Our members are leaders in their fields and in our community; occupations include:
- Business owners
- City executives
- State legislators
- Financial planners
- Nonprofit leaders
We welcome people from all walks of life.
Charles J. Brown III
Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU
Laura Del Percio
Robert T. Foard Jr.
Policy and Public Affairs
Printing and Marketing Communications
Certified Public Accountant
Doris Chan Leach
UD Resident Ensemble
Intl. Youth Development
Small Business Administration
The Vero at Newark – Corporate Member
Small Business Development
A native Delawarean, Louise grew up south of the canal in lower Delaware and graduated from Smyrna High School. She then went to earn a degree in math as well as teacher certification at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. It was there she met her husband the late Steve Amick, former Delaware State Senator.
After four years of high school teaching and with a graduate degree from the University of Delaware, Louise began a career as a college math professor. She taught at Lincoln University for 14 years and then at her alma mater Washington College for 23 years. She won teaching awards at both institutions.
Having retired in July 2013, Louise enjoys having more time for family and friends and is a die-hard Phillies fan. Louise is an Honorary Member of the Newark Morning Rotary Club.
Barry is retired from a career that included one year with Boeing working on the “Minute Man Missile”, 31 years with DuPont Company and 11 years with his own business manufacturing textile parts. He has seven patents in industrial hygiene instruments.
He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and lives in Newark with his wife Judy. They have three children and two grandchildren. When not leading young adult classes and an Alternative Gift Market in their church, they enjoy traveling and NASCAR. He delivers Meals on Wheels and volunteers in the Clinical Engineering Department at Christiana Care Hospital repairing medical instruments such as infusion pumps.
Why I joined Rotary: “I enjoy a service club that has international service as well as local service as laid out in this book, and we have a lot of fun at 7 a.m.!”
Tim is President of Boulden Brothers Propane, Boulden’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, and Boulden Brothers Plumbing in Newark. The family business was founded in 1946. He has been active with business organization including the Business Roundtable, the Board of Managers of the Delaware State Chamber Small Business Alliance and the Leadership Council of NFIB Delaware.
A lifelong resident of Newark, Tim attended Downes Elementary, Central Middle and Newark High Schools. He then went on to graduate from Clemson University. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Newark and have three sons. Tim has served the community with his past involvement on many Boards of including the Newark Senior Center, Emmaus House, and Newark American Little League, was a founding Board Member of Newark Charter School and currently serves on the Saint Mark’s High School Board of Advisors. He also served 5 terms in the Delaware House of Representatives.
“Newark Morning Rotary Club has given me a way to serve the community in different ways than I have in the past. I am grateful to have a chance to be in a group that does so much good for Newark,” Tim stated.
Robin is a consultant in leadership and communications programs. She has been a Rotarian since 1993, a co-founder and charter member of this club, and has served in many leadership roles at the club, district and regional levels of Rotary.
A graduate of Millersville (Pa.) University, Robin has been active as a community volunteer, serving the county chamber, Junior Achievement, and mentoring at local schools. She and her husband, Jim, have lived in Newark for more than 50 years and have one daughter and two of the most adorable grandsons.
Robin says, “Getting involved with our Rotary club projects, like the drug abuse program for our middle school students, makes life more enriched and fulfilling for others. And in the end, that’s what it’s all about.”
Charles J. Brown III
Charlie is a partner with Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown LLC. His practice focuses on business law, including contract disputes, commercial debt collection, bankruptcy and real estate.
Charlie and his wife, Tracy, are graduates of UofD and are the parents of a current UofD student. They reside in Hockessin with their three children. When not taking his children to their different activities, Charlie enjoys participating with them in archery at the New Castle 100 Archers club.
He has been a Rotarian since 2006 and will be club president in the 2013-14 Rotary year.
Why I joined Rotary: “Rotary provides me with the opportunity to give back to the community at a local, national, and even international level. Additionally, I get the chance to enjoy an occasional Happy Hour with some outstanding people.”
