W. GREGORY WIMS
District Governor 2017-2018
SHORT BIO FOR CLUB VISITS
Greg Wims is a 6th generation Marylander with 49 years of volunteer service to the community. He has served on many nonprofit boards, Un. of Maryland Dental School, Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College, YMCA, Kennedy Center and Boys and Girls Club just to name a few. He presently serves on the Congressional Bank Board in the Metro Washington DC area. He founded the Victims’ Rights Foundation 21 years ago to help victims of violent crime. They just opened a preschool in Kenya 6 months ago. Greg is a Paul Harris fellow and a Paul Harris Society member. He is a member of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club. He is married to Michelle and has three children and two grandkids. Please welcome Greg Wims, District Governor.
Gregory Wims is a local businessman and community activist who founded the Victims’ Rights Foundation (VRF) in response to the senseless killings of three Washington, D.C. area women in 1996. Moved by the grace of God, Gregory is dedicated in supporting victims and their families of violent crimes and attacks. He was instrumental in forming and supporting the Sniper Victims’ Fund in response to the sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. metro area in 2002.
In the grand scheme, however, he is really a man with a long volunteer career and a burning desire to bring comfort and aid to those in need. In the last 50 years, he has raised more than $1 million dollars, logged more than 900,000 miles, and volunteered more than 38,000 hours.
He began his volunteer career in 1969, when he was elected vice president of the State of Maryland Youth Commission. The next year, as president of that organization, he played a pivotal role in lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In the 1970s, he served as the youngest person ever to be appointed by the County Executive as Commissioner of the Montgomery County Maryland Human Relations Commission. In that role, he worked with community officials to hire the first African American to the police department.
From 1974 to 1976, he was the first male Head Start teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1976, Gregory Wims became the first African American in Montgomery County to work for a member of Congress, the 8th Congressional District. In the 1980s, he led the Social Concern Committee at Goshen United Methodist Church and set up a prison ministry program. He also was the founder of the United Brothers, Inc., organized the first “gun turn-in” program in Montgomery County, and chaired the “Get Out to Vote” campaign.
In the early 1990s, Gregory Wims served as the membership chairman for the NAACP recruiting more than 1,000 new members. In 1994, he was elected president of the Montgomery County Chapter of the NAACP, and one-year later, he was voted President of the NAACP’s Maryland State Chapter. In that role, he led more peaceful demonstrations than any previous president and organized with Janice Washington, the first federal employment task force for the National NAACP. Gregory Wims is the Past President of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rotary Club; Past Area Governor, Bethesda Rotary Clubs. He is the current Rotary District Governor Nominee, District 7620.
Victims’ Rights Foundation, Inc. – Founder/President – 1996 – present (volunteer)
Founder of non-profit organization, national and international.
Bold Concepts, Inc. Vice President for Public Affairs – 1994 – Present
Government relations/liaison with officials from state, local and federal governments. Provide strategies to President and Executive Committee on achieving goals and objectives for the company.
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission – 1996 – 2004 Chairman/Vice Chairman/Board Member - Appointed by the County Executive, 8 years. Presided over public hearings, voted on public policies and financial issues, assisted in establishing a training program for executive and line employees and was WSSC spokesperson to the media.
Hammer and Nails, Inc. – Founder and President – 1999 – 2008
Independent consultant for small businesses, non-profit organization, political campaigns and government agencies. Provides leadership and guidance to clients on marketing strategies, business development, fundraising activities and human resources development.
Government Agencies – 1980 – 1985 (Presidential Appointments)
U.S. Small Business Administration – Special Assistant to the Associate Administrator – Minority Small Business.
Office of the Vice President of the United States – Advance Team Member
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Recognized by more than 100 organizations, including United States Justice Department, Montgomery College, YMCA Metropolitan Washington, DC, and WETA Public Television.
Organizations Served (partial list)
Education and Training
Howard University, Washington, DC
Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government