Brooke Doerler

Brooke Doerler


Fine Art Circle

Brooke Doerler is presently a member of the Fine Arts Circle at Makers Mill.  Although still learning herself, Brooke seeks to be a resource for others by offering advice and guidance to anyone who has a project.  She assists her FAC associates with scheduled classes such as painting and repurposing furniture. Ultimately Brooke takes great satisfaction from helping to develop such a great resource for the community via Makers Mill.

In essence, Brooke feels that her participation in Makers Mill has actually been an exciting restart in her life. She affirms that before her retirement, she worked her entire life in the healthcare industry and was continuously on the road, often four nights a week, while also caring for two busy children who were heavily involved in sports.  Now, with her participation in Makers Mill, Brooke can experience “so many things I didn’t get to experience during those years of family and work commitments.  Now I see it as me time.”

How did Brooke discover Makers Mill?  In the beginning, she followed the development of the Mill on Facebook and donated. Through this initial contact, she began to understand that the Mill was a unique enterprise. “They were different.”  Following her tour, she came to a deeper understanding of how truly unique and special their offerings were. She also found Makers Mill to be a great place to make friends.

“At Makers Mill you’re with other people learning from them, helping each other, interchanging.  It is a phenomenal resource for the community.”

In addition to this community exchange, Brooke seeks to develop more hobbies at Makers Mill, including repurposing antiques and upcycling furniture castoffs. Recently, with the help of a terrific instructor, she completed two cornhole boards.  She also enjoys painting and applying modern surfaces to furniture and small items such as picnic baskets and flower pots.

Brooke is also active in the other community service organizations in the area.  She volunteers her time at the Wolfeboro Lord and Tailor Thrift Shop and is a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) which is dedicated to education and historic preservation.

Her favorite season here in the Lakes Region is summer.  “There is so much activity.  There is always a festival or a fair, hiking, and the terrific beaches of Lake Winnipesaukee.”

An interesting, inspiring and laudable fact about Brooke is that she traveled to every continent (including Antarctica) with her children before they graduated from college. A fantastic accomplishment!

In essence, Brooke warmly celebrates the opportunity MM has offered her and other participants. “There is a camaraderie there. We are all learning, improving community relationships, skill sets, and building friendships.”

For this great gift, she expresses profound gratitude to Josh and Carol. “They have been epic in accomplishing so much in such a short time. This is epic progress.  We are so fortunate to have this opportunity in our backyard.”

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