Installation of Officers & Directors 2020-21

On Monday, July 23rd, the Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk Installation was held at the Hope Club in Providence.  Past District Governor, Steve Albright was in attendance to install this year's officers and directors.  Betty Galligan is the incoming President for the 2020-21 year.  Congratulations to all.
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Recognizing Unsung Heroes

Recognizing Unsung Heroes

Members of the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club funded a gift card campaign for front-line workers caring for residents at Linn Health & Rehabilitation and Winslow Gardens in East Providence. A total of $800 was collected to purchase Stop & Shop, Dunkin Donuts, Panera, and Avenue N gift cards. Thirty-eight nursing assistants and housekeeping staffers at Linn Health & Rehabilitation, and 10 nursing and housekeeping staff at Winslow Gardens Assisted Living received the cards, in recognition of the selfless work of these brave and dedicated employees during this challenging COVID-19 era.

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Rotary Livestream Telethon 

 

 Posted by Dave Wood on Apr 25, 2020

 
 

Rotary International will conduct a COVID-19 # Rotary Responds Livestream Telethon on Saturday May 2nd at 10:00 AM CDT. We are pleased to invite you to participate in a COVID-19 #RotaryResponds one-hour Telethon to raise critical funds for disaster response. This Facebook Live event will be simulcast on the Rotary International Facebook page. The goal is to raise more than $1 million dollars.

Rotary’s 1.2 million members across the globe have taken swift action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $3.4 million in Rotary Disaster Response Grants have already been put into action on the front lines to battle COVID-19. Additionally, millions more have been raised by our #PeopleofAction - they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives. Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.

This event will be broadcast live in all of Rotary’s official languages which, as you can imagine, is of the utmost importance to create a respectful and inclusive event. Given the amount of people we are expecting to participate, we want to do it right and make sure we have a best practice user experience.

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Certification Available to Help Others

Certification Available to Help Others
 
If you are interested to help out in more ways within an elderly nursing community, there is an 8 hour training that you can complete online to receive a license to become a temporary certified nursing assistant. “The Department of Health is now issuing COVID-19 Limited Nursing Assistant Licenses. To receive this temporary license an applicant must successfully complete a free 8-hour on-line training program provided by AHCA/NCAL. “
 
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Rotary Helps Those in Need

Although our Club hasn't been meeting face-to-face, we continue to conduct business.  Recently, our Club made financial donations to Tap-In and Doorways, both local food banks in our area.
 
If you are interested in serving our Community, join us for one of our online meetings.   Our next online Zoom meeting is Monday, April 13th at 12:15. 
 
#RotaryResponds
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New Rotary Theme

President-elect Betty Galligan presented the new Rotary theme banner, she received at Pre-PETS (President-elect Seminar).  The banner has three doors colored red, yellow, and blue.  Betty explained the yellow and blue signify the Rotary Colors, and the red is for Rotaractors, who now can become Rotarians, with the same privileges.  
 
Holger Knaac of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany,, is the Rotary International President-Elect, and this will be his theme for the Rotary 2020-2021 year.
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David Harte, DMD Lori DiPersio 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted to Rotary

Posted on Nov 20, 2019
On Monday, November 18th, we inducted two new members to our Club and we couldn't be happier.  Congratulations and welcome!
 
 
 
Elise Strom, Development Director at Aldersbridge Communities in East Providence.  Sponsored by Betty Galligan.
 
 
Mayor Roberto DaSilva of East Providence.  Sponsored by Valerie Perry.
 
 
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Turner Reservoir Clean-up

Posted on Nov 19, 2019
Our Rotary Club hosted a clean-up of the Turner Reservoir on Saturday, November 16th.  Members from our Club along with students from BridgePointe Church and folks from the community came together to clean off bridges and put down new wood chips so that those who use the trail can do so in a much safer environment.  Thank you to all those who came out to help!
 
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Million Dollar Meal Held at City Hall - East Providence 2019-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

Million Dollar Meal

The meeting of September 23, 2019 will be held at East Providence City Hall, 145 Taunton Avenue, East Providence, RI.  The meeting will be hosted by East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva, and will begin at 12:00 p.m.
 
