Shelter Harbor Golf Club  -  Charlestown, RI
                      SAVE THE DATE
             Monday  -   October 1, 2018
Event Chairs:  Bob Elmer ( and Rose Russo (
Registration form and Tee/Sponsor forms are available at the "downloads" section of this website. 
4th Annual Golf Tournament Rosemarie Russo 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 09, 2018
Monday evening at the Venice Restaurant was a celebration of years of "doing good", change of command ceremony as new officers were inducted and awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow to Kenneth Burton, Sr - for his patriotic dedication to promoting the flag of the United States of America proudly throughout our town on National holidays.  The evening began with light snacks and the sweet sound of the Westminster Youth String Ensemble directed by Kathleen Monroe.  Ringing the bell as President for his last task of his 2017/2018 year, President Chris called our meeting to order and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Our Master of Ceremonies, Past President Cal Lord, gave the invocation.  He noted that incoming President Kathryn wanted as many members as possible to have an active role in the evening and so it was.
Dan Alvino announced three special State proclamations to the Club and to President Kathryn.  Doug Rayner spoke about Paul Harris and the founding of the Paul Harris Award.  Joe Potter called Ken Burton forward to receive his Paul Harris award.  All Paul Harris fellows were asked to come forward to be recognized. 
Frank Celico presented a history of the Club's 60 years and spoke of Rotary's motto of "service beyond self".  Cal Lord gave us a little of history of women in Rotary.  One of Westerly Rotary's first female members, Joan McCormick, was our guest.  Rona inducted Kathryn and asked all Past Presidents to come forward to be recognized.  Assistant District Governor Chuck Sauer installed the new Officers and Board.
After an appreciation gift was given to now Past President Chris, the bell and gavel was passed on to President Kathryn and she spoke of her history with Rotary beginning in Littleton, New Hampshire.  She said she never considered herself a feminist but certainly was a "tomboy" growing up and hadn't considered becoming a Rotarian until they told her she couldn't.  It's going to be an exciting year with our third woman President!!
There are more pictures in the Photo Album section of this website (left column of page) "2018 Celebrating".
Change of Command Ceremony Rosemarie Russo 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rona Mann on Jun 25, 2018
Maybe you didn't realize it because we were so involved with Pops and making sure that we were organized and efficient, but our last meeting was also Chris' last official meeting as our President.
Even though our installation is not until July 9th, according to Rotary International the new Rotary year the world over begins July 1st - and that means all duly elected officers and appointed board members - whether or not they have been formally installed, are now considered official in their positions.  Therefore, Kathryn will preside over our July 2nd Meeting as our new albeit uninstalled, President.
We cannot let the moment slip away, however, without a hearty thank you to Chris for his leadership, his strength, his good humor, and his consistency during the past Rotary year.  This is Chris' second time around, and he has grown so considerably as a man, a businessman, and a Rotarian.  He has brought all his high standards and ethical behavior to the table, and they have been infectious to the members of our Club.  We have just completed a successful year and one of which to be proud.  Certainly we always wish for more members, better attendance, more money raised, etc - that's true of every Rotary Club in the world - but we still have much of which we can be proud...and it is Chris who led and took responsibility for these efforts. 
Chris never says "no" to anyone about anything.  He is a tireless worker, always giving, giving, giving back to his community, his family, his friends, and our Club.  For that, and for so much more, a great big, THANK YOU, CHRIS DI PAOLA for setting the bar high, having our backs and never taking "no" for an answer.
A Tribute to Chris Rona Mann 2018-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 24, 2018
The Sun Gods were not with us this past weekend.  The threat of heavy storms made it necessary to postpone Pops until Sunday.  With a small window of dry weather, a shortened program began a half hour earlier and the final fireworks finishing just a second before the rains came down hard and heavy.  Although we had a slow start, sales picked up and we were quite busy.  Below is an email received from Ryan to all who participated -
And, from the Rotary Pops Committee of Ted, Steve and Rose - our heartfelt thanks to all Rotarians and friends and family who helped throughout the day.  Our special grateful thanks to Lee Eastbourne and the Jonnycake Center and our Angel donors of water, soda, supplies and Walmart for $75 in gift cards toward the pretzel purchase.  Photos are in the Photo Album section of this website "Summer Pops 2018" with thanks to Cal Lord.
