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