The Million Dollar Meal is held semi-annually at a local business, where members pay the normal meal price but bring a bag lunch.  The money collected is donated to the Rotary Foundation. 
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First Meeting of the new Rotary year

Posted on Jul 08, 2019
President Renate called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Steve Propatier led the singing.
Renate read the Invocation.
All recited the Four Way Test.
 
There were 13 members in attendance, and 1 Guest Speaker.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
  • President Renate announced the August meetings will be August 5 and a Club Assembly on August 19.
  • Induction for new member Rachel Sowersby will be at the next meeting - July 22
  • A Million Dollar Meal will be held on September 23
  • Steve gave an update on the Golf Tournament and thanked those who gave sponsorships or T=signs.  He also thanked those working on the committee.
  • Valerie mentioned that both the District and RI have upped the dues, so people that have already paid the $142 will have to pay a bit more
  • Valerie asked those who had not voted for the Bulletin name to do so before the end of the meeting and the bulletin will be sent out

All joined in singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Scott Haggerty

HAPPY BUCKS
  • Jennifer Hyde - Two happy bucks for the Guest Speaker and for a great Fourth of July, with fireworks on her street
  • Valerie Perry - Three happy bucks for the Guest Speaker, for Lori's retirement, and for installing the officers of the Westerly Rotary Club
  • Pat Bettencourt - One happy buck for missing a couple of meetings but did make the Golf meeting
  • Renate Alexander - One happy buck for the Speaker
  • Christina Sorensen - One happy buck for the Speaker
  • Allen Gilmore - Four happy bucks for four dollars worth of happiness
  • Scott Haggerty - Two happy bucks for the Red Sox and two happy bucks because his son's team got beat, so his summer can begin
  • Dan Silva - One happy buck for the speaker and one sad buck for the Boston Bruins loss to the St. Louis Blues
  • Mike Squatrito - One happy buck for spending yesterday surfing with the family
  • Tom Foley - One happy buck for the speaker and one for the women's soccer team, who won the 4th World Cup
  • Steve Propatier - for all the golf tournament volunteers and sponsors
  • Will Francis - for being reminded of the St. Louis Blues win, and for a great Fourth of July in Maine
 
ACE OF SPADES
 
At our last meeting, there were two cards left - the Ace of Spades and one other card.  Ted Fogarty's number was called, and he got to draw - and drew the wrong card!! 
 
This week, we started with a full deck, and asked the Guest Speaker, Michael Wish, to draw the winning ticket.  When Will explained to him that if his number was drawn and he drew the Ace of Spades, he would win $50.  Michael said if he won, he would return the $50 to the Club.  
Michael drew the ticket …...drum roll.....- and lo and behold, he drew his own number.  All 52 cards were spread out before him and ……………………drum roll....……….You Guessed It!!!  What were the odds??  His reaction was priceless!
Michael lived up to his promise and gave the $50 back to the club :)
 

 
 
 
 
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Welcome to Border Banter

After a long dry spell, the Club Bulletin is back - with a new name!  Members were asked for suggestions to rename the bulletin, and there were several sent in.  After a couple of emails, the top two were finally voted on, and Border Banter was the winner.  Thank you to all who sent in suggestions and to all who voted.
 
I hope to keep these up to date and sent in a timely fashion.  If any member would like to contribute a story or pictures, etc., they would be most welcomed. 
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New Rotary Year Begins
 

The Installation of Officers was held on June 24, 2019 at Davenport's Restaurant in East Providence. .
 
District Governor-Elect, Stephen Albright, gave the Oath of Office to President Renate Alexander, President-Elect  Betty Galligan, Vice President David Kent, Secretary Jennifer Hyde, Treasurer Stephen Henderson-Sergeant-At-Arms William Francis, Directors Lori DiPersio, Valerie Perry, and Stephen Propatier.  
 
 
Valerie Perry was presented with her fifth Paul Harris award.
 
President Renate thanked all for their support and said she looks forward to another successful year.
 
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Regular Meeting - January 14, 2019

Posted by Valerie A. Perry
John Garceau led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Betty Galligan led the singing.
Renate Alexander read the Prayer.
All recited the Four Way Test.

19 members and 5 guests were present

 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Board met today and went over the financials to put a budget together.  The Board will meet again at 11:00 AM before the next meeting on January 28, 2019 to finish up.

