A proud son

By Rotary International

Bill and Joan

Bill Pollard and his mom, Joan, president of the Rotary Club of Petersburg.

By Bill Pollard, past governor of District 7600 and a member of the Rotary Club of Churchland – Portsmouth, Virginia, USA

In 1988 at the age of 25, a retired banker and neighbor of my parents, Tommy Adkins, invited me to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Petersburg, Virginia. I had just started my banking career in my hometown of Petersburg and I remember calling my mom, Joan Pollard, asking her about Rotary. I recall her telling me it was a service oriented club and that my mom and dad had friends in the club.

We discussed it for a few minutes and I told my mom I would go because it would help my career and Tommy was their neighbor. It wasn’t long before I joined the Petersburg Rotary Club and will always be grateful to Tommy for the positive impact he had on my professional and personal life by asking me to join.

A few years later, I asked mom to go to a Rotary meeting with me. She was the librarian at the local hospital (a position she still holds) and knew most of the members. She …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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