Atlantic County, New Jersey’s Bill Gormley Is Getting Things Done
There’s an old expression, credited to former United States President Harry S Truman, who said, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
FUN FACT: There is no period after the S in Truman’s middle initial. The S is all there is, no middle name either, just the initial. Did you know that?
Another great quote is associated with former President Ronald Reagan, who had a plaque on his desk in the oval office that read, “There's no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.”
While in office, or, since leaving office … Former New Jersey Senator Bill Gormley gets more done by 6:00 a.m. daily than most people are capable of accomplishing all day long.
I saw a recent social media post, whereby in the comments section, Gormley himself was crediting the current Atlantic County state legislative team of Senator Vince Polistina and Assemblyperson’s Don Guardian and Claire Swift for their leadership.
It’s the kind of collegiality that creates a very positive atmosphere to get things done.
Gormley has spent what I have termed as his “Second Act” (or 2nd chapter) focusing on philanthropy.
If you missed it, here is a link to our previous coverage about Bill Gormley, “The Philanthropist” from July 28, 2020.
While helping countless local causes, (in particular), Bill and Ginny Gormley have stepped-up big for Stockton University and the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.
Gormley directly helped facilitate a once-in-a-lifetime relationship with Apple, Inc.
You simply can’t overstate what this has meant for the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club.
That’s just one example of Gormley, the quiet facilitator not caring about who gets the credit, rather, being focused on getting positive things done that can make a major difference in the Atlantic County region.
About Senator Gormley, Stockton University President Dr. Harvey Kesselman said:
Senator Gormley has been an unwavering staunch supporter of Stockton. In addition to Ginny and his direct philanthropy, he has recruited others to invest in Stockton. On a personal level, he has provided me with sage advice over the years. I consider him to be a wonderful colleague and friend.
The Gormley’s have also been instrumental in helping to feed families by collaborating with Jewish Family Services, before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is Gormley at work during the COVID-19 pandemic, when The Gormley and Levine families also brought their children and grandchildren to help contribute and serve the public.
This effort helped to feed 30 families per-week during the pandemic.
The need was profound as JSF had been experiencing a 79 percent increase in need during the pandemic.
The JSF pantry had been feeding 200 per-month. They were now faced with feeding 225 people per-week.
Most of Gormley’s philanthropy is on a strictly anonymous basis.
But, there are a few examples that have been made public. The Gormley’s have also contributed materially to St. Michael’s Church and School in Atlantic City for their music program and other needs.
In October, 2021, St. Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, New Jersey awarded Gormley with The Gregor Mendel Medal, which the highest honor bestowed by his alma mater,
Gormley has had a profound love for Atlantic County and Atlantic City that dates back a lifetime.
His “Second Act” continues this work on a daily basis, as Gormley is always in search of the next idea that can make Atlantic County and Atlantic City an even better place to work or call home.