Club Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Wakefield,
Rhode Island
Thursday, 4/28/2022
Place & Time:
Virtual ZOOM Meeting
Meeting Thursday @ 7:15 AM

April 28, 2022
Meeting at Camden’s Restaurant
President Glen Zibolis called the meeting to order at 7:30 AM.
  Pledge and 4-way Test led by Glen      
The Wakefield Rotary Board of Directors approved two individuals for membership in the club.
 Jessica Wong, proposed by Nancy Kleniewski,
Jessica is the Aquatic Director and the SC YMCA. She works in Wakefield and lives in Narragansett.
Henry Atterbury, Proposed by Russell Bertrand.
Henry is a former member of several Rotary Clubs and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He is also the District Polio Plus Chair.
He is a retired Superintendent of Recreation and Parks in upstate New York. Henry lives in Rockville RI
These names will be posted in the Wheel for review for 2 weeks . Any objections or comments please contact President Glen or the Membership Chair Bob Cruz.
The board looks forward to welcoming Jessica and Henry in to the membership.
Club Business and Announcements
  • Glen – Last Wednesday’s Vigil for Peace In Ukraine raised $800. Thanks to those who participated.
  • Beth Leconte – Hold June 23: Installation Breakfast for incoming president Steve White.
  • Nancy Kleniewski – Reading to Children and pool party at the YMCA Friday, April 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Beth, Jim, and Nancy will read, Sandy will provide pizza, and Jessica Wong from the Y will coordinate the swim.
  • Russell Bertrand – Steve Certa from the District Foundation thanked the club for our contribution to Safe Passage in Guatemala.
Happy Bucks
  • Betsy Wisehart – Finally saw the legendary beaver at a pond near her home.
  • Fran Alexakos – Is back and feeling much better.
  • Sandy Cutting – Is “happy it’s over.”
  • Nancy Kleniewski – Sorry for missing two meetings.
  • Steve White – Showed off his “secret decoder ring.”
  • Beth Leconte – Is taking a trip to a horse farm in Connecticut.
  • Russell Bertrand – Karen is doing well. Also he attended the Rotary Council on Legislation in Chicago where the board approved a dues increase for members.
  • Sandy Willhauck – Had the whole family for Easter dinner.
  • Elizabeth Candas – Happy she could join us on Zoom. Also Sezgin says hello.
  • Donna Vignali – Celebrating another 25th birthday this week.
  • Jim Blackerby – His daughter’s family and son’s family visited for four days.
  • Betsy Wisehart – Had the family over for Easter – it was after April 15.
  • Joanne Daly – Held an updated Easter egg hunt for her grown daughters with nips instead of jellybeans.

The Wheel April 21, 2022
Program: Update on the May 15 Children’s Festival, led by Donna Vignali and Margaret Johnson
The Children’s Festival is set for Sunday, May 15, from 11:00 to 4:00 at the South County Museum. Setup will begin at 8:00 AM.
There is plenty of work to do. Donna and Margaret have identified a Chairperson and several volunteers for each task. If you want to be assigned to a particular task, please contact the chairperson.
Admission tables: Nancy Kleniewski
Food: Tricia Driscoll
Vendors and performers: Beth Leconte
Rotary information table: Jim Blackerby
Parking: Steve white
Signs: Bob Cruz
Games: Jessica Wong
Crafts: Betty Merner (teacher and friend of Margaret)
This event is a fundraiser, and it is on track to make money. The club has reallocated the donations that were originally given to support a “Beach Bumper Ball” event which, due to Covid, never took place. Community sponsors for the festival have been very generous. We already have sponsorships from Belmont Market, Sweenor’s Chocolates, A Quick Tire Service, and our own Joanne Daly. Brickley’s is supplying ice cream, and local businesses are giving gift baskets to be raffled off. The list keeps growing!
Thanks to everyone for pitching in!
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20.
The Wheel April 28, 2022
Meeting at Camden’s Restaurant
Attendance: 22 members;  2 guests: Peter Feketie, guest of Ed McLaughlin and Steve Certa, District Foundation Chair, via Zoom
President Glen Zibolis called the meeting to order at 7:30 AM.
                Pledge and 4-way Test led by Glen         
Invocation by Gene Corl
                Song, “God Bless America”
Club Business and Announcements
  • Margaret Johnson – The signs for the Children’s Festival will be ready tomorrow. We need volunteers to place them around the neighborhoods.
  • Beth Leconte – Members and friends are invited to march in the Memorial Day Parade and carry our large U. S. flag.
  • Steve Certa – Thank you to the club for our donation to Safe Passage.
  • Ed McLaughlin – The Charitable Committee recommends the following contributions:
    • $1000 each to SK High and Narragansett High for gift cards to help students with food insecurity issues.
    • $900 to Welcome House for bus passes and food gift cards.
    • $2750 to Habitat for Humanity to augment our earlier gift as a result of Covid-related cost overruns of materials.
    • The motion passed unanimously.
Fines and Confessions — Don and Betsy Wisehart
  • Missing badges, pins.
  • Who was born in RI?
  • RI trivia contest.
Happy Bucks
  • Sandy Willhauck – Her first day without a boot from her broken toe.
  • Donna Vignali – Her birthday post on Facebook raised $70 for Rotary.
  • Betsy Wisehart – Tattled on Don, who has a birthday next week.
  • Steve White – Took his granddaughters dressed as pirates to Mystic for Pirates Day.
  • Fran Alexakos – Delighted that her daughter got a job in Quonset.
  • Jim Buchanan – His oldest son is getting married at Shepherd’s Run.
  • Glen – Had a nice weekend at a horse farm in Connecticut but Bailey had the most fun because there were so many other dogs there.   
Speaker and Program: Mike Millen, Narragansett Historical Cemeteries Commission, introduced by Donna Vignali
Mike comes from a large family with deep roots in South County (the Wrights, among others) and has many cousins. His genealogical research as a Boy Scout earned him a merit badge. When the Town of Narragansett established a Historical Cemeteries Commission to inventory historical cemeteries and evaluate their conditions, he joined and was promptly made Chair. He told us that most of the historic burials in Narragansett are part of the history of South Kingstown because they date from the period before Narragansett was an independent town.
In addition to documenting the cemeteries, the Commission cares for many of them. Volunteers are invited to the next cemetery cleanup, Saturday, May 14, at the South Ferry Church. They will be removing branches and clutter from Historical Cemeteries #10 and #11 that abut the church but are not part of church property.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.
Next Meeting:  Thursday May 5, 2022
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Please make every effort to attend our next Wakefield Rotary meeting.
Better yet, bring a friend!
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