Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield, Rhode Island
Thursday, June 6 , 2019
Place & Time:
Arturo Joe's
140 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI  02882
Meeting Thursday @ Noon
Meeting called to order President Tom Tarzwell   
Time    12:20
Pledge and 4-way test:         President Tom
Prayer:                        Ben
Song: God Bless America   Marion
Greeter : Gene
Visiting Rotarians: None
Guest: Jack Chausse, John Gaffney
Posted by Gene Corl & Glen Zibolis
Number of members present:   30 
Visiting Rotarians:   
Number of guests:   2
When paying with a Credit Card, fees approach $1 per transaction, Cash is preferred.
Spencer Seitz introduced the Student of the Month, Jack Chausse, and his counselor, John Gaffney. Jack is a junior with a 3.4 gpa, runs track, and is a community volunteer.
  • Next week in lieu of the regular meeting, we are holding the Installation Dinner for President Elect Bob Cruz at 5:30 at Spain. Please sign up with Tom or Russell if you have not already done so. Tickets are $45.
  • This Saturday is Vet Surf at Narragansett Town Beach. You can sign up on line to volunteer.
  • The Art Festival is June 21 to 23 and 88 artists have registered. Volunteers are needed to set up on the 21st and be there at other times throughout the weekend. Talk to Sandy Cutting if you are available to volunteer a few hours that weekend.
  • Please donate to the Rotary Foundation to support international projects and grants to local clubs. The club goal is to reach an average of $100 per member. Checks should be made payable to Rotary Foundation and sent to Tom.
  • Annual dues will be increasing by $3 next year, to a total of $217.
  • INSTALLATION DINNER FOR BOB CRUZ AND OFFICERS — JUNE 13 AT SPAIN 5:30.                                                                   Tickets are $45 per person, payable in advance or at the door if you tell Russell and promise not to forget to go.
    Wakefield Rotary's 62nd Installation Dinner
    Thursday, June 13, 2019, 5:30 PM
    Spain Restaurant
    1144 Ocean Road
    You are invited to the 62nd Wakefield Rotary Installation Dinner 
    Please plan to attend to celebrate and support
    2019/2020 President Bob Cruz along with his Slate of Officers for the upcoming year.
    That evening we will also honor our current President Tom Tarzwell and helping him celebrate a job well done.
    Not to be forgotten our highly anticipated "Rotarian of the Year" award.
    Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Tom's sponsor and long time Rotarian Harry Cesario
    We all know the food will be great and plenty of it, The Spain always does a great job for us.
    Cost $45 per Person
    Please Register Online at  

    or give your check to Russell
The upcoming Art Festival is already receiving reservations from participating artists. If you are interested in serving on the committee for the festival, please see Sandy Cutting.
Thank you for your service above self!
Happy Bucks
  • Martin Vincent is happy that he will march in the Boston Gay Pride parade.
  • Valerie Szlatenyi is happy that she saved a turtle from being run over and that she heard a moving story from a WWII veteran who was a turret gunner and survived many missions.
  • Jim Blackerby heard some incredible stories about D-Day from women in their 90s.
  • Marion Humphrey shared that her brother-in-law was killed at the Battle of the Bulge.
  • Chris Van Hemelrijck described his parents’ experiences during the occupation of Belgium and his father’s escape to France on a bicycle.
  • Jim Buchanan described how engineers became paratroopers so they could go into war zones and blow up bridges to impede troop movement.
  • Linda Hennessey made a contribution to the club to match her “significant” birthday this week.
  • Dennis McLeavey had a friend who parachuted into Normandy. He is also researching why the troop landing was at Normandy instead of Marseille.
Speaker and Program: Peter Swain, classification speech, introduced by Jim Blackerby
Peter was born in Oneonta, NY, the child of a teacher/professor and nutritionist, who instilled the spirit of community service in their four sons. His three brothers were involved in the arts: one was an opera singer, one an expert in traditional Japanese theater, and one an actor (who, unfortunately, passed away prematurely of pancreatic cancer).
Bill and Molly Swain, Peter’s parents, were very interested in global issues, resulting in the family moving to England for a year and to Tanzania for two years while the children were young. In Tanzania, they had a pet spider monkey, snakes coming up through the bathtub drain, and a big celebration on Dec. 9 which Peter thought was for his birthday but actually it happened to be Tanzanian Independence Day.
Peter had many adventures and jobs involving the outdoors. He and his brother cycled across the country from New York to California in 66 days. He worked for three summers as a “hut boy,” backpacking supplies into a remote Adirondack lodge. His family lived on a sprawling farm, and he raised goats and honey bees. He taught cross-country skiing at a YMCA camp in the Catskills, then became the Adventure Trip Organizer, among other duties, leading a tour of visually impaired people through the coast of Maine on tandem bikes. He eventually became summer camp director and then Operations Director of the camp.
After 17 years of living in the mountains he and his wife Claudia decided to live near the ocean. Camp Fuller and the Rhode Island YMCA camp programs fit the bill. Peter likes the camp profession because the people are creative, committed, and energetic. He believes that camping fosters independence, social skills, and leadership among young people.
Peter recently retired from the Y but is still active in community service. He is the steward of the community garden at the Broad Rock School, is on the search committee for a new pastor at his church, and rides his bike as much as he can.
Next Meeting:  Thursday, June 13, 2019!
Many thanks to Harry for reporting and Sandy for Pictures!
Please make every effort to attend our next meeting!!!!!
Upcoming Events
Bob Cruz Installation Dinner
Spain Restaurant
Jun 13, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Jun 19, 2019 5:00 PM
Wakefield Rotary 37th Narragansett Art Festival
At Veterans Park, Next to the historic "Towers"
Jun 21, 2019 5:00 PM –
Jun 23, 2019 5:00 PM
Event Planning Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Jul 09, 2019 5:00 PM
Event Planning Committee
Easter Seals of Rhode Island
Aug 13, 2019 5:00 PM
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