On September 24, 2019, Gregg Dowty District 7780 Protection Officer (DPO) conducted training on the District Protection Policy.  Gregg is a member of the Dover NH club, although he lives just across the border in Maine.  He is a long time Rotarian who retired to Maine, transferring his membership from a club in Pennsylvania.
During his career, Gregg worked with kids who had come from troubled or abusive homes.  This included time as the Executive Director of the Children’s Home of Easton, PA. When asked to become the DPO, he had the opportunity to review and re-write policy.
The current policy is based on Rotary’s 4-Way Test. The DPO covers policy and practices related to protected persons. Protected persons include children, youth and young adults under the age of 21.  It also includes individuals with a disability or diminished capacity.  Essentially anyone to whom Rotary has a “duty of care”. 
Gregg noted the duty to report suspected behavior is different in Maine and NH.  In Maine, the obligation falls only on people with certain jobs or roles.  In NH, everyone has the responsibility.
It is suggested that every Rotary review the training each year. A copy of his presentation can be found at: 2019 District Protection Policy Training