Rotary International's Keynote Speaker

Speaker Jim Ives and Diane Ives
Jim and Diane Ives.

Jim Ives, a Rotary International trainer and a regional RI membership coordinator for Zone 28, is representing the Rotary International president as the featured speaker at the District Conference.

A member and past president of Dearborn Rotary Club, Dearborn, MI., Jim was the centennial district governor for District 6400. He was a trainer at the Zones 22/27/28 GETS/Institute, training district trainers. He also served as an international trainer in San Diego in 2007 and 2008, and as GETS trainer for Zones 27-28 for two years.

Jim has served District 6400 in a number of ways. He has worked on 14 District Conference Committees in a variety of roles, most recently being the 2008 District 6400 Conference chair. In addition, he has served as assistant governor, chairman of the Alumni committee, chairman of Club Service committee, coordinator of the programs of The Rotary Foundation, chairman of the Rotary Foundation committee, member of the Nominating committee, and chairman of the District 6400 Foundation. He and his wife, Diane Ives, also served as District 6400 Rotary University deans, coordinating all special training for the district outside of PETS and the District Assembly.

Jim traveled to Nigeria in 2001 to participate in the National Immunization Days, and also traveled to South Africa to attend the African Presidential Conference addressing the needs of African Rotarians. Jim and Diane have attended seven Rotary International conventions together.

Jim is executive vice president/co-owner of Rose Pest Solutions and past president of the Michigan Pest Control Association. He is currently the chairman of The Copesan University Steering Council, an online learning portal for an 85-member national affiliation of pest management providers. He has been a soccer coach and assistant Boy Scout troop leader, as well as a volunteer at his church. Jim is a graduate of Lake Forest College, earning a BA in Economics. He and Diane have been married for 27 years and have two sons. Their younger son recently was a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Finland, and the older son traveled to Kenya in December 2007 to work on a Rotary project. The Ives are all Paul Harris Fellows, and Jim & Diane are major donors and benefactors to the Foundation.