Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
 Celebrating Sixty Years   June 28, 1958-2018


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

(401) 315-5868
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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 will meet at Westerly Veterans Memorial at 10:45 for the 100 year Memorial Anniversary dedication and the dedication of the five Bronze Armed Forces seals on the new granite benches.  There will be a reception following the ceremony in the library.
Since our Club planted the Peace Pole in Rotary Park, I stop by to see it every chance I have.  Frank Thacker said it "gives off good energy".   I pray that our Pole will spread this "good energy" far and wide.  I know that sounds a bit naive - probably a lot.  Here I am on the far side of 70 and still hope for the kind of unity that made the Star Trek series such a wonderful series - where people everywhere, for the most part, accepted each other.  There were battles, of course, but good always triumphed over evil.  There was one show with two aliens - one was black on the left side and white on the right side and the other was white on the left and black on the right.  The whole story reflected on racism and its destructiveness.  The Star Trek crew represented all nations and worlds with a common goal - wherever they traveled, it was to promote peace and harmony.
Today is Election Day and I hope everyone fulfills their obligation as a citizen to vote.  We are so blessed to live in a country where we are free to vote as we choose, free to speak our mind, free to pray our chosen faith, free to get an education, free to work in our chosen field.  Along with that freedom comes a huge responsibility.  Lately, some people have abused that freedom.  They have chosen a path of evil - letting their hatred of others take over their minds to do unspeakable evil things.  If we, of peaceful mind, don't stand up to these bullies and stop their vile deeds and words, what will the future hold for our grandchildren and their grandchildren.  What kind of world will they inherit?
Rotarians the world over have given of themselves, their funds, their talents to make things better throughout the world one person at a time to promote respect for human rights, education for all children, health care projects, environment projects with the goal of peace and equality for all.  We bring medical supplies and doctors; we bring clean water equipment and train the recipients to maintain the system; we bring hope through education -building schools and providing books and materials; we bring the tools to resolve conflicts with assistance from our Peace Fellows.
It's the little things we do to help our neighbor, regardless of their color or faith, that will stop the evil.  Journalist Steven Petrow calls it "Kindness Contagion".  He said, "when we see other people around us acting in generous or kind or empathic ways, we will be more inclined to act that way ourselves."  Maybe if we hear and see more of this type of action, it will spread.
An article by Allison Klein recently told of the Muslim American Community in Pittsburgh that raised over $150,000 for the Tree of Life victims.  Tarik El-Messidi said, "this could have very well been at a Mosque or a Hindu Temple...we live in a time where so much bigoted rhetoric is being amplified."
On the fundraising page, he wrote, "we wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us."
In Southampton, England, October Books was an independent bookshop and cooperative for more than 40 years - a bookstore and a gathering place.  It struggled with increasing rents until left with the option of closing or move.  Small miracles...  right down the same street a former bank went on the market, a nonprofit organization agreed to share the building and a bank accepted their proposal to buy.  The bookstore raised more than $500,000 from the community.  Then how to move thousands of books...the idea to form a human chain passing the books along evolved with fliers handed out.  On moving day, over 200 people showed up, lining up shoulder to shoulder from old store to new and moved 2,000 books in an hour.  "That is community, friends," the bookstore's volunteers posted on Twitter afterward.
Holocaust survivor, Alexander Kimel, said, "We have to be tolerant.  I don't care if you're Catholic, Muslim or something else, as long as you're a decent human being.  That's really what it is."
Holocaust survivor, Magda Brown, said, "Have faith... don't train your children to hate... push back on the deniers... believe that tomorrow will be better and jealously guard your freedom.  Once you lose it, you lose everything."
Words matter.  Actions matter.  Let's use kind words or say nothing.  Let's do kind things or do nothing.  Hold the door open and let someone pass through before you.  Standing in line at the grocery store?  Let that person with two items go before you since you have so much more.  At a busy intersection with no stop sign or red light, queue up to let the first car there pass first.  Smile and say "Have a nice day" at that person walking by you to acknowledge that he or she exists.  Let's NOT call others nasty names; let's NOT make fun of others; let's NOT encourage hatred.