A native Delawarean, Eric was educated at Friends School and UofD. The Wilmington Medical Center School of Paramedic Training prepared him for 31 years of service in emergency medicine. Eric’s second career was in automobile sales for seven years. He now works on an as-need basis for R. T. Foard and Jones Funeral Homes.
Eric is married to Christine, a retired UofD nursing professor and is currently Executive Director of the Arsht Cannon Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation. They have two children and four grandchildren. When time allows, Eric and Christine enjoy traveling and eluding their children. As grandparents, they realize why grandchildren are “perfect.”
Why I joined Rotary: “A long career in emergency medicine provided me the opportunity to serve the people of my community. Rotary allows me to continue this service.”
Bob is a Broker Associate with the Newark office of Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate. A lifetime member of the NAR Million Dollar Club, he has over 22 years of experience as a REALTOR for residential and commercial properties in the Delaware and Maryland markets. He also serves on the City of Newark Planning Commission.
A native of Newark and a UofD graduate, Bob and his wife, Becky, enjoy family times with their three children and many grandchildren, especially their visits to Canaan Valley, West Virginia.
Why I joined Rotary: “I joined Rotary to help make a difference. Rotary is a terrific service organization, significantly impacting the needs of so many people, locally and around the world. Our local club embraces these goals in full measure and enjoys great camaraderie along the way.”
Gene Danneman retired as the AmeriCorp coordinator for the State of Delaware. She formerly was the Volunteer Resource Coordinator at the Emily P. Bissell Hospital and a property manager for Dannemann and Danneman LLC.
Gene has a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University and an M.ED. in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. Gene has two adult sons and five grandchildren. She enjoys reading, hiking, knitting, yoga and spending time with family and friends.
Being in Rotary is an extension of Gene’s long time commitment to volunteering in the community, which has been expressed by membership on, and chairing, many non-profit boards of directors and committees.
Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU
Fred is Executive Vice President of Bassett, Dawson, & Foy, Inc. a comprehensive wealth management firm located in Wilmington, a Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter.
For recreation, Fred plays Hammond B-3 Organ in the multi-award winning classic “rock and roll event “band, Club Phred which has helped raise in excess of $2.5 million for local and national charities since 2004.
He also serves on many non-profit boards including The Grand Opera House in Wilmington and The Delaware Community Foundation. Fred and wife Louise reside in Yorklyn. They have two sons and two grandchildren.
Why I joined Rotary: “I joined Rotary because I felt it was the kind of organization that was vibrant and that I could make a difference through Rotary.”
Laura Del Percio
Country Club Management
A native Delawarean and graduate of St. Marks HS & Widener University, Laura is the previous General Manager of Newark Country Club. She has been a Rotarian since 2014.
Laura is graduate of Widener University School of Hospitality Management, and worked for The Greenville Country Club as pastry chef and then eventually clubhouse manager, She has held additional high level positions at Vicmead Hunt Club, the University of Delaware’s Blue and Gold Club, and Coatesville Country Club. She was also the owner of her own pastry shop, Sweet Magnolias, which produced and sold fine pastries to commercial, wholesale and retail clients.
Laura served on the Board Of DE Chapter of Club Managers Association of America in various positions, Treasurer, V.P., and Student Liaison and still an active member of the chapter. She is a member of Professional Women’s Business Network and served on the Culinary Occupational Advisory Committee for CAT Brandywine.
One quote that certainly encompasses why I volunteer is from Winston Churchill. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”. Laura’s decision to join Rotary was in response to her need to give back the community in a positive way.
Steve is with Delaware Express. He served his country in the U. S. Air Force as a Firefighter.
He now lives in Elkton, Md. with is son and is very active in the Newark and Elkton communities.
Why did Steve join Rotary? “When I learned what Rotary is all about, it just seemed like a natural fit. I am happy to be part of an organization that does so much good.”
Robert T. Foard Jr.
Bob Foard has lived in the Cecil County and New Castle County area all of his life. He is a graduate of Bohemia Manor High School, Wesley College, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and Towson University.
