Service Above Self
Rotary Club of Woonsocket

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Monday, July 28, 2014
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Future Speakers
Jul 31 2014
Janice Contillo-Program Chair
"District Governor Elect-Kristine David"
Aug 7 2014
Kathy Shatraw--Program Chair
Aug 14 2014
Bob Picard-Club Assembly
"Kathy Kando-Classification"
Aug 21 2014
Dave Lahousse-Program Chair
Aug 28 2014
Eric Brouillard--Program Chair
Sep 4 2014
Ron Miller- Program Chair
Sep 11 2014
Bob Picard-Club Assembly
"Renamarie Di Muccio-Classification"
Sep 18 2014
Dick Lemay--Program Chair
Sep 25 2014
Allen Rivers-Chair person Autumnfest
"Autumnfest committee"
Oct 2 2014
Barbara Waterman--Program Chair
Oct 9 2014
Luncheon at the Park for Autumnfest
Oct 16 2014
Bob Picard-Club Assembly
"Linda Giorgio--Classification"
Oct 23 2014
Aram Jarret-Program Chair

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Richard R. Charest named 2014 Woonsocket Rotary Vocational Service Award Recipient
by Harnois, Mark



The Rotary Club of Woonsocket is pleased to announce Richard R. Charest as the recipient of the 2014 Vocational Service Award . The award will be presented on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Savini's Restaurant in Woonsocket.



Charest recognized for vocational service

Woonsocket Rotary honors Richard R. Charest, President Landmark Medical Center and Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, as the recipient of the Vocational Service Award. The coveted award represents one of the four cornerstones of the Rotary Club. Rotarians are charged to uphold high ethical standards in all their vocational and professional practices, to recognize the worthiness of all use occupations and to consider their own occupation as an opportunity to service society. The Rotary Club of Woonsocket advances this idea through its Vocational Service Award, created to recognize and honor Rotarian or community members or business, which has through their work practiced in keeping the highest ethical standards and strived to help others.

Richard R. Charest became president of Landmark Medical Center in January 2007. He serves as president and chief executive officer of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, a position he has held since 2000. Mr. Charest is a graduate of Northeastern University with a B.S. in pharmacy and Bryant University with an M.B.A. in healthcare administration.

Known as a strategic, result-oriented executive and for being a visionary leader with a passion for quality, patient safety and service excellence, he has a demonstrated record of organizational leadership and success, including the development and implementation of financial and operational turnaround strategies, the development of tertiary-level programs and negotiation of programmatic partnership with external organizations.

A native of northern Rhode Island, he currently serves as a governing board member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Heart Association and an advisory board member at St. Antoine Residence. He has held board appointments at the Rhode Island Blood Center, Rhode Island Drug Utilization Review Board, Rhode Island Board of Pharmacy and the Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Woonsocket.

Join the Woonsocket Rotary Club on April 17th at Savini's Restaurant in Woonsocket, in honoring Richard with this prestigious award. For tickets see any Rotarian of call Suzanne Joyal at 401-568-3332 (sjoyall9@hotmail.com) or Bob Picard at 401-996-8990 (rpicard1@cox.net).
Tickets on sale for Woonsocket Rotary Porketa
by Harnois, Mark


Tickets are now on sale for the Woonsocket Rotary Porketa
Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6 PM
Elks Hall
368 Social Street
Woonsocket, RI
Ticket Cost: $25.00
Please contact a Rotary member for tickets


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Woonsocket Rotary Seeking Candidates for 2014 Vocational Service Award
by Harnois, Mark



Once again the Rotary Club of Woonsocket is seeking candidates for the prestigious 2014 Vocational Service Award.



Woonsocket Rotary Seeking Candidates for 2014 Vocational Service Award

Please complete your nomination and submit to Chairperson Suzanne Joyal

Once again the Rotary Club of Woonsocket is seeking candidates for the prestigious 2014 Vocational Service Award.

Prior Honorees: 2006-Owen Bebeau; Director Human Services City of Woonsocket, 2007-Kevin Plouffe; Band Director Woonsocket High School, 2008-Bill Belisle; Mount St. Charles Hockey Coach, 2009- Harry Diarbian; Transitional Care Case Manager at The Woonsocket Shelter Community Action, 2010-Charles Seavor; Long Time Rotarian, 2011-Robert “Rob” Pilkington, 2012-Pat Dempster; Because He Lives Ministries, 2013-Cathy Levesque; Executive Director of the Stadium Theatre Foundation

Woonsocket Rotarian Please complete your nomination and submit to Chairperson Suzanne Joyal. Eligible candidates: Rotarian, Non-Rotarian, Business

Woonsocket Rotary Sponsors Autumnfest beer garden
by Harnois, Mark



For the 35th year the Rotary Club of Woonsocket sponsors the Autumnfest beer garden.

This years event includes a full line-up of entertainment, craft brews and a Patriots tailgate party.

