Marblehead Rotary Club installs new president

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Marblehead resident Don Dowling was recently installed as president of the Marblehead Rotary Club.

Meet the newly-installed Marblehead Rotary Club President, Don Dowling (back left), celebrating the special moment with his family—Laney (back right), Bobby and Elle Dowling. COURTESY PHOTO

The 42-year-old father of two is one of its youngest members. He has led the club in several fundraising events like the Polar Plunge to End Polio and the duct tape regatta race to benefit clean water projects in Burkina Faso.

Club members describe Dowling as the “glue” in handling logistics for the Lobstah Raffle scholarship fundraiser. He could often be seen around town in his truck while working on Rotary’s Fourth of July events.

A multiple recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Dowling plans to focus his presidency on youth and children in Marblehead. A recent project with his wife, Laney, raised funds to build a new playground at the old Eveleth Elementary School.

“Consistency and reliability are vital qualities in leadership,” said outgoing club president Arthur Schwartz of Dowling.

Originally from Saugus, Dowling went into the auto body repair business with his father and apprenticed for nine years. In 2011, the pair opened Marblehead Collision in town.

He and Laney have a son, 9, and daughter, 6. The family enjoys summer vacations on Cape Cod and skiing in Waterville Valley during winter.

An avid Boston Bruins fan, Dowling also enjoys fishing in his spare time.

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