Welcome to the Rotary Club of Westerly
Celebrating Sixty-Four Years  June 28, 1958-2022



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 Steve Cofone at 401.595.4588 or Ted Avedesian at 401.742.2515
Home Page Stories
Dr. Rayner, Jennifer Gibson, Andrew Nathan and President Ted
After a wonderful buffet dinner provided by Bogue's Alley, the evening began with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Andrew Nathan for his dedication and service to the community and the Chorus of Westerly, in particular.  
A Paul Harris Fellow Award was presented to Rona Mann.  Since Rona was already a Paul Harris Fellow, this award meant her new pin includes a tiny sapphire.  Rona represents the Rotary motto - Service above Self - Past President, Past Assistant Governor, Speaker Chair; Leader of the Ryder fundraiser, Can Do Program to benefit food assistance, COVID Delivery Program and various other programs.
Joe Nigrelli received a District Longevity Award for his 62 years in our Club.  Other Longevity recipients were Vinnie Gaccione for 54 years and Doug Rayner for 51 years.  Ted presented flowers to Secretary Julie, Board Member-at-Large Suzanne and Treasurer Rose.
And, the gavel passes on to incoming President Steve Cofone and his lovely bride, Evie.  Steve has served as President previously in 1986/1987 and 2016/2017.  We look forward to his year of service beginning on July 1st.  Thank you, Teddy, for a great year - we appreciate you!!!
Rev Dr Clayton A Lord, Jr and family members at the Ocean Chamber event Wednesday evening honoring him as their "2022 Citizen of the Year."  There is a wonderful video available at the Chamber's website with wonderful tributes from everyone from his wife, Lori, to Rotary President Ted to Watch Hill Fire Dept to Stonington Police Dept to Lee Eastbourne at Jonnycake Center to Rev Sunil Chandy at Christ Church to........  He is a treasured friend and colleague.
Frank Thacker's wife, Karen Hanson, is at home to continue her recovery - 38 Valley Drive - She is doing better but please keep her in your prayers.
Meetings will be in person but spaced appropriately
4 Jul:  NO Meeting - July 4th Holiday
11 Jul:  Board Meeting at 4:30, Dinner meeting at 5:30 - AT Frank Olean Ctr
18 Jul:  Kelley McShane & Nick Carr - The Granny Squibb Company
25 Jul:  Susan Fisher, Exe Dir of Mystic Museum of Art, with Amelia Oronato
8 Aug:  John Clapham of Biotechnique
22 Aug:  Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park with Distr Gov Dave Sampson
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.
Club Home -   Beginning 11 July we will be meeting at the Frank Olean Center next to Rotary Park.  Julie will send the sandwich/salad menu on or about Wednesday for the next Monday meeting; respond to Julie at juliemlord1@gmail.com.  If you don't receive a reply from Julie within 24 hours, please contact her again.
Covid Aid Goes On....
 March 18th marked two 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 as slowed a bit, the need is still great."  Rona reports that 247 deliveries have been made since the program began in 2020.
Father Bob Anthony
Kathryn has been in touch with MaryAnn.  Father Bob is getting hospice care.  Please send a note or card to he and MaryAnn - their home address is 104 Old Stage Road  Centerville, MA 02632.
                                 Chorus of Westerly
Our concession stand at the end of the center aisle was up and running by 3:00pm.  We sold hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, lemonade, water and soda.
Thank You to all Rotarians who donated soda and water, to McQuade's Ace Hardware for the loan of trash barrels, to Honey Dew Donuts Franklin Street for the donation of coffee etc, to Grey Sail Brewery for the truck loan, to Bogue's Alley for the donation of pretzels, to Stonington Ice for their donation of ice.  Westerly High School National Honor Students were with us early in the morning to help unload our supplies and set up the tents etc.  Amanda Nall's nephew, Danny Oliverio, and Maya Dessaules also lent a hand during the evening.  Our new hot dog grill was a success!
