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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
1. How long have you been in Rotary? – 2 Years in May.
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments: - Becoming the Rotary Historian (Portsmouth Club).
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up: Currently live in Raymond NH but I grew up in Seabrook NH.
 
4. My Hobbies: Spending time with my new son!
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment: Currently the Branch Manager of First Seacoast Bank, I just left my own Financial Planning Practice to get back into banking.
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me: I have been a drummer for multiple Punk Bands in the Seacoast area!
 
7. Final words: With the new baby, my time is more limited, but I am excited to become an active member of the Dover Rotary!
 
Thank you Ian for sharing and we look forward to having you part of the greatest Rotary Club in the Universe.
In March, the Rotary Club of Dover NH partnered with Woodman Park, Garrison Elementary and Horne Street School as we wore our Dr. Seuss hats and read to the students through the “Read Across America” Literacy program. 
 
It was a little different this year than in past years as we used to read in-person at the elementary schools in Dover. Reading to the students virtually allowed us to still participate and I let them choose their favorite Dr. Seuss book. 
 
Both the kindergarten students Woodman Park and the 3rd graders at Horne Street picked my favorite, “Green Eggs & Ham”. They loved when I asked them to join with me when I read “Sam I Am”. 
 
We look forward to more reading as it allows our Rotarians take time and spend time with the kids in our community.
 
1. How long have you been in Rotary?
I’m just now coming up on my one year anniversary of being a Rotarian! It’s been quite a year!
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
So much of the year we haven’t been able to get together and do things in person, but my favorite memories have been when we’ve been able to still do some socially-distant get-togethers or events. I think our club has been really great with modifying activities or events to continue offering some in-person opportunities.
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
I was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, then went to college in Findlay, Ohio. I then spent some time doing internships and working in Makawao, Hawaii and then Salt Lake City, Utah before joining the Peace Corps and living in Matembwe, Tanzania for two years and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for one year. I’ve been living in Dover for a little over a year now!
4. My Hobbies:
I enjoy doing art and grew up taking art classes. In a different life I might have tried to become a Disney animator. I also really enjoy cooking and baking. I’ve even dabbled a bit in baking and decorating royal-icing cookies, although usually about half-way through the process I always end up cursing myself for trying it again. The end result usually looks good, though! I’m also a lover of playing any sort of game, and with the current state of the pandemic, I’ve been able to play some video games online with some friends from all around the country! I can’t say I’m necessarily great at any of the games, but I do enjoy them.
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:
I am a Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps! I spend my days talking to students and people in the community about what Peace Corps is, answering questions that they may have, and helping out with the application process. My territory covers the entire state of Maine, 99% of New Hampshire, and the northeastern part of Massachusetts. Pre-COVID I was actually able to visit all of the colleges and universities in person, but since mid-March it’s been all-virtual recruitment. I’m looking forward to the day when I get to travel again!
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
Before I was a teacher with the Peace Corps, I was a zookeeper! I worked mainly with birds and I would tell people that I worked with birds because it’s the closest I could come to working with dinosaurs in real life. If Jurassic Park was a real place, I would most definitely be working as an animal keeper there.
7. Final words:
I just wanted to say how grateful I am for how warmly I was welcomed into the club! I came to New Hampshire not knowing anyone, and now I feel like I have a group of friends and I can’t wait to be able to see everyone in person again soon!
Thank you Megan for sharing about you and your involvement with the Rotary Club of Dover.
1. How long have you been in Rotary?
Almost 18 years.
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
My top 2 are Guatemala Service Trip with Dover Interact Rotary United Nations Day.
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
I currently live in York, Maine and have for the last 34 years. I grew up in Norton, MA and have always lived in New England.
 
4. My Hobbies:
Hiking & walks on the beach and photography. My favorite is spending time with family
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:
Commercial Loan Officer with Cambridge Trust
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
When in high school I held the school record for discus.
 
7. Final words:
My service background likely comes from growing up with very little. Even though we didn't have much we shared what was available. I'm very proud of both my daughters who also are service oriented. Both served as Presidents of their Interact Clubs and continue to volunteer.
 