A Licensed Funeral Director since 1975, he is president of the R.T. Foard Funeral Home and Crematory with three locations in Cecil County, Md., the R.T. Foard and Jones Funeral Directors, Inc. in Newark Del, and the R.T. Foard Memorial Company, LLC. Bob is a member of various professional organizations and served as president of the Maryland State Licensing Board of Morticians during the late 1980’s.
Bob is a past president of the Rising Sun Lions Club, the Rising Sun Business Association, the Newark Morning Rotary Club, and the Newark Senior Center Board of Directors. He is a member of the Cecil and New Castle County Chambers of Commerce.
Bob enjoys many activities such as snow skiing, scuba diving, hunting, old cars and martial arts where he earned his Black Belt in the Order Of Isshinryu at age 58 after many years of on and off study.
Bob and his wife Patti have two children Whitney Montana age 21 and Madison Taylor age 16.
Donna J. Friswell
Travel Agency Management
After 43 years as owner/travel consultant with Uniglobe/Charlie B. Travels in Newark, Donna has finally retired to a relaxing lifestyle. Although she is no longer booking travel, she will continue to be involved with the Newark Morning Rotary Club, both on a club and district basis.
A native Delawarean, Donna attended UofD, is a past president of the Morning club, and enjoys community projects with the club. She currently has 13 years of perfect attendance! She has one very talented daughter and two adorable precocious grandchildren. Good weather and summers find Donna living on her houseboat and sailing the Chesapeake Bay with her sweetie on a beautiful 36′ Catalina.
Why did I join Rotary? “My late husband, Charlie B., was a member of the Newark evening club, so it seemed only fitting that I should become a Rotarian. The members are like family and we have a wonderful time at 7 a.m. and on all of our events. I dislike missing a meeting, hence 11 years of perfect attendance.”
Dennis works with companies to develop their relationships with the public sector. He held elective office as Delaware State Auditor and as New Castle County Executive before joining the Federal government, first with the White House and then with the Justice Department. He retired from Federal service and returned to Delaware.
A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dennis worked in finance before elective office. Always active in the community, he was a member of the Wilmington West Rotary until his move to Washington, D. C. He and his wife Liz moved to Newark to be near their family.
“Rotary gives me the opportunity to join with others in service to our community,” says Dennis. “And we have a great time.”
Evelyn retired as a professor of Nursing at the University of Delaware, School of Nursing, serving as coordinator of the Nursing Honors Program in addition to graduate/undergraduate teaching responsibilities. As a family nurse practitioner, she is on the staff of the UD Nurse Managed Health Center. Evelyn earned her BSN at Cornell University, MPH at University of North Carolina, and PhD at Boston College.
A retired Colonel (U.S. Army Reserve, Nurse Corps), she proudly served 23 years; her last assignment as Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Chief of Nursing Administration at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
In addition to her professional and civic organization contributions, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Evelyn views Rotary as an ideal opportunity for continued teamwork in outreach to the community, the outcome being enhanced sense of gratitude and the satisfaction of having made a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.
Marie is a director at Cover & Rossiter, a public accounting firm in Wilmington.
She earned both her bachelors and masters degrees at UofD. She lives in Newark with her husband, Al, and three children.
Marie spends most of her “free” time chauffeuring her son to his various sporting activities and visiting her two girls at college. She has been a Rotarian since 2006.
Why I joined Rotary: “Rotary is an excellent way to meet members of my community and participate in service projects that help the community. One of my favorite projects is the dictionary project. It is rewarding to see the faces of the third graders when they receive their own dictionary.”
Jerry retired recently from a 47+ year career with DuPont, Honeywell and General Electric. His career involved product development, production engineering, and most recently, quality management. He earned a BSChE from Virginia Tech, and MSChE from Perdue University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.
He and his wife Hannalore live in Newark. They each have a son, a daughter, and a granddaughter. He is active in his church and has interests in reading, traveling, skiing, and bicycling. Part of his retirement will be devoted to learning to play the guitar.
“I joined Rotary to contribute more to the community that has provided much to Hannalore and me,” says Jerry.
