Steven Solomon, Changing Lives

Posted on May 05, 2017
Steven SolomonSteven Solomon, Senior Annual Giving Officer with the Rotary Foundation, described the profound effect Rotary has had on his life as a way of illustrating what Rotary can do. As a high school student, the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove, IL, selected him for an International Exchange to South Africa. That led to his meeting a number of influential South Africans, learning the Zulu language, and developing his interest in South African affairs. His enthusiasm for the work of Jane Goodall resulted in his meeting her and being invited to learn about a program called “Roots and Shoots” she was involved with in Tanzania, and he eventually opened a branch of the program in South Africa, with Rotary assistance. He later used his knowledge of Zulu as a clever way to make connection with Desmond Tutu at an event in Chicago, which led to his spending 5 days working with Tutu and being invited to his 80th birthday celebration.