Thank you Joe for the opportunity to learn a little more about you and sharing with other Rotarians and our community.
1. How long have you been in Rotary? 31 years
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments: Christmas Tree Sales, Santa Calling, Senior visits with the late, “great” Seymour Osman, Bingo with Bibber, Sid’s WWII stories
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up: I’ve been growing up in Dover since my birth at WDH in 1967. I’ve moved 4 times within a 5 mile radius of my childhood home and have lived in our current home on Dean Drive for the past 26 years.
 
4. My Hobbies: Sports of all kind! I enjoy watching, occasionally participating in and now, thanks to Governor Sununu , gambling on them! I also like puttering around my home and family house at Wells Beach.
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment I’ve been in the insurance sales business the past 32 years. The first 27 years working for my sister at her State Farm Agency and the past 5 years as owner of the Lynch Insurance Agency.
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
I did play by play of high school basketball and football games on WWNH radio about 10 years ago. I loved every minute of it!
 
7. Final words:
I feel fortunate Phil Rinaldi invited me to join Rotary when I was just a snot-nosed 21 year old kid! I remember being in awe of the crowd at my first meeting with the like of Dr. Bob Wilson, Seymour Osman, Kerry Forbes, Tom Dunnington, Chief Bibber, Malcom MacNeill, Frank Cassidy, Captain DeColfmacker, Bob Richard, Noreen Biehl, Gerry Daley, Ray Jobin and many more! The best thing about our Club then, and still today, is the Members.
 
Thank you Joe for the opportunity to learn a little more about you and sharing with other Rotarians and our community.
1. How long have you been in Rotary?
Almost 2 years. Maybe check with Phil.
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
Getting together for projects, learning about everyone, sharing fellowship, driving with Melissa Lesniak to the Rotary event in Portland!
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
I live in Dover since 2013 and before that in Newton, Mass and I grew up in Cincinnati, OH and was born in Moscow, Russia.
 
4. My Hobbies:
Reading, movies, theater, art, making stuff, building community, sharing, learning new things and used to be travel.
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:
Currently I work at UNH Cooperative Extension, before that at the Sustainability Institute and before that worked as a Proposal Manager for several different companies, before transitioning to non-profit. Outside of paid work I am part of a number of local groups focused on art, building community, focused on local regenerative ecological practices and environmental sustainability. And did I mention art?
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
I am an open book! I was recently a part of a book, Finding Home by Becky Field
 
7. Final words: Thank you for being so welcoming and for providing such great support to the community. It is truly lovely to feel a part of this great group.
 
Thank you Gary for sharing and allowing us to learn more about you as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Dover.
1. How long have you been in Rotary?
I joined Rotary in 2011. I reached out to the club for information about Rotary, spoke with Marion and was invited to attend a meeting.
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
There are so many things, but have to say I enjoy the Back to School program and sitting on the Scholarship Committee the most.
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
I grew up in Newburyport MA and currently live in Rochester NH
 
4. My Hobbies:
Golf and going to the beach
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:
Business Development & Care Transition Coordinator for Wentworth Homecare & Hospice, a Joint Venture with Wentworth Douglass Hospital
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
I love Blues Music and cannot swim.
 
7. Final words:
Rotary is such a wonderful organization and I am so happy to belong!
 
Thank you Tracy for sharing and allowing us to learn more about you as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Dover.
1. How long have you been in Rotary?
Noreen Biehl invited me to become a Rotarian 23 years ago (I think). I remember we met and had lunch on Central Ave where the car wash is now in front of Dover Bowl. Malcolm was president either when I joined or within the first couple of year and I still remember the weekly lawyer jokes.
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
I have two. The first is the year I was in charge of the hands-on project and we were rehabbing all the public benches in downtown. The day we were scheduled to do the work was the day Sabrina was due to have Grant. I helped do all the pre-work and planning but had wonderful support from other in the club as I might not be able to be there on the day. Sabrina was still pregnant that day and when I showed up there was not much for me to do because others had taken over managing the project. I think Grant was born 4 days later. The second was the honor to be the club president and how much I learned about running the club and being involved in the district.
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
I was born in Morristown NJ. My family moved to Gilford, NH when I entered in the fifth grade and lived there until I went to college. I currently live in Lee NH on a 28 acers horse farm for the past 25 years.
 