Chorus of Westerly 38th Summer Pops Concert Rosemarie Russo 2018-06-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 11, 2018
Monday evening, June 11, we were honored to have Rick and Ellen Lawrence speak at our dinner meeting.  We were pleased to present them with our check for $250 for the 2018/2019 grant year.
Some history - The Lawrences were vacationing in Guatemala in 2006 and made up at the Rotary Club of La Antigua and exchanged business cards.  They were given a CD of featured projects.  At next meeting of home club, their President noted two initiatives of their DG - Every club was to participate in a clean water project and clubs should join forces and work together on projects.  And the wheels began to turn...... fast forward to this  year, Rick has made over "180 presentations to Rotary clubs throughout District 7890, 7950, 6990, 6930.  As of last year, 36 clubs have participated in the funding of a Global Grant to raise $90,919 for the villages of Xesajbin, Cojulya and Pachaj.  The following is a chart of the villages and families that have been helped since 2007 when the projects began:
This particular project provides the materials and training for the villagers to build distribution/storage tanks,  pvc pipes to carry water from the storage tank collection line to the homes, with one spigot at each home; construction materials for vented pit latrines; and additional funds specifically for materials to build stoves that are vented.  This program is part of an "integral program that includes nutritional education, sustainable agriculture, family planning, community empowerment and disaster risk reduction.
Kristina shows the "old" way of carrying water
Distribution/Storage tank
New Latrine
New Stove
Rick is holding a plaque with all contribution Club names - here with villagers.
Handmade scarves, jewelry, bags.  Every year Ellen and Rick go down to Guatemala with bags full of school supplies for the children and they return to the U. S. with these beautiful handcrafted items to sell so they can buy more school supplies for the next trip.
Water & Sanitation - Guatemala Villages Rosemarie Russo 2018-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 11, 2018
Congratulations to Westerly Rotarians!!!!
We have achieved 100% participation to "Every Rotarian Every Year" contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  "Financial support of the Annual Programs Fund from every Rotarian - every year - is the key to helping rebuild suffering communities and nations by resolving conflict, eradicating disease, providing safe water, feeding the hungry, educating children and adults, and alleviating poverty.  Every Rotary, every project and every contribution makes a difference every year."  Thank you all, especially those who went "the extra mile".
Every Rotary Every Year 2017/2018 Rosemarie Russo 2018-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2018
Several of our members have participated in community events in service to others.  Kathryn and Rona have participate in walks - half marathons or   5Ks for Terri Brodeur Cancer Fund, ALS, MADD, Carlisle-Williams Foundation, Westerly Y, Chikumbuso, Memorial Day Parade, Veterans Day Parade, Columbus Day Parade etc.  Rose and Doug also walked for Chikumbuso.  Cal, Bob E, Dawn and Rose participated in the Bikes for Kids event.  Cal and several church members volunteered in Houston TX, rebuilding homes.  Dan volunteered with the La Penita Rotary Club in Mexico at the LaColmena Primary School to clear and cultivate land for the Edible Garden Project and participated in various activities with the Sedona Red Rocks Rotary Club in Arizona for a total of 47 volunteer hours from late October2017 through early May2018.  Dan also volunteered his time to coordinate the Westerly Rotary Club's Jonnycake Pasta Dinner for Fuel Assistance, which was a joint effort with the Westerly Lions Club, and work with Reforest the Tropics to continue their school program at Westerly Middle and High Schools.  Rose and Doug assisted with those projects.  At least 15 members participated in one way or another with the Jonnycake Pasta Dinner and the Chorus of Westerly Summer Pops Concert in Wilcox Park.  Walter Kimball is a VFW Service Officer helping veterans get assistance as needed.  Our current President, Chris DiPaola is always ready to give people a voice, using his station to give air time to non profit organizations  - all in the service of others.
