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The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor was chartered in 1996 and meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 AM for breakfast at the Masonic Hall, 62 Pleasant Street, Marblehead.


Membership of Rotary provides an opportunity to work with fellow business professionals and community leaders on a variety of fund raising and service projects at a local, national and international level.

Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives.

Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.

Rotary International Leaders Praise Work of Marblehead Harbor Rotarians Immediate Past District Governor John Hall listed a litany of accomplishment by the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor at their first annual Foundation Dinner recently.

“You epitomize what Rotary is all about,” he said. “It is about relationships in your community and service above self to the world.”

The dinner also marked the 18th anniversary of the breakfast club with special tribute being paid to Frances “Fraffie” Welch, the founding president. Eight founding members were present including: Frank Murphy, Rensselaer Havens, Nancy Ferguson, Tim Havens, Barry Weed, Lee Weed, Katherine Van Dorpe, and Adrian Van Dorpe.

Hall lauded the club for its generous support of the Rotary Foundation, which works toward clean water, sanitation, literacy and peace around the world; polio plus, a multimillion dollar program aimed at eradicating polio in the third world; and as a national leader in supporting ShelterBox, a Rotary spawned relief organization providing shelter to refugees and victims of natural disasters.

On a local note he praised the club as a co-sponsor of ElderAct, one of seven such clubs in the world serving seniors.

 Rotary International Director Julia Phelps of the Malden Rotary Club and District Governor Peter Simonsen of Hamilton-Wenham led a delegation of Rotary dignitaries. They included Ingrid Brown, past district governor and district foundation chair; Steven May, past district governor and current grants chair; Kang Yu, assistant district governor; Steve McKenzie, assistant district governor; Neal Waldman, past assistant governor and Martha Holden, district grants chair. Phelps is one of seven women to hold a seat on the Rotary International Board of Directors and the first Rotarian from District 7930 to do so. The district stretches from Boston to the New Hampshire border.

Rotary Leadership
Left to right: Neal Waldman, past assistant district governor; Steve McKenzie, assistant district governor; Julia Phelps, Rotary International Director; John Hall, past district governor; Margo Steiner, president of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor; Ingrid Brown, past district governor; Peter Simonsen, district governor; Steven May, past district governor; Kang Yu, assistant district governor and Martha Holden chair of district grants.