4. My Hobbies:
Skiing, golf, hiking, working on the farm, traveling, soccer in the past, woodworking. Note: Grant who is now 20 has been home for more months than a college student should in 2020 decided my woodshop was not up to his standards so he rebuilt it for me (also for himself) together we have work on many projects, and he is getting very good at making furniture and he will consider order.
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment.
My profession has always involved working with physician. I started as a financial analyst in a large multispecialty medical group in MA. Then came to Dover to be the administrator of Garrison Women’s Health. Then I went on to become the Director for Wentworth Douglass Corporation. When I started I had 35 primary care providers. 15 years later I am working with 257 providers in 25 different specialties.
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
I coached both my son and daughters youth soccer team to three state championships and 10 tournament victories.
 
7. Final words:
I joined Rotary as a way to get acquainted with business colleagues, as an administrator of a medical practice I had no peers. I have stay in Rotary because of the way Rotary gives me the structure to continuously do volunteer work in a very busy work and home life.
 
Thank you Norm for sharing and allowing us to learn more about you as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Dover.
1. How long have you been in Rotary? 
I have been in Rotary for 14 years first joining Easton , PA Rotary Club in 2006. Upon my retirement and return to New England I found the Rotary Club of Dover and felt right at home.
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
My favorite Rotary moments have been this past year when I witnessed our club;s response to the Covid pandemic and how everyone stepped forward to help others in our community!
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
We recently built our retirement home in South Berwick, ME after a couple of years in Dover.  My childhood was spent in Southeastern Massachusetts in the small town of Somerset. 
 
4. My Hobbies:
My hobbies include golf, bicycling, kayaking and fine wines. In the past I have dabbled in oil painting, sketching, and I enjoy reading historical fiction/non-fiction. 
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:
After 20 years in public education as a teacher, principal and elementary supervisor I became a childcare executive working with at-risk youth in Maine and Pennsylvania.
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
My family roots go back to Fall River, Massachusetts where my Great Grandfather, Will Dowty, was the Desk Sergeant who sent his patrolmen to a domestic disturbance call on Second Street in Fall River. There they discovered the bodies of Lizzie Bordan's parents. He later worked the investigation along with a detective as they interviewed other suspects. We later discovered that there is a family connection to the Bordans through a line of cousins. 
 
7. Final words:
Rotary has done so much for the benefit of others. "Service Above Self" is so much more than a motto. It is a way to live one's life! 
 
Thank you Gregg for the opportunity to learn more about you as a Rotarian and President with the Rotary Club of Dover.
1. How long have you been in Rotary?
I joined Rotary in The Great Marion Cheney year ( I’ll need your help with that).
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
My favorite Moments: to be honored with a PH from the club
The finalization of the Rotary Gardens ‘Forbes Memorial renovation Project. ( We came in $49.00 under budget!! Phew, --what a great committee!)
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
I was born and raised in Dover and reside in Somersworth for the last 40 years.
 
4. My Hobbies:
My hobbies, are classic trucks and cars and antiques in general
I have always enjoyed History from the 40’s & 50’s on.
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:
They pretty much know me. However, I did spend 20+ years in the heavy truck towing and air cushion recovery business,
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
Being second in the state to be credentialed as an Operator and trainer.
 
7. Final words:
Final Words: Very proud of the work of Rotarians here and around the world.
 
Thank you Ron for the opportunity to learn more about you as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Dover.
1. How long have you been in Rotary? I believe since 1991 or 1992. 
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
The Rotoplast trip to Venezuela in 2002.  Phil Rinaldi and Ann Lee Hussey were also on that trip.
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
Currently live in Dover and it has always been my legal address.  I did spend 6 years in Boston going to nursing school and establishing my independence and professional career after graduating from N. E. Baptist Hospital School of Nursing.  
Then worked at the Lahey Clinic Neurosurgical Dept.  Came home to marry my Dover husband, Johnny Boyle.  
Spent two years in Alabama and Kentucky while Johnny was in the US Army.  Back to Dover in October 1958
 
4. My Hobbies:
Reading, knitting, traveling, volunteering.
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment: 
Now retired but worked for the Dover District Nursing Association for 36 years before retiring as Executive Director.
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
I still knit and read AND can do both at the same time.
 
