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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.

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At this week's Rotary Club of Dover's Club meeting, Chief Breault of the Dover NH Police spoke on his department and what his staff and officers do everyday to make Dover safe and a city where residents and visitors are proud of. He said that he was grateful for Rotary’s support of many Dover undertakings, especially the Teen Center.

With the Rotary Club of Dover donation, it paid for the floors that means so much more than just having a floor, it provides a safe space for many kids and changes their lives. He is also grateful that Rotary supports organizations that provide recovery and suicide prevention and mental health care. These are vitally important in the community.

Chief Breault presented statistics on the Dover Police department. How many calls they take, how many traffic stops and tickets, and other policing work. He explained how the department moved to having some of the work done by civilians and that they now have 52 sworn police officers and would need 56 to be fully staffed. Crime in Dover has gone down year over year despite the rise in population. His focus is on community policing and data showing the results and engagement.

Police departments have taken on the mantle of being social workers. The officers provide well checks and work with the homeless populations to provide information on available social services. They also take the time to get to know everyone and explain to the public that they police behavior, not people. He also provided information on the drug related overdoses resulting in deaths and overall overdoses. These numbers have gone up from 2008 and are now going down. He is optimistic and thinks that lower number of deaths from overdose is the result of more people administering Narcan. The Police Department’s philosophy is that addiction is a disease and they provide support, not punishment.

The Rotary Club of Dover recently assisted the Dover Parents Music Club Boosters a non-profit organization that will lend support, both moral and financial to the Dover High School Music Department, promote music education by cooperating with the Director of the Music program, and organize and manage the funds available to the music program.

With this donation of $500.00, DPMC will use these funds for their band and Winter color guard show.

The Rotary Club of Dover had the opportunity to make a $500.00 donation to the Woodman Museum as part of our Community Giving Program where our Club helps out those in our community that are looking for assistance of their organization as we want to help them with their projects and needs.

The Woodman Museum was founded in 1916, as a traditional early 20th-century style natural science, history, and art museum with exhibits for all ages. The campus is home to four buildings, which include the Woodman House (1818), the Hale House (1813), the William Damm Garrison (1675) and the Keefe House (1825). The museum’s collection includes hundreds of colonial artifacts, a comprehensive mineral and fossil collection, mounted animal specimens, fine art and furniture, an extensive collection of military history items, local history objects, and much more. The Woodman is open seasonally to the public (from early April to mid-December) Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Read more about the Woodman Museum at their website: www.WoodmanMuseum.com

Have you been downtown Dover this weekend?  If not, be sure to check out the fabulous work that our Rotarians did to the Rotary Gardens in preparation for next weekend’s Apple Harvest Day. We love our community and making it beautiful for everyone to enjoy. 

Where was Miles our Rotary moose this week?  Thanks to Doug Locy, he was Introducted to my friend and Rotarian, Julie Lynn Hitchcock at our Rotary meeting & social, he played with the Locy’s dog, River and his friends, they walked together in Magnolia overlooking the bay in Manchester by the Sea.  They enjoyed lunch in Manchester and got packed up for trip to Newburyport fireworks. Oh look, they enjoyed an ale on the fireworks cruise watching the sunset with friends on the Merrimack River and boy were the fireworks fabulous. What an evening pontooiing on Great Bay. And ended a fun week resting with River and relaxing as they kayaked on the Bellamy River as they headed back to our dock. 

Hearing from Michelle, Kelsey & Ashlyn about their recent experience at RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program in Raymond, ME. They spoke about being put on teams that allowed them to participate in activities that would make them think and respond based on their leadership skills.  With their participation came in opportunity of growth for them as individuals and working together with others that they may not have known prior to attending RYLA. Each year the Rotary Club of Dover sponsors 3-5 local high school students to attend this program. Many enjoy and learn leadership skills that they decide to return as Program youth counselors. 
At last week’s 5th Wednesday Rotary evening meeting we were able to honor our Rotarians who received their Paul Harris Fellow + awards. Congratulations  to Kevin Raymond with a PHF+7, Marion Cheney with a PHF+5, R David Drucker with PHF+1, and Peter Widmark with PHF+5.  Your contributions to the Rotary Foundation is felt by so many locally and all over the world. 
Look who we found on vacation!  Thanks to Nick Pellman and his family, Miles, our Rotary Club of Dover NH was able to spend a week and a half at the beach with the Pellman family. Thank you for sharing your journey and vacation with Miles. 
Dover celebrated the Fourth of July with an annual reading of the Declaration of Independence.  Mike Pomp (Thomas Jefferson), Rotarian Thomas C Dunnington Jr (Benjamin Franklin) and Don Briand (John Adams) read the Declaration of Independence on the steps of City Hall, Dover, New Hampshire.  
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.