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Seeds of Service: The Charter Installation of Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover

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DOVER — Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover was officially charted on August 31, 2023. The new club recently held its installation of officers and members at Tequila 55. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Rockaway.

The installation ceremony commenced with a recitation of the “Six Objectives of Kiwanis,” signifying a solemn commitment by each member to uphold the core principles of Kiwanis and contribute to the enhancement of their community. Arturo Santana, Mayor James Dodd, Victoria Pinales, Maria Rosario, Maria Solines, and Sergio Rodriguez led the recital of the “Six Objectives of Kiwanis,” affirming their dedication to these guiding principles.

Distinguished guests, community leaders, and supporters gathered to witness the birth of a new chapter in Dover’s history. The installation ceremony began with a reciting of the “Six Objectives of Kiwanis”, as each member pledged their allegiance to the principles of Kiwanis and the betterment of their community.

  1. To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
  2. To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  3. To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
  4. To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  5. To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and build better communities.
  6. To cooperate in creating and maintaining sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.
Dover Mayor James Dodd extends his congratulations and support to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, expressing gratitude for their impactful contributions and dedication to the community.

Founded in 1915, the Kiwanis Club is an organization with members from all walks of life with several very important qualities in common – the willingness to become involved, the desire to help others, and the commitment to make a difference in the community.

In a momentous occasion attended by Kiwanis Officials, including NJ District Kiwanis Governor Howard Gordon, Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover President Sergio Rodriguez, NJ District Kiwanis Governor-Elect Martin Slezak, and Lt. Governor Frank Cahill, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover’s journey reached an exciting milestone. Amidst a gathering filled with anticipation and camaraderie, Lt. Governor Cahill stepped forward, bearing the weight of history in his hands—the official charter of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover.

NJ District Kiwanis Governor Howard Gordon warmly welcomes the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover into the global organization.
NJ District Governor-Elect Martin Slezak extends heartfelt congratulations to the members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover. With roots tracing back to Key Club, Slezak, poised to assume the office of NJ District Kiwanis Governor on October 1, looks forward to serving the Kiwanis community throughout New Jersey.

With a sense of solemnity and pride, Lt. Governor Cahill presented the charter to President Sergio Rodriguez, symbolizing not just the birth of a club but the embodiment of a community’s shared vision and commitment to service.

In that moment, as the charter found its rightful place among the club’s cherished possessions, it marked not just the beginning of a new chapter, but the continuation of a legacy—a legacy of service, friendship, and the unwavering pursuit of making a positive impact in the Dover area. With the charter as their guide, the members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover stood ready to embark on a journey filled with promise, knowing that their efforts would leave a lasting imprint on the community they proudly served.

Frank Cahill administered the Oath to President Sergio Rodriguez
Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover President Sergio Rodriguez proudly holds his new gavel

Led by President Sergio Rodriguez, the incoming officers took their oath of office, pledging to uphold the principles of Kiwanis and to lead with integrity and compassion. Each member of the executive board stood ready to fulfill their roles, driven by a common goal: to make a positive difference in the lives of those they served.

Frank Cahill pins Maria Rosario as President Sergio Rodriguez administers the oath. Rosario takes on the role of Treasurer for the new club.

As the ceremony progressed, the installation of members followed, with each individual welcomed into the Kiwanis family with open arms and warm applause. From seasoned volunteers to eager newcomers, each member will bring their unique talents and perspectives, united by a shared passion for service and a commitment to building a better community.

Kiwanis Lt. Governor Division 9 Nicolas Limanov welcomes the club to the Kiwanis family

For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover, click here.

Kiwanis Lt. Governor Frank Cahill, Victoria Pinales, Maria Solines, and Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover President Sergio Rodriguez at the installation dinner
Assemblyman Christian E. Barranco (right) presents Lt. Governor Frank Cahill and President Sergio Rodriguez with a Joint Legislative Resolution from the Senate and General Assembly, on behalf of Senator Anthony Bucco, Assemblyman Barranco, and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn. The resolution commemorates the remarkable achievements of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover since its official charter by Kiwanis International on August 31, 2023.

Kellie Doucette, District Director, Office of Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, presents Lt. Governor Frank Cahill and President Sergio Rodriguez with a certificate acknowledging the remarkable achievements of the members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover.
Lt. Governor Frank Cahill expresses gratitude to Charter Member Washington Pro for his dedication and contribution to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Dover.
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Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Governor of Division 9 Kiwanis Club of NJ, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.
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