7. Final words:
Ed Hoginski convinced me to become a Dover Rotarian.  He was right, it has been a wonderful experience and part of my life.  
Thank you, Ed.  So, there it is 88 fantastic years in a nutshell!!   
So, Ron Richard, is that short enough?
 
Thank you Nancy for the opportunity to learn more about you and your family as a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Dover.
 
 
As part of the Rotary Club of Dover NH homeless project, our Rotarians gathered last weekend to shop for items that were requested through Community Action Partnership of Strafford County that would be needed to help support those in need.  Our Rotarians made the donation to CAPSC yesterday as this will help as the weather gets colder and will keep those in our community warm.
1. How long have you been in Rotary?  
I joined the Indialantic, FL Rotary in 1990.  Before that I was asked to be the first female member with a club in VA.,  right after the Rotary Council on Legislation voted to admit women into Rotary.  The Club decided they couldn’t accept women at that time since they met in an all Men’s Club!!!!
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:  
My favorite Rotary moment was 2009/2010 when I was our Club’s President. Up to that point I had visited over 150 clubs throughout the world and volunteered on several service projects.  I started my Rotary year by opening each meeting and welcoming everyone to the “Greatest Rotary Club in the World”…I truly stand behind that statement today.  I also enjoyed sharing my Harry stories with our members.
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:  
Born and raised in Dover. Went to school in Boston and Virginia.  Harry and I met at a stop sign in Dover when I was on Thanksgiving break in 1969.
We eloped in 1972 (much to my parent’s horror).  We have moved 17 plus times and lived in 9 states  over our 48 years of marital bliss!
We moved back to NH (temporarily) in 1999 to take care of my parents who were both diagnosed with Alzheimers.  Parents have since passed and we are still here.
 
4. My Hobbies: B
Boxing, Fly Fishing, Trap/Skeet Shooting, camping ,volunteering and spending time with Harry and our rescue Brittany Roxy.
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment.  
I am the managing Broker for the RE/MAX on The Move’s Exeter office.  I have been a full time REALTOR® for that past 30 years.  Prior to that I worked in the International division for Hilton Hotels, Inc. and was Director of Marketing for the LA Dodger’s Spring Training Camp in Vero Beach, FL.
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:  
I am an ordained minister.
 
7. Final words: 
I have the most satisfaction when I feel related to some greater purpose in life. In the end I want to be remembered for the positive impact I have made on the lives I have touched and the communities I have served.  Rotary continues to open doors to opportunities for me.  
 
Thank you Marion for sharing about you and we love having you as part of the Rotary Club of Dover!

On Saturday morning, if you were out and about, you may have seen Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Dover NH as we shopped for those in need through our Homeless project as we partner with Community Action Partnership of Strafford County to deliver items in need, including wool gloves, hats, long underwear, wool socks, rain coats, tarps and gift cards to Dunkin Donuts.

We look to delivering these items this week to CAP so that they can get to those in need in our Dover community.

Look at the hands-on project that our Dover Rotarians performed this past Saturday as they dug out the flowers and plants that we planted earlier this year and replaced them with Purple Crocus bulbs that our club bought in October to celebrate the Rotary Club of Dover NH’s involvement with Rotary’s World Polio Day. 
 
We love our Rotary Gardens and grateful to everyone that gets to enjoy them. 
 
