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Long Meadows Rotary names first female president

November 02, 2007

Donna Newcomer, Ed.D., has been named the president of the Rotary Club of Long Meadows.

Newcomer is the first woman to be named president in the club's 30-year history. Newcomer started her one-year term at the club's July annual meeting.

Newcomer is the assistant director of human resources for Washington County Public Schools. She also serves as president of the Washington County Arts Council, and she is a member of the board of directors of the C&O Canal Trust, the executive committee of the board of directors of the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union, and the current class of Leadership Washington County. She has served in various leadership and demonstrative positions in the Washington County Public Schools system, including most recently as principal of the Fountaindale School for the Arts and Academics. She has also served on numerous community boards and committees.

Another historical first for the club was when Laurie Bender was named president-elect. Bender is the director of internal audit for the Washington County Public Health System, and serves on several boards throughout the county.

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The Rotary Club of Long Meadows was formed in 1977, and meets at Nick's Airport Inn on Monday evenings. The service club, in partnership with The Rotary Club of Long Meadows Foundation, is involved with several projects, including college scholarships, park cleanups, a literacy partnership, Boys & Girls Club and sponsoring the annual Festival of Trees, as well as numerous other community efforts. The club is part of the 7350 Rotary District, which includes clubs in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

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