By: Mike Rhodes—
Muncie, IN—On June 19th, hundreds of people attended a ticketed event at the Horizon Convention Center to celebrate the inauguration of Dale Basham as Rotary District 6560 District Governor for 2018-2019.
Basham is the 7th person to represent Muncie as District Governor in the 100 year history of Rotary in our community. District 6560 encompasses 44 service clubs and 2,500 members throughout central Indiana.
Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler was one of the first presenters of the evening. Mayor Tyler read a proclamation from the City of Muncie in honor of Basham.
During the evening, a number of presenter/actors, dressed in authentic attire from time periods of the past, made remarks.
Presenters included: Jonathan Kipp Becker as Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary; Chadwick Gillenwater as James Whitcomb Riley; Mason Absher as Johnny Appleseed; Frank Gray as President Abraham Lincoln; Alisa Wells as Madam CJ Walker; and Charles Braun II as President Benjamin Harrison. Devon Ginn also recited “Don’t Blink by Vivian Morehouse”; Dr. Terry Whitt Bailey & Heather Scott performed “In My Life” and The Magic City Music Men performed a rendition of “The Impossible Dream.”
Click the play button below to listen to Basham take the oath of office.
After taking the oath of office, Basham looked around the room and said, “I am so thrilled to be here tonight. We are Rotarians. We dream impossible dreams.” He went on to make comparisons to the speeches made by the guest actors throughout the evening.
“Paul Harris had an impossible dream,” Basham said. “Abraham Lincoln gave his life for an impossible dream. Madame CJ Walker had an impossible dream. President Benjamin Harrison had an impossible dream. Johnny Appleseed had an impossible dream. James Whitcomb Riley had an impossible dream.
“We are Rotarians. We are people of action. We dream…impossible dreams.”
Scenes from the inauguration are below.
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