John recently retired from a 30-year career with Dupont, Lanxide, Ceramco, Honeywell, and General Electric. His career involved research, product and production development and production management in ceramic and ceramic matrix composite materials and products. He earned a BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering and a PhD in Ceramic Engineering and Science, all at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.
He and his wife, Karen, live in Newark. They have two daughters. John has interests in running, tennis, music and reading. In retirement, more traveling to national parks, beaches and places abroad are planned. He continues involvement with Hope Dining Room, directing the board for the last 14 years.
“I joined the Rotary to meet more members of the community and expand my volunteering efforts. The idea of traveling and meeting Rotarians around the world who are helping others is another benefit.”
Printing and Marketing Communications
Paul owns King Medical, which provides marketing services to healthcare organizations. He previously owned a company that provided billing and electronic health records software to physician practices.
Paul married his high school sweetheart Eileen, moved to Newark in 1983, and raised four wonderful children here. In addition to traveling with family and friends, Paul raised puppies for The Seeing Eye, serves his parish as a guitarist/cantor, and serves those less fortunate with his Knights of Columbus council. Paul is a 21-year veteran of coaching Little League baseball, and 20-year Boy Scout leader. He lives and dies with Blue Hen football and basketball.
Joining Rotary was a natural extension of his involvement in the community. In addition to enjoying the fellowship of many fine people, Rotary offers Paul an opportunity to be involved in local, national, and international causes.
Certified Public Accountant
Shawn is a Certified Public Accountant who owns his own company, Shawn W. Klapinsky, CPA. He specializes in small to medium size businesses, by providing consulting and financial statements. The company also provides tax preparation for corporate, individual, estates and trusts.
Shawn has served as president of the Newark Morning Rotary Club and chairman of the Club’s board of directors in 2002-2003. He is the club’s treasurer and has held the position for nine years.
A native of Newark and graduate of the UofD, Shawn is especially proud of his Rotary club’s contribution to the community through donations, awards, and local service projects. He was instrumental in starting out annual turkey donations to the Food Bank of Delaware
Mike is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones & Co. and has an office on Main Street in Newark. He is a past president of the Newark Morning Rotary club.
Mike received his bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia and his master’s degree from Widener University in Chester, PA. He and his wife, Karissa, live in Wilmington with their three children, Avery, Geneva, and James.
Mike enjoys fishing, kayaking, and playing soccer but spends most time outside of the office with his family, often coaching his children’s sports teams. Mike also enjoys serving on the Board of Homeward Bound, helping to transition families in difficult situations into an independent and self-sufficient environment.
Mike joined Rotary in 2003 and says, “The Club performs so many wonderful charitable activities for the community that there’s always an opportunity to participate, even individuals with busy schedules can find something…and it’s always fun.”
Stewart joined the Rotary club in January, 2019.
Stewart is a commercial banker with Howard Bank in its Newark office. He is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Mark’s High School, past Board member of Open Door of Delaware, and current member of the Finance Committee at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church.
Josh grew up in northwest Connecticut before moving to Newark to attend the University of Delaware. He received his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering degree in 2008.
Currently Josh lives in Newark with his wife and son Jack. Much of his spare time is spent coming up with new recipes for making his own beer and wine, as well as hiking, biking, and playing guitar.
“I joined Rotary to help serve the community like I had as a member of the Boy Scouts growing up, something that was very rewarding to me,” Josh says.
Tom is a Retail Office Manager at WSFS Bank in Newark. He works with both individuals and small businesses on their banking and lending needs.
Tom and his wife Lisa are Penn State graduates. They moved to Newark in 1994 and have three children, all in college at the same time.
Tom joined Rotary to make a difference in his local community.
Don is the Director of Information Technology, specializing in computer networking with Simm Associates, Inc., providing business consulting, disaster and recovery planning, internet access and email, as well as security assessments. He is also co-owner of SDS, Inc., a consulting business providing the same IT solutions as stated above and more to outside clients.
With more than 20 years of computer networking experience, Don is an MCSE and has attended over 400 hours of Microsoft Certified Training seminars and classes.
