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Dover

Service Above Self

We meet In Person & Online
Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
Goss Building
121 Broadway
Dover, NH 03820
United States of America
We are hosting hybrid lunch meetings at 121 Broadway in Dover on Wednesdays: 12:15-1:30 in the first-floor conference room. Guests are always welcome! Email me for the zoom link macheney@comcast
 
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Welcome to our newest Rotarian, Teresa Robison to the Rotary Club of Dover. Teresa was officially admitted by Past President, Jim Munro and and pinned by next year’s President, Kathy Fink. We’re delighted to have you, Teresa, especially as we celebrate our100th Rotary year in 2024.
An amazing night out with our fellow Rotary Club of Dover Rotarians and their guests to see the musical, Bye Bye Birdie with music director and Dover Rotarian, Kathy Fink.
We were up and at the Rotary Gardens to remove the flowers and plants as we prepare the gardens for the cold weather. Look for us again in the Spring 🪴
Members of the Rotary Club of Dover including Gregg Dowty, Melissa Lesniak, Jonathan Nichols, and Nick Pelman presented $5000.00 in gift cards as part of the Rotary Club of Dover - Kid's Closet project.

The gift cards were presented to Dover High School staff members including Principal Peter Driscoll, Social Worker Donna Berchulski, Director of Guidance Carolyn Schwarz, and Guidance Counselors serving students throughout the school.
 
Last week, members of the Rotary Club of Dover including Gregg Dowty, Melissa Lesniak, Jonathan Nichols, Noreen Biehl, and Nathania Sitiwatjans presented $3500.00 in gift cards as part of the Rotary Club of Dover - Kid's Closet project.
The gift cards were presented to Dover Middle School staff members including Mary Calhoun, Joan Breault, Charles Antwon, and Caitlyn Fogg serving students throughout the school.
It may have been a little cold, yet the Dover High School Interact students partnered with the Rotary Club of Dover to host our 3rd Annual Rotary & DHS Interact "SHRED IT" Shredding Event!
We greeted those looking to shred their documents and then thanked them for supporting the Interact fundraiser to help 15 girls through the Heifer International program to be able to attend school. 
Thank you to EVERYONE who volunteered, donated the snacks, and dropped off their documents to be shredded 
(l-r) Rotarians Phil Rinaldi, Gregg Dowty and Noreen Biehl present gift cards to the DHA team: Tim Granfield, Board Chair; Michele Bourasso, Family Self Sufficiency Specialist; Roxanne Osgood, Family and LIHTC Housing Specialist, Becky Daniels, Housing Choice Voucher Specialist and Exec. Director Ryan Crosby.
 
Students participating in the Seymour Osman Community Center’s After School Program at Dover Housing Authority will receive gift cards to purchase school clothes and supplies thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Dover, NH.  The program will provide Walmart and Target gift cards for approximately 100 elementary, middle and high school students.
 
DHA Exec. Director Ryan Crosby was grateful for the donation. “Thank you very much—and please pass our thanks along to the entire Dover Rotary membership for the generous contribution of $10,000 in gift cards. This is an amazing opportunity to help our neighborhood children.”
 
Rotarian Gregg Dowty noted the Rotary Club of Dover has donated supplies and gift cards for several years to DHA and recently funded another program to provide snacks for needy students in all of Dover’s public elementary schools.  “We are currently working with Dover school officials to determine where other needs exist and how our Rotary club may contribute. Our goal is to help students learn in every way possible.”
 
The Rotary Club of Dover President Megan Keil welcomed our newest members, Nathania Sitiwatijana of TD Bank and Jonathan Nichols of the Woodman Museum to the club (above) and Michael Day of the Woodman Museum ( below)  Doing Good. Very Good.
The Rotary Club of Dover NH beat the rain and hosted its Annual Dover Rotary Golf Tournament on Monday, June 27, 2022. 
This year's tournament supports our Scholarship Program and new Vocational Training & Tools Grant.
Thank you to all who sponsored, volunteered, and played.
Only a few days left to sign up and play at the beautiful Cochecho Country Club in Dover, NH
 
 
Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this year's annual Charities Golf Tournament on June 27, 2022. Haven't signed up yet? Visit our golf website to register: 
 
 
Dover Rotary Golf Sponsors 2022
 
Major Sponsors ($1,500 level) 
  • Shaheen and Gordon 
  • Gateway Retirement Solutions 
  • Eastern Bank
  • First Seacoast Bank
 
Beverage Cart ($275)
  • Tri City Autos
  • Bank of NH 
  • Profile Bank 
 
Closest to the Pin ($250)
  • Harvey Bernier
  • John Hopkins (Bellamy Fields)
 
Hole Sponsors ($175)
  • Edward Jones / Nick Pellman
  • Community Action Partnership / Betsey Andrews Parker
  • “Thank you for your service” from Bob Lapoint – Korea & Phil Rinaldi – Viet Nam.
  • RBC Management / Rob Boulanger
  • Jim Munro
  • Wyskiel, Boc, Tillinghast and Bolduc
  • Keller Williams Coastal Realty / Melissa Lesniak
  • Harvey Bernier
  • R.M. Davis
  • DF Richard
  • Bank of NH
  • Raiche & Co
 
Donations
  • Harvey Bernier $75
  • Robinson, Boesch, Sennott & Daly P.A./ Andrea Sennott $150
 
President Jim Munro welcomes Dave Keslar as the newest member. 
Dave has wanted to connect more closely to the Dover community and was impressed with the spirit of the club and what it does in the community. Welcome, Dave!
 
