Bill is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Clackamas, Oregon.
He has presided as club president -- twice! Bill has over 29 years of perfect
attendance at Rotary
meetings…and counting! Among his Rotary highlights was attending the International Convention in Glasgow, Scotland in 1997 and visiting several Scottish clubs.
Bill participated in Rotary's Centennial International
Convention in Chicago, in June 2005 while serving as his club's
centennial president. He assisted a new club in West
Linn get chartered in April 2006. In 2009, he attended
the 100th Rotary International Convention in Birmingham, England where
he served as a volunteer Sargeant-at-Arms. In 2010, Bill had the
privilege of meeting John Kinney, Rotary International's president.
Scotsman Kinney was impressed with Bill's MacNaughten tarten kilt!
Through his Rotary Club, Bill purchased, and had placed in local schools, four
Automatic External Defibrillators (AED),
to assist people in quickly responding to potential heart attacks.
He also purchased one for the office and the Oregon Road Runners Club
Bill sponsors an endowment fund at Clackamas Community College
in Oregon City.
The Bill McCracken and Pam Husband Endowment for Child Care
provides childcare grants that enable single
parents to attend the
college and improve both their and their children's lives. Bill
also funds a scholarship for business students at his alma mater,
Boise State University in Idaho.
Bill has competed in numerous long-distance runs.
His ongoing goal is
to complete a marathon or an ultramarathon in every US state and
Washington, DC. 18 states are checked off, only 33 to go! One of his
favorite "short" runs is the Steens Rim Run, a 10K run held every
August on Steens Mountain southeast of Burns. He boasts a perfect
record of participating in each of the 31 events run at 7835 up to
elevation! Four times a year, Bill will be found honoring the change of seasons,
running the Mud Grand Prix in Forest Park, Portland.