David C. Forward, born and educated in England, is a member of the Rotary Club of Medford Sunrise, New Jersey, USA. He is the author of 12 books, including A Century of Service: The Story of Rotary International, which he was commissioned to write for the 2005 centennial of Rotary International, Heroes After Hours: Extraordinary Acts of Employee Volunteerism, and The Essential Guide to the Short-Term Mission Trip. He wrote the official history of The Rotary Foundation, Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of the Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.
Forward has led humanitarian trips to the Dominican Republic and Lebanon and polio immunization teams to India in 1991. He founded International Children’s Aid Foundation, an all-volunteer foundation that supports an orphanage and dental and medical clinics in Romania. Forward also leads volunteer trips to Romania, a country he has visited more than 70 times.
A Rotarian since 1978, Forward has served as club president, District 7500 (New Jersey, USA) PolioPlus Chair, and District Governor. He is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and has received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.
A Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, Forward represented New Jersey for three years on the White House Conference on Small Business. He won the Good Neighbor Award from the National Association of Realtors in 2005 for his volunteer work and Realtor of the Year in 2011.
David Forward will discuss his latest book A String of Pearls: Inspiring Stories of How Rotary Peace Fellows Are Serving Humanity and Saving the World. A String of Pearls is a book to honor Rotary Peace Fellows by telling their stories. Whether they are on the front lines in areas of conflict or in policy-making roles in agencies where they can be peace-influencers, they are Rotary’s “army.” And like a pearl, which starts out as a minute grain of sand and over time develops through many crystalline layers into a precious jewel, they are a force for good in the world that is rare, valuable, and prized. The Rotary Peace Fellows are a string of pearls.