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Welcome to The Dover Rotary

The Rotary Club of Dover, NH, offers opportunities for our members — and those interested in making a difference — to get involved. Through meetings, social events, and volunteer projects, our members learn about the issues facing our community and communities all over the world, partnering with local, national, and global experts to exchange ideas about potential solutions and to draw up action plans to respond. Along with these opportunities to serve, members also are able to regularly network, resulting in lifelong friendships and business connections.

Our club is a proud part of this community and of Rotary International. Rotary is a global network of more than 1.2 million members who believe that great things happen when dedicated minds come together. We are community and business leaders representing different professions, experiences, and perspectives but with a shared desire to connect with others to address the challenges affecting our community and communities around the world.

Home Page Stories
A few weeks ago, we heard the news that our fellow Rotarian, Wil Draper was not well and that he did not want leave the Rotary Club of Dover and wanted to continue to receive our “BING” newsletter so he could stay informed. We had the opportunity to get a special visit from Wil, our Rotary Club of Dover Honorary Member. 
At our recent Rotary Bingo night, the Rotary Club of Dover through our Community Giving Program, made a donation to Garrison School PTA for their Turkey Trot 2019 race in November. The Garrison School PTA promotes a sense of community and providing enrichment for our students, teachers and families. Thank you what you do for our community. 

It was a wonderful and fun time as many of our members and families of The Rotary Club of Dover attended our District 7780 Conference this weekend. From the event brochures, to the food, arts & crafts, speaker programs, sharing stories and having fun was what the day was all about. Thank you to Ronald Richard for driving the Traveling Tales van, Yulia Rothenberg for the fabulous face painting, Noreen, Rod and myself as readers to the kids, and to Frank Biehl, Gregg Dowty & Liz, Malcolm, and Laurie Widmark & Peter along with your grandkids for attending.  Many thanks to Emma for coordinating the Romania Cultural Trip and for the opportunity to talk about our experiences and adventures. Friends and fellowship were seen as we all were grateful for this beautiful day and Rotary Conference. 

The New Voices District 7780 Rotary Club chartered with 33 Rotarians, all RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) graduates. These Rotarians are between ages of 18 and 25, all committed to Youth Leadership through service. Welcome, New Voices Rotarians, the newest & youngest club in the Rotary world!
The sun Gods listened and it was a fabulous day for the 19th annual Dover Rotary Charities Golf Tournament! From the start, our golfers were able to get out and enjoy the day of golfing, food and FUN!  Thank you to the golfers, Rotary Club of Dover, the Dover High Interact students, the sponsors, those from the Seacoast Educational Endowment Dover (SEED) and the Links at Outlook Golf Course. Another great event in our local community and how we can give back to those in need through the many Rotary programs and projects. 

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, substance misuse cost the US $600 billion annually in the criminal justice system, insurance and healthcare. Earlier this year,  Seacoast Rotary Clubs of Portsmouth, Dover, Exeter, Hampton, Rochester and Durham came together as the Rotary District 7780 Rotary Initiative to bring prevention, education, treatment, support, and recovery in our local communities.

Members of the Rotary Club of Dover NH, Rotary District 7780, completed the installation of a playground for our local Headstart programs. The project cost $38,000 and was funded by three local Rotary Clubs - Dover, Durham & Rochester; including a District Grant from the Rotary Foundation. All Rotarians are looking forward to seeing the smiling faces of the kids playing on their new playground!
Congratulations to our Rotary Dover High Interact students after a successful year growing together as a group and serving their school and community through service events and project. Being leaders through coordinating and executing these projects, including Night-Out babysitting, mentoring younger students, and packaging food for the needy that allowed them to grow by leading others. They have one more service project, the Color Fun Run, that will raise money for next year’s hands-on trip to Guatemala. Recognizing this evening of their advisers, Candace Hall & Sue Stegman, Leadership team, graduating Seniors, next year’s Leadership, and the students that completed their hours of community service of this past year.  Another successful year and look to continue our partnership with our Rotary & Interact programs.
Look at what our Rotary Club of Dover has done to bring our Rotary trailer back to life and ready to share with our community this Summer and Fall. Be sure to stop by as we will be at our Annual Golf Tournament, Cocheco Arts Festival, Apple Harvest Day and many other local events and fundraisers.
This week, The Rotary Club of Dover welcomed two new members to our club. Please welcome Michael Fridakis sponsored by Nancy Boyle and Tracy Thibeau sponsored by Jim Munroe as they become Rotarians in our community and we look forward to all the good things they will help us to accomplish.

