June 2007

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People were turned away from last week’s standing-room-only BrainWise workshop in Salt Lake City!  Dr. Richard Hattwick, who will head the Rotary International Literacy Task Force for 2008-2009, is a BrainWise supporter and issued an invitation to present at the RI Conference next year in LA.

Here is what he had to say: “BrainWise addresses the psychological problems that lead to children at risk and adults in prison. Whether we’re talking about learning to think through the consequences of an  action or managing dangerous emotions. BrainWise is a tool that works.”

The highlight of the convention was the keynote speech by Bill Gates, Sr. 20,000 people filled the auditorium to listen to him.  He talked about his early married life and his concern as a first-time father about the possibility that his newborn daughter could get polio.  He tied this in with his involvement as a Rotary member and his pride that Rotary was responsible for being close to eradicating polio worldwide.  He said that the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation had a goal to eradicate other diseases, and Rotary provided them with a model.  His parting words were for all to “think big.”