 
 
1. How long have you been in Rotary?
36 Years, I joined in June 1984. Prior to being invited to join Rotary, Dover Secretarial published and mailed the weekly Bing Newsletter from 1978 to 2013.
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:
Being the Club Secretary for 16 years. Helping start the RYLA Program in the District in 1991 and served on the committee for 7+ years. Serving as District Secretary for 3 different Dist. Governors. Working with the Interact Club & the school advisors. Going to Venezuela for Rotoplast and being the Team Leader for the GSE group that went to the Caribbean.
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:
I was born and raised right here in Dover NH and spent most of my life here except when I was in the Army. My parents and grandparents lived and owned businesses in Dover. We are currently the third generation of Dover Chamber Members. If you drive down St. Thomas Street from Central Ave, next to City Hall you will find a “Faces of Dover” plaque with Rinaldi Family pictures.
 
4. My hobbies:
I enjoy being outside doing yard work or gardening, taking long rides and volunteering within the community.
 
5. My Business Profession or Current working or Non-working environment:
After I got out of the Army, I worked at Kidder Press/Moore Business Forms on Locust Street starting in the warehouse then in the electrical dept. wiring up office machines. In 1978 Donna and I purchased Dover Secretarial Services & Manpower Temporary Services. In 2001 we sold Manpower but we continue to own and manage the Secretarial business. Donna and I have worked in the same business since we met in 1968. We had 3 business locations over the years, two in Dover and one in Portsmouth. We offered a wide range of services from Temporary help, bookkeeping, database management, executive office rentals and bulk mailings to clients all over the eastern half of the US. We currently work out of our home and maintain a smaller number of clients, many of them have been with us for over 40 years. Our business services are now online bookkeeping and registration management.
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:
Donna and I currently manage the Rotary Leadership Institute online registrations for all of Northern New England (from Canada to New Jersey and west to Pennsylvania).
In June of 1974 we were New Hampshire lottery winners of $5,000 with the Lucky Dollar ticket We were one of 10 winners and one of the 10 won $100,000.
 
7. Final words:
Rotary has been such a great organization to belong to, it changed my life and really got me involved in the community along with all my fellow Rotarians.  Our Rotary friends have become our family. I always look forward to Wednesday meetings. AND, THANK GOD THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER. 
 
Thank you Phil for sharing your stories and we love getting to know you.
Let's sit back, relax and let’s learn about Frank.
 
1. How long have you been in rotary?
Date of induction 11/9/77 Sponsored by John T. Guy
 
2.  My Favorite Rotary moments:
Besides being a past president of the club in 1986, I attended various Rotary clubs around the world including Florida, the Grand Canyon, and Sweeden.
 
3.  Where I currently live and where I grew up:
I currently live in the south end of Dover on Dover Point Rd. I grew up in Newport RI when it was a Navy town, as well as a summer vacation spot for the Newport 400 or The 400 richest families in the United States... and no we were not one of the 400.  My mother was a nanny for one of those families and they allowed my mother to buy the gardener's cottage so we actually lived on their  estate. 
 
4.My Hobbies:
My primary hobby is hiking and walking with friends. John Guy and I hiked many trails in New Hampshire including Mount Major, Mount Chocorua, and Mount Washington. My wife and I also hiked across England on the Hadrian Wall Path. During retirement I look forward to taking more hiking trips. Over the last 25 years Peter Widmark and I have walked  3-4 miles along the south end of Dover almost daily. Except now when I am walking in the cold while Peter is in the sunshine state.
 
5. My business profession:
I just retired from the pharmacy business. I was blessed to become a pharmacist when most pharmacies were independent and locally owned. After graduating from URI and spending 2 years in the army  from 1969-1971,  I moved back to New England and bought my first pharmacy in Somersworth, NH. I've opened or bought 13 pharmacies, 2 Hallmark Gold Crown stores, 2 pizza shops, 1 ice cream shop and 1 gift shop on Hampton Beach etc... I think I had ADHD before it was diagnosed. I sold my last pharmacy in Wolfeboro 2 months ago and now I am looking forward to "retirement."
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don't know about me:
I have been married for 53 years to my beautiful and  intelligent wife, Theresa. Together we've had 3 children and 2 grandchildren. 
 
