Milwaukee Rotarians, along with friends and family, will gather to recognize Bill Randall’s lifetime of achievements at the Rotary luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the Milwaukee War Memorial Center.
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors the significant lifetime achievements of a club member who has made lasting contributions to the culture of the club, the local community and Rotary International. The award recognizes members who exemplify the club’s motto of “Leaders Making a Difference” and who have an outstanding impact on the club. In every way over the last 55 years, Randall has said “yes” to Rotary and given generously of his time, talent and treasure to help keep Rotary evolving and growing, according to the club.
Randall joined Rotary in 1959 at the age of 29, while his father, Cliff Randall, was serving his term as Rotary International President. Randall served as president of the club in 1966-67. During his tenure, the club introduced its first executive director and two new members – its first Catholic priest and the first African American member. Randall considers those first steps toward membership diversity to be the most memorable achievements of his nearly 55-year Rotary career.
Randall has continued to provide direction and leadership to the club, especially in large club projects. He provided guidance and fundraising assistance for Second Harvest, now Feeding America, and the Health Education Center. He fondly remembers working directly with kids at Camp Enterprise, a Rotary-sponsored weekend camp for high-school students in the 70s. His leadership continues, as he provides invaluable input as a member of our Arboretum Preservation Fund campaign cabinet.
Randall also helped found and was the first president of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF). When he was chairman of the Education Committee of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, he helped found the Greater Milwaukee Education Trust. He has served as president of the Dartmouth College Alumni Council and on the board of Alverno College. Other organizations Randall has served inculde: Milwaukee Academy of Science, Performing Arts Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee Art Museum, Sharp Literacy, McBeath Foundation, and Milwaukee School of Engineering.