The Rotary Club of Middletown


Middletown Rotary Club Bulletin - May, 2024

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CALENDAR NOTES - Upcoming meetings, speakers & events

Wed. June 12th - End-Of-Year-Celebration - A social, a celebration, an installation of new officers, and a welcome to friends of Rotary & potential new members.

Wed. June 26th - John Houle speaker - Author of The King-Makers of Providence

Wed. July 10th - Tour of the Artillery Company of Newport


The Middletown Rotary Club organized a cleanup of Dunlop-Wheeler Park and the adjacent Atlantic Beach area on May 15th as part of the 2024 Rotary Day of Service. We join over 800 Rotary clubs and 30,000 Rotarians across 10 states and 5 countries, including the United States, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, and England, who are volunteering in May to improve our communities.



On June 12th, the Middletown Rotary Club's will hold an End-of-Year Celebration at the Newport Wyndham Hotel. Our celebration will begin with a social hour at 5:30 PM on the hotel's beautiful outdoor patio bar overlooking the ocean. 

Following the social hour, we will have a brief meeting to reflect on the highlights of the past year, welcome our new officers and enjoy a celebratory dinner together.

Valerie Perry a past District Governor, the incoming District Governor Sharon Johnson and District Governor Elect Nicole Brien are planning to attend as well as our superstar Asst. DG Betty Galligan and the incoming Asst DG Paul LaFleur.

Members are expected to invite family and friends along as their guests to join in the festivities.

We will be inviting as guests supportive friends of Rotary as well as other community members who have expressed an interest in knowing more about our club.  If you know of anyone that fits that description who may have an interest in getting to know us, let Janice know and she will send you a special letter to invite them.

RSVP to Jack by June 9th and let him know whose coming.


Sixteen students will get a chance to enjoy YMCA summer camp compliments of the Middletown Rotary Club.


This summer, young readers can earn rewards at the library based on the number of books they read. As a reward, they can choose a can of dog or cat food, decorate the label with their name, and donate it to the Potter Animal Shelter. This program has been made possible by the generous support of the Middletown Rotary Club.


The Interact Club in coordination with the Middletown High School Service Club have scheduled a cleanup at Gaudet Middle School on Wednesday, June 5 at Gaudet School from 3:00pm-4:30pm. All Rotary members are encouraged to help out. In addition they plan to beach cleanups in the months of July & August.  Stay Tuned for more info on these. More about the newly formed club.





Ferass Sammoura - Researcher - Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University

Ferass Sammoura presented his research on the effects of environmental exposures on neurodegenerative diseases. He found that even low levels of DDE, a breakdown product of the insecticide DDT, can harm the brain by increasing Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP), which leads to plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Sammoura hopes his work will help scientists understand how DDT and DDE exposure impacts different populations, contributing to a broader understanding of these chemicals' health effects.


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May 2024 Speaker/s
Ferass Sammoura - Alzheimer Research

Ferass Sammoura received his PhD in Public Health with a concentration of Environmental Health Sciences from Florida International University (FIU) in 2023. His dissertation research focused on the effects of environmental exposures in neurodegenerative diseases. Specifically, Dr. Sammoura focused on the interplay of organochlorine pesticides DDT and DDE in amyloid pathology, relevant to Alzheimer’s disease. His and his collaborators research is the first to ever discover mechanistic links for organochlorine pesticide exposure in Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Ferass Sammoura is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University.

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