EHF Grant.Bio

I was born in Italy in 1947, emigrated to the US in 1961, and became a citizen in 1966. In my professional life, I started as an apprentice in the electrical construction field and moved on to become an electrical contractor and an electrical inspector. For the last 30 yrs. I have served as a professional in the real estate industry, initially as an agent and now as a broker. I’ve always believed that every individual has a degree of obligation and responsibility for the global welfare of the less fortunate; accordingly, I have and will continue to do my part as a humanitarian and social servant until I can no longer contribute. I have been a member of Rotary International since 1995 and have served in various leadership positions in my club as well as at the Rotary District level. In 1997 I joined the local committee of Sister Cities International and was later elected its president for 3 yrs., for which I received the keys to my city. In 2006 I was elected to the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International, based in Washington, DC, USA, for 2 three year terms. As a member, I was instrumental in facilitating Sister City relationships between my city of Bakersfield, CA and both Queretaro, Mexico and Bucheon City, So. Korea. Because of my civic and humanitarian efforts, the mayor of the City of Bucheon awarded me Honorary Citizenship, and I continue to remain active in both organizations. On behalf of both organizations, which are NGO, non-profit, non-secular and apolitical, I have traveled extensively to bring some good and some hope where needed; from the slums of Cite Soleil in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, to the slums of India and Nigeria to immunize children against the Polio virus. I have traveled to Tibet to bring school supplies to an orphanage and to Morocco to assist in the delivery of wheelchairs. I was a member of the Sister Cities delegation, led by President Dwight Eisenhower's granddaughter, which traveled to Morocco as an Islamic Peace Initiative. I traveled to the DPRK, North Korea, in an attempt to set up a channel for delivery of food and medical supplies to two orphanages, and have traveled throughout China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and Singapore with a similar intent to serve the less fortunate. I learned an abundance of lessons about culture, traditions, diplomacy and interpersonal relationships — lessons that would be lost, if not shared! I have also taken notice of needs in my own community. In 1999, in an effort to raise funds and awareness for a fledgeling school which cared for children with autism, I embarked on a journey for which I was physically unprepared but convinced it was necessary; I backpacked from the California/Mexico border to a terminus on the USA/Canada border - a distance of about 2700 miles for a period of five months. A personal accomplishment for sure, but more importantly a huge success for the school, which is still in operation and a highly-regarded learning institution. I now plan to retire and ready to focus my time and energy on serving humanity, which is consistent not only with my goals but also in line with Rotary International's motto of "Service above Self.” My two recent visits to NZ, one in November 2016 and the most recent in March of this year, have provided the spark and inspiration to apply for the EHF grant.
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