Posted on Aug 27, 2023
Meet Don Dowling, the newly installed president of Marblehead Rotary.  A fun-loving, hardworking, no-nonsense father of two, he brings fresh vitality to our club as one of our youngest members, spicing up our meetups and events with his infectious positive energy and winning attitude.  He has led our club to competitive sports events to raise funds for our signature projects.  A natural athlete, he was captain for many years of our yearly Polar Plunge to End Polio campaign.  He was the perennial crew leader in the duck-tape regatta race to benefit the clean water project in Burkina Faso and co-captain for our Marblehead team in the district softball championships.  Described as the point man and the "glue" in handling the complex logistics of our yearly scholarship fundraising project, the Lobstah Raffle, Don could be seen shuffling around town in his big truck, working tirelessly during the Fourth of July celebration.
A multiple recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, he has identified the area of focus of his presidency on youth and children in Marblehead.  A recent project with his wife, Laney, involved raising funds to install a new playground at Eveleth School.  A quote that sums up Don's immense contribution to Marblehead Rotary, former president Arthur Schwartz explained, "Consistency and reliability are vital qualities in leadership."

Raised in Saugus, Don went into the auto body repair business with his father, who owned a local shop and apprenticed with him for nine years.  In 2011, Don and his father opened an auto body shop in town, Marblehead Collision.  Don and his wife, Laney, have two children: a son, Bobby, nine years old, and a daughter, Elle, six.  They enjoy spending time on the Cape in the summer and skiing in Waterville Valley during the winter.  Don and Laney pick a state from a hat for each year's summer vacation.  A big Bruins fan, Don relishes fishing whenever he can.  As family is essential to him, his time as president of Rotary will focus on our community's children and families in need.