I’m a firm believer that those who study history have an edge over those who ignore it, because history gives us a useful framework for evaluating what has worked, and not worked, in the past. Rational decision makers use that information to make (hopefully) more informed decisions about the future. More information, along with more insight, more intuition, more education….does not guarantee better results. We are, after all, discussing the future, and the only way to KNOW what is going to happen is wait for it to actually happen and THINK you should have known it all along. Behavioral psychologists have a name for this delusion. It’s called “hindsight bias.”
As you might imagine, as the producer of a documentary about how Rotary became engaged in polio eradication, I think learning about Rotary’s history is critically important. It helps us to avoid the mistakes that we’ve made in the past. It helps us to appreciate our accomplishments in the present, and helps us to steer a better course in the future. If you are interested in learning more about Rotary’s history, then I want to introduce you to Steve Hellersperk and the Rotary Global History Fellowship. (RGHF)
Formally founded in 2002, the Rotary Global History Fellowship bills itself as the largest fellowship in Rotary. According to the their website, the mission is:
This Fellowship is an association of Rotarians and friends dedicated to accumulating and preserving the history, values and philosophy of the Rotary movement, and encouraging others to do the same by publishing these histories, values and philosophies on the internet.
In short, the organization is kind of a Wikipedia of Rotary history. Here is Executive Director, Steve Hellersperk, giving you a little insight.
The “History stuff” at RGHF is endlessly educational and entertaining. I highly recommend you join RGHF. It costs you $30 to join and gain access their entire library of amazing documents.
Of course, one of the most interesting historical documents produced about Rotary is the documentary, Dare to Dream, How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication. Hellersperk, being the great guy that he is, is agreeing to do a little cross promotion with RGHF and Yours Truly and we will be announcing some cool incentives for members to buy or rent the film in the near future.
Here’s Steve closing the deal. (By the way, this was filmed at the RGHF booth at the House of Friendship at the Toronto International Rotary Convention. Steve did these brief shots in one take and with no rehearsal.)
Yup. You need to be! To learn more about RGHF CLICK HERE.
To join RGHF CLICK HERE.
To download buy or rent Dare to Dream, How Rotary Became the Heart and Soul of Polio Eradication, the best one hour documentary about Rotary’s polio eradication history ever produced, CLICK HERE.
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