Posted by Michael Henstra on Oct 27, 2017

 
 
 
On World Polio Day, 24 October 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the online Zoom meeting of the Rotary E-Club of World Peace D5330.  Hosted by PDG Rudy Westervelt, PRIP Cliff Dochterman was the guest speaker.  Since joining Rotary in 1980, Cliff has always been the most inspiring Rotarian I have ever met.  Now 91 years old, Cliff continues to inspire and gave this account of how PolioPlus began and the challenges he faced to convince Rotary it could be done.
 
Cliff Dochterman’s professional life included 40 years in higher education administration – 20 years each at the University of California in Berkeley and at the University of Pacific in Stockton, California.
 
Most of us know him for his volunteer work for Rotary over the past 50 years.   He has served in almost every Rotary assignment in the world.  From Berkeley Rotary Club president (1963-64) [the Club's silver anniversary], to District 5160 Governor (1968-69), University Hills Club President (1971-72) [1971 Charter President, RC of University Hills, CO, D5450] to Rotary International Director (1983-85), R.I. Vice President (1984-85), President of Rotary International (1992-93), Trustee and Chairman of The Rotary Foundation (1993-99)  and chairman of virtually every Rotary committee.  It has been said that Cliff has spoken before more Rotary Clubs than anyone in the world.
 
 
 
   PRIP Cliff Dochterman
 
 
Cliff is the author of the booklet, “The ABCs of Rotary”, which has been translated into more languages than any other Rotary publication.  He has had a lifetime association with the Boy Scouts of America and has received three of the organization’s highest honors – the Distinguished Eagle, Silver Antelope, and Silver Beaver.  Cliff served as Chairman of Rotary’s Council on Legislation in 2001.  He has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service, the Distinguished Service Award and the Polio Plus Pioneer Award.
 
In l992-93 he became the world President of Rotary International.  He selected the theme, “Real Happiness Is Helping Others.”   Cliff has been honored by the heads of state of dozens of countries for spreading good will and world understanding.
 
Cliff and his wife, Mary Elena both belong to the Rotary Club of Moraga. Mary Elena has been president of the Moraga Rotary Club, Assistant District Governor and received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award.
 
Enjoy!
 
 

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