Our program today is presented by Chuck Rund. Chuck joined our club in 2008 and little did we know what a huge part he has had with elections in the United States. He is a research wizard. What we know about Chuck is he has the coolest umbrella in the universe (It says CBS News on it and has wind flaps!) He also has a great sense of humor and is a major participant in Rotary and all of Rotary’s major objectives. Here are some things you might not know about Chuck:
After graduate school in 1967, he was the assistant director of research in Minnesota for the Republican party.
He was part of Hubert Humphrey and Eugene McCarthy’s congressional campaigns in 1968. During that time he had the only existing files in a unified way in his office. (That was before the internet and computers and things.) (READ: “Only existing files!” – pretty impressive)
He was involved in public opinion polling which began in the late 50s and early 60s. This was the beginning of the use of polling. He was on the ground floor of APOR (American Public Opinion Research.) Members included Gallup and others that are now household names.
He left Minnesota and lived in Manhattan for a time and worked in quality research and learned how to become a company doing quality research.
He moved to California and created a public sector company. From 1984 through 2016 he was engaged with CBS for election analysis (and worked with Susan Zirinsky who is an American journalist and television news producer. She has been the President of CBS News since January 2019.)
He worked on Howard Baker’s election in 1979-80, Regan’s election in 1984, and George Herbert Walker Bush’s campaign in 1988. He also was an integral part of Clint Eastwood’s successful campaign for Mayor of Carmel, California.
His last gig with CBS was the 2016 election. (But who knows what 2020 will bring!)
Today he is on the board of AllCare – his title being CVO (Chief Volunteer Officer.) He is also the YMCA board president, and he is on the Chamber board.
He was a guest on Airforce Two – but that’s another story for another time.
Oh - and if you want to hear some of his commentary - here's a video of one of his C-Span reports from Campaign Management Headquarters in 1979. Click the picture and start at 36 minutes to see him in action.