How Rotary Became the Heart & Soul of Polio Eradication

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Moving In To China

Moving In To China

So many great stories from Rotary International‘s decades of work on polio eradication. Here, former RI President and master storyteller, Cliff Dochterman, explains how Rotary was able to gain trust with the Chinese Government with a lot of work and signs of good faith. We’re finishing up shooting our interviews, and will soon begin editing the…

It Was Idealistic

It Was Idealistic

Former Rotary International President Clem Renouf reflects on their naivety during the early days of Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. We’re finishing up shooting our interviews, and will soon begin editing the film. We’re still a few dollars short of our post-production budget. Donations can be made at http://daretodreamfilm.com/donate/  

December Financial Update

December Financial Update

To date we have raised $48,000 for the project, not including the $5,000 that was invested by Rotary District 7620 to finance the trailer used for promotional purposes on the Daretodreamfilm.com website. From the viewpoint of our editorial freedom in telling our story, we benefit from the fact that we are a completely independent production…

December Production Update

December Production Update

We are very proud to report to you that we have completed filming our three “founding fathers” of polio eradication, Past RI President’s Sir Clem Renouf and Cliff Dochterman, as well as Dr. John Sever. We have several hours of footage from each of them, and considering that Renouf and Dochterman are ages 95 and…

Story Update

Story Update

The Dare to Dream documentary begins in 1978-79 as RI President and President-Elect, Jack Davis and Clem Renouf, wrestle with the notion that Rotary should undertake service projects on a global scale. The story ends in 1988 with balloons dropping at the Philadelphia International Rotary Convention with the news that Rotary has raised a staggering…

Research Update

Research Update

The Dare to Dream script is now finalized. The research for the script is based on the two seminal books on Rotary’s polio eradication efforts, Sarah Gibbard Cook’s book, “Rotary and the Gift of a Polio Free World,” and David Forward’s book, “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of the Rotary’s Foundation’s first…