In Service to Others Rosemarie Russo 2018-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2018
President Chris at the start of his Zip Line trip at Foxwoods to benefit the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce event.  Our Club donated $520 toward this event.
Ziplining for Ocean Community Chamber Rosemarie Russo 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2018
Jazmyne Kinney with President Chris
Principal Grimes introduced the membership in attendance to Senior Jazmyne, whose Mom also attended dinner.  This hardworking young lady has over 3,000 documented community service hours in her four years of high school.  She has worked with the Charlestown Ambulance Rescue Services, Emergency Medical Technician in her senior year, has assisted with blood drives.  Jazymyne plans on attending New England Tech's Nursing program.
May Student of the Month Rosemarie Russo 2018-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 16, 2018
a lonely little opossum
Had to share this little story.  Pepsi and Spot found this little one in my garden today.  Did you know that we have a wonderful organization called Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island?  After a call to them and getting instructions to try and pick it up, put it in a box and get it to them, I called back to confirm that I had it safely in a box and received a contact who met me in Ashaway to collect the little one.  The organization is located in Saunderstown.  I learned that Opossum moms are not very good moms.  The little ones hang onto Mom as she roams around.  If one falls off, well it is just tough luck - it is on its own!!  Elisha promised to let me know how the little one progresses.
God's Little Creatures Rosemarie Russo 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 12, 2018
Photographer Kathryn Taylor, took a picture of the first dish of the evening - a delicious salad with whipped herb ricotta, shrimp and roasted tomatoes. Roasted pork with fresh green beans and polenta followed with a Strawberry Crisp.  Chef Andrew provided a fantastically delicious meal once again.  Special thank you to The Royce Foundation - our event sponsor for their generosity.
Doug's bench was auctioned four times at $300 each.  He had made two and agreed to make two more.  Bless him!!  His handcrafted bench was the highlight of the evening.  We had many great items to offer and we are so grateful to Doug and all the auction item donors throughout our community. 
The success of this event is due to the generosity of the following:
Bagels 'n More, Block Island Ferry, Blue Butterly Florist, Bogue's Alley, BoneYard Barbecue & Saloon, Broadview Florist & Garden Center, C C O'Brien's, Capizzano's Olive Oils & Vinegars, Chariho Furniture, Cherenzia Excavation, Chorus of Westerly, Christina's Place, Coastal Eye Associates, Cottrell Brewery, Dairy Queen, Dave & Rona Mann, Dick's World of Wines, Dunns Corners Market, European Imports, EZ Midway Liquors, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ginger's Car Wash, Granite Photo, Grey Sail Brewers, Hauser Chocolatier, Hilltop Cafe, Ivory Ella, LLC, Lisle Ann Jackson, Jonathan Edwards Winery, Joyce's Everyday Gourmet, LaVilla Salon & Spa, Li's Bake Shop, Margin Street Inn, Matunuck Oyster Bar, McQuade's Ace Hardware, McQuade's Marketplace, Mel's Downtown Creamery, Munroe Dairy, Mystic Luxury Cinemas, New England Airlines, Nigrelli's Jewelry, Ocean Community YMCA, Ocean House, Patceez Home Garden Center, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pleasant Acres Nursery, Providence Coal-Fired Pizza, RDS Landscaping, Dr. Douglas Rayner, Rebecca Woodward & Adam Kaufman, DMD, Red Stone Tire, Rosanna's Flowers, Russo Family, Saltwater Farm Vineyard, Sandy's Fine Food Emporium, Seaside Pharmacy, Shar-Jais Salon, Shelter Harbor Golf Club, Sift Bake Shop, Spangler's Woodworking, Stonington Country Club, Stonington Vineyards, Sunnyside Up, The Brazen Hen, The Fun Company, The Malted Barley, The Westerly Sun, The Whistle Stop Restaurant, Toscano's Mens Shop, United Builders Supply, URI Athletics, Valenti Subaru, Venice Restaurant, Vesta Bakery, WBLQ, WCRI, Weekapaug Golf Club, Westerly Eye Care, Westerly High School's Highland Grille, Westerly Packing, Wilcox Tavern and Winnapaug Country Club.
