New Rotary president aims to boost membership, community service projects

By Douglas McCulloch | Jul 22, 2018
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch Newly installed Dartmouth Rotary President Mark Medeiros presents outgoing President Jane Carreiro with an award.

The Dartmouth Rotary Club’s new tech-savvy leader hopes to leverage the power of social media to boost participation and outreach in the nonprofit organization’s community service efforts.

Even before his official induction ceremony on July 19, Mark Medeiros had already set up meetings with four potential members, all through a single Facebook post soliciting suggestions for upcoming projects.

The owner of Slocum Design Studio has been a Rotarian for 20 years, and had previously served as the Dartmouth chapter’s president. Brought back into the role thanks to peer pressure from the 21-member chapter of the international service organization, he has made it a personal goal to boost membership to 35.

He’s also getting to work on his new idea for more service projects to keep new members and the community involved. Rotary International is asking each of its member chapters to plant a tree in each chapter’s community, but Medeiros wants to take that a step further. He’s working on a partnership with the Bristol County Conservation District to start a tree-planting campaign in town.

“It’s important to get the group involved,” he said.

Medeiros replaces outgoing president Jane Carreiro, who was inducted as president last year.

“I am proud of how members of the Rotary constantly work to enrich the lives of people in our community,” Carreiro said of her term.

Amy Ferguson was inducted as the chapter’s new vice president recently as well. The reference librarian by day joined the Rotary Club in 2016, and said her experience in managing events and volunteers at the New Bedford Public Library should help her excel in her new post.

For more information about the Dartmouth Rotary Club, visit dartmouthrotary.com.

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