Gyrators - July to December 2004

David Phelps


Published on November 30, 2014

C. ILLIAM POLLARD CHAIRMAN EMERITUS, THE SERVICEMASTER COMPANY Bill Pollard joined ServiceMaster in 1977 and has served not once but twice as its chief executive officer. His first term as CEO was from 1983 to 1993, a period characterized by major change in the structure and direction of the business, including the introduction and rapid growth of the company’s consumer group. In October 1999, Pollard returned as CEO of the company and served in that role for a period of 16 months until the process of identifying and electing his successor was completed. He also served as chairman of the board of ServiceMaster from 1990 to April 2002, and is currently serving as an advisor to the company. During his leadership of the company, ServiceMaster was recognized by Fortune magazine as the #1 service company among the Fortune 500 and also was included in its list of its most admired companies. ServiceMaster also was identified as a “star of the future” by The Wall Street Journal and recognized by the Financial Times as one of the most respected companies in the world. During this period, the company achieved market leadership in each of its markets and substantial growth in shareholder value. In addition to his work at ServiceMaster, he serves on the board of directors of several public companies and serves as a trustee of Wheaton College and chairman of the Executive Committee of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He also serves as “of counsel” of the law firm of Huck, Bouma, Martin, Jones and Bradshaw, P.C. Pollard is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, and he received a JD from Northwestern University School of Law. From 1963 to 1972 he was engaged in the practice of law, specializing in corporate finance and tax matters, and from 1972 to 1977 he served on the faculty and as a vice president of Wheaton College. He is the author of a best selling book, The Soul of the Firm, and also has written for or contributed to other books and magazines including The Leader of the Future, Leading People , Leading for Innovation and Organizing for Results, “The Quest for the Entrepreneurial Spirit,” “The Leader Who Serves.” In April 2004, he received the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Business Ethics at Notre Dame. A native of Chicago, Pollard and his wife, Judy, have been married for over 45 years. They have four adult children and thirteen grandchildren. BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPORT * With more than 20 club members actively involved in planning for JobStart, the summer jobs partnership with the City of Chicago, there will soon be opportunities to engage and involve hundreds of business leaders, dozens of community organizations and chambers of commerce, government officials and the media. * With another 20 club members actively planning for this summer's convention, we can promote our club and its 60,000- plus visitors to local businesses, international trade groups and the media. * With more than 15 club members working to plan this February's ball, we can introduce the club to local businesses, government officials and media -- not to mention the Fulbright scholar community. These projects -- together with the imaginative, active recruitment of new members -- gives us a very real opportunity to boost our membership dramatically over the next six months. Please give us your thoughts and - if you're not already helping us realize one of these projects - please join us. – submitted by Clif Fenton, Director of Communications OPERATIONS LIMBS RECEIVES MATCHING GRANT FROM RI This project started in 2002 when 3 members of the committee traveled to El Salvador on a Discovery grant from RI. Working with the Rotary club in El Salvador, they wanted to determine if the Funtar Clinic was in need of medical supplies to carry on their work of manufacturing and fitting prosthetic devices for Victims of land mines and other serious accidents. Upon their return, they submitted their favorable report and the paperwork to secure the grant began. Obstacles that were encountered included an unfinished report on a project between the El Salvador club and a club in Madrid, Spain. This paperwork was finally found and forwarded to the Rotary regional office in Zurich, Switzerland. They lost the papers. After this was resolved, RI headquarters informed us that final paperwork on a Rotary/One project for the “Gift of Life” was incomplete and they could not process our request until that project was completed. As the years went by, we had three new District governors, three new club Presidents here and three new club Presidents in El Salvador. Our contact club representative in El Salvador left the club and they had to select a new person. Each of these changes required new paperwork and new signatures to be submitted to RI. The determination of the LIMBS committee members, including Maritza Frieser and the assistance of PDG Fred Otto and Paul Carpenter from RI, helped in the effort to secure these funds to aid the poor, unfortunate victims. We now have the grant and will begin the process of finding a source to purchase and ship the necessary medical supplies to the Funtar clinic. -- Donald Staley ROTARY/One FOUNDATION, INC. UPDATE Your participation is crucial. Our goal this year is 100% participation of Club membership and our monetary goal is $40,000. We are less than 30% there. 100% participation would be a first for our Club and this, the year of our 100th year, is the year to do it. If you are not one of the people who have contributed to date, please make your donation today. Your donation makes it possible to continue our commitment to service. A pledge form is on page 5 for your use. If you have access to a matching grant program, please use it too. Thank you. May you have a happy, and healthy holiday. --The ROTARY/One Foundation 2