7. Final words:
The future is wide open and I cannot wait to excercise my new found freedoms.
Let's sit back, relax and let’s learn about Jay.
 
1. How long have you been in Rotary? 
Since 1992 (28+/- years).  My sponsor was Kerry Forbes.
 
2. My favorite Rotary moments:  
Just about all of them.  Rotary really is a family.  My year as Sergeant At Arms was challenging.
 
3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:  
Grew up in Storrs, CT.  Dad was the Chair of the Civil Engineering Dept at UCONN so I had to go elsewhere to pursue an Engineering degree (Civil Engineering no less).  
Went to UNH where I found a young lady whose English major helped me get through the liberal arts side of the program.  We married in 1973 and moved to Dover where we have been for 47 years.
 
4. My Hobbies:  
Embarrassing my 2 children and now 7 grandchildren (since I no longer get reactions from my children).  Maybe model trains (I am an engineer after all).
 
5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:  
My first job out of college was as the City Engineer for the City of Dover NH (10+ years).  
I have been working as a Professional Civil Engineer for a small engineering firm in South Berwick (Civil Consultants) for the last 34 years (which unfortunately means I pay Maine State Income tax).  I piggy backed 28+ years in the Army Reserve with my engineering work and continued working for the Army Reserve as a civilian contractor for another 10 years after my mandatory retirement in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
 
6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:  
Sometime in 1967/68 I was part of a Boy Scout Order of the Arrow group that did a guest performance on the “Bozo The Clown Show” in Boston (you can google Bozo The Clown).
 
7. Final words: 
While the more recognized purpose of Rotary is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace both locally and around the world, I find interaction with fellow Dover Rotarians to be equally rewarding.  
As noted earlier, Rotary truly is a family – a family that I am proud to be a part of.

1. How long have you been in Rotary?

Twenty years!

2. My favorite Rotary moments:

I used to love the "Unwanted Christmas Gift auction" that John Cogan used to do. He would always pick on Malcolm, especially if Malcolm wasn't in attendance! I also enjoy the Annual Golf Tournament.

3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:

I currently line in Downtown Dover.

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. My father was originally from New Jersey but was working on his PHD in Clinical Psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. When I was in 4th grade, we spent a year in England while my dad taught a visiting year at the University of Leeds. It was fascinating to go to an English school and study about Guy Fawkes, Kings and Queens, and learn how to spell words the English way.

The most important thing that happened while we lived in England was that my homeroom teacher happened to be the choir director. She asked me to play piano for a piece that the choir was singing and that started my lifelong career as an accompanist!

After England, my father was offered a job at UNH and we settled in Durham where I stayed through high school graduation and then college. Since then I have lived in Boston, York, Dover, back to Durham, Rochester, and finally back to Dover where we plan to stay!

4. My Hobbies:

I love to read, swim, crochet, walk the dog, go to theater in Boston and NYC with my husband of 34 years, and watch movies.

5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:

I am primarily a piano teacher and professional pianist for church, choirs and musical theater.

Since Covid interupted all choir work, live performing, and musical theater, I have shifted to teaching on Zoom and expanded my church job to become the Parish Administrator. It's a 15 hour per week job and was mostly remote until September.

 

Now I enjoy going into the church office, putting on some music, lighting a candle and working. It's a nice contrast to teaching and directing. From 1977-1988, I played in two different top 40 rock bands. The 2nd one, Crossfire, took me all over New England and a little to Canada and helped me break out of my classical roots and be "cool", at least for a little while! I met my husband while in the band and he became my road manager for 3 years.

6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:

In the summer I live on an island on Lake George that was bought at an auction in 1950 by my grandfather and his 8 siblings. The family had come to America through Ellis Island from Lithuania in the early 20th century. Buying the island was a way to keep the family together in the summers year after year. We were supposed to have a 70th anniversary celebration in July but had to cancel due to Covid. There are 6 cottages and 2 covered bridges with bedrooms on the upper level. Everyone on the island is related either by blood, or marriage!

7. Final words:

There are a lot of good charities in the world that do many good things. Rotary is the one that I choose to give my time, talent and treasure to. I trust the organization to be a good caretaker to my efforts and it makes the choice simple.

