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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Apr. 27 to recognize partnership between Dover Rotary and City of Dover in honor of Parks & Recreation Director Gary Bannon. 
Past President Noreen Biehl honors Gary Bannon for 34 years of service to City of Dover and partnerships with Dover Rotary.
Dover Mayor Bob Carrier presents a cake decorated with symbols of Gary's work on parks and recreation for the City of Dover. 
 
The Rotary Club of Dover was honored to present another Student of the Month award to Dover Middle School 5th grader, Jasmine Hassey.  Jasmine is a kind and caring student and well involved in her school and helping other students and teachers.  She is one to always ask if she can assist them when they need help in studies or with opening a door.  The Rotary Club surprised Jasmine as she and the other students of her team thought that the Rotary Club was there to make a presentation about Rotary.  It was fun to see her smile as her parents were there to congratulate her, as well as her twin brother Sabastian.  Congratulations Jasmine!
 
Photo: (l-r) Rotarian Melissa Lesniak, Jasmine, Jasmine’s mom, dad, and twin brother, Sabastian, and Rotarians - Cate Rafferty, Nick Pellman, and Gregg Dowty
At recent Rotary Club of Dover NH club meetings, Past President & Treasurer Phil Rinaldi received a PHF +3 pin from Jim Munro and Pres. Kathy Fink. Also recognized were Past Presidents Nick Pellman and Megan Keil. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Rotary established the recognition to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions. Thank you for supporting Rotary.
 
 
 
 
It was a warm night for hot chocolate, friends, and lots of lights. With over 40 of us, including Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Exeter, NH and Rotary Club of South Berwick/Eliot, we all had a fun night out as part of our Together on Tuesdays each month. Amazing. Beautiful. Delightful. Breathtaking. 
CREATE HOPE IN THE WORLD
 
I’ve thought a lot about Hope since RI introduced this year’s theme at the RI Assembly in January. At first it seemed somewhat elusive – a little hazy and out of reach until I met Marek Wsiclo, my counterpart from Krakow-Wawel Poland. He found hope in Rotary, in Poland, in the Ukraine and in New Hampshire.
 
My first glimmer of understanding that kind of hope began in a breakout session at the Assembly when Marek saw I was from New Hampshire. His eyes lit up and he said, “I know people in New Hampshire.”  That’s just the beginning of this story.
When the war broke out in Ukraine four Rotarians from the Plymouth, NH Rotary Club decided that doing “nothing” was not an option. They made a  trip to Poland and connected with District Governor, Piotr.  Starting in March 2022, they learned that the best way to help would be to raise funds and send them to a trusted partner in Poland. With the support from Rotary Clubs, the media and NH’s Common Man Restaurants, they were able to raise $2.3 million. Thanks to their tireless efforts, they were able to  purchase over 700 tons of food, sleeping bags, a bloodmobile and the list goes on.
 
This group of four remarkable individuals focus on the most innocent of the population, the kids, to help them first and foremost with basic needs.  Children throughout Ukraine are being sent to live in “Safe Houses’ in Western Ukraine and Poland.  This measure was taken to prevent them from being stolen from their families and sold to sex traffickers and endure horrific conditions. How’s that for Hope!
Little did I know that meeting a Rotarian from Warsaw, Poland in Orlando Florida to learn about a group from Plymouth, NH, would ignite a desire to have a group of 4-5 Rotarians in our district travel to Poland in the Spring of 2024. These Rotarians will have the opportunity to view projects, visit with Rotarians and learn about the possibility of collaborating on potential programs. This is just one example of how Rotary’s creating real, hands-on hope.
 
I am looking forward to serving our district in 2023-24.  I encourage our clubs to collaborate with other clubs and communities when you are planning service projects and fundraisers.
 
Thank You for this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to creating even more hope in our world!
Looking to build friendships and fellowships through Rotary?  We have FUN when we gather together at the Rotary Club of Dover’s Together on the 5th Wednesday.
The Rotary Club of Dover presented the Dover Middle School Student of the Month award for April to 8th grader, Kennedy Blair. 
 
Here is just one of the overwhelming comments from the school: This exceptional student is a member of Student Council and consistently attends meetings and advocates for others.  She is a strong leader and genuinely wants to make a difference. She is smart, empathetic and sweet.  She is very deserving of this honor!    
 
 
Congratulations to Cam LaChance, Student of the Month for February at the Dover Middle School. He was recognized by members of the Rotary Club of Dover. Cam started the Card Club to get his fellow students involved and actively participating in a fun activity during COVID. Sharing in his achievement award was his mother and grandfather. Congratulations on an award well deserved.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Dover, NH presented a $1,000 check on March 9, 2023 to Southern New Hampshire Ukulele Group to support their Ukulele Kids Club, a registered charity dedicated to bringing the healing gift of music to hospitalized children. The check was presented by Dover Rotarian Cate Rafferty at the weekly Rotary gathering at the Dover Bingo Center. Rafferty noted the funds will benefit kids and their families in difficult situations by proving the therapeutic effect of music, as well as ukuleles the children can bring home.   

              Accepting on behalf of the Ukulele Kids Club, June Pinkham, one of the organizers of the Southern NH Ukulele Group, said, “I have witnessed first-hand how music therapy soothes patients.  I’ve seen how it relaxes them and makes them more receptive to treatment.  It’s amazing.  We are honored to accept this generous donation on behalf of the UKC.” 

Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Dover decorated a 6 ft. tree in December as part of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce Festival of Trees silent auction fundraiser. This year's theme was "Games" - both old and new - including Uno, Monopoly and bingo ornaments and the amazing Trivial Pursuit topper.
The Rotary Club of Dover distributed the club’s Kid’s Closet healthy snacks to all the local elementary schools so the teachers can have them on hand for the students in their classrooms.
Looking forward to continuing our partnership to help the kids in our schools and in the community.
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.”
 
 We donate close to $100,000 annually to:
  • Community Giving Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Vocation Training & Tools Grants
  • Rotary Garden at Henry Law Park
  • Milk & Eggs Program
  • Shoe & Boot Program
  • Back to School Program
  • Homeless Program
  • Special projects & more!
 
How do we do it?
  • Volunteering at Bingo
  • Annual Golf Tournament
 
And we have fun!
  • Hands-on community projects
  • Weekly - Wednesday lunch meetings – fellowship & learning about our community and the world around us
  • Monthly - Together on Tuesdays
 
Everyone welcome!
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