This strange picture kind of looks like the Statue of Liberty but it really is Ted waving to Kathryn in the computer with the top of our bell blocking his face.  Amusing from Kathryn's view.
Fifteen of us were present for this meeting which began after our Board meeting.  We continue to be safely spaced and enjoy the sandwiches and salads of The Cooked Goose.  Following dinner, President Rona planned two "craft" talks and called upon Steve Cofone and John Hall to present the first talks from an old tradition.
John is a graduate of Westerly High School and joined the Navy Submariners shortly after graduation.  After his military service, he went back into the family business at Frank Hall Boatyard, which began in 1749 and has grown much over the years.  John has built many boats and repaired them through the years.  John said that he is part Mohecan Indian and is on the Election Committee.  He has been a long-time member of the Chorus of Westerly.  Dr. Doug Rayner sponsored John for membership and John later served as President 1991-1992 and 2001-2002.  John is also a Paul Harris Fellow.  He sponsored an exchange student from Peru and assisted with the One Room Schoolhouse Project.
Steve Cofone is a graduate of University of Rhode Island's Pharmacy College.  He has been in the Pharmacy industry for many years both in the inpatient and outpatient prescription areas in the Yale New Haven Hospital system.  Steve enjoys traveling to different places and attending Rotary Club meetings when possible.  He has enjoyed being a member of Rotary and providing services to the community.   He became a member in 1982, is a Paul Harris Fellow and has served as President 1986-1987 and 2016-2017.  With the current health situation, Steve says they have just become more vigilant.
Board Notes
The Board approved a $1,000 donation to the Chorus of Westerly.  This will be the first contribution processed through our Foundation.
We are looking into having a Rotary sign installed on the little island at Main and Union.  At one time there was a sign located on Union Street but it was removed by the State.
The Board meetings for the next year will be at 4:30 on the first Monday of each month with the exception of Sep and Oct.  Those will be second Monday.
President Rona has suggested a couple of Service projects for our Club:  1) continue with food/supply deliveries, 2) a Blood Drive for the RI Blood Center, and 3) a canned food drive monthly to benefit the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and the Jonnycake Center of Westerly.
We hope to have prospective member Dave Wargat joining us soon - more to come on this.
And finally, the Club's Foundation is up and running.  All proceeds received for the October 2020 Golf Tournament have been transferred over to the Foundation, Edward Jones Investments is in the process of transferring the Charitable and Scholarship Funds to the Foundation, a WCCU checking account has been opened.  New letterhead has been created and soon there will be new Thank You notes.  Going forward all fundraising activities will be processed through the Foundation.