Entertainment includes:
Steve Malec and Electric Flood, Friday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Through the Doors, Friday 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Ruckus, Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Steve Smith & The Nakeds, Saturday 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Schwarze Schafe German Band, Sunday 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Brass Attack, Sunday 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Niteflies, Monday 2:00pm - 6:00pm

This year’s beer selection includes longtime favorite Budweiser and Bud Light along with Wachusett, a small-batch brewer located in Westminster, Mass and good old ‘Gansett – Narragansett  brewed in New York now, but still true to the old-fashioned recipe that grew up in Cranston. This year, look for the trends under the tent to lean even more heavily toward artisan and local craft brews. Woonsocket’s only commercially licensed craft beer, Ravenous, will add its coffee milk stout and other seasonal recipes to the beverage list. Newport Storm, another of the growing legion of popular craft beers made in the Ocean State, will also join in

Another innovation this season is the football “tailgate” party, which will dovetail with the traditional Sunday afternoon Patriots game, that begins at 4 p.m. The beer tent hooked up with Cox Cablevision to broadcast the game on three big-screen TVs adjacent to the beer tent. Meanwhile, vendors from the nearby food court will dispatch servers to dish up treats for the Pats fans.

All the profit the Rotary Club earns from Autumnfest beer is used by the Rotary to support city-based charitable causes and civic needs – including Autumnfest.

 

Woonsocket Rotary Club Annual Breakfast
by Harnois, Mark



Woonsocket Rotary Club is sponsoring it's annual breakfast. The event will be held Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Woonsocket Senior Services Inc., 84 Social Street, Woonsocket. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 6-12. Children under 5 years old are free.

Woonsocket Rotary Club is sponsoring it's annual breakfast. The event will be held Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Woonsocket Senior Services Inc., 84 Social Street, Woonsocket. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 6-12. Children under 5 years old are free.
Doing Good & Feeling Great: Woonsocket Rotary Club News by Kristen Allen
by Allen, Kristen


As seen in the March 20, 2013 issue of the Woonsocket Call.

Doing Good & Feeling Great: Woonsocket Rotary Club News by Kristen Allen

When Gerry Noel, then at the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, came to my office in 2007 to recruit a new member for the Woonsocket Rotary, I imagined a ritualistic gathering of old, stodgy businessmen--you know, something along the lines of Howard Cunningham from Happy Days wearing his ill-fitting fez as he frets about becoming Grand Poo-Bah at his Leopard Lodge.  My boss thought it would be good for me to network with these businessmen.  So, to a Rotary luncheon meeting I went.  As I expected, there were plenty of old guys.  To my surprise, though, they weren’t stodgy.  And about half the members were women who were around my age.  And there wasn’t a fez in sight.

     What there WAS in abundance is the best kept secret in town.  See, the Rotary Club of Woonsocket has been working quietly for over 50 years to make Woonsocket, North Smithfield, and Burrillville better places to live, work, and play.  You may know that the Woonsocket Rotary manages the concessions and the Beer Garden at Autumnfest every year.  Did you also know they have raised millions of dollars to support local projects?  The Woonsocket Rotary is involved in a dizzying array of good works ranging from stocking food pantry shelves to teaching Woonsocket third graders to swim to helping restore the Stadium Theatre to sponsoring Little League teams to giving out scholarships for area graduates.  Beyond fundraising, Woonsocket Rotarians have never been afraid to get their hands dirty.   Whether it’s pulling electrical wires to light up Autumnfest, or clearing brush for a nature trail behind Leo Savoie Elementary, or delivering dictionaries to North Smithfield Elementary or pulling weeds and harvesting greens at the Grow Up Community Garden, Rotarians are busy at work.   If something good is happening in the region, you can bet that the Woonsocket Rotary probably has a hand in it. 

     They have also been making a tremendous impact in impoverished nations around the world by sending funds, goods, and volunteers where they are most in need.  In just the past three years, Woonsocket Rotarians have been to Haiti to help build a hospital, to the Dominican Republic to install water filters in rural villages, and to Rwanda to help build libraries.  They’ve supplied an orphanage in Ghana with building materials and a copy machine, sent emergency relief supplies to Southeast Asia after the tsunami, helped give a city in India an ambulance, and immunized babies all over the world against polio.  Amazing, right?

     I’m a bit of an aging hippie. I garden and I recycle and I even dropped out of college for a while to follow the Grateful Dead. I’ve made my career in non-profits, working to make my community a better place.  I never thought that I would be a good fit for a “businessmen’s club.”  Who knew, though, that the “businessmen’s club” that is Rotary has as its mission to promote world peace through fellowship, community service, and promoting high ethical standards in our workplaces?  Now you all know.  

     Each week, I’ll be sharing stories about the good things that the Rotary Club of Woonsocket is up to.   If you can’t wait that long to hear more about Woonsocket Rotary, check out our website at www.woonsocketrotary.com or contact me at kristenallen01504@gmail.com.  Better yet, join us!  We meet every Thursday at 12:15 at River Falls for lunch in the piano room downstairs.  I promise you won’t have to wear a fez.

