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The Rotary Club of Rochester's primary project currently is a project in memory of Howie Seckendorf who was 50th President of the Rotary and served in 2009.
"Howie's Field of Dreams" is a Bambino Buddy Ball field to be built at Roger Allen Park in Rochester, NH, where young players with physical and/or mental challenges can enjoy playing the game of baseball. Visit the web page by clicking on Howie's Field for more information or to donate.
Howie had a passion for baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. What a thrill he experienced when he was able to participate in the Boston Red Sox Fantasy Camp and "live the life" of a Red Sox player. Also, he was actively involved in coaching Cal Ripken Baseball for the Barrington Youth Association in Barrington, NH for 7 years, where his youngest son, Adam, continues to play, as well as his youngest daughter, Molly, who plays softball.
When he became the 50th president of the Rochester Rotary Club in July 2009, he had the desire to complete a major project in the city which could benefit not only Rochester residents, but those of surrounding communities as well. He learned of a special kind of baseball field that was made of a rubberized surface, one where players with physical and/or mental challenges could play. A field where a player can fall down and not get hurt. Where any young player, despite their physical or mental challenges, can experience the joy of playing baseball. He thought this would be the perfect project for the Rotary Club of Rochester to take on.
Unfortunately, he could not bring this dream to fruition, as he was unexpectedly taken from us in November 2009, due to a heart attack. What better way to honor his memory and the giving and kind person he was than to make his dream come true. With the help of Howie's family, friends, local businesses, and the Rotary Club of Rochester, his dream will come true with the construction of "Howie's Field of Dreams." Donations Welcome