Remembering the Courtesy Club

Remembering the Courtesy Club



Dave Barber of Westerly dropped by recently with this photo, published in The Sun in 1960, which he found while going through some papers. The photo, featuring many of Dave’s friends, and the caption, are all about the Courtesy Club, a “new young men’s club, one different from others” in the area which was “designed principally to promote courtesy on the highways” by the Courtesy Drivers Organization. The club met at the Italo-American Club on Pond Street. Members elected at the first meeting were John Vitterito, president; Kenneth Rosso, vice-president; Robert Gencarelli, secretary; Louis Garafaloa, treasurer; and Gordon Smith, publicity. Westerly police officer Richard Morrone gave the members a brief talk about the club and how it came into being. The Courtesy Drivers Organization has been formed, he said, “to keep boys 16 years of age and over off the streets, to give them something to do, and to try to abolish the hot rod clubs.” Thank you Dave!


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