The Pawtuxet Valley Rotary Club was chartered on March 30, 1959.
 
Our Rotary club was first known as the Rotary Club of West Warwick, and was initially established in 1920. Sometime during the years of the Great Depression or just before, the club apparently ceased to exist. We have on record, an attempt to re-establish the club around 1936, but apparently with no result. It was only in 1959 that the Rotary Club of West Warwick was finally re-established, and it has continued to serve the communities of Coventry, West Warwick and West Greenwich since then.
 
In 1975 the name of the club was changed to Rotary Club of Pawtuxet Valley (our current name) to better reflect the territory served by it. During the past 57 years of uninterrupted service, our club has been engaged in a multitude of community service projects and has supported several projects of Rotary International in other countries, including (but not limited to) its well-known fight to eradicate polio. On a local level, the Rotary Club of Pawtuxet Valley has helped with literacy projects (recently donating about 500 textbooks to schools in our communities), assisting poor families with a Christmas toy program, and providing support to many agencies. The club also carries out frequent community projects that span a variety of needs. The motto of "Service Above Self" is more than just a saying for us, and we fulfill it in other areas of the United States and the world. We have supported literacy and pure water projects in several countries, emergency shelter projects to areas affected by disasters, and have maintained ties with exchange groups from all over the world. 
 
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CHARTER MEMBERS (March 30, 1959):
 
Beauchamp, Philip - Rector, Episcopal Church
Bodell, Gilbert Ronald Jr. - Vice President, Valley Lace Co.
Boesch, Donald M. - Manager, Suburban Propane Gas Corp.
Boyle, Bernard W. - Manager, Plantations Bank of Rhode Island
Hanley, Christopher Jr. - Dentist
Davis, Clemence C. - Owner, Davis Insurance
Dionne, Rene - Optician, Leo J. Lemoi, O.D.
Fallon, Patrick J. - Assistant Manager, Radio Station WWRI
Flynn, Thomas B. - Sales Manager, Remington's Dairy Inc.
Greeley, Edward F. - Treasurer, Yarn Throwing Corp.
Greene, Horace L. - President, Horace L. Greene Lumber Co.
Henault, R. George - Embalmer, Henault Funeral Home
Rosati, Alfred P. - Optometrist
Houghton, Raymond - Manager, Sears Roebuck & Co.
Lafazia, Frank - Accountant
Lanoie, Raymond A. - Vice President, Lew Mfg. Co.
Murphy, James F. - Partner, Murphy, Morris and McKenna
St. Onge, Leo Jr. - Owner, St. Onge's
Santilli, Anthony - Broker Salesman, B.C. Morton
Smith, Robert M. - Manufacturing Representative, Robert M. Smith Dry Goods
Tatro, Jack - Owner, Hillside Nursing Home
Vardakis, George - Owner, Joe's Diner
Webber, Marvin S. - President, Webber Motor's - Kohl Chevrolet
Dickson, Lon R. - Battalion Commander, U.S. Army
L'Ecuyer, Ernest A. - Sales Representative, Brown & Bigelow
Iannotti, Jack - Manager, Quidneck Greenhouses
Morin, Ernest A. - President & Treasurer, Moring Construction Co. Inc.

OFFICERS:
Clemence C. Davis - President
Leo St. Onge Jr. - Vice President
Bernard W. Boyle - Secretary
Raymond Houghton - Treasurer
Patrick J. Fallon - Sargeant at Arms

DIRECTORS:
James F. Murphy
Ernest A. L'Ecuyer
Edward F. Greeley