The Trumbull Rotary Club will host entrepreneur, adventurer and author Jim Perkins Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 a.m. at the Trumbull Library located on 33 Quality St.

Perkins will discuss his participation in numerous pivotal events in the fields of publishing and media, and his work to create a military nature conservation program that now preserves nearly 30 million acres of wilderness.

His memoir, “By Way of Luck: How Chance Shaped a Storied Life,” details Perkins’ good fortune at finding himself in just the right place, at just the right time.

The public is welcome to attend and enjoy breakfast. The cost is $10.

For information, contacttrumbullrotary@gmail.com.

About the author

Perkins will recount his journey from a boyhood in which almost every waking moment was spent in the majestic wilderness of New Hampshire, followed by service in the U.S. Air Force and the enviable opportunity to rub elbows with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His memoir, “By Way of Luck: How Chance Shaped a Storied Life” details Perkins’ good fortune at finding himself in just the right place, at just the right time. Like a real-life “Forrest Gump,” Perkins was tapped to write a screenplay with the iconic Western star John Wayne, asked to help Hugh Hefner expand his publishing empire and found himself at the center of numerous pivotal events in the fields of publishing and media. In this constantly entertaining account, Perkins reminds us how far an innate curiosity can take us, and the impact that can result from speaking our mind and following our intuition.

The son of hardworking Greek Macedonian immigrant parents, Perkins will share how his humble roots and his love of the forests surrounding his small New Hampshire town forged a strength of character and an independent spirit that served him well through a variety of professions.

Despite the family’s limited finances, Perkins’ determined mother found a way to give her son a (tuition-free) private school education, and he soon found himself taken under the wing of a mysterious and dashing writer, Corey Ford, whose secret connections within military circles seemed to know no bounds.

Among the countless colorful stories vividly captured in “By Way of Luck,” is perhaps Perkins’ most notable achievement – one whose full impact, decades later, astounded him and earned him a place in the nation’s pantheon of leading conservationists. As a young Air Force lieutenant given the plum assignment of working in the Pentagon, literally surrounded by generals, he initiated the suggestion that this branch of the armed services commit to the preservation of land throughout the U.S. This served as the catalyst for what today totals more than 25 million acres of protected land from coast to coast.

Even today, having entered his eighth decade, Perkins is a man on a mission, actively involved in preserving the natural beauty of Connecticut, and reminiscing about the joyous life that can result from following one’s passions and embracing the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded colleagues determined to make a difference in the world.

Spending time with this engaging author and speaker will leave every member of the audience more informed and entertained.