 

Article originally published in the March 20, 2013 issue of the Woonsocket Call.

Cathy Levesque named 2013 Woonsocket Rotary Vocational Service Award Recipient
by Harnois, Mark



The Rotary Club of Woonsocket announces Cathy Levesque as the recipient of the 2013 Vocational Service Award recipient. The award will be presented on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Savini's Restaurant in Woonsocket.

Woonsocket Rotary honors Cathy Levesque, Executive Director of the Stadium Theatre Foundation, as the recipient of the Vocational Service Award. The coveted award represents one of the four cornerstones of the Rotary Club. Rotarians are charged to uphold high ethical standards in all their vocational and professional practices, to recognize the worthiness of all use occupations and to consider their own occupation as an opportunity to service society. The Rotary Club of Woonsocket advances this idea through its Vocational Service Award, created to recognize and honor Rotarian or community members or business, which has through their work practiced in keeping the highest ethical standards and strived to help others.

Cathy has been involved in the Stadium Theatre Foundation since 2005, first as a marketing director and presently as executive director. Under her leadership, the theater has become a model for community involvement with its hundreds of volunteers, and a leader in the Blackstone Valley and beyond in bringing top-shelf entertainment that covers the whole spectrum of the arts, whether it is broadways, theatre, local and regional repertory and children’s education.

Her energy and love for the Stadium and it’s future and the future of the Woonsocket Community is evident 24 hours a day as she is tireless in her efforts to constantly “raise the bar”. Something that has resulted in a major success story in Woonsocket from it’s economic development and support of local and regional business.

Join the Woonsocket Rotary Club on May 9th at Savini's Restaurant in Woonsocket, in honoring Cathy with this prestigious award. For tickets see any Rotarian of call Suzanne Joyal at 401-568-3332 (sjoyall9@hotmail.com) or Bob Picard at 401-996-8990 (rpicard1@cox.net).

Tickets on sale for Woonsocket Rotary Porketa
by Harnois, Mark



Tickets are now on sale for the Woonsocket Rotary Porketa
Monday, March 11, 6 PM
Elks Hall
368 Social Street
Woonsocket, RI
Ticket Cost: $20.00
Please contact a Rotary member for tickets
Rotary District 7950 Conference
by Harnois, Mark



Rotary District 7950 Conference
"The District that Rocks"

The Radisson Hotel, 1 Water Street, Plymouth MA 02360
Friday, May 17th, 2013 - Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Click here for more details on the district conference.
Click here to access the online registration.

2012 Gala Art Auction & Wine Tasting
by Harnois, Mark



Friday evening, November 30th at St. Ann Art & Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket

Woonsocket Rotary Charities Foundation Cordially invites you to attend a Wine Tasting & Gala Art Exhibition and Auction on Friday evening, November 30th at St. Ann Art & Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895.

Art preview at 6 PM and auction at 8 PM

Admission or Donation is $30 per person

Evening includes Wine, Hors D'oeuvres, Coffee and Dessert

For Tickets and Informaticn Call Renee Darling-Miller at 401-769-0940

2nd Annual Breakfast with the Saints
by Harnois, Mark



Woonsocket Rotary Club is co-sponsoring the annual breakfast with Mount Saint Rita Health Centre. The event will be held Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the St. Ann's Arts and Cultural Center, 84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 6-12. Children under 5 years old are free.
Woonsocket Rotary Seeking Candidates for 2012 Vocational Service Award
by Harnois, Mark



Please complete your nomination and submit to Chairperson Suzanne Joyal



Once again the Rotary Club of Woonsocket is seeking candidates for the prestigious 2012 Vocational Service Award. Prior Honorees: 2006-Owen Bebeau; Director Human Services City of Woonsocket 2007-Kevin Plouffe--Band Director Woonsocket High School 2008-Bill Belisle-Mount St. Charles Hockey Coach 2009- Harry Diarbian Transitional Care Case Manager at The Woonsocket Shelter Community Action 2010-Charles Seavor- Robert “Rob” Pilkington -2011-Woonsocket Rotarian Please complete your nomination and submit to Chairperson Suzanne Joyal. Eligible candidates: Rotarian, Non-Rotarian, Business
Woonsocket Rotary to Honor 2012 Vocational Service Award Recipient on April 26
by Harnois, Mark



The Rotary Club of Woonsocket will honor a Rotarian, Non-Rotarian or business, from within the Service area, with an Award of Excellence for their Exemplary Vocational Service in their community.

The Rotary Club of Woonsocket will honor a Rotarian, Non-Rotarian or business, from within the Service area, with an Award of Excellence for their Exemplary Vocational Service in their community. The award will be presented at the meeting held Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at River Fall’s Restaurant. The awarded individual or company will be invited along with family and guests to receive the award at that meeting of the week scheduled that evening. The award will be presented to an individual or business that: (1) exemplifies "service above self," (2) has shown outstanding achievement in their vocation or business by encouraging high ethical standards (3) dignified that vocation as an opportunity to serve society.