More pictures are in our Photo Albums section.
Charitable/Scholarship Auction Dinner Rosemarie Russo 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rosemarie Russo on May 09, 2018
Monday evening it was brought to my attention that I had been negligent in keeping the membership apprised of Board activities since meetings had been moved to after dinner rather than before.  So, the following is a summary.
  Events:  The Board approved assistance to the September First Responder Tribute,  Jonnycake Pasta Dinner in November, Football Night with The Rotary Club of Stoningtons, Chowder CookOff for February 2018, Charitable/Scholarship Auction Dinner in May 2018 and Summer Pops Concession in June 2018.  Planned prior to Club year end, the Golf Tournament took place in October 2017.  The Cookoff, Tournament and Pasta Dinner resulted in net proceeds of $17,783.  Our Wishing Well at McQuade's Market brought in $1,355 so far this fiscal year.
  Contributions (Local Community:
              Chorus of Westerly ( June2017 Pops concession proceeds)  $5,000
              Westerly Pee Wee Football $500
              Ocean Community Chamber (Westerly-Pawcatuck Bricks & Murals Event) $500
              Columbus Day Parade Committee $250
              The Frank Olean Center, Inc (in memory of Vito DiPaola)  $150
              The Foundation for Life (Bikes for Kids Event)  $300
              Westminster Youth String Ensemble  $100
              Literacy Volunteers of Washington County  $200
              Jonnycake Center of Westerly (proceeds from Pasta Dinner)  $2,729
             URI Rotaract Club service project  $300
             WARM Shelter (fuel assistance program)  $250  
             Hope Hospice of Rhode Island (in memory of Thelma Gaccione)  $150
             Ocean Community Chamber (ZipLine Event)  $520
             Girl Scouts of Rhode Island  (Summer Camp)  $150
             Westerly Veterans Memorial Committee   $500       
                    Total = $11,549
Contributions (International Community):   
             Rotary's Polio Plus Program  $550
             Rotary's Every Rotarian Every Year (member donations)  $900
             Haitian Health Foundation  $100
             Water for Cambodia  $100
             LaJoya (Mexico) Kindergarten Renovation project  $500 
                     Total = $2,150                           
Students of the Month Program - continued with the assistance of Principal Todd Grimes with outstanding students each month.  Plaques were donated and engraved by Nigrelli's Jewelry with our grateful thanks.
Grants:  We applied and received approval from the District Grant Committee to continue the Reforest the Tropics Project now both in Westerly Middle School and Westerly High School.  District will award $1500 toward the $3500 funding required.        
Library Books:  We have continued the program of donating a book to the Westerly Library in honor of our guest speakers and that cost of this fiscal year, so far, is $102.
Next week, I will provide an update on Membership activities in service of others.
SAVE THE DATE:  Installation of 2018/2019 Officers will take place July 9, 2018.        
2017/2018 Contributions etc Rosemarie Russo 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 30, 2018
Dakota Busch and President Chris
Plaque courtesy of Nigrelli's Jewelers
Principal Grimes introduced Dakota to members in attendance as one of the school's superstars.  She has been an honor student all four years of high school, tennis athlete all four years and Captain in her Senior year,  dance team member all four years and Captain in her Senior year, Character Ed member all four years, freshmen mentor Junior and Senior years.  Dakota made All State First Team in Tennis and All Division First Team all four years and Girls Singles State Champion in Senior year.  She has worked at Bess Eaton and Misquamicut Tennis the past couple of years.  For her community service Dakota has been a tennis teacher in Providence the past four years and was a camp volunteer leader.  Congratulations to Mom and Dad for a job well done.