Principal Hobin introduced the membership to October's Student of the Month Thomas McLaughlin.  Thomas has been on the Honor Roll throughout his high school career, earned his Academic Letter in his Junior year and is on the National Honor Society.  He is also a member of Cross Country, Robotics, Students for Life Club.  Thomas is an Altar Server at Immaculate Conception Church and is employed there part-time.  Originally a treble (child singer) with the Chorus of Westerly, he now sings with the Bass section.  Thomas has applied to the Air Force Academy, West Point and the Coast Guard Academy.
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.
        19 November 2018  - 6:00pm  -  Venice Restaurant
A night that the Rotary Clubs of Stonington and Westerly celebrate each year, alternating as hosts.  The two clubs join together and invite the coaches and team captains from each school for an evening of good food, reminiscing on games past, and anticipating the outcome of the 107th Thanksgiving morning football game.  Yes, the two neighboring interstate town schools have been playing against each other on Thanksgiving morning since 1911.  It is believed to be the longest consecutive Thanksgiving Day rivalry in the country.   The Bricks and Murals event last year created the motto "two towns, two states but one community" - add in "two teams" and it completes this unique relationship.  If you are an alumnus of either school, we welcome you to join us - you might have your own story to tell that evening!!!
We are delighted to announce the ABC6 Sportscaster Ken Bell will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
Be sure to let Rose know by November 14th if you will be attending  -  ra.russo@cox.net
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).
Past President Bob Elmer has agreed to become the Rotarian representative to work the Westerly High School's Interact Program.  He and Cal Lord met with Chef Finkelstein and Mr. Hathaway at the high school last week along with several students who will make up the Interact and FBLA Clubs.
With the assistance of Principal Michael Hobin and his staff, Abi Turano was selected to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp next year.  Abi will be attending a future dinner meeting
EREY: Six members have contributed to the Rotary Foundation as of November 5. So, 37.5% 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.
November 15:  Reminder to sell tickets ASAP for the Lions/Rotary Pasta Dinner to benefit the Jonnycake Center's Fuel Assistance Fund.  If you haven't contacted Doug Rayner to let him know how you will be helping, please do so this week:  herrenhut@cox.net  or 401.523.7264.
November 19:  Reminder to let Rose know if you are planning on attending Football Night.  We need to notify Nunzio by the 14th.
The 15th Annual Chowder CookOff will be 9 February 2019  at the Venice Restaurant Ballroom from 12:00 to 3:00pm.   We will start getting in touch with our local restaurants and schools very soon.  SAVE THE DATE!!!!
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.
                                 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
                      Vintage Cigar Lounge & Club
                            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
                    Winnapaug Country Club
More pictures can be found in the Photo Albums section
Nov 9:  Rotary Night at Providence Bruins
Nov 10:  Nuts & Bolts of Rotary -District 7950 at Whites of Westport 11/10/18 8am - Kathryn & Rose attending
Nov 11:  Veteran's Day - There will be a ceremony at the Westerly Veterans Memorial 10:30 or 10:45 - 100 Year Memorial Anniversary
                and dedication of the 5 Bronze Armed Forces Seals on the Granite Benches
Nov 12:  Veteran's Day Holiday  - No dinner meeting -  Remember our Veterans today!!
Nov 15:  Pasta Dinner to Benefit Jonnycake Center's Fuel Assistance Fund - at The Calabrese Club 
Nov 15:  District 7950 Rotary Foundation Dinner at Rosebrook Event Center, Wareham MA, $45 per person
Nov 19:  Stonington and Westerly High School Football Night with Captains, Coaches and Alumni with
                Rotary Club of the Stoningtons and Westerly at Venice Restaurant - 6:00pm - lower level dining room
                Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Ken Bell, ABC6 Sportscaster
Nov 22:  Happy Thanksgiving
Dec 17:  Student of the Month  - November & December
Dec 24:  Christmas Eve  - no dinner meeting
Dec 31:  New Year's Eve  -  no dinner meeting
Jan 21:  Martin Luther King Jr Holiday  - no dinner meeting
Feb 9 2019:  15th Annual Chowder CookOff at Venice Restaurant Ballroom, 12:00pm
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!"
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Join Date:
  • Mario Celico
    November 1, 2003
    15 years
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