grant to aid local food banks or extend the RTT Project to be completed in the Fall.  Dan Alvino will discuss with RTT and Westerly Middle School.  Kristine also mentioned the District Grant, non-matching funds, to aid  Covid 19 Disaster food assistance.
Doug shared that Summer Pops may take place some time in the Fall.  Fingers crossed......
Not sure when we will have another virtual meeting but it probably will be scheduled through "Go to Meeting" instead of "Zoom".  Will follow-up soon.
Rotarians at Work
As of 10am this morning, President-Elect Rona Mann has launched a program to provide grocery and prescription delivery service to people sheltering in place during the coronavirus crisis.  Contact Rona at 401.539.7762 or six07co@att.net with your needs.  Rona conferenced yesterday with Chief Lacey, Pawcatuck First Selectman and Clergy Association representative to work out a network plan.  Four deliveries have been completed in the past couple of days by Westerly Rotarians Alan and Julie and Rotary Club of the Stoningtons.  Rona helped one of our own today (Thursday 3/26).  The Alvinos are self-quarantined since returning from Mexico and were in need of sanitizing supplies.  The Rotary Club of the Stoningtons made another home delivery.  And, as of today, another program has been formed - Adopt a Grandpa.  After receiving a phone call from a 92-year old's granddaughter asking if a hot meal or two can be delivered, Rona set about getting help with this.  Donna Celico will be heading this project but Rona will continue to be the coordinator.  After supplying Grandpa with several dinners for the past coupld of weeks, his family has taken over; meanwhile, Rona and her fabulous team continue to make grocery deliveries.
Grey Sail Brewery
Jen and Alan Brinton are hard at work creating hand sanitizer which should be ready in a week or two and they plan to give the supply away.  Kudos to them for their generosity to this community.
Ocean House
Ocean House's Food Truck will be distributing free meals to children in need beginning 20 March  -
Aug 24:  District Governor Charlene Jarest visitation  - Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park
Aug 29:  Armory Appreciation Evening honoring John Coduri, Larry Hirsch, Rev Dr. Clayton A Lord, Dave and Rona Mann
Oct 5:  Sixth Annual Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament at Shelter Harbor Golf Club
Membership Committee:  Chairman Cal Lord with Dan Alvino, Frank Celico and Caroline Maynard
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.
Frank Livingston has submitted a membership application, sponsored by Cal Lord.  Frank recently moved to Westerly with his wife, Evelyn, from Manchester CT.  He mentioned on Monday evening that his father was a Manchester CT Rotary member.  Fireside chat was held Tuesday evening at Central Baptist Church with Cal, President Kathryn, Steve, Bob Elmer, Doug, Frank Celico, and Rose.  Cal called on each Rotary member to speak briefly about how they were drawn into Rotary.  Woven into each talk were stories of Club projects, experiences and Rotary history.  We look forward to Frank's induction when the COVID crisis has ended.
Chikumbuso Education Program - Whyness Phiri and Peter Juma are pictured below.
Sixth Annual Golf Tournament -  the tournament will take place on 5 October 2020 at Shelter Harbor Golf Club  - next Golf meeting is on hold
2020 RYLA will take place first week of October, 2020.   Westerly High School Junior Adam Gilman has completed his application online and our payment has been issued.
RCoW Foundation:  documentation is complete
21st Scholarship/Charitable Auction Dinner is postponed until 2021.
Interact Meeting  - Julie Lord, President Kathryn, and Rose met with Ms. Deion and six 9th graders who were very interested in becoming Interactors.  Next meeting postponed until all returns to normal.
Ted has spoken to our fabulous sign painter about repairing the Rotary Park donor sign.  More to come on this.
Board approved purchase of shelving for storage bay.  Rose purchased two metal shelving sets from Home Depot and Anthony constructed them.  Still to do is to review some items that may need to be disposed of.
Board approved annual Pasta Dinner with Lions Club in November to benefit the Jonnycake Center of Westerly.
Scholarships:  Ms Roy at Westerly High School will assemble scholarship applications and forward by beginning of May.  Selection Committee is Kathryn, Cal and Steve.
We are pleased to announce that Adam Gilman, shown above with President Kathryn and Principal Hobin, has been selected for the 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  He will be attending the annual event at Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, MA, which is now postponed until the Fall.  This is a leadership program that is open to high school sophomores and juniors  and offers life-changing, lasting opportunities "to gain hands-on experience in developing skills with a focus on community service."  Many Rylarians return to this annual conference as Alumni to put their leadership skills into action through coordination of leadership seminars and community projects.
Adam is an Honor student, has earned his Academic letter, Lamp of Learning Pin.  He has participated in soccer, basketball, lacrosse.  Adam is also a Big Buddy mentor, Summer Pops volunteer, Westerly Youth Soccer Association volunteer, and WHS Student representative to School Committee.  He hopes to attend the Naval Academy.  We are certain that this young man will be successful in all that he does and hope that Rotary will be a part of his adult life.
A couple of discussions this past week have prompted the following thoughts to remind Rotarians that:
1. attending a Club Committee meeting, other Rotary Club meeting, Board meeting of a non profit group, participating in a non profit event constitutes a MAKEUP of a regular dinner meeting - IF the event takes place within 2 weeks before or after the missed meeting  -  member should notify Treasurer Rose of the attended makeup event via email including a description, date and time.
2. when you arrive at dinner meeting, please check in with Treasurer, whether or not you are having dinner, in order for your attendance to be noted in our records - also retrieve your badge from the badge box.
3. when we have guests at dinner meeting such as this past week,  Rotarians should be sitting among them.  In the past a member could be fined for sitting next to another Rotarian rather than a guest.  Let's do better going forward and NOT let our guests sit by themselves.
4.  attending dinner or not - please notify President or Secretary by phone or email
Sixth Annual Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament
at Shelter Harbor Golf Club  on 5 October 2020
Co-Chairs:  Frank Celico and Kathryn Taylor
  Publicity:  Chris DiPaola, Bob Elmer, Rona Mann, Derin Temel
  Major Sponsors:  Caroline Maynard and Dan Alvino
  Tee Sponsors:  Julie Lord and Suzanne Lane
  Goody Bags:  Ted Avedesian and Steve Cofone
  Framed Award Certificates:  Derin Temel
Next meeting will be rescheduled
Flyer, Registration and Tee Sponsor forms are available through website "download files"
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.   You can prepare a check to the Club and Rose will make sure that it gets to Rotary Foundation in your name or you can go directly to RF and make your donation online.  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, Julie, Steve, Derin, Alan, Frank Celico       
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.  Our first supply of ten lockboxes was delivered to Officer Mills.
We have purchased 20 additional lockboxes which were delivered to Officer Mills.
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
  • Kristina Dimova
    Ivo Ivanov
    April 16
  • Joe Nigrelli
    Helen Nigrelli
    April 19
  • Julie Lord
    John Lord
    April 26
Join Date:
  • Cal Lord
    April 1, 1991
    29 years
  • Kristina Dimova
    April 17, 2017
    3 years
  • Rosemarie Russo
    April 28, 2008
    12 years
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