April Student of the Month Rosemarie Russo 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 30, 2018
Bruce Morrow visited our dinner meeting Monday evening to speak to the membership about the Chamber's Capital Campaign to "retire the mortgage".  Because the building is in need of major repairs, the Board has determined that eliminating the annual mortgage payments "would place the Chamber in a better position to address these ongoing maintenance issues". 
One event coming up to help with this goal is the May 5th (2:00pm) Zip Line Fundraiser which will take place at Foxwoods - from the 32nd floor roof of Fox Tower down to the Museum - 3800 feet at 60mph.  Each Zipliner will raise $1,000 - some of Westerly's famous Zipliners are Bruce and Jean Morrow, Ed Smith, Lisa Konicki, Barbara Stillman, Paul Gencarella, Jr, Jeff and Beth Frenette and our very own Chris DiPaola.
Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce Rosemarie Russo 2018-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 29, 2018
     Saturday evening, April 28, was a very special night at the Westerly Armory.  Five very special people were recognized for their "service to community, state and nation - Rose Marie Pampel Weston, RI Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro, Dr. John B. Stellitano, Mary Lou Serra (posthumously) and our very own Rotarian Joseph Potter.  Roberta Mudge Humble introduced each Honoree who said a few words and were presented with a medal and a Town Proclamation.  Roberta highlighted the military service of Rep. Azzinaro, Dr. Stellitano and Joe Potter.
     Special guests attending to speak about "Rocky Point Park: Then and Now" were Felicia Gardella (President of the Warwick Historical Society), John Howell (President of the Rocky Point Foundation), Mayor Scott Avedisian (Mayor of Warwick).  Also present were members of the Pawtuxet Rangers (Rhode Island Militia Unit initially chartered in 1774 to protect the seaport of Pawtuxet).  Everyone attending the event received a Mixed Drink Ticket from the old Rocky Point Palladium.
     Dinner was provided by Westerly High School's Highland Grille, under Chef Jamie Finkelstein, desserts were created by Vesta Bakery and Wine and Beer was donated by The Wine Store.
Westerly Armory 2018 Honorees Rosemarie Russo 2018-04-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 23, 2018
A very special evening celebrating 25 years of sending kids overseas to immerse themselves in other cultures and for receiving kids from overseas to do the same here in the U.S.  Rona read letters from previous Exchange Students and introduced one former exchange student who went to Finland ten years ago.  Steve and Jill Albright, who chair the Outbound and Inbound programs, introduced this year's students.  Father Bob was the emcee for the evening once again.  The highlight of the evening, as always, was "Itchy Feet" time - when Rona reads letters from the Exchange Students who are currently overseas.  Rona Mann and Ed Skwirz, who headed up the Youth Exchange Program, have organized this event from the first year.  We celebrate the Rotary Exchange Program for the opportunity that opens up the world to these young people, sending them off to meet other young people from faraway places - "together we can all make this world just a little smaller." 
International Night 23 Apr 2018 2018-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2018
Rose, Kathryn and Doug
The Chikumbuso Fourth Annual 10K5K Challenge took place today at the North Stonington Grange.  Doug, Kathryn and Rose participated in the 5k division and walked to the finish in slightly over one hour.  Great walk on a beautiful day through beautiful country roads - all for a great cause.  The Chikumbuso Widows & Orphans Project in Ng'ombe, Zambia, provides support, education and job training to local women and youth.
Chikumbuso 4th Annual 10K5K Challenge Rosemarie 2018-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 21, 2018
Last week our very own Cal Lord, members of his church and other local churches traveled down to Houston on a mission trip to build/rebuild homes that were damaged there.
Houston Mission Rosemarie 2018-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Captains Richards and Mosher with President Chris
Our Guests Monday evening were Captain Kenneth Richards, III and Captain Richard Mosher, EMS Administrator and Supervisor, respectively.
The Westerly Ambulance Corps has been providing emergency medical services for the Westerly-Pawcatuck Area since 1917.  Dr. Frank I. Payne was the Corps' first Commander under the name "Westerly Red Cross Sanitary Unit".  It is a private, nonprofit volunteer organization "whose original purpose was to form a first aid and rescue unit in Westerly."  The Corps "provides emergency 911 dispatching services for itself and other fire and ambulance services in the area."  Both volunteers and paid staff are all fully certified either EMT Basic, EMT Cardiac or Paramedic.
