Service Matters


Service Matters is a weekly one hour show of widespread appeal that reaches out to the entire community. Hosted by Rotarians Dave Clifton and Rona Mann, Service Matters features guests who make time in their busy lives to give “service above self” locally, regionally, and globally. The good work performed by service organizations throughout Southern New England will be highlighted with on-air guests from scouts to Lions to church groups to veterans and more.

Interested in giving back, paying it forward, or meeting folks who do? You’ll enjoy listening to Service Matters each Friday 3-4PM, on 790 Business.

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David I. Clifton

Dave Clifton is a retired Director from the Parks & Recreation Profession after 40 years of service to the Sharon Massachusetts Community. He is the recipient of the most prestigious Distinguished Professional Service Award presented by the American Park & Recreation Society in 2006 for his dedicated service in the field.

Dave has experience as a part-time broadcaster with radio (WFTN, WJCC, WJMQ) and cable television in several communities in Southeastern, Ma. He has received several awards as a sportscaster in Massachusetts and has been inducted into the High School Basketball Hall of Fame as an announcer. He has also served on many occasions as a Master of Ceremonies, a Toastmaster and a Public Speaker.

Dave Clifton has been a Rotarian for a total of 42 years. His home club is the Rotary Club of Sharon, Ma, where he served twice as Club President nominated him as the Centennial Rotarian in District 7950.

Dave also served as District Governor for District 7950 during the 2007-2008 Rotary year. One of his many enjoyments in Rotary was being selected by District 7950 to be a Team Leader for the Group Study Exchange Program that traveled to India for four weeks in 1994. He also served as the President’s Rep on two different occasions and was appointed by Rotary International as the Zone 32 Polio Challenge Coordinator.

Rona Mann

Rona Mann, originally a “Jersey Girl,”has been a resident of Hope Valley, RI for the past 28 years.

A graduate of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Theatre and an M.S. in Communications, Rona began professionally acting as a young girl and has since appeared in regional theatre, repertory, summer stock, off-Broadway, and headlining a comedy act at Catch a Rising Star. She periodically tours the country with her one woman nostalgia show, “I Never Knew the Knife Man’s Name.”

She worked at New York State radio stations doing traffic, copywriting, public relations,and on-air work, and is still in demand as a voice-over talent. She was a nominee for a coveted CLIO award for a Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate radio campaign.

Having worked in ad agencies for a number of years, she currently freelances her marketing abilities in addition to writing columns and features for The Westerly Sun newspaper and a Connecticut magazine. She has published two books and ghost written for others.

Rona has been a Rotarian for 25 years, is a club past president, a Paul Harris fellow, and is currently an Assistant Governor working closely with the Rotary Clubs of Westerly, Chariho, Jamestown, Wakefield, North Kingstown, and East Greenwich.

She is married to a former radio “morning personality,” is owned by three black cats which explains why she was never lucky at Powerball, and is delighted to be working with Dave Clifton on “Service Matters.”

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