Wilf Wilkinson


Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of dining with Wilf Wilkinson (here I am giving him a Lansdale cap). Mr. Wilkinson was the President of Rotary International from 2007-2008. For the non-Rotarian, his name might elicit a “Who’s he?” and for the average Rotarian like me, it might elicit a feigned interest of an “Oh, really?” However, upon talking to this distinguished and spry 82 year old Canadian, I was thoroughly awestruck by his energy, his travels and his meetings with Bill Gates (twice) who gave Rotary $255 million dollars to fight polio, Pervez Musharraf, then President of Pakistan where there are still a number of polio cases per year, both Pope John Paul II and Benedict and no less than 30 heads of States and Nations throughout the world– all in the name of service to others. And without a salary. In fact, all Rotarians are volunteers from the newly inducted all the way to the President of Rotary International. 1.2 million members worldwide giving their money and time for worthy causes. Grass roots, one Rotarian, one dollar at a time making a difference both locally and globally.


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