The Corps "does not provide routine transportation to doctor offices, dialysis or to other scheduled appointments."  They do respond to 911 emergencies.  Part of their mission statement reads "our service-oriented professionals strive for excellence through training and education."  And that follows with constant vigilance to upgrade equipment and vehicles as necessary.  In 2002 they began operating out of new headquarters located on Chestnut Street with state-of-the-art 911 dispatching facilities.
A membership contribution of $60 in the WAC Inc entitles one "to emergency and non emergency ambulance transport to any hospital within 75 miles of Westerly when requested by police, physicians or appropriate 911 calls and when service is provided by the WAC Inc, service must originate in Rhode Island.  WAC Inc will bill your insurance, but any remaining balance will be waived."  For more information, please go to their website at or the office between 9:00am and 5:00pm 401.596.4375  ext 202.
Westerly Ambulance Corps Rosemarie 2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
   Taber Gates  - Feb                 Quinn Chappelle  -  Mar
                 With President Chris DiPaola
Principal Todd Grimes presented our February and March Students of the Month at our March 26th dinner meeting.  TABER GATES, selected for February, has achieved academic honors all semesters and has received awards from Excellence in Business, Ronald Reagan Student Leader, EverFi Financial Literacy, Providence Journal Player of the Week, 1500 Point Club.  Taber's community service includes Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, Character Ed- Liaison Helping Families in Need, American Diabetes Tour de Cure Volunteer, American Heart Walk, WHS Basketball Camp Counselor, Waves Baseball Camp volunteer.  And, he finds time to work at Misquamicut Golf Club as a Caddy, is a basketball referee and was an Apparel Company sales rep.
QUINN CHAPPELLE, selected for March, has achieved academic honors as well as the 2017 Brandeis Book Award for Social Action, Excellence in Advanced Placement in U. S History, Excellence in Psychology, Coaches Award Cross Country.  She also has been a member of the Lacrosse, Cross Country and Indoor Track teams, Intern and Student Liaison for Westerly Area Youth Lacrosse Board of Directors, Broadcaster for WHS's Boys Lacrosse, organizer for Coaches v Cancer WHS Lacrosse fundraiser, All-League Goaltender.  Quinn's leadership credits include serving as Student Representative on Advisory Council of the RI Dept of Education, Westerly School Committee, WPS's Communications Subcommittee, Advisory Redesign Committee and numerous other activities.
Students of the Month 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Monday evening, March 26th, our guest speakers included members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 79, Pt Judith  -  Sally Hanson, Vice Flotilla Commander; John Ouderkirk, Past Flotilla Commander; and John Poppick, BQ - see above with President Chris.
Created by an Act of Congress in 1939, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian, all-volunteer arm  of the U. S. Coast Guard and supports Coast Guard mission of safety and security throughout the United States and territories, including boating safety patrols, boating safety education and surface and air operations of non military and law enforcement actions.  The Auxiliary is the nation's largest boating educator, offering courses to over 100,000 boaters each year.  The 26,000 member organization has members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam.  They assist with verifying markers, bridge inspections and environmental issues.  Their philosophy follows the U. S. Coast Guard's Semper Paratus (always ready).  For more information go to their website,, or send an email to
US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 79, Pt Judith 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
This year marks 30 years of Women in Rotary and the District Conference in May will commemorate this event.
             Joan                                        Mary       
Westerly Rotary's first Women in Rotary joined in June of 1989 - Joan McCormick and Mary Krupinski - and they were followed by Rona Mann in October of 1989.  Joan and Mary are no longer members but we are delighted to still have Rona with us.  Mary served as Treasurer for many years.  
Another member of our Club (Kathryn Taylor, 2000), became the second woman to join the Rotary Club of Littleton, New Hampshire in January of 1989.
