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Rotary Spotlight is an area where Rotarians can share personal stories and videos celebrating our successes and featuring our amazing members in the North/Central NJ Rotary District 7475.
If you would like to share why you joined Rotary, what Rotary means to you and how your passion has impacted your community, please contact Polio Quiles at pmquiles@outlook.com to feature your story in the Spotlight.  

 

Making a difference in the world

Bill Graham is the President of the Rotary Dare to be Great EClub  He is also a rather unusual Rotarian who has turned the club around by generating excitement about making a difference in the world.

For more info, email Bill Graham, President, Rotary Dare to be Great E-Club: wmgraham1@hotmail.com or info.DareToBeGreat@gmail.com

Bill has had a number of previous careers as a military officer, a consultant to top executives of major international corporations, the builder of a significant international enterprise that became a market leader in 10 countries, an Associate Professor and Course Sequence Coordinator at a major US University contributing to that new program being named best program in its field in the country and a pioneer architect of major automated systems that have been used by thousands of companies. The key to his successes in all these endeavors was his ability to build partnerships with others to work together on shared goals and his endless perseverance.
 
The Dare to be Great EClub is an equally unusual Rotary Club. As a global EClub it is not focused on a specific geographic location. Its mission is to be of the greatest service to its community called Earth. Further, it is probably the only Rotary Club that has registered a project with RI Club Central with the goal of growing Rotary membership globally by helping all Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world increase their membership, the engagement of their members and their impact.
 
Bill became a champion of something he called “Vision 2030” - the world that could be if all the UN Sustainable Development Goals could be fully achieved in all parts of the world for all people.
 
Because of his previous experience in his various careers, Bill recognizes that when it comes to global problems such as climate change, pandemics, disruptive technologies, growing inequalities, etc. the only results that count are global aggregate results and that, most of the world was falling behind on progress to achieve the SDGs in time to avoid serious, and in some cases potentially existential, consequences.
 
Bill is particularly concerned that, despite millions of projects over the past several decades, Rotary, as the premier association for the world's business and civic leaders, has failed to have any significant global impact on most of the major problems facing the world. 
 
Due to his belief in the need for the world to work together to solve major world problems in time and his belief that education is a critically important prerequisite to many of the SDGs, Bill joined the NGO Committee for Education Learning and Literacy at the United Nations in New York and served as the Vice-Chair of that committee from 2019 to 2021.
 
Since becoming President of the Rotary Dare to be Great EClub, membership in the club has more than tripled and the club has been designated as the fastest growing club in District 7475. The Club has members around the world including the heads of many NGOs, a former UN Ambassador and the 2019 winner of the Billion Acts Hero Award (selected from more than a million candidates), the same award that Rotary International won for its Polio Plus initiative in 2018. 
 
In keeping with its name and motto of “Being of the greatest service to its community called Earth”, the Rotary Dare to be Great EClub seeks to be “the go-to place for those who are crazy enough to believe they can change the world - the whole world - and daring enough to try.” One way they seek to do this is an adaptation of a quote by PRIP Sir Clem Renouf.  They seek to “create extraordinary opportunities for members and others, especially young people, to do more with their lives than they, or their parents or teachers, ever dreamed possible.”
 
To that end they have already created numerous opportunities for NJ youth to speak at the UN and be invited to host a workshop at the World Summit of Novel Peace Prize Winners (35 Nobel Peace Laureates in attendance).
 
The D2BG EClub's projects are as audacious as closing the education and economic gaps between developing and developed countries and communities within countries to include a showcase project to close the education gap between the most and least successful school districts in New Jersey in less than 2 years.
The video below is a great example what Dare to Be Great E-Club is all about!
 
 

Joining Rotary To Give Back

When we answered the knock on our front door, friendly Rotarians were there with a surprise for us:
Nutley Rotary had named our son Tyler as their 2012 Rotary Scholar and granted him a generous college scholarship!
That personal touch, as well as the honor, was a special Rotary moment.
Over the next few years, I thought about joining Nutley Rotary, but it wasn’t until I met Rotarian Barbara Hirsch at the Nutley Farmers Market Civic Pride Day that I started to discover how amazing Rotary is.
I learned that Rotary is a service organization which provides help for the community and the world through small and large projects. Nutley Rotarians are people of action who had a part in two water projects in Mexico and Africa!
That’s when I decided to join, as I have a big interest in helping with the water crisis in the world.
As a Rotarian, I have learned that Rotary has been instrumental in eliminating Polio in the world, a goal which has almost been achieved. I love that my charity is the Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Polio fund, and that my donations go toward global projects like providing clean water and helping mothers and children, as well as local projects like food insecurity in my town.
I have enjoyed attending leadership trainings, conferences and international conventions, learning all I can about Rotary. Last year I volunteered to be President of our club, yes, during Covid, and we were able to accomplish a community service project each month.
If you want to learn more, check out your local Rotary club, and if you're in Nutley, stop by and see us!
 
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