The Rotary Club of Dover had the opportunity to hear of the updates from the President of Federal Savings Bank (Dover), Jim Brannen of the updates of the change within the bank including their new name. Many thanks for the donation from FSB to our Rotary Club’s Community Giving find that will allow us to help others in our community. 

The Rotary Club of Dover recently made a $1,500 donation to CAP - Community Action Partnership for their Summer Meals Program. CAP - Community Action Partnership of Strafford County has the mission to educate, advocate for and assist low-income people in Strafford County, NH to meet their basic needs and achieve or maintain self-sufficiency. promotes a sense of community and providing enrichment for our students, teachers and families. With this donation, CAP allows kids to be able to have meals available during the Summer months when school is not in session. Thank you CAP for your commitment to serving our community. 
The Rotary Club of Dover recently made a $350 donation to the Garrison School PTA for their Destination Imagination Project. The Garrison School PTA promotes a sense of community and providing enrichment for our students, teachers and families. We look forward to hearing from the PTA of the success of this project. 
The sun came out all day so that our Rotary Club of Dover and our families could make the Rotary Gardens in downtown Dover look beautiful. Many of our Rotarians spent time over the past couple of weekends prepping the gardens and yesterday were able to plant and mulch the gardens so that our community can enjoy.

Date: May 13, 2019
Contact: Noreen Biehl, President, Rotary Club of Dover, NH

An educational forum will be held on June 3, 2019 at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Garrison Wing Auditorium, 6-8 p.m. to further awareness of the opioid epidemic and substance use disorders.

Sponsored by N.H. Seacoast Rotary Clubs, this is the fourth Recovery with Hope and Dignity educational forum to highlight N.H.’s new hub and spoke system of care for people suffering with substance use disorders. The forums are designed to discuss treatment and recovery options and educate attendees on how they may one day save a life.

The Rotary Club of Dover presented a check for $1,500 to Stephen Pappajohn of the Dover Police Charities for the Dover Teen Center Adventure Program. Youth programs often can’t do it all on their own. Partnerships with local businesses and other non-profit organizations play a integral role in program quality. Because of our partners, the Dover Teen Center continues to thrive, and offer valuable after school and summer opportunities and experiences for our area youth.
The Rotary Club of Dover presented a check for $500.00 to Nancy Weik of the Dover Youth Softball Association. Dover Youth Softball League serves players from ages 4 - 16 who are residents of the communities of Dover, Durham, Lee and Madbury or who are students of a Dover school. We offer recreational yet competitive spring softball focusing on learning fundamentals of the game, as well as a summer season for higher skilled players who desire greater competition and challenges in the game of softball.
Rotary Club of Dover members attended the Naturalization Ceremony of our friend and Rotarian, Kalina Lesseva at the Yarmouth High School. We listened and cheered on as Kalina became a US Citizen. Congratulations, Kalina, from your Rotary Club of Dover family!
The Rotary Club of Dover presented a check for $500.00 to Project Graduation. Project Graduation is a program offered by many high schools in the United States, in which organized, adult-supervised and alcohol-free activities are offered as part of a post-graduation party, as an alternative to student-run events involving alcoholic beverages or drugs.

The Rotary Club of Dover presented a check for $250.00 to the Monarch School of New England as part of Community Giving program. The Monarch School of New England is a day school that serves children ages 5 – 21, with significant physical, medical, developmental, behavioral and emotional disabilities. We utilize Applied Behavior Analysis principles in addition to offering one-on-one, social and emotional support.