Women in Rotary 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
July 23:  Reforest the Tropics Team - 2017/2018 School Project Presentation
Aug 17:  Rotary at Pawtucket Red Sox
Aug 20:  Daniel Alvino - Update on past winter Mexico Project
Aug 27:  7950 District Governor Bill Tennant visitation and Million Dollar Meal at Rotary Park  - 5:30pm
                 A short Board meeting will take place at Venice Restaurant at 4:30
Sep 17:  Ryan Saunders, Executive Director of Chorus of Westerly
Oct 1:  Rotary Club of Westerly Golf Tournament
Coming Up 2018-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Blaze Jackson, Wayne Hamilton and President Chris.
Wayne Hamilton was introduced by Rona Mann, who told the small group present that Wayne and Blaze recently participated in our District's weekly radio show.  Wayne said that the Young Marines organization actually began in Waterbury, CT back in the 1950s by World War II veterans.  There are currently 314 units across the country and overseas.  Girls were admitted beginning in 1975 and there are also Special Needs units.  Their motto is "strengthening the lives of America's youth".  Youngsters age 8 through 12th grade are lead by dedicated adult volunteers (many are former, retired, active duty or reserve Marines) who "believe passionately that the values they learned as Marines had a positive affect on them."  The "program focuses on character building, leadership and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle."  They provide community service by participating in parades, assisting at food pantry, helping disabled vets, planting a garden.  For more information, you can check out their website at
Mar 5 - Rhode Island Young Marines Rosemarie Russo 2018-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Randi with President Chris
Principal Todd Grimes introduced the January Student of the Month Randi Burr to the membership Monday evening, February 26th.  Randi is a National Honor Society member, has won several scholastic awards in her four years at Westerly High School, as well as athletic accomplishments - All State Cross Country, All New England Cross Country, 2017/2018 Indoor Track State Champion for the 1500, 1000 and 4x800.  Her community service includes Attack the Track Kids Camp, Middle School Track and Field Team Assistant, Surftown Half Marathon, Columbus Day Parade, Bible School Camp.  During summer school vacation, Randi worked as a Westerly Town Beach Lifeguard.
Randi Burr - January Student of the Month R A Russo 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
     1st Place     Sunnyside Up
     2nd Place   B & B Dockside
     3rd Place   The Sea Goose
     1st Place     Westerly H. S. Highland Grille
     2nd Place    Newport AC&TC's Colonial Dining Room
     3rd Place     Woonsocket AC&TC
Thank you all participants and sponsors for making this event
one of our most successful.  The chowders were all the best in
Westerly.  We are fortunate that you were willing to take the
time out of a busy weekend to work with us on this event.
All proceeds will help us to continue providing assistance where
it is most needed.  We urge everyone to visit these wonderful
restaurants often and support the schools whenever you can.
Participating Restaurants:                      
          B&B Dockside                                   
          Sunnyside Up                                   The Brazen Hen
          The Cooked Goose                          The Sea Goose                           
          Venice Restaurant                           Wilcox Tavern
 Participating Culinary Schools:        
          Newport Area Career & Technical Center
          Westerly High School's Highland Grille
          Woonsocket Area Career & Technical Center's Colonial Dining Room
           Andrea Beach Bar                             Avie's Ski/Sport
           Colucci Group                                   L&M Westerly Hospital
           Savings Institute Bank & Trust       Valenti Subaru
Donated Services:
            Nigrelli's Jewelry                              Venice Restaurant
14th Annual Chowder CookOff 2018-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
 Slate of Officers approved at Board Meeting on December 4th for fiscal year July 2018/June 2019:
       President:  Kathryn Taylor
       President Elect:  Sunil Chandy
       Vice President:  Theodore Avedesian
       Secretary/Treasurer:  Rosemarie Russo
       Past President:  Christopher DiPaola
       Member at Large:  Stephen Cofone
Membership vote will take place at Annual Meeting on December 11th
2018/2019 Slate of Officers 2017-12-04 05:00:00Z 0