As part of the “Million Mask Challenge”, the Rotary Club of Dover NH distributed and delivered 3,000 masks to the Dover School Superintendent of Schools, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, Community Partners NH, SOS Recovery Community Organization, Triangle Club, The Doorway, and Wentworth Home so that they can share with their employees and clients as they come through their doors in order to be safe.

There is plenty of work to be done to help others in our Dover Community and Rotary makes it easy!

 

1. How long have you been in Rotary?

I have been a Rotarian for 11 years. I joined Rotary in Utica NY at the urging of my financial advisor, Catherine McEnroe, who is still a member of that club.

2. My favorite Rotary moments:

It was in Utica that I developed a passion for reading to first and second graders once a week in a program that was developed long before I came on the scene. At one time 60 Utica Rotarians participated, but by the time I got involved it was less than a dozen and finally was terminated. We would have continued it forever, but due to a state wide change in education policy, all “extraneous” enrichment offered by non-school personnel was severely cut back or terminated just as I was leaving Utica to head to the NH Seacoast in 2013.

3. Where I currently live and where I grew up:

I live in Dover after 17 years of living in Utica and 17 years before that in Salem MA where I met my late wife, Mary. I was born in Ithaca NY and stayed there for all of 6 months, not too many memories of life high above Cayuga’s waters, I’m afraid. After that my life was a whirlwind of changing residences, Oak Park Illinois, the Bronx, Johnson, Cranston, and Providence, Rhode Island all before I was 7. I did end up in Providence from the 4th grade through graduating from Brown University with a degree in Anthropology. Next it was 5 years in Rochester NY as an anthropology grad student and a staff announcer for WBBF-FM a commercial classical radio station. When it went under on Valentine’s day 1976 with me as the last on air announcer [I played Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony], the local public radio station WXXI picked us up.

4. My Hobbies:

My hobbies include the two “s”s, singing and sailing. As a tenor I never have a problem finding a spot in a community chorus or small ensemble. During the pandemic I have been exploring the wonders of virtual performance! Until I came to Seacoast NH I’ve always had some sort of a sailboat. Not sure if I’ll venture down that path again, but I’m severely tempted every other week. Pre-pandemically I indulged in my passion by volunteering as crew on the gundalow “Piscataqua” handling lines four times the diameter of what I had been used to on my 21 foot sloop. When I was in my 50s and academic jobs were drying up yet another time, I retooled as a Museum Director thanks to a magnificent program at Framingham State. The thrill of my life was becoming Museum Director/Manager for the Shako:wi Cultural Center of the Oneida Nation of New York. At last I had found a niche that matched my skills and talents and was of use to the public!

5. My Business Profession or Current Working or Non-Working Environment:

I’ve been retired since 2009 and a widower since early 2015 so have had time to devote to one of my first loves – writing. I have been writing poetry since my teen-aged years, but have been more disciplined about it in the past five years writing at least one poem a day. My “The Mary Poems” appeared in 2016 and I have some of my individual poems published in print an online.

6. Something my fellow Rotarians don’t know about me:

Something my fellow Rotarians might not know about me is that when I was a pre-adolescent I was a student at Christopher Wren School in London England. As the sole Yank, I was encouraged to provide entertainment to my mates at Christmas, so I played a mock guitar and sang “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” to the whole school at the Christmas Pageant, successfully to my surprise. More to the point, the education I got in the short time I was in First Form [=7 th grade here] was so intensive I didn’t have to crack a book to get an A in almost any subject after I got back to the States until the 10 th grade although I had been only a fair to middling student in “Merry Olde” [as we jokingly called England]

7. Final words:

My final thought is that the fellowship, sincerity of purpose, and follow through on community service projects that Rotary provides has been a source of comfort to and purpose for me ever since I joined back in Utica in October of 2009. I still can’t think of a better way to stay in touch with the pulse of our community here in Dover and to be afforded the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of all of our citizens. It is an honor to be part of a pragmatic outfit that lives up to its ideals.