“No one can do it alone.”
Congratulations to Noreen Biehl as she was honored last evening as the “Citizen of the Year” at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce - Annual Awards Gala 2022 and celebrated her achievements that she has accomplished with her family, work at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Rotary Club of Dover, and the Dover community.
The Annual Awards Dinner recognizes recipients of Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Community Arts Champion, Educator of the Year.

“Help Wanted” banners ripple in the winds along Seacoast streets and shopping plazas, urging workers to apply, while some of the hardest to fill openings remain vacant due to a lack of training or the skills necessary to meet job requirements. In some cases, lacking the tools of the trade may prohibit earnest workers from employment. To acquire or upgrade skills in a chosen vocation, the Rotary Club of Dover, NH, developed a Vocational Training & Tools (VT&T) financial assistance grant program for individuals who live or work in Dover, NH. 

The first recipient of the grant, Victor Steinberg, expressed his gratitude recently in a note to Jim Munro, President of Dover, NH’s Rotary:  

Thank you for the grant to purchase tools as I “retool” as an auto mechanic and expand my ability to service vehicles and learn a new skill. The grant for the support of tradesmen is much appreciated. A special thank you to Ron Richard for establishing this grant and his understanding of these challenges.

According to Ron Richard, Chairman of Rotary’s VT&T Committee, the effort is the result of a collaboration with Dover Adult Learning Center, Dover H.S.’s Career & Technical program and Community Action Partnership of Strafford County.

DOVER — Seacoast Endowment for Education in Dover (SEED), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting academic excellence in Dover schools, accepted a $4,159 donation from The Rotary Club of Dover to help fund two literacy grants in Dover public schools.

According to Rotary Club of Dover President Jim Munro, literacy is one of the club’s main areas of focus. “We are pleased to provide SEED funding for these targeted reading initiatives and applaud their efforts to support teachers and promote educational excellence for Dover students.”

The first literacy grant, awarded to Dover High School Language Arts Teacher Leslie Hocking, will be used to underwrite her Reading for Fun proposal valued at $2,500. A longitudinal study spearheaded by Dr. Mariah Evans of the University of Nevada, Reno, found the greater the number of books in a household, the greater the positive impact on the child.

The funding will provide every freshman at Dover High a book of their choice, free of charge as part of their high school orientation. In conjunction with a $5,000 sponsorship from Barnes and Nobles, the students will have a variety of current, high-interest books to select. “This grant reaches students in a way that no classroom does, filling an important gap in their education,” said Hocking.

The second grant award was bestowed to Kelly Cote to purchase literacy supplies and tools for the entire Woodman Park School first grade, which consists of approximately 120 students. The two-part grant will allow for Take Home Reading Bags—backpacks filled with reading level books for first grade students to transport to and from home—and provide socially distanced classroom tools such as individual seat pockets to keep student materials organized and easily accessible during learning times; clipboards for use during outside learning time; and classroom stools for flexible seating options.

In a 2019 article published in ScienceDirect, a study found that immersing children in book-orientated environments benefits their later educational achievement, attainment, and occupational standing. “Many of our students come from families of low economic status that may not have access to quality books appropriate for their reading skills,” said Cote “The Take Home Reading Bags provide students with access to quality books so they can read daily at home.”

To learn more about SEED and its mission to create a legacy for educational excellence in Dover public schools, visit doverseed.org.

The Rotary Club of Dover had the opportunity this week to partner with the Woodman Museum and offer an Open House to share with the community how the club has been a big part of the Dover community for the past 97 years. We were able to gather with friends for an evening of friendship & fellowship and recognized dedicated citizens and organizations for efforts that have done and will continue to do for others in need of assistance.

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With the screech of an air horn to end the evening Women’s League golf event, the outdoor celebration of Gregg Dowty’s year as President moved inside the club house. President, Gregg Dowty welcomed members and plus-ones in attendance. With our Bingo fundraiser back in play, Phil Rinaldi announced a 3-month net contribution from Bingo that we can use to give back to the community. With the annual golf tournament taking place on Monday, Gregg extended his thanks to Kathy Fink, the Golf Committee and all who participated in the brutally hot game. Upcoming meetings and events were announced, including the Rotary Open House to be held on July 7th at the Woodman Museum starting at 4:30pm. As we begin the new Rotary year, the motto will be Serve to Change Lives.

President Gregg’s “Wizardly” Year End Comments:

  • President, Gregg described 2020-21 as “an amazing year”- we set a goal of completing eight service projects and ended up with 28 projects!
  • The club exemplified Service Above Self during a challenging year, stayed connected and commited.
  • Gregg concluded his remarks and his year as President of the Rotary Club of Dover, NH, with a familiar tale about the Wizard of Oz that proved you don’t have to look for a wizard or follow a yellow-brick road to find people with brains, hearts and courage.
  • Rotarians are a collection of wise people who care about each other and want to make a difference.

You truly made a difference Gregg Dowty - thank you for an incredible year and incredible leadership!