Steve Propatier announced that next year's budget will be sent out soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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Rotary Comedy Night

Posted on Sep 13, 2018
PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US AS WE RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR LOCAL STUDENTS. TO PURCHASE TICKETS OR BECOME A SPONSOR, CLICK HERE COMEDY NIGHT
 
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2018 Back To School Fair

Posted on Aug 20, 2018
Back To School Fair
 
The Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk is a proud sponsor of the Back to School Fair which is organized for East Providence elementary students and brought to you by BridgePointe Christian Church.  This year, more than 2,000 people attended with over 150 volunteers.  In addition to giving each student who came through the doors a backpack (that they got to pick), they were given all the school supplies they needed because their homeroom teachers were asked to give their list to the church who then went out and made sure they had enough for everyone.  There was available a pancake breakfast, eye examines, haircuts, dental checks as well as mini golf, bouncy houses and face painting.  Our Rotary Club is proud to be apart of this amazing program.
 
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Annual Golf Tournament

Posted on Aug 06, 2018
After several days of oppressive heat and humidity, the weather finally broke for the annual East Providence-Seekonk Rotary/SEEKONK Lions golf tournament.  As in the last several years, the tournament was held at the Wannamoisett Country Club.  This year’s tournament saw fewer golfers, but those who did take part enjoyed the beautiful weather and the lunch and sumptuous meal held after the tournament ended.
 
Betty Galligan, with Seekonk Lion Dave Pitassi, conducts the live auction.
 
 
Elaine Carvelli gets ready to strike!
 
 
Lori DiPersio and Elaine Carvelli with their Golf Partners!
 
 
The lovely setting before dinner.
 
 
 
 
 
Past President Mike McQuade, making his annual visit, here with Past President Valerie Perry
 
 
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Installation of Officers 2018

The Installation of Officers for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year was held on June 18, 2018 at Davenport's Restaurant in East Providence, RI.  District Governor Steve Certa and District Governor-Elect Bill Tennant were on hand to Install the incoming officers.  Assistant Governor Lori DiPersio made the introductions.
 
District Governor-Elect Bill Tennant installed incoming President Renate Alexander.
 
District Governor Steve Certa installed the following officers:
President-Elect - Helen Siravo
Vice President- Dave Kent
Secretary - Valerie Perry
Treasurer - Dan Silva
Asst. Treasurer - Steve Henderson
Sgt.-at-Arms - Jennifer Hyde
 
Director - Steve Propatier
Director - Lori DiPersio
 
Following Dinner, outgoing President Valerie Perry summarized the year, which included the introduction of a Student of the Month program, recognizing High School sophomores and juniors from East Providence and Seekonk High Schools.  
 
Following the distribution of awards, President Renate spoke briefly on her ideas for the coming year.
 
 
 
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Another Successful "Coat Giveaway"

Another wonderful Coat Giveaway at BridgePointe Christian Church held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Over 300 coats were handed out by Rotarians and member of the church.  "It is such a great day to see the community come together and serve those in need," said Valerie Perry, President of the Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk. "We look forward to this every year.  We especially grateful to BridgePointe for opening their doors not only to us but to the community."
 
 
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The Rotator - December 18, 2017

Openers:
Renate Alexander led the Pledge of Allegiance 
Ted Fogarty and Steve Propatier led the singing
Ella Donnelly gave the Invocation
Steve Henderson led the Four Way Test
 
13 members present
 
Announcements:
 
Board meeting will be held after the holiday
 
Holiday Social event will be planned for December 27
 
Happy Bucks
 
Valerie Perry collected Happy Bucks. 
 
