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Taking a stand for Character – the Rotary Character Counts! Campaign is LIVE

Last week I pre-announced the crowdfunding campaign for my new book, "Character Counts: Bringing the Rotary Four-Way Test to Life." I'm pleased to announce that the campaign is launched and contributions are coming in.  In the pre-announcement, I mentioned how much positive feedback I received already from Rotarians and more. I'm particularly excited to see that even non-Rotarians are contributing to the campaign.

Many thanks already to those of you who have been involved, have promised support, and are considering helping. I can't do this without you! I see every dollar raised as an endorsement, not of me and my mission, but of YOUR belief that Character Counts!

Another exciting bit of news: I had a conversation with an influential Rotarian, and he brought up the idea of my becoming a "Roving Ambassador" for evangelizing the mission of Rotary, particularly with the plan of engaging younger members. Clearly THAT is right in line with what the book is designed to help with.  I consider that a great opportunity and honor.

For those of you who haven't seen the campaign yet, you can access it by clicking on the image, or if that doesn't work, the link is here:

There are a number of great rewards I have set up as a way to say "thank you" for your support.  Every contribution helps, but if the message inspires you but you are unable to participate financially, would you consider sharing it with others who might have an interest?  As one Rotarian shared with me recently, "We may be reciting the Four-Way Test every week at meetings, but do we ever really stop to think, anymore, what it means and how it challenges us to be?"  I hope "Character Counts" will be a resource for just such dialog.

Also, if you'd like to be notified about updates to the campaign or general topics related to the book or Rotary as a whole, feel free to Subscribe by clicking on the button.


Again, I thank each and every one of you for your encouragement and support. As I said in the video, together, we as Rotarians can change the world, for the better. We already do! And, to my non-Rotarian friends...I appreciate your believing in the value of Character!  Let's rock this campaign!


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Why it’s been so quiet

It's been a little while since I've posted and today I'm just dropping a note about major topic here to discuss, just an update on status.

I've been heads down writing a policy paper on efficiency within the education system (no...don't laugh!).  It's been a real challenge because I've had to be clear of my facts, which means LOTS of research.  I turned in he first draft for review yesterday and now I'm breathing a sih of relief because it's "done" until I get my feedback.  Brain is clearing -- no more waking at 2am with ideas for what I need to say and how.

I'm not sure exactly when or how it will be published, but I'll keep everyone posted.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming of "how to fix the education system," already in progress.

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In the beginning…

Well, folks...I've finally made it. 

This is my first foray into that blog-space so many of you have encouraged me to create.

Now that I've begun, I'll have to keep up with using this to share important and valuable information about things that affect our children, their education, and our communities.

Fortunately, with all that's going on right now with the economy, education funding, and cuts to programs, that won't be hard.  I'm hoping that readers and supporters out there will also participate -- I'm hoping this will become a conversation, not a monologue.

We all have a vested interest in making sure that our young people -- ALL of them, -- get the education they deserve and the education we as taxpayer are paying for. It hasn't been that way for many decades, but we have the opportunity NOW, to accomplish that, despite the economy.

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