Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 17, 2014

Rotary Club to honor Andover's unsung heroes

Citizens Who Care, Educator of Year dinner May 8



A trained nurse, Cookson has worked at New England Medical Center, Winchester Hospital, Family Medical Center in Wilmington, Nursing Services Home Care and Lawrence General Hospital. She has also worn many hats at Bread and Roses soup kitchen in Lawrence, starting by giving her time as a nurse in its former nursing clinic. Her work in the soup kitchen with meal planning led to a part-time position as food coordinator. She later created Jean’s Room, an area to take in and distribute clothing and toiletries to those in need. She also helped to start a library that she is still active with today. In addition to Bread and Roses, Cookson has volunteered at Memorial Hall Library in Andover, the Andover Historical Society, at local schools and with Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops.


The Dollards have been active in the greater Andover community for many years. She is the volunteer nurse at St. Augustine Parish, educating members about health and medical issues. She has also worked with Girl Scouts and the Service Club of Andover and supported emergency relief and shelter organizations in the Merrimack Valley. For over 30 years, he has been one of the lead cantors for St. Augustine’s choir. He is also a 20-year member of the Knights of Columbus, leading numerous fundraising efforts, including a pancake breakfast, Las Vegas Night and Winter Outing, as well as initiating new partnerships with the Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence and Service Club of Andover. He has also visited the Lazarus House in Lawrence every Monday for 20 years to serve that population.


Felter has served on the boards of Creative Living in Andover, Goodwill of the Merrimack Valley in Lowell, Lawrence-Methuen Enterprise Partnership, Essex National Heritage Commission, Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport and Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence. Returning to his roots, he became involved with the Yankee Clipper Boy Scout Council, serving as president of the executive board for three years, ending in 2012. As council president, he worked to reorganize the board and improve its infrastructure. Since his service to the Boy Scout council board, it has launched a program to reach out to inner-city youths, which he says has a different dynamic from his work with suburban communities and the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.

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