David Kent - HB - yesterday was his 29th Anniversary
Ted Fogarty - 2 HB for the Red Sox and the lucky Patriots
Steve Propatier - 2 HB -for the mark on his face which were caused by his latest procedure, and for hoping that the doctor will tell him he can cut back on some of his meds
Joe Kumiega - HB that the hurricane will stay off shoreHH
Allan Gilmore - something was very well done (couldn't make it out - sorry Allan)!!
Ella Donnelly - ​​​​​​HB about a Friendship poem: There are good ships, there are wood chips, there are ships that sail the sea; but the best ship is friendship, and may it always be!
Helen Siravo - HB for Steve being here with us
Renate Alexander - 2 HB - for the wonderful friendships and great being here
Scott Haggerty - 2 HB for Steve
Pat Bettencourt - HB - when she wants to have a good laugh, she calls Renate
Tom Foley - 2 HB for great weather, Steve, and the Patriots
Valerie Perry - 3 HB for Steve, went with Betty and her daughter to Al's Place on the Waterfront because Pat Benetar was cancelled; will be spending all next week in Narragansett with her granddaughter
Allan Gilmore - 5 HB - 1 for Steve and 1 for his birthday; the tradition of birthdays started with his father who had the birthday rules that if you had a birthday, you were supposed to contribute $1 for your birthday - just a little club history!
 
 
Tom Foley drew the Ace of Diamonds, missing out on the $50 jackpot.
 
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Rotary Comedy Night

Posted on May 06, 2017
 
 
The Rotary Club of East Providence/Seekonk will host a comedy fundraiser on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Seekonk American Legion Hall (351 Fall River Avenue).
 
Tickets cost $20 and proceeds will benefit the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club charities
 
Three comedians will perform at the show: Paul Nardizzi, Mike Donovan, and Steve Guilmette. The show is recommended for an 18+ age group, and a cash bar will be available.
 
Paul Nardizzi is a Boston-area favorite and national headliner. He has made numerous appearances on Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central and is one of the most requested acts on XM Satellite Radio. Mike Donovan has been featured on the NESN Comedy All Stars TV Show, and has appeared on The Best Damn Sports Show Period with Tom Arnold on the Fox Television Network. Steve Guilmette brings a raucous wit and every man’s sensibility to the national comedy scene, and was chosen and competed in the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival.
 
To purchase ticket online, please click on link to the right under "Upcoming Events."
 
 
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Paul Fellow Recognition Dinner

Posted on Mar 17, 2017
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On Tuesday, February 28th our Rotary Clubs from Area 8 (Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Bristol, Warren/Barrington & East Providence/Seekonk) had a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Dinner. Congratulations to all!
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Joint Meeting with Providence Rotary
 

The February 13, 2017 meeting was a joint meeting with the Providence Rotary Club.  The Guest Speaker was RID Dean Rohrs, who will assume the role of Rotary International Vice President on July 1, 2017.
Representing East Providence/Seekonk were:  David Kent, Steve Propatier, Tom Foley, Judy Silva, Helen Siravo. and Valerie Perry.
 
The Guest Speaker, Dean Rohrs, was born in South Africa and then immigrated to Canada.  She said today's Rotary is quite different from the Rotary she joined 26 years ago.  She said clubs should take advantage of the flexibility that Rotary International has offered in order to grow membership, which is critical in North America.  Because of declining membership, this part of the world has lost two zones, where the areas in other parts of the world, such as India and Africa, are growing rapidly.
 
 
 
 
 
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John Aubin, Town Planner Seekonk, MA

 

 
The Guest Speaker for January 9, 20178 was John Aubin, Town Planner of Seekonk, MA.  John spoke about what he had found  out about Rotary, surprising some with his research.
John has been with the Town of Seekonk as Planner since June 2015.  Prior to that he was the Town Planner in Cumberland, RI, and prior to that, the Town Planner in North Kingstown, RI.  He has also served on Zoning Boards, giving him vast experience in the public sector.  He is a Graduate of Hendriken, URI, Law School in Vermont.  After he came back to RI, he worked for an Attorney in Private Practice.  He also worked in to Houses of State - in Vermont doing legislative research as a law clerk, and prior to that, at the Rhode Island State House as a Paige.
John spoke about some plans going on in Seekonk, such as a Fed Ex complex going in at the former driving range on Route 6.  It will be a 250,000 sq. ft. facility with automated loading for the trucks, which will load and leave the site for deliveries.  It will result in between 150-175 jobs within the facility, which does not include the drivers.  
 
 
 
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Boys and Girls Club Christmas Party

The Boys and Girls Club Christmas Party was held on December 16, 2016 at the Boys and Girls Club.  Gifts were purchased by Rotarians and wrapped and brought to the club that night.  The East Providence Lions Club partnered with our club by providing pizza, beverages, and even arranged to have Santa there!  The children were very excited and the smiles on the faces made the night a delightful one for all who attended.  For a preview of all pictures, please click on the tab "Photo Albums" at the top of the page.
 
