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      I have a B.A. in Language, Literature and Law; Post-graduation in Linguistics, Semantics and Brazilian Literature; member of three  academies of Literature in Montes Claros, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro.          

      Retired in 1990 from two careers, I served in the upper-management of Banco do Brasil, as General Manager and as Professor of Linguistics and Portuguese at the State University of Montes Claros.  In retirement, I continue to serve as a Corporate Trainer for the bank. I also served as president of the Minas Bank Employees Union; president of the Montes Claros Academy of Literature; president of the local City Council; County Secretary of Culture; director of the Municipal Board on Cultural and Historic Patrimony; and delegate to the Freemasonry Supreme Council. I was also one of the founders of the School of Law, in Montes Claros.         
 

      My participation in International Congresses: Elos Internacional,  Lisbon, Portugal, Teresopolis and Belo Horizonte, Brazil; International Congress of Spiritism, Brasília; International Congress of Spirit-Esperantists, Brasília; International Assembly of Rotary, Anaheim, USA;  Festival Panamericano del Proyecto Cultural Sur de Escritores y Artistas, Habana, Cuba. Rotary International/United Nations Congress and the Rotary International Convention, Buenos Aires, Argentina.   

      Rotarian since 1969, I am a member of the Rotary Club of Montes Claros-Norte, where I serve as club president. I have served as District Membership Development Chairperson, District Trainer, and District Extension Chairperson. Team Leader in the 2000 Rotary International Assembly, Anaheim, USA, and in the Brazilian Rotary Institute, Recife; Training Leader of the assistent governors in the Brazilian Institute, Sao Paulo and Foz do Iguaçu; Brazilian Representative, Rotary International Legislation Council, Chicago, USA; Rotary International Presidents  Representative in District Conferences of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina; Frank Devlyns District Committee Internet Communications; RI Training Leader; Community Service Programs Task Force member; District Membership Development Chairperson, and Rotary Foundation Coodinator in Zone 20N Brazil (2004-06). I  also received the Paulo V.C. Costa International Award. I am a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotary Foundation Benefactor.

 

      I have publications in many Brazilian anthologies and published TEMPOS DE MONTES CLAROS, JORNAL DE DOMINGO, O DIA EM QUE CHIQUINHO SUMIU, CRÔNICAS E POEMAS, POEMAS DE PURO AMOR and FEELINGS - POEMS.

      Spouse: Olímpia Rego Arruda. Seven children: João Wlader, lawyer, (Sunrise Tulsa Rotary Club); José Danilo, university student; Denilson, journalist; Wladênia, lawyer; Wanderlino Filho, video producer,  (M. Claros-União Rotary Club); Rizzia, executive secretary; and Gracielle, university student. Nine grandchildren: Fernanda, Mayra, Lívia, Pedro, Roberto, Natália, Heitor, Gabriela and Andrew.

                 

I might talk about how old I am, what I look like, and what I do for a living. (I'll try to be truthful!)

I might also include some information about my personal history: where I grew up, where I went to school, various places I've lived. If I have one, I'll include a picture of myself engaging in an activity I enjoy, such as a sport or hobby.

Backpacker taking a drink; Size=180 pixels wide
Taking a break from work

What a job!

I might describe my job in a little more detail here. I'll write about what I do, what I like best about it, and even some of the frustrations. (A job with frustrations? Hard to believe, huh?)

Favorites

Here's a list of some of my favorite movies:

Jules and Jim, Manhattan, Breaking the Waves

Here's a list of some of my favorite music:

Nirvana, Frank Sinatra, Ibrahim Ferrer