Our success is because of the cooperation and generosity of all of you.  Net sale proceeds will go directly to the Chorus of Westerly to help fund this event.
Thanks to Kathryn Taylor, Steve Cofone and Cal Lord for the following pictures of a glorious Summer Pops!!!!
The Chorus and Grucci outdid themselves this year with exciting and uplifting music and fantastic fireworks topped off, as usual, with the 1812 Overture with Newport Artillery and Christ Church Bells.  Really special this year, however, was the revised text to the 1812 created by the Chorus' own Executive Director Ryan Saunders.  Previously the Chorus sang the Russian text of this piece.  Stated in The Westerly Sun those words "were no longer appropriate to be sung....we crafted a text that we feel encourages us to work together, that brings hope, and that reminds us of our shared humanity.  This is our call for unity and our prayer for peace."  And, we share those beautiful words here:
          Voices rising, giving hope to humankind.
          We all sing as one, sharing love through darkest times.
          Join with us, now, standing side by side and hand in hand
                with strength and love despite our grief.
          Let our voices now unite in song.
          Voices rising, join with us to sing this song.
          Believe.  There is peace to come.
          We sing so our hope will rise.  Our voices rise!
          We all will rise.  Sing and rise!
          Goodness and hope shall rise.
          We are one people.
          Rise up, rise up, rise up and sing!
Our Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce their selections for the 2022 Scholarship Awards.  Past President and Foundation Chair Bob Elmer attended the Baccalaureate Ceremony this week to present the awards -  $1,000 each to Justin Chen, Madeline Faubert, Brooklyn Mitchell and Jacob Serra.  We will have the opportunity to meet these students during Christmas break.
At our meeting of Monday, 4 April 2022, the Rotary Club of Westerly voted to establish a Peace and Justice Committee.
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 is https://youtu.be/EBcUHzYB9SY
Westerly's annual Memorial Day Parade was well attended today by its community.  Westerly Rotary was one of the parade participants - Doug and Bob Elmer riding and President Ted, Steve, Rona, Derin, Frank L and Suzanne walking.  Pictures here, including one of flowers cast into river in memory of all our fallen veterans, came from President Ted, WBLQ's Chris DiPaola, Doug's granddaughter Caitlin and Rose:
Our Eighth Golf Tournament is scheduled for 3 October 2022 at the Shelter Harbor Golf Club in Charlestown, RI.  As of 26 March 2022, registration is closed.  All player spots have been reserved.
     Professional Planning Group
    Bank RI
    Dunns Corner Chiropractic
    Edward Jones
    Hoyt Filippetti & Malaghan LLC
    Margin Street Inn
    South County Auto LLC
    The Westerly Sun
    Toscano's Mens Shop
Your generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. We recognize donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honor a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift.  As we are about to begin another Rotary year, consider making your Every Rotarian, Every Year contribution as early as possible.
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.                                     
The lockbox above was installed on John Street -  it's location will be easy to find and close to the front door for quick access if needed.  Sadly we were not available to take a picture of Officer Mills installing it.
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 and have delivered 50 lockboxes to Officer Mills for distribution.
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Rotary Foundation
Public Relations
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Julie Lord
    July 1
  • Doug Rayner
    July 15
  • Bob Boughner
    July 18
Spouse/Partner Birthdays:
  • John Lord
    July 19
  • Bob Boughner
    Marti Boughner
    July 3
  • Frank Celico
    Donna Celico
    July 4
Join Date:
  • Doug Rayner
    July 1, 1971
    51 years
  • Joe Potter
    July 2, 2012
    10 years
  • Chris DiPaola
    July 14, 2001
    21 years
  • Joe Nigrelli
    July 14, 1968
    54 years
  • Steve Cofone
    July 14, 1994
    28 years
  • Steve Cofone
    July 14, 1982
    40 years
  • Theodore Avedesian
    July 14, 1994
    28 years
  • Vinnie Gaccione
    July 14, 1960
    62 years
  • Frank Livingston
    July 20, 2020
    2 years
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