 
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Tapin and Doorways

Today's Guest Speakers were Joyce Marabello, representing Tap-In, and Larry Hindle, representing Doorways.  
TAPIN was started 32 years ago, and services East Providence, Barrington, Warren and Bristol.  Clients need to provide a current address and photo ID, and can come once per month for food.  Four Town Farms and McCoy Garden provide food.  Joyce also mentioned that they take donations from private gardens also.  She said Thanksgiving baskets were just given out and 269 bags (68% of the total baskets) were given to East Providence residents.
TAPIN also provides household goods and a limited amount of furniture.  
Joyce mentioned that they provide rides, free of charge, to doctor appointments.  She said they are in dire need of drivers, and asks if anyone is looking for volunteer work, to contact her.
For further information, visit tapinri.com

Doorways was founded 15 years ago, and is located in the North School in Seekonk.  Larry Hindle has been on the board for approximately 10-12 years.  Unlike TAPIN, Doorways is food only.  The food comes from the food bank and food drives from the Post Office, schools, boy scouts, churches, etc.  Larry said a yearly mailing brings in an enourmous amount of money that provides most of the funding.
Doorways is made up of over 100 volunteers, who work in teams, and work once every 8 weeks.  They help to stock the shelves, gather the food, and provide operational support to the food pantry.  Clients are residents of Seekonk who apply through the Seekonk Human Services Department.  Once they are deemed eligible, they may get food weekly.  Shopping carts are provided, and the volunteers assist the clients in choosing the food.  There are also volunteers who deliver food to shut-ins on a weekly basis.
For more information, visit doorwaysseekonk.wordpress.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Million Dollar Meal

Each year, our Rotary Club designates a meeting as a "Million Dollar Meal".  The concept was developed by the Stoughton Rotary Club in 1959 as a way to give to the Rotary Foundation.  Our East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club holds our Mlllion Dollar Meal twice a year, hosted by a local business, which includes a tour of the facility.  The cost of the meal is built into the dues, which is earmarked for The Rotary Foundation.  Usually Rotarians are asked to bring their own bag lunch.
 
The Million Dollar Meal held Monday, October 17, 2016, was held at the new University Medicine building on Wampanoag Trail.  Our host was Jennifer Hyde, Senior Administrator at University Medicine, who not only provided us with a tour, but also provided a delicious lunch, compliments of University Medicine.
 
The facility is beautiful and such a welcome addition to the City of East Providence.  
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Back Pack Fair 

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Once again, the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club partnered with the Bridgepoint Christian Church for a Backpack fair at the East Providence High School.
 
Supplies lists for each grade at all of the public elementary schools in East Providence were provided by the School Department.  With donated funds, the supplies were purchased and distributed to over 800 elementary students from East Providence.  In addition to the loaded backpacks, local hairdresser volunteers provided 175 haircuts.  The event was well organized and ran smoothly, with an Assistant Superintendent and several teachers, as well as several Rotary volunteers helping out.  
 
 
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Charter Night - Tribute to Bill Donnelly

Posted on Jul 30, 2016
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June 28, 2016 was a significant date for the East Providence/Seekonk Rotary Club.  It was on that date 70 years ago (June 28, 1946) that the East Providence Rotary Club was Chartered.  It was decided to combine the Anniversary with the Installation of Officers and induction of new member Jennifer Hyde.  But the highlight of the evening was a special tribute to long-time member Bill Donnelly.  The Metacomet Country Club in East Providence was the setting, with Past District Governor Joe Clancy as the emcee, and District Governor Kristine David as the Installing Officer.
 
Several of Bill Donnelly's family and friends attended the event.  Unfortunately, Bill did not attend as he was hospitalized on the morning of the event, but at his insistence, his wife Ella (who is an Honorary member of the club) and two of his daughters attended.  It was a fitting tribute to a fine gentleman and a proud Rotarian.
 
 
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District Governor Official Visit

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
Today's meeting was the annual official District Governor visit.  The annual event features a meeting of the Governor and the Board of Directors prior to the regular meeting and a presentation during the regular meeting
 
 
 
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