Monthly Archives: January 2018

Dare to Dream’s Wild Premiere in Evanston

Don’t you love movie premieres? The press, the excitement, the stars, the red carpet, the fashion, and of course, the fans. We had it all last Friday at the premiere in Evanston of the new documentary, Dare to Dream, How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication. Here is a quick shot of the limos lined up outside of One Rotary Center as the excitement was building.

The feeling in the theater last Friday was electric. We showed the movie and then Carol Pandak, Rotary’s High Priestess of Polio eradication, hosted a panel discussion with Sarah Gibbard Cook, author of the book, Rotary and the Gift of a Polio Free World, and Mike McGovern, Chair of Rotary’s International Polio Plus Committee,and your’s truly, to discuss the movie and update the audience on the latest polio eradication news. Afterwards we got some great video of lucky audience members who attended the show.

Here’s Mark Gibson DGE District 6440:

Not to be outdone, here is Suzanne Gibson:

And finally, here is Diane Teska:

There is an old saying in Rotary, “what goes on in the after party stays in the after party.” But here’s a photo to give you some idea of the chaos that ensued at the party beginning at or around 4PM at Rotary’s home offices last Friday. I was told this behavior wasn’t unusual for the staff on a Friday afternoon but I must admit to being just a little intimidated.

If you are at all interested in learning more about the best movie about Rotary history you’ve ever seen, then go to and check it out. You can see the 3-minute trailer, download the 16-minute excerpt of the movie that you can use as a free club program, or you can buy the film for $25 and make a $18.75 contribution to Polio Plus when you make your purchase. There is a lot of excitement building about this film….it’s time for you to check it out.

#daretdreamfilm #rotary #endpolio #droptozero

You can follow Dare to Dream at Daretodreamfilm on Facebook, and @daretodreamfilm on Twitter.

I’m Baaack

I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than two years since I last wrote on this blog. Did you miss me?   (Hello…Hello… anybody out there?)

It turns out that I’ve been working on an amazing project for the past two years and I thought this was as good a place as any to fill you in about what’s going on.  But first, let’s watch a compilation for a minute or two of Arnold uttering one of his most famous and most annoying quotes.

OK.  Why am I bugging you?  Because we are kicking off one of the most fantastic Polio Plus fundraising campaigns ever.  We’ve produced a full-length documentary, called Dare to Dream, How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication.  It is one of the coolest stories you’ve never heard.  I mean it.  Who knew that our own Rotary history could be so interesting?  And so entertaining.  When you find out how Rotary got into the polio eradication business you aren’t going to believe it.  We were able to get first person interviews with the Rotary leaders who actually put us on the path to polio eradication. Turns out I didn’t know this story and I’ll bet you don’t either.

Stay tuned as I try to learn something about social media in order to promote the movie on RFA, Facebook, and Twitter.  We’ve created a daretodreamfilm Facebook page (please friend it, or like it, or whatever you are supposed to do) where you will find timely video, photos, and news about the film.  I am also going to be tweeting about the movie and the twitter account is @daretodreamfilm.  How about that?  Daretodreamfilm and daretodreamfilm …..which also happens to be the name of the website where you can buy the movie.

Our plan is to use movie sales to raise big money for Polio Plus.  To promote the film we’ve arranged for Rotary clubs to be able to watch a 16-minute excerpt of the movie for free and use it as a club program.  We are hoping Rotarians will want to learn the rest of the story and buy the movie.  Aside from being structured as a fund raiser, this movie will be the best member retention, member recruitment, and community PR tool your Rotary club has ever used.  Trust me.

For now, let me thank Ilana Bittner and Pixel Workshop for creating an absolutely wonderful film.  Thanks also to Darren Easton at Cypher’s Agency for helping me get up and running.  If you’ve  a mind to check out the trailer, the movie excerpt, or buy the film, go to Dare to Dream or navigate to  I’ll sell you the film for $6.25 if you make a $18.75 tax deductible contribution to Polio Plus.  Well….you pay $25 and we’ll make the $18.75 contribution for you.  Sound like a deal?

Dare to Dream, How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication,  is owned by the Rotary District 7620 Project Trust Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Follow Ken Solow on Twitter at @Daretodreamfilm.  Follow Dare to Dream on Facebook at daretodreamfilm