Posted by Don Griffing on Dec 04, 2017

What is your Bacon number?  In the mid-1990’s three college students observed that Kevin Bacon was in two consecutive movies they were watching during a snowstorm.  They decided to pick random actors and attempt to connect the person to Kevin Bacon either directly or through pairs of actors.  For example, Elvis Presley has a Bacon number of 2 through Ed Asner with the movies Change of Habit and JFK.  This game is largely based on the idea of six degrees of separation.  Originating in 1929, this notion states that all living things and everything else in the world are six or few steps away from each other.

Malcolm Gladwell uses this notion in describing how things go viral in his book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference published in 2000.  Gladwell uses the identifier Connector to describe a person helps make six degrees of separation possible.  Connectors are special because they have friends and associates in many different circles of their lives.  These circles include social, cultural, professional, and economic parts of their lives.  While I have many large circles, I lack another key attribute of a Malcolm Gladwell Connector.  I do not have a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles.  Gladwell states it best by identifying Connectors as “people with a special gift for bringing the world together.”

Rotary is my gateway to Connectors who are interested in making a difference in the world.  Our speaker, Marion Bunch, is a friend and inspiration for me in Rotary service.  I have watched her grow her Rotarian Action Group focused on mobilizing Rotarians in the fight against HIV/AIDS to something which provides annual healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia through Rotary connections.

As an International Rotary eClub, we can be a Connector in Rotary.  With members on 5 continents, we can help connect money and volunteers with those needing assistance.  For example, the Rotary Club of Blumenau – Fortaleza (Rotary District 4650) in the South region of Brazil is seeking a TRF Global Grant for a Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Project.  They are near completion of their funding requirements.  Perhaps a visiting Rotarian can take word of this project back to his/her Club and help make this project a reality.  This cannot happen without you sharing some of your time, talent, and/or treasury.  What would you want your Bacon number to this project?