Don is also an Assistant Scoutmaster with his sons’ Boy Scout Troop #50, and along with his wife, Patty, and their two sons, has lived in Newark since 1989. Frequently he escorts his son’s Scout troop on extended trips, including Alaska in 2007. Don is also a team leader with American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and has been recognized by the organization for his participation.
Doug is Chief Content Officer for Delaware Business Now, a five-day-a-week business newsletter and website that covers the First State and adjacent areas. He also served as editor of the Delaware Business Ledger, Delaware Business Review, and the Newark Post. Doug and wife Sharon reside in Bear.
Mike is a partner at Weiner Benefits Group, specializing in employee benefits, strategic planning, HR systems and compliance, as well as healthcare funding options and reform. Mike is a UD graduate and resides in Newark with his family, two children in college and one at Newark Charter.
Mark is with the law firm of James P. Curran. in Newark. Previously he was City Prosecutor for the City of Newark.
Mark grew up in Newark, attended UD and graduated from Haverford (Pa.) College and Villanova Law School. He has two children.
From grade school to law school and beyond, Mark has been a singer and guitarist in rock bands. Currently he performs with fellow Rotarian Fred Dawson in Club Phred, which has helped raise more than $5 million to date for various charities since 2004.
Why I joined Rotary: “Growing up, I knew and respected many of the members of the Newark Rotary evening club, and when I was asked to join the morning club, it seemed like a great way to contribute. And it is.”
Greg Stephens is a retired biology professor at the University of Delaware. In addition to teaching several physiology courses, Greg conducted research on the evolution of lipoproteins and cardiovascular control mechanisms. He is also past Biology Department chairperson.
Greg is involved in the London Britain Township Deer Feeder Program to help control Lyme disease and the London Britain Land Trust. He enjoys hiking, camping and mountain biking. Greg is a Porsche enthusiast and is restoring his 160-year old house.
Bill joined the University of Delaware as an adjunct instructor in 1990. He teaches the Hospitality Practicum course and is nationally regarded for his expertise in hospitality systems design and operations. He is the Managing Director of the Courtyard Newark at UD since the hotel opened in November 2004 as an employee of the Shaner Hotel Group.
Bill was born in Jersey City, NJ. He is a 1974 graduate of UD with a B.S. in Business Administration/Operations Management.
Bill retired from the DuPont Company in Wilmington after 31 years of service and has spent considerable portions of his career in DuPontÆs hospitality and real estate operations. He was the Director of Hospitality for DuPont Hospitality, with management responsibility for the Hotel DuPont, DuPont Country Club, and the Playhouse Theater.
Bill is the Past Chairman of the Board of the Delaware Hotel & Lodging Association, a Board member of the Delaware Sports Commission, and a Board member of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. He is a member of the advisory Board of Directors of the Mary Campbell Center, a residence for multi-handicapped people.
Bill is married to Rosemarie, a professional singer, and has three daughters all who have graduated from the University of Delaware.
Small Business Development
Clinton is retired from UD where he held the position of State Director for Small Business Development Center Network. He continues to be connected through his work with First State Community Loan Fund.
Clinton is a graduate of P.S. DuPont High School and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wilmington College. He has lived in Newark for more than 20 years with his wife, Barbara, their two children Aki and Shira, and four beautiful grandchildren Naajee, Safiyah, Madison, and Sebastian.
Why I joined Rotary: “Rotary provides me the opportunity to meet and enjoy the friendship of people from our community that have the same goals, interests, and passions for helping our community. Friendships last for a lifetime.”
Cindi is an Account Manager and Digital Sales Manager with Delaware Today Magazine. Since relocating from the Mid-West to Delaware in 1996, she has become a national and international biking and hiking enthusiast. She is chair of the club’s annual Report to the Community.
Jamie works at W. L. Gore and Associates in Newark. This is his first year as a Rotarian and he looks forward to volunteering with service projects in the club. He lives in Newark and enjoys spending time with his family gardening and doing other outdoor activities.
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