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.
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