Bill Gates was a gentle giant and a compassionate human being. It was my honor as District Governor to welcome Bill Gates, Jr. to Seattle Rotary Club #4 with Todd Summerfelt presiding as President. Todd asked why he hadn't joined Rotary earlier; he said "no one asked." A powerful lesson for us all. His wonderful book on Showing Up for Life is worth many re-readings; a short biography full of life lessons learned. A kind and humble man, he will be missed by all who were blessed to know him.
At Seattle #4 Rotary's 100th anniversary, Bill Gates, Jr. introduced his son, the centennial speaker, Bill Gates III, as "the greatest philanthropist in the history of the world.” He pinned Trey as an honorary Rotarian later at that meeting. A kind and humble man, he will be missed by those who were blessed to know him.
John Jacob Zucker Gardiner