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…..is 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 daretodreamfilm.com.  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



8 thoughts on “I’m Baaack

  1. I found your blog a couple of weeks ago and subscribed even though you had not posted in a long time. Well! The Universe must have known something I didn’t. Welcome back!

    1. Thanks so much, Kristi. I can’t believe how much traffic the blog still has. I’m afraid a lot of the links to YouTube videos that I posted are now broken, but hopefully the content is still useful. I just checked. The blog has more than 900,000 visits since I started it when I was a DGE. Who knew? Anyway….please check out the Dare to Dream movie excerpt at daretodreamfilm.com. Let me know what you think…and thanks again for following the site!

  2. Ken, there is something to stars aligning! I’m working on my next blog post about RIPE Rassin’s theme announcement speech, and I mention this blog as one that sustained me in recent years as I searched for Rotary inspiration. Can’t tell you how surprised I was to see your email.

    I hope that this is the first of what I hope are regular posts. We need more voices like yours writing about all things Rotary. As your stats prove, Rotarians are hungry to have their souls and mind fed!

    And I’ll do what I can to get more Rotarians to take part in your project.

  3. Hi Ken, thanks so much for the kind words. Yes, I intend to get back to writing regularly on the blog and on FB at daretodreamfilm and on twitter at @daretodreamfilm. I’m determined to let Rotarians know about this important new documentary. I appreciate you spreading the word about the project. What would be really great is if you would go to the daretodreamfilm.com website and check out the trailer. I hope you love it.

  4. Got the trailer for my Club, and got the movie for me. The film is a must-see for every Rotarian. I’ve paid attention more than most, but I had no idea of the problems they encountered internally and externally. The character of these fine people shines through, and it just underscores my pride in being a Rotarian, of being a Member of the same organization as these people who had the vision, the will, and the persistence to make our coming victory over polio possible. (Groucho’s famous remark about not wanting to join a club that would have him as a member notwithstanding…)

    I also made a post on the RI Group on LinkedIn about the movie and you’re return to the blogosphere. Hope this will help drive some traffic to you.

    Will you have a video cd of the documentary? Did you get any support from TRF/RI?

    FYI: The streaming experience was less than perfect. The focus would go soft regularly until, I assume, the buffering caught up. My connection was at 10 mbps, so I don’t think it was on my end. It was a small distraction, but otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed the piece. Great job!

    1. I’m glad you liked the movie, Ken. To your questions, we have no plans to provide DVD’s of the movie. We did think that our Rotary demographic would appreciate it but we thought it was too expensive and I didn’t see how we could fulfill orders on a global basis. Regarding the streaming experience, at the bottom of the view screen is a quality adjustment. The default for download format is AUTO. Try setting it to 1080p. I had the exact same problem but it cleared up immediately with 1080p format setting. I’m working with vimeo to see if we can change the default. Of course, AUTO would be the best answer (if it worked) because Rotarians around the world will have different download formats.

    1. Thanks so much Stu. And thanks for your feedback on the buying experience. We are trying to get all of the details dealt with. Every buyer gets the option to stream or download the film. I wish VHX-TV made it a little clearer that the 1Video tab to the right of the Payment tab at the top of the purchase screen gives you the option to download the movie. You have to scroll to the bottom and click on the link. Hopefully everyone will figure it out but I’m sending them a note anyway. It should be easier to find.

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