Dave Warren inducted governor of Rotary District 6250

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

JANESVILLE—When Dave Warren was inducted as governor of Rotary District 6250 on Monday night, he became only the fifth Janesville Noon Rotarian to hold the post.

Clayton Stockwell, Robert Bethards, Robert Stonecliffe and Robert Arn served as governors of the district in 1950, 1960, 1979 and 1987, respectively, said Rotarian Milly Babcock.

The office “is quite an honor, and Dave's commitment to Rotary has been recognized more than once,” said Marcy Weber, president of the local club.

Warren, 53, Milton, is humbled to be part of the distinguished group.

"I'm very passionate about Rotary and really want to help make a difference in people's lives. It's become a way of life for me since becoming a member in 2001," he said.

Warren's first leadership role was chairman of the Rotary Corn Roast and Mud Volleyball Tournament. He later served on the board of directors, was chairman of the Rotary Foundation and club president, helped form Kids Against Hunger--Rock County Rotary and was annual program chairman for the district's Rotary Foundation.

Warren spent the last three years learning and preparing for his new leadership role, which he describes as cheerleader of the district's 62 clubs.

"I'm the person that tries to help them solve problems and encourages them to do what they want to do," he said.

Rotary is unusual in that it's a bottom-up organization, Warren said.

"Everything that happens in Rotary comes from the clubs. It doesn't come from the district governor or Rotary International president. The leadership helps the clubs do what they want to do better," he said.

During his one-year term, Warren will travel to every club throughout the district that borders the Illinois-Wisconsin stateline and the Wisconsin-Minnesota-Iowa stateline.

July through November, he will attend an average of five club meetings a week to update members about what's happening in Rotary worldwide and the district. He'll also travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan, during the first part of July to attend a conference on Rotary Youth Exchange.

"During the next four months, I'll probably have 20 hotel nights and travel 12,000 miles. This will be the busiest time for me because I have to visit all the clubs," Warren said.

Warren's goal is to have every club have some international presence.

"A lot of clubs get in a rut and just do things locally, which they should and it is good for the community, but I want all of our clubs to have some sort of international connection," he said.

Warren also wants at least 5 percent of the members of each club to attend the district conference, in addition to participating in Rotary Foundation.

"The goal of the district leaders is to raise at least $300,000 this year toward the Rotary Foundation and another $100,000 toward Rotary's Polio Plus project.

"Rotary has committed over $1 billion to that project since 1985, and the World Health Organization feels we're on target to have polio totally eliminated from the world by 2018," he said.

Warren admits that being district governor is a big commitment, yet he isn't overwhelmed.

"I've had great support from past leaders in our district and really understand the job. I'm looking forward to it, and it's going to be fun."

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